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Re: Good to know what offends him
So can I stop by and spray-paint graffiti on your house? That falls substantially short of any of the offenses you name.
Not here to make money?
I thought that was Amazon.
" employing people that know stuff is simply not in their interest"
Does the stuff these people know have to be true?
I see many uses for FOSS in big business. I don't see a lot of FOSS accounting systems out there making noise. The two with which I am slightly acquainted are Deltek's CostPoint (which gives you a choice of Oracle or SQL Server on the back end) and Microsoft's Dynamics (which lets you choose SQL Server).
An FOSS accounting system would I suppose continue to work under the conditions for which it was developed. Tax laws and accounting regulations change. Are the FOSSers going to find the creation of tax updates as engaging as the development of Drupal modules or yet another CMS?
Actually, Frank Wolf is retiring from Congress. He has also, as a representative for the Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC, generally been an advocate for federal government employees.
Re: Would you use an airline?
Then what is the alternative for CEOs, professional athletes, and so on? Use a company jet where the pilots make substantially less than you?
Re: Clearly MS read Elop's memo...
'"Fair play to MS for providing a life-raft for developers deserting the legacy Windows platform"
.Net already runs on more recent Windows versions than XP.'
Ah, but this is the salesman's definition of "legacy": that which we don't sell or support. (Or the developer's: that which I can't stand to maintain.)
i. I don't know what you mean by "candid portrayal". Somebody who had worked with Zuckerberg might offer a candid account, i.e. one going beyond the PR. Somebody without direct knowledge might give an accurate account, but why call it candid? For that matter, given the movie's representation of what programming is all about, why assume that it is accurate?
ii. "Kinda"? If he said "like, you know" would you construe that as a subtle advertisement to hop on Facebook and like something?
iii. "Boydroid"? As you remark, he is 30. From my present age that looks pretty young, but not at all boyish.
Surely it was Robert Graves, or maybe Robert Bridges who said that about books. Most of us remember Sir John Bejteman for "April is the cruelest month".
As for the offspring's name, I think that you should also take into account the great American educationist John Dewey in preference to the Dalai Lama. This would allow you to name the child Dewey Rand Rand D'wey Rand Rand Dewey Rand Rand.
@Passive smoking: see Stuart Castle's comment above, first.
"then maybe you should have tried harder in school and got a proper job"
There was a joking going around Calgary in the early 1980s:
Q. How do you get a geologist's attention?
A. Hey, waiter!
But I'm glad your education, night school or not, is working out for you.
Re: RE : Jobs is not God, Apple is not heaven.
TSN was amusing. But it had essentially nothing to do with technology, except by making programming appear to be a party game like Beer Pong, played at high blood alcohol levels. Mostly it was about shady business deals, a subject that Hollywood knows all about, and which makes for much better drama than writing virtual machines for PHP. (Yes, I know that came later.)
Re: Jobs is not God, Apple is not heaven.
I would not cross the room to get the remote to switch to such a movie, but come on. Maybe the Khaptain can fill us in on the redeeming virtues of Tamerlane, Coriolanus, etc. etc.
(Of course, if was Tamerlane written by Aaron Sorkin, probably I wouldn't watch that either.)
Recreation areas in the US often require reservations, and I think that the techies were not wholly at fault, though they were imprudent, in the matter of that dispute. I do think that the HR departments at Twuftlebnb might want to announce a policy of "Don't Be Evil in Tee Shirts Bearing the Company Name."
A long reign indeed
I knew that QV had one of the longer reigns of European history, but not that it dated back to the 1st Century AD. Google gives Matthew 26:11 as the source of "the poor you will have with you always."
Re: Buck passing 101
With all due respect, and maybe a dollop extra for lagniappe, El Reg is not an American publication.
Many a man might honestly confess that it was mostly for pity's sake that women slept with him.
I have been impressed with the MPAA ever since the days that it tried to impose a royalty on video tape, back about 1982. But the name "Notorious Markets List" suggests that they're drawing on the screen writing talent in Hollywood, not just the bankrolls. Does anyone else envision Marlene Dietrich, Peter Lorre, and Orson Welles behind the counters of the Notorious Markets?
No, for a couple of reasons
'Social media is something you would think your "future minister" is active on.'
First, I never heard of such a thing as a "future minister". I'd have taken it to mean "member of a shadow cabinet." Second, does social media comprise such a large part of the future? Facebook seems to be fine for keeping up with old friends. Twitter seems to serve variously as a modern game of "telephone", transmitting headlines with some degree of garbling, and as a tool for the many to demonstrate how few have the gift of a delivering short, pithy sayings.
The title "Minister for Strategy, Future Issues, and Nordic Cooperation" does not suggest to me that there is any real job. Strategy concerning what? Future issues of bonds? I don't think that Ms. Persson's abstention from social media deprives the public of vital information.
The view from here
"Britain doesn’t do ideology (as Orwell noted) and it doesn’t really have intellectuals – and maybe it isn’t poorer for the absence of either."
Britain didn't do the ideologies that Orwell had in mind, much; or, Britain had the good fortune not to lose WW I and put those ideologists in a position to take over. Britain has always had as much ideology as any country you care to name. The lumpen commentariat of The Register tempts one now and then to joke about the "intellectual" bit; but Britain has, and has had, intellectuals in large numbers. I've got books by a fair number of them.*
As for gamification, is "gammon" to obsolete as slang to allow us to speak of "gammonfication"?
*About 40 years ago, somebody did a poll to identify the 100 most respected intellectuals in the US. I remember hardly any names from the list, but I do remember a Harvard dean's definition of intellectual: "A scholar living beyond his scholarly means." I would be content to say a person of intellectual interests, able to pursue them with some success, and I would leave it at that.
No doubt the hipster of 2014 is aware of the latest and best in indie bands (if there still are such). I'm not sure that the hipsters of the 1950s were better judges of the arts or less self-conscious in their rejection of middle class traits.
People are notoriously bad at estimating risks. As other commenters have remarked, the media have a good deal to do with this, with the "if it bleeds, it leads" mentality.
Are you sure it was FedEx?
Did the truck park in a drive lane while the message was delivered?
Upvoted for iptables. Who knew how much one could come to love, and then miss, cryptic little text files?
Re: Such hatred
I don't know why you get the feeling. I've pored through a number, and written one or two, and I am far from a hard-core sort.
As for trying to figure out why the service isn't starting, /var/log/messages usually had a hint or two.
Was the design committee in the bag?
It's actually good to see an adjunct hired who seriously doesn't need the money.
On the economic side
"That's like Barack Obama asking me for a loan."
I take it he hasn't purchased any T-Bills, or doesn't remember doing so.
vote early and often?
"I would argue immediately that voting should be mandatory and it should be online. Of course, we can cover for all the fraud and I don’t think it makes the procedure any less robust, in fact quite the opposite.”
She should perhaps have a look at the work of Rebecca Mercuri (who I gather by the name is not male).
Of course I can evaluate the biomedical evidence
I work with computers!
Should we prescribe some lithium for the music business?
The musicians emote and their lawyers roar.
A few of may favorite things
1. Baby boomers (I am one) abusing the millenials--whom the brought up and educated according to rules they themselves set.
2. Wild generalizations about US schools. as to quality of education. Are we talking about the Bronx High School of Science, which probably compares pretty well with Switzerland for Nobels, or are we talking about Boondocks High in most desperate end of the outback?
3. Wild generalizations about US schools as to, well, pretty much everything: discipline, grading, etc. etc.
I don't doubt that the gap has been talked up somewhat beyond its merits, but illegality is very different from non-existence.
It must be true!
It has a colored chart, after all.
That being said, I'm not sure whether this comment comes from the Machiavellian or the sadistic side of my personality.
unseen maybe, unknown no
"we never see the data collected by our supermarket loyalty cards, our credit cards, our public transport passes, our access passes, the location data constantly being transmitted by our mobiles to our carriers, on and on, world without end."
Presumably the data on my public transport pass says that I stepped onto the S1 bus at 7:35 this morning. Perhaps collating the location data for the bus would say at what stop I did so. But guess what, I know where I got on the bus, and off the bus, though I dare say the transit authority will remember a lot longer than I shall. The carrier could track me on my lunch hour walk, but probably I have a much clearer picture of it.
If you mean that most of us do not often reflect on the amount of data we generate, true enough. If you mean that Faceborg knows better than I do that I like beer and pizza, I have to disagree.
Let me add that my preferred way to purchase books (apart from beer and food, almost the only product I like to purchase) is with cash, both to sustain local bookstores and to let the industry do its own damn market research.
Lots of luck
Chuck Daly, once head coach of the Detroit Pistons, said that coaching an NBA team was like dealing with 10 CEOs every day. And NBA players do have a union, which might well have stuff in the contract about these situations.
I guess I'll unpack
Here I thought it was a new and progressive utility, not simply a way to get beer to the bottling plant.
Re: Did you ever notice -- punish them?
By taking away some more of their money and giving them tight clothes, or how?
And for heavens' sake don't give them bathtubs, they'll only keep coal in it, and so contribute eventually to global warming.
"Being a fat teenager is not pleasant. Your school chums will bully you, adults and kids will fat-shame you and you’ll live in a perpetual nightmare of sweaty guilt and impotent rage, punctuated by periodic beatings and ritual humiliation. And to make things even worse, you’ll earn less than everyone else when you grow up."
1. Take out the two occurrences of "fat", and you've pretty much described the teenage years for a large percentage of the population.
2. In the US, childhood weight is negatively correlated with family income--the poorer the family, the likelier the kid is to be overweight. If I were to go to the three or four richest high schools in the city, I'd expect to see most kids in fair shape. At the poorest, you'll find a lot of kids overweight. Guess who's getting the better education, the step up to a better (or any) university, and so on. Are things that much different in Europe?
"Has Putin realised that for a lot of Americans (those who are not moon-landing deniers) the Moon is somehow considered to belong to them in some way,"
a. I will leave you to define "somehow considered" and "in some way". Heck, go ahead and define "a lot".
b. Undoubtedly there are "moon-landing deniers", but they are a vanishingly small part of the population.
"(even though that isn't actually the case)"
c. Do tell.
", and for Russia to say they are going to set up a permanent base there will really annoy the Americans?"
d. I don't see that setting it up will really annoy the US. I really don't see that saying they will set it up will provoke more than a "Huh. Wow."
Re: And they said I was crazy
My impression is that it inherits the bad qualities of standard *NIX shells and adds a bunch of its own. I'm not sure what led Microsoft to create its own shell rather than jazzing up JScript or Python.
"A consumer is an entity that is either brainless or brain-washed who works so he can pay tax and uses his net pay to buy brand new commoditised rubbish (oxymoronically called goods) on which he will pay VAT, that allows a manufacturer to make a profit that will be taxed."
Perhaps The Register's journalists can live on pure self-esteem, in which case they must live very luxuriously indeed. But though not the humblest guy, I do find that some food and drink come in handy, also a roof over my head. All these do require payment and taxes.
Mini prices start at £3,600 (including VAT)
Remind me what value was added.
I've long since seen kids standing at the side of ponds steering boats with electronic controls. They weren't using smartphones, because phones were still dumb, and they weren't using tablets because tablets were either Palm Pilots or Newtons. but still.
" dreaded foe of Allied armour the world over." In the China/Burma/India theater? During the campaign in Ethiopia or the Solomon Islands?
Considering the rate at which DoD is giving away military equipment---apparently the San Diego school district has large armored vehicle-- perhaps Mr. Allen should incorporate his own city. I haven't heard of Uncle Sam giving away M-1 tanks, but maybe it will come to that yet. The M-1 may lack the historical glamour of the Mk. IV, but it's a big, bad machine.
Re: Is this the same Oracle corp?
Either that one, or the one trying to install the Ask.com toolbar.
I know some Deltek Time & Expense users who find printing a lot easier in Chrome than in IE. Could it be fixed in IE? Sure. Do I have the time to fuss with it? No.
Is the National Academy of Science august, or is this the August issue of the proceedings, or both?
The pictured work is certainly on a level with anything Jeff Koons has produced. And I bet Steve Wynn would have a hard time putting his elbow through it, as he did with a Picasso some years ago.
"The taxi cab replaced the horse-drawn cab.
Uber and Lyft will make the taxi cab as obsolete as the horse-drawn cab, very fast."
By propelling vehicles with iPhones?
Re: On what planet does The Guardian recruit?
A spreader facilitates the spread[ing] of grass seed. But if the lawn is already planted, how much facilitation (noun) do I need?
On what planet does The Guardian recruit?
"The world wide web has increasingly facilitated the global spread of misogyny, the hate crime of revenge porn, corporate and state surveillance, bullying, racism, the life-ruining, time-wasting, Sisyphean digital servitude of deleting spam,..."
1. The global spread of mysogyny? How about the oceanic spread of water? Mysogyny is not a lovable trait, but it sure as hell was widespread long before the web arrived.
2. I will concede that revenge porn is new--it used to be that one had to make do with gossip. There the Goncourts record George Sand telling her son-in-law, a sculptor, that she would publish an account of his behavior. His reply was "I'll carve a sculpture of your behind--and everyone will recognize it." I'm not sure that this counts.)
3. Corporate and state surveillance. Easier, but well developed long ago.
4. Bullying. Where in the world did this man go to school?
5. Racism. There is plenty of it out there, and I don't see it going away soon. But he might want to spend a rainy afternoon or two reading Kipling or Mark Twain to see just how good the good old days were.
6. Spam. He may find it Sysiphean, I find it Augean: check the "select all" box, cast a quick glance down the column for any to be spared, click Delete.
How can you argue
With somebody named Rurik Bradbury?
They can be all over the map: free WiFi in lobby and bar, charged WiFi or cabled internet in the rooms, free cabled in the rooms, etc. During our last hotel stay they gave us complimentary WiFi, and a room high enough to have an excellent view and terrible WiFi. We discovered that by avoiding the desk and sitting on a couch, we would connect almost reliably. Meanwhile restaurants and bars a block or two away had stronger signals.
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