1859 posts • joined Thursday 11th June 2009 04:48 GMT
And how would they be funded oh wise one?
I'm taking global warming very seriously - I've just had two new split system air conditioners fitted to my house. No way I'm sweating my arse off indoors in summer.
Agree with yours and respondents points about the save the planet bullshit. The concept flies in the face of the will of nature. If we screw the planet up we'll be taking ourselves out of the equation so something else can prosper.
"And you talk about 2C warming in 100 years as if it represents something insignificant..."
And you haven't been here for the last several hundred million years so you don't know that it isn't a reasonable natural occurrence.
The point is, for all this climate change carbon reduction malarkey to make a difference, it has to have been us that caused it. If it wasn't then we're fucked anyway so no point taxing yourself back into the stone age. If you want me to live the rest of my life under oppressive taxation and high energy costs you'd better prove that: 1) It's us causing it, and 2) Your solution makes a difference other than removing taxpayer wealth. Otherwise "no deal".
Man made pollution of the water and land environment (think industrial waste and mining) is a different matter. That's provable and shitty.
Website has a UK url so who cares, we appreciate it?
It is certainly bullshit. Although not a Nikon user I sometimes download my Canon firmware updates from the EU site, sometimes from the AU site and sometimes from an English language version of the JP site. How on earth are they going to region lock it? Serial numbers? Purrrrlease. They'd instantly lose all of their professional users that would be fucked over in the process. A price not worth paying.
On a separate matter the loss of warranty is not entirely FUD. I would much rather have a 12 month warranty from the manufacturer than from a store (despite reputation) that is still more likely to go out of business and also needs to get the expertise from somewhere - local authorised agent maybe? The best that can happen is it makes the manufacturers have a rethink. Despite the supposedly higher prices I managed to get a 5D MKII with lens cheaper at launch in JB Hi-Fi than anywhere I could find in the UK (genuine local stock in each location).
Amen to that. As an example, I could buy a BMW M5 in the UK ship it over here and pay all the duties and it'd still be less than the list price (net tax) locally. Bastards. Not that I could afford one either way.
Exactly. Fords and Holdens only became 5-star safety rated in the last few years along with the fitting of standard safety measures that Europeans have taken for granted for about a decade. A 2010 Ford Falcon XR6 doesn't have any rear airbags. Fuck the passengers eh? I even remember a friend buying a new Toyota Corolla locally in 2007/8 and being told ABS was an optional extra. Local safety standards, oxymoron.
"Permanently screwing up large areas of the countryside is a no-no in my book."
We don't get tidal waves or suffer massive earthquakes and I would also hope that we wouldn't be building 40 year old nuclear reactors and surrounding containments. I have very little issue with *modern* nuclear energy and would much prefer that the existing stock were replaced by it rather than inevitably allowed to go on past their use-by dates.
Size not necessary
Size in model number is pretty much standard these days and easy to discern.
More important in these times would be the power rating and standby usage (which should be low in EU). Some of these TVs will be like storage heaters. The 65" VT65's figures are 311W and 0.30W respectively (454kWh annually - IEC 62087 Ed.2 measurement method). A 50" model in the same series has 190W, 0.3W (and 277kWh) respectively for comparison.
Although this guy should have faced prosecution over his abysmal (mis)use of the English language. Double negatives, tsk tsk, a fucking disgrace.
Am I alone in wondering why, given the economy of scale, Governments don't run their own cloud infrastructure for their many respective departments thus ensuring that privacy concerns and security are (at least in theory) met? No, let's use the private sector then have multiple agreements at different prices for the same thing with no confidence over the security or where the data resides.
They've got plenty of people signed up but what about workplace health and safety. I remember reading a article a while back on El Reg whereby someone was mooting the prospect that as you are working for your employer they could then be responsible for any accident that happened in your "workplace" even if it were because you tripped over shit that you'd thrown on the floor. Is that still the case?
DRM is relevant to the point of "how are they going to stop me from using it". Well, how are they?
Whilst she's right about the local pollies being start-struck tw@ts, what exactly is she expecting them to do given that her son has had access to the full process of the law and exercised those rights to their full extent (and he fled the original country)?
Not strictly correct
"It sums up the relationship between you and the bytes you rent from Apple: you don’t own them. The songs on your i-whatever aren’t property."
Most music from Apple is now free from DRM, explain exactly how I'm renting rather than owning? How are they going to deny me access?
Exactly. It is not the job of the US Government to protect this stuff it is the job of the utilities to not connecting to the rest of the World so we can all have a crack at it. Seriously, these SCADA systems are connected to the internet through shear fucking laziness so these wankers don't need to get off of their fat arses in their comfy offices in order to tweak shit. Well that's a mighty high price to pay if you ask me.
You can compile outside of VS by using the command line exe if you want. The load time of VS2010 is particularly bad though I agree.
Also, I've learned from working at many an enterprise that there is more than one way of utterly borking an OS install so it runs like treacle. A lesser powered home PC with a standard install often outperforms.
Plus notes is shite.
So no Outlook and Exchange. Can I assume you're using Google Mail for those 1300 users? If so, how secure is that? Do they promise not to search your emails? What about your documents? Are they archived properly for audit reasons etc? I can see the value-add for small businesses but I really struggle for larger organisations.
There are definitely cost savings to be made by moving to cloud apps. However there could also be large future costs from regulators, failures etc. Being master of your own destiny is bloody handy.
Impossible for 3rd party software
So, how does linux do it? Nobody said you had to do it for all software, but the option (in 2011) would sure as hell be nice.
I love the way that Intel constantly undermines the ability of users to upgrade their PCs by changing the socket each time. If you're sensible a build a machine with the CPU a couple of places back from the line-topper you'll find that when you come to do an upgrade the only thing that fits is that line-topper. LGA 1156 and LGA 1366 were the last ones now we have LGA 1155 and LGA 2011. It's taking the piss, pure and simple. Especially in the case of 1155 (or H2). One pin less? Bastards.
Really? They're shit are they? That'd be why the C programmer I worked with in a bank a few years ago was offered a job with Microsoft in one of their top teams after pointing out the errors in an test question widely used in industry to benchmark skills. Geez, he was just f*cking useless.
Yep, that's about the size of it. Just can't bit the introduction of controls to prevent changes to a process or system thats success was primarily due to its fluid state under a team of capable devs. Business is fluid and systems need to be too.
Ok, so you've issued them and they're backstopped (underwritten) by all the Euro states. Given you know a fair few can't balance their books and/or cannot be trusted with their finances they are effectively backstopped by Germany. How do you sort out who pays what of the coupons, or are they couponless, and you still need to work out who pays what of the final par? What is to stop them saying they have no money when the bill is due? Who pays what then? Unless of course they are backed by the ECB as the head of all these countries' central banks, which would in effect make them the lender of last resort. I don't understand how this works.
I'm curious, did you pay for your house with cash as the vast majority could not do so? If you do not own but instead rent then you may find issues further down the track with housing affordability unless your rent has been markedly cheaper than a mortgage on a similar property and that saving has been incredibly wisely invested.
I think you'll find that, were you to do a bit of looking in the correct places, the author is quite knowledgeable in his area of focus (financial and quant). I believe he is pointing out the irony of people believing all recruiters to be buzzword searching monkeys and yet somehow assuming they can spot that skill X is a sub-set of area Y without explicitly saying so on their CV. I would certainly not object to this person giving my rap-sheet a critical review as I believe it'd end up much more marketable as a result.
But then they would need a taxation regime to cope with the increased medical costs and still need regulation (like alcohol does). It's an interesting debate, for sure, and I'm not sure how much ground you gain by legalisation or whether you merely shift the battleground into new areas like the regulation and taxation. After all, people smuggle booze and cigarettes.
Er, have you seen the prices he's charging? $720 for the 16GB 3G + WiFi which is the entry-level 10.1" Samsung on his site. If you don't want 3G then you're getting the 8.9" for $599.50 vs the entry-level iPad at $554 (JB hi-fi). What's the point?
Craigness you may wish to check out the changes in temperature across your CPU and GPU when you start running something in Flash before making statements about its usefulness (other than being the single largest attack vector for hackers on any platform) as this shows how inefficient and what totally bloated shite it is. Frankly I'd prefer anything to the crap that is Flash with its primary use for invasive advertising and long lasting cookies. It is one thing I totally agree with Jobs on.
But isn't that the point of the higher wage, so as to draw the useful worker towards the more profitable sector of the economy? Define for me "importance to society" outside of essential services? The tax dollars (or pounds) and incomes recirculated through the economy from high income financials have proved incredibly useful in providing the benefits (rightly or wrongly) to other parts of society. Manufacturing may be important, but someone has to buy the goods.
"Of those surveyed, 26 per cent of those planning to purchase a $199 Kindle Fire responded that they were delaying or putting on hold a purchase of Apple's $499-to-$829 iPad 2."
So 26% of people spunking income on a tablet said they would put on hold buying an even more expensive tablet? Revolutionary.
"But the move to renewables and reduced consumption has been a major contributor to the progress since the mid-90s."
No, the move to renewables has meant the CO2 is now produced in China (fabricating the panels) rather than in the UK where less grid electricity is used. Rumour has it that we share the same atmosphere with the Chinese though.
So what you're saying is that the company you work for only has a business plan due to huge taxpayer/fuel-user subsidies paid to support the products it sells and installs? Marvellous. Economics at its very best. It is not knee-jerk it is called "balancing the books" and it is something the previous Government should have tried.
Not a shock to me considering people were touting Jackman as a candidate.
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