131 posts • joined Sunday 14th June 2009 07:05 GMT
Bing already has all of my search buisness and they got it fairly easy. They will literally pay you with gift cards to get your searches. Sure, it may take a month or two to add up to the $5 gift card but that is still $5 more than Google has given me. They are both feeding me ads and recording my activity so I should at least get paid a bit for it.
Betting against the MAN
I hope they can't do anything, I really do. Money in the US is manipulated on a daily basis so much so that it swings wildly sometimes. I've taken a quick peak at BC and was impressed by the system (despite my admitted shallow understanding). I hope it can remain outside of any government influence (US or otherwise).
From all that I've seen all they really need is to restore the standard "desktop" functionality that Win7 had behind the Touch Interface. I was extremely frustrated by the interation of the desktop that they released in Win 8 originally while still enjoying some of the features that the touch interface provided (sans touch on the PC of course). Buisness wise the gimped desktop on Win 8 is just asking for thousands of frustrated support calls that no organization wants to have to answer. We recieved enough calls when the Start button became a circle that apparently blinded people to the fact that it was in the same spot as the original button.
Thumbs up if the full desktop comes back.
Well that is it then
I had though that given the quality (and lack there of) of the last (first?) three movies that the big Mouse actually had a chance at a winner here. The fact that they willingly would team up with at company of such terrible ethic as EA leads me to revise my previous thoughts. Disney can die in a fire with EA, its the humane thing to do.
"Probably the best punishment would be for the girl to do a couple of weeks in an emergency room dealing with chemical burns."
Or f**king not. You are only half off your rocker. She was in possesion of no banned items, there were no victims, and there was no damage. What should happen is that her Science has a talk with her about chemicals and her parents have a talk with her about doing experiments on school grounds. There is no crime here for your "punishment".
Blackberry had a real opportunity early in the mobile game. They basically owned corporate sales the way that IBM owned corporate backend at one time. They both fell for the same reason, content with the large amount of money they were making they stopped innovating. A few years ago I loved BB handhelds and thought they were great pieces of tech. Today my 16 year old cousin has a more advanced handheld then what Blackberry has to offer. Not to mention that their enterprise server is a terrible muddy mess.
Sorry Blackberry but I don't forsee you dominating anything anytime soon.
Re: increased dividends?
Apple began a small dividend last year I believe. At the time I had assumed it would be a token dividend to help rationalize ownership of the stock to people who were strickly seeking dividend return. It currently sits at 1.85% yield which isn't great but isn't bad either in this market. Beats current US Inflation bonds by .09%
Re: Inertial? no way -"Still, it would be WAY better to have that for a grenade launcher."
Really? I guess the ENTIRE COUNTRY also loads the ammo and fires it at childern too correct? Get over yourself. Bad people do bad things. They will use anything. Guns, knives, bombs, cars, airliners, you name it. But it is much easier to blame one country for all of the world's problems right? Sod off.
Doesn't matter. I won't be purchasing the garbage until they drop that whole "You are only leasing it" BS for the agreement. "Don't Be Evil" my fat white ass.
This may be the first time I've heard something from Google that raised the "pitchfork and torch" mentality in me to a boil. Its like saying you can buy a car but nobody but you is allowed to put fuel into it. What a con. I hope this program does down in flames.
Thieves all of them
Every day on my ride to and from work I get bombarded by radio advertisments for the leading mobile and television providers. Common garbage tactics:
We have this and they don't (they do its just named differently)
We are fastest (your $400 a month plan vs. their $50, maybe)
We have more of something (Extra quantitiy with very little to no quality)
People like us better (Surveys manipulated to produce desired result)
I'd switch the station every time on of them comes on but there is literally one of these commercials per 5 minute commercial break on almost every radio station. Perhaps if they spent less time and money lieing about their service and instead improving it and reducing cost to the user then they would get more customers. Just a thought.
On the one hand, yes they are doing illegal things that may cost gigantic corporations a tiny fraction of their revenue.
But on the other hand, those companies pull the strings on our politicians all the time so for once it is nice to see them getting beaten on their own underhanded games.
If the industry was more honest and hadn't pulled so much crap in the name of profit I might feel sorry for them. Their handeling of the situation, namely crying to their bought politicos then hireing $10 million worth of lawyers to persecute 12 year old girls who downloaded 2 albums has finished the souring process however. Forward thinking labels will spring up and provide people with what they want at a price they can afford. They already are. The "Old Guard" can either evolve into this market or watch more of the customers flock to any avenue that won't bend them over through price and DRM. Screw the greedy bastards I say.
Its our fault
Sorry world, this is the fault of the US public. We have allowed Corporations to run our country, even to the point where they have granted themselves personhood. Out of this "Do whatever we want" attitude they are allowed to patent anything that comes as common sense, even with tons of prior art. Rounded black edges patentable? Really? REALLY? Bottom line is the majority of our public are either too stupid or too lazy to do anything about it. At least Europe seems to have a more level head about some of this stuff. The Corporation lawyers are busy trying to out litigate each other while the Patent Office is either staffed with the mental equivalent of 3rd graders or paid off. Either way stupidity reigns and it is our fault.
Re: WIll I be the first to say 'Bitcoin' ?
Does anyone still use Bitcoin? Last I checked the cost of electricity far outweighed the ability of pools to mine the coins and I have yet to see anyone accepting Bitcoin in commercial space*.
($1500 dedicated mining rigs and Mom and Pop size stores notwithstanding)
Sod the lot of them
I'd rather these companies all be taken to trial and have 10% of their revenue stripped for price fixing. When companies like this get together to hatch a scheme to make money the only way to deter them is to sock them squarely in the pocket book.
State of Games
Most game studios are way too content to have their games appeal to the masses for 2 months then dump them and bring a new project. I feel like the Browser Game genre and Facebook in particular to blame for this. Many companies are now trying to pull in a less dedicated playing crowd for quick inital sales profit because most of the newer crowd of gamers will get bored and drop the game in a few months anyway. Games no longer have difficulty or require thinking, just extra cash and lots of clicks.
Grand scheme of things: It doesn't matter. You're not going to give up your car, tv, computer, and cell phone so there are only two outcomes here. A: We are super warming the planet and will die or B: The temperature on the planet changes by itself and we might die. Either way there really isn't anything anybody can do about it unless we revert to rural farming communities and that isn't about to happen. So why argue?
Launching a capsule into space from an island without predetermined amphibious support? Tsk tsk.
Re: And this is why
I wouldn't make scrapple myself but if you find some Rappa brand at a supermarket then you are in luck. It is the second best example of the awesomeness of scrapple that I have ever had. The first being Delaware Maid brand made in small batches in Delaware MD.
Re: Zombie says "Braaaiiins... Braaaaiinnnss..... er, then again maybe not".
Never seen canned pork brains myself and I doubt they would be a treat for me. That said, Scrapple is a wonderus concoction sent down from the heavens.
Scrapple is the answer
Although I applaud the obvious effort taken, Scrapple is less to be made and more to be ate. Terrible English aside, I've eaten scrapple for many years but never once have I made my own. Proper post pub is to pull it from the wrapper in the fridge and fry it. Add ketchup or mustard, one slice of the cheapest American cheese you can find, and a piece of toast. Great stuff that is.
Re: Drink a gimlet instead
Dear God Man! How do you drink that? I love a Gimlet myself but 50/50? You wouldn't have any taste buds left.
I take my Gimlet with a few cubes of ice, Bombbay Sapphire, and just enough Rose's to slightly tint the contents of the glass yellow. Fantastic.
Re: @bitmap animal
@ FartingHippo "The American one, or Buttwiper, as it should be known. How on earth can you remove so much flavour from a beer?"
You remove grain and add sugar. Same alchohol content, less taste. Cost cutting has been making it even worse by In Bev. Luckily there has been a craft beer explosion recently in America because people actually got fed up with that garbage and started looking for something with taste. Me? I brew my own so I don't have to worry either way. Cheers!
Re: Both products are a big fail.
@Dave 15: The only good use I have seen for a tablet is reading a book (still like the book itself better) or as a remote control for an over-complicated automated house setup. If I have anything with even the smallest scrap of seriousness to accomplish I will pick a full desktop when available or a laptop when not. Nice to have if it is free and non-exchangeable but otherwise a waste of money.
Re: @AC: 11:09 (was: The wife's primary pistol of choice ...)
@ AC "Well, because for many Americans it does. What gives it away is generally claiming that a 9mm doesn't have enough stopping power."
Well, no actually. I'm an independent and I own guns because I like going to the shooting range. I also own some as history pieces. I especially enjoy my GI Spec 1911 (The same as was issued to our troops who fought in World War 2). The real reason to own guns however is this:
“When the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great Britain, the British Parliament was advised by an artful man, – who was governor of Pennsylvania, to disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual way to enslave them; but that they should not do it openly, but weaken them, and let them sink gradually, by totally disusing and neglecting the militia.” –George Mason
Give in to your slavery if you like, I'd rather have the option to resist if necessary.
Re: WoW could have been eternal
@nexshil: I totally agree. I would say right up to the end of BC there was challange. Things were gated for a reason and that reason was that once you were actually able to work your way to open new content (grinding isn't all bad) it was an achievement and more importantly felt like one. Starting at the end of BC with Badge Items all the way down to now everything is being handed out. There is no achievement in getting the same thing that the next guy 10 guys have because you spammed your AoE skills in 10 instant form dungeon groups. Giving away gear for badges cheapened the entire experience and they just keep adding in shortcuts until the point that the game will be akin to whack-a-mole.
Re: The next new thing
I look forward to Titan as well. I stopped playing at Cataclysm because it was boring and most of my friends had stopped. I re-upped my account for a month to see if I wan't to try the new expansion and the word is no. There is only so much time I can spend playing the same game and apparently WoW has reached that limit.
Not to say that Titan will be better. I am still looking forward to it but after the abortion of a game/blatent cash in that is Diablo 3 I have much less confidence in the company as a whole.
Well as a "Merican" I can see the use for calling it a ground floor. I still feel that in number it should be the first floor. When I count apples I do not start with zero apples because at the time I do in fact posses one. Therefore if you have a floor you would begin with 1. Zero floors would be the absence of a floor.
Its GOLD. Look politicians, an angle for space travel that involves profit!!!11111111!!1!!! Finally something you idiots can understand! Lets get to the funding!!!!
I tried to resist feeding the troll but the insanity.....clawing...... me in.......AHHHHHHHHHHHHHOK I'LL BITE, HOW ARE THE PYRAMIDS SUPPOSED TO SAVE THE PLANET????
Sorry everyone, I feel dirty.
Tips not the best system but...
Tip-driven pay systems are not the best system in the world for sure. Being paid that like would drive me insane for multiple reasons. That being said, there are plenty of times where I have deducted from the tip because of someone's lousy service. The funny thing is people give ME a hard time for giving some lazy shlub less than 15%. As long as I control the money I will pay for what I get. Lazy/inattentive and you get less. Stellar and motivated you get more. I feel no guilt giving a crappy server a crappy tip. If they don't like it then they need to try harder or change professions.
I fell for it. Hook line and sinker the promise of quick returns on an IPO lured me right in. Once the "magic" wore off (see 2 hours after open) I started doing the research I should have done myself and discovered my mistake. I wasn't in for much and I cashed out before I lost the majority of it but I still lost. Lesson learned, luckily on the cheap side for me.
Burn the life preservers for warmth!
I'm glad to see that stupidity is alive and well in that sinking ship of a country. We are in desparate need of a tragedy to bring humanity together so we can forget all of this religious/racist/elitest/nonsence. Cue Dr. Manhattan?
Another vote to bring it back
I was just slightly perturbed when the Forums link took the spot of honor at the end of the link from Odds and Sods but I live with it. Removing Odds and Sods all together is far too much. It was my go-to link and now it is extinct. Bring O&S back!!!!
Re: Hasn't been on the force long...
@wowfood - You guys don't have that? On the left side of the pond it is a serious offense to prank call emergency services. You will end up in a cell for at least one night, possibly more.
Re: Well, DUH!
"To be honest I don't think the US deserve any choice. They should all be forced to use (and pay for) iphones.
Condemn them to their isolationism, and just let the rest of the planet get on with things."
Isolationism? You may want to check your dictionary. But if that is what you want then fine. We'll just be taking Apple, Microsoft, Google, Wall Street, Hollywood, and the Internet with us thank you very much. Assuming your society doesn't collapse from the overnight loss of these things that the "terrible and evil 'Mericans" made, enjoy the most boring modern existence imaginable. Cheers.
Re: Well, speaking as a hater
As I age I find more and more often my ire is raised faster and faster through the internet and even email now. Earlier on I tried being polite and helpful and to subdue my urge to scream at someone when they are making an obviously flawed argument but are so set in their stupidity that they cannot see it in spite of being smacked in the face by a 40 foot wall of facts to the contrary. Now I find my fuse shorter and shorter and by my perception the amount of stupidity higher and higher.
Most of the "fandroid" this and "isheep" that is generalization at its worst which pisses me off to no end. Then again, who would be a big enough douche to patent a rectangle with smooth corners? Better yet, who would be stupid enough to award such a patent. Perhaps I am jaded but common sense seems to be in short supply the last 10 years or so. With no good outlook for the future.
Re: "It's complex" shocker
So the news is "The climate model that we have been using to garner attention and government grants is really based off of a bunch of information that we padded to give us the results that we wanted and fundamentally flawed ideas on how the ecosystem works. Thus is it not representative of anything that will actually occur and more akin to a gigantic hole where the government can stuff a bunch of money to support green companies that they own stock in."
Well Duh. I'm a stoopid 'Merican and I know that.
Re: Idiot author warning
Idiot commenter warning:
My friend just turned me on to Borderlands three days ago. I have my first hour down in BL2 and I must say if you like shooters, rpgs, or hack and slash/loot games you have to pick this up. For some ungodly reason they are making Europe wait to get it (don't know why you have to wait for the digital download???) but from my initial impression you need to spend the cash to get this on the 21st. Can't wait to get back home and reload my shotgun.
Russia seems to be a favorite of these shows for some vodka-soaked reason.....
Gotta try it
I skipped all of the "new" CS games after the original but this has my interest peaked. Especially the new game modes, they sound like a blast. This is what I feel like Blizzard should have done with Diablo. When you have a fantastic game built on sound principles running 10+ years you try not to screw with it too much. Innovate too little and you fall behind, try to innovate too much and you lose the structure that made the game great. Hopefully this gets it just right. Off to start Steam.
Re: I know we're talking about shares here
I took my losses on this one. Started trading in March and fell into the hype. Lesson learned, and luckily not with that much lost.
Far Too Fancy
Do any of you actually do all of this culinary workload after being a few pints in? Or the day after for that matter? Perhaps I am just lazy......
Mix equal parts cheddar cheese, Prego tomato sauce, and cream cheese in a microwave safe dish. Add a clove of pressed garlic. Microwave on high until it liquifies and makes a huge mess. Pull it out to cool. Microwave 2 Red Baron 5 Cheese Garlic French Bread Mini Pizzas. Cover in prepared sauce. Add some ground pepper. Eat with fork.
!!Bouns Points!! Add A1 Steak sauce if desired.
I call it Wasted Braincells.
Yeah, this is total crap. Ruin a guys life over a few songs? He wasn't selling them. WTF is the problem with the judge and more importantly the jury? The large ammounts are there for when there is a major case of stealing and selling, not something like this. What a load. Screw the music industry. Hope they fall off the face of the planet.
Re: tosh, again
Ignorance is the real problem. People see something like 25,800 Bq and they go "OOOOooooooo big numbers" without really understanding what that number represents. Then they point to it and go "Big numbers bad, no power for you" and slink back into their super overpriced homes to watch mindless drivel on the tele like good little citizens. I'll take a nuclear plant in my neighborhood and a 75% reduction in power costs thank you.
Being from the US I've never had the pleasure of sampling various UK products but was intrigued by the idea of "Salad Cream". Luckily with the Olympic Games being hosted in London several major supermarket chains have seen fit to bring in some "International Items", on of which being the aforementioned cream. I must say, I find it delicious and indeed "Pourable Sunshine". Thank you UK, now I'm off to find some "brown sauce".