319 posts • joined Monday 15th June 2009 12:18 GMT
Democracy Works !
50 people showed up at the store to proclaim their disagreement with their governments tax laws.
This means roughly 4.579.950 of the Republic's inhabitants either agree or don't care.
The people have spoken. Now leave the fruitstore alone.
Re: Excuse me while I yawn
You hit the nail on the head there : AMD's *announcement*. Let's see if they can get product out the door within a reaonable time frame and then if it actually performs in the marketing speak ball park. I've soon a few to many magic and revolutionary announcements to get very excited by all this.
I don't think so...
I thought we all agreed by now smoking is bad for you. I can understand people using weed for medical purposes, where the herb is a lot less harmful to ones health than some of the farmaceutical grade pain medication. But smoke vs. not smoke for a healthy individual ? I don't think so.
If it's a matter of personal choice, it's debatable. But AFAIK smoking regular cigarettes is still not illegal. No I can somewhat follow that reasoning. One could even argue alcohol is more harmful.
But how long will it take before the first class action suit arguing the seller of the smokes did not sufficiently inform the user of the risks involved in smoking pot ?
I can't help thinking that this is helped along by the tobacco lobby in the hope it will somehow laud a new era of tolerance for regular smoking producs.
Sommething about this smells really bad.
But...it's truly amazing !
Not the E-Cat, however. But the fashion in which this man has succesfully manipulated every kind of media over a period of years claiming he's got discovered nothing short of the Hole-E-Grail of energy production, while continuing to succesfully keep the thing out of the hands of anybody who could just prove or disprove it's functionality.
Time and time again he has presented a shoebox of which no-one may know the contents, and time and time again he's been able to cajole reputable scientists ands centres of learning into not dismissing the thing as being not relevant until he proves the science behind it.
The man is a genius allright...just not a physics genius.
The Apollo boys still hold the Extraterrestrial Land Speed Record (R) ? Niiiiiiiiice !
Re: Two choices with the interwebs economy...
1. My perceived intelligence (or lack thereof) has nowt to do with economic reality.
2. I am generally described as 'the archetypal evil cynic', so you may be right there
3. I have. I run a business. Tax rate on company profit currenly is around 30% for me. Paying myself dividends is another 15. If I can find a way to move my company's activities without affecting the level of service I give my customers while reducing my tax burden I'll do it.
Amazon, for example, currently operates 10 distribution centers in Germany. They look at their bottom line every day and squeeze every buck out of their operations they can.
Opel closed their Belgian operations a few years ago. Their plant was allegedly the most efficient in Europe, but tax on labour was to high. They bailed out.
Ford closed their plant last year. It was quite modern, and an integrated site with all their subcontractors around them. Still they bailed : Germany gaven them a better Tax deal.
All large Chemical companies (BASF, Bayer, etc) have for the last 10 years built their new plants in the Far East and even the US. They claim tax rates are too high.
You may insult my person all you like. But don't think for a minute companies won't bail if the numbers tell them to.
Two choices with the interwebs economy...
OK, Mr. politician, here they are.
1. You can accept they pay next to nothing but still have people employed by them, who DO pay taxes and pump their wages back into your economy.
2. You can change the law to require them to pay more taxes, after which they will fire everybody and move off to more interesting financial climes. The net result wil be no taxes and no jobs. And social security paying for everyone that got fired. After which they will not be able to afford the stuff they want locally, and order everything over said interwebs from overseas stores who sell for cheap because the seller don't pay taxes. Congratulations, you now have your social security sponsoring foreign tax havens.
You may not like it very much, but don't delude yourself you can make Google et al fork over their money.
Re: I've had mine since Friday
Don't get me wrong. It's a good thing that you are happy with your purchase, and if it's got everything you're looking for in a phone so much the better.
But are we now applauding the fact you can get two days out of a battery of you don't use your phone too much ? That does not sound like progress to me.
...my ISP (which is the ONLY provider I can get that does anything remotely resembling broadband) caps my connection when approaching a limit. This limit is apparently determined by 'the average bandwidth used with comparable accounts'. Due to the very nature of the system - of which no actual parameters used in the calculation of what is determined to be 'average' are publicly published or known - the 'limit' shrinks a bit every consecutive cap, and the ISP's definition of 'free downloading' (note they do not use unlimited downloading) currently stands at around 200 GB.
So youtube-google, excuse the hell out of me if I'm not going to subscribe to any HD streaming service.
This guy gives a whole new meaning to the word 'commitment' ! Folks like this are an inspiration to all walks of life. Carry on soldier !
Re: @Stephen Roper I don't have a problem with mp3
There is no such thing as an 80WPC class A amp from technics or JVC. I knos they used the moniker on the faceplate, but that was a swindle, they were AB class at best, with something like class A up to 5 Watts and then switching to class B. I think Technics used the term AA-class, which was, technically, codswollop.
But enough pedantism for one day, enjoy your weekend
Re: I don't have a problem with mp3
You don't need better hifi. You need new ears. Or someone to teach you to use yours properly. And I'm not kidding either. But enjoy all the same :D
Re: I'll check it out.
Well, I DID check it out, and it works really well. Whether you like the tiles or not is a personal matter of course, but her indoors found it handy as opposed to them little icons elsewhere.
What did however kill it dead was the absence of an FM radio receiver, which IS apparently in the hardware, but not enabled in Win8 (or so I was told). This is supposed to get enabled in future update of Win8. At which point SWMBO muttered something along the lines of 'idiots Nokia Microsoft etc'. and stomped out of the store, angry at me for taking time out of her busy schedule to waste time looking at a useless phone.
Nokia and Microsoft, you made me looke like an idiot, and I will not be forgetting this in a hurry.
Re: University weeks...
Chili con carne does NOT contain mince.
Re: So we know who the replacement for Anna Leach is
Unless, of course, he's working with a company or on a project that requires him to use Apple gear, or something to that effect. In which case the argument is perfectly plausible,
Course of action required !
Do we now have to get out the big V8's for fear of freezing our behinds off ? Are Tesla's days numbered ? Do coal powerplants contribute to global warming by expulsion of CO2 but also to cooling by ejecting even more S ? What ???I'm confused and don't know what to do anymore. Please help !
Re: No, Mr. Schmidt.
I am expressly NOT trying to REdefine capitalism. It's the whole point of the bloody post. Which you have seem to have missed completely. My fault for using difficult words. Oh well.
No, Mr. Schmidt.
As per usual, Mr. Schmidt is bending fact in his own personal distortion field with the purpose of taking the piss out of his paying audience.
Let me educate you, Mr. Schmidt.
A more more less current definition of capitalism would be
A social and economic system where :
- capital assets are mainly owned and controlled by private persons
- labor is bought for money
- profit is returned to the owners of said capital investments
- there is some sort of price mechanism that regulates the flow of capital
Of course, there are different 'shades'of capitalism in which forementioned distinguishing marks vary to some extent.
Current definition of capitalism DOES NOT in any way mention the payment of taxes and in which way they are levvied.
What is not mentioned in the definition either, Mr. Schmidt, is the responsibility that partners in a functioning society have towards the functioning of said society. There are laws to regulate interaction, there is infrastructure, there are common amenities, and so forth. These things are paid for by a system of taxes, which is supposed to ensure ALL entities that take part in that society pay for their fair share (excusez le pun) of all the things that are supplied by society. To YOU, Mr. Schmidt, these are the roads on which your dreadful camera cars drive, lighting so they don't get hit at night, a power grid to make your servers work, places your employees can live (and I don't meen their flat but their village), schools they can go to so they can get educated, etc.
Since, as a company, you take part in society by making money off of it, you are expected to contribute to it as well. I seem to vaguely remember, Mr. Schmidt, your lot calls it 'corporate responsibility'. You don't do it because you are required by law, but because you see the responsibility your corporation has towards the society it feeds off, and the importance of keeping that society healthy.
No one, Mr. Schmidt, can order you to pay taxes if you are not so required by law. But don't hide your cowardly ass behind capitalism. Because capitalism has fork all to do with it. Greed, on the other hand, has EVERYTHING to do with it.
I like it !
Only one problem with it. Is Mr. Plumpy the miscreant that stole the device, or is he just a man who bought a second hand laptop on the local second hand website ?
In any case, I find the ineptitude of the local plod sickening. This is a robbery crime in which they have been handed a trail, but apparently they prefer sitting around playing with their genitals instead of restoring a modicon of belief in the system for a tax paying citizen. Makes me want to barf.
Re: Bubble bursts
Your comment would be spot on, if Apple did not pay out shite dividends. 2.65$ in 2013, determined while share price was still way over 600$, and 137 billion $ (BEEEEELLION for the El Reg editors) cash reserves. The only way to make money on Apple is by buying and selling their paper. Which is kinda funny, for a computer company.
Re: Friendly warning...
Human eyesight is stereoscopic. The brain has evolved to take input from 2 eyes on on focal point and turn it in to brain electrickery. When this mechanism is fiddled with, the brain continues to try and make sense of it but fails miserably.
It's one of the reasons trainee pilots flying the Apache get very sickly indeed. Some of them never get used to it and have to drop out of the training programme.
The difference in focal point depth between the normal eye and the info on the glass in the other eye will make some of you puke your guts out. Caveat emptor.
Question pertaining to 'would you buy this brand again'
I'm way too late in the comment list but I'll try anyway.
I find this question to be invalid, and possibly skewing the results.
Now, undoubtedly there are people that have bought a Nokia, BB, Apple, Sammy, Sony or whatever else and have 'sold their soul' to the brand, so they actually know right now what their next phone will be.
I, and I suspect many people with me, have elected to maintain ownership of said soul. My current phone is an iPhone S. I bought it after expressly steering away from Apple for years, but unfortunately, after two dismal smartphones from Nokia and Samsung, I bought one as a last resort. I've been happy with it since, and it hasn't caused me any trouble. Oh, I don't use Siri. That may help.
If I had to buy a phone today I would probably NOT stay with the brand. Compared to the competition, the iPhone has become a bit outdated, and I find it has not been sufficiently updated in the last years. Technologically and ergonomically if find it a bit behind the times.
If, however, i would have to buy a phone within 6 months, a year or even longer, there's no possible way I can say if I would stay with Apple. I would have to determine it at that point in time, comparing it to the competition at that time.
So the question is : what do you consider the to be the weight of the question ? Or what exactly were you trying to determine ?
Mr. (or is it Übersturmbahnführer by now) Schmidt is NOT displeased because not everyone can afford a fleet of cars and trucks to drive through every street and film and photograph your home (or even inside it, if your curtains are not drawn) or buy hi-res areal shots of your garden and whoever is in it. He can do that and you can't so that's OK.
He IS, however, displeased because everyone (or nearly) CAN afford a 100$ toy with a 50$ camera strapped to it and fly it over HIS garden, or hover in front of HIS windows, and take snaps and post them on the interwebs. He finds this utterly unacceptable. And you're not even making money from it. Who do you think you are.
It's just what NK does
Check out the last 20 years. Every time NK has needed aid, being food, fuel, medicine or whatever else, they've started up the military rhetoric, the blustering, the threatening. All this they do so they can then proceed to the negotiation table from what they perceive to be a position of strength. The 'civilized' world will subsequently send them 5 barrels of oil, two sacks of rice and a family pack of antibiotics (and possibly two hardboiled eggs) and NK can leave negotiations with a big tump on the chest and their media telling the population the west has once more caved in in fear of their military might without NK having to do any concessions themselves.
This is how it has gone every single time in the past, and it is quite possibly what they're after now. I have the distict impression SK agrees with me, because they do not seem very worried.
Local opinion on these new Nokia's is that they're great phones, everyone seems surprised on how well Winpho 8 works on a Snapdragon, and speed and ease of use is universally lauded. In most USER reviews one of the most common phrases is 'I didn't expect'. What is however mentioned in nearly every case is that the battery charge does not perform anywhere near the numbers cited by Nokia.
Let's hope Nokia finds a way claw themselves back from the abyss, preferably with some fine phones.
'no reputable analysts believe that the DPRK has yet managed to develop a nuclear warhead for its missiles'
Are these the same reputable sources that sait Iraq was full of WMD ?
Re: Astonishing and nice!
Err...won't that attract the Inhibitors ?
Re: Leet or not...
Yes, vandalism would've been a much better description. My bad.
Re: Missile fuels and testing
'Incidentally, UDMH may be stable but it's not altogether friendly. It is both acutely and chronically poisonous, carcinogenic, may damage DNA, is corrosive with some substances, is highly explosive, can be absorbed via the skin, and stinks. It is also one of the most commonly used rocket propellants.'
Yesyes, we know al that. But is the Apple warranty system any good in NK ?
* Sorry, could not resist.
Leet or not...
How sad are you when your contribution to society is sabotaging other people's work. Losers.
How will Apple position these ?
I doubt very much they wil be trying to get a slice of the Samsung/LG/Panasonic cake. If they take the same approach to their TV's as they do to their computers and pads I would sooner think they would be positioning them for the B$O buying audiences, in which case a 60" may very well set you back around 10K.
But that's just a stabin the dark.
Did Intel just make a Mini ?
It is smallish, oblong and has something remotely resembling rounded corners.
Litigation is in the air !
On a slightly more serious note, I've built two systems with HD4000 graphics, notably a 3570 mini and a 3225 HTPC, and on plasma and led big screens the picture quality is really bad (the color and contrast/sharpness make everyone look like zombies) and quite impossible (at least for me) to tweak into something remotely acceptable.
The old Brazos and even the old nVidia 9400 HTPC (which I reinstated after being unable to improve the 3225) I have deliver a much better picture quality.
If I were in Assanges position I'd start tallying my options. The web that has been woven around him has become increasingly convoluted with the US, the UK, the Swedes, the Australians and the Ecuadorians involved.
Since the US wants to prosecute him under the Espionage Act, I'd take my chances with the Swedes if I were him.
If I were the US, I'd have him leave for Ecuador where I could then proceed to extract him without too much fuss. It wouldn't be a nice thing to do, but the US don't generally bother too much with foreign sovereignty. And as he is completely harmless at this time, they will just wait untill everyone forgets about him (which will be the whole of two weeks) and have him gently tapped on the shoulder and asked to come with or else...
So, Mr. Assange, call the Swedish Embassy and ask politely to be transported to Sweden in a bloody hurry. I'm afraid you wouldn't like the other outcomes very much.
By the time Apple win this (IF they ever win it) it'll be 2015 and they will be petitioning the courts to have Samsung take 2012 phones off the shelves immidiately !
The Return of the Son of Windows Crap.
Let's get something straight
Apple does NOT have two 'standards'by which they treat their customers, i.e. the US or China. Apple has as many standards as it needs to have to get away with as much as they can.
In Europe (or most of it) the warranty is different afain, as it is in Russia or wherever else.
Why ? Because companies ONLY supply their customers with the warranty they're legally required to.
They only reason companies (e.g. KIA or Toyota over here) go above and beyond is because they think their target customer base will find it an important reason to prefer their product over someone elses.
But never out of the kindness of their hearts.
Re: Protectionism or xenophobia?
You, sir, owe me a new keyboard. Good one !
Is it usual for Egyptian divers to go diving in their daily clogs ? Looking at the picture, I see a leather vest, a hoodie, and other 'casual attire'. Is this a regular outfit in those waters ? Or does the Egyptian PADI equivalent require a diver to carry an emergency suitcase with overnight necessities at all times ?
Weird as it sounds...I understand.
It may not be the most effective form of customer service, but I imagine it was born more out of frustration than economics.
I used to build computers and sell parts. I don't anymore.
People call me up on the phone or ask me questions about all manner of hardware and ssoftware issues. Sometimes I spend hours listening to them and advising them on a suitable system. They then proceed with buying parts online for prices I can't even touch, start botching their systems together, and then call me again for free advice because they run into a brick wall. There are even many people asking me for cheap (read illegally copied) software becaus 'I MUST have this because I'm a merchant' for systems they bought parts for online.
What made me close the book on this part of my business was a 'customer' who got angry because I refused to explain to him how to build and configure a Server 2008 system...over the phone.
And all the time you are spending with these freetards you are NOT attending to the wishes of paying customers.
The Currys/PC World approach may sound interesting, but it simply isn't for local businesses who don't have the large company buying power. And people just were NOT prepared to pay for service.
Something that rhymes with Truckin'Tanker ?
Oh bollocks !
Everyone knows that TV is actually operated by imps, who receive the information by clacks and paint it lightning-fast on the inside of the screen. I know this for a fact, because every now end then an imp crawls out to complain one of the colours is nearly finished and I have to run out to the arts supply store for refills for fear of my screen colour turning funny. (*)
(*) Thanks very much Mr. Pratchett !
Yes, the shares lost significant value...
But does it matter ? Or does it matter at this time ?
Share price is only significant in a specific case : if you -as a company - need dosh to either keep your company afloat or wish to attract capital for product developement : in both cases if you wish to bring new funds into the company. it does not matter if a share bought foor 700$ by a private investor is now being sold for 400$. This money was not in the company's coffers to start with, and is not returning to roost now.
As far as I can determine Apple is still sitting on a very large pile of filthy lurce : they are able to fullfill their business commitments AND have sufficient funds to develop products with which they can increase their value once more.
This does not have any bearing on the fact that these new products will be succesful : we will have to see what they come up with. A number of investors may be very unhappy at this point, but to Apple themselves it does not matter an iota. They'll only start worrying if they have to go looking for money outside the company.