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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.
Just a question, but
Might one enquire why the El Reg editorship has such great difficulty with the word 'billion' ?
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.
Leet or not...
How sad are you when your contribution to society is sabotaging other people's work. Losers.
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.
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.
Re: Could be too short
Yes, there IS a reason Mint is out there...and about 2 million other distros : the 'freedom of choice' has everyone that's unhappy with any detail setting up their own distro.
Shuttleworth has cleverly deduced that there actually is something as 'too much choice' and is frantically pedalling under the surface to keep the duck afloat. I do not know if he will succeed, but I think he has decided to actually try and take Ubuntu mainstream. This could mean the 6 month cycle disappearing altogether.
There will always be people 'rolling their own', but I don't think such an effort can be sustained over time on a voluntary basis while creating a stable environment.
Still, good luck to them all the same.
I think they get great service.
They get their stuff fixed. Here you're told you are responsible for the defect (i.e. you dropped-held-fondled-charged it wrong) and you're sent packing.
Case in point :
Me : My display is kaputt
Them : (look at perfectly unscathed phone - not a scratch on it) You dropped it
Me : No I didn't.
They. Yes you did. Goodbye.
Re: Crysis 3 : I'm stumped
Thanks ! Maybe I can have a go now when my head stops spinning.
Crysis 3 : I'm stumped
Admittedly I haven't played 3 yet, but IIRC Prophet was found dead at the start of Crysis 2 and donated his suit to a passer by, stating 'it was all he could do' or something to that effect. I can't actually remember how said tourist came to his end, but where did Prophet come from all of a sudden? Or is this explained somehow in the game ?
Wrong end of stick lads.
The possiblity of collecting some tax Euro's from Skype will of course be welcomed by the struggling French economy, but I imagine this has a lot more to do with French internal security.
France has long been a home for north African immigrants, not in the least a large contingent from former colony Algeria.
The troubles in the French banlieus were all over the news a few years back, and it is suspected by French intelligence that in a number of these suburbs foreign insurgents are gaining influence and in fact are responsible for running cells of troublemakers. Some of these banlieus haf effectively become a no go zone for law enforcement.
So I suspect that they suspect Skype is being used to facilitate communications between these groups and between the groups and their handlers. So French law enforcement and intelligence would like to have the possibility the use the rather large operating freedoms French law when monitoring telco's to extend to Skype. Skype would have to register as a French telco, and subsequently be required to operate under French telco rules.
Black Choppers, obviously.
Re: Southeastern Asset Management
Never underestimate the power of the Schwartz !
Geriatrics in SPAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACE !
Well, with JJ at the helm lots of things will go BOOM, that's for sure.
Dear Mr. Checker,
1. Buy shares in the app company.
2. Start a website listing shoe sizes of all celebs.
3. Watch the money roll in from everyone who thinks they can find out what size To Cruise, Ahnuld, Stallone etc. have.
4. Invest 5$ in a similar app guesstimating lady celebs original boob sizes.
Sit back and get very rich.
Re: From recent experience...
Indeed, Ubuntu and Kubuntu had no issues. Mint, OTOH, refused to install. It fell down.
Strange days indeed.
Divorce can be a bitch...
Wifeperson wants half the dosh.
I'm off this online lark.
I bought a physical copy of Mass Effect 3 last month. It was cheaper than the download version, and I figured it would be standalone. I was wrong. When I got home and tried installing it, the first thing it tried when I plugged in the serial was ónline activation'. Unfortunately for me, the EA/Origin servers were out, and the game install would not complete.
At this point I had two options : either keep trying untill EA got their ass in gear, or download an illegal exe replacement allowing me to play without registering.
Why doe these companies insist on alienating their paying audience ?
No one can force them to sell at any price. Even if the bid succeeds and M. Dell pulls the company off the exchange, they will still own whatever percentage they own now.
Can Dell acquire the majority he needs without the sale from these investors ?
As in Pepe Le Pew ? I thought their research smelled funny...
In Other News
Mr. Adolf H. calls Mr. Schmidt 'a bit too right winged to my taste'.
This is something I consistently fail to understand.
A long long time ago, Apple built a reputation of being THE choice for professional graphics and later audio processing. That reputation trickled down to the regular consumer who would be convinced by such arguments a 'professionals won't use anything else'.
It's akin to Land Rover are selling loads of upmarket wimpmobiles on the reputation they built crossing the Darien Gap and things like the Camel Trophy.
But now Apple (AND land Rover) are neglecting the products that made their reputation and seem only interested in selling as many silly consumer products as they can.and are neglecting the people that built their image.
I cannot see anything good coming from this attitude. But I have no multinational corp to run either.
Quite possibly. But you have an excellent choice in computer stuff.
AFAIK, Lenovo was never a low end consumer product. The only places I have ever seen them (either desktop or their laptop brethren) were corporate environments with long term maintenance and replacement contracts.
I can't remember ever seeing a Lenovo in the hands of either a consumer (private) user, or even in small businesses.
In the last 5-7 years, Dell has however made serious inroads in these large corporate environments primarily on price, but reliablility has (at least with my client base) never even been close to Lenovo's.
I think the man means to say that engineers create employment for the great unwashed masses.
This held true in the past : innovation reated by engineers and the people investing in their ideas led to the development of an industrial base that supplied jobs for the lower educated bulk of the population.
And this is exatly where a country's wealth originates : it's ability to supply a consistent income to the great majority of it's workforce.
Today, however, the cost of unskilled and lower skilled labor is considered to be too high and putting to heavy a burden on the profit margins. So this level of employment is outsourced.
This unfortunately leads to a general degradation of living standards : the local unskilled workforce does no longer have the disposable income to buy the products made in their country and is relegated to buying low cost imported goods, leading to more loss of employment in their own country, and the offshore workforce does not make enough money to buy the products they make, thus currency is extracted from the home country already under pressure, but not returned to said country by means of consumer purchases. Result : the economy fails.
So, I'm all for more engineers, more innovation and more highly skilled labour. But only if it results in a growth of living standards for everyone so people can actually spend money on it.
There's only ONE reason Herr Schmidt is going to NK : he thinks he can make a buck there. And if he an do that, he's not to bothered about other things. He won't even have to explain privacy infringement there. Easy peasy !
I never could really get into the swing of things. The 'suspension of disbelief' never worked for me. I could sort of go for the 'we have a big fleet of spaceships but we're going to build one that's apable of going a bit farther out' premise of the regular Start Trek series (although some of the plotlines did contribute to a possible receding hairline and some grey hairs), but oh well, it kinda worked.
But anyone who has an inkling on what happens if the military take over a former enemy base couldn't buy this one.
There would've envoys, negotiators, a general officer trying to placate the civilians, a couple of hard-ass colonels, at least one company of nail-hard ODST's or Rangers (or SAS), a couple of companies of something like marines, battle hardened non-coms and a steady trickle of new recruites.
There would've been the ripping out of anything that smelt remotely like enemy hardware, the reinforcement of perimeters, patrols, heavy hardware coming in, and so on.
It was all just a bit softly softly for me. After a few seasons of enemy incursions they got 1 (ONE!) battle capable vessel.
Nope, I just never bought into this one.
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