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Re: It's not the Italian law only - it's an EU directive
Right, that is them following the letter of the law. There is a 2 year warranty, but after 6 months it is your responsibility to show that the defect was caused by Apple, and not by your use/misuse of the device. Usually, this is impossible to do.
I understand your anger, but it seems like you don't fully understand your statutory rights. This consumer website explains much more clearly than I can about your rights:
One of the best ways to avoid issues with a phone you will use on a contract is to buy it from the network. It is very hard for a retailer to sell you a subsidized phone on a 24 month contract and claim that the devices lifetime is less than 2 years, and gives you a local company to hassle over warranty.
Re: wow, who the hell . . . . .
Pfft, AC, the 'wall' command is like the simplest command to know on BSD...
Isn't there some law that says if you say that you are above making mistakes, the text saying so will contain at least one mistake?
Re: There is a trust option,...
The thought of having BCS representing me in any kind of official capacity terrifies me far more than the prospect of losing my job.
IT does run the world, it is a shame we cannot fully unionize. Bob Crow and the RMT think that tube drivers control London, imagine if all the techies went on strike.
iOS dominates high end smartphone sales.
It doesn't even compete at the low end, which is where Android's domination is greatest.
Samsung expect to 'sell'* 10 million Galaxy S 3 by the end of July (2 months after launch).
In a similar period*** after launch Apple sold** 37 million iPhones.
* Usual sales BS applies, this number refers to shipped units and not sales
** From Apple's first quarter results, 2012
*** Note Apple figure refers to a full quarter, where as Samsung's is over 2 months.
Obvious is obvious
Phone sales of a marquee brand like the iPhone or Galaxy S are always sold on contract. The phones are always introduced in a cycle to prompt previous purchasers to upgrade to the latest version.
Therefore, there is an almighty sales rush as the new devices are launched, and for 6 months or so afterwards, before it tails off - at some point, (almost) everyone who is going to get said phone already has said phone.
So, iPhone 4S sales are tailing off in the UK, 8 months after it has launched, whilst Galaxy S3 sales are quite high, 1 month after launch. Colour me shocked.
Re: <<-- Smug twat
You cannot compare Linux and BSD. One is a disparate set of software packages cobbled together by a distributor, and the other is an operating system lovingly crafted since 1977.
But in the real world, the main differences are:
(Free|Open|Net)BSD are all complete OS, rather than a set of base packages.
Less hardware support for BSD.
BSD is fully documented, Linux, not so much.
BSD is not tainted by FSF dogma.
No/little GPL code - ever decreasing amounts.
ZFS support (see 'No FSF dogma above').
DTrace support (ditto).
Linux tends to have better package management tools*.
BSD has jails, which are like VMs, but without the overhead.
The biggest plus TBH is that we've been using it for so long we know where everything is. I don't doubt we could use Linux just as effectively, but we would have to learn it all again.
* One plus for BSD in package management is that it doesn't do that brain dead linux tradition of splitting packages up into 'libfoo' and 'libfoo-dev' - what kind of fucked up brain thinks not installing the header files for a library is a good idea - y'know, the stuff that actually allows you to use the API presented by the library.
Re: Beg pardon?
Yeah, I do mean that license. If you notice, the judge threw it out - Xerox agreed to allow Apple to use their tech in return for an investment in Apple, Xerox got sold and realised that Apple made a shedload of money from Xerox ideas, got greedy and tried to claw some of it back. The judge told them to get screwed.
Fandroids - unstoppable hype machines.
Re: It's not the Italian law only - it's an EU directive
Apple quite happily recognise that there is 2 years warranty, or at least they do in the UK. However, they follow (in the UK) the letter of the law precisely. Within the first 6 months, any defects in a device are automatically considered to be due to manufacturing faults, and the onus is on the manufacturer to show otherwise. After that point however, the onus is on the consumer to show that a manufacturing defect caused the failure.
Don't forget that a statutory warranty is not a guarantee. The statutory warranty covers manufacturing flaws, where as extended guarantees like AppleCare cover a lot more cases.
<<-- Smug twat
All our FreeBSD servers were unaffected, apart from the clock getting corrected from NTP.
Now, if this were only true all the time. Linux 3453453 - FreeBSD 1 (but we're catching)
So you're saying that Amazon can't do what a small scale hosting solution can do, because it is tricky? Isn't that what they are selling us - "Trust us, we know DCs".
Isn't the whole point of cloud computing is that someone much more experienced than you at providing DC facilities provides your DC facilities?
Re: apple PR
The Xerox Star workstation, which in terms of look and feel was completely copied by Apple, under license from Xerox.
In other news
Bears defecate in arboreal climes.
What were they expecting? All ICANN were asked to do was to keep control of the names of things on the internet, but instead they've sold off DNS to the highest bidder. Got to pay for that lifestyle somehow…
"Siri, text my wife, tell her I'll be late"
Text received: "ovulate"
Was a fun night…
Re: Cute.. but..
Well, they are no worse than us - I quite fancied getting a B&W Zeppelin when I first saw one, but I quickly saw the price - ouch, £500 for an ipod dock and some speakers is obscene, no matter how pretty it is and the bespoke British craftsmanship.
Re: the alleged rape victims?
Classy. Publicly smear a woman who reports rape, but AC yourself. Julian would be so proud.
Re: I'm sceptical
I've already told you my position, I'm sceptical. This means I don't believe the accuracy of the currently presented theories, on either side.
As I see it, the main argument for AGW is that humans have caused CO₂ levels to rise to levels that cause global warming, and therefore the only solution to decrease the amount of CO₂. What makes me distrust them is that they are not lobbying for massive numbers of nuclear power stations to be built.
Instead, they want us to subsidise the upper middle class's electricity bills with ineffective solar, build massive arrays of (again) subsidized ineffective windmills. All this does is enrich Dale Vince, it's not saving the environment, and it's making the UK a less efficient and more costly place to live or run a company.
Re: The joys of pseudo-science...
Male, female, its irrelevant. You teacher. No spanky spanky pupil. No exceptions.
Please do again compare being punished for statutory rape with the holocaust.
Re: Reeks of Daily Fail
We're not down on the offshored workers because they are Indian, but because they are incompetent and inexperienced, and managed to burn a bank. If we weren't in the middle of a huge financial crisis already, we'd be in the middle of a huge financial crisis because of this.
Offshoring is a nonsense plan, just like Chinese development teams - unless you are trying to develop a Chinese product. China is growing at 7-9% annually - which means prices go up by that much each year. Chinese dev teams are increasingly similar in price to a UK dev team, particularly when you take into account (as we already do) their poor productivity, which mainly comes down to not being native English speakers (and thus not understanding the nuances) and not asking appropriate questions rather than any lack of application or intelligence.
Re: The joys of pseudo-science...
I'm sorry, but a teacher should have had the moral will and intelligence to not abuse his position and allow himself to be seduced by a 15 yr old girl. It's about the only golden rule in teaching - don't fuck the kids.
Re: I'm sceptical
The problem is for the people commissioning research, monitoring researchers at places like the CRU, political parties, green activists, "every reasonable eventuality" covers anything from "its all our fault, this is going to be a problem in 200 years" and "humans did it, this is going to be a problem in 10 years".
Every year there is a re-design of the models, as modelling a system as complex as the Earth based upon 100 years of data is nonsensical, and their models are shown to be equally incomplete and inaccurate. "But don't worry, a little change to the model and everything now fits again" - it's statistical wankery.
15 years ago, people doing this research were doing "global warming research", but that gave their pre-determined position away, so they went to "climate change research", and now they just say "climate research". A leopard doesn't change his spots, a researcher doesn't go into climate research with an open attitude - they already know what they are looking for.
So, this is why I don't trust them. I don't trust the sceptics either, but they aren't trying to sell me anything.
Re: How many stars
I know it's confusing, but not every story on here is about Apple. Try to keep up old boy.
PS: The 4th amendment describes how agents of the government must act. Are you suggesting 'Apple Security' are part of your government?
But I'm mainly sceptical about 'climate change' scientists, most of whom seemed to have made their mind up about the cause and effects of warming, and do their research to find the 'right' results.
The sceptic position is harder to inhabit given the actions of some sections, who are not sceptics at all - they firmly believe there is no such thing as climate change. That's not a sceptic, that is a believer.
iOS has a good UI?
Really? I've only got iOS devices - I'd describe the UI as 'simple', 'effective', 'easy to use', but it isn't particularly 'good', merely adequate. The best thing about it is how it gets out of your way.
Comparing it with Android UIs, I'm distinctly unimpressed by iOS. They have much more control over how information is pushed and displayed, often you only have to look at the lock screen to get the info you need, where as on iOS you have to go hunting a little for it.
The best thing about iOS UI is its consistency, which only happens because it is so simple.
…hook up two of these over a 500Mb/s powerline backbone
How many of these can you hook together? My parents house is big, with damn thick walls (1m thick brick walls in places). Regular wifi doesn't even get from one end of the house to the other, and none of it penetrates out into the garden or sheds - all of which are hooked up with the same mains.
Could I use 4 or more of these to blanket the entire area with wifi? Would roaming between base stations work?
99% SLA woefully inadequate
The fabled 'two nines' level of reliability promises almost 4 days of down time a year. "Bob's Bargain Baits" may be happy with that for their website, but there is no way I'd put real services up onto that sort of architecture.
Re: RBS: "No evidence" this is connected to outsourcing
He keeps saying 'no evidence this is connected to outsourcing', but is keeping mum about whether it is connected to offshoring.
Re: Work Blunders
One of my colleagues (now my manager \o/) wanted to kill a recently backgrounded job on the only production server hosting our website.
He meant to type:
kill -9 %1
kill -9 1
Thus killing init, putting the box into a dead state, and the website offline until we could get an techie into the DC to press the reset button.
After this, all servers get DRAC consoles, he got his root access taken away, and we got backup servers.
Re: "Ever heard of pseudocode?"
Flow charts are pseudo-code
Specifications are pseudo-code
Hang the code and hang the rules
They're more like guidelines anyway.
Re: Who needs it?
On my shitty 720p work laptop, I can fit about half of two pages side by side - about as useful as a chocolate teapot for my work (software development). Our designers also agree, but have better managers who insisted on 1080p panels on their docking stations - we get 17" 1280x1024 panels on our docking stations :/
I miss my old work laptop, which was specifically a business laptop, with a 1440x1050 4:3 screen. This was just about large enough to do useful things.
I couldn't imagine, having actually done some real CAD driving and some video editing, using this laptop for either of those purposes. CAD requires a lot of screen real estate to be efficient, same as video editing and 1,032,696 pixels just doesn't cut it.
Re: "Bone of contention"?
I've never heard it called that, it's always been "the apple of Paris".
Re: Out-sourcing is bad
Sacking 1.8k permanent IT workers, and replacing them with 800 offshore workers was always going to end like this. Roughly 9 months after they did that, this happened.
I expect that until now, they have simply been managing the existing systems, and now they have put some changes live, utterly breaking everything, and no-one left has a clue how to fix it.
The golden rule when you shed staff like this and cut wages, you lose the good people - who will always be able to find a job - and keep the dross.
The "new cash"
I've found that sometimes, you just need cash. Relying on banks (and me tbh) to not fuck up or me not losing my card or whatever other reason is going to catch you out eventually, so I keep a couple of hundred quid hidden around my flat. I appreciate that not everyone can afford to do this though..
It is kind of ironic, given that Natwest have wall-to-wall TV adverts declaring "a better way" and promoting features to allow you to get access to your money even when you lose your card.
The problem was they shared them on Google Docs, so no-one could find the doc they were looking for.
Re: @John Wilson
What Sweden considers as rape is what Sweden considers as rape.
If you go to Sweden and do what Sweden considers as rape, don't be surprised if Sweden wants to interview you with a view to charging you with rape.
If you flee from prosecutors interviews in Sweden and have your lawyer lie to prosecutors so you can do so, don't be surprised if Sweden tries to extradite you.
If you've paid the bail of a delusional, bat shit insane Australian, don't be surprised when he tries to leg it to Ecuador.
I could understand his objections, protestations and appeals if he was being extradited to the US. He is not. Trying to claim you are a political refugee to avoid being extradited to face rape charges - well, actually, that does sound a little like a politician.
Re: "the insufferable atmosphere in any Apple shop"
To you or me, they are not "Genius" employees, but to my tech ignorant mum and dad, these guys can actually help them use their products. My mum can now make photo albums on the web, edit videos together and upload them to youtube and all kinds of stuff.
Sure, you and I can do this by pissing about with a computer long enough, but others cannot - in fact, that my mum could get help simply by popping into an Apple store is why she spent the extra and got a Mac. Why be so condescending towards people who need help using computers?
Re: Not bad...
Little Green Desktop is an Atari ST fan site. It has links to three working emulators.
As for the game itself, it is available on the Automation Collection disk 400. That should be enough information to find a copy.
Re: Awesome game
The game basically boils down to making sure that you own the multipliers, making sure that you pummel the opposition CF, CM and GK non stop - they should be injured and replaced by the end of the first half - and then romping through the second half.
The more you score, the more money you get for a win, make sure to collect as many upgrades as possible.
You can get out of league 2 easy enough by playing well and buying 'stars', but they are all league 2 stars, and so will suck next season. The absolute best players you get are the ones you started with, as these can all be improved to 250 on all stats, where as a star is quite fixed. So you need a few stars to help you in leage 2, but not more than 3, and keep pumping up your original squad.
I also broke a bunch of joysticks on this, I ended up with a custom built joystick with parts from about 3 knackered ones! The fire button was just a microswitch dangling outside of the case :)
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