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That's acutally pretty tame...
There are some awesome/disturbing patches for US secret projects, as well as some hilarious unofficial morale patches. This book features a range, along with details of what some of the designs mean: http://www.mhpbooks.com/books/i-could-tell-you-but-then-you-would-have-to-be-destroyed-by-me/
and another thing...
"The characteristics of this type of job, the evidence shows increased risk of mental illness and physical illness."
Amazon sites aren't so much warehouses as holding pens for people with personality disorders, in my experience.
Some truth, some bollocks.
Yes, the job sucks. Yes, the pay's crap. Not exactly a shock. That said, saying that he was struggling to pick 110 UPH suggests he's really, really stupid/lazy, or exaggerating to get a good story. I have trained people to pick, including a fair number of East Europeans who spoke English as a second language. They've managed to get up to speed without any great difficulty.
On another note, the security boss down at CWL1 will be getting a thorough reaming for his security guards not finding a body camera. Giggle.
Re: Been there, done that.
Samsung are boasting about the first curved smartphone. That Nokia (my first ever mobile, god I feel old) was many things, but smart wasn't one of them.
The issue is the fact that PCSOs exist solely to make the public think that there are more police officers on duty than there actually are. That's why forces across the country have given them virtually identical uniforms to regular coppers. Some are even considering issuing their PCSOs with batons, sprays and cuffs.
I'm sure that many, even most, PCSOs are decent folk who do their job well. It's just that their job shouldn't exist. Scrap them and use the money saved to employ warranted PCs.
Good luck with that...
There's just (as in this week) been a major change of shift pattern for all the UK FCs. There used to be a mix of folk working 5x8 hour shifts and 4x10 hour shifts, with a night shift running Nov-Dec. Now everyone's on 4 10-hour shifts and there's a permanent night shift. The various overlap days are going to be chaos; we don't have the capacity to have that many people working at once, never mind canteen facilities and so on. It's virtually certain that temps are going to get sent home or called and told not to come in. We've already got a shite reputation locally as an employer, and it's going to get worse.
Haud me back
I've met some of our CS staff. You don't want to video call them.
It's a film star too
A wee bit of the Bond film "The World is Not Enough" was filmed up at Cruachan.
As someone else mentioned, the train station is a request stop, and the train up from Glasgow splits in two at Crianlarich so check you're in the correct carriage and make sure the ticket collector knows where you're going. IME the staff on the West Highland line are good at paying attention and helping out visitors. By the way, if you get to Cruachan by public transport or bicycle you get free entry.
Re: "photographs are forbidden for fear terrorists could make use of them,"
"Is everyone here forgetting the terrorist attack on the similar Dubh Ardrain facility nearby? There's some big boys out there, and some of them know how to strike and run away!"
Arf. If only Angel X was real. I've always pictured her as Mary Kiani. Sigh...
Anyway, great article Bill, and great series. More of "The Geek's Guide to..." thank you please.
some evidence would be nice
"Children are getting far more access to pornography than they used to, and it's not doing them any good at all."
What you wrote is commonly believed, but the evidence is sketchy to say the least.
what you did there, I saw it
"Standard Innovation saw an opening in this area"
I bet they did.
brand loyalty? aye right
Why should any customer have loyalty to a brand? It's simple: companies make things, customers choose which one suits them best (if any) based on price, features, whatever is most important to them. This idea of blind loyalty is ridiculous in the extreme.
Apple have been eejits of late- especially with their petulant child response to losing the English case. I have a Samsung phone and Galaxy S mini-tablet/music player. Fandroid? Nope, I just bought a Macbook Air. Because the MBA is the best product on the market for my specific needs.
Re: Hang on ...
Nope, in this case it was human error. A financial advisor put in an address change for customer #1, but accidentally gave the account details for customer #2 instead. The Pru then updated their records accordingly. Where they screwed up was in taking several years to fix said error, even when both customers had repeatedly informed them of the problem.
Re: Right so...
Daniel Craig isn't actually a "muscle-bound hulk". He's naturally very lean-see the hotel scene in Layer Cake for instance. He then worked very hard and got into incredible shape to play Bond, putting on some muscle. The combination makes him look bigger.
Sean Connery was into body-building in the 50's. If you put both of them as Bond together, Connery would be much bigger looking.
Rupert isn't the only choice for the real-life inspiration for Elliot Carver. There's Ted Turner for one, but more obviously Robert Maxwell. Tomorrow Never Dies even ends with M dictating a press release about Carver's death, saying that he fell from his luxury yacht.
Factor that in with Maxwell's rumoured links with Israeli spooks, and his arseholish behaviour (ripping off the Mirror Group pensions etc) and you've got a very solid base for a Bond villain.
Or it could be that losing medical records is considered to be a more serious breach compared to Google's Street View wi-fi slurping and so on. As such, there will always appear to be a bias towards hitting the public sector with fines, as the overwhelming majority of health care provision in the UK is public sector.
There have been a few...
The SAS book tsunami of the mid-late 90's had a few along those lines. The unit in question was usually referred to as 14 Int/The Det and operated in NI. It later became the SRR that Lewis mentioned in the article. Andy McNab wrote about having to use an assumed name while attached to 14 Int in "Immediate Action". There was also "The Operators" by James Rennie.
The rationale was pretty simple: If the IRA caught and tortured a plain-clothes operator he or she wouldn't be able to give up any useful info on their colleagues (home addresses and the like). This was at a time when the various pyro-Paddies were targeting military personnel on and off duty on the mainland after all.
Re: Intelligence Test?
God, if we had intelligence tests for staff every single Amazon site would be empty. ;) The temp jobs will be advertised though an agency. They'll be ads in the local paper and Job Centre.
And as for the comment above re: G4S, if only Amazon HR could organise things as smoothly as G4S. They're the living embodiment of the old line from Dilbert: "You can't spell "who cares" without HR".
Even allowing for temp jobs, the figure quoted is almost certainly bollocks. When Amazon opened the site at Dunfermline last year the jobs created figure in the press release included all posts created in Scotland since the last announcement. Amazon announced 200 extra jobs for one site, of which 60-80 had already been created in the 18 months previous.
Re: Consistency and morality.
An Act of Parliament (Diplomatic and Consular Premises Act 1987) was passed after the Yvonne Fletcher murder. That is the difference. If the same thing were to happen today, the Met would happily go door-kicking.
But don't let the facts get in the way of a good session of mouth-foaming.
not a huge bacon sannie fan...
My preference is for a roll and slice (square sausage) and tattie scone, with onions and tomato sauce. Bonus points for a well-fired or Morton's roll that's pleasingly jaggy to the mouth.
'with kings and counselors of the earth, who built for themselves places now lying in ruins,'
Mission: Impossible did it first. ;)
Igby Goes Down
Igby Goes Down. Not even the ohsopretty Claire Danes could save that one. I was chatting with my girlfriend ages back and she mentioned Igby Goes Down. I said I hadn't seen it- she pointed out that we'd watched it together. The film was so bad my mind had attempted to scab over the entire viewing experience.
Apologies if this has been posted already. From the linked article:
"The two men were on a week-long business trip for the BlackBerry maker, but they were arrested after the flight landed in Vancouver."
Eejits got what was coming to them. I feel sorry for all the passengers that pair of oxygen thieves inconvenienced.
You guess wrong
As my username suggests, I work in a big building with Amazon written on the side. Can I get stuff delivered to my work? Hell no. Around Christmas we'll have a couple of thousand staff on site- can you imagine the chaos if 10% of us got our Christmas shopping delivered?
This idea is great- hoping Tesco get involved as a locker location. It'd be a godsend to shift workers.
"The 710 is powered by two non-rechargeable AA batteries".
Alun, do you mean that's what you used when testing, or are rechargeables specifically ruled out by Magellan for some reason? If it's the latter, then DO NOT WANT. My current Garmin (non-touchscreen) unit will chug along nicely for 12 or so hours on a pair of rechargeable AAs.
The RN and RAF search and rescue units exist to deal with military emergencies- plane crashes and so on. It makes sense for them to aid civvies when the crews would otherwise be doing training flights. A bit of extra live practice for the crews, civvies get help. We'd be paying the running costs of the whirlybirds anyway.
Beer, for the crew. Good job fellas.
Perhaps you should take your time instead AC; the FBI wanted OBL for the embassy bombings in 1998. Not the '93 WTC attack. Why? Because the FBI had investigated both embassy bombings and produced a strong enough case to indict OBL. Revealing the results of 9/11 investigations made no sense; it risked giving away information on an active manhunt.
But hey, you're a truther (or are you "just asking questions"), so facts and evidence aren't terribly important to you.
I for one welcome our icon-modifying overlords
How about good/evil Amazon? I would suggest Jeff Bezos, but despite working here for 5 years I don't have a clue what he looks like.
And on the subject of improving el Reg even more, any chance of moving the "back to the forum" link on the up/down vote page? Using a netbook means scrolling down past the comment to get to the link; it'd be nice if it was beside the "we're glad you liked this post" text. Pretty please?
Using the browser back button means the thumbs up/down isn't updated unless you refresh the page.
unintended consequences are a bitch...
AC, clearly thinking isn't your strong suit. Decisions have unintended consequences: in the 80s and 90s there was a wave of "Satanic Ritual Abuse" cases. Children were taken from their parents on the basis of extremely flimsy "evidence" of abuse. So what I hear you say? Better the social workers erred on the side of caution, "if it saves one child..."
Well here's the thing. At least one of those children was abused by a medical professional while IN CARE. That's right, a decision made in the child's best interests ultimately harmed them.
Your last point is untrue
"Why do you think paramedics, the Red Cross people etc ALWAYS go by pairs, at least? Witnesses."
Dunno about Red Cross, but there are plenty of paramedics/EMTs working solo in the UK. They work as First Responders, in cars or sometimes on motorbikes.
you're talking mince
the weight plate will almost certainly be competition certified, which requires a very high level of accuracy.
So no, there's no way a 50Kg plate weighed 51.4Kg.
are you using your head to store old rags?
"Have you ever noticed that many fictional prostitution stories are about a "happy hooker", but most news stories about prostitution involve gangs, enforced-poverty, slavery, under-age sex, abuse, drug-taking or people-trafficing?"
Sounds like the status quo is doing a grand job of protecting people. Could it be that when aspects of an activity are illegal, criminals start running these activities? whodathunkit?
not that hard
With a name and a town it's relatively straightforward to get an address using the phone book or directory inquiries. Even if there's a few possibles, it doesn't take much to drive past and see which house is unoccupied. Hell, if the victims had posted their holiday plans on FB, there's a good chance they also posted pics of their home, car or other distinguishing information (the really nice coffee shop down the road, the park across the street they walk the dog in, the annoying railway line behind their garden.)
T-800 'coz he knows how to find a target using the phone book.
lack of understanding of the likely employment
The yanks have already used balloons in Iraq/Afghanistan. They were/are tethered above bases with sensor rigs as a force protection measure; spotting mortar firing points and suchlike. This looks like an enhancement of that idea, and I seriously doubt the intention is to fly them around the battlespace.
Grenade, 'coz it's dead warry innit?
it actually makes some sense
In a real emergency, the crew would be rather busy. So a pre-recorded message would lighten their taskload. The canned message would also be clear and intelligible. Something that may not be true if it were performed by a captain battling simultaneously to keep the plane airborne and issuing commands on a flight deck with alarms sounding.
You don't think MI5 actually handed him a case with £900K, and let him keep it when he was arrested minutes later do you?
And they didn't "entice him... and he caved in". The Dutch spooks tipped them off, after he contacted them offering to sell information.
Delightfully snarky article, nice one John
"This grassroots, reach-out web chat was an enormous success in turning round public opinion using just reasoned argument - think Peel's speech on the Corn Laws. The online poll carried out by the paper, clearly not astro-turfed by any special interest group, found four per cent of respondents were in favour of the cards against 96 per cent of people who were against it."
Made me giggle. Keep up the good work El Reg and NO2ID, not long till we get rid of this shower of eejits at Westminster. Admittedly, they'll be replaced by other eejits, but you can't always get what you want.
If you look at the list of games, it includes 24 and Splinter Cell: Double Agent. Neither of which are war games. Presumably they were included to tick the "interrogation" box. Methinks the bods behind this "research" were interested in getting a good PR piece rather than anything constructive.
And that's ignoring the fact that *it's just a game.* Oy vey.
Re: Why so much Bono hate?
Because a multi-millionaire tax-avoiding celeb who lectures people about poverty is a twat.
For the record, I am a big U2 fan (not their last album though), and when I met Bono a few years ago he was a lovely bloke.
RM going downhill fast
Our General Manager said that when we opened, 95% of our deliveries were carried out by RM. It's now significantly less than 50% and dropping fast. The last time the posties threw a strop we used other carriers on a temporary basis. They did such a good job that we renewed their contract and told RM to get to.
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