Re: Perhaps they do not like Facebook
Lookheed and BAE sound like much more interesting places to work.
Unless you are lumbered with principles and don't want to work towards killing people?
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Lookheed and BAE sound like much more interesting places to work.
Unless you are lumbered with principles and don't want to work towards killing people?
Is it the independent streak? The innate distrust of government dating from its origins? Something about the US just seems to make things turn ugly...
Or was it that the victim was black? You mentioned Switzerland and Japan. Neither of those are so internationally famous for race discrimination and ethnic specific slavery.
PS I will say I don't think it's just institutionalised racism causing these problems.
Sometimes it is just total ars^&*!es that cause the problems. If they didn't discriminate against "thick lips and curly hair", they would find someone else to be unpleasant towards. Perhaps they might discriminate against people of Irish ancestry, they might want to discriminate against plebs who didn't go to the right sort of school or perhaps they like Ginger jokes.
Not behaving in that sort of way is not "political correctness". It is human decency, or perhaps just good manners.
Some will die sooner than others.
It is considered rational to not want to be in the "sooner" group.
We just had a referendum where a major consideration to some was the, completely obsolete, concept of national sovereignty.
As we have now pulled ourselves away from our neighbours, this must actually mean something to some people.
The USA is a much bigger risk of impinging on our sovereignty without even noting it or giving a t*ss if they do realise it.
The USA has a very different culture froim us. It is far more intolerant and their justice system considers itself to be a lesson for us all. It is a lesson for us, but perhaps not how they think.
If he broke a law, he should be tried here. If he didn't do anything that we would jail him for, end of story. If he did not something we would punish him for, he gets punished here. That's where it should end.
Do I trust all companies 100% - no
Do I distrust all companies 100% - no either
Which ones do I mistrust more?
1. Very large ones that have been convicted, without help from rivals, and fined for abusing monopolies.
2. Ones that spend the most on lawyers and PR whiz kids.
3. Any headquartered in the land of the NSA. CIA. FBI and other criminal groups like them.
4. Any that think that consumer rights are "liberal nonsense".
As for trusting my own government. - Very variable. They got my fingerprints and some blood a few decades ago for an army ID card.They are the default repository for a lot of my other information anyway - DOB, family, driving licence, NI number and so on. Do I think that they can't get my travels, phone records and medical stuff as fast as they want? - Don't be silly but I trust them more with it than I would Microsoft, Apple or IBM.
I agree with what others have said, some ashes should be taken up by the next Vulture Flight and released .
Haggis is pretty common around the world. Apparently, there is even something similar in (South) Korea. It are just poor people food that has been adopted as a national icon because it's very nice.
Like several items of Scottish culture, they can be traced to France rather than the southern half of this island.
I've done ITIL. Whatever we call it, users call it "Help Desk" and are irritated by other names.
Who thinks "HR" is better than Personnel used to be?
Nobody rings 666, or whatever, to be serviced. They want help. As for what help the caller wanted, I suspect it was somewhere between the entire Brigade of Ghurkas and perhaps 100 Tornados.
Google will have to buy it first. Scratch is from MIT.
That said, I agree with you. I have lost useful things from Google dropping them. You don't know a replacement for My Tracks do you?
Not a perfect idea.
At least with German, English, French, Mandarin and so on there are a large number of people who speak it already. There are no native Esperanto speakers and more of us did Latin in school than that.
The problem may be that the "English" they standardise on is not quite English.
I'm not talking about, for example, a German using their own sentence construction. That just depends on their fluency. I'm sure my French grammar follows the rules of English at times. Fair enough..
I find it slightly naff that a lot of people from Central Europe etc seem to have learned their English somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic!
I didn't know the referendum was only for England!
The leave campaign seems to be pretty overwhelmingly so,
A lot of providers like to block you from changing your DNS to something other than them (OpenDNS, Google etc) People changing that for themselves has irritated the powerful in the past. Are they just thinking ahead on this?
I'm sure that I saw a project for making one with a Raspberry Pi. Anyone who proposes to firtle around with their router can do one of those.
How strange. People in SAP can count!
Their whole business is maths, Of course they will see that if it is better for their customers (us), we will have more money to buy their stuff.
"wired Ethernet is a pain or a security risk"
Either, I am not understanding what you mean or both those statements fly in the face of any evidence I have seen.
Pain - how much more pain are you caused by simply plugging in an Ethernet cable than, A. paying extra for a Wifi dongle, B. installing the drivers, C. fardling around with connecting up to the right WiFi and D putting in the password? At least you can avoid A&B now.
Security - You do use a WiFi passord I assume. This is famously not secure and easy enough for crims/spooks to swamp out and so on,
I have uses for WiFi Pi devices in future but they are inherently fiddlier and less secure or reliable than a length of CAT5/6/etc
I recently got myself a Raspberry Pi to play with. Apparently, it runs Ubuntu and has everything your non-tecchie friends want out of a desktop PC - Chrome web browser and email.
There are no fans. The box is less than A7 and 2.5cm and the reason it stays cool? It runs off a standard (ie non iPhone) mobile phone charger..
I can't see it replacing my PC thoiugh. I wonder if it runs the GIMP?
It wasn't the tobacco companies they were trying to help. It was the paper companies - both the people that made poor quality paper and the people who made poor quality papers.
Specifically William Randolph Hearst (Pattys grandpa) helped push the laws which conveniently also blocked imports of cheaper, hemp based, paper made in Mexico.
I think Lisa Simpson has mentioned it.
"Ladies and gentlemen, by the time (some of) you graduate, the paperless office will have become the norm."
That was from my induction lecture - in autumn 1979!
I have and it hasn't...
It is one thing for me to choose to put information on the internet where it may come under the view of criminal organisations like the NSA.
It is an entirely different thing for any hospital, Doctor or NHS organisation to do so for me.
A huge improvement to democracy would be the removal of the three line whip. I want my (and everyone else's} MP to vote for what they think is right. If they think that the party line is tight, fair enough but they need to decide - not some bully (whip) in their office .
My father in law was be head science teacher where he used to work.
He has a story about a biology teacher who, every year, went on an all fruit diet.
She could not explain why she always used to get diarrhoea...
"It's just as well that sharks don't throw coconuts."
Good job the coconuts haven't got spiders inside.
Why do "they" never mention W2K? I still consider it to be the best thing that MS ever did.
There were 2 versions - desktop and server. Simple and easy.
The PFY here says that only 2 versions of Windows is not profitable and a precedent that MS do not want us to remember!
Can I infer that he is not an "African American"?
Or have we given up that 'lost cause'?
On that one probably but I'm still arguing that a Kilobyte is 2^10 and a megabyte is 2^20 and so on.
I've got that book too but I can't find anything that gives a date. I can't even find agreement on how long a day is. In fact, it seems to say that time as we understand it is not important to the creator.
I would infer therefore that the universe formed somewhere between 0.01 seconds ago and 4.4E17 seconds ago. God is above all this time nonsense anyway...
Did anyone ever believe that the Safe Harbor (sic) was ever worth the paper it was printed on?
We may not have known about the sheer level of data slurping that was going on but there can't have been many people who thought that it was any use whatsoever.
Not all that oil money stays in Saudi hands.
Read Confessions of an Economic Hit Man for more details...
Many years ago, the EU told Apple that it needed to use some form of standard connector.
Apple showed them the finger by not only failing to do that but by inventing an entirely new one that was, by definition, even *less* standard.
USB3 is going to happen - eventually. Apple would be in the unusual situation of actually showing technical leadership . Peripheral manufacturers market would expand from 10% of the new phone market to almost all of it as manufacturers as new models replace existing ones.
I remember someone doing that in the OTC.
An acceptable military radio usage for the male member is the "One Percent".
The last time we had an admitted socialist elected to 10 Downing Street was 1974.
I was a couple of years too young to vote anyway. I suspect that plenty people here were too young for solid food.
We don't know what the all results of this will be but at least we will have a choice for a change!
The labour party has had at least 1,500 new members today (Sunday). As the Murdoch press and other ****bags gets their lies into gear tomorrow, it will be interesting to see how many more join. I'm thinking about it.
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My stuff is in the cloud(s).
My email and contacts are in Gmail, or whatever other ones I use.
Photos are synced away pretty instantly. It stops some idiot telling me that I "can't take pictures here" and forcing me to delete them.
Documents I edit are generally on Box, Google Docs or whatever.
Things like Evernote, Onenote and so on deal with notes.
What do I use all the space for? Music, podcasts, audiobooks, ebooks and so on.
An unwanted factory reset would be irritating but not disastrous. I would just have to re-download them again.
If I dealt with a company that had an excessive interest on inconsequential items, I would wonder what was being skimped on to see that the appearance was "just right".
I'm sure we have all seen the company that has the highly glossed pseudo-secretary on the reception desk. She has bright varnish on nails so long that she can barely type. Although she is wearing something that looks like the company uniform, hers has been specially tailored to fir her BMI15 form and her hairdo probably cost over £100. Some of them are chewing gum as they file those long nails.
Companies with that sort of gatekeeper are trying to make a statement rather than a product.
What is the global market share now for iPads, iPhones and other iThingies?
Perhaps a year ago, someone pointed me to a link for this but I can't find it.
I remember this from lectures long ago.
The problem is, what is the ratio and sometimes in which direction.
If you drop your prices 10% and get a 5% rise in sales, you are in trouble. If you drop your prices 10% and get an 11% rise, you are doing well.
Some things however, if you drop your prices, your sales will fall. For example, Rolls Royces and Ferraris could have this counterintuitive property. If the Rolls is seen to become cheaper, it may be perceived as moving down market and some people may get Aston Martins instead.
There will always be a market for "nice" books. Big beautiful things to put on your coffee table or present as prizes and mementoes. eBooks are not this. There is zero marginal cost to the maker and there is generally zero emotional attachment to the file.
So the latest SpyNovel by X has gone up? I'll get the one by Y for 15p less. Maybe, I'll get Xs book next week when they have dropped the price again. If they don't, there is always Z.
"We will never, EVER, sell your data to any 3rd party. For any price"
How about an additional line - "and we won't give it away free to our chums and future employers either."
I'm fairly sure that my son had done it around 12 or 13.
He was discreet and quiet about it so I did not question him much. He is not terribly interested in IT in any role other than a user now but he is aware that there is more. If he feels the need, he may ask me.
A supplier who asks for something that bleeding edge is asking to be replaced.
If people are enjoying a pleasant spliff, they are more suggestible.
It is surprising that our owners have not thought of this.
A few months ago, I upgraded to a nice shiny new Samsung phone.
It was not an S6 or even an Edge. Those were complete fails before they are powered up.
It was not the software that informed my choice. It was the hardware. Samsung just dropped external storage and removable batteries from their new offering. I therefore dropped those.
I got a nice new Note4. Possibly not the very latest thing and certainly not the iShiniest one around either. Hardware wise, it is close enough to the S6. Like most Samsung offerings, it is a bit thin for comfortable use but the case cures that anyway.
Samsung software is not a selling point - far from it. It is a negative point. A few years ago, I had an S2 and learned that you need to avoid opening some of their offerings at all. It was an interesting learning experience that involved a couple of resets. It seems better now and there are no "hubs" to duplicate all of the functionality. I managed to avoid the Sammy calendar long enough to install the proper one and make it the default.
I now have a very functional device. It runs Android well and the "S-Pen" seems interesting. I can put in additional storage when I need it and can even get an even hight capacity battery. It does not have pretty round corners like the S6 but it has a much better battery.
The N4 camera software is probably non-standard but seems simple enough and the pictures still end up on my Google account.
I have noticed how some of the terminally uninformable in the USA seem to be shouting to the rest of the planet that they will do specifically the opposite of what their democratically elected, US born, Christian president advises.
If Barry suggests that HTTPS is a good thing, there will be some who make a point of never using it again. If he then suggests encrypting all email, the crazies will doggedly use plain text.
The process could carry on until they are walking about in their underwear and making their plans over the PA system.
We are unlikely to know if their Pres' has thought of this but it sounds a fun idea.
Anyone who objects to his actions is condoning what he uncovered.
I have an anecdote.
Some years ago, I was working for a firm in Northamptonshire that makes accounting software.
I was dealing with an engineer from Microsoft and I asked if it was a true rumour. He confirmed it to me that they were specifically to teach point & click with Minesweeper and Drag & Drop with Solitaire.
Apart from the customary xenophobia, the rest seems to be fairly well aimed at the Conservative Party.
If they push this insanity through, they will be banning themselves.
Not being able to vote for him is not the only reason Rand Paul has no interest in the rest of the planet.
Some of his co-religionists think "Outside the USA" is somewhere near Canada.
Some of them think it is the sandy area where the terrorists live.
Perhaps there are even some who just do not believe in the existence of "Outside the USA" and think that those troops supposedly sent there are being used for some nefarious liberal purpose...
Was this designed by Howard Wolowitz?