368 posts • joined 10 Sep 2009
Annoying me is bad for your business
Any company that sends me annoying and unwanted screen pollution does not get my trade.
They also get bad reports to anyone who asks for my opinion. Word of mouth is as important now as it ever was.
Re: Is it patented?
I really hope it is fully open to all. That means specifically not patented.
The idea of patenting is to stop an idea being used by anyone else.
The World Wide Web was not patented. That is why it caught on so big. Anyone who wants to can create a web server. You can't call it IIS but you can call it your own.
Does anyone remember all those myths about all the oil companies buying up the patents for better electric cars so that we would all stay with them? We certainly have done that.
If this turns out to have something to it, it needs to be something that anyone can do. Then all we need is a Great Glass (Space) Elevator and people can start getting off this rock !
I fail to see the relevance of an armed population to stopping a totalitarian occupier.
Half of those armed would welcome the occupiers anyway because they would help them combat whichever "other group" they disliked - Jewish, gay, liberals, atheists, left wing or whatever. The Nazis always found collaborators and they were often those who considered themselves superior to the rest - pretty much like conservatives and elites feel today.
Re: want to shop online at ASDA - they will Google ASDA
There was a situation a couple of years ago where the first page Google brought up on a search for FaceBook was a picture of the login page.
Cue thousands of calls saying FB login page is broken...
Boots on the (red) Ground
It would be nice if we could look on this as the start but we just have to look back 42 years to when space exploration stopped, in favour of scientific investigation only.
Nobody has "boldly gone" in space since the return of the last Apollo mission. There has been a good amount of high quality scientific work since then. Earths orbit has become a busy place but no human being has actually been beyond that since.
We now have private enterprise on the move. It's perhaps 50 years behind but it has managed to get stuff up as far as the geostationary orbit. Lets see how it goes.
Me too but I even had a spell with Sky and it was seriously poor.
I was with NTL, then Virgin. It had its problems but the performance was good. The only flaw was the "superhub" that reset at random. I think it did start to get better in the end.
Our kids told us that Sky was better all round and we ended up moving. It wasn't but it did cost more for a fairly similar TV service a slightly shonky phone line and a pathetically slow and unreliable broadband.
We have now dropped all skys products, gone Freeview and Virgin broadband. Who needs a landline anyway? I'm now saving a lot of money and having a good experience with a Google ChromeCast.
It is quite possible that Windows 8 will have the same business presence as Vista. Most people skipped it. Some are just skipping it now as they migrate from XP to Windows 7.
"But what if the next Windows is the same as 8?" you may ask.
People might skip that too. How old is XP? If they can do that once, they can do it again. A lot of the move to Win7 is related to it being 64 bit, even if managers haven't realised. It could be a while before 128bit processors catch on...
Forget Scottish Independence
As a Scot, but not in it, I am not keen on breaking up the UK.
I am willing to make an exception of London though. Malaya and Singapore went their own ways and both seem OK about it. Malaysia is a pretty decent place. They have trade, finance and stuff. They also make things, like cars and food and more stuff...
Singapore has finance & trade and trade & finance. They do a bit of IT too.I doubt it has a much of an agricultural centre though.
That sounds pretty much like London then.
I propose to separate London from the UK. It may take a little time to draw up the boundaries but there's no rush. The centre of UK Government could be moved back to York or thereabouts. Cameron etc could be given the option of staying in London as he seems to feel it's so central. That would be up to Boris. HM and family can live in whatever they want. I would vote to keep her head of state anyway but we don't need a reclaimed swamp in the remote south east to keep us going.
Privacy is good...
The ability of someone to remove past, errors from public view is not always a good thing.
If a 30 year old wants a link to 20 year old ASBO removed, that is one thing. If another adult wants links to a previous bankruptcy removed, that is not.
If someone wants reference to adult criminal convictions removed. That request needs to be documented and linked to make reference to it easier.
Privacy is a must but public safety is even more important to me.
I would also like permanent record about what politicians and parties say. They will want to use this to cover up their actions.
Re: I don't get it
Their fault is that they haven't done it yet. In fact, I suspect that the drones are unhappy that Google do it instantly by pressing a button on receipt of the court judgement.
They have compounded their sin by pointing out this was a bad idea and even more by announcing their intention to appeal.
- Baby translator
Hasn't Paxo left the BBC? He was quite good at translating baby talk from politicians...
Re: There is one
You missed out the best reason for getting one. It's not from Apple.
Re: @PaulR79 "Never click links for banks etc in emails"
I'm fairly sure that I read a story here that some bank had done this.
Re: Agenda here?
_If I were to say "I always drive my car into work", nobody would ask me to justify it, _
If you lived 2 minutes walk from work, it would be quite common for people to ask. If you live 30 minutes drive away and had a prosthetic leg, less common.
People ask about things that they want to find out about. Someone saying they are a vegetarian while eating fish & chips that need to be clarified.
I have a friend who feels she is a vegetarian but when we talked about it, most of the time she doesn't like eating creatures that make a noise.
Not liking the taste of meat no more makes you a vegetarian than not liking the taste of spinach stops me being an omnivore.
People like to know why other people do stuff. Not to beat them down but to know how to react. If you have some deeply held philosophical reason for identifying as one, that will cause me to react differently to if it is just becauseyou had a bad experience in the KFC that changed your preferences.
The headline talks as if the NSA is not a criminal organisation.
It is certainly not illegal in its own country but by default it breaks the law(Constitution). It is therefore a criminal organisation.
Also I believe that the churn between criminal organisations, legal and not, is a lot less than that.
So the Answer is
1. Nobody does any sort of business with the USA or its colonies.
2. All copyrights, patents and licenses specifically exclude Gitmo Nation.
3. We make it clear that we are happy at being friends or allies but they do not have rights over us.
4. We regard their hacking us in the same way they would feel about it.
So we would loose some market - after all the USA has nearly 4.4% of humanity in it. They aren't are rich and powerful as they used to be. They have been heading down since at least the start of the century and their military is doing to them pretty much what the USSRs did to them...
Re: What about the first universal power supply outlet?
Or the second, the USB.
Re: On a more serious note ...
15 Standard 13 Amp Plug
"I still cannot see any *actual* benefits..."
It depends on who the benefits are for and who is doing the tracking.
If my house kept tabs of whether I was in or not, it could save me money by lowering the heating as described. It would also know if certain things of my choosing happened, that I should be informed - window left open, phone call from particular people, break in and so on.
If it was some bunch of corporations, not so beneficial though. If it was my *local* police, they might be interested in someone else hanging around my garden. Not so sure about spooks and other government officials and I am definitely against the idea of foreign (eg US) spooks and other criminal organisations like the NSA having any information.
I had a Sinclair Scientific Reverse Polish Notation device. The best thing about it was that almost nobody borrowed it twice! My maths teacher figured it out and explained some of the things that it could do beyond straight arithmetic.
I too now have an calculator app on my phone that does RPN if I want. Now I get confuse a whole new bunch of people...
Is this all done by deliberate DNS errors?
There are alternatives if so.
To get past automated filtering
I used to know someone who had a section at the bottom of their CV listing items they were not able to do.
They listed a number of things that were not relevant to their work but were often trawled for. I think a degree was one of them so a line like "I have an HND in Civil Engineering and not a BSc in Computing" may get you past the 'bots and HR types.
Will there be a valid exchange rate.
Any manufacturer who prices their products in US Dollars needs to remember that many people who buy IT kit can count and even look up things.
A quick Google shows be that $300 is about £183.90. If I add VAT to that, it is still under £221. In the past I have seen things advertised that indicate a $ to £ parity. Lets hope that never gets tried again...
Of course, if you wanted a value equivalent, $300 may have a purchasing power of about £150 at most...
I think millions is not enough.
Billions should be paid to recompense the economic sabotage by Apple.
Samsung no more copied apple than Apple copied Xerox. Someone here has already said they don't think that happened.
Apple however, has very calculatedly used (lawyer based) economic sabotage every time and everywhere they think they can. A lot of the time the cases have been dismissed but the idea was to sow FUD and just general spanners into the works. They succeeded in that. There are still some people who genuinely believe that Apple has a case. Tell a lie often enough and some people will believe you.
The whole purpose of the whole horrid campaign was to try and keep their place at the top of the tree without actually competing their way there.
They now sell less smartphones than their competitors and even their tablets have fallen from their perch. The only think that keeps them wealthy is the gullibility tax. They make more money per unit. Presumably, they are now trying to hang on to this but still don't want to sell anything better than they have.
Apple really does sell above average kit but since the average includes £50 devices, that doesn't say too much.
What do I want?
I want a really simple thing - a "dumb pipe". How thick a pipe depends on what I can afford...
I don't want your special services. I just need connection to the internet. If I want to download films, I will decide which ones and from where. If I do it from Netflix, that's my choice and I do somewhere else without paying, that's my lookout.
If I want to filter my household, there are plenty of applications and services available. When my kids were growing up, I used Open DNS. It blocked violent stuff, dodgy file sharing and various other things that I objected to.My kids are now 19 and 23. They got their own computers when I thought they were old enough. They show no evidence of being bullied and nobody has told be they bullied anyone else. My daughter does not seem to have showed anything to a webcam that she may now feel bad about. If her brother looks at anything rude, he is smart enough not to let me know...
They are now young adults who are accustomed to making their own decisions and thinking for themselves. Sadly for Mr Murdoch, this may involve few of his products and sadly for Mr Cameron, they don't seem too stuck on him either.
Re: Where's the "I dont need protection"?
Probably in the same place as "I'll protect my own household" option.
The last thing I would want is a bunch of crooks limiting what I see. Um....
Apples income is the product of
1. Profit per unit
2. Total size of market
3. Percentage of market they have
We know that 1 is very high due to the gullibility tax,
Number 2 is still increasing merrily but only until everyone has a phone. Then it's just replacement only.
Item 3, however, is dropping.
If any of these items drop too far, Apples profits will suffer. If number 3 keeps dropping, it could in theory get to zero and that means Apple gets no money. This is not going to happen. There will always be uninformed people with money to burn but it could go down so far that their only option is to change item 1.
If they drop the profit per unit to try and increase sales, they may loose more customers as their products become less exclusive and "special". If they increase their markup, how long will their user base remain loyal?
I was a fairly early adopter of G+. I find it a good way of getting information and discussing stuff with people who want to talk about what I consider interesting.
Not counting Workplace BBs, I am on my 3rd SmartPhone (all Android). I had never heard of a wakelock.
A quick Google and browse tells me what it is but I don't think I will worry about them. There are loads of things that I could look into but I am fine without them.
It's a SmartPhone if you have a general purpose computer inside your phone. The smartness of such devices varies. That is why Apple can truthfully sell its devices as such and there are plenty under £50 that are even feebler but a good phone - HTC, Nokia, Samsung or whatever may have more computing power than NASA had in 1969 when they put people on the moon. They certainly allow you to install confusing apps but it's not compulsory!
Re: That and a prominent name or logo...
That's why phones with that OS have 81% of the market.
They are holding fast to premium pricing though.
I believe most users do not care what is "in the box". I think there are some people who do. They have read this article, or ones similar to it.
What good does it do? I suspect that I am not the only reader here who has fired up a VM and started installing something interesting. I compare it to people who like to play with old motor bikes. The big difference is that this make less mess and probably cost less money as well.
It's been a long time since I last played. I gave my OS2 CDs away . I think the BEOS I tried is on an old HDD in a box somewhere. This article has given me a few reminders of other things. All I have done in the last while have been fairly common versions of Linux. Nostalgia...
Re: hacker princess...
It seems that she has already hacked herself. She used to be a "prince hacker".
"users who actually want to do some work"
I am unclear what having an iPad and actually doing some work have to do with each other.
Re: 'Hating America is a crime'
Why are they all trying to come here "for a better life"?
Short answer, they aren't.
Slightly longer answer - Some people want into your country because they want some money.
Long answer, There are some people who want to go to the USA and take part in the great "American Dream". There are also others who want the "Australian Dream" and yet others who want the "European Dream". Some of this last group even want the "British Dream".
Why?If you are poor, have had your country screwed over by the USSR, CIA or just big international corporations in the past of course you want better. If you are surrounded by civil wars, various fundamentalists, droughts etc, you want out *now*.
Someone from New York told me that his city is full of Ukrainian cab drivers sending money back home. If that's true, they want your money but how much more? Your country is beautiful, full of friendly, welcoming people and well worth visiting. It is also seen as a great way to earn enough money to set oneself up nicely once home is "safe" again. Nobody else believes in your dream any more.
Re: Spanner @Matt Bryant
Did you see the brackets in my post?
My observation was that if you are seen (correctly or not) as a US conservative, your contributions are discounted.
First of all, if it wasn't for the very "un-socialist" financial crisis that the whole world is in the foolish actions of many countries around us would have not all blown up at once. They would have been individually sorted without the economic stupidity pushed upon us all the out of touch financial experts who put us here in the first place.
¿Why is this economic situation "un-socialist" then?
Because it was caused by major screwups in the financial industries both here and in the USA. They were not caused by Spain, Greece. etc spending more than they had. That just made it worse for them. Now, when they should be bump-starting their economies, they are bound to follow big moneys commands and make life as difficult for their poor and middle classes as possible - just like we are doing here.
As for Brazil, should they just ignore what Snowden has revealed?
As soon as you start to talk about "reckless socialist spending" everyone identifies your politics (correctly or not) as US conservative. This invalidates everything else you say.
Have you got figures for Earth?
We have figures here for a tiny proportion of humanity - about 4% I believe.
How about some figures for the remainder?
Re: You;ve not been home in a while have you?
In the event of a UK breakup, that would be called making the best of a bad situation.
Just as it would (hopefully not will) be extreme stupidity to break up the UK, it would be further stupidity to break up things even worse.
PS - for a more local view of Orkney opinion, try a local paper like www.orcadian.co.uk I imagine Shetland has theirs as well.
As a Scot "down south"
I live not far from Birmingham & Coventry. Most of my friends & colleagues identify me as Scottish but I'm actually from Orkney - the most SNP hostile region in the UK.
Unfortunately, I don't get a vote but I would vote against destroying the UK in this way.
Couldn't we just have a vote to disown London? I'll vote yes for that! The rest of the UK has been sha* on my that place in fairly equal shares.
AC @ 11:40 gmt
So they loose $10 per unit.
They sell a million.
Their losses are $10,000,000
No, that doesn't work. They will be better off selling smartphones instead...
"Asperger's Syndrome is no longer a recognised diagnosis in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders version 5"
From what I have heard, that merely indicates there are not profitable drug therapies for it.
Modern *smartphones* aren't going to get the battery life you require until the battery technology catches up...
A partial solution is to get a grown up smartphone that allows you to remove the battery. My GS2 has a more than double capacity battery. Its replacement, whatever it turns out to be, will have a removable battery as well.
<quote>So if the enforcers of the law can't be trusted, why do we feel the security services can be?</quote>
I trust the police more than I trust spooks.
@Don Jefe - Moot?
Moot means subject to debate or unclear/unknown etc/
The problem with that work that people unable to pronounce diphthongs (USA for example) have mixed it up with the word mute and redefined it as "irrelevant" or pointless.
Re: Turn It Off
I can think of a couple of possible reasons.
1. They might make it illegal. You can turn it off but black helicopters appear...
2. They might make the car not work if it can't find it connected.
Some of them take pride in something
When I worked in a small IT company, I came across some people who were supposedly running small businesses. In actual fact, they were ignoring everything except what a couple of their preferred salesmen told them.
They would seal some fantastic deal but because they saw any decent administration as a waste of money, their accounts received were a complete joke. Any form of knowledge other than how to sell something was seen as demeaning although I wonder whether they knew words that long.
They despised their shop floor workers because they wore overalls and did not laugh at their in jokes.
They despised their book keepers because they were an overhead and didn't wear good suits.
They objected to the fact that they had to have a computer to run their payroll and one got cross with me when I accidentally explained to them the meaning of the word backup. Apparently now knowing this fact was so far beneath their station that even knowing a simple word made them less exalted beings!
It was quite a few years ago but I just tried googling a couple of company names and most are out of business and one seems to exists in name only and the business has moved to a competitors in another city.
Conclusions: Being proud of not knowing something is seriously stupid and a bad attitude to run a business with. Ignore what is irellevant but despising people who make your business actually function is not a good long term plan.
without the matching responsibility
The responsibility is in having a job there. If your employer goes bust, you are unemployed.
This is as opposed to executives whose only responsibility is to themselves and their bonuses. If your company goes bust under them, they will be allright. They have huge "tax efficient" savings and investments and will get hired by one of their chums who is misruling another company which they have no more idea about either.
Consider this please... How many of the top people at Lehman Brothers were without income 3 months after that organisation went under?
I don't know either but I have an uninformed suspicion that it is a very low percentage.
Anyway, why should the taxpayer subsidise Amazon in yet another way by providing low cost housing and additional benefits that would not be given if people were paid properly?
It would be like me calling someone from Scotland "British".
I was born in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. My mothers family comes from Fife north of there. My father came from Orkney which almost as far as you can go and still be in the same country.
I have worn British Army uniform (a Scottish unit), My allegiance was not to Scotland (or England) it was to HM the Queen of the whole United Kingdom. Of course I am British!
Do not let the rubbish we hear from the SNP mislead you. Scotland may be united in its dislike of the UK being controlled from a reclaimed swamp (London) in the remote south of Britain but splitting the country up into ever smaller bits to help political adventurers is not universally seen as a good idea!
Re: "I could care less for the button itself"
@Fihart let me try and explain
"I could not care less" means that there is no circumstance where something could be less relevant.
"I could care less" means that there is some way that could reduce my feelings about the matter.
This is not a Brit/US thing. It is not even a concept for pedants. Neither phrase is wrong. They just have very different (opposite in fact) meanings.
Consider it in French (Courtesy of Google Translate)
I could not care less - Je m'en moque.
I could care less - Je m'en fous.
The two phrases are different
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