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help I really need some formatting.
Ah, bliss it was this dawn to be alive.
I really do not see the point with fines of this kind.
Who actually pays these types of fines? The tax-payer of course who also happens to be the victim of this cock-up. When they start fining the senior managers responsible 80k each *personally* then we might see some improvement. The same should also apply in the private sector. When a company screws up any fines involved should also include *personal* fines levied on the board of directors with it being totally illegal for the company to in any way compensate them - to make sure that in those cases the customers (the victims again) do not end up paying the transgressor's fines for them indirectly. It is a total nonsense that holding the "managerati" to account whether in the public or the private sector in practice ends up with the *victims* do the paying.
@AC 15th Feb '12 12:30 RE: Reply @Johnny Foreigner.
"It's happening again, it's just that people can't see it. One day, Chinese people won't care whether their ancestors were better off in sweat shops or whether it was Chinese factories offering their cheap labour. All they'll know is that the west enjoyed plasma TVs, broadband, laptops, iPads and cheap clothes whilst their poor ancestors who made them had none of that, died worn out at a relatively young age, or even committed suicide because of the stress of it. Try telling the families of those men that they're better off that way."
Agreed. Frankly speaking it ought to be obvious to anyone with two neurones firing at the same time. Bloody good post. -:)
@AC 01:26 GMT RE "Can't fix........"
"Is it really unlikely that in another few hundred years, far-eastern people with a much higher standard of living will collectively hold a grudge against the west for what it did to their ancestors? We live in cities with racial divides and the legacy of slavery and colonialism. Is it hard to imagine the potential for a situation like this but on a global/regional level existing one day?"
I agree with all your points but wished to emphasise my agreement with that particularly cogent observation. A potential global level example of "what goes around comes around" indeed. Those acting as semi-apologists for the slave trade point to the fact that it was often their own people who sold the victims to the slave traders. One can of course also make the same point concerning the Chinese authorities in permitting such conditions. However, in neither case do such arguments make our moral position any better. We in the West, whether we like to admit it or not, want to pay as little as possible for absolutely everything imaginable - and we find it all too convenient to forget that there is a price for everything and third world workers are paying it. We see regularly pundits howling that the tablet manufacturers have to get the price of the kit down in order to compete. How is it possible to do that *without* forcing millions to work under conditions that are totally illegal in the West? The short answer is of course that it is *not* possible and our refusal to pay more than the absolute minimum is the driving force here.
"........MS security update flags Google.com as malign"
.......and the problem is?
Sorry, the temptation was too much to resist. -:)
I considered showing this list to my lady - just to get her take on it you understand.
Then I realised that it was in fact a "girlie" collection and she would hand me my head if I gave her the impression that I thought it was even faintly possible she would consider such offerings. I really think that Reg should think again next time round.
Please do me a big favour when you do that article.................
"And if these don't - the adult toys we'll be covering in a few days' time as part of Reg Hardware's Sex Week are sure to."
.............I do not want to hear a word about how you tested battery life or which benchmarks you chose.
@cloudgazer. With the greatest of respect if you like Apple kit fine, I do not have.....
..........the remotest problem with that. However, it must surely be beyond dispute that Cupertino are using the patent law system in a pretty open attempt to assert that the tablet market is their personal bitch. *That* is what my somewhat sardonic comment was referring to, *not* the issue of the type of licensing involved.
First prize: An iPad
Second prize: Two.........
Couldn't resist that. -:)
Would be nice if the competition authorities ensured that the following..........
"Google has sought to placate the regulators with a promise to submit to fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) licensing terms for key technologies and not try and lock up the mobile market."
.........applied to *all* major players in the mobile/tab market. Especially that bit about not trying to lock up the market. Now who might I be thinking of, hmm?
Love it, its almost poetry.
"Gang man Huang banged up" in Penang.
Memo to CEO Asus: Dear Sir, I think that you should...............
"The analyst also forecast the debut next month of an iPad 3 case with an integrated keyboard, echoing speculation here and elsewhere based on comments made by CEO Tim Cook that Apple will soon have an offering for folk who want a compact laptop-type device running iOS."
..............have a word with your legal dept.
"Researchers visiting the region on the ground"..............
....................couldn't see the wood for the trees.
@Wunderbar1 Thank you very much indeed.
Sometimes terminology one is unfamiliar with can be seriously eyecrossing! -:)
I would be very grateful if someone would explain to me what the following means.
"look for inorganic growth opportunities which will supplement its organic growth strategy".
I am not trolling or indulging my penchant for irony, I genuinely do not understand what the fuck they are saying. Anyone willing to help me?
Execution is indeed the key and I hope get an impression of that shortly.
I picked up a Acer W500 tab reasonably cheaply recently (has AMD's "Ontario" cpu) and have "experienced the joys" of Win7 as a tablet os (fine os on a conventional desktop but definitely pony as a touch os). It is fairly underpowered and the battery life is nothing to boast about, in short the perfect test-bed for the Win8 cp build when it becomes available in a couple of weeks. I am quite looking forward to seeing whether or not MS are within handshake distance of having got this right, at least as far as the x86 build is concerned.
I am truly unsurprised that you.........
............posted that as an AC.
Actually my take on that was slightly different.
I felt that he had just demonstrated that he was totally unfit to hear the case. If his response to an appeal with regard to the location of the trial is based in part on his feelings of what we can call "local nationalism" I cannot see how he is a fit person to rule on this case. Given that he openly gives decisions based on criteria other than the law. Some "judge", hmm?
Actually Vic doesn't Apple kit usually get left in bars...........
.......and then you get raided by Cupertino's security people pretending that they are police officers?
Did they test any other tablets from other manufacturers?
If they did not then this purchase proposal should be turned down, proper testing done and several producers (Apple included) should be invited to tender for the contract. Otherwise one might be left with the impression that a bunch of middle class politicians are getting us to pay for what is fashionable in the circles they move in.
RE: "Does this make any sense?" Yes it certainly does Sandtreader.
A great deal of sense in fact - thank you.
RE: "Didn't you get the meme?" No old chap I did not which is why I did not say more.....
.......than "pardon?". However, thanks to your kindness in posting that link, I now understand the reference. -:)
"All your books iBook files are belong to us"
@Larry F54 "fired for hitting the nail on the head?" I agree entirely.
If someone wants to post as an AC and say what the fuck they like then they have no basis for any complaint about the kind of reply they get. Posting as an AC where you have perfectly acceptable reasons for wishing to remain anonymous is fine. I see any number of postings here that are, in and of themselves, perfectly acceptable expressions the the AC's opinion - whether I agree with him/her or not. However, the moment an AC posts abuse then we are in another situation. I think that it was a flaming disgrace that a reply that was blunt but not actually abusive led to her cowardly employer firing her.
What can one say? Other than........
......respect and condolences to his family.
@Spanners RE:"Anyway, who says that conservatives are all right wing anyway?"
Indeed. Social conservatives and their mirror image social libertarians are found on both the left and the right in various guises.
@Richard North. RE: "Neither" I have actually and it was not amusing.
She was a damn good seam bowler with a *very* nasty line in occasional and well disguised short pitched deliveries. If you weren't careful she was fully capable of quite literally handing you your head. A really nice girl, great company in the pub afterwards but she was a bitch on the pitch (so to speak!).
RE: "It's not so". If it is not so then why did the court not simply rule that.......
..........that the Galaxy Tab 10.1N did not breach the injunction initially awarded in Apple's favour against the 10.1? They *appear* to have gone way further by accepting that Apple's patent itself is dubious. Whether or not this is the start of something that may cause Cupertino to regret their legal assault on tablet space is another matter but the basis for this decision will certainly be worrying their legal dept.
Its a shame really when you see that type of pic.
She is a very good looking lady. That kind of picture is so heavily "shopped" that it makes a woman who has genuine beauty look like a barbi-doll - all "plasticky".
Rumeurs pour les nuls?
RE: "The question is more"
"I don't pretend to know what teenagers in Kent favor, but don't think it's too crazy to assume that the average teen isn't running around with an iPhone due to price alone"
I am absolutely certain that the demographic they are going to reach are the children of the well-to-do middle classes in Kent.
Company sells own products at discount to staff.
In other news the pope is still catholic and bears are assumed to still defecate in the woods. This was worth an article?
I would make a small bet that the MS slate figures for Q4 of this year............
...............were in fact heavily influenced by the release of the pre-beta version of Win 8.
"The team got an atom up to the size of a human blood cell during testing."
That is an utterly astonishing result - seriously eye-crossing.
"Suspected coder once worked for Russian antivirus biz"
Gamekeeper turned poacher?
RE: "Subheading right on the nose!" Indeed. However, I think that the first line of the article.....
.........itself needs adjusting a touch.
"Chris Dodd, ex–US senator and current Motion Picture Ass(hole). of America.........".
There, much better.
@Cunningly Linguistic RE "Err"
What part of the concept "play on words" did you have difficulties with (not so)Cunningly Linguistic?
Unfotunately not. More like "Mental Micky".
Early nineties joke - children's show, work it out for yourselves. -:)
Interestingly enough they appear to get something like the strength of a best bitter........
.............from this process.
"........a consolidated process, achieving a titer of 4.7% volume/volume...........". The link to the abstract is below, access to the paper requires payment.
@LaeMing......And just think what a hit it will be with the younger managers in Japan........
............when out with their boss on one of those obligatory late evenings at the sushi bar. No more humungous bills because of having to keep him happy for hours with his favourite imported scotch. Just spike his first drink, keep him on the seaweed starter and he'll be happily legless all evening.
I think old chap that you should read my post again.
With a little bit of effort it would be obvious to you that my point was with regard to a certain type of christian conservative fundamentalist. They are after all the ones I was quoting at the head of my posting?
The Godbotherers are so delusional its hilarious.........
"The reason they did this is that they have been beaten down by the human rights campaigners on this.”
Microsoft, "beaten down by the human rights campaigners"? WTF? What part of that this has been MS policy (for clear business reasons) since the early nineties were they unaware of? As for their underlying attitude towards human rights for people they personally do not like that that formulation reveals I need not comment further other than to ask what part of the following did they fail to understand?
Leviticus 19:18 Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
We are *all* children of *our* people in the biblical sense - you don't get to pick and choose between those you approve of and those you don't.
Indeed Chris 3, that is an important part of this.
I am the sysadmin here at Arctic Fox Towers because it is my particular enthusiasm as an amateur technophile - I am not a proff techie. We do not have any children at home (we are no longer in that age category, indeed we belong to the last generation whose children grew up before the "cyber-age" really took off) to be protected but if we did I have to admit that I have no experience of how to implement the kind of precautions that are necessary but will still give them reasonable access. Discussion and advice from pro-techies concerning this issue would, I am absolutely certain, be invaluable for people like me but who are a generation younger and *do* have kids to protect. -:)
A thought and considered discussion of the parental/parenting challenges involved.......
............without the faintest sniff of Daily Fail hysteria. Major kudos for that. I look forward very much to reading what others, better qualified than I am to make the suggestions you have asked for, have to say on the subject.
@Chad H......... I am sure you will agree that it was very nice of him to........
.........post a second time and confirm just about every single point in my description of where he was likely coming from politically!
@Chad H........: Ahem. If you take a look at his choice of "targets" in his complaint....
.....I think we can detect a member of the swivel-eyed and barking end of the Repubs disgruntled at El Reg including Fox News on their little list. For them Fox News isn't ideological it is simply broadcasting the truth. All other sources of news slightly more liberal than their homeboys Genghis and Attila (famous Fox News commentators :-P) are part of the Great Liberal Conspiracy.
You would then argue, of course, equally as strongly in favour of trades unions.......
.......doing their best to organise things in an analogous way on behalf of their members. You would of course argue strongly against any attempt to prevent trades unions from doing this on behalf of their members - equally as strongly as you argue on behalf of "The Management" - of course. Hmm?
@JimmyPage RE: "You can bet how this would have been reported"
Of course. Their hypocrisy knows no limits. The Bosses get together and "sort things out", that's great. If the employees do it it is clearly "Communism" and the "End Of Civilisation As We Know It".
Rigging the market (whichever type of market we are talking about) is not "civilised behaviour".
Well, well, well. Yet another example, if we needed it that...........
........there are no heroes amongst "BigCorp". It does not matter who's kit we may prefer this just demonstrates that, *whichever* company we are talking about, whether you are an employee and/or a customer, they regard you as their "lawful prey". Anyone feeling (regardless of denomination) "fanboish" right now?
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