9/10 troll, lost a point for failing to correctly copy boltar's spelling.
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9/10 troll, lost a point for failing to correctly copy boltar's spelling.
> You can get tax credits if you're self employed. The reason they don't is because despite their protestations of poverty, as they're buying yet another new BMW on the orders of their accountant, is that they earn too much to qualify for them.
Okay, that was just being an arsehole and you know it.
Yes, you can get tax credits if you're self employed. However, in asset-based professions such as farming your income is averaged based on theoretical sales value of saleable assets - such as your cattle that you're feeding up for beef or the crop you've planted. Because you could sell them. Except that if you do sell them before they are ready or before the crop grows or before the milk-yield is calculated, you are now unemployed. So you don't.
That's also the reason that way back when there were student grants, I didn't get one. Theoretical worth.
I have never seen a tenant farmer with a BMW. Or even a Land Rover that was less than ten years old.
> it is the only profession I know of that gets a nice subsidy from the EU
The film industry, "Renewable" energy, anything which exports, the TV industry, Independant commercial radio, fishing, insulation fitting, gas fitting, fitting solar panels, the car industry, the motorbike industry, aviation, road building.....
Oh and (via prohibition) organized crime.
The Single Farm Payment is interesting because it covers everything and is subject to delays of up to three years in payment from DEFRA. It is also weighted to pay more per acre the more acres you have (again, this is specific to the UK's implementation - it doesn't work that way in, for example, France where it protects the rural economy and supports small farmers). It's a UK Government thing. For some reason, they like subsidizing rich people.
> Also did someone force your dad to be a farmer?
No, he could have stayed on in the Army after his National Service - oh wait, no he couldn't. But he could certainly have discarded all the craftsman-level skills he had acquired and done something worthless like most of us do. I expect it would have killed him even faster.
Iain Duncan Smith was a protected officer, twice assessed as "incompetent" and pushed out before he could do too much damage. Now he lives on his wife's income, EU subsidies and expensed breakfasts that cost more than half of a week's Jobseeker's Allowance. He can't add up, he can't defend his vindictive policies, he laughs about the misery he causes and i expect you've got his pin-up on your wall, tory boy.
I can't argue with you about supermarkets but hey, they contribute to both major political parties so they're protected.
the only farmers without internet access have less than 400 acres and are usually tenants, hence they are poor. Most would qualify for Tax Credits if they weren't self-employed.
The plan is, those farmers will probably get nothing and either starve, or go broke or kill themselves. Farming is the profession with the highest percentage of suicides in the UK after all.
So they don't matter.
except for people like Iain Duncan Smith who claim vast amounts of subsidy on land they pay somebody else to half-farm.
The lack of "digital skills" is an issue - quite literally. I had to build my dad a keyboard because his fingers were quite simply too large to press less than three keys at a time (actually being a fucking farmer does that to you IDS, you workshy cunt). Even then he basically made my mum do it all. And then, after DEFRA culled all his perfectly healthy cattle during Foot & Mouth for no reason and then didn't pay him for them for over two years, died.
I am a little off-topic here but is it okay to want to want to beat in Iain Duncan Smith's smug idiot face with a rifle-butt?
> And this is the problem - those who believe it is real cry that the deniers side is blindly ignoring good evidence, while those who do not believe it is real cry that the believers are blindly accepting bad evidence.
And both are correct.
Me? Unconvinced. But happy to support using less fossil fuel because that's cheaper. Not happy to support windmills that only work three days per year. Happy to support hydroelectrics which work (though your standard hippy has a divide by zero on those because they mean CHAINING GAIA WITH DAMS). Happy to support nuclear power which works and is safer than any other form of generation. Not happy with carbon trading and taxes on fuel because that's making poor people pay for your greenness.
Not about to vote Green because not batshit insane.
Well done. Good use of caps.
> states the obvious: AGW climate change is real and must be tackled.
Unless it isn't.
I can see what you're getting at except that Java is a pile of buggy, insecure filth with ugly constructions and a "write once, fix everywhere" policy. .NET actually works. Of course, how well it'll work on linux and MacOSX and how much fixing needs doing is as yet unknown but seriously, it can't get much worse.
And Larry Ellison is not involved, which is a bonus.
Don't ruin his worldview like that. He needs to feel that he is a special freedom fighter, fighting for justice, remembering the evil evil wrong that evil evil Microsoft did (but not remembering anyone else's wrongs because that's not his thing). He thinks running a linux box and using gcc makes him an underground hero.
It's kind of endearing. Like donkeys.
Of course but GitHub does not provide burndown charts to our clients and is, er open to everyone.
Sharepoint joins up a lot of the dots that are not hard but unwieldy and expensive to implement well. And given that our Action Pack license includes it at no extra charge, it's a no brainer.
Of course you can claim it sucks because of $REASONS_YOU_MADE_UP and that $LOL_USE_LINUX_LOL but that doesn't make you right.
It just means that you're missing out. You can actually do loads of really quite cool stuff with SharePoint. You don't HAVE to use it but in many cases, particularly intranet cases where AD/LDAP runs the security, it does all the integration and saves a lot of time. And it's already tested so you don't have to code-your-own and then test it.
Unless you don't test in which case remind me never to employ you.
I find Sharepoint invaluable for sharing TFS data with clients.
Rule #3 of software - Just because you don't know how to use it doesn't mean it doesn't work.
without a warrant, certainly.
That would be wonderful. It'll never happen though.
I'm with O2. Their coverage map show "Good indoors and outdoors" for 2G around my house. There is no coverage inside and outside is too poor to make a call.
Back when I used to live near Salisbury Plain, we'd regularly check coverage maps to try to get any signal at all. Orange used to claim full coverage. They had exactly zero coverage. I just checked with a relative and they now claim "excellent" 3G coverage inside and out. There is still exactly no coverage, inside or out.
So what's the point of asking the operators when they outright lie about it?
By using the blockquote tag.
> If there were an intuitive way in Chrome to trust the self-signed certificate, I'd do that and be done with it.
Stop using Chrome.
Firefox can do it. And it contains no spyware.
> Ok, admittedly MS has made huge strides on improving their security, but they're a long ways from security being a reason that you choose Windows.
It's getting close though and you have to admit that Windows has the largest attack surface. How many billion Windows installs are out there? That anyone can install software on (without a walled garden)?
The most secure OS is probably some dodgy port of AmigaOS used by four people in a lab somewhere but I thought we'd all agreed that security via obscurity was a stupid idea.
> after the kids have gone to bed
I have a toddler. He'll be 2 at the end of March. There is no "after". There are several hours spent trying to get the little shit to sleep followed by rapidly passing out because regardless of what I do, he will be up at 6. Unless I'm up at 6. The he'll sleep in 'til 8.
I don't think you need to be an MS insider to notice that what they're offering is a zero-price OEM license.
It would be incredibly complex (and thus expensive) for MS to go around deciding what the lifetime of any device is. Therefore, what this (almost certainly means) is, in the short version "non-transferrable". You can't take your Win10 license key from your 7-inch tablet, junk the tablet and put it on an HTPC.
OEM license, basically.
> My betting is that 'free for a year' implies they want to go to an Office 365 model where you rent the OS with automatic updates
I'd take that bet but it would be unfair because Terry Myerson said a week ago at the preview event that it would not be a subscription, that there would be no further charges for the OS and that anyone who tried to implement such a pricing model must be "nuts".
Don't worry though, it's still being repeated around the Internet, mostly by the same people who spread FUD about SecureBoot.
will you operate it whilst enjoying a swift jaunt around one of Her Majesty's parks on your newfangled Penny Farthing, good sir?
Oh, if only there were a version one's valet could carry for one for use whilst travelling upon a charabanc or the public omnibus!
> Yahoo Search == Bing
True, but Yahoo! pays Bing for search and also pays Mozilla to keep on building Firefox.
No, Yahoo! does.
>what does the average phone buyer know
Not enough for this to even register with them.
Is it a Samsung? Does it do Maps? Can I get my emailz? Will it run Tindr? WhatsApp? Okay.
It's just grumping without any serious analysis.
Relevant bit is -
"The European regulators appear strangely in thrall to the operators’ argument that they need to merge in order to invest in new networks and services. But there is no evidence that this is so. Although returns on capital employed have fallen in European mobile from a very high 20 per cent to 10 per cent over the past five years, this still well exceeds their cost of capital.
Nor have regulators found a satisfactory substitute for the competitive stimulus they are permitting operators to eliminate. Guaranteeing access to virtual mobile operators is little more than a sticking plaster with few adhesive qualities. These entities neither reliably lead the market on price, nor can they deliver improvements to the quality of networks.
Brussels’ past lack of rigour gives little comfort that it will reach a much firmer conclusion in the case of Hutchison’s British deal. Indeed the risk is that precedent will lead the European regulator to rubber-stamp the same flawed arrangements.
The mobile business remains a national market and those affected are UK consumers. Either Brussels must toughen its line, even at the cost of some inconsistency, or it should break the circuit of dismal precedent and hand the deal back to the UK authorities. One thing is certain. Having messed up three mobile markets, Brussels should not be permitted to make the same mistake again."
I think that (globally) dumbphones still have the largest market share.
My missus is hanging on to her iPhone 5S for dear life, I know that much.
> Yes, if you connect and hang up one second later, you will be charged £1.53"
Surely you'll be charged £3.06?
I see a gap...
Honestly, I'm surprised Sky didn't just counter-bid against Three.
The BBC doesn't have (as much) international appeal or brand-name recognition but your idea is crazy enough that it might just work.
As a hat-tip to an old Channel4 show and it's (currently at the Beeb) presenter, maybe JulesTube?
Are you suggesting she puts it on Youtube?
That's David Lowery of Camper Van Beethoven, right?
Usually the problem is "Google, stop claiming your products are IMAP when you have bastardized the specification with your Embrace, Extend, OwnForeverMuahahaha" bullshit".
Attachments blow goats on it. Composing a new mail to multiple individuals is a pain. It doesn't pick up Exchange mailing lists well. Flagging is a pain.
Generally speaking, it's not a bad POP3/IMAP client but it's nowhere near the functionality of Outlook Mail.
Maybe you need a Page 3 feature.
Some of their cinema isn't actually awful which is more than you can say for Israeli pop music.
The combination of thinking Eurovision is cool and the sound of the modern Hebrew language leads to an experience akin to having your ears raped.
> Sorry, but one of the most phonetic language is Italian - you read it exactly the way it is written
Lies. There are a myriad of cases where you have absolutely no indication whether "c" is "ess", "ka" or "cha".
Omar Sharif's arabic is like a massage for your ears, true.
Modern Hebrew sounds like Welshman having a fit.
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Also, Hebrew is fugly. It sounds like you're trying to puke out a snake made of gravel. Why Eliezer Ben-Yehuda wanted Jews to speak like Klingons is beyond me but for some reason they decided it was a good idea...
And an entirely different alphabet! Fantastic! With no vowels! So every single word is a crossword puzzle at all times and you have to know what a word says before you can read it. English isn't the world's most phonetic language - that would probably be German - but Hebrew takes the absolute fucking piss. Gotta love being suddenly illiterate.
Mm yeah, because verbs and nouns taking the gender of the speaker and listener(s) at the same time is tres facile. And the new word for the definite article, that's not confusing at all.
I disagree. French is piss easy by comparison. But Spanish is easier still.
> Yet more total garbage from this rapidly deteriorating website.
To be fair, Gavin's articles have always been bollocks.
I'd completely forgotten about Polaris.
Well, that explains why Google refused to support Mozilla anymore.
I'm sure many religious people aim to understand the purpose and meaning of our universe and many others are conditioned or terrified of the responsibility that living without religion entails and a small number are power-seeking shits who treat people as things but they probably would be with or without religion.
The big difference is that we can make blanket statements about the purpose of science with some degree of confidence. It's much harder to do so with religion, but that doesn't mean Professor Townes was wrong - only that he was not wholly right.
And as a scientist, he would have learned a great deal from not being right. That's the whole point.
She better not be, she's been dead for 20 years.
> Reminds me of time on holiday in the US when I mentioned (in a crowded bar in the deep south) that I was going out for a fag.
A colleague of mine on business in San Francisco commented that their railway stations were apparently not used as ashtrays (this was pre Smoking Ban) with the immortal phrase "I'm impressed by the state of fag butts around here".
That caused some confusion, I am informed.