Re: How to donate
Werner is a hero.
4855 posts • joined 16 Nov 2009
Werner is a hero.
Forget Apple (in the smartwatch market). They're charging too much for what is essentially a remote control for your phone and needs to be charged just as much as the phone does*. Even those iPhone owners who only bought it for the bling aspect are unlikely to cough up for this without a much better use case.
Swatch do watches. "Everyman" watches. Low margin, bulk sale watches. Swatch are promising no recharging and, for a change, they can probably deliver. To take a flawed car analogy, this is a similar situation to Google announcing that a self-driving car that looks like an albino minion from Despicable Me will be along in a year's time and then nine months later VW saying they've got one that looks like a Golf and doesn't need servicing.
* far eastern market provisionally excepted. The ability to draw characters on screen might be huge over there. No way to tell yet.
> You live in the city and you didn't convert your building's flat roof in to a food plot to help with the environment?
No, I live in a little village which is bad for broadband but great for my little boy learning about how food works and what lives and dies. Not as effective as the farmer's boy childhood I had but it lacks the poverty aspect so on balance it might be better.
I can't get skinny jeans past my calves and I do not have a beard or need glasses so I fail at "hipster".
(Upvoted for amusement value anyway)
The bag packing threw me to start with.
Then my missus explained it to me. You go to the till, put all your stuff on the conveyor, it gets run through, you put it straight back in the trolley. Once you've paid, you go to those big-ass window-sills they have and pack your stuff into bags there. Apparently it's to speed up the tills and it works.
As for the rest you can everything pretty much delivered which is handy with the whole wheelchair thing.
Veg - http://www.abelandcole.co.uk/
Milk/Dairy/Eggs - http://www.findmeamilkman.net/
Meat - http://www.meatpacks.co.uk/
Groceries - http://www.milkandmore.co.uk/home (but support your local milkman! just get groceries!)
I should note that I am not affiliated with any of these companies and don't even use any of their services - we used to get a veg box from Abel and Cole but decided to support the farm shop instead - and this is just stuff I found in 2 minutes' browsing. It may not all be great but anyone can do it.
Anyone can stop feeding the gaping maw of the supermarkets and enabling them to bankrupt their suppliers.
It's up to you.
fuck 'em all. We've been avoiding the big supermarkets entirely.
Fresh produce - farm shop.
Fruit - street market
Meat - local butcher
Preserved meats, snacks, canned goods, cleaning products - Lidl
Nappies - Amazon.
To be honest I'm not keen on Amazon but they sell job-lots of nappies very cheaply and deliver for free.
Only when the author has form for using anti-MS articles ( and he never writes anything else) to openly plug Chrome.
Otherwise I'm happy to bash MS myself, especially on their cruel and unusual licensing.
"Everything Microsoft do sux lol. Can I have my money now please Larry?"
Yep. Quoth wikipedia -
Sensenbrenner introduced the USA PATRIOT Act to the House on October 23, 2001. Although the primary author was Assistant Attorney General of the United States Viet Dinh, Sensenbrenner has been recognized as "one of the architects of the Patriot Act"
So he's trying to undo some of the damage he did?
wasn't he a co-sponsor of the USA PATRIOT act?
Good argument, you've convinced me.
However, I would still maintain that this one is on YouTube, not GiffGaff.
I was actually thinking
Poor child - Facing a future with a daddy who can't be bothered to log out of an 18+ account when watching YouTube with his kid.
I thought there was going to be an O2/Three merger?
BT is very keen on rolling out small cells to improve coverage in both homes and businesses
BT keen on charging you for calls twice? Surely not?
> PR, like most MS articles/moves lately.
Like the way all of Gavin Clarke's articles are PR by Google?
On "Open Source .NET" you wrote -
> Chalk this one up to long-term strategizing from Microsoft's developer tools team.
which was a part of the Server and Tools division which in Ballmer's day was headed by, er, Satya Nadella....
Whether it was his idea we can't know and I find unlikely - the more likely suspect on this one is Scott Guthrie. But it would have been Nadella's call, just as it was Nadella's call on becoming CEO to, er, immediately promote Scott Guthrie.
> wholesale installation charge for our 1Gbps service falling by 46 per cent to only £54,000 per installation to cite just one example. Now please excuse us while we claim another government subsidy to extend our double-Olympic sized money pool.
Hey BT. Fixed that for you.
> There are many more options, for iPad especially, because they can have bluetooth keyboards and keyboard/covers. These are also less restrictive, Surface keyboards must be connected in landscape while bluetooth allows portrait mode or disconnected use: eg tablet on aircraft table and keyboard on lap.
Because none of the Surfaces have Bluetooth or can connect to a wireless keyboard except for all of them.
> In Redmond Wa. perhaps? ;-)
In Yate, north of Bristol, United Kingdom. I work for a very small precision engineering company and I think you just called me an MS shill, which I am not.
So how are things in the Chocolate Factory, anonymous coward?
> Google "listen here cumslut" and all will be revealed.
Uh..... no, I'm at work.
God, I dread to think about the "suggested images" on that one.
oh yes, I forgot that MS are a branch of the NSA and that obviously all software released under the GPL is so virtuous and holy that the NSA cannot approach it without shrivelling up like a vampire in the sunlight, BEGONE IN THE NAMES OF LINUS, AND STALLMAN AND ESR I COMMAND YOU
i think we found another donkey.
of course, if it worries you, it's on GitHub using the MIT license (RTFA) so you can go look for yourself.
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.
The former is correct. I dunno, is badge-rep (and functionality) switched off when you post AC?
Maybe try a non-anon post (in a different topic or one of the forums, natch) to test it.
Hmm. Let me try that -
Test1 Test2 Test3
Maybe it's a badge-related thing? I literally copied your text into my post.
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.
I missed your post, I guess it was disapproving or something, I dunno.
I think most honest parents would agree that toddlers are capable of being little shits for days at a time. Doesn't mean we don't love them. I love mine. I don't think his mother's cat loves him though.
> 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.
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.
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?
> 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.
I don't think you need to be an MS insider to notice that what they're offering is a zero-price OEM license.
> Yahoo Search == Bing
True, but Yahoo! pays Bing for search and also pays Mozilla to keep on building Firefox.
No, Yahoo! does.
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?