1931 posts • joined Monday 16th November 2009 12:21 GMT
SAP need a miss-selling suit
They've promised efficiency to millions of companies who ended up either reworking their entire business model to fit alongside SAP or (more commonly) running all their old systems alongside SAP and just copying stuff over by hand.
The sheer amount of billions that this one product has utterly wasted really makes you wonder what kind of incentives SAP salesmen are offering to execs. What is it? Shares? Supermodel hookers?
It's semi-publicly funded - so is the Beeb, but they already publish their accounts - and frankly, these days it's in the business of self-perpetuation via cruelty to animals.
Found a neglected pony? Excellent! A few sympathetic photoshoots means the RSPCA "Inspectors" with their faux-police uniforms and burning wish to carry a gun or at least a taser can be employed for another year.
I think they need public examination in order to prove worthy of that Royal warrant.
I don't think any of us care about your "story", you horrible little marketing-turd.
Give us decent stuff and we'll be happy. So Microsoft does not have a Cult of Ballmer - surely that's a positive point?
You want better press? Then release Windows Phone 7 on time, rock solid and with _more_ features than you've been trying to sell. The Office web apps are good - push them. Win7 is good, roll with it. Make CE7 so good that we all end up wanting WinPads instead of iPads or droidPads.
Do something about Windows Live; it needs help. Kill "spaces" for a start. In fact, why don't you just buy Livejournal - "Windows Live Journal?" - .NET it and go with that?
Make certain the XBox redesign has no RROD issues, that would be good.
Throw your weight behind Mono and Moonlight - you want ubiquity? Then actively try for it.
And never, never try to lock us into an MS worldview ever again. Because that pisses us off.
In short, stick your marketing up your arse and produce something decent. That'll work for you.
The list is not endless, but quite large
Full MP's accounts, filed every year
Which "consulting houses" civil servants are using and how much they spend
A full breakdown of the REAL cost of PFI
Who gets hired from industry/commerce
Who leaves to go to industry/commerce
Which companies are involved in the above two items (I want that revolving door closed, now!)
Full salaries, names addresses and telephone numbers of everyone currently on or appointed to a publicly funded quango.
A breakdown of the assets of the National Trust/English Heritage/the RSPCA (all of whom are truly in the business of raising money and pissing people off).
I could go on but I need coffee.
produces almost no nutitional value and usually contains a fairly high level of nitrogen fixers such as clover.
You don't get that in cereal crops.
Israel's equipment is cheaper. In the main though, it's crap.
I used to be a farmer
From a pretty much endless line of tenant farmers. I worked for my dad for about 20 years, all told. (Sure, I fitted school and other things around it but work was always the first priority).
The developers of this are not interested in feeding Africa or anywhere poor because of something they appear to have overlooked - crop rotation. In order to use monoculture effectively, you need some pretty stonking amounts of not just fertilizer (and Steven Jones above is bang on in doubting these dirtboffins' ideas about nitrogen fixing) but you also need some fairly vast quantities of of herbicide, fungicide and insecticide or else you're looking at a dead or useless crop from blight, pests and weeds in a very short time.
This isn't for subsistence agriculture. To my mind, it's just an attempt to sell more agrichemicals with no viable means of escaping the lockin.
the point is that high-income workers almost certainly aren't spending anything like a similar proportion of their income on the same stuff.
The "essential" thing is just bizarre anyway. VAT is levied on feminine hygeine products, for example. That kind of little luxury that's so unnecessary for working class folk....
How about your fuel, to get you to your low-income job? That's taxed and will rise with VAT.
How about your clothes? Items such as safety boots or any other adult-sized clothing are not exempt from VAT.
The lower your income, the harder you are hit by non-scaling taxes like VAT. Not that Osborne would know; he's never had a low income.
Not so much media studies.
Take a look at the figures and this is what you find:
M1 - Law by Area 17,346
W2 - Design studies 16,674
C8 - Psychology 15,327
G4 - Computer Science 11,328
N2 - Management studies 10,708
N1 - Business studies 10,597
So, we have designers to copy designs, lawyers to sue them for it, psychologists to declare that this all this litigation is stressful, comp-sci guys trying to keep it running, BusSci guys trying to make money out of it and managers getting in everybody else's way and doing nothing of value.
Media studies would be an improvement on some of those.
You're suggesting a cull. Would you like to volunteer to be culled or are you going to choose who gets it?
Dawkins vs Gould
"Adaptation and genetic selection works too damn slowly to enable us to natively handle these conditions"
This is also a matter for debate and is not yet decided one way or another.
Balance is toss.
Balance is every time the BBC talk to a doctor, having a homeopathy-fiend in the studio to say "that's all rubbish, what you need is some poison diluted 300,000,000 times". Balance is having a flat-earther on to argue with people from NASA. Balance is giving the same air-time to Nick Griffin that you give to an actual political party.
"ow, you fat penguin!"
We should all strive to emulate the Blues Brothers.
"but presumably once the cameras have done their work they will be removed"
Was that sarcasm? I really can't tell.
No. They would not be removed. They're never removed. That would involve the Police and Local Authority not deeming themselves Supreme Masters of Everything.
Watch this space
It'll be interesting to see how/if the the racist press reports this.
One the one hand, they hate CCTV - quite rightly. On the other, they hate immigrants and muslims, too. Editorial meeting time for the Express, Mail and Telegraph, then.
I'll get one
My ex took mine when we split up :) Good for her, too, since I didn't need it/want it taking up space at the time.
But I'll definitely grab the chance to upgrade.
spreadsheet. I feel ill.
I can read a FAQ, is that "special needs"?
"How is the voting record decided?
The voting record is not affected by what MPs and Peers have said, only how they voted in relation to that topic in the house - i.e. "aye" or "no". Votes on each topic were examined, and strength of support determined based on these votes. Follow the "votes" link next to each topic for details. Additionally, in many votes, MPs and Peers are told how to vote ('whipped') by their parties. Since the Whip is secret, we have to assume, like the Speaker, that all votes are free. "
In other words, it's still "aye" or "no". "Very strongly" is an arbitrary description of no merit based on whether the MP's party was in support or opposed to the vote. So your post, containing this "very strongly" is also abitrary and meaningless in the wider context.
Unless you read and wholeheartedly approved of their weighting system but just didn't bother to explain it. And I doubt that.
Evidence is "that which is seen"
It's easy to see how seatbelts work and it's easy to see oncoming traffic. It's not so easy to see oncoming global catastrophe - you're guessing and that's not good enough.
"We are all in the same boat but some of us are in the luxury apartments and don't want to downgrade even if the boat is sinking."
how does a lower standard of accommodation increase buoyancy, exactly?
Crikey, Andrew's touched a nerve here
This isn't religion, you know. It's meant to be science. It's not about faith in Climate Change or even evidence that Climate Change is occurring. Neither of those is relevant to the "denier" thing.
What's important is that there is evidence that Climate Change is occurring, evidence that it might be accelerated by human activity, evidence that it happens anyway without human activity and highly disputed evidence about whether altering human activity will slow it down.
It's quite possible to keep a scientific mind on this but you seem to think that a religious fervour is the only option. Me, I'm keeping a Scottish Legal mind on this for now:
That may change as evidence presents itself or not, in which case I may alter my prevailing opinion. See, changing your mind based on evidence is called "science". Diving headfirst into absolute acceptance is called "superstition".
I know which I prefer.
In the Commons, votes are "Ayes to the right, noes to the left". You don't fill in a bloody preference card. Are you saying Tom Watson not only voted for ID Cards but went around the back of the lobby and tried to vote again?
How can you vote "very strongly" in a binary voting system?
Either explain this to me or STFU.
"If you want to write your own software for the iPhone, then you can sign up for a (free) developer account, download a (free) development toolset and a (free) simulator to test your software on"
Uh, no you can't. That shit ain't free. It also comes with a lockin cost because it only runs on Mac OSX.
Stick with VCL
And turn off "Remote Help & Support".