358 posts • joined Wednesday 2nd December 2009 23:04 GMT
Scots hated being governed by a pack of wankers in Westminster.
So did/do the English.
The Scots had this brilliant idea to at great expense have their own pack of wankers.
So now Britain has an extra 129 wankers and pissed away £420 million just on building a house for them.
Paying HP 7 million quid to sack a load of people and hire them somewhere else is one of the great ideas these extra wankers came up with.
Vince Cable, the Lib Dem MP and Business Secretary, said he was delighted
It is over 5 years and 6 of the 10 million is from the government.
If this delights Vince we must be in far deeper shit than even I imagined.
Re: hundreds of chest x-rays worth of radiation (Neoc)
"At what point did anyone mention planes crashing?"
I mentioned it as a (possible) alternative to landing because flying through thunder storms where TGFs might be experienced risks direct lightning strikes which we know have caused multiple plane crashes.
I will assume you comment was directed at Neoc.
All photographic film is sensitive to high energy particle exposure. We have had decades of planes carrying photographic film from holiday snaps to reconnaissance photograph to just plain cargo. If planes have been experiencing huge high energy particle exposure events we would have had evidence for decades.
hundreds of chest x-rays worth of radiation
You would think in all the history of flight, photography, and thunderstorms we might have noticed planes landing (or crashing) with every piece of photographic film on board having hundreds of chest x-rays worth of exposure?
TGFs might exist, they might be worth investigating, but, the 'and they will kill you' bit sure looks like utter bollocks to me.
Utter bollocks without which this 'news' would not have been reported <sigh>.
Re: "There have been approximately 100 plots and also arrests made since 2009 by the FBI"
"And how many convictions...?"
Hey they got the guy who tried and abysmally failed to make Ricin from bottles of castor oil with the intention of poisoning his drug dealer to whom he owed a lot of money.
The plot was uncovered because his flatmate went to hospital with a bad cold thinking he had Ricin poisoning.
No intelligence required (or observed in the offender and his flatmate apparently) but homeland security chalked it up as a win in the fight against terror.
Re: whoda thunk it
I forgot to mention.
I have zero intention of ever visiting a cinema again.
I have a nice big plasma, nice sound system with a volume control, a pause button, comfy chairs, friends not strangers. Don't have to travel, pay parking or risk the car getting nicked or keyed. It's cheap and I can even have a fag. I really want to forgo all that because Hollywood thinks I ought to pay extra to see something once a few months earlier than otherwise?
Cinemas like the top whatever music charts are just an obsolete relic of the media industry. I don't understand why they haven't curled up and died.
whoda thunk it
Correlation between searches for information about an upcoming film and people going to the cinema to see it?
Colour me surprised - not.
Success and what I am interested in is if people wanted to see it when they walk out of the cinema.
Hollywood learning how to better sell krud with the aid of google is going to result in more fail.
Re: Cutting off (most of) the air supply
"Would it not be an idea to simply require the payment processing companies to remove from any "trader" on a website where there is payment for images that are illegal"
If that were done it would reveal how non-existant the market for illegal (in the country of origin) images is and put a bit of a damper on the crusade.
Give the guy a break
He is probably right - just for the wrong reasons :)
Re: Kids are the future an' all that
"I can see the dilemma"
That isn't the dilemma. They could put the start menu back in and make both optional. Classic shell puts the start menu back in for free - are you telling me that doing the same would stretch Microsoft's technical abilities?
TIKFAM is in Win 8 to force it on to their captive desktop market in order to promote it, apps, and their store on fondleslabs and phones - no other reason. The dilemma is how much they dare piss off their existing desktop customers for the sake of promoting TIKFAM and their answer seems to be a LOT.
Adding a graphic of a start button isn't a step in the right direction it just makes the shitty TIKFAM interface easier for the bewildered to find.
Re: Won't be able to post hate comments
Don't worry we will always be allowed to hate peedyfiles. They are all we have left nowadays.
tried it once
Wouldn't let me create an account with a throw away email address so that is as far as I got.
I don't want to be tracked on the internet. I don't want all the information I put on the internet to be aggregated and analysed. For that reason I avoid providing keys such as a Facebook ID which make gathering that information easier.
The idea of providing Facebook with any valid information about me (especially just to have a look and see what the fuss was about) was more than I could stomach. The idea that if I had a Facebook ID I would use it to sign into other services on the internet is completely ridiculous.
There is only one forum on the internet where I use my real name. A software support forum where the company (in Facebook wannabe style) decided access and ID on the forum is tied to licensing of the software - at least it is still currently a closed forum, but, I fsking hate it.
Re: Well, I love Windows 8. There, I said it.
Lol, you know
type "Windows N O T E Enter"
Also works in Win 7.
I have just shy of 600 items in my start menu "multiple layers of embedded folders" Are you seriously suggesting that scrolling sideways through 600 tiles on a full screen is a good way to organise or find any of them?
The only thing this mouse will pop....
Is itself into the $1 bargain basket in a few months.
TIFKAM is shit but if people really do want to use it on the desktop with mouse then I can't fathom why Microsoft didn't implement a mouse gesture recognition scheme for which a mouse with a dedicated gesture button would be useful.
It is effectively a single touch interface without the stupidity of having to flail your arm around.
"it would take "some huge tragedy""
No it takes huge media and political hype and hypocrisy.
One squaddie getting knifed in London is a "huge tragedy" while the 444 squaddies and uncounted 'insurgents' that have been killed in Afghanistan so far is just business as usual.
in return for lower taxes, companies should really pay the tax they do owe
Hmm Dave, if they are not paying the tax they owe shouldn't you be prosecuting them? Isn't that what the laws you made are for?
Also if your taxes are so low why do international companies choose to pay taxes in Ireland or Luxembourg or where ever instead of here?
Re: Scientific Theory
"mankind has a built-in superiority complex that makes us believe we must be responsible for everything"
The complex is not about mankind being responsible it is about others being responsible. Talking the talk and making a few pathetically ineffective gestures allows you to point the finger of blame at and feel superior to anyone who isn't doing the same. Saving the entire planet - what better subject for a willy waving contest.
Mankind's other big problem is the propensity to believe any old shite as long as enough others believe it - the foundation of all religion and look how popular that is.
"Do the thumb downers really want to die because someone else caused an accident?"
No they want to live because someone else didn't cause and accident.
Not having an accident doesn't hurt at all and is really inexpensive.
"Power to weight restriction"
Sure because we know how well that worked wiv youfs and gutless 50cc mopeds. The most important consideration being never to slow down because it takes so long to speed up again.
On the other hand sticking a metal spike instead of air bag in the middle of the steering wheel would be good - I'll have one if everyone else gets one too.
Re: Great article
"Shame el-reg has sharing options from 2005"
I wouldn't +1 or 'like' anything without being given the option to -1 or 'dislike' so take a downvote - dickhead.
The country can save 28.7 billion quid just by people not going to Birmingham - what a fsking bargain!
"get it right from the Windows Start screen through the app store,"
Funny, the app store was the first thing I tried to delete from TIKFAM.
"there are some genuinely interesting possibilities arising from replacing existing meters with smart meters."
When I am forced to pay 300 quid for something I expect to be assured of more than "genuinely interesting possibilities".
The reality is the main driving force behind smart meters is the desire to equip us all with personal guilt meters and the farcical notion that if only we knew how much energy we were using we stop using it.
Re: Concert spending
"overall effect is negative"
Or positive depending on your position being screwing more money out of people for some stuff is a plus or more people getting to consume that stuff for the same amount of money is a plus.
Yay for government
Can't piss away our money fast enough
"We believe in the minimum necessary government which defends individual freedom, supports those in real need, takes as little of our money as possible and doesn’t interfere in our lives."
What is not to like?
Re: Apple are not the only ones
"I wonder what they'd make of my driving licence, given that it's an old non-photo one"
Gees no wonder we have crap with ID cards and national identity registers when we have thinking like this.....
Do you think Dell or Apple are going send someone round to your house to look at you before shipping a laptop or whatever?
Re: Could someone please explain me this British anti-ID obsession?
"I would genuinely like to know. In most situations I have faced I would not have been able to open a bank account, get a mortgage, or start a new job without either"
The solution would be for the government not to require you to be identified for those purposes not to make identification easier in a mandatory from which would just allow the government to require you to be identified for a host of new trivial purposes for their not your benefit.
"a 5-year old with a PC could fake a banking statement and print it on A4 paper"
Yes but they can't fake a house at the fake address or fake bank with the fake name on their A4 paper. A fine example of the idiocy of thinking holding something (like an ID card) proves anything. The bank statement provides information which can be verified independently.
"What it cares about is being able to identify you when you come back the next day to withdraw some cash"
They are required to establish the identity of their customers to the satisfaction of the government. The government have access to every transaction with every financial institution in the country and demand they can associated each with an individual identity with some level of confidence. The banks care about loosing money and some have been fined substantial amounts by the FSA for failing to adequately identify their customers. This is all justified rather like the attempts to justify ID cards on bullshit grounds like fighting money laundering, terrorist funding, and tax evasion. But the banks do their dirty work and take the blame.
I went through no end of shit trying to adequately identify my GF to the satisfaction of the government via their bank proxy just to make her a secondary credit card holder (for which I as the primary holder would be completely responsible). She doesn't pay bills, she doesn't work or pay taxes, she doesn't claim benefits, she doesn't have or need a full bank account. She has a passport and driving license but that isn't enough.
As far as the government is concerned she isn't identifiable enough to be allowed to make financial transactions such as buying something with a credit card. The problem isn't lack of identity the problem is the chicken shit government requiring identity to support their surveillance of us all. The same with ID cards, and internet snooping.
Re: Seems counterproductive...
"but surely the point is that it's the authors/rights-holders decision to make"
Authors/holders only have rights the rest of us choose to give them.
Those rights are given for the benefit of the rest of us not them.
Consideration of how the application and extent of those rights might provide the maximum benefit to the rest of us are reasonable and welcome.
Re: I wonder how much of the opposition matches mine?
Dumb simplistic view which misses the point.
An ID card would serve no purpose other than to make every day life a bit more painful for everyone and provide the government with vast amounts of data. Cards can and would be forged. Biometric data on the card could and would be forged although for every day use biometric data on the card would never be checked against biometric data of the holder beyond glancing at a photograph.
So in order to prevent people getting things they are not entitled to everyone has to have, pay for and carry an ID card which will be required to be presented constantly for things as mundane as getting on a bus or borrowing a library book. Yet for the most part it won't prevent people getting things they are not entitled to because for the most part a forgery (and even better stolen ID) will do.
To be secure you need to check the biometrics of the person against a central database which can't (easily) be forged. For that you don't need a card at all. It would just be a key to indicate what database record the person is claiming to match, a number scribbled on a bit of paper would be adequate.
So I think we have established ID cards are expensive, painful, pointless and a huge invasion of privacy, what more do you need to be opposed to them?
The huge joined up database pointlessly using the card as a key is a whole 'nother ball game' which I'm not getting into here.
67 per cent of all searches in Windows 7 were to find launch programs
The almost universal advise given to people moaning about the metro start sceen is "hit the windows key and type the first few letters of what you are trying to run" was his aim to increase that percentage in Windows 8?
The Win 7 start menu is shit. I am not surprised people turn to search for the less often used programs. Click on 'all programs' to get a scrolling list the size of which depends on the start menu displayed history setting then manually expand folders in the list to finally see what you need to click on. Go back to all programs and it doesn't even remember where you were or what was expanded.
Anyhow its all bollocks. Win 8 has Metro and the App store to force it on Microsoft's captive desktop market to promote its use on fondleslabs and phones. It is shit for the desktop and usability judgements should be restricted to the small form factor touch devices it and the Apps was designed for.
Win 8 should have shipped with a small hammer so people know what to do when it tells them to 'tap here'.
Re: We told you it was shit
"show hidden files and show file extensions are now one click actions"
So cluttering the UI with options that I set once per install of the OS is supposed to be an improvement?
For an SD version in places where you are allowed to get it.
It costs about $3 million to make an episode of a decent TV series, maybe Game of Thrones is a bit more expensive than that.
HBO reckon they get 11 million paid for views, they complain/boast of a million torrent downloads. I reckon a million torrents is the tip of an iceberg. Even if it is only 12 million that means they would break even at 25 cents a view. and $2.99 is a rip off.
Re: Whilst I can see the value.....@TheBig Yin
"The EU tree huggers believe that if you have a real time energy or cost display, you'll use less power"
And even if they don't really believe that they think every one should have a real time display of personal guilt anyway.
What effing waste of space politicians are.
Up to our eyeballs in debt and getting worse, on the edge of the recessions third dip. Kids won't remember today's politicians for saving them from porn, they will remember them for the millstone of national debt they have carried all their working lives.
If we were governed by a cupboard full of broom handles the economy would be in better shape and we wouldn't have to listen to crap like this.
Re: I love people who deny the basic laws of Physics...
"redesign a farm turbine and add a motor and loop"
So perpetual motion machines are the answer to global warming.
What we really need is motors powered by wishful thinking.....
" biggy is this idea that if you have a display somewhere visible you'll cut your consumption"
What I said years ago, eco green twat politicians can't resist the idea of forcing us to install personal guilt meters at our own expense.
Re: Where does the carbon go?
They could collect all the carbon from these Flüssigmetallblasensäulenreaktors and burn it in some of the new power stations Germany is building.
Solves the disposal problem, and reduces the amount of coal they have to dig out of the ground, the electricity generated can be used to power the Flüssigmetallblasensäulenreaktors there might even be some left over.
A solution every technically illiterate eco green twat will applaud.
Re: "But an Art History graduate is ideally suited to burger flipping, ..."
"learning things simply for the sake of expanding one's own mind become such a terrible thing?"
When they ask me to pay for them to do it.
You have a point, the world has room for a few people studying Irish history, I don't mind funding the brightest and most dedicated with my taxes. When idiot politicians aspire to sending everyone to university the majority better be study something more useful. The world doesn't need every 3rd person to be either a psychologist or lawyer FFS.
"PCs can get back to being the proper professional tools"
With a price tag to match - not so good.
Re: Leccy? No!!
"Germany now produces more than half of it electricity from solar alone"
I presume this utter garbage comes from a record set at noon on 25/05/2012 where half of the grid demand was provided by solar sources. So Germany did produce more than half the electricity it uses for a few minutes around noon one Saturday (less demand from industry) last year.
During 2012 solar provided a little over 5% of the total supply.
Re: Resale Loss
"is purchased initially in a digital form, it at that point, no longer holds any value and cannot be resold."
If it no longer holds any value how can anyone complain about it being given away?
Re: I am going to take an unpopular side here.
"but they have EVERY RIGHT to say you can't re-sell it"
No they don't. The only rights anyone has are given to them by the rest of us. Copyright was given to them by us for the benefit of us. Copyright is now so distorted and abused that on balance we would be better off without it.
It is only momentum, stupid and bought politicians that stop this happening, a compromise which brings copyright back into line with its original intention of benefiting us would be preferable.
"dependent on local meteorological conditions"
Nice way of avoiding the word cloudy.....
"There are these things called "accumulators"
Yes and the accumulators alone cost more than the costs of grid electricity they can charge and discharge in their lifetime never mind the additional cost of housing, supporting electronics and losses.
Re: Good budget I thought
"Something is only worth what someone will pay for it".
Something is worth what it costs to make. If someone cut down lemon trees someone else would plant them and make money from it.
" 'pretend negative equity' and into real negative equity, and that would not stimulate the housing market, it would destroy it. 90% of home-owners would never be able to move house."
I would love it if my house was worth 10 quid because I would go out tomorrow and buy a much nicer one for 20 quid. The idea that there is anything good about high or rising house prices is ridiculous. The only people to benefit are speculators, developers, and those moving down market all at the expense of the majority who are trying to get on or move up the ladder ^H^H^H^H^H^H treadmill.
When politicians use that word you know the rest of what they say is going to be bollocks,
Tackle is another bollocks flagging word.
Re: Good budget I thought
"If you make building new houses much cheaper, by ripping up planning as you suggest, then the value of houses would drop massively. This would push a huge section of homeowners into negative equity, and would probably worsen the recession."
The houses don't and never had that 'value' in the first place, why do you think mortgage lenders need 20% deposits? Because the few dumb or desperate people buying now are paying 20% more than they are worth. You can pretend you don't have negative equity by pretending your house is worth more than anyone will pay and wait a couple of decades for general inflation to catch up but that leaves all the 'economy' associated with building, moving, furnishing etc comatose. We are in the shit and need to dig ourselves out not wait for it to stop smelling so bad.
Re: Good budget I thought
"and I very much like the mortgage assistance and new home building changes, which should encourage more buyers, and contribute to growth"
I don't. Too late and wrong. Much of our trouble (and piss poor housing stock and following low quality of life) is due to decades of ridiculous and unsustainable property price inflation. Inflation fuelled by reckless lending and supply being strangled by planning regulation.
The housing market (including all the 'economy' associated with it) is comatose and will remain so until prices have bottomed out and bear some resemblance to what it would cost to build. That won't happen till general inflation catches up with property inflation and measures to help buy new builds are just delaying it.
What he could have done (and should have years ago) is rip planning regulation to shreds providing lots of cheap land for large and efficient builds (instead of having to build shitty expensive hovels 2 or 3 at a time in tiny brown field sites). That would have bottomed out the property market quickly reviving the associated 'economy' and providing much needed housing. Best part is it costs nothing apart from whines from NIMBYS and those pushed into negative equity now (which is no worse than waiting for inflation to catch up).
My mother still gets tempted by offers of lots of money for half her back garden because it would likely get planning permission for a house (or god forbid block of flats) build. Her garden backs onto empty fields for almost as far as the eye can see. Half her back garden is apparently worth 200k while the same area the other side of her fence isn't worth 100 quid - so stupid you couldn't make it up.