Re: Great idea!
Because the claim that the giant global companies are all secretly controlled by Arabs ?
7142 posts • joined 31 Dec 2009
Because the claim that the giant global companies are all secretly controlled by Arabs ?
They are removed here - there is a special exemption for high tech companies (those where 50% of employees use a computer). No statutory holidays, no bank holidays, no overtime, no limit on working hours. The result is that salaries are half as much as in that bastion of pinko commie liberalism the USA.
There are also a rapidly reducing number of jobs since all the good people are in Silicon Valley and the companies are moving there to find the people.
A lot of that is because a generation ago the only contractors were lawyers/accountants/etc and they got to make the rules. When every receptionist or sandwich shop worker is an indpendant contractor expect the tax loopholes to get tightened as quickly as they were when every programmer decided that they were now contractors paying themselves dividends.
The shopping centers here provide electric car charging, so do all the cool trendy companies.
The big limit is that nobody is allowed to sell electricity - except the monopoly power company - so you can only charge for parking. I worked out if I parked at the supermarket every day, bought an item to get my free 2hour parking I would drive for free.
But a lot of electric cars are going to be Car2Go type schemes and 2nd cars, or apartment owners who commute locally. In US cities that is a lot of people.
Except by the Indians - China has lots of Uranium and now owns big bits of Africa.
ps. Thorium reactors are no cleaner/safer/better than Uranium. Their only advantages are if you want to make it a lot harder for yourself to make bombs or - like India - you don't have any Uranium.
Really? No cambelt, no engine wear, no oil, brakes almost unused.
If you keep swapping the (recyclable) battery pack I can't see why they wouldn't run for a very long time.
Spinning rust has precisely one advantage over SSD - it's cheaper.
They are betting the company on being able to continue making mechanical parts smaller and cheaper each year faster than semiconductors can make parts smaller and cheaper each year.
"the facial recognition software does not take or store anyone's photograph"
That in a way is even worse.
You can never fly again because the computer says your face matches a terrorist.
Unlikely since I am a 70 year old women with blue hair - can I see the photo?
No there is no photo - but the 32bit hash of your face data matches one of the other 4Bn hashes in our database so you are a terrorist.
Nope the explosion creates Lithium - so unless you have more battery after it explodes than before .....
Ironically here in Canada we get all the old UK stuff on Netflix, the other half is addicted to Midsommer/Rosemary&Thyme,Ms Marple,Agatha Christie - none of which show up on UK netflix.
... more worryingly she might be planning on murdering me and is researching the best way to fool detectives
There have also been a number of accidents when thrust reversers or slats deployed during flight on commercial airliners - either because of faults or pilot error.
Adding interlocks so thrust reversers only work when there is weight on the wheels seemed like a sensible precaution - however well airline pilots were trained not to put the engines in reverse while flying.
Like Kayak, expedia, flightbookers, etc did to travel agents.
If only the travel agents had donated $50k to the mayor's election fund these services would be illegal.
In fact given the airline's clout with the government i'm surprised that they aren't
And the person with a $1M is an idiot. $1M and the return is $40,000/year. ie 4% return on capital.
This is a billionaire that needs to read some business books.
"would that mean I need a taxi license for that city?"
Yes but more importantly you would need a license from the BCS, and be a member, and pay annual dues to be allowed to write a computer program.
We can't have just anyone writing programs - don't you care about hackers etc?
If only the BCS had the same lobbying cash as the lawyers, accountants, opticians etc
And there will be organisations that tell their users "don't click on suspicous attachments" and then email important pay/pensions forms as word doc named PDQQ-6756-BHG.docx
If you let infected files/links into your system and rely on regular users to spot them and not click - it isn't the users' fault. It's like telling them that some of their computers might have faulty PSUs with dangerous voltages on the keyboard and that they should "be careful".
Well if I thought they really came from the home office then I would be cautious - but as long as they are only hackers.
>a jumbo jet towing a WWII style glider behind it
Cue Ryanair's next announcement, "caravan class"
Airplanes do not carry tanks of oxygen - that would be dangerous.
They have canisters containing a mixture of chemical explosives which generate oxygen, along with a lot of heat, when you trigger them.
Number of US planes blown up by bombs in last 20years?
Number of US airports which still don't have weather or windshear radar
Number of staff cut by the reduction of ATC to a few major centers leaving most of the US with no coverage.
Number of column inches generated by each threat ....
Nasa is safe because it has sites in every senators home.
Remember space is a tiny part of what Nasa does - most of it is subsidising a bunch of aerospace companies
>but Chancellor Merkel is not going to bankrupt her nation by pouring multiple billions into South-Eastern Europe.
She isn't, she is pouring billions of euros into German merchant banks that made expensive loans to SE europe.
>It would not be so tough if these nations got to keep their favourite coin
But then they wouldn't have been able to borrow to buy German cars and Germany wouldn't have been able to afford to sell them with expensive DMs.
The "Canadian economy" is the housing market in Vancouver and Toronto and the banks that support it.
The rate cut will drive up prices and cut mortgage payments - people will feel richer and vote the correct way in October. After that who cares?
A real profit or a "we bought Northern Rock for £1, wrote off a £Bn of bad debt and sold it to that Branson chap for £1m" sort of profit?
And did we (or the Americans) cure the moral hazard of allowing retail banks to play speculation in the knowledge that they will be bailed out if they screw up?
One topic worthy of Worstallian analysis.
A massive collapse of all banks and the disappearance of money is a probably a bad thing.
Was the bail out, and partial nationalisation, of banks cheaper than simply letting some of them go bust and paying the depositors?
Was billions really given to merchant bankers who made a bad bet and then paid themselves bonuses with the money?
But the research is also available to all their competitors
With the current system you pay for the research, a single company rolls up and licenses it for an undisclosed (but tiny) fee and it disappears into their IP portfolio.
Anything produced by the federal government is.
But the local authorities do a lot of this sort of stuff, you have to sign that your bathroom remodelling meets the county plumbing rules, a copy costs $500 and changes each year -- it's just a hidden local tax.
He's on virgin broadband ?
Particles don't really exchange real gravitons to feel gravity anymore than electrons exchange real photons to repel electromagnetically - they are virtual particles.
Or if you prefer it's all just an accounting trick to make the laws of physics balance.
Fermilab has an official herd of bison (ie Buffalo to Americans) living on top of the accelerator.
Texas has laws requiring a permit to own laboratory glassware - to stop this science stuff.
It's a pain because the lab supply companies won't ship to Texas because they don't want the trouble of confirming your licence.
He should run for president !
That's why our policy is that passwords must contain a perverted sexual act (in uppercase) - it really cuts down on people revealing their passwords
And they are never seen in the same room together !
I suspect the current one adds a ps. "can you also lob a spare missile at Nick Clegg if the big one goes up"
Trouble is the police are driving nice new fancy high end cars that are hackable.
Who is going to be hacking who - you could save all the bother of stealing/driving the car and just sit at home playing scalextric with real police cars.
If it's used everywhere wouldn't it be an Omni bus?
Then if it was used in a bus it would be an omnibus Omni bus.
My fsckign digital camera plays a 3second animated logo while you are waiting to take a picture.
For ERNIE (premium bonds) they do - but that's because only little old ladies buy premium bonds and little old ladies trust the government. Idiots buy lottery tickets and idiots like to see balls on TV.
That did come up (IIRC in the Netherlands) the court ruled that a fault on the line which meant the phone went off-hook allowed the police to listen in without a warrant and use the evidence.
The court got suspicous when there was a "fault on the line" of every suspect that year.
If you are sending a single probe to Mars that took 10years to design and build and will be operated for years - that's true.
If you want a permanent base and need to lift 1000t of supplies to Mars in 100s of launches then the delivery charge starts to become significant.
Rocket science is easy. Tsiolkovsky's rocket equation and Newton's laws.
Rocket engineering, on the other hand, is decidely tricky. As is most engineering which involves - light several hundred tons of explosive and hope to control what happens.
No that's the XXXX - it's fueled by sheep's piss
It was never clear that the cost of recovering, refurbishing and transporting the boosters ever made sense and the "resusable" shuttle main engines had on average less than 2 flights for most parts
It's only a problem with fake cats - real cats would be properly earthed by having their claws embedded in your leg.
A different software fault might cause the parachute to deploy accidentally and destroy the launch - it's a question of risk.
No, we need to ban encryption AND hoard zero day exploits - it's the only way to be sure.
The fine comes under operating expenses so mostly is just knocked off the next tax bill.
The demanded upgrades will be written off against R&D tax credits or infrastructure improvement grants - so if their accountants are on the ball they should make a profit out of this
> there is no point in the extra acceleration
Not for the driver - but there is for Tesla.
How much free advertising + how many extra sales does having the fastest accelerating road car get you?
There isn't much point to winning Le Mans every year for the average Audi A3 buyer - but Audi still pay to do it.
"There's no way that a Tesla (in the present day) could keep up with any normal vehicle over a 12 or 24 hour cross country race."
Then there is no way that your dead-dinosaur powered car could keep up with a Tesla in a 12/24month race. It stops by the side of the road, unfolds the solar panels and has a kip for a few days.
You start drilling a well, hoping that there is undiscovered oil under you, while looking up how to build an oil refinery out of washing up liquid bottles and sticky back plastic in your Blue Peter annual.
"Otherwise the police could search anyone's home based on a case that is occurring 50 miles away that has nothing to do with the person in question."
That was one of the concerns when the law was introduced = the "Lord Lucan" strategy.
Every officer could have a warrant for "anyone/anywhere" on the theory that since they didn't know who/where was involved in the Lord Lucan murder the warrant must apply everywhere and to everyone.
Remember this is a force that used suspect is a "black youth in London" as a justification that their stop and searches weren't random but were targeted on those fitting a description.