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In a historical context
Slavery cannot be about morality – there are no absolutes. It is about responsible judgment, finding the balance between shareholder fiduciary duty, stakeholder responsibility, controlling labour costs and and delivering cotton at a price the market find acceptable
Re: A question for rocket scientists on El Reg...
Obviously the quality of the beer
Re: The part I dont understand
Because ITV could legitimately claim that nobody watches the program, those that do watch it don't understand it, and even if they did nobody cares what they think.
Re: The Law is an Ass
In other words the day after a Ripper murder, to print a headline asking "why is the prince of wales buying so many razors?" isn't that different from printing "the prince of wales is Jack the Ripper" - smiley face or not.
But at least digital isn't as susceptible to interference.
A 500khz AM pirate radio ship off East Anglia can apparently knock out every vital communication system from lifeboats in Cornwall to the RAF in Scotland - or at least that's what's claimed when they are shutting them down,
Director of future media?
Simple way to cut costs - go through an organisation and fire anybody called "a creative consultant visionary" or a "director of social media inclusiveness"
Not only will you save their inflated salaries, you will improve morale and reduce the overall level of stupidity
Re: @Andrew Jones 2
Customers demanded remote access so they didn't to send a truck and a service person out to drive miles to change a setting on a traffic light, storm sewer or air quality monitor
Then they demanded that they use regular wifi/gsm etc so that they could dump the fixed phone line.
At no point did they say they would pay extra for milpec security and so the suppliers didn't fit it
You might as well ask why your home isn't fireproof or your car isn't theft proof - because the costs outweigh the risks
Only by the standards of some very "Hollywood accounting".
Some car companies paid back their TARP "loan" only by not including the majority of the TARP that was paid to cover debts and losses by divisions and pension funds that were turned into separate companies and spun off to the government.
According to the TARP inspector general "The most recent cost estimate for TARP is a loss of $60 billion. Taxpayers are still owed $118.5 billion (including $14 billion written off or otherwise lost)."
It's a bit like the UK government claiming to make a profit on Northern Rock if you don't count the billions in bad debt that weren't part of the sell off.
If only people stopped wasting money on all this technological research we could get on with the job of harvesting nuts and berries and hunting bison
Does it have a calculator?
That's what I really want in a watch
Save me carrying an HP48G around everyday
OK got my update this morning.
I've never seen the "app is not responding, wait, cancel etc" box before on Android.
Managed to reinstall opera mini - but can't find opera mobile anymore
Opera mini doesn't handle the accept conditions redirect page on the free wifi here.
Except presumably before launching their nuclear war on the west the Soviet high command might have decided to move to a little place in the country. So targetting everything on Moscow is a little bit "operation stable door"
What a brave and principled politician
Now go to one of your safe seats in Derby and tell the workers that Rolls Royce is evil for not only paying no UK tax but claiming a multi-million tax refund for "training"
Or it could be a double bluff by the Norwegians.
Just look at the statistics.
1st millenium, no internet, lots of viking attacks
2nd millenium, limited internet, reduced viking attacks
3rd millenium, universal internet, no viking attacks
The vikings have obviously moved into cyberwarfare.
Re: The lesson is stealth
The problem with keeping it secret, is that the US will inevitably make a movie claiming it was all their work
Time to invade Holland ?
Re: Closed the door
I'm pretty sure the click-through Eula prohibits it's use by any other inteligence agencies
That's generally considered sufficient evidence to start a war - at least in that part of the world
Re: What precisely was this guy responding to?
It helps if the other country is in the Eu so there is no import duty.
So Mr Romanian president, lower the rate to 10% and we will pretend to invest billions of $ and create 1000s of jobs in your country. Or at least put up a few brass plaques outside lawyers offices
Re: What precisely was this guy responding to?
Right upto the point where some other European country decides to make it 10% or 5%
It used to be that Ireland did very well with US corporations: between the language, golf courses, whiskey and the "Mr Obama - come and meet your ancestors, the O'bamas" angle.
But with $$$bn at stake I'm sure a few CFOs can face having their euro-headquarters in Luxembourg or Romania.
Re: I got an interesting idea
To be fair that wasn't just tax - Bono's ego was getting too large for Ireland, people were being pushed into the sea off Galway.
Ireland is short of money
It appears to have one of the worlds most profitable companies in it's backyard.
Why not just nationalise it?
It could even pay compensation - although since the company is mostly irish and most of their business is in Ireland - you wouldn't allow them to repatriate the money to any other tax haven.
Re: The accepted wisdom
Yes they do help get over the crap handwriting = thick hurdle. So much so that schools have "allegedly" been classifying lots of kids as Dyslexic/Autistic/etc so they can use word processors in exams.
But that's a long way from deciding that if you can write a story and use different fonts you are not only doing better at the story but you are learning computers as well
Or we should mandate a federal law enforcement back door
The accepted wisdom
from anybody who has even the least justification for an opinion - ie anybody who has been in a school.
Is that computers are mostly a complete waste of time. From the days when we had a BBC micro and a laser disk to learn about the UK in the doomsday project - to today's make a web page in Word showing why you didn't do your maths homework.
By all means put some computers in a library, along with some books, in the hope that some student discovers them and learns something (very much like the books) - but don't think that a power point replaces a teacher
>But not in Canberra, they can't hack the cold winters.
Or the politicians
Did you see the list of states affected?
Any research into the evolutionary behavior would have to conclude that Jesus did it.
Re: The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
I recommend that we surround the entire planet with several miles of protective gas which will convert the meteor's energy into heat and dissipate it safely.
We should also arrange that large areas of land in big countries along an east-west axis are mostly uninhabited or filled with people we don't really care about.
The same state allows stores to install cameras, including hidden cameras, in changing rooms
It also allows employers to put cameras in staff toilets to catch them taking drugs http://articles.latimes.com/2000/apr/27/business/fi-23822
Re: Why legs.
"If there were a better way to get around, something would have evolved it."
Evolution only works if it benefits an individual - the problem with wheels is that they need roads, it's hard to evolve a gene for building roads that other individuals use. Social insects might manage it
Re: Of course, we could just leave the EU
I thought UKIP's policy was not only to leave the eu but define a new continent
Unlike the more sensible Conservative/NewLabour policy of redfining it to be America (possibly Texas in Blair's case)
In which case 100x that number of astronomers, geologists, geophysicists etc would be saying it was natural to keep their jobs
Re: Anti-fraud measure?
IIRC the reason for the charge was a nominal sum to cover the pharmacists cost of handling the prescription. Since this new computer system will reduce the cost dramatically (all computerised systems do ) the fee can be abolished.
Alternatively anybody who doesn't have to pay can prove that by registering a 90quid e-passport in the new system on every visit
You wont have a choice of pharmacists because your doctor (or semi-autonomous grant holding patient acquisation unit as he is now known) - is signed up to GooglePreScript which has an exclusive contract with
Easypharm, who unfortunately only have branches in London and the Caymens (for tax reasons)
They will deliver the drugs to your home, for a moderate extra fee, and in only 28 days.
Re: This goes to show...
Yep - if you are a human/environmental/animal rights campiagner all you have to do is be better at cybersecurity than the combined technical resources of any government that may oppose you.
You should also assume that the same government owns the OS and hardware you are running it on
Except BT will get the contract - so it will be ADSL over copper.
With the copper wire running above the tracks and a clever little device on top of the train to make contact.
None of you new fangled wireless stuff.
Re: Notting Dale Itek?
>This present venture seems to have some similarities.
Except for the educational aspects and local yoof
This is subsidized office space for big companies who are frends with the government to stick a bunch of call center people in with a couple of felt tip web designers upstairs to get the digital-britannia bit and the occasional school party being shown some of this "multi-media stuff" to justify the educational tag
Re: Pardon my cynicism but...
Because each "digital social creative media cloud government relations consultant" requires a barrista, a personal assistant, a life coach, a yoga instructor, a nanny .....
So you only need a few government website concepts to be concepted about - to easily create 6500 new jobs
Re: Of course, we could just leave the EU
So the ads would now be sold by Google-Sark or Google-IOM and the 1000s of people workign in London still wouldn't pay any tax.
However the rest of the Eu would ban Google-UK from selling to them, or introduce a 100% import duty, so Google would close it's UK office and open one in Europe.
Re: In this day and age
And the advantage of this is that rich people don't pay tax.
Normal worker with salary = pays tax
Rich worker who is paid in dividends through a shell company = no tax
Funny how 3hour checkins and security lines at airports don't get billed in the same way.
Heathrow: 70million passengers/year * 2 extra hours waiting * 50quid/hour = 7billion quid for extra "security"
Re: It's more binary than how many minutes are saved
That will be why everybody is rushing to build Concorde replacements then
If it's vital that cockneys and brummies meet face to face to discuss the massive West Midland-London trade deals then it shoudl be vital for me to supersonic to Shenzen everytime I need a circuit board making.
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