Re: In the UK
Sorry the "in the UK" title was from something else I was writing in another thread - forgot to edit it before posting.
7205 posts • joined 31 Dec 2009
Sorry the "in the UK" title was from something else I was writing in another thread - forgot to edit it before posting.
From rec.humour more than 25years ago:
Do these guys at Radio Shack ever get on your nerves, asking you for a bunch of personal data when you're just there to buy something as simple as a couple AA batteries? I think we should inconvenience these people as much as they do us. A while ago I was in Enid buying a printer cable adaptor and the guy asked me for my name.
"Ghosseindhatsghabyfaird-johnson," I replied.
(blank look of confusion)
"How do you spell that?" he asked, obviously not wanting to know.
"With a hyphen," I clarified
"Once more?" he asked
"Could you please spell that?" he asked, glancing at the half dozen people waiting behind me.
"Oh... just like it sounds," I said nonchalantly.
Putting down "Johnson," he went on and asked about the address.
"Washburn, Wisconsin, 14701 N.E. Wachatanoobee Parkway, Complex 3, Building O, Appt. 1382b," I replied.
Almost through writing all this down, I said, "Or did you mean current address?"
Stoping, he said, (becoming irritated) "Yes. Current address."
"Diluthian Heights, Mississippi, 1372 S. Tinatonabee Avenue, Building 14C, Suite 2, Box 138201," I replied quite slowly.
Waiting until he finished I said, "No, wait, it's NORTH Tinatonabee Avenue." Annoyed, he backed up and changed it.
"I think," I interjected.
Nope - a real improvement in efficency would be to get computer scientists to help chemists write programs about chemistry.
"Computer science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes." - Edsger Dijkstra
So MIT,Stanford, Caltech. Carnegie-Mellon, have big supercomputers and do better in rankings than ToadSuck Arkansas community college who don't?
And a big chunk of Cyanogen's money came from Microsoft with a promise to "disrupt" Android.
So once the market is "disrupted"enough that you can't guarantee a certain app will run on a certain phone then the funding will end.
embrace, extend, extinguish.....
> Maybe I could do both?
Nah,can't do that - different union
15M is fsck-all money.
It will be simply moved from other funds anyway
It gets him on the TV
The other lot have to either promise 16M for flying unicorns or be accused of not supporting Britain
- I did my PhD next door to an "interdisciplinary superconductivity research center of excellence" built 20years earlier under a previous vision, nothing ever come from it.
Anything the Guardian tells you about economics is about as reliable as anything the Daily Mail tells you about immigration or the Express about the death of Diane (or Independant about Kim Kardashian's arse)
We had a dash board app to monitor our servers that somebody under the influence of MSFT decided to do as an active desktop. So all you had to do to check the servers was to iconify every other window and hope no icons obscured any important bits.
Fortunately French O-level bears about as much resemblance to the French language as ICT does to software engineering.
Wouldn't that summon the evils of bing and deliver them into the heart of your machine?
< insert demonic laughter >
And the places you sell it in should have the right to make you obey any laws they want.
So if Germany requires you to reside in Germany, pay German income tax, learn German and have your works only feature Germany characters before you are allowed to sell your content in Germany - you might reasonably complain that it is against the free market.
But demanding that you can sell anywhere in europe, base your HQ in whichever eu country offers the best tax deals, and live in another country - but then not allow customers in one country to buy your product in another - is a little unfair.
Suppose Finland decides that German cars sold in Finland had to only have Finnish written software (for IP reasons) - would the same "reasoned argument" apply ?
“All browsing activity should be considered private and sensitive,”...
AND of course all private and sensitive information should be tracked by the government
- so all browsing activity should be tracked by the government - QED
encryption where by default the government holds they key
>Why the hell would you invade Calais?
First step, then Burgundy and on to Aquitaine. Then we raise the French in a combined attack on Paris - the one set of people the French hate more then the British are Parisians
The big advantage of Brits invading Calais is that nobody would be able to tell until it was too late
So in response to an alleged hack of a Japanese company that everybody except the General from Dr Strangelove believes was an inside job - the US has attacked N Korea ?
Interesting - I think the French broke the overnight build, can we invade Calais ?
Try having all the communications, visits to mistresses, secret photos of all your board members in a giant database - it does wonders for your budget approval.
Being allowed to put people who dissagree with you in a football bag and fly them to wherethefsckistan to have electrodes attached also helps get your expenses claims processed.
>There's 11 member countries of the SKA Organisation
But Australia can cut all the extra funding which allows Australian universities and researchers to actually use it - while keeping to the minimal commitments required by the deal.
Or they can just tear up the agreement - no doubt it would be cheaper in government lawyers to prove that no binding commitment was made to fund it in actual $ etc etc
Profit to Australia = GDP
So Australians paying cable bills to US owned cable giants to watch US tv shows on TVs with a built-in wifi hub somehow translates into $74Bn in IoT profit
> more like Model T cars.
If only - Imagine if you were able to buy a Series 2/3 Landrover clone for 1/10 - 1/20 the price of the latest "Victoria Beckham Inspired" Range Rover
Or another way of looking at it - by having better communication they were able to operate a cartel to restrict the amount of fish on the market and charge more
>Technically I have a DPhil rather than a PhD but it's the same thing.
Also known as 2nd place ;-)
But what about legitimate supervillians (many of whom hold advanced degrees) ?
Or a Caltech faculty party where someone's wife snootily introduced herself as a doctor.
After a moment of confusion somebody realised and explained "oh, just a medic"
>Paid (or market) working hours for women are up, for men down.
For those paid hourly whose hours are logged.
For the rest of us hours have definitely increased. My steelwork(ing) father worked shifts for 40hrs/week. I sit at a nice comfy desk - and it's a little bit safer - but I am at my keyboard for 10-12hours a day, a couple of times a year we have a crunch where we work weekends / all nighters for 2-3months. House prices in this city also mean I have a commute that he would consider a day trip. Any free time is taken up with professional development, meetups, networking events etc.
I earn a lot more, contribute more to GDP, and I don't have to work in a coalmine - but in tech we have created jobs that are now completely your life.
>That actual computation isn't directly affecting your quality of life
It was a comment on the kind of inflation rate rigging that various governments do!
Their "basket of houshold items" includes a 40" plasma TV - in 2005 that cost £1K, now it costs £200. So although food, fuel and housing costs have risen they can show that these have been cancelled out by the fall in the cost of their basket of goods/
Meaning that the real rate of inflation has fallen dramatically.
The Cray-YMP I started working on in the late 80s cost a £squllion and is now outclassed by the GPU in my laptop. Therefore inflation has fallen by £squllion/$500 in the last 25 years
So because health insurance is so insanely expensive, and rising and employers have to pay it - that statistically is equivalent to rising wages?
Or buy a Pipo for $100. A quad-core atom, gig-e, wifi, 2gb Ram 32Gb flash, comes with Windows 8.1 and runs kodi.
The point of going to work is to earn money to live. Once you have enough money saved to live on you stop working. The less you spend and the more you save, the quicker this happens.
So by buying this car you are having to work for another year - actually several years with the effects of investment growth/ compounding etc. So the only people who should buy this car are those who already have so much money that it is pointless saving any more (ie Bill Gates) - who I assume aren't looking at Lexus hybrids.
But I emigrated to Vancouver - the perfect combination of London prices and Newcastle wages - which shows what sort of financial genius I am.
How rich do you have to be to blow a years worth of take home on a crap car? And that's assuming you have a "Good Job in London" sort of take home.
Or to put it another way - that's about 1/10 of the amount you need to stick away to be able to retire and live comfortably off the interest.
Anybody who is smart enough to get the sort of job where they can buy one of these must see the point of not spending the money on one and going home to play instead?
I can see the point of a Maclaren F1. If you were friends with Mr Putin, and as a result now own Belarus, then you can buy a £1M car with the interest earned in the time it takes you to choose the colour. But people with more money than God are not buying a Lexus SUV.
... and breathe out ,,,,,,
Shouldn't they own Leybold-turbo-pumps.sucks ?
And if you don't like them would you have to register Leybold-turbo-pumps.sucks.sucks ?
Heard of one like that in the mid-west USA.
An unused elavator shaft down the middle of the building so they crane the computer in from the roof into the basement. Computer runs happily all summer and all winter.
Come the spring and the 6 floors of snow that has fallen and built up in the elevator shaft melts ....
Between the Irish pressing the eu to investigate Britain's torture of IRA suspects and the move to have Jack Straw charged by the war crimes tribunal for assisting extra-ordinary rendition flights - I don't think HMG wants him to have a day in court explaining why he didn't feel like trusting to British justice.
Get rid of all those who DIDN'T apply
And tragically and far too young - Iain M Banks
For 20years I have been buying every 2nd-hand copy of Good Omens I find to give away to people.
Jonathon Swift rather than Tolkien
Make it a fantasy and you can poke fun at everything AND the wise and learned people you are poking fun at think it is a silly story for children !
Tolkien wouldn't know a joke if it bit him on the Silmarillion
Small Gods is the best literature
Pyramids is my personal favourite
Colour of Magic/Light fantastic - good, but you probably have to be a fantasy fan to get all the jokes
The guards books (Guards Guards / Feet of Clay / Men at Arms ) and the Von Lipwig (Going Postal / Making Money / Raising Steam) are probably most readable stories
The only dissapointing book is Monstrous Regiment.
It's got a bit better since the world service stuff was rolled in - and there is always Archive on 4.
In our time / News quiz / Sorry I haven't a clue / anything by John Finnemore / somethings by David Mitchell / Mark Steel / Jeremy Hardy
Just avoid anything by media luvies or Gruniad columnists.
How easy is it wire a grid of LEDs to your Core-i7 and then write some code to turn them on and off?
In a way being a proper 32bit arm platform is the worrying bit
Hopefully you can learn about bits and memory addresses and have I/O pins and gates etc
It also encourages ordinary people to think about security, web sites to use HTTPS by default, to be careful of giving any information to, or cooperating with, the police - so in all it's a good thing ;-)
In the 70s and 80s we didn't have email or interception and we had the IRA, RAF, ETA, Bader Meinhoff, Black September, FLQ
Now that we have email and interception we don't have any of those - simple proof that the policy works.
But it can examine the meta-data, who you communciated with, who they communicated with, what sites you visited, who else visited those sites , where you traveled, who else was near you, who else was on the same tube train...
But nothing that would be an invasion of privacy.
If they are looking for specific threats then no it won't work.
If they are looking for a way to have some dirt on everyone it works quite well.
The problem with this is "income" and "based in"
If I work in an office in the UK and get paid a salary then it's easy to say where I am resident and what I get paid.
If I am a billionaire that makes most of their money from a complex international web of investment trusts, hedge funds, derivatives etc and I visit my London home only at weekends in the summer - exactly what 15% of what were you expecting to get ?