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Re: Born Again'ers
The puritans left England because they wanted to persecute - they wanted to live somewhere where they could have absolute control over the way people lived and worshipped.
And the first place they went to try this was Amsterdam ????
If that was the IQ they started with - I think America has done rather well!
Re: Alternative title:
>When the value of the shares are down you have to pay some dividends, no matter how disgusting it is
Or you use your cash to buy those shares cheap
Paying dividends says to the market "we can't think of anything productive to do with this money - so we are giving it back to the shareholders so they can invest it somewhere else"
If you are a utility or a life insurance company that makes sense - it normally marks the beginning of the end for a tech company.
Re: Watchdogs with teeth please
But how would you tell if the operators weren't following the rules?
You would have to fit CCTV to watch them .....
Re: " If you hate the place so much, why don't you leave?)"
Can we start a Whitehouse petition to have Eadon repatriated?
Re: ice giants
You know who I pray to? Joe Pesci. ...
he looks like a guy who can get things done. Joe Pesci doesn't fuck around. In fact, Joe Pesci came through on a couple of things that God was having trouble with.
Re: Good riddance?
> A person showing up at a job interview and stating that he believes that a book written quite some time ago is the words of God, simply does not qualify as intelligent.
Surely the Holy book of K&R should still be revered? - even if you do use C++
It's wasteful to use up all those megahertz sending pointless "celebrity diy house price on the attic" programmes to millions of TVs that are turned off.
Somebody is going to sell the frequencies for $$$$ so they can be used efficently for sending "OMG some celeb just said LOL" tweets to millions of phones.
Re: Must be about time all TV became on-demand via the Internet
Eventually the tv-licence fee is going to go away - along with broadcast TV
Everything will be on iPlayer or iTunes as pay-per-view
Then we will miss the days of $200 all you can eat viewing when we have to pay 99c for each episode of ISIHAC
Re: Now, they can do that in a variety of ways
>The root cause of crime is perceived helplessness in the midst of predicated poverty
Politicians steal expenses, bankers rob investors and companies fiddle health and safety rules because they feel helpless about poverty?
Re: "Shatners talks space, acting"
Don't forget TJ Hooker
Re: How to improve the world.
1, Build very small health spa
2, ask: Do you really believe any of the rabid, ficticious waffle in the Book of Revelations?
3, anyone who answers no is allowed in.
(With apologies to wonko the sane)
Re: Cameras everywhere
"They grow up to obfuscate and not take any responsibility for their actions."
To be fair, not all hoodies grow up to be politicians or civil servants - many become honest decent crooks.
Re: Let's not take any risk
Same as you get for the 5000euro version
"have you tried turning it off and on again?
Re: Precidence not necessary
Do GW by any chance have dwarfs, elves, wizards, dragons, ..... in their toy collection?
Do not meddle in the affairs of Tolkein heirs - they are quick to anger and not subtle
Re: 4 million pixels?
Sir I give you the Lenovo Ultrabook
Today a solar superstorm disrupted rail transport, caused several mobile phone networks to fail, disconnected whatever-NTL-is-called-today and led to increased rainfall.
Re: Chocolate Teapot
As long as we don't insist Facebook delete our preferences.
It's going to be tricky to have a trade war with America if they own all our weapons.
Or possbly much simpler if they are selling us billion $$ aircraft which we can then refuse to buy?
re: Mechanism please.
Q1, Do you consider yourself an open minded liberal type
Q1a do you view porn
Q1b do you support gay marriage
Q2, Do you consider yourself a conservative christian
Q2a do you oppose porn
Q2b do you oppose gay marriage
Then only publish the correlation between 1a/b and 2a/b
Re: Oh dear
They should be responsible for filtering out the porn - its their CPU that is in charge
And since they have the deepest pockets - they are the ones to sue
Re: Genuine question
>Intel might go in for predatory pricing just to drive ARM
If Intel could compete on power - otherwise, you can offer a phone maker an Atom for free - it still can't use it.
Intels big problem is that if they did make cheap desktop/server chips to keep ARM out of the market - they would be undercutting their own chip business.
>I long predicted that MS would go from being dominant to insignificant over a short duration.
I don't think this is a sign they are being insignificant - it's a sign that they are becoming a significant company in the hedge fund business.
If you have $50Bn in the bank, why waste money trying to write software when you can make a lot more $$$ investing in other companies ?
Re: Microsoft picks its preferred OEMs. Biz model EPIC FAIL.
Loan or not - if somebody lends you $2Bn you can bet they are going to offer some helpful suggestions about how to run your business
Re: Duping the public
So the tanking PC industry is due to Obama
Who is behind the booming tablet sales? Reagan ?
Re: Why not launch from altitude ?
Just remember that you're standing on a planet that's evolving
And revolving at nine hundred miles an hour
Launching from the equator you get the full 900mph behind you, launch from further north and you don't get as much,
Only matters for equatorial orbitting sats, like this GSO communications one - but a free 900mph is worth it.
If you are going 22,000miles up to GSO - starting 2miles up a mountain doesn't gain much
so what is he exactly buying?
If the plan is to get rid of the baggage of an unprofitable PC business and start afresh as IT services/consultancy - like IBM did - what's the value of paying umpteen billion for the DELL name?
Why not just create "DELL services" from scratch, poach all the people who are nay good from Dell, call all Dell's customers and say "I'm the original DELL, I have all the people who were any good, I'm cheaper - switch to me".
(At least in the UK you have a right to use your own name for a business, whatever anyone else is using it for)
Re: Sure retasking a sat isn't easy nor is access cheap
The book (IIRC) about the incident - claimed that some engineers who had also worked on spy sats suggested they call their friends and have one take a look, but they weren't authorised to request it and the managers who were authorised weren't cleared to know about the sats.
But the suggestion in the book was that the managers were using this as a deniable get-out = We didn't know about the spy sat capability because we weren't cleared.
Re: Is the error message only for me?
We can't tell - the answer would change if we observed it!
Yes, then all you have to rely on is sympathetic police more interested in a fruitless pursuit of an untraceable international gang than just nicking you. Followed by a trial in which a a judge and jury both understand the technology and believe a child pornographer is innocent until proven guilty - in spite of what the home secretary says.
Re: Follow the money?
It think you might mean "Western Union" rather than "Western Digital"
Most of the make "money from home" jobs you see advertised are for forwarding stolen goods or cash. You get the stuff delivered to you from amazon on a stolen credit card and forward it onto another person - you are the one the police trace. Same with wire transfers of dodgy money
Re: What about UK? (@aliceklaar)
Similarly to proving that some data isn't encrypted when asked for a key.
The problem is that Mr Orwell's book didn't come with a disclaimer "this isn't legal advice and shouldn't be used to plan legislation"
Re: @TheFunkyGibbon: Like A Candle In The Wind....
I suspect having the orbiter - with it's engines running - perched on top of the 750tons of H2/O2 could be considered a non-optimal combustion outcome scenario
Re: In reality nothing could have been done
The internal culture was to ensure that management didn't know there was a problem - the whole purpose of the layers of management in politics/military is to ensure that everyone at the top has deniability.
An inquiry that shows there were technical failings is OK = "it's rocket science, these brave astronauts, risks for their country etc etc". It's preferable (for the managers) than "discovering" that there was a problem at the time and then having astronauts who the public know are definitely going to die live on national television
Re: The rescue options?
Yes but on that basis you wouldn't be using $2.2Bn/aircraft stealth fighters against shepherds in Afghanistan while you have kids in your own country dieing of third world disease because they can't afford vaccination.
Exactly, make the citizenship test in Latin - so only true British people can pass it.
Re: what this country needs
An extreme solution to overcrowding on network south east - but definitely out-of-the-box thinking
An avoidable tragedy
That was one of the opinions/rumours/conspiracies going around at the time, after management vetoed imaging it with spy satelites or a space walk.
If they (and the public) knew there was damage there would have to be a rescue mission.
The orbiter couldn't reach the ISS and getting the second shuttle ready in time and a rescue was tricky.
So they didn't want the bad publicity of having a crew in space that were definitely going to die - on national television. It would have been the end of manned space flight, or at least their careers.
Excellent - I look forward to a crowd of hip and trendy young attractive devs all working in c++ while rollerblading and playing ultimate frisbee.
Is it just me or do the Windows8 ads all look like a tampon commercial ?
Re: As an owner of a Nexus 4
My desk comes with a non-slip coating of coffee rings, strangely sticky fluff and something unidentifieable which seems to be growing.
Advantages: nothing slips off and nobody ever wants to steal your keyboard.
Disadvantages: probable outbreak of plague
Re: Too expensive
If you need 3-way track changes in Word or you have an Excel file that auto links to Project or some other homemade ERP system - then get office pro.
But nobody needs to spend 399 quid to write their homework or do a few expenses spreadsheets.
As to upgrades, exactly what do you need to type into a document in 2013 that you didn't need to type in 2000, or 1995? How much would your business suffer if you couldn't adjust the radius of the terminators of the underline lines - or whatever new "feature" they have managed to squeeze into the new release
Meh - i have tortoiseSVN
The way TFS is integrated into VS is a pain, you need to fire up the whole environment to check a file and the 5min freeze when it can't contact the great TFS server in the cloud
The lock/checkout/write protect model of TFS is completely broken, especially when it doesn't auto checkout some config files and you find yourself changing settings in some property box and have them quietly forgotton when you close it.
Not fraud - but part of that "not making any profits" was buying $1.5Bn of securities, which they presumably hope to sell for a profit at some point
It's just like saying, we made $1.5Bn but bought $1.5Bn worth of gold - therefore we didn't make any profit (and don't pay any tax) but we do own $1.5Bn worth of gold.
Re: No dividends, ever, and no plans to start one
>As if that were a good thing
Paying a dividend says "we think we would be better returning this money to our share holders so they can invest it - in another company", not paying a dividend says "we think we can use this money to grow our business and it's share price"
Since part of their 'not a profit' was buying $1.5Bn in securities - perhaps Amazon put it all in Apple shares
Re: And the significance?
And how many of the tablets were $75 Android 2.3 machines from Walmart rather than iPads
I suspect that tablets outsold laptops at christmas for pretty much the same reason that kid's bikes outsold cars - it doesn't mean the whole world is going to start cycling to work.
Re: History and culture
The military importance of Trafalgar has been re-assessed somewhat since Nelson's day.
Napoleon had already withdrawn his invasion army from France and sent it toward the invasion of Austria 5days before the battle - although the news hadn't reach the British fleet.
The major strategic effect of Trafalgar was actually on the Spanish rather than the French.
They lost many more ships and officers and never managed to rebuild - 1805 marked the end of Spain as any sort of power in Europe. The French fleet was back upto strength and arguably better equipped and better led within a generation.
Re: @Voland's right hand
"The history of the country where you are applying for a citizenship is a core value".
It is indeed:
0-9Bn years, mostly hanging around as Hydrogen and Helium
9-13Bn years, collapsed into ball of rock, got hot, cooled down
13-13.6Bn years, split off from rest of single giant continent somewhere south of the equator and headed north in search of weather worth complaining about. Eventually crashed into Scotland which had left Canada for same reason
13.6 - 13.6001 Bn years, ice retreats finally cutting off rest of world.
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