With the French government you are never sure if it is incompetence, malice, both or neither
7142 posts • joined 31 Dec 2009
With the French government you are never sure if it is incompetence, malice, both or neither
And similarly if it's legal to do it in public it should be legal online.
If I'm allowed to stand at Hyde park corner and shout "down with the government" it shouldn't be an offense under some technicality telecommunications act to say the same thing on twitter.
Why do I have a feeling that the only people prosecuted under this law will be those "bullying" Irish politicians, the church or American corporations with HQs in Ireland
Since they were presumably harming North Koreans shouldn't we have been funding them ?
That's a bargain - we are paying nearly $2500/month for the family coverage of our single US based salesdroid.
Same with the police, I have to pay for the police that arrest me for drunk driving - that's government gone mad. Why can't I contract out arresting me to ther cheapest least effective private supplier available ?
>Why would you have no insurance though?
You lost your job, you changed job and the new scheme doesn't kick in for 6months, you started working for yourself, your new employer's insurance won't cover you because you had a cold as a child so everything that involves breathing is a pre-existing condition.
Or just paperwork, you become unemployed and file form xyz123 for free coverage but you have to pay the first month's premium of $N000 dollars and will be refunded - but you pay it late and so have no coverage for that 6month billing period but you don't know this.
Or you just see a doctor that was in your insurance scheme when the list was published but has since dropped out and you get a $20,000 bill - it's your responsibility to check that every medical professional you see during your treatment is a member of your specific insurance plan.
Let us know when you have solved that particular computer science problem.
A lot of people in banking, the military, security, etc would like to know how you did it.
ps a password isn't the solution
There's an app for that .....
The billing inefficiency and overhead is stunning.
I worked for an IVY league university with a fantastic insurance plan, I went for a medical at the university hospital and for the next two years received bills for $0.00, demands to pay $0.00, refunds of $0.00, statements for $0.00 and so on. A colleague broke a wrist went to the same place and received a bill for $200 because a 2nd doctor not covered by the plan had also looked at the x-ray.
>why don't we also tax those who exercise to cover physio and sports injuries too.
Did BUPA coverage for our small company once.
I mentioned we should be a cheap good risk, all young fit hunks.
On the contrary we were the highest payment band the rep explained rather frankly - we have to cover expensive physio for all your rugby and skiing accidents while we dump middle aged managers with heart attacks on the NHS
And does the technology require the advert to include the space the technology uses as part of the sale pitch?
Selling a range of products differentiated only on storage space and including space the user can't use is fraudulent. It's like selling a 40" TV with a 32" screen and a 4" bezel then telling customers that if they want a 40" screen they should buy the 56" model.
But Microsoft is worse, my 64Gb Surface tablet includes a hidden 12Gb re-install partition containing windows and office installers and only about 34Gb of usable space.
But presumably didn't collect his pension
I thought most of the people at MI5 worked for the KGB so that should have reduced the wages bill quite a lot
I think that is unfair, many of us are quite warmly attracted to the specific female anatomy in question.
>File this one in with Iraq's WMD, I'm afraid.
So we blame 9/11 on North Korea this year
Doesn't contain 2oz of fluid and doesn't have a picture of a transformer on it so you should be fine
I can buy used albums for $5, I can get most of the 60s/70s/80s classic albums for $5 or 3/$20 on sale somewhere.
For this I get an album of songs. I get full quality that I can re-rip on the next device.
I get files that I can keep even if I don't keep up my account at xyz services or if xyz get bought by xyz2 and change the terms.
Of course I am an old fart who doesn't know who won X factor so what do I know
And yet the same shit workers operate Europe's most efficient car plant in Sunderland.
All it needed was Japanese designs, Japanese management and Japanese accountants.
>If you compare Elon Musk's goals in life to Nigel Farage,
So you have met a nice South African and that is bloody surprising man .....
> namely aerodynamics.
And the aerodynamics of hypersonic vehicles was well understood in the 1970s ?
What is really impressive is that SpaceX was founded with only $100M
A Google or an Apple could found one a week from the tea money
The problem is that post Gates there is no Microsoft, there are lots of battling chieftains.
Mobile is under the X-box group so it had better do something for x-box sales this quarter.
It will lose money for a while so it needs subsidy, the only group that makes money is Office so a phone has to convince the Office bosses that it will make money for them in the long run.
Imagine where the iPhone would be if every initial iPhone sale had cost the boss of the iPod division some of his bonus? And that same iPod boss had been in charge of allowing iPhone onto the iTunes store!
What the hell do the others do ?
Sit around flinging dung and wondering how to bang rocks together ?
Unless France has erected a Maginot line around the country then why does Netflix have to be in .fr ?
It can just bill French subscribers to Netflix.co.uk / .de or .dutchy-of-grand-fenwick
But to an economist Hurricane Sandy was a massive boost to GDP, all that rebuilding work and all those increased insurance premiums.
It's rather surprising that the government relies on unpredictable natural disasters and doesn't, for example, merely nuke the eastern seaboard periodically.
>Must live in the UK.
Where people understand irony
I don't know which is funnier, the idea that HP have any staff that would know how to cook the books, or that they might have anyone competent to catch them
It's easy for middle managers - they just have to pressure their employees into never taking any vacation. The result is that people take "vacation" by leaving and taking a break for a few weeks before they take the next job.
But that's ok because having key technical staff leave and trying to replace them in this market is a great cost saving.
And demanding that your employees use half their annual vacation to accomodate it ?
There is always cash - I believe the US govt has been printing quite a lot of that recently
That's because they used those special movie servers where the hacker can log in and cause them to start belching clouds of dry ice and make alarms go off before they finally explode into a shower of sparks.
Presumably Sony's email system also had about 12 characters per screen and made teletype noises as it printed the characters one at a time.
And now even more evil than Microsoft
A fingerprint is a userid not a password.
If your account is hacked you don't change your name
Embrace, extend, Extinguish.
If their browsers stuck to the standard then users on other OSes could connect to Office365 and that would never do .
Especially if you are looking for somebody hot for a limited-term relationship
In a more subtle attack it is alleged Sony hackers broke into the servers of Touchstone and re-edited Pearl Harbor into such a crap movie that many American movie goers now feel the raid was totally justified.
So don't collate it - just publish
You collect when councillors turn up for meetings, in order to pay them attendance allowance, you collect how they voted on issues, you already put it all in a spreadsheet.
At the moment you then spend money on protecting it, keeping it firewalled, having access controls to stop unauthrorized staff from seeing it - and then spend more money fighting FoI requests when somebody submits one.
So everything that there isn't a law demanding it be keep secret (like medical reports on the children being abused in your council's care homes) goes on a public sharepoint site.
The only reason to keep everything secret by default is to hide cockups or criminal conspiracies,
So why wasn't all that info public anyway?
Apart from the launch codes to their nuclear arsenal how much info does the local council have that is secret? Here even the salaries of all public employees are published, by name, on their website
When "Wee Spot o Rain Sandy" hit New York they were all very smug about their server rooms and backup generators being on the top floors.
All that was in the basement - as required by building regs - was the fuel tanks and pumps.
Zoning is what creates the problem.
It was a good idea 100years ago to stop slum landlords building houses against the walls of the United Asbestos, Arsenic and Cyanide factory - but it's crap when it doesn't let you build mixed office and apartment blocks in city centers or allow incubator office space in the suburbs.
VW have managed almost perfect market segmentation.
I need a car !
Certainly sir, would you like to pay 10K, 20K or 30K for the same car?
And steer you to the Audi, VW or Skoda/Seat version
Apple sold most of those devices in the USA and all of them to people who don't care about a $100/month cell phone contract and on carriers who have a margin to bundle phones.
It is going to be tricky selling to the next billion people who think $10/month is a lot of money. It's going to be very tricky doing it in a way which doesn't reduce the value to the $100/month crowd
"Only Apple can be Apple"
Exactly, if there was an exact mircon-perfect Chinese named copy of a BMW for 10K nobody would buy it.
Although VW did prove that if you made a 1/2 price version of an Audi with a less desirable badge, some people would buy it
And the terrorist looks suspiciously like David Blunkett.
We do know that TOR's development was largely funded by terrorists.
Mine had to have a new laptop when windows "had a moment" and lost her holiday pictures.
What she really needs is a Chromebook, what she insisted on was a Macbook Air (because they don't go wrong) but all it is used for is facebook.
The price difference is a small price to pay to be able to say "Sorry don't know anything about macs, can't help"
Microsoft Ireland is already a separate company in order to meet Eu data protection laws. The US court decided that since it was ultimately under Microsoft's control it could be ordered around by a US court.
It's like a court in Switzerland deciding that since a swiss bank is in ultimate control of the loans to the local bank that has your mortgage then Swiss police have a right to enter your home without a warrant.
Wasn't it GCQ that was turning a blind eye to the child prostitution running out of that boys home in Northern Ireland?
Even if it was being run by the army/special branch/RUC etc then the all-seeing GCHQ must have known about it before Private Eye - otherwise what's the point of them ?