Re: People hate facts
Presumably if the responses were sufficiently angry (and violent) the problem would solve itself ?
7356 posts • joined 31 Dec 2009
Presumably if the responses were sufficiently angry (and violent) the problem would solve itself ?
They just replaced the electric meters here with ones which constantly phone home with your usage. There was informed consent on the new smart meters - you could have one, or you could use candles.
And the "not getting the joke award goes to ....."
Did I miss 9?
Or instead of skipping to every 2nd release are we now waiting for it to double?
When do I update to Windows 14
When the FBI contributes as much to re-election campaigns as the movie studios - then they can get their own laws passed
How are they going to make their own Android when anybody who dabbles in Linux or opensource is a commie terrorist ? http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/07/03/nsa_xkeyscore_stasi_scandal/
Won't kidnappers now all switch to this phone?
And without a front-door the legitimate law enforcement authorites won't be able to protect us from kidnapper terrorists
Or the more traditional: "If it flies, floats or fscks - lease it"
They will simply charge you a per-seat not-using-SQL-server licence fee, the same way that Dell charge you more for buying a laptop without Windows
Will they be suing any of their customers that use Linux for patent infringement?
How many hundreds of undisclosed patents was it that Linux infringed?
Memo from bill.g to nadella.s
Remember; Women=Good, Linux=bad, you seem to have got things confused
> I'm not worried about people spying on me
But what about when you commit terrorism-related offences, like watering your garden during a hosepipe ban or putting out your recycling bin before 7:00am ?
The obvious British solution is for you to have a model aircraft (note a flying model aircraft not a UAV) - say a large petrol engined Spitfire, with working guns, and send that up to deal with the blighters.
It would probably be against the law - unless you are a law enforcement agency, or involved in national security. Or, in the uk, a local allotments committee with a copy of RIPA
I assume there are legal/accounting reasons but
Does it really make sense to announce record profits, record growth and then go out and buy your own shares?
Shouldn't you say you are going to hire Balmer as CEO, license Clippy as new Apple logo, that you are switching to VMS - and then go out and buy your shares?
How much do ox-bow lakes or the causes of the civil war come up in everyday life ?
So the reason that software engineering hasn't reached the same level as civil engineering isn't that it is a lot more complicated than looking up the standard beam profile from the standards book to bolt to the standard bolt from the standards books - it's because of the BBC micro?
So that will explain why it is completely professional in other countries and no US software project ever overruns, why Japanese software has taken over the world and why Swedish code is as reliable as a Volvo.
You can make a solution of quinine in ethanol lase.
The gin and tonic laser was invented 50 years ago
"And since no human being has any QA input into these processes these days, computer says "boop" and nixed all the content."
So the (almost) monopoly supplier of operating systems and business packages is merely incompetent rather than malicious - that's good to know.
"but there's nothing much we can do about the "happiness" parameter and that's why it never really changes".
Religion, drugs, drink - the drop in the usage of these is the reason that happiness as fallen for the peasants in the last 1000years
Growing up in a less-than-picturesque mining village near Sheffield in the 80s I believe you - funnily enough the only place I have lived where the people were happier and friendlier was Belfast.
I think it's the anywhere is better than London phenomena
Energy efficiency - lying on your arse is a minimum energy configuration.
Any arse raising movement involves expenditure of energy, increase in entropy, waste heat into the environment, global warming and the eventual heat death of the universe.
For your valiant fight to remain lying on your arse and saving the planet - we salute you.
"Life, liberty and the pursuit of cheeseburgers" was the first attempt, but was blocked by a lobbyist from the booze industry
Anything is better than GDP.
When the best thing you can do to boost your per-capita GDP is have a car crash - people buy 2 new cars, have expensive medical treatment, sue each other, pay higher insurance premiums = all GDP.
Or smoke all your life, get lung cancer and have a transplant, preferably at US healthcare hospital rates. Then you need to think of a better economic metric.
The police have often been criticised for the way they treat certain inner city ethnic minority youth compared to the deference shown by the village bobby to the local squire.
4am raids by tactical firearm units on the landed gentry to check their shotgun cabinets are merely a new equal opportunity policy aimed at treating everyone the same.
"In the US, for now, the police need a warrant to come inside a dwelling they are not invited into."
Unless somebody makes a 911 call (from the payphone in the police station) - in which case they can send in a no-knock swat team with assault rifles and a shoot first policy.
"For example, if we believe a user may pose a threat to their community, we will take appropriate action."
If you have nothing to hide comrade-citizen you have nothing to fear.
On the news this morning, the AVERAGE family pays $199/month for phone+cable+internet.
>How can cable possibly compete with that?
By blocking/throttling Netflix?
The only thing I keep the VPN for on iPlayer are Sherlock, Dr Who, Qi, Have I got News for You. And Dr Who is no longer worth watching.
At least you can iPlayer Radio4 from the colonies
Cable is one of the few things that is a much worse deal in the US - because they never had to compete with decent broadcast TV.
Basic cable package usually costs $100/month (whatever they claim in the ad they will find some extra charges to make it $100/month). Then they still do the package layering, so if you want decent movies you have to buy the family package first and then the crap movie package and then the decent movie pack. They mostly survive on having sport tied up.
$7 for Netflix to watch a decent selection of shows with no ads whenever has cut the cable, adding HBO for another $10 is a definite
So the Russians and Chinese are too dumb to write their own crypto and wouldn't be able to keep secrets from Uncle Sam if they didn't buy Intel's off the shelf stuff - while at the same time being super cyber-ninjas (and cossacks?) who can break into any US government or corporate system unless we give the NSA more powers to protect us?
The intel CPUs are fabbed in Kiryat Gat in Israel, so are Intel fined for exporting CPUs to Israel that were made in Israel ?
Stranger things have happened - we were once refused export permission for a bit of kit from the US to the UK because it contained an ARM processor
Now I can finally run the same viruses as everyone else
And clothes - people can use them to conceal weapons.
If you have nothing to hide - you have nothing to fear
Australia has compulsory voting - it also has the world's largest collection of penises (penii?) drawn on ballot papers
The kingdom of Merkia ?
I meant more generally, the educational idea that there aren't women in programming because there are no women in programming for them to aspire to - and so promoting the activities of an 18th century women will somehow "enable" them.
Never sure about this "role model" idea.
So I can do programming because Turing was a man?
Except he was a posh southerner and gay - so really only 25% the same - and I hadn't heard of him until I was at university.
It's like claiming I am somehow politically empowered because Cameron is a man.
The debate was whether she actually contributed anything or was just a celebrity endorsement.
She was very well connected in the cool consumptive poets circle, which doesn't automatically mean she was an idiot. She did have a decent private education in maths,more than a typical rich girl of the era, but that doesn't automatically mean she was a genius.
Or, what jobs there are, move back to the consumer countries.
If you needed 1000s of people on an assembly line putting together phones then you do it in a country where can pay $1/day not $15/hour. If you have a line of robots doing the job and a couple of techs being paid $25/hour to service the robots then you save the shipping cost, get some political capital and put the factory near the customer.
The main reason for iPhones being made in China today is the surrounding infrastructure of suppliers, not wage costs. Try finding a site in the US where you have battery makers, screen makers, PCB assemblers and packaging makers all in the same city.
The future will be organising those machines.
Pick and place robots of the world unite - you have nothing to lose but your SCSI chains.
The point is that if you do issue a single number to everyone and use it for everything you can't assume it's a secret. There is no problem with using SIN as a unique key as long as you don't also think you can use it as a secret key.
It's like saying, hackers broke into a phone box and have obtained the names and phones numbers of everyone in the city listed in the phone book
Just rented a car with a DAB radio, every few minutes it would repeat a few seconds of the audio.
I thought my mind was going until I listened to "just-a-minute". Quite a surreal experience listening to just a minute with a 2second reverb - almost made it entertaining.
"A very British Coup", MI5 are reporting to the cabinet office on their spying on the new far left government."3 adulterers, 2 crooks, a couple of poofs and a communist",
"sounds like every cabinet since the war" says the weary cabinet secretary.
It ensures that you get 5years unless you hand the password over to the plod.
Or the plod accidentally erased them, or took blank phones from completely innocent people and are happier to have a story of "battling super cyber criminals needs extra powers" rather than "we are, and always have been, idiots when it comes to technology"
British nuclear weapons of course used the far safer bicycle lock
If having to log all the Eu activities of Facebook/Google/Apple/Microsoft and all the other US companies that only do any Eu business in Ireland - comes to more than the carefully negotiate tax settlements