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Re: What amazing modern MS Office facilities do they need?
But if you are using OO internally and mandate open formats (which as an Eu govt you are supposed to do) then incompatibility with MS isn't really an issue. It's like claiming that they should stop using German because it causes problems for English visitors.
There is probably a real (and profitable) market for a Word processor with fixed headline/sub/etc styles and only 2 fonts. A powerpoint clone that doesn't do dissolve/fade animations or fscking sound effects. And for many users - a spreadsheet suitable for doing expenses claims.
I wonder how many Billions have been wasted by people in offices reformatting Word docs - especially idiots that can't use styles (or us geniuses that can't work out how to apply modifications to styles since Office2003). Making fancy powerpoints which include 6 obligatory slides explaining the history or departmental organisation of the company before you get onto the actual info.
Re: What amazing modern MS Office facilities do they need?
How can you possibly run a town without the ribbon. God only knows how the good citizens have been managing for the last 900 years.
It's not the auditors job to say you are an idiot for paying $12Bn for this company.
It's the auditors job to say that their sales/costs/profits are what they claimed.
In practice there is bound to be some detail of non-transferable license revenue counted under the non-reccuring monthly account instead of the semi-deprciated (I'm making this shit up) pre-tax forecast .... to allow them to claim that they were misled.
Re: note to self
>... if ever employed by a company being taken over by ANYONE, run away.
Unless it's purely a parent company level "Marathon is now Snickers" thing you are screwed.
After all, the new owners must be better/smarter/etc than you because they were the ones that took YOU over.
So unless you are a senior CXO at the victim with some golden handcuffs you are automatically at the bottom of the pile in the new organisation.
Re: innovate or acquire?
>the likelihood is that they will be able to recover very little so the impact of the negative publicity / >embarrassment if this is exaggerated or manufactured would far outweigh any remedy they might get.
Given a choice between, "those Brits lied to us and it's all the accountants fault" and "
the former CEO, that we the board put in place, went on a mad spending spree for anyone that could spell cloud because we have no idea how to innovate anymore"
Which is goign to sound better in a report to Wall St?
That's the other approach - the Avagadro project.
Make sphere that's perfectly round to within a few nm and contains only silicon atoms with no impurities - then measure it's diameter (easy) and count the number of atoms in it (relatively easy)
Re: history shows rationale for outlook
So another way to put it - lots of Taxpayer funded government research over the last 60years has been rolled up and turned into something you have to pay for?
Actually I worked with people from TWI and they are very helpful and profesional - unlike the similar setup at QinietiQ
Shurely shome mishtake
Mark Zuckerberg's content-free ad network - ed
Today Germany announced 10Billion euro subsidy to build cheaper cars, only German car companies were allowed to bid to receive the money - VW Golf's will go on sale across europe for 5grand.
How would you feel if you worked for a UK car plant?
> and Surrey would be the first to benefit from state aid clearance
Thank god - finally somebody is doing something to help the impoverished hell hole of desperation that is Surrey.
Hopefully this will end the tragic cycle of unemployment, crime and despair that has for so long blighted the home counties since the pheasant mines were closed.
It still needs to be a single continuous fibre, once it goes into a switch/repeater/router etc and is turned into electricity and back into a photon, or even directly into a new photon in a fibre amplifier, all bets are off.
Re: Meanwhile, on the other side of the river...
Civil engineers have saved more lives than all the doctors in history.
Re: Android SDK needs to be free
Android wasn't invented at Sony - Or to put it in Sony corporate speak: "
ner ner ner can't hear you , there's no such thing as Android, I can't hear you, I got my fingers in my ears, ner ner ner"
Re: Remastered for iTunes
Yes I'm also worried that the melody in many of the more choral pieces will lose the subtle undertone of harmony ....
It's ****ing AC/DC !
You still make phone calls on your phone?
I suspected the next iPhone wouldn't actually have a microphone and nobody would notice.
Re: and im getting pretty sick of this idea that kids are all so emotionally crippled
This foreign video game shows fake CGI people having fake CGI sex with other fake CGI people = ban it.
We want to export these cluster munitions to blow up kids in this foreign country - but the country can't afford them = no problem we will give you an export credit guarrantee and the tax payer will pay for it
Re: The Morality Police
>Since when has violence in games/TV/film been more acceptable
Since it was easier to answer - why is that man sticking a knife through the other man's eye?
Because he is a no good Commie/Kraut/Terrorist/from another cave
Than it is to ask, why is that man doing that to a women?
Re: "Do you have any children sir?"
Question 2: Are you an MP with a husband a home?
And what about all those packets that get smuggled in through the tubes
Re: Surely QOTW
The difference is that when it was just some ordinary bloke contracting the government could bring in IR35 and make you pay employee and employer NI contributions, could hand down decisions that you WERE really an employee when it came to tx but WEREN'T when it came to redundancy.
When it's big companies with lots of lawyers they suddenly can't do anything,their hands are tied etc
Re: Madness I tell you
The previous poster said you wouldn't evolve a rat population that was immune to the poison because no rat could eat any amount and survive.
But you could effectively evolve a rat population that was "immune" if there was a subset of rats that refused to eat the poison (for whatever reason) and passed that behaviour onto their offspring.
There are lots of examples of indirect/societal evolution like this in the animal world. It's often missed on a simple biological model
Re: Madness I tell you
You could very easily breed a rat that doesn't eat the stuff because they don't like the taste/colour
Re: Aliens was wrong
To be fair - most buskers make Donald trump look like a busker
biggest hurdles included "right-of-way" issues
May I suggest that the man who has a railgun capable of firing Concorde 1000miles has all the right-of-way.
Re: Guess you used the wrong similitude....
Actually he adapted the steam engines to burn local weed bushes rather than expensive imported coal.
- he made the trains run on Thyme!
Re: Sony perhaps?
The general opinion is that Sony tanked because the engineers didn't have to listen to the greedy CEO and shareholders.
Products were created without any consideration of what they would cost to build, what they would sell for and what the market wanted.
They created proprietry standards for everything because no salesperson could tell the engineers to use standard parts rather than invent their own "better" solution.
And every engineering group within Sony saw every other part of Sony as the main competition
Re: Windows to make own phone
Unless they partnered with HP
Then it would be called "personal digital communication faciliation node B" but you could only buy one if you knew the model number.
Re: Don't forget 'Elf 'n' Safety
We got nice heavy duty metal 8socket power bars to fit to our work benches. But they needed an electrician to come and wire them up.
Some bright spark (literally) had a brilliant idea. He only needed 7 of the 8 sockets and had a spare lead with a moulded on plug, all he had to do was cut off the IEC end and wire on another plug. He then plugged it between the wall and a spare socket.
For years it happily passed PAT - well the test machine said it was earthed and the live/neutral was the right way around. Then one day somebody came along and unplugged the end plug and managed to grab the pins.
Re: Rond hole sockets?
Yes but in the event of a foreign invasion we can just lay our proper BS133 plugs, pins up, along the beaches and stop tanks landing.
If they had plugs in 1066 we wouldn't have had an invasion and we would all be speaking sort-of German (that doesn't quiter work somehow)
Re: So why are BAE wasting it's time in Wales?
if you can distinguish between the Britain (or at least the treasury) and BAe sales dept - then you have better intelligence gathering abilities than either Britain or BAe
Re: Exclusive triumvirate?
Well if you want something for a really trivial mission, like - totally autonomously search a a few sq miles of ground for a single person using visible/IR cameras and drop a package to them while automatically also staying inside aviation authority required perimeter and handling any failures in your drone and have it automatically return if it has any problem.
Then you would just need any group of students - http://www.uavoutbackchallenge.com.au/
Re: I only fix Windows machines once
On windows they insist on installing everything Apple ever wrote for Windows - when all you want to do is copy a song to your iWhatsit. Then this stuff all does 300mb updates everytime you start the machine
Re: Stolen eh?
What do expect in a city entirely populated by politcians
Re: Do the math.
That's the big saving: retired judges are sent out into the cursed-earth to wander the desolate wastes bringing justice - in this case probably Texas
Re: That's naughty...
Difficult to believe that the whole SDK doesn't include some GP code/tools though
Re: If you encrypt something more than once...
>I wouldn't think that re-encrypting (with different keys) would weaken the crypto in any way. If it did then the first thing a cryptanalyst would do with ciphertext would be to encrypt it again to introduce that weakness.
If knowing that the inner file is a certain encryption allows you to guess the properties of certain bytes (eg checksums) then you can use this with a brute force to check when you have a hit. This is what the online truecrypt crackers do.
Obviously re-encrypting a ciphertext doesn't help crack the first layer - just the layer you have added!
Re: We the people...
We will have to switch from importing cheap rice from poor farmers in China and selling BMWs to successful capitalists in USA - to importing cheap rice form poor American farmers and selling BMWs to successful capitalists in China
This will mean changing TWO sets of shipping labels
Re: Invite them back
Or to France
Do you think they kept the receipt for the Louisianna purchase? They could swap the south for store credit.
Re: @White v Hispanic and Black
But if there was an hispanic majority and Spanish did become popular wouldn't you have to rename a lot of towns and states/cities?
What would you call California, Nevada, LA, ElPaso, San Diego, SF etc ?
Re: Talk about failure to comprehend!
What are the plans for Scots when Scotland leaves ?
Especially if someone vetoed their joining the eu
Can we have one ?
For English independence from Scotland ?
Re: Good luck with that.
Because nothing says low footprint, effortless reliability and maintenance free - like Windows (tm)
Remember: Windows is only free - if your lawyer and accountant's time has no value
Lower it to below the zero % for the Dutch Antilles?
And of course the same would apply to all the companies currently paying tax. So Tesco, M&S, RollsRoyce etc would suddenyly have billions to give to their directors?
Re: Revenue/Sales/Turnover != Profit
And some do it by pretending that they have to pay a huge royalty to a subsiduary in Grand-Caymen or the Dutch Antilles
No they are Bahamanian (sp?) Grand-Caymen or Liberian companies.
They just happen to have a lot of US shareholders
re: If there is no suggestion that these companies are breaking the law, then why the big fuss?
Then change the law.
There was a fuss when companies were advertising holidays to Thailand where you could fuck X-year olds because it was legal there.
A media fuss, and a new law banning you from doing something illegal here but legal there
Re: what do you expect them to do
The obvious thing to do with a giant loss making industry that is as vital to the UK as Starbucks - is nationalise it.
A fair price would be paid to it's shareholders based on the profits they have been making!
Re: I wonder..
>Hardware manufacturing is easy.
Yes you just pay out $5-8Bn to build a last generation 22nm fab and then throw out everything you produce for the first few years - like TMSC did with Nvidia tegra cores
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