Re: Out of the mouth of babes and newbies ........
I hope they are - it would be really frightening to think we were ruled by a bunch who acted like that normally
5843 posts • joined 31 Dec 2009
I hope they are - it would be really frightening to think we were ruled by a bunch who acted like that normally
That you should stick to products by the large well known vendors who buy analysts reports and stay away from commodity suppliers who don't
Your entire civil aviation, maritime transport, emergency services, road pricing, traffic management relies on a system which a semi-friendly country can turn off the next time you don't allow GM foods or hormone dosed meat into the eu ?
Or if you decline the opportunity to take part in their latest war then can not only call you cheese-eating surrender monkeys - but also shut down your transport infrastructure.
>French launch company Arianspace admitted that its boosters were at fault.
I thought the launch had used a Russian rocket launched from Ariane's site?
The next launches will use proper French (well european) rockets
Schemes which are solely designed to reduce tax - like a certain software company charging itself 100quid/copy for the rights to the name which is held by a Cayman island company - are illegal.
So if a government was prepared to stand upto a business it might decide that a swiss subsidiary charging 2.50 for 25p worth of beans might just be evasion in the same way as Jimmy Carr being paid in interest free loans
>"costs paid to any company in the same legal group (ie. parent company, company owned by the same > parent company, subsidiary etc...) do not count as costs for taxation purposes in the UK",
Might make it tricky to sell petrol if you can't count the cost of the oil and refining and have to pay 25% of the price at the pump along with the other 75% petrol tax
VAT is a tax on luxuries, like clothing - you can't tax an essential like advertising.
That's because there is a a lot of case law about safe makers and safe owners being forced to help open a safe for the police.
There is even more case law preventing courts demanding people admit what they meant by some writing's hidden meaning.
The feds are being careful to phrase this in terms of "it's just unlocking a safe" rather than George Washington being made to read all his private correspondence out to the British.
> not even Congress has been able to get around someone answering, "I plea the Fifth."
Although the "put a bag over your head and a secret flight to a secret prison in Syria then attach electrodes to you" policy was a sort of way of getting around it.
Because "All possible assistance" could include requiring Apple to send a copy of your key to Langley. After all you don't want to be aiding terrorism/drug smuggling/child porn/stepping on the cracks in the pavement - do you?
And of course once fitted the feature will be available to other partners, like the police, IRS, INS etc. then other governments are going to want it. Hey Apple, want to sell in China/Russia/South America - well we want access to the same keys.
Idiot - if he sold it to Iran or Syria he would have got export credit guarantees and a Queen's award for export.
Changing the ecosystem of millions of cubic miles of seawater will no have no unexpected side effects - like say toxic algea blooms migrating to kill the fishing crop of a whole continent - because sudden giant man-made changes to ecosystems have always worked well.
Then of course it also means we can up our CO2 production because now we have a solution. If this can absorb 2x Britain's usage then Britain can obviously double its CO2 output, and since the solution isn't just Britain's - so can every other country in europe. And as this is in the Pacific then China and the USA can both increase their use of coal as well.
Fortunately this will be decided by economics - one group who are experts in the accurate long term prediction of complex systems and spotting unforseen side-effects.
Will we see a national strike of imagineering consultants?
Will there be benefits all over South Yorkshire to support the strikers?
Will we see police batton charges outside silicon Roundabout coffee shops?
Will police stop cars containing people with rimless glasses and goatees.
The first film was based on a book which was based on a deep philosophical question by a great author.
This film is based on a tax demand to a studio exec
That's the big reveal at the end.
The replicants are all open source so it doesn't matter if the Tyrrel corporation "end of life's" them - people can just fork the project and keep the old ones running.
But it doesn't.
No government minister, supplier or consultant ever thinks - I better not fuck up this IT project because I will face the terrible spectre of the NAO.
The reports aren't a surprise to anyone - even the few at the guardian and PrivateEye who read them
Why spend money on a government department whose only job is to point out the obvious fact that your last massive IT project was a colossal waste of money ?
Everybody knows it will be a colossal waste of money as soon as it's announced - so why employ expensive specialists to tell you afterwards?
There won't be anybody on the course not on the scheme.
Certain universities will be quick to "customise" degrees to fit this funding in partnership with specific employers. Some of this will be good - you will have engineering degrees specifically on fixing RR engines at whatever Derby Tech is called today.
But mostly you will have degrees in web design in partnership with some temp agency who farms the students out to different clients for a few months.
The real problem will be who is guaranteeing the scheme? 2 years into your sandwich the government changes the tax rules or the company decides to make cuts and you are suddenly hit with tuition fees for the remainder of the course or the uni just scraps it because it doesn't have a partner.
The new "StarTrek 17 - the search for clean socks" is wonderful says the sun.
The sun is owned by global-megacorp who also own massive-megacorp who are a wholly owned subsiduary of inter-galactic giant-megacorp who made the movie.
And how would giving a foreign government a copy of your credit card number help with that ?
>man was taken advantage of by some very bad people. He was twisted into a weapon and set loose to do indiscriminate damage.
So doubly ironic that he did at a memorial to the First World War
"950 deaths took place in police custody, 317 following a police pursuit, 112 were the result of a road traffic incident involving a police vehicle and 54 were police shootings."
In 2009 2 soldiers were shot by religious extremists while collecting a pizza.
The same religious extremist group that MI5 and it's predecessors had been watching for 100 years
It's highly likely that these religious extremists watched Father Ted
In the direction of a gui with a zero letter acronym
Probably the US then - they were targeting France and missed
Which oil producing countries aren't on the list?
- I suspect the UK and Canada
The software was likely developed by a government agency due to the amazing technical competence displayed
- That lets the UK and Canada govts off the hook
There isn't much higher short term cost for a smoker. Lung cancer is generally fast and untreatable.
The real cost center for the NHS is obstetrics. Not only do these "mothers" demand expensive care at the time, the resulting output will demand almost continual medical care for a decade and then be a drain on society for another decade before they start earning. They also start being paid at the very bottom of the scale and contribute very little in tax.
And the installation of double glazing is the only change in Saudi lifestyle and culture in the last generation?
How many McDs were there in Saudi in the 70s and 80s?
No we encourage all middle aged men to take up motorbikes.
Hello sir, so you had a 125cc Bantam in the 60s? Well then this 900cc FireBlade is basically the same, and your license covers it so no need to take any lessons....
That way they die before we have to pay for any expensive dementia treatment - and we get a couple of half decent kidneys (forget the heart and liver) and corneas in the deal.
Now if only we can find something dangerous for middle aged women to take to the NHS is saved.
This REAL sugar rather than HFCS did it matter if it was REAL sugar from honest British sugar beet or damn foreign sugar cane? Biochemists wish to know.
There is a drawback to Germany for a lot of software/startup companies
The local authorities, local banks and investors are very supportive of local companies - in industries that they know. They are proud to have supported the local specialization in say dental drills and will happily support any company making dental drills, or even at a stretch anyone else doing similar light engineering. Try and open a software company and they want to know why you don't have any IG Metall reps on your board.
That is one reason why Berlin is the startup capital, even though other cities have better universities / more skilled people / more jobs - it wasn't really Germany for 50years and the rules don't apply.
Although scientists and engineers on the board does help with anything that is going to take more than 3months to show a profit - there is a drawback in the respect for authority.
One common example is teams are trying to decide which technology to use, it will be the one suggested by the person with most qualifications or the most years of service - whatever their actual expertise in the area.
Don't you have one those things for changing a tyre?
I believe they are called a chaffeur
So wales isn't a nation then?
Just because it doesn't have its own navy doesn't mean you have to sing about the "quasi-autonomous partially devolved administrative sub-region of my fathers"
But the nice thing about coal is that it's Chinese or South African workers who die in the mines and eastern europeans who get the smoke, as long as you put the actual plants in the north where nobody can see them - they are almost an ideal source of power.
Throw in a couple of truck loads of bark chippings, shipped from Canada, and you can claim that they are "partially" biofuelled, recycled and carbon neutral.
50,0000 died at Bhopal but we still allow farms using weedkiller.
Of course they were brown, foreign and poor ....
That effiecncy gain means replacing everyone's car engine with a CHP gas power station.
There aren't many of them in use because they can't be used to make weapons material so research into them is (or was in the 40s. 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s) of no interest to the US, UK, USSR, France, China, Isreal, SA, India, Pakistan etc. It might be of interest to them now - but all their experts have spent the last 50 years researching Uranium.
They are, in theory, of interest to non-weapons states. If you believe that if Iran or N Korea or Syria said - we are starting a major program of research into thorium reactors - then the US would suddenly say "hey that's wonderful, join the club, come over for a barbecue, marry our daughters."
About the only country with a reason to do Thorium is India, it has lots of people, no fossil fuels and no Uranium but lots of Thorium.
>I heat my house with a Ground Source Heat Pump.
But you drive a 3ton SUV 150,000mi/year, made of aluminium that took more energy to smelt than the car will use in its lifetime.
For almost all people in the west transport is the majority of their energy demands - not their house. The most energy city in the USA is New York, because they don't drive they use 1/3 the energy per-year of somebody in Houston or LA
What's wrong with the current solution?
The most massive vehicle with the biggest bull-bars wins.
But if a bank loses all your details to some hackers then it gets a small fine and nobody gets to kick any doors in -
Zuck doesn't employ the drivers, the bus company does.
I I stop use Bell's cell phone because they doubled the bill to pay for unions or free foot massages for call center wages then I am not discriminating against them.
Obviously every bus driver, street sweeper, cleaner and security guard in SF should be paid $150/hr, then there would be no problem of afffordable accommodation in the city
Or you could just use the same tech to sit at home and order it on Amazon
> how are the police and security services meant to function to "stop terrorism"
> if they cannot find evidence by "metadata" or other data slurping?
Same way they did against the IRA, ETA, the RAF?
It wasn't by having a live log of what I was watching on Netflix.
Or perhaps the 70s and 80s could have been totally terror free if only MI5 had known who was watching the Morcombe and Wise Christmas special ?
And X's mobile phone is tracked coming out of the same tube station as Y who is a known terrorist - so you follow X onto the tube and shoot him.
They can put it to good use.
If you are a senator and you don't vote the right way on the Freedom act then they can check the data and find out some reason why - involving hotel bookings, hookers and columbian marching powder.
Right down to if you complain about the local council they can do a quick check what naughty web sites you have visited in case you want to make a complaint too public.
All they are saying is that pay today's prices and as the flash wears out in 5years they will replace it with the vastly cheaper/GB flash available then.
So it's like an offer in 1980 to sell you 1Mips of CPU for $100,000 FOREVER.