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A few comments
1) I completely agree with the article. The govt do manipulate statistics, and most people have such a limited understanding of maths that they just swallow it whole. It is all about telling people what to think, and those who cannot think for themselves (the vast majority of the population...) lap it up. They don't realise that 72.6% of statistics are made up.
2) My only problem with speed cameras is that they have no brain. It does not take into account that speeds will naturaly vary. OK, they allow a little margin, but this is not enough.
If you are stopped by a cop for speeding, you can explain yourself. Take for instance the time I was stopped for doing 36 in a 30 zone. I had just driven back from university, motorway all the way, a 2 hour drive. I had only been off the motorway a mile or so, and it was night, with no other traffic about. In these circumstances, your perception of speed is altered. I was not intentionaly speeding and, just before the cop pulled me over, I had noticed and was slowing down. The police talked to me for a couple of minutes and let me go. They understood that a little common sense is necessary. If it had been a camera, £60 + 3pts, no questions.
3) They are a distraction. I have heard of one guy who ran someone over because he was looking at his speedo going through a speed camera. They make many people think about their speed more than the road (actualy about their wallets, hence their speed).
4) Because people don't want to be fined many people drive at 5mph bellow the speed limit while going through them. This will wind up many people, the ones who know you are given a small margin, and angry people are more likely to take risks, and taking risks increases the chance of having an accident.
Myself, I am a reasonably calm driver, but it does irritate when you have to slow down to way bellow the speed limit when you were sticking to it, then you see the car in front zoom off at 5-10mph above the speed limit as soon as they have passed.
5) Not admitting you are guilty is a crime (I know this is not quite accurate, but it's close enough). I have one friend who was 'caught' by a speed camera. She knew there was a mistake, so she filled in the form, didn't sign it (because signing is admitting guilt), and sent in a form stating that she was driving but she wasn't speeding. In this case it was a mobile camera, outside a school where she had stopped to drop her kid off, 50yards away from where she stopped. She had only just turned onto that road, before stopping, so it could not have been before she stopped, and the car could not possibly have reached 30 before the camera. In any case she does not break the limit.
She was summoned to court, but she was too unwell, in hospital, for the court date, so she sent a letter pleading her case. She was not done for speeding. She WAS convicted of "failing to disclose driver details", which is a pile of tosh as she DID tell them that she WAS driving. Hence 6 points and approx £200 fine.
This is only one of many similar case I know of. It becomes a case of guilty untill proven innocent, and the courts do not listen to those damn lying maniac speeding drivers. The camera is always right.
@ Steve' comment:
"by comparison to other motor vehicles they are (per seat) the least efficient users of fuel"
OK, let us make some assumptions from the start. An efficient car, a diesel, will do about 60mpg (probably less around london, but we'll use this), and carry 5 people. This equates to 300 personmiles per gallon. It takes up 1 'unit' of road area.
A regular, petrol car will do about 35mpg, and carry 5 people =>175pmpg @ 1 unit of road area.
An efficient commuter bike will do over 100mpg, normaly over 120mpg around town, and carry 2 people, giving 240pmpg. About 4 could fit in the space of the above car in congestion, so it takes up 1/4 unit of road area.
So far, the diesel is on top in fuel usage, the bike in people per unit road area. However, there is a catch: How many cars do you see full? I don't live in London, but I rarely see a car with more than 2 occupants. I also rarely see a bike with a pillion.
So rejigging, giving the car the benefit of the doubt and taking 2 occupants, and assuming the bike is not carrying a passenger, this comes down to:
Deisel car: 120pmpg, 0.5 units road pp
Petrol car: 70pmpg, 0.5 units road pp
Bike: 120pmpg, 0.25 units road pp
This gives the bike the edge. Do your maths before commenting.
As to "they try to sneak through gaps in traffic", it's called filtering, have a look in the highway code. They have a perfect right to do this. And, if they are allowed to use bus lanes, this won't happen anymore (or at least as much), nor will them getting stuck.
And "They wait for the lights in ASL", do you know how many times I have seen cars do the same? Or wait on hatched areas, park in bus stops, use bus lanes... There are always going to be idiots on the road, or people who don't think the law applies to them (and the vast majority of them, even in proportion to the numbers of a vehicle type on the road, are car drivers).
I do not live or work in London, and do not want to, but these apply to every major city I have worked in.
"Move the jobs nearer the people (ie. get your companies out of the cities) which would help reduce emissions AND costs for most companies. Not only that but us workers would not have to waste 3 hours every day travelling in and out of a stinking, noisy, overcrowded city."
This is the answer. Almost everyone has ADSL/some other broadband. Using this & phone/video conferencing etc, almost all office workers would be able to work from home, reducing travelling for workers, and required office space for companies. With cost savings to both, the time savings for workers, and the reduction in traffic and carbon emmissions, everyone is happy.
I used to take this into account when working out my hourly rates for contracting, and a lot of co's were quite happy to take me on for a reduced rate, working from home, plus pay me expenses and travelling time if I needed to go into the office.
Of course many people would not be able to use such methods (e.g. workers in shops, manufacturing... etc) but it would remove a large quantity of traffic from the roads, so make life more pleasant for the rest of them.
Then push for more shopping over the internet (govt subsidies?), and you are another step closer.
There is one small catch. I remember a film where this had happened, and everyone became introverts who never left their homes, and hence the human race was dying out through a lack of sex. It may have been a porno though...
This is why I use Debian excludively on my servers. The development cycle is rock solid.
Debian stable tends to be a little behind the curve. Software included tends to be slightly older than Fedora, for instance. Yet because of the strict and solid release cycle, it is incredibly stable.
Because of this, I would ALMOST be willing to just whap Lenny on my currently etch (well, etch and a half, I have a custom 2.6.24 kernel) main server. I say almost... Nothing's foolproof, so I will of course be testing on a sacrificial machine first...
My current employer has standardised on SuSE and I detest and despise it. Give me Debian any day.
My personal choices come down to Debian Stable for servers, Ubuntu for stable desktops. Then I tend to use Debian Testing & Unstable and Fedora for experimental boxes. My employer wouldnt listen, and caused me endless hours of work getting SuSE to work to the same standard! And don't get me started on YaST...
Something is wrong with this statement...
"Most of the admins I've ever dealt with were kind of "difficult". They need to learn to think like the users do and speak the language the users speak, as anyone should do for their customers"
Erm, we have a contradiction here: THINK like the USERS?!?!
Users do not think.
And speak the language the users speak? I know many languages, including English, German, a bit of French, C, Perl, Java... Not once have I been interested in learning to speak Moron.
What is needed is for the users to learn a little about the equipment they are using, not use us to do their jobs for them, and not assume that the CD-ROM drive tray is a suitable storage area for their toast, with a thick coating of jam, and not bother to clean off drippings of said jam and crumbs before inserting their Britney Spears album. It was their third CD-ROM drive, I had just joined the company, and got a tirade of "These drives are obviously crap, get me a better one". When I took it apart to check, I found said jam and crumbs, along with coffee stains and a peice of months-old chicken. I had to calmly explain that placing food and beverages on the CD-ROM tray was a bad idea (yes I managed not to yell "You F**KING MORON" at him), and HE had the cheek to report ME for being disrespectful and DEMAND that I be disciplined!
Later that month, an internal investigation found large quantities of what would now be classed as "extreme porn" was found in his home directory, and his disciplinary was short and swift... Strange how fate can sometimes solve your problems for you isnt it?
6 of one, 110b of the other
I cannot say I see the point here. Myself I use Debian for servers, Fedora for experiental systems (It tends to be cutting edge, but not always completely stable), Ubuntu and a few others for stable destops. I find that, from a user's point of view, there is very little difference. From a development point of view, DEB is easier to use and make, and RPM has no significant advantages. But the margin is so slim that I can't see a benefit of switching just for packaging reasons.
Sounds more like they are hiding political reasoning behind a half-baked technical smokescrean.
"become a bit maniacal"
What, like a politician by any chance?
And I agree, the initial confusion was probably misspelling, leaving the caps lock on, or general stupidity. And as for remote access, I also agree that it was probably for remote admin so he could do his job better. I have left back-doors open into systems when I have been admining for just this purpose.
Of course, I am an ethical man and have always closed them up when I left the job ;)
God save us all from eejits, erm, I mean users.
PFY dropped the ball.
He did a good job by putting his own phone# for the reference, but then to go out and not divert hist phone to his mobile?! Noob mistake that!!
Unless of course Carnifex is right, and this is all just bait.
This could get interesting...
PS: Simon, you very nearly caused severe problems at my work. If I dont get my weekly fix of BOFH, I get very irritable, which is not good when the MD of the co who has just bought us out is visiting from the states. Any chance of a warning next time? An irritable mouse is a ticking timebomb. And don't get me started on those damn librarians....
Why, oh why?!?!
Why, Gavin, did you say "Linux on the desktop remains, as ever, stuck somewhere in the distant future."?
It is a comment that is CERTAIN to stir up all the MS, Apple and Linux preachers into a frenzy. These people shout their own oppinions as if they were fact, and completely ignore any evidence thrown their way unless it supports their own argument (in much the same way as Politicians).
The VAST majority of people use Windows, mainly because it their PC had it installed when they bought it, but that doesn't change the fact. They use it, get pissed off when it crashes, or when a virus forces them to get a techie in to reinstall, then carry on using it. There is no denying it.
However, Linux is gaining market share in the desktop arena. And it is getting closer to being ready. Linux-for-Eejits (aka Ubuntu) has gone a long way to help in this. And for those who just surf/email/word-process etc... it is a great option. I know of many people who love it, some who like it but need windows for specific software, and some who hate it. But you cannot deny that the Linux Desktop market is growing.
You may disagree with me on the next point, as it is just my opinion. I have been using Linux for about 10 years now, and I beleive it is now actualy READY for the mainstream. Before you Windows fanatics come back with arguments about recompiling kernels, hardware compatibility and such, I would ask if you have actualy tried it recently? The last year or 2 have seen leaps and bounds made in compatibily, and I cant remember the last time I had to compile a driver or myself for mainstream use. Of course, I do recompile my kernel, use experimental drivers and software etc, but I dont HAVE to to make the machine work, it is my choice.
As for Macs, I WANT ONE, but I can't afford it. When I have used OSX, I have found that it is slick, pretty, and all-round excellent. However, while the cost of a Mac is so high compared to my own DIY PCs, I cannot justify it. Having very little experience with Macs, I will not comment further.
* MS Fanatics: try a recent Linux on your desktop so you can make INFORMED comments rather than just slagging it off and regurgitating heresay.
* Linux Fanatics: Get of your high horses, you are making everyone hate you.
* Mac fanatics: I hate you you rich bastards! :P
* All of the above: Get a life!!
"the system, which is up and running but inaccessible"
hmm... Looking at earlier in the article:
"Meanwhile his former bosses were unable to access San Francisco's new multimillion-dollar FiberWAN"
So, at the start the system was inaccessible. It didn't say it was down. So what has changed?
What they are saying is "We haven't done jack shit".
BTW, I agree that this BOFH was probably set up by his PFY, who will now receive a promotion, a huge pay rise, and exclusive access to the cattle prod. Meanwhile, BOFH gets time in the slammer to plot his revenge...
I also agree that it was probably triggered by the lack of a BOFH article this week. I nearly flipped out from withdrawal myself. Shame on you Simon, causing so much damage!
"Seriously, anyone who sends email and expects nobody else to read it, and their privacy rights to be protected is a bit of an idiot"
I completely agree. It is likely that your email will have passed, plain text, through multiple SMPT servers before reaching you. Anyone on one of those servers, or sat in between with a packet sniffer, could have read them.
Email is not secure. Realy, the only thing which can make it so is encryption. And, as mentioned above, most people cant be bothered.
Things get even worse when you start looking at VoIP. Unencypted audio packets, floating accross the net. I wouldnt be surprised if cops were allowed to capture these without a warrant, as they are floating around where anyone can see them.
It is up to YOU to ensure you have a secure communication channel. If you haven't, don't say anything which might incriminate you.
Yeah I helped set up a similar set-up while on work experience. Worked great! Everyone had the same setup. And if they needed a different config, copy the old and modify. The IT tech was greatful for years for me suggesting it (so old hardware ended up being thrown out in my direction, often before they needed upgrading :D so many servers in my attic, untill my parents complained about the noise and the electricity costs of running a datacenter at home), untill the company decided to "upgrade" to Windows 2000 (yes they skipped 9x all together).
read the document, but just from your quote:
must promote "cooperation" between access providers and those "interested in the protection and promotion of lawful content".
This reads to me more like they should be cooperating to provide lawful content. Not necessarily to stop UNlawful content.
Yep, thats what I do too.
I always list paypal, but specificaly state that paypal fees must be paid by the buyer. I am not a company, I do not see why I should pay their outrageous fees, on top of listing fees, final value fees etc.
I also have a friend who got screwed by this rule. She listed a big, bulky item on eBay, stating that it was collection only, cash on collection only. Ebay removed it, saying "posting cash is not safe". After several emails back and forth they threatened to suspend her account if she did not stop asking buyers to post cash, even though she never did in the first place!
It works both for good and evil....
The abilities to detect problems before they are a problem, fix things by merely being within 10 yards, and break things in ways that noone would ever consider possible, can be a curse.
For example, when a luser calls you saying "Its not working". You walk all the way accross the building, click the same button they have (or they say they have) been pressing, and it all just works as it's supposed to. You put it down to idiocy on the part of the luser. Then they call an hour later, you do the same. Repeat untill the luser gets so pissed off he tells your boss, who insists there MUST be a problem, and you spend days looking for a fault you know is just a PEBCAK.
Discovering problems early makes work for you, when you COULD just wait for the kit to blow up and have it fixed under warranty.
And as for breaking things in unpredictable ways, well, it's fun but once again it creates more work for you.
I wish I didnt have the gene. Things would be a whole lot simpler....
OK, I find this comment thread very funny.
Let's look at some examples:
"Linux is as usful as a computer full of cow Manure"
Firstly, the vast majority of serious servers out there use Linux, or some other *nix OS. I think what you meant was "Linux ON A DESKTOP MACHINE is as usful as a computer full of cow Manure". This is also wrong, but not as wrong as your comment. For the basics, from surfing the internet to office apps, email, listening to music, watching DVDs, Linux is on average as good as Windows. Some parts are better, some are worse.
When you want to run the latest games, Windows is normaly the only option. I say normally, because WINE and Cedega do an incredible job with some, especialy older games. I know for a fact that the EVE Online client ran about 50% quicker under Cedega than on Windows about 3 years ago when I was playing it. But the only reason Windows is necessary for this is that games are written for Windows. It's catch-22. There are not enough users of Linux to make it worthwhile for games to be developed for Linux (as with a lot of commercial software). But people don't move over because they can't run the software they want. This is NOT a deficiency of the OS, just a numbers problem.
"The OEM deals and the channel add value to the consumer. It prevents people taking home crap."
Seriously though, OEM deals are what help MS monopolise the desktop OS market. They REMOVE value from the customer, because the customer doesn't have a choice. If they could get the same machine for £100 less with linux, and all they did was surf the net, email, watch DVDs etc. they would do it. Which would mean more people would be using Linux. Which would mean more companies would develope for Linux. Which would mean more people would use Linux....
"Many basic framework-like things (X comes to mind) are still lagging"
Xorg is actualy more advanced than the display components of Windows. Check your facts.
"many require you to compile kernel modules or to compile your own kernel "
I would beg to differ. Using Ubuntu on my desktop, with all up-to-date brand new hardware (normaly the sticking point because Linux drivers historically have lagged Windows drivers), everything worked except for one. My network card didn't work. This actualy turned out to be more of a problem with dual-booting to windows, as the windows driver was disabling the network card when it shut down. Apart from that, everything worked straight from installation. For a windows install on that box, I had to install windows, then install all the drivers, then install my applications.... A full day's work with myself having to be there constantly, as opposed to a half a day where I could leave it working after the first half hour.
A lot of the comments here are obviously based on preconceptions, which are based on how Linux was 5+ years ago, I suggest you all try it. Or keep your uninformed, ignorant comments to yourself.
Oh, one last thing. I can't believe how few people have made jokes about the 'touch more people' quote. I am very disappointed with you all.
Paris because she always want's to touch more people.
As far as I can remember the OLPC project is installing Linux. So at least it will reach out and touch a lot of children....
Mines the long dirty mack that I am still wearing, I don't want to take it off just yet :P
@ Why not just ditch terrestrial TV broadcast ?
How to piss off half the country in one fell swoop.
For myself, I have a custom DVB-T DVR (actualy as part of my file/firewall/voip/mail/everything server). It means I get all the TV I want, when I want, without paying Sky/Virgin, and without having to ask the landlord if I can put up a satelite dish.
We have been using terrestrial TV for so long now, everyone has an aerial. I for one would be anoyed if they didnt continue to develope it. However, I do think OFCOM should allow freeview to have the current analogue TV bandwidth. There'd be no problem with HD DVB then, plenty of space without affecting the current muxes.
This is going to be trouble.
As mentioned above, what happens when someone registers a tld which corresponds with the name of a comp on your network?
For example, I name my computers after cartoon mice in general. My main server is mickey. So, when Disney decide to register a TLD of .mickey, and they use just this for info about mickey mouse, I am screwed.
Why oh why are they doing this? There are already too many TLDs. Oh yeah, 6 figures is the reason. Someone should grab ICANN by the short and curly's before it's too late.
I am not at all surprised...
It is very difficult to convince the police that they are wrong about a point of law.
Take housing law, for example. I was harrassed by my landlord at a previous dwelling. They wanted me out of the house. I felt threatened, and had already taken legal advice. In this case he was committing a criminal offense under both harrassment laws and housing laws. I called the police and informed them. The cop who showed up told me it was a civil matter. Even when I showed him the relevant laws from the litterature I got from the housing advice place, he still insisted that the landlord was breaking no law.
The problem is that cops THINK they know all the law, but they are not lawyers/judges. They do not go to university, or even college, and learn about the law. They have no idea. It is up to the persons soliciter to prove that they didnt break the law. In the eyes of the police, everyone must be guilty of something, so prove you are innocent. Go on, prove it.
I hate cleaning...
and you just caused me a mamoth job removing gravy, onions, beef and chunks of bread from my monitor, keyboard, and all the paperwork on my desk! >:-|
On the plus side, FANTASTIC episode!!
I for one...
...welcome our new deathplane overlords.
RE: "Does it have a PCI-X slot for a graphics card?"
Do you mean a PCI-e slot? I am sure they are around but I have personally never seen a PCI-X graphics card. So I will assume you made the mistake (which bugs the hell out of me, sorry) of mixing up the 64-bit Parallel PCI interface PCI-X and the newer, serial PCI-e.
Hang on lads, I've got an idea.
This is where spam botnets could really come in handy...
Set up spam to be sent out, ensuring that whatever the destination, a hop appears inside sweden (or UK or US for that matter) discussing bombings or similar.
The filters will pick it up, so the govt would have a HELL of a lot to "be pulled aside for additional scrutiny".
Finally a worthwhile, moral use for bot nets. HOORAY! Please, spammers, read this and help us all and I won't be as bothered with you sending me so many adverts for penis extensions or viagra that I don't need.
Like I expected...
One more law that moves us closer to a dictatorship.
Could it be argued that a political party writing to voters to encourage them to vote for them is harrassing them? I say it could, by laws such as these. Therefore the opposition immediately becomes a criminal, and is jailed. So who do we vote for? Is there a democratic choice left....
I know we aint quite there yet, but a pattern is emerging. 1984 here we come!
Black 'Copter coz I can see one, they are coming for me!
YOU'LL NEVER TAKE ME ALI... **BANG BANG BANG BANG BANG** AAAAARGH!
"the vast bulk of whom will have committed no crime other than wanting to go to Disneyland"
That's enough of a crime in my book.
Also @Graham Marsden's comment: "Why don't they just build a big wall around the country and save us all the bother?"
Make sure it's water-tight and we can fill it with water. Half the world's problems solved.
Now if we can just convince the French to do the same.
On a serious note, I shall not be travelling to the States unless I have to (and I may, as my boss wants me to go on a training course there... May have to look for another job). And I do think we should return the favour. All US citizens wanting to enter the UK must supply all their details, a sample of blood, urine, faeces, hair, their finger/hand/foot prints, bra size/dick length...
I dispair. What is wrong with these people...
Oh hang on. They are trained monkeys given a little power which has gone to their heads.
I was a contractor at NG doing some CAD work a few years ago at their HQ. Put quite simply, CSC didn't know their arses from their elbows.
I was only there a couple of months, but it seemed to me that the vast majority of the IT bods had just been on one of these "earn more by working in IT" training courses, and thought they knew everything. And the helpdesk bods were worse than those at Orange broadband (and that's saying something!!!)
In the end I told my boss I wasn't gonna put up with their ineptitude and forced them to pay me extra to use my own laptop for the job. Even though I had to transfer files on floppies, and the laptop was old and on it's last legs, it was quicker than waiting for the ***kwits to get anything done.
@ Leo Rampen
Re: "make small personal transportation legal without licenses"
NO! I completely disagree! In fact if it was up to me I would TIGHTEN the law in this regard.
The point of driver licensing is basicaly to ensure you know about your vehicle and the road before you use them. Take the CBT as an example. You have to demonstrate adequate control of a motorbike, basic knowledge of the highway code, etc.
So then, what about the 10-year-old out on his bike/skateboard etc. He usually knows nothing about the road except what his parents or school have taught him (and who trusts THEM?). Sure some (like me) take cycling proficiency, but this is not a requirement. I think it should be.
Lets face it, most people (including myself) are too lazy to cycle to work. But give them the option of a vehicle which doesn't take much more effort to use than a car, and they don't need a license to use (or even for the vehicle to be in a safe state to use) and you have the recipe for disaster.
I can see both sides of this...
I have had low-paid, undervalued, long-term temp positions in admin etc. These guys are taken on for 2 reasons: They are desparate for work, and they can be kicked into touch easily. This includes cleaners etc who are not really temps, but it makes life easier for the company. This is bending the rules, and the legislation will put a stop to that.
On the other hand, I have been a contractor in several areas (IT, telecoms, CAD... and many more) and in this case I was in it for my own reasons (most of whoch people have already mentioned)
1) Higher pay (at least twice as much as the permanent staff)
2) Variety (I get bored easily, contracting I can just move somewhere else)
3) As mentioned above, what permanent job can you take a 2 month (or even more) holiday from on 1 weeks notice?
Yes there were downsides, like they could get rid of you after a weeks notice, but the pros outweighed the cons for me. I ended up taking a staff job because of the need for financial stability, but part of me wishes I hadn't. I got used to the luxuries.
For such contractors, I am sure there will be loopholes (e.g. unberella companies, or even better setting up your own Ltd.), but this should be specificaly stated in the rules. If you dont want the rights, you can opt out.
I also agree that all they will do is make it an 11 week contract, then either rotate the temps or hire you back after a week (if they dont put rules in place to stop this). Which is NOT a good solution for the temps or employers, but is what the employers will be forced to do.
Paris because she'll now have some competition from many companies with getting through lots of people (sorry my brain just BSOD'ed, couldn't think how to word that. Answers on a postcard, I'm sure someone will think of better wording, while I perform a much needed reset...)
re: But where do I place my swap file?
A REAL computer doesnt need swap space.
I run heavy duty stuff on my workstation, including AutoCAD (memory intensive with big DWGs, in fact the first version I used ran on DOS and had it's OWN swap file) and several 3D packages on Windows XP. With 3GB RAM and no swap file, it hasn't yet run out of memory.
Servers I always spec so they don't need a swap file/partition.
With the cost of RAM now (about £20 for a 2GB DDR2-666 DIMM) adding 8GB to a low-spec (desktop-component-based) server is a no brainer.
@I read that and think: "can you stick it on a bog seat?"
Gone are the days of a simple cling film covered toilet. :D
I like your thinking. Does that make ME a bad person?
A few points
1) I have to say I think this desrves more of a place in Bootnotes that Space. I have no problem with it being printed, unlike some here saying it is not a story. Come on guys, it's amusing, specialy the comments. But it isnt Science, its a few astronauts making offhand comments.
2) We already know there is life out there, although amanfrommars has been suspiciously quiet lately. US government finaly tracked hime down and 'relocated' him to area 51?
3) I also welcome our new extra-terrestrial overlords.
Firstly, I am absolutely sick of ISPs anyway. Most oversell their bandwidth, then complain when they dont have enough to meet customer demand.
However, BT (and Ofcom) have some resposibility for this by charging the ISPs by usage for the backhaul. Only those who have their own backhaul are free of this (I think my ISP is one, Be Unlimited, who are brilliant, dont complain when I go on one of my download sprees, maxing out the 16GB I can get for a couple of weeks, and I have never found any limiting factor in their network, only the amount a website will offer or a torrent without enough seeds etc.)
I also, however, feel that Roger Barrett's commets above are entirely valid, "a complete FTTH network would do wonders for the British service economy". But why should the BBC pay for this? I would say gov't/EU funding should be made available for this.
I am very much pro-BBC. Mainly because I HATE adverts. They arent so bad normally, but I was absolutely exstatic when they anounced Formula1 would be going BBC next year. Adverts in the middle of the race, coming back to the commentator saying "Wow, you just missed XYZ" p***es me right off. Yes, we have to pay a license fee, but (to me) this will make it all worthwhile.
IMHO, the ISPs should stop whinging, accept that they have been misselling their products for YEARS, and either tell the dumbass masses that their connection is NOT unlimited or make sure that it IS unlimited.
Count me in.
I would say you need a Minister of Party Unaccepted Statutes on Safety in Yorkshire (P.U.S.S.Y.), and I think I'm your man :P
RE: Just remove the human from the chain
Even better, make the C&P card include a usb interface.
ISPs: Stop Whinging!
We pay you for a service. That service is a connection to the internet. You have managed to get away, so far, with telling us our connection is Unilimited. Now, Shock Horror! We want to use that unlimited connection? The one we are paying for?
If you have oversold your bandwidth, then tough shit. Your problem.
If you have underpriced your packages assuming that we wont use it(Tiscalli, I am talking to you), then tough shit. Your problem.
If you have lied about your products for so many years that you have come to beleive that it is right to do so, tough shit. Your problem.
If you have done everything right, ensuring that the contention ratio is reasonable, and the price is reasonable, then you don't have a problem.
Stop your belly aching and accept that you are now being found out for mis-selling products for many years. Guess what? TOUGH SHIT!! YOUR PROBLEM!!!!
Open Source Communities
are a very good thing to be involved with as a company.
I will give an example of a small company I worked for. I convinced them that we should release all changes we made to the comms package we were using to the community. This went on for a while, us fixing bugs as we found them, adding features we wanted, and releasing the changes back to the community.
Then we hit a road block, a bug we could not fix. As we were part of the community, major contributors (and friends with the guys, spending lunch/coffee breaks chatting to them, and engaging in after-hours frag-fests), they pulled out all the stops and had the code fixed for us by the end of the day. Thus, rather than a week/month/even more head scratching, debugging etc... we had the new features out, bug free, the next day.
So you see, being helpfull does come back to you in kind. Whereas developers are less inclined to help out when the person keeps asking for help but never gives back. Your choice...
why should they not? With SAS and SATA now on the same connector, I would hazzard a guess that there is not THAT much of a difference in the controller board. Wouldn't surprise me if they were, or at least will be soon, making controllers chips that do both SATA and SAS, so the drive maker could use exactly the same board, and (to keep the premium they charge on SAS) just disable SAS on consumer drives.
TBH, I doubt there is any difference in the cost of manufacture, except they will use "better" drives for SAS. Don't really know why they havent merged the two. I would love it to get to a stage where I could run a nice 15K SAS drive (or 6 :D) in my home PC without taking up a valuable expansiopn slot
Drugs are baaaad.
When it comes to drug use, governments don't want any of those damn scientists to offer evidence that pot is no more harmfull than beer. If they do, they must be hippie stoners. No, they want scientists who IGNORE evidence, take a backhander, and say "smoking pot will make you a terrorist, or an addict who will kill for his next fix".
While I can see the downsides of weed, it being a major factor in my only receiving a 3rd class degree, if you drink as much beer as I smoked skunk you would do far worse.
I, personaly, am pro-canabis (wonder if anyone could tell?), although I havent touched the stuff in years it has helped me become who I am today. I am also pro-choice in most things, which sets me against any government who wants to invade your life, put you on a leash and force you to tow the line.
Oh, and in case you didn't notice, I am also pro-South Park :)
Now I'm off to hide from the black helicopters. They are out to get me! Just because I'm paranoid doesnt mean it isn't true!!
Microsoft? Abuse their position to promote their product? And try to force a half-baked solution on us?
Never! I dont beleive it! Microsoft is the All-knowing Holy Father of All that is Good. It would never do anything for it's own personal gain, prefering instead to bring hamony and light to people of every creed, colour and OS-orientation. All praise be to the Almighty Microso...
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You seem to miss a couple points:
1) Linux isn't a product. Linux is a Kernel. If someone wants to make a product using it as a base, thats fine.
2) Linux IS complete, as a kernel anyway. What is not complete is said product, in both LiMo and Android, aswell as OpenMoko and several other Linux-based mobile distributions under development.
Comparing this to most other things is not really possible. What you have are several different companies, and a couple of communities, developing what they think would be the right "product" for mobile phones. Sure, it isnt the most efficient way, but this is how things happen. Most people are not used to this is the days of the Microsoft Empire, then the Supreme Ones build sopmething, shove it out the door, and expect praise. Think back to the early days of computing, when there were many different competing OS's and you may have an idea where we stand.
I cannot stand people refering to Linux as a company (e.g. "Why doesnt Linux get its act together and put out one OS which will compete with MS). Linux cannot do that. Even GNU/Linux is not a 100% complete product. What are products are the distributions that are put together around GNU/Linux (and I will be pedantic and include the GNU), but as there are many companies all doing so, they all compete with each other. Simple.
One good thing though... You can take most software built for GNU/Linux and run it on most distributions. This includes mobile distros. Personally, I can't wait to have TuxRacer on a Neo Freerunner running OpenMoko (assuming they get an OpenGL driver for the 3D chipset of course)
I have to agree, they WERE spying, simple as.
Soooo glad I am not, and havent for a long time, with BT. My parents are though... wont be using their PCs except through a secure tunnel.
Someone needs to sue the b******s, to let the world know they are bullshitting. And to stop this from happenning!
Damn you beat me to it!
I also welcome our new killer robot overlords. We are unworthy, inferior meatbags and deserve our destruction.
ALL HAIL THE MIGHTY KIILER AUTOMATONS!
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