285 posts • joined Thursday 14th January 2010 14:14 GMT
Couldn't happen to two nicer companies. I'm not the hugest fan of BT, but sticking it to Sky makes me forgive them... well... at little bit.
Looking forward to the aftermath of this *reaches for popcorn*
Oooo look at her LinkedIn profile. She's now working at Valve, working on gaming hardware.
Bah - The NRA will save the day
What is everyone worrying about? The NRA has vast amounts of money and pull with the government. They'll demand their rights as specified by the founding fathers, to bear arms (even if a bit plasticy).
Surely the NRA is interested in people defending themselves, and not the self preservation of the non-printed weapons industry?
(icon looks a bit like a gun)
Re: Is not the legal first duty of a company to its shareholders?
I don't think you'll ever be able to write water-tight laws to prevent tax evasion, so I can see why they haven't tried.
But - I have to say I'm impressed with the government. What better tactic to use against popular companies, then actually making them unpopular.
I hear Starbucks has actually had a real down turn in their profits - and with hundreds of coffee shops per city, and this stupid name-your-cup thing, it's quite easy to avoid them.
It's tricky to make Google unpopular, Amazon too.
But this "immoral" onslaught is probably the only way something may change.
So surely MegaUpload.com and the like will be let off then?
Sounds amazing!! It's a free service right? I won't need to sell my second house in Chelsea to pay for the subscription surely?
So obvious! Who do people phone? Friends. Where are all their friends listed and categorized? Facebook.
I could see VOIP on a PC, perhaps not on a mobile, being an idea.
But there's two problems:
1. If someone really wanted to talk to a friend - they wouldn't be using Facebook in the first place ;)
2. I can't see someone paying for it.
Respect to Google. Would be an interesting model if phone calls, emails, text messages, etc, were all handled in exactly the same way.
You could keep a history of phone calls, report spam phone calls, add a new contact to your phone, etc. Hang on - they haven't made a Google Landline phone yet?
This sounds AMAZING! The only problem being it'll require a doctor to be on hand for each MRI exam.
I hate to say it, but I can't see the NHS wasting a doctor on that kind of stuff.
Tried out other apps on Android, didn't really like them. Still use Reader on laptop and android phone, as what I've read stays consistent between each :(
Real bugger :( In my birthday month too - double bugger :( :(
I liked Sublime initially, I really did. I wanted it to be perfect.
But... it was the little things. You know, I've already forgotten what they were, but UltraEdit managed them well enough.
Well, what else was Apple going to do with $130bn in cash? Pay for lawyers of course.
One word - Dops.
5 metres may not mean much to us, but it's probably 10 times the size of the locals.
I hate all this OTP authentication stuff. I'm trying to avoid it on my banking account (Sort Code: 10 20 30, Acc: 12345678) - I don't want to have to locate a ring/card/calculator before logging in. And it means I'm buggered if I go away and leave it at home.
Internet based banking should give the benefit that it doesn't matter where you are. *grumble*
/agree. It all seems a bit tenuous. Google shouldn't quote news from their websites... or at least... not enough to stop the user visiting the website.
If they're not using robots.txt, they've only got themselves to blame.
But if they want their cake, and to eat it, then it's difficult to sympathise.
Fair does. Facebook has to make money somehow. Personally, I can't remember the last time I saw an advert on Facebook - I probably mentally block it out these days. And if I'm doing that, others probably are too, and click rates will be going down.
I like Facebook, but I'm not sure I'd be willing to pay for it. Part of its appeal is that it's accessible to all.
Who knows what is a workable solution where Facebook can make money, and is acceptable to the user.
"regulators need to enforce fairer competition and make sure companies aren't artificially creating scarcity to drive up prices."
They don't need to do anything. Even home grown competitors were stamped on. The American telecoms industry has nothing to worry about.
Re: Maps worth more to Google than Apple?
To be honest, even if they did harvest my data, what I get in return makes up for it.
If the return starts to diminish, I'll be thinking again...
... lies... I probably wouldn't. No-one else out there gives a better experience than Google.
Re: Anyone else
I wonder what court cases are being delayed because of this. I appreciate this is corporate court or some-such, but surely that judge's abilities are better used elsewhere.
Re: Why Bother?@AceRimmer
I suspect this is more due to competition issues than any lack of interest.
As you said, the lacking features wouldn't take much, but could destroy a Global company over night (or at least a few of the smaller ones).
If I bought a SatNav, it wouldn't be TomTom - way too expensive. I'd buy a SatNav for 2 features tho - a hefty battery, and lane guidance. Live Traffic routing would be nice, but couldn't justify the cost for a non-business driver.
Gutted. Tried the popup compose thing and didn't like it. This functionality sounds ace tho :(
Government has agreed to let him get medical treatment, but they should say "tough".
You broke our law by hiding in an embassy.
You hid in a building which perhaps doesn't have all the mod-cons like fresh air (but yeah, it's got bloody windows though), and even the ability to leave your domicile.
Who knows whether he's guilty or not, but so far, Sweden has never been fingered as a malicious or unfair country. And if anything, I would expect them to protect him more than the UK.
Jeez - just leave the embassy, get on the plane, and sort this out.
I can't blame the Tolkein estate. If they agree to sell the rights to services, then they're gits and they do seem to be money grabbing.
If they forbid gambling and similar services, then I think they're looking after their brand.
We shall see...
Re: If the public were angry, they would not buy from internet multinationals
Do I like to get the cheapest price I can? - Yes
Do I want a high street? Yes
Would you prefer to shop in a high street over online? - Well... sometimes.
Would you stop using a company if they continued to avoid taxes? - Sure!... unless it's the company which gives me a wonderful mobile experience, or gives me a huge range of cheap products which are free to deliver. Everyone else - no problem.
*Boycotting Starbucks purely because of the asking your name thing. Didn't they study the British people!?
To be honest, he sounds very reasonable. If only half the nation was that fair minded.
Re: you keep forgetting something
Why can't he have all of that, and 32GB free?
If a user wasn't meant to store data on these tablets, they wouldn't bother advertising storage capacity. If they are meant to store data, then I would expect to store the amount specified.
The guy is taking a risk. I presume he has to pay up-front fees, and if it goes to court and loses, I assume he'll need to pay Micro$ofts fees too.
He has a very valid point, and whether it's greed for himself or not, it'll help other people who are less bolshy.
*cough* Lewis Hamilton *cough*
I guess the only solution is to favour tax paying establishments.
Perhaps only running deals with tax paying companies, or inviting them to the special meetings. Or even just the public choosing who to go to (Hmm... not that keen on not using Google, they're quite convenient... :( ) Ditto on Amazon too :(...
Re: what do you expect them to do
The same way that Ireland lowered taxes, and then ended up having a screwed economy?
Bah - in this country you're old enough to pay taxes (16), but not old enough to vote (18). Gits.
Re: Profit != Turnover
How are you going to pay the tax bill on the turnover, if you only have the profit left over?
Re: oh the irony
That manager sounded quite nice.
Birmingham build a POP, and then leases to BT and Virgin - ala unbundling. This preserves competition, but probably removes the cost of BT/Virgin installing there.
I bet by Birmingham doing it, all that nasty planning paperwork seems to fade away too.
Call me old fashioned, but when someone says here's a website full of the correct information for you to learn from.... I don't expect to have to write it myself :(
I just hope there's no wackos editing the wikis.
If reDig win this, and I can't see it happening, they would be the global power in music purchases.
Why bother buying from iTunes, when you can buy "secondhand" from reDig?
Essentially an online CEX. And if the tunes aren't cheaper, then why bother buying from reDig?
Essentially this is the same as buying games second hand from CEX or similar. Games industry don't like it so they are modifying their platforms to prevent it.
If they win their case, iTunes will introduce the same functionality, and end up killing off reDig.
Yeah, I could live with this. I'd need a way of setting a budget though.
Plonking £15 into my account, and then trickle using it. I guess like XBox points.
If this goes as badly wrong as it could, retailers will be up in arms with all the re-sends they are having to do. If my neighbour is on holiday for a week and my package is left there, I'll be politely expressing surprise that my package hasn't arrived yet - send another!
Goddam :( I've seen supermarkets with electric charge points, and so I thought we'd be seeing leccy cars within a year.
Sadly, it needs a company to mass produce, fail, and then a chinese company to come along, copy the idea, fix the problem, and then work. :(
Actually quite disappointed. I could never afford one, but was looking forward to something second hand ;(
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