15 posts • joined 1 Feb 2010
Re: Is Old English The Only Real English?
No, only the characters were simplified - fewer strokes making them easier to write.
Since then the two have diverged somewhat, but this has more to do with political differences (Taiwan v. The PRC). They were originally identical in meaning.
Re: 5th time warning or else
Germany's net debt to GDP ratio is a whopping 78.4%, compared to the UK's 90%.
So about 10% better is the difference between "addled with debt"and "stable and balanced public finances"?
Still facts always get in the way of a good rant, don't they?
Termination Fees are Evil...
...because the network's own customer does not pay them, just his friends, colleagues and family.
Which is why the telcos love them so much, of course. And also the reason why it often costs more to call a mobile from a fixed-line than vice-versa.
The CEOs who are paid these ridiculous amounts are rarely the people who built up the company or put their own money into it. They are hired hands getting paid millions without the slightest risk to their own finances, and who often still get the big bucks even when they fail (Meg Whitman, anyone?)
Wouldn't the first para make more sense if the word "not was inserted at some point?
Google NOT guilty!
I'd imagine that with the bandwidth they need, Google would have transmitted this content *optically*, rather than electronically.
I rest my case, your honour.
She's Got Form.......
CEO of eBay. Bought Skype for billions, sold it at a loss.
CEO of HP. Bought Autonomy for billions, wrote value down soon after.
Why do such serial under-performers keep getting employed?
Enough said, methinks.
Not *Just* Software
What about the string of V.xx flip phones that had the "silent" button on the outside, in just the right place to get pressed when in your trouser pocket?
My boss became increasingly sceptical of my claims that "my phone switched itself to silent mode by itself" after it happened for the tenth time in a couple of months when he was trying to call me.
This "feature" persisted for at least 5 years before it was finally corrected. Doesn't that tell you a lot about Motorola's attitude to its customers?
Not only that, but I knew a "Corporate Veep" in Motorola (that's a *real* VP, not one of the 1,600 "toy" VPs in the company - I kid you not!). I told him every time I met him how stupid this design was - nothing ever changed.
Re: @mark 177 (was: eCircle has been trying to send me spam for a decade or so.)
Pyramid scheme? How did you work that one out? People lend money, borrowers (we hope) pay it back.
Can't see anything pyramidal there. Perhaps I am sterically challenged??
Re: eCircle has been trying to send me spam for a decade or so.
It isn't crap that eCircle is sending - they manage a weekly newsletter for Zopa, which I invest in.
I can see why my ISP has to stop spam, but they are deleting mail without so much as a notification to me. In addition, their reasons for doing so are often weak - they use advisory blacklists for blocking, even when the blacklist provider recommends not doing so!
I'll be changing ISP as soon as I can manage it. I am trialling Google at the moment. I might even run my own mail server.
Can My ISP Delete my Incoming Mails?
Does anyone out there know if ISPs are allowed to delete incoming mails without notification to the customer?
My ISP/Hosting Company - Webfusion - deletes incoming mails that it identifies as coming from spammers (that's right, it deletes them, it doesn't just mark them as spam or put them in a spam folder).
Some of these have turned out to be important mails regarding my investments which are sent out on behalf of the investment company by the bulk emailer, eCircle (I believe this is one of the biggest bulk email companies in Europe)..
My understanding is that eCircle is 100% legit and sends out bulk mail on behalf of many companies. However, my ISP claims they are spammers (the first time simply because of a DNS record misconfiguration) and deletes their emails to me without notification.
So is this legal? If this happened with postal mail, it would be a criminal offence punishable with jail time. How can they get away with this?
The worst thing is that I have no idea if they may have deleted other important emails.
I'd really like to hear from someone in the know who can point me to concrete information on whether this is allowed, and if not, what I can do about it.
2% or 0.2%
The quote from the EIU says 90% of the Australian population lives in 0.2% of the land area.
The later calculation in the article uses 2%, not 0.2% - BIG DIFFERENCE.
It makes a complete nonsense of the calculations in this article.
Manufacturing /= engineering
So many comments confuse engineering with manufacturing. How many engineering jobs did Dyson offshore? Probably none - his engineers are still working in the UK designing new products, like his fancy fan, and upgrading existing ones.
The value-added is in the DESIGN folks (=engineering + industrial design) not in the manufacturing. When Dyson sells a vacuum cleaner for 300 quid, how much of that goes offshore? Very little, I'd say as these things cost peanuts to actually manufacture.
Chrome no Better
I became a regular user of Chrome until it suddenly decided to "run" (if you could call it that) slower than a three-toed sloth. Thirty seconds or more to open a page!
Went to find support - there is none - deleted history as suggested; no difference.
Removed program from PC, changed to Firefox - it has its faults but at least it does not turn my machine's guts to treacle.
Cause or Effect
Has anyone considered *why* small-breasted women have come to dominate pr0n?
In the old days, men's magazines could still shoot 15 year olds legally - I remember one such case and she had DD breasts!
Now we have 20 year old women with tiny boobs wearing ribbons and their hair in pig-tails pretending to be schoolgirls (whilst the schoolgirls are all trying to look like 20-somethings).
I would blame the current mass hysteria over "paedophilia" (in inverted comments because true paedophiles are not interested in sexually mature but underage girls - they want children, as in 10 yr old and under). Making something forbidden, especially in a sexual context, tends to make it more arousing for some people. Before the great paedophilia paranoia bloomed, this kind of stuff was as rare as hen's teeth!
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