48 posts • joined 25 Feb 2011
I recently read a novel called The Weirdness, in which the devil made all of his proposals by means of PowerPoint presentations. Which sounded about right to me.
When I read these articles . . .
. . . I almost wish that I worked for the government, rather than just paying them to work "for" me.
Re: Please, Please, Please
They do exist, admittedly in the minority, but they are out there.
Additionally, manufacturers have grasped that consumers might want a small phone that is in other respect (processor/RAM) are the same as the giganto-phones that are so popular.
Re: Not just Oz.. happening in the UK aswell
Not a hoover - this is the only remaining purpose for the hard-copy Yellow Pages (or Grattan crapalogue, Argos crapalogue, etc)
Re: Are there ANY success stories?
Good (if depressing) point.
Are there ANY success stories?
I'm genuinely interested to know: Can anyone point out a major government IT project in the last decade that has been a success? Or even simply come in on budget?
On second thoughts, I wonder if I needed to include "IT" in that sentence.
Re: Shoot marketing!
"Until we have rockets that can be flown into the sun for a reasonable cost, we have to give marketing people jobs where they are unlikely to do to much harm"
I am replying only to thank you for the above.
Drifting gently off topic here, but does anyone know why the OverDrive system (used by my local UK libraries for ebook loans) cannot be used on Kindles anywhere other than the USA?
I love my Kindle, but it would be even better if I could use it to borrow from the library as well.
What auditors do
You are confusing the roles of the auditor and the financial due diligence team.
The auditor reports on whether the accounts show a "true and fair" view of what happened. They do not report on:
- whether what happened is likely to continue into the future; and
- whether what happened was actually a good business proposition (you can make the dumbest deals in the history of the world and still have a "clean" audit report).
Specifically: the allegation that Autonomy inflated its sales by reporting hardware transactions. Provided that the transactions occurred, even if at nil margin, they are arguably sales of the business and could be reported as such.
The firm doing the due diligence, however, should have picked this up and highlighted it to HP. Whether they did, and whether the right person in HP was reviewing their reports, will eventually be unearthed in the courts
For name-checking the very excellent traintimes.org.uk.
What about financial security/
What I'd really like to see (purely from my selfish individual viewpoint, I'm not making business decisions about cloud strategy) is an analysis of the financial stability/viability of cloud storage providers.
Given they are (almost) all pursuing the freemium approach, how confident can I be that my 5Gb of files at cheekycloudstartup.com won't be switched off by the administrators tomorrow or that Google won't suddenly decide that drive is non-core (I feel that this one is fairly low-risk :~) and will be deprecated next week?
Re: Funny thing is
I loved the idea behind that book - fantastic example of using a pervasive concept so mundane that nobody notices it.
Even if I win the Euromillions ten weeks in a row, I'm still not stooping to this level of conspicuous consumption.
I propose . . .
. . . The Qatar Quim
"Apple marketing man Phil Schiller"
Is it only me that finds this amusing?
Reply-all should require more input
Reply-all is fine, but it is proved time and time again that it's used inappropriately.
I think all email clients should require that when you click "reply-all" you have to individually say "yes" to each of the email addresses that you are responding to.
I can't think of a valid reason to reply-all to more than 20 people, so doesn't seem unworkable.
Re: Who are they kidding?
For the price of a *large* TV. I bought a 32" own-brand from Sainsburys at Xmas (for the kids to XBox on) with my Nectar points for substantially less than that!
Re: He makes Chilli Jam !
Chilli Jam is finally going mainstream - Sainsburys make a pretty good one that can be found in a cubic glass far next to the pickles and suchlike.
Re: just TWO people?
I have never understood this either.
Even if you assume that each complainant represents a thousand others who shared their view but were too lazy to do anything about it, that is still only three-thousandths of a percent of the population.
Also, I thought the ad was not bad.
Risque French ads
Reminds of this quality effort http://files.coloribus.com/files/adsarchive/part_359/3599205/file/manix-lubricant-harbour-small-98340.jpg
Wow! Just wow! That is genuinely outrageous behaviour.
Thank god I uninstalled FB's slow, cr@ppy app. They deserve a LOT of abuse for this.
What about traintimes.org.uk?
This site works for me - whether on a PC or a smartphone - no pointless graphics, just information. I believe that it scrapes all the info from the National Rail website, so is just as up-to-date.
You can bookmark your favourite stations, departure boards or the "get me home" function as (eg) http://traintimes.org.uk/nearest/london
"......browse and choose music whilst driving"
What. The. F*ck? I seriously hope that you live far away from me.
Re: And wait for the....
The "home user who needs to resize and crop a picture" should use Irfanview.
Actually, everyone should use Irfanview (for the things that it is best at).
I'd like to nominate Moulin Rouge, although (bizarrely) apparently a lot of other people liked it.
I was behind some boring hatch the other day and spotted a decal on the back with the now-familiar Nurburgring lap shape.
However, just as I was preparing to sigh I noticed that underneath the text had been changed to "Notbothering".
Made me chuckle, anyway.
I agree 100%. It is wholly irrational for anyone, under any circumstance, to be able to charge your phone bill for tens or hundreds of pounds. There should be a low cap for one-off charges (a fiver?) and an even lower cap for these scams where your phone gets charged repeatedly for rubbish like ring-tones, wallpaper or horoscopes*.
* For the avoidance of doubt, I haven't been robbed for these things, but my son was unfortunately sufficiently naive to be caught out. Until, having put a tenner on his PAYG account I told him to check it *15*minutes*later* and found that three (!) £2.50 charges had been taken immediately. I phoned the network and told them they could refund the money or give me a PAC code.
What I *actually* want to see
Is a smartphone with a sensible battery life.
The (absence of any) useful battery life on my otherwise pretty cool smartphone is pissing me off so much that I'm seriously considering a £10 Tesco dumbphone as my next handset.
I know what you mean and share your cynicism, but the same suggestions-of-friends-they-couldn't-possibly-know-about happens on (inter alia) Facebook as well and you have to assume that it is as a result of the *other* person letting FB have access to their email contact list. Don't you?
That's a tired, tired campaign. I wish they'd stop it.
"...sells basic mobile phones with classy cases to the overpaid"
It's rare to see a business description that is both so concise and so accurate.
What a crock
Is someone going to pop round and sprinkle some fairy-dust on it as well?
That the link immediately below the comments link is:
"Previous ← Three touts dongle-sharing DIY hotspot box"
Which is even funnier . . .
. . .. when I can buy a 16Gb MicroSD for my android for less than fifteen quid. :~)
Orange sucks hardest
My company mobile/blackberry is on Orange and the network is deeply useless - in terms of both coverage and the late voicemail notifications you referred to.
I have used all of the other networks at one time or another and, while they may not be excellent, they are all less sh*t than Orange.
"Dinham ... is involved with the Baptist Church"
So what? His religion obviously didn't stop him from nicking the cash in the first place, so why should I care whether/where he is praying now?
"You'd think by now there would be a standard mount fitted to every car."
Surely the only reason that there isn't is protectionism = spec a £1000 sat-nav option rather than buy a £130 TomTom!
If I lived near their theatre . . .
. . . .I'd visit purely because of that ad / blog post. Just excellent.
I dislike religion
That is all.
Ta very much
Very lucid article.
Battery life on smartphones is ridiculous. I have a (lowly) Wildfire, and am staggered at what it can do, but the idea that less-than-a-day of heavy(ish) use is acceptable is just stupid. I'd rather it was 2mm thicker and had a battery twice the size.
On a related note, can anyone put to rest for me the question of whether killing applications with task managers actually has an impact (as comments seem to be evenly split)?
Ref Iain M Banks
Knife missile, anyone?
WTF sort of texts are you sending that need encrypting?
I know that it's a very old scam
. . . but that is priceless just for the wholesale slaughter of the English language.
Only an observation: I use Skype all the time, but almost never use the video facility. I generally know the people I'm talking to, and don't need a blurry image of them talking to a camera.
It's still borked. You can log in, but you can't do anything.
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