822 posts • joined 8 Jun 2007
Re: Mork Calling Orson
"Sad news. When will we take mental health seriously?"
Good point. Depression is a terrible thing. When you think that a man with his success and wealth could get to a point where death is actually the better option, it really makes you think.
There are no quick fixes, but a wider acceptance and understanding of mental health issues would certainly help.
Re: Builders don't put up with this shit
"I think the people who built the empire drank delicate tea from fine china cups"
You're thinking of the people who *ran* the empire.
Re: Scarcely relevant musing
"Does anyone know why 99% of the UK population pronounce latte as "lah-tay"?"
Yes. It's because we don't give a fuck.
Builders don't put up with this shit
A proper cafe opens early, serves artery-hardening fried food all day, only lets you in with a high-viz jacket on, and has tea. The proper sort of tea. Tea that built an empire.
There also might be a rat scurrying along the skirting board, but you can't have everything.
There isn't any wi-fi either, but they do have a copy of the Sun.
Re: Never mind the "talent", what do their HR people get paid?
No need to wonder, it's on the website. Lucy Adams, who was HR Director until April this year, got £320,000:
It would seem that the industrial tribunal got this right, in ruling that the employee was 15% culpable and 85% scapegoat.
The big question is what happens next, given that there's bound to be a compensation payment and that senior management have shown themselves reckless in their knee-jerk removal of the guy in charge of a massively failing project.
Whatever the legal arguments
The monkey selfie on the front page of today's Independent was a beautiful thing which brightened my day.
For that, Mr Slater surely has earned some reward.
"i'm more interested on how 20-30somethings 'now' will fare when they reach retirement age - will they struggle with new tech?"
I don't know, but by then I definitely won't be in a position to care.
"Nah, throw them into an arena with a pointy stick - last one out only gets his head chopped off. Televise it, of course."
Yeah, I would definitely torrent that.
Re: Send to China for warranty repairs?
"I'm sorry, I didn't get your messages, I had to send my phone to China for repairs."
Well if I was going to do that, or use one of my 8 clunkers from the discarded tech drawer, or communicate by standing on a hill and waving flags, I could probably save even more money by not buying a phone at all.
Send to China for warranty repairs?
It looks like a nice phone, but that would rule it out for me. Who can live without a phone for that long?
Re: Just one question
"Is it possible to pledge negative amounts on Kickstarter?"
As it was partly your idea I'm going to have to cut you in on a slice of my new venture, but here it is: Kickstopper.
Basically we come up with really fucking terrible products, and the good people of the Internet have to pay to stop us making them.
Independence will create jobs
But unfortunately only for bureaucrats and politicians.
My stupidest question ever
I remember my first trip to one of our Indian offices. Standing outside having a nice cup of tea at break time, I noticed a security guard frantically beating the shit out of something on the floor with his shoe.
When I enquired of my colleague what the guard was doing, he said "oh, he's killing that snake".
"Is it poisonous?" I asked.
"Yes of course it is. That's why he's killing it".
"Later that day, the management consultants were told to leave and not come back."
My experience of Amstrad products would suggest that they fired the engineers.
Re: Speaking as a CRT user...
"Ancient Nazi Alien Ghosts"
In jest, you have just come up with a programme idea better than 90% of what's out there.
18% for me.
My dentist has got a Panamera, which makes me think I am in the wrong business.
Jaywalking - an artificial crime
I always wondered what the hell "jaywalking" was, and why most countries have no concept of it. Turns out that it was more or less invented by the US automotive industry - apparently it was their way of fighting back against negative publicity when the first cars started killing pedestrians on the roads.
The BBC ran a brilliant article about it: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-26073797
Re: ... a mammoth 2,000 olfactory receptor genes, ..."
"In fact we should replace police dogs and horses entirely with police elephants"
I fully agree. Let's see a drunk football hooligan punch one of those fuckers.
Re: A classic
You may be right about Shatner getting a "worst song" vote on a 1980s radio show, but it wouldn't have been for "Common People", which was only released (in Shatner style) in 2004.
Even the original Pulp version only goes back to 1996.
Anyway, as other people have already mentioned, all Shatner's works are pretty much genius.
Cracking response time frm the local PD
I would never have envisaged getting caught within 3 minutes.
By all means let people have wi-fi and stuff, but let me go in a low-tech section where I don't have to listen to all the self important business twats with their regional sales figures, conference calls and PowerPoint wankery. I can see it now, spread all over the cabin like an extension of their office in a "look at me I'm so important and busy" kind of way.
Also, why can't a 20% larger-than-average person like myself pay 20% more for 20% more space and a 20% bigger seat? Why is the only option Business Class, which is 20% more of everything (and a curtain) for 250% more money?
Re: title is too long
Sadly, iTunes eventually got me to do what it wants.
"Let me see if I can do more damage than Ballmer..."
Well they're going to save money on chairs at least.
Oh, won't someone think of the monkeys?
"Life is great. I am seriously blessed as a motherf****r. A great boyfriend, nice house, monkeys, loving family ... doesn't get any better than this I don't think."
Seriously - there really hasn't been enough discussion in this comments section about the monkeys.
I am trying to get my head round this new version of the American Dream. One day, boys and girls, if you work hard, you can grow up to have a great house, a loving partner, cute kids ... and some monkeys.
It's what we're all working for isn't it?
Re: Can't see the gray area here
In English law (don't know about the US), non-compete clauses are certainly enforcable if they are considered reasonable, relevant and sufficiently constrained to the employer's business interests.
Clauses (like this one) of 6 months or so are pretty common for senior staff, so at first glance it looks like this guy has a problem if he's agreed a six month period but started at Google within a month.
Anyway it'll be interesting to see what happens.
Not just contractors
Most of the same gripes apply to pretty much anyone working in a big corporation, not just contractors. Who hasn't experienced that "Emperor's New Clothes" feeling on a regular basis?
Re: Your Sinclair and Viz
Yep. I will be eternally grateful for Viz and the chuckles it has given me.
I love this
"We have invested less than 0.0001 per cent of our budget in thinking about Facebook Likes."
She got 200 grand and claims to have matched that, so the total budget is about £400K. So therefore they have spent less than 40p thinking about Facebook Likes.
But does that mean they have spent more than 30p? In the public interest I demand to know what they bought for 30-something pence that allowed them to think about Facebook Likes.
Never mind cloud
It's bad enough that a business should entrust its entire crown jewels to a cloud storage service. But in this case, unless I've misunderstood, it seems like a whole bunch of companies entrusted their crown jewels to a third party who then stored said jewels on their behalf ... in something with a single point of failure.
That's a whole extra level of fuckwittery IMHO.
If the comment said the criminals were "pricks", would you assume that the author hated men?
Re: So england won
Now that "Britain's Got Celebrity X Factor" is off the air, I assume there must be an unused auto-tune machine lying around the studio. Problem solved.
"Orwellian" isn't an absolute
The article seems to be making the case that since the extremes described in 1984 haven't (all) happened in Britain (yet) then we should all be jolly grateful and get on with our lives.
But that's missing the brilliance of Orwell's vision. The book isn't supposed to be a literal prediction of our future; rather it's an allegory that shows us what might happen if we aren't careful.
It's good that the article mentioned other regimes that have veered much further into totalitarianism than we have (the former East Germany for example), but just because other people have had it worse doesn't mean we have nothing to worry about.
Yup, I see the same sort of thing from my motorbike.
It's even more scary when you don't have a big metal cage around you.
Wouldn't it be beautifully ironic...
... if one day a cyborg materialised from the future and shot him?
I heard that too - someone told me a non-military GPS unit must have a design ceiling of 60,000 feet for exactly that reason.
So I just had a look at Wikipedia and apparently it's true:
"The emails were not thought to contain malicious payloads."
Re: About time
"Sure hope Sean Lock crossed the Atlantic by swimming, because if he instead flew on a modern jet, he more than used up years of his carbon quota. :)"
I think the point here is that a modern jet is the only practical way to travel between the US and Europe. But a 7 litre V8 truck is not the only practical way to pop round to the shops.
As the comedian Sean Lock once said, "I visited the USA recently, and while I was over there I realised that any effort I had made to prevent global warming, was like turning up to an earthquake with a dustpan and brush."
Interesting point about suicides at Foxconn. I was in China when this story was getting attention from the Western press, and I remember reading about it in an English-language paper over there.
Just like you, they were mystified by all the fuss and made the same point - that statistically the suicide rate in Foxconn was lower than that of China as a whole.
What's the stuff in the sky by the way? Mist or pollution?
Top Gear will be boring and pointless
Re: Some things over-exaggerated.
Have a downvote for using "over-exaggerated".
Yeah, but who remembers numbers nowadays?
Re: Fly swatter needed
Exactly. At some point in the experiment somebody must have given in to temptation and turned the laser power up to 11.
I know I would have.
Not really a technical problem, but how about being to rent or buy any movie, TV show or sporting event without being shackled to a monthly contract - or excluded because you are in the wrong country?
Re: "It can't happen to me!"
@Mike Smith: Triumph didn't survive, it collapsed and was rebooted as a completely different entity retaining only the name.
I'm an old bike fan too, and what you say is quite right. But the modern version of Triumph shows that it *can* be done in this country *if* you have the right management and the drive to succeed. Those are factors that we are often short of unfortunately.
They aren't all like Huawei
Huawei is an outstandingly successful Chinese company, but you can't infer that they are all like that. It's a bit like writing about America's future prospects based on a visit to Google.
Re: Crime doesn't pay...
@Geoff - never mind the £146K, I am wondering where the £1.3million went. It's kind of hard to spend that amount of money without acquiring some sort of material assets.
Crime doesn't pay...
Assuming he pays back the £134K of assets and takes the 4.5 year tariff, he'll probably serve half of that if he behaves himself.
Now I'm not saying prison time is easy, but if someone offered an average 34 year old £1.3million in exchange for losing their liberty for a couple of years I reckon quite a few of them would take it.
Put another way, £1.3million is 49 years of the average UK salary, before tax.
Re: "Nobody invented the screwdriver hammer"
"You can hammer a screw, but you can't screw a hammer."
You can shag a cash machine though:
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