No Lack of Hyperbole Here
Brussels' muddled competition policy has reflected the worst of all possible worlds.
In fact, which large country has a better competition policy than the EU?
348 posts • joined 9 Mar 2011
Brussels' muddled competition policy has reflected the worst of all possible worlds.
In fact, which large country has a better competition policy than the EU?
It always amazes me when folk from abroad rock up in a new job in a country they have never lived in before and start talking about "work/life balance".
I think that's unduly harsh on the interviewee. Anyone that gives up a chunk of pay is doing it for something that's more valuable to them, such as time off and a view of the sea instead of the A40.
Poms will know they are making progress on the integration front when they are referred to as a Brit rather than a Pom, its a big step up.
Any kiwi that keeps on referring to an ex-pat as a 'Pom' is being a dick. If you're in the habit of doing this, then please stop as you're embarrassing the rest of us.
I'd like to see 50/50 split in parliament between PR and FPtP and everyone get two votes, one for each section.
That's exactly what Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) is and what it will give you. Half the seats in parliament are electoral ones and the balance are allocated to ensure each party's proportion of members closely matches its proportion of votes.
There can of course be slight variations when the seats are allocated - for example, a stand-alone candidate who scrapes through will likely have slightly more 'representation' than she is due by votes, but it's a trifling problem and still vastly fairer than FPTP.
NZ switched after a series of governments that were more radical than the country as a whole; despite some initial discomfort with coalition government, PR is now thoroughly.embedded. In the 2011 referendum, 58% of voters chose to keep MMP against any alternative.
Bonding would also be an option if needed, we already have half a dozen telephone lines, of which a couple could be bonded, allowing us to use VOIP and ditch the rest.
Our small office of 12 people has FTTC and it's great (lucky us), but using it for VoIP is something we've often considered but never quite had the courage for. The internet connection has only gone down a couple of times in the past few years, but the plain old phone lines have never died. Once I learned that a SLA just meant getting just a pro-rata refund for the time the connection was down, my confidence went.
Has anyone out there taken the gamble? If so, how'd it go?
Prices start at around £1,500 for a model with a conventional 1920x1080 display, but it’ll cost you £1,848.00 to step up to a "quad-HD" display with 3200x1800 resolution.
It's worth keeping in mind the Dell Outlet store (and those for the other manufacturers). I'm typing this on my M3800 with the quad-HD screen and it cost £1,050 + VAT a few months ago. Even in the regular shop there is always a discount code available.
finding somewhere to store your 4TB of personal data that doesn't cost several limbs
CrashPlan is unlimited for £40 or so per year. The upload speed was about 5Mb/s (but with compressed data, so double that) out of the 16Mb/s upstream connection available.
C - what's C? Ignorance is bliss :/
Parking fees + parking fines = parking costs/maintenance + cost of enforcement is the theory.
But that ignores all the other costs and externalities, so it's hardly neutral.
If I park in the disabled bay and therefore deny it to a disabled person, what fine should I get? Just the few quid that I would have paid to park in a legitimate bay?
The fact is that most parking offenses are selfish behaviour that impose a small cost on a lot of other people; drivers who get ticketed whine loudly because they feel the fine acutely, but they don't see the costs and inconvenience they've caused.
In theory, as the parking restrictions were revenue-neutral this ought to have no effect.
What does making parking restrictions "revenue neutral" actually mean? Is it fines = cost of enforcement? Or do you take into account the opportunity cost caused by some wanker double-parking and blocking the way for all other road-users, or worse, causing accidents?
I would argue that it would be best to put the "temptation" to work and have the free-market solve the problem - license parking wardens, put them on commission and have them ticket as much as they're able to.
I've turned down a metronome app recently on WP8
FYI: "Guitar Toolkit" includes a metronome and has quite reasonable permissions requirements.
the subsidised market ... often creates opportunities that a more transparent hardware purchase market is less likely to offer. At any point in time there will be something good that somebody really needs to shift, and if you're flexible then there's bargains to be had.
True, but only if the bargain happens to be available when your contract is up for renewal. In the UK it's no big deal to switch to PAYG to wait for a bargain between contracts, but in the US, is that a realistic option? It seems like everyone is locked into contracts (T-Mobile customers excepted) and if you have to pay the contract price, you might as well just get the most expensive phone.
According to Mozilla, there are 2.3 million users of NoScript. While that's a lot, it's a small proportion of Firefox users, let alone all browsers.
Anyway, the OS is shown in the user agent ID string. That can be faked of course, but not many bother.
Here's an example of Slater's blogging: after a 28 year old man died in a car-crash, in which he was a passenger, Slater writes: "Feral dies in Greymouth, did world a favour"
Slater is a vile individual who slimes and slanders and does so for money. The fact that the PM, journalists and members of the National Party are all embarrassed by their links with him shows that it's a view shared across the political spectrum.
"Surf his website" - if you do, shower afterward.
Ultimately, the driving part of the job is only a bit. Taxi drivers also shift luggage. And possibly wheel chairs.
A driverless car could still be serviced, it'd just be another amenity to pay extra for, in the same way as a posh restaurant will have someone to take your coat while at Nando's you sort it out for yourself.
More than likely it'd be easier to order a serviced cab via an app than walking along the taxi rank to find a driver willing to leave his cab.
"Considering they spend their working life driving in the hellhole that is London traffic"
Taxis are the hellish traffic in London.
I'm a (saintly) cyclist in London and my defining encounter with a taxi driver was when one deliberately tried to left-hook me. More mini-cabs also means cleaner air, since they're not bound by the ridiculous turning circle regulation.
There are 60,000 or so mini-cabs in London and 12,000 Hackney-cabs, so despite having the advantages of roadside pickup and use of bus-lanes the black cabs are already the unfavoured choice.
[WP8.1] is a developer preview with all the associated issues and risks
Not so much a preview as a way to get the update out to users who don't want to wait for operator approval. There's no need to be an actual developer or pay anything, just the mildest speed-bump of filling in an online form. I'd compare it to MSDN subscribers getting the latest Windows release a couple of months before OEMs actually ship PCs with it.
WP8.1 has been completely stable and a big improvement in my experience; keep in mind that phones are being released with 8.1 installed so it's not a beta.
I'm sorry - no different volume for ringer and apps? On an OS that has been around for four years? That's falling on the first hurdle out of the gate and I would immediately return it to the shop being "not fit for purpose".
WP8.1 does have separate volume controls (finally!) but you're absolutely right: a single control was a poor decision* and keeping it for so long in the face of user-feedback was simply obtuse. Maybe the change is a sign of MS listening more in the post-Sinofsky and post-monopoly era.
*With my Lumia 800 I'd turn the volume up to watch videos on the tube; if I forgot to turn the ringer off then when the tube went above-ground any SMS alert would deafen me. A simple UI can be too simple.
Oddly enough, doing this does add to science. We already have the Schmidt sting pain index which rates different insect stings by painfulness; the bullet ant resulting in a 4 and "quivering and screaming from these peristaltic waves of pain".
This is adding a second dimension of where the sting is most painful. If he takes a bullet ant sting to the balls in the name of science, I'll buy him a beer.
A spare battery for a Dell E7440 laptop, for example, is £100-£120 from Dell. Like you say, if it's important enough, people will pay it.
Compared to the RAM & SSD upgrade prices for the Surface Pro (and most other tablets & phones), the keyboard is not that much of a rip-off.
What's the bet that it'll be built on schedule and on budget, or that even a single home will get a "10Gbps down/2.5 Gbps" connection?
Good luck to them building it, but with this hype they're setting themselves up for over-promising, under-delivering.
Comparing it to Aussie, it's probably a lot easier to wire up homes when a rats nest of cables can be hung off every power & lamp pole the population live in much more dense cities.
I don't see what the big deal was.....I just used another browser until it got fixed.
And that other browser on iPads & iPhones would be?
If they would have rushed out a fix and screwed something up then everyone would have been complaining about that!
Guess Apple needed enough time to make sure the fix compiled, maybe even get around to writing their first unit tests for their freaking Security Library.
Consider a MacDonalds Paper cup made in India, Printed in China, shipped to America under the direction of a Luxembourg HQ.
Where is the value added?? Where does the profit get booked??
If it cost 1¢ to manufacture and sells for $1 in the US, the 99¢ should be taxed in the US. But what really happens is that the logo on the cup is intellectual property which a McDonald's subsidiary in Switzerland 'owns' and charges McDonald's US a usurious rate for, reducing (on paper) the profit.
Substitute coffee beans, Starbucks and the UK for cups, McDonald's and the US.
We have chaos and selfishness in the UK with parking. Just go near a school at kicking out time. Your link won't fix that: The parents already think they've got a right to park as close to the school as they can get, just so they don't have to walk so far to fetch their kids
I couldn't agree with you more about the schools. I cycle past Pembridge Hall ("Preparatory School for Girls") in Notting Hill everyday and it's a nightmare; over-privileged parents thinking that £10,500 / year also gives them the right to park the 4x4 wherever they want, even if it causes accidents.
All it needs is enforcement - there is none. I guarantee that if every illegally parked car was being ticketed/towed/clamped then the bad behaviour would stop overnight and we'd all be better off for it.
Right at the bottom of the Spiegel article you linked to it states this:
Now traffic is regulated by only two rules in Drachten: "Yield to the right" and "Get in someone's way and you'll be towed."
Which is exactly my point! There has to be enforcement or it's chaos; not friendly chaos, but the bedlam of cars & trucks blocking the road simply because they get away with it.
On Exhibition Road, the council says this: "Exhibition Road is a Restricted Zone with two way traffic along the whole length of the road. Parking is prohibited anywhere in the road except in marked parking bays. We do not need extra signs or ugly yellow lines to enforce a Restricted Zone."
The yellow lines don't do the enforcement, the threat of fines/towing/clamping do!
A bloodsucker getting Lyme disease....
I've never understood the hatred toward parking-rule enforcement. Without enforcement, drivers take the piss and we end up with chaos and selfishness like in Rome or Bombay.
If it's wheel-clamping in particular that's hated, keep in mind that fines don't always work. A sheik double-parked outside Harrods won't give a damn about a fine, but he won't want to come back to an immobilised or towed Bentley.
I guess that's a too long way to say there is not, and never has been room for small infrastructure providers who are more than flashes in the pan. It simply costs too much money to make money in that game.
MS is the exact opposite of a small infrastructure provider; they host a search engine, Office 365, endless websites and all of the glue that make it work together. Amazon are much the same, but with a smaller cash pile. Why exactly would you be worried about MS disappearing?
You can screw around like this when you're flush with cash and sales are good.
Odd that this line of reasoning makes you worry about MS - $6.56bn in profit in the last quarter - rather than Amazon with its negative profit margin (-0.24%).
I'd be much more concerned about the ability of any of the smaller hosting providers to survive when competing against Amazon, MS & Google. All 3 of those require vast server farms for their own needs and benefit from economies of scale; they'll be creating and renting out extra capacity as long as they are around.
Another alternative, and more power efficient than NiMH is LiFEPO4 which is inherently safer than more popular lithium based batteries (Li-Ion and Li-Po).
I had to look that one up, as the idea of Polonium-based anything being safe was amazing. Sadly disappointed to learn it stands for "polymer"!
I saw a survey last week. 48% thought that the economy would be doing worse now, had Labour won the last election. 41% thought that if Labour had won, they would personally be doing better. Huh?!?! I guess that means they think that government cuts need to be made, but hopefully someone else will pay for them (or just bung it on credit).
I suppose the answers to these questions always lines up with party preferences, but if we'd had the policies that Labour campaigned on then the economy would have been better off.
Austerity - i.e. spending cuts - is exactly the wrong thing to do in a recession and the fact that Osborne and Cameron have insisted on making them (and are still making them) has damaged the economy and people's lives. Of course, to Osborne and Cameron, those are other people's lives.
There are other ways of connecting devices than a USB port that you seem fixated on.
Huh? I've mildly suggested that having a USB port is useful and given a real example; your Jobs-like insistance that they somehow make a tablet "less portable" is the fixation.
My camera (Panasonic) has WiFi (host or client) and can send photos to my tablet or phone (or other) while I take photos, and can also be remotely controlled from the phone - without a USB cable - use Lumix Link.
Swell. You'll also note that there are many more cameras and devices that don't have WiFi.
My partner's camera is a Nikon D90 with no WiFi but a mint body and a grand worth of lenses. When we were in Peru & Bolivia this year it was useful for me to take copies of her pictures with me when I left a week before her. Couldn't have done it if my tablet didn't have a USB port.
external storage via WiFi
Not too many thumb drives have WiFi. It seems a bit daft to argue that having a USB port somehow makes a tablet less portable; do mini-HDMI / DP ports have the same effect?
Here's one use for the USB on the move: copying files from the camera SDHC card while on holiday.
"And Cameron and Osborne are right fucking Einsteins aren't they?"
Not genius, certainly not popular, but you can't deny the fact that they've gotten the country through a recession compounded by Labour ineptness without resorting to the usual socialist panic spend, spend, spend (regardless of whether you have the money) approach.
Remember - Labour bailed the banks out.
Osborne and Cameron have deepened and lengthened the recession because of their austerity policy. That's a fact. If this is the recovery it's taken longer and been weaker than the recovery from the Great Depression.
Their policies are madness, completely unsupported by economic theory or empirical evidence and have caused enormous human suffering.
Fortunately for them, they and their clique are completely sheltered from the consequences of their dreadful decisions; the poor and the unemployed are the ones who are suffering.
Can't comment on Carbonite, but my CrashPlan backup never got over 4Mb/s on a connection which could easily do four times that.
I'm not sure if there's a difference to the user between throttling and the company having inadequate bandwidth. For many people, a fast 200GB upload then throttling would be better than a slow but unthrottled connection.
While we were waiting for someone to figure out which connecting flight was best I asked why this process hadn't been automated (i.e. flight is flagged up as being late, computer rebooks passengers on the next available flight in order of class then group-bookings then alphabetically. So you turn up, get told 'your flight's late, go over there' and with a swipe of your passport you're presented with a new ticket and a voucher for a free coffee).
Nice idea, but not everyone on your arriving flight is going where you are so it's not that simple. What are the loads on the next few flights - maybe they're overbooked already? Perhaps it's better to be rebooked onto a different airline and they must be consulted? Maybe the passenger won't want to go on the next flight - should the seat still be reserved? Are there medical or visa issues that give certain passengers higher priority even if they've got a cheap seat booked? Can the passenger get to the gate for the flight? Will groups accept being split up? Will they take compensation instead? Will they go down a class or pay extra for an upgrade? Who has the highest status? Can their luggage be loaded on the next flight if it's not certain they're going to board? ...
My guess is that there are so many variables that it's simply better dealt with manually. I daresay that you're a smart guy and could probably work things out for yourself in most situations, but not everyone can!
I was told that in order to get construction of the terminal approved they had to create x number of jobs.
Great! How many times have we all heard that constructing this new stadium / hosting the Olympics / building this mall will create X jobs and will totally be worth any negatives without any evidence that the benefits actually occur? If BA were held to the deal that they agreed to, then that's fine by me - they're big boys.
The US used to have value backed money, they now only have worthless fiat currency
What would you propose instead of "fiat currency"? Would it make more sense to you to have the US money supply determined by the amount of yellow metal dug out of the ground in Africa?
So what will become of the US?
My best guess is that it'll be alright; demographics is on their side and occupying a large chunk of a continent full of resources is favourable, too. If HRC is elected to two terms then things might even get better than alright.
And I've spent many hours with two documents snapped left & right - for this a widescreen aspect is perfect. Apple still do 4:3 some screens if that's your preference, but I suspect there's something for you to moan about there, too.
Horses for courses, but god it gets tiresome to see the 4:3 trope dragged out on every review...
False equivalence. The Koch brothers are so much nastier and sneakier than Soros that the comparison is invalid; if you think that having a habitable planet and healthcare are worthwhile things, then Soros agrees with you while the Koch brothers think you're leeching, socialist scum.
Soros at least made his money - the Koch brothers inherited it, and want to make damned sure that noone else gets any.
O2 Czech republic refused to pay the subsidize and remove the iPhone from their range. Their marketshare suffured dramatically.
The old joke that "we lose money on every sale but we make it up in quantity" comes to mind :)
now Russians customers buy their iPhone unlocked directly from reseller instead meaning the operators lost the iPhone margin
Sounds ideal. That way there's no hiding the price of the phone - if punters will pay £500 for an iPhone instead of £140 for a Moto G or £120 for a Lumia 620, then Apple deserves to get the extra. As a consumer, it's nice to have the handset price broken out.
I downloaded and extracted the zip just to see what was inside (super smart, I know...) and MS Security Essentials detected the trojan immediately.
The social engineering was pretty smart - lots of us use Skype and, as mentioned, it had a bunch of guff that looked believable and the links were all to the actual Skype domain. Stupidly that was all I checked, rather than the sender's email address which was clearly not from Skype.
it's part of the game to upset your opponent and gain the psychological edge
That's over-analysing it; for the vast majority of the trash-talkers, it's a chance to try and wind up other people, safe in the knowledge that they're not going to get punched for it like they would in the real world.
Mrs Diogenes very nearly installed it with the latest Flash update (normally I don't bother but she wanted the nagging message to go away)
Understandable, but risky, considering all the vulnerabilities!
If the kids want their Chrome, how about one of the other Chromium-based browsers? Having used SWare Iron for a few weeks, it's worth a recommendation - all the Chromium goodness without the phoning home.
Can you do the same to Microsoft Windows, just for a start?
No, but the question was about Google.
So don't use Android, use iOS or WinPho.
As it happens, I don't use Android, but who cares but me? :)
This idea that everyone is forced to somehow use Google is complete guff, and I do wish people would stop going around posting such rubbish.
But it isn't complete rubbish. Why do you think that Samsung handsets have so many dual applications? They're forced by terms of the license agreement to bundle the Google services, which are not open source.
Google employees have themselves said that the license agreement is how they get manufacturers to do what Google wants, which is ensure that buyers are faced with Google services, first and foremost, and that has an enormous effect on consumer choice.
Regarding the scroogled campaign, it is, like almost all MS public relations, cringingly bad.
Seriously, I along with many others am genuinely interested in why you can't opt out of Google.
To use the Android trademark, the closed-source Google applications must be included. But more than this, manufacturers are prohibited from releasing both Google-approved and non-Google approved devices, which is an enormous barrier to forking Android.
Amazon is of course having a go - and best of luck to them - but it's an uphill battle.
But you have invoked Godwin's Law on this discussion anway so you lose.
Well, no, you're invoking it, not that it matters; I could have used Stalin or Mao, for example, who lived out their natural lives without ever going before a jury of their peers, but were no less cupable for it.
These are extreme examples, but there to show that the fact a person dies before being charged does not make them "innocent".
The evidence is that Savile was a child-molester.
I believe in "innocent until proven guilty before a jury of his peers"
By that standard, Hitler was never found guilty by a jury of his peers and should be considered innocent.
On the basis of the evidence, it's entirely reasonable to state that Jimmy Savile was a child-molester.
Damn straight - I'm never buying HTC again thanks to my Desire being stuck on Gingerbread...
Face it, only Apple can claim to be doing OS updates properly for all users; Nexus users have it good, too, but they're a small minority.
You have to have an MS account to use the MS services - just like you need a Google account to use their services - but you don't need one just to run the damn thing as a win8 tablet (which is what it is).
Technically true, but MS made it unnecessarily hard to find the option to create a local account rather than a MS account.
"absolutely awful" is a bit strong in my experience - what are the issues (apart from it being from evil M$)? The text-reflow is the only thing I find truly annoying.
BT don't have a monopoly any longer - you can vote with your principles/wallet and go elsewhere.
Plusnet are good and as they're owned by BT they meet your "stick to providing a phone/broadband service" suggestion.
+1 for CrashPlan, too. The storage is 'unlimited' and for the 500GB we're using it's well worth the £45 / year, IMO. Very easy, proper versioning, no manual work required.
One thing is that uploads are somewhat slow; the FTTC connection we have should allow at least 16mb/s but it's never gone over 4.5mb/s. Apparently it was a lot worse earlier in the year, so at least they're improving.