65 posts • joined Thursday 28th April 2011 09:52 GMT
"adverts that big it up as being private vs gmail's web interface which has targeted ads"
Personally I pride myself in having a modicum of intelligence and free will preventing me from getting unwillingly swayed by adverts no matter how targeted. If, by some slim chance, an advert DOES present me with something I'm interested in buying, I'm more likely to THANK Google than curse them!
Re: Message to mobile operators
Perhaps just not stocking the iPhone will not work, but alain is suggesting a two pronged approach, not stocking the iPhone AND posting some dirt on their inordinate demands. I think that MIGHT work as it has the chance of decreasing the public opinion of Apple and making the purchase of Apple products a morally and socially less acceptable thing to do. The problem may come in that it seems likely Apple requires the signing of an NDA before event SEEING its terms.
Re: Message to mobile operators
"In any case, if the other big name manufacturers are cutting similar deals then Apple aren't as evil as the article makes out."
Um, yes they are. Just because other people are doing it does not make a morally reprehensible act any less reprehensible!
It's not for me, but it IS for some people
I've worked with a guy who hated to leave the office. He had to be forced to take holiday because I just enjoyed working too much. Without any family or pets there was no reason for him to be at home tinkering with computers when I could be at work doing the same thing and getting paid for it. Many people might consider his life rather sad and empty but as he got to do what he loved the most every day, I think he had it pretty good. So maybe they will get inundated, just like Shackleton.
I remember playing with that back in the 90s. I was quite excited about it at the time as an alternative to Windows. Sadly MS killed that one off!
"Generally the care in the NHS is a joke and few hold back about their experiences"
Where do you get this information from? The media (a media who will do their utmost to find anything sensational they can)?
My uncle-in-law is a retired NHS consultant and he fumes at the media which picks on a few high profile cases of poor care and ignore (or don't bother finding out about) the reams of appreciative letters and cards from people who have been treated well.
Re: Knowing your place
Your first sentence I completely agree with. I don't think the head hasn't overstepped his authority too, in fact I DO think he HAS overstepped his authority which is another, clearer way of saying what you said. The rest of your post, sorry mate, you're on your own. I don't believe the state does have the right to usurp parental authority except in extreme cases such as severe neglect and abuse.
Re: And they tell use fracking is safe?
Found this site which was interesting and, I thought, well presented. Don't have any idea how accurate it is but gives some food for thought. No mention of mudcanos though!
Re: How to survive in the countryside
Andy. While I don't disagree with your conclusions that it's best not to drink & drive, speed or ride without a seatbelt, I do see this as on of the ways statistics can be manipulated to make a point. Simply adding together the stats you quote could lead to the believe that 94% of fatal accidents (32 + 31 + 31) involve drink, excessive speed and no seatbelt use, a pretty high figure! However, unless there is some sanitising going on that you haven't told us about, many of those accidents could involve drink AND speed AND lack of seatbelts (a seemingly likely combination) which will skew the results. In the extreme, if ALL the accidents involved all three then the results would be more like: 32% of fatal car accidents involve alcohol, excessive speed and lack of seat belts, or, less impressively, 68% of fatal car accidents do NOT involve alcohol, excessive speed and lack of seat belts.
Again, not disagreeing with the principle, just pushing a little against the whole "Lies, damn lies and statistics" thing.
The fact that prey sometimes got away doesn't make the T-Rex any less fearsome or any less of a killer. Find me a predator today who never has a prey get away. I'd hardly consider a tiger tame because sometimes a lucky deer escapes.
Re: Ah, the memories
Eadon... yes, where is he. It strikes me this forum's relationship with Eadon is a bit like Tom & Jerry, they fight like... um... cat and mouse, but miss each other terribly when they are apart. Hate him when he's here, grumble when he's gone!
"Microsoft are so hard up that they can't afford to provide lighting?", no it's called solitary confinement for crimes against humanity :P
Surely the problem is...
the closed market, not an enforced pricing scheme. If you don't like the price of a physical copy you can at least try a different bookstore, or look online, or look for used to try and get the price down. With an iPad, you can't just buy from a competing store (I don't think, correct me if I'm wrong) and, as such if you don't like the price you are out of luck. If eBooks could be purchased via alternative shops then the forces of competition could drive down prices if the demand was high enough. Mind you, I'm not an economic expert so I could be barking up completely the wrong tree!
Re: Caps Lock?
I think I'm with you on the Caps Lock Cull. It is highly irritating sitting next to someone who types every capital letter by turning the Caps Lock on, pressing the letter and then turning it off. At very least, removing the Caps Lock would raise awareness of the much more useful Shift key that usually lives right below it.
Re: What kind of screaming right wing loon are you?
"So declaring war because of tax rates isn't exactly a new concept"
No, but personally I think it's a rather stupid and destructive one. It also seems pretty arrogant. Do we have the right to tell every country in the world how to run their tax affairs? Effectively that is the precedent this idea establishes. Move to another low rate country, we'll bomb that too. All well and good until the country who offers lower rates is bigger and tougher than the bully country you're advocating.
Re: The politics of envy
"It's not envy when things are blatantly unfair."
The problem with this and the whole morality argument is that "blatantly unfair" and "moral" are both such woolly, subjective words. Unless there are some hard and fast rules to define what is moral and fair, every person will judge differently and have their own line in the sand. Creating some hard and fast rules is effectively legislation that closes loopholes currently deemed unfair or immoral.
If it's legal why wouldn't companies do it? If you personally could legally pay less tax, would you do it? Maybe you could choose to pay more personal tax; would you do that? It's possible, but I bet that is unlikely because my guess is you already feel you pay your fair share of taxes. However, my guess is also that there are other people who pay more taxes who might very well say you don't pay your fair share and are therefore immoral. It's such a relative thing.
Re: Smart Phones Myth
@Mrs B J Smegma.... What worried me first was that Eadon's post actually have some reasons in them rather than simply "MICROSOFT SUCKS"!
What worried me second was that I was responding to someone with an unhygienic fellatio handle... eww.
"The humans are dead... we used poisonous gasses... and poisoned their asses."
"We no longer say 'Yes' instead we say: 'Affirmative', unless it's a more colloquial situation with a few robo-friends"
"Must admit, I've found GIMP much less buggy and crashy than Adobe"
This is the great thing about evolution, things improve over time and those that improve in the best ways rise to the top. GIMP might NOT be fit for the top end professional (as is often pointed out by, presumably, top end professionals who know these things) NOW, but this could be just the impetus needed to really give GIMP a good enhancement/improvement push. If just a few of the top end users funnel a fraction of the fees they have been/will be paying to Adobe into GIMP donations they might be able to cut Adobe loose sooner than expected!
In fact, even though I'm not a power user, I'm going to donate to GIMP right now. Here's to an Adobe-less future and the end to all such corporations who think they can get away with inordinate turning of the financial thumb screw!
(PS. While looking into how to donate to the GIMP project, I just discovered Flattr: seems like a great idea: http://flattr.com/)
Re: "Sorry to sound like Eadon, but this is a definite call for open data standards"
Calling for open data standards is not sounding like Eadon. Calling for open data standards while leaving behind logic, reason, civility and the ability to objectively listen and consider other's arguments, THAT would sound like Eadon.
From where I sit, you don't sound like that so, as far as I'm concerned, call away!
(In fact, I'll call with you! OPEN DATA STANDARDS. When I create something it should mine whether I pay some company or not!)
Which - if anything...
Which - if anything - is a queue for Chris Rock's bullet control: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZrFVtmRXrw
Re: Unfortunately for Microsoft...
Ha! You have to love the "user friendly" URLs! Pretty soon they'll dispense with the article all together and just put all the content in the URL! :D
Re: I'm shocked. Shocked!
Yes, that is also a think I hate about Google Chrome. While I love the browser itself, I do not want to connect the public library's computer to my Google account just because I log into Gmail!
It's probable that lots of people will cry out against my using Gmail (with its use of my data to serve up tailored ads), but frankly, I couldn't care less if Google does statistical analysis on my latest Living Social spam and I like to think I am intelligent and independent enough to rationally evaluate any ads presented to me).
Re: "Microsoft honcho pleads with media: 'Stop picking on us!'"
"Just try something like OS X or Linux Mint and you will find out that others are lightyears ahead."
It somewhat irritates me how people evangelise OS X or Linux as the cure all for Windows (as if a cure is needed). Starting with Windows way back in 3.1, I've seen a massive improvement over the years in stability, performance and usability. I have used several varieties of Linux including Red Hat, Suse and Ubuntu (both Gnome and Unity).
During the days before Windows 7, I went for a while using Linux as my sole operating system. I went back to WIndows. In the past couple years and at times Linux has become my sole operating system.
A couple years ago I got a MacBook Pro (I wanted to try iPhone development). For me iOS was okay, but personally I didn't feel it was as usable as Windows 7 (how come, when a confirmation dialog appears I have to reach for the mouse instead of using the keyboard to select the appropriate button and press [enter]?). Now, with Windows 7 and Bootcamp my preference is to boot into Windows.
Ultimately it would be great to see both a little more humility and a little more objectivity when it comes to operating system discussion. Instead of: "OS X is way better than Windows", something like: "Personally, I find OS X much easier to use because ..." would demonstrate an awareness that preference in operating system depends very much on what you are used to, what you are trying to achieve and... well... preference. Showing such awareness would, I believe, indicate a heightened sense of understanding about how people work and would certainly raise my hackles less
Sure, none of you know me personally and probably most of you couldn't care less about my hackles so will continue posting as you do, but it does make me feel better posting about it :)
Sigh, it shows I'm getting old when every time I see "WP" I have to spend a few milliseconds translating from "Word Perfect" to "Windows Phone"!
Cutting off your nose?
True, most of us rich people will (thankfully) never understand what it is like to be poor, but is that a reason to berate those who are at least trying to get *some* understanding of the difficulties while, at the same time trying to elleviate poverty a little, for a few people in a small way? It is hard for your average every day rich joe to know HOW to help those in poverty and any attempt by people who do this sort of fundraising surely should be applauded, not denigrated?
The fact is that, even if it seems rather inadequate to saintcroix, people are trying to do something. Turning around and judging motives that you have no idea of (how do YOU know this is done for self-publicity and not a genuine desire to help people) is more likely to turn people away from raising what they do, regardless of how little it appears to be!
Bloody face, you're going to have no nose for that! Oh damn, now I really DO have a bloody face!
When we are dealing with music/video piracy, don't the government cry blue murder? When we are dealing with photo piracy, they say "go right ahead"! Why this dichotomy? With music/video piracy the corporations lose out, with photo piracy the corporations stand to benefit. Hmm... anyone want to guess who owns the government? Rule of the people my arse!
With all due respect, the comparison being drawn is a little extreme. Slapping someone round the face and swearing (most likely with an aggressive tone that you would notice even if you didn't understand the language) is offensive in pretty much ANY culture. A better comparison might be Bill Gates dining with the queen and not stopping eating when she does. A faux pas for sure, but forgiveable.
Re: What gives ANY company the right...
I may be wrong as I'm not a lawyer, but don't these license agreements a. have to abide by and not take away constitutional rights and b. have to be understood (and therefore reasonably understandable) by those who accept them in order to actually hold up in the court of law? Has any big company actually try to enforce the concept you present that "Apple owns them but give [sic] you 'free use' rights to their property" Jason 5?
But wait a minute....
Isn't this debate taking place in America? Isn't that the same America where it is legal to own firearms to defend yourself and your property? How close does a drone have to be to a: take photos that would reasonably invade privacy and, b: be shot out of the sky?!
Re: He is still correct @Eadon
@Eadon. Perhaps your posts are getting so many down-votes because of you generally come across as a (rather unreasonable) anti-MS zealot, but for once I think you're right that we should not just dismiss Schmidt just because he is a big hypocrite. If we do, we fall into the trap of "Tu quoque" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tu_quoque).
By saying this I'm not necessarily agreeing with Mr. Schmidt's arguments (that requires a bit more thought on my part to come to my own conclusion), I am simply saying that we shouldn't dismiss his point of view out of hand.
Re: I don't even use TPB...
#6 When DVDs stop restricting you to a specific zone depending on where in the world you live. My mother in Canada would love to have some of the great BBC nature documentaries for her birthday but if I buy them over here I she can't play them due to her zone. So much for a connected world.
Re: Not a bad review comrade
Except in North Korea it would have to ve 'Commie Avec' as anything without 'Commie' is a no-no!
"Now go and accidentally sit on a rackmount server, on an iPad and on an egg whisk. Two of these will break and be out of order for a while."
Your argument here is not exactly generic or all encompassing and really only works because you chose one of the most fragile of all kitchen utensils. Try "accidentally it on a rackmount server, on an iPad and on a rolling pin", Two of these will keep working without a hitch and it won't be the iPad.
In most cases the same applies for: wooden spook, knife, cooker, dishwasher, fridge, need I go on?
In terms of operating robustness I also disagree with the author and agree with many of the posters. My wife has a mixer that was passed on to her from her grandmother. It's built like a tank and will still be going long after any of the modern electronics items kicking around our house!
Re: It's just a penis.
"Most human bodies are not that beautiful."
Most human bodies ARE beautiful, we are just conditioned to think they are not.
Re: @sabroni (was: I love programmer snobbery.)
Why are you being such an arse jake? So you are good at your job and know how the "shit works at ones & zeros level". When a company needs "cock-ups" fixing then I'm sure you are the man. However, when a company needs a well designed and usable UI I would make a bet you're not the guy they ring. Just because you are hot at something doesn't mean your hot at everything and it doesn't mean that everything you are not hot at is shite.
Let's be honest, there are people out there who "have never seen a relay in action" and "don't grok hex" who also don't need a 9-5 and turn down work on a fairly regular basis (the 1980s thing just proves you're old, not hot).
This is not a comment on the rightness or wrongness of GNOME's decision, it's a comment to point out that just because your way works for you and what you do it doesn't work for everyone and everything.
@Eadon... It seems to me that the validity of your cause is hampered by the extremeness of your arguments. Perhaps a more temperate stance would win more support.
Hmm... I wonder...
... how many of those women who you dated, impregnated and then left to move on and impregnate another woman (not to mention the children who have a dad spread among four other families) would class you as caring and empathetic?
When engineers produce a rather dubious definition of what caring an empathetic actually are, the study starts to look meritorious! :D
Re: Another vote for the "I just don't get your point" brigade.
"Value is a perceptive concept applied by humans"
This is spot on. The very fact that value it is perceptive makes any attempt to assign value to user uploaded data complete nonsense. To you my holiday snaps are worthless but to me they are priceless. To me the latest album of the Cheeky Girls is inconsequential (despite being copyrighted material) to the unknown fan who uploaded it, it's worth way more.
The assumption seems to be...
that without copyright protection artists would no longer produce and our arts & culture would stagnate. I simply do not believe this is true. Many cultures (Egyptians, Greeks, Babylonians, etc) had thriving cultural output without any copyright protection whatsoever. Artists produce art because they are artists. The inflated and often excessive riches that some artists get (or at least did in the recent past) seems to me to be a somewhat modern phenomenon.
Re: How things have changed....
I'm no Microsoft fan (tend to like what does the job for me), but I think the two keys in your post bailey86 are "work with .NET for eight months" and "a few years back". I've been developing .NET for 10 years and find it a fully featured, stable and easy to use platform. Sure, it's not perfect, but I've certainly found it good.
I also think that (as much as many people would like it), Microsoft still has some way to go before being dead. Sure, it's been pretty crap in the consumer market, but many business systems are still Microsoft based and, in my experience do pretty well. Sure, you can argue licensing cost vs. open source but the fact remains that, like it or not, Microsoft is firmly entrenched in corporates. It's also pretty well known that corporates move pretty slowly and so, while the end user might forget Microsoft for Apple, Facebook or Google, I don't think their main profit base is dead yet.
Um... is he still living there??
Perhaps the strongest evidence to his apparent nuttiness is that he's willing allege publicly on the Internet that he has stitched up high ranking and powerful people in the country HE IS CURRENTLY LIVING IN! Surely if he really did this he'd want to keep quiet about it... forever??!
"I want to dispel this myth that Facebook can't make money on mobile..."
"...This may have seemed true earlier this year because we hadn't started trying yet."
Um, surely not even trying to make money on mobile in 2012 is a sackable offense??! I mean how many years has it been clear that mobile is the primary platform of the future for social networking?
But aren't mosquitoes attracted by...
carbon dioxide? That's what I always thought.
Not sure us on this forum are a good judge of coolness...
I come in contact with lots of young people through coaching ice hockey and the phone of choice among them is indeed the Blackberry... may not be "cool" with execs these days but it's "sick" according to the rising generation.
Re: Agility requires robustness
Well said John Latham. It also brings confidence that allows changes to be made with caution rather than paralyzing fear, enabling progress!
Am I being stupid or...
is the real answer to send the password reset details to the email address being used (which presumably the hacker has no access to) rather than the Skype client?
Re: "in a couple of years we will look back and wonder why there was so much fuss ..."
Clearly it's your choice whether you use the keyboard or mouse, so this isn't criticism, merely a comment that I have always found it odd how many people don't seem to bother with keyboard shortcuts. For me, the more I can do with a keyboard the better, after all the keyboard gives me 10 'pointers' rather than one and, if I'm typing it avoids me having to move my hand to the mouse!
That is why I use 'Executor' (Gnome Do for Windows), ALT-Space brings up a dialogue for me to type any program or folder I want with far more speed than a start menu.
Each to his own though!
Re: @ AC 9:21
Hang on!!! How come people are downvoting you for happily using an OS?! You're not asking them to use it, you're not even saying how great it is, you're just saying that you are happy using it, and WHO can argue with that??!
I for one am happy that you are happy.... upvote given!
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