974 posts • joined 16 May 2011
Re: OK, but...
I recall hearing on the radio from an economist, just after the privatisation, who reckoned that the long term plan is to reduce the number of deliveries per week to cut costs. Ultimately, the Royal Mail was privatised so that the dirty work would get done by a private company. It had sod all to do with 'efficiency'.
Re: Skinny vs Fat
Yeah, but a fat non-terrorist will still be more expensive to society than a thin terrorist. By the way, have you ever seen a fat terrorist, or a drunken one?
...there is no entry on their table for costs due to dementia and other old age illnesses. If they had, where would that come out? Did they factor in the fact that smokers tend to die proportionally less from old age illnesses compared with non-smokers, thereby saving society money? If one ignores this saving, the societal costs of smoking are indeed massive: I suspect they have deliberately left out the savings to make smoking appear more costly than it is.
As Morrissey once said...
Trudging slowly over wet sand
Back to the bench where your clothes were stolen
This is the coastal town
That they forgot to close down
Armageddon - come Armageddon!
Come, Armageddon! Come!
Everyday is like Sunday
Everyday is silent and grey
Hide on the promenade
Etch a postcard :
"How I Dearly Wish I Was Not Here"
In the seaside town
That they forgot to bomb
Come, come, come - nuclear bomb
If they think they have found 'space microbes', would it not be more probable they messed up the sterilisation process of the probe, or have otherwise messed up?
I see the evil powers of Stephen Elop are infecting even Android manufacturers.
"Obviously, a lot of people are going to migrate to games they recognize and ones that they may not have played in years. They’ll do a few rounds, probably get their asses kicked, smile, and go back to their news sites,"
Sometimes work may be undertaken in the office as well, for when playing games or reading news becomes dull.
I got rid of Java because I couldn't be arsed with the fucking updates (no, I do not want the Ask Jeeves toolbar). I can't say I have missed it.
"In other words, he created a global phenomenon - but pocketed what an averagely talented Champions League-level footballer might take home in a year."
Did he discover a cure for cancer or AIDS, or discover a new species of human in a valley somewhere? No, he just came out with a popular novelty record and yet 'pocketed what an averagely talented Champions League-level footballer might take home in a year.'
We'll not be laughing at him if there is a worldwide pandemic of Ebola, and everyone heads to his website for advice. Think of the advertising revenue!
"All desire is the inappropriate substitute for the desire to be at one with God."
Does anyone seriously believe this? It's an enormously pretentious statement, uttered only by those who want to appear devout.
Re: Too much of a good thing
The banks did more than any environmentalist dared dream in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, by buggering up the economy. Shouldn't they be given some credit for that?
My response to those who care about the issue of whether the BBC is biased in favour of Apple is: grow up. You sound like petty, daft little teenagers to care about that.
Re: Swimming against the tide
"Zeebs across the world are waiting to see which manufacturer will be brave enough to introduce the fully retro VGA 640x480 display."
Personally, I'm waiting for a computer to have just one LED. The computer should give you a choice of outputting text in either Morse or binary format. Pictures are out the window, but who needs them - three year olds? The rush to additional pixels has been an industry blind alley since the fifties.
Re: Google has since promised to do something similar with Android smartphones.
"Then what does the Settings -> Security -> Encrypt Device on my Android 4.1 phone do?"
It makes Google send a message to plod that you are a paedophile or a terrorist, complete with GPS coordinates and full name and address.
"Scammers are taking advantage of Emma Watson’s growing popularity by using the Harry Potter star as bait to spread malware on Facebook."
He has a point, actually
Apple have so much cash sitting around than they can conceivably invest or otherwise use prudently, they may as well give a lot of the cash to shareholders.
I take a keen interest in the 'why Nokia failed' question. I believe that the burning platforms memo did cause damage, but Nokia's smartphone market share was in a death spiral before the memo. I fear the memo gives certain people a 'stab in the back legend' that they can pretend was the cause of Nokia's decline
Re: Um, no...
That's interesting information about the N8, but you forgot to mention that it followed the N97 as Nokia flagship. That made the N8 seem like a work of genius in comparison. It can truly be considered Nokia's Stalingrad smartphone.
Other fun tasks!
Here are some other fun challenges young Bitcoiners can do in their spare time!
- Why not write a manifesto detailing how an anarcho-capitalist society will work in practice! Should socialists, conservatives, and other statists be allowed to live, or should they be summarily executed?
- Work out why scams proliferate in the world of Bitcoin, but make sure the existence of the scams >really< show Bitcoin gets stronger!
This MP clearly messed up and should have had more sense. But really, this is just shooting fish in a barrel by the Mirror. You get the impression that the paper just crossed male Tory MPs off a list when they tried and failed to lure them with this honey trap, and moved to the next one.
Apparently they have recently been trialling PayReallyReallyReallySlow for their suppliers.
Re: Have to Agree
I am genuinely curious about the folk that lent money to BC to buy Phones 4 U. Did they structured the deal to ensure they would get their money back in it all blew up? What interest were they getting?
As to the muppets who lent the money to Phones 4 U so they could pay BC a big dividend, I expect they are fucked.
Re: Slides don't surprise me
Looking at it from the shops point of view, letting people browse aimlessly is not profit maximising. On the other hand, pouncing on people like high street religious maniacs or chuggers isn't conducive to maximum profit either.
I am not a terrorist, and have no plans to become one. However, I am pretty sure if I went down that road in life, I would encrypt my communications with fellow terrorists. I would do this because I am not stupid, and therefore I know that spies would be all over terrorist communications. I knew this before the Snowden leaks; indeed, I would demand it. The idea that a non-trivial number of terrorists decided to encrypt their communications because of Snowden is an insult to anyone's intelligence.
Re: You have to train your eyes???
"Sounds suspiciously like the kind of crap you hear from certain elements in the hi-fi industry about 24-bit audio vs. 16-bit audio..."
I trust double blind tests have been carried out to find if 4K actually is noticeably different from normal HD? Do we have to put little pyramids on top of the TV, or play 'pink light' Blu-ray MKII to improve the vision?
Re: Well there you go
"Apple finally join the party only to morph into an MS-style 'embrace-extinguish' party-pooper."
There was scarcely anything to extinguish.
"Also oil, which is currently horrible but will be lovely when independent and even George Monbiot thinks so."
The oil is transformed into unicorn tears on Independence Day, rather in the manner that wine turns into the blood of Jesus.
Re: Fight it and you will lose
"They chose not to create an app market or a media rental service..."
Let's be blunt about it - they would have been fucking shite.
Re: Ah, sweet revenge..
"It's become a bit of a tech soap :)"
HP are going to have a word with Phil Mitchell, who 'knows people' who can 'sort the problem out'.
There is likely a stipulation in the contract that the 'UK' is whatever nation contains London.
Re: It will be business as usual.
For those interested, the FT Alphaville blog has written about the currency issue in the last couple of days. There are nations that do use someone else's currency unofficially (e.g. Zimbabwe, Macedonia), but it is always the least worst option available to those nations.
Re: Why not a smart reading device?
Why don't they train special mice to run into everyone's homes in an area and read the meters, then they get flown back to HQ by carrier pigeons where they then gnaw holes in cards which are then fed into a 1960's era mainframe?
The Blunders of Our Government, by Anthony King and Ivor Crewe.
Re: Has anyone noticed
If the Large Hadron Collider reboots the universe we would never know. Don't worry about it.
It's just another forgotten buzz phrase from 2010. Remember 'Big Society'?
How does the government know they are giving benefits to the correct person? A bank assured them they were.
How does the bank know this? Because the person in question supplied the bank with photocopies of government supplied documents.
Re: Forget the article for a moment...
If you look on the bottom of the cup it says 'Made in China'.
Sounds like you need a lawyer to help you, not a bunch of commentards.
Re: Morals, ethics, principles...
It is insane to compare the Russian government with the Nazis. The Ukrainian conflict is rather complicated and it is not immediately apparent that one side is better than the other.
Re: I just use...
I found that TSB and Legal & General do not limit the length of the password one may choose, but limit the length of the password one may type in to access the website. Note that this is highly stupid, particularly as these websites need to be highly secure.
I expect this incident has everything to do with a) not knowing that iCloud backs everything up on one's phones, and b) a poor password.
Re: "bribing [councils] is a rule and not an exception."
"It's called Section 106. It's well documented, although rare to hear it explicitly called bribery. But that's what it is."
No it's not. A bribe is where the planners were taking the money in brown envelopes for their own use. The Section 106 money is paid to the council and is usually used for improvements to local amenities.
Apple do not make it clear to the average user what iCloud saves to the cloud by default. iCloud is not a visible service unlike any other cloud services; you cannot click on any iCloud app. I think a great deal of people will be surprised (not least these celebrities) about what is saved to iCloud by default. Combine that fact with shitty passwords and you have a problem.
Re: Who next
Meg completes the crown - you forgot Leo.
I am interested to know what portion of blame is to be attached to the different parties. I have little doubt that an element of smoke and mirrors was in Autonomy's accounts; the question is whether they amounted to attaching 'ambitious' (but legally defensible) values to various assets, or whether it was a devilish fraud on the level of Enron. If it is the former, HP and Meg deserve to go to fiery hell for being taken for a pair of mugs.
"Came across them when they first launched (one of my old bosses contributed some cash to their development IIRC). Played around a bit, but it was a bit *meh*,..."
I genuinely thought you were referring to ISIS when I read that.
This Windows 1.0 operating system sold by that Ballmer fellow looks like a very good, functional replacement for Windows 8. I'm sending off for it now.
Anyone who has ever done even the meanest job for a financial services company will have the riot act read to them about money laundering. When I trained for a McJob in a bank call centre 10 years ago, I had to be trained about money laundering, and it was made clear to us that we could go to prison for not reporting it when we had suspicions. Perhaps senior management didn't go on this training?
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