Re: The Joy Of PowerPoint
Only a half dozen? At the Daily Fail? Surely not.
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Only a half dozen? At the Daily Fail? Surely not.
If the PFY was from Fargo, then the 'tragic workplace accident' would involve a wood chipper, not electricity. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyPhsD1vHGk I always loved that movie.
And you _still_ dragged in the tropical diseases. I have great difficulty taking your position seriously when you have to go so far out into the deep end. it is _seriously_ reaching to go from Nvidia's declining to give a few neckbeards the power the neckbeards think they should have to Nvidia's creating a vast medical complex oppressing all of humanity.
just don't buy from them. Problem done.
You're reading things that I have not stated. In particular, I simply can't see the connection between boycotting a video card vendor and neglecting tropical diseases.
What is evident is that you don't like the direction that Nvidia is going, and that they don't care about your opinion. And that you can't do anything about their not caring except boycotting them, but somehow doing that will cause mass death in 3rd world countries. No, they must be forced to do what you want... except that you have no power to force them to do anything.
it was a simple question: what's wrong with just boycotting them? Please try to answer _without_ dragging in tropical diseases.
Interesting. I see numerous downvotes for suggesting that, perhaps, if Nvidia doesn't want to support Linux, it might, just might, be a good idea to stop buying their hardware. What, exactly, is the problem with simply not buying their devices? So far as this observer can see, that would solve the problem right there. Serious question. Why not simply refuse to buy Nvidia unless and until they allow the level of support you think you need? Why not just boycott them, and make your reasons for boycotting them plain to see?
I've seen TV5Monde. (Well, actually, TV5Quebec. Same thing.) Those script kiddies deserve a medal and a bacon sandwich for knocking it off the air.
See further the current line-up for TV5 in the US (I couldn't get online access to TV5Quebec for some reason, and really can't be arsed to find out why) http://www.tv5monde.com/cms/USA/p-29774-s-z-lg3-TV5Monde-Etats-unis.htm
Warning: they want to dump cookies on your system and are excessively French about it.
Hey, ISIS scripters... do y'all take requests? I've got a long list of tv channels which really should face the Wrath of the Desert Scripter. And, as a reward, I've got some nice pix of Muhammed and a big plate of bacon sandwiches for y'all. Have at it.
"The problems started on April 9, last year, just before midnight at a 911 call routing station in Englewood, Colorado, which was responsible for transferring emergency calls to eighty-one 911 call centers in California, Florida, Minnesota, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Washington.
There was a backup system for the 911 calls located in Miami, but the outage failed to set off an operator alarm, and so the switchover didn't happen. It was another six hours before the fault was noticed and the switch made, at which point normal service was restored."
The boyz.n.grrlz on 911 duty in places like Miami and Pittsburg and Charleston and Seattle DIDN'T NOTICE THAT THEY WEREN'T GETTING ANY CALLS FOR SIX HOURS? Or, worse, they did notice, and nothing was done? This doesn't call for a fine, this calls for prison time. And seeing as it's interstate, this means _Federal_ prison time. Lots of it. What the _hell_ happened to the failover system? Was it ever tested? Bigger fine, and more prison time.
"Would you feel the same way about, say , a front door lock that appears secure because it appears to require a key then you discover that using a certain sequence of knocks, you can open it?"
There is (was) a certain no-longer-common model of Dell 'business-class' desktop which, like many others, allowed people to set up a BIOS password. However, if you really wanted to get in, and merely hit 'enter' three times in quick succession, you'd be in. It had to be three times quickly, take too long and it didn't work. Hit 'enter' four times and it didn't work. And it had to be the 'enter' key on the numeric keypad, hitting 'return' didn't work. This had to be the silliest backdoor ever set up.
Management at the place where I discovered this was Not Amused(tm). They now use HPs.
Some of the more hard-core re-enactors make their own black powder, and their own flintlock, matchlock, and percussion cap muskets, including rifled muskets. And cast their own bullets for 'em, including, of course, Minié balls. it is perfectly legal for them to do this. Every year the true hard core has little meetings, re-doing major American Civil War and American Revolution and even French and Indian War (Seven Years War, on the other side of the Atlantic) battles. Mostly Civil War stuff. They fire off blanks, and do target shooting, and generally have a fine time making things go 'bang!'. Should the good Senator attempt to mess with their fun, she'll find out what a 'well-regulated militia' is.
Lenin wasn't Jewish.
I spent most of my time in high school chemistry class working out how to play with explosives without getting blown up and how to play with toxic gases/aerosols without getting poisoned/dissolved/whatevered. It is _trivial_ to make nitrocellulose and not much harder to make nitroglycerin. (Making them in any quantity and without blowing yourself up or having some other wee accident involving nitric or sulphuric acid is a little less trivial.) Every time I hear that some poor boy has been arrested for 'possession of bomb-making materials' I laugh. Right now the following bomb-making materials are in my house or garage: gasoline, kerosine, powdered laundry soap, wax candles, granulated sugar, powdered sugar, isopropyl alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, liquid soap, chlorine bleach, lye, foam shipping peanuts, lots of paper of various grades, olive oil, coconut oil, ammonia, iodine, potassium permanganate, charcoal, butane, propane, sulphuric acid, assorted nitrates and nitrites, and substantial amounts of copper, magnesium, aluminum, ferric oxide, and the means to make those last four into powders. (Warning: you might want to be careful when powdering the magnesium or the aluminum. Just a thought.) And, oh, large amounts of chlorides, of which sodium chloride is but a minor component. And, of course, lots of insecticides. For those who know not chemistry, this means that I can assemble a wide variety of low, medium, and high explosives, plus a wide range of incendiary devices and several war gases.
Every single item is perfectly legal. Consult your local high school chem text for info on assembly. And the chem lab should have lots more fun stuff.
"Erm, shouldn't fuses stop this sort of thing happening?"
No. Not at umpty-up kilovolts at currents in the tens of amps.
the utility I worked with, many years ago, didn't have any 4 kV primary distribution lines, and topped off at 24 kV. At one point they did have 4 kV lines, but those had been decommissioned more than 20 years before I worked for them. And that was [mumble] years ago.
It's PG&E. That spokesman is actually better than their average.
From the sound of things, PG&E were indulging in a common practice: putting the transmission cables on the same poles as the distribution cables, or perhaps just putting the primary distribution cables on the same poles as the local distribution cables. For those who haven't worked with an electric utility, transmission cables are the high-tension lines, typically starting at 69kV (that's 69,000 volts) for secondary transmission lines and heading up to 750 kV for really serious primary transmission lines. Primary distribution lines might be as high as 24 kV. Local distribution lines are typically around 400 volts. (Why? Ohm's Law. P=I*V. Line losses are P=R*I^2. This means that you want I, the current, to be as low as possible, which means that V, the voltage gets pretty high.) If it was that the primary distribution lines hit the local distribution lines, then something on the order of 9,000 to 24,000 volts at 10 to 50 amps dropped onto a 400 volt circuit. 24 kV at 50 amps would be 1.2 MW. Depending on how incompetent their system safety people are (hey, it's PG&E, I don't put anything past those bozos) the dead short might last for several seconds, resulting in multiple megajoules of energy being dropped onto a circuit expecting several orders of magnitude less. One kilogram of TNT releases around 4.2 MJ. Yeah, it'd sound like an explosion, 'cause that's what it was.
The smart meters, unlike regular meters, are basically small computers tapping into the local power passing into your house. (120 V single-phase in North America and Japan, 220-240 V two-phase in most of the rest of the world.) They would react just like any other computer which is exposed to a sudden surge. Unless PG&E is even more incompetent than I think they are (hard to achieve that...) they aren't using power line carrier for their smart meters. Instead, they're using wireless comms systems, like normal people. Here in Deepest South Florida, Florida Power & Light, better known as Frequent Power Loss, Florida Flicker & Flash, and other names which will get this post modded if I use them, are using smart meters which use wireless. http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/business/smart-meters-touted-for-benefits-cause-concerns-fo/nSGrj/
Old, not-so-smart, meters don't have computers built in and don't care about the surge.
"It's considered unlikely that the document reached the public domain. Even if it did, it would be of limited use: who could attempt to get through immigration with a passport for Barack Obama or Angela Merkel? "
People such as Jose Lantigua might try. See http://www.palmbeachpost.com/ap/ap/top-news/suspicion-surrounded-florida-businessman-who-faked/nkd2x/ Apparently one of the reasons why he got caught (after a delay of several years, something which speaks highly of the competence of the immigration authorities) was that, and I quote, "The passport he had used to get back into the U.S. had proved his downfall. The man whose name Lantigua was trying to steal was black — the photo Lantigua submitted showed he is white." And, oh, "Finding him wasn't hard — while the other information on his passport application was allegedly forged, he listed his supposed widow as his emergency contact and gave the correct North Carolina address." You can't make this up.
"Putting rich, egocentric, media hugging CEOs aside for a moment, if Indiana really has passed a law that legalizes discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people, then what the hell were Indiana's lawmakers thinking of?"
You _do_ know that Indiana was the state which passed a law making pi equal to 3.2, don't you? There is nothing too bizarre for Indiana to do. Nothing. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indiana_Pi_Bill
Indiana lawmakers do not, cannot, think.
"Lost me at 'sheeple',"
You didn't miss much
"I'll never know if you had a brilliant point to make."
You need to visit Weapon Brown and have a look at the pages featuring Garfield, Bill the Cat, and assorted other felines. You really do. http://www.whatisdeepfried.com/weaponbrown/ This should link you to Chuck when he's playing with Garfield. http://www.whatisdeepfried.com/weaponbrown/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/gallery_11.jpg
I like good ol' Chuck Brown's attitude. I really do. Of course, there are some misguided souls who say that I have a bad attitude. I can't imagine why this would be so.
Given that the pic appears to be of two MacBook Pros, they're saving up to buy a nice new iPad_with_Keyboard... ah,, that is, 'MacBook'.
Yes, they actually exposed an innocent (yeah, right) kitten to Apple kit. The fiends. Have they no shame, no shame at all?
That looks about the size of _my_ printer at the office. It's _my_ printer. Unauth persons are NOT ALLOWED TO USE IT on pain of... pain. Accountants and similar parasites can use the cheap inkjet they wanted to fob off on me. Or they can increase the budget and get their own Large Colo(u)r Laser Printer.
"Meanwhile, Chinese PC giant Lenovo has been shipping laptops with American spyware since last year, signed with a security certificate that impersonates Bank of America."
Doesn't matter. What Joe User sees is 'Chinese' and 'spyware'. Everything else will be ignored. And all things Chinese will be tarred with the same brush. This may/may not include Taiwanese devices, depending on Joe User's [lack of] knowledge. (Indeed, it may extend to Korean and Japanese devices, too, as Joe User may not be able to tell the difference. I do a little instructing at a local community college and have discovered that Jay Leno's Jaywalking segments [http://videolicious.tv/2009/06/the-best-of-jaywalking-final-jay-leno-tonight-show/#.VPXmqeEWJfA] on the Tonight Show were actually far too kind. A substantial fraction of the American public lacks any knowledge of geography and history. And, no, it's not that they don't know about anything outside of America; they don't know anything about anything outside of their state and sometime out of their county. There really are, for example, adults who have actual bachelor's degrees who still think that New Mexico belongs to Estados Unidos Mexicanos, rather than to a rather different United States.) The fact that Lenovo used American spyware appears to make a difference to you; it absolutely will not make a difference to the vast majority of the buying public. No, Lenovo is an Evil Spying Commie Furrin Company, to be avoided at all costs.
"My websites all now warn visitors (if Internet Exploder is detected) that they are using an insecure and unreliable browser on an insecure "operating system" and that the site is unlikely to render correctly on their defective web browser. Our visitors use of Internot Exploiter has reduced to under 3%. People are beginning to realise that M$ isn't the answer (except to some really stupid questions)!"
Interesting. You _do_ know that it's trivial to have your web browser spoof all kinds of things, including which browser it is and what OS its running on, should the user want to? Hint: right now this browser is pretending to be Firefox running on Windows 8.1. It isn't. I have it configured to pretend to be Firefox _precisely_ because I've just come from a site run by an idiot who thinks like you do. As of the end of the month (tomorrow! Hoo-rah!) I will no longer have to have anything whatsoever to do with that idiot and will avoid him and all his works forever.
"As for external drives, those didn't reach the domestic marked until after USB was released in 1998. Before that they were SCSI, and restricted to wealthy corporations."
Ah... USB 1.0 (which was nearly unusable) was released to a (yawning) public in 1996. USB 1.1 (slightly less unusable) was released in 1998. You may be thinking of USB 1.1.
And I was using an external SCSI drive on a Mac Plus in 1985. I'm neither wealthy nor a corporation, and at the time the combination of a Mac Plus, 4 MB RAM, two floppies (one internal, one external) and a 40 MB external SCSI drive cost rather less than an IBM PC-AT with two floppies (one 5.25" DSHD and one 3.5" DSDD) and a 20 MB internal drive. I had both. (There may be a reason why I'm not wealthy.) The last Mac to have SCSI was the beige G3; I still have one sitting on a shelf, occasionally used for its floppy drive. The beige's successor, the blue-and-white G3, had FireWire, but didn't have a floppy. My old beige has an aftermarket high-end SCSI card as well as its external SCSI port (internally it used ATA for the hard drive) and an aftermarket FireWire/USB 2 combo card. One of the things I used it for was to copy the data off SCSI drives onto FireWire or USB 2 drives.
Over the weekend I did some research.
1 it is not possible to purchase a laptop from Toshiba without crapware. Certain items, including 'free trial versions' of McAfee and Office 365 are, according to the sales drones I was in contact with (one on the phone, one using their chat) included on all Toshiba laptops, 'to enhance the user experience'. It is not possible to get bootable install media for any price. There is an option for creating 'recovery media'; this will make a full factory condition restore. (Yes, that means that the crapware will be reinstalled.) It is possible, for an extra $20, on a few select models, to remove all the crapware except McAfee and Office 365. You still don't get bootable install media for any price.
2 Apple doesn't seem to ship non-Apple crapware with their laptops. (It does ship _Apple_ crapware.) It is possible to generate bootable install media which doesn't include the crapware. (Except for iTunes. You're stuck with that, like it or not. I don't. Fortunately it's trivial to delete.)
3 Some (not many) Dell laptops can ship with bootable install media. (They also come with a separate disc or USB drive containing the crapware, but you can avoid installing that stuff.)
4 Some (not many) HP laptops ship with bootable install media. The crapware apparently comes on the same media (the sales drone was less than clear on this) but again apparently need not be installed if you don't want it.
It appears that Toshiba laptops are not in my future. Apple, Dell, and HP are all possibilities.
desktop systems, of course, with the possible exception of any Apple desktops I may get, will be hand-speced and custom-built. And crapware free.
I will not even consider Lenovo laptops for a long time. If ever. Nor will I be considering Samsung laptops.
is an LG, not a Samsung. It is not a smart TV. It is connected to a cheap desktop which I set up to do what I want (for example, to store certain shows on its 2 TB hard drive until I bloody well tell it not to, and not to bother the cableco's DVR's pretty little head while doing this) and neither the TV nor the desktop have voice recognition. They don't even have microphones or a camera.
Should I ever be forced to purchase a 'smart' TV, I will, first thing, perform a little surgery and physically disable the mic and camera.
But that's me.
A 'rouge' Wifi AP? Something special about French wireless APs, or about red wireless APs, or APs which are both red and French? Or are they just wearing makeup? Or, perhaps, the APs in question were set up by a certain bat from Sonic the Hedgehog?
Pirate Dave, m'man... If you make it clear that only your wireless is allowed at your place of business, you'll do without my business. If you DON'T make it clear and then jam me anyway, prepare thou for close assault by my lawyers. Elsewhere you said that you were an admin for a university. If you _really_ think that you're stopping the students from doing whatever they damn well please by jamming them, I've got a nice bridge in New York City I can sell you. Cheap. And some oceanfront property in Utah.
You have no right to jam the public airwaves. Period. End of story.
Just how fragile _are_ these networks, anyway? I have my little iPad-based hotspot (I am typing on my laptop, linked to the Internet via it, right now,) In the year-plus that I've used it, I have yet to have any problems with interference anywhere. That includes hotels, restaurants, and assorted other places which have public wifi but which I've decided to avoid and just use my hotspot. (Usually 'cause either I don't trust their security or because my hotspot is faster than their system or both.)
And it's one thing to post a notice that you can't use your own hotspot. It's a whole other thing if you jam it. If you let me know in advance that my hotspot is not welcome, I'll figure that my money ain't welcome either and the sonic boom you hear will be me going to your competition. If you jam my signal (which I AM PAYING FOR) without warning you WILL be hearing from my lawyers.
Because the freqs involved are _public_ freqs. Marriot (or other hotels) have no right to jam _public_ freqs.
Worse, Marriot has no right to jam public freqs _outside of its property_ and Marriot cannot stop the deauth packets at their walls. There _will_ be people who will get affected by Marriot's actions who are not on Marriot's property. It's a radio signal, it _will_ propagate beyond the building unless specifically blocked.
Now, if Marriot puts it in their terms of service that guests can't use their own hotspots, _then_ they can do something like block _all_ inbound (and outbound) signals. I suspect that a very large percentage of their clientele would not much care for the idea of not having cell service inside the hotel, and would take their business elsewhere.
No, they can't jam cell-service paid for hotspots.
Oh, it's quite reasonable to require that company machines be used only for company purposes. However, I have my personal iPad, and it is set up to generate a hotspot. And, depending on what I want to do, I can and will use either the iPad itself or its network connection sent to my (personal) laptop to do stuff like visit el Reg. Any attempt at telling me what to do with my personal devices which are not on the company network and are running on battery, not even using company electric current, will be treated with the contempt that it deserves. Any comments about company time will be dealt with by pointing out that Federal law mandates x minutes of break for every y hours of work. I'm on break. Go away, or do you want to look at a Federal lawsuit, twit?
I have had two cell phones for quite some time. One is my personal phone, one is the company phone. For years the company phone was supplied by the company, and was a Windows phone. We used Windows phones because of certain company software, which worked only on Windows phones. And, of course, which broke when Microsoft changed OSes. The company gave up on Windows phones and would allow all personnel to use other phones after successive 'upgrades' which broke compatibility; they went to web-based apps which worked with any web browser, instead. However, ,while we could use any phone we liked so long as the web-based apps worked on it, the company would pay for them, and would set up security on them. So I have an iPhone 5s which has been thoroughly locked down and can be a pain and half (Apple appears to have a problem with connecting to Active Directory networks, and not just from iPhones, either) and has complete access to everything on the company net. I also have a iPhone 5c, which is my personal phone (replacing an Android phone which froze far too often) and which is nowhere nearly as locked down and can only get to the guest network. Secure stuff doesn't fly on the 5c.
I thought that properly securing all devices which could reach inside the real network was what reasonable companies did... Silly me. I thought that the company phone was just that, the company phone, and that it was supposed to be used for company purposes, and that anything done with it would be monitored by those in charge of IT security (my guys, mostly...) so don't stick your pr0n on it, okay? (And, yes, that includes not having Arsebook and Twatter and all other non-company-approved antisocial networks. Which is all of them, without exception.) Company phones are like company laptops, only smaller.
Where are these companies which allow access from any random device any random new hire brings in? If any of them are competitors, methinks that spending some time in their parking lot(s) with an iPad or a laptop may be useful.
I get cold calls all the time. Well, I used to. Not so much anymore, they no longer love me. Perhaps it has something to do with the way I'd answer them.
1 if i had some time to spare, I'd do my very best to keep them on the line for as long as I possibly could. Every second I spent talking to them was a second they weren't making money. I would drag the call out, and drag it out, and drag it out some more, until _they_ hung up on _me_. After a while, those twits would stop calling.
2 if I _didn't_ have time to spare, I'd use the air horn I kept near the phone. There's nothing like a nice high-decibel blast straight into the earpiece to get your point across. For some reason, those twits would stop calling after a few times, too.
A very nice young man cold-called me on Friday. Apparently I'd requested that he call when I registered at one of his company's 'affiliate websites'. By the time he finally hung up, I'd got a nice list of websites to never go near again, and his sales average for the day was shot. Poor boy. I'll bet that his supervisor isn't going to be happy with him after reviewing the recording of _that_ call. How sad. Too bad.
There was a Starship Troopers 2? Jesus Christ. And I thought that Starship Stormtroopers was bad enough, they made a _sequel_? <checks IMDB> No, they made _three_ sequels, and there's another one due this year. Bloody hell.
Feh. Neither Barbarella nor Galexina were on the 'worst' list, which shows that it couldn't possibly be a list of the real worst films ever.
think that that pic looks kind of like 'Q' from Star Trek TNG?
(Note: one of the reasons why I watched DS9 was that a certain captain was NOT Picard.)
for all the lizards and small grass snakes that evil animal tortured to death over its lifetime. I say that we vote a special award to the python, and to the gator, for riding the world of some dangerous predators. And turn 'em loose to continue the good work.
Snakes of Bristol, crawl to glory,
Victory is hov'ring o'er ye,
Bright-eyed freedom stands before ye,
Hear ye not her call?
At your sloth she seems to wonder;
Rend the sluggish bonds asunder,
Let the war-cry's deaf'ning thunder
Every cat appall.
Echoes loudly waking,
Hill and valley shaking;
'Till the sound spreads wide around,
The cat's courage breaking;
Your foes on every side assailing,
Forward press with heart unfailing,
'Till felines learn with quailing,
Reptilians ne'er can yield!
I'll get me coat, it's the Tortoiseshell one over there.
If, indeed, Microsoft has stopped retailers and PC makers from selling machines with Win 7, someone should tell Dell. http://www.dell.com/us/business/p/desktops-n-workstations?~ck=mn#!facets=80770~0~16063830&p=1. And HP. http://store.hp.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/us/en/mlp/desktops/windows-7. And Tiger Direct. http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Category/guidedSearch.asp?CatId=6&sel=Detail%3B163_1173_37563_37563&cm_re=Desktops-_-Spot%2004-_-Business. And probably others.
OK... now _enforce_ this. Especially enforce it on websites, etc., which are NOT in Canadian jurisdiction, which would be almost all of them.
The problem with this kind of legislation is that the guys who are using drive-by installs to dump malware on people's machines are _already_ criminals, and simply will not care about adding yet another charge to the sheet, given that they are very unlikely to be caught.
"She's bigger on the inside than the outside?"
Well, she _is_ a TARDIS. Or at least a Tard.
My father used to drive Fords, and nothing but Fords. Angilas, Cortinas, etc, right up until he bought an Australian Ford Falcon. That cured him.
And this abomination gives entirely new meaning to Found On Road Dead, given the way that the airbags wouldn't deploy after hitting the wrong button.
"Number of people requesting refunds = 100s
Number of people playing and, for most part, enjoying the game = 100,000+"
If those numbers are anywhere nearly correct, then WHY ON GOD'S GREEN EARTH DON'T THE DEVS REFUND THE MONEY TO THOSE WHO REQUEST IT? Seriously, if the number requesting a refund is, as implied, at the 0.1% level, then why not just hand 'em back their money and make the problem go away? It's what, 30-50 pounds each? Why not just kick back the money and restore peace to your network?
As I understand it, a lot of the screaming is due not just to there not being an offline mode, but that, apparently, it was understood by a large fraction of those who stumped up cash that there would be an offline mode. And there isn't. And the devs aren't giving back the cash. I could be wrong, but it appears to this disinterested bystander that if the devs had simply made it clear from the beginning, or at least from early on, that there wasn't going to be an offline mode, or if they would refund the cash, the problem would evaporate. If the devs had said that it's unlikely that there would be an offline mode, and people stumped up anyway, then the punters couldn't complain if there wasn't an offline mode. (Well, they could complain, but I'd not pay any attention.) If, however, the punters got the impression that there would be an offline mode, and if some of them kicked in cash precisely because they had that impression, then they really should get a refund now that there isn't and never will be an offline mode. And single player mode does not appear to be offline. YMMV
As for the apparent fact that the basic ship isn't good enough to play a meaningful online game... perhaps the devs should crank up the minimums for the basic ship so that it _is_ good enough. Hmm. I further understand that in-app purchases are required to improve a basic ship. Hmm. (If I'm incorrect about this, please correct me.)
No, I've never played the game. And, given the way that the devs have treated some of their supporters, I doubt that I ever will. Well-reasoned replies as to why I should change my mind are invited. Flames and downvotes will be ignored.
"There are things still made in France?"
So.... are you gay, did you have a small accident, or are you simply not a guy?
Not _all_ local bus services. I can think of one local bus system which was most emphatically NOT subsidised: the bus 'service' in Kingston, St. Andrew, and St. Catherine, Jamaica between about 1987 and 2001. Until the early 1980s it was a nice, normal, subsidised, bus system, the Jamaica Omnibus Service, JOS, a.k.a. Jolly Joseph. Jolly Joseph was executed by (socialist!) politicians so that the, ahem, 'small man' could make a cut out of the 'vast profits' of the bus business (and so that the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation, the KSAC, could stop losing money at a truly remarkable rate). The 'small man' was invited to purchase a franchise and run their own buses on the routes; low passenger-level routes such as the 67 (Cross Roads to Hope Gardens) didn't have anyone applying for the route, and so had no buses anymore. (Jolly Joseph went everywhere, even if at times there were one or two passengers on a bus designed for 70+; that was one reason why it lost money.) The 75 route (Papine to Duhaney Park), now that had _lots_ of franchises. Every one of them with two to six buses which were designed to hold 30-40 passengers. The 'small man' (not very small if he could afford a half dozen Isuzu buses, called 'Quarter Millions' because they cost Ja$250,000 at the time, before the Jamaican dollar crashed to its current level) quickly discovered that the only way he was going to make money was to pack 'em in as much as possible, which meant 60-70 passengers. (Yes. 70 passengers in a space meant for 30. Tokyo at rush hour ain't got nothin' on Kingston... How'd they fit? They didn't. Passengers would be hanging out of the windows and doors...) The local newspapers ran articles showing how there was actually more space on slave ships in the Middle Passage than on a Number 75 on Hope Road, and that the passengers were expected to pay for the privilege. (A quick trip to the Jamaica Gleaner's or the Jamaica Observer's sites should be quite revealing. Search for 'bus' and 'middle passage'. Be prepared to see a _lot_ of articles, somewhat fewer at the Observer 'cause the Observer didn't exist until around 1994 while the Gleaner goes back to 1838.) Because schoolchildren paid a special, reduced, fare, the bus crews tried their best to not carry any schoolchildren. This policy resulted in a lot of screaming and shouting, and policemen deployed to major bus routes to ensure that the 'schoolers' got packed in with the adults. (I'm serious. The only way to get the children on the bus was to arrest a few of the bus crews.) Jolly Joseph had a schedule, and usually kept fairly close to it. The franchises didn't move until the bus was full, and by full I mean until there were 60-70 fare-payers aboard. Plus a crew of three or four (a driver, a conductor, and one or two packers).
A look here http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20081123/ent/ent10.html might be revealing. And also http://www.onlyinnajamaica.com/video/2010/03/16/two-white-girls-pon-a-minibus/ which shows a packer in action, packing the bus ('Two White Girls' is hilarious... unless you actually had to ride the damn buses. Then it's not so funny.)
The franchise system has since been abolished and Jolly resurrected, complete with subsidy. http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20000917/cleisure/cleisure1.html
There were lots of spies. And a lot of Spanish 'volunteers' went to the Eastern Front (and to such vacation spots as Leningrad) as the Blue Division; once it became clear to Franco that the Axis couldn't possibly win (late 1943, showing that he was a lot brighter than the Germans) he ordered 'em back, repeating the order in March 1944 for the hard of hearing. Some wouldn't leave, and became the Blue Legion; a few of them were incorporated into SS Divisions Nordland and Wallonien, and fought alongside the French SS volunteers ('Charlemagne') in Berlin in late April and early May 1945. Nordland and Charlemagne held the area around the Reich chancellory on 1 and 2 May, 1945, and fought hard for the express purpose of denying the Soviets a propaganda victory when the Soviets tried to take the position in time for May Day. (1 May, for the non-bolshie among you. those who don't know the significance of the day are invited to look it up.)
"There was this little incident where the Germans practiced bombing a small Basque town named Guernica? Maybe you've heard of it?"
Yep. I also heard that that particular incident occurred during the Spanish Civil War, which ended 1 April 1939, or roughly five months before WWII began (1 Sept 1939 according to most histories; perhaps yours is different.). The bombing of Guernica itself took place 26 April 1937, or better than two years prior to the beginning of the Second World War.
it is true that there was considerable fighting in China starting in about 1937 and which continued to 1945. It is also true that the Italians went into Ethiopia in 1935. Those incidents, and the Spanish Civil War, and assorted other actions, (Red vs White in Russia, 1918-192whatever, Soviet vs Finland, assorted internal actions in Italy, Germany, Russia/Soviet Union, France, Britain, the US...) are not considered to be part of the Second World War, though they may have led to it or merged with it. (Hint: there's a _reason_ why Dug-Out Doug McArthur was sitting in the Philippines feeling sorry for himself in December 1941. And why the only VC every won by a member of the King's African Rifles was won in Ethiopia. And why the Italians in Ethiopia kept fighting until _after_ the rest of Italy gave up, including being the _only_ Italian force in the entire war to actually take and hold allied territory without Germans to hold their hands. See further 'KAR solider wins VC', above.)
Now, if you can produce a good reason for saying that the Second World War in Europe started prior to 26 April 1937 I'm willing to listen. But it's gonna have to be _damn_ good.
So far as can be determined, no actual fighting related to the general conflict in Europe/North Africa/the Med/the near east took place in Spain 1 Sept 1939 to 8 May 1945. Or even to 15 Aug 1945. Again, if you have something which would dispute or at least clarify this, by all means trot it out.
'The old folk asking questions are not necessarily the ones to be wary of. It's the new accountant at work who asks things like, "You know how to use Excel. How do I add up a column of figures easily? Is there a formula you can show me?"'
That one's easily solved. Tell them that it's a two-step operation:
1 select the column in question
2 press the 'DEL' for 'DELIBERATE' key. Excel will then deliberate a while and give you the answer. You may have to wait up to a half hour.
You then walk away, whistling "The Guns of Brixton".
He's having 'Dr Dobbs' withdrawal pains.