406 posts • joined Thursday 10th November 2011 22:51 GMT
YouTube down too
youtube is down as well. Did Al Gore forget to keep up the payments on his invention?
Fitting the bell curve
The Human Remains staff who thought the stack ranking system was a brilliant idea are some of the most stupid people around. The bell curve is a *result* of looking at a large population, it it not something you work to. They are doing it the wrong way round and it doesn't work for small teams. The bell curve will be a result of looking at the whole company, not teams.
This thought process that experimenting with animals leads to kids becoming psychopaths is based on the research that many psychopaths progressed from torturing animals to torturing humans. But many kids torture animals, especially bugs, at a young age, if allowed to play in the great outdoors. But it doesn't mean that they all become psychopaths. In fact very few do.
Thinking that because of something that a few people do means that it all people should be stopped from doing it is what those of limited intelligence profess as normal. When in reality the extreme and unconventional is that of the progressives who ban everything on the slightest whim.
Re: Yup. That's me.
I'm multitasking. I'm waiting for a test to finish and reading about stuff in the IT world and keeping abreast of it. I've put down reading El Reg in my training folder as proof.
Helium is a finite resource
No its not. Helium is created as a product of radiation from Uranium deep in the earth. It's common to find it in natural gas because it collects the same way gas collectes.
It's nice to know that our money that is being flung at India by DfID is being put to good use.
Digital is dead, long live digital
So FM is killed off by the stillborn DAB. But will digital still win out? I think it will with more and more listening to radio via the smartphones. So digital will still win out in the end, just not the way government planned. But then when has government planning ever worked?
Global warming - another cause
OMG! Think of all that extra carbon landing in Earth's atmosphere when it passes through the remains of the tail. The world will heat up to temperatures of 1000°C. /sarc
Re: Forget global warming
Yep, they need to move from the fossil fuel coal to the fossil fuel gas.
This is why we in the UK don't need to do anything to counter global warming. China produces a quarter of the world's CO2, we in the UK create 1%. Even if we shut down the whole country today the world's temperature wouldn't change.
So lots of touching actions but nothing using the power of the wrist itself? I'm sure certain wrist actions could be made to do something useful.
Greenpeace doom mongering
I'm just waiting for when Greenpeace claim that human activity will cause the Earth's atmosphere to dissipate. Tbey seem to blame everything on us pesky humans and would probably like humans to go extinct.
And it's a problem why?
If you don't like the DM's you can still block the person sending them.
Re: Credibility: Zero
And it shows that you haven't read the article on PRISM beyond the headline or understood the point.
Re: The modern day Clearance
Scotland should celebrate the clearances. It allowed all those people to go off and do wonderful things such as build America. If it wasn't for the clearances Scots would still be living by subsistence farming and looking for more handouts from the EU because they had not got off their arses.
Re: News from the trenches
It's still the right question to ask. Why should the whole country sub your lifestyle choices. If you want to live out in the sticks and want to work in IT then you have to make a choice, move or pay more for your broadband. If that means your local community pays more for it's broadband because its out in the sticks, then so be it. If a company thinks its worthwhile to put in the infrastructure and thinks it can recover its costs over the long term, then let it - don't get the tax payer to subsidize such risky investments.
Re: meanwhile back in the real world...
Well rant off to the writer of the article. He thinks he has a disability. He's even gone and got government help for it and that must mean its a proper disability.
Re: meanwhile back in the real world...
As someone who used it to describe himself in a sarcastic tone I don't give two hoots about upsetting you. If you want to go around being offended at everything that's your problem.
Re: meanwhile back in the real world...
You don't force the world to change to you in the first place.
The best managers are those who know their staff's strengths and weaknesses and work with that. The worst ones are those that try and squeeze every member of their staff through the same square hole even though some are round. If the manager can't cope with you, it's not your fault - its theirs. If it doesn't work for you, move to a job where it does work. You aren't entitled to the perfect job, you have to look for it and work for it.
As someone who has certain Aspergers syndromes in my personality so could be classified as mentally disabled as I appear somewhere along the spectrum of the disorder I find the whole article puerile.
So what if someone has Aspergers. Other people have a squint. Yet others might have a problematic home life. Others might have a physical disability. Some people look and act totally normal but are psychopaths. Everyone is different. Work with that fact and work with that the person's abilities. So some people need close supervision, others can be told to get on with it. Some might need detailed lists, others can work with vague concepts and are in tune with their manager's thoughts. Everyone is different.
As for getting government help. No No No No No No No No and NO!
It's not a disease. It's who you are. You don't need to adjust, others do.
Will the manual be read by competitors? Lawyers will say no.
I don't think it will it. I'm sure that engineers will be told to stay well clear of it. Companies do not want any hint, even the slightest, that they used a competitors information as it would provide ammunition in court cases. They will reverse engineer stuff that the public can get hold of, but they can't short cut the design by using the manual - the lawyers will be saying no.
Re: Hydrogen Cycle
Why not? Because you don't want lots of H2 stored around your house. You think a gas leak is dangerous. What's a H2 leak going to be like. Kabooooom! big style. H&S would not allow it.
Re: Run As Administrator
Have you tried running Win8 as a normal user. Not nice. You need to be admin level (or at least be able to access the admin account) to do anything other than just browse the web or write documents/spreadsheets/adjust photos.
Still got mine
Mine's buried away in the loft but I do remember it working till the last drops of power in its PP3 battery died. Should try and dig it out. Probably worth, ooh, 99p now?
Good that it was privatised.
And if the the prisoner transfer hadn't been privatised and this practise was found to be going on what is the most likely thing to have happened? Nothing. At least with a privatised system you can kick some arses. With the civil service you can't sack anyone.
That the system encouraged people to overstate the KPIs is not a fault of the privatisation per se, it's a fault of the MoJ to not oversee the activities of its outsourced contract.
100m electric cars by 2035
The claim was 100m electric cars by 2035. Now it's self driving cars. Then it'll be flying cars. Can we just accept that its just pie in the sky numbers with no basis on fact.
Another crap decision by the ASA based on a single person who doesn't understand how adverts work.
Well jokes only work when a human laughs. So they should feed all these computer generated jokes to lots of humans (crowd sourcing) and people should indicate if they laughed. Those that got lots of laughs should be feed back into the system to train it to produce better ones. It won't take many iterations before it's beating (insert your opinion of the crappiest comedian here).
How many times does this kind of thing have to happen before people realise that once something is on the internet they have no control what happens to it. The whole world gets to see your words or photos or video and that means you get the whole world's varying viewpoints. You think you're talking to a select group like in a pub but you're not. You're shouting out your message in a huge stadium. Most of the time no one is listening, but if someone does catch it, it could go round the whole stadium/world.
And this shows why regulation and nannying control by the state doesn't work. Every time technology or society changes it has to come out with a new rule. And until then the dim witted people who have been brought up to only trust the state are at risk of causing themselves some serious harm.
It's like raising a child. The nannying state is like a parent that hovers over their kids checking everything and making sure they are bubble wrapped at all times. This is hard work for a parent, but for the state which lives and breathes on the taxes taken from its citizens it just makes its existence more meaningful and it grows.
A more responsible parent would teach their kid about the dangers in the real world and then let them learn about it from their mistakes. All the parent would do is teach them the really important stuff. This only needs to be done once and not require the parent to hover over their kid 24/7.
You get a down vote for "and thereby making the UK taxpayer pay for the shipping anyway, albeit indirectly."
The tax payer doesn't pay for shipping indirectly or even going all round the galaxy. If the company avoids tax, then it means you pay less for the product and it's P&P and you can then spend the money you didn't pay in tax on something else, maybe an even bigger LED matrix. But that was your choice. If the really big company paid loads of tax then you don't get a choice, the state would spend it on welfare and many other useless projects such as HS2.
And the really big company is following all the legal rules and regulations. Blame the politicians for setting up the complex tax laws, not the companies for following them to the letter.
Re: Japan? @Matt21
This is the commission organising this research. The commission is not overseen by MEPs.
Re: Search as primary means of navigation?
It's about the only thing I like in Win8, being able to type the start of a program's name and to go straight to it. A lot quicker typing a few characters than clicking, moving mouse, clicking, moving mouse, clicking, moving mouse.
ASA should be scrapped
So the ASA (who only get involved as far as I know after complaints, how many this time?) say that because only a few phones were in the special offer that meant that many people would be disappointed when their phone didn't qualify. What are the ASA doing? Trying to say that Samsung should have applied the offer to all smart phones so that everyone is equal in some kind of lefty paradise? It doesn't matter if it's only three phones or a dozen, there will always be people who don't qualify. Life's unfair and its a bitch, but you don't need the ASA to tell you that. More and more the ASA is bringing up reasons for it's scrapping.
Re: Advert Speak and meanings
You've just given away all the reasons for the ASA's existence. You should be banned and not allowed to post ever again on this forum.
Re: One important point + a few more
"When looking at *why* it's so expensive to move house (either rented or owned), it's pretty clear that there just aren't enough houses, full stop."
Not enough houses in the right area. Some areas have a lot of empty properties, some areas have none.
"We don't build council houses any more because that's not politically fashionable, we can't build on green belt land, banks don't want to lend money to either developers or buyers"
We do build council houses, they're called housing associations now. Green belt doesn't literally mean green, it could already have houses on it but planning won't allow new builds. Banks don't lend because that damned meddling government tells the banks that they have to save up for the fund that pays out for when they next go bust.
Re: The only catch is...
The catch with owning a property is that the prices can go down as well as up. Willing to take the risk? Negative equity ring a bell?
With rental there are few catches. Got a leak, ring the landlord. Boiler doesn't work, ring the landlord. You just have the same outgoing every month, no nasty surprises when the power shower breaks.
Why this obsession with owning by politicians started by Maggie Thatcher in a blatant attempt at gerrymandering? In a normal market unfettered by the meddling of politicians renting would mean paying less than a mortgage and you can save up for your retirement (retirement which normally would mean covering the living costs for a few years of the few who lived a little bit longer than the average, not 30 odd years).
I don't know where you live or your personal circumstances, but your story is all tosh to me.
I've bought and sold many properties and rented as a tenant a number and also rented out some of my properties. In all cases the renting was quick the buy/selling took an age. Took me 5 months to rent out my first property, my current property has had 3 voids all of just a couple of weeks each time. When I rented it took me a couple of weeks to find a good property and I moved in within a week. Buying a house took 3 months minimum after the 6 months looking for one. Selling took a 3 months for one and a year for another.
AST does mean that as a tenant you are stuck for 6 months, but it is legal to rent for shorter but at a higher rent to compensate the landlord for the increased hassle. After the 6 months most contracts are rolling monthly. In my case my tenants give 1 month notice, I have to give 2.
And house prices are not pushed up by BtL landlords. If they were then they are pricing themselves out of the market as there is only so much you can raise rents and the location defines that. House prices are pushed up by the banks that allow many multiples of salary to be used rather than the old double. Allowing people to spend more will naturally mean that they will use up that allowance.
And no way should the government get involved in arranging the place where and I how I live. The government can't usually organise itself out of a paper bag and you want it to organise what is a free market in renting? I've got a bridge you might want to buy.
I meant AST not ASL and raise rent not raised rents. The problems of commentings quickly on El Reg when you have the MD bearing down on you.
1st contract was 100 mile daily commute by car. 2nd was 230 mile commute by train, 3rd was 310 mile by plane.
So us earthlings are taking a selfie then?
It's not clearing up the shark pool of estates agencies, it's removing the meddling of the politicians in the free market of renting. For instance, ASL sides with the tenant so that landlord has to compensate with raised rents. Remove the expense of owning a rented property and the prices will come down.
Re: What utter rubbish
Just shows why you should never have politicians in charge or anything. They have no long term plan other than getting re-elected. They have no interest in the people except to use them for votes. They have no pride in their country except to make their own egos bigger. Scrap all politicians, they are just a waste of space. They should be on the B-Ark.
Law is never moral
The law is never moral. It wasn't long ago that it was illegal to be homosexual. Was the law moral then? No, so why can it be moral now? Taxation is just law, and so it can never be moral either. Why is it a moral duty to pay as much tax as possible knowing that it is going to be wasted. It is your duty to pay the minimum tax to force the government to be efficient with what it does get.
Stemcor aren't doing anything wrong. Nor are Google. But Hodge the Dodge is doing something wrong by attacking a company carrying out a legal activity whilst she herself does the same legal activity. It's called hypocrisy. Hodge is using a trust to avoid her children having to pay inheritance tax. A trust set up by her father specifically to avoid tax. It is true that currently no inheritance tax is due for unlisted family run companies like Stemcor, but it was not true when the trust was set up. Hodge is just grandstanding as chair of the PAC, lots of shouting but no action because no action is possible as everything is legal. She shouts a lot because she is a champagne socialist who just doesn't like it that everyone else is being taxed to the hilt to pay for all the voters that she would like to bribe with benefits.
@A J Stiles
Squatters are not homeless people. They are people who don't want to pay for their accommodation. Most squatters are working or entitled to housing benefit. They squat by choice.
Re: Déjà vu
Sounds like you are on the drugs. Seriously, you think that a very small number of infections by a dangerous trojan and a few other virus is the same as Win98's thousands upon thousands of infections. And Android at least has some notifications of what applications will do, Win98 had nothing. Android is not even beginning to look the same as Win98.
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