Feeds

* Posts by Tapeador

316 posts • joined 24 Dec 2011

Page:

Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...

Tapeador
Mushroom

animated gif at side of screen

NO to the dancing Jesus animated gif!! Seriously harshing my mellow/diminishing my utility!

14
0

'Dancing Jesus' file-sharer found guilty

Tapeador

Re: Homeland security

I completely agree. No other crime should be investigated or punished until all terrorists everywhere are convicted.

2
4

Vanmoof Electrified Bike: Crouching cyclist, hidden power

Tapeador

Re: 250 watts?

Haha well maybe now you've got Obamacare they might revise some of the libertarian regulations to cut the public cost of mishaps!

0
0
Tapeador

Re: I'm a veteran of leccy bikes

Yes you're right it is an issue if you're heavier, but the BBS01 crank drive bikes (and kits) on sale at Woosh, (kits also at Eclipse, and Custom-Ebikes) will pull heavy people up hills without a fuss.

0
0
Tapeador

Re: heart rate?

As well as being part of a plot by nanny-state totalitarian communists to destroy freedom, as Alan said above, it's probably part of the Bilderberger conspiracy to keep us all in motorcars, thus propping up the oil businesses, as part of Xenu's efforts to forestall the Rapture.

3
0
Tapeador

Re: Removable battery?

Very true, you need to keep a battery like that indoors during the winter as the cold weather will damage it I think.

2
0
Tapeador

Re: Good news

I think the lack of good judgement, and the harshness in your post, tells me something about how well you're likely to be tolerated in your workplace, if you have one. Speaking as one naturally prickly person to another.

7
0
Tapeador

Re: Err....a fly in the lycra?

Well done for knowing the nominal rules! Un point.

However. There are about three doctrines of EU law which fundamentally prohibit the enforcement of the 200w limit (as distinct from the 250w limit on the mainland).

1) The UK is bound to implement the directive which features the 250w limit (due for completion in 2015 I believe). During this implementation period, it is strictly prohibited from acting contrary to the objects of the directive, i.e. it may not enforce the 200w limit.

2) The Cassis de Dijon, or mutual recognition rule: EU member states must accept goods on sale in other member states, unless there is a compelling and permitted reason not to (and subject to proportionality rules). Given people can ride faster than 15mph on ordinary bikes without wearing a helmet, it seems insupportible to force them to ride under it with one, on a mere 250w bike, which the 200w rule classifies as a motorbike.

3) Any national rule capable of preventing intra-EU trade is a prima facie breach of the treaty Article on free movement of goods, and must be subject to the proportionality test, above.

4
0

Watersports-friendly e-reader: Kobo's Aura H2O is literary when wet

Tapeador

There are a few here

http://www.the-ebook-reader.com/large-ebook-readers.html

Some available in EU (altho Amazon US seem to have no problem sending stuff to me in the UK). Note that buying via mail with a UK credit card does give you UK Sale Of Goods Act protection via your credit card provider.

1
0

To Russia With Love: Snowden's pole-dancer girlfriend is living with him in Moscow

Tapeador
FAIL

"subvert foreign companies"

The article doesn't say that. It says "uses physical subversion to infiltrate and compromise networks and devices". It doesn't even single out companies.

That's a very different activity to the one your article described, it essentially means intercept information for public ends, whereas "subvert foreign companies" primarily implies industrial sabotage for mercantile ends.

If the NSA were a private entity it would succeed in a libel claim.

0
0

Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro Ultrabook flexes new 'Watchband' BENDO hinges

Tapeador
FAIL

Re: The problem is...

1) It also runs an interface virtually identical to Windows 7 (with some actual improvements as it happens) - as do all Windows 8 computers: it's a feature built in, which can be augmented by various free and paid-for pieces of third-party software.

2) It's not primarily a media consumption device, although those features are clearly impressive. It's a 4mb cache, 2.6ghz-at-boost, red-blooded, 8gb RAM touchscreen work machine with media consumption capabilities.

3) I have a Yoga 2 i7 and there is no bloatware. There might have been McAfee trial to begin with but I uninstalled it.

4) See 1)

5) A Macbook Air is not a touchscreen and has a puny resolution. The non-'pro' versions of the Lenovo retail from £600.

6) See 4). And if you need most enterprise or adaptive software then Windows is exactly what you require.

I don't get this being obsessively rude and condescending about others' OSs.

0
0
Tapeador

Re: Clearly a droolworthy piece of kit.

Good point, note though that Lenovo have realeased very similar non-'Pro' versions of the 13 inch model, featuring 1080p screens, and i3-i7 processors, for £600 upwards. Most of the goodness of the Pro model without the price tag.

I've got one - it's amazing for reading PDFs which you can resize, reposition, and highlight with your fingertip(s), and insert a note and type the content with a keyboard. Very speedy reading. Much nicer than having to do it all via the mouse or keyboard. Its basic benefit is having a third input/control method on top of the keyboard/mouse, and also for the ergonomic freedom to bend it around to whatever's most comfy. Just don't try using it one-handed on the Underground as a tablet.... your arm will ache vv much...

2
1

Economics prof denies digital pirates plundered €20bn from EU coffers

Tapeador

Re: Even their marketing shit is dumb

Sorry, how have you decided that an IP-dependent sector, recorded music sales, was somehow in decline without the influence of online digital piracy? What's your methodology exactly? Is it all down to the Smiths splitting up rather than IP theft? Downhill after "The Queen Is Dead"??

1
5
Tapeador

Re: Freetardonomics

"they're probably loosing more to the MPIAA/RIAA/(whichever organization collects the revenue/sets the rates) than they really are loosing to piracy."

Spotify (which only exists because the alternative is zero revenue amid piracy) pays 0.007 USD per stream. So if you had a million plays that'd be 70 USD. You would get paid more working at the checkouts in Tesco.

The MPIAA/RIAA are unions/associations, which represent members (usuall record companies I gather), and membership is not mandatory. I think the real choice is between making record sales through record companies, and not making those sales. For you to argue that piracy does not impact artist income, you'd have to argue that artists under a pre-piracy regime got less on the market (including record co fees) than they do now under a piracy regime, typically with no (or far fewer) record company(s) with the funds to invest in the artists.

That's absurd.

0
11

Our Vultures peck at new Doctor Who: Exterminate or, er ... carrion?

Tapeador

John Simm

Nooo!

Derek Jacobi! Now there was a really sinister Master.

3
0

Putin tells Google, Twitter, Facebook: Have a vodka and censorship on the rocks

Tapeador

Re: Store all Russian Data on Russian Soil?

"He wants to censor Google, but above all I guess he wants to be able to eavesdrop on people's google searches & gmail."

He might want to do that, but the measure seems to be primarily one of economic protectionism: site the workers and the technology in Russia, or be excluded (opening up the market for Russian competitors).

0
0

Emma Watson urges UN to back feminism – trolls threaten to leak her 'nude selfies'

Tapeador

Re: The trolls' actions merely prove Watson's point.

That depends on how you think moral revolutions happen: whether via the propagation of norms, or what. I think the people of whom you speak imagine that what they do is morally acceptable - and that others think so too. If they believe others do not think it acceptable, then it seems to me less likely such activity can thrive.

8
0

Man buys iPHONE 6 and DROPS IT to SMASH on PURPOSE

Tapeador

Re: All about build quality

My 8-year-old Nokia 61 has been dropped on concrete so many times, that there are more chipped/scratched bits on the metal casing, than smooth bits, and each time it just bounces. A year ago there developed a small scratch on the screen.

It even survived being under several inches of water and the screen visibly filling up before powering itself off... two weeks in the airing cupboard with some silica gel and it's still fine.

0
0

Copyright thieves' cyberlockers slurp MILLIONS from honest creators, study finds

Tapeador
FAIL

"In fact studies have shown that free copying makes near zero impact on DRM infected purchases."

First of all DRMed purchases are only a subset of paid-for or what would have been paid-for creative output.

Secondly, "studies have shown" means a study has argued. I don't agree with every argument I hear. Do you? Perhaps you'd give a citation and tell us which bit you support. Because it seems to me trite economics, virtually beneath saying, that providing something for free destroys the market for it.

You also say there is "zero evidence that [advertising] is at the expense of purchases via the copyright cartels" - which seems to me incorrect, utterly, because the advertising money helps fund and incentivise the locker which destroys the market for goods. And in any case it's a form of profiting from theft.

Finally, you write that there is "zero evidence"; yet as I say, not only is it trite economics, as I mentioned above, but also in part counterfactual, owing not least to the incommensurability of today's market with one un-wrecked by digital copyright theft of 18 years ago - but counterfactual or not we can still make arguments and dismiss others. Methodologically, "zero evidence" claims seem to me deeply iffy in this case - you just mean you don't have any, which given how little you've thought about in a rounded way seems unsurprising.

2
4

Huawei: There'll be BLOOD spilled in the smartphone sector soon

Tapeador

Re: Would Huawei exist without being propped up by the Chinese government?

So true, but then it's all a question of degree: we subsidise credit and throughput in our economies in the West through insuring banks, and through a wide variety of mechanisms, e.g. redistribution, automatic stabilisers, infrastructure builds, socialisation of healthcare to keep costs down, etc etc.

Granted, China take it to an astonishing degree.

3
0
Tapeador

Re: "luxury"

You had string? You were LUCKY. When I were a lad, we had to bang pan on the coal stove in morse code if we wanted to communicate owt.

5
0
Tapeador

Re: If Huawei are the future....

I've had to revive my Huawei G300 Ascend, for complicated financial reasons. Nobody can understand a word I say on it, at all, the voice quality is that bad. Put the SIM in a 13 year old Nokia, no problem. 512mb RAM also rules out a whooole lot of software, even the latest Gmail update. It's pretty painful to use.

1
0

Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water

Tapeador

Re: Seems clear to me

The question isn't the revenue, the question is what portion of the revenue they were willing or even able to give to EE, given P4U's very large liabilities it had to service..

1
0
Tapeador

Re: "offered repeated opportunities to propose competitive ... terms"

Until you see the figures you don't know what it translates as. It could mean just what it says.

1
0
Tapeador

Re: The key point

I don't think it's got any assets, just liabilities. Its premises seem to have all been sold to a third party on leaseback arrangements in order to create a windfall for BC Partners.

0
0

Get your Indian Landfill Android One handsets - they're only SIXTY QUID

Tapeador

Re: MOST IMPORTANT!!!!!!!

Right, because people in India like to lick and eat their phones.

:-/

3
0
Tapeador

Re: Stating the ovbvious - Rip Off Britain and West

No I think the equivalent phone in the UK is about £80 or at most £130 (Motorola Moto G). The higher end phones you're talking about have 2gb ram, 2.3ghz quadcore processors, 8mp-20mp cameras, and other snazzy bits.

0
0

James Bond's metal-toothed nemesis Richard Kiel dies at 74

Tapeador

Re: Downvotes on an Obituary?

I don't know, nor do I know why you got three downvotes in response to that question, as opposed to an actual comment which surely wouldn't have been much more difficult.

The downvoting reminds me of what Peter Dinklage's character describes in GoT, of a third party offscreen who would take pleasure in nothing except bashing beetles with a rock and going "ugh, ugh, ugh", merely because he could.

0
0

Uber, Lyft and cutting corners: The true face of the Sharing Economy

Tapeador

Re: That was a good article @Sandtitz

Hi Sandtitz, no it's not completely legal; where the parties are not equally sophisticated, then any onerous or unusual terms cannot be incorporated unless they are appropriately brought to the attention of the customer - both under the Spurling v Bradshaw red hand rule (an onerous and unusual term must be brought to the attention of the offeree to be incorporated as a term); and under the snapping up rule, that where someone has not understood the price, and the price is dramatically at variance with what is normal, then the requisite intention to create legal relations does not exist - Hartog v Colin Shields.

These are common law rules but I have no doubt whatever they are norms of contract law replicated in civil jurisdictions. Europe has been looking after consumers since the days of Rome when dodgy charioteers would have tried it on and I have no doubt that a contract would not subsist in these situations. If a person chooses to pay that is another matter.

0
0

iPhone 6: Advanced features? Pah! Nexus 4 had most of them in 2012

Tapeador
FAIL

Re: NFC woes to come

"I can see the banks jumping onto Apple Pay, and leaving Android handsets with NFC by the wayside as they have been doing since 2010."

Does not being able to pay by NFC really leave a handset "by the wayside"? My Moto G at least does swipey-text, has easy file transfer, and is actually affordable - these are much more valuable to me than being able to pay by NFC, a benefit by the way which seems to me is solely for retailers who can save five seconds per purchase (big deal...) rather than consumers who will likely be paying much more for the privilege, when all costs are apportioned.

4
0

Uber alles-holes, claims lawsuit: Taxi biz sued by blind passengers

Tapeador
FAIL

Re: I'm going to catch hell for this...

"Or , if allergic to dogs, don't work in a job that has a legal requirement to carry assistance dogs."

Let me get right what you've just said: "if you're disabled, don't work in a job which as a legal requirement to do things which your disability prevents you from performing".

I think you're misunderstanding the nature of the "legal requirement". It's not absolute. It just typically requires that you make reasonable adjustments.

1
1
Tapeador

Re: Ought to be so easy...

"a lot of rotten/uncivil/evil behavior seems to be excused under "cultural values" and "ethnicity" in Europe and America these days. "

Fuck off back to the Daily Mail and Telegraph.

1
7

Qualcomm pumps LTE into quad-core CPU for sub-$100 mobes

Tapeador

Re: Step in the right direction - BUT

The Redmi 1S looks great but no 4G :-(

0
0

Lenovorola TRIPLE-ola: New Moto G, Moto X and 360 wristputer UNZIPPED

Tapeador

Re: Moto X Expensive!

Yeah I think he's mixing up the G and the X - having "memory issues" with 2 gigs of RAM in the X is a bit unlikely unless he's managed to port a Windows or OSX virtual machine onto it or something...

0
0

Uber alles... nein! Deutschland imposes NATIONWIDE BAN on taxi app

Tapeador

Re: EU law proportionality test

"Sorry, but no.

The law is there to protect the consumer and the driver. "

Well, no, the protection of producers' positions is not the objective of EU law. It is the creation of an efficient market which protects consumers, and through efficiency allocates resources best (thus increasing prosperity and raising the living standards of workers, supposedly). It tends to look down on producer-welfarism.

The minimum wage issue you mention is quite interesting in EU law terms - whether local sectoral minimum wage requirements (including a sectoral or guild-based requirement to pay for health insurance) trump freedom to provide services. Seems to me a question of fact as to the Luxembourg position. I instinctively think customer benefit should trump protectionism here - but my rationale is weak, because on the other hand you have fixed-price guilds for German legal work, and that system works very well indeed.

Whether an outright ban of Uber is the least restrictive option in fulfilling those of the objectives you mention which are legitimate under the Treaties, I very much doubt. I don't see why Uber can't increase its driver checks and require health checks.

As for liability insurance, that issue arises solely from the possibly illegitimate ban by the regional court just now - obviously Uber drivers wouldn't be permitted by Uber to drive without being fully insured.

0
3
Tapeador

Re: EU law proportionality test @ Ledswinger

This isn't a political question, it's a legal question solely concerning economic rights - no fundamental rights, no human rights, no free association or speech, no protection of consumers, no special strategic rationale for resource security, no special cultural protection rationales, no public health, nothing like that.

It's just old economy vs new economy. And the entire history of the caselaw affirms that where only economic rights are concerned then the Treaties apply.

Germany knows the jurisprudence on free movement of services, this is pretty standard stuff. They banned Cassis de Dijon liquer in 61 I think because "it wasn't strong enough for the German drinker..." And that was overturned in a trice by the CJEU, it's par for the course.

Truly, any EU lawyer is very familiar with the silly justifications for local protectionism which member states put forward on political grounds.

0
6
Tapeador
FAIL

EU law proportionality test

Free movement of services TFEU Article 56 http://euwiki.org/TFEU#Article_56 (Uber is based in NL), this is a classic case where the restriction on trade has no legitimate object permitted by the treaties (or by the Luxembourg court's jurisprudence). It claims to be for the defence of the consumer (which is a permitted object), however, we know that these restrictions on Uber are for the defence of the provider, i.e. existing taxi drivers!

Nor is it a proportionate measure rationally connected with any such acceptable object, nor is it the least restrictive option in obtaining such an object.

So expect the CJEU to urinate noisily all over the German law in question.

2
18

Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery

Tapeador

@ Mike Bell "A unit that is warranted in its entirety"

Actually all consumer purchases are "warranted" in the UK for up to six years under the Sale of Goods Act 1979, depending on how much you paid for it and thus what would in theory be just for a small claims judge to hold "reasonable durability" requires. Apple's gratuitous warranty and ridiculous Applecare is on top of that much more weighty obligation which you've already paid for, and it replicates it and (in the case of Applecare) charges you twice for it.

A term purporting to exclude batteries from the warranty only applies to the gratuitous "warranty" which the firm applies on top of your statutory rights. Even if it claims to exclude statutory liability, explicitly, such a clause will tend to be void under the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1999, depending on what seems just in a given case (the test for an unfair term is "creates an imbalance in the rights and obligations of the parties, to the detriment of the consumer, and contrary to the requirements of good faith.") So the more you pay for the phone, the more likely it is your battery ought to last a veery long time.

0
0

iPhone owners EARN MORE THAN YOU, says mobile report

Tapeador

I saw someone

Using a Vertu phone the other day. A leather-coated Nokia s40 machine. Similar waste of money on a phone with lesser functionality than what's cheaper.

1
0

Best shot: Coffee - how do you brew?

Tapeador

Re: Acidity ...

Which cheap ones would you say were least acid? Sadly I have chronic gastritis so can tolerate literally about two coffees a year, would like to be able to have more as it can really help awakeness etc.

0
0

True fact: 1 in 4 Brits are now TERRORISTS

Tapeador

Re: @ceayers

Oh he's got an ethic alright, it's called egotism. It runs something like this. "Actions which please me are morally more preferable than those which do not".

It's pretty medieval. It's also false.

2
0

Russian PM's Twitter hacked to slap down Putin, post fake resignation

Tapeador
FAIL

Re: True, but...

"The UK's not exactly a shining example of an empowered populace, either. Easily distracted by 'Bread & Circuses'..."

I think you're mistakenly confusing the presence of slobs within a populace, with the absence of a rich set of political liberties.

5
0

Home-grown Xiaomi crushes Samsung in world's biggest market

Tapeador
Pint

Dead Steve Jobs

You've just given me the perfect idea for a Halloween costume...

Is that going to lose me friends? (assuming I have any..)

0
0

Elite Systems promises to order ZX Spectrum revival in two weeks

Tapeador

Re: Can't beat the original

I can still remember the sound of the things loading.

(high pitched hum followed by quick chirp several tones higher)

(same high pitched hum followed by succession of high-pitched chirps like crashing waves of sound, continuing till almost loaded)

Several minutes later - crashes at end of recording.

Repeat for several hours until bootleg game loaded.

0
0

END your Macbook SHAME: Convert it into a Microsoft SURFACE

Tapeador

Re: Wrong way?

I'd do it with a Lenovo Yoga because it's a glorious piece of kit.

0
0

Brits STUNG for up to £625 when they try to cancel broadband

Tapeador

Re: Why Special Treatment for Utility Suppliers?

I agree, the reasons are severalfold.

Mainly that our legal system is complex, jargon-ridden, and costly and time-consuming to use; consumers don't have standing to injunct utilities to desist in using certain practices with other consumers (so the utility just settles, or pays up in small claims, no precedent is set). Even were a precedent set, nobody would know how to use it. The regulators don't even use the ordinary rules of contract formation to guide their regulatory instructions. The law views the disutility (or displeasure) of a breach of contract as relating to that individual alone, in consumer cases - rather than looking at aggregated disutility. I could go on and on.

But it's a problem with the nature of consumer law in the UK, and the ordinary norms of the law of contract not applying to it because of collective action problems, and structural problems with our legal and regulatory systems.

1
0
Tapeador

Re: BT Retail used to be masters at this

BT's business model: offer people expensive, uncompetitive contracts, because they don't trust other brands.

Actually ironically BT own plusnet I gather, who offer the same at vastly reduced prices - which goes to show there's price-reference-point marketing going on too.

4
0
Tapeador
Stop

Re: BT

I think there are new Ofcom regs which preclude the 12-month auto-rollover contracts since a few months ago. But yeah you're right it has been extraordinary - and likely not enforceable under the ordinary rules of contract formation.

1
0

Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months

Tapeador
Pint

Mother in law etc

Good one that, made me smile. But if Winphone is a "cash-drainer" (right), what isn't in the Smartmobe stakes, OS-wise? That's the problem Andrew rightly identifies.

Winphone - out (+ cash-drainer as you say).

Symbian s90 2015 edition - great but as with all custom OSs, no app ecosystem, doomed

Android - too much competition, much of it pulling in massive Chinese govt subsidy. So it's this last option that is the only possibility and yet possibly not even one where a business case can be made.

I think Nokia should have continued their project to make mobile cellular security cameras based on the 3310 phone long ago!

0
0

Will the next US-EU trade pact prevent Brussels acting against US tech giants?

Tapeador

Re: Please tell me I'm wrong...

Yes Bronek I think you've basically seen the big picture there, that's very well summed-up.

That's the strongest argument I can think of why this part of the pact is utterly objectionable.

0
0

Page: