Wonko the sane had a point...
98 posts • joined 4 May 2012
Re: Quotation from the article: "the high pressures required for burning plasma"
More likely, he's just speaking loosely for the purposes of a non-scientist, popular audience.
In my job I'm forever paraphrasing and simplifying stuff for non-technical staff.
The unspoken truth with big business not paying tax is that it's reported pretty vaguely by the media. Often they say things like "XXXX paid only £3000 this year in Corporation tax". - which begs the question "Yes - but what other taxes did they pay?". It may be that Corporation Tax isn't the appropriate tax for them to pay, because they're paying the money elsewhere for a variety of reasons.
It could also be that they're not making massive profits. For example, if a business is expanding and ploughing most of it's profit back into to expansion it may actually make very small profits year-on-year, despite the apparent value of the enterprise continuing to increase. Similarly if it's investing money in other businesses, or paying off loans or a variety of other things it may not appear to make much actual cash or may not pay much in particular taxes, choosing or needing to pay it elsewhere instead.
Don't misunderstand me - it's highly likely that a lot of businesses are avoiding paying tax and, possibly, the rules need to be tightened. But the rules are what they are and if people are taking advantage of them to avoid handing over money, that's on the government not the people doing it. UNLESS they're breaking the rules.
Perhaps hard to believe, but I think the media are sensationalising this somewhat.
It's probably the consumers fault. "Holding it wrong", or something....
It just doesn't make sense.
Older employees tend to have more experience. I'm not talking about knowing ancient, irrelevant technologies, I'm talking about knowing people, logical processes, unrelated but reusable concepts and ideas etc etc. I'm not ragging on the younger guys & gals, who tend to have a little more energy and optimism.
But, yeah, there is an impression that people over 40ish are getting more useless by the day, and I think it's very probably a self-fulfilling prophesy.
Great. So encourage them, why don't you?
Sounds to me like Vesk's backup plan was not all it should be.
The company starts trotting out this stuff when they're in trouble and frantically looking for an answer other than "management incompetence" as to why.
Typically they'll have paid a great deal of money for the survey company's services, despite telling everyone that there is no money for frivolous things like annual increments, staff benefits, modern IT equipment, training etc etc etc.
Compare and Contrast with VW....
VW Passat, arguably, makes more carbon than VW claimed it would (When everyone know the claims were rubbish, anyway). No injuries, illness or real-world harm in evidence at all.
"Outraged" owners, politicians and journalist describe how VW could possibly do such a egregious thing as lying about something that - arguably - barely matters. Massive, massive, disproportionate "compensation" claimed and awarded by federal government, news media dipping on and on about it for months. VW ordered to refund cars in full, despite the mileage, criminal charges filed in federal courts...
GM Cars. Definitely dangerous, lead to at least one confirmed death, probably more, vital safety equipment not working........ drop them an email about it, and move on. If they don't respond, it's their stupid fault for buying a GM product and expecting it to not kill them....
NB: one is European. One is not only American, but also partially owned by the federal government.
Well. You'd think so. But, then again, BMW, Mercedes and Audi seem to manage it.
Don't blame they one bit.
The guy had just murdered several of their colleagues and had made it pretty clear he was going to murder more, if given the opportunity. They got him the only way they could. Leave the uniforms and affiliations out of it for a moment. He'd just murdered their friends. As human beings, what do you expect them to do?
Then. I think it seems pretty obvious this was a form of "suicide by cop", going out in a blaze of glory - he wasn't going to come quietly. Any attempt to approach him to carry out an arrest would have led to even more deaths, any attempt to seal the area would have given him the opportunity to turn it into a shoot out, either when he shot at people attempting to seal it, or when he attempted to leave.
I'd have done exactly the same.
I wonder at what point VW just give up and leave the US market?
Yeah. I think this publishing was probably scheduled a while back and nobody realised.
Yes. It is a bit insensitive.
If it's genuinely call-the-police grade filth, then that's what you should do.
If you don't, then you're endorsing the behaviour and reinforcing it, potentially making it more likely this person will actually carry out these acts, rather than merely view them. At best you're normalising it, at worst you're encouraging it. You're also enabling it, of course, by not preventing them from accessing it again. Depending on the nature of the images people (or animals) that did not want to participate in these acts may well be exploited again as you're assisting in sustaining the market for them.
If that does not convince you - remember this. By destroying the evidence of the offence, you partake of it both morally and legally. If the guy gets caught and it ever comes out that you destroyed the evidence you could be charged with the offence under "joint enterprise", or just aiding-and-abetting. Imagine explaining that to your spouse. Your parents. Kids. Future Employers. Imagine going to the police station to sign "the register" (no.... not this one.... the other one..) You could, genuinely, go to prison for it, as a sex offender in a UK prison - you think that's gonna be a laugh?
It's exactly the same as disposing of a gun for a murderer, or driving the getaway car for a bank robber.
They need to be cautious...
I personally wouldn't delete the images. I'd report it to the Police and allow them to deal with it. Unfortunately - deleting the images is - of course - concealing, altering, destroying or damaging the evidence in what might become a criminal investigation. In other words, how do you fancy having to explain to *your* wife, your kids, any future employers, the PTA and so on that you were fired from your last job for "destroying evidence against a sex offender"?
You might think "Nobody will ever know" - and you're probably right. BUT: - If that guy gets caught down the road and it somehow comes out that you had the images and didn't report it, you could end up in a world of hurts yourself. Maybe just if someone with knowledge of the matter gets downsized and decides to report it out of spite? Maybe if your systems become part of an
investigation into an unrelated matter and these are discovered by accident during that?
That's the entirely practical reason. The other one is that he's the arbiter of other's people's misery, so **** him.
I never liked the idea. Forget the technical arguments - if someone has password-protected their network then they've done it because they want to control access, otherwise it would be open. Who the hell are you - or anyone else, including Microsoft - to decide to pass that on and authorise total strangers (who then authorise others) to access that network? Especially when you consider that there is a lot more transacted over WiFi then just internet access.
Then there is the problem that - if you use it - very often you need to accept a T&C page, and you get nothing at all if you don't.... Which you don't do automatically, so you get disconnected from the 3G network periodically to use WiFi that isn't working....
I've always liked AMD. I actually use an AMD APU in my gaming rig and it's quiet, cool and plays games fine - Although you do have to wind the detail levels back a way for some of the newer titles. But what the heck do you expect - the whole thing cost me about £300 to build. That's less than a lot of people spend on just a single component. In many cases the difference between "High", or even "medium" and "ultra" preset isn't massive.
The law of diminishing returns in in effect here, and it's easy to end up paying the last 50 percent of the money for the last 5 percent of capability.
I do feel slightly sorry for the car manufacturers. There are so, so many variables that affect car fuel efficiency that it is hopeless to ask for a prediction that can be both accurate and precise. You'll have to leave it so wide that it's largely meaningless (eg 20-40 mpg), or you'll be wrong more often than you're right. You don't know how the car will be driven, who'll be driving it, how fast, in what weather, carrying what passengers and luggage, etc etc.
That said - there is no excuse for having a test that allows them to test the car driving in a totally unrealistic way, with equipment removed, vents taped over, engine blueprinted, ludicrous tyre pressures and hybrid batteries precharged. It's just fantasy, and helps noone. Not even the marketing people, as every now knows it's totally rubbish to suggest your 2 tonne 150mph German executive car will average 60mpg.
Personally. I'd like to see them required to fit every car with an *accurate* economy gauge, with some kind of wireless link attached. Everytime you fill a car up it reports it's economy since last filled, chassis type and engine type (eg 2016 Ford Focus Hatch, 125bhp petrol Ecoboost). Drivers can then go to a government website to see what their proposed car will manage in the real world.
I'm not entirely sure how this works out....What if VW just withdraws from the US market entirely? Can the US Government actually recover the money from VW if they have no US presence?
Quite honestly, if VW were to pay the sums being being discussed then it sounds like it would put them out of business. It certainly wouldn't make a continued US presence profitable.
I've been told i have an identical twin in (or near) the town in which I was born. I've often wondered if it's just random chance that they resemble me, or if I have a relative I know nothing about?
To be honest. When people go for the insanity defence, i'm never sure if they're actualy insane or just trying it on. To be honest you could medicalise being an arsehole to the point where that becomes a "medical condition", and suddenly isn't your fault any more
Re: Viewer "fatigue"?
As a geek I have to say "That would depend if they save to non-volatile storage before rebooting" ;-)
I liked it. Reminded me of the Dr Who from when I was a kid. Made with modern technology, but the story was right out of the Tom Baker era. I have a feeling that Clara's dress was worn by an early Dr Who companion. But I can't think who.
Looking forward to part two.
It'll be okay, until someone tries to make a cheap one for 30 quid. And skimps on everything, and it A) doesn't work B) burns people or C) both. Queue TV programmes breathlessly talking about these "deathtraps" and the razor industry attempting to get the whole thing outlawed after someone plugged their 30 quid knockoff into the wrong charger and it scotched their bathroom carpet.
Do me a Lemon.... Electic Cars?
Electric are - in anything like the short term - a dead issue. Everyone talks as if we could just start buying the darn things and plugging them in. Unfortunately there isn't anything like enough capacity in the power grid for that. Electric cars require a truly spectacular amount of juice to charge them up quickly enough for them to be a practical proposition. We're pretty close to generating capacity and distribution capacity as it is (in fact, we've been reducing it for "environmental" legislative reasons). We can't have every Mondeo man in the country come home at 6pm and plug their car into the mains. The power stations couldn't cope with the demand, and the grid would actually bloody *melt* trying to distribute all that power. In real terms it's about 3 amps (of 240v domestic supply) per BHP you need, so in real terms a 13 amps domestic plug can supply 4 hp (12amps), so if we say a car nominally uses an average of 40bhp throughout it's commute, you can charge it at a tenth of the rate you can drive it. Not entirely impractical, if you have a short commute. However that would mean a every plugging in a totaly new 13 amps at the same time of day... And charging virtually continually until the next morning. HMM. And the fact is a lot of people would get 30 amp superchargers, making the charge less of a problem for them, but the drain on the grid much greater.
SO... before we're all pushed to drive Renault Zoes we'll need a reliable, clean energy sorts (and a metric expletivetonne of cables!). Well, the only real candiate is Nuclear, and I don't think the hippies are going to like that idea one bit.
I suspect a lot of this could be political. These imported cars have been making domestic stuff look pretty dated for some time, which has hit sales. This is an opportunity to use the regulatory framework to fine a foreign company a LOT of cash (don't forget, they don't burn the cash the government actually purloin it), and do the competitor's reputation huge damage.
Having given a lot of money to GM to keep them in business a few years ago, i'd imagine the US Government would be very keen to do everything they can to help keep them in business. Plus if someone buys an Audi a portion of that money goes out of the US economy, whereas if they buy a Dodge, Ford or Chevrolet(!) it stays in the USA.
As these cars are being described as "09-15" models, does that mean they've now been discontinued?
I'd be very, very interested to find out if US cars have been subjected to the same scrutiny.
I wonder what he wanted it for?
If it was sport he'd get himself a pistal licence and join a club.
Or just get an air pistol (they're legal) for target purposes.
If it was just to wave around to impress people, he may as well have got an airsoft pistol (looks the same).
If he just wanted to fire a pistol, he could join a gun club.
How deeply, deeply embaressing for him. If I lived in the US I would probably get a gun for sport purposes. But the difference is it's legal there.
I wonder how damning you being in the database actually is.
Couldn't virtually anyone just type in someone's email address, set a password and get them signed up for AM? Even if you don't confirm the email address (as most sites want you to these days - although I don't know about AM) it's going to be stored somewhere pending confirmation. I don't know if the breach includes the data required to filter those "unconfirmed" accounts out.
But, presumably, you could be in this data, even if you never signed up?
Well. Because the USA has an extraction treaty with the UK. If he left the embassy, he would be arrested and rendered to the USA before he could get to Sweden.
I don't know what to think now. Is he an innocent man on trumped up charges, the victim of dirty tricks by the US government, or some mix of both?
not being funny. But if 3 people go to hospital in a rear-end-at-17mph collision, then the car isn't very crashworthy. I'm assuming a genuine need and not just a precaution, of course.
I wonder. Will you be able to buy self-driving cars with different profiles in there? Could you choose from "Scenic Route" to "late for work"? Could you even choose to have a discount if you listen to adds whilst being driven?
I expect a rise in alcoholism when these things become mass-market, as you'll no longer need to worry about driving back from the pub!
I really wish AMD would sort their company out. I like them, and I think it's good to have multiple competitors in the market. I remember back in the day when you could buy an Intel 486 DX40 or an AMD 486 DX40. The AMD would cost you less, so you could maybe instead look at a DX66 instead. Really there was little difference in a given spec from either producer, so you got more for your money with AMD. You still do, actually, and their APU chips are really nice value, if you want a cheap PC.
It's a bit like Android Vs Iphone, though. One is slickly marketed and people just have this amorphous idea that it's "the proper one" and the other isn't really marketed at all and people get the idea that it's "The one you get if you can't afford the proper one".
Fond as I am of AMD, I reckon their days are numbered if they don't sort their marketing out...
IF I understand Argentina's argument....
"We should have control over that FLK space, because nearly 200 years ago some of our people landed on the uninhabited island.... And promptly left when they realise it wasn't of much use to anyone (back then)."
The counter argument is.....
"We're the falklanders who've lived here for nearly 200 years, this is our home, and we'd like to control the namespace related to it..."
They're not even giving it to the Brits, as such, it's the Falklanders who have it.
Yeah. Shadow Of The Beast hails from a lost era of video games. Back then I honestly think some video games designers thought that the game had to be mega-hard so it would take you ages to play thought it, to give it "lastability". Unfortunately this wasn't much fun, so you played it for a few minutes, maybe an hour, and stuck it in the drawer saying "well, I must try that again one day", never did and the rest is history. As are the developers responsible. They overlooked that fact that video games are supposed to be fun, not bloody hard work.
It's a bit of a bette noir of mine. I don't want games that take weeks to play through because you spend AGES trying to work out what you're supposed to do, or trying to beat that near-impossible section. I want games that are spectacular, fun and make you feel like a total badass when you play them. Not those that have hours and hours of doing the same old crud over-and-over again until you fluke it, or wondering around lost in a virtual world trying to earn stumble across object X so you can do quest Y. I want to finish a game thinking "Wow - What a RIDE!"
I have a life outside of gaming with friends and relatives and stuff. I can't dedicate a week to playing a game several hours a night. So I want games that you can play through in a few evenings of relatively casual play, that look spectacular and are pure fun. I don't care if it only lasts me a few evenings.
The only way this thing is going to make sense is as a company car. 50mpg (in round figures) isn't that impressive, but don't forget it's 50mpg on Petrol, not diesel, and Petrol is a little cheaper. Not much, granted, but it's there. However it's savings in BIK tax aren't bad - although not that much better than a eco-diesel.
Most company cars are actually company funded private cars, and the employees get some say in what they get. Mostly they'd prefer an A4 or 3-Series to a Ford-branded car. Pure brand snobbery, but there it is. And lot of company car drivers (sales, tech reps) need a big boot - so this is not much cop.
One thing that does promote hybrids is the eco-conscious image. but this looks like any other Mondeo, so unlike a Prius it doesn't do the company or driver any favours there....
I like it - but I don't think many other people will.
You'd have thought...
Range Rover (who only make SUV-Type vehicles) would be all over the idea of Potholes on the UK roads.
On every rational level a traditional saloon would make more sense for the vast majority of drivers. About the only rational argument for the RR is the supposedly appaling state of the roads, so clearly it isn't in RR's interests to be repairing the roads!
Sorry, VW, but it's too pricey. That car is up against the 3 series, and you can get a nice one for 35k (a bloody nice one if you buy an ex-demo, or something along those lines). I used to like my old Passet 2.5 V6 TDi. But 35k for a four-pot VW passat? At least it had the feeling of being a bit "special" as it was a V6.
35k for a four-pot diesel passat? - no chance.
What does this do that the fleet of Android watches don't?
Other than "massage your ego"?
Or you could...
Just pick up said laptop and fling it on the floor.
Of course the difference is that someone would then know it was damaged and wouldn't spend ages trying to make it work again.
Re: Ends abruptly
I wondered about that, actually.
Can we have the second half, please?
Re: Cant do that anymore
Worked in places that do that - it's rarely worth the morale damage it does.
Re: But against the backdrop of your British readership...
Totally unimportant. If you want a gun, most people can have one (at least a shotgun) if they'll just do some admin and purchase a gun cabinet. But the Brits just generally don't seem to be that interested in owning a gun.
To be honest, interest in Gun Ownership in the UK took something of a hit after Hungerford. And then again after Dunblane. Etc.
Will it fly?
For me, there is nothing particularly special here in the iPhone 6. I don't see any killer applications, or must have features. It's just moderately faster, NFC-enabled and comes in a range of sizes...
Still, i'm sure that won't stop legions of people buying it because it's the "latest thing from Apple".
Re: Re "which could potentially bypass missile defences"
I think it was about a 4-minute warning for the UK. I was never very sure what we were supposed to do during those four minutes. I know I was asked what i'd like into our fallout shelter once, and I chose my Sinclair Spectrum. I don't think it percolated my eight-year-old brain that I wouldn't be popping to WH Smiths for a copy of 3D tunnel after the bombs dropped. And fact I wouldn't be plugging the computer in. In fact it probably wouldn't even work, even if you DID manage to plug it in.
My sister chose the family cat. Very humanitarian, and potentially very sensible from a provisions point-of-view. Although she's a vegetarian herself. She declared her bedroom a nuclear-free zone shortly afterwards, which would have severly skuppered the USSR's plans for dominating rural Oxfordshire. Or not.
I have a vaulted ceiling in my lounge. Sorry, Sony.
Not too fussed, TBH. Having stuff whirring overhead is okay. But i'll still be viewing the action through a relatively small window (the television). I'm not convinced this will add to the emersive effect significantly whilst that remains the case.
This is one of my pet bette noirs. "Oh, we outsourced that function... therefore if it goes wrong you should act as if it didn't". It's up there with "a supplier let us down - please give us a pass on this one as it really isn't our fault".
Yeah. I don't really care who ballsed it up - I have a contract with you and you alone and if you've a problem with a supplier you chose, leave me out of it.
I had all this shite from Comet (RIP) when my Telly blew up "Oh, you'll have to call this number.. and speak to our repair department"* - guess where I didn't go when I wanted a new Telly? right... guess who ended up in the dole queue a short while later? - right again.
* The words "Law of strict liabilities" sorted that out... Suddenly the manager COULD do something to help. He called them and arranged it for me. Which meant I had a contract with him, not them. Which turned out to be useful then they broke the telly they were supposed to be fixing.....
Don't care, don't use them. I drive, walk,cycle or take a train if I really have to.
But this does sound a lot like protectionism. I bet at some stage horse drawn cabs tried to fend off the motor cabs......
I'd love to work there. I'm a bit of a google fan, to be honest, but it would be nice to work in such an interesting, different workplace.
Unfortunately - I can't code for toffee. But if someone buggers up a laser printer or wrecks their laptop - i'm your man.
Well, they're all grounded at the moment. So (even if we had any servicable ones) they wouldn't be operating them.
I think even the Yanks are rapidly losing patience with the spiraling costs and poor performance of the F35!
Well, now they're *TOLD* everyone about it - expect the terrorists to start running generators to make their videos in the middle of nowhere, so no mains hum.
And like so many others..
I don't think there is a strong enough case. True, the cartoon does look a *bit* like her. But then again there is nothing unique about her appearance - there are any number of blonde, female, pneumatic 20something celebs it could be. I'd say it was more representative of a "type" than anyone in particular. Okay, so they both got banned from hotels. But so do a lot of celebs.
I'm going to say it's not "supposed to be her", but she probably was an influence in the character design (along with other, similar, people).
Apple do kinda give the impression that they're going to start going after volume, don't they?
I don't see it as a good strategy, myself. Shame because i've always had a kind of affection for their products, but I think the new management want to take the company in an unwise direction.
Access has it's place
For me, Access is not bad software. Neither is Excel. They're just mis-applied by people who don't understand them.
The problem is that it's powerful, flexible, easy to use software that a lot of people get access to. Then the small project get a few extra requirements. Then people don't use it just for indication, but start to really rely on the data. Then the bloke what wrote it moves on (or just forgets everything)... It's not BAD software, it's just being horrendously mis-used. But it's like saying a family hatchback is crap for courier work (it is, but it can do it) or a HGV is crap as a family car (it can do it, but it's a bitch to park in Tescos, and uses vastly more fuel than necessary)... Horses for Courses. I control this by giving only the runtime version of Access - unless people can convince me they genuinely need it and are going to apply it appropriately.
Excel - great as a spreadsheet. Would people *PLEASE* stop using it as a micro-database, though? It's simply not designed to do that, and it's testimony to the flexibility of the design that it can. Kinda. But it's really there for recording, calculating and displaying relatively small amounts of data in a particular format.... It's not there to be a faux front-end on a database...