Re: It's like a tragic version of"yes, Minister"
He'll only go to heaven because the devil doesn't want to look at him.
Respect to you, Sir, for that one.
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He'll only go to heaven because the devil doesn't want to look at him.
Respect to you, Sir, for that one.
Some of us haven't forgotten that Brazilians have far more to fear from the British police than imprisonment. But apparently that was just a bit of health and safety carelessness.
And in return for her services cleaning the streets of London of Brazilian electricians, Cressida Dick was promoted in 2009 to assistant commissioner. In 2015 she retired on a fat police pension, before accepting an over-paid and undeserved high level appointment with the Foreign Office, and then was given a gong in the 2015 New Year's Honour's List.
I wonder, it I shoot an innocent Brazilian, will I get promoted, honourably retired on a taxpayer funded, gold plated pension and then get sucked up into the bosom of the Establishment, and given a medal?
Whatever you've taken, I'd lay it off for a while
Not sure which of us that was intended for, but if it was me, you'd probably be appalled by the thoughts I have that don't make it to the keyboard. It's a bit of a curse much of the time, but boy, can it be fun at times.
please don't answer, skin a banker.
Why? Do their hides make good car seats? I suppose a skilled leather worker could get the banker's face tanned nicely and stitched in as the very back of the seat cushion, so you drive around rubbing your....well, y'know what I'm saying.
But then again, leather seats are a bit bourgeois. What about flaying them all in one piece, putting a fur lining in it, to make a very alternative onesie? I'll bet Fred Goodwin would command a good price for his complete hide. Important question: Would you wear your banker onesie "nude" or put another layer of clothes on top?
Now, any thoughts on the flayed meat? We could keep 'em alive and wrap them in cling film for the rest of society to laugh at. Or mash them up for pet food. Or sell them to the pre-prepared food industry, since they aren't choosy about what meat they use. Or just take them to the nearest zoo and feed them to the lions.
However, I'm sure some young men with bushy beards and too short in the leg trousers are mildly excited.
You just said you were 44. To some of us that is young.
Now it is cheaper to buy a new Washing Machine rather than change a drum bearing.
But given the falling cost of appliances relative to wages, it is inevitable that a heavily automated production process and a slick supply chain can deliver you a really cheap and often rather good machine. The repair bloke on the other hand has to cover un-utilised time, "free" quotes, travel time, van and tools, time spent ordering one off spares, get the machine out, half dismantle it by hand without the benefit of manufacturer jigs and knowledge, and he then should be charging you VAT on the full repair cost, paying his accountant to sort out his tax and accounts, probably paying for training and trade registrations etc etc.
There's certainly corners cut to make the machine cheap, and some of those impact on both longevity and repairability, but for those who don't want a £350 Bosch machine that'll probably last seven to nine years, there's still the option of spending two or three times that on a Miele, which can be maintained for twenty years. Many people say they want the durability of the Miele, but when push comes to shove they choose to pay for the Bosch (or even cheaper machines from Beko, Hotpoint etc).
and from my experience die prematurly because of how shingling works
Presumably the He will also leak out over time, given that they can at best control leakage rather than prevent it. I wonder what that means for drive longevity? The write endurance of SSDs might start to seem like quite an attractive problem to have, when you consider the future HDD mix of He filled enclosures, physical risks of high areal density, shingled recording, and the complexity of the laser death record head.
As always, back your data up to tablets of stone.
why is NASA spending money staring at the ground so often of late?
Because there's a bottomless pit of money for climate change research, as long as it comes back with the right answer. Of course, if it comes back with the wrong answer, then the University of East Anglia will be able to help out.
Well, if it works, then Florida will deserve kudos for their wisdom...
I see no wisdom in giving $40m of taxpayers money to a man with a personal worth estimated at around $45bn. That sort of money won't alter his decision on location other than in the minds of local bureaucrats and crooked politicians spending other people's money.
The reality is that he'll decide where's best from a technical and analytical point of view, have a couple of minions stir up a false "competition" between different states and simply trouser the winning state's bribes as extra profit.
Life's a beach when you're already so rich you can't count how much you're worth.
You don't expect a bunch of jerks in California to design something that works in the third world do you?
Well Google Maps showed the way. It worked a couple of times in the car park at Mountain View, and when tested on Rodeo Drive, so they unleashed it on the world, where it turned out to be entirely adequate for slurping the movements of peasants for targeted marketing, but sadly lacking as a reliable navigation product outside of well served urban area.
We expect that Silicon Valley are up their own bottoms, but apparently in those capacious bottoms they've got a reliable 4G service. Only this can explain the three way love affair between app designers, the cloud, and mobile devices.
It is very apparent that Turkey currently supports/looks-the-other-way irt ISIS while bombing Kurds and PKK
"It is very apparent that Obama currently supports/looks-the-other-way irt Turkey bombing Kurds and PKK"
FTFY. Very, very sad that the Yanks have made so much of the Peshmurga, but then totally abandon them in return for temporary access to a few Turkish air bases. The approved US establishment message to possible allies is apparently "Never, ever trust us, we're C*NTS".
Out of curiosity, given the deep wisdom of the commentariat, are there any parallels in history of a non-involved nation getting so deeply involved on all sides of three/four-or-more way civil wars, and systematically fucking their prospects with all sides?
If you did a blind test simply looking at economy you sure would let Turkey in before Greece
That would depend on whether you let the crooks of Goldman Sachs make up the numbers, wouldn't it?
Slightly disappointed by the ICO
To be fair to the ICO, you have to remember that they were only really set up prior to the days of large scale on-line fraud and privacy abuse, with a main purpose of investigating intentional mis-use of your data by the marketing dweebs. We can dress that up with the full scope of the DPA, amd talk about consent and proper processing, but in reality the DPA was drafted back in 1997 by civil service amateurs who wouldn't know one end of a computer from t'other. Any relevance to real 2015 problems of spam, identity theft, fraud, and privacy incidental, and shows up in that the ICO is both under-armed and under-resourced to fight large businesses on matters of privacy and real data protection.
Why there are still not safeguards in email clients in 2015, I just have no idea.
I would hazard guess that it's all Microsoft's fault:
1) for handing out Outlook Express free to retail customers since donkey's years ago. With no money to be made, there was little incentive to develop third party email clients, and as a result very little was done.
2) for monopolising the enterprise software world, so that again, there was no competition and no development. "Hey! You wanna a ribbon? You gotta ribbon". But nothing that actually made bulk emailing easier and more secure.
I have to occasionally send out a newletter to several thousand colleagues, and the poor quality of Outlook for this purpose is truly dispiriting. Not only are there no safeguards on too many names in the To/CC fields, but the whole way that Outlook manages large contact lists is such a mess you have to assume that the designers wanted it to be a mess.
..I were clever enough to contribute to this thread, but sadly it not to be :(
Far better visual appearance than almost anything from Japan, for example.
I'd agree that too many Japanese cars look bland or odd (with quite a few exceptions), but the Koreans aren't even going to let the Japanese own the "Weird & ugly" niche, to judge by the Ssangyong Rodius. In fact, even the Europeans have had a crack, in the shape of the Porsche Cayenne.
I see what you mean.
But there will be important, hidden differences that the Jeep/Fiat brands offer: beneath the skin of the Cherokee the traditional values will run deep. So presumably buyers should anticipate abominable reliability, dealers that are somewhere south of abominable, and resale values that sink faster than a depth charge.
They got a multi party democracy 25 years ago, the likes of which Bavaria can only dream about.
You make Bavaria sound like Scotland, but with decent roads.
I am less than confident that the promise will be kept.
But if we shared that view, we British would struggle with our self-deprecation. Far better to believe Germany to be a paragon of everything organised and clever, talk ourselves down, and take comfort from our treasured national collection of war jokes.
you're an OAP, which means you were working, and earning, at a time where reasonably paid employment was available for pretty much all,
Loyal Commenter, you don't half spout some s#it. As a proportion of economically active adults, UK unemployment hasn't been below 5% for three decades, and has averaged around 8% for most of that time.
I'm not sure what makes you think that the past three or four decades were some magical period of easy jobs and high living standards, because they certainly were not.
... and it's nearly beer o'clock so...
In the good old days this was beer o'clock. Sadly the tradition of drunken slumber over a keyboard all Friday afternoon is now all but gone (although I'm not sure if that's true in journalism).
If fact I didn't bother until I went out of the plug range for a week (traumatic!).
I'm firmly in the camp that says "no removeable battery, no sale", but that's not because I want to swap a flat battery for a charged one, simply that I've seen enough li-ion batteries lose capacity or fail outright over a year or so. I'd rather be able to spend £15 on a new battery than be without the phone for weeks wrangling with a supplier over whether the warranty covers the problem. I'm sure that under UK consumer law I'd ultimately win the argument, but sometimes it's not really worth the inconvenience to stand on your rights.
Yeah, I'm in bits!!!!
No, no, no! He's in bits, and you're in one piece, enjoying a coffee in front of your computer.
So, if you refuse to pay for things that bring you joy, what DO you pay for?...
To be fair, I'm paying at the moment by not blocking adverts too aggressively, and in smaller part by my written contributions (as you are). If the Reg weren't making money they'd go bust, and there'd just be a "For Sale" sign up on the domain. But its difficult to have sympathy with those content owners who unfortunately have happily embraced the dark side of the force, preferring to take the money and ask no questions.
What do I pay for? Anything that I value and need to pay for. But not always financially, and sometimes the price paid is low. You will follow that, as will all commentards, but we're the minority. In the case of Windows 10, punters are lapping it up because either they mistake a £0 price for free, or because they set no value on their own privacy. Microsoft, on the other hand, must have a very good idea of the worth of a user's privacy - and based on prior OS pricing it must be a present value of around £70.
I'd pay as well,
That's as maybe but there's two problems here.
First there need to be enough people who will actually pay - the evidence is that many won't. And with the Reg, half the value is from the joy of being an unpaid member of the Commentariat. If they think I'm paying for the privilege of writing and reading stuff like this, they've got another think coming.
Second, you need the content owner to stick by their side of the bargain, and offer you completely advert and spyware free content. I'm not sure I can claim any evidence here, but I'll wager that very quickly you'll be seeing "content from our trusted partners, tailored to your interests", and then you're in the bind of both paying for the content, and having the malvertising hosed even more specifically at you. I very much doubt that the content behind Murdoch's paywalls is advert free.
Well they'll be progressively replaced by CfDs for new installations (which I suspect you know). There's plans in the consultation to control future CfD costs because the whole subsidy boondoggle is out of control, and will have added a cumulative £40bn to consumer's energy bills by 2021 (not including probably another £10-20bn of networks costs related to the renewables).
But it's up on the DECC website, have a gander
didn't Labour lose a lot of supporters to the Greens as they moved further to the right?
By whose definition? Millipede was branded Red Ed for his big state and interventionist plans and whilst nothing like as traditional old wolde commie as Corbyn, he was well to the left of NuLabour.
Mind you, anybody who defected to the Greens will be dead by 11.00am tomorrow, having choked to death on their muesli as they read the Graun's being-scribed-as-I-write coverage of the Feed in Tariff cuts proposed by DECC today. Personally I'm rather looking forward to reading the apoplectic response of the tree huggers and financially vested interests.
Does George Monbiot have any hair that he can pull out?
Sadly most of these game companies are very much a one trick pony, it has happened time and time again where companies like Rovio come from nowhere, get heavily invested in, go to shit then go bust.
Remind me again, how much did Twerpsoft pay for Minecraft?
that's not how phobias work.
No, I know - one of the offspring has vespuphobia (1), and it's not good. Personally it's large spiders that strike terror into me, the sort of terrifying, SAS-scaring man-eaters that appear from under the sofa on an October night, and make me shriek and shout for the wife to come and save me. Although I'm going to experiment with the Tennis Racket of Death and see if it works on them.
(1) I made it up, but it could be right
I don't have a real sensitivity to wasps either, doesn't stop my heart rate doubling, or more, in the second or so after seeing one.
Get yourself one of those electric tennis racket thingies from Poundland. Great fun, especially in low light when the sparks show up better. You'll go looking for wasps....
but that doesn't mean she is not entitled to treatment, if there is any.
These sort of beliefs seem to be very deep seated. At the expense of coming across as unsympathetic, there's a clinic in Switzerland that could help?
Or aversion therapy, by building a one seater microwave next to a mobile mast within the precision approach radar beam of a major airport?
But the Frenchies have banned the obvious solution, of a tin foil burqa, which would have served as a personal Faraday cage.
Aren't we getting on for 4.5 years of massacres in Syria?
I think so. But don't forget that the destablisation and massacring started in 2003 in neighbouring Iraq, and only reached Syria after the Yanks had poured petrol on the flames of sectarian conflict they'd enabled. So that's more like 12 years.
ENT at local hospital waiting area had years worth of caravan reviews
That's why it is important to bring in publications you've read, to educate the other patients and raise the literary standards. I like to slip a copy of Viz amongst the Reader's Digests, golf magazines, and decades old Women's Own. Or a lad's mag would undoubtedly be appreciated by somebody, so long as the cover isn't too racy.
and yet stupid enough to never, ever stop even when it is clear that the feds have him on autodial
Who says he's stupid? If he's making sufficient money, and manages to avoid a decent chunk of it being seized, then the risk of (and actual) time spent in chokey is all part of the equation. If you held the law in contempt, I'd wager that you'd have a target level of gains that would justify a certain amount of time behind bars.
If he manages to squirrel away $1m from his vast spam campaign, then that's $330k a year over his three year stretch. I suspect he could well have a much higher average "salary" than most of us.
The people who are stupid are perhaps the feds. If they had a watertight case backed by evidence then they wouldn't need to plea bargain down to such a limp wristed sentence. We all know the moment he's out he'll be at it again, because prison clearly isn't a deterrent:
"Sanford Grobsworth Wallis, you are an habitual criminal, who accepts arrest as an occupational hazard, and presumably accepts imprisonment in the same casual manner".
Biros find their way through wormholes in space to a planet ....
No they don't. They find their way into my wife's car, judging by the vast amount that I regularly find there and throw away. Any commentards desirous of a large and regularly renewed stash of unfeasibly cheap, partly chewed biros should apply to Ledswinger Towers, bringing their own skip.
And it's British!
For a specific definition of Britishness, yes. But all the components will be standard parts bin stuff made in the far east, and I'll wager that assembly is under contract in the same neck of the woods.
£200 sounds good against the list prices of the current top-of line phones, but those prices are reserved for idiots and those who can't work out when a contract deal is a rip off. If you shop around for last year's top model (say a SGS5) you'd be paying £250-£290 for the phone either on or off contract. Personally I'd go the extra £90, than take my chances on this. YMMV.
I've seen many women embezzling from the company
My experience has been that the majority of crooks and fraudsters are men. Presumably this woman was striking out in the interests of "diversity", in which case the Graun should be celebrating her modest achievement.
Imagine you went into a shop to buy an item and they said "Sorry, you live in XYZ area, you can't buy from us at this cheaper price, you have to go to our shop nearest to you and pay a more expensive price". Would you say "Ok, that's fine"?
It's how it often works between countries with DVDs, CDs, and software. It's how it works with premium goods (with the EU's blessing). It often happens with tech goods. There's an argument that it does happen with things like cars, despite some limp wristed attempts by the EU to stop the makers doing this. And arguably the public sector routinely offers similar services at different prices depending on where you live (or dissimilar services at the same price).
Overall, it happens, that's a commercial choice by the maker or rights owner, and I am quite happy with that, compared to the alternative of the EU trying to intervene and micro manage the pricing and segmentation structures of commercial businesses. If you don't like it, vote for Corbyn, he'll put an end to this sort of thing.
Basically they are selling a monopoly position within a defined geographical area
Why is that a problem? We're not talking about life saving drugs or water, just American drama, televised sport, or access of foreign residents to particular countries' national broadcasters. If you don't like the price, don't pay it.
If you take a view about what price content rights-holders must sell for, then you clearly know the market better than they do, why not go the whole hog, and tell them what sport they must cover, and indeed what drama should be made. The same argument might apply to the way that the poor, weak minded fools who support major league clubs are reamed out for season tickets, memberships, and merchandise (that changes with curiously high frequency). Are you proposing to regulate those prices?
My original Xperia Z would be on Lollipop by now, if I hadn't left it in a taxi in Bangkok,
It probably is on Lollipop now.....
And you cant claim that back.
That's the price of being a tin-foil hatter or privacy extremist (not knocking either, just sayin'). If cost and the activation journey is an issue rather than privacy, just use a contactless bank card to pay on buses, tube etc. Works as well as Oyster, isn't pre-pay, doesn't need activation. And from a tech point of view I was well impressed the other day, when a ticket check on the DLR was able to immediately verify my bank card as being valid for travel whilst we were moving under the Thames.
Admittedly using your contactless card means you're trusting both public and private sectors with your journey data, but they've already got your movements in far more detail if you're carrying a mobile phone (other than a burner, and even then it could be cross referenced to CCTV).
"London we have already seen the withdrawal of the ability to pay by cash."
No you haven't. You just have to pay the cash onto an Oyster card ahead of each journey via machine at the station. It's no more hassle than the old inconvenience of using the ticket office or machines, there's barely any more data trail than paying cash. The minimum top up of a fiver is almost the same as a single zone 1 cash fare, but actually buys you two zone one journeys. Since you don't have to register an Oyster card there's no privacy issue (or none that doesn't already exists through CCTV), and the truly paranoid can periodically return their Oyster card and recycle the £3 deposit onto a fresh card to reduce the build up of journey data.
UK FTTP is 0.8 per cent.
Sounds credible. But that's not "only 0.8% of the population able to access high speed broadband", because almost half the population have access to cable.
become the telecoms equivalent of Network Rail sounds like a grand plan to me
Evidently you don't remember what an execrable mess the railways were under state ownership. And not just in their last few years, but throughout the dismal history of British Railways, and under governments of all political persuasions.
But vote for Jezza Corbyn next time round, and you'll have your wish, as the UK is magically transformed into a workers' paradise.
Only £270 per kWh, if my maths is about right. That even makes Hinkley Point C look cheap.
1) 95% of their userbase are men;
Wow. Either the blokes will not be getting their money's worth, or the women are very busy, and probably having to operate a shift and rota system.
Now where is MattBryant when you need him?
Signing on at his local Jobcentre Plus?
WiFi Calling is coming soon to O2.
What, a bit of a makeover of the utterly crap Tugo service that allows you to make outbound calls unreliably over wifi, and with latencies that would shame Voyager? I used to have the Orange SIgnalboost app, which nominally allowed inbound and outbound calls over UMA and wifi. That wasn't much less crap than Tugo, so my hopes aren't high.
Mobile operators seem to understand nothing of user's requirements. Or they simply don't care.
Maybe OFCOM should invite the UK Telco's in for a chat and cup of tea?
That's OFCOM's problem: Its heaviest sanction is to withhold the jammy dodgers at the next meeting. Faced with spending a few tens of millions to fix problems that only affect customers, the telcos just laugh and bring their own biscuits next time.
That and threat landscapes shift all the time, suddenly an excess can become insufficient.
Do they now? Like the surprise Islamic extremist threat that magically appeared on 9 September? Because it wasn't obvious that arming, grooming and encouraging a bunch of twig-beard nutters to fight the Russians through the 1980s might backfire?
Or the possibility that Russia might retrench to a centralised, nationalist and militarist agenda after their economy imploded in 1998?
All of the threats our military might have to be justified against date back multiple decades. The only sudden shift aspects are either idiot Western politicians either cutting their own defence forces too quickly too fast (Major, Blair, Brown, Cameron), or idiot western politicians pouring fuel on existing foreign conflagrations (Reagan, Bushx2, Obama, Blair, Cameron).