37 posts • joined Tuesday 19th June 2012 15:11 GMT
OpenBSD, it's not Linux though
That is so absolutely true I couldn't just up vote your comment.
Re: Dear Mr Snowden
By far the biggest threat to the American way of life, middle class comfort, is corporate greed and government complicity.
Re: How to avoid what happened with BBM?
If there are security concerns over governments getting access to servers and supposedly secure communications then the founders being ex-Navy Seals means that they already know which governmental agencies require what type access. Having servers in Canada makes them less secure than in many other countries, as stephen harper (PM of Canada is as dictatorial a fascist as has ever been elected in here) will give up to the US whatever is requested.
Re: "And it certainly didn't negatively impact DVD sales." YES IT DID
I up voted you because I agree with you, mostly.
Just so that you know I'm a socialist not a capitalist and have little trust of or faith in corporations, but corporations face a double-edged sword on this. If corporations allow unlimited piracy of the content they've created and own then why would anyone pay for it? So, a person might say that they, the corporation, should have earned enough from advertising to cover their costs and earn a nice profit, but why would most or many of us watch the show that has advertising when the the same show without advertising is also available?
Then there's also the issue of why we feel we deserve to just have these for free. When I was young we had three TV channels that were often a little fuzzy because of interference and technical what not stuff. Everyone got the same channels and had access to the same shows providing that you could afford a TV and an antennae. The industry (and TV show production) has changed a lot since then and many of the shows worth watching are on speciality channels that are part of a package, we pay extra for them if we want them.
The "we pay extra for them" and farther above the word "deserve" brings up other issues. There's a whole sociological argument as to what's fair and that really just as human beings we all deserve these things. For instance, as a middle income wage earner (well I used to be but apparently now that I have children my income which I would have previously considered enough puts us in the lower income wage level) and I can't afford to have the speciality channels that I'd like, or think that I'd like, although I do pay for one for my children.
The whole wage thing brings up another aspect of corporate profiteering through outsourcing, the reducing of wages for the same job or wage freezes. All of these further exacerbate the problem of "illegal downloading" as more and more of us can't afford to pay for any extras. On the other hand, many of us watch far to much TV and or spend too much time on the Internet, guilty as charged on both counts, and we would probably all profit from visiting the library, going for a walk or other such activity that costs little to nothing.
To summarize, corporations should be allowed and expect to earn a reasonable (what's reasonable?) profit for producing things people want and people should generally be able to afford to pay for the things they want, otherwise the system is broken.
IMHO the system is broken and we need to re-evaluate how the whole system works. No easy answers are there?
haha, now I have to laugh at my long and winding rant. It didn't start like that and I should really walk my dogs.
Re: it's about time the global market worked for the customers as well as the megacorps
governments and corporations are all about offshoring jobs and bringing in people who'll work more cheaply than we will. So, our incomes have basically stagnated since the 80s. They sure don't like it when we try to find their products for less than they want to charge for it in the EU or NA.
Socialist??? An enlightened social democracy would be a beautiful thing in any country. These "rulers" aren't socialists they're fascists. Frighteningly, Canada and many other countries are heading down that same road. Right now it's at a kinder, gentler pace but the harper regime is doing everything it can to quicken the pace and speed us into a totalitarian police state.
It does make me wonder who our politicians are actually working for.
Re: in a civilised society ... able to speak freely of things you criticise...using my own name
and increasingly hard to find. The harper regime here in Canada is doing everything it can to limit Internet privacy and this is not just a Canadian phenomenon. Hey, speaking of phenomenon, I believe that was a Travolta movie.
Re: You have got to be jesting
That is a prime example of why government offices should forced to use Open Source. We all know that Microsoft's open document format is a farce. Of course, bureaucrats and politicians love their little cash envelopes and there's much less, to none, of that if the IT guys in your own department are smart enough to set you with Open Source.
Re: With the exception of Latin?
Don't forget the "Click languages" of the Bushmen.
Too much collusion
There is too much collusion amongst the corporations for your suggestion to work. It's like politicians talking to lobbyists when no ones looking. It's hard to prove but we all know it happens.
This is one of many reasons that right-wing politicians who push for smaller government and less regulation lose my trust. It becomes even easier for them to side with corporations to line their own pockets.
Re: the truth is somewhere in the middle
I have no aversion to being down voted but I'm curious about the number of down votes on my comment above. I thought that was quite reasonable, no name calling and the use of renewables would preserve the non-renewables for usages where that would make the most sense and the use of good science and engineering to help advance technology and knowledge. What issue(s) are people having with that?
NOT anti-smoking, PRO smoking
we appear to be going down the road of religious intolerance as you are clearly WRONG
the truth is somewhere in the middle
As we have all seen both sides of the global warming/ice melt/climate change issue find evidence to support their own side of the debate (my limited understanding is that most scientists lean toward this being a bigger issue than the deniers admit). So, that being said, wouldn't it be wise to err on the side of caution and to the extent possible by good science in combination with research and development/engineering use as much renewable energy as possible?
Of course, this is not where the old money and standard huge profits are derived so we have a huge uphill battle on that front.
Re: Perhaps if MS had offered to underwrite purchase of all unsold units...
A large part of the problem for MS is that many of us have older computers at home that very well for our home usage. I, for instance, have a HP Pavilion dv6824ca that's 3 or 4 years old and it does everything I need and I've been running Linux on it for several years and Mint, in particular, for the past year or so.
So, I haven't needed to upgrade my computer hardware and my software is not Microsoft. I think that First World (do we still call ourselves that?) markets are saturated with older but highly functional hardware and the choice not to use Microsoft software at home has never been easier.
Re: an easy fix to this situation
I agree with you, but the issue comes back to accounting practices that are questionable at best and in a realistic world just plain immoral and should be illegal. An international company selling itself it's own equipment at inflated prices to avoid paying taxes only seems like a good idea to those who don't care about the impact that has on society. It's an accounting trick.
Re: We are not doing anything illegal or immoral
You lost me with equating the bible (any "holy" book) with morally, but got me back with, "We theoretically pay tax because it contributes to the common good." and you're right about governments having long ago lost, or never had, any moral high ground.
We can't change the behaviour of government without trying and we certainly all know that we need to try.
Re: Who pays the tax?
You are correct, theoretically. Companies will charge what the market will bare for a service or product. So, are you saying that companies are not charging us as much as they can for those services and products right now?
an easy fix to this situation
The easy fix to that is to have taxes paid on the earning of all money earned by every company in the place that money was earned. Any company not wanting to pay said tax will have it's assets in that country seized and not be allowed to do business in that country.
I don't think it would take too many asset seizures to bring the business community around.
Re: We are not doing anything illegal or immoral
Looks like tax accountants read The Reg too and you are right. It may not be illegal but it certainly is immoral.
Re: Evolved from jellyfish?
Carter was a decent man, but our descending from jelly fish simply explains Mitt Romney and the lack of evolution in some humans. At least, I think he's human...well he kind of looks human...then there's his wife...yikes!
Re: Does that mean that on x86 platforms, Ballmer no longer sees
We don't know that, but he does now get to control it to some extent. If you can't beat it get into the position to be able to control it.
Re: The answer seems obvious
The easy fix to that is to have taxes paid on the earning of all money earned by every company in the place that money was earned. Any company not wanting to pay said tax will have it's assests in that country seized and not be allowed to do business in that country.
I don't think it would take too many asset seizures to bring the business community around.
Re: I have to agree with the nay sayers
I'm always at loss to explain why we don't hear more about pebble reactors. Apparently, a much safer method of producing energy than other nuclear plants and the process makes it far more difficult to produce weapons grade nuclear material.
Re: Ready for a sales flop then, MS?
Windows 8 is so contentious that people seem to have largely forgotten the UEFI issue that will create huge issues for OSS. Microsoft has Windows 7 to fall back on which I hear is quite a good Windows release.
Microsoft has a large enough userbase that they can afford to put out a bad OS/UI to get most users/businesses onto the release previous and force through UEFI (a done deal on new hardware) while people don't notice as they are too worried about being stuck with Win 8/Metro.
Re: I forgot about the joys of office...
I'd never heard Papyrus Office, looks interesting. Thanks for mentioning it.
Re: Small beer
As with most IT departments, it's entirely possible that you don't have the manpower, but if you could put together the OSS that is the equivalent of what you use now, or a close proximity, you might be able to get a better deal from your vendors. At that point you might find that you could incorporate a lot of it into your network.
governments have discovered that it's...
much easier to have the Corporations, that pay them their retirement packages, collect everyones data than to do it themselves. governments then just tell (ask, I suspect is more accurate) said Corporations for the data they have on an individual to find out who the noisey dissenters are.
government not capitalised to indicate diminished importance
Canada under and I mean being crushed under the right wing extremism of the harper fascists is moving in that direction. It's going to take some upstanding judges, like the one in NZ, and an awaking of sheeple here to rid ourselves of these types of menace..
People become complacent when their needs are easily met and in NA and much of the EU it's been that way for a long time. Those times have changed and the people want to be in control again. Big changes are required politically for this to happen. Let's hope this happens soon.
I can't really understand why anyone would want less sovereignty and diluted democracy.
I could not agree more and you've put that so succinctly. The more levels of government there are the farther they are from the people who elect their representatives. The easier it is for said representatives to be dishonest and manipulate, or simply ignore, the electorate.
This, of course, works very well for those in the halls of power.
Re: I have two issues with this article
I think the pertinence of headline is that in the first(?) article on the The Reg about this issue RBS suggested that there was no outside of the UK, offshored/outsourced, involvement related to this issue. Whether it was the fault of outside of the UK staff may not have been determined, yet. Although, it does appear that there was outside of the UK involvement.
Re: Is it legal?
That is a great deal for those who were able to retire early with a full pension. Now they can bring you or those interested back as expensive contractors to run the system. I hope that works out for you. For the others not so good but that's becoming a common corporate prectice.
Re: Anyone want to cast the runes ?
the harper government (right-wing fascists more inline with America's republicans and not far from the tea-party) here in Canada, is doing the samething to government services and oversight. Winding them down and closing them, because we all know that corporations can be trusted to police themselves.
I chose the Big Brother icon because although the harper government ran on a platform of transparency and openness they have, blatantly, been the most secrective and dishonest bunch of politicians we've seen in the years. Who knew you can't trust politicians?
Any company not willing to pay taxes on the money earned in any country should not be allowed to operate in that country. Simple really. Of course, that"ll never happen as that would reduce that amount of money available to buy politicians and contrary to popular opinion some politicians are not cheap.