14 posts • joined Friday 5th October 2012 13:58 GMT
Re: Try parenting your kids for a change
Indeed, translates as - "83% of parents surveyed think that teachers should be responsible for bringing up their children".
Thumbs up to Google
Good on Google for their involvement here. I'm sure they haven't done it purely out of the goodness of their hearts but still a nice thing to do.
Good use of driverless cars (presumably), I knew there must be an application for those somewhere.
But.. all of Apple's shops are different?
I'd have thought in order to trademark a shop layout they would at least have to show that they brought all of their stores to a particular standard?
I'm sure many are familiar with the 5th Avenue Apple Store's above ground glass cube - which couldn't be much more different from the grand, old-school Apple Store in Glasgow.
Re: "Apple, Google tumble off top 20 trusted companies list"
The appearance of Google on the list suggests research might have gone something like this:
Man with clipboard in supermarket: "Which companies do you think can be trusted to responsibly handle your data?"
Supermarket punter: "Hmm, Google - that's a company I've heard of, maybe them."
It's the old "80% of people not savvy enough to avoid a researcher with a clipboard think <insert sensational headline here>".
Climate Change - really brings out the El Reg voting public
Always provokes a nice feisty debate!
General problems with the debate though.
1. Can the impact of various causes of climate change be accurately identified? Nope
2. Are we on the path to destruction? Nobody knows
3. In the face of huge global industrialisation and the refusal to play ball by the US and China in particular, can anyone make any difference? Unlikely
4. Is re-using/recycling a good idea and worth doing - even if it has no impact on the climate? Yes
5. Should be try to reduce our dependency on fossil fuels - even if it has no impact on the climate? Yes
It's not really a yes/no debate. We don't know the end result/we don't know what effect we are having. Might has well just get on with life, and if we can make any changes to reduce waste and consumption on the way. Bonus.
The power of positive thinking...
Am I alone, (or perhaps just dreaming), that once the interwebs have effectively killed off large chains from the high street, that there might just be a return to high streets full of independents?
There will always be a market for some shopping which is just better in person and landlords will be forced to reduce rental costs once the big players are gone if they want to make any money.
The high street *can* survive as long as it doesn't try to occupy the same space as the internet.
Serious commentard fodder
Not that it matters how one pronounces it, but...
If you say "gif", there is no confusion.
If you say "jif", that could be construed as other things.
Gif's away - who uses them anyway?
Re: "To Medal" - only slightly less offensive than "Winningest"...
I think it raised its head during the Olympics when an American commentator used it to describe Michael Phelps having won more gold medals than any other Olympian. At the time it seemed to be laughed off by Sue Barker et al as poor grammar on the part of the commentator, rather than an accepted word.
As a watcher of various American sports however, I can attest to the fact that its usage is wide-ranging and frequent to describe 'those who have won more <games> <championship> <etc> than others'.
(occasionally you can detect a slight cringe in the voices of the better educated commentators who realise that it isn't good English, but they use it as it is well understood in the US)
"To Medal" - only slightly less offensive than "Winningest"...
...which is still used day-in and day-out in the US
"It is my aim that London's minicabs and taxis will be zero-emission by 2020, which will have a major impact on air quality"
Yes - anywhere near a power station the air quality is going to plummet to provide London with its 'zero-emission' minicab fleet.
Connery. But don't underestimate Lazenby's contribution...
George Lazenby - sadly forever the scapegoat for 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' which doesn't rank too highly on many people's favourite Bond film lists.
OHMSS was a big step change from the films the public had become used to under Connery's reign, and was probably a bit commercially risky because of that. Had Connery played that part would it have been better received? I highly doubt it, and Connery's reputation as the best would also have taken a beating.
Has to be Sanchez. Whilst he's far from the 'best' villain or the smartest villain or the most world-dominatingly deluded villain, he can easily be considered the one you would least want to meet.
A classic Bond villain has enough charm to be tolerable for a while. You would not want to be anywhere near Sanchez for any time at all.
Re: Tipping?! At Starbucks?!
Seconded. Since when was tipping for coffee standard practice? Even in the States?