96 posts • joined 16 Oct 2012
Is Clusterf**king the new Snafu?
A stitch in time
If they can rush through Drip so quickly to defend the country, why can't they do the same with the Recall bill & save democracy from drowning in justified cynicisim? That bill was promised 5 years ago & has been progressively watered down to another stitchup.
You may think that vested interests are fully at play, but I could'nt possibly say that. Watched the original "House of cards" last night, chuckled a lot in how little has changed. Though I also believe that "Yes Minister" is also hit the nail on the head!
Re: Punish the innocent
My statement "terrorists will easily evade these measures" is retorical in effect. As it implies that they will useless as counter insurgency measure, or for that matter catching pedophiles (especially as they have told everyone the method!!), so leaving the innocent to be punished, controlled, by installing the paranoia of being snooped upon and loss of another bit of liberty, (so protect & preserve the status quo).
Punish the innocent
So the terrorists will easily evade these measures, and we not only have another bit of our freedom compromised, but pay for it in our taxes!
We elect these people every five years to run & lead the coutry based upon their manifesto's. Every time they fail to deliver, do the opposite of what was promised with the "we did'nt relise the true situation" excuse, or blatently run rampent over thier mandate to govern & put in place more powers to preserve the status quo.
No wonder people have little faith.
E mailed my MP voicing my concerns of yet another emergency measure rushed through that takes away that which we are supposed to be defending!
Also pointed out the past eye wateringly high cost of such Government IT projects & the dismall success & performance they deliver. Asked how does this tally in these austere times. Also asked what measures they are to be put in place to protect our data against leaks (another Gov IT failing), but also about it being flogged off, ( like our medical & tax records!).
To be fair to my MP, he does respond in sufficient to too much depth, but still tows the party line.
Can it just be that a team will always beat a a group of individuals? Outsourcing breaks the job into a series of discreet projects, making essential communication, its speed, iteration of solution, sharing of technical breakthroughs or dangers, team building & much much more, difficult if not impossible. Examples MRCA, Eurofighter, F35, & 787 all demonstrate what can & will go wrong!
Was not the success of the Skunk works built upon a close knit multidisciplined team to the extent of desks touching plus Kelly Johnsons iron rule & genius? Results cost effective designs including the SR71 to the Stealthfighter.
So the real suprise about the 787 is that there is a suprise!
Re: Very similar to the APT
With our technical advances are often binned by poor management understanding of development program & ignorant UK press. For example its been sold back to us in the form of the Italian Pendolino!
Boeing often benifits from bleeding edge risks, didn't they gain considerably when we shared the invalueable airframe fatigue data from the Farnbourgh Comet tests post tragedies, so they could check, revise & enhance the 707 performance & saftey?
Funny we never see 2 way traffic from the special relationship.
Re: Boeing is not too bad at moonshots...
At least the a B17 got to the Moon! ref WW2 Bomber found on Moon", as reported & photographed by Sunday Sport National newspaper in the 1980's!!!
That papers headlines used to lighten & brighten my sundays trip to the Newsagent, never bought it thou
(honest, might be worth somthing now if I had and kept it!)
Its probably as truthfull as much of the garbage we are fed by the papers of today.
Re: overpriced, overbudget and designed by a committee of clueless people
The Eurofigher project is a paragon of lean & mean if you compare it to the Lockheed Martin cluster fucked F35! They will not likely to be awarded a prime contractorship by the Dod again!
Re: C30 C60 C90
Re: Back to CD
MP3 will remain the dominant download format as long as people continue to buy the flashy cheap low quality audio systems as they always have, (always seams to be the girls who do this, including my wife who wants it to match the decour first!). The Hifi system I built back in the mid 70's still serves me well & only have added a Cd deck. Its prime purpose is to be audably transparent & let all the music through (thou wife would like it tobe invisible too !) Checking out new equipment, my ears have not found anything within my budget that would improve on it & can easily tell the difference between Mp3, digital remastering & the superior Cd (unremastered!)
Try before you buy.
Been doing it from borrowing & sometimes recording mates Lp's, copying singles off the radio on to Cassette, to rummaging around You Tube, ( now to check if I really want the Cd of my old Vinyl). In all cases the act of borrowing/copying has resulted in an introduction to new artists & future purchases.
The thing is, there is evidence to support that freedom to lend, borrow, record & rip has been benificial financially & expanded the market of the music industry, Big corporate labels DRM & copyright have not.
Downloads now appear to me lack this type of portability, ( DRM gone but still a painful memory). Add to this its apparent fragile, low quality (lossy MP3 & digital remastering) & temporary nature (inherited vinyl of 40 aged 40 years & is still playable, a bucket load of 3 year old dead hard, flash drives & players). I can see the compact portability benifit Mp3's, but the cost outlined above, the additional time needed to maintian a viable backup, transfer to new equipment & that the big labels like it, all put me off big time!
Bricked up Samsung
Although they have probably patched a fix, the loss of trust that Samsung's UEFI firmware bug introduced, that bricked up many of their laptops when adding Linux or a different Windows release put these on my naughty list. This and other personal experience of short lived other products, the introduction of region locking (Note 3), have placed a doubt in my mind to their quality image.
Samsung leaving the PC market, never mind!
Is it 1st April already?!!!
Or is the 2nd Dec the new 1st April?
I didn't realise we were so short of news that this actually got air time!
Too close for comfort
With all these warnings, threats, detentions at airports, symbolic destruction & whatever comes next, it could be deduced that something of high importance, that can only be seen when added to the greater scheme of things, has been compromised by the files?
Problem with that of course is, why draw attention to it and make such a hash at destroying it?
My only conclusion is that the Establishment did this in order to put pressure on the media to consider further releases very, very carefully with these serious FUD tactics.
Re: New Synonym?
What, anyone called Dave?
Yes because we have to be sure!
For some odd reason, this poem/thought reminds me of the actions of the establishment.
Every night they visit you,
Every night they come,
And bit by bit they steal your brain,
And feed it to their Mum
The Madness Hamsters by Edward Monkton
Just to say a big hello to those at GCHQ & their NSA chumms!
With that statement you could be considered subversive in some circles!
Re: Journalism is dead, long live the Queen
Heading to a future of perpetual servalance & corporate servatude, sorry but we are there. All achieved by legislation brought in, supported by manuipulating the fear and orchestrating excessive public knee jerk reaction to the actions of a few radical groups.
Linux market share
Post April next year & judging by the intent of many here to run XP virtually within Linux, it will be interesting to see if Linux substantially breaks the ( mythical?) 1% share!
X B7 live?
Requires XBox live, so B7 remake will comes with strings attached in the fine tradition of the original
Wheels within wheels?
Now there is nothing to stand in the way of Apple taking up a license from Samsung & paying their dues (or have Apple just been hanging back to gain Presedential backing to force a lower licence price against a deal on tax repatriation? ).
With such bad Karma, prehaps Steve is destined to be reincarnated as a Korean to work for Samsung?
Re: One Hundred and Eighty ?
Prehaps we can add MOD procures 180,000 Windows 8 licenses ( bargain none downgradable version!) that list of disasters!
No one said it was Windows 7.
Re: Avoid the tax avoidance!!!
As you can see, I agree with you on a sales / transaction tax & the reduction/ elimination of Corporation tax . The benifit being that it should not effect those who have been paying their taxes, if done properly, Corp tax reduction should be balanced by sales/ transaction tax increase.
My only concern is that this is too good &there is bound tobe some Brussels regulation that will either knock the simplicity out of it or prohibit it altogether!
Is it not the ever growing complexity of the tax system that is allowing these corporations to legally find & exploit loopholes?
The solution will not be found by yet more layers of regulation, international agreements, wholescale rationalisation of the tax system (desirable but no political will & massivelymayexpensive/disruptive & bound to befudged by vested interests).
As we are losing tax revenue by trying to retrive what is an increasingly difficult to apply corporate tax, would not be more effective & fair to replace it with a point of sale tax ? After all we the consumers only see the final price & if the likes of Apple do pass it on to us, the laws of supply & demand may come into play with a more even playing field for the local competition & at least it stays in the economy rather than pilfered out of the country.
Re: Why don't they just close the loopholes?
Such Corporations do actually benifit by exploiting their Uk employees with wages only livable on through subsidies from welfare, Nhs, education, they also benifit from using the infrastructure, the legal system (Apples main r&d!) which of course is all funded by taxation from you, me & small medium businesses.
So I do object to seeing my tax being sucked out of our economy,bolstering these corporations profits, giving them an unfair advantage over local competition & increasing the tax deficit.
Any estimates on how much tax revenues the multi nationals will actually contribute to the UK from tbis Gas Bonanza!!!! Probably as much as the real recoverable reserves/ estimated.
Another point, any one else notice how the North/ South border moves in relation to the economies perceived strength? I keep hearing how HS2 will benifit the north. Last time I looked Birmingham was in the Midlands! Sorry but that was before the City canonbalised our manufacturing base funded by North Sea Oil.
Re: Suspect it won't be 'that much' of a lemon from MS's perspective
The average Joe & Jane have mostly been told by their friends that W8 is awful. Being none technical they have invested years getting used to doing things one way, only to find the rug pulled out from under them with W8.
So when they go into Pc World, they play with the W8 Laptops they can afford, (none touch), then amble over to the tablets & find that they do all that they want, without hassle. The salesman seeing this closes the sale rather than watching them walk out the door with nothing. Result, the average consumer now realises there is a real choice to the over spec'd Wintel offerings forced on in the recent past. Prehaps this is what Steve Jobs decided to exploit & labeled the post PC era.
Steam introduced an online model with games without resale, so other than with respect to the DRM, spying, games cost, portability, constant validation, need to buy console & general distrust of MS, why was there not a simular outcry? Is it the size & influence that MS has on its larger gaming market share?
Duplicitous Police morality
No wonder the Teliban call the US the great Satan.
Excuse me there's some one ran the door bell.....................................
A League of gentleman
I cynically wonder if there is any political will to change the byzantine nature of our tax system when it benefits the professionals who make up a a fair proportion of MPs in Parliament.
With G8 coming prehaps we could see a global tax for global corporations.
Paris, because she knows the value of kiss.
Old boy network alive & well?
If one refer's to the Smith Ìnstitute Survey on who governs Britan its summary was
"Parlement today better reflects the gender balance and is more ethnically diverse, but in the terms of educational & vocational background the new political elite look remarkably like the old establishment. It is suprising how many of our MP's were privately educated, went to Oxbridge and worked in the professions, particularly the Conservatives and Lib Dems. It seams that our Parliament is becoming less representative in terms of education and occupation, and continues to attract similar types of people from a narrow professional base".
With this in mind, what is the likelyhood of persuading your MP & using the established democratic process to change laws & enact tax reform?
I did find it dissappointing to hear this morning that both BP & Shell's Uk headquarters were raided by the EU looking for evidence of price fixing, why was'nt our UK authorities dealing with it, why the big suprise from the MP's questioned, I wonder?
I suspect that with this inbreed cronisim, nepotism, lack of real world experience & vested interests the Global Corps will continue to evade there moral dues.
I genuinely hate W8, but upvoted your post because I respect your integrity for merely saying it works for you & I suspect others. In my book your opinion on actual use does not merit down votes.
Adobe flash updates anyone?
No thanks, I'll stick with the Malware.
The name is Popov, Dusko Popov.
He was a Serbian, double agent who worked for the British Intelligence during WW2, fed misinformation to the Nazi's including false D day locations & times. Also gathered intelligence including actual details of Pearl Harbour attack which Hoover ignored ( despised Popov's colouful playboy character).
Ian Flemming's experience working with Popov lead in part, to the creation of James Bond.
The Perfect Spy?
If Brabford simply wanted a film/book to illustrate the shadowy ( duplicitous, amoral & seedy) nature of intelligence work, did he or has he considered Le Carrie's " The spy who came in from the cold". The film in its bleak black & white complemented by Richard Burtons complimentary performance of resigned dissolute operative haunts me still.
Did IBM DRM protect @ molecular level too?!
Its the issuing of bonds against an asset that has been gained by questionable morals that has upset people here & which the article points to.
Re: Practical solutions
I agree that Apple have not done anything illegal, but the point is they are morally deficient & actions are damaging to SMB's, hence to the economy & ultimately us.
As I originally stated I have with others, approached, written, emailed (& received responses) my MP, the deputy PM on this & other issues.
Unfortunately I agree that my & others decision not to patronise these companies will not be noticed, but I will do this out of principal & of course enable me to look my MP squarley in the eye!
Re: Practical solutions
To those who thumbed down my exercising the democratic & market processes to attempt change.
What actions do you propose?
Please note that we have shamed the London Olympic sponsors into dropping plans to take the special tax dodges.
We are now focusing our attention upon Npowers tax limiting practices. So democracy driven by the grass roots can work & will again.
Re: Practical solutions
Where as I agree with your preservation of personal integrity (hence my thumb up on your reply), you have done this by making a moral judgement that Apple has violated a moral standard and are guilty. If you had decided to purchase, knowing & accepting this, then you would have both endorsed & profited too from that original violation & therefore guilty by association.
Hypocrisy or ignorance
Yesterday during one of those interminable wife's shopping trips, (usual does this make my bum look big in this trap! (no its your fat thst does it I think!) she decided to stop at a Starbucks for a break. I declined a coffee & justified being there to myself, by taking up a seat of a paying customer (sad cop out I know).
Next to us where a group heatedly discussing corporate tax dodging as we are now. However they where supping their Latte's & enjoying the free Wifi surfing on their iPhones!
You are what you buy?
The tax they dodge has to be picked up by you, me & the honest with increased taxes, cuts & government dept.
Such companies often hire at minimum wage which in effect is subsidised by benifits to make it a living one.
So a portion of their profits & cash mountain is our tax, that has been sucked out of our economy.
It's nice to let off steam, offer opinions & hopefully test out ideas in an open forum here. The point is to take it further & do something!
For myself I try not to patronise the tax cheats, by buying their stuff you purchase part of their guilt.
Secondly, sign petitions, written, emailed as a group & talked to my MP, MEP, councillors.
Yes, the little I do may be insignificant but as Gandhi said, it is important to do it.
What are the solutions?
1. Globalisation of tax
2. A simple point of sale tax
Both fraut with problems, inertia of self (politial)interest & potential loopholes. Would they be any less effective & inefficient?
At present it is the SMB's who are trying to complete with higher margins of honestly paying their taxes that have to be suffering. Aren't these the true engines of the economies, is such actions by Apple again stifling growth,innovativation & the world economy for the benefit of Wall Street?
I do hope not.
On reflection prehaps the Ceo of a certain Korean conglomerate might relish "coffee" with Tim!
Beats the heck out of suing him.
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