29 posts • joined 27 Dec 2012
The ultimate TV companion
I'd want a single box under my telly that had:
* multi-region DVD recorder
* twin DTV tuner
* is quiet
* can be a photo/video/music server
* that I can access from the outside world
* and is a plug-in-and-go consumer item that doesn't require complex configuration
Yes, I know that it's possible to kludge something together using XBMC but I can't believe that someone doesn't want to sell me a shrink-wrapped appliance for a reasonable price and doesn't want to tie me to their proprietary software.
Yet another Linux bore
Here at home, I was worried about the fate of our 12-year-old Dell laptop running XP SP3 (horrifically slowly, I should add), so decided to throw caution to the wind and did a wipe/install of Lubuntu (as I figured it may not cope with a regular distro).
The most laborious task was finding an old enough version of Lubuntu that didn't care about the laptop's Pentium M processor, and going through two full version updates to bring it up to date.
Not everything worked straight away, but Google was my friend and I've been surprised at how much I've been able to get functional - even wireless scanning and running Office 2003 under Wine.
Basically, I've saved myself hundreds of pounds and avoided having to throw a functioning computer in a skip. I'm now tempted to go through the XP kit at work and see what 'obsolete' hardware I can resurrect
Re: Some Would
"But at least we'd have a choice"
You already have a choice. No-one's putting a gun to your head and forcing you to have a TV.
We'd end up paying a lot more than £145/yr for a subscription-based BBC.
Call me naive, but I'd like politicians to fix broken things. And in the grand scheme of things, the funding method for the BBC comes way, way down the list of things that are broken.
Fuck 'em - tax-dodging bastards
That is all.
Re: Surprised that u r surprised?
Think you need to read up on your history, because the overwhelming majority of advances in Britain during that time happened *despite* the aristocracy, not because of them.
Re: Judges don't comment
Spot on. Leveson's role was to investigate and write a report with recommendations - which he did.
It's now up to politicians to take those recommendations and establish a functional framework.
That's their job - not his.
The wealthy ones can buy their way out of trouble
And that's another thought - is their phone OS going to actually help them?
Let's run with this idea, and take it all the way through to a newly nuclear weapon-free United Kingdom being ejected from the permanent members of the UN Security Council.
Can you begin to imagine the geo-political implications of such an action and what it would do to the efforts to contain nuclear proliferation?
Forget Cold War defence models - our model should be Israel
Israel is at far greater risk of nuclear attack than we are, and they are perfectly happy with using conventional means to deliver their Samson Option.
They see little point in buying and maintaining dedicated weapons systems that exist solely to not be used, and we should be the same.
Re: Bill is right this time.
It's more like -
Company A pays 100% of the assessed tax on their profits in country A because they're based with country A.
Company B pays 2% to various accountants and 10% to country B, even though the profits were generated in country A.
Firstly this skews the market in favour of incumbent multinationals and away from competitive local business, and secondly it effectively puts the tax rates on individuals in country A up as the government is denied funds from business.
Adam Smith would be turning in his grave at this (although of course the twats down at the Adam Smith Institute like to pretend otherwise).
Wrong as usual, Tim.
If Tim "I know the price of everything and the value of nothing" Worstall puts out a position on something, then you know the right course of action is the exact opposite.
Tim thinks the the internet means we don't need to spend any money trying to get to places quicker or to free up capacity for existing travellers. And he's arrogant enough to think that just because he can use the internet to do his work then everyone else should too (no matter what their employers think).
Contrary to what most people think, Britain still does make stuff. Some of it is quite big and bulky and samples can't be posted to prospective clients. Speeding up connectivity between the light and heavy industry areas of Birmingham, the East Midlands, Yorkshire and Manchester is going to be a boost to these very sectors we are wanting to grow.
Of course, this won't be popular with all the City twats that Tim likes to hobnob with down at the Adam Smith Institute, but then Tim is a symbol of all that's harmed this country in the first place.
Boo hoo hoo
Oh noes! Evil Leftists make me watch their propaganda.
Only last week on Question Time, only three of the five panel were right-wing (and one of them was leftist lickspittle Ken Clarke!)
This clearly indicates the left liberal bias of the Stalinist BBC, and I demand to watch the BBC's programmes for free.
It's not just social media that can be tracked...
Who made the mistake of making their comment board usernames the same?
Attention Michelin Guides
Whilst you're waving the legal stick around, just buy the domain off him for £5k and have done with it.
"I can understand the need to protect true journalistic sources, but that doesn't include people who help you develop an editorial policy on a topic."
It does when there's loonies out there who send death threats to scientists over their stance on climate change.
Because if they didn't and one of them got attacked, then the Beeb would have got it in the neck for making them unsafe.
Re: In criticising the BBC and their alleged agenda
"I'm being led to believe you work for or are somehow linked to the BBC due to your defensiveness."
This is like the comments on the Daily Telegraph blog. Expressing an opinion contrary to the website's weather vane brings out the conspiracy theorists!
There are loons on both sides threatening the other. This isn't a one way street.
Er, as far as this particular issue about the BBC is concerned it is a one-way street.
Re: Point of fact
Or, you know, you could choose not to have a telly Rupert.
...that there's loads of loons out there who think nothing of making death threats to climate scientists, it's only reasonable that a degree of anonymity is allowed.
How do you make URLs clickable, by the way?
Paradox worked rather well for Windows
True, but it took them ages to release a Windows version because Borland decided to replace the previous Paradox Application Language with an object-orientated model that wasn't backwards-compatible with previously-written Paradox for DOS apps.
I remember this particular period well, as I worked in IT training at the time.
All of the big boys who made the industry standards at the time - 1-2-3, WordPerfect and Paradox (ok, not a standard as such but still immensely popular) suffered greatly when porting from DOS to Windows. Anyone else remember WP5.2 for Windows? Yeuch.
By the time they'd got the glitches ironed out in basic functionality it was too late.
Re: a note on calibres and stuff
"I'm also slightly surprised that the UK govt didn't go with something from H&K. After all they are owned by the UK Gov's favorite armsdefense company BAe."
Not any more - BAe sold HK off a few years back.
Now I'm perplexed as to which HP you're a "HP Cynic" about...
I guess someone at the MOD finally got themselves a Cypress Hill album
That is all.
re: Four principles
It's still interesting to note that you still plugging the line that 'it's legal, so there's nothing wrong with it'.
What's even more interesting that you still can't bring yourself to comment on Adam Smith's Four Principles of Taxation in this instance. Instead, we get a soft-shoe shuffle - from someone who belongs to the Adam Smith Institute, no less!
The irony of the whole situation is that you whine and sneer about groups like UK Uncut, but they seem to have a clearer idea on taxes being equitable between persons than you do!
An outsider would think that you should therefore have nothing to do with the ASI, but of course anyone possessing a reasonable smattering of economic history can recognise that the Adam Smith Institute doesn't in fact promote all of Smith's work but instead cherry-picks the parts that support its own biased and morally corrupt agenda.
So crack on, fella. It's always entertaining to see the moral and intellectual somersaults that a fat cheque can encourage.
Re: Four principles
"I gather that Tim does understand the 4 (principles of taxation)"
How do you gather that? Tim has been supporting the likes of Starbucks taking advantage of mechanisms to reduce their corporation tax payments to virtually zero when direct competitors like Costa with a comparable amount of pre-tax profit are unable to.
How exactly is that fair? And if Tim does understand the Four Principles, then why is he unable to tell us how the practice he defends to the hilt is fair?
Never trust someone offering to 'lead you through the economics'...
...when they don't understand economics themselves.
You can only laugh at a fellow of the Adam Smith Institute who doesn't understand Smith's Four Principles of Taxation (you know, the first thing that was taught in 'O' Level Economics).
Why the f**k does The Register employ this clown? Is it purely for the hit rate?
Re: Published data
Would that be the Cato Institute that is funded by billionaire business people seeking an intellectual framework for their rampant self-interest?
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