90 posts • joined 2 May 2013
Surely it is the agency that has kept your money, IBM pays the agency for a contractor to turn up, first it was you and now it is A.N.Other.
That you didn't read the contract between you and the agency is no concern of IBM or GF.
Why didn't you read a page that has a heading 'No Compensation Clauses', that is just craziness on your part, the first bits I read are 'How much I will be paid' followed by their 'Get out of paying' pages followed by the description of how many pounds of flesh/numbers of unborn offspring they will require in return.
Smart meters, surge pricing and SLAs
A maximum price I can be charged per unit for unrestricted 24/7 supply like I get now.
The ability to use real time price signals from the distributer to cap my own useage how I like so when I go to turn the immersion heater on during corrie it might ask if I want to wait a bit.
The only data sent back to the distributer should be my current demand (it's nothing to do with them what I'm doing with it)
The market should spread the load.
Generaters will still have to have sufficient backup/contingency for full peak demand like they do now.
Investors in electricity have not done badly in the past and it is time they invested in some new infrastructure to ensure the business continues and my lights don't go out.
Is it x watt per axle or per bike ?
How heavy is the Vanhoof over your manual bike ?
How much heavier is your bike than a hybrid racer with 27in + wheels, long cranks and high gears ?
(if I run out of power I'm going to have to peddle this thing home).
I can see the use in a 'connected' asthma inhaler logging times and qty delivered, synched via bluetooth to your phone it becomes an IOThingie.
Taking standard canisters and powered by the squeeze and suck of use, it could scavenge wireless from the phone when it communicates, if it used the ARM IOT protocols it could talk with other stuff.
Why would anyone want to collect data on their inhaling habits.
The only data a user is interested in is when an individual cigarette finished.
Traditionally the sensors in your fingers detect the heat and your eyes tell you it has burnt down.
On an E-Cigarette you can puff away as long as you like with no sense that you have finished.
A little row of LEDs showing it 'burning' like the real thing down would be handy. (have a 'docking out' facilty for when interrupted)
Calories not so much addictive
as habit forming.
We (as a whole) are getting fatter because we are taking the same calories in that we did when we had much more active lifestyles.
Eat slightly less and walk everywhere (at pace).
As you lose weight you are either going to have to continue to eat less and less or do more physical work (take stairs 2 at a time and run up short flights).
It can take a while to replace the habit of a lifetime with a new one.
I gave you an upvote because I like your argument even though I am in favour of a bonfire of the 'intellectual property protection' racket.
Sounds good to me
I've been meaning to get back into embedded systems for a while, I've got silicon from both ST and Atmel kicking around, time to dust off the emulator.
(the IoT could be useful in a business/commercial environment, I'm sure that I can come up with a killer ap or two given some stimulus)
I quite like Win95
What was wrong with the Win95 interface ?
Sensible start menu, file manager and apps that all had a similar menu along the top, they even had a popup command line interface.
They could have spent the last 20 years fixing the BSOD and optimising the kernel, by now it would be light quick and portable.
Re: The puzzle of the Skies
You have never heard of Erskine Childers have you ?
Here's a link
The puzzle of the Skies
They are planning an invasion, and it won't be the first time
What do you mean non-enforceable ?
I read the Ts & Cs and used your WiFi, you will take my first born whether you like it or not, by the way the Child benefit has stopped and the recalcitrant little gobshite has picked a Uni that costs £9000 per term, good luck to you.
How I have managed to survive driving half a million miles without so much as one accident is beyond me, perhaps it is because when I'm driving I make sure I am aware what is going on around me.
I don't drive slowly (given good conditions I usually drive at the limit, losing the car in front when we enter a 40 zone and catch them again once out of town as they sail along at a constant 50 not watching the road)
I don't tailgate and I don't overtake unless it's safe but I don't get in the way if someone behind me thinks it is safe (and I will ease off the gas whilst being overtaken to allow them somewhere to go)
They are called Road Traffic Accidents but there is usually nothing accidental about it, someone did not read the conditions correctly and applied the controls wrongly, the result is often a needless collision.
I'm not the best driver in the world and there is still plenty that I can learn, but I do know that blind bends, unmarked junctions, adverse conditions and unexpected items in the driving area are things that happen on every journey. It is the decisions that you take when one of these events occurs that turns it from just another thing into an 'accident'.
A lot of drivers are 'an accident waiting to happen', airbags/anti lock brakes/stability control etc. are only any use when you have managed to get yourself into trouble, I prefer to avoid getting into trouble in the first place (which means constant concentration and risk evaluation as you go)
Horrible thing, overpriced junk, just like the rest.
Like most modern cars this one has lots of 'features' to bump up the price.
Most of the inside is taken up with 500 airbags, impact protection zones, automated emergency callout, tyre pressure warning automatic wiper/light gizmos that add almost nothing to the driving experience other than addin weight.
A Reliant Regal weighed less than half what this POS does thirty years ago. (ok it only had 3 wheels but they were bigger)
Starting price of 11 grand, are they having a laugh ? The moment you drive off the forecourt it will revert to its real value of about 7. (and start to fall rapidly)
You can buy a Vauxhall Agila (which is actually a Japanese made Suzuki Splash) brand new for less than £9500, no deposit, 5 years interest free and they will throw in £500 of free fuel.
It's the same crap little car with no performance but you can at least get more stuff in it.
Whilst Gordon 10 is correct, 'Low price = low room for movement', I think this is more to do with lack of capital investment and the barriers to entry being high.
If you are an existing player there is no incentive to put more capacity into the network as this will increase supply faster than demand resulting in lower prices and smaller ROI.
Unless there is a new disruptive technologie that reduces costs/barriers or the current capacity is used up then I think we will see monopoly/cartelisation and resulting price increases/service stagnation.
Prices on the expensive routes will fall as the players concentrate on the high margin routes, prices on the cheaper routes will stagnate until the infrastructure falls over and the Gov has to step in.
Whilst my hearing isn't what it used to be (too many Black Sabbath/Motorhead/Uriah Heep gigs in a mispent youth), I can hear a perceptable difference between full fat and skinny when listening in my living room, not so much when in the garden and I think it is to do with the furnishings/stuff absorbing/echoing different frequencies/harmonics etc.
Re: No Easy Solution
Patents have absolutely nothing to do with innovation, they are a monopoly granted to the person who makes it first in front of the King (USPTO) with a sufficiently large bribe.
Unless you were raised in a cave by wolves then all your ideas are derivative (and time sensitive)
If you don't want people copying your wonderful, unique and non-derivative ideas then keep them to yourself.
Do you really think that on a planet of 7bn plus people that no one else is thinking of the same thing ?
One easy solution
Getting rid of all patents would stop the trolls in their tracks.
It might even save the consumer some money by getting rid of this lot as well
And Here is a Question for Ed Milliband
Are you going to send Eric Daniels to New York to face charges of laundering money to a terrorist state (Iran) whilst CEO of Lloyds if you become PM ?
No point in asking Dave, he's just a pillock.(already in a pocket)
Re: Correction: It was the mortgage brokers, not the banks
That may have been true at the start but once the party got started they all wanted (needed) a slice of the pie.
A bank exists to lend money, the more money it lends the bigger the bank, the bigger the bank the more the CEO gets paid.
The maximum price a good can sell for is the amount of money the purchaser has at their disposal.
A mortgage leverages up the maximum amount of money a purchaser can offer.
Bigger lending = bigger bank = bigger payoff to executives.
Bigger lending = more risk = crash at some point (it is a pyramid)
1. forego some profit by getting out early (traditional) but if you get out too early the shareholders will crucify you
2. get so big that you become Too Big To Fail (and gamble on .Gov to bail you out)
Option 1 is a non-starter, would you want to be the (now redundant) CEO who missed out on the big one ?
Option 2 it is then, M&A between banks reached fever pitch and just before the crash, Lehmans got pushed under the bus. (big enough to pop the balloon, not big enough to be in the Big Boys club)
It was systemic fraud from start to finish, they knew what they were doing, the precedent was the .Com boom.
The banks, who for years had been laundering money from drug smugglers to terrorists and the CIA, felt they were impregnable, they had the government over a barrel (because they had colluded in the aforementioned illegalities) and so the government bailed them out.
The ordinary people will be paying for the banks (and your governments) malfeasence for years.
It wasn't subprime borrowers, they were just marks who were told that if they could hang in there for a year or two they would make money, by people who deal with money everyday (the banks)
The banking system is corrupt to the core and it controls the state and the government.
Good luck with fixing the economics of that.
 the real marks are ordinary taxpayers ie. rising taxes with reducing services.
Re: Economics cannot be modelled
Don't you know that the logic mines are almost exhausted ?
Everyday software engineers and programmers the world over have to find ever more convoluted ways of achieving simple tasks because all the easy code has been mined and copyrighted.
So unless you are modelling your economy in Plasticene(tm), you are all out of resource.
(and no, you can't use it like that, it's outside the Ts & Cs)
Re: subprime lending
'didn't want to obey the laws of economics.'
Economics is not a science but an art.
There is only one absolute law of economics and that is
Labour that is not used today is not available to be used tomorrow.
(similar to Epoxy that is mixed now will not be spreadable in an hour or so)
Re: Mark assets to Market
The People were incidental (but vital), the whole purpose of NINJA and Low Start loans was to inflate the value of the properties, higher property prices means bigger loans which means bigger profits for the banks and bonuses for the salespeople and executives.
Before M2M a few defaults didn't matter because the value of the remaining assets was rising, non-performing loans were rescheduled at the new higher valuations.
M2M had the laudible aim of assigning a realistic valuation of an asset (not necessarily property) in the current market so that investors could make sensible decisions, what they didn't see was what would happen to overly inflated asset prices in a disorderly market.
They also did not believe that an asset could have zero value ('it must be worth something'), in fact an asset (of any class) does not carry the value attribute, value is an attribute of the individual transaction and doesn't tell you anything about what the next identical asset will fetch (as each transaction is a unique market in itself)
It was inevitable it would go belly up at some point but it was M2M that triggered it.
What should have happened is all the investors (including you via savings and pensions etc.) should have gone bankrupt and the assets disposed of.
As to your consumer debt, destroying the interest bearing debt by making payments slows inflation (which the BoE is desperately trying to combat)
The problem is who defines the general good, is it you and Karel De Gucht or any other ideologue that supports your view ?
What if I don't agree, will you steamroller me anyway ?
The next crisis will be along shortly
and this time they are after your pension (they have already secured acces to your savings, Cypress was a template)
Re: And you think your simplistic cause is the correct one?
FAZ157 (mark to market) triggered the crash.
Before its implementation
10 houses each worth 100,000 = 1million
1 defaults and is sold at auction for 75,000
There are now 9 houses at 100,000 and one at 75,000 = 975,000
10 houses at 100,000 = 1million
1 fire sale at 75,000
Mark assets to Market
10 houses at 75,000 = 750,000
250,000 of value has been destroyed at a stroke despite the other nine houses still performing.
A margin call follows the devaluation and so more assets are liquidated at ever decreasing returns which lowers all values and triggers more margin calls.
It didn't matter too much at first because the difference in the loan value and resale value was insured.
Then AIG collapsed under a blizzard of insurance claims and all those full value loans on those rapidly devaluing assets was uninsured.
The Credit Crunch followed as no one could lend or borrow against an asset that could spiral to 0 value.
That was why Mark to Market was suspended.
Debt: The First 5000 Years by David Graeber gives you an idea of how the system currently works, why and who benefits (and you are correct, it isn't you)
Article is wrong on so many counts
The cause of the crash was FAS157, an accounting change.
The reason the crash has been so deep and long is there was/is an incorrect accounting of risk (spreading it out does not reduce it).
The problem is not in Economics, it is in Accounting, we account for the wrong things and so allocate resources into the wrong places.
One of the few statements I can agree with is
'One issue that is glaring is that the average person has no idea about economics on any scale from domestic to national.'
The author demonstrates his averageness brilliantly.
You want patent protection but not trolls, well sorry to inform you but they come with the territory, it is either both or none.
Open Source ?
I might be wrong but I'm sure that when I looked at it a few years ago the info page said that when the guy who wrote it either finished it or got bored he was going to release it as open source, although fair play to him, I'd have sold for that kind of money as well.
"Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others"
Re: Public domain.
I love your rosy view of the motives of a giant corporation.
Have they patented this (rather dubious) idea and then put it into the public domain so that anybody can use it ?
If Google want to stop patent trolls they would be better setting up and publicising a website where anybody can post their good ideas, that they personally aren't going to use, in order to put them in the public domain and stop someone else monopolising them.
If I want to exploit an idea from the website all I have to do is acknowledge the originator.
Crowdsource innovation and crowd out the trolls.
Get rid of copyright and this becomes a non-problem.
Might save some legitimate consumers some money too.
All of your infrastructure...
So BT think that the prices they charge in a Brand New Country will be higher, I have to agree on the basis that they will own no assets in this new country.
There are no rules that say anybody owns anything because there are no rules, no trade agreements, no memberships of mutually beneficial/exclusive clubs, nothing.
The allocation of assets in a newly independent Scotland will be an issue for the people of Scotland alone (unless they are conquered by someone else).
I think that BT et al meant to say that prices for existing customers outside of Scotland will surely rise because the debt to asset ration of said companies will rise and so will interest rates and margin calls.
Scotlands Last Chance
This is Scotlands last chance at independence, if the people vote no you can be sure that every last drop of oil and wisp of gas will be pumped out as fast as possible to stop them from trying again.
Devo Max (or whatever they call it this week) is a smokescreen, every important decision without thought for the people in the regions, will be taken in London (as it is now).
The Scots should have their own currency (initially 1 Scot for eack 10UKP).
It should be positive money, created by the Scottish Central Bank, not like the current UK version whereby the private banks create money as debt (inflating the currency but only after they have loaned it, thereby gaining first spender privilege)
They should institute a Land Value Tax to reverse the clearance, this would allow them to abolish corporation, income and inheritance taxes.
Private banks in Scotland should be full reserve and should operate as financial intermediaries (lending out depositors money like people think English banks work now, they don't).
There should be a National Bank that has a current account with real time transactions, no overdrafts or loans.
The National Bank should have a savings account that returns purchasing power equivalent only.
Only the National Bank should be guaranteed by the Central Bank.
The private banks can take deposits and lend at interest, caveat emptor.
As has been pointed out above a new country is a business opportunity, given stable and transparent regulation, business will thrive.
As for the share of the UK National Debt that should be shouldered by the Scots, how much Scottish oil and gas has already been hoovered up by London to spend on England ? Lets call it quits then.
A 'YES' win might rid us English of Cameron, Clegg and Milliband (although they would be replaced by other numpties who could be gotten rid of in the longer term), I for one could wish for no greater thing
I'm sure that 'No' will be announced the winner in a close run referendum but as Joe Stalin said
'The people who cast the votes don't decide an election, the people who count the votes do.'
They should have used the Blockchain
Re: The BBC is probably right
The group W bench is getting a bit crowded with seven of us on here.
The BBC is probably right
The vast majority of internet users are copyright pirates and there is only one solution to this problem and that is to abolish copyright completely.
Robin Hood took taxes like the rest of the bandits but he targetted the rich and not the poor which is why he was/is a hero.
Re: Nightmare at 20,000'
That gave me nightmares that one
It's alive, I tell you ! It's alive !
And now it has guns !!
Size does matter
Rolex is not listed but might be worth 20 - 30 bn dollars, Apple is worth nearly 600 bn dollars.
Although cooperation using swiss self winding to power iGadget and Rolex quality and pricing might keep apple as an iwant and drag Rolex etc. into the 21st cent.
I'm waiting for the ihat that uses the heat from my head as a power supply for my isee (like google glass but cooler/better/expensive)
The Beeb could send a crew down to follow a Code Club for a term, following what they do and how they achieve it, they could do pieces on Technocamps showing off their skills and learnng from each other.
Peer to Peer Reality TV that might encourage participation.
'There's a whole raft of opinions on this'
'There are some strong arguments'
I'm interested in the question
"would the absence of a patent/copyright system encourage or stifle creativity/innovation ?"
Maybe Randall knows.
Pint for the links to papers etc.
Rampant, It was convincing until 'Strong IP'
Read your history, IP is only enforced once vested interests have established themselves.
Rampant - good points
You make some very good points, all of which should be subject to open and frank discussion.
I will take the liberty of responding in reverse order cuz I keep scrolling up and down. (surely someone has a patent on keeping track of argument)
Sigma. Nikon and Canon.
Two big players developed a (possibly unique and wholly innovative) new system, it probably took them years and cost many $.
Sigma (allegedly) ripped them off, except N & C had many years to develop their products and bring them to market, no doubt using the 'Nikon' or whatever brand to sell them, me as a professional photographer can't risk using some upstarts (Sigma) kit cuz my clients want to have the confidence that I know what I'm doing, they want Nikon or nothing. Sigma (whether they ripped off the tech or developed it independently) will always be at a disadvantage because they are second to market.
So holding a patent is not the advantage, commercialising it first with a reputable brand is.
Copyright isn't a con - I agree with that (surprisingly) I do question its usefulness, surely an album of Bailey prints is worth more if David signs each one individually in ink (or blood), is the unsigned one produced in the same printers worth less ? what about the one produced down the road, sold for half the price that doesn't have the 'official' stamp ? (where is the value, the print, the printer or the blood ?)
'I would have to recoup that (minus additional production costs) in a single sale.'
Isn't that how Van Gogh worked ?
Isn't it true that the 'unlicenced' copies (because he died a long time ago) and prints produced by TD&H maximise his popularity which is reflected in the desirability of an original, withou this popularity would his paintings be worth any more than £30
Would you have left the security of your job for the 'wild west' without copyright protection ? I don't know, would you still be subject to the lawnsprinkler if you hadn't. That is an individual decision.
Would you still be in business if the rules were changed ?
Before the rules were imposed (usually arbitrarily by a King in favour of an individual) there was a free for all yet commerce still thrived.
Sorry for the long post but copyright and patent is a big issue.
There are vested interests who wish to keep and stengthen IP
There are vested interests who like the status quo
There are vested interests who would like to weaken IP
There are vested interests who would like to abolish IP altogether
And there is someone who asks who really benefits from the IP system and where is the evidence.
To the Mystery Thum Downer
I offer this
show me yours
VinceH - a fair point
(who is the mystery thumbs downer then ?)
I write software as well, I'm fairly sure that some of the assembler I write has been written before (and I've been doing it since the late 70's), just how many combinations of 0's and 1's can you get, jeez I just want the value on a pin.
Do you carve your software from raw logic, deep in the mine where no one has been before, where unique logic conditions are there to be found and utilised by only those who can grab that monopoly first ?
If you work for a company then they own all your output (even the stuff you do at home for fun), You work for yourself, you get to keep what you do plus all the stuff your employees create.
Give us a clue then, how much of your stuff has been used (without your permission) by others ?
How much of that stuff would have been used if the users had known that you could enforce payment ? How do you value the lost revenue ?
I'm glad that you have been in business for more than 25 years, I assume that you have worked bloody hard to make it the success that it is and that rather than relying on the one idea you had 25 years ago to pay your pension, you have continued to innovate and improve your output, if so you rightly deserve the rewards of that hard work.
I asked for evidence that copyright/patents encourage innovation/creativity/enterprise.
'I doubt I would have ever bothered' isn't evidence, in fact I think you would have persevered (and succeeded) whatever obstacles were put in your way.
A thumbs down is not evidence Vince
I'm already in range
I take it you are in favour of patents/copyright, fair enough.
Can you point me to any evidence that patents/copyright promotes invention/artistic achievement rather than stifling it.
Any evidence will do, just provide me a link or two.
I missed the story about monkey photographer copyright discrimination but on the Apple animated sidewalls story I made a comment with this title
'Patents and Copyright should be scrapped (Trademarks are ok though)'
and gained 2 upvotes so there are at least 3 people who think the same.
If three people come onto the register and say that 'Patents and Copyright should be scrapped' we got ourselves a movement.
The Register anti-patent and copyright movement . . . and all you gotta do to join is to sing it the next time it comes around on the guitar.
Patents and Copyright should be scrapped (Trademarks are ok though)
This is one example of why patents and copyright should be scrapped, they do not (as some people believe) protect the inventor so that he can reap the benefits of his new invention, they are soley to protect the interests of a select group at the expense of everyone else.
If you write a wonderful new book/piece of music (possibly using a new (non-derivative) character set or set of never before heard sounds) and you don't want anybody else to benefit then keep it to yourself.
If you invent a (non-derivative) new machine and you don't want anybody utilising your ideas, then keep it to yourself.
Will this put a dampner on any new stuff ?
If I come up with something new then I have first user advantage, anybody I choose to share this idea with will be subject to contract of non-disclosure.
Most 'new' ideas are derivative and time dependent, if Edison hadn't invented the lightbulb when he did then someone else would have done (or allegedly did)
The USA got to be a world leader in innovation by ignoring GB patents, Japan did likewise, China also.
Once a country matures, vested interests move to ensure patents are upheld to stop newcomers utilising the advantages those interests used in the first place.
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