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That must be one of the most openly cynical things I've read of a company doing in a good while.
Nice one HP, remind me not to buy your stuff.
Re: I Blame the EU
It's the bankers, I tell ya.
(Well, Global Warming had already been taken)
What about an import tax then
Now I'm no accountant, as my accountant knows all too well, but seeing as these 'profits' are being eaten up by 'paying for stuff' from a parent/sibling company in a different tax domain, then presumably these 'purchases' the UK-based
laundering operation makes to the elsewhere company are imports. Kinda like Hollywood accounting but cross-jurisdiction.
Therefore create an import good class of 'dodgy sibling company purchase' and tax the FUCK out of it, no?
Should I be in Whitehall instead billing £1500/day for coming up with shit like this for some working committee?
Pint for everyone as it's Friday.
"pay its fair share of tax" - @ the goalpost-moving politicians:
Wrong. They do. You clowns set the laws under which they pay that.
Sort your shit out and they will continue to comply with the laws you set.
Can we all agree perhaps
That these Animal Rights Super Elite Sysops (ARSES) need to get out and cuddle some badgers then report back how fluffywuffy they are
tooth face to face?
Assuming they ever really did what they claim which, given that Anonymous do this kind of thing on a daily basis and still never claim this depth of access (that I remember recently at least), seems like bullshit.
Re: What a pity...
Quite right too.
If only he'd simply just murdered someone.
"XBOX Vista" already dead?
Given that the new XBOX is essentially a totally new machine with zero backward compatibility (at least PS4 will have something via Gaikai) and has all the control freakery going on then there's nothing to tempt 360 users into its ecosystem, even 2 years down the line as secondhand games bundled with secondhand consoles will be pointless.
Unless you're a confirmed SONY hater or an utter XBOX fanbod the PS4 just seems like the sane choice of where to put your cash. I know I won't be getting an XBOX One - probably ever, I'll leave that experience with my 360 - but I think I might just grab a PS4.
It's scary how many Nazi quotes seem apposite to the USA
(Even the ones that can't be verified)
If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.
- Goerring (allegedly)
Of course the people don't want war. But after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger.
- Goering again (true, apparently)
Re: 8 year old with paint
Maybe Ive's kids designed it then
Re: Put an iPhone beside a...
They look like a phone from 7 years ago. Mostly because they still look like a phone from 7 years ago with different degerees of rounded corners.
IOS version 7 and they still can't display a lower case keyboard, either.
Re: Apple Invents
You could always post one to Cupertino to see...
Re: Ah, that takes me back
Jack Tramiel (sp?) will be suing from his grave
Re: Mac Pro is now Mac Pro minus
Because of the mearest Mac store is (say) 20 miles away from your trendy rural-setting studio, then you're gonna be 10 mins disconnecting and packing then thing, 5 mins getting it to the car, 40 mins driving it into town unless you're really lucky with the traffic, at least an hour in the store while they muck about about then reverse all that back again to get back into the office. Which is the best part of three hours assuming it all goes right first time.
Which is also the best part of £300 in time to most studios when they could spend 20 mins just sorting it on the desk in the office there and then.
That's why not.
Re: Let me get this straight...
I thought that was gonna end 'Apple is the new uncool'...
Maybe that was a torch n pitchfork moment too far in case the AC's (Apple Cultists) know where you live!
Re: iOS users use their phones 50% more than Android users...
Or Android users work 33% harder than AC's (Apple Cultists) with much less hipster-esque cocking around.
AC - Apple Cultist
See?? It's true I tell ya!
Re: CEO of company slags off major competitor
That'll be the Apple Cultists then (usually AC here)
Re: It's the gagging order that's the problem
Though they could presumably say, legally...
'We are not doing any tapping but please bear in mind that if we were it would be illegal for us to say that were were and would would have to say we were not'
Y'know, just to keep it uppermost in voters' minds...
You know your country is f*cked when...
Your government is more concerned about its electorate knowing what it's doing than what it's doing.
Same as SONY then?
First time I've heard of this from M$, maybe they're back-tracking.
Re: Sony will do exactly the same .....
So far SONY have said they'll leave secondhand game-locking up to the publishers. Eminently sensible, makes the publisher look like a dick instead. They've also tempted folk with the idea of the online streaming of older titles for compatibility, which if they offer sensible access (e.g. original disk = pass to play for free) then excellent.
If these statements are true and this is how the PS4 is going to launch then SONY must be checking the insurance on their execs to see if 'dying from laughter' gets a payout, right about now, as XBOX Vista has pretty much handed the next gen market to PS4 with sparklers, an umbrella and a little cherry on a stick.
Re: A parental issue, true
Two thumbs down?
Bet they occurred in the advert break in Jeremy Kyle...
Also destroys the second hand XBOX One market as now who gives a flying *%&£ if it 'comes with fifty games' cos all those games are now useless unless you pay £35/pop or whatever to activate each individual item.
Which means that in two years' time, unless M$ truly have a cunning plan (let's face it, they've not had one in the last decade), the XBOX One is already kaput. Think about how many people you know who waited a coupla years to buy a new gen console at a lower price and with some thrown in game library, those people have now pretty much been told to go to Playstation, effectively, as there's no legacy compatibility to tie them in to previous gaming purchases either.
They should have called it XBOX Vista. In fact I'll be calling it that now, going forward.
I reckon that, secretly...
The MP's are actually sick and tired of the disingenuous whining and the crocodile tears from the big media lobbies and, while giving them a semblance of compliance, are actually buggering them about until such time as they reckon piracy will be mostly redundant due to offerings like netflix and others. Which probably isn't that far-fetched an idea or that far off, either.
At every step they seem to have capitulated to the corporate wallet-stuffers and yet only enacted the feeblest implementations in policy. I do actually think they might be on the side of common sense (in secret, natch) in this and just stringing the media corps along.
While taking those juicy cash-for-policy backhanders, obviously, and laughing all the way to the bank ;o)
A parental issue, true
But given that around 50% of UK parents these days seem to expect the gubbmint to raise their children for them while they flop on the sofa watching jeremy kyle with 40 B&H and a six pack of carling I fear the only reasonable recourse is to win the lotto and emigrate.
As they say ... good luck with that :o/
Re: I vote for ...
Though he's likely too old for the yoof and probably doesn't want the gig.
Doesn't mean he shouldn't be, though...
There's also David Troughton (on the offspring basis) though Pertwee would make an excellent gritty badass Doctor.
Pride comes before a fall
Hopefully their is a linear (exponential if we're lucky) relationship between
arrogance pride and altitude.
The difference is...
You can't malign or incite harm to him or his religion-of-the-day online
You can't malign or incite harm to financial interests or politicians' financial interests online
Subtle, but the difference is there ;o)
Tom Cruise? _REALLY_?
Bloody hell, are they trying to get everyone to save electricity by turning the box off?
I was gonna post 'Sean Pertwee' but as you beat me to it....
He'd make a superb gritty badass Doctor for sure, though I think he was offered the job around the tennant (maybe smith) selection time and wasn't up for it.
Anyway the bigwigs in production will want someone who can appeal to the yoof and won't want anyone getting duffed up by a gritty Pertwee (Tom Baker was the most physical Doctor IIRC and that was like 30+ years ago).
Grint and Tovey. Not Doctor material. Though nor was Sylvester McCoy...
Re: New Dr.
Too much knees-bent-running-around for Hurt I fear.
Fear not the paradox is, paradoxically, not going to happen.
I think time paradoxes don't exist - they're just a sci-fi idea... cos, if every decision, even down to the quantum level, creates a new alternate reality then....
Israeli scientist creates time travel.
Mossad think it's fab opportunity to convert the planet to Judaism.
Chap travels back in time and meddles.
Chap has now create a new 'spur' of reality at the point of devious meddlesomeness which means he's now careened off down another alternate rabbit hole in which he came back from the future to meddle.
Original timeline is secure, he's just now created a new one in which he can move freely back and forth but it's separate and distinct from the timeline he spliced himself from at the point of meddling (likely at the point of his departure in that original 'present' when he pressed the GO button on his time machine).
So the dodgy time-traveller has actually irreversibly left his original timeline/causailty-stream and created a new alternate one by his own actions in which he's now trapped, i.e. he can't 'undo' his own time travel to revert to where he used to be as he can only go back further into the parent of his timeline, creating further splices which may or may not work out more like the original one he left behind.
Hence we don't need to worry about temporal paradoxes, happily.
I still don't see the problem
If there's a DRM standard then it's widely understood and used, so, when it's cracked then it'll be (again) too late for big meeja to put the cat back in the bag. So a win for the anti-DRM argument?
It depends largely on whether you want flash or silverlight to perpetuate ad infinitum or not, too. I'd rather they went away to be honest. A DRM standard also gives non-silverlight platforms like Linux a chance of being able to use netflix, etc, too.
No-one's forcing anyone to employ DRM in their streams but there's no way the swivel-eyed lunatics in Hollywood are going to license anything to anyone without some form of the stuff so you're gonna need it to consume the output without physical media. Not until they have their right-to-profit mandated into law as some form of blanket media tax, anyway, which would be far, FAR worse and is their ultimate goal.
I'd rather big meeja clawed its way out of the 1950's, personally, but that's not happening any time soon and the customers don't care enough about forcing them into line by e.g. staying away from cinemas for 6 months.
Re: @ Jake
Whereas Scotland is probably proof that individuals can achieve greatness (have you seen how many legendary inventors are Scots..???)
That's what it sounds like to me.
Just like the run up to anything else the USA do. This time the WMD's are digital.
Or maybe their security really _is_ that shit that the Chinese get a bunch of secret stuff then a newspaper gets the subsequent secret guff on it.
When someone tells you something a lot, always question how they stand to benefit from you believing them - we're hearing too much about China attacking the USA, then this charade
New Xbox could DOOM XBOX
SONY must be giggling like dizzy schoolgirls by now, as if the meh-launch of the One wasn't enough of a shot in the arm for them.
Last I read (this week) on PS4 is that SONY are leaving it to the publishers to destroy their own games via secondhand taxes rather than mandate anything themselves in the hardware/firmware. So the same as PS3, really. Wise.
The PS4 will have to have something seriously wrong with it or its feature set for me not to buy it and leave my XBOX experience behind with my dusty unused 360. In fact I know my last XBOX is a 360 already and this means that a cheap secondhand One is also no attraction as the games will be paywalled, even if the thing came with a hundred of them.
Just remains to see what this access to streamed pre-PS4 games thing is like. If SONY get that right and allow a physical disk to be a 'key' to online streaming of PS1, 2, 3 titles they've already won before anyone's even seen the console, IMHO.
That's Karma for ya
Atos... Hmmmmmmmm (aren't they the rail/public transport timetable people? I seen some of that output...)
Seems to me they shoulda phoned Amazon or Google, I think that'd have been my first idea. Actually it just was... hohum.. £280k/year... I think I could possibly handle that - you don't have to deal with any dumb BBC politics, for that, right?
Re: Nice population, it would be a shame if something happened to it . . .
I refer the honourable gentleman to the Television series House Of Cards starring Ian Richardson...
Because everyone posts:
Just beheaded an infidel in #Woolwich. Allahu Akhbar! #islam #jihad #PraiseBe
(Or discusses it on the phone/email/etc)
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