Re: The mother of democracy
Proportional representation -- that works really well for Italy.
548 posts • joined 5 Apr 2007
Proportional representation -- that works really well for Italy.
If its so hard to import/export from the EU how come China,Malaysia,Taiwan manage such a massive trade surplus with the EU?
One the management and workers at Volswagen realise they will lose the entire UK market to Nissan, Honda, Hyumda and Kia they will push the beleaguered Angela for a better deal.
Once the wine makers of France, Italy and Spain realise the UK can quite happily get all it can drink from Austraila, NZ, South Africa and Argentina Maria Lepen and her ilk will get their votes.
Besides as Canada found out there is no point in negotiating with the EU -- you just don't know who you are negotiating with -- Junker, Merkel or the stroppy Walloon regional government.
But I find the keyboard on the T450 to be the best I have ever used.
I find its better than the older thinkpad keyboards ( the keys are bigger fir a start!).
My only quibble I have is the enormous trackpad responds to wrist movements while
typing and there is no way to disable the useless thing.
The only possible rival would be the keyboard from the second generation of IBM 3270 terminals.
"Disconnect it from the outside world".
Actually quit sensible given that:
a). no one outside Australia has a legitimate reason to access the website.
b). an attack from inside Australia could be traced and the perpetrators locked up by local law enforcement.
Plumbing was always a bit of a novelty in France.
Apart from the two Elite colleges and INSEAD french univerities are really low on the academic league tables. Open admission and disinterested staff would seem to be the norm.
I really do not see the problem Abertay univerity is full of Malaysian and Singaporean students who seem to have got there without hiding in a lorry at Calias and are very happy to be there (after a quick trip to Millets for the coats, gloves, scarfs thermal underwaer etc.).
Don't see why a German or Frenchy should have any more trouble.
It has become a tax which only locally owned and registered businesses pay.
There is no effective way to apply this tax fairly so that British owned and registered company pays the same rate as a foreign owned multi-national.
Just look at how much tax Cadburys paid when they were a British registered PLC making chocolate compared with the tax they paid as a subsidiary of an American brown sugary fat manufacturer.
The only fair thing is to scrap the tax and allow local companies to compete with multinationals on even terms.
Most of my brainy friends claim to have voted "leave".
All these articles claiming only the thick and lumpen would ever vote leave go totally against my personal experience.
Has anyone seen a breakdown of the voting intentions of "hard" subject graduates such as science, maths, engineering vs. soft subject graduates such as History of Art, Sociology, Media Studies, English Lit etc.?
I think those graduates with experience of evidence based analysis voted Leave after a rational look at what the EU actually is and what it has (and has not) achieved.
Correction "some of the EE packages" --> "most of the EE packages".
Pure java is actually reasonably nice to work with, EE is a bloated ill thought out committee designed monster which morphs into a differently bad ball of slime every five years or so as they try to fix past mistakes.
Before you dismiss Java think of all that code running in all those Android phones running something exactly unlike java.
Has anyone ever been prosecuted for doing a mail redirect?
I doubt it very much. Some sort of internal disciplinary procedure and a black mark on the personnel file maybe.
Ms Clintons "special treatment" seems to be a level of scrutiny that has never been directed at any previous presidential candidate. No one asked about the million dollar bailouts George W. received from Saudi Arabia, no one questioned any of the many screwups that took place during Bush seniors term at the CIA.
Hopefully some of the better Republicans will start putting the interests of their country above that of their party or personal ambition -- take a look at the brexit mess to see how badly wrong such selfish and partisan behaviour can turn out.
Why on earth would the EU renegotiate?
Britain subsidises the EU for little or nothing in return -- why would they give that up?
If the UK leaves we hold all the cards on trade negotiations. 130 billion imports from the EU vs 78 billion exports to the EU. So in any tariff war the EU would be the loser.
So how exactly will this reform take place?
The European parliament is powerless and capable of little more than claiming expenses.
The council of ministers is dominated by Germany who operate using 19th economic theory driven by thier race memories of hyper inflation. The second most dominant member is France where Napoleon and Louis 14th are still regarded as role models.
Add to this the fact that in the next five years a majority of EU counties will have nasty right wing leaders, Poland and Hungary are there already, Austria is getting there, France is likely to elect Madame Le Pen (one of the few French politicians with a detectable pulse).
So thie choice is for an "Ever Closer Union" of people who hate each other, or, keeping a reasonable distance from the forthcoming mess.
Its just one of many many areas where the EU acts against the UKs interest.
The main thrust of the article is that the FT article said that this lax and expensive patent regime was beneficial to the UK quoting only IP lawyers -- all of whom stand to gain from a flawed and dysfunctional patent system.
If you really want to look at how the EU "benefits" the UK -- take a look at the fishing industry. British waters are over fished while British fishing ports are in economic ruin.
I think the 18th century Enclosure Acts or 19th century Highland Clearances provide a better historical model for what will happen in the next decade.
The rich will own the technology, the government and the "means of automation" the rest of you can starve or work for peanuts.
Whats the point of wading through all the legal gobbledygook when
a). Somewhere buried in there is the "we reserve the right to change these conditions with a moments notice".
b). Consumer and Credit law trumps most of the conditions so its mostly bluff.
I doubt if anyone with a real engineering degree would be working in customer support for a reseller of another firms storage.
In Canada its illegal to call yourself an engineer unless you have a degree or similar from an accredited institution. Giving a minimum wage zombie the title "Support Engineer" is an insult to all those who slogged though some of the most difficult and challenging courses available and go on to design build and maintain the fabric of the modern world.
(For the record I am not an engineer although HR once stuck me with the job title "Software Engineer" ).
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that I find myself in agreement with with a rabid Texan pit bull.
However it has been clear for a number of years that ICANN is not fit for purpose. (Always assuming that the purpose is not to provide sinecures and ego boosts for a bunch of self serving members).
Don't require the environment division on most compilers.
You can do a cobol hello world in about six lines.
About the Sam as c and less than Java.
The proponents on both sides are coming up with some bizarre and spurious arguments for staying in or leaving.
There are numerous examples such as how leaving a organization with no military or law enforcement arm would "harm our security".
Or how leaving a club of counties with the highest youth unemployment in the developed world would "be harmful the future of British youth".
It would be nice if El Reg would award one of its Vulture droppings to the silliest "reason" of the week.
So (made up numbers real stats probably a lot worse) 50% of IT projects fail in some way, 20% fail completely.
It has been so since Admiral Grace stuck a cockroach in her diary.
Why is everybody pretending that every project will come to fruition and achieve all its goals perfectly within budget if only we fill in enough Prince 2 forms.
Instead we should accept reality, stop criticising any public body that cancels a project and instead praise them for having a go. After all you are not going to get any successful projects if they are not started for fear of failure, and, they will probably cost less if you drop the "best practice" management methodologies.
Three days ago a Windows 10 update trashed my machine.
Update hung overnight and I had to spend an hour persuading it to restart.
After update was completed the machine was stuck in "Tablet Landscape" mode which is absolutely useless for a laptop.
Another two hours persuading it to undo all the updates and back to previous verison.
Video stopped working, and the menus needed to get to the recommended workarounds went haywire.
Another day of fiddling and rebooting got the whole shebang back to where I was last week.
It seems that MS only supports their own "surface" hardware and these days those with other machines are on their own.
The price reflects it bling for oligarchs status value.
If you want a watch to tell the time accurately then Citizen wins every time whether it's pure mechanical, pure electronic or a hybrid.
I will get one of their solar powered GPS regulated watches when they make them a little smaller.
He obviously has never watched Captain Pugwash!
Not a single female character and as for Seaman Staines!
Historical note: the original script was full of Gay references which the script writers thought would be picked up and censored -- but the innocents at the BBC were ready to broadcast it "as was" until the shame faced writers fessed up at the last moment and hurriedly cleaned up the scipt.
Well looking at your graph Java and PHP are actually pretty close 23 vs 19 per cent of "safe"code.
Its also pretty obvious that C# does much better than Java, could a prejudice against everthing MS be at work here?
Simply not true -- people want to listen to the best music.
Now "best" is highly subjective yours might be Justin Bieber or One Direction mine tend twords hoary oldies like Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits. In my highly objective opinion no one has captured the feel of small town life better than Tom Waits "Heart of Saturday Night" only the Tom Petty come even close.
The point is for any given individual the difference between the best and the rest is huge. So listeners, popularity and money will automatically flow to the "best" artists and the also-rans will be left with SFA unless they manage to tie up with a really clever producer who is good at hype and marketing although normally its the producer who pockets the cash.
Adding to this problem is that you are not just competing against your contemporaries you are competing with 60 years of back catalog -- Elvis Presley and Micheal Jackson still outsell most artists with a pulse.
So its pretty much inevitable that you will have a few thousand rich rock stars and several million hopefuls with day jobs.
With all due respect to Boeing and their excellent engineering, I doubt they have any systems that handle 400 transactions per second of real people's money. Or calculate the compound interest on 2000000 accounts in under an hour at the beginning of every month.
In the UK at least limited liability was introduced after some 1000 or so "innocent" shareholders were ruined by the Bank Of Glasgow's collapse in 1877.
Capitalism was in full swing well before this. Interestingly one of the victims was John Buchans (39 Steps and other antisemitic potboilers!) grandad. As a lawyer he was executing the will of a large shareholder and was deemed liable for the companies debt as the shares were in his possession at the moment of collapse.
The machines have taken over and the pricing booking systems are incredibly complex.
But the basics are quite simple. Imaging a linear equation where one line plots how many many people are desperate enough to get somewhere they will pay a given fair, and another line plotting how little the airline is prepared to charge in a desperate attempt to fill the plane.
In spite of all the technology and maths involved these systems give all the appearance of a random number generator.
e.g. My recent return ticket Miami to Alicante and back on a "proper" airline cost less than an Alicante to Glasgow return on a cheapo airline (the politer one).
Relational databases were born it of a brilliant insight by a brilliant mathematician that hierachical data strutures were only useful for a limited single purpose and that real world problems required a more subtle and flexible approach.
While it may seem obvious to store an order a customer -> product -> qty + price. This only works for some parts of an organisation. The brand manager who wants to know how well his product is doing must perform a complex apps can on every hierarchy, the same for the warehouse manager who needs to no what to reorder.
In spite of the fact that SQL is an appallingly bad implementation of relational algebra relational databases have done an excellent job for the last 30 years and will continue to do so.
On the other hand no SQL databases were developed by people who just wanted fast acces to a lot if cute puppy pictures and were too lazy to lookup BLOB. ( not true -- but it's the impression a lot of there cheerleaders give :-). ).
Bankers and other financial types invested money they would not otherwise have invested in a dodgy creditor (Greece) in the mistaken belief that the EU/ECB was obliged to bail them out.
When Greece had trouble re-paying the debt the creditors should have taken a haircut (re-negotiate the loan so that most but not all the debt could be repaid).
But wait a minute most of the financial institutions that made the wrong call were based in France and Germany -- so suddenly the EU/ECB was obliged to mount a rescue; Not of Greece, but the idiots who had lent the money to a country that was clearly incapable of paying it back.
Having successfully saved it biggest banks and pension funds the German government balked at actually saving Greece (or even funding the EU bailout which saved their precarious banking system).
So the richest country in the EU, got bailed out at the expense of the poorest country. Then complained about it.
If we are all going to get to the end of the 21st century as anything but subsistence farmers then we really need to find an alternative this antiquated Victorian financial system which has reliably collapsed every 10 or 20 years for the past two centuries.
The sovereignty of parliament? UKIP may be a party onanists but they do have a point when it comes to who gets to rule the country. Do our elected representatives really need the approval of a bewigged septagenarian's interpretation of a document produced by a foreign bureaucrat before they can pass a law?
Come back Oliver Cromwell, all is forgiven (free wart removal on the NHS if you wait long enough ).
Admittedly IR35 is a pain in the proverbial for contractors. But it does fulfill its main purpose of stopping big companies renaming there employees contractors and thus oiling their way out of any responsibilities to their workforce.
Windows 8 is actually OK once you re-instate the start button!
Corporation tax is a tax on profits.
Profits = the money you made selling something - the cost of making and selling it.
"tax deductible" just means you are allowed to claim it as part of the expense of making or selling your goods or services. So for a bakery the flour, sugar, water, electricity, rent, advertising, running the delivery van, wages are all "tax deductible".
If nothing were deductible then corporation tax would be a tax on sales and not a tax on profits. At which point most small businesses would think sod this and shut up shop. Large businesses would move to somewhere with a saner tax system, and you would be paying twice as much for psudo bread at the big supermarket.
There is a massive amount of case law about what is tax deductible and what is not and it is constantly changing at the margin. If you drive your bread van home in the evening is this a legitimate expense of baking bread or are you getting a free ride home?
Was the 15 billion or so attributed "to airlines and other industries not paying fuel tax"
Well its actually "road fuel tax" and its a tax targeted at people driving on roads. Its partly a simple tax to fund the enormous expense of building maintaining and policing our busy roads, and, partly social engineering to try to encourage people to cycle, take the train, walk anything but drive a car (a goal most Garniad readers would approve of).
If they did tax aircraft fuel the same a filling station fuel. Then you would probably end up driving to Paris or Amsterdam to catch a flight to New York. It would simply be uneconomic to operate an aircraft from the UK because no other country in the world taxes aviation fuel.
Incidentally if you are plowghing a field, pottering about on a canal, digging a hole, fishing for herring, consuming gin on your floating palace then you will also be receiving this "gift" from the taxman.
My immediate though was Tim will have a field day with this.
While they may have had a point about not collecting enough tax from business they totally blew it by their ridiculous assertions.
They actually totally missed the real point. Its not not governments are generous with tax breaks to multinationals. Its more a case of however hard they try whatever cash box they try to raid always turns out to be empty.
While I appreciate the need for the company to return a profit to shareholders in the coming year I think your plan to cut the XXXX budget is counter productive.
The cuts impact the reliability and security of the system and place the companies profits at risk.
A days outage of the sales application will cost an estimated n zillion dollars. A serious security breach
could irreparably damage the reputation of the company and lose long term customers forever.
In order to comply with past budget cuts we have cut costs and improved our operations. However any further budget cuts will seriously effect our ability to provide a reliable and secure service.
The decision is your to make.
There are exceptions for instance Switzerland is a left side of the road country but Post Buses in mountain areas have Left Hand drive. The reasoning being that its more important for the driver to see the edge of the road (which is probably a precipitous drop) than the middle of the road.
I think Right hand drive correlates with cultural superiority. Thailand, Japan, Malaysia (Austrailai being the exception that proves the rule.). Sweden used to but they got fed up bashing into oncoming Norwegians who forgot which country they were in.
Which was all you ever need to run a Linux desktop remotely.
This was always the case before Gnome 3 etc came along, and as there seems to be considerable user resistance to the OS-Xalike desktops, 90 percent of the current installed base could be used as a remote desktop by enabling the X client.
But the problem with all these remote desktops is you need a real desktop to access them so why bother?
The PC industry tied its fate to Microsoft.
The PC industry is dying (except for the inscrutable Lenovo) maybe its time for them to try something differnet.
They could have written a decent tablet OS/UI and left the windows desktop alone!
Tablets are used for play -- Facebook and Angry birds.
PCs are used for work -- Word, Excel, databases, custom applications etc.
There main cash cow is called "Office" after all
What support load. The reason the web is littered with posts about "modern" apps freezing, not loading, disappearing etc. is that there is no effective support from MS. After the first couple of attempts you ignore the "MS"posts on google and look for "joe_the_geeks" blog as they have some real answers usually involving hacking registry entries and running powershell commands.
Currently along with a few thousand other users I cannot access the "Store" application. MS don't seem to care (I never buy anything) and neither do I really ( the machine is set up in "Windows 7, but without the 10 minute boot up time" mode).
than Sinofsky's hand picked focus groups that though windows 8 was such a great idea.
Any commercial survey group works very much like business consultancies. First they determine the answer the customer want to hear, then they go about gathering evidence for that specific answer.
Why go so far. The ones here in Asia are pretty sentient. They understand about 50 words of Thai ( sadly about same as my Thai vocabulary), have a very considered approach to everyday problems, organize themselves into highly functional (mostly) non hierarchical groups. Are good at painting and crap at football ( like most beings outside Europe and South America they struggle with the offside rule).
You should try and meet one they are pretty good company.
Even as someone who works in an IT department I find most IT departments to be too slow and too obstructive to be considered the first port of call for new software and systems.
Its just so much easier to bypass the IT procedures -- which generally involve a mess of form filling and half a dozen approvals ( some from people who have left the company) -- download the software and install it. I have my whole development environment off the Web rather than use the clunky out of date proprietary tools that are the "official" development environment.
Having bypassed my own IT department I can now surprise my business users by delivering software next month rather than the next year or never delivery date they have come to expect.
Most business users would rather go to a cheap dentist than have any interaction with IT. If IT had a culture of serving their business users than their convoluted internal politics then the Shadow Systems problem just would not arise.
The economics of AWS etc really only works if you are completely Open Source with either the classic LAMP stack or Java plus PostgreSQL or similar. You can just about get away with Windows .net and SQLserver as there are standard images for this which don't cost too much.
However if your existing application uses anything licensed you could end up paying more, and, anything that requires license key based on hardware just plain won't work. (You fire up the AWS image get the pretend MAC address email it to your software supplier, get the purchase cost approved and a week later your instant image is up and running)
Most existing legacy systems will have some annoying technical glitch that prevent easy deployment they may require an outdated version of a particular library, the LDAP address may be hard coded in a program -- all sorts of things that are wrongish but don't really cause that many problems in your own data centre become show stoppers in the cloud.
HP inc is rebranded to COMPAQ perhaps with a grey box to signify that they are makers of PCs in grey boxes and for the first time ever the letter O will be a circle.
Verity Stobb must have here team of crack archaeologists searching for a lost scroll of "The Sons Of Khan" after the follwing fragment was found :
" .... and so he did lead the Sons Of Khan from the desolation of Metro to the Land Of Fruit .. "