Now that was...
Brilliant!! The tears of laughter are streaming down my face!
51 posts • joined 6 Mar 2008
Commercial viability - probably not a phrase that the vacuous tub of lard is familiar with.
Trying to get back onto the front bench?
Sort out existing problems? Nah, that's too difficult, better go for a nice soundbite to release to the press. Maybe 'weird Ed' will forgive me for being a hypocritical champagne socialist.
Emily! Look! It's a white van, with a cross of St. George on it!
Don't know about Mint or any other distro to be honest, but I've got a box at home that started on OpenSuSE 10.3 and it's been upgraded (over the network) to 13.1 via all the releases in between. No re-install required, and it's been rock solid.
Keeping your /home on a separate partition helps.
Likewise. My machine at home started off life as 10.1 (I think) and I just upgraded through all the releases with no problems at all. I did try Mint on my laptop, but although it's pretty it just doesn't have some of those nice 'touches' that OpenSuSE does (think ls -l aliased as ll out the box and others too numerous to mention here). I'm a coward (and it's my 'work' OS) so I'll wait till the official release, but I'll upgrade. I do love my Geeko.
As someone mentioned above, Nokia phones do tend to get signal in places others can't. My mates place in darkest Berkshire was a dead zone for Apples/Samsungs et al. on every network apart from Orange, but my N900 got 3 bars on Voda and I could quite happily make & receive calls. May well be a first year electronic project, but somehow I doubt it...
Never used LinkedIn, probably never will, but I got the "Invitation to connect on LinkedIn" email but didn't recognise the persons name. Hovered over the "Confirm you know this bozo" button expecting to see http://419scam.ng/givemeyourdetails.html or similar, but it was https://www.linkedin.com/blahblahblah. A quick shout round the office confirms the fact that I don't know this bod, I was CC'd on an email to him previously. Maybe he just adds everyone to his 'contacts' or his mail client does that for him. At least there was link to 'Unsubscribe from reminders'. I haven't heard from them since.
@Bill the Sys Admin 14:50
I guarantee you've never listened to a (genuine) MoS CD then.
Although like others I fail to see a legal infringement here. Playlist without the mix is *not* a MoS product, so what if someone decides to call their playlist MoS Ibiza Chillout? It's gonna sound cr** compared to the real deal and I doubt Spotify has access to some of the mixes that MoS have.
Good publicity for MoS in their 22nd birthday year though....
Been with Be for years, rarely had problems. The Bulgarian(?) helpdesk was a joy, you always got through to someone who knew what they were talking about and any problems were sorted out quickly. Since the demise of Nildram that really only leaves Zen and Andrews & Arnold as ISPs with a decent tech support line. Not even sure if A&A are still going. As I'm fed directly from the exchange, I'm not gonna get fibre any time soon, and although I've got Virgin TV, friends have had nothing but trouble with their Virgin Internet, and that's before we start talking about their DPI, so they're out. BT have managed to grab the 'holy pi** pot' of bad customer service with their Indian call centres so won't go near them. Like Norphy above, I wouldn't urinate on Murdoch or his minions even if they were ablaze, so I'll have to move before the Dirty Digger gets his hands on any of my readies.
Bye bye BeThere, thanks for the years of great service, you will be missed.
I changed mine to Googles (22.214.171.124) when gta4.net fell off the Be DNS a while ago. Me & the missus play a lot of WoW, no problems at all (22 ms pings). Rarely watch iPlayer on the Be network, we've got a VM Tivo box for that. iPlayer on that manages to suck occasionally though.
Our TopUp TV box is getting a bit old and I was going to change my pretty much rock solid BeThere ADSL/BT Phone line/TopUp TV stuff to a Virgin 'all in one' package (we're in a cabled area), so I could save a paltry few quid, get marginally faster broadband (I'm about 200 yards from my telephone exchange) and get a few more channels of dross. However, thanks to the glorious readers of El Reg reminding me about VMs abominable DPI & Indian script reading call centres, I don't think I'll bother now.
Thank you all!
You forgot to put "Master, I have a cunning plan..." before you posted.
If you sold 1 AAPL 430 call on Friday at the bid, you'd have made the princely some of $3.30. Selling 1 AAPL 340 put on Friday at the bid would have made you the princely sum of $4.85 for a grand total of $8.15. This may just about cover your trading costs, unless your Apple reselling business doubles up as an Advanced Market Making business.
You have sold these options naked, presuming that nothing will happen between now and the 21st October close to push Apple stock above 430, in which case you are then obliged to buy the options contract amount (usually 100 shares) of Apple stock at the market ask and sell them to the buyer of your call for $430. If the stock sinks below 340, you are then obliged to buy 100 shares at the market ask and sell them to the buyer of your put at $340.
Fortunately for you, no-one would have bought your options as they are way over-priced! :-)
Price source http://finance.yahoo.com/q/op?s=AAPL
That movie studios have run out of original ideas and just prefer to churn out prequels and sequels to previously made classics (although Blade Runner managed to completely miss the point of 'Do Androids dream of electric sheep') and then scream blue murder about 'piracy' hitting their bottom line. Make a good, original movie and the money will come... oh yes it will.
“Piracy and counterfeiting undermine the innovation and creativity that is vital to our global competitiveness. These notorious markets not only hurt American workers and businesses, but are threats to entrepreneurs and industries around the world,” said USTR official Ron Kirk.
Replace "Piracy and counterfeiting" and "These notorious markets" with "The US Patent Office".
I won't hold my breath waiting for any announcements on that little money spinner being made fit for purpose.
Quote: "In addition, the three agencies, in discussion with the Cabinet Office, have agreed to put in place a customer-focused protocol to deal with complaints of this kind." Errr.... helloooo.... we pay your f***ing wages, you idiots. It should have been 'customer focused' from the beginning! They really need to start firing some of these people, those left might get a clue. If they don't, fire them as well. Welcome to the real world.
When it's made into tea or cakes (hmmmm.... nom nom nom). Smoke it and you get the same detrimental effects as smoking tobacco, unsurprisingly. Or are you referring to 'mental health' issues reported by the Daily Fail et al? The same guardians of our health and morals that reported the deaths of those teenagers up north as being because of M-Kat and the post mortems showed no mephodrone in their bodies? But hey, why let facts get in the way of a good knee jerk?
That this is a techie site, aimed at techies. Most techies like taking things apart 'just to see how they work', including the spawns of Jobs. If you're too stupid or your head is too far inserted rectally to understand this then may I point you in the direction of some 'marketing' or other 'creative' type sites where you can all gush together at how 'beautifully crafted' and how 'pretty' your latest bits of tech kit look.
The top dogs at Nynex (the ones who initially made the massive investment in digging up pavements in the lucky(?) places that got fibre) probably did very well out of it. Can't remember how much VM bought them for, but I don't think it was for free. And now VM have a complete monopoly on said fibre and no legislation to share that fibre with anyone else.
And your point is what, exactly?
I think you'll find Labour have *never* listened to anyone, that's the whole point of being a Marxist/Trotskyist/Stalinist dictatorship - the ruling elite know best, and the proles? Well, they can all just FOAD. Gordie & co were hoping for some kind of 'national emergency' whereby they could just do away with general elections and stay in power forever.
I found myself nodding my head in agreement...
The only 'big' company (>1000 worldwide emps) I've ever worked for that managed developers well, got products/bug fixes out the door ahead of schedule was managed by an ex-coder with a 'personality' who could fight his own corner in the boardroom and kept the sales/marketing types well away from the developers, apart from the monthly 'meet the developers down the pub' meeting. He was a god in my younger 'fresh out of uni' days. In fact the software we developed in those heady days was still being sold 10 years after we developed it! (No freakin' Y2K bugs here, sonny!)
I was shocked when I entered the world of what is the 'real' big company development mentaility - 2 hour meetings of flip charts and corporate waffle from brown nosing wastes of space desperately trying to get a VP status and very little development getting done. As a contractor in one these hell holes (I put my extortionate rate down to 'boredom money') I was actually told I couldn't deliver a project early - because it would break the milestones! I was still getting paid, but WTF? It's a matter of professional pride!
I believe the rot in the I.T industry set in before the Y2K bug, the explosion of the PC onto the desktop circa 1988 onwards meant more programmers were needed, but there weren't enough to go round, so wages rocketed (£50ph as a contractor back then - those WERE the days) - then I.T. was seen as 'the' job to have.... for the money. Unfortunately this brought a load of talentless money grubbing numpties onto the scene who didn't know a byte from a nibble and the 'Useless money grabbing I.T. bod' generation was born.
Young developers are best managed by older developers (real developers, who are still coding - not the 'failed junior programmer moved to management 'cos we can't sack him' tools) who are managed by a 'developer with a personality' who can talk business to the board. That's programmers nirvana!
Apologies for the long waffle, I obviously needed to get it off my chest. I'm off to slap a couple of junior programmers now...
I noticed that nice little Apple Software Update offering me iTunes with the latest update for QuickTime. I couldn't just choose the QuickTime update, I had to take iTunes as well. I have no use for iTunes, if I'd wanted it, I'd have downloaded it. There was only one thing for it, if QuickTime needed an update I couldn't get without getting iTunes - bye bye QuickTime. Now I won't be offered Safari, or any other software that Mr Jobs thinks I should put on my machine.
iHate - because I do.... 'kin Unix butcher!
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