Re: At least they were honest about it..
You only moan about human rights when you can't get a monopoly. After all that's what "disruption" is all about, isn't it?
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You only moan about human rights when you can't get a monopoly. After all that's what "disruption" is all about, isn't it?
Windows XP was EOL'd in accordance with the policy that MS announced.
Windows 7 will be fully supported until 2020. The "free upgrade" offer is MS' desperate attempt to bring this forward because of all the resources it has to devote to securing the browser built into the operating system. But they're basically pissing in the wind: desktop OS's will be the minority by 2020.
Tea with milk in it is a abomination anyway, a complete act of sacrilege.
The black tea drunk in Britain is not particularly aromatic and requires something to temper the tannin. Try drinking a mug of neat strong black tea – it's almost bound to make you sick because tannin is powerful stuff, which you'd know if you ever saw leather being made.
I'm not sure of the chemistry (what oxidises what) but the citric acid in lemon juice can help here. Early Grey isn't anything like as strong as the normal stuff.
Windows 7 is a fine operating system and will be supported until 2020. Windows 10 has very few new APIs and none that are currently compelling: an upgrade is quite simply not required and may in some cases be counterproductive.
But Microsoft dangled the carrot of a "free" upgrade to Windows 10 in front of everyone and although you probably thought you wouldn't do it, the idea of taking advantage of "free" lured into this experiment. The science behind this is well understood and used to drive up prices for many time sensitive events.
Well done to the marketing department of Microsoft. Mind you, I expect that there will be plenty more "limited offers".
Concentration of power in London, and in particular Westminster, certainly didn't help.
In its heyday Manchester was making more money than London but the City of London soon took steps to put an end to that. Once the power passed to the bankers then industrial decline was more or less inevitable. Politics went from trying to pick winners – the disastrous nationalisations of Labour in the 1960s – to Maggie's closing down sales of steel, coal, cars, etc. (because she worked out she didn't need the votes).
Employers have also done their part by favouring deregulation and cheap labour over skilled labour. Cottonopolis even got its own form of capitalism: Manchester capitalism where pretty much anything except workers rights was possible. While the rest of Europe was skilling up, the UK was dumbing down, aiming to compete with China over wages on a level playing field. That could soon be mission accomplished.
soon to be three, massive span bridges that Merseyside can boast
Where's the latest one been nicked from then? ;-)
It's good question: the railways made it almost obsolete by the time it was built. But it did significantly improve the negotiating position of importers re. the Port of Liverpool. History is full of similar instances where a direct cost / benefit analysis would indicate fail but benefits to the overall economy were definitely positive.
It also helped stabilise the water table in Manchester: floods in the basin in the city centre in what was called "Little Ireland" were not uncommon before the ship canal.
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Presumably some scousers had tried to nick the wheels…
I didn't know you could run Keynote on Linux… the requirement seems largely to affect sales and marketing people. Last time I checked these weren't likely to want to use Linux on a PC.
The opinion was shared by Buzz Lapdance of Transcendental Research who also noted that "Google's continued focus on products and services was against market trends of fostering unicorns and fairy dust".
The risks of Android are routinely overblown – not to say that they don't exist – but the attack vectors are usually outside normal use patterns. This doesn't, however, excuse manufacturers from improving their woeful update practices.
What you suggest simply isn't possible at the moment because the kernel on each phone is owned by the manufacturer and any kind of OTA is going to rely on their keys, or you open the door to drive-by hacks of the kernel.
The only way things will change is if cases, such as the one currently winding its way through the Dutch courts, decide that manufacturers are at fault and impose sanctions / requirements. I'm not holding my breath on that one as the software industry has a dreadful record of providing security updates.
Horses for courses: I have both Osmand and Here. If you're driving then good turn-by-turn navigation with optional traffic information is a godsend. I know OSM does navigation, but I don't think it compares well to the big boys.
On the other hand, if you're in the middle of nowhere on your bike and want to get to the next road, then something that knows all the footpaths is just what the doctor ordered. You can also load up GPX.
Both apps let you store the relevant maps on an SD card so the world is pretty much your lobster.
Personally I think the new name is fine. They obviously want to get away from "maps" which, at least on Android, is most associated with Google.
"Here Maps" was never a brilliant name and doesn't really suggest navigation – one thing Andrew didn't mention is that Here also does offline turn-by-turn navigation as good as TomTom in my limited experience – talking to non-native English speakers about "the navigation app called Here" is a bit like Abbott & Costello meeting "the artist formerly known as symbol": blank stares and exasperation.
"Here We Go" isn't brilliant but it is catchy (and less cringy than something like "WhatsApp") so well done whoever came up with it. In a couple of months we won't care. Maybe they'll even rebrand it again to just "We go!" or "Let's go!". As long as they have sufficient promotional advertising it'll work fine.
Doesn't bother me: I'm on Cyanogenmod so it only gets the permissions I give it.
If you employ someone with a clue you will get both good requirements plus a contractual financial penalty for the galloping goalposts that agile encourages.
Yes, because all of those massive waterfall projects always get the requirements right and never produce overruns.
Once of the biggest fiddles in software development is to draft a seemingly complete specification based on what the customer thinks they want and then force the customer to sign-off on increasingly expensive change requests as it turns out that the specification wasn't actually what they need.
Any contract that doesn't include some degree of iteration is just as doomed to fail as one that is based on unlimited iteration.
but if you dont know what you want you end up with a brittle unclean solution.
I think this applies whatever methodology you follow and is true of most projects.
You won't know all the requirements at the start so a regular release, test, feedback approach is inevitable. Good project managers will be the ones who can spot bottlenecks, blind alleys and fucking stupid ideas early on. And, of course, how to compromise when key aims (features, timeline) are in conflict.
Communication is important but mustn't get in the way and needs to be between the relevant people. Meetings should be constrained by the size of the teapot: 4 or 5 mugs at most; brown jenny on special occasions.
This could all be called common sense programming™ but without a fancy name, gurus and expensive certification courses it'll never take off.
HTML definitely isn't a programming language: it's an SGML dialect.
SQL, as you rightly point out, is a Turing-complete programming language even if I think the chosen semantics are extremely unsuited to the domain.
Getting these two wrong tells us a lot about this language beauty contest.
Ah yes. But that's usually a sure fire money maker. What are they doing wrong I wonder?
They forgot to charge.
I hope Twitter ends up as the poster child for the limits of the network effect. Even with ten times the users I think it would struggle with its current business model which is why it's thrashing around to come up with new ones: like live sports that aren't exclusive.
As much as I hate Facebook, I think it's obvious that Zuckerberg and his team realise that there isn't a huge amount of money in just looking over people's shoulders while they rant.
Server costs really shouldn't be that high but office rental is crazy in SF.
But I think one of the main costs is related to equity given to staff.
I think I'm right in that this quarter doesn't include any of their expensive streaming deals which could make current losses look like chicken feed. Or they could work out and Twitter could break even.
They stroke and massage people's vanity.
Would be nice but revenues continue to increase…
Featured prominently in the Panama leaks. See https://www.theguardian.com/news/2016/apr/03/panama-papers-money-hidden-offshore
Hell, I'd vote for Putin over Hillary. At least he's an honest bastard.
I'm not sure you'd say that if you'd spent any time in Putin's Russia. Corruption is endemic in Russian politics and Putin isn't immune: he's squirrelled billions away himself.
Surely that's just a rhetorical question. Was code ever audited?
Time to market is everything in this business. The gets developed by people on work experience using whatever examples they can find and gets shipped as soon as the prototype works.
Yes, Apple confirms what we all knew: it's not immune to the laws of gravity.
People still love their I-Phones but their just not desperate to buy new ones. Given the state of the PC market in general and the fact that Apple have yet to update their notebook line I'd say their sales are holding up incredibly well. Shit, I'm sounding like a fanboi! The bottom line is that the bottom line is still very health. It's just that the growth has stopped. Where are the new products?
Transportation using round wheels.
2019 does indeed sound a bit late to come to market. By then pretty everyone and their dog will either have launched, or have advanced plans for their next generation cars.
Still, this assumes that Apple wants to go head-to-head in the production. Even going the cheap way Tesla did to get capacity this doesn't sound like the best thing to do with their cash pile. But it also doesn't fit the way Apple does business. Maybe they're working on some kind of mobility subscription concept which combines Uber with a Merc: nice car whenever you want one. At a price.
Or they could just be about to buy Fiat / Chrysler because it's cheap.
I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
Doesn't seem to bother a lot of people about their mobile phones…
There, here? Funny how your running around in panic yet we have not started leaving. You may want professional help to get you through the stressful 2 years of negotiations.
Haha, you fucking UKIP numpty: "here" is Düsseldorf. So, in this thoroughly undemocratic EU I'll also get to give my voice on any deal Tweedledumb and Tweedledumber™ try and come up with. Guess what? I'm not keen on free access to single market.
But it also seems your sarcasm detector is broken.
I can’t see any reason other than political for the rush to sign up the Ukraine to closer integration when EU member states have said no to it.
No to what, exactly?
The EU's foreign policy focusses heavily on soft power using things like trade agreements to shore up neighbouring countries because the last thing the EU wants are neighbours that are failed states. In case you hadn't noticed: the Ukraine's economy has been a mess for years after being plundered by the oligarchs and it was getting close to collapse. An association agreement offers alternative markets for famers and the electronics industry and also the prospect of the rule of law. Many people don't realise that, despite its many problems, how attractive the EU is for people in eastern Europe: reduced threat of going to prison for saying the wrong thing; being paid on time; drinking clean water; etc.
Putin talks a good talk but is, nukes notwithstanding, no longer in much of a position militarily. Otherwise he would have marched all the way to Kiev and Lviv two years ago. This is why he's forced to do deals with fellow failure Erdogan, even though they have diametrically opposed interests in Syria. That's going to work out well. :-(
I'm really curious about codejunky the person
Most of the posts do seem to be related to the referendum. Wonder if it's someone from the "50 kopek" brigade. The speech patterns are inconsistent and indicate a non-British speaker. Some examples:
I absolutely voted leave
then your in for a bit of an upsetting surprise.
My tip is a troll. Downvotes only in future.
Ok well you dont know. But the UK does as does the EU (see BoE/IMF/etc statements pre referendum) which is why the EU is pushing its ever closer union stuff. The currency is again in trouble as people look to Italy (again now the referendum is over) and massive cracks are showing through the many crisis.
Which particular statements are you referring to? Both the BoE and the IMF said that the UK was likely to go into recession and that the rest of the EU would suffer. Oh, hang on. Wasn't that shameless scaremongering by clueless "experts"? If it was wrong to try and worry people about the economic consequences of leaving the EU before the referendum, how come its okay to mutter vague threats of doom now?
What should Italy do about its banks? Surely it couldn't nationalise them like the UK did with RBS and Lloyds, and the Germans did with Commerzbank? Fun fact: bailing out Italy's banks will be a lot cheaper than the ECB continuing its financial repression.
And, despite the UK's growing deficit, I'm really worried about companies relocating there to take advantage of the smell of freedom. Huawei recently opened a massive campus here. Should I be out there protesting against the jobs they're stealing? Or maybe asking for one? Or begging them not to relocate to the UK because we Europeans are obviously not as good at doing trade deals as people like Liam Fox?
I spent last night putting brown paper on the windows. I also bought lots of tinned food and bottled water. Do you have any more tips?
The significance of headlines such as "Cameron considered last-ditch appeal to Merkel" seems lost on you. Unless you liked being run by Germany.
Germany's role in the EU, and in particular in the Council of Ministers, is constantly overstated because it makes for good headlines.
As things stand at the moment: Merkel is almost a lame duck Chancellor thanks to a short-sighted, if heart-warming, policy towards Syrian refugees.
We hire immigrants because there are not enough local skills.
This applies only to a very small part of the market: technology and, to a lesser extent the trades, where years of little or regulation has deskilled the workforce.
The UK has imported EU nationals largely to work in labour intensive fields such as agriculture because the English won't do the work for the wages on offer.
We know the EU is doomed as it is.
Do we? That's news to me. What should those of us in the EU do? Duck and cover, perhaps? Create a Ministry of Unfeasible Trade Agreements?
httpd -t already does this
Not really. He did highlight the increasing polarisation of modern politics and you seem to be providing the proof.
JFK may be a Democrat icon but was he really liberal? The Apollo project was undoubtedly progressive but it was also one of the best examples of the military industrial complex. And, in a way, it was the ideas of Barry Goldwater that, through Nixon and Reagan did more to reshape American politics.
this led to a 5.5 per cent decrease in wireless revenues for AT&T on the quarter.
Hardware is not where the money is for providers: phones are just a means to selling voice and data contracts. What's more important would be the ARPU and the subscriber mix (pre-paid vs. post-paid) but I don't see any details in this report.
The 5% decline just confirms what we already know: people, even those with I-Phones, are getting less keen on getting a new phone every two years. Forbes at least expects margins to rise.
Uber drivers are solely responsible for ensuring they have a car…
So, Uber does no checking? What happens in the event of an accident involving a driver without a driver's licence?
The basis for the court case is contract and employment law which presupposes fair negotiations between equal and independent parties. As soon as one party appears to be dependent upon the relationship then the negotiations can be considered unfair. Lots of businesses try all the time to reduce their costs by converting "employees" into "contractors".
I can understand that everyone who uses Uber because it means a better (and possibly cheaper) service than what they were used to, but that just exposes the flaws in the existing system.
As for ratings: these have no legal status. This is one of the reasons why we license certain jobs. Or are you planning your next flight based on the rating of the pilot?
I think the problem is that it's great for Uber and passengers if there are lots of drivers. However, it's less attractive for the drivers as more of them are chasing a more-or-less constant set of fares: the more you work for Uber the less rewarding it is. Drivers who a year ago were making £15 an hour now find themselves earning around only £5 putting them in a Catch22 situation: should they drive more or get out of the game?
The model seems to work well when additional marginal capacity is required: more drivers become available to take up the slack. In practice, as in other industries like power generation, this competes with the base capacity model and drives prices down. This is great until prices fall below costs, in which case the base capacity model collapses and, hence, the raison d'être for providing additional marginal capacity.
Uber makes money whatever the situation. But it also sets the rates for the "market" and I think this is where there is a legal case that the contracts with drivers are effectively employment contracts because drivers have virtually no bargaining power.
I wonder if it was situations like this that led to regulation in the first place? The UK should simply work on removing the synthetic distinction between taxis and private hire. This would create a more efficient market at a stroke and require everyone to improve their game. Licensing could then be used as it should be to prevent the worst abuses.
Unless you have some insider knowledge MS have only paused on windows phone for now
You mean it's only resting? It does have lovely plumage…
Running WP10, but maintaining a superb camera, then it is still a very nice system.
Why would this work for Microsoft when it didn't work for BlackBerry?
Why would enterprises want "superb" cameras in phones?
I do hope a ton of companies do UWP apps
Seeing as Microsoft has effectively pulled the plug on Windows Phone, why should companies bother developing UWP for an ever decreasing market? HERE for Windows Phone isn't getting any updates.
With also more boobs, just in case...
And higher heels… hm stiletto icon seems to be missing.
As far as I can tell "data science" basically involves piping datasets into some kind of machine learning environment and running various statistical models. There's some maths involved but little or no science but it makes the job title sound better.
If I pay for the infrastructure…
What you create the land for cables to be laid or space through which to beam radio signals?
Regulation is unavoidable and must come with conditions that encourage competition, innovation and investment. Just handing it out without conditions will create inefficient monopolies.
By regulating spectrum, one thing is certain. Only big players will play, and consumers will pay more in the end.
This is complete bollocks. You seem to be equating regulation with auctioning. Countries like Sweden gave spectrum away for free but still regulate it. The success of Free in France show that, even where resources are leased, newcomers can still enter the market, you just have to include unbundling within the regulation.
And of course the business case is further eroded by restrictions on charging models like oh net neutrality and roaming ...
T-Mobile's success would seem to debunk both of those objections.
In an interview the T-Mobile CEO pointing out that by providing a flat-rate but limited bandwidth video offering they had been able to reduce peak usage while improving customer experience.
Roaming charges are almost entirely synthetic and one of the purest examples of gouging by restrictive practice you can find. Sure, it's a nice little earner but it also actively discourages investment in backhaul or alternative providers.
Some kind of traffic management (such as voice services over data) is inevitable and I personally dislike the term "net neutrality" as it obscures the issues. Licences are awarded for the infrastructure and/or spectrum and the right to offer data and voice services on them. Users pay for data and/or voice. Vertical integration which prioritises a company's own content offerings over those of others is basically breaching the terms of the licence. Technology and good CRM provide lots of ways to make a company's own offering attractive to users, but effective competition for content rights is probably the best solution.
I think the patent for hands is to extract all the water out of them so that signals are unaffected. This will be in the Apple MacBook Ultimate (Bloodsucker edition).
When you make a laptop with a metal case, it will affect the performance of the antenna.
Worse than that: it's almost bound to cut the antenna off from the outside world entirely. So, you can't do this unless you have ways to mitigate the Faraday cage that is the casing. You have two choices: stick the antenna on the outside or create a cavity antenna. There is just so much prior art here that a new patent cannot be granted. At least in a world where the job of the patent office is not simply to provide "litigation fodder".