Only one vote...that's so sad! I'll get my boyfriend to sign it.
492 posts • joined 23 Aug 2008
Only one vote...that's so sad! I'll get my boyfriend to sign it.
"Alphabet had revenues of 90Bn last year". Revenue is not profit and the court hasn't said "This is our final settlement": these fines can be applied again and again, if needed.
"Other solutions...have to be considered". No, courts have standard means by which penalties are imposed e.g. fines or (for criminal cases) imprisonment (or worse, in some countries). Although other means may be available to the court, they don't "have" to use them to suit you or the defendant.
'The former MI5 chief said...she went to Moscow to make "first contact" with the KGB. "I found myself facing a long line of KGB officers in their headquarters".'
The surprise must have ranked with that of visiting a nudist camp and finding it full of naked people.
But I don't want to go to London at any speed. Besides, I thought we were all "telecommuting" by now?
"...we continue to treat this issue...major issue...Once this issue is resolved...some of our customers have experienced technical issues"
It's not a problem, then? Just an "issue" (or maybe a "challenge").
The UK will pick up the tab, in support of the US empire.
It's difficult to take ATMs seriously on security when they show adverts. Given the struggle to make any software secure, adding unnecessary parts to financial applications seems, at best, ill-advised.
"We have already identified the root cause in our server software and applied a patch immediately after the incident occurred".
I'm not sure if, reading that, I'd be reassured that there'd be no more problems or hardly any more problems or if I'd wonder why a problem that could be fixed "immediately after the incident occurred" could have been anything but obvious on cursory examination. I might wonder how many more such "immediately" fixable faults were overlooked by similar lack of cursory examination and remain unfixed.
Why would anyone trust important data (with no local backup) to this Wild West world of the cloud? Surely we must be years away from reliability. If the IT industry's track record on quality is a guide, it's more probably decades.
I have no experience in writing accounting software, but surely a basic need is an audit trail (journal of transactions) so that any fault can be found easily? At the end of each day, does the Post Office system really just say "You owe us xxx"?
I'm...er...washing my hair.
"I'm not too sure they have any legal grounds either...after 30 years the copyrights basically drop".
There's no need to remain unsure. Take a look at the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act (1988) and the Intellectual Property Act (2014):
"Copyright expires at the end of the period of 70 years from the end of the calendar year in which the author dies..."
"If the work is computer-generated...copyright expires at the end of the period of 50 years from the end of the calendar year in which the work was made".
For sound recordings: "at the end of the period of 50 years from the end of the calendar year in which the recording is made...".
You say "...do your homework and if you do get called out have your statements ready so that you at least leave a solid impression instead of that of a bunch of goofballs". Are you one of those "goofballs"?
It's especially important not to be a "goofball" if you're planning to steal others' work. From the CDP Act: "A person guilty of an offence under subsection (1)(a), (b), (d)(iv) or (e) is liable (a) on summary conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or a fine, or both; (b) on conviction on indictment to a fine or imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years, or both".
Hmm...Good point. Have you noticed how you never see Rupert and Sir Clive together?
I'm confused as to how an author (or any other business) can operate where the customer says "You invoice us and we send the money to our favourite charity".
"Surely this can only bork the radio, right?
Yeah, and who needs that bit.
Given Zuckerberg's worth of almost $60 billion, even a $50 million fine might not change things...
It's a measured response (a 'warning shot', if you like). If a $50m fine is ineffective, the German government may choose to add a zero. If the response is still poor, further zeroes may follow. Soon, it looks unwise to have ignored the warning shot.
Is this a joke that I don't understand or does the author just have very poor Latin?
This is the man who said he'd give $3bn to cure all disease by 2100. I assume that by now someone told him to "get real". Why are we still listening?
India "now joins a select group of nations having such an effective Ballistic Missile Defence System.
Here, the word "such" converts a statement incredible for any country into one that doesn't say much at all.
Is this an article for some specialised group?
Were was this man brung up?
Neither the US nor Russia wastes favours on dispensable items like people.
It looks like the best job advice is "start looking as soon as you hear the rumours". The reassurances are worth nothing.
"...people realised watching a load of rubber balls being spat out of a drum doesn't make for very interesting viewing..."
I hope you realise that Mystic Meg is going to cry herself to sleep tonight.
BT / Post Office - just say "no".
Let's see how it answers "Have you stopped beating your wife?".
50mW (1/20W) may not be insignificant when focused onto a retina. It's not just the heating: the term "burn" is used here to describe the effect of very bright light on the pigmented receptors. The good collimation of a laser means that a signficant portion of the power reaches the target. (The beam doesn't spread).
Suppliers often experience "deep learning" when account closures accelerate.
The government's concern is losing taxpayers before they retire.
50ns would be slow RAM, by modern standards, so I'm not clear how it can replace DRAM completely. Can anyone provide details to make sense of this?
"...for all but 200,000 of the customers, payment in the settlement will come in the form of credits applied to their monthly bills, while the remainder of recipients will get a check in the mail".
I think this means 200,000 customers will get a check. The rest will have their account adjusted. Have I missed anything important? Why the waffle?
Just tell me if I get longer in bed.
I thought these suppliers were all private companies now.
Translation: "...in important places and some others".
"...a battery component that was exposed to controlled ambient air longer than it should have been before being assembled into battery packs".
This is half an explanation, padded with the word "controlled" to play down their not following the proper procedure. The best guess is that surface-mount parts were left unused too long after the package was opened, so they absorbed too much water from the air meanwhile. The water turns rapidly to steam in the soldering machine, so parts can crack. But why not just make that clear?
Unfortunately, really useful figures (like the estimated annual profit per connected device) are not mentioned. Even with 50 million connections, you'd have to clear $1 a year from each device, to get back just the latest $200m over four years.
If "Kevin" weren't so thick, he'd know that "power button" is only the jargon of his clique, so would use different terms to be understood. Real experts can communicate with those who are not. The rest will live out their lives as support technicians, swapping stories about "stupid" users.
Every time a trendy green makes a crackpot suggestion (like powering a lift from the energy of users pressing the buttons or driving trains by having passengers pace the carriages), they should be invited to spend an hour cycling to generate the 100W needed for a few "energy-saving" light bulbs. 5 minutes' pedalling is probably enough for basic education; after an hour, they'll happily vote to re-open the coal mines.
Jeez, I would have done it for only £270,000.
"...EU General Data Protection Regulation...Tesco...could be fined nearly £2bn"
Tesco were neutral on BrExit.
Maybe. But (as has often been pointed out) the President proproses, Congress disposes.
I agree that bloat (protocols and software) is a problem, but it's useful to ask why is the wheel so often re-invented?
Hardly anyone insists on writing their own strtok(), printf() etc. They know that the standard libraries are reliable. As for other software, it's typically ill-considered, confusing or badly-documented, so the right course often is to re-invent it. The result may be no better, but it's something you can understand and maintain.
Writing good library code is hard, as is designing a protocol to suit many purposes.
Why would the hospital publish this admission? It appears very useful to someone trying again.
It's an ill-considered word. I refuse to use it, too.
On the plus side, young British people have time to adapt, study overseas, move there and abandon this ship.
I suspect that the number of readers who understand that is fast declining.
Why not check your printed electricity bill? It shows meter readings and how charges are calculated. As for 20% errors, you're dreaming. Domestic meters are typically "class 2" (maximum 2% error throughout the certified life). Have some bedtime reading :
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