So if he is a public sector worker, why not sack him for one of his numerous apparent non-responses ?
Can someone with a better understanding of the US Legal system explain why not ?
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Because the majority of people don't want devices to be easily serviceable with easy to replace parts as those issues are not a factor in their purchase.
They wants small, light, long life and if the compromise is that its a single unmaintainable slab, then people are in general, happy with that.
Unfortunately, there are many out there who recall the 'Time Capsule Tombstone' problem which affected tens of thousands of TC's consigning them to early death when a component burned itself out on the motherboard and left the device a complete brick. The failure could be predicted down to a specific week or so of life.
If anything the TC is Apples best example of nice idea, poorly implemented and hardly 'it just works' =and more like "it works and then packs up in an entirely predictable manner and there was nothing that could be done'"
One could still legitimately argue that even though the US says its companies have an obligation to hand over things held overseas, that obligation ends at the border of the US and once the data is overseas the law does not apply.
Its like giving yourself the right to vote in a foreign country because the US says you can. It means squat overseas and the companies can just take the view that they have no right to do anything overseas as the law stated doesnt apply outside of the US.
I look forward to the EU demanding a US company hands over Trumps accounts as they can compel the auditors of Trumps estate in the USA using a similar trick.
Re : driven by games ......
I worked for a large British defence contractor in the 90's (yes I am that old) and the company spent years developing its hardware and software for a airport simulator whereby you walked into a small room on a stand and there were four of five huge projected TV screens around you each with a simulation of the view from a airport control tower. You could see ground vehicle movements, aircraft landing and taking off and it was designed to train ATC staff in operating an airport.
All highly impressive for its time. I then saw the same setup in an exhibition a year later and it all looked the same except the large rack of equipment was gone, and under the displays in a cupboard were a few computers each with a pair Voodoo (2?) graphics card in them which had overnight wiped out millions in hardware and software development.
Apparently the company had tried to engage with the Voodoo manufacturer to get the software rewritten but they werent interested, so they gave it to a couple of game-obsessed technicians from the apprentice scheme to rewrote the entire system to use the new graphics cards in a few months. I recall Purchasing trying to negotiate with the Voodoo supplier who were not bothered in the slightest about ISO this and that and UK MOD commercial terms - just 'how many cards do you want mate and we will dispatch them tomorrow', and send us a cheque first.
I have never seen such a good example of the games community taking over and going past the commercial companies in my life.
Out of interest, what could France do if a US company, which is hosted in the US and used by millions of French citizens decides to give the French government the finger ?
Its not going to bock WhatsApp as its citizens would throw a wobbly, so what could France actually do except go to court and a US corporation could ignore them as the company is not based or hosted in France ?
Always wondered ....
The guy should turn up with a couple of friendly policemen in tow and the minute he is refused access, the police should arrest and handcuff anyone who stops the guy.
Start with the security oik and when he says he has been told to do it, go arrest the person who issued the instruction. Cart them off to a holding cell and remind them that if they repeat it, then they will be arrested again.
Proceed ad finitum until the cops run out of handcuffs and the organisation gets the hnt.
" Airbus, Thales, Alcatel-Lucent, Ubisoft, Alstom, Dx0 Labs"
I think you'll find a lot of the profitable bits of those companies are outside of France and much of them came from UK companies which the French bought. Thales for example makes good profits in the UK but the French side are basket cases. they keep the Uk bits to fund French pensions. Airbus is great in Germany and the UK - but in France - Non. Alstom is mostly ex-GEC heavy industry businesses from the UK apart from its Nuclear business and rolling stock businesses. Alcatel Lucent is more Lucent than Alcatel, and Ubisoft - well, nobody goes to France to write software do they ?
Lets put it this way - sicen the Rocket car Challenge hit schools, takeup of STEM subjects has rocketed and is an unqualified success.
In the 60's the Apollo programme drove takeup.
70's and early 80's it was the Space Shuttle.
Since then, nothing. Just a decline as kids had nothing to inspire them.
Bloodhound has turned that around.
Sorry, but most of your post while well intentioned is ignorant BS. If you truly are 'horrified' then you really are a snowflake.
Indeed. This has always been the problem with people who use Amazon and complain that Amazon doesn't pay much.
So they sit at home, and go online to a foreign website, owned by a foreign company, and order stuff which is mostly made overseas, which is paid for on a credit card held by a foreign bank most likely, and the goods are shipped from overseas to the customer (via a UK distribution warehouse).
Squeeze too much and the warehouse shuts down, the people lose their jobs and the Royal Mail/DHL or whomever gets to deliver a parcel from an overseas warehouse. Slight increase in shipping costs to the consumer - massive loss of jobs in the UK.
"European countries are furious that under the current rules, digital companies are only taxed on profits"
I thought that all companies are taxed on profits, via Corporation Tax.
What is the EU going to do if Google, Facebook and others go entirely offshore - block the most popular parts of the Internet ?
"the bitterness of poor quality is remembered long after"
Yes, some of us with longer memories remember thats what you got asking the Uk workers to deliver.
People should not assume that if its delivered from the UK, that it will be of a better quality. The only thing you can be certain about is that it will cost more and there will be more industrial action.
Yes, that train makes a difference. Windows are tinted slightly using a metallic layer in the middle of the laminated glass, and that metal acts as a Faraday barrier. It depends entirely upon the glass and the train makers choices. Its a well known issue in the rail industry and just one of many reasons which high speed data will not be available on the deep tube sections of London Underground.
Its not an excuse.
You may understand IT but try understanding the laws of physics and radio propagation. Higher frequencies = faster fall off of signal so overlapping cell sites at 2G have gaps in 3G in rural area, and the gaps get bigger and bigger for 4G and for 5G.
The rest of the rant is irrelevant. Go read a physics book.
The problem with the UK is that because we were early users of 2G, the majority of cell sites were put in place to suit GSM coverage and as we move to 3G, 4g and 5G, the cells will be much smaller and more towers will be needed - a LOT of towers.
Try telling Joe Public that if they want 4G or even 5G they will have to have a lot more cell towers near them and they will throw a wobbly and will try and ignore the laws of physics.
Developing countries never had a 2G network in rural areas at all, and so when they get 4G, the cell towers are in the right place.
Its a acse of the laws of physics versus the British mentality to expect coverage without towers and of course, never to actually pat for the 10,000 towers needs to give some sheep coverage in a Scottish valley with a road going through it.
"The sooner Openreach are forced into a separate holding company (and Oi! Ofcom! Don't forget the razor wire ringfence!) the better."
So you're one of those people who think that Openreach being a separate company will mean the laws of economics will no longer apply and will be able to borrow money as cheaply as BT ? If its uneconomical to provide a service to which you clearly feel entitled now, what makes you think a new supplier with less money will be able to make 1+1=3 ?
Let me know when the sound of reality crashing down on you becomes too much to bear.
Well its not as if the Aramco Cyber team in Dammam got stuck in a fight between IT and Corporate Security on who the team should report to - to IT to hide their incompetence or to Corporate Security to sack the corporate IT folks who fought against the recovery programme as to do otherwise would imply it was their fault in the first place is it ?
Its not as if the locals plug in USB sticks all the time is it ?
Spot one - too many halfwits think that having Openreach as an independent body will suddenly mean it will fibre the entire country and defy the laws of economics and put in £100,000 of cables, dig up miles of roads to serve a dozen homes who only want to pay £7 a month for it.
On its own, Openreach will have even less financial clout and won't be able to borrow much to invest because it will be seen as being easily dominated by Ofcom.
Spot on - the same half-wits who do not understand what 'up to' means are the same people who think that switching between ISPs who use the exact same final connection will give them a better speed.
FWIW my parents two next door neighbours get 7Mb connections on ADSL, and my father gets 2.4Mbit despite bing on the same cable, and we have tweaked, adjusted, playe with the terminating equipment with the ISP.
Bad copper is just bad copper.
Maybe the laws of physics and more importantly, an education in economics would help ?
Nobody, and I mean nobody, is going to spend tens if not hundreds of thousands of pounds putting fibre into locations with no return.
Actually, a dictionary definition of 'uneconomic' might be helpful as well.
"But the Good Sinking Ship Cameron is willing to spend more than £50bn on a train set that will never be profitable."
It may not in itself be profitable, but in terms of economic value by taking thousands of car journeys off the road etc, it will yield a benefit.
No modern railway upgrade has ever turned out to be a white elephant - they all get full up and not to slowly either. I understand why affected people dont like it, and why lefties think they can ignore the problem and give the money away to the homeless, but it will get filled up, it will be popular and after a few short years, people will wonder how on earth we ever managed with out iy.
"Just "increasing competition" is not going to make the final 5% any easier to reach."
Too many technologically and economically illiterate folks out there expect £50k investment for their broadband line and expect to only pay £20 a month.
1+1=2 and not any number you may otherwise want.
Because when I order something, I'd like to know that if there is a problem, then shipping it back isn;t a problem.
Quite apart from the concept of buying from a local based organisation (even if a multinational) and keeping local folks in jobs -I bought a Videocamera about 10-12 years ago, when DV tape cameras were the best available, but when it had a problem it cost me a small fortune in shipping and insurance to get it there for repair.
"Someone reads it inside the EU, a copy of that Californian website thereby being published inside a browser in the EU, and EU law does apply."
Someone inside the EU is communicating with something in the US. The information is in the US and the EU person is bringing it into the EU - the US source is publishing nothing.
Its like telephoning someone in the US and then saying that the person in the US is bound by legal decisions based in the EU and so cannot talk about things the EU has decided shouldn't be disclosed.
The countries with more pro-creator copyright laws will be forced to accept the laws of the parasitic countries that have been stealing and cloning other peoples works for years.
Anyone see eastern European countries voting to do anything except solve their problems with selling hooky copies of things other people create ?
Yes Apple is the liable entity no doubt.
When you say that the consumer purchased a product that didn't work well, do you have any data on that ?
I am guessing that the number affected is very small and Apple replaced and/or repaired any faults just like they do with all items so i cannot see what the lawyers are doing other than trying to make money.
The Argentinians agreed, in writing to US Court jurisdiction - specifically the NY courts, in a limited set of circumstances, for specific bonds. They then took advantage of this agreement to get a loan , and are now refusing to accept the jurisdiction they previously agreed to, purely because they don't like the consequences of sticking to the agreement - like repaying 100% of the borrowers on the same terms.
This case is like the Argentinians trying to sell land on the Falkland Islands and getting all snippy when its pointed out the land isn't theirs.
Some of the comments herein suggest that this is all new fangled stuff. Its not.
Emirates long haul 380's and the occasional 777 ER aircraft have had in air wifi and OnAir mobile phone roaming, so a couple of things;
1. Wifi is severely congested on an aircraft where I pay $10 for about 100Mb of data - its good for messaging but forget everything else, even browsing. i doubt many people actually use it so an aircraft full of kiddies simply won't be a useable service.
2. Few people use the mobile phone option, as others have suggested as the facility is punitively expensive (good news there then)
I share peoples concern over the yakking 16 year old with a phone welded to their ear 24/7 no longer having to STFU during a flight. They might get away with it once, but when their parents get the first bill, then roaming suddenly becomes no longer an option on their tariff and sweet silence returns.
The biggest concern for me if it takes off (pun intended) is whether its very long before the first cellular phone blockers go active onboard a flight and those are going to be a worse scenario from a safety point of view.
The problem is not Netflix, or an upstream competition issue.
its the lack of consumer choice for the supplier of the connectivity to the home. If Comcast had real competition by say, five or six effective alternatives like in a lot of the rest of the developed world, then they would STFU and concentrate on being more competitive rather than figuring out how they can screw the customer who has no choice.
America gets what it wants and deserves for that choice.
"Yeah, sure: Dress it up and play sexy. Let's pretend every 11am call is of critical importance and all the cool cats in the office are taking them.
I'm calling 'horse-shit' on that, though.
Because we all know that 95% of 11pm calls are because someone has lost a password, failed to read an email properly, can't follow instructions, or just wants their hand held because they are being a scaredy-cat can't take the responsibility of making a decision on their own. Ergo: A waste of fscking time that they could have avoided by way of having to think for five minutes before reaching for the phone."
I understand your perspective but to imagine your rather narrow base of experience is somehow representative of how the rest of your organisation actually works is somewhat naive. You clearly have no involvement with fee paying clients who keep your company and you in money, and other such nice things. Your experience is somewhat limited to the narrow field you illustrate.
Just this Thursday afternoon (based in UAE so weekend started an hour later) client asks for a best and final offer on a proposal , by close of play Sunday. This involves liaison with the UK who work on a different weekend a different timezone. This will involve a lot of people on a deal trying to keep their jobs. I am not making this up - this did happen on Thursday. One of my guys is off on a flight to the UK today (Saturday) so he can work with the team there - who are sensible enough to decide themselves whether answering the phone is appropriate or not.
So what do we do - ignore all the calls on the Friday asking for advice, and then have them refuse to answer on the day before submission and the day itself ? or hope we are bidding against a French company who won;t even read the email regarding the deadline?
Losing that bid means a lot of people who are directly affected and to suggest this is unreal is somewhat silly on your part. Just because you are not in a client facing part of the organisation does not mean their experience is valid. They keep you in a job and maybe you ought to think about that next time you stand up for your rights to the point you pick up your P45.
Remember that clients don't owe you a living and they can take the business elsewhere, and that standing up for your rights is fine until you lose your job..
Fascinating. This reads just like a set of comments from the Guardian, from people whose jobs have never hung in the balance.
That is, okay in theory but in practice, unworkable. You can just see a group of people working on a 'must win or lose your job because the company folds' opportunity, simply turning off their mobile because the law says so. Try working in a multinational across timezone differences where this rule applies - because it will not. People will take their business elsewhere.
Fine, ignore the phone, ignore the email as instructed but when you come into work on Monday and find you have been out manoeuvred by a foreign company who used that extra time to do something which put them ahead of you. You lose that important piece of business, your company suffers, and ultimately you lose your job and end up wishing that someone would call you during their work hours while you sit around in your pyjamas.
Yes, it would be nice if such rules were universally applied across industry but such rules will never be applied in an international market like that on this plane of existence and doing it will eventually result in your business suffering and people will lose jobs as a result.
And God knows the French have enough problems with job creation without wondering how they will replace yet more lost jobs, due to another nail in the coffin of productivity.
in the Audi MMI. Along with the 4 as well. Cradles still available for both, but not for the 5 because its bit longer than the space in the armrest.
I have two Audis - one owned in the UK, one leased oversees and they already work fine with Apple.
Why on earth would I want to spoil a car by adding more toys and gimmicks to it ? As you have said, its unnecessary.
The article goes on about Apple profits compared with Android profits.....
I thought Android was a largely free OS which various manufacturers of hardware use, to power their phones and so any profits are mostly split up between the myriad of manufacturers, and the profits cover the hardware, distribution, manufacturing and of course some for the OS supplier.
Is the comparison valid then ? Can someone correct me please ?
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