Did Larry Need a New Yatch?
Headline said all.
Or was it a joke at all?
992 posts • joined 10 Sep 2009
Headline said all.
Or was it a joke at all?
DECT well at least my DECT setup will also do an all stations broadcast and alert all attended phones to a call from a known number.
Functions used for years are so old hat these days, they need something new and shiny to make them feel loved. - - - or do they?
I do not need to re-buy functions I already have so why bother?
No, more like taxidermist and your stuffed!
This just could be an upside to this, it is possibly the one time that false positives were in everyone's favour.
If it killed off a few hundred, thousand, million (delete to taste) stupid pouting faces along with some jackass nude images all could be well with the world.
I cannot help but think that the more restricted the image coverage, the less likely it is to get a good recognition match, so it could be a useless effort.
If anything the name of the owner would be more relevant as a search term, as in 'here's a picture of vbhgfbut's bits' but that might cramp Zuckbook's monetising efforts.
The wonderful thing is that every year is like 1997s ground-hog day as another bunch of 'gifted and talented kids' learn how to want lovely shiny stuff. Who can blame them, they see it all around them, even more of it than in the real 1997, so when it is offered as only a key press away, why not?
Sadly while old crap may be old and crap tall oo often it still just works and with minimum effort by the crap slinger.
While I have had an Amazon Prime sub for a while and in a burst of excitement bought a Firestick for one of the TVs that did not have easy access, I have yet to watch anything. I have simply not been able to find anything that appealed to me. There must be a trick to making their hard to access listings easier to understand.
I rarely if ever use iplayer as I either PVR anything I can watch in real time or simply don't bother at all. Entering long arcane codes to get iPlayer would be an effort not worth making.
If I am looking for something I really make that really do not want an endless list of comparison sites listing nothing I want. I try to use thought process based filter to cut out lists of lists pushers. When tired a mistaken click can send me through the wardrobe into their never-find-anything-hell. I tried to look at Foundem, remind me what was the point of it? I found it the was like the illegitimate one night stand lovechild between useless and hopeless.
If I want a price comparison site I would try asking for a list of them, but probably not in this lifetime. Just try using one to find an energy supplier...
In any case, most times there is more to life than a dumb price comparison list where prices omit the needed features like, being what you actually need, availability, suitability and so on.
There was a difference in the time lines. Outcomes and cost were for 2003~2015, yet research focus has sharply increased in the last five years. So any gain from the research on robots should be expected to appear from about now going forward. Also as others have said, focusing on just two types of procedures may limit data volumes but could hide other issues affecting other types of procedure, good and bad. I am being lead to believe that many eye operations, especially cataract are bing robot assisted if not actually robot led with rapid throughput. If the robots are crap why use them for such surgery?
Footnote I have an upcoming possible interest in this one.
At least neither cash nor plastic need a charged battery - with cash also not needing a working network to accept the transaction, a problem in some areas. So some people feel happier having more options available. Dealing with trivial payments via some form of month end account can be a real pain for many. I understand that for others it may just as well be an asset to have an electronic record. Some of us remember the days when just one card type might be accepted - never the one you had at the time and painful memories can linger on.
I have no down on anyone using their method of choice, I embrace empowered choice. Compulsion is different thing and that is the one I hate, almost as much as my wife hates 'SMART phones'. I have one it is smart enough to know I want to do something and frequently clever enough to stop me achieving the option in a timely manner. For me plastic and cash are rather easier and provide me with comfort.
Cashback was always said to provide comfort to the retailers who offered the function as it moved physical cash, which needed manual handling into an electronic form simplifying their book keeping.
Please add Trump to the wish list of sole purveyors of 'information' along with those other purveyors of (iron) fairy stories.
I was (probably) reliably informed yesterday that such things as research, i.e reading a suitable book on the subject and the likes of testing are 'rather too expensive'. The widespread view is that is better to get the device built and out there. Then let someone else do the research and testing then tell you what you should do to correct the weak device you produced. After that you can then correct the errors you made, but only if you feel like being so 'kind'.
At least in this case the maker/sponsor did most of the right thing.
Lane change warningis a real pain when roads are poorly maintained and the system picks up on every thing it sees and thinks it sees a lane change. Its constant squawking will earn it a cut buzzer one day.
Yes some people are not the brightest sparklers in the firework box. I well remember the case of a employee of the month(?) who became an ex-employee when found to be running phone frauds and illicit activities within 6 weeks of being employed on 'security and anti terrorism' in an 'overseas location'. Whoever organised his recruitment and vetting copped a fizzer for that embarrassing fiasco. Happily no major harm was caused in that case.
@Mage Agreed, The bit that makes me ponder was this quote 'Ofcom quietly tweaked Inmarsat's licence to authorise EAN work, building on previous legally binding EU Council decrees which left the British regulator with no real choice in the matter.'
Surely if anyone has a desire for a punch up it should be with the EU since their judicial power forced the hand of regulators across Europe and Ofcom had no option. So is the threatened sueball really about Ofcom being prepared to correctly follow European law rather than do a quick duck and dive round the law and mess the whole thing up? No names no pack drill but perhaps due diligence could have been more 'diligent'?
I do use Defender and tried to find it using all the link advice I could trace, but could not find the feature. If it should be there I want to have access and be able to exploit or reject any features as I desire without an automatic "it is [whoever] do not bother" response.
I live about 400 yards from a canal and river, for the first time in 25 years we have bat roost on a wall of the house. Every morning there was so much bat poo I thought that it must have been a plague of rats, then I found a dead bat close by and investigation suggested that for some reason they had roosted with us just for a week or so. Did they kill off a plague of insects and then die off themselves? Somehow I doubt there is any easy theory, though good, i.e. expensive, no axe grinding study might give an answer. Its the same with insects, alien species are a known story whether it is alien earthworms or harlequin bugs they affect local species.
I do have a subscription capability, though I have yet to watch anything via its 'services'. I thought that the 'entertainment' was the hunt for something to watch. After about 20 minutes or what feels like a lifetime I give up.
I get regular e-mails inviting me to see the latest totally non interesting offerings so really what is the point? I simply PVR anything of possible future interest and watch whatever I can find to pass the time, when I need a time filler. This has the huge advantage of allowing all the adverts for total crap to be bypassed. As for subscribing to another advert channel with periodic inserts of non advertisements - that is for birdbrains.
I am told that there is also something called radio or wireless, (cable co clowns please note), no 'k' but it often has programmes
In a work situation and on the other side of the pond the civil service had this one fairly buttoned down in the pre-computer age. A 'senior person' could under certain defined circumstances authorise another employee to act for them in various defined ways. They were after all also covered by a range of laws in addition to the internal rules of the organisation. So accessing a direct line superior's files in the course of preparing work for them was covered, taking the odd photographic copy for study 'at home', sharing with a friend, passing to anyone outside of the direct functional need was not. You would need to be pretty witless not to see that accessing information directly pursuant to the work was covered. However, accessing material with specific additional access restrictions would not be covered under such circumstanced. For a long time similar rules applied in 'normal' businesses, I have been out of direct contacts for some while now, but doubt that much has changed in that regard.
I suspect that the key specific is whether authorisation along with any required access code(s) was provided. In more modern times access codes can granted to, e.g. PAs with specific personal restrictions, if needed, by the rules of the organisation. Pass the password is never a good game, though I have seen it played in some otherwise very formal hierarchical organisations where the most dangerous levels of password access were granted to the most senior 'name'. Since the 'name' had no knowledge of the system, junior staff used their name/password almost daily as part of the unwritten culture of the business.
"a sneaking suspicion that this is a handy way to collect AI training data is surely not mere conspiracy theory?"
You can see it that way, another way is to find out the sort of user who collects 'friends' but cannot be bothered to interact with them human to human.
As such it is an ideal way to train a system intended to man help-desks to provide responses to those poor saps who want someone to talk to when their 'Super Whizzo' has failed for the umptenth time.
Try not to forget that it is an opt in system, also has anyone opted into Cortana in their normal life anyway?
Thank you, @Alister, when I tried that the first time it did not work.
Clearly, I need mouse driving lessons!
Still it worked when I tried a second time after your prompt, thank you.
I am truly sorry, I clicked the wrong box. I thought that your post was balanced in a way that some others are not, My click went in the wrong place. I can blame some nerve damage but clearly need to improve my mouse control, which is not normally this bad - others might not agree but all discussion should be honest and where possible balanced.
Many drivers suffering a 'one under' incident spend a long time off work afterwards and some never do come back as complete. You would not save the Darwin project item with headphones, but at least you might save the driver's trauma.
Agreed, I looked at 'Groove' for the first time today, I still cannot see its point, everyone I know who wants some form of music device has one and it is not this 'thing'. So after stifling a few yawns I wondered (and not for the first time) how the %^&*() to recovers its wasted disk space.
Do nothing 'cause it is hard, is not an option.
I suggest that the first steps are that either (a) facility by facility review is needed to decide what needs to be internet or even intranet connected or (b) some overall relevant guide line is needed to define the achievable objective across a wider, e.g multi facility area, examples. insurance company/ health standards body, OEMs, etc or several working in concert. This process must be health system and political influence independent.
By the way, 'nice to have connections' need not apply!
Authorisation processes need some critical examination to find out whether it really does need years of expensive prevarication to secure life saving/threatening equipment.
I understand that the checks are increasingly automated. Data on money flows is compared, the ins and the outs and if there is something out of kilter the name gets into the hat. If you make an allowed claim, e.g. personal allowance, perhaps tax free ISA income or as a business you claim legally allowed business expenses you will look OK. However, make some unallowable claim or do something that just does not stack up and you will be in trouble. I know a few who have been caught out over their business accounts not being right. So at the very least get a good accountant to control your excesses if you lack the skills to DIY correctly, that goes for private as well as business accounts.
I live about 25 miles from the centre of London and half a mile from a motorway running straight into London. The only sheep are those bused in to mow a water meadow at the correct time of the year.
Pretty Please EE can I have some in house service like I used to have in the days of One-2-One?
Voice and data would be nice. Since the stupid medical lot insist on calling the mobile and not the land line they were told to use, (as EE service here is crap), I guess I need some mobile service.
No doubt that the 'phacts' are all too convenient for the hotel's goons. I guess that will also ban the use of private video equipment they cannot abuse, control or disable at will.
I have had to change all of my email addresses since early this year as the original service provider gave up. In the event that my details were on the Faultyfax database how would anyone contact me? At least I should not get too many scam emails, but I quite like the idea of knocking ICO's door with a complaint. Sometimes the weight of numbers can upset their apple cart by making the stats look bad.
Mainly because I never use a taxi, private hire car or whatever of any form. However, the well of personal distrust grows ever deeper at every twist and turn and UBER are far ahead of the pack in this regard.
Would that be 'said web site@? Or rather should it be 'sad web site'?
No, No, No unless you are paying this 71 a compliment as being young.
I want to read the news, not have it blare out from some tiny speaker on a mobile or flash across a screen silently on the PC because the speakers are turned off. It would be nice to have the choice of not listening to random voice of the population stuff., but getting the substance of an event.
In the unlikely event that you have paid employment do you claim personal allowance when considering your tax bill? Do you claim child allowances? Do you have an ISA or similar tax free savings vehicles? I trust not, since those are all tax loopholes that exercise those practising numpty-nomics
Let's not forget that terrorists do use surveillance data too. FTFY.
They call it intelligence gathering as they walk or drive the area looking for and often photographing weak points, perhaps pretending to be tourists.
Tracking them and tracing them is where the security can and does sometimes fail, (perhaps too often?).
For me it is the reliable phone line or effectively no communications. We live in a house which has very unreliable mobile service.
I am not now with BT as such any more and never had their broadband. Yesterday my wife fielded one call about 'our 'BT BB yesterday and I had one today. The idiot was so shocked to hear that my (non) BT was in fine health, I almost felt sorry for them.
Once around Christmas I was doing something with BT and also had a bank statement on my desk. A scammer claimed that a payment had been missed, when I had several proofs to rebut his claim I just wish the scum could get an 'honest' fraud.
@ AC, it may or may not make routine stuff like security easier, that is not really the point you addressed in your post. The fact that something is made easier is of no use if you do not bother to get even the easy configuration done. I see you assume that the worst case applies until you have checked and double checked that all possible steps have been taken to secure the shop. So one brownie point for you and all of those who follow that example.
However, if Joe Thickastwoplanks Or Bertie Cheapscate does not bother to look let alone check they have not messed up; then the ease or difficulty of getting it right does not matter. The fact that AWS was said to send out reminders of misconfiguration suggests that the Joes and Berties might need to invest in some staff who can read and do some basic checking as well.
Do not use a mobile to pay for drive through meals, or bridge or other tolls in the UK as use of a hand held, including a wrist device while driving is illegal.
So choices are:
1) Pull out card from wallet and pay in ten seconds or less.
2) Fumble about with an inside pocket, dig phone out of pocket (after 5 hand operations not so easy). Fumble about in front of growing queue to try to unlock the $%^&*()" phone, give up and either use cash or a card anyway.
Perhaps that is one reason I do not put any financial stuff on the phone (there are other reasons).
Only my oldest and slowest portables have been offered 1703, which I find slightly strange. It appeared to benefit the circa 2008 laptop so I was OK with that. I wonder if the desktops will ever get anything.
Moto promised an upgrade to Nougat for my g4 play when I bought i earlier this year, however the service preventer (EE) is failing to make it available. I did wonder about slipping a SIM from the one service provider with an upgrade availability to see if it would deliver the package. The phone was bought as SIM free and has previously worked with that service so it might be worth a punt.
Bizzby are urgently seeking a trained (or possibly untrained but still warm) person so sort out, maybe even create a system to keep their business IT system afloat.
While I agree with the idea of streaming to the cloud, my own experience of mobile access shows that mobile and access are two words on opposite sides. My own 'mobile' can certainly move about so it meets the mobile bit, however keeping the thing on line is not so easy so fails the 'access' test. In fact most of my house appears to be a not spot whenever an important call is likely to come in, funny thing damned PPI and the like calls and texts are immune to stoppage. Some local storage capacity is therefore essential otherwise gaps will happen and disputes about the gaps will result. That is before the other side resort to jamming equipment. However, any local storage must be hardened so that it can be uploaded without changes ASAP should service be restored.
While I do not doubt your sincerity your errors should not go unmarked. Tax evasion is already a criminal matter and with few exceptions that do get prosecuted it is relatively rare. Tax avoidance is a totally different matter. A simple tax on turn over might appeal. Think about that for a moment, the retail food trade runs on margins of about 5% and has massive turn over. So lets tax them at say 22% and wonder why there are no food shops any more. It would simply not be worth opening the shop if you lost 17% on every deal. Where there is some leeway to make realistic changes is on such matters as transfer tax, which have already been started. OK so lets move in on to such as investment allowances, buy a new machine and improve production, great. You get an investment allowance to set some of the coasts against tax. So what should now happen is that the business makes more money and is thus in a position to pay more tax and quite likely pay more staff. I guess tax allowances for investment could be abolished and the business could then run on its cranky old devices with the odd breakdown here and there, lower turn over and thus lower taxes, what a great idea, with luck they will also go bust and put a few more out of work, Great is that what you want?
Perhaps we do need some changes taken after a considered approach and not a knee jerk.
I bet most people are only too pleased to claim their personal allowances against tax, perhaps we should stop that bit of what you call tax evasion, rather than rule following, perfectly legal tax avoidance. I have personally not bothered to chase interests rates as the time spent against the taxable return generated was just not worthwhile. Would you class this as tax evasion as well?
John Smith 19, sadly doctors did not act alone in taking some of the reprehensible actions you condone. They were mandated by a society who's religious zeal transcended any actual religious consideration, i.e. the bit about forgiveness as a starting point. In short society conditions and allows conditioning and has to take action when it becomes clear that society's own failing are leading to bad outcomes. In my book that might have happened in this case.
But then I once worked in a different society where it was found that females, who had previously been excluded from the labour force by societal norms only a few years earlier were actually far better coders than their male brothers.
Perhaps as Virgin Mirage?
Maybe it explains or at least aligns with a little of the BT issue with growing its service capabilities?
How true your comments were. I have been retired for some years but an associated company had even worse rules than yours. One 'command centre' had a critical capacity issue with the power feed to the site. The manager needed more seats so took the wise route of buying LED displays on petty cash for just over £100 a time rather than £2,000 per throw from the 'supplier of choice' As a circa £100 item they were not capitalised and were classed as expendable so did not justify a supplier's maintenance agreement. He also saved the cost of a new power supply, (£50,000 plus) and its follow on higher bills. Mind you their procurement cycle time for new kits was up to 12 months. This did not sit well with a just in time style desire to buy kit to service new contracts.The different business in which I worked had a customer first service ethic, so we ended up servicing both ends of the deal with equipment. (The same brilliant unit had even managed to sign off on empty racks 'as ready for service', so their super systems really worked well. The customer suffered a two week's delay while we, not the sister bunch organised the missing equipment to arrive, oops.)
@ Ole Juul, who has been cited, the company or the tax authorities? It is not an issue which affects me or greatly concerns me, but having a better understanding of what went on is always attractive to me. On the other hand everyone thinks their security exceeds all requirement for them, until things go really soure.
@ I ain't Spartacus, some useful ideas, noted.
@Dave 126 I have struggled to decide, were you being sarcastic or snide?
I am aware that some sort of 'tube' has a range of crap 'videos', though happily they achieve the same lack of interest as most of the main stream offerings, but if they float your boat, happy sailing!
With increasing pain in my arms and neck from spinal problems, reading for any length of time is a hard work and painful experience. I really would love a better collection of viewable and enjoyable programmes. Sadly I find the chore of wading through huge volumes of listing to be daunting. While I have had access to one subscription service for a year or two I have yet to find anything to draw me into watch. Yet another 'not quite a me too' is less than something I desire. Something to generate and hold my interest would be nice but to date Apple, (and pretty much everyone else to a lesser extent) have served a different demographic. Their 100% output never overlaps with my 3%. viewing want Maybe one day something good will happen, but I am not going to hold my breath for something to lighten the entertainment darkness. Perhaps the issue is that too many offerings mine the same mother load so their output falls consistently into my no thanks 97%.
I used to like them / use them 30 or 40 years ago before they were called BA. Now-a-days I thought that BA stood for Bloody Awful.
Their current efforts to justify my understanding of what BA represents are outstanding.
Its about the only thing about them that crawls above 'grim'. Happily I will never expect to travel anyway and foreign travel would never involve them, (and a few other skip divers from the travel world).
@AC, Do you mind, Junker will be having a bottle or two of wine break rather than a tea break. Of course after they have decided which wine to try...
No wonder it all workings so well.
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