@Michael H.F. Wilkinson Re: DIY & Fingerprints
I have to say the masochism tango takes some beating! So to speak :)
2758 posts • joined 6 Nov 2009
Which in turn would suggest that the CEO of a company quoted on the exchanges in the US made a misleading statement regarding his companies finances. If it were regarded to be willfully misleading might not the SEC in the States be interested? I could certainly see aggrieved shareholders reaching for their learned friends if it could be argued that the statement was knowingly false.
Indeed, I fear that you are right. To a very great degree It is not Nuance who are crapping on their customers but Apple themselves as far as macOS is concerned. Their attitude to loyal punters who pony up very significant sums for Apple kit, frankly speaking, stinks.
Loud applause from this example of the Vulpes lagopus. By way of support I proffer this which describes what happened when Queen Mary College took the the decision some ten years ago to bring their cleaning back inhouse and offered their now permanent cleaning staff a living wage and the same conditions of service as the rest of their employees:
Ahem. Did you forget the three strikes and you are out rule in this context? You get three bites of the cherry and then you are locked out if you did not guess correctly. The odds concerned are 1:333,33 recurring. I.e. Unless the person concerned is very fucking lucky trying to brute-force a PIN-code suggests that our would-be perp's IQ is lower than his shoe size.
It has always been a wonder to me that companies can get away with not reporting. If, for example, your local branch of your bank got visited by a couple of gentleman equiped with stocking masks and shotguns and they failed to report the matter to the police then the bank could be punished for failing to report knowledge of the commission of a criminal offence. Companies that conceal attacks on their IT-systems should be prosecuted for failing to report said offence. The senior managers responsible should end up in court.
"“By discretizing the volume around each mainshock in this way,"
Indeed. What about:
"....by using/choosing/selecting/defining a discrete* volume around each mainshock in this way........"
It would at least show that one had some feeling for the English language and was not making up verbs whenever one felt like it.
*Yes, then one is using the adjective "discrete" correctly in the context.
"The whole point of the debate here is what do Google do that justifies a 30% cut?"
They are of the opinion that they do not need to, they do it because they can. Indeed that is not surprising given that they have about 85% of the moble os market. In the circumstances it is hardly amazing that the European competition authorities are beginning to look very closely at the situation. Bluntly put, as Andrew has pointed out, there is no app store competition because each of the two "biggies" have a closed market in practice. Yes, I know you can side-load on Android (and indeed I have) but in reality, for hoi poloi (due to lack of knowledge) Android is in practice almost as locked down as ios. The net result of all this is (as this article is pointing out) that to all practical intents and purposes, there is no competition worth the name. The devs are getting screwed and so are the punters.
"Why is that virtually unearned 30% not evil no matter who does it?"
I believe that what the competition authorities would be concerned about is that Google has 85% of the mobile phone market and is therefore in a "market dominant position". Though I admit that as an ordinary punter the sight of unrestrained greed is not a pretty one regardless of who we are talking about.
What one has to take into account here is that the anti-Redmond hatebois cannot conceive of any honest reason for preferring Windows under any circumstances. The inevitable result is of course drive-by shill accusations, howls of "FUD" and general aspersions cast against the virtue of the mother of whoever has been foolish enough to challenge their world-view. They are not content with the huge role that Linux has throughout the whole of our planet's IT-infrastructure; nothing will satisfy them other than the complete eradication of anything and everything emanating from "The Demon Lords of Redmond".
"......scientists reported an antidote – an under-glass fingerprint sensor which makes a display cut-out superfluous. But so far we've yet to report a successful field trial."
We can only hope that the notch is a shortlived phenomenen. The word "fugly" does not begin to cover the case.
Indeed. It is of course often very risky for an ordinary employee to report this kind of thing. A fairly large proportion of middle managers react in a very hostile way to something they perceive of as an attempt to make them look bad in the eyes of senior management. They certainly do not see it as the "shop floor prol" doing what might be a very considerable service for the company.
This in fact (speaking as, amongst many here, a scientist) illustrative of why experimental evidence cannot ever be expected to provide absolute proof. There will always be a set of error bars included in the stats because nothing we build (in this case the atomic clocks) has zero error/variation. We will continue to improve the equipment and the next time it may be 0.0000000022 plus or minus 0.0000000025 but it will never be truly zero. What we will be able to say is that experimental evidence shows that General Relativity Theory is highly reliable within these error parameters. The whole concept of absolute proof ought to give any self respecting scientist hives.
I have to say I agree with regard to features that are "nice to have" and feel that Andrew's point about " fingerprint unlocking and rapid charging" being the only important features to have turned up (hardware wise) in recent years accords with my feelings/experience. The more of the article I read the more depressed I got about new high end shinies. Makes me even more convinced that I made the right choice recently when I bought a Nokia 7 Plus - bloody good mob in all respects at the price point (about £350 inc VAT). :)
Hmm.. I think that one could equally well argue that people know that Apple can well afford the best legal help going? Something which would discourage both potential litigants and the possibility of hiring "no win no fee" lawyers (who would by definition be uninterested in a frivolous case* they would be unlikely to win?). After all unless you are very well heeled yourself going up against an example of "BigCorp" with pockets as deep as Cupertino's would likely be a very painful financial experience if you do not have a very good case. If we look at, for example, the activities of patent trolls we see that they rely on their targets folding rather than going all the way to a full court hearing. In general terms I cannot see Cupertino folding unless they have very good non-financial reasons for doing so. The best hope the litigants have here is that Apple will decide that the potential reputational damage outweighs their desire to tell hoi polloi to fuck off.
*I am of course not suggesting that their case is frivolous. I am speaking in general terms.
Indeed, a very good question. I have to admit that when I contemplate the attitudes of the super-rich and the behaviour of BigCorp (pretty much all of them) when it comes to having in general any sense of obligation to the society they make their eye-watering sums of money in and their attitude towards paying a fair wack in tax in particular is concerned I begin to develop an odd affection for piano wire and lamposts. See icon.
I remember dear Dad saying to me many, many years ago "son, there is a big difference between the exercise of liberty and taking liberties". Revenge porn is clearly taking liberties which IMO cannot and should be defended. "Basic common decency" (as you point out) is the matter in a nutshell. See icon.
I suggest that you take look at the history of WWII in Europe because you are clearly very ignorant of the course of events that led to Britain and France declaring war on Germany at the beginning of September 1939. The word "chose" had very little to do with the reality that both my country and France found themselves in when Hitler invaded Poland on the first of that month. Your jingoistic attitudes with regard to US interests and the hell with everybody else do you no credit whatsoever.
Oh and no, I am not one of those who have downvoted you - quite frankly I could not be bothered.
Whilst I had absolutely no time for Blair & Brown's shenanigans with PFI (being a rather traditional old style centre-left Labour chap myself) I pose a little question with regard to political history. Who was it and which party was it that introduced
that goldbricking scheme PFI? Clue, it was not either of the aforementioned nor was it the Labour party ("Nu" or otherwise). If you need further guidance I will simply say that the shysters concerned are the current governing party of the U.K. I repeat, that I hold no brief whatsoever for Blair and Brown's use of that piece of hows-your-father but let us not pretend that they were the only guilty ones here.
The term "engineer" in this particular technical context (if not being abused by their PR dept.) would imply that the people concerned were qualified at degree level in electronic engineering or allied trades. I doubt very much that they intend to employ that many people with those kinds of CVs. After all they do not want to have to pay any more than they can possibly get away with.
Hmm... What form of "OH" are we talking about here? In ionic form with a negative charge? Or are we talking about OH as a functional group on a molecule as in, for example, alcohols?* The idea that our dear moon may be as soaked in booze (thanks to solar radiation) as the average Christmas pudding is very appealing. :)
*Yes, I am a chemist. It's not my fault, all I wanted was a nice easy indoor job with no heavy lifting (thank you Sir Terry) and this is what I ended up doing.
I agree, humanity would never have survived swinging down from the trees to walk upright if cooperation were not a very important contribution to our socio/evoulutionary biology. The idea that all that is needed for evolutionary success is a bit of "red in tooth and claw", ie greed/devil take the hindmost, is asinine.
Yes h4rm0ny. I had in fact forgotten about that trick some of the RAF pilots used. I seem to remember that it involved flying just under the V1 so that the fighter's wing was just under that of the drone and tipping/flipping the V1 over onto its back. Those brillcream boys were crazy/very brave - luckily for us!
Edit: Sorry, I read your post too quickly and failed to see that you had already mentioned this.
In fact a number of the aircraft stationed at British airbases in S.E. England at the time of the V1 offensive could successfully intercept the V1. The Spitfire XIV, the Mustang III, the Tempest V and the Mosquito could all do this. The biggest challenge to interception was in fact the time window between detection and the V1 being over a densely populated area when shooting it down would probably have caused it to explode when hitting the ground thus negating the point of the interception.
The really stupid thing about this is that a very large number of Amazon's customers are, independently of their customer relationship to Amazon, also customers of Google in the direct sense. I.e. Mountain View is punishing their own customer base in order to give Amazon the middle finger. Don't you just love the antics of the Big Boys - they do not care who they piss on when they are making their displeasure felt. There seems to be very little today that hinders the big corporations when it comes to behaving like arseholes whenever they feel like it.
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