OK, lads. what happened when you tried to boot Linux on it?
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A really good manager could handle it.
"Mr Slonopas, we need you. This is going to keep happening to people, and you are obviously a good and prayerful god-fearing person. I would far rather it happened to you, because the armour of your faith means that it cannot harm you at all. Please stay, and be part of our fight against Satan and all his deciepts. Just imagine, once you quit this must happen to someone with far less faith than you, and how awful that might be."
We have fundamental, foundation, needs in our society: wafer baking is one of them, as is the manufacture of machines with which to do that.
Seems a bit like farming, where the people who actually make things have had thier margins squeezed by all the other people sitting on thier shoulders, till it is barely worthwhile any more.
I think the concentration of silicon manufacture in fewer and fewer hands is not something I view with equinimity. A catastrophe could occur, for example, or an outbreak of megalomania. I would be far more sanguine if the fundamental trades were widely distributed.
My feeling is that the best people to report things to are people who will roll up their sleeves , put on big boots, and say "Ok, let's go get them!".
OK , having to report you have a broken fence may be embarrasing, but only if the broken fence register is posted on the outside of the town hall, and people who own fences go and look at it. If it just gets filed in the 'broken fence' drawer and never sees the light of day, all you have done is make extra work.
Perhaps companies should have to report such failures in thier annual reports, and on a case-by-case basis to shareholders?
But if officialdom wants reports, then officialdom should send a 'policeman' out to respond.
I want to update my current 10 inch netbook to a better, less power hungry, processor and decent screen resolution. Nothing exists. In a recent conversation with Dell they tried to sell me a W8tablet with no keyboard for more than twice what I paid for my netbook. I laughed at them, but really the manufacturers have the laugh, not the consumer.
Excel is a bloody good spreadsheet, yes, and has good graphing capabilities.
But once it had 123 and quattro beat it has more or less stood still (Pivot tables? maybe, though they aren't what my maths tutor said pivot tables were)
Calc and Gnumeric are just clones, no-one is breaking new ground.
maths went matlab or Octrave or mathcad, and the proles were left in the 1980s.
I would expect Samsung to design an architecture where critical motherboard hardware could not be over-written by any software, be it installation or executed normally.
If some motherboard component needs a pattern to execute, that pattern should be booted from eprom afresh every boot, or there should be a simple way to restore it completely independent of OS or application code.
It should always be possible to boot the hardware into the on-board startup code, bios, uefi, or what have you. Once you can do that you can re-install a broken OS. If you can't it is the computer that is broken, not the OS.
I really admired the Babylon 5 thing. They managed to have a beginning, a middle, and an end, rather like a novel, and still spawn stand-alone stories. OK, the silly-alien-hairstyle method of speciation must be something they came to regret very quickly, but the characters under those nightmare prostehtics were complex and layerd, and that was unusual in the land of goodies and badies.
The worst offender I know is spex4less. I have bought spectacles from them in the past, and may well do so again. Their prices, quality, and customer service are first-class. I've had them telephone me to confirm a prescription because it was so far different from the one I gave them the year before. Brilliant. But they do have the habit of trying to sell me another pair every day after I have bought one. They bombard with emails.
I want to continue to shop with a reliable, trustworthy, and cheap supplier. I don't want the drifts of emails that clog up my inbox. Telling them this does not change things.
This is what spam filters are for. I take them out of the blacklist when I place an order, and put them back after I have recieved it. They are clever enough not to send direct marketing while an order is open, so it works nicely.
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