If I were a Microsoft shareholder
... I would be asking just what I got for my 5 billion dollars
2997 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006
... I would be asking just what I got for my 5 billion dollars
I was working for the UK half of a USA petrol pump design company. We had just ordered a computer, a PDP11 to automate stock control and payroll. There was a downturn in oil industry business, and the instruction came from Texas to cut overheads in half.
Being scared of taking decisions, the local management sacked half the accounts department, and cancelled the order for half the computer. So we ended up with a computer that could not do the stock control and an accounts dept. that could not do it either
They are off my list, as are Sony. Still unforgiven for the root kit.
Look lads&ladys, the only way to bring it home to these companies is to stop buying their shit.
I played their stupid game and by the time I got past it the phone was out of stock.
I rather thought that the docking cradle thing was the whole point. Dissapointed now.
I have an wacom intuos graphics tablet next to my keyboard which I can use as a touch device. OK, it's not got a display on it, but you can manipulate the mouse pointer, pinch-zoom, and do other gestures on it. It's great.
>why not just use a single number
Firefox does that, and I still havn't adjusted
I unforget being on a Seismic Survey ship with loads of reel-reel tape drives. You know, the sort of thing with a bit of reflective aluminum spliced in as an end-of-tape marker.
One day the Client Rep came in and took a photo. And all the tape drives went offline and started rewinding.
Can I suggest users of this app might like to photograph their walks and add them to the rather splendid archive at http://www.geograph.org.uk ?
My local taxi driver used to pay google for advertising. He was paying 3 p per view every time his name was displayed and 11p per click if his web page was opened.
He is in Stamford, Lincolnshire. He started getting dozens of enquiries from Stamford, Ct. some even by phone. His ad costs went up the same month. He complained to Google who told him it was "not possible" that he had been charged for appearing to a US consumer.
He no longer advertises with Google.
I agree with Philip Storry, that content providers who depend upon adverts need their cash stream. There is a complex morality issue here, I suppose.
In my case I object to paying high bandwidth charges for ads on my phone/tablet, and would not mind them at all on my unlimited home broadband. Unfotunately, the practicalities of installing blocking software mean I see them in exactly the inverse of my preferred solution.
"No one is suggesting that golf carts are a practical vehicle to take out on the road and live"
there, fixed it for you
if this was 2500 pounds, it might be useful and even sensible for the elderly in a remote market town, as an add-on to the Skoda Yeti they use for weekly shops. But I can't work out who would buy one at that price, except some metropolitan exhibitionist with more money than sense.
when they start chucking them out next month, I'll give you 2 quid each for a dozen
We are seeing now the end of the process that started in the 50s, with lower paid people being replaced by automation and all the money going to the management.
Of course, the chief beneficiary of this in the early days was companies like IBM.
fair enough. Loads of journos now say this is not a subscription trap. I was probably wrong about that.
I guess after years of being stitched up, suspicion comes too naturally.
It's a trap.
I will get a "free" upgrade to the 8.1 that I paid for and can keep for as long as I want, but after the free year is up I will have to pay for it every year on subscription, like Office365.
Not free at all, then.
You know, I always wondered what 'Bezel' meant.
And does the same legislation forbid them telling us what to actually expect?
>manufacturers don't claim the MPG figures
As far as I know the EU does not tell me what the results are, the manufacturers do. They could add "of course, this is bollox, the real world results will be...". But they don't. Seems a lot like a manufacturer's claim to me, in that they communicate it and don't offer any other value to use.
>Does it cost a bomb to run?
My hire car managed 28.8mpg on diesel . Don;t believe what the manufacturers claim
> Is it safe?
In my experience no. Neither brakes nor lights were adequate, and it rolled like a tea clipper on the easiest of roundabouts or bends.
>Is it big enough?
No. Put a tall person in the front and the seat behind is only good for dogs.
>Is it reliable?
it has one of those proximity cards instead of a key. I did not have it long enough to evaluate reliability (although the passenger sun visor did fall off). But those proximity cards fill me with dread.
I was presented with one by a hire company for my trip to Cheshire and back.
Underpowered, creaky, and with headlights so bad that driving in the dark in the rain was terrifying. I followed lorries all the way back on the A50 because I could not see to pass them. I also doubt that it would have passed them.
Not really much space for luggage either: my tools fit in the boot of an Insignia, but took up the whole car behind the front seats. That isn't safe if you brake hard. I doubt that it would have braked that hard thiough.
Dreadful. And dangerous.
What does the Playmonaut have to say about this?
'flocks' - that's the bunny!
this branding thing is weird.
The newspaper headline 'post code lottery' or "'health lottery' both denote something bad. So someone launches actual lotteries with those names, and idiots buy the tickets. Is that just because they are familiar with the phrase in complete isolation from the context?
Then there was Park Hampers, who went bust taking people's christmas savings with them. Within a year someone had bought the name, and up and down the land people were giving them money . What happened to the toxic assosciations?
Will people really think 'oh good, Palm is back, I must get one'? Yes, probably, in droves. Or should that be 'herds'? Sheep come in herds, I think.
" that particular train has sailed"... Genius!
Yes, and I keep spending that money on my 156 because it puts a smile on my face when I drive it. I can't say that the Gulietta is as pretty as the 156 - in particular the 'frigtened animal' look from the front is pug ugly. It has a nice arse, but the whole package is meh.
Not driven the cloverleaf varient, but more power can't be a bad thing
Been waiting for a replacement for the 159spacewagn for too long. The Gulia has slipped a year every year for too long, and now looks like it will be priced outside my range.
It's coverage that affects me.
I have tried 3 and Giffgaff in my ipad, and have O2 on my company phone and Virgin on my private one.
from O2/GiffGaff I get no coverage at all on the hills between Grantham and Stamford, and close to nothing in the middle of Spalding. Driving from Lincolnshire to Cheshire I got coverage only in Stoke on Trent, and scrappily in Crewe. I could not even make a phone call on the Derby ring road.
Meanwhile the 3 and Virgin systems were at 5 bars for all of those examples.
I had no idea that Facebook could or did display search results, so I don't suppose it matters very much.
Cloud to cloud backup.
Tell me again why the cloud is better than local storage?
Look, I am a pacifist and repelled by violence of all kinds.
Is it wrong of me to think this is unutterably cool?
(US navy has laser gun and permission to use it)
I suggest that Apple users are effectively already paying the tax, it just isn't going to the right coffers.
There is no road tax. There is a tax on owning a vehicle
Giteon is not trying to raise revenue, he is trying to raise headlines.
"Make Google and Amazon pay their tax" is a mantra on the left. He thinks if he joins in with the chanting we will be fooled into voting for him.
At this point in the cycle fiscal announcements have nothing at all to do with the economy, or balancing the budget, but everything to do with the impending election.
Giteon is not foolish, and his officials will have reminded him that you can't tax a fart, but he may very well have decided that we are foolish enough to fall for posturing.
No disabled toilets? Whenever I get on a pacer the toilet is always disabled.
Jolly? to London?
Whitley Bay or Brown's pie shop in Lincoln would be a Jolly. That Lunnon is a Penalty.
I think Gina is putting him off his stride. How did all these chairweights get his phone number?
i've had more recruitment approaches in the last 5 weeks than in the previous 5 years.
And, oddly, they are more relevant, realistic, and attractive.
I suspect that the economy has gone to a place where the parasites cause less damage than usual?
it's odd, but back in the 70s there were a whole class of 'business analysts' who did understand what the company made and how that produced a profit. They worked for the 'mainframe department' and wrote specs for the coders and job stacks for the operators. Some did accountancy, some did manufacturing, then learned data stuff. And we had amazing things like parametric CAD and parts list compilers and stock consolidation and sawtooth stock control and batching. None of which feature in excel.
Got one, don't need two.
These sorts of screens are what I was looking for five years ago. The fact that Laptop vendors are still peddling x720 screens now is the main reason I have not bought one. (the other was W8) I just feel they are taking the piss.
Frankly, given where other consumer electronics have gone in the intervening period, these screens should be available on anything north of a 500 quid flaptop.
What was the predicted start date for Skynet?
TBF, the world might be a better place with most Youtube, Daily Wail, and similar commentards locked up. Not necessarily safer, but definitely better.
We are just fine, of course.
I recall SWelec contacting me after my Father died. "Can you put me in touch with Philip Harvey please". "Easy. Come here and I will shoot you in the head. You can talk to him yourself after that".
Which they richly deserve
Yes, but it's half the price of a hudl and less than a quarter as good. I just came through Munich Airport where they were remaindering wifi galaxy tab 3s for. €99
I Wondered if the diassapeared sister had been the trees, or in charge, or summat. Which is why the younger one could hear voices?
Dissapointed. I was hoping for a door behind which was a boxing glove on a spring.
The obvious way to bring it down is with a net, rather than gunfire. You would recover it more or less intact and could hold it to ransom, or re-purpose it.
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