"Isn't it easier to effect the change they want from a position of power?"
Yes, but only if you actually have a plan to make those changes, not just slogans and criticism of other people's plans...
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"Isn't it easier to effect the change they want from a position of power?"
Yes, but only if you actually have a plan to make those changes, not just slogans and criticism of other people's plans...
It's easier to sit back and complain, then to take the lead and fix a problem.
That's all the Pirates are doing, choosing to say sorry but we dont have solutions, and we dont want to take responsibility for fixing the problems, but we're happy to criticise when others propose solutions...
No. Sorry. Just No.
Please now, we can't have anything like common sense breach the Apple Reality Distortion Field (TM) that is in full effect around Cupertino. Who knows what might happen?
For you guys that are afraid of flying. I am an Aerospace Engineer, i design the bloody things for a living. And I continue to be happy to fly in the wonderful man made birds even after knowing the shit that can go on in this industry. Trust me, you can relax and enjoy your flight (unless your flying Air France in which case prepare to have an absolutely sh*t flight, but that has nothing to do with the aircraft!)
Back when I was at uni we had one annoying idiot that, any time there was a guest presenter, would ask a long and interminable question to try and win brownie points with the course director for participation. Right up unitl the point, where someone dived 5 rows down the steeply sloping lecture hall in order to whack them on the back of the head when they put there hand up at question time. Cue a loud cheer from the entire lecture hall and one very bemused looking presenter.
Ahh the good ol days...
But having worked in lots of companies, spending your uni degree learning one company's system of working is unlikely to help that much when you get out into the real world (unless you stick around at that one company for the rest of your days). No more so than a current uni degree.
But thats not the main Problem. Britain doesnt need MORE Universities, it needs the current ones to be brought up to scratch, so that the students currently graduating actually have the skills that employers want. More Unis means the money gets spread around even thinner and the level of education across the board drops. That is not what anyone wants or needs...
There is nothing wrong with having the odd Red Bull or whatever. Just like there's no problem having the odd night out on the boozer, the odd time eating a tub of ice cream in a single sitting or anything else that is "bad" for you.
But when you make a habit of it, that's when it becomes a problem. Anyone who drinks 5 Red Bulls in a day is being daft. Anyone who drinks 5 Red Bulls a day for a week deserves whatever retaliation their body decides to give them!
The thing about Dark Matter is that it's dark, and the thing about Space, your basic description of Space, is its dark. So how are you supposed to see the Dark Matter?
Trust me, someone has made a Rasperry Pi Version of a Teasmade somewhere on the Internet... I guarantee it!
That is such an elegant solution, I love it...
Give those Boffins a Beer (or Sake if they prefer) for such great work! :)
The market for selling PC kit might be slowing down, but market usage of PC's is not. The fact of the matter is that anyone in the developed world who wants a computer has one. The market has reached saturation, and it has been at that point for a while. In the past, despite market saturation, people regularly upgraded because new programs required better hardware to run. However, that is not the case anymore. The latest AAA games can all be played on 3-5 year old Hardware (unless you absolutely needed every graphical setting on max). So the Need to upgrade is gone, and now the replacement cycle is much slower. The market is not going away it is merely recalibrating to the new reality where new Hardware does not offer the significant increases of previous generations.
Comparing this to Smartphone and tablets is not a like for like comparison of where the market stands now. Every new generation of tablet brings significant gains in usage, power and abilities. As such, the upgrade cycle is fast and it is selling well, eventually it too will hit the same saturation and Performance drop off curve but it hasnt yet.
Smartphone sales are dropping back (just look at Apple's recent sales show) and the reason is that they have now hit that saturation point, each new generation of smartphone doesnt really bring any huge benfits, the phone is only slightly faster, with slightly more memory, slightly less weight. And its safe to say everyone who wants a smart phone by now, has one already. The upgrade cycle is now getting longer, new phones are only purchased when old ones die rather then on the previous regular basis. This is just the new reality.
The current market realities were always going to occur, market saturation was inevitable, we should be congratulating the PC firms for getting a PC in almost every household, but they should never have expected to continue to sell us a new PC every year, if they werent able to maintain the massive Speed increases that fueled those yearly PC sales...
See thats what the Mafia were doing wrong all these years! If they had just shared some of the profits with the judges, then they'd all be getting along swimmingly...
but I read his comment like this:
That the government wont shift funds from the 26bn that it currently provides to institutions for UK only funded Projects to cover the gap from the 8bn in Science funding that comes from the EU. That's a fine sentiment, BUT he makes absolutely ZERO mention about where the money for that missing 8bn is going to come from. The 5bn that goes TO the EU for Science doesnt come out of that 25bn, so the defecit isnt 3bn, it is 8bn. As you have about a snowballs Chance in Hell that that the 5bn that goes to the Eu for science funding will go back into UK Science funding. Science isnt a vote winner, I guarantee that 5bn will go to the NHS, or be used to prop up other departments who find there funding cut, when they realise they wont be getting back anywhere near as much from Brexit as they thought....
... and they are offering deceased band members ashes as an incentive to sell new albums...
Hmmm...I would advise any aspiring metal musicians out there to think long and hard before accepting a position with Negativland anytime soon... At least until the promotion is well and truly dead and buried...
"So something designed to look for missing objects is to be based at a facility named after Harold Holt?"
Hey, you have to give the Aussies credit, they're still looking for Harold Holt obviously. Having given up on Russian submarines and dangerous sea currents, they've decided to look a little bit further afield...
To use the old joke in Aus - American beer like sex in a boat - it's f%&king close to water!
So were the cable positions not properly makred on council plans? Or was the Network rail check something along the lines of - "What are the chances of there being cables laid this close to the Train lines?"?
I have discovered a truly remarkable proof of an absolutely awful Blockchain usage which this margin is too small to contain.
"Your correspondent's knowledge of farming is sketchy at best, mostly being drawn from the ill-informed BBC Countryfile programme, but this seems like a solution to a problem that thousands of years of human evolution and progress has already solved."
In the UK I would say you are dead right, in Aus though, where some of the farms are as big as Wales, and use helicopters to do their cattle controls, I can imagine it would be majorly useful. Although I cant imagine how you could keep it cheap? Especially since those farms tend to have 10's of thousands of head of cattle. That's a hell of a lot of transmitters, and a heck of a lot of data moving over the satellite...
Actually for the record I'm an Aussie. And having lived in 8 different nations across Asia, Europe and the Middle East (minimum of 6 months each), I can hands down say Germany is the best nation I've lived in (including Aus!), and the only one that does a damn thing to protect individual rights.
I also dont have any problem with refugees coming here. Since the German government weren't willing to intervene militarily in Syria, it's only right that they try to help the people affected by it.
Strongest economy in Europe, strong industry, great people with a great ethic. I'm happy as punch to be living here. Oh and your comment "spoken like a true German" - as a rule, German's dont brag about how great their country is, they're a particularly modest people. Unlike others I can think of...
God I'm glad I live in Germany these days! Sometimes it really feels like the only non-crazy country out there!
Well I guess that's a dead give away that the guy is a wanker... :P
TitterYeNot - just a quick question - since they're now saying that we can only see 10% of the actual galaxies out there, can we make the assumption that it is probably something similar within galaxies (i.e lots of very low brightness stars, brown dwarfs, dust clouds, etc.). So would that account for the missing "dark" matter?
Just thinking out loud...
OK that needs to be called out - WHAT country could you not trade with before? Name me one? If what you meant is you couldnt take advantage of dismissing environmental, health, safety or other EU rules in order to get cheaper products (but which were unhealthy, potentially dangerous, or environmentally unfriendly) then sure fine.
"If you want to have UK employees apply, then it's not enough to train them, you have to provide some assurances there WILL be jobs for them in those sectors, with a better guarantee that those jobs will not be replaced overnight."
I would have agreed with you except that there doesnt seem to be any lack of media and sociology graduates out there. Since most of them end up stocking shelves or selling stuff in retail stores, it cannot be the assurances of jobs in their sector driving them into it...
No degree guarantees you a job, and if you have the attitude that just because you got a degree you deserve your dream job, then your going to be sadly disappointed, no matter where you are in the world...
What happens if it is a tied decision? Does it wait until a 9th judge comes on board? Does the previous decision stand? Does the previous decision get annulled? Does the whole damn shebang go back to the start to rejoin the merry go round once again?
If anyone knows I would be interested to hear what happens.
Sorry to be a downer, but its almost impossible to have a system like you describe.
A simple example would be brand licensing - Starbucks US sells its brand rights to Starbucks UK so that they can run stores in the UK with the Starbucks brand. How do you determine what's a reasonable valuation of an intangible asset? you might think its worth X, but they almost certainly see it worth Y. How do you argue that point with them?
For another example, lets take your example of coffee beans, if they charge themselves £5 per kg of coffee beans or £50, how are you going to say that they are overcharging? There is nothing to say that people absolutely must buy the cheapest item available on the shelf, otherwise we would all be driving Fiat Pandas. So they would simply say they are buying the Rolls Royce of Beans and hence the higher price. How do you prove that they are really just profit shifting? How do you Force them to buy the cheaper beans?
Unfortunately, whilst a system like that sounds great, its almost impossible to work in practice...
If there was more of a focus on teaching kids two specific things - 1) The world doesn't begin and end with social media - insults can be ignored; and 2) if its not something you would be willing to say to someone's face, then you shouldn't be posting it online.
Teach kids those two things, and the level of unpleasantness on the internet might just reduce a fraction. Admittedly, it will take a while, as all of the turds currently infecting the internet will still be around and there doesn't seem to be a way to flush them off yet.
Even though this piece of CPS guidance is overly broad, poorly written, and my god, that part about civil servants getting more protection then regular people is insane, but really the general sentiment that its time to actual start prosecuting some of the more disgusting denizens of the net is not necessarily a bad thing.
Still prevention is better than a cure, so hopefully the next generation can get some education about how not to be a complete twat on the internet, and then maybe we can all enjoy the internet in the future without the trolls...
Hey stopping insulting the ghettos! They're never as bad as Twitter!
So how do we get Spotify punished for this? I.e we need some government department to come in and declare that they were responsible for what was served in their ads, and hit them with a mega fine.
That is the only way, that these firms will take responsibility for what they dish out. At the moment, anyone willing to flip them a few bucks can send out an ad, and obviously Spotify take no interest in whats in those ads. But then again neither does any other internet firm. The only way to fix that is to make them criminally and financially responsible for what gets dished out.
Apparently you won't get any sort of say in this decision... (despite almost unanimously voting to remain).
Don't you Scots feel a bit daft for voting to stay with the UK now?
You Sir, are Donald Trump, and I claim my $50.
Just yesterday (or was it the day before?) there was an El Reg article about how amazing all of these new Google appliances were and how they were going to be super successful and could change all of our lives. Obviously by someone who had very much drunk the Koolaid.
Now today we have this article, saying pretty much the opposite.
It's good to get a variety of opinions, but sometimes arguing with yourself in public makes you look crazy...
Its now law in Germany to install Smoke Detectors in new build houses, but there's still no requirement for them to be in existing or renovated houses.
I had a hell of a fight with my fiancée (who is German) over installing one in our flat. She didn't see the point of having one. I won in the end, but it really isn't common here. However like you say building codes are definitely excellent, so fires don't tend to spread very hard or fast.
Still I sleep much better having a smoke detector installed in our flat!
Well that depends on which one happens to be the Evil twin...
Rather than just telling people to set limits and turning on a vibration alert feature (because knowing your about to be injected is really going to help you out if someone is trying to overdose you!), they could take the time to create some new firmware for the device which plugs the security holes. And then the advice for their patients could be to update the firmware on the device. Problem solved. No need to release such statements which look like they are saying the risk is low and they don't really care about the risks to your life anyway. They could laud instead how much they care for their patients and are taking a firm stance on security!
Oh wait, securing the device costs money, nevermind.
The Lizard people aren't being particularly subtle with their candidate this year are they?
Oh right, like the USB micro universal charging mandate which Apple was allowed to get around.
If you're worried about farts getting on your phone, I think you might be holding it wrong!
Simple solution - every patent granted by the USPTO which is later invalidated for prior art reduces the budget of the USPTO by, lets be generous, 0,01%. More then 100 invalidations is going to start hurting! Maybe then they'll stop granting things willy nilly.
Or the USPTO could simply follow the UK Home Office visa application policy. You pay your fee when you make your visa application, and whether your visa is granted or not, the Home Office keeps the money. If your missing paperwork, then you need to submit a new application form and pay again. This way, the USPTO would have absoutely no incentive to approve every patent. They get the money either way, so they might actually spend some time looking at the patents, rather then reaching for the big green approval stamp every single time.
Actually women have made it to the top of Chess. Never #1, although Judit Polgar defeated Kaparov whilst he was #1 in ~2003.
You can talk about it being a meritocracy, but there was for a very long time institutional hostility against women competing in competitions. That's only changed really since the 70's.
Get copies of the cheating, get the responses from your Uni in writing and if nothing happens, then go talk to a) the police and b) your local MP.
Believe me, things will move then. Too late now in your case, I know, but maybe useful in the future.
You can say its ok because he apologized, but I have to ask how it ever got published in the first place! I don't mean the Wall Street journal by the way, when they received the article they probably rubbed there hands in glee at the extra publicity this would generate, but having written the article, he didn't have someone in his firm (legal if nothing else) read it to make sure it was OK. And if he did do that, how did that person not point out to him that he was going to come across as a total dick with this article?
Actually thinking about your last point, IT is one of the few industries which COULD actually do blind interviews. Do everything over the chat, hand over a program to be debugged, ask them to fix a problem remotely? All that seems very doable in a blind test setting. True you want to make sure someone will fit with the team, but testing their skills first, seems like a reasonable idea, and once you have who is the best candidate from the tests you can bring them in and talk to them. Just a thought?
I've never understood how Americans think making policing political (by electing Sheriff's) could ever be counted as a good thing! I would actually love to hear that there was a rational basis for this other than that it's a historical throwback to when the west of the US was conquered.
I would love to also know why there is absolutely no desire for Americans to end this practice? You all hate and distrust politicians, so why on earth would you elect one to lead your local police force?
People over here on the continent just have no idea about proper transport etiquette and behavior. They sit there making eye topic, smiling at you, even occasionally, making the dreaded attempt at conversation! "Hallo", even. Dear lord!
Don't they teach kids anything over here? Everyone knows that the only correct way to act on public transport is to look at the ground or out the window, make absolutely no eye contact with anyone ever, and to shield yourself in a small bubble of personal space, until your spat out at the other end of your journey! Anything else is absolute blasphemy!
That's right. No "small" talk in the mens room!
I can see what you guys are saying about the way of the world and all that, but just to be clear IF you're seeing this in your firm and aren't doing anything about it, then YOU are part of the problem.
€15k may not be that much compared to some other thefts going on, but that is a low level workers salary, so someone is out of a job, because this guy was a greedy prick. There's no way we should stand for that...
"Oh I'm sorry was that your phone? Such a pity that you had to be so rude about your drink arriving 5 seconds late a little bit earlier, don't you think?"
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