Another way of looking at this
As the bill payer my ISP can verify my credit card details and open access to all content on my connection if I request it. I take control of it after all.
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While he's a moron for doing this for the principle of being out of pocket and left without a lift home, I can understand his frustration.
Frankly if she didn't want to be there she shouldn't have gone, your phone is not that important that you have to light up the cinema with your screen light and make everyone listen to your keypresses and text noises. If you have an important call or text to reply to please just take it outside! Most people who go and PAY actually want to see the film!
A case of good manners goes a long way.
The problem is that while Server 2008 and Windows 7 are great products the market they exist within (the PC) is sinking like a stone. All the OEMs are struggling to shift boxes and windows 8 which was expected to be the saviour of the bottom line has proven to be anything but.
Microsoft have arrived too late to the mobile/tablet revolution and their attempts to change themselves in Windows 8 and RT have not paid off. Makes you wonder who will want the poison chalice now Ballmer has gone and if they can turn M$ away from their box shifting business model before the PC becomes obsolete.
Designed with keyboard and mice in mind? Really?
Is that why we have no right click, no start bar, and after years of clicking on icons we get invisible corners?
As far as interfaces go, I'd say the "smart corners" are the worst aspect of it, The moment you hide functions away from the end user and behind an invisible button you are asking for trouble as without a visual clue to click here they will not be used.
"Not sure I know anyone who thinks like that. I just hope the Chinese become the next superpower using economy, rather than war. Presumably this research is for their own protection in case the USA won't go down without a fight."
History shows every superpower rise starts with economy which provides the means to build a large military then the muscle flexing begins, which results in wars.
China is no different and they are already muscle flexing on weaker nations in their region. Just look at their territorial disputes going on right now.
The bootnote has a clue:
* McAfee earlier claimed that his extensive postings on an underground internet forum about the powerful effects of MDPV - a psychoactive drug better known as bath salts and touted as a stimulant with sexual arousal effects whose side-effects include paranoia and psychotic delusions – were just an elaborate joke.
Paranoia and Psychotic delusions? Well I bet its not such a joke after all.
Agree with you here.
The death of Trek was the minute they canned Voyager and replaced it with Enterprise. Going from "Next Generation" to "Ye Olde Generation" holds little in the way of appeal to me.
I'd be much more interested in them following on from where DS9 and Voyager left off having a new series and introducing interesting new threats, (much like the Dominion and the much neglected Borg Busting species 8472)
Oh and with DS9 being 20 I now feel very old.
Well I started using Windows 8 and the biggest gripe I have for it is that the new interface has too many things hidden from the end user.
The start menu is gone and its replacement is hideous. A massive fail is with the new "hot corners", in that they are so hidden! There is nothing to indicate to the end user that there is a button there to touch besides a short easily forgotten intro screen.
Indeed the biggest no no in interface design is hiding features away from the user, and not having buttons or anything that explains what these corners do is awful.
Add in to that the fact that metro apps are practically impossible to close, the old cross in the corner has been replaced and the new close feature is well hidden.
Android and apple interfaces work so well because they are intuitive. You are given buttons to press for just about everything that are easy to find and well labelled, WIn 8 metro has everything hidden away on sidebars, corners and right clicks that makes it horrid to use.
As a desktop user, I find it annoying to continually jump between desktop and metro, If I were a touch screen user I would find it just as annoying to work the legacy style desktop with a touch screen.
Oh and add in to this that while IE can be set to use proxy server settings nothing else uses it (including the MS store), and basic admin settings that were easy to find on a desktop are now impossible to locate.
I am sure you can get used to Windows 8, but that is the same as getting used to constant pain and eventually developing a numbness to it. It is horrible and I can see nothing that would make me choose MS over Android or iOS for Touch.
Funnily enough I did the exact same thing and all I got was some pre-written letter from someone on behalf of the government telling me how important this was needed to combat the use of skype by terrorist/paedophiles.
It didn't even address any of the concerns I had raised at all, it was just propaganda.
Well it was his choice to live in that confined space and he has every right to choose to leave it if he wants fresh air and/or medical treatment.
If you choose to hide out in bad conditions and then your health suffers because of those conditions then you cannot blame anybody else for it.
You do realise that telling plod you "forgot" your password still counts as "failing to disclose the password" under the RIPA legislation.
Under RIPA if an encrypted file is found on your system and you cannot decrypt it you face jail time and no amount of arguing will save you.
It is a solid expansion, plenty of fun things to do with scenarios, pet battles, tillers farm, besids the usual Heroics and Raiding.
My bigest bugbear is the sheer amount of dailies to unlock valour point gear and the small amount of rep dailies provide. The whole Golden lotus, Shado Pan, August celesials repuation grind feels far too reptitive and grindy to even consider doing on more than 1 character.
The entire renewables industry needs massive subsidy just to stay afloat, so no this is not a short term price hike.
Every christmas customers get bled along with the turkeys and every quarter following energy companies boast huge profits, this greed has to stop.
I cannot keep up with the stories from non-techie colleagues who have had a bad experience with PC World.
It gets to the point where I literally tell people to avoid them and me or my colleagues end up fixing stuff on the side for them.
Seems rip off merchants are everywhere. Still we take payment in beer for our services.
"The really important question, I think, is, 'are the pics any good?' - to which the answer is a resounding 'no, they are measly grainy crap.'"
If the pictures taken in such a situation are so awful and grainy makes you wonder why a magazine editor would bother paying for them.
So you state that if you do not agree with the two points you raised you are a "denier".
Afraid not, its entirely reasonable to be skeptical especially when so much BS and propaganda is floating around about the subject.
Here is where I fall.
1. Climate is changing, Well DUH! The geological record shows it has always changed since long before we humans arrived on the scene. Even leading Skeptics admit this.
2. Its man made. This where the whole point of the debate is. Humans have only been engaged in heavy industry for around 200 years and have not been taking accurate measurements of the climate around them for less than this time (and even then older devices were less accuate) Granted people are looking at ice cores to try to measure the past but that is still extrapolation and speculation as we do not have accurate global measurements we do today.
The whole debate between alarmists and skeptics is how much do humans have an impact on the climate? Of allt he climate change that has gone on recently how much is natural and how much isn't? Since we have already established climate always has changed and will continue to do so how do you measure human impact?
This is why I am skeptical, I am not going to form a conclusion when there is a clear lack of data and climate models predictions have been proven to be woefully innaccurate.
Papers like this do nothing to further the debate, the arguments presented here are not about the science of climate change but about discrediting anybody who forms an opinion disagreeing with one side of an unresolved debate as a nut job.
I remember this debate coming up in a documentary on Channel 4 debating about how they could cut the deficit.
The presenter was an ex commander in the army or air force or whatever and he mentioned that the MOD's top brass structure remains largely unchanged since the empire days when we had much bigger forces.
Troop numbers have been cut back and battallions disbanded but the same number of commanders still exist complete with their pensions, he estimated we could save billions by reducing the brass alone without cutting back capability or troops.
How will he get to Ecuador? Basically he won't.
Assange doesn't have any real option of escape now.
Diplomatic bag/crate? Just hold it up at some point on its journey without opening it, eventually he will have to leave it to attend his "biological needs".
The Helicopter option you mentioned will pass through UK airspace and could easily be forced to land on UK soil.
" you do have to wonder why the UK are bothering to threaten to enter the Embassy, unless they've been strongly encouraged to do so by the Yanks. He's not going anywhere, and can be arrested and extradited as soon as he steps outside the Embassy."
Like everything this government does, blunder into an embarrassng situation. Don't assume a conspiracy when gross incompetence can so easily be the cause.
The British Government now has a true catch 22 situation here now by going this far and Ecuador calling the bluff. The choice is between setting two legal precedents that they definately do not want either of which to happen.
1), the precedent of someone on the run from the law in both Sweden and the UK and wanted under an EAW to escape justice in this manner.
2) The precedent of revoking immunity and violating the embassy to arresst Assange, something which could then be used against diplomatic posts all over the world, bringing to an end 400 years of the diplomatic immunity tradition.
Good job Hague, Ecuador has now called your bluff. What are you gonna do now?
"Ecuador could go through the procedures of making Assange an accredited diplomat."
I remember reading an article discussing methods Assange could get out, it mentioned that Assange being made a diplomat must be approved by the host country (the UK) which will not happen in this case.
They did say that one method he could get out of the country was that he could be made an Ecuadorian representative to the UN and thus be granted immunity. However they did point out that to get out of the country to Ecuador he would have to fly to the UN headquarters in New York first, before going to Ecuador, which to Assange would quite literally be going into the mouth of the beast.
Diplomats are allowed to operate by the host nation, if the Ecuadorians do not hand over Assange the UK are perfectly within their rights to expel the ambassador and disband the embassy.
They will not allow this to go any other way than Assange's re-arrest for one simple reason. It sets a dangerous precedent that other criminals could follow. Wanted by the law? Turn up at an embassy with some cash and claim asylum.
Assange's case is hardly one of persecution byt he British as he has already had multiple appeals every step of the way. The highest court in the land has ruled that the request for Assange's extradition to Sweden is legitimate and valid. Just because Assange is touting that he is going to the USA once he hits Sweden does not make it so.
There may be peace now because of the common enemy of google but make no mistake they are competing for the same space in the market.
This is not really about copying devices and everything to do with market domination.
Microsoft really do not have much of a presence in the tablet/phone market and Apple know this so they are not worried about them. Google is the threat and having Microsoft on side draws the flack from them.
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