Re: Waiting for the EU is a waste of time
> ... fund reduced taxes for everyone ...
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> ... fund reduced taxes for everyone ...
> What was wrong with old fashioned paper bags anyway?
By some measures (not all, obviously) they are worse for the environment, apparently.
> ... Ringworld creator's civilisation failed because of an errant bacteria being accidentally introduced that ate all of their superconductors.
As I recollect, it was not accidental - it was a deliberate act by a (different) alien civilisation.
Which somehow makes all this talk about enzymes and the (presumed) bacteria that produce them slightly more scary.
> unless you read ... the average person had very little knowledge of what went on behind the Iron Curtain
I think you might well know even less about it if you *did* read the Morning Star.
> ... Plod just doesn't have the resources
They seem to have plenty of resources for lots of things that don't matter very much.
> ... if you lose then you may well find that YOU are having to pay the other sides legal fees as well as your own
It's not entirely clear how that is wrong, in fact. The intent is to penalise mendacious lawsuits, which are rife in the USA (or so I've heard).
> ... I am now wondering if there are any in Paris
Don't worry, I'm sure you haven't been left out.
> ranged from the believable to the stuff of conspiracy theorists
Not all that much of a range, these days, it seems.
> There is no way to read the original court order to imply that it asked for anything remotely resembling a "universal skeleton key..."
And yet, as should be evident to all readers of this august journal, the court order was based on a request from the FIB that they knew full well could only be done in such a way as to be a universal lockpick. I'm surprised that even needs to be pointed out.
> if you had a Notes "evangelist" in the company you would find pockets of little Notes based apps all over the place doing clever (and sometimes not so clever)
Yeah, we had one of those. "Sometimes not so clever"? In fact, usually not so clever, we found.
> ... because there was no easy replacement for what those apps did
Our experience was that the main difficulty was in finding out what they did (what they were meant to do was often somewhat different), so they could be ported to an actually-supported system.
> If Facebook hasn't played the spam card yet, it surely will...
What? Surely Facebook *is* spam?
> Might as give up any attempts at rehabilitation.
In this particular case, it's been stated that the SELF-PUBLICIST gave interviews about his activities after being convicted. Rehabilitation may well have ridden off into the sunset at that point.
It may also be a sound reason for this case not to set a general precedent.
> The EU mandates a right to be forgotten as a general right.
It absolutely does not. It does not require newspapers to delete or censor their own articles, or even prevent people looking at them, for example.
> I'm assuming Apple will get their hands on one of these devices, figure out what zero-day it is exploiting and issue a patch?
I'm assuming Apple will get their hands on one of these devices, figure out what zero-day it is exploiting, and deny it's possible to exploit it.
> They only go off script when you start being a dick
They only go off script when they start being a dick
> ...getting rid of staff because "we don't know what we're/they're doing" is an admission of failure in the company...
Getting rid of staff because "we don't know what we're/they're doing" is an admission of failure in the management.
> Like many here I was deeply involved in fixing Y2K issues
Whereas, like many others here, I was involved in wasting my time confirming that none of our software or IT equipment would be affected by the Y2K issues. (And just to make the point, I'll point out that it was repeatedly hyped as a "millennium bug", when it was merely a "century bug".)
> ... might only need, say, $100 of paper trail ...
Oh, how quaint! An optimist!
> A school's monitoring of its pupils should reflect that.
Not quite equivalent to behaving like the STASI, surely?
> ... it's a no brainer.
I've never been quite clear what that is being used to mean. Is it "the obvious solution", or is it "only something a person with no brain would do"
The fact is that Maplin has been a "dead man walking" for years. All the commentards' diatribes about venture capitalists and the like is misplaced, because they are talking about symptoms, not causes.
> 1) the stuff is not available on the internet
Actually, it probably is.
> 3) the staff are key to the selection process
I take you haven't actually been in a store recently
> 4) buying across internet is otherwise impracticable - DIY materials (pots of paint, length of 2 by 4)
DIY and builders merchants do online sales and they deliver
> 5) browsing is fun (allegedly) - garden centres etc
I refute that allegation
> 6) I need it now!
... so I order online instead of having to wait until the store opens? (Maybe you closer to that particular store than I do, though.)
> Thompson and Venables WERE given the right to be forgotten by the trial judge...
...which makes a mockery of the system.
> Even Microsoft waits for you to log off/shut down before borking your system.
No, they install the bork first, *then* tell you to "restart to bork your system" (may not be the exact wording of the message, not sure).
> Down to controlling the radio.
Indeed. Out of interest, why is the radio even on the CANBUS?
> Wonder what happens when the thing misses its target and then goes off hunting for another nice lump of orbiting metal to hump with?
Or, more plausibly, falls back to earth...
> No you cant sell it, it still is owned by the Chinese govt.
Doesn't it count as an "unsolicited gift" under UK law, or am I thinking of something else?
> I'm too fed up to tell you why you are so wrong bringing this up (YET AGAIN!)
> So here is a Wiki article
Can't help noticing that the link very clearly says "patent". So your point is?
> I'm quite sure Google pick up the fight with a very dislikeable person
No, it's (once again) a dislikeable person picking a fight with Google.
> how do you breed depression and broken souls?
> Critics reported that the coffee was out of this World, but unfortunately it lacked atmosphere
Unlike terrestrial Starbucks, which just lack atmosphere.
> The distinction is they never created much trouble
How is that a distinction, unless you are taking anti-drone hysteria as fact?
> The cloud is PAYG
Company accountants have always loved PAYG, for a variety of reasons. Basically it means they can budget for stuff they don't understand.
> Please list them.
No, that would be offensive.
Is this whole discussion an episode from a Kafka novel?
> I can summarise the current EU and government policy direction as "Do renewable stuff. Don't ask us how, we don't have a fucking clue."
I suspect that's not quite correct; surely the policy is more likely to be "Do renewable stuff. Don't care if it's possible, just do it."
> ...probably deter potential thieves.
Based on the numpties who nick cable, they probably would notice until they spilt molten copper all over the place.
> ...less than the energy wasted from devices in standby
Hmmm. I suspect the devices mentioned in your link are rather out of date .... and probably were before that article was written. My own measurements suggest that the widely publicised figures about standby consumption are (deliberately, and in some cases substantially) exaggerated.
Whether or not standby consumption is waste at all is a separate issue from how much standby consumption there is, of course.
> You have to put the onus on people not to offend
You have to put equal onus on people not to take offence. But that's more difficult because taking offence is now a viable business model.
What a meaningless discussion. What it boils down to is that AI will have to be able to tell right from wrong. But for our choice of what's right, not anyone else's.
> ... but the price agreed will have been based on a volume number ...
Are you suggesting that a company the size of Samsung won't have set the unit-price of the contract to depend on volume?
> (Shouldn't be that hard, just keep the glass tilter, and add a hydraulic pump arm to the top.)
... and stop chilling the stuff... oh, it's lager.
Windows Phone - not so much a burning platform, more a damp squib.
A pejorative term coined by some person or group with an axe to grind.
> ... Fiat car which does not include the tech and will run for years
Are you sure Fiat is what you meant there?
> ... a story with a stick image ...
What's brown and sticky?
Sorry, I couldn't (be arsed to) find a stock image of a stick.
Not that I'm a fan (or even user) of Facebook, but surely there some irony in a Unilever marketer making these criticisms. Perhaps what was really meant was "Facebook advertising is too expensive"?
> What is wrong with these people?
Chasing the fads that smartphones (and yes, Windows 8) conned people into thinking were trendy?
> What did they offered in exchange for BSD ?
BSD is not under the GPL, but under the BSD licence (remarkable coincidence, don't you think). So using what Apple did to criticise the GPL (which would have stopped them at least partly) is really quite odd logic.
> GPL fits only Stallman vision that you have to be forced to open source your code, and relinquish any copyright on it.
No, you retain the copyright, obviously. So I deduce you have some other axe to grind.
> Can you explain that to your CEO?
You cannot explain technical things to CEOs, in general.
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