Re: Yet again Apple wants to patent innovation and avoid invention
"Maybe Apple should pay some inventors instead of paying lawyers and designers."
Why? Their existing MO seems to be working well for them.
16449 posts • joined 16 Jun 2014
"All calculations were done manually using one of these"
And about 10 years before that we were using similar Marchants in a statistics course. They tended to vibrate quite a bit. Running a division they vibrated so much they walked along the desk.
The first thing I did with my first grant cheque was to head along to a typewriter shop & buy the cheapest portable in there for £10. That avoided having to read my own handwriting. I think it's still in the attic somewhere - it shouldn't be because it acquired a dose of woodworm in its wooden case.
"20 years ago a Marketing exec was telling me about her bold mailing campaign, and how a 2% return would be a good result."
Did you ask her if that was net or gross? Every customer pissed off & lost should be set against the number of customers gained. Marketroids don't think about this of course. They daren't.
"I find it hilarious that someone's trying to not blame an equipment vendor for offering a hardware configuration with insufficient space for the OS they supply, though."
Maybe this was intended to be the barebones version that the customers could use for the light-weight OS of their choice. Then marketing came along...
"BTW - The easiest way to hack any company is through social engineering. JT, odds are if you got hacked it would be because someone on your payroll was stupid enough to click on a bad link."
And if your stuff is on somebody else's computer that's a whole extra payroll's worth of possibilities.
"I do find it strange that a lot of people get massively upset when MS does the data slurping thing yet seem perfectly happy to hand everything over to Google or Facebook."
This is based on an unfounded generalisation. I have a Hotmail account for those occasions when I need to hand out an email address I don't care about. MS are welcome to trawl through all the spam they'll find there; not that it seems to do them any good as, apart from SEO stuff, the predominant false negatives claim to come from themselves. Apart from that, I'm not a twit, my face is on no book and I'm unlinked.
Although I tried the preview out of curiosity (it didn't provide a driver for my HP all in one printer) I'll stick with Linux until I migrate to BSD and an old version for the rare occasions I need Windows.
"Except that as with anything else, TPTB have muddied the waters by adopting multiple approaches, and using them inconsistently."
I give you the M60 N-bound near Stockport.
Yup, that's joining traffic coming into the fast lane from the right.
"Meanwhile a similar section on the M6 disappears the outside lane."
And on the M62 Pennine sections both ways. And M5 SW of Bristol.
AFAICR all of those have the right hand lane treated as the extra lane to be merged in at the end but at the start the extra lane is the crawler lane demerged from the left hand lane. Another area for study.
"I called in a plumber on my household appliance insurance"
There's your problem.
I'm guessing you went via a call centre. That probably farms out jobs to a local business which also operates a call centre. They in turn have a list of self-employed erks who range from only turn out to replace tap washers because that's all they know to only turn out for complete CH installations because anything else isn't worth getting out of the van for. I'm surprised you got two to turn up at all.
"A consultant is one who knows less and less about more and more until he knows absolutely nothing about everything"
This is an excellent starting point for a consultant.
His clients' employees almost certainly know the answers already but it's infra dig - and perhaps bad strategy - for a CxO to ask someone paid such a small fraction of a CxO's salary.
The consultant, starting by knowing nothing, asks the experts, the employees. By adding his fee to the experts' advice his recommendations become pearls of knowledge. Information is valued according to what it costs.
"This meant I was forced toa penny more than once – probably nearer £0.37 in total – in the downstairs sink, which I discovered is uncomfortably high for a diminutive man of five-foot-six."
A. What's a toa?
B. Don't you have a step ladder? Stand on the first step & pee between the rungs. Careful aim might be required.
On a general point the entire plumbing industry seems dedicated to producing large numbers of parts none of which are what you need, probably don't fit together and when they do they leak.
I'd have thought that they would be on the hook for any losses between the breach and the notification and beyond allowing for a margin for customers to pick up the communication and act on it. It may, of course, be covered by insurance but their insurance cover should be more expensive in the future.
At some point insurers are going to start demanding more information about the risks they're covering so the IT equivalent of an 18 year-old Ferrari driver is going to find cover much more expensive if not impossible.
AFAICT this is TalkTalk helpdesk's response to their customers who signed up via Carphone Warehouse. So it's not difficult to envisage the situation that TT encrypt (?hash) customer passwords at their end but CW don't leading to a situation where only some TT customers, those from CW, have unencrypted passwords floating about and the rest don't.
Not being a customer of either I'm not sure about processes here but does this imply that the same password is being passed between the companies?
"Then ensued a nightmare farce of him trying to convince the authorities that he was alive and well; but too late, all the computer systems had been updated with his untimely demise and he couldn't be brought back to life again nor reclaim his pension."
Presumably such a false statement, especially one resulting in serious financial disadvantage, would be libellous. Try suing the responsible authorities for libel & see just how quickly it would be corrected.
"Yes, I know that sort of legal talk is not favoured round these parts"
I don't know what gives you that idea. Plenty of us have said the same sort of thing just about every time a cock-up of this nature is brought to light, and goodness knows there's been no shortage of those recently.
"You're safe for now - no sign of a ribbon..."
That could actually be a problem. Although us oldies don't like the ribbon there's a new generation of MS users who haven't seen pre-ribbon versions. They could find the strange ribbon-less LibreOffice interface an obstacle to adoption. Maybe the LibreOffice team needs to look at the possibility of switchable interfaces.
"Learning how to do things keeps the brain alive"
Doing things keeps the brain alive. Having superfluous learning dumped on it is just a barrier.
The heart of good interface design is consistency. Consistency between applications means that what you learn from one application is instantly applicable to another. But consistency should also include consistency with the past.
"Right-click unpin, the technically literate solution to which you elude, just leaves a huge blank area where the tiles used to be."
There's a technically literate solution to that as well. Drag the border of the blank area back to the actual menu. Unless they removed that from the release version.
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