Re: I've said it before, I'll say it again.
"If anyone signs up with any of them now we'll all know who gave them the idea."
Or we'll just think it was you signing up with a new handle.
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"start chipping away at their business model by restricting how Facebook can use the data. It might take that for Facebook to take the EU seriously."
At some point that's going to happen. Facebook will then find legislators treating it with the disdain it showed them. What goes around comes around. FB would be well advised to remember that.
"They do not work and only serve to reduce social mobility."
My primary was a small local village school. Nobody there could afford coaching. Some of us passed 11+, some didn't. I expect it was the same for all the other schools in the catchment area although many would have been larger.
There were a relatively small number who went to a small fee-paying school run by the grammar school head-master's wife (!). I'm not sure how much that affected their actual chances of passing.
Getting into grammar school was an opportunity, if you took it, for social mobility. Some did take it, some didn't. I've no idea where I'd have ended up without that opportunity but following a professional career doesn't seem very likely.
"STEM subjects are highly specialized and expensive, which is why schools struggle to attract specialist teachers and fund the equipment needed."
I say, chaps. Maths doesn't need all that expensive equipment so let's just have them teach maths. It'll be a lot cheaper and it's STEM just like the rest so it doesn't make any difference.
"Sadly those middle managers normally remove workload from clinicians, so without them clinicians end up managing."
All too often the middle managers are micro-managers who place their own load on the managed so the managed might or might not end up doing at least some of the original managing, they have to manage their managers.
"I've nothing to hide. I'm doing nothing immoral, unethical or illegal."
The two statements are a non sequitur. The fact that you're doing nothing immoral, unethical or illegal doesn't mean you've nothing to hide.
"Card info & name to make a payment. No you should NOT store my code on back of card."
Your T&Cs for the card mean that you shouldn't give out that code to anyone who proposes to store it. That means that you have got something to hide.
I wish people would simply drop this "I've got nothing to hide" stuff. It's just not true.
"had to build a basic set of flat pack shelves over the weekend and my 4yo lad was interested"
Similarly, a couple of years ago I was assembling flat pack stuff for my daughter. Grandson was a bit older but also wanted to help. We progressed from him sorting out and hand me the correct screws to fitting them himself. Back in the day I mixed an awful lot of sand and cement and concrete for my dad, helped support the long end of 8x4 boards being put through the circular saw etc. You have to pass this stuff on.
They were fond of those vague "remove" instructions.
And "replacement is the reverse of assembly" ignoring how awkward it is to hold some concealed nut in place whilst you get the thread started or how to do some tricky alignment. I think the Hayes garage must be a collection of disassembled cars.
"I don't like seeing them be used as tea boys/ladies, I still see that as a form of bullying."
A fair point if that's all they're being used as; trainees should be trained and that's where most of their time should go. But someone has to get the tea so it might as well be the one whose time is least valuable in terms of the work being paid for.
"most of all, 100 % of our customers and partners did work with the same software we did: Office, Adobe photoshop/illustrator/indesign /quark xpress."
And what about the consumer, the person who you hoped to read the product? Were there supposed to have a copy of Quark Xpress to read it? If all you were doing was print it you wouldn't need to have gone near PDF.
If you wanted it to have been read online then if you wanted to ensure they saw what you saw you'd have little option; your reader with Word or Word viewer might not have had the same fonts, or even fonts with the same metrics. Your reader then sees a slightly dishevelled document and forms their view of whoever sent it accordingly: remember that what's communicated is what's received, not what's transmitted.
"Sometimes, this is done for security, because I suppose it would be harder to violate copyright with something where copy and paste are made impossible, but usually it's down to someone messing something up or being a control freak because I should view this document in the font they like."
In general I find that PDFs generated from a word processing document copy and paste just fine. If they don't then it's most likely a deliberate act. But being able to control the presentation in this way is the purpose of PDF. If people have taken advantage of that it's a little unreasonable to blame the format for that. They didn't want you to take the text out. That may rebound on them later but if so it's a problem of their own making.
PDFs generated from a scan are a different kettle of snakes. At best they've been OCRed into something very approximately resembling the text. At worst you have to hope you can find an OCR program that can deal with the font and the condition of the document that was scanned. If the original was a printed book you have to hope it was early in the print run.
"You'll find it on page 19."
Only 2 away? Downloads of C19th books from archive.org or Google books can be way, way more out than that. With the occasional plate that didn't have a page number. And that's only vol 1 when the page numbering continues into multiple volumes. With luck the OCR isn't too bad and you can search for the actual page number.
"The number of press releases I see as .doc(x) - because obviously I'm going to have the same fonts installed on my Ubuntu/Mac/Win10 machine as you will on your Win7/Mac box."
You could, of course, make some - interesting - amendments to those before passing them on.
"IBM also told TSB to prioritise telephony and branch channels"
These are only useful if there are sufficiently trained and helpful (a contradiction in terms?) are available and in particular the second is only useful if the customer's local branch hasn't been closed to save on staffing costs. These considerations are not unique to TSB.
It said that a “limited number of services” - including mortgage origination and ATM and head office functions - had been launched on the new platform and a broader set of services to about 2,000 TSB partners.
The wording on the slide is a bit obscure. Given the preceding "IBM would expect world class design rigour, test discipline, comprehensive operational proving, cut-over trial runs and operational
support set-up:" I read this as saying it's what they would have expected to happen, not what did happen.
"Last time i went to Currys the smug twat there blatantly refused to sell me the laptop i wanted"
The latest thing in retail seems to be that bricks & mortar should deliver "experiences". They really need to ensure that they can deliver better experiences than that. The fact that the e-word is usually a warning about user interfaces doesn't bode well.
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