"If you don't they'll start to charge your UK bank account."
Can anyone spot the built-in assumption?
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"They all get the same treatment of termination within 20s."
That's not very public spirited of you. If nothing else you could try "Just a moment. There's someone at the door. Can you hang on a moment while I go answer it." and put the phone aside until it starts whining.
"The problem with international calls is that, just as with the internet, the network that received the connection has no way to know if it can trust the network that originated it."
The phone network does, however, have the ability to label the call as international and to display a warning if it's then trying to spoof a number.
"younger people, who have grown up with the ubiquitous use of computers and smartphones, and particularly the advent of Google and Wikipedia, make no effort to retain such things, as they can just go and look them up when needed"
What's "when needed"?
The allusions usually make a point succinctly because they carry all the cultural associations. So, yes, the younglings who don't retain those things can look them up if there's a need to understand the point that someone else made albeit at the cost of taking rather longer to understand what the point.
If the need is to make a point and they don't know such things they don't even know to look them up and therefore they lack the resources we oldsters have.
"To be a (eg) biology teacher, you need at least a degree in the subject, preferably a masters or PhD."
Perhaps I should point out the SWMBO taught biology and has a PhD - in that order and all a long time ago. As at the same time I worked briefly in a biological suppliers that went bust. Apparently I still owe her several pairs of dissecting scissors.
"bringing in leadership experience from other domains obviously has it's own strategic value"
In too many cases these days the leadership experience being brought in seems to be to cut all costs that give the business an ongoing future and cash in on the businesses reputation for as long as it lasts.
"But don't get me started on a rant questioning why MS-Outllook doesn't seem to include the Search index within the saved PST files."
Seamonkey email client (similar to Thunderbird). Just opened the 2009 archive, note the first title, search for one partial word on the complete account: that email and several other matches from other archived years found about as quickly as it took to put them up on screen.
"Now if I need something, I search my inbox - turns out that's quicker that remembering if I put an email from someone I met on my 2001 trip to Scotland in 'save', 'golf', or 'travel' and looking in each"
Archive complete years. Then you don't need to search your complete inbox, just 2001. Which reminds me, must archive 2014. And 15...
"I was once told at an Oil & Gas firm that we should delete everything after 3 years of the project ending so that our own email records couldn't be used to sue us in the future."
The alternative view is to keep them so that they can be used in your defence in the future.
The choice made tells you a lot about the company.
"A better metric would be to count how many times Steve Jobs has been in court as compared to Bill Gates. Gates faux geek persona was what let him for years, get away with murder."
Not wishing to take sides between either of them but the second item on that page is Apple suing Microsoft.
"How do you explain the 2 year delay on your CV?"
Depending on who he's explaining it to it could be the high point of his CV.
"Clearly not a danger to anyone and most probably learned from his mistakes so what could he have done to piss off the authorities?"
We know what he's done to piss off the authorities. He's shown up a whole lot of very senior US officials as being completely crap at managing their own security and inconvenienced them into tightening up, possibly to the state they should have been in all the time. And not only that, he could do it while not even being bright enough to avoid being caught.
"Basically, the US has a monopoly of all smartphones and is prepared to use it in trade wars."
The basis of Android is open source, ZTE is able to use that and add its own
cruft additional features. Manufacture takes place outside the US. Components are available outside the US. Own brand application repositories AKA Play Stores can be hosted outside the US.
"Trade wars are good and easy to win" vs "Those who do not learn their history are condemned to repeat it".
"The account manager had got the price hideously wrong and was told that if I insisted they put the order through, the company would supply at the agreed price but the account manager would get fired on the spot."
I'd be surprised if the account manager didn't get fired anyway if the price was still wrong after three checks.
"There's only two more week [sic] to go until IP Expo Manchester 2018, Europe's number ONE Enterprise IT event, do'’t forget to register for your FREE pass," stated the email from Sophos.
"We will also be giving away a pair of free Sophos socks to every 10th person that registers through our registration page."
Oh well, at least the reminder ads nestled in the elReg headline page don't threaten socks. But we do see where you got the idea.
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