Re: Two words for you ...
After what's happened in this saga, I don't think any sane individual would put money forward for a sequel project
1158 posts • joined 22 Jul 2014
Yes but there is an outside possibility that by September it will dawn on Apple that 4 figure prices for a phone is just STUPID
I actually think that they've already realised the stupidity of it...however, they've also realised that there are sufficient punters out there who are stupid enough to pay that much
It shouldn't necessarily be a case of "I've had my money's-worth s out with the old in with the new". If a product still works, or can be made to continue to work by replacing a degraded part, then that's better than consigning a load of serviceable chips, etc. to recycling or landfill.
Repair, re-use,recycle...with 'repair' being the preferred course of action
It also means the bosses have about a month of staff being able to finish or transfer their work in an orderly fashion
In my experience, the soon-to-be-redundant staff get paid but don't come into work. It's too much of a risk that an employee with a grudge will steal something, damage something or commit some other nefarious act out of spite or revenge. It's safer for management to just give them a few weeks of paid leave.
I was under the impression that if you want to sell your company, it's advantageous to have some built-in bloat. That makes it more attractive as potential purchasers can immediately find ways to cut operating costs and get better value from their purchase.
I am no businessman though, just a mere wage-slave, so YMMV
it is to be taken cum grano salis until El Reg - or the New York Times - reach the far side of the Moon and can ascertain the facts of the matter
Given the tragic failure to get LOHAN off the ground, I fear it may be quite some time before an El Reg moonshot is a reality :-(
Start cancelling the flights.
A bit extreme. While it would be effective, you don't know why the other Gary has booked that flight and how much he would suffer if he turned up at the airport and got turned away. Imagine if he was travelling for a family funeral, or some other event.
I had a similar experience years ago when (long story) I was the accidental/unintended recipient of some material relating to someone who was being held in custody - material for his defence solicitor came to me in error. By rights I could have gone ballistic on a data protection crusade, but I had to think about the guy,possibly innocent, sitting in a police cell waiting for his brief - my first action was to make sure that the correspondence got to its rightful recipient
I seem to recall onetime one of the budget airlines would charge you for correcting a spelling mistake on your name - even if they made the mistake themselves.
IIRC there was somebody who changed his name by deed poll because it was cheaper and less hassle than getting a budget airline to correct a spelling mistake.
Also, you could fit of CPU cores into a brain-sized space if you wanted to optimise for space - if it was basically solid silicon with liquid cooling channels running through it.
but would those CPU cores consume less power than a light-bulb and fuelled by chocolate biscuits?
I'm just a bit too young to remember any of the moon landings. The only Apollo mission that I have any memory of is the docking between Apollo and Soyuz in 1975 , which I remember watching on TV.
TBH, I don't think I really comprehended the significance of it. Older me really wishes I could go back and tell younger me just what an awesome thing it was that I was watching.
This debacle seems to highlight something. The fact they couldn't shoot it down.
They could, but the risk of collateral damage is way too great. For range, a shotgun style weapon wouldn't be effective - you would need to use some sort of rifled firearm. Now, if you could guarantee that you'd get a completely clean shot at it and down it first time then that'd be OK. However that's very unlikely given size and speed of the target. Those bullets which miss the target need to go somewhere...and the range of a rifle means that there's a lot of potential for hitting something valuable and/or killing someone
This is why I always travel with a clean phone and laptop
It gets a bit damned-if-you-do-damned-if-you-don't though....travelling with a phone and/or laptop with data on? The agents of the government would like to have a look at that. Travelling with a clean phone and/or laptop? The only way something is that clean is if you've scrubbed it on purpose, so what are you trying to hide? Arguably, the second case makes you look more suspicious and could get you some time in the special room behind the security desk.
sometimes you just want to see someone strap a bloody great rocket engine to a rolling chassis and find out what happens.
Given Yorkshiremens' reputation for thrift, I now have in mind some Last Of The Summer Wine-esq venture, with three blokes speeding down a hillside in a rocket-propelled bathtub
So while there are issues wrt freedom and anonymity, there's also the problem of crazy stalker fans, and it just takes one with a 9mm to ruin your day.
The fact that Dime was killed in a country where it's perfectly OK and legal for people to buy 9mm firearms at the supermarket is also a factor...but that's a wholly separate discussion.
Whilst I value speed, 4G is generally plenty fast enough for what I do on the move.
More importantly though...way above speed, I value availability. Knowing that my network provider can offer me an attractively-priced contract for 'x'G comes as no comfort at all when I'm sitting somewhere which I'd consider to be civilisation but can't even get a usable GPRS connection.
No offence, but for that sort of price I'd get a proper pump fitted and buy kegs from the brewery. Much less faff.
Keg? No thanks...I'll go to a local real ale brewer and buy a cask.
Of course, beer in a cask doesn't keep as well as beer in a keg, so you have to drink it all in the space of a week or so.
Hmmm....I said that like it was some sort of drawback....I have absolutely no idea why I did that.
For instance, she said, they will require signed directions or prescriptions – something easily achieved "in the real world" by taking a photo on your phone and sending it via SMS.
Unless your phone is on the O2 network, and somebody at Ericsson forgot to update a certificate.
Technology can - and will - fail, and it's good to have a backup...especially if the use case relates to someone's health and wellbeing.
I came here to ask exactly the same thing.
Everyone is commenting about the fact that people were hospitalised when a robot caused an incident with a dangerous thing, but not much outrage about the fact that any old punter can get the in interweb and buy some of that dangerous thing.
Ooh! I wrote something a bit like that into a Battleships game (in Pascal - it was a course project) - does that mean I was doing A.I. back in 1990?
Given the amount of stuff that gets branded as AI nowadays, I think anyone who has ever wielded an algorithm in anger can claim to be an AI engineer.
Pedestrians have the right of way - theoretically - even though they're not yet crossing the road
Right of way != priority
I think the legal interpretation of right of way is that you're allowed to traverse. What matter is priority. For example, at a lighted junction all traffic has right of way, i.e. they may pass along the tarmac on any bit of road. The important bit is that the traffic on the bit of road with a green light showing on the traffic signals.
Yes, we use zebra or light operated crossings when they are convenient, but if road is "empty" (including vehicles present but they will not reach you before you have crossed the road) then we cross
When visiting the continent, where I understand jaywalking is more recognised, I'm always been a bit bemused by the fact that zebra crossing markings on roads seem to be universally ignored by drivers. The only purpose they seem to serve is as a marker for where the bodies of dead pedestrians are likely to pile up.
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