Re: Lots of dodgy crap out there
105 posts • joined 13 Nov 2015
This is why your utility bills have risen so much over the past fifteen years or so - we've all been paying for the building of all the wind farms which have sprung up all over the place during that period. That and the subsidies paid out to the owners of each turbine to compensate them when there isn't any wind. Great eh?
The only realistic option is nuclear, just not using PWR's but using thorium cycle reactors instead as they are inherently safer (as in cannot have a meltdown) and do not need to have their fuel specially made, using existing nuclear waste with minimal processing. Current estimates indicate that the existing global stockpile of nuclear waste could power thorium cycle reactors for well over 20,000 years.
As for your solar stuff, after 20-years your solar cells will be well knackered and producing absolutely sod all power so good luck getting those to outlast a nuclear reactor.
I agree with your point on quick-change batteries though, as it is realistically the only logical option for electric vehicles if we want to get away from using fossil fuels. At the moment anyway.
Sadly, it's far too late for HP now and anyone who could have made a difference left well over 15 years ago.
The last 'innovative' product they brought out was the Touchpad but they completely fucked that up by trying to compete directly against the iPad which was already established and very much sought after. If they'd pitched it at a third of the price as a loss leader it would have sold well and IMHO been a success. But scrapping it after less than six weeks on sale, instead of rethinking their strategy and significantly lowering the price to see if sales picked up and market share and the ecosystem for it established itself, that was just insane.
Printers are commodity now, so people are more likely to go for a cheaper option when they need to refill an empty ink cartridge - less than £15 for three or more full sets of compatible cartridges from Amazon, or £60-odd for one full set of genuine inks. And if printer costs less than £50 to replace where's the incentive to buy genuine ink?
'web designer setting an input field length'
Company rolls out a new internal system.
First time login is with temporary password and you set a new password of between 8 and 20 characters
Subsequently, only some users can then login but most cannot and receive an incorrect password message when trying to login.
After large number of users log fault tickets, it emerges that even though the password field on the login screen can accommodate up to 20 characters, any entered password is being truncated to the first 8 characters entered before being checked against the users account, so only users who set an 8 character password could ever login.
Issue was quickly fixed, but someone got their arse kicked over it.
Also get rid of the abortion of a UI nailed to the front of it: Give me a Start button that displays a menu with everything - and I do mean everything - neatly displayed in a logical and coherent list. You know, like in Windows 7. I don't want to have to do a fucking search to find basic shit which should just be there!
Have you not been keeping up? Washington flew a fighter/bomber and Jefferson piloted a helicopter gunship during the civil war - they both got distinguished flying medals for the number of successful sorties completed.
Now, if only someone would stop that horrible drone emanating from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC...
Unless I'm missing something, if you've already asked China to make your stuff for you, the transfer of the technology and IP has already been done, otherwise they couldn't make it. So how is this unfair?
All MS realistically need to do is:
1. Remove the abysmal abortion of a UI and reinstate the one from Windows 7.
2. Get rid of all of the telemetry: if the telemetry was genuinely looked at and used, their updates would be seamless and work correctly for the vast majority or users every time. As this is patently not the case, then there must be an ulterior motive for the telemetry which no-one should trust at all.
3. If you must do an update cycle, make it an annual one, not every six months as people don't want to go through the pain and hassle of 'testing' a full OS update twice a year.
Please feel free to add further suggestions as you see fit.
I've already commented on this before using the car analogy: there would be complete uproar if the car manufacturers mandated that the only thing that you as a car owner had control over was when you refuelled your car, but everything else - and I do mean absolutely everything which covers servicing and all routine maintenance - had to be done via one of their dealerships, otherwise the dashboard would be festooned with warning light and sounds, and the engine would refuse to start until the car was verified as safe to use by one of their dealers.
While Apple probably think this is perfectly acceptable, the two words which spring to mind for me for this restriction are 'onerous' and 'punitive'. If I buy something, I have the right to expect to be able to have it serviced or repaired by whoever the hell I choose, even if using genuine, original spare parts, and irrespective of whether it is still under warranty without being penalised/victimised (delete as appropriate) because I have exercised my rights as a consumer to choose what works best for me. However, I'll caveat this with certain car related things such as replacement key fobs or ECU's are probably justified in having to be 'registered' to the relevant car in question.
The minute a manufacturer starts to tell me I can only do something with one of their products - which I physically bought and paid for with my own money - when they see fit, otherwise it's functionality will be restricted or disabled until I ask then every so nicely to check it for me (and also paying them for the privilege), then I will not buy from them and they can fuck right off!
Like telling the FAA the 737MAX was exactly the same as all the previous ones and didn't need re-certifying, despite parts of it's flight envelope being significantly different and warranting a completely new augmentation system to assist the pilots with it? You know, the one which doesn't work and which the flight crews weren't necessarily told was there?
Over 300 people are dead because of that.
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