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Re: "attempting to evade the duty on an imported item"???
What are "LEO's"?
Is this slang for "officers from the National Crime Agency (NCA)"
Maybe you didn't quite make it to the end of the article before diving into the comments section...
"The suspensions takes the number of VW employees known to have been put on leave to eight; the other six are understood to be senior managers."
Re: Hee hee.
Or Arsett Management if you're from the posh end of town :-)
Re: Floppy drives?
"It's one of my top questions for checking out novice techies."
A blank screen 'cos an extra bootable device is plugged in? In 20 years I've not seen that, so maybe it's only testing if a techy has seen a Lenovo do that rather than any real indication of skill/knowledge.
Surely the standard boot order should NOT be USB or removable devices before the HDD?
Re: Not very efficient "Can you send me a HD picture of front and rear of the racks?"
"But designers know better."
Or beancounters. Or PHBs.
"I say chaps, how can we save money on fascia mouldings or labels having to be localised for language?"
How about we invent some little cross-language intuitive symbols that everyone can understand no matter what language they speak or even if dyslexic. But make them different to everyone else's so we can patent the design.
Great! Now how can we save on the cost of highlighting them in contrasting colours?
Just emboss or raise the symbols so they are black on a black background because we just know everyone has bright lights pointing directly at the front panel and it's never dark there, no siree.
Excellent! Anyone for choca mocha skinny latte?
"0th - Have you plug it in?"
Having returned a printer to a customer after workshop repair she phoned back to say it had arrived but now it didn't work at all, it's worse than it was before it was sent away so she'd have to use the loan one while we take it back.
So tech takes her though obvious, starting with the zeroth law, is it plugged in. Yes, it's plugged in, it's tuned on, the head does it's normal start-up sequence, ready light is on, paper loaded, paper out light is off but nothing prints, no head movement, nada.
So I get sent to site, arrive on site, plug in the centronics cable, demonstrate it is working and leave.
Well, it WAS plugged in, wasn't it?
...that we, the public, will be worse off during and after "harmonisation" because no rights holder in any country is going to want a reduction in protection, only an increase.
For example, copyright duration increased EU wide to death+70 years because that's what Germany had despite the EU average being lower and many member countries having much shorter copyright periods.
And, of course, Disney and Cliff Richard will be at the forefront of the lobbying for longer, more stringent copyright rules.
Yeah, great idea.
Ban all the Windows Haters!
Ban all the Linux Haters!
Ban all the Apple Haters!
Hello? Is there anyone there..there, there....
Re: Environmental Consequences
"Has no one considered the obvious eventual* consequence of bringing 1000s of metric tonnes of space materials down to earth every year?"
Yes. Depending on who you believe and the measurements used, it's estimated that anything from 5 to 300 tonnes per DAY arrives in our atmosphere.
Estimated mass of the Earth is 5.972 × 10^24 kg, so a few million tonnes won't make much difference. Especially since the Earths mass may be growing by as much as 110,000 tonnes per year or over 10 million tonnes every century. Or as little as 182,000 tonnes per century.
Re: Let's get real
"So 1) they have to obtain the resource before claiming ownership of it, and 2) this does not supersede any international law."
In addition, I read it as meaning that they own the resources they return to Earth but there's no mention of anyone being able to claim ownership of a celestial body. I get the feeling this is a way to by-pass the current rules/laws which IIRC basically say that anything brought back from space belongs to the Government/Humanity because that was drafted before anyone thought that commercial enterprises could ever afford to go to space.
as mr dude says, the banks have shifted liability onto the mug punter, which is _the_ reason for "fannying about with cheques".
...and the cheque guarantee scheme has been discontinued so even if you wanted to pay by cheque in shops etc for smaller amount up to the limit (£100??), those shops who were still accepting cheques almost certainly won't now.
Re: Where did the Micro:Bit from the BBC get to?
"Raspberry Pi were in talks with the BBC, but AIUI the BBC are not allowed (their charter) to simply purchase other people products and sell them on, which scuppered a Pi deal. I am probabl;y wrong in the details but in something along those lines."
I may be mistaken, but isn't this what the BBC Computer was from Acorn? Companies submitted their products/designs and the BBC picked one.
"turntable controller for a model railway."
Yes! This is exactly the type of project I was thinking of too. Kids building robots or whatever can have great fun, but at 30 quid each a standard Pi might be a bit expensive to permanently leave in place when they move onto the next project. The Pi Zero sounds like it's a drop in replacement once the dev work is done on a standard Pi for standalone robots or other controller applications.
Agreed, there's nothing actually "wrong" with the logo. It's the BS describing it that sticks in the throat.
"How about a PR Turd Of The Year poll?"
This, and other polls as mentioned above sound right up Lesters street!
It seems to me....
...like someone is playing a long game behind the scenes.
In a few years time someone is going to suddenly be very rich(er)
"I think if I get a speeding ticket I'll stand before a judge and explain that I have had it independently reviewed by a friend and yes I should not have been speeding and they have told me that in future I am not to do it by driving at the correct speed lmits. That should sort it no need to issue a fine or points."
You forgot the magic formula. "We are sorry if anyone thinks that we may have not correctly followed official guidelines"
"I've never come across a website that behaves in this way before." said Holt.
What? Is he only 15 or something?
FFS, go back 10 or 15 years when the internet was still a fairly naive place and plaintext passwords were probably more common than not. It's improved a little since then.
budget is £58m per year. The £450m bonanza
"GDS's current annual budget is £58m per year. The £450m bonanza will be spread out over four years."
Is this a "bonus" or is this the total 4 year budget? We all the Govt. are experts at bigging up numbers or re-announcing them 3 or 4 times as if they are "new" budget increases.
Not including any "normal" budget increases, their budget would have been £232m, so if this is just a top-up to £450m then it's not as impressive as it sounds.
Re: Next time I have a hardware procurement choice....
"the canned OS that the manufacturer provides"
the canned OS that the manufacturer
provides sells you.
Why do corporate purchases include a pre-installed WIndows OS + licence when the first thing they do is re-image them? Does the volume licence they pay mega££££ for require an OEM licence be attached to the PC or something?
Re: Government links ....
"Perhaps because a lot of personal data was allegedly stolen?"
According to TalkTalk nothing was stolen that wasn't already publicly available so there's no need to worry. At least that's what they keep trying to tell us.
And "may" is such a good word too.
I "may" get run over by a bus today. I'm not planning on leaving the house, but a bus "may" crash through my house and run me over. Nowhere is safe.
Re: "I wonder if it's actually possible to administer an effective dose"
"an urban myth that has been going around since at least the 1980s. "
So maybe the girls heard the same story and thought it sounded worth a go? Ladies of the night are nor necessarily the sharpest tools in the box.
...many a 10p spent in my youth trying to land on the moon and this video brought back all those memories of elation when actually managing to land it.
The other thought was just how much this beast looks like Black Arrow. And Black Arrow was remarkably steerable too the way the nozzles were arranged and gimballed. I wonder where we'd be now if it hadn't been cancelled. (And yes, those guys are STILL rightly bitter about the cancellation!)
Anyway, well done Bezos for a successful proof of concept flight. Beers all 'round!
Re: The space joyride market seems crowded..
"I mean, what's the point? Who wants to go to Darlington anyway?"
I can confirm that that is still an unanswerable pub quiz question in Stockton to this day.
No, that's not my coat. It's still only November. Pass the sun tan lotion matey!
"Comic Sans killed Fontdeck."
Again? You bastards!
Re: I agree
"spare free space as is understoodbya general engineering perspective"
Yes, that's so true. Here, have a couple of extra spaces on me
That's them there -------->
Re: Deliberately missing the point, or fuckwit?
"US privacy rights for EU subjects vs. EU privacy rights for EU subjects (absolutely fuck all - rape the bastards lads vs. some dodgy shit)"
Spot on. There's no hypocrisy on the EU side of this sorry tale. Both US and EU data is subject to protection at home. Once the data goes off-shore and the data subject is a "furriner", there is no protection whatsoever in law The reason it seems like a EU v USA thing is simply because the data flow is mainly one way, ie to the USA where EU data subjects have no legal protection whatsoever.
Re: Blowed if I'm going to watch the film
"they already have to sit through cinematic gorefests day in day out,"
Then there's the slightly longer version where they spotted a flaw and had to fix it. The Directors T-Cut.
"they already have to sit through cinematic gorefests day in day out,"
Maybe if the camera zooms into certain areas where, thanks to some careful undercoating, various slight colour changes occur in the shape of rudie bits, or sexual positions etc, things they need to watch for and classify. These "scenes" could occur at random intervals and be difficult to spot. That should stop them getting too bored and enforce a high level of concentration for the full length of the entire blockbuster.
Re: Restrict guns, not encryption
...and a certain Mr D Trump has said that those crazy Yooro-peons and their silly gun laws are stoopid and should allow people to carry guns then they could defend themselves from these terrists like in Paris.
Not to mention that China is in the lead with the first place ranking (by a considerable margin) of fastest super-computers.
Of course, that only lists the publicly acknowledged ones!
Re: Nothing to do with "Silicon Valley", Hilary....
"Politicians try but they really are completely out of their depth with technology. "
Our "top" politicians tend to be Oxford PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) graduates or other "arts" types with a good sprinkling of lawyers. Few, if any do post-grad studies, none do Doctorates. Most seem to pass on the PP parts and have little grasp of economics. Politicians with anything sciencey or even vaguely STEM related never rise to the top. (Apart from Maggie Thatcher, but she's probably not the best example!) The tops dogs will trot out tame scientists and "business leaders" prepared to spout the party line as "proof" they are doing the right thing.
What's the usual cross section in the US?
Re: "...we were told bluntly: No compromise exists..."
""- give us the square root of -1,"
"Me" would be more grammatically correct, or maybe "i?"
Never knowingly undersold...
...so will they be selling the "standard" models or "special" John Lewis only models? Or are Dell themselves the only other seller so prices can match?
Re: Fault of the mail program
"It's all too simple to assume that everyone they recruit has been trained in the basics by someone else."
And this, ladies and gentlemen, is the prime reason for the vast majority of calls to the helldesk.
As for restricting the number of recipients in the To: and/or CC: fields, sorry, that's just not on. How else will HR be able to tell the entire company about who's leaving and who's joining the HR department? (Not that anyone cares about all the other employees leaving or starting who never get a company wide hello or goodbye)
Ah yes, I remember them coming with up to three interfaces, Mitsumi, IDE and whatever the other type was (Panasonic?) before there was a single standard. Or the really expensive one with a SCSI interface.
Re: Ahhh Windows 3.11 for Workgroups...
"You might be thinking of 95, although I think that was around 19 floppies (when created from the CD) IIRC."
Win95 was offered for sale on Floppy and CD, many of the early adopters who queued up over night for the launch didn't have CD drives. Few people did then.
Queues you say? Yes, people queued for hours if not days for the launch of Win'95. Apple didn't invent that either :-)
"I have no sound card in the office"
What's a sound card? Is that one of those things Creative Labs used to make? Soundblaster or something?
Apart from servers I can't remember seeing a PC motherboard or a laptop without on-board sound for years.
(Hint: see icon)
Re: Not to worry
It's what you get if you do more exercise :-)
Re: Down the back of the couch, under the seat cushions, where else?
"Look, it's simple. If you can't find the XP machines, stop issuing them IP addresses. The users will find you soon enough."
Depends. I once got called out to "fix" a networked printer that wasn't connecting. After checking the settings and seeing all the right flashy lighty things looking normal I phoned their IT guys and asked them to confirm the IP address of the BootP server the printer was looking for. Silence. Then "what BootP server?"
It turns out the last BootP server had been decommissioned two years previously but no one had ever switched the printer off until there was a power cut so it had just carried on working with it's existing settings.
In respect of these old XP PCs, they might be running off fixed IPs and so be even harder to find. They might need to hire in some script kiddies :-)
Re: Hmmm requires a bard reboot to fix it...
Email his agent. He has the power.
Re: More Offcom not less
"companies like Sky can and do move popular content from existing packages to "new" packages in an attempt to gain new customers and "upgrade" (or screw over) existing customers."
Sky Atlantic. Created especially to screw over Virginmedia and their customers because the "new" channel wasn't in the carriage agreement. SKyOne was already getting crap. Since Atlantic was launched, SkyOne is lttle more than wall to wall Simpsons/Cops with cammeras type shows. I can;t remember when I last watched what used to be Skys "premier" channel.
"Why not take them up on their free trial offer, then?"
I was given a 6 month gift subscription. We'd seen everything we wanted in the first 3 months or so and new stuff wasn't arriving very often. And the menus are a pain to navigate. I'd much prefer a list of text titles rather than a touch screen oriented "slide the VHS style video covers around" where you can only see a few at a time. The images can be shown to one side as the text title is selected. Cover images are hard to scan quickly because you can't always see the title quickly due to graphic design layout and colours.
All said and done, my wife asked me one day if the Netflix thingy still worked. It did, but only had two days left so we checked and decided there was almost nothing worth watching that we'd not already seen. No chance of spending money to subscribe based on that.
I've heard there are ways to get access to the full US catalogue from a UK subscription but we never tried that. I've heard the UK Netflix catalogue is tiny by comparison.
I might consider a fixed length "gift" subscription again next year when there are likely to be more new things to watch.
Re: No comprende
"W10IoT on the RPi2 may find some usage as a dedicated single-use device, such as a Point of Sale terminal, or a Kiosk. With a screen and keyboard, switch it on and it comes up into the UWP app - and can't do anything else. The downside for MS and OEMs is that this would replace a PC with full Windows."
IIRC someone claimed this as the reason for the death of WinCE.
Your second point about Azure and cloudy revenue could well be the thinking MS is going through now though.
Re: Very few taxi drivers are owners
the owner wants to make a reasonable return on their investment."
Whatever the outcome, Uber is certainly shaking up the industry though. That may mean that some people will learn the hard way that "the value of your investment may go down as well as up" and that putting money into something and expecting to sit back and take 50% of the profits might not be a long term sustainable model. If the licence plates decline in value enough, maybe taxiing can go back to the intended owner/driver model.
Re: Backing != Pre-ordering
Exactly! "The value of your investment may go down as well as up"
I backed the SPB not for the engraved tankard, hewn from the living glass, but to see the fantastical flying truss lofted to great altitude and the subsequent launch of Lohan into the Deep Purple yonder. I've been disappointed to date but I doubt I'll be suing El Reg for the years of mental anguish! I accepted that risk when I handed over the moolah.
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Re: This what I've been saying for years, now.
"Don't just assume the user already knows how to do it. "
Upvoted for everything you said but I'd like to mention icons. They keep changing. Yes, I can recognise a little picture that on rare occasions looks vaguely like the app I want to load or the function I need to use, but just as I get used to it, some designer comes up with some arty farty BS about by completely different design and colour scheme for that icon is "better" than the old one so now I have to spend time looking for it. WTF is wrong with WORDS!!!!!!
(Yes, I know, some people have reading problems or there are language/translation issues/costs, but pissing off the vast majority of users is not the solution)
I'm beginning to wonder if UI designers are the rejects from the HR department. You know, the only department that seems to continue growing even when the company is shrinking.
Sorry, I tried Google translate and it still didn't make sense.
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