Re: Oh my.
Maybe you should stop trying to dictate to others how they should run their lives. Your way isn't their way. Mind your own business, and stop being such an arrogant nagging little busybody.
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Lenovo Thinkpad Z13 just has this certain Macbook Air about it... World's largest laptop vendor releases whizzy x86 - but we could do with a better Windows rescue party
Title says it's about the ThinkPad Z13 and Windows, not about Linux. If you want to write about Linux, put it in the damn title. Or even in the subtitle. I have zero interest in Linux, so if it was mentioned I'd have skipped it and not wasted my time reading about somebody else's inability to use a product as designed.
Sooo... you shredded the Windows partition, overwrote the EFI and then spent half this article complaining about it. I'm Mac through and through and no fan of Windows, but even I was offended reading this trash. Either use (and review) it as designed, or STFU about how it wasn't able to recover from your butchery.
I really, really don't like the way this is going.
My device is my device. That means I get to decide what happens to it. And yes, if I fail to apply an update and it gets exploited, I end up in trouble; but I want to make the decision to solve it or not.
Any device that allows another entity to make critical system-level changes without consulting with you, isn't your device.
Meanwhile at the NASA engineering meeting:
Senior Mission Coordinator: "So, how many hops do you think the heli can realistically make?"
Copter design team: "Oh, 50 or so?"
Communications Director: "Right, divide that by 10. Put the word out that we're only expecting to do 5 hops or so."
Press: "NASA OVERACHIEVES BY FACTOR OF 10"
Funding for next mission assured. Beer o'clock, team.
Yes I get the paperwork angle. The reasons I believe it's a scam (or more accurately, extortion) are:
1. I have no contract with DHL, and did not engage their services.
2. I am given no option to choose another party to handle my imports.
3. In my particular case, the vendor has already done the import paperwork at point of origin; DHL simply duplicate this (or 'verify' it, in their words)
3. I am not afforded the opportunity to submit my own paperwork.
4. The charges are out of all proportion to the "actual" cost of 'filling in paperwork', which in reality involves no actual paper and is fully automated in most cases.
It may well be that after consideration of the above I "choose" to pay the €7 or so to get it all handled for convenience' sake, but the point is then it would be my CHOICE. As it currently stands, I have no realistic choice other than reject the package and in all likelihood lose my money.
Nobody said it was the same. The original statement was "I have NEVER heard of any legitimate transaction where you are hoping to get an investment from someone else, but where YOU have to pay first to facilitate the transaction." - upfront package handling fees are an example of where you have to pay first to facilitate the transaction. These become a scam (in my view) when they: A. Charge you to tell you there's no charge, and B. hold your package to ransom knowing full well that returning it is a practical impossibility.
” Also can I ask, because maybe it's an American thing, but I have NEVER heard of any legitimate transaction where you are hoping to get an investment from someone else, but where YOU have to pay first to facilitate the transaction.“
If you’re in the EU and receiving a package from outside the EU, it’s pretty common to have to pay processing costs before you receive your product. This itself is a scam as companies like DHL will often extort a ‘handling fee’ before telling you that no import duties are due, and the only thing you need to pay is their handling fee.
Of course non-payment means you don’t get your package, and if it gets returned to whichever Chinese online tat bazaar you bought it from, good luck ever getting a refund either.
I will go out on a limb and tempt fate by saying there is zero chance that I would be caught by any of the tech scams going at the moment.
The same can’t necessarily be said for genuinely new scams using a previously unknown vector. Luckily those don’t come along too often.
On a semi related note, I got an email last year from my credit card company saying there had been a data breach, my records were exposed and as we really are very very sorry, here’s 2 years credit monitoring. Note; monitoring, not protection.
Last week I received an email from Experian saying yes my details had been spotted on the dark web, but I’d need to pay their consultants if I wanted any action taken as the ‘subscription’ didn’t cover that.
The line between ‘legal’ and ‘illegal’ scams seems to be getting more and more blurred.
Doesn't do that on Apple. I have mine set to Specific Contacts, and Specific Photos/Videos. It's a bit of a pain to manually 'manage' which photos it has access to whenever I want to send something, but at least I'm happy it's not just rifling through willy-nilly.
Maybe time to ditch Android and buy a real phone.
I can tell you that in the EU country where I live, you absolutely cannot just fire people because you want to without incurring severe financial penalties. WAY beyond stat min. You can make a POSITION redundant, at which point companies are required to offer alternative roles inside the company, and only when that process has been completely exhausted (usually taking years) then you can look to a redundancy. If there are no performance reasons for the redundancy, you're still then looking at a very substantial payout. In the specific case I was involved in (from the company side), close to 2 years salary plus a €65k transition allowance. And this is AFTER the years of basically doing nothing while the company tries to find you another job. This is from personal, actual experience; I'm not theorising.
I know of at least one other country where the situation is even more locked down. Companies like the one I'm currently working for simply cannot make people redundant there without documented performance reasons or criminal activity. They need to go through a redundancy process with the works councils and unions, which takes many many months, and after that IF they agree, the redundancy packages are penalistic.
Germany/Austria/Switzerland is a black hole when it comes to employment law; all I know is that contractor friends of mine who know FTEs there say they are essentially bulletproof in their roles.
"In the UK and most of the EU you can be fired for any reason other than the various protected characteristics, as long as they pay the statutory minimum payout when doing so. It is pretty much a US-only thing to be unable to fire someone without cause."
Did you intentionally get this the wrong way round?
"You tell them to read a book they can't afford"
Can't afford a book? Your post hit rock bottom from the beginning, but this... now you've started to dig. Next you'll be excusing them wrecking a McDonalds as "just youngsters being exuberant" or "It's the fault of the Government for not giving them iPads". Jog on.
"When it comes to missions lasting many multiples of the planned life they are the undisputed champion."
Nasa planning meeting: "So guys, how long do we think the spacecraft will last?"
Engineering: "Probably 20 years or so"
Marketing: "Ok we'll tell everyone the mission duration is 6 months"
"Egghead, in Germany, is a derogatory term, applied to smartass-es which overdo being s smartass. Therefore upvote from me."
As I wrote above, and will repeat here specially just for you: nobody gives a shit what it is or isn't in German. Somebody who takes the time to comment in English, on an English article, about an English expression, should also take the time to understand what the expression means. In English.
"Well, in french, it IS derogatory. "tête d'oeuf" refers to stub-borns/incompetent/etc ..."
Well, nobody gives a shit what it is or isn't in French. Somebody who takes the time to comment in English, on an English article, about an English expression, should also take the time to understand what the expression means. In English.
"I have always bought second hand, I never need the extra megapixel camera RIGHT NOW, I can always wait at least a year to get it far cheaper but typically I keep a handset for 3-4 years."
Me too. Always had iPhones because I like them, but never felt the need to go for the absolute newest until I saw the iPhone 13 Pro Max; and decided it was time to finally treat myself to a new one. Had it a month, and dropped it. Never dropped a phone in my life until this one. Cracked a corner off the back glass. Just one corner, and just the back glass. Repair costs £699. For the first time in my lifetime of owning Apple devices I genuinely thought: Fuck You Apple.
"When you're poor, £45/month might be the majority of a weekly food shop. Imagine a couple with kids who both had these phones. £90/month just on a fashion accessory? Even people who are concerned about image have enough about them to know this is fucking stupid."
The kind of people that would buy an iPhone 14 for their (multiple) kids are those for whom £90/month doesn't even register as money. It's small change to them. The difference between cleaning out your pocket fluff, and.... not cleaning out your pocket fluff.
Nobody who has to actually think about money would do this.
"This frankly outdated spaghetti-Western 'romantic' presentation of a living and vibrant community as dead and gone in order to build a technology company 'for the greater good' is as ignorant as it is offensive."
Carry on like this and your community really will be dead and gone. Nobody will be allowed to speak your name, make reference to you, honour you, write about you... you'd better wish you don't get what you're asking for.