Bonus BOFH. Never question the reason!!!!
145 posts • joined 23 Oct 2009
BOFH: But we think the UK tax authorities would be VERY interested in how we used COVID support packages
Receipt email address
I have a special gmail address that I use for all places where I have to put an email address, and use it for receipts as well. I check it monthly and am generally quite surprised that I don't see any companies that I am not familiar with, so looks like they hoard for their own lists as I don't see any signs that that address is being sold around.
Considering that "The safety of our airplanes is Boeing’s highest priority," is true, and also the level of scrutiny they are under right now, should Boeing not have caught this new error before submitting the aircraft for review by the FAA?
Methinks that they should be very, very thorough in their next set of tests. If it passes them and fails again with the FAA passengers will likely lose what little confidence they currently have.
....and yeah, another accident with more wrongful death suits would hurt them financially. At least they will pay attention to THAT.
Stage 1 = 1 weeks
Stage 2 = 4 weeks
Stage 3 = 2 weeks.
TOTAL = 7 weeks
Now here is the math. If Stage 1 goes 2 weeks over (runs 3 weeks), then the total should go to 9 weeks. That should not ever mean that the project stays at 7 weeks and everyone should just work more to make up the time. I know that is usually not how it works, but it should not ever be the case.
"CEO Tim Cook blamed dropping demand for iPhones in China and a new battery replacement programme for its worsening fortunes. And he cut the price of the mobes to try to widen their appeal. This strategy hadn’t worked as of Apple’s Q2 results for fiscal 2019, ended 30 March."
Damn consumers. Replacing a battery instead of buying a new phone.Why are they all being so unreasonable?
That being said....I have my first Android without a user-swapable battery (S9+). Still going strong after a year (day + usage) and this while using fast charging most of the time and left to charge overnight, but I'd still feel better if I could change out the battery myself when the time comes. Fast charging is great, but I'd still rather have a thicker phone with a 2 day batter life.
We have had a number of big outdoor concerts here is the past including once with The Rolling Stones and AC/DC as headliners. At one of the last shows (cannot remember who the headliner was but I'm thinking Bruce Springsteen) they released an additional five thousand tickets for sale in the week before the show. That must have wiped the smiles off a few scalpers faces. I'm sure a number were still holding tickets without a hope in hell of selling them.
I was visiting Newfoundland and doing a scenic drive and came across the very small town of Dildo. I didn't actually notice any road signs showing the town name, rather my first sight was of a sign by a parking lot exclaiming "Dildo Day". It was a town fair/carnival for children and families and very wholesome, though I'm sure there were some very disappointed visitors "from away" as well.
"you need to keep really, really close tabs - and lots of comments - on the source otherwise it'll trample all over you."
I remember taking a programming course years ago (Pascal). The professor was constantly reminding us to document out code. At the time my documentation was pretty brief as it was obvious what everything did.
That was great when you were working on it and everything was fresh in your mind. I remember looking at my old printouts the following year when cleaning up and had trouble making sense of anything without analyzing all of the code. Lesson learned.
Remember....you aren't documentation the code for yourself, you are documenting it for "future you" and those who follow.
Mixed bag in Canada
The three big telecoms (Bell, Rogers, Telus) all have the monthly cost of the phone hidden in their monthly plan, but we do have options. There are subsidiary companies (Koodo for Telus, Fido for Rogers) that do it, what I condider, the right way.
Example: I am with Koodo and my bill clearly shows my plan fee and the amount of the phone cost sitting on my "tab". Each month I get charged $15 towards the tab and see the updated balance owing. The tabs are all set to have the phone paid off in 24 months. When that happens the tab charge just goes away.
From an accounting perspective it would seem that breaking out the charges would be better for allocating revenue. The purpose of bundling them together seems to be to trick people into paying more than they should.
Re: That's irony for you
"I guess that must be what Trump likes about his rallies, where henchmen will eject anyone who isn't cheering with the rest!"
He hasn't yet taken to having his thugs threaten to have nay-sayers taken out and shot like another narcissist did about 70 years ago, but would he if he could?
Re: Since Fortnight is dodging the Google tax...
"Does this mean that Android users are getting a 15%-25% discount now? If not, it end up the users get fleeced at the same rate, but the money is just flowing into different pockets."
- If I recall correctly, part of the agreement with Apple for selling something through its app store is that it cannot be sold anywhere else for less. So according to that, the game developer may make more profit, but CANNOT sell for less.
Phone manufacturers go to great lengths to ensure that their phone are sleek, slim and sexy. That is all great, but they are also so delicate that the first thing most users do is pack them in a case totally hiding over 50% of the phone, and bulking it up.
Why can't phones be made a bit bigger and tougher...with maybe room for a bigger battery while they are at it? There are still some "rugged" version out there, but they tend to go to the extreme. A nice consumer middle ground would be nice.
Re: Same in Canada
I have a fiber service in Atlantic Canada (BellAlliant) and I have fiber to the premises - I know because I can see it coming into the house. They have Good, Better, and Best services. I am on Better and have 300Mbps up and down. I have tested and the promised rates are accurate.
California lawmakers: We swear on our avocados we'll pass 'strongest net neutrality protections' in America
With things as they are I'll never see a job add on Facebook. I entered my birth year as 1925 (with incorrect month and day as well). Of course now it is locked and I cannot change it, but I can live with that. It's not like I am going to provide then with any real personal info to confirm what they know about me.
....and yes, I'm kidding myself believing for even a moment that they don't know my real birth date.
Re: Must have been a quite impressive experience
"What about "hands up and start floating one foot above the floor"?"
Like the stance in Karate Kid? All tellers are now in full attack position!
Oh.....hovering a foot above the floor, not just with one leg raised. Not as much fun reading it that way. :-(
Seems pretty clear to me
So say you owned software that you distributed
1) free - via download from your official site
2) for $10 for a physical "branded" CD (to cover costs: manufacture/print/distribution)
In both of the above cases you controlled the content available from your "official" sources. If someone does the download they know the source. If they purchase a "branded" Cd, they know the source.
Now someone comes along and downloads from the official site, then burns off a few CDs and hands them out to friends. The CDs are not direct from the official source so there is now an element of risk as to what is on the CD. Maybe the person added a few "extras" (accidentally or intentionally), but they certainly cannot hold you accountable for any malware on the CD that is not on your official version.
Microsoft has contacts and deals in place to ensure that the company making its CDs are only loading approved content. If buddy has someone in China make the CD then who knows what else may be on there. By putting official MS and Dell logos on it they make it look as though these are from a trustworthy source. Not sure people would feel as secure using "Bob's computer recovery CD".
Not saying that MS has the best reputation, but I can see why they would not want this. As several people have stated: it was the decision to "brand" this and pass it off an an official copy that was the issue.
Reply to Louis Schreurs BEng
The issue appears to be that when people are calling T-Mobile customers who are in rural areas with poor coverage the caller gets a fake dial tone and is led to believe that the recipients phone is ringing when it is not. The caller should instead be getting a recording saying that the call cannot completed. T-Mobile is hiding it's poor coverage.
Re: If you get a bit twitchy ....
"Orthinology - word botching. Be sure to allow it in your spillchucking dictionary."
My internal spell-checker (brain) misread that as "Ornithology".
People are over reliant on spell-checkers. I always re-read important emails before they go out. Sometimes my brain thinks one word but gets overwritten by muscle memory into similar other words. Not that I am an incredibly fast typist, it's just that my fingers sometimes seem to be trying to predict what I want to type before I compete the thought.
Anonymous on Facebook
It's interesting how people think that Facebook does not know who you are just because you don't give them your real name. Between your activity, the activity of your friends, the info you friends have on you (email and phone) Facebook is able to build out a pretty solid profile on you. Facebook knows who you are. They know who you are even if you don't use Facebook so not hard to connect you to an account, even if not under your own name.
“strong, confident women”
I know this is about performance, but wanted to point out her saying that they discriminated against "strong, confident women.
One thing that "strong, confident" men or women sometimes fail to notice is that they can come off an loud, overbearing, obnoxious or display other undesirable characteristics. How you feel about yourself and see your own behaviour is not necessarily how others see you. Strong and confident are good leadership characteristics, but make sure that they is how others see you, not just how you see yourself.
What do Cali, New York, Hawaii, Maine and 18 other US states have in common? Fighting the FCC on net neutrality
If FCC chairman Ajit Pai is so sure of what the citizens want, have it out out as a plebiscite and have him offer up his seat if his proposal is rejected.
Too bad that is too complicated and too expensive to do. Once they can do them safely and securely online things will change. But then people will want to vote on everything individually, and most people are way too uninformed to make the right (for them) decisions. It'll be anarchy...ANARCHY I TELL YOU!
Said it before and I'll say it again....
1) the people who hype Bitcoin have an interest in the price going up, not down so of course they are are telling everyone that they should buy it.
2) Bitcoin has less intrinsic value that Pokemon trading cards and even that bubble popped (but I AM curious to see how far it will go).
3) Money being held in Bitcoin is not good for the economy. It is sitting stagnant and not supporting the building of anything - not helping companies grow and create new jobs and opportunities.
Ok...#3 is not 100% accurate - companies are being created to manage Bitcoin trading and investment.
I have a Samsung Note 4 that was suffering from battery issues. I purchased a kit containing 2 replacement batteries and an external charger over a year ago for just over $30 and my phone was back to 100%. Every now and then I get itchy to upgrade, but for my usage patterns there just isn't enough incentive to move. My biggest pain point will be sacrificing the ability to easily replace the battery and memory card.
Waterproofing not as important to me as the ability to have access to swap basic components.
Re: As ever, too late.
Once change recently made in Canada is that all carriers have to unlock their customers' phones upon demand for free, and all future phones sold cannot be locked to any providers. Merry Christmas!
One provider (Bell) has been making the news by following the letter of the law. If someone buys a second hand phone and takes it to Bell to be unlocked Bell is refusing as they are not "a customer" (and probably never will be with that service attitude). Hopefully the CRTC will clarify the rules and remove that exception.
Bitcoin started out as a virtual currency, but now it is more like stock than anything else. While the initial value was from people who believed in the original vision, that is not what is driving the price.
10 People who have bitcoin want to protect their investment or make a profit
20 Bitcoin holders hype bitcoin.
30 Hype triggers people to buy and the price goes up.
40 People see the price going up buy it.
50 GOTO 10
These are not people seeking to use it as a currency, these are people hoping to buy something now and sell later at a profit. Holders, especially late adopters, are at risk if the hype ends, the price stops going up, and people rush to get out before the price drops. And it will. And once it hits the new floor the cycle will start all over again and begin a new rise.