Re: Not my doing, but...
> "I think you'll like it"
She thought you were a wanker?
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The "Oh No" second - the time between hitting Enter and realising your mistake.
With experience, time slows down as your finger descends towards the Enter key, as a sixth sense that something is wrong kicks in, enabling you to stop yourself before the fateful commit.
(Yes, I do still make mistakes, just not as many these days.
If anyone signed up to Sky on the basis of these ads, wouldn't that be actual fraud then? So those customers should get an automatic discount to match an equivalent price/quality service. To save Sky the costs of investigating each case, anyone who signed up during the time the ads were running should get a discount. Sorted.
I'd be interested to see test cases:
- If an unpatched security bug counts as a fault.
- If a "reasonable" lifetime for the software can be agreed (The hardware is probably fine)
IANAL, but the UK Consumer Rights Act indicates that you can make a claim against the retailer for up to 6 years after purchase.
Voluntary pay cuts are unlikely to work; A corollary to Parkinson's law is that expenditure expands to take all the money available, so few could "afford" to volunteer, and they'll resent those who "can't".
Employment law prohibits reducing a workers salary (citation needed?), but that could be temporarily rescinded by Parliament if there are appropriate safeguards and transparency, e.g. Directors are hit first and hardest. The decision makers (MPs and Directors) need to be seen to be leading the way on this.
And let's not forget shareholders - Ownership comes with some responsibilities, not just benefits. I own some shares though unit trusts (pension plans etc.) and I fully expect those shares value to be diluted if the companies need extra funding. Again, as long as it's transparent. No one should be getting rich though this crisis.
I'm also mentally prepared for taxes to rise, to cover welfare and economic costs.
TL;DR: I'm never going to be able to afford to retire.
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As usual - one law for them, another for the plebs
- Flying a drone near people
- Getting tested, when NHS staff and the general population can't
And don't expect any "emergency" powers or increased surveillance to be rescinded. Remember, Income Tax was an emergency measure to fight the Napoleonic Wars...
WTF is "Protect the NHS" even supposed to mean? What am I expected to do here? And aren't they there to protect us?
"Stay at home. Don't spread the virus. Save lives." would make more sense.
I gave up watching the live televised briefings as they were mostly waffle. Not just BoJo, the reporters asking questions sounded more they were making a speech themselves, so the good questions got subsumed in the rambling sound-bite responses.
runlevel 2: multiuser (everything except networking, so hardwired "terminals" only)
runlevel3: multiuser with networking
Linux etc. originally followed the same model, allowing for hardwired terminals in /dev and /etc/securetty, but runlevel 2 is pretty much obsolete now. If you really don't want networking, disable or remove it.
Would you really expect the Education Secretary to know all the details of a fast moving situation far bigger than their department? Especially when they'll be swamped with education issues and Central Policy is flip-flopping on the fly?*
* That's not really a criticism - Even Churchill would have been hard-pressed to manage this war
1) one [sic] a touchscreen device – THE SCREEN IS THE TRACKPAD.
Came here to say this myself, but with a different POV - Why would you want to "replace" the accuracy* of drawing directly on a 11" screen with a 3" trackpad? Or have that huge keyboard extension just to house a trackpad? Better to use a mouse, especially if it supports variable DPI.
* Though the trackpad does re-introduce the paradigm of a visible cursor (not hidden by fat fingers)
Douglas Adams nailed that one...
The Golgafrinchan Ark Fleet Ship B was a way of removing the basically useless citizens from the planet of Golgafrincham. The ship was filled with all the middlemen of Golgafrincham, such as the telephone sanitisers, account executives, hairdressers, tired TV producers, insurance salesmen, personnel officers, security guards, public relations executives, and management consultants.
A notation in the Guide about Golgafrincham after the departure of the B Ark states that the entire remaining population subsequently died from a virulent disease contracted from a dirty telephone.
"If big tech gains access to medical data and patterns, they can support containment efforts by quickly pinpointing the source of illness within vulnerable communities."
Purely coincidentally, that's exactly what big tech have wanted for a while. Even better if it's an emergency measure bypassing current safeguards. Conspiracy theory about the root cause of the virus, anyone?
My local Asda say they order on a just-in-time basis, but then get shorted on deliveries.
If only there was a way to improve on traditional stock management by the Mk1 eyeball and brain. Some...device..that could accurately track sales and stock, and do that fiendishly difficult logistics programming.
I must apologise to you then - when I heard about vendor "Customer Success" teams, I immediately thought they were just trying to get more of my time to pitch their latest shiny. Oh yeah, Simon already mentioned "customer relationship managers".
That's not cynicism, it's just 40 years on both sides of the fence.
One party justifies it for national security against furrin terrists, the other for protection against the greater threat of domestic criminals.
Anyway, it''s for your own good, citizen. You have 10 seconds to comply.
Generally you would be entitled to a refund or repair if a product doesn't perform as advertised, but you don't get to keep it as well as the cash back. However, if you agree that if you drop the phone and the "glass" doesn't break, you'll pay Samsung for a replacement screen anyway...then I expect they would be flexible on repairs.
> The judge interrupted him: “So how did you get to $270?” We're still waiting for an answer.
Because if it costs a city more than $270 per cell "to run through the process to approve and install" they're a bloated bureaucracy? Also bear in mind that:
- It's an annual fee. If the city lose out initially, they'll make it up later.
- Economies of scale. It's likely to be 100+ sites/applications, that can be processed en masse.
- If the citizens want 5G, they're not going to be happy with the city pushing the costs up.
Unusually, the FCC seems to be doing its job here, lowering the barriers to tech rollout.
Of course I could be wrong. The FCC is notoriously business-friendly, maybe the flat-fee model stinks.
The bin lorries drive down our road once a week.
- The driver stays in the cab. Maybe they could make a quick note of knackered roads? Assuming they're not required to be constantly monitoring the other operators.
- An operator might turn an ankle in a pothole. So they're incentivised to make their working environment safer ;-)
I got the gist of the article, that scumbags are taking money off "victims", but I'm not clear whether the scumbags in question are:
- The ones collecting the insurance premiums and then complaining when they have to pay out on a bet?
- The ones being too cheap to protect their business with backups (in which case the true victims would be their customers)?
- Or the talented, hard-working software entrepreneurs who saw a market opening and took it?
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