Advertising companies not thrilled with people being able to block their ads
This is identical to criminals being less than thrilled by padlocks and burglar alarms.
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Software changes and additional sensors are all very well, but there is still one fundamental safety item missing - a physical switch to isolate MCAS from input to the motors controlling elevator trim. This simple and effective device would have saved many lives had it been in place from the start, but it would have meant pilot training, so was skipped.
I think it is still necessary to have this as an additional safety feature as the software and sensors may well be working fine, but a physical problem due to heat/fatigue/whatever may cause a continuous nose down output from MCAS. Unlikely but not impossible, so stick in a simple and cheap, easy to test and maintain on/off switch.
"...automatically applied a compensation credit to affected customers' accounts to cover the time they couldn't connect to our network."
This isn't compensation. It is more like a refund for services paid for but not received. Not even that, as there is no cash back, just credit. Compensation would involve considerably more to make up for the stress, the time and effort spent to report a problem and get a fix, plus something for being deprived of an essential service.
Should I ever have to switch from my current mobile service, Voda have just moved from last place in the list I'd consider to off the list entirely.
I'm using Edge on this machine. I know MS products are generally despised around these parts, but I'm not prepared to clutter up this computer with third-party browsers and addons when the existing one (assisted by just a hosts file) has been working just fine. I especially distrust the recommendation to switch to Chrome.
Exactly right. Also, in those days, the mainframe people were quite disparaging as the personal computers then were hundreds or even thousands of times slower than the top mainframes of the era.
What they failed to take into consideration was the length of time it took the operators of the wonder machines to deign to notice your card deck in the input pigeonholes and feed it through the card reader.
Then a wait while a request for a data tape is flashing on the system console. The tape monkey is usually making tea for the entire operations shift, so sometime after tea your job gets to execute. At lightning speed it finishes and then you only have to wait until someone takes a huge stack of fanfold paper off the back of the printer, separates it into the individual job outputs and places yours in the output pigeonhole.
Meanwhile, your colleague with the new, but ever so slow PC, has corrected the error that also caused your program to crash, started his second run and is enjoying his coffee while the PC chugs away merrily with results expected about the same time as you finish punching the replacement cards to submit your second attempt.
The freedom people felt in the early 70's with just a 4.77MHz 8086 with a few hundred kilobytes of RAM and, if you were lucky, a 10Mb hard disk, was just amazing. About the only people who stuck with the mainframes were the ones needing extremely large volumes of data/number-crunching/printed output. Even those were increasingly sorted by larger disks, maths coprocessors and laser printers over the next decade.
I can't see those that tasted that freedom going back to relying ever again on someone else's hardware.
Try getting by without it? Can't be that difficult. Humanity has managed to do without it for several millennia. I find e-mail and using one of the mobile phones rarely used facilities, making a call, seem perfectly adequate for keeping in touch with people and even, gasp, arranging to meet face-to-face.
Then again, I have a lot less than the several hundred friends that most facebook users seem to have, so it's probably easier for me to interact with them without the aid of Mr Zuckerberg's (dis)services.
I've taken advantage of one of those offers without being subscribed to Prime. I added the product in question to my basket and proceeded through checkout whilst being very careful at every stage to ensure there are no boxes ticked signing me up to anything else. I chose free 3-5 day delivery as the order was over £20, and checked that the final price was exactly the amount on the initial offer page. The item duly arrived in 3 days. I was charged the 'Prime subscribers' price, months have gone by and no attempts made to collect subscription money, so I reckon these so-called "special prices" are just another piece of bait.
If you see one of these offers and want it, try going through the purchase process. If it's genuinely Prime only, it should either stop you or ask you to add a prime subscription. If you don't like what's on the final order summary page, bail out before giving final confirmation.
Greece has a licence fee, and it can't be dodged. You pay even if you don't have a TV. Many people pay twice as much as others, or even 3, 4 or more times. It is simply a charge added to the monthly standing charge for an electricity supply. Shops, factories, offices, restaurants, etc. all pay. It does have the advantage of being simple to administer and fairly cheap provided you don't have a holiday home and a small shop and pay multiple bills.
Doesn't help though, there are no advert-free channels and the content is crap.
The usual pointless ASA response. Forbid someone from continuing a particular advert long after that campaign has finished and they had no intention of continuing anyway. BT have recently been claiming to be the "only provider guaranteeing wi-fi coverage in every room", concurrently with Sky advertising the same thing. Without doubt these adverts will be allowed to run until the next set of bloated claims is ready for air time and then the ASA will step in and demand they are discontinued.
Ban the offending company from ALL advertising for a month for the first offence and double the ban for each subsequent offence. That should sort out the persistent offenders and discourage those who try it on from repeating their misdeeds. ASA? More like ASLR. Totally lacking in Authority, more like a Limp Rag.
I've got some of the first Li-Ion laptop batteries lying around at the back of a drawer. Two dozen years on and they seem pretty inert to me. If they were just continuously connected to a charger, then there might be cause for concern, but if unused over a period of years I would expect any bulgy, explody activity to have shown up within the first year.
If you do choose another search engine as default, you will likely be frequently pestered to change back to Google. Whenever I use any Google service a dialog appears offering to install the Chrome spyware^h^h^h^h^h^h^hbrowser. There is a 'No thanks' option, but what is lacking is a 'Never' or 'Try me again in 5 years time' option.
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