I love how we've been trained to think that £350 is a 'bargain' for a mobile phone.
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"Demand for EVs outstripped supply and there are long waiting list and lead times for new high-profile EVs."
If demand is outstripping supply then this plan is window dressing at best. Surely now is the worst time to buy a this type of car due to demand pushing prices up which gives poorer returns on the taxpayer 'investment'. Also who gets this money? Nissan? Renault? I'm failing to see how those foreign car companies taking tax cash benefits the uk as a whole.
And he fought a (good/bad) fight. Delete as appropriate. Anyone remember the Doublespace and drivespace fiasco? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stac_Electronics#Microsoft_lawsuit Just one of many examples of dodgy practices.
Still. I'm typing this on a very stable Windows10 box that brings me hours of fun and productivity, so its not all bad from my perspective.
"...It's $399 or £399"
Is it just me who hates it when these companies equate $ to £ and screw over British consumers? I know the £ has devalued somewhat but its still pretty far off actual parity.
I also happen to think its too much for a fricken PHONE, but wouldn't begrudge someone their opportunity to fondle their slab.
Anywhere between £203 and £715 is a ridiculous variance even for a fairly large quantity of ram as 64Gig.
Perhaps they're skimming off of the money saved by every gamer buying Ryzen chips.
Another prime example of a nanny state not putting children's welfare in the hands of those responsible, the parents. You wouldn't let a kid behind the wheel of a car anymore than you should allow a kid with a sophisticated computer in their pocket not have 'nanny' software blocking objectionables. You'd hide the damn keys.
Perhaps this is another excuse to ban or regulate VPN use further down the road.
Perhaps providers of content could delivery shitty quality video to the networks of providers who try to squeeze them and their customers for profit. Nothing irritates a user more than a service they're using proving to be unreliable and inferior to their mates service. Or plan C, imagine...
"Dear Netflix subscriber,
Your carrier/isp charges netflix a premium to delivery our HD content to their customers advising us that if we didn't pay they would throttle our content, diminishing your experience. Unfortunately this necessitates a £1/month subscription premium to your service. Please feel free to use the affiliate links below to mobile/broadband partners who promise never to do this. All proceeds from the click-thrus will go toward <net neutrality orgs>
Netflix in your face Support"
Sony Xperia phones are pretty bad for this. And you pay a stupid premium for the phone with less space and another brand for the same price. An 8Gig phone was screaming at me from week 1 due to me taking a few photos and having the temerity to install a few key applications. There was a load of bloatware I couldn't remove so I keep this on a shelf for a backup. Ended up with a 64gig OnePlus. Vote with your feet people and don't reward companies with your money for bad behaviour or support.
Printing error? Bollocks probably. Pathetic certainly. Perhaps not quite as pathetic as the 'tax' that is now acceptable to pay because a week earlier holiday is vastly cheaper than a week later. It's a bit like the congestion charge. If those levying these 'fines' were truly looking out for kids or congestion, the fines and charges would be astronomical so as to make paying them unthinkable. Hence nothing less than a money generating exercise.
...is the gigantic "We value your privacy"* popup that covers up the content until you tell it to feck off. That and the in your face button to "Enable all purposes" button followed by a ream of much smaller switch off this reason to rape your privacy buttons. I don't want to view the vendor list. No I don't want to see the list of companies. What I want is a giant feck off I don't accept or disable all purposes permanently. Sure I can click through all of the tiny buttons and view the page with impunity, however if I have the temerity to click on another page it loads up the same bullshit to click through a the list again. It's a tactic to wear you down so you eventually click sod it, enable all.
I even tried to use uBlock to remove these specific elements which appeared at first to work. Alas it also blocked the scroll bar, so I end up with a portion of the underlying page and no way to scroll.
The final solution is to simply not use sites that force-feed irritating content down your throat.
*Which is an even more gigantic lie. They're forced to pay lip-service by gdpr or something.
Our company introduced this policy recently. It's a unix-esque "Assume no access" and if someone specifically requires USB access they can request it. The line manager of that person then makes the case to the security team. A lone field engineer uploading an image for a customer isn't going to bring down IBM.
Perhaps this notion is too complex for a multinational monster.
1 An A.I. system must be subject to the full gamut of laws that apply to its human operator.
2 An A.I. system must clearly disclose that it is not human.
3 An A.I. system cannot retain or disclose confidential information without explicit approval from the source of that information.
I'd really miss the opportunity to buy overpriced electronics if I'm desperate or spend some time browsing without the intention of buying.
A friend of mine who worked there said "High paid management who made nothing but bad decisions based on ideas that worked years ago.
Not listening to ideas that would work.
Knowing how financially bad things were but still spending well over half a million on a radio campaign which brought in very low returns
Trying to purchase and (re)brand poor quality audio and gaming equipment from the far east at stupid prices... And sell it for an even higher price.
And not realising that online shopping sites such as amazon were their main competitors rather than brick and mortar stores like argos, John Lewis etc. "
Take a leaf out of imgur's approach to 'bad' content. If something is 'bad' people down vote it to the point one has to click to view and most probably don't bother. Moreover if it were heavily downvoted it could trip a metric trigger and alert the platform.
Ah crap there I go again trying to think of practical things to accommodate the whims of impractical politicians.
p.s. Prime Sinister is feckin genius.
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