Re: Underestimating Zuck
It would be consistent for insider trading to be the weakness that brings Faecebook down. Al Capone's business model may have been racketeering and murder, but it was tax evasion that saw him shipped off to Alcatraz.
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Language is from Latin but speech and tongue are from German. Vocabulary is from Latin but words are from German.
You often find the basic idea has a Germanic origin, but as soon as the idea gets a bit highfalutin', it's Latin or Greek to the rescue.
Interesting factoid: out of the whole famous "We shall fight them on the beaches..." speech, the only non-Germanic root was from French: surrender.
So we get to the fundamental dichotomy which explains the heated views when subjects like this come up: what's your model of obsolescence?
For enterprises in the hundreds or thousands of users, this is just one, slightly bigger, upwards step on the down-escalator of upgrades. It's budgeted for, the IT department gets paid, the costs get passed on to the end user anyway, so just let that set of capitalistic cogs keep on turning.
For private users and small businesses, it's a big deal, because an endless chain of rent-seeking big businesses all have their hands in your pocket to take advantage of, in this case, a cosmetic change given a patina of significance, which breaks something that was working ok in the first place.
And the environment gets shafted regardless.
Until you start reading the articles, you're only in it for the downvotes.
Being fooled by a false name and stolen (invalid) ID is one thing; failing to acknowledge and promptly make good the error when a man's freedom and good reputation are on the line is another. But then lying and tampering with recorded evidence to gloss over the faults in the system seems to show that a smack in the face with a hefty damages payout is all that will make these companies sit up and take notice.
He that filches from me my good name...
Gotta love Australian consumer law for that reason. Very simple, at retail a product must be
- free from defects
- fit for purpose
- of merchantable quality
Practical upshot is that if a reasonable person expects something should last 2, 3 years without breaking down, it's still under warranty.
Should have seen how soon a fruity PC and phone maker gave out an RMA once I told them I thought their 13-month old "out of warranty" product with a defective screen (known manufacturer defect, but not subject to recall) wasn't of merchantable quality. Not the sort of thing you want found reported in the rulings of a Civil Administrative Tribunal.
It's sad how many people buy extended warranties not knowing this. If they can predict a risk of failure high enough to warrant selling you an extended warranty, then the law gives it to you free.
Drove the 3300km from Broome to Perth (via Karijini); 1 traffic light north of the Swan River. It was between Port Hedland and South Hedland. It was green.
WA country drivers are great. Everyone waves to everyone else. Slow down for a wave and a thumbs-up if you're stopped at the side of the road (survival is important like that). The B-triple beer truck that had tipped over on its side at Auski Roadhouse was such a display of a community at work; people had driven for miles to help that poor driver.
Oodles of roundabouts in Broome. Such a nice town. I suspect it is the town of >10000 people furthest away from any other town of at least the same size.
If you're not actually in Perth, WA's traffic controls are... minimalistic.
I've just driven the Nullarbor, passing through Balladonia, the nearest civilisation (sic) to where the bits that fell to Earth landed. If you have the time to drive 10 hours East of Perth, you can still see some of them, if you like. And buy petrol at $1.93/L.
If you were to drop this model out your car window as you travel past, the local Shire might treat you the way they did NASA back in the day; $400 fine for littering.
You're free to breach lockdown and pose a public health risk. You're also free to pay the fine.
"...I believe in freedom. Not many people do, although they will, of course, tell you otherwise. And no practical definition of freedom is complete without the freedom to take the consequences. Indeed, it is the freedom upon which all the others are based." Havelock, Lord Vetinari. (With eternal gratitude to Sir Pretty)
Spike Milligan was there first. From The Great Trans-Africa Canal...
Seagoon: "With the closing of the canal, British aeroplanes are forced to fly around the Cape. It is my intention to cut a canal across Africa, so that they can fly over that."
Crun: "Fly over a canal? But if they crash, they'll all drown!"
Seagoon: "But they can't in this canal - there's not going to be any water in it!"
I seem to remember that MS sought and were granted a patent on the idea of testing for inequality by a negating modifier to the test for equality, i.e. "Is Not". Eventually it was struck down for obviousness, but only after the lawyers took their cut.
In sane countries patents apply to implementations: processes and methods, not ideas and algorithms. Something's gone very wrong somewhere.
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