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Re: It's not RAF nor UK It's Nato ...
@ codejunky "the EU wants its own army".
Radoslaw Sikorski, a former Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of National Defense has some views about it, and the EU, at the University of Greenwich.
Something about how FB came to help leave win the referendum here by a founder of FB.
Re: AI Groomed Candidates
What a poetic account of a graveyard with lawn movers at work.
Re: FB vs CA
The "left/right" gets more idiotic, understandably, in a two party system.
The truth doesn't matter
Seems to be the mantra of the Eton College, quite good at preventing kids from growing up too.
Re: Alibaba needs equal scrutiny
Reading my own comment I wonder if I should add I find Jack Ma a very interesting person, and I don't want the "and then there is" to be miss understood. Also my comment about Alibaba not being a copy of Amazon need you to know more about both.
Re: Alibaba needs equal scrutiny
Yes indeed like all companies.
I find it interesting to compare say Amazon and Alibaba, and I will add IKEA to this. All started from scratch by, in a way, fairly similar characters as one man companies.
On IKEA and Ingvar Kamprad we find this;
"He started selling matches at the age of five. When he was seven he began travelling further afield on his bicycle to sell to neighbours. He found he could buy matches in bulk very cheaply from Stockholm".
On Amazon and Jeff Bezos we find this;
"He founded Amazon in late 1994 on a cross-country road trip from New York City to Seattle. The company began as an Internet merchant of books and expanded to a wide variety of products and services, most recently video and audio streaming. It is currently the world's largest Internet sales online company",
And then there is Jack Ma of Alibaba:
"He began studying English at a young age by conversing with English-speakers at Hangzhou international hotel. He would ride 70 miles on his bicycle to give tourists tours of the area to practice his English for nine years."...
"Jack Ma applied for 30 different jobs and got rejected by all. "I went for a job with the police; they said, 'you're no good,'" Ma told interviewer Charlie Rose. "I even went to KFC when it came to my city. Twenty-four people went for the job. Twenty-three were accepted. I was the only guy...". In addition he applied 10 times for Harvard Business School(hbs) and got rejected.".
Alibaba is not a copy of Amazon they do differ.
"we can for all practical solutions be stuck in the Milky Way."
The Milky Way is a barred spiral galaxy with a diameter between 100,000 and 180,000 light-years The Milky Way is estimated to contain 100–400 billion stars. There are probably at least 100 billion planets in the Milky Way. The Solar System is located within the disk, about 26,000 light-years from the Galactic Center.
And you call that to be stuck.
The number ten closest stat is Ross 248, 10.322 light years from us, suppose we would manage 1/10 of the speed of light, 30.000km/sec it would take us more than 100 years to reach that star.
And about 260.000 years just for a one way trip to the Galactic Center, but of course only 26.000 years at the speed of light.
And not being stuck in the Milky Way, would be the easy peasy task to have a look at our nearest Galaxy, the Andromeda Galaxy a spiral galaxy approximately 2.5 million light-years from earth.
I can do it, easily, in science fiction, much faster and cheaper and safer too, and I am damned good at it.
And I can even see it with my own eyes, like here:
ESA funding 2018 5.60 BE
Re: farmers been doing this for years
While this thread is getting a bit old, perhaps we should also remember that while it's so fun, and we seem to do it all the time, that is, the "it was known years ago, and my grandfather did it too" there is a new generation of kids who don't know it.
Certainly is would be wrong to suddenly stop talking about things we already have seen and done before because we are afraid of somebody pointing out "it's old news".
As funny as it sounds, education is really all about old news, enabling us to make more old news.
Re: Crap News?
Indeed, lots of pig farms produce their own energy like that using diesel engines turning generators. In some countries they are payed if adding to the grid. Could it be that the news here is that the gas is bottled or something. Anybody tried with a match down there, (no I haven't)
Take that, com-raid: US Treasury slaps financial sanctions on Russians for cyber-shenanigans, 2016 election meddling
@ Ivan 4
I don't think you need to worry about American propaganda beating Russian propaganda in Russia.
Trump is just a thin skinned ego who doesn't like to think that he needed outside help to win, or that that women won the popular vote, or that there wasn't more people at his inauguration than ever before (read Obama). He is obsessed with the "strongmen" of the world and cannot understand that he has not as much power as he expected running his new company, all alone, as he has the brains like nobody ever before.
He would like to be called "Father Sunshine" like Stalin and then there is this guy in China who has given him this rather ingenious idea of a lifetime presidency, but perhaps still a bit too coy to suggest it..
If you want to move towards democracy you have to do it yourself from inside.
Exell or not with Excel
"The accounts department is going to need Excel."
I might be wrong, but I seriously doubt large companies use a spread sheet application for their accounts, I hope they have something more reliable for those tasks. Then again it could explain quite a few "problems" if they do.
Sometimes I have this feeling that even Microsoft has to, eventually, start from scratch with something, perhaps Google has an advantage there, a fresher start, sort of.
The link provided by this article regarding the Boeing/Airbus kerfuffle (not to mention Bombardier) is from 4 September 2017 "Boeing declares victory in Airbus subsidies dispute".
However there is also this, and it is a separate but rather similar case, not reported on ElReg, and is from January 29 2018. "Bombardier just bested Boeing in a trade dispute between the U.S. and Canada. Here's what you need to know.".
My point is that if ElReg wants to report on this never ending saga on how companies love competition, then keep us informed.
PS. also the second link is outdated as Airbus actually got some very well needed new orders.
Re: What did the Romans ever do for us?
"God knows what they teach at the Ecole Polytechnique, it certainly isn't common sense".
I would suggest Brits should be more concerned with what they teach at the Eaton school.
States invest in companies for many reasons. Sometimes for strategic reasons or should we say security, water, energy and such, and if possible, like that Buffet guy, for profit, not such a bad idea.
And sometimes because there is no better alternative. Areva is one such case, but as a Brit, keen on having a new nuclear power plant, you should be happy, because without the French with the Chinese you would have to turn to the Russians for a plant.
Lots of common sense in that decision by the French.
As for Nokia, it was a bit too big a company for a small country and the Finnish ownership was well under 10%, so I have nothing against this decision at all.
While I don't want to sound too British and go for the "fifth or sixth", Nokia is first or second in Europe and something in the world.
What else, I suppose we must agree that cheese eating frogs could not have surpassed the UK as an economic power due to said people. So where should we look, oh where should we look to sole this problem, should we look for common sense perhaps.
No surprise he was a remainer with that brainpower.
Re: Some might call that "taking back control"
As Nick Clegg said it, the Brexit referendum was about "tacking back control of our borders" but instead a boarder that did not exist has been created.
The social responsibility of companies
".. companies will not invest in something if they can get it cheaper from elsewhere...".
The mantra, and no doubt the fact, is that companies are about creating wealth for their owners.
As it is education and social wellfare is largely the responsibility of the society.
Looking back it wasn't always like that, companies had to take more responsibility because they understood that a healthy and educated workforce was simply needed.
Universal health care is good example, quoting the Wikipedia:
"The first move towards a national health insurance system was launched in Germany in 1883, with the Sickness Insurance Law. Industrial employers were mandated to provide injury and illness insurance for their low-wage workers, and the system was funded and administered by employees and employers through "sick funds", which were drawn from deductions in workers' wages and from employers' contributions. Other countries soon began to follow suit. In the United Kingdom, the National Insurance Act 1911......"
One example of a director of a company who decided to create a school for kids of his workforce was Emil Molt of the Waldorf-Astoria-Zigarettenfabrik,
Hardly the only company of its kind in the world but a school I happen to know the background to as I put two of my kids into a Steiner school and I must admit I think they managed to get through it sane. Something I have started to have doubts about regarding kids leaving that world class Eaton school.
Finally, nobody is an island, no pun intended.
Re: Re:My question is.
"Because foreign students pay £££££££££££££££££ to prop up our educational....".
Something like this then from Yes Minister.
Coffee at the university
Re: You need to port it first
China has used Linux from the very start to produce their own processors.
One has to assume, as this has to be a true story, of course, that the Swede was William Y. Anderson from the U.S. Army Air Forces as there was no other Swedish aces.
Re: Sort of strange...
Came to think of it, would it feel even more strange to you if you knew that Robert Stanford Tuck was Jewish.
Re: Sort of strange...
Your point is thoughtful but it's not strange, Americans meet in Hiroshima, boxers shake hands.
Perhaps it's true that for some Brits the war never ended, that would be sort of strange, very strange.
Re: Excuse me ..
Perhaps is was like with that Drumpf guy who went to America and changed his name to Trump. And thus there was Drumpf on the plate on his old suitcase while there was Trump on the door.
"Might as well squeeze the criminals out of the supply chain".
I would add some of Pharma criminals to the list, although it's not my piece of cake.
@A stranger in a strange land.
Tits are indeed scary, but let me guess, you felt you were sharing something you felt belonged to you with other male eyes, and that made you feel uneasy.
Re: Swedish Winter..
"when the nights were 24 hours long ".
With absolutely no intention of becoming serious I remember a situation when I was trying to start a conversation with a guy from north of the pole circle. I went for the "how hard life must have been in old times in all that long darkness". He gave a sort of "oh dear, not again, weary, smile" and asked me if I might have forgotten that they actually have quite a lot of sunshine* during the winter and that the snow is actually very white and moving on the hard snow is fast and easy, and hunting and fishing is very fun, and fishing using fire is very very fun and just give me a call and I take you fishing.
And I was hit hard in the head by "reality" and that people have actually lived there for a very long time, and that people who die because of the cold probably live in the southern part of Europe.
@Voyna i Mor
Well there was this "Protestant/Lutheran" priest who said this - "We believe in sexual purity and that sexuality needs to be protected through marriage,".
The only way to add a Catholic priest to this would be to assume he was addressed with such wisdom by the Lutheran priest (to no avail).
The subtitle surprised me until I remembered that we actually have heating inside during the winter here up in the north.
Stockholm is a fairly friendly town according to a Brit I met. If you get awfully drunk it happens that nice and helpful Swedes might offer you a bed at their hotel for the night, and in the morning they might even offer you some money.
And that happened to you, I asked - "oh no" he said, to my sister.
Re: Running in France
Returning to my first comment, it was about this subtitle.
"A Frenchman? Running away? Gawd, you don't say"
It is a stupid innuendo. Stupidity is, as we know, not a sin, but not to speak up is a sin.
So what makes some Brits so fond of this stupidity.
But on a lighter tone,
As far as I remember Britain had some nice property in France, but ran away. The French in the English language did not run away. The only French running I can spot is that France has run ahead of Britain as an economic power.
Perhaps we should try to find some logic behind this then.
Lets try modern Trumpism, the good guy called his competition names like “liar ” and “crooked” and it's a known fact that those words come easy when one is one oneself.
Perhaps the explanation to this “running in France” is indeed very similar.
Then we could also try the modern MAGA, the simplest form, the Trump method, is to try to make everybody else a bit smaller in order to feel bigger.
All countries have created their own “neighbour” stupidities, the English with the additional advantage of having such a large number of neighbours both at home and around the world.
Perhaps even world leading in this too.
I become well educated as a kid too, one of my favourites, one I would newer repeat is - “A Russian is a Russian even if you fry him in butter”. I am a bit reluctant to claim it's originally Finnish as Russia has many neighbours and it could also have been copied from some similar surrounding with an expansive big neighbour.
Anyway my original comment was really about “save the children”, stop the stupidity.
Should you find great solace in stupid innuendo try to keep it to yourself.
PS. I almost forgot to mention the high horses.
Re: Running in France
The Brits fled and so did the French in front of a stronger army, and so did the Russians in the beginning. So get over it, time to stop that shit innuendo you never seem to be able to end.
Being honest seems to be a bit dangerous in Britain, to refer to Nick Clegg who was honest when he wrote:
"all nations have a cross to bear, and none more so than Germany with its memories of Nazism. But the British cross is more insidious still. A misplaced sense of superiority, sustained by delusions of grandeur and a tenacious obsession with the last war, is much harder to shake off".
If you are interested in "the greatest tank victory" try Russia, where the real war took place, something the Americans seem to understand a lot better than some Brits.
Grandfather as I, or?.
Running in France
A bit cryptic.
Could it be about an army of almost 340000 who run like no army has ever run before at the first encounter with the enemy.
To return successfully years later encouraged, and as half a part of an army of soldiers from United States, Canada, Australia, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Free France, Greece, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, and Poland.
Education, education, education or what was it.
Re: Are sanctions effective?
@ I ain't Spartacus
"America doesn't need Venezuelan oil",
I do agree but my "sour grapes" is the type that even today inserts the "Suez" in comments.
I am not that much into that country but somehow I have a feeling they have to sort it out without the help of the US.
Visited the country long ago, as a crew member, or to be more honest, a brothel, even twice, but the damned thing refused to get exited, spilled milk, and every right not to be an expert on Venezuela.
No icon for this.
@ adam payne
Talking about Brexit I presume.
Re: Are sanctions effective?
"I don't think sanctions contributed much to the end of apartheid".
It did when the Americans joined, while it did take some time.
The US meddling in Venezuela is however largely about sour grapes regarding the oil.
There is also a good reason to ponder about a two party system where the opposition leader is accused of rooting for a similar system.
Shame on you.
That technology was used to fake Trump's voice in that bus, just wait for the tweetty.
But I am convinced it will be possible to spot the fake on a binary level because nobody will pronounce a word always the same way or at the same tempo.
Re: @ Halcin
Codejunky is talking about Global Britain. BoJo's phone has been ringing now for 20 months and he has a hell of a problem together with Rees-Mogg to decide which countries to accept and which to reject. As one bloke revealed on the telly the whole world is waiting for Britain to lead the new global world of free trade.
Just wait and see, Britain will rule the regulations once again, no more rule sharing or taking, just rule making.
Re: @ wolfetone
"The Eurofighter was if it had any use to us and the expense of making it any use.".
I think you need one to explain that sentence, unless it's me who needs one.
The "brilliant Mini"
Should one point out that the car would not pass even one safety test today. The same goes for the really brilliant Citroen CV2, so brilliant not much is left for the Mini.
But I can feel the nostalgia towards the Mini and still it was a rather dreadful car, as wet and cold inside as outside, absolutely lethal in snow and sleet in the night on the road among real cars.
But there was the Cooper, Monte Carlo, and rally drivers like Timo Mäkinen and similar.
I suppose my nostalgic feeling have more to do with that than having had to drive a not Cooper one.
Some on memory lane with the Mini and Timo.
The new Mini, a well built and proper car, is doing quite well in both Germany and the UK.
Finns talked about the "dog booth", was that invented elsewhere I don't know.
Somebody tell the English
The war is over*, also Napoleon, Hitler and even Hammurabi are very dead indeed by now. Playing with tin soldiers end among normal kids at around the age of eleven.
And for those who are interested in the Eurofighter and its history try:
*might not prevent a new one, but it could be very different when looking for friends and foo.
As for cats opening doors, my cats are very good at it. They just jump up and hang on until success, no problem at all.
Re: Watch out, El Reg!
"What would be the benefit of watching a vulture eat the insides of a dead camel?".
Ten million views on YouTube and perhaps, if lucky, a link in a tweet by some daft person.
"because your tablet or PC decides to update itself."
Yes, well sorry, but my PCs just politely suggest I update at my leisure, you know penguins.
But more to the topic, my family of three seem to manage quite well with 12 down. Right now I feel my fingers are throttling my brain more than the internet.
Some years ago there was some nice lady asking me if I wouldn't rather have 100, and I said, yes please if you insist. Some weeks later there was this guy who told me "fibre is in the street they had torn up and filled up" and now we only need to pull that 60m to your house and get rid of that old copper you have, and it will cost you only 1000e.
So, you know, nice husbands, I asked my wife. And, you know, nice wives, told me she will let nobody into the house unless I first clean up my room.
And thus I have saved 1000e and the family is doing quite well with 12 down.
Re: "Elop's time at Nokia cost him his marriage, don't forget."
Elop did not bring his wife, family (if he had a family) to Finland in the first place, so did he leave his wife or did she leave him. Not bringing his family with him gave the impression that his aim at Nokia was a short time effort like all his earlier efforts. He did not impress at any time*, either because he did not have it or because he had no intention to deliver had he had it, or the horse was the wrong horse.
But let's not forget that it was the board who employed him, companies rot from the head, but I suppose they, unless bought, believed they did the right thing.
But what the heck, lets read the book, and who has ever survived the touch of Microsoft. (Sendo anyone)
Still Nokia, as Nokia Networks, is alive and in 2017 employed approximately 102,000 people across over 100 countries, did business in more than 130 countries, and reported annual revenues of around €23 billion.
*foot in mouth, with that "burning platform".
Re: Well, duh
What about asking "would you personally use a phone made with Chinese parts". (Foxconn has factories in China too).
It's hard to change a trend that has gone on for years. One could of course expect The MAGA to demand Apple to produce phones in the US from domestic parts only*.
Dr. Michio Kaku explains it well in 2011.
Re: I really hate that man
"That's quite a bit of spin there."
No spin at all, have a listen to Cruz here. It's quite obvious what he wants to change and how the change corresponds to his aims.
And for GOP science guys, try this:
Re: We don't need no education
@ bombastic bob
It's just possible that you have forgotten that some of the dumbest parts of the western world we find in the USA. To let those parts of the country choose what to teach their kids is just not such a good idea and that is why you need help from the "gummint", for what that is worth these days.
Re: I really hate that man
Let's not forget that he has the Republican party behind him, Ted Cruz has been very vocal for such a change to NASA.
Re: But it will be worth it
"This time, when we whine about the deal, they can tell us to fuck off."
No, I haven't seen much anything of that reaction, I don't think we, the 27, have fallen that deep, perhaps there is an itch, but the hot air and the confusion is still coming out of some Brits and out of too many in the UK government, not from the EU.
Quite fascinating actually if it wasn't about reality. And with three children I suppose I have some protecting shield when dealing with childishness.
For the IT-angle, oh well, what we have now, that we did not have in the same easy way before, is how the internet, with YouTube etc, actually has given us an time machine.
It's fascinating to listen to people talking about their vision about the future years ago, now that you actually know what happened.
Have a listen to Theresa May's Lancaster House speech 17Jan 2017.
Like a young enthusiastic kid going to war totally uninformed and unprepared to face the harsh reality of life and facts ahead.
There is a toll to that.