300 posts • joined 14 Dec 2013
Re: Too slim
Most of my work is done in browsers, spreadsheet and email. I only use rj45 when we have problems with the property's network. Ports sound ok for my use. But as I travel and at times have to do some work waiting for planes or kids, low weight and volume is appreciated.
Linus had an MacBook Air, right?
Re: 8GB of RAM seems to be the UK limit
Could you please stop that BS about 8GB precluding any serious work? Perhaps _your_ work; my wife and I are using Macs with 8GB, running a business which is the main income for us and 4 employees. That is serious enough to me. /rant
Sounds like a machine worth checking if we change to Linux.
In defence of public IT projects
Public IT projects tend to be large, complicated and with all sort of legal requirements well as interfacing with legacy systems. They have a tendency to go over budget anywhere in the World, and as the information is public (and there are politicians seeing advantage making sure it is public) we hear a lot about them; much less about the ones delivered more or less on time and budget.
Large private IT projects interfacing legacy systems etc. (and I have been on some) also go over budget and are delivered late. I was on one that should go live in August - which year was luckily not specified. But in the private sector you can be a bit more discrete if things are not exactly to plan.
Quote: "yes, officially our outsourcing to India was also a success"
Oh, I wish it could be Black Friday every day-aayyy, when the wallets start jingling but it's still a week till we're paiii-iid
Re: Just build a wall down the middle of the Channel
I have to agree with you, the Euro will fall apart. It may just take longer than DT expects.
The history of currency unions is interesting, the only successful ones I have heard of is USD (and that took 90 years and a civil war to get working), the one between Belgium and Luxembourg and GBP.
Greece was thrown out of the Latin Currency union because they put too little noble metal in the coins, and the Scandinavian one fell apart with WWI
It only took Oz govt transformation bods 6 months and $700k to report that blockchain ain't worth the effort
AI's next battlefield is literally the battlefield: In 20 years, bots will fight our wars – Army boffin
On the seventh anniversary of Steve Jobs' death, we give you 7 times he served humanity and acted as an example to others
Re: "oh boy"
No, Apple did not invent that much. But they implemented in a way that made other's inventions useful, e.g. dtp and an mp3 player that people would buy, with huge capacity for the time.
And I doubt it would have happened without a visionary behind.
He was also a certified @rsehole, no doubt.
And in a different part of the World
- cafés**) often do not accept anything but cash, at least not for less than €5. I guess it also makes it easier to forget the VAT*) part of the transaction...
*) Imagine the two Irishmen/Yorkshiremen/bankers/[other types who have a reputation for thinking tax is optional]:
- This VAT thing...
- Yes, I remember that.
- Did it ever go anywhere?
- No, there was mo money in it.
**) Yes, we do have Costa and Starbuck too
Linux kernel's Torvalds: 'I am truly sorry' for my 'unprofessional' rants, I need a break to get help
Re: Thank you, Boris …
"Most of Europe does not mind the EU as they take the money and ignore the senseless rules. Britain and Germany are the only countries that give the money and obey the rules."
That is factually wrong. Germany is traditionally quite slow in implementing rules, and AFAIR NL, SE and even DK are net contributors and quite good at implementing.
It seems there are some advantages in living in this lower left corner of Europe. I booked a ticket Faro-Lisbon, paid with my card over PayPal and printed the ticket. Of course my son then told me I should just have emailed the PDF.
I do like pieces of paper when I travel, as I am not dependant on the tantrums and batteries of electronics. Colour me fuddy-duddy.
At least I think I got the right price.
Re: Bad managers are like knotweed
I heard about Germany (And an older generation) that after the war, if you had talent and ambition you went into business . Others went into politics ( of course there were exceptions), armed forces were a bitter duty.
Oh, and I don't think they suffer from the equivalents to Eton et al.
Re: Most Secure Voting Machine
In Denmark (at least) where everybody is registered to a scary degree, that cannot happen. By law you have to register in the municipality where you have your residence, and the electoral roll is simply the subset of residents who are old enough to vote and have suitable nationality. Yes, prisoners can also vote.
The consequence is that when you status changes to "dead" you are token off the roll.
These are the upsides of the pervasive registers.
Re: There are zero rights at the border...
"Show me a country where they don't have the same right to question and search you and your things."
The UK is to my best knowledge unique among European countries in that you can get jail for not providing a PW. In the US you do have the right to keep silent too.
Top Euro court: No, you can't steal images from other websites (too bad a school had to be sued to confirm this little fact)
In the real World...
We have a website advertising our holiday houses. There is a large number of photos on it (own + guests + bought stock); some of the property but quite a few of the region.
We have a note regarding use of the images: Ask first, if you are not a competitor we are likely to grant it _with credits_.
For a lot of cases, it is more about the control of use than money.
If I get bored one day, I may try to see if I find copies...
Re: Just say No to Amazon
@ Streaky: It also means that Amazon.co.uk looses the business it has from countries without their "own" Amazon store (DK/SE/NL/PT/IE)
And do you trust your politicians to be any better at clamping down on tax avoidance after Brexit? I mean, the have been quite defensive of tax havens generally...
Re: Just say No to Amazon
Here in the SW corner of Europe we are in a special situation.
The Govt has no money (no, nothing special about that) and if you or your company ask for a VAT refund, you have to provide a bank guarantee for up to 5 years, until they have processed your claim, which they have no interest in doing. And they usually hit back with a general inspection.
So, our company has a large VAT credit which is reducing very slowly as our billing is generally at 6% VAT. Which in turn means that there is an extra incentive to buy in other EU countries, as we do not pay VAT on that. And Amazon knows how to handle this, and they generally deliver fast and efficient.
Tough for the local suppliers, though