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Comment: Re:And now the opposite view. (Score 1) 512

by Hognoxious (#48231511) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

They want people who think like they do and who come to the same conclusions that they do based upon the same information that they have.

Conclusions like:
- This new formulation really does taste better!
- Digital imaging is a fad, let's not waste time on it.
- An invisible GUI is a good GUI.
- Lifeboats? But it's unsinkable!

If we go beyond corporations to organisations in general we get gems like:
- They all hate Castro|Saddam|Harper. The moment we land there'll be a mass uprising.
- One has only to kick in the door and the whole rotten edifice will collapse
- It'll all be over by Christmas.


EU Sets Goal To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions 40% By 2030 105

Posted by Soulskill
from the go-big-or-go-home dept.
An anonymous reader writes: The 28 nations in the European Union agreed Friday to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40% (going by 1990 levels) by the year 2030. The deal received widespread criticism; industry bosses said the 2030 targets were too extreme, while many environmental groups said the goals weren't ambitious enough. The deal requires each nation to achieve the goal independently — earlier targets could use international offsets to avoid or reduce action. EU officials hope the agreement will encourage the U.S. and China to take a more aggressive stance on fighting climate change.
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Italian Supreme Court Bans the 'Microsoft Tax' 256

Posted by Soulskill
from the making-hardware-a-bit-cheaper dept.
An anonymous reader writes: In a post at the Free Software Foundation, lawyer Marco Ciurcina reports that the Italian Supreme Court has ruled the practice of forcing users to pay for a Windows license when they buy a new PC is illegal. Manufacturers in Italy are now legally obligated to refund that money if a buyer wants to put GNU/Linux or another free OS on the computer. Ciurcina says, "The focus of the Court's reasoning is that the sale of a PC with software preinstalled is not like the sale of a car with its components (the 4 wheels, the engine, etc.) that therefore are sold jointly. Buying a computer with preinstalled software, the user is required to conclude two different contracts: the first, when he buys the computer; the second, when he turns on the computer for the first time and he is required to accept or not the license terms of the preinstalled software. Therefore, if the user does not accept the software license, he has the right to keep the computer and install free software without having to pay the 'Microsoft tax.'"

Ballmer Says Amazon Isn't a "Real Business" 211

Posted by timothy
from the but-they-sure-have-a-good-catalog dept.
theodp writes According to Steve Ballmer, is not a real business. "They make no money," Ballmer said on the Charlie Rose Show. "In my world, you're not a real business until you make some money. I have a hard time with businesses that don't make money at some point." Ballmer's comments come as Amazon posted a $437 million loss for the third quarter, disappointing Wall Street. "If you are worth $150 billion," Ballmer added, "eventually somebody thinks you're going to make $15 billion pre-tax. They make about zero, and there's a big gap between zero and 15." Fired-up as ever, LA Clippers owner Ballmer's diss comes after fellow NBA owner Mark Cuban similarly slammed IBM, saying Big Blue is no longer a tech company (Robert X. Cringely seems to concur). "Today, they [IBM] specialize in financial engineering," Cuban told CNBC after IBM posted another disappointing quarter. "They're no longer a tech company, they are an amalgamation of different companies that they are trying to arb[itrage] on Wall Street, and I'm not a fan of that at all."

Comment: metaguards (Score 1) 279

by Hognoxious (#48228249) Attached to: Days After Shooting, Canada Proposes New Restrictions On and Offline

Bullets. You have to track the shit out of them. If you gave the guards at the War Memorial live ammo, it would be a complete clusterfuck. [...] What if the magazine fell out and the ammo sprayed all over the ground? Now the person guarding is presenting the image of a drunkard scrambling around for their car keys in the dark.

I'm sure Bennet Haselton could come up with some incredibly complicated system involving voice activation, queueing theory and fingerprint recognition to solve all that.

Or you could put another non-ceremonial guard.

Comment: Re:not until (Score 1) 164

by Hognoxious (#48228147) Attached to: U.K. Supermarkets Beta Test Full-Body 3D Scanners For Selfie Figurines

From your link:

" Consideration was given to introducing a new major unit of currency worth ten shillings in the old currency: suggested names included the new pound, the royal and the noble. This would have resulted in the "decimal penny" being worth only slightly more than the old penny (this approach was adopted, for example, when Australia and New Zealand decimalised in the 1960s, adopting respectively the Australian dollar and New Zealand dollar equal in value to 10 shillings). But Halsbury decided, in view of the pound sterling's importance as a reserve currency, that the pound should remain unchanged."

tl;dr It was only the sub-units that changed. Old notes remained valid, and coins too where they mapped to an exact amount under the new system.

Can I deride you for linking to an article you haven't read or understood? See, I was there when it happened, so I knew what he was referring to. Thing is, unlike some, I also know what really happened.

This is a good time to punt work.