When I actually sat down and thought about it, losing a fully configured Android phone is actually a big deal as it provides ready access to all kinds of accounts, including ones Google account.
When I trashed my phone - just before coming to work 7 weeks ago - had to pick up a £10 basic phone from a supermarket to allow me to be in contact while travelling. But it made me think - is that phone really any use with all it's complicated facilities? It's an address book, an alarm clock
- Trying to read or reply to email on it - an absolute nightmare (I've tried 3 different apps for 3 different accounts and deleted them all - 'nuff said)
- Surfing the internet - screen is too small, but far. And even when you've got a connection, it's ridiculously too slow.
- Twitter and shit like that - I already get by text message, so [SHRUG].
Nope, when I get back from work, I think it's going to be upgrading to a basic phone (and recovering my normal phone number) for me. Oh, and using my tablet, with an added external keyboard and wall-wart for day-to-day mobile access. Or a netbook - essentially the same form factor. Which, since it lives in my rucksac, is considerably less pick-pocketable then a phone.
in order to receive a license from the state
What, in the (allegedly) Land of the Free and Home of the Brave, is the State doing issuing licenses to businesses to operate?
See Germany in the interwar era, or Zimbabwe a few years ago.
You mean the inter-war period, before Hitler and cronies took over.
Just because they were a bunch of psychopathic arseholes doesn't mean that they didn't improve the economy for those members of their society that they didn't set out to kill. (Gays, gypsies, left-wingers as well as Jews.)
glen greenwald milks his shot at fame for all that its worth
Livin' the American Dream!
There will be a film about this modern American hero (despite the fact that he's not American, and is gay. I think.), if there isn't one already.
For that to hold, the company has to expressly forbid using the laptop for personal purposes
Which my employer does for one. (And it's a non-trivial point : I've been away at a work location for 41 days now, using the work's laptop because I don't have enough baggage allowance to take my own, using the work's network because there isn't another (nearest mobile phone service is about 30km over the horizon ; leaving the site is impossible due to sharks).
It's part of the deal that most people accepted when they signed their contract (it wasn't mentioned in mine, because it wasn't envisaged a credible idea at that time).
Silicon Valley, where the unfortunate phrase "drank the Kool-Aid" was coined.
Strange, I thought that it originated in the Jonestown mass murder-suicide of several hundreds (thousands) of Christian idiots in Venezuela somewhere, in the late 1970s. The group members were given their self-administered poison dissolved in "Kool-Aid", partly to hide it's nature from the many children murdered by their religious parents.
As the old saying goes - religion poisons EVERYTHING it touches.
Realistically, his greatest historical accomplishment was simply not having his tomb raided by treasure hunters.
Actually, his tomb was raided. How much they got away with, we'll probably never know, but not a great amount. When Carter entered the tomb, there were clear signs of repairs to the doorway
Safe to say - if some people got blamed, they'd have died slow, excruciatingly painful and highly public deaths. Probably after watching all their families die the same way, spaced out over a period of days. Watched by the neighbours. Shrinking violets, the Egyptians were not.
Pour les Francais, quelque roi apres de Charlemagne.
For anglophone Americans
If Jesus had existed (unclear) then much of the world could be descendents.
Seems to me it's more hate for Windows 8 than it's hate for Microsoft.
Don't worry, there are as-yet untapped wells of hatred for both M$ and Win8, they're just not blowing out quite simultaneously. Perhaps M$ should re-introduce Vista to improve it's public image?
But part of it also may be poor training coupled with a youthful sense of invulnerability of students the young.
I know for a fact that I did things when I was a youth (mid-teens to mid-20s) which I knew were pretty dangerous and not very smart at the time, and which make me shudder today. Kids, on the other hand, just seem to keep on killing themselves, and never getting any better at not killing themselves. Cars, drugs, and histrionics over sex/ love seeming to remain the biggest killers, but with a wide range of other stupidities too.
I suppose he has a picture of a dollar in his attic, and every time a Bitcoin is mined, it fades a little...
That is possibly the funniest thing that I've heard about Bitcoin since
It was always obvious that if it were able to do the things that it said it could, then "the man" would shut it down, hard. And it looks like they did. Not a surprise.