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Comment Re:Labour laws (Score 1) 422 422

Depends on your point of view... It could also mean "When the company began to run into problems from external sources the laws of the country we had set up in did not give us the flexibility we needed to continue trading and maintain at least some of the worker's jobs. Instead we were left with no good choices and an unavoidable end that had no jobs and no good results for anyone (other than they lawyers who as usual made a mint).

Comment Re:This might not be a good idea ... (Score 1) 94 94

DBAs won't like it and will disable it in most corporate environments. This in effect lets the users/developers "inside" their precious servers where they are the ultimate power in a way they can't fully control (and lets face it Control Freak is a job requirement for a DBA). Add to that the potential to bring a server to its knees with a badly written fragment of code and the possibility of security holes in a new component and they will have all the ammo they need to convince their bosses that it is a Bad Thing.

Comment Re:I'd pay (Score 1) 114 114

Because the BBC is a UK public service to provide TV to the UK. To do that to their best abilities they sell content to other countries/broadcasters around the world as the TV licence funding would not cover making all the programs they currently do and then just giving them to the entire world. If the BBC can't sell a program to any of the broadcasters in specific country because the broadcaster doesn't want to give it airtime there is not a lot they can do about that.

As far as sports coverage etc. The region restrictions are not something the BBC does off its own back but something that is imposed on them by the Events as the Event wants to sell rights for more money to countries where the broadcaster charges per subscription. If the BBC has to provide unrestricted access to the whole of Europe at the price the UK viewer pays (iPlayer is essentially a free service, paid for indirectly) they will in fact have to cover fewer events and they possibly won't be able to continue their iplayer service at all.

Comment Re:Contract of Carriage (Score 1) 126 126

Exactly - just writing something in a ToS/EULA/Contract/Other in itself doesn't make the thing legal if that thing contradicts other laws and this has been proven many times in the past - especially so if those documents are fixed and one party had no opportunity to negotiate.

The hidden cities clause is in very murky water (as well as the others you quoted) when put up against various laws intended to protect the consumer from fraudulent and anticompetitive behaviour by large companies but its not 100% clear cut. This is why we have courts to actually figure stuff out.

Comment Re:No new treatments? (Score 3, Informative) 23 23

Parkinsons is worse having had experience of both in close family members. For the most part Alzheimer's sufferers are in themselves fairly unaware or unconcerned with their disease. Parkinsons the individual is usually fully aware of the disease and what they can no longer do for themselves, what they can't recall and what they have lost causing additional stress to both the sufferer and their family, along with depression and related mental health issues. Also the commonly perceived symptoms (shakes and immobility) in Parkinsons are not the only symptoms and there can often be significant (bad) personality changes that can break entire families apart.

My dad was one of the first in the area to have the implant and it worked well initially and gave my Dad 3 years of reduced symptoms while it was effective. Turning the implant on and off was literally like a switch on his tremor. Unfortunately there were complications with the placement of the probe (which was still "experimental" when it was done and we all knew the risks) that resulted in "mild" brain damage, him requiring full time professional care after 5 years and ultimately accelerated the progression of symptoms.

As for the "new" treatment this is just a new way to administer more or less the same concoction of drugs my Dad was on five years ago but back then was an endless array of tablets that all had different schedules of administration which is not easy for someone with advanced Parkinsons to manage...

Comment Re:Bennett Haselton on reality (Score 1) 24 24

I have to agree... one example that springs to mind is the PS2 EyeToy. It proved that motion tracking used as a controller could be done but it was basic, lacked refinement, reliability, and wasn't easily reused as most of the work was being done in (closed source) software.

It wasn't until the Kinect came out with the extra sensors and the ability to easily re-purpose the technology when windows drivers were released that more serious uses were found and still those applications are still mainly at the "proof of concept" end of the scale and it still isn't clear if such technologies will have long term use.

There are however other related technologies that have benefited as a result.

Comment Re:And three weeks to think it over. (Score 1) 95 95

Google is a dominant player in Germany, controlling about 90 percent of the German search market. In Germany, dominant players have the obligation to handle each customer equally and are not allowed to discriminate

However to Google the indexed sites aren't customers. People using the search aren't customers. Advertisers are Google's only customers and everyone else is product.

Comment Re:What's so hard about using the time-honored (Score 3, Interesting) 242 242

There is nothing more annoying than:
1) Fake friendliness (if you care so much about my name try and remember it for next time since I tell you it on almost a daily basis)
2) People who can't pronounce my name
3) People who can't spell my name
4) People who use alternate spellings of my name without confirming the correct one (my name has 3 alternate spellings)

After being annoyed at one or more of the above for the umpteenth time I started giving my name as Dave and don't care if they use Dave, Davie, David, Day or any other variant as it isn't actually my name.

PS: they could just have the loyalty/payment card show them my name and not have to ask but that would be too easy.

The more data I punch in this card, the lighter it becomes, and the lower the mailing cost. -- S. Kelly-Bootle, "The Devil's DP Dictionary"

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