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Comment Re:Best Buy Sold/Sells? the Fake Sharp Product (Score 1) 115

Your TV was likely bought from Sharp directly.

On the contrary, I suspect it's unlikely that Sharp would require the licensee to conduct all business (including distribution) through themselves; I doubt either party would find that workable.

I suppose it's possible in some cases that a licensee might have a legal subsidiary with (e.g.) "Sharp" in its name, but I'm pretty sure the stores know who they're buying from anyway, and that doesn't appear to be the case here:-

The fine print on the back of a document no one will read explains it is not a Sharp TV.

Guessing it says something like "'Sharp' trademark used under license by Cheap Generic OEM Telly Distributors of Butt***k, Illinois."

Of course, some might argue that's irrelevant anyway; Sharp, by licensing their name, have given their blessing to what's being done with it, whether the customers like that or not.

Comment Why not discuss boobs on Japanese terrestrial TV? (Score 1) 115

I tried making a witty Japanese response, but slashdot kills my unicode.

I'd have said you should try Slashdot Japan instead, but it's no longer known by that name. (#)

Never mind, they've got a fantastic story on "How did the boob disappear from the terrestrial TV in Japan" which informs us that

According to the article, the boobs gradually began to be purged from the golden time since 2000, and the last "tits" in the terrestrial wave of Tokyo was seen on TV Asahi of January 7, 2012

Good to know, I'd been wondering that myself.

(#) Apparently it's still owned by OSDN, which sold the main Slashdot site several years ago- maybe they no longer have the rights to the name?

Comment Re: Hit to the brand (Score 1) 115

As far as I'm aware, that quote ("The capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them") was always attributed to Lenin, not the Chinese, although even that is apparently open to question:-

One I've heard was Lenin's supposed quote: "The capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them." A few problems.

One, Lenin was not a pithy speaker. He didn't come up with great one-liners. The actual quote was "They [the capitalists] will furnish credits which will serve us for the support of the Communist Party in their countries and, by supplying us materials and technical equipment which we lack, will restore our military industry necessary for our future attacks against our suppliers. To put it in other words, they will work on the preparation of their own suicide."

Two, Lenin never literally said it. He never delivered this line publicly during his lifetime. He wrote it in some notes. These notes were collected after Lenin's death in 1924 and were eventually published in 1961.

Three, while I can't find the original text, I've heard the passage is taken out of context. Lenin's main point in the original manuscript was that some short-sighted communists thought they could work with capitalists and dupe them into serving communist goals. Lenin gave the passage as an example of what these people thought. But Lenin disagreed with trying to make deals with capitalists and was warning communists against trying what the quote suggested.

Comment Re:Don't Forget Apple's Cut (Score 1) 48

The whole point of the walled-garden, aka App Store, is to prevent exactly this sort of thing. The fact that this sort of thing is able to exist for more than 5 minutes simply shows that Apple is perfectly willing to take its 30% commission and turn a blind eye to scams.

Hyperbolic much?

Doesn't look particularly hyperbolic to me. Looks like a reasonable- if sceptical- conclusion, given the evidence. Honestly, you can disagree with it, but it doesn't seem overly "hyperbolic" given Apple's power over their curated app store.

What happens to you when you encounter a real problem like when you forgot to buy Doritos at the store?

What's the point you're allegedly making here? That such things are a "Mom's basement dweller" problem?

It's 2017. We're long past the "Internet is for nerds era". We're even long past the point where we have to point out that this is no longer the case... every man and his dog, and "Mom" herself has an Internet-connected smartphone these days. This appears to be a scam targeted at these less tech-literate users.

You're suggesting it's not a problem that one of the largest smartphone manufacturers doesn't appear to be doing enough to stop obvious scams that it should be in their power to police- within their walled-garden app store (as OP suggests, this is allegedly the whole point)?

This is barely even a "first world problem" any more. iPhones may arguably still be first world luxuries, but lower-end Android smartphones and the like are being pushed in developing countries, and such issues are no longer solely the concern of rich nerds with their playthings.

So, yeah. What was your point? Or was it just a bit of disingenuous shaming combined with the barely-veiled "basement nerd" cliche in order to shut down the argument without actually saying what was wrong with it?

Comment Re: MO (Score 1) 535

No, you really can't. It doesn't work in politics. You waste your own time by doing it.

Patronise me all you like- I'm well aware that calling out people on what they are (even if they are that thing) doesn't work in politics- but I'm not a politician, and not trying to be one. I'm discussing my personal response to anyone in that position.

if you consider the process to be illegitimate, it is illegitimate and that doesn't change.

That only applies if you chose not to vote for that reason, and I'm willing to be that it doesn't apply to the vast majority of the 27% who didn't vote. If it had been more than a tiny percentage, we'd have heard about it.

Comment Re: MO (Score 1) 535

Leaving aside your false presumption that you can tell people to shut up

That's my personal opinion, and yes I can. Those who chose not to participate are still free to bleat about the consequences of something they were eligible to change but didn't, but I don't have to respect or listen to their far-too-late regret. The "STFU" is essentially shorthand for this.

a reason to protest so far as to refuse to participate

I agree that the referendum was badly designed, but there is no major evidence of a protest "no vote" movement, and thus no prospect that non-votes would have been taken that way.

Given that, I think it's fair to assume that the vast majority of non-votes were *not* for that reason.

Comment Re: MO (Score 2, Interesting) 535

The electorate rallies around the Conservative Party [..] but at least *some* chance at getting a non-catastrophic outcome from the upcoming Brexit negotiations.

Really? I wouldn't even credit them with that. May has said repeatedly that "no deal is better than a bad deal" and made quite clear she's prepared to walk with nothing more than WTO terms. This is presented as a negotiating tactic, but in truth it's obvious arrogance from someone who- along with her hard-Brexiteering colleagues and other Little Englanders- thinks that Britain still has the power, influence and position it had in the days of Empire; something that was already mostly in the past when it joined the EU in the early 1970s.

Someone who thinks that they *will* be able to demand what they want, and even if they don't will get away with it anyway thanks to their "special relationship" with the United States and supposed connections with the Commonwealth, i.e. the former empire. As this article says:-

A senior Indian official has been reported as saying, "We cannot separate free movement of people from the free flow of goods and services." Sound familiar? It's much the same as every European bureaucrat pointing out that Britain can't cherrypick its terms for accessing the single market. [..] The post-imperial delusion of "old friendships" is going to shatter in the coming months, revealing a relationship of coercion that no longer holds.

And the salient part:-

Britain is a bully going to a school reunion, only to find his victims now have better jobs and better lives than him.

Regarding your second option:-

Enough of the electorate decides to vote for other parties that we end up with a hung parliament and [etc] Never mind being careful what you wish for; the lesson here is that you need to be *really* careful what you vote for, because however this pans out it's going to be on the UK electorate just as much as it is on the politicians they voted for.

...you might begin to understand why (as a Scot in favour of independence) I'm not even considering entertaining the possibility of playing along with the UK electoral and political system that- from my point of view- is fundamentally broken, does not- and cannot- reflect the difference in political opinion between Scotland and England (and Wales) that has been growing since the Thatcher years but is now at breaking point.

We currently have 56 of 59(!) seats held by the SNP, yet are ultimately governed by the Conservative party that has just 1 seat in Scotland, but won due to voters in England and Wales.

We voted 62 to 38% to remain within the EU, yet are being dragged out because voters in England and Wales wanted to leave, as part of a campaign that started as a sop to the Tory party's Euro-sceptic right wing- primarily in South-East England- and consistently revolved around them, using the future of the UK as nothing more than a political football for their internal squabbles.

To add insult to injury, Scotland's position within the EU post-independence had been a central plank of the scaremongering "Better Together" campaign during the independence referendum. I'm surprised that the likes of Alistair Darling still have the cheek to show their faces when we saw how that turned out.

So- England and Wales heading in a hard right UKIP-like direction (UKIP themselves are only in decline because the Tories have mostly taken up that position for themselves and become- as you say "UKIP lite") while Scotland is completely different.

Do I want to remain tied to an elephant that clearly doesn't want to go the same way I do? No.

Comment Re: MO (Score 4, Insightful) 535

Only a good third, 17 of the 46 million, electorate voted for a Brexit, implementing it without a say of the other two-third is plain undemocratic.

Speaking as a "Remain" voter... still no. Unless you're going to legally require people to vote, then that's how it works. It's arguable that (like most referenda) the Brexit vote should have been designed to require a larger majority, but that's beside the point here. The 27% of people who were eligible to vote but chose not to had their chance.

If any of them were in favour of Remain and *ever* want to whine about getting screwed over by Brexit... STFU. It's too late. You had your chance, and you wasted it. You chose to accept what you were given, even if that's only because you were too f*****g lazy to visit a polling station. You're as much to blame as the Leave voters and you deserve the consequences.

Comment Re: MO (Score 3) 535

It looks like there's a good chance that Theresa May will be gone whatever the outcome of the election.

Yes; it was clear from the start- from May herself- that the reason for calling this election was to increase the Tory majority and thus win a clear mandate to pursue Brexit in the way that she wanted.

Of course, back then it seemed almost certain that she would increase her majority- Labour was seen to be in disarray and expected to lose disastrously, and there was no real UK-wide competition.

So expectations- and the whole reason she called the election- require her to increase her majority. If this doesn't happen- and even if she wins with a reduced majority- it's still going to look very bad for her.

Ha ha!

If she doesn't doesn't deliver an increased Tory majority then expect the knives to come out.

Indeed, even the Unionist-biased Scotland on Sunday (the Scottish Tories having positioned themselves as the party of the Union for those opposed to the independence-favouring SNP) ran with a lead story saying that anything less than the overwhelming victory she effectively promised could well prove fatal to May.

Ha ha HA.

Comment Re: I dont get it. GAY NIGGERS LOVE PS3 UP ASS! (Score 1, Offtopic) 64

I'm about ready to stop visiting Slashdot after coming here since this site started.

Huh? I've been on Slashdot for 15 years, and they've had trolls like that as long as I've been here. Not defending them, but they're hardly new.

The GNAA thing must be at least ten years old by now, and "penis bird" is even older than that IIRC.

Comment Re:Somewhere, an IT guy is crying (Score 1) 184

"I'm not blaming the IT workers" isn't true, when you follow it up with blaming the IT workers (contracted).

If you go back and pay attention to what I was *actually* saying- rather than viewing things through the prism of your own personal experience- you'll see that the only thing the contracted workers were "blamed" for was for being employed on the basis of cost rather than skill, and for being treated as a commodity.

In other words, it's quite obvious that it was primarily management- both at the contractor and at BA- that were being blamed here. Well, at least I thought it was obvious.

Comment Re:Somewhere, an IT guy is crying (Score 3, Informative) 184

Don't blame the IT workers.

Pretty sure I never did that.

Any blame I'd put at the feet of whatever amoral rent-a-manager decided he could save a few pennies by ditching their established IT staff then contracting their jobs out to a third party company on the other side of the world.

Let's face it, there *are* likely quite a few talented IT people from India- but as the Indians themselves have said, the good ones are probably working in other countries, or at least not for race-to-the-bottom contractors likely paying peanuts to staff with patchy educational skills. The contractor probably making a *very* nice profit on them- still appearing cheaper than the client's existing staff, while overselling their talent. (And I've no doubt that those employees are peons to whatever mediocre middle management the contractor has- and their circumstances in general- so it's questionable how much they're to blame personally).

I've absolutely no doubt that the (apparent) ability to treat IT staff as a pure commodity is very appealing to such managers. At least until the shit hits the fan and it turns out that (surprise, surprise) it doesn't always work that way.

Even if it was a power supply issue (and I'm pretty sceptical about that), it sounds like the resulting problems would still be a result of their penny-pinching sacking of the experienced staff most likely to know what they were doing (and be in a position to do it). It's sure as hell not their responsibility any more. And given how they were treated, they'd be perfectly entitled to feel schadenfreude at their former employer's travails.

Comment Re:Somewhere, an IT guy is crying (Score 5, Informative) 184

Somewhere, there is probably an IT guy who has been begging for the budget to upgrade some old machines, or move the services onto a cloud provider and was ignored.

On the contrary, that IT guy was probably made redundant in 2016. As the BBC article notes:-

The GMB union says this meltdown could have been avoided if BA had not made hundreds of IT staff redundant and outsourced their jobs to India at the end of last year.[..]

"BA in 2016 made hundreds of dedicated and loyal IT staff redundant and outsourced the work to India... many viewed the company's actions as just plain greedy."

Let's hope BA continues to reap as many "savings" from that outsourcing as they did today. :-)

He's crying today.

Going by the likely response of the laid-off employees to the predicament of BA, I guess he *would* have tears coming out of his eyes.

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