The question says "one mile south, one mile west, and one mile north." The west-bound portion is a curved line. If you walk a straight line, after one step you are no longer walking west, but rather a south-of-west direction.
Nothing against Farnell/e14/RS, but sometimes it's nice to be able to talk to a person, face to face, when an issue arises. You can take the item back to the store, discuss the issue, look the item over, look each other in the eye, and reach a conclusion as to how to proceed. A phone call, or email, lacks that kind of personal contact. Given the choice between a store and mail order, I'll choose the store whenever I can.
An anonymous reader writes: When we talk about how the NSA operates, it's typically about the policymakers and what the agency should or should not do. It's worth remembering that the NSA is built upon the backs of world-class mathematicians, whom they aggressively recruit to make all their underlying surveillance technology work. A new piece in Science discusses how the relationship between mathematicians and the NSA has changed following the Snowden leaks (PDF). But as Peter Woit points out, these ethical conundrums are not actually spurring any change. This is perhaps due to the NSA's generous funding of mathematics-related research. The article talks about the American Mathematical Society, which until recently was led by David Vogan: "...after all was said and done, no action
was taken. Vogan describes a meeting about
the matter last year with an AMS governing
committee as 'terrible,' revealing little
interest among the rest of the society’s leadership
in making a public statement about
NSA’s ethics, let alone cutting ties. Ordinary
AMS members, by and large, feel the same
way, adds Vogan, who this week is handing
over the presidency to Robert Bryant, a
mathematician at Duke University in Durham,
North Carolina. For now, U.S. mathematicians
aren't willing to disown their
shadowy but steadfast benefactor."
Just before the New Madrid earthquake hit, snakes that should have been hibernating underground were seen active and crawling on the surface. According to legend, a medicine man observed this and commented that "there is evil on the earth."
With the crazy UI shifts, the security debacles, the hunger for hardware resources, and the generally inconsistent (read: shitty) performance of the various Windows releases, Microsoft has made a lot more enemies than friends over the years. What's worse is that it took their Board of Directors so long to oust Steve Ballmer, who was at the helm during their "screw the customers" years.
So now nobody likes Microsoft, nobody trusts them. The end users merely tolerate them, and even that has its limits. Such a transparent attempt to wring even more cash from their remaining customers is going to do nothing to win back former allies, while at the same time vindicating their critics.
There were once those who cried "break up Microsoft!" during the anti-trust sentencing. If Microsoft decides to go with subscriptions, it may end up bringing about its own break-up with very little outside effort.
Come on, Slashdot! Google reports your online behavior to the NSA, Facebook alters your mood for their own fun and profit, and now Pizza Hut is trying to read your mind. It's getting harder and harder for us conspiracy deniers.