greek and proud of it
Copyright is supposed to make creative stuff pay, patents too have there issues (using a hyperlink) so i was amused to hear about AEPI which is an organisation that collects fees and issues them to artists in Greece (my blog).
AEPI (not here) made some greek’s rich, but as to paying copyright owners there in debt to €42 million euro’s
So copyright it seems does not promote creativity, you shall be glad to hear that the organisers collected the money but then gave it to themselves because who gives a stuff about to artists.
So next time somebody says copyright works (and they will be a politician) please remember our Greek friends to aiding culture.
Have you played the overpriced ink game?
I was looking to supply our hated printers with ink not from that supplier. I had asked the zoo if they wanted to change brands of printer but was told no they will suffer with them.
One genuine original cartridge would buy four (high capacity) cartridges – two of each.
Colour page estimate was the same, but the black one varied by over 10% more for the non hp cartridge. I guess the tco arguments mean do not buy genuine ink from hp.
isbn: 9780241201039 is namechecked by this (my blog) and is a pun on a certain mr smith book on economics.
Its conclusion is i do not know, but notes certain exceptions from the pessimistic.
If you cast your mind back you may remember Rev end Paul Flowers, (my blog) his cocaine habit and the rent boy (s) and despite that was in charge of the co-op bank in the UK, despite its left wing bias* its still a bank which is quite an achievement..
If you can get your head around those facts, bankers ok to do drugs, but the priest in charge of a bank, is a good start – your position on the rent boy is something that may depend on where you live (my blog).
News (bbc) reaches the monkey house that the bank is once again is up for sale after another bank** could not sort out the problems so here is what surprised me was this – Quote
Separately, it says it has resolved a key contractual differences with Capita.
Western Mortgage Services, part of Capita, will continue to provide mortgage administration services and new mortgage application processing for the bank and its clients.
Anyhow while outsourcing is not new i am wondering what the staff at the co-op bank did all day it sounds like not much but as most of the problems reported stemmed from there purchase of a building society (not a bank) i guess living the high life means somebody else did the work and damm the numbers as the rent boy comes at 17:30..
A while back there was news story about a child criminal in the uk who got caught after a crime spree and the judge person asked what he wanted to do – his answer was a banker..
Unfortunately i cannot find the item (ret-conned) from the bbc but i do remember laughing at the brazen honesty of the lad from melton mowbray or some place that while crime did not pay banking did.
Bankers and banks come with a perceived image of maths when most of the work is office based. When an outsourcer runs so much of a bank i wonder if the magic of banking is an illusion. If i where so inclined it appears that setting up a bank is not as complex as it once was.
*It also trusted trade unions with massive overdrafts ** probably not there fault and this is a bank trying to doi the right thing opposed to say rbs (my blog).
Light bulbs are boring but the new bulbs are a lot better than the original economy bulbs which had a dull light and emitted no heat, so professor kept buying the inefficient bulbs.
Then all of a sudden led lamps are deemed ok. I wonder what changed the perception
Bananas was in a newsagents one day when the price of newspapers came to my attention. The price of the monkey houses paper does not change and i know what it costs but if you read a chav newspaper (image to your right) then Murdoch and family varies the price by it seems by 50%.
Being generally unaware and not somebody who thinks good things about the Murdoch family (my blog) this does not concern me but when the human in front of me did not have enough money for a eyesight chart*. The paper was returned unsold.
This i found interesting that even perhaps a more gullible human found the value proposition a poor one.
So when Murdoch (& family) next complain about newspapers not being profitable remember that he is breaking it not the people who buy it, I could remind you about phone hacking (my blog) and a pay for news culture (my blog) too but i think you know who is the worse offender here after all most of england and wales has yet to hear about watford and olive oil due to his misdeeds as a owner or press baron.
I got our copy of the internation daily bonobo rowandian bush telegraph (a non murdoch paper) and returned back to the zoo however if i was in charge of mergers of television i would make Murdoch and family have to sell tv rights to a new satellite tv operation that he or his family could never own.
*it does look like one
Cancer is a rich persons disease. it is also a nice jolly for rich people (my blog) and politicians to administer charities who get money for something but do not solve cancer since that would make them out of a ‘job’.
On the radio is a cancer victim, who is explaining the limitations of cancer ‘solution providers such as the charities who it appears dont do a great deal and a victim with cancer still pays for treatment. I suppose that’s patents and stuff none of this being open source.
I could go on and link science journals to this malaise but i am sure your well aware of open access to research you fund.
Anyhow – It’s got to a point where even Microsoft think they can fix cancer*. So much for charities.
When i see cancer charities i see a nice job for a spouse of a politician or star, or a person who trademarked pink for the $ but not a cure.
While it can be a good cause i do wonder if the means to the end is a money making first for as long as they can via fees and income from patents. It is kind of bonkers crazy when no cure is better for some – think on it.
*Microsoft cancer – has a level of truth even now.
Fidel Castro died recently and the mainstream media are playing catchup as usual as to was he a friend or a foe?
Since Cuba (my blog) before his rule could be described as criminal (as in the mafia dont exist (my blog) say the fbi) he must be a friend to law and order? But then the msm point out his human rights problem. However If you look at Milton Freidman’s legacy (my blog) as a ‘solution’ for cuba from the american’s then many south american countries have had there dictators and human rights problems – Argentina being famed for throwing people out of airplanes without parachutes for free*. It is interesting that one sins are ignored if your in the us sphere of influence. So does that mean it is ok for Argentina to give away free skydiving trips?
Such ground was covered in star treks deep space nine (my blog) and the change from terrorism to being in power a sub story.
Politics has killed many both on the left and on the right wings, Castro was a reaction to the negative aspects of american foreign policy.
Cuba today is now a trading partner of China so neither Russia or the US can claim it as a new trade region.
*usually a charity scam recently
Oompa-Loompa’s to be fired by Kraft
Cadbury made chocolate in the UK, it was bought out by americans (my blog) – moved its production to eastern europe and started to mess with its recipes some of which antics upset members of parliament and the people who approved the sale.
I read recently like you may have that Nestle a competitor have a technique to reduce the amount of sugar in chocolate and apparently taste’s the same. I do not see innovation like that from Cadbury’s quaker roots being religious* or its new owners.
Cadbury seem to have made many bad decisions in light of brexit (my blog) and that is there right. This is not a ranty post about the rights or wrongs of Mondelez International (or Kraft) decisions after all its there’s to do as they wish but it seems Nestle has invested in the science that makes things and can screw with Mondelez in legal patent proceedings.
Politicians post the referendum vote (and the same people who approved the sale) keep on about innovation and stuff like that but if the locals won’t, and the american’s also fail to innovate then clearly these politicians with there free market mantra is clearly some strange reality that is not supposed to hurled back to these leaders.
I see a lot of leadership failure.
Less fat humans ? – we will have to see. * anti-science?
The zoo has an ugly collection of mismatching mugs many not as nice as the one displayed to your right.
The very ugly mug in question came from a now defunct high street brand bhs (my blog) and in which i have no idea how it came to be in the zoo since i have never been inside a british home stores shop to my knowledge and you would not even want to shoplift it either.
It like many retail giants has fell from grace from consumers spending habits. It’s last two owners drained it’s pension fund and sold the property (that’s how you get rich) and the most recent owner bought it for a whole £1 (that’s 84 Bhutan Ngultrum) before clearing the bank account of money.
Strangely the one person who got a title as lord of the swindlers but who forgot to pay into the pension scheme for many years is on the hook sorting out the issue of a poorly performing business since asset stripped before selling it on to somebody else for its actual demise.
While the mug might grace the monkey houses kitchen it appears to be not an item likely to be asset stripped by a retail entrepreneur, imagine if mugs where money we would have Phillip Green round for tea and a banana every day.