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US Copyright Office rules monkey's selfie public domain

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Re: The USCO say what?

well, as the article says "...Copyright Office, the matter is formally settled" - in the US.

Which is good for wikpedia/Wikimedia Foundation because they rely upon US copyright law. In their own words "accepts content that is free in the United States even if it may be under copyright in some other countries"

But if another country found that it was Slater's copyright, then in that country he could claim royalties. I guess it depends whether he thinks it's worth the fight.

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Is it an iPad? Is it a MacBook Air? No, it's a Surface Pro 3

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Re: @Arnaut the less RE"......... but for the mass market it just costs far too much....."

are glossy screens easier to clean than matte ones?

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Stand clear! Will HTC's One act as a defibrillator for Windows Phone?

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Re: Not sure I agree with the author

"text reader (e.g. SMS.."

My Winphone has read text messages out to me since I bought it last year. When I have headphones in anyway.

Personally, I think the unbundling of the audio (music, video, podcasts, third-party apps) under the "Music" tile was a bad idea; though now the podcasts feature does work in the UK (on the other hand, it took them long enough by which time I'd found a very good Podcast app to make up for the gap)

Installing apps on the SD card a good one, again a bit late to that party. Good for me; not because I fill my phone with apps but because I find that the free phone memory space gets slowly eaten up (I suspect the system caches photos from the social media notifications etc)

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New voting rules leave innocent Brits at risk of SPAM TSUNAMI

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It brings in a modicum of income for the council, which is not of itself a bad thing.

But it's only reasonable provided the product electorate are properly informed and enabled to make the decision for themselves.

In the olden days, the likes of 192 would have to copy the names and addresses off a printed copy - which would be one way of slowing them down...

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Chrome update to raise alarms over deceptive download bundles

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Re: Interesting solution...

7. User selects next search result

8. Goto 4

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Or go through control panel, Java and under the advanced settings, scroll all the way to the bottom to find "suppress sponsor offerings"

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Totes AMAZEBALLS! Side boob, binge-watch and clickbait added to Oxford Dictionary

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just used my library service on line subscription to OED

and these new words aren't showing up.

got "smartphone" though - first use 1980.

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Google hops into bed with Brit red-top: Cooks up 'draw an app' coding compo for kids

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slightly different approach needed?

"...that you can learn something useful about programming from scratch in an “Hour of Code”.

Perhaps the first thing useful to be learnt about programming could be a half-hour beforehand in which it is explained what programming is, and how it is used.

[My son - 9 - has been using Scratch at his school. And has shown a passing interest in it outside of school. He also learnt the name "C#" somewhere along the way. I couldn't explain what C# is or how it differs from Scratch, let alone any other C-language, but he can now namedrop "Assembler", "Fortran", "Pascal" and "BBC Basic" as well (it's the least I could do)]

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Crypto Daddy Phil Zimmerman says surveillance society is DOOMED

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basic premise faulty?

Strikes me - using Facebook as an example - that on the whole, the people of the developed nations aren't that bothered about privacy.

might be quite some time before a critical mass is achieved.

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World's only flyable WWII Lancaster bombers meet in Lincs

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Re: Aviation geeks

http://www.warplane.com/lancaster-2014-uk-tour.aspx

the Canadian museums website listing.

with a bit of luck and an atlas you might be able to figure out observation points in-between as well. Or use flightradar24 if they have transponder on.

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Nuts to your poncey hipster coffees, I want a TESLA ELECTRO-CAFE

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Re: Hi, have we met before?

Well, you could always start up a conversation with "is it me, or is the coffee here rubbish?"

then segue into either remembering when all you could get was Mellow Birds, or when "all this" was factories/slums/field

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meanwhile in the real world

Majority of British small and medium business is fuelled on caffeine drawn from PG Tips and Nescafe Gold Blend - bought en masse from Macro (other wholesalers, and equivalent drinks, are available).

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BT scoops up Wales PSN contracts, elbows out Logicalis

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Re: geographic entity

I was figuring that although the money was being spent on for the benefit of public services in Wales, profits/senior management salaries were being dragged Londonwards and topping up the incomes of , say, estate agents in the M25 area

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geographic entity

"Welsh Slough-based Logicalis"

headquartered in Slough for one business reason, but employing personnel within the principality for others?

any reason it couldn't go the whole hog and be a wholly Welsh company. If it had been a Scottish York-based company I'd have made up some jibe about a tartan fig-leaf, is there a Welsh equivalent?

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Stalwart hatchback gets a plug-in: Volkswagen e-Golf

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"deliberately styled to look like a petrol engine"

What happened to form following function?

sounds like a waste of energy in design on making it a bit prettier in belief it might edge a sale. While in reality, for most people these days the engine bay contains more arcane mysteries than a wizard's library and owners scarcely lift the bonnet except to top up the wash bottle.

design, if you must, for design's sake but make it look electrical not petrolhead: like something from Metropolis or ST:TNG

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Farmville maker Zynga delays new games after losing 57 MILLION users

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already

Surely there are many nouns left in the dictionary to be put in front of the word "ville"?

mind you, the games -unless you throw money at them - illustrate law of diminishing returns so why shouldn't the business....

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Twitter can trigger psychosis in users

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what's that old axiom?

Something about the plural of "anecdote" and data.

more interestingly, how do they rule out occasional drug use as not a factor? (Not as in I dispute that drugs may/may not affect mental health but the methodology)

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Now even Internet Explorer will throw lousy old Java into the abyss

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Re: pretty big peg

I found how to turn off "third party offers" from the java install the other day.

buried deep under the advanced settings...

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HTTP-Yes! Google boosts SSL-encrypted sites in search results

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and there was me

Thinking the best answers to a search query would be the ones with the right content...

But I'm still trying to figure out how biasing to https will improve google's revenue.

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LinkedIn settles missed overtime pay case: Will pay $6m to staffers

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Re: Need similar laws in the UK..

I'm afraid then @keef, that best you can hope for is Industrial Tribunal for constructive dismissal

keep clean, but also keep lots of notes, companies who are bad at management are usually bad at all sorts of paperwork so you might get a crack at illegal dismissal as well as unfair dismissal.

but as others suggested, you are better off out. And take them to the cleaners from there. A proud man might turn down any non-disclosure element of a settlement in order that the company's misdeeds are publicised. But a poor man might prefer the extra money

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Re: Need similar laws in the UK..

You are already protected by various employment acts that have passed over the years.

what does your contract say about overtime? Does it specify the length of the working week?

Raise the issue with your manager, their manager, HR, talk to CAB, a union rep... But don't put up with it.

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BANGKOK-BLOCKED: Thailand's dictators 'ban dictator sim Tropico 5'

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Didn't even know such Sims existed. Sounds more fun than Sim Tractor and the like.

Also made me nostalgic for the boardgame "Junta"; we used to play it wearing sunglasses for added ambience (though as we were still a bunch of teenagers in Scotland of a wintry evening, much good it did?)

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It's WAR: Internet of Stuff firms butt heads over talking-fridge tech standards

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interesting alliances

In general they seem to be made up of the companies that make their money out of networking, or devices. But not the companies that actually make the kit that might be expected to be joined over this internetmarketing bod's wet dream of things.

No Hotpoint or Honeywell, Miele or Bosch? Are these standards being develops, in isolation from the end devices? Orr will Bekoes et al be expected to like it or lump it.

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Thirteen Astonishing True Facts You Never Knew About SCREWS

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Re: To be continued?

I think electric drills with torque "control" meant Yankee screwdrivers fell out of favour. Stanley don't do them anymore. Still they did the job at the time, and had replaceable tips.

But for real torque that you can get your weight behind, put a screwbit into a "brace and bit" drill.

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Re: No. 2

or - once you've lost the nut - "Machine screw"

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Re: Offensive to Brummies

I've also heard a hammer referred to as a "London screwdriver" but that's probably a conflation of the same insult with the actual London pattern screwdriver (wide tang visible between two pieces of wood forming the handle).

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ICANN can't hand over Iran's internet, bomb victims told

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Re: Americans

Not an invitation to imitate Keith Moon, then?

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Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?

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Re: Genuine question

Drop the "ist" from the name?

Other countries have had "National" parties even when independent. Aside from an infamous one that promised a socialist element, and the South African one I'm sure there must be others.

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Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate history' story made into TV series

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Re: Tachovsky would be best for this task. But he's dead.

Also multiple points-of-view and the book-within-a-book. And being fairly cerebral though the "Nazi's won" aspect will catch the public's attention.

It's been a long while since I read any PKD let alone Man in the High Castle so my memory is probably faulty but I never would have put it down as something you could easily make into the visual form.

Might have been easier to start with Eye in the Sky?

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Finally?

In 2010 they were talking about Scott making it for the BBC

http://www.theguardian.com/media/2010/oct/07/ridley-scott-sci-fi-philip-k-dick-bbc-drama

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Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage

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Re: An alternative explaination...

You'll feel better - once you've had your tea?

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Probably not related

But when I went to the BBC homepage half an hour ago, I was greeted with a page from yesterday complete with "Wednesday, 23 July" in big letters.

And refreshing the cache didn't shift it.

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YouTube radio stream boss 'quits Google' amid outcry from indie labels

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That's handy. In any back-tracking that google/youtube do now over the indie music issue, the problems can all be blamed on one lone engineer executive

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There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES

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Re: Bang bang!

That is guns per 100 population, surely?

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Re: You jest!

BBC uses two values to determine what the population thinks of its output.

One is the actual viewership - how many watch the programme. This is useful in seeing whether the programme ought to be on BBC 2 or BBC1. If it's on BBC2 and gets high numbers watching, then it will probably get pulled over to BBC1. Bit like your bigger brother taking your sweets off you. It's also useful for journalists to knock up page filler saying "Eastenders beaten by Coronation Street", "X-factor flop, has Cowell lost it?" etc

The other is the audience appreciation index, which is a measure of how much those who did watch it thought of the programme. They might not plan on watching next week but if they thought the sets were nifty and they could hear what the actors were saying a little-watched programme could get a good AI. For the BBC, anything over 85 is excellent. A quick google search showed that Good Morning Britain has been around 55-60 in the past. The Doctor Who Christmas special got 83 but Call the Midwife and Mrs Brown's Boys also on at Christmas both got 87.

Three things! there are three values to determine how a programme is doing - audience share. Which is how many of the actual viewers were watching your programme as opposed to something which was on the other channel(s) at the same time.

I'm certain I had a point when I started typing this pose. Ah yes. A programme could have a low viewership but because it has a high AI it might be kept on. More so for the Beeb as it has to meet targets for quality programming in less "mainstream" areas. ITV has to get numbers and AI up to justify what they charge advertisers.

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Re: You jest!

Sherlock Holmes production may be slow but is that because Cumberbatch and Freeman are fitting it in between making movies and appearing on stage, while Moffatt is busy getting the big worldwide moneyspinner Doctor Who out the door?

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Microsoft's Xbox TV studio OBLITERATED

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Re: Not mourning

Have a listen of the audio re-imagining (Derek Riddell, Colin Salmon) - it's rather good and like any audio drama, the scenery is better.

There's also the prequels to the same reimagining.

Or - though I cannot speak for the quality myself - you can get the original cast inew audios via Big Finish's efforts.

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Dungeons & Dragons relaunches with 'freemium' version 5.0

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Re: GURPS?

we did refer to Rolemaster as Rulesmaster.

Still it gave us the hilarious critical roll descriptions - "...trip over imaginary turtle..." was it on a 66 or 99?

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starter pack

Showing my age here, but does it have a crayon to colour in the sides of the dice with?

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Running the Gauntlet: Atari's classic ... now and then

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Re: Did this game have an end ??

I think you could go round the clock - as it were - on the levels. But although you could just keep shoving 10p pieces in, the levels got harder and harder and it would be more fun to stop, die, and then start again. Though perhaps taking the shortcut to level 10.

At University there was a charity challenge where a few people played it non-stop for 24 hours.

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Re: Yes wasted

Wasted alright, Played enough Guantlet while at University that it put a severe dent in my lab work. Enough in fact that I had to come back and put in an extra couple of days after the end of term to pass the unit.

I won't say its the reason I failed to work enough to actually achieve a degree. It was a symptom rather than cause.

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Nokia emits Windows Phone 8.1 'Cyan' upgrade for Lumia gear

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Re: Lumia 620 already had Here Drive+

ditto here. I've had Here+ on my 620 for a long while.

I quite like the commute aspect - lets you know the expected time to complete the daily grind to (or fro) work and shows indicators of traffic density along the way. And it doesn't try to tell you directions for a route you already know.

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Watch: DARPA shows off first successful test of STEERABLE bullet

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"Heatseeker" - though a special round that fitted over the muzzle if I recall.

"Rubber Ricochet" could go round corners too....

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Re: My hopes are dashed

Maxim may have been disappointed had he lived to find that artillery and disease were the greatest takers of life between 1914-1919.

I wonder if he felt his nearly-flying steam loco and a fairground ride were things to be remembered by.

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Royal Navy parks 470 double-decker buses on Queen Elizabeth

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Re: White Elephants to Sitting Ducks

10 December 1941 en route to Singapore and returning from a sortie intended to intercept the Japanese invasion force heading to Malaya. The Admiral had declined the air cover offered by local squadrons (RAAF and RNZAF) and a carrier had not yet reached Singapore.

First attack on Prince of Wales at about 11:40

Destruction of the struts holding the propeller shaft means the unrestrained shaft (turning at full power) damages the seals and bulkheads and causing severe flooding. The list to one side and loss of auxiliary power meant most of AA guns were unable to operate and limited the ability to pump out water, or steer her.

Repulse - a cut down battleship design built in record time in 1915/1916 and lacking compartmentalisation and anti-torpedo bulges - is hit (for the first time) at 12:20 by torpedoes

Repulse rolls and sinks at 12:33

Prince of Wales hit by bombs at 12:41

Prince of Wales sinks at 13:18

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Re: Exact Change

London buses worked well enough in support of the Western Front of the First World War.

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Top ten car gadgets: Get your motor running with new shiny-shiny

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Devices limited only by the car you put them in.

Because some cars just aren't ready for easy gadget installation. [I could reminisce about the 70s and 80s when all it took to mod your car was a drill and hacksaw - and a bit of body paste afterwards - and you could fit almost anything. But that's long in the past.]

Take a 4 year old Astra, dead common on the roads:

You can't fit a new head unit easily because the factory fitted option is tied into the display of the trip "computer".

A dash mount phone holder is stymied because the dash is a textured finish.

And the ODBC connector is underneath the panel the handbrake "rests" on.

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We need to talk about SPEAKERS: Sorry, 'audiophiles', only IT will break the sound barrier

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Re: Improving your reproduction

"with Radio 4 Extra in glorious MONO"

Well a lot of the stuff on Radio 4 Extra was actually made in mono. (Hancock, Navy Lark, Much Binding in the Marsh, all the varieties of Round the Horne, Take If From Here) . and some of that has been reclaimed from off-air recording, so accurate rendition is not the prime importance

Mines the one with "Everybody down" written on the back.

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BBC offers briefest of teasers for the next Doctor Who

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more content that the first teaser

Which gave us a silhouette.

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REVEALED: Reg trails claw along Apple's 'austerity' 21.5-inch iMac

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Re: If I had £899 to spend on a computer

that weblink does say "... or onsite service for desktop computers3"

though it does also say "Availability of each option depends on country in which service is requested and location of Apple Authorised Service Provider. Apple may also request that the customer replace components with readily installable parts."

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