Spooks don't need keys. They have legal intercept.
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I wouldn't try to go and see this just at the moment. Queues for the McQeen exhibition are monstrous.
Re: Time is an illusion
Quite, when I saw Belgium I wondered if that was as in Holy Zarquon, singing fish.
No, the Voda CEO is not saying UK coverage is good. He's saying it's bad because he's not allowed to build his cell sites fast enough and tall enough.
It's the minister who disagreed with my cting the P3 research which says that the the UK has the worst coverage in Europe.
Re: Why does the UK pander dangerous drivers?
Read the article. Speed does not *directly* correlate with danger. There are plenty of dangerous things you can do without speeding and plenty of times when speeding is perfectly safe. Unfortunately no-one has built an automated system which can detect "driving like a knob".
Given than over 42 people a day get caught and fined for speeding and that there must be at least two orders of magnitude more people who are either caught and let off or not caught it's pretty much proven that speeding in itself is not dangerous.
In some circumstances it's contributory.
We should have annual driving tests. Politically that would be impossible so we should start with a test when you have to renew your licence, every ten years.
New drivers should have a licence which only lasts five years, and then be tested every five years, and after that has run for a while it should be annual. This would allow the test infrastructure to build.
Cars are getting very easy to drive and we need to keep on top of skills.
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That's all the control you have over who runs your country during your lifetime.
Re: Nothing that new - was news in 2003!
The clever thing here is that the lap posts don't have to be removed.
I suggested flashing the light as Li-Fi, but Steve Baker thought it would be too slow. And only work at night. I think he had a point.
Yes, typically the merchant pays around three percent. Less by volume, but it's split between lots of people in the chain. Historically they have been loath to include the handset manufacturer or operator in the cosy club, citing the attractiveness of the service as a reason why consumers would want an NFC phone and so there would be consumer pull. Jeremy and I had to agree to disagree as to how much people prefer cash or cards.
Kyocera is short for Kyoto Ceramics, their history is ceramic knives. Very good ones too. I once went to Kyoto and tried very hard to find a knife shop. I ended up in a department store.
Never learned how to pronounce Nokia.
Good grief, the kerning between the cap S and the v or w is horrid.
When these hit the likes of Morgan they will be an amazing buy. I love my orginal RT, it's very slim has a usable keyboard and makes a great laptop replacement.
Who would want a chromebook instead?
Re: EE bye gone
It is amazing that a company can go from branding as great as Orange to as rubbish as EE in one step.
Re: email blast has nothing to do with PR
Oh, of course, but the PR is to do just that.
Re: You could always move house...
I'm trying to get a list out of BT.
I think there is more to play out with the forthcoming auctions. Look to Sky to bid for spectrum
Re: Doppler etc...
With GSM it's not just about the hand-off for speed. GSMA is a TDMA technology, it has eight timeslots, The cell site flips between the seven people all using the slots (there is one not used for calls), but this needs the site to know how far away each phone is and allow for the signal to reach the user, albeit at the speed of light.
If the car (or whatever) is moving too fast the signal can't hit the timeslot. But as Bloodhound is using 4G which doesn't have slots it's not an issue.
Sorry, as someone who both drives and cycles in central London I think the blind spot indicators a very good idea.
Generally I agree with you. Automatic lights? Rain sensitive wipers? If you can't tell it's dark or wet you shouldn't be relying on the car to tell you: you should walk.
But the blind spot indicator isn't an alternative to looking in the mirror, it covers the bit the mirror does not.
Parking sensors lie somewhere inbetween. They are the equivalent to the age old process of having the passenger jump out to have a look. I was rather pleased when I git a BMW X5 to have both front and rear parking sensors beeping at maximum frequency at the same time. That's a tight space.
Re: Am I being stupid here?
Two of those are designed for writing on paper and the third is categorised under "toys and hobbies"
Yes, the finger was 'progress' from the Newton
The only interesting financing is as a company car.
If you are paying 45% tax you'll get taxed that amount in a company car as Benefit In Kind. But as a 100% electric its zero rated for BIK so your £100k Tesla costs you the same as a £55k ICE car. You've also spent £100k so you make less profit in the company which means saving £18k on corporation tax. That's £37k it costs you and the government will give you £5k for buying an electric car. So in this case it costs you £32k. All before savings on fuel, parking and congestion charge.
Re: Why change the system?
There are of uses for live data, such as video from an incident to control, from one police officer to another or a helicopter to men on the ground. Maps and building plans are useful to the police but essential to fire services.
Re: I have a few simple suggestions
See you at the meeting then :-)
And it seems I made a mistake and Ofcom is going to address 07050.
Hmm, there is an appropriately long story about Saga and mobile,
It's very hard to find an international brand which works for the baby boomer generation. Roberts, Boots, Lionel Blair :-) might work in the UK, Grundig in Europe, OXO Good Grips in the US, but Kodak is about as good as it gets worldwide.
When I was researching the story I asked lots of technical questions but the MOJ, perhaps understandably said that they didn't want to go into details.
Re: Common Sense Prevails
Jay Leno has a gas turbine powered bike. he said that in traffic it can melt the fender of cars which get too close.
Arlene Harris, founder of the US MVNO Great Call must be in her 60s now. She tells of of working as a telephonist when she was teenager for her parents mobile phone company where the operators had to listen to the calls so they could pull the plugs when the call finished.
I really don't get Sony
The brand is great, the products are great and from my experience working at Sony Ericsson the people are smart.
And yet the devices don't sell. Perhaps there was more that could be done with using the Sony Pictures content, or Playstation gaming but rivals don't have that.
Perhaps it was a mistake to ditch the Cybershot and Walkman names to go Xperia, but I still don't understand why it does so badly.
No need for a duel
I don't think they are the Apple of the east either.
Just because the CEO wears Polo shirts isn't a reason to see them as the same.
If Apple is Marks and Spencers, Xiaomi is Lidl
Gridlock is a fallacy
Or if not completely a fallacy, it's a state which very, very rarely exists when there are assorted alternatives.
The green brigade regularly trot out "if it wasn't for us all the cities would be gridlocked", and use the phrase as a scare tactic. If it really was so imminent all the major cities would have shut down long ago.
What actually happens is people have a tolerance for how far they commute. I worked on a project at Motorola where we spent two months understanding how people commute and their attitudes towards it.
The magic figure is 70 minutes.
Below that people think it's a fair door to door travelling time, beyond that it's unacceptable and they will look for a different method or even job. The perfect commute is one you don't remember, and the ideal is a ten minute walk. Second best is a ten minute drive. Introducing a need to rely on other people to create the transport (taxi, train, bus) adds frustration.
As an aside we did this work in 2002 to took at what technology we might want to sell commuters. As most people spend at least 40 minutes of their commute sitting on a bus or train we thought there might be something in these "tablet" things but the product management people dismissed the idea.
Back to the point, the reason we don't get gridlock is that before we get to that stage we get journeys regularly taking so long they pass the 70 minute pain point at which time people find alternatives.
So we end up with a situation where cities are often on the verge of gridlock but never actually get there.
There is no "best" form of transport
The article is really aimed at people who think the bus is the best way to get around and other forms of transport should cede to buses. What's needed is a co-operative integrated system.
For instance we need much, much better parking at tube stations. But parking is seen as encouraging cars, and cars are bad.
My source for that may be a little out of date it was Ken Livingstone when I spoke to him on the Ask The Mayor programme.
Re: If she likes the colour ...
Linux? Linux! What part of "not wanting to be condemned to tech support" or running iTunes and Word did you not understand.
Re: Helmet protection
The point is that there are are other things to hit. Principally the pavement. A volvo might do more than 12mph in town but a cyclist probably won't so when you hit your head on the pavement it will protect you,
I'm rather impressed..
That CAH had the resources to fulfil the orders.
Re: I like cheese
No saccharine is this one: http://galateajewelry.tumblr.com/post/104872596198/it-can-hold-your-voice-your-heart-and-your
And I was good and didn't exploit the obvious NFC Reg joke.
Electric charging is a mess of standards.
The is the connector on the Golf I reviewed: http://regmedia.co.uk/2014/08/05/e-golf_charging_socket.jpg The extra two pins are DC, while the to is AC.
The C-Zero has this - http://regmedia.co.uk/2014/05/30/citroen_c-zero_30_amp_charging.jpg and another one I didn't upload the picture for.
The Tesla superchargers *do* have captive cables, but they only plug into Teslas.
The Source London posts are either 3kW or 3kW and 7kW, and it the latter case they have two sockets for the different power levels.
So you need at least two cables. The 3kW/13A chargers use a standard 3 pin plug which is put into the charging post and the lid shut to hold the plug in place and to stop anyone having a laugh and unplugging it. The flap can only be opened with a contactless card. Unfortunately this means that anyone visiting from abroad (and I met a Swiss Tesla owner pulling into a Supercharger this week) will have to get a cable with a Britsih 3 pin plug to use most of the source London chargers.
That is if they can find one both free and working. A look at https://www.sourcelondon.net/stations shows that a good proportion are out of service and most of those that are working are in expensive car parks. A 3 hour charge will cost you £18 in an NCP.
Re: Dynamic up/down ratio?
Kind of. It's not dynamic so if you switch from Skype to You Tube it won't change the ratio but it can be changed by the operator, in DSL it's baked into the chipsets and cannot be changed.
I disagree. The most expensive bit is getting fibre into and around peoples houses.
Re: The Information Age exhibits...
I've always lusted after a PERQ.
the thing tyhe banking world doesn't get is..
Consumers like cash. having a wad of notes makes you feel good. Abstracting it to something else just isn't the same. that's why casinos use chips, so it doesn't feel like real money.
Just think about how special a £50 note feels. It's more special than three £20 notes.
Re: fair telecoms campaign view
Although the link doesn't work I went and found your response. Your view is fundamentally flawed. You can't treat telecoms in the same way as you can utilities or to some extent transport. Telecoms and particularly mobile telecoms undergoes significant technology changes. In transport if 1G is the horse, 2G is the car. Mobiles have gone from analogue, to TDMA digital to wideband CDMA to OFDM and we'll me on to MiMo in fifty years. There is no way a national utility could keep up.
Ofcom seems to think its role is to sit between the operators and government, not to control the operators.
Re: Indiegogo Warning
I don't think there is any doubt it will reach the target. It's done 10% of that in the last hour.
Re: Sic transit gloria mundi
When MS puts it's mind to it and takes an Asian view of the very long term, it can make things work. Xbox was a long haul. When it launched there was a fight between Sony, Nintendo and Sega. Now it's just Sony and Microsoft left playing.
Phones have been a long haul (you'll find a 2001 review on The Reg that I did of "Stinger") but yes, Sic transit gloria mundi, although it may very well be Apple that finds when a halo slips it strangles you.
Halo reference intentional.