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Re: Corporate sponsorship is the key
"And on the way back it could check for expired tax discs[...]"
Not for much longer.
"People are inherently populists, but ideas that are commonplace today (round Earth, heavier-than-air flight, jet engines, nuclear submarines) were, once upon a time, not only works of science fiction - but fantastic science fiction."
Oh, you were doing so well there until you came up with the flat earth belief myth. The earth's been known to be round for millennia. This is the reason that Colombus had such a problem getting funding for his trip: people knew how big the world was, and if you remove America from the globe you are looking at a suicide mission to last that long at sea.
Re: These figures are fairly irrelevant
"Yeah it was a throwaway figure, fair enough. However, the basic point still stands: as there were over 20 people queuing outside a major Sainsbury that ended up getting 6 PS4s and a similar number outside Argos not all of whom got one it's still a test of availability."
I would at this point assume that they went somewhere else and got one rather than queueing up, not getting one, and saying "oh well, sod it"...
Re: These figures are fairly irrelevant
"I suspect had there been three times the amount of stock, there'd have been three times the amount of sales. I don't doubt that has also happened in the past."
No. Just work it out: that would mean 750,000 units sold in the first two days. This would mean that, *after two days*, about one in thirty households across the UK would have one. More than five million of these are pensioners, and I'm not sure there will be many 70-year old gamers. (There are no doubt a few, but statistically insignificant.) Taking these out of the equation, it's now down to one in 25.
By comparison, *since release*, the PS3 sold five million units. You are saying that they would have sold one seventh of the lifetime sales of the PS3 in one weekend, when the console is at its most expensive with the fewest games.
It takes just a moment to do a sanity check on the numbers you produce.
Re: Who the hell cares what any Iranian News Agency has to say?
"I rate their trustworthiness roughly similar to that of North Korea.
Do fuck off jake, you tedious Yank."
Although to be fair to him, their trustworthiness wasn't helped by the whole "man invents time machine" and Onion-based story things. Although they haven't yet found a bus on the south pole, so they have some way to go.
Re: Dont buy your phone from an operator
"The guys at work with Android phones are constantly borrowing my iPhone's wifi hotspot. They pay about 75% of what I pay per month, and get between 1.7% and 6.7% of the data allowance my plan provides (voice and SMS about equal). Seriously."
Sounds like they get the best deal: 75% of your contract, and use your data.
Re: You don't have to buy one..
"The "plebs", as the some toffs like to say"
As Wikipedia says, "verifiability, not truth".
"Nobody "forces" you to use Google in the same way that nobody "forces" you to use the fine services of HMRC."
You mean HMRC has a *fine* service as well? Damn, why didn't I get that one, instead of the one where they spent three years pretending that there was another person with the same national insurance number as I have, then turn around and just say "oh, our mistake: here, now that we've sat on your back taxes for three years, you can belatedly have your overpayment back"?
"By June this year Google was ordered to comply with authorities in France within three months or face sanctions, after the CNIL ruled that the US-headquartered multibillion-dollar advertising corporation had breached the country's Data Protection Act.
It refused to comply, claiming that the law was not applicable to its online services."
June, July, August, September, October, November. OK, it's definitely been three months. Where are the sanctions?
Re: "Is Duncan-Smith right?"
"Saying, "My name is Ian Duncan-Smith"? No, you're right. It's factually correct but it fails the 'morally correct' test."
That would be factually incorrect as well, as it's 'Iain'.
Freedom of movement of goods within the EU?
"Right, so you feel that Google should provide you with email for free? With no recompense to themselves at all? Do you have the same view in a supermarket? You just block out the tills from your vision and walk on out for free?
Basically if you don't like the way Gmail is run, use someone else who obtains their revenue a different way. Don't try and sponge from a service you like but are not willing to pay them the way they ask to be paid."
I do hope you sit through every one of those advertisements on TV.
Re: Or maybe...
"So Google promoting their own services is "unscrupulous"?
So presumably every other UK business who is doing the same thing (promoting their own business services above those of their competitors, through their own business services) is also acting in an unscrupulous way?"
If Ford did a deal with Esso so that you were forced to buy Esso fuel when you buy a Ford car, oh, and Ford bought out GM, Mercedes, BMW, etc., so that over 90% of cars made were Fords, and they were better than the couple of other car manufacturers, then yes, I think that would be counted as unscrupluous.
Re: Or maybe...
""We are Google, and we operate as a competitive business"
"Use of our services indicates an acceptance of our business practice"
"If you don't want to accept our business practice click here for links to other providers""
Where were you when Microsoft was being dragged over the coals for its destruction of entire industries? Were you cheering them on?
By the way, what you suggest would be illegal in the UK, under the "Unfair terms in consumer contracts" legislation, designed to protect consumers from unscrupulous businesses that want to use their power to force unfair terms in their contracts.
"Agents said they also found an apparent to-do list on his computer for life on the run, which included such items as "destroy laptop and hide/dispose," "find place to live on craigslist for cash," and "create new identity (name, backstory).""
Here's the first step from such a to-do list.
1) You won't know when you have to go on the run, so don't leave a metric fuckton of incriminating evidence on your computer in the first place. Especially a file entitled "what to do if the police find out I run Silk Road".
Re: So, while we can...
""*cough* GCHQ *cough*" -- Yes, I am sure that finding the culprit behind a defamatory comment on the internet is well within the remit of the intelligence services. </sarc>"
Why do you think they were building a database of communications if it were not to punish Internet users? Terrorists and paedophiles? Come on...
Re: So, while we can...
"On a serious note, how could this possibly work? For example, my account details here are somewhat light on the truth, the only relevant thing being an email address - so El Reg could pass my email address on to Cameron's cronies, but then what - are they allowed to go to Google? And there, the account is somewhat light on the truth too, so how far does it go??"
*cough* GCHQ *cough*
"So it is VPN time to russia for posting in Western nations?"
It's not clear, from what I read in the article, what happens to authors that *do* consent to the removal of their comments. If you say "yes", the comments are removed, then what?
Re: Hope the Feds have better proof......
"Someone needs to tell me how the accused harmed anyone besides perhaps breaking antiquated laws that were created illegally by moron politicians with racist and religious agendas."
Well, conspiracy to commit murder *is* an old law. Not sure about it being actually auntiquated, but it is antique.
Is right about one thing though
""I am very cautious on equities today. This market could easily have a big drop," he said.
"Very simplistically put, a lot of the earnings are a mirage. They are not coming because the companies are well run but because of low interest rates.""
Well, this is one thing that's right. Twitter, Pinterest, Dropbox...
Re: Based on all the leaks
"Yes but they are evil empires that we spend billions of $$ pointing nukes at (except Israel) - we are the good guys."
And except France, presumably. Or do you think not?
From elDog: "You are working hard at demonizing the very people that make democracy strong."
From the article: "Hammond, acting with the LulzSec hacking crew offshoot of Anonymous, cracked Stratfor's servers in December 2011 and harvested a trove of emails and credit card numbers. The 200GB of emails went to WikiLeaks, and LulzSec dumped 60,000 credit card numbers online..."
Not really sure how making 60,000 innocent people's lives a bit more miserable is helping to make democracy strong. Not that there's very much in the shape of democracy in the US. Guess it must be because they keep locking up computer hackers.
According to Forbes, they took the worst-case Chernobyl and Fukushima calculations. Take a look.
Re: Well, two thoughts...
"The decommissioning process and handling of spent nuclear fuel will add MILLIONS of tons of CO2 back into the atmosphere from all the complex processes, including power usage over the lifetime of the spent fuel handling, required."
Dude, from the table in a post above, in 2008 alone the UK emitted 572m tonnes of CO2. If decommissioning the nation's nuclear power plants only MILLIONS of tonnes of CO_2, then that's fine, it's about 1% of our yearly output. If you want to use scare capitals, you need BILLIONS of tonnes, not MILLIONS.
"There's no shortage of fossil hydrocarbons. Coal's plentiful, there's shit loads of "non-conventional" and tight oil, there's shitty shit loads of tight gas (and more than a little of conventional loose gas). And when all of that's gone, there, bazillions of therms of gas hydrates."
And they're all OURS!!! Mwhahaha. We can do whatever we like with the planet's resources now, because the future doesn't exist, and there will never be a time when we will need those precious resources for something other than burning them.
Re: Short of time travel with precision so as to not preempt one's own existence
"It will not be possible to have said heads delivered on platters or platens...
But, when time T-ravel IS possible, time will face UN-ravel because in the past, there were calls for the heads of others to be DE-livered on platters.
Thus, such an event will be made.. "unpossible".... All sorts of other unpossibilities will be "unpossibilized"."
Ah, I wondered where A Man from Mars had gone to.
Re: It should be Snowden's head
"You say the Geneva Convention has been breached?
You are clearly not familiar with the Geneva Convention, but please enlighten us as to which policies have been breached, and who are the combatents"
Let's go with the treatment of prisoners of war. The Taliban, and the people in Gitmo, are prisoners of war, and they are being held in conditions contrary to the Geneva Convention. Thoe captured in Afghanistan are certainly prisoners of war, those it Guantanamo are either prisoners of war, or the US has engaged in kidnap of foreign nationals in foreign countries.
Re: Not copyright
"Oh, and you CAN copyright data. A JPEG image is just a block of data, but is eminently copyright-able (and has been upheld as such in a court of law)."
Not only that, but some numbers are illegal. But a court would say that a digital movie, which can be construed as a very long number, is different from a database. Information cannot be copyrighted, only the presentation of that information. That gets into murky waters when the 'information' is a million-digit number that encodes a picture, but it is definitely not murky when it's a list of stock.
Re: Apple's responsibility
"You're going to have to explain how you expect companies to prevent screen scraping while still allowing users to view the data (there's always going to be some way of getting the data out). That and "they were asking to be burgled, the door wasn't locked and their stuff wasn't nailed down" isn't regarded as a good excuse in the eyes of the law."
Maybe they cannot do that, either physically or legally. That does not mean that they can throw around spurious ideas like copyright to try to stop people doing things. (You cannot copyright data, only the way it is displayed, and scrapers specifically *do not* preserve the display.)
Your analogy of people being burgled is specious, because there is no theft. It's more equivalent to someone parading around a high street dressed conspicuously and then being annoyed that people took photographs of it. You might not like it, but it's a reasonable reaction from some people to your actions.
If Apple don't want people checking its stock on its website, it doesn't have to put it up, and tell people to phone instead. So-called "Terms of Service" on viewing websites are akin to me trying to put "Terms of Viewing" on my house. Sure, you can't come inside without my permission, but I cannot stop you looking at the public-facing bit.
Re: Oh FFS!
"Net result is that the southern end of the village are nicely cabled up, while the rest of us poor saps have to wait for that dim and distant date where they get round to us. BT know they can afford to make us wait as Virgin's cable coverage stops a mile to the north."
Always the same: the southern bastards get everything, northern folk have to wait...
Re: El Reg doesn't seem to have a problem
"This is supposedly to stop nasty comments. El Reg doesn't seem to have a problem."
No, we love nasty comments round here. You want links to some recent ones?
Re: Nice idea, but...
And if you use this for TV signals, you might need a TV licence as well.
Re: Correcting Whatley
I don't think processing invoices qualifies you to comment on companies' financial health. Otherwise a glittering career awaits me as an analyst on the following subjects:
1) Motor racing (I drive to work every day)
2) Engineering (I just said, I *drive* to work every day)
3) Tax law (I pay taxes)
4) Financial planning (I have a folder with all my bank statements in and -- get this! -- they are in chronological order and everything)
5) Poltics (I've voted on *several* occasions)
7) that's it.
"Google may also be looking to buff up its image a bit, since it has spent the year defending itself against similar tax questions to those faced by Apple, as well as trying to settle an antitrust case over search dominance "abuse" in the EU."
Just wondering how opening a factory in Texas helps its image in the EU?
"Oh how the mighty have fallen! When I did Computer Science at school (none of this "ICT" bollocks back then), we learned programming (as well as a bit about word processors and spreadsheets). The fact that the industry is now talking about schools being able to use tablets for the majority of computing-related study is just a symptom of how the subject as a whole has been softened almost to the point of uselessness."
I think, although I've not been in a school since I left it, that it's more that the number of non-computer science uses of computing have increased. You probably don't need more than a tablet to do the computing for geography. Which is just colouring in anyway*, and my tablet has a stylus.
* That's a joke, if anyone has a connection to geography. And not a joke if you don't.**
** See *.
""Wait and listen for the vitriol that will come from the other side of the pond about hacking and how illegal access to information should be heavily punished....." If you can't tell the difference between what these idiots were doing and why the NSA "hack" then I can probably interest you in a great family holiday camp investment in Akmolinsk....."
I can see the difference. The NSA illegally hacked into foreign databases, siphoned off information about lots of people, and used the information to further its own interests, and ultimately make money, whereas this guy, erm.
Re: @Greg J Preece
"[...]And yes, it quite possible in my line of work that an alert on my phone is more important than whatever you're banging on about[...]"
"@Greg J Preece. You are fired. Why? For wasting company time playing with your toy."
I don't know about you, but it read to me like it is a company mobile and he's getting company-based alerts. I think he'd be fired for ignoring them, rather than answering them, but that's just me and my strange ideas of reading what people actually wrote before commenting.
"Great products have Samsung"
Hello Yoda, long time no see.
"All the prices are on the web. None of them are £1000 even after your AppleCare ends."
My netbook's LCD cable failed while I was in Vietnam last month. I showed it to the desk clerk at the hotel, he got on his motorbike, four hours later it was fixed, £18. Just saying.
Re: 'slip a brown paper envelope keep the politicians' snouts in the trough'
Iceland is not Ireland; the two are very different circumstances. The Icelandic solution doesn't work for everyone, because in the Icelandic case, the banks had enough global assets to protect domestic savers, so these were essentially ringfenced to benefit their population, and everyone else can go hang. This includes bondholders, but also people and charities and councils in the UK, for example.
This cannot work in Ireland because it's in the EU, so would have to treat (say) UK creditors the same as Irish ones. II's the "downside" to the tens of billions that the EU pumped into Ireland over the last few decades.
"and always goes for the underdog (leading him to buy a Samsung S3)"
Which is a perfectly fine phone, no problem. And not silly money.
"has been offered one for christmas by his auntie...but her stipulation is "it has to be an iPad" and even he is thinking of taking the offer."
Why would his aunt do that? Would she prefer to spend money on Christmas presents that the person is sort-of OK with, rather than spend less money on something the person wants? Sounds like a dickish move.
Just block mozilla.org on this account, clearly that'll do it.
"Only once, I think, has a commentard got the banhammer for threatening to kill someone."
Normally it's just a ticking off for threatening to kill someone.
"If I set up a website intending only for my own countries people to use and people from all of the world choose to, does that mean i automatically have to comply with every country in the worlds laws? Sounds kind of stupid to me. I know in Googles case they fully operate in France, but I dont see some countries attitudes being different even if they didn't, take Twitter for example and some countries attitudes where Twitter does not have an office.
If I was these companies I would simply tell them I won't be complying and stop messing around."
You could do that. Just hope that it's not a powerful country, like the US, or one that you have any dealings with, otherwise they'll arrest you when you drop by.
Re: interesting system - have I found a flaw?
""Once a candidate gains that “quota” of votes, any other votes for that candidate pass to a voter's second preference"
I interpret this to mean that it must be important/significant in which order ballot papers are counted."
This isn't how it works. How STV works is that, for example, say you have five seats and a million votes, so you need 200000 to win a seat. If no candidate has more than 200k then the person with fewest votes is eliminated and their votes are transferred, either by candidate's choice or why voter preference (ordering the candidates 1 to n). This continues until someone gets 200000 votes. Then, if they have (say) 250k votes, 200k of those are used to win, and the "excess" 50000 are distributed to other parties. How this is done is either candidate's choice or by taking the preferences of all voters and dividing by 5, i.e., 50000/250000. Play continues.
Well, I remember someone once saying something about if you don't want everyone to know about your actions, don't do them. Can't remember who it was though. Maybe the two of them should have a chat about it.
Re: We're playing a game of symbolism here
"Concrete can be smashed up and buried."
Don't tell the Spanish government that!
Re: Re. fracking
What's the heat loss on that? Just saying, if it's a lot, we can bypass the middle man and end up directly inducing global warming...