Re: "Wildcard" indeed
It's been documented that free chocolate is enough.
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It's been documented that free chocolate is enough.
This tech as implemented, was designed for warehouses. It should NEVER have been mis-applied to passports, credit/debit cards, retail labels, travel and door locks.
A connector (such as on cards already) is better. Though there is a horrible flaw in Chip and Pin that need not exist.
For retail tags any info should be in a database, only a serial number for warranty return purposes in the product.
FCC prior stupidity
The Lightsquared debacle. Originally approved by FCC, should never have been and then was axed.
No satellite licences can or should be issued without knowing Orbit(s) and Frequencies. Why should Musk be exempted from the sensible requirements that EVERY other commercial operator had to meet.
No doubt Military is different, but they won't want to cause interference.
To save money they turned off AM radio in Austria,
However if EVERYONE "listens" via Internet at same it might get as expensive as AM.
FM isn't as much coverage as AM. I don't know if Austria has dreadful DAB like UK and Germany, which has even worse coverage.
Unintended consequences. Is this really about Radio or TV? Do they seriously still collect Radio licence fees in Austria?
online radio streaming does not actually constitute “broadcasting”,
Technically, streaming is rarely broadcasting. It's a more modern version of the stations (common still in USA in 1980s anyway) that you phone and listen to on a speaker. Actually "dialup" live programmes existed in Europe even before 1921 and dawn of Broadcasting.
So in practice it's a different way of delivering content. In Australia, originally, you got a licence for a station, but other countries you got a licence (originally for technical reasons and later merely a tax) to have Wireless equipment.
So in the sense that Streaming doesn't use Broadcast Wireless Equipment, you don't need a licence. If the licence was changed (as it is in Ireland) to be consumption of live broadcast by any alternative means (fibre, Cable, Internet) then, yes, streaming of anything other than back catalogue on demand, i.e. a "station" the same for everyone, logically ought to need a licence (a tax on consumption in reality).
Technically in Ireland using PC and internet to watch "live" BBC requires a TV licence. The Radio licence (like UK) abolished long ago.
The entire DMCA is evil, anti-consumer, doesn't prevent commercial piracy and should be scrapped.
A tax on the poorer people usually.
I can't see how you can trust a computer based system at all. I'd presumed this was why some use bouncing numbered balls on live TV.
This vulnerability makes the Jeep look sensible!
A crafted DAB broadcast and ALL vulnerable vehicles in range are hacked, e.g. slam on brakes. You can buy a DAB transmitter to hook to PC data under £2000.
I have some working 86 year old radio sets.
How long will Windows 8 last?
The $10 SDR stick has abysmal dynamic range and performance.
If this is Open Source is it going to be ported to other OS?
A space elevator might work on Mars, with Kevlar cable, unlike Earth where it might always be more expensive than rockets, even if it can be made with diamond / carbon nano tubes or whatever (no current material available).
Apple has bought in a couple of techs
Does almost no real R&D
The "Design Patents" themselves are not engineering or R&D at all, but STYLE (copied from Braun!), what is called Registered Design in UK. Unlike the iconic fluted Coke Bottle (inspired by cocoa pod?) the Apple styles are too generic and should never have been awarded.
The Patents Apple wants special treatment on are REAL engineering & science patents. Every one else has agreed deals.
Apple also have the most overpriced kit, they are a MARKETING company, hence have the biggest profit margin and largest value despite having a minority of the market. Apple Greed and dishonesty.
Exactly what to Apple have that wasn't a copy or bought in (iOS GUI from Fingerworks, OSX from Next / BSD, they used Samsung SC6400 ARM family in 1st iPhone and then bought a niche ARM designer). Almost all Ives stuff is copied from / inspired by 1950s & 1960s Braun stuff by Dieter Rams, he's a stylist, not an Engineer. Apple even copied the Swiss Railways clock.
iPhone and iPad names even belonged to others first.
Apple Logo and name shamelessly pinched from Beatles Apple Corp (two court cases, after the first they agreed to keep out of Music Industry, then Apple launched iTunes).
I don't much like many of the other guys, but Apple deserve ZERO damages and ought to have the bulk of their claims at USPTO scrapped as too generic, too derivative or plain copy / prior art or too trivial or too obvious to anyone versed in the Art.
Buying Beats, a perfect purchase as another cheaply made product sold far above its retail value.
To exhibit an existing 50 year old (approx) space suit?
Seems rather expensive. Can someone explain to me why it costs so much? Like with comparisons to Mediaeval armour, WW II pilot's suit, Victorian brass helmet diving suit etc.
how the Windows Adobe Type Manager Library handles OpenType fonts.
Microsoft Windows does not release any OpenType fonts natively. However, third-party applications could install them and they could be affected by this change
atmfd.dll is the vulnerable file.
Be interesting to see next quarter.
The iPad is in a saturated market. People don't break or upgrade Tablets as often (no stupid phone plans which in reality "tax" everyone with a mobile.). Also "Tablets" start at £40 approx and even Samsung has some cheaper ones about £120. There is simply nothing compelling about the iPad walled garden and its pricing.
So what are the iPod figures?
No, and Ofcom would love it as it would be the end of Terrestrial TV.
Ofcom is obsessed with mobile (it wouldn't be the licence revenue) to exclusion of caring about any other spectrum use. Both Ofcom and Comreg want to sell off ALL the UHF spectrum and close Terrestrial broadcast.
Subscription BBC would massively boost Cable and Satellite Pay TV too. So there are many powerful anti-consumer interests that want to throttle the BBC and Free To Air TV.
Yes, we have air travel to spread the 90% fatality 1 month incubation time, spreadable before symptoms appear parasite/fungus/bacteria/virus.
People going to public toilets, using door handles and exchanging money and not washing their hands too. Have we really changed much or just have a lot more gadgets?
I think though the problem with a lot of Government regulation vs Private regulation isn't simple.
Some Governments are traditionally really controlled by Civil Servants*, others by corruption. The problem too with Government can be lack of enforcement or penalties for complex reason. The World Bank uses the Privatisation of Eircom (Ireland) as a case study of how NOT to put regulation in place and privatise a Semi-State or State company. If Greece manages sell off and regulation of near monopolistic business badly the results can be worse than doing nothing.
Long term Profit isn't always the motivation of Business, but can be asset stripping or other short termism policies.
[* Yes Minister is a documentary on the subject]
We don't need Google Wallet either.
Why should ANY retailer, Bank, etc support the most parasitically, over priced and cynically priced Smart Phone Marketing company (who has a minority share) with their proprietary pointless payment system that only boosts Apple?
Russians were moving troops & equipment from West to East to Fight Japan when they defeated Germany (with allied help). In the short time after Russia could start shipping stuff east, till the Bomb was dropped, the Russians killed more Japanese troops than the Americans.
The Bomb drops on Japan were as much a message to Stalin.
No, a vendor may not force ANY EULA terms on a customer. That's been proved illegal.
Because no-one wants them.
Big adverts in our shopping Mall about Bluetooth. Why would I want to be spammed and distracted while actually shopping or window shopping. An advert on a phone screen is a poor experience even if you want the product compared to the physical shop!
About as useful as an SMS about books automatically received when you browse a Library.
Maybe I might want one with 64G to 256G storage ... But compared to a phone I can't see why I'd want this.
Has it got especially better battery life?
Is it suitable for small children you don't want to give a phone to?
Now which pocket did I put my earbuds for my Sony Z1?
If there were drivers. Probably some don't have drivers. Graphics likely a big issue. Also PC Card SCSI adaptor for scanner would need replaced for a new Laptop.
A new laptop to replace a totally Matte finish 1600 x 1200 screen laptop with decent backlight is seriously expensive and wider. 16:9 is too wide. 1080 is worse than decent 2002 screens.
It's only cheaper to get a new laptop if it's a very basic usage, in which case perhaps Browser + email and Libre Office on Linux will do anyway. Cheap laptops have too rubbish a screen.
But Win10 is going to be mess. So I continue my hybrid research:
1) Native Applications on Linux
2) Some windows applications on WINE
3) Really old stuff in DOSBox
Maybe ICANN registered it and ... no they wouldn't be that clever.
All these new TLD are stupid.
Can't we start a campaign for ISPs to block them from their DNS? Then for most internet users they wouldn't exist.
Probably too simplistic.
The Republicans would be as bad if not worse traditionally.
An Post already had a secret Post Code system from 1990s, but would not publicise it for commercial reasons. (Bulk advertising mail).
They decided to Tender instead of forcing An Post to go public. But wrote a Tender that would disqualify any Geo locate / Geo code system.
The idea of a post code is obsolete.
This analysis explains why Eircode is rubbish.
Only An Post is going to use this, to deliver to letterboxes. They already can do that perfectly with very little address. Otherwise they would have made their internal system public 20 years ago.
None of the freight companies or emergency services will use it.
The database to get a GPS code or use it sensibly will always be incomplete, full of errors and very expensive.
Any one that bothers with this is wasting time and money.
We have had geocodes for 20 years. We don't even need the Open Postcode system, we have both OSI grid and GPS lat + long.
Mines the one with a smartphone GPS in the pocket.
"Microsoft's problems so obvious to everyone other than Microsoft"
Fortunate. Or else by now MS would be bigger than IBM, Apple and Google combined.
Do you really want ANY mega corp to be totally competent?
Clue is in the name "Income Tax". It's not a tax on "profits".
There ARE allowances against Income Tax.
1) You'd be able to turn up the power
2) cooled LEDs are more efficient.
Though presumably the Graphene needs to be on the rear of the chip.
Or a panning giant Ion Cannon / Rail gun weapon on automatic. I'd not like to meet the lads that did that.
There is are already working Duplex (in same channel) 3G phones and 4G modems (Wimax and LTE versions).
Duplex is not that brilliant a solution.
Millimetre waves are no use except for Line Of site Hotspots.
5G is more about converged Infrastructure, hand off across bands and radios without dropping connection.
Ubuntu USED TO BE the best.
" Indeed distros like Ubuntu, with its Unity desktop, make switching relatively painless."
Unity stinks. I have it on a desktop 64 bit install with 8G RAM.
I have Mint with Mate on a laptop. Mind you, with a fresh install on old Travelmate I STILL have to edit Grub for "noacpi" like 2 years ago.
A server in the attic has Debian. I've forgotten what desktop I put on it as the local GUI isn't used.
Well, that was never going to end well.
That doesn't look like a Latina or African-American.
There is a Satellite service, but not on Continental Phobic 28.2E.
Terrestrial and Satellite is scalable, makes no difference if everyone watches at once. Internet feeds can't be economically feeding everyone as it's NOT broadcast.
It's a mess.
The Watch 2.0 will require a new iPhone, as current Apple Watch is useless without an existing iPhone.
Points and chokes... due to resisting.
But it's a BAD one.
"Agile" is a buzz word, not a plan.
They need a LESS frequent release cycle. Its a BROWSER!
Just fix the bugs.
Make it able to be multithreaded
Fix the GUI BACK to some sort of sanity.
Job done. Then go write something else. Like a calendar integrated to an eMail client. ANYTHING, but stop already re-writing a Browser forvever and driving us mad.
I now have two plug ins just to make the stupid thing usable.
PIN can have fraudulent transactions.
I know two different routes. But PIN reduces bank's liability to fraud. They just insist that you MUST have used the PIN.
(One route is to watch what pin is used or intercept it with doctored reader, easy to turn up at shop and claim you are upgrading. Other route is that madly, the terminal doesn't send a hash of pin to HQ. It asks card if PIN correct, so you add a chip that simply always replies "OK" to terminal for ANY pin. Massive design flaw! No encrypted clever handshake, it's like sending a POP3 password!)
"why are the banks trying so hard to get pay-by-bonk into the arena?"
a) I'm not convinced they are trying hard. The folks making card are pushing contactless cards which are less secure. Notice Lidl only allows small payments for contactless.
b) NFC tech was invented for warehouses. It's inherently stupid for retail products (nothing needs to be stored a barcode is fine) or payments (inherently insecure, security is a fudged after thought.
NFC should NOT be in payment cards (debit or credit) or retail products, door keys, travel cards or passports.
What crazy too is my post office is using insecure and easily duplicated or damaged mag stripe instead of chip & pin.
Cheques are practically dead in Ireland. Most places don't take them and I've not seen one for years.
"You can't patent an idea, but you can patent a particular way of implementing an idea. "
Except Apple will use the Patent to sue anyone with a similar idea, even if done differently.
"Apple's patent won't stop anyone else from using NFC phones to transfer money unless they want to do it in exactly the same way."
Yes it will, as Apple will use the patent and sufficient Lawyers. They spend only 1.5% on R&D and I bet that includes the secretaries, floor space and patent applications.
The reason Apple ever patent anything (and they have very many patents, yet I've not seen one yet developed in house that ought to be a patent, so called "design patents" are what are called elsewhere "Registered Designs" and most are totally derivative of much older products e.g. Braun and should be invalid. The fluted coke bottle is a valid "Design Patent").
This of course is as spurious as one-click shopping. Totally should be rejected, but probably will be accepted.
It's a speculation medium, vaguely like Tulips, London Property values, Pyramid schemes and the South Sea bubble.
It's not a true crypto-currency either.
Some Amazon titles are effectively DRM free too. The Publisher (or Self Publisher) decides.
I don't know why you'd use Calibre to reformat Gutenberg texts. Their Mobi version has always been compatible, and now they call that Kindle version
(Amazon bought Mobi, IMDB, Goodreads, Book Depository, ABE Books and probably other stuff).
.AZW with DRM -> Kindle
Adobe Digital Edition (ePub with DRM) -> Kobo
Calibre with added plug-ins lets you use either dedicated ereader and remove DRM.
The Kindle isn't any more walled in than Kobo.
Kindle Touch: Best Value
Kindle DXG: Best value for A4/Letter PDFs, free Wikipedia and Amazon on 3G, 60 M Byte a month limit otherwise
Kobo Aura H20 : Waterproof, 6.8" screen that might be same pixel count as DXG, so might do better than Paperwhite or Glo for PDF
Kobo Glo and Paperwhite: Only needed for very gloomy rooms.