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Oh BOY! The MICKEY MOUSE Apple Watch is no heart-throb

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Re: Still not convinced by the crown

"The mention of accuracy and calling it a "digital crown" (look at the Rolex logo) are both subtle attempts to appeal to people who have owned high end watches for fashion. Not the ones who are all the way up in Rolex territory, but certainly those who have moved well beyond the Timex category and maybe dream of someday owning a Rolex. This is all part of trying to appeal to people as a fashion item even if they don't really need a smartwatch (because, let's be honest here, other than for fitness tracking smart watches have no reason for existing until someone finds that killer app)"

If you think of Rolex as 'high end'... then you don't know watches. ;-)

There is something about owning a mechanical watch that will keep good enough time, but never as good as a cheap timex electric. You have to admire the craftsman. And then the artistry of the watch. That's why you pay $$$$. Would you rather own a Porche or a Ford?

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? More Money Than Sense ?

First I agree that the selling point of sending someone your heart beat is silly.

The point is that they are trying to say is that your watch is no longer just a watch.

If you're old enough to remember when the first electronic LCD watches were introduced.. there were some high end models. Meaning those who bought gold cased plastic battery operated watches as jewelry. Does the author think those people as foolish also? (Most likely before Jasper's time).

Now I can understand that... but then again, I'd want to add a Patek to my collection.

The cool thing and selling point of the watch is that you can change the face at any time, depending on your mood.

In terms of accuracy.... its a joke. Sure 50ms is good enough. Most likely they link to your phone and get the time from the closest cell tower.

If you wanted better accuracy... you would take the radio signal from a known clock and known X,Y,Z coordinate. You know your approximate GPS location to within 100 meters. Now you can calculate the time fairly accurately. The other issue to consider is how often you do this and how accurate is the electric clock in the device?

Now I would pay $$$ for a really accurate watch tied to GPS that did just that. One that could fit in to your pocket. For ~5K you could buy a base station clock for your network that does this.... but it won't fit in to your pocket... ;-)

But I digress. Its an interesting toy... as a collectible... the higher end models may be worth the price.

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Hi-torque tank engines: EXTREME car hacking with The Register

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Reverse?

Ok so riddle me this... what happens if you put the engine behind you?

A custom mid engine "sports car" ?

I don't think it would fit in a Volkswagon Beetle's frame... but it could be interesting.

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Disturbance in the force lets phones detect gestures with Wi-Fi

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Ok... here's the challenge...

Who's going to be the first one to write an interactive game of pong for two players using wi-fi gestures only?

(The spawn of satan because it will be yet another useless game that will take up oodles of people's time and will probably make a fortune if you could figure out how to sell in game items... :-P )

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Antarctic ice THICKER than first feared – penguin-bot boffins

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@Geoff Re: Your theory is crap

Prophecy? ;-)

Actually I'd prefer my 30 Bowmore, but that's already half gone.

To some they'll claim it evaporated and its a sign of impending doom.

For me, it means that I at least have some will power to save the good stuff for special occasions.

Mine is the jacket with the extra cork stoppers. Need to deal with dry rot and replace the corks so that it doesn't evaporate. ;-)

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Big shadowy orgs should stop scooping up everyone's personal info – say Google, Facebook

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You want the truth, you can't handle the truth...

The simple truth is that the world's governments are cutting in to Google and Facebook's business and are drawing a spotlight on the amount of surveillance that occurs not only by the government but by these companies as well.

Google: 'We do this so that we can make sure that we show you ads for the brands you're most likely to buy and not waste your time seeing ads that aren't right for you'.

Yeah, like I care.

But the truth is that Google knows so much about you, more so that the US Government and they make money off of it. Google at one time wanted to get rid of cookies. Why? Because they no longer needed them. Do you realize how many websites feed information in to Google? Even El Reg has Google Analytics, Google tag services js on their page.

Facebook? Single sign-on? So you don't have to remember all those passwords? The truth is that they now know more information about you and they don't forget it. Even if you don't have a FB account.

But on the other hand, the US Government has to obey the law on what they can use and how they can use it. Prism? What's funny is that more people are against Prism without knowing exactly what it captured and how they used the data. Or rather what they had to go through to use the data. It wasn't what the government was doing, but the fear of what they could do if only the law let them.

And that's the ugly truth.

Imagine it this way... you're walking down the street late at night. You see a big guy standing there looking like he's up to no good. Yet you ignore the skinny guy who 'accidentally' bumped in to you and stole your wallet.

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Could YOU identify these 10 cool vintage mobile phones?

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What no Bricks?

No Bag phones either?

I guess I must be showing my age. ;-)

I can remember ~15 years ago people in rural areas paid a premium for bag phones. (They had enough power to connect to the towers from remote areas when the digital units failed to get a connection.)

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Obama HURLS FCC under train, GUTPUNCHES ISPs in net neut battle

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Re: Time to speak up

Perhaps I wasn't clear.

The traffic is crossing your network, meaning NO BENEFIT TO YOUR CUSTOMERS. IN FACT SAID TRAFFIC IS COMPETING WITH YOUR CUSTOMERS' TRAFFIC.

Sorry to shout.

But the peering agreements are based on the assumption that the traffic will flow in both directions and the difference will even out over time.

Video and Music streaming... breaks that assumption.

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Re: Granny Smith and Pink Lady, IMHO= no difference..

Nope

Homes don't necessarily get a static IP address.

And ISP can block mail servers , DNS servers if you're running a SOHO on a home network.

They can also throttle your use of the network easier.

Call after hours... see how fast you get a call back.

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Re: Time to speak up

FYI... Obama is the kiss of death to any issue these days.

But here's the rub.

Suppose you're the ISP and you have all of this traffic from Netflix going across your pipes to another peering partner. In short, it costs you money to maintain and carry the traffic. Unfortunately you get no benefit from the traffic and its costing you money. Not to mention that you can't prioritize your customer's traffic. What then?

The point is that net neutrality isn't as simple as some try to make it out to be.

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Re: Granny Smith and Pink Lady

Business class vs Home service?

24x7 support?

Static IP addresses?

Home service? We'll get to you when we get to you. If you call after hours... leave a message and call back in the morning....

There is a difference.

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This 125mph train is fitted with LASERS. Sadly no sharks, though

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It’s Sheldon Cooper’s holodeck fantasy.

Bollox!

Sheldon Cooper is a train fanatic so by itself its his wet dream.

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3D PRINTED GUNS: THIS time it's for REAL! Oh, wait – no, still crap

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@AC Re: But against the backdrop of your British readership...

"Buying a WW2 era souvenir might not be ridiculously difficult but getting the ammunition will be."

You can tell that you're a Brit and don't know much about guns or ammo.

Short answer, it depends on which gun you want to collect as a souvenir.

A Browning BAR, depending on condition, will set you back $40K or more, plus you need to be able to own a Class III weapon. The ammo? .30-06 Same today as it was back in the 20s and is plentiful.

If you want to purchase a Tommy Gun? Same thing. .45 ACP is available everywhere. Class III expensive to own.

1911? Vintage is pretty cheap and again .45ACP.

Of course if you're looking at a Japanese Rifle, I guess ammo would be hard to find, however you can always trim down your own brass and make your own lead bullets.

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@Charles 9 Re: But against the backdrop of your British readership...

The M-3 SMG aka 'grease gun' was meant as a machine gun of last resort.

It was issued to Soldiers in the army who didn't carry a rifle as their primary weapon. E.g tank crews.

Not very accurate, but something you could use if you had to bail from your tank. Cost to manufacture was around ~$1.25 - $1.50 (In 1940's dollars)

There is really no comparison between the grease gun and the Tommy Gun.

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Amazon: Put our ALWAYS ON MICROPHONE in your house, please. WHAT?

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@ Graham Marsden ... Re: @Neil Barnes - Apart from the inbuilt creepiness

"Kill all humans!" :-)

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TECH BUBBLE? No, no way, nope, says Silicon Valley investor

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Here's the real red flag...

"“The Silicon Valley companies don’t have dividends or cash-flows, but they have lots of growth so the metrics for analysing them are radically different," he added."

When you see this, you know its time to bail and head for the hills.

De-Nile isn't just a river... ;-)

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Silicon Valley scrooges paid staff $1.21 an hour in a 122-hour week

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Re: wtf

They were only caught after someone tipped them off.

The indians were brought in for a short term contract negotiated and paid in India.

So its off the US books and off the radar.

I'm sure this happens more that you'd think.

If you want to do it right, just open an Indian subsidiary and onshore the workforce. For short term gigs this doesn't pay off. But if they are brought in for longer periods...

Welcome to the global workforce and global tax/accounting loopholes. Its not just the Double Dutch Irish ..

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Adobe spies on readers: EVERY DRM page turn leaked to base over SSL

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Re: How does Adobe stay in business?

Wow.

Here's the irony.

Google collects everything you do online because 99.99999% of the websites you visit embed google analytics. (Hence NoScript.)

Facebook? They are offering single sign on authentication for web sites. Care you guess how much information they are now tracking about you from outside of Facebook?

So if you're going to knock Adobe, include Facebook, Google and others.

Just putting it out there.

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How to get $542m from Google: Dress as a SPACEMAN with dayglo dancers – Magic Leap

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Yawn...

See Eden of the East. (Anime)

Then read William Gibson's Virtual light.

There's more, but talk about prior art.

Now all you need to do is to use blue tooth to connect your virtual glasses to the cpu unit located somewhere on your person. Use some sort of blue tooth communication to tie glasses, shirts/jackets etc.. to contain things like wi-fi, GPS-A units, etc. ..

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No sail: NASA spikes Sunjammer

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Re: Rumours are untrue

Heh!

Its been 15+ years since I read any of his stuff.

And yes, I am down to my last living brain cell and he wants to go on vacation.

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Re: Rumours are untrue

I believe that it meant 7/10th the speed of light.

But I'm going from memory.

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Re: Rumours are untrue

I thought it was the Pak ?

That would be the Protector.

Which is also a character in the Ringworld books.

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Re: One for...

"What could we name this one?"

Why the 'Flying Dutchman' of course.

Considering that you have a relatively limitless supply of solar wind from the sun, it could sail forever...

(Which is the life of the craft. )

I guess the first step would be to write computer sailing programs. Where you enter your destination and let the computer plot the course tracking your GPS, wind speed and direction, etc ...

Could be fun.

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Are you a gun owner? Let us in OR ELSE, say Blighty's top cops

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Re: Hmm

"I would even go so far to insist all gun owners pass a safety course..."

In the states, those born after a certain date are required to take a hunter's safety course before they can get their hunting permit. (Older folks like myself are grandfathered in.)

For a conceal carry permit, a portion of the course is on gun safety and maintenance.

As a responsible gun owner, I would welcome a mandatory safety course, however... I'm sure the NRA doesn't agree with me, although they do have Eddie the Eagle for their mascot to teach kids gun safety.

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#Help. There's a STRANGER in my Twitter timeline

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They have no choice...

Twitter is a publicly traded company with a 30Bil USD market cap.

They have no choice but to do things to increase their revenues.

So sticking in placed ads in to your timeline makes perfect sense.

You of course can decide to leave twitter and of course short the stock.

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Nadella's Karmagate howler was response to MICROSOFT BOARD DIRECTOR – report

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Re: Stack overpay

There is definitely bias in Stack ranking, yet in theory, its going to be the least biased option.

I think if you took the sex of the individual out of the equation... Nadella's remark could be the same...

If anyone is thinking of asking the boss for a raise... don't. Karma will bite you in the ass. If you get enough good Karma... you'll get the raise.

Having said that though, Nadella's comment is for shit.

Many large companies tend to lag when it comes time for your annual review. (After all, managers are being asked to do more too and reviews take time.) Large companies are also prone to saying... times are hard, we didn't hit our overly optimistic numbers so we've got to tighten our belts...

Its not until they have a retention problem and only until you've given notice that they try to make a counter offer that they discover that they could have been paying you more...

(Of course once you've given notice, its never a good idea to accept their counter offer... YMMV)

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Heistmeisters crack cost of safecrackers with $150 widget

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Re: Heh

Wow.

A long and detailed explanation...

Lets just cut it down to the important bits.

No safe is impenetrable and the quality of locks determine how long it takes to crack the safe. The key is that locks are just another layer in the security onion. Slow the crook down long enough for Johnny Law to stop them.

Hows that for a short summary? :-)

(And yes, I really did like what you wrote and upvoted you. )

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Remember that tale of a fired accountant who blamed Comcast? It's kinda true, says telco

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Re: Never quite got...

Option #3:

You liked your job.

(Yes some people do like working for their current employer and don't want to leave due to a cock up.)

More than likely...

There is a stigma in terms of getting fired from a job that will make it more difficult to get a new job. This is true if you're in a position of trust. (Like an accountant.)

So you want your old job until you can land your new one.

My guess is that he'll get his job back, but will have no chance of bonuses or raises. He essentially has a job until he finds a new one.

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Let down by a lousy UberX driver? They probably skipped the 'optional $65 customer service training course'

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@Lars Re: No thanks

First, you can put pretty much anything in to a contract. Your lawyer would have to argue that you can't sign your rights away so easily otherwise you just did exactly that.

In terms of insurance... its a bit murky.

On the one hand... if you have a chauffeur's license and have the proper insurance for the car to carry passengers (commercial), you will be covered.

If you have a normal drivers license and you have regular car insurance, your insurance company my refuse to pay for the accident.

This is why Uber carries additional insurance and charges passengers per ride a $1.00 fee.

What hasn't been made clear is if the additional insurance will actually pay out. In the past, the clause from Uber is that it pays out after your personal insurance carrier does. If your insurance company says no way... then Uber's insurance won't pay out either and the driver (you) are on the hook for everything.

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Re: No thanks

You clearly don't know contract law.

There's a clause in almost every contract that states that if a paragraph is unenforceable, only that paragraph is invalidated and the rest of the contract stands.

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Google in 'right to be forgotten' snub probe: Ireland tackles moans

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Here's the rub...

How do you handle a situation where you have a guy who has been falsely accused of a crime, he gets charged and goes through a long and expensive trial, where it comes out the police manufactured evidence to get the conviction and hid exculpatory evidence showing your innocence.

The guy obviously sues the city and the local police, collects millions, and tries to get on with his life.

Yet there's google and if you google the guy's name... you don't get that he was exonerated and won millions of dollars in lawsuits, but you get his name and all of the press from his trial.

Doesn't he have the right to get these references to him removed?

I do agree that there are a lot of con artists who will abuse the process, but what's the expression? Better to let 100 guilty men go free than send 1 innocent man to prison?

Just putting it out there...

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Adobe spies on reading habits over unencrypted web because your 'privacy is important'

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Shrinkwrap contracts...

I can't wait for this to get in front of a court.

Cue the lawyers.

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Stanford Uni: Google cash leaves us entirely impartial and unbiased

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Re: funding is specifically designated not be used...

Because it's not fungible.

GAAP doesn't allow it when you have to keep accurate books.

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SanDisk Extreme Pro SSD – courting speed freaks and gamers

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Re: An important question : SSD failure modes?

Can you say raid?

I like RAID-10 so if I lose a drive, I can replace it and rebuild the raid group.

And for redundancy... have a secondary server.

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Read IBM's note to staff announcing mandatory training and 10% pay cut

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There is no 'form'.

At IBM you fill out your PBCs. Its basically goals your manager tells you pretty much what to write. And at the end of the year, the question is if you accomplished them or not.

And here's the thing.

Your utilization target should be reduced by those hours spent on training. Or rather those hours should count towards your utilization because they are company mandated. Of course... IBM won't do that...

Then its up to your manager to rate you as a 1, 2 or 3. If you're rated as a 4, you have 90 days before you're out. And of course there can only be 1 number 1... ;-)

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Re: "...restored to full pay ..."

April 1st is the first day of Q2.

Its no coincidence that they are doing this in Q4 and Q1...

Many of us have escaped the borg. ;-)

I escaped almost 10 years ago.

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@JDX Re: Sarcasm?

In corporate America, they love exempt employees.

You end up putting in more that 40 hours a week, including your own personal skills enhancement.

What separates a good company from a bad is if they will pay to send you to a course for a week or a conference.

To your point, I put in 60-80 hours a week doing my day job and then keeping the skills fresh.

That's why I'm billable at a top rate.

Am I a work-a-holic? Yup. But the nice thing is that I enjoy my work. So its not a big deal.

If you're one of those guys who wants a 9-5 job and then goes home to his family... that's your choice and I respect you for that. But some of us... our work is part of our life.

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Re: Learn their jobs !

No, its a sincere program.

Again suppose you have 100 guys on the bench who know Sybase. But Sybase isn't new and the legacy systems at clients are being transitioned out.

So you need to get them trained up on Oracle.

Here you provide online training and redbooks so that they can learn the basics and you now have a staff with marketable skills.

The 90% salary reduction is a way to offset the cost of the training. Especially if these employees are not exempt. (Hourly)

You are still putting in a 40+ hour work week, yet 32 hours are billable, 8 are non-billable but still company directed .

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@Re: @Erik Is this actually warranted?

Wow, are you sure you don't work for IBM?

Your math is wrong.

If you are salaried, your salary is based on a 40 hour work week.

You are now getting paid 90% of your salary while you are supposed to spend 32 hours working on your day job, and then 8 hours working on updating your skills. So you are still working on work related material for 90% of your salary.

In IBM parlance, you've just changed your PBCs to include those 8 hours a week learning 'X'. You are not working less hours.

If you want to convince yourself that you're getting a 10% raise... LOL... you deserve working for IBM.

Of course here's another sad fact. That loss of 8 hours a week... that impacts your bonus because its non-billable to the customer (unless someone does some funny bookkeeping) so it impacts your personal revenue number that helps to determine your bonus and/or your rank.

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@Erik Re: Is this actually warranted?

There are two sides to this coin.

IBM is kind of in a catch-22.

Over the past decade IBM has made record profits by cutting to the bone. Buying back shares to help reduce the number of shares on the market to help boost their stock price.

Now they have a problem.

No SO customer will buy from IBM if IBM can't provide the skills required. That makes the SO employee dead weight. What good is an employee who knows lotus notes when the market wants someone to support Outlook?

Or if an Oracle DBA is certified on their regular products but not Exadata?

Or they don't know 'Big Data'....

So IBM has to retrain their employees. Those who don't skill up are gone.

IBM also has to figure out how to subsidize the cost of the training. After all, you can't charge the client if your employee is off training.

This isn't a good thing for IBM. It says long term, IBM is toast because they can't attract the necessary talent and they don't invest in their people.

To your point, on US contracts, customers don't want offshore labor onshored. They will beat up IBM on this and reduce IBM's profit margins.

This is definitely yet another warning sign of IBM's impending doom.

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4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch

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@Jeffy Pooh Re: 'Honey Boo Boo' in 4K glory

You owe me a new laptop. Mine shorted out when I puked at the idea you suggested.

But to your point... What's the sense of 4K TV when the content itself is crap?

I think that's going to be the larger problem. (As pointed out by the 4K movies that are available...)

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Uber alles-holes, claims lawsuit: Taxi biz sued by blind passengers

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@AC Re: My dog is Murphy.

And if you don't want service dogs in your car, then don't drive for Uber or any of those other car services.

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@Dan

Doesn't matter.

Go and read the ADA. There's the Federal Law, then each state has their own, and most cities even have their own. Actually its not just ADA but also Fair Housing and other laws that deal with discriminatory practices and what constitutes a protected class.

If you decide to drive for Uber, then you have to follow the law. It is Uber's responsibility to make sure that their drivers know the law and that they follow the law. In these cases, both the driver and the service are on the hook. (The driver is not an Uber employee and has no shield.)

Suspension of the driver doesn't go far enough. Drop the driver from the service. Period. That driver is a risk for repeat offenses and there are more drivers willing to do this.

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Re: Sounds very suspicious ..

And the moon landing was faked.

Do you know how many rides the woman had with Uber?

So could it have been that she's relied on Uber and of the times she's called, Driver X has selected 12 of those times?

Keep in mind that blind people don't drive so they are more than likely going to need transportation. So at a minimum 2 times a day if they are just going to and from work.

Again here's where this so called disruptive service flagrantly disregards the law.

No set up required.

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HAMR time for Google's MapReduce, says not-so-startup

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Meh!

Can you say Spark?

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@PleebSmash Re: Back to the drawing board

TAMR is already taken.

One of Stonebraker's companies. This one out of MIT.

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OH SNAP: Getty Images sues Microsoft over Bing pics widget

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Re: They're not the worst offenders

Besides Harvey Birdman?

Actually its a slam dunk class action lawsuit.

Of course you have to own the website in question, or make sure that the T's and C's don't force you to accept that the photos on the site are automatically licensed under terms in Creative Commons...

If its your photo, your site and you've got the copyright... GO FOR IT!

EASY MONEY!

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@AC Huh?

Ok...

Here's the thing.

Getty is a stock photo house. The article and the article referenced talk about Getty using the images from their stock. (If you have a problem of Getty stealing your photos. By all means sue them.)

I did a simple test.

I tried getting images from a local hadoop user group on getty.

Guess what? Using the search term 'Hadoop' I got back 15 images from a stock photo that was used in a Bloomberg article.

I then did this with Microsoft's Bing tool.

Got back member photos and group icons.

Now, if I had to say... The reuse of the indexed photos and images by Microsoft would clearly be copyright infringement.

If you have to pick a fight... its Microsoft which is clearly violating the copyright holders rights and they should be sued.

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Huawei 'beats' Apple to bag sapphire smartie bragging rights

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Am I missing something?

Didn't one of those vanity custom phone makers already use sapphire glass in their handsets?

Vertu, I believe.

And of course I believe a previous El Reg article pointed that out... so neither Apple or Huawei are first to the punch.

So it must be a slow news day...

Go Team Lohan!

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If you think 3D printing is just firing blanks, just you wait

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@ phoenixat44 Re: Title goes here

I think you missed Alice Dobb's point.

Outside of the plastic printers, there are metal 3D printers who can produce metal components (think aerospace industrial grade).

One company did produce a 1911 made from such a printer. (Not sure how many rounds were actually fired.) They did it just to show that it can be done and that you can produce parts that can withstand the pressure.

Of course the company didn't say how much this gun costs, other than one could purchase several regular guns combined, far cheaper.

Where the 3D printing can be interesting isn't producing the gun itself, but in producing the silencer/suppressor. (Again metal printer. Not plastic)

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