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Might want to look into this as well. No point going to all the trouble of encrypting your files for transport if the NSA can read them off your screen and/or keyboard as you edit the them.
Current British science fiction writer
From the British SF writers I quite like Charles Stross, with "Halting State" and "Rule 34" being particularly good examples of near future british science fiction. Ken McLeod is generally worth a read as well.
Turning it all the way to 0
I avoid the problem completely by just turning the volume off, only turning it back on when I wish to watch/listen to something. Completely avoids the annoying online equivalents to "I'M BARRY SCOTT...".
Allowing the children unsupervised on the internet is akin to letting them roam the streets unsupervised, perfectly possible but it relies on every other member of society being a nice and reasonable person and children having the common sense not to wander into unsuitable areas.
Page provided perfect prose pondering performing pachyderms perched precariously on pencil proof planar products
It's all good fun until somebody dies
We have had two deaths around here (pop. approx 85,000) in the last six months due to people being buried in holes/trenches - one of which was in a trench only about 4 foot deep. A nasty statistical blip I am sure you would agree, but one that does make you more sensitive about the risks. It might be common sense to know when to enter such a hole and when not to, unfortunately common sense ain't that common.
Well I don't know about the other 199 countries, but if Amazon allow apps to be sold to devices the Isle of Man that is more than Google has managed to do with its play store. The BBC iPlayer and Sky Go apps being particularly annonying in not installing, and I can't even get access to the store to buy devices directly (although VPNs are your friend in all of these circumstances).
How about "Anything, Anywhere" because mobile telephony should be just that easy. Paris as she agrees.
Re: They've given him asylum
Not only that, from what I'm following on the BBC live feed, they are going to treat him as a diplomat and seek his accreditation as such with the UK. Seems the UK Government has managed to provoke the Ecuadorians into taking this action with that letter.
Preparation is the key
Looks like good advice. I would also suggest you make sure you are really prepared before heading into any meeting like this. Make sure you have copies of key e-mails, have througly reviewed any files before the meeting and have prepared answers to any of the questions which may be asked. Don't be fooled by the convivial atmosphere, anything you say here could form part of a later disciplinary.
As the tone of the article suggests, the aim of such an investigation is to assign blame. Usually there will be enough to go around and you just need to make sure it isn't disproportionately dumped on you.
Why the loophole?
Why not just require businesses exporting from the Channel Islands to the UK to register for VAT purposes with Customs and Excise, and only allow such businesses to be registered that are relevant to the "native industries of the channel islands" - i.e. not the big warehouses exporting DVDs!
Of course I can think of a couple of other legal problems with that but they can change the law can't thet?
Upgrade from Occive 2003 to 2007
I would disagree with phuzz, having been part of an organisation that "upgraded" from Office 2003 to Office 2007 I wouldn't say that people would be terribly unhappy if they want back to 2003.
Indeed, juding by the still frequent comments (after over 12 months) of "where the hell is this" and "why can't i open/print that", I would take 2003 back in a heartbeat - if only for the peace and quiet!
I would agree with you on the upgrade from XP to Vista/7, although thats more down to the users not really interacting (or needing to anything more than a basic level) with the operating system as a whole.
Could they have details of the new iPhone 5 on there? Maybe Apple are getting a bit more draconian after the Gizmodo episode?
Noting that it is based on a Lotus Elise chassis I've just had a quick look at the spec for the 2011 Lotus Elise. This new model has a top speed of 124mph, a 0-60 of 6.4 seconds all from a 1.6l 6 speed petrol engine at a cost of £26,550. Is it really worth the extra £40,000 or so grand for the Tesla's 'green' credentials?
http://www.topspeed.com/cars/lotus/2011-lotus-elise-ar85080.html - Lotus article if anyone is interested
Can't change earphones easily - Fail
I like my old 2G version of the shuffle precisly because it would allow me to change headphones easily to suit the activity I was doing.
Limiting this ability, or making it too expensive with an after market add-on, just seems to be an epic design failure to me.
Hopefully they will make the future 4G version more like the 2G version.
I thought you crossed "Highlander" out because there can be only one?
Mines the one with the scabbard in the back ta.
Suing for not being adequately defended
Quoting from the New York Post's article :
"In her suit, she'll charge Google "breached its fiduciary duty to protect her expectation of anonymity," said her high-powered attorney Salvatore Strazzullo."
I ain't no lawyer but it would seem to my interpretation of that is that she intends to sue Google for inadequately defending against the case put forward by Ms Cohen and that by failing to do so the company acted negligently, thus making Google liable for compensation.
As the end result of possible decision for Ms Port in this case would seem to be that Google's lawyers had acted negligently I expect the lawyers themselves would strongly defend the matter as if nothing else a guilty verdict would open them up to a mlapractice suit from Google themselves!
FAIL - cos that's what i expect will happen to Ms Port's suit.
Checks for other uses of Bing
Did they google it? Or did they rely on their own search engine to check for any previous uses of "Bing" (i.e. Bollocks Its No Good)
Could we not just put Microwave repeater stations throughout the wind farm to aid the propogation of the signal?
In these cases wouldn't the fresnel zone be small and limited to the spaces between the turbines and thus suffer no interference?
I suppose this could either be hideously expensive and/or complicated if it were possible.
Step backward in design
It seems the Apple have made a mess of the shuffle design now. Putting the controls on the earbud cords seems to mean that you have to use Apple's dedicated earbuds only for the player to work.
Of course if your supplied earbuds break you will be tied into buying expensive replacements from Apple to get your shuffle working again.
Not being able to uise your own earbuds, which are usually better than the distinctly average ones that Apple supply, will also be a disadvantage; as will not being able to use it with the car stereo.
Finally, locating the controls away from the body of the player will mean you are forever faffing around trying to find the bit of the headphone cable with the damn dongle on whenever you want to alter a setting. Currently I place my shuffle within quick grasp of my hand, usually a trouser pocket, so moving the control all the way up there is a pain in the neck and will get old quick.
I am sure someone will love it, personally I am glad I got my 2G Shuffle before this piece of crap!
From our local media reports (http://www.iomtoday.co.im/video/Our-man-takes-39Green-TT39.4942343.jp) it seems that even the early prototypes handle reasonably well. It really will be a question of how the batteries hold out it seems.
I look forward to seeing them racing next year.
Pricey drugs in Australia?!
Hang on lets do the maths here.
1/8 = 3.5g
According to the news report these drugs were valued at AU$27 per gram.
That means for a standard eighth by this figure the Auzzies have to pay around AU$96 or £45 - a lot more than the £15-20 (according to Google) the average user in the UK pays.
Can any Aussie readers let us know if this is right or are the Aussie police massaging their drug seizure figures?
Thanks for that, I still maintain that it is interesting that you have to dig through that many webpages to find a mention of Phorm and you certainly can't find it on a search of the website - especally of BT's recent press releases.
Are BT so proud about Phorm
Just had a look on the BT website (www.bt.com) and found no mention of Phorm at all. If BT were so proud of their relationship with this company and the 'benefits' it brings why isn't this on their website.
A bit of news from BT about this supposed new 'trial' for the 10,000 selected victims, sorry, customers, would not go amiss either.
Gun accuracy at sea
With regard to the gun supposedly bobbing up and down while at sea I can't see that being too much of a problem.
Firstly big ships are reasonably stable in all but the roughest weather, although I agree there will still be some movement.
Secondly, if BAE are making it they could just mount it on a gyroscopically stablised platform, much like the one used for the main gun on the Challenger 2 tank.
If they resolve the issues of the barrel's longevity and the rate of fire I suspect it will be quite an effective weapon. Certainly I would not like to think of a hail of Mach 5 rounds heading towards me!
completely completely pointless
Why take your knife into school through a detector when you could just get it passed through the fence into the playground or through a window into the school itself?
Short of turning schools into prisons this measure willl most likely have little action on actually preventing knife crime in schools, except from catching some of the more stupid thugs that carry them.
All in all a typical knee-jerk reaction showing something is being done even when it has all the effectiveness of a chocolate fireguard.
Consumer pay the same prices in which countries again?
"Consumers pay the same price in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland and Spain. European consumers, identified by the address on their credit card, pay 99 Euro cents while UK users pay 79 pence."
Thats a neat trick getting people from Denmark, Norway and Switzerland to pay in Euros as they have not joined the single currency yet!
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