55 posts • joined Friday 22nd February 2008 11:50 GMT
Not the original liberator.
"Nobody serious has used single-shot firearms in combat for well over a century."
The French Resistance used them. the (AFAIK) first Liberator Gun. It was a cheap one shot metal pistol designed to be small and easily manufactured in bulk, so it could be dropped to resistance members in occupied countries.
It wasn't even designed to be easily re-loadable, the idea being you would use this easily concealed pistol to kill a German and take their better gun.
Please won't somebody think of the children?
Because over 99% children will spend the majority of their lives as adults.
Think about whether you want them to spend their adult lives with the government watching everything they do online.
Hiding the money and not declaring it is what got them, not avoidance like amazon, google , starbuck , and every other multinational.
If they'd created a GoldLogic in Ireland or somewhere with low tax and rented the company name back to the UK branch they'd have gotten away with it.
I thought the mothership had picked her up long ago.
Windows 8 suffers from one big problem - MS wanted in on phone and tablet sales.
I was being shown windows 8 laptop by a salesdroid over xmas and I was stroking the screen trying to get it to respond .
"It's not a touch screen" the droid said
"It's a touch screen user interface" I replied
Did these people boot this laptop?
Does the Windows license cover use by a third party without permission of the license holder ?
Part of me is thinking this is one of those blue (or muddy pink) sky scenarios that wont get anywhere.
But where would we be without the dreamers?
What about moonraker?
Any mathematical estimates on the probability of launching 6 shuttles within an hour and all of them working as intended ?
The logical extension
Would be to outlaw VPN connections without a permit. Otherwise this law is useless.
And probably violates Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
There's a difference
Between a villain and a henchman (goons? hired goons!).
Put up two seperate poll's one for the main baddie (Blofield, Drax, Goldfinger, etc) and another for the henchmen (Jaws, NickNack, RandomTask, etc).
Leave them alone
As long as they're wanking away they're not starting uncalled for wars.
We could have had this years ago
If we had lost WW2.
Using a feeding tube for the pull in
To avoid the fail-safe line tangling , couldn't you fit a hollow tube through the swivel fitting and feed the line through that ?
By the way , isn't there a break the balloon where helium is to be fed through ? I'm imagining it's tied into a knot like a childs balloon. Couldnt you tie it around some simple pressure drop detector instead? Unlike like the air during lift the balloons internal pressure will suddenly change upon bursting.
Have we reached saturation?
Perhaps people have realized that they dont need a more powerful or a better user experience when all they do is turn it on and double click the browser.
When all your computing needs are prefixed with "http:" why would you need to upgrade before it breaks ?
All up for grabs
The judgment references the 1988 copyright designs and patent act.
Section 52 of that acts reads that any use under license of an artistic design through an industrial process renders the design applicable for public use 25 years after the end of the calendar year it was first marketed, so long as it was marketed in the UK.
Unless all those toys in the late 70s were hand made then most of the prime star-wars designs now go to public domain in the UK.
Deckchairs on the Titanic
While selling news in tomorrows chip wrappers is a business heading for obsolescence, the business of gathering news and distributing it to the public is not going to go away. IMHO PCC really needs to look at reforming itself into a standards body for all news business, not just those who press ink down onto mashed up trees.
Cycle it back into plants
Could you take this "pure" co2 and put it into sealed greenhouses to grow plants? They would have to be large, agreed, but the best method of carbon sequestration is surely photosynthesis ?
Should have been android
Seriously, is it some mark of status in the IT world to regard Google as your competitor ?
I think Nokia hardware is great, let down by their OS. An android N97 would be fantastic. But no, "Google is our competitor." says Nokia. Rubbish. HTC, Samsung, LG, Sony - they're the competition.
This will turn into a coalition of losers.
Top down IT procurement at work
My GF used to work at the DWP and from what she's told me their IT provision is disgustingly and inflexible. Requirements are determined and written at a level far higher than the actual lowlies who sit at the keyboard, and consequently they never get a system that makes their job harder.
The whole thing needs redoing from scratch with proper stakeholder involvement. And by stakeholders I mean people who do the actual claims processing, not managers who get nice food from contractors during sales meetings.
I know why
The Kinect is being sold at a loss, with MS making money back from licensing for the titles. If people start buying it without buying any of the games then they lose.
What they don't want is other people write (for example) a sign language reader and packaging it up with the hardware they've sold at a loss.
Waste of time.
100 years time ?
Put that in context - could the late Victorians have envisaged what was required for project Apollo ?
"The construction of the balloon would require a considerable increase in rubber from our plantations in the colonies. Also the gentlemen space travelers would have to be from the gentry classes because her majesty would surely request an audience upon their return ."
There was always a demand for multi territorial licenses. But the rights holders loved parceling up rights by territory and selling them individually so it never happened.
It seems obvious now but it never occured to people that some were pirating material [from abroad] simply because you couldn't buy it .
The Phantom Menace took three months to get a UK release. Thanks to the threat pirates we got an official theatrical release of Revenge of the Sith within days.
And the newspaper industry is hoping to sit behind a pay wall and expect people to pay for journalism of this quality ?
Can you stick one of these in your car and not trigger a speed camera?
Make It sound like...
I dunno, perhaps a car? You can already get a V8 soundeffects which plugs into your car stereo, making your little 1.0 micra sound like a mustang. Just install one of those by default and have a waterproof speaker under the bonnet, next to the horn.
So under this precedent doesnt General Motors now have a secondary liability for speeding tickets ?
Doesnt Colt have a secondary liability for gunshot wounds or murders ?
For that matter doesnt sony have a secondary liability because it produces DVD-RW drives?
I dont care how tech savvy you are
But how much in the pocket of big business you are.
Lets see if you can oppose idea's in government that you opposed in opposition (re: mandybill)
About a year ago a lot of people starting shouting for Swing 2.0 as well as JavaFX. Some of this is already happening with the swing generics project but frankly its not enough.
Worth mentioning 3 times because the thing everybody mentions against swing is the layout control.
Not handset skype though
This is probably the same as 3's skype offering, where the Voice to IP is actually done by the carrier and not the handset.
And Skype is well known to let security and law agenices in through it's revolving back door.
Bye Byte Automatic Update
I'll avoid this the same way I avoided WGA - shut off windows update completely.
Let a third party package handle virus and firewall until I can get wine to run newly released DX games.
One time passcode
Could they not send a one time code to the hardholders mobile and verify that?
Use an image key
Easy, make an image key. Require them to scan an image of a prime ministerial pardon absolving you of all crimes committed .
Make sure your "key" includes the signature of the current prime minister.
Galactica 1980..... *shudder*
Hydrogen is not cheaper
I wish people would stop saying hydrogen all the time like its some magic solution. It takes three times the energy to travel 1 mile on hyrdrogen than on battery.
And nothing can hold hydrogen in a tank indefinitely - it leaks away and you're left empty.
No such thing as a "Free Ride"
Yep, no Free Rider here. I pay for my connection , so does the BBC.
Oh wait, there is a free ride. BT is providing content from the BBC without paying them for it.
Requires a change of attitude not just perspect.
Solving the problems of identity and privacy, yes, this checks all the boxes. There's no way the Sir Humphries of this world will let that through - they want the Police, Intelligence and "commercial partners" accessing this data.
The purpose of the ID card is not just to provide someones identity but to record it as well. And recorded information is useless unless it will be read again. Its the reader list that forms the core of the problem with the scheme.
If you really want the slide out qwerty keyboard get the old G1. The 1.5 update is being pushed out to those as well so the spiffy new OS features will appear on both phones.
If you've got a unlocked one on another network though you'll need to root it and update it manually.
Google is a SERVICE not SOFTWARE
What's happening here is that advertisers have paid to advertise on google and then made the assumption that that meant advertising on PC's in browsers.
Do any of these advertisers know that their adverts will show up when you google in a mobile browser ? Do they want to turn of their adverts for anyone looking on a Samsung or Motorola ?
Paris because she knows a service when she gets one.
We have to send an agent from MI6
Just so that the head scientist can claim that he's been expecting them .
The cost would naturally be cheaper without espionage
The original US stealth demonstrator was built in the 1970s as project Have Blue, which eventually evolved into the F-117 Nighthawk. Improvements in stealth technology ( F-22, F-35 etc) have come about because of increases in computer power since the design of the F-117 - and how much more bang per buck to you get out of a computer since the 70s?
Trying to duplicate a 30 year old technology is naturally going to be cheaper than creating it first yourself - that's the price you pay for being first. Technology gets cheaper as it gets older.
Paris because the first caveman to wield a stick was a genius but now even she can do it.
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