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Shurely that happened once they signed up for the service?
*The name affectionately given to users of the Twatter online timewasting service.
And the point is?
While I quite liked the analysis that shows how our economies have favoured finance over just about everything else and I'm all for more spending on research, both of the "improvement" as well as the "what happens if you do this" variety, more energy production is not the solution. Energy efficiency, ie. house insulation is significantly cheaper for society than building any kind of power plant.
I'll have one, ta
Jaqui, you fat slag, just as soon as you recognise the independent Republic of Mancunia.
And it was such a good week for the government in Manchester what with that nice Mr. Burnham being full of praise for FC United.
It's called subsidiarity
And it's actually one of the good things about the US political setup: not everything gets decided in Washington. The Bush administration's meddling was simply another example of "big government" in state issues. As has been noted in several places, not least by The Economist http://www.economist.com/search/search.cfm?rv=2&qr=epa+emissions+california&area=1&x=0&y=0 , once a state like California passes such legislation many other states adopt the same law and manufacturers adapt generally pretty quickly to reduce the number of production lines they have to support. There are, of course, some notable exceptions with German car manufacturers infamous for lobbying against tighter European emission legislation ("it can be done") whilst selling models that meet California's even higher requirements.
So politically it's a smart move: Obama gets to look green while making it Schwarzenegger's problem. Effectively done it even becomes a job saver as American manufacturers might get a head start on the next set of restrictions which can be tailored to suit their abilities, ie. reduce the level of "XXX" in emissions once they know how to do this, the free radicals produced by lead-free petrol would be a good place to start.
IP addresses can be treated as personal information particularly on a corporate network. The Data Protection Act certainly does prohibit passing on personal information electronically to third parties. On top of that, of course, is the Google cookie that gets set which is not at all required for the service. I know that the issue is currently under review in Germany with the recommendation to ban the use of Google Analytics likely. One of the companies I work is looking to ban the use of Analytics worldwide. But as I said in my initial post the use is currently only a possible breach of data protection legislation.
re. Data Protection
While there is indeed some discussion about whether you should even be allowed to keep webserver logs, the real data protection issue is making them available to a third party, ie, Google, without the *express* permission of the owner.
They're not really from the same company: Google bought Analytics when it bought the company Urchin. I think Googlemail is their own vomit.
Does Mr. Abbott advise his clients that using Analytics is possibly in breach of data protection legislation?
Missing the point
The decision is one about unfair competition and that the media player decision can be seen as a precedent. There have been many analogies for other industries which don't need repeating here. What probably is important is that it makes it less likely that Microsoft can railroad Silverlight through as the rich runtime. But the decision also sends a warning to Google's nascent ambitions with Chrome.
If you build them they will come.
While telco's are probably not desperate to upgrade their entire networks to support any new standards, they do now have established mobile data customer bases. So, as long as they don't have to bid for spectrum they will continue to roll out new kit and upgrade key locations: stations, airports, etc. just as they have with UMTS to HSDPA and then HSUPA and LTE fits in nicely. Probably available first as a USB stick before getting Jobs to tell everyone how great the JesusPhone 4G is - the fanboys. As for what the bandwidth will be used for - porn, just like normal highspeed internet connections.
@aving angry loony
Dell has never really received Irish taxpayers' money as it has been a net receiver of EU development aid ever since joining the EU. So, it's been German taxpayers' money all the time and they're generally quite happy to pay to increase trade: what cars do the workers at the factories wherever they are buy?
I thought the latest stats from Slovakia, along with the Baltic states, weren't that positive. Romania and Bulgaria are the current places to go in the EU.
@Danny O. Snow
Would that be the "Book of the Long Tail" you're dusting off by any chance? I'd thought we'd manage to scare off all Web 2.0 cultists but obviously not. As you're unlikely to understand any form of irony: you and your fellow "fellows" are self-deluding fools. Profound implications for mankind, indeed! Why? Is it a cure for malaria?
Thanx El Reg for an excellent article and thanx to those commenters with additional information. To recap for the hard of thinking, the whole thing started off by Google illegally scanning copyrighted and out of copyright works ostensibly for "the greater good". But instead of a court case which should lead to a seizure of all related assets and a promise not to do it again, Google has turned it into a landgrab and precedent for other media (read YouTube - "Viacom come to an agreement or have it dictated to you by Google's pet courts") for Google to place its adverts. Next step - copyrighting the future.
Mind you, I reckon we'll all go along with whatever Google wants if it leads to unlimited, free porn!
@Mr. Gosselin. I think you'll find the drivers are very much part of the business model as they can make such a difference to the performance and, with respect, most hardware companies have got better things to do than chase kernel releases.
Open sourcing the spec makes a lot more sense in an OpenCL world than it does in accelerated graphics as it may well encourage new sales to customers keen to take take advantage of the cheap GPUs.
What the customer wants
IBM has done very well with its enterprise customers by giving them want they want: Deutsche Bank got a new version of Notes for OS/2 even though this wasn't initially planned. Large companies have vastly different expectations from their vendors than access to the code. Enterprise does not update frequently and often.
IBM will probably have to react to the changed environment, especially Microsoft's Sharepoint developments, but it is already doing this by its engagement with OpenOffice.
No just an IP-based future
One of the great advantages of traditional broadcast technologies is how little power the receivers use: radios do not need DSPs and codecs to receive. This doesn't much of an effect on BoM for modern devices but it does affect their energy requirements. This is probably why phone manufacturers have plumped for FM as a "nice to have" feature that was easy to do.
I, personally, can't see IP-based services sweeping the globe quite yet partly because of the need for the receiving device to stay in touch with the nearest cell, and of course requiring enough cells for everyone who wants to talk, listen, watch, etc. DVB-T (not DVB-H) is being adopted by phone manufacturers as an established international standard and, of course, like satellite supports radio. This provides a reasonable trade-off between portability and power consumption and as more manufacturers add the technology to their phones, adoption rates will shoot up far faster than for DAB as phones are replaced much faster.
I was hoping for some festive fecking swearing from Father Ted.
About the only thing I agreed with in the article was the petulance of the open source zealots who love features and fluff over reliability and is often as loggerheads with production requirements.
Nice to have a different subject for once.
Personally I think Blizzard's greatest strength is a fanatical attention detail. I've not played WoW but I fondly remember losing days and nights to Warcraft I & II and subsequently Starcraft. They bed the games in excellent and intriguing stories. Having played both in English and German I can attest to the detailed choice of throwaway phrases and, just as important, to their speakers given to peasants, etc. I'm avidly looking forward to Starcraft 3 and glad I won't need to by a new MacBook to play it. Photorealism on anything but a PS3 is so overrated. Games must engage the user and encourage the come back for more.
My brother is one of the eleven million and was previously basically addicted to Everquest. From what I can see WoW seems significantly more sociable inasmuch as it doesn't insist on 24/7 gaming. That would certainly favour occasional, "social" gamers. You know the ones who actually remember what outside is!
Intel needs to do more
Their chips need more transistors to do the same amount of work as other chips which is why Intel chips routinely drown more polar bears than the competition.
But as for technological innovation: it's still almost always IBM that comes up trumps with the really interesting stuff.
re. backwards compatibility
Python 2.5 is the fastest version of Python. Python 2.6 was released mainly as a forwards compatibility release with 3.0 for library developers. Most code will run unchanged on Python 2.x and 3.x or need only minor changes (print statements to functions, etc.) So the change is nothing like as dramatic as say PHP 4.x to PHP 5.0
Take up at Mountain View is likely to be pretty fast, I would guess. ;-)
I swear freely and liberally (interesting but true choice of words) on a daily basis. But that doesn't mean I swear all the time or don't know any other words. Shock is often used to raise ratings and it can sometimes be pretty annoying if you have people apparently swearing just for the sake of it. But the BBC should be representative of everyone out there including the denizens of John Cooper Clark's immortal "Chicken Town" aka Salford. Middle England can fuck right off.
Social networking and user generated content
These mutant abominations are out there and the only thing we can hope is that if we lead by example others may follow.
A suggested transliteration: "social network" -> "sadness network"
"Weblog" might be allowed through but "blogging" -> "I had time on my hands and nothing better to do"
"Mobe" users should report directly to Dr. Tinkle.
You always have a choice at an auction.
In fact both the UK and German auctions indicated that the networks were deliberately forcing the price up to drive out the competition. It worked well in Germany: Mobilcom and Quam effectilvey quit the business within a year of the auction. And less so in the UK with 3. This is typical for a free market which tends towards oligopoly if not properly regulated.
As for the state revenues: the actual costs of the licences were subsequently booked as losses offsetting the enormous cash flows so it sounded worse than it was.
Deeply flawed article
1) Governments don't charge for spectrum. They hold auctions. Very free market. Nobody forced the networks to bid.
2) UMTS take up is not coverage related. When they were bidding for spectrum the networks had grand plans for UMTS services (video calls being one of them) and wanted to avoid being mere data pipes. But seeing as customers didn't want any of the new services they had to do something to increase use. UMTS price expectations were set by the smaller operators (ie. 3 in the UK). Once the flatrate genie was out of the bottle...
3) Dongle owners don't arse around on sadness networks on their phones. There has been sustained demand from heavy corporate users since UMTS became available. There is still significant differentiation on availability of HSDPA and HSUPA allowing for a premium but only to the corporate sector.
4) What about convergence? Touted in the late 1990s, most networks ignored in for most of this decade. Only to resdiscover the importance of brand loyalty and across products and simplifying the customer experience.
Is this the level of consultancy the telcos get? No wonder they keep getting it wrong!
Bulgarian funbags anyone?
Surely that's a very popular neologism. Or is it euphemism?
@ AC with the morning undergarment dilemma: any pair that isn't stuck together will do!
Mine's the one with the pockets filled with high-gloss "research papers".
Confusing the issue
This article conflates two issues. Firstly, the security issues related to including external client side scripting in a page. The problems associated with this are pretty well covered in the article.
"Practically all web tracking counters work this way."
Tracking is the keyword here. Google Analytics (previously known as Urchin before the Larry and Sergei like the razor so much they bought the company) is all about tracking users as they travel the interweb and is a pretty hefty violation of most data protection laws. Idiots use it because they think they are getting some statistics for free when in fact they are selling valuable information to an advertising agency in return for some pretty graphics.
Thirdy, just because "everyone else is doing it" is never a justification for an action: siphyllis is a very popular sexually transmitted disease. Does that make it desirable?
Add *.googleanalytics.com/* to your content blocker.
It's a joke
Traffic management has to be done in the network. Seeing as,at least in Germany, you can use the same SIM on the same contract connected to a PC with no download restriction this can only be a dead herring related to the fact that the network can't properly distinguish between internet "radio" and VoIP.
I like Mac OS but some of the comments from the dullards on this are starting to make me feel ashamed.
New Unit of Measurement
The PornFlick? - data transferred per second? Like it.
I much prefer UIQ to S60. My G900 is a joy to use - so much attention to detail throughout. At the same time you can see that some of the applications have been getting a bit long in the tooth - think this has less to do with the UIS and more to do with Symbian.
Well said Cade
If the internet is all about websites and not about browsers then who gives a toss whether it's Windows, Apple or Linux as long as it's still googlemaps, googlemail and the rest of the googleverts? Personally I think they're all shit but I'm in a very small minority.
Where's the Max Headroom icon?
Sad bunch of twats on this afternoon
1) Nothing to do with profits. Public transport is largely funded by government grants and most people have some form of season ticket. There is little or no additional money made through direct ticket sales which are there to scratch the itch that people should be seen to pay to use the system.
2) Screen-scraping is a copyright issue because even if the data collected is publically available. It is the form in which the information is available which is important. Most German train (and the Dutch one) websites use software developed by a private company, HAFAS, which naturally has a vested interest in not seeing the data thus made available to possible competitors. Making this data available in other forms without their consent may constitute a material breach of contract and as the development of the software has been paid for the majority of customers, the minority is benefitting at the expense of the majority. Nothing new, there, then.
But basically JesusPhone users are idiots who should be made to pay for their gullibility. Nice to see if Apple's prepared to act as gateway keeper here by booting such applications off the phone as they've presumably promised the music and phone industry.
IBM's in the right
Not sure if the PowerPC stuff is relevant. He's left the building from a senior position with lots of detailed knowledge. A one-year restriction is actually very lenient for that kind of position. Wonder what Apple would do if the situation was reversed? Jobs would be crying Ives' beautifully crafted tears, no doubt.
Nice boost to the campaign
I like it, although I hope it gets a bigger take-up and spreads round the country to include train stations and airports. That'll make the place popular with religious *zealots* everywhere.
It's probably too much to hope that if they are any protests against it that there will be a debate about freedom of speech.
@Evil Graham: class! Must add that to my stock when the god botherers come round.
Govtard - like it.
@ The rest of you. We're all a bit pinko liberal today, aren't we? Can't we get some nice redneck flames on how good Guantamo Bay has been at obtaining evidence and preventing terrorism?
It should go back to 48 hours. It's a bit sick that we're celebrating the fact that detention without trial hasn't been extended to 42 days but it's still four, fucking long weeks. It's the job of the secret services to take out the really dangerous and naughty people even if the break the law doing so and not the responsibility of those civilians in uniform aka the police.
Oh, and can we have a reminder that MI5 officially reckons that the IRA is currently still a bigger problem than any putative jihadist, despite repeated attempts to fasttrack discontented Asians into radical fodder.
text/plain is the solution
HTML mail is the real culprit but Jobs deserves a good kicking for embracing it so wholeheartedly. AppleMail is okay (not as good as Mr. Carruthers own mailer but that's by the by) but it has never had a "Display mail as text" option and comes with a load of "templates" which suggest that you can reliably style ASCII text.
But Life on Mars itself depends largely on The Sweeney for it's anachronism. Wonder if that's why it was set in Manchestoh what with Mr. Thaw coming from there. Who is the yank equivalent of Regan?
And Mr. Haines: "cultural flatline" - we didn't get that till Maggie got in and fucked everything up.
The bleeding obvious
Not sure about nanotechnological demons although it's bound to give rise to a heap of user reported errors to go along with "byte rot" and "drive worms": "nano gremlins" The easiest thing to do is to use superconducting materials that don't generate heat. We'll probably all be fine using our laptots (sic) in the LHC at CERN! In the meantime replacing DRAM would go a long way to reducing power consumption as would dropping x86 compatability.
Shock! Horror! Ofcom is incompetent!
Up there with the FSA and the SEC for this year's "not fit for purpose" prize. The number is "owned" (I don't think id's can technically be owned but that's another matter) by the regulator and not the chuffing network who'd probably been auctioning the most "desirable" ones.
And there already is a database for which number is using which network and all the national networks and many international ones subscribe to it to get their daily updates. Number portability has already been demonstrated in court to be an essential part of competition and I thought this was a European judgement. Got to love British regulators: let the companies fuck the customer as long as possible.
You're scum. Ray's the daddy.
Works for me
First of all:
"but as long as I can still post utter toss in the comments sections and quality of the scribblers who send the articles in is still good, then I couldn't give a rats ass if the whole site was run through Upside Downterweb, It'll still be in my bookmarks."
Can't disagree with that, except that it's probably not quite as rude as if I'd written it.
@all the knobheads complaining about fixed-widths: go and read up about what 400 character-wide columns do to readability.
@font size fetishists: twiddle your browser and plan to buy reading glasses within the next five years and wrist support a lot sooner.
@numpty complaining about adds: real vultures use content blockers and have done ever since they existed.
@the Reg: In general a great improvement but please do CSS properly and add a print css and presumably one for mobiles. Site does render fine for me on Presto 9.6 and on my G900 but the background grey is too dark and the icons are mainly cock except for the coat one. Looks like an updated form of 1970's naive style and let's face it the 70's was the decade that style forgot. As for you symbols: either photorealism or iconographic but never, ever both. Smells like an opportunity for a competition. The Economist recently reinvented itself to good effect (except for mobiles).
Mine's the one with the nearly completed manuscript "How I made the internet" and would you order me a taxi and a couple of coke whores? Ta,
Every journalist knows...
... check your sources. Nice to see further proof of the absence of journalism in the "blogosphere".
Only updated iChoons to 7.5 last night and my updates run every week. Me thinks left hand doesn't really know what right hand is doing in Cupertino and doesn't really care. iPple is the new Microsoft.
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