2267 posts • joined Tuesday 17th April 2007 15:29 GMT
Re: We can negotiate for a lower tax bill!?
Looks like it.
And judging by the "it was a reasonable deal considering the cost of taking legal action against the company." though process, all I have to do is offer them my tax bill minus expected legal cost + £1.
Given a lawyer costs a few grand per hour, and that my paperwork is a mess, I have recalculated my current tax bill to be -£127K. I shall be writing to Mr Osborne shortly.
"half a million requests to intercept communications data"
If anything that figure should be used to show why the interception should only be done via a warrant. There is no way that level of intrusion is justified. It proves there are a hell of a lot of very nosey people out there.
What I would like to know is how many of those half million were approved as justified, because if this law is passed, all the previously unjustified will have their head in the pipe. Not to mention all those that didn't bother applying for access as they already knew they had no real justification.
re: invalidating warranty
That would be an interesting one to see play out in the UK (and probably EU) courts.
There are statutory rights which you have, no matter what you sign or agree to. If you root it, and the case bio-degrades within 6 months because it's made of the incorrect plastic (for example), you would still be able to throw the sales of goods act at them. (Unfit for purpose).
"the optimal video editing Mac just got a lot more expensive this week."
I'm not sure a laptop, even a high spec'ed Macbook Pro could be considered an optimal video editing platform.
If you perform any kind of rendering, After Effects, Maya etc etc, you need cores, RAM and lots of it.
So something with at least a couple of Xeons please.
Re: Weird morals...
I agree with what you say, but there is no mention in the article that the cyber unit has even been used. Merely that they maintained an operational unit, in just the same way as they maintain an operational army, bombers and artillery. The article states that there are no details on any operations it may have carried out, i.e. "none" is a possibility.
"Legislators reportedly expressed surprise at the existence of the unit and questioned whether military commanders had the legal authority to launch attacks on foreign networks."
So it's normal to research and plan for a war where you'd flatten a country with explosives, tanks and nukes if you so chose, but surprising and legally dubious that you'd consider interfering with their ability to post a facebook status update of "OH NOES! WE ARE BEING BOMBED!" ?
These legislators must live in a strange little world.
Re: Why oh why
For that money you could build yourself a couple of SSD based Shuttles of similar CPU and RAM grunt and plug them into IPS panelled Dell U2711 monitors of identical size and resolution, *but* with a practical matt screen instead of the Apple-esque "Must only be used whilst wearing black" gloss screen. Yes, *that's* why Mr jobs always wore than turtle-neck.
Anna Anna Anna....
What's with that factual sentence listing other companies using Foxconn's services?
The Appletards aren't getting to you are they?
Re: Right or wrong
Next week's news:
Music business flood all media channels with propaganda. Within 2 months 90% of the population believe VPN is an acronym for "Virulent Pirate Nastiness" and campaign groups spontaneously (with backing from mysterious benefactors) spring up to outlaw such heinous systems.
Next year's news:
VPNs and all encrypted transport systems have been found to be used for 49% piracy and 50% terrorism, and all forms of encryption now carry stiff custodial penalties.
Some Be Broadband customers hit back by claiming they would take their "business elsewhere".
Dunno quite how to break this to you, but unless you are planning to emigrate, you are going to discover finding a UK ISP that hasn't (or isn't about to) block TPB is a little tricky.
1) Emigrate as previously mentioned (not a bad option to be honest!)
3) Use a private tracker that's kept its head down.
4) Wait 5 minutes for a different, unblocked domain/IP to appear. Use it for 6 months whilst the wheels of the court go round and round. Once blocked, wait another 5 minutes. Repeat until Music industry resort to using contract killings on pirates with HM Govt blessing.
Changing from one UK ISP to another will not have the slightest influence on the above, except BT moving at their typical glacial speed is actually a slightly beneficial to the end user just this once!
Re: As an Acorn fan girl...
IIRC the first 3 byte pairs of the 6502 memory map were the jump points for reset, NMI and IRQ... Although I could be wrong, it's been a while!
I shall consult Rodnay Zaks when I get home tonight!
Other scary things stuck in my mind:
No wonder there's no room left for anything useful!
Re: I finally get it! It all makes sense now...
And I just covered the last base by patenting the circle.
First letter being drafted to Tefal as we speak.
Re: You'd think she, of all people, would be more careful
I don't think she even know Mr Fugu!
Correct me if I'm wrong, but M$ are "forcing" a UI designed for a touch screen tablet onto their entire desktop user base just so they can claim "Work on your tablet just like you do on your desktop" on the advertising blurb of the Windows tablets.
They're crippling their desktop users just so they can have a punt at 3rd place in the tablet market - aka over taking the abandoned WebOS!
Oh well... Guess that's me sticking with Win 7 for a while... Which at the moment is hosting an XP VM!
Hmmm, I've got Windows 2.0 floppies somewhere, I wonder if I can find a floppy drive...
Re: You'd think she, of all people, would be more careful
You forget, MI5 are a government department, so they just spend all their time telling others how to be careful and whilst in practise still being about as data secure as my mother.
Re: As an Acorn fan girl...
Don't worry, it you want to feel old try still remembering 6502 instruction codes in hex!
I rather missed out on playing with ARM in the early days. I suspect I have a few years on you. I do remember playing lander on one once, and having a true jaw on the floor moment. An insanely powerful machine. Unfortunately I couldn't afford one :'(
Apart from that, I'm not going to talk to you any more... I'm still waiting for my RaspPi :-(
Crank up those extended laptop batteries and prepare to sniff many foreign language passwords for many unencrypted websites via the unencrypted WiFi.
Re: Haterz gonna hate
Well we have to get our chuckles amidst the barrage of continual iphone/pad rumours from somewhere!
I didn't think Metro had any redeemable features!
"world's biggest recycler of Bill Gates' best ideas"...
Anna, you need a troll icon! Even as I type this I can hear distant mouths starting to foam.
Have fun on your super-highway B road.
"Perhaps one of its competitors will step into the role."
Let me see... Who else provides cables to the premises? Oh, that'll be Virgin Media...
Good luck with that idea if the road isn't already cabled.
Well that would certainly reduce the price of the next iphone!
Not sure it would do it any other favours though.
The chap from KMS did a better job of defending Aria, than Aria does!
Aria's quote just makes him sound shifty and either hiding something or being in denial.
Sorry Mark ;-)
It was fresh in my mind as I had that exact Audi pleasure on the way to work in the morning.
No idea what he was trying to prove. I was quite happy doing just over the limit along with the car in front and the car in front of that and the car in front of that... etc etc
It's not like he'd ever have been able to impress me with his speed, I was riding my 1000cc sports bike!
I thought about a kill switch backfire to rattle him a bit, but instead just nipped ahead and put myself two vehicles further up the line.
Is that it? Audi already have a system on the UK roads which get them within 2 meters!
Re: Slight problem
Another slight problem... What happens when you find yourself coming up to a junction and the lane leading to the exit you want is full of 100 Volvos all 6 meters apart with none of the drivers paying any attention to other road users and letting them in.
Re: How much??
Exactly my thought... If this was her fraud amount, how much were the "genuine" expenses? The mind boggles!
Re: Lower price components?
I don't think you can level that one just at Nvidia, half the tech industry were caught out by that dodgy electrolyte formula.
I've seen boards from countless manufacturers with caps labelled from countless other manufacturers which have spilt their guts for no reason.
However, if you wanted to some Nvidia ammunition you could always mention the poor bump material choice on their BGA chips which caused Apple to issue a recall and admit a status of "non-perfect"!
The day a $199 device arrives on UK shores at £127, I'll eat my hat.
Price conversion into UK£ is usually a character replacement, not mathematical.
I don't agree with that... Time to crank up Wigle again.
That explains how the FBI got involved over a single facebook account hack... A celebrity was involved.
Re: Deja vu all over again
I've seen this before too.
When it happened the other day I just ran M$'s own "dot net removal tool", removed them all, rebooted and reinstalled the versions of dotnet I need. Good excuse for a clear out.
"even if "six-tenths of a kilometre" still has a ring of old school about it."
Worse than that, they haven't twigged the simplicity of the metric system allows them to just move the decimal point and make that 6 hundred meters.
I wonder how much profit their Luxembourg office made...
Thanks for that article, gave me and the office a right good chuckle.
There used to be several, but they all went to the wall from the expense of installing the cables and battling with local council bullsh*t. VM just came along and bought them and their cables.
Re: Much as it pains me
At least BT bothered to cable the entire country. I'm sick and tired about VM going on about their speeds on TV and radio announcements when as far as I know they (or the companies they bought out) haven't cabled a new area in over a decade.
The button size is certainly aimed at children. I doubt my man-sized hands could type on any of those keyboards. I certainly couldn't use a blackberry the last time I tried.
It's a pity HTC didn't continue with the landscape slide out keyboard design they had on the Desire Z. I currently own one, and can type on that quite successfully with my sausage fingers.
Unfortunately they decided to just follow the rest of the crowd and not bother making anything different, so now I have the full range of touch screen handsets from all the manufacturers to consider when I upgrade.
Re: Digital equivalent of breaking and entering.
If you want to draw those comparisons, keep going...
If the password is weak, say "password", couldn't you then claim the door wasn't even locked... So you just walked in? It then become trespass, a civil, not criminal offence in the UK.
So old there is even a common English saying which evolved from the practise.
"Letting the cat out of the bag" comes from people selling a cat in a sack and claiming it to be a pig. "Letting the cat out of the bag" came to mean "revealing a secret or deception".
I'm not sure if I should be angry at the conmen for the con, or admire their adherence to tradition. Whichever it is I have little sympathy for the victims. They're either very very gullible, or willing to buy what must flag up a few "stolen goods" alarms in their head.
Another English saying comes to mind - A fool and their money are easily parted.
I think I was too busy checking out the girl's arse.
Because some people round here have the down vote connected to their jerking knee and not to any neurons.
This time is was probably because OJ was on trial quite a while ago, and they thought mentioning his name was an insult to the dead.
Daily Mail readers get everywhere these days.
If they're not faking it, why did they plant a load of baby Martians in front of it?
"Lord Howe noted that he'd been responsible for the metrication programme, as minister for consumer affairs in the Edward Heath government"
So it's your fault it's in a shambles! If you'd kept you mouth shut we'd all be using a single system. Imperial.
I'm quite happy with the mix. I can talk measurements with the yanks, and the Europeans, and at my own choosing be complete incomprehensible to both!
Maybe Lord Howe should go and have some fun with the motor industry... Has he checked out the specification of tyres recently (or ever in his life)...
mm width, profile %age of width, rim size in inches.
Rather apt I thought...
Especially the last sentence!
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