29 posts • joined Friday 27th June 2008 14:28 GMT
law passed by mistake....!?
It was a rider in the Port Security Act passed through Congress/Senate to prevent overseas companies buying and running US ports.
It was added at the last minute, literally only minutes before the deadline to submit the original Bill and hence was passed before a lot of people realised what had happened.
Who stole it...?
Hmmm....are there any clues on who stole it in the first place......."This isn't the first time I've moved something like this," he told the Victorville Daily Press, before changing the subject..."
"...his sister works for the submarine's owner..."
It's not about the gambling
I'm more than happy to raise my hand and point out how utterly moronic it was to pass the bill that banned the online gambling, particularly by attaching it to a port authority security bill as a means of blackmailing the Senate to pass it into law.
But this is about money laundering, fraud and bribes, NOT online gambling per se.
They got greedy, set up dummy corporations and bribed financial officals to rubberstamp the transactions. OK, so the law should be changed to allow the online gambling, no question. But the end did not justify the means in this case.
I spoke the the developer's PR officer, April Fuller. She told me, and I quote, "she loves it".
She went to admit it's not for just any old wanker though, but this kind of "hands on experience is exactly what Web 2.0 is really about". Apparently there's also going to be a KPrice branded version which generates "encouraging, lifelike 3D images" as the screen moves.
Would be great if the hardware manufacturers could link this to a battery charging device to keep the green wankers happy.
Paris, because...well.....do I have to explain!?
mostly agree, but....
As much as I agree with your sentiments, I'm pretty certain that if the story was a man who identified the taste of semen and spat it out, the commentards would have had even more of a field day
So....is this FB trialling a new charging system...."Pay to Poke" !?
Missing the point
Surely the issue here isn't whether Flickr has/uses a suitable backup architecture for all of its content, that's a moot point. You can have all the storage you like and run it every 10 minutes if you want, but without the correct procedures and checks to manage that process it isn't worth the ink on this screen.
The most worrying fact here is that the procedures broke down seemingly so easily. That is what cloud users should be concerned with, not what primary and redundant hardware exists, but what management process exists to use it properly.
A bad workman blames his tools. A complete tool hires bad workmen.
When I was working in the North West a few years back, I was hauled before my boss to ask why I hadn't posted any cost updates in the last six weeks for a water treatment project I was looking after.
After a quick check of the email system it seems the mail filter for some reason blocked all mention of the town Clitheroe. That one was a tricky job but the guys on that project were all heroes to me.
re: Where's the IT angle
Fortunately they took their new iPhone 4 to test it's AGPS compass and map apps, comforted by the belief that they could ring for assistance if they got into trouble.
Unfortunately, they took their new iPhone 4........
Uneven playing field
Given that my legally unlocked iPhone works perfectly well with iTunes, so how can Apple be considered to be being consistent in applying their own policies.
If the jalibroken phones are banned from iTunes/Apple because they've been unlocked, how do Apple reason that with the ones sold in the Isle of Man where all phones are sold unlocked (the law here prevents a carrier locking a phone)?
Surely this mean that someone is claiming there is a breach of a contract in order to justify blocking their accounts.
But as you are entering into a contract with the reseller of the phone and the services, i.e. the carrier, then Apple must be acting on behalf of the carriers, not blocking it at their own whim.
In which case, why aren't people pointing the fingers at Voda, orange etc who lock any of their phones?
United States of....?
Surely the giveaway, as ever, is in the title. It is the United States of America.
So by their own reasoning, and naming (albeit geographically incorrect, but when has geography ever been an issue in the USA); there must be an America. Otherwise how can one award the States, in their postion of unity to be OF America?
Thus, in referring to "America", one clearly refers to the the country of which the states are united. America.
Oh and Britain (short version of Great Britain, hence GB) is the British Isles, which includes those countries not part of the UK (nor the EU). But note Eire. The UK being england, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Offically unlocked iPhones
Here in the Isle of Man the iPhones are all sold unlocked. I've used mine roaming in the UK and it worked fine, was on automatic network selection though so can't guarantee it will work with all networks.
StarTrekOnline should be Elite
IMO Atari produced one of the all time best games in Elite (simple, accessible, focus on gameplay not hardware sapping graphics that I ignore after the first few sessions)
If they used that as a model, any space MMO would work for me. Single ships for solo play, larger craft that players could work together as a crew. Trading, fighting, spinning space stations that are impossible to dock in without hours of practice. What more could anyone ask for.
Mine's the one with the Fer de Lance in the pocket.
I agree that it is going to be very difficult to prove fault in this case without tracing who supplied the pics to a website to an employee of McD's.
But even if they win, I'm not sure how much compensation the Shermans can expect to be awarded for the public display of her Big Macs and Chicken Sandwich. They'd have to demonstrate damage directly related to this, and a quick troll of the net suggests the pictures weren't widely distributed - even torrent sites don't throw them up.
Mine's the one with the polaroids in the pocket
I for one....
...would like to tell the google gaggle to bugger off back to the Mainland.
The Isle of Man, exempt from StreetView, last bastion of civil freedom. Ahem, and home of really low tax. But we're mainly here for the civil freedom, honest....
....still not as good as the iPhone.....hang on, jebus phones are crap....no they're not...yes they are...fanboi....nokia loser.....
There, that should cover most of the comments to this story, now on with the rest.
I'm looking forward to seeing if this will be good enough to replace the P1i that's taken pretty much everything thrown at it so far. Will be interesting to see what the contract prices are like.
Mine's the one you're nicking the 6210i out of you robbing bastard..I loved that phone...I will find you one day
British Isles GPS dead zone
There's another GPS dead zone in the middle of the Irish Sea. We call it, the Isle of Man (ironic really given that it's usually men who fail to read the map properly then blame getting lost on the female in the passenger seat).
Still, to keep the themselves amused, we locals have developed a sport out of watching lost tourists go aimlessly round and round wondering why their satnav systems are telling them incessently to "Take the next turning right".
In fact, we offer special ferry prices to turn up each June and race against other lost tourists. There's a Tourist Trophy awarded each year for the quickest.
Mine's the one with three legs
The UK railways still measure in chains on the ground and metres in the overhead lines, although the West Coast Main Line is denoted in both miles and kilometres (it changes about half way between London and Preston).
IT angle? Try coding that into a centralised work managements system and asset database.
The real money....
...lies in being able to hide from pieces of kit like this.
Subsidise the system so any tinpot dictatorship can buy one, then keep the anti-radar blankets for your own special forces troops at £120k a pop.
There goes another pesky blighter
Stick to your mainstream
I'm perfectly happy with my SE P1i (WiFi, Opera broswer, push mail, touch screen, 3.2 Mp camera & 3rd party apps in a package that fits neatly in the pocket).
Cost me a lot less then the mainstream "smartphones" phones which all get regularly reviewed as the "top selling" phones, plus the RIM and N95 owners I work with keep asking where I got mine from (owners because very few ever seem to actually use more than 30% of the functionality).
That and mine never gets picked up by accident from the office desk because "it looks just like my one, sorry".
Still, I always wished I could call my mates from my walkman, so good luck to the iphone.
Paris, because she likes to play with her sidekick
Haven from commercial regulation
Since when? It's a good article, don't spoil it with inaccurate, cheap shots
Paris, because she'd love an Isle of Man
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