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Should be simple; or should it?
Doesn't the law already cover the use of concealed cameras and microphones? (except that Google Glass is a slightly disguised camera/microphone).
An Alan Partridge moment
Ahhhh ..... nerdyboys.
re. proverbial brown stuff off a shovel
I'm sure this was never mentioned in Proverbs. I think Aesop made reference to it, so perhaps it should be 'fabulous brown stuff ..."
Re: "shot dead at his house while playing dominoes"
Many retail outlets now have small portable card readers that have a wireless link to the shop's server, especially if the staff have to walk around to customers. ( My dentist's reception desk also has one of these, maybe because it's more convenient that a cabled reader or a fixed one.)
In a restaurant, the staff would present you with the bill and the reader, put your card in the reader for you and ask you to enter the amount on the reader keyboard, press Enter, then your PIN and press Enter; hinting that a tip added to the amount would be most welcome. The card never leaves your sight.
If they have a payment desk, it's the same process but the card reader is fixed to an adjustable stand of some kind. Many people, especially in large groups dining out, prefer to leave cash on the table as a tip, knowing that that staff are more likely to get it if it lands in their hands directly.
Star Trek - tractor beam - amiable old man ?.....
Re: Neat, but why not just add a heatsink?
I think Piro means a passive heat sink, not an active pumped fluid one. Even better, maybe, get a dead laptop and take that wicking fluid heat pipe thing out of it and adapt it to the Pi CPU.
Re: Pathetic Journalism
"Liberals wouldn't ...."
I thought you said the author is a left winger? You need to learn more about this subject - maybe you're a liberal.
Re: Curious to know...
In my experience, it's about the 10 day mark that is the most ticklish and irritating. Maybe the judgement of 10 days growth as most attractive is because the women can figure out they are looking at a man who can tolerate adversity and irritation well?
@Amonynous Re: Here be a FLAME
I don't think my horse is particularly high.
My point wasn't about grammatical niceties; it was about Eadon's use of the ship analogy to argue against the use of he/she for a person.
I know that 'sex' refers to biological characteristics - hence my point that a ship does not have an inherent sex. No inanimate object has an inherent sex, bacteria and various other life forms do not have have an inherent sex. People do have an inhernet sex, hence our use of different genders with certain words.
The use of 'gender' to refer to social/cultural differences is an affectation used by academics who don't want people to giggle when they talk about their work.
Re: Here be a FLAME
"When talking about a ship, you don't say, "There he/she sails".
No you don't, because a ship being an inanimate object does not have an inherent sex and it is only by convention and general cultural agreement that ships are given the feminine pronoun.
You could make an equivalent 'convention' argument about people of unknown sex being given the masculine pronoun (in fact, you did), but the situation with people is totally different as are the cultural and social arguments for/against this convention. So, please don't use that analogy.
Fixes and stuff ....
"This will mean an end to free security patches and fixes for knackered code – exposing organisations to a host of potential info-security risks."
The end to fixes, in itself, will not expose organisations to security risks, because they are already exposed and have been exposed for the past ten years. Fixes are used to, er .....fix things.
There is lots of office/admin work that does not need internet connectivity so why don't they organise their internal structure so that all the XP machines are on a network devoted to internal work? I used to work for a company that had two networks - one was totally internal and was used for product develoment, documentation, internal e-mail, no possibility of connection to the outside world ..............
I'll stop there - you all know this. Somebody needs to tell the Japanese prefecture about all this.
I could hear the irony ....
and see the twisted smile when the author wrote that comment. It's interesting how people see/hear things in different ways.
I've had an idea for a jewel encrusted wireless mouse that can be worn around the neck as a stylish pendant. Fund me via Kickstarter to get an early limited edition with your initials inlaid using sapphire (for men) or rose quartz (for women).
If Google is a media company masquerading as a tech company .....
.... then why don't WPP develop and build their own search engine etc. and cut out the Google-man? Could it be that they don't have the ability, because they are not a tech company?
They'll have to learn how to sideload apps. It's not difficult.
@insanity Re: When my mother died
" ... your debts as well as your assets make up your estate, and that is all inherited by your next of kin."
Your statement implies that debts are inherited - they are not. Any creditor can make a claim against the estate of a deceased person but the claim is against the estate, not the person who inherits the estate. If your mother/father dies, with zero formal/recorded assets and debts of £500 (lets say), then you, the child of the deceased, do not owe the creditors anything.
That exact situation happened to me, when my mother died and I just ignored all the letters that had been sent to her (at her old address) and forwarded to me. There is nothing the creditors can do.
If my mother had died with £1000 in the bank, then I would have been morally and legally obliged to pay the debts before keeping the remainder for myself. I did consider writing to the solicitors and debt collection agency, and gas/electric companies, and Virgin Media, and the local council, and the water board.........., but I knew they would then have my home address and would send their crap through the mail to me. So I just ignored them and had a lot less work to do.
Using Japanese logic.
" ... arrested four suspects who turned out to be victims ..... – and even managed to extract false confessions."
Some Japanese police are incompetent and corrupt - therefore all Japanese police should be banned.
Re: Wow, screw Google
If you want to buy my car, you should be forced to pay every penny that I've spent on it over the past ten years. Hey, it still works.
Android does have multi-tasking software. I can swap between running apps with two finger taps. I can be downloading a torrent while typing a comment and listening to the music player (I'm listening to music as I type this on my Android tablet.) What it doesn't have (on phones and tablets) is enough screen space to make muti-window a sensible or easily usable facility. I know that the latest Samsung (?) tablets have split screen display capability but it would probably be a bit of a queeze to use them.
Re: Killer app not an issue
"Android is more suited to touch than to mouse and keyboard."
No. Smartphones and tablets are more suited to touch than mouse and keyboard, because they don't have mice and keyboards. However, if you connect a mouse and keyboard to an Android tablet, it works fine with them. They are just simple input devices.
(Sent from my Asus Transformer tablet - the one with a docking keyboard that runs on Android- with an old mouse plugged into the USB port - it works fine.)
The Web 2.0 method .....
I'd do it for free and work long hours. I'd finance the operation by selling advertising on a daily blog containing examples of my work and my 'stream of conciousness' thoughts on the subject.
Oh, .... wait a minute.
Re: Farm it out
What would be the capitalistic way of doing this?
... a power density of 7.4mW cm−2 μm−1 ....
That may be its delivery capability, but what is its storage density in mWh compared to other battery technologies?
A bit more detail?
So, if their client tells them to break the regulations, they do? Isn't that like telling a professional driver to break the speed limit or overload his vehicle?
Re: Blocking access to Remote SMTP servers?
Do 'professional' spammers know about this? Or do they use the cheaper connectivity services?
Re: Dear AdBlock
I just turned off AdBlock to see what you were talking about. OMG! It's just like family, you don't appreciate it until it's not there.
Re: Sounds a bit expensive
I'm waiting for the carved-from-gold-block, diamond encrusted ones. You know it will happen.
Alternatively, if someone could make some imitation 'Glass', then I could wear them so that people leave me alone. If anyone does start to bother or bore me, I could adopt a startled look and say, "Korea just launched a nuclear missile; I'm going home and suggest you do too."
Re: I solemnly promise
" ... ploughing fields with a hand held furrow or something?"
Close, but no harvest for you.
Is it possible to change the spin state of one of the trapped atoms and have that spin state 'teleported' over the the other atom? How are the atoms made to be entangled in the first place?
Do the photons used to 'read' the state of the atoms have to be entangled with each other, with each atom, or both?
I hope that one of the resident deep-physics commentards can shed photons on this for us.
Did they have Jerry Yang as a consultant?
Just wondering :)
Re: Hi, I'm Eadon...
I don't know who cares. Why ask me?
There's always a way
"Finding a major handset maker which isn’t signed up to OHA (in China or elsewhere around the world) is virtually impossible, ..."
They should have asked Apple to help.
Re: Linux Foundation
I thought you'd previously said that the time of Linux on the desktop was here and had been for a while?
XP isn't defunct, it's just neglected and will soon be abandoned but it will still work. I'd love to run XP (in a sandbox) but will Microsoft sell licenses for it in the future?
My year of Linux on the Laptop is here since I took the plunge last week and now have Linux Mint13 running. I'm impressed with it but I've had problems that need mildly advanced technical abilities to solve. I've been trawling the forums with good results and have noticed that there is fragmentation, between distros, of internal management and organisation. The end result is that a solution that works on one distro needs to be modified to work on another distro. From what I've seen, Linux is not suitable for the average domestic consumer/user.
I love the smell of BS in the morning
"there's no question that Twitter and music go together"
We must listen to experts
" ....using only a desktop computer." the agency wrote, making something of a muddle of the facts."
If they can't be bothered to get simple reporting right, what makes anyone think they got the rest of it right?
The history of electronic/computer security is a history of people saying, "As a recognised authority in this field, I/we can tell you that this can not happen and the system is secure."
Re: Are you sure you don't want a nice new Win 8 build ?
Same happened to me with XP on my old latop. I've installed Linux Mint 13 on it and I'm very happy with it so far after five days. It can do everything my shiny new Windows 7 laptop can do, including running my favourite Windows applications (in WINE, obviously). This is the first time I've used Linux and I'm pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to get going and customise. There have been problems and shortfalls but they may be caused by the fact that the laptop is now 8 years old and has a dead battery.
I'll get used to it and when I'm fully satisfied and confident, then I'll install Linux on my shiny new laptop and not bother with future versions of Windows.
Re: Not the only problem with recent patches
Windows has done this for years. I've had folder view settings randomly change on an individial basis. At the moment, Windows 7 keeps taking icons off my system tray and I have to go into the options to set them back to 'Show Icon and Notifications' .
It keeps you alert and stops you getting complacent.
Modern Media Management
If they only drew attention to it by apologising for it 20 minutes later, people can't pay much attention to their Twitter feed. They need to get a 'celebrity' on-board.
Home Use ??
I suspect that the preparation of a blood sample, spreading it on the DVD and maybe fixing or drying it would be a skilled task, not suitable for home use. I'd like to see more details of how it works in terms of the signal from the scanning laser and how it is interpreted.
Classical vs Quantum Hall Effect
The Hall Effect was observed and explained by Edwin Hall about 130 years ago as you say. This is the 'classical' phenomenen that is easily explicable and can be demonstrated with modern school or even home equipment if you're a techie.
The Quantum Hall Effect was predicted in the 1970's and not observed until a few years later. It is much more difficult to explain and observe. It's actually a 'quantum aspect' of the Hall Effect.
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