2845 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
@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: Haynes manual - sample code
That sounds like the sort of thing that should be hosted on a website. Does the book recommend any? That and user forums of course.
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.
They've learned the lessons of cloud computing. It's redundancy in case one of the words fails.
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.
Death Watch Google
Re: The English don't know where they are.
You may not be in the geographic or geometric 'middle'; but maybe they mean the social or spiritual or population density middle?
I know their names
You didn't give their names under the picture but I can tell you who they are:
One of Three, Two of Three and Three of Three.
Pirate Bay is one hydra of many
Virgin Media, my cable ISP, do block Pirate Bay as I notice if I look at the tracker tab during my regular TV show download sessions. That doesn't matter though since there are usually at least four or more other trackers available, often with thousands of seeds/peers. The hydra's heads have lots of little heads, it's amazing and quite inspiring to watch.
I think the concentration on Pirate Bay is just sound bite politics from government and other organisations that want to be seen to be doing something without actually achieving anything that has a real effect.
@Ross K Re: It Wasn't That Long Ago...
I worked on the development team for the first UK civilian ANPR camera installation at the Dartford Tunnel toll lanes in the late '70s. I also occupied an on-site portakabin for a week as we did the setup and initial field tests. Stationary vehicles with IR spotlights shining on them give good images and the location of the numberplate is easy to find.
You can bet the security services had developed earlier ANPR systems for sensitive areas since military image processing (target acquisition and tracking) was starting to build up in the late '70s.
Re: on the map in the El Reg article is the most direct path.
Oh no - I forgot the joke icon again :(
re. Maps and Routes
If they'd fly in a direct path then they'd be able to fly through 'better' air, and save fuel too, perhaps reducing global warming a bit in the process.
Re: The Orange home screen on my phone (2011) was nice
Can't you Disable it in the Apps settings? I disabled it on my old HTC Incredible running ICS, which I think was the first version that lets you do this. I've also disabled notifications from the Google Play store, because they really are annoying.
Re: The difference between Facebook and e.g. Vodafone 360
" ...their total inability to cooperate.."
From the article: "... operators were frightened of Nokia's dominance ....."
People who aren't trustworthy have difficuly in trusting other people.
Re: "...digital copies of books should "deteriorate"..."
I smell a buggy whip manufacturer. Change is bad (for us)!
re. Kirk, left, and McCoy
I know it's a polite and sensible convention, but is there anybody here who would need that information?
Re: Techology and Faith
" ...your Newtonian/Atheistic world view ......."
You're preaching to the converted. Most people here are non-Newtonian and some are very spooky. I myself hold a Quantum-Mechanical/Pantheistic universe view. If you want to make a point, you need to slide into one of those universes where Einstein etc didn't happen.
telcos .... dumb bit carriers..
What else can they be? They carry customer voice, SMS and internet data and it's up to the customers what 'value' they place on the conversations and the data that is transferred - with the OTT players helping the customers independently of any telco input to the value-added process.
If the telcos want a slice of the pie, they will have to create a service or value-added 'thing' that customers are willing to pay for. They can of course block VOIP and whatever detectable activity they like, but if they do that then it will lead to a backlash and legislation against them.
Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc, have had years to create and develop their value-added 'thing' and are well established with enourmous user-bases. What could the telcos provide, even if they tried?
That URL has a 'website unavailable' response at the moment; I wonder why? Does this even deserve the title of 'URL injection attack'; and which idiot(s) designed the website? It's name and shame time.
Re: It's whether the degree is *hard* or *soft*
Eadon is still upset because none of those socialist girls on the Humanities degree courses wanted to practice their breeding techniques with him.
I _know_ that I don't understand quantum mechanics, so what does this imply for my entangled identical twin? (Everyone in our family says that we are spooky.)
Let us not forget ....
... the humble highlighter marker. Apple just copied that, as everybody did. Motor car designers copied the idea of a wheel at each corner of a cart - etc.
re. business boffin
I thought it was understood that the word 'boffin' could only be used to describe someone with extreme technical and scientific ability; someone who even other engineers and scientists had difficulty in following. Being a professor does not make one a boffin. Business and marketing, etc, people can't be boffins no matter how good they are. Yes, I'm a snob.
Re: Sorry - already sold my soul to google
Facebook can sell you a refurbished soul - slightly tarnished, one careless owner.
Is it actually possible to create an OS/app/device/appliance or website/etc that does not have security holes in it? You'd think that large corporations who specifically operate in the subject area would know what they are doing, .... but no. I'd have thought that all the potential security vulnerabilities would be known and understood by now?
Can you just say 'per ardua terram'? (It's 40 years since I wrangled latin grammar, after which I forgot most of it.)
...., because I want every marketard in the world to know my Google identity and Gmail address.
Re: Beelion is Oz
I thought UK was 'fash and chaps' and ZAR was 'fesh and cheps'. (I say 'fish and chips'.)
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