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Re: Beelion is Oz
I thought UK was 'fash and chaps' and ZAR was 'fesh and cheps'. (I say 'fish and chips'.)
@Jolyon Smith Re: One can only presume...
That was an amazing example of digging yourself into a hole. Remember, if you misuse an analogy then it will bite you.
It was coming right at me!
Re: A fool and his data
That's why you encrypt the important/personal files and use more than one cloud provider - and keep a copy on your PC and an external drive at home.
What I'd like to see is some kind of 'storage management' application that does this automagically for specified folders.
Re: Paying to keep it running.
I've said it before but I'll say it again: Put large 'supercomputer' installations in cold northern cities where the waste heat can be sold on to provide heating for the surrounding buildings. That would reduce the running costs.
Some people will say, "But I don't want to go work in a cold northern city." Well, you don't have to because there's fibre optic comms and the internet.
(Flames: heat - useful and valuable)
I realise this may seem pedantic, but I think it should be written as 'U-ie'.
Orvell was his brother and had a good career as a stand-up comedian. Not many people know that.
Handbags at dawn? ....
.... on 1st April?
I have a bad feeling about this
"So far Dusty's owners claim he has stolen 213 dish towels, .......and other miscellaneous objects."
They need to check around the neighbourhood for reports of missing electronic devices, batteries, guns, ammunition, etc.
re. ".. radical things that resonate."
Sounds like a snappy title for a book.
re. Sebastiaan ter Burg
Shouldn't that be Sebastiaan ter Borg?
@Def Re: Is it just me?
" ... - if it weren't for those pesky buttons on the side."
With a touch sensitive surface, there would be no need for buttons. You'd just use swiping or whatever gestures in place of physical controls. For an audio connection, you'd have to use bluetooth (or similar) and it would use wireless charging. When turned off, it would appear to be a featureless black rectangular slab - very cool.
You learn something new every day
I didn't know that Koch Industries was run by Anonymous.
Just north of the port of Alexandria, hmm. That sounds like a silly place to put an undersea cable in the first place.Why not lay it in a place where ships are not likely to drop anchor in an emergency or just because it seems sensible at the time?
Re: Google Translate: An endless source of humour and embarasment
I realise it's not quite the same thing, but in English for the spoken use of 'there', 'they're' and 'their', the meaning can be determined by context. Do you find that context is any use at all for listening to Vietnamese and does it help Vietnamese people understand your mispronounciations?
re. Minerva Road, Acton
In the mid '80s, Minerva Road in Acton was the location of an old established electronics company who's name I've forgotten. I know this because I went for an interview there. Also, in Acton, there was an outpost of Ferranti, before they imploded. Does anyone else remember this? (I hope so, otherwise I'm having false memory syndrome.)
I was puzzled (normal state) ...
.. as to how this could work to cloak a target from a microwave detector/imager. Then I followed the link to the paper, where it states that they used a dielectric rod as the 'target'. I have a feeling that it wouldn't work with a metal rod.
Re: To the tune of "Oh Canada" (and with some artistic licence...)
@Nicho re. 'google the un-googleable'
I think we should use the excellent Swedish word, 'ogooglebar' so the expression becomes 'google the ogooglebar'. This can be used to mean a futile search or effort, done with good but naive intentions.
e.g. "Larry, stop googling the ogooglebar and do something useful.", or, "Oh, poor Mary, she's always googling the ogooglebar."
Let's make a serious effort to use and spread this?
@Ragequit Re: huh
"... try to stay hip ..."
I wish you wouldn't use slang in your comments dude.
Re: Don't bring Lucy Meadows into this...
" ... those who have taken their lives because of media reporting."
What 'proof' do you have that those people took their life because of press involvement? If you say there is 'no proof' for one particular person, then you must know of 'proof' for the other people. Do tell us.
You couldn't make it up
So, a lawyer employed by a government department used his legal magic to stop the goverment's own CIO from having a look at what was going on in the department?
You couldn't make it up, unless you were a scriptwriter for Yes Minister.
@Frankee Llonnygog Re: Google would be more successful here...
@Pat 11 Re: location markers
"They knew which cell towers they had connected to. The point is that the cell usage pattern is fairly unique, ..."
Only fairly unique? :)
It's not just the cell you are connected to that is used. Data from attempts to connect to other cells are also used and the resulting signal strength data can be used to triangulate your position. Using just the mobile data signal in my phone (i.e. not GPS and not WiFi) Google Maps can place me within a few streets of where I am. The mobile phone companies have access to much better quality data from their tower records, especially the local signal strength maps around those towers and so can triangulate your position with greater accuracy.
If you know that a person was at a particular private home, followed by a particular place of work; then of course it is very easy to identify them. For most people, daily activities involve being at one place for a certain amount of time, followed by being at another place for some time, often with an unchanging route between the two places. I could have figured that out.
Re: Good one...
Why did you have to return the toner and office supplies? You just phone the supplier, tell them they were very stupid to send goods that had not been ordered and that they have 30 days to collect them before they get thrown away and that your handling and storage fee must be paid before collection.
"...LG also hopes to attach itself both to eyeballs and to arms,..."
As a parasite or as a symbiote, or just a helpful friend?
re. "...the permissivity of vacuum,..."
That would be 'permittivity' in English. It may be that 'permissivity' is the French word.
Re: Not sure about this - a further thought
If the nanowire is comparable in size to the wavelength of the light, then it could be acting as a monopole antenna, thus delivering electrical energy to the substrate. In which case, the photovoltaic effect is being supplemented by a traditional/classic electromagnetic antenna, on a very small scale. So, the theoretical limit of photovoltaic efficiency would stand but the device would be a dual mode energy converter.
@JeffyPooh - Yes, those numbers need looking at and thinking about.
Not sure about this
"The light-concentrating effect occurs because the wavelength of the light traversing the nanowaires is smaller than the nanowires themselves, thus causing resonance of the light in and around the nanowires."
The wavelength of light is smaller than many structures you could mention, so this can't be the 'because', surely?
Is it because the wavelength is comparable to the thickness of the nanowires?
Am I being cynical .....
.... or does anyone else think that the Terms & Conditions of entry will be that Google can use any ides that are presented? Maybe I'm wrong; maybe the T&C will say that the intellectual property of the entries will remain with the charity submitting them and that Google will not use the information or pass it on to any third party.
@AC 04:42 Re: @Trevor_Pott
" ... patents are specifically for the purpose of preventing certain kinds of competition"
That really is shallow thinking and shallow knowledge of history.
If Google are awarded this patent, will it mean that Apple can't do a similar thing with their 'wearable' personal iWatch device thing?
You have a portable, personal display device, with wireless network comms - you have other comms compatible devices nearby - they can communicate with each other -> This 'invention' is obvious. My Dell laser printer already tells me when it's low on paper or toner or whatever. It does it by an alert notification popup on my personal, portable laptop screen.
All I need to do is wear the laptop on a tray strapped from my shoulders and I'd be in violation of Google's patent.
Re: This is awesome
How will you feel when your imaginary friends say that you're mad?
If only their corporate logo ....
..... was a llama, being tended by a farmer.
Re: A little historical context
He couldn't be excecuted because he hadn't commited a capital offense. He might have been imprisoned if he'd carried out 'homosexual acts' in a public manner; I don't know if he ever did. The 'least-worst' option would have been to leave him alone and let him carry on with his work and his life. It seems that he did need serious 'words of advice' about classified documents, though he probably created classified documents just by doodling on a notepad at his kitchen table.
I started with an HTC Wildfire then upgraded to an HTC Incredible. I was looking forward to upgrading to an HTC One, then I saw the cost even for second hand, so I got a new Nexus 4 (8GB) for half the price. The Nexus 4 does the job for me (but I don't have GBs of videos and music to watch/listen to). Full marks for the front facing speakers though and I do realise that it's a top-spec phone.
She refused because she'd just read New Scientist
Let's take it in stages: First learn to read; then read the story.
@AC 07:02 Re: In other news... first new UK nuclear power station approved
In a technical article about a nuclear power plant, someone makes a disparaging comment about the cost effectiveness of nuclear power; so you raise the spectre of a natural disaster two years ago and claim that he is being disrespectful to the dead and the survivors. WTF?
Getting modern - they just don't get it
"Only two-thirds have a website and a third sell goods and services online. "
I went into my local newsagent/sweetshop/tobacconist and told him that I could set him up with a website and e-commerce solution for a very reasonable fee and low ongoing annual costs. He told me to go away or he'd set his dog on me.
"... it's not permissible to attack an enemy general's defibrillator (rule 42). "
But you are allowed to bomb civilians and cowering conscripts. It's funny how the people at the top look after each other.
Re: On tracking (etc)
" ..It also carried a readme file with a description of the project and an email address for the owner, or law enforcement, to get in touch if it was discovered."
Would that be a good starting point?
re. "... watching a live broadcast"
I assume you mean watching a broadcast, at the time is is broadcast, as opposed to watching a 'catch up' service version over the internet?
This would be different from the 'traditional' meaning: 'a broadcast of an event, real time, as it happens in the real world'.
@CaptainHook - An Apology
You are right, I was wrong and I should have checked.
Over the past two days, I've been jumping around between NetVibes, NewsBlur, Blar, Feedly and Google Reader; so I had a false memory. I also got rid of Feedly yesterday so I didn't check my assertion.
Feedly say they will migrate to their own backend (called Normandy) when Google Reader finally closes down, so you shouldn't need a Google sign in after that stage - maybe.
Good luck in finding a decent replacement for Google Reader. It will be very difficult, from what I've seen so far.
Re: I keep looking at Feedly
You don't need Google OAuth to login to Feedly, you'd need it to import your RSS feeds from Google Reader, a one off task. Or, like me, you could set them up from scratch manually, it wasn't difficult. Feedly has 'presentation issues' as noted in the article, but this is a personal preference matter. It uses its own build it browser in the Android app and this has more serious issues, such as not doing text selection and Copy/Paste very well and making a mess of some pages on The Register (associated with advert graphics).
NewsBlur has a 'cleaner' look and there are two separate Android apps, both of which use the default browser but are not as 'good' as Google Reader in some ways. NewsBlur also has an issue with the Unread counts on The Independent newspaper, as I'll explain later in my post.
NetVibes is interesting in that it can almost replace iGoogle, having dashboards and widgets and a fairly clean presentation. It has no Android 'app' as such, just a browser page tailored to the phone/tablet layout that it's supposed to detect if you are on phone or tablet.
I'm trialling NetVibes and NewsBlur on my Android tablet and phone and I prefer NewsBlur (with the Blar app). However, NetVibes, NewsBlur and Google Reader all show very different figures for the Unread counts on The Independent newspaper; despite the fact that I used all three readers and marked all items as Read last night. This might be a problem and is certainly a puzzle. My other feeds all show consistent Unread numbers.
I'd recommend NewsBlur, if this Unread count can be sorted out or at least understood.
Note: I understand that NewsBlur is not accepting new accounts at the moment due to overwhelming demand.
re. ".. left of Birmingham and south of Dudley ..."
Mixed directions are not a good idea.
That should be 'twatting'.
@jake Re: None of the above.
We want to know the cute names you give them.
@LarsG Re: Given
My two previous Android phones were updated with the next OS, OTA by HTC, though I realise other people's experience may differ. My personal observation is that 'older' phones may find it a strain to run the next OS and be stressed by running the latest versions of apps. e.g. my old HTC Wildfire now runs like treacle fresh from the fridge.
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