2637 posts • joined Wednesday 10th June 2009 09:17 GMT
Maybe you have, but is your presence 'social'? Can people interact with you and express themselves in a multi-faceted and meaningful manner and develop their own paradigms of presence with shared visibility from 'your-space'?
If not, then I would suggest that..... er, ...... you're in a fortunate position.
Why not make 'smaller' ones?
For me, 32GB would be enough for a boot drive (including all installed software) since I keep all my data on my home network. For taking my laptop 'on the road', I'd be happy to buy an external 128GB SSD drive.
A small problem .....
Congratulations and best wishes of course, but please note the following:
I've often picked up articles from your Australian correspondents via a headline on the RSS feed and later found that the article is not listed on your main front page. I hope that was a temporary situation and they will be fully incorporated into El Reg from now on.
I'm confused (often)
"any other product with a feature or features not more than colorably different from any of the infringing feature or features in any of the Infringing Products.”
I try to keep up, but this derivative of the word 'colour' has me stumped. Can anyone explain what it means?
I think I know what the entire sentence is trying to say.
Notice that the bin lifted into the air in a quite dramatic way. Perhaps the students could be set the task of explaining why that happened. It's supposed to be about learning isn't it?
Re: British Spelling
Until you mentioned it, I never realised that. Thank you :)
re. Matt Hamilton picture
At first sight, I thought that was a grand piano with two white suited pianists playing a duet in the distance. I was pleased and quite excited by the thought of surreal/arty backdrops to all the sarnie shots. Then I had a closer look at it........
Re: Tax law is too complex
" ...tax income received within the country and leave it to the managers to decide how best to ensure the remainder leaves them with a return."
Consider the gold smelting company that sells £1,000,000 of refined gold p.a after spending £500,000 on buying gold scrap (numbers for illustration only) and then has premises, staff and other operating costs. You think it's sensible to tax the income instead of the profit? I realise that's an extreme example but it illustrates why companies, that have structural and necessary costs, should be taxed on profits.
Re: Neil DeGrasse Tyson was right...
Why don't the major powers work together on space exploration if it's for the benefit and advancement of humanity? Or is it just nationalist dick waving along with military capability development?
I'm thinking about how international teams collaborate on disease and biological research and basic science. Then when it comes to getting to the moon, they go their own way. Is NASA helping the Chinese, with information about the lunar surface and their experience of orbital insertion and landing?
Re: off topic
That would spoil your up/down ratio. What is your ratio by the way? And your monthly/annual average, and your seasonal variance? I've given you an upvote, so please remember to give me an upvote :)
Happy shiny people all around
" ...it is pleasingly light, so much so that an Apple Store staffer joked it may be disconcertingly so."
He was then taken into a back room by two black shirted staff, for re-education and attitude adjustment.
Re: Tax law is too complex
"... paid $40 million in taxes on $2,507 million income ..."
Company taxes are paid on profits (and a few other things), not income, quite rightly. Large and 'skillful' companies with trans-national operations have developed methods to disguise their true costs and hence their true profits; this is the problem.
Re: "But ethically, at least to this El Reg hack, the situation stinks."
"I do it on a personal level ..."
Do you, (can you), have your salary paid into a foreign bank account of a service company and then loan yourself money and pay interest to the foreign service company and then pay yourself foreign earned dividends on the profits the foreign service company makes?
If you could, that would be wonderful and you'd think that was perfectly ok. Why can't you and I do that?
That was my first thought too but the second hand may be the deciding factor. It is very distinctive and you can't make a logical argument for it based on function. I think the big blob on the end looks silly, but that's just personal opinion.
re. Skin Tones
Just wondering, what happens if you have a picture that includes pale skinned people AND dark skinned people (like in a production with talking heads, (or bed-action bodies), etc).? How does it know what a 'skin tone' really is?
Re: Wikipedia madness
I can't find anything about 'Gell-Mann Amnesia' in Wikipedia. Are you sure this thing exists?
Human Nature is what it is
If there is money to be made, in a way that is not obviously illegal, there is sure to be somebody who will take advantage of whatever position they have. The only good thing to come out of this seems to be that the Wikipedians are (at last?) waking up and smelling what's happening.
I'd be happy to rely on Wikipedia for cold dry facts, as written by engineers and scientists (and reviewed and pounced on by other engineers and scientists) , and I often use it to do simple research on technical subjects and medical conditions. Given that it can be edited by anybody, anything that has a whiff of PR (like promoting a tourist destination or investment opportunity) must be taken with a very large pinch of salt.
Thank you .....
... for an interesting and informative article. With an initial purchase cost of about $2000, it's not a bad price for serious hobbyist equipment and a very low price for any small company that could use such a capability.
Christmas is coming....... :)
Apart from jokes about 'Tai Chi' and martial arts, note that it says " ... easy to share files between two users".
I think the selling point is that when you are using it as a laptop, your Tai Chi partner can sit on the other side of the desk and use the tablet screen. With headphones, you can play independent videos or perhaps play Battleships, etc. (I'm using my imagination here and it's getting weird.)
In these 'modern' times, especially in a modern country such as Sweden, how could anyone be so stupid as to submit fake evidence of this nature? As a separate point, how did it take so long for these DNA tests to be performed?
Re: Calls to mobiles
In the USA (and other places), for mobile calls, the called party pays (via a bill charge or from minutes allowance). In the UK (and other places) it's the calling party that pays.
Is there any particular reason for this, such as legal/cultural/traditional? As a Brit, it just feels 'wrong' to me that the called party should pay for an incoming call.
They forgot to update Clark's first law .......
"When a distinguished but elderly scientist [/engineer/manager] states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong."
@FatsBrannigan Re: A serious technical/usability question .....
Let me try to understand this by asking a different question: If an iPhone 4S/5 user switched to using a Galaxy S3 (say) and got over the hurdle of setting up a Google account and installing needed apps, what would they miss about the iPhone that they could not work around?
To save you the effort of a detailed reply, can you recommend any particular iPhone user website/guide?
Poor quality pics
The pictures of the 'blue' area, in the linked article appear to be overexposed and almost white (or is it my screen?). I was promised a blue arse and I feel disappointed.
P.S. I can't think why anyone would be offended by those pictures. It's an animal in it's natural state. If there is anyone who's unaware that male primates have external genitalia, then it's about time they learned.
A serious technical/usability question .....
Can anyone tell me if the iPhone5 is capable of doing something noticeable better or in a usefully different way from high-end Android phones? Please note that using any of Apple's walled garden facilities does not count, nor does using an esoteric app that has only been developed for the iPhone.
I'm asking as someone who's had an HTC Incredible for 18 months and is quite satisfied with it, but is now considering an upgrade (maybe HTC One S, maybe not .....) I prefer to buy my phone unlocked and have a SIM only contract.
Re: Expensive No Doubt
This seems like a subtle clue that they're getting ready to use the Galileo satellite navigation system.
Many possible solutions
I have an old USB memory stick that has a 'secure' hidden partition that is manipulated by a supplier utility. This reports itself as a separate drive when plugged in. It's definitely possible, all that's needed is for everybody to agree to a standard. The possession of patents in this area may be a sticking point.
Why not go for external SSD drives connected by a short SATA cable?
Just wondering .....
"The author travelled to TechEd, ate and slept, as a guest of Microsoft."
When he woke up, were there two small puncture wounds on his neck?
Frozen meal packaging tells you the instructions and heating times for various powers of microwave oven. I can't think what other information you'd need in a kitchen or why you'd want to spend much time there.
Use disposable e-mail addresses and type in a false phone number. (I realise that the false phone number may be regarded as anti-social, since there will probably be a victim, but you can give the phone number of another car insurance company.)
"Personal cloud storage hardware (aka external hard drives)"
Laughing, crying, spluttering and shaking my head at the same time. (Do not try this at home).
Good typing and mousing experiences
The Asus Transformer Pad has a full size USB connector at the back of its keyboard base, which will drive wired mice and wireless mice (at least the two particular species of mice which I possess). It will also drive a USB keyboard, which is useful if you want to do lots of typing and prefer a full sized 'proper' keyboard, as I'm doing right now.
I'd be happy to have a tablet (screen only) device that had two USB connectors (probably small or micro size) so that I could use a 'proper' keyboard and mouse (via connector adaptors) when I felt the need to do so. Has any tablet manufacturer done that?
HTC missed a trick ...
They should have sold the patent to Samsung.
"... effective and appropriate punishments."
Chop their fingers off !
(I've recently been getting a slew of mobile spam texts and also some phishing attempts on an e-mail address that I've managed to share only with 'trustworthy' organisations for ten years now. I'm not in a good mood.)
"She also said, ....... that the fondleslab-deprived man was allowed to beam them wherever he wished in pursuit of his property."
It seems the magistrate thought that the owner was shining 'searcher rays' into private property in an attempt to find his stolen property. When the people in a technological society who sit in judgement of us are this ignorant, it worries me.
Solving real-world 'problems' .....
" ...wood was a little too conductive and the 3mm gap between the panels wasn't isolating enough - a wider gap works,... "
Try putting a 1Megohm (or 2M or 500k) resistor in series with the contact wires. That would enable you to have a smaller wood gap while still being able to detect a finger press. Go on, do some real engineering.
" ...only about 60 per cent of the virus makes sense in Irish."
I didn't know that x86 assembler code has close similarity to Gaelic.
"Keeping a list of directors, actors and subjects of interest for automatic recording is also a TiVo-owned concept,"
How the heck can TiVo 'own' a concept and have patents on it?? The concept of advice based on known previous likings has been implemented by family, friends and colleagues for ages, ever since the mass production of novels.
My mind-boggle meter is in red zone
"... share information online when they're in the bathroom ..."
Is this texts, voice calls, picture messages, twitter/facebook updates?
Re: This kind of thing is hardly surprising.
But, but....but....we were the best.....we had it all, .....what's happening?
Re: Backdoors have a reason
"The dude who knew all the passwords died ....."
That's all down to adequate and well maintained company procedures and records, which are often inadequate even if they've been thought about.
Good call on the 'service button'.
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