2967 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
Proof of identity
At last, I'll be able to prove that I really am Mongo The Magnificent and that I have lots of friends.
Re: Distributed multiple verification authorities
Yes they have, see: STILL TRUE: Facebook and co to handle taxpayers' ID
Distributed multiple verification authorities
This story in The Independent caught my attention earlier:
Read it and weep. I'm wondering if it's a prank article, and if El Reg will cover it.
@Antony King Re: Life span too short
If you're storing the simple type of data you gave as examples, why do you need some kind of novel flexible memory? The amount of spare and usable volume in a car is enormous if you're looking for somewhere to place a memory device, and currently available 16GB flash chips are tiny.
Re: [no VM customer receives download speeds of less than 15Mbit/s] ASA
I'm a 10Mb/s cheapskate too. I politely suggested that it was time for me to leave them, since I hardly ever use my VM cable phone, and since '3' seem to have nice mobile broadband offers. They offered me a 'special' deal of £25 a month gets cable phone and 10Mb/s internet. I took it. I doubt that my speed will be upgraded :)
"... the breakthrough is painted as a government victory ..."
Politicians claim credit for the efforts of other people. _That_ is to be expected.
In the future ....
"... addresses typed in the Latin alphabet will continue to reach sites using both .cn and .中国 addresses. "
It would for those Chinese organisations which take advantage of the privileged upgrade period and for those that take double registration in the future. There will come a time when Chinese organisations (and people) only register .中国 addresses; then the rest of the world will need familiarity with Chinese characters if they want to use the internet to explore and use those sites.
This will probably happen in other regions too, with Cyrillic and other scripts.
Re: To wit
I would draw your attention to many examples of observed and recorded prior art during the previous 13 billion years.
"The iPhone 5 has the same accused functionality ..."
Seems to be accursed functionality.
... did they decide on .co.uk in the first place, instead of .uk?
re. "...but ebooks are classified differently because they are subjected to VAT."
No. Ebooks are subject to VAT because they are classified differently. (i.e not zero-rated)
.... did it lie about its score while chatting in a forum afterwards?
@Grikath Re: photos?
I'm not sure _exactly_ what that figure is doing, but it was worth looking for the laugh I had out of it.
Re: " ... a news site focusing on the law, IT and sex and sexuality."
That sounds like a cake made from mud, iron filings, flour and butter.
"This all shows how the policing of protest is increasingly out of control."
It may be, but this actually shows the poor procedures and poor quality of management at the CPS.
Good idea. Also, on each site, they could have a link to a list of all titles that have been blocked by order of that nation's courts. Perhaps with some/many called 'Title Forbidden' if the title itself was deemed to be offensive by that nation's courts.
That way, people would know what their courts were preventing them from watching.
And it does have rounded corners.
I'm very happy that someone is doing this, and very happy that it's not me.
Internal calipers, micrometer, sandpaper, ....., check; all set.
Re: Sales Monkeys
You should have put a complaint mark on his nose (after a warning statement of course).
Why not provide local language?
"... including China, Indonesia, and India. Life+ will be available in just those three, and only in English, ..."
Can many poor people in those countries read English? If you want to get people as future paying customers, I'd have thought a native language service would be the best way to get them to feel good about you.
Re: Nobody tell Noel Fielding about this.
sudo, yes, a very powerful way of doing it.
re. multiple user profiles
" ...drag down from the top of the screen and tap a photo icon to activate one – allowing a tablet to be easily shared among family members."
I assume a profile/user password is required to protect kids from fifty shades of bad writing?
Re: Quite useful
But I still can't find Atlantis. Maybe iOS6 maps has it?
Re: Great image, but
My immediate reaction was to make a comment along those lines. However, ....
If you see a collection of family photographs, the oldest of which shows your great-grandfather as a newborn baby, would you say 'here is the youngest person in the collection'? It is a photo of the 'youngest person at the time'. Semantics ...Pendantics......
To be fair, although Worcestershire is a rural area, the copper may have been a young townie. They often get confused in rural areas at night, when they see lots of stars in the sky and the moon shining through trees.
1: AFAIK, in the UK it is illegal for the jury to discuss their deliberations with anyone, even after the trial. Is this not the case in the USA?
2: People talk about the expense of lawyers, understandably. Are the lawyers and legal teams involved actually the long term employees of Apple and Samsung? (In which case the marginal costs are travel, accomodation, any court administration charges, etc.)
"... a battery anode, which is the negative (-) terminal of the device."
I disagree; but I've had this argument before. That is all.
When I read an article by Lewis ......
.... I have to use the dictionary more than with most writers here. Thank you for 'cynosure' Lewis. It's derived from the greek for "dog's tail".
Now, what is the greek-derived word for "dog's bollocks", or just "bollocks"?
Re: @frank ly
How do you think I feel? I just spent 30 minutes scrubbing myself in the shower. (The voices in my head can be too persuasive at times.)
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.
Re: A small problem .....
Guess what .... as I write, this article is not listed on the main page.
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: 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?
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.
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.
I'll be out for Sunday lunch and a pint .....
... with my HTC Wildfire, HTC Incredible, Advent Vega and my Asus Transformer T300.
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....... :)
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