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" ... stopped people ... , from buying new televisions
What stops me from buying a new television is that there's bugger all worth watching on it. Even if I get a DVD (by some means), I'm more interested in the quality of the story and the acting than any wizz-bang special effects and surround sound marvels.
What actually are the WTO rules/agreements?
I'd have thought that the WTO rules would specify equal treatment, in that China could not sell rare earths to (say) Germany on better terms that it did to America. Do the WTO rules say that if you have a mineral resource in your country, then you have to mine it and sell it to any foreign country that wants it?
Re: I give it a month
"... switch/jumper on the hardware ..."
An excellent idea. Requires physical access to the hardware and a person who knows what they are doing. i.e. the sort of people who would want to install various flavours of another OS.
However: why would manufacturers do this if they can take the easy way out and do what Microsoft tell them to do?
Most Saturday nights, I have a scotch accent. I look forward to it.
"... he uses a BlackBerry only because the court makes him."
I'm smiling because I imagine him using it as a gavel.
If you wait a while,
Destiny, Symphony, Melody and Rhapsody will arrive and they'll tell you about Irony.
Re: 'Follow' that 'friend'
In answer to your question: Most likely not. We all have to deal with pointy haired fools and venal, scum sucking HR droids.
I was answering the author's question, "Is following someone on Twitter (or friending them on Facebook) an endorsement of that person? ".
I fully agree with the content and sentiment of the article. As you go through life, idiots throw turds at you and you need a good batting technique to deal with them.
'Follow' that 'friend'
I think you're getting stuck on the assumed meaning of 'follow' and 'friend'.
Use of the word 'follow'/'follower' can be used to mean that someone leads you and you follow because you believe in their ideas and opinions; it is also perhaps the most common interpretation. This verb has been chosen by Twitter but the proper word would be 'monitor'. If you 'monitior' someone's tweets, that is a practical description and has no implications for your belief.
(Note: The police 'follow' criminals in a variety of ways; this does not mean that they share their ideals and admire or agree with them.)
Similar arguments can be applied to the use of 'friend' in Facebook.
"Politicians should use their own expectations of privacy ..."
No, they should use laws and published regulations. We have seen what running a country using politicians' expectations/morals/urges leads to: a big stinking mess.
Re: that's actually pretty cool for Australia’s :)
It's alright, he's a greengrocer.
Re: I think I know what RIM's problem is
I typed 'blackberry' into that seach engine and got a nice but slightly crazy old lady telling me how to make preserves. It was interesting and I watched her entire video series.
Re: The Other Problem - It's obvious
In a Futurama episode (not well remembered), Fry's new mermaid wife said...
"I suppose I deposit my eggs under the pillow, then you squirt your sperm onto them, then we wait for our babies to hatch."
My experience of NHS 'IT'
My local GP surgery asked if I would mind if my telephone contact number was used to send me reminders of appointments. I said, "Of course not, that's what it's for, to contact me (duh!)"
The following week, the day before my appointment, I arrived home in the evening to find three voicemail messages that had been left at roughly 10am, 2pm, 4pm.
Each message was three minutes long and each was identical: "If you are Mister Frank Ly, please press button 3 now. ", repeated continuously for three minutes. This was their outsourced patient appointment reminder system. It was obviously designd and run by people who had no idea how the real world works and how real people behave.
Needless to say. when I went for my appointment the next day, I told them to remove my contact number from their system and never to give my number to another organisation again. They seemed surprised that I was annoyed.
Re: Oh no
Have you tried taking your clothes off and putting them back on again?
re. Schrödinger's analytics
Thank you for that gem Rik. I'll save it for future reference when I need a good put down.
@JP19 Re: Microwave Oven
With my old microwave oven, I noticed that my Wi-Fi speed dropped noticably when the oven was on. I suspect that this was not microwave radiation leaking out, but mains radiated interference from whatever crappy power supply module they used to drive the magnetron.
How long will they last ....
before they are taken as souveniers? (Wear gloves and wash them in clean water.)
It's The Muppet Show!
.. sort of.
Re: Pass the parcel
That's right not-Spartacus, it's the modern way :)
re. making it complicated
Maybe there has to be an 'element of skill', otherwise it's an illegal lottery? (Just trying to think like a lawyer here - makes me feel dirty).
Re: Basic electronic theroy class:- week 1.
A capacitor is not a small battery/cell. They work on totally different principles and have very different operating characteristics.
Just a minute ...
Apparently the law was put in place to "regulate cyber-related crimes and telecom-related frauds"
I thought that a sensible government would want to eradicate them, not regulate them...... ? Oh wait... it's a government.... yes, i understand now. (Thinks - UK- banking)
Four legs good, ....
.... six legs weird.
So, RBS agreed to let the government pour money into them, provided the government didn't interfere with the future running of RBS? That doesn't sound like a 'deal' to me; it's sounds like a charitable donation.
The situation was probably more complicated than that, I'm sure.
Re: re: Why were they storing credit card data?
I thought they stored an authorisation code (from the credit card provider) that was time limited and unique. That way, only the hotel could steal from you (if they wanted to) and nobody else could.
Why were they storing credit card data?
I thought that credit card data was exchanged with the credit card provider, via HTTPS, who then gave a linked authorisation code to the hotel (retailer).
Re: Fair use
In terms of context it may be obvious and 'fair use' as you say. However, did you consider that Sooty (or the administrators of his estate) may object to his picture being used in an article in The Register?
Sooty had a clean and wholesome 'family' image and there are often obscene words in El Reg comments and many articles contain less than 'wholesome' humour. As such, this could tarnish and dilute Sooty's brand image and marketability. Just a cautionary thought.
Re: CA added that RBS's technical issues were "highly unique to their environment".
I fully agree with your obvious point, but I think the correct word is 'absolute', not 'binary'. (Absolute: free from restriction/limitation/qualification)
Re: Yes. that's all fine and well...
I've no bloody idea either but I was enjoying the little stroll you took us on. I enjoy amusingly surreal but disturbingly relevant analogies - please continue with your insightful analysis.
I find this strange ....
The OFT is worried that an organisation which provides me (if i choose to use it) with a free service, has bought up another organisation that can provide me with a free service. What does this have to do with TRADE?
Immersiveness ... outpainting .....
I like the T-shirt ....
.... but you can't buy it on its own.
Re: A shame....hmmm.....
It's nice to have it written down, for reference.
Re. Mystery Location
On the picture shown, is that a barrage balloon in the upper right corner?
I'm also surprised that the location hasn't been identified.
What the ....
"Having given up on getting a cut of the transaction fee the mobile operators are now hoping ..."
Why should the telco operators expect to get a cut of transactions? That would be like UPS getting a cut of the value of the contents of any parcels they delivered. Keep them as dumb pipes because they have a difficult enough job doing that properly.
Re: *to accommodate high-penetration renewable energy"
Possibly; but what does it actually mean, in technical terms?
... change was essential to kick-start the "knowledge economy."
Maybe someone should tell them it started a while ago.
re."... what AmeriCash Advance characterises as an extortionate demand..."
It's not an extortionate demand; it's extortion. If $15,000 was an extortionate demand, there would be a lower amount that could be regarded as a reasonable demand.
I was waiting for them to take their clothes off ......
.... to investigate the action and relative effectiveness of different laundry powders; under controlled conditions with proper recording of results and cross checking by an independent peers.
@Thorne re. puppies/kittens
Your story does not make easy reading and is very confusing. Is there any way you could explain this 'scam' better, because it doesn't make sense to me, not as you've written it. (Note: I'm in the UK and if I was selling puppies, there is no way I'd ship one abroad so your example had my barriers up immediately.)
three hours eh?
Did you consider using Google Maps (or whatever) to show it to him, on the map?
The examples given are spurious
The examples given (time shifting of broadcast works, for later private viewing, as a service) have nothing to do with 'cloud computing', except that the service just happens to use the internet and networked storage, somehow and somewhere. These particular examples have been thrashed out in the courts in various forms over the years, with various technologies 'in the dock'.
I would suggest that this 'study' is being used (badly) as a justification and a stepping stone to modification of copyright law and/or the control of copyright law, by people with vested interests in seeing this happen.
"Unless you modify copyright law, the bright and shiny future of cloud computing (and your cut of a multi-billion pound/euro industry will be threatened" Yeah, right.
re. collision avoidance on aircraft
Also, for large aircraft, there are ATC systems which have collision prediction and flagging tools to alert ATC staff; and large aircraft fly on predetermined routes at predetermined times. When they converge at at airport, there are established systems staffed by experienced people to monitor and direct them. The PAV will not have these systems (apparently) and so it will be a couple of orders of magnitude more difficult to predict/control and avoid accidents.
As for cars: In the town where I live, there are cars for hire that will take you where you want to go and you don't need to drive. They have built in AI that understands human speech (usually). They are called taxis.
Re: Utterly pointless effort by Google
Steady on Jon. You're talking about old fashioned analogue technology, which was replaced by the new digital methods to avoid all the problems with fidelity and copying distortion that went with that old fashioned and discredited technology. And you'd need another computer to convert and record the first computer's audio output; it gets silly.
My clone just went rogue, ....
.... it signed me up to fifteen extreme porn sites and ordered 15 litres of KY-jelly and a gross of dildos. (I should never have given it my address and credit card details.)
It's not on the torrents yet .....
... so I'll wait a while.
re. ".. vertical row.."
Many people refer to this as a 'column'.
Re: The only time I've previously heard of Habbo Hotel
When I first started running around the internet unsupervised, at the tender age of 40, I was shocked, saddened and annoyed by trolling and griefing in various places. After a while, I developed coping strategies and recognised behavioural patterns and markers that alerted me to the type of people I was dealing with. Now, it's water off a duck's back.
Maybe it's good for children to see trolling and griefing on the internet before they encounter the real thing in the real world.... develop their recognition and coping techniques at an early stage?
When a politician speaks .......
"Business Secretary Vince Cable offered his "assurances" that future changes to the law in these areas would be subject to "proper parliamentary scrutiny" and that, in practice, the "order-making" powers would be used to ..."
Oh yes, you can always believe politicians when they tell you what new laws will be used for and how there will be proper scrutiny if they are modified.
I thought that parody and pastiche were already protected under copyright law, as was a 'reasonable' level of copying for genuine comment and criticism?
As a side issue ....
"..scandium to the people who make the fuel cells that Apple uses to power its expanding server farms and data centres."
Are fuel cells used much to provide power to server farms and data centres? How about an brief article on the subject?
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