3536 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
@AC 07:40 Re: "We adhere to the laws of the countries in which we operate."
"Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it".
Do you remember when Yahoo gave the identity of a Chinese man to the Chinese authorities, because he had made a statement that was critical of the Chinese government. Well, that act was illegal in China, so the man was treated very harshly. In Thailand, you can be imprisoned for any criticism of the monarchy. Do you think Twitter should obey Thai court orders to reveal identities of users who criticise the Thai monarchy?
So, try to learn from history. Twitter is a US company and will give out user information only if ordered to do so by a US court order. If you don't like or agree with the general principles of US law, in terms of what is an 'offence', then use a service based in your own country, or one who's laws you agree with.
Find out who signed the petition ......
... then go and ring their doorbell repeatedly and continuously. They'll understand and respect your position.
Re: " bonk-to-scoff"
I'm having mental images that I don't want to talk about. Thank you.
Re: Immature is as immature does
As to 'profanity' - look up the meaning.
It also passed the Tourette test.
Re: @GW -- P.S.
Remember to tell him how to change the stored image on a Kodachrome slide using electronic methods.
I'm wondering ...
"The school offered to let her use a lanyard without an RFID tag, ..."
What would be the point of that?
Adversity breeds ingenuity
I'm sure the El Reg commentards will come up with many useful and ingenious suggestions.
On e-bay, a 1.5KVA (continuous rating) diesel generator can be had, brand new, for £365. A brand new 5KVA generator is going for £650. Equivalent second hand ones would be cheaper, obviously.
These could be used for the outdoor power tools and maybe also an indoor immersion heater to provide a large quantity of hot water for use later in the day . Etc, etc ........
"Announced examples include ....."
It's all cutting edge stuff and highly relevant to driving a car. Oh, ........
"... police initially went on a wild goose chase .."
Why on earth did they think it was a wild goose that was involved?
Re: "consumers" or "customers"?
Are you saying that people who are poor/oppressed should not be a marketing target for advanced mobile comms/data devices? If not, why not? Do you want them to be left alone in their poverty and oppression? Maybe they should be left as they are as an example to us rich folk for what can happen when things go wrong?
What are you saying and what do you actually want to happen?
"crowing like a chanticleer "
That should be 'crowing like Chanticleer', i.e. the name of a character, the rooster/cockerel in The Canterbury Tales.
"It was shining and so beautiful....."
So they hooked it and dragged it to the surface where it died. Hmmmmmm.
Re: Niche Player "if things go horribly wrong with a bisque."
You could use Blu-Tack to stick it to the wall, or a cupboard door, to keep it out of harm's way and at eye level.
Re: "do it properly with an iPad Mini / Nexus 7"
I have the Kobo Glo which has the same/similar display and I'd describe it as 'side-lit'. With the Glo, I can turn the lighting off and I find that with the lighting on at minimum then it gives a definite increase in contrast/readability over the unlit state, even in indoor lighting conditions. Because it's side-lit, you don't get the feeling of something shining into your eyes.
I can look a a backlit LCD screen all day in good ambient lighting conditions, but at home in the evening, I prefer a side-lit e-ink screen for reading books.
Marking your territory so everybody knows it
Dogs and cats urinate on things to mark their territory. Humans are so much more advanced.
No you really know ....
... what 'captive market' means.
@Will Godfrey re 'Kama'
The Wikipedia entries for 'Kama' are wide ranging. My favourite is :
"Kama is translated from Sanskrit as pleasure, sensual gratification, sexual fulfillment or the aesthetic enjoyment of life."
If the cat _could_ talk, it would say ...
... "I'll take you directly to the guy who did this to me, if you promise to beat the crap out of him."
@frank ly Re: @Eadon Android and Linux
I forgot the golden rule: Never get involved in any argument or even a discussion about Linux; don't even make a statement about Linux (unless you have lots of free time and can dance the semantic tango with experts).
Re: @Eadon Android and Linux
"What do you mean by, it doesn't make "Linux available to the user"? Because what you might think of as Linux may in reality be the GNU layer. "
I have a feeling that everybody else knows exactly what I mean. This one could run and run.
@Eadon Re: Android and Linux
I don't think you can describe Android as a Linux distro, in the way you can describe Ubuntu, Mint, RedHat, etc as Linux distros. Android is certainly based on Linux but it doesn't make Linux available to the user. Your main points are correct however.
@Irongut Re: Audio Quest Coffee cable
Thank you! Thank you !!
Audio Quest Coffee cable
Thank you for the link to the Audioquest cables. I love the way they bias and polarise the insulation around the cable (10% solid silver) to minimise the multiple non-linear time delays - just one of many innovations. I'll never be able to afford one, but it's like reading about the latest model of Ferrari - I can dream.
@Geoff Campbell Re: Deathstar revisited?
You won't know until you try to read it, of course.
Is it the tattoo .......
.... on Aric's arm that helps her to tell them apart, or do they have other distinguishing features?
Assassins who snitch on their client?
Failing to complete a contract or making a mess of it may be forgiveable, but breach of confidentiality is not.
"The temperature scale simply does not end at infinity,"
Surely he means 'zero'? Or do they have other research going on that gets to negative values of temperature by heating something to infinity and beyond?
Re: Location, location, location
Also, install it somewhere that has a cold climate and use the waste heat to warm the building it's housed in. If we had high speed data backbones, massive computers could be installed in the northern cities and used to heat large buildings.
It's ok .....
... his Google account isn't under his real name. :)
Worse than censorship?
"A 7 December judgment had ruled that Jane Perez should rewrite her review of builders Dietz Development, ..."
When you say 'rewrite', does this mean that the court ordered her to remove certain statements (censorship) or to change some statements to a form required by the court or the builder? If the latter the that would be disgraceful (IMO).
In 2010 the company appointed Lady Gaga as its creative director
Where can I see some examples of her design work or read about her policy decisions?
As a matter of relevant interest ....
... how does the 'computing and graphics power' of a modern high end Android phone compare to a similarly priced laptop? Going one better, take an Android smartphone plus a mouse and keyboard and LCD monitor, then compare with a laptop of equivalent total price. How would that 'computing and graphics power' compare?
If it's really important ....
.... why not send taxis out to bring them to a hotel conference room and have them vote by show of hands or secret written ballot, or whatever? Or ... send awards committee members out to their homes with the ballot papers and show them how to mark a cross against their choices. How feeble are these people?
" ...converting kinetic energy ..."
Piezo-electric mesh, incorporated into all the major muscles, with conductive plastic 'wires' feeding to an energy storage device. I read that years ago in a sci-fi story that I can't remember much else about. I think the 'hero' had a small but powerful laser device in his middle finger, intended for one-off emergency use, since he had to have surgical repair to the tip of his finger after he used it.
Whatever you can think of, it's probably in a sci-fi story somewhere.
@NomNomNom- Great idea
I'll process your unwanted communications, at £50 an hour; and I'll make the court applications for you, at £75 an hour. I'll also take you out for a fantastic meal every Friday lunchtime. Send me your e-mail address so we can get moving with this great idea.
@Bush_rat re. the take-photo-button
It's called the shutter release. You can often hear the noise made by the shutter as it exposes the digital film inside the phone. I assume that because it's a rapidly moving mechanical part, it's difficult to make a silent one.
Re: Obviously Andrew hates small businessmen and jobs
Put your glasses on and take your meds.
Re: re. Bootnotes
Thank you AC. There's always somebody here who knows:)
I've got off my intellectual backside and had a look in Wikipedia (an easy place to start) and found this, which has examples:
As might be expected, this contains other technical words related to the description of music............ I might be gone for some time.
Non-muso here: What is a quarter-note? What is a beat? What is a bar?
Can you recommend a website that has simple examples I can listen to? (Can you recommend one that gets it right?) I need a website called 'music-for-people-who-enjoy-it-but-know-nothing-about-it.com'
Re: Myself, I prefer..
Anything's better than exploding cabbages.
... eradicate terrorism and pedophilia.
I don't have a problem with 'pedophilia' (love of feet). It's 'paedophilia' that bothers me and should be stamped on (with big feet - maybe that's where the confusion arises).
Semiconductor diodes always confuse people
"...adding a battery with its positive end connected to the free electron 'n' side of the diode, and the negative end connected to the extra holes 'p' side, things change. The 'n' side electrons are attracted to the positive electrode, and the 'p' side holes are attracted to the negative electrode."
That is a reverse biased diode; no current flows and the depletion zone increases in thickness. As you say :
"No current flows because both the electrons and the holes are moving away from each other. But the depletion zone increases, ......"
But then ...
".... and the interaction between the electrons and the holes releases energy in the form of photons - which generate light."
No. There is no interaction because the electrons and holes move away from each other to opposite ends of the diode, like shy boys and girls at a dance.
It is when the diode is forward biased, with the battery anode connected to the 'p' side and the battery cathode connected to the 'n' side that current flows. Electrons are injected into the 'n' material and flow towards the depletion zone, thus reducing its thickness; 'holes' are effectively created in the 'p' side and flow towards the depletion zone (reducing its thickness to zero), where they combine with the electrons - the resulting energy being converted (partly) to light.
Wikipedia has a good diagram of this:
Re: "who reserve the option of denying GPS service, though this has never actually happened."
There were also rumours that the GPS signals over the gulf were gradually skewed at certain times to lead enemy convoys off track. Rumours ...... often interesting and inventive?
@Tom 13 Re: Who'd have guessed
"...toss off an innuendo or three ..."
I saw what you did there :)
Re: Goodness gracious - " ... the tanned hides of five mice ..."
Softcore eh? I read comics where they use the hides of three small mice.
Re: all that dosh!
Yachts, big ones, expensive ones; but not beautiful ones I suspect.
"Unless there is an infinite source of money, a value increase in share price should consequently de-value something else, surely? "
In which case, we'd be stuck in the Victorian age (or earlier) as far as share valuations and total wealth was concerned. Don't ask me to explain it, I'm just observing and commenting here. An economist will be along in a minute.
Examples are often useful
"The state set 12,310 specific requirements for deliverers of the contract but realised, after awarding the contract to a single supplier, that some of the work it specified did not need done, the report said."
Is it possible to give an example of one, or more, of these unnecessary requirements? Have they been classified and grouped according to severity/silliness. What percentage of the total number of examples do they represent. Where did these requirements come from, in terms of who wanted them? Such examples would be useful and interesting.
If I were a rich man ...
If I had as much money as the techno-plutocrats, I'd have a replica of a tea clipper (or similar) built. It would be a thing of beauty and serious sailing people would beg for the chance to be crew members.
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