3637 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
Re: My Samsung Chromebook turned up last week!
What can it do when it's offline? I was under the impression that all your documents etc were in the Google cloud so that you couldn't do any productive work offline. (See my comment earlier.) Can you tell me what things can be done with it offline?
About the big internal hard drive ...
Does the Chrome OS have a music/video player and slideshow application for local content?
What you said about 'competitive advantage' is quite correct and is against the principles of 'free market capitalism', since the small local companies are not free to use the techniques the big internationals enjoy.
As for those who spout off about VAT and employee income tax, that must be challenged as soon as it is said.
VAT is not paid by the companies, it is paid by their customers. If VAT was doubled overnight, it would not affect the profits of the company, since all they do is collect it and pass it on to the government.
If income tax was doubled overnight then that too would not affect the profits of the companies. For the large companies to say that they are the ones who are paying VAT and income tax is like me saying, "because I didn't kill you today, that means that I've saved your life, and I'll save your life tomorrow as well, I'm so good to you."
What's needed is ......
... for headbands to become fashionable. Women would generally have not much of a problem with that but men would, I suspect. With a headband, they could fit lots more tech into it.
Re: A Qihoo spokesperson said ....
Think of it as an inoculation comment, or homeopathy. (I'll try anything to keep him away.)
A Qihoo spokesperson said ....
"Microsoft was an inspiration to us. We're late starters but we're catching up quickly."
Putting on my devil's advocate hat .....
"Transfer pricing ..... is one of the hottest areas of international tax fraud, ..."
You seem to be pre-judging the issue :)
You are Eric Schmidt and I claim my prize.
Re: more techo-wanking - Markus Kayser video
In the close-up shots of the powder fusing, I have the feeling that a low melting point binder powder has been added to the sand. Anyone else think that?
Re: self-help The Microsoft Way™
Admitting that you have a problem is the first step. We should listen to them.
My immediate thoughts re. The Minister
""The Minister considers this type of conduct offensive ............. to ensure no confidential taxpayer information was compromised."
Po faced, tight arsed, uptight, straight laced, small minded, reactionary, ......... bah, humbug!
Re: Thost that are dumb enough to think a phone is a status symbol of success
Yes, who the hell indeed. Inquiring, smart and tight minds want to know. Tell us ! (please).
(Tesco Mobile: £10 a month rolling 1 month contract, 500 mins, 5000 texts, 1GB data)
@Ru re. Re: Oh How I Laughed...
I thought that 'bricked' meant that your shiny item of kit had assumed the functionality of a brick, but that it was recoverable if you knew how to do the necessary digital incantations.
You seem to think it means that your shiny item of kit has suffered the equivalent of having a brick thrown through it.
We need a formal and agreed glossary of terms.
re. Twitter and Legality
As far as I know, the lawbreaking would be the act of 'soliciting', i.e. seeking trade as a prostitute. Merely making a statement of fact in a simple information tweet might not be 'soliciting', if you have a clever lawyer.
"IANAL - tel. 01xxx xxxxx" (as an example)
It looks like some rimmer is downvoting people who don't like blackberries
PC Sales in the toilet
I started thinking about a wall mounted dispensing machine, big enough to carry quite a few laptops. Then I realised that I'd misunderstood and was getting confused (again).
@Eadon Re: Tablet computer has slot for SD card - Surface deficiency
If you stretch an analogy too far, you can strain your credibility. Oh, ...wait a minute.
It was proper tin/lead solder in those days, with smoke from the flux cores that made your eyes water, not the modern lead-free rubbish they use nowadays. Ah, happy memories.
(I still have a half full reel of Ersin 60/40 22swg flux cored solder, in case any electronics soldering is needed.)
and associated Greek porn (sorry, art) .....
I'm worried about some elements of this. Can it be classed as one of those 'extreme' images?
Re: Amazing to think ...
The ones with any planets around them would be suns. So we won't know for sure until we get a closer look.
Re: Crapware Payload
That's ok. Oracle gave you Virtual Box so you can mess up a VM and then throw the whole polluted mess away and start again, older but wiser.
@AC 09:37 Re: "I'm not writing puff advertisment ....... "
"There is nothing in this story (apart from one "tiles offer neat shortcuts" comment) which demonstrates Windows 8 is of any benefit over 7."
Win2K to Win XP had shortcuts. They had user definable pop-out menu bars with user definable layout and appearance that contained user definable icons that were user definable shortcuts to whatever the user wanted. Then, in Win 7, Microsoft removed them!
Wait a minute
"...the ability to share Office documents between multiple devices and getting availability over the internet ..."
That's what file systems, removable storage, networks, cloud storage and, er ... the internet are for. Or so i thought.
They waited ....
... until Eric Schmidt had left North Korea before announcing this. Quite sensible really.
UNIT is part of the UN and the Doctor helped them out with some time travel.
You could buy a lot of pies with that amount of money.
(The one with 3.14159 old pie wrappers in the pocket)
I love the smell of mission creep in the morning
"US companies and those international companies that use American-hosted services won't be touched."
"There's no intent to have the military crawl inside industry or private networks and provide that type of security,"
(For now .....)
"...there aren't really any custom robot arms or shelfing for a tape library, it's all bespoke."
You mean nobody has made a 'jukebox' type system for tape libraries? I'm surprised because it sounds as if it should be an established technique. How hard can it be?
Re: Helium leakage...
There might be problems selling consumer devices with radioactive isotopes in them. Also, the disposal of the drives would be subject to various laws and be quite expensive. No more smashing them with a club hammer and chisel when you want cheap secure disposal.
More explanation please
I don't see why using helium in a drive (in itself) enables more platters to be used. I suspect that the drag factor means that more platters can be used and not cause excessive drag leading to unacceptable drive power requirements. Has anyone got a clearer idea?
In itself, filling with helium should have no effect on the manufacturer's ability to pack platters in or what kind of recording they use. (If filled with air, there may be an effect due to oxygen reacting with the surface of a read head or disc surface, but I doubt it.)
"Running Android apps on Windows is nothing new. BlueStacks already does a reasonably good job of that ..."
I've had Bluestacks on my laptop since they started. It works, in a slightly clunky way, for some of my useful apps and is good for any Android app that needs lots of typing and reading/checking. Now I have an Asus Transformer (with keyboard dock and 10" screen) I don't bother with Bluestacks. I thought they ran the Android emulation on their own servers and my laptop acted as a remote terminal?
Purely as a matter of intellectual curiosity .....
How did these men get found out and caught?
International bank transfers, internet connections, VPNs, online trading identitiies ....... etc. What's to go wrong? I suspect they tried to enjoy the fruits of their scam in £-sterling in the UK, where the flow of money is very carefully monitored.
Many years ago, someone who worked at a high technical level in the UK banking industry 'jokingly' advised me to carry out serious monetary crime using US-dollars and gold; then to enjoy the proceeds outside the UK.
"...one is often required to have a glowing second screen in the room - which isn't ideal."
If only there was a way to control the brightness of a phone/tablet screen so that it was dark, while still putting out the video signal on its connector. A major development effort is needed.
re. "...AND an excel list of streets expected to flood."
It seems to be a foolish assumption that people can be expected to have Excel and know how to use it.
Re: Silver star and up/down votes
I'm thinking .... silver bullet...... for the weirdwolves.
Comments from Chinese coders please?
Can any Chinese programmers/coders tell us about their early learning experiences of coding in English? Was it a confusing experience and did they wish they could use Chinese characters instead? Has a Chinese character coding tool been developed?
As others have already said, the words 'if', 'then', 'else', 'for', ...etc are symbols with a rigidly defined meaning and could be replaced by any other combination of symbols to make code that does exactly the same thing.
" ...Mark Zuckerberg's free content ad network ..."
I think that should be 'content free ad network'
"...that’s the kind of nobend you are turning into."
I think you'll find that it's 'knobend'.
Re: Car keys?
I'd have though that the 'expected distance' for car keys would be very small, e.g a few feet. Just squeeze the 'handle' of your car key and it generates enough power to send its ID to the car.
He makes Chilli Jam !
And he might give us the recipe one day..... Must keep watching his videos.
I'd like to see .....
... a video of the average Twitter user attempting to make a compelling/interesting/useful six seconds video. What's that you say?.....It would take six seconds?
Re: They'd be better off...
I started to wonder about the brand of cigarettes called 'Douwe Egberts', then I realised that I'd confused 'Gold Blend' with 'Gold Flake'. I need a coffee and a cigarette.
Re: I'm terrible sorry for the inconvenience - Just wondering ...
" ...nymphomaniac midget."
Where can I find pictures of her on the internet?
Re: Cloud cloud cloud. - I like cloud.
Cloud cloud ........ cloud, wonderful Cloud. Cloud cloud ........ cloud, superlative Cloud. etc.
(You know the tune.)
@Steve Re: dedupe
With 4KByte chunks of what is essentially random (encrypted) data, the probability of finding an identical chunk is even less than 1/2^(8*4000) in theory. This is vanishingly (and ridiculously) small. That can't be the technique that Mega uses.
(I realise that in practice, no chunk will be all zeros or all ones, etc; but it will still be a tiny probability.)
I think that the use of the expression 'poaching' gives the impression that large companies regard their staff as farm or game animals. Oh, .....wait a minute.
I was shocked
I went to 500px, looking for harmless pictures of tits and was presented with a spread-legs picture with an offensive title. It's a dangerous internet out there.
@Rich 2 Re: IMAP IDLE?
Big fat 'yes' from me. K9 mail app on my Android is set for IMAP and PUSH on all my accounts and no polling. I get notification of an e-mail within seconds of it being received. How do I know? - I've tested it.
@Lars G Re: She's probably right but
Your comment should be read aloud to every MP who 'moralises' in public.
Re: VAT = Turnover tax!!
"There is a growing claim by tax lawyers ..."
Slippery people put forward slimy arguments. This is to be expected and must be treated with the contempt it deserves. As you say, VAT is a sales tax, only paid by the final consumer (you and me) and is _collected_ by companies, on behalf of government.
"... financial businesses ... cannot reclaim VAT in the main."
That's because they provide services which are not only intangible and not immediately recognisable, but are also often imaginary and unbelievable (see recent history).
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