2124 posts • joined Wednesday 10th June 2009 09:17 GMT
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: 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.
"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?
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.)
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: 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'
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.
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).
I have a business idea
"However, Deep Space Industries is promising an animated video that shows off not just its spacecraft but “a breakthrough process for manufacturing in space”.
The company also claims to be “pursuing an aggressive schedule” for its mining ventures."
I'm working on an animated video of my planned business venture and I'm pursuing an aggressive schedule. If you want to be a pre-IPO investor, you get the right to name certain characters in the video. Send me your e-mail address to get details and a share application form.
"So I haven't come to mock the rotund self-promoter, ...."
You just did. I don't think that making points about a person's weight or body shape is helpful to any serious discussion about their business activities.
(In case anybody is wondering, my BMI is 22, so it's not me being sensitive about it.)
But, but, but
They are not 'discrminating' on the basis of the data (it's type, original source, etc), they are discriminating in favour of their own customers, to avoid annoying their own customers. This sounds reasonable and sensible.
If the Postal Service had to use a private (different) courier over part of their distribution network, would they charge their customers extra for that delivery? - no. If the customer had delivery to a PO box and then tasked a private courier to forward it to their home, would they have to pay extra to the private courier?- yes.
I may be wrong here but .....
"Using the microphone and speaker, the two devices beep to each other until the transfer has been authenticated."
The payment processing fee is 0.69%
In some libraries, the books classify themselves; and you'd better not disagree with them.
Can anyone tell us .....
What form of open source license did Google release Android under? Will Microsoft be going after the Chinese manufacturers in the same way as it has with the big name ones for patent fees per unit sold? Does Amazon also pay patent fees to Microsoft?
Given that a smartphone is a consumer device, then even if the license has conditions requiring release of source code during 'redistribution', this will not apply to any Android adaptations or forks that are used, since they are 'black box' implementations. This also means that anyone is free to copy Amazon's Kindle code and make their own clone (I think).
I also have a feeling that Google wouldn't be too bothered since any entrenchment of Android or it's derivatives would tend to reduce sales of iPhone and Microsoft offerings.
Medical researcher finds that medical people are wonderful!
What a surprising result.
@AC 06:59 Re: "...other racist apps, such as a Nazi app..."
No. _OTHER PEOPLE_ would be using it on _THEIR_ photos ....... they'd be making themselves look like me .......
I have to explain jokes now .....
"...other racist apps, such as a Nazi app..."
Apparently, the 'Nazi' apps were actually promoting Nazi ideas of racial supremacy (and anti-Jewish sentiment), and were not 'make me Nazi' apps. I'm not sure how the objectors can conflate the 'Make me ..' apps with outright racist propaganda.
Is there a 'Make me English' app, that gives a pasty white complexion with crooked yellowing teeth, a permanent frown and a bowler hat? If so, I'd be very offended by the use of my image in that way.
"Mercury-rich devices like thermometers and blood pressure meters..."
It's many years since I saw a mercury column blood pressure meter in use. Are they still used much, since the battery powered, electronic pumped-cuff ones are so cheap nowadays? (I paid £15 online for mine and it seems to work just fine.)
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