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Don't forget, of course, that some countries object to your registering a domain their unless you operate there. Or, let's be fair, unless you pay taxes there.
Why is this any different to the likes of TomTom allowing users to upload corrections?
Having said that TomTom's mapping is still pretty dodgy outside urban areas.
"if TEXXXAN did not exist their [sic] would most certainly be something else in its place."
By that rationale can we expect to see a similar defence in criminal cases?
"If I hadn't mugged him somebody else would most certainly have mugged him."
Re: Doesn't Do It Justice
"Try to imagine it turning from night, to full day light in about 3 seconds."
Hardly. This object had an apparent magnitude of -11, that's not as bright as a full moon. Or to put it another way, something like a couple of million times less bright than the sun.
Not daylight then.
Re: They've always been OK for me
Where does line length come into this story? The point is that people are experiencing huge drops in speed at peak times due to unacceptable contention. If you get good speeds at some times and it grinds to a halt at others then it's nothing to do with line length and everything to do with penny pinching on the part of the provider.
Re: Just whine
We have exactly the same problem. Some user complains their connection from home is really slow, or VPN won't connect and it's somehow our fault even when no other user is having the same problem. The fact that their contract for home working clearly states that they can only work from home if they have the necessary connectivity does not seem to have any effect when they complain to their manager who complains in turn to the IT manager. Then some poor sod from the helpdesk has to make a two hour round trip to discover that they have an incredibly slow connection or worse still a router that does not allow VPN pass through connections. Every time that happens we have their manager on the phone saying that we should provide them with an ADSL router that works, even though these idiots get an allowance to fund their broadband. We've also found ISPs who don't allow VPN connections, but somehow that's our fault too even though it's made perfectly clear in the contract for home working that they must provide their own connectivity which allows VPN connections at a stipulated minimum downstream and upstream speed.
Re: It appears that there are a lot of people who don't know what regulation is for.
Regarding the PCC, there are very simple reasons why it's a shambles; firstly it has no teeth; and secondly it is the perfect example of why self regulation doesn't work. Imagine what would happen if the ASA was run entirely by advertising agencies...
Why? This is nothing to do with TV licencing. All they are saying is that clips do not constitute a television service.
If you watch live TV over the internet you still need a licence. ATM if you watch catch up services on the internet you don't need a licence (the key phrase being "as it is broadcast") however the word is that the next time the licence terms are updated it will include catch up services. Another loophole closed.
My parents have Sky Broadband (I advised them not to do it, but there you go) the best download speed they get doesn't even get to 2Mbps. Before you make the mistake of assuming they live in the sticks I can assure you that they live in a city centre complete with 1 postcode. Neighbours who aren't on Sky are reporting close to 8Mbps.
Our local news managed to run this as a local story, since the MoD is apparently buying it's Glocks through a local business. Now of course that may be good for our local economy, but is it good for the MoD and hence the tax payer? Surely it makes more sense to buy direct from the manufacturer. Sure buying from a British supplier means some of the spending goes into the British economy, but it also means that the MoD are paying more (roughly to the tune of the amount going into the economy) than they would if they bought direct.
The diminutive Mr Hudson is right about the Met Office's annual temperature predictions. However, one thing that is of more concern to me is the way they flip flop over drought/rain predictions. If we have a wet year like 2012 then they tell us we are going to get more of the same. If we have a dry year then they tell us we are going to have to expect more of the same. The Met office, of all people, should not be confusing weather with climate.
I suspect that this latter problem is down to their wanting to pander to the media, just as their insistence on scare mongering on global warming is down to pandering to government. Maybe they need to decide who they want to pander to.
Re: London buses
Nah, it's too big for buses. Too big for Nelson's Columns and Waless too.
No matter what you say "My Broadband is slow" is NOT a news story.
When I was supporting a whole load of ADSL customers I experienced similar speed problems many times. And that's what they were, problems to be dealt with. They were not news stories.
The register might not be about to publish an "Einstein Wrong" headline, but I'll bet there are plenty of publications out there who will...
No matter what "you could argue" the fact is that the statement made in the article was untrue.
I particularly like your "from 2006", lets see now. Windows XP launched in 2001. Vista launched in early 2007. So for one year of a five year shelf life some PC manufacturers only shipped Media Centre Edition. Not really a convincing argument.
If we ignore Embedded IIRC there were only three editions of XP. Home, Professional and Media Centre. The latter was never available retail, BTW. Fair enough, excluding Embedded, Home Edition was the lowest spec version, but to describe Home and Professional together as "only the lowest spec versions" is hardly true is it?
I'm sure there's a job at Microsoft for somebody who can break the OS and blame third party software.
"It adds a whole new level with open world exploration in the exciting and stunning world I know and love."
Hardly new to lego games. I haven't played them all, but I know Batman 2 had the same sort of "hub" where you could explore the whole world of the game. With all the lego games I've played so far I've found that new features in each release make it into each subsequent release.
FWIW although I enjoyed the game I found many of the levels a little tedious. Some of them were very linear in that there was a single path you could follow with puzzles to solve to move on. In these levels you can't explore and find the puzzles you just have to go straight from puzzle to puzzle. In that respect it's less fun than some of the previous games in the franchise that I've played. I suspect, however, that this is because there is more content to this game and so no room on the disc. I would happily lose the "fully" explorable hub world for more entertaining levels. My son OTOH is happy with it just the way it is and he spends hours exploring. He's the target market so I'm sure Tt have got it right.
"the company says should make it immediately familiar to anyone who has used Ubuntu before."
No it won't be. Why? Because a lot of people who have used Ubuntu before dumped Ubuntu when they started dicking about with the user interface. I did, and I know a lot of others who did.
Ubuntu was going to be a major player in the desktop market. Never happened.
Then it was going to be a major player in the netbook market. Never happened.
Then it was going to be a major player in the tablet market. Never happened.
Now they're saying the same about phones are they? Yawn.
A tampon up his nose?
I always said he was a...
Never mind, I'm getting it.
It just works...
...very, very badly.
Re: A great communicator.
You're absolutely right. These days the BBC (and others) like to employ academics as presenters. Many of these, but by no means all, are duller than a very dull thing and couldn't make their subject sound interesting if their lives depended on it.
It seems production companies believe that expertise is more important than the ability to communicate on the subject under discussion. Worse still these people then become more general presenters and are employed to talk about subjects of which they know nothing.
My favouritest story about Patrick was the one about the stamps. Apparently he would stick the stamp on a letter anywhere other than the approved top right corner of the envelope. In the days of hand sorting this harmless eccentricity was no problem, but when automatic sorting machines came along they couldn't cope and his letters had to be hand sorted. So one day the Royal Mail sent him a letter (presumably working out who he was from the return address) asking him in future to place the stamp in the correct place.
Patrick replied to this letter with the address written to one side of the letter, allowing him to place the stamp in the centre of the envelope. The reply read simply, "Hey diddle diddle, the stamp's in the middle."
And that's one more eccentric gone.
Re: @ Grease Monkey
I posted *before* the article was updated you numpty. The original article did not include the update, but stated that McAfee had a heart attack.
The first question I would ask of Mr McAfee is this.
If you believe Belize to be such a terrible place with such an unfair justice system and a terrible record on human rights, why did you choose to live there?
Re: This guy sounds like a nut job
It's certainly the best impersonation of a box of frogs I've seen for a while.
Depends on which reports you read, according to some McAfee himself is denying he had a heart attack (or indeed two).
"Britain’s eight million Nintendo Wii owners now have a reason to blow the dust off their console and power it up once more. "
Sales of Wii games are still pretty high, so that indicates people are still using their Wiis. Why the assumption that nobody uses them anymore?
Oh come on. We all know that FB's terms only apply when FB say they apply. Furthermore those terms mean what FB say they mean today and can mean something else tomorrow. And of course if they ever get caught out they'll just modify the terms.
So we'd better stop using PDF files for that reason then?
This is the same Birmingham council that has just announced that it's budget cuts will be significantly bigger than previously announced. I'm sure local residents are really glad that the council have chosen to spend millions on broadband when vital public services are being cut.
Why the hell are they allowing sensitive data to be bunged on memory sticks in the first place?
Re: So, If I get 75% of the advertised speed, I pay 75% of the price.
It works up to a point.
I pay for Up To 8Mb and get 7616kbps sync speed, but that's not the problem. Alright with my old ISP I got a rock solid 8128kbps, but that's not a big deal. The big deal is contention. I'm lucky if I get a quarter of that speed when downloading in the evening, whereas with my old ISP I could get pretty much the whole of my 8Mb/s in downloads 24/7. Even at this time of day the throughput is only around 50% of my sync rate.
So I like the idea of only paying for what I get, but it would be difficult to prove what you were actually getting. Some ISPs scrimp on the bandwidth available from them to the internet (or if they are on BT Wholesale on their BT central link) in order to cut their costs to the consumer. If you based charges purely on sync speed those suppliers' prices would still look good. There needs to be some way of measuring the bandwidth available for a customer to actually use. But I can't see that happening.
Needless to say I'm changing back to my old ISP next month.
I think you'll find that the Aussies have a case simply because they are the authority who will be making the decision.
However the fact remains that if you advertise a phone as 4G in a particular country then it is reasonable for the customer to expect that phone to work with the 4G network in that country. Remember a putative reasonable person is a common test in law.
"It breaks the internet"
No it doesn't. The internet is merely a very large computer network. What Google and their ilk mean is that protecting privacy breaks their business model. They need to learn that there is a big difference between "the internet" and "the internet the way Google/Facebook/et al want it to be".
Re: What was that about necessity being the mother of invention?
But you can build an electric motor without magnets at all.
Simple answer fanbois: Leave.
They'll have fun on our street then. Most of the houses don't display their numbers. Those few that do display them in strange way. Number 14 has it's number on the garage and due to the position of the garage most people assume it belongs to the house next door. So number 16 gets plenty of visitors and deliveries for number 14. If Google use their software on this street it will make matters worse rather than better.
Doesn't even come close to meeting C&U. It's not just a matter of lights you know. Take a look at any road legal electric scooter. Oh and to be classed as a moped these days it needs type approval as such. Without that it would get to a light motorcycle (or whatever they call them these days) for which a car licence is not enough. Not even sure it would even qualify for L plates without TA.
Actually thinking about it if you passed your car test after 2000 you don't get moped entitlement any more.
Re: Locked inside a Sports Bag?
Yes there are some very big sports bags indeed out there. I have a kit bag into which I could easily fit, and I'm far from being described as slight.
The very least that should happen is that the Met should be landed with a very, very heavy fine and that scientist involved should be dismissed. And I do mean the very least, a fuck up on this scale should really result in criminal charges, but it won't.
Yet another Apple patent that fails on the tests of prior art and obviousness and yet the patent will be granted and will remain valid right up until the point where Apple try to enforce it. Or more likely it will remain valid right up until the point where somebody successfully appeals against a case upholding the patent.
One more time, the patent system has been broken since the days of Marconi (or if you prefer Lego) and since it wasn't fixed then it won't be fixed now.
Re: The idiots strike back...
Yup, you're an idiot. Both your vehicles were illegal for use on a public road. In order to be legal they would have had to be either (a) an awful lot slower or (b) of a standard to comply with construction and use regulations, registered, insured and taxed.
If you had ever dealt with plod who understood the law as regards assisted cycles then not only would you have got a fine and probably points on your licence, but the vehicle could have been confiscated. This is no different to what happens to those idiots who ride unregistered and non compliant dirt bikes on public roads. Like the berk near us last year who dug up an old MT-5 from somewhere, ripped off the road going bits and thought he had himself a motocross bike. He would ride it on the road every evening to get to the local woods and after a week plod intervened. He got a nice fine, points on a licence he didn't even have yet (nice) and the bike was confiscated and apparently crushed because it did not have a frame plate.
This is hardly the first electrically (or otherwise) assisted bicycle to be capable of more than 15mph, so I don't understand why it's a story - unless Specialized are just using it as PR.
If it can do more than 15mph then it is a moped. Being a moped it would need to comply with the construction and use regulations as they apply to mopeds, which in it's current state it obviously doesn't. Even if it did comply it would need to be registered before you could use it on a public road. And then of course you would need the relevant licence and insurance and of course tax. Oh and a helmet, a proper one not one of those silly bicycle helmets.
If Spesh were to revise the bike so it complies with construction and use regulations then there wouldn't be any problems. Legally. There would be some other problems, such as the fact that complying with the regulations would make it somewhat heavier and less nippy.
Those whining that this is some sort of conspiracy against electrical vehicles need to wise up. There are electrical mopeds out there and the government don't mind them at all. Nobody is buying petrol or diesel for them and it's not like the treasury get much tax from them. The last time I taxed a small motorcycle it cost me the princely sum of £16. Hardly going to swell the government's coffers much it it? And since all two wheeled conveyances are exempt from the congestion charge there's no money to be made there either.
The simple fact is that the law is as it stands and the government should not rewrite it to suit Specialized.
Those who seem to be trying to make this into some sort of slanging match about cyclists should bear in mind that the vast majority of cyclists would never, ever consider and electrically assisted bike. It defeats the whole purpose of their cycling in the first place.
So to summarize: Aerolab developed something for Force India for which the latter failed to pay. Because Force India failed to pay up Aerolab sold the "goods" to somebody else. Seems to me Aerolab acted perfectly reasonably.
Force India need to learn that if you want to own something you have to pay for it. And that's what the judge is telling them. I'll bet Force India aren't particularly happy with the lawyers who advised them to take this one to court.
Why is it that so many people involved in big money sports think that the normal rules don't apply?
Looking around the interwebs it seems that some people are getting very confused about this because it involves IP. Well what if it wasn't IP but just ordinary goods or services? Imagine Aerolab were your local tuning shop and that you gave them an engine to rebuild and tune, then you an engine for which you declined to pay. Would it be reasonable for the tuning shop to try to cut their losses by selling the engine to your competitor? Of course it would.