805 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009
Re: Untrue El Reg Opinion
Check the wording of your contract. El Reg is no doubt correct that O2 had no _legal_ obligation.
I'm not saying the wording is fair.
Re: 800,000 programmers?
That joke only has two arguments, not three.
Re: "They have promised to meet all costs faced by the police and armed forces."
...although that'll probably fold the company, which will only hurt the people at the bottom.
Those at the top are probably syphoning off everything they can right now, just in case.
"They have promised to meet all costs faced by the police and armed forces."
Well if they don't, I hope they'll be paid significantly less.
...or not at all.
Re: Switching it off and on again...
Any idea why T-Mobile has told me twice now to just pull the battery out of my Galaxy S2, rather than shutting it down properly and then taking out the battery?
Surely off is off.
"87.4 million boxes were flogged into the channel"
That's a lot of waterlogged PCs.
If you're in first class then fine (although it means I hate you). Otherwise, you have to pay through the nose for it and probably won't get any work done anyway if it's busy (or contains one ore more teenager, baby or squaddie).
Besides. If I'm expected to work on the train during my commute then the ticket should be paid for without it being a taxable benefit.
Re: Nice one judge
Damn right, it is total bullshit.
I'm in the toxicity prediction software business and I know for a fact that software is hardly used at all. Some of that is down to old-school (out of date) thinking on the part of synthetic and medicinal chemists, and even worse the actual decision makers. Most of it is down to the software just not being that good at modelling actual biological pathways.
Big pharma is failing because their business model sucks, but take away their patent protection and as soon a company develops a compound someone else will start producing it at a fraction of the cost. The companies that actually have R&D departments will die in no time. Remember that a patent submission contains the exact chemical structure of the drug. So once it's published anyone with a fairly rudimentary lab would be able to synthesis it.
Incidentally, there are such things as orphan drugs. They're cheaper to take to market because they're aimed at diseases that big pharma wouldn't normally touch (the sufferers are too poor), but they get more patent protection, not less. Otherwise not even small well-meaning companies could afford to tackle the disease.
I'd say 'map' is a more abstract term that can be applied to any representation of an area. A chart, on the other hand, is a particular kind of map. Nautical charts should be very accurate.
On topic, I'd like to see indoor maps of shopping centres.
Tablets vs. laptops
The former is normally considered obsolete within two years and is unlikely to see any OS updates when the next model comes along. The latter can have 5-10 years of useful life it's a good one.
Re: Cue casual walk
"Me? I'm just strolling from my van with a recent purchase in a bag, oh wow my trousers are smoking."
That's why I don't go shopping any more.
The CCTV recorder probably still uses cassettes and has no data ports.
Re: Why are we talking about games ???
Because most of us encounter games and similarly priced software on a day to day basis. £1000+ licenses are for businesses.
Does this mean a phone running Firefox OS will be largely useless anywhere where there's no 3G signal?
Re: Try that with mythology (aka Religion)
@mccp: Well put, says this man of science.
Re: Judge of Korean descent siding with Samsung
...because there can't possibly be another reason why the judge doesn't immediately give Apple what they want. It just has to be some foreign conspiracy.
Re: I'm so glad ms bought Skype
Your post is a bit garbled, so I'm afraid I didn't understand it fully.
You like the google alternative then? What's it like?
Re: Here is a simple way to hasten digital downloads
"Go to Steam and see how much a new title costs."
True, but go back six months after release or during a sale and see how much it costs then. Don't know if that will translate to the console market though. Those games never seem to go down in price.
"But Sony, it seems, feels that too many punters either want physical media - which they can, of course, sell when they've finished with the game - or lack sufficiently broad broadband to cope with multi-gigabyte downloads."
MS, on the other hand, will do what they're doing with Windows 8: Shove their fingers in their ears and sing "La la la la we know better la la la!".
Well I don't know about you, but I want one.
It's like having a political cartoon on your desk.
Re: Eroding Copyright?
To the thumb down, I'm not suggesting that the idiot this article is about it correct. Just that creative works should be protected for a while and then made public when it's right to do so.
Re: Eroding Copyright?
No. If you create something you should get the money for it. If there was no copyright at all people would knock it off.
No, the *right* area of research for tablets is into that which will sell.
Besides, touch screen software keyboards are crap.
We must keep these from the surfs. They might start getting ideas.
Battlegrounds was rubbish. It was just an unimaginative mod for Age of Empires, which was already 4 years old. For goodness sake, Homeworld came out two years before Battlegrounds.
Re: I know one thing...
Expect to see a patent for this design being accepted by the USPO any time soon.
I'd be annoyed at the arrangement of the keyboard, but I think it's just a US layout.
Re: But, since the system IS in place...
A broken system is worse than no system at all.
Re: Why only O2 & Vodafone?
Also, why not discount it for Virgin Mobile customers? There aren't that many of them, after all.
The attendee in the first situation will then be shunned for the rest of the conference, and rightly so.
Re: More than enough...
4.2 gigawatts! 4.2 gigawatts. Great Scott!
Re: Silly Strains
What's the point of having a smart phone if not to extend the internet, and the information available on it, to wherever you happen to be?
OK maybe you need a personal organiser. You should have bought a PDA before they became obsolete. If you only need a phone that you can carry around, just buy a simple button phone. It'll be cheaper, get better signal and its battery will last forever.
If you own a smartphone this is precisely the kind of use it might have on a day-to-day basis.
Yes, it should be free.
Or rather, some of the stupid money gouged out of me for tickets should have gone towards packaging this public information into a free app.
Re: @AC - So you can sell software you have acquired...
I actually don't have a real problem with download only software, if the price is right. OS X Lion at £20 isn't too bad. £70 is the best I can find for an OEM disk of Win 7.
I doubt MS will be selling their download Windows at that sort of price though, since it's their main income. Let alone console game publishers who have to pay a big cut to MS and Sony ...and are bloody greedy anyway.
Re: What's it called?
...my left leg would also get pretty sweaty, pretty quickly.
Re: assuming retired after 3 years
...and not cost as much as a far more powerful laptop too.
Re: If its so widespread AND illegal
I quite agree
Re: If its so widespread AND illegal
"Since I started buying CDs >25 years ago, no one seems to have been forcing me to re-buy anything.
Or even meaningfully trying to claim that I should."
So all the songs you bought back then and have since wanted to listen on your MP3 player, you just went ahead and bought again?
Don't you remember when they started mucking about with copy protection (car stereo killing in some cases, rootkit installing in others) on CDs?
Re: Warning: PDF
"Warning: Movie clip" or "Warning: Has Sound" would also be quite good, where it's not obvious.
Finding the mute has unstuck itself when at work is not an enjoyable experience.
Re: If its so widespread AND illegal
"So if enough people want to do something, it should simply be legalised?"
I believe that is rather the meaning of democracy, yes. For better or worse.
Although, here I think the point was that widespread piracy is at least partly due to the outdated business model of content providers. The refusal of the record companies to accept that we shouldn't have to re-buy all our music every time they bring out a new media format, for instance.
Re: People want.. new content, not '3D' content?
"for a long time everyone was just watching SD broadcasts and pretending it looked better"
...but then if you're going from a 15 year old CRT TV to a big LCD it's bound to.
It would depend on her age and appearance. We do have some standards.
...OK maybe not.
Re: media center?
I don't care for the UI much, which is pretty bloody sloppy in my opinion. The functionality is essential though.
Wasn't Media Center only on the Premium, Ultimate, or some other more expensive version than Basic?
Re: Ability to turn Start Screen OFF?
It would have made sense on Windows 8 Pro. That's the one businesses would be getting if it wasn't going to be a clanger.
Rumour has it Prey 2 has been canned.
Re: No PC games then?
You work for Ubisoft, right?
"would us Brits really have better taste?"
We'd have a PC games list for a start.
I don't get why you would want a cartridge coffee maker. You're tying yourself to one manufacturer and are forced to pay whatever they want to charge.
They may have me on printer cartridges, but I'll be damned if they get their hands on my coffee!
Re: What precisely
If you want to publish in an open access journal, or make your paper open access in a paid-for journal, you have to pay. Why you have to pay is another question.
"You know that you are old when you can remember when the Simpsons was funny."
That was around the second series right?
I know you're not talking about the first few series when they still tried to have a message.
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