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No, that is a rubbish analogy, so how about we just look at specifics:
Google wanted to use Java, so that they didn't have to re-invent the wheel, but realised that they couldn't have enough control to "optimise" it for mobile use.
Google still wanted Android developers to be able to write Java programs that would run on Android, without having to go to all the effort of creating their own eco-system, so they copied the "look-and-feel" of Java, while doing a re-write of the Java language.
If you _really_ want an analogy, it is the re-write of the IBM BIOS. The guys that did this were legal because it was done in a clean-room environment. In this case it is patently obvious that the was NOT a clean-room re-write.
Re: To sum up
All data in the possession of a US-based company is subject to the Patriot Act, regardless of the location of that data.
Re: "nothing illegal to be wearing Google Glass"... yet.
A halt is any time the vehicle is not moving; a 'complete halt' is where the vehicle has been placed in neutral, handbrake on, feet off the pedals, etc.
Re: It's really sad they're not actually available
Not available? Just pay a quick visit to Baikonur and you should be able to get a cupful fairly easily, just make sure to take two containers - and let the mother-in-law do the mixing herself...
Re: @dogged (was: One point that is often conveniently forgotten ...)
When you drink a pint, you don't (usually) pour the dregs down my throat, whether I like it or not...
Think that is more likely to be 1.5m spam-bot accounts, and 40m "staff profiles, purely for testing purposes"
How in all that's holy, can you have a conversation like this without even mentioning "Communism" "Marxism" etc.?
"enough to power 16,000 homes" - interesting, but how about a more relevant measure, ie milliDatacentres, or kiloServers, or MegaSearches ?
If this really is coming out at two-thirds of the speed of light, then the last thing you want to do is get anywhere near one of these jets, they would make a plasma cutter look like an airline plastic knife.
Re: Facebook could block pic printing and saving if it wanted to.
No, it couldn't - anything that it serves up can be saved if you have the right tools. Generally something like FireBug is more than enough to get around any "right-click blocking"
I just love the way that the boffin claims that a light-based cloak is basically the same principle as this radio-based one. I guess he's fishing for funding, or something, 'cos I can think of a couple of significant issues.
And surely this is no more than one level more complex than the radar jamming carried out by standard ECM pods since at least the 1960's ?
Moore's law has very little to do with physics/engineering, and a hell of a lot to do with marketing/budgets - it is basically self-fulfilling.
No storage slot = no sale.
Quite agree - if they aren't going to do the "straight line to the opposite side of the earth" tunnel thing, then what is the point? If they stay overground, then it is no more or less than a high-speed train, which is an awful long way from the "unprecedented concept" they are claiming.
Re: freudian much?
Freudian in what way?
REID ? WTF is that all about, and why have I never heard of her before?
DAB is obsolete, FM isn't.
THEY. ARE. USERS.
Was this another one of those denials by diversion?
ie: "No, of course we didn't record any of your conversations onto mini-disc!"
Otherwise known as: "Of course we keep a record (on flash-disc) of any 'meta-data' we can get our hands on."
"I'm having a plate of chips." should probably read "I'm eating a plate of chips."
I would need more context around "I have a plate." to correct that for you as well.
Re: From TFP..
"significant challenge" != "Obvious"
@AC - Validity
Arbitration provides exactly the same ability to question the validity of a patent. Even the highest court in the land cannot overturn the validity of a patent - that is purely for the patent office.
Grounding? (I presume you mean Earthing), but either way all modern chargers are double-insulated, which means that they have a plastic earth pin, and even those that have a metal one MUST NOT connect it to anything.
I'm not quite sure, but I do get a subtle impression that you are not in favour of any additional press regulation?
That you think the whole phone-hacking thing can be prevented in the future by just saying sorry?
Re: Dyson Sphere
Since we've finally managed to start a technical strand to this forum, can anyone tell me if this is technically a planet at all - my understanding was that Planets had to orbit a star, otherwise they were asteroids, comets or whatever, though I do realise that this one is "a little" unusual!
What bollocks. The real problem is that so many application developers are no longer around to build a Win7/Ubuntu/Mountain Lion version of something built over a decade ago. Most of the stuff that needs IE6 is NOT a standard web app as we now know it.
Re: Editorial suggestion
And how about occasionally checking an article for typo's?
Widow != Window for starters.
Re: It's an ARM...
So: 1amp charger, at 5 volts = 5Watts of power
10 - 30 Watt CPU means 5 - 25 Watt deficit...
How exactly do the "Fat pipes" that Dropbox have, affect the speed (or lack thereof) of my broadband?
Re: I see
No, _you_ missed your point off the first post.
Re: per cent
Don't you mean "per centage" there?
No, didn't think so.
Well aware of the latin parentage of the _word_ percent, but thanks to her German heritage, Liz likes to concatenate things just a little, in _her_ language.
Re: the world's first 3D-printed, rocket-powered aircraft
If you don't hurry up and set this thing free, someone else is going to beat you to it...
Re: per cent
That's all very well, but 'percent' is a single word.
Re: our Western financial institutions
If you check an atlas, you will see that Germany, Greece, and even half of France are to the East of the prime meridian.
Re: A bit late to the party arent they?
I do believe that the Scottish One-Pound notes are still legal tender, if a bit thin on the ground these days. The BofE 1 pound note is no longer valid, but BofE is not the only bank to issue notes.
Re: @Goat Jam
Keep saying "gotten" and I'm sure that a few of us will be happy to keel-haul you too.
Re: Will time be on Adobe's side?
For us, the big problem is that it relies on that POS known as "Air", which doesn't play with our corporate proxy server, so we can download, and install, but never authenticate...
Nuclear Bombs are neither Rocket Science, nor Brain Surgery.
That is why those two maintain a duopoly in that particular cliche market. Building a working nuclear bomb is very very hard, no doubt about it, but if a small bunch of septics could build one in the 1950's, with no computers to speak of, and with no 'prior art' then it is little more than a matter of effort these days. (And access to fissile material)
Re: It's all about the timing
No, the Palm Pilot was shit as well, since you had to re-learn how to write. I managed to learn the basic alphabet without much trouble, but never managed more than a handful of punctuation marks and special characters, like = or £
Honestly, learning morse code was easier and more fun...
Re: I think Torvalds is losing it
No doubt about it - lesson one in random numbers, is that you can't improve the randomness of a pseudo-random stream by combining it with another pseudo-random stream, so WTF is Torvalds on about?
Re: >Let's meet at the patent office, we're going to be rich!
Think of it as an each-way bet then.
Re: The least of its problems
Actually, the point about the port layout if VERY pertinent - with ports on all four sides, designing a case for one of these is VERY limiting, and has almost no affect on cost - if the PCB was twice as big, the component cost would rise by less than a quid.
Funnily enough, that was my first thought about this hub - why didn't they design it to also be a case for the Pi?
Re: iPad Mini 2
Still not even a mini-SD card reader onboard - at least Apple give you an add-on reader
From the article:
"Officers turned up to the accident spot on the morning of 8 July but, after a thorough search, could not find the severely injured driver."
To me, this sounds like the accident had been reported, possibly by the driver himself. Failing to find a crashed vehicle after it has been specifically reported seems a very different thing to finding an abandoned car, or the tracks of a vehicle that has already been recovered. There may be very many reasons, but I don't think there can be any excuse for leaving a man to die (very nearly).
Re: "Android is [...] slow, inefficient, bloated, laggy, buggy, insecure and vulnerable to Malware."
Of course there is a lesson to be learned, but your analogy with Windows is flawed - the number one reason people bought, and still buy Windows is compatibility, and that currently counts AGAINST microsoft.
- iSPY: Apple Stores switch on iBeacon phone sniff spy system
- It's true, the START MENU is coming BACK to Windows 8, hiss sources
- Chinese gamer plays on while BMW burns to the ground
- Pic NASA Mars tank Curiosity rolls on old WET PATCH, sighs, sniffs for life signs
- How UK air traffic control system was caught asleep on the job