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Obviously not. If your not the subject of an injunction then obviously you can't actually be in violation of it. The problem the courts faced was as follows:-
Newspaper S uncovers evidence (Mr I was paid £ a years salary for handing in a less than truthful stat dec) that celebrity A was screwing celebrity B. The newspapers phone celebrity A and asks them for a comment on a news story they plan on running.
Celebrity A goes to court with a slander case against Mr I, and gets an injunction against newspaper S compromising a fair trial by reporting utter bullocks until the trial is finished. Newspaper S then just publishes a story saying that "we have been served with injunctions preventing us from reporting the following..."
Personally, I think the appropriate way of dealing with that would be to stick the editor of newspaper S in prison for the maximum two years for contempt of court. given that the editor of newspaper S has prevented Mr I from receiving a fair trial, but instead the judges went down the "super injunction" route and started making it quite clear that they couldn't disclose the contents of the injunction to prevent newspapers from taking the piss.
Maybe they mean human investment.
An admission that offshoring competent staff to India to get the wage bill down was a mistake perhaps?
unsymmetrical dimethylhydrazine (UDMH) and nitric acid.
Rocket fuel?! Yeah, that'd do for anybody you don't like. And you. I seem to recall that the stuff dissolves glass and explodes when mixed (self igniting). What you don't mention is where you can get the stuff from?!
I know the annoying buzz of the bearings going on a fan, but to be honest I'm no better than the users at hearing things. I just know what they meant when the hear it after everybody else does.
My personal favourite party trick is ordering replacement fluorescent tubes when they are on their way out by the flickering, though I am quite also quite good at detecting the smells of components (or multi way sockets running a couple of 3kw heaters) melting.
Some people will tell you that they can't smell, hear or see such things. Those people are actually right. They can't. We can though. However chaps, it's not actually down to a lifetime in IT.
You were born with it, basically. Your likely just beyond the fringes of what is currently designated the Autistic Spectrum, because you don't have much in the way of disadvantages, but you likely do have the ability to make use of positive traits many people don't have, which might include heightened levels (out of the norm for >95% of the population) of one or more of the following abilities:-
Logical thinking ability
IMO, you'll find many such people can be found in technical/engineering disciplines since it's self selecting and we have a decisive advantage over people without such abilities.
Re: I don't want control
. . .
And why is there a problem with gatekeeping? See things from the other side for a moment.
I had a request (demand, actually) recently to implement a piece of software which was basically a FTP webdrive that required (expensive) licenses. I didn't have a great objection to that, but I did have a great objection to the fact that we are UK based and the program was US based and there was no encryption and only a simple password. Simply emailing the bloody files was actually more secure!
Our professional requirements state that we can't transfer data outside of the EU without the informed consent of our clients. This was reported along to the people requesting it, who then kicked off big time to management about it demanding that they be allowed to use it because it was "easier" than existing procedures.
When management was informed that using this program would be a breach of our professional requirements meaning that anybody using it could not only be fired from our company, but up on a disciplinary tribunal from our regulatory body facing being barred from ever working in our sector again there was and remains a deafening silence as to who actually came up with the idea.
I mean, before demanding it being installed people did check things like this, right? No? Just as well IT did then hey! Think of what would have happened if we had of just quietly installed it for the people who demanded it and then just reported the annoying sods! Not only would we have never had to deal with them again, we know nobody else would have had to either, because they'd be unemployable in our sector.
Still, they are at least grateful for us saving their jobs and career right? RIGHT?!!
Alternately, they are probably complaining about IT being obstructionist. I know which my money is on.
Re: Martial Arts groups aren't as good as you might think
Oh, I have a chap who teaches sword seminars running a club locally. That sort of fight tends to be over very, very quickly. Sword fights last less time the better the people involved are, and against true experts a battle tends to be over with a single stroke one side or the other, depending on who moves fastest and does something the other isn't expecting.
There is certainly a point with that, a the hardwood training swords most places use could inflict real injury if used with full strength against somebody not wearing protection. A saber however is a tube of polycarbonate, weighing virtually nothing making it a lot harder to inflict injury as long as your wearing something with padding. I don't hesitate to go as hard and fast as I can, because I know from experience I can't hurt somebody beyond a bruise even if they aren't wearing protection, where as a lump of lumber probably could stove somebodies ribs in with the same moves.
Really? That's nothing. Real men build usable combat lightsabers. ;)
Google "the custom saber shop" if your handy with a soldering iron or "Ultrasabers" if your a helpless user type who can't deal with making the sort of electronic circuits that you were taught at primary school.
Making Lightsabers is great fun, using them more so. Suffice to say that Martial Arts groups aren't as good as you might think. They have really serious trouble dealing with people who don't fight using the same martial art they were trained in so even if you don't have some martial arts training you have a sporting chance as long as what you do is a lot different from Kendo etc. Saber play is also surprisingly popular with non-geeks and a great way to convert such heathens. ;)
Or you could get into the choreography scene, stick lightsaber choreography competition into youtube for a fun selection of vids.
So it's finished and needs no improvement. (actually the biggest recent improvement with Win7 was player options when you hover over the icon on the taskbar!)
So why bother replacing it? I shall retain my copy of winamp until a product comes along that's a lot better.
I have a huge number of old computers courtesy of the recession, of which virtually all need replacing. The cost of office is ~60% of a new computer cost, so believe me if it were remotely possible i'd have done it already.
The problem is that for my environment I have a CMS that all users use. It requires office, and the cost to the business of replacing the CMS would cost several dozen times more than the copies of office.
Re: Government procurement and HP / Dell
I'm interested in the assertion that "the NHS" scraps printers and in fact computers after 18 months. Where?
I just raise it because "The NHS" is a billing structure and brand, not an organisation. Each trust is pretty much totally independent, so don't assume that what one NHS area does will be anything like what another does.
Re: Increasing difficulty of mining Bitcoin
Alternately, criminals use botnets so that they don't pay for the electricity.
I can predict a new microsoft strategy. Dead simple.
The next version of office is going to introduce another file format change, because the file format compatibility pack allows businesses still using office 2k or 2003 to use the later file formats and open source software can open the existing format. Support for the existing compatibility pack ends in April 2014 IIRC, though I am sure that Microsoft will distribute a new compatibility pack for 2010 and 2013, forcing huge swatches of businesses to migrate away from 2k, 2003 or 2007.
The new format will inhibit the ability of businesses to move to libre office, since it won't support the new format for the first year or so either.
You flew the Chipmunk? :O
That must have been a couple of years ago. Did you get to do any aerobatics etc or was it so slow at climbing that you didn't get the chance in the time available? I got my hands on the Bulldog and Tutor when I was in cadets, the latter actually getting to hight with time to spare to play once we got to a few thousand feet.
Re: I call bullshit
The PC's cross an air gap by communicating via ultrasound via the PC's speakers and microphones? Ultrasound is at 2Mhz. Human hearing drops off at 20khz, and even if you accept "ultrasound" as being inaudible sound slightly above the audible spectrum then I still don't believe that a cheap crappy AC97 sound chipset with the cheapest speakers on the market (which is what most people use) is actually going to be able to produce sound far outside of the audible spectrum to be a practical communication method.
Even if it did, every involved computer would have to have a microphone (turned on) and again, I doubt cheap mic's could pick up sound outside our hearing range. That, and he's not producing copies to other people.
He is so definitely talking shit.
Re: BAD idea
I think it's a generational thing. The generations who grew up in the 80's or earlier didn't have insane amounts of toys and other expensive stuff so we took care of them carefully.
There appears to be a trend heading towards "just buy another one" that shows up more and more the younger people get.
Re: Already seen this
Windows only has security like swiss cheese because most people don't secure it competently. Most people are in total ignorance of what you can do to secure windows, which is a lot when you break open the group policy editor and apply permissions sensibly through security groups.
The problem is that people just don't use those features and use it out of the box, usually running everybody as a local admin just to make sure that no security things get in the way of them downloading stuff.
Given that the same people doing this would be deploying any other solution I don't have any great degree of confidence that any of those competing solutions would fare better security wise with a bunch of morons running as root.
They don't run on lithium batteries, the MSDS of which states that your not supposed to put them in airtight containers as they need to be able to vent hydrogen when both charging and discharging iirc. If the hydrogen can't escape and builds up enough pressure it hits the point where it combusts, at which point you've constructed a delayed action time bomb.
Re: Already seen this
>"You can't kill this virus in normal ways."
So, it manages to run despite having a software restriction policy in place preventing any vaguely executable code from running outside of program files or authorised network shares?
I've been receiving the companies house emails regularly. I've had a few users run them with nothing more harmful than the standard SRP prohibited text since outlook opens attachments in a temp directory, which is not in program files, so it doesn't run and i'm safe despite the users.
Anti virus software is not enough. Stick yourself in a basic SRP and your virus issues will vanish overnight because the users can't run the bloody things if they try.
Secondly, get yourself a copy of sysinternals from the microsoft website and use process explorer instead of task manager and PSKILL to kill things instead of the "end task" button in task manager. If you want malware dead, don't allow it to gracefully close through a task manager request to close. That's just letting it run more instructions. Figure out where the file and all it's dependencies are from process explorer and then either suspend or terminate it. Take a hash of the file to stick in a network wide SRP GPO that denies it the ability to run. Zip a copy of the file and email it to your AV vendor. Now your done and you can delete it.
Re: Longevity of SSD as a medium
And how long will those bits remain on the SSD if I put it on a shelf?
That's the issue, because a backup you can't recover from is a waste of time, money and probably the end of the company that used it. That's why tape is still liked a lot.
Re: Commercial Software Vendor hates FOSS!
Actually, if it's being developed inhouse chances are that somebody involved will stand up and tell the people doing it that if they change the requirement 400 times that it's going to take ages and cost loads. Chances are that they also have some idea what is actually meant to be achieved, unlike consultants.
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"
-> Well that's actually a good one. Jupiter could (only semi accurately) be described as a "failed star" so presumably this discovery is a gas giant with the composition required for a star, but without the mass required to ignite and it would stand to reason that it will have stuff orbiting it that we can't see with the technology we are using.
Logically, you'd expect there would be quite a lot of these things around so i'm sure they will be spotted in the decades to come.
Re: Your Title is terrible and you should feel bad
Welcome to El Reg, a tech tabloid.
Everybody gets similar titles on stories about their company. Apple and Microsoft don't get any special editorial treatment, so I wouldn't think Rockstar are likely to.
Re: Check out how much security is in this system ...
Yes, but if this is really part of a modular system written to a standard then should it prove to be a pain in the ass to support, it can be rewritten or replaced without spending £20 billion. Getting a dozen implementations written by smallish companies will still be cheaper than getting one written by the usual suspects.
Quite. The majority of psychology will be going in the bin within my lifetime due to advances in our understanding of Neurology. What we know now appears to fatally undermine an assumptions that much of our society is based on- that everybody is born equal. If your brain chemistry dictates as much as it appears, then people aren't born equal and therefore that entire school of thought has no basis in fact.
Neurology is actually quite an interesting subject but I'm quite taken with how current neurology research appears to totally ignore the wider state of the body. I think at some point there is going to be a realisation that people with food intolerance due to enzyme defects are going to have different brain chemistries to other people since their enzyme's aren't processing food A to chemical B, which is a precursor of chemical C which buggers up entire chains of chemical reactions that ultimately logically prevents a neurologically typical starting environment from forming. It stands to reason this will affect the later formation of the brain.
Knowing how hard it is getting 3rd line resources talking to each other about a problem in IT, I don't hold out much hope for the equivalent grade of medical researchers getting their heads together in the near future.
I have a medical textbook on my desk called "neuropsychology; the neural basis of mental function". It is intended for people who already have a medical degree. I don't have a medical degree or any formal training, however having a different neurological layout to many other people I have developed *some* interest in the area.
This textbook describes the 9 (currently recognised) areas in the brain (namely motor control, object recognition, spacial processing, attention span, language, memory, executive function, emotion, and artistry) that will function at different levels in any person. Consider it. In your own environment you will see people that are above or below average in at least one of these areas.
People who have a lower attention span (similar to a goldfish) are "blonde" or have ADHD at the extreme edges.
People with high attention spans may also be known as "programmers", and disturb their several hour long concentration fests at your own peril.
You'll meet "ditsy" person with low motor control and spacial processing who always drop things, or Cerebral palsy at the extreme edges.
You'll meet people with extremely high motor control spacial processing. They get called athletes.
You'll meet people with extremely low levels of emotion such as empathy. Such people are often found in politics or selling used cars.
You'll meet people with extremely low levels of artistry, who manage to make an incredible system and then stick a abysmal GUI on it. We call them programmers and pair them with people who can only do pretty UI's.
Now, you can go on with this for quite some time, but the end result is that you can postulate that people with better systematising and memory skills are more likely to be drawn to engineering or technical fields as these fields reward people with a better memory and the ability to think logically.
In my view, the currently recognised autistic spectrum is simply a set of specificly visible ranges of these neurological traits. They have to be seriously visible, because autism is diagnosed by psychologists on the basis of symptoms the psychologist perceives in the course of an interview. Where a psychologist will happily diagnose a child as being autistic, it gets steadily more difficult as the person learns to mimic socially acceptable behaviours to the point where out of the teen years it's virtually impossible to make a diagnosis based on displayed symptoms.
Two of the areas I mentioned above are wonderfully and wilfully misunderstood.
1) Executive function
Many people who read of this area consider it as "intelligence" as in relating to IQ points where it is more accurate to describe executive function as being abstraction layers. A neurologically typical person has a range of abstraction layers automating tasks such as socialisation. However these abstraction layers remain in use when not being used, wasting significant amounts of processing power. People with low executive function have few obstacles to concentrating the entire of their processing power on one task. Additionally, they may be aware of inputs that are usually discarded by higher level abstraction layers. This means that occasionally people with lower executive function will do a lot of "out of the box" thinking that can result in intellectual leaps forward, instead of incremental improvements that can be more usually expected by people with a higher level of executive thinking.
This is another area that is willfully misunderstood. It is commonly suggested by the willfully ignorant that having a low level of emotion somehow inevitably creates a criminal, serial killer etc. This is both incorrect and absurd. I can attest to this since I have a low level of emotion and I have yet to develop any desire to start stealing candy from babies, or wantonly killing people in job lots. On the contrary, a low level of emotion can be useful to both the individual and society.
Coming home on the bus one day, while the bus was stationary letting somebody exit the bus the driver sharply and loudly swore. This unusual event drew my attention to the front of the bus, where I saw a car with a white cloud expanding out of the front. My first thought was that the radiator had "blown up", with the immediate follow up thought that sights like that were only seen in hollywood as they are physically impossible in the real world, and a general feeling that something was quite badly wrong entered my mind simultaneously with a shapeless bundle of rags detaching from the front of the car. A person uttering in shock that "he hit him!" presented the realisation that the bundle of rags was an airborne body that the car had hit at some speed, and my next thought was I was a First Aider, and that I needed to be at the site of the accident. I was later told that I exploded into action "instantly" while everybody was stuck staring in shock, and that I cleared the bus heading for the accident before the casualty had hit the ground.
As a point of detail, that person lived. So did the heart attack, stab wound and cardiac arrest that I have since dealt with. I don't expect any reward for this, on the contrary I would rather completely forget situations that are so mentally and emotionally traumatic. However, As one might imagine, I do find the implication or assumption that I am inevitably fated to become a serial killer grossly and gratuitously offensive and I would welcome some public education on the subject.
Actually Don Jeffe, China was subjected to nuclear blackmail at the end of the Korean war when the US was pretty much the only country with nuclear weapons. They now maintain a token deterrent to prevent being blackmailed in a similar fashion.
Nuclear weapons aren't a disadvantage, however I think your making a mistake in looking at them as a weapon of war. They are weapons of politics and their use is as a "force in being". Basically, they change the entire strategic playing field by making certain military options to expensive to contemplate (eg, invade us, we nuke you).
In short, nuclear weapons prevent conflict because nobody puts a nuclear power in a position where they might be tempted to use those weapons. And that's why they are useful.
I'm not a luddite, however I would note that all of my Disaster Recovery/BCM plans are printed out and stored in paper folders. I suspect other IT professionals do the same on the basis that in a disaster you simply can't count on your documentation being retrievable from computers.
While it might save a lot of money on reissuing paper documents, I can't help but feel that certain things are best stored as a reassuring lump of paper irrespective of cost because paper is pretty failure resistant to a user leaving it turned on and running the batteries flat.
Re: XP is good enough
I've moved to Win7 at home, and the only benefit that I get out of it is that hovering over winamp gives me a media player control bar which I didn't have in XP. (if you don't count foxytunes in firefox)
At work? being able to log in with a second user when a first locks the desktop is the only benefit that I have identified so far.
Re: A very old dilemma
Or, "fallaces sunt rerum species".
A job site (likely full of people without) jobs asks those people if they would recruit people with their skill sets.
I mean, the response set is a bit self selecting, and without putting too fine a point on it people looking for jobs would probably retrain to anything if there was a steady job at the end of it. This might be interesting if there was actually some verified indication as to how many people answering it are actually working in IT at all, let alone managing anything than their dole money.
As it is, this is a non story.
Re: It's lucky we have infinite energy and natural resources to build and power all of these robots
Sadly, while extracting power from the great fusion power plant in the sky by means of photovoltic cells is theoretically attractive, in practice it actually takes more power to build the average solar panel than it generates in it's working lifetime. (Certainly in the UK, although solar farms in sunny deserts actually do make more power over their lifetime than it took to build them)
Nobody would build a society with 100% of the power generation from renewables if they wanted the lights on 7 days a week, let alone 24/7- if you read the stats we already import more energy than we generate from renewables, a shocking incitement of renewable power and a recommendation for France's nuclear program!
My other half works for a newspaper and is a graphic artist. The (pretty well known) newspaper ditched Photoshop for Quark something or other, but are keeping the old copies of photoshop because they can.
No plans to buy a subscription, so Adobe easily lost dozens of customers there at a single stroke.
Re: You Sure?
The issue in the UK is slander/libel laws.
American style adverts that say our product is great, and product X is shit because it can't do X, Y, Z can lead to you being in court because product X can actually do X, Y & Z. That can lead to punitive damages against the company that made the malicious claim. Companies in the UK don't want either the fines or the publicity of having their adverts proved to be lies in court, so they don't make claims unless they are truthful and can be backed up.
On the other hand, UK Supermarkets are quite happy to set out a comparison of how much a weekly shop would cost at a competing store in their foyer since it's just stating facts and there is no chance that it can end up in court. (provided the figures aren't fabricated)
Re: Magnetic Tape vs Magentic Platter
When comparing tapes to HDD's you have to remember what your looking at.
HDD's are attractive for a single copy, however they have a low reader cost (ie; RDX reader) and then a freaking massive unit cost, because you have to buy expensive hard drives.
Tapes are attractive because whilst they have a more expensive reader, if your doing a 2 week rotation it usually works out cheaper because tapes cost bugger all.
I inherited an RDX setup where I work, which has a single week worth of cartridges. That's because the cost of simply moving to a second week would buy a small offices worth of new workstations. At previous jobs the cost of tapes for another week could be had out of petty cash without much fuss since the cashiers saw larger claims for mileage.
A 1TB RDX cartridge after formatting actually only holds about 900GB worth of data because it's a hard disc and they quote the unformatted size. Tapes actually hold what they claim to hold, which starts to matter quite a bit when you get to the edges of the quoted sizes.
Also when your dealing with disc to disc then it gets really expensive and so long term archive copies simply don't happen. Other places i've worked happily run a 2 week - 1 month rotation and then retire one tape a month to be a "archive". Like, everybody with tape does that to retire old tapes more than for the archives which are just nice to have. Do you know anybody doing that with RDX cartridges? I don't.
Re: All day and then some for backup
No, all night. :)
Seems quite reasonable, for an off site backup started at 2100 it's finish before most people get in the next morning.
The real issue is recovery speed. That's a hell of a long time to wait to get all of the data back off, on the other hand I would imagine that recovering 8.5 terrabytes is going to be quite a protracted operation however you do it.
The UK teaches the scientific process to children at school. This makes it difficult to sell Polygraphs in the UK since one of the first questions asked tends to be "how does that work".
When you realise that it relies on people having responses to a question like a faster heartbeat then you realise that it's just a modern equivalent of voodoo. There is no proof that lying results in an increased heartbeat (and having worked with pathological liars i'm certain that it doesn't!) but even if it did actually work in the first place a statistically significant amount of the population will have done sports to a degree that requires you to learn to control your heartbeat, which screws metrics being used by the polygraph!
I know how to control my heartbeat since it's an essential skill for accurate shooting.
Implement a Software Restriction Policy as follows:-
Default Level : Disallowed
Rule: Allow C:/Program Files
Rule: Allow //server/required_executables
This needs minor modifications for each environment it's used in so the paths allow all programs your business uses (which should all be in program files already, but this needs checking) Failing that, just leave the default as unrestricted and set the temp folders to disallowed.
Unauthorised executable code ran from email attachments execute in the temp folder, which does not have execute permissions so trojans etc the users may run just generates an error message stating "Sorry, Dave, you can't do that! Contact your System Administrator"
And that's the end of your virus outbreak, even if your AV doesn't have signatures for it since it's a zero day threat.
Maybe they knew perfectly well that Facebook does not make enough to justify the valuations of it, and thought they would sell their shares while they are valued at a lot more than they are worth by any rational justification of facebooks income?
I mean, you sell while the bubble is blown up, but before it bursts. Sounds like a perfectly sensible move to me!
Having been a junior manager in the public sector I would say that the problem is that it is virtually impossible to give any reward to anybody for doing a good job, and there is no penalty for doing a job badly other than being put on an "improvement programme", which leads to a situation where people do the absolute minimum they can do before HR gets involved. This level is depressingly low, and orders of magnitude lower than in the private sector.
There is a reason why the NHS leaves an avoidable trail of corpses in it's wake, and the reason is that it's impossible to actually fire somebody who is grossly incompetent and dangerous even when the staff know that somebody is dangerous.
Some staff have a good work ethic, especially those coming from the private sector. Others do not. The balance is (IMO) very firmly with the people who do not have a strong work ethic. I was actually informally warned to take it easy by an award winning member of staff because I was so productive that I was making everybody else look bad.
I hadn't been working particularly hard either, afterwards I redoubled my efforts, just to make a point.
The private sector is not inherently more efficient, it's just that companies as bad as the civil service lose their customers to the competition and go bust.
Re: In response to "A" Key Removal..
Start-> Run->OSK->Ok (or just go through the start menu if you haven't a keyboard at all)
Press "A" on the Virtual Keyboard.
Right bloody skillset indeed!
Re: brought to you by the same people who want a "porn filter"
Actually, they probably understand completely.
Imagine that the Americans demanded that all copies were destroyed and our government was just going along with this. Our government can now say with a strait face to the Americans that they have done everything possible, and it was supervised by the police and staff from GCHQ.
You can just see Sir Humphry putting the phone down and making a caustic comment about the intelligence of the people on the far side of the pond demanding the data be destroyed.
Re: PR @ Lusty
I wouldn't call any marketing activity a form of fraud. It doesn't trouble my morals to describe PR as PRopaganda, however.
It's a more accurate description of the task undertaken than Public Relations.
Zero. I'd know, i'm the sysadmin. Personal email accounts might be popular for individuals, but it's not for businesses.
The killer feature of outlook is delegation. In a business it is reasonably common for an assistant to open her bosses calendar, check he's free and book in a meeting and then send an email to the client from the bosses email address.
No company who wants to stay in business is going to accept the use of Gmail, especially not if they happen to compete against American companies for contracts of any value or otherwise communicate about anything important.
Hence, amongst businesses a tablet with outlook at a reasonable price might actually sell. Assuming that it's available from people who supply to us. Without it getting pushed by the channel Microsoft is going to struggle.
That said, I suppose the Microsoft effort to assign every single small business with an account manager directly from Microsoft now actually makes a modicum of sense if they are planning on selling tablets to us, bypassing the established channel. I thought it seemed like a lot of effort to see if we wanted to buy a bunch of upgrade licenses, given that they were offering credit and long term repayment for buying licenses I would imagine that they would do similar for tablets, which might make the license effort part of an effort to establish relationships for the future to sell direct bypassing the channel.
We might have underestimated our chair throwing friend.
Actually, they might have a point.
Our company arguably runs more on Microsoft Outlook than Microsoft Windows. Assuming that Microsoft reduced the pricing for the new tablet to slightly under the ipad price then it would stand a good chance of making some traction in companies with exchange servers, and there are a lot of exchange servers out there.
That's not a huge amount of the total tablet market, but I think Microsoft would be happy with a 5% market share of that market, because they'll probably get another couple of percent with the next version, and they'll likely keep it up until people stop laughing at them regardless of how much it costs them. Remember that every x-box microsoft sells costs them ~$150, I can see them pulling the same stunts with tablets.
Re: By coincidence
Exactly. There is a far bigger functionality gap between NT4 and XP than there is between XP & 7.
Personally I suspect that there are going to be a lot of places still on XP in ten years time.
Do you think it would be possible to exterminate the angel of the north and replace it with a concrete version of this huge dalek?
Re: By coincidence
And some of those big customers had NT replacement programs running in 2010 that probably still aren't finished.
Re: … and other things.
The last offence punishable by the death penalty was high treason, and there weren't any convictions for it between the abolishment of the death penalty for murder etc and when it was abolished.
Re: The origin of the jury
A couple of hundred years ago you had to be a freeholder to be a jurist. (ie; owned your own property).
Resurrecting this rule would solve the problem without much of a problem and the Land Registry has a ready made database of people. Alternately, you use "taxpayers" defined as people who pay 1 penny more in tax than they receive in welfare payments. Her Majesties Revenue and Customs should hold a list of these people as well, so not much of a problem there.
Neither of which are going to happen though.
- OHM MY GOD! Move over graphene, here comes '100% PERFECT' stanene
- Lightning strikes USB bosses: Next-gen jacks will be REVERSIBLE
- Google's new cloud CRUSHES Amazon in RAM battle
- Beijing leans on Microsoft to maintain Windows XP support
- 'Big Data' analysis Think Amazon is CHEAP? Just take a look at these cloudy graphs...