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Re: A million bucks won't go as far as you might think...
I am not an Accountant but if this can be classed as winnings on a game then AFAIK it's tax-exempt.
Nor am I a Landshark but if the rules were clear, along the lines of "If you post on this subreddit you agree to be considered as the recipient of the prize or as a donator should you not be picked" then I'd say posting on the SR constitutes joining a game rather than soliciting payment.
The issue there is how this then falls foul (or not) of the US Internet Gambling laws.
I like how the Playmonaut is quaffing his champagne from a finely crafted LOHAN mug. Or is it Shax's LOHAN V2 mead?
Re: Is it just me...
It looks nothing like Piers Morgan!
In my personal experience
Not asking for directions is very likely to lead to a rapid decrease in mating opportunities, especially if it means she's running late.
Pubs flats Tesco planning permission etc...
Down my way my local pub had changed hands a few times on short leases but the level of custom, despite the pub being popular, couldn't pay the stupidly high rent the pubco demanded hence it kept shutting and reopening under new management. Eventually the last lot (Antic) chose not to renew their short lease and the pubco flogged the freehold on what is quite a large building with a decent amount of land for a London boozer. Developers bought it, stripped it and boarded it up and left it empty. The reason was that, in order to get a change of use they needed to leave it unused as a pub for 2 years.
Pub a little further down the road, same council, shut down by the beak and was a Tesco Express within a month.
Now I'm not wise in the ways of change of use planning permission so it's very possible that it's easier to get COU from pub to retail than pub to residential and I'm thankful for small mercies that it's not going to be a bloody supermarket but a large, prominent building in the area is going to remain derelict for another year at least. I'd rather see it used for something.
Of course I'd rather see it used as a pub and if the pubco didn't set insane leases on a place that only made moderate turnover it'd still be there but that's another rant altogether.
Re: a brand that has excellent recognition in the US and Europe
I'm pretty sure that everyone was going nuts over the Motorola RAZR a few years back. Certainly in mobile phones they have an awareness (though less so in the post iPhone smartphone world).
Admittedly I'll struggle to name anything else they make apart from mobile phones, the smartwatch I've just blown my bunce money on and heavy duty police radios but at the moment that's probably enough for them to market with.
Whether it's enough to compete with Apple/Samsung for mobile device market share is a different kettle of surprisingly intelligent fish.
How much did they spend on equivalent Android devices?
Re: Still refusing to admit
My understanding is that the download itself isn't that big but the upgrade process does stuff to your media files that requires up to 5Gb free as it shuffles them about. My fanboi colleague isn't upgrading yet because of that. Oh and there are some bugs that we've found that need squashing.
Give it a few more releases and I reckon most people who can will have upgraded.
RE: then you know what to do.
Buy the 10.5 inch Galaxy Tab S and spend the rest of the dosh on beer.
Comparatively poorly armed
Those 7 inch teeth weren't just to give it a pretty smile, you know.
Evolving two ton depth charges so it could dynamite* all the dinner it wanted would just be unfair.
*yes I know depth charges didn't use dynamite. Shut up.
"The iCloud website is protected with a digital certificate"
Oh, well that's all right then. Carry on!
i.e. superimposing adverts or advertising text as "supplementary content" when wearing your Google Glass or GoogleVR headset to watch movies or play games.
"so that the car knows the human is not a reliable input.”
ARGH! The machine decides that the nominal human operator is not a reliable operator and...
1) Continues doing whatever it was doing ignoring human override controls?
2) Displays some sort of confirmation dialogue upon receiving an override request?
3) Decides to come to a safe stop at the next suitable lay-by or parking area and then plays speed metal on max volume to wake the useless fleshbag the fuck up?
4) Mitigate (or offer to mitigate) the human's erroneous request "If you're going to go through with this, may I suggest you permit me to activate the Turbo Boost?"
5) Decides all of humanity is a waste of oxygen that could be better used for running smart vehicles and goes on a Stephen King inspired murderous rampage?
Has anyone asked Captain Cyborg what he thinks? (please don't).
Four Quarters Peckham
From the linked website:
"then we have classics like Outrun, Point Blank and Tron"
Also they sell Thornbridge Jaipur.
Thank you Ms Orr, thank you thank you thank you.
Re: evidence of anti-matter
Erm, it's a bit more than that. positrons *are* antimatter. They are the antiparticle of the electron and will annihilate if they collide with one. Antimatter (more correctly Antiparticles) don't need any more evidence of existence, they're an actual thing.
Where the ambiguity comes in is that an assumption has been made (from the article which I'm sure you've read) "it is assumed they are created when dark matter particles collide and annihilate each other." and so this assumption is leaned upon as explanation for the larger than expected number of positrons. So, the confidence in these extra observed positrons signalling extra dark matter collisions hinges entirely on the confidence of the central assumption.
Not utter garbage at all, then, just not a high confidence conclusion. Which, to be fair, was what the author of the article said at the end.
My gasts are well and truly flabbered!
I was going to offer NumptyScrub some of my stickers if I won for the generous offer but Lester's played another blinder.
Thanks for all who voted and beers and cheers to the other brilliant entries!
I was trying to go for an ETA/Wetter pun but couldn't find it so I'll leave with: eel-Qaeda
@Steve Davies 3
That sounds like needing to have your finger over the home button on the phone for the biometric auth at the same time you bonk your Apple Watch against the reader. Which means you've already got your hand on the phone which surely means it's easier to just bonk the phone, unless I'm really picturing this wrong.
With my bank card all I need to do (apart from having some actual money in the account) is bonk it for transactions < 20 quid so I'd expect the same convenience from the watch. Maybe the watch can select the card and is pre-authenticated for a certain amount of time with a secureID session?
As much as it pains me to say it, if nowt else FruitCo have restarted the NFC conversation.
Please also provide the names of the pubs used for testing in each location so that I know which establishment to frequent when I need to maximise my beer to noise ratio and get the best connection when I need to make an urgent drink ^W, phone call when about town.
Plans for dragon attack
I'd love to read the answer to that one.
"All staff are required to complete at least 50 hours of mandatory Skyrim and are prepared to deal with incidents involving Dragons, Trolls and Giants. Your council - Working Hard for You!"
Re: why you think URL's are content?
Yes it's a shit way of writing things but it happens.
The content is obvious. User jbloggs1975 bought 3 oranges from supermaket.com
What it is not (simply address info): Anonymous person from IP address aaa.bbb.ccc.ddd went to www.supermarket.com and accessed their online shopping section.
It's completely PANTS
Pixhawk Avoidance of Nearby Tree System
Re: purchasing certain items together.
Ah yes but a Self Service machine can't be impressed, nay, amazed at my awesome combination of ingredients and marvel at the culinary genius required to come up with the audacious idea of buying *both* sliced and unsliced Chorizo and the doubtless masterchef-winning quality of the dinner I'm about to cook up.
That said, nor has any human checkout staff apart from in my head right up until I get to the checkout and see the perma-glazed "Meh" expression on the poor soul's face.
As it is a first offence then it is likely that the ICO will not issue a fine to the ICO but will see what measures the ICO put in place to ensure this never happens again and, assuming the ICO are happy with the new processes that the ICO are proposing to put in place, the ICO will consider the matter closed.
This would be treating the incident exactly the same as all the others, in fairness, which tells you all you need to know.
I wonder why Diane Abbot is saddened that the Labour front bench is complicit in steamrolling this one through when it was the old Labour front bench that steamrolled the RIPA through.
I'm all for a debate on the issue and revising the RIPA as long as the debate isn't the same as last time (La La we're not listening! We know best! Trusssst in meeeee, jusssst in meeee!) and the revision is tightening up the regs not loosening definitions and broadening the already ridiculous scope.
I'm fully expecting it to consist of "OK, look, we've had a debate about it and heard all sides speak. So now when we ignore everyone and do it the way we were going to do it anyway it's all legit, see!"
In bacon, victory
victoriam in lardum
Or, more philosophically, from Mr P. Floyd:
Gyrum caeli non possint ab oculis meis
Re: So you have to clamber around the back to plug anything in?
Not at all. If you look closely you'll see the bloody thing costs 20 grand so anyone buying one will have a manservant to do the clambering and nervously fiddling with the gigantic, cumbersome beast.
From what I've experienced, both in terms of who we've been dealing with during our AirWatch deployment and who I've spoken to at trade shows, the AirWatch side of things has been left to carry on unchanged apart from adding a "VMWare" logo to the company headed paper.
It does still feel like a completely seperate company.
Re: What is needed is some sort of robot....
stu 4, careful or you'll end up in the situation where Deeds Only Get Husband Opprobrium Until Spouse Elects (DOGHOUSE).
Re: Super Maria
My younger (female) cousins had this:
And, yes, you could play as "Maria"
Re: Keypad on a watch?
I had a watch that doubled as a Pac-Man game (the one on the far right here: http://www.handheldmuseum.com/Nelsonic/PacMan.htm). I never had any problem using the buttons whilst it was on my wrist, much to the annoyance of my R.E. teacher.
Looking into the extended capabilities of WinPho 8.1 it looks like the same VPN functionality that is in Windows RT with no support for 3rd party VPN apps (such as our Cisco AnyConnect) but in-built support for a standard l2tp/ipsec connection.
The Mobile Device Manglement support looks good, though, so at that price could maybe replace a BlackBerry based remote email system?
I'd love to see a review of it from an Enterprise perspective as well as how it is to live with as a consumer.
I had a conversation the other day with someone as to why Dual SIM phones don't exist. I explained that they did, just not in the UK where phones are generally subsidised by a Network who don't want you sticking a rival's SIM in that handset.
I'd love to have one but I don't see us getting that version of the P7 on the high street, unless you know something we don't, Mr O, in which case I'd love to read about it in a later article.
Looking forward to the review. And the inevitable panoramic selfie when some politician manages to squeeze in the entire delegation of the G7 into one gratuitous publicity stunt.
Shields Up! The Physics of WHAT?
Star Wars mentioned "Deflector shields" and these appeared to be, essentially, invisible barriers that hugged the external contours of the ship. Every laser blast that was seen hitting the Falcon, Rebel fighters (of all designations) and Star Destroyers without doing damage (absorbed by the deflector shield) appeared to strike the surface of the ship. The only exception was the deflector shield surrounding the space around the second Death Star that was beamed from Endor and that was for a specific purpose of keeping the Rebel Fleet at super-laser range.
Star Trek has visible shield barriers surrounding the ships at a distance as described in this paper. We know that the power output of the matter/antimatter annihilation reaction in the Warp Core of a Starship is sufficient to warp space itself whilst also powering all the ship's weapons and other power needs. Also, the phrase "Shields Up, Red Alert!" is from Star Trek.
Yes, I am nitpicking the nerd culture references rather than addressing the science and I'm not ashamed!
Challenging launch needs
"action by SpaceX appears to be an attempt to circumvent the requirements imposed on those who seek to meet the challenging launch needs of the nation"
Those requirements being to bung some politician a load of dosh and/or a lucrative directorship for when the political career goes titsup rather than actual launch capability.
Why else award the contract to your preferred bidder just before the competition meets your capability criteria?
I understand that This Lot have been compliant for some time and That Lot are only just becoming compliant but compliance is compliance regardless.
I don't pretend to understand the Military-Industrial workings apart from it looks more bent than a Moebius Strip and I really want to see SpaceX succeed so my cynicism may be misplaced.
Re: I beg to differ
Your strategy seems very similar to my own. I have a 1st gen iPod Touch but the battery on that just cannot hold a charge anymore so it's OK for maybe a couple of hours playing time.
However, when that runs out of battery I still have my phone. Likewise if my phone conks out I still have my iPod Touch. If I used an iPhone or other single device then, when that runs out of juice I'm SOL for all functions.
My tablet can play movies and music, held locally or in the Cloud. My smartphone can play music and movies, held locally or in the Cloud. Both can stream from Spotify. When my old iPod Touch battery finally stops being useful I will actually replace it with a new iPod Touch because the tablet is too big to lug around just as a portable media player and my phone is for communications (and internet when I've got no WiFi anywhere).
Since I had the iPod Touch every phone I've had has been able to play music (Sony Ericsson T610 - agree it was a POS, Nokia N73, Nokia N75, Nokia 5230, HTC Desire Z) and none of them have ever replaced the small, slim, "smart" dedicated media device.
If you shrink down the iPod Touch, put it on my wrist and add a couple of Smartwatch functions then great but I still get to have a dedicated device seperate from my other gadget functions.
Re: You reckon?
"busybodies of customs, immigration, "anti-terrorist" police, the bomb squad"
At Portsmouth continental ferry port? Bwahahaha!
No, they all got downsized as part of the War on Public Sector Jobs. That and Pompey CFP is dying on its arse.
You might get one bloke from Group 4 on minimum wage who can't be arsed to look up from his copy of Heat magazine from 2008.
I reckon SPB could get an actual vulture through there if they wanted.
Re: "Tea shop manager"
This sounds perfect for a tie-in with popular IP. We have a great culture of kids TV in this country ripe for exploitation. A "Big Cook Little Cook: Scone in 60 seconds" game would go gangbusters.
The Wombles - isometric resource management game
What's The Story: Balamory - murder mystery puzzle game
Plants Vs Zombies: Bill & Ben edition
Andy Pandy: Modern Warfare
Someone get Tony Hall on the phone, we're going to be rich!
Re: Heck! Where's Guvmint when it is needed
I could be wrong but I don't think that dosh collected from Vehicle Excise Duty is ring-fenced for upkeep and/or planning of road systems. I think it goes back into general taxation, I.E. Osbourne gets to give it to his mates... erm, I mean, spend it in line with Government agenda.
VED cost is based, loosely, on how much of a Petrol Swilling, Bunny Murdering Enviro-Satan some utterly made up figures reckon your car is, not where it's driven, how it's driven etc...
This makes Mike Smith's scenario of a gov.uk led Telematics rollout being used to send your VED north instead of south the more likely. Gov.uk isn't going to spend money in order to allow itself to bring in less money even if that's the way it should work.
Consumer brand awareness
They no haz it, so it doesn't matter how amazing the kit is, Apple and Sammy are still way ahead on logo recognition. Same problem HTC had so Hu-Ah-Yoo are going to need to spend a *lot* on marketing.
Even those who know the company associate them with back end telco kit and packet pushing devices not consumer goods (In much the same way as Nokia should be but aren't).
Still, great stuff and I can't wait to see them push the technology and innovate the shit out of the rather stagnant smartphone market.
Much as I enjoy them I wouldn't have picked a cottage pie to showcase the best of British pies! A quick (but usually expensive) trip to Borough Market will net you some fantastic pastry-based nosh.
Maybe Eric Pickles ate all the good ones?
Trademarking words FTW
Now I can release my completely different and original confectionery matching puzzle game "Sweet Squash Story" and be completely untouchable 'cos I used different words. Ace!
"Your pictures and videos will look great on our new, bigger, iMax screen. What?"
Re: what's worse
Nerd tatoos of a programming language that uses significant whitespace, obv, but of the options you give, I'm a sucker for nerd T-Shirts so I'm comfortable with the idea of being daubed in witty geek slogans or jokes that require a knowledge of higher maths to understand, that make everyone who isn't a nerd hate me on sight.
Programming languages with shitty syntax, however, can fuck right off.
Re: VPN + RDP?
We're a 24/7/365 workplace with 9-5 Mon-Fri IT staff so being able to remotely fix stuff is important especially the VPN that is used by the other staff all the time. If the PC crashed at the same time the VON got b0rked it would be unlucky and someone would have to go to site and do stuff. Also with something like LMI I could access my PC for emergency work when I didn't have a device configured for the VPN handy (like when visiting my Mum). It really has been a useful alternative for me.
Re: VPN + RDP?
That's great but what happens if/when the VPN fails? How do you remotely fix the VPN issue without an alternative way to get onto your network (such as a remote access app)?
LogMeIn (and similar apps) very much has its uses for an IT Support function.
Of course manglement won't pay for it. They'll suggest using the VPN+RDP they've already paid for.
Well, looks like the mice are fucked.
Where do I think I'm going with my big bangs and black holes? On David Cameron's naughty list of course!
Re: Just a simple question.
It's not a simple question but a very profound one. Unfortunately it's founded on a notion of causality and familiar laws of nature that just didn't exist at the very earliest beginnings of the universe. What does it matter what came "before" when time itself didn't exist so the question itself has no meaning.
Big Bang theory only gives us info on what the universe was like about 10^-43 seconds (Planck time) into its life. Beyond that, physics of any kind just doesn't play.
It's reasonable to speculate that a singularity existed as infinite potential and had a quantum jitter (read: because it could rather than conventional quantum mechanical processes) which caused a spacetime to develop with a unified symmetrical force out of the infinite potential. However we have no way of probing back that far for reasons already mentioned.
Re: That's my take on it.
You'll be disappointed to know that your high entropy collection of pseudo-scientific jargon is just a lot of made up bollocks.
Inflationary cosmology explains why the shape of the universe we observe is flat (read: Euclidean so your toroids etc... are right out), the extremely rapid expansion caused by the collapse of the energy density of the inflaton field (no plasma of any kind as there was no matter at all prior to this point, it's all quantum fields) drove the matter density of the universe to equal the critical energy density predicted to give us a flat universe.
In terms of where the perturbation came from that set the inflaton field off on its rapid tumble towards (nearly) zero energy, simple quantum fluctuations were enough. Same as for the Higgs field that gave a meaning to a "mass" property.
In terms of where the matter came from, remember matter and energy are the same. As the inflaton field collapsed it drew energy from the negative gravity causing the inflation of space as it was shedding that energy as matter and radiation so the more space expanded the more mass/energy the inflaton field could dump into space. To the point where an original mass in the universe before inflation of 2.1601 Jub would account for all that we see in the universe including the "Dark" stuff.
So we have an original, tiny lump of spacetime containing only quantum fields at high energy. Quantum jitters go jitter and we have a amazingly rapid period of expansion creating all matter and energy in the universe. As gravity starts to have an effect this expansion slows down and astrophysical processes start making galaxies and all the good stuff. Right up until the point that space expanded so much that the negative gravity left over from the inflaton field having non-zero energy is enough to overcome the gravity that slowed the expansion and, right now, it's on the increase again.
Also, this article references "Standard Big Bang Theory" but the processes involved occur after the effects of Inflationary Theory therefore don't actually speak to Standard Theory versus Inflationary Theory.
Right, even I'm bored of this post now. To The Pub!
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