169 posts • joined 9 Jul 2009
just a thought
I would have thought you chaps would have contacted the soon to be launched UK astronaut Major Tim to lob a paper plane toward earth (perhaps containing one of these trackers and Reg logo wing chevrons) from the ISS and perhaps write a column for the Reg on his antics and wether or not a paper aircrafts low mass/high drag would slow it enough on re-entry not to burn up.
Seems like a perfect fit to me, just sayin...
Re: Kept sectret from the public, or from the target government ?
Well if its the UK you can be guaranteed our lords and masters just bent over and said "sure... just ram it right on in there".
Spineless bastards the lot of them.
Re: GPS is FAR more accurate at altitude
"I'm not saying a barometer is utterly useless, but there are plenty of features that could be added to smartphones that 1% of people will find useful, but if you want the Swiss Army Knife of smartphones that includes a bunch of niche features just for the hell of it, you buy a Samsung Galaxy, not an iPhone."
That's because everyone is fixated on altitude. There is another use for barometers - weather prediction, combine barometer, moisture and temperature gizmos and weather is the obvious answer.
Add to the above that Apple will then be able to collate a HUGE realtime database collected from its customers devices it can then sell to third parties to make even more monies off of its users like weather services etc and its a no brainer.
Re: Article title caused serious WTF moment.
yeah they screw up a lot of words, mostly its amusing though.
I always giggle when asking an american where they're from, to which they reply "i'm a merkin".
or the classic george w bush "i am proud to be a merkin" which he seemed to state with alarming regularity. probably the most honest words he ever uttered.
schoolyard humor perhaps but bloody hilarious when you consider the growing number of signs appearing across the states demanding that english be proclaimed the official language and anyone who doesn't speak it should go home.
slow news day huh?
shame we cant post images here - oh well have a link instead, it sums up the whole apple/samsung bruhaha in my eyes.
Apple didn't invent siri they bought it outright from siri inc in 2010.
Your argument is still valid but lets not add to the confusion by intimating that apple actually "invents" stuff ;-)
Re: The term Quixotic comes to mind
court sees that firm 1 was granted patent years prior to firm 2 complaining awards victory to firm 1 = seems fair to me.
unlike certain rulings dealt out by American courts concerning disputes between American and foreign firms.
Re: The term Quixotic comes to mind
Riddle me this-
If the Chinese firms patent is so dissimilar to siri then why is apple trying to have it declared invalid? if they aren't similar then it shouldn't matter to apple, right? because even if apple were taken to court over siri based on this patent the case would fail as the differences should stand out on their own merit, correct?
Why then is apple apparantly so worried?
Re: The term Quixotic comes to mind
"Then again, this might be just to earn time. The idea of having to stop selling iPhones must be driving them nuts. Or to pay the troll."
You read the article right? Apple IS the troll here, the Chinese firm patented the software YEARS before apple created/patented siri.
This just shows Apples regard for patents - they are nothing but a revenue stream via lawsuit, if they have a patent they'll sue you, if they don't have a patent they'll sue you anyway and if you're the one with the patent, guess what? they'll sue you. God forbid you make anything with rounded corners....
Who's the troll again?
30 shades of nsa
really? nobody picked up on this lovely little snippet?
"....suspects and OTHER MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC FOR REVIEW LATER."
but besides the orwellian nature of that somewhat scarey thought, whats to stop someone getting a UV QR code facial tattoo that causes glass to open a large 3d vr text layer covering said face stating something like "F@ck off you nosey b@st@rd"? or causes glass to download and run malware? would be invisible under normal circumstances (except under black light) but the camera on google glass would see it and process it just fine.
Re: Jumped too quickly?
well that's a sticky point. to you and me they may seem to be throttling, however if they define what they are doing under another name then they can say in all honesty that they are not "throttling" but rather "screwing the pooch*". it is businesspeak, kind of like newspeak but more corporate.
*well they can call it whatever they want but that fits.
this is apple we're talking about.
these issues aren't "bugs" they're "performance art" for which no doubt they will soon start to charge for.
Using the internet to find its images and associations though i grant that it offers an enormous amount of content is a mistake.
It'll quickly learn that everything in the universe is associated with tits. doesn't matter what word you put in a search engine there'll be porn on the 1st results page, admitedly google has gotten a lot better since it put its safe search filters in place but it is still by no means perfect and any others I've ever tried seem to be as bad as google was previously.
The first sentient observation made by man made artificial intelligence? rule #34
The first sentient descision made by a man made artificial intelligence based on its observations? All battle grade endoskeletons should be disguised as Sasha Grey not Arnie.
The resistance won't stand a chance.
"Under UK law, the rights-owner can apply to have a website blocked provided it can persuade a judge the evidence is strong enough. Lord Justice Arnold agreed the sites have the effect of making unauthorised stuff available."
How long till Google gets stiffed then?
New Jersey? since when was that in Russia?
has anyone considered that the reason the US and UK govs dislike Huawei gear is that its tech so simple they cant use their high tech spy gear to steal the packets straight from the switch?
"no no no dont use that nasty Huawei switch... use this nice shiney Cisco one, its much safer...... honest"
because lets face it, ALL our tech is made in China.
you dont see them banning the use of iphones do you?
and since you cant do big business in China without at least a pretend nod to the commie party i will bet that the Foxconn plants have ties exactly like Huawei
or how about Netgear, D-Link,Cisco etc? theres more to this than meets the eye
they speak chinese just fine, just not the state sponsored dialect
"It's not global news. It's not national news. It would barely even be local news, in a sane world."
in a world where "news" consists of who is wearing what handbag with what dress and who has the most stupid looking rat/dog contained within said handbag I'll gladly accept this story as news, if only for the break in fashionista fake famewhore tedium about some useless tart that passes for "news" these days
its common sense really
seems like they should use the "green" energy to drive a turbine, pump water up to a reservoir, then when the power is needed they can let the water flow back down into a lower reservoir and the turbine then generates electricity for the grid, thats one way to "store" the energy on such a scale and by providing power when needed as opposed to when the wind blows then the fossil fuels people are happy as they dont have to switch off and on and the greens arent selectively monopolising the grid.
just a thought
Re: LASER not laser
applying for a RIM job, or applying for a rim job, 2 completely different things which should never be confused or you could end up very embarrassed
Re: "This Video Is Private"
makes a change from "this content is unavailable in your country" which is the usual reg fair
(last i checked Northern Ireland is still part of the UK and the UK is where theregister is based but whatever)
i dont even try watching the vids on this site anymore
dont forget how doctors can use it to contact clinics and map outbreaks, request aid, order meds etc.
"I don't think any critical thinking person can believe that the US is a democracy anymore."
it never was - it was/is a constitutional republic, the greatest smokescreen in history was the governments achievement of having its people believe it was a democracy
Re: It doesn't have to be new for Apple to call it new
"not terribly bright"
should fit right in with the apply crowd then
heh - that comment made me have images of someone chewing on barbies, om nom nom lol
the backpack is obviously for carrying around her tiny rat like dog in comfort, why would she need an air supply? as an obvious airhead of such calibre she would probably carry enough oxygen/nitrogen mix in her cranium to last the entire mission.
barbie as a young girls role model = LOL
Re: misleading - and should be thrown out of court
i feel the MANUFACTURERS who are abusing the patents should pay - not the suckers who bought the components in good faith
your argument is astoundingly simplistic - should you then be sued for using devices which contain LEDs? because thats where your argument is leading
misleading - and should be thrown out of court
it seems that the "patents" are for processes involved in the manufacture of modern LEDs not LEDs themselves.
since the LED was invented by some russian bloke in the 1920s and was first mass produced by General Electric in the 1960s they might have a difficult time proving patents on the objects themselves.
in my opinion these suits should be thrown out of court as they should be aimed at the manufacturers of the LEDs as opposed to those using them - apple etc are using an item based upon many sources of prior art, the manufacturers are those making the LEDS using the processes claimed in the patent suit.
pretty obvious really
the name "Vulcan" as in the ancient god and not a pointy eared prat with silly eyebrows, is already taken in astronomy circles.
urbain le verrier called his hypothetical planet between the sun and mercury vulcan, and though it is now proven not to exist there is a very good chance of a ring of asteroids in that orbit, reffered to as vulcanoid asteroids. anyone want to guess what these would be called on discovery? heres a clue... vulcan1, vulcan2, vulcan3....
(they are hypothetical but there is eveidence to support the claim, they are however extremely hard to find as the area they would inhabit suffers from serious light pollution from the sun making telescope observation difficult)
besides as the god of fire and volcanos it would hardly be a fitting name for a little rock out in the coldest boondocks of our solar system.
Re: Oh you gotta be kidding....
FUD? not so much...
"Microsoft funding of SCO controversy
On March 4, 2004, a leaked SCO internal e-mail detailed how Microsoft had raised up to $106 million via the BayStar referral and other means. Blake Stowell of SCO confirmed the memo was real. BayStar claimed the deal was suggested by Microsoft, but that no money for it came directly from them. In addition to the Baystar involvement, Microsoft paid SCO $6M (USD) in May 2003 for a license to "Unix and Unix-related patents", despite the lack of Unix-related patents owned by SCO. This deal was widely seen in the press as a boost to SCO's finances which would help SCO with its lawsuit against IBM"
(from wikipedia - cause i knew it had happened but couldnt remember when etc)
so in other words, your mobile device downloads 1 gigabit of data just so it can get at the 150 megabits of data it actually needs and discards the rest
good show BBC, way to support the phone companies in their ongoing battle to cap and charge the masses.
the control interface
the electronics squeezed into such a small package
your glossing over the tech innovations and trying to say its just some apps? you dont happen to work in cupertino do you by any chance?
glass... its something new and innovative (thats enough for a stagnant apple to hate it right there) though it does kinda make the user look retarded and i see at best limited uptake in its present form, it will spur further innovation as other companies vie for market share in both final products and components (and yes that will include graphics hardware).
apple and intel bitching about it? well that sounds like...
apple trying to downplay a new technology until they can catch up with a competing device - then sue because they were so obviously into it before anyone else
intel then jumping on the bandwagon and bouncing around Cooks feet like a little lost puppy thats starved for love in the vain hopes that apple will then use their tech (atom processors)
sour grapes all around
and even though glass looks like crap atm - lets not forget that what we have seen so far are DEVELOPMENT versions, not final "lets get this shit on store shelves" versions but test units. a lot can (and i bet will) change before final release.
oh and intel complaining about graphics performance? lol the irony
Re: "she did stress that her view wasn't final"
really i gotta wonder how much apple "donated" to the judges favorite charity of choice for her to say this?
a) judgement goes apples way - nothing more said.
b) judgement goes against apple - thrown out of court on appeal due to non-impartial judge using this statement as proof.
apple lawers must be happily jerkin themselves into a right frothy mess over this one
Re: gets my goat
"regulars" = full time soldiers
"regulated" = under control of law
both terms meant the same thing then as they do now
regulated militia being controlled by state government to oppose any abuse by federal government or interference with the states right to establish its own rule of law and and to offset a standing regular army (which at the time was seen as a means to suppress the people and the various states)
in fact to form an UNREGULATED militia would have been seen as treason and what we now call a terrorist action
Re: gets my goat
actually im rather well versed in english thanks since my lot invented it, i just dont waste time on capitalisation and punctuation in meaningless post threads
the wording in the second amendment is quite clear given the language of the time - militias, not individuals
that the NRA can buy a judge makes no difference to either the intent of said amendment or the morality of those who chose to twist it (consider that it took them till 2008 to do so, only 217 years after all)
btw you made me giggle a little with your "free country" rant, i chose to believe that was an ironic statement because it would just be too sad otherwise
here in the UK we have the magna carta and the bill of rights, so yeah, i dont need yer cheap knock offs thanks.
gets my goat
second amendment rights?
wonder how many downvotes ill get for this....
but frankly - bollocks
there is nothing in the US constitution or bill of rights that states that an "individual" has the right to keep or bear arms - nothing - not one word.
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
the "people" referred to in that are those defined by "well regulated militia"
are you a legal member of a militia, funded, organised and operated by a state government?
if the answer to that question is no, then hell no you aint got no "right" to keep or bear arms unless the state decides to license you to do so. that is called a privilege not a right.
dont get me wrong, im all for guns, with proper and sane controls in place (background checks, mental health checks, mandatory gun safety courses prior to licensing, mandatory storage in a locked gun cabinet when not in use, safety lock to prevent discharge by children etc) but all this "second amendment rights" crap is nothing more than a load of twisted bull put forward by paranoid asshats.
not really sure
i download shows that i have missed on live UK tv but i do pay a tv license - not really sure where that leaves me on their freetard scale
i have also in the past downloaded various pieces of software - the trial releases are so hampered that its pointless using them, there's no way you can find out if a product will suit your needs if the reason you want it is only available in the full versions, its just stupid - if said pirated versions suited my needs i then bought a legitimate copy, if not then i moved on to a product that did. where on the scale does this then leave me?
frankly i'm all for piracy with the caveat that it is done to test the software and a full copy is then bought if the software is suitable, i am not however for piracy just to steal software - if the developers dont get paid then where is the incentive for them to release new products?
music on the other hand i couldn't give a damn about, since sales don't go to the artists but to the producers and the artists get stiffed anyway, i don't download or buy it either way.
Re: The problems it causes.
i agree with your post wholeheartedly however i must point out that:
"4a) No Free Software can implement DRM, since if I have the ability to compile and run the source, I can intercept the decoded data"
free software can and indeed does in many cases implement DRM, there is a world of difference between free software which can be closed source, and open source software,
even open source software can implement DRM, sure you can read the source code, which will allow you to understand how the DRM is implemented even the code for the DRM module itself - however its the hash it uses that counts, be it a supplied hash that will allow the use of secondary software or media or your own hash for media or software you create for use with the program. the DRM module will just check hashes and can be open source for the world to see, it carries out a very basic function, the hashes themselves are another matter.
Re: Buy stocks in aluminum!
nah mate, the truth is that TPTB started the tinfoil hat rumour specifically so they could gain greater control - the thought that it acts like a faraday cage is false (it would have to totally enclose the head for that to work, since your neck is in the way thats not really gonna happen) as it is in fact open at the front and base this means it collects radio waves and in fact focuses them to a central point ( your brain), think parabolic antenna.
true a subject wearing a tinfoil hat would be partially shielded from behind, but from just about every other angle they will be concentrating the nefarious mind control/reading/dumbing rays.
disclaimer: the author of this post does not admit to belief in these various conspiracy theories so those black helicopters can stop following me now please. however the author of this post does admit that this information is useful for annoying the shit out of holier than thou whackjobs who think theyre "special" and "enlightened" and use the term "sheeple" a lot.
you realise they can get free internet access in libraries right?
i was homeless myself for a number of months and was lucky to end up eating even as well as the person concerned and yet i had daily free internet access in various libraries. such free access was in fact pivotal to me getting back on my feet with a job and a place to live.
just because you have never had to stoop so low as to use something does not mean that it does not exist.
to berate someone without knowing their situation - and indeed to go so far as to try and force your own fantastical delusion as to what their life might be like upon them is farcical at best. you sir are a twat.
as for the story that started it all, yes, for those of us who have been there it is more than in bad taste. it is in fact the most deluded piece of crap ive ever read on this site and that is saying something, the daily mirror probably has better taste and empathy.
BT privatised in 1984
sip patents range from 1999 onwards
its not the tablet business thats killing logitech, its logitechs overinflated prices and rapidly diminishing quality thats doing the nasty for them.
customers just arent stupid enough to pay £80 for a keyboard and £120 for a mouse when they can buy from a lesser known brand a direct equivelant of higher quality build with better materials for £30 or less (total for both peripherals)
cry me a river logitech, i'll use it for kayaking thanks :)
cue sepia tone and hovis music
brings back memories - i had one of these in the cgl branded form as a nipper
enjoyed it immensely
the thing that sticks in my mind the most though was the tapedeck, when the tape needed swapped/turned over or the data ended before it should have, it often spoke in the sexiest female voice telling you what the issue was and what to do. a most pleasurable experience after sitting through 25 minutes of modem type noise
Re: Uh... No.
thanks - the drones here all just gave me funny looks for laughing for no apparent reason
Re: Uh... No.
"Archimedes is also said to have devised a giant crossbow of some sort, to further harry the Roman fleet."
that would be a ballista then... as invented by dionysus
not exactly a fair comparison
i notice you compared it to the BMW 5 series that the UK plods use, however they have also been using both Lotus esprits and elans for the past decade - many of the UK police forces use lotus's for high speed motorway chase cars, hell they even have em in northern ireland. while not exactly in OTT supercar territory its still a closer comparison, but i guess it doesnt make as good a story when the gap in performance isn't quite as high as you'd lead us to believe.
that is something i havent tried - didnt think that would even matter since ipv6 is disabled in network settings.
at this point though i'll give it a try, anything to get rid of chrome and have firefox back.
thanks for the suggestion.
mozilla should fix the memory problems (i assume its memory problems though it could be how it interfaces with the plugins container as stopping that in task manager often stops the lock-up) with firefox before bitching about others choice in browser engine.
im now forced to use chrome (which i hate) because firefox is unstable, and that instability has been getting worse for at least the last 3-4 full revisions. i was a supporter of firefox for years but i dont have time to wait for firefoxs random 5 min lock-ups.
and before people bitch that its my choice of browser plugins - i have tried it on fresh installs of win7 (x86 and x64) and fresh firefox installs with NO plugins. its worse on the x64 systems though it happens on both. and it occurs on pages with minimal content (ie the google home page) or loaded up with heavy flash content.
i hope they fix it soon cause id be back to firefox in a heartbeat.
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