Re: I'm impressed.
Great, another patent on the bleeding obvious........
456 posts • joined 19 Jun 2009
Great, another patent on the bleeding obvious........
It comes down to the government needing to be seen doing something, this is something and with today's advert we can now see that they're doing something.
Two men have been in the desert for a week or two. They found a bit of water but no food. They're now reduced to crawling as they are so weak from lack of food. One says to the other
"Look, look, there's a bush and it's growing bacon! We're saved."
The other replies
"Watch out mate it's a ham-bush."
I'm here most days........
Last time I was in Cornwall the only way I could get a mobile signal (in the area where we were staying) was to stand a yard or two in the sea at low tide with my arm in the air.... which suited me perfectly for a holiday.
"The software can also be controlled remotely using a smartphone app linked to Spotify, allowing the user to pause, skip forward on track lists, or even pick a new song without interrupting gameplay."
Doesn't sound likely does it? There I am driving around Spa at top speed and somehow my smartphone allows me to change the music track without interrupting my "gameplay". How does that work then? I suspect the reality is that the track can be changed by smartphone and anyone who chooses to do so will probably pause the game during the operation.
I suppose it doesn't sound quite so "cool" when put like that!
The article says this came from the council of ministers (telecom reps) and not MEPs. MEPs had said they support getting rid of roaming charges (according to the article).
So it looks like ordinary MPs (ours included) were lobbied and bribed to keep roaming charges.
While I agree with the principle I'm not sure why you're talking about MEPs. This "mangling" was done by the Council of Ministers, in other words, our government and members of other governments.
In this case our (UK) government seems only too keen to do whatever it can to remove any rights from us.
Don't tell him, Pike!
Great for the environment too. Even if you can recycle what you've destroyed you're still throwing away the energy needed to turn it into something useful.
and that's the problem isn't it? How can one person really represent all scientific thought on a subject? Perhaps in rare cases on a particularly specialised subject but in general it seems unlikely.
We are also in danger of falling into the trap of assuming that all "scientific" thought is infallible whereas the evidence is that this is not the case.
There are often European societies representing bodies of scientists in a particular field, so surly it would be better to just consult them. This can then be balanced with opinions from other sources as appropriate.
I'm with you, I just can't see the point. It does rather have the feel of a solution looking for a problem.
Or a large elastic band?
Isn't that a bit inefficient? I mean converting the energy from petrol to electricity instead of just using it to propel the plane.
It's hard to see where the gains are coming from in general unless the battery is fully charged from the mains before take off. In which case the 30% figure might be the petrol saved due to the electric energy doing the work during take off. I wonder how quickly the 30% drops if the flight is over 100 miles, for example.
Perhaps the next step will be having retractable "wind mills" to recover energy when the plane descends... a kind of regenerative braking for the air!
Better than saying "sorry for any inconvenience caused" as if it might not upset most people. It's honest and slightly charming... makes a nice change.
Plus I always liked Paddington... mmmmm I fancy a marmalade sandwich now.
I think you mean hypercritical. Sometimes it seems our press would have us believe that all evils have their source in the EU.
Given the location I wonder instead if McGarrett's mum is hiding on it.
Or perhaps Nine Wilde and Chase are fighting another megalomaniac to find a clue to Atlantis's sister island which was left on the ship by a the relics of the Nazi spy system just after the 2nd world war.......
but with this solution they can cut off individuals remotely and say that they've exceeded "fair use" at a time of "short supply".
Surly that's got to be the reasoning behind this. If they turn off whole areas there'll be an outcry but if they turn off 90% and push the message that it's because they use too much everyone will turn on each other and the government can walk free.
Perhaps drop a few stories in the press about certain people running too many Christmas lights, or outdoor swimming pool heaters etc. then encourage us to watch our neighbours and then start using the SMART meters to switch some of us off if necessary.
Anything to distract us from asking questions about the government failing to address the real problem.
America: Barbarism to hedonism in one generation without an intervening period of civilisation.
Well obviously we're all guilty of anything the US charges us with so yes.
In fact, let's save them some money and agree to fund our own flights to a jail of their choosing where we should pay them rent for our prison cell.
The biggest difference I'd say is that today the government is keen to make almost anything a "degree" course so they can say they've achieved an increase in the number of people with degrees.
It was also interesting to see IBM's name mentioned as I was told they're currently in a global recruitment freeze period.
Might not putting it on your roof count as a public performance?
So we need to eat more????
Ahh, I've got it, we need to die having eaten more curry in order that the methane count is high and we need to collect the boiled off water to solve the water problem too.
Perhaps we could keep our lardy bodies hooked up to some kind of dream machine so we could be grown more efficiently.......
While in this case it may be that the hotel is not a nice place to stay the whole principal of these reviews is at the very least unfair in my opinion. In fact I'd go as far to say that these kind of review sites are fast becoming useless.
As a business you often have no come back (although some sites do allow it) and if you do reply it can look like you're making excuses. Some complaints aren't even from people who've used your product or service. Some people get their friends to post bad reviews for fun or for other reasons.
Some examples I've seen:
"I didn't like the colour of product X I bought". Well it's advertised as that colour so what did you expect?
"The TV I bought doesn't fit in my room". Well it's advertised with its dimensions......
Even positive reviews don't help because they often seem to be biased by devotees or reviews which sound suspiciously like they've been written by people working for the people providing the product or service.
Spotting the genuine reviews among the dross is taking longer and longer to the point where sometimes I just give up.
Of course there are some funny ones along the way, like Veet for men and the "big ships" ones.
Yes, but after millennia they breed and change into almost human form..... then get to live with a hologram and what passes for a human.....
Games are nearly always released before they're finished nowadays. I don't like it and can only hope that things like this will help push us back to games that work as they should from day one.
On the other hand some reviewers are saying they played the game for quite some time and didn't hit any of these problems. I've seen other games slated for "terrible" problems which I didn't hit and neither did anyone else I know (I mean real people I actually know and physically meet as opposed to comments from people like me on forums which I don't consider verifiable). One such example was a game where your car could go into a sub-world where the normal rules didn't apply. Later it turned out you had to do a fairly bizarre sequence of things to achieve this, so not a huge problem in that case. Of course the videos published at the time didn't show this, just the "problem".
So, who knows if this is a bit of a storm in a teacup or a major screw-up somehow missed by some reviewers. Fortunately it's not a game which interests me.
While a silly example it does lead me to think about what hacking is.
Imagine I go to my local electricity supplier's shop and distractedly try and enter by the wrong door, which causes the local grid to go off line. It would be the electricity supplier who was in trouble, not me and rightly so as they shouldn't be stupid enough to make simply trying the wrong door take the grid off line.
So why should typing a wrong URL be a crime just because of the consequences?
If I ssh to the wrong IP address and login with a default password, why should that be a crime? It's rare but possible I didn't notice I was on the wrong server.
Anyway, you see the sort of thing I mean. It seems to me that at the very least there needs to be proof that there was a deliberate attempt to cause serious damage and that a reasonable attempt had been made to mitigate the risk (no default passwords for example).
In the 1970s my mum, sorry my friend's mum, walked into a car park, opened a blue ford Cortina and started to drive away before she realised it was the wrong one. Not really her fault Ford key security wasn't up to much and while begin a dozy moo is not to be encouraged, I don't think life in prison is an appropriate response....... well perhaps...... no, I'll stand by my first response.
As for overseas "attacks". Why would anyone allow overseas access to their sensitive infrastructure? You'd have to be exceptionally stupid to do that at a time we're all being told there are evil terrorists queuing up to attack us.
I was a bit surprised that they don't use the "undisclosed recipients" trick. Why would you give all your subscribers each others e-mail addresses?
I'm in two minds: Part of me wants this to be picked up by, for example, the Daily Mail or the BBC and published as fact and part of me wants to point out that human excrement doesn't actually help with growing veggies.
Wasn't there a project in the 19th century to pump poo out of London for fertilizing the fields of Essex which showed how much it doesn't help?
...it should be something which is difficult to link to the presence of the new "space plane" with the destruction o disabling of the satellite. Space "debris" left for the satellite's solar panels to hit many hours later.
Another idea would be to change tactic. How about a large spaceship which could literally eat the satellites? You could launch it from, oh I don't know, a false bottomed volcano in Japan, for example. It would be untraceable except to the very best of British spies.
Bertrand Russell always struck me as someone who was very adept at hiding his ignorance behind an impossibly complex veneer of logic.
Made me wonder about Wittgenstein too.
...but does know how to make the most out of a "high profile problem" which only effects a tiny proportion of the population while completely failing to do anything to help the majority.
I'm a little confused. On the one hand some people are saying it's not possible to live without 3G (in lieu of any other Internet connection) while others are saying that there are lots of places no connection is available.
So surly it must be possible to survive without or are all these places with no internet access ghost towns full of the dead an dying?
...or perhaps he's just a sensible chap who realises you can't just go into a new job and announce cuts with a timetable before you've even had the chance to look at the detail of what they do.
It seems fair enough to propose some ideas but I'm prepared to give him six months to come up with more details.
While I agree with you I wondered if voting in Australia was also considered a duty, just as it is in Belgium.
Personally I like the idea but I would like to see more decisions put to the vote in a similar way to Switzerland. The combination of the two might bring us closer to something we can realistically call democracy.
It might finally put an end to the anarchist saying 'doesn't matter who you vote for the government always wins'.
"we like share", isn't that Facebook and to be honest I don't think it's nearly as important as you imagine.
My understanding of the rules is that if this is deemed to be state aid then Apple will have to pay it back.
According to Belgian media the pipe will run by the canal so you'd probably need to set-up a floating bar.... but it could work :-)
it's our language so we can do what we want... I suppose. You could then go on to ask why the Flemish insist on using their own strange names for Wallonian towns.
More interesting yet is that we use the French language version for Bruges but we call the near by related Zeebrugge (Bruges-on-sea) by the Flemish name.
Still no hills though but yes, plenty of bridges and cobbled streets in the old part of the town.
I would have thought that if Scotland decides to leave the UK and then applies to join the EU then once EU membership is granted (opinions vary but it looks like it won't be automatic) then they can live and work in the UK like any other EU citizen.
The problem occurs if Scotland votes to leave the UK and hasn't yet got EU membership (should it choose to try to join). I don't think there's any legal certainty at this point and everything is up for negotiation. British passports held by Scottish citizens could arguably be deemed invalid, both sides may wish to quickly move to new passports. The practicalities of voiding so many passports might prove tricky... or not.
On the other hand it's also likely that both sides will agree to honor existing UK passports and allow freedom of movement across the border for a period of time.
On the other, other hand the Tories really like border patrols so who knows :-)
I think there's an app for rooted Androids which lets you fake contact lists etc. That way the app works but doesn't steal your data.
I haven't done it but I've got sympathy for those that do. As things stand I can't store anything private on my phone as I know it the data can be nicked. Not the end of the world but it does limit what I might get out of having a smart phone.
I can't see how you'd save even 2%. Most people aren't bothered so won't do anything different and those who are, already turn off the lights when they're not in the room etc.
It just seems one massive waste of money and rather than helping the environment is going to harm it.
There seems to be the bizarre idea that we all leave the electric oven on each day and that smart meters will mean we're suddenly aware of it.
It does appear to be a bit of FUD. Claim they'll have to stand in line for things which wouldn't be effected by net neutrality.
....for going Open Source but they really should have looked at Postgress. They probably could have saved more by simply migrating to Intel/AMD and keeping Oracle instead of re-writing everything, unless it's a fairly trivial system in which case it was over specified to start with.
I've seen it work in other countries. It seems better for the environment and better for the subscriber... so of course the big companies don't want it.
Not a bad point.
I also can't see how it will pull the settee out, pick up my sons dirty socks, shut the door behind it so it can vacuum behind the door, pick the DVDs up off the floor and put them back on the shelf, do the dusting first or shout at the kids to tidy their rooms.
Mind you, on the other hand it probably won't whinge about how it's the only one who does anything in this house..... unless it's called Marvin.
Sadly, it's quite common everywhere. There's also a lot of lack of vision beyond an immediate desire to save money and an obsession with small amounts the people at the coal face could really use and the massive amounts wasted in other areas.
Surly their reply to the question "How did the programming go wrong", will be "well, it's a kind of magic"..
Mind you they must be under pressure at the moment. Perhaps they'll look to fat bottomed girls, after all, if they can make the rocking world go round what can they do for a satellite?
So, there you go, proof positive that El Reg headline writers have more skill than me!
It didn't effect me but I've heard it hit Xbox too. Wasn't one of the Sony execs airplane diverted due to a fake bomb threat too?
Yes, and have an up vote.
I was a bit confused by the data for breast cancer. If operating on pre-menopausal women tends to lead to the cancer coming back is that not still better than not operating at all? Not screening because it only buys some women an extra few years is not an argument to stop screening. On the other hand if it only buys an extra few weeks, fair does.
I was also surprised about the ant-inflammatory. I thought it was well known that steroids reduced the effectiveness of the immune system. I've got a friend who's had more than 25 operations and they've never been treated with this kind of ant-inflammatory, is it specific to cancer operations? Or is it given before the patient comes back to the ward so they may not know they've had it?
Not sure about that.
What stands out to me is that at the time we were told these emissions had to stop or we would quickly be in a lot of trouble. Now it turns out that these emissions, while lower, are still fairly high and the predicted catastrophe hasn't happened.
Now, I'm not saying that we shouldn't have worked to reduce CO4 but we were given false information about what would happen if we didn't. The case for stopping was exaggerated and the problem with that is that it makes people less likely to believe calls to stop other activity even if this time it's true.