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"Unlike Android, he said, the Windows Phone mobile operating system requires a licence fee."
I thought that microsoft had managed to bully a few manufatures into signing licensing agreements?
Any chance the technology could be used in material science to analyse stuff?
I know this is probably never going to happen but what would it take for one set of frequencies to be used for this around the world?
Just right. The privacy concerns override any possible cost cutting advantages.
Re: ^ Very much this.
You beat me to it. It's a personal bug bear when I hear someone on the radio (usually a middle aged or eldery talking head) stay it must be possible for google to stop this (they did it for China!).
I'd rather they spent the money on creating and maintaining streaming clients for tablets and platforms other than the kindle fire.
They need to increase reliability/coverage. The only reason why I would buy a 4G phone is if the signal is better inside buildings and less prone to dropping out than 2G/3G.
If you buy an ebook the author should still be paid despite publishers best efforts. Authors are entitled to a small payment every time their book is borrowed.
Have you tried WINE? I got ADE up and running but it wouldn't recognise my 350 so it wasn't of much use to me but that was over a year ago.
The best camera is the one you have is not always true. I use to have a bridge camera I used at holiday or at parties. People where intimidated by it at when people let me take their picture they were awkward or stressed looking. When I used my phone I got a much more natural and relaxed looking people in them. Even though the quality of the image was much poorer, the photos were better.
One theory about why it is taking Nokia so long to get the technology into windows phone is that microsoft had an absolute strangehold over windows phone 7 specification and Nokia weren't allowed to use it. Starting to see some of it in Windows Phone 8 but a phone with the lens of the 920 with the sensor from the 808 would be hugely impressive.
Re: a potential nightmare of continuous subsequent trials
The implication in the text is that he is not going to be prosecuted for those other crimes now. As his guilty plea here could be used as evidence in other, directly related cases why isn’t he being prosecuted for those other crimes?
The State should not be able to dress the same crime up in a number of ways or prosecute by degrees until they get the result they want. Or wave the threat of long prison sentences and huge fines if you decide to exercise your right to a trial or don’t have someone else to hand over in your place. There’s an air of coercion that I don’t like surrounding this.
Thanks for the left handed perspective and for sticking ubuntu on.
The screen resolution is too low but otherwise doesn’t seem like it’s too bad. Not keen on Windows 8 but we’ll see what blue does to improve it.
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"that he decided to cop a plea rather than contest his case so as to avoid a potential nightmare of continuous subsequent trials even if he was acquitted of this particular offence."
This is a sign of a system that is in dire need of reform. The decision to plead guilty should not be taken because the system is going to repeatedly kick you between the legs until you do. Otherwise, you’re being punished for being not guilty.
(I know he plead guilt and says he did it but I am trying to make a more general point).
There's no reason to force the kinect on users beyond microsoft repeating the mistakes it made with windows 8. It bumps up the cost of the console and if you don't want it tough, it has to be plugged in for the console to work even if you never use it.
I don't want or need a kinect, even if it will work in a narrow, noisy room. My two year old can already reek havoc with various remotes but at least I can put them out of his reach. Now, I won't even have that option. (BTW, is no one else worked that this is just a massive invasion of privacy just waiting to happen?) I can't wait for reports about kids fighting over getting it to do stuff.
Don't need the internet for it to work but won't work unless it can phone home, I have an excellent connection but get lots of interface meaning that it drops out a lot so this is another reason not to bother.
As for the used games, I only buy used games. If they try to mess around with this I won't be buying one even if they sort the everything else out.
How can they not have already confirmed streaming services like lovefilm?
I can understand disks not working but for arcade games, surely a recompile would allow most games to work? There's always emulation (or is this just a way to shaft players so they need to buy everything twice?).
No mention about ripping dvds to store on the hdd. That would be a big plus. Or even allowing an external HDD to be connected by USB to do the same.
BT infinty I supopse.
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"People with Asperger syndrome, a form of austism, are often of average or above average intelligence, the society noted."
I'd like to see the numbers on that and then take a look at their reasoning. I have no doubt that there are intelligent people with autism but I have never heard of a causal link between the two (which is what they seem to be suggesting). Otherwise they are just saying most people are average.
One thing that always bugs me
One pirated copy != One lost sale. I would be very surprised if the numbers stood up to proper scrutiny.
Re: a useful tool if used correctly
This brings back memories of my days as a technician too. A few teachers were experimenting with using computers effectively but all the kids who caused the most trouble were put into a single class and they spent more time in the computer suite than any other class by far.
Training programmes are a lot less 'sexy' than buying lots of hardware and lobbing it over the wall. Plus if you have an ideological problem with public sector schools why would you want them to succeed?
Bought a 9320 after my N900 started to go. Had assumed that my next phone would be a Z10 or a Q10. That might not be the case now. Not willing (or able) to pay a vapourware deposit now but my interest has been piqued.
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"When they're on the train they can't be doin' stuff. So, if their time in the office is worth £50 an hour (say) then their time on the train is a loss of £50 per hour. Halve the journey time and we've thus created a value of £25 per passenger per trip. This forms part of the “value added” benefits of such transport projects."
I thought the point of smart phones, tablets and ultraportables was that people could work on the train and therefore there level of productivity should not be counted as 0 while they are on the train.
Re: Rooted for what?
Reading all my DRM free epub files (would never buy a kindle otherwise because of the walled garden and want to support publishers who are doing the right thing).
The colour is useful for kids books. My son is very young and black and white images don't hold his interest as much.
Also I use sigil to compile notes for classes I take. Being able to make text different colours would be very useful as would being able to see colour in diagrams.
Support for inline audio would be next on my wish list but I realise that's unlikely in an e-ink device.
If if they can make a good colour ereader (with a proper screen like e-ink, no LCD nonsense), as long as it can be rooted I might be tempted to buy one.
I'd hope that more people will start producing documents in .epub.
Any sign of the prs-t3?
I like the idea but you'd need a tube to protect it while you're carrying it around.
How long till the 2G signal is turned off in the UK to make way for 3.5G/4G/Whatever the marketing department calls it today G ?
and of course next year it could jump to £100 a month (or $100 if you're in the US, this is Adobe after all).
Four sprung duck technique
I remember reading a story about apple updating a video editor. They nerfed a lot of the advanced functionality and there was a big fuss made about that. If Adobe did something similar you could hold on to your old version and wait them out. Once it all goes to the cloud though, you're entirely at their mercy. Plus if they go belly up you need something new pronto or if god forbid you're having problems with the internet, you can't do any work.
Re: Nokia N900
I still have my n900 as a backup phone. A spare battery that is easily swapped solved the battery life issue for me.
Got a 9320 and a playbook after the keyboard got a crack and couldn't find a replacement. Pity, in many mays it's still head of lots of the competition (keyboard, stylus, flash support, ability to get full linux and apps working (v slowly), swappable battery, micro sd, proper multi-tasking etc. Some phones have some of these but tricky to find one that has them all and I avoid android as I don't want to be the product).
The programmes which sould grab a piece of orbiting junk and them pull it into a firely death are probably the most realistic if expensive. The one that uses lasers to shift stuff is proper sci-fi.
So, how are all those programmes to remove debris from orbit going?
So as a standard NFC is up there with 4G?
So, do I spend £30 on a replacement battery for my 350 or buy one of these?
"limit the scope of the National Science Foundation (NSF)"
In that case he would need to remose the S.
" Former Committee member Todd Akin (R-MO) also seemed under the impression that women could not get pregnant from "legitimate rape".
He's thinking of ducks. They're easy to mix up.
"Before Meebo's demise, Google stripped away all its features until it only consisted of the Meebo bar with added Google+ capabilities."
Looks like google jumped the extend part and went from embrace to extinguish.
I wonder if this could be used in future to effectively tag sheep. Yes officer, those are my sheep he rustled (shines torch).
Re: Internet connection required
Had a problem with BT Infinity + two weeks ago due to the weather. Loaded up Fallout with some DLC. Because the game couldn't connect to the internet (ok it did warn me I wouldn't be able to play the DLC but didn't fully appreciate what that meant) it stripped me of all my DLC perks (including those I picked during level up) and gear I had earned in them (though not the levels thankfully). I only had the autosave as I don't want to have the old I'll load twenty saves ago and it it this was instead trick as I wanted a bit of a challenge.
Every time I fire the xbox up it kicks every other device in the house off the broadband and they have to reconnect so now I generally play off line unless I want to play multiplayer (or need to prove I paid for dlc (bloody DRM)). If the next one makes even bigger demands on the bandwidth and needs it or it won’t work, there’s just no point. BTW I live in a fairly decent sized town about four or five miles from two exchanges and the broadband service from every provider is pathetic. Only BT fibre offers me faster (only just) access than on my phone no one else is going to pay to install or upgrade equipment here.
Re: Complete Bollocks
"overtook local sources who have been demanding a job because they believe it to be a right (my assumption, but likely)." I have never heard of anyone demanding a job because it was their right (other than Prince Charles but that's an argument for another day). BTW because of not hiring qualified IT staff by definition they were bringing in people struggling in other lines of work. Sometimes that paid off, the best coder on one team I worked was a former accountant. Sometimes it didn’t.
I didn't say that all of the internally sourced workers were cheaper. The ones from Eastern Europe were paid even less than the locals when they started but some of the workers from outside the EU were actually paid more than the local rate for qualified professionals doing their jobs. Their visa was tied to the job though so they couldn't afford to make a fuss when asked to do anything that might raise an eyebrow (nothing illegal, just not best practice or put up with poor managers). I think the idea was to train them up and then they could go back to their home countries and open new out sourcing offices there. That tended to back fire though. Most (but not all) of them found other local firms that would sponsor a visa and pay them more and they jumped ship, got a better offer back home or just got homesick and decided it wasn’t worth it.
Internet connection required
Another rumour on IGN about requiring an always on internet connection to use it. I hope these are wrong, otherwise my 360 is going to be sitting in my living room for a few more years yet.
Re: Too long lived... for the manufacturers
Agreed. My AA1 lasted over 3 1/2 years (it took my boy bashing away and drooling over the keyboard to kill some of the keys). That's longer than any of my wife's full price laptops.
I remember when the psion netbook came out. I really wanted one but my student loan wouldn't cover it. Did borrow my dad's 5mx though. Typed up a large amount of coursework on that.
"Only its keyboard gave the netbook an edge." But what an edge that is. Most people might be happy with a tablet but they aren't a proper replacement for a netbook. Even pairing with a bluetooth keyboard, the software a tablets are running at the moment isn't nearly ready to compete with them.
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