813 posts • joined Tuesday 23rd June 2009 12:31 GMT
Re: Big Trak
No one else reminded of a mako?
Noticed one of these in a second hand tech shop a few weeks ago. If it's not too expensive, might take a look (though I won't be trading my n900 in against it).
There's a free movement pact between the ROI and the UK. I am surprised you were stopped at all.
Re: As with all Climate models
The background books expand of the geography of middle earth. The 'west' in middle earth (were Frodo is going on that boat) is hidden by magic so there's huge swathes of it 'missing'.
Re: "confirmed by analysts"
Let's not forget the juries either.
"Geoff Taylor, chief executive of the BPI, said: “The early results from Operation Creative show that through working with the police and the online advertising industry, we can begin to disrupt the funding that sustains illegal websites."
We don't know that they were illegal, there was no criminal convictions. They were suspected and on that basis ISPs were told to redirect access. Even if they were clearly breaking the law, it's devolving to the level of we don't like you so we're going to throw the book at you. It's only a matter of time before this gets abused (if it hasn't already).
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"This system was stuffed full of "low quality data" which made the database so unwieldy that staff had to block delete almost 650,000 records relating to tobacco and alcohol smuggling without first checking to see if they contained actionable data. It is estimated that at least 200 of the records contained enough intelligence to lead to seizures."
And there was no backup? Sounds like a criminal level of negligence. Destroying evidence etc etc.
I had wondered if some smart criminals were bankrolling politicians who were particularly likely to let the system trundle on without adequate investment or get/turn staff in the various agencies but cockup is still the most likely explanation.
This is stuff worth patenting. Hope it doesn't end up not making out onto the hospital floor and more power to them.
I know there is another el reg story saying that real world experience is more valued than a degree but this feels like taking it a bit far.
What's the language they are learning?
Someone is going to go for vendor lock in at some point or plant a patent land mine. It's just a matter of time.
Still, if they can get their act together perhaps the roll out of 5g or 6g might actually so fairly smoothly.
Re: Good for them
It's legal in the way that councils using anti-terrorism laws to spy on people who might be putting the wrong material in their recycle bins or live outside the catchment area of their kid's school is legal. Might not cross exactly the letter of the law an expensive barrister can convince a jury could might technically be valid but it’s an obvious abuse.
These rules were designed to not penalise a company for being international and take account of the different points of the economic cycle around the globe and now they effectively punish companies which are at a national level or lower.
It also allows them to benefit from the regulatory environment here without having to pay their share of the upkeep.
The revolving door between HRMC and the consultants who set these schemes up is an obvious conflict of interest as well.
"reported a gross profit of €1.75bn and sales of €1.79bn for the year."
Apple called, they want their profit margin back.
And this is the richest company in the world!?!?!
Re: Ha Ha Ha
Sounds like they got what they paid for. ^^
Yea, but the telco situation in the US is just bonkers.
Re: Title is too long.
IT for big business is a cost in the same way that the car in F1 is a cost. You might save money by getting rid of it but you aren't going to get very far.
Am I the only person who saw this and thought mobile/night light for the kids?
The psion keyboard, particularly in the 5mx was very clever. Nice to see this one working out.
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" It seems like the technical people that develop and keep the systems running are the real masters of the universe, not the bankers."
But the attitude is IT is a cost centre, not a profit centre. Every penny spent on IT is wasted but spend millions on X manager or Y sales persion or Z broker, why look at how they are cutting costs/selling stuff/????
Every bank and insurance firm in the land is in the same postion.
The only problem with that option is that you can't make infinite cuts. Sooner or later you've got to stop or sever something fatal.
They have sold their handset business but they kept a hold of the patents. They're free to sue now without fear of their own products being targeted. Quite a clever move on MS' part.
Re: Major revision to Windows RT will probably be to kill it
True, but I use calibre and sigil a lot. Doubt if I'll see them in the app store any time soon.
Re: Title is too long
The tag 'sources close to' is usually cover for an offical non-offical leak. If this was a whistle blower, I'd expect a lot more in the way of evidence.
Re: Almost there
There is a 64gb version for $50 more but it also has a micro sd slot.
Every review I have read have all commented on the lack of a bettery in the keyboard. Hope there's a third party options for that.
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Citing “an informed source close to the Saudi secret service”,
Yes, because if I was planning to stop someone aquiring nuclear weapons the first thing I'd do is warn them I was coming and how I was planning to stop them.
Re: Major revision to Windows RT will probably be to kill it
That's insulting to playbooks.
Funny you should post this review today:
With MS I wait for the fourth.
That's a little unkind. Generally they get it right on the third go.
Re: To put it into perspective ...
The difference is that apple gets other people to do its advertising for it.
Re: Why do these idiots insist on trying to tackle the wrong end of the problem?
There's a lot more money to be made from treating the symptons than curing the cause if you're the one handing out the invoices and charge by the hour.
I wouldn't mind a games machine/media centre PC that was no bigger than an xbox 360 with a big HDD in it.
$1, 500, 000, 000 seems like a lot. Has Match.com even got those kind of reserves/insurance? If she does win and gets those kind of damages, most likely outcome seems to be Match.com will fold with very little being paid out.
When it launched the PS3 was half the price of the cheapest Sony blu-ray player if I recall correctly. Know a lot of people brought it for media and discovered games (compared to the xbox were it was bought for games and discovered media afterwards).
Any idea why he is solitary?
There is a project to make a 3D printer than can print a copy of itself. Ask a mate to pirint it for you. Or buy a second one.
No usb media playback is just stupid. Having a usb stick with a few movies for the kids in them is a big thing for me (wi-fi interference makes wireless streaming unreliable).
For replacing broken parts, unless you have it on file already you'll need some serious CAD skills to make another or a 3D scanner and software that can scan it and put it back together virtually for you. It's going to take a lot longer before they're as common as inkjets.
Re: business is booming
Would be a nightmare to register them all.
How long before being forced to stay open comes as part of the court order to hand over the keys?
It's messy and expensive. They'd lower their own costs and reap the benefits of owning the patients on environmentally less destructive technologies. Most likely they’re getting tax breaks for the R&D too so it’s a win-win scenario for Samsung. Just glad to see someone is putting the money into basic research.
I remember reading an article about analysing trees to see what minerals (particularly gold) were in the soil. Scaling that up so it’s economically viable to effectively mine the trees (or other plants) seems unlikely, at least without some GM thrown into the mix. Would be a radical shift in the mining industry if it was possible though.
Good luck to them (and the stretchy silicon people too).
Re: Muphry's law in action
I know, same way I spell spelling spieling.
Re: Title is too long
Keywords can trigger ads but people aren't trying to obfuscate the meaning of the content of an email or search when they're emailing customer support for product support or their friends to organise a night out. An ever evolving slang would be very difficult for an automated system to keep up with and we haven't even touched on stenography.
A.I. because context is king. Remember the album cover of a baby swimming in a pool that got flagged? Even people make mistakes and computers are generally as dumb as bricks. They need to be guided by the hand unless you're going to allow fuzzy logic to open you to legal action when you block legal material.
Addresses for these sites could be made available in dark net chat rooms without having to go through search engines. It's only going to make things difficult for the most technologically ilteriate.
Every little helps but for the amount of resources being put into the problem, this is pathetically little return.
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"If the search engines are unable to deliver on their commitment to prevent child abuse material being returned from search terms used by paedophiles, I will bring forward legislation that will ensure it happens."
What a moron. Just because he passes a law doesn't mean that the impossible is magically made possible. The technical challenge is worthy but immense and I doubt short of proper A.I. could ever be fully automated.
On a seperate but related note, If the article is accurately reflecting the PM's views, he seems to confuse search engines not returning the nasty results with the nasty content being removed from the web. Getting search engines to not return the results is only a part of a large battle and that seems to be ignored.
Capita confirmed that Pinder will "receive no payments for salary after his retirement"
Strange, I thought a salary was what you got for turning up and doing some work. With his track record though, maybe they'd pay him not to turn up. Good luck to his new firm. They're going to need it.
I loathe Google's sprunging of our lives and serving us up as data sushi for advertisers but if they can do for renewable energy what they did for driverless cars, that would be something they could be proud of.
Very entertaining and interesting.
Colour me interested. Conract expires in six months, should be able to see what these handsets can do by then.
If we take the article at face value the boys were harassing the girls to take photos and trading them. They do need to be punished for what they have done but these laws don't seem like the appropriate way to do it, particularly given the stigma they carry. Harassment or even assault charges might be a suitable substitute in the mean time.
Most laws of this nature can't cope with people who are underage being sexually active with each other (not quite the same but I know of one place that the age of consent for boys was 16 but 17 for girls. If a boy on his 16th birthday kissed a girl who was older than him but by less than a year, he risked prosecution as a paedophile but I never heard of that happening) . They need to be rewritten to take account of this and could take a swipe at revenge sites while they're at it.
Sounds like their trying to bail out a sinking ship with a sieve. They'd be better off building a better boat.
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