156 posts • joined Tuesday 30th June 2009 09:40 GMT
Re: Codec patents
Yes, and thus should never have been granted. Codecs especially are just maths! Even more so than something like Word.
Re: I know i'll get downvoted...
I don't think you will. It sounds like a dodgy bit of finger waving passed off as research to me.
Re: I stopped reading here...
Google can drop your service anytime? True that Google drops services and adds others. But if you want professional service you can get a Google business account for e-mail, storage etc. with SLA guarantees, which can not be withdrawn just like that.
Orlowski completely contradicts himself here. First he complains about Google providing services for free (despite other successful paid offerings), then when Google drops a free service, he complains again!
Surely Google dropping a free service would provide a space for paid for products to take their place. Or perhaps people aren't prepared to pay for these services after all?
Re: Past and future
The problem is, of course, that we tore up all that nice track they spent lots of money laying.
For example, if the Central Line was still in place, we wouldn't be discussing this at all. In fact, I'd much rather they upgraded the Chiltern Line and reinstated the track in the existing trackbed of the Central Line.
I've not personally calculated the cost, but since a lot of the cuttings, embankments, drainage, and in some cases, bridges are still there, surely that would be a better way of spending the money.
I also have a problem with the capacity argument. The two tracks are not in the same place, merely have the same end points, e.g. London and Birmingham. I would argue that most of the capacity problems are at either end on the commuter routes, and I'm willing to bet that during the daytime, the trains are at best half full. Are there really that many people in Birmingham wanting to visit London & visa-versa? It's not even going to Heathrow, for goodness sake!
Finally, If you are going to go to all that effort, at least lay four tracks, not two, or at the very least reserve enough land for four tracks, and add a bit of future proofing.
Oh, and I was told that the HS2 would not be suitable for freight at all, as the slow freight trains would get in the way of the high speed trains, and would thus negate their purpose.
Disclaimer: HS2 will pass about 200 metres from my house. This is something I would be perfectly happy with if I thought it could be justified at all.
There's sales tax for second hand goods?
Or are they just worried about the new goods they sell.
But, aren't the sales just facilitated by eBay? Surely it's all the individuals and small businesses using eBay as a shop who ought to be collecting the tax?
If they bring up interesting bits of history from the sea bed, or create their own launch system at vastly cheaper cost than existing systems, or indeed do anything that spends their money rather than hording it, they can do all the ego projects they like.
That's what you get for taking the Apple!
Re: The beauty of open software
Oh and by the way, how do you copy and paste on an Galaxy S3 ? It never crossed my mind I could do it on mine.
Press and hold on any piece of text. Drag the markers to surround the bit of text you want copied. Tap the copy icon.
P.S. Can we have a Meerkat icon please?
Re: battery cooling
Another thing to think about is the AC cooling is driven by the engines. When the battery is most needed, guess which component is most likely not running?
Not suitable for HD recorders then!
Re: Something to hide?
And what's wrong with having something to hide?
You don't have to be doing illegal things to what your privacy.
Another good reason to avoid Orange. They don't half stock a lot of crap on top of the stock Android.
Takes ages for updates to trickle through to.
Re: Why Bother?
In which case, what does Navigation miss that paid apps like CoPilot/TomTom provide?
As far as I can tell: Uploadable silly voices (as used, very irritatingly, by my father), speed camera locations, works while not data connected, possibly works abroad if you by the appropriate map. Err, that's it!
Think of the smell!
How stinky are several tens of thousand dead rats going to get?
Re: is it noisy?
I have the previous version, the Foxsat HDR, and I'd say it was inaudible.
There is also custom firmware available that enabled a webserver, shell access, FTP etc. so you could download recordings, or indeed stream them, as well as access to the schedule.
No doubt someone will hack this model to match.
It'll get thrown out of court on the same basis as the Apple - Motorola case.
Re: It's Political Grandstanding, that's all
Yes, I was impressed (a little) that Google did come straight out and say that they were trying to avoid Tax. A point that rather rubbed Amazon and Starbucks' noses in it.
It will be interesting to see if 'Do No Evil' extends to 'Pay a fair amount of tax in the countries you do business in'.
Also wanting an intelligent debate icon.
I think you guys have missed the obvious sarcasm.
Can't rate this article.
STOP QUOTING AND LINKING TO FLORIAN MUELLER!!!!
He's a paid shill of at the very least Oracle & Microsoft. Try quoting someone impartial that knows what they are talking about.
Apple are caught between a rock and a hard place.
On one hand, developing maps to Google's current standard will take a lot of time and money, and it will take them even longer to match the development Google will do in the meantime.
On the other hand, buying back into Google maps will be unbelievably embarrassing.
It's not looking good for iOS users.
Dragon bears over 1,000 pounds of supplies.
Please join the modern world. Can we please have units in official Ref units of measurement, or failing that, SI units.
None of these antiquated pounds, please.
My personal opinion of McDonalds products is that I'm better off throwing away the burger and eating the carton.
I did actually do this once. The paper wrapper tasted pretty much the same as the burger it enveloped.
Open Street Map
"but it has baked that data with information from Open Street Map, Waze, and several other sources to identify places."
Open Street Map? Really? They are not credited in the provided link, and their CC-by-SA licence is incompatible with mixing the information with propriatry mapping data from Tom Tom.
Is Apple stealing again?
Brita have pretty much a monopoly on water filters. How come the EU isn't insisting they have to provide a water filter cartridge choice when you buy the filter jugs?
Simply because Brita are not forcing all jug manufactorers to include a Brita water filter.
The problem wasn't so much that Microsoft had a monopoly in operating systems, it was that it was using a monopoly in operating systems to force everyone to use their browser technologies.
I want to see an experiment
Place someone who "exhibits" physical symptoms inside a faraday cage, with a fake phone.
Make tell them its a real phone, and see their reaction.
Repeat and tell them its a fake phone, but flood the cage with radiation equivalent to a real phone.
Surely someone has tried this?
No surprise there.
They went for the cheap solution.
"Please buy our domain name server, rather than using the free one, because that will make things 'better'."
Re: Fast discharge as well?
<blockquote>As far as "extremely high power levels" is concerned as mr. Boyce mentioned.... Ever looked, and I mean *looked* at the power consumption of an electric stove at full burn?</blockquote>
Modern electric showers consume even more than cookers nowadays. A quick survey would suggest 10.8kW is the highest available.
Also, most modern house supplies (UK) are fused at 80Amps which would suggest 19kW is available.
It's all very well being able to push a high charging current into the battery, but how will you deal with the heat produced?
Conventional batteries get pretty hot when charged as it is.
Hands up who hasn't already downloaded this
I think I can see the horse in the distance...
We here at the FBI have no sense of humour we're aware of.
Game of Thrones
GoT is typical of the content producer's broken thinking. Currently (I believe) the most pirated series ever, it is a shining example of how not to distribute media.
Basically, it was shown on restricted channels, and in restricted regions of the world, and not made available to buy. And it's bloody good. Thus it has been downloaded by pretty much everybody, and their dog.
Maybe I have a rosy tint to my glasses, but I believe that most people don't want to download illegally, they just have to, either because it is the only way, or because it is so much easier, than paying for it.
There's not even a date on Amazon UK for the season 2 box set, but I'm willing to bet everyone has downloaded it by bit torrent already.
What we need is zombies, skeletons, spiders that come out at night and kill people.
That should keep the population down.
The people sneaking up to you and then blowing up, we appear to be managing already :-/
Since the EU could do with the cash,
I'd think that the likely hood of MS getting off the fine is remote in the extreem!
Not that €1.1 billion will go nearly far enough :-/