419 posts • joined 3 Jul 2009
I read today the UK is planning a spaceport in Scotland
As the Gruadian has it, "Six of the venues under consideration lie north of the Scottish border, where the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) named Campbeltown airport, home of the Mull of Kintyre music festival, and Glasgow Prestwick airport,...The other Scottish sites are Kinloss barracks, a former Nimrod patrol base; RAF Lossiemouth, a home for fast jets; RAF Leuchars and Stornoway airport on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides."
I assume Ryanair will provide connecting flights from London Stornoway and that all is subject to the Scotland remaining within Great Britain. They will need to remove all the skinny guys in tracksuits to avoid scaring aliens but the Commonwealth Games should be over by then anyway.
Is Great taken?
It will be now
Hope you enjoy your next visit to Ireland more
The weather can be a bit dodgy so it's always a good idea to go to one of the parts with a pub.
I'm worried that El Reg readers feel they may be affected
I may be mistaking the demographic but I'm pretty sure I don't want to see naked selfies from any of you. If I buy a cheap android on eBay, I'm going to make sure it's entry level and in a pink case.
25K either too much or too little for me
If it's not information I'm willing to give away over a pint, I'd need to be paid several years salary for it. A 'veteran techie' should be raking in more than that.
Re: "All your bank details are now in the cloud. Have a nice day."
The article refers to Applications, the last paragraph does say data is the next problem.
I think a hybrid model will evolve with data held locally and metadata and analytics on new platforms while a whole lot of encryption is practiced between the two.
Amazon advertise it but Dublin scobes make it happen
I wonder how long before 'fulfilled by skangers' becomes a service?
Honestly, no clue here, just a wall of WTF's crashing on this comment.
I'd have to agree with the message
Even if it does come from Microsoft. I use various custom and rooted Android ROMs at home but I wouldn't let me near corporate data with them, even letting me on the WiFi would be a risk. Windows phone does lots of phone like things well and can be locked down well using skills that are already in the marketplace. Bring Your Own Dropbox is a short term cost saving with endless hours of security consulting cost waiting in the future.
Yes, Ireland and Scotland should decide what to do with it
Sometime in late September.
Re: @James 47
That's one reason you need a GNSS receiver for serious work.
may not be a fully functional autopilot code?
The team notes that "at the moment of shipment there may not be a fully functional autopilot code"
I think I'd rather have a) no code or b) fully functional code, anything in between is dangerous.
You're not from around these parts, are you?
Re: Software Defined Wanking
You're not even trying anymore.
Is an overhead touch screen really a good idea?
I'm in favour os sensible automation in cars
For example, I would like a car with launch control and forward looking radar, which can detect when a traffic light changes green and the next 100m is clear then gets me to 50kph (urban speed limit) in the shortest possible time. It's wearing on the nerves doing so manually.
One thing I want to now about all phones now is whether it supports 4G, I'd find a yes/no statement very useful in any review and couldn't find one here.
Sociology or gossip?
Why is it anybody's business how these women dress or act? Couldn't the research team study what factors influence their final grades instead?
Re: Tech that we want (but they never seem to give us)
The phone I use for work related functions is a Samsung Wave s8500 and it was the last attempt I've seen to make a smartphone that is also a good phone. I can turn it off at night and know the alarm will wake me, the battery lasts about 3 days, it gets good signal everywhere and voice call quality is excellent, as is the screen resolution, camera etc. The smart part is compromised by the Bada OS which was too isolated to attract developers but the hardware is excellent.
What's next, charging Chinese soldiers with possession of firearms?
Maybe Ukraine could charge the Russian army with trespass?
If these guys were committing 'theft' then the US should report them to the Chinese authorities for discipline. If they were obeying the lawful orders of their superiors then the dispute should be with the Chinese government and not the individuals. Charging someone in a foreign country's army intelligence agency with gathering intelligence seems ridiculous.
You wouldn't give him a hard time if he was using a typewriter
You'd just assume he was either pretentious or unwilling to learn anything more modern.
Re: Who is actually going to benefit from this?
More people exclusively speak Welsh than exclusively use Bing so Microsoft may expand its market.
How can you tell?
Without seeing the display, how can you tell how good (or terrible) it is in terms of contrast, angle of view, etc? If you're talking resolution, it's a lot higher than the 12" laptop I used for 3 years for work.
A lot depends on build quality
I can see a slightly better spec'd Android laptop on a Chinese exporters site for EUR80 (weighs 765gm, 1.5GHz dual core CPU, HDMI out and RG45 but with much shorter battery life - guess where the extra 500g came from?) but it looks cheap and plasticy. If the Archos is metal clad, as it looks to be, it might be worth the extra.
Those photobooths are obvious infringers
Amazon deserve a piece of that action.
It's the America OnLine of the 21st Century.
Gluten intolerance is so common here there are usually a half dozen gluten free bread brands in a local supermarket (plus gluten free beer etc)
Open Source Symbian?
If MS really wanted to hit low end Android sales it could open the code base for Symbian, a mature OS with a wide range of existing Apps yet which doesn't have the growth potential to compete with the latest and greatest from the big manufacturers.
Re: Border traversal will only get worse...
I'm sure the French have invaded Germany more than twice, there was the Ruhr, Alsace, the Fronco Prussian war and don't get started with Boneparte...paperwork can be filled in after the fact.
Thanks, most of it I was aware of, some made me think and I definitely haven't seen it all gathered together in a concise and up to date form before.
There is likely to be a US copy of the data
My understanding of Microsofts cloud offering is that even if you nominate your data to be kept in the EU (Ireland), they will hold at least 3 copies of the data, one each at your primary and secondary DC locations and a 3rd archive/DR copy at another location.
There are two Microsoft DCs in Ireland, therefore the 3rd location would be US.
I agree with other commentards that it's both bad law and bad precedent but if pressed MS may have to admit a copy of the data is within the juristiction of the court and possibly subject to search.
Now you're taking the PI...
Re: Z2 Compact
Yes, or how about a Z1 Compact Compact, get the screen down below 3.4 inches. I'm hanging onto my Xperia Ray until I find a replacement which will fit in the coin pocket of my jeans.
I've read this and have only a limited clue what the content is about, this despite having implemented some of the acronyms used in the story. May I suggest a summary paragraph for the less technical?
altering the DNA of their children to improve...their...serving as caregivers to the sick and elderly?
also maybe machines that can argue law at the same skill level as humans? I'd rather have less lawyers in the future rather than less artists?
I'm glad to see Paris is doing well too.
In both R&D and Innovation. I'm sure there will be business benefit down the road.
Re: Scalable is the idea
You're right, neither cheap nor easy to set up (I used it for a grid engine once) but superb results...meaning better than 90% of solutions really need.
Re: How long before normal companies....
Good Job the NSA was on the job and had advance warning of the....oh wait!
You forgot your icon
now get back under your bridge
so, not an April Fool then?
I'm sure I've used phones other than Blackberry which had keyboards, some even qwerty. What makes this keyboard different in kind?
I heard a speech at a security conference a few weeks back from an ex-NSA guy saying that Chinese manufacturers let the Chinese security agencies access all backdoors and passed the information to aid Chinese companies economically in competition to western firms and that the Chinese security agencies were headed by loyal Chinese generals.
All the time he was speaking I wondered which US manufacturers withheld their backdoors from the US government agencies and why those agencies wouldn't help US firms in competition with overseas companies and how disloyal the US security agency leaders were to their government.
Horses for courses
The key word in there is 'competent' and that's the piece in short supply (no shorter supply now that 15 years ago but rarer as a proportion of the IT community). I started out working with first generation COTS packages and making them work, sometimes with a hammer. I've come to the view that modelling the business requirements and processes first is key, then slotting in reliable packages to do the 80% that's common and needs to just work and get supported and upgraded regularly leaving the remaining 20% of functional gaps to be filled by bespoke elements adding business benefit.
self-serve checkouts example?
“Retailers have done several generations of self-serve checkouts. The customers who appreciate that have enjoyed being a part of that.”
Please provide detailed references on which customers have enjoyed being told to take their bag out of the bagging area before quoting that chap as an authority on anything.
Did anyone else comment on your wearing of them?
Genuine curiousity here, though obviously if said comment involved vulgar abuse that would be even funnier.
while Nokia punts Android as 'entry level'
It's not the OS (so long as it runs smoothly) but what I'd like to see an entry level phone as is small, slim and able to fit my pocket while having a couple of days battery life and wake on alarm. My old Samsung s8500 does that and my not so old Sony Xp'Ray does 90% of it but since then everyone's gone chasing bigger screens. :-( Surely it'd be cheaper to put a smaller screen in and keep the OS?
The key is in the pocket
The pocket of the suit worn by the corpse in the safe.
I can't code
I can script a bit and I can debug/review someone elses code, but the last time I had to compile code was in university. I've had quite a successful IT career since.
Yeah, totally chasing those AS/400 sales!
Uber promote themselves as a premium 'limo' service
The idea is you pay extra up front to get a nice (for your definition of the word, there are pink Hummers etc) car and rapid service, I don't know if there is any vetting of drivers beyond their up front payment to get into the scheme.
SQL Server is not SQL
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