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*ding* *ding* Winner! Well-explained, no wah-wah drama, just the plain facts.
Just the way it should be.
Re: Do what we want, not what we say
Ahhh the shrillness of the Commoners in the House is rising again. Tis the season…
But, as you so eloquently point out, they'd rather go whaa-whaa than actually doing something about it.
Re: Only a few lucky winners
Well, that's not the entire story…
The first bid was won by Boeing. Then someone alleged bribery and other inconsistencies. So the Air Force scrapped it, then restarted the tender. That's when Airbus + Grumman won it, and even suggested that the bodies would be modded in Alabama. The Air Force bought into that. Then Boeing squealed and threw a tantrum, and the Air Force scrapped it again, restarted the tender a second time, and Airbus gave them the two fingers (hallelujah). It was what Boeing wanted all along…
Re: Only a few lucky winners
747-8, not -800.
And yes, the 747-8 Intercontinental is a good fit for the next AF1, although GE will have to resolve their icing issues for the jet engines used on the -8. The -8 and the 788 are both subject to an FAA advisory requiring them to avoid any thunderstorms over 60 miles in size.
ARM is also extensively covered in...
Backroom Boys - The Secret Return of the British Boffin. Brilliant book, also covers Vodafone, The Sanger Institute, and others... :-)
Re: Slightly off topic...
At least that one was *not* designed by Zaha Hadid. A MAN came up with that one.
She's correct, you know.
It's not the vagina. It's the vulva.
Someone clearly didn't pay attention in biology.
Oh goodie, more Daily Mail-esque histrionics!
Give it a rest. Planes have had phones for years… just because it was prohibitively expensive did people not use them (often)!
Airlines don't expect all 400 people to be using their phones at the same time, especially considering that the roaming charges will still be rather hefty, so all this whaa-whaa from The Register and others on here is totally unnecessary! Now being able to call or even just text ahead and let someone know that you are delayed is a very useful thing to have, and that's more what the airlines expect people to do.
The technology has moved on so much that the connection will perhaps be delayed (3 second turnaround), but certainly not "HI, I'M ON A PLANE! YES, ON. A. PLANE. YES. CAN YOU HEAR ME?" bad. The micro-cell is on-board, the Ku/Ka-Band equipment connects directly to Inmarsat or other satellite providers and then bounces into the destination network.
But then again, I've said this before several weeks/months ago…
Yeah, yeah, downvote me…
Re: So many truths in there...
Of course! And saved off-site too so you can take it with you when you move on. ;-)
So many truths in there...
Ohhhh yes. But the difference is that all those hours spent will immediately pay off because you won't ever, ever have to do it again (unless something's changed, and you must tweak it again).
The amount of times I've done this, even if it only shaves a few minutes off, is a lot. It's just that those few minutes, multiplied by the amount of people using that instead of the old method, and multiplied by the amount of times it's used instead of the old method just adds up to a *LOT* of man hours saved, even though people just don't realise!
Re: FLOSS nutter
@David 126 - *DING* *DING* Winner!
I'd second that!
Re: What happened...
Those controls are called "the internal QA process".
Clearly that's lacking over at Kaspersky and several others. However, that said, there's always the internal process that does everything over and over… until someone pushes the wrong button (instead of 'send back', click on 'release').
I'll +1 your +1 for your +1 for a +1. :-)
Re: Who the hell would want to bug a meeting of vapid Tories ...
What, like Labour is any better? Who are you kidding, mate?
Re: A question
In the Far East they very much exist and co-exist well. It's in the Middle East where things are very different.
Not Princess Hacker.
Kristin is known as Hacker Princess, not Princess Hacker.
Look at the business card. Jeez.
Anyone who has delved into the history of HMG secret services or bothered to read the rather voluminous book about the GCHQ would've known this already and wouldn't be carrying on as if they'd been asked to relinquish their first-born.
Cable & Wireless (who sold off their FO estate to Vodafone) had a cosy relationship with HMG for decades! Ditto the General Post Office (oh, sorry, BT).
Nothing new to see here, move along now, move along. :-)
* May the downvoting begin. :-)
Re: To be fair...
And why, pray tell, should it be hosted by JANET?
Last time I checked, gov.uk is not a research or educational organisation/site, so it's not something JANET would host.
And Gov.uk *is* a UK government website, managed by the Cabinet Office (through the Government Digital Service).
Re: What has changed?
What has changed is that you do not need to switch off the device between flight level 0 and flight level 100. No more hissy fits from Alec Baldwin and his ilk. That's what's changed.
Re: Cell phones at altitude...
Ummmmm. No. There is no need to shout into your phone. With Ku and Ka band backhaul, it'll be a little longer, but should be as clear as your other party to their local cell.
@Henry Wertz 1
You do realise that the organisations providing WiFi (GoGo and others) already cover this problem by providing voice call capability in the hardware from Panasonic et al?
I know... I've been following this trend for the last two years. Believe me, when it makes sense, voice calls will be enabled. Phone calls from planes have been around for a while, so this is not breaking new ground.
Re: Innovative ?
Pascal, it's called 'asserting your trademark'. I would expect you would do exactly the same if you had an easily-recognised and easily-copied trademark to ensure that people are not riding on the coattails of your fame to pass off their products!
Slower = less power to drive, i.e. more power-saving.
Re: Just wondering
Difference is: Yet another useless word.
Ummmmmm... Mac OS X has let you change window size from any edge for years?
Re: @ Sir Runcible Spoon - Sir
Sorry @Francis Boyle,
*WE* invented the damn language... *WE* decide what's what. Just because *YOU* lot threw a strop over some tea a few centuries ago does not mean *YOU* get to decide who gets to use the title Esquire. ;-)
Just kidding, natch. :-)
Oh dear... another scorched earth moment...
THE golden rule of social media is: RENAME the account if you can to avoid losing your followers.
If you can't rename it because it is owned by someone else (claiming to be you), or because you've forgtten the password, you should at least try to negotiate with the social media network to attempt to be given control over the account.
Only in the last instance do you abandon a well-followed account. Did they do the above? If not, fire your Strategy Boutique twonks.
... That's going to leave a dent in Milton Park... and plenty more new employment seekers in the area. :-/
... This is in ADDITION to the free shares. The free shares were given to the employees whether they wanted them or not, whereas the majority applied to get MORE shares ON TOP of what they were given free. And since the government said that those applying for the minimum of £750's worth would get their full allocation, they all got their shares to trade with (or hold on to).
So perhaps there are some employees who realise that being shareholders in the business they work for may be useful to bollock the management from both sides, once as employees (with strikes & such), and once as shareholders (you're not being responsible, stop the strikes by negotiating properly, blah blah blah).
Whatever COULD go wrong, right? Right? RIGHT???
Re: "...help customers to consider environmental concerns..."
Sorry, but that's bollocks. I have an Indesit washing machine that has a hot-water inlet. And it's a C rated washing machine. So yes, you *do* get energy-rated washing machines with hot-water inlets.
Never once have I had issues with self-checkouts. You must have a disruptive energy field around you that weighs heavily on machine and bagging area.
Moody's statement: "In total, Moody's reckoned that corporate America holds about 61 per cent of its total dosh overseas, amounting to about $900bn."
Also: "Moody's said the fruity firm holds a $147bn cash reserve."
Total cash held by corporate America: $900bn / 61% = $1.4754098 trillion
Apple's corporate cash hoard: $147bn
$147bn / 1475.4098 bn (1 tn = 1,000 bn) = 9.996% or ~10% (if rounded from 2 positions)
So the article is factually and mathematically correct.
Sorry to be pedantic, but you do clear both borders on Eurostar too.
From St Pancras to the continent: French Border Police check your details after the security check.
From Bruxelles-Midi to the UK: Belgian Border police clear you into a 'dead zone' of... 5 yards deep, enough to queue up for UK Border Agency to check you back into the UK. Those travelling to Lille only go through a different channel.
From Paris Gare du Nord (and presumably Lille Europe) to the UK: The UK Border Agency checks your paperwork.
Ferries from Dunkerque (DFDS primarily): First a French border check, then you drive 20 yards to the UK border check where they go through your stuff while you wait.
Ferries from Dover to Calais (as foot passenger on P&O): You are taken to a UK border + drugs check by bus, before re-boarding it for the drive to the passenger entry of the P&O ferry terminal.
Which newspaper was it, Steve? Which? Guardian? Independent?
*SCREAM* It's WUNDERkind. No U-Umlaut. *ARGH*
*goes into grammar nazi meltdown*
Re: This requires 2 iDevices
Sorry to disappoint you, Duncan Macdonald, but no, you don't need multiple devices.
You just log into iCloud on any browser. Ta-dah.
No problems with the update
The annoying part is that it wants iTunes 11.1, which was supposed to be available via Software Update. But, nothing you can't fix by downloading it manually, installing it, and lo-and-behold, have iOS7 waiting for you :-)
The iPad had no problems this morning with its OTA update either. The disk space requirement does make sense though. 800MB compressed may mean 1.5GB uncompressed, so you're already looking at 2.3GB total. Standard even for Linuxes, or, worse, Windows.
That's why you buy a device with enough space (or capability of extending space) to carry all your stuff + then some. No hassle or drama here this time.
Re: It is impossible to have a billion dollars without that fact in some way helping others.
Actually, Gav, China has a pile of foreign currency 150% of that. They currently have $3.4 trillion in reserves, primarily US Dollars.
So yes... there is someone who could buy what the "upper-crustaceans" have to sell.
Bad translation. Correct translation for "Es ist für den Täter kaum möglich" would be:
"It is virtually impossible for the perpetrator"
Sadly, Samsung did rip him off...
Although there's no Dyson in my house either. Too expensive and the reviews regularly are horrible. That said, the Samsung I have on the other hand is fantastic to use. Has suction power galore for such a tiny thing, and is also bag-less. Empty, rinse, dry, re-use.
The Dyson fans are lovely to look at though...
@I ain't Spartacus:
Unfortunately you are incorrect. CIVC has successfully protected the Champagne mark against non-wine product trademark applications all over the world. Victoria's Secret and Champagne & Roses are just two who lost their cases.
The Champagne DOP enjoys seniority across the planet.
You will find though that both will trademark the specific PANTONE combination together with any logos that it may be applied to.
You certainly can use the colour without penalty, provided you do not combine it with the word "easy".
The CIVC may have a case. The Protected Designation of Origin they registered is limited to wines and wine products, but http://uk.practicallaw.com/0-295-8952?service=ipandit has a case where a brewer used the word "champagne" in relation to beer, and the ruling went against them. I quote:
A protected designation of origin is the name of a region, specific place or (in exceptional cases) a country which is used to describe an agricultural foodstuff or product that originates there and owes its quality or characteristics to a particular geographical environment in which the production and preparation of the foodstuff or product take place (Article 2(2)(a), EC Regulation on the protection of geographical indications and designations of origin for agricultural products and foodstuffs (2081/92)). Champagne is a designation of origin relating to the Champagne region of France.
Article 13 of the Regulation gives wide protection to registered designations of origin, for example preventing them from being commercially used (directly or indirectly) for products that do not fit the relevant description, even if the true origin of the product is indicated (as in, for example, "champagne-style wine" or "imitation champagne").
Unfortunately, CIVC guards this PDO vigorously (as trademark owners should too), otherwise its cachet diminishes.
Re: Robert Peston is an irritation
Sorry, a point of contention here...
Vodafone is a separate legal entity, just like the shareholders all are. Vodafone, as in the legal entity called 'Vodafone plc', does not have a tax liability. The shareholders will, yes, in so far as the tax regime applicable to them allows.
Thus saying that "Vodafone's not paying any tax on this" is financially, legally, and contextually correct. That the shareholders in the UK, who all get a nice slice of the pot, will be liable for capital gains tax, is legally and financially separate from the liabilities that Vodafone incurs.
Re: Eh? Selling shares in Verizon in exchange for shares in Verizon
In the nineties, Vodafone bought Airtel in the US by using a corporate vehicle based in the Netherlands. Airtel effectively became 'Vodafone USA', then merged its assets with Bell Atlantic's wireless assets, forming Verizon Wireless. Because Bell Atlantic (now called Verizon) also bought GTE and merged it into Verizon Wireless, it was the larger partner, and Vodafone plc, through its Dutch corporate vehicle 'Vodafone USA', ended up with a 45% stake in Verizon Wireless.
Now, Vodafone's Dutch vehicle is proposing to sell this 45% stake back to Verizon, for $60 billion in cash (raised through several banks), another $60 billion in shares, and $10 billion in other securities (probably bonds). Verizon's current valuation is $184 billion, which means that after the transaction's completion, the $60 billion that Vodafone's Dutch vehicle gets in shares give it a 30% shareholding in Verizon themselves. That pretty much shows that Verizon Wireless is a major value driver for Verizon themselves.
And the reason why it's tax neutral for Vodafone is simple. The Dutch vehicle owns 'Vodafone USA'. 'Vodafone USA' has one major asset, its 45% stake in Verizon Wireless. So now that that stake is sold, 'Vodafone USA' ends up with $130 billion in cash and shares, minus $5 billion to the US taxman because of a deferred tax liability from the Airtel days (remember that Airtel was bought by the Dutch vehicle and effectively became 'Vodafone USA'). The cash stays where it is, the shares stay where they are until such time that Vodafone plc decides what to do with it. Because the transaction occurs between two US entities, the UK taxman does not get involved.
According to Richard Peston, the idea is to return much of the cash to investors, which means that for UK investors, the tax liability falls to them for their share of the pot as a capital gain, Vodafone themselves don't have a tax liability.
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