53 posts • joined Tuesday 28th July 2009 11:08 GMT
Re: An idea from an ignorant American
I thought China had the copyright on that? We wouldn't want to pirate that idea, would we?
I think you have hit the nail on the head - the pressure is from the "guvm'nt" to free up the bands so they can be auctioned off to the highest bidder.
Expect to see the update and coverage stats fudged even further to try and achieve this.
"Pirates" icon - robbery, that's what the "guvm'nt" is trying to do!
System is way too slow
It seems to take about 20 to 30 seconds to extract the image data from the passport chip, authenticate, decrypt, do any database searches and render the image and results on the operator's screen. That's way too slow when dealing with an arrival queue.
Anyone with inside info on what the original performance SLA was?
Re: Bird Book
isn't there an app for that?
We seem to have an Attack of the Clones?
Or a schizophrenic commentard?
Good maps or good interface - your choice?
Streetmap uses OS maps which to my mind are far better than anything Google provides. But the interface is terrible and there is little functionality apart from the maps.
Google has horrible maps but a superb interface and excellent functionality.
A game for idle moments
Click on the most annoying ad links until you get bored. Help them waste their budget!
Re: Concorde did make money
Concorde only made money on an operating cost basis - BA effectively got the aircraft for free. Adding costs to service the debt for the real capital cost of the aircraft would have rendered it uneconomic.
Re: Blogger was causing 'distress and harm'?
I'd be somewhat distressed if I had to eat that!
But TFL gets stung on the Oyster transaction
TFL have to pay for transactions through the Oyster app. Maybe their fault, but they got stitched up on the Oyster contract.
So 23 tons of Marmite ...
... are now toast?
But does it suppress the craving for a doner kebab?
Both the list and also the comments have some very pleasant memories - and also about a year's worth of new reading recommendations! Thank you El Reg.
Off to the charity shops to check what's on the shelves. What? Me? Cheapskate?
Mega fail by the Glazers
So to enforce a total gagging order which also includes a clause forbidding mention that the gagging order even exists (of the kind which has been rumoured to have been granted recently to certain high-profile persons) the gagging order itself must be publicised?
Does not compute!
Splendid stuff Lewis...
But you owe me a new keyboard for "elusive deiton"
Granny at home, but not the breadwinner
In developing countries mobility of labour is high, with the breadwinner often having to relocate just to get a survival wage, so an economical means of sending money home is vital. The amounts involved are only a few pounds per month, but they are essential for the family. Many of these people will have no access to any sort of banking facilities, and could not afford the transfer fees charged even if they had access.
A couple of years ago it was reported that in some parts of Africa mobile phone top-up vouchers were being used as currency - because the activation number could be sent as a txt message.
The world's energy crisis solved ...
... at a stroke! (or two, or three)
I look forward to having a hand in developing this product
Point the finger at the breweries
Do I see a bit of dual standards here? The breweries charge exorbitant prices to their tied houses and tennants, but give huge discounts to large purchasers like supermarkets.
Then they complain that pub sales are falling and put up the prices even more?
Take a Dump?
If I was about to be rammed by an aircraft carrier, I would almost certainly take a swift involuntary dump!
... it appears that it's a "civil" penalty, so the ultimate irony of her going on the criminal DNA database is avoided.
Pity, really ;-)
IANAE but the last I heard the DNA database isn't a fully sequenced genome, but is based on a set of "markers" in combination. There have been various discussions about how many are needed and how statistically significant any result is. The more markers tested for, the more significant the results. There has been some criticism about too few markers being used.
Re. Framing Someone - all you need to know is the target's marker combinations, which is exactly what is on the DNA database. And we all know how secure these government databases are - so there's abolutely no change of this falling into the wrong hands. Now where's that tongue in cheek icon.....
If it's true ...
.. that in the US the criminal records systems can only be accessed by Law Enforcement Officers then full marks to the USA!
I wish that were true in the UK, where it seems anyone can get hold of them!
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