1250 posts • joined Friday 14th August 2009 18:08 GMT
Would it even be physically possible to get 10,001m^3 of gas through your meter in three months?
Any quad-band phone bought in the UK will work like that, and this includes all earlier iPhone models. It isn't for your benefit.
If for example you are a Verizon customer, and have their equivalent, something like the Samsung Fascinate, then it won't work outside of the US and possibly Canada, whereas the iPhone 4S will. There are other Verizon world phones, but not many, you have the choice of a few Blackberries and Motorola Handsets and the HTC Trophy.
It isn't Apple that is making things complicated, it is Verizon and Sprint that are making things complicated by using a different network technology from the rest of the world.
If both companies have their phones and fondleslabs banned due to violating the other's patents, it will force them to reach a cross licensing deal. That's what Samsung wants so it can sell its Galaxy range again.
You might think you want a laptop with a touch screen, but there is the gorilla arm problem if you use such a machine for any length of time. I guess what people really want is a fondleslab with a keyboard dock for when you want to do some serious typing on it, like the Asus Transformer, or indeed the iPad.
and Xerox would get to sue Apple for copying their operating system. Copyrights live for a lot longer than patents. Ada Lovelace's copyrights have expired, but pretty much everything since then is still in copyright.
If you are the NHS, you probably don't want to send stuff about breast cancer scans to men, or testicular cancer scans to women. There are genuine differences between the healthcare requirements of men and women.
The gender neutral version of he and she is "it". The only problem is that using that word suggests the person is an inanimate object, and is generally used as a form of abuse. BTW "they" is the plural version.
They do know what they are doing, and they like to have people queuing down the street for the next Jesus Phone or Fondleslab. Having restricted availability makes their product more desirable.
In the EU, Amazon, who are based in Luxembourg, do have to collect VAT on sales to all countries in the EU. The difference is that there are only 27 different VAT regimes to deal with, not about 5000 as in the US where town councils can set their own rates and county and state governments can add their sales taxes on top of that. The rules about how to calculate it are harmonised across the EU. Each country is allowed 3 different rates of VAT but can chose to put different items in each band. You can get a single document from the EU website detailing the rates in all the EU countries and another document telling you which countries have changed their rates recently, so you don't need to check regularly with each national tax authority to find out what is happening.
But will more TLDs help?
Supposing you are the car manufacturer called Lotus or the shoe manufacturer called Lotus. You go to register lotus.com and find that IBM already has it. You then try lotus.biz, and find IBM has that as well. Create another TLD, and IBM is probably going to try and register it as well.
The USA has 788 prisoners per 100,000 population, whereas Iran has a mere 302 per 100,000. For comparison, the UK has 158, but that is an all time high due to the recent riots, usually it is about 146.
The voice recognition in the "Communicate" translator app doesn't have any problem with my Scottish accent. Having said that, neither do most English people, even ones that can't understand a word of Rab C Nesbitt. So it might not understand Rab C, but it should be OK with Kirsty Wark.
Or indeed a store that sold records. No in that case Apple's actions would not be justified because they don't own a trademark in that field of business. The Beetles own the Apple trademark in the record selling business which is why the iTunes store has no mention of the word Apple anywhere, even in the company name.
Given that nobody else seems to be able to make a fondleslab of similar quality to the iPad and sell it for less than the iPad retails at, I'm not actually sure the margins are that huge.
The reason they want to see the original is so they can examine the anti-counterfeiting features of the card. That has nothing to do with the data on the card which is the same on both the original and the pdf.
They are registered as an electronic money issuer, not a bank, that means they are required to employ "fit and proper persons", and maintain adequate capital, but you don't have any comeback if they go bust other than that they "should" have enough money in "low risk" investments to pay back everyone. It didn't work for Crown Currency Exchange though.
Forking Android doesn't solve the legal problems. If the Chocolate Factory version of Android infringes MS patents, it is very likely that a forked version would infringe them as well.
"TalkTalk are advertising basic broadband for £3.25 a month.
"How the f*** can they manage that?"
By not actually providing anything in return for the £3.25 per month. In any case I think you have to buy other services from them to get that deal.
Have any of these left large areas of land uninhabitable for the next 300 years? I agree that on a headcount basis some of these examples were worse than a nuclear meltdown, but my argument is that you should look at other things as well.
Nobody dead, many inconvenienced
While nobody has died as a result of Fukushima, yet, all those people who have been evacuated from their homes will have their lives seriously inconvenienced until this is all cleared up, and if Chernobyl is anything to go by, it will be about another 300 years before they can return to their homes. That is a level of economic damage you don't get with any other sort of power source.
Looking at the effect of a similar meltdown over here, if Hunterston Power Station were to have a major meltdown, a 30km exclusion zone would take out Prestwick Airport, and would be within 1km of Glasgow Airport, which I think means that planes would not be able to approach the runway from the south. Basically you can wave goodbye to most of the central belt of Scotland west of Glasgow.
While it is good that nobody is dead, there is more to life than being alive.
Not all of them
There are lots of good hackers who do amazingly cool things with computers, like program a graphics calculator to show Star Wars.
It's the script kiddies, who aren't even proper hackers, who need to go to jail.
Re: Very nice but
Acer offer such a thing. It runs Windows 7 starter, and I don't see why you couldn't put linux on it. The problems are that Windows 7 isn't really designed for a touch screen interface and you have to tap really precisely to get it to do what you want, and battery life isn't that great.
There are cures for certain types of cancer with varying degrees of effectiveness, and people are not allowed to advertise them. You go do a doctor and they recommend the appropriate treatment, so you get a treatment recommended by a suitably qualified person rather than the one with the best TV ad.
It is only terrorism if you threaten violence, serious damage to property, to endanger someone's life other than your own, to create a serious elf n safety risk, or to attack or disrupt an electronic system.
Re: terrorism definition
From the Terrorism Act 2000
"(1)In this Act “terrorism” means the use or threat of action where—(a)the action falls within subsection (2),(b)the use or threat is designed to influence the government or an international governmental organisation or to intimidate the public or a section of the public, and(c)the use or threat is made for the purpose of advancing a political, religious, racial or ideological cause.
"(2)Action falls within this subsection if it—
"(e)is designed seriously to interfere with or seriously to disrupt an electronic system."
So yes, what Anonymous did most certainly is "terrorism" according to the law of this country.
This is why you might want it
On a fondleslab, and this applies to decent Android variants as well as the iPad, you can be reading this site in less than a second from picking it up off the table. With a netbook, you have to switch it on, wait for it to boot up, click on the browser shortcut, wait for it to load up, then you can go and visit El Reg.
The petition should achieve something
Yes the subject of what to do with the rioters will be debated in parliament. Tomorrow in fact.
However, the possibility of withdrawing their benefits might not have been discussed without this petition. Given that the website has now crashed under the load of people wanting to sign it, it might not have managed to get the 100,000 signatures, or even if it has, David Cameron might not be able to get on there tomorrow morning to see if it has, but that possibility should now be discussed.
As to what to do with them once they need food, I suggest opening up a few workhouses for them.
Re: Fake batteries
If it is described as a Sony battery, and it isn't made by Sony, then it is an illegal fake. If it is merely described as a battery suitable for use on a particular Sony laptop, then provided it does work it isn't a fake, it is a compatible product. It may violate some patents, but trading standards doesn't get involved in that.
Sometimes invalid assumptions
O2 offered to check coverage in my house when I bought a 3G modem. Only problem is that inside my house is the one place where I won't be using it as I have their much faster ADSL Broadband service there.