1251 posts • joined Friday 14th August 2009 18:08 GMT
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.
Not that easy
We know he killed them, he has admitted it himself in court. The question is whether he is mad or bad, and the emails would help determine that.
No you can't
Blackberry is the market leader in the pre-pay market. You can get one in Carphone Warehouse for £120 + a £10 top-up, or + £20 top-up if you pay cash. For a cash-strapped teen, that compares very favourably with £428 for the cheapest iPhone, and a Blackberry keyboard is better for texting anyway.
Warning: Even worse than that
The reason for doing that is because apparently if you rewrite the site and put it on .direct.gov.uk rather than where it is at the moment, you reduce the number of government websites, and therefore reduce the cost of running them.
Of course, apart from domain registration fees, and I don't think they have to pay for .gov.uk addresses anyway, it makes no difference whether the site collecting petition signatures and the site that tells you what housing benefit you are entitled to are both on .direct.gov.uk or they are on two different domain names.
The reason they are not facing a prison sentence is because it is an investigation and judgement by the SRA, and not by the Metropolitan Police and the Old Bailey. I guess someone who received one of these letters needs to complain to the police about it, and hope they do something.
He is accused of attacking the Serious Organised Crime Agency, an English law enforcement body, so that's why he gets extradited to England; in the same way that someone in England who attacks the CIA gets extradited to the USA.
However, what confuses me is that the people who attempted to bomb Glasgow Airport were also extradited to England for questioning and I can see no link with England in that attack, so maybe it is something to do with terrorism laws?
Re: The way the money goes
Actually quite a lot more than 1%. Chinese companies only get about $5 for each iDevice they assemble. The retail channel takes quite a bit of the money, and the people in Cupertino who design it also get quite a bit.
Apple is a hardware company
Apple make their money from designing and selling hardware even if they don't make it themselves, and design some standard components into their product; therefore they are a hardware company.
Indeed it can
Reviewed on this very organ only a few months ago
It is free, it has voice recognition, in both directions so you can actually hold a conversation with someone using it. However it doesn't have offline support and doesn't support so many languages.
I'm a bit doubtful
ACS:Law's emails were exposed because they restored the backup file of them to a publicly accessible part of their website. I'm guessing News Corp's PFY isn't quite that stupid.
It wouldn't surprise me if these emails emerged about the same time as Tony Blair's evidence of Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq.
Re: >Even So
I would put ftp in the behind the scenes plumbing category, as it works behind the scenes to provide things to the file manager ui. Nevertheless, as far as I'm aware embedded devices have the cut down busybox version of ftp rather than the full version.
As an emacs fan, I can't imagine why anyone would want to install vi anywhere. Having said that, on a touch screen device, you aren't going to want something designed to be used with only a keyboard when it is much easier to tap the relevant spot on the screen to do what you want. For that reason, I'm not going to be installing emacs on my Glalaxy S any time soon.
With your BBC fetcher, you might have the same back end across all platforms, but the user interface to run it with a remote, a touch screen or a keyboard and mouse is likely to be different. As an example of a similar application, look at how podcast subscriptions are different on itunes for mac/windows vs itunes for idevices.
Are there any programs, other than perhaps some behind the scenes plumbing that you can, or even want to run on all those different systems.
Even if you could port the Android version of "Angry Birds" to run on the K Computer at the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science, would you even necessarily get a good user experience. I'm guessing the current No.1 supercomputer doesn't have a touch screen, an accelerometer, a magnemometer, a gps receiver, or any of the other things you tend to take for granted on a handheld device. It may however have a much larger screen, and possibly lots of them, and you might want to use those extra pixels to make the birds look even more angry.
Probably not suitable for work use at all
Surely if a workplace wanted machines for remote working with nothing stored locally, they would install a Citrix or rdp client rather than chrome? There are plenty of desktop thin client terminals around that do this, and possibly even something in laptop format.
This is good advice, but you also need to search .nhs.uk some of the time, eg if you want an EHIC.
Re: Illegal wire tapping
Under FAQs | How do I switch on HomeSafe
"How do I switch on HomeSafe?
"HomeSafe is free to all TalkTalk customers and all the features are switched off by default. To switch them on and set up Virus Alerts, Kids Safe and Homework Time log in to your TalkTalk MyAccount."
It is not illegal if you have to specifically ask them to do it. There isn't even the argument that it was buried in small print that you didn't notice.
Re: Don't understand
When their sales monkeys call you every other day to sell you space in the directory, and try to get you to "upgrade" your listing by paying to have it in bold letters and in a different colour background, they will also try to sell you this new fangled email thing that lets customers contact you directly from their site even outside office hours. They already try to sell you a single page "website", so I guess it will be an addon to that package.
Windows 7 runs fine on bootcamp because it gets the full 8GB of RAM. On Parallels it gets 5GB because I need to leave some for the host. I've tried other amounts as well, that seems to be the amount that works best for me. In comparison, Windows XP gets 1.5GB on Parallels without any speed issues at all. So for me, XP is the better choice unless I really need to have a Windows 7 guest machine.
I don't see how that shoots down my own claims.
I am aware of that
Yes, I am aware of that. However, nobody was sentenced for 13 years. The longest sentence was 5 years 7 months. Yes, if you add 5 years 7 months + 5 years 5 months + 2 years, you get 13 years, but it is a completely meaningless figure.
I do get why
I have machines with both Windows XP and Windows 7. Yes Windows 7 is much better, provided your computer is fast enough to cope with it, but Windows XP works perfectly adequately for what most people want to do. I've used XP since it first shipped, and I can't remember ever having it crash on me. On my last year's model Macbook Pro, Windows 7 on parallels is a bit sluggish, and Windows XP is much faster, so I run XP most of the time when I need to run Windows software. You really need 8GB Ram to run Windows 7, and that is the maximum my Macbook Pro can take; so Windows 7 would be fine on Bootcamp, but not on Parallels where I can't assign all of the RAM to the virtual machine.
One thing I really can't stand
is people who add up the sentences of all the accomplices to come up with a completely useless and meaningless number, in this case 13.
Two of them were sentenced for 5 1/2 years, and one was sentenced for 2 years, which means they will spend about half that time behind bars, or these days, probably about 1/3 of the time behind bars and 1/6 of the time back home with an electronic tag.
Oh yes it is
The Bitcoin bit is the speculative bubble. The trading exchanges are the potential Ponzi schemes if they don't have assets to back all the money deposited with them. The fact that there is no limits on deposits, but a $1000 limit on withdrawals makes me suspicious because it creates the sort of conditions where Ponzi schemes can thrive.
Re: Not like gold
Gold is another speculative bubble that is due to crash at some point. I certainly wouldn't recommend buying it at the moment.
However, people don't just buy gold because they can sell it to a greater fool later. Some people buy it because it looks pretty and you can make pretty jewellery out of it. They also buy it because it doesn't corrode easily and can be used for electrical contacts.
Re: The assets that back Bitcoin
Mortgage derivatives were backed by the homes of those people who borrowed money on the mortgages. That sounds like a pretty solid asset backing, but it wasn't. Still better than nothing though.
Pounds and Euros are backed by the fact that HMRC will accept them as payment of tax liabilities, legal tender laws force people to accept them as settlement of debts, the fact that the Bank of England and European Central Bank control the supply of them to maintain value, and the assets and tax raising abilities of the government.
Bitcoins are backed by the idea that a greater fool will come along later and buy them off you. That isn't backing at all because nobody is forcing them to accept bitcoins.
Missing the point entirely
The economic downturn came about because the regulators failed to do their job properly, and the assets that backed all the investments weren't as good as they said they were.
Do you solve this problem by having absolutely no regulation whatsoever, and having absolutely no assets other than a few magic numbers backing your investments?
Before throwing out the bathwater, it is always a good idea to make sure there are no babies in it.
Still not convinced
Lots of people "have been in contact with regulators" regarding approval of Bitcoin, but none of them tell us what those regulators say.
European Regulators will tell them they have to register as an electronic money issuer in the same way that Paypal is, have €1m of money in reserve, and in addition, have reserves equal to the amount of money outstanding.
When I've suggested that before, people say that Bitcoin is completely different to Paypal or the various prepaid credit cards out there, and the regulations cannot possibly apply to Bitcoin. Actually, Bitcoin is exactly like how electronic money was originally envisaged. The regulations were extended to allow "server based" systems to operate as well, and server based systems are now the only type that actually exists.
In the US, Paypal is registered in each state as a money transmission agent. Presumably the requirements are a bit different in each one, but I doubt very much that Bitcoin meets those requirements.
Look at MTGox for example. There is $27m going into their exchange every month, but the withdrawal limits of $1000 per user per day means there almost certainly isn't that amount of money coming out of the exchange. Are they registered with the Japanese financial regulator to hold client money? Do they capital adequacy returns that are subject to regular audit? Yes you can point to Madoff and say that these don't always work, but that doesn't mean you solve the problem by getting rid of these regulations altogether like in the days of Charles Ponzi.
The Bitcoin rent-a-crowd will of course be along shortly to tell me how wrong I am, and to vote me down, as they always do, but I still maintain that Bitcoin is a cross between a speculative bubble and a Ponzi scheme. In the future, people will read about this in their history books and wonder how anyone could possibly be stupid enough to be taken in by it. I want to put it very clearly in the public record now that I was not taken in.
A good idea
It is always a good idea in these situations to start negotiations with The Document Foundation for a licence to run LibreOffice in place of MS Office. They will quickly realise that the licence cost is 100% cheaper than just about anything MS can offer, and that tends to reduce MS's quote to a little bit less than the cost of switching over.
Won't be The Sunday Sun
The Sunday Sun" is a local rag in the Newcastle and Middlesborough area owned by the Mirror Group. They also own the Sunday Mail" as the Sunday counterpart to the Daily Record in Scotland, so the Daily Wail calls their Sunday rag The Wail on Sunday.
I'm guessing either "The Sun on Sunday", or maybe even "The Sun".
The problem the MPs had wasn't so much that they win, more that they didn't want to be seen to be doing something that could prevent a future expenses scandal from coming to light.
Getting the law right is difficult. Clearly we want the press to be able to expose future expenses scandals and similar, even if they have to resort to slightly underhand means to do so. That is in the public interest. Hacking into a murdered girl's phone to make her parents think she is still alive is clearly not in the public interest and should be punished severely. How do you draw the line? How do you define this in legislation? It isn't that easy.
But nevertheless, my £6.99 Currys Essentials hdmi cable gives me a perfect picture, as does the £2.50 one I picked up at a computer fair. A £120 Monster hdmi cable would give me an equally perfect picture.
Can I explain why
I don't think now is the best time to invest in gold, but if I were to invest in gold, I would by sovereigns, kruggerands or similar from a dealer that offers a much better rate than this machine, not a gold ETF.
The reason is that gold ETF funds generally don't hold that much, if any, gold. Your investment is generally a bet placed on the price of gold rising, and laid off by the fund against someone else betting on the price of gold falling. That means there is counterparty risk if the person betting against you is unable to pay up. We saw a lot of that when Lehman Brothers went bust.
Yes there is
It is either murder if done with intent, causing death by dangerous driving if done with a motor vehicle, or manslaughter in all other cases.
Copying a film with your phone is copyright infringement which means they can sue for the loss of income caused by people watching the crappy cam copy rather than the original. Those damages are probably negligible. If you sell the copy for money, trading standards can take action for selling counterfeit goods. And from the two cases cited here, they can take criminal action even if you just upload it to The Pirate Bay, though it isn't considered to be a very serious offence, probably because it isn't.
Attacking military and law enforcement installations is terrorism, so they can hold him for 28 days.
That bit isn't the problem
We have mysupermarket.co.uk, which lets you compare prices at Tesco, Sainsburys, Asda and Ocada, and send the shopping trolley to the cheapest supermarket.
The problem is that you just can't predict what I am going to buy from looking at the movement of stuff in my fridge. How does it know that I'm running down stocks because I'm going on holiday next week. How does it know I have a party next week and need to order up lots of stuff, and that I don't need to re-order that stuff again for a while. How does it know that when a particular thing runs out, I want to replace it with something different, because I buy different things depending on my mood and get bored of eating the same thing every day.
I would have to stand in the kitchen and tap all this information into my fridge so it could make the appropriate purchasing decisions, and it would be much easier just to do it myself.
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