1900 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009
Re: Oh FFS - patent - ideas
I guess the idea is that you come up with some amazing new idea in your garden shed. You get the patent for it. Then you can go to investors to put it into production. You can do that without worrying about them stealing the idea because you have the patent.
Import duties are specified by the EU. VAT is subject to EU rules. Other taxes are the responsibility of member states.
Amazon are already registered for VAT in the UK, for the sale of dead tree books where the UK has one of the lowest VAT rates - 0%, so it would just be a case of putting ebook sales on that VAT return rather than the Luxembourg return.
Re: Email Encryption would have helped (if your using one that can revoke a message)
How do you set up a system that allows you to access my Exchange Server and revoke an unopened message that is sitting in my Inbox, without my co-operation? And if I am not the intended recipient of your emails, you probably won't even think to ask me for it.
Re: A tricky one really
I think the punishment should be written on a P45, or whatever the thing that replaces it from next April is.
Not as a search engine. There are still a lot of people who use Yahoo Mail, last time I saw figures, they were the market leader with 26% of the market, just ahead of Hotmail on 25%.
I use Yahoo Finance for checking share prices, and Flickr to look for photographs.
Well when my gf borrows my iPad, I get a pretty good idea of what sort of shoes she has been looking at it from all the shoe shop ads that appear afterwards.
You can still serve ads, and the ads can be related to the search keyword. For example, I wanted to hire a van next week, so I went to Google, typed "van hire in [my town]", looked through the Adwords ads for van hire companies, selected one of them, phoned them up and booked the van. I have absolutely no problem with that sort of advertising. But if Google then start telling all the other websites I visit that I'm interested in van hire, then I'm not going to be so happy.
I don't know how a pre-installed computer works because I always reformat the disk and replace it with a Technet copy of Windows, or a Linux distro; but I believe you still have to set up a user account, and setting up ie preferences is part of that stage of the installation.
Re: No surprise here
And that is exactly what Windows 8 does. You are presented with the settings to approve, and the Do Not Track option is selected by default.
In the EU, advertisers are not allowed to track people unless they give their explicit informed consent to tracking. So it would appear to me that having DNT on by default is exactly what the EU requires.
If people want to be tracked, they can go into settings and select the "please stalk me and record my web browsing activity" option. Very few people will do that because very few people want to be tracked.
I can't imagine there are many people out there who what to be stalked by advertisers but don't know how to enable it.
Re: Yes, lets focus on @localzuk
The barrage would provide baseload except for about half an hour twice a day when the tide turns, and as we know exactly when that will happen, we don't need fast start generators to cover it. Also interruptible supplies such as stored heat and cooling could be switched off during that half hour period to reduce demand.
Re: Called it
The court told them to put paragraphs 1 and 5 up. The reason was that the initial Samsung ban got a lot of publicity, so this requirement was put in place so that people would know that it is safe to buy a Samsung slab, it will continue to be supported to normal Samsung standards and they won't risk any legal liabilities in using one.
Yes, but sometimes we have a couple of millimetres of snow, and then the country grinds to a halt.
Re: Long overdue
If you are copying a large amount of stuff which is saturating your disk/network IO, slowing everything down; you might want to pause it for a couple of minutes to do something else.
Re: "countless more jobs would be created and more wealth generated"
If Microsoft went bust, another company would buy the copyrights from the liquidators. There is a good chance that that company would be even worse then MS.
Re: Apple use the GPS/GLONAS decoder in the 3G baseband chip
Well if you tether an iPod touch or iPad to an Android phone, the wifi location service will give you a very accurate location fix. It doesn't update quite as frequently as using GPS directly, so if you are on a train for example, the location will update maybe every 30 seconds or so. That may not be good enough for turn by turn navigation, but good enough for getting walking or public transport directions. However, what with the new Apple maps and the fact that wifi tethering will most likely drain your Android's battery faster than you can recharge it, you are as well just getting that from the Android directly
I don't see "news", however I do se "Biting the hand that feeds IT". Anyway, it does explain, in a very humourous way, exactly what is wrong with Windows 8.
Re: why does this island have a web page
Rockall used to have a web page, and it used to be rather good. El Reg still own the domain, but they don't seem to be doing anything with it.
"So says DisplaySearch, a market watcher, which reckons supply will be constrained by LCD panel makers’ inability to sent enough 8.9in, 1024 x 768 screens to Apple."
Well if they do supply Apple with 8.9in screens, that will be a problem because they won't fit in the iPad mini.
Re: I will laugh so much...
I have it on good authority that they have finally sorted out the trademark issues with the British TV Station and are going to launch their long rumoured iTV product. Jeremy Kyle will be the guest of honour to launch it.
Before the Kindle Fire and Google Nexus came out, the only real competition in the slab market was the Galaxy Tab, which was the same price as the iPad, and the Asus Transformer.
There's two possibilities, either it is a magical new revolutionary iGadget that will create a completely new market. Alternatively it is to compete with the Kindle Fire and Google Nexus.
Of course at the time of writing this, we don't actually know that it is an iPad mini, it could be something completely different. We will find out in just over an hour. If it is an iPad mini, I can't think of anything magical and revolutionary they could do with it, but that's why I'm not earning millions of dollars working for their product design team.
Re: @h4rm0ny: Office RT edition licence restrictions
So I can't use it to send my CV to recruitment agents?
Re: On the other hand...
As far as I'm aware, most people use Macs for music production. Will Windows 8 be good enough to encourage them to switch to Windows? I doubt it.
In France, UK, and any other country I've been to, the ground floor is called the ground floor, and the first floor is called the first floor. Why on earth would you call the first floor the ground floor? The ground floor is the one at ground level.
Re: The other first
No, the first floor above the ground is the first floor. The second floor is the second above the ground. How could it be any other way?
Well the floor would be about 2.5 to 3 meters off the ground, and the window maybe another 1.5 meters above the floor. Not quite 30 feet but certainly enough for a fall to cause injury.
The national grid has a control room where they monitor demand for electricity and the output from all the various power stations, wind turbines and so on. They use this information combined with things like weather forecasts, TV schedules and so on to switch things on and off as needed. Eg, if the World Cup final goes into extra time, then all the nations's kettles will be switched on a bit later than previously predicted. How do they get this information in and out of the control centre? My guess is the internet is involved somewhere.
They were, but they don't do it any more.
Actually it would lead to a nuclear winter as all the dust thrown up from the nuke would block out the sun.
Re: Will never happen
It can still go to the Supreme Court and the European Court of Justice. If it does, it could be some time before we see the apology, and by that time, peoples obsolete iPad3s and Galaxy Tabs will be gathering dust at the bottom of a cupboard while they enjoy their iPad21 or Galaxy Tab XIX
Re: slab-fondlers would ignore trademarks.
I bought my iPad rather than a Galaxy Tab largely because it was cheaper (Black Friday 2011, iDevices were reduced, Droids were not, otherwise they were the same price).
No, they have told them what they have to say. It is as follows:
"On 9th July 2012 the High Court of Justice of England and Wales ruled that Samsung Electronic (UK) Limited's Galaxy Tablet Computers, namely the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Tab 8.9 and Tab 7.7 do not infringe Apple's registered design No. 0000181607-0001. A copy of the full judgment of the High court is available on the following link [link given].
"That Judgment has effect throughout the European Union and was upheld by the Court of Appeal on .. A copy of the Court of Appeal's judgment is available on the following link . There is no injunction in respect of the registered design in force anywhere in Europe."
Re: Arial? How gauche!
As long as it has the same x height, then yes.
Re: carriers being lazy
A pay as you go SIM with sufficient credit to get the unlimited texts costs something like £10 - £15. If you can send out about 744,000 texts per month, which would be within your limit, on that SIM, it is still worthwhile doing.
Having said that, 1000 texts per hour is probably about the limit that even a computer can send them out. Even if you spend no time at all typing the text, it takes a couple of seconds between pressing the send button and the phone going through the motions of sending the text so you can send the next one.
But you would need to know about the ANPR camera and have the opportunity to drive away before it takes a photo.
Re: What's wrong with Pages, Numbers and Keynote?
Actually I don't agree. The one thing the iPad has shown us is that tablets are not replacements for laptops. They are an additional device.
If you go round the country doing PowerPoint presentations, you prepare the .pptx file on your desktop/laptop, then transfer it to your slab to take it on the road.
If you are a travelling salesman, you have all your product information on the slab to refer to, and you dial back into the office with a mobile version of the CRM/sales ledger app to take orders and stuff like that.
If you are a service engineer, your slab can pull in the job schedule for the day, and you can record service notes, book parts etc on it. If it has GPS, it could also give you directions to your next site. Back at the office, this information could be used to move jobs about if one person is taking longer or not as long as expected.
If instagr.am is "worth" $1bn, and Facebook is "worth" $100bn, I'm sure there is some idiot somewhere who will buy it off them for at least $500m.
With Abbey, Bradford and Bingley and Alliance & Leicester, they pulled the data out of their respective systems, converted it to Santander format and imported it into their Spanish data centre. Some people had teething problems with their accounts, mine went through without any problems.
Re: Elmer Phud
Well if I'm talking while driving, whether on a hands-free, or to someone in the car next to me; if I get to a difficult stretch of road, I stop talking and concentrate on the driving.
The person next to me understands that and waits for me to navigate out of the difficult stretch. The person on the phone starts saying "hello, hello, are you there, can you hear me".
That, I think is the difference between the two.
Re: They overpayed, should be £0* :-)
The British Information Commissioner isn't any better. They send out the some stern letters telling people not to do it again, and the occasional £5k fine to people who repeatedly ignore those letters. That applies to the small companies as well as the big ones.
Re: Of course its tax avoidance
Corporation tax is 12.5% in Ireland vs 26% in the UK, and about 30% + state taxes in the USA.
Companies therefore make all their profits in Ireland and the Irish government takes their 12.5% cut of it.
Re: Why must the injured travel to the doctors?
I guess it is just like in this country where you have to climb up two flights of stairs in a building with no wheelchair access to attend an assessment centre to prove that you are unable to walk.
If you attend the assessment, then you are clearly able to walk, otherwise you wouldn't have got there. If you don't attend. then you lose your benefits because they were unable to assess you.
Re: Third Paragraph from the bottom
The major issue with Windows 8 is the UI, which might make sense on a tablet, but definitely doesn't
work for traditional keyboard/mouse work. Their updates do nothing about that. Under the hood, it seems like a pretty decent OS.
Re: Strangely worded title
Windows server 2008 was the server version of Vista, and Windows Server 2008 R8 was the server version of Windows 7. Apart from the new task bar, they were both incremental upgrades that sorted out the problems in Vista.
Re: and it will be called?
The EE 4G ipad will just be the existing iPad 3 with slightly different radio stuff inside to cope with the different wavelengths. Apple have in the past, and possible still do, sell different models for AT&T and Verizon, so this will be much the same.
Re: Spring forward?
It is spring in Australia at the moment.
Would he have been arrested if he stood outside the memorial service that was held yesterday and said those things there? I guess he probably would. This isn't the USA where the Westboro Baptist Church is allowed to do that sort of thing.
They have been around for ages
Certainly they were around in 1998 when I moved here. They were known as Tele2 at that time. Then they became Netvigator, and now they are Now. It has never really been that popular because it isn't that competitive against the various options available that connect via various types of cable.
Most stuff that runs on XP also runs on Windows 7, however it generally does not run on other non-Microsoft operating systems. The cost of converting even one program to run on a different operating system would be vastly more than the cost of Windows 7.
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