1700 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009
and we now export more cars than we import. Car manufacturing is actually one of the best performing bits of our economy.
Re: DVD Regions
Well these days the films go to the cinemas on 350GB hard drives. Even at post flood prices, that isn't too expensive, and the drives can be reused, so what's the excuse now?
The other stupid thing about pricing is this:
Go to the iTunes store. The soundtrack album for the Titanic movie costs £7.99. Alternatively you can get the entire movie for only £6.99.
Why does an hour or so of music cost more than a couple of hours of film?
If he doesn't live in the US or make use of any of their public services, why should he have to pay tax to them? The US is the only country in the world that taxes its citizens on their worldwide income when they don't live in the country.
Re: London Olympics
Drive up to Alaska. Go across the Berring Strait, in winter anyway, or perhaps a ferry is allowed. Drive across Russia and Central Europe to Calais. Wait 4 hours at the immigration queue for the Channel Tunnel. Go across the channel and spend some more time on the M25 car park [parking lot]. Somehow get into London while avoiding the zil lanes.
The carbon comes from 100% renewable sources and the methane emited would be no more than normal.
Re: "hurry up and hold the 4G spectrum auction"
No. Obviously they can't start using the bandwidth until analogue TV is switched off but they can at least settle who's getting it so they can start placing orders for the kit.
Pubtran does this, and London Buses as well. The GPS function only finds stations and bus stops in the Greater London area, but you can get train times for anywhere in the country.
For purchasing tickets, don't use TheTrainline, use an app provided by one of the train operating companies, it doesn't have to be your local one. That way, you don't pay booking fees.
On iDevices, TheTrainline is probably better for general information on services, as you can download timetables, and it doesn't have adverts. The Android version isn't anywhere near as good as the iVersion, as it doesn't have the ability to use GPS to find your nearest station, or download timetables.
If you want to buy tickets to London to connect with a Eurostar service, RailEasy sells a "London International" ticket which allows peak-time travel at off-peak prices for Eurostar ticket holders. There is a booking fee, but it can still work out cheaper than paying for a full price ticket elsewhere.
Re: Sounds Like...
Every nation does have its own suffix. That includes .us , which you may not have noticed because very few people use it.
The Galaxy Note is doing quite well
Re: disappointing pay alternatives
iTunes. Certainly legitimate, not particularly good, but nevertheless appears to be the best of a bad bunch. They only have one Indiana Jones film, and I don't think it is the one you were looking for.
It used to be illegal to broadcast the voice of a member of Sinn Fein. To get round that, the BBC had to get an actor to voice-over the video of Gerry Adams saying something.
Re: In case of porn, avoid court
Japanese women (and other orientals) generally look younger for their age than women from other parts of the world. Also, the age of consent there is 13. So it is perfectly possible that the porn vids had 18 year olds which looked to the untrained western eye like they were about 14, or legal-in-japan girls which look to the untrained western eye like they should still be in primary school.
Re: Hey Lewis, you missed something
You still have to pump the water through the graphene, or at the very least use gravity force.
When you add salt to water, it releases energy, therefore it must require energy to get the salt back out of the water otherwise you have the possibility of a perpetual motion machine.
At the moment we very rarely have more wind power than we know what to do with. From memory it has happened twice in the last 5 years or so when we have had freak conditions. One of them was when the main Scotland <-> England power lines were blown down. Scotland was unable to export its surplus electricity to England and the windmills were running at maximum output due to the weather conditions so ended up being powered 100% by renewables for a few hours.
Generally what happens is that when the wind starts blowing, we switch off a few gas power stations and save the gas for when we do need it later on. Also, large hydro stations can be turned off, and we let the water build up behind the dam for later use.
Having said that, yes it is likely that desalination plants would be used when electricity demand is lowest, and the cheap electricity prices they would get from doing that would reduce the cost still further.
Re: Why not use solar-powered evaporation?
If you look outside your window at the moment, you might see something a bit like this
and you might reasonably conclude that there isn't actually a water shortage at the moment, it is just in the wrong place.
An iPad / Galaxy Tab or similar would make a very snappy kiosk, although probably a little expensive. They don't have Intel Inside (tm).
City you were first kissed in
Is most likely going to be the same place as the city you were born in
Re: On this occasion I am willing to accept the iPhanboi argument that.......
If you take profits per country as being proportional to sales (which they are not, it is much more complicated than that), then I guess a bit less than half of Apple's profits are made in the USA.
There is another point to note which is that taxable profit is not the same thing as accounting profit.
Take for example the costs of developing the iPad. Under accounting rules, that is treated as an expense over the life of the product. For development costs related to a specific iPad model, that would be about a year, but for the stuff related to coming up with the general idea of selling a giant sized iPod touch, that would be expensed over probably about 10 years. In the UK, for corporation tax purposes, you can claim all that expenditure as an expense for tax purposes when you actually spend the money, which would be before you sell a single fondleslab.
Is this order in respect of "thepiratebay.org"? If so, they have already changed it.
In the Newzbin case, they were ordered to use the IWF cleanfeed system.
The Natwest Three were. Not hackers, but they were extradited to America to face charges of defrauding Natwest Bank while working for them in London. They sold some shares to the bank which later turned out to be worthless having decided that it was probably a good idea to get rid of them before the price collapsed. The only American link in this alleged offence was that the shares were in a company called Enron.
I'm guessing selling the shares to the bank means logging in to their Natwest Stockbroker account and clicking the sell button. Certainly, the English Department of Public Prosecution thought there was no case to answer.
There's two mouse clicks after the Windows 3 finger salute before you reach the point of no return which is plenty of opportunity for someone to realise they have made a mistake.
I think I have the same Mac as you, or possibly the model that came out before yours. In my case, I wasn't even able to mount the .dmg file to start the installation.
Re: I'll use it but not really sure why
Alternatively, you can do what I do, which is to get a computer, attach 15TB of hard drives to it, plus some more drives for backup, install a server operating system of your choice on it, configure it for a variety of filesharing protocols, put a strong password on it, connect it to the internet, then I can access them anywhere where there is an internet connection, or access to my LAN. At home, it is much faster than cloud storage, meaning it is possible to fill up the server with stuff in a fortnight or so, anywhere else, it is about the same speed as Google Drive, DropBox, SkyDrive etc.
Re: symlinks with mklink?
For earlier versions of Windows, you need to download the junction tool from sysinternals. I don't know what the situation with Vista is.
I'm sure they know the formula to calculate it. That however doesn't mean they have to sit calculating it by hand on an abacus when they can punch the numbers into a spreadsheet or an iPhone app which can do it much quicker.
Re: email list
Or maybe he is a sales rep for a rival card processing company?
Re: Some of these people should have done maths and not engineering
Somewhere north of 250,000. Ideally it should be in the millions once you consider other costs.
O2's customer service is very good in my experience, it is cheaper than John Lewis, and the BE kit they use gives much better speeds than the BT kit Plusnet uses.
Does anyone offer unlimited fibre and decent customer service for a reasonable price? It doesn't have to be the cheapest around. O2 which I use at the moment certainly isn't the cheapest.
Well if you consider abortion to be murder, as they do, then 53,000 murders per year is in their view far worse than Anders Brevik or pretty much any terrorist organisation out there.
That's how they view it. I'm not saying I agree with them.
Re: 4G... just what we need!
In South Korea, 4G is generally used for USB modems and personal wifi hotspots rather than on phones.
Re: >Do you have children?
There is a way. Give them an iTunes account linked to a gift card rather than a credit card, then the financial risk is limited to the amount of credit left on the account. I do that, and there are no children with access to my fruity devices.
Re: move out of US jurisdiction?
It is a Hong Kong registered company run by a resident of New Zealand.
Re: 5Ghz problem
Put an airport express or similar in every room and connect them together with cable.
Cisco is on iOS v15.1 now
Having used Windows phones in the past, I can confirm that expectations are generally not high.
Within the UK, voice calls are basically free - you subscribe for the appropriate number of minutes, and then you only have to pay for calls to numbers beginning 08, or for international calls. 08 numbers you can generally deal with by searching for the geographical number it is attached to. For international calls, unless both parties have the same VOIP service, usually Skype; the VOIP providers charge pretty much the same as other companies that operate over the voice network - basically the national call rate in the destination country plus a little bit extra for their profit margin.
Re: Dodgy stats
Probably yes. It is very difficult to get a router that doesn't have wifi.
Alternatively you can use Skype. It is free for 0800 numbers and calls to similar numbers in some other countries, eg 1800 in the USA/Canada. However, if you are on GiffGaff, where their definition of unlimited is different from the one in my dictionary, or another supplier which doesn't do unlimited data tariffs, you may have problems with data usage if you do that.
They get a share of revenue from 084 and 087 numbers, but they have to pay to receive 080 numbers.
Re: Toys out of the pram...
The skill here is in laying the buttons out on the screen and designing the pictures for them, not the technical wizardry that happens when you press one of them. In any case, I believe iOS has a TTS engine, certainly Android has one. If not, they could licence one pretty cheaply or hire some actors to record the words.
In terms of the technical stuff, you could supply a load of mp3s with file names matching the word that is recorded and play them in iTunes to put together your sentence. That's why I don't think it should get a patent.
Re: Toys out of the pram...
I guess you need to pay an artist to draw all the pictures, and that costs something.
Re: It's not about milking the parents of disabled kids.
A patent on having a computer say a word when you click on a picture of it? What's the invention? is it not "obvious".
Re: Out of the ordinary
I guess the problem is that buying a mobile phone is something people do very infrequently, once every couple of years, or at most once a year if you are a fanboi who must have the latest fruity gadget; whereas buying diesel is something you do pretty regularly, and going to a petrol station one mile away from your usual is probably more unusual than going to one many miles away - if you are on a long trip and need to fill up to get back home.
Re: 28 what
The amount of acceleration you get has nothing at all to do with weight. It depends on the strength of the gravitational field and the amount of air and road resistance.
Re: those desperate to own a Turbo will have to travel to the continent to do so
alternatively, there is nothing to stop you using it on your own land, or a private track with the owner's permission.
Re: those desperate to own a Turbo will have to travel to the continent to do so
You can drive it here, but you would need the appropriate class of motorbike licence, road tax and insurance in order to do so. Finding someone to insure it could be difficult.
They are waiting to get an iPad, and the second thing they do with their shiny new fondleslab is to download lots of apps for it.
I got an iPad 2 in the black friday sale. I won't be replacing it any time soon. Maybe when the iPad 6 or 7 comes out.
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