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and you don't even have to look very far from Reading for another recent example.
2 miles away to be exact http://www.getreading.co.uk/news/s/2103359_table_for_1236_please
This one was a pub restaurant where it was physically impossible to meet demand because they simply didn't have enough tables.
The "most common" spams are probably the ones that are most likely to be caught by spam filters, and given that it is a spam filtering outfit that prepared the stats, it is probably the ones most often caught by them. If you actually use them to filter your spam, it is probably the spam you are least likely to receive.
There were teachers like that when you were at school. Its just that through teenage eyes she looks like an old woman. TBH, through my 34 year old eyes she's nothing special.
Terminatyion fee explained
If you are an O2 customer, and you call someone on a Vodafone line, O2 has to pay Vodafone some money to connect the call. This payment is called a termination fee.
I guess it is a cultural thing, I think that having a funeral less than about 2 weeks after the death shows indecent haste and a desire to get rid of the dead person as soon as possible.
Unlimited should be unlimited
If ISPs want to limit data to a "fair use cap" of say 200MB, it should be advertised as 200MB per month.
They took it off the previous shareholders for nothing; then Northern Rock issued £1.4bn of new shares which were purchased by the government, and that money went into Northern Rock to pay off debts.
An Engineer can sign a passport application
Who you can ask to be your countersignatory
These are examples of the type of person that would be suitable:
- engineer (with professional qualifications)
Ask the question a different way
If you had $102,000 to spare, would you
a) Pay off a bit of the mortgage
b) Take a trip to space
c) Do something else with the money
How many people would select option b). If you did fancing blowing the lot on something, I reckon a $102k holiday on this planet would be much more fun.
Maybe more obvious than you think
Isambard Brunel would have probably got the prize for the Great Western Railway if it had been around in his day. That was an engineering project which was pretty groundbreaking at the time. I guess it will become more obvious once a few prizes are given out, and that is a good thing because it will demonstrate what good engineering can do.
Maybe maybe not
Clinics can only measure the infection rates of people who visit them. They could have more patients visiting due to a greater awareness of the symptoms rather than an outright increase in infections.
"Even after 150 charges, which would be one year or more of operation"
It would be 150 days of operation on most people's normal charging cycle (the phone goes on charger overnight), but maybe the 10x capacity will help if it isn't used to make phones smaller and lighter.
Western Digital is the jobs and livelihood of 37,000 families in Thailand + all the people they buy things from, so if those people want to have food on the table, I guess getting WD's factories up and running again is quite important. Obviously pulling people out of the floodwaters is more important, but I think we are mostly past that stage now.
They are called the electorate.
The web != the internet
I have 3 .uk domain names. If you go to the websites for them, you won't find much of interest, but that doesn't mean I don't use them.
If the BSA calls, tell them to get lost
If the BSA wishes to claim damages for copyright infringement, they have to prove that 1) they own the copyright to the works in question [see ACS::Law], and 2) that you have infringed them.
You are not obliged to assist them in obtaining this evidence, so if it went to court, all the BSA would have to rely upon in evidence is the say-so of a disgruntled ex-employee.
Remember, the BSA are not the police, HMRC, or trading standards. They have no more powers than a door to door salesman.
I would expect electricity to go up by at least as much as a percentage of todays cost as diesel. One of the reasons for that is that pretty much all of your electricity bill is energy cost, whereas most of your diesel bill is tax. The tax element of your electricity bill is more likely to increase in the future due to renewables obligaions, feed-in tariffs and so on.
WiMAX is a 4G technology. LTE is the other. At some point after the analogue switch off and the resolution of the various court cases between the mobile telcos and OFCOM, there will be a 4G spectrum auction.
Sounds impressive, but how does it compare?
If you had a two page write-up on the security of a chip & pin card, it would probably sound even better. You need a metal-on-metal connection to the chip before anything will happen which means physical possession of the card, and you need to know what the pin is - 2 factor authentication rather than 1 factor. Of course it also has the encryption stuff that NFC cards offer which may or may not help with security.
17GB is about 14 hours of HQ iPlayer per month. If you watch all your television on demand, as I do, you can go through that pretty quickly. I'm guessing that if you buy films from the iTunes store, the bandwidth requirements are pretty similar to that. I don't think iPlayer or iTunes are hard core geek things. iTunes in particular is not, as the hard core geeks probably know about other cheaper places to get their movies.
Think they've got it wrong
Facebook, Bebo et al don't require much bandwidth. In fact a 3G connection provides enough bandwidth for that. iPlayer and Bittorrent are the sorts of things you need superfast broadband for.
But I do agree on the competition aspect. I got a letter from BT a couple of days ago saying BT Infinity is now available in my street. I won't be signing up because it is BT that is providing it. If my existing ADSL provider were to offer the service, I might be tempted.
How to know
If a 19-year-old cutie who happens to look great in a bikini has to approach random strangers on the internet to get a date, there must be something seriously wrong with her.
Seemingly a lot more frequently than their OS. I don't think I've seen Windows crash since I installed SP1 on Windows 2000 many years ago. Maybe they are running it on Windows ME Cloud Edition?
In the UK, recording a call is legal if *one* of the parties to the call is aware that it is being recorded. That means you can record your own phone calls without telling the person at the other end, but you can't eavesdrop into someone else's phone call.
At the call centres, the boss may record the calls without necessarily telling the employees, so by telling you when you phone up, they comply with the law.
As far as a call recording app is concerned, it would be illegal to install it in someone else's phone and have it record all calls with out letting the person using it know, but if it has a record button you have to press to commence recording, it could never be used illegally.
Free as in freedom
Are you free to change those programs if it doesn't quite work the way you want it to? Are you free to write your own programs for it.
No. You have to get Apple's permission before you can run anything on your iPod, or alternatively you have to jailbreak it.
Don't knock it until you see it
Wait until you actually see the product before you declare it to be useless and too complicated. It depends what new ideas Apple has come up with. Possibly it is something that nobody has even thought of before.
People said the iPad would be useless, but Apple's shareholders certainly aren't complaining about it now.
As far as content is concerned, there's already a lot of stuff in the iTunes store, so the challenge of getting it onto a new TV product is not insurmountable.
How much truth in this?
I would be surprised if someone in Cupertino wasn't working on such a thing. Of course, we already have an Apple TV product, but nobody queued down the street for it when it was released.
I would be interested to know how you can add an interface for live broadcast TV and keep the simplicity Apple is known for. No doubt at some point someone will show me why the top people at Apple are millionaires and I'm not.
Who are they? I count 3 or maybe 4.
Toshiba, who only make 2.5" drives, They took over Fujitsu's hard drive division in 2009.
Western Digital, who recently took over Hitachi
Seagate, who took over Maxtor in 2006, and I believe are taking over Samsung's hard drive division. If that hasn't happened, then Samsung are manufacturer no 4.
That won't happen until the polar ice caps have completely melted. Until then, global warming will make the British Isles colder. At the moment, it is a lot warmer here than other places a similar distance north such as Moscow and Hudson Bay because of the gulf stream, which brings warm water from the Gulf of Mexico. The cold water from the ice caps will push the gulf stream further south, meaning we will no longer be warmer than those places.
Surely if Paris applied for her own domain name, the hotel franchising company formerly owned by her grandfather and now owned by Blackstone Private Equity would object on trademark grounds?
Today's offer is two tickets to see Britney Spears at Wembley for £60.00. Clearly she didn't sell out in 2 seconds on Ticketmaster like popular acts do, so Groupon will help fill the seats. That gives you an idea what the point of it is.
The bit about the foot in the door applies to court appointed bailiffs, not debt collectors. Debt collectors have the same rights to enter and take property as door to door salesmen.
I use the Pubtran app for android which tells me when the bus is supposed to be at the stop rather than when it actually is. It takes its feed from the timetable data adjusted for known service changes, not bus location data. Still very useful for getting around.
Remember the old VideoPlus adverts? "It's so easy that even a grown up can use it." Nine year olds do tend to be better able to figure out how to use gadgets.
I have a 60 year old PHB who needs to ask for help every time he tries to read or send a text message on his iPhone.
If you don't like this app
You could always try fixmystreet, available for Jesus Phones, Android and Nokia. They are a charity who provide free (en_rms) | open source (en_esr) software, and all reports are publicly available on their website. I reported a few things to my council using it - bins not emptied, fly posting, broken traffic lights, and they fix the problem pretty promptly.
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