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It's user base. The whole point of things like Skype is that it enables you to communicate with other people, and if everyone you know is using Skype but not other VOIP platforms, you are more likely to use Skype.
Having said that, Skype's share of the entire telecoms market, in particular international calls where there is the biggest saving to be made, is pretty close to saturation point, so their current revenue and growth potential does not justify the money paid for it.
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
"Let there be light" was god creating the sun, or some argue, the big bang. Dividing the light from the darkness would be god spinning up the planet, or I suppose, all the fragments taking their requisite places after the big bang.
You slightly misquoted the last bit. The first day was from the first sunset to the second sunset, so there was no "day" before the earth existed, rotated and orbited round the newly recently created sun.
Biblical references against gay people
"As a lapsed member of the Church of England, this El Reg hack is slightly baffled by the furore over this issue, and why marriage equality is such a threat to heterosexual marriage. Jesus certainly never mentioned gay marriage in any of the Bible's four accounts of his life, but he was unequivocal in condemning divorce among straight couples."
The biblical references some Christians use to oppose gay marriage are as follows.
Not all Christians agree that they ban homosexuality, but nevertheless, here they are ...
In the Old Testament
Leviticus 18:22 "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is an abomination."
Leviticus 20:13 "If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them."
[But there's lots of things in the old testament that Christians don't obey now, eating pork for example.]
In the New Testament
Romans 1:26-27 "Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion."
[But what's an "indecent" act with another man? The same things that would be indecent if done with a woman?]
1 Corinthans 6:9-11 "Do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived! Fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, sodomites, thieves, the greedy, drunkards, revilers, robbers, none of these will inherit the kingdom of God. And this is what some of you used to be. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God."
1 Timothy 1:8-10 "Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it legitimately. This means understanding that the law is laid down not for the innocent but for the lawless and disobedient, for the godless and sinful, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their father or mother, for murderers, fornicators, sodomites, slave traders, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to the sound teaching that conforms to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me."
[The translation of ἀρσενοκοίτης as "sodomites" is disputed. Some scholars think it refers to things like prostitution, rape, incest and so on]
Not this time. They get that if they do publish the same ad a second time.
Nothing. They were told not to show that ad again, which of course they weren't planning to do anyway.
If for example, the business is a small music band that isn't mainstream: If you "like" them, they post details of their gigs on their wall, and their fans get details of them and are more likely to attend.
Mostly they compress images so they are almost unrecognisable. Also makes it faster and use less bandwidth.
The background graphic for that section is an Irish Tricolore, so I expected to see channels like RTE 1&2, TV3 etc, not channels from the British part of the Island.
Geography lessons required
If you go to the "Irish channels" section, you get two channels, BBC 1 and UTV, neither of which are Irish. You have to go to the task manager to close the app. I will probably continue to use the TVCatchup website unless FilmOn has a channel I want to watch that TVCatchup doesn't offer.
"The cloud" won't make a difference
The cloud in itself won't make a difference. Cloud backup means storing things on someone else's storage media rather than your own. The options for what to store it on up in the sky are much the same as down here on earth.
The population size is irrelevant when determining what sample size to pick. You can get pretty accurate results, about +/- 3% from a sample size of 1000 whether the population is 5000 or 5000000000.
I guess they will have declared the capital gain in the Cayman Islands and paid tax at the appropriate rate there.
I guess in some island state where the tax rate is 0%.
I guess movie studios tend to hire people for a particular film, then when that film is finished, they go off and work on a different film. You do see actors working on lots of different films for different studios over the course of their career.
On the marketing and distribution side, and the people who decide which movies to produce, I suppose it could be a different matter.
Wee Timmy knows a lot more about firewalls than his parents do.
"Dear Ascio Technologies Inc [registrars of theregister.co.uk domain name]
I declare under penalty of perjury that I own the trademark for headings with white text on a red background. El-Reg is infringing on my trademark, and I demand that you take down their website domain name immediately.
That is the sort of thing we will see a lot more of if this law goes through, and yes, people claiming damages etc for infringement of works where they don't own the copyright is a big problem. It happens in this country as well, as reported a few days ago on this very website http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/01/16/crossley_banned_for_two_years/
JCB not only major credit card?
I would go further than that and say that JCB is not a major credit card. Here in the UK, I see the JCB logo in shop windows next to the Visa, Mastercard and Amex logos, but I've never actually seen one of them.
Unlike Comet, who had, on the product description card next to the computer
Dual Core Processor - enables you to run two programs at the same time
If you have money in a bank, what it really means is that the bank owes you some money.
When you "transfer" money, what you are doing is telling the bank to repay that debt to another person instead of you. There is no electronic copy of money being transmitted from one place to another.
Probably not, if you can argue that your mp3 is a "computer program".
"50ABack up copies.
"(1)It is not an infringement of copyright for a lawful user of a copy of a computer program to make any back up copy of it which it is necessary for him to have for the purposes of his lawful use.
"(2)For the purposes of this section and sections 50B [F3, 50BA] and 50C a person is a lawful user of a computer program if (whether under a licence to do any acts restricted by the copyright in the program or otherwise), he has a right to use the program.
"(3)Where an act is permitted under this section, it is irrelevant whether or not there exists any term or condition in an agreement which purports to prohibit or restrict the act (such terms being, by virtue of section 296A, void)."
When you buy a track from iTunes, you have permission to copy it to 5 devices at any one time, so on the basis that you have permission from the copyright holder, it isn't illegal.
Am I missing something?
Surely the longest possible month is 745 hours (31 days with the clock going back 1 hour), so how do you actually manage to get 750 hours out of it?
Sounds like Compuserve back in the 1990s when they offered 750 hours of on-line access per month, and AOL went one better and offered 1000 hours per month.
There are some 21:9 TVs that have a 2560x1080 pixel count, like the one reviewed here http://www.reghardware.com/2012/01/12/review_philips_cinema_21_9_gold_50pfl7956t_50in_ultra_widescreen_amblight_tv/ a few days ago.
It still has less pixels than a 2048x1536 display though.
A fully patched and locked down XP system is probably going to be more secure than Windows 7, simply because most of the bug should have been fund by now.
The military does tend to use tried and tested systems rather than bleeding edge ones as they are more reliable. Personally, for a military system, I would probably want to look at OpenBSD rather than Windows or Linux.
The maximum demand would be the speed of the connection x the number of seconds in the month. That is not infinite.
Then don't call it unlimited
The Oxford English Dictionary defines "unlimited" as
1 not limited or restricted in terms of number, quantity, or extent:
offshore reserves of gas and oil are not unlimited
Mathematics (of a problem) having an infinite number of solutions.
2 (of a company) not limited.
But it seems the marketing people at telephone companies have a different idea of what "unlimited" means.
Judging by the photos available elsewhere, looks is certainly not a problem. Though if the director was looking to cast an ugly old woman, she wouldn't get the role.
If the photos on other news sites are recent ones, she could easily pass for 25.
Would the battery last 15 years even with the phone switched off all that time?
There used to be 2 stores in my town, now there is only one. Would you expect sales to half just because some people might have to walk another 150 meters to get to the shop?
The A415 between Abingdon and Witney is an example of this. Some sections of it are single track.
I guess Pestco send the same lorry round all 12 (13 from Feb) Express stores in my town as it is cheaper than sending 12 transit vans.
The satnavs I've tried constantly bitch at me to make u-turns. Every single one I've tried wants me to drive off the side of a bridge onto a grade-separated road that runs underneath. When I refuse to do this, they start bitching at me for going the wrong way.
The enterprise value is not $400m, it is the $600m share capital + the value of any debt it owes to people; in other words, the cost of taking over the company and making it debt free.
The $400m is possibly the discount to net asset value, but to get the net asset value, you need to look at the value of the patents and copyrights, the deals with the likes of Virgin Media and any fixed assets as well as liquid assets, and then take off the value of any debt it owes to people.
Those who pick it up on Google News because they are searching to find out why their favourite website isn't working?
you certainly don't get a Strad for $2500. This http://www.musical-instrumentsuk.co.uk/more/on/details/01486 is the sort of money you pay for a reasonable quality brand new violin, so I don't think he was being ripped off.
I did indeed. The cardboard box and plastic packaging looked OK. The USB enclosure did not. I've no idea what the SATA drive inside the USB enclosure looked like because I didn't crack it open.
I don't know. I've had a fake Western Digital USB hard drive from them, though that may not have been their fault. The box looked like it should, but when I got inside, the drive was substantially less than the advertised capacity, I can't remember the numbers but it was something like 330GB instead of 2TB, and the general feel and finish of the product was clearly not Western Digital quality. To be fair, they did refund without any fuss.
The original Apple TV was referred to as the iTV by journalists before it was launched. I'm sure Apple is well aware that ITV haas been around in Britain since Steve Jobs was 7 months old and presumably first announced before he was born.
No, but the Blackberry Curve 8520 is £120, and that is what the chavs use to organise their riots, not the Orange San Francisco.
I suppose the idea is as follows:
Boffin comes up with fantastic new invention in garden shed
He goes and gets a patent on it
He can now go to venture capitalists to get funding to develop the idea and bring it to market without worrying about them stealing the idea - they can't because he has the patent.
That's how it is supposed to work, but of course it doesn't work like that. Explaining this in lawyerspeak in a way that they can't find loopholes isn't that easy.
Petrol engines tend to be about 25%-30% efficient, whereas electric motors are about 90% efficient. So on your figures, an electric car will be cheaper, probably even when you consider the extra weight of batteries an electric car has to carry around.
However, the only reason electric is cheaper is because the tax rate is much lower. If petrol was taxed at the same rate as electricity, it would be 55p/litre or 5.67p/kWh. Taking efficiency into account, it would still be slightly cheaper to go electric, but definitely not worth the hassle of finding a charging point every 50 miles or so.
I think the patent is something to do with the phone detecting :-) in the message and replacing it with an actual picture of a smiley face.
The problem is that customers just want a padlock on the browser as cheaply as possible, and choosing a more secure certificate authority doesn't make your site any more secure from man in the middle attacks. They could have got a diginotar certificate for your domain regardless of which CA you chose.
Tablets running current or previous versions of Windows are never going to take off. iOS is designed for small screens and no keyboard, and doesn't pretend to replace a laptop or desktop, so that is why it is successful in the tablet market. Android and Windows 8 may be successful in the future for the same reasons.
Supposing the US decided to send Jonathan Ive, chief product designer at Apple, back home to England. Would Apple hire an American product designer, or would they move their product design team to somewhere in the EU or another country where Ive was allowed to work?
The big US tech companies became big tech companies because they were able to attract the best talent from around the world. If they were only able to attract the best talent from around the US, I'm not sure they would have been so successful.
All the downloaded Apple stuff worked fine as well. It just wasn't possible to download or buy new things.
Had problems this morning, but it seems to be working now.
"No, the only way I see this as feasible is if you have a target pool of a million or more devices, all with the same hardware profile, running the same OS, with few to no options to tweak graphics settings, with a lack of or severe constraints on multitasking, and which are only allowed to run one specific browser. But who would be stupid enough to buy something so obviously crippled as that?"
Sounds a bit like the iPad. I'm using one now to reply to your message.
Because things like later funding rounds and stock options to staff and directors would mean that he no longer owned 10% of the company.
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