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Re: Bad bosses adn failures
I think Windows 8 is a completely different mistake.
Vista was a step in the direction towards Windows 7. It had some problems, but the ideas about the direction Vista should go in were fundamentally sound. Windows 7 fixed those problems and it is a very good operating system.
Windows 8 doesn't have a few implementation problems that can be fixed with a bit of tweaking and bug squashing. The whole fundamental idea of having the same UI for desktops and tablets is just completely wrong. Rip that out, and what you are basically left with is Windows 7.1, and that is what Microsoft needs to do.
Re: Pretty much says it all
I guess the idea is that you would be able to have Skype IDs for your business that are well integrated into your phone network.
Re: what crime have they committed?
An offence under their equivalent of our Computer Misuse Act.
Re: How is 31.25 kbd fast enough?
500 notes per second is more than enough for anyone. No, seriously, it is.
Musicians measure the speed of music in beats per minute. The slowest you are likely to go is about 40 beats per minute. The fastest is somewhere just above 200 bpm.
If you have a tune being played at 210 bpm, that allows for 142 note changes per beat. I can't think of any tune that has that level of complexity, and if it did, the brain wouldn't be able to pick most of it up anyway.
Most of the time, 500 notes per minute would probably be enough.
Well usually these companies have a department that deals with regulatory compliance. They deal with all the court orders, DMCA takedown notices, and requests from law enforcement, which would include everything local sheriff departments all the way up to the NSA. Ebay gets a lot of requests for information from the tax authorities. I would imagine the others do to a lesser extent, certainly in respect of the stuff they sell in their app and media stores. Any money they receive from NSA or anyone else would be allocated to that department's budget.
Well it still thinks Luton is in Devon, just north of Blackpool.
Re: So ..
Who gets the benefit or suffers the disadvantage of any currency movement depends on the terms of the contract. If the contract is priced in Rupees, then the American customer benefits because it now costs less in Dollars. If the contract is priced in Dollars, then the Indian supplier benefits because they now get more Rupees. They would be able to price future contracts for a lower number of Dollars than previously making them more competitive.
Re: But.... but...
The NSA spies on the Brits, GCHQ spies on the Yanks. They exchange intelligence. What's sauce for the goose (etc).
Re: PAY UP!!!
As far as I'm aware, the only bank in the UK that lets you do international transfers online is HSBC.
Evaluate the real risks
Encryption will disguise the content of the data. It does not disguise the fact that the data is being transmitted from A to B. If the authorities know who you are, and know that you have stolen data from the NSA or some other TLA, encrypting it isn't actually going to help you at all. They know what the data contains, as it is their data anyway, so whether it is a 400GB blob of apparently random digits, or the entire thing in clear text, it makes no difference. What they want to know is where it is going to, and that is what you need to hide. GnuPG may well be completely uncrackable, but it doesn't matter, because it is hiding the wrong thing.
I use Google for search, and Yahoo for some other things, like stock prices and its weather app.
A slightly different problem
My problem with Android is that it does connect to known wifi networks, even when the wifi signal is rubbish and it would be better connecting to the cell network. For example, if I am outside the house in my car trying to set up the satnav to go somewhere, it just about detect my home wifi router, but there isn't enough of a signal to actually do anything. There is a perfectly decent HSDPA+ signal which is actually around about the same speed as my ADSL connection, but it won't use that unless I switch wifi off, and if I switch wifi off, it can't use my wifi and my neighbours' wifi to determine that I am located somewhere near home, and it instead takes ages to get a GPS or GLONASS location fix.
Re: never fails to amaze
What's the population density like in Jamaica? In Scotland, draw a line from Ayr, up the west coast to Greenock, then along the Clyde and Forth rivers past Glasgow to Edinburgh, then up the East Coast to Inverness, and down the East Coast to Berwick. Most people live near that line, and the rest of the country is pretty much empty. If you live in a big town or city, then you will get telecommunications subject to the usual problems that afflict every communications provider in the world. Elsewhere, it isn't so easy.
As far as I can see in Jamaica, obviously lots of people live in Kingston, but the rest of the population seems to be more evenly spread out.
Re: And why aren't the Government using the law for these things?
Data isn't covered by the Theft Act, only physical goods, and electricity. If he had personally logged onto the NSA's computer systems and downloaded the stuff, they could possibly do him for unlawful abstraction of electricity under the theft act if he was in the UK at the time he did it, but there is no suggestion that he did that.
Re: Sad Kodak Moment
Their business plan is apparently to sell printer ink for less than the likes of HP.
There are plenty of people who distribute their material by Bittorrent. Bittorrent will only work if you upload as well as download. People understand that uploading to contribute to the swam is the quid-pro-pro for getting it free. It means the publisher can reach a lot more people with a much more modest internet connection than if they made it available via http or similar.
I would argue, and I'm sure the courts would agree, that by distributing your material via Bittorrent, you are giving permission for downloaders to also upload, and in fact, you are probably making it a condition of receiving the material that they contribute towards the uploading of it.
Re: Fascinating case, more on popehat
It's more serious than that. If an agent of the copyright holder made the files available for download and advertised it on pirate sites, then the people who downloaded them obtained them legally.
How many flying cars were there going to be on the road and in the air by the year 2000?
If I'm able to have the car drop me off, and then send it away to a car park, or back home; and summon it back to me when I want to go home myself, then I will definitely buy one.
Re: Wait a minute
Yes, I assumed boyfriend or husband as well.
Re: lower limit?
13 is a bit old for that. They will probably be too big to fit up the chimney by then. However it will be very useful for anyone looking for a career in delivering newspapers and adverts for takeaway pizzas.
Re: Main beef with LinkedIn is the SPAM
The website asks for your email password, and then spams everyone on the contacts list. If students have emailed you about couse fees for example, then you will get the spam.
I don't think it really matters where her hosting provider is. If she is living in the US, she has to comply with American laws.
Some do have microphones, but most don't. It isn't so easy to pick up a conversation from all the background noise and other conversations.
I don't understand
Surely the NSA can find out everything that is going on at Groklaw by visiting the site just like anyone else. It is the sort of thing they do, and it is called open source intelligence. BBC Monitoring in Caversham do it for the UK authorities.
Re: NFC does make more sense
It's really simple though. All you need to do is go to
Print out the pdf
Install the Google Goggles App - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.unveil
Or whatever the equivalent is for your phone's operating system
Carefully cut out the code for the time table you want, for example if you want to go to London, it is timetable number 7
Open Google Goggles, and scan the QR code, making sure your phone doesn't see any of the other codes before it gets to the one you want to scan
Tap on the link to open the website
Tap on on the link to download the pdf
Select which app you want to open it in, eg Adobe Reader
Scroll down the pdf until you find the train you want
What could be easier?
Well, maybe you could install https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.hafas.android.railteam
and tell it where you want to go. There are other apps. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=cz.em.pubtran.london is better if you are travelling within the London travel card area, but otherwise Railteam seems to be the best.
Re: Retail Win 8
If they sell it with a new iMac, then surely that is fine?
Re: Fanbois taught to use a GIMPED Windows...
To be fair, does anyone use OSX Server? www.apple.com and www.icloud.com for example both run on Linux.
Re: I predict this will come to nothing
In that case, you should put XP or 7 on it. Nobody uses Windows 8.
I am an accountant. I have a MacBook with Windows XP running in Parallels so I can run all my Sage stuff on it. I chose it because when I compared Macs with the equivalent spec PC, the price was actually pretty competitive. I also have my Adobe stuff on it, not in the Windows VM, for playing around with photos.
Re: Way cool
This is about people using Safari on their iDevices. They probably had no agreement with Google at all.
And it is the court that sends the summons, not the claimant.
It means that for example you can pay a subscription to access "the cloud" hotspots, but most of the hotspots it gives you access to are free anyway.
Re: Could it be ....
In Excel you can have more than 256 columns and 65536 rows on your spreadsheet.
Accounting just want to tick off a list of fixed assets to say they have seen them.
Ask for a numbered list of the assets they want to audit, and put numbered stickers randomly on the kit to match the stuff they want to tick off on the list. If you want to really impress them, pick some very old stuff on the list and tell them it has been scrapped.
Re: Holy undergarments
YouTube accounts for something like 98% of all video on demand, and video on demand accounts for quite a bit of total internet traffic, so 40% isn't that surprising.
They are a boy-band who upset their fan base of teenage girls when wishing Laura Robson good luck at Wimbledon.
Well of course. When websites ask for my address, I give them the address of the local rubbish dump, so they can send the junk mail directly to them rather than have me redirect it via the recycle bin outside. That's when I don't pick Afghanistan as it is the first country on the list. In any case, by the time the password arrived in the post, people will have forgotten why they wanted to visit the site.
Sign up and they send a password through the post? That would verify the address.
This is not an EUCD takedown notice. That would be issued to the hosting provider of the infringing content. They, however, are probably not based in the EU, and therefore won't respond to EUCD notices, or in the US where they would respond to DMCA notices, the US equivalent.
This is an order to ISPs to block access to websites using the same technology that is used to block access to child porn.
O2 shows a message when you visit the site which says
"The page you're looking for has been blocked.
We're complying with a court order that means access to this website has
to be blocked to protect against copyright infringement."
Other ISPs show a very similar message.
They would have a case for taking libel action against the ISP for claiming that the site was involved in copyright infringement when they are not.
Re: Keep in mind.
Aren't they broadly the same size as Koreans?
Usually you need to pay extra to cover things like cash and jewelery. Gold bars would come under that section.
But remember that the same unit of currency, whether a Dollar bill or a Bitcoin, can change hands several times in a year, so you are not measuring the same thing.
Certainly, money passes through my account on a monthly cycle, most businesses are the same so I could potentially see the same money back in my account two months after I spend it.
Re: Maybe not
I think what Jobs had was vision. He had the vision to see that a tablet computer should be different to a desktop / laptop computer. It should have big icons arranged in a grid, only show one program on screen at a time and so on. Of course he relied on other people to turn that into reality, but while the iPad / Android style UI may seem obvious now, nobody else saw it before he did.
Re: The purchaser has to know the PayPal account ID and password first
I'd say two factor, because presumably if you know the password, you can install the app and set up the account on any handset you like. I don't know if they use SMS or an automated phone call to tie it to a particular phone number. That would make it 3 factor.
Re: I remember when
I remember that too. Driving around with MS AutoRoute print-outs on your lap wasn't much fun.
I've just looked, apparently they still sell it. I would have thought it had long since been replaced with Bing Maps.
You could say the same about most companies. They don't sell software, or at least they don't sell much software. They sell adverts. People mostly go to Google to search for things, so they sell adverts related to what people are searching for. Yes, they do other things like email as well, but it is mostly classified adverts.
Re: Tu go or not Tu go
It does pick up my existing contacts on both my Android phone and iPad.
You can ask for a PAC code to port your O2 number to Three in the usual way. If you do that, it will stop working in TuGo, but maybe Three has a similar service that you can use with it.
Re: Having our cake and eating it too
Yes, PC World, or at any rate Currys which is owned by the same company as PC World is the UK equivalent of Best Buy. Best Buy own Carphone Warehouse in the UK which also sells Apple products (iPhones, iPads and some laptops and accessories), so you can use them as an example as well.
The cruical point here is that there are two different Apple companies involved. A wholesaler based in Ireland, and a retailer based in the UK.
Apple want to set the wholesale price between the Irish and UK companies as high as possible, so that more profit is made in Ireland where the tax rate is lower. When selling to PC World or Carphone Warehouse, they obviously want to make it as high as possible so that they make the profit rather than another company, but if they set it too high, then they will sell kit from other manufacturers instead, so the negotiations will lead to a fair market price. That is the market price that HMRC will expect Apple Ireland to use when selling stuff to their own Apple UK retailer.
The UK retailer is responsible for paying for the shelf space and PFYs in just the same way that PC World and Carphone Warehouse are responsible for paying for their shelf space and PFYs. Apple has "Geniuses", Carphone Warehouse has a "Geek Squad" and PC World has "Tech Guys". Yes, I agree that the Apple employees do know more about their products than PC World or Carphone Warehouse employees.
If Apple decides to spend more money on better trained staff and fancier shelves in a nicer location than PC World, then that's up to them, I don't see why that would justify a discount from the wholesaler. What does justify more money from Apple is that you can take your PC World bought MacBook to the Genius Bar at an Apple Store, and they will fix it under the terms of Apple's manufacturer's warranty. PC World only fix their own stuff under the terms of their Coverplan warranty, which they charge extra for, and I don't recommend anyone takes it out.