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If Jobs were still alive ...
he would be busty saying it never happened whilst his PR guys were slipping a confidentiality agreement in the hand of the unlucky user.
Happened too many times for people not to believe it.
Super reliable power supply breeds complacency
North America enjoys a pretty reliable power supply but when it goes down, it really makes a job of it.
I was in Toronto when the Northeast US and southern Canada suffered a blackout, a few years ago, that lasted up to 5 days. Generator sales went crazy, even the local butcher had two going to keep his refrigerators working.
Countries that experience failures on a regular basis are usually well prepared - with either portable or standby power units ready for service. High-rise apartment buildings in Ho Chi Minh City list their features such as swimming pools, sun decks and always emergency power is listed as a feature.
Many moons ago I worked a a technician at a Decca Navigator transmitter station and our station manager, the late John Pratt, always surprised us with his sneak power failures not only during the day but also in the middle of the sleeping watch at night. We had banks of batteries that carried the load whilst the generator started up.
When the real thing happened, our transmitter performed flawlessly.
Be must think Google is like ..
Apple, when it comes to pinching IP>
Just got my new 48-page passport ...
and I seethe RFID is still readable for many metres.
Popped over to a vendors press shop and it is an RFID no longer. Up yours, May, why not use short-range units? Like the Americans?
"the largest collection of our news and publishing brands"
Considering that the Wall Street Journal was a reference newspaper before Murdoch took iit over and today it is hardly fit even for use in the bottom of a bird cage, I don't think people have much to fear.
In any event, I don't think he will be around for too more many years.
Having been rear-ended by people texting ...
I bought an accessory for my motorcycle, in HongKong, that set me back the equivalent of 29 pounds whixh jams all cell and GPS frequencies including 3G.
It's small enough to fit in my under-seat storage and the antennae are fairly inconspicuous.
In the city the range is approximately just over a 100 metres (tested against cells and a GPS receiver). In the open country/highways things get much better. As our CGST (highway police) use speed traps with GPS attached and speed checking is far shorter distanced with a plastic bodied motorcycle/motorscooter, than a huge blob of steel in the form of a car or truck (lorry). Without GPS readings the courts will not accept speeding tickets. The GPS reading is on the picture along with the time, date, compass direction and speed.
I suspect BAE's wet dream could be as easily defeated.
Would Virtual Immigration Circumvent the Law?
Apart from the fact the government seems to protect big business and put the boot to the small guys, would claiming to be Canadian or Russian continue to offer predication?
Italy calls their bluff!
Apple has had it's way it has obviously become a law unto itself.
One year warranties are too short, any charged warranty extensions are, in reality,price increases which are very popular in North America.
Yet anothr case of Apple pinching ...
IP, as it did with it's logo and corporate name decades ago.
Two other companies used them first and used to advertise with half-page adverts in the paper version of Byte magazine.
Microsoft is no better, either.
How can the Conservative government be trusted with numbers ...
when they can;t even get the budget right on the umpteenth time around?
What about releases and fees?
Capita better get photo releases and the employees should demand modelling fees BEFORE signing. (Bet the snapper guy is getting paid)
Quality of life over money
Bob Mansfield is a smart guy if he is throwing out the opportunity to get rich and opting for the opportunity to enjoy life and undoubtedly improve the quality of his life.
I had the opportunity to live where I wanted, work my own hours and be remunerated on a per project basis and have never regretted my lifestyle choice.
Money can't buy everything, as no doubt Bob Mansfield realises.
Chrome is the world's most popular browser
Sure is. It seems to attract every deleterious bug and spyware floating around.
When I run my anti-virus software it always has more junk in it than all of the three browsers I have on my computer put together.
And Chrome doesn't like my wife's ASUS EeePC, either, which runs Win 7. Neither automatic nor hand job installs will mount Chrome! SketchUp is OK, though.
Capita, surely not!
I thought Capita and the Conservative Party were bonded like twins.
Is the Old Boy system breaking down?
Is ASUS handling distribution and service?
ASUS VietNam is a little closed mouth about this device.
Does anyone know the distribution channel being used and who will do repairs?
Where is the Immigration / Foreign Worker Control?
Seems to me that the government needs to tighten up on who and why foreign workers are allowed to work in Britain.
I would be very suspicious of, in this case, Indian companies trying to bring workers in to the UK.
This whole fiasco highlights the shortsightedness that British jobs can simply be exported to other countries where the pay is minimal. I suspect any money saved has long been burned up by management trying to rescue the operation.
Only bankers could interpret this as implementing economies.
India, you say, must be just down the road from the HSBC sweatshop call centres
HSBC has got all this stuff covered.
They call it Unscheduled Maintenance.
Then, when their long suffering customers actually try calling their branch, they get shuffled off to Sweatshop India where totally inept people, who speak a form of English that is totally incomprehensible to the average English person, try to confuse you.
By the time you have wasted your time trying to communicate with Customer Support (India) for ten or fifteen minutes you will find the Unscheduled Maintenance is over.
Can't beat exporting British jobs.
It's the election, stupid
Perry, the brainless fool who had a go running for the presidency, has big problems.
He's sold off State assets and his books are still in a mess.
He's allowed all the Frackers to have their way - the State Railroad Commission looks after most of the fracking licences.
Fracking has a small problem, poisonous well waste water. Got all the junk they pump in plus benzene. So they drill yet more wells and pump this poisonous soup down these holes at extreme pressures, way above the ability of the ground to absorb this junk. so it being fluid does it's own thing and starts popping out of farmers water wells and long abandoned wells.
So Perry has a problem. So what better solution than to sue Google? All the newspapers ooh and aah over Google and the Fracking poisons loose their coverage.
US Judges Getting Increasingly Smarter
What with the Oracle case judge actually learning basic programming and this cases judge telling both parties to take a walk, perhaps the lawyers will be given a back seat and let the technicians and designers do their thing.
Good ruling, for the public.
"because the company continues to purvey the myth that TV viewing is growing"
Sounds like they have the same mentality of the TV licence spotter vans who are firmly convinced everyone watches TV, even if there is no TV in the house.
I tossed my TV years ago and only am able to watch through my daughter's computer, which gas an adapter.
"Apple says that the bankruptcy court doesn't have the expertise necessary to hear a patent case "
Maybe, but any court knows a frivolous argument when the hear one and the are good at determining a*seholes like Apple.
Little wonder the US lags the Chinese market - they work to get the product out.
John Belushi, sadly missed, but what a memory
My favourite scene was the Mother Superior at the top of the stairs.
The mall demolition scene was filmed in 1979 at the Dixie Square Mall located in Harvey, Illinois which was essentially abandoned until it's official demolition began in February 2012!
TThis is good news for McBarfs ...
now they can cut down the rest of the Amazon Forest.
HSBC has these ...
they call them unscheduled maintenance periods then they refer you to a dead-brained call centre operator in Mumbai.
BT is like a Vera Lynn song that came to mind ...
with changed words. We'll muddle through .. why can't BT do anything right?
... don't know where,don't know when ...
Since when has Plod assumed the duties of the courts?
The British police are something else. Ignoring the fact that almost everything they have/know is for sale, it is only because a series of lazy governments have assigned powers to Plod that they now think they also handle the Crown's and quite likely, the judges functions.
Assange hasn't gone anywhere. most likely parking is at a premium what with Plod and American security agents keeping the front and the back under surveillance.
The two Swedish women with loose morals are most likely wishing the whole thing will go away, except that they likely received bulging brown envelopes for their part in the frame up. The whole process, for those that remember, had frame-up written all over it.
The US is the world's largest rogue nation (think drones and lack of permission) and it wouldn't bother them one bit to break all sorts of protocols to wreak their vengeance upon Assange.
Jobs was an a*sehole, seems that little has changed now his ghost is running the show.
Apple, according to a piece in Forbes, has around 840 patent claims in which it is the Defendant, way, way higher than those actions in which it is a Plaintiff.
That Apple let is claims rest for years until Kodak hit the rocks, simply demonstrates they didn't act in good faith.
I would imagine that even if the bankruptcy court awarded damages in the amount of $1,000,000 per calendar day per patent where it's patent claims are unsuccessful, Apple would give a damn. All is fair in American business but just maybe a judge will call their bluff,
Better that Google has it than stuffed away in filing cabinets.
This is a good decision, as a boater I know how difficult is to keep charts up to date.
Francesco Shattino, late captain of the soon to be late Costa Concordia knows the value of frequently used charts - any errors get reported by masses of people quickly. So in letting Google have the data the British Waterways are ensuring it will be a living entity rather than a drain on a charities coffers.
Having spent hours looking at StartUp Repair ...
Balmer can stuff his Win 8. Almost after every patch bundle we get to look at StartUp Repair strutting it's stiuff and rolling back the OS to the last restore point pre-upgrades.
StartUp Repair even makes the XP's Blue Screen look good.
The only thing I have to say to May is: Phil Zimmerman
Little has changed with Phil Zimmerman since he spent a weekend uploading PGP on to every BBS he could other than the size of his waist and bank account and the colour of his hair.
As soon as Silent Circle releases their smartphone security software they'll be getting my orders.
And when the Border idiots ask for a password you will truthfully be able to say you don't know what it is!
May, the poster woman for a dumb broad.
Unilever no better than HSBC
HSBC moved it's customer support lines to India and the service went down, unbelievably. These intelligence challenged types haven't a clue suggesting that I go to my London branch which happened to be a few thousand miles away. On one occasion I ended up in the Philippines and it turned out the woman lived in the same city as our Phils office.
I learned a few choice words of Hindi and now they re-connect me to London as if they are handling a hot coal.
American help lines rarely get fobbed off to some distant land where the human scree readers sit. Jails, may be in the case of some airlines, but not some remote country.
It seems to be a uniquely British industry habit.
So, when you get through to Bangalore practice your dock worker Hindi and demand you get put through to a British-based person who has some concept of your problems.
Or you can trying Hello, Hello repeatedly, as if the circuit is bad.
Re: Why, Oh Why, can't ... we try our own
I never suggested borders would afford an escape, just that British citizens should be tried, in Britain, for offences committed on British soil.
If Gary Glad can be prosecuted, in Britain, for sex crimes committed overseas why can't this guy be prosecuted for crimes he committed in Britain?
Talk about perversion.
Why, Oh Why, can't ...
British courts try Britons charged with crimes committed on British soil?
The French don't hand French citizens over to the States, and it is very hard to get people from the States, so why are the British bending over and saying do it again?
US justice is not justice, it is revenge.
The facade of LEE Kwan-Yews perfect Singapore cracks again
Singapore likes to think of itself as the perfect little country that could.
Scrape the thin veneer and it is as 'bent' as HongKong or China.
BICC and six other companies were banned for five years for bribing the deputy of the Public Utilities Board who got 14 years in Changi Jail for his troubles. Singapore is as corrupt as anywhere else in the Far East except they bury their heads in the sand.
Either stick a piece of tape over Cyclops eye, or put a doll in front of it, or point it sideways.
Might be interesting to see what it makes of that.
US Judges Getting Smart
Can you imagine some old legal fart in the Old Bailey learning programming?
Ghost of Jobs / Apple will cry prior art
Remember when you used to use a torch (flashlight) to project shapes made by your fingers on to bedroom walls?
Watch Apple undoubtedly claim prior art, so they can copy it.
We need new OperSource software conditions
This software cannot be used for any military purposes.
The only trouble is the US government regards international treaties as well as it's very own Constitution with utter contempt.
Send them over! Cambodia, Laos and VietNam need them, NOW.
THIRTY-SEVEN YEARS after the Americans left VietNam following their loss of the America War in VietNam, people and animals are STILL being killed and wounded by munitions dropped by the Americans.
Remember, Laos was not active in that war. The US just dropped their bombs all over the Plain of Jars. Even today thousands of hectares remain unsafe.
It is heart wrenching to see pre-school aged children missing parts of their bodies that are happening as a result of explosions TODAY.
American bombing often wasn't targetted, either.
Their bombers used to fly in from the Philippines, drop bombs on Hai Phong -- a major generating areas - then overfly Ha Noi dropping a few more mementos on the way.
They then flew towards Thailand crossing over Son La Province and Laos. If the American bombers had any bombs left, they would dump them over Son La Province in VietNam and Laos.
For readers who haven't had the privilege of visiting VietNam, Son La Province is farming country with magnificent mountains. All those hundreds of small 'ponds' you see are actually bomb craters. There are also many unexploded bombs.
The worst bomb these days is the cluster bomb whch scatter small bomblets, some as small as a large golf-ball, that sit there waiting for a foot, or a child, to disturb them. Many are plastic-encased and have extended lives measured in decades.
That's why I say bring the rats over.
So a company offers a freebie and promotes it's ow stuff first ...
seems a perfectly logical and fair way of doing business, unless you are in a different political environment where all your in-area people can't offer a free service that competes.
For example, I was a long time member/user of a number of web sites that decided to use Zuckerburg's crappy web site to login in. Since I have never and will never, ever use FB I decided to take my interest elsewhere.
Same applies to Google, I am no supporter of their offerings other than search and maps so I simply don't use their services. At the office all our searches are caught on our network and redirected through a computer that really anonymises our IP, etc.'
Just because MS and others can't better Google that is not a governance problem.
If Google allows it's search to acquire serial numbers for it's very own charged software, it seems to me they are handling things petty fairly. Cheeking the Google take down requests recently it appears tat MS is the largest reqester yet Google still services it's requests.
If someone is so upset with Google search, let them go use Bing and see gow long they stay there.
"unnecessary energy use, reduce emissions and cut consumers' energy bills"
Dream on, the main thing is it will save electricity companies money, big time. Mo more flat-footed meter readers traipsing from house to house, instant suspension i=of service, etc.
What concerns me more is the physical meter reading displayed by means other than electronics. So often a meter fails and if an electronic version without mechanical displays the data is lost at the point of measurement.
Yes, I know some computer under the control of the supply authority will have data but where is the security i that, for the consumer? There has to be a totally secure method for the subscriber to know their consumption.
The statement "it is also potentially valuable to a whole host of other organisations too" include many elements of government particularly the police and security forces. If the police are building a blimp to spy on UK residents, and GCHQ is monitoring your communications, obviously ACPO would simply love a data feed to enable them to monitor other datasets.
Question: What ensures consumer privacy?
I would never had thought the British would be so compliant in letting government monitor their every act. What happened to the Bulldog?
What Does ASHCROFT Do That Is Woirth ~2,500 Pounds Each Working Day?
Whenever I hear of a bloated friend of Cameron, a 'captain' of industry, getting outrageous remuneration, I roughly calculate is hourly rate.
This freeloader, assuming he gets [paid for Stat Vac(ations) works 52 weeks of 5 days which totals 260 days annually. Guessing this wonderkind puts in a full 7 hour day, this amounts to 080 hours annually, That means this robber scores 275.84 PER HOUR.
Me thinks he is grossly overpaid.
I'll stick to PirateBay.
One day, hopefully soon ...
the governmental authorities will get together and write a unitary patent policy under the auspices of the WTO.
They should limit certain patents to 5 years, which is a lifetime in electronics, a from being protected.nd stop idiotic filings such as pixels in the corner of screens, etc.
"Not fit for purpose"?
Starts at the top with the minister ... May.
Where was her Kingston security cord?
Whenever I travel I always leave my Kingston security tether in place so when i have to wait around transportation terminals I can thread the cord through suitcase handles and still know all is safe (except at Heathrow where a Plod told me to carry them)..
At check in counters, I treat it like a dog leash - around my wrist.
Going through the X-ray machine I thread the tether through my jacket / coat sleeves to stop things disappearing.
When riding the Chiltern Line (great service) I place my laptop on the rack and keep the Kingston around my wrist. I can even snooze knowing all is safe.
Never lost a computer (or anything) in many decades of travel except when travelling with Air Canada when they managed to lose my checked baggage.
SEVEN INCHERS - Win, Win, Win, Win!
Not to big for the male pocket; or the female purse; right-sized for car/truck dashboards or sun-visors and motorcycle mounting. Not too small to view a movie.
Plain Android without icing making it eligible for fast upgrades from Google. Freedom to run any App you choose to.
Manufactured by ASUS who have proven adept at making netbooks that can withstand the rough and tumble of school-aged children (and my wife) backed by a world-wide support network.
Finally the price - on a par with Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc.
Murdoch, Fox, BSkyB have more worries than PirateBay
This crowd claim they have "billions of pounds in high-quality entertainment for our customers because we know how much our customers value it. It’s therefore important that companies like ours do what they can, alongside the government and the rest of the media and technology industries, to help protect their copyright."
One of the theirs are the Fox Studios in Hollywood, so the statement is somewhat self-serving.
What Murdoch should be concentrating on is the Chinese-sourced satellite encryption-cracking activity.
Whilst satellite receivers have to be licenced with the government in VietNam and the Peoples Police are quite proficient in spotting misdirected antennae - the licences only permit reception of Vietnamese owned satellites - there are substantial proliferation of cracked decoder cards all over the region - many viewers see forbidden / censored channels which must be costing the old man millions.
In some countries such as Cambodia or Laos they even have illicit signals hived into special channels so only favoured locals can see the channels.
Mind you, IMO, a lot of Murdoch programming is trash and not even worth the cost of a hot card.
How many users really use all the features?
If government is like many commercial organizations, many features of MS software are never used.and older versions are quite adequate.
Even more to the point, Open Source software is more than adequate but Cameron wants to travel the high cost route. It's what Posh Boys do.
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