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Paper books down; e-books up;e -book prices sky high!
The introduction of the 'agency' contract with book stores where they get stock 'on consignment' and it remains the property of and controlled by publishers us bad for everyone.
Equally bad is the 'price fixing' evidenced by narrow price band between publishers,
Limiting libraries to a small number of loans AND killing 'old book sales' is really crippling them. Thank you Murdoch.
A death toll of over 85,000 is tragic but should be considered that...
over 1,000,000 deaths by road kill occur annually.
Nature Rules: A little reminder that no matter what Mankind builds, Nature can knock it down
You have to wonder what the devastation have been like if this earthquake had occurred under the YangTze Three Gorges Dam.
The data overlay the Google globe is, to me, a far more dramatic presentation of the two and just shows how much power was discharged.
Makes you feel a little small in the scheme of things.
No problem when running NoScript
Only 12%, they say, sometimes with busy links to AdSense or DoubleClick there seems enough time to pour a coffee.
But NoScript cures the problems on Firefox.
I'm more interested in the discriminating process ...
is it just a matter of signing up in person and presenting the Android set or is it automatic when someone logs on?
as WiFi has been an anathema with the authoritarian Chinese government because of it's openness and, ergo, it's relative lack of accountability. For example, every InterNet connected hotel room has it's individual web activity logged, no watching girlie movies without BeiJing knowing about it.
ChinaNet, the ISP brand of China Telecom, may have a new way of identifying users and their equipment which would be very interesting
Most Chinese cities are like WiFi frontier country with very few signals compared to VietNam where no one, except in the countryside, needs broadband as the spectrum is filled with WiFi, Wimax and LTE signals most of the WiFi being free as well as unlimited downloads.
Jobs will be jealous - someone making more profit than he does on ...
Watch for sneak attack through the T & C's - only original purchasers will be entitled to 'warranty; and support in the first 12 months following sale.
Of course, Apple warranties are like jelly - hard to fix down.
Bon Jovi should be a happy camper for ...
in Montreal, Canada, there is an upstart new company, owned by a laid off financial guy which is banging out 33.3 disks and they are so busy they have to run the presses 24/7.
Now if there more decent record players incorporating the latest techniques that would be near heaven for audiophiles.
Imagine if Apple was Chrysler, Ford or GM selling new cars ...
they would try to cripple all the previous years models so every one is forced to buy the latest model.
This is built-in redundancy it's more like bend over and I'll do you again.
Why is Apple trying to promote sales of things they don't even have in stock nor likely to meet existing demand for months?
Now NASA has no shuttles, no flights, no goals and no budget ...
maybe it's a soon to be made redundant employee or contractor fighting off despondency. At least an under performing employee won't endanger crew lives.
Maybe the should send one of those crew-cut Drug Enforcement Types to the space station - just in case, you know.
R.I.P. Christa McAuliffe
Is this going to be made in China, too?
The last high-tech uniform the MOD ordered ended up being manufactured in China, will this one as well?
Given the recent kerfuffle over stolen Renault battery plans and research it would appear this Brit technology should be made right in the UK.
There was a web site somewhere that would take inputted text ...
process it and then toss it out in whatever language style you wanted.
Some were really, really different. It's a bit like a word processor with a selectable grammar option - business, casual, etc.
Bet that would bugger up even that great university, Concordia. Great for untouched e-mails but undoubtedly beatable if need be.
Sphere Analysis is likely a dummy company, ...
financed by the record and film industries, with a fancy name so people will actually believe they are real. Wouldn't be the first time, either.
Fake companies go with their fake claims about millions of jobs lost.
The clock failure could also portend the potential failure of ...
the Blair Olympics.
What a heritage! What a bill!
If Google is planning to hand shopkeepers thousands of NFC-capable terminals at no cost ...
merchants are likely to be very receptive because the banks charge a high, for small merchants, monthly fee for the credit card/debit terminals.
Pre-emptive strike to Google.
Funny - the winds coming from the west and later from the south over the ...
site means that the Phils are in the clear. Pity Korea, though.
Ah, the miracles of instant communication!
The carmaker's security boss was arrested as he boarded a plane for West Africa.
Dumb, dumb, dumb.
The worst possible way to disappear without leaving a trail is by air. You have to positively identify yourself and all police forces have access to the major GDS (Global (ticket) Distribution Systems)..
Ask Nick Leeson ( the infamous trader whose unchecked risk-taking caused the collapse of Barings Bank) or Choy, Hon-Tim (former deputy director of Singapore's PUB who took $14-million in bribes) both caught by trying to 'escape' by plane.
Smarter thing to do would be to drive to Italy or Greece and take a ferry or a regional flight on a small airline (with it's own reservation system) across the Mediterranean.
Maintain your safety vigilance to the end
Reminds me of an old Army rule: Never hang your arms, etc., over the sides of a truck/lorry.
Not so long ago a group of soldiers were returning from a small skirmish in the back of a truck/lorry and some had their arms extended over the side of it to cool off.
A vehicle coming the other way side-swiped the military truck, injuring several soldiers. As a result several soldiers had their arms or hands or fingers amputated - after surviving a shooting battle!
Does anyone know what it is supposed to depict other than poorly ...
constructed buildings, or city planning gone nuts.
What a sad example of logo design. Even the Festival of Britain was more memorable. See: < http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/a/a3/Festival_of_Britain.JPG/300px-Festival_of_Britain.JPG >.
Will they do Wikileaks?
What a coup that would be for both the cloud operator and Wikileaks!
And egg all over Amazon's face.
XP Rules! Another reason for not changing
Usually I don't even changing OS until well after the first SP.
And no one in their right mind ever adopts a SP until a few weeks after release.
Is this guy related to John Bloom of Rolls Razor fame?
Or possibly a TV sales channel?
It's the sought of tricks they play with visitors.
Apple meet the U.S. Federal Trade Commission: Up yours Apple
The mighty, but slow, U.S. Federal Trade Commission will most likely weigh in on this one possibly under restraint of trade.
Of course Mastercard and Visa aren't without their 'resources' unless Jobs wants to start his own plastic business.
Apple not changing for DST?
For 28% of the world it's not a problem as they don't use Daylight Savings Time.
For the rest, Saint Steve is waiting for you to follow him.
I remember, as I was transiting in Tokyo/Narita that day, that Sumitomo Chemical, ...
located at Niihama on Shikoku Island, with about half the world market for semiconductor epoxy resin, was downed around 1993 JUL by explosion that hit up prices for DRAMs. Some attributed the explosion to a concurrent earthquake.
My Lexis-Nexis has a reference to a report on ELECTRONIC NEWS, 1993 JUL 12 edition entitled "Sumitomo epoxy resin plant gutted; IC firms scrambling; supplied 60% of market".
Hope that helps.
Not only Japan cables out - TATA. too
Last weekend there was a little 'bump' (earthquake) off south VietNam and, concurrently, the TATA cable was damaged. This cable has terminal connections in the USA mainland, Hawaii, Guam, Philippines, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei and a spur to VietNam.
It is used for traffic pointed eastbound where users in Europe want to avoid the London & Atlantic routings.
They hope to figure out exactly where the damage is and have a cable ship out there next week - if the Japanese damage doesn't take priority.
In VietNam ISP's FPT Telecom, Viettel Telecom and VDC are affected. VNPT, the government telecom's operator, is fine as it uses a high speed link from Ha Noi through HongKong and connects directly with the U.S.A.
You are referring to iPhans who will ...
buy anything 'new' even if it doesn't work properly.
As for having a word with themselves ...they already do, as they read the messages off their little screens.
Only three? I wish
I keep stashes of personal stuff in 6 countries I visit most frequently; plus we company offices and facilities dotted all over.
I counted my keys on my 'local' ring - 10 - and on my travelling key ring - 19. All our stuff is company supplied and our guy in the stores carefully number locks and keys so there is no confusion.
P.S Don't think cylindrical keys are safer an appropriate number of 'rods', equalling the number of 'slots' in them, attached to a vibrator (such as a engraver) can unlock these devices. There were soft drink dispensers in the canteen of the old police headquarters in Toronto and the only way the vendor could stop theft was by fitting large steel bands, with equally large large locks to stop theft.
"Like iPhone/iPlayer connectors." This is where Apple makes money by ...
using non-industry standard connectors and why they chase down all those nasty little Chinese companies who knock off connectors, with cables, for less than 50 cents each.
At least we can buy them in the Far East - the Home Security gang stop them from being imported to the U.S.A.
Stunned, Apple that is, yet more prior art tosh
There are many systems where connectors are bigger in one or two dimensions than the unit that houses them. Remember the PC modems that stuck out of laptops and had a flip-up RJ-45 connector?
How dumb can the US Patent Office be. Maybe the new rules will put an end to this stupidity.
I like the Samsung offering on it's upcoming pad - a socket with an 'eyebrow' accommodating the protrusion. Class!
Dim Brits think TARDIS IS REAL
You're writing about iPhans, I presume.
Another successful Apple software release: What they need for security is fresh thinking
If Jobs is serious about keeping The Walled Garden secure they need to start from a different perspective for at the moment GeoHot and company have the Apple thought process down pat.
All this pretend security is just to satisfy Jobs penchant for locking everything up whilst most other smartphone manufacturers simply go with the flow.
"Ga Ga" - babies have a common usage claim to that,, not some tramp.
I distinctly recall babies going "Ga Ga" years before this female trash was even born, so where does she get off claiming she has IP rights.
This stuff is going too far.
Bingo! "otherwise security conscious people would have to upgrade."
That's the Jobs way, the annual upgrade cash flow program where prior models are rendered redundant or obsolescent so the dedicated iPhan can renew their pledges and enrich Apple yet again.
Whatever Apple does has money and inaccessibility (except through an Apple accessory) in mind, which is why they protect their not-so-wonderful connectors, etc. from after market developers.
How about a real tough one: RSA 4.096 bit with AES 256
Anyone cracking this baby will really be popular with the U.S. Federal Government as they hang a hell of a lot of stuff on this.
Worth a damn sight more than USD$15.000!
Murder by government is too extreme when measured against it's failing justice system
Too many people have been exonerated, after years in jail, using modern investigative techniques which proves either the investigations were botched or the court proceedings failed.
Either way, killing by government is too extreme as it can't be undone whereas improperly jailed people can always be released and small compensation made by financial resources to those found innocent.
How can this be? Apple software nis perfect - ask any iPhan
Not withstanding all the expertise his billions can hire, Jobs gang still can't do the job perfectly - despite what they claim.
At least Microsoft is more realistic, they know they are not perfect and have given the the pretence, just using the hackers for a free quality check. Still after all these versions of I.E. you would have thought they would have performed better.
Australian 'Blacklists' are great - all those no-no sites in a single document!
Can you imagine some uptight Oz civil servant rummaging around the InterNet looking for URL's to add to the Oz Blacklist? What a scream.
Still, these lists are very handy as a compendium for the alternative lifestyle that the Australian Government seems to despise so much.
Strange how a country reknowned for it's pioneering ways is prepared to let some sad excuses for humanity in Canberra dictate their personal preferences. Happened, too, in the UK.
At least Americans would stand up and protest against this.
It's as if Australia and a few other countries have become like the movie "The Stepford Wives".
There never was a 'Daylight Savings' problem in ...
Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mayotte, Niger, Nigeria, Peru, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Saint Helena, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe do not observe daylight savings.
Neither do the Brazilian states of: Acre, Alagoas, Amapá, Amazonas, Bahia, Ceará, Maranhão, Pará, Paraíba, Pernambuco, Piauí, Rio Grande do Norte, Rondônia, Roraima, Sergipe, and Tocantins; in Canada the areas of Peace River Regional District including the communities of Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Hudson's Hope, Fort St. John, Taylor and Tumbler Ridge in British Columbia, in Nunavut Southampton Island including Coral Harbour, Quebec's North Shore, east of 63° West longitude,, Saskatchewan (permanent fixed daylight time) all have no daylight savings.
Since there are 196 countries in the world this means that Apple got it right for 28.06% of the world’s countries and only wrong for wrong 71.94% of the world’s countries – not too shabby, for Apple.
Thank you, Register, for yet another ...
handy reference piece to be filed away for use another day.
Meanwhile back to the trusted XP Professional!
One benefit of living in a less prosperous country, or one with a less popular language ...
is, it appears, that we get bothered with fewer adverts or other annoying interruptions.
Mongolia is a great country for obtuse language.
In Ha Noi there are 'guides' who hang around the monuments and approach tourists asking them where they are from. Once they get an answer they whip out a little notebook with recommendations from, allegedly, people resident in the tourists home country as an endorsement for their services.
I always answer 'Mongolia' as it appears none have recommendations from that country.
At airports, when asked where you are headed, 'No where' is an answer that never fails to stump the touts.
"Apple looks set to continue making more money from its smartphones than the likes of HTC"
There is a Chinese proverb that runs something like: "Fortunes are made from profits (margins) thinner than paper".
Apple might make more per handset but it's costs are also much higher than HTC, LG or Samsung but it is also more vulnerable if the Far Eastern manufacturers put the price squeeze on.
Remember, also, that Apple uses components and sub-assemblies made by some of it's handset competitors so they win whatever direction the wind of public opinion flows. Apple doesn't make much of anything presently and is therefore at the mercy of it's suppliers.
Republicans believe in ACTION! Wait until tornadoes hit New York and the sharks are in the harbour
Republicans are kind of slow when it comes to Nature, they think money - their main interest - can fix things, everything. How wrong they are!
With rising water temperatures, sorry I should have said with changing water climates, those 'twisters' such as Katrina will become more common. The increased heat will permit the twisters/tornadoes/hurricanes (whatever conjures up the mayhem in your mind) to hit New York full force - something it is neither equipped to handle or built to resist.
Another quirk about Nature, it is very possessive, it always likes to reclaim what has been taken from it, and a bit more, a sort interest payment. Much of Manhattan is recovered land, stolen from the sea.
And guess who inhabits Wall Street and southern Manhattan - Republicans!
So when the twisters are sucking out the high-rise windows (you should have seen Boston's John Hancock building when this happened) and the subway is flooded with the water slowly taking back that land which now lies under Manhattan - Wall Street gets it's name from an earlier sea wall - THEN the Republicans will become converts and true believers!
Just think of all the 'reclaimed' land around the world, even in England. The Thames Barrier will be standing there, an island, surrounded by water, as a monument to man's folly.
Chunks of Singapore and HongKong will disappear, as will a few man-made islands off ShangHai.
The trouble is that some nations are disproportionately more greedy for energy and they will pay. Europe has been conserving for years whilst the States was happily consuming 'cheap' fuel. Well, now that 'cheap' fuel has vanished even they are double insulating their windows and insulating their roofs.
This greed extended to water. Higher temperatures encourages evaporation and all that glorious network of canals that carries water from the US southwest interior will become evaporators - even more so than today. Push in so much and only a small percentage emerges in Los Angeles.
BTW, the Gulf Stream is the only thing that prevents the UK becoming colder than Canada. We can handle -30 to -40C weather because we are energy self-sufficient. Scientists predict with warming seas the Gulf Stream will cease to operate and even the disbelievers in the UK will be convinced.
Don't mess with Nature, she's no respector of politicians of any stripe.
Sounds better than Opera mail - but I still don't trust Google with my mail
Any content of any computer server in US territory can be copies/acquired by the US government without the need of a judge and under imposed secrecy - which is Reason 1 why I won't use Google.
Secondly, notwithstanding their benefits to society, I won't entrust them with my mail as I don't know what they do to it/with it.
Still, this latest mail App seems to be more user friendly than Opera Mail 2 - Version 1 was great for my use by Version 2 never worked as I needed it to. Thunderbird 2 did.
My e-mail provider, somewhere in Scandinavia, runs a smart system and it automatically pre-sorts some categories for me - I was amazed how much 'junk' mail arrives each week - all stored away in a folder. I can also preset filters which is, in a way like this Google App, so I am very happy thank you.
Why doesn't Jobs simply use iApps and be done with it?
Since Jobs seems to have a fixation with the self-centred letter 'I' (as in me, me, me) why doesn't he just bend the dictionary again and have an iApp store.
Then the rest of the world can have their App stores which name appears to originate in some of DEC's user libraries from years ago.
But there again Jobs is famed for stealing IP, which I guess explains a lot.
"downward spiral sparked by an interest in adult pornography" I thought it would be upward
He should have used the defences used by other police 'experts' in other jurisdictions such as:
(a) They are my reference material; (b) I took my work home to complete because of time constraints; (c) The pictures weren't obscene in my opinion; etc.
Don't the police have in-house 'expertise'?
Question: Who rated them level 5?
If companies can do it for less, what is the council doing wrong?
Unless it is union busting in disguise, the question that begs an answer is how can a for profit business do the same work, at a like standard for less?
If so the first should go is the city manager followed quickly by other supervisory staff.
And in the case of a business failure of a council supplier where is the insurance, financial guarantees to make good the breached contract?
Or is the public supposed to pick that up, too?
Nuance makes great software such as ...
Dragon Dictation which, in it's latest iteration, spends much of it's time learning even from your typed corrections
Pentagon officials say the treatment is not for punitive reasons.
Who's try to con who? Civilians aren't like the military, they don't check their intelligence at the door.
Of course, being a marine, Bradley Manning is getting the full treatment - bet his cell air conditioning is turned up pretty high, too.
This is, of course Obama justice at work, Bush torture to cold attribute to ignorance but Obama actually excelled in university and is a lawyer and one of his duties is to protect American citizens.
Lucky his hasn't been declared an enemy combatant. Although, come to think of it Guantanamo inmates have it better.
Hope that this treatment is rated as cruel and unusual punishment and Manning is discharged on a technicality. Bastards.
It's so insignificant Microsoft has to take time out to ....
knock the competition as it is undoubtedly seen as a threat to MS.
Chances are Google is streaks ahead of MS. Following the Amazon Wikileaks debacle it is necessary to consider other aspects of vendors. MS has a track record of opening up it's vaults to law enforcement for minimal reasons whereas Google has a history of resistance.
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