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Re: Different needs
Same reason for having a Queen - you need somebody to wave and distract the proles.
Re: Best intentions != right
"Granted I would rather the US have these capabilities than the North Koreans, but I would much rather no one had them."
Actually I would much rather it WAS the North Korean's spying on all my communications - they can't do anything with it.
Instead i have to wonder if everything I store on sharepoint or Office365 is immediately being copied to my US competitors, if visits to US customers or collaborators are tracked.
Do I have to worry that my cell phone walking past the mosque on the way to the lab or my holiday visits to Egypt or Cuba are going to get me stopped from attending the next US held conference.
>Why don't they just use Hangouts?
More people have corporate jets than have Google+ accounts?
Re: broad implications
Same apparently applies if you are within 100miles of the coast of the Mexican/Canadian borders
The constitution still counts in small section of Montana and Utah apparently
Re: If you're not a terrorist, you have nothing to worry about
5. Person who unrolls a banner lettered with glitter outside an Oil company
Re: "Having faced down the totalitarian dangers of fascism and communism"
If it weren't for the involvement of the USSR in WW II, most of Europe might be speaking German today,
Intel, HP, Dell merge and share their core competency in reducing headcount
Eventually they reduce it to only 3 - all joint CEOs - and still aren't profitable
That suggests some "imaginative accounting" - chip fabs do not make 60% profit margins
Signs of stabilization in the PC segment
There is also stabilization in the Pyramid building and Flint Axe making sectors.
Re: Neat trick!
1, Country A and B have laws against torturing suspects
2, So you ship them to country C and have them apply the electrodes
2, You stand outside the door asking the questions.
Or don't know enough Clash lyrics (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/06/03/text_punk/)
I suppose back in 2004 they could eavesdrop on ALL messages
>is this another "incite idiots to talk stupid, then arrest them under terrorist offences"
After the pub you don't want to say "EEh I could murder an Indian" if you don't want to become a terrorist suspect
That's why the same law was ruled unconstitutional in the US
If you had a password of "IwantToKillThePresident" then revealing the password would be self-incrimination.
But they have a constitution and a supreme court and all sorts of weird stuff in the Land of the Free.
Re: and another thing ...
We asked this when the police computer guy gave a talk to our high energy physics group.
How can we prove that background noise in the LHC data isn't an encrypted message?
Do we have to keep the data in Switzerland, if we access it remotely does that come under UK law ?
We were told not to worry because the laws were only for terrorists - so that's a relief then !
Re: If loose lips, sink ships ......
> if you "can't remember" who was driving when the car got flashed
Unless you are a chief constable, then you can claim that all records of who was driving have been destroyed - and get off
But calling up Ironkey and asking for the backdoor password does
Re: Henry Ford
But Ford did at least improve on the horse.
Microsoft have ignored the "faster horse" request and instead replaced it with a slower zebra where you have to press all the stripes to find the one to make the horse go.
Re: A common API is definitely a must.
But it's hard for Microsoft to do this.
It's not like they 10,000s programmers, complete control over the critical app and server infrastructure and a common language runtime that insulates the apps from the details of the machine
Re: no sane person would want anyone like that to have any claim to represent them
Anyone remember the massive safety improvements Scargill and the NUM brought in - or do we only have the Daily Mail history of the 80s?
Unions were effectively banned off-shore in the 80s, every worker was officially an independent consultant and so there were no rules preventing anybody who mentioned safety breaches being NRBed (blacklisted). The HSE wasn't allowed any oversight of rigs because the DTI was in charge of both promoting the business and enforcing safety. After Piper Alpha we got unions, and the HSE, and safety and we haven't blown a rig up since.
Re: Propaganda wins
Looking forward to the day when you can only sell a computer to an accredited member of the BCS ;-)
Re: Seems they're getting less and less popular
>And why do tube drivers get so much?
Because they have the most ability to shut down the city by striking for a day.
Re: It all boils down to Morality
That was the point - it wasn't the oppressed shop floor workers that were given the choice.
The presumably better paid and more secure sysadmins were asked if they wanted to join the union, they said no and this means that another union can't ask the regular workers for a vote for another year.
At that point Amazon ask the accountants if they want to join the accountants union, they say no and the warehouse workers are blocked for another year.
It's a common technique in the US, at least in states where you can't just automatically fire anyone who joins a union
Re: Is this the 21st Century equivalent
Except that people are being charged for the number of angles delivered
Hope they didn't
Send it with DHL
(i'm still missing a xmas prezzy)
Re: Naming patent trolls
The problem USED to be patent monopolies. The development of the steam engine was held back for a generation because James Watt held a near monopoly with patents and had strong views about high pressure boilers. But these were people who wanted to build something - it's just that they wanted to be the only ones to build it.
The business model of buying patents purely to sue someone with no intention of developing a product is new = patent trolling.
Re: I know how to fix it!
If the applicant has to pay for 1000s of hours of world class expert consulting - it's going to be difficult for the small inventor to get a patent.
If it's tax-payer funded then within a few years we drop back to the USPTO as more cuts/efficiency gains hit.
Re: I have a problem with the last sentence
Was there a demand for an intermittent wiper - yes
Was it possible with state of the art technology - yes
Had anyone else thought to make one - no
The wiper case is one of the classic rip-offs of a small inventor, it took him most of his life to collect on the patent which was stolen by all the big auto makers. Their tactics (legal and illegal) make a classic story
Re: @Evil Auditor
During the first year after filing a provisional patent it is kept secret by the patent office and you have time to improve it before final submission. There is a reasonable case that any other patents filed during this year should all be granted equally rather than first to file takes all.
I'm more worried about Microsoft or Google getting the bomb (I think Apple already have one)
Re: But what if 1 state has no desire to win, it does'nt care about losing
So one side believes it gets 72 virgins (or sherbet depending on the translation) and the other lot believes they will be reincarnated as something better - could be a bit tricky that.
Far better to have all the nukes in the hands of people who beleive the rapture will lift them up if they kill non-beleivers and will burn in hell fire for all eternity if they don't do what the man in the big hat tells them to.
Re: Only 5 minutes before the hour?
>you've got pakistan and india pointing nukes at each-other
Isn't that a good thing?
When nice white people both have nukes it's detente and has brought safety to europe for 50years
Just because both sides are bit mocha shouldn't that mean the same thing?
So the problem is
A spread of civil nuclear power and climate inaction?
Re: Scargill tried to buy council flat
At least he was bravely defending the country against the commies
But since Thatcher won we are now dependent on Moscow 's LNG for all our energy needs.
Obvious proof that Maggie was a KGB agent and Scargil was a CIA plant.
Re: How to do flight comparison
And don't forget to clear the cookies - many airline sites offer higher prices if you go back after a previous search. Obviously if you return to them after they offered X then X was the best deal you could get, so they now offer X+Y
>I would pay extra to stand on a flight personally.
Standing on the flight was cheap - it was more expensive if you wanted to stand inside.
Re: what about taxes?
In the US you are allowed to advertise fairs not including "government fees/taxes" - in the Eu you are supposed to advertise the full fair.
One major US airline got sent to the naughty step for including the cost of the crew in the fees/taxes because the government set the number of crew required.
Re: They don't want to have a limited or biased search
Ryanair famously sued other flight price comparison sites - claiming that Ryanair's prices were copyright.
The other sites also tended to show the real price, including the booking/credit card fees and the 50quid breathing-on-board surcharge
Re: 1.3 billion?????
Or the army should be allowed a free day to do whatever they want to the Capita managers
Re: A better recruitment tool to buy
Not sure about the women - if you are trying to recruit sailors
Re: 1.3 billion?????
Have they thougth of just using Craigslist?
Re: Who is Woz?
So the savior of Apple is either Andy Hertzfeld or Jonathon Ives
Re: How about some originality for a change?
It only produces facsimiles of Apple products in the sense that they don't look like 1980s IBM designs
You could say that Apple just produced facsimiles of Sony designs
Re: Tarantula Nebula, the magnificent
The world was created 44 years agon on 1 Jan 1970 - just check your computer's time() function
Re: Stunning photo
> to get out there and take a closer look ourselves?
Not if there are Tarantulas
Redine theft of an Apple device
As community service and suddenly NY looks like a nice town
Re: Bring back Aero too
And XP support expires in April
We want Windows9 to have more XP like features
What about just re-launch XP?
Re: Fatboy Dell
Yes if you are equipping an entire data center or a school or a new office - then you need help.
But if you choose the supplier's sales team as your source of help for exactly what you need to buy - then you probably have bigger problems than even Dell have
Re: Fatboy Dell
The joy of Dell - as opposed to HP/IBM - you checked out the specs on the website, ordered the machine on the website, it arrived.
Then we got a bit bigger and we got a sales number to call in Ireland. If you missed the deadline on a deal, or you wanted a slightly different config they would 'help you out'
Then we got big enough to be a "preferred customer" and had to deal with Dell salesdroids.
If you wanted a machine you had to call your particular salesman and leave a message, hoping he would get back to you to "discuss a quote". The quote was always more than the web price and then when you finally ordered the machine and got the invoice they had always added a few extras like MS-Office or a printer.
Dell - when your preferred customers are ordering stuff on your website with their personal credit cards to avoid dealing with your sales team - it's time for a rethink
Re: HUGE flaw in these stats that people keep missing
Except the "full educational software" consists of student version of MS-office
Assuming the school (or next generation technology achievement facilitation academy) just wants to teach kids how to make bold text in Word - that's great
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