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Re: £1 billion for tags?
Or just invest in some chain and some heavy iron balls.
The price of scrap steel is pretty low at the moment
And work without a view of the sky
And have a battery that lasted weeks
And was tamperproof
And could survive years of use by an antagonistic user but wasn't as large and heavy as the Army's new "portable" radios
And has to meet arbitrary govt standard 314159 which means you need to certify that the plant in China that makes the GPS chip is also certified to GS314159 - which you can't do so you have to buy the GPS chip from Thales for 10x the price
The police order a bunch of Vauxhall Astras as patrol cars.
They then request that they fly and are invisibile
GM claims they want the development of a product that doesn't exist
Re: Well done
>open up access to bank accounts
You own the contents of your bank account so you can will it to someone
Do you own your AppleId or do you pay for Apple for a service?
You don't inherit a netflix account or frequent flyer status
Re: 1$ <> 1£
US students pay $50-100K to go to college so paying $200 for a textbook is noise.
UK students (until recently) didn't and so resented spending on anything other than beer - so you sell the same textbook for £30.
Students in India can't afford either so you sell it, printed on cheap paper, for $3
So can it stream content on any of my local machines or am I just paying to access their pay-per-view?
Am I getting old ?
I automatically assume anything on TV is going to be dummed down to the point of painfullness. When was the last time Horizon was watchable compared to "In Our Time"?
About the last time TV compared to Radio4 was the port of Absolute Power.
Although a TV version of Cabin Pressure or Hut33 shouldn't be too expensive
Re: Kill off BBC3
Some CGI to overlay tellytuby costumes on MPs and parliament channel could be watchable.
Re: How much does..
Top gear is on netflix for $5/month
More old top gear is on UK netflix = $5/month for a VPN
New top gear is on iPlayer + $5/month for a VPN
Re: Space is BIG ...
There is almost no destruction - if you were in the galaxy you wouldn't even notice.
Space is big and stars are a long way apart
Slight error, DCT is Discrete Canine Transform and is a cruder version of the more elegant Fast Feline Transform (FFT) used for smoother purrier cat pictures
The web has certainly moved on from the earlier days when it was dominated by the somewhat limited, Giraffe Image Format and the rather more limited appeal of Porn N' Gerbils files.
Re: I'm not sure if I'm missing something here
I think NASA is going to continue having difficulties getting other countries on board.
It has cancelled too many projects because of budget cuts leaving European and Japanese partners with a lot of time and money invested in a bit of kit that won't fly.
Chinese, Brazilian and Indian partners are annoyed at export rules that prevent US partners sharing the details of anything more advanced than an Apple-II with them - and have decided to just build their own infrastructure.
And I don't think there is going top be much political will on either side for a joint US - USSR++ mission
Re: well - the German language has a very fine
And a word to describe the CIA's activities against congress = "putsch"
re:Won't they get into trouble for that?
Yes it just needs a senator and a prosecutor to stand up against an agency that has details of all their secrets and whose job is blackmailing and killing people.
I bet there is a guarantee in his contract that he gets paid a bonus even if they do go bust
Re: Is this like certain other things?
>Well, I heard you can die from smoking cannabis . . .
There was a study where rats were given cannabis to smoke and then terriers wearing SWAT team jackets were released into the cage.
Re: It's always puzzled me.
I think the same thing was said about that new fangled 35mm stuff.
Re: New Hammer
Stanley did design a new hammer. Since nobody uses hammers to knock in nails anymore (they have nail guns) they designed a hammer for all the prying, lifting, nudging, breaking and percussive maintenance tasks that hammers are still used for.
It's been very successful
Re: I believe that a well-implemented cybercurrency would be a good thing...
Since none of the banks 'own' bitcoins it is difficult to have a run on them.
You can only have a run on a bank because it has lent out money you put in, these bitcoin banks are really either exchanges or safe deposit boxes.
Re: But ... but ... but ... jobs
>but only if we stop immigration and EU migrants
Monday Britain stops eu workers from entering Britain
Tuesday France puts a $10,000 fee on each British truck leaving the Chunnel,
Wednesday Germany puts a $10,000 import levy on each car made in Sunderland
Thrusday Britain closes down
>, and we REQUIRE the unemployed to move or commute where the work is.
Good news unemployed yoof in Middlesborough, we have a cleaning job for you in London, it's minimum wage and zero hour contract. You don't mind commuting do you?
Re: A jury trial huh?
> yet they want to take their chances with a jury?
Remember the government gets to pick the jury.
Plus the government has a list of all the websites each jury member visited and pictures of them naked if they use Yahoo
Re: Yes I predict it will be exactly as terrible as Y2K!
Banks mostly dealt with Y2K years before. Sold a 25year mortgage in 1980? Guess when it became due!
Very few avionics systems need to know the date and don't store it as time_t.
> I don't think an ATM, running Windows Embedded (which is not end of support) would be connect to the internet and set to download automatic updates.
And what colour is the sky on your planet?
There are lots of ATMs running off-the-shelf WindowsXP/2000 and most of them are connected to the bank branch LAN which is connected to t'internet. You wouldn't believe how much we saved compared to the old embedded ATMs and all those leased lines.
Re: so this will be the 550 GCHQ JTRIG'ers doing False Flag?
Except British Intelligence would immediately charge against the wrong web sites, be wiped out but regard it as a glorious historical incident.
Re: Ex Clinton and Blair advisor
Well Oracle actually might have WMDs
But there is no way they could deploy them in 45mins!
Re: Okay so this will work like the last election.
Erm... it is the opposition that is proposing this
Re: We need three legal fixes (OK, four)
2, We already do, MI5, National criminal intelligence unit, Special Reconnaissance Unit, Special branch etc etc
Re: I bet most discussions between
Depends which kind of terrorists.
IRA / Al Queda kind of terrorists probably don't use Yahoo chat
Terrorist campaigners against hospital closures, anti-fuel tax, pro/anti badger killing and people who have the temerity to join a union - probably do use webcams
You don't just give away all the money at once. You use it to build a fund which will support projects well into the future.That's why there is a Carnegie Institute and a Stanford university well after Mr Carnegie and Mr Stanford have gone.
Additionally he doesn't have the money, he has MSFT stock. Imagine if he cashed in all his stock tomorrow - what would happen to the price?
I would give him credit that he is doing something more directly useful than just founding a university in his name. But the foundation is a business, it is going to make some dodgy investments (just like Welcome, Children in Need did) and it needs to be very careful that there aren't any more "links to microsoft" deals
Re: Could have been worse
No just a heavy fat one that you could never fit into an overhead bin and would crush you flat if it ever landed on you.
It was also a large early portable computer
Re: Typical reg
It was a cheap version of a text-in vote to see how many Apple fans there are !
Attacking Apple, as if it made any difference what OS the fondleslab was using
I blame Apple
It would have never happened with a tablet based on an open source operating system
It's made by a major US defence contractor, it's main customers are US govt agencies who want to drop Blackberry.
The strong message it sends is, there are nasty Chinese hackers out there and we have to double the NSA efforts to protect the motherland.
Re: Setting precedence
I suspect the case would be overturned on appeal once Hollywood wakes up.
Google had to pull the video after a court ruled that an actress in it had the right to go back on their contract because the video was an anti-Islam rant, not the movie that was described in the pitch.
So any extra in Life Of Brian could claim they thought they were making a christian movie about JC and get Life of Brian pulled. Or an extra in LotR could get it pulled because it didn't exactly follow the book.
Re: This sort of makes sense
If it used some sort of standard interface/prototcol.
Otherwise you have bought this and it doesn't work with any other brand phone, or the new replacement Hero phone you get at the end of the 2year deal. And then these devices all end up costing more than a tablet/chromebook/laptop because they are only made in small numbers.
It's like when X-terms or dump cytrix terminals were all the rage - they soon end up costing more than the "full" PCs they were replacing.
Re: I'm sure it will be ok even if the plant is shut...
There must still be some outstanding rate rebate or inward investment catapult payments.
Normally the plant shuts the moment these finish
Re: I'm sure it will be ok even if the plant is shut...
The council will send a sternly worded letter to IBM.
After all they are local councillors and IBM merely a rate payer - they will show them who is boss.
Isn't that treason?
Revealing the secrets of how to get around GCHQ's protection of our liberties will allow the Russians to invade Ukraine without GCHQ knowing anything
Re: "Undesirable nudity"...
Number of people hospitalised because of weight triples in five years. The Guardian, February 20 2013
“Spiralling out of control": Now 1 in 10 kids clinically obese by the time they start primary school. Daily Mirror, February 20 2013
Re: You can't prevent all hacks
And if you blow up all the bridges - there will be no more trolls
Re: Growing like Topsy
So presumably in the 80s, Mujaheddin would sidle upto young Cambridge homosexuals at sherry parties and persuade them to join the cause. These bright young things then rose to the heights of director of the intelligence agencies while keeping their commitment to revolutionary Islam, and their beards, secret.
Rather like the dyslexic Oxbrige don who secretly recruited students to join MFI
Re: Why all the fear?
>only those thought to be doing something wrong are flagged.
What about when going on a countryside alliance march, a protest about a new road or a school closure gets you flagged?
Or you get flagged because you have the same name as somebody else, and that gets you on a no fly list, or you suddenly can't buy computer parts from Farnell in Australia because another John Smith is on the OFAC list.
Or you work for a company that competes with a US outfit with better connections and you are targetted. Your employer doesn't get the sale because of the confidential info they found on your phone and you are one of those made redundant.
Well it saves GCHQ having to copy it to a USB stick for them and then leave it on a train
Wouldn't it be cheaper, easier and more secure to just sign up all the users with a gmail account?
You could use Yahoo then GCHQ would archive all your x-ray images for you aswell
An obvious solution
The problem is that the mainframe is doing the same task as it always was ago and the number of records/customers only increases slowly, so faster CPUs * same work = less machines.
Just launch a new mainframe operating system every 18months that uses twice as much CPU as the previous one to give you dancing bankers int he background. The obsolete the earlier one to force everybody to upgrade.
Re: Guess I'll be the bad guy
And yet every shop and petrol station is allowed a "only 2 school children inside" sign
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