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A British solution
A network of town criers positioned every 400m in a grid across the country.
They would simultaneously ring their bell every minute, each bell would have one of four different notes, a microphone would detect the arrival time of the sound from each of the notes and calculate your position. Speed of sound is around 300m/s so you would only need millisec level pf timing accuracy to achieve a better than 1ft position fix - easily obtainable with a BBC micro.
These scheme will promote full employment, avoid harmful brain destroying microwave radiation, be immune to solar flares and bring a level of oldy-worldy charm to the process of finding your way around strange towns.
Because Microsoft rely on preinstalled copies of Windows - since they are the only ones anyone pays for.
So when the vendors pointed out that it would be expensive to build machines that met Windows Vista system requirements - MSFT introduced the basic certification, allowing the makers to claim that the machine ran Vista, allowing MSFT to get paid - and the punter to get stuck with a machine that didn't work.
The upward thrust of the massive inflatable fun bags would be restrained by them being held pressed together in some sort of flimsy lace net with straps attached to the payload
An arrangement also known as the:
Constrained Lifting Equipment And Vertical Anti Gravity Environment - CLEAVAGE
What a novel solution
Renaming an agency that fscked up
Splitting it's responsibilities so in the future nobody will be sure exactly who fscked up
Appearing on the today programme to show that something 'must be done' (tm)
Google is what we call a VERY BIG COMPANY - this means it has lots of $$$ and so laws don't apply to it.
TPB is what we call a VERY SMALL COMPANY - it doesn't own any politicians but Hollywood does - so it's illegal.
All men are created equal
However they don't end up equal.
We introduce a new XYZ computer system.
We hire a bunch of XYZ consultants to implement it.
We fire a bunch of administrative officers to pay for it.
It's a cunning and subtle plan - if you look at all the expensive out of action technology and just give a slight shrug then you are obviously British.
If you stare at it saying, "how can all this not work in a modern technological western country" then you are obviously a foreigner.
Brilliant eh ?
It's great here - eh
In return for both of the TV/phone/cell companies promising to listen to a toothless government regulator the government guarantees that there is no competition to the two TV/Phone/Cell companies you get to choose between.
They are currently trying to ban an upstart cheap cell phone carrier (windmobile) on the basis that is partly Chinese funded!
Re: Banning distractions
Grey-import Jap bikes used to have this - a red light flashed on the speedo when you went over 100kph (IIRC)
Fancy German Cars (tm) have a camera that reads the speedlimit signs as you drive past them and warns you on the speed.
Re: but my Sat-Nat told me to go this way
Over here they are much better trained.
They are all able to work a Panasonic Toughbook - bolted to the dash - while driving.
The advanced ones can do this while drinking a coffee and eating a donut
Dept Homeland Security at the ready
The eagle toys came with very realistic little metal cargo pods with a nuclear symbol on them.
All through the 80s there would be news stories of somebody digging one up in the garden and a big police/army/bomb disposal alert
Same with software
You can't resell your old software licenses http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/02/23/ecj_asked_to_rule_on_resale_of_software_licences/
Interesting how far this extends.
Can you sell your car if you only licensed the software in the engine management system?
Can you sell your house if your don't own the copyright to the design?
That was the point - the airport, the police and security services didn't take the threat seriously - they declared it wasn't a credible threat, raised no security alert and did nothing at the airport.
The later prosecution was completely malicious.
Yes but even they don't rely on the opinions of a Big Brother loser to decide how thick to make the sheilding on a reactor.
There was also a prosecution for endangering an aircraft when a drunk tried to open a door inflight, although the doors are held closed by several tons of air pressure and totally impossible to open.
So does an ineffective threat still constitute a threat? If I was to say "I will use my magical powers to curse Robin Hood airport and call up the hoards of Cthulhu to destroy it" - does that constitute a threat?
That's the problem if Apple don't want to accept the % of the product FRAND that they were offered then who gets to decide what % of the 'value' of an iPhone is the phone part.
If it was on components then Apple could simply do a deal with their chip supplier that the GSM module costs 1c, so paying nothing in royalties, and then simply overpay for another part from the same supplier.
That's a common trick for avoiding paying tax, eg. Microsoft Windows includes a large payment to a Microsoft subsidiary in Reno that owns all their IP so that MSFT in Redmond doesn't make a profit and doesn't pay tax.
Remember that's in total - for ALL Blackberry users
You're new here aren't you ?
Tip - the verity ones are clever and funny
Probably similar to the logic that says 8 US troops in US uniforms with US weapons kill a bunch of civilians - but it wasn't a US military action.
Then the same US military that says it wasn't a US military action, and they don't approve, acquits most of those involved and punishes the ringleader in the same way as if he had turned up with dirty buttons on his uniform.
The argument in that case was that they were wrongly convicted - because shell-shock/PTSD wasn't recognised at the time. Although that's just political weasling.
The 'correct' thing to do would be to say that; looking back, it was wrong to persecute gays, just as it was wrong to deny women the vote, or to prevent Jewish asylum seekers from Germany in the 30s - or a whole bunch of other stuff. BUT more important would be for the same politicians to consider this the next time they are reacting to a Daily Mail headline.
No, but if I was a security officer at GCHQ and I had a candidate with a conviction for smoking a joint or for hacking his school's computer, or some other criminal act - I might think twice about automatically rejecting them.
There is a theory that you can learn from the past.
Whether it's not invading Russia in winter or not hiring the best candidate because they are gay/female/muslim/black - it's worth remembering.
"Archbishop of Canterbury get censored"
Well to be fair, his website does include numerous pictures of a Jew being tortured to death
But he won - you can't be a terrorist if you won.
There's no call for that sort of language - this is a family website
It's a bit complicated but (IIRC) you get taxed on them on the day of the IPO as if the difference between the option price (effectively nowt) and the launch price had been salary.
If you never sell the shares or the they become worthless, eg. the company goes bust, - you still owe that tax. Some friends got screwed by this in the first dot-com bubble 10 years ago.
Almost everything about SpaceX engineering ability is impressive.
It reminds you of the sort of stuff Lockheed skunkworks used to do in the old days.
There is a great interview with one of their engineers where he says: the trouble is that all the systems are designed for multiple cheap reuse for when we are eventually running like an airline - if we could just do good-enough for now the progress would be much more impressive.
It already seems pretty impressive by the standards of any government space agency !
Sounds expensive and complicated
I thought you could make anything safer by simply hiring more layers of managers to produce presentations about safety - didn't NASA prove that ?
Photoshop launches it's new tool
"Our first multi-tasking anti-ageing tool targets 10 signs of ageing in one."
ASA can't argue with that !
Was abandoned long ago. On the desktop the push to move things like graphics into the kernel has made Windows a lot less portable.
In theory CLR technologies on .Net should make running any app on anything trivial but in practice they drop down to either very platform specific DirectX code or ancient GDI legacy as soon as you need to do anything useful.
So nothing to do with Holywood
Threatening to stop writing checks this political year then?
Is it patented?
Yes - but there is a little difference between telling security at an airport you have a gun.
And posting a comment on el'Reg that "take off and nuke the site from orbit" is the only way to improve LAX.
... shit I did post this as anonymous ??????
The US doesn't do Transit - everyone has to go through customs+immigration.
This is a growing market for Boeing's new 7E7 because it can fly a lot of S. America and S.E. Asia to Europe direct without having to go through the US. This is a big market for a lot of S American airlines
They probably already do this. The advertising value of what new phone model you were Googling 6months ago is pretty low.
Google make more money by ensuring that they only sell data about you that is new.
It's only governments that are interested in what you where reading years ago.
The same Rio Ferdinand runs around a bit of grass on saturdays wearing a shirt saying AIG.
Well I was concerned about AIG's credit downgrading following liquidity problems - but if an insurance expert such as Mr Ferdinand is willing to wear their name in public they must be OK.
Of course I wonder trust his opinion on what penautty chocolate bar to eat - that's just silly.
That's a relief then
I wasn't sure if this was just a bit of pointless Eu bureaucracy or another law by lawmakers who don't understand technology.
But as soon as Google rushes out to say that the privacy rules are unworkable - I know the law must be effective. It's like you can't go wrong by automatically opposing anything the Daily Mail supports
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