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Re: Better than windows 8 for a laptop?
I have one and it's fantastic for $200 - superlight, battery lasts all day, instant on and zero maintenance.
For web browsing on the sofa or travel it's perfect. It replaced an HP netbook I had for travelling and a tablet for web browsing.
For web stuff, like ranting on el'reg, a keybaord and a full size screen beat a tablet.
I did install Ubuntu on it side:side but that's pretty pointless. If i need a Linux laptop I have a real Linux laptop. Compared to a $300 bottom of the range Wintel machine then for the stuff it's good at ( web/ email) there is no contest.
Because fscking customers over with high prices is perfectly legal.
If the UK telco had done a secret deal with a foreign telco where they detected you had put in a local SIM and still charged you international prices - that would be anti-competative and get them raided.
Re: harmonizing of corporate tax
If Germany were to decide that there was no VAT payable on cars and setup a scheme so German cars anywhere in europe could be officially "bought" in Germany - I imagine some British politicians with a car plant in their back yard might object.
Re: How do salvage laws work in space?
The Apollo 11 lunar module crashed into the moon so would be difficult to salvage - the lander stage remains US property in the same way that sunk warships remain the property of their governments.
Re: Not a bad idea...
The last time the US politicians had a tantrum and shut down government - they actually hired people to go out onto remote hiking trails in unmanned parks to declare them closed and stop visitors
So if the US stopped Nasa's budget under another tantrum they might be forced to launch another Apollo program by the same legislation!
Presumably the USSR would then claim low earth orbit as theirs - which might have bigger commercial implications
Re: Directional Arrows
Or if you are designing a component where orientation matters - don't put a symmetrical set of mounting holes.
Re: Give the poor guy a break!
Simply change the marketing material to "new automated mining system in trial of Russia - Australia direct tunnel" and you have a success.
Re: Typical Management.
> Did the test plan check for the error?
It did - the Russian test plan is generally to fire the thing and see if it blows up.
For bonus points make sure you test it near Germans - in which case it doesn't matter if it worked or failed.
Re: Send P&P packing
Dealextreme and the like manage to surface mail cheap crap for free by regular post, so either RM is doing them a great deal on the final delivery or they have really really good margins
Re: Send P&P packing
If you are just sending out a few boards then you need to:
Send kid down to staples to buy padded envelopes
Get kid to put them in envelopes,
Make sure correct label is stuck on envelope
Take to post office
Weigh them, pay postage
Compared to sending out 1000s of items with a production line of kids paid Chinese minimum wage and a container full of padded envelopes bought at Chinese prices from the company next door. And then a bulk deal with China post.
We used to charge 25quid for a replacement serial cable for one of our industrial products. Our customers probably hated us for ripping them off - but by the time we had bought them from RS, dealt with all the stocking, taking orders, packaging, posting etc - all to ISO9001 - we were losing money.
Re: Full spectrum cominance
>Want to make an phone call from the middle of the ocean (any ocean) or a ship or plane and you're not a member of the US govt?
Then you use a LEO relay system like Iridium or inmarsat.
You don't use a 3m dish accurately pointing at a GSO satelite 20,000 miles away
Re: Full spectrum cominance
I thought Arianes' big selling point twas that although it wasn't the biggest mass to orbit launcher it's third stage was so precise you didn't need to waste mass/cost/time on putting a lot of booster technology in your payload?
ps Is there actually a market for GSO communications satellites anymore? I thought their capacity was so laughably behind fiber there was no point for phone calls and everybody was now watching ESPN and FOX over cable?
Also Arianes' cost estimates are based on actually doing this for decades, SpaceXs are marketing projections of what they hope to achieve.
Both lying like weasels of course but with different standard deviations
Re: There are other issues
Ariane5 is liquid fueled because the bottom half is a French SLBM
A clever way to get industry and other governments to fund development of your military toys
Cutting the price to kill Texas Instruments is perfectly fair
Agreeing with Texas Instruments that you will both add $10 to the price of all your games isn't
re: worldwide revenues
Fortunately "Apple Earth inc" makes a loss because of the royalty payments it has to make to "Apple Omicron Persei 8"
Re: INS/GPS aren't the only options
GPS is very useful for knowing where your submarine is when you fired the missile - in order to set the INS.
That was the original reason for GPS, and the preceding US Navy satelite system. Having your sub sit on the surface for hours while people try and make enough sextant readings to get a fix was not condusive to health when there were Russian bombers overhead.
Not sure how much use GPS would be for a re-entering missile surrounded by highly heated and partly ionised atmosphere
Re: @John Smith 19 - Encrypted service has nothing to do with freedom loving
But they have to set the price low enough that you can't do better with SBAS and beacons so will never make back the cost of billing for the service - never mind the billions for actually launching the things
It's the general opinion of most actual scientists in the field ( as opposed to educational psychologists and Ritalin salesmen) that the DSM is about as sceintifically accurate as the Malleus Maleficarum and about as clinically useful
Excel ran out of rows
Who would have thought there were places with more than 16,376 unemployed?
Arguably this one is "fit for purpose" if the purpose is to reduce the number of benefits paid out
I would say ...
"Take off and nuke the site from orbit - it's the only way to be sure"
But with the DHS involved you never know .....
Re: 5 Years? Try 5 *decades*
These did have nuclear warheads though.
A simple engineering solution to failing to get the bang close enough - is to simply make the bang bigger
Re: Successful when the target has a transponder?
Or they could sell missiles to current unstable regimes so that after the revolution when the new rulers try and use them - we will know where they are.
re: I'm sure Alaska would rather have the money.
Being Alaska they would rather have spent $10Bn on a giant shotgun
Use the force
Turn off the targetting computer and trust your instincts
Re: Do a search
Power companies and railroads in the US and Canada were spraying it into the 1970s to control weeds - after all it was perfectly safe, the government had proved that in Vietnam.
There are a bunch of lawsuits here about it
Re: Stupid prosecutors, stupider cops
> the judge to have actually read the First Amendment
I thought the constitution didn't apply if it was terrorism?
Re: There ought to be some kind of rule
>Else you are just facing a monolithic power which you have no way of countering
If only the founders of the power in question had thought to put some sort of clause allowing you to protect yourself from it.
Re: The land of the free. My rse!
I think being Texan and being able to sign your name might be mutually exclusive
Re: Innapriarte reaction
This is el'reg co.UK where sarcasm is the highest form of wit
ps. swiftkey obviously didn't understand it - no idea what it thought it was converting the title to ?
For the Texas police to risk the lives of their citizens arresting this person.
Didn't the president just authorize drone strikes on US citizens that post terrorist messages ?
Couldn't they be automatically linked to facebook/twitter so these terrorists are taken out automatically without risk to the police?
what do you expect
If you outsource it to ......
Re: Three Amigos
>What has been depictable?
That they admitted torture and offered to knock 117 days off his sentence because of it?
>Manning is a traitor
Traitor / Patriot - so like freedom fighter / terrorist
> knowingly endangered his fellow soldiers
By leaking diplomatic cables that suggested the revealed Putin was the real power behind the Russian president, Isreal doesn't really like the Palestinians and is suspicious about Iran's peaceful nuclear energy, and that some people in Pakistan's security service might be unhappy about the US continaully bombing them?
Re: >French secret service isn't handing over Airbus's business data to Boeing
I doubt that the NSA deliberately spy on Boeing to give the data to the DGCE,
But I suspect that GCHQ and the UK security services consider the special relationship with America as more important than British industry. So I don't imagine that they filter out interceptions on British companies before handign data over to the USA
Re: Summary of talks
The difference is that I suspect the French secret service isn't handing over Airbus's business data to Boeing - I suspect GCHQ+NSA are.
Re: Clouds - nope!
Ironically it is probably more secure form the NSA in Germany than in the UK. The only thing limiting NSA spying in the UK is how quickly GCHQ can send them the data.
Re: Please help a Canuck out here...
>A place merely for storage and/or tools.
That's what garages are for.
You put a $20,000 car outside in the snow so you can store a $99 broken lawnmower in the garage.
>Curious about the linguistic differences...
I still laugh when Ontario politicians go cottaging at the weekend.
Re: Give the toddler a bigger firearm
It's a good idea - as long as it apples to everyone.
Would be interesting to watch German police marching into Westminister to arrest Hague because GCHQ stored data on Germans.
Re: Great view
"best view of Northampton" is there such a thing?
Re: Not Orthanc
Which raises the question of what kind of lifts do they have in Orthanc?
Do a group of orcs all stand in the lift not making eye contact?
Do they play cheesy elevator music?
Is there a notice limiting it to 15 persons, 30 halflings, or 10 uraki ?
Hasn't he been caught yet?
Surely with the 100% all seeing eye of the NSA he should have been detected, orange-jumpsuited and be on an unlisted flight to electrode-on-the-scrotum land by now?
Having drunk what Americans produce when they try and make tea.
I don't think the Boston harbour thing was a protest, just a misunderstanding of the recipe
Until you discover years later that there is also a fixed admin account and the password, which you can't change, is "cisco"
End of the eu?
So Ireland makes a few % while ripping off the rest of the Eu by allowing tax scams to operate
Presumably other Eu countries could run their own scams, sorry - revenue enhancement processes ?
I'm trying to get a CE mark for a medical device - it's a lot of work. Now if some "business friendly" new Eu country would rubber stamp it for me I would be prepared to open a branch office there and employ a couple of locals.
Ireland used to be famous for giving asylum to any refugee that arrived - along with the Irish passport they got a ferry timetable and a strong hint in the direction of Liverpool. Presumably in return for say a 1000euro processing fee some poor new Eu country could hand out citizenship to everyone in Somalia. At a stroke solving illegal immigration in the Eu.
Re: pretty obvious really
>Space Shuttle that wouldn't have never gone to space "Enterprise"
Presumably because the engines cannea take it cap'n
Re: I quite like the train noises
You forgot "station stop"
As opposed to random stop for 20mins,a quarter of a mile outside the station when we are already 20mins late ?
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