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So what was a popularity contest between lawyers decided by a jury has now become a popularity contest between companies decided by juries.
So 12 "persons-of-coloured-neck" (or whatever the politically correct term is) in East Texas choose if Apple is nicer than Samsung or HP is nicer than some wifi chip maker they have never heard of - and billions of $ of trade are decided?
Re: But surely Germany...
Assume they spend most of their time typing the name of their own agency into Powerpoint, email, contact lists, apointments etc
I think you will find they are both playing catch up to the robust, low power, versatile and cheap original tablet - invented by André Cassagnes
Admittedly its interface is a little tricky to use, but no worse than either Palm or Windows XP tablet edition
10 days to think of an acronym for the operation
10 days to go through corporate services to get a meeting room
7 days tryign to get the meeting to show up on everyone's Outlook calender
1 days arguing about which pizza to order for the meeting
30secs to ask the network admin whodunnit
You say that, but if you start allowing free speech and criticism of the government they will want free association , free elections, no taxation without representation and we could lose an entire colony!
Re: We are considering cancelling cable
You are thinking logically - not like a politician who has been careful briefed over a golf game by cable industry CEO.
In Canada the broadcasters are required to broadcast a certain amount of Canadian Content ( CANCON).
The regulators want to apply this to YouTube (!) and Netflix after complaints from cable companies.
Quite how they can force YouTube to show a certain proportion of Canadian Content to Canadians isn't clear - perhaps you will be forced to watch "Just for Laughs" before every cat video.
Netflix countered that they could make as much CANCON available as they wanted, but it was upto the viewer to decide if they wanted to watch it or not. The suggestion was that they would just have a blank white screen with the claim that it was a Canadian polar bear in the arctic with it's eyes closed.
1, I need to boost some figures this quarter for my retirement bonus
2, We can always blame it on the government.
3, Sales of US networking companies are going to go through the floor when people start asking why there is a default admin password of "NSA" that can't be changed.
The printers will come with a free 1cc starter cartridge and the refills will be perfectly reasonable compared to powderded diamond
Re: We are considering cancelling cable
Of course now that Netflix makes TV, rather than just shipping bytes, it will be subject to all those same regulations.
Unless of course they just decide to take the piss and make 1000hours of a picture of a Canadian flag (with French subtitles) and allow people to stream it if they want.
Re: Force of law
"name, address, telephone number, ID number and other sensitive info."
Surely all that is just meta information and so nobody should possibly care if it was recorded, analysed, sold etc?
Re: What an original idea
Another reason for making the product - they were able to show it around the world at the same time
Rather than the industry standard - you can only watch this series in the USA, the rest of you have to wait 2years to find out who killed JR. Or just pirate it.
But how else would the BBC know who their customers are without big data analytics?
Re: Kids today
Nothing like the woosh of a set of Rolls-Royce Merlins going over somebody's head
What an original idea
Make a quality product and people will pay you for it.
Perhaps this could be a basis for the Web4.0 business model
Re: You should have thought of that!
It was done years ago.
Before all these fancy interfaces (when disks went though ribbon cables) frame grabber cards would have disks mounted directly on them and write to the disks as purely lien orientated digitised video data.
We didn't grow up with graphic glorificatiopn of violence against a couple of ethnic groups as the main focus of all comics, films and kid's games
So 5000 people all working in Thames water's complaint call centre makes it a competitor for silicon valley?
Re: Just so you understand
In fact this should be true of everything under18s do.
They shouldn't be allowed to take part in any legal contract without explicit parental consent.
That will at least keep the little scrotes out of shops, and off buses unless they are accompanied at all times by a parent to agree the the T&C
Because kids are leaving facebook in droves because unlike instagram and a host of other sites it doesn't let them freely publish pictures.
Re: A modest proposal
But still allow them to get married or join the army at 16.
But their parents won't be allowed to put a picture of them on the top of the telly until they are at least 39
Re: Radio 4
That's why they have "thought for the day", even cripples have been known to rise from the bed to turn it off
Re: And you were expecting him to say something else ?
On the other hand you probably can trust that they didn't give any to the NSA!
Re: Going to China is an empty threat, but Europe that is realistic
It wasn't a threat to move the NSA's history of Crypto conference.
It was a warning where will the next generation of students and experts from outside USA and Eu go?
They aren't going to be allowed to work and study in America or Europe and I suspect Moscow university isn't offering quite as many scholarships for future African revolutionary leaders as it used to - so that leaves China.
I'm guessing the next Ramanujan, Bose or Chandrasekhar will be working at Beijing not Princton or Cambridge.
Re: Top Crytographer "admits" "There are terrorists int the NSA membership."
SS-Sturmbannführer Werner von Braun?
Re: Not in the future...
>some large faction of US citizens feel threatened by all and sundry from outside our borders,
Well to be fair they did come out of it rather badly last time.
Remember next time a bunch of white people turn up - kill them all. Don't teach them how to grow maize
Re: Is it really that hard to ID a phone?
The clue is worldwide. How do you get every country to agree to it?
Leaving aside those countries with almost no function government who are still a market for cell phones.
Chinese state security sends America a weekly list of "stolen" imei that it wants blocked? Or the NSA sends a similar list to China?
Re: To get back on-topic...
Unless of course it is possible to transport 'out of state' phones into NY or move stolen ones out.
It will also have the entirely un-expected side effect of making anyone owning an unregistered 'burner' phone as a suspected criminal or jouranlis
Re: Are you feeling lucky, punk?
If they had sold it to you then no.
If, as they claim, they merely sold you a non time-limited license then you get to use it as long as you like.
If it had security bugs when you got it then you then they should fix the design defects, if they introduced them with other fixes then they fix them
Re: From my cold, dead hands is appropriate in my situation
Which will run IE displaying a page which is screen-scrapping a 3270 terminal application running on a mainframe - why upgrade to windows 8?
Re: During the meanwhile ...
>if I buy a £2 lottery ticket then I am infinitely more likely to win the lottery than if I didn't...
But if you don't then you are only 1 in 130,000,000 less likely to win and you have saved £2!
Re: Pot, meet Kettle
At least they don't charge this for transit passengers. The US doesn't do transit so you have to have a $131 VISA to change planes - and need to be permitted through US immigration.
And since a lot of S America is out of range without refueling in the US this means they have effectively a blockade of an entire continent.
They just had a big boycott of a conference on the Kepler space telescope because US government rules ban anyone working for the feds collaborating with anyone in China and so all Chinese born scientists working in the US wouldn't be allowed to attend.
Re: Elop was Second Choice?
First on the list was some guy from HP who had a plan to use Itaniums in the phones
Who is in charge ?
"mobile operators....preferred to have a range of cheaper phones to offer their customers".
Didn't we just hear about another pioneering, market leading cell phone company who was destroyed because the operators told them what to build?
re: introduce reforms of the NSA
To make sure that leaks like this don't happen again.
Re: John (Chris)
That's his secret code name. Unfortunately all the good ones were taken, it was either Chris or "pink groundhog"
Re: Rearranging Deck Chairs
The purpose of three-letter-agencies is principally to protect their budget/remit/authority from other three-letter-agencies.
If they have any time left, they do what-they-know-to-be-right (tm).
Since what they have been doing is right (because they have been doing it) they do more of the same thing.
Going to be an interesting job interview
Here at xyz we do...
We are looking for a new director of ...
The previous executive left because
We have budgeted to pay you ....
Re: I fail to see the advantage.
The concern isn't that the NSA has your details - it's that they pass these on to immigration, the taxman, bureau of alcohol tobacco and firearms (also known as a damn good party).
If you have 28 separate intelligence services spying on you then nobody is going to find out what you are really upto. Since all these agencies spend 100% of their effort spying on each other there is no way that GCHQ is going to grass you up to the Germans fro pirating David Hasselhof CDs
Re: Crack wise if you want...
How long until they have their own Oscar category?
Re: Dong Jefe Hmmm... not sure where to begin with this...
Presumably that's the definition of a civilised country - where you are more afraid of the police than the criminals?
Re: No surprise
Don't those people immediately wrap their iThingy in Burberry cases from the market anyway?
Just paint over the colored bits with tipex and you have a white iThingy again
Re: The USA should do with companies what it does with people
> Or indeed of the difference between a gift of capital (offloading half a mill to your spouse) and revenue transactions (IP royalties).
So instead of giving your spouse all your money when you become a cabinet minister, just pay them for the IP rights to their name ?
Of course the NHS will keep this data secure.
If it leaks then it is of no value to sell it to pharma, health insurance, travel insurance, pension companies, banks etc.
Re: Down here, all the boys are called Bruce
Rule 1, No poofters.
Rule 2, No member of the faculty is to maltreat the "Abos" in any way whatsoever—if there's anyone watching.
Rule 3, No poofters.
Rule 4, I don't want to catch anyone not drinking in their room after lights out.
Rule 5, No poofters.
Rule 6, There is no... rule six.
Rule 7, No poofters.
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