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Re: A few more details
The reason for Galileo was that ArianeSpace/BAe/Astrium/Thales were looking like they might need a bit of help in the absence of any nice wars that were going to destroy lots of expensive fighter planes.
And it allowed the French to demonstrate their natural superiority over the Americans.
Re: "who reserve the option of denying GPS service, though this has never actually happened."
In the first Gulf war the Selective Availability (ie the signal position poisoning) was actually switched off.
There weren't enough military GPS units to go around and so most troops were using civilian units.
It was pretty obvious to the US than the Iraqis hadn't yet developed their own invisible, 45min to London, GPS guided, WMD carrying, cruise missiles.
Re: ICBM's navigation
The other reason ICBMs do not use GPS is because the way you know you are in a shootin' war toe-toe with the Russkies - is when all your GPS sats are shot down.
GPS is very useful for the submarine to know where it is when it launches and it does save time sitting on the surface while a bunch of navigation officers with sextants take sightings, that;s why the predecessor to GPS was invented by the Navy.
Re: Certianly have a use...
Stopped carrying my laptop and have an HP-mini instead
Keyboard is almost fullsize and apart from the silly touchpad button placement it's great.
Going to pick up another one for when this dies.
My boss replaced his laptop with a new MS surface for only $1000 more, and I can run proper Office!
Should produce some interesting marketing suggestions though when Saxon and kylie get fed into the Ad-men's neural net.
I once bought a particularly gruesome pathology textbook (for a work project) and a bunch of Hello kitty stuff (niece brithday) and got some very weird recommendations. from Amazon
The Morgans Flyer
The lovely warm feelings of looking through the window on TCR.
The almost Dickensian scene of little waifs of programmers with their noses pressed to the snow covered panes as they spied out 386s, bizarre monitors and wonderful tape drives
Re: Oh Yeah, Anglo Claptrap
Those were calculating machines, anyone can make an adding machine, a computer is different
Jacquard is interesting in inventing the printer a century before the computer.
Re: Very simple solution..
You agree to their terms when you upload the picture.
If you don't agree - don't upload it.
If you want to go around saying the contract doesn't count - then presumably you go to prison for your unauthorised access to their computer system
Re: Missing an important point...
> They just want applications that work
As in click in the Ubuntu app store
Or, go to Best buy
decide if you want Office, Office-student, Office-Home, Office-pro, Office-Ultra-pro, Office-Ultra-pro-Premium
get a box with a DVD - discover your netbook doesn't have a DVD drive
attempt to enter a 128 digit licence key
spend 10mins on the phone to "kevin" in Mumbai trying to get the licence code accepted
It's now not only easier to install Ubuntu than do a Windows update.
It's easier to install free or paid apps than it is on windows.
Re: Good effort but misdirected
Not quite, GPL3 doesn't stop you using DRM - you can use GPL3 code to develop any system you want.
Apple's problem with GPL3 is that it prevents you using code signing to block users from installing modified code. Apple was using SAMBA, giving you the source, but banning you from using your own modified version
Re: Good effort but misdirected
Android is based on Linux, iOS is based on BSD.
BSD does allow you to take the code and copy it while laughing maniacally, a lot of MSFTs network stack is (was?) BSD
A computer that stands there blocking for 3days, then sores 200, then slaps your girlfriend
Re: Licensing terms
Didn't a lot of lawsuits between IBM and Amdahl back in the stone age show you couldn't restrict people making plug compatible peripherals?
Has anyone tried
using it as a licence key for Office ?
Profit from it?
Who exactly would profit from it in 1973?
Except the Russians of course - it would have been great fro them not to have lost all those agents who reused one time pads.
Re: The Daily Mail
But without knowing what the Daily Mail hates - how would I know what to think?
Re: Is the Fail confused or am I?
Although due to copying our answers off the Americans - 16 isn't old enough to view pictures of her.
It's old enough to marry her and have kids - but not take pics of her in a bikini
Re: Actually ...
if ( education==eton ) job = cabinet
else if ( education==cambridge && knowledge==FA) job = conservativeMP
>..but isn't one kilo currently the mass of 1dm^3 H2O @ STP???
Roughly, but that's not accurate enough (the water evaporates) or easy to make (different isotopes and impurities)
Re: "where the .com is actually unicode lower case azerbijan"
The $180K doesn't apply to the non-english TLDs
Countries will be able to issue their own - you don't think China is going to allow the US to decide which chinese TLDs are allowed + pocket the money.
Surely the vatican should get .virgin ?
And shouldn't the Saudis and the Vatican be busy objecting to each other?
Until you click on a link to a mybank.com where the .com is actually unicode lower case azerbijan
So pirates had better look out
Unless they are Chinese
Re: Scoff all you want, even the US had trouble in the beginning
Well the goddam' gooks should do what we had to.
Just go to Germany and pinch a few Nazi scientists
Re: If the US don't like it,
>then why don't they do what they usually do the countries with dictatorships?
Fund their military to kill any commie guerillas who want their land back?
Sell them weapons to fight the aformentioned commies
Lend them "voting advisors" to kill any upitty nuns who complain
Arrange for them to ship their drugs into the USA without any police getting in the way and for the money to be delivered safely to Switzerland
Unfortunately NK's only mind-expanding export is kimchi - and even Hollywood starlets won't inhale that.
Hopes to develop the technology to build a washing machine size lump of scrap
Re: Android virus the cry of self denial.....
You can't get porn on an iPhone.
Well you can - but they can't have any rounded corners
Re: Android virus the cry of self denial.....
So don't enable "install form untrusted sources" unless you are testing your own kernel builds
It's up there with: never fight a land war in Asia, neverplay Poker with anybody whose middle name is "the" and don't take your trousers off and bend down in a confessional
more about increasing profits
In other news - researchers discover fire hot, pope catholic and bears shit in woods
Re: Enjoy the rampant rule breaking this will allow
>Unlike the good old, traditional Post Office service
The point is that the banks log all the emails/web and phone calls their dealers make.
With this you will have two phones on your desk an official one with the deals that lost money and a PAYG phone topped up with cash for all the deals to your freinds that made money.
This way we won't need another of those expensive inquiries into rigging the LIBOR.
Re: When will they fine Goldman Sachs?
Germany did a major fiddle to slide the Greeks into the Eu so that they could run up huge credit card debts to buy BMWs and Bosch washing machines.
Germany just forgot that when they could't pay the German credit card companies back - it might be Germany on the hook for it.
Re: Impunity - Complete Impunity
A better punishment would be for their opening pitch to any new customers to include the line "We have made a business model out of conning customers just like you and we are likely to do the same again" alongside the "investments can down as well as up" small print
Re: Okay result
Like all those chumps who sold a useless shiny metal for $2500/oz when our highly intelligent and highly respected chancellor had sold all ours for $200/oz
It's not a question of idiots investing in an IPO - it's as if the Racing Post wrote that Dogmeat in the 2:30 at Doncaster was a cert to win, when they knew it had two broken legs and agrophobia and were using that to lay off their own bets
Re: Service Levels?
Yes but at least the Service Desk will tell you that in an approved manner
It's very logical,
They turn up and say that the children were satanist gay commie VB programmers.
The local police ,fearing a riot, stop them. They then sue the city under free speech legislation and get a huge out of court settlement.
Re: Is it the anti-higgs?
>I'm going, you can stop hurling relativistic gold nuclei at me!
Hmmm, the LHC gives a relativistic mass boost of about 5000x
So if you did put some gold in there it would be worth 5000x as much - assuming you sold it while it was still in the beam. I think this could be an opportunity for some relativistic, high speed trading.
Re: As exciting as this is for supporters of the standard model.
They have until friday to destroy the world
Re: Angered down in Anchorage
I'm still waiting for the paycheck from el'reg
Re: Frankly, my dear...
Take off and nuke the site from orbit - it's the only way to be sure
Re: Well that's a relief then, we can all sleep soundly now.
How many times have the police done so to edit a recording of an interview?
With this new technique the Met's forensic lab will be able to use the Met's archive to spot when the Met fiddles with a recording
Re: @Steve Crook
>He didn't just 'die'. he took his own life because of the laws
Not necessarily - he killed himself more than a year after the end of the sentence and after a couple of holidays to men-only resorts in Scandanavia.
His personal writings as documented in Hodges' book suggests he was depressed about his work and the lack of progress in the Manchester group and in UK computer research. Being gay in those times certainly didn't help but to say it was the only reason is pushing it a bit.
Re: Why stop at Turing?
We already did for WWI shell shock victims who were shot for cowardice.
Of course WWI veterans are politically doubly-plus-good and have a 5* Daily Mail Approval Rating
Re: C99 vs C++ @LeeDowling
C does give you a defined ABI that you can make your lib link against other libs.
Using C++ you need to either build it yourself or ship the customer dozens of different version for different compilers and build settings.
No - CEOs have a duty to maximize value to their shareholders.
If the company got boycotted by all UK consumers and went bust because the CEO found a clever way to pay less than minimum wage or not pay NI then the shareholders are going to be unhappy.
Re: Bored now
If somebody told you that you could get a discount on your council tax if you didn't have your rubbish collected but just chucked it over your fence into your neighbour's garden - that would be a good deal.
Of course they would be doing the same - but that's OK because for only 10x as mush as the council tax saving you can get a private company to come around and clean it up.
There is a reason we live in societies, not warring bands of individuals - it's not because we are nice - it's because ti works.
Re: Talk about stating the obvious...
If you buy apples for 50p, sell them for 60p but claim that you have to pay 11p to your Bermuda based parent company for the IP rights - then claim a grant to make up for your loss.
VAT for online services isn't paid where the customer is located - it's paid where the seller is `based`.
Guess where Google is `based` - it's not London
It's between the A1-M and the east coast mainline - so convenient for ministers to visit without having to stay oop North for too long
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