3958 posts • joined Thursday 31st December 2009 17:37 GMT
Although there have been Telsas written off because they were parked in garages without a charger while their owners were away for a few months, and the battery was depleted to the point it needed to be replaced.
Re: How did they score those patents
You've read and analysed all the claims then?
Or just read the reg headline?
They don't the, patent probably includes somewhere in clause 87, some novel step about eg. adding a hash of the SSID and approx location to the database to speed up the search of possible nearby wifis
Patents are very rarely about the headline use, it's almost always about one tiny step in the implementation.
You can't I have a business method patent on doing precisely that
Perhaps if you read some print journalism you would have a richer and more diverse vocabulary to eloquently express your dissatisfaction of the scheme?
Or you could just download our new Stephen Fry comment generator app.
Re: back again!
They succeeded in Canada - we pay 30cents on each blank CD.
There was a $1/Gb tax proposal on MP3 players but it was defeated
Unfortunately the scheme doesn't actually cover it's own costs, so no money actually goes to Celine Dion.
But it does mean that small bands selling their own CDs at gigs pay the levy on their blanks.
Re: This is serious
Wouldn't it be easier to simply give SKY a tax exemption?
If the idea is simply to transfer lots of money from the pockets of taxpayer to pockets of an australian media baron.
Re: Why stop at news?
I propose a 1 pound ISP tax to pay for all the free porn on the internet.
The money will be distributed by some formula based on Brazilian funbags and 1/number of cups - determined by reg readers.
Although if you go into the supermarket and explain that you don't watch ITV they will knock 2p off a mars bar.
Re: Drive anywhere for free...
I can do this using RFID technology called an Oyster card.
There is an up-front cost, but it's a lot less than a Tesla
Re: No problems will be incurred by air traffic control
Or another way to look at it - there are 6000 people supporting those actually doing any work.
How many actual air traffic controller desks are there compared to all these managers, HR, publicity etc ?
Re: Extreme Capitalism
Fortunately the process is reversible.
Under the "Great Leader" Sheffield was transformed from a noisy grimy industrial city into a landscape of open spaces and green (well brown) fields - pretty soon it will just be a small fishing village.
Re: Love that place..
>. Isn't it a good job we've never built aircraft carriers.
Quote from the BBC article - "For now the carrier has no operational aircraft "
Once more china is just producing blatant copies of UK inventions
He is loud, well known and slightly rotund.
So for distracting the public and hiding behind if a disgruntled employee starts shooting he is the obvious choice.
Although making him fly on the corporate jet everytime they go to the Andes, and giving him his own barbecue sauce hot tub, is a bit tasteless.
You're forgetting the power of backward compatibility !
If the DoD was involved we would still be publishing data in Trilobite compatible formats
Re: Fool Me Once Shame on You...
i think there should be annual tax holidays, just for a week or so around the middle of April
Re: Tax shouldn't be taxing
That's exactly what happens now - all the money Microsoft make in the USA they pay tax on in the USA.
But Microsoft USA make almost no money because they have to pay Microsoft Grand-Cayman for the rights to the Microsoft name and pay Microsoft Lichtenstein for the license to the software.
Re: Plug in cars ain't green.
>Large scale power generation is always more efficient than small local sources,
Multiplied by transmission losses, multiplied by charger efficency, multiplied by motor efficency
Then that's only true for the same sort of power generation. Ultimately power generation efficency depends on the temperature of the combustion cycle.
A diesel engine in a car could be more efficent than burning coal in a power station 1000km away
Re: How I would program it...
I assume that nay car with a complex and vital component made by Lucas already has a pretty effective immobiliser
Bikes are still a bit vulnerable to a sophisticated "putting it in the back of a van" attack.
>Guess they could just ring your doorbell - you answer - they poke knife at you and ask for your keys -
No - even car thieves don't want to risk getting any bodily fluids from a BMW driver on them, it might be contagious
Re: My Vauxhall (Opel)..
So you didn't buy a Landie because they are vulnerable to being lifted out of a carpark by a crane - and you consider this a security failing !
Isn't that a bit like complaining to the landlord is someone crashes a plane into your office ?
Re: put a lock on the OBD port
>- program keys from nothing = main dealer
IIRC Merc did this for their super-ninja-laser-cut-kryptonite keys.
Unfortunately they allowed any dealer to order the keys - and didn't get suspicious when some dealer in Borat-istan was requesting new key codes for 1000s of cars.
Re: Certain criminal threats - do not exist when cars are designed
>I don't recall Beemers being particularly cheap to begin with?!
But imagine if BMW managed to get the legislation overturned so that they could only be serviced by a BMW dealer and only MOT'ed/smogged by a dealer.
"I'm sorry sir your 1 year old car's ashtray is full and we don't service that model anymore" - "would sir like to buy a new one"?
Re: Not breaking the law
So it was you !
How did the pictures come out ?
Not breaking the law
>only passively listening to Wi-Fi network requests, rather than complete interception, making it legal under UK law.
It does seem an odd way around. My wifi asking to connect is equivalent to me going house-house trying the door to see if it's unlocked. Yet the person who invites me in is the one who is acting illegally?
Given some of the root CA that common browsers include you wouldn't have to do much.
I'm sure there is Russian/Liberian/etc CA that would issue you a cert for google.com with no questions asked.
Re: There is some logic ...
Well BT should just jolly well write to these chaps and get them to change the name of their road.
One day of course they will be able to talk on the new fangled telephone - as soon as the exchange is ready.
Paul Graham thinks Silicon Valley started because of rich individuals? You don't think this is a rich individual pleading for special treatment?
Silicon valley started because of large companies like HP luring techies there. HP went because there was a market for lab equipment for aircraft factories that moved there because they could build things outdoors and land was cheap.
So Silicon valley is there because of orange groves.
Not really a solution though is it?
You seize 3322.org, the virus dials home to 3323.org, you seize that... - what's the maximum length of a domain name?
The real problem is:
You have to buy a computer with a pre-loaded Windows OS.
Your only guarantee of security is the MS hologram, but all this means is that a chain of lowest bidder Chinese suppliers actually paid Redmond for a license.
You do your "security updates" but on a computer that's already compromised.
The only solution would be to buy a retail copy of the OS - for more than the price of the machine - and wipe the installed OEM OS. Perhaps OEM machines should actually only come with a license sticker and MS mails you a genuine install disk for free?
Re: IIRC the Hawaiians didn't have names for some things
Like there's no Scots word for vegetable ?
Then you just breed blue ringed tree octopuses to deal with the wasps, then vampire koalas to deal with the octopuses (octopodes?), then zombie mutant kangaroos to deal with the Koalas.
Then finally you have sharks with laser beams and reverse scuba suits......
Lewis has obviously been hired to promote the new BAe-Thales-vickers-EADS euroPhone.
Weighing in at a mere 117 euro-Kg and with a wrist mounted keypad that weighs a mere 20kg - the phone will include an internet app to strengthen the right wrist.
Although the first generation isn't capable of making or receiving calls until the new PhoneUser2000 specifications are finally agreed. Internet connectivity is available with the optional add-on module (specially reinforced Landrover required)
It will have user interchangeable batteries and the UK govt has ordered 5 sets of the batteries to be distributed among all UK users.
Unit costs is a mere million quid but subsidies will be available to qualified users (qualification include owning an oil rich country)
Re: @ AC 20:18
Today Wolverhampton - Tomorrow the world !
Yes if the other end of the windmill wasn't attached to the same Earth.
Although that's one of the reasons that Jaguar, Rover, British Leyland etc got into that state in the first place =
"it doesn't matter how crap our products are - people have to buy them or we will call them unpatriotic"
Re: Nuclear is reviled for good reasons
>Is that your preferred solution of dealing with radioactive waste too?
The obvious solution to dealing with nuclear waste is to mix it with fossil fuels, burn it and send it out of a chimney. After all we have been doing it with the radioactive material in coal for 300 years and nobody has objected.
Re: Go to Jail
The original designer of the "litigious fruit based shiny toy maker" 's logo said he did the bite out of it because the board thought it looked like a cherry when he first showed them. He knew nothing of Turing and the logo was created in 1976 - 7 years before Hodge's biography of Turing mentioning the suicide was published.
Similarly the rainbow colours on the first version were to advertise the Apple's colour display - it was 2 years before the design of the gay-pride rainbow flag.
Re: cases also appeared for...
The Apple TV set does exist - I have one.
It's just that only really cool and trendy people can see it - to everyone else it's invisible.
Re: "What do you think the micro turbine can do...?"
What if everyone had a small microturbine on their hat?
This should provide power to run their iPhone - thus making us locally self-sufficient and energy independent.
Then if we needed more power on a non-windy day people could just run around.
Seems like a great plan.
The Greens like it so they vote for you.
Still mine the same amount of coal so the unions vote for you
Pay lots of feed in tarrif for solar so the home owners vote for you.
The only people that lose are the poles that are now burning the dirty coal - and if they don't like it they shouldn't have put their country next door to Germany.
I read the Express and the Economist.
I think government regulation of the markets killed Diana.
If we don't give 3rd World dictators £9bn a year how are they going to afford BAe's products?
ps. "foreign owned" doesn't really mean anything for a listed company. Shockingly anyone, even foreigners, are allowed to buy shares in BAe, and honest stout hearted English yeomen are allowed to buy Siemens stock.
Re: What counts as a tablet?
>I don't see that we'll be able to cleanly divide Windows 8 sales into "PCs" and "tablets"
That's the problem for developers = develop for Win8 there are 400million devices.
Ok, some of them will be corporate desktops with a keyboard and a mouse and gig ethernet, some of them will be touchscreen tablets without 3G, and some of them will be phones with location awareness but expensive internet. We don't know how many there will be of each so you just have to write an application that is useful on all of them!
- It's true, the START MENU is coming BACK to Windows 8, hiss sources
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- How UK air traffic control system was caught asleep on the job
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- Microsoft: Don't listen to 4chan ... especially the bit about bricking Xbox Ones