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Wind power is tremendously good value for money - Take for example the offshore wind farm near Barrow In Furness.
The government made a £1billion investment in renewable energy - by buying German window turbines from a Danish company.
They shipped them to Belfast - so making a £1billion peace dividend investment in Northern Ireland.
They loaded them onto a crane barge in the old H&W shipyard in Belfast - making a £1billion investment in re-energising old industry for a brighter green technology future.
And finally they hooked them up to the grid in Barrow - thus making a £1billion infrastrucre investment in a deprived area.
For only £1billion heading to Seimens bank account at least a dozen government depts and quangos were able to claim a £1billion investment - that sounds like an excellent return.
And that's before they even generate any electricity - if they ever do.
Re: Ltd Companies
But still somewhat irrelevent if the "company" is just a bit of paper and the owners are just listed as "Boris Smith" "Russia".
There isn't exactly a lot of checking to register a company in the UK - and there is no need to even register it in the UK.
At the time RM was the only practical solution.
el' Reg readers would have been equally annoyed if nothing was available for 3 years while they developed their own format - and the same people would be moaning about the millions being spent on a NIH solution when RM was available.
Re: Hmm... this _is_ 2012
The BBC are working on a regional coding system which will allow only "Dad's Army" and "Allo Allo" to be recorded in Germany.
Re: Biased bbc
>The bbc are completely biased towards the left.
You see "antiques in the attic in the house in the country challenge" as a savage indictment of bourgeois capitalism ?
Re: I smell desperation
The IT equivalent of limping through the lion enclosure covered in barbecue sauce hitting yourself with a meat tenderiser?
Crim is in Russia, with a company registered in Liberia and servers in China.
Crim laughs at plod and pays 20quid to register new company,
BT hand out new premium number and they are back in business tomorrow
Re: EPIC FAIL - Sophos are clearly idiots....
So Sophos shouldn't have a market for desktop AV because internet explorer warns you when you download apps or open attachments ?
I suppose a warning on the boot screen saying - "allow code to run on this cpu?" would mean everyone is an idiot
To be fair, they did birth the era of charging you 10x as much for the same code by sticking "server" in the name and adding a registry key that limited the number of IP connections
Re: Very dull headline
Nope you get to be that big by the US losing (sort of) a war in your country and installing a military dictatorship who decides that there must be industry to make the country independent of it's commie neighbours.
And that company should be owned by some friends of his.
And the laws shouldn't apply to them.
Even today, if you ever have to deal with Samsung, they make the Russian mafia look like Apple.
PAL is the standard in Britain and it's the British Broadcasting Corporation.
I think saying they are biased toward PAL is like saying that London transport is biased to driving on the left.
Re: 30 days?
The first rule of get_iplayer is that you don't talk about get_iplayer......
Re: Obviously never to MediaCity then
I don't think you can watch the new exciting dynamic multimedia customer output "product" on a tram - I think you are limited to Hovis commercials.
They did a full exhaustive market study of the 3 interns in the BBC coffee shop and discovered that 100% of the target demographic of middle class media studies students only use Apple.
How much ....
Can anyone explain why small home/office NAS boxes are so %^*&ing expensive?
The cheapest average about $200/2bay and $400/4bay WITHOUT the drives.
That's a 4channel SATA chip, a network port and an ARM/Atom cpu, a copy of Linux and a cheap plastic box.
For that money I can buy a full Dell PC AND the drives to go in it.
Presumably anyone that evolved would be run out of Tennessee
You shouldn't employ workers under 18 on your production line.
You should get them for free on YTS.
Over 18s you should get for free as a 6month unpaid training period or they have their benefit stopped
>2) did you really just suggest that targeting individuals rather than whole cities is *de*humanising war?
Yes - if you carpet bomb Dresden then the people ordering it, and the people doing it, have to think about what they have done.
If you just draw a box on Google Earth and an automated drone automatically kills anyone in it until you click cancel - then you are a lot more likely to order it, the troops are much more likely to do it, and the people at home aren't going to object.
Think of drones as virtual minefields and they are a lot less acceptable.
Re: There is another planet
Stars aren't IN constellations - it's just a direction, it depends where you are standing
It might be in Cygnus for us and Kasterborous from there.
... I can't believe I bothered to write this....
Peterborough had that on the A1 just outside the gate to RAF Wittering.
They put a cone in the emergency vehicle access gap in the central reservation and a single "roadworks 50mph" sign was there all winter which was completely ignored. On the first bank holiday a speed camera was added. Profitable!
Re: With Apologies
Black iPhones falling own stairs?
>Do we really have an Internet where manual intervention is required to provide the routing that's required when >something fails?
No - you can have an internet where the router has the company credit card and will go and buy capacity on whatever link it needs, automatically at whatever the cost.
A great service
I used it everyday to check for new interesting radio programs which I then downloaded perfectly legally from the BBC iPlayer site to my not_an_iPod.
Although the BBC spent 120M quid on new channel idents for the TV it doesn't seem to know it runs some radio stations.
Yes he is in a perfect position to prove that the code is his.
But since it's in the enterprise space the chances are that the users are multi-million$ companies - so he has every right to march into the offices of their army of lawyers and demand that they go to court.
Re: those damn phones...
3 possibilities really: Nobody has ever deliberately or accidentally left an electronic device turned on, planes crash all the time due to this but the cause is covered up, they have F*** all effect.
Of course they can't possibly test all possible combinations of 300 different phones being used in different ways on every model of aircraft. Until they fitted cell phone cells to the planes to charge you $5-10 to make a call - then suddenly the phones were safe on all their flights.
Re: The unknown
On that basis we don't know if the static from plastic underwear can cause interference but we don't have to pull down our pants as we board.
The real issue is that a bunch of barely trained, perfume and duty-free drink sale-persons are screaming at you to do something because of the technical equivalent of; "a bloke in a pub told a mate of mine's cousin" - and if you disagree you are arrested.
It doesn't give you a great deal of confidence in the people flying and maintaining the aircraft does it?
The real reason
Is that in the "extremely unlikely event of..." they don't want people deafened with headphones and wires wrapped around their head.
When I used to fly a lot I did wonder what would happen if i put on my ear defenders and a blindfold during takeoff and landing.
It is rather odd that they remove 25.1ml tubes of toothpaste for security and yet electronic devices that can crash the plane are on the honor system
>Humankind wasn't present at the beginning of time
It was in Texas - or at least within the first week.
>Are you implying that El Reg have SQL Injection vulnerabilities in their code?
No, el'reg runs on DBase II, dos batch files and a self aware BBC micro
No, he is upset that people took his code, changed the name and resold it without mentioning that it was GPL.
A bit like me making copies of a Star Wars DVD, changing the name claiming it was my own work and selling it.
Re: All this and the Open Source community...
on the contrary this is the whole reason for building your business on open source. There is nothing the original author can do to prevent you and anyone else using and continuing to use the software you downloaded.
Compare this with a business that thought Oracle running on itanium was a sure bet!
Re: .NET Fail
Cutting your lawn with C++ is like cutting your lawn with a cluster bomb rather than using the my-little-pony lawn cutting applet.
Note only works on lawns sown with my-little-pony grass, may have to upgrade the lawn to grass 2.0, grass is only available in pink, only heart shaped lawns are supported.
Re: Shirley is serious ...
>The idea that patents inhibits innovation and industrial activity is disproven by the historical record
You could make an argument for Watt's objection to high pressure steam and his stranglehold over patents on the steam engine. And Andrew Carnegie getting very rich by the US's ignoring of foreign patents on steel making.
The problem is that patents are now being used to crush other markets. So design patents because they are more enforceable than copyright, business method patents on comparison shopping.
East Texas jury shopping becoming like the libel cases in London where you can prevent publication of something anywhere in the world by threatening to sue in London.
I'm not convinced that the real problem here isn't juries. They have an important role in criminal trials to stop the police having it all their own way - but since these cases innevitably go to a higher court, wouldn't it be easier to just have the trial in the higher court? Or separate technical courts as in Germany. Having technical patent or complex tax cases decided by 12 random people off the street is like Intel picking 12 random shareholders to design a CPU or rolls Royce having a turbine design approved by the first 12 people off a flight.
Re: Talk about counting chickens before they are hatched...
>I expect the South Koreans to be intelligent and measured about how they respond to things.
You expect Samsung's management to be inteligent about things.
The problem is that these cases are decided by juries of 12 ordinary people. Or more generally these days in the USA - 12 unemployed people, since having a salaried job is pretty much a valid excuse to get off a jury.
So just like juries have occasionally convicted someone in a criminal case just because of their skin colour - we now have juries in the patent lawyers favorite jurisdiction who decide the case based on which company is the most American.
Imagine that just after the Rodney King trial you were a white cop facing a jury of black teenagers! That's going to be the next US company going to court in Korea.
Re: What's the real risk?
>Why would someone shimmy up several floors on the outside of a building
To deliver chocolate?
Perhaps your wife is just worrying about getting fat?
Odd - presumably in such a complex case the jury would mostly have consisted of UI designers and software engineers.
It's not like you are going to decide a multi-billion $ international trade dispute on 12 random individuals who had nothing better to do.
Re: Talk about counting chickens before they are hatched...
>but patents aren't worldwide
But justice is supposed to be.
If Apple won this case because 12 hicks in East Texas voted for a Merikan company over gooks - then there is quickly going to be another case where a patriotic Korean jury decides to ban all Apple products, and probably Microsoft and Google aswell, in Korea.
Re: The exercise of cataloguing all the components
We only use ethical gold, we get it from Switzerland, who got it from Nazi's who got it from Jewish false teeth, who got it from Spanish noblemen who got it from South America. So historical and totally ethical.
There was a proposal from one US state to require these keylock boxes for all multiple occupancy buildings (ie college dorms, condos, apartment blocks etc ) for emergency services to be able to get in.
But so that a paramedic/fire/etc arriving wouldn't need to contact a manager to get the code in an emergency - the requirement was going to be that all of them could be opened by a single master "911 key code" which every police/paramedic/fireman would know !
True the moon landings weren't down to him, there were 100s of navy or airforce pilots who could have flown the mission sucessfully - but it was a long way from being a payload on a rocket. Read "how apollo flew to the moon" for a detailed technical account.
The only thing that could be said against the generation of apollo pilots is that it left a legacy of astronaut=hero which meant that later crews were still being chosen from the ranks of combat/test pilots instead of scientists. And biased Nasa in favour of projects like the space shuttle which could be flown by 'real' pilots
I haven't bought any music new since the mid 90s when Sony decided it was illegal for me to copy a CD I owned to a minidisc player I owned, for my own use.
I never buy downloads and I only buy CDs in charity stores, garage sales or swap with friends - so not a penny goes to the record industry. Of course it also means not a penny ever goes to the artist either - but that's also the RIAA's policy !
Re: So they think that the market
The first thing they sold was their CCD division. They used to make the best CCDs and in colour performance they still are pretty near the top. But it's too easy to make customs CMOS imagers these days even for high end cameras.
Re: They're finished
They are/were the major supplier in industrial colour printing (books, magazines, catalogues, packaging).
Based on a 100years of expertise in colour they were doing quite well in the area until they got a nasty dose of management.
Re: I call...
That's pretty much the technique.
If the word for wild grass, horse, sky is similar in different languages, but the words for ocean,forest, snow etc are different then you can assume that they originated somewhere in central asia.