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Re: Companies have been doing this for aeons
Before the rules were tightened up there was an American inventor in the 70s who patented "using a laser to do ....." for anything to do with printing, surveying, displaying light shows. etc
He bet that lasers would become smaller and more portable quickly enough - and made a fortune. He didn't describe or invent how to actually make a laser printer, or a theodolite - just that you could use a beam of straight light.
Re: Ultimate Patent
IBM - they filed a Patent on using a Patent as a business method to threaten competitors
It's riduculous - you buy a political party with your hard earned money and yet you have to go through all this to get them to do what you want.
Or that the encryption is just "RANDOM_STRING" XORed with the start of each block.
Re: "English and Welsh citizens"
It was more the point that it's a criminal offence to say something if you are in England or Wales - but not Scotland.
So what happens if you are in Berwick? Does it matter where you are standing, or which cell tower your phone connects to.
You would have thought they would have learned from Spycatcher that it's it a little ridiculous to ban something just in England and Wales. Especially now it's probably easier to find a twitter server that ISN'T in UK-2.0(or whatever we are going to call it post Scotland)
Re: One of the reasons I would probably deny any jury duty
Officially the right of the police to object to jurors was dropped - but the Socialist worker online store (????) has a few T-shirts that should ensure that somehow you are never picked.
"English and Welsh citizens"
I think this rather shows how not to get the internet.
"English and Welsh citizens" aren't allowed to mention a footballer shagging someone - but everyone else on the planet is. Unless of course the English and Welsh citizens are using a twitter service in Holland, or a VPN in the US, or a cloud -thingy in cloud-land - then we aren't sure.
It's not the middle ages guys - the limit of your court's influence doesn't depend on who one the battle against Owain Glyndŵr
Re: SSL VPN through Port 443
Or the solution to doing business is simply to have a chinese government person on your board as a non-exec "advisor" and then your company's traffic isn't a problem.
Just like you need ex-ministers on your board here to "advise you" on how to get govt IT contracts.
Re: I guess the Battle Hymn needs rewriting, then...
Well you are posting this on WWW.thereg.....
Even the government does it.
The container port here, owned by the state government, has just had it's business rate assessment reduced from $50M to $20 (yes $20 not $20M) by the state government assessment board because it was losing money.
The city council, who the rates money goes to - still have to provide the highway, the bus service, the water, the sewage, the police, the fire service etc ....
Tesco does the same thing in the UK - it's owned by "Cheshunt Overseas", a limited liability partnership head quartered in some mail box in the Carribean.
Power output is constant and controllable. RTGs run down with half-life and are at full power at launch, they even need need to dump heat initially. Total energy is limited only by amount of fuel you can carry.
RTGs are about 5% efficient, a Stirling engine with an infinite cold sink near zero is pretty efficient! It depends on how well you can dump the heat (the design of the radiator) but it should be 10x as good.
Re: Tsk. Not propulsion at all
And you get it for longer, limited only by the amount of fuel rather than the half life, and you can turn the power up-down.
As the plasticine tortoise used to say: that's the advantage of controlled nuclear fission - "it's easily turn off and on-able"
And if anything goes wrong it only affects Canadians anyway http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kosmos_954
Re: "That's not even enough to heat up a kettle..."
That's the reason for the lack of any British space missions - in space no one can hear you say "fancy a cuppa?"
Looking forward to the box design
It's an oldie - but a goodie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUXnJraKM3k
Re: Should be mandatory declared
On the other hand - given what a mess the banks make of things when they are only working 10mnths/year, perhaps the reviews should be made monthly?
Re: Of course... if the body were immersed in water..
Although it works well with rats it's trickier in higher primates because they choke when fluid enters their lungs
So we would need astronauts who can block their gag reflex - LOHAN ?
This shows Iran possesses pictures of WMDs (weapons of minimal destruction) - we must invade now.
It's still more evidence than we had for their next door neighbours
female humans and an undiscovered primate
The undiscovered primate being - a redneck in a bigfoot suit
They were given by President Nixon - I mean if you can't trust Nixon, who can you trust?
Re: Did Apple
But not with the BBC's 90 years of the BBC exhibition
It does seem a tricky claim to defend = "The patent has value because the icon is so obviously and instantly recognisable as a microphone'
Re: @Tom Parsons
>Are you really suggesting we should be teaching school children how to program an OS?
Actually yes - http://www.raspberrypi.org/archives/1913
What's more important is teaching them that an OS is just a bit of software written by normal people. And that a computer isn't a magic box. Then the next time a home secretary announces a new computer security system that will decide who is guilty automatically - there might be some public skepticism.
It's the same for other subjects. Do most students need to know the difference between 'S' and 'P' orbitals? No, but they should know that Daily Mail headlines of "OMG chemicals in our food" can just mean water. Some idea about statistics and the range and effects of microwaves might also be useful.
Re: I am Legend of Coders!
Or the value of the products they produce would be enough to pay them a reasonable wage.
There is a reason we have Rolls Royce jet engines built in Britain and Nike trainers made in China - it's something to do with the skills needed to do the job and the value of the finished product.
Re: Some good points, but not that many...
DVI-VGA adaters only work for DVI-A where there are VGA signals are on the spare DVI pins. The RPi doesn't have any VGA signal hardware on board.
VGA is an analogue signal and needs real power electronics, DACs and amplifiers unlike purely digital DVI/HDMI
Re: Why does programming have to be in 'IT' lessons?
Programming should be the start of maths teaching - definitely
It gets even worse in a physics degree, you spend 3years learning all the tricks to solve the tiny subset of differential equations that can be solved on a blackboard. You start a Phd and are told - pick Matlab or Mathemtica
Re: I always thought the point of the Rpi
The point of the RPi is exactly the same reason we got Apple IIs and then PCs 30years ago.
You have PCs in your school but you certainly can't let kids install apps or have admin access, in fact you can't let teachers have admin access because the PCs are under a service plan from whatever "Research Machines Ltd" is called today and any changes involve renegotiating their agreement and them charging you 500quid to come out and install virtualbox.
You couldn't let children learn by fiddling around with the council mainframe we got dialup access to in the 70s so we bought home computers and PCS. Now you can't let them fiddle around with PCs we have under service agreements, so you need single board embedded machines.
Re: No RPi please
Or Access or Powerpoint, or Word ? I think this is how we got to ICT in the first place.
capped at around 20 per cent of children
The number of children who have a sustainable interest in being in school is capped at around 20%
The whole point of school, of teachers, of classrooms, of curriculums, exams and the barbed wire fences is to keep the other 80% occupied for a day while their parents go to work.
To say that RPi is unsustainable because only 20% of kids have a lifelong interest says what about all the other subjects? What proportion of children interested in ox-bow lakes do you need to scrap the geography teacher?
Still doesn't explain why people live in Slough
Re: Buy a decent PSU, and have a suitable (NOT WATER) fire extinguisher handy!
A real BOFH's bedroom would have Halon
But they were commies - it doesn't count. What science needs is to show how long republicans can spend in space.
Re: They slipped up
Because you only need to get approval for it's intended use. Unlike medical/aviation where you also need to prove that it's approved even in un-intended or fault conditions.
This came up with Linux wifi drivers. A commercial operating system manufacturer (mentioning no names) claimed that they should be illegal because some "hacker" could reprogram them to an un-approved state
Re: The real savings are surprising.
Most of these places are flyin-flyout. You work 7 /10/14 days on and the same off, you live on site and get all meals provided - like an oil rig. The food is good though - surf''n'turf is an easy way to keep your staff happy!
But the site is completely dry - nobody driving 300tonnes of truck worth $5M is getting anywhere near a beer, and expect to get your luggage seriously inspected for drugs - even if you are just a programmer going in to fix something.
If you can handle the boredom of driving at 10km/h for the same 15min round trip for a 12hour shift - you make more than I do as a programmer and half half the year at home.
Re: As far as I'm aware, "GPS" won't work underground.
Mining is a fascinating well paid and generally safe job in most civilised countries ( well Australia and Canada) at least if you stay out of coal mining. Compared to construction or forrestry where people seem to go out of their way to try and kill themselves, deep hard-rock mining is safe as houses.
The main drawback is that the mines are generally in the middle of nowhere, in the sort of town where a fancy night out is the hot dogs at the gas station - they dream of one day getting a McDonalds
Re: The Future
Airbus now has a single pilot + dog cockpit. The pilot is there to feed the dog - and the dog is there to bite the pilot if they try and touch the controls
The real savings are surprising.
Amazingly these systems pay for themselves purely in tire wear. Each tire on these things costs $30,000 and supply is often very very tight. Human (or Australian) drivers will take corners at too high a speed and skid slightly wearing the tires - the robot takes every corner like your maiden aunt, on an advanced driving course, with a hot McDonalds coffee between her legs
They've been used underground for a decade. With pedestrians around you are generally limited to little more than walking pace for scoops (underground haulage) with the level totally empty and just automated trucks you can run as fast as technically possible - 30 or 50km/h
At least you got C++, we (a world top5 university) couldn't get a copy of any sort of compiler out of IBM for OS2.
Their attitude was basically, if you want to buy a mainframe - fine, if you want to buy any other IBM product go **** yourself.
Eventually we gave up, switched to buying Dec-Alpha PCs running NT, wiping them and installing linux. Why Dec alphas running NT were a fraction of the cost of Alphas running VMS or Ultrix is the reason Dec isn't around today either.
Re: Just a silly question: ISS photography?
The ISS doesn't do photography, the nearest it does is one of the tourists (commercial or national space agency) pointing their cell phone out of the window. There are lots of commercial photo and radar earth resources satelites imaging the planet.
The issue isn't does it exist now (it doesn't) - it's why was it ever on the charts.
Re: China will be down there soon ...
Surely we should claim it.
All small islands on the other side of the globe must belong to Britain or what's the Royal Navy for?
Of course if when you get there you find a volcano and a column of palm trees going past a swimming pool you should leave Tracey Island alone.
Learning from history
Sony used to make fantastic products.
They invented whole new markets
Their build quality on consumer gear was better than most competitors pro AV kit.
They made products that simply looked wonderful - they cost more but they were the ones you wanted
Their stuff was deliberatly incompatible with anyone else's - but they were Sony
They had fancy boutique stores showing off their kit.
Then their visionary founder/leader left after a serious illness and a line of corporate types took over, their internal divisions cared more about competing with each other than with competitors, instead of delighting customers they began to treat them with contempt....
Nope I can't see a lesson there for anyone - after all if you have $500Bn market cap you can never do any wrong.
So one day we could have a little line of robot miners, being truncheoned by a baton charge of robotic police?
Or you could just go outside in a hurricane in a big coat - see diagram
So the poor Apple shareholders can take some of their money and put it into a good investment - like Apple stock??
Re: Anyone want to argue that he earns every penny?
Well you need to pay the big bucks to get somebody good.
Our local transit authority decided to hire a big shot corporate CEO from private industry rather than a council worker - and paid $1M/tear salary. But the service has become an expensive series of disasters - a salutory lesson in what happens to a company if you don't pay $50M for your CEO.
Re: Quite a paypacket...
Paid for by all the investment banks, pension funds and insurance companies that buy Apple stock - so ultimately lots of little old ladies.
Re: It's simpler than that
>Wordprocessors, Spreadsheets, etc. are decades old - where is the corporate innovation that people will pay for
More ribbons, in fact an entire screen covered in ribbons.
Then they can invent some new confusing gui widget that only shows you the ribbons that have recently used
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