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Re: what do you expect them to do
The obvious thing to do with a giant loss making industry that is as vital to the UK as Starbucks - is nationalise it.
A fair price would be paid to it's shareholders based on the profits they have been making!
Re: I wonder..
>Hardware manufacturing is easy.
Yes you just pay out $5-8Bn to build a last generation 22nm fab and then throw out everything you produce for the first few years - like TMSC did with Nvidia tegra cores
Re: $25 Android pad coming soon...
They are $39 at my local electronics supermarket, no idea what they have reached on buy-china-stuff cheap.com
until microsoft, or their agents/partners/bloke-they-met-in-a-pub bombards you with spam every 10 secs
US whacks sanctions on China for web, TV censorship
Probably not - http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/11/09/google_blocked_china/
That seems a bit paranoid
It's like suggesting that if you are a secret agent you shouldn't take USB keys full of classified material to a strip club.
Re: F***ing brilliant @Ian Johnston
> because if doctors simply succumbed to the whim of every patient
They do that's the problem
It would be easier to just give this women with a cold an antibiotic, it won't do any good but it will get rid of her
10years later - antibiotics are useless because everyone handed them out like sweeties
>Everyone has one of those?
Except presumably Eve (and Adam)
Re: They expect to sell their CPU's in servers..
Unless the purchasing decisions are made by people whose only knowledge of the technology is from seeing the logo on the side of an F1 car.
Not to mention the danger of "Passive Blitzkrieg" - I think they should probably be banned near schools or within 3metres of air intakes
I don't know, the description looks a lot like pictures of my grand-dad and he died bald at 30.
Of course D-Day had a lot to do with that - so I need a hair transplant, iron my ears, slim my eyelids and keep away from heavily defended German coastal fortifications.
>. Although IIRC there was some complex rule stipulating a maximum number of immortals.
I think it was; there can be only 0 or 1 or file-not-found
Re: In other news
Don't worry about your fat eyelids - do something.
A vigorous workout of 10minutes/day of blinking should give you toned 6pack eyelids and lead to a long and healthy ( or at least heart attack free) life. Seems a lot less effort than jogging and eating healthily
Re: market them as "pre-scratched" phones
Give it to a 5year old for 5mins and tell them to "be careful" with it ?
Just call it a design feature
Each iPhone has a mathemtically unique fingerprint of fractal generated surface features which make it special just to you.
Re: difference between Infringed and Willingly Infringed
Then you were badly advised.
When you submit a patent you swear that it doesn't violate any other patent that you know of.
Trying to claim in court that you didn't know it violated a patent because you deliberately didn't search is like a doctor claiming they knew of no side effects to a drug because they deliberately didn't read the label.
Good luck with that one.
Engineers being told not to read patents is the exact opposite argument. They aren't expected to be experts in the field of the invention and what is prior art - but you are.
Re: Well if
It did, but they hired an Irish consultant - a Mr O'Bama to install it.
Why not incorporate it into the election process?
You draw a penis alongside the candidate you want.
Or if you introduce Single Transferable Vote - you rank the candidates by the erectness of the penis
Re: hush you
But postal ballots mean that the $Bn spent on TV attack ads in the last week of campaigning is wasted.
Whats the point of both candidates flying around the country being photographed filing hurricane sandbags and kissing babies if selfish people have already voted based on "the issues"?
Don't you care about the poor starving TV executives?
Re: re: maybe not
Although if Bruce Schneier wins tomorrows election by a landslide - we have reasonable grounds for suspicion
Typo - I think you meant "wade" to the polling place - and use the electronic voting machine that is under water
Great where do I sign up?
I would love our next software product to be written in the cloud by collaboration rather than locking programmers in a room. Where do I click to do this ?
Do I need to do anything to make the result FDA approved like our other software or is that just part of the cloudy-goodness? I need it to talk to our scanner hardware, can I get a cloud CT scanner?
ps Can I have a pony aswell? Or do you just get unicorns with the cloud?
Re: Formatting since always...
Except in this case you would reasonably expect stuff "in"rom" not to count on something like a tablet.
It's back to the days of 64k Commodore 64 with it's usable 49152 bytes of memory
Isn't "Enterprise" a rather outdated concept in America today?
Perhaps the replacement should be called "Hedgefund" or "Creditswap" or just "Bailout"
motivated by the closed nature of both the hardware and software
We are switching from AES to this supersecret algorithm
Is it any good?
Well it must be because the makers won't tell us how it works!
Still it must make the staff meetings at Foxcon interesting: Listen up glorious chinese workers, the iPhones we are making this week on this line are all going to be used by the American military
Re: Further proof that scientists don't care
And the subway doesn't care either
There were a lot more rats living in the NY subway and many of those would have drowned - but did the Port Authority and Dept Sanitation do anything to try and rescue all the rats from the sewers and subway before this hit ?
Re: Nothing new here
The Rebel, The one decent thing Tony Hancock ever did:
waitress - what can I get you
hancock - cup of coffee no froth
waitress- no froth!!
hancock - that's right -no froth
waitress - I don't know why you come in here -you can get a coffee with no froth anywhere
hancock - look, i want one cup of coffee with NO FROTH! - I want to drink it not wash me clothes in it
Re: Little England is alive and well I see...
No and we don't mind ordering a Hamburger.
But we do object to asking for a McBurger and McFries with a McCola to McGo.
The same way we would object to being forced to order a medialion of ground aberdeen angus lightly broiled on a gas grill and served with a focciacia en-sliced avec garnish du gherkin
Re: Not everyone lives in London.
Asking for a tea - in a little "tea shoppe" in North Yorkshire.
Is it for you?
Well do you want builders tea or posh tea?
Re: Except that a "Tall" coffee often means small coffee
I like it, I describe myself as "Tall" - in the Starbucks sense
Re: Ah, the ZX80 ...
>30 years later and the only thing that's changed is it's faster, more comfortable and the hardware is a damn >side more reliable.
But now the operating system, programming language and frameworks are
"Cheap, nasty, frustrating and ultimately, a whole lot of blood, sweat tears and eventually, fun."
Re: ZX80 [...] cased and equipped with a Qwerty keyboard
> they made superb doorstops
So microsoft might sell a few surfaces then ?
How do oil wells work then?
You can pressurize the tanks and have the pumps wherever you like providing the pressure to push the fuel up. You can also have hydraulic pumps where the motor and hydraulic pump part are high up and the drive pump is in the sump.
The reason not so suck diesel (and other fuels) with a vacuum pump is that you would evaporate off all the volatiles, leaving you with tar in the tank and a motor full up fumes.,
Re: No blue arse - no story!
And the question science has always wanted to know - why don't they have 7 of them, one between each pair of buttocks ?
You can, just become self-employed, register your company in the channel islands/bermuda/etc get your current boss to pay that company rather than you.
This used to be very popular because you paid yourself in dividends which are/were taxed at 10% and no NI. But the government caught onto this and decided you are no longer self-employed and you get to pay both employer and employee NI.
The Jimmy Carr method is never to pay yourself at all - just have your offshore company lend you money every month which one day you might have to pay back - so no tax. This is what rock bands used to do in the 70s with supertax.
Re: Profit != Turnover
Since just about every company in the world is in bermuda, they hide $100Bn of 'costs' their, Bermuda has no armed forces - I think i can see a way of paying for those new aircraft carriers
Microsoft are far from fscked - they are going to be one of the most valuable companies in the market.
With $150Bn in cash, once they divest themselves of this silly little software sideline they can become a very sucessful hedge fund.
Re: They'll probably refuse to put Turing on there....
Well he did violate the computer misuse act and pirated a lot of German intellectual property
Re: "Richard Branson"
>Who suggested him?!
Who do you think ?
Realistic Bond plot
Bond arrives for work at M's secret headquarters - the big building on the Thames with the 60ft flashing tourist sign saying "secret military inteligence HQ"
Ah Bond - we have a special job for you.
We want you to go down to files, pull out all the stories about Arthur Scargil being a Soviet agent paid by Libya, change the name to Alex Salmond and leak them to the Daily Mail.
Go and see Q I hear he has developed some magical liquid allowing you to change things on a typewriter.
Afraid I can't says Bond flicking a speck of dust from his C&A casual bry-nylon slacks. I have to attend a course on updating health and safety requirements on working with paper clips in an office environment to meet the new civil service guidelines.
>Doesn't the inverse square law applies to the laser beam?
Yes but it's not such a big effect.
If you had a little 6inch telescope with a diffraction limit of 1arc-sec then from LEO at 200km you would put a spot about 1m (in ideal case), launch a Hubble size mirror and you can focus it down to about 1/20 of that = 2inches.
Sunlight is about 1000w/m^2 so your 1MegaWatt Acme space laser would be about 200,000x brighter than daylight
The atmosphere doesn't have much effect looking down. The distortion puts an angle shift into the light, so if you are looking at a distant star a fraction of degree movement is big, but if you target is only a few km below the atmospheric turbulence layer it's not such a big deal.
Pointing accurately to 1arc-sec even blind is trivial, with star trackers we can point the Hubble to 1/100 of that.
But on the whole the best way of killing somebody with a laser still remains dropping it on their head.
Re: Samsung's lawyers should buy a few.
However you could sue rich American companies like Amazon for selling them, or go after ebay/paypal/credit card companies - there are lot of rich targets.
Re: Windows 8 promises to be a disaster in offices.
But what if your workers need to operate in a modern multi-media cloud enabled social web interactive multi-paradigm environment?
So microsoft introduce the concept of service pack zero - one released before the OS?
They should patent that !
Re: AC re: Breitling
I wonder if there is a market for a watch that is just a slug of platinum, with no hands or watch - just as big bit of expensive shiny metal on a strap
Re: Howexactly is this an iPad clone?
I might buy one then !
Looks like an iPad, works like an iPad but cheaper and I don't have to dedicate my life to the iCult
Howexactly is this an iPad clone?
That's like saying my lenovo is a MacBook clone because it has an Intel processor, an Nvidia graphics card, a screen and runs a different OS
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