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Re: Promises, promises
> Why is this?
Because the drivers are written by the guy sweeping up after those working on bleeding edge CPU's, NAND, lithography and so forth
Re: but what about....
Then you buy it yourself, only use it for work and claim it back on tax.
If you are really clever (or an MP) you buy it yourself from a cheap chinese site, lease it to yourself at 100x the cost (using your offshore holding company) and claim the lease costs back against tax
On getting any useful information out of qinetiq - we never managed to while working on a joint project with them.
Not that we wanted to work with them, but anybody doing any sort of high-tech defence project in the UK is 'encouraged' to partner with them. It's fantastic, all the red tape and inefficiency of Soviet era bureaucracy but you get to pay them lots of money.
In other overblown hysteria
I was travelling to work this morning when I recieved an automated signal from the TRAFFIC (will think of contrived acronym later) light which suggested that 30tons of truck would be intercepting my orbit off the sliproad which would have resulted in a massive collision.
Fortunately my car was equipped with a kinetic energy to heat transferal system intended to reduce my orbital velocity into the parking space at the end of the mission/commute
The decision was taken to initiate a BRAKE (acronym to follow) manouver and the truck passed ahead of me missing by mere meters (a gnats hair on a canadian scale)
Re: unintended f*c*i*g consequences.
Mentos and coke would be a weapon of mass destruction and a war crime
Re: I happen to have experience transporting radioactive material across international borders.
>My Tritium keyring from El Reg never so much as raised an eyebrow.
Was it under 2oz and did you put it in the magic terrorist-proof clear plastic bag?
Re: So, they're making a loss ...
They don't even have to make a profit on the books - they may just be trying to postpone the day that an all powerful Amazon crushes them.
In the blue corner ....
MPs are going to 'name and shame' Google by publishing the details of it's tax avoidance in a parliamentary committee reported in Hansard paragraph2, subsection3, clause 4.....
In the red corner :
Google are going to splash details of MPs (perfectly legitimate) tax avoidance and creative expenses claims all over ... the internet.
Re: Dangerous thinking ..
Ironically the safest place to put your data would now be on a cloud server owned by a Cuban/Iranian/Russian company
Re: Mixed feelings
Sorry that should have been "grey suit "(auto-complete on the phone)
I hope none of the downvotes were due to people who despair of the great leader's tailoring.
Obviosuly a British invention
When your tag line for the world changing invention = "don't be disappointed"
Re: A poor anaysis from Reg readers (sorry).
The problem is the science and technology committee in US politics.
Science has zero public interest, it also has very little commercial input (except for defense) - this means that a member of the science and technology committee cannot raise enough financial support from the public or corporations to fund their re-election campaign. Being on the committee is electoral death.
As a result the comittee is the dumping ground for lunatics that couldn't get on any other comittee and people with an inherited seat (generally from the bible belt) who don't need to raise money because they have captive voters.
As a scientist who has worked in the Eu and US I would naturally be against this.
However, the idea of a USA without any technology does have a certain comfort factor.
The idea that the next little adventure in overseas democracy will consist of Southern baptist preachers standing around a cruise missile (without an engine or warhead) commanding "the power of Christ compels you to fly" while on the other side a short fat guy in a great suit is photoshopping extra tanks - does have an appeal
Re: American credibility?
Given Ms. Palin's opinions on " fruit fly research in Paris, France.”" I can't see NSF funds being used for many more international projects.
Re: Separation of church and state
No it should just be treated like any mental illness.
If during your driving test you continually ask the invisble elfs on the steering wheel if you should stop for pedestrians - you generally fail the test. In politics you fail if you don't claim to listen to them.
Re: As one who at one time did benefit from NSF funding...
Surely, armies of researchers looking for evidence that Jesus rode a dinosaur will produce something useful !
Re: Is this really a bad thing?
That's the problem - these images are marked otherwise.
But certain organisations (the BBC) have been taking images - either sent in by viewers or copied form websites, stripping the EXIF data and then they become orphan works. Just like if I tore the cover form a book and claimed it was now mine because the author wasn't identifiable
A licence to print money
I did a diligent search on "who did the picture of the queen on a fiver" and it returned nothing.
So I'm assuming the 5 pound note is an orphan work and will be doing my own copies of it.
Be suspicious of the losers
No Mr NATAO - here under very public conditions we were totally unable to hack your wonderfully secure systems. We recommend you make no changes to your procedures.
Your Russian friends
Re: Hate to say this... but...
Perhaps in the USA - but Europe occasionally has worker's rights.
Some places in the US (Massachusetts especially) lean so heavily toward the corporation that if you worked on software at company A then any use of a computer at company B is regarded as infringement.
It got so bad that many silicon valley firms wouldn't hire anyone who had ever worked in Ma.
Re: The obvious .... to those in states of denial
But it's not fair - we used to be the only ones spying on commercial rivals in other countries because you had to spend billions on Echelon. Now any kid with PC in an internet cafe can do it - it's just not cricket
Re: Ban this UNIX malware !
No simply hand control over English language over to the RIAA/MPAA - then anybody attempting to hack a system by using commands based on English words will be violating copyright and they will come down on them like a ton of pirate DVDs
Re: Already exists!
Or if you have an original Nokia phone you could just throw it as hard as possible at random until it hit your car and set off the alarm which you recognise - and with a old Nokia the phone would still work
Re: Wouldnt it be simpler
Literary alternatives - just leave a trail of breadcrumbs, or unwind a thread from your cloak
So Dr Dre's PhD isn't in acoustics then ?
Re: Beats vs. BeyerDynamic
And then somebody else to turn the loudness up to 11
Re: I'll get my baseball bat
Crowdsourcing works perfectly well with emotive subject like terrorism or murders.
The problem is that to train a neural net (human or artificial) you need to be able to classify the inputs.
Since in this case nobody knew what the crowd was looking for - it became a "find somebody young/brown/male" system
Which in fairness it was very good at,
VISA can simply terminate it's operations in Iceland if it doesn't like the local laws there.
If Saudi airlines in Britain decided to refuse to employ women or gays or jews then the British court would have a perfect right to send them to the naughty step - whatever the rules were at home. They then have the choice to obey or go home.
Re: Missing the point.
But how can you possibly argue with the "Children's Charities Coalition on Internet Safety" ?
It's got children, charity AND safety in it's name!
Re: Applied Placebo Effect?
"If everyone takes the "test" and everyone has their self esteem raised...."
But if some people took it again - their esteem would be doubled each time
Those are great fun.
You just ask, very loudly in front of HR and other applicants.
Oh I understand - you use the handwriting on the form to check if I'm a women and the colour selection to test my racial background?
"I have taken frequent stands in the face of strong opposition."
I tried it at Chelsea once, I thought their new stand would look good for our school sports field.
They didn't like it.
Arbeit macht Frei
Wasn't perhaps the best mission slogan for the new department
Re: Gov't tests
>The test is designed to find out if you can recognize a geometric series.
But disqualifies all those that know that rainfall doesn't follow a geometric series.
Re: Installation easier with Linux
It's now quicker and easier to install Linux even on modern computers than it is to install Windows.
Apart from the "a gnat has farted near your computer - reboot" messages
I don't miss trawling dozens of manufacturer's sites trying to find drivers.
To shout - excellent, I have a proven OS that my users are very familiar with, that runs great on that 5year old HW and which MSFT is going to stop trying to break with updates every week.
So I don't get security updates - most of which fix the security flaws that were introduced by last week's update. Or that new IE feature to allow my phone to share cat photos with my car through facebook (or my cat share car photos - I'm never sure)
So I firewall my XP machines (and funnily enough my vista/7/8 machines)
I have rules to stop people opening attachments (in fact since most of my XP machines are doing real work - they don't even have outlook installed)
And basically breath a big sigh of relief and wonder how long I can put off the Windows9 upgrade
Re: Dear Dave
Yes but today on the internet those same children could see pictures of naked WOMEN.
What state would the government, the civil service and the conservative party be in if boys from public schools started preferring women ?
Re: No sex please, we're British?
At least reading playboy on your phone is safe http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/04/02/playboy_app_ios_apple_censorship/
But then , when they grow up, won't they be more likely to want to have sex than blow other people up?
Won't somebody think of the children ( of the shareholders in BAe/Thales/Vickers )
Re: How would it work?
I'm picturing row upon row of civil servants each seated at a monitor wearing a strategically placed blood pressure cuff. If the "lever" goes up a bell rings and the site is banned.
More likely contractor was paid to pull cable and filed the correct permits for that work.
But the contractor wasn't paid to hook up the equipment so didn't care which one was fibre #1 in cable #2 of bundle #3. The city engineering dept didn't care as long as they recorded which road was being dug up.
Since nobody has connected anything to these bare fibees nobody has a list of which ones go where
Re: It's about time!
and killed Diana
(c) Daily Express
Re: Yes they do...
Wasn't there a cock-up recently when MP's emails about a sexual offences bill were blocked by the House's own system ?
Re: Makes sense to me
Or didn't allow donations to Greenpeace, or CND, or the labour party or ....
Re: True but misleading
>far too many websites now are demanding e-mail addresses and passwords for the most basic of transactions and one-off purchases.
And lo he created mailinator.com and saw that it was good
Wouldn't the solution be for the states to collect together into some sort of federation and have a central federal government to regulate this sort of thing?
Re: Have I understood it correctly?
They could collect sales tax from buyers if, for example, the states had access to all your browsing history and email without a warrant - didn't I hear about a bill like that recently?