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'My house is on fire m8 lol' ... 911 texting tested in the US

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More importantly

SMS messages will often get through in poor reception areas and the phone will keep trying until it sends it. There have been lots of cases of people lost at sea / in mountains etc - texting friends to call emergency services.

The local mountain rescue here posts a number to SMS because 911 doesn't support it.

There was one case where somebody in the Caribbean texted the pub in the UK to call 999 to get them to call the local coast guard because he couldn't get a voice signal

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ULA says to BLAME SPACEX for Ruski rocket rebuff

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So the KGB not as good as the NSA

Until SpaceX's court case the Russians didn't know that ULA were planning to use the launches for military payloads ? Really?

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Feature-phones aren't dead, Moto – oldsters still need them

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Buttons

I traded my Nokia for a ridiculously expensive smart phone.

It's great except in winter when I can't use the screen wearing gloves - so I miss calls while trying to get the gloves off.

It would be great in summer - except you can't see the retina-esque pixel count colour screen in sunlight.

For the other 11 months of the year when it rains here in the Pacific North West - you can't work the screen because of the water on it

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GCHQ's 'NOSEY SMURF' spyware snoops dragged into secretive tribunal

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Re: Can someone explain to me...

It is "proportionate" to the total number of !Yahoo! webcam sessions - in this case the constant of proportionality being 1.0

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How to catch a fraudster – using 'top cop' Benford and the power of maths

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>I am still digesting the concept of a Readers Digest digest.

I only read the summary

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> I would still have expected 9 to have a higher incidence than 8 if the numbers are about money

It only apples to the incidence of the first digit.

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Activist investors try forcing Google to pay more taxes

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Re: The board don't want?

Percentage of Goolge owned by activist investors 0.000001%

Percentage owned by hedge funds/billionaires etc who don't pay tax themselves 99.9999999%

Chance of pink tutus - zero

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Re: Interesting

It would be legal for Disney to find a country where the age of consent was 12 and run special peado adventure holidays - but it is unlikely to have a net positive benefit to their profitability.

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Apple, Beats and fools with money who trust celeb endorsements

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Re: Delicately put

>The best speaker cable I had was 10 metre runs of 16mm2 2-core power cable.

But was it directional ?

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Re: Do Apple want the streaming licenses from Beats?

>. The problem with this theory is that those licenses (to my understanding) aren’t transferable in the event of an acquisition.

I'm sure Apple have enough lawyers to make sure that "Apple Holding Holding Holding Inc" of Grand Cayman's doesn't actually acquire "Beats Holding Holding ltd" of the Dutch Antiles.

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Re: Yup

>instead persisted with the best available analogue tape.

And hopefully it has been stored properly and not reused too many times since

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Russia to suspend US GPS stations in tit-for-tat spat

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Re: Why do they need permission?

It needs to broadcast a correction signal - typically either over the GSM phone network or a pager band - which needs a license from the hosting government.

Since you need these systems to get high accuracy a lot of next-gen GNSS systems are just using a single geostationary satelite and a bunch of ground stations - to give cheap higher accuracy coverage over their own territory.

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Re: Desert Storm

It was officially permanently disabled in 2000 (although the civilian signal can be blocked in regions of conflict) because the FAA wanted to use it to replace navigation beacons and landing aids.

It struck even the US govt has ridiculous to have one branch of govt spending $Bn to overcome a restriction put in by another branch that had spent $Bn to do the same thing.

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Archos ArcBook: An Android netbook for a measly hundred-and-seventy clams

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Re: Not that thrilling...

Carry a monitor, car battery and inverter around do you?

In a lot of ways it's better than a chromebook - especially if it can print to an actual printer, not a cloudy imaginary one. A chromebook with a touchscreen and a wider range of apps sounds like a winner. Needs a couple of hundred more rows of screen though

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Spotty solar power management platform could crash the grid

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Re: 566 terawatts a day?

>the whole solar PV thing across Europe has been a disaster

It has not been a disaster - it has been a great success, ask Ms Merkel's election team.

It's the best way of keeping both middle class home owners (or at least those with a south facing roof), farmers and greens happy. While getting the poor to pay for it, without seeming to raise taxes.

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Silicon Valley bod in no-hire pact lawsuit urges court to REJECT his OWN lawyers' settlement

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Re: Thought so for a long time ...

($325M - lawyers 25%)/1000s is even less

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Oracle vs Google redux: Appeals court says APIs CAN TOO be copyrighted

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Re: Copyrights protection for real code vs patents of trivial ideas - what is more evil?

Sun published Java specs, they published Java manuals, they encouraged people to learn Java - now it turns out that all that was proprietry secret information. If that had been mentioned at the time do you think we would have learned Java?

Nobody is saying Google have the right to copy Oracle's code - just to write their own implementation of a published language manual. If this isn't true then Intel or ARM could decide that their instruction set is copyright and tomorrow almost every computer in the world is illegal.

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Re: What Java APIs?

>Does this mean that IBM and others who have their own JVMs (presumably implementing the same APIs) are Oracle's next targets?

Unlikely, once IBM has finished it's submission that it owns the copyright to the SQL language syntax

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Re: Protecting interface monopolies = bad

In europe we do - it is illegal to prevent reverse engineering hardware,apis, binaries or file formats for the purpose of interoperability.

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Re: Unintentional humor

Once IBM declare that their original PC bios API was copyright and every non-IBM PC since is infringing then wine isn't going to matter because there will only be Macs, chromebooks and mainframes.

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Re: POSIX/ECMA everywhere

ISO standards can still be patented.

Or now that APIs are valuable, the patent troll law firm that now owns the original company can claim all sorts of excuses why the ISO process was invalid

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Anti-theft mobe KILL SWITCH edges closer to reality in California

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Re: Half the problem

The last survey suggested that the majority of "reported stolen" phones were lost or deliberately destroyed to get an upgrade from the carrier or claim on the insurance

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Re: Good for the owner

>Not to mention IMEI blacklisting is not worldwide, sold to China

And the remote kill switch is?

This isn't a separate radio controlled bit of plastic explosive. It's requiring the OS to be sent a message over the cell network.

There is no reason for China State Telecom to route US kill messages any more than US carriers would accept requests from the Chinese govt. And any phone that is reflashed with a custom image is safe even at home.

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WTF is NET NEUTRALITY, anyway? And how can we make everything better?

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Cell phones were like this for a while

Remember back in the 90s when cell phones caught on with non-yuppies.

It was so expensive to call anyone on another network that you had to be on the same network as all your friends - this was the main marketing tactic of most operators.

So now you don't only have to be on Facebook because all your friends are - you have to be on Facebook because your ISP doesn't carry Google+

(note to Americans and other aliens - in europe you pay more to call a cell phone and each network used to have it's own area code so you knew how much it would cost to call)

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Nokia Camera guru: I'm finished being Finnish, and off to 'the company you're thinking of'

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Re: iPad and tablet photography...

A 10x8 inch tablet as a camera could make sense.

You simply need to add a tripod to hold it still and a black cloth to cover your head so that you can see the screen in bright sunlight.

I think I will patent the arrangment

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Spy sat launch wannabe SpaceX fails to stop rival gobbling Russki rockets

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Re: Hoping..

If you don't give them an uncontested multi $Bn contract for launches you will just need to buy a new generation of supersonic stealth fighters (to fight terrorists) or find some other way of subsidizing Boeing.

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Different rules

To download free software from a european supplier you have to promise you aren't Cuban - because they have to comply with US rules to do business there.

Yet the US government is allowed to bankroll the development of Russian ICBMs and compensate the Russian minister in charge of invading his neighbours

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$3.2bn Apple deal would make hip-hop mogul Dr Dre a BEEELLLIONAIRE

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Re: That's what you do

Apple isn't a product development company - they are a music download company.

They are buying the good doctor because of the company's download deals.

Expect them to start buying record labels and music studios next.

They are doing what Sony should have done in the 90s. Own the content, instead they bought studios to supply their low margin hw business.

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Netflix FREEZES prices for existing UK users to stop them quitting vid-streaming service

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re: However, it does have a good range of content as it stands now

That's why I left Netflix. It's cheaper than buying boxsets - until the series you want to watch disappears. They had a big cull of almost all their British comedies at the end of last year. They also get a bit annoying pushing their latest home made product to the top of all your searches.

Their selection has got better. I signed up when it first came here and you would get search results like: "Star Wars isn't available - we recommend, Star Spangled Banner: a history of beauty pageants"

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Quick Q: How many FLOPPIES do I need for 16 MILLION image files?

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Re: ah yes....

>1.2mb disk install of Windows 95

I made good money from knowing how to copy them to the hardrive and have the install kick off from there. There was some trick I have forgotten for naming the sub-directories.

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Japanese cops arrest man with five 3D printed guns at home

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Re: In Japan, no guns means children are safe!

>A diisrbed person wielding a knife will do less damage than the same person with access to a firearm

Have you seen Yojimbo ?

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Origami

What if he had folded a non-functional gun out of paper, would he also be charged?

In other news, police arrested a man with three 5-D printed guns in his apartment but the evidence was lost when it fell through two other orthogonal dimensions

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Amazon granted patent for taking photos against a white background – seriously

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If you read it

They are patenting it not being a white background but detecting the background and adjusting "the web RGB colors" of the image to make it white - in other words automatic white balance.

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Re: How much does it cost to get a patent?

Beaten to it by IBM http://slashdot.org/story/11/01/02/1534223/IBM-Files-the-Patent-Troll-Patent

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Re: Prior art??

They diligently searched their patent database and nobody else had patented "taking a photo against a white background"

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Cost-cutting Barclays bank swings axe on 5,600 IT and ops bods

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Re: This Automation thing?

Obviously you need to make the staff cuts first to free up the budget for the new automation project

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Re: RE: Contractors.

The you have to hire twice as many contractors to fix the problems created by the "lowest bid" lot you hired to fix the problems created by firing all the permie staff.

I think Barclays just invented a means to full employment

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Re: cockup in three ... two ... one ...

>And even when an alarm goes off, it'll take some time for whoever's on-call to get their arse out of bed,

When the alarm goes off, an accountant will be alerted to begin the process of collecting bids from service companies who migth deal with it - before accepting the cheapest one in 6-8 weeks

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Solaris deposed as US drone-ware, replaced by Linux administration

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Re: Publishing the code?

Actually I think it's more "I could kill you, but then I'd have to give you the source code,." !

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Re: Publishing the code?

You still have to make the offer to provide the source of the LGPL libs you used when you distribute the app binary.

Does dropping a bomb on somebody count as distribution? Would having the GPL text on the side of the bomb be sufficient?

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HALF of London has outdated Wi-Fi security, says roving World of War, er, BIKER

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Re: He is NOT a biker

Or unicycles

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Re: He is NOT a biker

And bikers dress in black leather and big boots while cyclists dress in skin tight lycra

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Cold War spy aircraft CRASHED Los Angeles' air traffic control

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Re: Vintage planes

>why can't the RAF still fly Vulcans

There is a market for electronic spy data over regions of interest at short notice.

There is less demand for suicide missions to attempt to drop nukes on Moscow

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There is a similar story in one of the SR71 pilots biographies.

They are flying around Cuba at 80,000 in their space age spyplane wearing space suits when they are asked to move out of the way by ATC. So a Concorde can go past with a bunch of people in shirts drinking champagne

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Re: Given its a stealth designed aircraft

The SR71 also added the feature of never overflying enemy territory - at least not of any enemy with an airforce.

Over-fligths were banned after the U2 and because of a danger that somebody with an itchy button finger might mistake the SR71 for something a little more explosive

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Did cosmic radiation nuke $25 satellite swarm? 100 snoozing Sprites face fiery death

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Re: Hmm, radiation increases as you

> Radiation is more than foreseeable.

Yes you could have bought rad hard chips for 10x the price, assuming you could get export permission, and you could only have launched 1/10 as many satellites because the rad hard chips are bigger, lower performance and higher power requirement.

Then you should build 5 backup systems and a voting controller, and large enough solar panels to power them, and make them deployable, and by the time you've done this you migtt as well just put a crew onboard - so your $25 nano-say becomes the ISS

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NASA space shuttle landing site to turn commercial

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Isn't going to work

There is a reason that high risk space startups who need to build things to fail are in Nevada, rather than sharing a federal facility in a national park in a state with some "interesting" political issues.

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