239 posts • joined Thursday 14th January 2010 14:14 GMT
Re: Solution is obvious
Actually, they do control their population. Families are only allowed 1 child I believe.
Actually, I can see countries going to war over this.
I am not a scientist, but... there must be only so much rain/water on the planet.
If a few countries are making that water drop on their country, won't that mean less to go around the other countries?
I'm starting to wonder if Quantum of Solace was way ahead of its time...
Sorry, I'm pro-VM.
Shall we count the number of Register articles where BT has tried everything to avoid the responsibility of a decent service for their customers?
Or the company that went straight to fibre, offers broadband with excellent speeds, a TV service with Tivo, and free phone calls way before BT offered it. Sure, the customer service has a bad reputation, but once it's working... it works.
So you have old "reliable" BT, if you don't it to blow up your skirt.
Or you have forward moving VM which gives a supreme service, with breakneck speeds.
I can't see either of them willing to install a cabinet/telephone pole in the middle of nowhere. That is sad, but it can't be efficient for either of them.
And don't forget, these are the kinds of properties you see with great big fat green barrels outside their front door - where even the gas company can't be bothered to lay pipes.
The guys in the middle (Hull doesn't count) - there are competitors to BT (*cough* BE *cough*)...
I dare you, I double dare you....
... to find a stockist for the Samsung Galaxy Pro Y.
Only Tesco wanted to offer it for contract, but they didn't actually have them in any store.
Ended up with HTC ChaCha for the Mrs, and actually she's very pleased with it.
For the same reason that companies register patents, they also suffer for them.
It's impossible to check every element of your product against the gargantuan patent pool - even if you wanted to try and license them. The patent pool will only get bigger, and only get harder to navigate.
Now I'm able to turn off "What's Hot", I'm much happier.
But the problem is - Google Plus was just too late. Something good enough already existed, and had so much momentum Google Plus can't beat it.
They need a USP, but good luck on finding one.
I want it to work, I really do. But with my entire family and friends on Facebook, why would I post on anything else?
Perhaps the only real way to save Google Plus is have a "Share with Facebook" and "Import from Facebook" option.
The problem for them is:
1) The amount of blood money isn't guarenteed.
2) You ain't going to be popular in the company if/when they find out who grassed them up - so that payout better be worth it.
> If you're trying to get through to us by phone, phone lines in our area are not working. BT are
> investigating, so for now please email.
WTF!? Everyone else has a mobile for when they're not at home, or their landline fails.
A multi-million pound business doesn't do the same?
Re: Xperia Pro
I don't disagree, you're right the screen is too small. I almost had to disown my wife for picking something so small ;) But actually the big screens mess with her migraines, so hey-ho.
My wife went into a mobile shop recently. She had a firm idea of what kind of phone she wanted. Had to have a keyboard, run Android, small screen.
A salesman asked how he could help, she offered the above specifications, and then asked, "What's the processor speed of the HTC ChaCha? What's the battery time? Do you have a device I can test?"
The salesman looked at her stunned and blank faced.
Behind her, she heard a couple of girls asking an assistant - "What phones come in pink?"
Not sure I want more from a phone.
Decent battery to last a weekend.
A camera to take the odd fun photo (don't want or need the complexity of a DSLR)
Decent build to withstand me dropping it.
Apart from being waterproof, anything else is not that big a deal.
I looked at the S3 features, saw the above, saw the decent battery, ignored all the other whiz bang features, and pre-ordered.
I challenge Apple to find functionality that is dramatically more interesting that the iPhone4/S3.
Bangalore just rang. Apparently they've had an email from management saying they can take pre-orders now. Blue one pre-ordered ;)
5,000 Three-to-Three minutes
£34 a month.
Three got a small problem
Just rang Three twice today to pre-order. Both times got through to Bangalore, and they claim they're not taking pre-orders yet. Even though the website says to call.
Although the My 3 site is down, so perhaps it's In Progress.
I spent most of my childhood hoping he'd die in a transport accident. Now I've got to start liking him again :(
Here's an idea. Wind power is great, but we can't store it so it goes to waist, as there's far less usage at night.
Why not have the desalination plants run off Wind power during the night, and turn off in the morning?
Goddamit! Stop messing with Linux and get a move on with Half Life 3!!!!!!
Had a look at this recently, and was a bit depressed at the range of magazines (admittedly was looking for free stuff). Found TomsHardware, great! Turned out I'd found the Spanish edition, WTF!? (I'm based in the UK.)
Will take another look and try that Globe button.
Re: It's not about milking the parents of disabled kids.
Yep. Totally agree.
Well, I guess we only need to look to the pharamceutical industry to see patents blocking development. Especially in gene research :/
Pot. Kettle. Black.
Trust Panorama as far as I could throw them.... and I really wish I could throw them further.
Re: Why should the US government get preferential pricing?
Every company wants preferential pricing. So the government could either play with the other children and beg for discounts every year, or cut to the chase and ask for the best price automatically.
The only asked for the best price that Oracle has been offering to other companies. And if Oracle doesn't like it, they could always move to another country like... er...
Re: Its about time
This is wierd. As soon as you get above Director in a company, you are given shares. (Or at least the top bods will get shares.)
This isn't a reward or a bonus. This is to ensure that the Shareholders interests are always prominent in your mind. Whatever you do will not only affect Shareholders dividends, but your dividends too.
So it wouldn't surprise me if the cover-up was in the Shareholder's best interests (God knows why), and a Shareholder is now playing the honesty card to benefit again.
Re: £500 to fix a damaged front door?
I suspect that's probably accurate. ~£300 for a modern metal door, perhaps some brickwork?, then add labour.
I guess the issue is, if the police have to evaluate the cost of their action based on information, they may not take action.
E.g. crook has a front door made out of diamonds or something. The police have a hunch someone is inside, but if they're wrong, that's a £1 million bill they're looking at. They've used a lot of their budget recently and basically can't take the risk.
They don't break the door down.
The government/prison service is reluctant to give compensation if they improperly imprison you. And if I heard correctly, they even send you a bill for the room and board the prison kindly gave you.
Fair does. FBI in discusses hackers, who are actually hacking the FBI shocker. On the plus side, the FBI has them bang to rights ;)
£400 developer phone without a warranty? I think I'd prefer an upgrade to my PC and a download of Android Developer tools.
Apple products are premium expensive products. There are more poor people in the world than rich people. Competing, cheaper products are going to sell better than Apple. Apple can't make a cheap version because it will devalue their brand. Google, Windows, etc, are bound to win.
Says a lot about the University of Bedfordshire...
I spent 2-3 years playing Everquest after graduating and getting a job. Yep, there were early morning quests, but I sticked to a European guild to avoid stupid USA timezones.
Most fun part of my life!
Er... of course, I was a Wizard, so would just overnuke, get summoned, go to the loo, come back to myself being rezzed, and then carry on...
You know what's going to happen. They'll buy back any tickets from you, and then there'll be another lottery. Because if the people selling the tickets didn't fancy the sport (*cough* synchronized swimming *cough*) chances are other people won't fancy it either.
Er... suggestive questioning is bad.. but granting someone immunity is fine?
"Do you think games are expensive?" "Oh yes!"
"What will you do if we give you immunity for 2 months?" "Try out downloading stuff, and see how much of isohunt I can mirror during that time."
I hate to say this, but this continuous stream of patent law suits is just getting really boring. I used to care when there was a chance that justice or common sense might prevail. But this is obviously never-ending, and rediculous.
El Reg - perhaps summarise these patent disputes once a week?
At a price of £185,000 per domain, we're talking about some very special cybersquatters....
OMG, if they haven't done it yet, they need to add floorplans for the Star Trek Enterprise A, B, C, D, E!
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