Re: billions of tons of lard
It's called "America".
421 posts • joined 11 Feb 2010
It's called "America".
Using an automated system to find possible copyright infringers is a sensible option. Using that system to initiate legal proceedings without the alleged infringement being checked by a competent human is a huge abuse of the legal process. They should be hit very hard in the wallet for this.
Maybe they should outsource their IT to China.
I've heard of a device called a "fountain pen" that allows one to draw any desired character directly onto the paper. Remarkably the ink for this amazing device can be purchased cheaply at most stationery stores. Worth investigating?
If you use the phone as part of your sales procedure, forget digital, unless you really are from Elbonia.
So that's the end of the US technology sector then. Good job NSA.
Any such algorithm would produce results similar to those produced certain TV shows, where "music" that is pleasing to the masses is produced by a voting process that eradicates anything that would be pleasing to the musically literate. Such sounds are readily realised by generic mass-produced violins.
Regarding the Strad, the most sensible comment I have heard is by a user who said that it's not so much the sound which is exceptional, but the result from the player of the demands placed by such an instrument on its user, that he should be worthy of such a venerable instrument.
When I was a kid (UK 1950's) EVERY kid had measles. I have heard that there can be serious complications, but I have NEVER heard of anyone who has actually experienced this.
@ Suricou Raven
Netbooks and ultra books are at opposite ends of the market, and do not compete.
MS & Intel killed off netbooks to protect their fatter margins on fatter devices. Netbooks have been replaced by tablets, and the evil duo have lost out completely (PMSL).
Ultrabooks are Mac Airs for people who want to run Windows.
It was pretty cool in the late 60's, but since then it's all gone to pot.
The Yanks will never break out (t)rusty valve mainframes.
If you don't know how to install an alternative search engine, just Google it!
Fedora + Cinnamon might be worth a look.
If the computer says “it's him” most people, plods included, will believe the computer against all other evidence, no matter how irrational that may appear to the knowledgeable outside observer. You'd have no chance ina jury trial.
Can you read English? "Let's take Southern and South Eastern Europe, shall we? "
We read El Reg for the content, not the presentation. Don't let the marketing morons get anywhere near. PLEASE!
In a world where everyone carries a camera phone, and "photoshop" has entered the dictionary, GIMP is hardly a niche app.
Google is successful because it provides better results than its many rivals. “Better” as perceived by its users.
A key part of this is decoding the garbage that a typical user types, and converting it into something a computer can search for.
Another key part is downgrading the dross that arises from search engine optimisation.
If Google biased its results for any purpose other than that of the users, it would soon be replaced by a competitor that was providing the wanted results.
An unbiased search would simply turn up all 200 million sites that match your query, in random order. This would render the service, and the WWW, useless.
"Basically, there are some people who want to control all the other people."
They're called "politicians", or "religious leaders".
Google's success amongst a miriad of search engines is a result of providing the best answers to user's queries. If they didn't provide the answers that users want, Bing (is that still going?) and others are only a few clicks away.
Only a moron would fail to distinguish between the ads and the answers.
He always did like throwing chairs around.
Can they please take it back now.
"Give us your forking money" (C) 1984 Bob Geldof
What killed Betamax was Sony trying to ban porn, which is always the first driver of new technology.
Google should start charging the publishers for promoting their wares.
So now we know the real number of illegal immigrants.
So it's a smart phone without the smart?
They don't trust anyone who doesn't speak English as a native language.
"And still waiting for it to hit the mainstream."
Over 85% of smartphones sold in the last quarter are running Linux. You can't get much more mainstream than that.
I could go on about super-computers, set top-boxes etc etc, but I can't be bothered.
"but for things like production and studio areas you do not need to be London based."
"Manchester... Its a few hours on a train "
Not everyone who works in production and studio areas is a full time BBC employee. Most producers, engineers and actors are freelance professionals who work for a range of clients and are based in London, where the vast majority of facilites and work are also based.
How would you like the cost and aggravation of a 4-hour plus round journey commute, possibly carrying bulky and/or expensive equipment?
(Former freelance recording engineer.)
"I like the idea of free to view telly with no advertising..."
The BBC carries a vast amount of advertising, mostly for BBC channels and products, but none of it is paid for, and its commercial activities are so badly run and overstaffed that the make very litle money.
Incidentally the last time I listened to BBC Radio London, the most commonly heard phrase was "sponsored by HMV".
Maybe he could atone by creating an ad blocker that works.
It's those pesky users at it again.
Maybe you need to get a proper operating system.
No surprise that the first thing Apple staff learn is bull.
My Mint 17 box mounts my Android 4.4.4 phone as a media device, which has 2 sub-directories, "Internal storage" and "SD card". These can be accessed identically to the USB HD that was detected by earlier versions of Android.
"and leave by using your mobile phone."
So they're doing away with the trains too?
The reason our High Streets are filled the same names pretty much everywhere, is that a small number of companies master the art of performing their function reasonably well, and prosper, while a large number cannot manage to put together the basics consistently, and perish.
"So if you pass one of these courses and don't go to work for them or for someone they approve of, they will keep a permanent eye on you..."
...just like everyone else.
"I'm still waiting for the people with the supposed knowledge to come to some consensus as to what is really happening."
One of the major problems with "climate science" is that there's no such thing. The drivers of climate that we know about cover a great many different disciplines. There could be many other that we don't even know about, other “butterfly in Beijing” effects.
1. Anyone who is smart enough and concerned enough to make use of consumption and costing data is smart enough to use the data that is already available.
2. Anyone who thinks smart meters will lead to reduced energy costs or use is naïve to the point of stupidity.
3. The meters will be hacked within days of going live, putting them within the control of any bad-hat who wants to use them for their own ends.
The number of people who consume content is many orders of magnitude greater than the number who create it. A modern PC is massively over-specced for the vast majority of users.
“How the Hell, can you not manage to computerise a paper based system with that level of funding.”
Actually it's trivial. Paper based systems are never complete systems, particularly in bureaucratic “organisations”. These “systems” rely on the existence of a small proportion of operatives who are smart enough and willing enough to add functionality to the system. When you remove the smart element and make the system run at GHz clock speeds, you get a solid lock-up.
The only way to get a working computer system, is to create a perfect system, then computerise it, as any fule kno.
Microsoft(ies) should note that IBM had to lose $7.5 billion, two years in a row, before it came to its senses and started to change into a sustainable business, and it came out on a much smaller scale.
Nadella probably writes in plain English, then runs it through Bing translate.
Be grateful you weren't born in Scunthorpe!
Perhaps because for that money, you have a huge range of Android phones from which to choose.