1246 posts • joined 21 May 2010
Re: beats me...
"and my daughter's word collapses!"
In the Beginning was the Word...
...and the Word was....CONNECT!!!!!
Re: I think someone...
"You can watch gravity?"
No, you can watch Gravity. A subtle difference, but a difference nonetheless.
Re: Why lasers?
"why lasers instead of an Archimedes mirror? "
Maybe because a laser can punch through the atmosphere more easily and cheaply than some humongous mirror that someone will have to go out and clean regularly.
I see nothing in the article or the announcement that says anything about space-based lasers. They are talking about the equivalent pressure of sunlight for 5 to 10 minutes to apply a nudge.
Re: Subject START ....... More tittilation is clearly the way to go...with Sin and Vice
LOHAN is just the start, she can take you to the edge of Heaven but no further."
On the other hand, once the bubble bursts, she goes down on the whole of Earth.
Re: 90s ???
"For the hobbiest, Watford Electronics"
Somewhere in my attic is a complement slip from Watford Electronics with a hand written note (in red felt pen) stating that "this a a credit note for 4p due to price changes since your order was placed"
Re: OMG lolkatz
Someone once asked me why they have to click on the E for internet. Why is it not I for Internet?
Re: Where will the savings be made?
then apart from the electricity bill for the transmitters what is being saved."
The transmission network is operated by Arquiva, so yes, the rental fee for the multiplex slot is the main saiving quoted in the story. As an online/on-demand only channel, there will be no need to buy in imports to fill a schedule on a multiplex which they pay £millions per year for.
The freeing up of that multiplex slot will inititially be a loss on Arquivas books but I'm sure they are already touting that spare capacity around now for a commercial or subscription channel. It's a spare slot at peak viewing hours too.
Other annual savings will be the EPG fees for listing the channel which are nothing to be sneezed at either.
Re: USB was thought to be shorthand for a European country
Things are looking up if Europe springs to mind."
That surprised me too. I was under the impression that many USAians thought Yourope was all one country :-)
Re: well quite
...and at least three $county_council with estates of 2-5000 desktops are in the process of upgrading to win7 with 2-3 years rollout plans. Win8 is not in any of the plans.
Re: Where are the American commentards?
"accusational (Does that word exist? It should do"
If you were American you'd probably call it an accusationalism-fest" :-)
"+1 for Ghostery"
Ditto. The longest lists in my experience appeare on screen when visiting newspaper websites. Why do they need so many trackers?
"They changed their page so that if adblock was enabled, not only were adds removed, but so was all the content"
TuCows did the same thing many, many years ago. All the download links went via their ad server. If you blocked the ads you could no longer download any software from them. I used other sites instead. TuCows have gone.
I blocked the ads because they switched from static ads to pop-ups, pop-unders, noisy, animated and every other nasty trick to grab your attention away from the reason you were on the site in the first place. Adxvertising is like an arms race and the people they want to attract are the ones they are pissing off.
"Ads make money when people buy things."
True. But it's not just the click-thu's. Just seeing the ads is creating a brand awareness too and that's also valuable to the advertisers.
As someone else posted, I also use flashblock and a pop-upblocker. I don't mind ads, but when the cover the content or flash and jump to distract from the content, then I simply don't want to see it. That, in me, creates a negative brand awareness.
"to establish a bridge between patent developers and patent users."
That indicates that they are acting as agents to help patent owners get their just rewards which could make them one of the good guys if done right. But it seems they are only buying in patents and then trying to monetize the now-owned patents. That makes them trolls since their whole business model is to make money by suing everyone in sight.
Maybe there should be some test of "reasonableness" whereby a patent not being enforced within some time frame is deemed to have expired. For example, you can be reasonably expected to have started negotiations or court proceedings against a company with a high profile such that you really ought to know they are "infringing" before the sueball turns into £££billions and the product has been on the market for years.
Re: "Not that a two-billion bite would have damaged Apple all that much"
"a win in Germany would have asked for EU-wide damages"
ISTR it being part of EU rules that a win in one EU country is a win in all or at least a very strong indicator of wins across the EU. I'm sure there was a El Reg article stating that sometime recently. Not being a patent lawyer I wasn't really taking all that much notice though.
Re: Something doesn't add up here...
"I really dont understand what "contract" or agreement means then."
For a "contract" to be valid, it must be fair to both sides, offer both sides some approximately equal benefit. Contracts are often overturned or thrown out when one side or the other realises they've been screwed over after the fact by an "unfair" contract.
Yes, some will say, "tough, you should have read it", but not everyone is an expert and we all know how weasely most T&Cs are that we all click through on installing software. For that matter, it's not hard to find a contract with terms in which actually preclude each other so it's impossible not to break one term by trying to keep within the scope of the other.
Re: Something doesn't add up here...
"I cant see the importance of telling anyone the nitty-gritty and certainely not the daughter....kept his mouth shut and enjoyed the 80k"
A decent lawyer should have got that "breach of terms" claim thrown out easily. Giving the guy an $80k settlement on the grounds he tell *no one* is impractical at best and would have required the entire immediate family sign the non-disclosure at worst.
How the hell was the guy supposed to tell his wife the case was over and then not explain where the $80k came from in the (probably joint) bank account? Based on the evidence supplied in the article, he may not have told his daughter how much he got, just that it was enough for a damn good holiday.
Re: Not in the UK.....
"A family friend got done for "drunk driving" and lost his licence for twelve months because he was sleeping in the drivers seat of his car, with the keys in his pocket."
I could be wrong, but I think that;s "drunk in charge of a vehicle" but yes, it's silly that you can be "done" simply for being inside the car with the keys while drunk, even with the key in your pocket, engine off etc.
"Burton - who joined HDS from Computacenter as veep for channels and alliances at the start of 2012"
IIRC one has to be employed for two full financial years these days before being eligible for a redundancy payment (or is it"just" two years?)
It'll be interesting to see what he and his fellows walk away with.
Must be long, boring weeks at sea. They feel like they last for 24 days each.
Re: I call foul!
"deep fried Mars bar"
That's Scotland, not Geordieland you plonker!
Drink more alcohol and get your IQ back up to the norm.
"And we are not even at the intermission yet."
Oh good. I thought I'd missed the ice cream and Kia-Ora(tm).
Re: Optional Gate Crime?
"not a hate crime, just a Haight crime"
Re: Hey, hey UK
"That will actually end up forcing most of Joe Public to upgrade to the latest Microsoft Office version to get full ODF support...Pretty much no one wants to use Open Office, etc."
Most of "Joe Public" don't have MSOffice installed at home. At least not a full or legit one.
Re: Seems too stretched out to me
"I think more APs would be bricked than become seeded with the trojan."
It's looking for routers with specific known default user/password and, I assume since the article infers it, those set to allow admin/config remote logins over the wireless side of the network.
I doff my hat the the man who managed to get a Blakes 7 reference out of that typo.
"Microsoft's own prices have dropped so low it now sells a $3 package of Windows and Office to students."
So, in this world of global companies, global markets and global choice of (low) tax regimes, why can't I buy Windows and Office for $3 from China, eh? eh? eh?
Did the Moon just moon the whole of the Earth?
It brings a whole new meaning to the Earth/Moon system.
flasher mac -------------------->
Re: Cheers Reg!
the rest is either leaflet distribution companies or people employed by the one company to leaflet the area."
...and quite a few of those companies can trace their history to right about the time the TPS and other opt-out schemes related to Postal deliveries came into existence. One wonders if any of those companies are owned or part owned by senior officers of the PO, what with them knowing it was coming and having the experience to set up a private postal service.
"How do you know which direction Mecca is"
Wasn't there a Muslim astronaut upon the ISS a while ago? IIRC there was a special dispensation for him.
The BOFH has a supercharged electric cattle prod
An IT angle.
Reput, re-putt, repute?
As I've posted here before, any company, brand or product spelled in such a way that someone has to explain how to pronounce it has just earned a huge bucket of fail.
Re: I'd pass that test @PyLETS
"Calls maybe recorded" message, that the notification requirements have been met,
One day, a court will have to decide if "this call may be recorded" is a notification or a granting of permission. Obviously a lawyer worded that message so as to cover all angles :-)
Re: Oh Dear My Fridge Door Must pay a license fee?
How do you know the light is off when the door is shut?
Re: This is fully the app stores fault.
"But a GPS application should not need access to your contacts list."
Unless, of course, you want directions to an address in your contacts list, which some GPS apps are capable of. Naturally that should be an optional permission IMHO, but might be useful to some users to have.
Just to add to your scenarios, people living out in the sticks may very well already have a TV aerial way up in the hills with a booster and a long cable down to the house. That aerial may well be on someone elses land.
I know of at least one small community with no terrestrial broadcast coverage in their valley who clubbed together to build their own repeater station on top of a hill.
I genuinely can't understand the logic of disallowing re-broadcast of free-to-air un-altered broadcasts to people who either can't get a signal or who get a poor signal but who are at least nominally in the broadcast footprint.
Oh, and for Andrew O. Seriously? Stealing someone pint? "Would you steal a car?" Come on!
Re: Rejoice at that news
"When they first debuted, GMaps was awesome, a one-of-a-kind phenomenon "
Was it? Did multimap.com (since bought out by MS for Bingmaps) not come first?
I certainly used to use multimap to plan routes and print map sections for end-of-journey details/reference before I'd heard of or at least used, Google maps.
Re: Maybe just maybe (@ Boltar)
"it shouldn't just be dust doing it , there should be large rocks and boulders too."
If the probability of an "object" ending up in a relatively stable orbit after a meteorite strike is, say, a million to one, then we also need to consider how many rocks compared with dust particles are ejected per strike before we can make any kind of projection of stable orbit ejections there may be.
There's probably quite a few more dust particles ejected as opposed to pebbles, rocks or boulders.
(I am, of course, assuming a roundworld rather than a discworld where, as we all know, a one in a million chance is a dead cert)
An Arts Council grant?
This guy missed out on £1000's. With the right arty farty description and a claim of interactive art, engaging with the pubic, collaborative and dynamic artwork blah, blah, blah, he could have got a grant for a large screen "installation" at the Tate and a headline story on the Beeb.
No, they're not stains. They represent significant moments in my career as a struggling artist. Think of it as Tracy Emmins bed but a more mobile installation.
Re: Too confusing for some - which London are we talking about
...also New York, Tyne & Wear. Within 20-30mins driving distance of New York,TW we also have Philadelphia, Washington (the original)...
...and that's not even looking at all the other ex-colonies of all the countries who used to do that sort of thing all over the world.
I suspect this might be more of a can of worms than even the darkest pessimist thought.
"Will we see .birmingham, .manchester, .burnley?"
They are a different proposition to .london. .london for the UK capital city was probably fairly easy to allocate rather than to one of the man other London towns and cities around the world. But who decides which Birmingham or Manchester gets the TLD?
First come,first served? Biggest "offer" of cash? Largest population? Oldest record of the city/town in history? Biggest armed forces?
"Apple made no promise that Siri would operate without fail"
Well, I'm not sure about other readers, but when I buy something I expect it to work without fail or fot the supplier to replace it if it does fail.
The problem is that software doesn't seem to follow those rules. Those of us in the IT world sort of expect software to have bugs, but we also expect a fix at some point. I don't see why a non-IT person should have different expectations about a product just because "software" is involved in the product.
Ok, it's fair to say that most people have some experience of the "use" of software based products which are full of bugs and failures, but why should we accept that "it's software, it has bugs, it fails" when that's simply not acceptable with other products. The industry should be improving it's products, not the customer being forced to lower their expectations below those they expect from every other product on the market.
I don't understand
I have a Galaxy sII and a Nook tablet. Both have access to the Play shop. Neither have apps on the "home" page in prescribed locations. The only apps on the home page(s) are the ones I put there, in the locations that I chose. Even the generic "apps" pages just lists all the installed apps in alphabetical order.
Both have apps which are not able to be uninstalled, but that's not a problem since they don't forcefully intrude into anywhere on the user defined parts of the system which is what the user uses daily.
Re: We need fake gravity..
"All" they need to do is place an order with CERNs retail arm for a jar of Higgs-Bosons!
exceeded management targets?
How can a voluntary redundancy programme exceed targets, especially to the extent that the company might even need to hire in replacements?
Surely if there's a target to get rid of a certain number of people from specified departments or divisions, you ask people to volunteer then inform those who have been "successful". Other are simply not accepted into the redundancy program or their application is rejected. If they still want to leave, then they can, of course. But without the redundancy package. You're not redundant if you are needed.
I'm not saying this is a bad thing on the part of those who want to leave but it seems like a stupid deal for Dell. Surely they have lawyers who oversee these sort of things? After all, they deal with multiple legal jurisdictions so need to tailor things to suit local employment law.
Re: Tin Foil Hats
"Do they still work for the original purpose?"
Not since they switched to aluminium. And have you seen how thin it is these days?
I suspect GCHQ had a hand in defining the new "thinness" because it's a an exact multiple of the mind control wavelength.
"collaborate on a shared open network API"
What? Anyone know why a network API is required for wireless charging? Are these people planning on scraping data on when each device is charged, for how long and recording the IP and it's approx. location?
How many others could be compromised?
"The security researcher cited sources within the investigation in reporting that the firm had been found to be the source of the credentials used by the attackers."
"The company...said that...no other customers were affected by the breach."
These two statements don't seem to balance very well.
"or when the OS crashes and it bricks in mid air. Or .."
...or when a big jam suddenly happens and 3000 drones all lift off within seconds of each other.
"It is the way things are going - have the tools you need on the streets, work from a library or council house and have a super block for custody."
They could bring back Police Boxes (for when it's raining).