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Does any of this explain the recent riots? Were people instinctively hunter-gathering 40" plasmas?
time to review patent law
it seems that most of these copyright/patent/passing off disputes are about tiny matters of detail. Not about big ideas at all.
In the UK light switches are inside the room you are going into. I'm going to patent the idea of having them on the other side of the wall so you can find the switch in a room already lit.
I sort of agree with you about AD, but aren't the good bits just LDAP?
Points to Jen-Hsun Huang
as the man says, it is a "why bother" problem.
To beat the market leader you need to be one or both of:
* twice as good
* half the price.
it isn't, and it isn't.
Whoa, hang on a minute
This is a good bit of headline-grabbing publicity, but a very bad precedent.
Who appointed RIM a quasi-judicial organisation? What gives them the right to decide when privacy is disposable?
fuss about nowt
I heard the BBC evening news as though a giant groudswell had been revealed. I went and looked, and the highest count was 2900 against hanging. The other 3 topics mentioned later in the story each had less than 400 votes. the SciFi poll on el reg was far more successful.
I know its early days, but surely the mejia could have waited for more impressive numbers?
soft whumping noise
I used to work with a bu ch of lads who would inflate bin-bags from the oxy-acetelyne welder, and let them drift upwards. Lighted fag-ends flicked at them would eventually burn through and produce a soft, wet-sounding ball of flame and a lot of soot.
Surely the launch structure would be two strings of different length, hanging the payload from the balloon at the correct angle to launch and avoid the canopy?
Once the motor fires up it would slacken off the strings which would fall out of their hooks and robert's yer familial relation once removed.
Chrome 13 includes more than 5,200 revisions
That's nice dear.
When are they going to fix Groups?
Police officer in pursuit of his duty gets thrown in the air by moron in a fast car, who gets a month for hitting the cop (and only for resisting, not for wilful endangerment). Rolled up in a total of 22 months, and I expect he will be out in around 3 or 4. So no real penalty for running someone down.
There are some scrotes out there who are a complete oxygen sink.
Surely this is the sort of thing we pay politicians to prevent? not permit.
I really hope this is not viable in Europe, and that any such patents will be treated with the contempt they so richly deserve.
Become a parent
You will be paying for the use of your genes for the rest of your natural...
Where are the embedded vendors?
This is all very odd.
It is as though device manufacturers are working in a world where they only know the desktop OSs. Since the dawn of microprocessors, there have been vendors of real-time embedded kernels, tiny, efficient, multi-tasking and booting perfectly happily.
What happened to RTOS ? RMOS? eCos? QNX? vxworks?
I'm baffled by the assertion that they are using android 'because it boots'. Surely that is the easy bit?
I have no sympathy with either side
* Why should the law care? When people on that benighted continent can display real guns, why do false goolies matter?
*Why on earth would anyone want a pair of plastic like-size bollocks on a truck? Are these people deranged?
I think there are 'truck nuts' in the story, but they are the nuts holding the steering wheel.
I am also baffled that South Carolina /has an obscene bumper-sticker law/. Is their general legislation on obscene publications so poor? or is it that bumper stickers are the only written material they possess?
Oh, and if you follow the link to the local radio station, you will find that the illustrations of 'truck nuts' have been slightly pixelated, but not enough to obscure anything!
What OS are you describing there? If it's unWinows You might have just changed my mind & persuaded me to buy.
The time to worry about what to do when you are number 2 is when you are number 2.
I would be very surprised if they were currently number 22
@ Michael Dunn
> wrote: " * Royal Mail, who deliver letters" but didn't qualify this
* Royal Mail, who deliver letters sometime the following month. Occsionally. To a nearby address. Unless it's raining, when you never hear from them at all. Oh look, a christmas card from 1997.
will that do?
There was a hand-written poster in our local branch saying that benefit "mothers" could claim emergency relief from the local social services office.
And another one saying "When they don't answer the phone come to us" from a group of local churches...
Post office names
Back when my Dad was a Head Postmaster in the 1950s, there was a government organisation called "The General Post Office". It was a blanket organisation for
* Royal Mail (who delivered Letters and Parcels)
* Post Office Telephones (landline phone provider
* The marine radio stations (Portishead, North Foreland etc.)
* Martlesham research station
* The railway telephone branch (not the same as Beritish Railway signalling division)
* Post Office Telegram services
* National Savings
* Post Office savings bank (both deposit schemes, not money transfer systems)
* Post offices were the retail outlet for mail, for the payment of social benefits like child benefit & the old age pension and the handling of driving licences and car taxes. You could pay your income tax there and buy national insurance "stamps".
Later the government invented the Giro bank, a publically owned clearing bank which used post office counters for public access.
Nowadays we have
* Post Office counters Ltd - the retail operation, including foreign currency, the two saving schemes, and a sort of bank. They still do car tax and driving licences, and pay pensions to people with magnetic cards and no bank account.
* Royal Mail, who deliver letters
* Royal Mail parcels, who deliver broken things in crushed boxes
and that's about it. All the other stuff has been sold off, and they want to sell off those 3 too.
They've had more than 6 attempts at it so far and it's only "Promising"?
Now, I've had a play, and it seems easy enough to use.
Personally I won't be buying one - not after the money wasted on earlier WP attempts. OK, it was HP that lied about being able to upgrade to the next version when available, and HP who said there was no fix for all the problems. But the Gatesian empire has had enough of my money. I'm sticking to phones that are only phones from now on.
I just think that for a company the size of Microsoft to deliver it a year late and for it still to be just "Promising" is not good enough. If they wanted to beat Apple, they had to do a whole lot better than "Promising".
I thought we did this one more than a year ago?
It's what I'd do.
And I'd try to work 'FRO' into the url somehow.
Just in case someone was, you know, err , watching.
OK, I'm a pacifist, and opposed to arming our police. I don't like the idea of weaponry in the hands of the state, or the populace at large.
But all that said, doesn't Metal Storm sound like it would be a wonderful place to work?
And just where is this advertising revenue going to come from?
Memories of the local cinema displaying a generic picture of an Indian meal with "Shah's salmonella palace, station approach, Little Slumdewlling" stencilled into the white space on the top.
1. DANGER WILL ROBINSON
This is rapidly becoming an affectation, not a solution to anything. It does rather sound as though the Nokia Asylum is now firmly in the hands of the nutjobs, not the nurses.
2. Your tag
"Near filed Communications". Really?
My idea is that maybe the Higgs Boson is really large. perhaps 12735 kilometers, with a mass of 5.9721986×10^24 kg, and in an orbit 3.041954×10^11 meters in diameter around something rather larger.
Mine's the one that seems implausibly massive
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