36 posts • joined Monday 4th June 2007 13:50 GMT
Bye bye Lodsys!
Don't let the courthouse door hit you on the arse on the way out.
Actually, do. It'd be fun to watch you fall flat on your face.
Thats one heck of a LOT of ambergris...
And in our next instalment...
Pigs In Spaaaaaace!
Re: Now i hate apple....
Frankly I don't care... it's not as if anyone would ask Siri to do anything with their bank account number.
Basically all Apple has is a bunch of different voices asking about the weather, reminders to pick up shopping and asking the most important questions of all, namely "how much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?" and "what is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?"...
Apple are hardly going to be equipping a fifth column with that useless information!
And they want us to subscribe to Office 365 and store all our documents that run our businesses in the cloud if we don't want to pay through the nose for a licence to use only once and then throw away a physical local install of Office?
Just who do Microsoft think they are and just how f***ed up is their business model these days?
I've *never* trusted cloud computing and I never will. At least I can get at the culprits if my network goes down.
How did Microsoft get this big of a deathwish without anybody in their corporate structure noticing?
Couldn't give a monkey's about sport and I actually quite like the new design (although I do view it on a huge monitor, so I'd concede that people with tiddly screens might have an issue).
As for Kaspersky, all that's left to be said is [cue Nelson Muntz voice]... Haa haa!
At over 40 you're more likely to have the available readies to be able to buy it!
While it might be a bit difficult to place a mobile device into the category of 'computer', a computer is, indeed, what a smartphone is, these days. Certainly the processing power on these gadgets is far in excess of what was available on desktops when a certain Computer Misuse Act was written - you know, the one that criminalises access to a user's computing device by a third party without the knowledge or permission of the owner of the device.
It seem to me that were Google to remotely remove any software installed on any UK phone that they would be breaking the law.
VAT won't hurt much
I seriously doubt the VAT rise will do much, if anything, to sales of games. It'll add exactly 85p to a £39.99 game. Not exactly bank breaking. I'm sure most gamers have enough readies to cover that. And the money to fill in Labour's gargantuan black hole has to come from somewhere...
Steve Jobs is no match for British broadcasters?
"Steve Jobs is no match for British broadcasters"?
I don't think so... I'm pretty sure Apple is sitting on enough dosh to be able to buy Britain's ITV outright, and that doesn't take into account Jobs' humungously vast wealth elsewhere (Disney, Pixar, etc).
Personally, given the crap that ITV tends to broadcast, I'd be very glad if it got bought out by Jobs... a bit of Apple's style rubbing off on it would improve it immensely. Mind you, a bit of napalm would improve it as well, so that wouldn't be a hard ask!
If it happened to me I'd be furious
So not only do the muppets of the Slovakian security authorities put at risk a plane and its passengers, but then the poor beggar who they accidentally fit up gets arrested. And anyone who's ever taken a trip to America on the Visa Waiver programme will know that by simple fact of being arrested he'd never be able to travel there visa-free ever again. And, given the nature of the arrest, despite the massive extenuating circumstances, you can bet your last euro that the US visa people will take one look at the record - "explosives, aeroplane, arrest" - and he'll be on a no-fly list before he can blink.
Poor bloke will never be able to travel anywhere ever again! If that were me I'd be reaching for the nearest high-powered lawyer.
It looks like wishful thinking if Nokia think they're going to get away with this legal jiggerypokery...
From simply reading the descriptions of the patents in the article I can think of plenty of examples of the technology in use before the date of the patent.
What this shows is the ludicrous way patents are managed in the USA. That situation certainly needs urgent reform, because the only people winning in all this are the lawyers and in the meantime business innovation is stifled and smaller outfits trying to develop new products essentially risk their entire worlds on the basis that someone somewhere doesn't have a spurious patent so broadly drawn as to prevent them even putting pencil to drawing board...
Of course, should this all turn bad for Apple, they can always resort to their war-chest. Earlier today I looked up Nokia's market capitalisation - Apple reportedly has enough of a mountain of cash (yes, ready cash) to buy Nokia outright: mind you, is Nokia actually worth it that sort of money?
How would this law relate to (illicit) cartoon imagery of Smurfs engaged in 'adult activity'?
Does anyone know how young or old Smurfs are meant to be? Who decides whether Smurfette is of legal age or not?
Waste of time
I like Google's web services but this will never catch on beyond the occasional nerd who just buys it because it's there.
If my broadband connection goes down I can, at least, still use my computer for other stuff (games, programming, writing, accounts, etc). With this sort of online-only browser-based 'OS' you're stuffed the moment the net connection goes away. It'd be about as much use as a doorstop.
To all intents and purposes, Google are reinventing the dumb terminal that runs Windows 1 (yes, 'one') with a slightly updated interface.
I ain't going anywhere near it.
Never has the acronym WTF been more appropriate...
I'm sure it was just an armless misunderstanding...
First of all... the 'welcome' picture is **precisely** the same as the picture you get when you do a Google search for Leopard Welcome screen
What are the chances that the letters would be photographed in exactly the same position on the 'tablet'? Indeed, why would it be running Leopard which isn't optimised for pudgy fingers? It'd be running something else - similar maybe, but certainly not using the same welcome screen and certainly not when Leopard is about to be upgraded and in the process changing the installation process anyway - why would a pre-production machine be using an old version of the OS not designed for tablet usage when there's a new version due out any day that clearly would support a tablet (if indeed they plan to use normal OS X on it at all)?
Secondly, the alignment of the graphic isn't correct.
Thirdly, the video very carefully doesn't show the edges of the 'tablet' - it's so obviously a finger choreographed to a video.
Fourthly, Apple would NEVER release anything that ugly.
This is an absolute fake.
A good excuse to go out and get pissed?
It sounds like binge drinking might have a beneficial side effect after all!
I wonder though, does all the weewee produced in one day provide enough hydrogen resource to replace all the petrol used in the same period?
And will the water companies suddenly diversify into fuel station forecourts? They are the ones, after all, who have access to the relevant raw materials!
Wall to wall coverage...
What with the news being unmitigated Jackson, wall to wall coverage, endless talking heads and children who never experienced Jackson's music at the time it was released all emoting into their twitter accounts, I wonder what awful news the Government is going to be sneaking out today....?
"All pins contact simultaneously, rather than earth first. "
Have you looked at a UK earth pin lately? It's bigger, fatter and LONGER than the other two. Given the slot nature of the socket, it's completely impossible for the other pins to reach contact point before the earth pin has already made contact. Likewise your appliance is earthed even after the live and neutral pins have disengaged.
Watched the 'swing by' video...
Is that it?
I was expecting something exciting!
Excellent proof of concept.
There are pros and cons in using this sort of thing in real life, but I can see how it could augment existing security protocols on plastic cards and would certainly be useful for portable identity verification where the verifier isn't able to carry around a device with a screen on it.
For credit cards I see its application being more in America where photos on cards are the routine versus the UK's reliance on PINs.
Might not work for those of us who prefer our hair to have a different colour for each day of the week though!
Still, it's cool tech. I'm sure it'll find a use somewhere.
But... if it's not really going to affect the popular sites out there, then there'd be very little point in hitting the rest: after all, why bother DOSing a web server that hosts sites very few people actually look at anyway?
So witches want access to churches...
Pagans request access to christian premises to conduct their rituals and are refused.
I doubt Muslims would be allowed to worship in synagogues or vice-versa and I don't expect anyone would see anything unusual in that. Why are people whining here?
Oh, I know... because it's easy to Catholic-bash and get away with it.
Yet Another Stealth Tax
Not content with raiding our pensions, re-re-introducing the fuel tax escalator, abolishing the 10% tax band for the low paid, and a host of other tax swindles, the Government is now slapping a 5+% or so tax on your telephone line on top of the VAT.
Gee thanks Gordon. I don't think.
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