Re: So just where in the country do criminals go to avoid the police :)
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Interesting question: is the tourist tax and the tourism register strictly for 'tourists' (holidaymakers?) or is it actually for 'anyone from out of town'. If the former then does offering a bed to someone in town on business make you liable to be on the tourism register? Or how about someone from the outskirts who wants a bed in the city centre after a hard night out?
Simple rules can be sooooo complicated!
"a “multi-billion dollar” corporation"
Go on, who is it...?
IANA Insurance Broker but...I think you'll find that your insurance company actually insures you for the 'rebuilding cost' of your house, not the market value of the house (less land value etc). In expensive areas this may be a lot less than the market value of the entire site, but in cheaper areas may be a lot more than the market value, as it includes the cost of demolition and clearing the site, plus the cost of doing a one-off build (rather than perhaps building an estate all at once)
Excellent article, and I agree that the place is well worth a visit, as is King Arthur's Labrynth.
And the shameless plug...when going from Machynlleth to Aberystwyth (or vice versa) do stop off at Caffi Cletwr in Tre'r Ddol (half way between Mach and Aber). It's an excellent community-owned and run cafe and local shop (with a surprising range of tasty stuff), staffed mainly by volunteers, and a venture well worth supporting. [Declaration of interest: I'm one of the volunteers!] Oh yes, and there's free WiFi (have to include the IT angle).
I suspect CAT themselves aren't entirely sure - I've seen signs with two very different welsh translations of the name.
If there were, I'm sure they were purely for research purposes.
I appreciate that they use a rather odd lense on the camera, but it would be nice if NASA would process the image to remove the distortion before releasing the photo.
It's easy to be cynical about the number of 'revolutionary battery technologies' that disappear down a black hole, and yes, batteries for portable stuff like phones have improved over the years.
But what hasn't improved much is the technology for bulk storage of solar, hydro etc, the sort of thing that we need to store hundreds of kilowatt hours rather than a few thousand milliwatt hours,
Wake me up when I can get a power pack that stores 500kWh, lasts at least 20 years without serious degradation, costs less than £1000 and fits into the space occupied by my oil-fired boiler.
Carter sees the map as helpful, but said: “To make it an accurate and useful tool, Ofcom needs to regularly test networks both indoors and outdoors around the UK, using only data collected in real life, and not a mash-up of testing and computer simulation."
So he wants Ofcom to send some poor sucker out to cover the entire land area of the UK, cities, villages, fields, mountains, swamps and all, stopping every 100 metres, to measure the actual reception on every network? The phrase 'job for life' springs to mind...
Last week we had fights in a porison when a drone tried to drop some dope ina prison, now it's pigeon post. Why can't the inmates just buy their drugs from the guards like everyone else?
Good news, but how many of them will decide to waste their skills as accountants or bankers rather than going into IT or science research?
Providing an option that lets just anyone nearby see your phone and send files to it.
What could possibly go wrong?
Obviously no self-respecting trrrst would use his real name when buying online, but what would happen if some moronic jihadi started posting inflamatory messages on facebook under the name of 'David Cameron', or 'Theresa May' or "Barry O'Bama"? Would those names be added to the blacklist?
"Where exactly do children get this sort of money?"
Or to use the same argument...
60" smart TVs and new BMWs also cost thousands of pounds...so presumably it's okay to steal them if you don't have the cash?
DRM is bad, but so is freeloading. Content creators do have a right to be paid for their work.
I can see that it will fly above commercial aircraft, but presumably that laser that connects it to the ground station passes through airspace used by aircraft, pigeons etc. How does it cope with interruptions? Or a Google balloon getting in the way?
...for probably being the only article written in any news publication today that correctly uses the word 'literally';
"we've just about literally only scratched the service of the worldlet on which it rests
It's so nice to read material written by a literate journalist!
Still not a reason to lash out all that dosh for Prime
1. Get friend in St Johns Ambulance or theatrical type to give you some really guesome facial 'injuries'
2. Buy and wear 'Anonymous' mask
3. Go to Festival
4. Wait for them to ask you to remove your mask...
Mandatory deletion of all Twatbook accounts one month after 18th birthday, and they have to create a new grown-up a/c. Simples?
"if a company actually releases software, isn't it supposedly fit-for-purpose?"
Which planet do YOU live on? I'd like to move there...
The article conveniently notes that renewables are a small proportion of total energy use, once we factor in transport etc. But what about all the solar that agriculture and forestry use to grow crops? If you're looking at total energy use, shouldn't that be included as well?
It's important for governments to encourage renewables, although sadly it seems that our present 'green' government is so keen on renewables they're killing off virtually all financial support for them, presumably because their chums in the City can't cream off enough of the cash.
And the article talks a lot about wind and solar, but why the heck are we still so slow with sorting out serious tidal power in the UK? Some of the best tidal ranges in the world, out of sight (on the whole) and very predictable.
"Two countries separated by a common language"
In what strange alternate universe would anyone think that connecting the car radio to the brakes was a good idea?
A Smidgin is several kg - more or less depending on breakfast time.
(I suppose I should explain that Smidgin is the name of one of my sweet little pussycats - who is rather under-sized following a difficult birth - I'd upload a piccie but ElReg doesn't do piccies)
I actually have a theory that the word is actually "Smidgín" and is derived from the Gaelic -een endings for a small thing. Probably totally wrong....
I could probably live with this, PROVIDED that the update process is changed so that it happens invisibly in the background and doesn't lock my pc for 30 mins with a 'windows is updating, 10% complete, installing update 3 of 29" message just when I try and reboot to give a presentation to a customer! Is that so difficult?
all we need is for Elon Musk to invent a warp drive and away we all go. Or perhaps we should send the B Ark first.
I think not...
Although my Win7 laptop is way over the minimum specs, I'll be buying a new one (probably early next year, once all the Win 10 bugs are ironed out) Excellent chance to remove all the crap, upgrade software etc. And drivers...I had an old Shuttle box that worked fine with Ubuntu (several releases ago), tried updating Ubuntu and the embedded video would no longer work. One dead Shuttle, and I can't be bothered to try and install another distro.
"Experts predict problems of this type will become more commonplace as cars rely more and more heavily on digital technology"
You really don't need to be an 'expert' to predict that!
Surely there is some way for these evil scum to end up in prison? They must have broken some laws somewhere - ten years in a Colombian jail is too good for them!
Spam fritters were bad enough - but our local chippie in Guardbridge (near St Andrews) back in the Seventies used to deep fry meat pies (no batter). They'd cut them in two and pour out some of the fat before serving, so they weren't entirely unhealthy!
I think they're on dodgy ground once they start saying that the domain includes the name of the complainant - Oxford University will shortly lose its domains to the Ford motor company...
"obtains actual knowledge of any terrorist activity . . . shall provide"
So if they don't monitor and read everything, then they won't know anyway, so no need to report.
And as it refers to 'actual knowledge' then if there is a terrorist incident (bomb in Kabul?) and anyone mentions it in a tweet or post then they MUST report each and every post. That should slow up the NSA
Politicians should not be allowed to draft or amend the wording of legislation - they always get it wrong.
"advise everyone that downloaded the app that they have been proned..."
YOU! Lie flat on the floor NOW!
Many of their citizens don't have clean drinking water, sanitation or adequate housing, but they've all got a Gigabyte of cloud storage. Job done. Treble lassis all round.
That's a definite place to include in the day trips when I go on my hols later this year - got a fortnihjt in a brewery in the Marches (not kidding - cottage in yard of the Three Tuns brewery in Bishops Castle. What more is needed for a perfect holiday: excellent beer, WiFi, nice little eateries and a trip to the Armageddon Avoidance Centre)
"I have made some wonderful discoveries about infosec vulnerabilities, but if I pout them in my thesis and tell you about them the CIA will have to kill you. Please send diploma to my usual address...
"food processors that also do the cooking for you"
Isn't that called Dominos?
I'm not sure that the Falklands was the only time the Vulcans flew in anger - we were out in Aden in the early/mid sixties and I have vague memories of Vulcans being used around then to drop small loads of conventional weaponry on recalcitrant tribal villages up in the hills of Yemen (plus ca change...)
Very sad to see her grounded. Lived at Scampton and Waddington for 5 years in my teens, and the house shook as they took off and the engines pointed straight at us. Even had a holiday job for two summers at Scampton scrubbing them - there's a lot of wing to clean when you only have a small brush!
Could we have a Kickstarter whip-round to raise the dosh to bribe someone to keep issueing air-worthiness certificates?
I am of limited intellectual powers. Could someone please explain how this can work?
1) I am in the contact book for some one who uses Win 10, using my regular e-mail address of email@example.com
2) my laptop comes in range of my poor deluded Win10 user
3) What on earth is there that connects my laptop (called numerouno) with a user account of eljefe to the e-mail address in the contacts list on the Win10 box?
Let's hope they switch it off by default before release date. And then kill it entirely
"10-year deal with CircleHealth which operates a network of NHS and private hospitals"
Help, Nurse, my pacemaker isn't working properly.
Have you tried switching it off and on again?
('cos Murdoch is 100 times more of a shit than BT)...
Openreach do need a kick up the arse.
We were originally due to get FTTC last December. Then they moved it to March. Then to June. Then in early June they moved it to September. (Although the boss told the local AM that it would be Xmas - left hand/right hand?) At this point correspondence revealed that there was a problem in installing new cabinets, allegedly a question over whether they could install them on a trunk road(WTF?) How could they get to three weeks from live date and suddenly discover they hadn't actually installed the cabinets? We've had Openreach engineers digging up roads for months! Where on earth do Openreach get their 'project managers'?
If they tried to use the calendar in a logical, natural way, and referred to dates as DDMM e.g. 11/9 or 11th September then they wouldn't have a problem. Don't get me started on the lunacy of displaying dates as mm/dd/yyyy. And how about using 999 as an emergency number?
That's obviously the problem, they were using sensible units: clearly something was expecting standard US units of inches per day
The 'brain' behind any car-control software MUST reside on the vehicle, preferably in triplicate, with fail-safe options by default. Same thing for aircraft or any fast-moving, life-threating objects. Connection to a datacentre is fine for the occasional software or map data update, but that's it. We won't see 5G outside London, Brum and the Northern Powerhouse until at least 2086 anyway.
Does it come with a free keyboard and mouse that will attach to a phone?
Not specifically a criticism of M$, personally I find that phones are really, really rubbish for any sort of serious data entry or manipulation, even with 6-7 inch screens (or bigger) - those on-screen keyboards really suck. Okayish for typing a text or an e-mail, but a report in Word/Docs/OpenOffice? No thanks
"Same route cause..."
You think they took a wrong turning somewhere then?
Undoubtedly a crap bank, but don't think the twitterer @Victoria Hicks can really blame Natwest for her having 3 kids - no money, yes, but 3 kids?
Or maybe they offer a wider range of sercvices than I thought.