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thus proving taxation systems are broken
every time a new loophole is found, it's patched over. our legal and tax systems are like a badly written hacked-together overly complex computer program. no wonder it's possible for clever accounting practises to run rings round it. The winners are the corporates and the accountancy consultants!
we need simpler tax, simpler corporate law.
People said that about mobile phones. Remember the Nokia N95?
Big screen for its time, great camera, multiband 2g &3g, huge storage.
Then along came touchscreen phones and Nokia were left behind.
I would say the innovation is in services now more than hardware.
managers hear what they want to hear
Some years ago I was working with two others on a monitoring system for an ISP. It was a fairly major endeavour intended to
One of my colleages developed the subsystems which collected netflow data, crunched it down and put into a database for analysis and graphing for well over a year, and he went off sick and it looked like he wasn't coming back.
Our manager asked me how long it would take to pick up his work and I said I didn't know, I had specific APIs and data dictionaries but no knowledge of his code at all, so we agreed that I would look into his code and report back in a week's time how long it would take. The next week's meeting didn't take place, so a fortnight later we sat down to review it.
The Manager asked how well I'd picked up my colleague's work, and I said I hadn't, that I'd only agreed to work out how long it would take to get up to speed with his work. Manager tried to rewrite history but I stood firm! I was finally asked how long before I could start on the bug fixes and new features, and when I said about two months, he was aghast! I had to remind him that this was a complex system written by people who'd never worked on this kind of thing having spent months prototyping and experimenting.
Fortunately by the time I was expected to do something useful with my colleague's code he came back to work. I knew his code was a terrible mess so was very relieved.
Nearly six months later there was a big purge and we were "let go" despite being the only people who really understood how it all hung together. I heard that the people redeployed onto our project quickly turned it into a bug-ridden unstable mess in trying to add all the version 2 features and never got it to work properly.
Re: were 99 at comet.
BTW, to upgade to Gingerbread, it's very easy:
although I backed up the memory, all I had to do was wipe the cache and didn't have to restore movies, photos or music.
were 99 at comet.
These are excellent android devices.
I bought a pair of these for 99 quid each for my kids when Comet had a special offer. I wish I'd bought three so one extra for me!
With FM radio, GPS, compass, stereo speakers, twin cameras, microphone, big display etc they make a fine toy, and cheaper for games than Nintendo DS's.
I've upgraded them to gingerbread and they run v well.
Anyone who tells me I should have bought SGS2 or Note is invited to give me the 400 quid each for the difference.
Re: @AC 11:58
Quite a few European countries use dvb-t1 and hd as does Australia.
There are many people who bought Freeview dvb-t1 TVs which could decode such HD and didn't know they'd be stuck with SD
OTOH we are stuck with DAB when Offing could have mandate DAB+ compatible receivers years ago to prepare consumers for a better quality radio system.
The management of spectrum resources and use in the UK has been appalling and too often seen as a way of milking revenues instead of a public asset to be stewarded for the benefit of the people.
Re: Today's sets ?
I decided long ago that terrestrial broadcasting was a bad idea and satellite made sense, except for places overshadowed by mountains or high-rise buildings.
I took an old 1m sat dish, fitted an eight output LNB and now all my viewing is off freesat.
Remember PalmOS? A handheld touch screen, with icons.
Just add gestures, kinetic scrolling and you have most of the elements of the iphone user interface.
Move the system bar/notification bar to the top and you have a bunch of elements of android notification bar.
Expand the user interface to a larger panel and you have an ipad or android tablet.
The special sauce in the Apple product is the attention to the details in the hardware, and the integration with itunes, which you either love, hate or accept. None of the individual features are new or magic, the "reinvention" is the way it's a converged device.
pricing of music vs movies, and globalisation
how many person-years does it take to make an album? perhaps 20 (the composer, the band, the editors, the graphics designers and the upfront manufacturing tehnicians).
how many person-years does it take to make a movie? perhaps 400 (writers, screen writers, actors, musicians, crew, editors, CGI, etc).
so how come a newly released CD of music doesn't cost about £1 compared to a new DVD release at £20?
what irks me is how the manufacture of DVDs and CDs has moved overseas to take advantage of lower manufacturing prices (as has many goods), but when grey importes attempt to buy them at the market prices in the country of manufacture, they get stamped on. See the case of CDWOW who got slamed for importing legitimate media. Or SuperDrug and various expensive perfumes.
So we as consumers who've lost our jobs to cheap overseas labour don't get the benefit of the cheaper manufacturing costs, only the greedy businesses.
google don't necessarily need 2G, 2.5G, 3G or 4G patents
google don't make their own phones with GSM or CDMA modules and firmware in them, they only need to be certain that their hardware manufacturers have adequate patent portfolios to make them or defend against patent trolls.
boycott the heavies?
agreed, the moment Google start acting like Apple, Oracle or Microsoft, I will actively seek alternative services.
as it is, I don't and won't own Apple products, actively avoid buying any MS software, and will never buy another Sony product after the PSN fiasco and locking out otherOS etc.
another way to discriminate on sex
the insurance companies use a set of metrics to determine risk and therefore the price;it's not about age, sex, race or any other thing that might offend the PC brigade, just a way to put a driver into a pigeon-hole of likely risk categories.
if they can't use the sex of the driver, they can use the first name instead; there's some overlap of men's and womens names, but it'd be a lot better than nothing.
they could also ask for information about the hair-style and also use that. or shoe-style. it doesn't mean they have prejudice about, say, blondes, if they do.
the problem is the people who buy the newspapers
demand feeds supply. if the demand is sufficient, and the price willing to be paid high enough, someone will fulfil it, whether it be drugs, sex, dubious entertainment etc.
the race to the bottom has been very successful for newspapers.
people read these junk news "comics", and so create a market. if the people demanded and only paid for quality journalism, these "hack rags" would die a well deserved death.
unfortunately, educating people to stop caring and paying celebutard news sources is not trivial and may be impossible.
protecting trademarks can force this
much as I despise apple and pity iDrones, unfortunately the way trademark law works - use it or lose it + enforce it or lose it, it does mean that companies develop twitchy trigger fingers when it comes to setting the dogs of law onto potential infringers.
You are totally wrong about Palm, it was a pretty robust OS that had simple multitasking. Some of the 3rd party apps were flakey yes, and these could take down the OS due to the basic hardware which didn't have an MMU.
far too many charities
it seems to me there are simply far too many charities, many doing much the same thing. I'm sure some consolidation would improve efficiencies and make policing easier or even possible.
ineffective charities commission
I seem to recall BBC R4's Moneybox interviewing the Charities Commission, and it basically showed that the CC were hopelessly overloaded and unable to look at anything but the larger fraud and irregularity cases.
I would like to see a system of efficiency ratings, just like for domestic appliances, whereby the cost of the charity could be measured against the actual work it does. This is quite tricky since it can be quite hard to differentiate between costs, investments and whether someone is a "front line worker" or overhead.
At the end of the day we have to hope that our charitable giving has a worthwhile effect and doesn't just fund the lifestyles of the directors.
early adopter's price
this is clearly an early adopter's price
as for the value of the stylus, you can buy stylii for capacitive screens off ebay for a pound or two...even Maplin's have them.
the "transformer" tablet seems to be to be the best one if you want to spend lots.
+1, should quote total cost of ownership over X months
El Reg has often banged on about TCO for servers, applications SAAS etc.
They should quote cost of a phone as the total over X months.
It's not free, it's effectively rented. OK, you might own it at the end of the 2 years but by then it'll be obsolete and worth a fraction of what you paid for it. Phones depreciate faster than cars by an order of magnitude!
shouting the loudest
the real problem is that most people's method of solving congestion and interference is simply to crank up the power and fit high gain antennas in order to "shout the loudest".
the correct solution is for everyone to run the appropriate power sufficient to cover their property and no further. however, that requires everyone to do it, if 95% of people do it but the rest don't, the ones who crank up their power will adversely affect the others.
IMEI of the phone allows tracking independently of SIM
"I take sufficient precautions including using alternative SIMs"
changing the SIM doesn't change the IMEI, so you phone can still be tracked regardless of which SIM and network you use; it does make it trickier though.
in fact, if I were a government operative looking for suspicious behaviour I would correlate registration requests across different carriers of the same phone using a different SIM, as a frequent sim-changer is likely to be a terrorist or paedo!!!
gullible hifi buyers
I studied elec/electrical eng at university (graduating about 20 years ago) and even back then I was amazed by the marketing efforts selling products claiming dubious levels of performance. I even considered whether I could concoct devices which would be functional but expensive which could offer genuine performance improvements specifically targeted at the rich, but I didn't think I'd be able to make a living at it. Boy, was I wrong :-(
great product, only new in so far as the execution
there have been lots of phone and UMPC docks which make this sort of thing possible, for example you could "dock" the nokia n900 using a USB cable and the video out (why did nokia never do an update with miniDVI or something?), but this is the first device + accessories which really seem to bring the whole package together.
the only downside? motorola's slow or absent updates coupled with tendency to lock/encrypt boot loaders meaning that you either get updates to android very late or never, and the community being unable to fill the gap: this this forum post at motorola:
bad luck if you bought the xt720!
madingley is a good candidate
we on the madingley exchange had a big campaign to raise awareness with people doing leaflet drops, a stall at the school christmas fayre, and posted round the village.
sure, there may be only 2000 premises, but the ONLY service is 8M adsl over BT, virtually none of the local villages are unbundled, there's no virgin/nthell and never will be, so BT know they have a captive audience.
a lot of people work from home in this area, to save fighting the traffic every day into Cambridge
population density within the villages is medium, and I imagine running cable won't be too hard for BT.
if I'd ever won the lottery, not that I could as I consider it a tax on the mathematically deficient, then I would have paid some ISP to unbundle/upgrade the exchange to adsl2+!
I pay my ADSL provider to carry my internet traffic. I pay my 3G provider for data services. Both use that money to pay for backhaul to their core, and thence to peering points and pay for membership of internet exchanges.
Google pay for their network to deliver traffic to peering points. They pay for membership of the same internet exchanges.
Noone seems to be providing a free service, none of these parties is a charity.
Or, could it be that competition has forced the internet providers and cellular operators to cut margins to the bone so that their execs can't afford more white power to snort???
boris causing need for safety checks?
maybe it's because the bikes need safety checks after Boris' recent activities?
good find, also try barbelo
thanks for posting this app, it's a good find.
I also use barbelo - http://www.darkircop.org/barbelo/
which works ok; I think I have to set my clock back a couple of years as the signature on the app expired, but it works fine.
ipad size/performance comparison
RIM have a nice tablet that outperforms the ipad by some margin. it's too big, just like the ipad is too big!
I say the ipad is too big for its primary purpose of being a casual handheld device IMNSVHO - I've tried it alongside the Sam Gal Tab, and the latter can be used one handed with great ease.
the ipad has a very large screen bezel, so it could be made significantly smaller; its shape - contoured back - is very cunning and helps hide a lot of bulk - mainly battery.
if you're going to carry the ipad around you're better off with a proper laptop, I've seen a number of people with relatively heavy-duty carrying folders, burdened by chargers and usb adaptor wotsits. might as well have an integrated unit!
galaxy s pro - keyboard model?
I am wondering what has happened to the Galaxy S Pro, the one with keyboard, which was first "discovered" back in May or even earlier?
I am qt interested in the HTC Desire Z but the GSPro might be better?
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