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Energy though the atmosphere...
It is not feasible to beam energy through the atmosphere. That said, the energy could be used to power space factories, alternatively, a carbon nano-tube "cable" leading back to earth with a geo-stationary "top" could solve this.
See this study on the effects of the atmosphere on lasers...
As Jim Alkalili said on TV the other night "If someone says 'It's fusion' and there isn't a big bloody hole in the ground, it isn't."
Testable, repeatable, conclusive sigma 6 evidence, first, before forking over cash. (even if I had the moola)
More likely it's smoke and mirrors.
So, to get a good deal, you did some collective bargaining? Sounds a bit socialist to me!
Seriously though, the vast majority of customers can't do that and that makes BT very happy (and profitable)
Vague chance of being interesting...
... if it isn't summarily dismissed as being vexatious (or the American equivalent.)
Monkeys in tin cans.
Just a skim through the sci-fi trope, a number of ways of overcoming (rather than breaking) the lightspeed barrier, have been thought of.
Generation Ships or AI controlled with us monkeys sound asleep and the most fascinating would be some sort of cloning ship which "grows" the humans when the ship is within the sphere of influence of the target planet.
I don't think we'll become interstellar for perhaps 3 or 4 hundred years. We'll keep plodding towards it if we don't kill ourselves.
Re: Isn't this exactly the way Blackberry crashed and burned?
First of all Apple didn't really have any competition before Android, so didn't have to "claw" all that much. Yes, other slabs existed. but none with the same marketing and support ecosystem. Therefore I suspect the "market" will find a balance, in a similar way to the MAC/PC balance. People, of a certain type, will always buy Apple products.
Additionally, I'd be willing to bet that the profit margin per device is much higher, for Apple, so they can sustain a loss in market share, especially since the market is growing, without effecting their bottom line.
To use the network/internet, it must have an route-able IP address. Most home/small business networks, set this by DHCP for devices. In other words, it would "show up" pretty quickly and any tech worth his salt would investigate... 3G however, is much more "black box" until it gets to the carrier.
Oh the irony. "If you hate it that much, buy something else - or do you believe that anyone whose views are different to yours is deserving of abuse?"
You obviously do.
First sentence: "Another trollfest from El Reg."
Nokia's mobile division? I thought is was one big mobile division, it being a mobile phone company....
So many attack vectors.... and claiming an absolute? Impossible is a strong word. Tends to be taken as a challenge, by some.
"The value of your shares may go down as well as up."
Meanwhile in the UK...
BT have been doing this for a few years with BT-FON. Yes, it does impact ADSL2+ performance, (after a number of experiments with a HomeHub3). It is a "secure" web page and if you "opt-out" and turn it off, you are not allowed to use anyone else's BT-FON hotspot, but to be honest, I've never had call to use it.
I like the idea, but I think the opposite will most likely occur. As a product becomes successful a company with shareholders to pay will do everything, including fragmenting an established product, to increase any and all available revenue streams.
Profit over all.
Re: Rip off
Quite simply, psychology. Even though you or I would not care about 1p, studies have shown this to be an effective marketing ploy. Same goes for "headline price", it may not work for some, but enough to make it a viable trick.
Swings and Round(corners)abouts.
Well the Chinese corp is "only protecting their Intellectual Property*" after all.
*Where have I heard that before?
The Defence sector has a bunch of standards we have to follow. (eg JSP440), plus a quango to approve applications etc, (CESG). I don't understand why UK.GOV aren't chatting to those guys.
(All defence IT systems are supposed to be pen. tested and must be accredited)
Not for me. I don't live in a WiFi (or for that matter decent 3G) area, apart from my own at home and at home I have a plethora of devices. Looks like I'll be sticking to my trusty laptop whilst out and about.
Re: Minority report?
As much as I find this current 'attempt' at behavioural change a joke, I don't think you've thought this through. There are many laws which require a third party to change/restrict something to prevent you from breaking a law. For example, gun control. Restrictions on the sales of certain chemicals, seeds and animals. Your argument could apply to all of these, but should it?
Re: Lawyers fees?
Exactly. The lawyers need to be seen to be doing, something. Even if ineffective, in the longer term.
Re: Just what do fistsful of penniless pounds and treasuries of dodgy dollars buy you these days?
Awesome as always AMFM. :-)
Nice little earner.
The technology for net/web use monitoring/app tracking has been around for years.(eg OPNET products, even SolarWinds stuff) This is just a subscription based version. $2-$10 per employee per month would mount up for larger businesses.
Get your SLAs and DR plans in order!
For small to medium businesses, I'd suggest this a great way to expand without the capital out lay of your own data centre. If you understand and mitigate the risks, as best you can, then it can be treated it like any other layer of storage, with associated pros and cons. Anyone who uses it without that understanding the risks is foolish, in my humble etc.
Isn't it Apples contention that the 'copying' of their IP is already occurring?
Additionally, IIRC they are 'design' patents rather than invention / technological. IMHO, they should never have been granted. Some trademarked, perhaps, not patented though.
Can you imagine if Xerox had patented the WIMP system? Or someone else, the double-click?
A publicly traded company must a track record in submitting accurate accounts, so when and how did it go wrong and is the CFO still in a job?
Upvote for Bill Hicks quote!
RIP Very sad.
I think the author confusing data values. That is the value to the corporation rather than an individual. A twitter feed, or facebook status is unlikely to have any value. Whereas a visio network diagram, simple access db of a client list or even just a doc with a business procedure written down, has inherent value. IMHO, Office as a distinct application layer, is here to stay.
... not the only one.
There are some public bodies, here in the UK, that are not just locked into IE, but to IE6, because the bespoke apps written in the "naughties", won't be updated. The firm responsible, knowing they have said body over a barrel, are pushing for an outrageous fee to update.
(As an aside, it appears, finally, that the management are going to 'do something' not because of the MASSIVE security flaws, us in IT have been pounding into their skulls over the last few years, but various sites 'don't look right'.... *sigh*)
It's the sort of thing one would expect in countries where profit is the only goal.
Re: Working in a warzone.
If you read my post again, you'll notice I specifically mentioned, "as far as kidnapping was concerned". I was rocketed and mortared in various places in theatre, the same as everyone else. I travelled all around the country having the same chance of being shot at, as everyone else. Our civvie team of 100 did the same task Royal Signals troops. Saving the taxpayer money and letting them come home or deploy elsewhere.
(Page 6, Project Synergy)
Yes, I got the Iraq medal. :-)
Working in a warzone.
I spent 3.5 years working IT in Iraq, for the MoD. At no point did I feel unsafe, as far as kidnapping was concerned. The difference was, this chap relied on third party 'civilian' security. Mine was done by the Army and I lived on the various military compounds. I was offered this bloke's sort of contact when I was due to leave, I told them to shove it. As an aside, I got approx triple my UK base wage and I didn't pay tax on it for the time I was there.
Re: So, let me get this right...
Apparently, in the US, there's not much you can't patent.
It used to be the states's way of granting an inventor a monopoly for a limited time, on genuinely innovative products.
Now it's a just corporation tool to hit other corporations, because they've been granted a patents for processes, event if there's no product.
Re: One question
Because that would mean less profit in the eurozone.
To gain security clearance to a fairly high level the responsible org in the UK asks applicants for the last 6 months of bank statements, as well as investigations into background, family, friends and so on. I didn't have paper copies so I had to log into my online bank account and let them view it. If they'd have asked for my FB account or login for them, I would have. (They didn't, but this was a couple of years ago)
But to ask at a job interview BEFORE getting security cleared? Nope, none of their business.
Re: What about the cost of upgrading ?
Depends on the user set. For example, I supported a migration to 2010 from 2003. There had to be several days of internal classes for most of the users, before they could "do" what they did before.
Without MS's data, I'd say, it's impossible to say who finds more intuitive.
Smells like hypocrisy to me.
Doesn't effect the banks therefore 'Only following orders' defence can be used.
Another attack vector to secure. :-( I'll give this one six months before it's cracked.
Watching with mild interest
.... but I don't see them winning this.
Profit is the motive in EVERY business, everything else is mere details.
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