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"However data charges are not available in real time"
The pathetic thing is that appears to be true for Orange employees but not for customers. When I got massively overcharged for data (Like ten quid for a minute on Google maps, not bum-squeaking letters demanding thousands fortunately) and I phoned up Orange to complain, the poor call centre sod couldn't see the data charges yet even though I could view the charges ON ORANGE'S OWN WEBSITE at the same time.
Re: Hotel Facebook
"Every advert I get on FB...gets reported as being sexually explicit."
That'll just get your feedback logged as malicious and ignored. I would say it's better to honestly select "Just not interested" in all the ads for cars, stock trading etc. If everyone did that FB would be put in an awkward position when they try to drum up ad sales for the new Lexus or whatever and the advertiser wants to see data on the level of interest /engagement with ads.
Exactly. It is astonishing that 'the man' has still not twigged that DRM hobbling on paid-for media is the gateway to Bittorrent, not a preventer.
Re: @auburnman (was: Only computers?)
Yes I do gripe if a computer can't connect to the internet in a learning situation. Because a kid might have no technical aptitude whatsoever, or come from a family who don't already have an internet connection and genuinely can't afford to get one for their kid.
There will be youths out there like you who will fall in love with the technology itself and will do whatever it takes to get it working and hopefully go on to a wonderful career in IT. But for every one of those there will be many more children who are left with an overpriced doorstep when they could be learning about Physics or Chemistry or history or even just browsing Wikipedia or watching shitty manufactured boybands on Youtube - you never know what might kindle an interest in learning more.
You seem to ignore the opportunity for learning outside of the IT sphere. Just the slightest bit of extra investment could have opened up a whole new world to disadvantaged children.
Obviously they were too scared to provide computers AND free internet access, the combo that really would have made a difference to any kids that had a thirst for learning. Hell, if you gave me a computer tomorrow that I couldn't hook into the web, it would go in a cupboard until I needed a portable DVD player. If the study is limited to ONLY the provision of a computer and nothing of the surrounding infrastructure then the study is useless.
You might as well give me a free car with no insurance, no tax, no licence and no MOT and draw the same "it makes no difference" conclusion when I don't use it.
Re: Balmer is safe because...
Maybe he's a placeholder until Elop finishes reducing Nokia to a minnow that MS can snap up for a pittance. As a reward for single handedly ruining an entire company with nothing more than blind loyalty to MS he will be welcomed back into the fold and given the throne when Ballmer retires.
</bored paranoid speculation>
Re: The Wii U is dead
Opening up the Nintendo Crown Jewels of Mario, Metroid, Pokemon etc to other platforms could massively revamp the company.
Young people make short-term decisions without regard for hard to see long-term consequences!
Re: I wonder if the bacteria in them holes ever thinks.....
Indeed, the ones that have been around for a while and have done a few rounds with penicillin and it's descendants are the more worrying.
Re: Tax on business is fair
People are defending Google because they didn't do anything illegal. Most people defending Google agree that they should pay tax, but if the powers that be are going to drag them in front of a commission, they need to bust out something more substantial than the 'immoral' bullshit that basically amounts to an embarrassing "You have been a naughty bad man and we don't like it."
This whole thing is a sideshow to actually fixing the international tax system, which no-one wants to touch because it'll be a nightmare of conflicting treaties and interests to unravel. Which is a shame because we definitely need the government to stop whining about the flood damage while they watch the house continue to flood.
Re: I can see the future...
I dunno - the hypothetical people who would buy this thing and the refills for it, if they exist, strike me as the type who could be convinced to buy a new turd to refill their box.
Re: Marketing gimmick (@JDX)
"I may be wrong but I'm sure on PS3 if I want to buy film rentals or downloadable games, the ONLY way to do this is via PSN points which you have to buy into your 'wallet' first."
That's Microsoft points on Xbox. PS3 works off good-old fashioned (well, electronic) money.
Bring back article ratings
I wanted to uprate this article after "advice to the calm and collected commentators known to gather in [forums]" made me crack a smile.
In what way can it be claimed that Dell is buying Dell from Shareholders "with their own money?"
Re: M & S considered "posh" and "high end"?
"That doesn't make any sense at all. I purchase quality goods, not brand names."
So do I. My point is, high prices = high end, regardless of brand name.
"Higher quality than WHAT, exactly?"
Than other UK supermarkets selling similar goods.
""*Whether or not that the quality increase is worth the price jump is subject to opinion"
And yet you shop there anyway? Why?"
I never said I did. My opinion is that most of their ranges are overpriced, but I go in now and again for a look. I do occasionally buy jackets or shoes there because I find their kit highly durable.
Re: M & S considered "posh" and "high end"?
That's because they can't charge a premium while they are trying to break into a new market.
Over here, M&S ARE high end because they are an established name that can charge a bloody fortune. Their goods are undeniably higher quality as well*, it's not just a marketing thing.
*Whether or not that the quality increase is worth the price jump is subject to opinion
That was meant to be a comment for the AC who mentioned Assange.
That's an interesting point - if he genuinely believes that the US is out to get him, what better opportunity would they have to snatch him than when he is in self-imposed hiding? If the Yanks really wanted to rendition him they could cut a deal with (Ecuador?) Smuggle him out of the Embassy somehow and fly him out on a military plane from one of the bases they rent. The Embassy staff pretend for as long as they can that JA is still with them, until years later when they claim he left in the middle of the night trying to flee the country.
He could be in gitmo now!
No tinfoil hat icon?
...but from the article it does look like there are a number of options to resist this and try and get it repealed. Here's an angle that occurred to me - if works with no metadata have lesser legal rights now, could the big organisations such as the BBC who routinely strip metadata before using works be reasonably accused of fraud?
Re: Bananas and Monkeys
This is also why I am banned from Edinburgh Zoo.
"new, cheaper contracts (of course, leaving the 318k mugs on whatever daft tarrif they've committed to)"
I would dearly love to see them try to do this - not because I want those 318k to suffer, but because the inevitable backlash from the public and the various fair trade bodies would be a thing of beauty to behold. The telcos are already under scrutiny for the lockin contracts that allow them to jack up the prices - if they actually lowered prices but stiffed anyone already committed to a contract the consumer rights organisations would tear them a new one.
>£30/Month for a capped connection SIM ONLY with 2 years lock-in? I'm surprised punters haven't been beating the doors down on their shops to get to this deal. </Sarcasm>
Playing with new toys...
Seems to be a convoluted solution. Could they not have done more or less the same thing with QR codes linking to their articles?
MegaUpload is probably half the reason this is still going on. Hollywood won't want a ruling in favour of safe harbour to get legal precedent.
Don't sell the spectrum
Rent it out on a use it or lose it basis.
As the only scum to actually appear glad that these bombs were 'sent', perhaps the police or FBI would like to detain some members of the church for questioning? Catch them at the memorial service and cart them off.
They'll need to crack on with making more products like the hub that can be controlled through your smartphone before smartphones finish the job of making remotes (near) obsolete. Get a look at this £200 remote if you can, because it and it's ilk are poised to be a thing of the past.
Re: real savings?
Yes, because all that refining is actually just a job creating exercise. We just slip someone a bribe to look the other way, tap the pipeline for a couple of barrels of crude which goes straight into the heating tank. Job's a good 'un.
Back in the real world, the further North you get in Scotland the more expensive the fuel gets as it has to be driven further from the refineries.
Re: Can we all stop pretending
"...can probably be tricked into doing my dirty work for me."
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Re: Here's a thought...
SSHHH! It's Friday and I'm trying to raise a pitchfork wielding mob to alleviate the boredom. You and your rational explanations are not helping.
Here's a thought...
Slightly worrying bit that no-one seems to have picked up on - if Yahoo are retrieving age old discarded messages from years gone by, are Google retaining your 'deleted' messages?
It appears to me that the multiple transfers from jurisdiction to jurisdiction are the key element behind the avoidance loopholes. Perhaps the key would be to apply a tax to corporate revenue whenever it leaves a jurisdiction? It could scale up based on the number of transfers, so the first time a company moves revenue in a year it is either free or 0%, but to move the same money again would incur a 2% charge, then 4% to move it again etc. Companies bouncing money around Ireland/Holland/Bermuda would stop getting to do this for free.
Another option would be to allow money to leave the country tax free on the condition the company declares that this is the final destination for the funds in this financial year, however if it's going to be bounced around at least one more haven, then there is a charge.
Number by Year
They should have kept numbering by year. If XP had been called Windows 2001 those of us still using it would get a daily reminder it's more than a decade old (And still quite stable and fit for purpose, but it might nudge some folk into upgrading)
Re: This Drone
I think the legality of civilian aerial surveillance has yet to be tested, and I'm just guessing but I doubt it would stop a number of farmers anyway.
Being observed on private land by specialist equipment will piss them off whether it is declared lawful or not. Unless the drone has multiple cameras it can't see everywhere - the smart farmers will just down it from behind.
If it's really as hard to see/hear as they suggest, they will probably be banned or restricted as stealthy surveillance equipment. If it's covert capabilities were exaggerated and it's actually fairly visible then we're back to the farmers shotgunning them down.
I have a new favourite phrase nowadays...
..."Oh it's an [iPad/iPhone/Mac] is it? I'm really sorry, I don't know anything about them. They're a lot different to most computers."
Shuts down a fair number of requests these days.
Re: Do not want, and in fact this kind of thing is a fucking 'orrible idea.
On a slight tangent, as a frequent pedestrian I bloody hate it when you're trying to cross a road and THE ONLY CAR ON THE ROAD stops to let you cross; thanks for slowing both of us down instead of just getting out of my way by continuing your journey. I love crossing in front of a multi-ton death machine driven by someone who has just demonstrated a lack of situational awareness.
Re: buying phones offline
Pretty sure you can just buy handset only in most of the non-network shops. My last 2 phones were SIM only unlocked to any network, brand new. Admittedly this was from Play.com so not much use if you're committed to an in store buy - I presume you want to have a tester model in your hand before buying?
While I'm glad that Ofcom are looking into contracts where the payment can be varied, I think we have to admit that some of the blame lies with the lazy public accepting these 'deals'. Nowadays it's fairly easy to buy a sim free handset and get a rolling contract that leaves you free to walk away on short notice.
The networks will grumble for a bit because they don't want to go to the effort of changing their ways, but eventually one of them will do their legwork and offer a tarriff that is 'guaranteed for the life of the contract' (with some legalese caveats protecting their backs) and the rest will follow like an avalanche.
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