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Re: The internet is vital.
I love the way you assume I live in the countryside. For the record I live in a city*, I just happen to believe that internet access should be a universal British right for the quality of life it affords. I am arguing that is an essential, please don't compare it to upgrading your "shitty, tiny little garden". As an essential it should be subsidised by all.
However I was specifically NOT arguing for an "economically unviable" broadband network, I was arguing that it should be looked at even if it is commercially unviable. The difference being a company will walk away if there is no way to make meaningful money off the investment. What I would like is for the government to order the network extended to (almost) everyone at a reasonable cost which they write off as money spent improving the country. I am not advocating building fibre to Orkney regardless of the cost; but there needs to be an acceptance that universal access takes priority over profit.
"Like city dwellers you made the choice to live where you do knowing full well the pros and cons"
Again, I live in a nice cosy city flat, but we've covered that; what irks me about this comment is the 'choice to live where you do' bit. Are you seriously suggesting that families should have to choose to leave behind the friends and communities they grew up in if they want proper internet access? And what about children, as you mention? They don't choose where to live, but proper internet access could growing up could change their life.
*incidentally, has it occurred to you that if the countryside had more amenities, then more people might live there and it might have an effect on the overcrowding and high rent in the cities?
The internet is vital.
The fact is internet access is almost a de facto essential utility nowadays. The sheer - well - utility of it leaves those with no or substandard access at a significant disadvantage. If you agree it should be a utility alongside water and power, then it is practically a right of the people and efforts must be made to provide a decent service across the whole of the UK regardless of commercial viability. If you don't agree it's a utility then I challenge you to live without it for a month. I would hazard a guess that some of El Reg's contributors would struggle to maintain a job writing for a website for example.
Where the report does wander into nutter territory is where they suggest killing of TV though.
Don't forget "Participation Medals" so no-one goes home empty handed.
I also seem to recall that good drivers were failing the test by spotting the hazards before the video 'expected' them to do so, and then lost points by clicking on the hazard outside the 'correct' time window.
How do those penalties
Stack up against those for selling booze/fags/porn to underagers? An unlimited fine just smacks of laying the foundations for trouble to me. Judges are fallible people too!
Re: Bloody wonderful, dont idiots ever think first?
"Why dont ID-10-T folks ever think first, all he has done is give governments a reason to regulate 3D printing."
That's what I was thinking: Well done dickhead, now it's going to be almost impossible for the masses to get their own 3D printers. Having said that, the governments of the world were probably planning to come down on these anyway.
Isn't "owning the means of production" a phrase from Communist ideology? Can't see that playing well in the USA.
Re: jury selection delay
Mmmm. Delicious, helpful pedantry. Wish I could upvote again for the Holly Harper reference.
You obviously haven't seen the S3. My pal got one just recently, and comparing side by side with my HTC and another friends iPhone it is significantly thinner and lighter than either. I am well jealous, and I think Apple are too...
Note to the reporter...
I had to go to the PDF to find out where in the world this latest turn of events happened (The US if you're wondering.) Please don't forget this brawl is taking place in jurisdictions all over the globe...
cash in before the wheels come off
At the end of the day, why not? If I were in Zuck's shoes right now I'd be looking for a way to bailout with as much cash as I can hold in my greedy little claws that doesn't involve getting my tits sued off. At least he made a thing and was freely given some money for stakes in the thing he made (assuming the allegations of book-cooking are false.) That's a hell of a lot more accomplishment than a lot of the rich elite, so more power to him if he rides of into the sunset weighed down with bags of gold.
People still take computers in for repairs? I thought we had completely divided into the "able to fix it without help" and the "chuck it in the bin and buy a new one" groups.
Re: Doesn't even make the top 10
Good list. I would rate corruption higher though as that can catalyse almost everything else on the list apart from bad weather.
I am still of the opinion that a service that simplifies (1) enough that the non-IT masses can do it and adds in 2A) Allow your friends who have similar websites to post on your news feed automatically when they post news on their website (with some form of authentication obviously) Will be the next Big Thing. After all, Facebook is basically a collection of blogs under a common interface that simplifies sharing. This interface has been done before, but not as well as FB does it I don't think. Once FB loses it's lead in that area all it has left is the momentum of having a pre-existing userbase, and the cracks are already starting to show there.
A National Allegations Database will need a System to run it, a National Allegations Database System if you will. Then the border agency can consult their NADS every time they are asked to do something. Wait a minute that sounds suspiciously like something most government bodies already do...
Re: Cruel and unusual
Could end up being a bit of an own goal - if I were forced to listen to JB or RB at work I think it would take about an hour before I was ready to set Armageddon into motion and let the whole world burn. Probably not an attitude you want to instil into the nuke boffins who stand a chance of making that scenario reality.
Not to detract from the efforts of these boffins, but weren't we on the verge of growing artificial hearts and or creating pigs with hearts that could be transplanted in to humans years ago? Did all these tacks dead end or were they sunk by the aforementioned killjoy brigades?
The NotW break up was a year ago? We should have an anniversary celebration.
'Antitrust' has to be one of the most non-explanatory descriptors I have ever heard; El Reg, please don't let this term get any foothold over here. What's wrong with calling it 'competition law'? Even if I had never heard of either concept before I can reasonably infer that 'competition law' regulates competition, and from the context you can usually further infer the competition in question is probably between companies. 'Antitrust' sounds like a Steven Seagal film.
Any national network(s), be it the Royal mail, landline internet or the fractured mess of mobile networks should be brought together under the umbrella of a not-for-profit organisation that sells access wholesale to the relevant companies and has UNIVERSAL coverage as a stated goal, instead of this return on investment bias.
Accenture working on bug fixes
Has it been made ABSOLUTELY CLEAR to them that by 'fixing bugs', it is meant that the bugs should be corrected so that they do not occur, as opposed to improving the bugs so that they do more?
but that's less convenient as it's bringing your payments forward. Much better to have that extra £30 in my bank account than O2's, until you need the topup. Most networks would love it if you bought your topup sooner -I don't know if it's still on the go but there used to be extra sweeteners available for topping up £50 or more in one go.
Re: If you must deal with paypal
Sounds like you had a lucky escape with the collectors. I cancelled a mobile data contract with 3 during the 'cooloff' period (the coverage was dire in the city centre, significantly poorer quality than expected) only for them to keep demanding payment. Only every time I disputed the debt and asked for proof, they said they'd look into it, and promptly bounced it onto a different collections agency. Presumably in the hope I'd get sick of fighting and cave in.
(Never discuss the 'debt' with these people - it is always the 'alleged debt' unless they have sent cast iron proof.)
Re: Thats funny
With you on the bit about PayPal being useless overcharging gits, but I thought a judge or someone else important had decreed that they were a de facto bank and as such had to register as one and be regulated?
Wait a minute...
When did we privatise regulation? Because for-profit and what's best for the sector mix so well. Are they TRYING to wreck the whole Kingdom?
If by the public sector you mean our poor overworked squaddies and police officers from all over the country. Given the choice between being shot at in a desert hellhole and trying to keep order in London during one of the biggest knees-up in recent history, I'd have to have a good long think before answering.
Beer for the poor buggers who have to work while everyone else is enjoying themselves.
Re: No room for 3rd ecosystem.
That ignores the fact that Nokia probably won't survive making another switch. They lost a load of goodwill and talent and took a pasting on the shares when they made the switch to MS, another U-Turn is probably not something they can pull off. Also I seem to recall el Reg reporting Nokia got a hefty bung from Microsoft ($1Bn?) when the switch announcement was made - that more than likely came with some nasty contractual obligations that tie them to Windows phones for a while. I seem to recall using the phrase "handcuffed to the deck of the Titanic" last time this was discussed.
The only hope for Nokia might have been to cut its losses and go with Android, but I think that time is long since past.
Hopefully Sea Fox will be deployed as a 'last line of defence' option, i.e. only deployed after less sacrificial mineclearing methods (like shooting them from a helicopter as mentioned above.) For my money, my first choice would be converting a couple hundred crappy dinghies into remotes and deploy them in pairs dragging a net between them.
Who decided to call them the Clovis? They sound like a brand of butter.
Queue a new method of harassment
Watch out for your online persona being poisoned. Fly to the US often? Better hope no-one with a bit of photshop-fu has uploaded a photo tagged "Me and my best mate Osama, LOL"
Hell, what about Argos? Their entire business is storing things securely in a warehouse until people come pick it up, and they do open 'til 6/late night shopping already. I'm sure they'd love a bit of extra footfall, they could have their latest 'deals' showing by the collection desk.
Other options for the Post Office include opening outwith office hours as others have mentioned, but here's an idea: Sort that abomination of a website so that you can use it to inform the depot where your parcel is stored that you will be coming to collect it on day X; given enough notice surely they could have it handy for collection on the day you arrive. From here you automate the authorisation process so you don't have to pull out your passport and a blood sample to pick it up - surely it would be child's play for them to rig up secure login on the net that punters could log in to and print out a bit of paper that says "The bearer of this slip is entitled to collect parcel 123, as per my secure online authorisation." Slap a barcode on it as well so the clerk doesn't even have to spend time typing on their system. That way the collection process could boil down to: Rock up, have the barcode on your slip scanned, collect parcel, piss off. bye bye queues.
Wouldn't Apple be hit just the same as the rest of them, or are they waging war with a different kind of patent?
Looks to be another solution looking for a problem. Unless they can somehow make the smart packaging as cheap as the regular kind, I can see companies and people voting with their wallets.
I'm sorely tempted, but I want a slot for a storage card and I'm not sure if I'd like it being smaller than the 'normal' tablet size. I do notice that the US price for the high end version ($249) currently converts to £160 (UK price for the cheap version) on fx.com. Might be worth trying to import depending on the hassle involved.
I think I will continue to umm and aah until it's actually out.
Apple's reps are being awfully incautious with their language, aren't they? From what they seem to be saying in the article, they aren't saying "We believe Samsung copied the iPad," but flatly asserting "Samsung have copied the iPad." Are they allowed to do that before the judge has ruled in their favour? Assuming it goes Samsung's way after all the appeals and cruft, could they countersue for corporate slander or somesuch?
Re: Back in my student days
No idea. I could theorize the flame came from Nylon static sparks, frayed cotton, Or just having the Micro up at max, but end result was still the same - I still had to get up and check he wasn't going to burn the flat down.
Re: All very well...
"You are not in a position to judge my life"
Then what puts you in a position to judge Nightfox as homophobic? I am sorry to hear that you've had trouble with homophobes, but the Reg is a fairly live and let live site and a little double entendre - not directed at anyone or badmouthing any group - is worlds away from homophobic abuse.
Back in my student days
My flatmate burst into my room in the morning complaining that his socks weren't dry yet; he needed them for work that day and sought my advice. Me still being in my pit and trying to catch some Z's (typical student) I resented the intrusion, so I sarcastically told him to 'Microwave them dry', rolled over and went back to sleep. Only to be woken moments later by cries of 'Fire! Fire!'
Yeah it has multiple meanings. It can mean bump, but it can also mean bump uglies. Also you may have gotten some stares for combining British slang with an American accent - it sounds subtly wrong in a way that draws attention. Or is it just me that thinks they don't mix well?
Re: Can you still get Spangles?
They did make a brief comeback some years ago - I still remember an excited Gaby Roslin sharing the news on the Big Breakfast, which probably gives you an idea of how long ago. Wouldn't give them to a baby though - choking hazard and all.
Not us, guv'nor
Us? We like a good fireworks display as much as anyone else. We also like to laugh at someone else'e ballsup a little more than we should probably admit, but it's not as much fun if you deliberately cause them to eff up.
On the subject of the "must be a virus" guy, I have a fair bit of sympathy for him as he suddenly became the centrepiece for a highly public SNAFU on a major holiday event. If it happened to me I'd be probably dropping all the FUD and chaff in my verbal arsenal to buy time for a retreat and regroup.
Interesting question; I suspect Valve & EA will make no changes and ignore the issue unless the mainstream media decide to make a meal of it or a politician snaps it up for some 'standing up to corporations for the common man' style cheap heat.
It would be nice if
Companies could be banned from lobbying, and/or it was illegal to be paid to lobby; you shouldn't get better access to politicians simply by way of having more money. Unfortunately not something I believe would be reasonably enforceable.
Isn't part of the Patent Office job keeping a record of owners of patents? How effing hard is it to look the patent up in their register and check the current owner?
Cheers for the replies all. I did try getting them an HP but it liked to behave erratic at best - maybe I just got a dud.
How hard/pricey is it
to invalidate a patent? I am genuinely astonished we haven't heard of HTC/Samsung/whoever going hell for leather at Apple's patents with a "burn the crops and salt the earth" mentality.
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