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Also, what do the Aliens on the far side of the moon have to say about this?
Oi, you, get your spaceship off our driveway?
Consumers? You forgot the lawyers
On current trends the obvious solution to the property rights isssue will be to patent the asteroid, and let the lawyers fight over the profits from any material thus obtained. The consumers will get screwed over as always.
Yesterday, I watched a woman reverse her car into a space in a half-empty supermarket car park. She opened the driver's door to see out behind her, slowly reversed into the space, then switched off and went to do her shopping. The car was left at an angle of about 70° with 2/3 of it in the space, and the other 1/3 in the access lane beside it. She stopped about 3 feet away frim the car behind.
I seriously think she could have parked it just as well if she'd simply closed her eyes and waited for the crunch. I parked as far away from her as I could.
Re: How many are waiting for Windows 8 to be "retired"?
Consumers had 3 years of the option to replace XP with Win7.
True, but replacement was exactly it, wipe the system, reinstall, and pay Microsoft a substantial fee for the privilege. Previous "upgrades" were the same, of course, but there was clearly a good reason to move from 95->98->XP. For most people there is no good reason to move beyond XP, it's tolerably stable (I haven't had a BSOD in years, in fact I have them more often on my W7 laptop), and has more than adequate functionality and performance for general use.
If I could move to W7 by a true in-place upgrade, for a reasonable price, I probably would. As it stands, I'll probably not do that until I'm ready to buy a new PC, and I don't see any immediate need for that.
avoiding a fair contribution is simply immoral.
But who decides what is "fair" ? Or to put it another way, how many El Reg commentards have voluntarily sent the revenue more than they were asked for in a tax bill, because they thought they were paying unfairly little?
half the noise?
The difference between 30dB and 65dB is more like 56 times, but if those figures are dBA then neither is particularly quiet.
Re: AC John Carter
I think the real problem is no-one actually cared enough to go see it.
Or maybe just didn't understand the title? I saw adverts for a film called "John Carter" and only noticed them because I remembered reading the books as a teenager and wondered "is it that John Carter?" For people who'd never heard of the books the title was plain daft, they could at least have tagged "of Mars" on the end.
Re: Fai play...
lots of Alex Salmon's online files
In an article about mistaken identity, that is such a telling comment.
China is not in the EEC (not EU, different things)! I know craaaazzeeeeee. So local products, even decent ones, may not actually carry it.
Whether China is in the EEA (not EEC) or not is irrelevant. CE marking is not an indication that a product is made in the EEA, but that it can be legally sold in the EEA. It is not mandatory for all products, but is mandatory for many categories, and "low voltage" is one of them. All such chargers must carry a CE mark if they are sold in the EEA, and importers/distributors must verify the presence of both the CE marking and the necessary supporting documentation.
Re: No surprise
$ man woman
No manual entry for woman.
Hmm, that's not been my experience...
Re: It's all about the money
properly CE-marked unofficial chargers
A CE marking means nothing. There is no formal 3rd-party test bureau, manufacturers self-certify and put the CE mark on by themselves. Any maker of dangerous, counterfeit, rubbish can do the same. Some even claim that on their products "CE" means something like "Compatible Europe" or some such nonsense.
The only protection for those who don't want to pay the inflated prices charged for official spares is to use some common sense,. and pay a reasonable price from a known high-street name. A 99p bargain from eBay will give you exactly what you pay for
How do they know whose photo it is?
If all G+ non-users just upload Eric Schmidt's photo to their idle account, will they notice?
It's much more difficult for the police to abuse the specific ones.
The courts are there to stop that. The police job is just to report the suspected offence, with evidence to support their position..
Re: Fake Product Key ?
Can I get a refund?
No, but if you bring it back I'll replace it with a proper fake one that doesn't work.
Studbucket 33 is on it.
Presumably Studbuckets 1 to 32 were busy elsewhere?
that's not covered by the law which explicitly refers to SMS texting.
Which is a perfect demonstration of why having thousands of specifically targeted microlaws is a dumb idea. One basic law covering "driving without due care and attention" is all that is required, with the courts able to decide what "due care" means. That's what they are there for, after all, to interpret the law.
I expect it's Sky boxes made by Amstrad that are flakey.
All Sky boxes are now made by Amstrad, BSkyB bought Amstrad in 2007 specifically for that purpose.
Re: Looking at it the other way . . .
Yes, it does sound like those 75% are already "giving feedback to your colleagues on the Mail team"
Re: Doomed to fail
all we need to do is check that testing against the database......
Sounds nice in theory, but we live in a world where even industries as cost-insensitive as the US military still get sold fake or remanufactured chips from supposedly trustworthy and inspected suppliers, because somewhere along the way there's someone who fakes the documentation. Maybe those 11 plants will correctly label their ores, but who's to know if some middleman doesn't cook the figures? And, of course, how long will it take a black-market, illegal, polluting,12th supplier to appear operating inside one of the conflict zones, shipping their product out through a corrupt middleman who relabels it as good? FFS we can't even keep horsemeat out of our lasagna.
Creating a system that relies on testing only 11 suppliers means that there are only 11 systems that the crooks have to break into. Testing 100,000 makes it a lot harder, and of course that will cost money.
What's the alternative? Invade the conflict zone and confiscate the mines?
Re: Is it just me?
I find RTD scripts are pretty much unwatchable, they're more Mills & Boon than Dr. Who. You can almost guarantee that they'll end with a misunderstood bad guy discovering his inner softie, and they'll all have a group hug and a cry after the Doctor kisses everything better.
Re: Nice sales pitch at the end...
After all, that recipe for plum jam may be hijacked and stolen.
Well, now that you've told them about it...
Re: Road names
Prince Albert, surely?
Re: Memory and Money
A packet of crisps (with the blue bag of salt) was thruppence
Just before decimalisation it was 5d, and of course afterwards it became 2½p, which was 6d. I remember being outraged at this profiteering ( I was 11 :) )
I think I read about 60% of them.
I read them all. Used to impress the hell out of my colleagues when they asked me how to do something and after a moment's thought I'd send them to "Chapter 3 or maybe 4, volume 5a".
OK, so maybe now that seems a little geeky... :)
Re: Telephone numbers too!
And it's really not at all difficult to insert spaces so that a phone number looks like it does in the phone book or printed on letterheads.
You think so? What's the correct spacing for a French phone number? A UK one? Swiss?
Website forms should obey Postel's instructions from the very early RFCs. Be liberal in what you accept, and conservative in what you send.
+ signs are valid in email addresses.
And in phone numbers, but few US-based web sites can handle them.
We don't hall have a "State" in our address either.
Microsoft's definition of exciting
"Like Tom Cruise on Oprah’s couch"
Says it all, I suppose something had to explain Windows 8
Re: Australia only?
You're holding them upside down.
Re: Beep beep
When did governments stop representing us and start representing corporations
The question raises an interesting point about this article. When it says "America wants" or "NZ opposes" etc, who exactly is it talking about? Is this a government committee, a private industry rep, a bored civil servant, or what? Where exactly in "government" is this being discussed?
Maybe we're meant to parse it differently? I can never see penisland.net as a site that sells writing instruments (but they do, although also unfortunately claiming to specialize in wood), and as for the talent agent finder site www.whorepresents.com ...
(both perfectly SFW, in case you're wondering)
With Y2K, people saw the problem coming, they tested it, they worked around the problem so the effects were negligible.
The effects were negligible because we fixed the problem in the existing code, in most cases we didn't force people to upgrade their entire infrastructure.
Re: XP 2.0?
Migration is a well proven exercise with very few unknowns at this point....
And a price tag that would go a long way towards buying a new PC.
If Microsoift were serious about getting people off XP they'd offer W7 upgrades for $50, but they'd obviously prefer to line their distributors pockets with cash from people forced to buy new PCs instead.
I have to say I started to get very tired of the Master being the default baddie in the early series. I presume he was a cheap villain in terms of makeup/special effects, but even so...
I had hoped he wouldn't make an appearance in the reboot, sadly he did so and with nowhere hear the evil menace of the late Roger Delgado, he was more of a cartoon baddie.
Not just educational use
In the early 80's we had one in the office in our development lab, it was hooked up to an A3 pen plotter for drawing diagrams and flowcharts. I'm pretty sure ours had an 8" floppy drive though, I remember reverse-engineering the CP/M disk format and writing a program that could read/write the disks in the console drive of our VAX 11/780, that being the easiest way to transfer data between the two systems!
Great systems, always wanted one myself, but they were, as the article says, way too expensive for home use.
I can see your house from up here!
On the other hand, I despise anyone that makes people work on Sundays.
Don't impose your view on the rest of us, please.
Few companies make people work on Sundays, but many get more volunteers than they need.
When UK supermarkets started Sunday opening they asked for volunteers among their staff, to be paid at a higher salary, and were taken aback by getting more offers than they needed. Turned out that there are a lot of people who live alone, but who are by no means lonely. They have many friends, but at weekends those friends are often with their families and children, on the other hand they may have free time during the week when their kids are in school, and their partner is at work.
The Sunday volunteers saw it as a win-win, they were out of the house getting paid more on what would otherwise have been a boring Sunday, and then they got a day off during the week when they could meet up with their friends. For an increasing number of poeple Sunday is just another day of the week, and it's useful to be able to organize one's 5 day work week as one wants.
I haven't seen anyone mention the most important feature of a backup. What guarantee do any of these cloud services offer that your data will still be there in 10 years? 20 years?
I backup onto a separate disk that I store 30 miles away, in a place that I control.
Thanks for the info, interesting reading, but I'l take issue with two small things:
System A not only had 65 per cent of the vertical resolution of later standards, but it couldn’t do colour.
System A did colour just fine, the BBC experimented with 405-line NTSC before finally settling on 625-line PAL and System I. They only broadcast System A colour experimentally, but it was more a case of "didn't" than "couldn't".
So did transmitting colour data for effectively half the number of lines, though that was the result of PALs alternation of the colour signal’s phase to help correct phase errors by cancelling them out.
Not quite, that is how SECAM works, it alternates the Y-R and Y-B line by line at transmission, transmitting at helf-resolution.
PAL transmits both on each line, simultaneously modulated onto the colour subcarrier, with full vertical resolution, just as NTSC does. Because the resulting phase modulation of the carrier is subject to distortion over the signal path, which in NTSC gives the classic red grass/green faces problem, PAL reverses the phase on each line. If there is, say, 10% distortion it ends up in the receiver as +10% on one line, -10% on the other, and up to about 20% that cancels out visually in the viewer's brain.
To get better cancellation, later PAL receivers used a delay line to save up one line's signal and electrically average it with the next one. That is what gives the half-resolution colour reduction, but it's done at the receiver, not in the transmitted signal. SInce the eye is much less sensitive to colour resolution than brightness resolution this goes unnoticed anyway.
Re: I love goats.
Won't anyone think of the kids...
I once worked with a guy who had a colleague at a previous job who was called Peter Enis.
Re: A third Tesla went up in flames this week
Your point being?
That it's three too many?
Apply the same percentage to, say, a Ford Focus and that would be 150 going up flames each year! Would you consider that to be acceptable, or is it OK when it applies to a "prestige" car?
A third Tesla went up in flames this week
"If only Google's legal team were[sic] as angry as Google's security engineers,"
Google's legal team probably knows where far too many bodies are buried, and is keeping its heads well down. Stones, glass houses, and all that.
Not prime, but...
Since we seem to have a lot of number-loving commentards (numeritards?) today, you may want to watch Prof. Hans Rosing on BBC 2 this evening. His take on statistics of any sort is guaranteed to be hugely entertaining:
Re: Oh dear
That really is stuck up...
It apparently wasn't, since it got left behind...
Re: Some rules do need to be tightened
if you require sedation during your flight
I self-sedate, at least on those airlines that still hand out free drinks...
Re: It's people like you
In the Newquay case it's more likely to be fear of another drunk teenager falling off a cliff, after which the ambulance-chasing no-win-no-fee lawtards will be advising the parents, and everyone else who saw it, to sue the council for compensation on the grounds that "it happened before and they've not done anything."
If the judges had the spine to tell these parasitic legal scum where to put their legal qualifications the whole country would be better off.
Fortune-500 chief execs and A-list celebs?
How many Fortune-500 chief execs and A-list celebs would use their own credit cards to book a limo? Any such bookings would be made by underlings using some anonymous corporate card, if only to allow proper expense tracking.
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