It's just struck me that the Wii U might inadvertently be an ideal VR platform. It already has a portable controller with built in screen. I bet I could take it apart and convert it into a VR headset myself, coupled with the motion plus bits of the old controllers, and come up with something useable within a few hours.
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Are nuclear powerstations controlled by manual technologies, so that in the event of electrical failure, an engineer can turn off the powerstation using his pliers and wrench set?
Just wondering what would have happenned if electrical control systems were fried.
Re: ISIS Security
Each year the royal mint produces coins and notes with Charles's head on them, just in case the queen dies. A couple of years ago some of these found their way into general circulation. They are now worth a fortune in coin collectors circles, because they have his head, and what was the current year on them, and they are legal tender.
Re: The hidden beauty of U.S. copyright law.
This explains it
Re: Who sued who?
It's exactly what happened. The toy makers preemptively sought "Injunctive Relief" to stop the Beastie Boys from sueing them for using their song. The Beastie Boys obligingly did follow up with a lawsuit.
Maybe they should ask the ancient Sumarians for directions!
@ TRT Re: They almost laughed him out of the boardroom...
Here have a thumbs up for the Thunderbirds quote. And boo to the 2 people who voted you down, clearly not fans.
They should paint the airship green and stick a big yellow "2" on it.
I remember the UK MS Marketing Director in the 90s saying in a magazine interview that MS would never break competitors products at a binary level, because to do so would be commercial suicide.
We all know how that turned out.
Don't believe a word MS say. They didn't become the worlds richest company by being ethical and honest.
It's getting hot in here
Opening a few windows cools down my caravan in the sun.
I agree, it would be sad if Ecclestone still maintains his distancing himself from the role that re-launched the most successful British Sci Fi export ever. Even McGann has made an appearance on a canon mini-webisode.
Funny thing is, in subsequent interviews, he regretted not appearing in The 5 Doctors properly, and carried on traversing the Dr Who appearances circuit. So not too sure why the article says that Baker is (was?) on a haitus.
A few years or so late!
This could easily be fixed by legislation that taxes the company as an individual at income tax rates until clear owners can be identified. As a UK LTD company it would be bound by such laws and profits would be taxed before they can leave the country. Simples.
Re: Only 11 actors?
or Rowan Atkinson, Richard E Grant, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Grant and even Joanna Lumley!
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0212887/ (and can easily be found on Youtube)
Re: Only 11 actors?
Cushing played a human called Doctor Who who invented a time machine called the Tardis. He didn't play the Gallifreyan Timelord called "Doctor" "The Doctor" or "John Smith".
A bit like Bob Holness played James Bond once, but rarely is he referred to as one of the actors that played James Bond.
Given Googles history of treating other people's IP content as an all you can eat buffet. Does this actually stop Google doing anything, or simply tell them to acquire what they want via other means less blatantly?
"May I remind all concerned...
... that criminal proceedings against Ben Ashford will now be commenced and that he has a right to a fair trial".
It's a pity the Sun didn't consider that in their witch-hunts of Robert Murat or Christopher Jefferies.
Re: Ask one back
Colour photocopiers know when you are trying to copy money. Every colour copier I've used in the last 20 years has stopped this. Technical solutions are readily available for specific instances.
Re: A coherent responsible answer
Would be just as easy to block "justin bieber never say never torrent".
Is it a very hostile environment???
... or is it a non-existant one?
Re: I'll believe it when I say it.
Darrow's involvement might be enough to get Avonism's into the new actor. He own the rights to B7.
Novell was good for me.
The last Netware box I installed was late 2000. I made a very good living out of Novell. For me the only thing that stopped further implementations was Microsofts intentional bugs, which later on in court they had the nerve to say shouldn't have been an issue, because the fake error messages were not fatal.
I'm a public sector organisation, with 10000 desktops to retire and replace. Each PC has a hard disk of between 250-750 GB. How long will it take me to securely erase that many hard disks using the Guttman method? And then independently verify that the hard disks were wiped effectively?
What's the solution? As someone who used to work in ISO compliant quality inspection, with high volumes there is an unavoidable small failure rate. 100% compliance is a physical impossibility, human error can never be ruled out, and managers are always pushing deadlines forward, reducing budgets and expecting the impossible. Making a single person liable doesn't introduce accountability, it just ensures that the job position goes unfilled. You want to put me in jail if I make a mistake, either add a few 0's onto the end of that salary, or find someone else.
When I worked in retail, yes they did. We'd get customers on the phone furious that we hadn't told them the day before when they purchased new shinies, that the today it would be being sold at 20% off. They didn't believe us when we (honestly) told them that we only typically get notification on the day that items are to be marked down. Any mark down of significant size, was imemdiately followed by the return of "faulty" products for refund, with the same quantity going back out at the new price almost immediately.
At least in the UK customers have distance-selling regs, so anyone who has purchased said apps in < 7 days can get a refund (I've tried this and it works).
Re: Xbox One?
I'd have multiplied by 453778.25
Lol yeah that one!
Promoting violence isn't against the FB T&Cs.
A few weeks ago I reported a page to FB moderators that had a picture that it said was of Terry Venebles, and was promoting stringing him up from the nearest tree. I have no idea if the photo was genuine or not, but the page had over 20000 likes, and looking at the comments section which was in the hundreds of thousands, I have no doubt that if located, the chap in the photo will probably end up dead.
About 30 seconds later I got a reply back from Facebook admins that the page violated no facebook terms, and if I didn't agree, visit the feedback page and leave some.
The day after, the page owner started posting the identities of peoplw who had PMd him to say they had reported the page, and suggesting that some summary justice on these Venebles supporters be carried out by the pages supporters. This comments section then ran into the hundreds of thousands.
Re: Fixed it for you
I find it funny that 9 thumbs down -1 thumbs up ( = 8 thumbs down ) occurred after my comment, but 8 thumbs up occurred after the AC basically agreed with what I said.
So where does this leave us? That El-Reg voters cancel each other out, or even themselves out?
I wonder if the same 8 who voted for me, also voted up the AC? Does the Bronze, Silver and Gold badging scheme take into account the hypocrisies of it's voters?
Fixed it for you
SAP wants to
hire exploit engineers diagnosed with autism.
Having been at one end or the other of several courtroom battles over the past 20 years, at pre-trial where both parties have been brought before the court, and both parties have presented summary evidence in order to justify full proceedings, the Judge has usually turned to one of the parties and said (and I approximate this) "If the following evidence can be demonstrated to be true in court, then you will probably lose. I would recommend you go away with Mr xxxxxx and come to an agreement rather than take this to trial".
To me this has always been common sense. Judges are not fools, and from speaking to several from an IT support perspective and 2 I know personally, they are also nothing like you see on TV, and they point out that trials in Film and TV have very little similarity to what goes on in real life. The "shocking revelation" near the end of the trial never happens. More often than not the Judge tells one of the parties (and again I approximate this) "you are talking bollocks,don't take it to trial"
When I read what this judge has done and said, this is all that has happenned. The high public interest of this case has ensured that the Judges comments have been magnified within the media, but it is still nothing outside of what happens day in day out in court.
So do we replace the family dog with an anteater?
The article doesn't mention what the natural predator for these things is, but mentions there is one?
Were these devices within the warranty period, was this within the UK (or EU) and were you a consumer or a business.
If the answer to any of these questions is Yes, then small claims court time.
Re: Die Hard
Had this been an article about Die Hard 6.0 where terrorists take over a plane using an iPad, I have no doubt a lot of critical commentards will have been droning on how this could never happen, and surely aeroplane systems will have been thoroughly tested and segrated and anyone suggesting otherwise, well is plainly stupid. A bit like they did with the GCHQ screw ups :p
Re: But, but, but...all payment involves the payee in costs
When I used to own a retail outlet, I was charged by the bank 3% for credit card transactions, 25 pence for debit card transactions and 50p for cheques. What these new rules are saying is that the fees can be passed on to the customer, but they can't exceed the charges they pay. So the £5 debit card fee that I've been seeing recently when booking hotels is now illegal, but they could charge me 25p.
This annoys me when I book cinema tickets and I get charged a "booking fee". They are getting the money up-front for crying out loud.
Re: Banks too?
* I mean I didn't have to change any of my secret answers, not password.
Re: Banks too?
I think my bank (Yorkshire) stores it's secret answers in non-encrypted format. The answers used to be case sensitive, then one day they ceased to be so. I used their internal ticketing to ask why the change. The answer was that too many people were forgetting case sensitivity so they turned it off. What worries me is the fact that I didn't have to change my password when they did this, and the fact that now I can WrITe My SecRET AnsWERS in ANY caSE I liKe tells me they arn't encrypted, and probably neither are the passwords.
How can anyone not notice that there's £27000000 less in the bank account, than is being displayed in Quickbooks?
Re: Cisco is the problem, Skype is good enough
Quote from my CEO "We're not using Skype to plot the perfect murder. We're trying to save some cash where the alternative is to fly several regional directors over to give us his monthly report and presentation."
Ditto to Skype
Spent the past few years putting Skype into boardrooms. A £1K Skype spend performs the same as a £15 - 20K Cisco spend. 1080p is more than possible with a 1.5Mb uplink ADSL. Sound quality is achieved by using pre-amp'd mics distributed over desks. QOS in the router set up so that Johnny Torrents download doesn't knock out the Skype, and use an ISP that doesn't throttle like Zen or AAISP.
Re: Not all bad
I worked for an ISP about 8 years ago. One of the largest in the UK (NDA stops me saying who). After implementing packet inspection, we discovered that without porn, there would be no ISP industry. All other traffic paled into insignificance. Dunno if that's the case still.
Re: Maybe she had to.
You're probably closer to the truth than you imagine. I remember seeing an interview where she mentioned she'd signed over the rights to her likeness over to Lucasfilm. She joked that every time she looks in the mirror, she has to send George a cheque for 5 dollars. Then you had the revelation that David Prowse never received a salary for ROTJ because due to creative accounting, the film never made a profit. I live in the same street as Kenny Baker. His humble abode certainly isn't that of what you would associate with someone credited as an actor in what at one point was the 3 highest grossing films ever made. Lucas stuffed the lot of them* IMHO.
Not for profit??
I wonder if following the sale of Starwars for 4 billion, Return of The Jedi made a profit, and Darth Vader has actually been paid his salary now?
Apple is refusing to hand over certain documents which might prove this one way or the other
So their documents show that they did...
Despite being warned by the lawyers it was illegal.....
And overuled the developers who pointed out the off switch, didn't actually turn it off.
At least that's what I assume from them admitting they have documentation, but refusing to show it.
Re: "That Windows experiment cost them a trillion pounds."
I'm no Eadon fan, but when I read Trillion, I imagined Dr Evil saying it, with his little finger in his mouth, and Minime by his side, and got the point without getting all aspergers about it.
That pic would indicate...
... that the surface of mars has been painted red?
Re: Star Wars originally planned to have 9 parts?
Episode IV was grafted onto the scrolling credits a year after Empire Strikes Back was released. It wasn't fore-planned as a trilogy.