1105 posts • joined 10 Apr 2012
Re: why did governemnt businesses get sold off?
They get sold off because no politician has foresight greater than the next election. Selling off assets gives them a positive budget, a big pile of cash for tax breaks and a slush fund for vote buying.
If they lose the election then the missing assets is someone else's problem.
The problem is us tax payers have to pay the cost of their lack of foresight
Until terrorists start using these to deliver bombs? As soon as they do, all drone businesses disappear...
Cause of their woes....
"The threshold has long been fingered by bricks-and-mortar retailers as the cause of their woes,"
Maybe if they were only 10% dearer but when their 100% to 1000% dearer maybe they need to look elsewhere
Re: If you troll your patents..
Let me rephrase
Those who live by the bullshit, die by the bullshit......
Re: If you troll your patents..
Actually the problem is Apple has a lot of BS patents and thus spends it's money preventing patent changes to kill BS patents and ends up getting sued over other BS patents.....
Karma is a bitch......
Re: East Texas?
"Loathe though I am to regurgitate an over-used quote, I can't quite help myself: I say we take off and nuke the entire state from orbit. It's the only way to be sure."
I could use the same rational to nuke the whole of America.....
Re: Not surprised.
Some people say I'm apathetic but I just don't care......
Actually rape was two years, covering it up was seven but exposing it was ten
Got to love the legal system, it's completely justice free......
Re: Gerry Harvey Tax
Gerry actually thinks it will bring online prices inline with his 6000% markup.....
Sure adding GST to online sales might even up the difference between online and bricks and mortar but adding 10% will make SFA difference when locally the product is 100% to 200% more expensive.
Why don't the idiots lobby the manufacturers to get rid of the Australia tax instead? Would make more of a difference.
Why would you store $122M unprotected on a laptop?
Personally I'd would have expected Rob's laptop to be encrypted up the wazoo and hidden encrypted backups stashed around the place.
"True, but this ruling is more important than that. A judge stating that "Old idea + computer != patentable idea" could be a good first step for fixing many similar patent cases, and perhaps even to fix the USPTO*."
Perhaps the end of "Slide to Unlock"? The number of stupid patents coving the obvious + computer is growing.
Re: Prior Art
Like every search engine in existence.......
It's nothing than a search engine with entries for humans. The basic logic listed is no different than Google.
The patent officer who granted it needs firing (preferable from a cannon)
Saw this in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
A loud clatter of gunk music flooded through the Heart of Gold cabin as Zaphod searched the sub-etha radio wave bands for news of himself. The machine was rather difficult to operate. For years radios had been operated by means of pressing buttons and turning dials; then as the technology became more sophisticated the controls were made touch-sensitive--you merely had to brush the panels with your fingers; now all you had to do was wave your hand in the general direction of the components and hope. It saved a lot of muscular expenditure, of course, but meant that you had to sit infuriatingly still if you wanted to keep listening to the same program.
Zaphod waved a hand and the channel switched again.
It has been about innovation and the hard work
That went into inventing rounded corners.......
Censorship will never end until the religious can get over the idea that men enjoy looking at naked women
"Apple attorney Harold McElhinny made reference to watching an American-made television set as a child, and claimed that many of those vendors were no longer active because they failed to patent their products."
Maybe shipping all manufacturing jobs to China had more to do with it than patents.......
Lets not nix low-quality software patents as slide to unlock was an awesome idea that nobody had ever thought off.
Now where did I put my lawyers.......
Re: Pay by tap
It's a case of Google trying to build up it's potential market.
Really it doesn't want the cards but the more people it can get to use wallet, the more shops that will put it in
At the moment, it's catch 22. People don't have it because shops don't have it and shops don't have it because people don't have it.
The card allows people to get it and use it in places that don't have wallet but take normal cards.
Re: I've got an LG fridge
Yes. Yes it does.....
Come to Australia
You might accidently get killed.....
"Now shut up and take my money!"
And the fanbois will line up to be milked...
Now where did I put my copy of Unreal Tournament?
Yeah but I'm not spending that kind of money on it. It's not exactly life changing (yet)
Re: Yes well...
"- "the road" includes roadsigns, vehicles, hazards off the road. Road signs are designed to give you information in your peripheral, drawing your attention to them and helping you read the road."
The more signs you see, the less you notice. Using less signs gives greater impact to remaining signs. Putting more signs up doesn't make it safer.
"- If you can't tell what speed your doing (roughly) without staring at your speedo, you shouldn't be driving, although you say you can do it without a sign? Cursory glances are no more distracting than the cursory glances you should be making in your mirrors."
Victorian police are nor allowed to hide in the bushes at the bottom of a hill and book you for doing 61 in a 60 zone.
"Speed zones are incredibly simple. Can you see a bunch of streetlights (3 or more)? Then it's 30. Can't see a bunch of streetlights? Then national speed limit applies. Unless told otherwise. You're told otherwise by gated entry (two signs each side of the road), and reminded, roughly, every 15 seconds of driving by a repeater sign."
Not in Australia. We have 40,50,60,70,80,90,100 and 110 zones. The speed zone can change depending on time, weather and other vehicles. You can be in the middle of nowhere in a 100 zone and suddenly hit a 60 zone for no obvious reason. The police like to hide in these areas and all it takes is missing one sign.
"I'll assume this is a correct stat. However, most car accidents happen in urban areas (volume of traffic), but are largely sedate, mainly due to all the points above. Most fatal car accidents happen on country roads, specifically due to them being narrow, harder to reach for emergency services (distance if nothing else), poor mobile signal to call for help etc."
It's the fact that the roads around here are poorly maintained, windy and overgrown with trees. Trees are not very forgiving if you come off the road.
Re: Re; Yes well... + Statistics 101
"If 80% of deaths occur on 80% of the roads, that strongly suggests the remaining 20% has 20% of the deaths, and therefore are no safer that the 80% referred to previously."
The other 20% die because they hit a straight piece of road and they've forgotten what straight looks like.....
Re: Cell phone yakking != good driving
How about they just let self drive cars in and take the control away from the easily distracted humans......
Re: How about...
Not when it's the passenger who's using the phone and not when the driver claims it was the passenger who was using it......
Re: Yes well...
The only way is to either make the car a giant faraday cage or use mobile jammers (which are illegal)
If they want to make it safer, here's a list where they can start
1: The over use of road signs. The more signs you look at, the less you're looking at the road
2: The over zealous policing of speed. The more you look at the speedo, the less you look at the road.
3: Simplify the speed zones. You should be able to work out what speed you should do without seeing a sign.
4: Fix the roads. 80% of deaths on country roads occur on bends because 80% of country roads is made up of bends.
"Make the asteroid serve the same purpose as a motorway service station/motel. It provides food and shelter for the journey and refuelling capabilities."
AKA you're using it for it's raw materials, no so much as a means of transport
Why would you ride an asteroid when to get on you have to match the speed and direction of it first. You might as well just let the ship keep going the same way.
The only reason to catch asteroids is for the raw materials.
"If it were not for the question mark of quantum computing, bitcoins would absolutely replace all "real" currencies online (as well as gold offline) pretty well immediately as they are otherwise superior in every way."
Bitcoins will never replace real currencies as government wouldn't be able to print off a heap more when they need more money
Re: What else would you expect?
I'm not inconvenienced me hearties.......
The problem is Big Media doesn't understand this new fangled interwebs thingy. Lawyers and political bribes are much easier to understand.....
Re: Clash of the titans
It would be except they're fighting over who gets to screw us.....
Storing your virtual money on a virtual server will leave you virtually broke.....
Re: Missing the point
"Sure there is. All of the quality brew masters departed the land for nations where they were permitted to earn a living."
Leaving only substandard brewers to work for Budweiser.....
Re: Missing the point
If that was true then lite beer wouldn't taste like shit.....
Re: Huh Luxury!
You're whinging at six days?
Still waiting for a parcel from Melbourne to Newcastle (10 hours drive) and it's almost three weeks and I still don't have it.
This isn't unusual in Australia. Australian couriers redefine the word "crap". They made a documentary series about Australian couriers called "Swift and Shift". 100% factual.......
Re: "daily fines of 100,000 Brazilian Reals, up to a maximum of R1 million...
Try rounding error......
"Ask those out in the sticks how well that's worked out for them."
I AM out the sticks. If I could get fibre draped over my fence, I'd be better off.
In fact, in some places, they run it on the power poles. Yes please. I'll have some power pole fibre please.
Re: Of course MS want it
I need that fat pipe. So many cat videos, so little time........
"*All they have to do* is build a national broadband network across the sparse, widely dispersed population of Australia. Right.
You're either trying to be funny or a fool."
Well they did it before with the copper network. Can't they replace the copper network with fibre? Have we forgotten how to dig holes?
Everybody would be happy if the aged and broken copper network was replaced. Why haven't they put fibre in while replacing broken copper?
And then they can hand it all to the NSA since they're an American company......
Re: No dude, it is all YOUR fault.
It's a total load of crap anyway. Everything that's been reported shows they've been using encrypted flash drives delivered by courier for years
Re: Cool..but also oddly disturbing
"You are passing a planetary system on a routine survey when you find some strange creatures erecting monuments. Odd things. The monuments are meaningless, but they seem important to the creatures, so you spend a few days out from your travel to help them."
You are passing a planetary system on a routine survey when you find some strange creatures erecting monuments. Odd things. The monuments are meaningless, but they seem important to the creatures, so you spend a few days out from your travel to anal probe them.
There, fixed it for you.....
But can it beat?
Mike Johnson from the Almighty Johnsons?
Oh the humanity......
Haven't the poor soldiers suffered enough?
Why am I not supprised.....
"to prove that India has the technological ability to get to Mars"
Ah so it's not about the science, just a pissing contest......
Re: Fortress in a bunker
“Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.”
― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
- Product round-up Too 4K-ing expensive? Five full HD laptops for work and play
- Review We have a winner! Fresh Linux Mint 17.1 – hands down the best
- Vid Antarctic ice THICKER than first feared – penguin-bot boffins
- You stupid BRICK! PCs running Avast AV can't handle Windows fixes
- Antique Code Show World of Warcraft then and now: From Orcs and Humans to Warlords of Draenor