80 posts • joined 3 Sep 2012
I must protest a little...
"Maybe that's because, as anyone who has made multiple trips to IKEA to retrieve missing parts can attest, even products designed for low cost and easy assembly can go awry"
Living relatively near an IKEA store, most of the furniture in my home comes from there. I have estimated that my wife and I have bought between 80 and 100 IKEA products containing screws.
How many screws, bolts or parts have been missing? Zero!
I'm guessing that nowadays it's products from other, even lower cost chains, that have missing parts; not IKEA.
Naturally, the "Man pages" will be renamed "Woman pages".
Mine's the one with the Fredrika Bremer biography in the pocket.
In the voice of George Takei
But why would you want to grow hair on the end of your penis?
Re: so what is the correct pronunciation?
Couldn't you just ask for the House of the Rising Sun?
What does automated trading add?
"This is as true of my buying some Royal Mail shares as it is of high-frequency trading, algobots, futures, options and all the rest. It is the very fact that people are trading on their knowledge and opinions..."
Algobots != People with knowledge and opinions, so how can they add or improve information?
Re: Testing in a representative environment
"...mpg figures for a car?"
Does it count if it is in a long downhill with the wind in the back, the sun behind me and an urgent need to find a toilet?
Enquiring minds want to know!
Has the Dutch car been handed over to the Stig yet?
Re Re: To all commentards:
I personally do not approve of patenting of a building, nor do I agree with US PTO on what constitutes an inventive step or for that matter their definition of "obvious to a person skilled in the art".
However, saying that Apple has tried to patent a garden fence based on the summary of this patent is to me going a bit too far.
To all commentards:
El Reg journalists have on numerous occasions published articles giving the impression that large companies (with Apple as the most obvious example) try to patent old things. Said journalists do so by quoting any part of the patent text they find amusing.
What they don't do is quote the appropriate parts of the patent text.
As I have written earlier about this article; the quote in the article is from the summary, not the claims.
The word "may" in the claims would never survive a legal test and Apple´s patent lawyers know this (unless it is much more carefully used).
Having said that, I don't agree with Big Business policies of patenting anything that can make them money, but please comment on the right issues (such as the good and bad sides of patents), not an illusion of evil companies created by taking quotes out of context.
The quote in the article is from the summary, not the claims.
What they actually have patented is "A glass building, comprising: a plurality of curved glass panels disposed adjacent to each other to form a cylinder...".
Re: Most wired drivers?
My first thought was
"Most wired"? -> Highly strung
Mine's the one with the half-pint thermos mug of espresso.
Nominative determinism strikes again
Ulla Beckman Sundh...
Sund is Swedish for sound (healthy), with a silent 'h' added to make it obvious (to a Swede at least) that it is a name.
Oh, and "Where's the bootnotes angle"?
Re: Because you're not worth it.
Perhaps they want to transfer considerable amounts of data to/from something smaller, such as between an iPhone and an iWatch or other iDevice.
Then the point isn't to save RAM, but bandwidth or more likely the amount of time the transmitter is active, thus saving battery.
Re: @Simon Sharwood
-I think that Glass is half empty, Sean (@seanmbrage)
-Just so you know, I don't do anything when you blink at me, Wes (@weskroesbergen)
-Stop trying to strap me to your forehead. It won't work. (@leongreen)
1 Direction, who?
A few details:
The fish was caught near Saltholm, on the Danish side. The Danish men should be equally afraid.
Pacus are not uncommon as aquarium fish and has spread over the world as such.
My guess is that someone in Copenhagen got tired of their fish tank and dumped the fish in a canal in the city, from where it swam to Öresund. If it had any friends, they'll freeze to death in the winter.
Oh, and Where's the IT angle? (I can see the bITe angle, though.)
Re: Ground (& regulations)
The knock-off manufacturers seem to think CE marking means Chinese Export
The Android device needs to be rooted
From www.rekey.io :
"In order to patch the vulnerabilities on your device, ReKey requires escalated privileges. Normal unprivileged applications on stock Android devices do not possess such privileges, hence the need for a rooted device with the Superuser (or similar) application."
Re: Nothing to contribute
Will the winner please take a bow?
Re: Nothing to contribute
Well, it mast be said, schooner rather than later
Re: It would be interesting...
A guess could be that the threat would be more like "Land now, or your airline won't get a flight into this country for a very long time".
Re: Runs Android? - No
Found the stainless steel, also from the link in the article:
"High quality materials (aluminium body and stainless steel wristband)"
Re: Runs Android? - No
From the link:
"Sony SmartWatch 2 is a second screen for your Android smartphone that, as well as enhancing existing phone functionality, offers unique new benefits. Combining form and function in a sleek design, it serves as a multi-functional watch, notifier, Android app interface and phone remote control, all-in-one."
No mention of stainless steel straps either...
Re: Hire peanuts, paid monkeys
Mine's the one with a Terry Pratchett book in each pocket.
I thought The Register was going to stick to SI units (except of course beer and aircraft altitude)..?
Anyhow, according to the contractor, the facility is 28000 square meters (appr. 300000 square foot), not 900000 square foot.
Re: Stupid pointless waffle
I'm guessing that if it is globally prohibited, there is a lot less incentive for private companies to develop such technology, thus delaying and/or reducing the risk for the Terminator movies coming true, or for that matter killdroids going into lethal deadlock.
Having said that, I also realize that there are superpowers who can provide enough cash anyway.
But who knows, even they might grow consciences. <insert jokes about temperature forecasts in hell here>
Icon, for obvious reasons
There, someone had to do it.
Now tell me more about this SkyNet you are developing...
"It is the first time we managed to obtain mammoth blood. No-one has ever seen before how the mammoth's blood flows."
...for the past few millennia, at least.
Does this mean the tin-foil brigade has to add egg trays to their protective measures?
Re: as a left-hander
"where's the Human Rights Act when you need it?"
Don't you mean "Human Lefts Act"?
*I'm going, I'm going...*
Mine's the one with "Prelude to Foundation" in the pocket.
Re: Actually, no @Mad Mike
The original statement was that the Swedish government could issue a guarantee at any time, to which I objected that they can not (implicitly -now-) due to the constitution.
I didn't use the term impossible.
Now please listen to "I ain't Spartacus", because his first paragraph is right.
Also, a retroactive law as you later suggest would at least in Sweden be improbable to the point of certainty due to a tradition of actively not making such laws, and the entire legal professional community would create an outcry which the law makers couldn't ignore if they tried.
Re: Yeh right.
"Think it is quite anti immigration and against minorities"
Nope. Look to our lower left for that.
"It's that the Swedish government has the power at any time to assure all including Assange that his return to Sweden to investigate a sex allegation will not result in extradition on current jurisdiction-less Wikileaks"
No, it doesn't have that power. The government may not interfere with legal proceedings. Read here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ministerstyre for the short version.
Re: but politicians cannot be trusted
But the politicians can't guarantee anything, because an extradition would be decided by the courts of law, not the elected.
The courts of law can't guarantee anything because they can't guess what (the prosecutors of) another nation might want to charge Assange with.
This whole "guarantee or Assange won't travel" argument is a smokescreen, it's useless, unless you expect the Swedish cabinet to break the Swedish constitution _and_ risk losing the next election from the potential scandal of being found out...
If I was afraid of being extradited to the US, I sure as h*ll wouldn't go to the UK in the first place...
Who's on first?
Does anyone know if this million-mom-organisation objects to Donald Duck walking around with no pants? Or the fact that his last name is one letter up the alphabet from a rude word?
(Icon used with irony (which has nothing to do with metallurgy))
Something for the conspiracy theorists..?
Why is there a blur with straight edges on that building? Surely a cover-up! (It is obviously not a raindrop near a stitching ;-)
Re: Do the math...
Lost in translation:
I meant 2-3, but I now realise "several" means more than that.
Do the math...
"At 30 June 2012, NBN Co’s headcount was 1,674" according to NBN Co Annual Report 2012.
The number may have gone up or down, but let's work with that number.
100'000 AUD / 1674 = 59.7... so let's say 60 AUD per head.
What's 60 AUD in time? Counting conservatively, I guess an hour.
I think it is safe to say that having the coffee machines saves more than an hour of work time per employee/consultant a year, not to mention side benefits of people talking work problems around the coffe machine.
And of course my calculation is ridiculously conservative as the 100'000 AUD include the purchase of the machines, a cost which should probably be split over several years.
The plugs won't fit the wall sockets.
Mine's the one with the universal travel adapters (!) in the pocket.
Re: someone please tell me
Design patent == Design patterns, or industrial design rights in EU. What protects e.g. a "classic" Coca Cola bottle, which is obviously not an invention.
It could be used for breakfast cereals or porridge as well, getting your morning pick-me-up dose of FaceSpace, Twoots, El Reg etc. [Sic and sic]
Soviet Europe welcome YOU!!
Thanks, but we (Sweden) have had that since 1766.
It sounds to me that some those proposals ("Media councils should have real enforcement powers...") would be in violation of the constitutions of some member countries, at least the Swedish "Tryckfrihetsförordningen" (transl. Freedom of the Press Act).
Re: trimmed shrubbery
Does anyone know what capacitive and conductive properties it has?
Can it be used for high speed signaling over great distances, without repeaters or losses?
I'm thinking of e.g. (Cat5 and -6) Ethernet cables, if they could be replaced by thin (possibly even flat) nanotube cables without the need for twisted pairs and no need to replace existing comm. hardware...
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