19 posts • joined Wednesday 24th October 2012 01:48 GMT
I've received Google sales calls originating from the UK...
...here in New Zealand! Country code "+44" came up on my phone, and they had a distinctive British accent, not Irish. So yes, there seems to be a case to answer here!
Hard to invent? Puhleez!
So, there's this bunch of guys and gals standing round a water cooler, and someone says "how will the user know there's nothing more to display as they get to the end of a list" and someone says "why not make the list 'bounce'". Ten minutes later the coding is done, and everyone goes "wow, neat". They show it to their boss, who says "we can patent this". Cue the patent attorneys and other non-productive droids, who spend six months or more doing the paper work.
That's what software patents are all about!
Of course shipping electrons is way expensive too.....
....as reflected in the significantly higher prices down under for electronically delivered software products.
Same old same old....
This is also as true in New Zealand as it is in Australia. That said, New Zealand companies (Fonterra, Fisher and Paykell, etc) are just as likely to price gouge in their local markets. Why does NZ milk cost more in NZ than it does in overseas markets, why do Fisher and Paykell whiteware products sell as three times the price in NZ as they do in the UK?
"What the market will bear" has something to do with it, as too does consumer ignorance.
Bad about updates? I think not...
While I might find myself hanging out for the latest version of Android on my phone, the fact that I have had not one, but two, MAJOR updates to my Galaxy S2 in under two years, plus numerous smaller bug fixes, means that in fact they are very good indeed with updates.
My S2 is still, nearly two years on, an awesome bit of kit, and one which I have never regretted investing in.
Contract to the experience of PC users - as soon as those puppies are out the door, often as not the manufacturer has lost all interest!
Re: I remember this
It's all true! Trust me!
We are not doing anything illegal or immoral
Yeah, right! Illegal, maybe not - the politicos aren't clever at writing legislation, and tax accountants are very good at working loopholes. But immoral? Certainly!
Bat Chain Puller....
Love the Captain Beefheart reference, someone at El Reg has some culture! Who'd have thunk it!
I'll see your Old Fart and raise you an Orange Claw Hammer!
So too much ozone is bad....
....and not enough ozone is also bad! Witness the ozone 'hole' above the southern polar region, which we are told was/is caused by polluting flourocarbons. This is reportedly responsible for thousands of deaths due to skin cancer, so why would we not want to convert some other pollutants to ozone, and maybe fill the hole?
A very interesting paper indeed
With the TPP and other "free trade" negotiations going on behind closed (and locked) doors, now is almost too late to do anything to correct the wrong that is embodied in excessive copyright terms and sanctions. The US Government, acting as the long arm of the law of their biggest benefactors, big business interests, wishes to extend the reach of this excessive copyright (and the related areas of patents and trademarks) world wide. The stifling effect this will inevitably have on the world economy is of little consequence to established big business. The real pain will be felt by the vast majority, though.
Add in the impending handover of the internet to the control of national governments (read - big business again) and we're all in a shite load of trouble!
Old idea - Rockmelt has been doing it for ages
Rockmelt is based on top of Chrome, has pretty full Facebook integration, and works well. It's currently a bit behind the curve on Windows due to the small developer team working on other platforms, but hopefully will catch back up soon.
The fact this is used for online banking, not when you use the credit card itself, if good. It just gives the individual a convenient, carry sized two factor authentication device, far better than having to tote something larger around with you.