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Doesn't the IP generally reside with the producer _unless_ the contract explicitly states that it is to be transferred to the client?
UK Government policy is to generally allow the IPR to remain with Industry (the producer) as industry are better placed to exploit the IP and therefore the contract is a more worthwhile investment for the taxpayer.
However, if there is a specific reason to do so, contracts can state that the IPR produced under the contract is owned by the taxpayer. Specifically anything produced under the foreground of such the contract is Crown IPR.
Re: Maybe 15.55bln too much
@omnicent - Is text messaging so expensive in the rest of the world?
£12 per month gets you unlimited texts in the UK - factor in international text conversations.
My ex used to WhatsApp her friends in the US, Norway and other places, from the UK, often in 2, 3 and 4-way chats. I wouldn't want to try working out how much that would cost in international text messages.
Nintendo is particularly touchy about licensing of their IP and the use of their games - is emulating the game and connecting up to a chatroom not going to get the coordinator in legal hot water?
Re: Opened up the casual gaming market
How far can they push this alleged endless fondness for their tedious franchises that is probably more reliant on people who grew up with them in the 80s and are now *parents* with happy memories than it is on today's kids? (***)
Seriously, Zelda is *old* now:-
But that's just the problem, bring out a good HD console with Mario Kart and I'm interested. Bring out a (properly) new Zelda with good reviews and I'm interested. Hell, remake Ocarina of Time in HD (like they did with Windwaker), I'd buy the console today.
But Nintendo neither have good games out for the Wii U to hook people like me in, nor do they have anything tangible to get people who were already happy with their Wiis and see no reason to upgrade.
Re: the créme de la créme of gaming aristocracy
@irongut - And, who the hell are Link and Samus Aran? I've been plying computer games since Pong and I've never heard of them.
Oh dear god. You mean you've been playing games for many decades and yet you've never heard of Zelda?
Stop whatever you're doing. Go out. Get yourself a Wii or a Gamecube or even a Wii U. Get a copy of Ocarina of Time and enjoy the best experience a game can give. It might be low def, but it's still perfect.
Re: Perhaps there's something in it.
@AC - There have been several cancer cases all linked to proximity of a mobile phone for long periods e.g. A women who kept a mobile phone in her breast cleavage and had cancer located by the phone antenna RF lobes.
Oh For Fuck's Sake - Yes, because no woman ever had breast cancer in the breast cleavage before the mobile phone came along. The incident rate for breast cancer in the UK is 1 in 8 during a female's lifetime. I'm suprised there's only been one case of absolutely coincidental cancer. Your anecdote is almost evidence that modible phones reduce cancer risk as you have only one example.
Your comment is proof that no matter how much something is studied, science is still no match for anecdotal evidence. Coincident is expected when dealing with things as prevalent as mobile phones and cancer. That's why you have to do studies with large sample sizes.
My grandfather took an anecdote every day for 60 years and he lived till his late 80s.
Re: You'll never convince...
@Terry 6 - ...... the ones who want to believe that Wifi/mobile phones/MMR/Fluoride etc. are somehow unnatural and dangerous. And anything "natural" is good.
Depressing isn't it? And the most annoying thing is their definition of 'natural', not the same as a physicist's definition I'm sure.
Friend of mine recently posted a story on Facebook about people having problems with vaccinations, it had senior medical leaders (many immunology Profs), being quoted as saying "vaccine x has y problems". They were clearly having concerns with particular aspects of specific vaccinations or aspects of a particular country's vaccination policy. None were saying "vaccination is wrong".
Nonetheless my friend (who naturally administers homeopathic medicine) considered this justification to give the comment "vaccination - seems to be you either believe in it or don't". Of course, the truth was that he doesn't believe in it and was hoping to turn it into a 'religious' debate rather than that admit that there isn't any doubt about vaccination working.
As Prof Brian Cox says, the danger of apparently 'harmless' beliefs like astrology or homeopathy are that they drive people to doubt science and to spurn proper medical advice.
Re: How is iTunes not on this list?
iTunes isn't really a failure if it makes a ton of money is it?
Good or bad it still succeeded.
Re: IOS 7 issues +1
I thought it couldn't just be me. I always put it down to iOS7 being more power hungry and me running a 4S (smaller memory size). Either way it's pretty awful OS engineering as something like the fixed state of a webpage should be easily stored without having to refresh every time I return to the page. Doesn't iOS shift background apps to something akin to moving background apps to swapfile.
This is definitely worth some digging by El Reg. iOS7 has had so many problems.
Re: Hey, Don Dumb ...
Shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker and tits are all valid here. This is an adult forum. Get used to the idea ... or maybe you should fuck-off back to nanny-ville ...
Well, you clearly *are* an adult.
I'm quite happy with swearing and I will sometimes in posts. But I don't always feel the need to and being an adult I know when its appropriate and when it isn't. I used the term 'BS' rather than 'Bullshit' as I'm guessing The Reg would probably use the former if they actually did introduce an icon. Notice they don't have a "What The Fuck?" icon.
Only a 5 year old thinks tits and piss are swearwords.
I suggested that on this very same page!
I do apologise. Consider my post a second for your suggestion.
A couple of requests:-
I've made the point in a recent comment to an article, but as this is the proper place to make suggestions:-
I think a 'BS' (we all know what that means) icon would be helpful. Many of the less useful comments are simply made up opinion stated as fact. It would be fair to highlight such perceived nonsence with a Bu**Sh*t (if that helps) icon. Nothing else seems to be appropriate.
I also agree that it is time to retire the Paris icon. as - a) it is only surving to boost such celebrity and b) it does seem to be an unfair targetting of someone none of us have likely ever met.
My other suggestion would be to have an identifier to the parent comment within a reply comment, perhaps something like "In reply to <username> <subject title> posted <date-time>" in the comment header. That way we could work out what the reply is responding to when there is nothing to work that out from. Particularly when there are so many levels of comment that one reply doesn't directly follow the original comment.
Re: Is that really the best place to build these things?
@Steven Roper - "To which end, wouldn't they be better off building it somewhere flat (like the Australian outback for example)"
Not only would those affects be minimised but if they putting it somewhere flat and uninhabited (like Australia) they wouldn't have to dig at all would they? Just lay the ring on the ground - that would be an awful lot cheaper.
If they need some earthly protection above the tube then they could cover it with spoil from a local mining operation (which is vast in Oz I beleive). Either way it would be a hell of a lot cheaper and simpler to lay a ring on the ground and cover it than drilling down 100m under France and Switzerland.
Doesn't the EU already have observatories and space vehicle launching sites outside of the EU? If so, then why couldn't they also build their collider outside.
Re: People READ the reviews on YouTube?
@Winkypop People READ the reviews on YouTube?
That's like sorting through a garbage can.
I guess some people do that too.
Well, Adam Buxton has managed to build a large part of his BUG music video comedy show around reading out some of the Youtube comments, its incredibly funny. I've seen it several times live and the TV show is now on Youtube itself, certainly worth a view - http://www.bugvideos.co.uk/home/adam-buxton-s-bug-tv-series-now-on-youtube-.go
Re: Bang on...
@AC - "It's well known that Apple don't pay huge sums to lobbyists in Washington"
Is it now?
We need a bullshit icon for Sergent Colonesque comments like this that try and strengthen obviously made up, unevidenced opinion with pub talk like "a well known fact".
Re: Seen it before
@localzuk - government departments don't have to pay attention to this edict. Only the department of the Minister in question does.
Errr, nope. This is the Cabinet Office, the department effectively in charge of how all government departments are run. That's why the government standards hub is part of the Cabinent Office. At the moment, it is only a 'recommendation' and doesn't *have* to be followed. However, if the Cabinent Office *mandate* something, all government departments do have to adopt such a mandate.
Re: @Neil Alexander
It's not just the beancounters though - "I'm sorry Mrs Smith, you can't have your pacemaker because we are paying for an upgrade to the computer system"
Imagine what that would do when Mrs Smith goes to the press - the trusts have difficult desicions to make, especially when their budgets are getting cut.
The bigger Question is :
Who the hell is making money from Mein Kampf?
I don't think it's that weird to want to read it, out of sheer curiosity if nothing else but I do think it is pretty reprehensible to be fine with making money out of it.
Who is profiting from the sales of this book?
Re: @Don Dumb IT can be a pain in the arse too
@Phil O'Sohpical - "And you think that emaiing company information to a private gmail account is better?!."
No I don't, and I entirely agree with your point. The places I know take information very seriously. We don't allow use of email (or messaging of any kind) through any non-company service or netowrk, unless of course it is specifically intended to another organisation.
I was just replying the the fairly loose idea that the problem could be solved by simply using a USB stick. I agree, until people see IT failures as important as fraud (it is when it's personal data) then people (and mgnt) won[t take this seriously.
Re: IT can be a pain in the arse too
Your housemate (and presumably yourself) haven't heard of usb pen drives then?
I have, they are a gigantic security hole and a useful way to store information that can be easily lost and isn't backed up.
Thus there are very strict limits and rules on how they are used in some places I know. IT rules aren't just there to make IT's life easier but also to protect the business.
Re: I don't care what it looks like
@Frank Bough - Thanks, I was beginning to think that it was only me. I haven't upgraded from my 4S for the same reasons as you but apparently that makes us responsible for the downfall of society.
Re: I don't care what it looks like
@DijitulSupport- What the hell are you on about?
"I get the whole "i've made a backup of my music collection" I really do"
No you don't because that isn't what I'm doing, it is nothing to do with backup, where did you even get that idea? I have my music originally stored on my computer and also wish it to be listened to where I am, hence on my phone. Why would you even think I'm talking about backup when I said nothing of the sort.
Why on earth would you see "being able to carry over XXGb of music" ever be the primary concern when buying a smartphone?
Firstly I didn't say it was a primary concern but why wouldn't storage be a factor with a *smart*phone (aka computer phone). If you were just making calls with your phone, you wouldn't need a smartphone at all. I happen to want the same music I own on my phone as it doubles as my iPod.
Re: I don't care what it looks like
@cambsukguy - I don't think you bothered to fully read my comment.
I know I can't hear the difference between lossless (in this case Apple Lossless) and a decent lossy bitrate, especially when played back through a phone. The lossless music on my computer is reencoded to a lossy bitrate (by iTunes) when synced to my phone. I'd just rather have a bit more storage and not even bother needing to convert, just have everything in lossless and keep it simple.
Re: I don't care what it looks like
You are the reason for the downfall of society
What gave it away?
Re: I don't care what it looks like
Not quite. Some Android devices do have a micro SD slot, you know.
I know some Androids come with SD slots, but I did qualify my point by saying those 'I might consider', the Nexus line in particular don't. I would mainly consider jumping from an iPhone to a Nexus phone but they have very limited storage.
The fact that SD cards (and almost every other storage medium) store so much is why I'm perplexed that phones have stopped increasing in capacity.
Re: I don't care what it looks like
Funny when you mention that disk space isn't a premium while complaining that you are suffering from 64Gb.
Yes, I did think that when writing but hoped people would understand I meant that hard disc space (computers and stuff) doesn't have a storage premium but storage on the phone is very limited. It is also why I don't fully understand why phones have not increased in capacity much over the last few years, I would have thought it would be a simple headline improvement for manufacturers in competition.
Re: I don't care what it looks like
Usually I don't but basically every few weeks (after iOS7 of course) the sync messes up losing the music on the phone and I have to then resync the music onto the phone. This means a reenode (which iTunes does automatically) as the files are passed from computer to phone and this takes ages. I have thought of trying to have different collections but I ultimately just want simplicity. Music stored in one form and synced to the phone. My gripe is that the max storage in iPhones has plateaued since the 4S, an increase in storage would make life just a little bit simpler.
I don't care what it looks like
Will it have more than 64Gb of storage?
I'm using a (now) suffering 64Gb. I also use my phone as my ipod and if they released a phone one with at least 80Gb then I wouldn't have to downgrade all of my music just to get it onto the phone*. Not usually a problem but syncing has become really flaky lately, I have to resync the whole phone generally once a month. It takes all night as the music files get re-encoded before being sent to the phone.
I know this is more a problem with iTunes 11, iOS7 and crapy syncing with the iPhone but I'd still rather just have a phone big enough to store everything. I'm happy with sticking to iPhones, although I see little need to upgrade at the moment. In any case Android seem to be keeping the rivals I might consider (Nexus) with limited storage as they'd rather have people use the cloud for everything but in the real world we move around where bandwidth and effective bandwidth rarely enable such activities.
And while we are at it get rid of that connector - either 30pin (the one everyone has a dock for) or the proper standard micro-USB.
* - The reason is that I keep all my music (ripped from CDs) in lossless, not because I think I can hear the difference between that and 192Kbps but because I don't see any reason to rip CDs into lossy formats. Disc space isn't a premium so why choose a lower quality format for the source? I'd rather have the equipment limit the sound quality rather than the data itself and I don't have to worry about reencoding, with lossless I have a music collection that I can keep forever without re-ripping and re-encoding fine if needs be.
Re: I wonder
@Lars - Are people forced to call you by your name?
I assume you are in the US and the US isn't any different.
Remember, Lords and Ladys are the members of the upper house of the legislature. Don't Congressmen and Congresswomen get the title Congressman or Congresswoman? and Senators get the title 'Senator', Governors get the title 'Governor' and so on. The UK actually has less of this as our Members of Parlimament don't have titles other than Mr, Mrs & Dr. ALthough Cabinent members do get addressed as 'The Right Honorable'.
The likes to think it has no class system but it seems like the US is in big denial.
Re: Lets be honest
@c:\boot.ini - "Anything that accepts the "sir" title is scum, period."
Whoa, that's a pretty sweeping statement -
Winston Churchill, David Attenborough, Edmund Hilary, Paul McCartney, Tim Berners-Lee, Terry Pratchett, Ernest Rutherford, Steven Hawking, Isacc Newton, Tanni Grey-Thompson, Ernest Shakleton - I could go on for ages of Knights and Dames that are very deserving. You say they are all "scum"?
Accepting a Knighthood doesn't mean you're posh. I know many people who are posh do get them but unlike a peerage (Lord, Lady, Baron, etc) the Knighthood is given by the British state for things done or acheived, they aren't a birthright.
Lots of countries have state honours, they might not have the same names as the UK, nor does anyone else seem to give out titles but that doesn't change that it is the state's way of showing gratitute for something that has perceivied to be of benefit to the nation.
For christ-sakes Nelson Mandela had an honourary Knighthood, he was hardly posh was he?
If accepting Knighthoods makes you scum them so would accepting the Nobel prize?
Re: Gates and Ballmer are still on Microsoft's board...
Not a fair analogy -
Gates and Ballmer both *voluntarily* moved from the CEO position . Gates after he had built Microsoft to the biggest computing company in the world, Ballmer has been less successful but still the company hasn't exactly collapsed. Gates in particular has a right to influence the appointment of CEO.
Basile on the other hand was *terminated*, by the board, from Violin after it lost 60% of its value. He is hardly going to have the best interests of the company in mind when it has just fired him.
Re: How about on UK train lines?!
I have to say I'm not sure how I feel about this. My daily train commute of 30-50min, goes out of coverage for about half the journey and I have never come across Wifi on any train I've used. Lack of coverage when I'm sitting still and could listen to internet radio or watch the cricket or something is certainly annoying and it would be great to get good coverage.
However, on the downside - almost everything modern rolled out on the National network is awful, especially in the FGW areas as I am (TheCloud station wifi is almost pointless). Crap technology investment has been seen by the rail companies as a way to show 'improvements' to the network to mask the lack of any new rolling stock and a poor train service.
So I guess if there is money to invest, some more trains would be preferable. That and I'm happy that people don't try and make phonecalls that often.
Re: No defence
To be fair I didn't say that everyone didn't deserve it as I don't know who people like Kitty Kelly are and therefore whether they do somehow deserve a good hack. As a rule, there isn't any justification, public people have a right to a private life as well, but Clarkson's "posting bank details isn't important" was one exception.
Many of these people hacked are simply well known, not politicians or even politically active. I can see no defence for their hacking. Being in the public eye doesn't mean you have no privacy. Hypcritically, Guccifer seems to value his (or her) privacy.
If the Smoking Gun has any credibility they will destroy the documents, but I somehow doubt they will.
else every grumpy Yorkshireman is going to be going on about how they power the world...
Is that not already ths case? As they already seem to think they are the only ones with "bloody common sense".
I notice a particular ISP isn't advertising itself on the basis that it is from Yorkshire anymore - why they didn't realise that everyone else has a less positive opinion of the Yorkshire stereotype than those in Yorkshire have of the Yorkshire stereotype is beyond me, but then I'm from the south and don't have that mythical common sense.
Re: When I were a lad
Oh god no. You sound dangerously like Geoffrey Boycott.
The only thing worse than the taste of Rhubarb is the mention of it by Boycott. Why did CMJ have to be the one that died?
Re: Optimistic +1
@Cliff - my first thoughts exactly. Now we have something useful to do with Rhubarb rather than try and put it in food. It tastes horrible and I'm naturally intolerant to anything that Geoffrey Boycott goes on about. Why people try and ruin a good dessert with something like Rhubarb is beyond me.
Re: 147 inch eh?
I know, I thought your comment was funny. I just couldn't help myself (hangs head in shame)
Re: 147 inch eh?
"Otherwise you risk ending up with a 148, which is clearly cheating."
I hate to do this, but the maximum score in Snooker can be higher than the 147 maximum break.
From wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maximum_break#Breaks_exceeding_147 - "A break higher than 147 can be achieved when an opponent fouls and leaves the incoming player snookered on all 15 reds. The player can nominate one of the other colours as a red, known as a "free ball", which carries the same value as a red for just that shot. By potting the free ball followed by a colour, then the reds with colours and the colours up to the pink or black, the player can compile a break of more than 147."
I now need to wash the revolting pedantry off, as I clearly have too much.
Re: (2) Not if you turn the lights off.
"In that case, I suggest a window would be a cheaper option."
Depends on the wall perhaps, load bearing walls in large buildings might be a little pricely. I can genuinely see this being attractive to those with internal walls (block of flats maybe). Have a 4K webcam stream from somewhere nice, project onto the wall. Although in a few price generations maybe. It's a bit silly but still looks cool.
About a decade ago I once did a couple of days working with a 'Direct Marketing company'. Essentially putting things like balloons and the like into addressed envelopes that would be sent with the very spammy messages from the company's customers.
I felt so dirty knowing I was building spam for spammers. I wondered if that feeling is a bit like how those working in armies committing warcrimes felt "I was only following orders"
Re: Typical VM Behaviour == Not Surprised
@Steve Davies 3 - "I get a whole FTTC fibre to myself."
As I'm largely unfamiliar, may I ask how you are able to do that and through which company's serivces?
Re: I also remember
Depends on how old the surgeons are doesn't it? As no laser surgery can prevent presbyopia (old age deteriation). When I went for a consultation they were very clear about this.
I understand the logic in sceptisim that asks "how many surgeons wear glasses?" and that is certainly healthy*. But it isn't quite as clear as that, I mean would you think there was a problem if you had a knee operation from a surgeon who had a crutch? With eye surgery on (should) get good eyesight up to the point that eyesight deteriorates as it would anyway. Same way that you can have knee operations that will allow for normal activities up to the point that your legs naturally weaken and you need a stick or wheelchair.
*It is telling that those who peddle the "vacciantions are a conspiracy" line (you know, those who think homeopathy will stop measles) don't seem to question why all peadiatric doctors, nurses and even immunologists all have their children vaccinated, quite some odd conspiracy.
Re: Diamond knife, laser, finger nail..
You only have one pair of legs - is surgery on them to fix problems not as much of a gamble?
I would have eye surgery if I could. I wouldn't want to walk on crutches all my life, so why would I wear contacts and glasses if I could have my myopia fixed (before presbyopia eventually hits *as it would anyway*)
I know many people who have had surgery and they have all been fine and recommended it. I sure there are problems and going to an eye hospital over the two companies in this article would certianly be sensible but I don't understand why fixing a condition that requires constant, sometimes costly, treatment (glasses, contacts, prescription lenses in masks, etc) is seen as a 'cosmetic' procedure.
Re: Change the incentives of the patent office
@Steve Todd - Still the wrong motive, just in the opposite direction. Under your principle, the patent office would be very reluctant to issue *any* patents for fear they may be invalidated, essentially no patents. As you say they should have 'no bias either way' but your system pushes them towards rejecting everything.
My method for improving the USPTO would be to have an ombudsman or USTPO oversight/auditing body (not sure of the US equivalent terms). Think like OFSTED for schools or the NAO for public departments in the UK (not perfect I concede). Having a body that periodically reviews patent decisions (i.e. marking the work of the USPTO) and reporting on good/bad decisions would then give weight to any legal case involving that patent. Compaines litigating would have more confidence of their claim or defence if the patent had already been independantly reviewed, thereby limiting speculative sueballs or compaines trying to defend poor patents through attrition by outspending the party suing them. I recognise that this is more powerful under a 'loser pays' system however.
Furthermore, the oversight body could act as an avenue for appeals - either appeals against rejections by the submitter or against approvals by third parties (other possible owners). Again, if the patent has been reviewed, and subjected to any appeals *early* it prevents many legal arguments later on about the validity and/or ownership of a patent.
Re: This is obviously satire
Yep, you're right to question that lineup.
Michael Palin suffers with Aspergers? Only someone who hasn't ever seen or heard him or his work would say that. I'd be amazed.
Re: Shameless plug - Why the downvotes?
Downvoting a comment that gave nothing more than the author's relevant experience and opinion. Don't downvote just because you don't like an opinion.
For what it's worth I found Serviio to be unhelpful when trying to run a server from my computer. Although that could be more a problem with Samsung's useless approach to DLNA on their TVs
Quit the comment-vertising
Notice the site you plug is the same as your account name, got yourself an El Reg account just to advertise I'm guessing. If your website has as much bollocks as that post then most people here won't be stupid enough to visit it. Do us a favour and quietly efutue
What is the job of the publisher?
So 505 Games declares that the developer messed up, but why did they release the game at all? They retracted the game so quickly that they obviously knew it wasn't up to much. 505 Games are as much to blame trying to sell a game they *knew* was not worthy of release. Were they really just hoping the game wouldn't get that bad a reception that they could get away with some sales?
I notice on Metacritic that there are no critic reviews - usually a sign that they hadn't given pre-release copies to the media as the publisher knows its terrible and doesn't want bad reviews before it is released.
Regardless of how bad the developers are, it should be the job of the publisher of deciding whether it is ready for release or not, they have failed in their job.
Re: pencil cricket
" no one runs five."
Actually, it does happen. The batsmen run 1 and the fielding team mess up the return throw so badly (usually aiming for the stumps) that the ball goes over the rope for extra 4 overthrows, 5 runs to the ball bowled.
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