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In the same sense as there's gear sensitive enough to detect a piano dropped from the fourth floor 30 miles away.
We can detect the light from suns a billion light years away but you'd never expect to get a tan from them.
You, Sir, are a miracle of nature.
Have a pint!
Curse you, Easy-And-High-Speed-Access-To-Information-To-Come-To-My-Own-Conclusions Man !
Governments and lobby groups must hate the internet so much for not exclusively presenting their own agendas.
Because you'll not be able to get insured without some form of certification pretty soon if this all goes through.
Watch which firms are being invested in or bought by large insurance co's or (already owned by) their backers.
So can Sex, Gems, Food, Holidays, and just about anything else you can think of.
Perhaps the test should be 'Can you go shopping in Tesco and expect to pay with Bitcoin, Gems, Food, Holidays or errr.. Sex?'
If not, then it's not money, it's a token or barter value.
Except most contracts are 24 months in the UK, at least, these days
No, they're a US company. How much tax do they pay in the US then?
Oh. hang on. A stack of their money is moved out of the US just for that reason.
A special class of import duty...
You pay a lot of money to your overseas mega corp non-UK/EU parent corp? Well now that's a special class of import and you sure do done gots to (I believe that's how they talk abroad) pony up 30% of it.
At least that would keep the cash in the Eurozone, say - you can't really try that on between Luxembourg and Spain, obviously, that'd would be counter productive. If protectionism's good enough for the USA it's defo good enough for Europe, too. We used to be exceptionally good at it, too, not so long ago, albeit it on a more national scale than a continental one.
I am not an economist. Or even an accountant. I do dream up crazy ideas though.
For when the Vogons rock up
Presumably other El Reg readers have had the misfortune to witness the coding standards 9/11 that is the fragile and inconsistent guts of WP. Especial MU.
You'll know what I mean.
You should bin that comment now.
Imagine how much stranger it would taste to be cheering for the USA
When it's a UN vote like 100 in favour, 30 against plus abstainers and the US is in the 100 it's a Great Day For Democracy(tm)
When it's something else which gets like 154 against, 1 for (yeah guess who) then it's more like 'very disappointed that good sense was cast aside (P.S. we'll do what the fuck we like anyway)'
I refer the honourable reader thusly: http://bit.ly/1cJ3ZYc (Google books page extract via bitly)
In fact start on the previous page, 86.
Then you'll cover all the grannies and 8 year olds under racketeering and counterfeiting laws.
EDIT: Obviously I refer only to the IP of the big campaign contributor-corps, not your average person on the street. That's a different kind of copyright - the sort that doesn't generate contributions to your slush funds.
Nor did the marquee tag.
Is Bill still going??
I'd very much like to test that for him.
"young and hip, pop culture hip" - oh hang on isn't that apple's target audience after drippy image-obsessed 'professionals' who spend more time ensuring their bingly bong ringtone is set to max to ensure everyone knows they have an iThing while pulling it out to answer it with a reverse ninja-putting-away-sword flourish to ensure everyone sees it's them?
He's obviously not the best surfer of the interwebs either as he failed to come across Mashable who, every time I've had the misfortune to read an article, seem to fawn over Apple at every opportunity.
As for commie lefty Apple-hating, you'd think he might notice that Android would appear to embody the 'American ideal' of openness, democracy and 'Come one, come all'. Where Apple would seem more to embody American Policies. oh hang on again. He's a rabid righty isn't he, of course he'll go with policies over ideals.
Surely you don't expect me to believe that $250M for that kind of access to the Capitol and it's Elites is anything short of a bargain?
He probably didn't want the newspaper. Just the access it gives to "stuff". and $250M is cheap for that. It will have paid (him) for itself in 18 months even if the paper itself can't get turned around.
I agree completely with Timmy the Troll. Not the way he wants me to, though.
Cos 'pirates' are the ones profiting from redistributing IP which damn well is 'theft' if they're truly removing a sale from the legitimate channel. So long as that channel for that IP exists in the country of the offence, of course, which is not always a given; if not then it's a heads up to the provider to perhaps establish a channel and get the sales for themselves.
Which they listed as... ?
>>> tumbleweed <<<
(Suggestions: piracy notices assuming you're a bastard, advertising and giving-them-money)
The sooner they realise Netflix and Lovefilm are currently their last best hope the better, until something more preferable comes along. We watch more Netflix in our house than 'grey-sourced' material by far. In fact entertainment from alternate sources is usually only employed as a last resort to catch-up TV where something can't be found via a 'legitimate' provider. Presumably if season X of program Y can't be found in the UK then someone somewhere decided they couldn't make money off the licensing which in turn means they're not losing any money if it gets downloaded anyway.
Oh and we skip the adverts on SKY+, too, rarely watching anything as it's broadcast.
"Would tap" ?
They already did the UN building (or NATO?) as uncovered recently.
Fair play would actually be paying for the patents that had been shown by the ITC to have been negotiated in good faith.
Or perhaps we don't have to pay for Apple products, now. In fact just don't buy any US stuff, as far as you're able. Or. buy it secondhand and deny the first sale.
Those books aren't missing, they're locked in the Vatican vault where the seriously inconvenient information within them can never reach the light of day.
That would explain all the Spanish-speaking and Smallpox then
So, if you've invented something that's so useful everyone else decided to adopt it and it becomes a defacto standard you're then not entitled to profit from you original good fortune and design?
Plenty of big mobile makers have many patents - moto, nokia, ericsson, etc... so end up largely cross-licensing to each other which has the effect of reducing the financial burden of the licensing in the first place.
Apple has fuck all SE technology to cross-license (pinch to zoom isn't "technology" or "standards essential") and has decided it doesn't want to pay, luckily it has the protectionist US establishment behind it which should surprise no-one.
Well, like Carl Icahn, I suppose.
Do you think he gets stroppy and pissy if he loses at Monopoly or Risk ?
@monkeyfish I do now.
The core concept and point is still understood, regardless.
Don't forget the Stasi, too. They were a damned unpleasant bunch, possibly more akin to current US policy than the Nazi's though the imperialist dogma is very much like 1930/40's Germany
"you continuously force yourself on other countries" -- yeah thinking of renaming the UK to 'Bend Over Britain'
Seriously though. Make a conscious effort to avoid buying US goods. It's only the money that keeps them going. Don't buy a Ford, buy a Mazda or something. Every time you buy an Apple thing think 'do I want to support US policies' etc... you'll get used to thinking that way easily enough.
And no, before the trolls pop out from under the bridge, I don't expect it to be a simple matter to be totally US-good-free, e.g. petroleum industries, US components inside non-US goods, etc.
But you can at least put some thought into it if you don't want to fund them.
Microsoft hasn't stated the patents it's extorting money from Android makers with, either.
Stealing money from banks (potentially) affects the Elites (certainly the banks and who're they run by, even if not affected personally) therefore the USA will take any steps regardless of how (dis)proportionate to protect them and their interests.
If he'd stolen from, say, Afghan (or whomever the USA doesn't like this week) banks then the USA wouldn't give a toss. If it were Israeli or American banks then you get this.
You have to assume he also stole from German, British, French, etc banks, too, unless the code targetted specific institutions yet you don't hear about any of these countries raising a stink when it would actually be easier for them to prosecute being based in the Eurozone.
Fuck 'em. Just to piss America off and remind it that it doesn't have a 'God-given' (and I mean that most sincerely, folks) right to get its own way.
10000 BC. Really
Driving many cars then, were they? How anthropogenic. Maybe all that sweat from building the Pyramids around 3000BC caused a
hockey Pharoah Stick effect.
More likely in 'recent times' it's all the fecking Wind Turbines, ad-hoc taxation and general political gerrymandering pissing people off every time they hear the C word.
And I don't mean See-You-Next-Tuesday.
Not to mention your gov't will just build a new dentention centre on your tax dollah and throw you and your irksome chums in it while they 'get round to processing you' as they're always happy to go to the expense to make an example of you when the other option is not behaving like the Establishment. Plus building a new DC puts much dollah into the hands of their pals who run construction co's and detention facility contracts.
Boof goes your job and your mortgage and the gov't says 'That's what you get, son'.
(Yes I know how to spell 'dollar', before someone thinks they're clever/funny. Use a Vietnamese/etc accent in your head.)
Hide in the closet?
Don't you mean video it and slather it all over the interwebs? If you saw it it wasn't happening to you so you're a 'concerned citizen' or whatever the get-out is for filming the Establishment going about it's "business".
Sounds a good approach.
You're so mercifully free of the ravages of Best Practice
Then yeah, I'm getting too much news, in fact.
I'd rather at least some was the truth instead of the Noam Chomsky-esque version, though.
If XKEYSCORE doesn't collect data and is only a tool for querying the database we obviously have nothing to fear.
Except of course the tool that isn't XKEYSCORE which is populating that DB in real time, of course.
It would seem we're rapidly approaching the point beyond which the NSA actually give a shit about people being aware of certain things for one of the administration's pet journos to trot out a sad 'debunking' of this sort.
Fucking hubris overload or WHAT.
And they're heavy, too, esp (the office Surface) compared to a Galaxy Note 10 which we have at home.
Not to mention touching areas off the screen being a very odd way of carrying on with an interface.
Surely an Apple benchmark would olny be really relevant to another Apple product unless anything else uses the same chips+architecture ?
And all Appleists need anyway is to be told it's faster so yep, no point benchmarking.
You sure do done got that nail thar hit right upon its head, yessir.
While we're at it... 'Do you got xxxxx'
For %$£&*%$'s sake that's PAST TENSE. It's do you HAVE xxxx, not 'Do you "did acquire" xxxx'.
And a buffer that takes a long time to degrade. Just in case.
That's about what they spunk on EDS/HP/Whatever they're called today for a bloody meeting, isn't it?
Oracle has become tired of existing.
Hope it has.
Do they even know a takedown has been issued?
Is there a published list other than what Google makes available, wherever that is ?
And hopefully Microsoft would fire a lawsuit at the perpetrator which cost them enough to re-evaluate their business model.
Thereby doing everyone a small favour.