Re: "Fulfilment centres" physically based in the UK
You'd handle it the same way as if you bought something from a non-VAT registered business: you'd pay no VAT on the purchase and thus have no VAT to reclaim from it.
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You'd handle it the same way as if you bought something from a non-VAT registered business: you'd pay no VAT on the purchase and thus have no VAT to reclaim from it.
These are standards essential patents, as sunch they must be licenced under FRAND (Fair, Reasonable and Non-Descriminatory) terms.
Qualcomm got together with other industry tech companies to create a set of standards within (in this case) mobile phone chipsets. Had Qualcomm not wished to be a part of the standard there was no legal requirement for them to do so. By getting their patented technology into the agreed standard they massively increase use of their technology. The cost of this is that they must licence their technology to users of the standard under FRAND principles.
Let's say you design a new safety mechanism for usb chargers that makes them impossible to explode. You could either produce your own chargers and sell them on the open market, licence your invention to a company or two to include in their chargers or you can come to an agreement with the standards body (BS, ISO etc) to make it an integral part of the design for all USB chargers. If you were making your own chargers you'd have a unique selling point that you could possibly tack on £2 onto the price of the charger. If you licenced the product to a company (that had bigger market presence) you might see 50p on every charger sold, however they'd sell way more than 4x the volume of you selling just your own chargers. The final option may only offer you a return of 10p per charger, but if every one sold in the country must contain your technology that adds up fast.
What Qualcomm are doing is the equivalent of you agreeing for your technology to become part of the standard, then once the standard is agreed demanding 50p per charger for the tech.
The non-discriminatory part of FRAND also comes into play. Suppose your arch rival in one of your other businesses (selling kettles for example) decides to get into the USB charger market. To do so they need to get the licence off you to allow them to include your design (which is required by the standard). You think "Ha! I don't like you very much. You can't have a licence" or "I'll charge you £2 per unit for the licence". Neither of these options is allowable under FRAND.
They've been trotted out for every Yahoo story for years now. Can we just take them out the back and put them out of their misery now.
In the UK at least we have two different forms of taxi. We have the Hackney Carriage which holds is own operator's licence and is allowed to take bookings on the street. These are very strongly regulated, must be wheelchair accessible and are able to charge fares based on distance and time.
On the other side you have the private hire sector, these are generally a lot less regulated than the Hackneys, the operator's licence is held by the taxi company and bookings can only be made with the operator, so the cars can't pick up off the road. Importantly they can only charge by distance.
Both of the above have regulated fares. Hackney fares are set by the Local Authority and private hire have to submit their fare sheets for approval too.
Uber attempts to circumvent this in a number of ways. There is nothing stopping Uber setting up as a private hire company in the UK, however their pricing models are not compatible with the way taxi licencing is done in a lot of the UK. Private hire companies can't just put a surcharge on because their busy (Surge pricing is one of Uber's defining characteristics), they also can only charge by the mile, whereas Uber's app charges you for both time and distance travelled.
Uber are trying to straddle the line between being a black cab and being a private hire, while adding some extras in that aren't strictly legal either.
Does each pint arrive in a 36 gallon barrel?
Normal users tend not to bother ripping and reuploading, that is almost certainly going to be done by a much smaller group of prolific uploaders.
The reason why people do it is that Facebook hosted videos will play easily within the Facebook phone app, which is where a lot of Facebook's traffic comes from. Youtube links kick you out to the YouTube app so people just don't bother. Thus videos posted to Facebook rather than shared will receive far more views and elicit more comments.
Not long ago all I needed was a Sky Sports sub to watch Premiership Rugby, then I needed a Sky Sports sub and an ESPN sub. Now I need a Sky Sports sub and BT Sport sub to watch it. So in the name of competition I end up paying more
Since when is 2500mAh a big battery? I'd consider this phone but it really needs either a removable battery or another 1000mAh on it.
Don't forget that if you're using MS software you'll get reamed on the price because so much of it is based on core count now.
This is why the best solution is to run on an account with the minimum privileges and elevate when required. Much less pain for the user and almost as secure.
No you don't have to market your product anywhere, however if you were a Polish streaming TV company you couldn't stop me logging onto your website, entering my card details and watching your stuff.
You can't compare a water main with a cell tower. If you've got a pipe going across your land it restricts where you can build as the utility will have an easement over the land, but you don't have to look at it every day either. Also you can build a road over a water main, you can't exactly drive through a cell tower.
The closest comparison would be telephone pole, but these tend to be kept out of the way and the only time they come onto your property is when the cable overflies it. You do get them on farmland in rural areas but again they tend to be more out of the way. The other side is that telephone line maintenance is much less frequent than that of the mobile towers, so the landowner doesn't have to move his livestock as often.
Poison Ivy? You were lucky!
In my day the school toilets had that bog roll that was like greaseproof paper, at least poison ivy has some absorbent qualities.
I've used it and it's half baked, you have to top it up (minimum amount £20) and it acts like a credit rather than a debit card which means there are places that won't take them (Aldi for example).
I'd much rather have it linked to one of my debit cards instead.
There should be no problem in the UK. Uber sets up as a private hire company and gets a licence. Only uses drivers with a private hire badge who are driving a car with a private hire plate that's been tested by the licencing authority.
Sadly Uber doesn't want to have to do that, as most of the badged drivers already work for a company who would have th win radio off them if they found them working for Uber.
Well written Apps are better than websites. Sadly the likes of Facebook suck at writing Apps.
No matter how great your website is, when it comes to speed there's no beating the amount of local storage you can use to cache all of the site's graphics. The smaller you can make each request for data the faster it's going to appear, especially in areas of flakey network connectivity.
This isn't the case on a PC where you get access to a decent amount of local storage in the temporary internet files type of location, but for mobiles where the web browsers local cache is more closely guarded it's a no brainer.
Vendors != Products.
Office is mainly sold by resellers if you have a big enough order you can get the reseller to cut you a deal, if they don't you go to another reseller who will. If I decide to buy a certain model of car I can still shop around for a better deal, changing vendor but not product.
They could even cut a deal directly with MS to cut out the middleman, MS makes the money either way and the Aus Government gets to to as if it were a reseller itself.
CalDAV and CardDAV are all well and good for Calendars and Contacts, these can be added in the future.
The main issue from my perspective is the loss of push email. I've always used the Gmail Exchange sync option on iOS, Android and now WP8 as it allowed me to get my email into a unified inbox by push rather than having to wait for it to be polled via IMAP.
Google dropping ActiveSync means no push mail on any platform unless you use the GMail app (which IIRC just polls the server repeatedly).
It's still better than The Phantom Menace however.
Why should the HTC deal have any bearing whatsoever? We're not talking FRAND patents here. If the patents are valid, not saying they are, then Apple should have the right to licence them to whoever they wish. I think the long and short of it is that Apple don't want to licence them to Samsung for any amount of money.
Whether this is fair or ethical is largely irrelevant, you couldn't force Dyson to licence its tech to Hoover if it decided to do a deal with Panasonic.
Actually it's more like going to the shop, seeing something underpriced and buying them out of stock then after paying the store lawyers come knocking on your door asking for their stuff back.
The games retailers have only themselves to blame for this one. The one community that has easiest (and cheapest) access to games on demand is the PC market; coincidentally this is the same market that every retailer has marginalised over the past 10 years.
If I go into GAME I'll see 20 panels devoting to all kinds of console gaming and 2 panels available for the PC; of which half is taken up by WoW and Sims and the rest is either pre-orders or Truck Simulator types or Hidden Object games. My local HMV doesn't even stock PC games.
It's not even limited to the UK either, while in the US earlier this year I popped into a GameStop to see if I could pick up Mass Effect 3, granted it was a smallish store on a stripmall but their PC section amounted to a 5 x 4 end aisle where every game on it was really a box with a key in it to download from the GameStop website.
I despair for the current situation; I used to visit my local GAME shop at least every payday to pick up a new shiny, but every time I went there was less and less to chose from. How can you expect to keep me as a customer if you don't have anything to sell me?
The shops have shown that they've got no clue whatsoever how to deal with competition from the likes of Steam and just jump out of the market, how are they going to cope when the next-gen consoles put games on demand at the heart of the ecosystem?
They only paid for a licence to use it in consumer electronics, not any application. Thus the developers get a cash injection to spend on further research, seems like a reasonable deal to me.
Sadly there are plenty of films like that, it's all big power blows that you can see coming a mile off. Generally you'd attack the closest part of the opponent to you could cause damage to, this would invariably be his sword hand or wrist; you can't hold a sword with fingers missing and there are some lovely blood vessels in your wrist.
Sadly most people don't really appreciate competitive fencing as there's a lot to get your head around with regards to priority etc. Which is one of the reasons why one touch epee is quite popular to watch.
Whichever side of the argument you stand on with regards to what should/shouldn't be patentable or trademarkable the fact remains that Samsung DID copy the iPhone/iPad looks from the box it ships in to the design of the icons on the screen. There's plenty of comparisons on the internet showing the Galaxy and Galaxy Tab next to both the Apple products and the previous gen Samsung ones. You can tell an HTC phone at a glance, the same with the Galaxy Nexus but this isn't the case with these two.
The reasoning is simple, Samsung wanted to attract previous iPhone owners to their product by providing something with a familiar look and feel. They wanted them to be able to pick up a Galaxy and immediately know how to use it. I don't think there was ever a desire to confuse customers about what they were using, but there's certainly a desire there for it to feel the same as using one.
Whether Samsung broke the law or not is not something I'm trying to get into. That really depends on whether you believe that Apple should have been allowed to protect those elements in the first place, however I don't think anyone can objectively compare the two devices and not feel that one was based on the design of the other.
Game have only got themselves to blame for this. For years I always bought my PC games from Game as I was able to walk down to the shop, buy the game and be home faster than if I were to download it. Gradually however they have reduced the PC section from 6-8 panels down to one.
Now if I go into Game there is almost no chance of them having the title I want in stock unless it's in the Top 10, frankly Tesco have a better selection these days. So taking away the convenience of being able to walk into a shop and buy it, why would I want to buy from them?
Game abandoned the PC games industry in favour of the cash cow that is the console market, so frankly they've got little reason to complain about PC gamers abandoning them.
" Perhaps the fact of the author being an 11-year navy man and holder of the Royal Marines' commando qualification"
Ouch after 11 years of no pants that's gotta chafe.
Going out on limb here, but if you wanted to listen to your favourite song so much you could always do the revolutionary thing of paying for it. I know crazy, right?
Are the subtitles the translated subtitles of the original Japanese or are they just dubtitles?
Smoking is reckoned to cost the NHS anywhere from £1.5b to £5b per year (depending on who you ask). This is balanced against a revenue income of £10.5b in duty and VAT (8.8b duty and 1.7b VAT).
The government has to appear to do something about smoking on public health grounds, but ultimately it cannot afford to lose income in generates for the tax man.
I firmly believe that one of the main reasons we'll never see a legalised, taxed cannabis industry is that it's very hard to tax something that people can grow in their own loft.
One thing to consider with 3D TVs is that because they need to have top class displays in order to produce 3D images their 2D performance is some of the best out there. So even if you're not looking for a 3D TV, they might be worth looking at if you're in the market for a new TV.
My experience of CompSci was one of thoroughly awful lecturers. While there were a few truly decent ones at my Uni, it was the mediocre to downright appalling ones that were teaching some of the hardest subjects on the course. I've no doubt that these guys were leaders in their particular research field, but generally they couldn't lecture themselves out of a paper bag.
At least arts lecturers get into the field expecting to be teaching, or at least addressing a crowd. CS lecturers however seem to have no social skills and often are brought in from various corners of the world and as such have either very poor or heavily accented English.
The fact is though, if you have decent social skills, an engaging personality and are knowledgeable in the subject then you have far better employment opportunities than as a University lecturer. Most of the lecturers I found are either the end of career types, whose understanding of the basic fundamentals of computing are excellent but really lack any modern experience, those who lack the personality to make it in the job market and those who just want to do research, to whom lecturing is something you're forced to do rather than any kind of calling.
I find it amusing that most people claim to be trolling when someone points out all the holes in their original argument
When it comes to carriers the length of the ship dictates the available space for takeoff and landing. If we were to go with the older design we'd end up with ski-jumps and Harrier-alikes again.
What we should have done is built two new nuclear carriers fitted with normal arrestor hook aircraft and then have steam catapults to get them off the ground. Not to mention that the carriers could then function as floating fuel tanks for their escorts.
This is not a game of "Who the fuck are you?", for I am Vader... Darth Vader.
One could also argue "Is there really nothing better to do on the internet than come to El Reg and write inane comments?"
Exchange servers are hosted by individual businesses, thus there are hundreds of thousands of them out there, that's a lot of individual groups to go after. In contrast all Blackberry data goes through RIMs servers, therefore they make a nice big catchall target.
I wouldn't hold your breath on that tbh. MS couldn't even make a VS2010 compatible version of the WM6 SDK. I'm currently stuck developing in 2008 for it as we speak.
Will there be a Playmobil demonstration?
Any solution offered has to offer TV programmes the moment they've finished broadcasting in the US, if they don't do that then they're ultimately not going to deter the pirates. Sky are showing some US TV shows within days of the US, but they're still being pirated because people want the episode now, not in 4 days time. It may seem like a trivial time difference, but time is money as they say.
The same has to go for films. The era of delayed distribution has been killed by the internet, it needs to accept it and move on.
Personally I'd rather go see my buddies come back from Afghanistan than attend their funeral. I'd rather see money spent on better kit than extra coffins thanks.
Not to mention that they fall apart at the drop of a hat, any hat.
Having spent the last 3 weeks writing a WPF app in VS2010 RC I've not had a single crash with XAML files, Memory has been known to be sucked up a bit (I had one VS2010 process on 650MB at one point) but overall it's been fine, much more pleasant to code in than its predecessors.
You can move most windows around in VS2008, but not the code windows. VS2010 lets you have two classes open side by side etc.
Sadly I've yet to find any solution to reading SRAM cards natively on a notebook, Windows XP used generic drivers to read them, however they now seem non-existant in Windows 7, which is a bit of a shame as they are required for some legacy kit.
There are plenty of "Real-World Threats" that the JSF would be able to address, don't confuse the EFT with the JSF, even with tranche 3 the ground package for the EFT is just a bolt on, the JSF has been designed from the ground up as a strike fighter.
Force projection is very important in any potential war zone, this is doubly important for an island nation. A US Carrier Strike Group (CSG) is as much a deterrant as it is a solution. When you look out of your window and see a carrer, a cruiser or two, 3+ destroyers, 2-3 guided missile destroyers and a submarine or two (you don't see these), you start to rethink your actions.
We don't have a shortage of defence spending in this country, it's just that so much of it is spent on projects that never materialise or are largely pointless anyway. The whole concept of building the equipment ourselves when not one of our industries can compete with the likes of FN and Boeing. The last time we tried was with the A400M and look at the mess that's turning into.
Back to the original point, there are plenty of situations in which a ground attack aircraft could be useful even in places like Afghanistan.
I got off BT a long time back, sadly I still have to pay them for line rental, but as I don't actually have a phone connected to my socket they can't rape me for any more cash. Their prices have never been competitive and their policies have always been underhand and bad for consumers, just look at their aggressive traffic management.
If you're looking for a good deal I can highly recommend BE or O2 (they're both the same company, but if you like to be able to tinker with your connection profiles BE are really helpful). O2 also offer discounted rates to O2 mobile customers (or even just people that sign up using a friend's mobile number). I don't work for the above mentioned, they've just always provided excellent service to me (and a nice 16Mb connection).
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