"In England a man was successfully prosecuted for a related offence."
"A woman was recently given an on the spot fine of GBP80 for emptying the remains of her drink of coffee down a street drain"
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"In England a man was successfully prosecuted for a related offence."
"A woman was recently given an on the spot fine of GBP80 for emptying the remains of her drink of coffee down a street drain"
I think that the times I sell BTC in exchange for cash, there is a tiny fee (percentage or flat rate) for doing the transaction.
That doesn't apply to regular BTC wallet-to-wallet payments though - from a consumer perspective, payments are direct and there is no payment processor or fee as such. You send the BTC direct to the recipient's wallet so there is no way for a middleman to take a cut during the transaction, unless you purposely transfer it to the wallet of a middleman who then sends it on to the recipient, but that would be two transactions.
The middleman part is the bit that banks and various governments don't like because they can't control the flow of money. The calculations the miners are doing are basically confirming that nothing has messed with the transaction during the process.
The fee that the miners get is only increased by mining more efficiently and has no immediate impact on the amount of BTC you paid for the pizza.
Also, don't overlook that hardware becomes more efficient over time and the ecosystem kind of self-regulates in that respect. Ignoring the fact that it would take a lot longer, and you wouldn't be paid anything in return, imagine how much more electricity would be required to do the same number of actual calculations on 500 old desktop machines in a warehouse, compared to 500 ASIC miners built last week. From that point things will only get more efficient.
What I find disturbing is the willingness to always focus on the unstable nature of digital currency. I believe it's not going anywhere any time soon and it's here to stay. But I don't think it can be reliably compared to traditional currency because they both fluctuate quite a bit. If you try to mentally stabilise one of them for the purpose of comparison, then the fluctuations in the other one will always be more pronounced.
The banks must be shitting themselves - every +1 for digital currency equals a -1 for the control the banking sector has. You think they don't know this? You think they don't try to play it to their advantage when something bad happens in the digital world? Of course they do - traditional banking is not there to make your life easier, it is nothing more than a business model and the banker's main objective is maximising their returns. This mostly happens at the expense of the little people with little bank accounts.
The biggest meltdown in recent history of the traditional banking world happened around 2007 / 2008. It was caused by mass incompetence of those who were supposed to be looking after the currency for you. It wiped beeeellions of the value of currencies all over the planet and we are still recovering from it 10 years later. Why? Because despite being the cause of the meltdown the bankers still want to gain financially in every way possible from the recovery and they can manipulate how long it takes, who pays for it and how much they make from it.
The biggest meltdown in the digital banking world happened when that guy stole a load of coin from his company. It wiped beeeellions of the value of this currency but it took a year or two to bounce back. Look at the price now.
So without comparing actual value of the two against each other, which one is really more stable, more trustworthy and a more accurate representation of how the general population really feel about it?
Yes I'm all for digital currency but we need to focus on how we can use traditional currency less and stop comparing the two against each other. The day we mentally detach from comparing physical items to the value of traditional currency is the day things will start to change. The day we start looking at digital currency in terms of 'how many BTC = a can of Cuke(tm)' or 'how many BTC was my weekly shop' is the day traditional banking really needs to put on a fresh pair of undies. That day will we will see the 'BTC to real world items' value begin to appear stabilised and the 'BTC to pound' value will begin to look really unstable.
If that is what it sounds like, I have wanted something like that since Win95.
I know you can add favourites to Regedit and export them to a .reg file and import them to other computers or when you rebuild etc but I only do that for 10-20 locations that I use a lot.
Now by the sound of it we can highlight a location on a web page, ctrl+c, win+r, regedit, ctrl+v.
I don't like the progress bars they used since Win 7 that also have a diagonal left to right glimmer every few seconds.
I can move a dialog to a screen not directly in front of me but in the corner of my vision, I automatically keep looking back at it every time it glimmers.
It's really distracting and I'm sure they did it to make it seem like it's moving.
I get that it's a pain in the ass when the computer decides you don't need your data any more, but for me after a very short time all those free upgrade dialogs were just a reminder to make sure I had some recent backups. When it couldn't wait any longer and started upgrading despite me repeatedly rejecting the offer, it was very inconvenient but I didn't lose data.
As much as I hate MS's recent tictacs, can they really be accountable for the loss of someone's data? Maybe a days work but shirley they had a backup of everything else right?
This forced update philosophy wasn't limited to just the initial upgrade though, the whole Windows 10 update behaviour has been really unhelpful for me.
There have been many, many times over the last 18 months when I've needed to access my computer from work, so I do what I need to before I leave the house and by the time I get to work it's off doing it's own thing, rebooting when it wants to and I might not be able to connect to it.
And the addition of Active Hours wasn't very helpful either - Apparently I am only allowed to specify a 12-hour stretch when I am allowed to use the thing. My sleep / wake / work pattern is so fragmented that I can be awake, asleep, at work, and then back to sleep in a two hour period, repeated over and over, all day every day, so changing this every time I take a break is just not practical.
Maybe it's just my behaviour that is unique, I don't know, but it sure can be inconvenient.
--"Nostalgia isn't all it's cracked up to be when the old memories are brought to life."
... Tell me about it, I had this magical memory of life at 5 or 6 years old, playing a game called River Raid on my dad's C64. It was like the real thing, sitting on the sofa with the joystick just felt like I was actually in the plane. Shooting up tanks and helicopters, trying to not run out of fuel, needing a break to dry the sweat from the joystick when I made it to the next bridge. We must have spent many, many hours playing that game.
Then about 10-15 years ago I found VICE and loaded up a RR tape image. I think I lasted well under 10 minutes before thinking "WTF?" and going back to the Playstation.
I dare not go back to it now after this many more years.
There were these other two games called Beach Head (I & II) that I loved as a kid but never got round to trying on VICE. I think I'll just hold on to the memories instead.
Best pre-android phone I had.
In a few more years, after dying down and popping up again a couple more times it will start gaining traction.
There's a pattern to these things, and an invention has to be a genuine revolutionary product to catch on the first time round. The ipod, iphone, ipad, iraq, facebook. They were not 'firsts' but they were just the ones who left out the bits that helped previous iterations to fail.
I imagine that is why Apple are relatively quiet in the VR arena, they are possibly watching all the other companies do the hard work, letting them make the mistakes, then when it's all sorted and the only thing left to do is market the new technology ... Introducing to you ... the revolutionary new ... iVirtualRealityPod *
* (c) 2025 Apple - protected by patent no. 3453649235124 which governs the independant use of eyes to perceive depth.
What about when we are at work and you try to hold one in but it just won't stay?
What about that smelly lunch you brought in?
What about that guy we all know who didn't shower but just used a lot of spray? He doesn't smell bad but you can be sure the pollutants are creeping up your nose.
What about that one morning when you forgot to brush your teeth and you hoped nobody would notice as you put a piece of gum in your mouth?
There are a million chemicals and smells and pollutants going around in the fresh air but you don't complain because you don't realise they are there. Sometimes I think people complain about vaping because (a) they can see the <del>smoke</del> steam and (b) it looks like smoking so it must be treated the same way.
I don't understand it, expecially when I am being told to my face that vaping is dirty, by a guy with immensely terrible face-melting halitosis, as has happened to me.
If it's so important to you that there are zero polluants then it's your responsibility to walk around in a body suit with a respirator.
If you are complaining about vaping alone but not the 1001 other sources of pollution then you are just doing it to be awkward in my opinion.
I've done a few Win 10 > Win 7 rollbacks for people who "were sure they had clicked the red close button on that popup banner thing" and ended up with a new or broken OS. Done at least 12 in the last year plus multiple VMs built from scratch takes it to well over 40 clean Win 7 Builds.
Each and every one of them just sits there checking for updates. It will get there after about 18 hours [tested once :-) ] but it sure feels like MS have done it deliberately. While testing I couldn't think of a valid reason why the same VM should take 2 hours to find updates, then restore a snapshot and it does it in 5 minutes, then restore again and it takes 6 hours, etc etc.
Anyway, I found WSUS Offline to be much faster and more reliable than anything MS have offered to date, even if used only to get over that first hurdle and then let Windows take over again.
I only started using the free package two months ago and once I learned to work through the general 'bloaty' interface it actually proved to be very useful. Oh yeah and the annoying little reminders - Hey have you tried this feature? Click here to see how, click click, oh no you need to be premium for that click here to upgrade.
The main features I like are the rich content notes and seamless background sync across 5 devices. The worst part I found is that trying to share notes made me want to throw my computer out the window - unless I was doing it wrong sharing a simple shopping list with my other half involved sending an email with a link and then she had to update it and email a link to the updated note back to me. Nothing like Google Docs real-time collaboration.
I'd been using Google Docs and a small utility called Notesync for years which uses plain text notes and only manual syncs to GDrive, but it's a bit dated now and I want something more advanced. Google Keep isn't quite up to the job yet unfortunately.
Some part of me knows there is a simple alternative and I was sitting here at 4 in the morning thinking what other options there might be, then I read about this new device limit. My mind has been made up for me now - I don't mind paying for a service if I like it and want to continue using it, but when it's 'free' and I start building part of my life around it, then they change the goalposts, I tend to back away completely and go elsewhere.
Any suggestions for a replacement would be much appreciated - I'm not bothered if it's subscription or free, but would really like automatic syncing, ability to easily share / collaborate & have local apps available for Android, Linux & Win 10 (not browser based though).
... next it will be. You can only buy fags in packs of 10 ...
Have you read the other half of these regulations which came into force today, covering real cigs?
You can only buy packs of 20 now, packs of 10 can no longer be produced. *
Yep, that's right. The SAFER of the two has a MAXIMUM size and a MAXIMUM strength. The KILLER of the two has a MINIMUM quantity.
When you look at the bigger picture the whole thing stinks of declining tax revenue / big tobacco pressure / pharmaceutical pressure. (tick all that apply).
* Similar to the new vaping regs, cigarette distributors have been given a fixed amount of time to sell off any existing stock of 10-packs. I would bet you a whole week's wages that the tobacco companies gathered sales data covering that amount of time and went crazy producing 10-packs so they had enough stock to sell during that time, whilst complaining about the new cigarette regs and supporting the vaping laws.
10ml is just plain silly.
So I can not buy 100ml of liquid, but I can buy 10 x 10ml bottles. A child could still drink it, or worse still can choke on a 10ml bottle now.
I read something a while back which claimed some interesting things about nicotine. I'm not stating them as fact, or true, or that you will react the same, or whatever, it's just something i read and they do seem to fit with my experience of smoking vs. vaping.
- It's never been proven that nicotine is addictive. It's only been claimed after research on cigarettes that smoking was addictive. Nicotine was selected rather unscientifically as the culprit, but it could be any combination of the 5000+ other chemicals that causes the addiction.
- There have been numerous tests on pure nicotine which claim that the substance in itself is not addictive. Something like many hundreds of people were subjected to high doses over a long period and they showed no signs of addiction afterwards.
- The killer amount of nicotine, I think it's the LD50 or something, should be way higher than it is, something like 12 x higher. It was something about the body naturally repelling nicotine in large doses / you naturally stop vaping if you start feeling ill / if you drink liquid you will likely be sick. Basically, there have been very very few reported deaths from nicotine alone and most of the people who drink it deliberately and succeed have used something else to incapacitate them which ensures they cannot sick it up.
- And various other interesting bits of information which seem stupid at first but seem to have some sense in them when I think about it.
I could not / did not want to give up smoking for 20 years, switching to vaping was a nice idea at first but I kept going back to smoking after a month or two, for the first two years. Now it's been another three years since I smoked after that initial period and I can easily vary the strength of my juice between 0mg - 10mg for many days at a time with no cravings. honestly I use nicotine now because I like the quick buzz. Also, many foods have nicotine in them but I can't remember anybod having to weane themselves off tomatoes.
I also spilled half a 72mg bottle on my lap once and I am fine, I hope. I never wear gloves when I mix my juices, I have had it all over my fingers and I think I am still alive. Basically my own evidence says it's not as dangerous as they want you to think it is.
I support the idea that vaping equipment should be safe but even in its current form it has a long, long way to go before it can truly be compared to cigs - I'm talking about house fires / people drinking liquid accidentally or deliberately and stuff like that, rather than the health risk of using the device or cig the way it is intended.
Just because one person buys a Chinese charger & fake battery and blows their face off it will get news time, but the three other people who lost their house through smoking related fire in the same week? No, that's not interesting anymore.
Yet another law from the stupid, mis-informed powers of ironic insanity.
I say ironic because they write this legislation with the intention of making this community safer * but actually if the legislation does have any effect, it will drive a lot of business underground, people will just buy stronger liquids / bigger tanks etc etc from unauthorised channels.
I say insane because they do this again and again, each time they expect the legislation to make a difference but all it does is advertise the products, loopholes are found, it becomes a major problem because people are enjoying themselves too much and they just write another piece of crazy legislation to deal with the previous fuck-up. Again and again, GOTO :Insane
It's f**king ridiculous.
* Safer? Yeah right. I would bet that the cost of getting products approved is in some way proportional to the governmental tax loss from declining sales of analog cigs.
Have a nice day and vape on :)
Smaller insurance quotes? That won't happen.
The unsafe drivers will pay more and safe drivers will continue paying the same, but you can bet quotes won't get smaller for anyone.
My guess is that the majority of this cash was used to pay lawyers and consultants for work that probably should have been paid for and completed BEFORE Gary came along.
I believe that if you have to spend any amount of money to tighten security AFTER a hack then this does not fall under "damages" because that work should have already been done.
The total cost of actual damage caused by Gary was probably much, much lower - probably not even 1% of that.
I went veggie a year ago and thought I would miss bacon but I don't at all.
I haven't tried the Quorn fakon yet but I did make the mistake of buying the Tesco own brand version which is positively disgusting on it's own or in bread. But we did wrap it round some Linda McCartney sausages at Christmas which was quite nice.
Slightly off topic but for some reason these comments reminded me of when I was a lot younger and my mum got her first microwave. She thought it would be a good idea to cook a chicken in it and the house was quickly filled with the most stomach churning smell I have ever experienced. A couple of years ago I saw a woman set fire to her hair on a candle and it smelled like roses in comparison.
You said Monte Carlo and Python in the same sentence and didn't see take the opportunity to make a joke?
Is there only one Satoshi Nakamoto on the planet and would the inventor have used his real name anyway?
It's possibly this guy, but not likely.
Leave him alone and chase Mark Karpeles.
Read about this hours ago on other sites after looking for it here first :(
Shame on you.
Android tablets are good.
Ipads are good.
It all depends on what you use them for.
We need the competition between products to drive development.
Without Android, Ipads would become a walled garden because there would be no other way.
Without Ipads, Android would become a walled garden because there would be no other way.
Buy the tablet you like and stop bitching.
If you don't like it then sell it and buy the other one.
If you have to do that more than once you are stupid.
So why not wait for an eBay listing, ask him for cash on collection and take a couple of heavies with you to meet him?
We can all point the finger at the police for lounging about, but it seems like there are some things he can do to track this guy himself.
Sounds like he's just playing a game with the thief, but fair play to him ... I would love to do something like that.
Only PG will do it for me.
Put the bag in the cup and pour boiling water directly on the bag so it inflates and floats as the cup fills. Doing it this way I only need to brew in the cup for about 20 seconds before it's perfect ... and I like my tea very strong.
I have whatever software comes with the Resurrection Remix ROM on my S2, but it seems to do the same swipey thing and it's very good for a small screen.
I tried some swipey keyboard on my Nexus 7 and it was far too energetic because of the screen size.
For two handed typing on larger screens, I can't recommend Hacker Keyboard enough, especially when using the tablet for RDP as the keyboard layout is the same as a standard keyboard and very quick to type on.
If they inflate their prices to cover the cost of their tax then you shop elsewhere.
The way it is now, their prices are not 24% lower than everywhere else so only amazon are winning and only the country as a whole is losing.
And these are the same companies that want you to spend more money to end the 'recession' that apparently is being created by these companies? They are as bad as the banks, if not worse.
I am remembering the names of all the companies who are exposed as tax dodgers and will stop shopping with them immediately until they change their ways. Unfortunate that it is now Amazon, I used to buy plenty from them.
But, the government / law are as much to blame, if they are the ones who set the rules then they cant exactly stand up and shout 'it's not fair' if all they have to do is change the rules?
The patent might have been granted and they might start taking other companies to court but it can't go on forever.
Hopefully all the bad stuff they are doing will start to reverse and any money they made through the courts will find it's way back to their rightful owners.
it won't be long until perople start ditching apple in favour of better companies, If apple haven't realised that they are losing control and need to stop this childish stuff then they deserve everything that's coming.
... people feel the need to exactly rip off the ipad. Fine, build a tablet and get taken to court by apple because they think it looks too similar to an ipad when really it's just the resultant shape of the function it provides - *our* tablet looks like *your* tablet and *every other* tablet, because it is a tablet and a tablet needs to be that shape ... roughly.
But, if you want an ipad get an ipad. If you dont care about the ipad get an Android. Why buy somethinig that looks like an ipad?
I don't get it, personally, if I was buying a tablet to display to the world on my way to work, which I don't, then I would want something that doesn't make me look like a sheep.
Exactly that: W T F ?
Don't get me wrong, Linux, Windows 7, Windows 8 & Windows XP (in that order) are all great OSes, but ...
I dont, have never and never will buy a 'Windows 8 PC'
I will however buy a 'PC version of Windows 8' and a 'PC that runs Windows 8'
There is a big difference there and MS should understand their position in the stack.
How about "Windows apps that dont have a window?"
Or just Apps then...
OK, maybe not Apps, they might get sued by Apple
Might aswell just call them blanks then, or nothing, or just " "
That my be so, but it's not just data - I can always jack next door's connection.
Unless you have designs for fibre optic power lines for the national grid and the railways then something like this could prove to be a really useful deterrent.
It's not a pleasant experience when trains are cancelled because someone stole the cables. Having said that, it must take some balls to go near a live cable, not to mention actually stealing it. If I ever met a cable thief, I wouldn't know whether to hit him or shake his hand.
There is nothing beyond the edge of the solar system, it's just a big black board with pictures of stars on it.
The craft were captured by an alien race many years ago and they are really not that far away.
They decode incoming signals, wait a few hours and then send us back the data that we want to see.
I had the same phone for 3 years on a £20 per month contract ... I now have an S3 on a £20 per month contract. Same minutes, same texts, same deal. If I didnt get the new phone then the contract price would have been the same. What they choose to spend that £20 on is no concern of mine, therefore the phone was actually 'free'.
If the pricing difference between an iphone and comparable other device is as high as other places then maybe people can't afford them. Maybe they are waiting for the next model. Probably more likely they just know that there are better alternatives.
We'll probably see the same sort of thing happening in other parts of the world as people start to wise up.
If I pay £400 for a phone and then realise that a significant proportion of the profit is spent on repeatedly letting me know I don't have the latest model then I would eventually get tired of it, no matter how fashionable they try to make me believe it is.
The feeling of having a less than adequate phone 6 months into a 2 year contract is easily absorbed when I know I got my S3 for free :)
Good luck to the iphone 5 queuers - I hope it rains.
I'm truly amazed that we can do things like this.
Good fortune to the mission and all who made it possible.
As each day passes I become more convinced that I will never give a penny of my cash to Apple so they can fuel their increasingly outrageous actions.
All of this is has just one cause: they, like many other tech companies, got caught up in their desire to stifle progression so they can cream as much as possible out of mid-range products.
They realised too late that most other companies will simply produce and sell the best products that they can using currently available hardware and software, and they don't like it when they finally realise that they can't control the market that way and start losing market share. It's nobody else's fault but their own.
They are not the first and they won't be the last. Give it a few years and they'll be right back where they were in the mid-90's.
Awesome poem, man. Have you been up all night?
Cheers, I was just looking for a similar replacement and this looks good.
I have been using it for so many years, along with a lot of other people I know.
I turn my computer on and do all my offline stuff, then when I want to become 'connected' I open a browser. Right there, in one tidy layout, is all the latest stuff that I need to know about on the web. Simple and effective.
Apart from having my computer on and then reaching for my mobile to check the widgets, I don't know of any suitable alternative for the desktop and I'm not going to use two devices, it kind of goes against the grain of what every other company is trying to achieve.
Wait a minute, I smell fish. I think iGoogle is a lot more popular than they are letting on. Probably all the functionality provided by iGoogle will be moved to Google+ apps and then that will force you to set Google+ as your home page, thereby giving them a hit every time you open a browser.
I have never used facebook and probably never will. I did not like the idea of being automatically registered for Gogole+.
If they try to integrate it any further into my browsing routine then obviously I will stop using all of their services.
Wheels of Terror
The Telephone. Don't know who made it and don't care who's in it - worst ... film ... ever.
I saw half of it it in the early 90's and it was so boring it still haunts me today.
If file sharing sites can be responsible for the connections they make and subsequently prosecuted / fined / shut down for allowing data to be looked up on their servers but retrieved from locations outside of their control then Ebay is certainly no exception to this rule.
You can't have one rule for Napster and another rule for Ebay.
Please float your company.
Then you will have to publicly disclose your value, people will wake up and realise that there is not as much up for grabs as they thought, they will turn their back on you one by one and you will fade away as quickly as you came, another sad casualty of interwebs fashion oblivious to the lessons of the 90's.
Or you can stay a private company, keep your value a secret, keep people hyped up because they think there will be free money up for grabs when you float, hype up your user data, people think they are missing out on something so they create an account, other companies integrate little facebook buttons into their sites and electronic devices beause they too want a piece of the potential IPO pie, so facebook grow a bit more and hype the figures a bit more, get more users in etc etc.
Staying private will mean quicker self-perpetuation, a higher peak and a longer life for facebook, so please go public.
It would be funny watching all those pissed off investors on the 2nd day of trading too.
It will be Monday in a few hours and then we can all jump onto the next big thing...
I will be getting the 3G model, I will pay that price for it and I won't think twice about it, as long as it's reliable and the build quality is equal or better than the current PSP.
In an age where fanbois will pay double that price for something half the size I think this is very good value for money and will be far more useful to me than anything beginning with i.
I generally hate all Sony stuff, except my PSP & PS3. I've had the same PSP since they were first released and it hasn't missed a beat. It's still on the original battery too and it still lasts for 3-4 hours between charges even though I have been using it every day for the last 2 years. It's been a solid piece of kit, I hope the Vita is as good.
The current PSP platform is ageing a bit though and has been due for a refresh for some time now.
Why did it take them 6 days to release this information? Why have the hackers now had 6 days to make use of all the details they stole before Sony even admitted anything?
The obvious answer is that Sony's reputation and need to play this down is more important to them than straight honesty or the personal identities of 77 million people.
That makes Sony as bad as, if not worse than, the hackers themselves.
And the way they have been storing the data unencrypted is plain stupid. They should be investigated and heavily fined.
I hardly use my PS3 and I only bought it because I have a PSP and it was heavily advertised as being compatible and linkable with the PSP. I only bought a PSP because it was the only handheld at the time. I thought that linking them together 4 years after the PS3 was released would provide more functionality than it currently does.
The way they treat their user base is disgusting, removing features and taking legal action against individuals to 'protect their profits and intellectual property' when they could instead try providing a better customer experience and delivering ALL the features that were initially advertised with a product. That would have more of a knock-on-effect on their profits than suing / bullying people into submission.
Please Microsoft, can you make an Xbox handheld? Then I will buy an Xbox as well and get rid of my PS3. But I will never ever buy a Sony product again.
...why jailbreaking an iphone was exempted from the DMCA but sony are still allowed to sue people?
My contract has just come to and end and I called them only yesterday morning to move to a cheaper package, because I like to take a couple of months to check out new phones before I go back on contract.
The guy on the phone said that my new plan was 300 mins, 300 texts & 1GB data. No mention at all that the fair use limit would be lowered. I know it's not his personal fault but I feel like they have been dishonest in not telling me. I may have signed up to a new contract yesterday but luckily I didn't.
Luckily, it's the end of my contract and I will probably change to a different provider.
Not a good move TM.
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