So can google now top up their patent pot rather cheaply?
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be fair, amazon don't get a slug of yer council tax.
Surely most of the delay has been raising the money, cos Question of Sport was rubbish.
ooh, how about whotisface  orf the X factor? 
 I don't actually know any of their names, I've only seen it once.
 I'm only stirring, here.
All true, but how cool would it be if people built new Dakotas? And Ford Trimotors?
It can't be very difficult to find someone with 2 product lines, one of which is advertised as containing Scandium.
here is Harvey's prediction.
At the end of 2012 windows tablets will make up <0.5% of the market
At the end of 2013 they will make up <1%
That will be their peak.
Well, at last they are starting to think instead of shooting from the hip.
I hope its not too late for them.
I had waited a year for a webos device, and was badly let down with what they offered. They are going to have to do something truly remarkable now.
Right. And who was running the company? The Balrog.
>Gates reportedly asked Allard how Courier users would receive email on the device
See, much as I dislike him, this is why he got rich. He understands the real world, not some sort of fantasy like the RIM people have.
I still don't like his company, but he goes up in my estimation again.
@James51: Whilst I might agree with you, it seems that the management at Rim aren't thinking like that. They've built a zebra, no-one wants a Zebra, so they are trying to convince people it's a racehorse. Doeasn't matter how good a Zebra it is, they are pretending they made something else.
"Igor! the Kindles!"
This idea surfaced (!) a couple of years ago for hard disks. There, IMHO, the refutation is easier: a magnetic domain weighs the same no matter what way up it is.
Now I know less about the structure of eeprom cells, and it is not impossible that there are more minority carriers trapped in a '1' than a '0'. Are they symmetrical, these days, or a single junction? That might represent a difference in mass: but as others have said the battery would have to be topped back up before making any measurements.
Yes, but Sony rootkitted my pc because I bought one of their CDs, not because I copied one. I never did that. All I did was play the damn thing, which is what I bought it for.
Last thing I ever bought from them.
Rotary telephone? or rotary dial?
These unbrave CEOs will be the death of the west, you mark my words.
Neither the blog you link to, or the web page it links to, mention anything outside the USA.
Nor, come to think of it, does the article mention that this is a Leftpondian project.
How about World TV, anyone? I'd love to watch Australian cop series, and watch google translate subtitling Polish ones.
I don't think you can persuade neutrinos to go round corners.
Igor! The Swit...
Oh, you have already, already.
Yes, but admit it.
1. It would be cool
2. It would surprise the hell out of Intel
3. It would be cool.
Just the ticket
my portable page scanner can't do till reciepts. This looks the dogs bollocks.
The whole Smiley Virus thing is beyond odd. Are you sure she isn't Jeannette Krankey?
"am I a bad person?"
Yes, and There are relatively simple tabulations on wikilies too.
But surely I should be able to go to a chip makers wibble & find out what they make? what the architectures are? the instruction set & extensions? the interfaces, the memory types supported?
Not be subjected to hand waving & smoke and mirrors condescension?
I just wish they could explain their products on their web site. I can't find a simple tabulation of what the different processors available are.
All I can find are a page-per-product with things like "Edit really big movies!"
Back in the 80s I could get copies of the data sheets for things like CPUs and make informed decisions. Now I appear to be a moron.
I wonder how the chinese will take to unity?
Oh well. Time to switch off.
Not because I have anything to hide, but because the cost of all that storage will fall on the ISP, and therefore on me.
If I had anything to hide, I could use an anoynymous vpn somewhere like latvia. I'm just fed up with being governed by complete morons.
But there is nothing evil about giving free samples before selling things.
or if there is, we will have to exorcise Persil, Kenco, and garages that let you have a weekend-long test drive.
Oh hang on. At least one of those is evil, isn't it?
Can I point out that I have a rational Microsoft hatred?
Not sure what to think about this. I am, of course, against it on first principles.
But my buying history would almost certainly blow several fuses in the algorithm, so I would get my vengance that way.
Easy. That's what Kesteven Consultants charge £2500 a day for. My phone number is...
"Suddenly the MS tie in looks more like a noose."
@hardcastle. re tethering on new phones only
Doesn't that rather beg the question of why the hardware was not there all along?
This does not look like a carefully pre-planned product to me! Rather a panicy reaction to what everyone else wants.
I want to be able to have 3 sims active at the same time , and a months standby time. 
I want to be able to make and receive calls.
I want the voicemail on the phone, so I don't have to pay for international calls to retrieve it when I am abroad
I don't really care about SMS, I would not miss it if it was missing. I certainly don't want to use up my battery listening to music or being a torch.
I don't think this is rocket science.
 My TimePort L7089 with the double size battery and extended case could do around 45 days standby time. in 1999.
 I have had two Smasung that did this for two sims, on rental, but they are not quad-band or world-wide which is daft. There are chinese knock-offs with up to 4 sim slots, but the software is so crap I end up throwing them at the wall.
First 'goosing', which means something very different to me, and now 'Juices'.
When I Juice a lemon, it stops being a lemon.
For a film that's been on telly nearly as often as 'the great escape'?
Taking the p......
but that's half a quid a day for something that doesn't exist. 5p, maybe. 50p, no.
Yes, we are probably of an age.
But I was referring to the 15 years or more of getting free newsfeeds off the web. I don't think the paywall idea will become a widely accepted commercial reality unless they all change at once.
Its all very weird: Reuters are cutting their own throats with http://uk.reuters.com/ bypassing their own customers (the newspapers) and giving it away for nowt!
I am /never/ going to pay anything like as much for pixels as for a physical object. I might consider a pound a month for a local paper, and about half that for a national one. If it turned out to be worth reading.
I can use old newspapers to clean windows, line the budgie cage, and crumpled to make packaging material. Try that with a bunch of pixels.
I think it is far too late to start a subscription model for web news services. The newspapers could have established the habit in 1995, but not now. In effect you would be paying for the columnists and commentators, not for the raw news, like you do with physical papers. And why would commentators not start subscription blogs and keep /all/ the money?
As you say, part 94.
If you are using TV as 'background' that says a lot about the programming available.
Stop that and start listening to Radio 3 or 6 Music instead!
...start typing the name of an app ...
But apps have such stupid names. Why not type some description? like Email or Search? or perhaps have a magic key sequence, like ctrl-k? or qq, ww, dd?
Sorry, this all sounds /wrong/.
That would not be Concept Systems, would it?
Aye. Like Bradley said, there are more important things going on in this story
So we can have 1600 in the minor direction on a fondleslab, but 27" monitors max out at 1080?
You couldn't make it up!
What on earth do the government get out of foisting this rubbish on us?
It can't just be about taking broadcasting out of the hands of the people, can it?
"especially on pcs running OSes other than Windows."
You /are/ having a giraffe, aren't you?
My 'buntu and fedora boxes hibernate with no bother whatsoever. My $MEGACORP can only be hibernated 2 or 3 times before needing a clean boot. If I don't then little things like clicking icons to launch apps, or switching between running programmes slows to a halt and then crashes.
"NHS...was going to take away the rights of doctors to get rich."
<baldrick>They are sort of rich now, though, aren't they?</baldrick>
The penalty of "me too"
You do this "me too" marketing trick, and when the market is busting itself to buy you pick up trade. When the market shrinks you shrink faster than anyone else.
What happened to the uniquely Acer products, that no-one else was offering? Things like the N300 series, still used by service engineers and stores inventory people all over the world. (They still sell a P300, if you can find one)
What about all that talk of pocket projectors? never seen one of those in real life either.