Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad ...
503 posts • joined 29 Jun 2007
Surely the best way of taking new shows out on your sublight spaceship is to have a store of quantum-entangled DVDs. Then they just have to burn the corresponding data onto the copy back on the home planet, and the entangled copy on board gets updated.
Or is that too simple ;)
[Yes, I have patented that, Blockbuster ...]
"I had a reply to the effect that if a person or company who has personal details on record thinks that any legal action may be forthcoming against the individual, it appears that they are quite at liberty to disclose addresses, personal information, etc; to third parties without falling foul of the act."
Oh yeah - try getting the phone details of a malicious caller, that the police can't be bothered to tick off, out of BT then !
Why is the Oyster card - basically as I understand it a glorified underground ticket - holding or referring to a person anyhow ? It should just hold anonymised points or 'travel rights' or pounds and pence.
Maybe this is one reason why the UK still hasn't got the ability to store anonymised cash on our chip&PIN cards like they can in Europe - they like being able to track us too much.
You could look at it in the same way as the supermarkets' decision to restrict sale of paracetamol tablets - it doesn't stop someone determined, but it does place a speedbump in the way of casual or impulsive decisions to do harm.
Wider availability of weapons means from a purely statistical standpoint that it's more likely that an ill, unstable or inappropriate person is going to have access.
At the risk of swapping one tie-in for another, the Beeb might consider issuing the iPlayer as a VMware packaged application. They could then keep their preferred development platform of Windows but the player would run on anything for which VMware works - which includes Macs and Linux (IIRC). The only thing you wouldn't be able to do (easily) is rip the content.
The fact remains that people are allowed to set up limited companies, and then the shareholders are paid dividend out of the taxed profits of the companies, pro rata with the shares. The shareholders pay personal tax on the dividend so received.
No question of not paying tax, the issue in this case was whether the Revenue was allowed to "deem" that the husband as fee-earner for the company should pay tax on his wife's divis as well as his own, an issue if his income, so adjusted, went into the 40% tax band.
If they hadn't been married this matter wouldn't have arisen in the first place, so the Revenue's interpretation was effectively discriminating against married couples in business together, with unequal income streams arising from their work.
But if spouse A goes on the road to clients, and spouse B is the back-office person, that's bound to happen.
So despite them having an equal interest in the Co, the Revenue was saying "you bring in more than her, hence we want to tax you as if you earned all the company profit".
Somehow, if the boot was on the other foot, I can't see the Revenue buying an argument like that !
So on that Madonna record which was mainly "Gimme gimme gimme" by Abba, do Abba as performers on that track only get royalties for 50 years from the release of "Gimme ..", or 50 years from the Madonna cut'n'paste version ?
(Yes,I know that Benny+Bjorn will get writers' copyright as well ...)
I would hope that only "biometrics" (key parameters) of the (e.g.) fingerprints would be held, and not images of the prints themselves; also, protected with a site-specific key.
This would render them of little use to a third party.
I would also not expect the system employed to be configured to allow "trawling" if its express purpose is authentication - "is this person allowed in this area ?"
But then again the Govt. doesn't "need to know" where we have been driving in order to charge for road use, but the proposed schemes all involve recording our movements.
@Dillon - what's to stop a cable modem firm buying in the chipset as well ?
Ref fewer mobile masts - I don't think Joe Public will be authorised to connect to Jane Householder's femto cell, just Jane and her agreed circle. But in urban areas it will reduce cell loading - wonder if they will still offer emergency calls to the public though - might have been useful after the London bombs.
"coincidentally Mars is warming at the same time as the earth" - no, I read it to say the hemispheres are swapping the ice cap over.
However, if I installed double glazing in a previously single glazed house, I would expect to either have to turn down the heat input, or to prepare to get hotter !!
(Increase in 'greenhouse efficiency' in the case of CO2/CH4)
Another increased risk factor for Oz compared with the UK is that even in the far south (Melbourne) of the country it is closer to the equator (hence UV is less filtered by atmosphere) than the UK (same as Athens I believe) ... and anywhere north of Melbourne is closer still to the tropics.
I imagine that since the essence of this mission is not about moving to different areas (as distinct from some previous missions) the more variables you add, the more weight, power, testing, etc is required (plus more possible failure modes), at the expense of other features. It's got to be a tradeoff, like the low res imaging from the Huygens Titan lander. But if you can get something in "for free" then presumably it's OK.
I reckon part of the trouble is that people in government aren't actually aware of the issues involved, due in part to their sole job experience being that of politician.
Hence when it comes to (e.g.) road pricing, the only thing they think will work is a box which records where you as an individual have been, as opposed to an anonymous/zero knowledge payment system that merely requires you to pay without identifying you or allowing your movements to be tracked from a database.
In case some of you were thinking that the Cray might make up for the relative lack of MIPS of the other hosting machines, although the Cray series was good at doing vector floating point multiplies, I doubt whether its pipelines and functional units would give much of a boost to running Apache, though maybe its peripheral processors could serve web pages independently.
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