"gifted" always seems to be to celebrate the giver rather than the gift or the receiver.
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AMSTrad were nearly sold to PSION, until someone thought they were over-valued
“We are not buying Amstrad as perceived by its brand and name. Amstrad is in ashes. We are buying the phoenix in those ashes.”
When you call the emergency number, your phone transmits your location at the same time, and it's free, and the mobile network provides a location too (presumably based on cell tower triangulation)
> AML stands for Advanced Mobile Location. In the event of an emergency call, an AML-enabled smartphone (all Android and iOS devices worldwide) automatically sends accurate location information of the caller to the emergency services. This information is derived from the location data of the phone (GNSS, Wifi).
> AML is not an app; it does not require any action from the caller. AML is simply a protocol to transport the data (using SMS and/or HTTPS) from the smartphone to the emergency call centre. AML is – of course – free of charge. Emergency services are then able to receive this information in all the countries that have deployed AML.
> Handset locations obtained through the AML functionality are be compared to the location provided by mobile networks (using cell coverage information), using an algorithm that analyses factors such as time of positioning and the separation of the two locations.
> Once the mobile handset knows its location it is sent to BT using a simple, already available, Short Message Service (SMS) based protocol (which gives 160 characters of data).
If you don't know where you are and your phone isn't able to use GPS to locate you, W3W is going to be just as bad as AML.
Microsoft were already involved back in 2010/2011 - they formed a consortium called CPTN to acquire Novell's (who owned SUSE at the time) patents.
> As of December 2010, CPTN's members are believed to be Microsoft, Apple Inc., Oracle and EMC Corporation.
From the Manchester Evening News article, writing about a Council motion:-
'It said: “When a group of residents recently met Chris Green MP about the problems, he claimed to have no knowledge of the company until they pointed out to him that he had recently received a political donation of £5,000 from IX Wireless.
'“He has failed to answer any questions as to what his relationship is with the company or why he received and accepted the donation. It is noted that similar donations have been made to a number of other Conservative MPs in the North West of England.”'
Those poles do look ugly - I wonder why they can't at least disguise them as trees.
When Microsoft were first making operating systems for phones, Apple wasn't in the market, and I'm not sure that Android had caught on. I think there was a court case against Microsoft that they had allegedly blocked the ability for EPOC and Symbian-based devices from syncing with Windows PCs which should give you an idea of who Microsoft were competing with.
OpenStreetMap.org refers to these (non-existent roads or deliberate spelling errors) as Copyright Easter Eggs: https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Copyright_Easter_Eggs
For ages, Bing had a town near me named "Empshott", presumably a deliberate misspelling of Kempshott which isn't a town and wasn't quite where they said it was.
Interzone hasn't gone yet - it now has another owner/publisher/editor. I'm not sure if my lifetime subscription got transferred to the new owners (hmm, https://news.ansible.uk/a427.html says they emailed subscribers last month - I didn't get an email). I got bored of Interzone years ago, hopefully the new owners will make it interesting again.
I wouldn't be surprised if many stories on local newspaper websites were AI-generated (or maybe lightly edited after AI), given that so many seem to be duplicating press releases, Trip Advisor reviews, or copying from council meeting minutes. No doubt this will be the case in future.
This reminds me of the time when I was working late when my colleagues and boss had gone to the pub. I was just about to leave to join them, and when I walked past the server room I could hear lots of UPSs complaining. I went in the server room, traced the cables back and found far too many devices were powered from a single 13A mains plug, which had partially melted. After reorganising the mains cables so they used more than one socket, I was then very late for the pub, and no-one seemed bothered that there could have been a fire or something. If I didn't have such sensitive hearing and wasn't so dedicated, I could have had more beer (and probably had to perform the BCDR process the next day).
I opted out of marketing communications from Virgin Media several years ago. They would only call my mobile when I was at work. They were so desperate to market to me that multiple call centre agents on bad quality lines that I couldn't understand would call simultaneously. They would also ask me to verify my password, despite me not being able to verify who they were. I wouldn't mind receiving marketing material by post, but they don't offer any granularity. These days I just ring them up whenever they want to put the price up and see what deals are available.
"Today's netBooks really don't have instant-on yet, nor an optimal UI - and in a pell-mell competitive market where margins are squeezed, they're getting bigger, heavier and more expensive."
The Psion NetBook(R) had instant-on, and a choice of three operating systems (so lots of UIs)...