* Posts by Jack 12

31 publicly visible posts • joined 29 Sep 2009

You can drive a car with your feet, you can operate a sewing machine with your feet. Same goes for computers obviously

Jack 12

Re: "Old' and "solicitor" doesn't narrow things down...

Whether something is actually "guaranteed" to have been delivered, and whether the law accepts that it has definitely been delivered might not be the same thing, but the second is still useful :-)

Jack 12

Re: "Old' and "solicitor" doesn't narrow things down...

My understanding with fax is that it is guaranteed delivery, i.e. if your machine says it sent, then it's because the receiving machine confirmed receipt, thus it has legal uses for proving that the recipient actually received the correspondence. You don't really get that by default with email.

Electric cars can't cut UK carbon emissions while only the wealthy can afford to own one

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Re: A bit out of date?

I would quite like to consider an EV, but at the moment "most charging is done at home" is problematic for me, given that I live in a first floor flat, with communal parking that doesn't include a charging point in each parking space.

I can't imagine I'm even the least advantaged in this, indeed I've personally had worse situations than I currently have. It's fine if you have a garage or driveway at your property where you can install your own charging point, but many people, particularly in urban areas, rely on on-street parking, with no guarantee that the parking space will be particularly adjacent to their property.

I then work in a workplace that has (far) fewer allocated parking spots than people who need to drive (woeful public transport here), and most of the time am again reliant on on-street parking, so I wouldn't even be able to rely on charging whilst at work.

That's the public charge point issue I need to be addressed before it becomes remotely practical, not just "can we build a bunch co-located with petrol stations/service stations" for when I'm doing longer distances and need to charge.

Epic's Fortnite fail: Ancient UT2004 server used for login-stealing proof-of-concept

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Re: upper-bracket millennials

There was a cross-over period where you didn't receive any grants, but fees were capped at ~£1k per year and loans at something like 3x that, so you didn't necessarily have five figure debts on leaving. This may or may not be the same cross-over period Nick refers to.

Bloke hurls sueball over Google's 'is it off yet?' location data slurping

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Re: 'One cannot really substitute for the other'

Is WhatsApp really replacing email in corporate environments? I would have thought that the accountability and archivability of email is not yet matched in something like WhatsApp. I can see where it might replace IM systems like Lync/Skype but I can't imagine the email in my work inbox being replaced by WhatsApp anytime soon because it's just so fundamentally different as a platform.

NASA finds satellite, realises it has lost the software and kit that talk to it

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Digital Archiving and Preservation

NASA literally wrote the book on digital archiving systems. Well, the CCSDS, of which NASA is a member.


Lord of the Dance set to deliver high kicks at Trump’s big ball

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Other theories are available

My favourite theory references that not only do Irish dancers keep their hands by their sides, but they also aim for a very straight and non-mobile upper body. Apparently this stems from more puritanical times when dancing was frowned upon if not prohibited.

When dancing only, the legs/feet move. Which means that you can dance in the pub and the authority figure wandering by and looking in the window only sees the upper bodies, which aren't moving

Adblock again beats publishers' Adblock-blocking attempts

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So, if the advertisers pay the end users, how does that help the website to provide their content (for free) when there is a genuine cost associated with creating and serving that content?

Or in this utopia, is everybody happy to pay subscriptions to websites because they are being paid to visit them?

Brexit judgment could be hit for six by those crazy Supreme Court judges, says barrister

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Re: Media and entertainment

I believe it means that judgments in most courts involve the judge(s) hearing arguments from two sides and then deciding which of the arguments is truest/most persuasive and ruling in favour of those arguments. In the Supreme Court, the judges does not have to decide between the arguments put forward by lawyers on either side in the hearing, they can make up their own arguments and decide on the basis of those.

Obama to admit Moon landing was faked?

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Re: similar thing over here a few years ago

In any given game, yes. Over the course of 38 matches played across 8 months, you are looking at an awful lot of those things coming together to allow a bad team to win the whole champtionships. Even if you subscribe to the "it can happen therefore it will sooner or later", it's not really a "fairly good bet" that a bad team will win a title.

The team that wins it will always be the team who consistently performed the best over the course of the season. Whether Leicester are truly the best team or whether they have benefited from inexplicably poor performances from Chelsea and Manchester City is up for debate. They look set to win it with a points total that would not have won it most years, so arguably this whole season is a statistical anomaly allowing a "below par" team to sneak to victory. However, the fact that they look set to win (and even if they don't, the fact that they are still leading in mid-April) means that they are probably a lot better than anybody realised.

BTC dev: 'Strangling' the blockchain will kill Bitcoin

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Re: You're Welcome

They got Sepp Blatter arrested and started the collapse of the FIFA house of cards, so yeah, that.

We're getting kick-ass at seeing through walls using just Wi-Fi – MIT

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Denim blockers?

None of the images seems capable of tracking their legs, and they all seem to be wearing jeans. Coincidence? Or does denim not reflect wifi? Are denim jackets about to make a big resurgence?

Copyright thieves' cyberlockers slurp MILLIONS from honest creators, study finds

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Re: Appendix A is great!

IMPOSSIBLE to watch, unless you, ahem, paid for the service. Isn't that what is supposed to happen? Sky buy the rights to a popular show in the expectation that people will pay for the Sky service to access it.

NSA-proof Euro cloud gang: Cool idea, bro... until it turns into MARKET-EATING beast

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Re: What's the problem?

"It also wouldn't stifle competition. It is very hard to build a competing wide body aircraft manufacturer, it is not hard to build a competing webmail solution."

Surely that is the point. It shouldn't be hard to build a competing platform, so why do a consortium of big European firms need to club together to do it? Surely they should all build their own and compete in a proper market.

Unless, of course, it is as hard as building wide-body aircraft and the market would never support anything but a single monopoly player. Or, actually the market is small because most potential customers don't care?

Kelvin MacKenzie blasts 'footie rights warehouse' BSkyB

Jack 12

Re: Sky have shafted football and are doing so to cricket,

Do you know what the viewing figures for other similarly high-profile eagerly anticipated games have been in recent years, particularly those that were on free-tv. For example, FA Cup finals, champions league finals, the manchester derby in the cup this year, the manchester derby in the fa cup semis last year, various all english champions league matches in recent years, even games like Chelsea-Barcelona this year? If all these free to air games attract audiences vastly bigger than 4m, then your point is valid, but in isolation an audience of 4m means nothing.

Amazon sets date for Kindle Touch UK touchdown

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Re: Why?

Because with a touchscreen, at least with my Sony touch screen reader, you can write notes in the margins (not useful for reading novels I grant you, but it is very useful for annotating journal articles), and you can turn it into an electronic notebook, which I find useful for note-taking at talks/meetings etc.

Google lobbying to make driverless cars legal in Nevada

Jack 12

Does anyone know very much about these driverless cars?

What I really want to know is are they are able to follow diversions for road closures, particularly where the road closure is at short notice, i.e. following an accident. Also, do they actually "read" roadsigns or do they need the information about every road they use? If the former, how do they cope with signs that are partly obscured behind trees etc?

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc Android smartphone

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Just buy

A pair of headphone with a right-angle jack?

Apple's 'App Store trademark': A farce of Jobsian proportions

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if you had any of these...

You wouldn't be competing in the same market place as the well known companies to which you are alluding (well, maybe in the case of the shack selling radios, but Radio Shack do not operate out of shacks and so there is a level of abstraction that makes the term trademarkable), so there wouldn't be confusion, and you could name your company the same thing without a problem. See some of the above comments for Apple and Apple in computing and recording respectively.

Jack 12

All of this Microsoft Windows discussion is irrelevant

It matters not a jot whether Microsoft have a history of trademarking generic terms, that is not what is at issue in this case. Just because the USPTO have previously granted trademarks that may or may not be generic does not mean they should grant this one to Apple.

Each case should be judged on its merits, not on the history of either protagonist to the case.

Both sides in this seem to be acting as rational businesses, Apple are trying to create intellectual property which gives them a trading advantage and Microsoft are trying to stop a competitor from gaining an advantage through the creation of intellectual property. Microsoft have a history of being on the other side of the debate, so what? It may be a bit rich, but someone should be trying to prevent Apple from gaining this advantage, so it may as well be Microsoft.

Euro court slaps down insurers over gender risks

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I disagree

Saying that they will not insure men is far more discriminatory than saying they will insure them for a high premium. By not insuring men they are withholding a service from an entire group of people on the basis of gender, by insuring them for a high premium they are offering that service for the statistical price at which it is affordable to them.

South African dam sluices 609 elephants per second

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5 boring metric tonnes of propellent is 1.087 elephants? Assuming of course the average elephant tips the scales at 4.6 metric tonnes, but even if that 4.6 is british tons the figure is still only ~1.07 elephants.

Radiohead goes out on a limb with 'newspaper album'

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Hopefully to de-confuse

It will take less time and effort to copy from CD than to download, but you get to download it on Saturday whereas the physical format is shipped in May sometime, so unless you have the world's worst internet connection, it makes much more sense to download. Not that i think the extra £3 is worth it for the WAV upfront because as you say, the LPCM stream will be on the CD.

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Second Correction

They are not trying to get you to pay twice for the same album, you can order the "newspaper" format at £30 for the physical + MP3, or £33 for the physical + WAV, you don't have to spend your £6 or £9 immediately to get the digital files and then another £30 on top of that for the vinyls and CD.

British e-reader readers still not stealing books

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other stores...

It's still pretty easy to find e-books from other retailers, waterstones, wh smiths etc, and to get the freebies from project Gutenberg and Google Books. Once you've found and downloaded the book, getting it onto your device is as easy whether it was torrented or got at legitimately, the whole process is pretty easy imho.

NY hookers cross street from Craigslist to Facebook

Jack 12

If the blackberry is the phone of choice...

Does that make prostitution a RIM-job?

Sky loses pub footy case

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Not necessarily equally available

As I understand the product is not equally available in all countries. Different broadcasters get rights to different games. Specifically with football, no UK broadcaster gets rights to broadcast games kicking off at 3pm on a Saturday, this is partly to protect the gate receipts of smaller clubs. Foreign broadcasters often do get rights to these games. Surely this has to be considered?

Asus sidesteps tablets, debuts e-reader-cum-jotter

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Might just be me....

But this is pretty much the same as the Sony touchscreen readers, no? I've had one for about a year now and they were available for quite a while before that. Slightly bigger screen seems to be the only thing different here.

Samsung E60 e-book reader

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One Plus Point

I have the first Sony touchscreen reader, I forget the name, PRS600 maybe? Anyway, it has decent note taking ability, there is a slightly lag in writing with the stylus but not enough to be annoying to me. Oh, and the bonus of a full dictionary for whenever you encounter a new word, or just to use as a dictionary. And it does PDFs out of the box.

Cinema chain bans laptops, tablets

Jack 12

Re: IR lights

Also, once someone worked out that was what was happening (and it wouldn't take long), then anyone who seriously wanted to record the film could just buy a filter to block anything above say 700nm.

MoD pays quadruple in money + blood for Afghan helicopters

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@Geoff Spick

"Sikorsky were offering 60 brand-new birds plus training for £480m"

So the training costs are included, and if the pumas are not yet fit for deployment in Afghanistan anyway then I'm not convinced there is a big difference there either.