"Amazon seem very happy to profit (tax free)..." How so?
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"even as it admits that it still doesn’t know what caused the life support systems to malfunction."
A more correct statement would probably be "because it doesn't believe the life support systems malfunctioned.", although they'd never come out and say that.
As you say in the article there is no evidence of any malfunction other than the pilot's report of symptoms. While that can't be ignored, there are other possible causes of those symptoms and part of the action the USAF is taking is additional training directed at avoiding those other causes.
Admiral Hopper used to be well-known for her "nanosecond" "microsecond" and "millisecond" wires that she used when giving talks to non-technical (mostly) audiences. The nanosecond was actually just under 12" long, the microsecond a spool of wire almost 1,000 feet long, and the millisecond was "too big to bring".
"Can't fault him too much for cashing out one last time."
Actually in several interviews he has said he didn't want to do the film at all but was offered such a large bucket of cash that he decided he couldn't refuse. But he did insist that he actually die this time as he had wanted to do in Return of the Jedi, as he has also said many times.
I once worked for a director who used a spreadsheet as a word processor. Literally, just typed memos or whatever in at one line per cell. And complained about how much work it was to manually re-word wrap everything if she had to make a change. She thought we should write a macro or something to do that for her.
And no, we never did get her to use Word, although she did eventually graduate to writing everything in her email client.
I looked for Alistair Dabs throughout the holidays without finding him. I was hoping to hear he'd just had some time off. I truly hope you haven't let him go. He is the essence of what I come here for.
There's a reason I've been reading The Register first every day. If you become another ComputerWorld I'll just read ComputerWorld, thanks.
No, but Apple developed the Agency model which now controls prices from the big-6 publishers for eBooks in the U.S. and apparently Europe. Until Apple got involved eBook prices were set by Amazon, just like any other retail product. Now most eBook prices are set by the publishers.
Because there were tough technical problems that had to be solved to build disk drives. Consider - drum storage had a single rotating cylinder with constant circumference, and fixed read/write heads aligned over every track. All it had to do was spin. To make a disk work you had to solve the problem of moving the read/write heads to the proper location, aligning with the track you needed on the fly, and then reading the data from media moving at at varying rates depending on the distance from the center of the platter. Much, much more complex.
I've been running C7 on my original Droid for about three months now. Works great an definitely better battery. I also loaded a custom kernel which give both better speed when I'm actively using the phone, and lower battery draw when it's idle by adjusting the CPU clock.
Kindle does have DRM, and paid-for books from Amazon require it, but it also supports unencrypted MOBI format books. There are many sources for thousands of free (public domain) books that are formatted for the Kindle.
The downside is that it is not compatible with other DRM systems, so books using Adobe DRM (most public library e-books) are not compatible, nor are paid books from other vendors.
Minor correction on "net neutrality" - nothing proposed would have the effect you suggest of requiring anybody to accept any content. It only prohibits net traffic carriers from giving preference to one type (or source) of traffic over another. And even if it did, it's hard to see how it would be enforced on a U.K. based publisher
I'm not sure it's been clearly grasped by all here that this ruling did not address the question of whether software can be licensed rather than sold, or whether EULAs are valid. In fact, the court started with the presumption that both of these are true, and ruled only on the specific wording of the Autodesk license, which it found was not sufficiently clear to make the transition a license rather than sale. This ruling is not going to have any impact whatsoever on EULAs or software licensing in general.
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