* Posts by Chris Elvidge

27 publicly visible posts • joined 23 May 2007

Nokia runs all the way to the bank

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From Wikipedia: In the most basic variant of the hawala system, money is transferred via a network of hawala brokers, or hawaladars. A customer approaches a hawala broker in one city and gives a sum of money to be transferred to a recipient in another, usually foreign, city. The hawala broker calls another hawala broker in the recipient's city, gives disposition instructions of the funds (usually minus a small commission), and promises to settle the debt at a later date.

15in Notebooks: Best Buys

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Is it really so difficult

to keep the same colours for the same machines in the graph displays? Why does your form think colours is spelled wrong?

Nokia Siemens slammed for supplying snoop tech to Iran

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let's not let things like human rights get in the way of doing business

US - China trade anyone?

Android's UK phone sales quadruple

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The whole reason the UAE is acting against RIM?

It couldn't be anything to do with Blackberry Messaging? You know that free SMS-alike that etisalat and du get no revenue from.

UK.gov may cut BBC licence fee in 2012

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Most people spend more than that on alcohol each *week*.

Agree! Alcohol's too expensive.

Academics must check contracts' effects on user rights

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Contracts and copyright

I admit I stole this:

Copyright is the "exclusive right of the copyright holder to reproduce the work in any form."

As the creator of a work, you own the copyright in it.

There are two exceptions to that rule. First, if you are an employee and you create the work in the course of your employment, _the employer owns it_. Second, if you sign an agreement with an American publisher that refers to your work as a "work made for hire" or "work for hire" then it is as if you were an employee for the purposes of the creation of that work and the "employer" owns the work outright.

I presume something similar appears in UK law already.

Cotswold police stage panty ID parade

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Try the "Kickers" tag


iPad stuck in US for extra month

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They're on sale in electronics shops over here

in Dubai. Advertised in the press. No prices, though

Child abuse frame-up backfires on stalker

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DNA database records?

"The man was arrested, and subsequently prohibited from visiting his home or seeing his children The Times reports"

Does that mean he's now on the Sex Offenders register with his DNA profile in the DNA database? Can he get his records removed? Or will they be kept for the next 5/10/indefinitely years?

Buffalo MicroStation 32GB external SSD

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Price per Gig?

Buffalo 32GB = 100 quid; Kingston 64GB SSD = 140 USD plus what, a tenner for the case (SATA/USB). No contest really.

Michael Jackson planned 'robot duplicate' of himself

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No Mecha-Jackson pun?

Wouldn't that be Metal Mickey?

El Reg's LHC visit - Deleted Scenes

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"there are FEWER atoms inside the tubes than there are in outer space"

Belkin Powerline HD Gigabit mains Ethernet adaptor

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What about 3-phase

Do they work across phases. I have 3-phase (not in the UK). Lounge blue, bedroom yellow.

Judge acquits mother in MySpace suicide case

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"one of the participants turned against Meier"

"Eventually, one of the participants turned against Meier, telling her through "Josh" that the world would be a better place without her."

Which one? Perhaps not Lori Drew.

Model-slag blogger sues Google for blowing her cover

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Well they shouldn't be using long sentences to defame people.

UK obscenity law: Where to now?

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Not read the 'story' but

Don't James patterson amd Jeffery Deaver write stories of this ilk - but not about 'band' members?

11 Time Lords plan charity shindig

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All the living actors participating in the one-off have waived their fees.

"All the living actors participating in the one-off have waived their fees."

So we're still paying the dead ones?

Home Office: IPS to hang onto snaps of fingerprints

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National Biometric Identity Store

I read this as a place you could go to buy a new identity.

Concerted Linux-netbook effort needed to beat Microsoft

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@Anonymous Coward Posted Wednesday 11th March 2009 07:26 GMT

Try gOS. I'm dual booting W7 with that.

Aussie serves up feral cat casserole

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Beaver anyone

Tastes similar to pussy I believe.

Forensics expert sacked for DNA-testing husband's underpants

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What, two fathers?

Half of European calls to be mobile by 2008

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100s of free minutes

Could it be because I get a couple of 100 free minutes per month. 5 or 10 mins a day on the phone - stupid to use a paid landline when it's free on the mobile, isn't it?

EFF lawyer is smokin' on Google Street View

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re: the obivous (sic) thing to do would be.......

Sue 'em. Isn't that what any red-blooded American does when anything goes wrong?

Start a class-action lawsuit - they've plenty of money.

Dutch students brew up powdered alcohol hit

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Dehydrated beer next?

Make beer. Remove water. Ship to pub. Add water. Watneys!!!!

So what's in a URL? The Reg URL?

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Re: Keep both and point them at one place?

"where the users IP is parsed and you then send them to the relevent edition"

Google.com does this - and assumes I read Arabic 'cos I live in the UAE.

Keep .co.uk!

Boffin debunks Bush's climate claims

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Re: Whitehouse / White House

Whichever. To paraphrase Billy Connolloy, it still rhymes with Toilet.

Mars: more evidence of a watery past

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Re: Tonne as a container

TUN is a barrel of 252 (imperial) gallons