And MS don't refund digital purchases. Winning!!!!!
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Lets follow your logic?
A quick google shows we pay into the ESA 374 million a year.
So in your make believe world where does the funding come from for a purely UK space agency? If we do it on our own, where does it come from in a cash starved UK economy that is a shadow of its former self.
The ESA budget per year is around 6 billion (remember we pay in 374 million). https://www.esa.int/About_Us/Corporate_news/Funding
Do we cut Health, Defence, Benefits, what about the pensions? Education? Bearing in mind we need to buy the rockets or build them, find a space port near the equator, pay the country to let us launch rockets from their land like the ESA does, open a technology centre, recruit the scientists and all the other expensive stuff that the ESA currently do.
Lets look at JUST the Galileo GPS system which apparently was 10 Billion?
So in your world lets cut defence to pay for it. Our defence budget is 39 billion, from 2019 numbers. So we take 25% off defence to pay for your UK GPS system. What do we lose? Both aircraft carriers or a couple of submarines? All of the RAF?
Benefits? The largest state benefit is the pension which was 96 billion in 2019. So every pensioner takes 10% pay cut for your space GPS system (lets not count all the other required stuff like rockets and staff).
Education, how many school and teachers take up 10 billion from the education budget of 89 billion?
No amount of bravery and happy clapping will cover the fact that doing it on our own is too expensive and budgets need to be cut somewhere to pay for it.
Brexit supporters really don't get it. All bluster with no real look at the finances involved when 28 countries pay in together versus doing it alone.
Remain fanatics don't talk about the glory days of the British empire, remain fanatics realise the best way forward is to be looking at the future, not the rose tinted, conquest, slave ridden past.
I think you completely mis-understand what a remain person is. You can't champion the british empire by wanting to be part of the greater EU community.
I look forward to the Linux distro from MS as I can see 2 possible outcomes.
Either it will be as bad as windows 10 and the current crop of releases from M$ and it will need a community that isn't there to fix it. It will flounder about and show that they really can't do an OS, even with the support of all those communities. Communities made up of hobbyists who throw out distros all over the place - unlike the fully paid and skilled developers in Redmond.
Or it will be brilliant and look amazing, which means everyone will look at it and go - "So why isn't windows 10 just as amazing?"
Venus suffers from the horrendous greenhouse effect however, trapping heat..
Mercury varies greatly on the sunny side and dark side, because it has no atmosphere. A quick google and the sunny side is 430C. The cold side -180C.
I guess it would be hotter but depends on the what chemical break down of the planet is and whether it reflects heat away or keeps it.
To me you just grab the panamax in the panama canal (or Suez), kill all engines, drop the anchor and then scramble the codes so it can't be restarted.
Disruption alone to international trade etc. No need to ram anything, no one is hurt etc. Abillity to get close because of the sides of the canal etc.
Same with something like the Sydney landmarks, statue of liberty, oil terminal etc. Large static and high profile.
I use it everyday as my email address, have done for a lot of years. Lots of reasons, it works, people know it, old contacts can get hold of me because it is constant, it is memorable.
Why change it for something like a Gmail account so my data is given, taken, hacked, monetised and lost. Why change it to anything M$ where it is given, taken, hacked, monetised, lost and denied access because M$ suck.
Some rose tinted glasses there? Three years ago M$ forced an update onto you that basically then bothered you all the time to move to windows 10. Increasingly dubious interventions
To the point the world kicked back and created legal challenges and an app that killed the annoying thing they forced on the user base.
It also started the term "Nagware" which best describes their tactics and stupidity.
Some online articles quote M$ Who have said they are intending to start doing just that.
Oooohhh... Linux = theft. That is a new angle I haven't heard before. Do you work for Oracle or M$?
Please provide evidence though, I love a good popcorn moment - All those fat lawyers could jump up and down on Linux and sue .... Somebody over it. Heck Oracle could sue Oracle as they are a supporter of Linux, that would be ace..
We need a 'feeding the troll' icon to go with the 'troll'' icon. Come on El-Reg I just filled in your survey and forgot to request more icons.
Whaaaaaa? I play borderlands 2 and Unreal tournament native in Linux. Steam has some top tier games in there natively because of Steam OS their linux distro.
As EA are not in steam they are dead to me, but Steam and Linux live on happily.
No solitaire for me.
In Europe the Judge would give a ruling and it would change things, but probably in the member state until it rippled through over a number of years to affect the EU (Not the UK of course)
In the US a judge would give a ruling but only in the jurisdiction (S)he is allowed to, Sonos would appeal. It would take about 6 months, then it would go to another level of court that has slightly wider jurisdiction, Sonos would appeal, assuming it went against them. Or the other side would assuming they needed to. Then it would wait another 12 - 18 months before going to a top level or superior level court that would take 3 months thinking about it.
Then they would pass it back down to the lower courts to decide. But with their thoughts on the matter. Someone would appeal because apparently they can.
THEN after another couple of months the lower court would say something, but only in their jurisdiction which is probably a US state. Then over a number of years it ripples through to others.
EXCEPT where one state governor (or the president) is either related to or paid off (lobbied) by SONOS and then another legal battle starts, which can or can't replace that entire above process.
I always thought this would hurt the US in the long run doing this. It will prompt an alternative to Google all the more for the Chinese to be able to not rely on the US. Instead of natural market forces they have a blonde idiot and a stick pushing them to do it.
And now a billion spent getting development and an (in house?) team creating alternates to Googls apps.
Did you forget to go anon the second time?
You are responsible for your words, yes, and if you spread lies and hate then who will stop you speaking of hate and persecution? In your example, the register check posts first, they take down dodgy ones. Amazon also take down posts and reviews that contravene rules to my knowledge.
Facebook allows people to post and make money off it. That makes them responsible, profiteering in fact if the person spreading evil, hate etc has plenty of followers. That is something they need to account for. Freedom of speech is one thing, but if it is lies (Like the Tories changing their twitter feed the other week to spread lies but doing it in an underhand way) then it needs to simply get flagged and classed that they are lies. If its breaking a law or community rule then it needs to be taken down immediately, not left for two weeks because over a million followers goes to a different Facebook department that "Decide" as demonstrated on the "behind the scenes" Channel 4 documentary earlier in the year.
Cohen is bang on in that lies are so easy to access you can't argue with evidence when so much mis-information is there. Probably why flat earthers are on the rise, certainly why Brexit is happening.
There is a bug that means if your password expires while logged in it can crash teams, putting you into a loop of entering a password, crash, enter password etc. Officially the only cure is reinstall (yes that is what I read in forums)
Another (may work) solution is to remove all your credentials for Teams in credential manager. I had 51 separate credentials as Teams never closes any down. After deleting them all I had a default 17 appear (what do 17 logins actually do???) It is just so badly written like every other MS product. I mean a password expiring is a real world everyday situation and MS can't understand that.
And they designed it so you can't copy folders, any sub-folders just get brought together causing carnage for some teams who were not aware before hand.
Loving this, a fleet of basically "Wall-E's" flying round orbit cleaning up the mess.
Few thoughts jump out.
1. What if someone hacks one and grabs a US satellite and pushes it into Russia etc.
2. What if any terrorist idiot hacks one and flies it into the space station.
3 Brilliant if you want to grab a dead satellite and point at Earth, start the nose dive then MEV pulls up and the dead satellite burns up.
I would argue that M$ are just making a phone out of the NIntendo DS. It isn't foldable but two screens on a hinged platform. Nothing new really (like everything M$ innovates)
A foldable display would mean the display folds IMHO, not just the platform the display sits on.
Thoughts of a Surface double screen would be echoing lots of other attempts, but a foldable surface I don't see happening. I don't see real world use for a 13 inch laptop with foldable screen, much easier to break and damage etc.
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