Android is open source so they presumably have to provide the source code to anyone who requests it? But then how does that square with presumably DRM'd epub book files?
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People in the UK where the mobile market is more open won't get this. But here in the US nearly every handset is exclusive to one carrier. Google has been a champion of open access networks. A readily available, decent smartphone handset offered SIM-free could help to open up the market. Although at present, a SIM-only deal is no cheaper than getting a subsidised handset, possibly more expensive even. If this helps to open up the market (SIM-fee iPhone anyone?) it's good by me.
It's not quite as simple as that though.
If you look at it from the macro level, spending in the UK isn't really spending at all. Because the money stays in the UK economy. It pays UK workers, who get taxed (therefore a lot goes straight back to HM Guv). Some goes to UK companies but then they get taxed (guess where that goes). Then the UK workers spend the money in shops, mostly in the UK and pay VAT (tax). And the UK workers have a job so they don't claim benefits either.
So if you look at it that way, as a government surely does, then it's not really spending money so much as recycling it in the UK economy. As opposed to money spending overseas, which is just money that's gone.
So it's a fallacy to equate spending in the UK and overseas. It can only be compared like that on a very simple micro level that doesn't show the true macro economic picture. It's thinking like this that killed off the VBomber programme, the UK's own nuclear programme and the UK space programme.
I've found (with an ATI card) that if you stick to the FOSS ATI drivers, multi-head works perfectly. OTOH if you install the ATI drivers you're screwed for multi-head support.
So surprisingly, the free drivers are better if you use more than 1 monitor. I don't notice any performance drop with the free drivers either, although I don't play games or any of those heavy 3D type apps.
Presumably this thing is Windows software? In which case, it likely can be removed. Either by removing the app or else re-installing Windows. Or better yet, install Ubuntu (or whatever your favourite flavour of Linux is) and then you are in complete control of what runs on your PC.
So, this software was only ever going to apply to the stupid anyway (those who didn't know how, or couldn't be bothered to wipe the hard drive and re-format when they got their new PC). Anyone 'subversive' would already have wiped and re-installed anway.
So, utterly pointless in the first place hence no big deal on the climb down.
Why is the Home Secretary wasting her time banning people who had no intention of traveling to the UK anyway? Savage had no intention of traveling to the UK. Two on the list are in foreign prisons FFS! Surely she has something more important to do than sit on her fat arse thinking up who she wouldn't let into the country if they were to try to get in? (and get out of gaol in some cases). Any why only 21 worldwide? Charles Manson? Lay out the red carpet..... Joseph Fritzel? Come on down! You're welcome!
Savage is right on one issue at least- Jacqui really is a lunatic.
As much as I dislike GordonB he's in a bit of a Catch-22 on this. If he doesn't send McKinnon over to the States then that proves (to the 'merkins) that McKinnon's actually an agent of the British State. If he does then it proves Gordon's a heartless bastard. Which of course, he is, so guess what he'll want to do?
In the US (and only the US) you can apply for a patent up to 1 year after the product is publicly released. So the dates are possible.
However, application in April 2008, granted already?! That's amazingly fast. I have patents applied for in the US 5 years ago that aren't granted yet! I have patents applied for 1 year ago whose file hasn't even been opened yet by the USPTO. Either it's wrong, or Apple is getting some kind of special treatment with the USPTO?
"The only American thing about the car is that it was built there - Henrik Fisker is Danish and Bernhard Koehler is German. "
Err no, it's built in Finland by Valmet automotive (who also build Porsche Boxsters). But it is an American company and it's design in America (by as you say, a Dane).
I don't understand how the uk.gov expects ISPs to do this? Most ISPs provide only the pipe to the home. My email provider is outside the EU and I use SSL to access it. Many people also use US-based webmail providers like Hotmail and GMail. How can my local ISP that provides my connection be expected to log every email unless it can decrypt SSL and then inspect the packets? Either my understanding is lacking, or (more likely since this is IT) the government's is. Surely all this will achieve is ensuring that everyone uses off-shore email providers? The government seems to be under the misapprehension that email is always provided by this ISP rather than another provider but I suspect this is the except rather than the rule.
The point seemed pretty clear to me. The Tesla takes 16 hours to recharge from a 13-amp mains socket, whereas a petrol or diesel car takes 2 mins to refuel. Although they didn't mention how long it would take from a 415V 3-phase supply which you can easily have installed (my house as one) which would have been a bit fairer. The FCX Clarity also takes only minutes to refuel - if you can find a station with hydrogen!
Well of course the City of London police are not interested, why should they be? They just a small force policing a tiny area of London. They're just a bunch of feckless bobbies really. They're not very far removed the Keystone Cops.
What's needed is a national, all-graduate police force like the FBI to handle issues like these. You can't expect a bunch of brainless coppers to understand this sort of thing. And you can't expect a local force to police a national issue like this.
The Amercians don't often do things better but in this case they do. We need a UK equivalent of the FBI - national and all-graduate to investigate these matters.
>... I'd have to agree with Apple on this one. Does Mercedes create a monopoly
> by refusing to sell their engines to other carmakers?
That analogy is not quite right. It's actually like Mercedes refusing to sell replacement engines to people who don't own a Mercedes. Pystar is not selling OS X, it's selling PCs. The user must also buy an OS X license from Apple.
I don't see why she can't tell her chums her real name? It's Talula. Nothing silly about that, one of the girls in my son's class is called Talula. OK, the middle names are profoundly silly, but you don't need to disclose your middle name, and in any case, lots of people have pretty silly middle names anyway.
BTW, I think Midnight Chardonnay sounds quite good actually. Lots of Americans have sillier names than that. (Although some of the other examples cited are indeed very silly!)
It's not just the government that are idiots. US corporations can be too!
I live in Stow-Cum-Quy and the Disney website (I have a 5 year old son) refuses to send me information on holidays because my address contains a banned word (Cum). How dumb is that? It's not like I can change my address!
"From 2009, we want people working in specific sensitive roles or locations and their employees to start to benefit from the high level of identity assurance that the Scheme will provide"
Well locations and roles don't get much more sensitive than the Houses of Parliament and Government ministers, so I presume they'll be amongst the first to be forced to carry these cards then?
What do you mean, no...........?
Turntable with a line-out? Do they have that these days? They certainly didn't in the old days when people bought records. They either had a moving magnet or moving coil cartridge which requires a phono amp to bring it up to line-out levels. That's what my Rega Planar 3 has - a MC cartridge that requires a phono preamp (which I built myself). If you buying a turntable with line-out (not likely to be a decent turntable) then why not buy a USB one?!
No doubt they government plans to charge potential employers for access to this database; aledgedly to check up on whether little Johnny is lying about his GCSE grades on his CV. Of course, lots of other firms may also want to pay for access to the database, once it's been around for a few years. Could be a nice little earner for Darling & Brown.
I'm surprised no one has spotted the obvious inter-departmental politics in the response that removing unnecessary data was too costly. The NAO website says "The National Audit Office scrutinises public spending on behalf of Parliament.....Our work saves the taxpayer millions of pounds every year."
The response that removing unnecessary data was too costly was obviously a political response. "If you're so worried about costs to the public, you deal with it." It was obviously meant as a polite 'up yours' to the idea of creating more work and hence costs (however small) in order to perform the audit. In other words, a politically expedient way of avoiding doing extra work.
I think the Dutch are going about this all wrong. Why are they trying to get Microsoft to supply XP? They should be encouraging users to simply not buy Microsoft products if they are not happy with the products Microsoft offer. That's the way the market works in all other areas except operating systems Those buying new machines can buy Apple, those who insist on using PCs or who are upgrading old PCs can run Linux. I don't know why the Dutch aren't pursuing these options. If they did that, maybe Microsoft might take a bit more notice too.
This is a good development. The article fails to point out the one main benefit - Doing away with all the remotes in the lounge except the one you always carry: Your mobile phone.
With the right app on your smartphone you'd be able to control all devices in the lounge. Although learning IR in the phone would help with legacy devices without Bluetooth - why don't phone OEMs add this? I suppose because there's no revenue for the operator so they're not allowed to?
>The UK Government has suggested mobiles should be allowed in hospitals,
> though many trusts have maintained their ban on the basis that scientific
>study is lacking, and even where they are allowed they should be kept at
>least a meter from critical equipment.
No. Many hospitals have maintained their ban because they have entered into contracts with PatientLine saying that they will maintain their ban!
Even assuming the database is properly administered and secure (unlikely) there are other severe issues.
A crime is committed. There are (say) 4 suspects on the basis of non-DNA evidence. DNA is found and all 4 suspects are tested. One proves positive with a match probability of 1 in a million, so he is charged and the other 3 cleared. This is acceptable use of DNA, but it doesn't require a database.
Now suppose the situation where everyone is on the database. Police don't bother collecting other evidence, they do straight for the DNA. They search the 60 million entry database and pull up 60 matches (at 1-in-a-million match probability) They then pull in all 60 'suspects' and then it's for the 'suspects' (59 innocent people and 1 criminal) to prove to the police that they are innocent. If they can't prove it they go down for a stretch.
This is the police's preferred approach, but it is not acceptable.
>We know that some technically expert users are able to
>run BBC iPlayer Beta on Vista but we do not feel it is
>appropriate to advise the general user to try to use BBC
>iPlayer Beta on Vista until we have completed our
>programme of testing.
Err...isn't that what a beta programme is for - testing?
So they are not allowing use of the Beta on Vista until
it has been fully tested and is no longer Beta?
My head hurts....
The politically-controlled curiculum today seems to teach that science is something that should be 'debated' and 'voted' upon, with the most popular position then being declared the 'truth (witness the government continually trotting out that 'most scientists now believe in man-made global warming', like that's really significant). It's more like social science (or politics) than the hard science that we learned 25 years ago. This is what happens when you put politicians (most of whom don't even know what science is) in charge of school curiculae. That's why I'm fundamentally opposed to the very idea of a "national" curiculum in the first place.
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