Just wait 'til they fork it...
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Google employee helped UK government switch from disastrous COVID-19 strategy, according to Dominic Cummings
Bitcoin is ‘disgusting and contrary to the interests of civilization’ says famed investor Charlie Munger
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Gold is actually not that great a conductor. Yes, it's pretty good, but copper pisses all over it. Gold is used on connectors to stop them oxidising, so they remain able to be taken on and off without having to scrape through a whole load of rust (or verdigree) to get a connection.
Michael Collins, once the world's 'loneliest man,' is dead. If that name means little or nothing to you, read this
Over a decade on, and millions in legal fees, Supreme Court rules for Google over Oracle in Java API legal war
Missing GOV.UK web link potentially cost taxpayers £50m as civil servants are forced to shuffle paper forms
With depressing predictability, FCC boss leaves office with a list of his deeds... and a giant middle finger to America
South Park creators have a new political satire series with some of the best AI-generated deepfakes on the internet yet
First they came for chess, then Go... and now, oh for crying out loud, AI systems can beat us at curling
Exercise-tracking app Strava to give away data sweated out after four billion runs, rides and rambles
Safety driver at the wheel of self-driving Uber car that killed a pedestrian is charged with negligent homicide
Take your pick: 'Hack-proof' blockchain-powered padlock defeated by Bluetooth replay attack or 1kg lump hammer
Re: Confessions of a bolt cutter
You may be right. The only sweepers I've seen though seem to have brushes with plastic bristles on. It's popular in the lock picking community to use the stainless steel strips found in wiper blades as tension tools, but I've not seen them used as picks. They might be a bit too thick, and they'd certainly need a handle of some kind added too.
Amazon spies on staff, fires them by text for not hitting secretive targets, workers 'feel forced to work through pain, injuries' – report
Re: If you do not like this ...
I agree about not buying from Amazon if you can.
I wanted to buy a Velux window opening stick. Amazon had the correct thing, but I looked around and found a small window company in the UK selling them for similar price (maybe a pound more or so), but who didn't mention their postage charge. So I emailed them asking what it was, and waited. Few days later I just bought from Amazon, as they didn't get back to me.
Trouble with Amazon is that they make it so easy to buy from.
Nominet shakes up system for expiring .uk domains, just happens to choose one that will make it £millions. Again
Re: What sensible patent regimes?
Mr Kroes, I don't know where you learnt your patent law, but you have it all wrong. You can't renew a patent every 20 years. After 20 year it dies and is free to use by anyone.
Please link to some of these patents that cover gibberish that you mention. Patents aren't the easiest of documents to read, but to successfully sue someone you have to show they are infringing the claims of the patent. If it's gibberish then nobody will be doing that.
You can't patent the idea without explaining how the invention can be made to function. The patent is not valid if that is the case.
There is a requirement that a patented idea works. And if there wasn't, and I had a patent for something that didn't work, then nobody would infringe it, and it would have no value.
You are correct that litigation is expensive (although you have exaggerated the costs). There is in the UK the IPEC that is a lower cost approach, and so is within the scope of many smaller businesses.
I get that you hate patents, but there's no need to come out with this nonsense about them.
After 84 years, Japan's Olympus shutters its camera biz, flogs it to private equity – smartphones are just too good
CSI: Xiaomi. Snappy Redmi Note 9 Pro shows every fingerprint, but at least you get bang for your buck
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I think it's a reasonable question. Huawei made the mistake of being too successful, and hence economically threatening Apple, Cisco etc. in the USA, so Trump banned them. He says it's for security reasons of course, but I don't buy that personally.
Xiaomi will also be in the firing line if and when they are big enough, if it happens with Trump still in charge.
It's passive in the sense that it's not generating any RF power of its own, and so is not detectable as a source of such power. A bit like how RFID tags in bank cards etc are passive - they modulate the impedance of the pickup coil, which is detectable by the transmit coil in the card reader, and so transmit energy without generating it. The term "semi-passive" is often used for such things.
Russia admits, yup, the Americans are right: One of our rocket's tanks just disintegrated in Earth's orbit
Academics demand answers from NHS over potential data timebomb ticking inside new UK contact-tracing app
So how do the coronavirus smartphone tracking apps actually work and should you download one to help?
Fitbit unfurls last new wearable before it's gobbled by Google, right on time for global pandemic lockdown
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Brexit Britain changes its mind, says non, nein, no to Europe's unified patent court – potentially sealing its fate
US government grounds drone fleet (no, not the military ones with Hellfire missiles) over Chinese espionage fears
This won't end well. Microsoft's AI boffins unleash a bot that can generate fake comments for news articles
Most don't need it ...
Apart from a few people (who will be present in bigger numbers on this site I suspect), it's not currently necessary. If your current link can provide a couple of streaming services and a bit of browsing without falling over then that suits most families.
I think 5G is a bit pointless for most people for similar reasons.