3346 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007
Re: How does this work?
Extending from this, what happens if something is 0.95 euros, and the person purchasing only has 0.90 in 'sliver' and three 2c coins? Who will lose out on 1c?
For the moment, shoppers are allowed to ask for exact change. In this case, if the customer insists, the store has to find a 1c coin to give back the change, and if they can't I imagine that they will just accept the customer only paying 0.94 euros.
However, this change is caused by the fact that nobody cares about such amounts. I remember a study showing that the psychological value most people give to 1c coins is actually negative, meaning that they are more trouble than they are worth.
Switzerland's smallest used coin has been 5 cent of a Franc (more or less equal to 5 Euro cent) for 30 years, and even those feel like a waste of time to keep around in your wallet.
Strangely, Wikipedia claims the 1 cent coin was still struck until 2006, even though item prices have been rounded to 5 cents practically everywhere since the eighties.
Switzerland also seems to have the most valuable coin in circulation: 5 Swiss francs, a bit more than £3.
What's a drone?
What's the difference between a drone and a remote-controlled toy? The former are apparently a big deal, the latter have existed for decades without regulation required.
How many cops can there be?
More importantly: where would you drive anyway?
Re: QI and unlocked phon
Almost no phone requires unlocking for taking pictures. The assumption is that people want to take the picture now now now before little Johnny stops making that funny face, and unlocking goes in the way.
QR codes (that's what you mean, right?) are not decoded by the standard camera app; you just end up with a picture of a QR code and the phone does nothing with it. You need to use a different app for taking pictures of QR codes and having the phone follow the link.
Re: some would say the taxi meter is the device that tells you the cost of the journey
The taximeter is the device that measures the charge. From taxi- and -meter, meaning charge and measure. Originally, a "taxi" was an abbreviation of taximeter cab, as in "a cab with a device that measures the charge".
The unit of a kelvin is based on a degree centigrade which is based on the melting point of a couple of metals (don't remember which) because ice/water/steam is a bit too variable.
Sorry, that's incorrect. The Kelvin is defined as being 0 at absolute zero, and 273.16 at the triple point of water. That's the current official definition, which they are planning to change:
Precisely, it involves pressure, in that the pressure is precisely defined… And since 0K is pretty much defined to be absolute zero, you don't need anything else. What do I miss?
I thought the Kelvin was pretty much well defined by the triple point of water?
I believe doing this will be far more difficult with driverless cars. To begin with, the driverless car will be far more adept at avoiding the collision than a normal driver. And even if you manage it, the driverless car will have complete records of the accident, including the suicidal behavior which caused it.
As far as I understand, Google already encrypts data from client to server, between servers, and at rest. They started doing this soon after the publication of the NSA slide which noted with a smiley that Google decrypted data as soon as it was on its network.
But that only makes it difficult for the NSA to hack user data. They can still get a secret court order (aka national security letter) and have Google hand it over.
Die Gedanken sind frei…?
The government has not made it mandatory to submit to examinations by mind-reading machines who will delve into your mind and read your every thought, despite the obvious advantage this would be for national security.
The question is, is the reason they haven't done it that they don't think the government has the right to do it, or is it only that these machines do not exist — yet?
Re: Ah...the Silicon Valley Ivory Tower
Fine, but be sure to also drop a control group, fully equipped with their own servers in their backpacks. And check which ones get out of the desert fastest, or at all.
It goes too far
This selfie craze must be stopped!
Apart from "everyone's out to get him". He seems to need to give interviews from time to time just so that the world doesn't forget about him.
Re: Keep Calm and Carry On
They don't even need to ignore it, they have DCs in Europe… Haven't they gone through this with Russia already?
You're lucky. I pay 2€ for every MB in data roaming. I can get it cheaper by buying 200MB for 100€. Nice, eh?
Re: As AT&T found out years ago
Salaries are costs, too! Well, maybe not that of the CEO.
Quite a lot of people would say that this is a feature, not a bug. Would you rather have the workstation salesmen undermine their own unit by pushing an inferior product, just because it is made by the same company?
At best, this would be inefficient; at worst, it can land you in regulatory trouble: See Microsoft and Internet Explorer.
Re: If I paid £600 for a handset
Google doesn't sell £600 phones; Apple does. You get what you pay for and all that, I guess.
Yeah, I'm not sure what is that "much more secure" base OS X starts with.
OS X is mostly "more secure" because there are so few of them that malware writers have not bothered much to find vulnerabilities. By that stick, Linux is even more secure.
Carriers certainly have a history of putting conditions for selling Android phones. E.g Verizon Galaxy Nexus phones were the only ones not to have the Google Wallet feature, because Verizon was trying to push its own payment solution.
It's hard to believe now, but at some point in the past Android was an underdog, and Google had to convince carriers to sell Android phones.
Re: Could someone let Director James R. Clapper know...
The most likely explanation I can come up with is that Reg officials have a more powerful UI without such limits.
Re: Could someone let Director James R. Clapper know...
It's a bit curious that he was able to display a gimp icon while posting as AC. Some kind of bug?
Don't get it
What's the violation? Do Apple actually have T&Cs forbidding developers from opening devices and taking pictures?
Re: Still don't want Chinese Kit!
You'll have problems these days finding a phone that wasn't built in China.
And if we're talking about software, Nexuses are pure Google, so as American as can be.
I'm in the Android faction, but rather than saying "a good thing", I'll say "it's about bloody time".
Android had to be nice with developers in the beginning to make sure they had enough apps, but this has stopped being an issue for years.
Agree. I have no ethical problem with not respecting a stupid law; but you have to be prepared to pay the price for not respecting that law. It is only if enough people are prepared to pay that price that the stupid law will be repealed.
I don't buy that these doors can open in tighter spaces. Normal doors can open 30cm and let you squeeze through. These cannot, unless you fancy crawling on the ground.
Why the silly^W fancy doors? I can understand that for some kind of sports car, for which practicality is not the most salient point; but for an utilitarian car sitting seven people, isn't that a bit uncommon?
Indeed, Yahoo! is Purple Palace, which does appear in the article!
Re: They takes their chances
I think Yahoo has just decided that they needed to get rid of their shares of Alibaba, one way or another, with or without being taxed for it. So they might as well go ahead and do it now, since all preparations have already been done.
The IRS doesn't seem willing to decide fast, and Yahoo doesn't want to wait the possibly years it will take, when anyway it wouldn't change their decision.
Money goes the other way
The Spain experiment shows that publishers are actually benefiting from news aggregators rather than the reverse. In fact, if I remember correctly, publishers who want their articles to show up on Yahoo News actually have to pay Yahoo.
Considering Google's whole profits come from getting paid to show links to websites, they probably have a very good knowledge of who profits from what. It is understandable that they refuse to pay up.
Apple used to be able to say they are not dominant, and therefore do not need to give access to rivals.
However, with iOS at 43% for Android's 52%, that is a defense they might not enjoy for long.
So where are the IP lobbyists?
I seem to recall that there are a couple of well-funded organizations who often defend copyright holders, lobby for extending the duration of copyright, and fight piracy on the internet. How come they are not helping this guy?
He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her
Strange how complicated the world is, that nobody is able to write software without security bugs.
PH for title.
Re: the US has never been safe
As if data stored in the EU is safe from the NSA…
Re: So the second attempt sat there for almost a week
Large companies get slower, not faster.
I had to stop playing Blood Bowl because I was getting too attached to my players. Still, I proudly remember my best catcher, who had attained the level of Legend. He had gained so much agility that he could easily intercept within the tackle zone of two enemy players, then just walk away and score a touch down.
My last match, against a Chaos team, had me losing 1-0, the only goal just before the end of the game, and right after the KO by fouling of my last player still present on the field.
They didn’t consult us about the settlement, despite saying publicly that they had asked everyone
I've been following the whole story for a while, but I can't say I remember reading about Interactive Labs. Does anybody knows what they do? A cursory search did not return much, which is probably due to Google deliberately removing them from the results… Or the fact that there are bazillions of web pages containing the words "interactive labs".
This isn't about information that is wrong or defamatory. Nobody has the right to force website to take down the data. They only have the right to tell Google to stop showing it in their results.
The law does not force the website to remove the information. Some of them may even official government websites which are legally mandated to make the information available forever. This goes counter to the idea that irrelevant information should not be displayed.
The idea of the EU is that you can both have your cake and eat it by keeping the data on the website, and telling Google not to display these results in queries for personal names.
I'm pretty certain Google roughly knows where the user is in the world (or at least, it tries to). Why don't they simply filter the results whenever the user is in Europe, and display everything otherwise?
Good kid knows how to do the V sign
The proper way, for the police.
Carry on as before
It certainly seems true that nothing much has changed with this ruling. Whether fair use is a right or an affirmative action, there is no particular constraint on how much copyright owners need to give it attention before filing a claim. Much ado about nothing.
This certainly puts in perspective the very visible efforts at our company to insist on non-discriminatory treatment of minorities, encouragements for women to go for promotion and so on.
It seems that at this point, any large US company that is not publicly and ostentatiously pushing for gender equality at all levels opens itself to this type of lawsuit. I would had assumed that Microsoft had enough internal efforts to cover its ass, but maybe this lawsuit will prove me wrong.
Is that a tragedy?
I doubt people come to London to visit its iconic black cabs. Now, if the double-decker buses were to disappear, however…
Sure, sure. I just wanted to point out that the argument that porn objectifies women is extremely common.
This bland assertion to the contrary was not unlike coming in a discussion about global warming and state that humanity has obviously no influence on the climate.