top BBC Clock Inaccurate - 100 Days To Fix?
About that license, for the sake of (my) curiosity - it is paid on tv-set basis (one por TV), or por watching eyes basis (one por house's living people)?
It's per household.
about a year and a half ago
top UK Green Lights HS2 High Speed Rail Line
Coventry->London on a train with only one stop takes 1:03.
Birmingham->Coventry stopping only at Birmingham International takes 21 minutes.
Total time BHM->EUS is1:24.
top Microsoft In Talks To Buy Nokia's Smartphone Division?
Smart phones are not Microsoft's business. It would be like Lockheed-Martin trying to manufacture desktop computers. They don't know anything about it and would probably not fit culturally. Microsoft has a hard time engaging new ventures effectively because of their culture. They need a new captain AND a new culture.
Yeah, PC guys are not going to just figure this out. They're not going to just walk in.
top C++ 2011 and the Return of Native Code
It's in Xcode 4.2, which is still in beta.
top UK To Shut Down Social Networks?
Don't just leave us to our fate!
top Roundabout Revolution Sweeping US
That can work... there's quite a few roundabouts in the UK that have pedestrian crossings on each road leading off it. You space them about two or three car lengths from the roundabout so that there's a little bit of room for cars to queue when the lights are red, and you make the lights always stay green unless a pedestrian pushes the button (i.e. the lights aren't controlling the traffic otherwise). Usually such crossings take a bit longer to change to allow pedestrians past, too, to avoid too much congestion.
top Wal-Mart Tests Online Grocery Delivery
I was heading back from Mull last month and I saw a Tesco van join the queue for the ferry...
top Nokia - No More Symbian Phones After 2012
If you hit the sleep button on a ringing iPhone, it silences the ring.
top Nokia - No More Symbian Phones After 2012
Their dumbphone line isn't based on Symbian. Series 40 is still going strong, and I don't think Nokia are killing that any time soon.
top BBC To Dispose of Douglas Adams Website
I had an inspector come round once, and I declared (honestly) that I had a TV but it wasn't connected. I invited him in to have a look, but he said it was fine and he'd take my word for it, and they put a note against our address.
top Woman Sues Google Over Street View Shots of Her Underwear
I think she's saying she lost her job because of her anxiety disorder. Which could mean she was fired or she quit.
top Does the End of KOffice Mean the End of KDE?
Guess we're two of those weird people who apparently can't see the point in round things when they're not needed.
Oh, but they're
top iPhone Opens Up Bluetooth For Data
Vote parent up, 'tis true.
Sadly it requires specific hardware (an authentication chip) inside the device, but I'd wager that's how this example was made.
top Why Computer Science Students Cheat
Actually, that's still plagiarism if you didn't cite it. You're not allowed to submit the same stuff for more than one assignment, without citing your previous assignment as a source. At least, that's how it works in my department.
top Bloomberg Reports That Palm Is Up For Sale
It's not the entire system, it's on a per-app basis. It means the app whose window is under the cursor hasn't responded to events in a few seconds. You can still switch apps and continue working elsewhere.
top Scrabble To Allow Proper Nouns
Is it in the dictionary?
top BBC Activates DRM For Its iPlayer Content
What about the BBC's own completely open codec,
It's completely open, and any arguments against it based on low market share could also be levelled at Theora. Dirac has the advantage of offering significantly better quality compression than Theora...
top Here Come the Linux iPad Clones
You can distribute to 100 devices without the app store, but you still require a developer licence ($99/year).
top Robots To Clear the Baltic Seafloor of WW-II Mines
One of the mechanical men and women in Capek's play; hence, a machine (sometimes resembling a human being in appearance) designed to function in place of a living agent, esp. one which carries out a variety of tasks automatically or with a minimum of external impulse.
The Oxford English Dictionary does say "especially" the autonomous meaning, but the above definition certainly applies here. These robots are definitely functioning in place of a living agent.
top Mozilla's VP of Engineering On H.264
They dropped the pay-for-fullscreen thing a few years back.
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