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BBC Clock Inaccurate - 100 Days To Fix?

Amorya Re: Not-so-accurate source (487 comments)

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 ago

UK Green Lights HS2 High Speed Rail Line

Amorya Re:Not just railway lines (329 comments)

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.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft In Talks To Buy Nokia's Smartphone Division?

Amorya Re:This story is a lie (192 comments)

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.

more than 2 years ago

C++ 2011 and the Return of Native Code

Amorya Re:Carmack (616 comments)

It's in Xcode 4.2, which is still in beta.

more than 3 years ago

UK To Shut Down Social Networks?

Amorya Re:Just England (403 comments)

Don't just leave us to our fate!

more than 3 years ago

Roundabout Revolution Sweeping US

Amorya Re:Pedestrian problems? (1173 comments)

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.

more than 3 years ago

Wal-Mart Tests Online Grocery Delivery

Amorya Re:Long standard in the UK (229 comments)

I was heading back from Mull last month and I saw a Tesco van join the queue for the ferry...

more than 3 years ago

Nokia - No More Symbian Phones After 2012

Amorya Re:Hardware buttons (234 comments)

If you hit the sleep button on a ringing iPhone, it silences the ring.

more than 3 years ago

Nokia - No More Symbian Phones After 2012

Amorya Re:Good observation but wrong conclusion (234 comments)

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.

more than 3 years ago

BBC To Dispose of Douglas Adams Website

Amorya Re:I have another option (189 comments)

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.

more than 3 years ago

Woman Sues Google Over Street View Shots of Her Underwear

Amorya Re:Time to play Devil's Advocate (417 comments)

I think she's saying she lost her job because of her anxiety disorder. Which could mean she was fired or she quit.

more than 3 years ago

Does the End of KOffice Mean the End of KDE?

Amorya Re:Oblig ... (233 comments)

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 everywhere!

more than 3 years ago

iPhone Opens Up Bluetooth For Data

Amorya Re:This is the reason (129 comments)

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.

more than 3 years ago

Why Computer Science Students Cheat

Amorya Re:How many ways are there to do simple things? (694 comments)

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.

more than 4 years ago

Bloomberg Reports That Palm Is Up For Sale

Amorya Re:BeOS! (240 comments)

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.

more than 4 years ago

Scrabble To Allow Proper Nouns

Amorya Re:Hmm (377 comments)

Is it in the dictionary?

more than 4 years ago

BBC Activates DRM For Its iPlayer Content

Amorya Re:HTML5 is NOT the solution to DRM! (282 comments)

What about the BBC's own completely open codec, Dirac?

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...

more than 4 years ago

Here Come the Linux iPad Clones

Amorya Re:No iPad for me (584 comments)

You can distribute to 100 devices without the app store, but you still require a developer licence ($99/year).

more than 4 years ago

Robots To Clear the Baltic Seafloor of WW-II Mines

Amorya Re:Robots and explosives, what could go wrong? (286 comments)

By definition?

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.

more than 4 years ago

Mozilla's VP of Engineering On H.264

Amorya Re:HTML5 Video (675 comments)

They dropped the pay-for-fullscreen thing a few years back.

more than 4 years ago


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