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Tesla: A Carmaker Or Grid-Storage Company?

jonbryce Re:Maybe Alaska will be interested... (151 comments)

With a car battery, or a laptop / phone battery, you care about kWh per cubic cm. With a grid storage battery, the amount of space it takes up isn't that much of an issue, but you do care about about how much of the kWh you put into the battery you get back out, and how much it costs per kWh of storage.

about a week ago
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UK Government Pays Microsoft £5.5M For Extended Support of Windows XP

jonbryce Re:... really 13 years to update? (341 comments)

How much of a security risk is this lab microscope? Yes the lab tech will email the images to the doctor responsible for the case, or copy them onto a shared network drive, so there is some outside connection, but the risk can be managed.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Experiences With Free To Air Satellite TV?

jonbryce Re:Big Ugly Dishes (219 comments)

FreeSat in the UK uses DVB-S and DBV-S2 for some (most, possibly all?) HD channels. I believe the pay service from Sky uses the same system as it is possible for a free channel to broadcast to both from the same channel, they just need to transmit two sets of EPG data.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Patent Could Herald Interchangeable iPhone Camera Lenses

jonbryce Re:It's not just about the latest technology (160 comments)

The good thing about my phone camera is that it takes OK photos and it is in my pocket, where as my Canon SLR which takes amazing photos, tends to be in my camera bag at home.

about two weeks ago
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Introducing a Calendar System For the Information Age

jonbryce Re:WOW!!! Way to much time on their hands! (224 comments)

The birth of Jesus is "year one", not "year zero". We go from 1BC (or BCE if you prefer) to 1AD (or CE) with no year zero.

We do know for a fact that we got year one wrong in our calculations. The Bible says Jesus was born during the reign of King Herod, and King Herod died in 4BC.

about three weeks ago
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Introducing a Calendar System For the Information Age

jonbryce Re:Um no (224 comments)

All the calendars I've looked at seem to agree that there should be 12 months in a year of approximately equal length, and apart from the Muslim calendar, a year is approximately the length of time it takes for the earth to rotate around the sun and the Muslim calendar is only about 11 days shorter than that.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Anti-Camera Device For Use In a Small Bus?

jonbryce Re:Nope (478 comments)

Most (but not all) cameras can't see infrared either.

about 2 months ago
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Whatever Happened To the IPv4 Address Crisis?

jonbryce Re:Probably the home router... (574 comments)

It is most likely to happen if you change ISP, or your ISP is taken over by another company that already serves your area. For example, my ISP Telefonica O2 has been taken over by Rupert Murdoch's Sky. At some point in the next couple of months, I will be moved over from the O2 network to the Sky network, and get a different static IPV4 address.

about 2 months ago
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Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards

jonbryce Re:Skim software (731 comments)

Yes you can, but you still need the actual chip in the machine for it to work. What they do is get the card details and the pin, then create a mag strip card with those details and use it in an American ATM to draw cash.

about 2 months ago
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Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards

jonbryce Re:It's about time. (731 comments)

If you accept card payments via Paypal for example, the fees are 3.4% for cardholder not present transactions and 2.75% for chip & pin transactions.

about 2 months ago
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Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards

jonbryce Re:It's about time. (731 comments)

Risk is higher for a debit card because if it is compromised, direct debit payments for bills will bounce while you get it sorted out.

about 2 months ago
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Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards

jonbryce Re:It's about time. (731 comments)

Or at an ATM. It is the only time I have ever used my credit card at an ATM.

about 2 months ago
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L.A. Building's Lights Interfere With Cellular Network, FCC Says

jonbryce Re:"Must accept harmful interference..." (158 comments)

Only if they are aware there is a problem. Mostly they will look, see it is lighting stuff which is legal to import, and make sure the importer has paid the appropriate import tax on it.

about 2 months ago
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India To Build World's Largest Solar Plant

jonbryce Re:Epic-scale photovoltaic (253 comments)

A lot of Indian electricity is used for air conditioning, so in that respect, output from a pv solar panel will very closely match demand.

about 2 months ago
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EU Commission: Corruption Across EU Costs €120 Billion

jonbryce Re:Relation to Debt Crisis? (196 comments)

And corruption in China is absolutely nothing compared to the level of corruption in India.

about 2 months ago
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EU Commission: Corruption Across EU Costs €120 Billion

jonbryce Re:... meanwhile in USA ... (196 comments)

You can find out how much the campaign contributions are, but finding out how much they cost you is much more difficult. A $1m campaign contribution would normally bring more than $1m of benefits. How much more is the unknown number.

about 2 months ago
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Mexico's Stolen Radiation Truck: It Could Happen In the US

jonbryce Re:Radioactive paranoia (105 comments)

And while not every hospital does cancer treatment, a lot of them do, certainly all the bigger ones unless they specialise in something else.

about 3 months ago
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South Korean Court Rules That Phone Bloatware Must Be Deletable

jonbryce Re:... Yes I'm looking at you Apple (138 comments)

This law says the apps have to be deletable, not that you are not allowed to put them on in the first place. No harm in putting the Apple maps app on there for example, if you can delete it and replace it with the Google Maps one or whichever other one you prefer.

about 3 months ago
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U.S. Teenagers Are Driving Much Less: 4 Theories About Why

jonbryce Re: Murica Fuck yea! (635 comments)

I think it is fair. My claim was that fuel costs about the same per mile/km in Europe as it does in the US, even though per gallon/litre, it costs a lot more.
The majority of cars in Europe are diesel, France for example is 90% diesel, and people who drive more miles tend to choose diesel cars as the additional cost of buying the car is offset by the fuel savings; therefore a very large majority of fuel sales in Europe are for diesel. The choice of diesel is one of the reasons why miles per gallon is much higher in Europe than in the US.

about 3 months ago

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ACS Law found guilty of misconduct

jonbryce jonbryce writes  |  more than 2 years ago

jonbryce (703250) writes "ACS:Law the law firm involved in a campaign of "speculative invoicing" against alleged copyright infringers has been found guilty of breaching the solicitors' code of conduct in the Patent County Court in London.

The firm closed its doors earlier this year following a disastrous court hearing. The latest ruling means that the 27 defendants in the copyright cases can claim wasted costs of around £90,000 each (approx $150,000).

The head of ACS:Law, Andrew Crossley, faces an hearing at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal later this year, and could potentially be banned from acting as a lawyer."

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Pirate Bay prosecutors suffer legal setback

jonbryce jonbryce writes  |  more than 5 years ago

jonbryce (703250) writes "Swedish prosecutors today dropped the most serious charges against The Pirate Bay after failing to prove that the illegally distributed files had been distributed from The Pirate Bay's website.

This means they have been found not guilty of the more serious charge of assisting copyright infringement, but they are still being tried for the lesser offence of "assisting making available copyrighted content".

Clearly the prosecutor doesn't understand bittorrent technology, and this hasn't helped him in this case.

This case is getting pretty good coverage in the European mainstream media. In addition to the Manchester Guardian report above, it has also been reported in the Times (London), and the Independent. VNU Net describes it as a farce."

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English courts allow software patents

jonbryce jonbryce writes  |  more than 5 years ago

jonbryce (703250) writes "The court of appeal in England has ruled that companies should be granted patents for "complex" software products. In this particular case, Symbian had written something that makes mobile phones run faster.

The court case has received very little attention because of the bank crisis, but it can be appealed to the House of Lords and then the European Court of Justice."

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