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Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

jonbryce Re:It's the OS, Stupid (252 comments)

You can get a Thunderbolt / Ethernet adapter for the MacBook Air. The problem with an ethernet jack is that the Air is too thin for it.

about a month ago
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London Unveils New Driverless Subway Trains

jonbryce Re:Subway trains? (127 comments)

Or Glaswegians. The underground line in Glasgow is called the Subway.

about a month and a half ago
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London Unveils New Driverless Subway Trains

jonbryce Re:I've been wondering why this took so long (127 comments)

Start with the Victoria Line. The trains there could be converted to driver-less operation within a week. Trackside barriers are a red herring. If someone jumps onto the track, there is nothing the driver can do about it anyway.

about a month and a half ago
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London Unveils New Driverless Subway Trains

jonbryce Re:Well... (127 comments)

There are a lot more than 8.3 million people during the day time when people travel in from other parts of South East England for work and shopping.

about a month and a half ago
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Only Two States Have Rules To Prevent Cheating On Computerized Tests

jonbryce Re:I'm sorry... (95 comments)

We need to have the government regulating school tests so that they are a consistent standard, and people can rely on them as a measure of the student's ability.

about a month and a half ago
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A Garbage Truck That Would Make Elon Musk Proud

jonbryce Re:Low hanging fruit (174 comments)

Except that if there is a major incident near one fire station, all the fire engines from that station will go to that fire, and at the same time, some fire engines from other stations will go to that station to provide cover for any other incidents that take place at the same time.

about a month and a half ago
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Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

jonbryce Re:Get an Arduino MCU (554 comments)

Well you can get computers that can take parallel ports, and run Windows 8.1. Maybe not at Staples, but they do exist. I'm using one at the moment, which I got from John Lewis. I upgraded it to Windows 7, but it did have Windows 8 when it came out of the box.

about 1 month ago
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Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

jonbryce Re:Get an Arduino MCU (554 comments)

You can get PCIe / Parallel Port expansion boards.

about 2 months ago
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Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

jonbryce Re:Every new employee (554 comments)

My office could have X11/Linux on the desktop, given that the only application that we run on the desktop is Windows Remote Desktop.

about 2 months ago
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Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

jonbryce Re:WfW in VM (554 comments)

But would you be able to directly address the pins on a parallel port from a virtual machine?

about 2 months ago
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Apple Faces Large Penalties In EU Tax Probe

jonbryce Re:Finally (120 comments)

And that factory isn't where they are saving the money.

They have a company called Apple Operations International. It is registered in Ireland, and all the staff that work for that company are based in Texas. Under Irish law, the company does not pay any tax because it doesn't do any business or employ any people in Ireland. Under US Federal and Texas State law, it doesn't pay any tax in the US or Texas because the company is registered in Ireland. That company makes a huge amount of money, two thirds of all the profits the Apple Group makes, and doesn't pay tax on it anywhere in the world. Not the very low 12.5% Irish tax rate, not a specially reduced rate. Absolutely no tax whatsoever.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Faces Large Penalties In EU Tax Probe

jonbryce Re:Finally (120 comments)

Ireland doesn't actually get that many employees out of these deals, maybe one person to sign official documents, and another person to answer the phone / email and open the mail.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Faces Large Penalties In EU Tax Probe

jonbryce Re:Finally (120 comments)

The legal basis is EU State Aid regulations, which prevent governments doing this sort of thing without permission from the EU.

about 2 months ago
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Why a Chinese Company Is the Biggest IPO Ever In the US

jonbryce Re:more direct connection to producers (191 comments)

alibaba.com targets the wholesale market; but there is also aliexpress.com which is for the consumer market and you can buy items individually there.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

jonbryce Re:Safe deposit box (268 comments)

I have an HP Microserver with the Xpenology software on it. It serves as a Time Machine for the Mac, it has some iSCSI targets which are mounted on the Windows Machines as backup drives, and Synology Cloudstation serves as a DropBox like service which means that my most important documents can be synced remotely.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

jonbryce Re:Safe deposit box (268 comments)

On Windows, you want C:\Users and C:\ProgramData. ProgramData is a hidden folder.

about 2 months ago
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The Challenges and Threats of Automated Lip Reading

jonbryce Re:NSA probably already has this technology (120 comments)

I spelt it out in words because I was talking about English. Obviously French is completely different.

When saying either of those words, first the tongue moves down from the top of the mouth, then you say a vowel, and the difference between them is at the back of the mouth where you can't see. Then you have the "n" which is the same in both words.

about 2 months ago
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The Challenges and Threats of Automated Lip Reading

jonbryce Re:NSA probably already has this technology (120 comments)

You can't for example tell the difference between "nine" and "ten" by lip reading, and often either could be equally likely in the context.

about 2 months ago

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ACS Law found guilty of misconduct

jonbryce jonbryce writes  |  more than 3 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 6 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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