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Of the following, I'd rather play ...

pr100 bridge is social too (273 comments)

All of that applies to bridge too. The main problem with bridge is that you need multiples of four to play.

4 days ago

The Psychology of Phishing

pr100 too good to be true (128 comments)

Criminals can promise things that legit marketing emails can't.

about a month ago

UK Cabinet Office Adopts ODF As Exclusive Standard For Sharable Documents

pr100 Re:Is Word ODF real ODF? (164 comments)

I suppose that doesn't quite answer the question of whether any of those pieces of software actually produce documents that comply with the standard, which is what the actual requirement is.

But in any case the practical difficulty will be that people will say they have complied with the requirement by saving as ODF from Word, whether or not that actually enables interoperability with non-Word software.

about a month ago

UK Cabinet Office Adopts ODF As Exclusive Standard For Sharable Documents

pr100 Is Word ODF real ODF? (164 comments)

Assuming there's compliance with this edict at some point in the foreseeable future (which is questionable); what's going to happen is that people will save as ODF from Word. The question is then whether you can truly use other software to work on those documents. MS has a long history of failing to properly implement standards; or even their own specifications.

about a month ago

Following EU Ruling, BBC Article Excluded From Google Searches

pr100 US law isn't directly relevant here. (239 comments)

Truth might not be an absolute defence to defamation in the US, but it is in English law.

But in any case this is not about defamation. It's a different thing.

about a month and a half ago

Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

pr100 rtf? - txt will do. (681 comments)

Seriously, I don't think I ever received anything from them that couldn't be sent in RTF format, but that's another story.

99% of the stuff that gets send as word processor files could be plain text.

about 2 months ago

Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

pr100 Re:work life balance is a myth (710 comments)

Only in the US would 3 weeks be regarded as a generous holiday allowance. In most of Europe 4 weeks is a minimum - many people have ~6 weeks+.

about 2 months ago

Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

pr100 plug-in hybrid is a hybrid (377 comments)

The summary suggests that plug-in hybrids are something different from hybrids - surely that's wrong: they're just a particular kind of hybrid.

about 2 months ago

Web Browsing Isn't Copyright Infringement, Rules EU Court of Justice

pr100 Re:WTF? (79 comments)

Huh? If the newspapers don't want people to view their content via the web then they should stop publishing it on the web.

about 3 months ago

Thousands of Europeans Petition For Their 'Right To Be Forgotten'

pr100 Re:Will in US be affected (224 comments)

It's not at all clear that this is want Google plan to do. The BBC are reporting that will not be affected. Whether the Google Spain ruling actually says what you say it does is not clear. The judgment says (at para 88) " the operator of a search engine is obliged to remove from the list of results displayed...". There's nothing in the decision that specifically addresses deleting copies of data.

about 3 months ago

Thousands of Europeans Petition For Their 'Right To Be Forgotten'

pr100 Re:All I'll say... (224 comments)

With some provisos. There are contexts in which the fact of the convictions can still be used. For example in a subsequent criminal trial evidence of the conviction can be given (subject to the usual rules of evidence about such things).

about 3 months ago

Google Overtakes Apple As the World's Most Valuable Brand

pr100 All google needs are ads (84 comments)

You ask "what exactly does google sell apart from ads". This misses the point. Google makes loads of money from ads. Everything else is really there to make sure that nothing interferes with that. Android? Google doesn't care about 'phones per se... what they care about is loads of Iphones that don't have google as the default search provider. Chrome? same thing, get a decent market share of the web browser market and you're protected against directing traffic away from google one way or the other... and so it goes.

about 3 months ago

New Cologne Answers the Question: "What Does a Bitcoin Smell Like?"

pr100 diamonds have real value (61 comments)

Most diamonds mined are used in for practical industrial purposes and have value for that reason.

about 3 months ago

BMW Unveils the Solar Charging Carport of the Future

pr100 Why put the panels on he car port? (165 comments)

If you're going to install solar panels then putting them on a car port is often not going to be the smart thing to do. You want to pick the place with the best exposure to the sun, which will often be the house roof. And you don't want to use the power generated just to charge up the car - if you've got the panels you might as well feed the power into the house for general domestic use. There is some additional overhead in sorting that out - buying an inverter and doing the wiring - worth it in the long run if you're buying and installing the panels anyway.

about 3 months ago

Students Remember Lectures Better Taking Notes Longhand Than Using Laptops

pr100 ... or just don't take notes in class (191 comments)

I tend not to take notes at all during class/lectures. The material is not unique - there are plenty of other sources for that information. The point about attending is to have someone explain stuff to you in a way that makes it easy to comprehend. The best way to make use of that exposition is to pay attention and make sure you understand what's being said, asking questions if necessary.

Make notes later.

Contemporaneous note taking is for situations where the information that is is only available from that source and needs to be accurately recorded. Examples include doing an experiment where you need at accurate record of what was done, or taking a statement from a witness.

about 4 months ago

Microsoft Continues To Lose Money With Each Surface Tablet It Sells

pr100 Re:Android tablets not good compared to phones (179 comments)

Isn't the lack of multiple profiles because of a patent for this kind of thing on mobile phones held by Nokia?

about 4 months ago

The Fall and Rise of Larry Page

pr100 Re:first=win (99 comments)

Not to mention google. There were plenty of pre-google web search engines.

about 4 months ago

Anonymous' Airchat Aim: Communication Without Need For Phone Or Internet

pr100 Re:Illegal in some countries (180 comments)

At least the UK has enacted the Human Rights Act 1998, which gives protection where rights afforded by the European Convention on Human Rights are violated by the state.

Whilst I'm sure bad stuff happens in the UK, it does provide a framework that prevents overt abuses such as Guantanamo Bay...

about 4 months ago


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