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Comment: Re:What? (Score 2) 119

by Richard_at_work (#49760309) Attached to: Oculus Founder Hit With Lawsuit

Because there might have been other things going on behind the scenes that are yet to come to light? Perhaps this filing is just the latest action in a series, most of which happened in private between the parties? Not everyone launches into a lawsuit without trying other redress first - especially if contract cases are likely to be thrown out if lesser mediations have been skipped in the first place.

Comment: Re:Now Germany! (Score 2) 100

by Richard_at_work (#49734817) Attached to: US Levels Espionage Charges Against 6 Chinese Nationals

I really hope you are being sarcastic or something, and you don't really think that...

The German airforce has over 200 front line offensive aircraft in its inventory, 109 of them being the Eurofighter.

The German army has over 230 Leopard 2 main battle tanks, a tank commonly held as one of the best in the world, and over 150 PzH 2000 self propelled guns, again commonly held as one of the best in the world.

The German navy has 81 commissioned ships in service, 43 of them front line offensive in nature.

Germany isn't exactly a nation I would want to currently face in battle, not even with a top tier military such as the US, France, UK et al - those military's would almost certainly win any competition, but they wouldn't come out unscathed....

Comment: Re:"Cashless" is meaningless (Score 1) 294

Actually, there are written procedures for removing a member country voluntarily or involuntarily from the Eurozone (the ECB can simply stop dealing with that country), but there (deliberately) isn't any procedures for removing a member country voluntarily or involuntarily from the EU. The issue resides with the fact that (apart from countries with a written opt out), EU countries are required to be part of the Eurozone, so leaving or being forced to leave the Euro raises fundamental conflicts with EU membership.

Comment: Re:Obvious point of comparison? (Score 1) 211

by Richard_at_work (#49689759) Attached to: FCC May Stop 911 Access For NSI Phones

But the numbers you have come up with are not comparable to each other, as they are for different areas and data sets.

25% of calls are pranks, while 70% are dialled inadvertently - an inadvertent dial is not a prank, and a prank is not an inadvertent dial, so these figures are not comparable.

45% of calls in California are for non-emergencies, but that doesn't make them pranks, fraudulent or inadvertent dials. Sacramento is above the average in California for this type of call - but it doesn't mean the 45% figure is poor, as California will certainly have hot spots in higher density population areas.

20% of calls nationally are estimated to be non-emergencies, so that could just mean California is a hot spot with 45%.

So you can't throw the figures out just like that, because you can't compare them in the way you did.

Comment: Re:On iOS platforms. (Score 1) 270

by Richard_at_work (#49670939) Attached to: Swift Vs. Objective-C: Why the Future Favors Swift

Apple tried the whole "your app must be written natively for IOS in ObjC" before, specifically to kill off projects like Xamarin who were at the time doing a great job of allowing people to write iPhone and iPad apps in c# - the ban lasted a few months, before Apple decided the legal challenges it was facing weren't worth it and dropped the clause.

The main way in which they will force use of Swift is by dropping ObjC library updates - Xamarin succeeded because there were people willing to develop a parallel ecosystem for developers, but will anyone bother to do that for ObjC?

Comment: Re: Not forced... (Score 1) 302

by Richard_at_work (#49631735) Attached to: Uber Forced Out of Kansas

The NHS doesn't ask about the reason you ended up needing medical care, but you may find yourself being denied immediate access to treatments for non-life threatening issues if you indulge in activities which either hamper treatment or are exacerbating the issues - for example, smoking when being treated for COPD or lung cancer will get you into trouble, or being very overweight will cause surgery to be put off until you lose weight.

Comment: Re:why do we need a walled garden? (Score 1) 32

The walled garden here means free access for the user - no data charges, no access charges.

The alternative is for a user to have to pay data charges and/or access charges - in other words, the status quo. In many places, data charges can be expensive - in many parts of Africa, you can buy airtime in 15 cent vouchers, which sort of indicates the level of disposable funds people have. Data charges can fairly rapidly wipe out 15 cents, so people generally dont bother and stick to cheaper SMS and voice services.

So if the user isn't paying the data charges, who picks up the bills? Someone has to...

So why the hate for Facebook et al doing this? Do people really expect them to pick up the tab for everyone just because?

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