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Comment: Re:Bookstores need to shape up (Score 1) 176

by vectorious (#45374147) Attached to: Amazon Gets Blow-Back Over Plan To Sell Kindles At Small Bookshops
In the UK at least book stores do have an advantage over Amazon Kindle - for unknown reasons VAT (sales tax) at 20% is chargeable on ebooks, but not on dead tree books - so the ought to have an advantage there - Amazon also has it selling paper books over the internet, but that is not instant delivery

Comment: Wrong size again (Score 1) 433

by vectorious (#43060471) Attached to: Did Steve Jobs Pick the Wrong Tablet Size?
I think they have picked the wrong size again. The 7.9 inch does not fit in a jacket pocket, but the Nexus 7 does - the extra 1.3cm width stops it fitting. I also think that the ideal sizes are 7 inch for portability, and maybe as big as 12 inch for home or business - I would love to read an A4 (US letter roughly) document pretty much full size (trimming the margins). The 10 inch screen does shrink it a little too much. The 10 inch is too large to be portable, too small to represent documents full size.

Comment: Re:Bad Idea (Score 1) 1219

by vectorious (#34728832) Attached to: 'No Refusal' DUI Checkpoints Coming To Florida?
I understood that "Probable Cause" was a American legal term and English law used "prima facie", which, depending on circumstance, can either be a higher or lower burden of proof. The difference between them is I understand part of the problem with the US/UK extradition law - it is felt that probable cause is a lower standard in some cases.

Comment: Re:200,000 dollars (Score 1) 239

by vectorious (#33477706) Attached to: Simon Singh Talks With Wired About His Libel Battle
I understand from other sources that he will get most of the money back (although by no means all me might still be out £20-£50k, no small sum for an individual). However he did have to front £200k himself upfront, with no guarantee of recovery and lost two years of his life, which for a self employed writer is 2 years income gone.

Comment: Re:200,000 dollars (Score 5, Informative) 239

by vectorious (#33477544) Attached to: Simon Singh Talks With Wired About His Libel Battle
He did have the proof to back up what he said - that the treatments were bogus. I.e. there is plenty of evidence that they did not work (more accurately no evidence that they do better than a placebo). The original judge decided that "bogus" meant that the supplier was dishonestly lying about it too, and that was the libellous claim, and that is the appeal he won. In any case he probably could have won the argument as he could have shown that the Chiropracters ought to have known about the studies that showed the lack of effect, and if they did not they were negligent, and if they did they were dishonest. This however was a much tougher argument, with room for scope of argument on "dishonest". Notably the BCA had to issue warnings to members to remove claims from websites and literature as there were many making claims that could not be backed up.This suggests that he probably had a point anyway. The effect is now that many people will not speak out against treatments without any medical value and dodgy medical claims for fear of being sued - even if they win they lose a few years of their life and earnings.
Technology

+ - US:$122M for lab that will spin sunlight into fuel->

Submitted by coondoggie
coondoggie (973519) writes "Making clean fuel out of sunlight is the idea behind a $122 million US Department of Energy award to a team of California researchers. The award will bring about the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP), which will be led by the California Institute of Technology in partnership with the DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The lab will bring together researchers in an ambitious effort aimed at simulating nature's photosynthetic techniques for practical energy production with the goal of developing a commercial-grade solar energy-to-chemical fuel conversion system, the DOE stated."
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Linux

+ - India's $35 tablet computer->

Submitted by NotBornYesterday
NotBornYesterday (1093817) writes "India has unveiled the prototype of a $35 basic touchscreen tablet aimed at students, which it hopes to bring into production by 2011, and eventually, they hope the cost will fall to $10 per unit. India's Human resource development minister Kapil Sibal saying that "The motherboard, its chip, the processing, connectivity, all of them cumulatively cost around $35, including memory, display, everything." Using a memory card instead of a hard drive, and running a Linux OS, the designers have managed to keep the price low, and are now looking for manufacturing partners. The tablet can be used for functions like word processing, web browsing and video-conferencing. It has a solar power option too, which is important in India's less developed areas, though that add-on costs extra."
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IT

+ - Who Should Own Your Smartphone?->

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snydeq writes "The great corporate barrier against employees using personal smartphones in business contexts has been breached, writes InfoWorld's Galen Gruman. According to a recent report from Forrester Research, half of the smartphones in use among U.S. and Canadian businesses are not company-issued equipment. In fact, some organizations are even subsidizing employees' service plans as an easy way to avoid the procurement and management headaches of an increasingly standard piece of work equipment. Gruman discusses the pros and cons of going with a subsidized, employee-owned smartphone plan, which is part of a larger trend that sees IT loosening its grip on 'dual-use' devices, including laptops and PCs."
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