Jeff Ravencraft from the USB Implementers Forum discusses the deployment of USB hardware interface standards, including USB 3.0 as well as wireless USB. So-called “Superspeed” USB, or USB 3.0, can operate up to 10 times faster than current USB 2.0 connections. USB 3.0 ports can supply up to twice as much power as USB 2.0 ports, which is important for charging many of today’s portable devices more quickly.
Mr. Ravencraft also discusses the certification process that USB devices and device manufacturers must go through in order to be able to legally display the respective official USB logos.
Interview by Andy McCaskey of SDR News and Esbjorn Larsen of MrNetCast.com.
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In an interview with the Wall Street Journal recently, Google’s Eric Schmidt suggested that teens will automatically change their name in order to disassociate themselves from the indiscretions of youth. While this might seem to be a somewhat extreme action to take, how easy is it to actually change your name?
If you live in the UK, it’s actually very easy. All you have to do is start using your new name. As long as there’s no intention to deceive or defraud, that’s it. Pretty easy.
If you want to make it it a bit more formal so that it’s on your passport and driving licence, you can use a “deed poll” to change your name. You fill out a simple form, get it witnessed and that’s it legal. You then present the deed poll whenever you want to get your old name changed to your new name. Job done.
One further and final step is to “enrol” your deed poll which then becomes part of the public record. All of these deed polls are published in the London, Edinburgh or Belfast Gazettes and there is a charge for this service of around £50 ($75).
There’s a guide to changing your name by deed poll and enrolling it on Her Majesty’s Court Service. If you do a quick Google, you’ll find plenty of websites (a) wanting to charge for the service and (b) testimonies of people who have done it for free. I liked this one who changed his name legally to “Flash” because he was going to be forced to answer the phone with his real name.
It’s perhaps more common than you think. I know one couple personally who, instead of the wife adopting the surname of the husband, they created a new surname that combined parts of both of their original surnames. They took care with how it sounded and it worked out well.
So Eric Schmidt might be onto something if it’s that easy – the difficult part is going to be choosing a new name.
Usual disclaimer – I’m not a lawyer and the above doesn’t constitute legal advice.
Check out this screenshot. Tell me why it’s an Oxymoron:
If you said “This is an Associated Press article – I CANNOT share it on Mixx, Buzz, Digg, Reddit, Facebook or Newswire”, then you are correct!
If you go to the A.P.s site, you do not see any sharing widgets. However, if you go to the sites that pay for the content, they could have these little add-ons to try and promote their brand. But with these widgets, they could be in breech of their contract.
The Associated Press has said it doesn’t want to squelch new media, but it will go after sites that post it’s content and make money on it. Isn’t that like EVERY site on the Internet?
Back in June, the AP told their reporters to police social media like Facebook and Twitter. The idea would be to identify and irradicate any posts that violate their usage policies. So you could get a take down notice if you post or “Re Tweet” those A.P. articles.
If you have a website and you have A.P. content on it, you might want to think about those little blurbs to suggest sharing the articles. You may be inadvertently breaching your contract.
I wonder if someone should start a list of Websites that use A.P. so we all know not to share the data from it. Of course, I am not going to rock that boat. However, if you know of a website that is an Associated Press site, you might want to comment on it below…