24 posts • joined Wednesday 3rd October 2007 06:35 GMT
Re: Their biggest crowd-driven maps app
I started to use mapmaker when it was released over here last month but then thought, "what the hell am I doing giving my time, knowledge and effort to a commercial company for free?" Sure, our changes are shared to all users, and you could argue that is our 'payment', but Google are still profiting massively from it.
Still no data here
I've noticed no difference today - I still get no data at all despite my phone showing that I have 5 bars and HSDPA. Every so often the mast will give up a few bytes and I'll receive the backlog of email notifications, then it's back to nothing for a few hours.
Re: HR and Sysadmin
It's not totally their fault. From another site:
"In an Oct. 14, 2005, e-mail that was turned over by the defendants, TTS founder Mike Musacchio asks Exel employee Joseph Roy Brown "... how are we going to get into email after you leave?" Mr. Brown, who left Exel to join TTS only days later as its Vice President - Information Technology, sent the reply "I have the back door password that only I know and no one else can change."
It doesn't sound like it was as simple as their accounts not being deactivated when they left.
Re: If this is true...
If it was a steady 2Mb/s I would agree with you but my connection at home and work has gone from a steady 8Mb/s to one that varies constantly between 300Kb/s and 2Mb/s. That's very noticeable even when browsing.
You can do those things with css in a browser, it doesn't need an app.
Facebook: for friends outside of work
LinkedIn: for people I've worked with
And never the twain shall meet.
I bought one before Christmas at this price. The hardware and OS are superb; if you're a power user who needs hundreds of apps it's probably not for you, but as a tablet for casual browsing, a few games and watching the odd program on iPlayer they're great. Come next month they'll even have a native email client!
I picked up a Playbook before Christmas when they were £170. The hardware and OS are superb, what's lacking is decent apps. Netflix, Skype and Kindle are all missing, and you'd be hard pressed to find someone who doesn't use at least one of them on other devices. RIM should be paying these companies to the write apps for the Playbook. Also, the BB app store policy of $1=£1 needs looking at as apps are expensive compared to Android an iOS because of it.
Google legal vs Reg hack
I suspect that the Google legal bods probably considered all this for longer than the 5 hours between the takeover announcement and this article.
I'm also on Be LLU and still get the full 2.2MB/s download on a 24Mb/s connection and haven't noticed any problems. Measuring an average speed for all customers and then reporting that speeds are dropping is pretty useless, the comparison needs to be done like for like. It's like measuring the average speed on all roads then saying motorways are getting slower.
Gmail Spam Still Down
Oddly, my Google Apps spam folder, which keeps spam for 30 days, is still down to around 500 messages, from a peak of 3000 just before the McColo shenanigans. Google have always been pretty good at filtering spam, but that doesn't explain why they're not even receiving it.
For €5 a month you can tunnel your traffic via a VPN to Switzerland, with download limits in the 10s of GB and speeds of at least 8Mbps. So for less than the price of an album from iTunes you can download without the BPI knowing who your ISP is and without your ISP knowing what you're downloading.
You're using the same misleading argument as the *IAA
Just because someone downloads something for free, it doesn't necessarily follow that they would have bought it.
Google's SMTP servers seem to be very strict on what they allow; for example, if you set the from address to something different to the registered address it shows in the recipients client as from 'email@example.com on behalf of firstname.lastname@example.org' (or the other way round, I can't remember). You might want to check, if that's what you're doing.
Thank goodness for that
Now perhaps computer forums won't be full of 'why is my hard drive size showing less than it's supposed to' posts, to which some idiot always replies, 'it's because you lose some when you format it.'
They haven't really thought this through, have they?
So if I want to get someone sent away for a couple of years, all I have to do now is plant a disk containing strong encrypted data? Maybe send it to them through the post then anonymously tip off the police that that person is involved with drug crime or a terrorist plot. They wouldn't be able to provide the police with the key and couldn't prove that the disk doesn't belong to them. Sounds like a great law. Until it happens to you...