71 posts • joined 6 Nov 2007
Hack away you can't do worse than Bristol City Council
Bristol City council can beat any hacker any day at traffic light induced chaos. If there is a straight stretch of road they'll throw up a set of traffic lights with timings setup without consideration for any lights up or down the road to cause the maximum disruption.
One journey a little while ago of around 2 -3 miles I passed through 24 sets of traffic lights and stopped at 22 of them. I guess BCC's bid for the Green Capital of Europe was based around slowing the traffic down to such an extent that moss started to grow on the cars.
Re: Multi-threaded, eh? Gosh, how modern.
They demoed a couple of different routes of taking ancient applications and porting them to modern systems. The one above used DAL of an ancient C++ app and porting it to Windows 8.
Another technology on the 2nd day involved automatically porting a VB 6 application to WinForms and then as a final step to an ASP.Net website.
Re: I hate to bang on about this AGAIN
That's why the universal app projects in Visual Studio allow you to share as much or as little common code as necessary. If you do have something that works fine on WinPhone then you can go ahead and push it, otherwise you can tune controls or whole pages to look the best on the different platforms.
Re: Top Tip
They are sorting it out it's called LTE. It's more efficient than 3G on better frequencies.
I'm fairly sure we didn't receive one. I've just hunted down the leaflet's pdf and I don't recognise anything like that coming through the door. We don't get that much post, junk or otherwise, so anything that goes through the door gets at least a cursory look.
The only thing I can think of is that is a play on the version number of Windows, 8.1 -> 81
Re: Can you spell horseshit?
The author of the report claimed only 12 are possible on the home screen ignoring the scrolling and also the fact that all of the tiles could have been resized to give you 24 tiles per page if you like that sort of density. ( I don't. )
Skydrive upload is optional on Windows Phones. There are 3 modes that can be selected, no upload, low resolution upload for sharing or a full resolution copy on Skydrive.
You mean Apple didn't have this feature already.
Even Microsoft managed to get it implemented in 2010 for Windows Phone. ( Around the same time as Android got it.)
Re: Re-nationalise BT...
You are mistaken the real change was the introduction of the NTE5 wall socket and the introduction of digital exchanges. The development and implementation of both started under the nationalised BT.
BT were forced to offer local loop unbundling because an EU directive and they were subsequently forced to create Openreach to ensure that they did actually offer equal access to the local network.
They were also pretty slow in getting ADSL services out to the masses. ( I remember them still pimping Home Highway (ISDN) hard even when ADSL services were available and even then their initial ADSL speeds were pretty miserly.)
I really don't buy this private BT is better as it seems that they are frequently forced to do the right thing by government time and time again.
Interesting comparison to Steam Survey for July 2013
Windows 7 64 bit 52.39%
Windows 8 64 bit 13.34%
Windows 7 12.52%
Windows XP 32 bit 7.12%
Windows Vista 64 bit 5.31%
Windows Vista 32 bit 2.46%
So even amongst users of Steam XP is still holding out.
Re: Seems a bit too often
I did think that as well, but a quick look at wikipedia, and the years that they were in command of the TARDIS, shows that apart from Eccleston and McGann it's about normal.
Ignoring the first two doctors ( they were really knocking them out then) and taking into account that the modern episodes are double the length of the old ones then it's almost the same amount of screen time for the old Doctors as the new ones.
Re: Grey importing??
For the iPlayer it's a simple matter of economics at the BBC. For almost every programme made there will be copyright licensing required, this is the case from buying in films down to stock photography. The BBC could negotiate a world wide license but the licensee would naturally charge a lot more. ( In the case of films or whole programmes that licensee would probably figure in that fact that they can't sell it on to other countries if the BBC is showing that programme to the entire world.) To keep costs significantly down they can accept a reasonable restriction of only making the programme/copyrighted material available to licensee fee payers in the UK only. Hence Geo-restriction.
Re: Voicemail Button
You can use alternative Voicemail providers, Hullomail is one that comes to mind, that give you additional options such as emailing an mp3 of the voicemail to you.
In these cases you need to change the voicemail number to use their services.
Re: Bored with your nonsense now!
Its bandwidth and Signal to Noise Ratio that determines the maximum bit rate. A 5Mhz channel at 1800Mhz and 800Mhz with the same S/N ratio will carry data at the same rate. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shannon%E2%80%93Hartley_theorem#Examples for the Maths
Now the big advantage of these lower frequency transmitters is that they propagate further that then higher frequencies and as such fewer towers will be required to to cover a given area.
Well here is an example of the royalty rates for Radio play in the UK http://www.jazzservices.org.uk/index.php/jazz-business-copyright/performance-royalties
One play of the song could easily reach a multiple of million people on Radios 1 and 2 so 100 quid for a million plays is actually over charging a little if you compare it to radio rates. Though they probably factor in an on-demand premium to charge Spotify more.
The 520 appears to have a GPS chip but no compass so it can tell you where you are but not which direction you are looking in. From a practical standpoint this would stop virtual reality apps such as City Lens from working fully but Nokia Drive should be fine.
Re: Perfect phone
I can't answer about the 520 ( I have an 920) , but regarding the iPlayer it's "coming soon" http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/internet/posts/Microsoft_mobile
but seeing the bad job the BBC have done at bringing the iPlayer to Android ( implementation and timescales ) as opposed to the slick IOS offerings I wouldn't hold my breath at it a. coming soon and b. being up to much more than just a streaming service.
Get the sound right first
On most of the conference calls I've been involved in sound has been the biggest problem rather than the picture. Instead of shelling out for expensive screens if only they could have invested in a bunch of lavalier mics with radio transmitters the picture really wouldn't have mattered that much.
Most of the conference calls I make I do from home and use my small studio with a cheap mixer, a compressor/gate and a modest microphone I am always the clearest participant by far.
Re: More proof...
I've seen this so many times before and this is no exception. From businesses reluctant to move from Windows NT 4 to Windows 2000, from 2000 to XP, from XP to anything else. It's really just the continuation of a process that I have observed for more than a decade and a half and it actually bears no reflection on the quality of the OS.
Re: Why is Peter Horrocks silent about attempts to silence news from Iran?
In the UK Press TV was taken off air for a license violation which they could have resolved pretty easily and with no fuss, but I guess fuss is exactly what they wanted.
Frankly OFCOM treated Press TV with more restraint for its license violations than any other channel I've seen.
More Info on this can be found here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/jan/20/iran-press-tv-loses-uk-licence
I just listened back to the original "review" and for Top Gear it is actually pretty complimentary. The controversial bit has a voiceover saying "Although Tesla say that it will do 200 miles, we worked out that on our track it would only do 55 miles." over the crew pushing the car. Now the voiceover never says that it did run out of charge just that if they did run out of charge it would do so after 55 miles.
Re: Yeah, terrible service ...
I'm in deepest South Bristol, and also have the Samknows monitoring box, and I can tell you from the Stats page that 7pm to 8pm is, on average, one of the fastest times at around 90 Mbps on a 100Mbps line. Even the consolidated stats over a year show the same pattern of higher speeds during the evening.
One Feature that made this upgrade worthwhile
...and that was the ability to open, edit and save* PDF documents from within Word. That is such a life saver you wouldn't believe.
Elsewhere in Word there are lots of other solid improvements from the Navigation side panel to the improved properties sidepane and even the ability to directly insert a screenshot of another Program's Window.
All in all, for me, a solid but worthwhile upgrade
*I am aware that previous versions could save as PDFs
Re: " X86 which has a much larger software library"
Errr Supercomputers where it seems that over 3/4 of the top 500 are x86 based with over 90% of the top 500 use Linux.
From here: http://i.top500.org/stats
Re: An honest question
Edit PDFs as though they were native word documents. ( Actually I don't know if that feature is in LibreOffice I was just impressed by that in the preview version of Office 2013.)
Re: Microsoft seeks money
An Office 365 subscription comes with the full blown desktop versions as well as the online editions so you can run your macros and templates if that is what you want.
Re: Good but a touch too expensive
Archos have been pretty decent in the past offering an SDE (Special Developer Edition) firmware which unlocks the device and allows you to put Linux on it.
Granted it probably isn't your preferred version of Linux but it is a start nontheless.
Physical buttons rule!
I have the 710 which has physical buttons instead of the capacitive strip and they are almost impossible to hit accidentally.
Re: Tethering - one way to detect
Each tcp and udp packet that is sent out has a time to live field which is decremented every time it is forwarded on by a router. As a result the device that is tethered will have its ttl field decremented by one by the phone as it passes through the phone's router. Operating systems usually have a stable default ttl and as such once the packets hit the mobile network's routers there will be a mix of ttls either x and x-1 or x and y-1 from the phone's own packets and the device(s) tethered to it.
That's just one way to detect tethering from a network perspective.
Re: Not only that...
Youcam has nothing to do with Microsoft, it's a cyberlink product. It is probably part of the crapware on your machine or bundled up with a webcam driver update.
Hasn't been true in a long time
The BBC were forced by the government in 1991 to start using independent production companies and in the communications act 2003 they were set a quote of 25% that they had to achieve. The upshot is that all those programmes that you have paid for are actually owned by somebody else.
Even those that are wholly produced by the BBC will have complicated contractual and copyright restrictions. Actors will want residuals. Music and image will be restricted in terms of rebroadcasting and might have to be re-cleared, at a substantial fee, if they were to put the output on a website for free.
Straight from the Horse's mouth
In the twelve months to 30th June Sky had a revenue of £6,597million. No they could have spent a good chunk of that on programming but instead they only spent 2,188 million, Their marketing spend was almost half that at £1,179 million with the rest taking it up to a total spend of 5524 million.
So to answer your sarky comment, it was the Sky FY Press Release from 10/11 that gave me the figures. - http://corporate.sky.com/documents/pdf/latest_results/fy_press_release_1011
“It should still be possible to run an outstanding broadcaster"
Well Sky can't manage to be a decent broadcaster on 6 billion so I think the Beeb does excellently on almost half the revenue.
My first Idea too
When this was announced, with the fee, I realised that this would be a perfect way to get a high quality copy of your friend's library for one low yearly fee. Just borrow their music library and get iTunes match to trade you up to a lovely DRM free high bitrate AAC copy.
Probably a factor of ten or more out
The total of the average Premier league attendance figures are around 700 000 out of a total capacity of 770 000. This is just the Premier league turnstile figures and ignores any TV coverage or other league games.
Taking in all the leagues down the the Blue Square and you have 1.4 million people through the turnstile each normal week of the year.
Stats from - http://itv.stats.football365.com/dom/ENG/PR/attend.html
Much more than your 180 000 which is less than the combined average attendance of the top 3 attended teams in the Premier League.
Who was snooping on whom?
So lets get this straight Google was snooping on Bing's search results when they noticed that Bing was snooping on Google's search results.
Microsoft is already experimenting with frontend and backend
Surely Microsoft Mediaroom as used on the BT Vision box could be the user interface, just ported to the XBox. Combine this with MSN Player in the UK as their playground for getting the backend intrastructure debugged (with a side benefit of proving to content providers that they can be trusted with their precious IP).
With just these two separate streams of developments it is clear that XBox TV channel could just be content deals away.
Now this is all predicated on Microsoft thinking ahead and not replicating development....which we all know that they would never ever do.
Plural of anecdote?
I think the Android sales figures being 3 to 1 over Symbian at that site, despite the real sales figures being almost the reverse shows that this is certainly no decent indicator of the real sales figures in any way. Pretty much all it tells us is at that site the Android buyers are looking for more "freebies" that buyers of other phones.
Probably their traffic is pretty low ( I hadn't heard of them) so they using any means to drum up publicity and get a story into the tech press. They didn't have a decent Apple bashing story so Windows Mobile being a failure is a good low risk strategy. Good job you didn't fall for that one El Reg.
Acer have released an update
Android 2.1 is available for the Acer Liquid from here: http://www.acer.co.uk/acer/service.do?LanguageISOCtxParam=en&miu10einu24.current.attN2B2F2EEF=3734&sp=page15e&ctx2.c2att1=17&miu10ekcond13.attN2B2F2EEF=3734&CountryISOCtxParam=UK&ctx1g.c2att92=122&ctx1.att21k=1&CRC=2980211862
I have to admit from that page they could have done a better job of naming the update but it certainly does exist.
As to the hardware, they aren't completely identical the Liquid E has 512MB RAM as opposed to the Liquid's 256MB, but apart from that I can't discern any other differences.
ConDems repaying Murdoch's loyalty
I wondered how long it would take for the Conservatives to have to repay the free election campaigning that the Murdoch stable gave them. I really shudder at the thought of the dismantling of the BBC in favour of Sky's vision of the Broadcast media. We should also not forget that Sky has a budget about 600million higher than the BBC it is not playing second fiddle to the BBC as the Murdoch papers would have us believe.
Sorry to burst your bubble...
...but Google has placed an "onMouseDown" handler of the form "return clk(this.href,'','','res','8','','0CEIQFjAH')" on every search result and this clk function posts all of the parameters back to Google in a request for an image that returns a "204 No Content"
So they absolutely know what you are clicking on , what number on the page was the result that you clicked on and even the style of result ie is a video result.
Use the get_iplayer Web Gui
use the Web based GUI and there is no need for terminal sessions and despite this change get_iplayer seems to work fine. I have noticed a few more RTMP_ReadPacket errors recently but this does not seem to have affected the downloaded programs, at least noticeably.
Better than the current Student System
As a current OU Student I have to contend with only having 365 days worth of email ever being available, a 90's style 5.1Mb mailbox quota, no POP/IMAP access and slow access to the mailbox with frequent "pauses" for no apparent reason.
In my opinion outsourcing the Student mail system to either Microsoft or Google can only be a good thing.
Whatever dodgy CMS they are using changes the link whenever they change the title of the story so the current link is now:
36 hours? errr no
I've had my PC World brand MSI Wind over a year now and certainly haven't been disappointed with it. In fact most of the people I know who have equivalent models love the small screen and diminutive size of the laptops. Carrying these small and light machines around is so much easier than a 14 or 15 in Dell clunker.
Networking Stack was rewritten for Vista
Here it states that the networking stack was rewritten for Vista, which probably explains why the same old bugs seem to have re-appeared.
Re: How often?
A CRB check is requested by each organisation that a person works/volunteers for, and a CRB check will be performed when you are promoted or change job within an organisation.
I know my wife has had at least 5 CRB checks performed because she has changed jobs and works with children on a voluntary basis. ( 3 in the last year as far as I know.)
BBC HD test card
The BBC broadcasts on their HD test channel an audio sync test and the famous test card. If you have a PVR, and you manage to catch the tests you just pause the test and follow the instructions below on how to set your TV up.
"The new promo is on air now. Here are the timings you need if want to record the testcard and A/V sync signal.
1. Check the time the last programme of the day finishes
2. Set a manual record starting 25 mins later for 15 mins for testcard
3. Set another manual record starting 35 mins later (1 hour after the last programme finishes) for 15 mins for the A/V signalmins"
(from the comments as the new promo messed with the body text timing.)
Re: Bloody Americans
I have a perfectly sane, in most respects, American friend who has lived in many countries around the world. One time he overheard me saying something like: "Chomsky is interesting and has some useful things to say" to another friend and he exploded into a tirade about Chomsky using Marxist rhetoric. The strange thing was that I was talking about Chomsky in terms of Grammar trees not his politics.
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