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See what you can't do
Isn't there a monopolies issue here? A large number of people are effectively being denied access to arguably the two top smartphones on the market. I could jump ship to O2 but having just bought an O2 mobile broadband dongle (which I shall be returning imminently) it seems unlikely.
PS: If you are tempted to go for O2 mobile broadband my experience is poor coverage; ludicrous software that tries to take over your machine (e.g. [mis]manage all your wifi networking) and then GPFs if you do anything 'unusual' (like resume from suspend) - no distinction between weak network and authentication errors. Oh and I still haven't managed to connect even once whilst out and about.
"I'm mid 30s. Look mid 20s (maybe its being single ages you less). I earn approx 90K a year. I am reasonably attractive looking, swimmers build. I have fast cars, nice motorbike.. I sky dive, scuba dive, fly my own aircraft. ... All in all, I'd have thought I was a decent catch."
Not sure about that. I hate you already and I have only just met you.
I banged on and on about whole-disk encryption for ages and my company finally brought in PointSec (not due to me tho!). It is absolutely great and almost problem free. The only disadvantage I have come across is resume-from-hibernate takes somewhat longer than before - regular booting is not noticeably different.
Unfortunately we have the stupid password expiry policy that many big companies have ... password expiry is a kind of religious mantra that I don't understand. Every single person I know users weaker passwords than they would like to because of password expiry policies. So that's what I'll bang on and on about now.
BTW I note a lot of laptop advertising lists wide-angle viewability as if it is a good thing. Surely it is nearly always the opposite?
Even the word 'grey' ...
... is unacceptable, with its connotations of half-way to being a black market. Why is it that companies can exploit globalisation and consumers cannot? I suggest if the companies keep using the term 'grey imports' we should call their operations 'grey manufacturing'.
If you read the T&Cs of your current contract you will find that the bandwidth your ISP will offer you has a minimum of about 0 bps. I got into this with Orange, who said that I could not terminate the contract with them because according to the Ts&Cs I had signed up to, there was no guaranteed minimum speed, not even that of dial-up.
Of course, the answers to the script-monkeys that read you all that BS about Ts&Cs is quite simply this: Ts&Cs are not legally binding, and the matter is open to interpretation by the courts. It would be interesting to see a test case in which a service that had been advertised as being of a suitable speed to watch online video had been deliberately downgraded so that video was no longer watchable.
IANAL, but it seems quite clear to me. You can put anything you like in a contract but that doesn't make it LEGALLY binding. iirc, this goes right back to Dunlop v New Garage (1915): if a party breaks the terms of a contract the other party may be entitled to commensurate compensation. But that party cannot impose a financial penalty on the offending party which is out of all proportion to the losses which the agrieved party has incurred.
This is why the banks are in trouble for insisting that it somehow costs twenty quid or more in administration charges to refuse a direct debit. So I think all the talk of poison pills is probably a little exaggerated ... although I stand to be corrected (why else would I make a posting on this site :-)
GARAGE & MOTOR CO LTD .
Chimney Pot Service
I have a good chimney pot and poor service. Vodafone, please put a mast on my roof. Never understood the irrational mast protestors. But then I never understood the faithtards, either.
The protagonists present an interesting argument and one which is clearly open to challenge. Ed17 thinks that the fact it smells like bullshit to him is a valid challenge. Maybe someone else can have a better go?
I don't even want a fixed line ...
... why are we all pretending high speed wireless isn't the answer?
Yeah, avoid it if you've got PKU. Otherwise there is no compelling scientific reason to avoid it. As for 'sugar' being natural, so is living in a mudhut and dying in your 30s. And, tbh, refined sugar hasn't been in the diet all that long anyway.
Re What's a billion
It's usually safest to assume the short scale billion (10^9) applies. The long scale is unfortunately less popular, even though it made (imho) more sense. Maybe we should talk about Gigayears?
Old Timer's Disease
We'll all end up like that sooner or later (or die in the process). You just can't predict old(er) people. My mum is a silver surfer, and was the one who showed me that you can put the windows task bar in a much more sensible position (i.e. on the left). She responded to constant arguments in their walking group about how far they walked by using a GPS.
However, despite her intelligence, long term readership of the quality press, and general online savvy, she comes out with the occasional corker: "You can't give your 14 yo daughter 20 quid a week ... we only gave you 10 when you were 14!" Inflation seems very hard for some people to grasp. I guess one just loses one's cognitive flexibility as one ages... where was I again?
Bing = Obvious Name
Surely world+dog realises that Bing is a recursive acronym for Bing Is Not Google? I'd have plumped for Zing though.
That is all.
So, less than 5% of the items they bought were counterfeit? I'm amazed. Surely that shows that e-bay is not that bad after all?
17% of the items were 'not for sale'. What? Do they mean free gifts, test samples etc? Tough luck. Surely people have the right to sell something they legitimately own, whether or not it is marked 'not for resale'
Loreal's real problem is that nearly 50% of the e-bay sales are of grey imports. Well tough luck again. Corporations exploit globalisation - why shouldn't consumers?
Most interestingly though, what was the 287th product? Hopefully rounding error, because if it's not legitimate, not grey, not fake, and not a non-sale item - what on earth is it? :-)
@Jake: The Sun Inn
I think you may be thinking of The Sun Inn, Osmotherly - which I think is in the Moors, not the Dales.
This had unbelievably good food for a while (you ordered what looked like slightly expensive pub grub and got Cordon Bleu) you were waiting for Jeremy Beadle to jump out at the end of the meal.
However, I heard that the reason it was so excellent is that a Michelin-Starred chef at the nearby Cleveland Tontine sacked a member of his kitchen, who was then reinstated by a manager with whom said staffer was having an affair. Result: Chef collects up knives and hat and walks to nearest pub and offers to do food for them.
It was pure heaven whilst it lasted.
Anecdotal, I know but
I have bought or encouraged family and friends to buy tosh laptops (from Morgan normally) and they have all been very happy. My company tend to use lenovos - the old stinkpads. Not only impressive build quality but surprisingly tolerant of knocks, drops and even spills. Not that *I* treat *MY* laptop that way, of course, but I know colleagues have got away with taking amazing liberties with their hardware.
I know a lot of people have opined that 400 respondents is a too small sample size but my response represents knowledge of dozens of machines and I should think some respondents response is based on experience of hundreds of machines: asking El Reg readers is a bit different from an owner survey.
Glory? I think not!
Without detracting at all from the courage of the complainant I note the following [MY CAPS]:
Lord Justice Jacob praised Ferguson for taking a stand against the company at GREAT PERSONAL FINANCIAL RISK. "It is one of the GLORIES of this country that every now and then one of its citizens is prepared to take a stand against the big battalions of government or industry ... were she ultimately to lose she would probably have to pay British Gas's CONSIDERABLE costs."
Surely it is one of the huge iniquities of this country that in taking any organisation - or even well funded person - to court you take on an unlimited and uninsurable liability. This largely constrains such actions to those in society who have nothing to lose and those who have a large surfeit of capital. The 'middle class' are effectively forbidden recourse in law.
My ex wife received, over 8 years, a six figure sum from the Legal Services Commission, to bring a succession of child residence and financial cases against me. She will never have to pay it back, and despite the fact she lost every case, I have to shoulder the enormous debt that I accumulated in contesting these cases. Naturally, solicitors given access to unlimited funding, either through the LSC or by virtue of the resources of their client, attempt to win their cases by outspending their opponents. This seems to me to run absolutely counter to the requirements of justice in this regard.
off topic: pounds and ounces
Please let us keep the ounce! Just redefine 1oz = exactly 25g and 1lb =20 oz. That makes an ounce slightly lighter, an a pound slightly heavier but keeps Ye Olde English tradition alive and gives us more useful measurements for cooking (1g useless for anything but salt, 1kg useless for anything but potatoes). I'm sure the Germans have a Pfund which is exactly 500g.
Mouse dropping, spittle, broken fingernails ...
They don't have to be the ones that have dropped behind the bins to have contaminants like this. I think you'll find that insect faeces is a rather more common component than that of the murine variety but you are along the right lines.
I would dispute that it is good practice to insist on changes of passwords at regular intervals. It causes decreases in password complexity, increased likelihood of passwords being written or stored by users and a huge inconvenience to users.
It gives technically challenged managers a warm fuzzy feeling that their systems are secure but it makes security worse. You should assume that once a malicious user has access to another users credentials, the first thing they will do is to ensure they no longer need them.
Password expiry sucks. Biometrics suck. Chip & PIN for the win.
You are not the only one, so don't be ashamed. Even smart people make stupid mistakes, and it's very easy to let your heart rule your head. Also the trouble with these stories is -- of necessity -- they leave out a lot of the detail, so it's harder to see why apparently intelligent people have fallen for these scams.
I suspect that anyone who thinks they are invulnerable to a con is probably an easy mark, even if they couldn't be caught by this particular type of fraud.
Nearly all reviews, whether expert or UGC, are based on a sample size of one. That is why UGC can be useful, because if 20 people say something is good and an expert says it isn't, this might be evidence that the latter just got a duff model for review. I am always amused by organisations such as Which?, testing one of each thing and thinking they can tell which is better in general.
This is demonstrated perfectly by audiophile sites, where the sonic differences between bits of high-end kit are probably so subtle (if they are there at all) that the difference between two amplifiers of exactly the same type may well be just as large as the 'clear difference' between the 1st and 2nd ranked products. (But then, would you take any notice of an audiophile site once you realised that they compare CD recorders to see which copy CDs most faithfully, or digital audio cables to see which are best?)
There is only one answer: critical thinking. Wikipedia is excellent for encouraging this --- you know you have to be sceptical when you read it, and it gets you into the habit of being sceptical about everything, even things written by 'authoritative experts'.
How could google possibly afford to serve free (well, advert-supported) searches if they emitted 7g of CO2? The fuel costs would be phenomenal if the searches needed this much energy. I bet he has calculated it as if only one person is using the servers at a time.
Even if this is true, which I bet it isn't, how much would it cost to drive to the library to look things up?
750GB in my SKY HD box
Sky HD box ships with a 300GB drive of which Sky take a big chunk for 'anytime' where they control what gets recorded. That leaves you with less than 30Hrs of HD recording. I swapped my drive for a 750GB samsung on the day I bought it and it has worked perfectly until recently when I have had a few glitches. All solved by BRS (big red switch) reset, or Planner Rebuild on the hidden menu (services -> 4 -> 0 -> 1 -> select), and generally the box works pretty well.
But fair play to Sky, people - they are entitled to tell you 'if you did this, you did it at your own risk' but they are still trying to address the problem. Of course I'd like to be able to plug in a nice big 1TB+ array into the E-SATA socket on the back (which doesn't function afaics) but I have to say both this box and my old 40 (now a 250) have delivered very good value for money. I would buy a new box tomorrow if I had to (and I'd upgrade it before plugging it in).
Even low res monochrome CCTV can be used to track people across large areas --- 'gait analysis' can be used very effectively.
The trouble with 'even-handed' reporting is that they assume that means giving equal time to opposing points of view even when one perspective is shared with very few people (young earth creationism, climate change scepticism and pro-ID cardism).
N and L
... are adjacent on a sensible keyboard, where they occupy the positions of L and P on the qweerty keyboard favoured by those who like to strain their fingers.
... real Amazons were famous for their bravery --- cutting off one of their breasts to be better warriors. This Amazon seems to have cut off its own balls by mistake.
Scientology is a cult and its 'elite' are the dregs. They exploit the vulnerable with a bogus 'religion' that was invented as a money making gambit. I got sucked into doing one of their 'questionnaires' once and realized it was a set up. I used the randomizing function on my watch to fill it in and was later told that it showed distinct personality traits. When I challenged them as frauds I was physically ejected from the building.
Not AC because 'm not frightened of frauds and nutters.
Dr John H Woods
Telecommunications Act 1984
Improper use of public telecommunication system.
— (1) A person who—
(a) sends, by means of a public telecommunication system, a message or other matter that is grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character; or
(b) sends by those means, for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to another, a message that he knows to be false or persistently makes use for that purpose of a public telecommunication system, shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale or both.
(2) Subsection (1) above does not apply to anything done in the course of providing a programme service (within the meaning of the Broadcasting Act 1990)
WEEE = scrap metal
I always take my WEEE to the local dump, and they always tell me to toss it in with the scrap metal.
... if it stops idiots breaking the security ...
... what's the problem?
The Wrong Hands?
"Creating huge databases containing personal information is never a risk-free option as it is not possible to fully eliminate the danger that the data will fall into the wrong hands."
Such as those of the government?
Some religious types
My son's mother's parents had a hissy fit when he defended his brother who had said 'For God's Sake!" He was made to sit on the stairs and miss his tea (he is 12). Fortunately he lives with me most of the time, in an antitheist household.
However, a great friend of mine, who is a _real_ Christian (i.e. always has homeless people sleeping on his floor, always working in a soup kitchen etc) was horrified when I told him and simply said, quietly "do you think Jesus would have made him sit on the naughty step?" He opined that a small minority of religious people, whatever their faith, think that religion is about rules for others and not about how you should live your own life.
When I first read this story I had the knee-jerk reaction of an antitheist, compariing it unfavourably with the R:FoM affair - if Sony had had the guts to stand up to Christains, why not Muslims? But by the time I had read all the comments I had changed my mind. However much you don't respect / disrespect other people's beliefs, why not avoid offending them if you can easily do so?
As often with El Reg, the comments are the best reason for reading. Now, let's all share the love and keep our conflict where it belongs: within the confines of video games.
I read it as the period of rotation increasing by 1 sec per 87,000 years, i.e. it takes ever longer to rotate, so its rotational speed is slowing down. So the frequency will get less as the period gets longer?
Anybody who notices flickering at 100Hz is in a very small minority - and I doubt they'd be able to watch television or go to the cinema. My experience is that I am in a fairly small minority in being able to detect flickering up to about 70Hz (maybe associated with defective colour vision) - I look round the office and wonder how people can bear to look at their (50/60Hz scan) monitors.
Not until it's quieter
I can just about watch a BD movie on my home set up with my PS3 whirring noisily in the background. The noise emitted by the Sony box is pretty abysmal really, for a device that is supposed to sit in your living room. But the other day I went round to a friend's house and they turned on their Xbox. I asked if the resulting hairdryer noise was normal and was told that it was. There is absolutely no way you could use that as a BD player unless you put it in the room next door and cabled the video through the wall.
Fellatio Kills ...
... on the motorway.
But honestly, what a faithtard.
- IT bloke publishes comprehensive maps of CALL CENTRE menu HELL
- Analysis Who is the mystery sixth member of LulzSec?
- Prankster 'Superhero' takes on robot traffic warden AND WINS
- Comment Congress: It's not the Glass that's scary - It's the GOOGLE
- Analysis Hey, Teflon Ballmer. Look, isn't it time? You know, time to quit?