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Do you remember ...
... when PlayStation Home first launched? It had weird censorship - "Hello" became "****o" and "Indian" was not allowed at all!
I am delighted.
I am a 'green' - not a tree hugging, knit-your-own-yoghurt, anti-progress green - but I think we should take a science-based, damage-limiting approach to our sustainability challenges.
The Fukushima Nuclear Success shows that even old technology, subject to horrendous environmental challenges, is safer than burning fossil fuels. We need a lot more nukes. Just a shame that we in the UK seem to have to borrow money from the Chinese to pay the French to build (just) one new plant.
Of course we should continue to research renewables. But if we're all going to be driving electric vehicles soon, we are going to need a lot more capacity. Maybe start now, instead of a power policy based almost 100% on nimbyism, whose medium term consequences will be loss of power and whose long term consequences will be the hurried last-minute assembly of suboptimal, and almost certainly less-sustainable, generation capacity.
... and the other reason shipping containers are such a useful architectural resource in the states is that the USA doesn't manufacture enough stuff to return the containers that arrive - and it isn't economical to ship them back empty.
"A good Smalltalk method probably only has one comment, which describes what the method does. Everything else should be pretty understandable from reading the code. If it isn't, that's usually the fault of the coders (the reader, the writer or both) rather than the language. Any method big enough to need inline comments is usually too big to be a single method, and should be a considered a candidate for refactoring."
Re: And some sour grapes too.
... as these incidents were caught on CCTV, the perps have already been apprehended?
Outgoing mail filter idea...
... how about diverting all outbound mail that contains, either directly or in an attachment, more than N historical dates, postcodes or NI numbers to another department for checking before sending.
It would be a start. I'm sure we can come up with a regex ...
I prevented my daughter accessing online porn ...
... I didn't want to give her unreasonable expectations. A whole generation of girls are growing up thinking you can get a plumber or washing machine repair man round about five minutes after phoning.
Kids these days ...
"Get in the van!"
"The van's got wifi ..."
"Oh, ok ..."
... I think it might be "opening the kimono" or "dropping the towel"
Re: And Laws of the USA/Europe are going to prevent this?
Yes, I've always wondered why USians think "could care less" is a synonym for "couldn't care less" but then I'm told they believe that "buried at sea" is how you say "chained to a radiator in a secret prison with electrodes on his testicles"
Terry, you're right, but - if you want an app you usually have to compromise. I have a dashcam app on an old Android. I had to give it permissions to make calls (e.g. to the emergency services or a specified contact) so that its call-on-collision function can work, even though I keep this function switched off. But if I'd said 'no' I'd have to do without the app.
The primary defence is economic. The dashcam phone has no SIM, so it can't cost me money. My own phone is PAYG, so the highest cost I could incur is exhausting my call or text credit before the end of the month.
In terms of privacy, Google could tighten up some rules: for instance when an app asks for permission to use contacts, one should be able to deny that without forgoing access to the app, perhaps my having an OS level option to restrict the contacts available to that app to a specific group of those on the phone.
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Re: No surprise
<Sheldon>I refuse to contribute to the devaluation of the word genius</Sheldon>
Re: The other flaw...
It's not you that's thick, Psychic Monkey. A reasonable estimate is that 100 gigahumans have lived on the earth since we evolved, and that 7 gigahumans (the current population, approx) had lived on the earth by perhaps 8,000 BCE, certainly by 1 CE.
wolfetone "I'd have preferred a £10/£20 reduction in the license fee to be quite honest."
Where did it say that this was going to cost £250-£500 million pounds a year? That's the discount you're asking for.
"Dutch mathematics and computer science student Thijs Alkemade" ... has an encrypted name
Re: supersize me....
"You know you are eating toxic muck when even the *microbes* won't have at it!!"
I'm afraid this is bogus. How long can you leave a bag of flour in your cupboard? A pot of sugar? A sack of rice? If the fries aren't moist, and they go into a clean dry environment, they will probably dry before they rot. See also drying flowers, naturally mummification, etc.
Re: Everything in moderation
"Everything in moderation - including moderation" - Oscar Wilde (although I can always hear Billy Connolly saying it).
Sale of Goods Act ...
... although these things are normally litigated in the US, does anyone have any insight into whether the existence of a deliberately introduced massive security flaw (into a device whose function is partly to implement security between the WAN and the LAN) could count as the goods being unfit for purpose in the UK? Any law students fancy a go at a UK test case?
Re: The other El Reg article...
unitron "So how did my comment (on the subject of competition) in reply to that article wind up attached to this one?"
perhaps it was too good to miss - I didn't read the first article so i'm glad it was moved/copied.
I offended an acquaintance ...
... who told me that Rockstar's morals were awful: he found out his 12 year old nephew was bragging about murdering prostitutes for money in GTA IV. I told him that as it was an 18-cert open world game where you were able to do a vast number of non-mission activities, and - to a large extent - make your own choices about how you play the game, the only morals that appeared to be at fault were the parents' and the child's.
He never spoke to me again.
Double clicking ...
... is obvious shorthand for the thing you are most likely to do with two clicks - select icon, then launch, for instance. Yes it gets overused (Bethesda, I'm looking at you with your ridiculous check boxes on the GECK which have to be double-clicked to toggle the tick) but I think it makes perfect sense in many scenarios.
As do the two single clicks to rename a file. First click to select. Second click on a selected item, start editing. As with all of these things, if you explain to people why they happen, they can learn them. Same with kids and maths: you can just teach them formulae and hope they remember them as if they were mystical incantations - or you can show them why they really work. The latter is teaching maths, the former merely teaching them to pass maths tests.
Re: I don't need no stinkin' title!
Interesting point about moving gaze. Horses are particularly prone to looking at things that their riders or handlers look at. I've also once seen it the other way round: we had a pony that never spooked at anything - unless you were carrying a sandwich or sausage roll. She'd stand or walk quietly for an unpredictable period, and then suddenly snap her head to one side - if you followed her gaze she'd use that split second to grab your lunch.
"dogs look at your finger" --- this is only true of dogs that are thick or untrained. Ever met an assistance dog, a police dog or a military dog?
Even our dog understands pointing, "get that over there". etc. She understands that "hide" means go out of the room till I say "seek" and she understands "warmer" and "colder" when she's searching. Her expertise is food words -- she knows about 20 including "kitchen" and she knows that the tune "tasty, tasty, very very tasty" [Cockney Waiters] means that she's going to get some bran flakes.
My parents dog understood "seek [noun]" for about 30 items, including 5 people. he understood how to play cricket (sit at leg off, ignore ball when thrown by bowler, fetch - or try to catch -- ball if hit by batsman and return it to bowler). He understood "not that one, get the other one" whether it was remote controls or shoes. He understood that if you pointed at him and said "bang" he should roll over, groan and lie still.
Re: Where do you shop?
I had to Google Andreas Cross. I found a picture with an interesting dressed lady, and recognised the wooden structure behind her. Interestingly there is also a person actually called Andreas Cross on FB.
Re: The historical accident of little-endian
"In all the (human, natural) languages that I know of, we start with the biggest quantity and work down" said Frumious Bandersnatch on the 4th of October, 2013.
Re: No mention of the Ebay auction?
This is a bit weird - most news sites are now saying that the bid was in error and the seller has allowed it to be withdrawn. But it seems to me, given the way eBay works, that *two* people must have made such an error.
Re: The chicken and the egg
I think that might be one fell swoop
Re: 24hrs later
I'm sure if we were to all chip in £145.50/year, the Reg could be a little bit faster with the stories. You don't come here for the breaking news, you come for the analysis ... and the commentary!
Re: lost sale
I agree. I was torn between the Sony Xperia Z1 and the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active. No longer, as one of them is region locked - and it isn''t the one I would have expected!
Hey Samsung ...
If it can only be used in Europe, how about you only manufacture it in Europe? Businesses love the benefits of globabization but they seem to think it is ok to prevent us enjoying the same. S4 Active order cancelled.
Obvious but ...
"Complaints about GChat, meanwhile, are continuing to pile up"
... in someone else's inbox?
I think with current tech the only way to get a standard tablet to be truly suitable for extended reading is to put an e-ink screen on the back :-) I'd love a laptop with a fold out e-ink screen.
Natalie Gritpants: "American Express isn't a credit card, it's a charge card and that's (one of the reasons) why lots of businesses don't accept it."
But, like Grogan, I still don't understand. If a business *does* accept it, and they charge it, surely they have *already* been paid, rather than issued some kind of IOU? Whether the card holder then repays the financial institution responsible is between them and it, rather than the original merchant?
How about using your nose?
You probably don't leave a print of that everywhere you go ... except possibly on the window glass at the Apple store ...
“If PEOPLE WHO CAN'T UNDERSTAND leap seconds are eliminated from U̶T̶C̶ MAKING ANY DECISIONS OR POLICY WHATSOVER, there will be no perceptible impact on social activities and conventions ... but there will be significant reduction in the risk to national and international infrastructure and significant cost reduction in their implementation.”
justincormack: "My computer does not need to measure the rotation of the earth. It does however need to agree what the time is with other computers for security reasons. It might also have to tell humans to do stuff at particular times, but that need not be that precise."
I'm not sure whether you are agreeing with the previous poster or not. But the key point is "agreeing with other computers". This implies a shared authoritative source of time: if not from the internet, then from GPS, and if not from GPS then one of the computers' relatively inaccurate on-board clocks will have to be considered the authorative time on that isolated network.
"Most people here dissing iPhones seem to have never done a use case of the AVERAGE block/ette in the street (or even on the Clapham Omnibus)"
My wife uses an iPhone, and is a total fangirl. Here's a couple of recent use cases for you
(1) How do I ring this number of someone who has messaged me?
Press and hold the message. No? Oh.
(2) *looking at missed call* How come I have managed to block some caller?
Ah, let me see. *fiddles for several minute looking for list of Blocked Callers, then Googles*. Ah, you can't actually block callers on iOS6 (without an app), it's Apple-ese for Withheld Number.
Re: You know whats funny...
"You do realize you come over as sad gits gutted that the pretty girl won't go out with you yet again , don't you ??"
I suppose you think Jeremy Clarkson disses the Vauxhall Vectra because he can't afford one, rather than because he is relatively knowledgable about cars, passionately interested in them, and is opinionated enough to express a view that he has developed as a result?
Most of the people here dissing the iPhone could have bought one for cash on launch day, for goodness sake. who do you think the commentarderate are if not mostly relatively well-paid IT professionals? It is perfectly valid for you to believe the anti-Apple and anti-iPhone sentiments you see are wrong, just as people may feel about JC's opinion about the VV; but to suggest they can only originate from envy arising from inability to afford one (or the lack of foresight that they might sell out) appears to indicate a very severe lack of understanding on your part.
Re: No. Just no.
RonWheeler: "No ficus equalled failure"
Yep, they didn't give a fig.
A lot of paper ...
... for context, there is probably upwards of fifty thousand tonnes of medical records in the UK. We are talking about a project that dwarfs Google books or any of the worlds major scanning projects. It's not impossible, but the logistics are harder than the technology.
Stop the spying ...
... boycott GQ Magazine.
Re: Megapixels are not everything
Nokia know this -- they are using the additional pixels to improve image quality, not to acquire 120MB RAW pictures. Their lens and assembly is of high quality, too, they are not just trying to bamboozle people with more megapixels = better.
Quite possibly done on purpose. Scammers do not want to waste time with people who are sufficiently clued-up to catch on before they have fallen victim, and it has been suggested that poor grammar and spelling are de rigeur in order to ensure people who will be more difficult to con do not engage.
"In choosing a wording to dissuade all but the likeliest prospects the scammer reveals a great sensitivity to false positives."
Indeed - the only practical solution is to find a new partner. When you discover your partner has been unfaithful, the only thing you know for sure is that you can't tell when they're lying.
I'm not entirely sure...
... that this wouldn't count as an offense under the UK Computer Misuse Act. I seem to recall that it is also an offense to perform an act on a computer that would impair its safety even if it is not deliberate, but merely reckless as to whether such an impairment is caused.
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