301 posts • joined 17 Nov 2007
Maybe he's a hologram like Rimmer.
I think the story here is
It's what GCHQ and NSA do. It's their job and I never understand why people are surprised by this.
Re: Slightly confused history
Lots of points, some of which I agree with, some of which I don't.
Yes, the IPO of Deutsche Telekom led to an acquisition spree, and yes the people who benefited most from the pass-the-parcel with Orange were the original shareholders - principally Hutchinson. But the reason the price was so high was that Mannesmann bought Orange not as commercial enterprise but as a poison pill. Vodafone would have bought Mannesmann anyway as it was on a (European) expansion drive. They did all kinds of things to hype the Voda share price which they including talking bollocks about near term value of mobile data.
I take your point on the dowry, but even so Airtouch was a good deal financially if not in terms of "The sun never setting on the Vodafone empire".
But the main thing you are missing is that DT is comitted to selling T-Mobile US.
Re: Outlook: fine
Vodafone leaving the money it made from Verizon in the US might have significant benefits in the eyes of the regulators.
The alternative is that they spend it with Scandinavian and Asian companies on infrastructure for other parts of the world.
If the sharing was compulsory (as is proposed) who monitors the inter-network costs? What's to stop the network with the coverage ripping off the other networks like crazy when they are obliged to use it? Who monitors the charging? Ofcom? Yeah, right.
Do it at a reasonable roaming rate and it rapidly becomes easier to not build in poor areas as you lose any advantage.
Re: Owning a Supercar...maybe 'seemed a good idea at the time'?
I think that's why events like Salon Prive exist. It's somewhere you can take your supercar, where you won't spend the whole time worrying about it.
Re: I don't know much about big engines
I asked the builder/owner about this, and he said yes, he can only ride it in leathers.
There are other equity based crown funding sites. Seedrs and CrowdCube spring to mind.
My Roomba has never found its way home
It gets lost in the middle of the kitchen and bleeps plaintively.
It's not very good as a cleaner but makes an excellent alarm clock.
Re: "The company doesn’t currently produce models from ultrasound,....
Hmm none of those links lead to anyone who actually offers the service. They are either dead links or stories about companies which claim to do it.
We tested Fenchurch but when we looked at the data it was suspect and so in the interests of rigour it was disregarded. I'll as Dr Carter to expand on this in his live chat.
Re: Let me guess why networks want Tizen
No, it's because they think that Google and Apple are stealing apps revenue from them. This ignores the networks (other than NTT DoCoMo) having had a five year run at apps and having screwed it up.
Re: "Slim headlamps can make a vehicle’s exterior appear more determined and aggressive"
A lower profile can also reduce the damage an impact does to pedestrians.
Re: All I know is....
When you use data to a level where you are stress testing the network with multiple threads and doing it all day you find that even the most generous fair usages policies can kick in. Managing this was a major undertaking.
Re: Interesting, but....
[Satire]* We used Samsungs not Apples
Re: Do not pass Go
I wish LinkedIn would do this
It keeps asking me if I know Guy Kewney.
Re: Independent Survey?
An Independent Reg survey?
Sounds like a plan. Actually one we already have well underway. Watch this space.
As a mark of comparison while Ofcom reports 98.9% Call completion rates, fixed lines are touted as offering "five nines" availability, that is 99.999%
Bitcoin isn't looking bubble-like anymore. The price has been pretty stable for the last six months.
It's not just LOHAN
Trees attract kites too. I used to work in a kite shop and saw a number of mangled kites on a regular basis.
Re: "The e-Golf is the first Volkswagen to have LED headlights"
Quite. The Audi Matrix stuff is very impressive.
Virgin is not quite uncapped
I had a rogue bitcoin miner that was for some reason I never got to the bottom of, hammering the upload bandwidth and Virgin capped me.
I even had an engineer call.
The email discussions got quite technical and I was promised a copy of the capping guidelines but this never arrived. I upgraded to new mining hardware and the problem has gone away.
This was all as a regular £60+ a month customer on the 120Mb package, not as a writer on The Reg.
Yes, sorry, my fault. The back seats do fold flat.
Re: 80 bhp?
That depends on what it weighs.
BT won't tell you where they have 300mbps broadband
They have a checker on the site which tells you want you can get at a location but not where you need to be to get the top speed.
I tried quite hard, the online chat person didn't know - I had to explain the question several times as he kept on saying "just type your postcode into the box", and eventually he gave me a number to call where I was on hold for half an hour before the person who answered said there was no way to get the information I was after.
I rather think we are in a bubble of techieness
I'm 50, grew up on C=64s, BBC Bs and CPCs. When I was a kid there we eighty different computer magazines in WH Smiths all teaching coding.
There may be Raspberry Pi and Scratch today but that's niche.
It's not just seniors who struggle with technology, it's kids too.
A very smart guy from Orange was on the standards board which arrived at the mini-USB connector. The standard does allow for a barrel connector but no-one has implemented it.
The problem I see with this is..
If it's completely sealed you don't have a little hole in the teat. And if you don't have a little hole how can it work as a pacifier? I mean, how do you get the whisky inside?
one of the issues Blackberry will have..
Is selling it in. The channel is stuffed with Z10s. I bumped into my local phone dealing in the street tonight and he said he'd been offered them at silly money but would have to take huge quantities to get the price. He's only got a couple of small shops. I does however mean he won't touch Blackberry at all as he knows the big boys will beat him on price.
The channel in the meantime won't touch the Passport until they have cleared the Z10s.
And the FE cars look a lot better than this year's F1 cars with their ill-thought out safety ideas on nose height. I also like the bigger wheels in FE and it will be interesting to see what comes out of today's F1 tyre tests using 18" wheels.
Thank you Formula E
Now that we have a green racing formula we can stop arsing around with fuel, and fuel-flow limits in F1.
Anyone who cares that much about being green thinks F1 is an abomination anyway and this is just tokenisim, and F1 fans see it as detracting from "hammer time" proper racing.
I like cars, all kinds of cars. Electric ones, diesel ones, whatever. I expect I will go to the London Formula E race and am tempted by Monaco.
The thing is..
When you go into a shop to look at a phone you can see it has a bigger screen with smaller pixels. You can feel that is thinner and mess around with the UI to judge speed. You can't get an impression on battery life.
No-one believes the figures quoted on this the only authoritative source would be the mobile networks which can see, on average, how well all the phones do comparatively, but the relationship with the vendors is too important to them to jepordise by publishing the information.
There was a time when Carphone Warehouse put return rates in their catalogue - both faulty and no-fault found numbers but that's the closest I've seen.
The fart of noise
Shitting by the dock of the bay
Re: Lady in the first photo
Is part of the team which developed the electronics, not everyone who can use a soldering iron and IDE who has long hair also has a beard, sandals and an Iron Maiden T-shirt.
I mailed Tesla to ask about towing, they say the Model S doesn't support it, and that the company does not offer a tow bar. It's under consideration for the Model X
Lots of this stuff around
I know of at least three commercial products which are similar to this and the Unity middleware supports side by side 3D. The quality with a good mobile phone is better than a standard definition Oculus Rift.
The things I'd like to see are a 3D modelling program of the calibre of Rhino which let you use a headset and model at the same time, and much more ambitious something which used two cameras on the back of the phone to let you see "through" it to the real world and then superimpose VR stuff on it then tracking hands with something like a Leap Motion to let you interact with the virtual elements in the 3D world.
You could have a UI for creating 3D models - which where then put into games or 3D printed - which could be much more like natural sculpting - than the 2D world.
This is the stuff which makes Reg Commentards (not a derisory term) so wonderful.
I once drove a Peugeot 205 1.6 which had been turbocharged, it torque steered like a pig. I got out and told the garage which was selling it that it had ruined a very sweet car. I bought an Integrale instead.
What are Google using for Spectrum in their NZ tests?
This is all going to be very bad for bitcoin
No-one who wants to hide their wealth is going to give the US Marshals service a goverment issued photo ID and a $200,000 wired deposit. It was announced at quite short notice so pretty much the only people who could apply will be companies with $200,000 sitting in a US bank account.
That narrows the field to companies which are reputable in the US and don't worry about what message buying bitcoin sends and who have ~$1m to spend on a lot.
Which is a small number of bidders. The vast majority who will have the profile of wanting to buy cheap from the auction and then see a return by selling, at least a substantial part, through exchanges. Of course they won't dump the coins but will trickle out at a sell value.
Then the US marshalls will announce the sale of the rest of the coins they have something like 144,000 of them. That's 10% of the coins in circulation.
Being a retail bank is the easiest business in the world
It's a billing system. Every business has one of those. It's also a confidence trick. Banks are mandated to have a set of accounts which would get any other business shut down as trading while insolvent.
Stock is other people's money. It's not subject to fashion, doesn't come in sizes or perish.
All the complication in running a business isn't present in being a bank all they need is decent customer service and yet they can't even stay open when customers want to visit.
Re: And yet...
This is what was behind the Japanese Kei car concept. It produced some amazing little cars like teh Honda Beat, S-cargo, and the Suzuki Cappuccino. I had a Cappuccino but really lusted after an Autozam AZ-1.
If we had a car industry where the factories were British owned there would be more incentive for regulation which as closed in the same kind of way.
Re: How to Improve electric cars
And the Deltawing did a whole electric lap, but there is a huge difference between this kind of bleeding edge and practical stuff.
Re: Mobile Fantasy
Even if everything went mobile, the mobile industry still needs fibre back-haul. Kit like this is essential for the infrastructure.
Re: First modem
110 baud acoustic coupler from school to the local college ICL1900 then 300/300 or 1200/75 to Essex MUD on a Commodore 64.
Cue. shoebox int middle 't road comments.
'sfunny reading all these comments when you go to an NFC conference it's full of people saying that NFC is just what the market wants.
Re: Disintermediate - Yet another word for the Bullshit Bingo list
I used to work with someone who used the word in every single discussion.
Yes, it was 42 kilometers, c. 25 miles. It had been sitting at Mitsubishi HQ for years not being driven. I think most of the miles it had done have been the boss of the dealership taking it home.
My target customers are older users. They send cheques and often don't have email.
Even when I can sell from the website and they do have email I'm selling mobile phones so at some stage something has to be posted.
Using other cartridges
When I gave Neopost the right of reply on the piece it hinted that there was no issue with third party ink but stopped (just) short of recommending it.
As an exercise I worked out that if I filled the fuel tank of a £300,000 Lamborghini Aventador with printer ink bought at Neopost's prices the ink would cost more than the car.
The Neopost jargon for a printer cartridge is "headset". Neither the word "media" or "headset" are used in the knowledgebase.
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