153 posts • joined 27 Feb 2008
Fry seems to have zero technical knowledge, he has made some ridiculous mistakes reading the Qi script which is supposedly carefully researched by his 'elves'. The one that I always remember is that Sat Navs work by sending a signal up to the satellite which then sends back a signal with the position.
Does anyone pay attention to the ramblings of Tatchell? He just likes to see his name in the news.
'At $5,686 a pop, it seems unlikely someone will set up a whole public restroom full of these. It would be funnier to bidet like 5 people at once than one though wouldn't it? 8-)'
But it is possible they will have His and Her toilets side by side.
Re: And the rest ?
Agreed, too many talk as if he single-handedly won the war.
He was a brilliant mathematician but so were many others at Bletchley Park. It was claimed yesterday that he built Colossus but that was the work of Tommy Flowers and others with Turing having nothing (or very little) to do it.
Turing has roads named after him, statues but the majority of the others have little recognition and their names are unknown to most people.
I always get the impression he has so much recognition because he was homosexual, not despite it, with a big lobby pushing for it. What will they want next?
I would think much of the BT infrastructure went in after privatisation or at least has been replaced since privatisation. I agree though that if BT have to allow competitors to use their buildings, cabinets etc then those competitors should also make their buildings, cabinets etc open to BT and others.
'What we should do, is hand over responsibility for the last 5 miles to the local councils.
Then every time they dig up the roads for whatever arbitrary reason, they could lay fibres.
Let BT do the backhaul (or anyone else) and let the local not for profit organisation do the last '
The mind boggles at councils trying to organise that, they would probably just contract out to someone, probably end up in the hands of some foreign telecom company just like everything else. Would put the costs up with a few more layers all wanting to make a profit out of it.
We had other companies sharing our (small) buildings at my work and they were given unsupervised access. It was a real PITA with often things like junk left behind, the people who looked after the sharing would often not make sure they fulfilled their obligations so we had to sort out the problems ourselves. I hate to think what it would be like having other companies, especially Sky, sharing a small cabinet.
I am sure plenty of EU countries are also active in spying on supposed allies - the French are notorious for it.
I keep wondering whether the EU has its own spying operation, it would not surprise me if there was a secret operation spying on its own member states as well as other countries.
I thought Cuba was trying to improve relations with the USA this does not seem a good way to do so (if true).
Are there flights to Ecuador from Cuba?
BT / Yahoo
The Yahoo Mail interface is rubbish but BT customers get Flickr Pro. Yahoo have completely ruined Flickr in the last few weeks but I have many images stored there so will have to look into what I lose without Pro and whether I will have to pay for it now.
Just hack the design so there are copies out there with deliberate errors to make it fail like the one illustrated.
Unfortunately there are nuts out there prepared to take the risk.
I wonder if Arquiva is one of the wealthy telecom companies who are also being subsidised from the TV LIcence to increase broadband speeds in rural areas - I suspect mainly because of pressure from people with second homes or who have moved to the country to 'get away from it all'.
It does look phoney, I reckon they have seen the Google car, overtaken it and got far enough ahead to park up and set up a pose.
There is a second CCTV still image of him at work.
and also the video from the CCTV
He seems a very incompetent voyeur, wearing an ID badge and an iPad is hardly the most discrete devices to use!
Pity that they did not ask before replacing PICASAWEB with GOOGLE+.
I hate the GOOGLE+ display of images.
You can sometimes get it into PICASAWEB mode but you can guarantee it.
Re: Can't wait, I'll download it now!
I was going to download but I was put off by this "I would also like Bing and MSN defaults Get Internet Explorer 10 ".
It sounds reminiscent of the solicitors in the UK who were sending out false accusations of illegal downloading and offering to drop proceedings on payment of a large "administration" fee. At least the UK police did not seem to get involved in the scam and I don't think any cases ever went to court because they feared the precedent of a losing a case.
I can remember readinga letter in a paper some years ago from a BT engineer living and working on one of the small Scottish islands. BT had been serving the area for many years (probably at a loss) but money had been given to an outside telecom company to install an expensive wireless system on the island when he said for quite a modest sum it could have been upgraded to allow everyone to have ADSL.
Re: Isn't Minnesota
Are Gideon Bibles left in hotel rooms classed as illegal free religious education and presumably churches will have to charge as well in the state.
Sounds similar to the UK legislation.
Before I retired the company wanted us to be contactable by mobile phone at all times but I refused to use when driving, I just diverted to voicemail when in the van. I would like to see a feature where the mobile phone automatically switched to divert to voicemail when placed in the mount in the car.
"Nevermind the gaps.
Please explain to me, why is storing the whereabouts of anybody in a car, anywhere in the country, for half a dozen years, acceptable to keep tabs on just a small fraction of bad apples in the populace?"
It was obvious during the debate on the police keeping DNA indefinitely (did they ever stop doing that?) that the police do not understand the concept of "innocence". Everyone is potentially guilty, just that they have not managed to find what you are guilty of yet.
I can remember one interview with a senior police officer and he could not understand someone being innocent.
I never wrote that a handheld mobile phone was "high power" RF, I said that I worked with high power RF where lots of monitoring was done to check exposure.
My colleague was investigating a complaint and had been sent some high quality labopratory standard fully calibrated equipment. He could not detect any radiation from the location where they had been complaints but with the antenna a similar distance from a mobile phone as someone's head whilst using it was measuring very high levels.
2 watts in close proximity will produce much a higher field strength than 100 watts or more when some distance away. The analogy I usually use is a 100 watt light bulb in an outside light across the road and a 0.3 watt torch bulb right by the eye, which hurts the eye most?
I worked around high power RF for the whole of my working life and safety precautions were taken to ensure that no one was exposed to dangerous levels. I have never been happy with excessive use of handheld mobile phone - a colleague did some tests with RF measuring equipment so I asked if he had a look at the RF level from his phone, he had and it was "off the end stop". I only use my handheld mobile phone when there is no alternative and leave it switched off most of the time.
Is any bookmaking taking bets on G4S, be interested to see the odds.
1. Will G4S still exist in a year's time or will they have been sold.
2. What will the company be called? Presumably they will follow fashion and adopt a new completely meaningless names.
Re: ...and LOGOC putting all their eggs in one basket
"Why rely on one company to do it all when it would of made sense to contract two companies to split the responsibility over different sites outside olympic park and then share a 50/50 split on the olympic park?"
Not just reliance on one company one, many of the venues being used already had their own security staff who are familiar with the venue and having big events there. They could easily have continued and just recruited a few extra people themselves.
The dreaded "Just In Time", so loved by beancounters, also seems to be a major factor.
Has there been any hints about what the software was?
I know we had some scheduling software at my work and it was the biggest load of rubbish I have ever seen. It seems to be common for these systems to be manually driven so the senior management think their expensive software is wonderful but the people who always did the scheduling continue doing it themselves and just load their decisions into the computer system. Of course the senior management never actually get involved in day to day work like that so are oblivious to this.
Heston was on the radio this morning going on about what high quality the staff are in India.
I remember in the early days of outsourcing to India someone from BT said something similar, he was asked why they do not outsource management to India if the staff there are such high quality.
What I find annoying is that a lot of sites are putting up banners saying that you must accept cookies to use the site with a button to accept them but most work perfectly OK without cookies. I just wonder if I am going to continue to get this annoying banner.
Simplest explanation is finger trouble by the person entering the messages.
Any way we all know that if a nuclear bomb went off in the centre of London then all that we would be told was that "an incident is causing traffic congestion around Central London". All the traffic cameras would of course go offline "for maintenance".
New record set for lowest number of viewers of a TV programme?
Shouldn't the sizes use the technical terms said to have been used by NASA for their urine collection devices (male only at that time) - Huge, Enormous and Unbelievable.
I was just using Wikipedia as normal except that I cannot edit pages. It must depend on the URL that you have stored to access it.
Drones seem to fly mainly in level flight so won't the GPS antenna be directional to pick up signals from above. They could even incorporate a simple test for stronger signals from below which would indicate jamming and interference.
I wonder if one crashed (presumably innards would self-destruct) and the iranians used the wreckage to make a replica?
I have a Viera which comes with VieraCast, I occasionally look to see if anything new but never find anything of interest. I would use it if I could access iPlayer but I understand that only works if you have a satellite connection which I don't have.
"Shame you didn't answer my favourite question about BBC One HD, which is why the hell can't they show SD programs on the same channel where HD is unavailable, instead of making me switch back to BBC One (not HD)? Sky One HD manages this amazing technical feat quite well."
They have started putting regional news magazine programmes on BBC 1 HD which is good because it gives them a viewing outside their normal coverage area.
I quite like the lack of regional HD programmes, it means in Scotland (and probably other regions) we get an alternative choice when Scotland is carrying different programmes to the rest of the network.
Are there any 3D test transmissions beforehand so people can check their receiver is ready?
The British libraries that I have seen loaning eBooks have the Kindle down as US Libraries only.
"Naked vegans target Prince Harry over meaty 12-incher"
I see the The Register is following the example of the tabloid press and not understanding the meaning of "naked".
"Naked" means with no clothes on so not wearing a bikini or even topless.
I looked at the DAB coverage map, it is useless.
They have averaged out over the whole of the Highlands at 71%. You would be hard pushed to find anywhere in Fort William where you cannot receive DAB but it shows as 71% which is exactly the same as somewhere in the Highlands with no coverage at all.
How can it be anonymous if it goes through the network?
The authorities just need to get the network to store all activity so it can be analysed kater. Each message will be linked to a particular phone or device, they will also be able to find out who read it so have information on who was present at the event.
RE: Range Rover Evoque Si4
Ugly looking thing but that seems policy for Land Rover now with Freelander, Discovery and Range Rover getting progressively uglier with each change of design.
The ground clearance could not be much worse than a Freelander, I had one at work and regularly grounded it on rough tracks. I got used to hearing bangs underneath.
BBC explains 'All your Twitter pics are belong to us' gaffe
I wonder if it would be possible to put a copyright notice in both the EXIF and IPTC data with a statement that there is a standard fee of £10,000 for any use without prior agreement.
Or send a letter to the head of each of the organisations most likely to breach copyright and tell them what you charge for use of any of your copyright images.
RE: Heavily-looted mobile phone barns issue 'safety first' missives to staff
Are the mobile phone companies able to lock out the phone stolen, presumably the retailers have records all the relevant ID numbers of the phones?
DIY aerial drone monitors Wi-Fi, GSM networks
How is going to sort out the thousands of low level signals on the same frequencies that it will be receiving at 22,000 ft?
Just driving around in a car would be more effective, just put some big cameras on the roof to disguise it.
Re: Diary of a not-spot: Breaking the BT barrier
Having worked around the Highlands and Islands for many years I would be very sceptical that an area does not get any lightning. I have seen too much lightning damage over the years including one large installation completely destroyed.
I presume there is a nice big UPS with backup diesel generator at your friend's house so it can be fairly compared with a BT line. I know I would not want to not have a proper fixed connection in a remote area - many mobile phone base stations don't have battery backup. There have been long (i.e. several day) power cuts in parts of the Highlands in the past (one of the reasons I don't have much faith in the emergency services' complete dependence on Airwave).
The headline is as surprising as reading that the pope is Catholic.
"What was the TSA reaction to his previous victims when they reported that their property had been stolen?"
I presume they keep a record of who searched which bags so it should be easy to see if there are a larger number of reports of thefts for any one TSA employee?
Seems odd that he could advertise online and no one be able to trace back to him.
It certainly gives very little faith in US security staff if they cannot find such a blatant thief in their own numbers.
It has been obvious through all the discussions on DNA that the UK police do not understand the concept of being "innocent". If someone is arrested but not charged then he is no different to any other innocent person.
It is only a matter of time before they want DNA of the whole population.
I always worry about the absolute faith they have in the infallibility of DNA evidence - there was the case where a woman was very nearly charged with murdering a newborn baby because of DNA matching but fortunately they were able to prove that the match was with her deceased mother. If had not been able to prove that she would have been sent to prison for a long sentence. As the DNA database gets larger then so will be the number errors and false convictions from it.
Kindle Store awash with auto-generated crap 'books'
Another scam that I have noticed whilst searching for books is lifting pages off Wikipedia to produce a book made up of them.
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