1490 posts • joined Thursday 13th March 2008 12:24 GMT
Re: Amid the predictable puerile jokes....
"...the best place to get the results needed is from the area around the heart..."
Plenty of heard monitoring fitness devices can be strapped on without the need for an over-the-shoulder-boulder-holder.
Maybe if men want to use this device, they have to 'grow a pair'
Time to invest in...
...companies that will be making USB adaptors.
this is nothing to do with Doctor Who being filmed in Jamaica?
When will they understand that DAB does not work?
In a top floor flat (3 stories) with views over the city I got DAB reception in only one room. That was the kitchen, so my DAB radio alarm clock may as well have been a chocolate teapot.
Imagine what the reception is like in the narrow streets below where Satnav sometimes fails to maintain a lock from the tall buildings.
FM with poor reception - slightly fuzzy reception, but can still pick up the news in an emergency.
DAB with poor reception - forget it.
Forget the glass and a piece of paper.
Get the newspaper (or a shovel to make sure) and hammer them flat into whatever they are climbing on.
"... giving away an Xbox One and Playstation 4 to one (un)lucky person who decides to "Like" its Facebook page."
I would say that a flood of fake pages will start up. However there are already a flood of fake pages up there to win an iPad or Playstation (or whatever floats your boat) by liking the page and giving them all your personal details.
Re: It's all about the money
"Third party adaptors from reputable shops in Europe at least will all be CE tested and safe. Safe adaptors cost more, but as their less likely to kill you or melt or catch fire, it's worth the extra."
A local shop (well, one of those mini shops in the middle of a shopping centre) was selling the fake chargers, along with its CE mark. So it isn't always easy to tell when an item is genuinely safe.
The downside is Apple will probably change their phones to not charge when plugged in to a non-Apple charger. For safety of its users, not for the extra profit it will make from selling more chargers.
Re: I've never understood the need for on-screen logos
The 'next up' are very annoying. The BBC have already had complaints over a two part Dr Who story where a cartoon image of Graham Norton popped up just at a dramatic point of the episode spoiling the fact we were being left on a cliff hanger.
Re: RE: The lack of ads on the Beeb is still remarkably compelling
"You've obviously missed the endless self promotion in between TV and Radio shows..."
But they don't come on during the program. They don't stop in the middle of Eastenders for a 5 minute bit of self promotion. They don't interrupt films every 15 minutes.
'We have just that in the UK, "driving without due care and attention".'
And it is implemented differently over the UK. Some areas they lift you when drinking from a bottle of water with a sports cap when sitting at the lights (a warning I was given when flying south) but in other areas they are a little more lenient.
Did they all bug her seperatly...
...or did the latter operatives just patch in to the existing hack?
Ditch the DOG
I've disliked the DOG from the moment it arrived on mainstream TV.
If I want to know what channel I am watching, a simple press of the remote will tell me, rather than being constantly reminded of it.
And now we are using digital everywhere, even our recordings on Sky/DVRs/etc can tell you what channel it was recorded on.
DOGs also cause a problem. They can burn in to the screen, as the BBC knows after having to replace some plasma screens at it's own HQ many years ago.
"...but it hastens to add that no one should take this personally."
As we are not seen as people. Just cattle to farm.
Re: Come to Australia
I never had the urge to go down under, and its not changing any time soon.
Re: For shame
I got mine before they got smart (no internet connection at the time) so it is not on my network. Was looking for something with DNLA for another room, but LG can go spin on it now.
Not that it would have mattered, it won't be able to tell what channel I'm watching on Sky.. What's that? Sky log details too?
"Tabs are also higher up the page, saving a few pixels for showing web pages."
But wasting them on the width of the tab as those fancy curly bits take up room when the tabs previously sat snugly together.
Re: Missing experiences...
Ah Peri. The only reason I stuck through the Colin Baker years.
Though not his fault it was crap. He wanted a dark suit and to take the Dr's character somewhere dark. They gave him a clown suit instead. And now they are looking at the Dr's dark side.
Problem with limiting calls in moving cars...
...is that idiots will stop their cars in random places to make/receive calls.
I have come across idiots who stop their car on whatever road they are on, at whatever spot they are at, just to answer a call without breaking the law on using a phone while driving.
It can be a busy main road through the city. It can be at the exit of a roundabout. Some even do it on blind bends They do not care, they just want to take that call, no matter who they are inconveniencing or putting in to danger.
And if you enforce the ban with hardware, more will start making these idiotic moves.
None of them ask themselves if their call is worth their life.
Isn't the name too close to the character in Cut the Rope? Bigger companies have sued little companies for names less similar.
Re: Correctly done!
I liked the old black and orange plasma displays
It does appear to be the standard to have black text on white background. All harks back to that rarely seen item called a book (our younger viewers may not be families with the concept of bound paper with words printed on them.)
Perhaps you could fiddle with your brightness/contrast to get it a little less harsh.
Or find a utility for your device of choice to invert the screen to white on black.
Re: The F in FB Stands for "Fail"
That won't catch password reuse.
You could have a really good password that meets all the relevant criteria* imposed by IT overlords to secure the system, but if it is reused across other systems, and they get compromised, its game over.
Its something they will probably do with any hacked lists of passwords that come out.
*Passwords must contain a lower case letter, an upper case letter, a number, a symbol, a hieroglyphic a haiku, an odour, a directional force, a gang symbol, a heart warming story and the blood of a virgin**
**used to be blood of a unicorn, but this is harder to come by ***
***except among WoW players
Re: I read this and I think
"I sure am glad I live in the free world where this doesn't happen."
It annoys me when some idiot claims the UK is a police state.
One such example was a guy, with previous for being violent, wandering round town with a chain saw and half a bottle of rum (the other half in his blood stream).
There were armed police standing by, should he decide to go crazy with the chain saw, but normal bobbies stepped in and lifted him before he could do any damage.
He decided to resist being taken in for questioning and had to be forced in to the back of the van. He was shouting claims of it being a police state.
Had it been a police state. He would have either been shot on sight or clubbed to death by the boys in blue. He certainly would not be walking out of the police station the next day (after sobering up) with little more than a warning, while the police he struggled against had to fill in mountains of paper work and their various injuries from this chap's attempt at resisting arrest.
We should be lucky to have the freedoms that we have. We can stand in the middle of the town square and shout that we do not like the person in charge of this country without risking our lives.
Admittedly, maybe for not much longer as our every action is being documented by camera or recorded in messages to our friends, but currently, we can do it.
Re: OSI model FAIL
Didn't we all laugh when Google (just a search engine at the time) announced it was going to release an operating system?
Now they have custom hardware and move a shed load of the internet's traffic around the world on their systems.
For businesses to survive, they have to move to other markets. Facebook, under its current form, may not be around for ever, so its wise not to keep all your eggs in that one basket.
We have a corporate app store.
Anything that we have a company licence for (eg MS Office can be installed on any PC and our existing licence covers it) is listed as free.
Anything that requires a new licence (eg Adobe's PDF editor) carries a cost. Software carrying a cost then has to be justified by your manager (as his cost centre will have to shell out). Your software then gets pushed remotely when everything is signed off (and, most likely, an extra licence is purchased by some department).
The guys running the app store can then log who has what software and what licence applies to which instance.
Not forgetting the imortal line...
"The Simpsons already did it"
So many users think that pushing a button, on a non functioning app, harder will make it work even before pressure sensitive screens.
Re: hope this pushes Android to improve it's existing pressure support
"... making a battery that will last days."
It will last for days...
...if you put the bloody thing down once in a while.
Re: Hidden in a truck?
Doesn't have to be a full nuke in a suitcase. A dirty bomb (a nice big chunk of radio active material next to the bomb) could cause chaos for years to come.
Could it be...
...misfiring engines of an old alien ship left parked in the asteroid belt for too long.
Why there are no good Dr Who games.
Most games involve some kind of violence. Even the early ones shooting space invaders or pacman munching ghosts.
The Doctor is a non-violent individual (ok, back in the black and white days he wanted to bash a caveman's head in with a rock, but he has changed a lot since) who doesn't like guns. So it is hard to shoe-horn him in to the standard game plots. Even firing crystals out his sonic screw driver counts as it being a gun of sorts.
Though I'm surprised there have not been some Dalek/Cyberman themed games.
They do sometimes block the way ahead. Find your self a nice little sniper spot (as you would probably do if faced with such an enemy force) and pick them off only to find one of them standing in front of your hide and you have to repeat the level as you are not allowed to shoot your own guy (even by accident when they are standing up tall in the middle of a fire fight)
Re: Either we're alone, or we're not
Dyson sphere you say?
Its a good vacuum but it isn't going to help you move across the stars...
Re: So he's complaining that he wasn't caught quickly enough?
He was caught due to the piss-poor nature of his music. Had it been an artist with a face and some bearable music (and a large record house name behind them) there wouldn't have been so many complaints. Even toning down how often it was played by his bots could have made it less noticeable.
Excuse me, I have some music to write...
Re: Ooooh... Omega!
'How would it "defend" itself though'
With the right tweaks to search replies, you could probably get the stupid percentage of the human race to believe what you want. If you can convince people that they met Bugs Bunny at Disneyland (http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=98195) you can probably convince them anything in true.
eg, when someone enters the phrase "pedo's in my neighbourhood" when they want to go on a drunken shooting spree, it could return the names of the people that could shut it down.
I had no problem with adverts to begin with.
Then they started adding animations.
Then they added sound.
Some look like legitimate buttons (seen one on my phone that pretends to be the menu at the top of Facebook's mobile app with an active message to be read, thus fooling some in to tapping on it)
Some even pop over the text you are trying to read if you dare move your mouse near them.
I wouldn't have started blocking with ad-block had they stuck to text/non animated images.
Maybe the ad-block writers could have a 'block some' option where adverts that behave don't get blocked. It could train the others to start behaving if others are getting their ads served up.
Does the campaign mode have the same idiotic team mates who can't make a move forward until you have gone in first and have a kill ratio somewhere at A-Team level?
But it was always about hiding behind the sofa from the Daleks.
Gawd, I forgot it was in 3D. You can tell when they mess about with a film just to show off the 3D side. No doubt there will be Dalek plungers pointed at the camera for no specific reason.
Re: What software is it
We should be told to ensure we are not on the list of compromised people. I would prefer to change my passwords everywhere now if I knew I had been snooped than wait till they start using what they slurped.
Maybe someone should start cataloguing the Google App Store so we can see what has vanished.
I guess now would be a good time to...
...launch a competitor to Skype (or heavily promote an existing one) that promises not to break links to such hardware.
Re: "Colder even than a midwinter night in Aberdeen"
No wonder the Haudagain roundabout snarls up.
Let me get this straight...
It is being shown on TV round the world (including BBC One) but they want us to pay to go to the cinema to see it?
I have one of those subscription cards that lets me see any film for free (well, no extra cost than the fee I'm paying anyway) but still think its not a great idea.
What if you produced your device still using the 'test' ID?
You wouldn't be able to claim it was a USB device, in the same way that some Sony music CDs did not have the standard CD logo, because they had some autoplay software loaded on them and therefore did not follow the correct standard.
You could still say it plugs in to a USB port on whatever devices you are manufacturing for, you just couldn't logo your own device with the USB logo. And I'm sure that everyone knows what the connector looks like these days without even having to say what it is.
Reminds me of oil companies and their claims they have lost several million in production for being down for a few hours. That oil is still in the ground, its not been lost. You just have a small team sitting about idle for a few hours.
Re: I accidentally trained myself to wake before the clock..
My grandfather could sleep through anything. It was quite some time ago (the hight of geek technology was to have a "cat's whisker" and be able to pick up radio from America in the middle of the night, which he woke the house to hear when he got it working, but I digress)
His solution to waking up was to put an alarm clock (the type with the two bells on top and a hammer running between them) and sit it on an old tin tray. He was the only one that it didn't wake in the whole tenement.
Re: Bang the car, short the battery
What about roof removal during an accident?
It can be tricky enough for the emergency services, when trying to cut through door pillars, to avoid setting off air bags and getting a flash from cutting cables that power sunroofs without having to cut through the the connections for the car's main power.
"... the arseholes could have made our lives easier by offering it through Windows Update."
I don't have an account set up with the App Store. The PC is logged in as a default user for anyone to use (its sitting under the TV as a media server (yes I know you can get cheaper ones, but I had my reasons)) so I don't want to tie it to my hotmail account. Guess I'll have to make a new generic account to access the appstore and nothing else.
From what I can see...
...it works like those international calling companies (like the ones you can find via http://callchecker.moneysavingexpert.com/intcallchecker/ ).
The ones where you dial a UK number, type your account number and then the international number you wanted to call.
All this does is detect such numbers and prefixes what you are dialling with the extra info to save you entering it manually.
Still, its a smart idea.
The kids were checked on every half hour or so.
Think what can happen in half an hour with a stray match.
And you are not in shouting distance.
As much as I dislike what happened to their kid, as much as I think they are publicity whores, the other side of the coin is that many more kids who would have been left alone like this, have not been. Maybe the constant press coverage has helped prevent several other families suffering the same way.
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