53 posts • joined 8 May 2008
Re: Never mind that!
Can I wipe it and put Symbian on there?
Lack of competition
Good article. But isn't the point that in the usa there is so little competition that you might only have 2 options for internet access at your house - if they both decide to block netflix, there's little you can do other than hope a 3rd company might spot the gap in the market, invest loads in kit, and then as soon as it deployed one of the others turns netflix back on again long enough to kill it.
We are lucky here in the UK that, if you can get broadband at all, you are likely to have several options. So you can choose for dirt cheap/parental controls/lack of parental controls/refusing to give subscriber details to copyright trolls without a court order...
Re: Should I upvote that?
It currently has 6 upvotes.
I needed to think very hard about whether that was 'six' or 'nine'. If I'm honest I'm still not sure...
If you don't risk failure, you can never succeed
Fair play to them - they tried, and ultimately they can't risk people's lives if they have a good reason to be worried.
They tried something innovative, and most of it worked well. There's a lot of good that's come out of it even if the headline isn't what they wanted.
Well done to the team.
Re: Accidental launches
Yep - generally it's because I've just found another file association that's got a TIFKAM app instead of something useful (the one that really pissed me off was PDF when I wanted to be able to use it as a reference for something in another window...)
... Now I'm worried.
Sabre toothed pigeons will make trafalgar square a very different experience...
The only thing we would like to say is that we (including our clients) did not, and never have been, sent any spam. We have no further comment. Thank you.
That sounds like they're saying they've never been sent any spam, not that they've never sent any...
If sending spam isn't against their TOS then I'm not sure I believe them!
Re: Banks too?
To be fair, you've only got 10,000 combinations there, and any salting etc. could be broken trivially.
Re: Black Out WillIAm
Downvoted for use of Synergy in cold blood.
Re: The curious thing about all this.. (@Dominic Connor)
It's as if the person selling you life insurance is also repairing your car's brakes
Not quite - if they're selling my life insurance, it's in their interest that I don't die, so they'll do a good job.
This is more like the person repairing your car's breaks casually mentioning "By the way, I've just taken out life insurance on you, I win big time if you pop your clogs. There, as good as new..."
Fix in software?
I'm surprised that most mailservers don't have a setting so that if you're sending to more than e.g. 20 people in the To/CC line, it sends you back something saying "Are you sure? Click here to continue". Certainly would save a lot of red faces...
Points for TicketWeb?
Hack shouldn't have happened - but at least they did the right thing ASAP. Many companies would try to hide it instead.
This could be a story straight from the BOFH.
(Well, if the BOFH had children - Simon, if you need more ideas, a BOFH guide to parenting could be a great source...)
Life imitates art?
Re:Goodguys 1, pirates 0
"we're going to need a bigger button"
It's! A! Register! Tradition! You! Yahoo!
Reminded me very much of the Yahoo! headlines. Shame there's next to nothing left there to write about.
The phrase "primarily responsible or involved" - as opposed to just "primarily responsible" - hides a lot. It's being spun as "women are making more purchasing decisions than men", but I don't think that's what it says. If a couple discuss what to buy, then both are involved; yes, it means there are merits to advertising to both men and women, but that's not the same as saying that you *only* need to advertise to the women.
Would it be this big news if they just said "In 95% of families, women are involved in deciding how money is spent..."?
The other thing is that these are individual items - one per person, not one per family. It's not that surprising that each person would make the decision on their own phone etc. - nor that they'd pay their own bill.
It'd be interesting to see a more detailed break down of the statistics - of course, these will rarely make the press release, especially if they don't say what the person writing the press release wants them too.
Shame on the El Reg headline writers, you could've done better than that.
"Nuggets for Nookie?"
Glad to see
(I think you mean over)
Glad to see the universal law still applies - any comment pointing out another's typo, itself contains a banana.
http://thef1times.com/news/display/04202 - Channel 4 had made a serious bid, and if the BBC hadn't got in bed with Murdoch it would have gone to them (since there's a clause guaranteeing F1 should be free to air in significant markets)
I like F1 - but I'm not sending any money towards Murdoch if I can help it.
I assume he's primarily referring to youtube
If you follow the link to the Raspberry Pi site, one of the main reasons they can't produce it in the UK are the tax laws, that charge for importing components and building here, but not for assembling the entire thing elsewhere and importing it. This is madness, it's preventing them from keeping the jobs in the UK. There's a bit of a campaign starting on their blog posts to highlight this to the government and try to get it changed. I think it's something The Register should get behind.
http://www.raspberrypi.org/archives/509 - the blog post detailing the tax problem
http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/27158 - Government E-Petition
A friend used to work for a company whose initials were FAG. All of the company cars (his included) had numberplates with FAG on it (he lovingly referred to his as the Fagmobile). So clearly not all combinations with FAG are banned. I think these were just from the normal licenseplate issue rather than custom plates though...
Do you need to worry about ice forming on the rocket as it goes up on the balloon? Any way you can test this?
Also, don't forget that dry ice is CO2, so unless you're careful you'll end up with a chamber full of CO2 not air, which'll somewhat invalidate the test. (Plus all the usual things about making sure you don't have the dry ice in a confined space - I'd suggest the entire test be done out in the open.
Realise you may already have settled on propulsion, but this post made me think of you guys...
A pulse jet might be a good option, possibly? Does it still count as a rocket? Does it matter if you get the end goal?
Favourite memories of Miss Bee?
Mine was http://forums.theregister.co.uk/post/419089
Can we have an "ODFO" icon in her honour please?
Hang on a bit...
OK, the first two I'm not going to argue with - but are you seriously trying to tell me that the DVD was inspired by a film, not just someone thinking "ere, these CD thingys - do you think we could squeeze a bit more data on them?"
"I'm with Stupid"
How about an "I'm with Stupid" icon with an arrow pointing upwards, for when you're replying to an especially special post
Definitely a mupped icon...
Although personally I'd go for Beaker
aren't you clever.
"So why do they ban mobiles for the entire flight?"
Because they won't work while you're in the air?
"So why do I get told that it is because electronics can interfere with landing systems?"
Because that generates a lot less panic than telling people "It's in case we crash horribly and you have seconds to save yourselves"
"Yeh. Isn't it remakable that a device that is not designed to work in an RF field gets interfered by a device producing one."
Sorry, of course the airline safety people shouldn't care about the things that are well known to happen and only go for the obtuse. Why do they bother worrying about this gravity nonsense anyway, it's hardly remarkable that 100-tonne objects will attempt to fall out of the sky given the opportunity.
I have it...
(or possibly Yacht - but I like the concept of a "Yo Yo" device that could go up and down repeatedly to replace the Space Shuttle)
Come on El Reg
This is potentially a very interesting topic - but the article has so many inaccuracies and holes you could drive a bus through that it's a bit of a waste. Others have highlighted many - the one that jumped out at me was the AC/DC switch improving electric car ranges.
Don't just copy the press release, go a bit beyond to find out details (or point out the holes). That's why I keep coming back here...
The real reason they don't want you listening with headphones during take off/landing is that it's the time things are most likely to go wrong, and if they need to evacuate they want to make sure everyone can hear them clearly and not get tangled up in headphones etc. on the way out.
But for obvious reasons this isn't what they say.
You miss the point
The video camera is in the giant box thing that does the release. It sounds like there'll be no camera on the glider itself, which is a real shame...
Not good news
Hard to hear - my sympathies to my former colleagues there. Definitely a lot of talent in the company.
Title, centred on this post
I know it's traditional to rip the piss, but I actually rather like this as an idea.
The solution is not to do anything *in public* that you wouldn't want photoed. Because that way it won't happen. Google don't have a monopoly on cameras...
I have sympathy for those who don't want e.g. intrusive photos of their home taken over their fence - but as others have said you can remove those. Streetview can be useful on occasions (often to try to work out whether google maps' addresses are anything like reality)
I'm glad Palm are being snapped up, as I quite like my Pre. It's got a few problems - battery life being the most frustrating one - but it's a nice user interface, and I'd like to see it in more devices.
The most frustrating lack-of-app at the moment is Turn by Turn GPS - it's available in the US from Sprint (I believe), but there isn't a UK equivalent for any price...
Sounds like they've got 3 tables, one for holding the large stuff, one for the small stuff, and a joining table... not sure that this tells us anything.
Beelzebub has a devil put aside for meeee
Well, I would, if it would cost me more than £8 to get to one of the other offices...
Hopefully this madness will end before they're mandatory for all.
I notice they brought forward the date - presumably because they think the more that are on it before they get kicked out, the more chance of it being their legacy...
A delay of about a second? Surely video-audio sync would make that completely unwatchable?
Not the actual release...
The video's not of the actual, zero-g release sadly - http://herschelmission.wordpress.com/2009/06/11/the-next-big-step/
"This is a test on an identical cryocover that had been kept closed for two years, and it worked perfectly."
I guess they need something like the Bluetooth Unpluggedfest - bring together lots of engineers from all manufacturers to try all their devices with each other, and debug issues on the fly. Probably one of the reasons why bluetooth generally works pretty well (although there are exceptions).
Blue man with bluetooth...
@ Brent Gardner
Those politicians are from the house of Lords - meaning they're there for life (well, unless the government manages to change it again). The MP probably didn't turn up because it would have ruined his career with all kinds of negative advertising.
I like the Lords. They do what's right, not what's going to get the most votes.
Glass of Water
I thought that it all got a little silly when I saw Michael Craig-Martin's 'Oak Tree' (actually just a glass of water on a shelf, together with text showing how blatantly he's taking the piss - see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Craig-Martin for an image and http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~ig206/oak_tree.html for the text.
Compared to that, this is quite good...
Dry white wine
The Dry White Wine aside is a classic. Nice one.
Who stole Page 2?
Obviously there was some secret information on Page 2 that the Government don't want us to have.
Re: Snooze time
Just got one of these, I like it.
Snooze time defaults to 15min, and can be anything between 1 min and 60 min. Hopefully that'll keep you happy.
Got it from mobiles.co.uk on O2, seems to be Nokia firmware and unlocked, from what I can tell.
(As a previous SE fan,it frustrates me that SE can't have a phone as good as this. Several come close but are missing the odd feature)
Despite their best efforts...
... it seems New Labour haven't yet managed to brainwash the 'young people'...
- Vid Hubble 'scope snaps 200,000-ton chunky crumble conundrum
- Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?
- Google offers up its own Googlers in cloud channel chumship trawl
- Windows 8.1 Update 1 spewed online a MONTH early – by Microsoft
- Interview Global Warming IS REAL, argues sceptic mathematician - it just isn't THERMAGEDDON