50 posts • joined 13 May 2008
Mic on drone
I'm wondering about the idea of putting a microphone on a drone. Would it ever record anything but engine noise?
Re: Whither Nexus 8@ FartingHippo
"Replace the stuffing battery then".
I did consider that. My problem is, I don't know how to tell angels from crooks on Amazon, eBay etc. The last two phone batteries I bought on-line were useless. One wasn't even new as claimed -- an old one with a half-hearted attempt to polish out some scratches.
Whither Nexus 8
I will want to replace my Mk1 Nexus 7 soon. The battery is tired and doesn't hold much charge. The case has been dropped once too often. I've coveted a friend's Nexus 10, but it's too heavy to hold one handed for long. The rumours of a Google Nexus 8 have gone quiet. Perhaps I'll have one of these instead.
At least it's not my money these buffoons are burning
Got rid of my telly in 2009 and haven't missed it. No license fee needed for Radio 4 which is the only BBC product I consume. The world has changed and the Beeb seems to have not changed with it. They remain a bloated money pit in a world with Netflix & Lovefilm. I like the idea of free to view telly with no advertising, but not run like this.
...it's on Amazon. I closed my account as I no longer wish to do business with them. I can see now how dystopian futures can come into being -- it can become too inconvenient to protest or the public can become too complacent. I'm drawing a line here and will live with the inconvenience.
Holy Fucking Shit
A hundred and fifty quid for a camping stove? Get out of here. And keep it topped up with twigs for three hours to charge a typical smart phone? I don't think so.
In reply to my own whinge, here's how to change the PayPal password to something long and gibberish without having to retype the sucker: https://gist.github.com/nikolaplejic/3654637
I had a long and fruitless conversation with PayPal's dim witted support people about exactly this password paste problem yesterday. No way am I going to type a 20 character gibberish password TWICE and have a faint hope of getting it right. So I type a shorter one instead. Well done half wits -- you REDUCED the security of my PayPal account. It took three e-mails for them to even understand the problem then they fell back on defending the status quo and repeatedly failed to answer my question "how does this improve security as you claim?". I'm tempted to bin my PayPal account but then I don't think I would be able to use eBay. And no matter how sordid eBay seems, life without it would be inconvenient.
Never mind dronie, WTF is a belfie? I missed that memo. Words are getting added to the language at such a pace, I predict a time, not too long from now, when everyone will have their own version of English and no one will know what anyone else is on about.
Those who work long and hard shall be rewarded and their reward shall be... More work.
"If there's one lesson to learn from it, it's that nuclear power is very safe indeed"
Thank you. Now, can we please have a new nuclear power plant or three in the UK? They're a lot safer than the alternatives.
Teaching kids to code?
So the money set aside to teach kids to code will be gobbled up by consultants, PR types and other useless people who won't be teaching kids to code. Is anyone surprised by this?
Mst hav moar like ths pls
Re: If full integration is what they are ....
I've been wondering much the same. I would have bailed out of Gmail ages ago if I didn't have Android phone & tablet. I wouldn't touch any of the iThings with a 10' pole for the same reasons I don't trust Google. I haven't looked at WinPhone yet. How ironic would it be if Microsoft turned out to be the safest people to trust with personal information?
If not for the privacy issues, I'd be happy to stay with Android. Having mail, calendar and contacts synchronised across multiple devices if wonderfully convenient but the price is getting too high.
Hidden costs and fiddly to uninstall. Best avoided, I reckon.
Some creepy apps out there
After the permission manager went missing, I went through my installed apps and removed all the ones with sinister permissions. Air Droid, for example, wants access to SMS. Why? I can't think of a good reason, so it's back to moving files over a cable for me. Several wanted to read phone status and id. Those are mostly history as well.
Giving excessive permissions to apps isn't just about paying for "free" apps by looking at ads, it's about paying by handing over personal information. Many people won't realise what they are paying. If they did, they might decide the price is too high.
If someone wants to keep track of my location and sell that information to an advertising network, they're going to have to give me something a lot more valuable than a crappy little app. A house might cover it, but it'd have to be a nice house by the sea.
"The Reg's Kid Cloud Jack Clark is working on a pricing comparison of the major after...".
This would be very welcome. I never found my way through Amazon's absurdly complicated pricing stuff to work out whether to go with AWS or stay with old-fashioned hosting. I'm still using hosting. It works fine
I wonder if I am paying too much but can only bear so much baffling pricing stuff before giving up and signing up for another year with A Small Orange.
I saw PEN 15 on a white Roller, a Silver Cloud I think, near Kew Bridge (London) in around 1974. Made my day.
Corporate profits sequences
"Corporate profits cannot be allowed to guide decisions that have life-or-death consequences," Gascón said.
OMG, he must be a communist. Does he not understand the slightest thing about business?
Too many tellies to worry
In the distant past when most households had, at most, one telly, this might have caused even more teenage angst. Or a huge family row about which channel to watch. Not any more, so who give a damn?
USA FREEDOM Act.
Is it possible to get legislation passed in the USA without a good acronym? Some of these legislators must have a team of acronymists working for them.
"Dalek" my favourite, "Father's Day" also excellent
I'm pleased to see "Dalek" on that list, it's the best Who I've seen. Christopher Eccleston really getting his teeth into a brilliantly written episode. Second to that for me is "Father's Day", the only one to bring a tear to this old softie's eye.
Just what I've been waiting for ive
I've fancied a Pi for a while but have been put off by the cost of the other bits I'd need. I just backed a Kickstarter project for the first time. Hurry up and make 'em, please.
We also have artificial scarcity enabled by intellectual property rights. There are many choices of smart phone, for example. Many humans are attracted to high status objects and Apple have done some genius marketing to make iPhone a high status, high price and highly desirable (by many) object. We could probably remove much scarcity already, some of what remains is artificial, created to keep prices high. (And no, mine isn't an iPhone).
So long and thanks for all the chips
I'm grateful to have lived through the Moore's law years, it has been fascinating. It has also been expensive buying a new PC every year or two. I started out with a Commodore PET which had, if memory serves, a 1MHz clock and 8k RAM. It cost about £800 in 1978. I haven't seen significant performance improvements for a decade. I recently used a five year old laptop and it was fine. Apart from having Windows Vista, obviously.
Nuclear power will be a terrible loss
The hysterical reporting in mainstream media means the majority of the public think nuclear power plants are dangerous and a bad thing. I think it is unlikely we will get any new nuclear plants in time to stop the lights going out when peak oil/gas/coal hit and the cost of energy goes up exponentially. The damage to our economy and way of life are likely to be huge. Then, perhaps, people will ask why we can't have some of those wonderful thorium reactors. By then we won't be able to afford them. We'll be waiting for the boffins to get fusion working - only another ten years and it'll be ready. Unfortunately, fusion boffins have been saying "give us ten years" since the 1970s.
I realise someone out there is probably still watching a telly from the 70s, but Voyager has been in a hostile environment for decades and is still working. Amazing.
Excellent article - I agree action is necessary
If braver people than me are prepared to die for liberty, the least I can do is work out how to live without gmail. If a non-US company offers "not subject to US law" web mail, they've got my business. If it's as useful as gmail, that's a bonus. And there's the problem with a boycott - for many people it will be too much effort and too many of us won't realise how valuable privacy and liberty are until it's too late.
What a dreadful decision
I think you're on to something with the age thing. Until recently it was obviously Connery for this old fart, but Craig is so bloody good he gets my vote.
I salute your comic genius.
Is it not time there was an Oscar for work like this?
Time of the essence, I think
If that block of addresses is really worth as much as $1.5bn, they'd better move quickly. As soon as everyone gives up on IPv6 denial and actually starts implementing it, IPv4 blocks will be worthless.
Re: You know that all looks okay to me
Looks good to me too. I have been waiting for the contract on my feature phone to end (next Dec) so I can get a smart phone (probably Samsung Galaxy S III). If Google or anyone else offers a reasonably priced and reasonably ok tablet before then, I'll keep the phone and get the tablet.
Leave small market for absurdly expensive ones to Apple.
Vulcano, submarine dock etc
Well, Ellison looks much more like a Bond villain than Branson, so it's only right he has the larger island.
Ludicrously lucky teen survives spear through brain
"Ludicrously lucky"? If he was ludicrously lucky his careless pal would have shot himself in the foot. Getting shot in the head is not lucky even if you survive.
Picture 11 barrel printer
I remember those from my days as an operator in the 70s. Noisy buggers they were. 120 columns on the ICT one I operated. A hammer came from behind the paper to push it onto the drum forming a letter. The one in the photo is smarter than the ICT one which has a whole row of the same character in line. That meant a line of hyphens used to make a separator on a report all fired at once and could blow a fuse. I'm told a cleverly designed report could play interesting rhythms but I never heard one. An icon for nostalgia is needed.
Ford or Volkswagen
"OK, the plastics and fabrics aren’t quite up there with the best from Ford or Volkswagen...".
Ford have come a long way in the last 10 years, haven't they? I never used to hear them mentioned as a paragon of quality.
A few years back when people laughed at horrid Korean cars, I told them to remember what early Japanese cars were like and to give the Koreans a few years. Looks like they have got where they probably planned to be all along.
"...we also like the purpose of the event..."
And I expect you like Australian beer as well.
If you're on a budget...
The HP 1050 is £25 in Tesco and works fine. Amazing value and probably cheap to run if, like me, you buy cheapskate unbranded ink on eBay. It works fine on Linux too, but I expect all of the reviewed printers do. Actually, it probably works BETTER on Linux -- I just plugged it in and a few seconds later it installed itself and just worked. Getting it working on Windows 7 involved a > 50Mb download.
Was cat a good choice?
If I wanted to simulate a brain to do something useful, I don't think I would choose cat. Will the US military get a (very) expensive new machine which which pukes on the carpet, kills small furry animals and sleeps 23 hours a day in the warmest spot it can find?
I might buy one if the price dropped a long way
I'd quite like a tablet of some sort or other. I just can't pay the outrageous prices everyone is asking for them. If UK shops start discounting heavily to make space for iPads, I just might buy one of these.
Some of the penalties demanded for spammers are a bit excessive, in my opinion. The penalties demanded for child abusers on the other hand...
I ended up dual booting between Ubuntu 10.04 and 10.10, one would talk to my WiFi router but not plan video, the other would play video but not talk to my WiFi router. Gone are the days when I would spend a weekend sorting problems like that -- I have better things to do with my time. I finally gave up on Ubuntu yesterday and installed openSUSE which just works. I won't be installing 11.04.
I agree, close to 100% of one CPU
I checked this out on a dual core Linux system. Both CPUs hovered just below 50%. That's a lot of grunt to move a few circles around.
"Three" is the only game in this (not) town
Out here in rural south west Wales, Three is the only way I can get any kind of broadband. We are so far from the phone exchange, the best BT can offer is 512k (I kid you not -- it would be like using a wretched dial-up modem) at the same price as a punter getting 8Mb. The Three service is cheap at £15 a month, but the 5Gb limit is very restricting -- iPlayer will soon eat through that. Go over 5Gb and they will quickly bankrupt you. Speed is poor, but is probably better than 512k. I haven't tested it -- what's the point? There's nowhere else to go.
The Three connection manager for Windows is abysmal but the connection worked first time in Linux. Windows connection manager is painfully slow to load, needs a reboot if the modem isn't plugged in when it is loaded and worst of all, has a slide out advertising panel which has occasionally showed some really offensive animated ads, like the one for some sleazy on-line casino which mercifully went away a couple of weeks ago.
Fixed at 3am? I think not
12:08 on Wednesday and I still can't make calls from my O2 pay as you go. Can't send texts either. I'm in south west Wales which wasn't mentioned in the facespace/twatter messages quoted in the story.
Where will the power come from?
Lots of car manufacturers launching electric cars while the expers tell us the lights will be going out soon as we don't generate enough power. Joined up thinking?
"I knew within a minute that she was ... hard-working."
Only one minute to work out someone is hard working? Someone please explain this to my boss.
Ten years?! I only managed seven months.
What kind of fool would pay $ billions for for this load of tossers? I have never known a company so completely paralysed by bureaucracy and incompetence.
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- CoTW Emma Watson should SHUT UP, all this abuse is HER OWN FAULT
- Vulture at the Wheel Renault Twingo: Small, sporty(ish), safe ... and it's a BACK-ENDER