762 posts • joined 3 Jun 2008
Wouldn't work here.
At least not with my friends. Having heard me bleating about T Mob issues, aren't likely to suddenly accept my recommendation to join T Mob.
ISIS -- a Manson gang for our times.
The Woodstock ethic worked when it was middle class kids dropping acid and dressing like dropouts. Once deluded people like Charlie picked up on it things got nasty.
In Europe there's been a fairly harmless fad for teenage Muslim girls to adopt headscarves, but when cretins like the one in the video pick up on Islamist ideas things inevitably turn deadly.
Doorbells @Ho Ho Hipster
Mail order deliveries are a nightmare in London -- companies don't seem to train drivers to realise that (for example) 123a Example Road is usually NOT next to 123 Example Road but may be round the back or above. This has even led to lost utility bills via TNT's regular postal "service" where you'd think the mailman would have discovered this through familiarity with his patch.
As for phoning -- just seems logical to include a phone number on delivery instructions and hopefully with better tracking technology the companies should be able to phone and give an estimate of when a delivery is scheduled (instead of expecting one to wait in all day).
Meanwhile local shopping centre has Amazon lockers and I gather other brands are being installed at Post Office branches.
More people will boycott Electoral Register.
In urban areas with properties split into several flats or (worse) bedsits, electoral registration is already hit and miss. Here we have disconnected doorbells because the bona fide vistors always call on mobile when they arrive.
Quite possibly the majority of occupants from overseas don't even think they qualify to vote -- and, apparently, some UK-born flat dwellers think they aren't entitled because of their short occupancy.
The outcome is that as a tenants' interests are under-represented politically, especially as so many MPs are, themselves, private landlords.
Pop goes Samsung's glossy image.
While subcontracting repairs is common enough, it doesn't seem to quite mesh with the global size and big-budget advertising of a company like Samsung.
But these companies aren't all that interested once they have your money and, presumably, the margins they allowed the repair firm didn't contribute much to its financial viability.
Where the product has been returned via a retailer, the responsibility lies with the retailer -- they should retrieve and repair or replace your property and try to reclaim any cost from Samsung using future orders as leverage.
Maybe Chrome won't be installed unasked either.
Astonished that an update to a trusted program like Avast tried to thrust the Chrome browser onto my PC unasked.
Normally I wouldn't object as I have used and liked Chrome in the past but, with recent revelations about its memory footprint and battery thirst, not so welcome.
Having used most browsers for the desktop I'd agree that they are, mostly, functionally identical.
So let's have an article that compares mobile browsers -- currently my Blackberry (OS6) native browser crashes out on some pages and Opera Mini doesn't but is maddening to use.
Re: Hilarious @Jimboom
Not just games. All sites where ads are deliberately placed next to the scroll bar so that if you drift off it you are hijacked to some ad site.
"Turns out IDS is actually useful for something".
That'll be a first, given the mess the Tories have made of the Welfare system.
Oh, not that I.D.S ?
Lovely that the hacker didn't have the sense to disable a webcam.
Call from friend: "my internet seems to have disappeared. BT say the server must be down".
This is the friend who had a desktop PC wired to an ancient BT router. But she then bought a laptop with wireless. When I asked if she had now got a wireless router from BT she replied that she didn't need one as she had internet from BT via wireless anyway.
Next time I visited to fix some other bit of tech I saw that indeed she had BT wireless -- but she was clearly tapping into a neighbour's BT FON facility. She brushed away my concern that she should actually use the broadband she was paying for by getting a wireless router connected to her own ADSL feed.
So when the call came the other day I sighed and explained that probably the neighbour whose service she'd been using unwittingly had gone on holiday and turned off the router.
"But I'm paying for BT broadband, I don't understand."
I think she still doesn't really believe me but has agreed to ring BT and ask for a wireless router.
"....why most people want to unlock their phone (read Jailbreak) is to play pirated content and games."
I rather doubt that.
I'm sure the major incentive is to switch to a better value provider.
Probably also to enable a newer version of Android than has been released by the telco -- or to rid the phone of branded cruft.
I don't know what's more astonishing.
a) That the US allowed the telcos to successfully lobby for the original move to make unlocking a crime.
b) That the legislature eventually responded to people's outrage about the above travesty.
The lesson (I guess) is that big business will push us around as far as it can until they go just that bit too far.
Locking quite unnecessary anyway if the customer is locked into a 24 month contract.
In the case of pre-pay (Pay As You Go) the telcos could just drop the subsidies on those phones.
Probably, the real solution is to uncouple the telcos from the selling of phones -- let them sell connections and regular electronics chains sell phones. Chances are both connection deals and phone prices would be cheaper with more competition.
Re: "Obviously they are designed to copy CDs already owned by the driver."
Obviously your comment is humourous. But how often when offered a lift in a friend's car do you think "must go home first and get a bunch of CD" ?
It's for use in the car, stupid !
Where is the evidence that such devices lead to pirating ?
Obviously they are designed to copy CDs already owned by the driver.
So that the music contained can be listened to in the car with more convenience (and at less risk of distraction) than 1) locating the correct CD. 2) extracting CD from case single-handedly.3) posting CD in slot.
Inevitable with the telco cartel.
While the telcos have a de facto cartel on distribution of over-priced major branded phones, they are actually growing the next generation of manufacturers that will eat them.
Own-brand models from formerly small Chinese manufacturers -- T Mobile's deals with ZTE for example -- are giving such firms the finance and brand awareness necessary to launch directly into the market. Huawei are the first that most people here are aware of, offering good phones at the right price. In future, lesser-known brands such as the ones mentioned in the article will gain acceptance with consumers.
Just a regular software audit.
"......following a series of surprise visits to Redmond's offices in cities across China on Monday."
Probably intended to intimidate rather than discover anything relevant.
Do Microsoft do spot checks on customers ?
CAPTCHA doesn't work on phones.
Will someone tell Yahoo Mobile's designers that putting a CAPTCHA hurdle between signing in for a new password makes the process unusable.
For a start the new CAPTCHA version has not only jumbled letters you have to enter but a swirling mass of other characters behind. Virtually impossible to read on a small screen. Do these people never test stuff for usability ?
Ye olde Royal Mail principle.
When the first postal service was established, recipients had to pay. Result, they turned mail away. Delivery costs were unmanageable and, thus, postage expensive. Royal Mail's solution was the Penny Post whereby the sender paid an affordable amount and recipient paid nothing.
Apply the same principle to all texts so the spammers and scammers are out of business.
As for telcos taking a slice of revenue obtained by deception, that's a case for Small Claims Court (argue proceeds of crime principle).
@ John Tserkezis
Similar in UK -- £20 to the telco to get a code to unlock a phone or (often) about the same to dodgy corner shop to do it for you . Problem really is that many phones, after a 24 month contract, are not worth £20 or, at least, a new phone is more tempting.
Unlocking and rooting Android -- maybe not worth the risk with a new phone, not worth the trouble with an older one.
So stuff goes to landfill unnecessarily
Basically, telcos need to be told to automatically unlock phones for free at end of contract or stop locking contract phones in the first place. Personally I'd rather see the end of the telcos phone selling cartel and let them just provide connections on transparent terms. This would make it profitable for regular retailers to sell phones that work with any telco, at competitive prices.
My guess is that as smartphones become increasingly commoditised people will ship in grey market phones from lesser brands (not least because models not crippled by telcos have twin SIM slots) .
Should be arrested by the Fashion Police.
If you must listen to music at the volumes needed to drown traffic or rail noise (and deafen yourself) stick with earbuds.
On-ear h/phones like those by "Doctor" Dre look just as stupid as boy-beards, pointy shoes and those jeans that hang around the crotch.
Pic is just too appropriate !
Enjoyed the illustration of Google toilet paper. Apparently there's another version called Google+, but no-one uses that.
Re: a drift to US moral codes and values?
@ John 156 for the most thoughtful comment here.
US TV shows and movies (and many UK films made with an eye on the US market) are too American for my tastes. Ignoring the obvious pointless explosions and shouting and the one-dimensional villains, the stories largely lack the ambiguity of real life.
Thankfully a few shows roll along like Madmen and The Sopranos but by and large I'm happier watching something like the French 'Spiral' or Italian 'Montalbano' and the Scandi cop shows.
I also watch foreign-language films on the basis that if they have made it over here without the hype put behind Hollywood rubbish, they must have something going for them. Surprising how good films from Argentina, Iran or Korea have turned out to be.
Nothing on TV
Report confirms the general experience.
Best stuff on BBC is old Danish, Swedish, Italian series.
Best US stuff -- Madmen only available via Sky and Breaking Bad via torrent. For most people not at all unless downloaded while on hols abroad -- thanks for that Virgin/BT.
Commercial TV is doomed due to vast choice but little you'd choose and infested with ad breaks that are too frequent and too long.
More Chrome issues.
To quote a friend:
"wouldn't advise anyone to use Chrome unless they had 8mb of Ram! tho a workaround is the Chrome extension "OneTab" which puts all your open Chrome tabs into just one tab, greatly minimising RAM usage - even so Chrome hooks really hurt available RAM!"
Google is listening ?
If enough people dump Chrome and answer the exit questionnaire thoughtfully provided by Google, maybe things will get fixed. Note that the questionnaire also mentions privacy and app store so I mentioned worries about irrelevant permissions demanded by some apps.
I suspect that Google do monitor uninstall reasons -- they are an information company above all.
Re: testing 1 2 3 @karlp
Hello Karl, head office in Redmond has noted your efforts and your prospects are looking up.
Now we know ?
Why Yahoo so often shows pictures of attractive young Asian women ?
Wish they'd concentrate on work instead -- Yahoo Mobile Mail has been impossible for me to sign into on either Blackberry or Android for some days now.
No response so far from Yahoo "Care" on Twitter or Facebook.
Yup, that's why I won't use apps.
I was just about to add a useful app when I read the permissions agreement and went "no way !"
Google's arrogance undermines one of the main benefits of Android.
So right about the record player.
Your record player example clearly applies to mobile phone -- screen too small for internet, keyboard too small for typing, music player doesn't support folders, mapping which should work with GPS wants expensive data feed as well. Takes a sixty page manual to explain it all (if you're lucky).
When I find a toaster that also makes coffee without compromising either function or second guessing (wrongly) whether I take sugar or not, I might take smartphones more seriously.
So they won't be diversifying...
An Apple branded sex toy would sell millions. A girl recently told be how she enjoyed it when her mobile vibrated in her "pocket".
Sorry Mr Nadella,
I just can't stop thinking Nutella.
And judging by your message about Office 365, maybe just nuts !
Re: RE traditionally separates would be swapped out over time
Good point Simon Harris. The 70s Kenwood stuff in the pic may still be working somewhere and much of it sounding good.
My personal best for an old amp is a US spec (110 v) Kenwood budget model found in a car boot a couple of years ago. I remember this model's Trio (UK) equivalent belonging to a friend in the mid seventies when it was already a few years old.
Car boot find works perfectly after cleaning some switches -- it was low spec (15 watts ?) bottom of the range kit so never sounded the bees knees but it's acceptable. Particularly like the fake wood printed steel case and champagne coloured alloy fascia.
Presently listening to impressive 1980s Quad 405 Mk 2 and preamp, elderly Marantz CD player and 1970s B&W DM2s -- some found in charity shops and dumped in street.
I have no reason to change that system.
Lenovo, no thanks.
I guess some of the IBM magic rubbed off on Lenovo, so I was unpleasantly surprised opening a four or five year old Lenovo desktop to see bulging capacitors like I've seen on "lesser" brand computers which were older.
Astonished this problem has gone on for so long.
Replaced the Lenovo with an Asus.
I expect you pay for garden fertiliser.
Then complain when the moggies offer it for free.
Slim pickings (for the rest)....
All you need to know about phone system in Mexico (actually, all you need to know about Mexico) is that Carlos Slim is the richest man in the world making money in one of its poorer regions.
But over the border in the land of the free, Verizon and AT&T pretty much have a duopoly that's reflected in prices higher that in Europe.
Corruption isn't the issue (its endemic in Mex) the system is what's wrong. Where governments dish out licences to print money, no surprise when the recipients do so left to their own devices.
Before the curbs on roaming charges, who'd have thought we'd be grateful to the EU.
Duff name doesn't help.
Pan(asonic) Tech(nics). Reminds me of Suny radios sold in Africa or NCKLA phones.
Of course the Koreans ain't great at names, Lucky Goldstar was well overdue a change to LG.
I was surprised to see Daewoo folding bicycles now branded Chevrolet.
Re: Run DRM -- CD Recorders
They didn't need to ban CD recorders because consumers didn't buy them.
1) They cost too much
2) Some models proved very unreliable.
3) The discs they needed cost more (to pay fee to copyright owners) and were hard to find.
4) You could rip CD etc on a computer without any of the above issues.
Ironically, many recorders were bought by musicians to record music they actually owned the copyright to.
If you complain about T Mobile they later send you an invitation to contribute to improving their service. Thinking this might actually be helpful, I started completing the questionnaire. After a number of questions I realised it was just a market research tool and sent them a snotty reply.
From their pricing, one might guess that the telcos think we are idiots and this rather confirmed it.
Is there anything....
...in the mobile/cellphone world which isn't a rip off ?
Ads -- death of TV
Straw. Broke. Last. Camel's. Back.
Rearrange into well known......
Authorities here wise to it...
Long years ago a friend living in Covent Garden with no car applied for a permit and sold it to a local ad agency. Since then Camden Council have tightened up on applications and enforcement.
As for comment above that it's public space and we can do what we want with it -- the permits are intended to facilitate people living there to park without having to compete with outsiders commuting by car. Both London and (in my experience) San Francisco have reasonably good public transport for commuters.
Re: Sad @Fibbles
Right in principle but, more accurately, it's not a warranty and the six years is a different issue.
Warranty's really an arrangement between the maker and the retailer under which the former undertakes for one year following sale the retailer's duty to repair/replace. Trading Standards in UK have a rough benchmark that consumer durables should be serviceable for about 6 years -- and that, in cases of product failure (roughly speaking) not caused by the consumer, the retailer should repair at no cost or replace -- or refund (a proportion relating to age).
Big UK retailers seem to deliberately fail to train their shop staff (including managers) in the realities of the law and most will brush off anything outside the manufacturer's warranty. Solution is to call head office threatening Small Claims action -- in my experience they will always blink first.
When I've been to court, the judge took a commonsense approach similar to the above and awarded damages and costs.
Re: So variable @MJI
Half right about the trini tellies -- great picture but terrible remote/interface.
I was speaking with an old colleague last week about this very subject and he recalled how at the ad agency we worked for in the 80s the conference rooms had Sony monitors and video players -- few, if anyone, could get the monitors to talk to the players.
Re: Dilemma @ Jess
Re the coroporate security stuff -- what peed me off was simply trying to dowload an app from Blackberry World was a faff via the phone (can't remember why) so I started all over again via PC/wireless link/router and it took an age updating stuff on the PC and rebooting the phone a couple of times (at 3.5 minutes per reboot). Quite apart from the lousy selection in BB World, I've avoided going that route again.
I appreciate that BB10 loses some of the annoyances -- such as over moving the SIMM to another phone -- but I quickly lose goodwill with firms that have forced me to do things their way without any obvious benefit to me.
While I really don't like Blackberry's way of working, the recent hardware's about right.
I dislike things like (apparently) having to wipe the phone if you change the SIM. Or the SIM being linked to Blackberry rather than your telco so data capacity paid for can't simply be transferred to another phone. I dislike the (to me unnecessary) corporate level security stuff which just hampers normal use.
Though I normally use a BB 9800, I recently gained a friend's cheap Android (thanks to T Mobile not fixing it with the required OS reload) and realised how unusable on-screen keyboard is on a small phone if you have adult male fingers.
Though the issue is partly resolved on bigger Androids like the HTC One, I find myself looking at Blackberry Q10 for its reasonably sized screen and large-ish physical keyboard. This addresses my issues with a previous Nokia E71 (screen too small but keyboard brilliant) and present BB 9800 (screen bigger but keyboard too small).
Music networking ?
Don't quite get it.
Sonos and similar stuff so expensive and technical that it would be cheaper/simpler to have a compact stereo in each room and carry CDs from one room to another. Probably sound better too.
So that's where they got my address.
Wondered why I occasionally get invites to health checks by (doubtless expensive) private medical providers who obviously have access to my full name and address. By the look of the services mentioned also know my age.
Try repeatedly dialling today's longer numbers on a rotary phone and you'll soon see the point of press-buttons and last number redial.
I recall this vividly from the 1980s, trying to get through to a government department which almost always had line-busy signal.
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