568 posts • joined Tuesday 3rd June 2008 07:55 GMT
why this happens ?
Illegal immigration benefits employers and landlords. And so it will continue.
Re: I genuinely do not understand...
Who you calling snotrags ?
Re: Ohhhhh,..... Eeeeehhhhhhh,...
You mean Apple Stores have toilets for the public ?
Add them to my list of emergency ports of call along with McDonalds -- except the McDonalds in Brussels in 1980-something which still had an old lady at a table trying to charge for use. Something I hadn't seen since they expelled them from the loos at Charles de Gaulle airport.
Is Bluetooth the flaw ?
Anyone au fait with iPhone's battery performance will have Bluetooth switched off.
Of course, if you're dumb enough to download an app which enables advertising nag, you probably haven't a clue about anything so techie as a battery.
Re: Model M
Made in Scotland from girders. Still in daily use in my place. One I'm typing this on dated 1990.
Sharp with a Japanese language keyboard, a built-in ethernet port and a Netgear PCMCIA wireless G adapter is my weapon of choice for fixing friends' wireless woes.
Pentium (P2 at 600 mhz ?) and early XP. Slow and heavy, I'd say it's best-finished laptop I've laid hands on -- perhaps because it was actually made in Japan. Personal import by neighbour who donated it when she upgraded.
The Netgear adapter has the best wireless survey/signal strength software. Unlike modern laptops with Win7, will display two routers that happen to have the same name.
Not too bright ?
Why would you download a flashlight app in the first place -- hell of an expensive torch when you consider the wear on the battery and the replacement cost ?
As for these crumbs who hoover up private data without permission, they deserve a good kicking.
what happened with laptops ?
Are they counted as desktops ? Most of the laptops I see being toted by consumers these days are Apple.
A phone is not really smart is it?
My phone already questions my decisions. Or at least pre-empts them by occasionally ringing people when all I wanted was to use the calculator app. Damn you, touchscreens.
Previous phone would drain my PAYG balance downloading tiny amounts of data to itself on a regular basis. I wasn't on a data plan so £1 for a few kilobytes. T Mobile refunded the money and suggested it was to do with picture-texts but the solution was to put a bogus web address in the APN settings (as I recall).
It might help drive down leading brand prices in the UK if more allegedly crap Chinese smartphones became available here. Note the prices/features of ZTE (notably the Orange San Francisco) and Huawei models already here.
Wonder if the decision makers have the facts.
Interesting that a readership of, largely, techies here is so unanimous in their rejection of DAB.
Presumably we are mostly the sort of people eager to adopt new ideas (if they work)*.
On this small sample, DAB might as well get its coat.
* Admittedly, after much muttering that I wouldn't, I adopted CD. But that has demonstrable convenience over vinyl.
FM - not so much loved as entrenched.
Tallying the number of radio units in my home; hifi tuners (4 for some reason), radio/CD player portables (3), MP3 players with FM (4 ?), old phones with FM (6?), Freeview telly with many radio stations not available on FM (1). Add to that internet radio.
With 20 or so means of listening to the radio already, even the offer of a £40 Sony DAB radio at a car boot sale for £8 just didn't seem that tempting.
Fact is, I mostly listen to Radio 4 and Radio 5. Any promise of extra stations on DAB is about as exciting as the multitude of, to me, redundant radio channels on Freeview or Freesat .
Re: What's the goddamn' deal with Microsoft's marketing zombies?
A lot of hard work to make a non-point about a competitor.
My guess is there's a lot of people who had never heard of a Chromebook who now have now. They may or may not remember Microsoft's negative message.
One thing is certain, Microsoft are spending money like water on a campaign which gives Google the oxygen of publicity and does little or nothing for Microsoft products.
Does Not Compute.
Something wrong here.
The only product that makes any sense is an HP ?
Re: !Subtle under tones
"Tell 'em what you're going to tell them. Tell them. Then tell 'em what you've just told 'em".
And the other old marketing cliche. "Nobody ever lost money underestimating the intelligence of the American public".
However, for all the stupidity of the advertising, Microsoft does have a point. Chromebook is a bit useless without a decent broadband connection.
NCKLA NOKIA NOKOFF not NEWKIA
Have to like the Chinese for their cheek. This thoroughly awful E71 nok-off.
Even comes with a battery that exactly matches Nokia's BP-4L graphics and connector. £2 in flea market, I'm using it now in my genuine E71.
If you ask me, calling anything Newkia is asking for trouble from Health & Safety.
Sorry, I'll Read That Again.
I initially read the headline as Chinese Prof(essional) Brands (Huawei, Foxconn etc) no better than drug dealers.
Well, given that both companies have been deep in controversy at times, you might forgive the mistake.
Re: Looks like a One Per Desk to me
I seem to recall seeing something like that displayed in the window of the old STC building in the Strand in London and thinking uh oh it's got those crazy microdrives, so that won't work.
Re: Microsoft and advertising @stu 4
- the abysmal 'have a windows 7 party' general idea and campaign
God, how could we forget ?
The crapmost patronising marketing idea I have ever encountered.
Now they've done that.....
...can they now turn their attention to the Cryptolocker scam. Clearly the public will take a less dim view of GCHQ following this paedo case -- they can gain similar kudos by saving small businesses from ruin or being extorted.
Who she ?
Management seem positively understanding of Yahoo staffers' reluctance to move to New Yahoo Mail.
We mere customers were forced off Yahoo Classic, which we liked despite its folksy looks and the odd restriction, and made to use the New Yahoo. I find New Yahoo Mail slow, doubtless not helped by waiting for the pointless ads to be served up.
If that doesn't improve, Yahoo staffers may be the last people using Yahoo Mail.
Re: Why Windows is doomed. @ Greg J Preece
" Windows originally came on floppy disks, Windows XP comes on CD, therefore XP is bloated."
Thanks. That's precisely the point I was making.
Re: Why Windows is doomed. @JDX
Of course, you have a point.
My bloody Blackberry takes 3 minutes from reinserting the battery. But its normal mode is standby which doesn't seem to use much power and starts it instantly.
You could leave a desktop PC sitting in sleep mode but my experience of exploding PC power supplies forces me to turn off at the wall.
Re: Why Windows is doomed. @Wardy01 & @dogged
Not everyone is running the great hardware you have and as we know Windows slows down with age unless you maintain it (and few people do).
Windows XP came on a CD, Win 7 on a DVD. I rest my case.
Powerpoint presentation for the ears.
Corporate nonsense-speak is about as entertaining and informative.
Why Windows is doomed.
Reading something unrelated, the penny finally dropped.
The reason Windows is finished is speed. They've stuffed it so full of lazy code and pointless bells and whistles that it takes an age to start compared to phone or a tablet.
So which do you turn to when you want a quick email or browse -- what most of us (mostly) use computers and other devices for these days ?
In the past I've bleated about slimming down Windows, but MS will never do that because they are stuck in Detroit mode, bringing out a bigger model each time (and we know how well that ended for Detroit). As for moving it to tablets and phones, well, I think that ship sailed with Apple and Android.
Agree with everything....
.....that it says except where it reads to make a profit "off of you" .
Forgive my pedantry but "from you" surely.
Bigger picture -- hope the current MS campaign scares enough punters that it eventually scares Google.
Meanwhile I'll use DuckDuckGo for my searches because it produces less paid-for junk.
Re: Charging for SMS is THE scam @ecofeco
Kind of get revenge on the cellphone operators by the following.
Friend wants to visit. Calls on landline first to check you're in. On arrival, instead of pressing doorbell, calls on cellphone and only lets it ring twice. Caller id show they have arrived.
I see people visiting my neighbours doing this the whole time, so it's not just my friends.
As a lawyer once told me, in court you never ask a question unless you already know the answer, at home never answer the door unless you already know who's there.
Re: Funny thing there. @stizzleswick
I'm puzzled that any user would buy into a system where the recipient has to pay for calls.
The Royal Mail (in England) was able to create the first national postal service when it realised that charging the sender was the only viable model. Previously, recipients had simply refused to accept letters.
The success of the sender-pays model led to economies of scale that made possible the Penny Post which, in turn, made the service more popular.
Of course, it's not just US carriers who have un-learned the Royal Mail example. As the cellphone market matures, those in Europe who now charge senders silly money (T Mobile 12p, Orange 14p for texts) will lose out to those offering offering prices (3Network texts at 2p or so) which better reflect the tiny cost involved to providers.
Re: LG values its customers' privacy
Don't take it personally, it's just meaningless corporate-speak learned by rote in PR coaching.
Listen to politicians and more senior business types being interviewd on radio and they always start by thanking the interviewer for having them on the programme and then constantly refer to the interviewer by their first name.
Insulting, but they don't think we know any better.
"Get out your re-enforced asbestos pants, sysadmins, it weighs in at 5.5 kilograms"
Reinforced, surely ?
Re: Linked to the TV Guarantee card @dan1980
"............do people really fill out warranty cards?"
Probably not usually, though on a major purchase I guess many might. There's no need to register the warranty with the manufacturer because the warranty makes no difference to rights under Sale Of Goods Act which long outlast 12 months. The obligation falls on the retailer not the manufacturer.
Most retailers will happily repair or replace within warranty period on production of the sales receipt because the manufacturer will foot the bill. Outside the 12 months the branch staff are likely to deny liability but a call to the shop's head office and mention of Small Claims usually sorts that out.
@Robert Carnegie Re: Security and Ethics
"How is it anything but creepy that they photograph every envelope that they deliver to anyone in the country? "
Now we know why US letters bear the sender's name and address on the envelope as well (metadata).
"Working hard to get privacy right,"
Snooping is annoying but what really ended Google as having any utility was sponsored search results. How can a search engine be accurate if the results can be fiddled ?
The outcome is that my bro needed a hotel to stay in near me and any attempt to search on Google was rendered slower by pointless scads of ads from the likes of Trivago.
I've dumped Google as default and replaced it with DuckDuckGo.
What suspect mails have you received ???
I've received from HM Revenue & Customs (who would not send out random emails)
And Fedex (I am not expecting any deliveries nor have ever used Fedex)
Might it be useful if other readers listed any suspect emails they have received and these were collated into an editorial piece ?
Need to take Linux out of the niche
Magazines still have a role -- if I think back to the 80s I devoured PC mags to learn about computers. If there was a source of Linux info which embraced beginners, it might widen the audience. I suspect that this goal would be easier to achieve via existing mainstream publications.
But good luck to this new venture.
Gone up in my estimation.
Surprised that Ballmer has owned up to being a git.
He always reminded me of Henry Ford and his grandson Henry Ford II.
Old Henry was known for firing someone by discharging a revolver into the ceiling of an office below.
Young Henry came up with "Don't Complain, Don't Explain" which must have made working for him a nerve wracking experience. His greatest piece of ebullience (perhaps glorious folly) was to try to buy Ferrari and, when spurned, build the glorious GT40 models that ultimately trounced Enzo at Le Mans.
Makes Ballmer and his silly software seem pretty small beer.
Re: You are not getting upscale regardless of what you want
I suspect that by Upscale, the author meant (at least) something with a better looking finish.
Thankfully, Acer's days of laptops painted in silver where that wore, exposing black plastic visible, are behind them. In fact, the Packard Bell (a.k.a Acer) I have presently seems as solid as a similar Sony model. The Sony looks considerably cooler, though, and I'm sure a other brands will achieve a similar upscale on their Chromebooks.
Must say, tempted by the price and the option to convert it to Linux as the Google walled garden is no more inviting than Apple's.
Flogging off the family silver.
To pay for golden parachutes.
Re: Too expensive.
LG, likely to soon be replaced by Google-owned Motorola.
Re: Remember when this stuff was meant to be "empowering"?
I remember having to buy my own computer for word processing at work because the management thought they were just for accounting. My colleagues used to refer to my desktop PC as Scalextric for the office -- perhaps because I actually enjoyed using it and it freed me from the angry and illiterate vixens in the typing pool.
All this changed when companies started buying computers and networking them. From then on they were less fun, more ball and chain. You were not allowed to add your own software and there was a sneaking feeling that they were monitoring use so that a long lunch was easier to detect.
Another also-ran staring into the headlights of the Chinese like Huawei, ZTE etc which can outprice them and are (already show signs of) matching their technology and finish.
love the bloody blackberry graphic
Now wallpaper on my Blackberry.
Mass starvation and widespread looting.
As Sainsbury's supermarket self-serve checkouts crash due to beyond sell-by date Microsoft Windows (is it XP ? -- can't see for the blue screen).
Re: Parking ticket is in the post
Ran out of puff and was abandoned.
Re: That's some battery
Has there ever been an attractive BMW ?
Must confess a soft spot for the 1970's 2002 saloon.
Re: Google slow?
Google, Bing. A curse on both their houses.
I'm using DuckDuckGo.
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