1154 posts • joined 13 Jun 2008
What *I* want...
...is a dongle which I plug in my HTPC which will make all of the above (Netflix, etc...) appear as IPTV channels (or even plain TV channels) in the TV section of my media player. Or as movies in the Movie section. Or as TV series in the TV-Series section. You know, make Netflix/HBO/Other's movies/series appear as if they were stored on a local or networked drive so the media software can parse and integrate them with the rest of my media catalogue(s).
I'd be happy with having to set up the Netflix/Hulu/Whatever accounts via a specialised piece of software to make the rest of it transparent to the media player.
Backronym: Technology Without An Interesting Name or Toolkit Without An Informative Name (take your pick).
Actual: comes from the phrase "never the twain shall meet" (Kipling), since that was exactly its purpose.
Bad day for TLS
First GnuTLS, now this.
...a resurgence of the "you're holding it wrong" advice.
Gives new meaning to...
Turbulent stomach? Take two tablets and call me in the morning.
Re: Balancing Imbalance
You're welcome, rest of the World.
Oh, and everyone know giant, fire-breathing penguins do not exist. It's the Giant Desert Wallaby that breathes fire to kill its prey.
Re: "the currency helps facilitate criminal activity"
So: first the coalition pares down the NBN drastically, then they get a report about it, then they wax lyrical about how it's all going to be fine.
It's almost as if they are following Lewis Carroll's recipe in order: The Butcher, the BAQR, the Candlestick Maker. When do we get to see the Billiard Marker and the Banker? And will the Beaver turn into a Weasel?
"(although, for example, if no action follows the arrest, the fingerprints probably shouldn't be stored for long)"
Speaking for QLD, over here you *will* get fingerprinted (via a nice digital scanner if you are at one of the major watchhouses) and photographed when arrested (and possible DNA-sampled depending on the reason). These biometrics are stored in the database for as long as the prosecution proceeds. IF THE CHARGES ARE DROPPED OR IF YOU ARE FOUND NOT-GUILTY all fingerprints, photos and DNA samples related to those charges must be destroyed immediately (the fact they were taken, however, remains in the database for legal reason in case someone questions the proceedings later on).
Caveat :- if you were previously found guilty, your new fingerprints/photos/DNA samples are considered updates of the previous biometrics... which means they stay, even if you are not guilty of this particular crime.
"Williams said the D-Wave chips' behaviour can be explained with quantum mechanical models;"
I smell cop-out. Now, if he had said "...can ONLY be explained..." that'd be another matter.
@EPurpl3: I can only think that you are doing something wrong with your HDDs.
I have 2 PCs (3 & 5 years old), 2 laptops (3 & 2 years old), and two Fileservers (9x2TB greens and 6x3TB reds, 5 and 2 years old respectively)) at home. I have had exactly zero (0) drive failure in all the years I have used this particular set of hardware; and prior to that I have had one (1) HDD failure in the 20-odd years I have been building my own PCs - it occurred within a week of buying the drive, and got replaced under warranty.
In fact most of the time the PC's motherboard or the laptop itself dies before the drive does (the wife's latest laptop got rebuilt around her HDD after the cat poured coffee over it) - and the drives themselves get recycled as portable drives using cheap enclosures (ex-laptop drives are great for that).
For the record, I prefer WD drives... but that's a personal preference. YMMV.
"Explained as something “designed to improve the first-time-with-Firefox experience”, nine Directory Tiles will appear in a grid on each new Tab. Today, all but one of the Tiles is blank."
<looks at a new FF tab>I have nine tiles, all of them contain links to my most-frequented sites. So: all nine tiles are already there, and none of them are blank.
Pet hate: "...share a pre-prepared meme..."
To "prepare" is to make something ready. By definition, it is done *before* you need/use it.
"Pre-prepare" is as stupid as "ATM machines".
<smash head on desk>
Someone please explain to how a Patent Troll is allowed to go after customers of a company whose products allegedly infringe said patents? Have we come to the point where every customer, including Joe Public, needs to go through a lengthy and expensive Due Diligence search before buying any tech product?
A Roneograph was a rotary duplicator that used a stencil through which ink was pressed (trade mark Roneo). It moved into the language the same way as Xeroxing and Googling did.
@willi0000000: "don't worry folks, it's just another 11-dimensional chess move on the part of the Republicans to prevent the re-election of President Obama."
I'm not up to scratch on US Politics, but it was my understanding that no US President is allowed to run for a third term?
Based on the reporting, I'm not seeing the benefits. Most (not all) of the accidents which are filed under "driver inattention" aren't going to be alleviated by this gadget - by the time the driver looks up from their smartphone/book/whatever and realises what is happening, the accident is bound to happen.
This is *not* a collision avoidance/reduction device - this is a device that the insurance companies can use to tell you that you had in fact been warned and thus the accident is your fault and we won't be paying thank you very much.
This is purely playing to the gallery. How you can EVER ensure that the USA Government (or any government) isn't syphoning data? They weren't supposed to be doing it *now*, and they *didn't* get caught because someone noticed it - they got caught because someone leaked internal memos ordering/authorising it.
So explain to me how the EU will ensure that the US has "shapen up"?
"its nominal centre wavelength of 617.3433 nm (accurate to one thirtieth of a nanometre)"
If the accuracy is 1/30th, why give us the wavelength down to 1/10000th?
Actually I quite enjoyed some of the ST novels from the 90s. "Dreadnought!" and "How Much For Just The Planet" rank highly as far as I am concerned.
Not surprised at low price
Ever since Telstra started using Sensis, their online directories have been crap; unless you know the precise name of the company you are looking for, you have a snowball's chance in Hell of actually finding it. It has been so frustrating that I stopped using it and started using Google instead and simply added my city and/or suburb in the search terms. Faster and more accurate results.
In other words, a *generic* search engine is better at providing me details about local businesses than Telstra's Sensis (an engine which supposedly exists for that sole purpose).
"When it arrives at the ISS, Cygnus will deliver..."
"The module was named after the late Gordon Fulerton..."
How did they get "Cygnus" out of "Gordon Fulerton"?
At minimum, the US Congress should pass a law stopping the Trolls from going after the users of "infringing" products. If Company A manufactures a gizmo that you think infringes on your patent, then by all means take a shot. But if Company B uses the gizmo from Company A, *they* are not infringing on the patent and should be left out of the fray.
Re: What I want...
@Dave Bell "Re: Remotes".
Nope, I have an old Logitech 15-device remote control (well, two now that I bought an in-case-of extra) which is programmed via the Logitech website. Cost of remote? About AU$100 at the time (AU$80 for the backup). And because the settings are stored on Logitech's website, even if my remote loses power for an extended time (or breaks down), the entire setup can be reprogrammed in less than 5 minutes (including login time).
What I want...
...for my next TV is just a screen with lots on Input options. No tuners, no speakers, no "smart" anything except for smarts relating to cleaning up the display data sent to it. Hell, if I could find one of the right size, I'd opt for a computer monitor.
Why? Because I have an Amp, a HTPC, a set-top box... all of which take the place of most of the "extras" stuffed in with the display.
How about it, TV-makers? How about forgetting all of these extra and instead luring me with the best damn display you can build?
Now if they can add semi-transparent screens on there, that'd be a decent wearable device - without looking like an idiot (yes, I'm looking at you Google Glass).
So, having read the entire article twice, I still cannot see any *actual* benefits for the consumer to having their data/movements/etc tracked in this manner.
Advertisers and spooks, on the other hand, must be salivating.
Who needs it?
I have a 1080p TV (and Amp and HTPC hooked up to a NAS). I have DVDs and BluRays... but for the most part, I find that DVD-quality is good enough for most movies/TV series - there's only the odd ones where I think actual 1080p (rather than upscale) does credit to the movie.
To the studios, I say this: We have reached the point where better frame-rates will do more for viewing quality (including your thrice-cursed 3D movies) than more pixels per frame. So instead of quadrupling the pixels in a frame, how about quadrupling the number of frames which will give us better clarity on movement?
Ah yes, I forgot... no really big numbers to use in advertising to the masses.
"....hoped-for revenues of $US300 billion (£183bn) by 2020."
"....which amount to a near 300 per cent jump from the $108bn (£66bn)..."
Actually no, it doesn't. A 100% jump would be from $100bn to $200bn, so a jump from $100bn to $300bn is a 200% jump.
Almost, but not quite...
Surely the line should have been "almost, but not quite, entirely unlike Earth".
Re: The classic blunders
I think you'll find it's TANSTAAFL:
a Secretive organisation has been told by a judge to stop doing these secretive things...
And how exactly will this be enforced? Instead of a spokesperson coming out and saying "we've complied" while behind the curtain it's business-as-usual?
I would like to thank all of those El Reg readers who have answered my question. Over the holidays I will try out VMWare, KVM and VirtualBox on a re-purposed Dell which can handle x64 and VTd. Should be fun. ^_^
Many, many thanks.
Re: I want to play with VMs
No consultancy, no getting paid. This is me in my man-cave with a pile of hardware to play with. By me, for me.
Re: I want to play with VMs
Thanks. Licensing is not a problem - I have a few old WinXP licences from dead machines, a spare Win7 Home licence, I play around with Linux/BSD and I think I have a disk with MacOS X Leopard on it with two spare install licences - although I understand that last OS may be a moot point in terms of install on non-Apple hardware.
I want to play with VMs
A few years ago, a local company moved and sold some of its IT equipment. I purchased their rack cabinet, all 1.9 meters of U's.
First thing I built was a storage box - got a rackmountable computer case and stuffed it with 9x2TB worth of hard-drives. Still running like a charm after 3+ years of almost no downtime.
Now, I want to play with Virtual Machines, Hypervisors and the ilk. So my question is: considering that this is a home project, what should I get i terms of hardware and software? I have a fileserver with enough storage (well... two now - I got bored), so local storage is probably low on the list. But what CPU/motherboard would be best for a home set-up? What about the choice of Hypervisor - bare-metal or running in an existing OS? And if so, which?
Choices, choices, choices. What are your pearls of wisdom?
I *have* done so in the dark, and I don't know where you got your GS4 from but mine has its USB the right way around. Or at least according to the USB symbol on the various USB cables I use (said symbol is supposed to be facing upwards when plugging the cable in). And no, not all of them are from Samsung.
Let's put this in a simpler way : I have figured out how to do it automatically without having to look at either the plug or my device. You appear not to have done so.
I have two USB charging cable: The one at work has a corner "missing" on the plastic casing, the one at home has a raised "fin" to help you grasp it. So long as the missing corner is to the left (when looking down at the cable) or the fin is "up", the USB plug will happily go in.
There's no need to make the *plug* reversible, so long as you make it easy to differentiate orientation via the plastic cover to the plug.
"But this flashlight app left them in the dark..." Sounds like a broken app to me. :p
Re: And let the flood of ...
@Jake: Because you asked so nicely.
"...emotional arousal..." hur hur hur - he said 'arousal'.
Software/protocol update only or will it require new hardware?
Re: RE: AC @ 07:16
@RyokuMas - because it's *my* hardware which I bought outright, just like the last 3 phones I owned. It's not the Telco's and it's not Google's. I should be allowed to do what I want with it. If I want to void the warranty, that's my right. So far as I know (IANAL) nowhere is it illegal to void your warranty (but the manufacturer can now refuse to help you with your device).
So your trying to lump me with "thieves" has been taken rather badly. Your statement ranks up there with "thieves use cars, so you don't need a car... unless you're a car engineer or a thief."
Amen to that. I have an eBook reader (a Kobo Touch as it happens) and an Android 10" tablet. Love them both, but the tablet is too heavy for prolonged reading, especially if you are standing up in public transport.
A colour eBook reader, roughly the same size and weight of the Kobo Aura HD (say) would allow me to read books, magazines and graphic novels without having to worry about excessive muscle strain, glare when reading outside or having to recharge the device every day (I read a lot). Especially since I don't give a damn about listening to music (I have a smartphone, a tablet and an MP3 player for that) or watching video (smartphone and tablet). But I do want a decent all-round *BOOK READER*.
Wishful thinking, I know.
As opposed to Badcoffee?
Talk about your case of split personalities.
Re: A rational explanation
"To understand if wireless is adequate or not you first need to explain why 47% would select 12Mbps when for $5 extra they could have 25Mbps."
First of all, this means that 53% chose a higher speed - I'll point that out since it always seem to escape those who plug that "47%" number.
Second - I worked in an IT position that put me in contact with John and Jane Citizen on a regular basis (luckily, I got promoted away from it). The average Australian doesn't understand the concept of the Internet. To them it's plugging a box to the wall and having their web-sites downloading. I'll point out that my Mother fits in that category. Most of them have problems understanding how streaming, or even (gasp) video on demand works. If they have come across video on demand it's from Foxtel where said videos are pre-downloaded onto the STB.
So the answer to your question "why do 47% choose the lower, cheaper option" is: because they don't know better and the companies currently in control don't want them to learn.
Can you imagine what would happen to Foxtel if people could get IPTV whenever they felt like it? Oh, and Foxtel is owned by Murdoch, whose press arm is constantly telling us how bad the NBN is. Wonder why.
I want to see how much power is consumed by the WiFi transmitter before and after these receptors are introduced. And for kicks, both while nascent, quiescent and during heavy data transmission.
Nothing will be gained.
So the EFF hauls the NSA into court and wins. (humour me).
The courts issue a warrant and the NSA says it will comply.
Three months later, the NSA announces it is now complying with the court's order and no longer being a naughty boy.
And you'll believe them because...?
Re: Oh, dear...
Damn, AC@9:48 beat me to it.
Valentine Michael Smith
I grok this reference.
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