2267 posts • joined Tuesday 17th April 2007 15:29 GMT
"One bloke, who had waited for five hours from 3am for the doors to open, decided to hang around the shop for a while afterwards rather than race home with his new slab. He hadn't tried his iPad yet, adding: "No, no, first I'll go home, relax and then I'll take it out." "
What? You sat about in the cold since 3am, for what? To socialise with the staff? Can't you get any real friends of your own (don't answer that)? There are going to be people who arrived at 9am who are going to have used the thing before you!
The dictionary definition of sad has just got a new example.
Here, please take your coat.
"If the caldera erupts underwater, it could cause local tsunamis and affect boat traffic, including cruise ships"
Shhhhh! Keep your voice down... All those Italian captains jumping over the side could cause a Tsunami all on their own!
Re: Public IPs only?
"That's what I was thinking. If the firewall blocks RDP traffic and one needs a VPN to get access - surely the risk is low? If the network is so compromised as to allow this attack, then the compnay in question has much, much bigger problems."
So because the door is locked you feel safe to leave the family jewels on the kitchen table?
Don't forget that a fair amount of unauthorised access is performed from inside a company network.
Re: Password protect it and you don't get it back.
I actually had a fun evening of hunt the owner a few months ago. I found the phone on a pub seat where two girls had been sitting. Me and my friends enjoyed our beers expecting the girls to return any minute. They didn't, so I rang the last number the owner had called, hoping it was the person they were with that evening. It wasn't, it was a work mate. I explained what had happened and he tried to guess who the friend was from my description, and call them. No luck.
What followed was akin to a keystone cops chase with him suggesting every drinking establishment in the area where they could have gone, and us lot having a drink in pretty much all of them.
Eventually we gave up on the grounds of imminent liver failure, but agreed we had got to visit some very interesting and new establishments!
The next day I received a call from the owner, and arranged to return the phone later in the week when I was back in the area, in the mean time I offered to download all the contact details and send them over so she wouldn't be without numbers. She was a little surprised this was even possible, but gratefully accepted.
The phone was eventually returned, and I earned some more beer for my troubles :-)
I've had a few minutes of play with 8 & Metro, and it's horrible.
The thought that I have been left with is that M$ seem to be committed to some crazy idea of a "unified user experience" across all devices, something which even Apple realise is a stupid thing to do.
Maybe M$ will use this as some anti iStuff advertising ammo, "You use our desktop like you use our tablet, or our mobile"...
The problem is a scratch and sniff touch interface is designed for big fat fingers prodding on a small screen. A desktop machine with a huge monitor and several hundred DPI optical mouse doesn't need 200x200 pixel squares to click, you can easily hit a 16x16, and use the rest of the screen real-estate for more information and other stuff.
Re: One born every minute
"Apple continue to be completely incompetent when it comes to introducing a new model."
Or (more accurately)
"Gutter press continue to be completely incompetent as Apple once again plays them like a virtuoso."
Re: no touch
Indeed. The mystical device is not a keyboard.
It is a board of keys.
Sorry, board of ikeys.
If I've read the bits of news correctly, this is what the Cyanogenmod team are trying to do with V9.
Why FSF feels the need to start yet another branch is beyond me, why can't they just help the CM team?
Re: Screw the technology
I'm sorry Sir, we're out of stock at the moment.
I can however offer you a smack round the head with this slice of lemon...
Well if the rumours were correct, they forgot that with the original airbag systems... The idea was that an impact would trigger the airbag and unlock the doors.
Unfortunately it also worked when the car was parked and locked. So all a thief had to do was whack the front bumper with a 4x2 to trigger the airbag system and the doors would open.
As I said, it's just a rumour I heard, so it's probably bull. Although I seen enough evidence of stupidity from manufacturers in my time to be left 50/50 on this one!
"However, the main reasons the satnavs cause problems is because it can take months for map updates from local councils to make their way onto the gadgets."
And the rest... What about those who bought the satnav, and then don't sign up (with ££) for a subscription which provides updates?
Anyone that follows a satnav into a river, over a cliff, or down a footpath should be hit with an "Undue care and attention" conviction. A few of those and it's bye bye licence, so they'll either learn to look where they a bl**dy well going, or be removed from our roads. The latter would seem to be for the common good.
I'm still waiting for a fish I can stick in my ear.
Until this happens I will remain unable to communicate with my Geordie friend after he has drunk 4 beers.
So I've got my arms full of heavy shopping, and you want me to stand on one leg and swing my free foot about, not get smacked in the chin by the opening boot lid, all whilst retaining a grip on the shopping?
What is this, some kind of US Highway Patrol drink drive test?
How about something useful like speech recognition? I'd love to be able to open the boot with a stream of verbal obscenities.
I for one do not welcome our big brother overlords.
So, have us peasants got any form of appeal against a warning, or are UK pensioners doomed to receive three warnings for downloading west coast gangstar rap before being banished from the intarweb?
Re: accidental roaming
Note to everyone.
Settings, network selection: Manual!
Re: Don't take the sales figures too seriously........
In fact looking at the USA for any kind of mobile phone stats is grossly misleading. They'd hardly heard of Nokia before it got taken over by Elop and assimilated into the MS collective.
Have they even sorted out the cross network SMS interconnects yet? Last time I tried to text a friend in FL it never arrived, yet I can text friends in every country in Europe, Australia and Russia without any problems what so ever - well, unless they have a blackberry, then it's always better to email. In fact bad SMS interconnects *are* the reason the blackberry became so dominant. Whilst the rest of the world was happily using SMS to send short messages, the only way you could do this reliably in the US was to send an email.
Re: Je suis dans la train!
Big difference that will make, nobody ever polices such policies.
I remember sitting in the quiet carriage of a C2C train from Fenchurch Street. There was a guy (I have more colourful names I could use, but have controlled myself) who spent the entirety of my journey listening to some god-awful rap music played out through the high fidelity speakers (5Khz-8Khz +-1db) of his mobile.
Honestly, how can anyone think that sounds good or impressive, or was he just wanting to get into an argument?
At least if he had a ghetto blaster I would have had something I could have hit him with!
I was quite surprised to discover the Metro in Budapest had coverage. I say surprised because my phone started ringing in the middle of a tunnel.
Odd thing was I'd been in the city for three days, and in that entire time I hadn't heard a single phone ring, or anyone talking loudly.
Maybe they're just more polite than the people on the London Underground.
So for my loudly ringing phone, I humbly apologise.
Re: What's starting to worry me...
Indeed. A friend of mine bought a Mac Book Pro thingy, it actually turned out to be the cheapest way to get the hardware spec he wanted. How times have changed eh?!
He then installed Win 7 on it.
I've dared him to take it to the genius bar if it develops a problem.
Re: Legal or not
Sounds like standard student digs to me!
Will the damn thing have a notification light?
I honestly can't believe the S2 doesn't have one. I stood there gob-smacked when shown it by a work mate. Seriously, you have to turn the damn screen on every time you have walked away from your desk, just to see if you've missed anything.
Daftest thing I've ever seen.
Glad there are 101 other 'droids with lights for me to chose from.
Is that *the* picture?
He looks like he's just standing there. Couldn't tell he was Oui'ing at all.
Accelerating mobile revenuization
Someone needs to be shot for crimes again the English language... Assuming that is English - hard to be sure!
No such luck in the UK
Failure to provide a password to the police when requested is a criminal offence. 2 years.
It hasn't been greatly tested in court yet, and I don't remember ever hearing "I've forgotten it" being tested.
Slightly alarming as I'm sure we all have several files which we have no key too, usually parts of software installs which will look like total gibberish to the cops and could easily invite a "what's the password?" when it might not even be an encrypted file, just a binary with an odd file extension.
ISP in over selling of back-end infrastructure shocker!
I don't know which blinkered view of sales figures you are looking at (although from your phrasing I guess it's US only figures), but you might like to look at these.
Sorry they are Q3 2011, but I think they prove the point.
Worldwide smartphone sales to end users Q3 2011
So getting ATF to kick out the Blackberry in their favour isn't really the fight they need to be fighting if they intend on domination.
Sure, Apple aren't hurting as long as people continue to feed their huge profit margins, but unless they are willing to remain a niche product, they will have to do something. Yes, I know, just like the Mac, but I know plenty of ex Mac users who have deserted to PC, usually because of software availability.
You only have to look at what happened to Nokia to see how quickly things can change in the mobile world.
As far as I'm concerned I'd rather have to many choices than none at all, and long may that continue.
Just went to have a look at uk.farnell.com. Midnight 1st march.
Their front page throws up a box saying "Are you looking for the Raspberry Pi? Click here". I suspect their search engine was getting rather bogged down and they had to divert the load away from it. First time I've ever seen that on the front page of Farnell.
Well done to the Raspberry team, hope you enjoyed the beer.
There isn't actually any proof there was a GPS problem. The house was empty, so someone could have been there earlier, and the cops just took too long to turn up, carry out a health and safety study of the splinter risk, check everyone had the correct training to use the door ram, and then finally make entry.
By this time the perp was probably in Lincolnshire.
Re: Something smells fishy.
What aren't they telling us?
You mean beyond the fact that all the mobile companies are still charging us way over the odds for roamed data and sms? If you're bored one day you want to work out the price per megabyte of a text message (i.e. less data than you could fit on the 3.5" floppy). Just make sure you're sitting down first.
Re: Aren't we past this?
I imagine low light performance will be dire, then again, have you seen some of the posts your friends put up on facebook from a night out clubbing? Blurred and shaky appear to be this season's black.
Anyway, back to the subject... The clever solution when you're playing about with low light and photosites a fraction of the size of a human hair is to combine them, effectively dropping the resolution and then measuring the captured photons across a 3x3 block. Sure, your 41 megapixel silly camera resolution suddenly drops to 4.5mp, but you will at least have a hope of actually seeing something before you have to crank up the amplification so hard that you detect radio Luxembourg.
Although given the use of the horribly sales-pitch phrase "pixel over-sampling technology" I wouldn't be shocked to find out that the sensor doesn't have anything like 41 megapixels and is purely a clever image processor hooked onto the back of a far more humble resolution sensor.
More interestingly (and completely unmentioned in the article) is the flash, it's hard to tell from the picture, and I could be getting my hopes up here, but is that a *real* xenon flash tube there?
"Scissor-switch keys provide fine feedback, but are so 20th-century chubby"
Then long levers must be 19th century, if not 18th.
Turning off the replacement DNS servers will prevent the infected (and unprotected) machines from resolving any URLs... Therefore protecting them from hurting themselves further, or sending more spam.
Sounds like a win win for the rest of the intarweb. Pull the plug!
We did indeed, and IIRC the outcome was that it was trivially easy to block (simple RF interference would do it), but more complicated to spoof.
60 block/spoofs in 6 months isn't much. That could almost be due to accidental interference, or depending on the locations of these listeners, be down to the spooks and their anti tracking measures.
If the 6 months happened to included a visit from Mr Obama, I'd put money on the latter.
"when it comes to rolling up your sleeves and updating various websites, using content management systems and working on long documents, you need a proper keyboard"
And more than a 768 pixel high screen!
Sounds like a bit of a premium netbook to me. You could treat yourself to a Sony SE series lappy with a full HD screen and an i7 for less £££...
Re: Its a Tool FFS
Exactly my thoughts Captain.
Before I set off I make sure I at least have a rough idea where I'm going, and what direction it is in.
This ancient technique came in handy on Malta recently, no sat nav, and they don't believe in signs before roundabouts telling you where each exit goes. If you are lucky they will have each exit labelled on the roundabout itself, but don't count on it. Luckily 'tis a small island, and keeping an eye on the sun keeps you going in roughly the right compass direction... I guess the satnav zombie would be all over the road purely so they can keep the sun in sight if they tried this technique!
Re: Tried it on my phone
I didn't have any interest in this gimmick until you said this, but now I try it I see the same problem.
I might have a play about later and see if I can stop it detecting the root.
It also has more than a passing resemblance to Terry Pratchett's Unseen University where promotion is via "Dead man's shoes".
Where? WHERE? Tell me!
I wanna emigrate!
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