2292 posts • joined 17 Apr 2007
I wonder what medication they had to use on Gordon to get that horribly restricted "outburst" from him at the end?
Never (well not since Pete Beale in Eastenders) has someone looked so uncomfortable with such a pitiful list of approved expletives.
Battery battery battery!
Why all this urge for more power, are all smart phones sold to Jeremy Clarkson?
My Desire Z only has a little 800Mhz CPU, and it's fine. It works great, but I really wish the battery life was better.
Unfortunately instead of trying to make a smart phone which could do a good two or three days of use (as was common with the old Nokia Symbian phones - RIP), everyone seems to be trying to out-bling each other and Apple with *cool* effects, and then having to beef up the CPU to make the new animations run smoothly! If you really want something to out do Apple, make a phone that can last 48 hours of real use! I wouldn't care if it was a bit thicker, or heavier. Not having to wonder where the next power socket is, and being able to just use my phone as a smart phone wherever I am, without having to do mental arithmetic about power consumption of the web browser/GPS vs how long it is before I get near a power source first, would be perfect!
I don't blame them...
MS pick up a lot of stick for crashes and BSOD on windows PC, 99 times out of 100 the problem is caused by crappy drivers. They tried to introduce driver signing, but that just resulted in the approved drivers being so out of date, nobody wanted to use them.
In the PC world the BSOD is damn annoying (although thankfully getting rarer), but MS are dominant in the desktop PC market, so they aren't too worried.
Now they are trying to break into a market where Apple are dominant. Like it or not, one thing Apple phones and pads do is work. They might be annoying, frustrating and controlled to an extent which would make an anal retentive blush, but one thing they don't do is go *BORK*. MS really can't afford to pick up a reputation for machines that go *BORK* all the time. The solution, only approve a restricted selection of hardware. That way they can keep on top of the drivers, and I guess hold a big "If you don't sort out this problem, you'll be off the next approved list" hammer over the manufacturers.
Re: @Steve Evans
The cops are really going to have to start taking this kind of information seriously or with the current crop of GPS enabled devices, people are going to start taking the law into their own hands.
What would be perfect though would be getting his online banking details, log in, transfer the value of the stolen goods (plus a little bit for your trouble) into your account and tag them with "payment for stolen laptop".
Bet he would never report that!
I'm rather lucky in that a close personal friend is a cop, and he's rather old school when it comes to dealing with crims, he loves nothing more than a good scuffle with a few broken bones. He calls it job satisfaction. So that would be my first phone call.
Wiping the machine was probably your downfall. He either skipped it as faulty, or passed it onto someone more technical. Most probably the former.
Best thing you can do in this kind of situation is keep your head down and harvest everything you can from the guy. The cops far prefer the old "caught him red handed with the stolen goods" than anything complicated and technical.
I confess, I would probably Frape him a bit just for the giggle.
"The ban is apparently aimed at attracting more shoppers into the centre of Barnsley
I hope they have some good discounts on, I wouldn't fancy getting slapped with a fine for my usual reaction to the list price of some products!
You silly billy, he could have dismantled his mast, and used it to fashion some oars with the solar panels as the paddles.
re: The wind isn't always there when you need it.
Ummm, neither is the sun ;-)
At least when there is no wind, you have some nice clam weather to sit about in
Glad you bobbed back intact.
Now go fix that engine!
Solar power on a ship....
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure there are already some very tried, test and successful non-fossil/nuclear ways to move a ship through water...
Oh what are they called...
Damn my memory...
Oh yes, sails!
So stop messing about on the water (a clipper ship would embarrass you if you happened to meet one) and focus on getting enough panels onto a practical car!
Oh... No... sorry, I've gone again.
Did someone say something, I got distracted by boobies.
Yes, Android 2.2 supports tethering.
I agree, that's an annoying omission by both Google and Apple. I've had a long line of Nokia devices which would tether straight out of the box, and I used them for that on several occasions when I had no other internet connection. I remember using an N70 in 2005. I think the 6600 I had before could do it too via irDA, but I don't remember using it.
I don't understand the more money than sense iPhone users either. I can see the 3GS being justifiable now that they're old stock and almost free with a pack of cornflakes, but the whole "must be at the cutting edge, here's my wallet" urge completely escapes me when it comes to mobile devices these days.
Skip to 4:40, unless you speak Italian and want to listen to a nunn talking.
Everyone calls it the V for vendetta mask, but if you read the book, the mask worn is described as a Guy Fawkes mask.
So in summary, no different to any of the others then?
“It's now in the hands of the British legal system. We have confidence in the British legal system coming to a just conclusion, and so we will await resolution and we will be respectful of that process.”
Shall I translate that for you?
"We (the Americans) have submitted all the correct legal paperwork to the British government for the extradition, we now await the British government to follow the laid down rules and guidelines in our very one sided agreement, and chuck Gary on a plane as soon as they are satisfied the forms are correct".
Re: nasty gases
A lot of time is spent ensuring that things on board do not release nasty gases. Astronauts will unfortunately produce some smelly, but non-lethal varieties, but you've got a limited supply of oxygen, so you can't just go venting it into space just because someone has been on the sprouts!
Given that washing facilities are also rather basic, I think it's pretty certain that a space station does get pretty smelly.
Boffin has only been about since the 40's! Well done Rik. Bardzo dobry.
And I thought a twee was what Jonathon Ross had growing in the garden.
Unfortunately "Math" and "Maths" is one of those divisions in our common language, one of the few which if very obvious when spoken, and yes, it makes me cringe too!
Sorry, but are you saying hackers which are providing cracking methods to governments and snoop services are the white hats?
Not an Aussie
I'm a Pome, and I've certainly heard "Peter" used this way.
Having just got a Home Hub 3 last week, I can only envy the "victims" of this intrusion. The wall-wart of my HH3 threw so much RF down the ring mains that my previously reliable Zyxel powerline adapters refused to communicate!
Unplug the HH3 power adapter and suddenly they can handshake and work again.
Luckily 12v 1amp power adapters are pretty common in my house, so the BT supplied one was quickly consigned to the bin.
Gotta love wolfram alpha...
Up until now I had no idea how much wood a woodchuck could chuck...
Anyway, back to the topic. It's amazing that there are actually still sites out on the net that don't implement any form of captcha. I remember once suggesting it in an email to gumtree, and the reply I received was so snotty that I never visited the site again. Hopefully the moron who replied to me has been sacked for incompetence by now, and they have implemented something, but I won't hold my breath.
Re: AppleCare, not Genius Bar
I know, but it does make for a great mental image :-)
Thanks for the pro-tip, but I'd already worked out that a techie worth his salt is very unlikely to want to be slapped in a retail store doing 9-5:30 and faced with the public asking dumb questions - most of us have enough of that from immediate family members! ;-)
The genius bar is going to look a bit stupid if they're not allowed to confirm or deny... What are they supposed to do, shrug and mumble "Dunno"?
Oh the plus side...
They're aren't many fanatical follower of any teaching who have received such an obviously "Get a grip" slap round the chops, so maybe he might stop being quite such a loon.
Then again, he'll probably go completely postal now and go down in a hail of bullets whilst screaming "There is no god!!!! Muwahahahahaha" - He doesn't strike me as the kind of person who could just go quietly.
Re: Family Radio website design
Really? Looked the same to me, complete with the end of the world date still displayed.
I couldn't access it at all over the weekend, so assumed he'd only paid for his hosting in advance until 22nd, which would have made sense!
With his level of conviction I would have expected a date dependant change, so it would now be showing message normally reserved for the front bumpers of trucks, namely "If you can read this, you're f*cked".
Would this be?
Would this be the Same Keith Vaz who claimed £75,000 in expenses for a flat twelve miles commute from his home?
If so I hope we didn't pay for his Apple tea tray too!
What? No comments?
Epic fail... Back to RSS feed.
Re: Yeah but , no but!
I assume you are referring to the Android log in token... The problem which was already fixed in the latest OS versions (unfortunately delayed by manufacturers and carriers), and then fixed for all on the servers by google?
Seems like a perfect example of why having software updates delayed by a middle man is a bad idea.
"Plans for them to eventually disappear entirely"
So leaving you completely screwed if you want to use your phone abroad and want to use a local sim to avoid the roaming.
And what if you happen to shatter the oh so easy to shatter gorilla glass? You can't take the sim out and use another phone, they have to send the phone and whole phone back to their mobile company and sit twiddling your thumbs.
Being able to port your number by having a simple sim which is standard and user swappable between handsets is essential, and something that already exists (for everyone bar iphone 4 owners) thanks you Apple!
re: pay for voice
...a feature I switched off within the first 20 minutes after discovering I seem to be playing on a server full of high pitched teens with all the communication skills of a three year old... Aka a constant, one-way stream of incomprehensible babble.
The total inability to adjust a microphone level correctly (even though a pretty level indicator is provided) can lead to only one conclusion, they are all deaf from the terrible music they listen to these days... So in conclusion Simon Cowell has destroyed multiplayer online game communication.
I think you'll find my theory is solid.
There's a shock...
Well actually, it is a bit of a shock. I would have expected M$ to do it's normal trick of nigh on destroying a company completely before picking it up for $5, so they really must be in a hurry to be thinking of buying the company for some big cash before they have finished completely wrecking it.
Sounds like docking manoeuvre over several years
Large, well known and trusted mobile company creates an irrelevant and largely unwanted new brand as a side arm.
Over the next few years the large and trusted mobile company shoots itself (and customers) in the foot (and other non-fatal areas) until the large and trusted mobile company has become irrelevant and unwanted. It is now perfectly aligned to the side arm is created, so a perfect docking manoeuvre is now possible.
Re: Steve Button
But where do you want to draw the line? I might not be ginger, but I've gone through my life being a tall lanky streak of piss four eyed computer geek.
@Field Marshal Von Krakenfart
Yup, you're right, the EU did indeed mumble something about UK chocolate not containing enough cocoa. I don't know what happened to that, we probably just ignored them, we tend to do that. They're a strange lot over there in Euroland and they come up with some odd ideas being cut off from us for so long. Who would have thought that 24 miles of water could have such an effect on them :o)
Anyway, Euroland does indeed have some superb choccy, although having partaken in an office test where we had squares of choccy with increasing levels of cocoa, only females seem to be able to endure above 75%. All us guys were pulling faces by that point and reaching for the "weaker" stuff.
re: Flavoured paraffin?
LOL! Nice one!
Having also tried the kisses (I was forced to by an American friend. She force feed them to a room full of us Brits and just couldn't understand the unanimous verdict). I'm starting to wonder about how it compares to another hideous form of "chocolate" that has been described to me by a Polish friend. Apparently it was something the Eastern block had to endure before the wall came down. My friend refers to it as communist chocolate which, she said, contained 0% cocoa, or maybe less!
No idea where I'd find some of that now. It would be funny if the USA and USSR were both eating similar brown vomit flavoured paraffin.
Plus I doubt there is any CPU upgrade you can perform that would result in a 300% performance increase which didn't involve buying a completely new motherboard and replacing all your RAM because it's last year's style and now completely wrong.
In this example everyone else was doing the normal, slow down gently for the cameras, then accelerate +10mph afterwards, all pretty normal on the A12, it's just a couple of morons, one in an Astra VXR (with a number plate to match) and another in a Golf GTI, who decided everyone was accelerating too gently and buried the loud pedal into the carpet straight after the cameras and then proceeded to use all three lanes as a slalom! The VXR almost did a pit manoeuvre on himself when he cut across in front of me he was so close.
So it wasn't so much their speed which was worrying, it was their driving style and ability (both youngster who thought they were Lewis Hamilton I guess). If anyone else had been driving with the same lack of attention or consideration to others as these two clowns were and did something quite normal like changing lane without indicating, there would have been a huge pile up.
Luckily as I'm also a motorcyclist, I have long known to treat all other road users as if they are complete idiots who are out to kill you, because 9 times out of 10, you'll be spot on!
...They come clean and make the information available to motorists too, a nice overlay in open format so everyone can load it into their sat navs and be warned of roads where the speed limit is frequently broken and likely to have PC plod parked up on the side.
BTW, if any PC plod is reading this, would you mind putting a few unmarked cars down the A12 between the A406 and A11. We all know everyone only slows down to 40 and 50 for the cameras on this dual carriageway (artificially low and varying limit), so a bit of speeding is perfectly normal for this road, but in the past few days I have seen so many cars using it as a three lane mobile chicane (and I mean travelling at speed 10-20mph faster than everyone else) I'm seriously thinking of setting up a dashboard cam and a youtube account!
Okay, who's up for seducing his wife and causing a divorce?
No, I don't know what she looks like!
Don't worry, the bailiffs will happily take your TV, Car and house.
A large percentage of apps on iPhone/Android/Ovi are little more than that. Nothing that couldn't be implemented by a properly written mobile CSS definition and used via the browser.
There are some superbly implemented websites out there which show just how much can be done without any need for an (wr)app.
James Hewitt owns Wales?!!!
Your maths is a little confusing.
1) A USB port will shut down and throw up a warning if you try to draw too much current. It won't fry.
2) 5v * 500mA = 2.5watts, so a USB port can supply 2.5watts per hour, so it could just about keep up with a XOOM drawing 24Watts over 10 hours.
I'm not a Jobs fan, but I actually find some of the style revealed in the article refreshing.
These days it seems rare for any manager to take responsibility for things they are supposedly in charge of, normally it's the poor guy at the bottom who gets shat on from a great height. So to hear that St Jobs listens to the little guy and rips into the stuffed shirt is wonderful.
I'm sure most of us have experience of managers who would actually assist production more if they didn't exist.
I'll dust off my beeb... Has anyone got any 5.25" floppies I can use, I think mine aren't as reliable as they once were!
I thought that simply relying on TalkTalk's DNS was already a website blocking feature?
Who cares about the emissions and what's under the bonnet, just look at it!
Re: Apple trolling.
I thought that when I first read the article, but it's just badly written.
There are actually two sets of figures in there. Samsung have beaten Nokia just for general phones, and Apple have beaten Nokia when you specifically look at Smartphones. Given all the previous headlines you would be hard pressed to find anyone that thought Nokia were still dominant in the European smartphone market, but they were, right up until now.
The victory must be a little tainted for Apple though. Sure they have knocked Nokia off the top spot for smart phones, but if you use the OS view, they were passed by cross manufacturer Android a few months back.