2203 posts • joined Tuesday 17th April 2007 15:29 GMT
I just went to show a friend the source of all the scandal and guess what... Top Gear Season 16, episode 2 is no longer available on iplayer! Episode 1 is still there.
If it does reappear I guess it will be about 3 minutes shorter.
Looks like the BBC have finally lost the last vertebrae in their increasingly floppy spine!
I couldn't help but be amused that it took until Tuesday for the reports of a complaint to surface on the BBC news site... I hope that delay was caused by the BBC, because if it took the Ambassador 2 days to complain about something which occurred on Sunday evening it really doesn't help the lazy/sleeping stereotype of his country!
Anyway, I found Top Gear funny. Political incorrectness is such a rare thing these days, it's quite refreshing. We're English, we take the piss out of things, and we expect the piss to be taken right back! After Clarkson's fantastically funny VW advert with the "Berlin to Warsaw on one tank" tag-line I braced for a Polish protest, but do you know what, there wasn't one. There were however a couple of good "reply/reaction" videos made on Youtube by some Poles! Brilliant, they've got the idea!
I've even heard rumours that some Germans may be replied in a humourous style via youtube too!
So with the Germans displaying evidence of basic humour, it's quite lucky that Mexico has seized the moment and stepped forward to accept the humourless baton.
Do they mean shut down the net for everyone, or just disconnect the USA from the rest of the planet?
I'm not even sure if they could shut down the net for everyone, although I'm sure screwing root DNS servers and poisoning some major US routers would have a significant impact on the rest of the world.
If they just want to disconnect the USA, well I could live with that. Amazon/Google etc all have internationally distributed systems, so they should be fine, and the volume of spam being pumped into my inbox by Billy-Bob and his infected PC should drop rather nicely.
This is all theory of course, how about giving it a test run?
re: Interesting use of statistics
Ah, very good point.
What they should add is all the fields divided into several columns.
That would certainly show some useful info.
Although it would also be nice to see what punishment the little toe-rags get too. From what I've seen on "Police stop camera you've been framed action", the going rate for driving without insurance, tax, MOT or a license is £200 and a 12 month ban on the license you don't have... Significantly cheaper than paying for road tax, insurance and MOT!
I tried this very early this morning, and it worked really well. I now feel safe to walk my road at night without anything happening to me... Although I am curious what the "violent crime" was just round the corner... I must complain to the local curtain twitchers about the lack of gossip.
I also signed up for an API key, but haven't heard anything back from them. Probably too busy trying to transfer the access database onto something more capable!
Re: Am I missing something?
No you're not... The Reg regularly think USA = Whole world. (Ignore the .co.uk URL).
Often figures based on the USA aren't far removed from the rest of world, except unfortunately when it comes to mobiles... The USA view of the mobile market is very distorted. Nokia barely exist. SMS interchange between networks was (might even still be) so unreliable that most people send emails between mobiles instead... That's why the Blackberry became so popular over there.
So let me get this right... A map drawn by an Englishman, in the HM's Royal Navy is the property of Australia because it's a sketch of Australia?
Well I've just drawn a sketch of a Kangaroo mooning, and another sticking it's fingers up. Would you like those too?
Yes, I typo'ed Oric into Orac... The one was a home computer from the 80s, the other a sarcastic perspex box from 80s TV.
Anyway, how can you guys forget the BBC vs Spectrum arguments. Sir Clive printed some wonderfully biased comparison adverts which had Acorn (manufacturers of the BBC) sent the advertising standards at him on several occasions.
Personally I thought there was no competition, the Beeb had hardware sound, graphics, I/O ports etc. The Speccy basically tried to do everything in software. A neat trick, but very cheap cheap, and not the sort of thing you can really pull off properly with a <4Mhz CPU!
I've been looking at the Z for a few weeks now... Renewal time finally coming up... This looks like it is the phone my Nokia N97 should have been.
The N97 hasn't been too bad. The battery life is pretty good, usually long enough for me to misplace my charger before needing it again (2-3 days). Unfortunately its GPS sucks so bad it can't keep track of a moving vehicle reliably enough to be use the free turn by turn navigation Nokia dish out!
What has really put me off Nokia after 10+ years is their unwillingness to admit the faults (scratching camera lens, faulty GPS, buggy firmware), and the crazy delays even non mobile network supplied phones suffer waiting for firmware updates in the UK.
If that wasn't bad enough, a post I made to give them constructive criticism on the Nokia discussion forum was pulled by a moderator for "disrespecting" Nokia... I think if there was anyone being disrespected in this relationship I don't think it was the big company who got the money for the phone.
So roll on next month, I'll be hitting the phone shops, playing with the Z, and then ordering online (like I wish I had with the N97) so the UK distance selling regulations will let me fire it straight back within 7 days if I see the slightest hint of it not measuring up... That Z is going to have the toughest 7 days test it's ever likely to see.
Oh, and on the subject of keyboard ribbons, I wouldn't worry. The N97 has exactly the same, and one thing that has never been any problem has been the keyboard and ribbon cable.
Re: HTC need to learn... Battery life is king!
I must admit that the battery life is my only concern about this phone, unfortunately people buy so many of those damn fruit themed phones that barely make it past 4pm before crawling towards a USB port that battery life doesn't appear to be high on the agenda for the masses.
There's a reason for that... The Beebs all still work!
Well both my two do! Including the one I put into a flight case and turned into a disco light sequencer with a load of triacs... Unlike the earlier poster I didn't blow mine up, although I did trip out the electrics once RCCD's became common, I'd forgotten the triac tabs were connected to the neutral and I'd earthed the heatsink!
It's funny to see the author writing so lyrically about the computer revolution in '83... It started 3 years earlier in the UK. Back then we had more home computers per capita than any other nation on earth...
ZX80,81,Spectrum,Orac,Jupiter Ace, Dragon, Acorn Atom, BBC Micro... Fond fond memories.
How did it all go so wrong?
Now does anyone want a Tatung Einstein? I seem to have a couple kicking about!
Cathy Cruz Marrero should accept that she was stupid. Cathy Cruz Marrero should have kept quiet and just got on with her life, safe in the knowledge that nobody could have identified the fuzzy blob as Cathy Cruz Marrero, but now she has come forward, trying to pass the blame when she should have kept her head down and stayed quiet.
So Cathy Cruz Marrero, when you start claiming your life has been ruined etc etc, just remember who identified the blob as Cathy Cruz Marrero... Yes, that'll be you Cathy Cruz Marrero.
How long before American mobiles have warnings of "Must be be used when walking" next to the "not for internal consumption" one?
Re: Re: News because it's an app?
"Apple phones only need a special version because it can't even support Java."
And don't forget their support for the GSM MMS standard was somewhat flakey so the old method used for many years of sending a picture message couldn't be relied on. No idea if they've fixed that yet, but still wouldn't want to rely on it.
Yet another app which provides nothing new. As usual I suspect it's just a disguised browser window.
I wish I knew why all these companies are so keen to jump on the iphone app band wagon. The figures of iphone dominance are USA only, and even there Android is starting to stomp. On the rest of the planet the huge elephant in the room is still Symbian, and even more phone support Java.
The really stupid thing about the Heathrow express "apping" it is their target audience... Iphones are mainly owned by the young and sheep-like... I suspect Heathrow express customers are from a completely different demographic.
Why are you saying the limit of a UK power socket is less than 15 Amps? Why don't you quote the actual rated current of 13 Amps?
Anyway, the "specialist" high current 30 Amp charging socket is hardly much work to have installed. The house main fuse is generally 60 Amps or more, a 30 Amp connection regularly provided for cookers, so having a 30 Amp spur installed which feeds into the garage with a 30 Amp socket on the end is well within the capabilities of an electrician, they'll even have suitable cable and fuses/trips on the van due to the common cooker usage.
Just avoid charging when you're cooking dinner!
As for the super speed three phase, it's not that hard to accomplish if your neighbours also have an electric car. In the UK phases are generally alternated down the road, so every 3rd house has the same phase. This means you and your neighbour have different phases, and 415volts between you. Talk to the neighbour on the other side and you've got all three phases although I doubt the charger actually wants the three phases, just the volts. I'm not sure what an electric meter would make of this, and I know RCCDs will certainly not like it, but that aside, you've got your "juice".
All that aside, forget electric until they can do 400 miles (including having the lights, heating and radio on) and be charged in a few minutes... Oh, and that the power stations aren't cooking on gas/coal etc!
Not sure I like the idea of a super speed charger at a petrol station... They're paranoid about a mobile phone causing a spark already, can you imagine the spark a high speed charger must be capable of?!
I love this quote
"But a PR later admitted that some people were having trouble logging onto the site, or moving around it at reasonable speed."
Have you notice that nobody ever admits that the site is broken completely, they always errr and pretend there is someone, somewhere who can use it!
"She said, at 2.50pm UK time, the team were working on fixing this and hoped to have everything running properly soon."
Well an hour later is obviously not "soon" in facebook terms... m.facebook.com seems okay from mobiles. Unfortunately it doesn't work from a desktop (without a user-agent hack) as the site tries to be smart and switch a desktop browser back to the desktop site.
You don't find the "scroll" ball clogging up with dust and failing within a few months a problem?
I could put up with it *if* the mighty mouse could be taken apart and cleaned, but it can't. Needless to say I didn't fancy handing over cash every few months to Apple for a new badly designed uncomfortable mouse, so got the logitech. I have no idea why you refer to the logitech software as malware, I've never had any problem with it, and I've used logitechs for more years than I can remember. Some of the mice are that old too, and still working.
I'm more used to seeing that style of finish on old motorbikes, where it is known as the "Rat bike" look... There are even prizes for the best "rat" at shows.
Normally it's performed on an old knackered bike, and applied from a spray can. It's a bit of a joke... Looks like someone took it seriously in the car world. Oh well, I guess the car is German.
You've missed something...
It's often easier to add remote control to traffic lights by wireless than dig the road up.
Why do they need remote control? Well so the whole sequence across the town can be changed a few months before congestion charging is introduced, then changed back to how it was the day congestion charging goes live... That was traffic flow is bound to improve (at least to how it used to be), and a PR success is declared...
Oh, hang on, that was London. silly me.
You probably are the first and last to say it...
The short cut is CTRL-X for cut, CTRL-C for copy and CTRL-V for paste... Same on the Mac except use the Apple only tangled string key instead of CTRL.
A friend of mine was thinking of applying to join the computer forensics team so me being a techie she showed me some of the blurb and procedures... Let's just say that if anyone thinks outside the box a bit, they'll probably get away with it. All the processes they carry out are 1,2,3 steps etc. Could be done by my mother to be honest. Even a script kiddy has more idea of what is going on.
Then again, given the salary, I wouldn't expect many people with real IT ability to be hammering at their door for a position either.
Stopping copying Apple mice... As with most things fruit themed, Apple mice are renowned for being a triumph of form over function. Being completely horrible to use before they fall apart.
Best thing I ever did to a Mac was put a Logitech onto it.
Symbian users waiting...
Not such an issue? You've not had a UK country variant Symbian phone have you?!!!
The network provided phones are bad, but at least you can shout at Orange et al... The UK CV is the closest we get to a generic Nokia, yet somewhere, someone decides when we get updates.
Nokia don't care, they've got their money. The "tricks" to hacking a Nokia phone to make it a real generic Euro phone, and get access to the Nokia firmware when it is released is a banned subject in their forums. They'd rather you were stuck with year old firmware screaming abuse at the phone... Presumably going quiet once you escape your contract and buy something non Nokia!
Anyway, I've counted to 10... Calm...
Now I'm back to laughing at so called "smart phones" continuing to be released without basic copy and paste functionality... I do believe I had that on my Symbian Nokia 6600 back in 2003... Glad I don't have to wait for an update to get it!
Note to self: add copy and paste to the feature checklist when you jump to Android in a few months.
So this would be the same Eric "Fatty" Pickles, who's constituency is Brentwood & Ongar... The same Brentwood who's tory controlled council has made such a mess of their accounts that they couldn't get them signed off and got audited?
It starts at home Eric!
Re: Super what?
I was about to head off to the BBC to post a complaint about the plural form of supernova, but first I stopped by a dictionary.
Unfortunately it appears Supernovas is just as valid as Supernovae. Yes, I know, it's horrible, but it looks like our beloved language is being destroyed from beneath us. Maybe the OED is now maintained by the Guardian.
From checking a few dictionaries I have here, 'novas was valid in my third eldest dictionary from 1987. If it makes you feel better, the second eldest dictionary from 1932 doesn't even have Supernova, let alone the plural, so the damage was done some time in the 55 years between! I decided not to check the really old one from the 1800s!
Does this mean those annoyingly impatient IT n00bies (like my mother) who click on something, don't give it a chance to open even thought the hard drive is flashing like crazy, and then proceed to click madly on the icon again and again (resulting in 15 copies of the chosen application after the PC has caught up about 2 minutes later) can be fined?!
Oh please let it be so!
USB and SD...
Although a wonderful addition, I will not be surprised if they don't appear. Every external connection opens the possibilities for people to hack the fruity device. Apple already have enough problems keep their things locked down without the chance of some smart-arse getting linux to boot off a USB stick!
Although I for one would love to see that!
It may be weak...
But many immobilisers have another method to defeat bruit force attacks, they stop listening after a set number of incorrect attempts.
This technique is obviously not applicable to real time IT application communication, but in a car it's not a major problem.
If an immobiliser "sleeps" for 10 seconds after 5 incorrect attempts it reduces the brute force rate significantly. 1800 an hour, which doesn't even cover the possible permutations of a 10 bit key, let alone a 40 bit key which would last longer than the car!
As there are a multitude of broadband providers, if this is a feature that was high on the wish-list of customers, we would see it advertised in huge print from the likes of BT/Talktalk etc. It's called having a free market, and market forces.
However we don't. In fact they seem to hide restrictions (caps on unlimited connections for example), which can only indicate one thing. People don't want it! What people want is a reliable high-speed connection, and HMgov have managed to do nothing about that! How about "All houses to have at least 20Mbs by 2011" for a sound bite? That would get more attention.
Filtering smut is impossible. It would be easier if the .xxx TLD was approved but politicians don't seem to get that and object to it. Even so it will be still scattered anywhere and everywhere. Politicians love the sound bites, but know nothing about how the internet works. Neither do their advisors, or the advisors of the advisors. Jen from IT crowd springs to mind, an army of them in ill-fitting shoes! Even if they did manage to block some of it, every 12 year old boy would quickly locate it somewhere else that the men in suites and women in tight shoes had never considered (or knew existed), such as usenet, remember that? Oh yes, that's still alive, and yes, full of smut!
HMGov should keep their noses out of people's business, and out of the money trough too whilst they're at it.
If they want to do something useful, they should direct some of their hot air at the UK airports to defrost the planes, I'm getting a bit bored of the continually rotating snow news!
Sometimes it's not the anti-virus that is to be blamed. Earlier this year my brother complained that his Lenovo laptop, which has been working perfectly well, was unusable on his wifi network.
Sure enough, I tried it, and cabled LAN was fine, but as soon as wifi was started up, it connected to the LAN, but the machine just bogged down. AVG antivirus was taking all the CPU. Removed AVG, the machine worked fine on the wifi. Tried AVAST, same thing happened, wifi caused the machine to bog down.
So I decided to have a look at exactly what the antivirus was doing using some of the sysinternals (now microsoft) process explorer tools. I found both AV packages were really interested in one html file... It turns out that from the day my brother got his laptop, all his wifi activity was being logged to the debug file (not the raw packet data, but still pretty detailed, and very frequently updated), which Lenovo had decided to give a .html file extension. Any change to that was getting the attention of the AV and forcing it to scan the file. Initially this wasn't an issue as the file was small. By the time I got to investigate, the file was 5meg!
I added the file to the AV exclude list, and weeeee, back up to speed again! A bit of digging found the switch to turn off the wifi debug log in the Lenovo access connections package and I deleted the file.
His machine had been bought new, so why it was set to log by default is beyond me. Why they chose to give the log file a .html extension is also beyond me, as it was raw text.
For my own machines I use a variety - I believe that a mixture is a good thing, if one package misses something bad, and it starts to spread on the network, hopefully one of the other packages will spot it and alert me to its presence. I can then do something about it.
I also add quite a few excludes to the file list, preventing the scanning of source code and txt files.
Re: 070 scam magnets
Too right... The stupid thing is, their last reorganisation (the 01 geographic prefix etc - which arrived shortly after everyone had had their business cards reprinted to change their 01 London number to 071/081 requiring them to head to the printers again to get 0171/0181 instead) was supposed to clear up just this kind of mess. Mobiles started 08, and so did a lot of premium rate numbers like the infamous 0898. So mobiles and pagers got 07... Unfortunately they defined this not as "mobile phones" but "mobile services", which allowed 070 through the door. Not an issue, but they also allowed the cost of 070 to vary wildly!
I really don't know what they were thinking, or if they were thinking at all.
At the time I was working for a company that, amongst other things, did telephone call logging, so keeping our charging structure database up to date really revealed what a complete mess it quickly became.
Hopefully this time they will show some sense... Then again, if they had any sense wouldn't they have a structure that indicated the level of rip-off the particular charging model is?
090nn - Under 10p a min
091nn - 10 - 19p a min
092nn - 20 - 29p a min
etc etc. You could even use the next digit to indicate the price to the pence level.
Seriously greedy rates can be bundled up at 099nn, which nobody in their right mind would ever call. Then again, x-factor viewers are clearly not in their right mind.
What does worry me already is that their proposed numbering scheme already shows gaps in the 08nn range, and you know what happens to gaps in numbering scheme? Someone sticks something in there without much thought and planning, which is exactly how the variable charging 070 range came to look like a mobile.
Fail? Because the 01 geographic location prefix and 07 mobile prefix were supposed to clear up the mess and confusion, and here they are trying to clear up the mess and confusion they created with that!
Oh well, with luck someone will invent a business card with wireless enabled dynamic ink and we'll be able to keep them up to date via an RSS feed.
Believe it or not the old system made sense when it came out too! Unfortunately the "common sense numerical assignment team" only seem to meet every 10 years, and inbetween times the number scheme is maintained by a team of retarded hamsters with only a single GCSE in domestic science between them.
Leaving gaps in the numbering scheme, such as the free space in the 08 range, is just giving the aforementioned hamsters far too much room to play and make a complete f*cking mess.
I'll see you all back here in a similar thread in about 10-15 years time.
Re: 1000 cc V Twin? Pah
Hey, we're talking about bikes here, not cars with two wheels and a roof missing! :-p
Seriously though, nice bike, lovely for a long cruise. I'm just still enjoying the near death twisty experience. When I grow up (if I last that long) I'll buy one, promise.
BTW, I believe the stroke and bore of my two 500cc cylinders exceeds that of your six 300cc ones :-p
Re: Why it isn't 'cyber-terrorism'
Agreed. Another oft misused term is "hacker". The recent "phone hacking" was a perfect example. The "hacker" gained access by using the default, unchanged passwords for the mobile phone voicemail systems.
Re: Better weather
If you want to ride in snow and ice then that's your funeral!
I have yet to find a reliable local source for spikes tires!
I did used to have a 250cc Yamaha quad, that was wonderful in the snow.
As for the Aprilia, sure have, I've ridden a couple. Pretty nippy for what they are, but there is a world of difference between the RS125's 15bhp and 100bhp+ that comes out of a big bike!
Indeed. Anything with big cylinders in strange arrangements is good for vibration. My 90 degree 1000cc V twin will happily start walking it's way along the pavement if left running on its sidestand!
If this thing is accelerated by electromagnetism, where does all that smoke some from? It doesn't look much different from a standard chemically propelled shot in that respect.
Well I've clicked right on over to the comments, but only to say that a 125cc bike could never be described as a "roaring, thrusting between-the-legs monster". Annoying buzzing mosquito thing would be more accurate.
If the modermatrix would like to give me a call when the weather is slightly more suitable I'll happily warm up 1000cc of V-twin and show her the difference.
That's the least of their worries, have they not seen the Philadelphia Experiment?!
Not really... The problem is the smaller the "shot" the less mass each piece has whilst increasing the surface area and air resistance of the load. This means it will slow down pretty quickly compared to a single shell with the same mass of all the combined bits of shot.
I'd much rather have someone shoot at me with a shotgun at 100 yards than a .22 rifle. The shotgun may have a larger charge, and cover a larger area making me easier to hit, but by the time those little bits of shot reach me (if they haven't just dropped to the floor), they'll be lucky to make it through my coat, let alone my skin. Whereas the .22 slug would really hurt!
Re the Nokia comments, I really couldn't agree more. They weren't beaten, they threw the game.
I made the mistake of moving from my reliable N95 to the N97, and after over 10 years of loyal Nokia ownership I feel about as valued as a Catholic priest in a children's home. Customer service just isn't in their dictionary. They fail to admit faults even when they have dozens of threads in their forums screaming "The camera lens cover scratches the camera", "The GPS won't lock" etc etc. The give away free turn by turn navigation, which is nice, but useless for anything other than walking as it's always 30 seconds behind where you are! Try navigating motorway exits and residential turnings with that kind of lag and you'll quickly get very annoyed at the voice saying "recalculating route".
The N8 may be a great phone, but I'm sorry I have no confidence in Nokia's after-market service (I suspect it's single, empty, cubical in Finland), so I'll be off looking at a possible HTC devil I don't know in preference to the one I do.
Re: And within a few hundred years
Actually, I believe it already had. The original machine tracked the movement of the heavenly bodies through the sky, but modelled with the Earth as the centre, meaning that planets would stop part way across the sky and then turn round and head off the other direction! IIRC Mars' path is particularly impressive.
To my mind this is even more impressive than the astrologically accurate Lego version!