2292 posts • joined 17 Apr 2007
Re: Does no one have a problem with...
I think you are relying on the phone being in use at the time too much...
If it was on your hand because you just grabbed it from your desk as you headed out the door, then you could very easily put in on the roof while you rummage for your keys.
Don't laugh, I had a boss that did this with several phones, and once even with a laptop. In the interest of good taste I will not detail what happened to the laptop.
In typical El Reg standard it started off with a story of UK poo power and then draws a comparison with charging off a US socket...
In Europe we have 230volts. UK sockets are rated at 13A. So 3kW is easy. The ring main circuit itself is fused to 30A, so some cunning use of several sockets could get you to almost 7kW.
Now if you really want to get clever you need a friendly neighbour. To balance the load across the phases you often find that the phases for the local substation are wired to each single phase house in sequence, so you will have the same phase as the house 3 doors down. NOT the same phase as the house either side of you... So be nice to the neighbour on either side and you can use his live phase and your own (120 degrees out of phase of each other), and tada, 415v :-)
Be warned if you have an earth leakage trip it'll plunge you into darkness!
Please note you should not do this if you don't know what you are doing! If you think 230volts makes you jump, you really don't want to try 415!
Re: did I miss a pun?
In a word, Yes.
At least Conficker is nice and gives some serious clues to the tech savvy that it is there...
Network traffic goes through the roof and windows update disabled... Hmmmm... Might notice that!
Personally I'm more worried about one that doesn't disable windows update, which spreads quietly without flooding the network, and has so far gone unnoticed!
No y-browser, no Nimbuzz, no Fring, no Opera Mobile...
There's a trick to that...
Assuming the installs will work on your non-Nokia symbian device, try this:
With Firefox, get the user agent switcher add-on. You can use another browser if you like, but you need to be able to change the HTTP user agent field.
Set up a new user agent of
"Mozilla/5.0 (SymbianOS/9.4; Series60/5.0 NokiaN97-1/10.0.012; Profile/MIDP-2.1 Configuration/CLDC-1.1; en-us) AppleWebKit/525 (KHTML, like Gecko) WicKed/7.1.12344"
Now you can visit the OVI store and it will think you're an N97. Download the sis and sisx files to your pc... Now you can either use whatever equiv you have to Nokia/ovi suite to install them, or copy them onto the phone and run the installer locally.
Wonderfully distorted US figures... Honestly the US market is so out of kilter with the rest of the planet it's a joke.
Next you'll be saying the nobody uses SMS messages because you've just dragged out some US study.
Not that many people have them?
I've had a contact-less VISA with built in Oyster since 2009... And they just sent me a contact-less debit card too.
Never used the damn things! Never seen anywhere to use them!
The Oyster looked and sounded handy for 2 seconds until I read the blurb and discovered it wouldn't give me any more integration than taping a normal Oyster card to my old credit card, and as I prefer not to give all my info to TfL I didn't really want to set up auto top-up from my credit card thank you very much. I'll stick to my topped up by cash only Oyster which was given to me by a friend.
Now that's anonymous data :-)
We shall continue the flogging until the distortion field is neutralised!
As for selling like hot cake I have seen more iPads than iPhones flaws... Namely 1 iPad.
I'm very sad that the BBC doesn't appear to have a stock photo for this incident.
Smart dust? Some one has definitely been sniffing too much space dust.
You'd be better off filling the air conditioning system with something conductive like carbon dust. Sure it can't wander into the right part of a circuit and start sniffing packets and broadcasting them back over radio (then again, what can?!), but it will cause chaos.
Bart Simpson finally comes of age...
Whilst we're playing the softly softly, aren't we civilized game, these pirates are going about doing pretty much whatever they like, kidnapping innocent travellers with seemingly very little risk.
I'm sure a few torpedoed boats and body bags left to wash back up on the shore would be a far better deterrent.
Whilst I don't agree with the beliefs of this man, I feel very uncomfortable that a ringtone could be illegal.
Curiously enough the same would happen in France... The same France that gave us Voltaire and his famous quote...
I fear the same would happen in the UK too. However if you were a fanatical ethnic minority preacher you'd be able to spout it forth on the streets of Finsbury Park for months before anyone would do anything about it.
In fact you have to sanitise to make "Brer O'Hare" even work as a name. If you didn't it would close the SQL query term and add Hare' on the end, causing an error.
Not indicating on roundabouts!
Round my way they're usually taxis/mini-cabs, the first people to start tail gating and getting impatient if you hold them up when they are empty... They go much slower when they have a fair... Odd that.
Re: Re: CCTV...
I remember about 2 week after my local high street got CCTV, someone smashed in the front window of the chemists and empties the place.
The local paper reported it and said "Police believe the raiders must have been from outside the area as local people are aware of the highly publicised new CCTV system."
Which was fair enough... However the last sentence in the report just cracked me up.
"Police are appealing for witnesses."
CCTV that good eh? lol!
I have exactly that problem. They are letter of the law, not spirit of the law.
There is one near me by a school. 30mph.
If I go through there at 35mph at 2am on a clear dry night, I will get a ticket.
If someone goes through there at school kick out time at 29mph in the pouring rain they won't.
Who is most likely to hurt someone?
Then again, what am I thinking... Who's got a hope of doing anything like 29mph at school kick out time... But that's a different rant!
Another camera near me had an interesting effect on accident stats. Yes it did reduce the number of injuries (shifted them down the road 500 yards I'm sure), but curiously it doubled (from 1 to 2) the number of fatalities. They didn't mention that statistic... Yeah, I know, lies, damn lies etc.
All these people whining that some personal data was picked up by the google car... What about the amount of data that could have been sniffed by world+dog from these *open* wireless points before and since?
Hopefully they won't miss out on that little fact and people might actually secure things.
Yeah yeah, I know, fat chance.
Q) What's the England teams favourite wine?
A) The ball's the wrong shape.
I would say it all evens out... The goalies don't know where they are going, so can't stop them, and the strikers don't know where they are going so can't actually get them on target.
At least they have the excuses all lined up for the penalty misses in advance this time.
Now stop whining, or we fill the ball with hydrogen :-p
"affidavits reveal years of disputes between Ardolf and neighbours from different areas he's lived in."
Sounds like there is a common link there, or maybe a that should be missing link.
Let's hope he gets on better with his neighbours in sing sing.
Don't you just love agreements hammered out by lawyers.
So the programs aren't encrypted, but the program guide is, and to get the free key for the program guide you have to agree to not be a naughty boy. I assume chasing people for breach of contract is easier than chasing them for copyright infringement?
IIRC Media center, certainly on XP, doesn't even use the OTA program guide... I assume that means we're free to be naughty?
I don't know how the current O2 T&Cs define "unlimited" and we all know there is no such thing as "unlimited" data, so it's actually nice that they are being clear and open about the limit on these tariffs.
As usual with MPs, speaking the unintelligible about that which he knows jack sh*t about.
How about they challenge him to protect his own personal email address from spam and then publish his address whilst still getting 100% of the real emails?
It's only one email address, how hard can it be?
They're even madder than that!
I have some Finnish friends, and they are bonkers.
They're also totally addicted to mobile phones. Not fruit flavoured toy ones either. You go out for a drink and they will constantly have a beer in one hand, a vodka shot in another hand and a mobile phone is another hand! It's no accident that a very large proportion of mobile devices originate from that area of the world.
The long winter nights just give them time to dream up crazy ways to enjoy the summer!
Good luck to Mr Trundle.
Re: Attitude difference: "pointless"
Are you sure about that, I'm English and see no problem with doing things just because it hasn't been done before.
And I don't believe Everest was conquered in the 1950s by one of the Queen's subjects wearing "Sponsored by Britvic" either.
re: 18 months
"Elementary physics will inform you that the amount of pixels on a sensor is only a measure of the image size, not the quality; for that you need a decent lens."
Actually the number of pixels does relate to the quality, and not in the way you expect. After a while the craze of upmanship produces a sensor with photosites so small the amplification has to be cranked up to see in even moderate light. The more amplification the more noise. More than 4 or 5 megapixels on the tiny sensors they have in phones is pretty pointless.
At least Apple have finally put a flash of sorts on the damn thing, I was getting fed up of facebook pictures ("uploaded from my iphone") of silhouettes!
So at last it's caught up with my old N95... Assuming it has a good lens of course. Mine says Carl Zeiss.
Now we just have to see if this new gift from the gods can actually make it past 4pm without crawling crying to a power socket.
I can't help wondering...
Given that people have been able to break themselves (RSI) using mice, and typing on "real" keyboards, how long will it be before stress fractures start occurring from "typing" on a virtual keyboard which is nothing more than bashing your fingertips against a sheet of expensive glass?
Personally I think he should argue that he didn't actually send a threatening message. To send a message surely you have to have a recipient. Only then can you judge if the message was threatening or not. Sending a message saying "Someone needs to blow up Sainsbury's" could be seen as threatening if sent to Sainsbury's head office, but not if sent to Tesco's head office. In fact Tesco's would probably quietly smile and nod.
He did not send a message. He publicly posted his opinion. Just as if he had hung a sign on the outside of his house, or worn a T-shirt with a slogan on it. He did not send a message to the CAA or Airport authorities.
A yet a crappy phone in TV quiz (on premium rate lines) can become a game of skill, and not a game of chance (aka lottery) by asking questions such as:
The company that make the iPad are?
Well done mate...
Instead of having a ball doing somersaults you've just wasted your time doing a pointless (and predictable) test with an electronic tea tray... And yes, the lady behind was cute - Not that you'd appreciate her yet, you might grow into that kinda thing one day.
I have no idea..
I've never found a reason to turn it on beyond annoying iphone owners.
I'm still firmly of the view that flash is what arty farty designers use because they either can't use HTML and style sheets, or that using them would "negatively impact their art". Either way I don't bother with such sites either on my mobile or on a "real" desktop browser!
So the only part of Flash it can handle is the bit you really don't want, the bl**dy adverts!
Gotta laugh, it's one of the few things I agree with the Jobsworth about. My mobile does do flash, but I turned it off because it never adds anything but bandwidth overhead and clutter.
How exactly are they going to stop this guy from sending images via phones/computer?
He's obviously wised up to pay as you go top ups and will now only use cash, and as for stopping image exchange via the internet... Hahahahaha, too funny, the RIAA have been trying to stop mp3 exchange for how long exactly?
It's voyager... They still haven't realised the universe is actually just a painted backdrop to a cheap alien reality TV show about a fictitious solar system and Voyager bounced off the wall and came back!
I wonder if their voice over has a geordie accent too?
The M$ system is like putting a bit.ly shortcode into a current QR code?
Honestly, I can't see this really taking off. Outside developers aren't going to be interested in a system controlled by M$ (not without some "encouragement"). If M$ had a larger presence in the mobile phone market then there might have been a possibility of almost making people use it, but they don't.
Even Apple, however much they may hype their sales figures (aka only quoting USA) would be hard pushed. Nokia, despite their own attempts at self destruction, are still the mobile heavy-weight, and if they don't read M$ codes (and why should they, their phones quite happily do QR) it's going to be still-born.
There really should be a way us the tax payer can audit the govt and sort out all the back handers and miss management. Has the man really forgotten that he was once the Home Secretary so is therefore partially responsible for this fiasco?
re:...you went toRegent street? Moooooooo....
Reminds me of the O2 late opening iPhone "hype"... I went to my local highstreet (where I could park after 6pm for free) and walked to the O2 store... Man on the door looked excited and went to hand me a numbered ticket. I brushed him aside and wandered into the shop, bought the 8gig MicroSD card I wanted, and wandered off again.
There were more staff that customers.
That's probably to one and only thing I would thank Apple for... Saving me 70p parking when i wanted that memory card for my Nokia... *snigger*
Re your father, mine isn't quite as old as yours, but I wouldn't trust mine with anything made after 1970... He'd have it in bits looking for the valves (vacuum tubes to those in the colonies)!
What are they hiding?
Was he really really ugly?
Come on, he couldn't have been that bad, have a look at Oliver "Warts and all" Cromwell, and we've got a statue of him outside parliament!
France said keep it? Isn't there some kind of strange law in France about accessing a wireless point from outside a building or something like that?
My firefox 3.6.3 exploded (and offered to send the bug report to MS), how unique is that?!
Delphi is a modern language!
To anyone that hasn't tried it, Delphi is really nice. It's object Pascal.
I came up the commodore PET route, Commodore Basic, then BBC Basic, then 6502 machine code, Z80, a bit of 68000 then 8086, VB, C and Delphi.
Given complete free reign I go straight for Delphi. strictly typed and readable, not like C's compile anything but who knows what it'll do style! And the "please don't make me come back and modify it later" syntax!
It's very hard to write the kind of security flaws we see every day if it had been written in Delphi, 99% of the time it just wouldn't compile. Buffer overflows of strings would be hard to exploit as Delphi has very powerful native string handling that doesn't rely on the programmer keeping tabs on how big his lump of allocated memory is and performing bounds checking manually.
That's not to say you are insulated from the real guts of the machine, you could do it C style if you wanted to, but you'd have to be insane to really want to!
Unfortunately on a day to day basis I have to use C... Oh well, that's microcontrollers for you, but I cringe every time I have to do anything with strings. I might as well be programming in machine code.
If you want to give it a try go, grab FPC (Free Pascal Compiler) and the GUI front end Lazarus. Free and open source for Windows and Linux.
Sorry, too subtle for text only I guess... There was plenty of sarcasm in that, believe me!
Oh of course...
"Some farmers suggest NATO troops have sprayed their crops with chemicals, but this was rejected by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) head Antonio Maria Costa."
The USA has never used chemicals/biological agents to destroy plants and crops of an enemy have they...
To be honest I would find them *not* taking advantage of a natural fungus and *not* breeding it up in a lab and then airborne spraying it incompetent!
RE: laptop replacement
"until the iPad, there was no other solution for casual web browser, email reading, quick look up of imdb while watching a movie"
I find that hard to believe as I regularly use my mobile phone to do just what you describe, and you do kinda sound like you'd own an iphone.
I had one of those! Probably the most trouble free immobiliser I have ever had. No batteries to go flat in the fob.
Sounds fair enough to me...
Having batteries in your shoes is a bit odd, and to be honest, asking for trouble. So well done to the x-ray man for actually doing his job and thinking they were worth further investigation.
However, holding him beyond the point where the shoes were found to be innocent is a little heavy handed, but at least there is some logic to the behaviour of the security services this time. Unlike the time I was stopped with a sealed 125g jar of marmite in my hand luggage... Just for the record trying to explain the difference between a liquid volume measure of 100ml and a mass measurement of 125g to a security droid is pointless.
Not just any old vodka please... Żubrówka!
re: Profits of doom...?
I think the word you were looking for is greedier.
You've found worldwide figures at last instead of copy/pasting the Apple-centric US only figures.
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