2268 posts • joined Tuesday 17th April 2007 15:29 GMT
Salt? With beer? Are you mad... You want an icon for tequila.
The network cause half the problem...
For some reason in the UK there is no such thing as a generic, network free N97, the best you get is the UK CV (country variant). When Nokia release firmware for the world+dog's generic N97 we can't use it (or see it as available).
Eventually someone does something after a month or two and the N97 CV phones can get it. The Vodafone/Orange etc phones still can't.
I got so fed up of waiting for bugs to be fixed, which I could see were resolved in a firmware version I was not permitted to access, I changed the model code of the phone to generic Euro.
I did the same with the old N95, IIRC if that was still set as an Orange phone I would be still using V11 firmware. As it is I have V35, came out last month.
Now I get updates when Nokia releases them, not when some faceless and nameless entity decides UK users can use them. Oh but we need to approve them say Vodafone/Orange et al... Yeah right, I see plane loads of foreign Nokia users getting off flights from Euroland and finding their phones suddenly not working on your network don't I. I think Nokia knows a thing or two about making a mobile phone. They own the patents for enough of the specs your network depends on!
Sometimes it's about control. Orange didn't want the N95 to be able to route VOIP via wifi when it came out... So it was knobbled. Change the model number to generic, install the latest firmware, install fring/nimbuzz/skype, take your pick, and enjoy free wifi VOIP.
Annoyingly talk of changing the model code is forbidden on the Nokia discussion forums, yet the delays in some countries getting the firmware means many are enduring bugs which have been fixed months ago! The result is a shed load of bad press.
They really should kick whoever delays the firmware releases up the behind with steel toecapped boots.
I assume that even though there are very few of them left, and their systems appear to be dying, that all the hard working IT staff will be receiving huge bonuses?
How about he apologises to those that bought them?
Actually, it's not really that bad since the firmware updates (which for some reason us in the UK seem to have to wait over a month extra for), however it could have been so much better. It has the hardware underneath, I just get the impression all their good developers ran off to work on the N900 instead.
However it is funny to see how everyone now says how good the N95 was... I have one of them too, and I remember all the bitching and moaning about everything from battery life to user interface on that when it came it. It was slated... A few firmware revisions later and listen to you all!
I always liked my '95 :-)
Quote - He was also told that "no skin" could be shown. "I asked if a Burqa was OK, and the Apple guy got angry," he writes.
Well done that man, fine question!
For a company making a device that connects to the internet they have a very puritanical outlook on life, have they never type boobies into google?
I'm an ornithologist, honest!
It depends how you define emergency. You don't even need a SIM to dial 999, and I'm sure a lady in distress will get away with a 999 call to say her car has broken down in a dark country lane far more easily than a man would.
In a round about way a larger monitor can slow down a PC...
Larger monitor = higher resolution, which will work the graphics card a bit harder... If the machine is one of those nasty cheap designs with shared video and system ram, the ram used for the extra pixels is memory not available for windows to much on.
However I agree that most users shouldn't be trusted with anything more than a left click.
Surely the drag of all these atoms bouncing off the hull would prove to be a bigger problem before they reach a high enough velocity to cause themselves damage... Not to mention the sand blasting effect it would have on the extra expense metallic paint finish!
My thoughts exactly...
As the old marketing man says, there is no such thing as bad publicity... Although Toyota might have just disproved than!
I assume this short sited knee jerk has occurred because they notice Win2k support will stop in a couple of weeks... My question is why are they concerned about support being dropped by M$?
They insist on continuing to use IE6, which is a far bigger security risk than anything Win2k could reveal in the next few years.
Of course the next issue is going to be the hardware demands of Vista compared to XP... Stand by for loads of memory purchases to go winging their way to the original PC suppliers, and not to anywhere sensible (and far cheaper) like Crucial.
Actually, what am I thinking, they won't upgrade the memory, they'll just order a 1000 Vista update licences, find the machines don't have the guts, so order 1000 new machine (which come with Vista already), then hide the initial wasted Vista purchase under the bed.
Choose your accident...
I think the chances of surviving an airship accident are higher than surviving a jet aircraft accident.
Even the famous Hindenburg accident had > 60% survival rate.
36 died (13 passengers, 22 crew, 1 ground crew), 62 survivors.
Airships might spark up in most impressive style, but jets tend to hit thing (mountains, the ground etc) at rather higher speeds.
Yes and no...
Very few companies bother to publish the level of pollution/energy required to produce a car in the first place, and dispose of the old one.
I doubt many cars could challenge my old bus when it comes to fossil carbon emissions, mine easily embarrasses a Prius (and I don't just mean when I use the brakes!)... One of the beauties of an old car (diesel) is they have a very simple injection system which can take a lot of abuse. In my case the abuse comes in the shape of recycled vegetable oil... Smells a bit funny, but far cheaper than the ever climbing fuel prices in the UK.
I never said everyone drives a new car, only expressed shock that Linus didn't...
Just for the record my car is even greener than John White's (above), at 13 years old and containing a bio-degradable paper based navigation system.
Sounds like a cunning lock in...
Once you have your iPad with its micro SIMM you won't be able to use another mobile device, even if your iPad goes wrong, your SIMM won't fit any of your other phones!
Quick, someone invent an adapter! Although it's my idea and you'll need to licence it.
Just as long as they manage to fix the ever growing URL bug that seems to curse me the moment I try to tag a photograph and requires a manual cropping in the address bar to get things back to a vaguely normal point.
Although I really don't like Apple and their control freak nature (or own any of their products), I feel forcing the arty farty web designers (usually Apple customers) to actually write some HTML instead of just throwing the entire "presentation" into a high bandwidth Flash based website is actually a good thing!
Long live St Jobs and his dislike of all thing Flashy!
For anyone who missed it, check out Charlie Brooker's "opinion" :-)
Ah, the old right of passage...
Still remember borrowing a driving licence (no picture on them back then) and using it to get into my first nightclub. Got the 3rd degree from the doorman, "date of birth?", "when did you pass your test?" and the old favourite "What star sign are you?"
I managed to remember it all, but must admit I was crapping myself!
After all that the night club was shite, no idea what age group it was supposed to impress, but it didn't work on a sub 18 me!
At some of the small airports like Grenoble the luggage x-ray is right behind the check-in desk and if they see something amusing they call their mates over and put the bag through again. So now when I'm flying from there I try to arrange any cables I have in my luggage into a smiley face.
So I was wondering if I cut out letters of aluminium (aluminum) foil and stick them to my body, can I write messages for them?
"The guy behind me looks shifty"
"These are not the droid you are looking for"
Re: brake/steering failure
Power assisted steering is incredibly heavy on modern cars with their low profile tyres if the assistance stops. Now imagine you are fleeing from the feds at speed down a bendy road when they hit you with the zapper.
Having an automatic gearbox (like most Americans) you have little engine braking, so think you'll bail out and run once you're out of view round the next corner. You hit the bend expecting the steering to be nice and light, and it isn't, you don't have time to grab the wheel with both hands at 6 o'clock and start manually heaving it round before the car/tree interaction occurs. Sure it still works, but even if you were expecting the new super heavy weight you can't spin it from lock to lock in anywhere near the couple of seconds you could when it was assisted.
If XP + IE6 is so bad...
Odd they didn't mention you can just go download IE8 for free and stick it on your XP machine.
Re: Political Correctness gone mad!!!
Not at all, please don't try to tar me with any bigot brush, it won't stick.
Did the lorry drivers in Yorkshire complain when they were getting regularly stopped during the hunt for the Yorkshire ripper, because the profile suggested he was a lorry driver? Did they scream that no lorry drivers were being stopped in Kent? Did they demand bus drivers be stopped too? No, they understood the logic and the need to find him.
If an Englishman is suspected of a crime when I am on abroad, and the cops decide to question me, will I scream that no French people are being picked up? No, don't be stupid, I'd understand the logic.
Would I expect the local cops to waste their time picking up Germans, French, Poles and Spaniards just to make me feel better? No, I'd rather they found the person they were looking for.
Sod the PC crap, can we please use our brains. I'm sorry but our current terrorist threat comes from religious extremists who are generally non-white.
Back when the IRA were attacking the UK mainland, people with Irish names or Irish car registrations would be stopped more frequently. This was common sense, but these day we can't use the same sense as those determined to blow us up just happen to be from a different ethnic group.
If this PC crap continues to hamper and restrict investigations it won't be long before black women are being asked for DNA to assist in the investigation of a rape where the suspect was described as a white male, purely because focusing on white males would be profiling...
Except I have to point out one thing... As you say "Technology moves on"...
CRT Phosphors Granddad!!!
No mention of a flash on the damn camera then?
I wonder if Facebook could implement an automatic block of "Uploaded via facebook mobile for iphone" notifications instead, I'm fed up with my "friends" continually uploading silhouettes of people!
Please, please add a flash, even a little LED flash would do. The fact it has gone on without one for some long is just a joke.
What a load of bull...
Policing and Security Minister David Hanson MP said: ”Stop and search under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 is an important tool in a package of measures in the ongoing fight against terrorism."
Oh really... Would he like to back this up by telling us the total number of terrorists that have been found by completely random stop and searches... Let me take a wild guess at how many... A big round zero.
Very important then...
Cameras... Don't forget the evil insidious photographers out there that must be stopped!
I received one of the Barclaycards with the Oyster built in last year.
For a couple of minutes I was actually quite impressed by the level of integration (and data mining potential) they had achieved.
Then after reading between the lines of the enclosed spin, I realised that it was no more integrated than me gluing my existing Oyster card to the back of an old credit card. I still had to go to the Oyster site and set up the auto top up by entering my credit card number.
So went happily back to using my same old Oyster (never registered, always topped up with cash). I don't mind them collecting anonymous travel data, I'm just prefer to make sure it is anonymous.
The French are well known for looking after their own industry, so implementing a ban on products produced outside of the country is normal. They did exactly the same with the SECAM TV system. Everyone else went for PAL or NTSC. The Eastern block countries got SECAM because it would prevent the Poles et al from accidentally picking up the news from Germany and other bad Western countries.
I'd just be happy with a signal in my house.
It used to be fine.
Then about a year ago it got worse... A month or two later I got a text message telling me that they had performed some modifications to my local cell and I should notice an improvement in the signal.
It's been the same crap level ever since.
I can move the phone 2 inches on the table and it will go from 2 bars to nothing. Earlier today as I picked it up it had 4, I looked in disbelief, and then they all vanished.
Oh, and I'm talking old 2G signal here, let's not even go near the 3G signal level!
(why does a reply need a title?)
That's correct. Isn't that what he said?
year divisible by 4 = leap year
Unless it's divisible by 100 = not leap year
Unless it's divisible by 400 = leap year.
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