2292 posts • joined 17 Apr 2007
... it depends on how you count people as "Online", at the moments none of them can get on youtube unless they pull a bit of techno giggery pokery.
"software developers will love its "non-existent" Android handset just as much as they love the iPhone"
Software developers love the locked down iPhone, the one who's SDK is only now poking it's head above water?
Well I never knew that.
Now if they were saying "software developers will love its "non-existent" Android handset just as much as they love the Symbian", now that would actually make some sense!
Or maybe they got fed up walking about at night and having a phone ring in their pocket mid-silent-stalk!
Guys, press and hold the # key, thay'll toggle most modern nokias at least!
... Asus, do something about the analogue modem situation.
The 701 has an RJ11 plug with no circuitry behind it, and finding a Linux friendly USB modem (at least in the UK) seems impossible.
You aim the 701 at the new/casual user, so why do you seem to assume they are going to have a wifi enabled broadband router? I personally know of 3 pensioners who would buy one tomorrow for casual email and a bit of web if only it could do dial up.
Eh? What? When?
Well I've been up working all night, and here in Essex I haven't even suspected a HGV of doing some rather late deliveries, let alone been shaken from my bed or watched tins of beans making a bid for freedom!
How anyone in London can claim to have felt it with the night buses running I will never know!
Paris, well she might have made the earth move for someone.
Sounds like a good opportunity here...
1) Turn the light off on the tower, and disable the log on authentication. Taleban think it's safe to leave mobiles on and G Dubya tracks them down.
2) (my personal favourite) Place mines round all the towers, and make the flashing light really noticeable.
@Paul van der Lingen
I think you'll find that the hardware does matter.
Apple have a nasty habit of sacrificing things purely to get "a look". Throwing things like the ethernet out because it would "compromise the lines man", is just daft.
IIRC wasn't there an Apple box that had all it's air vents on the top so not only could you spill a drink straight into the guts, but putting a folder on the top of the case was enough to cook it!
What next week, the Apple Blanco ultra-mobile, even lighter than the Air, but to keep the weight down it has no display?
And no I'm not a windoze fanatic, even my laptop (a chunky R52 thinkpad) is dual-booted with linux. Why dual? For practicality and flexibility, words missing from the book of Jobs.
I file Apple along with the X-factor and all that kind of thing, it's all about image and very little to do with depth/substance/longevity. Who else would come up with a circular mouse, and consumer electronics with a non-user swappable battery.
Damn, now look, you've got me started on the iPhone!
You would have thought...
That with modern Li-ion batteries giving all sorts of info to the OS, like date of first charge, remaining capacity and current temperature, it would be a simple addition to either make them safely shutdown the OS in the event of overheat, or more brutally disconnect themselves from the charging circuit.
After all a sudden power off shutdown of windows might loose some data, but not as much as a bonfire.
Actually yes... And you can do it!
The trick is to move very very smoothly (and slowly of course).
The big question is, have they thought about below ground? Those pesky migrant workers might have experience with shovels... eeeck!
Isn't it odd...
...that all the packages seem to be security related, the one thing that windows really really really is in need of?!
I'm starting to wonder if Bill G is running an email botnet in his new extended spare time!
The bypassing of the courts is worrying.
The record industry have a great record of failing to identify a user by IP. Grannies in the states hauled up for downloading gangster rap for example.
So when they do get it wrong, and you get 3 strikes, who do you appeal to? ISPs like Tiscali have a pitiful record of customer support, and that's just when you want to use your internet connection for something simple, like browsing the web!
I think BBC's Watchdog had better go nightly!
Encryption and all that sort of thing won't help with the methods they are using.
The way they work is like this...
1) Do a torrent search for one of their artists
2) Start downloading this torrent with their favourite bittorrent client.
3) Look at the peers they have. Write down the IPs.
4) Check the IP ranges against the ISP list they have
5) Fire off letter to ISP with IP date, time and the details of the torrent.
I assume (hope) that they do bother to verify the content of the torrent before sending off the letters.
However, there are of course ways to avoid this... Block lists. Most good bittorrent clients support one or more.
I think they infringed at least 12 Nintendo trademarks there!
It's the straight jacket and the hat with the propeller.
Petrol engine, so not exactly stealth mode... And it falls out of the air after an hour when the fuel runs out?
Surely they would be better off with a great big long pole, some gaffer tape and an HD video camera? Or is that too cheap and stealthy for the cops?
Grey listing shouldn't dump any legit email, all it would do is delay it for an hour or two. A real email server will just retry later.
It's no different to when a destination SMTP server gets swamped, they send out a "busy, try later" reply then too. It's a perfectly legit part of the SMTP protocol.
If legit email is getting lost due to an SMTP server saying "busy, come back later" then it's a problem with the sending mail server not correctly handling this.
Of course price plays a part... Sony appear to have learnt little from the VHS/Betamax issue in the early days of VCR. Betamax was technically superior, and was still used in professional circles until digital replaced it. However it's licensing was extortionate and JVC came up with VHS for the consumer for a far more reasonable sum.
Having said all that, I suspect the main reason would be that most people, including myself, don't actually see a problem with good old DVD. Many of us (again, including myself), are still happy with the reliable old CRT in the front room!
Hell, mines not even wide-screen!
I agree totally.
If she was capable of getting pregnant, then surely she will be capable of delivering a baby Nelly.
It's nature after all, these people need to learn to stop applying human morals to animals. I'm sure in the wild a 9 year old Nelly would have had the boys sniffing round her behind on more than one occasion.
The only reason the human age is set at 16 is so the parents can learn how to write and fill in their social security forms correctly. There's no biological reason for it, as has been proved many times in Basildon.
I've often heard the joke about German children going to school, college, then university, and when they finally leave university they pick up their pension on the way out, but I didn't know it was really that bad!
Given that the simplest method of looking after a network is to just throttle traffic, it's odd that they go out of their way to get/make a system that injects fake tcp packets to knock out the customers application.
They missed a trick...
Get a 11 stone terrorist and sticking him in a sumo suit full of semtex would be far more effective. He'll pass off as a burger loving infidel easily.
Flammable icon seems ideal.
"ID cards prevent terrorism" Just like they did in Spain the other year.
When I saw the headline...
i thought they were sending some of that tinned Swedish fish up to see it's effect in a combined space!
How did these idiots get to run a country, they can't even implement basic security!
"Just goes to show how daft the 'friends' concept is on social networking sites. People collect them as badges of honour to validate their pitiful existence and give meaning to their empty, howling souls."
I concur. I have a golden rule on Facebook, call me old fashioned, but If I've never met someone in the flesh (oooh errr), then they don't go on my friends list.
My brother on the other hand is the kind of "friend whore" you describe, and spends most of his time buried under application invites from his "friends". Me I'm brutal with the delete button even on real friends if they forward stupid things, this even extended to my sister in-law when she was the 3rd person to send the "Facebook need you to forward this message to prove your profile is active" message a few months back. I still haven't reinstated her!
As for Bill spending up to half an hour a day... Blimee, his PC must be running faster than mine! I wonder what version of Linux he's running?
And a better camera, with a flash.
And better support for MMS
And a battery you can change without having to loose the phone for a week as it bounces across the globe in a Jiffi bag!
And a lower price!
Oh yes it's such an unusual event...
Until you remove your head from your arse (ass) and look at the outside world...
19-0 is a perfectly reasonable score in Rugby for example. If that happened to be an England vs France match, then would we be prevented from rubbing
Gaelic noses in it from our T-shirts because of a ill-conceived US granted Patent?
Google for "19-0", there's plenty of previous examples... Although I do have to feel a little pity for the sucker who paid up for www.19-0.org.
I was just thinking the same thing whilst watching it crawl in at 66KB/s *yawn*
Firefox has plug-ins that allow you to set a custom user-agent yourself... Plus half a dozen local PC privacy proxies will strip/change this.
As for ending up with it rendered in tiny mobile mode when you pretend to be a mobile app, just pretend to by Opera Mini, from what I've seen when I use it on my N95, it gets a full normal site and then renders it locally to suit the mobile.
Have these loons thought about the implications?
Can you imagine what the family tree is gonna look like when their great great great grand children end up on BBC212 trying to trace their ancestors?
Even worse than that...
Given this is to solve hereditary diseases, there's bugger all chance of the two lady's being twins!
Mine's the snowboard jacket and floppy eared beanie hat.
Gotta love the 1970's porn movie soundtrack!
"What is it doing with that nossil?!"
I hope it has some kind of visual correction for the database, or can we look forward to every chav car that's been dropped on the deck getting it's rear quarter window punched out and the back seat covered in petrol?
Now I'd pay to see that!
I see your RS-128
And raise you the contents of my attic... (A quick look reveals...)
2 x Einsteins
1 x 4032 Commodore Pet
1 x ZX81 (with after market real keyboard add-on)
2 x BBC Micros, both with 80 track (200k wooo) 5.25" floppy drives.
Annoyingly I can't see the Osborne 1. I know I had one once, and would have thought it would be too big/heavy to loose, but somehow I seem to have managed it.
So after reading several lines of marketing/hr spin-speak, I found my technically aligned brain disconnecting from my eyeballs and trying to sneak out the door.
Did anyone make it to the bottom of that job description and work out what they are actually after?
"it's a popular misconception that Hitler had brown eyes"
Well well, who would have believed it, I actually learnt something in the registers comments!
Thanks for that.
Does this mean the 2 pickled brown Hitler eyes I won on ebay are fake then?
Dead vulture? Well cos it looks like it's had its eyes removed!
Not quite sure what you mean by we're all related to Hitler... You do realise he had brown eyes don't you? (And was Austrian I believe).
He just realised that everyone should worship the blue eyed overlords a little early!
Now buy me a beer or I shall use my mutant blue eyed evil stare a second time.
(Does anyone know how to get the laser bit to work?)
Not quite sure how much use this is... Sure it's big number (woooo), but I for one wouldn't be tricked by the
"Would you mind standing in the helium tunnel for a second" trick if they wanted to shoot me, nor would I appreciate having to wear breathing equipment for a trip on Eurostar!
Paris, well anything is quick compared to her!
As you say, the gold is probably rather thick for the bling value...
Which makes me wonder...
How heavy is this thing! The shipping might be more than the PC!
..Osama! Think you can use the infidels internet to plot your attacks.
"I'm so scared of aging migs and su fighters.
We could just get some f-18 and f-22's if that were even a remotely plausable problem."
You should be... The Russians haven't just sat still either you know, IIRC, their air to air missiles are actually longer range than the American ones.
As for getting some help from the USA, we've only just finished paying for them helping us out the last time thank you very much! And even then they turned up late.
"it seems on the point of abandoning the notion of forcing ID cards onto the public via passport renewals."
Indeed... Why force people to get them with passports, when you can get far greater coverage by requiring them to open a bank account, change doctor or buy toilet rolls?
(Toilet rolls theory yet to be backed up by leak, but I wouldn't put it past HM Gov!)
I don't think many brits are nipping over to France to get unlocked iPhones, cos I don't think many people are bothered about the iPhone at all! All the massaging of the sales figures can't hide this!
I was in an O2 shop on their launch night, I used the late opening as a chance to get some free parking and buy a microSD for my phone before going on a trip, and the O2 shop were the cheapest high street source.
It wasn't exactly busy!
Sure the iPhone looks very flash, but as a phone it is seriously lacking in features the European market has come to expect. Plus the idea of actually having to buy a phone *with* a contract is just so last century!
It's just a case of Apple not understanding the difference in market (or maybe just not caring).
However, the iPod touch is a completely different story. The UI is gorgeous (as it is on the iPhone), but the product is an mp3 player with added browsing, and it does everything very nicely. I suspect that as the iPhone is only a barely passable phone, people that like the UI will now just buy an iPod touch and stick to their free Nokia phones with real MMS messaging and good cameras.
I'm with you on that one.
Given the kicking Apple has been receiving for low sales, they are bounded to be quoting "shipped", not sold.
Anyone else see a problem...
So 10% of the Sahara turned into a solar power plant... Ummm.
Am I the only person here who knows what happens to a glass panel when it's been in a sandblaster?!
Even with out that, the cleaning bill just to remove the dust after a storm would be terrifying!
And of course with 350,000 square miles of solar panels to protect, you just know some little toe-rag is gonna sneak over at night and nick the copper wire.
We install wind farms on the top of all Govt buildings? Given the amount of hot air that comes out of these places, we should be able to power Europe.
"The changes mean the existing motor will need extra cooling to deal with the extra power."
So it's pulling more juice...
Any news on the reduced battery range this must cause?
Still better than HM Govt, the documents actually arrived!
Exactly my thoughts...
We have a solution, now lets find a problem it can solve. (And I say problem loosely).
I agree totally.
I was in Poland at the weekend, and saw a T-Shirt. Roughly translated it said...
"Invest in Europe,
Buy a politician"
They sure have sussed the EU quick!
"Tiscali actually have a pretty decent policy, "Steer clear of our peak times, and we'll leave you in peace." For £18 a month, for a decent 8Mb line, I sure as hell ain't complaining with that."
Yes and no... That was what I used to do when I have a Pipex connection. Lasted many a year with my p2p client set to auto throttle from 6pm to midnight. Then when Pipex started looking as the bottom line total, I got the "You're a heavy user" letter, and I cleared off to Tiscali. (Silly me).
The problem with Tiscali is they block it completely. I happily schedule big downloads over night, but sometimes, you just need to get something during those peak times, and it's a complete no go. It's not throttled down, I can't even get a connection to the tracker! You're lucky if it's back by midnight.
They are just squeezing so many people onto their over-congested network. I can't believe they are inside their 50:1 contention ratio.
Luckily my contract is up in 2 months, and I'm off!
Ahhh, business as usual...
Form over function...
Complete lack of ports because they'd have made it thicker.
Complete inability to swap batteries on the go, or just buy a new battery when the old one dies, because that would have made it thicker (I suspect the battery is actually spread across the inside of the casing like jam!)
I wonder how long it will be before the keyboard is removed, just cos it doesn't "look right" and would give them another 1/8" back... Anyone else remember the ZX81 keyboard?
The only time this thin lightweight Mac is going to be thin and lightweight is when it's on your desk with you carefully guarding it. As soon as it comes to transporting it anywhere you'll have to put it in a steel box just in case someone puts a heavy post-it not on the top and snaps it!
I'm sure it'll sell a bundle.
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