2266 posts • joined Tuesday 17th April 2007 15:29 GMT
Re: Funnily enough...
I don't see the link between restaurant waiters and McD staff... We're not talking silver service here, we're talking about some knuckle dragging monkey handing you a plastic tray, or pushing round a floor mop and bucket.
You mean this one?
Re: Why is everyone competing to make the thinnest phone possible?
There's a huge untapped market of potential customers with very small hands who currently can't reach round the huge girth of existing phones.
Yes, you heard it here first. Apple want to get Bush Babies online.
Re: So it's like one of those old Speccy/c64 games...
IIRC, those games on the speccy and 64 used to result in many joysticks being broken.
I don't know if I want to play a game with those risks!
Re: As with any big Company
Sure you mean "The five layers of middle management"... That's usually how it works with the big guys.
Each layer adding nothing to the process, just making the bottom layer more and more opaque to those higher up.
I love the instructions... "To run pee left/right"... Given the general aiming ability of your regular pub patron, I can only assume the sale of wellies will sky-rocket and "Oiy, you pissed on my shoe!" fights to do likewise!
I wonder if Japan has any good lip readers?
I think John Terry might have some contact numbers if they want to give it a try.
Re: "We're all doomed!"
I thought flares were pretty normal in Camden?
Are you sure?
Interesting camera... Okay, interesting sensor.
I'm a bit unsure about your choice of competition though. The D300s is way cheaper, can shoot faster, has more focus points (50+, with 15 being cross) can shoot video and will last way more than 200 shots on a single charge. The SD1 only wins on image quality at base ISO, and quickly loses that advantage in the real world. It's a bit of a one trick pony. 40 lenses sounds like a lot, but compared to the number available for Canon, and Nikon's huge back catalogue (they didn't do the Canon trick of changing their mounts for digital, so old lenses still fit) it's nothing.
It sounds like it is best aimed at replacing a D3x or D800. Unfortunately although both those bodies are more expensive than the SD1, they both trump it on everything but base ISO image quality. That might be the most important thing in a studio, so maybe it might make in-roads, but then there's the investment in changing all your lenses. And a camera is only as good as the glass on the front, and from my experience Sigma's stuff isn't as good as Nikon's.
So from a technical point of view it is an interesting sensor. From a real world, grab camera, shoot anything, point of view it's too restricted.
Re: Best do it quick...
Oh damn, beat me to it! I just posted a similar comment!
Isn't this the same Govt that has some disembodied limb which is pushing for the death of analogue radio?
If they do that then building a radio is gonna be a damn sight more complicated than a tuning coil and a few other basic components. In fact it will probably contain more chips than the Pi!
Re: FailMux more like
A documentary on local TV?
You're dreaming! They're far to expensive. Only the BBC can afford big projects like that, and even then you usually end up teaming up with another broadcaster from the US or Canada.
By the time the bidding process has finished, any company involved with a local TV station will be so far in the red that they'll be desperate to rake in cash. Every program will have a premium rate angle. The news will have a topical premium rate text "quiz" after it. Maybe "guess how many people have been killed in Baghdad today?".
Local farming programs will have a "guess the weight of the hay we harvested this week?" premium text quiz.
Cookery programs will have a "guess how much sugar I will use in tonight's dessert?" premium text quiz...
And then, they'll be real-time interactive live quizzes where you, the viewer can participate! Wow!
Participate via a premium rate text quiz of course.
My town actually has a local radio station. By local I mean really local. A micro station if you like. The signal barely makes it the 4km from the town centre to where I live. I think I've tuned into it twice. Both times I was greeted by several seconds of dead air before anyone said anything. Try doing that on a "proper" station on the emergency drop in recording would have triggered!
So local TV is either going to be painfully amateur, or painfully commercial.
Both obvious failures.
My Thecus is very happy with very cheap Samsung drives... I've just posted a comment about what happened when I used 400gig and 500gig WD RE rated drives in it.
At the end of the day, RAID is about availability, it is not a backup solution. You can look at a drive failure in a RAID as a warning if you like, and in some ways it is, but you should still have a backup.
As much as a trust WD drives in a desktop environment, all my desktop machines and my laptop have WD primary drives, I've had two very bad experiences with their RE drives. First two 400Gig Sata RE drives failed after a month within hours of each other, trashing a RAID 5 array before I could rebuild from the first failure, then after rebuilding the array with all new 500gig RE2 drives, one of them failed within a month.
I then gave up paying a premium for Raid Edition drives that kept failing, and decided to concentrate on the "I" of RAID, i.e. CHEAP! Sorry, Inexpensive.
So in went a set of Samsung 1gig desktop drives and they ran for over 18 months before I finally replaced them, and only then because I wanted bigger drives. I still use the 1gig drives in USB enclosures for various backups. I tried the same with one of the WD 500gig RE2 drives and it died after a couple of months.
I'm sure they have sorted out whatever problem occurred, but the fact there was very little mention of this anywhere on the intarweb didn't fill me with confidence. I know nobody likes publicising failure, but at least when it is publicised you can get a feeling for reliability. When nothing is said all you can do is look at your own experience, and in mine that means I have 100% distrust of RE drives.
A graph without an axis is utterly meaningless!
I'm really baffled by the number of people who say "It must have 3G"...
Are you seriously planning on carrying a 7" tab an using it as a phone too?
No, thought not, so you mobile phone will still be in your pocket, a few feet from your tablet. So tether it! One mobile contract, one SIM... Simples.
Totally agree... If you have a reasonable smart-phone in your pocket it will already be able to act as a wifi access point, so you just use that...
Those that don't have a reasonable smart-phone will have already bought an ipad anyway.
Re: Rule 2 @ A/C 10:27
Assuming the bucket is plastic, then I'll do it.
Re: Rule 2
Cleaning off any residue left by your liquid bath of choice is essential. So yes, sometimes the best thing to do when your electronic device gets a bath in one liquid, is to pull the battery and clean it with the purest water you can find. Melted ice from the freezer is pretty good in that respect (just filter out the peas and sweetcorn).
Then just dry with a cloth, place in a sealed bag with something to absorb the water (rice as mentioned or silica gel as used in packing) and put it somewhere warm for a day.
I've saved a laptop from orange juice (complete with pulp bits - this required gentle scrubbing with a soft tooth brush), another from a pint of beer, and a mobile from coca cola using just this technique.
I would hasten to add only the beer on the laptop was my fault. The orange was neither my fault, or my laptop. The mobile was mine, and 2 weeks old when my brother managed to spill an entire glass of cola on it.
once the power is removed, the main risk is the LCD panel. You don't want liquids getting inside that, so if you can remove it, do. If not, be very very careful.
Easy, the USPO is funded by the patents it files. The more it files, the more money it makes.
It's far more profitable than just taking the money for a patent search and saying "Sorry, already exists" or "Sorry that's obvious". So take the money and grant a full patent. Then let their friend in the legal profession make loads of money arguing over the granted patent a few years down the line.
I'm sure the emergency services will be overjoyed to hear of every little knock.
When I took my driving lessons I was told you ring the police and report accidents. When the inevitable finally happened, I rang the police.
"Is anyone hurt?" - "No"
"Are the vehicles off the highway?" - "Yes"
"Thank you, goodbye"
1s sounds pretty good to me. Sounds like all they just need a bit of a refresh. Exactly the same as DRAM.
They could have easily got it from you.
Have you ever had your wifi and GPS turned on at the same time?
Did you check the option to say you're willing to share the wifi positional data is acquires with google? (You can change your mind by going into location settings and unchecking the "use wireless networks" and then checking it again. It asks for confirmation each time).
Then again, even if you didn't, someone else walking past (doesn't have to be a streetview car) could easily have been.
It's actually a useful feature. It allows the device to locate your initial (vague) position very very quickly. A cold start on GPS can take half a minute or so without it, which is a damn long time when you're sat at the front of a queue of traffic trying to work out where you are.
Re: It would be Tim Cook big second mistake at Apple...
"While maybe a 5" updated iPod with a pair of embedded analog sticks could make sense to completely annihilate expensive portable consoles"...
By replacing it with an even more expensive Apple branded console?
True. Nokia had rather started to implode before the arrival of Elop.
Their customer support and quality control had become dire. The moment they introduce OTA updates the thought it perfectly acceptable to ship alpha firmware. I should have seen this coming with the N95, but they finally got their act together with the firmware, and it was (and is) a great little phone.
Those that bought the N97 were just left to hang out and dry. Complain about it in the forums and you were hit with the mod hammer for "disrespecting Nokia". Basically they disappeared up their own backside.
That's when I jumped ship after 10+ years of owning nothing but Nokias and went Android, where I am quite happy to remain with a wide range of suppliers wanting my business. A few months later Elop arrived and I smiled to myself and muttered "serves you right". To be honest, even if Nokia did ship an Android phone, I don't have any confidence in their hardware or customer service any more.
Re: Android HAS to be Plan B ..
Not that cunning. Everyone has been saying that since Elop arrived!
Would, implosion, liquidate assets and switching the lights off for good count as an "alternative strategy"?
Re: "Software petents" - WTF ?
Well at the moment it's mainly the USA. Unfortunately as patient zero, they have a horrible habit of sharing.
The Android share of the phone market has already passed that of the iPhone.
iOS only dominate in tablets these days.
I agree about the apps though. Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of apps, and plenty of good ones, it's just unfortunate that a some big companies seem to just have the iphone app converted and not take advantage of any of the extra features available on Android, such as the menu button for setting etc.
You'd think HM Govt would try to hide just how much Big Corp controls them, but there's no hiding from it in this case.
1 - If Joe Public "steals" a piece of music, and shares it with others (note, not even selling), he's a criminal and will have his internet cut off.
2 - If Big Corp "steals" a photograph, and sells it to others, NADA!
I'll either be emptying my Flickr account, or adding a huge watermark diagonally across all the images.
@A/C 22:04 was Re: Google Now
You own a mobile phone don't you?
You carry the mobile phone with its connection in you pocket 99.9% of the time don't you?
Well you set the phone to act as a wifi hotspot, and connect the tablet via that. Tada... One mobile contract, one sim, and it's kept the cost of the tablet down.
That's assuming you have a mobile which can act as a wifi hotspot - hint, Android phones can.
Re: Searching over the same field for 30 years?
It's only a small island and you can't dig the rocky bits.
Not much sympathy...
"BT pointed out to The Register that its telly service is dependent on the quality of customers' Freeview reception and broadband, as opposed to the other big boys in television Sky and Virgin Media, who deliver via satellite dish and cable respectively."
Very true, and freeview signals can be patchy, but *YOU* are the ones charging that monthly rent on the 50 year old corroded pair the customers broadband has to struggle along!
I can see this ending in tears...
If this works, I suspect the English channel will become clogged with hoards of little self navigating boats trundling across from Amsterdam and all the way up the river Cam with supplies.
Re: They may not have to...
They don't need to make their own phones... They pretty much have Nokia owned and bent over the kitchen table.
Nokia have burnt and sunk all their other boats and sacked anyone that know another way. So they are the MS "premium partner" until death do they part. Why would MS need to make their own phone? Nokia will do whatever they say (they have to for survival), and Nokia might still even remember something about building phones too (bonus).
Re: no backup of the schedule?
The same way call centres work... Crib sheet.
Press this, click that, just say "Yes" to anything it asks you to confirm.
Now off you go.
D'oh, yes, sorry... Missed the point on that.
Nope, not a friend of Ms Leach, just not enough coffee in the system yet!
Re: iOS PCs?
PC is an acronym for Personal Computer, there is no mention made of any specification beyond that it is a computer for one person to use.
So there's nothing technically wrong with calling a Mac an iOS PC in the same way you have a Windows PC and a Linux PC.
Re: Apple demonstrated ideas without patenting them first?
I too found the idea of Apple not having patented something the moment they thought of it as rather odd.
Well the tape unit is an old Revox reel to reel. I have one in the attic... How you'd control it automatically, when most of the mechanism is mechanical, is the big question!
There is "spoiling you ears" and "throwing money away"... When the premium headphones cost over half the price of your chosen top of the range smart-phone or tablet, I have to react with WTF?!!!
There is just no justification for those prices. It makes the iPhone profit margin look positively frugal!
Re: We can negotiate for a lower tax bill!?
Looks like it.
And judging by the "it was a reasonable deal considering the cost of taking legal action against the company." though process, all I have to do is offer them my tax bill minus expected legal cost + £1.
Given a lawyer costs a few grand per hour, and that my paperwork is a mess, I have recalculated my current tax bill to be -£127K. I shall be writing to Mr Osborne shortly.
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