That's what I call REAL Rocket Science!
It makes normal Rocket Science look easy!
226 posts • joined 27 Jun 2008
It makes normal Rocket Science look easy!
With camera it's all about how many pixels (despite most users then having most of them thrown away when they upload there pics to facebook etc)
Phones ads/reviews concentrate on a mixture of size, number of pixels and pixels per inch which makes sense.
What I don't understand is monitors, where size is the only thing that seems to be important. Trying to find the native resolution of some monitors can be very difficult.
Amazon is good example. How it has a multi-billion pound stock market worth but has not yet come close to making a profit is beyond me. At start up I can understand, but they started 1994!
"3. No mouse buttons"
How do they support all three buttons as well as drag?
How companies deal with problems is the important part.
How quickly is it resolved?
How often does it happen?
How informative (honest) to their customers are they?
Any decent company will have a status server on another network that logs all outages including ones that affect say just one exchange. The logs should be public for a year or so.
That way potential customers can make informed choices.
"You're playing with files on the filesystem. When files come in over a HTTP connection, different rules apply." You mean like no security?
Any program or OS that takes a file and runs it like an exe because of its contents but isn't file typed as exe is asking for trouble.
Who thought that a good idea?
Given that only the length of an Olympic sized swimming pool is specified and the width and depth are minimums its use is gives no accuracy.
Unfortunately the term is frequently used by lazy hacks.
You don't need to have ever registered yourself on Facebook your friends will have very kindly put your photo and a lot more about you on it and often not at all hidden. Good close friends you may be able to control but friends of friends...
The genie is well and truly out of the bag. There is now no hiding place.
"a call centre that really cares about sound quality." does one exist?
As a punter EVERY call centre I've ever had the missfortune to use has been bad.
I think El Reg's "might offer the chance for a complete bloatware scrub." is a bit of wishful thinking. So far what has been mentioned is tinkering around the edges and not addressing the cause.
"Mr Tully of Sidcup writes: £32 for a tv licence ! It's a disgrace. It's far too low. With the excellent service that the BBC provides it should be at least £400..."
“I would gladly sell my wife to finance the BBC...”
There is an ISO for that:
The hand/finger positions look more natural than using a standard keyboard!
IIRC "98% accuracy" is a fail for a typing exam.
If you look closely you can see it has an RTC module plugged into the GPIO pins hence the battery.
Pity it isn't the RTC module we developed for the Pi.
I like the 8GB of flash. But as a RISC OS dealer it's not for me. I wish them well.
"I suspect it is the billing address rather than the so-called downloading country that would be used. Too easy to spoof a download with a non-EU address and avoid the VAT altogether otherwise."
No. They want two non contradictory pieces of evidence. Some of the sales 'platforms' don't give IP address and some don't require the user to give a physical address. The address of the bank used to pay is one allowable piece of evidence (A lot of people seem to live in Luxumbourg!). PayPal refuse to give the IP address unless you use their API but if you are using a 'platform' you can't do that. And PayPal only give a physical address for registered customers.
I know of people who have made sales who have no evidence of location at all, let alone two.You can't even use email address as some users have a .org email address and .com everyone knows can be anywhere.
So all in all a right cock up!
Since the first of January the VAT threshold for selling digital downloads (ebooks etc) outside the UK but inside the EU is ZERO. Didn't you spot all the publicity about how absurd it is?
I'm very surprised there aren't more comments about how long people have managed to string them along. I feel it is my duty as part of the IT industry to do my bit to stop these criminal leaches. Come on lads! See how long you can string them along.
I managed just under an hour once and 25 minutes the second time before they gave up.
I told them the computer was upstairs and not turned so I could keep them on hold for four or five minutes each time I turned it on, opened a menu etc.
Scammer persuaded to jack in the job:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2874365/Mother-takes-cold-call-crook-tries-scam-phone-instead-convinces-criminal-lifestyle.html
"However, phones which only support the SDHC standard of five years ago will not be able to [read this 200GB card]."
SDHC can't read more than 32GB
I use a 64GB microSD on my Pi and I've heard of people using 128GB cards and this 200GB should be no problem. But using a memory card that costs about ten times the computer, does seem a bit of over kill.
With anything inside the home that you want to access from outside, there is a fundamental problem that I've not seen a good solution for. Either you have to open up your router to allow access (Something that the average user is not up to and has significant security implications) or you use a third party server (Often in the cloud) but unless you are paying for it, it could quickly disappear, and if you are paying for it they could jack the price up or close the service leaving you with a lot of hassle trying to reconfigure kit!
I'd hope for 10-20 years life out of home automation kit, how many times might the occupants have changed over those years.
The only solution I've thought of is if a standard could be adopted that came as part of your ISP contract using their servers and could be automatically transferred when you changed ISPs
Or has some one come up with another solution I've missed.
I wonder if Apples Data Centre energy usage is greater or less than their subcontractor manufacturers usage per year. I Suspect Manufacturing will be considerably more. Green energy usage is to be applauded but I hope they will not be economical with the truth in their PR.
Even if someone could come up with better 'low power' cores. They have to compete with / break into a very large ecosystem. Intel despite having significantly better silicon fabrication, spending a ton of money over some years and having its own big ecosystem is barely denting ARM. Also because they are nowhere near as flexible in how they let people use their cores they have one arm tied behind their back.
Thanks for clarifying it. That is what I thought and what I though I'd written but as I've been thumbed down it would appear I wasn't clear. Though why anyone would thumb down what was effectively a question I do not know!
EDIT: Just spotted at: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/01/22/windows_10_cortana_and_spartan_and_xbox_oh_my/?page=1
"Once the offer period is over there may be upgrade charges – Microsoft ducked questions on this – but analysts don’t think this is likely."
It seems I'm in good company if ElReg journalists aren't sure of the situation!
Not sure if it's bad reporting or bad communication from MS
"Terry Myerson stated at the event that once you've installed Win10 it will be updated free of charge for the lifetime of the device" how does that work if they: "upgrades from Windows 7 to Windows 10 will be free, for a year."
The only way I can see both could be true is: "If you upgrade in the first year then it is free"
"... free, for a year." sounds like there is a charge after that.
Sounds like the Derek Bently case
"You were hanged, I wasn't."
Bently was hanged to!
I'm sure Google are leaving themselves open to claims. It could be argued that they are assisting/enabling criminal activity. Class action anyone?
If flaws are found and they aren't fixed in a timely manner and/or those responsible for trying to fix them say they aren't going to fix them then yes publicise that. But do they need to go into so much technical detail and help criminal hacking?
"the gizmo won't be ready until at least the end of the first quarter of 2015. Other outlets... claiming the Watch ... will go on sale this March."
On my Calender the end of the first quarter of 2015 is March. I wonder were it is on El.Reg's calender?
"... because of tax reasons, Apple US leave overseas revenue in the countries that charge them the least tax"
n.b.The new policy of having things listed as X hours/days old rather than giving a posted date/time is a real pain. Many people will know I last read thereg on say 23rd/24th at 4p.m.. How many days ago is that?
The front page's oldest story is 'Five days old' 24 Dec 2014 at 11:13,
Clicking on 'Older Stories' and the latest story is: NINE days old 20 Dec 2014 at 01:33
All the news stories between them don't seem to listed:-(
n.b.The new policy of having things listed as X days old rather than giving a posted date/time is a real pain. Many people will know I last read thereg on say 23rd/24th at 4p.m.
I'd find it very useful if on the front page you could revert to the time posted for each story, not elapsed time since posting. I read ElReg on various computers and know roughly when I last looked but with elapsed time I have to work it out and wonder do you round it up or down to the nearest hour.
I like the fact that stories now have posting time as well as date.
Despite the briefing saying yes. The ICO confirmed to me NO need to register. Very few companies have to register.
Most businesses can answer to the questionnaire:
There is a glimmer of hope on the horizon as many countries are working to remove trade tariffs.
I'm ever the optimist.
"You ask them, read the guidelines."
Yes you can ask them but:
1. it is a lot of extra work, we are talking of sales of £3 often less platform and PayPal fees, you couldn't afford to employ someone on minimum wage to do it.
2. What happens when they don't reply.
So yes, unworkable!
Many of these digital downloads are only £3 or £4 or less. To print them out and post them out of the country could cost more than the sale price!
Paypal payments I've seen often say no postal address on record.
"(Apologise if I missed the you must register for compliance requirement?)"
Apology accepted as for digital downloads the threshold in £0
Sellers have to VAT Register and use the MOSS system but DON'T need to charge VAT on UK sales if under £81,000p.a.
The Flat rate scheme doesn't apply to digital downloads unfortunately.
"If you want, you could add a check for country consistency when you ship, still no need to keep the address beyond the shipping process."
No. The regulations say you must keep the evidence of location for 10 years!
It only applies to automatic downloads so you can get round it if you manually email them the software. But even this is reportedly going to change:-(
You have misunderstood this. It was because businesses had set up in places like Jersey that they introduced this new system. Anyone in ANY country in the world selling into the EU has to charge the relevant VAT.
How they are going to enforce that will be interesting...
I don't understand how in practice two factor authorisation is that secure. An example on Wikipedia is "If users want to authenticate themselves, they can use their personal access licence (i.e. something that only the individual user knows) plus a one-time-valid, dynamic passcode consisting of digits. The code can be sent to their mobile device by SMS, email or via a special app."
So if someone steels my unlocked phone what is stopping them from doing anything I would do?
Nicking my credit cards at the same (quite common) would be a nightmare.
Anyone know of a site with a good explanation?
I can't see how this would work reliably if it relies on the cloud. Thinking of a home or small office. The sort of things they are talking about being part of the IoT need to have guaranteed access to their controlling server. All control stopping if your internet connection goes down would make it a non starter in almost every circumstance I can think of. Yes external access is needed for some aspects but it shouldn't be relied on for basic control.
A thumbs up for the Douglas Adams quote in the subtitle.
Many years ago we removed having a catch all as we a number of times received deluges of emails addressed to:
I think the spammers had forged the from, send and/or reply to addresses and hoped we would bounce it (To the real target address the 'from' address)
If you have a catch all how do you block the above.
"Vulture South has raised the block with Three and Vodafone but does not suspect the conference BLOCK was legitimate and intentional."
Sloppy proof reading.
"Those 10,000 transactions might sound like a lot, but that's the total over two weeks when TfL does many millions of transactions a day and could represent as few as a thousand individuals"
Ten workings days in a fortnight and I assume they probably use it on the way to work AND on the way back again gives 500 users each using NFC 20 times!
Some users may not have worked 10 days in that fortnight but other may have worked more or done more than two journeys in a day.
"As your link says "there are no distance selling thresholds for electronic services to consumers under the new 2015 MOSS VAT rules".
I phoned the VAT office and they said that the MOSS rules only applied if you were VAT registered and that if your total turnover was under the 81K threshold you didn't need to register.
The chap I spoke did admit that the information on the website was confusing and that it is going to be clarified.
My wife sells knitting patterns on line and there has been a lot of fuss about digital downloads on various sites. At least one other seller has decided to cease trading. Visiting the web site for MOSS doesn't help much and people have reported that their accountants have told them that as some EU countries have a turnover threshold for VAT registration of ZERO they will need to register even if they are turning over worldwide less than 10,000 GBP a year.
Fortunately I found http://www.vatlive.com/eu-vat-rules/distance-selling-eu-vat-thresholds/ which explains that all counties have adopted a distance selling threshold of about e35,000p.a.