27 posts • joined Tuesday 15th July 2008 12:03 GMT
Re: And landline? What's that for?
@Station Grey, That's for when the mobile signal is unreliable due to the building structure, or the cell is saturated, or just plain poor quality, and to have a guaranteed way of making an emergency call.
Anyway didn't you include that in what you called "Line Rental"?
Re: Better publicity
I agree totally. They say there is not enough demand but I have never seen a bbc promo for 3d content (well maybe the olympics, I can't remember). I had to search online to find out what channel they were using for the Doctor Who 3D (now that BBC HD has been renamed to BBC2 HD. Aside: Can we have BBC4 HD please?)
I watched wimbledon a year ago in 3d after hearing about it by word of mouth.
How do they know people don't want it if they don't publicise it properly? The olympics and wimbledon were great in 3D. I would love more BBC 3D content.
My Z is great
So there !
Screen is good and there are no problems with the viewing angle. I wouldn't mind a headphone socket with no flappy cover though.
"Weird BNC Network" - that will be Ethernet then!
Our school had a couple of 380Z machines in the early 80s which were owned by the maths dept I think. We then became part of some government pilot IT scheme (1983?) and were supplied with a network of 480Zs that shared one vast "Winchester" disk, probably 5Mb! Initially they were on a bus that traveled from school to school but the following year we got our own, on which we wrote games and otherwise messed around (yes also Wordstar dot commands, nostalgia....sigh)
pointless subject like French
In the author's defence, I read that as a humourous comment and representing the student's perspective. As in, computer science (or whatever they called it in the school at the time) was interesting, whereas the struggling student saw conjugating French verbs as pointless.
I think most people can appreciate the value of learning foreign languages now.
Green because of Photoshop?
Not at all, long exposures show colour in comets, usually green, just like all those pretty red or blue nebulae which are also monochrome to our insensitive eyes.
There will have been some photoshopping or other processing to increase the contrast but not to add colour.
Re: Amazon's way of doing it
Ooh yes it's doing that for me too. Who knew?
Thanks for the tip, when it runs out I shall know why.
Actually I don't know why it apparently randomly requires re-logins to Amazon apps from time to time anyway.
That batc.tv video feed never works for me, maybe its the corporate firewall. I could see the chat though.
It was nice to follow the track on the map but no live video for me.
Re: Carl Sagan will be chuffed
*would have been* chuffed.
Shame he never lived long enough to see this.
...it's a NAS? In a funny shaped box? Using the "Cloud" word grab attention (aside from the funny shaped box).
Or have I misunderstood?
Re: So like Spanish....
In Spanish the question mark appears at the beginning AND at the end.
Although the one at the beginning is upside down.
Re: Parenting? It's not as simple as that.
What on earth would cause you to surmise that I would do that (loose on XBL etc), given what I already posted? But you ignored most of what I posted anyway.
Kids these days have ipods and many other devices that can access the web. They do homework online. Browsers have multi-tabbed windows and the ability to surf in secret. Even if they are in the living room, are you saying I have to be looking over their shoulder, constantly?
Nothing is as simple as it first seems.
And there's no need to shout. Jeez I am glad you're not a parent, talk about volatile! Of course if you were one you might appreciate the position of others rather than shouting from the sidelines on something you clearly have no experience of.
Re: Optional PIN Authentication?
Can't believe it took nearly 2 hours before someone pointed this out. So I lose my phone and some dodgy type finds it and goes to buy something. The phone number is submitted in payment automatically as per the article, and the system sends a message back to the phone via the app - this is acceptable security?
Not just search engines
What about news websites where the apparently blank column each side of the news story turns out to be a link to an advertiser's web page (ie. an extension of the banner above)?
I've been caught by that on El Reg before, not paying attention when I click in the "whitespace" to bring a window to focus and suddenly I seem to have clicked on a Microsoft ad.
@Andrew Jones 2 Re. Updates
"Where you got the idea that you would be notified about Android updates from - I don't know "
Maybe because in the screenshot the Updates tab has "Google Play" as a less-emboldened subtitle. Looks very much like it's going to be telling me about updates to Android apps obtained from the Google Play store.
Harder to see in the daytime
Sometimes it crosses the sun or moon, here's one I did in Spain a couple of years ago:
BTW being so (relatively) high, it looks like a slow plane not a fast one.
I use Listen nearly every day. It's nicely short on features I don't need, unlike most of the recommended alternatives.
If I can still subscribe to things via a URL found using other means then it's not so bad. The app was virtually never updated anyway.
I just got the Haynes Workshop Manual for Apollo 11 (yes!). Of course it doesn't really give you instructions for fixing the hardware ( "..first remove the [rocket] engine...") but it does have what looks like an original Boeing (I think) drawing of the Saturn V with lots of measurements on it. Every single one of them is listed in both Metric AND "English".
Who says Nasa can't do Metric? They apparently could back then.
And by the way, someone above compared Newtons unfavourably with Foot Pounds. They are different units for different purposes. Foot Pounds measures turning force around a fulcrum (as you said), the equivalent metric is Newton Meters not Newtons, which are just force, like pounds.
Their FAQ says...
Now I'm as paranoid as the next man when it comes to giving out my details (and getting p'd off when people ring up my number which they got "off a list" and claiming to be doing a survey when it's clear they are selling etc. etc.) but... the FAQ says the following:
"If you don’t give out numbers, how does 118800 put me in touch with the person I want to contact?
When you search on 118800.co.uk, we’ll send an SMS message to the person you’re seeking givng them your contact details so they can call you back.
Why can’t I have the number, rather than being put in touch?
Some people don’t like the idea of their mobile number being given out to anyone who asks. So having worked closely with the regulatory authorities to provide a service that protects this right but also provides a successful directory service, we have developed simple ways of connecting you without ever giving out a mobile number."
Now this sounds to me like it would be quite easy to reject any calls from people using this service, and your number will not be given out.
Re: Street lights
Actually all astronomers are asking is for the lights to point downwards. Light that leaks into the sky is simply a waste of energy, and so-called "security lights" help intruders find their way!
More info at:
Plurals of abbreviations
I always thought I knew all the apostrophe rules - and used them properly . But I've learned something today: Abbreviations like "PC" need an apostrophe, meaning that "PC's" is correct? I have been guilty of correcting people over that one!
But what about "P.C." with the dots? Does the dot remove the need for the apostrophe? ie. "P.C.s"? Shouldn't "PC" be "P.C." anyway, meaning that "PCs" or "PC's" are just wrong?
Unhappy icon because it seems I was wrong. Or should I have chosen the happy one because I've learned something?
@Fair Usage - 8Mb everywhere?
In my village, just outside a medium sized town (2-3 miles from the exchange), I typically get <1Mb from Pipex. I just went to their website to do an "availability check" and got the following message:
Your line can receive up to...
Congratulations indeed! Think again AC, before accusing people of an "outright lie". Why lie about what broadband speed you get?
A mile away (other side of the A1 duel carriageway) they get cable. If this initiative improves the postcode lottery for broadband speeds they I'm all for it, provided "protecting BT's investment" doesn't mean we pay through the nose for it.
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