189 posts • joined Saturday 21st April 2007 11:16 GMT
This'll be the same PRS that cold call companies asking the question 'do you listen to music in your office?' And on a reply of 'yes' from the receptionist/ intern/ dogsbody, sends the company a massive bill for infringing licensing.
No not making it up. I know 3 companies where this has happened (two of them very small, < 5 people).
Re: A Very Good Thing Indeed.
I hate to be pedantic (oh alright then) but strictly speaking you are offered a reduction of the fine, usually 50%,if you pay up within 2 weeks. Also if you contest it within the first 14 days everything is put on hold until it's been reviewed. If its upheld you then still get 14 days to pay 50%. This can take a while... *cough*
I'm sure this'll annoy the usual suspects...
The other day I thought I'd try iWeb again (after a couple of years not even touching it) just to see what I was missing. The first thing I found out was that it will publish to any host and, by heck, the settings page for this couldn't be easier. I then created a site using 2 albums from iPhoto, a quick bit of editing for titles etc and published to my personal domain. Less than 30 minutes later I was emailing the fine result to my family and friends.
You see, for a lot of people this opens the door to self-publishing and sharing pictures and what have you. They're not in the least bit interested in CSS, PHP or whatever and don't even know what they are.
For what it is and what it achieves (for free - other than my cheap domain), it's very very hard to beat.
Just my 2 bobs worth (that should also give you a clue).
I"ll try again and see if this post gets through...
"...the hoi polloi" is grammatically incorrect as 'hoi polloi' means 'the masses' or 'the many', so your sentence reads "the the masses'.
/my coat is most definitely ready...
As other posters have said here London generally is rubbish for Orange. I've been working in the Camden area for about a year and I've just about given up trying to use my mobile. Even out in the open on the canal the service is spotty. I've had to direct all friends and clients to email me where possible. Several attempts at numbers, connections dropped, horrendous service...
If what some of the people here say is true (cells not working or repaired) then surely we have some recourse to recompense for the failure in service. I swear I got better results than this 20 years ago with my first mobile phone...
Nope. It's definitely not a "classic case of the end user (good guys) being penalised or inconvienienced by systems put in place due to the potential actions of spammers/hackers (bad guys)."
Everyone should take responsibility for their own security. And that should mean, as others have pointed out, the login pages should NOT give the opportunity of second-guessing email addresses or passwords.
If it means writing login details on a Post-it note because the user hasn't enough brain cells to remember then so be it, at least then that user takes responsibility for being a twunt.
It's to do with the prevention of unauthorised persons/organisations from effectively setting up shop within a commercial property i.e. the mall. The tabloid (if that's what it is) is subverting the actuality.
Quite right too (the prevention, that is).
They haven't paid any rent to the owners for the space they're occupying and they're likely to seriously piss off paying customers with their proselytising about imaginary beings. I mean how would you like to walk into <name of supermarket here> for your weekly supply of toilet paper and be confronted by someone trying to force your to do 'Personality Tests', as formulated by a late science fiction writer?
I for one...
...welcome our Conficker Bonet Overloads - it's Our Density
...that reason prevailed.
That anyone should think US Budweiser is a beer in anything but name should be taken outside and pelted with their own shite. They should be hauled up under the Trades Description Act then flogged.
Major Road-Works (Retd)
@Then there is the Top Gear Episode
You've got to be careful here. Tesla protested all sorts of things about that day, including the 'fact' that the TG team had to push the car home. Which was untrue and TG had to admit it later.
A friend of mine did some work for Tesla (only body parts) and he said TG were determined to stitch them up. He said the acceleration, for example, is so strong he couldn't move his head of the head-rest.
No doubt battery life won't be as good as they say here, but since when have any manufacturers told the truth about this?
It's been removed already, bastards... if you 'step' along the street that image is 'removed' although one step beyond (!) you can turn and look back and see those guys.
Is this the new sport then? See what turns up on StreetView and alert everyone before it gets pulled?
By the way, it can't have been done at Christmas, everyone's wearing t-shirts. Unless they're Geordies....
/just a coat - I'm a soft southern bastad.
"Why is this a problem? What MS has done is what Firefox, Opera et al don't do and that is... MAKE THE BROWSER COMPATIBLE WITH THE INTERNET!!!"
Errrm... I think you'll find that that's what adhering to W3C standards is all about....
@ AC 11:43
The time to worry is when you CAN comprehend his comments.
Could they be....
... weapons of mass string tension....
Doors to manual
/llfejacket - exit
All I can say is thanks goodness for ifixit.com. Brilliant site showing how to safely dismantle Macs. Their instructions are actually easier to follow than Apple's official ones (well, those I've seen).
As for the rest of these comments @Simon Hobson is spot on. Get over it.
Well spotted. I always thought Merikans, as in those with surnames like 'Boring', had only been around for about 400 hundred years, somewhat short of a millennium, considerably destitute for 'millennia'.
Maybe the lawyer is going for a Pulitzer.
Oh who do you think you're kidding Mr Hilter...
Obviously the cnut never went there.
But I started thinking, there's that whole range of Hitler spoofs on YouTube like this one:
Maybe someone could create a new one with Blackpool as the theme....
Actually it is hard. Well, it is with an auto focus camera phone in low light - which is what this looks like. Low light = wide aperture = little depth of field, hence if the auto focus focuses on the table the object on it is likely to be out of focus.
Apart from that, this 'new' mini looks really unlikely. Why 5 USB ports?
... sorry to be a pedant, "through several clever slights on hand" is all wrong. The expression is "by sleight of hand' as in like a magician's card trick or disappearing handkerchief.
I'm pretty sure you can't have a plural 'sleights' either. Maybe "through several clever tricks" would have sufficed.
And now I really must get out....
Epic fail, El Reg
El Reg. As others here have pointed out this is SO not news. It's not even a view balanced viewpoint. Did your writer not get get his soy latte this morning?
As someone who takes Macs apart for a living taking out 8 easy-to-reach screws is a no-brainer. The early iBooks and PowerBooks were a different matter, requiring major disassembly to replace the HD. But even with those you exercise good working practices. Lay it all out on cloth covered, well lit table (so the screws don't bounce off and stay where you put them). Turn to http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/ to find the relevant model and away you go.
I think I can safely say MOST Mac users don't want/need to upgrade their compters. A bit more RAM maybe, but when it comes to changing the HD it's usually because the original has failed.
Does the average Joe expect to change the engine of his car if it fails? No he takes it to a mechanic....
Mind you, I can remember trying to upgrade RAM (or drives!) on the old PowerMac 8500 towers... First tool on the table was a box of Elastoplast (Band-Aid to our US cousins) as you could guarantee cutting something fleshy during the long, tedious process...
Call that a tantrum? She's just throwing her toys out of the pram. They had proper tantrums in my day. For a real tantrum check Keith Moon or Elton John. Oh yes.
Times are a changin' tho...
Another chocolate teapot
Retaining all this data will be just like keep all the CCTV recordings - useless until after the event.
I thought it was all about crime PREVENTION. If our guvmint dealt with the social issues that lead to the actions by the murdering fuckpigs then maybe we could live in peace.
Just my two bobs worth (yeah, I remember them).
'twas ever thus
Samo samo. It's never been any different. In all the years I worked in the music business the way tickets are distributed and sold has never been anything more than a scam to fleece the punter. Even going directly to the box office (i.e. the Albert Hall) to buy tickets for future events there, you still pay a 'booking fee'. If you question it you will never get a direct answer other than 'it's a standard charge for booking'.
It's the same deal with distribution. Promoters and agents tie all this in with the venues and sometimes even with artists management. In the old days it used to be that they'd all sit in the office while the gig was on, count up all the tickets (other than pre-sold), count up the cash and then divvy it up to be carried out in brown paper bags. No, I'm not making this up.
Ticktemaster have been one of the worst offenders for charging all these extras and they hold a near monopoly. I don't really know what can be done about it though. Good for Springsteen on calling them out on it. If he can start the ball rolling with all the other major artists then that would be a great thing. There are a lot of artists (especially big acts) who have been grumbling for years about this.
Well done El Reg for reporting this, I haven't seen it anywhere else yet!
@ Celibrate (sic)
I keep reading so many 'in my last job I replaced so many <insert drive mfg> comments, plus, after reading Google's report on drive failures (related to 10,000+ units), that I'm really getting annoyed. Surely someone somewhere can put all this together and come up with the definitive 'most reliable drive' manufacturer?
Drive manufacturers all have their ups and downs (currently it seems to be Seagate's turn for flagellation), but it must be possible chart these. All you guys who are fitting hundreds of drives must have some data...
The headline is unhelpful in that it implies she was found guilty of causing death by texting while driving. Leaving aside the ambiguity ("While I'm driving I think I might kill someone by sending them a text message") she was, as has been pointed out, found guilty of 'death by dangerous driving'.
Here you can find the definition of this offence. You can also see the guidelines by which the judges may operate. The maximum sentence is remarkably, ahem, stiff.
Call me old-fashioned but I think hanging is too good for this obnoxious, thoughtless twunt of a bitch. Just my opinion mind.
Why oh why etc... First we have garbage trucks that have horrendously noisy engines and now they're completely silent. I wish they'd electrify those horrendously noisy buses too.
Reminds of an apocryphal story from some years ago when some bright spark in health and safety thought it was a good idea to make the indicators on motorbikes beep when used (non-bikers: the indicators don't self-cancel). Apparently when a bike was waiting or turning slowly at a junction with said beeping indicators deployed the sound was uncannily like the beeping pedestrian crossings when it's safe to cross. Only it wasn't. Funnily enough they don't fit them anymore.
I see a few other people here (no pun intended) suffer from tinnitus. I've had it for years now, bloody nuisance...
A couple of years ago I was referred to the audiology dept of Charing X Hospital (London) where I tried out some new in-ear devices that treat tinnitus by feeding back the specific frequencies in to your ear at a low level to train your aural networks to ignore it. It was getting better but the devices were very fragile and kept breaking. (The audiologist said the NHS had complained but the manufacturers weren't interested in fixing the problem).
Since then there's been the release of a software-based solution which I'm about to try. It's had some very good reviews. It also explains in detail the current knowledge about it.
Sorry for slightly off-topic comment, but it is relevant, IMHO.
"Bit more 4k please"
What the Fuch's the use of that...?
Or do you put the pills in your ears?
/with the ear muffs
Who elects these twunts into a council anyway? How on earth do they get away with such poo.
“There will always be an appropriate level of staffing in libraries."
One would always hope that there'll be sufficient staff to do the job...
Any staff freed up by self-service will be used across an expanded, more customer-focused library service for Edinburgh.”
One would always hope the customer comes first...
FFS can we not get rid of these troublesome clowns.
... a PC with some style.
Actually looks quite nice, albeit not dissimilar to another manufacturers earlier foray into white plastic...
Ah wait... There are no stickers all over it!! Wait until the Beast of Redmond's marketing get hold of it!
I thought cheques were being phased out... Imagine your surprise when you try to pay it in and they point to the sign "Cheques no longer accepted".
If they're so advanced and hi tech why cant' they sort out their *kin web sites so that they're W3C compatible and not just Windoze/IE? Some do so it really can't be that difficult. Or are the back handers from M$ to big to ignore?
/mine's the one with the fake paying-in slips in the pocket...
Why let facts get in the way of a good story? All those bleating about Apple, DRM. bit rates and region coding - please do a little research (you can happily search El Reg for all this).
For Apple to even think about selling music they HAD to bow to the record industry (RIAA et al) and infect everything with DRM. There was NO choice about this otherwise the labels would simply not license the music.
Bit rates - Although to some extent there were space considerations (higher rate - more space) again the music industry didn't want any material released at high (i.e. lovely for pirating CD's etc) bit rate.
Movies - substitute the MPAA for the RIAA.
Region coding - <sigh - this is getting boring> see MPAA and RIAA who want to maximise profits from around the world.
Can you see a pattern emerging? If you can't then you need to get back to your class while your computer is downloading all that 'free' stuff, you thick cnuts.
@AC - Steve Jobs Is Not Dead!
That mate, was one of the funniest things I've read in weeks, including the story about the Zune 'lying down for a bit'.
Any chance you could write some articles for El Reg?
@The internal battery...
"The reasons not to have a removable battery are simply laughable, not to mention that Apple has a long history of defective batteries... "
Errm.. defective batteries are not the preserve of Apple alone, plus, these are usually outsourced items from the likes of Sony.
250,000 battery recall by Fujitsu
4.1 million battery recall by Dell
28,000 battery recall by Sharp
Acer to recall 27,000 batteries
Sony to pay out $432m to recall nearly 10 million batteries
I guess you can see where this is going...
@ AC 16:23 -- Re: @Ted
Nah - can't be Webster. Sentences are too well constructed and nowhere near enough bile dripping from every word.
I sometimes wonder if I live in a different world. Admittedly I deal with (mostly)Macs in (often very) mixed environments, working alongside IT staff who have to deal with both and I've not found anyone yet who has anything but praise for the way Apple have turned their platform round. (OK some still don't like Macs but that's a personal thing).
OS9 was pretty dreadful on a mixed network but OS X, because of it's *nix roots uses the same 'standard' protocols as everyone else.
The OS X interface is pretty universally recognised as being very easy to use, but perhaps you're one of those souls who believes that unless you're getting your hands dirty with command line then it's not a real OS.
Oh wait, have I just taken the bait?
Work (if you can call it that) of utter and mind-numbing banality. Really really ordinary snaps that show SFA of the subject's personality.
Whereas the Oxford Project engages the viewer with not only a visible time-line but the portraits (which is what they are) exude a tremendous sense of the characters portrayed.
In other words, the Free Souls book is total bollocks.
"Apple have, for years, adopted a business model whereby they produce products that are a refinement of existing technology and then, when sued for infringement, either buy the other company or settle out of court. It's a business model that I've always considered bizarrely high-risk but it means they get products on the shelves more quickly than if they went through proper due-diligence so they obviously believe the risk is worth it (and their bottom line seems to confirm they are right and I'm wrong)."
Oh really? Links to proof?
I don't get it.
So you can get more channels on DAB. That's just more channels of shit. Look at TV - you've got five basic channels of shit. If you get Freeview you get even more shit and if you get Sky/Virgin you get a shit load of shit.
I know 4 people with DAB radios, who listen to stuff that's on FM, only in mono. I've never come across DAB in a car and I do a lot of travelling.
Oh wait, we had the BBC computer for a while didn't we? <sound of wind in empty corridors>
Meanwhile I'm listening to Radio Paradise (via iTunes or web site) with no ads and no dj's wittering on about the neighbour's cat.
Tonight Matthew, I'm going to be Webster Phreaky!
Blimey. 'Daily Mail reader, Mr Angry from Tonbridge Wells, moves to the USA'.
Frothing, sputum-flecked bile. Hey AC! - it's only a commercial dear!
I don't use Windows unless absolutely necessary (>0.1%) but when I do to me it's just another tool...
... I just prefer using Snap-On instead of WalMart.
Hah! You nasty English bed-wetting types!
I'm currently working regularly in Peterborough which means travelling by National Express with their 'free' wifi. It's slower than dial up, almost useless. Like someone else here I tried it 'on the train' but i haven't bothered for months.
And staying at the Holiday Inn Express (near the showground) where they charge (business rate, not walk up which is £90) £75 per night, they want £15 extra a day for wifi... or you could get the £11 per day version which 'allows simple web surfing'.
So I found a nice little b&b nearby - free wifi, freeview tv and Sky, beers for a pound and the owner picks me up when it's too wet to walk.Oh err.. £45 per night. If only the rest of the world worked that way, what do you reckon?
I wonder how much Paris would charge per night?
You're assuming an awful lot from a very brief description of what happened.
"As previously said, all the info he got from Facebook could probably have been given by the waitress. Or by the local phone directory for that matter."
Only he didn't - she "was able to give Leary the name of her fleet-footed acquaintance, and he immediately ran it through Facebook." If the perp didn't know if she was working or not it suggests they didn't know each other too well, so she might not have been able to offer up any further info.
"No it did not, because he still relies on his and his staff's belief that the guy and girl were really there and really dodged the bill"
WTF does that mean? The crime was committed, there's no question about this! What, is he going to make it up?
"it still boils down to his and his staff testimony. He used FB only as a directory. He also got the employment place, which allowed him to indulge on some vigilante-like justice (which is NOT a good thing in theory, even if it appears to be justified here it's certainly not proportionate, at least if the firing had this story for only reason)."
Again, WTF? Is your name Rumpole of the Bailey or something?
A group of guys evade paying for a meal by legging it from the restaurant.
Manager employs bit of memory and logic (hey! the IT angle), tracks down one of the perps who fesses up, pays up and gets sacked by his employer.
End of story.