58 posts • joined 22 Aug 2008
headaches and snow
One of the problems with LED headlights is when you are are driving in snow conditions. Since the falling snow is highly reflective and that LEDs flash with a high intensity - your brain actually tracks falling/drifting snow as a sequence of flashing dots due to the velocity of the vehicle.
This doesn't happen with regular headlamps and can give drivers a bit of a headache after an hour or so of driving in drifting/falling snow.
This is also a problem in China where motorways are lit using LED streetlamps.
Re: And cry you might
I wish. i just bought a Dell Inspiron for the mother-in-law's christmas (it's OK, she doesn't read ElReg). Apparently, just pressing "Do updates" after installing it managed to complete fuck up Windows 8 and it would not allow me to upgrade to 8.1 because the Windows Update and the Dell update had a bit of a fisticuffs resulting in me losing.
So, I scrubbed Windows 8 entirely, put on Fedora 20, it went on like a breeze. Out of the poster above's list the only problem was her cheap shitty lexmark printer that has no Linux driver (but there is also no Windows 8 driver either). Everything *just works*. Fedora recognises the Secureboot stuff and the KDE interface is usable and looks close enough to her old Windows XP system that the difference can be explained as an improvement. Windows 8 would have taken a LOT of support for her.
it's not that simple
your employer DOES NOT have the full right to view your http(s) traffic or emails , even in the workplace. (see data protection act). one of the big problems we had with our layer 7 FW was that around christmas employees shop online and we suddenly found ourself in possession of their card data including CCv numbers without adequate PCI/DSS processes around it.
There can also be a fallout if an employee is using their work email to talk to a counsellor/doctor etc and the company take action based on those conversations.
For us, the latest legal shambles is that we host our data centres in the USA and have implemented all of this without realising that the Federal Wiretap Act forbids it.
are there any UK techs left who might want to mention what happened? obviously, anonymously. Having had previous at RBS, i just can't figure out what batch or online process could cause such a widespread problem and why the business continuity processes didn't kick in. Sounds horrific.
Re: I'm a Law Lecturer - FAIL
it's even worse than the worse view expressed by @Nicho: the UK doesn't have any laws AT ALL. However England/Wales do, and so does Scotland (two different legal systems). Can I have my money back from your post too?
Lewis's article did come across like an attack on Scottish independence, with a subnote about some incorrect sums on energy production.
I wonder if it was the same department that got the sums wrong as those who continually, for over 30 years, misled the nation about the true value of Scottish Natural Gas and Oil deposits (google "McCrone report"),
or perhaps it was the same people that have misled the UK populace that Scotland is a "benefits Junkie" when in fact Scotland contributes more income tax per capita than every other region of the UK (exc London) for every one of the last 30 years.
or maybe even it was those who have done the sums whereby through an accounting slight of hand has Scotland (and other UK regions) paying for Crossrail, the new london sewer system - i.e. National assets with a very local benefit package,
or maybe it was the statisticians to worked out that moving Trident nuclear warheads to Devonport would be too risky due to proximity of a local population - forgetting or course, that the UK's 4th largest by population city, Glasgow is less than 25 miles away from Garelochhead and Faslane.
my point, is that the use of statistics and faked up reports are becoming business as usual for Scotland at the moment. The amount of BS being reported by the media here is in overdrive whereas on (frequent) trips to London there's not a pipsqueak about it all. The problem that the Better Together campaign (and a compliant media, incl The Reg) is that they are waging a very negative campaign that is putting off voters. I was once a "no"/Devo max but have moved to Yes due to the utter drivel that has come out of the Better Together campaign
it's not just Canadian companies. I know quite a few UK based financial companies that have in/out-sourced data centres in the USA - whilst they have got around the EEA data protection by introducing fair-collection-notices (that customers never understand the ramifications of) they still have not appreciated the problems of the Patriot act and indeed other legislation such as the US FoI act.
e.g. if you find out that a UK company that you are making a complaint to has a US data centre then you can simply hire a US Attorney and do a FoI request - which in the USA also applies to companies. You can typically get far more evidence than you could in the UK where no such legislation applies.
my 3G dongle on linux looks like it is successfully authenticating and then immediately dropping on ip config.
Jun 4 10:14:12 x pppd: CHAP authentication succeeded
Jun 4 10:14:12 x NetworkManager: CHAP authentication succeeded
Jun 4 10:14:32 x NetworkManager: <warn> pppd timed out or didn't initialize our dbus module
Jun 4 10:14:32 x NetworkManager: <info> Activation (ttyUSB0) Stage 4 of 5 (IPv4 Configure Timeout) scheduled...
Jun 4 10:14:32 x NetworkManager: <info> Activation (ttyUSB0) Stage 4 of 5 (IPv4 Configure Timeout) started...
Jun 4 10:14:32 x NetworkManager: <info> (ttyUSB0): device state change: ip-config -> failed (reason 'ip-config-unavailable') [70 120 5]
Jun 4 10:14:32 x NetworkManager: <info> Marking connection '3 - Internet' invalid.
Jun 4 10:14:32 x pppd: Connection terminated.
How did Curiosity took the picture of itself? I'm imagining it stitched some pics together - but you can see the camera in the picture?
mountain bike lamps
CREE XPG etc LEDs have revolutionised night mountain biking, with 1500+ lumen output and long burn times. One of the big problems though is that using them in a snow storm is headache inducing - possibly why they are not used for car main headlights.
these are beautifully made machines and well worth the price this was sold for. The Kommander version that I was lucky enough to play with had 3 types of wood inset in the carrying box to make a nice pattern and had small details like slightly frosted bulbs so that wet hands could unscrew and replace. It even had a custom made oil bottle that set into the carrying case and all the parts worked smoothly. Perhaps they should have concentrated more on the code rather than aesthetics!!
the last thing you'll do
... and the last configuration change to made to the C&C server is to instruct it's army of bots to attack itself
it's not that old
me and 5 others wrote the original abbey national online banking code in 2000 - 2001, abbey was pretty late to online banking at the time. I've noticed it's been refreshed a few times since then but up until last year I still recognised the same underlying structure that had must have been in place for 10 years! It was a pretty cool system because, at launch, you could use it on Sky, web or cHTML website that only worked on those old LCD screen Nokias; i.e. a bit too far ahead of its time.
Is it legal?
I was wondering whether it was legal to make a role redundant and replace it with an offshore/recently onshore individual?
* I'm sure we've all seen it happen; but anyone know the legality of this and is this why RBS are being very careful in their wording of the events that took place?
Re: A copy of a very interesting CV
CV taken down to add the line:
+ created close to 75,000,000 hours extra work for the bank and it's customers
Re: UK based
I saw Stephen Hester say it was "UK based" on the news last night - my immediate reaction was that they are already trying to dodge the resulting FSA fine. Especially since the largest fine ever levied was to Zurich regarding an out of control outsourcer to their outsourcer.
erm. entrepreneurial tax relief
or indeed, the HMRC closing the loophole where small IT service companies used to be able to close through a voluntary windup of their company and only pay tax at entrepreneurial relief on the assets of the company (usually a bank account chocked full of cash) - which was far cheaper than paying tax on the income/dividends.
The new rules state that companies can still do this; but have to become insolvement and therefore involve a solvency practioner.
April is significant because a lot of small IT service companies were getting it done and dusted before the new rules came into place.
I bet you'll find that a lot of new IT companies started up around the same time.
Re: "The BBC is obliged by its charter to be impartial"
speak to anyone in Scotland about the coverage BBC Scotland has of the independence referendum. There have been protests in Scotland outside Pacific Quay because key figures in the BBC Scotland News are, have been, or are married to key figures in the Labour party (which is fiercely anti-independence). See http://newsnetscotland.com/index.php/scottish-opinion/4263-so-think-you-can-trust-bbc-scotland-well-read-on- and the last sentence on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reporting_Scotland
I was a nildram customer; which became Opal and then talktalkbusiness. The service with talktalk business is utterly awful. e.g. they have failed three times in a row to log an openreach call to replace a master socket. It's so bad that I have a draytek vigor router with a "3" 3G usb key plugged in permanently to switch when the contention rates rise in the evening (which bugs me because I'm meant to be a business customer and shielded from evening consumer usage)
Anyone got any recommendations for a ADSL broadband provider that works for techies. i.e. not the watered down crap service that seems to be the norm. I don't care about price.
adobe have been a bit vicious by actually removing the adobeair package from their yum repository. Frankly, I don't see what harm there was by just leaving it there ad infinitum. The binary install provided on their archive page is a bit of a nightmare to install on modern Linux OS's.
PayPal is a bank in the EU and is called PayPal Europe SÃ rl & Cie, SCA (PayPal Luxembourg). Critically, though, it does not fall under FSA jurisdiction but are regulated under the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF), the Luxembourg equivalent of the FSA.
I don't think it has bank status in the USA though. Only European accounts were transferred to the above entity.
I have one of the LG smart Tv's. The apps within it's LG-only-app-market are largely crap; the DLNA simply won't work with my NAS (freenas 7.2), it's impossible to "type" a URL with the finicky controller, the Skype application needs an LG mic and camera ()that aren't for sale yet). I should have just bought a normal LED TV and bought a firebox'd apple tv or something.
a SIMPLER 3G hotspot
just use one of these fabby Chinese 3G/WiFi hotspots - battery backed and charges from 12V too! Solwise have them but also available on tatbay. i use them at mountain bike races. http://www.solwise.co.uk/3g-routers-3g-etr-9360.htm
Mr Brewer is a well known unionist in Scotland and unashamedly pushes the union agenda quite hard in newsnight scotland (the programme after the main Newsnight, in scotland) to the point that at the last election he was beginning to sound like the Iraqi Information minister, "So, it's a bad night for the SNP then?" (whilst the SNP were winning seats hand over fist).
just as Dell decided to drop the Dell Streak, a 5" too-small-tablet/too-big-phone!
anyone worked out the miles per gallon of endeavour yet? 122 million miles is not a lot more than some of the old VW's on ebay.
with solvency regulation, retail distribution review and now gender based pricing legislation all due for implementation it is going to be happy days for anyone working at retail life & pensions providers.
>> that's me getting my wallet to add in an extra 50 quid a month into my pension because my life annuity will be worth less.
"Mobile Broadband plus" plan
I have the GBP25 / month tmobile "Mobile Broadband plus" plan that was originally designed for the little Huawei USB sticks (u220 and u170). It includes "downloading internet files and skype" and when used in a phone you can do VOIP. it comes with a FUP of 3Gb standard or 10Gb with some sort of booster package.
I checked with tmob yesterday and they are not changing the terms of this plan. Might be "upgrading" to get the little USB stick thing instead of a new phone.
there's a way to get around this
switch your plan to a "Mobile Broadband plus" and it will retain either 3Gb or 10Gb per month fair usage. I switched to this for my Huawei USB sticks used as backups in our Draytek Vigor routers and for one of the laptops.
This FUP is only for the phone plans but the Mobile Broadband plus plan still allows unlimited texting and voice calls. For me, it costs GBP25 per month but that's on month 21 of a 24 month deal so it may be cheaper for you.
hate to be a killjoy, but my Fedora linux install had a single check box "encrypt this partition" during installation - it has been through 3 major OS updates and a squidzillion minor updates without ever needing any maintenance.
boohoo. I feel like I'm missing out on something.
licensed for android market?
many of the cheapo android tablets don't have "android market" and so will be unable to get hold of all the apps. Does this one have access to android market?
Paris is used to seeing men with a 9 inch bulge in their pocket
hang on lads, I've got an idea
if only we could charity fund a boat, lets call it the "Ark Royal". It would be a shame to have it without some deck ornaments - so we'll throw in Sea Harriers and to make sure it doesn't get torpedo'd by an errant submarine then we'll need 9 or so Nimrods.
paypal only. can you imagine the fees on £40bn in donations?
not mentioned in the review is android market... has this tablet been officially sanctioned by google to run android market? many of the cheapo android tablets don't have it and are a bit useless.
same for audio CD sales
I seem to remember that the defence of "licenced, not owned" has been used in the UK by record companies attempting to prevent DVD and CD's from being sold second hand. However, I can't remember what the outcome was. anyone have a link?
not just the iPhone: my wife's Android phone with an o2 PAYG lost £90 in 3 weeks (very few calls and only 20 txts) due to "falling off" the free web tarriff. She only used Wifi but some of the OS and apps drip data onto the 2G network whilst out on the move and this burned up the credit at £3 a time before we realised that you have to opt in the Simplicity WEB N TEXT"
Dell will drop it after the PR has died down
I'm typing this on my trusty Dell XPS M1330n (that came with Ubuntu). Now that the machine is 2 years old; I cannot find any replacement Dell laptops that don't come with "Dell recommends Windows..." Check out http://www.dell.co.uk/ubuntu and then click through to their "Linux laptops and Pc's" - all of them only have Windows 7 or XP for operating system choice including the Mini 10.
facebook makes intel a bit easy
you can't make this up, look at some of her facebook wall: if that's not a code then I've not being reading enough LeCarre thrillers.
"Anna Chapman The moon is amazing tonight in new york
29 April at 01:46 via Mobile Web"
because my cat's name is "y£^%$d3D*m)"
done it before
I worked at the FT and WSJ (Dow Jones) newspapers when they tried online pricing models in the 90's. Both saw immense drops in readership. Both changed back to majority-free content.
Even though both papers were more niche than The Times, and both offered market data (which financial pro's are used to paying for) - there just wasn't enough volume of readership to make it work out.
I heard a scare story from another paper (not named) that spent millions for a paid content section only to have 30-odd people sign up.
WebOs is clever - but lots of faults outstanding for uk users
I've been using a Palm Pre for the last few months and whilst I love the smooth multi-tasking it fails in one extremely important area. It keeps dropping off the network into a well known "Phone Offline" mode because of some bug sync'ing email to the phone. quite how that affects voice calls I do not know.
The multiple OS updates have improved the system considerably but are so US-focussed that EU 3G/GSM users often find strange bugs. UK users don't have access to the paid-for apps so all you get are the often useless free "fart-apps". the folks who has WebOS-doctored their phones are finding massive problems when updates are sent out by o2.
However, on the other hand, it syncs with my kontact (linux) calendar which few other phones have!
k2 Bike did that in the 90's
@rainforestguppy: K2 Bike smartshock, a cpu controlled damping device using a piezo actuator to control damping rebound was on bikes in 1998!!! cannondale are only 12 years behind!
N series, remember them?
I bought some Dell XPS M1330N for my business - remember them? they were the Linux laptops? brilliant, even a a few years on, it works brilliantly with the latest Fedora 12.
ahhh, now I understand.
1. sell Dell systems with windows
2. let clueless users clog them up with rubbish
3. clueless (l)users equate computers with Austin Allegro's - "it's old, it is getting slower"
4. Dell sells cluless lusers new systems
Heriot-Watt University did a project to photo every business premise like this in Scotland in 1993/1994. they used a modified transit van and encoded all the photos on huge dinner plate sized laser disks because they were the obvious future of storage.
take, but don't give back
The article mentions that the iPlayer platform is built from open source software, thus it appears the BBC are quite happy to freely take and reuse copyright material (the computer software) but seem unwilling to share their own copyright material (programmes and shows) without incumbent DRM attached.
seems quite arrogant and unfair.
Whilst not yet upheld in either of the 2 UK legal systems, I wonder if the anti-tivo'isation clauses in GPL v3 would cause problems for the BBC iPlayer platform?
apparently, this is also the reason that asus dropped linux support for the asus eeepc - because the designers (in se asia) couldn't work with it. it isn't just S Korea, the ActiveX problem is across the whole SE Asia region.
Dell don't sell XPS M1330 in the UK anymore
I tried to buy linux Dell XPS M1330 laptops for my business on monday - they're not on the dell.co.uk/ubuntu website anymore so I got in contact with Dell. The contact centre guy said he "would try and email me back" and asked if I was sure I didn't want Windows Vista - so far no response.
If anyone from Dell UK is reading; please add a comment on how we buy the 15N and XPS M1330 Ubuntu laptops. My business bought 1525N and XPS M1330N laptops a few years ago and they are fabulous.
I'm sure you'd sell more if they were actually on the website!
Scotland being double charged!
So hang on a second - why, as a Scot am I being taxed for rural broadband access when the Scottish Government have already committed to 100% broadband access for all Scots (including the highlands and islands) that has already been paid for by my taxes. The project, paid for from Scottish ministers and contracted to BT/Avanti is nearing completion after being started in 2008...
see http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/People/BroadbandforScotland for more info.
I heard this on R4
I heard this on radio 4 yesterday lunchtime and was amazed to learn that Indian staff that have been given Inter-Company Transfer Visas are "not allowed to replace" an UK worker, permanent or contractor. They are also supposed to be short term visas (i.e. months rather than years)
Anyone working in IT will have first hand experience of Indian staff being brought into the UK on inter-company transfers to 'lower costs' - a practice that all this time has been illegal.
The chap from the home office said they were looking at the practice and "producing a report" by the end of the month on the matter. So, hopefully some action is being taken place,
tmobile eee 904hd
I got my Asus EEEPC 904HD "free" for signing up for another 18 months with tmobile. It only came with Windows XP; but I just installed fedora 10 and it works out the box with the tmobile dongley things.
+1 sale for MS, +1 user for Linux, +1 for monopolistic behaviour
@aL: I just got my "free" eee904HD from tmobile for signing up for another 24 months on my mobile broadband thingmie. I wiped Windows XP and put fedora linux on it - now it runs a lot faster and is now more like a little-laptop than a netbook. Of course, Fedora supports mobile broadband and the EEE with no configuration.
It would have been a much better customer experience if tmobile had put their own skinned fedora (or whichever distro) that had full branding, documentation, extras for tmobile 3G users etc etc - just like the phones do. Sure, some will reinstall but many will just use the distro as is.
I did click 'no' to the XP license - but it appears to do absolutely nothing - no information on where to revoke or claim back the XP license cost...
Paris, cos she wouldn't say no.
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