1009 posts • joined 23 Sep 2008
Why do these articles always arrive on a Friday afternoon, when my mind is in a Quantum State (from my boss's point of view, I may be working or not working. It's not until I'm "observed" that I collapse into a working state). I would have struggled with that on a Tuesday morning. On a Friday afternoon it's enough to turn a man to drink. Talking of which, is it Beer O'clock yet?
Re: How is that sexist?
Fairly obviously, surely. If board members are selected on the basis of their gender rather than suitability for the task. Pretty much the definition, no?
"Her victory means the arrival in parliament of a strong voice"
Have you ever heard the woman speak? A weedier, more pathetic voice it would be difficult to imagine. As for the Greens themselves, as a friend of mine put it (far better than I could) "If it weren't for their ridiculous Green policies, I could actually see myself voting for them".
Recognising faces sounds good but doesn't work for the blind or visually impaired so would fall foul of discrimination laws.
My favourite pledge so far, from the MRLP, is to introduce a 99p coin. Surely a stroke of genius far too sensible for a party whose rules prevent anyone from being a member should they stand for election and gain enough votes to retain their deposit.
I suppose you can only review what you get sent but the Asrock ION 330 is nearly identical to the Viewsonic that wins this test but with the addition of either a DVD or Blu-Ray drive for around the same price (£250 or £320). Based on your conclusions, I can't help but think the Asrock would have walked this group test. I'm using mine as an every day PC (Office, Internet, Email, Music, Video etc) and it performs perfectly well. I can even do basic photo and video editing on it. The Dual-core Atom CPU really is a marvel.
Re: Money Spinner
What a bizarre post!
> FB is not social networking, it's a marketing hub with social networking tacked on the side.
> Never have been near it
You claim to be an expert on something you have never been near? I'm not a massive user of Facebook but, as someone who actually HAS an account and has used it a bit, I can tell you I've never seen an advert. It is certainly not a marketing hub. If it was, they wouldn't be losing £100m+ a year. It might become a marketing hub. It might be getting nearer as we speak. But last time I checked (probably Monday) there wasn't an add to be seen.
Weird, weird post!
Re: quick scan
That depends on the strength of the pint and the size of the wine glass. People commonly drink from 250ml wine glasses nowadays. For a 12% bottle of wine that equates to 3 units. An average pint is about 2.2 units.
Re: "checkbook journalism"
> Naming the poor guy - not a public figure, after all - is really shitty behaviour.
I agree it isn't nice but lets not kid ourselves that Gizmodo have somehow alerted Apple to Gray's absent mindedness. He would have had to confess right back when he lost it. First to get it disabled but also because he would need to sign the thing out and people would have come looking for it when it wasn't signed back in. The only thing Gizmodo have caused Gray is a great deal of embarrassment amongst any colleagues who weren't aware he'd lost it plus his mates down at the bar.
Re: El Reg office layout...
> Is that in between the Monkey-Buttler desk and the LHC Interdimensional Portal Desk?
It's between, underneath, inside, around and 30 Million light-years away from the LHC Inter-dimensional Portal Desk - all at the same time!
Thankfully I almost always use Last.fm in radio mode so it shouldn't bother me too much. However, it was a good way of finding new music. Now I'll probably have to pop over to a band's myspace page for a listen before I bother adding them to my library. Not a deal breaker but a step I'd rather not have to take.
Boom and Bust
That's unfair. Brown clearly stated he would put and end to Boom and Bust. If you lot happened to assume he meant he was going to remove the bust part, how is that his fault? He has absolutely stuck to his promise. No more boom.
We have admin machines with the "super user" accounts on them. If someone needs full network administrator access for a task, they fill out an Outlook form requesting that access, a quick description of what they will be doing and why and an estimate of how long they will need it. The form is automatically sent to two senior managers and the Information Security Manager - two of whom must approve it before the admin machine (virtual) is booted and they can log in.
If the time overruns and they still need the machine, another request is sent explaining why, otherwise, the machine is shut down.
It sounds overly complex and restrictive but it doesn't actually require THAT much effort and it certainly makes you think "can I do this another way"? Requests are actually few and far between
No need to be confused. MS bought Danger along with it's Sidekick brand of mobile comms devices. They might not have taken off in the UK but I understand they are pretty popular in the US amongst the 16-21 year demographic - which is a massively important demographic to ALL tech companies. These are the people who, in a few years time, will have the largest proportion of disposable income so building brand loyalty (if such a thing exists) could prove very rewarding.
How are any of the overseas competitors supposed to have brought a DAB radio over with them? I thought one of the big problems with DAB is that nobody else uses it?
It doesn't quite work like that Stuart. We already have this centralised system where I live and, if you go to another network to request a change, they contact your current network and you get an SMS with a code. So you have to have the SIM for the phone number being transferred in order to carry out the transfer. Rogue operators cannot just request your account be transferred to them without your knowing.
It works brilliantly. As soon as the system was brought in, I and most of my family immediately switched from the incumbent to one of the new providers and it happened in about an hour.
Is anyone else getting thoroughly pissed off having to wade through reams of made up crap just to find the news? One April Fools article well done is appreciated. Half a dozen pointless pieces of shite that wouldn't fool a three year old is just getting annoying. Where's the fucking IT news?
Sounds more like a learned ability to me. Practice makes perfect. NOT that anyone should practice driving whilst talking on a mobile - inconsiderate, (potentially) murdering little pricks.
Don't touch it
If the standard of their Windows Mobile UI (Panels) is anything to go by I wouldn't touch this with a barge pole. The first thing you had to do with the X1i was remove the dire Panels interface and put something decent like Mobile Shell, Winterface or TouchFlow 3D on there. And the new version on the (will it ever be released?) X2 doesn't look any better. Prettier but just as slow and prone to hang.
Re: OS Digital Data
Whilst I don't like/agree with the price difference, there is a bit more to it than you are making out. With the digital "License" you buy the right to print your own maps. THAT is why (they say) it is so expensive. Get some waterproof "Toughprint" paper and it is usually a lot better than most purchased maps. You can print them with routes, waymarks etc already on them.
Besides, £60 might have been true a while ago. I recently purchased 1:25K maps for most of Snowdonia in digital format and it only cost about £20. Whilst I'd rather it was free - I don't actually think that is too bad now that I can print them off as often as I need, use them on my mobile GPS device, plot routes etc. And I'm fairly confident the Welsh mountains won't be changing too much over the next year or two :)
Re: Train Operators
"Since we've not seen this cockup happen before in the years to date, no doubt there will be two more just like it along in a minute"
Funny you should mention that because Georgian television did something very similar over the weekend (Saturday, I believe) when their main morning news program ran a "simulation" of how they would cover an invasion by Russia - but forgot to mention it was a simulation, sending the country into something of a fit when they announced Russian tanks were just outside Tbilisi.
Re: I've got a tip
> If you want to watch football in 3D, go to a football ground
Nice idea, but the last time I went to a Premiership match (Spurs v Man City, just less than a year ago) the three tickets cost £600 and were someone else's season tickets - so there was a chance we might not be allowed in. Not being a millionaire I am completely priced out of watching premier league football live - although I still make the odd trip to Prenton Park to watch Tranmere slide towards relegation.
I won't pay sky either - £45 a month is both unaffordable and morally objectionable - so the odd match down the pub is all I get to see outside of match of the day.
> ...you still have to wait a minute+ for a movie to run
It's not quite as bad as it sounds. Most BD films I've watched don't have all the crap at the start ("You're probably a thief", etc). So, whilst it might take a while for the disc to load you are normally watching a film more quickly than with the equivalent DVD. We watched "Be Kind Rewind" on Friday night and it was auto-playing in around a minute. No daft menus. No trailers. No copyright warnings. Just as it should be (actually, it caught me out as I was still setting up the HiFi and turning the volume down to zero on the telly when the film started).
Obviously it would be nice if it was instant - but then streaming from the Media Server isn't instant either. My NAS is usually in power-save so that has to wind itself up, I have to navigate through the films, select the one I want and then there is still a good pause. In any case, if you are really THAT bothered about a 1 minute delay to start watching a 2 hour film, you need to slow down a bit :) Traa-dy-Liooar, fella.
Re: 2 minutes
> and then you are forced to watch the "you wouldn't steal ..." adverts.
No. Never come across a BD with that. You're thinking of DVD.
You see, that's what happens when you get your "news" from the Daily Mail/Sunday Sport. I believe the report (note - NOT authored by Blair, just prefaced) stated Saddam had weapons of Mass Destruction that could be deployed within 45mins. However, there was never any suggestion they were mounted on ICBM's that might reach Blighty. The threat was to the middle east - not the UK.
So, other than the source AND the story, your "facts" were spot on. Point well made.
> Id rather not drill through 3 walls and rip up 3 sets of flooring
Or you could spend £40 on a pair of homeplug adaptors? Just a thought!
It always amazes me how old people who, by definition, have been around a long time, accept no responsibility for the "terrible world" they are now convinced they live in. They've had 50+ years of voting, the ability to campaign, stand for election themselves, make purchasing decisions, have brought up families who often have kids themselves. But who's fault is it? It's the 14 year-old hoodies who don't even HAVE a vote yet.
And don't get me started on the selfish old bastards who still live in their fabulous 1940s, 4-bed semi-ds but moan about how they can't look after them any more so WE should pay for people to come in and clean, cook and wipe their arses whilst they sit on £0.5M+ assets.
People spend a lot of time moaning about this country. Whilst morally unthinkable, I've yet to come up with a rational idea as to why destroying everyone over the age of 75 would not make this country immeasurably better overnight. Sure, house prices would crash but, if the distribution of the free stock was handled sensibly, I fail to see why that would be a problem. Our health service would become the best in the world with free waiting lists etc. Social services payments cut to near zero - along with winter fuel and all the other bollocks. Shops would be free of moaning-groaning obstacles (why do ALL old people do their shopping 12-2pm on weekdays you thoughtless fuckers!?). I just can't think of a reason why it wouldn't work.
They fought a war for "us" (I could argue against that one, too) and the country. How about they do us a REAL favour and pick a day to commit mass hari kari?
Maybe I'm a bit old fashioned but I occasionally like to enter text into my smartphone (SMS, email, calendar, notes etc). No mention of this in the review? How is text entry? Has the keyboard changed from earlier versions? Does it rotate to landscape etc. etc.
For me, the biggest problem with desktop email clients is the calendar. That might sound a bit weird but I've just got so used to my phone synching my email, contacts, tasks and Calendar that I view them as one. When my Mail client fails to do this it annoys the crap out of me. So, I find myself using a web-based OWA interface from my home desktop. It's horribly slow and clunky but at least everything is on the one place. Besides, most stuff is dealt with from the mobile during the day. There are usually only a couple of home emails each day that require anything more than a quick response, a delete or moving into the relevant folder for later.
Re: Two times design life?
I suspect the design life is designed more along the length of time it will take to carry out it's mission (take X No. of Photos; Carry out Experiments A,B,C.... etc.) rather than just some arbitrary length of time. So the machine is designed to last twice as long as the time it will take to carry out all the tasks required of it. Then there will be a "Nice-to-have" list of things to do after the must-complete list so that they can take advantage of any extra life they get out of it.
Re: How many have been activated
> Where is the EC/EU investigation into the illegal Windows install monopoly
It was quite a few years ago. For many years you have been able to return an inactivated Windows license to MS for a full refund.
Re: Can't win - The BigYin
That's completely missing the point of the article. In fact, you have take two entirely separate (although, admittedly, related) points and joined them into one. Yes, MS created the problem. No one denies this. Even MS. But that isn't what this argument is about. This is about how to get out of the problem now that it exists. Just shouting "It's your fucking fault" doesn't really help - unless you are a fan of daytime chat shows.
The problem is, how to write a browser that is fully standards compliant - but that also works with the billions of web pages that are not standards compliant. Just shouting streams of obscenities won't make those billions of pages go away. Yes, their existence is MS's fault - but how does that help us move forward? (the answer, in case you weren't following, is that it doesn't).
MS is trying to create a system whereby web developers who know their sites are not standards compliant, can tell the browser this so that the browser can still present the page properly to the user EVEN THOUGH that browser is fully capable of rendering fully standards compliant pages.
It sounds like your solution would be to say "fuck you" to the web developers AND users and let them wallow in their own filth for following MS - hardly a constructive solution and, actually, letting MS off the hook.
That's horrific. I'm developing on a nearly four-year-old PC right now. It's fine. I just bought a new home PC - that is slower than my work development PC (but consumes 20-30W so saving a fortune in leccy bills). Even the cheapest, slowest PC of today is more than capable of doing anything other than HD video editing or playing games. And the same goes for a half-decent PC of 5 or 6 years ago - possibly older. We have loads of old P4s running XP SP3, Office and a handful f internally developed stuff.
PCs are getting faster and faster. For once, software (namely, the new windows) isn't getting correspondingly bloated and slow. There is really no justification for replacing working kit at the moment. This just looks like an announcement from Intel trying to persuade everyone they "need" to replace kit - with more intel kit.
Re: The real problem
> Through your TV? Do you know anybody who does that on a regular basis?
> On the internet? Nah
Don't know how unusual it makes me but to answer your question I do it all the time. 6Music is currently on here at work, streamed over the internet. And I strongly suspect the wife has 6Music playing through the TV at home - she often does as Lauren Laverne is on at the moment and she is a big fan. We don't own a DAB radio as there is no signal where we live - so the internet and Freeview are our only gateways to digital radio.
I only really listen to FM in the car and then it is usually either Radio 4 or, when the weather is bad, local radio for the traffic updates.
Re: The BBC's Responsibility
> since when was it the BBC's job to spend our money running stations and
> channels to promote commercial arts and artists that the recording industry
> is too cheap or clueless to support?
Err, since it was first created. It's called the BBC charter and the BBC exists almost entirely to create/promote output that the commercial sector either can't or won't (due to the risks involved).
The question is "since when was it the BBC's job to create mindless junk to COMPETE with the commercial sector?". This is what they do but it is not what we pay them for.
There is a very simple solution. The BBC charter should change (arguably, go back) to providing services that the private sector either is not providing or is struggling with. You can instantly get rid of BBC1, Radio1 and Radio 3 as they are all covered ad-infinitum by the private sector. 6Music, BBC2 & BBC4 plus Radio4 all provide content not really available elsewhere. The others would have to make their own case. You also remove the "Ross" factor. The BBC would not have been allowed to compete for his signature. The very fact they competed showed the private sector was willing to sign him and anyone wishing to avail of his "talents" could have watched him on Sky or ITV. The public gained nothing by the BBC artificially inflating his value.
It's a very simple solution that gets real benefit for the license payer. Your average brain-dead can get all the soaps, reality TV, cooking and decorating programs they wish from the commercial channels. Meanwhile, the BBC can focus its considerable talents on doing what it (used to) do well. Producing thought-provoking, intelligent programming that would be considered too big a risk for the commercial channels. You could probably halve the license fee and still see an increase in quality.
Didn't think radio 1 could be any more annoying. Astonishing achievement.
Anyway, this bloke should just quite his moaning. EVERYONE knows that if something is being done for charity then you just have to accept it in good grace - even if it is illegal, immoral or whatever. Otherwise our moral guardians will brand you a scab on the face of humanity for not subscribing to their view of the world.
Get over it!
Nothing tries to suggest the round was stopped. Just slowed a little. If the fragments were mm from her vital organs it "could" be that a small reduction in velocity before it broke up was enough to have saved her life.
Nobody is suggesting the implant acted like a bullet proof vest with the round just bouncing off.
Thank fuck the labour government will soon be out on their arses, replaced by the Conservatives who have promised to hand over Government IT to.....oh. Google.
It's almost like they are all the same and it doesn't really matter who you vote for.
Yet more evidence of the Beebs efforts to race towards the bottom end of the market. My favourite recent snippet from Radio 1 was a Newsbeat headline that started "Today, Gordon Brown, who is the Prime Minister of Great Britain.....".
I just thought that illustrated who the Beeb is targeting with Radio 1 perfectly.
It's been reported for years that opportunistic thieves would spam local companies in the hope of getting an "out of office" message along the lines of;
"Hi, I'm way on holiday until the 15th so please feel free to pop around and take what you want".
A quick phone book search would reveal the address and off they go...
We have a company policy that employees must not include a return date in out of office messages for just that reason.
Sounds okay actually
Your initial description got me hooked. Whilst I know what bit torrent is, I couldn't give a crap about it. iTunes is the spawn of the Devil so that's another plus. And given that, as you pointed out, the Media Centre version is aimed at the home market - how many homes do you know have gigabit ethernet networks? I certainly don't. Most are going to be plugging this into a 10/100 port on their ADSL router and sending it out over homeplug or wifi. From your figures, it looks like the device can make pretty good use of an 11n connection and can certainly saturate a homeplug network.
So, actually, it starts to look quite decent and the price seems pretty reasonable too.
No fecking clue
I went to the website - which is working fine. Decided to sign-up for the "Backstage" service. I'm at work but used my home email address. TWO HOURS later the confirmation email turns up on my Windows Mobile phone (nothing to do with my Exchange server or the connection. It just took them that long to send it out).
"Thanks for registering. To confirm your registration just click here or paste the URL below into your browser"
Tapped here. Opens up in Pocket Internet Explorer.
"We're sorry. We don't currently support your browser. Please complete the registration process from your desktop".
So, the sign-up process for Windows Mobile doesn't support Windows Mobile.
I thought WAC stood for Wide Awake Club?
Re: Future Proof
You're going to have to explain that one to me Vlad. How are Sony going to disable my Blu Ray player without breaking and entering my house?
Because, despite all it's technical prowess and (at last) value for money, the PS3 STILL looks like the appallingly disfigured offspring of a betamax VCR and a breadbin and, whilst I'd love to have one under the telly, I'd need to stick a very large paper bag over it to avoid being sick every time I saw it. And there is NO WAY the wife would allow one in the living room.
Anyway, I got lucky. My DVD player died and someone at work was getting rid of his Sony BDS350 for £60. I don't own a single Blu Ray disc but I've rented a few and some of them looked stunning. In the meantime it makes an excellent upscaler for my existing DVDs and its fairly future proof - well, unless home 3D actually takes off - in which case I'll be eating humble pie for the next decade in any case.
I used to pop over to the garage opposite my first flat (for late night fags and nibbles) in a dressing gown and slippers. And I'm still prepared to go damn near anyway in my slippers. My wife was quite appalled when we went to Brazil and they were at the top of my suitcase. Apparently, she considered the climate unsuitable for sheepskin moccasins. Home is where the slippers are!
Becoming increasingly funny
I remember an interview, after the Anglia University breach, in which a senior scientist from the met office (sorry, several months ago, name no longer recorded in brain) stated "and in any case, this was just one of three sets of data which all correlate". A) this made no sense. He was basically saying "even if it has been fudged, it's been fudged in line with the others so the others must be correct". And B) he was suggesting that there is other data out there, so we needn't be worried that one set might not be correct. The second point seemed fair enough. It's not ideal. But two decent, trust worthy sets of data that seem to say the same thing, within proper statistical norms, would seem data worth relying on.
Then the head of NASA's climate research (i.e. the head of one of the others two data-sets) admitted CO2 probably wasn't the contributing factor in climate change. This coming 12 months after admitting a large part of his own data set for Oct 08 had been copied and pasted from Sept 08 - casting doubts on exactly how accurate data set number 2 is. This one was caught (by someone else) but how many other slips went unreported?
Now this guy has come out and said (again, paraphrasing) "it doesn't matter that THIS report was completely made up on the spot because we still have ALL the other data."
What data do they have left that hasn't had doubt cast about it? We're down to just one of three data-sets that hasn't had doubt cast on it and the organisation responsible for checking, verifying and interpreting it has admitted to complete professional misconduct - though doesn't see this as cause to stand down.
We constantly hear "experts" telling us the debate is over. Everyone agrees. The data is certain. I'm sorry but they don't seem to have any data left. They have made up reports, fantastical predictions and have sets of data that, being as charitable as possible, are highly questionable.
I'm not sure how to even resolve this. It needs a major inquiry into the whole thing to establish exactly what we have left that can be relied upon. Who would carry this out? Nobody trusts anyone else any more because there have been too many lies, damned lies and data-sets.
Which developers have abandoned Windows Mobile? SBSH? SPB? Vito? TomTom? ALK? Resco? Panoramic? WebIS?
Oh, sorry, you were just making shit up? I'll get back in my box then.
It seems excellent and, a couple of years ago, I'd have had one because home-networking USB printers was something of a black art. However, you can now get HP printers with built-in wireless for under £50 that work brilliantly. It rather seems like Belkin have produced the solution to an age-old problem - just as the problem disappeared. And a bloody expensive solution it is too!
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