993 posts • joined 23 Sep 2008
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!
Re: I was thinking much the same
> Coders who grew up on BBC micros and 640KB 8Mhz PC's write much more effective code.
That's not entirely true. I grew up coding a Speccy 48k but my code is still bloated and inefficient. You might not like it - but when you are writing code for a living, "just works" is usually fine. It's okay for some guy in the Chocolate Factory, churning out code that they give away, to spend hours fine tuning everything. I have to hit features and deadlines and pass tests. Anything else is a cost.
You might not like it, I'm certainly not keen but that's reality for most of us.
Wasn't there a story today about YouTube streaming all Sundance films - for a fee?
Love Chris Morris. The image of Phill Collins wearing a baseball cap with "Nonce" written on it, telling the camera "And remember. I'm talking Nonce-sense" will live with me forever.
Changed my mind
On the subject of "we do this all day so it isn't a big deal" (which was the basic argument of the security guys) I was thinking that's fair enough. After all, other professions are in similar positions. I've done theatre work and, frankly, back stage, there are a lot of very attractive people wandering around in little or no clothing. You become blind to it after a while (no sniggering!). Doctors see patients in various states of undress and all kinds of weird and wonderful things besides. For some professions it is just part of what they do and, having been in that position, it isn't a big deal.
Then I remembered a recent story about a woman suing her gynaecologist for sexual assault. It only takes one perverted little shit and I'd really rather not take the risk that someone like this piece of scum (http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&ct=res&cd=5&ved=0CBAQFjAE&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.three.fm%2Fnewscentre%2Fisle-of-man-news%2Fteacher-charged-with-sexual-offences-552&ei=J9JZS5TLGMyTjAfmyJ2aAg&usg=AFQjCNEo71VC8t5u8RqHpOwlKFP6iUkc6Q) - who worked at the school my kids will soon be going to - got a job in airport security because he didn't need to be checked.
Re: Alternative Theories
> flat earth anybody?
Nope. Nobody. No-one has EVER believed the earth to be flat. Never. You are getting History, Science and a tuneful song from your youth concerning Christopher Columbus all mixed up.
And just because a single trial (or even a couple of trials) have shown slight statistical variations on occasion, that does not mean homoeopathy works. These things rely on large numbers of massive trials which are then statistically analysed. Whenever large numbers of trials are analysed - Nada.
Same goes for such wonders as Neuro Linguistic Programming and it's ilk.
Over 30%? I don't know anyone who has ever suffered from Credit Card fraud. Someone tried to transfer money out of my PayPal account once but, as it emailed me to tell me, that got stopped within about five minutes. I genuinely find it difficult to believe one third of all adults have been defrauded using a credit card. Especially given that most elderly people don't trust debit cards - let along credit cards - and so don't posses them.
PS I still find it unbelievable that banks\credit card companies will phone me up and ask ME for my security details (the one exception I've come across being smile). They get a short, sharp response from me when they do!
I've had two "contact free" procedures. One involved a laser up my nose (don't ask). That hurt like hell. The other involved very high frequency radio in my mouth. That was the single most painful experience of my life - all whilst the dentist was eulogising "see, it doesn't hurt a bit does it? It's amazing this thing". I was in pain for several days afterwards but unable to protest at the time due to having a large radio transmitter and the dentists hands in my mouth along with a decent quantity of bleach.
"Contact free" might be cheaper and require less training - but in my (admittedly, rather limited) experience that certainly doesn't mean pain free.
That explains a lot
"chairman and publisher of the New York Times" - "we need to get this really, really right"
When the publisher of a newspaper uses a phrase like "really, really" you know you "really, really" aren't missing out if you don't subscribe.
I'm almost glad the recession means I can't afford to fly off on holiday any more. Almost.
> Fireman Sam (which, in fairness, was shit to start with)
You take that back. You take that back right now, d'ya hear? NO-ONE disses Fireman Sam and gets away with it!
Being part German I didn't find it in the least bit offensive - but it also wasn't the least bit funny. That was probably their down-fall. If you're going to do something like that which you knows runs the risk of attracting complaints from the BPCS (British Professional Complainers Society) you need to ensure that it is funny. On the other hand, they've just generated approx 3.5Million times more publicity for their client than the original airing of the ad ever could have - so well done to them.
Incidentally, did anyone find it a little sad that, on a day when hundreds of thousands are still dieing in Haiti, 8 people were shot dead in a gun rampage in Virginia and the most important president the US has seen in 50 years began to lose his grip, this story was featured 2nd on the BBC's flagship morning news program?
Re: Why is it then
"that it's totally acceptable for people to havea smoke break every 45 minutes or so but if I as a non smoker gets up and walks around for 5 minutes I get looks of death thrown my way?"
Erm, because you work with a bunch of fucking morons?
Smoking breaks must be made up for after work here. You are allowed one break in the morning and another in the afternoon. Everyone who smokes must add 20 minutes to the end of their working day. And our CEO is a smoker! To be honest, the idea of going an hour without a cuppa abhors me. And all that tea makes toilet breaks pretty frequent too. So, with the kitchen being the other side of the office and the toilet being upstairs I'm pretty much the picture of perfect health!
Anyway, either this study or the reporting of it makes no sense. The example given was not related to the general thrust of the report. The report was that, no matter how much exercise you take, sitting is still always bad for you. The study used only people who didn't exercise so the conclusion was nonsense. There needed to be a third group who also sat around all day but, in their spare time, ran marathons or did triathalons or something.
Re: Good advice
> I'd never think of picking up the phone to talk to somebody in the same building
Surely that depends on the size of the building? I've worked ten floors away from colleagues. Yes, I have been known to walk the ten flights (actually, 20 flights - 2 per floor) but if you do it too often you'll end up a sweaty, panting mess and be accused of wasting time.
> European & asian lightweight creations are utterly destroyed in even a minor accident
Yes. That's the point (something seemingly lost on the American car industry). They are designed to fall apart. The energy dissipated in that falling apart is what saves the people inside. If the lump of iron you are driving stays in one piece that means ALL of the energy was maintained resulting in a bigger bang for you. That feeling of safety is entirely false - just like the feeling of safety that comes from gun ownership.
Anyway, in answer to the original question, there is a pretty good reason why we all drive cars with 4+ seats rather than 1 or 2. We occasionally need to carry more than 2 people. That means either owning a car with enough seats for your maximum usage requirement or keeping a bigger, more expensive car, sat idle on the drive for the occasions you need it. That's damned expensive and not very environmentally friendly either.
It's just like the argument against wind power. Yes, wind power CAN provide X amount of energy. But, it doesn't meet your requirements ALL the time so you need to have backup sat idle which is very expensive and out weighs the benefits you were aiming for.
The big problem Windows Mobile and Symbian both have is their legacy catalogues. Hundreds of partner companies have invested millions in software development around a set of design principles. It was understandable both were loath to piss-off their developer communities by throwing all of that away and starting from scratch - particularly MS whose strength was always the corporates with 1000s of hand-held terminals running custom software (Tesco Direct being a fine example).
It looks like both have now taken that leap. Current "leaks" suggest WM7 is a complete re-write - forgoing all backwards compatibility and with more than a passing resemblance to the virtual-desktop-with-widgets approach of Android.
Of course, thanks to its open approach, some of us have been running WinMo devices with shells along those lines for years!
Re: Eponymous Cowherd
I thought quoting Richard Curtis films was illegal in these parts? Shame on you!
And there was me thinking I was developing tinnitus!
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