1456 posts • joined Thursday 16th October 2008 09:53 GMT
Not shooting the messenger here, Reg. You're right to report it but this kind of story is becoming depressingly familiar. I fear the planned public sector spending cuts will mean that data-handling training is only going to get worse.
Paper ain't broke - don't fix it
For £250 you could buy 40-50 paperbacks and just read, y'know, them.
Now it can't make calls in daylight?
Or is this because of another software cock-up in the previous iPhone.
So glad I don't own one of these!
Radio on iPlayer
"Listeners are discovering radio on iPlayer in spite of the BBC's help, not because of it."
They're not exactly hiding it. On the default BBC home page there are "Listen Live" (iPlayer) links to all national BBC stations.
Yup. Bono's a complete bellend. Sting's another. One of the things I miss about the post-Facebook world is the pictures of Sting looking like a twat group - seriously FB users, search for it and be amazed!
"Frank just had a dump, lol" spun out to feature-length.
One to avoid methinks.
Oh there's a meerkat
Your best years are well behind you, Prince. I can't see many people giving a rat's jacksy about your latest wankramble.
Auntie doesn't get much right...
...but this is fantastic news.
There isn't anything else like it broadcasting in the UK. I love the feeling of being able to switch it on at any hour of the day, confident that there's quality music (especially music that I'd not heard of) to be had.
Lots of tales about stringing them along for larks - which is exactly what I'd do. Bless you Reg readers, bless you all!
Crap reception unless you hold it in a special way or put an expensive rubber band around it. Pull the other one, Jobs.
The Chartered Institute for IT - Enabling Waffle Waffle Waffle
The British Computer Society is a fantastic name. A great example of plain English. The proposed rebranding sounds like it was dreamt up by a committee of MBA waving recent graduates who couldn't accomplish any IT task more difficult than opening an email attachment.
How to get an Applephobe to change his mind...
...send in the lawyers. So in the spirit of my enemy's enemy is my friend: go Steve!
Any company still making their software components conform to 8.3 is not to be trsted.
I was quite alarmed to see the very first game I wanted to download from the Android marketplace wanted access to the dialler. I decided it could fuck off.
The warnings are there but I'm sure there are a lot of people that won't understand or won't care.
...are exactly as secure and a lot easier to read/write/understand - especially in a hurry.
Top nostalgia - thanks Reg
Ah happy days indeed. Hours of typing line after line of BASIC from C&VG (hoping not to forget to save before my Spectrum overheated) then still hours more debugging their shoddy code*. By the time I'd done this 3 or 4 times I could more or less write simple games for myself.
OK iPlayer, YouTube and whathaveyou are all good but IT (sorry, computing) was never as exciting as back in the 80s!
* I never did work out whether this was the Meccano way - put a few mistakes in so people learn; or just cos the fellas who wrote these games weren't very good.
I really loathe this definition of the West as civilised/other parts of the world as uncivilised.
For a start it's a distinction that's been used over millennia to justify all manner of atrocities, like the genocides of aboriginal Australians and native Americans. More recently it's that sort of thinking that's allowed the vileness we saw in Abu Grahib.
Secondly it's bollocks. Ask an assylum seeker, forced to survive on Red Cross food vouchers in "civilised" Britain.
Linux > Ubuntu
And better distros update with much less drama
I wouldn't bother
It's a phone. Just a phone.
You don't need a new phone, you want a new phone.
There is a difference.
This also applies to new Blackberries, HTCs and whatever else you care to mention.
E.g. Tesco regularly invite me into their stores (whenever I watch telly) and they don't lock up their sprouts. That doesn't mean if I help myself to a nice bag of free sprouts that I can get away with it. If spotted I'll be done for shoplifting (sproutlifting?).
Just in time
I got my HTC Desire and "unlimited" data plan last week. Just in time*
* Just in time for O2 - if they'd denied me I'd have gone to Orange**
** I'd have swallowed their foolish animal tariff names for "unlimited" data