246 posts • joined Wednesday 25th April 2007 11:27 GMT
Re: 3 are great...
> except they have shit coverage.
Possibly true once, but not now. You're going to get dead spots on all the networks.
I get Three coverage on a ferry in the middle of the Solent all the way from Southampton to Cowes on the Isle Of Wight. I suspect it's talking to Portsmouth, but I also get Three on the top of Culver Down, IOW, and Brading Down.
Once place it doesn't work is in the Days Inn at Cobham services on the M25. I think it's down to the building, but they have free wifi so it's not a huge problem. It does work in the basement meeting rooms at the office in Leatherhead though.
I give it about a month
I give it about a month before the RIAA/MPAA and their sock puppets start campaigning for piracy terms to be added to the "return nothing" list.
"If you can use it to block child porn you can use it to prop up our business model".
Followed shortly by terrorism, then legal porn, and all the companies using it to block their competitors. In a year or so's time, once all the lobbying is paid for, disney.com will be the only site returned by Google.
Re: A start
> You do know that people have had less for rape and murder, right?
Well yes, but they aren't really important are they? That only affects the little people, no-one that actually matters.
Piracy is the more important crime to the government, as that affects where the money for coke and yachts (and the next election) comes from.
Cool, still waiting for it on my 3G Nexus 7.
Are your devices unlocked, or carrier-locked and loaded up with their crapware? If it came from the carrier, the software update will come from them too (and may never arrive).
Re: An oldie, but a goodie
> Compared to a longbow - which is, when all is said and done, a stick
No, there's engineering in a decent bow. It has to be flexible enough that a human can draw it but give the arrow serious acceleration. It also has to twang back to it's previous shape evenly so the arrow goes straight.
> And any cretin can use one (a crossbow)
What a crossbow does is automate the drawing and release. It doesn't negate the skill needed to get the arrow to go where you want it to. It's also slower to "reload" than a longbow. Miss with your crossbow shot and the archer you were trying to hit will put 3 arrows in your arse before you can reload..
> I am unwilling to read this pdf any further because Chuck Hammill is clearly an idiot.
I'm inclined to agree there.
Re: So, the BBC CAN still sink lower
> As I remember the myth/truth, it was "The bloody thing's stuck again" when a door failed to open,
> and it was cut from the original broadcast despite being whistled...
Possibly apocryphal, but I did get it from an interview with Oliver Postgate on the radio. The line was "Oh damn it, the bloody thing's stuck again", which the BBC forced them to change even though it was just done with whistles. The whistles were exactly the same, they just changed the words in the "script".
That was also the sample that was used in a toy.
Re: Why can't they write some new programmes?
> Pingu's baby sister is a PUFFIN!!!!!
According to Wikipedia (I'm SO not the target audience for Pingu...) Pinga is supposed to be a baby Emperor penguin.
A puffin and a penguin would have to go some to "get it on", given they are at pretty much different ends of the planet.
Re: Remote control
The BBC and Electron had the tape remote too, but it was a 2.5mm jack on those.
I don't remember having the remote as part of the 5-pin DIN, but most of my tape decks had 3.5mm audio in and out, and 2.5mm remote.
Re: Key fobs??
No sure if the people asking this question are serious, but here goes anyway...
The phone has to be smuggled into the prison somehow, most likely by visitors. I'm guessing there are mobile phone bans in the visitors rooms, but no-one is going to look twice at a BMW remote on a keyring, even if you turn up in a '96 Corsa - could be for the wife's company 320d.
Me, for a start. On a smartphone, 4-inch is about right, the 5-inch plus ones are definitely too big.
Re: Where do I get one?
eBay. I just put "world's smallest mobile" (or whatever the text was in the BBC article) into the search.
They all seem to have Bluetooth, FM radio and a Micro-SD slot, probably because they are all based on the same chipset. Sorely tempted by the flip one based on the BMW key.
Re: Poor article
> No the US court did NOT rule that "IP address cloaks may break law".
Effectively, they did. What they ruled was that using "technical means" to access a service the "authority" has denied you access to is an offence under the CFAA.
This sets a precedent. Ignore the 3Taps/Craigslist stuff, they were dicks and got what they deserved. Think wider - as soon as you use any method to get around a block, you're a criminal.
e.g. a network-level block imposed by the court on The Pirate Bay means the "authority" has denied you access. If you then use a proxy/VPN/whatever to access it, you have committed a crime under the CFAA (or the British equivalent, which was probably written in 1873 and refers to 'tabulating engines').
So, not even someone with the name Myra Hindley working for Capita, which would be mildly interesting.
There must be other part-time actresses working for Capita whilst between jobs, how about giving them some free publicity too?
Re: Prohibition and human behaviour
> prohibition has worked pretty well on modifying human behaviour regarding the slave trade
I'm not sure it did. Was it "stop it, or we'll throw you in jail" that stopped it, or public opinion turning against it?
Public support was pretty widespread at the beginning of alcohol prohibition, because there was a problem with alcohol abuse at the time. It was the abuses and corruption it spawned that turned the public against it. If you don't have public support, you're hosed.
Re: Just get the filters installed and everyone shut up.
> Look , you can disable it - so what's the problem.
Today you can. That may not be the case in the future, especially once the web sites that don't agree with the government position get added to the censor list.
Once filtering is at the network level it is totally out of your control. It can be turned on without telling you, and returns a 404 for a site on the list so it just looks like it's dead. The list of censored sites is not published, and there is no review process.
Re: none of the mistakes
> How can you 'accidently' request someones texts, voicemails or emails?
Easy, you put, as an example, 01234 567890 into the 'phone number' field on the online form instead of 01234 576890. You may not notice the cock-up until there's no sign of an incoming call matching an outgoing one to the number from another suspect.
I've talked to my own voicemail several times because someone at work has a mobile number that is the same as mine except that the last two digits are reversed.
Re: All at once or none at all
> would an automated car be able to react well to a low-to-ground obstacle suddenly falling off the back of a truck
No worse than a human. The sensors will react quicker than a human, and it might be more accurate in predicting which way it's going to bounce.
> What about a child suddenly running out in front from between two cars (thus practically invisible beforehand)?
Again, it should be able to react to the human-shaped infra-red/laser imaging signature appearing quicker than a human can. It would also be able to work out quickly whether it can go around them without causing a serious collision.
> Can the car detect small but significant patches of black ice?
Yes, the infra-red signature would be different. It also might be able to detect itself losing control quicker, with accurate accelerometers comparing actual movement to control inputs.
The other thing is that, with software updates, all the "drivers" learn from the mistakes made by other automated cars.
Re: "most likely be configured to perform boring, tricky tasks like parking"
> How the driver finds or summons his car back to take him home was not revealed.
Send it an SMS, or an email? A big "come here, car" button at the entrance that uses RFID/NFC to work out who you are and which car to summon?
The other thing it will be able to do is drop you off at the office door, then go home and park on your drive, thus avoiding parking charges. It will then monitor the traffic conditions to know when to set off to be at the office door to pick you up at the end of the day.
Imagine a big gaggle of people outside the office at 17:01 waiting for their car, all jumping on every silver Mondeo that appears...
Re: Get a grip on your massive storage requirements
A phone's different to a camera. I did a week in Nevada and Arizona and didn't fill the 8Gb card in the camera, but the 32Gb card in my phone is a bit tight with MP3s and navigation maps on it.
It will be interesting to see a comparison between this and a Galaxy Zoom 41 megapixels and clever software vs. a smaller sensor and proper optical zoom (and a card slot :-) ).
Own up, who put petrol in a diesel 737?
Re: Happy doggies
Just be happy they didn't name the other moon Fluffy...
> £1m. Peanuts!
Still a million too much. By giving the IWF money, Google have just announced that they are perfectly OK with silent censorship of the internet by an unaccountable non-governmental organisation. So much for 'Do No Evil'.
> Think how much money goes through the interwebs for porn, of every kind.
And how much is for baked beans? Equally relevant to the IWF's remit, which is (supposed to be) purely about child abuse.
Re: £29 e-reader dodgy marketing?
nook.co.uk have them. I ordered a GlowLight and a Simple Touch (for my mum) yesterday, and just ordered another Simple Touch for myself to turn into an outdoor-readable simple tablet. For £30 I won't be massively upset if I brick it in the process...
Re: Not radioactive
> As caesium atomic clocks use the stable isotope caesium-133, it is not radioactive, and there is no danger
> of being accused of moving nuclear material while travelling.
Doesn't stop the idiots seeing the word 'atomic' and thinking it could wipe out the city if you dropped it.
The makers might want to learn from NMR, nuclear magnetic resonance imaging. People saw 'nuclear' and got scared, so it was rebranded magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Same thing, less scary name.
How about 'laser-excited chromometer'?
Re: Screw the iWatch
The Quantum SA45s, the timekeeping gubbins of the watch, costs $1,500, so the display mechanicals are costing $48,500
Re: Logitech's crap products are hurting sales
I agree Logitech's kit can be hit and miss, but I would still choose a Logitech over any else's mouse.
The original MX Revolution mouse is brilliant (IMO). Used daily for more than 5 years, still on the original battery, and it was a refurb when I got it. I also have a little Bluetooth V470 that lives in a laptop backpack and still survives.
Their keyboards I'm not so keen on. An expensive Bluetooth one with an LCD screen, and one that came in a pack with a mouse and media remote control, got ditched - horrible to type on and non-standard key layouts.
Re: The frame comes off
... or suspension bridges, which weigh considerably more than that.
Those do tend to be put together by people who know what they're doing though, not hung off a drawing pin banged into some plaster board by some moron with the wrong end of a screw driver.
Re: True but misleading
Another ditto. Having a unique password for every single website is overkill.
Anything that matters gets a strong password, the login for some website forum I posted to once gets the same password as every other website forum...
I'm more concerned that only 62% have a password on their wifi router.
Re: Almost perfect
I have an Exchange server sat behind it, but on Windows Phone 8 you can send emails, edit calendar entries and contacts, and those changes show up in Outlook. If you set yourself up a Microsoft account when setting the phone up (I already had one for MSDN) you have a Hotmail calendar to sync Outlook and the phone with.
You don't need Zune - not sure that even came with my Lumia 620. The phone mounts the internal storage and Micro-SD in Windows 7's Explorer and you drag-and-drop things.
Re: Bad and good
> For several years now I have been on Plusnet
Other thing with PlusNet is that their support call centre is in Sheffield, so they speak English.
Unlike Orange, who are in India and unintelligible most of the time.
Re: Is there a GOOD broadband provider?
> Can anyone actually recommend a broadband provider.
I've been with PlusNet since they were Force 9, never had a problem with them.
The Thomson router they give you is crap (my ThinkPad refuses to even talk to it) but you can use your own.
Re: "No one really likes to wear glasses at the best of times"
> "No one really likes to wear glasses at the best of times"
I'll take my glasses over contact lenses I can't get out (I nearly lost one round the back of my eyeball) and someone firing a high-energy laser directly into my eye, thank you very much.
They've got the 1.8Ghz they bought off EE too.
Is it significant that Three have less bandwidth at 800Mhz than everyone else - 2x5Mhz? Will that cause them capacity problems?
Re: INteresting that something so *apparently* simple is still capable of improvement.
The very reason I'll never use any voice recognition system. My car has it, as do my Android phone and tablet - never used it on either.
Re: It is very good.
Give TouchPal a go, there's a prediction on/off switch on the space bar, just swipe left or right on it.
I tried Curve (TouchPal's equivalent of Flow), couldn't get into it...
Re: The Balance Of Evidence
> used cruise control in order to preserve battery life
I once drove an A-Class that would drop down a gear in cruise control where it would stay in top on the same bit of road when not in cruise control. CC tends to be more aggressive with the throttle to maintain speed.
> the vehicle speed is just a series of irregular spikes, even when on a sustained run. Point 1 to Tesla...
Not necessarily. On a motorway in traffic you will always be dropping in and out of cruise as you come up on something slower and have to wait to pull out and pass. Also, if you're using GPS to get the speed it will be all over place because of the inaccuracy of GPS. Should be within about 5mph though, maybe with bigger spikes if the GPS loses and regains lock.
Re: Facebook on wheels?
> they knew that when the car shut's down, the parking brake cannot be disabled!
Seriously?! So if it runs out of electricity you can't tow it, you have to put it on a trailer?
Re: No need for any cache - just go pure SSD
Nah, OSs aren't that big. I've got a 60Gb SSD (OCZ Vertex 2, if anyone cares...) as the boot drive in my PC, and there's still 25Gb left on it. There's also a 250Gb conventional drive for random junk, most of my data is on a 6Tb NAS.
512Gb probably isn't enough if that's absolutely all you have, but it depends what you do with it. My mum survives on a 120Gb netbook.
Re: A security scanner that requires Java ! WTF?
Run the scanner in a virtual machine. That way you don't need to put Java on the main machine, just the VM.
Re: "without needing their old PCs"
Probably got more grunt than the crusty 3.2Ghz P4s some of the design people here were using until very recently. I'm sure I've seen some 1.8Ghz Core 2 Duos around still, albeit with Quadro graphics cards.
There are likely still some ThinkPad T43s around with 1.6Ghz Pentium-Ms, slower that the Atom Z2460 in my phone.
Re: Not so great Britain
Germany has data protection and privacy laws that weren't written by Facebook and actually mean something.
Re: Free WiFi?
> You also need to do this every time you visit. [The Cloud signup]
You shouldn't need to sign-up every time, once you've created the account you just need the email address and password to log on. An Android device will remember this for you too, can't remember whether iOS does.
Re: A state of equilibrium will be reached...
> How long did the actual ordering stage take though?
I've only used Tesco so I can't comment on the others, but I'm usually through the entire process in 15m. These are big monthly-shop type orders, I don't waste the delivery charge on 5-10 items.
If you always order the same things (same type of loaf, butter, cheese etc) all the things you ordered last time will be in your Favourites. 99% of what I get is from Favourites. It also hooks into your Clubcard, so anything you got in-store on the same clubcard will also be in your favourites - a regular job for me is clearing out sandwiches etc. from my Favourites.
Tesco also has a shopping list function, where you put the list of what you want in (e.g. bleach, toothpaste, butter) and it returns a filtered list of products that match the list.
> In fact as it turned out I could drive to the supermarket, make my purchases and return home in a little
> over half the time it was taking just to _place_ the order online, never mind the wait for delivery
Really? Not even close for me. Even at 07:30 on a Saturday with no traffic it takes me 10m to drive to Tesco, maybe 10m wandering round, 5m for the self-checkout and 10m back home again.
If you're losing your slot (Tesco reserves them for 2 hours) there's something wrong somewhere.
Re: Small car please
> And why does one need a car that does 155MPH
Because it's nowhere near it's limits at 70, unlike something that tops out at 90.
It's has brakes and tyres that can stop it from 155mph.
It doesn't get completely foxed by a corner that tightens unexpectedly and spit you off into a field, because it was designed to corner at twice the speed..
You don't need the length of the M1 to wind it up and can actually overtake things on a single-carriageway road. Would you rather spend 20 seconds on the wrong side overtaking an artic or 2 minutes?
Just because you can doesn't mean you have to.
Re: Atom for £800? Seriously?!
They're better now. I have an Atom D2700 in a Lenovo Q180 I use as a media player - never struggles for CPU. I suspect the Radeon graphics is doing the heavy lifting, but the CPU never gets over 5% playing 720p in Plex.
I've used Windows 7 on a VIA C7 (HP 2133), it's OK once it gets going, but that takes a while and it's never what you'd call snappy. Win 7 on a VIA Nano (Samsung NC-20) was surprisingly good though. On the Z2760 it should be OK, but an entry-level i3 would kick it's arse.
2Gb RAM is barely enough for XP these days...
> Are they really 32-bit CPUs?
Yes! How odd. Explains the rubbish 2Gb RAM though, the most you could ever have is 3Gb. No VT-x virtualisation tech either.
Re: Tempting for those of us who also want to get work done, but...
> Oh shut up, have you even used it on a touchscreen device?
No, but I reckon it would be good. But that's the only place it is any good.
I needed to reinstall Windows on my (non-touch) desktop, so I thought I might as well give Win 8 a try. It lasted 2 days before I put Win 7 on again.
The tile start screen is pointless - unless you're using a built-in app it just throws you back to the desktop, you end up wanging the mouse from corner to corner, you can't get to the 'minimise all' button in the bottom right without displaying the charms whatsit, Shutdown is buried in the menus, they've ripped the Aero Glass stuff out, and you have to buy a $5 piece of software (Stardock Start8) to put the menu back where it should never have been taken out.
Oh, and the Bluetooth doesn't work on a Dell XPS-8100, the driver install crashes.
It's probably slightly quicker because of the lack of Aero Glass, but I like a little bit of prettiness. I might turn the fade transitions off though.
As an iPad-on-steroids, just using the built-in IE, mail, messaging etc., it would be brilliant. As a machine to do work on, even with touch, I'm not sure it would work unless you ignore the Start screen Without touch it's a dead loss, IMO.
Roll on Windows 9...
The Cloud is usually pretty good in Wetherspoons pubs, apart from one place that has put the wifi box in one corner and the comfy chairs in the other so it's too weak to connect any more, and the Fayre-something one near the office.
O2 wifi in McDonalds wants my mobile number, which they're not getting. One day I'll remember to take a throw-away SIM with me to sign up with.
I think it's BT that does Starbucks free wifi - that worked OK the one time I tried it.
> Certainly the microservers are appealing from a cost perspective...
They are, but remember the N40L is the quickest, and that is only a dual core 1.5Ghz Turion.
I've got two MicroServers, one running FreeNAS, one running ESXi. I'm finding the ESXi machine a bit slow sometimes, Plex Server runs like a 3 legged donkey and can't keep up with transcoding video, so I'm looking at building an i5 based machine to replace it.
The MicroServer is brilliant if you don't need a lot of CPU power.
Re: Great Screwdriver!
The screwdriver looks a lot like a WorkZone branded one I got from Aldi a few months back. I think they might be back in, I think I remember seeing it in an email a little while ago. Cost about £5 I think, definitely less than £10. I've seen a very similar one at Maplin too.
Mine came with about 8 ends (including some Torx ones) which can be fiddly to get back into the storage compartment, but it works well.
And I've got a 64Gb OCZ Vertex 2 as my boot drive. 2 years old, and SSDLife still reckons it has 100% of it's life left, good until mid-2018.
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