1865 posts • joined Tuesday 8th May 2007 12:11 GMT
cure, not prevention
"currently implementing more effective image filters that will detect and prevent the uploading of child pornography."
but surely it would be far better if it just detected the image, then raised the alarm and sent someone round to the place from where the image is being uploaded and firebombed it? (or at least give the address to the appropiate enforcement agency so they can go around and apprehend the freaks)
if their fancy image-detecting software is going to be used to reject the images from being uploaded, then these sickos are just going to find somewhere else to upload their perverted images.
although, if they had made provisions for opening up the iphone to development, there would have been far far less articles on the web written about the iPhone. this way, everytime they release a firmware update or patch, and everytime the h4xx0rs release their tools, Apple get a bunch of free advertising
iplayer on the xmb
I'm also with Sony on this one - i'd like to see the iPlayer as an option in the XMB, not to be accessed via the browser.
I've got a keyboard and mouse hooked up to the ps3, but it'd be much faster and easier if the iPlayer was an app on the xmb.
between that and the freeview that my tv picks up, i'd no longer need to get tv from virgin media
i seem to remember everyone has been saying for the last year that a key failing of the iPhone is the lack of a proper keyboard.
so would i be wrong in expect all those same people to level the same criticism at the Nokia Tube?
or are Nokia fanbois suddenly coming around to the idea of a completely touch interface device?
will you be calling this one the Pontius Pilot phone then?
or the Judas phone?
@CharlieClark & MalcolmHall
have either of you actually used an iPhone? or are you just trolling with regurgitated rumours that you read somewhere before the iPhone was released last year?
i'm not had a problem with sending txts or recieving phone calls on mine. it's perfectly possible to send txt messages, you can send to multiple people, the keyboard is very fast to use, i can type a full proper message faster on that than i can a crpy txt msg 1
the only thing that is missing is MMS, and to be honest, i'd rather send an email for free with the picture at full res than send an expensive mms message
gotta say though
i was dreading using the phone to trace a parcel - i figured i'd be on hold for hours - but it only took 5 minutes of "please press 1 now, otherwise hold the line" before i got to speak to someone
they weren't able to find my parcel either, but that's besides the point - the phone did prove to be a viable fallback device
@Ash - aluminium
that article you link to states the following:
"Davy proposed the name aluminum for the metal and later agreed to change it to aluminum. Shortly thereafter, the name aluminum was adopted to conform with the "ium" ending of most elements, and this spelling is now in use elsewhere in the world"
which makes no sense at all - they've spelt it wrong there somewhere, but which one?
and anyway - the point is not the pronouciation of the end of the word, it's the begining bit that the sceptics have trouble with. it's not aloo-minum, it's al-u-min-um(ium whichever)
and neither have my 3 friends who have PS3s
no ones had their's brick or freeze or die or anything. no need to return to Sony and wait two weeks without playing any games at all until a new one is provided
since the hd-dvd / blu-ray war ended, it seems the only enjoyment we get these days is the arguing over 360/ps3 and anti/pro-apple el reg posts
re: Blu-Ray Players
there's no way the original star wars were filmed in HD compatible film
that said, in the mid-90s when Lucas re-worked them and re-released the Special Edition versions, he said then he was reprocessing each frame of each film so that they'd be future proofed for new tech
so i'm quite looking forward to getting them on blu-ray - that'll be the 4th time i've bought A New Hope then.
i thought i saw a program on telly a couple of weeks ago that had Stephen Hawking in it (so it must be right, right?) about how one of his colleagues had come up with super-string theory that does account for general relativity and quantummechanics - but to be honest, as fascinating as it was, most of it went over my head and i can't remember any of the more technical details
the BBFC knows what is good for it
if GTA IV had been refused a certificate there would have been riots, civil war and i personally would have burned their offices to the ground
not that violent video games engender violent behaviour or anything, but damnit it's hard enough to wait the next 27 days let along potentially having to wait longer!!!
but, while i'm more than happy using Citrix to admin and fix issues on the servers at work while i'm at home, there's no way i'm going to play GTA IV or UT3 or Killzone over that kinda setup
he does have a point though - very soon there'll be little need for the physical media - GT5P came out this weekend and I bought and downloaded it on sunday. sure, i'll run out disk space and probably delete it in 6 months, but then after 6 months, i'd be unlikely to put the phsyical disk back in my ps3 either, so no loss.
non-static ip numbers
but, i don't have a static ip with VM - i've no idea if it changes very often, but it's definately not static
so what are the odds that someone spends all saturday giving away gigabytes of music files and then sunday, Virgin blip their DNS or whatever and then i connect and get assigned the IP that the P2Per previously used, and i get the bill for billions in lost copyright?
is it worth me keeping record of every IP address i'm assigned and in which i was connected, so that should i find myself wrongly accused, i've got records which should match Virgin's own?
illegal/legal won't make a difference
i don't see why legalising concaine would result in the cocaine growers suddenly switching to environmentally friendly methods
you guys are clearly snorting the charlie if you think so
the producers of concaine are in it for the money. if concaine suddenly becomes legal, then these people aren't suddenly going to go legit and pay their taxes. they'll keep producing it illegally because it's cheaper that way. also, they'll cut their costs to remain in the competition and undercut the legal producers (who have to pay taxes and employee healthcare and drug rehab schemes).
and the cheaper methods of production are going to be even more environmentally damaging than their current methods
re: Not convinced
i think the point is that the survery was asking for people's perceptions, not actually counting units sold
this survey merely shows that people think Apple is a better brand than Ford, or Hotpoint or Ariel
if you like, it's a measure of the marketting success then - the companies you refer to are probably considered by the masses as generic and therefore boring
the top 4 in this survey are the ones people find more interesting
confidence among gamers
in a country where the government are unable to keep our personal details safe and secure and not lost in the post, really, do you think we're going to get _that_ worried about someone having access to our profile ids - which can only really hold our online ID and password, a fragment of a credit card number and possibly our address. At worst, they've pinched the 1.40quid i have left in my online wallet because i only ever fill it up 5 quid at a time when i need to buy something
i'm confused how they will have nicked the money from the online wallets though, because the money is non-refundable when you load it from your credit card. So at worst, someone's managed to move all those leftover quids into their own PSN account, but i don't see how they could have moved the money into the real world - without leaving an obvious audit trail
In the future I want to be able to carry four to five movies around with me
i already carry around 4 to 5 movies with me in my pocket - they're loaded onto my iPod touch and encoded in h.264
while it's very reassuring to see that Mr Phreaky is still with us, it'd be nice if he could provide links to current articles that talk about the current version of Safari - not ones from last year that talk about pre-3.0 Safari
"I didn't know I installed Safari on this computer, but if I did I guess I should update it."
this is the real issue here
how do you know that what looks like the Apple updater (or even the Firefox updater) isn't some new piece of malware that's slipped past your virus checker?
and even though it occurs to you that you don't remember installing Safari, you click the update button anyway
if it had been malware, you've just given it permission to install anything
i think the Mozilla dude brings up a very good point
we are TOO trusting of our updaters and really, thanks should be given to Apple for showing us this.
blindly clicking update is as bad as blindly clicking a link in an email
bravia theatre sync?
i'm also hoping the the theatre sync feature will be made available to the ps3 soon - if not in this next update then the one after?
having a sony telly, stereo and ps3, it'd be nice to have them all fully linked and talking to each other
a sad loss indeed
i never read as many of his books as i wanted to - but those i did were great
hopefully something good might come of this - it might prompt someone to finally get around to working out how to build a space elevator in his memory - i'd love to see one of those in action
i wonder how many you that are so addicted to your IM chats that you cannot bare to drop offline for the 5 minutes it takes to make a phone call, are the same ones that routinely bash facebook users for a similar addicition
the line about about "getting real work done via IM"
is it REALLY work, or just chatting with your pals, eh? because, surely if it's important and serious work, and email would be better, as it's then written and you can retrieve it easily later. or if it's really THAT important or urgent, you could, you know, call the person on your phone to explain the problem / resolve the issue / etc
i just got a new telly, and it has freeview enabled
was never able to get freeview whenever i've tried to tune in a device before, but gave it a go anyway and the signal must have increased in the last 6 months because it was able to pick up loads of channels
admittedly, there still the same tripe on the freeview channels as there are on Sky and VirginMedia, but at least i'm not paying each month for the priviledge to not-view the tripe. so shall be phoning up VirginMedia to cancel the telly service and in 2 years time the telly will have paid for itself.
even in the Big Storm earlier this week, the signal was pretty good - only really broke up to the point of being unwatchable a couple of times on Channel 5 - but then, it's only once in a blue moon that anything on C5 is worth watching anyway so no worries
i wish i'd thought to patent the practice of patenting very generic ideas in the hope that someone in the next 20 years will do something along the same lines so that then i can sue them for millions without having to do any work myself
The author of the article claims that this Nyko is "shockingly similar looking"
Only if the shock is that it looks nothing like the Dualshock design. this Nyko is far uglier.
combined with the lack of PS button and the use of a usb dongle make this utterly pointless.
However, I assume the author of the article isn't a serious console gamer - the "backlit LED buttons, which should be useful during late-night gaming sessions" will, in fact, be of no use late at night - if you don't know where the buttons are on the controller by that time of night, you should give up and go to sleep.
(and also, as we all know, if you're gaming that late, you should at least have one other source of ambient lighting on as well as the tv otherwise you'll send yourself blind and everyone will assume you were playing with yourself in a totally different way)
for the world to see
trouble is - this kind of stuff is going to end up posted to sites like this:
that said, this kind of antic brings a whole new meaning to the phrase "you want the moon on a stick....."
re: Interesting why Sony were so late to play
i expect Sony were so late because they were still trying to get the world to believe in minidisc
i seem to recall they ended up making a MDplayer that you could hook up to the pc and download mp3 files to
got to admit, i was very dubious of the mp3 'revolution' - being a minidisc person all through the 90s. it was only the arrival of the iPod (being an Apple fanatic) that convinced me to switch
Re: Re: bbc/cloud
Ah! you are right - sorry, hadn't read about that before
i'd assumed you refered to the iPhone having free Cloud access - so now it means I can watch Armstrong & Miller on my iPhone and Hotel Babylon on my iPod Touch at the same time! woohoo!!
I think you have hit the nail on the head there - Webster is obviously the inbred offspring of amanfrommars and El Reg's disapointment and anger at being continually spurned from being invited to Apple press events.
Is Citizendium any good then?
Because, wikipedia, despite it's faults, as long as you're aware that it's contents aren't the gospel truth, is useful for some things.
but if Citizendium has a similar breadth of infomation then i'll happily switch over to using that when looking up info
i was going to say the same thing
what makes this design different (and therefore worthy of patent) from the HTC design? the trackball? Does that really require a full patent?
or have HTC not patented their design and so RIM are hoping to retro-sue them for prior infringement on their future IP?
re: why the hurry?
i suspect there is some accounting-magic that can be done.
they'll be writing off the loses incurred by cutting off the hd-dvd releases so quickly, and that probably means they can report better figures in annual reports. or such write-offs are tax deductable or some other arcane accountancy skullduggery
also - the discs may have already been pressed, but there are a lot more costs involved in getting them to market - the packaging may not be done yet, then there's distribution costs and marketing costs etc etc possible all that has been already been produced can easily be recycled, etc..
the cost of disc manufacturing could be negligable compared to the cost of completing the process of getting them to the shops - and even then, there's no guarentee they'll sell at all now that there's so much press about how HD-dvd is dead
i just want Paramount to hurry up and re-release Transformers on blu-ray
wireless backup with TimeMachine
if you don't want to replace your current wifi router and you already have a disk attached to it, you can use this:
the functionality is there in OS X, it's just not enable by default
re: Why bother?
of course they'll use a dirty bomb, i've seen it on 24 - it's what all the terrorists want to use
re: And the French version?
i don't see why there would be any problem with the French version.
if it is allowed to work with other SIMs because it is an officially unlocked one, then Apple's update is not likely to suddenly lock it.
this update only relocks those iphone that have been hacked to be unlocked
re: not all hype
so what they're saying is they have mock ups of the devices in seperate states, and they they're saying, we'd start with it looking like this, and then, with nano-magic, it'll look like this
but they don't actually have the nano-tech working yet
it's just like prototype cars just as Andy says
actually, i'm convinced this is a good thing for apple.
everytime they release new firmware, there are tons of news articles about it
and each time someone jailbreaks the new firmware, there's yet more new articles
as the old adage goes, there's no such thing as bad publicity