Stealing the Internet bandwidth..
...and finally creating Big Brother..
119 posts • joined 3 Feb 2009
...and finally creating Big Brother..
A couple of years ago I was on a 2Gig MONTHLY limit on the desktop. Rarely exceeded it, except when downloading a new .iso ..
Even regularly played Wolfenstein ET.... service was upgraded to 'unlimited'.
Last year used the router to monitor data usage and it was running at 2 Gig a day! (and at this point the game playing had stopped.)
It's not just advertising, but it seems that websites are too keen to throw more and more images and video at us per page.. (and a certain social media site has a lot to answer for, too)
" I suspect the mechanics of docking all these different phones are more expensive than actually providing dedicated compute power (and that's assuming there's any standard for the interfacing and docking anyway)."........
Well, that's the excuse Line 6 trot out when users of their kit, that interfaces with iPads and iPhones, will not work with Linux etc.. but you have to admit it is probably cheaper for them to build an amplifier or effects pedal that will interface with an "i" product so that they do not have to build in a screen and graphics processing power, even if it means only those WITH and "i" device will buy it..
Not the sparrows you should be worried about, but definitely the gulls (not Girls) at Landudno.
Warning: do not attempt to eat your picnic lunch on the promenade nor your ice cream cone... and if you have been close enough to see the size of these birds then you will understand how they could do you a real nasty...
The fact that these type of devices seem to only support iOS (yeah, ok, new expensive Android , too in this case) limits take up.
Their argument is always that they can only support a specific hardware set...
As a portable Amp/Stompbox modeller the Line 6 Pocket pod seems to outdo the iOS devices. More Amps etc(32 Amplifiers) built in. Screen built in (yes, small and crummy but still a screen). Battery or mains power too and free software for the desktop...
It would appear from your review that this iRig is useless without a phone (or as somebody suggested, a Pi, to interface to.) This drawback also applies to the latest Amplifi products from Line 6 . iPhone owners only, please.
Sorry, but there's a Stagg unit for less than £14 that will interface to most phones and any of the free guitar apps that are about...
"For £30, what’s not to like?"........ well, the fact I need a shed load of
other (more expensive )equipment, amplifier patches and dangling leads to jam away quietly in the garden..
Ah, but would the HUD pass the M.O.T. ?
(Icon? Well, they'd fail it for a distracting chip in the glass, wouldn't they? )
Yes, they do still ship it with new Lumias... at least the 640 purchased earlier this week came with HERE
THARGOIDS!! We have found the THARGOIDS!!!
Ah, yes, but maybe (unlike me) you do not dual boot using GRUB.
It has tried to update three times since Thursday... failed, but after further restarts has at least recovered to boot pre-update.. (vital, as I am only using Win7 to play Elite:Dangerous ).
I have deselected the offending update in Windows Update so as not to disturb my gaming.... (never a happy chappie as far as Microsoft are concerned...)
Yes, Video in a presentation... been doing that for Kid's Christmas plays for some years now - with Open/LibreOffice
OOOh... from the look of your screenshots the tabs can be moved to the right... that and a proper speeddial is what I have missed with all the latest browser offerings and kept me on a hobbled Opera v.12.16.... simple things..
I must investigate further..
Too late for that-
..and in any case Scaryduck would win every time...
Modern (and not so modern- like me) Rolls-Royce and Bentley Motors employees and former employees don't take it too well if you ask that, either...
..and (this one for the author) the correct spelling is 'Rolls-Royce' ...don't forget the hyphen...
Hortonworks hears a Yahoo !
How about asking the bank to provide you with a card WITHOUT the facility... it is what I did.. (NATWEST, should you be interested) .
Makes it clear to the banks your feelings on the matter.
Echo that... brought Opera on Linux to a virtual standstill here.... as do all the dodgy ads from Microsoft...
All an ID card allows you to do is identify the perpetrators AFTER the event.
NO! All an ID card allows you to do is read the details from an ID card... TFTFY
So, a reform. What is 'business' going to gain from this? Free use of parodied music for jingles in TV ads ? The use of parodied characters from well known books, Films or TV shows without permission or payment ?
Hmmm... who knows ?
Linux user since 2004.......my son convinced me to install Win 7 on the SSD of the computer we just built (that took 20 minutes, the build that is.) 3 and a half hours later (ladies in the family tapping feet, consulting watches giving us dirty looks as they worked out that they would not be home in time for Emmerdale...) Win 7 seemed installed.
Back at home I booted up and Win7 wanted a further 3 quarters of an hour of more patches before it allowed me to work on installing some Line6 software to it.
I then installed Linux Mint 17 MATE to the traditional spinning iron disk in the machine ... 6 minutes..
and a further 25 to download and install updates (and remember that also includes an Office suite and sundry software)..
My Son assures me Win 8.1 is quicker....... I guess MS have not bothered to do anything about this as they expect Windows to be installed on Brand New machines at the Manufacturers..
Oh yes, ready to leave house for appointment, shutdown Windows...Windows is now applying updates...do not turn off machine...paranoid Missus will not leave until finished so as to turn off the electricals...ARGHHHHH !!
...Don't let Wolowitz drive.....
Only dangerous at the moment.. (638, Galaxy 2..)
'What iz your name, boy?'
'Don't tell him, Pike !!'
...."What scares people about the Internet of Things - that human beings are going to be left behind, somewhere out there someone’s going to be controlling your data, someone’s going to be managing your life - that’s the wrong image"..............
Wrong image to sell it to the masses, maybe, but fundamentally correct; which is what indeed DOES frighten us. It is also a question of WHO is managing our life.. Government of the day.. corporations... hackers and script-kiddies... crazed, power-mad delusional dictatorships(see also - Government of the day. ;) ) and, worst of all, PR companies and advertisers..? I'm sure there are more for this list that I have not mentioned..there's probably a queue forming as I write..
...simply exchange the Dollar sign for a Pound sign. It's known as foreign exchange when it comes to pricing for the UK. Perhaps the Scots will get them cheaper after independence and we can all go smuggle cheaper IT goods in white vans via Gretna Green....
(Joke icon. However, I guess it's only the suppliers who are laughing... :( )
I have enough trouble with the b****y MS Cloud animated adverts slowing mouse wheel scrolling to a crazed, jerky nightmare without anymore senseless animation.... I currently have to hunt down the offending tabs and close them before I can read the articles..grrrrr...
(The name's Meldrew, VIctor Meldrew.. )
..I signed up for Steam..and I've forgotten the username AND password...DOH!
Not just EE..you cannot port a number within the network on Vodafone either (and possibly all the networks?) computer says 'No!' (to stop people who are current customers becoming NEW customers for NEW Customer Deals without upgrading....so I am informed) .
Monetised? Well how about licensing all those nice computers out there in households without a telly.. whether they watch it or not ? Thin end of a very expensive wedge.
Perhaps someday the internet will disappear to become only a medium for broadcast/stored TV...
The download speeds for some are bad enough already without all the contention from telly watchers on the net!
..minces raw or cooked meat, as long as you haven't lost the Dooflab for fitting it to the table..
Great idea! Lots of Upvotes.. However, the powers that be will have the whip hand when the The Beeb come begging for the cash from the Treasury. Less cash, poorer output - and goodness knows what sort of pressure to paint the 'powers that be' in a good light, no matter what, in order to receive the cash to continue..
Great idea, but unintended consequences...
No one in their right mind would opt in! And apathy would prevent the rest from opting in, too .
That field looks suspiciously like the one in the link here:
see also here..
Hand up here, sir! Me,sir..!! 2007 Fabia Estate... 64mpg mixed driving ... can get (and have had) 80mpg over a 30 mile trip along A and B roads... Hammer it on the motorway on a trip and you only get 63mpg :( shame, that..
I believe that once a pot hole ( or other serious road defect) is reported to the appropriate authority then any damage suffered as a result of it could be claimed from the appropriate authority. Once reported it is their responsibility.
A case in point was a hole at the junction of our street that was reported and subsequently collapsed under the weight of a passing car ( a drain beneath had partially collapsed allowing water to wash away the road from beneath). The car did not 'pass' and cost over a £1000 to fix.. It is no wonder councils are quick to pour a few ha'porth of tar in a pothole, once it is reported.
Actually, the graphics problem is probably the fancy new detection stuff in the latest version of X . I have an old Shuttle running Mrs Zimm's XP... It used to run Ubuntu fine..when X was set up manually... as the old screen does not talk to the OS to give it the EDID.
Now, although I have dual booted Mint on it I have managed (somehow) to start in a low res and I have to xrandr to get the right res... cannot find the right documentation for customising the new X with the previous screen settings(changing the old xorg.conf just does not seem to want to work succesfully anymore).
Now my laptop* (which has been working Linux for the last 6 years) has developed a screen problem and is not detected on boot... dead (also on all previously working newer versions, tried booting from other partition installs, external USB HDD etc..).. However, plug in a Puppy USB and it comes to life...
So any new potential user with a less than modern screen (or a dodgy one) will find Ubuntu et al a no-no... shame...
*Using another laptop (Mint, SUSE 12.3) until I can find time to trawl the net for answers.. AGAIN!!
Thanks for that. The heads up on R (on Linux) will make me investigate it again. As a ( early) retired SAS programmer I have often missed the tools necessary to muck about with data in the way I used to at work.
I Use DuckDuckGo, but then , it IS the default on Linux Mint so I expect BILLIONS of users do not bother to change it....
I'd add an 'I'll get me coat ' icon, but everyone knows it's the mac with the paperback from a well known publisher in the pocket....
(so many puns, so little time...)
How about.. click on the controls and the 'Tardis' takes you to a random spot in the world and you can leave the Tardis there for another 'lucky' punter to find?
(It's the coat with the woolly scarf and the brown fedora, thanks. Have a Jelly Baby!)
Social engineering to encourage users to install malware will always stand a chance of succeeding and the prospect of a Trojan appearing in the Repositories is not too far-fetched (but you still have to manually find it and install it from the 41,440 already there.)
But I expect the 'non-Linux' users/experts/fanbois are salivating over this (somewhere).
However, in the event of a malware moment, the Linux user has a disc/usb stick with the OS on it and can re-install a clean system in about an hour or so, depending on the spec of the computer. The Linux user has probably also separated his/her data from the OS into a separate partition.
In the event of needing a working computer immediately, the Linux user can use that Live Cd or USB to get up and running at once...
Can the Windows users say the same? For the majority of Win users out there I guess that the answer to that is, 'No'...
10 years ago...
and it's an old one, I know..
and the long read..
... all we can do is remain paranoid and vigilant...
Untick the box that says ' Offer to Save Passwords I Enter on the Web'.
...although recent figures suggest that crime rates are at their lowest for 30 year, for what that's worth) so it looks like something's happened.......
amanfrommars had to leave hurriedly for home when news reached him of a ruddy great rover vehicle drilling in his back garden ... :)
... surely a Typo ? It's a WUNCH of BANKERS...
The chip holds the PIN and using the terminal it verifies/authenticates the PIN used. Most terminals are now wireless in Restaurants etc. and are brought to the table so the card does not leave your sight.
...... or should that be iorny.. ;)
“An error-correction algrithm was added to help address linguistic and motor errors.
Can only see this as a rival to the Zotac Zbox Nano ....
Don't forget the Secret Bunker... it's signposted from Nantwich and environs....
Secret Bunker, oh the irony...
Putting 'stuff' on the web is akin to leaving it lying in the street (much as this post is like me being in a Town Square, standing on a box and shouting this to anyone within earshot).
Putting a book out in front of a store, on the street, (or even displaying the book inside on a shelf) affords the passer-by to read a little of it (or even - shock! horror! - make away with it..).
Attempting to use the medium of the web to sell items that can be copied was always going to end in tears and tantrums. Especially when the business model was going to be based on charging the same for digital content as the hard copy and taking all the profit that would have been made by the retailer, distributor etc and keeping the savings from NOT producing hard copy. .... (which appears as 'greed' to the consumers).
Not sure if there is a solution..Search engines effectively advertise your stuff.. no advertising=less sales...
Similar situation in 2002.. 3 legit copies of Office Pro which would not install on new XP machine.... not used MS Office since.. not missed it.. Not missed MS Win much since 2004, either...
Everything you say is true; but that's not the point. The point is to encourage and to practice methods of analysis in general terms. That way, when something does happen that is outside the knowledge or experience of a scientist, they will have the intellectual methods and ability to deal with it...........
Agreed! Whenever reading Sci-Fi the curious mind will always try to reason whether or not something is possible (and often some of the best of the genre can be discerned in this way) and curious scientific minds are necessary if new things are to be discovered..
But when reading for enjoyment never let impossibilities get in the way of a good yarn :)
After all, it's impossible to say we could drive a car remotely on Mars, isn't it? Oh, wait....