I have predicting kerboodle top! Let my tip mussel instead of relaying on softer!
228 posts • joined 2 May 2007
Stop taxing me, then
You claim that Amazon don't make a profit because all of the cash goes back into Amazon (true, if cynical on their part).
By that logic, I shouldn't be taxed either. Every single penny of my wage goes on housing, food, clothing, utilities, a car to get me to work and maybe a few hundred a year left for a holiday. I do not have any savings, and most months I end up with the same in my bank account (the edge of my overdraft) as when I started.
By any measure, every single penny of my earnings is ploughed straight back into me as an economic unit. With no home, food, car or clothing I cannot continue in my job. Any luxury items I buy (which is few) are also ploughed back into myself because they make life a little more pleasant. A happier worker is a more productive worker (and I'm far more productive now than during the real poverty and misery years). Though I'm not in a position to spend frivolously, so all of my wage could quite rightly be described as going straight back into my existance.
So why can a multi-billion dollar company plough it's money back into itself and claim no profit, when I cannot despite not making a profit?
Re: Re Parachutes @ x7
"The plotline about the shape-shifting aliens hiding in peace amongst us, and the memory-wipe device which has to keep resetting that peace, is all fine. But frankly, jumping out of a plane that you can't jump out of is going TOO FAR"
Why has a science and technology website linked to the quacks at Tetrawatch?
Re: So who's bright idea was this?
Android (at least Google's flavour) doesn't support fingerprint ID. This is something bolted on by Samsung.
Answer me this...
If BT can rent my line to CheapFoneCo for £8.95 a month, which I then rent from CheapFoneCo for £10 a month or whatever, why the hell can't I just rent my line from BT for £8.95?
I don't want the thermostat to turn the heat up when I get out of bed
It's too late, and the house will only just be warm as I'm leaving work.
That's why I have a seven day programmable timer.
feels like it's lost something
Sure, you can very easily create a website that displays a different song every day. Hell, you can automate it, load it up with a million songs and leave it for all eternity. But it really loses something compared to dialling in to someone's house and listening to a song they've specially put onto the tape for people.
If they had it all self-hosted and you knew that the song you're hearing today was specifically chosen and put there by the band, it might keep some of it's soul. But since it seems all the songs are readily available on YouTube and they're just pulling them in probably at random, it really does lose idiosyncratic charm and personal care.
You've answered the flip bit but not the frequency bit, which I think is more important and I don't quite get either.
The second is determined by the frequency of the flip of a caesium atom. But it seems in order to get the right flip, you use microwave radiation of a specific frequency. How do you know your microwaves are the right frequency?
WANTED: New head of crashingly expensive, error-prone and frankly cursed one-dole-to-rule-them-all system
Re: Annoying thing is
Except it cannot possibly work. People's needs change so frequently and everyone's needs are so different, that putting a one-size model onto the whole population is unworkable.
Even assuming that there's a UC system, you still have sub-payments to be made. Do they qualify for disability allowance? Carers allowance? Housing Benefit? Is their housing benefit subject to bedroom tax? JSA? Working tax credits? This must be done separately for every single applicant, whose needs then change according to relationship status, children, part time or casual work, age, illness etc. Under UC it all then needs to remain up to date, via the PAYE system, in real-time. I know a bloke who administers the ancient PAYE system, and not only do most employers not submit real-time information, but most never will.
Since you're working out what each individual needs according to a range of different criteria and different allowances, why bother rolling them into one? Much cheaper and simpler to do a standard "what are you entitled to?" interview, then administer each payment individually as entitlement changes.
Why can't the fact that I've already opted out (twice, in different forms) to the doomed NHS Spine system still stand? How many times will they simply rename it and then get us to opt out all over again?
Except that the Chromecast was NEVER advertised as being able to play local content. In fact, the main complain about it at launch was that it couldn't.
The problem with resetting tokens...
is that Twitter have arbitrary and silly limits on the number of tokens for each app. If you reset your token for a popular app, there's a possibility you won't get it back. Not good if you've paid for it.
Re: Not in touch with the market
Of course it'll do iPlayer. iPlayer is a Chrome window.
Play your video file in a Chrome window and it'll share it to the telly. Which means it's perfectly capable of sending local files, so just wait for the apps to come that will let you send local content.
Re: EU warranty
I was about to post exactly this.
The Sale of Goods Act requires that goods are free from defects at the time they are sold, as described, and work for a reasonable period of time. For electronics, a fault within 3 years could easily be considered unusual and most consumer protection experts would say your device should last 3 years minimum.
Certainly, if you've bought an iDevice with a two year mobile phone contract then all non-user caused repairs (i.e. faults, broken connectors from normal use, dodgy switches etc) must be repaired under warranty. If they're selling with a two year contract, then it's reasonable to expect your device to last two years.
Also remember: your contract is with the retailer not Apple (unless you bought from an Apple store). So don't let your network fob you off to Apple. It's their problem to sort out.
Re: @JetSetJim - I remember streetmap...
Google Results Show World's Most Popular Product First Shock!
I used to use Streetmap all the time. I stopped when Google made a better product. No-one forced me away from Streetmap except them for making their UI so clunky. I've been to sites recently where their 'location' page had Streetmap embedded. I had to leave and look it up on Google Maps.
When your power is down, good luck playing your console whether it needs a net connection or not...
I have them...
and I love them.
It's remarkable how you can change the whole atmosphere and feel or a room so easily. And yes, that helps me to relax, or to feel warmer, or to get more comfortable.
Oh, and if you can use a smartphone app to control your home lighting, I'm sure you can buy a bayonet to screw adapter for 50p
Re: well hold on there pardner...
Fair enough. But I have an aunt who is a relatively literate user, but by no means expert. She lives with her husband, who knows nothing.
She has an iPad for day to day tasks but is looking to replace her elderly XP machine which has slowed to a crawl and would take me a day to sort out (it takes me another day to even drive to her home).
When you start up Win8 does it show you where to click? Does it remind you in two months, when you've forgotten? Does it explain charms and the task switcher? Does it tell you you're effectively running two UIs with no cross-compatibility? Will it explain to her how to use the Windows key and the shortcuts to switch to desktop? Is there a tutorial about why IE and IE Metro don't talk to each other? Or will I get phone calls saying "I can't find my bookmarks" or "why can't I see the letter I'm writing and my email at the same time to reference them?" or "I downloaded a program from the Store and now I can't find it on my start menu?".
Such a massive UI change, with NO visual prompts and reminders, is only good for confident users. And runing two incompatible UIs at the same time is no good for anyone.
This *would* be pretty revolutionary for a change. But I doubt we'll see it. It wouldn't look nice on the front of the phone, and surely we'd have seen the tech proven in a Macbook where it would be of equal if not more use first?
Chain of emails
My missus had about 4 email accounts, each with the other as the 'reset password' email account.
I knew the password to one of them, one she seldom used. Using this, I could've taken control over her entire digital life. Scary.
(For the record, no I didn't!)
Re: "No one really likes to wear glasses at the best of times"
I genuinely don't understand.
In that case a 'de-focussed' image must be projected onto the glass. Because the image IS on the glass, but I guess the wearer looks 'through' the glass and focusses normally with the image being focussed as it if was in the middle distance.
Which means a glasses wearer would need to be projecting an image altered specifically for their prescription - in my case with a high prescription and astigmatism. Not impossible, but damn clever. It'll be the only thing my eye has seen in focus for decades!
Re: "No one really likes to wear glasses at the best of times"
I love my glasses and frankly if I woke up with perfect vision tomorrow, I'd still wear them.
But that brings me to another point. This is one of the most exciting steps in personal technology, and I can see it replacing the smartphone. But I cannot see how it could possibly work for people who need prescription glasses.
The image is, presumably, projected onto the inside of a lens and so can't be corrected BY the lens. Even if an image was put in front, no-one who wears glasses can focus on something half an inch from their face. That's not how prescriptions work. So, unless I've missed something, this is impossible technology for anyone wearing glasses already.
Should learn that you use pint a lot more than point, though?
Re: It is very good.
Switching to plain old tapping doesn't seem to be an issue for me.
Re: Good time for a retraction...
Agreed. I really didn't get along with SwiftKey 3. I don't know why, but I uninstalled.
This, however, is absolutely fantastic.
Re: think bigger
That's not thinking bigger.
My phone already does all of that using profiles and location or wifi based triggers.
Easily one of the world's greatest internet and entertainment accomplishments. The BBC should be given a standing ovation for it's creation.
Re: There is a very clear risk
I think what Richard12 is saying is this:
- you have Twitter1 app signed in
- miscreant hacks account and changes the password
- Twitter1 stays signed in because it already has a token which is not altered by a change in password
- miscreant logs into Twitter2 app
- you realised the hack and change your password
- Twitter2 app is STILL logged in because OAuth tokens aren't revoked by a password changes
Re: Would resetting tokens cause Apps to hit 100k API token limit?
I was just about to say that... worse, since revoked tokens are returned to the pool it's possible that yours is returned and given to someone else, so lose access to your favourite app because they're unable to issue a new one.
I was going to suggest a workaround could be to automatically revoke all tokens upon password change, but clearly with the access limit this isn't practical.
I remember watching it live.
I had BBC News 24 on in the background and they crossed live to watch the shuttle come in for landing. No-one said why, I couldn't remember a routine landing having been news for a long time.
Someone, somewhere tipped off news crews that this could be interesting...
Never connect your Kindle to the internet
Download and side-load with USB. Simples.
It doesn't work by following navigation - GPS is nothing like accurate enough.
It compiles Street View, GPS, previous tracks, a video archive, radar and live video feeds to do several things.
1. It knows roughly where you are thanks to GPS
2. It compares where you look like you are from the video to make the GPS more accurate
3. It compares previously driven tracks with yours
4. It has a 3D 'memory' of the area, so can identify things that aren't usually there: be they cars in front or pedestrians waiting to cross
5. It senses distance to other objects and adjusts speed accordingly.
6. Ideally it would be talking to nearby vehicles and they'd all coordinate responses, but that's not going to happen for a long while.
Re: BBM is just an application
Google Talk is on every Android. Imagine if it had the functionality of BBM: read notifications, file sending, photo sharing, maybe even screen sharing. It already does voice and video calls better than Skype, especially as it's now essentially G+ Hangouts so does video conferencing.
And yet, Google don't seem to care about it. It really, really could be an iPhone killer.
Non-EU prices still eye watering...
£7.50 per MB outside the EU
It's £1.50 per MB even in non-EEA countries like Iceland.
Surely the costs to shunt data around the world are minimal these days?
Re: 7" tablets are brilliant
But given the trend for phones is 4" or bigger (mines 4.7") if I'm going to invest in a tablet it needs to be a different form factor for a different job.
10" is perfect for portability but a use that's different enough from my phone to be worthwhile
By launching a 7", they're not competing with the iPad. They're competing with these: http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/5073692.htm
Apple have shown there is a huge market for 10" devices, and even if they came in at £250 rather than £200 Google would be massively undercutting.
"We are at war with Eastasia. We have always been at war with Eastasia"
Flipping to the polar opposite, and no-one having a clue that you've flipped, is NOT admitting you were wrong!
Admitting you were wrong and that things have changed is a noble and much-underrated quality, especially in a leader. It's clearly one Jobs didn't have.
Re: Before anyone says "here comes big brother"...
Nailed it... it won't mean cheaper insurance for safer drivers. It'll mean ludicrous insurance for regular speeders.
I'd accept this, provided my car speedo was absolutely accurate (it isn't, so I don't actually know how fast I'm going), and I got an audible warning when nudging over the limit.
Plus, there's no reason why cars can't safely tail off the gas themselves when the driver pushes beyond the limit to stop them speeding.
Re: Shameless rip off
Croworc refunded me the price of the earlier app when I contacted them...
It doesn't seem to remember which stories you've read and which you haven't, and there's no indication on an icon that there are unread stories
A few hundred milliwatts in a directed beam. Your phone puts out a signal in all directions, meaning the inverse sqare law applies and power drops off very quickly with distance.
I never understood...
so perhaps someone could explain? If OnDigital had succeeded, wouldn't it have meant the end of free-to-receive TV?
I mean, they always wanted to switch off analogue. Sky Digital needed a subscription, digital cable needed a subscription and so did OnDigital. Where was the plug in and go option that Freeview now provides?
I had OnDigital and thought it was great. The text and interactive services were better than my Virgin cable box can now deliver... it's a silly example, but I was playing along to Who Wants To Be A Millionaire back when people actually watched it, which cable still can't do...
They can also...
make penis-shaped soundwave come out of your speaker. Plus, a peadophile in a microlight committed an overhead atrocity.
They should've tried a bit of customer service...
On one occasion, my wife went into Cancom Brighton and was roundly ignored for 30 minutes before she left.
A second time she went in, but they talked only to her tits.
I went in looking to buy a MacBook Pro but they didn't want my £900 enough to bother speaking to the bloke fondling laptops and looking eager, so I left.
A second time I went in asking if they'd sell me the RAM and perform an installation to upgrade a Mac Mini. They said they'd sell me the RAM, but that the installation was fiddly and not worth their time (I KNOW it's fiddly, that's why I'm willing to pay someone to do it).
It's not £20 a month...
My licence fee is £12.12 per month on Direct Debit. So, slightly more than Spotify for original content which often can't come from anywhere else and is considerably more expensive to produce. In other words, if you only watched Sherlock, you still paid less than the DVD box set for it.
I agree with the central thrust of the article: that charging for iPlayer is problematic. I can record a show to my TiVo and keep it as long as I like. But I can't download from iPlayer and keep it more than 30 days, and downloading that same show via BitTorrent and keeping it as long as I like is illegal.
These are things that need to be sorted out. But the answer should be a £20 all the BBC you can eat, from any source you like, not paying a quid a show.
They'd be better off fixing the existing Android app
Which doesn't work on either Android 3 or 4
Out of the entire world of toys, gadgets and tech you manage to choose 10 things that I would divorce over if they were given to me as a gift...