235 posts • joined 2 May 2007
Can we have a competition - best new 'Road Safety Camera' sign?
Obviously it'll have to include the county name, logo, sponsors, and lots of small print, along with contact details of the county's data protection office, and details of how to access the information?
Re: There are some reasons to displaying the password...
No, the point is that it means they have stored the passwords in either plain text, or with a reversible hash. It's not ok. Not only should they not show the password, they should not be ABLE to show the password. It should never be stored anywhere - just the (non reversible) hash of it should be stored.
.com versus .co.uk
I see what TSB are trying to do here… trying to get 'local' by using the .co.uk domain.
And I do think that British companies should use '.co.uk' but not even trying to take over tsb.com sounds like folly to me. At the very least it hurts their image - since the cyber squatter there at the moment has a poorer website than TSB, and at worst it could be a security vulnerability - and there is clear liability on TSB's part if some web scum does happen to hack it into a look alike site.
So, even if TSB does manage to gain wisdom and takes over the .com site - who is going to trust it now?
Missing the point somewhat
It's not about shipments!
If you ship 1000x more phones than apple, but your purchasers don't use them for anything more than SMS and MSN then apple still wins. People buy android phones because they are cheap, yes, but they are much less usable. Google needs to get the whole owner experience up to the same level of satisfaction as apple. They can't do that while the platform is fragmented.
You guys have it wrong.
The article has a clear IT angle, all the IT press will be covering the iPad 2 launch.
The article is factual, well researched and well written. It's a proper piece of journalism.
You guys are too used to being spoon fed re-hashed press releases from sponsors that you don't recognize a proper journalistic item.
This is Scotland, and rural Scotland at that. If he can't get ADSL he sure as whatsit isn't going to get a 3G mobile signal.
Nice thought though.
Currently in the UK (On GMT) there is no way to create a recurrent alarm which sounds at the displayed time.
If you set the alarm for, say, 14:45 it will show as '14:45' but it will sound when the clock shows '15:45'
The work around in the tech note does not work.
@It wasnt me
Poor grammar, terrible spelling, and a total lack of control of the caps lock - are you sure it wasn't you? After all your computer skills are definitely a crime! ;-)
BT Broadband to be renamed.
It seems that recent problems were related to a re-branding exercise which is currently underway at BT.
Routers are being re-booted across the country as BT prepares to rename BT Broadband to BT-WhoresPants, which should more accurately reflect the up and down nature of the service.
Windows 7 is not and never will be a slate OS.
People like HP and MS really just don't get it. Cascaing menus and a start button are never going to work on slate!
Even Windows Mobile 7 is a non starter - it is so obvioulsy, and intrusively, designed to promote MS and their products first, and work as an OS second. Until people at the top of MS and HP realise that if they give the user what they want, and do it in an unobtrusive way their products will always be a big fail.
Judas Phone == Bartimaeus Journalist.
Does anyone have a photo of John, St Louis?
I'm sure the art dept. would have some fun with that.
Does anyone have an email address for the idiots at MS who decided to apply for this? We could all flash flame them.
ONE HALF OF ONE HALF
You could take the money and then split it 50/50 with Apple, and they could hire some new Antenna engineers!
Lets hope it wasn't an ex-Apple engineer who designed the antennae.
Works for me.
Available for shipping 24th June.
Because it's not?
16Gb of memory?
What use is a phone with only 1.6GB of memory?
Go screw yourself Adobe
Adobe are way off the mark.
It because of flash and game-kits that the web enabled world is fully of skanky crap like the millions of crap-apps that flood all new mobile platforms and services such as facebook.
What apple are trying to do is preserve a quality of experience unlike any other on any other platform - and I think that is laudable.
Helllooooo? Remeber us?
Someone please remind BT that the world doesn't end at Watford! What a total piece of pish.
How convenient that the iPad will be in short supply.
That's a lesson they've learned from game console manufacturers.
Have you not noticed....
...that apple have been shrinking the size of physical keyboards too?
They are on the way out mate!
There are too many 'families' in this country where the child is in charge and the parents do whatever the kids want.
My daughter is nearly 5. A while back she refused to allow me to (appropriately)strap her into the (appropriate) seat. So I simply lifted her out the car, locked the car and went back indoors. She cried about not going out and was told simply, either get strapped in, or don't go in the car - you choose. Needless to say we now have no issue about wearing seatbelts.
Great article Tim, what a refreshing change to normal sarcasm and Fanbouy bating we see so often on El reg.
You too can have...
.... stuttering, under powered graphics.
You are so right.
Look at the photos over at the archos website and see that it's all about the OS and the hardware, the end user can go to hell. Who (at MS) cares about the user experience so long as it runs Windows 7?
For MS it's all about the Brand and the juggernaut of sales, keep the user swamped and he won't be able to move away, while others are concentrating on the user experience: Treat the user with respect and he'll be faithful.
Apple, Nokia and Palm are all coming to realise that if you get the user experience right, then the users will stay faithful. MS are still trying to use beatings and negative reinforcement to demand brand loyalty.
So, you know what MS should do? (I know I will get flamed for this, but it would work). They should draw a line under Windows 7 and say, after that we will have a brand new operating system. It will not be backwards compatible, though it will work on the same hardware. It will be new from the very bare bones upwards, it will not be based on any previous version of windows, and it will not be called windows.
Now, I know all you windows fans will be snigger at how stupid that sounds, but is it really? Is it any worse than someone who decides to switch from WIndows to Linux? Or windows to Mac OS X?
You are all crying out about how there will be no support for you favourite this that or the next app, but the developers will love it, they get to re-factor all their products, which they've been secretly wanting to do for years. Anyone who has ever made Mac software has already done that once, and it pays.
Don't you think....
This is a damning indictment of Windows Mobile?
Yip - Apple really don't know how to make mice do they! I should know, I switched 100% to Apple about 5 years ago and have never regretted anything other than the crap mice.
He he, they really should just leave the mouse market alone.
Ooohh so close
You were so very close when you said:
>Imagine a Slate with USB, BT2.1 (with full A2DP) and Infrared, a MiniDisplayPort, AND an HDMI
>port. Connect it to your TV, to play some games, connect handsets (iPhones or Apple controllers
>wirelessly or over BT for multilayer). the Slate could be the new AppleTV, or it could fit in the
>middle as a bridge device.
All those ports, well the physical ones at least, will be available - but via the dock connector.
Not the iPad
The extra cameras are going into iPod and Ipod touch devices.
There, I said it.
@Rumours upon rumours
The thing is, that fruity tech is not 2 -3 years behind, but is actually delivering what people want.
Nokia et al think that adding more and more tech will drive sales, and to some extent it does, but then people have actually ended up paying for the tech, and not getting much in the way of usability. Whereas fruity tech deliver usability in abundance - in fact the user experience gets highest priority, ahead of having the latest widget, camera or photon cannon. People like HTC, Nokia and Microsoft should start investing in usability and let THAT dictate the technology and not the other way around.
@ What Year
You are wrong.
It's all about usability and Apple are years ahead of everyone else in that front.
What use is the best tech if it's a pigging pig in a poke ?
"...gives you the benefit of rapid start up, very low operating noise and a PC that is amazingly responsive."
Any Apple Mac from the past 5 years will do that too.
Putting a faster hard drive in a PC to make it go faster is not the correct answer. It's Windows and the mandatory CPU Gobbling anti-malware that makes your PC go slow.
Buy a mac.
Foul Mouthed Tim
Do we really need all the foul language? No journalist should ever be so short for words to articulate hat he has to say.
Like I said
This is because Apple are about to launch a NetBook not a tablet.
I've told you this before.
They have specifically targetted non-apple branded machines with Atom processors. Think about it.
Neverfail for Sidekick any one?
Neverfail for Sidekick any one?
It's not a tablet, it's a netbook
Now, remember where you heard that first.
Try buying one on PAYG
Try this simple test.
Go into any CarphoneWarehouse or O2 store and ask to buy an iPhone 3GS on PAYG.
They will tell you that it is currently out of stock and it may be several weeks before they get stock - or some similar statement, they'll also tell you that they DO have it in stcok on Contract SIMS.
Now, do you know what the difference is between a PAYG sim and a Contract SIM? Nothing.
It's the same phone, the same box, the only difference is the box they tick for activation.
O2 and CPW simply do no wish to sell the phone on PAYG, therefore they must be making more money from Contract than from PAYG phones. So much more, that they would rather loose the £440 sale than sell the phone to a PAYG customer, and then keep the phone in stock until a contract customer comes along.
For me, it's the contempt
I use windows 7 a lot, I have to for my job.
I've used Windows in all it's versions since Win386, through WfW, W95, XP and so on.
I have also used Mac OS X since Tiger (10.3).
What strikes me is the difference in attitude towards the end user from both Apple and MS.
I just get that feeling that the MS developers put code first, and user experience last, whereas with Apple, the user experience is EVERYTHING it's even written into (for example) the iPhone SDK agreement.
I was using windows 7 the other day and was trying to do something simple like copy a file off of my memory stick onto the desktop. The explorer window was just cluttered, poorly laid out and confusing - even for an experienced computer user like me.
The Apple finder isn't perfect - but it is leap years ahead of it's rival when it comes to user friendliness.
Anyway, each to their own.
Bye for now.
By bye Phorm, we all hate you ayway.
@Ted Dziuba - Not journalism
This is a rant, not journalism.
I really detest such negativity in so called journalism.
If you can't present something in a neutral and balanced way then just shut up.
You may well be correct that Opera is not being relevant, so you should present the facts, and your opinion, but to moan like child is just unprofessional.
I wish El Reg would let us filter on author.
Fail and the SysAdmin
The people who made the biggest booboo were the sysAdmins who rolled it out without properly testing it on their builds first.
Eh, What handle?
What do you mean? My profile doesn't have a handle.
So, let have a wee look at your comment.
Don't you think there is something you are missing?
Like the fact that Apple actually make great, usable products?
You obviously got a touch of green fever, because /your/ chosen technology supplier doesn't make any decent products. All you have left is to slag off a company that does, and people that appreciate them.
Nah, he's wrong
What ever way you look at it, all he's doing is making the target area for any key smaller, and therefore training yourself to be more accurate at typing, through lots of early failures to hit the right key.
His screen dump is hilarious - it's all keyboard and no where to type!
Noise? The orbiter (it's only a shutlle when it has the solid rocket engines and fuel tank attached) makes a totally unpowered decent (ie a GLIDE) back to earth.
Surprise - el reg gets it wrong again.
You can still develop on v2.2.1 and you can still submit v2 apps, so long as they will ALSO run on v3.0 - ie using no deprecated APIs.
It's not rocket science. Just plan english, which our reporter seems to have a poor grasp of.
Get a grip people
There's a huge difference between Google and TPB.
TPB was obviously designed to allow access to stuff you didn't want to pay for.
At no time did they ever try to discourage people from carrying out illegal activity from their site.
The verdict is a good one.
Talk about missing the point!
We didn't need the internet, until we had it.
It's not a matter of need, it's a matter of progress and availability will fuel demand, providing it is priced appropriately.
In addittion, BT Can't afford NOT to do it, since someone else will, if they don't. It wouldn't cost Virgin much to extend their fibre to the home from the street cabinets.
So why does it have brakes and not an energy recovery system instead?
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