654 posts • joined Sunday 6th May 2007 13:04 GMT
Re: A casual Observation
I stil remember the day when discs dropped below the £1 per MB barrier.....a 120MB drive for £105 including VAT
Thank heavens for boffins
You read story after story of some Big Bad Corp or Corp v Corp sueball tournament and then suddenly as a bolt from the blue there is this bunch of enthusiasts and real world companies willing to put reputations (and money) on the line for pure escapist fanatasy projects.
Gawd bless 'em one and all
Seem to recall
that the HTC One was using a microphone designed and patented by Nokia which is world leading for removing background noise and which HTC got hold of because the company making them for Nokia sold them without permission. It still had the Nokia part number on it when installed into the HTC One...
Re: any patent using words with more than 3 syllables
Well that's the word 'automatic' banned then
Since you can find all the links on Google can we block them too.....
Sauce for the goose etc etc
behind the times there..
It already is illegal under the terms of the Theft Act. They are using the images with the intent of obtaining financial advantage by implying that they are the owner or have permission from the owner to do this. The act makes it clear that it does not matter if the real owner does not lose possession of the article and was designed around the idea that you might borrow something and offer it for sale then run off with the money after handing the item back.
The problem with dealing with the BBC is that all their money comes from the license fee so the only people who feel the pain are the general public.
Re: how to profit on bitcoin
I have visions of those nice record labels or movie studios using this as a way of being given permission to scan all the files on your hard drive to track down those naughty freeloading pirates while making money out of it.
Re: Not surprising
To be fair to the guys, saying that another OS/Kernel/whatever already does it does them down. Writing the code to get in working in your specific situation is a different order from asking if it can be done
Day One updates
I know there is a lot of this kit built in advance for a launch day which may not have the latest version of the software but why do all the games have Day One updates which are of a size similar to the main game itself?
Actually, why is there so much work on the console software being pushed out so close to launch? Surely the bad press you will get from umpty-Gigs of 'patches' on Day One would lead you to stop releasing updates to the console build group x days before launch and then putting it all out in one hit a few weeks after Launch Day 'in response to user coments'.
Touchscreen for a Linux laptop? So were these planned as Windows 8 but there was no demand or are Dell once again trying to prove no interest in Linux laptops as a follow-up to their last games where you could have a Linux laptop if you accepted a slightly lower spec at a slightly higher price.
Actually, many years ago in Omni magazine(?) there was a very interesting article about this very topic. When doing test flights on some new business aircraft they discovered that the performance was fractionally better when they still had the tufts fitted to show airflow over the wings. They played around and eventually used a corrugated film just like the stuff used for those cards you could tilt to see two different images (yes I know it probably has some precise technical name but I decided I don't care). Having the ridges running parallel with the leading edge of the wing gave a much cleaner boundary layer and so smoother airflow compared with a polished surface.
First step should not be hard
The changes to BB10 from the handset side were good as the new handsets are better than the old and still include a physical keyboard option for people with fat fingers (yes that does include me)
Where it went spectacularly wrong was on the back-end with BES10....the previous server system worked on the premise of 'one server to rule them all' etc etc but with BES10 that all changed. Mail/Calendar no longer routes through BES meaning you have to setup extra servers at which point why bother with BES at all? Yes they have lots of extras which are really funky like making files on your network available and suchlike but they have lost the core product.
If they offered a BES10 version of the old command/control/delivery server then handset sales would improve as companies actually considered it as an upgrade path. At present BES10 is just a dead-end.
So Nortel had all this IP which all these companies are apparently infringing and it decided to sell it off rather than sue their way to bonuses all round? Either there is no infringement or Nortel were too nice to survive anyway.
Why the hell is it possible to buy IP and then sue people for products which the previous IP owner did not object to. Surely the lack of legal action is an implied permission?
Re: Backups, backups, backups!
You have forgotten the most inportant part of making backups.......TEST THE BLOODY THING
If you haven't checked that you can recover a random file from your backup then it is just a bunch of tapes
Re: Swear like Troopers
May be an urban myth (I do so hope not) but when they were trying to sell it to a German(?) TV channel they offered to re-do the soundtrack but the visiting execs refused the offer as they could understand what the Clangers were 'saying'
Hmmm, no website
So having been sensible and booked your flight ages ago while it was in it's cheap window you had to then wait to check in. Now when you get to the airport with no boarding card will they supply it free of charge?
Re: Silly Turkey
How do you make men stare at a pound of fatty tissue?
Put a nipple on it
Back 20 years
and there was me thinking that it was because he had a Black and White set
I told them....
once you give up quills and parchment it will all go wrong but no they went ahead and had the 19th century regardless
Re: What a waste of time and money
"My heating never goes off...that's what the thermostat does."
Yes, yes oh my GOD yes. I really really never understood all those people who 'turned off their heating' at the start of Spring and were then surprised when strange things happened when they turned it back on. With proper modern valves on rads then the whole problem has gone away, you can even retro-fit them to old rads.
Round here there is a penalty for walking away with your PC unlocked as you will find you have sent an email around the office promising doughnuts for afternoon tea-break. Tends to concentrate the mind much better than vague 'mis-use of corporate IT equipment' type phrases.
You could always
just do your own model of the Isle of Wight. Not sure if it would handle the model village in Godshill which is a model of Godshill complete with the model village which includes a model village. Seem to recall it has four iterations but it's been a while.
Would certainly allow a much better scale though
as someone who has always liked BB
I have to ask...what the heck were they thinking with the BB10 back-end?
The older BES setup was exactly what most businesses needed and gave both mail delivery and full control of handsets in a single package. They also had BIS for 'da yoof' to hook into their hotmail/google mail accounts.
What is the new offering? Well you have one server to control the devices another to share network files etc etc etc but as for delivering the mail??? Oh yes, and no more BIS for 'da yoof'
Just a shame that the new handsets are actually very very nice. Still, I can use on to hook into my mail server and just get the mail that way, I don't need the BB back-end any more and it seems nor does anyone else.
Re: Don't see the problem here
Hmmm......so iOS7 introcudes the dacility to remotely brick the device. I wonder if RIM patented the technique when they introduced it for the Blackberry phones oh so many years ago? May not save them but it would help Apple get rid of that pile of off-shore cash they are struggling with...
Is it just me?
Reading all the comments on articles about Smartphones I have to keep asking myself why people seem to be so obsessive about the picky details for a damned phone.
I know they all try to shoehorn in a bazillion features these days but just how are you meant to use most of them on a screen smaller than your hand? If you want to quickly catch up on emails then yes, that's fine. Or else maybe check to see what time the next train/bus is to see if you have time for a swift pint but beyond that? Music/Movie editing, I think not....Remote management of a Data Cantre,....Really? Those are what laptops/netbooks are for (even at a stretch a 10" tablet although you lose a lot of screen real estate for the keyboard).
If you want to treat it as a status symbol then fine, just don't be surprised if your concept of it's status/value is different to everyone else.
Re: The arrogance!
With a small adjustment your cencept would work as a parallel....
100 people go into the Post Office to send a package home to their Mum (Mom I suppose as this is a US-centric issue at present). 50 of them choose the next day option so their packages go into the van first which only leaves space for 25 more so half of the other group are going to have to wait for the next van but it will be along fairly soon. Oh and of course it will take any packages on next-day delivery first but their packages will go....eventually.....probably
Re: Party balloons?
Wonder if spray varnish would help or if the minute extra weight would exceed any gas saved.
The last few CDs I have purchased c ame with online extras and all I needed to do was signup to the artists site. These are people who are popular because of their talent, not through their label pushing the whatsit out of them all over the place.
I even get regular updates with extras like remixes or collaborations to promote tours free of charge by email
Re: I don't understand something here...
Definite +1 on the lack of non-smart, non-3D TVs...I have even gone the route of starting to look for good monitors with HDMI to take their place but they don't go that big :(
please feel free to send me links to show I am wrong about big monitors
no, really please do
Re: Get your glasses on.
but it doesn't show on google maps, maybe they have only just opened
Re: Monopoly and an agency model
Got to agree with you. I was always impressed with a concept from a Sci-fi series (E.E doc Smith?) which they labelled the Pricipal of Enlightened Self-Interest. You make more money in the long run if you let your suppliers make money and your customers save money. It is not easy to set the margins and they may change with time but if you think long-term then it is worth the effort.
This bears all the DNA of every instance where a Government and IT are in the same room.
Broad but good intentions
Lack of accountability
Unexpected costs to be borne by the taxpayer
Regulator who Cannot/Does not/Will not enforce the rules
blah blah...Daily Mail...blah blah Return to Start
While the share value may have bounced, will there be enough left of the company to drag it away from the abyss?
With the recent impact (and reversals) of Windows8 on the PC side of things and the good old XBox180 on the console side (oops sorry, that should be XBoxOne), does MS have the will, skills and products to turn things around. The comments about Windows 9 ignore the reality that short of a Windows7 Megapack then you would be looking at a minimum of a year to put a new OS together and if it was just a tweak to Win7 how would that be a revenue source?
Almost every successful product line has been contaminated and many of them were 4th order iterations of something that was good and right where each iteration seemed to add more baggage and less function than the one before.
Will be interesting to see how many MS staff take advantage of the share price and do a runner.
Now here's a thought. I don't remember everything from your trials and tribulations on the initial build but I am sure that a tower was considered and rejected for various reasons but this latest article makes me wonder. Has anyone considered approaching Glenmorangie to see if they would act as a hub or at least a host for aerials? I'm no expert but I suspect there is a better than fair chance they would look at this from the community aspect as it never hurts to be known for leaning towards altruism.
Timing is everything
With both this snippet from Google and the latest crash/burn of Office 361 hitting on the same day, you have to wonder how many people are going to finally realise that handing over all your data/applications/processing to a cloud just might not be the smartest option available. It certainly is not the most secure/resilient.
Re: So the overinflated launch price of the XBone
Ah, you must have missed the bit which says features which need Kinect will not work if it is not connected......like watching 'per person license' movies or playing 'per person license' games.
That was intended as a sarcastic touch-in-cheek retort but then I realised that their statement did not actually preclude that possibility.
I think it is a bit like allowing EU referendums to promote electorate involvement, there is nothing to stop it happening just so long as they return the right result.
and they will keep going round the loop until they do
Re: Inflexible flexibility
and lawyers are there to make sure it is as difficult as possible to determine the exact meaning of phrases which appear to be real English and which suggest an obvious meaning* which is favourable** to the person buying the product.
*obvious meaning is a Trademark of obscure licensing Inc
** requires Platinum level subscription which is not transferable from the person identified in the original purchase order and may not be available in your country. Failure to maintain previously unmentioned monthly payments reverts membership to Gold level for which different terms apply, see error 404 website for details
I mean, I know that phones are getting ever larger screens but just who the hell uses a sub-5" screen to work on a spreadsheet?
Re: Why shouldn't streaming services pay more?
I know there is a lot of aspects to this story, but the main point of your comment misses the part of the article where other streaming services 'who also happen to have a terrestrial radio station' pay less than Pandora. That was the whole reason for them buying a radio station.
A true shocker
but to be fair I used a false date of birth too. I was 'forced' to setup an account many moons ago so I could be a neighbour in those endless brain numbing games for all my family members. I would like to remove my account but that is no longer possible as I have forgotten the completely false DoB I used so I could not log in if I wanted to. Of course the up side is that I am using resources on FB with a zombie account but that comes with the downside that I am inflating their user numbers....is their no true win against FB?
I noticed that when it was being discussed this morning on the BBC that the nice lady who was representing the Government was talking about all the wonderful things it could be used to control despite it being supposedly just for blocking certain porn. Even the presenter caught onto that and asked about why she was wittering on about stuff which was not supposed to be included.
I think someone may have got her bumps read when she returned to the fold for disucssing next years expansion of a 'wonderfully successful' pilot scheme.
Just out of curiosity.....who takes the blame if sexual assaults go up after this filtering gets put in place?
Re: Not a new concept
Well surely then your mission (should you choose to accept it) is to build the interface between your code reader and his food database......
that were they to issue a statement (obviously not a joint statement in view of the 'cartel' allegations) then it would include phrases such as 'it is a part of our terms and conditions (or soon will be) that we can choose who gets to use our services as we are a business and not a right'.
Or some such waffle.
Re: Obsession with 'market share'
Ah, but Ferrari do fit Fiat engines to all their cars......
and there was me thinking iWatch was a new site for the Twitter-types to promote films they had seen. Or maybe a site for Financial-types to say which companies they had stocks in.
I know Apple have gone a bit gaga over that whole i(think of a word) thing but does no-one bother trying them out in their head to see if it really does suggest the product they are sticking it on?
Re: Show of hands, people - who had one?
I still have mine and my Dad has his. He got the SDX add-on (the MTX 2 in the article?)which auto-mapped the 3.5 floppy down to RAM as soon as you inserted it to speed up access times. I upgraded to the FDX with a real monitor rather than the cheap TV I had been using.
They were phenomenal machines for their time...
So have I read this correctly?
ICAAN see it as something which makes them no money and it is known that people are not required to enter valid information as there is no regulatory body that could take action against people that fib.
A body such as......ooh, I don't know....maybe ICAAN?
I wonder if their Whois entry has valid details?
I suspect they are not suing in Sweden because they cannot be sure of a rubber-stamp ban if they do that. They may actually have to come up with evidence that it is illegal rather than just potentially denting their profit margins
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