3510 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
Re: Variable Relays
" ...I imagine that they had already been through a full rehersal.. ."
Imagine all you want but I imagine that a full rehearsal costs money they weren't willing to spend. Even switching on lights and all expected power loads would be an organisational cost that was judged to be too great. I speak as someone who has, in the past, tried to get management to agree to real world test scenarios for systems testing instead of theory and dummy loads.........
re. TV licence needs for iPlayer
I'm sure the iPlayer first page used to have a statement that you needed a TV licence to watch it. Not anymore though (and I deleted cookies).
I refuse to take part in this
"For the love of all that's holy don't get sidetracked into the perfect biscuit to accompany the perfect cuppa."
Separation of the twin sacrements is a heathen act.
Re: I'm sure I remember...
I once read that the number was in fact 66.6, which happened to be my weight in kilograms. I made an effort to eat more and now I don't feel cursed.
@ge Re: Alternatively
Why not go all the way, tell them you're interested in buying a nanowidget and get them to send a salespup round to give a demonstration in the comfort of your own home? Imagine the fun you could have 'testing' the nanowidget and pointing out all the flaws it has.
Then you offer perform consultancy services to improve the design of their nanowidget and ask for a working lunch with their managing director. You also send them an invoice for the 'initial consultation' with the salespup. The possibilities are endless.
Cynical and suspicious .....
In the 'Mobile Geeks' linked video, I got the impression that the change in display from '0' to '1' happened when he moved the phone to change the viewing angle, and there were positions in which both '0' and '1' were visible together, which is not what I'd expect from a working display demonstration.
Bill The Galactic Hero ......
... would know how to deal with them.
Re: and so the takeover begins...
Googoo, Gahgoo, Goohoo, ...?
El Reg does have an RSS feed, it has several. I've been using the main one for ages and it's _usually_ exactly up to date.
@DrXym Re: Some tips for sites
Thank you for saying what I've been thinking (with less technical detail) for the past two years. I get especially annoyed with ebay and Wikipedia who always initially deliver their mobile site to my 10" tablet.
Having said that, I am pleased that 'The Independent' newspaper delivers its mobile version, because then I get just the article text, with no fancy layout bars, no adverts and no big pictures; with simple links to other articles underneath it. I've tried the main site and it's full of crud that I don't want to download or look at. I use the Google RSS news reader for my newspaper and other regularly updated websites.
Re: Bring it on ISON
You have a waistcoat made from oak panels?? Very cyberpunk. Does it have turned brass buttons?
@Kevin Johnson Re: Nice distinction there
I recommend that you consult the Oxford English Dictionary. It's on the internet nowadays; which is nice of them.
History - learning from it - as if
You know how we look back at boo.com and similar ventures, then say, "WTF was that all about?". Well, ......
How about locking you and your children in a concrete bunker and dropping food in through a hole in the roof twice a day? I can't see any downside to that.
re. prospectively predicting stuff
'prospective' means relating to the future. So, 'prospectively predicting' means predicting things about the future.
I thought that predicting was always about the future. Is there another kind of predicting?
Re: Wise up?
If only you'd had the courtesy to stay out of our awareness.
I'm not sure what exactly is happening
"The charity's phone-in helpline ChildLine said that compared to just one year ago, a whopping 70 per cent more boys had called in about seeing porn online, ..."
If I want to see porn online, I have to make a reasonable effort (hint: it's not worth the effort).
How are these kids doing it? If the are being shown porn or being sent links to porn, then this is an issue for child protection authorities and the police. If they are actively seeking it out themselves then that raises all kinds of questions.......
@diodesign Re: Scott 49
Windows has WIMPs.
(Scott; I'm a fandroid and not at all bothered if anyone calls me that.)
The fanbois threw a party at the Apple jail .........
evasi0n started loading, they began to wail .....
(It's early in the morning. I could work on it, or somebody else could- a community composition?)
Puzzled re. legal jamming
"Jamming is done legally to ...[do A] .., and ensure that our defence forces could cope if GPS got knocked offline, ...."
I don't understand how the ability to perform jamming would be of any help if GPS went offline. What scenario do you have in mind here?
Also, I thought that using a mobile phone to call in the 'detonate' command was fraught with danger (to the perpetrator and the aim of the mission) and so they used cheap old phones with no SIM card but a calendar event used for the trigger?
The underpants GNOME
1. Have discussion and gather opinions
"The company has spent most of 2012 fighting arch rival Apple in court "
I thought that 'honour' went to Samsung? I don't remember reading much about HTC's efforts in this area.
Re: I'm "planning" to be rich someday...
Another way to get rich is to sell your commodity product at 5.79 cents when your competitors are selling it at 12 cents. Wait, how does that make sense, in an undistorted and free market?
Re: My Samsung Chromebook turned up last week!
What can it do when it's offline? I was under the impression that all your documents etc were in the Google cloud so that you couldn't do any productive work offline. (See my comment earlier.) Can you tell me what things can be done with it offline?
About the big internal hard drive ...
Does the Chrome OS have a music/video player and slideshow application for local content?
What you said about 'competitive advantage' is quite correct and is against the principles of 'free market capitalism', since the small local companies are not free to use the techniques the big internationals enjoy.
As for those who spout off about VAT and employee income tax, that must be challenged as soon as it is said.
VAT is not paid by the companies, it is paid by their customers. If VAT was doubled overnight, it would not affect the profits of the company, since all they do is collect it and pass it on to the government.
If income tax was doubled overnight then that too would not affect the profits of the companies. For the large companies to say that they are the ones who are paying VAT and income tax is like me saying, "because I didn't kill you today, that means that I've saved your life, and I'll save your life tomorrow as well, I'm so good to you."
What's needed is ......
... for headbands to become fashionable. Women would generally have not much of a problem with that but men would, I suspect. With a headband, they could fit lots more tech into it.
Re: A Qihoo spokesperson said ....
Think of it as an inoculation comment, or homeopathy. (I'll try anything to keep him away.)
A Qihoo spokesperson said ....
"Microsoft was an inspiration to us. We're late starters but we're catching up quickly."
Putting on my devil's advocate hat .....
"Transfer pricing ..... is one of the hottest areas of international tax fraud, ..."
You seem to be pre-judging the issue :)
You are Eric Schmidt and I claim my prize.
Re: more techo-wanking - Markus Kayser video
In the close-up shots of the powder fusing, I have the feeling that a low melting point binder powder has been added to the sand. Anyone else think that?
Re: self-help The Microsoft Way™
Admitting that you have a problem is the first step. We should listen to them.
My immediate thoughts re. The Minister
""The Minister considers this type of conduct offensive ............. to ensure no confidential taxpayer information was compromised."
Po faced, tight arsed, uptight, straight laced, small minded, reactionary, ......... bah, humbug!
Re: Thost that are dumb enough to think a phone is a status symbol of success
Yes, who the hell indeed. Inquiring, smart and tight minds want to know. Tell us ! (please).
(Tesco Mobile: £10 a month rolling 1 month contract, 500 mins, 5000 texts, 1GB data)
@Ru re. Re: Oh How I Laughed...
I thought that 'bricked' meant that your shiny item of kit had assumed the functionality of a brick, but that it was recoverable if you knew how to do the necessary digital incantations.
You seem to think it means that your shiny item of kit has suffered the equivalent of having a brick thrown through it.
We need a formal and agreed glossary of terms.
re. Twitter and Legality
As far as I know, the lawbreaking would be the act of 'soliciting', i.e. seeking trade as a prostitute. Merely making a statement of fact in a simple information tweet might not be 'soliciting', if you have a clever lawyer.
"IANAL - tel. 01xxx xxxxx" (as an example)
It looks like some rimmer is downvoting people who don't like blackberries
PC Sales in the toilet
I started thinking about a wall mounted dispensing machine, big enough to carry quite a few laptops. Then I realised that I'd misunderstood and was getting confused (again).
@Eadon Re: Tablet computer has slot for SD card - Surface deficiency
If you stretch an analogy too far, you can strain your credibility. Oh, ...wait a minute.
It was proper tin/lead solder in those days, with smoke from the flux cores that made your eyes water, not the modern lead-free rubbish they use nowadays. Ah, happy memories.
(I still have a half full reel of Ersin 60/40 22swg flux cored solder, in case any electronics soldering is needed.)
and associated Greek porn (sorry, art) .....
I'm worried about some elements of this. Can it be classed as one of those 'extreme' images?
Re: Amazing to think ...
The ones with any planets around them would be suns. So we won't know for sure until we get a closer look.
Re: Crapware Payload
That's ok. Oracle gave you Virtual Box so you can mess up a VM and then throw the whole polluted mess away and start again, older but wiser.
@AC 09:37 Re: "I'm not writing puff advertisment ....... "
"There is nothing in this story (apart from one "tiles offer neat shortcuts" comment) which demonstrates Windows 8 is of any benefit over 7."
Win2K to Win XP had shortcuts. They had user definable pop-out menu bars with user definable layout and appearance that contained user definable icons that were user definable shortcuts to whatever the user wanted. Then, in Win 7, Microsoft removed them!
Wait a minute
"...the ability to share Office documents between multiple devices and getting availability over the internet ..."
That's what file systems, removable storage, networks, cloud storage and, er ... the internet are for. Or so i thought.
They waited ....
... until Eric Schmidt had left North Korea before announcing this. Quite sensible really.
UNIT is part of the UN and the Doctor helped them out with some time travel.
You could buy a lot of pies with that amount of money.
(The one with 3.14159 old pie wrappers in the pocket)
I love the smell of mission creep in the morning
"US companies and those international companies that use American-hosted services won't be touched."
"There's no intent to have the military crawl inside industry or private networks and provide that type of security,"
(For now .....)
- +Comment Trips to Mars may be OFF: The SUN has changed in a way we've NEVER SEEN
- Vid Find email DIFFICULT? Print this article out and give it to someone 'techy'
- Back to the ... drawing board: 'Hoverboard' will disappoint Marty McFly wannabes
- Google+ goes TITSUP. But WHO knew? How long? Anyone ... Hello ...
- Comet Siding Spring revealed as flying molehill