"Very truly yours, Apple iPhone 4 Settlement Claims Administrator"
Got to love the personal touch!
3163 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
"Very truly yours, Apple iPhone 4 Settlement Claims Administrator"
Got to love the personal touch!
I've been looking for a solution to this for a while now, effectively using my NAS as a backup target for my parent's PC 500 miles away. Rsync is powerful, but far from a "just works" solution.
Forget about the DNA test results, I'd pay $99 for the rights to flob into a tube and post it to, say, some politicians?
Maybe a price sheet could be knocked up?
So you can cap all traffic and call it "unlimited" but you can't cap *some* traffic and call it "unlimited"? The world's gone mad...
As for SMTP, they usually just block port 25 in an attempt to stop you running your own mail server. 587 usually works just fine.
"I have a £15 a month contract."
This. I'm not sure how this is a fabulous new launch from O2, they already have the Simplicity tarriffs which I thought pretty much did that? Calculating the subsidy wasn't exactly rocket science.
Here's a thought though - does this mean that O2 et al will eventually be forced to declare APR rates? Essentially you're getting a loan for the value of the phone and repaying it over 2 years.
I remember the terrifying moments of sitting by the water bubble source, waiting for one to generate while the perilous music started counting down to Sonic's death, followed by the blessed relief of the "bwup-wep!" sound of a bubble being breathed in.
"But in poweroff mode, I just have to bump the power button. So airplane+locked is safer."
I've never met a phone that doesn't require at least a second of holding the power button to turn on, so I don't buy that.
As for the airline chat at the beginning, they've just gotten wise to flight-mode and updated their chat. It was always "turn all electronic devices off", now they clarify "and we don't just mean flight safe mode".
They also tell you to put it in flight safe mode and then turn it off if you're planning to turn it on again later. None of this is particularly new though - even cassette walkmans had to be turned off on takeoff/landing.
Dammit, missed the cultural reference :-( Fail on me - if I could downvote myself, I would.
I'm clearly jaded by the comments on here that post that literally!
The short answer is that there's no such thing as a perfect filter.
For example you could post sanctimonious comments on web sites...
To paraphrase a tweet I saw yesterday (Rob Delaney I think?) "I'm not sure what Bitcoin is, but I'm jumping off a 45-storey building just to be safe"
"If it's tangential to the primary purpose of the organisation, outsource it. If it's mission-critical, don't. Is there really anything else needs to be said?"
Except in this instance they didn't "outsource it", they hired cheaper, inexperienced staff - and offloaded more expensive, experienced staff.
Presumably the Reg (and any other online rag) is failing your test too? Their mission critical things that I can tell are "host web site" and "generate ad revenue". Their solution? Rackspace and DoubleClick.
"This is not a failure of outsourcing - these people were/are RBS employees, just in India - it's a failure of off-shoring."
Yup, you'd think an IT rag would understand the difference between offshoring and outsourcing. Think I've made a similar comment in pretty much all the RBS outage stories on here.
If anything I'd wager that part of the problem is that RBS *didn't* outsource their offshore work. Outsourcing can work, offshoring can work. For a company to decide to work out its own recruitment policies across two continents and put the management practices in place to cope with it is pretty brave/foolish. It's cheaper than getting someone to manage it for you, but it means you have to develop your own expertise in managing it.
Never though I'd say it, but TCS et al exist for a reason and as such cost more than hiring directly. But you also have the fact that *they* would be on the hook for any such fines and as such have a vested interest in getting it right.
Outsourcing is generalised as a "bad" thing (this article being no exception) despite pretty much *every* company doing it to some extent (from cleaners to IT host). IT is often cited as a core service for banks and as such should remain inhouse. By the same token you could argue that IT is crucial to any web news site (el reg being an example) but I'd bet heavy money that the hosting is done by Rackspace, the search by Google CS and the Ads by DoubleClick.
I crunched those numbers and came up with similar, but ran into some problems. Using yours (100g pellets, effective recoil of 0.02m/s) lets still consider that this jolt is happening in a microsecond apparently, or 10^-6s. So the acceleration would be 20,000m/s/s at the point of impulse. So it would certainly be an odd sensation.
Then there's the "pulsing every minute or so" part. The ship is gaining 0.02m/s each minute. So it's average acceleration would be 0.00333m/s/s. After 15 days of constant propulsion (or 1,296,000s) it'll be travelling 4320m/s which sounds pretty nippy, but this is halfway through the predicted journey and we'll only have covered 2.5M km. Somewhat short of the distance to Mars, given the closest known approach is about 22x that.
What am I missing?
"This is my cyber-weapon. There are many like it, but this one is mine. My cyber-weapon is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life. My cyber-weapon, without me, is useless. Without my cyber-weapon, I am useless"
"That one needs an explanation relative to the anthropic principle that explains how it is we were in the magical era where flight was possible and yet a 1 - 3 degree warming will make flight intolerable to aircraft and passengers."
It's not that we were in a magical period, it can be considered instead that we had a relatively stable environment that we developed flight capable vehicles to suit that environment. If flight had developed in the suggested "new" environment, you can assume it would have developed differently and been able to cope. In the above reply, there was talk of such severe flight that an over-G assessment was required. Presumably if turbulence were more intense when our planes today were developed, the airframe would have been built to withstand greater forces.
Am I the only one who read "Bouncing Back" and immediately thought of Alan Partridge's autobiography, heartily endorsed by Shakin' Stevens?
That's what's strange - I recall doing this sort of thing during behavioural AI lectures at Ed Uni in software/simulation back in 1998. So I'm not sure what's "new" exactly?
"you can always spend the year between now and the next round of H-1B applications making yourself as physically attractive as possible "
You sure you mean "physically attractive"?
Black and white fractal generator took hours to run on C64, let alone a colour one. When CSS was first cracked, it took 36 hours to rip and encode a DVD to divx.
And now my phone does realtime HD h264 encoding. Kids these days, etc...
"While some mobile operators are blocking access to some services, the free market will sort that out"
If it *were* a "free market", then yes. But it's not. There are only so many mobile telcos (4?) out there and they all have a vested interest in offering a slightly limited service. As long as no-one breaks ranks, nothing will change.
Not to mention live albums. Or any album where two tracks are related (off the top of my head, Green Day's American Idiot has Holiday and Boulevard of Broken Dreams)
Can't tell you about the others, but online banking and ATMs certainly don't come with a 100% availability. There are maintenance windows and just general failure from time to time.
Users may *expect* 100% but the reality is very different. Highly available services (the stuff you don't want failing, ever) is only usually rated to what was previously the holy grail of "five 9's" (or 99.999%), which equates to about 5 minutes outage per year as I recall.
There's also the question of whether availability even means anything. It's a very crude tool to measure outage impact. A 30 minute outage on the ATM network is more costly to a bank at 5pm than 4am, but availaiblity stats will show the same figure.
Please Register, in the future, moderate your April Fools comments to remove any pointing out it is a joke, so we can have a laugh at all those comment posts that have taken it seriously."
Sadly in this case we couldn't have laughed too hard given how close to reality this was :-|
"Patent troll attempts to patent blatantly un-patentable thing" is a recurring theme these days.
Why do people install apps on their smartphones that replicate a web page? There are many bizarre choices that users make.
Noted to go make a trip. The phrase "somewhere less expendable" did remind me of Springfield's designation of NWB, or "Nuclear Whipping Boy", meaning that in the event of a nuclear war all friendly nations will first calibrate their missiles by bombing Springfield.
AC with the long response - it was clear it was a Samsung problem. For *any* hardware to irrevocably brick itself due to the software running on it is a faulty bit of hardware, regardless of what the trigger point was.
My point is that if this were a laptop that bricked while running Windows, the story wouldn't even mention the OS. Even if it did, it would take a special kind of leap to blame Windows.
"Yeah. 'cos if the problem had been seen in Windows first Linux users wouldn't have been gloating."
Not to get into a game of who started what, but the entire blame and cause of the incident was Samsung and their bodged implementation of UEFI. This was patently clear to anyone reading the original article and yet it invited claims of "ooh, Linux is crap!" for spurious reasons.
This was never a Linux thing, and the only people who thought otherwise were ardent Windows fans.
You won't find a BIOS update on their site that would fix this. It would be a UEFI update :-D
"Last week, the Low Orbit Helium* Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team"
*Hydrogen. Tra la la la-laa....
The speed of light... where? And even if written compared to c (which I assume you meant), did it give you any information you didn't already have?
"I don't miss paying the TV license fee because to get decent TV here you HAVE to pay for Sky [...], where-as in the UK Sky truly was optional because the BBC was such a good service."
While I'll defend public broadcasting to the end, is the above statement not a matter of opinion and preference? For many the BBC doesn't offer a service they want, especially once they started losing various sports to Sky. For the first time I'm considering it after a season without full F1 coverage for example, but I accept not everyone would feel the same.
@Rampant Spaniel - true that you can compress anything (isn't it weird that the automatic assumption is that compression = lossy whereas when I were a lad, compression almost always means lossless) but the ability to do that in real-time (and without significant lag) is part of the problem too, especially in the studio which this article was primarily about.
@Charles 9 - I hear that a lot, but know of no-one who does it, lest I'd be having to text people "I'll be on +34 123 4565 19 for the next 2 weeks if you want to reach me.." Or forever swapping SIM cards back and forth depending on whether I want *my* expensive phoneline, or *a* cheap phoneline.
Much as I both agree and disagree with the sentiment (I reckon Apple and Samsung have probably taken "inspiration" equally as often from each other), I've upvoted you purely for the brilliant line :-)
Translate sounds marvelously useful on the face of it. Until you give it some though.... The most likely and useful place to use it would be while holidaying in some foreign land, ask it "which way to the beach" and it can translate it for a helpful local to point you in the correct direction. But... when you're on holiday you'll have to rely on the hefty data roaming charges it will inevitable rack up to talk to the translation servers.
Perhaps Apple could create that image and tactile feedback for a failed jailbreak attempt on an iDevice :-)
"Projects for which the proposer had a serious workplace accident prior to implementation"
I'm considering proposing that for one of our new KPIs in the office... Would be happy to contribute to it too!
Short answer - it's not!
http://www.instructables.com/files/orig/FXN/P9DX/H8RVBCHF/FXNP9DXH8RVBCHF.jpg for the full size image that shows the desktop more clearly. It's the Wheezy distro by the looks of it.
The oddly amusing thing is, Google would have probably paid several times that in order to buy such data. Or rather more ominously, is probably holding much more private data, which we willingly give it every day, and selling it on at enormously greater values than $7m. Hell, it's Google's business model!
I clicked through the article and the comments just to count the references - am amazed it was no references in the article, and 7th comment!
What happened to the old memes :-(
Sky lied to you then. The majority of the service impacting work has to be done by BT Openreach.
It's far more likely that over-stretched BTOR engineers are being alotted an hour slot for a three hour problem, sticking around to do the job properly and missing the next two appointments. Given the rollocking they'll get for that, the simple answer is to tick the box that says "customer not home" which won't appear on the "no show" reports.
"Oh please how can someone be so pathetic, it's a forum for quickly commenting on an article. I could cry"
Over a meaningless voting system? Further perspective required.
So malicious packet causes system to lock up - should probably get a security suite to deal with tha... oh.
"Is it a massive problem if someone finds out you bought Justin Bieber's album?"
In that particular instance, the answer is yes, very much so.
As I understand it, the shareholders tricked Cook into singing the entire score from HMS Pinafore.
This is why I detest using "speed" as a measure in telecoms. They didn't have the "fastest connection", they had the "lowest latency". It's meaningless without bandwidth considerations (which are meaningless on their own too - I could send terabytes/day via the Royal Mail).
"It's like trying to explain evolution to a creationist."
Yup, somewhat ironically you've nailed it the analogy, just not the way you intended...