2690 posts • joined Wednesday 10th June 2009 12:27 GMT
Clue in the name
"The report was obtained under a freedom-of-information request by the Union of Concerned Scientists, which remains unconvinced by the draft report"
One would presume that they'd have to change their name if they weren't unconvinced?
"What's more interesting is that if a couple of geeks are prepared to go this far to get limited NFC functionality, then it's obviously something that a couple of geeks feel they need in their handset and to extrapolate any further would clearly be dodgy science/journalism."
Reasoned argument coming your way
Well, for a start, unlimited means unlimited, check a dictionary. But as you say, put that aside..
Why are only the top 5% "mickeytaking freetards"? What about those that are only in the top 6%? Are they lovely honest paying people? Why is it OK to make a throttle applicable to a moving target? Put it this way, if July's top 5% all go on holiday for a week (could happen), suddenly Mr Reasoned Downloader in the top 6% moves up into the bad-boy category, without changing his own behaviour. Sound measured or fair? Try arbitrary and unpredictable.
I'm all for charging based on bandwidth consumed. But why not just move to an actual model where you can pay for a proper unlimited package? ISPs already understand there's no such thing as unlimited, even when they claim to truly offer it. Sky is the one example I can think of, that for the moment is able to sell a truly unlimited service. But everyone knows that at some point it will become problematic and they'll reintroduce a similar solution - by which point they potentially have people under contract. They're effectively moving the goalposts once you're playing, and quite often you're trapped on the pitch.
"Over 40 countries currently take the BBC feed as their licensed coverage - don't fix something that isn't broken!!!!"
Which countries are these? The "feed" is generally created by FOM and is the same the world over - the BBC get the same feed as everyone else.
Has the woman doing the voice over just learnt how to speak or something?
"After taking some really rubbish photos at a friend’s birthday recently, I decided I needed some sort of timer app for the camera on my iPhone"
The implication being the photos were rubbish by virtue of you not being in the photos? ;-)
"the ISS is massive"
Compared to you perhaps, but compared to the planet it's a blip.
"remember what happened to Skylab"
Skylab was an uncontrolled re-entry (a "natural orbital decay with random reentry") - a more comparable event is the Mir de-orbit which was planned and used an RCS burn to do it, much like they're eventually planning with the ISS. They can aim at a patch of ocean roughly 1500km x 100 km with an RCS burn. Pretty much the same as any Soyuz landing. The break-up doesn't really change the physics much.
You've taken an article about Android and the need for more/better gaming and turned it into a rant about the iOS devices? Fair enough if you don't like it, but try writing your comment in a less tenuous place maybe?
FYI the "2X" button appears when you're running an iPhone app (any version) on the iPad. They are two completely separate platforms - if you like, the iPad comes with an iPhone emulator that you've just witnessed.
"The European Space Agency's Herschel Space Observatory has discovered just where the water in Saturn's upper atmosphere comes from"
It's just shifted the question to "where does the water on Enceladus come from" :-)
Although I've no firm opinion one way or the other, to state:
"the citizens reported that they could not light their water on fire before the drilling. And after the drilling they could light their water on fire"
does seem a bit disingenuous. How many people try to light their water on fire on a regular basis and are able to show a causal link? Post hoc ergo propter hoc for a start. It's hardly a surprise, an increasing amount of journalists tends to highlight the facts that support their theory and ignore the rest (or give it a small caveat near the end).
Unless they discarded the rod each time and reintroduced a new (randomly assigned thickness) rod, that's not a perfect encryption as the article discusses. I knew it as a scytale though, not an okytala.
"will finally debut after Lion arrives, possibly even on the same day, given the previous evening's retail activity - which a download-only product may not warrant on its own"
Presumably ensuring that all the display models are up-to-date with Lion is a challenge/task in itself though?
Specifically the ArduPilot, based on the Arduino board. Has support for full 6DOF + GPS and I'm sure could be adapted to fit whatever airframe you choose
This has been annoying me for a while now. The only reason the 3rd iPhone was called the 3GS is because the couldn't really call it the iPhone 3 having already called the 2nd one a 3G (referring to signal and nothing else).
If they call it a 4S, they can't call the subsequent one the iPhone 5 - cos it would be the 6th one. The only logical solution is to call it the iPhone 5. Though having said that, when have Apple ever abided (abode? abaded?) with common sense?...
The iPhone 4 looks diddly squat like the original iPad, or the second one. Have you actually seen either of them?
Note the curved design of the iPad(s) compared with the "signal enhancing" (cough) band of the iP4 and the flat glass back.
You'll be confusing the UK liberal justice system compared to the US draconian system. There's presumably a happy medium that we could aim for, but "gratuitously murdering someone" or "first degree murder" is either death or life imprisonment depending on the state - and life generally means life.
For some further inane acts of US justice, check out the "3 strikes" rule, where a 3rd offence will get you a life sentence, regardless of severity.
Outbound spam filtering
Don't most SMTP relays (which is effectively what this is) have spam filtering? Given that many providers are quick to blacklist SMTP relays that produce high levels of spam (Hotmail seem pretty quick to jump the gun and previously blacklisted my ISPs SMTP fairly regularly until they applied spam control), I'm not surprised they do this. As you suggest though, not giving a failure message is a bit iffy.
One word - offline
Google Nav is great if you can guarantee a signal. I used CoPilot Live for that very reason - I don't want to have to rely on the mobile networks. Searching/routing is much faster too, regardless of signal.
"What still surprises me is not so much the default password on mobiles (although having switched provider I was happy to see that my new one insisted I set a new one the first time I accessed voice mail) but how vulnerable the operators are to 'social' hacking."
This is what surprises me - I first used the remote voicemail feature about 6-7 years ago as it was rather brilliant. However the default pin (0000 at the time) wouldn't work for me externally until I changed it. Not sure why this has changed, but seems a simple solution: default pin set = no external access allowed.
Completely agree - surely a non-disclosure agreement is one of the first things you'd want to be writing into contracts? And what the f*&^ has Twitter/FB got to do with it? Surely newspaper interviews et al have the same potential for spoiler alerts.
And even further in the future Intel are planning to turn the port into optical only, so read deeper into the subject before mocking - the port is already doomed to obsolescence.
The port can't natively support optical cables - that's why the gubbins will exist (and had been explicitly stated in the case of optical) but there is no reason the first thunderbolt interface couldn't be natively copper with the expected gubbins in the future optical cable.
It's also easily possible for a port to be both - check out mini-TOSLINK 3.5mm jacks that already exist in Apple kit. There's no reason Thunderbolt couldn't have taken a similar approach.
Yes the days of yore weren't good. So what? I'm not using the DD system of yesteryear, I'm using today's. Banks generally are reluctant to refund instantly, but they will. So what's the problem? Complaining about how it previously worked is like refusing to fly in case the hydrogen filled balloon supporting you catches fire.
SO's are a "push" system I suspect you meant to say, but they don't do automated variable amounts, same as online payments. The reason DD's are cheaper is because there is less hassle for the company, and less hassle means less staff required. If I'm willing to accept the drawbacks that you believe exist, then I should share in the company's financial gain from using it.
You missed out the phrase "for idiots" in your first sentence :-)
May be worth mentioning that Kryder's Law would have been a better comparison, saying that data density doubles every year. Even this is irrelevant though, as if data density needed to increase in order to store more data.
Moore's law has become a self fulfilling prophecy anyway!
It's usually spun the other way around
People willing to use DD normally get a discount which is absolutely fair - why should those customers be subsidising the other customers who wish to use a payment method that costs the company money?
"I don't want to give companies the right to take whatever they want, whenever they want from my bank account"
You really don't understand the DD system then..
Max = 4
For this shuttle mission (the last) there is a need to minimise the crew complement for two reasons:
1) There is no Launch On Need rescue mission should a problem develop, so in the need the crew would need to stay on the ISS, returning one at a time over a year - presumably there are limited resources. This would also put the ISS escape plan at risk as it caters for a maximum of 6.
2) The seats for crew members 5 - 7 are located in the mid-deck which has been converted to carry additional pay-load - basically they're cramming the shuttle with as much as they can.
A little dig?..
From the mission website: "The mission also [...] return a failed ammonia pump module to help NASA better understand the failure mechanism and improve pump designs for future systems."
A small dig from NASA since this will be the last mission that is able to bring something sizeable back from orbit? AFAIK there is nothing on the books that will be able to do this anymore, private or otherwise?
I'm assuming the only difference is the "flexible" nature of the dried product. Otherwise I wondereded exactly the same as you - except it's in ballpoint form unlike the ones I've used in the past.
What a character
I'm sure he's just a joy to work with, no doubt a comedy genius in the office environment.
It's a shame that personalised plates have to be unique. B377 END would be an ideal plate applicable to anyone that feels the need to buy such a plate.
Massive leap of logic
"The BBC, in omitting beer from one of its prime time food programs is alienating beer drinkers from the healthy activity of moderate drinking whilst eating; therefore the BBC is being reckless with the nation's health"
So Auntie is encouraging me to binge drink real ale? A strange leap there and not really following it myself.
The difference between wine and ale is quite obvious. With wine you're looking to off-set cost vs quality. With ale, they're pretty much all the same price and you don't have to take a risk in order to try a new one. Spending £20+ on a bottle of plonk is a risk if it turns out to be nasty and may ruin your evening. £2 - £4 on an ale is hardly a risk, if it's crap you move on to another. Hell, even the worst bars will let you try before you buy with ale. You can usually find a decent brewery and stick with it if you're so inclined, knowing that they'll be of a similar quality, the same isn't necessarily true of wineries.
"I currently have 1 CD drive in the house in my laptop and 1 in the car"
Fortunately CD players are disguised in DVD/BD players, game consoles, etc. I think an optical drive will exist to some degree for quite some time. Bear in mind you can still buy a cassette or record player today if you want.
CD *is* a non-proprietary format, well certainly the Red Book standard is and is a perfect way to keep your music. It may be owned and licensed by Philips, but in much the same way that mp3 is subject to a number of patents and licensing - primarily the Fraunhofer Society.
Besides, you're comparing format and medium. To compare CD directly to mp3 is incorrect - comparing 16-bit Liner PCM with mp3 is correct. Comparing CD to whatever medium your mp3s are stored on is correct also and whatever you're storing them on has the same potential futureproofing issues as CDs.
Well, limited. If the user that plugged in the device was running as root, then yes it could do the same damage. But to execute the rogue software, the device would still need to be able to run privileged code.
"What is this "encrypted government only" lark? If I'm paying for it I bloody well want full use of it."
Epic logic. I'd demand a go on HMS Illustrious or similar, after all, *you* paid for it apparently...
MW2 <> Black Ops
@Dward - whoopy for you and your ratio on MW2. Maybe you should try playing Black Ops, or as it's known: "the game the article is talking about". The video even mentions that MW2 is absolutely fine.
"In the vid he said he downloaded black ops via a torrent."
Might want to get your ears checked out then. He "played MW2 while downloading a torrent" - i.e. he tested the lag on MW2 while heavily utilising his line and didn't experience a problem.