485 posts • joined Wednesday 10th June 2009 14:14 GMT
Re: Ballmer Babes
Security's too good at the Apple stores?
Sometimes ya gotta settle for second best.
Re: He was a bit
That's what makes him interesting. Odd and intelligent is a great combination.
Many wall warts wouldn't pass EU tests if you tested them.
But they have CE marks on them!
Oh, sorry...that would be the confusingly similar (read: identical except for microscopic differences invisible to the untrained eye) "China Export" mark.
(indicating that the article in question was exported from China?)
I tend to view any and all certification marks on Chinese manufactured products with the greatest of skepticism.
Re: Switched-mode power supplies are often like this
That whining you hear, is actually a built in indication that your efforts to reduce power supply cost have gone past the point where they affect the proper functioning of the unit. It's time to put just a wee bit more money into the parts and buy some inductors that are more tightly wound on cores that are bonded together with something more robust than hot glue.
Quality Chinese Engineering at its finest, I would suspect.
Re: Stupid people always want something to blame
Whose database is Apple using? I hope they got it cheap. I had heard they were planing to use Open Street Map (OSM), but perhaps not?
Re: Stupid people always want something to blame
Same thing happened on my road. Though the town gets partial for not using an official "DEAD END" sign.
How stupid do you have to be to keep going when there's brush scraping both sides of your vehicle?
Re: Hackers would go after Windows phones...
Windows, Linux, Macs, Android -- they *can* all get malware. What differentiates them is:
- market share -- is writing the malware worth the effort?
- defenses -- what tools are available to block/combat the malware?
Microsoft (the market leader) have anti-malware software available but choose not to include it or enable it by default in their OS. If you're committed to fighting malware, why would you not ship your product with anti-malware tools installed and enabled by default?
Re: Low end?
"The cheapo tablets are generally compromised in some way..."
Usually, in my experience, that way is basic function -- as in "they don't work". But what did you expect from Chinese white box tablets for under $100?
Re: Sanitary Engineering
A well designed toilet is a work of art.
Some day, the British will have the opportunity to see one.
//seriously -- British toilets could use a redesign
CF aren't that bad
When I had my house built, 20+ years ago, I opted for recessed, dual 13W CF fixtures in the kitchen and hallways. Over the strenuous objections of my wife, who claimed they were cold, harsh and flickered. I installed 2700K bulbs, which to my (color blind) eyes looked indistinguishable from incandescent. She admitted they did to her as well. And the only time they flicker is when they are failing.
Granted, we did get a batch of Philips "green" (low mercury I assume) bulbs, which on average, lasted less than a year, but other than that we get many (10+ in some cases) years from them. The best part is the power use, 1/4 that of incandescent, and the rebate I got from the power company which pretty near paid for the whole install.
Yes, I'd do it again. Fluorescent, because of the mercury and lack of aggressive recycling, is not my first choice, but I can certainly live with the quality of the light. I look forward to testing the "plastic lights"
romanes eunt domum
Re: Another idea
Shame you couldn't get some kind of Royal Charter or something...I hear one of Them is an SAR pilot. If you'd made the extra effort to get him interested in the project, maybe...oh, wait -- he's got something else on his mind right now, doesn't he?
Well, it was a good idea. Better luck next time, guys!
(and thanks for the stroy, tracking, photos, videos, etc, so we could follow along)
Re: Total bollocks, all right
"The innovative bit about the patent is the re-radiating of power from one device to another"
Let me get this straight: "re-radiating" is somehow better than just letting the end device pick up the power on its own? Recovery of radiated power by the re-radiator is necessarily inefficient, as is the process of "re-radiation" (whatever that may be). I guess it'll work as long as the battery in the "re-radiator" holds out.
Up to a meter, huh? I'll believe it when I see it work without something melting or the disc on my electric meter spinning faster than light.
//it's the one with "Secrets of Free Power" in the pocket, thanks
Best of luck!
Let's hope LOHAN doesn't get "busted", like its namesake:
Clear skies and smooth landings!
Re: Not just OS X
...and on Ubuntu 12.10 here as well
Re: Or on Three network
Hmm - interesting. It's the exact same process on the AT&T network here in the US. I wonder if they're all using the same 7726 software? Typing in the sending number is a pain, but I try to remember I'm helping to build a database to shut down these b@stards.
Maybe there is hope after all. It seems to be working here, I haven't gotten SMS spam for a while now. It does seem to come in bursts for several months, then dies out. I'm currently getting robocalls offering me [lower interest rates, free alarm systems, or dead air!)
Assuming that the carriers actually care (or are encouraged to care by the regulators), the first step in shutting down SMS spam would be to gather statistics.
The carriers can't seem to stop the spam at the source, but 7726 allows them to automate the process of identifying the sending number and enables them to block it almost immediately (simple script -- if you get 10 complaints on the same number to 7726 inside of 10 minutes, block the number).
It may not end the problem, but at least it makes life a bit more difficult for the spammers (they need to buy more SIMs, as they're being blocked more quickly) and collects evidence (we have all these compaints of spam from this number, and here we have a SIM registered to that number, perhaps you'd like to explain?)
Re: The Newton was not a technology failure
I beg to disagree. Jimbo seems quite displeased with the performance of its handwriting recognition:
//one of my favorite Simpsons moments
Re: clarification for foreigners and the young
I believe the Honorable Gentleman was attempting to cram a large number of currency notes into his suitcoat at the time he made that statement.
"legitimately CE marked..."
Call me a sceptic, but in my mind, the probablility that a no-name PSU has legitimate CE and/or UL markings is so small as not to be worth mentioning.
//"China Export", my Aunt Sally...
Nice to see old hardware being reborn! Well done, those men.
I only fix Windows machines once
...and only for very good friends (and family, of course). If they can't afford an upgrade to a Mac, I explain to them that even if I succeed in removing all the malware, it will just eventually grow back. Then I ask them what they use their PC for. It's usually mail, browsing, music and digital camera. If iTunes is involved, I recommend a Mac; if not, I ask them if they'd consider trying Linux, with the caveat that we'll save their Windows drive and they can go back to it any time. So far, all have chosen Linux...and stuck with it!
Gabon Minister of Telecommunications: "Hello?"
FBI numpty: "We'd like to speak with you about a recent application for a .ga domain name and the future level of your foreign aid from us."
GMoT: "What domain name application? It's already been cancelled."
FBIn: "Thank you. Have a nice day."
I *will* not buy this iPhone 5...
...it is scratched!
Linus, Jobs, Ballmer
Linus would be the most fun at a party, and a more interesting neighbor.
Re: Once upon a time they might have been able to kill Skype
" People use Skype because everyone else uses Skype. "
And everyone else uses Skype because it's the only available cross-platform audio/video chat app (that works).
It even works on Linux...
Re: I wonder how he feels
Made in Worcester, MA, I understand (not 30 miles from my own abode). So, his space suit has actually put money in the pockets of my neighbors, which could be considered saving a small portion of the planet['s population]...
//point stretched to the breaking point, I believe
Re: If they didn't have all their electricity cables above ground...
You folks in the UK may not have it, but over here in the colonies (New England, specifically), we have this stuff called 'bedrock". I invite you to try burying cables (or anything else) in it.
Re: Lost power probably...
"...why arent they fitted with some sort of built in auxiliary power (barrel solar arrays or built in generator)?"
The one down the road from me has three (or four?) providers on it. Each one has a generator and an associated large underground propane tank. Of course, that tank only lasts a certain number of hours...and refueling it when there are downed trees across the road is...problematic. Wind generators, solar panels, etc don't produce enough steady power to run the site, and would require large batter banks.
All of which is why I still have a land line :-)
Here's what CNET says
"Genachowski said that as of 10 a.m. ET today, 25 percent of the nation's wireless companies' cell sites were not operational..."
25% cell towers *blown down*???
That doesn't sound right. Those towers are built to survive. What the FCC actually said isn't clear, but other news sites are reporting the 25% number, with the terms "down, knocked out, damaged". It seems more likely that what the FCC meant to say, was that 25% of the cell sites are inoperative.
If you've seen one of those towers up close, they're built to stay standing through worse than Sandy.
I've seen bigger.
Re: Am I the only one that
No, you're not.
Though I always see one of these:
I had one as a teen...worked well
Re: Helicopters (one) can have eject systems!
"... a explosive charge blows and releases the main rotor blades and then the pilot is ejected..."
Important to get the timing right, then?
//leather flight jacket, thanks
Why don't they...
play him some "Yellow Submarine" and see what happens?
//maybe he'll sing along
Only a matter of time...
..before I can download my new proto-Elamite.TTF font file, then.
BP power consumption
With all these old machines and their power and cooling requirements, BP's electricity consumption will soon be back at wartime levels!
Re: Microsoft going for the Apple lock-in.
"Once you buy Metro apps, then you will be locked in Microsoft in a way that make Microsoft marketing men jump about in excitement. It no longer matters how shit Windows Phone is, you will buy it, because you bought aload of Metro apps...."
Until, in typical Microsoft style (Zune, Plays for Sure, Kin1 and 2), they go off on another tangent, leaving you and your Metro apps in the dust.
Target the entry points into the phone network. These folks have got to be using a significant call volume. Should be easy for the carriers to spot them and shut them down...IF they wanted to.