376 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
I can't wait for the movie to come out.
Every now and again seemingly ordinary events conspire to create the "perfect storm" of a true to life movie script. You've got Belgium. The European Commission. Telecommunications Regulation. Postal Services.
This is going to make one kick-ass political thriller.
I really hope they cast Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson in the starring roles.
I think it was Sir John Harvey Jones who said that if a job can be done cheaper and better by a robot than a person it's probably not going to be a very fulfilling job.
Only 20 years ago. Feels like yesterday.
I've used Linux as home / remote servers for years. Recently built a new home server in a nice DVD player style case as a media PC attached to the living room TV. Works well now, but problems with drivers for third party hardware and hassles with screen tearing and audio dogged the box for a while. Fortunately the webcam I attached has a decent inbuilt microphone, because I could route sound via HDMI, or onboard sound card, but not both - which kinda scuppered using it as a standalone CD player.
Setting up the remote control and wireless air keyboard thingy also required a lot of patience. Ditched CUPS as a print server when I got a new colour laser printer with built in network and tbh was glad to see the back of it. Still a little dissapointed about the lack of official support by movie streaming sites for Linux, but YouTube and most of the iPlayer type services are OK.
All in all, it enables me to do most things I want (including running the security cameras and acting as a web dev and music server). Frustrating at times, but configurable, free, and fun to learn. I've always found the forums to be helpful places, but a lot of that is down to not weighing in with your own frustrations, arrogance and sense of entitlement.
Re: 11 years to investigate...
... that would assume that the object of the exercise is something other than keeping the Bureaucratic Classes in useless but lucrative employment at our expense for years to come. Actually getting the work done - not a priority.
My suggestion would be that Amazon set up a counter investigation into why the EU can never get its own accounts signed off by auditors. Having worked briefly in a technical role on a completely pointless and entirely wasteful EU project in the past I'd be happy to testify.
"In the current context of tight public budgets..."
These people need a reality check. Despite all the austerity measures, public spending in Ireland is three times what it was in 1997.
Re: Missing the obvious test
We did a test with some fairly basic kit: A Squeezebox and a Sony amp and TDL floor standing speakers (and good quality speaker cables). 320kbps mp3 and the same track encoded to FLAC. The difference was perceptible, but not huge.
If I'm going to synchronise all four Squeezeboxes and get the house shaking to Slash's new album at high volume I might as well do it properly. I get the argument for MP3s, but it's only really relevant on the move, where storage is an issue. Hence the a nightly script to keep an MP3 mirror of the FLAC files. Best of both worlds.
One to miss...
I took a girl on a date to see JFK in 1991 and things never worked out. I blame Oliver Stone. Awful movie.
Doncaster / Scottish?
Lucky escape there - I was born in Doncaster. It was often said that they would vote for a monkey if it wore a red rosette. Little did they realise that the theory would be proved years later when Miliband junior took the seat.
Re: Statement of the obvious
... Ursine defecation - woods.
Re: The BIGGEST reason for the resistance to this technology
I do the same with the HSBC account I got when I took out a mortgage with them.
Re: Which wrist do you put it on?
Number of the Beast. Right hand, or forehead.
Maybe that's why they were told not to come into work...
Re: Just as my phone got 8.1
I regularly have to reboot my Lumia 1020 to get the bluetooth to work with my Ford Audio. The text message reading works OK once it's connected, but for some reason it can't hear my replies. Phone works well. Music works OK, but since the 8.1 update I have to kick it off from the actual phone - which kinda defeats the point. Also after about an hour it turns down the volume to a stupidly low level on the basis that my non-existent bluetooth headphones might be damaging my hearing. Never mind that farting around with your phone's unlock screen and volume control at motorway speeds can be pretty terminal in itself.
Fair play to them - they gave it a go - it didn't work out. Sounds to me like they found the whole experience frustrating as hell. As a user, I can sympathise.
I've plumbed for a mixture of streaming and static (offsite) images. I spent £90 on three cheap IP outdoor wifi cameras, positioning them over the exterior doors and front garden. Once configured, I didn't use the built in web server at all, instead using a program called Motion on my media PC/home server to plug into the feed generated by the cameras and detect any changes in the image.
Took a bit of fiddling about configuring the internal network, subdomains and url forwarding in Apache but it works pretty well. The idea is that you can see on the live feed if there is a problem, then trawl through the stills for the evidence. Unfortunately, the cheap cameras let the whole thing down a bit, my grass looks more purple than usual and I'm sure my bald spot looks bigger...
Ah, that will explain the gmail I got from my mate who was stuck in Cyprus with no money, bank cards or passport...
Ye I remember early versions of WebFerret.
Not a downloader, but my sympathies are with Google. They invent a simple product that pretty much revolutionises how we use the web and can be run with a handful of people and a shed full of servers. Suddenly, every Tom, Dick and Lapdog Politician starts feeling all entitled and Google end up spending more on lawyers and administrators than they do on tech, research and development.
Re: Was everyone born yesterday?
I doubt it. This is a narcotics case, probably domestic, probably FBI. So 1) The NSA would not deign to get involved in such pedestrian affairs and 2) The FBI would need their evidence to be obtained through the proper legal channels in order to present before a court. Probably more cock up than conspiracy, this one.
"They also occasionally annoy people with trying to uphold EU law"
EU law - now there's a contradiction in terms.
"...A new commissioner would therefore have to get up to speed on the case, which probably wouldn't help matters."
It's true that it wouldn't help Google - they have better things to be getting on with. But the primary objective of the Commission is to perpetuate and expand their own bureaucracy. They live for this kind of stuff.
Any thoughts on his behaviour re: shafting friends who loaned him £200,000 of bail money? Or maybe in his handling of the Manning defense fund?
I was going to make a snarky comment, but don't want to end up on the pointy end of an umbrella full of polonium-210.
Yeah but they make enough money by fining motorists who missed the 50p night parking charge.*
* Hint - it's written in gold on a black background, buried about two thirds of the way down the right hand column, somewhere between charge for boats and camels.
Re: I'm more impressed
Personally, I always use a good old fashioned torch when burying a body.
Most of these words are just stucktogethers. If we carry on like this, the dictionary will be full of randomcrap.
Re: The internet is full
Can't we just remove some of the cat pictures or something?
I don't think they've really thought this through...
Re: Example of a Breach
Hm. My brother lives in France and uses my UK proxy for exactly this purpose. Maybe I can expect a knock on the door too.
Re: Toshiba drives are shit
I picked a low speed drive for my home server to reduce power consumption and noise.
Another happy VM customer, but it would be really great if the upload speed was even a quarter as fast as the download speed.
Re: Not Good
Your "rights" are imagined. If you don't like Google's T&C's don't use their service. They are acting in accordance with the law.
If only there were some universal, simple payment mechanism that was easily accessible to tourists and locals alike....
Hehe, that reminds me of a response that a tour operator penned to one of its more belligerent complainers. It went something along the lines of,
"...You should be aware that over the past few years we have made great strides in improving all aspects of our holidays. We have also taken the decision to improve the quality of our customers, and as such we would appreciate it if you did not book with us again next year...."
Any news on whether WP8.1 offers proper support for email attachments?
Bit of a rubbish siege when they're still letting food and water in. This could go on for years, someone send a few smoke bombs in and pull the fire alarm.
Re: Is this the review of a camera or a phone?
I'm still on 8.0. If you can live with (amongst other things) the mandatory synching of your data to the MS cloud, random battery drainage, a mail client which can't handle Postfix "plain" SMTP authentication, the inability to switch off the phone while charging, a Skype client that doesn't allow old style Skype logins, a screen which locks while you're driving, delving through interminable menus to perform the simplest tasks, a search button that's hardwired to Bing and a satnav that has apparently never heard of the M62 it's really not too bad.
Pin hole cameras.
Always a good idea to hide your pin, even if there's nobody in the queue behind you.
So put the Superhub in modem mode and use a decent wireless router instead (I recommend the Asus "Black Knight" with Tomato firmware). Keep the ISP's kit upstream of your private network.
"You can download the report..."
Grief, I think I'll pass. Sounds like just the kind of expensive hand wringing diversity obsessed rubbish that the Beeb is constantly being parodied for.
"...under Ed Miliband’s leadership..."
Unintended irony? I wouldn't trust Ed to fetch a newspaper.
Re: What puzzles me ...
I guess it's some kind of homage to ancient pagan cultures - there was lots of genital worship along with the blood sacrifices back in the day.
"The Indego Robotic Lawnmower comes in at £1,300, inclusive"
Inclusive of what? Road tax?
As a user, you have no idea who is slurping your data. As a donor, you have no idea what your freeloaders are up to on your connection. Think I'll sit this one out.
Re: Sigh, one subject that drives me ...
Speaking as a one-legged Chinese lesbian of restricted height I'd have to say I agree.
Actually, whenever presented with that part of the form, I always write "prefer not to say".
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