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Windows Phone 8.1: Like WinPho 8, but BETTER

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For me, WP8 was the price I had to pay for getting my hands on the Lumia 1020's excellent camera.

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EE...K: Why can't I uninstall carrier's sticky 'Free Games' app?

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Re: Because there is nothing on my Lumia...

hehe, touched a raw nerve there did I?

Get back to me when the file explorer app can actually explore the file system, or the eBay app can actually relist an item, define a new postage type, or let you scroll to the end of your description in edit mode. How about when the tide tables app actually has details of more than just a handful of surfing beaches, or there's a decent web browser, or a free putty type client that actually supports use of the CTRL key, or when the app in question doesn't pop up with a little message saying "We try reely hard to make nice app. Love you longtime, plz rate us in the Windows stor".

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Queue Managment

"The technology appeals to the retail sector on the basis that it helps manage queues..."

Can't have reached my local ASDA, where the approach to managing queues is a loud woman in a green tabard waving a large foam pointing finger on a stick, while shouting at the customers to "move down please" whenever there's a free checkout.

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Re: Because there is nothing on my Lumia...

Mm. It's a shame they're all rubbish though, isn't it?

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Blighty goes retro with 12-sided pound coin

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Re: No need for a pound coin...

A sterling idea, sir.

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Netflix needling you? BBC pimps up iPlayer ahead of BBC3 move

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Re: Yay for iPlayer!

Mm. Hopefully get_iplayer will still work

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Reports pump fuel into iCar gossip: Apple in 'talks' with Tesla

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Will they have apple trained mechanics?

Hi Marvin,

Good day to you and thank you for bringing your iCar in to the iGarage. This is <insert made up name here> from the iCar Support team and I'll be happy to assist you today.

I understand that your car just spontaneously combusted. I realize why you're bringing this to our concern and I know how eager you are to have this issue resolved. Don't worry, I'll do my best to fix this for you.

I am pleased to inform you that your issue has now been resolved, and we have reclassified your fire as a "feature" - you vehicle has a super warm heater! A software update will be applied. Please note you may not be able to drive 2 years while we update its software remotely. It is very important that you wait the full 2 years before attempting to drive your iCar again. Please let me know if you are still unable to drive your iCar after 2 years and I'll do my best to assist you with this issue again.

Please let me know if this resolves your concern. If you have other questions about this issue, please don't hesitate to tell me and I would be more than happy to address them for you.

Thank you very much for being part of the iCar family and I hope you have a great day.

Sincerely [sic]

<made up name>

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Facebook adds 50+ gender options: Stalking your 'Friends' just got more LGBT-friendly

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Re: “his”, “her” or “their” the three options.

Surely "their" only works if you're a conjoined twin?

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ReferenceError: invalid assignment left-hand side

I see a problem on the left-hand side of the equals sign. The definition of the entity to which all of these politically correct attributes are being assigned should be "sex" rather than "gender". The former relates to the characteristics of the whole person, the latter pertains to the physical characteristics of objects. (At least this used to be the case, but since we all started giggling and writing "three times a night" when official forms asked us our sex, the two words have started to be used more interchangeably).

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Rand Paul launches class-action lawsuit to end NSA phone spying

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Re: Irony, we've heard of it....

If you believe the adage that "a well-armed populace is the best defense against tyranny", then it's a logical and consistent position to adopt.

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Nokia to launch low-cost Android phone this month – report

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Re: Straw Poll

I've had mine six days, so I'll hold off from voting, but I will say this:

- Toggling WiFi, Bluetooth or Data, on Android it takes 1 swipe + 1 press. On WP8 it takes about 4 clicks including trawling through a long menu.

- There doesn't seem to be a way to switch your lock screen off while plugged in. So you're driving down the road listening to music and you want to skip a track. It goes something like this - Press power button while phone is in cradle, look up at road, glance down just in time to see preview screen vanish, press power button again, swipe to unlock, find and press "skip" button, crash car into a ditch.

- Create a local contact? Oh no, you have to create a Microsoft account first.

- Choose not to sync all your contacts to the cloud? Sorry, not an option.

- App store is pretty limited. A lot of the apps. are very amateurish.

- Can't browse the filesystem properly.

- A personal opinion, but the OS seems very noddy and not very well featured. At the same time some social media/gaming menu options are built in, so if that's not your thing, you tend to spend time swiping past menus you're never going to use.

There are workarounds for most of these things, and I might yet learn to like it, but a good OS should be flexible enough to enable you to do what you want to do. With WP8 I sometimes feel that relationship is reversed.

As I say, it's early days yet...

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Bring it on...

I always thought that Nokia chose WP8 because they didn't like their customers very much.

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How bad WAS the parking situation in Middelfart* in 2013?

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Re: the year is two thousand and 1984

Now then "Citizen" careful what you say here...

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The internet is 'a gift from God' says Pope Francis

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Re: Pope in believing in God shocker

Mysterious, I would say. It's our job to work out the mystery.

Put it this way, where do you get the idea that a plane crashing and people dying is an intrinsically "bad" thing?

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When ZOMBIES go shopping: 40m Target customer breach? That's NOTHING!

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... and that's why I stick to the folding stuff.

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Plusnet is working on a network-level filter to block pirate sites

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My router went up in smoke (yes, really) the other day. Dashed out and bought a new one, installed Tomato and guess what, I notice that it supports Tor AND OpenVPN.

Just sayin'

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NSA: It's TRUE, we grab 200 MILLION of your text messages A DAY globally

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Re: Even if it were effective...

"I hate Cameron, but I'd have to be stupid to think that he is deliberately grinding the Magna Carta into to the dust because he hates it"

- No, that was Blair

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Even 'Your computer has a virus' cold-call gits are migrating off XP

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How about - "Oh yes, I'm glad you called, it has been running slow lately, just hang on a second and I'll boot it up."

.. put phone on the worktop, go do something else for half an hour.

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Army spaffed MILLIONS up the wall on flawed Capita online recruiting system - report

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Previous wars and government overspend...

If William the Conqueror had started saving £20 notes at the rate of one every second since 1066, he'd not even be half way to paying off the national debt today.

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Use strong passwords and install antivirus, mmkay? UK.gov pushes awareness campaign

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Another waste of [our] money.

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Ex-Oracle manager claims he was fired for asking to give Indian staff equal pay

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Re: Oooh boy

Discussions about salary are not quite as taboo in the States as in the UK.

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Thought sales were in the toilet before? Behold the agony: 2013 was a PC market BLOODBATH

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I wonder how the market for components is going. Last year I built a media PC, this year plan to build a DAW workstation. Having looked into it, there's no point in paying a premium for low grade components. Cheaper and more fun to build your own.

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Linksys's über-hackable WRT wireless router REBORN with 802.11ac

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Re: DD-WRT 0-day in the wild?

Mine was doing the same (with Tomato) a while ago also leaving it horribly exposed. It turned out to be crashing following cable outages. I learned to back up the config - but it's not happened for a while. I also found that leaving the thing switched off for a couple of hours helped when flashing it's memory.

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Dell confirms Chromebook for Blighty

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... a 16GB SSD for those of your files that your really don’t want in the cloud...

That would be ALL OF THEM.

Two new laptops and one new mobile phone in my house for Christmas. Avoiding sending half of my data around the world to a company I don't trust to be rifled through by all and sundry was something of a Yuletide sport.

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OMG, like, TOTES AMAZEBALLS: Facebook made me fall into SHARK INFESTED SEAS

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Was the phone waterproof?

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Go on, buy Bitcoin. But DON'T say we didn't WARN YOU

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Re: Tulips !

Ah yes, who can forget.

I tried Bitcoin, but got bored waiting for the entire history of all transactions everywhere to be downloaded to my virtual wallet. Seemed pretty unwieldy to me. I've probably lost a fortune as I gave up and did something else...

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Two Brits face criminal trial for sending 'menacing' tweets

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If only there were some kind of button on Twitter where you could block annoying trolls from tweeting you.

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No anon pr0n for you: BT's network-level 'smut' filters will catch proxy servers too

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I know I'm going to get downvoted for this, but I really don't accept that there is any evidence for the idea that this is some massive government conspiracy to control what you see on the internet. Web filtering is already the default on mobile phones. I found out about 18 months into my 2 year contract while trying to check on the finer points of Texas Hold 'Em during a rainy day on a camping trip. I really wasn't outraged enough to pen a letter to my MP.

There's really no point sitting here discussing ways to circumvent this awful "censorship". It's a service that you can switch on or off. Personally, I'd probably switch it off as I already use OpenDNS. It's not a replacement for good parenting, but one tool in the toolkit.

Maybe it's time to give the paranoia a rest, huh?

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Analogue radio will CONTINUE in Blighty as Minister of Fun dodges D-Day death sentence

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Re: Yes, make Radio 1 DAB

Turns out my new car does have DAB... And it sounds awful.

We just got rid of our only house dab radio and used the speakers as fridge magnets - much more useful. The future of radio is FM, internet, but not crappy obsolete dab codecs.

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Striking Amazonians warn: Don't rely on us for Christmas pressies

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Fair play to them.

I probably wouldn't strike - I'd leave and do something else - but I can't say I blame the workers for wanting a better deal. Amazon, you reap what you sow.

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You gotta fight for your copyright ... Beastie Boys sue toymaker over TV ad

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Where would we be without parody...

Do you know, I heard a story that those Toastie Boys stayed up 'til quarter past twelve!

- Morris Minor and the Majors - No Sleep 'till Bedtime.

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Boffins devise world's HARDEST tongue-twister

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Re: Dr Seuss said it best...

When tweetle beetles fight,

it's called a tweetle beetle battle.

And when they battle in a puddle,

it's a tweetle beetle puddle battle...

(it goes on..)

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Dr Seuss said it best...

Through three cheese trees three free fleas flew. While these fleas flew, freezy breeze blew. Freezy breeze made these three trees freeze. Freezy trees made these trees' cheese freeze. That's what made these three free fleas sneeze.

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ASA slaps down BT over 'misleading' broadband claims

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Misrepresented advertised broadband speeds?

I refuse to believe it. Must be one of those April Fools stories.

</snark>

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Chester Cathedral smites net in Wi-Fi SMUT OUTRAGE

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Re: Another technical fix for a social issue

There were three gifts, not necessarily about three wise men.

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Asus Transformer Book T100: Xbox One? PS4? Nah, get a cute convertible for Christmas

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MicroUSB Charging

Anyone know what is the minimum voltage you could get away with on the micro USB charger? I'm wondering if you could run it from the 12v socket in the car.

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Interesting...

Since my youngest decided to throw a glass of juice over my ageing laptop I've been looking for something cheap, small, HDDiskless, with a long battery life. The only thing putting me off this at the moment would be the fact that I'd be paying extra for Office (which I already have a license for) and the pointless tablet "feature".

Tempting, though.

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Swollen Reg reader recounts FALSE WIDOW spider HORROR

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A foot-loving pedant writes...

Can we see a picture of the other foot, for comparison purposes?

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Samsung hauls in chiefs for 'CRISIS awareness' confab – report

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Re: So many Anonymous Cowards

True. The wife recently was due an upgrade. We picked the S3 over the S4 because the older model was 95% of the phone for 50% of the price. My prediction is that exactly the same thing will happen to the next generation of consoles.

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WTF is the Internet of Things and how insurers will use it against you

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Re: Making 1+1=3 ?

That's a great idea, and one which I think I will steal very soon.

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Angela Merkel's phone was being listened in on by FIVE foreign powers

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Re: A lesson from history

If only she had some kind of uncrackable electro-mechanical rotor cipher machine...

Oh. Wait.

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Undercover BBC man exposes Amazon worker drone's daily 11-mile trek

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Yeah but no but...

I will have to preface my comments by saying that I agree with much of what's been said here. I'm a big fan of hard work. It never killed anybody. (Not strictly true, but let's move on).

To be fair, it seems that the issue here is not completely to do with having to work hard, it's the complete lack of any kind of autonomy or control he has in doing the job.

There was a study done some time ago on the relative stress levels of high-level execs and low-level grunts. It took into account health markers such as heart disease, blood pressure etc. Everybody expected the execs to be coronary cases, but it turned out that the less control a person had over their environment, the more stressed they were, with knock-on effects on health.

I've done warehouse work. Part of the attraction for me at the time was the challenge of seeing how quickly I could get everything picked, processed and wrapped. I knew the best routes and had the different bins memorised, I knew that if a bin was half empty I could nip through to the row behind, and I knew when I could get away with climbing/reaching to get something, and when I needed to use the order picker.

The work wasn't great, but it was these small things that made it bearable. With a virtual cattle prod controlling my every move I think I'd have been a lot more stressed, and a lot less motivated.

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The latest stupid yoof craze: Taking selfies - while DRIVING

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Ever seen a "Police, Camera" type programme, where a driver does something stupid like cutting up a panda car, driving into oncoming traffic and crashing into a pensioner? It's all there on tape, but Lee Boardman often chips in at the end with an inexplicable "the driver of the red Peugeot was not prosecuted due to lack of evidence..."

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'PATHETIC' Galaxy Gear sales skewer smartwatch HYPE-O-GASM bubble

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"Just" 50,000 units sold

That's impressive. It's about 49,999 more than I'd have predicted.

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GCHQ tracks diplomats' hotel bookings to plant bugs, say leaked docs

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Common practice, sometimes with unintended consequences...

I remember the story of one diplomat who, convinced the metal object he had found under his hotel carpet was a bug, unscrewed it. In fact it was holding up the chandelier from the ballroom below.

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If your bosses tell you you're 'in it together', don't EVER believe them

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Re: Not quite sure I understand the article.

Been up for redundancy four or five times. Been made redundant once. No point getting upset about it.

You owe them a week's work. They owe you a week's pay. Anything else is PR.

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Not quite sure I understand the article.

"Big companies sometimes make redundancies".

Was there a subtext, metaphor, or related newsworthy event that escaped my notice?

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Alleged Peeping Tom claims First Amendment right to upskirt

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Seems clear enough to me that if it's illegal to push a camera under a changing room door to capture women in various states of undress, the same should go for pushing a camera up a skirt.

Both skirt and changing room door serve to protect the dignity and modesty of the person in question, and any violation of that principle is a violation of the reasonably held expectation of a person to travel unmolested on public transport.

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Have you reinstalled Windows yet? No, I just want to PRINT THIS DAMN PAGE

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Re: pppppffffffft

No rant. I was using a Linux box as a print server for a mainly Windows desktop environment. It worked after a fashion, but it was not a great solution. The web interface to CUPS was a lovely yellow and brown affair which would crash and error regularly. No complaints from me, not even blaming it totally on the Linux side of things, it was an interesting project, but on the whole I'd recommend getting hold of a network printer.

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Snowden leaks latest: BT, Vodafone, Verizon jack GCHQ into undersea fiber

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Didn't we know this already? I remember reading about the BT cables into Menwith Hill about ten years ago.

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