282 posts • joined Wednesday 10th June 2009 16:46 GMT
Misrepresented advertised broadband speeds?
I refuse to believe it. Must be one of those April Fools stories.
Re: Another technical fix for a social issue
There were three gifts, not necessarily about three wise men.
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.
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".
A foot-loving pedant writes...
Can we see a picture of the other foot, for comparison purposes?
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.
Re: Making 1+1=3 ?
That's a great idea, and one which I think I will steal very soon.
Re: A lesson from history
If only she had some kind of uncrackable electro-mechanical rotor cipher machine...
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.
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..."
"Just" 50,000 units sold
That's impressive. It's about 49,999 more than I'd have predicted.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Didn't we know this already? I remember reading about the BT cables into Menwith Hill about ten years ago.
Could be worse. Before I bought a network printer I had a mono laser and a colour inkjet hooked up to my Linux server using CUPS software. Now that was clunky.
Re: long live FM
I've just picked up my nearly new car. It does have the option of DAB on the onscreen menu, but whenever I click it it says "Service Not Available". I'm assuming that means that it doesn't have the DAB radio option installed, rather than it can't pick up a signal. I don't care either way, I'd never use it.
Re: So tell us Mr. Branson
Mm. Maybe he's a bond villain.
Wow, the quality of debate really is improving around here. If we really all were just chemicals and water I doubt you'd care that much.
Re: It's a good start.
Hm. Well I truly believe that I'm the King of Persia and that I can fly on a magic carpet.
Never mind the evidence, I am...
"The EU wants to give hoovers an energy rating from A to G as part of its efforts to meet carbon emission cut targets".
Of course they do. The world's gone mad.
Re: Not unlike real gold
Mine doubled in value in one day!
Mind you, I did fill it with petrol.
Re: Damned if you do, damned if you don't
I've seen spooks. There's a form to fill out. The background checks are done by HR.
I'm having more than a little trouble believing the line: "we mostly / generally only abused our powers where foreigners were involved and therefore conveniently didn't break the law at all".
Re: Uhmm, what's a CD?
Since everything went all "one-click-y" at Amazon mp3 I've pretty much given up. Even though you could (can?) download the music before they realised your card was out of date.
I buy the CD, rip it to FLAC, stick it on a bookshelf (I'm in agreement with the bookshelf vs. CD rack comment above). I've ripped most of my old cassette tapes too. A nightly script then mirrors the FLAC directory structure to an MP3 one, for portability. That way my good lady can have everything on her phone, and not commit crimes against the alphabet after taking them out to use in the car. Its a crying shame Logitech ditched the Squeezebox though.
That said, I can see the author's point. I have a media server and a load of DVDs. I've absolutely no intention of ripping them. For two hours' viewing it's easier to just put a disk in the machine.
As I remember things went something like this.
1. Program Locks Up.
2. You hit CTRL+ALT+DEL - NOT to reboot, but to display the "End Program" dialogue box.
3. Nothing happens.
4. In frustration you hit the same three keys again, just in time to see the words "WARNING: Pressing CTRL + ALT + DEL again will reboot your computer" flash before your eyes.
5. Computer reboots, you lose all your work.
Re: Love Poem
I can confirm that the full poem goes:
Roses are red
Violets are blue
I've got a knife
Get in the van
Re: Think of the children
Only if the parents agree to it.
I was going to get the S4 Zoom, then I saw this and thought I'd wait.
Now this is out I've seen the new clip-on Sony lenses and I'm thinking the same thing.
I wish I could find the open letter written by a pilot to his in-house newsletter thanking the security personnel who, with the minimum of discretion, held him up at the barrier and confiscated his bottle of Tabasco sauce.
Despite pointing out the fact that the sauce was the only thing that made the inflight meal edible, that he had access to a fire axe within the cabin, and that pilots are generally the first at the scene of an accident, rules were rules.
Just upgraded. Biggest problem with the Galaxy S4 was the Galaxy S3. I suspect it's the same over on the dark side.
Can I make a plea for the omission of tweets from random weirdos in future stories? It's only one step away from quoting the number of "hits on Google" for a particular phrase. I know it pads out a news story, but you may as well ask the fried egg and hash brown bap I had for breakfast for it's considered opinion.
Re: Obvious statistical bollocks.
That's exactly how they came to declare the A-Team to be the most violent programme on TV - they counted the number of bullets fired during an episode.
And yet Snowden is labelled as a "hacker". Ironic.
To be honest I don't have much sympathy for either the headteacher or the student.
Looks good, although I bet it'll still need rooting in order to remove the stupidly low artificial headphone volume limiter.
Had this working for a while...
Linux Box + Webcam + Motion + Mutt
You can configure it to use more than one web / IP camera and set the sensitivity to suit. I use Mutt to email me the images, but you can also upload them to a web server and run commands on motion detection. It'd be pretty cool to get it to play a very loud message through the stereo at the same time.
Sea levels are rising, food shortages coming...
Doesn't bother me. I live on a hill near a Tesco.
There have been a few stories recently of border staff taking images of mobile phones from people at airports. Most of the remote delete apps for phones tend to take a while, and you can be compelled to provide your password for any encryption. I know Seagate recently developed an "instant secure erase" feature for their hard disks - I'd certainly pay a couple of quid for an app that would perform an instant delete of all the data on my phone via a big red button or text message.
"..with all the plug-in charge used and running in Hybrid mode, I was getting around 57mpg"
My bad - I read the above as "using plug-in charge" rather than "plug in charge used up". (Is it still Hybrid mode if there's no charge left?)
Still, it'd be interesting to see how the costs stacked up overall.
You were getting 57mpg? Personally I'd save myself ten grand and buy the V60 D5 SE Lux (61.4mpg).
Seems that the courts are taking on trust whatever the complainants are telling them about the IP addresses - which I can understand in terms of expediency (they don't have the resources or knowledge to know better) but it doesn't look good from a legal point of view.
Also, it seems like the ISPs are going out on a limb a little bit by restoring access unilaterally - and fair play to them for going against the letter of the court order and implementing a bit of common sense by restoring access to the sites.
Re: Constructive suggestions for the PR campaign
You could make sure he was a really thin mullah.
Mullah light, if you will.
Re: Whatever. Show me the fucking "terrorists" already.
"More people die from alcohol poisoning daily..."
In the UK, maybe. I don't think I'd be making that assertion if I lived in Iraq, Syria, Cairo, Nigeria or a number of other places right now.
You pay a license to watch TV, not to own one. Unplug the aerial, and if you're really that bothered let the nice man in next time he calls round to check. You'll have to put up with the begging/harrasment letters from TVLA though, although I used to send them back with "no junk mail please" written on them.
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