200 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009
Re: Let's be clear on definitions and scope of territories
Plenty of countries in the EEA but not the EU...
Well, if by "plenty" you mean "four": Liechtenstein, Iceland, Switzerland and Norway. And Iceland was on track to join the EU until it went bankrupt.
I'm wondering how the Audio Home Recording Act applies to cars with internal data storage.
I mean, a PC (not marketed primarily as a ripping device) doesn't fall under the Act, so a car (similarly not marketed primarily as a ripping device) shouldn't either.
Also, if your car is regularly in your home, you're an astonishingly bad driver.
Re: Bad AV
Back when I was green and running Win98SE (but I repeat myself) I installed McAfee's firewall, which was a separate product to the AV program at the time. It ate memory and brought the PC to its knees.
Prejudice, n: Sometimes synonymous with bitterly-won experience.
VS Express "free with a valid MSDN account"
This is rather disingenuous of them, since Express is free for anyone.
Unfortunately, it's also worth about what you've paid for it, particularly if you want to use C++ - it cripples the Intellisense (which is one of the more useful bits of the IDE). Evidently they're intent on pushing C#...
This old canard...
VHS vs Betamax; VHS won because it was cheap and no one cared for Betamax's quality.
Also, the (original) maximum recording length for NTSC Betamax tapes was 60 minutes. Far fewer people cared for an intermission in their movie than the putative better quality that Betamax's shorter tapes offered.
Those MPG numbers...
39mpg (test drive).
That's an even bigger margin than usual, even accepting all the usual caveats (driving enthusiastically, not run in yet, etc).
The failure I found with DMs was insufferably long delivery times. I'd send a DM to SWMBO, and she'd be notified of it (official Twitter clients for both of us) 30 minutes to an hour later.
It would be marvellous if you're paying per-SMS but can find some free WiFi to scrounge; but the lack-of-instantness killed any claim to instant-messaging.
Of course, it may have changed in the last 30 months.
Influx of ex-Nokia folk?
Huawei are probably looking forward to an influx of ex-
Nokia-Microsoft hardware engineers, since their European HQ nestles in close proximity to the offices of the Lumiatects.
Yes, TETRA does the funky ad-hoc mesh network setup if your handset can't see a base station; but it does voice and data.
On the whole "devices and services" versus "mobile first, cloud first", I can see very little functional difference between the two. Devices == stuff you can (mostly) carry about, and services == things we can do for you (and we'll do them on our computers and send you the result over them thar Intarwebs).
With apologies to Babylon 5, I think they've had their last, best hope, and it's failed. Yes, they'll be around for a couple of decades to come, but as custodians of a fading empire rather than world be-striding colossi (colossuses?)
time for Netflix to test things properly
So evidently, what is needed is for Netflix to quietly set up some VPNs of their own, and lend them to complaining customers, just to see where the problem is. (Of course, this armchair engineer leaves it as an exercise for the reader to ensure that/maximise the chance that the bits do get shunted down the correct pipes so it's a true test.)
Re: Seagate's HQ
It's actually (or it was - they talk about hard drives now) Seagate's preferred spelling. My father (who used to be a purchaser for a now-defunct UK computer manufacturer) has a Seagate T-shirt with a watercolour-esque print of a drive, titled "The Art of the Disc Drive" on its back.
To bring a slight IT angle, Seagate's old headquarters in Scotts Valley, CA was on Disc Drive.
Paid apps tied to specific devices?
Really? I've never encountered this.
(Specifically: Minecraft, and a couple of other games I've bought from the Play Store are happily installed on 4 devices [stock Nexus' and a Moto G, if you were wondering]).
I'd be mightily annoyed if an app I'd bought 'tied' itself to a single device.
Re: "Those seagulls will be start to look awfully tempting soon then"
Ah, is this what the "Report abuse" link is for?
I'm sure it costs something to have your advert displayed to $large_number_of_eyeballs.
Or were you thinking of a different end-user?
But yes, their infrastructure is technologically impressive.
Re: I just don't get it
[...] only practical use is health-based, but just how lazy do you have to be to consider pulling your hand out of your pocket to look at a wrist-strapped screen as being preferable to holding on to your phone as you pull your hand out of your pocket so that you can look at a hand-held screen?
I'd guess that some folk get out-of-breath and sweaty enough that holding a screen becomes significantly more difficult and risky than having one strapped to your wrist.
(There isn't an "oh my $DEITY I'm having a heart attack" icon that I can see)
I blame the NSA, of couNO CARRIER***
Re: What about a Mars-obliterating catastrophe?
I need more info.
Would Lion bars be affected at all?
Redshanks are wading birds; their typical habitat is shores with lots of sand/silt/mud where they can hunt for wriggly things. Rockall is fairly far removed from that type of environ.
Re: I can't believe Appple....
This isn't Apple, it's Twitter.
Twitter on Android also has a bing translate link. Amusingly, it tries to automagically guess when translation is needed; unfortunately, it doesn't exclude URLs, so you get
_Translate from Romanian_
Re: Lost Files
In Word 2010 you can 'pin' files to the recent files list.
I don't know whether it's awesome or awful that the developers have used Tales of the Lusers to widen their use-cases (luse-cases?)
Re: Nut allergy
One course (at Uni) I saw was for Computer Literacy and Information Technology.
The lower-case 'a' was to be retained in all abbreviations, on pain of pain.
Re: Signs on the reserved parking spaces:
Business Development and Strategy Manager
Re: SatNav analogy @theodore
M1: emm one
A59: ay fifty-nine
B247: bee two four seven
(but: A500: ay five-hundred)
A1079: ay ten seventy-nine
are, I believe, typical British pronunciations.
The version I heard was that the car would end up driving past the highest-bidding advertising hoarding.
Android doesn't have native CalDAV support. That is, the calendar will plug into Google calendar, and into an Exchange server (though I've never needed to try this myself) without further ado, but not CalDAV, unless you install a separate plugin (of which there are several available on the Play store).
And woe betide you if you try to use a simple WebDAV store to save your iCal file on.
I've got a G...
And it (being the 16GB model) is very nice. Prior to that I had a San Francisco, but its battery wore out, and replacement ones were horrendously poor, and I ran out of space for apps, and it struggled to run them (and I wanted TEH SHINY).
SWMBO has an S3 mini which she's now looking to upgrade (18 months old and suddenly battery life has fallen off a cliff) - the added uSD slot may well convince her to get the "G with LTE".
Re: Hack away you can't do worse than Bristol City Council
You can probably replace "Bristol" with any other reasonably large town or city. My vote goes for York (20 minutes to travel the half-mile to the A64/A1079 interchange, every weekday evening).
Shielding Effectiveness only quoted for the fabric...
So, the material itself provides (according to their indiegogo page, and converted into proper numbers) 70 to 80 dB, which is actually quite reasonable for a woven fabric.
But once you fashion it into a pair of pants, and leave great big holes for the leg and trunk, you'll be lucky to get any level of SE worth bothering about.
Also, measuring the SE in a meaningful way would require a body phantom (full of toxic goo which mimics the body's electromagnetic properties accurately enough), so actually it would be a rather expensive measurement.
So all in all it's a good job that the threats these pants are supposed to mitigate are not actually backed up by credible, peer-reviewed science, since the pants won't actually provide the (implied but strictly speaking not promised) protection.
Google's small business data sources need work
Wherever Google is getting their info about small businesses and local shops, it tends to be woefully mangled when the business name is based on a person's name. So the registered company name might be "Joe Bloggs Motors Ltd", and Google will list it as "Bloggs Joe Motors". Which is just ugly.
Re: BASIC is under-appreciated
I learned BASIC on a BBC Model B, and taught myself about subroutines, loops, control etc. I don't recall using data structures, but the other concepts are, if not universal, certainly widely applicable.
Section 3 covers intent to impair.
But seeing if Heartbleed is fixed or not (AFAIAA) does not (a) impair the operation of the computer; (b) prevent or hinder access; or (c) impair program operation or data reliability.
It just gets back random data; so I don't see how S3 applies here. *.
Section 1 (unauthorised access to computer), probably (but IANAL).
* For other types of penetration testing, eg SQL injection, I could see how it could apply.**
** Would changing your name as per little Bobby Tables be an offence under the CMA, I wonder.
I have to say, a mega-corp merger of Sky/NI and Microsoft would allow me to consolidate most of my daily moans of discontent into a single roar of unalloyed ire.
Re: WTF is the point of this thing
... it runs win 7/linux duel boot...
What, they fight each other? To the Pain?
I'm happy to report that my XP netbook (an Asus eeePC) is now running Ubuntu 12.04 as well as it did WinXP. WiFi, webcam, Bluetooth, touchpad, even the 3G dongle Just (F***ing) Worked. Most gratifying.
And for balance, the XP desktop (which does gaming duty) is midway through a transition to Win7 (hurray for eBay, and the Digital River official downloadable Windows ISOs).
Re: Causes cancer, prevents cancer...
Ultimately, you're mortal, deal with it.
Re: Cheap swipe
the workbench is a huge improvement over previous tools.
I (foolishly) updated from version 5.something to version 6 and was "rewarded" with a sodding TIFKAM-style abomination.
Cloth nappies FTW
As long as you're not on a water meter, cloth nappies work out cheaper in the long run (well, they did for us 7 years ago).
Plus you get a seemingly inexhaustible supply of dusters, napkins etc for the following years.
"electricity meters that talk to the grid to get you the best deals"
Which version of the Smart Meter roll-out is that going to be?
Because I'm fairly sure that the ones being delivered by 2017 or thereabouts aren't required to do anything like that.
And I'm stone-cold certain that no incumbent supplier is going to be offering devices which minimise customer revenue without such requirements.
Re: Can anybody point me at ANYTHING that is not GMO?
The distinction you're after is "natural selection" vs "unnatural/artificial/directed selection".
Trying to coopt "GMO" as a homonym for artificial selection is either disingenuous or naive.
Re: Faraday Cages
No, we couldn't.
Faraday Cages are a static/low frequency concept; as you get higher in frequency, the doors/windows/riveted seams let through more and more energy.
EM screened/anechoic chambers (which do block mobile phone/wifi/etc signals) are really hard to make, and really quite expensive (5 to 6-figure sums) because of it. They're also easy to compromise, either deliberately or accidentally*.
* Yesterday, I had breakthrough into my chamber at 1.8 GHz; it transpired that one of the (sodding expensive) coax cables had degraded.
Shouldn't need the charger
I'd take the charger too (just in case it turns out that the battery is nearing the end of its life), but my last two "feature" phones (a candy-bar Motorola and a slide-to-open Samsung) would last 2 weeks between charges.
Re: Sorry to be grumpy, as usual
The OED describes "imposter" as a customs agent who classifies imported goods according to the rates of duty payable (ie "one who imposts").
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