2189 posts • joined 13 Jun 2009
If that were really the case then most of the government would have already resigned over scandles like Bárcenas. Instead Rajoy went on national TV and said, "All the accusations are false, except for some of them" and then it sort of fizzled out.
As an aside, I think Lester has been unwarrently generous with respect to translating the phrase "meterse a puta" as "go on the game".
Nice country, shame about the political class.
Qué mala leche...
Re: Totally agree about WTFapp
On the other hand if you live in a country where competition between telecos is non-existent (e.g. Spain), you have no bundled SMS so Whatsitsface is popular.
The telecos have decided to strike back by only selling smartphones, making data bundles mandatory for smartphones, and charging a metric shitload for a data bundle. The end result is that people probably end up paying more to send messages with WhatsApp than they did sending SMSes before.
Too many cludges...
I've changed the preferences on Mountain Lion to be as sane as possible, added Save As... back to the most apps' File menus with Keyboard Shortcuts Preferences, got a script to delete the document versioning files in ~/Library, and another to delete the window positions in ~/Library.
Mavericks is free but iWork in it is an uphill struggle and I can't be bothered to kludge my way around with whatever else may or may not have changed, so I'm not changing.
That'll teach the proles to get upperty.
There's legal action against indiscriminate collection, eh? Then we'll need to keep the records as evidence for that.
It's going to be like the Disney copyright extension, there's always going to be a need to extend the period just as it's running out. Just need a reason, no matter how tortuous and back-to-front it is. In five years time there'll be another data centre on line and another extension.
How standards have fallen
Now ladies are happy to consider eligible messes when before their standards were set at bachelors.
At least we can be thankful that the population at large has not been diagnosed with Daily Mail neck. Perhaps their readership gets anger lines instead.
Re: Utterly desperate move
In a month or two Nokia as an MS division would have access to WP for free, presumably. I can only assume that WP sales are so bad in developing markets (i.e. non-existent) that launching a new Android-based platform to avoid paying WP royalties then having MS wipe it out in a month or two is more profitable.
As for the new platform itself. If it's got drop-in replacements for most Google Play Services, as Amazon has, then it'll work, as Amazon does.
I wonder who would be mad enough to hire Flop after this.
There are no real great leaps forward in hardware unless someone brings out a phone which really improves battery life and if your hardware is CyanogenMod-friendly you are assured of OS updates. If Android is the new XP, one of BBX, Sailfish, or Tizen will be the new Windows 7. You can just sit back for a few months and read up on which one is the new shiny and evaluate it with your software.
Re: Chick @ unknown time and date stamp
Although quite special he's not our very own, I've also seen him on the Telegraph comments.
Damn, now I've let the cat out of the bag, admitting I've read the Telegraph.
You can check with the link in the article (gotofail.com).
FWIW, I'm on 10.8.5 and it's okay with both Safari 6.0.5 and Firefox 27.0.1. However if I then go to howsmyssl.com the results are better in Firefox than Safari although that's to be expected as Firefox doesn't depend on the OS for certificates or encryption.
Samsung Galaxy, Google Nexus, and Sony Xperia phones
... was that all about?
But did you delete your WhatsApp account? You'll need to reinstall WhatsApp so you can delete it that if you didn't.
The case for a well-defined API for 'calling the kettle black'
That only works for maximum one kettle and if there's no kettle on the LAN it might go out to the WAN and call someone else's kettle black.
I'll leave it someone else to critique the hard-coded name, choice of port, and 'youare/RRGGBB'.
I'll stick with Advanced Lawnmower Simulator.
Re: fund it from general taxation
That's the reason why the TV licence exists in the first place, because if it were funded by general taxation there's the very real possibility of political strings attached to the funding.
But shouldn't the drive's led flash or turn red if this happens?
My snobbish misogynist viewpoint.
If it were any other profession, we'd have 'science body takes issue with government iniciative' or 'engineering society objects to new government curriculum'. But no, we're 'coders' and, just like our opinion doesn't matter in business ('okay, point noted, now go back and hit the keys'), it doesn't matter in education either.
As has been mentioned so often by commentards here, coding in itself isn't an end, what is an end using computing to teach logic and critical thinking in an interesting or, dare I even say it, fun way. Some of these children will then later go on to code, which is 100 times easier to teach once they've got the basics sorted out. As is every other subject.
Keep them coming
Very good article. At the time though most of us who already had our Spectrum/C64/BBC/Electron couldn't have been convinced to touch one of the next wave of 8-bit computers with a bargepole, now looking back it was obvious we missed out on something.
There seem to be plenty of laws about accessing systems without permission but practically none about sufficiently protecting systems from access without permission.
A horribly prescriptive law updated from time-to-time with latest best security practice which states the technical measures that companies must take to protect websites, app servers, remote data, app clients, and client data is probably the only thing that will get security costs to be considered as non-optional.
Re: You want security? Follow the MONEY!
Don't know why you were downvoted, why would people not want to know if an app they are about to download has in-app purchasing and/or advertising, perhaps with ratings over how intrusive which can be generated automatically from views per run.
Is BT or TalkTalk doing something to the platform that BBC or ITV don't like? Apparently the TalkTalk boss is currently in charge of YouView according to Wikipedia.
Enquiring minds, etc...
Re: "No, I CAN'T write code myself"
Alas it looks like it will suffer the same fate as 'troll' and 'hack'.
Re: Schol [sic] Reform
"change it from 9-3:15 (or whatever it is right now) to 8 - 5."
Are you just looking for a child dumping ground then?
I have the honour of living in a country with schools which do follow an 8:30-4:30 or 9-5 timetable (depending on the school) and I don't see what positive effect it has on them. Negative effects include teaching them how to pointlessly fill in hours at their future workplace and making them come home knackered and irritable.
And yet the N8 managed with 680 MHz and 256MB of RAM. Symbian Belle, despite throwing out some nice things that Symbian Anna had, still has a more logically thought-out UI than Android 3-4 years later.
That's progress for you.
I wouldn't inflict 8.1 on any family and friends, I'd only have to do more support anyway. For those already with 8, I updated them to 8.1, put Classic Shell on, changed the file types to the desktop programs and told them to grin and bear it.
For those already with 7, I said stick with 7. The message seems to have stuck.
For those with XP, I keep them updated and install Firefox and LibreOffice. When the plug is finally pulled, Linux Mint is there waiting for them to carry on where XP left off (unless they go mad and do an Ubuntu, which I doubt).
For the new shiny kit there are Android tablets and iDevices.
Redmond seems to be staring over the edge of a precipice. They can't force people to go their way when the only choice they give is Windows 8.
It's okay, there's no chance of our Android-based robot overlords overthrowing us...
... if the battery only lasts 9 hours.
Bad Register, bad...
A completely separate service to Yahoo has had their database hacked, Yahoo have obtained a copy and flagged the Yahoo mail accounts in the hacked database as accounts which must to change their password as many people use the same password for everything. If as soon as you log into Yahoo you are forced to change your password then you're affected otherwise you're not affected.
In other words the headline in El Reg is wrong and would be something much more serious.
As much as I like to stick the boot into Yahoo, they seem to have done things properly this time, apart from telling everyone via Tumblr when it should be via their login screen.
I still wouldn't trust Yahoo with my mobile number for 2FA though.
Malcolm Rifkind on Channel 4 News got himself worked up into a stew about how should he know what the codeword DISHFIRE means and how is he responsible for what a foreign alphabet agency hoovers up British texts. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZ-TCjnVvNc
Unfortunately time ran out before he could be asked why he believes everyone already knew this was happening anyway so there was no need to talk about it or tell the public (and RIPA makes it a crime punishable by up to five years to talk about it) and why he's not getting equally worked up about the possibility of foreign equipment being installed on British soil which allows a foreign agency to slurp British texts.
And that's before putting aside all the legal hoops that are being jumped through over just how friendly the two agencies are and the differerences between where metadata stops and where content starts and where the legal line is.
WP is an albatross
It doesn't pull in the customers who are interested in the OS (it actually pushes them away) and it pushes up the hardware specs and therefore the price. Elop chose to lose money on each 520 to get it into customers' hands so at least he could claim some market share.
The vast majority of people who buy a 520 would probably just be just as happy with an S40 Touch or Asha model which would be profitable at that price point, but of course they hardly know that these phones exist in the UK market, thanks once again to Elop.
Unsurprisingly Nokia put Microkia under a 'stick a fork in it, it's done' heading as soon as they could.
Re: How does that work then? @Real Ale is Best 12:53
Yes, writing bug free code is difficult and requires a large amount of effort but that's the only way to stop bugs being exploited. Randomly changing stuff doesn't get rid of the bugs, it just makes it harder to debug.
How does that work then?
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays we've got SQL injections on offer and Tuesdays, Thursdays, and weekends we've got buffer overflows going cheap?
Either you program it properly or you don't.
Re: Not so Bright then.
It stopped being bright the moment France Telecom bought them out, the first thing they did was clobber a load of tariffs and the second thing was turn their website into Crazy Mike's Crazy Web Portal. Or maybe it was the other way around.
Please God no
No, just no.
How about we develop the <script type="text/c++"> tag? It'll fix everything.
What you are asking for is a pragma keyword (e.g. 'pragma strict') which already exists, maybe the script tag could pass the keywords to the language if you also wanted to do it like that.
Or maybe you're asking for the use keyword (e.g. 'use strict') which already exists too.
So that's two ways to get strict interpretation. It seems those two strict options are different though. Perhaps what JS needs is a jesuschristjustgivemealanguagewithoutalltheevolutionarydeadends keyword.
I didn't really miss the point. I bought the iDevice from a shop, not Apple, and Apple make it very difficult to use their iDevices without giving them a load of data. I don't know about now but at one stage you were obliged to give a credit card number on signing up even though there was no need for Apple to know it. This was when Apple had a problem with security and people with Apple IDs had things billed to their credit cards that they didn't ask for. To get them to forget it I eventually had to change to another country and change back again. I shouldn't have had to do that.
Apple is not infallable and they are a target, they don't really need my address, credit card number, phone, DOB, or other things sitting there on a server which can be hacked.
Quite a lot since Apple IDs are practically mandatory on iDevices - online guarantee registration, support, Genius bar, rebates as well as the services on the phone (iTunes, App Store, etc...).
NOBODY needs more than two e-mail addresses
My e-mail address is personal... and... my two e-mail addresses are personal and work... My three addresses are personal, work, and job hunting.... My four... no... amongst my e-mail addresses are personal, work, job hunting, spam... I'll sync them up again...
(Does each identity in the spam address so you can tell who spammed it count as a whole one or a half?)
Feature request #12121354: Allow italic markup in titles!
But! I! liked! the! whimsical! headlines!
Re: This internet of things
You'll need a net connection to Get Genuine within 30 days.
You complain too much. It's easy to fix, just roll back the .Net update, run the .Net cleaner, then re-install.
Re: Motion Focus
Sir would like a phone which acts as a phone instead of an Instagram photo prettifier (which is all Nokia is contractually allowed to add while MS struggles to add features from the last decade that everyone else takes for granted)? Can't say there's much demand for one, but Sir could always try a Nokia Asha, over that way...
Chap in pap strap-line rap mishap while on a nap gets slap?
Re: They are now Windows-compatible
Opera Mobile for Symbian also managed text reflow properly (cleverly), had a tap-to-zoom that actually worked and finally had a single-column mode too. Everything that's come after that seems to be lacking in some way, even Opera for Android, unless they've put those features back into their WebKit browser.
Seems that the people who design the mobile browsers don't actually use them.
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