309 posts • joined Tuesday 16th June 2009 09:36 GMT
Re: "online nutritional supplement and cosmetics company"
...one must assume we're dealing with a small aquatic bird from the anatidae family.
Re: Trouble is ...
When you're on the ground do you drive an Audi by any chance?
Re: Cause to dig the speccy out I reckon
"I still find the screechy white noise comforting in a way."
I was startled to realise that my kids had never heard dial-up internet either.
Mixed up with toys
At the moment a plastic kids' toy gun is obviously not the real thing. With these out there it might become a bit harder to be certain what's what. I predict that someday a young kid will be shot for playing with a toy gun, just in case it isn't.
Re: Keep calm and carry on hysterizing!
"... there had been 33 mass shootings from 1983-2013, IE more than 1 a year."
That browser has a lot to answer for...
Re: Drifting slightly OT ....
There was a similar story posted by Bill Bryson about a chap who couldn't get the US authorities to understand that he only had nine fingers. The 'system' wasn't equipped to cope with less than ten prints.
Shouldn't the footnote be 'sic erat scriptum'?
(Not trying to be arsey - I just googled your Latin quote as I'd only ever seen it as [sic] before. That's what I was offered as a correction)
Re: Save Time - Turn up the Heating!
Or just wait. Global warming will do the job eventually. I would add 'if you're patient' but in this instance that would be pretty much mandatory.
Re: Green Tax Refund
If you look a little more carefully, the distribution costs have gone up. By quite a lot.
It's almost as if there was a need to run pylons and cable to all sorts of out-of-the-way places to connect up wind turbines... By creatively allocating that cost to 'distribution' - without explaining why the cost has gone up - they can make it look like it's nothing to do with green policies.
Factor in that bit too and it's a lot more than ten percent.
Some self-help options
As someone who suffered with a mere 0.5Mbps (surely a breach of fundamental human rights these days?) there are some things you can do yourself to improve things. I managed to get up to the heady heights of 3.5Mbps by moving my router to the BT master socket and disconnecting the redundant bell-wire from my phone extensions. A better quality router did the rest.
If none of those help my council are saying that rural locations with a school have a higher priority and will get fibre first (because of the high cost of their existing connections). Might be worth bearing in mind if you're moving house in the next twelve months.
Exciting though this is I really hope that they've thought about security. The idea of needing antivirus/antimalware in my car is a scary prospect.
Re: Another carbon reduction failure
"out of single-occupancy motor vehicles and onto bikes, public transport, and car-pooling."
Living in a rural area with a long commute, none of those work for me. What we need are employers who accept that encouraging working from home is a sensible idea. It would reduce congestion, reduce carbon emissions, saving time and energy. But the mindset that you're somehow skiving is what needs to go.
Worries me too
When lead was removed from petrol there was supposed to be some kind of similar proviso for older engines which couldn't cope with unleaded fuel. Using the availability of that as an indicator I think I can see what will happen here too.
Re: Forty three feet! Golly.
If they're bright it will be a floating HQ. But it better be a long way away from the French if it is.
Re: Streetmap is superior
"Google also insisted the hotel I sought was in a nearby street, whereas both the others took me to the front door."
Are you sure you're thinking of Google? This sounds a lot more like Apple.
Re: I remember streetmap...
For my purposes Open Streetmap is better - and more accurate - than Google or Streetmap.
Being popular doesn't allow you to sit back for the rest of eternity. Even Google may be outfoxed one day.
Re: Astonishing and nice!
"We might become a rep-Warp civilization in under 200 years, maybe even 100..."
We have to have it done by 2063. Someone with the right surname needs to get busy and make sure there's a lad called Zefram around at the right time.
Re: Listen very carefully
I'll concede that it's possible that there is a Machiavellian agenda behind this action. But bitter experience and a combination of healthy cynicism and scepticism suggest otherwise.
I can think of plenty of embarrassing governmental revelations that no amount of effort have been able to suppress. A US President couldn't even manage to hide a clandestine BJ from an intern for heaven's sake!
Documents revealed after thirty (or more) years of being blocked don't generally reveal successful plots either. Think of corruptible civil servants, deliberate leaks and lost laptops. Add in prospective whistleblowers, if the plot is against the public interest, and there's an awful lot working against secrecy.
Re: That's FLÜMBLAR, please!
We don't like umlauts because they roll off and cause unnecessary punctuation.
Re: An alternative is to tell fishermen to ...
So 'Heroin' lost trademark status because Bayer stopped protecting it?
I seem to recall a comment from him clarifying that he was inviting someone "...TO Jodrell Bank, not for A Jodrell Bank"
Glad to see you mentioned him. There's a chap who deserves a damn sight more credit than he gets.
Re: Almost, but not quite.
Since my current car costs nearly £70 to fill up, the leasing cost doesn't look at all bad to me. Although I agree about it still costing you when it's not being used. That part might need some more thought. My 15 mile commute each way makes this look ideal even without a charging facility at the office.
And while I can see that cheap overnight electricity might disappear in the future I can also see the possibility of millions of plugged-in electric cars making up the shortfall for those world-cup-half-time moments when the whole country suddenly needs more power.
Re: Those google signs LMAO
They should have used the same giant red balloon-shaped markers that you get on Google maps.
"He purposefully designed it to eat the fewest cycles possible."
And therein lies the problem. S/he was using a resource that someone else has to pay for, without their consent. If I take money from you and say 'But I was only taking your smallest banknote' would you accept that as fair?
Personally I don't have an issue with what this person did - I see the value in the results and a lack of malicious intent. But others will simply see it as immoral/illegal. The law is on their side.
Re: Tax for owning a TV....
"Why on earth do I need a TV licence to play my SNES? "
You don't. The licence covers equipment which is capable of watching programmes at the time that they are broadcast - just don't plug in an aerial.
Non-Brits should be able to pay
The Beeb should provide a facility for anyone outside the UK to have full paid-for access to all their services. And maybe a pay-per-view Lovefilm/Netflix style interface for their back catalogue.
My relatives in the USA and Australia would happily pay at least the same amount of money us Brits do for the same service. Since Sky want £21.50 a month for their ad-encrusted basic 'Entertainment' package I think the BBC is a bargain.
Please ban this word.
I thought - just for a moment, mind - that I would quite like to own a jacket like that.
Fortunately the moment passed.
With this ever-increasing level of detail and sophistication to mapping the entire world's surface it is odd that the first thing anyone does with it is to take a look at the outside of the building they're currently sitting inside.
Tricky balancing act
I'm all for the legitimate inventors of something new gaining full legal protection for their inventions. But I'd be very cautious about giving similar protections to patents on abstract concepts: we've all seen how the big boys will sue and counter-sue to the nth degree over something like a 'rounded corner'.
For many die-hard BlackBerry fans the killer feature was battery life. A week or more without a recharge was both possible and expected.
Is this another BB USP that's gone by the wayside?
Ah, the old Fiesta.
Same for me. Mine was one of the last Mark 1's, much missed now. Mine had the luxurious passenger-side door mirror to complement the (compulsory) one on the driver's side.
Re: Netflix Great/LoveFilm Not so good
"LoveFilm is limited to my PS3 or a PC"
Pretty sure Lovefilm works on at least as many devices as Netflix. I've used it on my smart TV, Wii and on an iPad as well as the ones you've mentioned.
Re: Netflix vs LoveFilm vs Blinkbox?
Lovefilm don't seem to have the James Bond films. Are they on Netflix or has Sky got exclusive rights for them all?
And what you neglected to mention:
"you want guaranteed speeds for tuppence ha'penny a month and that ain't never going to happen. If you want a good service you'll have to pay a premium price."
...and move to the centre of a big city.
"people who bought the iPhone got unlimited data where it generally wasn't available to anyone else for similar monthly rates."
It may be unfashionable to point it out but you forgot to add: "...unless they had a BlackBerry".
Kudos for the 'Heins beams' headline.
It raised a smile.
Re: "A Slower Speed of Light"
You get a slower speed of light if it's not passing through a vacuum. In fact it's possible to drive a car faster than light (if that light is travelling through-270 degree sodium: the light will be doing 38 miles per hour.
Re: Reg hack uses site to raise beef with BT?
I'd echo this and add that you may want to consider also disconnecting the 'bell wire' on any extension socket wiring that run from that master socket. It's unlikely that you have any phones elderly enough to have an issue with doing that. It can reduce interference enough to boost speeds a bit further (I believe that it it provided a little extra boost for ringing back when it was a real bell inside the phones).
The bell wire is normally the slot numbered 3 (orange with white trace); slots 2 (white with blue trace) and 5 (blue with white trace) are the ones that must be there to make a phone work.
If you're not happy with pulling bits of wire out plenty of places sell an adapter faceplate for the phone socket that has the same effect as disconnecting that one wire from your extensions.
Using the master socket for my ADSL router and disconnecting the bellwire tripled my speed to the heady heights of 3 meg!
Re: Old idea?
That's the one! Just reading that review brought back some memories.
I remember reading a kids' book where some precocious children, apparently with access to surprising amounts of funding, used the compressor and tank idea to beat a load of adults in a balloon race. I'm sure that someone with a better memory than me may even remember the title.
Re: Ordinarily, I'd be inclined to agree
I think many people would prefer it if their allocation of minutes/texts was flexibly altered rather than have the prices go up.
I want to know what I have to budget for but I could happily accept, say, a reduction from 1000 minutes a month to 900. The phone subsidy element is already taken care of and this would allow them to manage their costs effectively. Some people may go over their allocation (and pay more of course) but at least the rest of us would have the option of calling less to keep costs the same.
Re: Ooooh the irony
So, it seems like the consensus here is 'an eye for an eye'?
Maybe Microsoft do deserve a bit of their own medicine but Google would earn far more of my respect if their behaviour was above reproach. In my view deliberately anti-competitive is just wrong, even if it represents a bit of karma rebalancing.
Re: Is the Fail confused or am I?
Private Eye regularly note that the DM's public persona isn't reflected behind the scenes. The bikini-clad pictures are one example but the code-phrase 'all grown up' is apparently regularly used on picture captions of 16 year olds in a way that makes it synonymous with 'has reached a legal age'.
This can then be used to justify a revealing picture that might well have been illegal just a few days earlier.
Don't believe me? Try a search on their site.
What am I looking for?
As someone who currently hosts an in-house solution there are a number of areas where a cloud-based solution can fall short:
- Less sophisticated (or no) access to message tracking data when troubleshooting
- No control over the rollout of new features or updates (for example an altered logon page can alarm users)
- Less control over editing custom attributes (crucial for us)
- BlackBerry Enterprise Server support
- Content migration to and from the cloud can be a bit iffy (I'm thinking of Google calendars)
- A surprising number of local servers may still be required (Office 365)
- Projected savings often assume you no longer need a datacentre
- Losing internet access means you lose email too. In-house email means you can still contact colleagues.
- Fewer options to customise - end users must accommodate the cloud's needs not the other way around.
That's not to say it's always a bad idea. But if you don't consider all the aspects it may not be as good an idea as it first sounds.
Satellite is to search for friends
...as the chap who had the idea was quite ronery.
Re: Scary thing is ...
If someone pointed out that by putting Americans on Mars you'd be putting those few US citizens beyond the reach of any terrorist perhaps they'd be persuaded to re-budget. Once the place has been terraformed the whole lot could go there!