124 posts • joined Thursday 18th June 2009 11:55 GMT
I wonder if they'd adapt
I imagine that eventually the mosquitos will adapt or grow comfortable with the light wall and no longer fear walking or flying through it.
Spend the 1m on mosquito nets and erect them around whole villages in Africa.
Smart doesn't necessarily mean better.
I like that Gates is continuing to share some of his wealth to help the world :)
Why is it embarrassing?
Why is it embarrassing? They didn't sell their kit there, nor did they get caught selling their kit there.
Someone bought their kit and then sold it on. There's nothing they can do about that.
Too much info? Give it away
You didn't need to create this advertisement movie - you already showed us how to handle bulk data. We should just email our email databases out to 3000+ people and then write a jokey post about it as if it's no big deal and not actually email those affected, who might miss the story.
Jail for an accident?
Regardless of how misguided his experiment was, it seems a tad over the top to send it to jail over it. Yes, he screwed up, yes he started a fire - but surely he should just be liable for the damages, not thrown in jail!
It's all about speed. Instead of having to download a media heavy 500kb page that's meant for a desktop with a proper resolution, your Kindle Fire will tell Amazon what page it wants and Amazons powerful cloud network will collect that page and then compress it down to a more manageable size for your mobile device. This saves you bandwidth and CPU processing, speeding up and generally improving your browsing experience.
I wouldn't be comfortable putting all my traffic through their servers but I can certainly see the benefits. Disabling it for HTTPS would be a start.
How important is the jamming..
If the Navy are willing to turn it off after a few fishermen complain?
What other country would limit their military operations because of complaints from fishermen?
Don't get me wrong, I don't think it's fair for fishermen to lose out, I know how tight the margins are for most one-man traller boats. But surely the safety of the country comes before the profit of a small number of fishermen?
Right on. If he continues like this, they just might get annoyed enough to do something about those crooks.
If these guys have worked it out..
then I'm sure most governments have had this capability for many years
Work checking out
I always thought that If I was going to get a tablet, it would be an ipad. The prices aren't that different (for a decent tablet) so might as well go with the masses and get guaranteed new software regularly.
But now, with Apple making such a big deal other this, I'm actually really intrigued to check out the Samsung. They make some pretty decent Blueray boxes (not so great Freesat boxes it seems, lets hope software updates come soon for those).
Considering practically every slab looks the same, why are Apple getting so worked up over this one? It must be pretty feckin decent to have them this worked up!
Not that bad really :/
I'm not an apple fanboi but I'd have to disagree with you. Considering it was dark outside, its pretty good quality. My nokia would give me a nice big black blob if I tried to record under those conditions.
'The only people hurt are insurance companies"..
Some idiot commented on the video that this is only harming the insurance companies. What a load of nonsense.
Firstly, an increase in claims will cause a small increase to everyones insurance premiums. As we all know, nearly all forms of insurance provide a discount based on you having no claims. If you claim on your insurance this year, you can bet that your renewal price is going to be much higher.
Aside from your renewal costs going up, insurance premiums in general will increase as the level of claims increase, so it will also affect other businesses.
Many insurance companies will exclude glass cover (ie. windows) after 3 or 4 claims. That may sound like a lot of claims but that's not per year, that's overall. If you have a business in a busy high street (especially anywhere near a drinking establishment) then you'll know it's not uncommon to have your business' windows damaged.
Aside from insurance costs, because of this damage, a lot of businesses will be closed for a certain amount of time. That means staff won't get paid and the store will lose money. It also means that I can't walk down the road and buy a fucking scart cable (I don't want one, but you get the idea).
So please, don't be so naive to believe that the only people being harmed are insurance companies.
So now every large company is going to have to consider making defensive registrations of TLDs. What a load of non-sense.
They're authorised by Apple
They're authorised and given permission by Apple to sell their products under certain circumstances and their products come direct from Apple. So it's not like it's just some random guy who's writing 'APLE' on a bunch of dell laptops and trying to flog them.
Trying to deceive people into thinking it's a legit Apple store is probably against the conditions of being an Apple reseller.
So yeah, I emailed Apple after being unable to return a faulty ipod under the same conditions as a regular Apple store (there were fees involved and a very limited time allowance). If resellers deceive people into thinking they're official Apple stores then Apple should seriously consider revoking the permission they granted to the reseller.
Same in the Philippines
I actually emailed Apple to complain about a shop in the Philippines because it's branded and styled exactly the same as a legit Apple shop but is only an authorised reseller. They have their own rules on returns/replacements which are much more restrictive than Apples' official shops.
confusing for advertising
Stick enjoy.coke on a sign and people will think nothing of it. Stick coke.com on the same poster and people might visit.
I guess there are ways around this, like using www.enjoy.coke (looks so odd) or "visit enjoy.coke to find out more" but it's still gonna look a bit odd.
So they're certainly not gonna wipe .com or .co.uk off the map.
Yes SSD drives have some problems but they're the best upgrade available for most laptops.
I bought a new OCZ 60GB SSD for under a 100 quid and it has made my macbook pro absolutely fly. Even if it died within 2 years i'd be happy with it!
i guess this explains why Chris Moyles made a joke on the radio 1 show this morning about not being allowed to mention twitter.
Quadcopter + helium
Couldn't you fill a weather balloon up with helium and attach a quad copter? Then have the quadcopter kick in when the balloon bursts to push it just that little bit higher, so it's in an orbit that wont fall back to earth?
The quad copter IS the satellite.
Lets see how this plays out
This will be interesting to watch play out.
I have to say though, If I was VISA/Mastercard, I'd probably have done the same thing. There's still ongoing legal issues over the information that Wikileaks is releasing. Why even risk getting yourself mixed up in that?
It's just good business sense to pull away from Wikileaks.
More info please
The article doesn't explain why they're looking into Sony batteries. What's the problem with them?
You say that there was an exploding battery problem in the past, is it still the same problem?
Please fill in the gaps :)
I can see it from both sides
I can understand why the guy is annoyed at the DVLA trying to take his plate away. He bought it fair and square.
But at the end of the day, if the DVLA have the power to revoke a plate then it doesn't seem like he's got any choice but to accept a refund, drive on different plates and if he really thinks he has a case, take it through the courts.
I've seen too many domain names hijacked by GoDaddy because of spam/abuse/fraud complaints. It doesn't seem to matter whether the complaints are actually genuine. There's many many many forum posts about how to screw over a competitor if their domain was purchased through GoDaddy. A few well crafted emails and GoDaddy will simply take it away from the owner.
So basically, I'm hoping they do sell and the new owners clean up that shambles of an operation. Then maybe people will come back to GoDaddy.
Here's hoping this doesn't set a prescendent
Lets hope that this doesn't set a precedent that the US can access peoples computers to remove something that *they* consider bad.
Oh yeah these guys have this terrible software installed called BitTorrent. We contacted 25 million users and 59 replied. So we went ahead and removed the software from 25 million machines.
Yes, it is every driver ever
The reason why practically any printer just works when you plug it into a mac is because every driver ever made (nearly :P) has already been downloaded and installed onto your system.
That's why the file is so large.
I'm interested to see it. I was impressed by the Kindle but didn't buy one becaue I'm not much of a book reader.
I look forward to seeing what they come up with!
Google need a tax break?
Don't they only pay something like 3-4% after they're finished bouncing it through Amsterdam and Ireland?
I had just signed up and started using Dropbox. I didn't know anything about this. Now I'm worried about whether I should continue using it or not.
For a company that's handling millions of peoples files, how could they allow such a huge security problem to slip through?
For those saying "encrypt your files before uploading to dropbox" - that's easy to say but slightly impractical and difficult to actually do.
You can tell they're an American company. They do whatever they want, even when they know its wrong or illegal and then just wait for the small fine/slap on the wrist.
The penalties given to Google are nothing compared to their earnings so they openly ignore rules and laws.
And now they're trying to set a new standard. Just like before. Oh no, we're not breaking copyright laws because we're giving you a way to block us (robots.txt). And now, oh but you can stop us by doing xyz.
How about I start robbing peoples homes and then my excuse can be - "But if you put a sign by your doorbell that says 'thieves/404', I wont rob you'. Works for Google, should work for me, right?
Not a fan of AIR
I'm not a fan of AIR but I do like what Adobe have done here.
Some companies would have scrapped it and that would have been the end of it. At least Adobe are trying to pass it off to others in the open source community who might do a better job of it.
I know that they're just trying to get their product on as much hardware as possible, but still, good idea :)
Good job MS! :)
Poisoning the root DNS servers
The yanks have been going nuts hijacking domains. They basically poison the root DNS servers (apparently the sole property of the united states of assholes to do whatever they want with) so the domain is effectively knocked offline worldwide.
As someone else quite rightly said, the yanks need to fuck right off. They're pretty much doing a hitler and slowly taking over the world, by force. But everyones just sitting back and watching it happen.
Those that rose up and thought against hitler were called heroes. Those that rise up and fight against America are called terrorists. Interesting.
They want to extradite a fucking kid for linking to copyright material? get the fuck out of here.
But If I, as a consumer, can buy a usb wifi dongle for 4 quid then surely someone buying them in bulk for whatever they're making could get them even cheaper? The licensing is already sorted by the seller of the wifi adapter, right? Or is that not the case? Would additional licensing by required?
Are we watching the same video? That was absolutely naff! Boring 2.0
More data please
So basically a nice way for google to grab stats on how long people are viewing pages and their general browsing habits. And they don't have to get the user to agree to it because its being submitted by the site owners and not the client.
Guilty until proven...
Oh wait, you don't even get a trial to prove your innocence.
Again the US does whatever the F it wants.
No trial, probably no actual proof given. They just take 100mil out of a bank account in another country and thats that.
You'd think that after the first incident, they'd have got in the habit of at least using password protection.
The newer versions of Excel (for example) encrypts a password protected file and currently the only (public) way to get to the info is by brute forcing the password. I'm talking about password locking the file, not a sheet (which is still insecure).
Don't fix what aint broke
Why do MS insist on making the interface "simpler" to use with each release. Everything gets larger, with more of the UI eating up screen real estate and you have to jump through more hoops to multitask.
Apple Lion is going the route of iOS
Windows 8 is going the route to iOS
NOTE TO OPERATING SYSTEM DEVELOPERS: I DONT WANT iOS ON MY LAPTOP OR DESKTOP!
Skype is decent
Not sure why people are bashing Skype so hard. I'm a big fan. I've never had any problems with it on Mac and it's still working despite this suposed glitch that some of you are experiencing.
@Skype encryption cracked: Same thing goes for most VOIP networks. Just that Skype is singled out because they're so popular.
Waste of time
It's a waste of time because the biggest offenders (like Google) will just continue doing what they do and then just blame it on a 'technical error of a single employee' when they get caught. And of course they'll get let off like they always do.
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