506 posts • joined Friday 19th June 2009 13:45 GMT
This surely isn't much of a surprise. Is there anywhere in the Netherlands where it's even possible to live as far from an exchange as one can in rural England or Scotland? Take any small, modern,homogeneous densely-populated country (NL has 2x population density than UK) and you'll find better availabilitiy of services than in a big equivalent.
> lower funding requirements for the EU, which will mean lower taxes -
No, it will mean even more EU bureaucrats, to soak up the extra cash. Lowering taxes would send entirely the wrong idea.
Why does UHDTV need a new standard?
I think that the new standards are more likely related to newer compression systems, so that the next UHVSDTV won't require everything from MW to visible light just to get one channel in.
Sadly it is probable that no new standard of decency will be introduced to prevent that channel being the latest series of X-factor :(
21" PC monitor
> I can clearly see the difference between 720p and 1080p on my 21" PC monitor
Of course you can, you're probably sitting 50 cm from it! Plan to watch your 52" screen from 1.25m away? The human eye has limited resolution, based on the number of rods/cones it contains, so inevitably there is a practical limit. The BBC have researched this, they have whitepapers on the engineering website.
Nothing to do with small antennae. GPS just tells you where you are on (or above) the planet. If you want that position shown on a map, you have to download the map, which is nothing to do with the GPS satellites.
When you start the Nokia maps application (at least on my N95) the first question it asks is "Go online now?". Just say no. If you preload the maps from a PC you'll have no phone charges.
so skype has been well and truly fucked then?
Toying with Gnomes
It's OK, no-one could mistake an El Reg comment forum for polite company...
I smell a scam
Who in their right mind is going to leave a jagged spike of metal in their hand while they look for a camera to get a suitable photo? Wouldn't most people's first instinct be to just swear, yank it out, and run for the first-aid kit?
Anyone remember the 1200bps modems that used to drop carrier when listing Fortran programs? Turned out that a long series of "C"s generated a bit pattern that the modem didn't like. Of course no-one ever writes long series of "C"s. Except when a Fortran programmer wanted to delimit a comment, and after putting a C in column one, they just held the key down to repeat for
C This is a comment block
They were the guys who knew what they were talking about, so took the time to fix customer problems. Which of course meant that they took longer to fix things than the folks who followed the scripts and never got past "turn it off and on again". Clearly less efficient, so they got the chop. Typical beancounting helldesk management, really.
I hate to say it, but...
I think Aston Martin's showing this year might have more to do with a certain "Just Married" drive down the Mall than with Jimmy007.
"MP3 is a lossey format."
MP3 may be lossy, but it takes advantage of the physiological characteristics of the human ear so that it only looses the bits you can't hear anyway. 320kbit/s VBR MP3s are not, subjectively, "low" quality.
If I quit my job every time I finished a program and then found that the project had been cancelled, I'd have to set up a tent outside the JobCenter.
True, the brand is all that's left. So much of their kit is cheap badge-engineered stuff that the reputaton they once had for quality is fading. No-one is going to pay Sony prices for something when you can't tell whether it is "real" Sony or just rebadged junk.
not all phobic or stupid
> miss out because they are technophobes, or because they think it might be difficult.
Or because they just aren't interested. My Dad used my Mum as an email proxy for years, he saw the advantages of email from the golf club, but had absolutely no interest in using it himself.
"stop breaching telecoms regulations by issuing bills to consumers for services that have not been provided. "
Sorry? Is "breaching telecoms regulations" Ofcom newspeak for "fraud"? . Maybe instead of asking them nicely to stop, they could have hauled their CEO into court? Or would that have been too much like hard work for that bunch of regulatory incompetents?
slow urban areas
Amazing. Places with lots of people using the internet have the slowest download speeds.
Isn't that a bit like discovering that places with the most cars tend to have the biggest traffic jams?
I remember university science days where people were invited to dip their hand into (and rapidly out of) a dewar of liquid nitrogen. If you do it briefly you'll come to no harm, and the feeling of having your fingers in boiling liquid is weird, to say the least.
Scan the barcode, pay for it via an app, and trigger the security alarms as you leave because a checkout operator hasn't cancelled the security tag? I can see that working. Not.
PayPal thinks it can do this cheaply because it doesn't have the overheads of a bank, but those overheads are there for security and protection. As usual, when the new boy thinks it can solve a problem better than the folks who've been doing it for 50-odd years, it generally means that they don't really understand the fine details of the problem. Wait until the first time someone gets conned, and discovers that theyt have no legal protection, because Paypal isn't a bank.
> It would be a good idea to tether the metal top to prevent unwanted damages
and to be careful when re-admitting air if it doesn't ignite. Never return to a lit firework, and all that.
Clever Lester's Impressive Test Of Rocket Ignition System ?
I think you'll find that BT, like most other service providers (gas, etc.) uses the "passed" terminology to indicate the number of *potential* houses they can supply. i.e. if they cable a street with 50 houses then they have "passed" 50 houses, i.e. 50 houses which can get a connection if they want, no matter how many are current customers. It has nothing to do with copper/fibre differences.
The Dong!--the Dong!
So in future, before we have sex with someone we'll have to see if they glow in the dark?
Maybe Edward Lear was right all along, and I thought luminous *condoms* were weird.
These days "gov.co.uk" would be nearer the mark.
3 phases (red, yellow, blue) from the grid, three phases from your local source. Lightbulbs between grid "red" and local "red", ditto for the other two. When all the bulbs go dark together it means there's no significant voltage difference between grid and local on any phase, i.e. you know that your local source is in sync with the grid, and can be connected.
Super soldiers next?
What next, overclocked squaddies? They only last for a war, but get so much more done...
atomic battery powered turbines?
It's called a hybrid...
> I believe Ms James would object to being called chairman
a) It's how she's described in official McAfee press releases
b) The fact that the word ends in the three letters 'm', 'a' and 'n' has no connection with the sex of the person holding the office. She would be correctly addressed as Madam Chairman.