215 posts • joined 23 Jun 2009
Re: Red X
"They have work zone signs, "Fines Doubled in Work Zone" signs, cones, barrels, etc....but no work."
Oh no, we have plenty of those here too. There'll be 3 miles of cones with at the end of it, a guy sat in his truck reading the paper. Usually though he's cleared off early so that he can claim triple-wages working the bank holiday.
Re: Broken by design?
"I was phoned three years running by Orange partners after cancelling my service, to see if I wanted an upgrade. That was despite having opted out of third party communication."
To be fair, all the networks are guilty of this. With Vodafone I would get on average 3-4 calls a week starting about 2 months before the contract expired and ramping up.
With Orange, I started getting these types of calls in the first week, but that turned out to be that the number had been recycled so I was getting calls targetting the person whose number it used to be. After a week, my old number finally ported across.
I'm feeling left out, I didn't get a single one of these messages.
Come on people, it's not rocket science. Oh, wait..
Re: Wait and see
"My favourite example of this was from something that ITV used to show at post-pub-o'clock. Sadly that space is now taken up by some sort of tv-roulette-scumbaggery. The show was 'Tour of Dury'."
My example along those lines was the time [BBC|ITV] were showing the lunchtime as-live repeat of the (probably Japanese) F1 that had been on at around 5am, and had the programme announcer start with "And now another chance to see X win the (probably Japanese) grand prix"
Ok, technically it was a repeat and any real enthusiasts would have got up at unsocial-o-clock to watch it live, but nonetheless, anyone who had actually tuned in to watch the as-live showing probably still wouldn't want the end spoiled.
Re: Pas en France
"I wish they would do that here in France, every bloody time that I go there are at least a half dozen twunts tweeting, smsing during the whole damned film.."
Oh, there still are similar numbers in cinemas here too, telling them doesn't make blindest difference to that.
Worst case though was in the cinema once with a row of kids behind (pretty sure they weren't being obnoxious because they were teens, they genuinely didn't seem to notice). Mobile rings, girl answers it and starts saying 'Oh, I'm in the cinema watching <whatever>, just getting to the bit where X is going to happen'... Another of them was reading out every set of subtitles, either because they couldn't read silently or for the benefit of another one who couldn't read at all...
And they wonder why people don't like going to the cinema any more - that and the fact that a film costs pretty close to the same as buying the DVD just to see. 2 or more people, it's cheaper by a good margin to just buy the film. I know the experience isn't the same, but as 'the experience' seems to include having the constant rustling of sweet wrappers; people who have just downed the 2 litre 'child-size' Coke squeezing past to go to the toilet every 10 minutes; being dazzled by mobile screens sending texts and so on, I'm happy to skip that!
Re: If I had £899 to spend on a computer
"has perhaps the best support in the world from any manufacturer"
sorry? Maybe for home use, but certainly for business use "bring it to your closest Apple store and we'll repair it in a few days" doesn't cut it. When PC suppliers have been offering 5 year on-site NBD for some time, and Apple can't even offer an option to pay for that, it's certainly not 'the best'.
Fortunately we have an authorised repair centre close, so I only have a 5-10 minute walk to take whatever machine has failed in (and that's about the only time that I do appreciate Apple's insistence on removing functionality to make desktop machines light and portable).
Personally I do wish they brought back the 24" iMac. 21 is just too small, and 27 too large. In the words of Goldilocks, the 24 was 'just right'.
"'user funds' is perfectly correct english. It refers to the funds belong to any user, not a singular user"
Indeed it does. But as the non-Spartacusy-one pointed out, the article makes use of "user's funds", not "user funds" or "users' funds". i.e., the funds of a (singular) user.
Pedantic, I agree, but grammatically correct!
Re: Security guards suffer this all the time
It's not misspelt; it's called an acronym.
To paraphrase Eric Morcambe, it had all the right letters but not necessarily in the right order.
Re: "$130k..." "...raised tens of thousands of dollars..."
The $150k and $240k were listed as being taken on *previous* auctions, not this one.
That said, adding up the rest of the items listed still comes to just short of $230k rather than $130k. Maybe the extra $100k is auction fees (did they use eBay+paypal or something??)
How does that work then?
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Re: I had this one
On the subject of ridiculous, I did have one the other day telling me I had to
"fill attached questionary before May 13259579338080851941308th, 2014"
I'm guessing that's a very long way in the future, so won't bother to open it now..
but yes, I agree with your sentiments entirely about the sort of people who prey on those likely to fall for this particular one.
Apologies if this point has been made - I did skim through all four pages of responses of switch to Linux, switch to Mac (both might be valid arguments, but not the point I'm making) etc without seeing it...
Fair enough, I can understand 'get a new PC' because one that was sold running XP (assuming a home machine, not a business machine and therefore likely to have been provided with XP for as long as possible) is at least 5 years old (probably 7 since resellers starting shipping consumer PCs with Vista) may not be up to the job. Seems wasteful if the hardware works but I accept that the argument can be made.
However, I can't accept the argument as a reason for buying a new PC, that if you upgrade you'd need to find your application install disks and license codes, that you'd need to backup your files and restore them. Surely you'd need to do this if you went and bought a new PC anyway - it won't magically have your applications or data.
So maybe they're advocating that you go and buy new copies of Office and other applications too - and presumably just throw away your old photos, files etc rather than transfer them as clearly they're old and useless?
Or that you buy a new PC, but that you keep using your old XP one rather than upgrade it as that's the one that has your applications and files...
Or that you buy a new one, but then have to do exactly the same steps to install your applications and transfer your data that you'd have to do if you upgraded.
Re: How old?
From his blog post (linked in article) he says he renamed @N to @N_is_stolen, releasing @N to be taken by someone else. Assuming the whole thing is genuine.
Doesn't make a lot of sense though. Surely the main reason for wanting the account was for access to all the followers (for some nefarious purpose?) who would still be on the renamed account. Or to sell, but it'll always be questionable whether it'll be returned.
So will IPv6 be the second coming?
100km? Or 100m?
So what is the air-speed of a camera-laden sea eagle?
As the in-footage timestamp shows approximately 20s passing between takeoff and landing, if that really covered 100km then we'd be looking at a tad over 11,000mph. It's amazing their feathers don't fall off.
I don't think I've laughed so hard in a while.
And the bits quoted in the article are on the normal side compared to some others:
A further interesting approach could be combining artificial muscles and the wig. Artificial muscles look like hair, so it is useful for hair extensions and fake moustaches. If a user is excited, the hair dynamically changes.
The presented wearable computing device may contain sensors like a camera and an electric compass, so the user can retrieve such information and know whether the wig is in the right place or not, i.e. whether the wig is correctly mounted on the head or not.
and of course, we can't miss 'wig-to-wig communication':
Moreover, if another user wears a similar wearable computing device 10 as proposed according to this disclosure, a wig-to-wig communication is possible as this is known from other touch systems. If one user touches one of his/her vibration motors 28a-f, the other users equivalent motor may vibrate
My mind is well and truly boggled.
Particularly since they'd probably point to lost production as a reason to push the price up a fraction for the next week, generating 10 times that in extra profits.
Re: USB: This side up
If It's in my computer, yes, I know generally which way is up as long as I'm concentrating. My main problem is when I have to go and use unfamiliar computers, especially fruity ones that have the USB ports sideways somewhere on the back where you can't see them, intermixed with similarly sized firewire, DisplayPort-variant-of-the-week, etc. I don't care if it's marginally uglier, put them on the side where I can actually find them without knocking over assorted photos and pots of pens trying to fumble around blindly.
Only the first time? I have to turn most USB devices/cables round about 3 times before it'll go in.
Why do they need so many?
What are all these employees actually going to do, given that Amazon don't appear to conduct any business or make any money in the UK, as evidenced by their tax bill...
Re: Absolutely Ridiculous
"If people who are going to mug you for your expensive iPhone/iPad know that they aren't going to work after they've been stolen, that would stop quite a few muggings."
From what I've heard/read, many phones stolen during muggings are to stop the victim from phoning the police and give the muggers a few more minutes to get clear of the scene. I have no idea if that is true or just hearsay, but makes some degree of sense - in which case whether the phone is locked or not won't make a difference, stealing it stops the victim using it regardless.
Re: Why not quit the freeloading?
Except that there was clearly no signal from any local networks or else the phone would have roamed onto one, albeit at an extortionate rate.
Personally, although on holiday I like to switch off from email and such like, it is really handy to be able to just check up on a phone or whatever (ideally without requiring a second mortgage) for ideas on restaurants and the like. I'm not someone who just stays by the pool and eats in the hotel for a week, or who meticulously plans ahead to have organised where to go, so it's good to be able to check up on places and so on as the mood takes me.
So.. what happened to the person who was recording Abel recording the confidential meeting in order to leak the recording?
"What's that in UTC?"
The more things change, the more they stay the same...
I remember 10 years or so discovering that the admin password for HP Jetdirect cards was retrievable in plaintext via SNMP, with the default public community string...
Oddly I was reading a year-or-two-old article the other day on this, which was indicating that command line .. err .. commands (or more correctly, use of scripts to make sure all the options and flags are correct) *are* more effective and efficient than GUIs, the reasoning being that people are human and make mistakes, forget to set options, click the wrong tick box (particularly if an update moves things around). The main synopsis was "if it can be scripted, script it. If it can't be scripted, make a check list".
I've written bulk user import scripts in Powershell and in Perl and certainly a lot simpler, quicker and less prone to errors to run that, fed from a CSV file or database, than to sit around manually creating a couple of hundred users with point-and-click.
Not that anyone is taking the GUI away, but is nice that more and more features are being exposed to the command line.
Re: I agree wholeheartedly
"You don't see a used car going on sale for 5% less than the new model, so why is it that way with games? Especially when a lot of games these days you're losing out on the 'free' DLC."
Agree. Plus the annoyance that you often also lose the DLC if you buy it once it's 6 months old or so. Had that the other month with Assassins Creed .. err .. 57? DLC code expires on this date regardless of whether you bought new, but are we putting the price down to compensate? I think not.
Same with DVDs/BR disks with double/triple-play 'download' options. Again, this usually vanishes a few months after release but is still touted on the box as being provided.
"AT&T's patent is for crawling search engines and RSS feeds for torrent titles"
If your torrent-hosting website has T&Cs that forbid AT&T access, or crawling, or whatever other legalese is appropriate, would that make this inadmissible if it went to court, or you were accused of accessing it?
Re: It's not what you see that counts
"My favourite is gold plated TOS (optical) connectors."
I thought you were joking.
I *hoped* you were joking.
I now see you weren't.
I feel unclean.
A metal what? A full metal jacket? It is indeed a possibility.
Re: And now an asylum request for Ecuador
I think this is some elaborate game of Happy Families. Ecuador has Assange and Snowden and nearly has a set, while the US just has Mr Bun the Baker...
Re: One weird old tip
Those ads always annoy me for some reason, so I'm sure there'd be some doctors who they make angry too, just by existing, not necessarily anything to do with the content.
Don't think it is 'whipped up by android fans' at all. We're (actually, I use both IOS and Android devices so don't exactly consider myself a fan of either camp) just saying welcome to the 2010s. Nice though IOS might be to use, it has looked a bit dated for the last few versions, so it's nice to see it catching up with what looks like a modern, clean interface that looks fine to me too. Ok, the colours and icons are not everyone's cup of tea but you'll never please anyone - even Apple bloggist John Gruber did say that Apple people felt the new release would be 'polarizing'...
"Forensic experts have testified ..."
"...He was traced by his username and network IP address ..."
Really? Looking in the logfiles required 'forensic experts'?
And he was using his own assigned username and IP address. So not exactly a master hacker. How about if you don't want random Privates looking through classified diplomatic data that isn't relevant to his job, you don't give his assigned username access to it? Then again, these are the same people who allegedly setup 'secure' servers with default or blank passwords then cite hundreds of thousands of dollars in costs needed to secure the systems after someone traipses through it looking for UFOs...
Not saying he was right or wrong to leak the documents but shouldn't the security experts be looking to, you know, actually secure their systems rather than complain when people access things they shouldn't?
"As with all ITC bans, the lockdown won't start unless President Obama gives the all-clear. The president (who prefers to use a BlackBerry personally) has 60 days to decide the issue."
Thanks for coming in Mr Cook. This veto stamp? Pay no attention to that, I don't think I'll be needing it. Remind me, what were you doing about those billions of untaxed offshore dollars?
Re: To be fair...
" if an fanboi won't pay for an app then fandroids certainly won't..."
Putting completely aside the fact that it is free...
I've always been intrigued, given the 'freetard' tag given to Linux users, and by association to Android users - the platform is free so it's expected that everything else should be too - that whenever I've looked at the Humble Bundle pay-what-you-want stats, the average price paid by Linux users is always highest, Mac second and Windows users lowest. Which might suggest that Linux users are in fact willing to pay (more) for software.
(It may also of course be that far fewer Linux users do actually buy it, so the figures are more distorted by one or two high payers - that said, on the current bundle, the number of Linux purchasers is not much less than Mac purchasers)
12 regenerations, i,e. 13 'lives' apparently. That said, I'm sure they'll find time paradox loopholes and magical gadgets to reset ...
My memory is hazy on the early series, but wasn't one of the Doctor's regenerations stolen by the Master, and another, future, regeneration some evil entity?
BBC News article does mention Sean Pertwee as being a possibility. Then again they also do list Tom Cruise and Billie Piper as (admittedly more remote) possibilities, so perhaps they're just pulling names out of a hat!
Re: The guys were already known to the authorities
Surely it would become:
“Why did it take you 14 hours to get an armed response unit to the scene?”
"Because all but one police officer is now tasked with sifting through every single email and website access of 60 million people, and that one officer was off sick"
Re: Argos catalogue is a great example of something that should be archived
Started to write a confused reply but just re-parsed original comment and noticed that BFI != FBI.
Re: I have one of these and they're good bits of kit
"I *like* the fact it can't run games, means I can give them to my kids and know they'll be used for reading not Angry Birds."
Actually, it apparently can play Angry Birds (and other Android games) if you root it and tweak the screen refresh settings. Although I suspect still not very well in mono with slightly iffy touch, if the infra-red touch interface has the same performance as the Kobo.
Ordered one - at that price good as a backup, good for tinkering with and should be able to run the Overdrive Android app natively for borrowing library books rather than have to go through the convoluted mess that is Adobe digital editions on my PC to download and transfer to my existing Kobo.
So, this was just Hamburg? By accepting the fine surely that's setting a dangerous precedent now for every other town and city in Europe to fine them a similar amount? It may be small, but scaled up to those numbers could still be quite costly.
Re: Why ever not?
Malice perhaps, but greed may have some involvement. I can imagine management asking why the developers are being paid to test and develop their shiny bloatware on last year's phone which might prevent consumers from upgrading to the new model (despite the now-standard 24 month lock-in). And heaven forbid they just provide the firmware as-is without all of their 'value'-added commercial services.
Yes, could use custom firmware and getting increasingly tempted. However I use at least two apps that I know don't work on rooted/custom ROMs (one for banking, the other being the only useful bit that Orange do install and which no one has as-yet got working on custom JB ROMs (last I checked anyway) - Signal Boost, used for routing voice calls over wifi, and very useful if you frequently work in thick walled buildings and/or basements).
Re: Lack of business sense?
"Leaving aside for a moment that consideration, AVG is not showing much business sense, why then release products for Windows Phone and iOS only? Where is the Android version?"
Over there in the Play store, where it's always been...
It all ends up wetter
OK, I'm not going to touch the whole climate change thing. However, climatechangologists frequently point to the chain of events as climate change -> ice melts -> sea levels rise -> flooding.
So why is it that when people come up with wondrous new methods of producing power, everyone cheers that the only byproduct will be lovely clean water?
If everyone is driving around in hydrogen powered cars, dribbling water out of their exhaust pipes, and power stations pumping water into the rivers, has noone considered that this might also lead to a rise in water levels and flooding? Obviously it'll be a *cleaner* flood but still...
Last gig I went to charged a couple of quid "postage" to email me the tickets..
Re: Someone else who's missed the point about privacy and GG
" I bet he thinks that being in a bar is also a public place."
Given that the very next paragraph goes on to say: "He added that owners of private property, such as homes and businesses, would be perfectly within their rights to ban the use of the devices", I'd happily take your bet...
Re: Late Arrival
"Found the "Museum of the History of Science" in Oxford thanks to the Geek Atlas. Well worth a short visit, small but perfectly formed :)"
Agreed, but after a little while you do start to overdose on brass instruments of every technical persuasion...
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- Students hack Tesla Model S, make all its doors pop open IN MOTION
- BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
- PROOF the Apple iPhone 6 rumor mill hype-gasm has reached its logical conclusion