Post WW2 the UK and USA, at least, had more obsolete nearly new propeller aircraft then they knew what to do with (many were just pushed over the side of carriers), so nuking a few was hardly a great loss.
129 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009
"One of the reasons I've never (and will never) give MS my credit card for my xbox live account. Pre-paid vouchers all the way."
Same here ..now. Around 40 quid's worth of transactions appeared on my PayPal account from Microsoft for XBox related stuff I hadn't bought, PayPal said not our problem, so gift cards it is from now on.
Re: All or nothing
"The only way I see this working (in all honesty) is for it to be universal, and immediate. IE: December 31st 20XX - any driver worth his salt heads out on their last chance power drive on the road to nowhere"
Agreed - but this would be logistically and financially impossible, hence I really don't see how it can be made workable.
Re: Am I the only one...
Average drivers have to drive with lots of other traffic and pedestrians, and don't tend to drive the same few miles over and over again (well OK, apart from the daily commute)
Re: Am I the only one...
I'm particularly looking forward to that one occurring whilst I've got 44ton of lorry bearing down on my car-bot at 56mph!
Re: EE femtocell (“Signal Box”) no longer available from EE …
Not sure about the EE ones, but the Vodafone ones need to be registered on their website. I get text messages from Vodafone every so often informing me my femtocell has been moved, please register your new postcode blah blah, even though the thing hasn't been moved.
Two for joy
"If you watched Magpie, you probably went to a comprehensive."
Yes and yes :-) I think Susan Stranks was the first woman I had 'feelings' for :-))
My late father regarded the BBC as a hotbed of communism (despite the fact he worked on the track at Vauxhall), so obtaining permission to watch anything on the beeb took considerable negotiation.
Re: Timeless wireless communication ...
Speaking as an RF Hardware engineer who often ends up working on system debug, you wouldn't believe the number of misunderstandings this still causes. SW group enumerate the first physical transmitter in a radio system as TX0, HW group refer to it as TX1, and so on.
I've yet to meet a human being who starts counting on their fingers at zero!
Whilst we're doing forgotten heroes of wireless communication, J. C. Bose remains top of my list:-
Re: "Driverless cars are the future..."?
Me too, they probably made the same speech about DAB.
Re: @Chewi - Bristol? Try taking them to Clifton...
Like they said; surely it would have to apply to all road users, not just cars.
How would this work?
Mixing driven and driverless cars on the public highway would surely be a recipe for disaster.
An overnight switchover by everybody is logistically and financially impossible IMHO.
So what's the roadmap?
Re: Wrong location
Mediterranean tourist areas and er.. Brockenhurst!
Re: One for dad
I think Chrome OS (or tablets) should be compulsory for technophobes
Re: Desperate times
Spot on - Nokia threw billions into the share buyback furnace in the 2000s, achieving diddly in the process.
"...but this whole article read like an advert."
Indeed, I would expect an article to have some mention of alternative products / solutions at least: this just reads like a PR release from the company in question.
I'm baffled as to why Toshiba have decided to keeping using the OCZ brand when it was well and truly devalued by the ~50% failure rates on some products.
Upvote for the first Stroudley reference on The Reg
Judging by photos of the scene at my local one they're now operating a "Kick n'collect" service
You mean development as opposed to research? Design of new products was considered development in the various companies in the field I've worked for (including Nokia & Huawei.)
Re: Will Nokia buy Jolla?
"Nokia has partnered with Chinese manufacturer Foxconn to build and distribute the N1"
So, presumably a Nokia design built by Foxconn then; NOT a rebadged Foxconn product.
Re: Will Nokia buy Jolla?
"The N1 is foxconn rebranded kit"
I've still seen no factual evidence that this is the case, is there any?
Re: Nokia laughing at Microsoft..
Is there any actual evidence that this is a Foxconn design rebadged for Nokia? Sure, it's manufactured by Foxconn, but then they've been making stuff for Nokia for a decade or more, that's a whole different kettle of fish do doing the original design work.
Well a similar strategy doesn't seem to have done BMW any harm.
I've had this feeling for a while, now that OLEDs are just about becoming mainstream, they will be sidelined by 4K - apart from anything else the latter is always going to be easier to sell to Currys punters on the basis 4K is a bigger number than 1080.
Re: Kill two birds with one stone
I produced a feasibility study on doing just that for an infrastructure manufacturer back in 2008, and I've seen it done in Holland, so no reason why not. Don't mount the antennas behind the area blades though!
Re: Pulled off on MS Office?
Much the same here; having used MS Office most working days since '96 it took me a couple of years to get my MSO 2010 proficiency up to MSO 2003 levels. The only small advantage I can think of to 2010 is the live preview of the potential results of a copy/paste action. Frickin' ribbon crammed with dumb ass templates / styles that seems designed to make my boring data analysis look like a Disney storyboard...and for some bizarre reason the ribbon defaults to the top of the screen, reducing the working area on widescreen monitors, which seem to be the only choice these days.
Well, meaningless big numbers provide good material for press releases, whereas "our indoor coverage is a bit less shit than the others" doesn't :-/
Personally the only way I can get reliable indoor coverage is a femtocell, and I'm not particularly out in the sticks (Hampshire coast).
" In your correspondent's opinion, to have regressed to the two-decades-old sound quality of EHR as a matter of course is penny-pinching of the highest order "
Really?. Don't think I've ever heard anyone moan about the actual sound quality of a mobile call in those two decades; dropped calls yes, lousy headsets yes, all sorts of other factors, but not the speech codec quality.
Re: "Copyright exception allowing them to make a private copy of a music CD"
Nope;until now there has been no legal right in the UK to create a backup copy of a music CD you own, unlike computer software on CD-ROM.
Re: Odd use of concentric
Indeed, "concentric" is surely the wrong word; "centric" and "concentric" aren't synonyms!
Re: Let's party like it's 1989
The only place I ever saw Rabbit phones used in anger was the Hutchison/Orange office in Bristol, and they probably had no choice in the matter!
Re: Told you so
yep, having seen it from the inside that was pretty much the point where the plot was lost and the ambitious idiots had taken over.
Re: Electric cars just aren't there yet.
Batteries and electric motors have both been under development for over a century, we're way way past the 'easy win' phase of development hence it's difficult to see electric cars in anything like their current form making much progress.
Re: Truisms Spoken Aloud
When I worked for them a few years back the Chinese Overlords pronounced it how-whey in a slightly Geordie fashion. Going back to the mid 90s many Americans I met pronounced Nokia Noe-kee-ah in an attempt (presumably) to make it sound like Ikea.
Won't some of this stuff be running on XP Embedded?
"That “somewhere” can mean anything that’s not a PC – so passenger information systems, kiosks and airline ticketing systems.
And let's not forget ATMs: two-thirds of the country’s 60,000 cash machines are also, as of today, still trucking along on Windows XP."
Support for XP Embedded doesn't end until 2016, presumably a good chunk of the above will be running on that.
FWIW I was sitting in the pub the other evening, guy comes in and takes the Quiz Machine to bits (I assume he was invited...), in order to replace the monitor. When rebooted it showed a Win 2K Pro splash screen :-)
I'd start by going over to www.ninite.com, as that will create a custom link to automagically download the majority of programmes mentioned so far.
Rule #1 of litigation: ensure that the party you are suing has the means to pay any potential settlement in your favour.
"The exchange has claimed to have 127,000 creditors and liabilities of 6.5bn ($64m), with assets of just 3.84bn ($38m)."
Fails Rule #1 then.
Re: DESPERATE VENEZUELANS WIPED CLEAN OF BOG ROLL....
there's a (c)rapp for that
Re: Double the power needed at the phone end?
All other factors remaining equal then yes, the mobile would have to transmit twice as much power to maintain a balanced link. Seldom that straightforward in practice, but upping the base station maximum transmit power by 3dB isn't the 'easy win' it might first appear to be.
@ James 51
..the same as will happen to the millions of smart meters and other M2M appliances that use GSM modems, they won't work. How OFCOM intend managing this issue - if they intend doing so - will be interesting to see.
Speaking as one of many ex-employees, it didn't do the ex Nokia Networks folk much good either.
well good luck anyway
Nobody from Ionica onwards has made wireless broadband access work financially, but maybe now is the time when the finances finally work out. Maybe.
Re: iPhone 5 not compatible with UK 800MHz band
Presumably the iPhone 5 supports LTE at 1800MHz though, so should work on the EE network.
Re: Could be good
Same here, DMX mini system CD player started skipping after 14 months, then the DAB radio started losing its tuning memory randomly (both common faults judging by Amazon reviews). PURE's only repsonse was to offer a discount on a newer PURE product - and that discount was more than Amazon's normal price anyway. No more PURE products for me.
could be interesting trying this in the UK
..given that the majority of these "smart" utility meters being rolled out at great expense use GSM modems for communication IIRC.
Way to go Andy! The spirit of Seymour Bybus lives on!
Re: Image Compression
There seems to be no way of changing the PC app so that full size is the default upload though; I doubt if I'm the only one that's accidentally staretd uploading a batch of pictures and then relaised it's defualted back to 2048 pixels wide again :-/
Having worked for Far Eastern companies I suspect it's more a case of lack of local authority to change anything without consulting a vast range of managers back at HQ.
what about repeaters?
"the remaining digital channels [will] become available in all areas".
Even to those on repeaters which will only broadcast the "Freeview Lite" channel selection????
My mum lives in Weymouth, and her range of channels has actually decreased post DSO, because she's on a repeater.