Re: That reminds me
Beware the Scunthorpe Problem in such scenarios, though.
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Not sure about apps you install after this one, but the ones before will probably just keep running their last cached ad, or just stop working completely (if they've any sense).
For example, Real Racing 3 won't even work without an internet connection to download new ads every time you fire it up (not sure what would happen if I bought something from their store which in theory removes all that).
> Similarly it's a bit annoying that there doesn't seem to be any third party plugin for my Synology NAS that will allow an iOS device to pick up music directly from the NAS, rather than having to go via iTunes on the Mac.
Why use a 3rd party plugin when a Diskstation should do it itself? (Although, in all honesty, I've not tried it myself as I've got a WDTV box instead of the Apple variant).
It does has the added step of having to do a "Play to Apple TV" from your Video Station app on your iDevice (or Android device, I assume), rather than browsing content on your telly, though.
Meh - I get the same from BT. A few months ago the HH4 started losing connection to the exchange (which is miles away). Repeat broadband (more like "plump-band", as it tops out at 1mbps) outages, with the usual "3 working day resolution" times.
One of their customer support teams even promised that it would definitely be fixed for good this time as they'd put a note on the trouble ticket to that effect (which to the cynical implies the option to not fix it for good - possibly even the default value for that, too!).
Can't wait to move house - fingers crossed they don't screw that up, too (although for some reason last night's technical support person thought that because I'd initiated the house move, my service would be instantly deactivated, despite the move date being in July, and that was why my BB was no longer working).
Icon ---> the only solution, and from orbit
> it would no-longer play on his HTPC as the Power DVD 10 BD edition required an upgrade
Install MakeMKV and rip the BD. Play result through VLC. If you're strapped for storage space, Handbrake it down in size. No need for BD player software on the PC,
Admittedly, not as convenient as shoving a disc in a slot and hitting "play", and probably not within reason for someone with reduced vision.
>Pretty much every individual action needs to be submitted as an individual edit.
I've used the Google map editor to do that and it's different - you add the pathway, however many clicks you add, including junctions with other pathways, perhaps even more than one pathway, and then it all gets lumped into a single "change" that is submitted for review.
They could solve it by making it a community reviewed facility, rather than Google reviewed. Give folks points for reviewing, etc..., and a method for reporting numpties, and you'll probably get lots of free help. Sure, there'll still be abuse, but it might be more manageable.
Indeed that wouldn't be fair, however when A, B & C each have a big (differently sized) pile of patents that the holder of the patents in question wanted to use, then the percentage is going to be different for each company anyway, having been hammered out by patent attorneys considering the relative worth of each patent in the respective owners warchest against the perceived worth of the patents being licensed.
It sounds like the original deal was struck when Ericsson was making phones - now that they don't, leverage has changed as there is no incentive to license any IP from A, B & C, let alone D. It would be interesting to see what happens when agreements with Nokia, Samsung, HTC and any other company making phones expire - although perhaps they were made with a longer timeframe in mind.
The big point is, we don't know who is being unreasonable. Apple could just be being arrogant in their stance, or Ericsson could be being greedy - those details will come out in court (if it doesn't get redacted for commercial sensitivity reasons), or will be hidden behind closed doors when they reach a settlement.
I thought that was a variant on the old "speed, size, cost - pick two" engineering saying.
Logic & problem solving => proper solution, may not be politically expedient
Logic & politics => a solution, may not be what solves the problem though
Problem solving & politics => a solution, may not be logical
> innocent until proven guilty
Semantically, that implies guilt. I prefer "innocent unless proven guilty".
A bit pedantic, but...
A couple of points:
a) on my Android, the GPS icon fires up every so often anyway - I assume to report my position somewhere, but haven't bothered to try and trace it - I do have Google Location History enabled, but I did notice this behaviour before I did this. Perhaps it's a different app, although I don't knowingly have something that needs this info but I wouldn't be surprised if some app with ads in it got location permission on install.
b) why would you need it constantly on? Every 30mins or so would probably be ok for network switching. I'm sure Google could even add some algorithm to determine a fuzzy location based on your past movements, last location fix and time elapsed since so that you could drop that frequency even further.
I don't know if Google are getting cell tower data - this usually terminates in the mobile network, and Google won't have any visibility of that (unless they've bought the data feed).
Apple, meet orange. MS abused the market by forcing acceptance of Windows as the desktop OS from pretty much every major manufacturer. Bundling IE (especially in a way that makes it difficult to get rid of) in then gives it a good way to control internet standards, which then gives them a patent licensing revenue stream.
It's easy for someone non-techy to use another search engine, less easy for them to swap out IE (or even Windows for that matter).
>Three quarters of all Twitter accounts are held outside the US, and this new move should put their information beyond the reach of the NSA.
Ha, ha. As if. Perhaps officially, at least.
Much as it would be funny to come up with ANAL as the acronym for the "new" company. it will be "Nokia", it's a buy out proposal, not a merger. Just like what happened when they bought Motorola Networks ( when they were Nokia-Siemens Networks), there was no change in the name. There was even a person that asked about that in the townhall meeting when they told us about changes to expect, to a few titters.
The typical behaviour is to try and EOL the subservient company's (ALU) kit and port it (or the RAN side of it) onto the parent company kit - i.e. connect all the ALU base stations to NOK RNCs (for 3G) and MME/SGWs for 4G, then throw away the ALU RNCs & MME/SGWs and other ancillary equipment like the OSS. I can well imagine that there is a project underway in the background investigating how this can be achieved with the minimum of fuss & outage.
This deal is all about the contracts that ALU have in place - ALU get the bulk of their sales from AT&T and other N. America operators, which is a nice high margin market. But I have to wonder what will happen to those contracts now that it will be NOK rather than ALU proposing the deal. It will boil down to how happy customers are to swap out ALU kit in favour of NOK kit, as well as no longer being able to buy additional ALU kit (I'm not offering any judgement on the comparative worth of each), plus whether NOK can fulfil any roadmap promises that ALU may have made in getting their contracts. I'd expect the ALU side of the sales will take a hit as a consequence of the deal, though.
As an added quirk to the deal, ALU have done lots of restructuring which meant the closure of several sites (including UK ones). Lots of job functions moved to Paris, and French jobs are very hard to cull - I'd expect a few strikes, soon, when NOK start making noises about "cost synergies and optimisation". Expect mass cull excepting a few senior network design/architects, who will be supported by a hastily trained outsourced team in India/Vietnam/China to do bug fixes on the s/w (my guess would be Aricent in India, if their price is right).
So, there's an economic argument that concentration of wealth does some economic good in that the wealthy folks provide benefit to the economy. I can see that - economies of scale, etc...
On the flip side, there are various studies out there that claim that greater wealth inequality brings about greater unhappiness in the general population, and that all the signs are pointing to an ever more disjoint society with fewer and fewer people controlling more and more of the wealth - should that skew the analysis the other way?
I thought it was a bit weird too, and assumed they meant "by volume" - but surely they're on prototype-build rather than commercial-build, and even if the prototype is half the energy density of the Li battery, surely a commercially developed one might have a better density.
Unless there's some physics/chemistry getting in the way of reducing component sizes...
This just goes to prove that Fukushima was an Argentinian plot to displace the plucky Brits from the islands.
Organic cat litter I get can be flushed down the loo, thus ensuring that the bin I have emptied fortnightly doesn't overflow with cat excrement.
Not sure I'd recommend flushing for the nuclear waste, mind...
Just had a shufty on their site and looked at the "premier line" product. Here's what it does:
"You simply insert as many discs as you like, and walk away. Your Kaleidescape disc vault does the rest. Your discs are automatically copied onto your Kaleidescape System and are ready to be enjoyed throughout your home. Once copied onto your Kaleidescape System, a Blu-ray disc must remain in the disc vault to enable playback of the copy on the server."
Err - surely they need to be shut down, accounts frozen, paper delivery stopped, etc.... They are stealing with this copying!!!
Their head office is even in the US, so perhaps a US judge could be persuaded to have jurisdiction over them, too.
are you in marketing?
"UK Music commissioned an authoritative economic report that the damage and potential damage of an uncompensated private copying exception is quite significant"
Is that "UK music commissioned a report to justify saying that the (potential) damage was quite significant", or a properly independent report operating with no constraints/assumptions and the ability to examine both sides of the argument in full detail?
When the BPI did the original "hope taping" campaign in the 80s, I'm sure they'd have had similar reports on hand, and look how they panned out...
If you like it, all well & good. To me it tastes and smells of fresh wet ash - a bit like putting a ciggy out in a mug of hot water.
Not my cup of tea.
JDSU, although now splitting into the snappily named Viavi Solutions and Lumtentum.
They make a lot of fibre-optic & DSL test gear (Openreach use them) as well as the security solutions on a lot of the worlds currencies
It's a complete bugger even if you've got one telly. Either all tellies are getting an upgrade to have some form of authentication scheme to dictate what channels you can view (whether that's the "hardware dongle card" or a web-login interface) - or you're supplying new decoder boxes to everyone that will effectively perform the same function.
In the former case, there's nothing to do as "upgraded" kit will do the authentication thing inherently. In the latter case, just stick the authentication system on the antenna (although perhaps some method of communicating with it would be nice so you don't have to climb a ladder to change credentials).
Massive upheaval, either way.
Of course, if everything moves to IP TV, rather than old-fashioned radio waves, it becomes a lot easier at the domestic end, but requires BT Reacharound to do a lot more work on the country's infrastructure.
Hmm - well, SmartFlash are the original assignee of the patent, but I have to wonder that the filing date of the first patent in the US is 2006, but the priority date is 1999 (so it was filed elsewhere in 1999 and there is still the possibility that SmartFlash bought it and subsequently filed in patent-friendly US of A.
The first one is somewhat trivial, but in the context of 1999 it may well have been novel. It covers a data store somewhere on the internet, that has a database of permissions and payment credentials for users and the data itself. When a device requests some data, it can check permission, get payment if necessary, and then serve the data to the device. So basically the iTunes store.
For the time, the patents may well have been novel (bit they're still "a shop on an internet", so a bit ridiculous), although there's at least Ritmoteca to contend with as this was established in 1998.
RM data is likely to go stale rather quickly unless all-you-can-eat data packages become the norm - apparently (according to all the latest reviews) their app now won't let you turn off data throughput testing, and so folks are uninstalling it rather than forking out for extra data usage.
Is there a reason that this is not an impact artefact? IANAA, so the question is in complete ignorance. The Nature article (the free bit, anyway) reads:
"For particles reflecting solar radiation, clouds of CO2-ice or H2O-ice particles with an effective radius of 0.1 micrometres are favoured over dust. Alternatively, the plume could arise from auroral emission, of a brightness more than 1,000 times that of the Earth’s aurora, over a region with a strong magnetic anomaly where aurorae have previously been detected. Importantly, both explanations defy our current understanding of Mars’ upper atmosphere."
£235 unpopulated RRP - from the bottom of the last page of the review, where it usually is.
Unless Ed is remarkably swift of finger and updated the page after your comment...
I imagine the downvote was for the naivety. It was indeed a perfectly reasonable assertion, however when dealing with religious zealots, "reasonable" is not in the vocabulary (or doesn't mean what we think it means).
From the extremist perspective, everyone else on this planet who is not ascribing to their value system/interpretation of their faith is a heathen who should be killed. Millennia of civilisation growth into a semi-mature set of nations with on-the-face-of-it fair laws counts for nothing.
To convince an extremist that they're wrong is a long drawn out process, and all the way through that process you'll need to keep them away from pointy things and opportunities to stick aforementioned pointy things in you. At the end of it, you'll then never be confident that they're no longer an extremist who wants to kill you.
"smart" features can be useful
What I want is a telly that can stream from a NAS box with a client/application that respects account/folder permission structures (unlike DLNA unless it's changed recently). Also able to connect to Netflix & any other subscription service (ideally in such a manner as to easily be able to add such a service).
Currently (nearly) achieved with a dumb tv, WD Live TV mini-box and a Synology network share.
"Dumb" tvs are going out with the dinosaur - the future is (whether we like it or not) streaming on demand. Broadcast will probably end up as a niche market.
For additional boxes, I would imagine that when they fire up and connect, they need to register with the gateway box so that they can be establish some form of IPSec tunnel between them. Then there will probably be a proprietary handshake or two to set up the link - perhaps over the daisy chain of site, or perhaps direct, but nonetheless there will be plenty of authentication, possibly also against a list of device serial numbers that are expected to be installed.
None of the above is much different to the macro network infrastructure.
At the end of the day, GCHQ heavies can still lean on the operator to give them access - whether via a Legal Intercept gateway, or one of those mysterious black boxes that do pukka DPI
Indeed, they read:
"We will not be held responsible for any delay or failure to comply with our obligations under these Terms if the delay or failure arises from any cause which is beyond our reasonable control. This condition does not affect your statutory rights."
"For One-Day, Express and Evening delivery please see their respective terms and conditions."
lastly, from the One Day T&Cs:
"If you choose One-Day Delivery, your order will be dispatched with the intention that it's delivered one day after dispatch" (emphasis added)
I think more than enough scope for a Get Out Of Jail Free card, although IANAL and I have no idea how many of their conditions are legally acceptable. But, the One Day conditions do state:
"We use a range of carriers to provide our One-Day service and delivery time frames may vary by carrier, but all deliveries will be attempted by 21:00."
That'd be the site that waves the flag for internet startups then? So no conflict of interest there as they would like nothing more than for startups to disrupt established "firms" (to become "firms" in themselves, in some form of Ouroboros metaphor).
Business models need to change to adapt to the fact that it's very easy to provide a service in the age of the internet - that's all that's happening. Small stuff that needs doing quickly is very easy to farm out to some freelancer you find in a market place - although I suspect YMMV with regards to quality of work, but you could always hedge your bets and get three (or more) people to do the same thing until you can find your "stable" of reliable workers if you need skilled work (be it coding, writing PR fluff, or developing management strategy powerpoints).
Big multinationals did it with off-shoring, now the smaller outfits can get in on the game. Where it takes us, who knows.
BTW - were you hinting that you wanted a Nobel with this piece? Keep up the good work and I'm sure it'll come :)
True - although it may be a stretch to call that a pint by volume of terminator.
Perhaps one of the missing kill methods was the T1000 liquefying into a targets mouth, down into their stomach and then "branching out", as it were.
A pint of terminator?
It's "content-free ad platform", not "free-content ad platform"
Interesting - I didn't know that - although the current set of ministerial posts are occupied entirely by MPs, with only two Privvy Counsellors in the "supporting roles" categories (according to wiki, they're two baronesses so both in the house of lords). Reading a bit of the history, it's not that common for a non-MP to be a cabinet member, too.
Well, it might be nice if they had a relevant qualification to do the job - for example insist that the minister in charge of the defence of the realm has served his/her time in the forces, or have the minister for health have some health related qualification of some sorts, etc...
It might make candidate selection a tad more interesting for constituencies as the party leader would need to ensure that sufficient amounts of qualifications are elected so that they can have a few choices for the ministerial post to cope with the occasional balls-up.. (so yes, this is probably completely unworkable)
I, too, worry that it will end up with aforementioned MP opening MS Word, typing "Hello World" and then using File -> Save as -> HTML and thinking that's all there is to this interweb lark. If you're lucky, they may use the Insert picture from file option...
More likely the FA was up in arms with unauthorised telecasting of the match
...and a beer to wing it's way to them for an exciting Friday nights work
Perhaps they will have a future upgrade which features the option of a gyroscopically stabilised mount that swivels with the steering wheel to keep the phone always oriented in the same direction.
Or a launcher app that detects the phones orientation to the nearest degree and rotates the home screen/current app/keyboard appropriately. Endless possibilities to ensure the drivers attention is captivated by their little device, thus ensuring more phone-faceplants when the airbags go off.
I wonder if there's a Bulgarian equivalent?
Technically, they don't "slurp" at all - instead they advertise that they are a cell for carrier X (perhaps also Y and Z), and phones will, if the signal is stronger than the one they're currently latched to, ask "can I have a go?", and part of that request will contain identifiers (including both IMSI and IMEI, under certain conditions which I assume they are meeting)
You can already track anything with an IMEI - products are already in place within the UMTS/LTE operators operations centres which do that so that they can easily see where network congestion is happening, or track VIPs, or a variety of other use-cases for performance monitoring and optimisation. Assuming the IMEI has been correctly registered (and not spoofed), you'll be quickly able to see which are your problem devices with a simple filtering of the data against your TAC-list database (operators can get one from these folks, for example: http://www.tuv-sud.co.uk/uk-en/about-tuev-sued/tuev-sued-in-the-uk/tuev-sued-babt/other-services/imei-number-allocation/imei-database).
Even if the IMEI is spoofed to say "I'm an iPhone 6+", it would still be possible to detect the general performance of such phones and look for outliers in the data - either highlighting a faulty device, or a fake device.
> The way I see this, these damn kids are too worried about trivial things, like what other people are saying or doing, that they cant or wont focus on the task they were HIRED to do.
Says the person posting to a forum during working hours (under the generous assumption you're in the UK and gainfully employed to work 9-5, M-F)