2030 posts • joined 21 Jul 2009
Re: Nicely put
I miss commuting on trains, so civilized to be able to sit or stand in relative comfort.
I commute on the Central Line, even on these cold autumnal mornings, you get to experience 15 minutes of sweaty "Adult Sardines" with people I wouldn't normally want to get with 5 metres of.
The trick on the underground is visualisation of a safe, happy place, which does not go hand in hand with chatting to random people, or in my experience, eye contact.
No, proximity to the most profitable illegal drugs market in the world. Yay for prohibition!
Looks just like a Samsung launch.
Re: More Leach stupidity
The headline, in case you missed it is
APPLE PUTS LESS OF ITS TAKINGS INTO R&D, HIRES MORE SALES CULTISTS
In 2011, $2.4bn was spent on research and development
[Apple] spent $3.4bn on boffinry in 
If the headline said "smaller proportion" it would be accurate. But it doesn't. It says LESS. $3.4bn is not less than $2.4bn.
Numbers eh, so confusing.
Hardcore gamers might prefer joypads with buttons
Oh wait, you weren't joking? Hardcore gamers prefer keyboard and mouse pal.
Hacked off Georgians say hacker hacked them so they hacked the hacker and took a photo of the hack.
I've not seen any evidence, you haven't seen any evidence. I'd be surprised if the police have seen any evidence.
I've seen that the police have lots of "inquiries" ongoing in to things that happened in the 70s. Most of these, without independent corroboration, will boil down to "she said, he said", except that the "he" is dead and cannot say anything. This is why, "of the dead, speak nothing except good".
Re-hashing this shit does no good to the alleged victims, no good to the alleged offenders family, no good to his charitable legacy. The only people who benefit from this navel gazing shit storm are the media and their prurient brain washed readership.
Allegedly evil bastard who allegedly abused hundreds of children.
I find this whole episode unseemly.There was adequate time between these alleged offences for people to report them, doing so after the accused is no longer vital is just tacky.
De mortuis nil nisi bonum old boy.
Re: I switched from Sky to Freesat
If you're only missing F1 live, then simply whack RTE 1 on, mute the TV and stick radio 5 live on.
You will need to custom add RTE 1 to your channel line up.
Re: Bit Torrent
You are assuming that just because someone uses file sharing to get access to content, that they are not also paying for that content.
I pay for all my content, via Sky, doesn't mean I'm going to stop downloading the content that I want to view as soon as it is available. Plus, no "go compare" adverts, since they've already been edited out. Plus, no waiting around for a "box set" - "Hey you! You paid to watch this on TV, how about another £40 to watch it again? No? Why?"
I only use Sky to watch sports. I can't think of the last non sports programme I saw on broadcast TV. I don't just watch sports, but sports - cricket - is the only reason I have Sky.
98 per cent of the population
This is a mobile service, telling us how many people would be covered if they are at home is irrelevant. Geographical coverage is the important thing, there is nothing more useless than a network where you only get coverage in towns.
You've not been following have you! It's all the same!
Yeah this case will go nowhere. Apple sold phones to AT&T, which AT&T then sold to consumers. This was when the only way you could get an iPhone was by buying a subsidized one on contract. These clowns have no recourse to go after Apple at all.
Your bank was right.
Re: Do what you want, Troll.
So go ahead and take a high hard one up the old poot chute from Apple and the phone companies when you buy your latest i-Gadget on a new contract with a ripoff telco or just confine yourself to just getting screwed by Apple if you want to just buy an iPhone 5 outright.
I don't equate spending a little extra money to get the phone I want to getting fucked in the ass. If that's what you would have had to do to make enough money for the iphone, hey, I'm not judging you.
Re: Must admit
I'm inclined to vot for Octopussy because I think Maud Adams is the best "Bond girl" ever.
You know she was in Man With The Golden Gun first? (Scaramanga's missus)
Re: "Microsoft actually writes fantastic software."
VS is ok, but it's no vim.
Re: I'll tell you what
When I were a nipper, a common reaction from dieing whilst playing the legendary Ikari Warriors on my Spectrum would be to punch the TV. Quite hard. You can't do stuff like that with TFTs these days, with a CRT you had more chance of breaking your hand before you broke the CRT.
My wifi only iPad 2 has GPS.
No it doesn't.
Cool story bro. Where are these "no data coverage" areas you speak of?
a proper standard multichannel GPS receiver locks a signal a fuck of a lot faster after downloading the almanac from the sats than an aGPS unit would.
Apparently it can take 12.5 minutes to download your almanac, but once it's done that, it's super fast to lock. I think I'll stick to my "fudged GPS on crappy hardware".
Re: Why would anyone have a 3G tablet at all??
3G tablet is for the GPS, innit.
Also, I like to use my phone to make phone calls, not be a modem for my tablet. There is no quicker way to drain the battery than to use a phone as an AP. This might be fine to check email on the train on the way home, its fucking useless if you are in a field for a weekend and want your batteries to last as long as possible, not to accidentally drain your phone battery.
On all iDevices that have GPS, the GPS provided is A-GPS - Assisted GPS, using cell towers to achieve a fast lock. How do Android devices that have GPS, but not cellular, provide GPS? IE, do they include a proper A-GPS system, or is it just standard, slow to resolve, GPS?
I specifically bought the 3G ipad (original one) because it had A-GPS, and I wanted to use it as a glorified map. I think I can count on one hand the number of times that has been useful; it's completely useless abroad unless you have pre-purchased/downloaded maps of your chosen country, or are obscenely rich and just turn on roaming.
Re: price comparisons
I think people downvoted you because your post was incorrect and didn't take into account VAT and import duties.
Also the voting system is so people can upvote posts they agree with, and downvote posts they disagree with. Clearly 4 people (now 5) disagree with the incorrect information in your post. Want some cheese with your whine?
Please don't, not being able to edit posts prevents whole categories of posts from being made (or seen). If one can edit posts, you no longer see pedants pointing out spelling mistakes with posts containing spelling mistakes or when people make factual boobs in their posts, as they will just edit out their stupidity
Re: I would go further
On the other hand, telecoms provision in the city is very cheap, compared to the cost of providing the same service in the countryside. People living in towns don't get reduced phone bills, or reduced line installation. Instead, subscribers in towns subsidize the cost of rural phone lines.
So perhaps you might want to dial down the "townie wanker" bullshit. There is a solution if you don't like the services you get in the countryside, fuck off to the town.
Re: A Difference Engine?
The government, who then sold it to the BT shareholders?
Not seeing your point, are you implying they didn't pay a fair price?
Penalty for the offence - rounded corners - $1 billion penalty - repeat 5th circuit appeals.
Re: Lifeless - well except that it wasn't
Parts of Antartica is desert. Other parts, not so much. Where the fuck did you think all that snow comes from?
It was damn hot in South China - where-ever the fuck that was at the time - at that point, but that tells us little or nothing about the planet globally. Perhaps that part of Pangea was more like an extreme version of Yellowstone at that point.
Recording a transport stream to a disk and then playing it back again is a completely obvious extension of providing digital television in a transport stream. The only people who even remotely deserve a patent for this is the people who thought of digitizing TV.
Re: I don't need no bloody DDoS, I've got a SecureKey which ...
Sorry, your IP for your session was flapping between Hong Kong and (another unspecified country), and you think HSBC are the twats for logging you out?
I don't get these scams. To benefit, you have to collect from the premium rate revenues, which surely leads directly to you - as this witless twunt found out.
Do you use a patsy to collect the profits before scarpering, or fake identities? Either way, seems likely to get nabbed.
What is worse?
A politician who doesn't know the difference between the Internet and the WWW, or a tech site that doesn't know the difference between the Internet and the internet.
I have 8 PCI-X SAS HBAs just sitting in anti static bags in a box in the corner of the room, and not a single motherboard with PCI-X. Occasionally I throw a blanket over the disaster area that is my tech dumping ground and pretend it's not really there..
$4 billion in revenue doesn't just appear.
We could slash the earnings of our top 5% by 10% to make back this loss, and still keep all our staff hired
See, that sounds so tempting, doesn't it? Unfortunately, if you tell your high performing sales staff that their commission is going down 5%, they'll just leave.
Re: I have wondered that ...
When I think of the shit I did at Uni to keep me in beer, petrol and fags, a gig wearing that outfit looks positively fantastic.
No, that is not what the DPP said. You are paraphrasing, and missing the crux of what they said:
The CPS has maintained throughout that the appropriate jurisdiction for prosecuting Mr McKinnon is the United States. There is insufficient evidence available in the UK to try Mr McKinnon for the totality of his alleged offending.
CPS thought that in order to try him fully for everything the US accused him of, he would need to be tried in the US. Now that the jurisdiction has been unanimously stated, they can prosecute whatever they do have evidence for (and certainly will; not extraditing is one thing, but not extraditing and then not prosecuting is something altogether different).
Re: Human rights act
The way my old man explained it to me is that in the UK, we have privileges and not rights. As good citizens, we get privilege to do certain things. If we cease being good citizens, those privileges cease as well.
I think he may have just been trying to get me to mow the lawn tbh, but this spells out how most right of centre people would like things to be.
Re: @A/C 10:13
[I] wondered how if it is randomly generated it is guaranteed unique?
They use this cool new thing called Mathematics and generate a random huge number, from a range so big that collisions are not only unlikely, but you could have millions of devices generating millions of ids per second, and you would still have to wait a bloody long time for a collision to occur.
I don't know how Apple generate IFA, but a UUID is similar. If you generate 1 billion random UUIDs per second, after 100 years the chance of generating even one duplicate is only 50%. A UUID is only 128 bits (and only 122 are significant), if they used 256 bit numbers they would have even more space.
Re: Absolute classic
Big thumbs up to Dungeon Master, best game ever. It took me 4 weeks to fight my way through back from halfway through level 4 (the one where the worms first appear), with just my feeble wizard Tiggy carrying the bones of the other 3 all the way back to level 2's resurrection altar. Lots of running and hiding, drive by fireballs and hack n slash - by the time she got through, she was about 4 levels higher as a fighter than my fighters!
There is plenty of evidence that the vertebrate body is sensitive to various forms of EM emissions, and not necessarily through specially adapted organs like the eye.
Plenty of evidence eh? Not just an internet feedback machine? Share some..
There is also pretty conclusive evidence that living directly in a high-power EM field is decidedly unhealthy over prolongued periods and during the formative phases of the nervous system.
Getting better - we now have conclusive evidence.
Could you be troubled by radiation from cell towers? Possibly, if you hug them, or are stupid enough to stand directly in front of them in the beam path.
Citation? I've seen plenty of studies that say the 'electromagnetically sensitive' are no better at detecting EM fields than flipping a coin.
mucking around with hormones eleoctrolyte balance in a vertrebate body
Please stop abusing the scientist icon.
Re: Let's make everyone happy
I have a new policy of not mocking people for curious and strange beliefs, as I feel that someday I will be an angry old man moaning about the wifi-leakage from the blasted tablets.
Anyhow, he could have saved some time and simply moved if it really affected him that much. There is a lovely part of West Virginia near Green Bank that should suit him.
Re: Right decision for the wrong reason
The "special relationship" seems more about us going off to help the US fight wars than anything genuinely useful. We will always have a 'special relationship' with the US regardless of politicians, shared history and language will always encourage business, we don't need to kow tow to these jarheads.
Got to love a global world
When I first started buying books on Kindle, you could only buy from the US store. So I did. Definitely bought books from those publishers during that time period from the US store, but I guess overcharging forinners is A OK.
Also "unlimited streaming"
With no mention of 'caching'. With Spotify, the main thing is being able to 'stream+cache' entire playlists so I can 'stream' them where ever I am.
Spotify even allows you to fill holes in their coverage with your own MP3s, and in most cases will happily even provide album art.
Re: Technology for technology's sake@Charlie Clark
Yar, the hardest thing to do ever is to get power back, which is really what the Tories are trying to do right now. Course, you can;t say that because the people currently with power like to keep it, so there has to be some magic trick with new terminology.
Anyway, the net result should be larger regional bodies, run by doctors, doing what is required to make a health service, not fulfil box ticking statisticians in Whitehall. If only that is what we would ultimately get :/
Political parties are easy to predict. The conservatives want everything to work, but don't want to be in charge of it, responsible for it, or change anything too drastically. If they could get out of paying for it as well, that would be gravy.
The Labour party want to improve everyone's lives by working out precisely what is required of everyone, measuring how and what each and every one of us is doing, and legislate to measure us.
The failing of both is that they invariably go too far to the extreme.
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