If it wasn't for the gullible most of the internet wouldn't be financially viable.
Think of it as a mug tax. Install the usual blockers and enjoy it for free.
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If it wasn't for the gullible most of the internet wouldn't be financially viable.
Think of it as a mug tax. Install the usual blockers and enjoy it for free.
Sod the call centres.
It's the PPI companies and other filth who use them who need to be taken round the back and sorted out.
(And some medical treatment for anyone who falls for this stinking bait! Who are these suckers who make the sh*t worthwhile?)
All the hype and publicity for the iWrist thingy is brilliant cover for slipping out anything that might take the shine off their products, like bug and security fixes.
And boy! What hype there has been. Even the BBC seems to be infected, An article on their news website today that purports to be questioning whether there is a market for this stuff is just one long puff, with no attempt whatsoever to find out if anyone wants the ithingy, or what they might really use it for. Just a final jokey comment at the end, saying that kids don't wear watches, to justify the whole item.
"the thing covered in scribbles..someone, the night previous took the whiteboard bit to mean 'I can use the markers on it.."
Usually, in my experience this happens when the hapless supply teacher needs to teach by writing on the Digital WB because "going digital" has meant that there is now no ordinary board to write onto, she doesn't realise that you can't use a normal pen on these things, and hasn't been given a password to the aging lappy that serves the board, and which has been set to time out after about 10 minutes. i.e as soon as the staff member who has set it up for her has vanished and the kids are about to come in.
That's the real point. Middle managers with ambition, but usually little knowledge in their own jobs ( whatever these happen to be, it doesn't have to be "arts graduates" ) jump on to the latest new thing and promote themselves (both senses of the word) It's kind of like the employment version of playing Mario.*
Each new buzzword, fad, invention or whatever it is that has appeared over the horizon has to be jumped on to help them move further and higher. The new fad has to be grasped.
By the time to poor sods who have been landed with making the current pile of manure work have reached the point of despair those b******ds have moved on to a new title, a new power base and of course a newest, bestest fad.
* The only thing worse than being in education or IT for this kind cr*p is working with education IT.
Teachers are told they have to use the latest digital whatever it is. Tons of hardware bought, with no planning before, or training after purchase. Purchase being of course made on their behalf by someone who has no idea how it needs to be used, being neither a teacher nor a field tecchie.
The teachers are left floundering trying to make the stuff work educationally and the IT support is worked into the ground trying to sort out all the issues when it goes wrong for an almost unlimited range of poor practice.
Favourite example? Interactive White Board.
Teachers end up using it as a hitech blackboard with Powerpoint, because no one has paid for training, so they don't know what software is even on the system, let alone how to use it.. Tecchies end up sorting out such things as problems with calibration because the remote control vanished months ago and each time the physical "on" button on the badly sited projector is pressed the dratted thing moves slightly, as well as error messages about projector maintenance ( such as "the filter needs cleaning") that seem to appear randomly., or sound mysteriously not working because no one knew what the annoying wire that keeps falling out is meant for. Though even the poor teacher has worked out that the bit that goes on to the computer has screws to hold it in place, but the place it goes in to hasn't got any holes for the screws.
The damage caused *to* the laptop was not detailed.
After all this is El Reg.
Mine seems to routinely lose its connection, refusing to connect to the wifi hub, which it can see, but refuses to admit it can see.
I only become aware of this on the odd occasion that I actually look at the internet through it, which is pretty rare.
I think I resolve it by restoring factory settings. I think that's what I do.I can't actually remember how I resolved it last time. There isn't anything in the instructions.
But it shouldn't need that sort of TLC.
It;s a TV, ffs.
Yes, that's the really, really depressing thing.
It was a sting, but could equally have been a dodgy government, dodgy oligarch, HSBC, anyone.
Re: My answer to your question.... the majority of the technically illiterate numpties on the planet e.g. world and dog."
Yes, most of the apps offered in the Googlestore seem to grab all sorts of permissions that have no relevance to their function. Not the least being call data.
"I won't allow anything with the letters HP into my home."
Stupidly, I bought an HP mouse, last week. In fairness it was the only one I could find that had a smoothly scrolling wheel. (I hate the clicky ones). Taken back within 24hrs.
I'd vowed I'd never buy HP again after I had one of their printers years ago.
And yes, driver installs.
With the printer it was that an update wouldn't install. Even though the existing one had been uninstalled,. Because there was a file left behind by the previous driver that couldn't be removed, not by the installer even after running through their full range of uninstall stages. Not manually. Not even by ignoring it, even though the file left behind was the same f****ing version as the "new" one being added. Nothing.
"you're not senior enough says beancounter handing over the cash.".
That is the hierarchy system of accounting.
It always irked me working for a local authority that I was on a "Casual User" car mileage allowance, while I had to travel in my own car every day.
But senior council officers, who never needed to use their cars from one month to the next had an "essential users" allowance with a fixed monthly lump sum minimum payment.
No, the issue is that no bean counter expects to get fired for being too cautious, but they do know that if they let something through that shouldn't, however small, a bigger bean counter will be on their tail. S/he in turn knows that there are even bigger bean counters waiting for them to slip up, who know that there are............
"something that users have found the workarounds for"
Well there's your answer.
If you hadn't found a way around the gratuitous annoying hurdles they wouldn't have had to build new ones.
Where was it, what was it about,
Oh Yes, El Reg and .gov.uk
Creating a unified web service that ignored the needs of the users ( the public in this case).
Worse symptoms, but same disease.
Putting IT cart in front of function horse.
"Entertainers and sports stars were unable to enter the UK."
The nastiest device I've ever used.
Keyboard was horrible and inaccurate,
syncing to my PC was so unreliable I gave up.
Bluetooth was dodgy.
Battery got hot
And the f****ng sound quality on the phone wasn't great either.
My 635 is with Tesco. The only carrier not on Denim in the UK now.
Hmm. They give bland excuses about gradual release, but the MS website has a list that shows every European carrier. Tesco are behind most of Europe. let alone the UK.
I love my Lumia. I like Win 7 a lot too.
But I have to agree that sometimes they do seem to be talented in the foot shooting dept.
" currently £9 more now than what I paid a year ago..."!
Says it all.
Fair point, 'cept I'm not really using this as a price comparison for myself, though I would buy a box if it was cheap enough. Building one takes time and effort. And the price of parts on the retail market don't make it a great saving. Especially when I buy over-specced stuff, because I can.
But, most domestic and small biz computers are bought by Joe Public. Off the shelf.
Well, that's the thing.
Looking at my slightly ageing PC, with its maxed memory (for32 bit Win 7) and an adequate CPU to do all I need, with the second HDD and DVD writers I popped in , and I would only want to replace it if the new machine was a good price for a much better spec.
Many of the boxes I see in my local store don't have such a great spec. But they also aren't cheap for what they do have. So, PC world have a HP Envy with the sort of spec I would want. In their sale they've knocked a massive £70 of their £1000 price tag. I'm just off to put the champers on ice.
Not prepared to shell out on the Apple Tax, paying a supplement for Apple's costume jewellery.
But if you want a functioning smartphone that does the job well at a price that makes sense for its purpose the WinPhone is ideal.
And if you just want a device for porting spyware into flashy games, get an Android Googlephone.
Love my Lumia. Not an AC.
It only has the half gig RAM though.
(A 635) So only cut down Win 10 for me I guess. Pity phones ( any phones) can't have RAM upgrades.
It does seem to be an industry trick (Apple's devices used to be terrible for this, though I've heard that it's got a bit better.) that small upgrades in spec between models lead to much higher retail costs. . So that if you are looking at the cost/benefit of a device you may well end up with a lower RAM unless you expect to be doing lots of graphic and video stuff.
Which is all very well as long as your phone maker doesn't then decide to develop an OS upgrade that demands the higher level of memory, while your phone is still a pretty recent model.
While I do like Microsoft's stuff their tendency to knee jerk development does p**s me off at times.
The first time I just put a post code and no house number into my Satnav and it said "You have reached your destination" right outside the front door of a house I had never been to before, but was where I was collecting my teenage daughter from a school friend, I thought it was really creepy.
When it did this outside the house of a her friend's grandparents in a long road in a part of the town I hadn't been to before I thought it was really really creepy
After this sort of thing had happened on numerous occasions I thought it was really really really creepy.
So I'm quite relieved that Google's location history didn't know where I was with the address I usually use for email. I have a Windows phone and I have a different address for each device I use.
Note, I said "they are essential to most of the public.
Not all. Not essential to survival either.
But most of the general public will rely on Google to find what they want to buy, frequently, as noted in El Reg instead of entering web URLs directly, their bus route, job search, homework, and so on.
The argument is flawed.
Partly because Google have got themselves into the desirable position that they are essential to most of the public. SO the option to not using them is equivalent to not using the water supply coming to you home. Or indeed not having broadband. ( Either VM or BT ). (If people think Twitbook is equally indispensable that's their choice ).
And the cost of Google's services is not merely masked, but it's actually unlimited. It's not like offering my apples for their pears. It's the equivalent of giving them the key to my apple store.
FWIW it's a replica of the handwriting font designed by Rosie Sassoon, the guru of handwriting.
Whether teachers should try to replicate handwriting on a computer is up for discussion.
But that's why it is there.
I didn't realise it had an expensive license.
There have been copies of Sassoon font all over the place for years.
For a few years I barely noticed adverts. And didn't even think about ways to block them.
But then came the age of the advert that took over the page. Stupid flashing strips, stuff that floated over the content or broke it up to the point that by the time 'd scrolled down to the next paragraph 'I'd lost concentration. They even stuck ads across the top of the content.
I don't know how the less informed members of the public manage to use the web these days. Half the stuff must be impossible to even see.
I unblock ads on certain pages, from time to time, so that they get fed.
And some need ads unblocked to allow some of their functionality, which I don't mind because the actual ads they sling aren't too bad freewarefiles.com for example.
But otherwise, I consider that they abused the privilege of putting ads in front of me, so stuff them.
BTW I notice that in Palemoon I don't have the Tools option to disable Edge, like I did in FF. I don't know why. Maybe I need to try that Latitude thing.
I had an email, saying that it had a link to a message on Twitter. Which I've just started to look at, which made it more plausible. From what sounded like it could be a relation.
But, email came from a gmail acct and there was a message with a link telling me I had to update Flash to start it.
So I clicked the link...
No, just kidding! :-)
But I did go to my Flash to see if it did need an update - which of course it didn't.
Phil O'I 'm glad you said that.
Sadly too many of the IT guys I've worked alongside have had poor skills with people management.
The suits need to be told that there is an executive grade network access level, just for them, with easy, and convenient access to all the data. And say that they won't need to go near the oily engine, do not say that they won't be allowed to
Since they won't even know what it is they haven't got access to ( like anything to do with the server management ) and will have no idea about permissions, that will do nicely.
It's not about the phone itself. I like my 635. It's about how we are treated.
The phone is reasonably new. If it won't be updated then I'm not happy.
......Microsoft don't upgrade the 635 I will never, ever buy one of their phones again. I refuse to be blackmailed into getting a new phone. Which is what it would be,
Who do you point it out to?
Public still think, as already noted, that the internet is another word for Google.
Of course they think FB is the net.
We all surely have had my experience of staff calling me to say that "The internet/email is broken" and found that the whole machine was blue screened/frozen/dead. It's the same thing.
And needless to say they've never asked the person on the next desk if they had the same problem.
The sheer lack of logic in this is actually quite mind numbing.
It assumes the object existed in solid, 3D form, not just data. And was scanned to make a one-off transmission copy of something that has been made.
The originator, who presumably would own the rights to this widgit, and has the original design data anyway, destroys his own (unneeded) copy in a rather extravagantly complicated way. (A hammer is cheaper and a blowtorch easier).
The recipient, i.e. the person who may wish to breach the copyright, has exactly what he would have had with a conventional 3D printed or even shipped product. So for them nothing will change.
Further, if the object can be reproduced from a 3D scan of the original, it can also be reproduced by a 3D scan of the product. The sort of things about the design that would prevent them scanning a copy would prevent scanning the original.
Have I missed something? Was this written for publication on 1/4/15 and sent out in error?
Absolutely, I've never though of CRB/DBS/Whatever they will call it next as being anything but a protection for the authorities, not the kids, other than as a by product of the main purpose. Which is the usual one of the people with suits making sure that they don't get blamed for stuff that goes wrong.
All DBS/... means is that the person hasn't been caught yet.
It's a good idea to have background checks. But these are really no more than a minimum.
These are volunteer scout leaders. If you worry they may not be up to your standards, then volunteer yourself.
If there is a 32bit.
And if not will 32bit Win 7 devices be included, or just left to vista, sorry, fester?
I'm thinking of my missus' iThingy with its SIRI. It'll be sitting harmlessly charging its little batteries, when suddenly Siri will pipe up* and tell us that he/she is searching for something or other. I assume at some point or other it will phone someone at random.
*Always when the TV is on, so I guess some phrase coming out of the ether made him/her wake up.
It was good when it was a way to sell off stuff that you didn't want to people who would give it a good home. Or find items that weren't in the shops anymore.
But now it's too much cost and hassle for the used stuff market - with better alternatives.
And too much of the new stuff is cheap ( as in nasty) knock offs or plain fakes.
A few weeks back the Beeb had some programme on in which various collectors were showing items they'd bought off Ebay, often for substantial cost, and found they were fakes.
Which was sad for them, though I for one wouldn't have trusted any of it in the first place.
This does nothing to boost my confidence in the plans for the NHS' to put all our personal details on Facebook so that the Pharmaceutical and Insurance companies can "like" it.
Just noticed that pictures from my phone camera WP635 are not uploading to One Drive. It says it is. But the pictures aren't there.
And there isn't anything I can find to fix this.
(To be fair it's a computer thing - not even just Windows - that sometimes software claims to be working and it just isn't.)
I use it for my personal use. It's brilliant for keeping notes, ideas, even web links across my assorted devices. It's a good general purpose, personal tool.
But for work?
Recommended to clients for transferring confidential information - or anything that is "mission critical"?
No there are better, safer , easier methods for each or any of these tasks.
On the other hand, it's much more intuitive than OneNote, which I personally found muddled and confusing.
In fairness to these guys, the lamentable quality of their study isn't too far from what actually passes for educational research.
The scientific method where education is concerned tends to be;
Think of an outcome that you want.
Set up an activity that will produce this.
Publish something in a friendly journal.
Write a press release.
My favourite example is discussed here;
But that does cut both ways. One reason for me having a Winphone is to get out from under Google. I had an Android phone. I have an Android tablet, I still use Google's mail etc.
So I have Outlook email, too.
And Bing search, too.
"You don't understand fashion and "cool" do you?"
On the contrary; I think it's pretty clear that I do..
I just want none of it.
Sadly, MS's phones are only a good device for people like me.
The people who buy expensive phones are largely the ones who aspire to cool. SO *they* aren't going to buy Winphones.
There won't be more of these apps till there's more phones. But, the mass market is the public who have a phone as a fashion item - its use as a way to talk to people in other locations is not the most significant part. So they all want, ideally, an iPhone.
The second priority is playing stupid games - and most of these are shortlife, latest new thing games that will be forgotten by next year at the latest.
Either way, Microsoft hasn't got the flashy bling appeal of an iThingy or even a Samsung Galaxy. Even the name sounds worthy, dull and workmanlike.
Which is what the Windows phone is.
It does a good functional job. Which means that there's no point paying for a high-end phone. If you have that kind of cash to spend on a phone you probably want the fashion models.
And there's no point getting a really low-end one, because you'll be disappointed that it doesn't do what you expect, its too cut down, there are plenty really cheap Android phones with all the silly games.
The mid-range phones are worse. Neither particularly cheap, nor having the full range of facilities that make the high end ones good.
I love my WP 635. But I'm aware of its deficiencies. However the models that were just a little bit better were a lot more expensive.
Cable's idea might be a good one. But it sounds suspiciously like one of those grand announcements that politicians make quite often, because they sound good, irrespective of whether or not they are any good or practical, useful or even needed.