1615 posts • joined Friday 14th August 2009 18:08 GMT
Having used Windows phones in the past, I can confirm that expectations are generally not high.
Within the UK, voice calls are basically free - you subscribe for the appropriate number of minutes, and then you only have to pay for calls to numbers beginning 08, or for international calls. 08 numbers you can generally deal with by searching for the geographical number it is attached to. For international calls, unless both parties have the same VOIP service, usually Skype; the VOIP providers charge pretty much the same as other companies that operate over the voice network - basically the national call rate in the destination country plus a little bit extra for their profit margin.
Alternatively you can use Skype. It is free for 0800 numbers and calls to similar numbers in some other countries, eg 1800 in the USA/Canada. However, if you are on GiffGaff, where their definition of unlimited is different from the one in my dictionary, or another supplier which doesn't do unlimited data tariffs, you may have problems with data usage if you do that.
Re: Toys out of the pram...
The skill here is in laying the buttons out on the screen and designing the pictures for them, not the technical wizardry that happens when you press one of them. In any case, I believe iOS has a TTS engine, certainly Android has one. If not, they could licence one pretty cheaply or hire some actors to record the words.
In terms of the technical stuff, you could supply a load of mp3s with file names matching the word that is recorded and play them in iTunes to put together your sentence. That's why I don't think it should get a patent.
Re: Toys out of the pram...
I guess you need to pay an artist to draw all the pictures, and that costs something.
Re: It's not about milking the parents of disabled kids.
A patent on having a computer say a word when you click on a picture of it? What's the invention? is it not "obvious".
Re: Out of the ordinary
I guess the problem is that buying a mobile phone is something people do very infrequently, once every couple of years, or at most once a year if you are a fanboi who must have the latest fruity gadget; whereas buying diesel is something you do pretty regularly, and going to a petrol station one mile away from your usual is probably more unusual than going to one many miles away - if you are on a long trip and need to fill up to get back home.
Re: those desperate to own a Turbo will have to travel to the continent to do so
You can drive it here, but you would need the appropriate class of motorbike licence, road tax and insurance in order to do so. Finding someone to insure it could be difficult.
They are waiting to get an iPad, and the second thing they do with their shiny new fondleslab is to download lots of apps for it.
I got an iPad 2 in the black friday sale. I won't be replacing it any time soon. Maybe when the iPad 6 or 7 comes out.
Re: If you receive a letter, what next?
If you receive such a letter, you ask them to prove that it was you whodunnit. Being the subscriber to an IP address that was apparently used in infringing activity is not good enough evidence. There are ways to spoof IP addresses, for example to trick hulu.com into providing access to their videos outside the US, or to trick BBC iPlayer into providing access outside the UK. Someone near to you could have hacked into your wifi router and downloaded infrinding material, or someone could have installed a virus or trojan on your computer and routed traffic through it to conceal their own identity. Some p2p clients deliberately transmit lots of spoof packets to confuse the authorities.
They need to prove that you did it. You don't need to prove that you didn't. ACS:Law totally failed to prove that they did it. I can't see that this lot will manage any better.
I watched a BBC 3 documentary on him a few years back - about him trying to become a mainstream actor. It didn't interest me in wanting to watch his porno vids. A man dressing up as an old woman in a film with basically no plot whatsoever is not the sort of thing I'm interested in.
Re: Being porn films is no reason....
ACS:Law were successful at this stage of proceedings as well. It is good enough evidence to get the Norwich Pharmacal order, but merely having an IP address and associated account number is not in itself good enough evidence to prove that the account holder was responsible for uploading the material.
Re: a flat battery in their pockets?
I carry a battery pack charger for that. I don't think the problem can be fixed, because in tethering mode the wifi radio has to transmit at full power all the time, whereas if it is connecting to something else, it only has to transmit with enough power and no more for the access point to be able to pick it up, and then only when it needs to do something.
I would be interested to know what they will use to replace MS Exchange Server. Last time I shopped around, the alternatives worked out costing more if you require Exchange ActiveSync support.
Re: Dublin surely
Yes, the income goes to Ireland, but that doesn't mean the expenditure goes there.
It I'm sure has absolutely nothing at all to do with the fact that corporation tax in Ireland is 12.5% vs 26% here.
Re: Easy solution?
And saying as they are students who would have applied before getting their university email account, the number of them with exchange servers will be very minimal. It will be mostly be webmail accounts like Gmail and Hotmail.
Re: Easy solution?
I've had a housing association do that three times. As I'm sure most El Reg readers are aware, but it is worth emphasising anyway, what happens when you do that is that Outlook sends out another email cc'ed to everyone on the list saying that the previous message has been recalled.
Mac Business Unit
Does that extent to employees in the Mac Business Unit? Microsoft do write apps for iPhone and iPad. Also, Microsoft's websites generally work on iDevices, and presumably people have them to test compatibility.
Re: The NHS is the fifth biggest organisation in the world with 1.7 million employees
A little under half of them are clinical staff. In BUPA for example, about 7/8ths of them are clinical staff.
Re: "Cannily taken the cost on the chin"
On Saturday my local Apple store was busy, but not so busy that there were queues outside the door. The weekend after the iPad 2 launch, there was a queue for fondleslab buyers.
Re: £2.00 solution.
It is Poundland. Pack sizes are made to a £1 budget and tend to be different to what is on sale elsewhere. They also tend to get smaller over time. Eventually they will go the same way as Woolworths did when they were unable to sell anything sensible for 6d.
Re: Don't Tell Me.....
To a Greek or a Spaniard, the fact that their money can be spent in other parts of Europe isn't much use if they don't have any of it to spend.
Re: Time travel?
Because of time dilation. If you fly across the Atlantic on Concorde, or a similarly fast plane, there is a small but measurable difference between the time you spend on the plane, and the time someone on the ground would spend watching you on the plane. You would come of the plane a couple of nanoseconds younger than you would have been had you stayed on the ground, If you flew at the speed of light, you would spend no time at all on the plane, but to someone on the ground, it would take you about 19ms to get there. If your plane went faster than light, then you would experience time going backwards on the plane, while on the ground, it would take less than 19ms.
How fast is it
I know that ping times will be excellent, given that they are possibly faster than light, and certainly faster than light going through a curved fibre optic cable. But what is the bit rate like? And what would the impact on the bitrate be as a result of interference from other neutrino transmitters?
You can't advertise a treatment. What you can advertise is a consultation with a qualified doctor, who will recommend what course of treatment, if any, is appropriate. You can't say in the advert what that treatment would be, because until they have been examined by the doctor, they don't know what would be appropriate.
Re: It's Linux, all over again
In the red corner there is the iPad.
In the blue corner there are slabs that are either
o Cheaper than the iPad and not as good as it
o The same price as the iPad and not as good
o More expensive than the iPad and not as good
o The Asus E-transformer
When you consider that, the iPad is not expensive. That's why it is doing so well in the fondleslab market. For some people, the cheaper and not as good slabs will be good enough, or they may prefer the Asus offering's ability to transform into a mini-laptop; for everyone else, there is the iPad.
Re: Foreign lorries
Yes I do, and I know my weight in kg. However, I seem to be pretty much along among the natives here in that respect.
Re: Should we read:
They would make their money from the data roaming fees charged to any Frogs or other foreigners who feel the need to announce on Twitter and Facebook that they are now in the Tunnel.
Re: Foreign lorries
But how many countries in the world still use imperial units for road signs? There's the UK, the USA, and that's about it. Ireland switched to metric a few years back.
It is actually more difficult to completely remove all traces of a pencil mark than it is to remove all traces of ink. That's why pencils are used.
Re: How does this work over there?
Every new O2 contract has unlimited SMS messages, and the cheapest is about £10 per month. I haven't look, but I guess other operators offer similar deals.
Re: Re: Re: Seriously, Proview?
They wouldn't have a leg to stand on if they had sold the trademark to them with the agreement that they don't use it to compete with Apple. Apple didn't sell them the trademark, so it is a completely different situation. Having said that, Apple don't own the trademark to Apple in the records business. The Beetles own it.
Re: Seriously, Proview?
Do Proview make fondleslabs? No. So the iPad isn't competing with anything Proview does. Apple does make monitors like Proview used to, but they don't use the iPad trademark for them.
Re: Re: Just another attempt
The BBC doesn't get a free internet connection. They have to pay for bandwidth too for all the videos they upload.
Re: So will the next innovation in spam be...
He'd probably get round to it when people can't use the internet connection because it is on every blacklist there is, or the ISP disconnects them for violations of the AUP.
Much the same as an Equality and Diversity Co-ordinator. A civil service non-job.
Re: 60 times in 6 months
It probably was. I guess that isn't the point. If you are relying on GPS for something, it gives you an idea how often it won't work.
My SatNav occasionally goes completely mad when I'm driving around. I put that down to it being a rubbish mobile phone receiver, but maybe I was driving past someone who was jamming the signal. I don't use it when I'm going somewhere where I know the route, and that is most of my journeys, so I don't have enough data for reliable statistics.
Re: But more to the point
A whois search lists virgin.xxx as "ICM Registry Reserved".
I would have thought "virgin" was a generic term in the pr0n biz, much like "sex", which seemingly is also listed as reserved.
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