412 posts • joined 10 Sep 2009
We Are Talking About Facebook Right?
Has anyone ever put anything useful let alone interesting on Facebook.
Surely most users would, if followed by any authority, be more likely to be charged with wasting police, (and everyone else's) time?
Or is there some magic to knowing what someone you never see bought, had for breakfast, went to see, etc., for the moment consider me totally confused.
Some Useful Phrases and Words
Statement of Requirements and Objectives
Request for Proposals
Acceptance Test Schedule
A clear process in the event of a failure to deliver including what might constitute a breach of contract, e.g. a delivery schedule with clear milestones and testable milestone acceptance criteria.
There has been talk of this running four years late. If true that would be an achievement given that it it is claimed it was in trouble after only four years of life.
The partial information does not help those who are paying to understand what they are paying for other than a total cock up.
It is still not clear who screwed up and how, though I suspect a crap contract was at the root of the problem.
The old favourites such as liquidated damages are not worth the paper they are written on. You want a system, not years spent arguing in a court room over next to no payout for failure.
Pick any Comparision
Dealing with opinions of Murdock and his warped views of the world. You have had a few but my opinions of the duffer run along the lines of:
Murdock is worse than plague
Murdock is worse than ISIS
Murdock is worse than Al-Qa'ida
Murdock is worse than your worst nightmare
Murdock is worse than a gang of drug crazed muggers
He ruined the print media, he ruined television, now he wants to wreak the internet.
Can the devil please come back out of retirement and swap roles back with him so letting the poor demented fool fester in peace somewhere.
Re: An Old Fogey Speaks
I upvoted you for you speak the truth. I first saw a computer in the early 1960s and have worked with them until I retired. However my taste in phones is not now supported. With little chance to get out of the house for long periods due to carer duties dealing with my children I have no need of an all singing and dancing phone. I need voice, text, long battery life yes, one touch voice calling with a headset like the 6320i yes. Internet and music are useless for me, though I do not begrudge those who need to options that are baggage for me.
I have found the market split between super phones at the top and nothing much phones at the bottom has almost cut me out.
It was interesting to see others display a range of needs that also do not fit the current marketer's dreams of heaven. Frankly this is a useful contribution at the lower end - the dual SIM idea is useful for those areas that are not spots for some networks when continued contact is vital - see above for reasons.
Note I have rational reasons for my needs as do others, we do not seek to restrict others, please do not restrict us to phones that are hardly as useful as a public call office.
Re: WWII TECH RECYCLED FOR PATENT PURPOSES
Sorry if you fell asleep the critical bit was there was more to the sentence, in full it
'I cannot be bothered to look up all the details of using RDF for target location'.
Are you trying out for the USPTO?
Re: WWII TECH RECYCLED FOR PATENT PURPOSES
I think you will find that triangulation techniques are involved in both cases. Yes the dambusters used lights with fixed angles, fixed distance apart - I said it used light to give an accurate 'fix' on their position relative to the ground.
For a while until they were jammed, both sides flew down radio beams and when another beam 'came in' they were over the target,
WWII TECH RECYCLED FOR PATENT PURPOSES
I am no defender of Apple but give me a break. I cannot be bothered to look up all the details of using RDF for target location or the (suspect spelling alert) Lorenz beam or airport approach location methods or the location of clandestine transmissions.
Talk about prior art in buckets, this is prior art in almost every conceivable form and quantity.
When the heck will someone take the US PTO outside and shoot it to put us all out of our misery? Frankly their ability to cause me to laugh until my side ache for days is making life a restricted affair. Still stupid is as stupid does and money does not just talk, in the US it kidnaps reason, so no doubt the Texas court will have the Dambusters paying royalty fees to these chancers for pre using their art before it was patented. (I know the Dambusters used light beams but light is just a different frequency.)
Re: Works all ways
Let's see some of the good ideas we could import from Russia and China.
1) Right its my way or no way according to Putin and the politburo, how does that one fly chaps?
2) You want to complain about any government policy, there's no internet and a windowless cell for you?,
3) Want to go on strike stick that work or starve your choice oh and forget your family.
4) Want to make any sort of protest? We've not got an app for that we've got a bunch of apes acting as thugs with whips for that! See pussy riot photos for confirmation.
5) you want an Apple/MS/whatever toy, here is a nice unheated cell for you.
Yes I can see how the good ideas flow from those two 'wonderful lands' China and Russia.
Just don't let me stop you from applying to go there.
Time To Wake Up and Smell The Grass?
It is now time to reconsider the idea of using China and others as cheap labour sites that can be safely employed for stuff that is essential(?) to us.
Perhaps Snowden's one useful contribution might yet be to make someone realise that making things that we want might well be better done at home and not the other side of the world. Then, rather than exporting jobs and importing debts we might start to run a re-balanced economy.
Perhaps then some good might yet come out of what otherwise has been a string of evil.
Could There Be Something Deeper?
I suspect that this is not an Apple issue at all but a symptom of something else going on in China at the moment. They are organising something close to a witch hunt involving non Chinese businesses at the moment even though the indigenous lot are not squeaky clean. I suspect that there are economic motives and possibly something of a drive to close the bamboo curtain. We should watch and be ready, to re-assess our own desire to purchase from China if it is going to become a less than reliable open trader.
I am happy to sign up for free trade if is is free from restrictions but if it is to be free one way only then we need to look to see where the balance of advantage lies. We along with other countries have pleanty of unemployed people at the moment, do we need to continue to export jobs and import debts?
An interesting read, but one question. When you are using battery storage why not run things like lighting at the battery voltage and avoid the need for an inverter for such low power devices? In fact many modern devices only use mains voltage inputs because they are there. Surely routers, LED lamps, etc. could all run at 12/24 volts perhaps in a few cases with a suitable low cost interface adapter e.g. a portable PC battery connector.
I also wonder if an 'inverter per device' set up for such as vacuum cleaners and washing machines might make sense as the inverter would only be need to be powered while the machine was active. I am aware that heavy power cables would be needed for the DC - I have seen others fall foul of the need for increased current capacity as the voltage reduces!
So There Is a Series
I did not know they were a series but this has helped to launch Tropico 5
Re: @P.Lee - Obvious answer to obvious stupidity is obvious
I think that there are two points that some might miss. Bulk buyers of business machine buy PCs or whatever, but private home users get sold their devices.
So all most sales people need to say to a user is:
"This is the new xxxxxx."
Then they can take the user's money.
Businesses know what should work with their systems and buy accordingly.
So I Linux really wants to make an inroad one of two things has to happen, perhaps both. Business needs to decide that what is has now and coming is not good enough and needs to be replaced by a Linux box with 'this specification', or the big sales companies need to do more or less the same.
At the moment business can upgrade their win 8 boxes to 7 while users have abundant other choices Android et al.
If Windows (H)8 is really doing so well why is it not showing up in usage statistics, is it the down - oops sorry upgrade rights to Windows 7, or are too many people finding it a poor user experience that a Hudl and friends does better? My dog and his friends have accepted that Windows 8 is well an emaciated cat, they sit round wondering and pondering how humans get it so wrong.
Their consumer focus groups feed back suggests that many home computers are now Android or perhaps IOS mobile devices, which see one home computers replaced by a factor of 2 ~ 4 mobile items.
The only other discussion the dogs have is why my home still has numerous PCs all running Win 7 or other and no 'mobile toys' for them to get their teeth into.
Re: Welcome to Urfscked. Population: you
OK I have mirrored my server disks so my 6 TB is effectively only 3 TB for a home system. I do have images from the last 40 years to store so not quite so wild but still...
Re: Just say 'NO'
Why would anyone say yes anyway?
So many of the anti social sites are like the website feedback spaces of news papers. The appear to be a prime location for weird one to show they lack a grip on reality. Oh and for the even more stupid to show their unintelligent failure to understand humour, sarcasm or any other form of critical comment so they try to get roles in law enforcement.
Hard Time Make Them Envious of Hard Disks?
Now be fair, how else is the industry going to afford its drugs bill otherwise. The basis of the claim is otherwise so stupid as to be laughed at in normal life.
Mind you I have a CD slot in my car but have never used it as much as once in 8 years and have no idea if it even works, the radio gives me traffic and roads status reports, a CD does not. Neither would a hard drive even if it would store 'The Wounded Bulls Greatest Squawks.
No doubt the 'recording industry' would like to sue me for not buying something to use in the player.
I May Not Be Typical
I am trying to understand what unmet needs I have that could be fulfilled by a tablet. So far I have come up with nothing much. Could I drive my photographic scanner, no. Would it be compatible with my printers? Probably not. Could I do photo correction? If I can work on a small screen perhaps but at my age that is an unattractive idea. Would it be more practical at my work station? No.
OK what would it do that I could use?
So far I have found nothing that would answer that question. Perhaps that gives an answer as to why sales of high price tablets are something of a niche activity. Apple appears to own the high end, I guess there are good reasons for that. The other end is possibly made of of don't care devices, as in
'I don't care if this is useful as it is low cost and it might just be a toy',
'I don't care if this breaks after a little while as it is cheaper to buy another with probably twice the capability than worry about the few pounds it cost.'
Where is the huge MS size market in this situation?
Their marketing told me Windows 8 was not for me and so far they have doing zero to convince me that a tablet is the slightest use. As for their cousins 'smart phones', when they catch up with the 8 year old phone I use please wake me up. I need proven function not 'dubious features'.
I have never used FB and I've lost out on nothing. My wife has it on her computer, which she does not even switch on everyday. She looks at Facebook from time to time but is it a pillar of her life? No not ever. As for having it on a mobile, if I am out and mobile it is because I am doing something and therefore engaged with an activity. Why would I want e-mail, facebook, or for that matter some dumb arse PPI sales twat calling me?
Sadly I do get the PPI calls, but never borrowing means that I have never wasted money on PPI either. The money saved on loan interest means that if I want something I can now borrow from myself and no one comes chasing if I do not pay 'me' back!
Re: What I would like to know is....
It is not just when working on computers. Screw drivers are a vindictive lot with a sense of humour. They watch for the time when you have just spent 15 minutes lining up the most darned difficult set of bits and need to drive the screw to hold it from collapsing. Normally the driver is to be found in another room, or if assisted by a wife in the tool box in the tool store as it you "have finished with that thing".
Re: I already have an NFC iPhone
Its an iPhone, do they even make telephone calls? I thought they were too cool for voice which might connect to a normal person.
To make calls you used to have to have a Nokia has that changed?
Re: Cut or compress
Sadly this is the summer of discontent for some viewers of terrestrial TV with a poor selection of choices. The choice being reduced to Money feast winterball sponsored by Fifa*, Commonwealth Sports, or endless repeats that have not been greatly relieved by the shopping channels pushing I care not what.
One could almost wonder if there is a softening up process going on to prepare is for returning to radio or home entertainments all round the self generated performances and dropping TV altogether.
*Could this stand for Frauds Intermingling False Accounting?
First a disclaimer, I do not do mobile streaming, ever. So no special pleading here.
The design and distribution of cell sites is a technical effort that should be based on user location and usage data. However if you rely on the 'bung one in and hope' method results are likely to be poor. The 'All you can use' tariffs came from marketing; Capex and Opex limits come from the financial control side and customer demand comes from customer expectations of what they bought. Perhaps customers were simple minded, though in the case of some operators you need to be worse than simple minded to believe they would ever supply what they sold.
Above all cell sites need to be managed, in a normal well run enterprise this would mean cell division or other augmentation techniques, in Verizon's and many others cases it means service down grading, how typical.
It is the same the world over, you had good service from T-Mobile? Oh we are are EE now so we will pull out a few cell sites to save money and the service can go hang.
It is just that for some the technical aspects of service management are on another page in another book.
Re: Nothing works faster ...
I lived with the pain for ten plus years and took industrial levels of Dicloflex to no effect. I was even on Viox for a short time, what a story that came with: drug test data, it appears you might as well make it up.
When the pain got worse I graduated to Tramadol but then two and a half years ago I had a proper scan. I found out the I had a real problem that could be solved by a real action, (and it had better come quickly by that stage or I would have been in very serious problems with lower limb and organ function). So I went into hospital looking like a shoo-in for the hunchback of Notre dame and came out the next day six inches taller and not needing crutches, having had the stenosis resolved. Tramadol helped with all sorts of other pains but not severe nerve pain from pressure on the spine, it can make you more relaxed and able to sleep sometimes. Its said to be addictive, though side effects can discourage any repeat pill popping - at least with me.
The biggest success with back pain has been through posture correction while sitting and standing and trying to keep mobile, unfortunately, this cannot repair nerve damage or other joint wear and damage. So ineffective pills continue to be taken while I hope for something better.
I'm not sure which is worse, growing old or the alternative.
I thought Jobs created a big business.
Re: I think...
An interesting comment on trainers. Some years ago, more years ago than I like to remember my wife and I both bought some as walking shoes for a relatively few dollars while in Washington DC. I do not remember the name of the maker, but it was no one famous . They lasted us for years. Never been able to buy anything with a similar lasting quality since. 12~24 months and they are clapped out. UK ones are all damned expensive someone is making far more than they should.
Re: I'm gonna start a new business, anyone care to join?
While I like your style are you really being rude about USA Zero(worth) Halliburton and USA Transocean.
Watch out for black Hellicopters soon.
The lesson appears to be DO NOT TRADE with the blood in their own hands Yanks.
Re: Regardless who is the good boy here or the "less bad boy" I feel ......
The answer is simple, all in application purchases are null and unenforceable debts if there is no adequate protection mechanism in place. If (cr)apple get hit in the pocket rather than their silly customers getting hit perhaps they will sit up and smell the grass.
Mind you why anyone would be silly enough to give a child the keys to waste money in something as pathetic as silly electronic code pack purchases I cannot understand.
For god's sake or the child's help them to get a life.
If a supplier employs others in a way that does not conform to the contract you have with that party there is a clear breach of contract and trust. I do not know the terms of the contracts in China but if the local labour laws are being broken that does strike me as unlikely to be supported by the contract. If the entity contracting with the supplier feels the need to verify that laws and employment terms are not as they stipulated in the contract there is an obvious lack of trust.
If I cannot trust a supplier on one item could I trust them on anything else? Frankly no wonder Samsung are questioning whether they should use the company in question.
Playing about with the semantics of their statement might be a sarcastic way to show your beliefs, but I suspect that Samsung wanted to convey a belief that breaching the labour laws was unacceptable. By attempting to define the breach of trust they said too much they should have omitted anything after the fact that illegal practices are not supported, good bye.
I am not aware of Chinese contract law but in the UK indulging in illegal practices and bringing a purchaser into disrepute would likely raise serious legal doubts about whether the contract still existed. Most purchasers would have strong grounds for walking away from the contract as Samsung have threatened to do. Now I shall 'watch this space'.
Re: No new dick extensions to China
Remember governments hate competition and the so called smart phones allow competitors to do what, (possibly better than the government) the government has been trying to do for years.
And That Awful Sky
Between News Of the Screws and Carp TV he has the whole thing sewn up, sadly.
Talk about a race to the bottom.
Re: …And Those Who Pull His Strings…
Almost there, customers are either money pits to be dug or turkeys to be plucked - perhaps both. And the FCC Commissioner is the dumb plucker, (did I type that right?) who will see they get robbed.
Re: My choice?
Same here, I do not have a phone that supports this 'helpful activity', though unlike those phones mine does what I need.
It amazes me that people are happy to be hacked for the money others can make from them but get so worried that the billing info might be held for a while.
Mail filters are wonderful if you can get them to do what you want, though a delete key is pretty darned good.
If only I could now delete the ruddy scammers with whom I have NO relationship who ring and text to push PPI, double glazing, Microsoft 'support', solar panels, etc.
Who, What, Why
Who the heck are this apparently secret lot? Apart from having a name that sounds like a neighbour's dog complaining, why have I never heard of them before and more to the point, why would I need to know about them?
Broadly speaking I am in favour of choice, but I am also in favour of getting things done with the least effort. This does not included looking under every stone in case there is some other hidden group with which I may or may not be able to do some form of as yet unknown business.
If they are so darned good (at what?) why have I never heard of them?
Are they some form of yellow pages?
Sympathy For The Authors
I may sound an off beat tone but while I have sympathy for the authors who on average earn about £11,000 p.a. I am less able to show the same sympathy for the what is starting to feel like a Mafia who act as their intermediary. Trade rules are changing and the old order is always slow to 'wake up and smell the coffee'. Many industries are enjoying or suffering, (delete as required) dis-intermediation and this sounds like just another example of irresistible force meeting a wannabe immovable object in the shape of a publisher.
I'm Glad I don't Smoke What They Smoke
The title says it all, really I am glad that I am not into mind altering substances they way they are. Come to that I am glad that I am not into technocarp from them either. If this is the future bring back the quill pen or a possibly plastic version
I Have Just Seen and Had An Interesting Conversation
My daughter has one of these wonder phones, all singing and dancing except that the call she had was terrible and she barely understood a thing that was being said. I pointed out that my old Nokia has voice. Her answer was that modern mobile whatevers, (they are not apparently phones) are really just expensive game blocks with a voice bit stuck on as an afterthought and she does not like calls as she can never understand what is being said! Her 'real life' consists of (anti)social sites dealing with people she has never met and will never see. Still she 'knows three generations of their family'. She just cannot have a conversation with anyone she has actually met.
Could it possibly be that the obsession with distorted reality technology is suddenly not looking so bright. When electronic representations of people are just not quite so important as real wetware should be?
I leave it to the real social anthropologists to answer.
Re: What's the point of having all that money
It might have been a stunningly uninformative interview but were they not stunningly badly designed questions?
I am still unable to understand what is being questioned, call me whatever you will for that failing.
If I want a list of places that might be able to suggest where I might find someone to help me find something that is one question and I would need a search site for that.
However, most times when I go to Google I want an actually 'thing', e.g. a blade for a mower.
I do not want to find another search engine that might either (a) find a mower blade or (b) another darned search engine.
Can someone please tell me whether I will still get what I want or would it be a non optional list of things I do not need, e.g. alternative search engines.
Re: This is news?
Now you have got me really thinking does this mean that we could get rid of that revolting crowd with Red Ed and his friend Mr Up, the Balls who previously help empty the treasury we are all having to pay to refill - my tax went up twice as fast as income as my contribution to the repair bill.
Something About To Roost?
With all the moves to outsource production to China and thus funding the investment in high technology production methods and teaching them how well they can make things it is to be expected that they would want to cut out the middle men. Snowden undoubtedly provided a nice public hat peg on which to hang the change but the USA reservations about Huawei provided a lovely reason to tie several things together.
So we now have a perfect storm. We have lost most of the production capabilities and skills to China, spent our available investment there, chased a mirage that they had a market we could sell to. For good measure we have also set off a mare's nest of security threats, oh happy days and lost visibility of threats.
Looking on the slim bright side. I feel just a little better that personal and family health issues are making travel that little bit less likely.
Re: More "management versus labor" mentality
OK it is twelve years since I retired and things might have changed. However, I often used to work from home, dodging train strikes, tube strikes power issues, etc. and was always surprised at how much more I got done while not in the office. Most employers actually want the output not presentesim. I admit that I did miss out on the two hour grind into and out of the office, but the employer was not really employing me to do that they wanted the actual output.
The company's big issue appears to have been that the senior management were sat somewhere on a magic mushroom eating or smoking the darned thing until nothing was left. So like just about everyone retirement or redundancy was the result.
Most animals are vulnerable while engaged in the activity so there is probably an optimum time one can be distracted before leaving the scene, (I was tempted to say something about peeing off).
Re: Economic logic?
It does appear that in most places people suspend all judgement in order to rent something new. I hope that they know why but I worry they don't.
My mobile does what I want, is now elderly and cost me just over £5, about US 8 per month rent - and I get enough texts, minutes and unlimited land-line calls. I can almost like it.
Re: Time to say you're looking at those RedHat/SUSE/Ubuntu install DVDs?
The way they treat smaller customers is to try to sell them Windows (H)8. The printer, scanner network upgrades alone will bring them to their knees - I know it was not compatible with anything and blue screened connecting with the print servers. Now I am a confirmed Win 7 shop.
Re: Why did it take them so long to start
There was some initial doubt about where they should be looking so at least a day or two would be lost due to that problem. As it became cl;ear that the flight path was not as expected a search area had to be worked out. From what I remember the first scientifically plotted idea took about 2 weeks to emerge using a technique that was at the time cutting edge and not used before. It was only thought up almost be chance when the 7 data bursts were confirmed.
The plane might appear large when you stand next to it, but in a huge mass of water it is frankly tiny. The fact that no one usually visits the area is a drawback. Most people know more about the inside of their colon than the world knows about the area in question. Sure planes have bits that might float. They might float very well if broken into tiny fragments free of anything that would make them sink. How many 1 cm bits would you spot in an area the size of the area now being considered? Anyone ever misplaced their car keys or phone in their own house? Earlier someone asked if anyone could find their car somewhere in France - possible too easy a task compared to this one, though we know that this particular 'car' is likely in an underground (water) garage bigger than Europe. Just for good measure, should anything escape from this underwater garage no one knows the currents, storm patterns or anything else about the area.
Frankly I do not like theories, they disrupt careful thought and delay progress. The only facts are, the plane took off and did not arrive as planned. What is more it can be see that it did not follow the correct flight path. We have the result of ground breaking mathematical study by Inmarsat to give a rough idea of a possible location. The wild theories are worse than reading Enid Blyton and expecting to find the answer.
Modern air crashes are always researched by cold, logical analysis to find the cause of the disaster and in the hope of preventing any risk factor that could affect other flights.
Uncertainty is hated.
Reviews used to be useful though I was never really too keen on sites that existed only to host reviews. They are pretty much of a mine field.
When you see pretty the same negative review posted for all the products produced by a company you have to wonder what is going on. This is especially so when you get 50 good reviews and one or two rubber stamp jobs that have 'doubtfully valid' comments.
'Trap deviser' has been rousing the ire of many legitimate traders and frankly some negative reviews are almost impossible to reconcile with the places I know.
Disclaimer, I am not a trader of any sort having been retired for 12 years.
I do not want to be stung by a fraudulent trader, but neither do I want the task of finding something I need made more difficult by some brain damaged troll.
Review sites need to filter their reviews to validate them as at least being honest.
To move the buffers a little further down the track that the gravy train chugs along.
Re: Nokia 3310
6230i looks pretty good apart from the shortage of batteries. However the hysteria sounds a little odd. There are what >20 million phones in the UK. Who in hell's name would try to install this on all of that lot except someone who wanted to create a DDOS on their own tracking system. OK, at some point, later than yesterday I will walk the old dog who may get as far as the field and we may or may not walk to the top of the field and back home again. Later the supermarket may take a hit when I buy some groceries and get captured on their video, wow. I might even visit my daughter and granddaughter coming home with two dogs as well as the said humans. fI trackamagic is really lucky they might pick up a message to say I will be there in 2 minutes. Frankly it is easier to work out my movements via traffic cams.
The biggest problem with most data sets is combing down a huge volume to the maybe one or two bits that are of some use.
Now some bait for the dodgy down voters.
If you are in law enforcement, do you want to know every one who uses a cashpoint (you can get that data from the bank anyway and HMRC do have easy access) or the scumbag who robs the darned thing or rips off your, or (more importantly) my account. My money is on catching the scumbag and since their methods are frankly illegal I do not care if they are identified via an initially dodgy method. I only hope that the arrest is solid and the stupid injustice system does not give them a £5 fine and a travel voucher along with indefinite rights to [rob] sorry stay in the country.
Re: Well they do clame to be independant.
My daughter's dog can howl better than Justin Beber and she is house trained and does less damage to neighbour relations.
What a damned good idea and one idea that the EU might like to mandate to replace some of their other real dross ideas.
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