322 posts • joined 10 Sep 2009
I Had To Turn Off 'Update'
My portable became unusable because the windows update snagware was hogging all disk capacity 'checking'. I realised it was bent, when it had read 200% of the total disk capacity. Stopped the crap and suddenly it was like running a new, as in brand new PC a real Woohoo.
I did try the Fixit which promptly failed reporting that it was useless and could only give up. Well done Microsilly.
Re: What I need...
Is a pocket for the phone and a bluetooth headset with voice activated dialling. Touch the headset, speak the name, it will confirm the party and dial the number. Look no car mounted software, sadly the mobile function is not supported in modern crud phones but hey, it works for me with my 8 year old phone so no need to down grade to a big flat look-at-me dumb phone.
Even the radio work by pushing a button or two, note button not slithery 'touch and miss' screen.
Broadmoor Has To Answer
I am convinced that the use of inmates on day release from Broadmoor Hospital to manage and develop Government software projects is not the world's greatest idea. It is good that the disadvantaged members of society are given the chance to contribute. However, sadly those so far used lack both the detailed knowledge and subtle appreciation of how society should function. I am convinced that this is the reason why almost all government projects have infinite cost overruns and the capacity to fail on their objectives. The "was it wasn't" illegal sale of hospital records for the princely sum of £2,500 will of course keep the NHS running for a long time; about 1 second did I hear?
Re: "Most systems currently expect the call to drop, which means you’ll have to redial."
I do not need any of the other crap, web, music, email, instant mail - that takes an hour to arrive! and why do I have to say call and then wonder what the phone will think I want. One touch, speak the word I have assigned to the called party and go ahead. I want easy and what I want. I did use a touch phone for three days, (two of them in hospital). The half dozen touches, prods or whatever produced the right number less than half the time.
With voice I get a near instant result, every time.
Re: "Most systems currently expect the call to drop, which means you’ll have to redial."
I use an 8 year old Nokia with hands free , well once touch and speak dialling. Sadly the modern crap phones cannot do that, so I do not 'do' modern feature lacking crap phones.
The industry need to work out how to go forward not backwards.
I also need a one hand or no hand phone calling for dog walking, shopping, gardening, etc. Currently I use a blue tooth headset, one touch, speak the name and make the call. Touchy feely phones/ phablets, etc. are useless as the phone is buried in my pocket.
My present phone does exactly what I want, its small and fully functional for my needs and is about 8 years old; nothing on the present play-phone market comes close, except in the fresh battery stakes.
Recent Stroms Uncover Remains of Ancient Welsh Wood
People are exploring the remain of an ancient wood that was growing thousands of years ago when the climate was much warmer. No doubt that this proves:
a) Nothing except that climate does change and has changed.
b) There is nothing new under the sun
c) That even the ancients caused global warming
d) That we still do not fully understand what is going on with climate and that taking any extreme position simply makes you an extremist, whichever side of the extreme you inhabit.
Chose your own guess, for the moment it is still a semi free world, (in spite of the recent panorama programme on the floods).
Re: Prime one-day delivery? Ha!
It is not in my experience I usually get next day, that is I get it next day. The only exception is out of stock items or the subscription items.
As for their complaints service I have had two recent failures, 1 the delivery was refused due to transit damage. The delivery person said "I do not want to show this to you please refuse it I am embarrassed to show you." I refused the delivery and ten minutes later when I rang Amazon, they said, Oh yes sorry about that I can see you refused delivery I will replace that item now and they did!
The other item was returned as a duplicated order, (slightly long story but down to user error) half an hour after presentation to the carrier it was on the Amazon system and the credit was being processed.
I've been using Prime for several years and been very happy, its great for spare parts you need quickly.
Oh Dear My Fridge Door Must pay a license fee?
Many burglar alarms, proximity pads, pet door openers, etc. are suddenly apple matters; there might even be a few more examples.
Is There Any Other Search Engine?
OK M$ have their wooden spoon effort Bing, could it find its own foot in a well lit room?
As for the rest, happily I have not found them except when I searched for them from the list of (failures) oops alternative 'hide things' engines.
Hint, if anyone wants to run a search engine, at least help the damned thing find results and present them in a sensible order.
If I had to use some of the moaner's efforts I'd need to build a taller house and add a flat roof so that I had something to jump off.
I did try Foundem once; others might enjoy the experience but not me.
I note Google have declined a bit in this regard recently but at least they no longer offer the 'Hotel 6 inch nails' and its ilk as they used to do.
Re: Aren't these couple of loons...
My records do not go back any time at all. The best scientific records go back a few years. Less good records go back a bit further than that but are at best patchy. Geographic records go back a good deal further and show that one 'constant' is that weather has always changed, we know that one potent force is the impact of the sun which in case you had not guessed it is also always changing its activity and thus its impact on its planets. Magnetic fields change along with the gravitational effects of other external bodies. In short the weather is a by product of a huge mish-mash of factors only some of which we know and frankly few of which we understand. Controlling the size of camp fire you can have in a back garden might make a few feel very self-righteous, but with India and China ramping up their coal fired power stations the effect of the next camp fire tax will have very little useful effect.
One thing to consider is that within any closed system an increase in one location will always be countered by a reduction somewhere else, otherwise the darned thing will not balance. Siberia has been warmer than usual North American has been colder and snowier than usual and we have been wetter than usual. I do not know the reasons in precise terms for this, I know that the sun has entered an unpredictable change in activity and I do know a tiny amount of thermodynamics, enough to understand that change produces effects that may at first be hard to understand. I also know that the feed back will be that changes will cause unexpected effects for those who do not understand that way that balances are restored.
We should learn to live with change, I am not the way I was even yesterday, I and the weather and the world will be different tomorrow, that's life.
Too many things would not work reliably when I tried to evaluate Win H8 one caused full system resets, while 7 has not missed a step. Mind you when they crippled WinH8 to only run under DEP, I lost the will to fight. I was not going to risk a production personal device on something already found worse than useless.
I completely agree, MS simply do not understand how large parts of the rest of the world work. The OS is an unseen tiny part of the ecosystem that either makes things work or breaks them. Printers, scanners, network hardware all add up to an excessive cost. M$ have seen fit, (as have too many stupid vendors) to use their new crappy implementation of an OS to break the relationship with both expensive hardware and software. They should not be surprised that real people who work to pay for things are NOT impressed by the heap of ,(it's unmentionable) that breaks carefully established set ups and delivers a demand for piles of 'learning experience'. Couple that with what is for many a degraded if not degrading experience and it is not surprising that the 'no thanks' club remains popular.
While flavours of UNIX have some appeal, they to would carry the same 'break too many things baggage' as windows H8.
Someone must have a shed load of appreciating Windows 7 copies, I wish I could find the key to the fault, at least most of my hardware can be hacked to work with that last of the line package.
New PC? No Thank you - Correction Required
- Win8 & Office360 have to many "value add" features which asks for a subscription, free for the first x, which undermines any trust that you won't be paying extra later on.
I think you, like me see this as undesirable.
Suggest to replace "value add" with "value reduction", or "value removal", replace "features" with "miss steps".
Other than that I feel Windows H8 was a mess that succeeded in turning off too many people rather than achieving any positive and I was poised to get three copies. I even tried out the preview until I encountered its "our way or no way" approach. Windows 7 being superior IN MY CONTEXT will suit me just fine. If MS rescue something more usable then I 'might' reconsider, but only if I do not again suffer more orphaned hardware issues. Oh remove cloud insistence and forget the touch rubbish for those of us who find it user hostile.
Re: Yeah sure...
Quote; "owning black people was legal in the US in the 1850s"
Sadly it still is a large parts of the world and even where it is not fully legal it is surprisingly well tolerated. The world is not the lovely, fluffy, cuddly place outside of the usual suspects that some people think it to be.
Re: dssf SIGINT-Friendly Hotels
Does anyone thing this stuff is new? It has been the norm for years. I suggest it is likely that plane seats and other transport options have also been used in this way. In fact anywhere there is an option to book facilities or steer the punter it is likely that some form of set up has been at least tried or used
It does depend on where you go. Some places have their hotels, guest houses and the like pre-wired. The most the host side have to do is connect the patch cords, in many cases that is not even required as everything is fully tested and ready to roll. Guests are steered to the 'prime' suites/rooms/flee pits where the equipment has been pretested. Staff who worked for me/with me overseas saw some of this in action, including the physical honey traps - if they were spurned in the lobby, they came calling at the door. Door wedges in addition to inclined chairs, (not always a reliable option) were a useful item of travel equipment. This was only for commercial contract management. Idle chatter about nice to have items appearing on the menu would be greeted by a new menu sporting the items shortly after. Perhaps it was all done by magic?
The list of such places may be longer than it once was, I guess it will not be shorter.
Land Of The Free To Rob?
No wonder the Americans are so keen on their guns.
Given the apparent state of their warped laws is it any surprise?
There Always Has To Be One
Well done Jake for showing up as the essential dimwit troll, not only a stupid little person I guess you go along grinding down the warning studs at the edge of pavements, (sorry Jake for you 'sidewalks') showing the blind or partially sighted where to cross the road. Do you also turn off or stop up the vibrating and audible sounders on pedestrian crossings? Ban wheel chairs because the all important Stupid Jake does not like or need one. No need for crutches either in Jake's world, you either get with his plan or tough.
Personally I am ALL for inclusion where it can work; bigots like Jake can take a hike. Sure many 60 year olds are as fit or fitter than many 40 year olds were when I was born. But age related problems DO EXIST. While the current crop of sixty, seventy, eighty or even ninety year old inhabitants are in many cases still very active, some of us will, or do need adaptations to make things assessable. While an operation greatly improved my back and mobility, with damage to my hands I now find a screw top release tool useful. I may start to use voice dictation to allow assess for me to write on the computer since the keyboard is becoming hard to use; stupid ignorant raving trolls like you Jake, are simple offensive non contributors.
So a mark for Fujitsu for at least making an effort to reach out to a possible market segment that they clearly feel exists.
Did silly Jake complain about the current push to touch screen devices aimed at the young with full manual dexterity? No? I thought not! I find that rubbish totally useless, so finding a new mobile phone is increasingly difficult, I do not boycott that dross. Since I cannot make use of it there is no point to buying a new phone. I still use the ten year old voice technology on my old mobile. There is a world of difference between meeting needs and forcing fashion on those unable to employ the trend.
So Jake before you crawl back into your play pen, well done to Fujitsu for a small step forward in market choice. I do hope the machine in question is NOT encumbered with 'so called touch' and those god awful kiddie bricks of the TIFCAM Windows H8 .
Re: No Health Support For People Or Their Data
At one (recent) time I was told that my x-rays were being sent out to India to be read... Hence my evidence based complaint.
Has anyone done anything to stop the present problem?
Responded, it is after midday?
I guess blinding silence.
No Health Support For People Or Their Data
I assume that as a minimum they have blocked ALL access to this dangerous mess?
I am not going to try accessing them. I will look into a router block in a few moments.
Then they did put up a warning that the site may affect the health of your data equipment?
Or it action on an NHS waiting list?
Is that the sound of a new concord wooshing across the skies or the sound of confidence in NHS records leaving the country?
Or should confidence already be lost since they are probably already in India anyway?
I've tried a few so called search engines, zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Then I went back to Google and found that there were things outside in the real world and the results made sense. They did have problems in the past and the removal of the + and - operators is a pain, but at least I no longer get the "Do you mean the '7/8 inch drill bit' hotel?" type response that once plagued search results.
Anyone Surprised at NitWit Bank
The title says how I feel about the stupidity that is NitWitBank, the UnHelpful Bank.
It might help if the staff were trained.
Most Have Never Seen Real OLTP Systems
I have seen several real time on line transaction systems get halted through system or software failures. One relied on a core changeover part, think 'Y' switch a key part of this device failed and since it was so small and so reliable and so under stressed there was no heart beat for the IC in question. It was only used during a swap over over so its status was only ever important for those few nanoseconds. Twelve hours earlier it was on line then the system went dead. Both sides reported no errors but neither could be forced back on line. That took some creative fault finding and time to clear.
Another time the on line system 'became busy', busy is not a fault condition so it reported no fault and no change over was initiated. Unfortunately the 'busy' it was involved with caused two issues, it was an unproductive 'busy' so no work was done and two, because it was 'busy' it stopped listening to ALL inputs. A system status change had to be forced to recover service and the previously on line system continued to work away doing nothing useful until a way was found to break into its (mis)operations.
The above two examples were not banking systems and not bespoke software, but systems in use in many other places. So the reality is that even systems which have been deployed many times in different countries and with different users can still have initially irrecoverable 'breakdowns' without needing human error or a lack of human operative training to cause them.
Both of the above cases resulted in expensive system re-development though as far as I am aware the changes were only ever tested by provision of enhanced 'heartbeat' and routine maintenance and never again through a system issue.
4 Types of Would be Buyer
1) Those who buy because it is Apple
2) Those who would never buy an Apple but wants something that sort of looks similar to an Apple in case there is a point to it so buy Android.
3) Those who are largely fed up with the above two camps and wonder about something else or have given up on another lumpy phone maker and 'might' try Windowsphone but not too many of them.
4) Those who cannot see the point of what groups 1~3 buy and want a mobile phone with well designed features and probably little in the way of touch rubbish.
By the way, Asha was not the way forward, I gained a reduced cost better featured package with an Asha thrown in, three or four days of use, (two in hospital - not caused by the phone showed me that the Asha range was useless even when free.
Nokia used to make damned good phones, boy did they lose their way perhaps they should never have smashed their compass.
Trolls or Near Brain Dead Wanaby Thugs?
Frankly I do not care who goes on bank notes and if its going to be a source of trouble lets put no one on the things. I have to say that I did find the victim of this verbal assault something of a one track talker. But then so am I sometimes so perhaps that is a simple human trait?
The 'popular' idea that anyone who says any opinion is fair game for abuse has been dealt a blow and I'm happy about that. If you disagree with a view explain your disagreement and provide a reasoned alternative, attack the premiss of the idea, not the person.
If all you can do is attack or threaten the messenger you have lost the argument and shown you are a fool.
The score so far 2 fools down and a load more 'too stupid to get a life fools' to go.
I wish they still made phones not the thief beacons they are selling on to MS.
I need a new phone with the useful features of a 6230i not useless dross like touch and always look at me so called aps, or should that be asps offered by most current devices.
Give Them What they Want
OK, not exactly what they might really want. As they really need something to run about with, set up reverse honey traps that will feed out misinformation. Accidentally tell them about meetings that have not happened, with names that sound more or less credible, their government ministers are a good source of name material, but do not make the spoofing to obvious. Clearly there must be some sense of realism, just not too much.
I'm not sure how old you are but this also stinks for me. A smart phone is about the most useless thing I have ever seen. It goes flat, does not do what I need and now can be a spigot to flow money out of an account.
Except that since the damned thing is useless I will not be subscribing.
None of my banks have been stupid enough to sign up, phew!
At Least I have Now Heard of Him
I wonder if this was an advertising stunt, I had never heard of him before, now I have. Sadly I have also forgotten his name already.
Re: circumventing the heavily regulated systems
Be reasonable, the entrenched mob never has the slightest interest in customer service. What you are suggesting would prise them forward towards the 21st Century and in the direction of service..
Is That The ifumble
What a fabulously boring item for fabulously boring kit.
Land of the Free - To Rip Others Off
Thank whatever deity you favour if you are not in the land of the 'enslaved by corporate greed'
I wonder how much that ruling cost those Internet Service Preventers or the rotten no value providers?
Will That's Easy
Will, it is easy to see how these shysters sleep at night; at your and my expense.
Take great care if you are prescribed any treatment from a US pharmaceutical company, will it kill, cripple or cure?
It will be very hard to find out; 'news management' rules!
What is Renewable about Renewables?
The wind that drivers an expensive unreliable windmill is NOT renewable, it came as a result of the solar atomic furnace. It is a use it or lose it situation. The same with light power 'solar power' it was produced a few minutes ago, capture it in you expensive, fairly short life panel or hope that there is more fresh light coming.
Of course the windmills wear out as do the solar panels, then like EVERYTHING else they need to be renewed, is that what makes the damned thing 'renewable'?
Re: Have to agree.....
You are laying it down wrong - oh no, hang on a minute, that's another makers machine.
Re Windows 8
He was talking about software, not jokeware.
Re: Makes sense to me...
Oh, for a few moments I thought it was the other side of Microsoft Roc(ker). The thing is their new offerings are off their rocker.
Does Apple Make anything useful
OK if you need to spend all your time looking at some crap plastic, then Apple are wonderful, sadly it is useless for those who need to do something except stare at useless plastic.
No wonder this fruit bat lot give me the pip.
I want something that meets my needs, not something that is of no damned use at all. I have simply not got the time to spend looking at a rubbish 'design icons' that have no functional of value to me. How can we get rid of their rubbish and get beck to phones that deliver useful PHONE functions? I do not want to listen to the damned wounded bulls, I want hands free calling and answering in a package devoid of rubbish sod the damned touchy feely screens for which I do not have free hands..
Forget Touch Think Needs - Nothing SMART About Lack of Usability
Thank God I am not alone, I still use my Nokia 6230i because it is the only phone that does what I need.
I was sent a stupid touch screen rubbish a year ago, it now fills a space in my desk tidy, I used it for a few days, I do not care what it can do, it cannot meet what I need. One touch hands free voice calling. Shopping, dog walking and many other activities do not leave hands available to fondle some shiny rubbish. Ongoing activities do not leave spare eyes available to gaze longingly at some shiny plastic or glass fondle screen. If I need to make a call to someone that is what I need, I do NOT need to dig some mini computer out of a packet hidden under layers of clothing, fondle the damned thing gaze at it, lose track of what I was really doing, fall over in the mud and drop the useless crap in the, well crap. With only second hand batteries now available I will lose the use of the Nokia sometime soon. It may not be worth continuing to have a mobile if the only available things are icons to dysfunction and excess cost.
Oh and forget Bumsbook, Losers-List and other antisocial sites for those with no life, responsibilities or demands on their precious time. If someone is ill and on their way to hospital so can I go there NOW. That is what I need to know, not what some idiot had for breakfast, or that they are having an over priced coffee/ sandwich or beefburger.
Re: Vladimir Plouzhnikov
Excuse me but music usually starts off as analogue gets processed and ends up as analogue. Just how does digital add something to the mix. I've not seen many digital voice singers, where do they live?
Totally agree, still it will not stop a mad bull rush!
Sensible to Suggest Ways of Blocking The Spread?
We should all know to keep machines as up to date and fully patched as possible.
We should all avoid clicking on any unexpected mail.
We should all avoid opening anything from an unknown source.
Items from known sources but in stupid forms should be ignored, e,g, anything from a Yahoo mail address suggesting someone is lost somewhere overseas.
But what else should one do in mitigation or prevention.
It was all a ploy to make the site more attractive and draw in more visitors with a 'spot the error' game. What about the 2 million records that were lost by the last government/shower. I take a more personal interest in that one since I was on that list.
Phil W, I suspect that you are right, light does not quite cover the ground, it feels more like statutory minimum which would allow for the restriction of site considered to be illegal, e.g. child porn, perhaps hate and terrorism and the like. I do worry that the terms like hate and terrorism do bring on floods of crocodile tears, and of course, one person's hate or terrorism site is another persons 'legitimate protest' site.
Personally I'm all for home rule for England, no doubt someone will object to that also.
That Takes Brain Cells
Bother to read?
Reading takes usable brain cells and possibly education. Anyway was the damage purely malicious or a real attempt at a get rich quick scrap metal scheme to try to beat the scrap metal handling rules?
Rather than recovering copper cable just use it to augment the HV distribution system at night. anything above 33KV should fry, sorry do nicely.
Re: imperfect design
Via the loudspeaker?
Yes it is an odd design feature.
It do worry about the environmentally hostile biological waste disposal system.
Title says it all really.
Why would anyone want more junk messages?
Why walk round staring at a small hunk of plastic in case you miss something on its proxy for real life screen?
If that is all you want to life, sit in a darkened room. However, surely the point of going out is to see what the world has to offer?
My phone sits in a darkened pocket all alone with only a link to the service provider and to a bluetooth headset for company when I am out walking. If I have to use it at all, I do not want to have to look at it as well as talk through its services.
Re: Darwinian thoughts
The problem is the hold up for everyone else. I was near Kilburn station once when something like that happened. It was said that the train driver never worked again, it took months of work to sort out the track which moved when the train did an unsuccessful emergency stop.
I am all for removing the stupid from the gene pool, but please do it responsibly.
It was a news story claiming they were working on something for the future, 6 to 8 years or more away. I find it unlikely that a single air drop parcel per customer is ever going to be the norm. I do feel that the story may well be a cover for something else rather more practical. Standardised packages with enhanced automatic navigation and tracking strike me as highly desirable as does the issue of improving delivery to those who are effectively 'off grid' at the moment. Finding the limitations and threats as well as soliciting suggestions and improvements could be no more than an effort for crowd sourced research.
Surely the reference to one of the windows version was misprinted, Windows Turnkey? Where did the 'n' come from?
Windows Turkey, now your talking, well turkey?
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