183 posts • joined Thursday 10th September 2009 15:23 GMT
Re: Back to the Drawing Board
I assume that the (intended) ironic comment was not understood by most people?
It is nothing to do with poor people but quite a lot to do with poor thinking people of all wealth ranges.
The fact that so many people, or their close relations are killed by their 'self protection device' appears not to matter to the Numbskull Rabid Assembly.
Just as the 'self protection knifes' are so useful for killing those who carry them in my country.
Fact - all offensive weapons are passive objects that are used by people who kill,
Fact it is people who kill, but the easier the access to such devices the greater the number of deaths from offensive action.
Salt the Mine
If the Chinese are so keen to sniff round why does no one resort to 'salting various mine shafts' to give them something interesting to read and keep them off the streets? To make it interesting mix real names and false addresses and false names and real addresses. Data could come from any public data source, e.g phone books, diplomatic lists, etc. with the details slightly re-arranged. An electronic version of The Man Who Never Was.
There might be a lot of ways to call this but stealth is NOT one of them.
I am no fan of fraud sites or their owners/operators, but the stupidity of 'turning off the power' to stop a minor crook is in clear sight it is stupid. Still the NORKS use power breaks to track and trace illegal activities so expect others to follow . In the short term, they might do worse than give the task of stopping the intended cr*p to an average class of 12 year old school kids. They will certainly do a better job than your average dumb clutz, political hero who was not so much a 'has been' as a 'never was'.
Have MS Created the Spife?
The Spife is a combination of the spoon and the knife.
Unlike the spork the spoon part works, but its sharply ground knife edges cut everything that they contact.
This makes it hard to use for eating as the food slips out of the now lacerated mouth; additionally when you drop it in pain, it cuts everything else, especially wildly optimistic estimates of its popularity. If dropped in the wrong way it may also decimate future population forecasts!
In pyrotechnics a flash is something that blows up with a visible and sometimes audible result. Is this what Adobe want with their idea of 'flash' .
I totally agree that their 'product life cycle management' is total rubbish and worthy of the Financial Service Industry. The bundling of cr*pw*re with updates should be outlawed by law.
(Thought, can we get apple to patent the stupid idea of sending out cr*pw*re with patches, so that it gets blocked that way. Then people would applaud not mock apple's patent activity.)
Re:That Warning about peanuts in peanuts in peanut packets
Several hundred packets of monkey nuts, alias peanuts had to be withdrawn in case customers were too stupid to realise that peanut packets might indeed contain peanuts - but presumably no horse meat?
How Did We Survive
When I was that age you were lucky if you had a phone, TV was very rare and the radio was salvation.
We could entertain ourselves by going shopping ... with ration coupons in hand.. Yes I did from about the age of 5, down to the corner shop, with list, I could touch, Money I could touch and ration coupons, I could touch.
Sorry but why would anyone give a tiny child several hundred pounds of cost (not necessarily worth) electronics to play with?
The term 'get a life' comes to mind.
The crap and otherwise useless mobile I was sent does operate without a SIM card as a kiddie plaything if you are that desperate. The Nokia Asha 300 phone is horribly useless with a SIM card so perhaps it is a toy.
Re: Losing the plot
I could not agree more. If there is a feature that you use, be confident that some jackass will find a way to improve it out of existence. Currently I use 'one finger plus voice calling' but this has been upgraded to full two handed hunt peck and poke calling on the new 'improved handset' I was sent. That wonderful new device is now the world's most expensive sim free office alarm reminder and the old usable phone continues in use.
Re: If Only They Made usable Telephones For a Sensible Price
For a variety of reasons I need one touch one hand dialling, pre touch phones give me that, touch phones simply do not support that capability.
My 7 or 8 year old phone can stay under my coat untouched, a push on the bluetooth headset, speak the name and make the contact.
I was given a touch phone as a supposed upgrade. It is sat on my desk unloved, unused, unusable. Sadly I found it too slow, too awkward and frankly hard work.
OK it was not a £500 item but I do not need £450 of the 'features' of a pocket computer.
Question, why do useful features have to be jettisoned? Speaker dependant calling is great, actually essential for me but apparently no longer available. Why do I get sold touch screen Facebum junk like 'apps' but loose necessary functionality.
So no ludite and no troll either I'm now back on a functional Nokia 6230i with a replacement £2.50 with genuine regrets about the lack of usability of featureless phones and yes the service provider confirmed they have nothing usable, (actually they had few if any clues about what their 'mobiles' do, apart from NOT what I need).
If Only They Made usable Telephones For a Sensible Price
Since the touch rubbish came along requiring two handed fumbling usability went out of the window.
I do not want to have to handle the damned thing just to make or receive calls. Why does that silly mob insist that people should stare at the silly thing, it is not as though it is worth looking at with its copy of a 1870s school slate form factor.
Re: They would have a case
Who are Euro-Cities, Hot Maps and Streetmap? What do they do, do they even exist, how would they help me? Why should I now have to be forced to sit through some guff for something I do not want, with a name like Hot Mapps I guess that it is where stuff is most likely to get stolen, or have I got that wrong. If I am looking for a place in the UK why the $%^&*() do I want someone dealing in failed currency cities?
What Price Quality Of Life?
Most jobs come with a package of ups and downs. The up is hopefully the pay, but this can be split up into several reward packages, so much for anti social aspects, so much to cover travel costs, perhaps so much for dealing with the throwback in charge, etc. After a while everyone starts to look at the math. Are those compensation factors worth the agro? At one time, many years back I was working 7 days a week and often from 6 in the morning to well past sane people's bed time - I was paid for the hours and made more money than the most senior guy in the company location -yippee.
Things improved and the crazy hours became optional, funny how soon I stopped the overtime and accepted the drop in cash.
Why Care About The OS?
Why does anyone care about the operating system used on a mobile telephone?
It used to be that you bought a phone that suited your finances, pocket or handbag size, needs, reception in your normal area and had the features you required.
Do people really buy a phone based on either who made the stupid thing or what operating system it runs? Perhaps that is why so many phones cannot do basic phone tasks very well..
Personally I do not care who made it or what operating system it runs, I just want it to have the features I need. Sadly this appears to be impossible to achieve with 'modern' devices which appear to celebrate the fact that they either cannot do what I need or do it so appallingly badly as to be useless.
Shame is I have an elderly phone that already does precisely what I need. Long may it keep working.
I just hope that the idiots in OFCOM do nothing to stop it being used.
Crap Rules, Crap Rulers
Given the dramatic drop in both TV quality and choice perhaps the idea is to close down all TV service in favour of morons with 'mobile devices' wandering about with glazed looks on their faces and nothing going on in their enfeebled minds, tell the world they are walking/sitting/eating/lost/drunk/whatever.
I recently had a mobile upgrade foisted on me, the upgrade is now in a rack and I am back on the 8 year old telephone as it is the only one that does what I NEED. The new one might have Facebum or some other twaddle about which I could not care less, but it was crap at making telephone calls the way I need. I have no idea if it was 1g, 2g, 3g, or GG it was useless. Just like they want to make the expensive non HD TV collection I now appear to have.
Oh anyone spotted that you will only be able to watch IP TV for about 2 days a month given the data caps?
Re: Lithium chemistry is problematical!
Lithium may well be less reactive than sodium and thank goodness for that! However, when formulated into batteries it does have an 'interesting' recent history as El Register can show. It does appear that the electrical storage system has some issues yet to fully answer. 'system' in this case includes much more than the cells-battery-enclosure-shelf package, it should also and do doubt will include pre-commissioning handling, etc. and this makes the investigation much bigger if not harder work.
The lithium chemistry battery's ability to store large amounts of energy in a small and therefore light package does mean that should anything not work as planned there is considerable potential for harm. The issues appear to remain (a) what went wrong and (b) how to design it out of the overall system.
Speaking personally, I find it interesting, being part mystery (who or what dun it) and how to stop the nefarious (infamous) 'miss-happen' from gaining access to the system in future. Eventually we may all benefit from the greater understanding of 'storage systems' and this means the whole, end to end chain of input through charging and management to output train. What must concern those closely involved is the prospect of 'eventually'.
Who Is Doing The Street Cleaning
Wow, no one lives there, the rubble is still lying where it fell yet the streets are cleaner than in my nearest (inhabited) towns near me here in UK.
Making a fake Rolex is making a fake Rolex, but making a clock or a wristwatch is, whatever you think, a totally different operation. I have no idea how many watch makers there have ever been but the idea of a single one suing someone else for simply making a watch is daft. However, passing off your product as someone else's product is not allowed and the rights holder then has every right to sue. It is the product that earns the protection in this case.
Not Surprising Really the Law of Offsets applies
Given that the for most people the question is; will I have a job and/or an income tomorrow - both rely on the economy. So clearly if they are asked about various life factors they will rank those that directly affect them most highly as being top of their agenda.
Given that the politicians want to use the environment as an excuse to raise taxes, it is not an easy sell.
Many green lobby/environmentalists, etc. keep saying that we have to live like people in some long forgotten past to save the environment, but most 'main stream' people will rank survival, i.e. the economy above many, if not most environmental issues. Comfort considerations will also drive the 'green agenda' further down the list since the green agenda appears to most to suggest we all live in unheated homes and walk everywhere either through direct force or via excessive costs.
The comments about smoking are so irrelevant to be at best laughable and to show only a lack of grasp of the context. Relatively few would have been economically affected in any negative way by stopping smoking and, given employment statistics at the time, most would have easily found another job, e.g growing food for the starving.
Now the situation is radically different, loose your job and standard of living because something might happen at some point somewhere distant is not an easy sell. Even more difficult iwhen there are vast unknowns.
Win * Grand Relaunch
Was the Best Buy price drop not the big bang relaunch?
Re: I don't mind being compared by age...
Sorry LionelBee-in-your-bonnet you fixed what exactly? Or did you not like your heroine Harlot Hariman being brought into the discussion.
Just for the record I would be very happy to bring back public executions for those setting out to destroy the lives of others - that prat in charge(?) of the libelous demagogs for example and if you ask very nicely we might squeeze you in at the end of the event. Sorry it has to be the end, we would not like the paying punters frightened off would we?
They have Been Pushing New Contracts Like Mad
I have two accounts that are long out of contract and have been pursued like mad to renew them. I have no interest in mobile internet, I mean NO interests in it at all. As a result my already low monthly price has been discounted by very pleasing amounts (>50%) and I get more minutes, more texts and some data - which is pretty unlikely to be used. No wonder the revenue per customer has reduced.
The shame is that the silly money 4G has probably done more damage than benefit.
I am not sure how many of the posters have ever had anything to do with mobile tariffs, but based on experience on real networks, price reductions can generate more traffic and revenue gains than you would imagine. I have seen, a tariff correction increase (not guessed) traffic, revenue and profits increase to an embarrassing degree as sunk costs had been recovered and the additional money was almost pure profit.
Crossed Lines Too Many Causes to Number
I am sorry but crossed lines well pre-date the use of cross bar and other 'modern developments'. They could be caused by dropped solder on jumper frames, un-recovered wiring on jumper frames and other inter tag bridging on the frames. Then there were the mechanical issues, broken 'P' wires on switches, faulty wipers bridging, crossed joints in cabinets or joint chambers and so on, then there were the issues of water ingress and a few times deliberate actions, think illegal home made wire taps. This 'wonderful' variety made it so 'interesting' to fault find.
Modern switches such as cross bar and some, (probably more than 'some') digital switches introduced their own twists on the crossed, i.e. unwanted multiple connections. All of these could be either one way 'taps' or both-way 'taps' allowing both parties to be heard. Some times the 'added value' could be free of charge and sometimes not...
Of course some of these caused service loss, so you might only be able to listen into other people's calls when you would probably have more incentive to complain. In other cases you might never get the same callers twice.
Dose of Reality?
At the moment the EU is subsidising all sort of dead or dying traders to live on life support. this money comes from those who can still work as they have a job 'doing something useful' The budget was not cut it was held at a previously agreed level so that less was taken from the living. If you want to pay something towards sunrise industry fine, but someone, (hint the French), are going to have to agree to change their agriculture so it is no longer a workfare scheme with little or no value. The money thus released might then go to help sunrise industries rather than destroying what little hope the current tax payers have of a life free of growing debt.
Too Many Fools Destroy Cash Values
A few years back it was all the vogue to prudently manage, i.e. horde cash mountains, it was mainly done by older operators who had built up the company. Then the younger prats came along and blew the lot on stupid special dividends , daft risky purchases of failing or otherwise useless companies. So the once proud company failed, the only growth about town was unemployment.
Now I hate Apple and think that are a loud mouthed of fashionistas selling over priced rubbish - personal feeling you do not have to agree with me. However, the one thing that I can agree with is for Apple to keep their cash and let Einhorn's mistake ride, up or down. No one forced him to invest, he knew the company so more power to their treasury function.
Jumble Sales Patented
I saw that stupid (Cr)apple patent, I guess every jumble sale in this country will now have to think about the layout of its stalls! Still perhaps Crapple are earning points for recycling even if it just old ideas.
Another do not want pile of rubbish
What gives with these modern bricks? They force feed only rubbish?
As a set top box it might do as a door stop and nothing else.
I was recently sent a new phone, it remains unused with its wonderful feature set of complete cr*p. It has a fixed unmovable list of 'Bookmarks', all totally useless items. Most of them I have never heard of and all of them I have no interest in ever using.
Can it do anything I need? No, of course not.
So I still use my 8 year old mobile telephone as at least it works and does what I need..
How About A Really Polite One
The Junkies who make some of the stuff on this site need to buy their next fix. Please buy their material rather than downloading from here and making them go cold turkey.
Re: Even if the parent's knew how to restict their childs phone...
Andrew I agree with you. My own daughters are more or less grown up and now in their twenties so I can look back with less emotion.
In fact I can look back to the fifties and my own childhood.
I realised with a shock that things were not so very different back then. Of course we did not have mobile phones or digital cameras. However, live encounters were a factor for some. I now realise that the girls who I heard about who got involved in 'precocious activities' were those whose relationship with their parents sounds, with hind sight to have lacked warmth, guidance and the right contact. I now understand they simply did not have the relationship that they needed and were using experimentation and in at least one case practice to find what they lacked in their normal life.
I think you have it down right and are not making those mistakes.
He Should Have used a CD
His mistake was distributing the game via unapproved methods.
Had he used an unencrypted CD and sent it in the mail then everything would have been OK, after all the HMRC does it all the time and no one really cares - and they use real customers data, lots of it!
Another Reason I'm Glad
Not to be on Backside-book.
Call Lenth vs Call Cost
I did a lot of work on this in the 1970s, (not in the UK) automating the production of average call duration distribution data when calls were metered rather than computer recorded.
My studies found that the more expensive the call the longer it lasted, this rule was across all call classes, even international.
During down turns the pattern was even more marked and it became easier to see what happened.
Un-metered calls (or calls that were part of a package) were a don't care element. If you wanted information you made a call, sometimes for a few seconds hung up and called again later.
If times were tight, you made a list of items, then made a call, often towards the end of the day and asked all that you wanted to ask before getting the information and hanging up.
Traffic was often crammed into a shorter period of time towards the end of the international overlap causing the busy period to be far busier and later than normal. It played hell with the economics of dimensioning back then so congestion often resulted. Perversely, when things improved, we had more paid time and less congestion as traffic was better spread out.
Is There A Reason To Pay For ever For???
I guess I am now using the last version office that I shall ever use. Office is getting more expensive, over complex and does not do anything more for me than 2000 used to do. Perhaps in ten years I shall have learned enough of 2007 to make full use of the package.
I have never believed in renting, TV, cooker, house, its money down the toilet as far as I am concerned.
I know that MS almost agree, - as long as they are the toilet into which the money goes!
In the 1980s I used Lotus 123 a lot though not so much for financial working. The macro facility was hugely helpful allowing quite unskilled staff to input data and achieve 'professional results'. At one point I was writing macros to write macros for some of the more complex routines. Nested commands ran nearly the full 256 character limit in a line and reached from close to the top of columns to the bottom of the spreadsheet. some sheets had ten or twenty such 'program columns'.
I also used to collect, or rather I wrote programs that in near real time collected telecommunications data, live from switches. It automatically built databases, processed the data into sub reports which were passed parameter like to an automatically booted copy of Lotus 123 which would run to churn out graphs which were saved. Then an automatically booted copy of Lotus Manuscript to embed the graphs into automatically generated CCITT reports.Everything made use of a range of conditional processing to insert or omit paragraphs or reports according to the data available. I left the whole lot running 24 hours a day. If there was enough data collected, someone simply sent off the fully formatted and printed reports that were generated overnight.
It all worked well within 640KB of memory, those were the days
A Wider Range of Needs Than Carriers want to support?
I can see that there are some very different needs on this subject. OK some of you need only data, I have no need for data and doubt that I will ever use mobile data, voice and a few texts does me fine.
What I do need is a better range of usable handsets, or to be specific at least one usable handset. Why oh Why has the voice dependant calling been removed from hand sets?
I am forced to use an old handset so that I can continue to use one touch, bluetooth hands free calling. The 'wonderful' new hand set can only do things I do not want or need. Of course it has to be taken out of whatever pocket its in before doing anything. Then there is the challenging two handed finger flicking with so called touch - try that when you walk with crutches!
Coments from his Biography?
What I heard spoken about his background makes me glad I never met him and never will, nasty little sh*t was too generous an epithet.
Re: The NHS and electronic patient records... - PCT Explanation
Some may not understand the abbreviation PCT it appears to stand for Prevention of Care and Treatment
All I Want Is A Return To Voice Dialling
With all this talk of speech recognition being the coming thing, why is it that mobiles have gone backwards with this technology? My old Nokia does voice calling perfectly well but can I get a modern phone, smart or otherwise to do what a nearly 8 year old phone will do, in the modern words, 'the computer says no'. If it cannot do proper hands free via blue tooth why bother with other rubbish? My recent Nokia Asha 300 carrier down grade sits back unloved in its box waiting for recycling.
[PS If anyone knows of a phone that does voice dialling as well as a Nokia 6230i, uses blue tooth and fits in a shirt pocket please tell me - large expensive junk need not apply.]
This Was Supposed To Be A Nokia Thread
I was recently 'upgraded' by my carrier. Sadly the upgrade was an Nokia Asha 300. This might have a wonderful feature or two, (being able to stop or delete the awful music is NOT one of them). Sadly it lacks the one major feature of my elderly Nokia 6230i that I need, blue-tooth activated speaker dependant voice dialling.
So I have upgraded from the new Asha 300 back to the old Nokia 623i, for which I have sourced a good replacement battery.
Frankly all this talk of this operating system or that operating system leave me bored rigid. The thing is a telephone for heaven's sake, if that fails the rest is totally do not care and frankly I do not care about mobile e-mail, so called face book, 'games', very limited internet, or any other junk. If it fails as a phone it fails and it went back into its box to fill a cupboard space.
Re: (Don't) Leave it alone ofcom (See I fixed that for you)
The answer is easy, just delete 'fixed term contract' and substitute 'Capriciously Variable in our favour, we guarantee to shaft you for a set period contract'.
English contract law used to cover binding agreements to supply something for an agreed price unless blocked by law or act of God. Not just until the Christmas party fund needs more cash or some similar desire for more cash.
If sillyphone find that the cash flow is not right they have an easy answer, they got it wrong; or call in the act of God clause, frustrate the contact and we all go home happy.
Worth vs Sales Potential
Is the haul worth £ or Euros xxx or was it likely to be marked up as £ or Euros xxx having cost (xxx/4) to get into the shop?
Re: Data Management
I have up-voted you but would offer a slight query. You said 'if the sellers are allowed to lie?' However is not a problem that those who lie are allowed to sell, oh, I just realised stopping that, would catch a whole lot more than dodgy ISPs.
I have not been near an airport for at least ten years and the way that the bozos are going I never want to again. The flying part was OK but as for the arrogant fools who miss run the fiascos known as airports, hanging would be far too kind. Airport operators love the delays and frustrations as they then herd you into the shops to view and hopefully ignore the over priced crap stacked high to trap the less careful.
Security should profile for threats by all means and do something meaningful. For the rest of us, try to avoid air travel and miss out on the worlds irritation services, touch up sex fiends, deviants and misfits that airports appear to attract as staff*. Hopefully create some unemployment where it ill do good.
*Comment based on past personal experience of the cattle yards, sorry airports.
Please correct the name Do you mean the ATC?
Clearly the Domestic Trade Commission of the USA is wrongly named it should either be the DTCUSA (Only) or perhaps more accurately the Apple Trade Promotion Commission either ATC or ATPC?
Sue the Juror for tampering?
If the juror comes out spouting about how he tampered with the outcome is that not a case of tampering.
Had he come out in the UK and said what he has said he would now be in gaol anyway.
Re: Fear Factor?
And to think I thought he was on a real mission to cure the world of insomnia via his stupid ravings.
His visceral hate is about his only guiding 'principle'.
While it has landed him in 'darkness shrouded London' where the conditions are so bad that poor wilting flowers suffer, the rest of the population gets on with their lives untroubled.
Is there a lesson there somewhere?
Re: Downvoted? What??
Most IVR systems only listen for input when they need it, e.g. at a menu point when they use DTMF, grunts or whatever. As others with knowledge have said, at other times, e.g. noise on hold, no resource is usually available to listen - all noise is one way only.
[Sorry but I have yet to encounter a music on hold situation from among 'the cr*p noise on hold' universally favoured. If they were trying to listen for input they would have melted the detection unit with their own rubbish output, not to mention my discussions of their parent's past relationships.]
Halon Rocket Fuel
One place I worked was being developed and the spare Haylon devices were in the builder's store.
The builder's store took fire and one of the Haylon globes warmed up, and up, and up. In the end the outlet seal ruptured and, Werner Von Braun eat your heart out, the rocket was launched.
It went through several walls on its way to stardom, though not to the stars. The police investigator was not amused when he was told that the flying cylinder was an extinguisher.
A severe sense of humour failing followed
nah, even the dog's produce is better than an iApple. iApples don't even make useful fertiliser or cooking gas if fermented
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