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Didn't have a problem with the tounge twister in the article, can quite easily cope with "I'm not a pheasant plucker" at speeds fast enough that the words ALMOST become unintelligible but "The Leith Police" I have a problem saying slowly never mind speeding it up, my brain tries to correct "dismisseth" to "dismisses" by the second go around. And of course - the lorrys very quickly turn into lollys of either colour.
EDIT: Was unaware of the other verses for the Pheasant Plucker though - so will check those out.
They would probably give up looking, close their eyes (yes... the whole country) and stick a pin in a map - and say "that's where it is"
Seriously? How do they get away with this stuff?!
Android has been using Face Recognition to "log in" to your device for over a year!
I'd like to know how this was even possible?
Surely there is some sort of backup system in place right?
Reading twitter last night - it would appear that even the call centres were offline - the phones rang - but never got answered.
They have promised to compensate people that were "left out of pocket" but that doesn't really make me feel better about them - most people were not left out of pocket - because they couldn't actually spend anything in the first place! I do wonder though how people coped at things like self-service petrol stations and the like - are we to be expected to check online-banking and Twitter now before we attempt to use our cards to make sure everything is working? Checking Natwest's online 'Service Status' page last night was pointless because it claimed everything was running normally - leading me (and thousands of people on Twitter) to believe something must have gone wrong with just my account.
Anyway - I discovered a lovely site last night which instead of just pinging their website, appears to scrape Twitter (and other networks?) to give you the real story - http://downdetector.co.uk/problems/natwest quickly confirmed that it wasn't just me having problems.
The battery charging wizardry is supposed to negotiate with the charger to decide on what is the best current to charge at. In general though ALL modern smartphones charge better and happier at a minimum of 1A you will find that most Smartphones while happy enough to charge at 0.5A can't actually charge and be used at the same time because the battery is being drained quicker than it can be charged when the screen is on. The nice thing about the negotiation wizardry is that I can provide my phone with access to more than it requires but it will only ever draw as much current as it requires. For instance I can quite happily plug my phone in to a 2A charger but it will generally sit drawing between 1.2 and 1.5A
In the good old Windows 95 days you could download a lovely program that allowed you to drag a bomb onto any running application and it would immediately crash. That was useful in my college days. And then of course.... there was this site: http://www.rjlpranks.com/pranks/ hours and hours of fun!
Most importantly - the section appears in the UK.
It could finally make it's way to the UK!
Re: Not in the UK then....
Turns out the SDK is nearing release too - http://www.reddit.com/r/Android/comments/1r656p/google_hosting_chromecast_hackathon_in_early/
Re: Not in the UK then....
As they recently posted job openings for both an international person and a UK person in relation to the Chromecast - it's likely that yes - it's coming.
I have a suspicion that they are working with the BBC behind the scenes to make iPlayer a launch partner.
Technically if I use Disqus, Google+ or Facebook for my commenting system - the comments are not ON my site - they are on some 3rd party site that I do not control. Any requests for comment removal should be directed at the 3rd party and not me.
If necessary I could prove this by simply opening Developer Tools in Chrome and showing that the data on AndroidPolice for instance are served from the Disqus server. Just because the comments are displayed ON my site - it doesn't make them part of my site - in the same way that an offensive advert that shows on my site is not put there by me - and I have very little control over what is displayed.
I can see 2014 shaping up to be an interesting year - either this law will prove to be unworkable or a dangerous precedent will be set whereby you are responsible for any content that appears on your site regardless of whether you have any control over it.
It is actually pretty impressive in all honesty when I ask Google to show me all my pictures of Sunsets and it returns all my Sunset pictures in a fraction of a second - despite 3/4 of them not being tagged (because they haven't yet been shared - they have just been auto-uploaded from the phone).
How do you even describe a sunset? Or a beach or a castle - and yes "show me photos of my dog at the beach at sunset" does in fact return exactly what I asked for.
Well... I've googled and googled and I just can't for the life of me figure out......
"Somewhat to the surprise of everyone I showed it too, the constructed Sonic Screwdriver works as advertised, the body lights up red when the upper band is touched, and the greed LED can indeed detect the unseen forces of static electricity."
What is a Greed LED?
At the time that I followed/circled you - you have 1,448 +1's and 720 people have circled you.
In what - an hour, an hour and a half?
We G+ folks are a demanding bunch though - we like engagement - that's what sets apart G+ from every other network - even on Twitter a lot of the time you aren't talking to the person you think you are - you are talking to whoever represents them (there are obviously very high profile exceptions to this).
Expect to see people mention you in comments and posts - we like social.
PS - in the time it took me to to write this (a few minutes) your follower count went from 720 to 733.
I think you may yet learn the value of Google+
Of course on the other side of the coin - those of us who actually a) use Google+ and b) don't try to use Google+ like Facebook (because it is not, never will be and never was intended to be anything like Facebook) actually like the integration - because we now see YouTube videos pop up in our stream, with a comment from the poster - and encourages a much more active discussion - for example a video from someone else who hates Google+ has gone viral on Google+ and because of this - it has gotten a lot more exposure than it would of normally. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BuIRY5KFEU0
Please remember: Facebook == Social Network, Social Network != Facebook
....and just like that - the Register infers Spam filters and email virus checkers are part of the problem - especially ones that use Heuristics.......
The amount of time I have to remove crap like "Wajam" from peoples Chrome Extensions is mind boggling, sure they shouldn't be downloading every single thing they see on Facebook - but at least this will go some way to stopping hundreds of extensions they neither need or want bogging down Chrome.
The real question that has to be asked.......
Did this give them a heads up on the Boston Bombing?
Did it give them a heads up on ANY of the School shootings?
Did it give them a heads up on the Airport shooting?
NO! Then what the fuck is the point - they continuously trot out this bollocks about it being for the good of the country but in both the UK and US - there is very little evidence that they are actually gaining any sort of warnings from the data they are collecting.
Could it be at all possible - that the average terrorist doesn't just randomly lay out their plans in an email and send it across the internet?
The comment up that there mentions "war on stuff" is dead on, it's not a war on terror - it's a war on whatever takes their fancy that morning when they wake up.....
It was a lovely system called the Squeezebox which was made by SlimDevices and then Logitech bought them out - however there are still relatively cheap Squeezebox Classic v3 boxes floating around on ebay and the Logitech Media Server software is still free and downloadable at http://www.mysqueezebox.com/download you can have as many squeezeboxes as you want and they do play in sync. You can also download the software and just use virtual players on your computers if you don't want to buy ANY hardware at all. Was out before Sonos and is IMHO loads better.
You can even have it email you a picture from an IP cam when a certain device is triggered - in our case - a Byron Doorbell (it can both receive signals from ALL Byron doorbells in the "SX" range - which is pretty much all of them, and it can also trigger the doorbells too)
So when someone pushes the Doorbell, Domoticz receives the signal and snaps a picture on the IP cam watching the door - and emails it to my phone.
Some of you may even have the remote sockets already - B&Q were selling them for years - remote control sockets, they came in packs of 3 with a remote control, that's where we started - and when I discovered the system could be controlled by a cheap-ish USB stick - off I went!
Dear world - this already exists and is not as some would have you believe - expensive at all.
Here you will find Byron/HomeEasy devices which operate on the 433MHz band ( http://buyhomeeasy.co.uk/catalog/index.php?cPath=1 )
Here you will find a USB stick that allows you to talk to these devices with a computer (most people are using a RasberryPi) ( http://www.uk-automation.co.uk/products/RFXCOM-RFXtrx433.html )
Here you will find COMPLETELY FREE software to interface between the sticks and the devices... ( http://www.domoticz.com/ )
I use it to do things like - switch a light when I enter a room after sunset, the light will stay on for 10 minutes but everytime the PIR detects movement it restarts the 10 minute timer again. It's stupidly simple to use and has a event creator called Blockly which is like building lego.
Here is an example: http://imgur.com/uP3q2W0
In this example a virtual switch "v_at_home" is toggled on and off by Tasker on my Android phone, when I get 500 metres away from home, the switch is set to off, when I get within 500 metres of home the switch is set to on,
"Even now BBM has group sending and confirmed delivery features, which are lacking from the competition."
Yes, because Google Hangouts doesn't have group messaging features or the ability to show you a) that a message has been read and b) who in the group has read up to which part of the conversation..... oh wait.... yes, yes it does..... it also works cross platform and on multiple devices at once....
A quick search suggests not only are people selling the m3788e but you can also buy brand new batteries for it on ebay too!
Oooooo I have a K800i and a C905.....
I wonder if anyone would like to buy my Orange M3788e complete with flashing aerial upgrade....
Words..... there are.... no words!
How was this ever considered to be a good idea?
Our local ASDA has just upgraded it's self service checkouts to new ones with a conveyor belt. When the shop is particularly busy a metal tray is placed over the "bagging area" which sits at about the same height as the conveyor belt and the self service terminal suddenly becomes a manned till. I almost never have a problem with the ASDA machines and if it ever says "unexpected item in the bagging area" I usually just pick said item up and place it back down again. I've had a few problems where an item I am attempting to scan doesn't exist in the database and requires an assistant to swap into cashier mode and enter some random text for the item, drop it into the bagging area, have the machine complain that the item is unexpect (as it weighs more than 0), swipe his card thingy to authorise it anyway. On the whole I find the ASDA checkout machines to be a joy to use - though you need to watch the assistants because they haven't learned yet that a voucher is considered payment and while scanning a voucher will give you a nice beep, suggesting the machine has accepted it - it won't actually do anything with the voucher unless you hit "finish and pay" and then hit vouchers and then scan it.
The only issue I have with the ASDA machines is that I go a lot a quicker than they do - for instance by the time I have hit "finish and pay" and placed my card in the reader - it's only just starting to tell me about payment options, by the time I have hit "credit/debit card" and entered my pin number - it's only just telling tell me "insert your card into the card reader" I then get held up because I don't want cashback - but I can't go any further until the machine stops speaking and then asks if I want it :/
Tesco on the other hand.... if you hit "start" or scan an item and it takes more than 5 seconds to respond... you are in for a long arduous shopping "experience"
Still - after all that's been said - look on the bright side.... they could be worse..... they could be voice activated.....
Re: Fandroid freetards (nonsensical comment makes no sense)
Exactly.... oh but except:
1) It was always a free app anyway so the freetard comment is pointless
2) The app has been leaked at least a week before the official launch - BY AN OFFICIAL BBM TESTER (ie this is completely the fault of Blackberry)
3) If the leaked app was causing issues on launch day - they should of disabled it as soon as it started causing problems (or even as soon as they noticed an outdated version hitting their servers) - not nearly 36 hours later (note that after they claimed the leaked version was a problem and they would be disabling it - it was still active for almost another day)
4) Those people who had access to the latest leak (there was more than one version of the app leaked) claimed it was a major battery hog - within hours of the official app being released - people would of been slating the app for shocking battery performance and rating it very low.
Anybody who knows anything about PR doublespeak knows they chose to blame the leaked APK for the roll out being stalled - but the reality is they just weren't ready at the time they said they would be - if they were - why halt the iPhone rollout, sure halt the Android rollout - that's where the supposed problem lies - but halting the iPhone rollout has nothing to do with the Android version of the app.
One guy in the queue brandished a phone that doesn't officially exist yet
"One chap we met in the queue, 28-year-old software engineer Ajeya, brandished a Nexus 5 he intended to replace with an iPhone 5s. He'd moved from an iPhone to Android, found an HTC One unsatisfactory and decided to come back."
Wow! Lucky guy has he sold his doesn't-actually-exist-yet-officially Nexus 5? I can think of quite a number of people who would like to get hold of that.....
Unless of course what you meant to say was Nexus 4 - in which case, I have one of those already.
My Aunty has had a telephone line for a good 25 years in my hometown, she pays for the phone bill by getting stamps at the post office. There has never been a problem with payment in the 25 years she has been with them. Recently she experienced a problem with the phone line and BT agreed to come out and have a look at what was going on - and gave the usual speech about "if the problem is found to be your fault you need to pay us" - so they come out and determine the issue to be with the Master Socket - which apparently has been getting damp because it is screwed to the window frame, so they fix the issue by relocating and replacing the master socket, about a week later she gets a bill for £92 because according to BT the problem was her fault. She still paid the phone bill but refused to pay the charge for the engineer and wanted to speak to someone about it, apparently this prompted a payment query to be raised with the advice that someone would get back to her. After another few weeks BT informed my 76 year old Aunty that she had been cut off for non-payment. So there you have it - 25 years of being a loyal customer and paying promptly means diddly squat. A family member eventually paid the engineer charge and her service has been reconnected - but she is still trying to fight the charge. As far as I know - the Master Socket is deemed as BT property and therefore if something goes wrong with it - it is not a customer problem, if the problem with the socket was due to it's position - then they should never have mounted the socket in that location 25 years ago :/ In short - the problem was on BT's side of the system.
I'm torn between 2 episode as my favourite.....
Friendface for obvious reasons - was a brilliant episode but I think it might have to be my second favourite with "don't be silly the internet doesn't weigh anything" as my absolute favourite....
be honest.... who hasn't considered putting a flashing light on a box and trying to convince someone that the box *is* the internet??
Anyway I digress - I'm happy about the news - I just hope it doesn't turn out to be as much a disappointment as the Red Dwarf reboot.....
30 kids out of 1500+ and they correlate that seeing pictures on social networks?
It has nothing to do with packets being visible in shops, nothing to do with branding, nothing to do with seeing people on TV and in films smoking - I've been arguing this point for years. It's also nothing to do with seeing pictures of their friends smoking on social network sites - it's seeing their friends smoke IN REAL LIFE while they are physically in the company of their friends that does it, additionally seeing family members smoking, extended family members etc etc
1.9% of respondents have tried a cigarette by April 2011 and this is a landmark revelation?
Personally I think Samsung have missed the point completely.
(except for Apple users) no-one will want to buy a watch that requires that they use a specific brand or model of phone.
e-ink is clearly the way to go with smart watches, though I must say the qualcomm mirasol display looks pretty nice.
My requirements for a smart watch are small -
* waterproof (not just splash proof or water resistant)
* visible in strong sunlight (though not necessarily direct sunlight)
* able to work as a watch when it loses connectivity with the paired phone - because I don't have my smartphone within 10 metres of me 24/7
* works with most / all Android phones and if you want to increase market share - iOS too.
I see - so it was actually illegal then when Freeview first launched and walking into Comet to buy a freeview box (which they did actually have in stock) customers were persuaded that it would suit everyone much better if they left the store with a sky contract instead?
And when freesat (not the sky version) launched, Comet told people they needed a new dish - even though I protested that I already had a sky minidish and I was happy to use that and they said "it uses different frequencies and you cannot just re-use an existing sky dish" and I told them they were lying - they then of course feigned total innocence - but just as I was leaving I heard them using the same line on another potential customer.
Not exactly bait and switch (as they had the product in stock) - but they certainly had no intention of actually selling me what I wanted.
We bought a masterclock off eBay - it's info plate says it started running on the 1st December 1946, clever little marvel of engineering. It sends a pulse of electrickery around the house and theatre every 30 seconds which drives all the slave clocks forward by 30 seconds, where does it get it's electrickery from? The fire alarm battery which as it is only sounding 1 horn, will quite happily sound the horn for a good 12 - 16 hours (and probably more but that's the longest we have run it without feeling an intense need to pull it off the wall and jump on it) In a power failure - all the clocks keep perfect time! YAY
Also - when emergency lighting is as cheap as it is now-a-days - there is no excuse for people not to start putting it in their houses (like at the top of staircases) - approx £15-20 from TLC Direct
I too have to admit to having done this.... Not sure why I thought it would be cool, but then I also own a binary clock too.... (with blue LED's so bright that it's near enough impossible to tell just how many dots are actually lit up from 10 metres across the room)
SBC is my local authority - I hope to god SBC get away without a fine, we don't want any tax rate increases thank you very much!
First - Google were already collecting real-time road information from anyone running Google Maps - how else do you think they provided the traffic overlay for the last several years?
Second - TomTom are still a big competitor in the UK - and also collect the whereabouts, speed and direction of every TomTom user (who runs a TomTom unit with the traffic subscription via Sim Card)
What a bunch of intolerant wankers!
Wow - all these people who are moaning that *other people* use the internet when they go away on holiday?!
I find it fascinating that they are calling people sad for requiring access to global communications when vacationing - but the telling part is how they are all bleating the same tune "you go on holiday to get away from work" - yes.... yes we do - but here is a secret you might not of heard..... the internet..... is for MORE than just work *gasp* yes that is right - there are all sorts of non work related stuff you can do on the internet!
As well as planning your following day, researching the best spots to visit etc - the internet can also be used for entertainment - sites like Netflix (other streaming video services also exist) - and what about people like me? I suffer from Panic Attacks, they are not regular and I cannot predict when I might get one, however I prefer to go online and speak to some of my friends in different timezones - instead of waking up the family when I get one, sometimes no-one is online - in which case I will read the latest tech news - anything to get my mind off the panic attack.
But of course all you high and mighty people don't consider that people use the internet for more than reading emails, and as far as you are concerned - holidays should be completely devoid of any form of technological communication medium - you will of course be the very same people who claim to be liberally minded and tolerant of others, and yet - here you are displaying exactly the opposite mindset.
Re: A slightly different problem
It's effectiveness is crap -
My Nexus 4 and 7 both randomly decide that it might be fun to suddenly disconnect from my Network with 5 bars of signal and re-connect to a friends over the road (and down a bit) with a whole 1 bar of signal.... It will then stay connected to the network until either it loses signal or I toggle WiFi off and on - in both cases it will immediately reconnect to my network.
However - this is NOT an Android 4.3 problem - I've had these problems since Android 2.2 - and I know I'm not alone.
As for random resets or other reported bugs with 4.3 - no thanks, my Nexus 4 and 7 are both perfectly happy on 4.3 not had a single problem with it (aside from the wifi one I just mentioned) -
In any case - you might have missed the news - but a bug fix for most reported problems is currently on it's way to all Nexus devices OTA
Of further interest is that *some* users documents are unavailable and that iMessage is down....
Does this mean iMessage has now become important enough that it warrants real time access for the authorities? (remember BBM during the London riots)
Quantum Computing is demonstrating that science is not very far away from trivially breaking even the strongest available encryption methods - I don't know what resources the NSA have access to - but I'd imagine - if there exists a possibility of breaking any current encryption - they probably have access to it.
As for storing a VM snapshot on a removable disk.... Words fail me as to how much of an incredibly stupid idea that is - at that point you might as well just be carrying a physical computer.
I agree with a few commenters above - the best solution is to generate a lot of garbage - encrypted emails, encrypted files etc - BUT - it really requires a concerted effort - a few people doing that will likely just piss of the NSA/GCHQ and you will end up being carted off somewhere for questioning - remember - as far as they are concerned - if you are encrypting stuff - you must be up to no good.
As the old saying goes "safety in numbers"
Requesting passwords to encrypted files does not in any way provide any proof that the NSA/CGHQ can or cannot trivially decrypt those files with no passwords.
If they have the ability to brute force their way in - that's still going to take time, possibly longer than they are allowed to detain you. Having passwords handed to them allows them to quickly evaluate if you are a threat or not, if you don't provide passwords you will be considered a threat and I'm sort of 98% certain - they will get into your files anyway.
Most people could be accused of having a grasshopper mind, and this is basically true - unless you see the letter and repeat it over and over and over again to yourself while in the MRI - there is a good chance the actual thought of the letter would exist for a tiny tiny fraction of a second. It's sort of already proven that more advanced technology that is in development (and that actually works) can easily be scuppered by simply not following the rules:
Machine Operator: "Now Mr potential Murderer, we want you to lie in this here brain scanner and replay how you murdered your next door neighbour in your head, over and over again 50 times"
Potential Murdered: "OK" (In head, humming - "oh I do like to be be beside the seaside".......)
....some time later....
Machine Operator: "No, he couldn't of done it - he was at the seaside according to the machine"
Kyle probably unplugged it for a few seconds, and then plugged it back in -
Re: I'm not saying it was hackers but...
Don't know why you have been downvoted - they have obviously missed the reference - let me just say "Crash Override" :)
I assume those making death threats / threatening to rape family are not going to be arrested then?
That's a shame......
To those claiming that you cannot dictate what language must be used to take advantage of an API, I agree completely - however on the TOS page for YouTube it also clearly says:
"access any portion of any YouTube audiovisual content by any means other than use of a YouTube player or other video player expressly authorized by YouTube;"
Google claim that the Microsoft implementation does not always show the adverts that are specified by the content creator, Microsoft claim this is a Google problem - and Google claim Microsoft need to use HTML5.
Is it perhaps possible that whatever built-in video playing mechanism that the Windows Phone OS provides, does not in fact provide the necessary abilities for things like interactive adverts that YouTube uses which could be Google's insistence on HTML5 (and also upgrading the browser)
Ah here we go with the usual "selling your data" bollocks - I really don't understand how generally technically IT literate people can suddenly turn into morons at the drop of the hat.
To "sell your data" implies that they exchange your data for money - but that just doesn't happen, what actually happens is they provide advertisers with a way to target potential customers with a fine grained set of options, the advertisers however never ever actually see your data - Google processes your information and shows you an advert if the data they have on you matches the specified options for the advert.
If you really believe actual real people are sifting through your personal information, giggling at some photos that were taken of you while you were drunk, I'd strongly advise that you unplug from the internet and choose a profession outside the IT industry.
Surely the infringing company could get around this by doing something like creating a peer2peer video network - they could even rent access to the network to other infringing companies. As for who is responsible and could be sued - if the FAPL specifically stated that "this IP address is not shared with anyone else" then they have wilfully negligent - it's not hard to see that the IP address does not belong to the infringing site:
resolves to http-redirection-d.dnsmadeeasy.com.
oh look - that address resolves to http://www.dnsmadeeasy.com/ which is a MANAGED DNS service, which provide DNS for thousands of sites.... yep - we'll just block them - because they won't cause any problems at all...... wankers!
I wonder did FAPL actually try contacting DNSMadeEasy - maybe reading this page http://www.dnsmadeeasy.com/policies/ which clearly states
"Transmission, distribution or storage of any material in violation of any applicable law or regulation is prohibited. This includes, without limitation, material protected by copyright, trademark, trade secret or other intellectual property right used without proper authorization, and material that is obscene, defamatory, constitutes an illegal threat, or violates export control laws." is prohibited
Re: But what about...
Those of us who actively use Google+ do so to find new people who share our existing interests and also to find new interests that we hadn't necessarily thought of before, people who use Facebook (in general) do so to whinge about their latest woes, post pics of their babies and pester you to play yet another crappy game that can't be played unless you have pester all your friends to join.
5 different handsets (mine, partners and friends) have been experiencing signal drop-out all day! It's not new though - the signal has been randomly disappearing sometimes for a few hours and sometimes a few days - for at least a few months - it might even be longer.
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