2010 posts • joined 30 Sep 2009
What does it do?
I thought it was saying something else; if I find a distressed stranger wearing one of these bracelets, I touch it with MY phone and it contacts their relatives or a care agency. Then what? I dunno, they read my location, they phone me back, we discuss the ransom money...... (joking).
....I think last year's Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro 700T is a tablet with 64-bit Windows, on an Intel i5 CPU, with 4 GB RAM.
64 bit, why would you?
I think the spec sheet for the processor says that it's 64 bit capable and can address 4 GB RAM, but this tablet only has 2 GB. As far as I know, there was and is no point in installing 64-bit Windows unless you have at least 4 GB RAM: it won't do anything that the 32-bit version won't do. At least, not anything that you want to do on a personal computer or a tablet. So, if they can fit more RAM into this thing, then maybe 64-bit Windows is a reasonable option.
I mean: is there a more secure version of Flash Player for 64-bit?
Presumably SSD is a better grade than USB stick?
I assume that SSD is built more robustly than USB memory, and also has higher performance. For instance, "wear levelling" logic extends the useable life of your memory.
Also, the cost of a larger installed storage option to the end-user is liable to be more than the difference in cost of two storage devices. System builders make a profit.
However, your prices for USB memory seem to me too-good-to-be-true. Maybe that's wholesale and you get a truckload of them. Or maybe they're fakes; it happens.
I'm kind of puzzled that no one seems to be offering non-binary unit sizes on SSD. I've got a tablet with 64 GB, I don't need 128 but I could have used 96. (Of course you don't actually get a power of two as the capacity. I don't know all the details of why.) Now I guess they don't need to sell a 96 GB unit, I could just fit a 64 GB and a 32 GB side by side - if there's room in my device - and format them as one if I want to. But usually there isn't room.
Attract men with large breasts
I think I don't currently have and in fact don't quite correctly remember two spam messages whose title struck me as amusing, but my brain insists that that was one of them. But it may not have been.
The other one was or wasn't "Do you want lager breasts?"
Is it OK to find "Attract men with large breasts" funny? I know they're around.
http://www.cracked.com/article_17270_100-unintentionally-hilarious-spam-subject-lines.html actually covers sender name as well as subject line.
I recently got one that said "We are (heir-hunting investigating company), did you have a relative with the same surname as you?" As of this year, as far as I know I do not - it is a good name though, isn't it?
I decided to pass it on to its e-mail hosting company (MyNet.com in, I dunno, Turkey or somewhere), the apparently genuine British heir-hunting agency, and the large Russian finance house with a London office, whose names were being abused - although it may happen all the time.
http://www.snopes.com/fraud/advancefee/inherit.asp is the scam, although my version only had point 1, and I think that page turned up in Google with the three words phrase that struck me as characteristically odd in the e-mail text, beginning with the word "standard". I thought it might be the actual name of a process and I was curious, but it seems only to appear here. Which is handy for looking it up.
I think I got an abbreviated one because then it isn't immediately clear that this is what it is. Unless you look it up to see if it's a well known spam.
Re: Wot no Fan Death?
Maybe that's why the "Off" function gets a long description - it's talking about "Fan Death" and/or explaining that the device turns off itself and/or explaining the term "Dead Man's Switch" fantastically tactfully.
How the bloody hell does the fact that a software author is no longer selling his work become incidental to a discussion of just ripping him off and copying it onto your device anyway?
I hope that he had the foresight to include a "trojan mode" into unlicensed copies that wipes the bootlegger's device to factory settings.
"Kobo will launch a new version of its online store in late May that will be accessible from Kobo devices directly" - presumably you mean "accessible from Sony Reader devices", or do I misunderstand?
Re: A few who immediately spring to mind
If we're talking about [Carry On Screaming], Oddbod's behaviour towards women was... I suppose that for him "unreconstructed" is not the right word. But in a Carry On film, that didn't stand out much.
According to the title of the latest movie, it's
"I, Frankenstein" - although it seems to say that Adam only takes the name in the last scene.
"Not one for the critics", says mark Kermode, a critic.
It's like a touchscreen,
except that the picture doesn't change!
Research 7 years ago that hasn't changed the orthodox view... I'm not sure whether to believe it.
My experience includes RSI - I'm tapping this on a touchscreen upright in front of me now, using FITALY - and a certain amount of pain from computing in various alternative postures before this arrangement.
Orienting the spine vertically isn't all that you have to do to achieve orthodox good posture. You also need to straighten your spine by basically lifting your head straight up vertically from your customary round-shouldered slouch, - according to a physiotherapist I knew.
So maybe they didn't do that.
Re: As for another King product -
Mr. Shakespeare's witches are acknowledged, but they are evil, basically uniform, mostly without cats as far as I remember, and originally played by male actors - which also is acknowledged. Their boy player analogues in the play in [Wyrd Sisters] are arrested by mistake, and Sir Terry's witches take their places on stage, with dramatic consequences.
The idea that spooky women may be maiden, mother, or crone and come in threes has precedents, but I considered that His Pratchettude had innovated by teaming up one of each type, and in other ways. But I'm not a lawyer.
As for another King product -
On Usenet newsgroup alt.fan.pratchett we were recently discussing whether the witches depicted in the "Bubble Witch Saga" game are a rip-off of the specific portrayal of three reasonably good witches in Terry Pratchett's comedy fantasy novels [Wyrd Sisters] and so forth.
I haven't played the game, but from the description, the witches don't really do anything. They just stand there looking in their cauldon. And all of them have cats, which Terry Pratchett's witches don't except for one - but the Bubble Witch that resembles Nanny Ogg has a cat that resembles Greebo. I take it that the cats don't do anything either.
Re: I'm not sure about this
Evidently, Canada considers that it is inappropriate for Google to use your prior interest in a medical issue to send you ads, and I'm prepared to accept that that's right. I might want to show the computer screen to my mother. On the other hand, it might not be my own medical issue. Nevertheless, as their national anthem says, "Go, Canada!"
I suppose it doesn't help the rest of the world, though. Or at best "maybe".
Re: I've got the power...
Maybe it can be made to run by burning the sugar as fuel. Or by piezoelectricity each time you blink. I think this may be a not-solved detail but it looks like there's a metal ring around the lens that probably receives electrical energy by induction as well as being the radio antenna.
Famously, Google employees (or some of them) get to spend some time working on anything that they think it cool (and is approved), whether it can end up making money or not. I think that's where this comes from and where it is.
But, yes, it probably could also go with the Google Glasses - but they're not on general sale either.
Re: Proving His Enemies Right... ExCUSE me?
As far as I can tell, this is any USB peripheral modified to include hacking into the PC and transmitting data out by radio. How it works at a range greater than most Wi-Fi from a receiver puzzles me.
So it looks like a USB memory stick, but once you plug it in, it does other things too, e.g. install itself as a "keyboard" that types in messages from the NSA.
By the way: I'm not mad. Well, not mentally ill. I am annoyed.
Chemist, I don't quite understand what you said. But my understanding of a fuel cell is that it's like an electricity generator without moving machinery, or like a battery that you top up with the necessary chemical so that the battery isn't exhausted. Fuel goes in - hydrocarbon for instance - and electricity and a chemical waste product (such as harmless water) comes out. This is the first that I've heard of a box where you can also put electricity in and basically get fuel out - not just like an ordinary battery where the chemicals are sealed inside, but you can draw it out of the reaction cell and keep it in a big tank.
I don't dismiss the problem of running it at 40 degrees, but maybe next they will invent one that doesn't have that problem - or some clever way to make it better, like James Watt's condenser. Or just keep it in a vacuum flask.
Superconductors are temperature sensitive too, but people are still interested in those.
This sounds like basically a fuel cell that is rechargeable, which is pretty cool. Well, 40 degrees isn't cool.
You have commercial products aren't buggy? Where can I buy them?
This appears to be the only Register entry that mentions Spherix. Wikipedia doesn't have an article on Spherix, but claims that it was founded by a NASA engineer who believes that life was discovered on Mars and I suppose he thinks it was hushed up. Trying to find out more about Spherix from the Wikipedia article leads to a mystery PDF downloading at me, dated last September. What the hell is going on here?
Is Spherix a virus?
Re: couldn't the SPs block by location?
Operators probably can detect that a phone is inside a prison and isn't on the whitelist, but why should they? I assume there isn't a law that makes it their responsibility. If there was, then we wouldn't be discussing the problem.
Copyright breach anyway?
Aren't all modern songs lyrics web sites publishing someone's copyrighted text without authorisation?
I mean, yes, I use 'em, and I use Google to find 'em, but, still.
They also very often have wrong lyrics, but I don't think that's a defence.
And, chances are, they have a page for the lyrics of "Bob The Builder" that says, "If you know the lyrics of Bob The Builder, please type them in for us here." Or, if not Bob The Builder, then some other song that you were looking up.
Some addresses are guessable.
If you know that Robert Carnegie works at SomeOrganisation, then you can try,
Or, try common names at random - if it's a large organisation, then some of them will hit. Mail administrators: add a short random number to each user's address, to avoid this, as well as for when two or more colleagues have the same name.
Technically you could send your complaint to the large organisation that leaked your e-mail address by that means, but I'm not clear if that would be illegal too. Does sending an e-mail to someone that you have no particular reasonable right to contact, count as Computer Misuse?
Re: Who needs presets on a DAB radio?
I've got two Pure Evoke 3 - quite expensive - and a now-broken Revo Pico or something, each of which can or could record to SD card. But (1) not SDHC and (2) oddly, the larger the card capacity, the longer the set spends twiddling its thumbs before it starts recording. Default file names are DAB001.MP2, DAB002.MP2, etc. I don't see proper recording on any of the current sets, which I don't quite understand. Maybe Microsoft's terms or rules for licensing FAT. Pure has a "Listen Later" function on some radios but you can't take it out apparently. Or record more than one thing.
I also have a little Technika - Tesco - DAB set that runs on two AA batteries and plays through headphones. Off-the-shelf rechargeable batteries last for several hours.
Oh yes - presets: on the Technika I think I can only include or disinclude DAB stations on a Favourites list, and set FM presets which I can only navigate in order; on the Evoke, I have a remote control, and in order to select favourite stations quickly, I set stations in presets 11, 22, 33, 44, up to 99 - a single number means that the radio waits a while for a second number to be pressed, a doubled number obviously is quick.
I think the point is that this device category is in transition from science-fiction nonsense to just a normal thing - granted, a normal thing that you're currently not allowed to use in a car or in a restaurant. And the price still isn't normal either, and I don't know how well it works with real spectacles. But we can see from here the time when a gadget like this is just something that you buy in a computer store if you want it, if there are still computer stores. Maybe all you have to do is watch a TV ad for it and nod. (Now -there's- a bad idea, one that Douglas Adams already had in his novel [Life, The Universe, And Everything].
Peter Skellern and Richard Stilgoe
Performing as a comedy piano song duo.
Richard Stilgoe - I think it was this way around - launches into a parody of a big hit of Skellern's.
"This is the Ladies' - I'm a man,
Where am I - supposed to stand"
Skellern, judging by the sound, slams the piano lid on Stilgoe's fingers.
Re: Better Idea
I think the economy would work pretty well if shares could only be bought and sold once a week. Any faster than that is just gambling, and either burning money or else giving it to people who haven't done any work to earn it.
I'm not sure if that also gets rid of the sort of trading where you make money by driving a stock down and a perfectly good company out of business.
Standing on a Segway flying drone...
That's the way to do it - get up there yourself, give chase, and pot the bugger from astern. Although technically this may fall outside the definition of "drone".
Also there's the risk of being shot oneself by another drone hunter, preferably by mistake.
Now, where's my flying Segway? ...oh, -not- a first... no surprise, I suppose.
They could probably patch that hole
as long as it doesn't hit somebody's vital organ.
"Each day, gravity pulls the International Space Station, or ISS, a little closer to Earth."
Er - I suppose yes, but really that's atmospheric drag. So, stuff in that orbit doesn't -stay- in that orbit.
The Kessler thing happens in the film [Gravity], so is that for real? I thought it was not credible.
Er... "download our virus" is a good advertisement tactic?
For downloading a virus, you probably will indeed be excused attendance at the office for an indefinite period of time.
Re: supporting our troops
I think I understand from snopes.com that patriots, such as cafe and restaurant owners, are expected to support the troops by letting them use services without charging, and are liable to be abused by those troops or by their own neighbours for behaving any different, in a series of incidents. Or, if you really want to send somebody to hell, spread a rumour that they once refused a serviceman service.
Also, cops, donuts.
Re: all the packs look the same
In the UK, I gather that fake label rolling tobacco exists but the untaxed cigarettes are usually the legitimate manufacturer's product, shipped overseas (at least the paperwork says so) to a market where it isn't taxed, then falling instead into the hands of British smokers who can't believe their good luck.
Maybe not every legitimate manufacturer - I think there are several, not as many as there are brands. It is kind of Left Twix, Right Twix.
So, anyway, Australian cigarette pirates are ripping off the customer, in comparison.
But, of course,
Before you install this on your server, you should back up. ...Hmm.
I thought the usual method was
you allege that your enemy was caught using pornography, whether they were or not. Easier.
With the tools of the NSA, you can also -put- porn on your enemy's computer, or buy It using a credit card in their name.
And of course you can do this stuff to domestic politicians or social activists as well. Animal welfare investigators, etc.
Re: How is this a tablet?
It's a touchscreen and as far as I can see, out of the box it's just a touchscreen - and Google speech recognition, probably. You can put on a keyboard and mouse but they aren't included. Hence, apparently, it's an "Enormo-Slab". Or, if you use it for telephony, a "Phlablet".
Can you put GPS on it with a USB GPS accessory? Just speculating. Probably not.
I don't think that the EU has ruled against any proposed UK regulation yet. A BBC web site report in February says "E-cigarettes are currently classed as a general consumer product and regulated by trading standards. It means they cannot contain hazardous chemicals, for example, and that the battery in them must meet EU standards."
I exhale water vapour without the assistance of any such device, as is apparent on cold days. Vapour exhaled from the mouth that's visible indoors presumably is the Vaseline or whatever it is that you mix your flavour in.
Presumably the device could be miniaturised and worn inside the mouth or nose for more discreet drug-taking.
Nicotine is an addictive drug, has undesirable side effects, and is a poison, being used as such in some Agatha Christine stories, so making you get a limited quantity for personal use from the chemist sounds like a good idea to me. Apart from limited medical applications, and some neurological effects for which getting a good night's sleep would probably be just as good, I'm not sure what the good of it is.
According to sci-fi author Joe Haldeman, but Dallas Barr never actually advertised the product. Come to think, he didn't mention using it either... mind you, his girlfriend had had a hysterectomy, and they had both been cleaned up at the Stileman hospital. She was a Mafia nun... in my opinion, more people should read Haldeman...
Re: I'd like to see...
In [The Sarah Jane Adventures], K-9 - once retrieved from the black hole of being separately licensed for his own cartoon show - has some interesting mutually disrespectful conversations with "Mr. Smith", the super-computer brain, scanner, and analyser installed in the attic, and voiced by Alexander Armstrong.
"Mr. Smith" is normally concealed, but opens out with a musical fanfare and, probably, a couple of brawny stage hands behind the scenes pulling big levers. Viewers are left uncertain whether the fanfare is audible to characters in the show or is just background music. In fact, it is audible to characters in the show.
Oh, and "Mr. Smith" turned out to be evil at the end of season one, but was reprogrammed.
Re: re. @Number10gov
According to these stories,
the, er, meat of the story is that until 2009 - at which time Gordon Brown was Prime Minister, so settling that point as well - "@Number10gov automatically followed anyone who followed the account", and, for that reason, until now was still following 370,000 accounts.
I think it was in Metro and a bit early in the morning for correct interpretation of the news that I thought I saw a garbled version of this story which just implied that Gordon Brown subscribed to the friendly ladies.
I think someone else said that the friendly ladies don't do any tweeting and so presumably they just have an account in order to keep track of potential clients, which makes subscribing to No 10 a bit cheeky, if that's what happeneed.
As a thought experiment - would you go out with me for £100?
I'm assuming that you're not a woman, but the calculation that you make should be the same, regardless.
By the way, I've been meaning to comment for a while on the practice of describing one or another demeaning task being performed by "an out of work actor". If the demeaning task is the sort of thing that Julian and Sandy used to get up to on [Round the Horne] - they ran a different fly-by-night business every week, such as law - "We have a criminal practice that takes up most of our time" - then yes, but if the demeaning task is in fact acting, then that isn't an out of work actor, because this is them working.
Re: Security and Ethics
I don't fully understand the technicalities, but it seems to me that the key that he was compelled to surrender might not itself allow him to read his users' e-mail, but if he intended to crack that, using NSA-type resources, it would help, a lot.
How is it anything but creepy that they photograph every envelope that they deliver to anyone in the country? Including presumably lawyers and police and such.
I don't think it means a double blind test or anything.
Probably just that some patients were treated with the anti venom and some were not, and he thinks that it didn't make much difference.
That isn't the highest standard of test because we don't know why some people got the stuff and not others. Maybe some hospitals don't have it. Or maybe they only give it to you if they can't find somebody to suck the poison out of the wound. But if they give it to you when you start turning yellow (I'm totally speculating), and not everyone does that, then maybe it is the difference between turning yellow, or turning yellow and dying. Nobody dies whether they got the stuff or not, since anyone who needed it got it, and this doctor decides it has no effect.
Awkward if you're Chinese but we won't go into that..
is the title of Woody Allen's film of 1971 that featured an "Execusisor" executive exercise workstation.
This is called LifeSpan? Really?
I think I like TrekDesk a lot better, for completely wrong reasons. That could be an order, Mr. Spock.
Harold Saxon and a strange anti-Doctor conspiracy had already appeared in present-day Britain by the time we saw Derek Jacobi. Regenerating into John Simm was the surprise reveal.
In a behind-the-scenes programme, Derek Jacobi said, without mentioning alternative commitments, that he'd have relished spending more time being evil as The Master. But the plan was to Simm him.
And it wouldn't be a surprise if we could see it was him all along. I suppose he could have teamed up with the Slitheen this time and got a human skin costume of his own - but the Slitheen had already had one go (actually successful, briefly) at taking over the British government. And there's, er, the gas problem.
I hesitate to say to that,
There was the phrase but I don't think it is public property - "Splendid chap - all of them."
Five rounds rapid in honour of the dear memory of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart.
Apparently the gearbox lady's problem wasn't that she was not waiting for reverse gear - she could have done that. The problem was that the diagnosis was wrong and the advice was wrong, she just had a rubbish gearbox. Presumably she was happy with the replacement she eventually got.
It's not a backdoor. It's a door.
If every Linux server running SSH has this vulnerability, THAT'S a backdoor - an alternative access mechanism that bypasses the authentication on the front door.
This is a botnet. Of one machine.
She married The Doctor as well, is there a box for that?
- Vid Hubble 'scope snaps 200,000-ton chunky crumble conundrum
- Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?
- Windows 8.1 Update 1 spewed online a MONTH early – by Microsoft
- Google offers up its own Googlers in cloud channel chumship trawl
- Something for the Weekend, Sir? Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?