3251 posts • joined 12 Oct 2009
Bing which is letting internet users down
Mind you MS is like a child compared to the wizened, wise Google. And the results show it.
We host copies of MS software ...
on one of our web sites. We keep them ether so employees can re-install software when travelling.
For some reason MS thinks the DCMA applies outside the continental USA.
Love those threatening letters.
Americans protecting America from American greed
Just the American government fighting off the competition, such a wonderful upholder of the WTO trade agreements. NOT
What are they going to use instead? Made in China Cisco products? They need to get real, the greedy Western companies sold out IP rights and handed them to Chinese manufacturers in return for the opportunity to reap outrageous profits.
Look at Apple. It couldn't get Americans to assemble iCrap, only Asian skills can.
The US government uses commercial blackmail to promote American products. Don't buy GM seeds, or we'll block your food product shipments.
Buy Chinese aircraft and you'll have trouble getting FCC approval.
Look at the rare earth industry. The US had the world's nuts in it's hands and the the automobile company that owned it sold the outfit to China. Now the US has lost control it is using every 'diplomatic' to lever the Chinese into selling it more.
Guess they will have to wait for the Japanese to dig up more in northern VietNam before things improve.
The US doesn't like it when they are on the wrong side of a problem. Too bad, they are so of the asleep at the wheel.
The US has an employment problem. And whose fault is that - the Romney types who sold the American jobs to China so he could make more money.
And on and on.
Anyone who has visited India ...
would winder on what basis they call the fluid flowing in river beds 'water'.
They wash in the rivers, defecate in the rivers and, as a parting gift, they throw dead bodies and cremation ashes in the river.
Maybe that is the source of 'India Ink'?
Last time I heard ...
Tamils inhabited, or at least used to until they were exterminated, Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon.
Freedom of speach means the good, the bad and the evil.
Bl oody Plod enforcing the Nanny state, again.
Far better, and cheaper, to request posts in extreme bad taste be discretely removed by the social web site and the Username deleted.
The results are the same but the free publicity for the poster is removed.
Of course this particular dummy should have used his brain and created a new Username at an InterNet cafe and he would have a Sunday at home.
This very much like the blow the airport up incident, he chose the wrong target (Heathrow was better) and all that legal claptrap that followed.
Words of ignorance
"Energy Secretary Ed Davey said that the Government would "consider carefully the implications" of the report, and publish a formal response before the end of the year."
Last week, Ed Davey was reported as saying that it was nothing to worry about and that there was still a 4% 'cushion' ...".
A very, very, stupid man. I livid through a 5-day North American power outage and it was hell, especially considering Canada's system was and the fault lay in the States!
Am I serious?
When I visit countries in the West I practice what I preach and those locals think it is 'excessive'. The first power outage makes people believers.
In Ho Chi Minh a few thousand ...
small generators are nothing compared to 4,000,000+ motorcycles.
Power outages have benefits, too
Living in a country where power frequently goes out, there are definite benefits that accrue from them.
Conservation: Everyone thinks about whether they they need the heater / air-con or whether a plain old fan is sufficient. Never filling a kettle beyond the amount you NEED. Using economy lighting (most of mine are LED now) and always switching the lights off; Using refrigerators in moderation, none of that cold as possible stuff.
Consideration: for others knowing that your wastage might cause them to lose power;
Awareness: That power resources are finite and conservation is not just a word;
Choosing the right appliances: Instant on water heaters, mounted adjacent to the point of use save money big time. Cut out the 'Hollywood' showers (Did you see that Angie Dickinson shower scene!!).
Standby Power: Get yourself a small generator and a can or two of petrol / gas. Make wiring arrangements for easy emergency power switch-overs for essential outlets. Install battery powered emergency lights near stairways and other risky areas.
And don't forget the condoms in North America where power stays on, uninterrupted, for years, birth rates always increase nine-months after the power failure as adults reap the benefits of alternative entertainment during outages.
No Wikipedia entry for them.
Besides, who the hell is Kate Garvey?
Mid-Summer Celebrations ...
are a centuries old celebration, along with Chinese New Tears.
Foxconn surprises me as they are Chinese and they celebrate this festival. The workers only get two visits home annually and for the rest of the year they live in basic dormitories.- not too nice for 18 -26 year olds.
And strikes don't happen without the implied blessing of BeiJing, it's how working conditions get improved without the government getting involved.
All this abuse just to keep Fanbois happy.
Some second leve in FB l ...
selected the initial price.
Re: Bah humbug - simulated picture
Bull! Looks awfully realistic based on my experience.
In China, amazingly CHEAP!
I bought a bunch of 100mW Green laser modules at USD$10.05 each to make me a private 'ighthouse' so I could find my way home - the low tech way using my eyes.
These units are good for at least five kilometres at ground levels.
A friend who on approach, as a passenger, flying our local airport said he could make out our house with ease - even though they were not pointed at the aircraft. He also said he knows when I am fishing!
Ever taken a blue laser from a CD burner? These, when repackaged, can pop balloons at up to 15-20 feet!
There should be legal protection ...
for stupid people.
And the ecology - the glued together, unrepairable iCrap.
Why not put the last nail in the box and leave the worms alone?
You are 'celebrating' Jobs the plagiariser.
He stole / copied:
The 'Apple' logo; the name 'Apple'; the Xerox UI, the mouse; etc., etc.
Wire is just following those who celebrate Jesse James, Doc Watson, even Charles Manson.
John Cleese, of Monty Python fame, said it best forty years ago: This Jobs is no more. It has ceased to be. It's expired and gone to meet its maker. This is a late Jobs. It's a stiff. Bereft of life, it rests in peace. If you hadn't nailed it to the perch, it would be pushing up the daisies. It's rung down the curtain and joined the choir invisible. This is an ex-Jobs
US Security Theatre - a Joke!
The US security theatre is nuts.
A Russian software author can, and has, designed software for US companies and, when this software is installed or sold as packages the software can't be sold back to him!
You must remember the FBI is one of the leading entrapment artists in the US.
Mind you, using clear text messaging is kind of dumb given the numerous encryption packages available.
Remember, a charge is not a conviction, just another round in the US "Let's Make a Deal" legal game.
"4K set’s higher pixel density makes it harder for the eye to detect individual pixels"
Either system will highlight a damaged pixel, be it dead or one colour lost - especially for the myopic (short-sighted) viewer.
A dead pixel is preferable to a missing colour version as the latter advertise their presence by being standouts with differing colours.
I use a wide screen on my PCB layout system and I have one pixel dead and damn annoying it is, too! Finally, I gave it to my daughter and I bought myself a new unit!
Some people think waterproofing is an unnecessary luxury
I have always, wherever possible, bought 'ruggedised' or 'waterproof' versions of portable electronics for in monsoon storms, which I regularly experience, even things in your pockets get soaked, as in dripping wet.
Whenever I see Vietnamese school children calmly walking through shower-like storms, blithely ignoring the rain and wearing nothing but their light school uniforms, I always think they must have fish-like qualities.
Every storm sees people with iThingies and other smartphones who forgot their 'baggies' lose motherboards to rain. They don't even think to switch them off! Of course Apple aficionados are well and truly screwed as their batteries cannot be removed! Another sale for Apple.
One way to recover from a soaking
A wet cell phone, IF promptly switched off, AND THE BATTERY REMOVED can be recovered. With luck.
After shaking all the surplus water from the cell, you wrap the unit in kitchen wipe type paper then place it in a sealed glass jar such as a used instant coffee jar, and left for 24-hours.
Then remove the device, discard the paper. Either dry the rice on a flat plate on a low setting in a microwave oven or use fresh, dry rice.
After thoroughly dried repeat the 24-hour drying cycle AND ONLY THEN try powering the cell up. I have recovered several this way.
I also use silicon grease (from professional electronic suppliers - used in two-way radio antenna work) around ALL opening in a smartphone case. Even around rotating controls.- always preferable to get a little grease on your hands than lose a handset.
Laptops and Netbooks
Thank goodness for turkey sized plastic bags (or small garbage bags) as they are your protection for larger portable devices. Often double-bagging is needed to really get protection.
The HSBC SecureKey is allegedly waterproof - news,it isn't unless thoroughly dried off before using.
Open Sesame for GCHQ?
Why would anyone trust a UK government agency? This sounds like another backdoor marked GCHQ.
Funny how Cameron has all this money for foreign ventures yet he screams cut, cut, cut at home.
Imagine all those joggers with iThingies strapped to ...
their arms! What a scream, random prints all along their route.
My new Brother printer latches on to anything WiFi or Bluetooth (as well as Ethernet and USB) so I'll have to protect it from passing iThingies.
I saw an Apple owner shaking his thing, after he had dropped it, to see if there as anything loose inside. Whoops, there goes another print command!.
Just how dumb can these patent apps get?
New Zealand needs to check cell systems software
The US NSA claims to be able to tap into any cell system.
The Greek system was compromised a few years back and tracked down to be 'patched' OS software.
There were also three suspicious antennae in the grounds of the US embassy in Athens which could be monitored from a nearby hillside at the time.
At least you can sill whisper to each other, most effective spread-eagled on the ground outside, in the open, directly facing the other party, which renders all forms of monitoring near impossible. Or use Phil Zimmerman's products.
Bunch of civil servants with long arms ...
patting themselves on the back.
The Canadian CRTC (Canadian Radio and Television Commission) are totally ineffective and likely only reacted when someone handed the goods to them on a plate.
At least the American government bites ... hard.
There has to be another "standard"
Apple likes it's very own monopolistic standards, can't have any To, Dick or Sammy having charger that threatens to diminish the Apple market.
You can imagine all manner of Apple 'improvements" that effectively make it impossible to use any charger other than theirs. They did it with USB charging and they had only four contacts to exploit.
I guess Samsung isn't interested in ...
laying claim to the Crappy Map App.
That's Tom Cook's very own baby. And micron-thick anodising on soft aluminium (aluminum, for Americans), because they were too cheap to specify hard aluminium (aluminum), mauve tinted pictures and chipping glass.
Then there's the claim over Passbook, another piece of Apple copyware.
I support Romney, so I don't have to pay taxes
I have decided to join Rooney's 47% non-tac paying fraternity, whether he likes it or not. Then I can claim my free telephone.
I'm not alone, over 2000 households earning USD$1,000,000 plus last year in the US also collected unemployment benefits.
Good place America, regardless of what the Mayans say.
So that's part of the solution, now what about ...
Asia? China, and other countries, have patents, does this mean they are left out swinging on the end of a rope?
Australia has some very interesting patents, New Zealand a few less.
So muh for the Pentagon's very expensive Cyberwarfare department
This Pentagon budget-gobbling outfit was set up to protect the US most secret networks.
Let's hope Congress will have some hearings on what they have done with all that money they were given.
P.S. I love the terminology: "exfiltration" not one of my dictionaries has it.
What a laugh if ...
Google developed a new Android OS using MS sponsored software?
At least MS didn't steal it like they did XML/Word from that Canadian company.
Luckily, I did my ...
Bittorrent search on the night before, and all selected files seem to be OK.
We'll be waiting for your return PB. And to Biden and his Hollywood sponsors, up yours!
Ameranth is Plain Wrong; Apple has ...
every right to copy everyone else's original work. It is their rason d'etre and started with the corporate name and logo. A corporate policy.
They also copied the material used in their travel menu patent but none of the Res systems, or airlines, from whom it was copies, objected.
Only Apple is allowed to sue for triple damages ... it says so.
Another damn Nanny State
The British disease seems to be spreading, the government protects you from cradle to grave.
Censorship of any kind, for any reason, is bad.
Not a problem ...
I never download Japanese stuff, not even the porn and I never visit Japan - I like my fish cooked and I object to them killing whales.
British judges as narrow minded and stupid as Ameican judges
They jail a guy for jokingly saying they should blow up some crap airport operation (why not Heathrow?).
Then another judge locks this poor sucker up for 19-months.
Likely the girls know enough about sex to make D.H. :Lawrence (Lady Chatterly's Lover) blush. Obviouslt the judge doesn't have a teenaged daughter.
What I want ...
is the ability to bock spam SMS text from cell carriers.
They ALWAYS wake me up early on Sundays.
The current apps are no longer working. No problem!
Not that any Apple user would notice, they can't even figure out where the hell they are.
Just like Britain and Canada. NOT NEW ZEALAND though, they.ve got guts.
They also extend their laws outside their countries.
And Britain even helps the US by allowing rendition flights here and loading Brits on to planes for the US.
New Zealand, now there's an example of independence.
The US military has allegedly classified Julian Assange as an "enemy" and the World ...
classifies the US as the largest terrorist organisation in the world.
Given their accuracy with drones, Assange should be safe, but I wouldn't want to be in his vicinity given the Americans penchant for killing innocent people.
Still, Bin Laden still holds the record for the largest US expenditure to kill one man! Remember Tora Bora?
Hopefully, this will put paid to ...
the daily bloody updates they send us.
A real pain.
So much for the vaunted US Cybersecurity!
Once again, the US is vulnerable because it assumed it was more secure than reality.
Same in Pearl Harbour and 2002 - bullshit baffles brains (and politicians). Send in the drones.
Senator Joe Lieberman, the one guy ...
who is an expert on nothing utters more verbal garbage than any other US politician.
Roll on January, he's gone then.
Mosley's kind of stupid for a lawyer
If he had simply shut his mouth the whole thing would have blown away.
If you think Max is bad, go and check out his father's Wikipedia sheet. Talk about keeping his philandering in the family ... Oswald, the notorious Fascist, during one marriage he had an extended affair with his wife's younger sister Lady Alexandra Metcalfe, AND with their stepmother, Grace Curzon.
Unfortunately video cameras hadn't been invented then.
£11.99 you say? Not ...
in Bittorrent versions.
Save trees, don't buy the paper version, it's such a waste when you thorw this formuleic book were it belongs ... in the garbage can.
Politicians protecting crooked politicians and Fascist's sons
Politicians and a guy called Max seem to be the thinnest skinned types around, so obviously this clap-trap is to corneal the evil doings of elected officials and sons of Fascists who like their females in fives.
There should be a provision that excludes any public official, or any person, paid from the public purse from being protected by this legislation.
It should not be used to conceal things that have occurred, as was the case involving the five females with a male dressed in a Nazi uniform. If someone in the public arena wishes to perform certain unusual tricks they should be expected to face any exposure.
Of course, like all attempts at censorship, the UK courts jurisdiction runs out after a few miles at sea and then anything goes. Naturally the House of Commons would remain a potential source of hot gossip.
Not too many as politically brave and honest as NZ's John Key
It would be nigh on impossible to imagine either Cameron or Obama apologising ... for anything.
Obviously the NZ police got carried away when some rock-head FBI type dreamt up this major screw up of several levels of law enforcement.
If this had happened in the USA the FBI would have no doubt had some paid snitch lying about Dotcom having done some reprehensible 'crime'. just as they framed the former US/ UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter. Obama, or at least V-P Biden, bought by Hollywood.
At least people can accept that the NZ government has scruples and stands as a beacon of hope.
I guess Portugal's movie industry can't be that big
In most countries where movie making and records are big business, the industry groups have bought off the politicians (lobbying is a 'nice' word for bribery) and the politicians have dutifully 'honoured' their commitments.
Nice to know some countries haven't sunk as low as America, Britain or Canada.
Virgin did this for public consumption
In my many years in communications I have been involved in telecoms switch-overs from Central Office (telephone 'exchanges'), to civilian toll networks and the military Autovon system and never was one done during so potential users could 'see' it.
Obviously Virgin did it for the publicity, which was both effective and cheap.
Would cure a lot of the world's problems
California is huge, especially when compared to Delaware or Rhode Island, a 4-way split would make the whole mess far more manageable.
Or, if on the Indian/Pakistan border, it could split Kashmir apart from it's warring neighbours.
One problem, everyone, especially children, will have to learn new names for any additional continents formed.
Evening deliveries ... most people are in then.
Day deliveries are bound to disadvantage the two-people working families.
The P.O. could either have evening deliveries; or have a truck parked in a market square for pick-up..
In VietNam, if you include the addressees cell number behind their name, they will send them an SMS!
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