341 posts • joined Friday 23rd October 2009 08:28 GMT
Re: "nothing illegal to be wearing Google Glass"... yet.
..."the law under which Abadie was cited forbids in-vehicle televisions and video screens mounted "at a point forward of the back of the driver's seat." It makes specific exceptions for information displays, GPS systems, mapping displays, and devices solely designed to assist in driving – such as rear-facing closed circuit camera displays – as long as these are installed in the vehicle.
Beyond that, however, the law forbids "any other similar means of visually displaying a television broadcast or video signal that produces entertainment or business applications."
So under the letter of the law, it's as just as equally illegal to use a GPS system running on a smartphone on two counts: 1, the smartphone isn't designed solely to assist in driving and 2, it's also capable of displaying a TV signal etc. But I'm sure doing so isn't practically deemed illegal, so why this?
I can understand skipping every other generation for something like iPhone annual updates, but do you really mean you're going to wait about 15 years between upgrades rather than just a mere 7 or 8 years?
Re: How much faster?
Yes, was wondering exactly the same; unless you already have a spare SSD sitting around, is it not easier to just install a Momentus and let the drive deal with the jigging around of files rather than the OS? Running one of these in my MacBook Pro and one as a boot/primary drive on my Mac Pro and they seem to offer a very good bang/buck compromise.
"it’s hard not to conclude that the face fungus-sporting, suit-wearing and unhinged renegade Time Lord in Patrick Troughton’s swansong, The War Games isn’t actually the Master"
Sorry, I'm still trying to pick my way through this. Surely there's one too many (or few) negatives in there?
"LINKEDIN SNUBS MICROSOFT"?
or just "LinkedIn launches app that doesn't integrate with Exchange just yet but will at some point soon"
Re: And now the world waits...
Mountain Lion: 10.8
Surely even by Apple's own naming convention, this is just a .1 update, not a "new OS"?
Re: Should I truly care???
Was that rant directed at anyone specific, or is it just the online equivalent of the tramp who stands outside our local Tesco's hurling abuse at anyone within shouting distance?
Re: Bang the car, short the battery
At least this doesn't sound as dangerous as a proposal I once saw to transport us around using a system relying on highly volatile fuel, explosions, HT voltages and water.
How much for my Nokia 3310?
Re: It's already too watered down
Indeed, Three now offer use of their networks in all countries where they exist - for example I can use my phone in Sweden or Hong Kong and basically it's as if I was still in the UK with my calls (to UK numbers) and data usage just coming off my monthly allowance, or charged at normal home rates. Why the Oranges, T-Mobiles and Telfonicas can't also do this I don't know, though I suggest it's more a matter of "won't" rather than "can't".
Re: What a bunch of charmers they are to be sure.
Not sure I even get how this is meant to work - so, they can work out that a pirate copy of Star Wars XII that's the most downloaded film on PirateBay originated from a Sony 4K BD player sold in Singapore... then what? Is there going to be a global Big Brother database somewhere that records who owns every single 4K device?
Dear Honorable Freind
Allow my to introduce myself, I am Wami Abdul, the only son of great Mr ABDUL, esteemed program manager of ETV. I have sad news my friend, my father Mr ABDUL is now deceased and I am now I contact with his collegues from ETV who are to eliminate the purchases of my father to store new series of Ethiopia’s got Talent. I pleed very much with them to save OLD EPISODES OF DC WHO but they say tape is expensive and I must pay €50,000 US Dollar to have them. I contact BBC for assist and they will pay owner ONE MILLION POUND DOLLARS but I am poor man with little money to raise to buy these precious tapes having only 10,000. I contact you my friend with proposition that for just your investment of 40,000 I will offer to return NIN HUNDRED THOUSAND EURO from BBC. This is approved and guaranteed under Mr Lord Reith, the head of BBC himself.
We must contact soon to ensure safety of time space adventures
Re: Fondling slabs during takeoff WON'T end in a fireball of death...
I was once sat in the front row of a domestic flight in Italy, with the air hostess sat directly opposite and facing e as we came in to land. Next to me was sat a sweating, overweight passenger whose BO and waistline overflow I'd had the pleasure of sharing for the previous hour. He'd obviously not bothered turning his iPhone off during the flight and with perfect timing, the second the wheels touched down, his phone starting ringing with the (very loud) klaxon ringtone.
The look of sheer terror on the air hostess's face (and presumably other passengers in earshot) was only eclipsed by the look of rage that replaced it about 10 seconds later when she realised where the sound was coming from and although I don't speak Italian, I got the gist that she wasn't thanking him for flying Alitalia.
Sadly, I discovered that my own instant mental association on hearing a klaxon is with an iPhone ringtone, rather than an imminent call to "brace brace brace". Sign of the times, I guess.
What is it with NASA and bad IT security? I remember getting my Commodore 64 modem in 1985/6 second hand, along with a copy of The Hackers Handbook and a printed list of phone numbers, IDs and passwords which was widely circulating at the time. Of all the companies and organisations on there, the only one anyone was really interested in was NASA because, well because it was NASA. So while everyone else was playing Jet Set Willy you were hacking NASA.
MIght need to find that list though and just check it wasn't actually the NSA...
Yet strangely, all the iPhone 5S/C hype that I've been bombarded with over the last few weeks/months didn't come from Apple - it came from The Register.
Re: In fairness...
Do 73 year-olds have teenage angst?
Yes, I wonder if they'll be too distracted to even realize just how superior you are?
Sadly it's all too common for drivers to stuff their cars in hedges at night and get a mate to pick them up with the intention of recovering the car in the morning. Unfortunately they don't tell the police, so when another motorist reports the vehicle the police then have to spend time trying to find the driver and any passengers who might have been injured, but collapsed after leaving the scene . This should include a search of the area (in the middle of the countryside, this could potentially be miles away) and trying the address of the registered keeper (who half the time sold the car 6 months ago), but nearly every time the driver will be at his mates house or having a pint in the pub to calm down.
Of course, on this occasion the initial search wasn't good enough, but it's worth putting a bit of context to it. In flat counties like Norfolk where you have vast rural areas with ditches at the side of the road, this sort of accident happens several times a night and - rightly or wrongly - it's just not practical to call out the dogs, helicopters, search teams etc every time a driver's unaccounted for.
Re: Scaredy cats
Even traditional soldiers tend to do "cowardly" things like hiding behind cover or using armoured vehicles rather than just stand in the middle of the battlefield shouting "come and get me you bastards!" though. The ones who tend to last longer and thus be more effective, that is.
Re: An obvious choice
Yes, interesting - maybe you need the consumer-orientated side to be led by a Gates/Jobs type visionary, and the business customer-focused side of MS put in the hands of a traditional CEO.
Yes, I think Nintendo has reached the point where it's not financially viable to commit to new devices at a price bracket that's going to compete with - for example - an iPod Touch. But there's still money to be made on the licensing front, so Nintendo has to keep the platform alive. Solution? Bring out a no-frills device that plays the games, costs a lot less to make, and sits on its own in a lower retail price bracket that's not going to push it head-to-head with higher segment market leaders.
Re: An obvious choice
Don't know about that - with Ballmer going so many people are crying out for a technologist to replace him, rather than a businessman. Some say that MS's problems of the last decade have been down to being driven by short-term financial performance rather than longer-term technological promise. KT can certainly run the business, but has he got this vision to put MS back where it was under Gates?
Dictating the Trends
Interesting that RFID gets mentioned in the article, it's another example of a tech that hasn't really gained momentum in mobile phones. This is where Apple used to make a difference, for good or for bad. If Steve Jobs saw a struggling technology that he liked, then he'd support and push it and that tech would take off, such was the clout of the iPhone. Of course, if SJ didn't like the tech, then it wasn't supported on the iPhone, which a few years ago was the kiss of death.
However, things have changed now, Apple are no longer calling the shots. We've got Android and even Windows Phone taking big bites out of iPhone's market share and what Apple decides to get behind with its latest iPhone iteration is no longer on the golden ticket it used to be. These keynotes used to be more that just what the latest iPhone was going to do/cost/look like, they used to be insights into the way that technology was going, steered by what SJ liked and what he didn't.
History Repeats Itself
And the first alien anthropologist blew off the dust and fired up one of the old machines and noticed it had a funny photo of a cat, which he sent to an alien archeologist who liked it and discovered he could change his status to "laughing at a cat picture". He also decided he liked the alien who'd sent him the picture sooo much he wanted to be his "friend", so clicked that button and decided to tell another alien about it rather than do any boring Earth archeology work...
Jeez, even Manchester Airport has free* Wifi these days. North/South divide I guess.
As regards Schiphol, why do they have security right at the gate, so any drink you've bought in the lounge for the flight has to be binned when you go to board?
*30 mins, but there's obviously ways round that if you want longer
Maybe MS could sell some of these to Ryanair to embed into their aircraft toilet doors to take payment? If it was payment on exit they could call the service "wipe'n'swipe"
Re: Pointless tech?
Yes but I was responding to the point about "having to fit the iPhone into a special case every time you got into the car" and pointing out that in al likelihood that wasn't going to be the case. Not sure how that earned be a downvote.
Re: Pointless tech?
I think the point is that iPhone is permanently fitted in the charging case, in lieu of the "normal" cases most people fit to them.
OK, so gold might have negative/tacky connotations in the West, but let's see beyond the ends of our noses and remember there's a whole wide world (read: bigger market) where gold is a popular colour choice.
VMWares Fusion and Parallels - used 'em both on my Mac over the last few years to get Windows running without needing to reboot - much of a muchness really IMHO. </InDepthComparison>
Is that the Linux version of Journey of the Sorcerer?
I was going to post something about the UK (graphic design?) company that had www.apple.co.uk and how the should try to get the rights to the .apple gTLD, but I see they've now finally succumbed to Cupertino (or maybe accepted lots of $ from them)
Yes but I don't think he realized he was going to mislay the car when he parked it
Re: You obviously don't
Quite possible if he's some type of Hollywood A-lister
Re: As Sir Terry said...
I remember reading an article many years back about how a small number of dolphins had been removed from a pod and taught how to count objects. Once they were returned to their pod, not only did they set about teaching the other dolphins how to count, but they also taught it in a much more efficient way than the humans had thought up to teach them in the first place.
Re: You obviously don't
But he does say if he had a kid it would probably be a second hand one, so maybe he's actively considering adopting or fostering.
I'm not familiar with the existing review process for the Amazon Appstore, but I assume it includes a degree of "safety checking" of submitted apps. However, if all that devs have to submit for webapps is a URL, what's to stop the dev changing whatever's at that URL to something malicious once that webapp is approved and goes live?
Re: DUMP CAPTCHAS
...which raises an interesting question: can you mount a DDOS attack on CAPTCHA by repeatedly asking for a different phrase? If so, they need to introduce some sort of authentication mechanism to ensure it's an actual person asking for a different CAPTCHA and not a bot...
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