155 posts • joined Tuesday 8th December 2009 14:22 GMT
Re: I'm in.
Personally I'd be seriously interested to see what they could do if they made the Nokia N8 available with Android, and a bit of a memory and CPU upgrade. Symbian isn't bad but I upgraded from an N8 to a Samsung Galaxy SIII because the app support just wasn't there. Apart from the lack of NFC, the hardware on the N8 is still more advanced than a lot of other phones. Imagine if Androids had a built in FM radio and a separate charging socket as well as the micro USB port
Re: It's worse than you think.
This. Or at least a few articles. I write software and web applications. I've had to make sure what I do can be used by people with red/green colour blindness and I also have to be careful it can be understood by people whose first language isn't English (most of our main customers are based in Germany and the Netherlands). It would be very useful to have some ideas of how to design things for people with little or no sight written by someone who understands what it's like and has a technical background.
I'm surprised the first page ever doesn't now have a link farm, a stock photo and "This domain may be for sale" on it now.
"If all your friends jumped off a bridge, would you jump too?" "Oh Jeez. Probably."
Re: 08.. numbers
Actually there is a consultation on non-geographic numbers going on at the moment, over at http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/consultations/simplifying-non-geo-no/, which among other things expects 080x numbers to be free from all lines, and other 08x numbers to have much clearer charging information. I'm surprised El Reg didn't pick this up as a news story.
I've had the same problem quite a bit myself. Next time someone asks I'm tempted to quote a steep fee so they realise my time is expensive and I generally deal with much more complex corporate style systems. Question is, what's a good place to refer people when they ask you to fix their home machines? I fix my own stuff so I don't need to use other places and don't have any experience of them, but would somewhere like the PC World workshop be a good place to send people?
The danger of trying to control language this way is that people don't always use language in the way that lawyers want them to. A mayor of Paris introduced a law saying that landlords must provide rubbish bins for their tenants as a public hygiene measure. They complied, but then named the bins after him, which is why they're called poubelles. If Google tries to push their luck too much, they may find that "ogooglebar" doesn't mean "unsearchable", but instead something obscene and not particularly complimentary, just as Gerald Ratner did.
If the scheme works as well as Universal Jobmatch, the prospect of of queuing up at a post office to renew road tax or get an EHIC card suddenly got a lot more appealing.
Re: Amazing German Technology
Why do you think they came up with wartime acronyms like NORWICH, SWALK and BURMA? Not going to fit all that in a tweet, or get it past the censor.
Re: US definition of local != UK version of local
Manchester had a local TV station for quite a while: Channel M. In the early days it did have quite a few "local" shows but they were generally pretty poor quality and suffered from the fashion of having moving backgrounds and constantly changing shots. During an interview it would often go out of focus, black and white, and zoom in on part of the interviewee's face. Even with the backing of the Guardian Media Group, it kept cutting back further and further until it showed almost nothing but Euronews. The latest round of franchises cover tiny areas: if Manchester and Salford can't generate enough revenue to be sustainable, how are Kidderminster or Basingstoke going to cope? Setting up a TV station with programming and playout facilities is very expensive so I think it would be better for an existing broadcaster to use the cash to improve their local services rather than a new one setting up shop, showing mostly QVC and eventually going bust. Doesn't have to be the BBC: this is what ITV was set up for in the first place.
I always thought local TV was a Jeremy Hunt vanity project designed to take money and influence away from the BBC. Why not just scrap the silly idea and give the money to an established broadcaster with better resources on the condition that they use it for local TV? Returning ITV to regional identities and sometimes very different local schedules would be a start.
For TADREPs I tend to use, dare I say it, Excel. Obviously there are lots of caveats about getting the formatting right, and its formula edit mode can be very tedious when it tries to be too clever, but a formula something like
="INSERT INTO table (" & A1 & " ) VALUES ('" & B1 &"','" & C1 & "')"
copied down all the rows is a lot easier than typing things manually. Or just use the "import from Excel" option that most database front ends like Toad or SQL Server Management Studio have.
And the admen get their money from where, exactly? This is the flaw at the heart of every "free" service. If companies ever decide "targeted" online advertising isn't the best way to persuade people to buy things, a lot of services will collapse. I had a quick skim of the Facebook annual report and couldn't find much covering how they make money away from selling advertising space. Looks like they could have problems in the future if they don't find other ways to bring the money in.
Sounds like less "Whatever Happens" and more "Yeah, whatever". I always thought a DSG extended warranty was just something you declined because its main purpose was to generate a bit of extra commission when you buy something.
Fines only work up to a point. Organizations might take data protection a bit more seriously if the penalty for a serious breach was a spell in prison handed down by a judge rather than a "civil monetary penalty " imposed by the ICO. Even more so if it meant the chief exec faced being put in the clink.
Looks like Google might finally find a use for Dart then.....
I misread the headline as "Symantec branded as a 'hate group'" and wondered if John McAfee was behind it. It's been a long day...
Re: What a strange idea....
I grew up in Hebden Bridge in the 1980s so I got to experience some of the alternatives to tea, coffee and milk. Herbal concoctions (can't really call them teas, and "tisanes" just sounds pretentious) may smell OK but without about half a ton of sugar they don't taste of anything. As for Barleycup, just say no.
1. Warm the pot
2. Put one spoonful of tea in for each person plus one for the pot,
3. Throw away
4. Get some coffee instead
(My normal work brew is Hot Lava Java made in a cafetiere. White, no sugar. From coffee shops I tend to prefer flat whites)
Will there be a Symbian version for my old Nokia N8?
Actually, one point I'd make about the mobile website is that it displays articles as a single page even when the desktop version has them split up into individual pages. Deliberate decision, a bug with the CMS or something else?
Re: Gone but not forgotten.
Interestingly, the slash still opens menus in Excel 2010 which is the most recent version I have access to. Of course you can use Alt as well, even on Windows 8.
Even XKCD got in on the act.
As Dara O'Briain once said, if flying means you have to show your genitals to a stranger behind a screen, it's probably safe to say the terrorists have won.
Deepak Chopra is CEO of OSI Systems? I suppose it's a change from writing New Age self help books.
In the amended act, the word "insulting" was removed from the line that outlaws "threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour".
So that would be "threatening, abusive or words or behaviour". Sounds a bit like those BBFC warnings that a film contains mild language. If words are going to be outlawed, I'd like using "leverage" as a verb to be banned
Could we arrange for everything Mark Zuckerberg has posted to be as publicly available as he wants everyone else to be? Sauce for the goose, etc.
In various projects I've worked on that involve critical data, we usually have a ban on major changes on Fridays or just before a public holiday, and a change freeze until Christmas is well out of the way. What went wrong at Amazon/Netflix that allowed this to happen?
How about the new child protection database they quietly sneaked out the day after Boxing day? Very suspicious timing and I think there must be better ways to protect vulnerable children than just "let's have another database".
Tim is a "senior fellow" at the Adam Smith Institute. Rather like Lewis Page on climate change or Andrew Orlowski on the media, you can tell what his point of view is just from the headline and summary. The Wealth of Nations is fantastic for quote mining because it rambles so much that you can get almost any point of view out of it. I can't see the ASI being too impressed about this bit:
"It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expence, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion."
Re: Compsci from hell.
During my uni days someone on my software engineering course complained about having to do loads of "management stuff" when he just wanted to play around learning new languages. After we left I got a job with a large and somewhat bureaucratic company where I find the "management stuff" comes in quite handy and I actually wish I'd paid more attention. Coding is obviously an important part of software development work, but you also need to know among other things:
1. How to find out exactly what the customer wants when all they've given you is a vague preference
2. How to manage large projects where there's more than one person involved
3. What components need to go where if it's a project that spans several systems
4. How to write it all down in a form so that the managers doing your appraisals and deciding whether or not to pay for a project can understand it
Some of the more academic bits of software engineering are a bit esoteric for commercial use. I got blank faces when I asked about Jackson diagrams in the first few weeks of my job, and UML kind of came and went. However it is useful to be able to understand what on earth Oracle is going on about in their PL/SQL syntax diagrams. I don't have much use for database predicates using Greek characters but it is useful to know a bit of set theory or normal forms when you're working with complex databases.
With behaviour like that, I'm surprised they haven't been done for extortion or blackmail. The US also has some reasonably powerful anti-SLAPP laws designed to stop vexatious litigants. Thankfully Fred and his daughter have been banned from entering the UK: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/feb/19/britain-bans-us-cleric. If they did try that nonsense here they'd probably be arrested for public order offences.
Re: Health insurance
Sounds like an excellent reason to make sure the NHS continues then. Just because private health companies want cash doesn't necessarily mean it's a good idea for them to have it.
Does the judge have any power to tell the squabbling parties that the case is over and they should go forth and multiply? Apple vs Samsung is getting to be like a cross between the cases of Tweedledum and Tweedledee, and Jarndyce vs Jarndyce. It's something of an open secret that the main purpose of patent litigation like this is to slow the competition down with a protracted and very expensive process rather than the actual outcome.
She's mentioned briefly as an icon designer in OS/2. However she also designed a lot of the graphics in older versions of Windows and the Mac OS, including the dogcow and the cards in Windows Solitaire, and she's still around now: http://www.kare.com/. If El Reg could arrange an interview with her I bet she'd have a few interesting stories to tell.
Re: Journalist desperation
I remember trying to make sense of Mike Mudge's Numbers Count in the mid 90s when I was doing A levels and just getting into computer science. It was usually way beyond me but it was interesting to see how maths could be used away from the classroom. A quick Google suggests he retired in 1999 and hopefully he's still having a happy retirement.
Another name sadly missed is Tony Tyler, aka Macbiter. He died of cancer in 2006. Imagine what he'd make of rounded rectangles, iDevices and endless litigation....
Actually, looking a bit closer, the username and password were on a piece of paper pinned to the wall rather than on screen. Poor user education rather than poor choice of systems then.
What sort of computer system displays passwords on screen without at least obscuring them?
"Swedish woman cuffed for sex with skeleton"
But will it stand up in court?
Charlie Brooker put it pretty well: "Actual slices of cake are infinitely superior, as are moist chocolate brownies, warm chocolate-chip cookies and virtually any other dessert you can think of. Cupcakes are for people who can't handle reality."
Personally I'd like somewhere that sells mail order sticky toffee pudding or treacle sponge. A tart delivery service might also be popular.
Re: Got a bigger picture of the TV shown on the front page to this story?
Looks pretty similar to the 1955 Bush TV53 or the 1958 GEC BT2253. TVs were a lot more expensive back then so people probably held on to them for longer than they do now. (Incidentally, you might want to switch safe search on if you do a Google image search for "1960s bush")
Re: Definitely need icons for
Wouldn't a Tweedledum and Tweedledee one be more appropriate for out of control lawyers?
(One change I'd like would be to change "Anonymous Coward" back to "Anonymous Vulture". This is not Slashdot and sometimes there are good reasons to post anonymously)
Re: Radio 4
They also described Jeremy Hunt as something else a while back. Sometimes they get things right, sometimes not.
Re: trying to get the customers cash returned
I hope the customers wrote to the Pru and charged them £30 for the letter.
Actually I think a fair outcome would be for the people who had their money transferred away refunded with 100% on top as compensation, and the people who received it allowed to keep it.
House Penguin. Got to be more interesting than a budgie.
Sounds like it would be a good idea for Amazon to read up on the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contract Regulations and the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations. These are based on EU directives so they don't just apply in the UK, although Norway isn't part of the EU so different rules apply there. Basically, just because Amazon thinks they can do something (usually based on US law), it doesn't necessarily mean that they can if a court decides that it's unfair. At the very least they'd have to give a good reason for wiping a Kindle and refusing to do further business rather than just a vague platitude.
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