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Re: Good one...
Err, let me correct that last post having read the The Consumer Protection Regulations. The regulations preserve the spirit, more or less, of the original Act. Basically if the sender makes no effort to retrieve their property within 6 months, or 30 days after requested by the recipient, then the 'goods' become property of the recipient.
Re: anyone know
Curiousity has multiple cameras, the one used to take these shots is mounted on the end of an arm, you can see parts of it in the image at the bottom right, and is not any of the camera mounted on the raised structure seen in the image.
Sorry third paragraph - "The miscreant is offering '$100 for sellers willing to part with an active, verified Play account that is tied to a dedicated server'."
A 'verified' account 'tied to a dedicated server'.
Re: It's been a long time...
"I thought 'a la mode' meant 'with a blob of ice cream'....."
Because it was a trend to serve your apple pie with ice cream, the term was misunderstood in the US.
As stated before, 'a la mode' is French for 'in the fashion'.
It wasn't omitted, it's right there in the second paragraph.
Which camera? Lens?
Come on, this is a tech site after all, I can't be the only one wondering which camera/lens was being used. I'd love to know what focal length was required to get this shot ... just in case I'm ever staying on the ISS for a couple of nights ...
I remember when a 2TB drive cost £50 ... the prices haven't returned to normal since the floods even though the factories are back to full production. The competition commission absolutely should be looking into the prices and questioning why the Seagate/Samsung and WD/Hitachi mergers were allowed when that left just 3 huge companies to dominate the market which isn't in the interests of consumers or competition.
If eInk readers were truly a dying breed then by the time the 'younger generation' are old they'll be legally blind.
In all seriousness, can anyone spend long periods reading from a tablet without suffering eye strain and associated headaches? Can many people even hold a proper tablet in their hands for extended periods without cramping?
Re: A state of equilibrium will be reached...
Atonnis - How long did the actual ordering stage take though? That was the downfall of online grocery shopping for me, it took too long to page through and select everything I wanted, even using the search only gets you so far. Unless you're ordering the exact same things week in and week out, or you don't care about comparing the prices between brands it's a painfully slow process. In the real world I can go down a supermarket aisle, grabbing what I want, assessing offers in seconds and be at the till with a full trolley in no time at all. In fact as it turned out I could drive to the supermarket, make my purchases and return home in a little over half the time it was taking just to _place_ the order online, never mind the wait for delivery.
Quite often I would find I had lost my delivery slot because it had taken so long! Instead of getting delivery on the day I wanted, I would have to wait another 24 hours. I would end up going to the supermarket anyway to buy bread and milk, it was pretty ridiculous.
Re: So, Windows is...
I seem to recall (not very well) watching an interview with an IT tech working on board a UK Sub (pretty sure it was a sub not a warship). Anyway, the stand-out point for me was when he mentioned having to reboot it periodically ...
Now I freely admit that I don't really remember it terribly well, so if someone can find the vid on youtube or whatever to get the exact quote, please do.
Re: Energy price rises
Ah, but those 'fast growing' plantation forests are terrible for the environment. They are practically lifeless ecosystems where natural flora and fauna cannot survive and to supply enough wood to heat all the homes in the UK would mean the creation of such forests on a vast scale. Anyone who still use a wood burning stove or fireplace can tell you that they go through fuel at a staggering rate. Pine and other fast growing softwoods don't even make great fuel for fires, they burn quickly and kick out little heat in the process. There is a very good reason that coal and not wood became the major fuel for fires in the 19th century.
Never mind the fact that even if you tore up half the countryside tomorrow at the loss of arable land, grazing land and nature reserves to plant those trees it would be 30 years before we could start harvesting.
Franz Sanchez - Most realistic, most violent
Franz Sanchez for me. He's the least comic book of the villains, an ultraviolet drug cartel leader based on real life characters. Unlike Blofeld et al he didn't have henchmen doing his dirty work, he got his hands dirty, very dirty. Whether it was dismembering people with a machete or string them up and lowering them slowly to a hungry shark - not to kill outright in one bite as other Bond villains might but to be chewed up piece by piece.
There was always a touch of the absurd to the other Bond villains which made them hard to take seriously, but Franz Sanchez was a cold blooded, psychopathic butcher and by far the vilest of them all. Not my favourite, but that wasn't the question being asked.
Re: Loosing money?
If you 'Cease to fucking keep' it then it's 'Not fucking fixed in place' ...
/me starts nailing all his cash to the furniture
Re: A 6-digit PIN gives 'emergency' cash to anyone who types it in
So you and four other people had a sense of humour failure then? I think you'll find that it was a joke
Re: Bloated app size
Exactly, the fact that it can't be moved to the SD card means I'm uninstalling it immediately.
Orange clouds reflected in the roof? You mean the orange/red _dust_ on the blue roof?
As for the shadows, the light source is behind the embankment, the car is in indirect light, the objects in the foreground are in direct light.
What's with the wild conspiracy theories? Are Google fans even crazier than Apple fans?
Re: Excellent kit
<pre>"High end performance and feel, low end price. Couldn't ask for more, and it truly is "buttery smoth", much smother than iOS."</pre>
But no storage ... my phone (<£100 sim free) has more and that's not primarily a media consummation device. Hard to see what purpose it serves if there's not enough storage to watch videos on the plane/holiday and no way to easily switch/expand via an SD card.
You can get a Defy Mini, with similar but better overall specs for just £80 Sim Free
Re: Why use "The Cloud"
Strangely enough the vast majority of this country is outside the range of a wireless network. Sure if you spend your entire life inside your home, office or café then the lack of an sd card slot isn't a problem.
For everyone else it cripples the device - e.g. there's no point taking it on holiday to that cottage in the Lake District because there's not enough storage for even two broadcast quality HD films (on the 8GB).
For a few pence extra they could have added micro SD and I'd have almost certainly purchased it, but without one there's just no chance.
Re: You know that all looks okay to me
<quote>"In my perfect world, everything would be using Bluetooth remotes like the PS3, as line of sight remote controls suck ass."</quote>
And bluetooth sucks serious battery.
Seriously, a proprietary wireless protocol such as those used for many wireless keywords would be a vast improvement over bluetooth for a simple remote. Those wireless keyboards can get months of additional usage from the same batteries as a BT keyboard. However simple IR is still the simplest and least battery draining solution for remote control.
Where is it stated that the articles were to be scrapped? That's right, nowhere. He stated it was his belief that they were to be 'dumped' but that doesn't make it true. In fact WEEE means these routers would not have ended up in a skip, they would have been sold to a recycling firm if they were to be disposed of. No electronic waste ends up in landfill any more.
If he had actually pulled them out of a skip you might have had a point, but they were in a storage room instead. The company could have decided to refurb them and sell them on instead.
If you're going to accuse the articles author of inventing quotes then you need to provide evidence. Until then we'll just assume you're the one making things up, ok? You are after all posting as 'anonymous' which doesn't give your version of events any credibility at all.
"If memory serves, there's a legitimate reason for this one - in some countries (can't remember where - maybe in asia? or south america?) "
Lagos, Nigeria (Africa) was one, maybe still is. Although it had the opposite effect. People went out and bought a second car, usually the cheapest old bangers they could find with the right number plates, car use didn't decrease and air pollution levels shot up.
That's not Max Payne!
Max Payne looks more (or less) exactly like Sam Lake.
Max Payne was your average looking guy with a lean, even skinny, physique. That was part of the charm of the character, he wasn't the typical muscle bound, square jawed meat head of your typical action hero. The guy pictured in those screenshots looks nothing like Max. That's just lame.
Re: aaccording to FSF
That quote is from the following page: http://www.fsf.org/blogs/community/frand-is-a-fraud
It makes no mention of RAND at all. Whereas several other FSF pages define RAND (Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory) as a contraction of FRAND (Fair, Reasonable and Non-Descriminatory). RAND === FRAND, RAND !== Royalty Free
What you're looking for is something more like FAIB (Free As In Beer)
UV stabilised Cat 6 is no more expensive than ordinary Cat 6. You can buy arbitrary length off ebay for a reasonable price and at the end of the day there's nothing wrong with wiring the whole house with UV stabilised cable to avoid joins.
It's what I did with my 1920s property with solid internal walls; from the front room(s) outside, up the wall and into the loft, across the loft and back outside down the rear wall to the rooms at the back of the house. All neatly tacked and no worse in appearance than the old coaxial aerial cabling that used to make the same runs. (Going over the house used less cable than going around the exterior)
Re: Learns How Much Enegery You Are Using
Smart meters don't break down the usage by device, they can't, like 'dumb' meters they only know how much power is flowing into the property before the consumer box and before it's split into various circuits for lighting, sockets and high power devices like ovens. You're confusing a smart meter with electricity metering devices like the kill-a-watt which sits between a device and the socket.
A smart meter is just a standard electricity meter that allows for real time readings to be taken automatically by the power company and when they want, to remotely turn off your power because the grid is overloaded or you haven't paid your bill. Those are in fact the only two reasons why power companies are pushing out smart meters, the nonsense about allowing people to better manage their usage is just the justification they are giving for the inconvenience and cost to the customer that these 'upgrades' are causing. They have government backing, especially here in the UK because of the projected shortfall in electricity production in the next few years which will necessitate rolling blackouts. They can't turn off every house in a neighbourhood without risking killing some poor bastard on a ventilator, smart meters allow them to exclude such homes and those of your local MP ...
As for the latter, yes, my dumb meter (30 years old) has always told me the daily usage, even the hourly usage by virtue of the figures displayed on the front. Note the figure at the start of the period you want to measure and subtract it from the figure at the end of the period - easy peasy.
Re: Starve the beast
Firstly there has to be a first hand market for a second hand market to exist. So the impact would be limited.
Secondly if many more people start buying second hand the prices will rise until they are almost indistinguishable from the prices of the 'new' product. Just look at ebay where second hand goods are bid to within pennies of the RRP and pretty often above what many retailers are asking for new.
I probably wouldn't have bought half the books (DVDs or Blu-ray) that I currently own were it not for the loophole. I can't really be the only person who remembers what the prices were like before Play appeared on the scene. Some people seem to think that prices won't rebound back to those levels now but as much as I'd like to believe that it's just not how the world works.
As for the poster who suggested that no-one buys the physical product any more and that streaming is a viable alternative ... WTF? I didn't go out and buy an expensive 1080p TV to watch crappy quality internet video with bitrates and picture quality that at times are barely better than VHS, let alone DVD or Blu-ray. Seriously ...
That's odd, when I go through _mid-morning_ they were all gone and they were just taking 'pre-orders', or what were actually just registrations of interest. I didn't receive any confirmation of the registration either
Re: If only it (LibreOffice) didn't have such a terrible name
Releases of Ubuntu, which is one of several distributions* based on the Linux kernel, it's not Linux which releases under those names.
* Others include Suse, Fedora/Red Hat, Debian, CentOS, Mandriva, Mint, et al
Actually, it uses the BBC rss feeds. The BBC data is derived from met office data though, so it's really no different. There's no API for location searches so that part still breaks each time the BBC web monkeys decide to redesign it once a year.
Like the USB Hub/SD Card Reader
The idea to produce a usb hub and card reader which sits in the surface of the desk is just brilliant. I've seen plenty designed for side and under desk mounting but not this style before. It's using a standard cable port size too so there's no problem with restoring it back to a cable entry or blanking it off in the future.
Only one thing bothers me and that's dust which is a real problem in my old house. I'd have to keep a handheld vacuum around to prevent the slots becoming fouled. That said I'll probably still be digging out the hole saws from the shed this weekend.
5Ghz and brick walls
The article misses the critical problem with 5Ghz and why 802.11a never took off in the home - it's stopped almost dead by solid walls. This isn't much of a problem in a typical office environment which is either open plan or uses thin partition walls, but in homes more than 40 years old in the UK solid brick interior walls are common.
At just 20 ft and with one brick wall between me and the access point 2.4Ghz out-performs 5Ghz despite the 2.4Ghz spectrum being immensely crowded (12+ networks operating).
Then there's the issue of older gear which only supports 802.11g (2.4Ghz). Many wireless n routers/access points offer both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz but not at the same time. If you live in a modern property with plaster board internal walls and are lucky enough to be able to use 5Ghz you still have to replace/upgrade older laptops etc.
Presumably the hashes were unsalted or the salt was also taken. Either way the attackers can create a rainbow table to determine the clear text password. A few years ago it would have been deemed impractical because of the processing power required, but not these days. You can build such a table in just a few minutes via Amazon's Web Services cluster and it will only cost a few dollars.
Object of beauty? Stylish? I might find myself in a minority given preceding comments but that has to be the most ugly looking camera I've seen in the last year. I know that beauty is entirely subjective but radical examples like this just serve to remind me how different we as human beings can be.
To potential downvoters, don't downvote me just because you think this is a beautiful looking camera because that would be to ignore everything I've just said.
If it wants to better bluetooth then it needs to use far less power, not at equivalent amount. Bluetooth is a real drain on batteries for uses like keyboards and mice, a proprietery 2.4Ghz 'cordless' keyboard can get a couple of years from a couple of AA batteries, a bluetooth device can hardly manage a couple of months and usually much less.
As for replacing IR with bluetooth ... why? IR works very well and it's much lower power. I wouldn't want to be replacing batteries in my remote controls every week and I doubt I'm alone.
"dump all the amazon spyPad software"
"You'll have all your google apps"
You dislike the thought of Amazon potentially spying on you but you'd welcome the master spies at Google to read your email, documents, know all your web browsing habits, your social circle and much more? What exactly makes Amazon scary but Google completely harmless?!
Smarrt meters aren't the same as Economy 7 meters
Here in the UK we've have what are called 'Economy 7' meters for decades (7 hours per night at reduced cost) =. They employ a simple RF switch to toggle between economy prices and normal rates. The smart metres they are rolling out now don't really offering anything beyond the functionality we already have.
Economy 7 is a joke anyway, most providers actually charge more for daytime usage if you accept an Eco7 plan, you are more likely to pay more overall. After all you can't move most of your usage - you won't be cooking or watching TV at 3 a.m. The washing machine/dishwasher is about all that can be scheduled to a late night slot - assuming that they don't make so much noise that it would prevent you sleeping. Even then you're limited to washing one load of clothes in the 'eco' period unless you want to get up early to start another, a family home would generally produce multiple machine loads a day.
Hang on a minute ...
Have you actually looked at Dixon's online store lately? It was a huge shock to me after years of ridiculing them and their over-inflated prices but as it stands today, Dixon's is the cheapest online store in the UK for a lot of hardware. Cheaper on some items than Ebuyer, Amazon, Scan, Dabs, CCL et al
For the first time in my life I've bought from Dixons, two items in as many weeks. The first, a Linksys router, was not only £5 cheaper than elsewhere I was able to use a voucher code giving an additional 10% discount. I chose the standard free delivery option and received it in two days. The order for the second, a Samsung 2TB Ecogreen was only placed last night.
I feel dirty praising Dixons, but right now I can't help but acknowledge that they are doing something right for once.
Computer games and board games etc
There were Spy vs Spy computer games in the 80s, 90s and recently one in 2005. I'm almost certain I remember a friend owning a board game too when I was a kid. Even if you've never heard of Mad Magazine or as in my case, never read a single issue, I would guess several generations have encountered the distinctive characters.
There have also been multiple references in modern TV series, in fact one popped up in an American Dad repeat just this week. At the CIA building, the men's toilets had the black spy on the door, the woman's toilets the white spy.
The difference between this release and those earlier 10.x betas is that this one includes hardware video decoding, at least for nvidia GPUs with the proprietary driver. That makes fullscreen and/or HD* flash video finally possible for 64bit browsers. For those who care about stuff like iPlayer (not me, I just record everything) this is a significant release.
Adobe added hardware decoding (VDPAU) to the 10.x line for 32bit months ago.
* HD that is if you think that it's all about pure resolution, not picture quality
Yeah, the bit about moving to Mountain View was a clear threat, extortion even. Definitely not sinister ...
Are we there yet?
Yes, to be fair there are two or three options which come very close. They mostly seem to fall at the price issue though. Take the Satmap Action 10, the hardware is almost perfect with a nice large clear screen and yet not too large to be carried in a pocket. It's fully waterproof and can achieve reasonable battery life especially with the optional Li-ion pack. I'd still love to see a device achieving 2-3x the runtime (12-18 hours at least), solar charging isn't a pancea. They provide 1:50000 and 1:25000 OS maps plus full UK/Europe road and street mapping. Their customer service is also excellent I've been told. The device cost is within reason although more competition would help drive down the costs like it has done for the car-based sat-nav devices.
Three things have so far stopped me rushing out to buy one.
1) The first is the price of the 1:25000 OS maps, the 1:50000 are reasonable but the 1:25000 are insane. Take the Peak District set, I have that area covered on paper maps, it's just three 1:25000 maps at an RRP of £8 (or £5.50 if you buy online) each. That's at most £24 which includes the costs of printing, paper and distribution which don't apply to digital maps. The Satmap 'Peak District' card costs £104.99. Yes it includes the 1:50000 maps as well, so let's be fair and include an extra two paper maps for a total of £40 ... there is still a vast difference £65 difference. It's certainly not cheaper and yet it should be given there is no printing involved.
2) The Action 10 is now 3 years old, in hardware terms it's at best described as middle-aged. I've been a first adopter before and paid the price, I'd rather wait for the second generation of hardware.
3) The Action 10 PC software is terrible and Windows only. You don't _need_ PC connectivity but it's still desirable. I'm a linux user so out in the cold. What's more, Satmap based the Action 10 on Windows CE and run a locked down platform, you can't use third party maps at all. As a regular contributor to OpenStreetMap that's irritating.
I'll keep using paper maps and a compass until I see a combined in-car and outdoor hiking device that uses 1:25000 OS mapping on a colour screen with an outstanding battery life.
Oh, and it shouldn't cost a fortune for the device and additional 1:25000 mapping files should cost a fraction of their paper versions. I've waited years already, so I can wait a few more but I'm not sure why it hasn't already been done.
Unfinished comment re boot speed
You make a particular point that the old 7200rpm hard drive in the test rig results in a 48 second boot time, but then never mention the time with the SSD? Surely in a review of the SSD it's that boot time which matters?
I'm sure many of us would appreciate knowing the improvement in boot speed as something we can better relate to. Max read/write speeds are interesting and all, but since most desktops don't spend their days transferring around large files in the foreground but manipulating small files in the background there has to be something said about how the SSD improves speed in those normal applications.
And yet, does destroying a robot grant authorities a license to murder?
Even in the case of a submarine used for smuggling, does the destruction of a robotic craft involving no loss or threat to life justify killing all those on board the sub? I can't see that it does. So all ways around, there wouldn't seem to be any sense to the scenario described by Lewis where the sub-hunting robot remains permanently in place above the submarine and destruction of the robot would carry a death penalty.
More to the point, authorities normally wish to intercept smuggling operations to board and make arrests ASAP. When they do intercept them they usually aren't concerned about their frigates being torpedoed. I might imagine these craft being used to find smugglers subs, saving on manpower, but not following them around for months ... or even days.
Is blowing up a robot an act of war?
The presumption here is that destroying the perusing robotic craft would result in a swift destruction by a surface fleet but that would seem like an over-reaction. Would any nation really kill dozens or hundreds of submariners in retaliation for the loss of a piece of hardware? Would they risk a presumably major* war for such a transgression?
Without the unrealistic threat of destruction, what would stop a sub captain from destroying the craft, if only for the target practice or from a sense of annoyance? And wouldn't the same fate await all it's AI-piloted replacements whenever they showed up on station above him?
* Any nation currently able to put a submarine to sea will probably have a well-equipped and suitably modern military. Even more so if their submarines were considered worth following in the first place - e.g. Nuclear launch platforms.
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