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or press and hold the power button to get five vital extra seconds.
On all of my phones, doing that turns them off (or, Android, prompts).
I looked up the bumper book of astronomical flops on Amazon because it sounded funny. No such book, sadly. However, high up on the search was this: ASIN: B00G2ETHJS - really NSFW and dodgy-sounding enough that I'm surprised The Daily Mail hasn't found it yet.
Thumbs up for the Playmobatoir.
Re: I immediately thought of it as a bandwidth issue, not social
Can't you just take a few seconds and play it in a loop? That ought to save bandwidth.
Taken steps to keep the secret a secret
How does this go if your company stores the data in the cloud on a server hosted in the US?
While I was rummaging through a box...
... I knew I had a Beeb and various members of the Archimedes family, but now I apparently have an Electron. Mmm, don't remember picking that up anywhere. Maybe I'll play with it if I can find anything capable of playing tapes...or, do I even have any tapes? Can one download WAVs of these things?
Wiping a load of system files?
Acorn might be no more, however...
Roll your own: https://www.riscosopen.org/
Re: Is this a story?
"You are an automaton, you have been hired as one, you are controlled as one and you shall be one."
I can understand this. I see the people working on a production line and they are quite capable of doing their jobs, or nattering to each other. Where it falls apart is talking and working. As mind numbing as the repetitive work is, many just cannot talk and perform their jobs effectively at the same time. They slow down. They screw stuff up. And then you get the ones that gesticulate wildly with their talking and can pass an entire minute flinging their arms around and not doing any work at all.
So while Amazon's "you are just a number, not a free man" approach might sound horrible, I rather suspect that if they didn't take this hard line, they'd need twice as many staff to maintain the same throughput.
[besides, isn't their work practice the thing of legend now? surely there are few people who enter these days without already having heard the stories?]
Big Brother, 'cos he is always watching your performance level.
"'leveraging the synergies of community generated content'" - what does that even mean?
"what robber baron wears a suit" - the name that popped into my head was (Sir) Mervyn King, but there are plenty like him and, coincidentally, in the same business. Perhaps if we had fewer suit-attired robber barons, the economy wouldn't be as it is now.
"People should stop trying to be the next 'big thing' it ain't going to happen." - Face it, probably half of us commentards could have set up an "Instagram". I could have easily had that thought years ago, and maybe I did. But seconds later I'd have rejected the idea as being "dumb". Well, it came, it made its creators heaps of cash, and I still think it is a dumb idea... So who can say what The Next Big Thing will be? I reckon for every happy millionaire, there are probably a million people who tried and failed.
But... I believe the market is open for a search engine that is quick, light on resources, and doesn't force advertising down your throat at every opportunity. The deep irony being, of course, that this is pretty much how Google was to AltaVista in the beginning. Hmmm...
"Building a fantasy model around exceptions in an extremely limited playing field isn't good business." - any business model containing elements of fantasy is a poor idea (unless you are called Pixar or Square Enix).. It's surprising how often this seems to be forgotten.
Re: right vs privilege error again
"Or perhaps you would explain to me how an artist, musician, or author, could earn a living when their work is immediately put on the web without permission in order to serve a ad-bait, and so be enjoyed free of cost for the sake of running Google Adsense ads." - I think a fair number of artists get screwed long before the feckless freetards get in on the action...
You ARE the weakest link...
Thank you MET Office for discrediting yourself.
No cold hard facts to back up your assertions? Then you aren't worth listening to. Goodbye.
Re: Earl Grey - VOTE NOW
Lady Grey is good as a special occasion tea, but my regular brew (guess what, I have the kettle on...) is Tetley. I'll use Typhoo as a temporary substitute, but never got the liking of the taste of PG (it's too "red" for me). My favourite special occasion tea, however, is one called "Sweet Sakura Tea" (black). But, alas, I can't track down a supplier that doesn't expect an arm and a leg for shipping...
I'm with those who think 4 mins for brewing is insanely long. About a minute does it with a teabag if you want to enjoy the tea at its best and not be clobbered by the resultant tannins, which IIRC are released exponentially so the longer the brewing time, the far worse the result will be.
So scanning ENTIRE books you don't own and providing chosen excerpts to the public is "fair use"?
Isn't this a bit like downloading songs you don't own and then using short (say, 20 second) clips in YouTube videos?
Re: At some point, in the not too distant future
I'd subscribe to Crunchyroll but for all the interesting stuff, it's a mostly blank page with the message on the right saying "Sorry, due to licensing limitations, videos are unavailable in your region.".
As you said, how does this benefit the animation studios to not provide me with content I would be willing to purchase? No streaming option, so... Is there a DVD? Nope. I can get it off eBay but with both seasons (50 episodes) on four DVDs, MPEG2 remember, there's no way something that low quality can be legit.
Doesn't leave a lot of options, does it? I guess if my money just isn't good enough......
Re: A start
"and a mandatory 10 years for facilitation of piracy" - I'm pissing myself laughing. You do know that people have had less for rape and murder, right? Okay, granted, there are often a variety of mitigating factors (which is why the sentence isn't something like "30 to life"); however these sorts of criminal acts are so far out of the ballpark of piddly little civil law things such as copyright infringement that it is akin to remodelling your house using a god-damned bazooka.
As for piracy - what counts as piracy, exactly? Buying a CD and then ripping it so you can put a copy on your phone? Do you feel it is justified that you should pay for the exact same thing twice because They Who Want To Make The Rules would like format changing to be illegal? Gee, now, you don't suppose they could have any ulterior motives in mind, huh, like, say, selling two copies of the same thing? [remember, that's mere pennies to the performer and rather more to them so it is in their direct interest to disallow such activities that would lose them profit]
Now, you might be saying "wait, what? aren't we talking about torrenting the latest cinema favourite?". Actually, we are. If the system is not seen to be fair, people are less likely to be supportive of it. Let's see: declared monetary losses that's a huge chunk of the GDP of the entire country, declared job losses larger than the number of registered workers in said industry, claiming insane amounts of losses for a DOWNloader (get real, said loss equals one retail copy), perhaps because such people (including children) are an easier target than the uploaders. Add to this the desire to take away your ability to put a work you have legally purchased onto a device of your choosing for your personal enjoyment, the non-stop bombardment of patronising bullshit before you get to watch a DVD you bought (you wouldn't steal a car...), the move to "licensing" things so you don't really own what you have purchased, and throw in the moronic UK legis. regarding orphaned works...and you start to see that it's all a bit one sided. One sided as in 10 PRINT "we get screwed" : 20 GOTO 10
So here is a deal. I'll give you your mandatory 10 years IF you give me a mandatory 10 years for the CEO (and if no current CEO, then just work down the hierarchy) of any media outlet that rips off work created by a regular civilian, with double if they assign copyright to some arbitrary entity such as "the internet" or suchlike. Hey, Daily Mail, I'm looking at you here. Plus a 10 year prison term for attempts to subvert the natural copyright expiry by evergreening or similar. Additionally, a 10 year mandatory term for the CEO/director of any entity that fires off invalid and unjustified DMCAs at work that can be demonstrated to not be work that they represent the copyright of, regardless of whether or not said DMCA was generated by a person or by automatic means. Don't you think that sounds fair?
Re: I don't get it
"It is theft, the resources are funded through advertising therefore denying the provider revenue by blocking ads means you're stealing content from their networks."
Theft goes both ways. The other day I looked up the words to an animé song on my mobile. They appeared, I was happy. Then a "download complete" notification popped up. Bastard site linked to an advertiser which had a pop-under to feed a 350Kb APK file to me. Tried it again at home, and kept getting the same damn APK. Thankfully I can absorb 350K in my monthly allocation, however multiple attempts to push that crap isn't on (ever heard of cookies you c*nts?) and if I was on a PAYG setup, that would cost me a pile of coins.
Some advertisers are unscrupulous and think nothing of taking your bandwidth, processing power, and data allocation. The correct way to respond is to block as much as you can. It's a two way street, you know...
No dude, it is all YOUR fault.
If you spooks just kept tabs on The Bad Guys, that would be within the remit of spookery and thus nothing much worth reporting.
Instead, you are looking at everybody in... in...in what? The hope you might catch somebody that wasn't a target downloading some kiddie porn? The hope that you might catch some loner teenager reading a way outdated copy of The Jolly Roger Cookbook? Is that how far intelligence gathering has sunk, that you want to dragnet The World to see if anything interesting turns up?
You guys way overstepped your boundaries. That you apparently don't get this shows what a dickhead you must be.
Or, to put it another way - it is a case of "cause and effect". You made the cause, this is the effect. Happy with the result?
To add to your list
How many "terrorists" get so annoyed at incompetent morons that they say "if you don't get your act together I'm going to blow this goddamn airport sky high" without any actual intention of committing an act of terrorism. I would like to say common sense prevailed in the end, but when you look at what it took to get there...
and, for the more adventurous, machine code.
Nah, machine code - with a system architecture that is both documented and can be understood by a teenager (unlike most of today's SoCs), the hardcore geeks ditched BASIC as soon as the advantages of assembler became apparent.
...it ran faster than anything else, the entire machine was your playground, and you could form an easy (not so) secret society because ordinary nerds couldn't understand any of it (so your code was generally not messed with).
Teacher icon, 'cos they didn't have a clue.
"Make sure you have someone else to blame."
Isn't that just standard practice these days?
"Bill is still the worlds richest man," - no he isn't. It is a Mexican called Carlos Slim Helu. http://www.forbes.com/billionaires/list/
"you've fallen for the whole philanthropist PR thing" - better he attempt to make some sort of difference to people who need it, than be a prick about public beach access.
Gates' PR handlers tried to get stricken from the interview
Bloody hell, grow a backbone.
He's right. There are some places in the world where people can exist quite happily without the slightest hint of IT in their day to day lives. But they might not live at all without vaccinations, sanitary water, and something resembling a stable food supply.
Oh, and Zuck, you going to roll out connectivity before or after you roll out electricity? Oh, didn't you realise? Not everywhere on the planet has a place you can plug into...
Re: I voted entirely plausible
Each vector on its own might have a degree of truth, although the ultrasonic one sounds fairly implausible to me. The problem is, this super virus is supposed to do it all, rewrite micro controller code and....you know, it was just too over the top, it stretched credulity too far. I voted "bullshit".
Hands up who ever used a DVD or BD to play CD's...
I used to, before I got kit that can play mp3s. Even a twitchy AAA-powered gadget can store dozens of CDs in a thing smaller than a C cell, and when it comes to the capabilities of smartphones and tablets, there is no place for CDs there. But it wasn't always like that. Using a DVD player for music isn't unheard of.
My current stand-alone DVD player even has a CD ripping function. Insert CD, insert USB memory stick, let it get on with it. Okay, it is "only" 128kbps, but for times when I want to grab a selection of songs to listen to on a journey, it is acceptable. Oh, and nicely it encodes a far bit faster than real time.
Re: AND THE PRINTER WOULD STILL WORK!
"It wasn't so great back then" - while my little Panasonic KXP1180 is not cutting edge, it survived boarding school, it survived being dropped, it only jammed when the idiot user loaded paper incorrectly, it NEVER jammed on fanfold, and it was able to magically print when the ribbon had HOLES in it. Plus there was this nifty push-tab on the ribbon cartridge so that if the ink was running low, you poke this tab and it would press the ribbon against the ink roller a little bit harder. Shock horror - it is probably the only dot matrix I've ever used with a Beeb that didn't get # and £ mixed up. It is just a shame it is slow, noisy, and really low resolution. Inkjets are good for convenience and a trade off of cheap vs quality (tending more towards "cheap"), but I am sick of pointless cleaning cycles and "replace cyan" (WTF? There's half a tank of ink there!). I feed my printer exclusively clone inks because it wastes too much on cleaning and misprints and banding and other weirdness to justify blowing twice on ink what the printer itself cost. I did originally using branded ink, and it wasted a lot on cleaning and misprints and banding, so it isn't the ink at fault, it is probably the technology, trying to fake a >600dpi quality with budget parts. Mmm...
"In Europe, the telcos are understood to have less of a stranglehold on iPhone sales."
I can't speak for Germany, but here in France you have the right to demand the SIM unlock code after a certain period of time (three months, I think). All of my phones are unlocked. While I have remained with Orange, other family members are with different networks, so it is useful to have the option - if one of their phones should fail - to pick up one of mine.
Does this unlock hurt Orange? In my case, no. I don't max out what is provided as a part of my contract (free calls from a mobile to landline? any French landline? free calls and texts to three nominated mobiles on any French network? I guess I could swap out the SIM for another provider, but with an offer like that, I really don't see the point...).
Anyway, if the customer has the legal option to unlock their phone from the network, then it is perhaps a more attractive market in which to offer unlocked phones?
I unplug my kettle when I'm not using it. ;-)
On a more serious note, this could be a neat thing to find in a kettle. Pull it out, look for the JTAG, little WiFi board for free.
Thought about this years ago with my software.
I decided if my site is not available, then there would be nothing to fetch. So anything that isn't a 200 K is treated as a 404.
But this is bollocks anyway. If something can sit and fake a 301 response, surely it can just as easily alter the original http fetch to point to something else in the first place.
The Pi needs a keyboard and mouse. You can get a pack with bog standard ones for under a tenner from a supermarket. Or scrounge - the optical mouse I am using was being thrown out at work. I opened it up, cleaned out the coffee, now it works fine. SD card? You can get going with RISC OS on a 2Gb card. Or a 4Gb card for the NOOBS. What is it, about a quid per gigabyte or something? HDMI monitor? You can start with an old television, and upgrade to something better later. I am using a 1280x1024 monitor (cost three quid) and an HDMI to VGA adaptor (a tenner off eBay). Power supply? Actually I cannot tell you, it runs quite happily from the USB port on my eeePC. So, a Pi setup can cost under fifty quid if you keep your eyes open.
Oh, and the reset button? My Pi has a two pin header just to the left of the HDMI socket (with the USB power connector on the left and the USB on the right). Short this with a screwdriver, spoon, hair clip, or anything else metal that you can reach [*], the Pi will reset itself. Very useful if you cock up writing an interrupt handler! No need to unplug stuff.
* - I even once reset my Pi by gently tapping the pins with the bottom of a can of soup that I was eating (cold)! If there is a competition for "strangest thing you've used to reset a Pi", count me in!
Apology rejected, please reinsert and try again.
"I humbly apologize on behalf of America to all of those lilly-white, would-never-spy-on-anyone, oh-so wonderful and squeaky clean governments that we've wronged." - I live in France. I expect the French to spy on me if they think I am likely to be a security risk or the like. I do not expect the Americans to be watching me "just because". There is the big difference. The Americans were not keeping tabs on international suspects, they were attempting to keep tabs on everybody everywhere. And for what? To find out I'm a boring single guy who wants to marry a cute Japanese girl? Jeez, that's on my blog! Instead, I think the Americans risk failing to see the forest for the trees. All this spying, all this information, and it did exactly bugger all to stop the DIY bomb at the Boston Marathon (even after, apparently, Russia warned the US about the two involved).
"And if you hate us so much" - I don't hate you, I just now think of you as extremely childish - in other words, you (at least, the perception of "you" as seen through your foreign policy) always want your own way and throw a tantrum when that doesn't happen. The recent "furlough" (I had to look that up in a dictionary) has done very little to improve my perceptions of America. I mean, seriously, aren't you guys embarrassed by all of this?
"by the way, please stop using the operating systems we make" - I'm stuck using iOS on this device. As for the other one, when it is no longer viable to keep XP running, I'll be moving to Linux...which is not American.
"the computer chips we fab" - what would that be? My SD card says "Taiwan" on the back. The big chip in my satellite decoder says "Philippines". The SoDIMM on the shelf says it is Samsung, so probably not made in the US. The iPad Mini I am writing this on says on the back how it is lovingly designed by awesome dudes in California...and Made in China. And that's it, isn't it? Stuff is designed by American companies (Intel and Texas Instruments come to mind), but it is likely actually fabbed somewhere else, most likely for economic reasons (in other words, better for shareholders), but how much tech is uniquely American these days?
"the network we started," - yup, the internet is pretty good, but do be aware that it is a British bloke who took the genesis of a military/educational communications network and made it something that the public might have interest in. YOU made the network, WE made the World Wide Web. (^_^)
"and all of that good stuff." - okay, true, I have a soft spot for root beer (not beer at all) and movies in which Bruce Willis blows up stuff. But, then, I also like Yakitori sauce and Takeshi Kitano. So, it's a bit of everything, from everywhere.
"Such conduct endangers the security of our country and is an affront to those who serve."
Fuck you and the horse you rode in on.
Yeah, I noticed the non-megabytes megabytes when trying to work out why my iPad didn't have enough space to copy a video onto it. Finally determined by deleting a video of known size and seeing how much free space appeared, followed by obscene mutterings as I figured out they were using the bullshit decimal-friendly definition. [when we have ten bit bytes and disc sectors are 1000 bytes in size, then it would make sense; otherwise it is pedantic rubbish to use an "official" definition devised decades after computer science used the technical definition, done purely for the purposes of marking less appear as more - your shiny 500GB harddisc will be around 34GB shy of what you would expect if you didn't realise that the writing on the box is basically a justified lie - the drive is not decimal, the drive addressing is not decimal, so why is the size?]
When my Orange plan included Deezer (back when you used to get extras like that), the Deezer traffic was not counted as part of the data plan. I think it maxed out / slowed down at around the 500Mb/month mark; but since my allocation is also 500Mb/month, it was nice to think "I haven't listened to X in ages" and download it without eating any of my data.
Orange have a nifty little TV feature which (finally) works; but sadly (stupidly?) the data involved comes out of your data allocation. I can imagine a half hour TV program at mobile resolution eating a fair old amount of data, so this doesn't make the thing particularly attractive except on wifi.
And, while on the topic of Orange, why do we need to pay extra for tethering? It would be convenient to hook my iPad up to the mobile network, but not at ~€10/month given internet/mobile is already obscenely expensive in France. I am not looking for a separate so-many-Gb allocation, just whack the tiny amount my tablet would use from my current plan. Frankly, the only reason I would want to do this is because a tablet is a lot nicer to look at than a phone a fifth of the size.....
Here is a question for a service provider: I did an experiment a few years back. I opened common ports on my Livebox and I wrote a program for RISC OS to respond to, record, then drop, such connections. The result was shocking, the attempted connections from Lithuania were dwarfed by the amount of connection attempts from Shenzhen (in China's Guangdong Province, or otherwise just above Hong Kong). I am guessing these connection attempts are routinely firewalled by the Livebox in normal operation. Do these unwanted and unsolicited connection attempts count as part of your data allocation?
Re: That guy doesn't even know what an ID10T error is
"I have been called exceptionally loud/weird/funny/smart/tiresome and a whole lot of other things"
Being an introvert, I fall into the boring weirdo category, however I and my friends can be somewhat more lively with things in our sphere of interest. I've laughed and shared xkcd only to be met with blank stares.
People, note well, we geeks are not boring weirdos at all. We just appear that way because it is US that find YOU boring.
Re: re: "Yes"
"much less having run its dysfunctional software" - having had three different Android phones and then using iOS, I can say that the iPad is the only bog-standard out-of-the-box email client that supports in line quoting instead of a binary choice of quoting the entire message at the end. So, it's not all dysfunctional.
What you call yourself can change your basic rights?
Right - that's it. From now on I am calling myself the President. I expect to joyride Air Force One, prat about on the White House lawn in an armoured car, and saving the world from an alien invasion. NSA, you already know where I live, come hook me up...
People aren't livestock
You'll be smiling right up until a burned out ex employee whose life has crashed and burned train wreck style turns up at work with a backpack and a semi automatic...
Re: Bricked or somewhat confused. @Khaptain
"but I don't believe that there is really any hard-and-fast definition of bricked"
If the end user can follow some moderately simple steps on a website to breathe life into their device, it got messed up, but not bricked.
Bricked implies that the average end user CANNOT fix it themselves unless they have some specialist knowledge and/or tools ( JTAG for example), but then this would make them no longer "average".
Or to put it another way, if you can kick it into recovery mode, it isn't bricked. If you have to open it up and start attaching stuff to it, it is.
Re: No! No!! You've got it backwards!!
"maxi" is the meal, for some reason called "best of" and "maxi best of" (dear McDo France, I don't think that means what you think it means).
Your starter for ten...
...dig up prior art for this. Shouldn't be hard.
Our cats have given up on the birds, the cats didn't appreciate the whole 3D aspect.
So by day the local wildlife is hunted by hawk-like birds, or taken down in a territorial fight with rowdy crows, and at night the land is the domain of an owl family. In my experience, the biggest killer of birds are.....other birds.
The cat? Small lizards, field mice, voles, moles (which are not eaten) and from time to time a small wabbit.
Re: The European Court of Human Rights are ..
"who'll be the first against the wall when the revolution comes" - how little imagination you have. The mindless jerks of the ECHR are so far down my list of who to pin to the wall I'd run out of pins long beforehand. Now, that smug (censored) (censored) (censored) that runs the bank and sets fiscal policy, he's the one the wall was built for. Theresa May, for so many reasons I'm surprised she has the courage to show her face, and Edwina Curry as basic revenge on behalf of a hundred million disgruntled eggs.
Re: Nice to see them catch up with the girls
"Given that the last Census shows that 59% of the country is Christian"
I was raised CofE. I very much DO NOT believe, and after debacle following debacle, I don't want to know.
However, that is the box that I tick as there is nothing else that comes close to describing what I think, and the other categories apply even less.
Before you say that so many people are Christian, let's start with - how many actually go to church?
Re: Ham radio
I have a feeling there will be a loud protest by busybodies who think some Islamists, somewhere, might be offended.
While I have not bought a Dyson, I have bagless cleaners and I HATE the mess it makes when it is time to empty it. My next model will have a bag. Too bad for "the environment", I'm going to worry about my own lungs first.
We're already seeing the change
An Apple without Steve - just look at the visual regression in iOS7. Steve and the top nerd both shared the same ideas for how the thing should look. Both are now gone.
What we're looking at now is somebody else's company and somebody else's vision.
I must be practically a digital grandfather.
Or maybe a digital corpse.
I was around before The Browser Wars, before Google, before Web2.0, before electricity, etc...
Oh, the door already exists? Well, don't bother to file a patent over here...it will be its own prior art.
Re: Better to have no gadgets during take off
Rant deserves an upvote.
And, for what it is worth, I carry a mobile in my pocket as I go home from work. And I have frequently put petrol into the car. I'm still here, nothing blew up, and I'm not aware of petrol stations randomly exploding due to mobile phones. So where did these rumours and myths originate?
To my mind, if delicate devices explode David Lynch style just because a mobile phone is nearby, God help them in a thunderstorm or doing a solar flare...
Updated to iOS7. Runs okay, looks terrible and has *no* sense of style. I'd go back to iOS6 if I could - and maybe this is why Apple have nobbled the ability to roll back? It would tarnish their image to have percentages who "just think different" and say no?
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