33 posts • joined 10 Feb 2010
Re: Next year, I will mostly be living in Luxembourg
Next year, the standard rate of VAT in Luxembourg is going up to 17%. Guess what: it's to make up for the shortfall resulting from not being able to collect the tax on all those services currently nominally sold from the country. But don't despair: for some reason (strong lobby maybe), the VAT rate on meals in restaurants will remain at just 3%. So, should you actually visit the place, you'll be able to get a cheap meal. Although, as prices are high nevertheless, I should take that back: let's say that you'll be able to stuff your face without stuffing the government's coffers.
I can't recall ever having seen a pre-roll ad on YouTube. Wonder what I'm doing right to be so blessed.
Yes, it's about time, but…
… SSL itself is susceptible to man-in-the-middle attacks, as demonstrated, for example, by those nice people in Iran — see http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/09/09/gmail_diginotar_security_alert/.) You can even do it to yourself with the mitmproxy utility.
Re: small cells?
Yup. Here in Luxembourg, one's eyes habitually flick to the top of the screen if one's near a border. And, as for those mandated text messages about roaming charges, they often arrive the next day, if at all (even if one's phone has been turned on all the time).
Re: Run for the hills
Heavy rain is one of the factors that causes that 1% downtime on microwave links. So maybe not.
Throw it under a bus? Great idea.
The amount of time that I have wasted waiting for an Eee PC to do something useful for me does not bear thinking about.
Money talks (and cajoles and whines and threatens)
Convince me that the licensing model is not arcane, and I'll be more interested.
Well, it would also help if app designers did not purposely position the ads where they're likely to get touched by mistake.
Now that you've applied a Band Aid to that issue, Google, perhaps you could do something about graphics-heavy start-up ads that take so long to load when I can't get a fast data connection that I decide that I do not need to use the app after all.
66 trackers on Apple's site? Where? I've browsed around, and Ghostery, the software being pimped, consistently shows just one on every page I visited (always the same one from Omniture: if there's one thing you can rely on about Apple, it's that there'll be no beacons from any Google property — unlike, let's say, The Register). And, no I'm not using an ad blocker. Same story with Microsoft, except they go with Webtrends. If you want to give Ghostery a better work out, just visit any UK newspaper site (except The Times).
They're just building on the grand tradition of remote controls. They've always sucked.
Sincerest form ...
May I be the first to wish Intel as much success in promoting clones of the Mac Mini as they have had with their Ultrabook alternatives to the MacBook Air.
So my phone will provide personal information to random third-party hot-spots without bothering me? No thanks.
You write "fondleslab". I stop reading. Deal?
Is this "survey" is derived from anything more than the responses of self-selected, motivated Internet users who have filled in a form on GetSafeOnline's site? There is nothing in the story or on the site to suggest otherwise. (It might help if the organisation had updated its press pages in the past eight months.)
The "think of the children" card is even more overplayed here than in previous nannyism. The Department of Health's own recently-published statistics show that both under-15 and 15-19 age groups have a considerably lower suicide rate than any other age range. While any suicide is sad, recent successes in cutting the number of young male suicides mean that the age range that needs to be targeted is us middle-aged blokes. I have my doubts that web site blocking will help.
See http://www.dh.gov.uk/health/files/2012/09/Statistical-update-on-suicide.pdf for chapter and verse.
Re: Some thoughts for Mr Williams
Quite. As long as you're putting “copyright kleptomaniacs” and “digital suckers” in scare quotes, you should also be applying them to "robbing the Australian economy of AUD$1.37 billion annually".
Pot/kettle albedo criticism situation
I don't think The Register is in a position to complain about anybody else's use of SHOUTY CAPS.
Talking of typefaces… please fight your sudden desire to SHOUT in your headlines. Thanks.
Aw, c'mon. Cut them some slack. We've only known about salt for 34 years: http://cm.bell-labs.com/cm/cs/who/dmr/passwd.ps
I won't buy anything I can't rip
Goodness me. No instance of the dread initials DRM in the whole article (although admittedly "rights management" does get a single mention). Looking at the site (www.linkedcontentcoalition.org — which has a Flash entry page to show how clued-up they are about where content is consumed these days), in the 63 pages that Google hits, DRM appears just once, and that's in "scare quotes". I fear that, much as it might like to, the coalition cannot ignore or skirt this issue.
The app's fine without the BD …
… and rather better value.
Re: Well done them...
And well done Reg, for managing to get through a whole Apple piece without using any of "fanboi", "fondleslab", "fruity firm", or "Jesus mobe".
Reminds me of the fountain built in the middle of the BBC Television Centre, hurriedly emptied forever after it flooded the technical areas below.
I often find myself telling francophone colleagues that they are "developing" stuff, not "elaborating" it. How can I convince them if people like Mr. Dover (think of those white cliffs, man!) come out with logorrhoea like this?
Based on PKI??
Ah. This would be the Public Key Infrastructure that's been proving so trustworthy of late, and which is likely to require that one has a live Internet connection before being signed off as a worthy viewer of whatever it is that is on the SD Card. So no viewing in planes or on my canal holidays, then.
"The notion is that such tech will make slimline Ultrabooks with fewer ports than a full-size laptop more attractive."
(Examines linked article...)
Not with a wart like that on the side, they won't be.
"In the video..." Umm, what video? All I can see are NVIDEA ads (even in a totally untampered IE9
UltraViolet ultra tedious?
The UK may not be missing much: it seems that a lot of hoop traversal is required before one can actually get hold of a something that is only a standard-resolution, application-specific, version of the HD content you paid for: http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/news/2011/11/your-movie-on-every-platform-sort-of-for-a-while-how-the-new-ultraviolet-drm-fails.ars
Explicit proof. Probably.
Kogan's blog references http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2385346,00.asp, which ends by saying that, in most cases "there is absolutely no reason to spend more than $10 on an HDMI cable." Then there's Computer Shopper's take, at http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/home-entertainment/1282699/hdmi-investigated-are-expensive-cables-a-scam, which after going on about how much the oscilloscope it used to check the eye patterns cost, tabulates the results of blind tests in which 18 out of 30 panelists perceived no difference in video between cheap and expensive cables, with seven of the remainder preferring expensive and five cheap. (Results for audio were more polarised, with more people preferring cheap cables.)
Caution. Sheep shearing in progress.
Following the links that lead eventually to the long and creepy promotional video from GSMA Mobile Metrics, I'm glad I'm resident in a small market that's unlikely to be mined for this kind of information in the near future. Tinfoil hat owners in the UK (the lucky world premier recipients of such close scrutiny) may want to pay as much attention to hiding their phone's browser trail as they do to that of their PC...
Design is dull or disastrous
The trouble with Dell kit is that, when it first comes out of engineering, the marketing department seems inclined to say "No. That's not ugly enough." Although, on a good day, they may say "No. That's not boring enough." It's when they say "edgy enough" or "cool enough" that one really has to get worried. And, as for "pink enough" ...
I'd be less productive without Jumpcut, "a minimalist clipboard manager", which remembers the last dozen or so cuts and copies. Plain text only, but that's good enough for me.
Well, we must be very confused then
"Apple thinks an alternative browser would confuse users ..." Umm, just do a search on "web browser " in the App Store, and you'll hit dozens of the things. I use one, iCab Mobile, every day.
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