Hmmm. That's some research to save for those long dark teatimes between contracts. Thanks.
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Hmmm. That's some research to save for those long dark teatimes between contracts. Thanks.
I bought a Buffalo NAS a few years ago only to find it wasn't compatible with MAC's AFP. Buffalo were unapologetic (Apple's fault for changing the protocol) and Apple had the same "we implemented the spec. correctly and the other 99.9% of the world is wrong" excuse it has for everything (e.g. iCal invites, mail attachments, etc). I managed to get it working by using a different file manager, but it's a bit of a pain.
I also have a QNAP 410NAS. This has a time machine function which worked OK except that every few weeks I got an error message along the lines of "the time machine backup is corrupt and needs to be replaced". It was a pain because of the time it took to back up the 300GB of crap I've got and also because I lost backups. I bought a Time Capsule and gave up with NAS backups. The QNAP is also very slow. It takes about 20 mins to upload a ripped DVD on wired SMB and isn't much faster on FTP - which is way slower than the 25MB/s quoted. I'm not a tecchie, but my internet research blames either NAS OS or Mac OS or both. The NAS also doesn't cope very well with the Mac's attempts to write hidden files to shares when copying - so after 20 mins of trying to copy a DVD to a share it often comes back with a write error. FTP works OK (and makes me feel like an engineer again!).
I must stress that, apart from the hidden file thing, these problems are a three or four years old, so might have been fixed by firmware updates. The message is that Mac owners need to do a bit of extra research before buying NAS.
Agreed. But also, remember that RAID <> backup.
It's a good point about free content, but the problem is that most websites delegate ad serving to third parties with absolutely no consideration for their readers. I'd be happy to trade free content for well-focused, well-behaved ads for stuff I want, like and have money for. In practice I get auto-running sound and videos for products and services which are of no interest to me and just steal my bandwidth and screen area. That's why most of us up-shields.
In theory I want the insurance company to know who the high risk drivers are so that they can charge them more and keep the costs down for low risk drivers.
Frustratingly missing from all the reports on this is how other countries manage this. I don't know if other countries have the same penalties/endorsement system as we do for drivers, but for those which do, and only have a photo licence then how do their citizens hire cars? Anyone know?
I'm fighting a losing battle with the more useful purchased apps on my phone as developers stop supporting the app I've paid for and try to get me to use a "better" version for which they charge a monthly fee. The "better" isn't worth having from my point of view (I don't want anything in the cloud - ever) so I live with the old app until eventually an OS update finally kills the product I paid for.
If I can make the fridge/camera/boiler/hair straighteners stop working at the flick of a kill switch then I've got a revenue model for white goods and tech stuff. Your fridge will be leased on the basis that you'll get "value" from it telling you that stuff is out of date and you'll have to root it if you don't want it shouting at you every ten minutes to tell you that Tesco has Ben and Gerry's on sale.
You read it here first.
I'm heading over to Kickstarter to fund research into an EMP device which I can focus to a city block or so. That way I'll be able to "sterilize" the "buildings and neighbourhoods ..... rendered uninhabitable by.... loss of control over the IoT" .
It will, of course, run only on renewable energy. And I'll paint it green.
It might also have other uses!
...the keyless-entry Range Rover owners who have to resort to a Krooklock (with a shiny metal key) in order to get insurance in London.
I'll be sticking with my trusty tumblers and a metal key I can hang round my neck, thanks.
Secure email, calendar, ToDo manager, contacts and notes with PIN messaging and a keyboard, all integrated with desktop and enterprise. A proper PDA for workers who acted like they were organized. That's how I remember the little blue Blackberry I had about ten years ago; I loved it and I was looking forward to the Classic because it came along just as my 4S was feeling old. I was convinced that I was going to jump back into BB world. Then I did my research. No ToDo manager. No Notes. No confidence that it would synch with Mac Calendar and Contacts and no way to contact RIM for help if you haven't got a Twitter account (I haven't got a Twitter account) except by writing to them in Canada (they don't reply).
I guess I'm not a typical user. I want a phone, contacts, email, ToDo, Calendar, and I want desktop apps that synch with it. I don't do social stuff. I don't watch fillums on a 4" screen. Music would be handy, but I've got a bunch of iPods somewhere, so that's not a dealbreaker. A bit of web access every now and then is handy - but I could live without it (and where I normally work I generally have to!).
I'm off to eBay to see how much a 7320 will cost me - although I have a vague recollection that the last time I tried this I fell over at the BES stage.
Until you realize that Apple defines font sizes in pixels so the only way to get system fonts bigger (when your eyes go and you're an old git like me) is to reduce the resolution of the screen. So I've paid a shedload for a retina screen and the first thing I have to do is to knacker it so I can read the system fonts.
Tesco being forced to offer Sainsbury's own products on the eye-line shelves and show the price they paid the supplier for the products, together with how much the big brands have paid for the best shelf space for their products.
I'd just promised the six-year old a shotgun for his birthday so he could go shooting for his own Christmas presents this year.
In the UK the GMC decides who is a legitimate medical practitioner. There's a list on their website (sort of).
If the intent is that the domain be reserved for medical doctors then in the UK it ought to be relatively easy to manage because you must be registered with the GMC to practise as a medical doctor in the UK.
Yep, and although Google might patch security or stability bugs, you have to wait for .....never.......for your operator/manufacturer to let you have the update.
I remember reviewing a longish report and the minor changes I asked for were met with a lot of resistance. The reason was that the author didn't know that Word could do outlining and even a minor addition required all the subsequent section numbers to be manually renumbered. He was gobsmacked when I enlightened him.
...makes no difference when there's no mobile signal at all. Two days ago a 1.25 rail journey into London had no mobile coverage at all for about 15 minutes of the journey and basic GSM for about 20 mins. So that's almost half the journey without any data.
Serious question: does the current train WiFi come over the mobile phone network or do the train companies have their own radio spectrum for it?
Speaking from experience of a six-month stint in Aus (not IT - aerospace engineering) I agree with the article. In Britain we know what it means when a job description mentions work life balance; you'll be expected to work all hours, give up weekends and holidays at short notice if the work requires it, and family life is a career limiting weakness!
In Aus the prevailing (and accepted) attitude was that the work would still be there tomorrow so why would I cancel my evening's / weekend's plans?
You have to respect a country which has Doyle on its $1 coin.
It can be nigh impossible to find out if an Amazon seller is based in the UK. I've complained to Amazon too and they seemed to purposely misunderstand my complaint. Even eBay goes to the trouble of stating clearly where the goods are coming from (and it's mostly reliable). I complained to Bezos and one of his minions gave me a very polite worded finger. If I'm spending more than a few quid, or I want the stuff in a hurry, I only buy from sellers with a UK address.
I've re-read the article a couple of times and I'm struggling to understand it. As Dr Mouse writes - if they're coming from outside the EU then they would be subject to duty and VAT once they hit the UK and the buyer has to cough up before getting mitts on. A quick look on eBay has a number of new iPads from the USA at $250 +$60 prepaid duty charges (which include VAT in my experience). $310 is about £200 on xe.com- so the article doesn't seem to stack up.
The only ones I found from HK were at £190 and the seller does state in the small print that tax and duty are the responsibility of the buyer.
It's possible that the miffed UK sellers are talking about the eBay sales which don't have the duty pre-paid - and those buyers will get stung for Duty, VAT (including VAT on the duty) and £8 Royal Mail handling if it's left on your doorstep by RM. I guess that if the buyers don't realize this then the mythical £170 iPad is taking business from UK sellers, but it's not obvious how HMRC is being denied VAT.
Finally, pedantically, sellers don't pay VAT. Buyers pay VAT and sellers collect it on behalf of the HMRC.
You need some delay on the crap that flickers and drops down covering half my screen every time the cursor goes over it . It's bloody annoying and appears to be designed to bring on epilepsy. What was wrong with the old site? I hope you didn't spend any money on this.
As someone who carries 2 phones (Vodafone and O2) when on business to ensure that I have a signal, UK roaming doesn't sound like such a stupid idea. In my recent and everyday experience there are vast chunks of the UK where it's Vodafone xor O2, whatever the coverage maps say. Essex, Norfolk, N.Devon are all problematic. As general rule, if you can see the sea then there'll be a coverage issue.
I've got enough free upgrade credit for a Classic (given that it's been accumulating since I got the 4S) but I guess I could give the Q10 a try given the price and use it as my backup if I get a Classic. Good call, AC; I sense a pleasant evening of comparing specs coming up!
I got a Note 8 this year to use as a notebook for work but also to see what life might be like outside the Apple garden. Apart from a battery life that means it needs charging 2 or 3 times a day in normal use, the fact that I can't use it and charge it at the same time, a constant connection to Google and Samsung accounts which do nothing for me other than track me and deplete the battery, masses of undeleteable bloatware (it's not on a contract - this is Google and Samsung sh*ite), no apps that I can find which don't require access to my contacts, emails, phone, camera, internet history, etc. and no simple way to synch with tasks, notes, calendar or music it's a fantastic piece of kit. I can't remember where I left it and I've gone back to paper and pen for taking notes at work.
It's a shame because I love the stylus and the fact that the handwriting recognition is a standard keyboard and can be used across all apps. The multi-tasking was occasionally useful. The screen was great and as a way of managing client meetings and notes it was almost useful. If I can find it I guess I could look at rooting it since if I f**k it up it won't matter - but I honestly can't be bothered.
I am not an Apple fanboi and the size of the new iPhones means I'm looking at a new battery for my 4S rather than upgrading - but Samsung and Android are going to have to up their game significantly and give me back some semblance of control over my phone if they want my money. I know this will drop my credibility even further, but I'm looking at the upcoming Blackberry classic as a way to try something new (the Passport doesn't fit in my pockets).
My 5S also lasts a couple of days if I just use it as a phone and bugger-all else, but if I just wanted a phone I'd have kept my Nokia 6310 and gone for a couple of weeks before stomping around the house searching for the charger that hardly gets used.
Let's pick a real-life example: I want to do a pub crawl in town. I do my research plan the route - upload the maps to Google maps, upload the interesting information and the quiz to DropBox - then head off with me mates. Problem is that if the pub crawl lasts for more than 6 hours then the phone won't make the distance - really - it won't - trust me.
What's the point of selling me a tool with maps, documents, journal, compass, comms, camera,voice recorder, train and tube times, etc if the whole package only lasts half a day in real use. It's exactly the same at work when I survey a site, use GPS to mark pics, record client discussions, etc - I wouldn't start a day like that without a full phone and a notebook and pen.
If they'd kept the 6 as thick as the 4 - or even thicker - and made the battery last 24 hours in real use with poor GSM and non-existent 3G signal and a standby of a few days then I'd have been the twat at the front of the queue in Covent Garden. It's not just Apple - Samsung are worse; I need a charger on each step of the stairs just to get a Note 8 from the living room to the "office" upstairs. On a pub-crawl the Note 8 lasted less than 4 hours before it was useless - well not completely useless because it gave my mates loads of entertainment taking the piss out of it. It's amazing how many times a drunk can find it funny calling a beer mat a tablet.
So this weekend I'll be heading off to town with me mates and a sheaf of maps printed off Google (and isn't that a pain), written directions, tour notes and a notebook and pen. The phone will be carefully conserved for emergencies and booking a cab for when I stumble off the train (although I'll make sure I've got some change for the payphone).
It's a great idea but clashes with Apple's number one requirement that all its products must be as thin as possible and this requirement overrides any utility or user needs.
You're right, JDX, if you're assuming that time comes in 1 second quanta, but it doesn't - time is continuous (for the moment*).
Assume my watch is stopped at three o' clock (exactly). When a real 3PM comes around how long does it stay 3PM for? It's not 3PM for a whole second. When the real time is 3PM plus 0.264443 seconds the stopped watch is slow. Ditto for when it's 3PM + 6E-24 secs*. It's only telling the right time when the real time is 3 PM ± 0 secs. The stopped watch is only correct for an infinitesimally short amount of time - no time at all really, so I don't think it ever tells the right time.
*There are theories about quantized time, but the quanta are much smaller than 1 sec - GIYF.
For how long is a broken watch right? I think that the actual period for which it tells the right time is vanishingly small - so it's never right in fact.
And not just the FBI. I go for a meal, I give the restaurant my card details (i.e. when i put it in the reader) and I leave my "PIN" on the cutlery, the wine glass, the card reader, ...etc.
I assume that my contract with Mastercard will replace "You agree never to write down your PIN" with "You agree never to leave your fingerprints on anything".
Of course, Mastercard don't care. They will play the "it was validated with your fingerprint therefore you must have been present" game.
.....the fingerprint is compromised? When my password is leaked then I change it. When my fingerprint data are leaked then do I need plastic surgery.
Biometrics seem like a daft idea to me. If your BM data get stolen, or even just end up fat-fingerdly on a do-not-fly list then you're buggered - it's hard to change them and just as hard to get the erroneous data deleted from a foreign database. If I've just spent the week building a house or climbing millstone grit then my fingerprints will be virtually worn away. A serious onion-slicing incident could leave me cashless for weeks.
Mmmm. Messrs Nyquist and Shannon might have a bit to say about this.
Paul - I didn't have any trouble with scanning. `If it's finding stuff it can't delete it might be because it's scanning your backups (e.g. Time Machine). If Sophos is scanning your backups then that might be why it's taking a long time - or not finishing. If it does find bad files on your Time Machine then Sophos doesn't have the privileges to delete them and you have to do it manually.
My problem was that occasionally it would look like my wireless link was down cos I couldn't see the web from browsers. After lots of messing about I discovered that it was Sophos and the only way to fix was to uninstall it.
I've run without AV for a couple of months. I read all the stuff about Macs' inherent protection and the fact that there aren't many virus attacks for Macs, but I don't like not having AV. I've just installed a trial of Bitdefender, so I'll see how it goes.
On my 2013 MBA Sophos and Mavericks don't play nicely together. Sophos randomly prevented browsers (FF, Chrome, Safari) from accessing the internet connection. I fixed it by uninstalling Sophos.
Rowling was turned down by half a dozen or so publishers and her agent thought the book was dead in the water. She only got a deal because the guy at Bloomsbury did her agent a favour, then couldn't be bothered to read it and gave the m/s to his kid. I wonder how many of those J.K. Nothings might be as bankable as Potter.
Remember - these poor publishers who think they, authors and readers need defending from Amazon are the same publishers who implemented the Net Book Agreement which fixed the price of books across the UK and prevented bookshops from discounting. Now they are trying to do the same with eBooks, but the problem is that instead of having a few relatively small book shops to bully they've come up against Amazon. Some might see Amazon as just a bigger bully (although as a reader I don't - yet.).
VAT apart - I don't understand why an eBook should be more expensive than a paper book. Even ignoring the savings in manufacture, storage, distribution, over-production, pulping, etc., readers only pay to rent these books. There's no second-hand market, it's very difficult to lend them to friends and family and they can't be left as an inheritance. So the market is automatically larger for an e-book than for a paper book because of the limitations of use*. Hachette and Amazon appear to have very different approaches to making money. Hachette want a protected market where they can charge what they want and make loads of money on each sale whereas Amazon are happy to make fractions of a penny profit on massive throughput. As a reader I prefer the Amazon approach cos I can get more books for the same money. For me the jury's still out on whether or not this will result in an Amazonopoly which acts to the detriment of authors - and thereby readers.
*I've heard that Calibre might help!
Memories of the way publishers like Hachette used to fix book prices (Net Book Agreement) mean that I have little sympathy for them. They don't give a toss about their authors; all they care about is that they missed a trick somewhere and someone else is making the money.
I remember when the catalogue was a flimsy green affair with about 40 pages and you got vouchers for every £1 you spent. The first time I went to Southend with a girlfriend in the early 80s she couldn't understand why I dragged her off to visit the Maplin shop!
And they say that Americans don't do irony.
If they have no standby generator the UPS would have to run the cooling system to keep the system at temperature while it was doing the backups.
Unless otherwise marked the national speed limit on single carriageway roads in the UK for cars and vans up to 2 tonnes is 60 mph. It's 50 if you're towing or a goods vehicle <= 7 tonnes.
You're right - you have no idea what I'm on about. There's no USB Mini B connector on my TomTom Go 540 Live. The connector is proprietary.
Whether you're correct or not about China being able to provide a screen mount, it's still the case that TomTom has effectively discontinued hardware support for my TomTom only 4 years after I bought it. My experience with their "support" staff is all the evidence I need that they don't give a toss about customers once they have spent their money. However, should I require more evidence then my 3 hour trip yesterday when the device was unable to access the traffic service for the whole journey would help.
Oh - I forgot to mention the fact that they stop supporting stuff after 4 years. When I tried to buy a spare lead for my Tomtom they no longer make them. If my dock or car mount breaks then I have to bin the device and buy a new one. It's a proprietary connector - not USB. They clearly hate customers.
My TomTom is great except...
It takes it so long to connect to the traffic server that any time it might save me by avoiding traffic would be used up by my sitting in the car for 15 minutes waiting for it to connect.
I can save you time contacting the help desk; the answer will be to reformat the device. No matter what the problem is the first remedy will be "Go to this web page and follow the instructions to re-format the disk". I think that even if I told them that I'd scratched the screen the fix would be to re-format the disk,.
The device re-sets itself randomly - usually when I'm in the middle of a complicated one-way system.
The speed read-out freezes when I enter an average speed camera zone.
If the current location is not a road on its map (e.g .a car park in a new industrial area) then it cannot create a route.
BTW - when I said "great" above, I meant crap.
Just as "toilet" is a euphemism for "water closet" adopted, initially, as the French "toilette" and anglicized over time.
"Making the full size ipad thinner and roughly a third lighter is a premium enhancement"
Other opinions are available. Making it 2 mm thicker to accommodate a bigger battery so I can go a weekend without charging and adding a memory card slot would, for me, have been premium enhancements and would have tempted me to buy one. Adding handwriting recognition in the OS (so all apps could use it) would have been a premium enhancement and I would have bought one instantly (even in its thin and virtually memory-less state). Making it thinner and lighter make no difference to me and I'm still managing to live without an iPad.
No video for me - has it been stolen?
i've tried Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Firefox in safe mode.