1166 posts • joined 5 Mar 2010
people who were going to give money to BPAS might think twice in future.
And speaking of mugging, how about the situation I have seen a few times, where a car pulls up at the top of my cul de sac, 4 young people get out, and start blitzing the doorbells to get people to sign up for a direct debit to various charities. MacMillan is definitely one. Don't ever try and give these people cash - it offends them. It has to be a *monthly* direct debit. Of which a certain %age goes to the salesman (because that's what they are). If you should cancel your direct debit before the "collection agency" has had their cut, guess how the shortfall gets paid ?
Yes, it is a large fine. By all means let them waste more money appealing. I hope the fine stands pour encourager les autres.
If a few web admins have to have a sleepless weekend, as they ensure their sites are as secure as possible, then some good will have come from it.
Drifting OT ... one thing I recall
from early 80s "Tomorrows World", was a handheld input device to replace a keyboard. IIRC you held it in your hand with a button for each finger and the thumb, and a combination of buttons corresponded to letters. It was *supposed* to be much faster than trying to type on a miniature keyboard.
I wonder what became of it. It was a British invention.
I discovered Maplin in the 70s. In conjunction with Electronics Today International. Drooling over pictures of the monophonic synthesiser you could build, and a pre-Sinclair computer of some description.
In those days, they were a mail-order only outfit AFAICR. And there was intense rivalry between Maplin-ers, and Tandy-ers.
Does this signify a revival
of cold fusion stories ?
Nokia quality decline ...
Used to be Nokia was a byword for build quality, if nothing else.
My (work provided) Lumia 620's volume up button stopped working. Seems I'm not alone
is this another symptom of a slow decline ?
Re: surveillance without cause --> interment without trial?
I was going to upvote you anyway, but wanted to leave a comment to counter the brainless downvote you attracted.
I wonder if this will start to backfire on GCHQ ...
because now they're going to have to explain why they *must* have seen images suggesting sexual abuse of children (it's a statistical given) and did nothing.
Re: I like the pipe ...
Maybe a more appropriate icon would be ->
I like the pipe ...
completes a holy trinity of bacon, booze and tobacco
if (like most IT pros) you put the superhub into modem-only mode, and use your own (decent) router, then you can set your own DNS entries. I tend to swap between Googles and OpenDNS.
But seriously folks ..
How can you ban a number ?
Wasn't there talk a while ago where somebody wanted to ban a prime number ? People ended up making T-Shirts with it on ?
Echoing other Prime *and* LOVEFILM subscribers ..
I've emailed Amazon CS to see what happens to my LF account. Will they "know" that I am also a Prime subscriber, and change the fee to £0.00, or will they expect me to cancel my LF account. In which case what happens to my 8 year rental history ?
Anyway, I'll also add to the view that both Lovefilm and Netflix are pretty lite on decent streaming content. Unlike their US counterparts. So clearly it's something to do with UK sensibilities.
Like some people commenting here, I don't use Facebook.
However, unlike some people here, I accept that doesn't keep my data away from Facebook. The second someone who has your contact details in their hotmail/google/whatever address book let's Facebook slurp it you're done for. Facebook now knows you exist. As more friends join up, Facebook can work out your age, your sex, your income, your likes, your dislikes. And if someone uploads a picture with you in it, you could even be tagged.
How come Facebook is allowed to ask for the password to a hotmail account ? Anyone else did that, it'd be criminal.
Jean Paul Sartre
As a thinker there was no one keener, except he knew fuck all about the Cortina.
USB headset->PC->Bluetooth->Windows phone
Just come off a conference call. Usually (When *I* set them up) we use GotoMeeting, which is great. I can use a USB headset with my PC.
Today, because the call had been setup by a manager, they insisted on using our clunky conference call facility. Which is a landline. So I had to use my mobile. Rather than sit for an hour with my mobile clamped to my head (which makes muting tricky, as the mute button is next to the end call button) I had a brainwave. Why not connect my phone to my PC using bluetooth, and then use my PCs headset.
Does anyone know if this can be done. Because my phone will play music through my PC, but make calls ??
I already asked in WPCentral, and got no replies :(
Re: A bit more notice...
I almost sent a link to my boss, suggesting our company send someone, since we have made BYOD a key strategic imperative for 2014.
Then I saw the Windows 8 disclaimer, and didn't bother. Currently, Windows 8 hasn't made it into a 3 year plan yet, let alone 5 year (he says, on an XP machine due for upgrade in 2 weeks).
Can't see it being too well attended ..
This covers Windows 8.1 in the enterprise,
Re: The crazy thing...
In some ways I agree. However, you have to bear in mind the accumulated "wisdom" since Adam Smith, about "division of labour", which inevitably leads to businesses using terms like "core business".
On paper, and in (expensive) management seminars it sounds brilliant. However, it ignores the interconnectedness of things.
I refer you to the story(s) passim about RBS, where it was pointed out that their biggest strategic mistake was to consider IT as something someone else could do for them. Many posters here pointed out that in reality, a modern bank is an IT house which just happens to manage money. In the same way EDF are an IT house which happen to manage energy.
Re: Not the first time
They *needed* warning ?????????
Unencrypted passwords ?
who at Tescos thought that was in anyway a Good Thing ?
The "Fail" icon just isn't big enough for this one.
A brief - and significant time
When the UK astounded the world by being trailblazers in IT education.
Being nerdy, I used to read a few US computing mags (Byte anyone) and they were printing articles about how the UK was running away with computer skills by teaching it in schools, while the US education system was woefully underprepared.
One of Thatchers less trumpted legacies.
On a more general level ..
this is the result of successive governments disdain for anything practical, and the society it has shaped.
A couple of years ago, I attended a careers evening at my sons school. They had the 3 local universities give a presentation on "why you should consider University". The guy from Birmingham university tempted the kids with a girl who had left university in 2009, and by 2011 was earning £40,000 a year, in New York.
What was her subject ? Nuclear physics. Medicine ? Engineering ? Would we see a cure from cancer ? A better mousetrap ?
No, she had studied political economics, and was working for a ****ing bank.
Meanwhile, Alan Turing, Tommy Flowers et al command an impressive "Who" from kids who know the life history of every big brother contestant, or X factor finalist.
We need an icon for "I weep salt tears" :(
Is this the same Rory Cellan-Jones
who banged out a bit of HTML and announced to the world he'd learned to "code" ?
hang on, if this outfit were taking card details then their payment processor should have *required* them to be PCI-DSS compliant.
Sounds like someone was asleep on the job.
not the same thing. Google just provide a free OS which any mobile manufacturer (even Apple) were/are free to use in their devices.
Apple provide the whole kit and kaboodle.
I idly wonder ...
if all the CO2 people who bought Priuses think they've saved outweighs the CO2 entailed in compying with the recall.
Can't they run an over the air update ? Seems strange a £100 phone can be updated remotely, and a £20,000 car can't ....
My first rejected post !!!
in over 15 years as an El Reg subscriber ....
Do I get a prize ?
the end justifies the means ?
Heard that before somewhere
Vehicles supplied to recipients of the mobility component of the higher rate of DLA* are eligible for a 100% discount on VED for their primary vehicle. So the DVLA database works there.
However, not all cars with 100% VED exemption are driven by the person claiming the benefit. Like my wife, for example. Her eyesight is too poor to drive, so I am the driver.
Re: pip pip pip pip...
you joke, but back in 1984, I worked on a terminal emulator for a Spectrum, and borrowed an acoustic coupler to use in my digs with an old style payphone.
It worked too. I could log into the Uni PR1MEs at the breathtaking speed of 300 baud (look it up, youngsters). Although I was never sure why, since I couldn't actually do anything productive (I'm sure there's a point to make there somewhere).
Any followers I have (!) will now know why I mentioned the plethora of RS-232 connectors and cables ....
Virgin "Super" hub
the second I got it, I put it into modem mode, and used a real router. ISP provided routers are crippled and open to OTA "upgrades".
I call this "The Facebook Conundrum"
(although Facebook tends to be used with other C-words).
Despite the fact I have never been near Facebook, they know an awful lot about me. First off they know I don't have a profile. They know who my friends are. And were. They know when I make new friends. They know who I work for. Who I used to work for. They know what music I like. What films I like. My age. My marital status. Number of kids I have. Simply by cross-matching all the chatter from people who have my email address in their contacts list.
No one can be anonymous in a non-trivial dataset. The only crumb of comfort, is that the politicians too dumb to understand this now, will find out the hard way.
Premium rate phone numbers
why not make them opt in too ?
I suspect the answers to both are remarkably similar.
Out of interest ...
what are the sanctions or remedies in the inevitable cases where someone who has dotted i's crossed t's and done everything correctly, in order and in time to opt out, finds they *haven't* been opted out ?
If, as I suspect the answer to this question is measured on a scale from "fuck all" to a generic "we know how important etc etc" with no way to (a) unring the bell, and (b) gain any recompense, then you can't help but feel "what's the point ?".
We can only hope that as time rolls on, and more people realise how irrevocable a loss of personal data is, the clamour for proportionate punishments grows.
People like Max Moseley are a good example.
All you need to know in one line :
The key to this is a proprietary technology – Powatag – which is not NFC and about which Wagner will not reveal any details,
Does anyone remember "Space 1999" ?
Where a nuclear explosion on the moon kicked it out of orbit, doomed to wander the universe in flared trousers and lapels ?
Re: The elephant in the room
You don't need to propose a cull on humanity. Nature will take care of that by itself. Just as the climate has changed in the past, so has the human population.
1348 anyone ?
"old men die"
what an astute observation ...
Showing my age ..
But RS-232, and it's spawn of 25-pin, 9-pin male/female variants, which meant you never had the right pairing ....
Does anyone still remember Data Circuit Equipment and Data Terminal Equiment ?
This from a government that makes you use IE6 ?
Worth reading the article
just to be reminded that Lycos existed ;)
Was the first search engine I used in 1994 !
Re: Why, just Why?
10 PRINT "Why, just Why?"
20 GOTO 10
From memory ... (CAK!)
"There's only one thing that unites us,
it's not colour creed or roots.
The only thing that unites us
Is Doctor Martens boots ...."
I would gladly sell my house
and all it's contents to pay for the BBC ...
How many sales of Windows Phone
have been driven by corporates (like mine) that have a "Windows Only" policy ?
Re: Hodge told Google that it was "immoral"
Whilst I take your point, it would only carry any weight if Ms Hodge *didn't* have a point. The fact that it does makes it all the more shameful.