Ah the UK
petri dish to the world ....
2070 posts • joined 5 Mar 2010
petri dish to the world ....
My shopping list for a new phone is:
1) Dual SIM
2) No carrier/manufacturer bloat of any description
3) No network lock
4) removable battery
5) MicroSD slot
I arrived at this list, after my son lost (another) phone, and going through my box of 12 *working* phones, not a single one could be used. (The most annoying was a little 5 year old Orange phone bought for £10 that refused to work with an EE SIM - EE wanted £35 to "unlock" it).
So, I'm rocking a Swift with 2xgiffgaff SIMs. But, if I decide to change networks, I will.
Surely all that hardware weighs something ? So you need to factor that into your calculations ?
What is the maximum plated weight on a 53 seater coach ?
Also, it might be an idea to spread the ammo out over several coaches ?
I once shared a house with an Irish chap, whose brother spent all 1985s ESC with a pad, drawing a grid to "prove" the rest of Europe was out to "get the Irish".
Well, I say all ESC, we went down the pub. But when we got back, he had filled it all out ....
Only one icon for that memory ....
I'd rather drive at 60 for 2 hours, than 70/40/50/20/80/70/60/55/56/55/54/30/25/50/65
Better for the car. Better for me. Better for the environment. And I would probably get there *faster* than 70/40/50/20/80/70/60/55/56/55/54/30/25/50/65 anyway.
Which is where we're headed anyway, with autonomous cars. Even if private ownership of an autonomous car will be possible, the rewards for people who pimp out their cars in their downtime (e.g 10:00-16:00 weekdays when they are at work, and 19:00-06:00 when they are at home) will blur the boundaries further.
However, for MrsJP, whose sight isn't good enough to drive, the idea of mobility as a service isn't as cringeworthy as the (presumably fully able) author suggests.
Where's the "bring it on" icon ?
have it protecting my Lastpass, GitHub and Google accounts already. Quietly impressed.
Also, don't forget Facebooks 2FA verification system.
nice to see some reasoned exchange of physics here, along with the "gotcha" about decreasing mass.
But then I did laugh/appreciate the scene in "The Martian" where Matt Damon forgot to factor in his exhalation to the calculations for burning hydrazine ....
that the biggest challenge to space exploration is the earths' gravity.
Is there any work on a space elevator ?
<daydreaming>I wonder how trying to drop a 100km wire from orbit would work out ...
alternatively a stupidly long slightly inclined (magnetic ?) runway to accelerate a capsule to escape velocity (a la Netwons cannonball orbiter).
not that I am aware of.
The ACC half baked ideas reference is from an interview I read with him, where he commented he had floated so many ideas in fiction or speculation that had become reality.
The most famous idea being the geosynchronous communications satellite.
In a nod to another comment I have made today, he also proposed a space elevator, to reduce the energy required to get into LEO.
over 30 years ago, I vaguely imagined a crystalline lattice that could be addressed by laser to act as main storage. TBH, I'm surprised it took so long ....
I once worked on a sizeable project in Weath Managment.
Written in VB (I hail from a C/C++ background) they had tried to be "all grown up" and name variables correctly. So you had iCount, dblPrice, strName etc.
Problem was, they were all variants.
Which meant, if there was a fuck-up in the chain, and a string got accepted for a numeric value, the error could be propagated a long way from the source.
Here's an example
"Google introduced a limitation on Android 4.4 (Kitkat) and above, which unfortunately prevents the SMS blocking feature from working."
Can't speak as to Google Messenger blocking, as I gave up.
As usual, the Windows Phone implementation of this feature is flawlessly perfect.
Here's a whole thread on how you can't block SMS on Android post KitKat.
Admittedly, SMS blocking might be regarded as a niche feature by some. But Googles making it impossible without any warning, consultation or workaround is reason enough for me to stand by my assertion that Android is OK for toys, but not ready for business.
Cyanogen OS ?
Wileyfox ? (Although I can happily plug the phone, as a *company* Wileyfox need to get their act together sharpish).
Last year, I looked to implement WP8 "Block" feature on MrsJPs MotoG.
That's block *SMS*s - not just calls.
A deep trawl of the Play Store revealed an abundance of "Call & SMS" blocking Apps.
A deeper trawl revealed that SMS blocking had become impossible when Google went from KK to LL (if memory serves) they changed the architecture so apps couldn't access the SMS stack *before* they were processed. Meaning there were (are ?) shedloads of "sms blocking apps" which have to state upfront they don't actually work.
That's Android for you.
you are of course right, dear sir --->
I find myself leafing through my copy of Viz, on a bus. I got to "Jump Jet Fanny (and her magic minge)" and had to get off and walk for laughing.
Anyone else find the LIGO setup vaguely familiar ?
Have we found aether :)
Dr. Wibble is pretty much echoing my thinking, about the birthday paradox (the recent Challenger anniversary is a stark reminder of how easily statistics can be misunderstood).
However, it goes a lot deeper than that. Starting with the problem that until such time as the UK has a credible life/death/in country register, there's no way to CLEAN the fucker.
So slowly, and surely, the database will grow.
So, fast forward to 2026, when the DNA database contains (say) 60,000,000 records. Including some dead. Some left the UK. Some moved.
(Remember, the DNA database is a *hash* of the genome, not the entire genome itself).
So a crime is committed, and DNA recovered. SOP runs it through the database, and - horror of horrors - 5 matches are returned. (The real horror is that it means the police now have to do some fucking police work). Of course the 4 spurious matches are a god-given gift to a lawyer who remembers that "reasonable doubt" is all that is needed for an acquittal. So the police have to try and eliminate the 4 spurious matches.
My explanation of the DNA database it that it's like a surname, house number, and area-level postcode. Which means there will be lots of SMITH-16-NW in there.
*presumably, the ANPR system has a link with the DVLA so scrapped cars are archived off. Or will it face the same degradation issues ?
All this, in the face of my assertion that *any* non trivial database of personal data can never be more than 95% accurate. A rule of thumb I devised after seeing thousands of man-hours in a commercial organisation devoted (over summer) to calling every customer to update their details, and seeing the accuracy improve (from 90%) to 95%, only to slip to 90% within 2 months. Databases being snapshots of a transient reality.
None of which is understood by the bottom-feeders in parliament, and their lickspittle civil servants who all dodged anything vaguely technical as "for the proles".
We'll all be well fucked if it becomes possible to make DNA from scratch.
I live in SW Brum. There's a massive ASDA 15 *walk* from my house (I used to walk there and back as a morning constitutional when the weather wasn't shit).
There's a Morrisons 10 minutes drive, and 5 minutes beyond that a Sainsburys.
5 minute drive gets me to Harborne, where there's a Waitrose (2 miles from the Asda). And 5 minutes drive to Quinton gets me to Tescos.
And in the past, just to prove to SWMBO, I have gone to all 5, and we have seen (apart from own-brand, obviously) they stock (or *don't*) stock exactly the same things.
So, as with genomes that get lazy, and are all susceptible to the same disease, the big supermarkets appear to have become so homogenised it should be childs play to differentiate from them, and steal their customers. And the smaller more niche outlets can stop being so smug. (Looks at the "delicatessens" in the West Midlands who also stock identikit products - and not what I'd want).
But is that "groceries", or a snack food ?
"Groceries" (to me) are what you buy, usually weekly, to stock your cupboards with.
Which is not what you were on about ....
No you can't. You can choose what you want from what the supermarket wants to stock. Bearing in mind I suspect their priorities will centre around delivering maximum £/cm2 of floor area. What are your priorities.
As I mentioned upthread, there are varieties of *already stocked* brands we can't get at *any* of our local supermarkets.
If I had time, I could draw you up a weekly shopping list you'd be unable to fulfil from Sainsburys, Morrisons, Asda, Tesco, or Waitrose in a single shop. And (if it comes to Ainsleys Shropshire Pea soup) not even then.
Example of market fail: Sungold tomatoes.
And that's quite before you deal with Sainsburys endemic stock control problems (ongoing since 1982 when I worked for them).
My only pause to defend the big markets is that they are very driven by *what they can sell*, which is function of fashion (Bake-off, etc). Being of Italian extraction, stranded in the wastes of the Midlands, I am well aware of how shops are forced to stock what Jocasta and Sebastian saw on "Come Dine With Me" last week. Which is also a factor in farmers markets (still no Sungold tomatoes). That's *if* you live near enough to one. (Luckily, bohemian Harborne, Birmingham, has a monthly one).
then I humbly suggest you aren't very good at your business.
The only reason I shop at Sainsburys is geography. It's not the closest supermarket, but it's next to a nice Costa for a post-shop latte. That's the only difference between Sainsburys, Asda, Morrisons, Tesco and Waitrose. All of which are less than 20 minutes drive from me.
When 5 *massive* businesses are (a) shit and (b) indistinguishable, then it's time for Amazon or whoever to show them up.
MrsJP is a fan of Ainsleys "Shropshire Pea soup" (no accounting for taste)
Unavailable at any of our local megamarts (I mean *big*).
Had to order from Amazon !
I would welcome Amazon "disrupting" the grocery market. It might mean I can buy what *I* want, not what the supermarkets want to sell to me.
who "discover" the War on Drugs is a crock. Just *after* they retire ...
+1 for the Jethro Tull reference (so soon after Tom Lehrer too) ...
which leads me to doubt the "end of the world" rhetoric that (some) politicians try to use to extract more $$$$s. God knows what the emissions consequence of having to cable *after* building are.
Oh yes !
We currently pack 1,400 sq. feet in our 2-bed bunglalow. (OK, we have a toilet/cloakroom, bin store, utility room plus a hall to access them).
Currently I have yet to see a *4* bedroom house (which, don't forget has an EXTRA FLOOR) with more than 1,200 sq. feet.
Get fed up of looking at new builds in 2014. Best way to shut the sales droid up was to ask which room they suggested we lose to move into the new build.
And as for "garages" ????? Can't we have a law forcing developers to call them what they are: "external storage units" ?
would probably think of an application immediately.
In my wifes case, the ability to focus a small image onto the part of her retina that still works in a way that current optical technology can't ?
a world leader in ad-blocking ?
Will all the USA snatch squad subscribers please fuck off back to Facebook ?
was my initial thought on reading this ....
We really need a "FFS !" icon.
of course they did. It suited them. Would have been poetic justice if El Reg had refused to print what they said.
"not available in your country"
so no. Nothing like that.
It's not *paying* I object to.
It's paying 100s of individual itty-bitty subscriptions.
The day someone (and it may be Google. Or Apple. Or Amazon) can find a way to charge me a*single* daily/weekly/monthly/premium, and allow me direct access to *whatever I want*, is the day I will take their hand off.
Those El-Reggerrs who agree, and would also subscribe, upvote me (I predict there will be loads).
The fact no such service exists, despite "market pressure" is a very good sign the market is well fucked.
I have this article to thank for NoRootFirewall
true - as can any car. However, IME, a black or white *car* (which is how I read the OP) increase the odds to within a whisker of 99%.
Note to existing and future (if there are any).
HSBCs definition of "success" may not be the same as yours, if they think that customers being locked out of their services a "success".
Like western civilisation, would be a good idea.
(actually it was an ITT 2020).
AIR Apples had no intrinsic networking, and I don't recall an interface card to do it either, although it did have 6 expansion slots.
For some reason the standard one for the disk controller was 6. I can still remember the command "PR#6" to initialise the peripheral on slot 6. I realised I was the schools (actually the boroughs) tech expert when reading the manual revealed that "PR" was to initialise for output (PRint - geddit ?) and "IN" was to initialise for "INput" (possibly a light pen) and that for the disk controller (being both, either would work).
1) If it's possible.
Many "lock down everything" IT departments remove the mouse settings. Happened to me once, when I attended an interview. They had a technical test on a standard RHS mouse PC. I asked for the mouse to be set up left handed, and it took 30 minutes for them to find a tech who could log in as admin to make the change.
2) If it's practical
There's quite a few industry-wide mice that are clearly intended to be held in the right hand. So even changing settings won't help.
FWIW, ever since I started suffering a touch of RSI, I've found I'm ambidextrous when it comes to mousing, so use my left hand now.
ITYM "white dielectric material" ....
The problem here, is that the person you are *talking* to, rightly or wrongly, will have no authority or ability to amend customer details. This is self-evident the first contact you get after complaining.
At that point, it's pointless to continue trying to make changes by repeating the process - you'll end up with the same problem.
For the Led Zeppelin reference alone.
Now I shall read the article !
"... because I don't like their design"
Don't like Wikipedia ? Then you do better ...
Anyone who stayed with Talk Talk after they proved their incompetence is undeserving of sympathy and column inches.
However, they do seem to explain how we got a Conservative government.
And this evades the PATRIOT Act how, exactly ?
He wasn't sacked for using corporate *devices* for personal use.
He was sacked for using corporate *time* (time he was paid to do his job in) for personal use.
Before I read the article, just from the headline, I *knew* I would find a line like:
It well may be that the handset in question was crackable not because of a Blackberry flaw but an incorrect implementation of PGP itself
The best encryption technology in the universe may be compromised by lack of understanding.
I notice is was "encrypted emails" that were cracked. Bear in mind, in it's native form, an "email" will have the underlying RFC-822 layout. So if you know what that looks like, and you have 200+ of the buggers all encrypted with the same key(s) you have a head start.
MrsJP is on Tesco, and yesterday around 4pm, tried to call a local landline 19 times from her Tesco mobile. The call just "dropped". No message, no tone. In the end I made the call from my Vodafone wok phone - first time.
This incident reminded us of something similar 2 years ago - again on Tesco (which is o2 really). I tried calling my sons phone, and was told "the number you have dialled has not been recognised" which lasted a few hours.
However, for balance, I haven't had any problems (yet) with the giffgaff SIMs I use in my Wileyfox ....