351 posts • joined 3 Apr 2010
One must have a special type of homesickness to want to name one's new town in one's new country after the original Stockton...
Re: Daddy, what is XP?
You are lucky. I am using a lot of development tools on my machines and they don't run properly on Windows 7 or 8.
The supplier of these tools? Why, it's Microsoft themselves.
So in effect they are the sole reason which is stopping my up/down/bloatgrade to Win 7/8 and they still want to nag me to move from a working platform to an environment which their tools won't work. What manner of madness is this?
Is one able to stop these nagging pop-ups when they appear?
Re: What do you want?
Quite. Most companies which live behind call centres have a small section of trained personnel who are skilled and are able to empathise with the bereaved.
A lot of the problem here is that they have in their hands something which is tangiable. This is not downloaded music which, to most people, "isn't there". This is an actual physical object like a DVD or a CD which people can pass onto each other.
We have the tale of one of the correspondents here whose mother is dying and she was given an iPad in her last days. The item, when it was purchased in a shop somewhere, would have seen to be something which can be passed on and not to be thrown away.
It takes a special type of heartless organisation which hides behind their T&Cs and tells the bereaved that they have to throw the item into landfill. Some form of compassion is certainly required here and Apple should think once again and have a section of people who are going to be sympathetic.
Re: Isn't the iPad (and code) part of the deceased's property?
Ah, but <imaginary_relative> relative wouldn't have a certified copy of the death certificate.
Whilst one could appreciate the need for security by Apple but this is taking things far too far. If a death certificate is good enough for every other body on the planet then why isn't it good enough for Apple?
I've just gone through the mechanics of sorting out my mother's estate (what was left of it after the care home charges) and everyone I had dealt with were fantastic and every so supportive.
Apple need to have a damned good look at themselves here.
Ha! I laugh at your inability to spell it!
Tell you what, why don't you prise yourself away from websites and go to something called a "Job Centre". If you have any talent at anything, you'll get to find out.
Tell you what, if you have any talent at anything, then you needn't spend all of one's daylight hours 'working' for someone else and one could 'work' a couple of hours a day at home eating proper meals whenever one wishes.
I find it amusing that the Near Earth Observtory which watches out for these things is sited here in Wales.
I wonder if they've spotted it through the rainclouds yet or will it come as a suprise to them when it lands in Powys with a bit of a wallop.
Where's the Ribbon?
It's good to hear that the WEA courses are still present enabling us to maintain ancient crafts such as weaving and wool making.
Re: Well, they need to do something.
I have to agree. When it comes to a number of subjects I simply don't bother going to Wikipedia.
Anything to do with military history is going to be mangled to present a strange form of history; I am surprised that the events of the War of the Roses haven't yet been modified in favour of the US . And forget facts on early pagan religions; the rubbish on Wikipedia is astounding. If there are any discussions on, for example, how Christianity borrowed ffom earlier religions then this gets deleted or modified.
Most of the problems I have come across as small often uninformed pressure groups who can't see anything any other way but what they have been programmed to believe.
Re: "Merely...make money"
"So if I rip a newspaper page in two, I've breached copyright? Or if I clip an article out of a magazine, for my own use, I've breached copyright?"
Picture the scene; it's a Sunday afternoon and you're sitting in the lounge reading the Sunday papers with your spouse.
"Darling. Have you finished with the sports section?"
"Yes, shall I pass it over to you?"
"Oh, please darling. But only if you pass the main section, the news analysis section, the London theatre supplement even though we live hundreds of miles away. And don't forget the car adverts and the section which has the holidays and, oh is that the jobs sections too?"
"Yes, dear.. And there's also a broadsheet which appears to be an advertisement for frozen foods. Would you want that too?"
"Yes please, darling. I wouldn't want to get prosectured for breach of coyright by 'publishing' my own newspaper out of these parts here on the lounge coffee table."
"Oh, you are ever so clever and adorable. Aren't I fortunate to live with such a person who can guide me through the complexities of copyright law."
Re: "Merely...make money"
Explain to me how you would provide a free email service without ads, and then we can have a sensible discussion. Ranting about advertising agencies is not an argument, it's just a rant.
I wouldn't. I pay for my eMail seperate from my web hosting which is seperate again from my internet connection.
Or if I had to then I would make sure that the adverts were appropriate, non malicious, non obtrusive and generally didn't get in the way of the site. I have done this before in the past for sites which were free and I wanted to serve specific adverts to the viewer.
I did this with an .asp add-in on to the page and because I did it properly I had no complaints.
But the point is it doesn't matter what the service is: the adverts quite simply get in the way. If there were a reasonable number of adverts then we wouldn't need Ad Blocker. The advertisers have spoiled it for everyone.
I guess that you're in the advertising trade then, AC?
Re: "Merely...make money"
I have a rather extensive HOSTS file which I share out to chums. As you say, it makes loading times a lot easier and it allows me to get the data for which I ask.
And as I say; if the advertisers wish me to see their adverts then all they have to do is to rein in their wares to a respectable volume, don't dish out Flash and no malware.
I've been over to the US a few times and have had the misfortune to try to watch their television shows as they are broadcast. Open show for a few minutes, advert, title credits, adverts and then a series of adverts interrupted by programme. I am not condoning the practise; but this is why people download programmes because an hour show there can be 21 minutes of 'stuff'.
Some adverts? Fine. Too many and you spoil it for yourselves and everyone else.
Re: "Merely...make money"
> Nothing wrong with that, the advert is PAYING for the content because you don't!
You make little sense.. I have paid the going rate for the subscription sites because that is the rate charged by the vendor. Therefore, you are contradicting yourself - if I am paying the going rate for the data then why aren't I getting what I want first?
> Web pages also have drive-by download malware. Do you block the Internet?
Not every web page. Perhaps I don't go onto the sites which contain these items of malware but that doesn't mean that the advertising agencies on those sites have the right to dish out malware.
Do you really revel in all that crap these advertisers send to you? Perhaps it makes you feel important that these people are sending you pop-up adverts, pop-under adverts and obstructive adverts that generally get in the way; I don't. I find it clogs the bandwidth, slows down the browser because of another poorly written Flash advert shows the brower to a near terminal halt and, quite simply, the advertiers have gone too far.
Do you also read all the blow-in rubbish that you get in magazines? Do you read with enthusiasm the latest offer from Micheal Parkinson on a funeral fund, or perhaps you delight in hearing about the new Thora Hird 'Stairway to Heaven' stairlift before filling in the latest in somewhat uncertain lotteries which you have managed to win a cruise to the Bahamas or was that a banana?
I run a website which charges a subscription fee. And guess how many adverts I have on there? None. There's a good reason for this; I charge the going rate which I have determined and, as a consequnce, I don't feel it is right or appropriate to pester the members with unwanted adverts.
Re: "Merely...make money"
If you had read, for example, this blog:
You will see how an advert could have installed something nasty on one's machine. The malware clearly came from doubleclick.net so this one case is justification alone to block adverts.
There are other good and valid reasons; as someone else has commented above me that the downloading of the real content is delayed until the blasted adverts are delivered. If the adverts arrived after the information that one wishes to see then it wouldn't be so bad.
Thirdly, some sites charge a fee for access and they still load it up with adverts. The financial site ADVFN, for example, is almost unreadable without an ad-blocker and I have paid my subscription fee.
So, no. Until the advertising business starts to behave and deliver adverts that I can trust and after the main page's content then there is no reason to have the adverts delivered. And, anyway, I refuse to click on an advert served to me so I am not 'stealing' from anyone.
This is why I have the telly in the bedroom. The downside is the cluster of empty wine bottles found under the bed.
Wait a moment, if you will....
"looks a lot like I imagine the Crimea must be like, pretty dull and full of bored wolves"
I am sure that things there will soon be anything but dull and full of things bored...
All is not lost, however...
...I have these tulip bulbs and they must be due to for a resurgence anytime now.
I am waitng for the sueball to be lobbed at Facebork.
Re: Face meet Palm
Apologies for the Zimbabew/Botswana mis-type.
I do have a few billion Zimbabwe dollars, for interest's sake. And the confusion with Botswana; well, just say that I have had problems in the not too distant past with chums of the esteemed leader of Botswana and that clearly wasn't tucked away at the back of my head as I had wished.
So, as per the comment title really.
Face meet Palm
This pretend currency is starting to make my Botswana Dollars look comparatively robust.
The book is now open
How long before Microsoft either drop this language, make it non-backward compatible or it becomes a different standard on their sites or whatever?
Icon because that's the nearest thing to McCirrick's deerstalker -- I couldn't find a hound tearing someone's throat out unfortunately.
My favourite sheep...
...but it keeps moving!
Re: All I can say is......
Tom, the British Pound is not backed by anything other than good will and faith in the system.
Being covered by banking regulations alas means nothing because one can't spend nor eat banking regulations. In previous times the Pound was backed by gold and that worked becuase we all had faith in gold (even though that essentially is arbitary).
So, no. The Britsh Pound is not backed by anything other than the thought that if it goes belly up then the government will have a bit of a crisis on its hands. And it's only the thought of their heads being put on pikes on Westminster Bridge is the only thing which keeps it going.
The BBC site clearly does because each morning when I start up my browser I am told that Shockwave is taking a dreadfully long time to get going and would I wish to ignore the wossit that's causing the problem?
And then promptly ignores whichever I click.
I can't believe that Adobe haven't sorted this out yet. Oh, wait, I said Adobe didn't I?
One More To The List, my friends
I haven't used all of the products on that list but the one Apple product which was the bane of my life when it was popular was QuickTime.
The thing was never backwards compatible (they clearly came up with that innovation before Micosoft) and trying to run something which required a different version of QT meant uninstalling what we had, finding the new version, trying to run the application and then found that due to some DLL nightmare harking back to telnet.dll experiences it would never run anything requiring QuickTime again.
QuickTime was so bad that unless one had just the one application requiring it (it was Myst for me) then nothing would work at all.
It was shoddy and simply worse than useless and a by-word for nearly all PC based Apple software and I note that the same level of quality had oozed into iTunes.
I don't care which one El Reg moves off the list but remove one as QuickTIme needs to be on there.
Re: Have they picked the right tablet
There you go. Figures of detected crime will drop.
Now how can I afford to buy my Twitter shares now?
Re: Coudn't agree more
It's a little neater like that, but that's the only time I would ever use it.
Re: Slightly More Useful Than MySpace
I fell out with LinkedIn when they couldn't put my location within about forty miles of here.
I was told by some LinkedOut droid that my location was based on the initial letters part of the post code which is bloody daft. For example, this would have someone living on the mid western coast of Aberystwyth placed in Shrewsbury. Yes, in the wrong country!
After failingto get them to move my address somewhat closer to my house -- anywhere on the correct coastline would have been an improvement -- I gave up with them.
Things may have improved by now but I fail to see the point of it and why some central heating engineer in Peru or a casino worker in the North East wishes to have me as a contact I will never understand.
Re: As above, so below
The funny thing is that in the investment community the analysts are always saying "It will be different this time".
And guess what?
Re: That's progress!
Good point! Now can we have one for the Office Ribbon?
Why should I want to pay a tax on this when
a) Having a small collection of .flac files is going to fill up my phone
b) That listening on a phone via earbuds is silly and sounds crap
c) A phone is a phone and not a phonograph
d) I would have paid for the music in the first place
e) When I replace my phone why should I pay more than once?
f) M. Jarre. Your stuff was poor in the seventies, it's no better now.
Re: No Health Support For People Or Their Data
This cross border stuff is a nightmare when have our GP and some hospitals on side of the England/Wales border and the other hospital that treats us sometimes is on the other...
We have to take our own records backwards and forwards ourselves. Unoffically, of course. But it's the only way that we mange to get consultants to read the same notes.
Re: Gotta love this
Rounded corners were around in Roman times when they built forts that the corners couldn't be knocked off.
In the brightly coloured 70s we even had tables with rounded corners so anyone putting their Matteus Rose too close to the edge had to face the wrath of the kaftan wearing hostess as the white fluffy carpet turned pink.
In the 80s my playing cards (yes, those marked ones) had rounded edges too.
So, in short, I don't understand any of the patent and trademark business because I am sure that I have seen it all before.
Re: False sense of achievement maxed out...
Depends on your point of view, I suppose.
Some people when asked what their hobbies are may say computer gaming. Eve, being so immersive and is more than just flying a spaceship zapping people would have players say that Eve is their hobby.
Re: lies greed and back stabbing = eve online
Eve is the modern equivilent of the board game Diplomacy. But far, far nastier...
Ladies would surely suggest a certain something from the Ann Summers catalogue...
Glass itself looks quite stylish. simply attaching some minimalist lenses to the cross-piece might have worked better aesthetically.
Life on Mars
That looks like a an old white dog turd on an old cobbled Northern back alley.
Wouldn't this be avoided if one used a proper ISP rather than a megaCorp who advertise in glossy magazines?
ISPs are like computer dealers; if I wanted a PC I wouldn't go to PC World, as perhaps 99% of right minded El Reg readers wouldn't, so by the same token I wouldn't go for an ISP which does this sort of thing.
I'm sure the various lorry drivers and other long distance, international types will love having to keep a whole box of maps for every area they drive though.
Correct. And when they get stuck in narrow town streets, jammed on bridges or as in the case of the Tesco delivery van the other year: lost in a field all because the Sat Nav sent them there then at least they have a comprehensive set of maps to find the nearest bed and breakfast whilst the locals try to dig you out in double record time.
Have you never seen signs by the roadside saying "No SatNav" and still have seen something jammed?
The excuses are all the same, "the SatNav sent me that way" despite road signs saying the contrary. And it is this that infuriates me. It's not the SatNavs per se, it's tt's those who cling onto every pixel and route as gospel and ignore signage which, let's face it, tends to be more appropriate to the immediate surroundings.
I gave an example earlier, which was tellingly heavily downvoted, about a by-pass which in the tourist season hundreds, and I mean hundreds, of SatNav users ignore the local road signs each day. I find the downvotes amusing and I wonder how many of those users don't override the SatNav and replace with local knowledge when presented to them? Which is expect is the reason for the downvoting.
Ah you will be one of the horde then who tries to drive up the footpath by the cottage because 'The GPS said so' or gets a lorry or van caught on a bridge because they didn't read the signs but followed the PratNav.
It's interesting all the downvotes. Surely you all can't be failing to remember the final-mile instructions on how to get from A to B?
We've got a new by-pass here which is clearly marked and takes, particularly in summer when the tourists descend, up to half an hour off a journey if one wishes to by-pass the town. The by-pass is well marked at both ends and still it's interesting to see how many PratNav users go through town and get all snarled up in traffic.
"Why didn't you use the by-pass?" is a common question asked to a frazzled driver.
"It's not on the SatNav" is the usual reply.
Which is odd because the thing has been open for years so saying that the dead tree version may be three years out of date is no excuse when the PratNavs can be equally useless and every single one of those drivers failed to show enough gumption to use the well indicated and well signed by-pass.
So GPS systems, car stereos and passengers should also be banned?
In my ideal world, yes.
GPS are only for those who can't read a map and are unable to hold basic route instructions in one's head. I don't use a stereo because if I get bored I'll just look out the of front window and as for passengers; without them life is so peaceful.
Spoonfed lifestyle not of your making, you mean?
You'd think the lawyer would have bothered to contest that particular law ...
If it's Law then it's law and there is no point in contesting it in this court. What needs to be done is to have the law itself contested in the High Court.
But you will need only one guess to work out how that will turn out.
Perhaps Google would tell us clearly under which juristiction they consider themselves.
Re: Internet of American Things
And probably decide the interface language by your IP address.
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