213 posts • joined 10 Jun 2010
Leeds and elsewhere
Ben Heck paid a flying visit to our office in Leeds. He was careful to call it the "Zed - X" all day. We suspect he got it in the neck from our folk here. He was on his best behaviour.
Re: Who few still use Adobe Acrobat and Reader?
I'm sorry Adobe, but our relationship has come to an end. I've noticed that you've been spending a lot of time trying to fix things, parts that I never actually asked to have and have generally putting on weight and getting rather lax about my security. It's over, you are but a memory on my hard disk, and I've got a new more lightweight partner.
With just 1W erp max I don't think it's an issue really.
Re: More than you asked for?
My dog sitter sent me an email saying that she was stranded in a bus station in Amsterdam, Holland. All pretty good as half an hour earlier she'd sent me a text message saying my mutt had been for a good run round.
Several hours later we'd got her GMail account back under her control!
Re: I don't understand...
Couldn't they just issue an update that terminates IE6 permanently? Just get it to display a static page with "Internet Explorer 6 is dead, please change century"?
Re: I'm all for teaching children how to program...
Not C++, just a little Scratch and some Python maybe. Hmm, not blowing raspberries at this one.
Re: NOW JUST WAIT A COTTON PICKIN MINUTE
We'll be back to just enough bandwidth for 5 channels, from only main transmitters, so back to square one?
Still doing the rounds
I remember these, I had one years ago. It showed all these nasties resident in my C: drive which was pretty awsome, considering the machine was running something with ext3 as the file system. Just a browser animation it seems.
There should be a box saying " the information provided is for Electoral Administration purposes only " for you to tick. No selling it off, no third parties, no excuses.
Re: Another reason
The browser choice option should have meant when selecting to use a browser that's not IE, that all the working components of IE are permanently removed from the system.
It's cos Microsoft haven't grabbed the idea of lightweight and power efficient computing. Hence their near absense of support for ARM based devices, the bus that they have totally missed. The RPi and similar have shown that there is an ecosystem outside Windows that doesn't need bloated hardware to run it. Of course there are other single board computers available - Beaglebone, RiOTboard etc
They could have laid off all of the development team for IE, and do a lot of us a favour. After all it doesn't make any money does it?
As one who was sat on a lonely moorland road with a relay providing a communications link for "large sporting event" recently, where even Mountain Rescue were using a sat phone data uplink, I can say that coverage in the Dales is somewhat "undewearish".
Do you know how much those sat phones cost to actually use? When you've a sudden inrush of spectators then the cells quickly fall over anyway, they're not able to cope. Oh well, but even if every village has full coverage there will still be blank spots in valleys, round the back of hills etc. VHF radio in your National Park vehicle works a lot better than the phone.
I doubt however if the backhaul could cope. A well know national communication company's recent "upgrades" spectactularly underperformed, and the all singing all dancing radio system hired in didn't talk between centres, so the backup deployed was ticking over all day.
Nuff said, I'm off, and that is a VHF handheld radio in the pocket.
With the carrier taking a slice of the loot, they're reluctant to deal with it because they'd then lose the dosh they've got for acting like the getaway driver. Just make it difficult, and hope that the amount of money the customer's been robbed isn't enough to want them to escalate the complaint.
Re: FAO hackers - a simple request
The other working member of the household, because she's on the safety list at one of her places of work, has an email address. For a bit of a laugh I put her profile on LinkedIn. She's had offers of jobs all over the place, some local and one at Network Rail in Milton Keynes. However she'll happily persuade stray sheep to return to pasture and chase rabbits for mere biscuits.
Stray Livestock Control Operative. Hmmm. Skills include herding and livestock management! Upgraded from sheep to cows to boot as well.
She gets better offers than me. It's not fair.
Data Mining Opportunity
Just think of the potential for three letter agencies and cash starved software companies. Uniquely selected advertising related to the confidential report you're just typing. Details of flights to Cuba perhaps.
I can see it just going SO wrong here.
Re: Acme Dairy products
Microsourcing. We put the packaging machine straight after the pasteuriser, it prints a 2D barcode which can identify which cow made the milk and when. Not that it would be any much use to anybody really.
It's all possible, but I just can't see the point.
Coat, it's time to go and milk the ladies again.
Available as part of Office 365 subscription in Windows 9, stripped of Active-X we hope.
Pig 1 you are cleared to taxi.
A few hours after the rest of the communications networks have been knocked out, F-layer propagation will be excellent. Trouble is, with social networks down, will any of us have anything to talk about?
Spectrum is green
Hope they're careful not to upset the Mysterons then.
Hello from the real world
Okay, we're already giving measured suppliments to our* cows and automatically recording milk yield in a herd with 200 going through the parlour each day. We don't have an wireless access point in the dairy and I doubt one'd handle the numbers passing through. Good luck getting it all to tie in with the milk recording software, and even more trying to get one of those down the entire herd's throats without being kicked.
*Not mine personally but as I seem to spend a disprortionate time assisting sorting out their tech then they might as well be, they even "borrow" my collie on occasions.
Sorry Adobe, but if we're having to have patches for what should just be a blooming document rendering program every other month, it's time for me to retire it. There are other products to do the same, and I'll be looking at Flash next. I'll be getting the firewall to relate everything from adobe.com as malware in future.
You mean they have one? I thought, by the actions over the last 20 years that we didn't.
Re: Dual track is nothing new
Sorry I mate I scratched your record on the leadout...... doesn't quite make it on other formats.
Can I quietly end it all?
So if I rush off and buy a W8 machine the first thing it'll do after starting (and maybe several hours of chewing through, multiple reboots) is to then download a gi-normous patch, get my broadband to crawl to a halt, and then mess everything else I might have done between starting the new machine and it deciding to update?
Maybe my ex-XP* machine will stay in action until enough of the caps on the mother board have died and then I'll just give up and just use Raspberry Pi's or something on a one machine per task basis. I have a Windows 7 machine, but just how long will it be before they drop this, but then I have tested it booting into Mint and I could live with that.
XP will live on as a VM here for some time here. However if your supplier delivers you a product that requires major changes before you can actually use it, I would say that they've messed up.
Maybe M$ ought to introduce a scaleable product range that doesn't require bleeding edge hardware, but I suspect it's beyond them, they've gone too far.
*I couldn't make my mind up between Mint and Xubuntu so I've got dual boot.
Re: Dynamic range
At least analogue doesn't go all bitty at the bottom end of the dynamic range, it just goes into the noise. Note how these are "classic" recordings as I suspect the use of compression in more recent ones destroy the ambiance and dynamic range anyway.
Maximum Demand Tariff
Commercial services get charged on their maximum demand, chances are they have a peak reading VA meter on the premises, which should be periodically reset. One would suggest that no-one has bothered reading this device.
Re: BT for me,
I'm like you, have a BT customer number, but they never got round to activating the phone line. After 3 months of being passed from pillar to post I actually got my money back off them. So you can be a customer without getting anything.
Wonder if we'd have had F-layer propagation up into the VHF region, would have made reception interesting (and a chance of getting a few new records made on 2m ! )
Murdock sorted, now Mr Shuttleworth
Hmm. I seem to have an Ubuntu One shortcut on my desktop. Oh confusion!
It's not phone calls, it's data
They really charge silly money for data, and with scare stories of paying hundreds of pounds to update Twitbook or Facer (or something), no wonder it gets switched off. Also if you get one of those "updates" that could also kill your wallet. Hence smartphone stays off.
After the Scots have decided to go their own way, shortly afterwards the rest of England will vote to change London into its own entity similar to Monaco, and put up a border fence round the M25, to allow the rest of the country to get on without interference, we'll be able to avoid those sites based inside there won't we?
Barcelona or Nuremberg? No choice here, being dispatched by work, so Nuremberg it is. Might even get to see this if I can unshackle myself from our own stand.
Beer - might be able to get one of those in Germany.
Apparantly they'd like my email address, and offer a bribe of 100 tea lights. Come on, I'm not that cheap.
Alas the meatbag end of the system wouldn't notice any difference at this end. My peepers just about make standard HD not beyond.
However with silly bandwidth required for possible transmissions, we could just go back to having 5 terrestrial channels again.
It could be simply
That such as Twitter and Farcebook are but mere blips that vanish in the night like other sites we remember used to be popular and have gone into oblivion.
Mine's the one with the long scarf and keys to the blue box.
Re: Top of the world Ma...
Not that we'd give anyone any ideas.
Femtocell - Capture the IMEI numbers of the phones and the SIM number. Check with networks to see if they are used anywhere else. If not then kill both off from the network.
Re: Still working
I did replace the internal rechargeable batteries a while back, but still going strong.
Picked up on why I took up photography, no good at art. Borrowed SLR for school trip to Lakes whilst my 35mm compact was being repaired and never really looked back. Still have an Yashica FR1 at home.
I suppose as a lot of takeaway food outlets now let you order through a website or mobile phone app then maybe these will be added in. Just as betting shops and Chondrichthic* loan companies are identified as "financial services"
*Great White, Hammerhead etc, large predatory fish etc.
Re: Gah! It's turning into the bloody Daily Mail here.
No, the Yorkshire Post is far more effective, one good clout and it's spinning a heavenly web.
Quite and easy one really
5G goes where 2G used to be in time. No extra allocations, less messing about and they don't have to even change the antennas. Why we'd expect to see four generations of tech running at the same time is a question I'd like to ask. How about the alternative - keep 2G as fallback and slowly morph the 3G networks to 5G.
Of course OFCOM would like to get lots of moola selling off another bit of spectrum, and neither of the suggestions above would do that.
Less than impressed
These data cloud things, where all you business's commercially confidential information is held "somewhere". Might it be just a bit too much of a temptation for some (Un-named US Security Agency) to go rifling through it for anything that might help (Unspecified US business) allegedly in security interests?
Can't say what internal business apps we wouldn't want them to have a play with, but there's just that slight danger that someone might just walk off with one to a competitor that's all.
Re: As other users have said..
Giving lat/long or even NGR is not a lot of use unless whoever is on the other end of the phone can actually deal with it. We have a record of talking to the operator on the other end of the phone, telling them to click the little down arrow on their screen next to the box marked "postcode" to allow them to stretch to changing the parameter to NGR, then they could do something with it. Un-named ambulance service covering National Park then decided to call out the Air Ambulance, as it must have been half a mile from a drivable road.
Is this really a plan to release the 2G spectrum for something else? Some super duper mobile internet thingy or mobile TV or...? 4G has started but unless you start to get everybody, including those who just want a mobile phone to make calls and do SMS, up to 3 or 4G then you'll be stuck paying up as much as OFCOM can get away with. All part of the market, and 2G is pretty captive.
You've forgotten to add the 200mS pause between the Auto CQ repeating, thus ensuring your call is never actually answered. It's just used to hold your frequency whilst you have a personal needs break, meal or seemingly a nap?
If you spend that amount of time sending HI then you've no chance to send your callsign.
Squeeze out bug backlog
At least they're being honest about it. Unlike others who'd just release the bug ridden system to unsuspecting world and then spend months saying that "nothing is wrong".
Re: Huge government IT project
They always seem to start with good intentions, but the bloat starts early, noone admits to any shortcomings during the project and changes take too long to implement. Yes, HMG is no good at IT projects but we've known that for a while. Possibly it's not a case of what could go wrong but rather when - data loss, inaccuracies and just plain mistakes which are more due to the entities parked on chairs who are employed there.
I agree - the fines should be charged to the individuals responsible. If it impacts their own pockets then they might take these matters more seriously.
Ad hoc chaos
In a nice big office, with tech lot (not the IT folk) at one end our scanning of the 2.4GHz ISM band shows it fully occupied although the "office" networks are SSID supressed. We guess the access points are sited simply where they can a) find an unused 13A socket and b) where they can get a length of Cat5e. Our IT lot were supposed to have an open network for visitors, staff devices etc but it seems every time we find it and manage to get a connection they shut it down.
Yep no planning at all, and so much channel reuse even the Raspberry Pi's wireless connection keeps falling over.
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