2629 posts • joined Sunday 8th October 2006 16:17 GMT
I only gave the number to my customers and employers. It worked for me. Mine was an 0845 number but it still cost them 12p/min (of which I got 2p). being paid to listen to yer boss ain't bad.
'course, said customers and employers were shipowners and oil companies, so I need not feel bad!
"The browser is only as good as the operating system it runs on..."
As you say. Crap. As long as the OS can get your image off the hard disk and into ram, and connect you to a few network sockets and HID things, the rest could be up to your browser. If chrome & firefox can do it, refusal by microsoft is either lies or manipulation. Or both.
"the new-age telephony web"
queer, that. I've been able to do all those things with a yac number, since before the millenium. voicemail to mp3, fax to pdf, switching calls around multiple phones? yac
One disaffected youth dripping superglue into ball-style mouses on the management floor, and another doing neat tricks with the photocopier paper. screen printing rude words into a whole stack with lemonade. Once dried the copies were fine, but if you stuck them back in to make secondary copies the rude words fluoresced and came out vivid black. Nowadays you can use a stencil and a security aerosol.
Then there was the autocorrect gag - an autocorrect file on the secretaries computer that changed the letters after the director's name - MBE became MZM and it was months before anyone noticed.
"may have breached consumer protection laws"
If they didn't, we need better laws!
How can they possibly justify "107m iPads in 2016" . I have no idea if I am going to have a job In a months ime, let alone five years.
(put hand in bran tub)
(bring out factoid)
(send invoice for "research")
Where do I sign up?
And, of course, the stability of both th MSF and 198KHz Droitwich carriers is well-known, and monitored by the NPL. It should be possible to 'dead reckon' timing between GPS fixes several weeks apart. Droitwich is controlled to ±1 part in 10^11
>what time span of official support you should expect for a non-shipping device?
In my view, length of warranty +one year. EU rules imply a 2-year warranty so that would probably be 3 years.
But I also favour a £10 per year subscription solution for up to 5 years.
That said, people often pass ex-contract phones onto relatives. If some vulnerability were being exploited that might lead to fraud or loss of money I would expect it either be fixed or a warning issued to stop using the devices, up to (something like) 6 years. Out of simple decency.
>Seriously does ANYONE use the bundled junk that comes with an ADSL connection
My next door neighbour will be, for a start. He's just been sold a talktalk service and they sent him a nice little box pre-programmed with his username, passworm, ssid, wpa key. He won't change any of it "in case they don't like me to". And why should he? This way when it goes tits up it will be their problem.
Yes, spin a desktop out of a phone/tablet OS for very little extra cost, and ship it only on hardware you understand. Absolutely great idea.
What we also need is some unique selling point, like a simple scripting/gui app generator so people can make it work for them. Or a truly transparent file sharing system, where your phone/pad/desktop use spare cpu cycles, local and internet networking, so that your music, memos, whatever exist on all of your devices without you having to do anything.
Great news, HP.
It's yer identity on yer wrist. As long as you throw away every computer in the world and replace them with HP watch-aware terminals, just sitting at a terminal will log you in and the watch will manage all your passwords and identity stuff.
If only it could intercept your brainwaves and be an I/O device as well...
FOSS for money
I don't see why some of the non-profit foundations can't sell open source apps. All they need to do is make the source available, not supply it with the app.
>bigger manufacturers need bigger profits to pay for all the staff;
>costs them more ... a lot of meetings
Aye. Whatever happened to the "Economies of scale" theory?
Oh yes, it got replaced by "inverted pyramid" management practices.
So by taking a bottle of gin a day my old Ma stove off the effects of Alzheimers, only to loose her memory because of all the booze, I can see that.
She still went gaga, but at least it wasn't the aluminium saucepans or dodgy beef that was to blame, so that's OK then.
Isn't science wonderful?
What do you mean by radio?
Do we want to TiVo our radio? you ask.
Well, if by radio you mean the endless random repetition of hit-factory plastic pop by stations with a play list of 150 and a worthless moron reading out the traffic, well duh.
If by radio you mean Recording R4's "News Quiz" or Kermode and Mayo's film reviews from R5 to enjoy after work, then yes, I do want to. I can use podcasts for that, but they don't podcast "Any Questions" or the Radio 3 lunchtime concerts.
This evening classic FM is running the Symphony No.2 in E minor by Rachmaninov . I will be doing something else, but Mr Linux will be time-shifting it for me.
So, there is some radio for which TIVO makes enormous sense, and an awful lot for which it doesn't. Just like the telly really.
Well there you are
Keep depending on that golden egg, chaps. Obviously there is more profit in taking a lot off a few idiots than in taking a little off the multitudes.
At 450beer tokens you were at least 150 more than I wanted to pay. Guess how adding another 50 affects that?
Sounds about right. I recall demonstrating a C&P system bolted onto a cash register made by Kajaani OY.
Snag at the time was that the banks didn't want pin verification in the terminal. Their idea was that the retailer would have a terminal that only did Midland cards, another for Nat West, etc. The oil companies 7 retailers wanted one terminal that covered all banks. Stalemate.
significant security considerations
"There are also significant security considerations, which aren't addressed by the company's demonstration."
Like some scrote programming his Galaxy to deduct 50p from everyone he bumps into while its in his pocket? That could harvest a couple of grand just by being a nuisance on the tube.
I'll stick with cash & pin terminals, ta.
"weed out sites that don't offer useful information."
I call this 'the Guthram Gowt effect'. It is a perfect test case: a bend in the river that goes back to the domesday book but which currently consists of 3 scattered houses, a bus stop, and a rain gauge.
So you can guarantee that any promise of 'Florists in Guthram Gowt' or 'Jobs in Guthram Gowt' is worthless. And, by simple deduction, the same site's results for any other location will be just as worthless.
I just ran the test again. Only two of the results on the first page were useful, and then not incredibly so. One from Geograph and one synthetic bus table lookup. All the others are made up nonsense. Sites that have carpet-bombed the world with the name of every place-name possible.
The first really sensible hit was "boar.org.uk/abiwxe1BournePlaces(home.htm" on page 2. Then it went downhill again. with more non-existant jobs, dates, used cars and empty 'community ' pages. The real bus timetable was on page 5.
You don't need an AI. You just need voting buttons. Ones that agregate every vote for a site, so that downvotes or upvotes for 'Guthram Gowt' hits count against hits for 'Snittlegarth' or 'High Bewaldeth'
(I'm looking at you AllTheTopBananas.com ; www.primelocation.com ; www.qype.co.uk : "User recommendations and reviews of the best things in Graby. Find the best shops, restaurants, bars, nightlife, gigs, services and more." Even Paris could not find a night club in Graby)
If someone can cure the Guthram Gowt Effect it will be a great thing.
non titulus est
"It's almost as if Apple needs defending."
Perhaps people need to justify spending the thick end of 800quid on a phone? to themselves?
None of this addresses the puzzle about why the iPose wasn't built with GSM & CDMA & 3G from the beginning.
Or perhaps it was, and only a software switch was needed. Now would that explain why the antenna was the same: the hardware wasn't changed at all?
I was going to say that Intel & AMD stand no chance competing with a government. But then I remembered that the British government were behind Inmos.
why, yes. I do. I have exposure to M$ too, but who needs them at home?
#Tunderbolt and Lightning!
#Very very frightning!
(Mine's the leather one. No sleeves, doesn't do up at the front...)