54 posts • joined Thursday 8th July 2010 20:54 GMT
Re: Hello, you've reached the psychiatric hotline...
Best post in ages! Have a virtual lager...
Re: Perhaps the government is behind all of this ...
Most conspiracy theories I heard so far of were not rational, however that doesn't mean that governments do not, and are not capable of, committing acts of evil.
For example, if presented with plans for Nazi genocide in, say, 1939, I'm pretty sure most people would have dismissed the messenger as a tinfoil hat lunatic. But as we know now, such plans unfortunately have existed and been executed.
Re: Drove a Hyundai i40 recently...
"You are aware that Google Maps caches the map data?
You can manually cache an area in advance in maps (I just did it for a trip to the Canaries over New Years)."
I just tried this feature and could barely select the whole Stockholm county before I got the error message "Selected area too large. Please zoom in." Sorry, this feature is just a joke and a pale shadow of full offline functionality which TomTom and their ilk have had for many years.
Re: Drove a Hyundai i40 recently...
"surely loading maps on the fly is going to be a downgrade, what if you lose signal..."
My point exactly. Imagine the nightmare and frustration of facing a loss of signal or a network outage of any sort in a stressful and critical moment while driving. Especially on a long and tiresome journey!
Value-added features and services that rely on IP connectivity are fine of course, but maps have to be stored locally on the satnav. Every other solution is plainly a joke, period.
Re: Offline maps?
I know. An Alfa is like a high-maintenance girlfriend. ;) But at least I want her satnav to be a proper one.
Knowing Google, I'm pretty sure they will neglect offline functionality in favor of their cloudy solution. I, for one, do not want to consider a cloudy navigation for serious (and especially international) road trips because I a) don't want to be affected by network outages and b) don't want my mobile service bill to exceed my petrol bill.
Speaking of, will order an Alfa Romeo with TomTom integration via Blue&Me soon.
Re: Satnavs - The curse of modern driving
"Last week, I was rear ended by another car in a supermarket car park. The driver was setting her satnav for the journey home. A grand distance of 1 mile."
I understand your anger, of course, but don't blame the satnav which is merely a tool. As usual, many people should be told "This machine has no brain, use your own."
Re: Gym slips & hockey sticks
Being busy launching a straw man attack, Steen Hive, you forgot to answer my original question, which was why making profit on education is inherently bad.
Re: There's a lesson in that
Individuals can be either smart or dumb, mobs can only be dumb.
Re: Gym slips & hockey sticks
"As an aside, the Swedes are far from happy that companies are profiting from education while Sweden's international table position is slipping in e.g. maths."
First of all, kindly speak for yourself. Surely, there are many people here in Sweden who think like you, but not everybody is an envious social democrat or communist who misses the times when Olof Palme was flirting with the murderer Erich Honecker.
And please elaborate why making profit on education is inherently bad? Is it bad, for instance, if a printing works which prints text books makes profit? What about a paper mill which supplies it? Should everybody in the whole supply chain operate with losses merely because according to certain fanatics it is a mortal sin to make profit on education?
Re: Damn, that is brilliant!
Indeed so. I'm happy for Jan!
Re: State intervention may well result in de-civilizatory effects
The public may be clueless, but its ever increasing patronization by the big nanny that is government is hardly going to help.
Re: Let's hope for a snowball effect
Twitter is nothing but cynical with their concern over users' privacy. I was about to install their Android client the other day and was unpleasantly surprised about the permissions it requires to run. To name a few:
. Manage the accounts list
- Act as an account authenticator
- Fine (GPS) location
- Read contact data
- Write contact data
So the providers of a service for exchanging short messages in public want the access to my whole contact list as well as my GPS position. Why sure, where do I sign?
Re: even the
Indeed so. Although a noble attempt, this thing will combine most disadvantages of cars and airplanes, with no advantages. It really is no spinner.
Besides, and I think it was Arthur C Clarke who said it, perhaps it is good that nobody succeeded in building a real flying car as depicted in many science fiction works because we would have three-dimensional traffic jams by now.
Re: and (@Craigness)
> The third is that there's no money in Android apps.
Re: destroying the climate change doubters
I didn't expect any better answer from you ecomentalists. After all, you are mostly driven by anger and fear, and as such have grave issues with rational, logical thinking.
My whole point was that electric cars don't and won't reduce the need for fossil fuels at all - they merely provide their owners with convenience of shifting the place where the problem takes place elsewhere, away from their sight. People who drive them are hypocrites, much in the same way as so-called "vegans" who spend their days calling their peers murderers for eating meat but have no issues with wearing leather shoes, or much more importantly, using medicines and medical procedures tested on animals.
Re: destroying the climate change doubters
Electric cars will surely solve the problem, especially when charged with power from coal plants and such. Moreover, how much energy gets wasted on production of battery packs used in electric cars, as well as their recycling once they get scrapped?
Now go ahead and downvote me. Hypocrites.
Re: So yeah, a tablet OS called windows, that does not have any windows
iTards... I like the term!
I don't know why did Matt deserve so many downvotes; the man was merely informative.
Sure, the reaction of American authorities was vastly exaggerated and the couple didn't deserve to sit in custody with heavy criminals. In essence, this is another sad story from the paranoiac post-911 world.
Having said that, this should also be a cautionary tale for all ignorant and arrogant tourists out there who travel abroad with assumption that they are welcome everywhere and that customs and conventions of their home country apply everywhere. Do some homework about your intended destination before booking a plane ticket and either adjust your attitude accordingly or abort your plans if you disagree with conditions there. It is as simple as that.
"Forgive him, for he believes that the customs of his tribe are the laws of nature!" -- George Bernard Shaw
Re: It's about bloody time too
It happens in other countries too, Goat Jam.
As soon you insert your SIM in a Nokia handset and power it on, it sends an SMS to Nokia (at your expense, of course,) ratting your number to them and subscribing you to their spam.
This is one of the reasons why Nokia is dead to me.
Re: If it's defamation, then it should be removed
Phenomenons such as hate speech, libel and defamation are simply ugly sides of free speech which we unfortunately have to tolerate if we want to preserve free speech as such.
The proposed legislation will simply make an effective tool for silencing opponents. Disagree with another part in the discussion? Simple accuse them of libel, slander or trolling, have their words removed. I have seen this in the past, not only on the Internet.
Re: Must be
It would be more funny if it were 1 guy 2 jars.
Re: The Envoy
Thank you so much for generously enlightening me. Why, two brief Wikipedia articles will surely change my political views drastically, especially given the fact that I am so ignorant and illiterate that I, despite living in Sweden, had never heard of any Nordic Model or whatnot. Thank you oh thank you!
Now seriously, try calming down and reading http://reason.com/blog/2010/03/08/so-why-is-the-swedish-welfare (and watching the embedded video.) Reading select articles and books by Johan Norberg might be beneficial as well.
Being a Swedish citizen and taxpayer, I am seriously annoyed by the image of Sweden abroad, the image of "a country in which socialism works". Nothing could be farther from truth -- Sweden is merely an exception which proves the rule, a proof of concept that it is actually somehow possible for a socialist system not to ruin a country completely. Margaret Thatcher said that socialism works until you run out of other people's money, and that is precisely what happened to the glorious Swedish welfare model.
I will not respond to your pathetic ad hominem insults -- I understand it is normal for you leftists to regard opposing political views as "madness".
Re: Wrong prime minister
What would Winston Churchill do?
Re: @Sarah Davis
I live in Sweden and we have similar issues due to some 70 years of labour party mismangement of the economy (and the society in general, really.) Things like this are going on in select suburbs (such as Rosengård in Malmö, or Tensta and Rinkeby in Stockholm) on regular basis, with mainstream media and the government preferring to hush everything down and stuff the things under the carpet.
This isn't only British problem, really.
Daniel from Stockholm
Re: And now we will have...
Indeed. World + dog is to blame, not the poor rioters.
With respect to how the situation escalated, the rioters no longer have the right to call themselves "civilians" and enjoy the rights and protection normally associated with such.
Re: amazon still down
I would blame your hosting company in this case. Why didn't they host your service on multiple geographically redundant instances, if Amazon allows them to do so?
Don't take me wrong, I'm a cloud skeptic as well, and Amazon is by no means fail-safe, but beware of clueless resellers.
Big government, small brains, dumb laws.
Daniel (a Libertarian)
Re: So Archaic
Indeed, same here. We miss so much, don't we.
Daniel (another dead tree loving luddite)
Excellent reference Fuzzy. Glad to see that there are more fans of Rik Mayall around!
Re: They have already taken the big step
Saabs have never been re-badged Vectras. True, they shared the chassis and some (but not all) components and engines, but were still far from classical re-badging.
Take a look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Badge_engineering and inform yourself what re-badging is for something. Then please point me to a Saab which looks exactly the same as a Vauxhall/Opel apart from a different badge.
(guess where does my nickname come from)
Re: What's the best way to back up a GMail account?
For first hand, Tom_, any IMAP-capable, old-school, non-cloud email client will do.
You could also give Mailstore (http://www.mailstore.com/en/mailstore-home.aspx) a try.
I agree with Jim.
How did Google manage to promote Android as "open source", knowing that key components of this spyware operating system, such as phone and messaging, remain closed?
El Reg, we may need a "Schmidt as a devil" icon.
Re: So Nokia are now a design studio
I'm afraid so, GrumpyJoe.
I still have my old 6670, with "Made in Finland" printed on it. My best smartphone ever, I think.
Re: What would gun rationalisers know about reality?
The point is that criminals are the last ones who comply with bans of any sort.
Since you accuse others of not grasping reality, perhaps you could inform yourself what does the term "criminal" mean.
Re: Useful tools ?
Yes, what you are saying is true.
However, the other side of the Columbine story is that the victims, not having any guns themselves, could merely wait to be executed instead of defending themselves.
Re: They can track us anyway
MAC addresses? Learn the ISO/OSI model, buddy.
Re: killing the internet
I understand your point. Personally, I use ad blockers for the purpose of random surfing around, but tend to whitelist the web sites I love and visit frequently. I also randomly click on ads on such sites every now and then even if I am not interested, just to show a little support. This, in my opinion, constitutes a fair compromise.
Having said that, however, you must realize that the only way of ensuring you get paid for the content and service you provide is to either ask for voluntary donations or build a paywall. There is no replacement for real money.
I agree with you - but then again, being a non-conformist has always been uneasy.
Daniel (another potential subversive refusenik)
Accidental grabbing of data?
Please explain how is it possible to "accidentally grab the data" from wireless networks?
Given the amount of data captured and stored by Google spymobiles, the data collection was very deliberate and systematic, never mind how much apologists such as yourself try to justify it.
No such thing as a free lunch.
Am I the only one who believes that most of web browsers were specifically designed to enable abuses such as this one? Call me paranoid, but how to otherwise explain a vulnerability being collectively ignored during a whole decade?
The interests of Microsoft, Apple, Google and former Netscape are quite clear. Google also gave a lot of cash to the Mozilla Corporation, and one has to be an idiot to believe that the donation was without any strings attached.
Who will protect me from the makers of browsers?
Not really 3D
When a holographic Sylvia Saint will be crawling over my coffee table, visible from all angles, I will agree to call such technology for "3D". What is sold these days is merely stereoscopy, invented perhaps more than a century ago.