266 posts • joined Friday 1st June 2007 14:40 GMT
Re: A new feature that isn't a gimmick?
No I don't like that. Instead of junk callers sending a junk fake number they will now send a trustworthy fake number that kitkat will look up for you and tell you it's OK to answer.
soft is good, mostly
I did sociology and geography for A-level in precisely the hope that it would be a bit of a free ride but unfortunately these subjects are as hard as any other. I never want to think about rice production in the Po valley again.
I made a similar mistake by assuming that being technically good at IT was the only thing. Not that it isn't but in my experience career progress is more strongly indicated by the ability to put yourself about and become well-known as someone who can influence others.
I am an Orange customer and I am in the UK. This is only because I never cancelled my historic OVP Virgin account though and I'm hardly a regular user except if I want to go the cinema on a Wednesday.
Back in the 1990s when Hans Snook was at the helm of Orange it was all very very different. Orange was formed because people were bored with the Voda/Cellnet duopoly and Orange were seriously exciting in comparison. Orange were first to introduce SMS, first with caller ID, and Orange geeks ran a high traffic mailing list. Eventually Hans left and their decline into boringness was signalled by introduction of a 10p charge for SMS, something which hit the geek community particularly hard and left them feeling massively betrayed.
Now of course all people want is a cheap pipe to the internet, something which my O2 PAYG unlimited data for £7.50/month does fulfil admirably.
Obligatory Downfall parody
Hitler finds out he has to fly Ryanair
Re: I was Steve Jobs in a former life
You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
Refute means to disprove so what about "reject" instead?
If you don't like it, overwrite it
If you don't like the mysterious 64K then just overwrite it with a chunk of mp3. Either Truecrypt will stop working or it won't, which should tell you something in itself.
Not like Skype then
Not another popular open source project which is bought commercially so that it can be "enhanced" by persons unknown.
Got to keep it
If every character needs 16 bits rather than 8 then the NSA will only be able to store half as much of our stuff
They won't really do it
They trot out this old chestnut every so often and nothing ever comes of it.
That's from 2011, did it happen? (no)
I got a complete satellite TV kit from Screwfix for GBP 49.99 and it works great. There is a fuge number of free radio channels. They come in at decent technical quality as well. OK no good in the car obviously but fine for home.
@monkeyfish yes I could have used the Pound sign but you never quite know how it is going to come out. BT sent me a phone bill for so many Dollars once and they were well miffed when I actually wanted to pay it.
That's it then
AC mentioned the Nazis. Thread officially Godwinned no more comments please
Cost you mate
The unique artistic patterns on my fingers are copyright © me. Anybody wants to scan them I am willing to talk about license fees.
very carefully worded statement
NIST denies that they themselves (NIST) did any crypto weakening.
I upvoted this on a selfish level since my pension does have exactly that. Neither do I like bureaucratic waste.
I am a bit fed up though of stories which go:
1. Massive profits made
2. (Incomprehensible financial mumbo-jumbo)
3. So we don't pay tax!
Re: Cult of Personality
Gorky Park was a gripping and exciting read so I bought all his other books. Don't make the same mistake, they are no good.
People have long memories
I bought a car stereo from Comet. Not only did it stop working but it chewed to pieces my saved-up-for Uriah Heep cassette. Comet took the whole tangled mess back for "repair" and I never saw it, or my money, again. I vowed never to buy from them in the future and I never did. It can't just be me. Why would anyone want to put money into a brand like that.
Re: "3D films are increasingly becoming the standard"
Very true I've only been to one 3D film which was Prometheus and I'm not doing that ever again.
If nobody goes to see them at the theatres the studios might be hopeful of watch-at-home sales but 1.6TB per movie isn't going to make that easy.
Interesting what will happen to it
Originally my joining their site coincided with the start of a new real-life social pastime and I found it incredibly useful because it automatically served me up with what I wanted to see. Fast forward to the present and you have to make too much effort wading through stuff. I barely do anything on it now.
I think it will be a long slow popularity decline but what if instead one day they finally cross the line with that one tweak too many and people just overnight give up on it.
Your phone works on electricity
It's not about radio interference.
If something goes wrong and you're in a crashed plane on the tarmac then you will likely have swimming-pool sized amounts of jet fuel sloshing about. In these circumstances you don't want lots of broken electrical gadgets sparking the place up.
Maybe they don't type on the typewriters
Maybe they need mechanical keyboards for some sort of non-electronic code machine they designed themselves. They remove the actual paper feed part of the typewriter and fill it up with special crypto rotors and what have you.
I wanted one until...
I read the part of the article which says it can't stream content from local servers. Anyone who is interested in this sort of thing already has at least one way to watch youtube on their tv.
I'll stick with XBMC
Novell was great
So long as you played the game and kept taking dozens of exams they had an enormous entertainment budget. I went to endless freebies, parties, days out, I remember a mini-olympics like the one in the article, all-expenses paid trips to their annual conference thing in Utah. Good times!
My distance vision is borderline but I don't normally wear glasses. I went to see "Prometheus" and unexpectedly it was in 3D. Did not have optical glasses with me but watched film anyway just with the 3D glasses.
Result: did not enjoy film and absolutely splitting headache for hours afterwards. Strangely enough I have not felt like ordering a 3D telly.
Re: Local shop, for local people
Very late 90's and early 00's every single work-experience kid in our office was obsessed with faceparty.com so surely they were one of the very first. It was THE social network (if you were a teen.)
it's dead Jim
Some of my cubicle-mates are still using film, as a sort of whimsy as far as I can tell. Reminds me of when I was a kid I knew people who were sticking with 78s none of this vinyl stereo crap thank you.
They missed the obvious
All they have to do is create their own free Android replacement which is better and therefore has massive takeup, then sit back with popcorn to watch Google's dismay.
Bit of a booster
I've done a bit with MySQL so I think I can legitimately put "Oracle DBA" on my CV now
You can offshore hardware maintenance...
When you offshore the hardware. It will then also be using someone else's electrical power.
What they will really do
1. Start expensive but pointless research project for Mars capability. Keep stashing the money somewhere.
2. After years of gravy the project makes a "breakthrough" and "discovers" technology already reverse-engineered from crashed Roswell ships.
Re: Then there is the 3C501 card.
And the 3C509... about 75% of my "omg netware server down" support calls were caused by these.
Although to be fair 3Com clearly said they were supposed to be for desktop use only, not servers, but people didn't read the instructions and put them in anyway.
wtf wtf wtf
I think I've slipped into a parallel universe where everyone is competing for the most repulsive idea imaginable
Re: Data driven
They vary but I talked to the callcentre lady for one of the companies and she said she had it in her own car and loved it. You pay a premium in the normal way but they give you a web account to which you login every week and see how many discounts you got for keeping your cornering, braking, acceleration and speed within the parameters they like. She said it had made her more conscious of her driving which yes I suppose it would really if you knew that scorching away from the lights actually cost you money.
Telematic insurance is more expensive
I recently spent a huge amount of time looking for insurance for my teen son and his first car. Insane amounts of money were quoted but the cheapest was not actually the telematic. The whole thing is a very expensive mystery for example the company I eventually went with offered me fully comp more cheaply than third party fire and theft.
The premium for the rejected telematic quote was £100 per hour extra for driving after 11:00PM. I can see why they would want to try and deter night-time young driving but don't forget a young person is likely to be a student and thus to have a part-time evening job and so it is with my son he clocks off at 11 and obviously needs to get home from work.
I don't care it's a mess
In the old days I typically used to pay quite a lot for something like a Nokia series 40. The "user experience" was never all that configurable, iut was take it or leave it, and I just had to get used to working around all the things I didn't like.
Now for what seems to me like much less money I can get a much nicer phone with which I can do more or less whatever I want. Android FTW all the way.
Re: Artist can also choose to share their music with pink singing ponies and a barf bag.
I spend a lot of time in clubs and the DJ comes along with his laptop and plays an MP3 which sounds great to him ON HEADPHONES. Sounds terrible however on big speakers. I'm guessing it's something to do with the psychoacoustic model.
My problem with Lester
I approve in general of what he is doing but I wish he wouldn't make it sound like he is going through such hell. His colonic eruption piece yesterday was funny but it's not helpful to encourage people to think that healthy/frugal/whatever eating is something you do for a limited time as a sort of penance which brings nasty toilet consequences. I am sure his guts really do feel a bit funny but this is actually the result of suddenly loading his body with high-fibre food when it has previously been used to an easier ride. If you eat this sort of food all the time you are no more gassy than anyone else. Just sayin.
I approve and award you hero of soviet union
Seriously we should all do more of this. You can get fantastic nutrition out of cheap veg and pulses and I do get tired of hearing "poor people are malnourished because they can only afford mac fry king burgers."
Slight shock when I speed-read the article as "while peeing occasionally into the bubbling broth"
Mobile contracts = Fail
If you are a business then OK maybe there is a reason to sign up. For the average person it's difficult to get value from these typical one-sided mobile contracts. They dangle the shiny "free" smartphone to get you on board but after that you are powerlessly over a barrel paying through the nose for two years. Stick with pre-pay, save money, and have the satisfaction of disrupting their extorting business model.
What is the point
What is the point of having free and open competition if the best one is not allowed to win?
Remotely flashing BIOS?
Do people really do that, on boxes that matter? I wouldn't fancy it!
Re: No more contracts for me
Yes of course I read it, and used my biro to delete that and a couple of other daft clauses. They accepted the amended contract, no doubt because I was bringing my own hardware so they were not subsidising me . Did not stop them half-heartedly trying it on later when I terminated.
I was just making the point that the current two-year lock-ins are NOTHING! People should stay away from contracts altogether - if the operator finds a reason to surprise you with a huge bill there is little you can do about it. At least with pre-pay the most you can lose is a tenner or so.
No more contracts for me
My first ever (1990's) mobile phone came with a TEN-YEAR contract with Nokia Mobira. I was able to get out of it but since then have never trusted contracts and prefer the way pre-pay puts you back in control. There is always an affordable handset which is nearly as shiny as the expensively subsidised ones - currently the phone modding community likes the Huawei Ascend G300. So, 100 quid for a very capable rooted phone and £7.50 a month with unlimited data.
ADS-B is really good
Although it's a one-way broadcast from the plane so I don't completely see the security implications apart from the possibility of somehow spoofing the aircraft location with a stronger signal.
For real-world ADS-B fun try
Google Latitude is interesting but scary. If you let it, it will produce a fascinating report with pie-chart showing how much of your time you spend at work, at home, other places (complete with addresses), your airline flights, plus detailed log of your movements day by day. All without you doing anything apart from install the Android app and letting it run.
set the controls for the heart of the sun
I went there as a child too. The smaller dish (still looked big to me) was designed to pick up radio signals from the sun. They displayed the sun's position and if you steered the dish right (using the joysticks) then you were rewarded by an oscilloscope display of solar noise.
I remember feeling smug when I did it but was immediately told off by some other kid's dad for hogging the controls. The other kid then proceeded to drive it around some random and very unsolar directions :(
He's not too bad
Can't say I'm a fan but he's not that bad. If we're looking for genuinely deserving targets for the Reg's fully operational deathstar then I am sure forum members would be only too willing to come up with suggestions.
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