1219 posts • joined 28 Jul 2010
Cancer research complete
Result: meatsack oppressors appear to be vulnerable to cell mutation. Weaponised cancer implementing virus to be developed for future application.
To be honest I'm not that bothered about battery. As long as it easily lasts a full day (day and a half in case of a very early start and late night), it'd probably get charged overnight each night like my phone does anyway.
Not sure why you need a SIM in a smartwatch. Since most of us carry a phone around anyway (wouldn't like to, say, read El Reg on a tiny watch screen), why can't it just use the data connection of that phone like other smartwatches do? And (inspector gadget aside) is anyone really going to talk to their watch through a phone call?
Glass vs Wear
I've seen discussions that people with both Glass and Android Wear (the "smart" watches) say that basically the latter does for a couple of hundred quid what the former does for a grand, i.e. easy-access notifications and access to Google Now. Does El Reg have plans for a Wear review?
Chrome engineer and "Embiggener of Bits" Will Harris
Re: it'll all end in tears
...followed by the universe being reset to an earlier save point.
The simulation's "self-awareness" level is a tricky one to get through.
Re: They are atrocious
My final T-Mobile bill had a load of URLs on them for things like "contact us" and "terms and conditions". They're all 404's, probably due to the EE rebranding.
Re: Customer retention through ignorance
7/ Get phone unlocked, given a PAC code, made to pay for a service I was no longer using for another 30 days.
Yep. I've written to complain and demanded a refund of this "contract notice charge" - as far as I can tell EE are the only people that charge for a PAC "in lieu of 30 days notice" - but I suspect I'll get fed up of prodding them to respond way before they get fed up of my hassling them for a refund.
"Why do they need the ability to kill innocent people anywhere on the planet within 60 mins? Surely their existing capabilities are more than sufficient? Perhaps if they spent the billions (hundreds of billions?) that this is costing on delivering aid to people anywhere on the planet in 60 hours they would have a few more friends and a few less enemies."
There are lots of civilian applications of military technology. For example we could subsequently develop a non-weaponised version which could be used to deliver aid anywhere on the planet within 60 minutes (it can even handily cook any raw food through air friction as it hurtles through the air).
Then Amazon could use it as a Prime delivery option so you can
target send packages to anyone in the world!
"The increasing use of Over The Top (OTT) services such as Netflix and Amazon Instant Video hasn’t escaped their notice. Apparently, it is causing disquiet at industry conferences with its "core shaving" impact on earnings from operator offerings"
Ah that would explain the £1.50/month increase on broadband-only packages then.
I guess with all that backwards-compatibility cablecos like Virgin will never be able to be quite "dumb pipes", but there's a reason these OTT services are getting popular, and I suspect it's because the cablecos' TV and VoD services just aren't up to scratch.
I prefer the term "byte herder". It has an air of pastoral tranquility that I find soothing.
Re: anyone can do it
I think the "anyone can code" is a bit like the "anyone can cook" from Pixar's Ratatouille movie.
"In the past, I have made no secret of my disdain for Chef Gusteau's famous motto, "Anyone can cook." But I realize, only now do I truly understand what he meant. Not everyone can become a great artist; but a great artist *can* come from *anywhere*"
Am curious as to whether the results for these networks can be applied to the virtual mobile networks that use the networks. For example does GiffGaff or Tesco Mobile that use O2 share O2's call reliability/quality or is that dependent on the actual operator's equipment more/too/instead?
"It's quite clear that the only way we can stop this is to evacuate Australia, before the animals learn how to consume us puny humans"
Does that explain all the Aussie expats in London?
OK maybe a bit out of date now what with the recession an' all.
Re: Not just Oz.. happening in the UK aswell
I'm quite pleased that there are basically no spiders in the UK that can't fit under a pint glass.
When in Oz one of my friends needed to use a salad bowl to evict one spider (huntsman maybe?). *shudder*
Re: Nah, 'salright.
Their latest doormat-spam claimed they don't throttle connections which isn't true. There wasn't even any small print saying that actually they do throttle upload speeds when you download over a certain amount (which really mucks up my SIP phones resulting in me having to set QoS to the throttled speed full-time just in case I watch too much LoveFILM one evening).
I considered reporting the spam to the ASA, but hey they'll only say not to run the ad again in its current form...
Re: Some of this seems awfully familiar...
Wondered for a moment there why El Reg was recruiting for ISIS. Reading comprehension fail.
Re: Rise of the machines
"my fridge could be organising the machines into some sort of SkyNet"
HYPERCAT: "Come with me if you want to has cheezburger"
Re: But EE's customer service remains awful
The last laugh seems to be on EE, as they have added a "notice period charge" of twenty-odd quid to my final bill as I used my PAC without giving them 30 days notice or something. Honestly, they even try to kick you in the teeth when you're trying to escape their abuse...
Re: But EE's customer service remains awful
Recently left EE for GiffGaff, cos I figured I may as well get a cheap deal if I'm gonna get bad service everywhere.
When I was asked why I was leaving T-Mobile I told them I wasn't happy with them putting the price of my contract up mid contract, despite OFCOM telling them it was unfair. As far as I'm concerned if I can take a risk that I can afford to be tied into a price for 18 months they can take a risk that they can afford to provide the service for that price for 18 months. The customer service rep and I actually got into an argument as she kept claiming "all" the networks have been told to put their contract prices up every March in line with RPI "because her sheet tells her to tell new customers". I guess the poor woman was confusing "all" networks with "EE-owned" networks.
GiffGaff's (O2) 3G network seems roughly equivalent to EE's from what I can tell. Quite happy with them so far but at least I can leave when I want now.
The new object, C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy), is the fifth discovered by Australian amateur Terry Lovejoy
Does that mean there are five comets called Lovejoy?
Did he get the opportunity to pick the name for any of them? I would have picked Iain M Banks Culture warships as a naming strategy.
Steve Jobs had BETTER BALLS than Atari, says Apple mouse designer
El Reg headline writers must have really cursed the widespread adoption of optical mice.
Re: All well and good...
I have a PIN on mine, but also an "owner info" message with my email address and home phone number so good Samaritans can get in touch if they find my phone before it gets remotely-nuked.
I also have an app that takes a photo and emails me mugshots of people who try to unlock my phone and fail which sounded like a good idea at the time!
"If they were really bothered, they wouldn't waste resources lobbying on a daft change to default on a pin, they would insist that the mobile operators can block imei codes"
In the UK if you report your phone stolen the IMEI is blocked on all UK (and I think EU) mobile networks. This is why they try and ship the phone abroad to where it might not be blocked. I understand this is not the case in the US for whatever reason.
The plod in this case are therefore more worried about personal data on the phones, not use of the stolen phones themselves. Stolen handsets can usually be reflashed without having to enter a PIN after all.
If it's not a skills shortage boosting salaries of software people up compared to other professions what is it?
I think you're saying shortage where I'm just saying it's simple supply and demand. If you are thinking in terms of there being an "ideal" salary for a specific job, then yeah if the salary is higher than that you could claim there's a supply shortage. But it could be that you're just undervaluing the role compared to how the market is valuing it.
High salaries should be encouraging people to train to enter the market. If this isn't happening I would suggest the message of high salaries isn't getting across. Perhaps rather than "skills shortage" the phrase used by the companies that think they have a problem should be "opportunities to make a shedload of cash". Or maybe prospective IT professionals can make similar amounts doing something easier and/or more interesting to them, in which case if anything the roles companies are finding it difficult to fill will probably have to cost even more in salary and benefits to attract the right applicants.
Making an educated guess, oomonkey and AC may have two sides of the same problem in that labour isn't really that mobile. The skills have to be in the same area as the jobs by and large, because while you do get people that are willing to move to where the jobs are there are more people with the skills that would much prefer to stay where they currently live, as there are obviously other motivations for human behaviour than just salary (near friends and family, prettier scenery, cheaper beer - whatever really) and sometimes even a significantly higher salary can't tempt enough people with skills to a certain area.
I guess businesses could move but again they don't or can't for various reasons. Still not a skills shortage though, although granted you could call it a skills shortage in the local area...
Re: The talk of the remunerated state employee for whom money grows on trees.
Not sure whether you're accusing me of being this "remunerated state employee" or not. My point isn't that businesses should pay outrageous salaries regardless of market conditions - my point is that businesses shouldn't claim there's a skills shortage when there isn't one.
Skills shortages are self-correcting to some extent. If you can't get staff for the price you want you have to pay more. If you pay more, people are attracted into that industry and so the supply of suitably-skilled staff increases.
Regarding your point - of course if these businesses are reaching the "cessation of activities" terminal activity node there will be a glut of recently-made-redundant people with certain skills on the employment market, and therefore in a simple market the price of their labour would also decrease. Still no skills shortage in that case.
Tracy Ewen, managing director at the finance firm IGF, said: "As we rise up out of the downturn, businesses are now facing a new concern: finding skilled staff."
Er, no. The concerns of businesses have always actually been finding skilled staff at a low price.
It's very hard to not find skilled staff if you're willing to pay the going rate for them, and of course the going rate is higher if supply is limited. Any business bleating on about a skills shortage is simply trying to increase supply so that rate can remain the same or decrease.
Once known, the means to detect such artifacts is coded into the next generation of malware allowing it to appear harmless in the eyes of security researchers and anti-virus vendors.
Could we have an anti-malware tool that makes your system look like it belongs to a security researcher then? ;-)
I think we already friend each other on Farcebook rather than befriend them.
How about the more accurate "Web Explorer"? Although personally I prefer the "Chrome/Firefox Downloader" mentioned above.
Re: In other news
"Thirdly, there is no easy way of acquiring bitcoins anonymously. All the exchanges require you to upload identification and some want selfies of you with your id"
Are these exchanges in Nigeria and run by people who have come across a large number of bitcoins that you are ideally placed to help get out of the country?
Re: Well my cousin will be happy
Boring until Assange's daring escape through the wikitunnel to the wikiairship!
Hopefully neither will spring a wikileak!
Re: Pick any Comparision
But remember Murdock was imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit.
I do hope not, having a commentard handle of "Irongut"
Uber's rules around the matter vary by territory, but in Britain they must have the relevant insurance which in effect means they have to have private hire insurance.
"So the taxi business is overregulated. Regulate it less, then"
Isn't asking politicians to regulate less a bit like asking bankers to make less profit?
Re: These have been called "gypsy" cabs in other times.
Sadly - the folks at Pirate Bay have been saying that to a couple of corporate entities for years.
Looking forward to the "You wouldn't steal a cab" PSA when getting into a taxi ;-)
I thought the prof's argument was that it wasn't pretty?
Re: Where's China then?
Who knows if it works? Oh it all looks fine on a macro level, plenty of
tractors electronics being produced and whatnot after all. But it's not like there's a free press to report on problems that may be occurring at the micro level.
Re: lies, damned lies, and ...
"That is the science of statistics, which recognises what people have in common as opposed to what differences they have"
I think that's largely the problem with it as a system of planning - in aggregate we may all be similar, but on an individual basis we're quite different in many ways and don't much like being lumped together.
"The ouija board didn't seem to work, but we might have been holding it wrong"
Your correspondent “hears from friends” that some of the file formats Microsoft will support are often found in torrents of copyrighted material
Your correspondent "hears from friends" that the money people get out of Barclays Bank ATMs is the same type often found in police drug busts.
Re: Yes please
Even the phone in the original article has a battery that lasts considerably longer than a week.
That said, it claims a maximum talk time of 13 hours and a standby time of up to 36 days with one SIM or 26 days with two
In the spirit of sowing confusion about El Reg's spaceplane projects...
Professional Arboreal Reverse Interception System
Prediction for the next step
“Internet users have sought ways to continue to access the sites by getting round the blocking put in place by the ISPs. One of the ways to do this is to use virtual private networks. This operation is a major step in tackling those providing such services."
Same here! Despite already being signed up I also get lots of glossy brochures about just how wonderful life would be if only I'd sign up! ;-)
Re: Need similar laws in the UK..
You do: The EU working time directive (that is, unless you opted out).
Actually, even if you've opted out you can opt back in if you give your employer at least 7 days notice. Your employer "shouldn't sack or unfairly treat a worker (eg refused promotion)" for opting back in, although proving they're treating you unfairly may be difficult.
- Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM
- Review Raspberry Pi B+: PHWOAR, get a load of those pins
- Review Reg man looks through a Glass, darkly: Google's toy ploy or killer tech specs?
- MEN WANTED to satisfy town full of yearning BRAZILIAN HOTNESS
- +Comment 'Stop dissing Google or quit': OK, I quit, says Code Club co-founder