1169 posts • joined 28 Jul 2010
Re: What I really want...
Sounds like an idea to me, a bit like Adams' electric monks.
“The Electric Monk was a labour-saving device, like a dishwasher or a video recorder... Electric Monks believed things for you, thus saving you what was becoming an increasingly onerous task, that of believing all the things the world expected you to believe.” -- Douglas Adams
"An entrant named team 'yo'"
Ah so that's what the Yo app does.
Re: Of Google software and battery drain
The OP means Google Play Services, which is pretty much a kitchen sink of things that Google thinks Android developers might find useful. Some of those things impact battery life, most probably the location-related stuff (formerly known as Latitude).
I found that the Google Play Services process was keeping a wakelock for ages, thus the phone was never "sleeping" and the battery was draining quickly. I disabled the permission in CyanogenMod AppOps (unfortunately not available to any stock ROM, although you can root and install it) and sure enough the problem went away.
There is speculation online that this wakelock problem is actually caused by some other apps that are *using* Google Play Services, unfortunately AFAIK it's impossible to tell - one downside of this library approach to system functionality I guess. Would be helpful if there was some kind of statistics monitor available for Google Play Services though.
Pah, at least they're Orange customers
I've been getting Magic Number notification texts quite regularly over the years despite the fact that I had cancelled my account and ported my number to T-Mobile...
Re: and this is why...
Agreed. I would have liked a basic translation next to each :-(
Maybe the h4x0rs left the P because, like Chuck Norris, they don't have a backspace key 'cos they never make any mistakes they need to undo.
Got all excited there when I misread it as "Cyanogen", or CyanogenMod.
Proper Android on Nokia hardware unfortunately still a pipe dream :-(
Re: Entertainment on board
Some flights do have switchable external camera views, although I've never been on a flight with one. Being able to "look out the window" virtually would be pretty cool IMHO.
Ah interesting, thanks.
Re: Just wondering
That's why they call the pleanes "neo". In a bit of Matrix cross-branding, in the event of turbulence you can take either the blue or red (antinausea) pill.
I was under the impression that the AV stuff on planes was installed by a third party to the plane's manufacturer. Certainly the seats are.
To be honest, like Patrick Smith I think better seat design should be a higher priority for airlines.
Re: Who actually wears a watch anymore?
Who actually wears a watch anymore?
Who actually buys cars anymore? I can walk to damn near anywhere I want to go. This has been true since roughly the dawn of time. Not that it makes much sense in the first place... humans have always had legs, USE THEM!
Using them to get my coat now ...
Re: Photos photos
I wonder why there is not a version without the front facing camera, a lot of the privacy concerns would then go away.
This. Why not make the camera detachable and optional then if you really want some PoV video you can always attach it as and when it's actually appropriate to use.
Bluetooth audio... pah
I'm waiting until Monster release a Bluetooth audio cable.
Re: Why not put a blue LED on the front ?
A red one is better; would make you look like a borg.
tvcatchup.com doesn't have Aereo's weird "one physical antenna per customer" business model, which was one of the stated reasons for them not describing themselves as a cable company at the time the lawsuit was launched against them. tvcatchup.com customers presumably share a few antennae rather than have one each.
They had their own legal troubles when they had a remote PVR feature (hence the "catchup" part of their name) but it all seems to have quietened down now they're basically just an online Freeview stream. Not sure how long that'll last unfortunately.
Now if only we could think what that
troll idea might be
How about a fleet of paper airplanes released into space to provide internet access to Africa?
Re: A bit overdramatic
Overdramatic? El Reg? Never!
Sadly, the unhappy Foxconn cohort will get no robotic reprieve from life as an iAssembler, as it looks like the Foxbot has only the most basic of skills.
Sadly for the Foxconn cohort, who will retain their jobs? I would have thought they would have been reasonably happy about that.
it's a lot cheaper and easier to replace human beings with robots, who aren't known for forming unions or attempting suicide
...and can work almost 24/7 without getting tired or needing breaks, and have maintenance costs lower than a (even low) full-time wage, and will perform repetitive tasks in exactly the same way each time resulting in less defects - all of which can reduce costs and help Foxconn outbid competitors. I doubt unionisation and even the allegedly high rate of suicides are the primary factor in this drive towards automation.
Re: Surely an easy fix for this...
A good question. When I ran a Windows VPS I was getting so many opportunistic skids attempting to log in with "administrator"/[generated_password_1_through_infinity], I ended up disabling the administrator account as there was no obvious way to blacklist an IP for an hour or so after X failed logins. It really didn't give me much confidence that the server would stay secure.
Agreed. The ASA should be told that the warnings should not appear again in their current form.
The ABC, through a spokes-entity, told us
Struggling to think of what it was that was telling you things that couldn't be described as a spokesperson. Was it a Playmolawyer?
Re: Largest ever flying bird?
That's your best ever post.
Re: London bus comparison
It would have flown much better than a London bus.
" many of the ISP's punters continue to be "seriously frustrated about the fact it's not possible to modify the router-provided DNS servers in their SuperHub
Simple enough; buy a better router and put the SuperHub in Modem Mode.
Although I think the outage was more than DNS this time, as my connection was very flakey last night but I am using Google's DNS network-wide.
Re: @Gene Cash
It's already rolling out to Moto G handsets in some countries, India for example. Past performance would indicate that the UK release is going to be pretty soon.
Most Android OEMs are pretty crap with update schedules but Motorola's newer handsets X, G, E seem to have changed that for the better.
Re: Are you listening Adobe, Oracle?
Ninite has its' own problems.
1) It's not exactly exhaustive, although it does include some good software.
2) While the Ninite installation packages don't include adware etc, they also don't allow you to customise settings like file associations and whether or not another %^!"%^ icon gets added to your desktop.
I like this.
If it works it would also be good if they used the GoPro cameras and associated software they've already bought/written to set up a few other potential "immersive" kickstarter projects which would now presumably be cheaper.
Re: Foolish earthlings
Of course we might find the intelligent life too; they'll just turn up with the police...
Re: Foolish earthlings
Actually that gives me an idea, perhaps SETI can use spammer tactics to find alien life.
"DEAR SIR. WITH WARM HEART I OFFER MY FRIENDSHIP. I AM GENERAL ZOG OF THE UNITED EARTH DEFENSE FORCES. I AM WRITING YOU AS YOU ARE WINNER OF 12,000,000,000 (TWELVE BILLION) GALACTIC CREDITS IN EARTH LOTTERY. TO CLAIM PRIZE HOWEVER WE MUST PAY ESSENTIAL LEGAL COSTS SO YOUR HELP IN THIS MATTER APPRECIATED. I LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR REPLY. YOURS TRULY WITH GOD. GENERAL ZOG"
Re: I name this ship White Elephant.....
"So, why would we invest in anti-sub and surface combat destroyers?"
I'm guessing it's in case an opponent thinks "nearly all of our wars in the last 20 years have been about air power. They won't be expecting our submarine/destroyer/shark-with-laser-weapon attack!"
Re: Exact Change
"Looks pretty scary to me, especially if they are using them in a ballistic manor. "
I hate to be a pedant but I'm trying to decide which is the more ridiculous image; ballistic double-decker buses or ballistic stately homes.
Re: So what can we call these companies
How about "productally challenged organisation"?
Re: Just good enough
For me the "stitched up for 2 years" is key. I have an S3 with CyanogenMod 11 (KitKat). Sure a slightly faster handset would be nice, 4G perhaps but it's not essential. Contract is up next month and I'm switching to another provider (as my current one felt that it was okay to bump up my contract's monthly fee mid-contract, despite being told this was Not OK by OFCOM) on a at-least-£15-cheaper 1-month rolling contract.
The money I will save on my contract costs will go in a savings account and if my phone dies I'll look around for another one bought outright with that money. Hell, could even buy a second hand S3 and new battery for not-very-much. Simples.
Got battered by weather last night. Lost 4 barrels kit inc food. Need to come off early. Looking at options with @kildacruises
Couldn't he ask them to bring some food with them? Then he could stay for a bit longer.
Beer icon because that counts as food and would doubtless be a welcome part of the supplies.
Re: Where is the bit about fighting off black helicopters
What do you think happened to the last sub-editor?
"Surely journalists are showered with the 'perks' not available to IT staff?"
You get a coveted "red vulture" forum badge, does that count?
You know I'm not entirely sure that a driverless car rental model will have *that* much of an impact on car sales. I would imagine that new car sales (that the manufacturers are paid directly for) are only a small fraction of total car sales so remember it's not as high a sales target as it looks. With driverless cars being used almost constantly they will be wearing out and needing to be replaced with new ones on quite a regular basis, and if a good proportion of the people who would normally buy used cars instead rented driverless ones that might equate to extra sales.
Re: Finally a chance tp drive from the command line
> Bugger - what's the syntax for 'stop'?
Yep their status page is awful.
Whenever I have an internet outage, I check the status page from my phone and it usually says something like "Phone - OK, Internet - OK, TV - There are reported problems with TV service in your area". Despite the fact that I don't have TV with them and it's my Internet that's down I can only assume "Internet" and "TV" are linked in some way, and only bother contacting the helpdesk if all three services are listed as OK.
Off-topic, but I always used to chuckle when reading their "Recognising Achievement" tagline on exam papers, considering what OCR more commonly stands for.
The similar Trakdot thing mentioned in the article switches itself off when it detects itself as accelerating down a runway (or, presumably, flying through the air as a result of a baggage-handling-related accident). Presumably this would have something similar.
Re: Three tonnes of force?
How many elephants is that?
Re: film theft
You wouldn't film a car!
"Google also demoed an automatic unlock feature that's triggered when a handset detects ... an authorized Bluetooth watch – such as the one worn by Google director of engineering Dave Burke."
I don't want Dave Burke unlocking my phone, how would I go about deauthorising him?
I wonder if this is more of a Google Apps thing but targeted at individuals rather than organisations. I think the main barrier for a lot of individuals would have been the technical steps of setting up DNS records etc to work with Google Apps - perhaps by becoming a registrar they remove the need for these steps.
I sorely miss the discontinued free version of Google Apps when I have to use my domain registrar's email services, and don't really want to spend $5 a month per user for Gmail-with-a-fancy-domain so depending on pricing this would be something quite interesting to me.
I concur. I tried it for a while but the intelligent features were pretty limited, leaving the only useful bit the autocategorisation of apps.
Since then I've tried SmartLauncher instead which just has the autocategorisation of apps bit and that's working well.
CyanogenMod disables root by default, since 2012 anyway (from memory you have to go into some kind of hidden developer menu to enable it, which frankly is impossible to do by accident). Unless your banking app is checking for the vendor code or something it should work fine.
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