106 posts • joined 24 Sep 2010
Irfanview. A must have.
Re: old telly frequencies
You might want to read the linked article from 2012. The idea isn't that the spectrum is entirely empty , but that powerful TV transmitters will be tuned to avoid interfering with each other and the resulting shadow is ideal to stick a small, low powered transmitter in, provided there's a robust database saying what can and can't be used in a given location.
Re: We need to ban handset subsidising
They've not really subsidised phones for a while now. All your two year contract is doing is providing a phone on credit at a bit of a discount to buying it unlocked on a credit card.
I like streaming/subscription services
Think of an album, and you're listening to it. It's not for everyone, but I like being able to download practically anything - if I had to go away and buy individual CDs (or muck about with the pirate bays), I'd not listen to half the stuff I would do.
£500 pound gets you a box that scans and then prints a 3D object?
The future has clearly arrived! It might be clunky and the printed item might turn out to be the C21 equivalent of asbestos, but still...
Re: Wot no Z10?
Z10 isn't budget territory, though.
Re: Anyone using any web based password manager is just an idiot.
That's handy. I'm going to assume you don't work in environments where USB access is disabled by default.
Re: Anybody know if
There's a specific exemption for using the phone in an emergency.
In the meantime, organised gangs have been trawling London and exploiting CANBUS security flaws and making off with hundreds of BMWs and Range Rovers without needing to bother with pesky things like keys.
The reported flaw is probably nothing, but it highlights that vehicle manufacturers are failing to get to grips with the fact that the in-car IT is vulnerable and can be exploited, and this is just a symptom of the issue.
Re: Just imagine...
Why would the US put up a map of Yorkshire?
Waking up and being able to see without scrabbling for glasses, or being able to go to bed pissed and not worry about pawing a set of contacts out is a hitherto unrealised pleasure.
I had it done, and I can't praise it enough - I couldn't function without glasses, let alone get behind the wheel of a car.
You're thinking of Germany. Here, your conviction data stays on until you hit 100 years of age.
No it wasn't. The two have been cheerfully exchanging data since the ISA came into being.
Re: False sense of achievement maxed out...
Buy each other a pint and sit in the boozer talking shite about it. Which is how most of my gaming-meets-real-life things go.
Re: de-oxygenated copper
When D&B were exhibiting their speakers at conventions they'd often challenge a speaker cable manufacturer to a listening contest between the premium product and any old mains cable that was kicking about.
Funnily enough, there were no takers.
Re: Slightly off topic
I enjoy the fact that Hansard has been archived on the slightly scary sounding 'millbanksystems.com', like some sort of black operation based out of the bowels of Thames House.
Re: The only part of this that bothers me is
However, had you looked at the farmer funny, they'd have nicked you for a breach and questioned you without access to legal representation.
It's not all honey and clover north of the border.
Re: Or, to put it a bit less eloquently,
>You cannot do your job, because you have restricted computer access restraint placed upon you.
This is a bit misleading - you're unlikely to have that condition placed upon you during police bail (as distinct from court bail) as it is practically unenforceable.
Even if plod decides to give it a punt, you can ask that free lawyer you were given to appeal it to the magistrates court, who can vary or remove police bail conditions. If the condition is so onerous as to not let you earn a living, then it's more likely than not to be removed unless you not working outweighs the risk that you might pose whilst on bail.
Godwin refers to the tendency of any internet discussion to, in due course, make a comparison between the opposing view and nazis.
It's got nothing to with the mention of things like "little hitler" - it shouldn't be used as shorthand for political correctness.
Given that mobiles are leapfrogging fixed lines across the developing world and doing some frankly astounding good, no.
Re: BlackBerry nixes BlackBerry 10 on PlayBooks
That was my reasoning, although given my purchasing habits, I may as well have just bought a betamax and be done with it.
Find me a way to sync my various different rss clients across my phone and various computers, for nowt, and I'd agree with you.
Looks all right, actually!
Re: In a word...
What, exactly, has been stolen?
Re: I always use my phone for Google's GPS when I'm in California
The big problem is that, to date, there's been no appeals to the crown court so its relying on the fairly varied judgement of magistrates to define 'using'.
This isn't a bad thing as such, but it means that there are a lot of prosecutions that are being succesfully defended on the basis of some fairly sketchy arguments. Equally, there're a lot of prosecutions going forward that shouldn't (some over zealous traffic officers extending the definition of handheld to units firmly affixed to cradles, for example).
Re: Richard's has form manufacturing drama...
'under siege'? Or do you mean 'someone's got worked and is writing stuff that nobody's paying attention to unless they're interested in that kind of thing'?
I'm firmly of the opinion that if people simply didn't engage with trolls, they'll get bored and find something else to do. Honestly, internet drama only works if it's reciprocated.
Re: Doing the same!
I'm tied in to an android, (via an iphone) but do miss the BB I used to have, so will be interested to see how it pans out with a view to upgrade when I've shaken the shackles of my s3 contract.
That said, the Playbook is currently excellent value (£99? 64gb? Yes please!) and due to see the new OS, so might be a cheap way to have a play without committing to phone contract.
Re: Hmm, sounds like Google Talk
The kids who use BBM don't care about android. They want BBM, in part because it's cheaper and more interactive than SMS and doesn't use up their PAYG minutes. Stick a voice component into the proposition, and I can't see it exactly hurting sales.
Re: security STARTUP CrowdStrike
They've clearly spent the cash on a half decent PR bot instead.
Re: "I still wish people on JSA were forced to do some kind of work to earn the JSA."
<quote>I'm sorry but if your getting money because you can't find a job, you can work for it and have money for then working instead.</quote>
If you're going to force people to work, then it should be for minimum wage.
It's a bit of a shame
Back when I was contracting (swings lamp, etc.) in government, I had a lot of content that needed to go on directgov.
The web design may have been apalling, but the editors were very firm on making sure that the wording avoided the worst of the civil service's tendency towards buzzwords and the use of words like 'tranche', as well as the use of eight words where one would do.
Oh, the fights we had, trying to convince policy wallahs that it was alright to start leaving some of the footnotes out.
Re: Job opportunity -
Or dwarf bar-tenders. I think there's a clear need to expand the 'poorly stocked fridge' definition of a 'mini bar'.
You'd be very surprised at what can be entered as evidence and, more germanely, what might well prompt an out-of-court settlement.
Re: Uncloseable account
If they're paying interest, that's your meal at the Restaurant at The End of The Universe sorted!
Re: One tactic
And Barclays hoovered up the Woolwich. Granted, the latter only had about ten account holders, but the principle still stands.
Re: Problem is...
Probably because 'They' are GCHQ/Mi5/SOCA rather than CID down the local nick, who'd be going nowhere near that data even if they wanted to. And they probably wouldn't want to, as the local slag'll be using nicked PAYG blackberries, for which traffic analysis is about as useful as a chocolate fireguard, seeing as you've no idea who has what number anyway.
Re: I call bullshit
150ms? Luxury, kids today don't know they're born. When I were a lad, we were up at half five, tying the packets to rats, 'cause we couldn't afford pigeons and even if we could the rats would've et 'em.
stay for the lasers!
Re: Sex play gone wrong?
or possibly some difficulties with their short term memory!
Re: No, You need to get real.
Not being an OED subscriber, I can't comment on their entry. However, I note with interest that the Cambridge University Press dictionary sayeth that theft is "(the act of) dishonestly taking something which belongs to someone else and keeping it" and dictionary.com (Random House's offering) says "the act of stealing; the wrongful taking and carrying away of the personal goods or property of another; larceny."
Both definitions are heavy on the "taking" and "property" and very thin on the "copying" or "getting something for free" which you assert to be the common parlance for theft.
Re: No, You need to get real.
It's not a semantic argument. Theft (as defined by the helpfully named Theft Act 1968 in the UK) tells us that "A person is guilty of theft if he dishonestly appropriates property belonging to another with the intention of permanently depriving the other of it"
When you accuse someone of theft, you're accusing them of a very specific offence. An indictable one, at that. Copyright infringement is, simply put, not the same as theft. This is a matter of fact, not opinion.
Re: CE is Self-Certified
The problem is not PLT, it's cheap, badly built and non-conforming PLT.
Ofcom shouldn't take a pragmatic view - it's in no one's favour to permit shoddy kit to come onto market (and be distributed by BT).
PLT is not some 'great enabler', getting the great unwashed onto t'internets. There's no excuse for Ofcom to ignore their statutory duties; part of which are protecting the primary users of the spectrum, whether that's the military, or radio amateurs. In fact, the risk from an uncertified device like the pi is, in comparison, tiny!
Even if the pi turned out to be a spark-gap transmitter in disguise, you could fix the issue by putting it in a shielded box.
/Mine's the one with the two-part RAE in the pocket
Re: Good old VBS & IBB
At risk of going off-topic slightly, the issue is with CRB's is down (mainly) to OFSTED and other mentals.
A CRB disclosure has never been either a certificate of good conduct, or 'clearance' to work with kids and oldies.
The sole purpose of a CRB disclosure is to allow employers/volunteer organisers considering whether or not to place someone in certain activities to have full sight of certain information to allow them to make an informed employment decision. That's it. You could have a string of motoring convictions as long as your arm, and there'd be nothing to stop an employer taking you on as a school minibus driver if they especially liked the cut of your gib.
Then ofsted went 'kin mental and deemed that every man and his dog needed a CRB check in some sort of half-arsed bid to enforce some sort of gold standard, despite the DSCF guidance at the time being crystal clear that they didn't. As one civil servant pointed out to me, "If we wanted to enforce a higher standard, we'd have put in the guidance!"
As I pointed out to many a journalist, the simplest way to cut down on CRB checks was for people to simply stop doing them.
Funnily enough, no one ever printed that bit...
Re: Boring arrogant factoidery
but I like to think that in the deepest, darkest part of the night shift, someone stood there thinking "what would happen if I put my finger in there?"
Re: Thanks (!)
So am I. However, being on £10 goodybag, my sums suggest that GG owe me about 35p.
I think I can probably afford to take the hit on this one...
Re: "rampack wobble"
Re: Giffgaff is fine normally
It's not just GG that's slow in London. Vodafone was chronically bad, which is why I switched. I'm a bit miffed, but I'm not too upset considering that my jésusphone now costs me a princely £10/mo to run (and I can use Spotify on the mobile without the terror that comes from an overage charge).
Besides, the only time I ever contacted voda's support was when their billing went up the swanny, at least GG don't charge me for freefone calls.
I am a little bit surprised that there appears to be a single point of failiure for both voice and data - given O2's involvement, I would have expected some more resilience. That said, I'm so not a mobile telecoms infrastructure expert (but that doesn't stop me pretending to be one on the internet!)
Re: Magnetic Billiards
Thanks, there goes my productivity!
Re: It'll never catch on*
Yes, but Light Squared rely on being allowed to go mental next to the GPS allocation. Oddly enough, the rest of us aren't too keen on that
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