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I recently found an HP drive in the bin at a datacentre. It was a Seagate NS series near-line-sata. The controller was still alive, and I could read all the SMART data, but the disks were toast.
Had it been bought from Seagate directly it would still have been under warranty, but it had an HP sticker on it so Seagate's RMA site disclaimed responsibility. HP's site told me the warranty expired, because they only provide a one year one as standard.
A replacement drive from any online seller would have been much less than £100 and comes with a 5 year warranty. HP stick on an HP label, charge three or four times the price, and only give a one year warranty.
IBM do the same AFAIK.
Do Dell do that too? I wouldn't be surprised.
Re: Android SSL docs are nonexistant
99% of security protection holes are caused by people.
9% of people are caused by holes in protection.
Re: Internet banking in don't do it over a public wifi connection shocker!
it's quite a bit harder for someone to MITM your home internet connection without compromising your computer first; whereas on public wifi it's relatively easy.
IIRC, Buffalo already had a USB hub which allowed plugs to be inserted both ways up.
ah yes, here it is:
a simple thought experiment
Take a litre of water at room temp, 20C ish and two identical vessels.
Take two identical freezers and add internal camera.
Share the water two ways.warm one up to 60C. If any evaporation took place, add a small amount from the other to balance them again.
Put the vessel one into each freezer. Immediately press the boost button (did I mention that?) To override any cycling off the thermostat.
Surely the vessel that started at 60C will have to cool to 20C and meanwhile the one which was at 20C will now be colder. Logically the one which started hotter will always be chasing the cooler one.
I've lost track of what the patents were and whether Samsung actually tried to negotiate a fair price for their use.
The irony is that non-essential and essentially useless patents on things like square corners and central round single buttons become more important than patents which come about do to genuine innovation like UMS and LTE.
but take it with a pinch of salt
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 N9000 with 3G connectivity
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 N9002 with dual SIM card support
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 N9005 with 3G & LTE connectivity.
Also known as Samsung Galaxy Note III
GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
4G Network LTE
Re: accessing thecreg on a mobile device
> The link to m.theregister is on the subnav bar on the front page. http://www.theregister.co.uk/Page/Apps/.
this disappears when you are looking at an article, which of course you are doing when your mobile device has followed a link from an rss feed.
how about a cookie then which can be "auto", "forced mobile", "forced desktop".
accessing thecreg on a mobile device
For a site dedicated to technology The site is crsp at dealing with mobile devices.
Firstly there's no user agent detection and generation of a page for the mobile device
You have to go to m.theregister.co.uk .. But where's the link on the page for that?
If I come to theregister from rss I land on the desktop site. . Useless when I am on mobile device.
I also find that the page blanks on and off . The flicker is very annoying. It happens when the cursor is in the text box.
not relevant here, there's a about-the-register forum:
complaining there seems somewhat pointless, I've tried and been ignored.
thus proving taxation systems are broken
every time a new loophole is found, it's patched over. our legal and tax systems are like a badly written hacked-together overly complex computer program. no wonder it's possible for clever accounting practises to run rings round it. The winners are the corporates and the accountancy consultants!
we need simpler tax, simpler corporate law.
People said that about mobile phones. Remember the Nokia N95?
Big screen for its time, great camera, multiband 2g &3g, huge storage.
Then along came touchscreen phones and Nokia were left behind.
I would say the innovation is in services now more than hardware.
managers hear what they want to hear
Some years ago I was working with two others on a monitoring system for an ISP. It was a fairly major endeavour intended to
One of my colleages developed the subsystems which collected netflow data, crunched it down and put into a database for analysis and graphing for well over a year, and he went off sick and it looked like he wasn't coming back.
Our manager asked me how long it would take to pick up his work and I said I didn't know, I had specific APIs and data dictionaries but no knowledge of his code at all, so we agreed that I would look into his code and report back in a week's time how long it would take. The next week's meeting didn't take place, so a fortnight later we sat down to review it.
The Manager asked how well I'd picked up my colleague's work, and I said I hadn't, that I'd only agreed to work out how long it would take to get up to speed with his work. Manager tried to rewrite history but I stood firm! I was finally asked how long before I could start on the bug fixes and new features, and when I said about two months, he was aghast! I had to remind him that this was a complex system written by people who'd never worked on this kind of thing having spent months prototyping and experimenting.
Fortunately by the time I was expected to do something useful with my colleague's code he came back to work. I knew his code was a terrible mess so was very relieved.
Nearly six months later there was a big purge and we were "let go" despite being the only people who really understood how it all hung together. I heard that the people redeployed onto our project quickly turned it into a bug-ridden unstable mess in trying to add all the version 2 features and never got it to work properly.
Re: I think it comes with DAB+ too
the YP-G70 has FM radio. perhaps there was a prototype one with DAB? In Japan and Korea they use different digital broadcast standards anyway.
Re: were 99 at comet.
BTW, to upgade to Gingerbread, it's very easy:
although I backed up the memory, all I had to do was wipe the cache and didn't have to restore movies, photos or music.
Re: Hang on...
yes, it has compass and GPS. use gmaps with pre-cached map squares and it's a winner.
the hires screen makes my tomtom XL seem crap.
were 99 at comet.
These are excellent android devices.
I bought a pair of these for 99 quid each for my kids when Comet had a special offer. I wish I'd bought three so one extra for me!
With FM radio, GPS, compass, stereo speakers, twin cameras, microphone, big display etc they make a fine toy, and cheaper for games than Nintendo DS's.
I've upgraded them to gingerbread and they run v well.
Anyone who tells me I should have bought SGS2 or Note is invited to give me the 400 quid each for the difference.
Re: @AC 11:58
Quite a few European countries use dvb-t1 and hd as does Australia.
There are many people who bought Freeview dvb-t1 TVs which could decode such HD and didn't know they'd be stuck with SD
OTOH we are stuck with DAB when Offing could have mandate DAB+ compatible receivers years ago to prepare consumers for a better quality radio system.
The management of spectrum resources and use in the UK has been appalling and too often seen as a way of milking revenues instead of a public asset to be stewarded for the benefit of the people.
Re: Today's sets ?
I decided long ago that terrestrial broadcasting was a bad idea and satellite made sense, except for places overshadowed by mountains or high-rise buildings.
I took an old 1m sat dish, fitted an eight output LNB and now all my viewing is off freesat.
only good links to the best free pr0n
so long as it's free-range organic pr0n without advertising pop-ups and pop-unders and uninfected flash movie players, there's no problem :-)
held it wrong!
He wasn't able to read the writing on his gong because he was holding it wrong, luckily Her Maj had a rubber ring to put round it so he could hold it better.
designer not engineer..
..because an engineer wouldn't have fscked up the antenna
Remember PalmOS? A handheld touch screen, with icons.
Just add gestures, kinetic scrolling and you have most of the elements of the iphone user interface.
Move the system bar/notification bar to the top and you have a bunch of elements of android notification bar.
Expand the user interface to a larger panel and you have an ipad or android tablet.
The special sauce in the Apple product is the attention to the details in the hardware, and the integration with itunes, which you either love, hate or accept. None of the individual features are new or magic, the "reinvention" is the way it's a converged device.
This could be a big nudge to mass SSD adoption, certainly prices seem keener than ever.
it's a bit easier to wash an SSD and it's more likely to work after immersion!
pricing of music vs movies, and globalisation
how many person-years does it take to make an album? perhaps 20 (the composer, the band, the editors, the graphics designers and the upfront manufacturing tehnicians).
how many person-years does it take to make a movie? perhaps 400 (writers, screen writers, actors, musicians, crew, editors, CGI, etc).
so how come a newly released CD of music doesn't cost about £1 compared to a new DVD release at £20?
what irks me is how the manufacture of DVDs and CDs has moved overseas to take advantage of lower manufacturing prices (as has many goods), but when grey importes attempt to buy them at the market prices in the country of manufacture, they get stamped on. See the case of CDWOW who got slamed for importing legitimate media. Or SuperDrug and various expensive perfumes.
So we as consumers who've lost our jobs to cheap overseas labour don't get the benefit of the cheaper manufacturing costs, only the greedy businesses.
google don't necessarily need 2G, 2.5G, 3G or 4G patents
google don't make their own phones with GSM or CDMA modules and firmware in them, they only need to be certain that their hardware manufacturers have adequate patent portfolios to make them or defend against patent trolls.
boycott the heavies?
agreed, the moment Google start acting like Apple, Oracle or Microsoft, I will actively seek alternative services.
as it is, I don't and won't own Apple products, actively avoid buying any MS software, and will never buy another Sony product after the PSN fiasco and locking out otherOS etc.
quite expensive compared to tikitag, er, touchatag
a revival of the Sharp willcom d4?
try the Fujitsu U820 or U900
see umpcportal for more geek pr0n
CPU freq is probably a mistranslation, it probably idles at less than half the speed?
see also "xpphone" and "sharp willcom d4".
another way to discriminate on sex
the insurance companies use a set of metrics to determine risk and therefore the price;it's not about age, sex, race or any other thing that might offend the PC brigade, just a way to put a driver into a pigeon-hole of likely risk categories.
if they can't use the sex of the driver, they can use the first name instead; there's some overlap of men's and womens names, but it'd be a lot better than nothing.
they could also ask for information about the hair-style and also use that. or shoe-style. it doesn't mean they have prejudice about, say, blondes, if they do.
neglecting legacy customers
shame on panasonic for neglecting legacy customers
at least there are people willing to experiment with vieracast:
the problem is the people who buy the newspapers
demand feeds supply. if the demand is sufficient, and the price willing to be paid high enough, someone will fulfil it, whether it be drugs, sex, dubious entertainment etc.
the race to the bottom has been very successful for newspapers.
people read these junk news "comics", and so create a market. if the people demanded and only paid for quality journalism, these "hack rags" would die a well deserved death.
unfortunately, educating people to stop caring and paying celebutard news sources is not trivial and may be impossible.
why these models and no others?
what's so special about the designated phones? is it the video chips? specific android release (gingerbread)?
ever head of SPF? DKIM? not spam preventers, but they form part of a wider solution.
ideal for an iPad
at last, a useful input device for an iPad; all users should carry one of these around
protecting trademarks can force this
much as I despise apple and pity iDrones, unfortunately the way trademark law works - use it or lose it + enforce it or lose it, it does mean that companies develop twitchy trigger fingers when it comes to setting the dogs of law onto potential infringers.
tin-foil hats for bees!
it's clearly about time we set up a factory to make tin-foil hats for bees!
They exist, you just have to know where to look! Try worldspan at span.com
You are totally wrong about Palm, it was a pretty robust OS that had simple multitasking. Some of the 3rd party apps were flakey yes, and these could take down the OS due to the basic hardware which didn't have an MMU.
far too many charities
it seems to me there are simply far too many charities, many doing much the same thing. I'm sure some consolidation would improve efficiencies and make policing easier or even possible.
ineffective charities commission
I seem to recall BBC R4's Moneybox interviewing the Charities Commission, and it basically showed that the CC were hopelessly overloaded and unable to look at anything but the larger fraud and irregularity cases.
I would like to see a system of efficiency ratings, just like for domestic appliances, whereby the cost of the charity could be measured against the actual work it does. This is quite tricky since it can be quite hard to differentiate between costs, investments and whether someone is a "front line worker" or overhead.
At the end of the day we have to hope that our charitable giving has a worthwhile effect and doesn't just fund the lifestyles of the directors.
early adopter's price
this is clearly an early adopter's price
as for the value of the stylus, you can buy stylii for capacitive screens off ebay for a pound or two...even Maplin's have them.
the "transformer" tablet seems to be to be the best one if you want to spend lots.
+1, should quote total cost of ownership over X months
El Reg has often banged on about TCO for servers, applications SAAS etc.
They should quote cost of a phone as the total over X months.
It's not free, it's effectively rented. OK, you might own it at the end of the 2 years but by then it'll be obsolete and worth a fraction of what you paid for it. Phones depreciate faster than cars by an order of magnitude!
bad antenna design...
... meant that the iBomb didn't receive the signal to go off
and in other news
the golgafrincham fleet departs earth taking all the iTards with it, leaving planet earth free of jobsian-fondle-slab-toting goatee-bearded rollneck-sweatered apple lovers.
shouting the loudest
the real problem is that most people's method of solving congestion and interference is simply to crank up the power and fit high gain antennas in order to "shout the loudest".
the correct solution is for everyone to run the appropriate power sufficient to cover their property and no further. however, that requires everyone to do it, if 95% of people do it but the rest don't, the ones who crank up their power will adversely affect the others.
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