142 posts • joined Wednesday 6th June 2007 15:38 GMT
Re: Oh look...
Sod 3G. I'd be happy to have ANY signal from Orange.
I live in a decent sized village in Cambridgeshire (with it's own world famous hospital - you know the one) and none of the networks can provide reliable signal.
The car does look a little small compared to the driver, but humans have an annoying habit of not being a standard size.
More importantly - where is the car supposed to have come from? The camera man is stood on a narrow ridge. Is the car supposed to have fallen off the ridge, or driven up the other side at high speed?
Here's an idea, "EE"...
...instead of using the 1800 spectrum for more pointless bollocks, how about using it to plug the holes in your coverage? Like the village I live in (near Cambridge) where there's a mast on either side of the village but magically sod all signal in the village itself.
Well, they look a lot better than the old Prius (although it would be hard not to) but what's with the huge gaping grills? Surely a 'leccie car should have a smooth rounded front for good aerodynamics?
Doesn't the new Ford Focus petrol even mechanically close it's grill when it doesn't need the extra air under the bonnet...?
"WORKING AND RELIABLE BLUETOOTH VOICE DIALING (Honestly, seriously - it's a fucking phone OS and you can't reliably voice dial)"
Ten years ago Nokia let you voice dial by:
* press button.
* phone compares sounds to recordings you made previously
* dials most likely number
Nowadays, on my shiny new Android I have to
* wait for a E/H/3G connection
* press the search button
* record my voice
* wait for it to go to the server, get mangled by voice recognition software, get sent back
* Wonder as it translates my words into gibberish and tries to ring someone who doesn't exist.
The Nokia version didn't care about accents or how clearly you pronounced the words - as long as the two samples were fairly similar, you got what you wanted. Now you need a data connection and (presumably) a Californian accent.
As someone who'se just been on the HR end of the agencies, I don't believe that 37,00 for a second. As soon as you post a job somewhere, the agencies decend and then repost the same position on the same site.
I think I counted 5 versions of our advert last time so I'd be very surprised if the real number is greater than 20,000.
But... SMS are crap...
Part of me can see why you would allow this functionality from a Bluetooth style connection, but SMS is frankly crap for this application because there's no requirement to deliver the messages at a certain time or (in fact) at all.
Just try sending a text message at 11pm on new years eve and then have a think about how bright an idea it is to use SMS to warm your car.
11pm - send sms start message.
11.15pm - arrive at car, get annoyed the car is still cold, leave for party.
11.55pm - arrive at party just before midnight, get drunk, crash out on sofa
5am - SMS arrives, car engine starts...
Lunchtime - find your car hiding in a fog of exhaust fumes with no petrol left.
You can't name buildings at Cambridge Uni after the living - it's named after his father. Or grandfather, maybe...
storing the password or storing the encrypted password would be storing the password. Anyone with access to the data (or data + key for encryption) knows your password.
storing a hash (salted or otherwise) would be storing a string of crap that can't (reliably|easily) be converted back into a password. You could find a string of text that results in the given string, but you can't be certain that's the actual original password.
nitpicking, maybe, but I agree with the original comment.
all posts were moderated. So how did a 'first' get through? Actually, how come we often see "deleted by a moderator" messages?
I don't know why I'm asking - I'm pretty sure this will never see the light of day. :)
I used to know someone who worked for Binatone in their R&D department. His opinion was that if you could get your hands on a preproduction model then you had something indestructible and really rather wonderful, but that if you went to a shop and bought a Binatone product then you were in for a world of disappointment and frustration. Some of the toys he had were fantastic.
If one of the big names can knock out one of these with a resistive screen (worked well enough for finger dialing on my old HTC Diamond), Android 2.0+, gmail contacts and four handsets for under £200, I'll be first in line.
Until then... meh...
From memory, Madingly has signs up in the village encouraging people to vote, but Caxton has absolutely nothing.
And I know for a fact that not every eligible person has voted in Caxton because I know people who live there who have no fecking clue what the race to infinity is.
But I think we all could have guessed that was the case...
I'll buy it...
...if only to see how the radio stations handle trying to play it. How long til the Emergency DATs kick in?
Kicking Simon Cowell in the balls is just a bonus.
I'd have gone the other way...
I'd have turned that title into the WereBitch Project, about men in the woods who discover a wolf that turns into a sex mad woman every full moon.
Don't look at me like that. No, don't. It's not my fault if my time working for an porn factory broke my brain...
You Were Lucky!
We had to use shards of glass to etch the individual bits into the shells of snails and hope they arrived in the right order.
Competing with themselves
When they're trying to work out where it all went wrong, how long do you think it will take them to find the twat who decided they should start competing with themselves?
Cambridge can't be the only place with a Currys next to a PCWorld, but they've started carrying identical stock to each other. Since when does PCWorld need to sell white goods and Currys need to sell computers?
Don't underestimate how stupid people are.
Back in the days when I worked for Do It All, I watched a guy drive off with a 10 litre drum of paint on the roof of his car. The drive home that night suggested he made it about a quarter of a mile before he braked too hard.
I once saw a guy load his roofrack up with sheets of hardboard then forget to lash them down. When we tried to tell him he just hurled abuse at us. No idea how far that tosser got.
So, yeah... a phone should be pretty easy to leave on the roof of your car.
Clip clop, clip clop...
Don't you think there's a slight difference between "breaking the speed limit" and "doing 103 in a 60 zone, weaving in and out of traffic"?
I speed. I think speed cameras are hateful. I'd have phoned the police about this dickhead.
Now go annoy those clip clopping goats...
When I've asked people it's normally been because they've used previous versions of Opera and hated them so much they'll not give Opera another try.
You know, the same reason I'll not be using IE for a hell of a long time, even if it becomes the bestest browser evar!
this is a title
Not really, seeing as how the iPod turned up in 2001...
Why use percentages...?
Seriously guys, why the hell bother using a scale with 101 discrete options if you're only going to use 3 of them?
Were the four cameras rated at 80% really identically good? Or the three at 75%? or the three at 70%?
Dear Mozilla, for Christmas I'd like you to fix...
* When I shut down Thunderbird (or Firefox), I'd like it to actually go, not lurk is memory for up to ten minutes.
* I'd quite like you to fix the mess you made of my calendar when you upgraded Thunderbird to 3.0 and broke Lightning. We've been on 1.0b1 since January.
* I'd like to be able to interact with Google without needing 3rd party extensions.
* I'd quite like it if you reliably marked as read stuff the message filters are told to mark as read so that I don't get alerts for irrelevant reports or supposedly deleted spam every 2 minutes.
* I'd like it if my calendars didn't spontaneously duplicate themselves across all other calendars - including copying my wife's calendar onto my boss' calendar. He was most surprised to discover he had a smear test booked.
I'd keep going, but I doubt I'll get any of these, so I'm going down the pub instead...
What have they actually changed...?
Is this a new logo for the whole company, or just the internet brand?
I ask because their blogs, marketplace and store finder all use the old Serif logo and refer to "waterstone's". The only place they are reliably using the saggy tits and "waterstones.com" is for their web presence.
In which case, the new logo makes much more sense - differentiating the stores from the (presumably cheaper) web store...
But we don't want DAB...
When DAB first appeared I jumped on it like the geek I am. Now I'd happily ditch it completely if Planet Rock and BBC7 were on analog.
The transmissions just aren't up to it. We can't listen to the DAB in the living room if the cooker or the microwave are on, and we can't listen to the one in the bedroom if next door is using her hoover.
Oh, and the one in the garages next to useless as the battery drains so quickly I need to rig up an extension lead for it.
I'd rather have the static than the bubbling mud...
Tried it. Hated it.
In this office, the multi-tasking is a major issue.
We're all HTC or Nokia users, and (to a man) we hate our office iPhone. It's very, very shiny and swish and it it makes everyone go 'ooooo...' But then when people use it, they have all hated it.
It's the keyboard. And the layouts. And the lack of multi-tasking (hell, my WinMob 6.1 had that). And the control. And iTunes. It even refuses to let you turn it on unless it thinks it has enough battery - ignoring the fact that it's on charge.
The only saving grace is the multi-touch, and non-US androids do that...
multitouch from 2.0?
If Android has had multitouch since 2.0, why does my HTC Hero (1.6) have multitouch on it?
That said, multitouch in google maps would be rather nice. Come on HTC, where's my 2.1 upgrade...?
Inverting an inversion...
If you go down the comments on that Prison Planet post, it looks like the "airport inversion" is a fake. Someone found an eerily similar photo of the same girl in the same pose, just without the fabric outlines...
No more play for me...
I used to use Play all the time. Then I started having the same problems everyone else is talking about.
Then I ordered £125 worth of hardware through them. It sat is 'packaging' for a week, then got shipped by HDN. 2 days later the internet announced that it was in a 'secure location' at my house.
When I got home it was sat in the rain, outside my kitchen door (visible from the road), blocking the cat flap so one of our cats crapped on the kitchen floor.
said it before...
the first outfit to sell a waterproof e-ink reader with an inductive power supply and a wifi connection for under £200 will get my cash. If I can't read the thing in the bath, there's no point for me.
Firearms cars are hardly secret...
Round here all fire arms cars are estates (normally Volvos) with tinted windows and a fecking great neon pink star on the bonnet, bootlid and roof. Hardly hiding from those evil terrorist photographers, now are they...?
A while back I was looking into home GSM repeaters and found that ones that worked for Orange also worked for T-mobile but not Vodafone or 3, so presumably there are two differing GSM platforms. If so, T-Orange is probably the only merger that makes sense.
Hopefully they'll scrap the rubbish t-mobile system round here and keep the Orange one. Unlikely, I know...