112 posts • joined 10 Dec 2010
My Sony Z2 does this. Granted it's on the front, but it's a LED strip that flashed white, for e-mail, green for other notification (eg a twitter message) and red for low battery, oh also orange whilst charging.
Ghostery for me too. Phew.
Re: on slogans...
Well you say that, but look at Apple in the early to mid 90s. Struggling to make a profit, the long term future didn't look that good for the Fruity firm. Then they expanded, his holiness, the Jobs' role and that sure turned it round. But finding the right fit for MS, I think they need someone with a coherent strategic vision rather than, what seems to be, a CEO who's main talent is corporate doublespeak.
To be fair....
To be fair to the Reg, the "USBs" quote was direct quote from the police report. Apparently it even included a grocer's apostrophe. "USB's" *shudder*
Re: Pity they didn't live on...
Indeed, they'd have to use the Tudor "Court" Rules.
"Police recovered laptops, iPads, printers and USBs during the raid"
USB What? Coffee Warmers? Desk Fans? Sticks? HDDs? Cables?
A minor quibble and a mail has been sent to the corrections address.
Re: Monopoly = Artificial Scarcity
Whilst I agree, in principle, the current situation is a direct consequence of the, close to, laissez-faire capitalism that runs in the US. What regulations there are, are under attack, seemingly endlessly, by those who's bottom lines depend on flying close to the legal wind. The FCC seems to be largely toothless and is under sustained pressure from some of the most lobbied politicos.
Those with the largest lobbying funds, tend to get favorable outcomes in congress and the senate.
Without changing the system, to force the representatives to represent the society at large, rather than those who pay the most, the "other guy/gal" will probably be just as susceptible to the lobbying, but after, they are elected.
Anyway, your idea, whilst very admirable, would be laughed out of Washington, as some sort of socialism!
To what end?
I cannot get my brain around the fact that this measure, as implimented by Google, is about much use to prevent "forgetting" about a person. Google isn't the ONLY game in town
How about going after the person/people who are hosting the duff (allegedly) info? No? Because thats expensive and hard. Easier to make Google do it and do a 1/2 assed job and reap some PR.
Did anyone tell the ECJ how the internet works before this ruling?
Re: How long until
That would be about 2.3 "picco" seconds.
*Kudos on the username, love that book!
Two arguments against a unified network:
The biggest mobile firms, that have already invested billions, don't want competition using their kit and give up market share.
If we had a unified national mobile network, then we'd get the same ahem…"alleged" collusion and price gouging we see in the privatised energy, rail and water networks.
Granted that in the UK at least Google has an 89% market share, but
as long as they are putting the "flags" in place then most searchers would search again on:
d) <other search engines go here>
So how the hell did the EU Judges expect this to work?
Aren't everyone's days numbered?, I think it's called a date... or some-such. ;-)
Mr Trout, I very much doubt it.
Minimum system specs for the Alpha build (only a guide, may change on release)
Direct X 11
Quad Core CPU (4 x 2Ghz is a reasonable minimum)
2 GB System RAM (more is always better)
DX 10 hardware GPU with 1GB video ram
You may get away with the CPU but unless it's got a dedicated GPU I can't see it running on an "ancient" Laptop very well.
Not always the vendor. but sometimes is.
Well said. Coming from a Defence IT background I can assure you a lot of cost overruns come from a bad set of requirements, granted, vaguely answered, but then shoehorning in changes, post contract signing. Trouble is, vendors know this and plan for it and some even bank on it, with, as forn said, "cheap" initial bids.
I can't believe no-one has said it...
I for one welcome our pliant piscis overlords.
"The supermarket employed a team of security specialists in Bangalore tasked with monitoring its computers around the clock."
... and there is, ladies and gents, what you get for "outsourcing" something as critical as IT Security.
Re: Cognitive dissonance ?
... someone is indeed telling porkies, to improve their bonus.
They could have come up with a contract "Spying Plan", free spying on evenings and weekends? Then shaft them if they go over their 1Gb limit?
Re: As I read it.
Fair enough. But point 3?
As I read it.
This isn't just about private citizens refusing business on their private property.
This bill will allow the following:
1) A doctor to refuse aid, based on his/her religious belief, and not get sued/fired
2) A cop to refuse aid, based on his/her religious belief, and not get sued/fired
3) A private citizen to refuse to server someone even when an employee based on his/her religious belief, and not get canned (without in turn suing their previous employer!)
That was my understanding. It's basically "special pleading" for religious beliefs over the top of basic human rights.
Re: ...cannot possibly have any “causal contact” in the last 14 billion years.
Ahh, I lounge corrected. That is a valid point. Whatever this characteristic, it would be another unknown. I know you could entangle a subatomic particle, but at the macro level of a quasar?
Re: ...cannot possibly have any “causal contact” in the last 14 billion years.
I think you've misunderstood. They're not suggesting an entanglement between two particles 14 billion light-years apart, but suggesting that any observer bias could be mitigated by using quasars as random switch controllers for the standard "Bell's Inequality" experiment which has been done many times, always finding in favour of the Quantum Mechanics theory, over a theory of locality.
You are right about the effects of entanglement, however, they do seem to be FTL, but since no usable information is passed, without a classical channel, it does not, the theory goes, breach the relativity barrier.
Something I've always wanted to know. What's the point of a DDoS on a website?
Now I can understand a bank/credit card DDoS, that's going to cost money and potentially business, but a site like this?
I mean, I think of it like blocking the door of a building, for a while, till the people inside call for security. Once they arrive, business as usual.
I suppose it could be used as cover for a deeper attack, gaining potential information, but other than that?
Seems like an awful risk for very little reward, as it were.
More people are killed...
Reported Road Casualties in Great Britain, 2012
Seriously Injured 23,039
.... and yet we don't spend literally billions trying to prevent it. Why?
Re: Kerbal Space Program
Oh gods yes indeed.
*Launches "Strut Monster Mk 38"
I'm racking my brain to think of an private industry sector where that isn't true.
How is this an invention?
I don't understand. How is this an invention? It's a business process. Using software to anticipate product requirements has been around for years? Google "Just in time"
Re: Taking the ball home
Not in all instances. The whole point of a patent is to protect your invention so you CAN make a profit, otherwise it will always be those with the best economies of scale, who will. I agree that this has been abused, born from "dodgy" patents used to stifle genuine competition rather than to protect an invention. But that is a government/law issue to resolve.
59 years too late.
A sliding slope on the thin end of the metaphor
Porn, then "extremist" websites/speech... etc & so on. It WILL happen folks.
Energy though the atmosphere...
It is not feasible to beam energy through the atmosphere. That said, the energy could be used to power space factories, alternatively, a carbon nano-tube "cable" leading back to earth with a geo-stationary "top" could solve this.
See this study on the effects of the atmosphere on lasers...
As Jim Alkalili said on TV the other night "If someone says 'It's fusion' and there isn't a big bloody hole in the ground, it isn't."
Testable, repeatable, conclusive sigma 6 evidence, first, before forking over cash. (even if I had the moola)
More likely it's smoke and mirrors.
So, to get a good deal, you did some collective bargaining? Sounds a bit socialist to me!
Seriously though, the vast majority of customers can't do that and that makes BT very happy (and profitable)
Vague chance of being interesting...
... if it isn't summarily dismissed as being vexatious (or the American equivalent.)
Monkeys in tin cans.
Just a skim through the sci-fi trope, a number of ways of overcoming (rather than breaking) the lightspeed barrier, have been thought of.
Generation Ships or AI controlled with us monkeys sound asleep and the most fascinating would be some sort of cloning ship which "grows" the humans when the ship is within the sphere of influence of the target planet.
I don't think we'll become interstellar for perhaps 3 or 4 hundred years. We'll keep plodding towards it if we don't kill ourselves.
Re: Isn't this exactly the way Blackberry crashed and burned?
First of all Apple didn't really have any competition before Android, so didn't have to "claw" all that much. Yes, other slabs existed. but none with the same marketing and support ecosystem. Therefore I suspect the "market" will find a balance, in a similar way to the MAC/PC balance. People, of a certain type, will always buy Apple products.
Additionally, I'd be willing to bet that the profit margin per device is much higher, for Apple, so they can sustain a loss in market share, especially since the market is growing, without effecting their bottom line.
To use the network/internet, it must have an route-able IP address. Most home/small business networks, set this by DHCP for devices. In other words, it would "show up" pretty quickly and any tech worth his salt would investigate... 3G however, is much more "black box" until it gets to the carrier.
Oh the irony. "If you hate it that much, buy something else - or do you believe that anyone whose views are different to yours is deserving of abuse?"
You obviously do.
First sentence: "Another trollfest from El Reg."
Nokia's mobile division? I thought is was one big mobile division, it being a mobile phone company....
So many attack vectors.... and claiming an absolute? Impossible is a strong word. Tends to be taken as a challenge, by some.
"The value of your shares may go down as well as up."
Meanwhile in the UK...
BT have been doing this for a few years with BT-FON. Yes, it does impact ADSL2+ performance, (after a number of experiments with a HomeHub3). It is a "secure" web page and if you "opt-out" and turn it off, you are not allowed to use anyone else's BT-FON hotspot, but to be honest, I've never had call to use it.
I like the idea, but I think the opposite will most likely occur. As a product becomes successful a company with shareholders to pay will do everything, including fragmenting an established product, to increase any and all available revenue streams.
Profit over all.
Re: Rip off
Quite simply, psychology. Even though you or I would not care about 1p, studies have shown this to be an effective marketing ploy. Same goes for "headline price", it may not work for some, but enough to make it a viable trick.
Swings and Round(corners)abouts.
Well the Chinese corp is "only protecting their Intellectual Property*" after all.
*Where have I heard that before?
The Defence sector has a bunch of standards we have to follow. (eg JSP440), plus a quango to approve applications etc, (CESG). I don't understand why UK.GOV aren't chatting to those guys.
(All defence IT systems are supposed to be pen. tested and must be accredited)
Not for me. I don't live in a WiFi (or for that matter decent 3G) area, apart from my own at home and at home I have a plethora of devices. Looks like I'll be sticking to my trusty laptop whilst out and about.
Re: Minority report?
As much as I find this current 'attempt' at behavioural change a joke, I don't think you've thought this through. There are many laws which require a third party to change/restrict something to prevent you from breaking a law. For example, gun control. Restrictions on the sales of certain chemicals, seeds and animals. Your argument could apply to all of these, but should it?
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