You know it's coming...
240 posts • joined 2 Feb 2011
> And why are you trying to get wifi in a tunnel under the ground?
Because Virgin offer wi-fi on the Underground.
Funnily enough, I was just thinking about this yesterday when I noticed that on Facebook, when typing a comment or making a status update, you type @ and then start to type a friend's name, the top suggestion (and the one you will get if you hit enter) can be someone not on your friends list.
If you have just one person on your friends list whose name starts with the first few letters you've typed after the @ symbol, is it likely that a) I am wanting to tag them or b) I'm searching for someone other than them?
Hmmm. Facebook seem to think that is a tough one to call. :o)
Same thing goes for what Alistair is talking about - whilst it's true that it is good to push boundaries and innovate, baffling the user is almost always a bad thing.
I thought the comparison with home DTP software was very astute. This paragraph especially so:
"Creating good 3D computer models is as hard to do today as designing good magazine layouts was in the 1980s. Sure, the software tools were there, but what was lacking in many of their users was the skill to use them effectively. That’s just as true of 3D printing now.
Are we about to see a mass of 3D printed objects that are the poorly designed equivalents of all those desktop published pamphlets full of enormous drop-capitals, unsubtle drop-shadows and clip-art? So many 3D printed objects are already becoming clichés of the form."
"It's sort of insane how phones assume that any USB cable plugged into them is trustworthy for connecting to. It was excusable in 2007, but the smartphone has been around for 5 years, and I'm amazed that phones still don't "ask permission" before connecting to something plugged into them."
My 2010 HTC Desire Z (aka HTC Vision) can do exactly that, and I'm sure it is not alone in that. You can tell it that USB is for charging only, to pretend to be a USB stick to a computer, or to expect to find HTC Sync at the other end. Either default to one or to ask each time.
Other forums are available, such as Pistonheads. ;o)
82 users out of a (claimed) 1.15 billion. Even if only 1% of those are real users that's still only 82 in 11.5 million
Hardly a representative sample size.
It depends on how you use it. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. can all be used for self-aggrandisement (I'd say that by definition Twitter is the worst) but can equally be used to keep in contact with others. One can use them in exactly the same way as these forums to "comment on [a post] or [express] an opinion however misguided, idiotic or stupid it is".
It's all down to how the person uses the technology, rather than the technology itself.
I would say that this is the big difference that *you* have not cottoned on to.
Whereas supercilious people who post on the comments sections of internet forums have stimulating, interesting and significant lives? Hmmm.
"Bless the Maker and all His Works; Bless the coming and going of Him; May His passing cleanse the world"
Probably not; they'll just recreate it digitally.
I have a Samsung microwave that is several years old and that has an optical scanner for scanning exactly these kind of QR codes. The idea was all microwavable food would eventually sport these codes.
Sadly the idea never caught on though, which was a pity as it was quite cool for the brief time that a small number of items did carry the codes.
Ah, right. Thanks.
I had automatic updates turned on with Opera 12.x and yesterday it started telling me there was a new version available. Now, granted, I'm not 100% sure whether it could be that there is a new 12.x version out that I don't have, or whether it wanted me to "upgrade" to 15, and I can't check that right now. But it does throw some doubt on the statement "we have neither asked nor forced our 12.x users to upgrade to Opera 15".
I've now turned off automatic updates, which involves deleting a temporary folder in addition to a setting if the update cycle has already started.
And how long has that taken to come about? I think the first phone I had that was capable of cross-network roaming was in the late 90's.
So perhaps very latterly my statement has been weakened by EE but it still stands.
And yet we *still* don't have cross-network roaming in the UK. As a geek, it annoys me that the reason for this isn't technical, but regulatory / business reasons.
That Hideous Strength by C. S. Lewis (of Narnia fame), published in 1945 mentioned exactly this. Right down to the very sharp knife!
Life imitates art, and all that.
So what is it?
Reminds me of the xkcd skit on the same subject:
I think you're both missing the point here. Whilst what you're saying is true, this software is coaching software. It encourages you to practise and then "get out there".
Indeed. It's somewhat ironic that PRISM turned out to be everything that the conspiracy theorists believed ECHELON to be.
It's somewhat ironic that PRISM turned out to be everything that the conspiracy theorists believed ECHELON to be.
Apparently, when pizza was first introduced to the UK in the 1950's, it was initially marketed as "Italian Welsh Rarebit".
It's a little-known fact that, far from being a carpenter, Our Lord actually ran a cheese shop in his home town.
It was called "Cheeses of Nazareth".
(I am so sorry)
Ah, ok. Thanks for the info; I didn't know that as I don't own any iThings. Every day is a school day and all that. :o)
Oh well, it works for my needs anyway.
I have a useful little cable I got on eBay, which basically looks like a very short USB extension lead with red plugs. It only has the power pins connected and the data pins are deliberately not connected. Very useful for parasitically charging off a computer without it trying to establish a data connection.
I bought it so save the annoyance of a computer trying to make a data connection when all I want to do is charge the phone. It never occurred to me that it may be a hardware firewall. Don't tell the seller or they'll double the price. :o)
I'm so ronrey, Hans.
I wrote a car off on that roundabout in the 90's. Does that count? :)
A great read, and also a lot of happy memories. I grew up living on Battledown and would regularly cycle Harp Hill and also Aggs Hill up to Cleeve Common. And you're right; Aggs Hill is intense both up and down. :o)
> I'd buy that.
For a dollar?
Double Polaroid moment? ;o)
I think you're missing the point. It's more like playing a game of Blackjack and saying "stick" at 21 and the dealer dealing you an extra card and saying you busted out, and you saying "hold on a moment, I said 'stick' at 21".
I wonder if the International law on Martime Salvage might apply here? Or does that only apply to boats?
Not entirely sure why someone felt the need to downvote all the people who (quite rightly) pointed out it is 'stereophonic' and not 'stereoscopic'
Why did Lt. Uhura cry?
Because William Shatner
(I'll get my coat)
Reminds me of the Monty Python sketch where they try to come up with new taxes.
"I would tax all foreigners living abroad".
First thing I thought of when I saw "OCP" was "Omi Consumer Products"; the corporation in Robocop.
There never has been anything "punk" about it. It stems from William Gibson's cyberpunk stories, and the ?-punk name just kind of went from here. Hence steampunk, dieselpunk, biopunk, <insert name here>punk, etc.
The vinyl and also the first run of the CD (I have owned both) definitely say "streetsuss" on the printed lyrics. I always thought that was a little odd, but it was right there bold as day.
Rumour has it that when Phil Collins played the drums for the Genesis track "Apocalypse in 9/8" (part of Supper's Ready) he didn't know how to drum in 9/8 and just did it by feel. Later he learned how to play it properly and many feel it wasn't as good.
Is it bad that I knew which one that was going to be before I even clicked the link? :o)
Using your phone as a user token is an advance on previous generations of toilets like this that had their own UI and required you to identify yourself. Which brought a whole new meaning to the term "logging on".
I've just looked at my CV to make sure I wasn't confused, and it was definitely during 1996 as I clearly remember which company I was working for at the time and I left there in November 1996.
However, it could have been only Orange-to-Orange SMS before the full integration that the article mentions. Most of us were on Orange there.
I remember being on Orange in around 1996 or 1997 and knowing that you could have SMS "turned on" for an extra £5 a month (may even have been £2.50 - I really can't remember) and nobody bothered with that as it seemed pointless. Then Orange changed it so you paid 10p for each message so naturally we all had a go as it was a laugh and suddenly everyone's phones were beeping all the time. That's when texting really took off.
Dammit. I came on here specifically to ask when they were going to build an Orion. :o)
I was hired as a contractor to work with Gizmondo, and it really was a pile of shite. But then again, since the whole thing was allegedly just a front for syphoning off large sums of Venture Capital (allegedly) which included crashing a Ferrari Enzo (remember that?) then I don't think it really mattered.
Why so judgemental, Andrew Moore? People do all sorts of things and have all sorts of hobbies that they personally enjoy. They participate because it gives them enjoyment, not from some attempt to be "relevant".
For example, I simply can't get my head round football fans. I don't call them saddos though - why should it bother me what they do?
Likewise, many people still refer to people who have any interest in technology as "saddos" and "nerds". Which makes your comments all the more ironic.
Live and let live, and vive la difference, I say .
Exactly correct. All you need is the phone number, the postcode, and you have to tick a checkbox confirming you are the account holder. Apparently this last thing is very important, according to BT, and makes it all ok. :o)
Yup. You can't argue at that price. Buy it for £120, stick in four drives, install FreeNas onto a memory stick (sited in the internal USB port) and away you go. I have the older N36L and have just bought the new N40L for another project.
One thing I would advise is to to stick some more memory in though as the ZFS file system is quite memory-hungry if you go for a RAID-Z configuration.