864 posts • joined 28 Jul 2011
I wonder how many kids who dreamed of being scientists ever thought they'd grow up to spend their days tormenting rats?
Re: More patches....
We need an option on posts that is more severe than a downvote but less severe than 'report this post' for content that contributes nothing to the discussion and/or wildly praises/denigrates certain companies/products. Although as I type this it dawns on me such a thing would be abused until it lost al meaning.
Nothing new here, overcharging for data has been going on for yonkers. I can't find the link now but I'm pretty sure at least one older Orange plan had the data costs jacked up sky high (as in at least treble the average of other providers) rather than fix their broken billing.This is why I ditched Orange months ago.
Re: I wish they would give me something anywhere near that...
Isn't Openreach supposed to have some sort of accountability process for the provision (or not) of comms infrastructure? Might be worth seeing if you could request the details of the cost estimate that returned a 'not viable' verdict. The cynic in me wonders if 'not viable' is code for 'can't be arsed.'
Re: "buy prepaid credit cards"
In theory they could disguise it as bribing a corrupt agent who has the power to bury the 'charges' against the mark. I doubt they've got that far yet, but I suppose it depends how long the scam has been going on, and if the baddies are continually refining it or resting on their laurels.
The negative worth thing is no great mystery. Even assuming the Yahoo! board made a written declaration that they'd not piss their cash pile away on hot companies, they would still be an also ran with near zero public goodwill or recognition and no big projects in the pipeline to make them stand out, and they're competing with Google and Bing. Investors would be better off putting their money in a basic savings account than going with Yahoo.
Re: I don't know why they even bother with crapware
SIM free won't save you from the manufacturer's bloatware.
Re: Thanks All
Yeah this seems to have been the most informative and civil forum I've seen on the issue; The debates between Pieface and Eyebrows were a waste of time with good questions being ignored and them shouting over each other. Yesterday's debate in front of da yoof was much better, at least until Galloway started banging on about Hitler.
Presumably MS are betting big that interesting exclusives will 'make' the XBone, in the same way that the original XBox was 'made' by Halo. I think the big battleground of this console generation will be who best supports/captures the resurgent Indie games.
When you think an engaging concept with retro graphics like Minecraft or Hotline:Miami can make AAA money off a shoestring budget, it's a no-brainer really.
(EDIT: to clarify, courting Indie studios is what I consider to be the no brainer, MS have most likely overpaid for Mojang bigtime in true Corporate Monolith form.)
Re: Sharon T. Pokeworthy...
As part of my fake identity for online signups years back, if I needed a US zip code I would Google for Microsoft's and use that. I thought I was quite clever until I began telling my friend about needing a US zip code and he immediately cut me off with "90210."
"The problem is there is no way to rate reviewers..."
If that were possible there would be an arms race between sleazy developers racing to slate critical reviewers.
Re: So is it true about cheaper contracts getting a downgraded service?
I suspect the downgraded service is spread around the contracts that have low lock-in. I have always been on PAYG (because I value the ability to switch at the drop of a hat over the convenience of monthly billing) and I can't recall my data connection ever being as good as that of my pals.
So even more of the game is played FOR you instead of BY you now. Awesome.
Re: Browser emulator
To be fair if I had to review browsers, I too would skip actually using IE if I had any chance to get away with it.
If you're accepting that bad guys will get in the door and walk out with something, why not have your servers littered with useless files called LOGINS.txt and ADMIN_ID_LIST.xls? Fill them with crap data that looks like real logins, and rig a red alert klaxon to ring whenever these are accessed?
Re: works for me
I hypothesize (completely without anything better than anecdotal evidence I admit) that they made an absolute bollock of amalgamating the Orange & T-Mobile network infrastructure. The already less than stellar connectivity turned into a flat-out insult around that time.
"Mrs C then saw these connections in the real world and began to follow what she considered tasks set by a organisation, likely a sect, for her to complete."
Whatever this "Pen Fifteen" club is, I'm in it.
Re: or we wait until the batteries go flat or catch fire
Yes it does. Now imagine suicide bombing being a viable (in terms of doing it intentionally and repeatedly without getting sacked) tactic for American commanders. Scared yet?
Re: or we wait until the batteries go flat or catch fire
I would imagine Musk's quote would make much more sense with context (coincidentally available in the book he's plugging. I doubt machines will ever become sentient and rebel (at the very least not in our lifetime.) It's what 'AI' might do under human instruction that is dangerous.
Imagine a bipedal robot or other system capable of covering rough terrain that can fight it's way into a power plant, secure bunker or target of your choice and then blow itself up.
Re: Somebody got a universal translator handy?
" China has huge debts which are hidden by its shadow banking system."
Would you mind elaborating on the Chinese debts? I thought they practically owned the West. Unless they're worried that our debts to them won't be honoured when we collapse?
These 'unrelated matters' they were stopped for, were they enough to warrant a search of their effects or did plod overstep their boundaries? Come on el Reg.
They had already gone far enough with accusations that any backdown will cost them serious money long before this latest bout. If the various Fraud offices don't take action after completing their investigations they'll have to make some hefty settlements to the old Autonomy board.
Re: Why won't they sort it out?
They have zero incentive to sort it out while the main alternative to Windows 8 is Windows 7. They are making their money, just not with the latest windows release which is a problem to fix down the line with Windows 9.
Re: muppet show
Everyone has off days, even when something dodgy has wound up in your downloads folder and you're trying to get rid of it, the delete and return keys are only half an inch apart
Was it AVG or Norton that brought XP based businesses to a standstill a few years back with an update that quarantined a critical OS file and locked you into nonstop reboots? I'd thank them for the half day if it had struck a little earlier than quarter past four.
Re: Tablets are neither phones nor PCs
Another reason that there is little need to upgrade every year is that the software / UI side of tablets is still constantly evolving, backed by interests that want the ecosystem to be so comfy you don't want to leave. So most tablet users are getting incremental improvements anyway without shelling out for the latest shiny.
Re: Will your car kill you to save another?
I struggle to see a realistic scenario where the auto-car has to 'choose' someone's life to endanger. Any time it is travelling at lethal speeds it should have safe stopping distance in the road in front of it (if programmed correctly) and any obstacle suddenly appearing within that space, such as another out of control car weaving into that lane, takes the 'choice' element out of the equation. The robo-driver can have absolutely perfect reflexes, but momentum will decide whether there is a collision or not.
Who won there?
I suppose this deal depends heavily on how well the entrenched interests control the possibility of becoming a licenced commercial driver in NY. Given the stranglehold they (allegedly) have on the rest of the red tape I wouldn't be surprised if this is tailored to their desires too; anyone with better knowledge of the NY regs care to chip in?
I have to wonder
Exactly how controlled the control groups in this experiment were; after all paracetamol is one of the most readily available pain medications in the developed world. Did the placebo group think they were taking paracetamol when they were popping the sugar pills? Were any measures taken to control for them picking up paracetamol at the corner shop?
P.S. For the commentards living with back pain, as I haven't heard them mentioned yet I will chip in that adjustable desks which allow you to stand for a portion of your day are becoming more and more common.
I foresee a wave of "Blue Flu" overtaking EE store employees on the day this is scheduled to kick off. If they wanted to do this properly they should have hired or partnered with actual trainers instead of foisting it on shop staff. The communication gap between those who have grown up around mice and clicking and routers and hard drives and those who haven't is immense and fundamental.
I know that's a generalisation and there are plenty of silver surfers, but remembering I've lived with this stuff nearly all my life and it's a different story if you haven't helps me be patient with dear ol' mum when 'the internet isn't working.'
Bad for the 'Sector'
To be ranked lower than ISP's (especially American ISP's) has got to be a hard punch in the gut.
We got Fibre at the gaff last month, and every bloody device I hooked in was forbidden from seeing webpages until I had chosen one of the "I am feeble minded and would like to be inconvenienced by not seeing half the internet / I am a grown man and I quite like pornography thank you very much" options. To be fair I think you can turn that behaviour off from the router manager.
Re: Wrong Category
Given TalkTalk's old reputation for coming top of the customer complaints league for several years in a row, I would speculate that their customer base has a built-in bias towards the less tech literate members of the population who wouldn't think to do online research before choosing a provider.
From there it's not that big a leap to assume they're going with the filters because the signup page says it 'protects them online' or whatever convincing bollocks the opt-in page shows.
Once you've gone Quad-Core, you'll never go back. For my money the only budget android worth entertaining is the Moto G.
Re: Well done Nick!
IIRC he lost some climbing kit in the storm and he is considering the possibility he'll have to just punt it into the sea and pick it up from the recovery vessel (if it doesn't sink.)
Major companies cooperating with IBM do develop enterprise software has historically gone wonderfully given IBM's willingness to compromise and adapt to their partner, and previously blessed us with wonders like OS2.
Re: Do I detect...
They're not merging, they're allying against the hostile forces of Microsoft and Apple who are beating them up in the patent wars. Agreeing to not step on each other's toes is just the groundwork.
Also, £6M? Bollocks.
A dozen bobbies should be more than enough for a round the clock stakeout. Round it up to 20 just because. Make the generous assumption that the poor low ranks, probationers and others who have pulled this beat get the national average salary of £25Kp/a. In fact let's call it £30K because London. That gives us 30x20= £600K/year, so it should have cost much closer to £1.2M for the two years Assange has been holed up. Even if I've massively underestimated the London salary, you could pay your bobbies £45K/annum and still come in under £1M/year.
If the Met genuinely think they've spunked £6M on this, someone needs to go over their accounting policies asking serious questions.
"his rights and fears shouldn't be subjugated to the comfort of the state."
Neither should they be pandered to because he has gone to extreme lengths to avoid extradition (to Sweden).
As for the US wanting him, that's a very tired old argument considering if they wanted him they would have just asked their best bumchums in the UK government to sort it out long ago. [Speculation] In fact if the US wanted to pump him for info they'll probably just infiltrate his online circle of friends (if they haven't already).
Isn't having CP in your possession strict liability, i.e. someone else put it there is no defence? If Google have such content on UK servers plod are surely duty bound to get cuffing Google employees...
Re: "If Scotland get independance, I'll be the first one to move there."
I think you'll have a hotly contested race on your hands if you want to be first out. Good to know some people would move TO Scotland though, more houses for the people who want to stay in Britain.
Re: not surprised on either front
Weren't the EU supposed to be considering suing the UK government for doing sweet Rockall about protecting citizens over the whole Phorm thing? Any update El Reg?
The real reason 'The Man'* gets irate about downloading is negative word of mouth, i.e. when they have spent millions upon millions on a film that turns out to be utter shit, they still have a chance to recoup most of the costs in the opening weekend before the news of how horrible it is spreads. With leaked downloads, they don't get to control the PR message and when word gets out that it is horrible sales plummet. discuss.
*'The Man' used because I can't remember the name of the shill being used this week.
The big difference between the all pervasive surveillance of a CCTV society vs. a Glasshole society is agency: All these Glasshole cameras are being actively directed and are linked to a user who immediately gets to decide if the footage is worth doing something with, probably without the subjects knowledge or consent. Footage can also be constantly buffered dashcam style so users can retroactively decide to save something for posterity.
My concern is that in both the CCTV and Glasshole worlds I can do an embarrassing trip-stumble-faceplant combo in the street, but only in one of those worlds I can worry about being on Youtube within the hour.
Re: Is it just me.....
It's rare but not unheard of for construction to accidentally uncover a forgotten plague pit (I seem to recall it happened in London a few years back.) Knowing more about the lifespan of the virus in an isolated environment is definitely worthwhile.
I wonder what flying your drone through a firework display does to your insurance premium?
I feel your pain. But conversely, when they have put it in Safe Mode and "all my little pictures have gone" they suddenly lose the ability to turn it all the way off when you ask her to switch it off and on again.
I got my mum a tablet a few months back thinking it'd be pretty foolproof and I'd get some peace from this sort of thing. Within a month she'd lost the wifi login, installed about 50 different copies of Mahjong and put the tablet into Safe Mode - even I don't know how she managed the last one.
Re: 50Hz hum randomiser
That's okay if you're the one in control of the recording equipment, but the noise randomiser could 'poison' another's covert recording and cause it to fail the non-tampered test.
Re: I actually prefer to work at the office...
I find it's a mixed bag myself. I can focus much more when I'm left alone to concentrate, but I prefer the office 2 screen setup as opposed to the hell that is trying to work out my shortcuts on my laptop screen. I suppose I could ask for an office, and when that inevitably gets laughed off I could lead into "well, could I do a few flexi hours then?"
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