750 posts • joined 28 Jul 2011
Re: You're slipping, AMFM
Looks like the Ultimate Warrior is off his medication again...
Missed the bit in the middle
Okay, we've had android phones at about £200 and feature phones for people who want a reliable regular phone. What happened to the roundup of £100 androids? My mum needs a new phone and while I think she'd get the hang of using a touchscreen when I'm not there to help I don't fancy dropping 200 bar before knowing for certain (and of course she flat out refuses to let me get her a phone at that price.)
Is there a review of the min-spec androids in the works from anyone at el reg?
Meanwhile in America...
a number of generals and admirals all have suddenly raging stiffies for no reason they can fathom...
Re: Who do you believe?
PSN wasn't brought down by a hack, Sony took it offline while they investigated what happened. I look at it as a sign that Sony were serious about fixing the weaknesses despite the growing furore in the media. A weaker company might have bowed to pressure and put access back up before completing their security review.
If there's one company that SHOULD have security tighter than a nun's
chuff habit, it's a company that's been embarrassed by their laxity in recent memory like Sony.
Interesting to hear they're now doing Windows to go, though this could come back and bite them in the arse; If it lowers the inconvenience of having a non-Windows OS on your main system when you can kick up a Windows build at will from USB when you really need to then we might see another few (little) dents in their massive market share.
Re: "...in his or her ability..."
Kim is an asexual name, if the Judge hasn't been looking at the media circus he or she probably doesn't know Dotcom's sex. Assuming that this is what the Judge has been doing, kudos for properly maintaining impartiality.
I don't know or care if he's innocent or guilty, but the waste of public resources is starting to get on my tits at this point. Have security cameras covering the Embassy exits, then withdraw all the police outside and return them to their normal duties. Let him stew in the Embassy grounds and scramble the blue lights if he's caught leaving. Put him on a no-fly list and in the unlikely event the Ecuadorians successfully smuggle him out of the country, punt their ambassadors back home.
Swiftkey lasted a minute...
Before getting kicked off my Tab. Once I'd done the setup, I opened a document to test the keyboard out. After failing to type "testing" 5-6 times in a row (It predicted something like ssstwss - wtf?) and only showing me the prediction instead of what I'd actually typed, the backspace key suddenly decided that it would only delete the last few letters and refused to go any further back despite repeated taps and holding. Avoid.
I think the biggest takeaway from this article is the Revelation from Richard Lloyd above that Adblock Plus is available on Android. Come back Firefox, all is forgiven...
I've worked it out...
"Both satellites were insured, Telkom-3 for 225m rubles ($7.13m, £4.55m) and the Express MD2 for 1.17bn rubles ($37.08m, £23.66m)"
Insurance fraud. It's not like Direct Line can inspect the rockets to make sure the satellites were aboard, is it?
NASA will surely be getting antsy with all the recent hiccups at Roscosmos. I wouldn't be surprised if they throw more money at SpaceX to accelerate the return of US space capability.
"Click this link, type your Steam login details"
"Bollocks, what's my Steam login? I haven't had to type it in six years. Do I even still have that email address?"
Re: 2500 Apps in their app store
I wouldn't want steam to do a Linux version, we don't need any more fragmentation. What they should do is 'anoint' one Linux flavour as the version they will ensure Steam runs on, and assist the community with what they need to get it running on other versions. Then send some of their extra programming resource to iron out the kinks in Linux.
Oh, and Half-Life Effing 3 please.
"ISS this is control, some mail has just come in. Who was in charge of the vehicle last August? They've got a speeding ticket."
What I don't get is...
From what I've gleaned from friends who are forcing themselves to read it (they are aware it's dreadful, but they are ploughing on in the name of science to find out exactly when, where and why it is dreadful so they can't be dismissed for not having read it) the 'fantasy' male basically treats the girl like shit. I also seem to recall from a review - which I can't find the link for atm - that the protagonist is almost sexually assaulted by one of her male friends and this is just glossed over and forgotten later in the novel.
Women are mental.
Re: virgin (but not the producer)?
Off topic, but I think developed societies have grown to the point where we've bypassed 'survival of the fittest.' It's all downhill from here...
Re: The internet is vital.
I love the way you assume I live in the countryside. For the record I live in a city*, I just happen to believe that internet access should be a universal British right for the quality of life it affords. I am arguing that is an essential, please don't compare it to upgrading your "shitty, tiny little garden". As an essential it should be subsidised by all.
However I was specifically NOT arguing for an "economically unviable" broadband network, I was arguing that it should be looked at even if it is commercially unviable. The difference being a company will walk away if there is no way to make meaningful money off the investment. What I would like is for the government to order the network extended to (almost) everyone at a reasonable cost which they write off as money spent improving the country. I am not advocating building fibre to Orkney regardless of the cost; but there needs to be an acceptance that universal access takes priority over profit.
"Like city dwellers you made the choice to live where you do knowing full well the pros and cons"
Again, I live in a nice cosy city flat, but we've covered that; what irks me about this comment is the 'choice to live where you do' bit. Are you seriously suggesting that families should have to choose to leave behind the friends and communities they grew up in if they want proper internet access? And what about children, as you mention? They don't choose where to live, but proper internet access could growing up could change their life.
*incidentally, has it occurred to you that if the countryside had more amenities, then more people might live there and it might have an effect on the overcrowding and high rent in the cities?
The internet is vital.
The fact is internet access is almost a de facto essential utility nowadays. The sheer - well - utility of it leaves those with no or substandard access at a significant disadvantage. If you agree it should be a utility alongside water and power, then it is practically a right of the people and efforts must be made to provide a decent service across the whole of the UK regardless of commercial viability. If you don't agree it's a utility then I challenge you to live without it for a month. I would hazard a guess that some of El Reg's contributors would struggle to maintain a job writing for a website for example.
Where the report does wander into nutter territory is where they suggest killing of TV though.
Don't forget "Participation Medals" so no-one goes home empty handed.
I also seem to recall that good drivers were failing the test by spotting the hazards before the video 'expected' them to do so, and then lost points by clicking on the hazard outside the 'correct' time window.
How do those penalties
Stack up against those for selling booze/fags/porn to underagers? An unlimited fine just smacks of laying the foundations for trouble to me. Judges are fallible people too!
Re: Bloody wonderful, dont idiots ever think first?
"Why dont ID-10-T folks ever think first, all he has done is give governments a reason to regulate 3D printing."
That's what I was thinking: Well done dickhead, now it's going to be almost impossible for the masses to get their own 3D printers. Having said that, the governments of the world were probably planning to come down on these anyway.
Isn't "owning the means of production" a phrase from Communist ideology? Can't see that playing well in the USA.
Re: jury selection delay
Mmmm. Delicious, helpful pedantry. Wish I could upvote again for the Holly Harper reference.
You obviously haven't seen the S3. My pal got one just recently, and comparing side by side with my HTC and another friends iPhone it is significantly thinner and lighter than either. I am well jealous, and I think Apple are too...
Note to the reporter...
I had to go to the PDF to find out where in the world this latest turn of events happened (The US if you're wondering.) Please don't forget this brawl is taking place in jurisdictions all over the globe...
cash in before the wheels come off
At the end of the day, why not? If I were in Zuck's shoes right now I'd be looking for a way to bailout with as much cash as I can hold in my greedy little claws that doesn't involve getting my tits sued off. At least he made a thing and was freely given some money for stakes in the thing he made (assuming the allegations of book-cooking are false.) That's a hell of a lot more accomplishment than a lot of the rich elite, so more power to him if he rides of into the sunset weighed down with bags of gold.
People still take computers in for repairs? I thought we had completely divided into the "able to fix it without help" and the "chuck it in the bin and buy a new one" groups.
Re: Doesn't even make the top 10
Good list. I would rate corruption higher though as that can catalyse almost everything else on the list apart from bad weather.
I am still of the opinion that a service that simplifies (1) enough that the non-IT masses can do it and adds in 2A) Allow your friends who have similar websites to post on your news feed automatically when they post news on their website (with some form of authentication obviously) Will be the next Big Thing. After all, Facebook is basically a collection of blogs under a common interface that simplifies sharing. This interface has been done before, but not as well as FB does it I don't think. Once FB loses it's lead in that area all it has left is the momentum of having a pre-existing userbase, and the cracks are already starting to show there.
A National Allegations Database will need a System to run it, a National Allegations Database System if you will. Then the border agency can consult their NADS every time they are asked to do something. Wait a minute that sounds suspiciously like something most government bodies already do...
Re: Cruel and unusual
Could end up being a bit of an own goal - if I were forced to listen to JB or RB at work I think it would take about an hour before I was ready to set Armageddon into motion and let the whole world burn. Probably not an attitude you want to instil into the nuke boffins who stand a chance of making that scenario reality.
Not to detract from the efforts of these boffins, but weren't we on the verge of growing artificial hearts and or creating pigs with hearts that could be transplanted in to humans years ago? Did all these tacks dead end or were they sunk by the aforementioned killjoy brigades?
The NotW break up was a year ago? We should have an anniversary celebration.
'Antitrust' has to be one of the most non-explanatory descriptors I have ever heard; El Reg, please don't let this term get any foothold over here. What's wrong with calling it 'competition law'? Even if I had never heard of either concept before I can reasonably infer that 'competition law' regulates competition, and from the context you can usually further infer the competition in question is probably between companies. 'Antitrust' sounds like a Steven Seagal film.
Any national network(s), be it the Royal mail, landline internet or the fractured mess of mobile networks should be brought together under the umbrella of a not-for-profit organisation that sells access wholesale to the relevant companies and has UNIVERSAL coverage as a stated goal, instead of this return on investment bias.
You forgot to mention turning it upside down and snickering.
Accenture working on bug fixes
Has it been made ABSOLUTELY CLEAR to them that by 'fixing bugs', it is meant that the bugs should be corrected so that they do not occur, as opposed to improving the bugs so that they do more?
but that's less convenient as it's bringing your payments forward. Much better to have that extra £30 in my bank account than O2's, until you need the topup. Most networks would love it if you bought your topup sooner -I don't know if it's still on the go but there used to be extra sweeteners available for topping up £50 or more in one go.
Re: If you must deal with paypal
Sounds like you had a lucky escape with the collectors. I cancelled a mobile data contract with 3 during the 'cooloff' period (the coverage was dire in the city centre, significantly poorer quality than expected) only for them to keep demanding payment. Only every time I disputed the debt and asked for proof, they said they'd look into it, and promptly bounced it onto a different collections agency. Presumably in the hope I'd get sick of fighting and cave in.
(Never discuss the 'debt' with these people - it is always the 'alleged debt' unless they have sent cast iron proof.)
Re: Thats funny
With you on the bit about PayPal being useless overcharging gits, but I thought a judge or someone else important had decreed that they were a de facto bank and as such had to register as one and be regulated?
Wait a minute...
When did we privatise regulation? Because for-profit and what's best for the sector mix so well. Are they TRYING to wreck the whole Kingdom?
If by the public sector you mean our poor overworked squaddies and police officers from all over the country. Given the choice between being shot at in a desert hellhole and trying to keep order in London during one of the biggest knees-up in recent history, I'd have to have a good long think before answering.
Beer for the poor buggers who have to work while everyone else is enjoying themselves.
Re: No room for 3rd ecosystem.
That ignores the fact that Nokia probably won't survive making another switch. They lost a load of goodwill and talent and took a pasting on the shares when they made the switch to MS, another U-Turn is probably not something they can pull off. Also I seem to recall el Reg reporting Nokia got a hefty bung from Microsoft ($1Bn?) when the switch announcement was made - that more than likely came with some nasty contractual obligations that tie them to Windows phones for a while. I seem to recall using the phrase "handcuffed to the deck of the Titanic" last time this was discussed.
The only hope for Nokia might have been to cut its losses and go with Android, but I think that time is long since past.
Hopefully Sea Fox will be deployed as a 'last line of defence' option, i.e. only deployed after less sacrificial mineclearing methods (like shooting them from a helicopter as mentioned above.) For my money, my first choice would be converting a couple hundred crappy dinghies into remotes and deploy them in pairs dragging a net between them.
Who decided to call them the Clovis? They sound like a brand of butter.
Queue a new method of harassment
Watch out for your online persona being poisoned. Fly to the US often? Better hope no-one with a bit of photshop-fu has uploaded a photo tagged "Me and my best mate Osama, LOL"
Hell, what about Argos? Their entire business is storing things securely in a warehouse until people come pick it up, and they do open 'til 6/late night shopping already. I'm sure they'd love a bit of extra footfall, they could have their latest 'deals' showing by the collection desk.
Other options for the Post Office include opening outwith office hours as others have mentioned, but here's an idea: Sort that abomination of a website so that you can use it to inform the depot where your parcel is stored that you will be coming to collect it on day X; given enough notice surely they could have it handy for collection on the day you arrive. From here you automate the authorisation process so you don't have to pull out your passport and a blood sample to pick it up - surely it would be child's play for them to rig up secure login on the net that punters could log in to and print out a bit of paper that says "The bearer of this slip is entitled to collect parcel 123, as per my secure online authorisation." Slap a barcode on it as well so the clerk doesn't even have to spend time typing on their system. That way the collection process could boil down to: Rock up, have the barcode on your slip scanned, collect parcel, piss off. bye bye queues.
Wouldn't Apple be hit just the same as the rest of them, or are they waging war with a different kind of patent?
Looks to be another solution looking for a problem. Unless they can somehow make the smart packaging as cheap as the regular kind, I can see companies and people voting with their wallets.
I'm sorely tempted, but I want a slot for a storage card and I'm not sure if I'd like it being smaller than the 'normal' tablet size. I do notice that the US price for the high end version ($249) currently converts to £160 (UK price for the cheap version) on fx.com. Might be worth trying to import depending on the hassle involved.
I think I will continue to umm and aah until it's actually out.