889 posts • joined 28 Jul 2011
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?"
Reasons for rejecting
Per the Gov website include:
extra costs which will damage the business
the business is planning changes to the workforce
Vague and nebulous enough that this can be another tickbox exercise like the 'maximum working week' we were expected to immediately opt out of.
What's the point of Shareholders suing the company they own? Unless they are trying to get the board personally on the hook for negligence, they're all in the same (per share) boat, aren't they? Unless it was a tactic to tank the share price temporarily?
If glass ever takes off the way smartphones did, I think we could be heading for a legal clash between the right to use cameras in a public space versus the level of intrusion inherent in ubiquitous worn recording devices. Under the 'people are bastards' theory it's not hard to imagine surreptitiously catching people off guard becoming an urban sport. We all know the dark side of some folk comes out when you give the the safety and anonymity of the internet; the cynic inside me is screaming that www.lookatthisuglyfucker.com is only years away.
Trampjuice icon because I'm rambling. It's Friday, need to pass the time somehow
Re: Monitoring Service Costs?
The $2 cost is government mandated, not the actual cost. My hazy recollection of how it works is that the credit report services keep all this financial data already as part of their business of selling credit checks to companies; because citizens usually have the right to see information held about them under whichever Data Protection Act is applicable in the region by paying a 'fair' charge for the admin cost of providing the records, the government(s) usually set the price of this charge to prevent the credit agencies gouging people or setting the fees arbitrarily high.
In practice what usually happens is the option to get your credit report at the cheap fee is either hidden away in a tiny corner of the website or only available on written (snail mail) request. If you do get the cheapie report it will be nigh on unreadable with unexplained acronyms and horribly formatted layout. Below that will be an advert for the 'Extended' credit report at the 'low introductory cost of $6.99/Month' followed by the small print that shafts you.
It's been a long time since I saw the chillingeffects site, but I seem to remember the detailed document listed the link that Google had been asked to take down. For a while it looked like they were circumventing the laws as you could still get the link via Google, there was just one extra clickthrough on the way.
You could do that with positive skills they don't have as well, with designs on finding the perfect set of buzzwords to cram into a 'skillset' that will leave them permanently fending off recruitment sharks and thus both getting a taste of their own medicine and having no time to continue spamming friend requests.
Let's have this argument again.
Re: Double-edged sword this is
Where are IT forbidden from striking? Would it affect overtime bans or work-to-rules?
Re: That about wraps it up for SpaceX
Indeed, a repair / refueling company might even manage to get someone to pay them to start deorbiting some of the hazardous debris we've been leaving up there over the past few decades.
Re: That about wraps it up for SpaceX
I think you're massively underestimating the barrier to entry for other new companies. For once, it IS rocket science. Any new entrant would have to do all the development, building and testing that SpaceX has already got out of the way, sort out their own launch facilities and hire a shitload of scientists and engineers just to get to a position significantly behind Musk. They'd still need a compelling reason for send-stuff-to-space customers to switch from a proven company, and SpaceX would still have lucrative NASA contracts until they run out.
It took a visionary billionaire to get his company to where it is today, to get another SpaceX you'd need another Musk and they're few and far between.
Re: Float? More like Sink!
Excuse me for going off on a massive tangent to the space stuff, but that's just struck a note with me: If Amazon genuinely barely make a profit, why do they bother with the whole double Irish Dutch sandwich half hitch shave and a haircut stuff?
Re: Um, what?
In theory they could put them in a wallet and deliberately scramble the password I guess. My suspicion is that at least some bitcoins will be shifted around other government agencies for stings/undercover work and the like. If I was a criminal Kingpin, I'd be making my IT peons work on a way to decline any transaction involving a bitcoin that had been in Federal hands.
'Democracy Installation Technicians*' is the favoured euphemism of the internet - I'm surprised that the military PR hasn't tried to adopt this one.
*"Hello, Iraq here. I appear to be having some trouble with my recently installed Democracy, can you put me through to your support line?"
Re: tax delayment
That might be okay if the companies involved were 'parking' cash in tax havens in a healthy manner, e.g. still paying tax but deferring some of their income to get a lower rate in the expectation they will have a slow year where they can draw this reserve down. Instead they appear to be gambling that they can lobby/bribe their way into getting a 'tax holiday' or cutting some other sort of deal to repatriate the cash at a minimal rate.
A whole TWO USB ports? I don't know if I'm ready for such opulence.
"It's even more scary when you don't have a big metal cage around you."
I know how you feel, I walk home from work alongside a busy road at rush hour. Luckily I'm not on the road itself but the number of times I've seen cyclists almost KO'd is insane. I'm occasionally tempted to become a Glasshole for the express purpose of snitching on nutter drivers.
The one that bugs me is the tacked on one about the quadrupled fine for speeding on the motorway. I'm not apologising for speeding, but long straight wide stretches of road outside areas of high pedestrian traffic seem to be almost exactly the wrong area to focus/crack down on, and smacks of meeting targets rather than protecting the public.
Not that I'm against raising money for charity, but surely there's a way of doing that with less chance for backfiring? I can't see the fans being happy if Full Metal Havok More Sexy N Intelligent Than Spock And All The Superheroes Combined With Frostnova or someone like him wins it.
If he had the balls he should offer a bounty that allows you to slap him in the face as revenge for your favourite character :)
Re: Noboby uses Bing for a good reason
"I don't think Bing's all that bad. Oh, except Bing maps. Which I used a few times on my old Nokia Lumia, and sucked."
MultiMap.com was my favourite Map site until they got borged by MS and became Bing Maps. Within a few days of the new logos appearing on the site maps were displaying incorrectly or not showing up at all in the browser. Microsoft pushed me onto Google maps by F'ing up a perfevtly good product.
I'm in the 'Let Down' camp
My god the city is bland when you compare it to GTA 4/5 or Saint's Row. I keep forgetting which city it's supposed to be, only remembering when I pass a newsstand with Chicago or Seattle or whatever emblazoned on. You also get too much stuff straight off the bat. Within 1 or 2 missions I had a silenced pistol, multiple Assault Rifles and Shotguns. Ubisoft should have held some of this back to nudge me into the hacking side of things, with such a massive arsenal already at my disposal I didn't see the point in hacking once I got into a fight.
The biggest issue though is that I'm struggling to care about Aiden Pearce: he's got a half-decent backstory where he's out for revenge for his dead nephew, but he is also a bland amoral dickhead who by his own admission only prevents crimes as a 'distraction.' Ubisoft still have not got the hang of compelling protagonists, Aiden is much more Connor/Desmond than Ezio.
The bright side is those in the 'consultancy' have the right to time off for jobhunting & interviews etc. But it is pretty much a tick-box exercise on the company's part. Even if the employee came up with a really good solution that would save jobs, I doubt management & HR would go for it as this would mean admitting being wrong.
Re: CAR ANALOGY
Didn't we in fact have a 'priority lane' during the Olympics that, surprise surprise, you could pay a charge to use?
Re: 'Net Neutrality - Step 1: Define "net"
There will never ever be a surplus for any length of time. Give everyone FTTH and it will become 'the acceptable standard' within a month and 'pretty slow' within three as everyone gets used to watching Bluray quality films over Netflix while also doing HD Skype and someone in the same household plays the latest PS4 game over OnLive.
I thought Dixons were buggered? I'm sure they were slashing costs and closing shops. Not too long ago having too many bricks and mortar stores was a death knell; now they want to pile more under a single corporate umbrella?
I've said it before, but I would bet money that the Watchdog didn't get to see the Accenture report because it was lost or deliberately binned - and rightfully so if it's up to the usual Accenture scratch. As for the unfair dismissal, my heart won't bleed for the £287K/annum exec either way, but it does sound like he was made to carry the can and it would be nice if he could rattle some cages at the Beeb.
The cynic in me wonders however if there will shortly be an out of court settlement (subject to non disclosure so both parties can continue to claim the high ground) that will pay him off and bury the matter.
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