20 posts • joined 9 Nov 2011
Re: Compensation has already been paid
Nonsense. The PRS licence in the workplace would only be fair if it wasn't also charged for just listening to a radio. The performers are already compensated by the radio station from the funds they receive from their advertisers and the listeners in the workplace, by being exposed to those ads, are effectively paying for it that way. The more people listen, the more exposure for the adverts, the more those adverts are worth and the more a radio station can charge for them by having higher listener numbers and this increase is presumably reflected in the fees paid to the record companies.
The only situation I can think of where it would be fair for an employer to have to pay PRS is if the employer has its own juke-box or other method of playing music that was purchased as a CD (or mp3 or whatever). Since the CD price was based on a single person's use, and the employer is playing it to many people and there's no radio-station collecting ad-revenue in line with the number of people listening to pass it on to the artist, this is the only situation where I think an argument can be made for the artist having lost out.
Re: SYNC FAIL
From what I've seen, Ford abandoned intuitive gadget controls (the ones you can use without having to look down at them) sometime before 2003.
My late 2003 Mondeo has an awful digital display for it's air-con/fan controls which you have to look at to work out what you're doing with it. It's crap in several ways:
1 - You can't tell how strong the fan will be, how hot the air will be or which vents will be active when you turn it on until you do, because the LCD only turns on when you turn the fans on. Unlike conventional controls which you can check on by feeling the position of the rotary switches and sliders.
2 - Once it is switched on, you still have to look at it to do absolutely anything. This is a major bug-bear for me.
3 - To adjust the heat requires repeated presses of the temperature adjustment push-button, along with repeated glances at the display to see if it's got to the level you want it at.
4 - The same applies to the fan strength. You'd think that this one you could at least get feedback on by feeling the air-flow, but as there's a long delay between setting the fan strength and it actually having any effect even that isn't very practical.
If you don't want to risk getting prosecuted for driving without due care and attention you should park before adjusting the heater on your Ford car! Granted that's not much of a risk, though, since there aren't any real police on the roads to observe you doing that these days anyway.
"Contactless is about convenience at the expense of some of the security controls." but it's only convenient when you only have one (including Oyster cards for London Transport). As soon as there's more than one in your wallet, it becomes equally inconvenient to chip and pin, as you still have to remove the card from the wallet to make sure you're using the right one.
At that point the only remaining advantage is not having to key in the PIN number - something that could easily have been done via the existing chip-and-PIN system, simply modifying it not to require a PIN for purchases less than £20. Modifying the chip-and-PIN system this way wouldn't have introduced the security vulnerabilities of contact-less, or the inconvenience of card-clash with Oyster.
Re: IE doesn't work on Mac or Linux (which is where we benchmark right now)
Sad as it is, I'm pretty sure that unless you primarily use Windows you still don't count as "most people" these days.
That option definitely exists, because I'm using it now on my Virgin Media TiVo. Can't remember where it was exactly but I'm sure you'll find it if you search through the settings a little more thoroughly.
Re: Schol Reform
He also said:
"change it from 9-3:15 (or whatever it is right now) to 8 - 5."
I'd estimate that you get 5 hours lessons from a 9-3:15 day and at least 7 hours from an 8-5 day, which would more than make up for the difference. I think the anonymous coward actually made some pretty good suggestions.
As any fule kno
The g in gif is pronounced the same as the g in graphics, since that is what it stands for (graphics interchange format)
Re: Not really impressed
Apparently they wouldn't be the first:
Re: Also Mandatory
Wasn't that in the article? I'm pretty sure the answer was essentially "almost".
I said all the same things about my Galaxy S2 when I got it less than 2 years ago. A couple of Android upgrades later and I find myself starting to wonder if I should look for something faster when my contract expires.
On the other hand, the main problem for me is I like the size of my S2 but don't like the 1-day-only battery life, and all the new flagship phones are much bigger and with equally poor endurance. Nobody seems to have really addressed that yet either. I think I might just stick with it on a cheaper rolling monthly contract until someone does.
Re: Cyber tax
Perhaps the pub loans the customer the price of a pint in pounds, interest free for a few milliseconds. The customer immediately uses that money to buy the pint and so the pub pays it's VAT bill and whatever taxes based on this transaction as normal. The pub then pays the same money back to the customer for a currency exchange, which the customer uses to settle his debt. The customer then transfers the appropriate amount of BitCoin to the pub to complete the currency exchange transaction.
I should have said, none of that is gospel. It's just my understanding of the situation.
There will be heavy fines for motorcyclists, cyclists, pedestrians, horses, cats, dogs, mice, rats, flies or anything else spotted on the stolen tarmac (Olympic Lanes). You'll need to be extra careful you don't have a wheel stray over the line while you're filtering along past all the other motorists stuck in the inevitable gridlock. The rules on bus lanes are a different issue. Even there it's inconsistent. Motorbikes are allowed on red route bus lanes (managed by TFL) but it's up to the local borough councils whether or not you're allowed in on the bus lanes in their patches.
Assuming you manage to get where you're going without being fined into bankruptcy, do you think you'll still be able to find somewhere to park?
As a fellow biker, this stuff irritates me too.
Re: "Two words: Power consumption."
Device selection is probably lacking because practically no-one is buying them. As a result there's little motivation for companies to produce more devices. If you talk to an average non-IT person, the kind of person who you would need to be prepared to spend money on these things in order for them to become popular, chances are they'll think of home-automation as something difficult and nerdy and not something they'll want to try for themselves.
Home computer networking by comparison is relatively easy. If they don't know how to do it themselves, they definitely know someone who does.
When you start telling them about the 3 standards that they have to choose between for the new network they will have in their house they'll almost certainly switch off from your conversation and start looking for someone else to talk to.
My point still remains that until it both is and is seen to be trivially easy to set up and maintain these things it'll never become mainstream and as long as it's not mainstream, the market won't be big enough to encourage device makers to improve their selection.
Re: "Two words: Power consumption."
...and yet neither of these replies to my comment address my main point: People simply don't want to be bothered with setting up an entire new network if they don't already have it.
Very few people already have it (the exceptions to my previous sentence). The barrier to entry is still way too high for this sort of thing to become popular and I'd argue it will continue to be too high until it is practically zero. One simple way to make it practically zero would be to use the already existing wireless infrastructure in most people's homes, WiFi, instead of expecting them to install and maintain another one.
I'm no Apple fan but I bet if Apple did it it would be dead simple. Apple don't do it. It isn't.
I look forward to being proved wrong on this. I think it's a shame that home automation hasn't taken off yet.
I don't understand why you wouldn't want these things just to use your WiFi network directly. By designing it with WiFi instead of Zigbee, the customer need only buy the shiny new fish-tank filter and absolutely nothing else. That is, of course, making the assumption that anyone whoi would be interested in the device likely already has WiFi in their home. Well enough designed, it should be absolutely trivial to install it and get it talking via email.
Make it with ZigBee but no WiFi and it might use less power (who cares? it's plugged into mains, not battery powered) and your customer must now buy another ZigBee device to act as a controller, then configure that controller device to connect both to the fish-tank filter and your home internet connection and then set up the rules for it to email you at the appropriate time. That's way more faff than most people are prepared to tolerate and an additional expense. Someone who already has a ZigBee network at home (If I had no digits at all I could still use them to count the number of people I know who this applies to) might be pleased to have an opportunity to do this. Normal people won't.
I think this is why home automation won't take off. The barrier to entry needs to be made so low as to be imperceptible first. I don't think we're anywhere near that point now.
I don't understand this term profiteering
Surely it just means "doing business". If maximising profit isn't the whole point of doing business, what is?
LED TV for £1800?
This is an LCD TV which uses LED for its backlight. When a 55inch proper LED TV is available for £1800, that will be genuinely interesting news.
Letting Nokia off for Microsoft's imposed limitations
"...Still, Nokia’s not to blame here." They absolutely are to blame for any and all shortcomings of the phones they produce. It was Nokia's choice to employ an ex-Microsoftie. It was his (highly predictable) choice to decide to use Microsoft's phone OS for all future Nokia smart-phones. Being subject to Microsoft's demands are a consequence of these choices which they made themselves.
Re-read the post you were replying to and I think you'll realise that he's not moaning that his cheap service isn't as good. He's actually saying he's perfectly happy with it and doesn't see the point in paying any more for a difference in service that he would rarely ever notice. I suspect that is a very common viewpoint, and there's no such thing as a killer app for broadband (over and above the bandwidth needed for iPlayer) that I'm aware of.
If you can't rely on having very high bandwidth all the time (especially during peak-periods which coincide with the time when the majority of people are going to want it) you wont want to rely on any service(killer app?) that depends on it. This is a situation that won't change for a very long time I suspect.
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