Gambling is based on the probability of both profit and loss. Loss was the only thing on the cards in a leave win, yet May and friends either haven't realised that yet or they are scared some racist dickheads might get violent.
48 posts • joined 28 Sep 2011
I was planning to give myself free electricity and play tetris or maybe snake using the tower block up the road from me as a low-res screen...
Re: No, thank you.
"the meters can be read remotely and is always up to date with no estimated bills."
...and how long until we see a situation where someone's supply is shut off remotely after a numnuts callcentre-monkey cocks up, a supplier thinks you owe them money when you don't (which happened when we moved into this house), when someone in some crappy outsourced IT service on minimal training and a bowl of rice a day cocks up 1,000's of accounts, or when yet another security vuln is discovered in the kit.
set reporting_mode = '^c^v';
Pretty much covers it.
Round these parts Android is usually prefixed with the word Landfill, and such a designation is taken as read and doesn't require constant enumeration for the sake of iDiots.
Re: Gaz and Leccy...?
I like the idea of balancing out usage away from peak times but equally I've had a handful of billing cockups, they've always been sorted but doing so has sometimes taken a while... making billing more complicated seems like a bad idea for consumers and the idea of some chimp in a call centre being able to nix my heat/power remotely doesn't fill me with confidence.
Re: I'm glad they're optional.
Me too, given most energy companies well documented ability to fsck up billing, nobody in their right mind would trust them not to make a massive cock-up and cut off your supply remotely...
I'm bloody annoyed
OK - it was me, I'm the one who liked it.
The devices I've had (625 & 930) have been rock solid and been good workhorses - pretty much the only times they've had a reboot were when they physically ran out of juice... and an excellent third choice when the first two are istyle over isubstance or landfill in waiting.
I'm in a genuine quandary over what to get when my 930 needs to be put out to pasture. I genuinely hate iOS and Android equally - to the point where I'm feeling the appeal for a brick-phone and a tethered tablet.
Re: Presumably we could all just switch to Yahoo! or Bing if Google goes...
I wouldn't be so sure about that, try blocking say... Googleapis.com and see how your web experience fares. I've been looking into it and basically the only way to completely avoid googly eyes is to implement a firewall with a pretty invasive content adaption filter on http.
I tried to setup firewall rules but it was just impossible, now I am building a pfsense/squid box and an icap server to actually find out how hard it I to not use google services at all... when i noticed even my OpenWRT based router talks to googly overlords when it establishes a connection - I have the wireshark trace to prove it.
Re: The bizarre logic of outsourcing
Because if you've worked for an outsourcer you'll know that instead of hiring some skilled people on decent wages and have to give them pensions and things like that as is required by council policies and those pesky unions, outsourcers can usually hire people who are barely literate at minimum wage (or less if they're "apprentices"), cut a bunch of corners (apologising if they are unlucky enough to get caught out), treat them like excrement and sit back to cream the profit off the top.
If they really want to make some money then they can do the same in some 'low cost country' safe in the knowledge that the contract probably didn't say anything about where the people doing the work are based, only that it's done.
Re: DAB is only useful for big stations.
"Bloke in shed starts own DAB radio station - with Ofcom's blessing"
Setup would work fine with a Raspberry Pi, he says...
Since local stations could still reasonably use similar transmission power and host their own mux using a raspberry pi or similar I'm not seeing a huge cost burden here. Am I missing something?
About that 'low lock-in'
If you think google is only a dominant force in search then you're in for a huge eye-opener. Set yourself a mission to *completely* de-google your life, to not give them any data at all and let me know how you get on...
Re: Journalistic Truth
Only if you work for the Daily Mail
Re: Cell Phones
Yes, Europe does have the same rule.
You pick up a phone anywhere in Europe dial 112 or also you can use the local emergency number if one exists (999 in the UK.)
It's nice to know that folks from the colonies are still trying to keep up with the developed world.
Re: Recalculate ?
Or even more likely a formula fail where they forgot to include the last two entries when they made the sum... That would account for the $500.
Never mind that...
Where's the option to disable those annoying browser tabs gone? It was a killer feature (sure you can get plugins for ff/chrome etc but they don't really work.)
"Why toy manufacturers haven't cottoned on to this, I don't know."
They have. That's why they continue to make what they do (cheaply with a tidy profit) because parents buy them and then get them something else next year instead of losing the market to apps at a couple of bucks a throw.
It would like to know if you fancy some Gummy Bears...
re: proprietary protocols
We expected something different from the makers of the next IE4?
I was lucky enough to meet Di-Ann Eisnor (one of the VP's) at a TechHub event when they officially launched here. She certainly outlined a decent long-term strategy which included providing traffic data to tv & radio stations. Also more importantly she outlined ways that the Waze data could be used in "smart city" projects but with a very low cost compared to installing hardwired traffic monitoring kit - something that got plenty of attention from Arup and Skanska (I spoke to reps from both and there were probably other similar companies there).
If you've nothing to hide and nothing to fear, you've got nothing - so why are they still listening?
Re: I'm going
I'd go find an infinity reseller. Back in the earlier days of DSL, BT support staff had (and perhaps still have) access to your login password in plain text (I managed to get it out of one of them once), I quit them there & then and have no plans to return.
"There are of course also potential misuse of data and other security issues that need to be considered carefully."
Those are the bits we're worried about because we know exactly how well they're done... lowest bidder with the highest kickback with quality and security to match (as usual) I'd wager.
Re: Another one down
Your lack of comprehension is not something us commentards can help you with Lars. Try the helpdesk. :)
Opera's rendering engine being killed off in favour of Google's - that's most definitely a bad day. It doesn't really matter if Opera's renderer was good or not, it matters that a genuine alternative is going (or gone) leaving chrome (the new IE4) to dominate with it's own nonstandards and sites that work with nothing else.
* And no, Nets^h^h^h^h Firefox is not worth mentioning, too many people have been burned there.
Another one down
Chalk another death up to Google doing no evil...
Bye bye Opera, it was fun.
/Beer - I'll have one for you.
The short answer is that if you have two telco's or operate from more than one office or a block of lines, as pretty much every legitimate company with more people than fingers does, it's not possible to do what you propose via caller-ID. There are other signalling mechanisms which can be used to identify the callers entry point into the network but few companies (particularly BT) want to hand over the data to let us go direct to their call provider.
Re: MS Outlook
Dale hasn't used outlook in a while has he.. - the 2gig limit that hasn't been there in nigh-on a decade when the file format was changed in Outlook 2003. New files from 2003 onwards are limited to 50gig (20gig defaults for 2003/7 but fixable by a registry tweak).
Piler AND Filer, me? Of course!
Friend, You owe me a new keyboard. This one has coffee (mixed with DNA) all over it.
Right response, wrong reasons
On one hand, he's got the right answer - more regulation is moot when the old regulations were ignored.
But DC's position is more one of not wanting to annoy on the people / organisations who put him in office because he's going to need them to prop him up again soon enough.
Actually I've noticed in the 2 weeks that my get_iplayer has been having problems with certain programmes and rtmpdump either locks up or the download gets corrupted (including "World's Craziest Fools" featuring Mr T which is a current favourite of my 5 year old). I wonder if that's related?
/Bomb as the A-Team love blowing stuff up
Re: Freedom of speech
Freedom of speech is not an excuse to be in contempt of court.
An old friend...
It's been a long time... How have you been? I've been really busy being dead. You know, after you murdered me.
Re: "Firefox 1.0 is arguably the most awful technology developed in the last 50 years"
You made a typo, but it's ok, I fixed it for you...
Ah yes, Firefox, the browser that took the dog's egg known as 'tabbed browsing' from netscape. From the standpoint of fitt's law it's quite possibly one of the least useful UI design ideas ever to become popular. That said, with Google rapidly turning Chrome into the next IE4 we may still need it yet...
Re: Google doing what m$ wont
They're trying to prevent another IE6 by turning Chrome into the next IE4. :)
Plus the small matter of having a 360 degree field of view which meatbags just don't have even with mirrors.
Obvious? it's in the name.
Open source developer cries...
Waaaa! They took my toys and I don't like how they're playing... So I'm not playing any more! *stamps feet* Waaaa!
Open source developers - they'll want to get paid next...
Re: Just wow.
Replacing all the disks with preformatted and preinstalled new ones gives them all the old HD's for forensics thich in the case of what appears to be a targeted attack on a government would not be overkill at all.
Bleedin' Obvious, surely?
Not to mention that if you remote desktop to a Win8 box (from Win7 at least) and press the start key then the start menu actually does come up. But that much is, as ever, The Bleedin Obvious.
Google's answer to IE4 hits another platform...
Re: I have to ask
What they've demonstrated isn't multiplexing as we used to it as that's about sharing multiple data lines or signals over a single carrier. What they've done with OAM is to use the same carrier multiple times concurrently.
They've demontrated that they can fill a single carrier (radio or optical) with 8 times the capacity we know today by putting 8 signals over it at the same time using the 'spins' without changing the carrier frequency and without those signals interfering with each other as they would normally.
As for infinite - RTFA. "...OAM is hailed as offering “infinite” bandwidth, it’s limited by how finely “spin” can be manipulated and detected."
I can't see them enforcing this...
...right after they start enforcing the disability discrimination act for websites.
Which so far as I'm aware they have yet to do.
Oh and that reminds me... must get round to blocking GA.
Yes, But will there be cake?
Or is that a lie?
Were they on fire?
Not that most of us would piss on them if they were...
Just one day?
Can't we have a permanent blackout instead?
Drop all your routes to google sites or kill all dns which points to the chocolate factory and see what happens to your web experience... Now how's that tiny market share looking?
The real security problem remains the meaty bit.
KILL ALL HUMANS!!!
Cut the budget by a third...
We'll know when they really have a handle on it - they'll take out the C when they refer to anything IT related!
/Paris - C's probably about the best grade she ever got!