314 posts • joined 15 Jun 2007
Re: Haha, amusing yes..
simple answer to requests
"Yes we can prepare for Asteroid impacts. This will mean a 10% increase in taxes to cater for this unlikely event. If you are happy with the increase, please let us know and we will proceed."
usually, end of discussion.
where do they stand in relation to EU data protection laws?
is it not against same to use servers owned by US companies , and have data covered by Patriot Act??
Re: The summer heat brings them out...
best one I ever had was the 40 minute argument I and 3 others in the office who had to come on the phone to confirm we were not joking or going to do some thing bad.
Back in the days of floppy discs and Apple LC III, client rang saying there was no button on the computer to get the floppy out. Correct. (she used to use DOS)
No matter what we said she would not drag the floppy to the Trash to eject it as "this would erase it"
40 minutes of assurance, laughter, patience, frustration, argument by all 4 of us and she eventually said that she would do it but was going to sue us if it erased it.
made our day!!
Re: So england won
"Neville was also the one who quipped the referee was using the "invisible spray" to mark out where the wall should be and the ball should be placed. If you've seen the spray it's basically Gillette shaving foam."
I'm waiting for them to introduce that for throw-ins too.. drives me mad watching the taker advance about 10 yards up the pitch each time and nothing ever said/done.
How did this become so accepted?
slow day today...
Re: Quote to long to put int title
didn't stop reading at that point, but my opinion of the author shot through the floor. Hope he has good insurance cover.
Presuming he is in the UK/EU, you could land in hot water if you recommend that. Depending on your clients business, you could be contravening EU Data Protection Laws as Google App, Office 365 etc are owned by US companies, so the data, even if its on an EU hosted server, is covered by the Patriot Act.
Bit of leaked data, and be sure someone will point the finger and say " He said to do it"
I think there are some negotiations going on to circumvent the issue, if anyone in the know could provide more info…..?
does no-one get it?? ** JJ ** Abrams …… Jar Jar ….. JJ …. see it now??
It was Jar Jar coming up with all those Lost episodes, and crappy 1 season shows and all-effect, no plot/story films.
If had a a flight booked from Terminal 5 now, I would deliberately miss the flight and claim compensation due to the fact that I could not find Terminal 5.
anyway, what a terrible marketing move.
can't wait to see Jar Jar Binks again. That crazy fool.
Re: The only way is down...
"The only way is down...
...if you're already at the top.
Hard to deny, really."
yeah just ask Mircosoft !! lol
so, within 5 years from a standing start, this new "X" company is going to build up a knowledge and expertise and develop an OS for mobile and desktop, thats is going to better a company that has being doing it for over 30 years, made mistakes, learned, changed, adapted, innovated and amassed over $150 billion cash mountain
i don't know if its just me, but I would LOVE to be alive to see something like that happen. Heck the last 10 years in tech have been pretty cool.
Did it occur to him that IF, just IF, this company X started and even remotely looked like gaining some sort of traction in year 1 or 2, Apple could just use some of that $150 billion and buy them?
My prediction: things will be much different in the future and by 2100 there will be other companies that we haven't heard of now.
Makes me much more valuable then him, as I can predict stuff WAAAAYYY further into the future.
"IOS7 was a mandatory upgrade"
i don't remember the iOS Police calling around and putting a gun to my head !!??
I know plenty of people who haven't upgraded from iOS 6.
Have to say though, i didn't like iOS 7 at the start, but used an iOS 6 device recently and it just felt , dated. maybe i am just used to it now, but have to say i like & prefer it overall, although there are a few inconsistencies and bad elements ( i'm looking at you, date and time rolodex
the only trojan horse was Elop himself, bringing Nokia to its knees so it was cheap steal for MS.
Re: Reading into that
what a crap article... putting a bad spin on someone saying that only release product when they are happy with what they release. Apple should be applauded for it.
Look at all the useless stuff released in the last few years... things rushed to market. The iPad was nearly a decade in development. Result : a success.
Re: my useless contribution
nice little company locally to me go2mobile.com had the SMS to Email and Email to SMS service working in the late 90's . email to SMS was a paid feature, you bought credit and then could send an email to <number>@go2mobile.com and it arrived to the number as a text.
sms to email was free, you sent a text to go2mobiles provided number and put in the email address, space, then the message and it arrived to the desktop.
Nifty programming by them meant you could reply each way and messages would deliver correctly.
Worked great back then pre-smartphones. still useful today in some situations.
my useless contribution
Back in Uni , early 90's , I wrote a program on the VAX/VMS system that allowed you to lookup a student id and get the persons name/ course , if they were logged in, and after a lot of tracing, mapped out the computer labs so you could see what desk they were sitting at in which lab. Nice for the stalkers of hot birds!. I swear that wasn't my motivation !!! (** yes, like finger, but that was priv only access)
When email/chat privs were removed from all students because one of the guys on the course hacked the system and emailed the operator his password, I wrote a pretty crude instant message app bolt on. Amazing watching people sitting 5 feet apart chat on green screen terminals. Very much like teens text each other in the same room these days. Remember this was 1991/1992 !
Met an old college friend recently and she said to me "Remember that system you wrote, kinda like its Facebook of the day" . I was depressed for a month. If i had kept developing that system I might be worth billions, but instead I got a "real" job and am worth f-all !
So, the lesson kids, stick to the useless stuff you are messing with. The oldies don't understand things at all.
As an aside, telneting into chat servers in the USA became really popular until the Uni got the Data bill (thousands) and then that was cut too.
Come to think of it, my Vax "handle" was Pito. Some of the spanish speaking readers might appreciate the humour in that. No Google in those days to find out what it meant. :-)
WordPerfect, Harvard Graphics, Lotus 123, Modula 2. Ah the memories.
Re: Strange @Irongut
yes, yes, thats what YOU want, maybe not what others want. Entitled to your opinion etc, but i'd suggest you are most likely in denial about the actual usage of all that Android market share. Most have not got a clue what a file manager is about, or why they would want it.
Techies are a small, small minority, yet their arrogance leads them to think that the rest of the world SHOULD think and buy EXACTLY like they would.
Disclaimer?: yes, i am techie. learned many years ago to not give a crap what someone whats as a phone/laptop/OS. I just only work on what I want. If they don't have it, I don't help.
simple way to look at things. If the device/os doesn't do what you want it to do, get something else. Other people quite happy with device A, thats their choice. You are as equally wrong to them as they are to you.
Except in my case where I am more right. :-)
'use the force luke'
thats what she said
separate UI for pc or touch?
simple, buy a mac and iPad/iphone
I remember when windows 95 came out, and apple handed out cool stickers to all us resellers, with an Apple Logo, and the words : "Windows 95 - Been there, done that"
Here we are again, different UI for Desktop/Touch - did that 7 years ago!! Yes, SEVEN.
Good man Ballmer.
Re: @Gav: Installing is not distribution but downloading is?
simple solution for Dell. Change the option on the order process to be :
"Install an alternative web-browser :- + £16.25 "
Solved it there in 30 secs.
Re: Doesn't suprise in the slightest....
" If you're female & married, forget trying to get anything official done, that's the man's job"
an advanced civilisation then, spain….. ????? :-)
Re: Totally agree about WTFapp
"Using WhatTheFuck won’t save me a penny so I’m intrigued as to how they intend monetising it."
Completely agree here. Keep getting people asking me am i on Viber or Whatsapp ( actually pretty much all viber , haven't been asked about whatsapp in over a year)
My usual response, is that i have a phone number, accepts calls and texts, have a Skype account, email address (more than 1) and more minutes and texts included in my bundle per month than I know what to so with. And with iMessage, my text usage has more than halved.
So why the hell would I want to give people ANOTHER method of contacting me?? Its less crap in my inboxes I want, not more. less questions from free loading "friends" about whats the best X or Y (the usual thing, "you are into computers, you must know whats the best camera/printer/scanner/<insert any device run on voltage>")
try charge any of those "billion" users 1 cent, it will quickly drop to n very very small percent of users.
there is a change coming... mark my words... logmein started it by stopping the free service... soon it'll spread
ma, get my gun
"Disjointed menus unconnected to the application they reference, that stay visible when you minimise the application,"
Thats kinda the draw to people who know how to use it, you can minimise a window and still be in the app to other items, like open new document. And the menu is always in the same place.
Once you start using it, you'll appreciate it.
" a dock that looks like a 5 year old designed it,"
not even sure what you refer to here… whats the issue? Dock works very well. Wonder why so many Linux distros are doing something similar. What can you suggest thats better? Maybe you have a point is you can show me better
"small un-obvious window buttons,"
Nope, can always see them perfectly.
"no structure to the folder layout"
Now you are just rambling for the sake of it. Please point out the actual issue and whats better? Are you saying Windows has it right???
Re: “don’t shoot”
"Yes: "Stand down.""
although, a part loss on this could result in telling the sniper to "Stand"
with hilarious consequences…..
Re: Developers expecting to be paid?
"But obviously I wouldn't want to trouble your misguided and misinformed rant with facts"
pot, kettle and black there on the "rant" flame. the world and its dead dog could see that his post was humour, tongue in cheek.
Holy crap man, go get a hug and smile. Relationships beyond your keyboard are healthy too and will reduce your bitterness at life.
As for Red Flag, anybody ever use it and was it any good? Is there a treasure lost here or another bad idea thankfully binned?
everyone need to stop being whiny bitches. Why do we even need signs?
Just take it for granted that a warden or a camera might be around and so DONT PARK ILLEGALLY.
Use your brain when you pull up, check if its ok to park there and get on with it.
Its the lowest common denominators that demand the signs and so more tax payers money is wasted with more unsightly signs.
humanity is heading for the gutter with the 'don't blame me' attitude. No responsibility or honour any more.
The Klingons would be disgusted.
while you are correct , marko can be a username, the point being made is that in THIS case its more than 99.99999% NOT a username and is a WiFi network name, the big clue being the part of the text in the picture beside it that labels it ; xSID , and the heading that includes the text WiFi Access
as sure as Mannings Right Arm !!!
"Remind me, how many times was SJ the richest man in the world?
And who did most good with their wealth?"
oh, so thats the definition of a visionary… aha. Thanks cleared it right up.
Apple should randomly hire 1 or 2 people from weird industries just to mess with Google and M$ and Samsung.
next month hire someone from boeing and Quantas, so they will all think its to do with Airlines and then rush to spend/waste money on the next 'device' that dumb ANALysts predict.
Then in few months hire 2 from budwieser or Guinness.
Fun fun fun
Re: This doesn't alter the fact...
" And for this reason, she will always remain the girlfriend and never earn the right of becoming my wife"
Good on you mate.. thats the way to treat 'em. Stand by your guns. You're free to have your own opinion, and right to voice it. (although it seems like she doesn't .hmmmm)
Ah, they should have never been given the vote !!!
it is a thing of beauty….pure brilliance
Re: peak apple
didn't you know thats the way of the world in the New Reg.
Find a phrase and use it to the absolute death, and pretend its still very clever and everyone is still laughing.
eg: fruity firm, foxconn rebrander.
to someone who has never been on the site before it generates a chuckle, for the rest of us its like hearing the senile old man tell the same hero war story *again*
i really miss the old days of El Reg
as alluded to over on AppleInsider, Google seem to want to put Android in the car, i.e.: the car has it own OS, where Apple want it car to pair with your phone and use that as the 'brains'.
Seeing as cars have a much longer life span than a phone, Apple route seems to be the best, as you can upgrade your phone as much as you want and the BT/Wifi/Dock link will still work and use the newer and faster 'brain'. And all your content goes with you to your new car, in case your car is stolen or you total it.
With Google/Audi, your car hardware will be very obsolete within a short time.
The Google/Audi approach also lends itself more to the scenario of having another monthly bill for your car.
I, for one, would definitely walk out of the garage if the salesman told me this new car has Android on board.
Then again, I am one of those people who would never buy a new car again. Once bitten etc. (unless I win the Euromilions!! )
a much simpler solution:
1. if you want the world + dog to see your ramblings, work away, use Social networks.
2. If someone is annoying you, simply don't engage them, ignore their tweets/posts.
3. if you want privacy and don't want people sending you rubbish, then just send SMS messages to your friends and stay off Social networks.
"Your point would be much stronger if there was a way to even do a factory reset style downgrade.
During the betas it was possible but someone stopped signing those executables so now it won't install. That feels to me more like a policy decision than a technical feasibility problem."
From what I read, part of his point was regarding the fact that Apple probably DONT want to support the older versions, and thus , yes, it is a policy decision. I have no problem with that.
They run the company, they make the decisions, anyone who doesn't agree, start your own company doing it your own way, or write a big enough cheque to own Apple and then set policy what ever way you want.
Other than that, if you upgraded without checking out the OS first, then its your problem. Its well known for a long time now that you can't downgrade, so why moan about it? Do your homework first, no-one has a gun to your head to upgrade at minute 1 of release.
Man, the comments section seems to be full of whiny bitches lately.
Re: Oh Dear
at a guess , i would say he is suggesting that getting in a flap over that is nothing new in whatever part of the world he is in. For example, anyone in Oz has to put up with much worse things on a daily basis, sometimes just putting on your shoes without checking them can be fatal.
So, reading a story like this can seem quite ridiculous.
Anyway, we are ok over here in Eire, we have St Patrick patrolling the coasts 24/7
Re: RE: AC @ 07:16
well said Alex
still can't understand why people get so worked up about what OS/Computer or phone people chose.
That said, i got a great laugh at the weekend when a mate started blasting me about how great his S3 was compared to my over priced iPhone. So i just said, 'don't worry, if you work really hard, one day you will be able to afford one" Loads of laughs from all around and then the muppet starts declaring how his S3 cost more than my iPhone (where is the overprice argument gone?) Ahh, I really enjoyed those pints. Time for more.
the big issue i see here is the attempt to install ONE system to cover the health system. Its an enormous task and darnn near impossible.
Having spent a few years involved in a medical software company some years ago, my thoughts are that they should have a fairly generic patient demographic system that linked across hospitals and hospital departments (thats the important point here..read on)
Each hospital department is very very different , both in procedures and in type of care given. Think General Medice vs Stroke Unit. Different data is recorded in each and key info is different in each too.
So a generic demographic on each patient database, with certain common interest elements like what drugs they are currently on is the first think that needs to be in place.
Each department then actually needs a sub-system written for that departments type of care. One for Stroke, one for Oncology, one for Cardio, one for Maternity etc.
That way, each can be deployed independent of each other, at different time scales and budgetary allowances. Rollout and planning can then be much easier. Eventually this builds up to a super system, integrated, but specific care given in each department if private.
Anecdote: I know of one Dr, who, in desperation, got his own system developed and installed, just for his department, trained his staff himself and tweaked it over a few years. When there was a drug recall issue because of side-effects, he simply referenced his system and found all who had been prescribed that one and contacted them all for followup. His colleagues across the same hospital and in other hospital were deep in the site for weeks, trying to compile lists , go over old records, notes etc. Took him 10 mins to have an accurate list. Took others weeks, yes, actually weeks.
Re: fanbois can opt out by turning off their phone's location services.
ok, open to correction here, but surely a message will pop up asking you to "allow' access to the App?
And if not, anyway, you don't need to disable anything, just don't download the App. Very Very Simple solution.
Think this article is a bit too much on the FUD side, instead of accurate reporting….. oh, crap, forgot i was on El Reg. Sorry, as you were then….
wayyyy off topic, but what car has an 8 speed transmission for 15k?
no need to chop me… i'm just poking fun
Re: So in the UK
maybe i am reading it wrong here , but surely she has no case because she bought a PHONE, not a SATNAV?
Whatever what you look at it, the device is called a phone.
The Maps app is like a bundled freebie, there is no charge for the maps app, or using it, and you have to agree to T&C's for using it.
Kinda like getting a car engine magazine subscription as a bundled gift if you bought a car, then claiming the car is not fit for purpose when the magazine prints something inaccurate.
i know thats a wild analogy, but you get the idea. Maps is not central to the device operation and its a free service, so where is the material loss?
Re: I have an iPhone
"Samsung just released one bad update."
i think that should read : Samsung released just one update and its bad."
no update issues before because they don't exist.
They might be able to pack a lot of bits into a plastic case, but they have never been a software company.
Watch them fall on this sword.
Re: 50 percent of profits?
50% of profits….. pity that once again Managements Salary grew to exactly match excesses of income over expenditure and we have only 'broke even' again.
"We giggled that we knew how to market to high school girls"
high school girls??
Re: Cats = Fleas = cat turds on the lawn
remove the cats from the equation and you will only have to put up with the mice and rats.... problem solved.
never complain about the neighbours cat. without them, mice will find a way in. If a cat in living in the neighbourhood, you are pretty guaranteed vermin can smell them and will keep away.
or just buy a Dell and the smell will do the same job
Re: You can't win
"Turn a "no" into an alternative solution"
have to completely disagree with this one... its not a creche. people need to learn that some things just get a No answer.
Sure, you could suggest using a USB stick to get the files off, but that usually is met with a response of "How do i do that, can you show me?" So once you have done that, you are now responsible for all the problems of that machine from now until the end of time. " It used to always print properly before you did that USB thing", "I never got SPAM before you did that USB thing" , " It was much faster before you did that USB thing" etc etc
So , just say NO and let people realise that this is real life and you get have everything your own way.
now, back to randomly blocking network packets.....
and all this assumes that time is linear for the dead....
Re: El Reg is getting worse....
aha, so the solution is that Apple buy Samsung and they they have that "other" brand that they can sell crappy cheap shit phones through, by making no changes at all.... ;-)
seriously, most markets are giving away iPhones for Free on a contract. who cant afford that?
Re: El Reg is getting worse....
nope, they definitely are just getting worse.
Ferrari should also make a bargain basement car , as they will soon run out of rich people to buy their cars.
agreed.. and now , your touch movements have to be in 3 dimensions. so when you swipe, you have to go left to right and also away from you and back again to remain in contact with the screen.
but hey, at least they can say now that they "innovate" and come up with something on their own without copying... even though it is completely useless, its THEIR useless
Re: Someone got paid for this "article"?
yeah, i clicked on the title hoping for some insight into storage arrays. This article was complete trash.
Alex's 31 word sum-up was actually more gripping than the article.
Definitely a last minute filler
- Review Is it an iPad? Is it a MacBook Air? No, it's a Surface Pro 3
- Microsoft refuses to nip 'Windows 9' unzip lip slip
- Tesla: YES – We'll build a network of free Superchargers in Oz
- US Copyright Office rules that monkeys CAN'T claim copyright over their selfies
- True fact: 1 in 4 Brits are now TERRORISTS