301 posts • joined 15 Jun 2007
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
Re: What an advert for tolerance
Completely agree, saved me a bit of typing, but have to add that there are some twats in these forums, who have to spew hate and abuse, simply because 2 guys are doing what they want to do. Freedom etc. They are not affecting your life, so why the abuse?
And while you are typing your crap, think about this, maybe they are going to buy a few and flock them on ebay , making a tidy profit for a few days of enjoying human company.
But no, you slag them off while you sit at your screen as though your life is perfect
Re: Kingpins are always responsible
what monopoly? it IS a free market.
You can still buy any phone from any supplier and get apps on said devices.
Are you suggesting Apple have a monopoly over selling Apple products???? Kinda like Microsoft/Nokia/Dyson/Ford etc etc have a monopoly in selling their own products too??
knock knock, anyone home? "Monopoly", "Duopoly" etc refers to an entire INDUSTRY, not one company selling its own products.
any rumour mill expert should already have jumped on this as a sign that Apple will back this standard.
iOS in the car, etc which GM are known to be involved with, so maybe someone in Apple let them know thats what they are going to back, so GM announce they are putting it in, and then when Apple announce the iPhone 5S with wireless charging, they can say, "and already there are cars on the market with this built in"
well, thats what i thought anyway.
couldnt agree more.
The planet is being.... shock ..... A PLANET
unfortunately, the alarmists will not acknowledge anything as they are so blinkered and arrogant that they would not even CONSIDER that there might be more to it,
plus if they give up their cause, who will give them the Grants to perform another study on a select 5 years of the few billion the planet has been here, and think they have an accurate result.
its all nonsense.
holy crap !!!
is there no end to the lengths these crap journalists will go to to try make up a story out of absolutely FUCK ALL.
God almighty, so anyone who has used colours in their products are now copying Google? INSANE
if you were in any way UNBIASED, then where was the article saying that Google copied the original Apple logo by using colours.
FFS, i'm off.
Re: wipe after X failed attempts
i am starting to think that having a pin on my iPad or Iphone is a bad thing. If the thief cant get access to the device, then they will simply shut it off and wipe it. Never see it again. Even with iOS 7 activation lock, if that appears, then it will get tossed in the river or used for parts.
However, if they get the phone and its useable, then they might make the mistake of leaving it on, make a quick sale, or connecting to wifi, and then i can locate it.
Simply use the restrictions in the device to stop things like deleting accounts, app purchases, etc. if the phone is robbed, cancel the sim.
I would love it though if apps could be protected individually with a pin, so , for example, launching the Mail App would need a pin.
i dont see it
Can someone explain the differences in the video examples? Side by side comparison looks as near the same to me. I just dont get it.
Any movie I have been watching, when the camera moved around the corner, I got to see what was around the corner. Why would i want to see whats behind the Tree if the director of the movie didnt thing it was important??
As for 3D, i get that experience everyday, just by walking around. Seeing it on a TV isnt anything to get excited about. I've had 40 years to get used to it in real life,
Disney, How about a remake of the Powers of Mathew Starr , seeing as you have no other bright ideas left?
Re: Get rid of images of people
"So you are saying you would have a problem with banknotes having images of black people or homosexuals on them?"
Dont think he said that at all.. how did you get that from his post?
Anyway, deciding to have no images of people on the notes so that there are no divisions of opinion just means you are giving in to negatives. Not a solution.
Plus it will only create a division of its own.. those who want images and those who dont. Then those who do will only want X images, not Y. So back to square 1
Solution? Just do it and let the idiots get over themselves.
Crap. I just realised there's a dictator in me trying to get out !!!
with all the talk about a low cost iPhone, I really have to wonder if Tim Cook is dumb enough to build a new phone in this area.
They already have all the R&D and Dev work done on the iPhone 4, production lines in place, parts supply organised, why go through all that again to make a different phone with low margins. SImply flog shed loads of the 4 or 4s at a knock down price. They can afford to do that now, because the R&D on those devices is covered already. Just rename it.
He's a supply chain man, I cant see how it would make sense to do any different.
Re: Are you bored...?
Exactly my thoughts, to a T
I'd end up looking for the resonator and ripping the fucking thing off the window.
Although, the evil me would immediately not be tired and try and figure out a way to use it myself, so I could broadcast my own subliminal messages to others....
... with hilarious consequences
Whats the bets that the same benchmark will NOT be run when the next iPhone comes along?
1. why was a recently released phone compared to a year old one?
2. Why does Android need such high horsepower to make the OS/UI run, and still not give the same responsiveness as the year old iOS?
its like when the US car makers put an 8 litre engine in , and it still only achieves the same horsepower as some EU/Asia made cars with 3-4 litres ... nobody produces reports saying how great the US car is because of 8 litres, they trash it. But cant have that in the tech world.. .techies are insecure and unreasonable.
the only good thing to come out of all this , is that the general public now knows that the # is a hash.
Always annoyed me when trying to get people to type it and being asked what a hash is and then, when they see it saying ' oh, you mean the box sign'
next, can we educate people that a colon is NOT a 'double dot"
bootnote: i think it would be much better if we called them ^hattags , maybe i should patent that.......
i just wish ATM software writers would add just ONE extra function to their system to check the type of notes in the machine BEFORE displaying the options.
Most of the time I get the option of 10, 20 , 40, 60, 90, 120.
Pick 90, then it waits 10 seconds before telling me it can only dispense in 50 units, so type in what you want.
How hard is it to check that BEFORE requesting the input and only displaying the options the machine can dispense?
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