Can I be the first to say "What a Siri™ boy" :)
87 posts • joined 1 Nov 2011
Re: Apathy and abstention
>>The current system doesn't have a reliable way or even attempt to capture the difference between 'can't be arsed' and 'none of the above'.
Turn up, spoil your paper --> I'm bothered but you're all a shower of bastards and not worth my vote.
Don't turn up --> can't be arsed
Re: Why bother?
>>I've always wanted a none of the above, but realise it will have a majority way beyond everyone else.
You have that option and always have had. Spoil your paper. They show the spoiled papers to the candidates and agents...
Re: They'll regret it...
Especially when the actual wiring is outsourced to Kelly Communications...
Re: Ye Gods.
You have always been able to spoil your paper... Drawing a huge cock & balls is my usual spoiling tactic.
Why not quit the freeloading?
Buy a local SIM and some airtime/data - it's not rocket science.
Mine's the one with a stack of SIMs from many nations in it.
I've certainly heard nothing but glowing reports of the place and it's near neighbours.
What about any semblance of security...
Presumably these APs are all running open with no encryption - being run by unknown operators (who may well be nefarious and packet sniffing everything that passes through) - I'll be waiting for Watchdog telling us all how nasty and horrible it all is when Mrs Aylett from Basildon has her bank account emptied after she walked down Oxford Street minding her own business and used the free wifi to check her bank balance.
I'll be sticking to my own data connection that I control and know (as far as possible) where the packets are going.
Re: Marketing gimmick
There are no points in PSN - it's a currency-based system... which you can load by redeeming a PSN card or by credit/debit card - so you want to spend 99p it either takes it off your balance (as added by pre-paid PSN card) or charges your credit/debit card...
NFC in a handset allows the user to check their bank balance on demand
Like logging in to your internet banking on your phone (either via browser or app)?
Well - in theory since it's Android-based, it should be possible to get the Kindle app on there somehow...
>> Analyst firm Gartner even predicted 2013 would see Lenovo would knock Samsung off its perch as China's top mobile vendor.
Gosh! Did Gartner maybe get that completely wrong?
Who would have thought it. Gartner analysis is always right and we should all pay rapt attention to their edicts.
>> In a blog post, Ryan Gavin, Windows general manager, wrote: “Very few of us believe that sharing some personal data online is a bad thing. It’s part of our everyday routines to fill out profiles, login to sites, and oftentimes provide personal information like our credit card or phone numbers in order to take advantage of all the web has to offer. In fact, the more personal and relevant the web gets, the better it can get.
In a comment on the Register, I wrote: "There are a lot of idiots out there who willingly fork over virtually everything you could ever want to know about them (but never needed to or wanted to know about them), typically more than enough to be able to hijack (and empty) their bank account etc. In fact the more places you provide that information, the better it is because it corroborates the first source. If a site asks for your date of birth and it has no valid reason, give it one but not yours... if it asks for your mother's maiden name - pick a friend of yours and use their mother's maiden name..."
I did wonder what was stopping me pulling up at the free EV juice point (in say a supermarket car park) with a van load of car batteries (connected via suitable circuitry and a compatible plug of course) to charge to supply my off-grid lifestyle... seems the answer is "nothing". Yay.
Re: As Eadon is busy elsewhere...
As a representative of the British Sieve Manufacturers' Association, I insist that you substantiate your slur or sieves or withdraw.
Indeed - the last 3 items I've ordered from Amazon Germany have shipped from Dunfermline... which suits me, because it's just over the Forth :)
Re: The twenty something meg limit from Google / Yahoo etc is a PITA!
>> Using a DROPBOX like service isn't necessarily a good thing if its your work or its personal and you don't want it fully exposed to the wild...
In which case... why are you sending it via "open" email in the first place?
>>Gone are the days where putting an ad on a website made you enough to keep the site running
Have they? Mine is running a small surplus. One choice advertiser (not a network) who serves the demographic of the site. Advertiser is happy with the business that comes his way, I'm happy with what he pays me.
Blue Streak Unsuccessful?
It was actually the single most successful project of its type that the MoD had ever run - no misfires, no failures. Right up to the part where it was pulled due to American political pressure.
Re: nit picking?
And bad news for Wonga.com - they'll have to dip out on 4114% of their usual 4214% APR
For 99% of people...
... they don't give a rat's ass what version it's running only that it does what they want (be that navigate them from A to B, make calls, light browsing on the move,...) at the price they want in a device that is the size they want.
Case in point, my dearest other half - doesn't want a big phone and it needs to be able to send/receive SMS and run one of the many chat apps... Why would she want a top end phablet running the latest greatest?
I'm sure when it dies there'll be a panicked cast around for something she does like (although I have a spare phone identical to hers to allow at least some reduction in panic)
RM - Research Machines... a long term supplier to the educational sector (at least the school part)
How about not using the Openzone? :)
>>and traffic can then be tunnelled through the network operator to apply usage policies (such as blocking porn or counting data packets)
So I get to pay for the data payload on the DSL line *and* on the phone contract?
How about "bugger off"?
Re: OK, I didn't know
>>I'm not aware that 78s were sold in boxes though it's entirely possible.
They did - my late uncle (b. 1926) was a classical music fanatic and regularly bought a symphony as a boxed set - 12-15 discs... I still have many of them complete with the original receipts.
I remember them... what happened to them? Not been there for a long time...
Do they need....
.... extended warranties on accessorising tat?
Re: How many can tell the difference between...
>>a Gartner report and a pile of steaming donkey ordure?
Is it the steam?
"according to Gartner"
Can someone review Gartner's past predictions over (say) the last 5 years and see how many they got right and wrong (or how right/wrong they've been) because they do seem to talk a lot of excrement based on spending their time talking to the wrong people.
Is your brightness too high?
It's the "idiot's window" here...
I wonder what happens to the charging...
... when the road is designed for say 80000 vehicles per day and I assume the charging infrastructure would follow that and then 196000 vehicles per day use it?
Perhaps I'm missing the point...
Why would I want to go to Yahoo! to get Bing search results? Surely I'd go to Bing...
Not that I would go to Bing ordinarily...
Indeed - similarly after a late night screen smash incident with my Kindle 3. I've replaced the screen on the old one (£22 from China, 30 mins taking my time to make the replacement). I'm not in the 18-35 bracket but I'm hoping I have a few more decades left in me before I shuffle off.
Not intending to buy another one until this one is inoperable/irreparable.
Re: Gaffer tape.
Surely then you complain that the meter is clearly faulty and they need to fix it...
Re: US patent office is a joke
You gents should look out 4022227 - Method of concealing partial baldness
Somebody managed to patent the combover.
I prefer Thylacine fur socks myself.
Just off to plump up my dodo feather pillows.
... if it's going to cost the Daily Fail $150k penalty per go that's a good thing?
Re: Costs more than $99
You know that you pay VAT on stuff made inside the EU and sold inside the EU right?
>>Perhaps they too realized how goofy you might look when taking pictures with a tablet.
I didn't believe people actually did that until I saw it with my own eyes at the weekend at the Fat Slag (the operators of the site prefer to refer to it as "Northumberlandia"). Tarquin was there taking a picture of granny after she'd removed the iPad from her huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge handbag. Made the pioneer days of Fox Talbot look positively portable.
BBC Media Player....
Works for the TV part of iPlayer at least (and indeed most of the embedded video on the BBC website)
Re: Still no update for me :(
>>You can force the update ahead of schedule just by deleting the system framework data - no root or anything awkward to do just go into app settings and click the delete data button on the Android System Framework (or similar name).
And watch many (if not all) of the push notifications never happen again until you factory reset...
Saturday evening here...
>>N7 4.1.2 update? UK? Out?
Re: False Economy
Of course it's not - they bring out their begging bowl again to get the copper local loop upgraded to fibre (and then no doubt also charge the person asking for it for another £500 installation charge)
Wait a minute...
Could we not all club together in rural-land to plan loads of wireless... thus provoking BT to whip out their shovels and put fibre in the ground then retire the plans... then take those plans to the next village, rinse and repeat.
Re: No surprise there.
>>If you think any banking it is cheap, you've got another think coming...
There is a world of difference between "cheap" (as in shoddy) and "inexpensive" (as in low in cost).
Damn the Arts Council!
>>The new MHEG channel may be populated with Shakespeare in Urdu and similar
Dang! I was hoping for Ben Johnson in Inuinnaqtun
A-level ICT is useful?
If your son's been at ActionScript since 11, ICT A-level sounds to me like a waste of his time.
But what do I know - I had the same fight when I wanted to do all 3 sciences at both O-level and A-level and ended up travelling to another school in town for the third one (Biology at O-level, Chemistry at A-level).
I have been online since 1989 - I have yet to "accidentally" stumble upon porn. Yes, I have found it, but only when actively looking for it. No different to finding scudbooks (that's jazz mags to those in England) in hedges on the way to/from school - you never found them if you weren't looking.
I have a son at primary school - when he's online at home he is under supervision, not by "NetNanny" or the likes - but by me (or by his mum) - I'm sure I'm not alone in being a techie parent that runs an open but tightly monitored ship (I log all activity on t'internet here and take a scan through the logs for any activities that I don't recognise on a regular basis). I stop nothing and log everything.
On the rare occasion when he's at school and online (which I've signed the consent form for) I take it on trust that the teacher(s) involved will act in loco parentis and supervise appropriately.
He doesn't have a mobile phone because he doesn't need one (and hasn't expressed a desire for one). When he wants/needs one I shall assume that he will be mature enough not to go looking for anything that "distresses him" more than once - if he's not mature enough to handle that, then he's not mature enough to handle the mobile device.
Re: Price is Key
Voila - I'm more than happy to pay a convenience premium to get it "now". The issue is in the size of that premium - something under 10% as compared against t'internet (and I'm not talking about having it shipped from Timbuktu and hoping to dodge VAT on import - I'm talking about other reputable EU suppliers with stock that could get it to me next day)