310 posts • joined Wednesday 9th November 2011 15:10 GMT
Why do you need a separate sound system for your tv. I don't have a main tv for this reason. I use a smart HD HDD recorder and an HD monitor. The sound output goes into my hi-fi system and the HDMI outout goes to the monitor. That's all I need.
Re: And why aren't they going after this group??
"The entire UK police force is too tied up with investigations of investigations of investigations about plebgate."
and the dubious activities of various media personalities forty years ago.
Re: Simple answer
If Windows didn't use extensions for file types then it would presumably use proper file types which are independent of filenames. I'm fed up with getting attachments typed as binary data (Application/octet-stream) because some stupid Windows or webmail client hasn't bothered to set the Content-type properly.
One problem is that if Windows users hide frequently used extensions, which is/was the default, then the attackers can send filenames ending in .doc.exe which look like .doc files if you've overlooked the fact that you shouldn't be seeing .doc either.
The ransomeware is usually a .exe file inside a .zip file. I've received loads of them not just pretending to be from financial institutions but also from couriers.
109% - Nonsense!
"Simple. Most of the competition – Nokia, BlackBerry, Motorola, LG, and HTC – lost money during the quarter. The only other phone vendor surveyed who didn't – Sony – simply broke even."
No. Profits are profits. Losses are not profits.
if NSA and GCHQ had targeted the terrorists instead of slurping all and sundry they wouldn't have had the whistle blown on them.
Any server / browser?
"By establishing things like XML and HTML as standards, the W3C has helped ensure the web works everywhere – no matter what web server or browser you’re using."
Which it lamentably failed to do. How many sites do you come across that only "support" certain browsers? Many are written to exploit particular features in certain browsers that aren't available for all platforms.
Re: This is disturbing
My Concise Oxford Dictionary gives several meanings:
1. n. Bundle of sticks or twigs bound together as fuel;
bundle of iron rods for heat treatment;
bundle of herbs (usu. in pl.);
dish of liver etc. chopped seasoned and baked as ball or roll;
(sl.) homosexual (usu. male).
It can also be used as a verb usually in the context of embroidery.
Also look up faggot-vote - it doesn't mean what you might assume!
Of course "fag" on this side of the pond means "cigarette" amongst other things (toil, drudgery etc) so "lighting up a fag" or "I'm dying for a fag" might trigget a few alarms at farcebook.
Re: How about ...
I deg to biffer. I use an LG HD monitor (27" because that was the largest I could find, although to get the same picture height as my old 25" CRT I would really need a 32" low height screen) and a HDD/DVD recorder soon to be upgraded to a smart HD HDD/BD recorder. I don't see why the tuner and speakers need to be crammed into the back of a flat panel screen. I have a perfectly good sound system so I don't need an inferior one in the tv. The industry is losing out by not actively marketing tv 'separates'.
Re: Digital signature conundrum
"So rather than one pirated original, someone obtains two. Compare the two versions to identify their respective watermarks, or alternate a frame from each to produce a unique third copy - add their own watermark and see how far it spreads."
I think you'd need at least three independently downloaded copies. Then where there's a discrepancy if all but one agree you take that value otherwise you set a value based on the surrounding pixels. You still have a problem if the signature is based on the positions of modified pixels rather than their values. Adding extra frames won't defeat forensic examination there could be some pixels that are set to predefined values on all copies for synchronisation purposes. Just downscaling to HD would make it difficult though.
But what's the point of UHD if you pepper it with random pixels?
Microsoft doesn't want your business
"The message is clear: Microsoft doesn’t want your business - so get off Windows XP."
- so get off Windows. Period.
"Am I the only AC to read that as DILDOS ?"
If the fingerprint readers are anything like those on the HP laptops I use they're more trouble than they're worth. Having spent the last few weeks removing the paint from my car with 180 wet-and-dry my fingerprints are virtually unreadable anyway!
"I tried to transfer away from BT only to realise after waiting 6 weeks to get an unreliable internet connection that my new ISP ( Plusnet ) was in fact wholly owned by BT. Sad times."
Plusnet operates as an autonomous company and is a great deal better than the parent. The connection problems probably lie with BT or BT Wholesale regardless of your ISP.
I thought it was a Christmas pudding.
message for logging-in purposes only. Other login pages have browser compatibility issues.
'Also it defined our local Scout district website as "gambling"'
They must have confused gambling with gambolling.
If something works ...
Why can't they bloody well leave it alone?
"every new car sold in Europe will be required to feature an embedded mobile phone capable of dialling 999 the moment it hears the tinkling of glass."
That won't do much good in the rest of Europe. 112 would be more sensible,
The last thing
Apple should be doing is following Samsung and going down market. It should be working on the next high quality disruptive product.
"* We would have loved to honour HTML syntax and surround the word "blink" with angle brackets, but doing so risked making the story unreadable in some browsers or causing El Reg's publishing apps to choke on tag we don't use."
Er, have you heard of < and > ? Or do I have to type &lt; and &gt;?
Re: Is There Any Point To This?
"Surely any decent citizen will have already instructed their ISP to block this filth-laden smut at source, won't they?"
Logic error. The ISP will almost certainly have no control over the source of the smut.
"Whats the real reasons behind this bollocks?"
Cameron trying to look like he's actually doing something to people who understand the internet even less than he does.
Nanny State Gone Mad
Do the math
"In 1948 the UN adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and a child born in that year would be 65 today"
No, about half of those still alive would be 65; the rest would be 64.
Re: It was "stereoscopic", not "3D".
It's binocular at best (for the reasons already given). The best 3D effects are achieved with a moving camera e.g. an aircraft flying over mountains. For that you don't need any special technology.
Re: Ideal profit margin
"One alternative would be to split the network off BT, Virgin et al and have a single government owned network. No digging the same road up three times to supply different suppliers. Only QOS as a benchmark. Guaranteed to work. Like the railways, or the roads."
Yes, we need a publicly owned infrastructure provider like Network Rail, not like Railtrack. This could be BT Wholesale/Openreach. The service providers could then compete on a level playing field. Private monopolies are always in it for what they can grab for their shareholders.
If we still had the GPO they would just do it because they were being paid to do it, not because they expected to make a profit. They might use far more people than were really needed (like British Rail) but they would get there in the end.
Re: Secure OS
Apart from "there's no such thing", the safest OS is one that
a) is scarce enough that it isn't worth while anyone bothering to attack it;
b) is owned by someone who isn't important/rich enough to attack regardless;
c) lets you know exactly what it's running;
d) has an email client that displays messages in plain text and shows links clearly;
e) has a web browser that displays link URLs clearly and doesn't run any active code;
f) doesn't allow automatic remote installation or updating of software;
and probably a few other things I haven't thought of.
What they really need to do
is use this technology on a pad fitted above a gents' urinal so if you rest your forehead against the wall when you're pissed you get advertised at. Oops, sorry, i shouldn't have suggested that.
Re: So can I send Rupert an invoice for my train ticket?
"Advertising on TV means I can watch the TV for free."
Except that you pay for it in the price of everything you buy, and as a nation we pay a lot more for commercial tv than we do for the BBC.
Re: And none of it will achieve anything
Of course it won't achieve anything. It's not meant to. It's politics. It's "something must be done". It's meant to give the impression that the government is doing something and not sitting on its hands.
Of course the real effect will be to get paedophiles clamouring to join IWF!
Re: Nothing to fear?
So let me get this right. If GCHQ want's to know the content of emails about people living in the United Kingdom it just has to say "Please Minister can we have authority to know the content of emails abut people living in the United Kingdom" and the minister says "Yes, of course you can have authority to know the content of emails about people living in the UK," and that's it. Note "about" and not "of", "to" or "from".
Well I'm relieved to know that my smart fridge won't be downloading pr0n in future.
Now what about mobes?
Re: Not so smart
I have a dumb Sony HDD/DVD recorder that's just as bad. Also you have to push the TV/DVD button before sound comes out of the audio outputs, although there is a picture of sorts (jerky) on the HDMI output and some feint breakthrough of the sound straight away. Changing channels can take several seconds. It won't accept any commands while it's starting up. Sorry Sony, never again!
The first thing I'd want ..
.. would be to be able to turn off gratuitous background music, all pre-recorded trails and interference on the tv screen like "coming next", "press red", silly little logos and continuity announcers crashing credits.
Sounds like a challenge to me
I mean it'll be more fun getting around the filters than seeing what you find at the end. And of course it will give naïve parents a false sense of security.
As for opt-in or opt-out, does it really make any difference? Just tell the ISP whether you want parental controls or not.
Re: Record Industry style tactics?
Well no, the record industry went down the pan because it buried its head in the sand for too long. Sorry about the mixed metaphor. Actually online shopping is shifting jobs from town centre shops to warehousing and distribution, which is actually a much more efficient use of resources. It also replaces one-person-one-car-one item journeys with planned delivery rounds which must reduce carbon emissions.
Re: Great news for the Taxman ( not)
VAT will still be payable for UK-based on-line retailers, and import duty except for small items (which loophole could be stopped). They can only offshore their profits to avoid tax, and of course local/commercial taxes will be lower for out-of-town warehouses.
"Google ... claimed the app violated YouTube's terms of service by allowing users to download videos to their devices and skirt around content restrictions – and by not displaying YouTube ads."
Sounds like exactly what the customer wants!
Re: I can hardly believe
"a growth from 2 people to 6 people is 300% growth"
Re: I can hardly believe
"a growth from 2 people to 6 people is 300% growth"
Should have done more - NOT
"It’s very clear we could and should have done more"
Wrong. They should have done less. Windows 7 is OK, given that it's Windows.
Well at least it does work with some browsers over 10 years old. It's not difficult to design a web site which will work with any browser, though maybe Mosaic that doesn't even support tables would make things a bit difficult. For that matter does it do forms?
Re: Yahoo! Groups!
"I use Yahoo Groups. The interface sucks and sadly, nobody has worked on it in ages."
That's why it's stable. They don't keep tampering with it every few weeks like farcebook. I'm on a number of groups and they work well as mailing lists. I don't use the web site much except to look for archived posts.
"More than two thirds of premises now have access to superfast broadband"
I guess "have access to" means "could have if they wanted it", not "have got". Anyway since when has 2Mbps been "superfast"?
"Broadband has a fantastic role to play,"
Quite clearly Miller is fantasising.
Re: Corporate Speak From Hell
FFS! I don't want "beautiful products", I want workmanlike tools. And sodding apps are never going to be central to my daily life. Yahoo! get! real!
Actually I use Yahoo! Search because it gives me direct URLs whereas Google redirects everything via itself.