265 posts • joined Wednesday 9th November 2011 15:10 GMT
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.
"each day some 10,519 lines of code are added to the Linux kernel"
which means it's getting big and bloated like other OSs I could mention.
Re: I remember streetmap...
I use Streetmap because Google maps has serious browser compatibility issues. It's unusable on this platform. Unfortunately SM haven't done themselves any favours by adopting some awful mapping from one supplier at the street level. When they used Bartholomews it was very good. Now we have lots of missing names and junctions which aren't junctions or have no vehicular access.
Can I put my Ideal Domestic online?
Then I could tell it to put another shovel-full of coke on.
Re: Wanna put your toaster and fridge online?
Well if I could tell the fridge what to get out of the freezer and defrost before I got home...
Re: Bad and good
I use PlusNet and have had reasonably good service. There are the occasional DNS issues but it's good value. I happen to have an Orange PAYG SIM for my dumb mobile, which is OK if you don't need their customer services and you can put up with stupid texts about magic numbers or dolphin something-or-other which I delete straight away. You can't even reply STOP to them.
So 'free' doesn't really mean free after all.
"The ISP provoked a barrage of gripes from bellyaching customers when it yanked its free broadband service away from punters who refused to pay line rental to the company."
They've probably done the punters a favour. Why can't they just market it as a broadband plus telephony service?
That is certainly true for new products, but the majority of advertising is from big corporations for products we know enough about to find them if we're interested. But the quoted statement still holds - if the product is no good you might sell a few on the back of a big promotion but it'll fall flat on its face when disappointed customers start tweeting and blogging what it's really like.
Not only young people
"To put it bluntly: young people can see right through this crap and they are functionally immune to things like product placement, jiggling imagery, spamvertising, cold calling and high-pressure sales. Not only have two whole generations been inoculated against this crap, using these techniques actively triggers enmity among today's discerning technologists."
Exactly, but it doesn't only apply to young people. I'm a fully paid-up baby boomer and feel exactly the same way.
Give me the information I need. Cut the crap!
Re: Necessary Evil
"I agree that money doesn't necessarily buy the best, but the truth is unless they replace US actors with British replacmenents (complete with fake accents to make them acceptable over here.. weird but true)"
Now there's a challenge for technology - automatically convert US accents to corresponding English accents and vice-versa (plus Scottish <> Canadian, Welsh <> Mexican etc.)
"... about how they continue to fund these multi-billion-dollar global content initiatives at the same time as satisfying the needs of people who aren't prepared to really pay for them,"
I for one would be very happy if they didn't make these multi-billion-dollar movies at all. If people aren't prepared to pay for them then they shouldn't get them. It's called supply and demand.
Anyway just because a product appears in a film or tv show, why should that fact make me want to buy it. So what if James Bond drinks Heineken instead of Vodka-Martini? I still prefer Rebellion IPA or Black Sheep or Exmoor Gold ...
We should have a tv tax
I mean the BBC should be funded out of general taxation, based on the agreed fee per household. That would get rid of all the costs associated with collecting, administering and enforcing the current licence. British tax payers could then watch tv wherever they are. You would only need to make special arrangements for overseas visitors e.g. a tourist tax.
Yes there are lots of distractions but some are easily avoidable. I know very well that if I'm listening to a radio programme and typing a reply to El Reg at the same time I won't remember what was on the radio. The same applies to having a phone conversation or texting whilst driving: you're thinking about what you're saying or typing whilst driving on autopilot. It's not just a visual distraction - it uses a lot of your mental capacity so less is available for driving. And it's not just plain reaction time that suffers. You end up gazing straight ahead and not glancing sideways or using your mirrors, observation suffers and you don't perceive hazards until too late.
Business conversations are likely to be far more distracting than a simple "I'm stuck in a traffic jam". In fact I think the law goes too far with handhelds. It should be OK if you're stopped with the handbrake on and the gearbox in neutral or park. As it is you must remove the ignition key before using the phone.
Re: "limit of 0.5 g/l"
"Yurop has gone into retardation level territory due to rampant voter whoring and pressure to bring in the dough, with limits that now just trigger false positives on alcometers. Lose your license, no problem."
Faulty logic. Driving ban = not driving = not buying fuel = not paying fuel duty = loss of dough to guvmint.
Nice to see sensible units being used
0.5g/l is so much simpler than 500mg/100ml, but then we can't expect our law makers to do anything sensible. I would however point out that 0.7 with no units is the same as 70% and not .7g/l.
I've been with PlusNet for a long time and their spam filtering is pretty good. I also have my own rules-based and Bayesian filters. It's not a big problem. But you can usually change your username without ditching your ISP. The latter could be inconvenient if you're running a web site inside the ISP's domain.
Send in the Seals!
About 19 days early innit?
"Most of the sites identified are those about which the RIAA itself has sent at least 100,000 notices of infringement to Google."
Surely sending 100,000 notices would have got them dumped as spam if not a DDoS attempt?
And I wonder if RIAA used Google to search for infringing sites, which could have promoted those sites.
Re: OK, I didn't know
The word "album" is a carry-over from the 78 era when sets of records were sold in books which had hard covers and record sleeves for pages. So they were a bit like photograph albums. I'm not aware that 78s were sold in boxes though it's entirely possible. Box sets really came in with LPs.
"pantographs (a wonderful word, referring to the sprung connector usually seen atop a tram or train that collects power from an overhead cantenary wire) "
No, it collects power from the contact wire. The contact wire is suspended from the catenary by means of droppers. A catenary is the shape of a chain with finite mass suspended between two points. For obvious reasons the contact wire needs to be as flat as possible although it zig-zags from side to side to avoid wearing a groove in the carbon contact strip on the pantograph.
Re: Silver Linings
"The problem with replacing it with fibre is, iirc, the pstn service is still provided over the copper "
Well no, the idea is that you have VoIP but over a managed network not the public internet. If you want to use legacy hardware you can have an interface in the premeses. The real problem is that it relies on having a power supply in the premeses, whereas copper powers your phone from the exchange allowing you to make emergency calls during a power cut. With most people now owning mobile phones that's less of a problem than it used to be.
Re: Multiple TV Towers?
Of course we wouldn't do anything that silly, like having separate masts for BBC and ITV in South London, would we?
It's free, Jim, but not as we know it.
"Awesense is now offering to trace thefts for free, in exchange for a cut of the saved revenue."
Seems to be a bit of a contradiction here.
"BANG! And the data is GONE!"
"BANG! And the data ARE gone!
Re: Please........ [re. data only connection]
"The cost of provisioning the service from your home to the exchange would be the same, most if not all of the stuff at the exchange would be the same, and from the exchange to the rest of the network is all IP now for both voice and data anyway, so again would be the same. There would not be much of an equipment saving."
Well you wouldn't need to provide dial tone, support LD and DTMF dialling, number translation, ring tone, call set-up and clear-down, call billing ... you wouldn't even need a directory number.
Incidentally I think BT still has a light user tariff but you can't have it with broadband.
Re: "The continued impact of regulatory price changes reduced revenue"
Lowered their prices? The problem is that they raise their line rentals and make you pay for a "package" whether you want one or not. I jumped ship to Primus.
And then they fart about with fibre to the cabinet. Give me fibre to the premeses at a sensible price and I might be interested.
Re: "Mercury-rich devices like thermometers and blood pressure meters..."
Surely collecting up and destroying mercury thermometers would be far more hazardous than leaving the mercury exactly where it is - sealed in glass.
Re: The evidence is to the contrary
"And it would be wrong to assume that a lot of TV viewing is elective - much of it is little more than looking at scenery out of the train window."
I don't waste a good train journey by "looking at the scenery" I'll have you know. I'm observing the railway and its environs!
Anyway the big advantage with broadcast tv is that you can record it and keep the recording indefinitely. You can't do that with iPlayer unless you record it in analogue on your VCR or use special software.
Don't wear your seat belt!
That would be an obvious reference to Jimmy Savile's "Clunk-Click" campaign.
And as for travelling by train ... well sadly we don't have Inter-City any more so it's OK.
Re: the digital era
The digital era began in the early 80s as far as audio was concerned. The problem with HMV, Virgin/Xavvi and others was that they continued to run large stores with thousands of prepackaged CDs and DVDs. They should have slimmed down. The technology was there to burn discs on demand and print the artwork. They could have provided downloads to customers' iPods, flash drives, memory cards etc. Browsing could be done using screens with search and sampling facilities. You could even have had "make your own album". All this would take up a tenth of the space and eliminate most of the warehousing and transport costs - they would only need blank media.
They had no idea
that they could buy Radio Times/newspaper/other listings rags/look at schedules on tinterweb...
Re: Every one already?
@Heyrick: "This problem was solved eons ago on the railways. Red, being the most important signal, goes at the bottom. Cannot be obscured by a heap of snow, unless the snow rises to the level of the signal in which case it is unlikely the line will still be in use."
There's one slight problem with doing that. Road vehicle drivers can be red-green colour blind so position is crucial. Train drivers must have good colour vision.
Interestingly LED signals on railways save more cost because three colours can be incorporated into one aspect, much like searchlight signals but without the mechanical filters. Also incandescent lamps were expensive because they had dual filiamnets for redundancy plus the necessary current detection and switchover circuitry. No doubt there is still some proving for LED signals but you don't need to duplicate the LEDs because they're not all going to fail at once.
Re: LED lighting instead of fluorescent 'haz mat'
"The biggest problem with compact fluorescent bulbs is that the need for them to fit standard lampholders, which means that the "replaceable" part contains all the electronics to drive the tube. "
But that was never necessary. I have several lamps and luminaires that use replaceable tubes such as the Thorn 2D (which celebrated its 30th anniversary this year) and Philips PL. In some cases these have adapters which fitted into standard BC lampholders. In the early days CFLs used heavy chokes rather than electronic ballasts but there is no reason why they couldn't have been incorporated into the light fittings. Chokes are vastly more reliable that cheap electronic ballasts which have a habit of going fut long before the tube fails. In fact I've used chokes from old Philips SL lamps to ballast PL lamps in simple lampholders.
What is very sad is that governments have forced people to switch over to compact flourescent lamps instead of waiting a very short time for LED alternatives to become readily available.
’Scuse Me While I Kiss This Guy'
Reminds me of Herman's Hermits' "She's a muscular boy".
The name lives on
Virgin Trains' Class 57 rescue locomotives (for rescuing failed Pendolini) are nicknamed "Thunderbirds".
Re: Elementary my dear
They were doing it syrupticiously.
Re: Best application is drenched over three slices of Canadian bacon
That, and the fact that they eat beaver tails. Yummy!
Does it work with tape?
Analogue's not a problem, but mains tape recorders with synchronous capstan motors will track any frequency variations on the supply, so cancelling out the variations in mains hum on the tape. On the other hand it should be a lot easier to detect edits in analogue recordings.
Re: So take a high-pass 200Hz filter and ...
Usual problem. If you've taken steps to remove the mains hum, it points towards a doctored recording.
Sad news. Don't forget that Dr Moulton invented the dry cone Mini suspension which predated Hydrolastic, and after a period with Hydrolastic Minis went back to dry suspension because it was better suited to the short wheelbase. I had a Mk.3 Cooper S on Hydrolastic and it gave you two bounces for the price of one! More recently he designed a progressive rubber cone spring which is meant to give you a better ride.
Ditto First Great Western, but for download versions of their pocket timetables. I've put some of their QR codes on a web site for the benefit of local passengers. The only problem is I don't know if they point to the old timetables or the new ones as I haven't got a smartphone. The poster on their web site hasn't been updated. I need an OSX/RISC OS/Linux program to decode them.
"The people who say they’re against this bill need to look victims of serious crime, terrorism and child sex offences in the eye and tell them why they’re not prepared to give the police the powers they need to protect the public."
If you won't let courts have the intercept evidence you already have, WTF is the point of collecting even more intercept evidence you can't use?
Re: and im getting pretty sick of this idea that kids are all so emotionally crippled
The government doesn't care about the children. It just wants to get votes from parents by giving them a nice warm sense of security which just happens to be completely false. This sort of thing is actually dangerous. "Look, we're protecting your kids form all this nasty stuff." Like hell they are. It's the "something must be done" syndrome. They have to be seen to do something even if it's totally ineffective.
I didn't try it myself but I was told you could make an IBM chain printer catch fire by printing alternate upper case and lower case letters. The lower case character set was underneath the upper case set so the whole chain had to be shifted up and down (while it was whizzing round) by powerful solenoids.
Then there was the apocryphal 360 assembler instruction HCF - halt and catch fire. There were more like that but I can't remember them.
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