Re: Aptx - have they missed a trick again?
Possible answer to my own question:
166 posts • joined 6 Dec 2011
Possible answer to my own question:
Phones are much used as music devices these days. But to have decent Bluetooth connectivity the phone should have Aptx. Nexus phones seem to not have aptx for some reason - I'm wondering if this new one has added it at last.
Sixty years? For someone who is clearly not all there. For threatening with a pellet gun, in a country full of guns?
Sixty years in a brutal US Gulag? Really?
Since they tend to come running home to the mummy country when they get elderly and suddenly prefer to be back in the bosom of the NHS and care services it's only right they they contribute to the UK whilst earning (often tax-free) money abroad.
Otherwise they are being incredibly selfish - and surely Worstall (who I agree with on many points) would not be justifying that would he?
Normal Bleutooth audio may be lacking - but Aptx is great. I have a...
...so I can feed 320kbit music from my S4 into my stereo (stereo grandad!) and it works great - audio quality plenty good enough for me.
Some Cambridge Audio bluethooth speakers do Aptx as well - and again sound pretty good when you take into account the limitation of a standalone speaker. Some are even contain a rechargeable battery which is great for beach, BBQ's etc.
I contracted at a company in High Wycombe which sells technical musical equipment. Great place to work, lovely atmosphere, chef cooked free lunches, free Nespresso's all day etc.
The main IT guy was a nice bloke who was trying to run a Windows network - however!
He told me that over the course of a few months they'd expanded and taken on designers, musicians, coders, techies etc - all in all about 12-14 new staff.
He said that something like all but one had said they wanted to use a Mac - and - nearly all had actually turned up with their Mac's expecting to get on with their work on them.The main Windows users were admin staff using email and spreadsheets on their company issued Windows machines.
And - the article picture reminds me of Drupalcon Croydon 2011. Full of very techie people doing very techie things - and when I looked around the main hall with several hundred delegates in it all I could see were Apple logos - and that was four years ago. Me - on my old Elitebook with Ubuntu installed.
Things do seem to be changing.
NT4 wasn't really fit for purpose until SP6 - which was so large it was more like a new OS - and SP6 was released over a year after USB 1.1.
Some of us were trying to use NT4 on our workstations as it was more stable than win98 so USB would have been nice. Acutally, it was because NT4 couldn't run a dial-up modem that I switched to Linux. If I've needed to use an MS only tool (VB6, XML Spy) I've run Windows in an VM - and actually Win2000 worked well in a VM - the bloated XP, not so good.
Going back a bit it was easier to get Debian on to HP servers than Dell - which is why we have bought HP (approx 10/12 servers) for the last ten years. ISTR they had released drivers as open source and had Debian install images available - and probably as a result we've never hit a problem installing Debian/Ubuntu. Their ILO stuff where you can get a web interface to the hardware bypassing the OS ain't bad either - but it does need licenses which complicates things - so if they release that as open source as well then that would be helpful.
'"Even now I understand what a terrible mistake I made,"
First off - conspiracy to commit murder is wrong - but I no longer trust the US of Oil so put that aside. Selling services for murder is wrong (sadly/ironically if drugs were legal then disputes could be settled in court and there would far, far less demand for hitmen). As for selling passports - well if there were more peacemakers in the world and fewer warmongers then people wouldn’t be so desperate to bend the system.
So, a person helped willing buyers buy from willing sellers - and this is wrong why?
My understanding is that there was quality feedback/reviews. This guy should be given a knighthood for saving hundreds/thousands of lives of people who bought good quality pills from reviewed sources rather than some ketamine laced death pill from a dodgy asshole in a nightclub.
Even the fucking judge knew he was a good guy
‘she described Ulbricht as "a complicated person" who didn't "fit the typical criminal profile"
before spinelessly handing out a sentence worse than what the prosecution asked for.
Now that judge, has she never, ever done drugs - has none of her children, friends, relatives, associates ever done any illegal drugs at all. Of course they have - we all have. So why don’t we ALL go down to the jails and hand ourselves in. Why don’t we all just go now and sit in prison.
BTW - Let’s look at Katherine Bolan Forrest
According to WP - ‘In August 2014, Forrest dismissed a price-fixing suit against Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, and Glencore. She held that, although the defendant's actions did affect the aluminium marketplace, the plaintiffs failed to show the defendants had intended to manipulate prices.’
Hmmmm.. Nothing dodgy there at all - she sounds like a model crusader for justice. Nonsensical lying double-speak of which Orwell would be proud.
And she has two children - and I assume she loves them as much as we all love our own children. I wonder - what would she do if she heard one of her kids had had a spliff - would she immediately march them off to jail and throw them into one of the USA’s brutal gulags they call jail. No, probably not.
We have a fucking Prime Minister who’s probably done some coke (he won’t deny it cos then someone would probably come out and say that he did). So why isn’t HE in prison? After all, that would mean he’s an evil drug-taking sicko.
The reality is that we all take fun stuff when we’re younger - and then grow out of it - maybe apart from the occasional spliff. Some people have seriously fucked up lives (mainly due to alcohol problems in the family - ironically, if more people smoked cannabis and fewer drank alcohol then there would be less abuse/violence around) and these people hit the hard drugs to shut out their problems. These people need help not jail.
Reality check number two - legalising drugs has been a success in Portugal (drug use down) and Colarado (with the bonus of hugely increased tax income).
Reality check number three - because there is so much illegal money to be made in drug import/export the very worst of humankind get to be extremely rich and more powerful than governments (see South America or examples). These psychopaths then get to fund wars, carry out trafficking, murders, bribery, corruption and extortion - so then everyone suffers.
You want the world to be a better place - then legalise all drugs. It’s time everybody stopped being hypocrites.
Thanks for that - the instructions are also available here:
Hmmm... what to do?
On servers I can't really see that services such as Apache/MySQL/etc would be affected by reliance on systemd. So, it might be possible to install Jessie - carry out your instructions - and then carry on. If a required package needs systemd then use something else.
I'm currently trying to find a comprehensive list of what packages would rely on systemd.
Does anyone know how the choice works? Is it an easy enough choice during the install? I've read quite a bit about the choice and I want to stick to sysvinit. So, it's either stick to wheezy until Devuan is ready - or install Jessie with sysvinit.
it's a gravy BOAT - much slower and much, much bigger.'
An upvote for the first to reply with where that quote is from.
Bear in mind that the guys calling might be victims themselves - and maybe working for people who are not very nice. And surely it's a symptom of poverty that this is one of the 'work' options available.
We (wife and I) do a polite 'Sorry, we have no computers here' and a second or two later the call usually drops.
Smells to me like a difficult problem which they are trying to sort out properly. Everyone always underestimates the costs/time required to do the job solidly - and a reset makes perfect sense. It's well know then version 1.0 is how you analyse the problem and version 2.0 is where you may get things right.
Let's hope that it's not the USA who has carried this out. It would mean they really are run by the corporations - including (ironically) a Japanese one. This should be a matter for Sony to sort out - primarily by sorting out their IT.
I think my Sony can handle 60MHz input.
So does this matter?
If not - then this is a non-issue for most new TV's I'd imagine.
That's right Anonymous Coward - I'd blame myself for being careless and stupid. I certainly wouldn't call for the death penalty/gitmo treatment for the chancers who wandered in and took my stuff. I wouldn't be happy with them but I'd be an adult and take responsibility for my own slip-up.
It's about time more people started acting like grown-ups and facing up to their screw-ups - rather than calling in the spin-doctors, Feds and SWAT teams to say 'there, there, there - all bedder now - you can stop crying."
I'm sure if you'd been stitched up by the world's demented superpower you'd be keen to spell it all out. Shame on you for calling it 'ranting' when you probably wouldn't have the balls to take on the USA in the way Assange has.
Go and see the video footage of the heartless, infantile helicopters pilots murdering civilians including children.
And of course the US of Hate is going to try to get Assange into Gitmo - look at how hard they tried to get McKinnon for merely finding that the idiots had not set passwords on their servers.
It's even more laughable - they are moving their head office approx 15 miles just to get this contract:
It would be funny if it wasn't so sad.
And Kolab looks pretty good to me.
And I've been using the very latest Outlook/Exchange on my latest contract - and it's bloated rubbish. It seems to be more confusing and impossible to use then when I last used it in 1999. Add in the fact that Exchange is now so bloated that one person is not enough to run an instance and I reckon Munich are in for a world of pain.
And there we are people:
'The report also notes that Microsoft is planning to move its German HQ from nearby Unterschleissheim to Munich as of 2016'
That's how desparated MS are to win this sinlge contract that they are prepared to waste possibly hundreds of millions to get it.
The shame is that no-one cares about the workers who will now get slower more unreliable software. If they do switch to MS I really feel for the Munich workers who will get genuinely depressed from using such poor software. The best will leave and Munich's quality of service will nosedive. All to satisfy some egos at MS.
What would Steve do?
After reading Walter Isaacson's biography I would say that SJ would have spent 3 bill on making something awesome instead. Heck, for 3 bill they could have bought all their customers a pair of Sennheiser's each.
Saying that - a colleague has pointed out that Beat stuff is *very* popular with the kidz - so maybe a good money making move - but as mentioned - I don't think SJ would have liked the strategy.
The anti-chromebook shills are pretty fast and furious - someone/somecorp must be worried.
I catch trains regularly and see everyone lugging heavy laptops doing spreadsheets, docs when a Chromebook would be fine. Certainly on my trains which come with cheap wifi.
My laptop (Elitetebook) and charger come to about 2.5 Kg - my HP 11 inch Chromebook uses a phone charger and comes to 1Kg. I know which I prefer to have in my backback when travelling to clients, being away, holiday etc. It's almost down to the weight of an iPad.
Good browser, Google docs - and crucially Secure Shell which gets me into servers. Most accounts, documentation, ticket systems are web based these days (or probably should be). All I'm missing is Netbeans - but if I'm using NB then it means I'm doing some serious work for a few days/weeks and I'll leave my normal laptop onsite anyway.
Sofa surfing - it makes a better (and cheaper) tablet than a tablet. Multiple tabs, wireless mouse, great keyboard. Also, mine has no fans, air ducts - sits on lap on sofa or in bed with no overheating.
School use - no-brainer. Zero maintenance, access to Google docs, Scratch and other online resources. Login to any machine with your Google account and all your bookmarks, apps, extensions, etc are all there.
And all this at £200.00.
My only complaint is mine is probably a little under powered - I went for the lightest - but I presume they'll get nippier with time.
I predict things will get very interesting.
You can add your friends using their email addresses.
They've thought of that.
You can add people to your circles just by their email address. That way they get sent a link to your post. You can configure the security in different ways as well.
Thought I'd like to record a thanks for gplus. It means I can easily decide which circles see which posts, which means I can bore my family with pics of the kids, but save my friends from seeing them.
At least we have choices.
I think it's a shame that Ubuntu didn't stick to a basic default such as Gnome 2 or XFCE. Users who wanted to try advanced stuff like Unity could have added it and used it as well - or it could have been an option on the install screen.
The shame is that you need to be a slightly technical user to install the simpler desktop - it should have been that the default install should have supplied a basic desktop.
For reference I installed ARandR which controls the monitor setup nicely. I usually plug my monitor into an external screen at various work places - and with XRandR I can save each of the setups and apply them really easily.
Ok - so it's a clean design - which is important.
But - as important is that it's fast.
Certain parts of ASP.NET were IE specific even when it was about version 2.x - browser repositioning being one. Also, it was supposed to be clean enough that you could just write code - but I found that anything non-trivial needed VS - which then compiled in all sorts of stuff and made deployment a nightmare.
I really tried with ASP.NET, I really did - but LAMP proved to be far more powerful and deployable.
Works on all browsers, tablets etc. Fast, clean design.
MS failed to monopolise the web with IE6 - and were forced to adopt standards used by everyone - so their newer browsers work OK. It was a fight but once MS were past IE8 they've started to play on the level playing field - and slick websites like the Cabinet Office website which work fine for all are the result.
Competition is a good thing for product quality - MS should appreciate that it helps to make them produce better products as well.
What about Drupal? It can do so much with minimal coding.
Seemed to been a DNS issue. My laptop which was connected via the phones hotspot could ping IP's etc.
Changed the DNS server settings to Googles and it was fine after that.
As another poster pointed out. So when a outsourcing company offers to take the hated IT dept off the companies hands - and makes loads of wonderful promises about 'making people happy' - don't be surprised when the whole IT dept is outsourced.
Obviously, outsourcing is not the solution. To me we need to educate typical Windows fanbois who end up in IT depts that even though they don't like macs because ... err... whatever ... other people DO like them because they are good tools.
Right there's the problem to me.
'We had someone similar to yourself, that wanted they pretty toy to work and demanded we fixed it. We then "demanded" the department stump up close on £20K for the hardware and leased lines to do it....and then it went very quiet.
the problem is, people like you have fuck all idea of time and money involved in you wanting xyz. You buy your pretty white toy for £1000 and have no idea it costs £10,000 to support what you want in your little ideal world.'
IT don't like Macs - usually entrenched Windows only types - and simply can not accept that Macs are by far a better tool for many people who need to get work done.
Therefore IT throw toys out of pram and make up a huge cost (hardware/ leased lines???) as a block instead of coming up with solutions.
The staff then perceive IT as the problem - especially when their attitude is to childishly call good products things like 'pretty white toy'. The danger is that if the IT dept are perceived as problematic, childish, etc (geek myth makes this worse) so funding/help will be cut, so they have even less resources to provide solutions - and so the cycle continues.
To be honest - if the IT dept have the wrong attitude and think that they should decide what tools to use and not the workers then it doesn't matter how much funding they get.
RE macs - you stated 'and there is nothing that can be done on them which can't be done on any other form of PC just as effectively and usually cheaper'.
I don't think this is true - my other half is a graphic designer and her mac is a much better tool than a Windows PC. Crucially, her seven (7) year old mac book pro was working as fast after seven years as it was on day one.
And RE 'From an HR perspective, why hasn't anyone questioned why she wants to work in her 'holidays, etc'? Such times are given for resting and taking time out free from work, and are necessary to one's well-being.'
Clever answer - but the OP point still stands - IT should be helping staff to get on with their work when they want to work. We're all supposed to be flexible etc - as a graphic designer I know my OH sometimes gets things done in the evening when things have gone quiet.
'since the data was collected by a third-party'
So, as long as the US government uses third parties they can do what they like?
Demon phoned me and said that they have no plans for filtering. I made sure they were aware of the loss of my business and all future referrals if they did.
You just know that BT is going to get this wrong - look at their issues with DNS servers over the years. What happens when our clients call up because they have hit 'unexplained' problems.
I've just sent the following question into Demon:
Can you please let me know what is your position on internet filtering as has just been implemented by BT.
I recommend your internet services to all companies who ask me which ISP to use - and I will no doubt get the same question in the future.
If you are going to implement internet filtering then I will no longer be able to recommend you and will need to move my current connection elsewhere.
Will feedback with any reply.
I sent a policy clarification request to Demon. They phoned back saying no plans currently to implement any filters.
Agreed about it sounding like a good idea.
In all areas of government (and life!) we should be striving for simplification, simplification, simplification.
This very much applies to IT.
I wish IDS good luck. I think his stint living in a tower block has given him some good insight.
Let's wish him luck and hope the project works.
He was a computing unit which got plugged into an X Wing.
I see the possibility that I could have a tablet (or smartphone) which is capable of running Netbeans, Libre Office, The Gimp, Emacs, bash and have plenty of storage. Then, when I get to the office I plug it into a base station which gives me a 24inch screen, nice old IBM Keyboard and Trackman mouse, Altec speakers. Lovely.
OK - So basically I'm asking for a phone running a full OS - maybe Ubuntu ... which ... err ... hang on a minute! For those of us who like to walk any reduction in the weight of my primary device as low as possible is important.
But, there's a problem here - what if I need to work where there is no base station? (By work I mean such things many people do such as coding, Netbeans, spreadsheets, Photoshop, Indesign, data entry, accounts, review writing, creating documents, adding comments to El Reg, etc etc etc ) Or what if I want to work on my lap on the sofa? I find a laptop with a 12inch screen to be just about fine for all day work use (in my case an HP Elitebook 2540p). And this would need to run a non-touch interface (Xbuntu in my case). At that size and propped up by a book or similar I can happily work all day if necessary. (Luckily, most times when I go to a client's site to work there are usually spare monitors and keyboards around which I borrow).
Also, in fact, I prefer my (12inch) laptop (on a laptray) for sofa browsing (i.e. consuming) to our Nexus 10. Middle click to open tabs, much faster typing, much more accurate mouse, multiple desktops etc. So, I prefer my little laptop for consuming information rather than our tablet.
So I don't see everything going to touch and tablets only.
My view is that on the client side there will be:
1. Tablets, Phablets, Smart mobes; touch based, always connected, loads of apps etc.
2. Lightweight (but powerful) laptops; half kilo weight, portable, long battery life, fast slick OS, easily downloadable apps, easy connections, decent keyboard, ethernet port for sorting out network stuff. And cheap! Who likes carrying around 2k's worth of laptop when they are stopping off at the bar on the way home.
3. Much better base stations. One that greets you when your device gets within Bluetooth range - 'Hiya, let me adjust your chair and connect your device to my 30inch monitor, etc'
Thinking about it - Apple have 1 and 2 with iOS and Mac OS and their various form factors (except the price). Most (especially young) coders I see these days seem to have MacBook Airs.
Otherwise (in my case) we have Android on tablets and Ubuntu/Xubuntu on the laptop.
Conclusions from this rambling...
* Chromebook - possibly a better tablet than a tablet - i.e. a better device for consuming. Great in office/schools if all the content is web based or apps are available.
* Chromebook with Xubuntu/Debian installed might be nice.
* Apple - might be doing things right - apart from the price thing.
* You can possibly see what MS with Win8.1 laptops are aiming at. Two buttons on the start up/login screen of hybrid devices might be an idea - Do you want tablet or desktop mode? My anecdotal evidence is that users are returning Win8 PC's/laptops cos they can't get on with tablet mode.
* Maybe MS should have kept to two OS's; Windows 7 and Windows Phone/Tablet. And make devices either one or the other. Trying to combine the OS's was brave - but maybe not feasible.
Coverage is obviously dependent on mast locations - this is the best tool I've found for checking that out:
As for Three, I have to say that being on the one plan (unlimited data) is a huge physiological difference from a limited data plan. You just listen to music, auto-upload HD videos to Google Plus, listen to the radio, link your laptop/tablet via wifi hotspot etc etc. No checking the data used and having to phone up and but an extra data bundle.
Also, it depends on the handset.
I didn't realise but there are protocols (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HSPA%2B) in between 3G and 4G. If you have a newish handset - S4, Nexus 4, etc - it will use these protocols. On my S4 I generally get 6Mbit/s down and 2Mbit/s up - previous tests have gone as high as 15Mbit/s down 2.2Mbit/s up.
If you have a sim-only plan and are using an older handset you may not be seeing the full benefit.
I'd to ask those who know - how does OpenSUSE compare to SLES?
I worked at a site with about 80-100 staff - creatives, musicians, programmers etc - and the IT guy had set up a Windows domain for the site. He said that he had originally tried to keep everybody on MS machines. I mentioned that I'd seen lots of Macs and he agreed - he said his life wasn't easy because about half the staff were using Macs - only the office types were sat behind their standard issue PC's.
To me the problem is MS - they should make his life easier by providing tools to enable integration of Apple products. This is only going to happen more.
Later in the month he mentioned that they's taken on fourteen new members of staff - and thirteen had turned up with Macs!
Seems to be a huge coincidence.
Similar to the Blaster worm and and Northeast power outage of 2003.
BTW - it was the 2003 power outage in the north east of the US.
Seems a bit of a coincidence.
A bit like when the Blaster worm was at it's peak and then power stations failed causing the massive power outage in the US.