536 posts • joined Monday 9th January 2012 14:08 GMT
Re: Whats BBM?
It is THE reason why teenagers in the UK prefer BB over any other smartphone. A bit like a cross between SMS and Twitter but it doesn't cost them to use so they can message their friends as much as they like (cost is part of the monthly tarrif).
Why spend money?
"Ninite Pro will check for updates to any Ninite-supported application located on the system and update it regularly. It is an absolute godsend for those of us saddled with fixing Aunt Tilly's Best Buy special"
Better for that task would be Secuina PSI which does the same thing and is free so it doesn't cost you anything to support Aunt Tilly. Look for v2.0 tho, the latest version is terrible.
Re: Keeping white-hat info unpolluted?
"if you get enough users checking each others work (i.e. set the same task to 10 people and compare their results) then you instantly have a fairly good method for getting the right answer, of course the more users you have the more likely this system is to work reliably"
Because that approach works so well for Wikipedia.
Re: And since it’s just a testing program, it didn’t keep track of any of its activity...
I would have thought a testing program would take more logs than normal operation. Otherwise how do you know the results of the test?
Certainly my test programs create more logs than my released software.
So who was Zeidman's first customer for CodeSafe, Oracle?
National DNA database?
How exactly would this idea create a national DNA database? My doctor does not have my DNA and has no reason to ask for a sample so my DNA is not in my medical records. I'm guessing that will be the same for most of the population.
It would be nice if for once the anti groups would make a sensible argument so they don't get laughed at and ignored as nut jobs.
US leadership in space
Yet they don't have the capability to send supplies or people to their own station in near Earth orbit. Yeah great leadership guys.
It has been possible to buy touchscreen monitors for years before Android and iOS came along. Since the R-Pi has an HDMI output I'm guessing you could connect it to a touchscreen monitor that has an HDMI socket.
Or is that too complicated for you?
Re: Let me see if I understand this.
Would you prefer we buy all our gas from the Russians who can up the price or turn off the supply any time they feel like it?
You memorise channel numbers?!?!?
Personally I use the guide to find them all. Helps that my LG TV allows me to move them around so all the BBC channels are together, C4 channels are together, etc and I can delete the shopping channels and other crap like ITV1.
What happened to the death of El Reg icon?
"One (unlikely) danger is that these unencrypted email password reminders could be intercepted and used by crooks."
Because no one has ever had their email hacked. Oh no.
Re: It's Windows all over again..
Android is not Windows so you don't get updates AV daily let alone multiple times a day and it is only necessary to update if you are about to install a new app. So there is no reason to use your data plan allowance to download the update just wait till you're on WiFi. Personally I'm on Wifi 23.5 hours of the day so I never use any of my data plan anyway.
If you read the article Sophos AV does not run all the time on Android, it only scans apps when they are installed. Avast also works like this (and has a scheduled daily scan) so I guess all Android AV probably does. Which means it is not using any of your phone's memory when you're trying to run other apps.
But of course an AC knows better eh.
I'd have produced a large pair of scissors but it wouldn't be the caps lock key I'd be applying them to.
Aye ye cannae beat a dod o wood wi a nail thru it.
"Jeff Moss said that he was more supportive of using malware in this way, since it provided military options without the need to endanger human life"
That's a very naive point of view. How does he know Stuxnet would not endanger human life. What if AQ decide to crash a plane into a tall building again because of the US cyber attacks on Iran? What if Iran themselves decide to blow up large parts of Israel as retaliation for their part in the operation?
The Yanks themselves consider cyber attacks to be an act of war. You have to expect their response to a similar attack on their nuclear facilities to involve a few million in cruise missiles, smart bombs, UAVs, etc.
Oh noes is the bubble about to burst?
So where's the advantage? All it does is pick the worst parts of each technology.
Ah well at least he's compiling a handy list of where not to study for us.
So now what about the ads from BT claiming you can get super fast fibre from BT when only a fraction of the population can?
Not that I'd want to get my internet from BT but it pisses me off every time I see the smug supposed geek in the adverts.
"Well the one I got came with a note containing a URL to download a pack of 99 pirated games. I'd imagine other sellers are doing similar things."
That is not El Reg condoning piracy, that is the seller you bought from condoning and encouraging piracy. Shame on you for buying from someone so dodgy!
"ability to understand natural language and reply in the same is certainly on a par with Siri"
So shite if you've got a northern English or Scottish accent then? We tried out Siri on a colleagues iPhone recently and it could not understand anyone in the IT dept despite none of us having a particularly strong accent.
Voice recognition does not work unless you spend weeks training the software to understand you personally by reading standard texts to it.
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
would have been more fitting imo
Re: British TV drama is NOT crap
Hustle - crap
Lewis - exceedingly boring police crap
Red Dwarf - comedy made over 2 decades ago, not drama
Life on Mars - good untill the last episode when they spoiled it
Ashes to Ashes - crap
Poirot - more boring detective crap based on some boring books
Case Sensitive - never heard of it
Spooks - watched the first series then realised every episode is basically the same, also the plots were ridiculous
Sorry don't see any evidence of top drama there. And don't mention the modern Doctor Who, there aren't enough vitriolic adjectives in the English language to adequately describe my opinion of that steaming pile.
Re: Easy peasy
"that breaks a lot of sites doesn't it? especially image URLs tend to expect a valid referrer."
Actually no it doesn't. I've had the referrer header turned off in every browser I use for about 10 years now. Occasionally I have to turn it back on for some stupid site that won't work but 95% of the time I have no problem. Also if a site does require it I only turn it on and use that site if I absolutely have to, if there is a competitor that will work without the referrer then they get my business.
The firm kept customers updated on its social networking pages
I fecking hate that. If I'm your customer the least you can do is send me an email to let me know the state of the service I'm paying for. Twitter may have x million users but everyone online has email, including those x million twats.
Re: When BCS will be available for Apple iPhone/iPad?
Perhaps that on Android there is a choice whereas on iOS there is not?
Re: When BCS will be available for Apple iPhone/iPad?
No, it's called all your browsers are really Safari.
Apart from possibly the new Chrome for iOS no browsers are allowed unless they're just skins for Safari.
Which is written in the article, try having a look at paragraph four.
I know reading beyond the first line of the article is so much work but just give it a try, you might find it useful in future.
U G L Y! You ain't got not alibi!
Without the gradients, highlights, etc in the chrome I struggle to tell the difference between the UI and the document in that Word screenshot. So much for emphasising the content you're working on.
Re: Apples and Oranges
"It's like asking trainspotters to comment on a proposed motorway extension."
I wasn't aware that train spotters had to take exams about how engines work and how to use them legally and responsibly. Or that many of them worked in the industry.
Hams may be called Radio Amateurs but there is often very little amateur about them. Many of them work for radio, TV, electronics or phone companies in a technical capacity.
Re: YouView vs Windows Media Centre + TunerfreeMCE
I built an Atom powered HTPC running W7 earlier this year for just under £300 including WiFi, TV tuner and remote control. So if the YouView boxes are £300 you can definitely build a more functional PC for the same price.
Re: Price is a factor
Well then what are Azure, Rackspace Cloud Servers or AWS? All of them are basically ways to host a website. I don't just mean the standard company website, we also have sites that perform financial analysis on specialised data that you could call web applications.
So what exactly is required for you to consider an application cloud?
Price is a factor
Agility is important yes but actually price was also a factor in our moving to the cloud for our comany websites. By moving from a traditional managed datacenter to Rackspace Cloud Servers we saved about 1/3 of our monthly costs. Ok so we have to manage the cloud servers ourselves but having managed servers just meant we were spending a similar amount of time filing support tickets, resonding to emails and sitting around waiting for the datacenter guys to do the work. So we really have saved money by going cloud.
Re: Double Standards
"Moral of the story is long hair blondes may look great but the power usage associated with them are astronomical."
Hey I'm a great looking long haired blonde but I never use a hairdrier or any other hair product except shampoo! Admitedly I probably have more balls and less tits than the kind of long haired blonde you're thinking about. ;)
Paris because she's blonde too and we've met.
IQ less than 70?
Unfortunately that would be you Ross.
You see the thing is the software thought the ariel booster was never on but in fact it was always on. So the reported standby power is actually the on power. This shows that the special software was actually sitting next to you on the bus to school, licking the windows.
Unfortunately v3 is the dumbed down Fisher Price rewrite of PSI. It no longer tells you where the software it finds is installed - useful if you have old copies of Flash, Java, etc hiding on your system.
It has complained that Java is out of date on my main development machine and has been unable to update it since the first beta. Without the detail that v2 gave me I'm unable to figure out why, if it's a real problem or how to fix it.
Now that the final version is out and hasn't improved I'll be uninstalling v3 and returning to v2.
Was this story supposed to be published 12 months ago?
"Google is trying to get its Chromebook into the mainstream and is starting to push it in retail stores, signing up ... Dixons in the UK"
Interesting idea since Dixons don't have any stores except in airports. Ok Dixons group have PC World & Currys but they already sell teh Chromebooks and have done since last year.
So who is the clueless numpty, Google or Iain Thomson in San Francisco?
As an owner of a still working 2600 with all the joysticks, paddles and Space Invaders I was looking forward to a cool article about Atari. But instead I get some arse spouting crap about Jobs, Wozniak and Apple. Do we have to mention Apple in every story or we don't get paid?
You could have talked about Atari's arcade business but no you preferred to make up stories about how they only succeeded because Jobs worked there.
My preferred reseller says they've been very busy with MS business in the run up to the end of the month. We took out new agreements for Office which we needed to get done this year, might as well get the current price rather than pay more later in the year. Anyone waiting is an idiot, the prices will go up further when the Euro drops more.
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