1172 posts • joined 5 Apr 2012
I am somewhat reminded of the whole contreversy of the Facebook Messenger application, personally I think the seperate messanger was daft, but I went through and disabled a load of the 'features' and now it acts just like normal messenger, so much so that I again wonder why they bothered splitting off.
The furore I saw when people saw the list of permissions it needed, "Why does it want my camera / contacts / gps / first borns soul" etc. People up in arms about how facebook are going to farm this data from messenger to sell on to the highest bidder or some other fantasy... Happily ignorant of the fact that facebook already has every one of these permissions, and possibly more.
It makes me wonder if people are just plain ignorant of what folks can do with these permissions, until they're told to be angry about it in a particular case by the tabloids.
I will admit that I don't pay much attention to these permissions, not nearly as much as I should, and I do wish they'd make it a requirement to list why features are used / needed. Or better yet, disable access to certain features. (I'm getting fed of facebook and google asking if they can use my location)
No I don't use my camera straight from facebook, so you don't need camera accesss, nope nor do I use the GPS. Give us little check boxes, and a list of features that'll no longer opperate and I'll be happy (I guess)
I quite like the idea of a Trout Eel alliance. Or TEA for short.
Re: I trout it very much.
Oh don't be so crabby.
The main thing I dislike at the moment is how others companies have begun caving to the license fees.
Now I will say if you watch TV, you should pay the license, I don't think it's good value for money myself, especiallyw ith things like netflix / amazon etc, I personally believe teh fee should be lowered (they could probably scrap black and white TV, and lower normal TV licenses to that fee)
What I'd like to see hwoever, is somebody making a reasonably priced 'TV' only minus the transmission ability. On the one hand I don't watch TV and so am in no legal dark place, on the other, I still own a TV, and from many stories of these enforcers, owning a TV = watching live TV.
Sadly gaming monitors don't seem to go up nearly as big as TVs do, and seem to be more expensive than their TV counterparts.
So on that note, if anyone can give me a recommendation of where I could buy a 40 inch monitor which takes multiple HDMI connections, along with DVI and SCART. For a reasonable price, I'd be a happy man.
Re: BBC content is no longer worth the Licence Fee.
Haven't touched a license in a long time. I never watched much live TV before, and I don't really watch any live TV now. If there's anything I want to watch it's usually on crunchyroll or netflix. I made sure to contact them when I first moved in to tell them I didn't watch TV, but since I live in a flat I'm wondering how long it will be before I get the threatening "We know you have a TV and we know you're watching it" letters. I imagine they'll start in november time.
equips tinfoil hat
Microsoft are starting to pay antivirus companies to bork up windows XP. That way more people will realize how much trouble xp is and will then upgrade to windows 8 (yeahright).
That or norton are just terrible. I've had a lot of issues with them from dodgy updates, including blocking of all web traffic, so I coudln't even update norton, deleting my explorer.exe and blocking me from installing certain games / deleting the game exe after installation because it thinks the game is a virus.
Not had nearly as many issues on kaspersky.
Something for the weekend?
The weekend is almost over sir.
But I agree, for anything reasonably useful 3d printing as it is, would be fairly useless. The only thing I've seen it used for personally is rapid prototyping (even though the slow printing speed could hardly be considered rapid)
£10,000 per prototype, or £500 per prototpe. Makes a big difference, and is still much faster. Sure when it comes to the final prototype, we still splash out on the expensive 10k one, it's all the failed prototypes we've saved the money on.
In todays news the AWS cloud servers have gone down again. In an unrelated story suddenly X banks backend systems have had a massive fault, preventing standing orders, direct debits, and even normal card transactions. More on this in news at 11.
Re: Rise of the machines
Google testing AI,
Google testing self driving cars
Google images, possibly testing the AI shows an image of a fatal car crash.
I do not want these self driving cars.
When I was with them the customer service were top notch, however it would have been nice if I didn't have to phone their customer service team monthly for every new issue that appears. For the first 6 months I was calling them every month because of a piece of bloatware they'd pre-installed on my phone, which was impossible to remove (without rooting) which also happened to be a subscription service.
Gave in, rooted phone, removed app.
Got their panther (i think) deal with the orange brand, the one with free deezer and mobile data not counted against deezer use. Was then calling them every other month when I went over my mobile data from deezer use and they were charging me.
Every time it was sorted out quickly and the staff were nothing but helpful Absolute bullshit that I had to spend so much time talking to them though.
I'm still happy with my g15 and microsoft sidewinder mouse.
I've been tempted on more than one occasion to splash out and try a razer orbweaver / naga combo. But I suppose these things vary with the kind of game you play.
It only has 2 legs, so doesn't that technically mean that this is a wyvern, and not a dragon?
We finally have a solution. Dig up the landfills, scoop up that trash island out to sea, stick it all on a space ship and have it incinerated in the atmosphere... FOR SCIENCE!
What could possibly go wrong?
Re: I call bollocks.
A lot of it (in my experience with teaching parents) is that the older generation appear to be more afraid of breaking something. It took me a month of reassurances to convince my mother that unplugging the PC wouldn't wipe all the data stored on it.
Kids on the other hands are happy enough to push random buttons to see what happens. And that's the difference imo.
The XKCD tech support flow chart is a good example
Step 1: Find a menu or button that looks like it does what you want to do
Step 2: Click it.
Older generation are afraid of the first two tech support steps, lest the break something. Younger folks on the other hand will happily click whatever until something works.
Re: ITV Doesn't Own STV!
"But I've only got one... How about 1 groat and a turnip"
Re: "Big Blue is believed to leak a billion or two dollars each year"
or did IBM suddenly lose their famed accounting abilities
'Murica won't let people go off grid. Well they do but I've read several stories of people being arrested for taking their homes off grid I think they cited terror laws as the reason.
I can't comment on the quality of the above site, but I've read the same stories elsewhere in the past, so they're as good a source as any I have atm.
Re: The simple answer is usually the obvious one
I always suspected that time travel was afoot.
Re: Feathers != fluffy
So what you're saying is, rather than waste money on a new Jurrasic Park film... We should just do a new line of Godzilla films?
Godilla vs CassowaryRex
We could make millions maybe even BILLIONS!
Who said they were working, just said 'fixed while we were in the bar after work'
They probably subcontract an office gremlin. No office should be without one.
As soon as I saw 3 I knew something bad was going to follow.
Many moons ago I had a contract phone with 3, it was the best deal available to me at the time, and 3 had the best coverage in my area. About a month before the end of my contract I wanted to sign up to a new deal elsewhere. It was the period of half price for 6 months, with £150 cashback on top of it, basically made my new phone free for half a year. Signed up for that with somebody else, then called 3 to cancel.
I was on the phone for half an hour repeating the word no as the salesperson tried to get me to sign up for a new contract. I repeatedly refused stating I already had a new contract and was not interested, in the end he agreed and disconnected me. The next month I got a letter informing me about my new contract.
Cancelled all direct debits, called my bank an informed them not to process anything regarding 3 due to dispute etc, contacted 3 several times and the refused to do anything, they called debt collectors on me etc etc. Eventually got instructions from consumer advice to go through their... ombudsman is it? I can't remember. Effectively what 3 did was entirely illegal, but the process wound up costing me a fair bit of money in phone calls and a lot of stress. End result I got nothing back and 3 cancelled the contract. They lost nothing I lost money.
I can only imagine the number of people who have gone through the same thing but didn't bother fighting it. Since then I advise everyone to avoid 3 like the plague.
Re: "then I can only surmise that they are all good"
Our old group started with D&D 3.5 and stuck with it for ages. We modified the heck out of it with house rulings for bits we weren't overly fond of / felt didn't work. However that eventually started to crumble around us and made it difficult to add new people.
Then we moved to Pathfinder which fixed most of the issues we had with D&D. Never did D&D4.0 none of us were overly enamoured with it.
We had a stint for a year or so with WoD which was great from a roleplaying perspective ,but more difficult from a combat one we found.
Right now we're looking at a few different systems to try, mainly GURPS which I believe is also a freemium system, and FATE which caught my interest.
Since playing D&D 3.5 however I've been slowly building my own system that I'd like to try some day, but building a balanced system is hard, especially when I'm trying not to rip people off too much. Turns out the system I was putting together has a lot of similarities with GURPS. Thing is I keep getting to a certain point and then forgetting about i t/ losing the documents. That point is normally magic.. I'm no re-writing it all again, this time omitting magic entirely (for now) although I did have an idea of how I could implement magic in the future.
I know there's no need for my own system, and it'll probably do more harm than good for our group but it's something that's been stuck in my mind on and off for way too long now.
Re: The trick will be in the feedback loop.
I am patenting this, all I need is a cool backronym involving Pavlov.
A quote from Hawking
"We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn't want to meet," Hawking said. "I imagine they might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their home planet. Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonise whatever planets they can reach."
The only reason we need these super space telescopes is so we can arm ourselves to the teeth when the aliens start invading. That is also the real reason why every country is stockpiling nukes.
*adjusts tinfoil hat*
Re: Its a shame really
its not even the cost, its the whole experience. Its both dated, overpriced and overrated.
This reminds me of the annoying adverts at the beginning of DVDs. (which I still don't get the point of) hey you bought this DVD legally, now we're going to talk at you about how stealing is wrong. That'll teach those thieves who pirated the DVD and therefore didn't see this annoying advert.
But the most annoying is the one advert that goes on about how "By downloading this film you're missing out on the true movie experience"
If I wanted the true movie experience, I'd spill a sugary drink over the floor to get that extra sticky sensation, have somebody standing up in front of me and blocking my view every few minutes, talking, playing on mobile phones, and eating loud snacks (who ever decided nachos should be a cinema snack food should be shot in the foot)
I often find that a lot of these anti piracy things are aimed at the wrong people (the people who paid)
Funny, I too once had a bad reaction to being taken into an apple store once. First it got hard to breath, heart palpatations, and then I had an intense urge to leave. It was actually the start of a panic attack because there were too many people in there, but I can't help but think apple is partially to blame.
Re: Pharma sales
Can't help but be reminded of the pharma rep from scrubs.
Re: Poached Dinosaur eggs
Not sure, but if flintstones is anything to go buy I'd gues pretty darn good. That and roast pterodactyl.
Re: I think this quote sums it all up...
That's just cruel. Ralph gets bullied enough, no need to compare him to WP
although the stage of old tellies was a nice touch
When I saw the pile of tellies my immediate thought was. NEW PERSONA GAME! Y'know, considering the pile of old TVs from Persona 4. But alas. (for anyone wondering what I'm talking about when I say TV pile)
they could give it some way to monitor when you're falling asleep, could be useful for keeping me awake in boring / any meetings.
are the bane of the computing world.
I've actually printed this out
and given a copy to my mother. Sadly it was a long slow process getting her far enough to use that. I remember when we got our first PC, I was about... 8 or 9? Mum spent several days trying to use the PC with the manual etc, didn't get too far, within the first half hour I was using it to a higher competence than her.
It took so long just to teach basic things.
"Double click the icon"
"I am, it isn't working!"
"Are you double clicking quickly, or are you just going click... click"
"Does it make a difference?"
"... double click quickly"
"Oh now it's working"
It also took me a long time to convince her that turning it off at the plug socket wouldn't reformat the computer. She was actually afraid that if it was ever unplugged she'd lose all the data on the PC.
How can I postulate on the proportions of these pint sized pachyderms without a picture?
Re: More data required
Or trying to strike up a conversation.
On the one hand
I like the idea of print to order. It would save a lot of space for books in the warehouse, cutting out costs of transport, storage etc, kinda how I wished many moons ago when stores actually sold CDs that they'd do a kiosk which was basically iTunes connected to a CD writer, so rather than buying an album, you could buy the tracks you wanted and put them on a custom disk.
But the rest of this stuff, wanting to dictate the prices etc. Isn't this pretty much the reason Amazon took Apple to court before?
I don't get the BBC
We pay £12.50 a month to pay for the BBC, basically 2 channels for 1/4 the cost of a sky subscription. And yet we have this god awful television, low budget tripe... and doctor who. As for the lack of countryside coverage, when are they watching TV? All I ever see on the bloody channel is countryfile and 'ye olde time show of victorian era'. and occasionally if I watch during the day Doctors (oh and the snooker when it's on).
What are they going to do to showcase the countryside folks more? Start a new soap opera and put it up against emmerdale? "Down in sommorset farms we got tra'ers an comboin 'ar'sters."
Re: The anti-helicopter wires it hit
So THATS what that's meant to be a picture of.
All this time I thought it was some kind of scorpion.
Re: I missed the old days ...
his bunch of debug printf(); statements wouldn't produce no output
Wouldn't product no output? So they would produce output then?
Sorry, I was confused by your double negative. You see grammar is very important to the Nazi party.
Re: Special Needs
What ever happened to the good old malted milks. Perfect for any occasion.
bullets cost too much, we'd be better of bludgeoning them all to death.
I had to upgrade the RAM on my mother, and step fathers laptops.
Brand new Windows 7 laptops, only 1gb of RAM. Add on the shovelware and that wasn't nearly enough. Removal of bloatware, and the installation of more RAM sped the thing up no end. Still slow as hell though, I've since told them to ask me before they buy another laptop.
Re: "Gonzague Gay-Bouchery"
Just don't do a google image search for him.
Don't quote me on this
But I think the guy is just an idiot who doesn't make himself clear.
Whether it’s Bitnet, The Tor – which is 90 per cent of the Internet – peer-to-peer sharing, or the streaming capability worldwide
I think it's meant to be Tor which covers is 90% of the internets P2P transfers. Meaning that the majority of
THIEVING PIRATE SCUM! torrenters have taken to using TOR in order to circumvent firewalls or prevent themselves from being tracked. So not 90% of the entire internet, but 90% of torrenters.
Re: Load of Shite
My dad gave away pretty much my childhood video collection to a friend for their kid to watch. The kid didn't watch 'modern' tv. But he'd sit hours on end watching animals of farthing wood, classic noddy etc.
So england won
Because there was more twitter traffic about football from England supporters.
But wasn't most of that traffic lambasting Rooney or talking about how boring Nevilles commentary was? Surely those can't count.
Re: A troupe of boffins?
I am personally a fan of a pod of boffins, since we apparently work in pods where I am.
If they've found the secret ocean it's only a matter of time until they uncover R'lyeh
This is why
I could never work at one of those companies where you can make your own title. Software Liason for Ubiquitous Technologies.
Re: Mephhead Not an 'hack'.
Aren't most of El Reg's journalists called hacks?
Re: Headline is lie
He already has a proper job, that's what journalists do these days. All it was missing was the word SHOCK! at the beginning of it and it could have passed as newspaper worthy.
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