314 posts • joined 13 Sep 2012
Re: Stakeholders delight - not
Spotify Premium does a lovely job of putting playlisted music into your phone's memory before you leave the WiFi zone. That's the appeal of Spotify and why it won't allow offline 'delayed' streaming like this for Spotify Free.
Using Spotify Free has allowed me to realise I love it for 4 hours a month as does the missus.
Might go up to 8 hrs/month each if offline were allowed.
For which we are not going to pay £20 - presumably to subsidise those listening for 100 hrs/month.
No pay as you go (or pay lite) option is what's stopping any of my spend going to Spotify.
Someone overlooked the real BYOD issue
I work at a large corporate with a BYOD policy in place.
I would estimate that 60% of eligible hardware owners have rejected the BYOD offer (including myself).
- Because they don't want to enter an 8 digit PIN every time, and that's one that must be changed every 3 months.
- Because the device has to use a VPN for all access to corporate thingies and you cannot get a statement from your employer as to when and when not traffic is routed thus.
- Because no-one else in the family is allowed to touch your phone once you've unlocked the screen.
Blackberry is the ONLY handset supplier who's recognized the issue with a SEPARATE and ENCRYPTED partition for corporate usag, apps and data and another partition for everyday.
Other Android solutions exist but would not pass the BYOD security policy AFAIK.
Even if Apple were to finally, finally play catch-up with a partitioned solution, my own iPhone at 16GB would not have the spare memory for corp stuff, even though I could sorely use the BYOD functionality.
I spent a couple of years in Berlin & Bavaria and got fluent in German.
Even in the 80s any reasonable sized town had most shops open till 7, so if you left work promptly could do most shopping after work with ease. Unlike 80s UK where town shopping centers were closed at 5:30.
It's true that Sunday started at 13:00 on a Saturday though. Something I'd appreciate much more in my dotage than in those days.
In the 80s you could not access any UK media except for newspapers from the regional airport and BBC World Service. German TV and radio was dire then and has not improved much since. German speech and news radio stations today are still a century behind the BBC.
Jobwise I found my employer clinging to unbelievably archaic and customized tech. In that respect I was better off returning to Blighty and it's US-centric approach to IT.
Due to the wildly inflated price of UK property and cost of UK public transport, I would consider retiring in Germany due to the better living space and travel opportunities.
Re: Better around cities than elsewhere
That's strange, the C1 has a full sized spare wheel neatly under the boot floor.
Re: A new El-Reg unit perhaps?
My wife has the original C1 (= Aygo). As she's 5'6" this car can ride 4-up with her+ 3 larger adults in perfect comfort. We chose this after I'd had this exact car on hire in France once - you need to drive some hours to appreciate it, looks alone are deceptive.
I take it work and on long motorway trips to give the engine a good run. It's an astonishing little car, impressively stable on the motorway and much more fun in town than any larger car I've had.
The tip above about the speakers is a good one - maybe I'll have a look at swapping to Pioneers too, the audio quality is practically the only fault at this price point. Speed-dependent Adaptive volume control on the audio (as is in all Fords nowadays) would have been nice too, wonder it it's in that new Aygo?
Re: Don't trust USB
So you roll up at a booth and plug your iPhone in charge it.
Now, do NOT tap YES on "Do You Trust This Computer"
It will charge.
The Chines govt must be quite miffed in a 'why didn't WE think of that' way.
I guess the miscreants are now awaiting job offers
hmm... TrueCrypt... hmm...
Re: A rock and a hard place
OK so the BBC whats to quietly monetize content I've already paid for, and charge so very much that only the very rich or stupid would purchase that content.
Where's my TV license rebate for the content I've paid for and the BBC is monetizing elsewhere?
(I've been recording inconveniently timed radio programs since the 80s with timers and cassettes)
It's so difficult that if I log into my Plusnet account, I can instantly see my data consumption so far this month.
Real Windows 9 and servers on a phone?
I see a possible future of computing here.
Proper real Windows running on your phone/work phone/BYOD.
At work, you dock it and work on proper keyboard and big screen.
On the train you tether it to a tablet screen for a few odd tasks or media consumption.
At home you re-dock it to a proper keyboard and screen, or any other hardware that takes your fancy, log onto work VPN and carry on working if needed.
In other news
Cameron nearly gets knocked over by a jogger
When I was getting a mortgage the building society had a habit of calling my mobile on essential matters with caller withheld. Similarly I've had calls from bank security dept with number withheld. So I've so far been reluctant to set the block anonymous callers thing on my mobile.
My niece in France and all her schoolmates seem to be able to watch any movie they like free - don't ask me how, I only work in IT.
But if any agency were to go after her and her mates, they'd find no-one has a cent between them to pay in fines. Ain't going to happen this way.
There was a recent story about knock-off dental equipment, e.g. drills and x-ray machinery, reaching UK shores and eventually the practices of unwitting (or maybe not) dentists.
So in a similar vein, how much hospital life support machinery might just happen to have one of these knock-off chips, soon to be bricked, in it's gubbins?
I went for the 128GB model - just enough room to accommodate updates
If a fake cert can put a man in the middle so easily with Apple kit, what's to stop one being mounted via a dodgy public WiFi access point in the West?
The transaction size...
needed for an average UK house purchase just caused a numerical overflow
I had this on my Samsung 10 years ago, Now Apple will patent this idea and claim Samsung are infringing their patent! Apple is such a non-innovative company. etc etc.
OK all fibs. But I thought's I'd get it in before the Samsung fandroids did.
Re: An old man writes
"the idea that there could be a phone on a train was the stuff of science fiction"
I think it still is
Re: Almost every developed country seems to do much better
....Because you'll be using your smartphone whilst driving..? Or are you going to employ a chauffeur?...
Because I'll save a lot of time and (especially with 2 in a car) money. Rail is supposed to have the key advantage that you can do something else at the same time. Except that the something ought to include online something.
Almost every developed country seems to do much better
In the past I've take very lengthy journeys in China, Finland and Switzerland.
China: Perfect uninterrupted, fast 3g (on a dongle) for the 1st 6 hours North out of Beijing.
Finland: Free Wifi on the train that worked very with with no dropouts for 90% of a 10 hour journey. No video streaming possible but radio and podcasts, just fine.
Switzerland (on an o2 roaming SIM): No 3g but perfect fast Edge or UMTS
So when took two long UK journeys recently, one from Reading to Devon and one from Reading to Fort William in Scotland, I expected to be able to use data (Three) on the train. In reality there was no 3g for 80% of the journey. When there was it was very hit or miss if you could connect.
Seems the motorways are well covered in the UK (so kids and passengers can web surf) but nothing for laptop and tablet toting rail travelers. (I did look at the train operator's WiFi offerings but laughed out loud at the cost - and already had heard reports of how dire UK onboard rail WiFi is).
For my next long journeys, flying or going by car will take precedence largely due to the lack of one major modern convenience on trains: data.
Re: If it is public news ...
Drone with wifi payload that parks on the roof and which can be recovered for re-use. I like it.
Aren't there even smarter hacks available here?
How about planting essentially the same device, but this time instead of just sniffing an attempting a brute force decryption attack on the local WiFi, act as a bogus WiFi access point with no password needed? Sooner or later some dumbo will connect to it.
Re: An interesting exercise
Very interesting. I'm off now so I get my...
where is it?
Wot no shape memory?
Next rumour: if you warm your bent iPhone up with a hairdryer it reverts to straight.
Just beware that the Oneplusone is never going to work with most UK 4G
Alibaba will be happy to take the Slough site
adam and eve it?
Re: The UK simply is not attractive for foreign well educated people
Um so why is it then that the UK is near #1 as a destination for foreign well educated people to migrate to?
Some odd old thing called 'rule of law' perhaps?
Vs house prices?
So an increase in UK IT salaries (even one that's not happening) is unsustainable.
But a massive increase in UK house prices is sustainable...
Re: Cycle helmets need ventilation slots
Use a cycle airbag instead
iPad or iPhone apps?
Will it be possible to install iPad apps on the 5.5" model I wonder.
Love the use of what look like normal rubber bands to take weight in that exoskeleton!
Add more bands for increased support.
Re: One Trick Pony
Are new tricks with apple like large prime numbers?
Re: Dazzle and indicators
Along with the title deeds to the overtaking lane?
Re: I'm not surprised they are increasing their prices
The also blanket bomb properties - e.g. new blocks of flats - with flyers, where they have no intention of providing a service even if the VM junction box already touches the property.
What's needed is CABLE competition.
Re: How long now some anarchic hacker takes a mini-drone
How did you manage to get the plot for the next Batman movie?
Unless the tech has changed, isn't there an electrical supply alongside the fibre to power the fibre optic amps/repeaters at stages underwater? Or is end to end with no repeaters now possible?
If there is any power then the question is only, AC or DC? AC would be the one that attracts sharks.
You can change the effective inductance and capacitance of a cable by altering the loading at the ends - that's how loading coils work on antennae, to change their effective 'length' - only in the real world such a massive cable would probably be impossible to tune in this way.
when will we know that it's safe to buy Samsung products again, and how will we know that the next repair center does not go bust in the future?
Yup, the last time I did Google ad campaign, I used Google Analytics + Statcounter to very carefully measure the cost/benefit - by following ad clicks right through to our checkout, but also checking if users returned later and spent any money. The analysis proved for me that I should cancel Google Adwords!
The future is
Wafer-light tablets with an LED screen as usual and on the back an e-ink screen. A flip-cover will open the needed side while protecting the other. The e-ink side will offer perfect outdoor reading and endless battery life.
Re: <shakes head>
Yes, listen to "From our own corespondent" podcast BBC last week where amusing observations are made on how what used to work - 100s of folk concurrently using a Japanese pedestrian crossing - no long does due to the existence of smartphones.
Re: I already have a smart monitor of my own
Um how does it read your gas usage - the most expensive energy component of a house usually?
Something you can use a data connection in - unlike the tube or when you are driving a car
These courses will be booked out by Chinese students. Their local police stations will be able to supply the needed background checks which will show them to be upstanding and patriotic citizens all.
Re: Where's my Windows update to fix this?
Alright, how about this: If any keyboard is connected to a Windows machine, a random numerical password is displayed on the screen. It has to be entered before the device is accepted.
Re: Free dosh required...
it was one of the things the Romans did for us
You will need:
sheets of A4 card
felt tips or crayons
garden canes/thin sticks
coded grid keys
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