The technology of creating millions of copies from a master tape to sell as products was invented last century. For a short heyday for artists and more so for the publishers, they could make cheap and sell dear. Some got very rich very fast. Then the very same technology - to be able to make cheap copies - came into the private user domain. What those publishers want to preserve is that short lived heyday of getting rich fast, forever.
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The Shanghai Maglev is still used as a template for UK rail infrastructure planning - expensive state-funded vanity schemes that manage not to be useful.
E.g a Crossrail that won't link HS2 with Heathrow properly, instead you will wander across main roads with your luggage or with luck get a bus or tube connection to make the final link.
Re: So,an invasion route ...
The rumours that U.S. is now going to sell the Alaska that it bought off the Russians to the Chinese are NOT TRUE!
Unable to connect to that link from work. Is it NSFW?
( https://www.nsa.gov/ia/_files/app/Spotting \_the_Adversary_with_Windows_Event_Log_Monitoring.pdf )
When what punters really expect from a company with such an international presence is on demand, by-the-day 3g/4g data in any country you alight upon - an "Amazon Global Wireless for Kindle" on steroids.
Re: Mobile phone location....
Landline, since it was invented - they know the exact address of the emergency (exception - company numbers).
Mobile - triangulated - within 500m. With GPS - 10m. Trouble is, no-one thought to put any technology in place to easily send the GPS coords to the emergency centre.
My T42 has passed to mums household, running XP for occasional needs.
At home is a T410, Windows 7, running nicely. Oh and and a 2nd on under the TV as an entertainment hub.
Typing this on the work W520.
Among the desirable attributes are FIXABILITY.
What other brand has numbered or illustrated screw holes on the underside to remind you which screw loosens which item? Or a keyboard that pops off with 3 mins work?
Over the years I've replaced various parts - drives, keyboards, it's the fix ability (parts off Ebay) I like.
And the stream of ex-corp ones that will arrive later that can be bought for home use.
Experience of office colleagues has regrettably been that the W5x series is nowhere near as reliable as the T series, overheating and motherboard failure being typical.
Re: so if they were just doing street mapping
Um you did notice the drivers seat was empty?
Re: cable my street
That's probably why all those flat-dwelling Koreans have such poor internet then
Re: cable my street
Ditto with me (due to a new address-to-postcode assignment). So I emailed Virgin and badgered them. As a result they claim to be cabling my street - in this case a potentially lucrative single block of 40 flats developed 1 year ago and sitting adjacent to a Virgin junction cabinet all along - real soon now.
Re: There's no such thing as an adequate Bluetooth speaker
Apple could try inventing a HiFi Bluetooth standard and call it something like APTX then.
Oh wait it already exists, it's been around for 20 years.
it's just that Apple refuses to implement this HiFi Bluetooth standard on it's devices.
Not even on the iPhone 6.
That's the problem with the low profile tyres the Range Rover fashion victims drive around on - you feel every bump.
Re: count down timer for bad guys?
I think it was Frank Abagnale (who inspired the film "Catch me if you Can"') that said an identity thief is MOST likely to strike more than a year after the moment of the info theft itself.
So yes move that back from 12 to 18, job's a good'un.
Look! We got a long list of social security numbers.
What's ""social security"?
A few days spent inside the Firewall and you will appreciate that it's quite difficult to do day to day IT business from inside China. You simply cannot predict which innocuous tech-help or medical article you will/won't e able to access. I pity the hobbled professionals who have to work there. China is putting brakes on it's own economic development like this.
India's GDP grew by more than China's last year.
Re: Jobsworths say no
Saved me the typing
W10 will phone home to convert your W7 license to a W10 one.
When you start the original W7 you cloned from it'll phone home and announce you have invalid Windows and shut down.
W7 borked (by design) recording from the soundcard.
W8 borked many USB sticks and driver dependent devices. e.g. my Q2 radio setup program. Without that I'd have a bricked Q2 after some time as the radio servers change.
Will W10 bork Get_iPlayer and a load of other things that currently still work on W7 like Sansa Clip+ USB port access?
How good will W10's backward compatibility modes be? Questions, questions.
I'll wait till the 364th day and see.
Surely it's about time that Apple moved it's production out of China?
Or does it fear a backlash on import restrictions for the lucrative Chinese consumers?
I think we already called the clipboard-bearers who do the office layout and office population check 'headcount droids'.
The info is fed into an algorithm that decides the next office site closure.
The only Land Rover in China?
Over 10 years ago a friend of mine did a personal import of a Land Rover into China and I have an indelible memory of being driven out of Beijing and into the mountains in his Khaki green example, seating position above the traffic. His was a diesel example and he must have been the only private diesel vehicle in Beijing where normally you cannot own a diesel private cars at all.
China was 20 years ahead of us in this pollution control aspect. How he got the import paperwork through is still a mystery. At the time I think this may have been the only Landrover in Beijing.
Re: Detection better than cure?
By planting some reference files that can be compared?
And the only help that encryption detection can offer is to warn you not to overwrite your backups.
Re: New OS approach needed
It's called IOS and is not popular with everyone.
Detection better than cure?
The 'test your restores often idea' is obvious but could this not be made easier by a regular scan by a utility that can test if your online files are encrypted or not and flag up accordingly? Such a utility would need to detect and bypass silent decryption being done by malware.
Another airgap-proof virus vector?
They will be hampered by the current protectionist system
Deathbed? For small items I read the review on Amazon first, then go to Ebay and buy it.
As I'm not prepared to do the 6 Amazon click-hroughs to discover the standard UK postage cost while Ebay shows it upfront.
The Roku has apps for all 4 service - iPlayer, ITV, 4OD, Demand 5.
But the range of catch up viewing seems restricted on the non-iPlayer ones when compared to their web versions or is it just hard to navigate?
And as mentioned above, iPlayer is currently half-broken with Roku not responding to requests for a fix.
Compulsory firmware updates that break your Roku apps
Periodically and on powering up the Roku 3 checks and updates it's version.
This broke BBC iPlayer by putting black bands top & bottom of screen that actually obscure part of the content. Ironically the cheap Now TV lookalike box is not affected!
There's a thread running in the Roku forum for over a month now - no fix in sight and a deafening silence from Roku themselves.
Is this the only STB that has compulsory, non defeatable updates?
Know what you mean by the 80s one not aging well. Total Recall is another that could be remade today with great effect.
Re: Barriers to purchase
You will probably find that movie release cycles and regional policies were more consistent in the 50s!
A tip if your Powerline is next to router but inexplicably slow
I have found that placing the in-plug switching power supply of the main WiFi router right next to a Powerline adapter seriously slowed it down. Ensuring an air gap of a meter improved the speed greatly. Presumably some sort of inductive interference.
I gave up SW listening in the 90s with my last receiver, a lovely British designed Lowe.
Even in the 90s where was sufficient digital rubbish from appliances and gadgets to prevent clean listening.
Sold it to someone who presumably lived on a rock in the North Sea.
Today if I want a quick DX I go to a virtual receiver e.g.
(search websdr for more)
Books, TV, now SQ receives, what device can't be replaced by the internet?
Re: A general problem with IoT devices
A $200 device attached to your front door with 2 small screws will get nicked or maybe vandalised. A $20 one won't and can be easily replaced anyway. Where's the solution that puts $20 worth of sensors on the front door and the rest of the gubbins elsewhere?
Send all donations
to the Green party in Bitcoin
" I'm still unsure of why an MP3 album from Amazon can cost more than the CD"
added value - saves a trip to the landfill
no IOS zone?
This looks spookily as if someone - a rogue passenger? - did this
and spoofed the plane's WiFi system to ensure the pilots' iPads would bite...
Put the rubbish on DAB, decent stuff on FM
If they were to put all the mono compressed low bitrate stuff on DAB (oh, it's mostly already there...), it would make lots of lovely room on FM!
6 Music, 4xtra, World Service all to listen to reliably on my car radio.
Then I woke up.
Re: Taxes etc
Does that mean dipping the tax return in a special sauce so that it all comes out right?
Re: This is exactly the problem
Ms Lovelace featured prominently in the drama on Babbage's life
It's no longer available but here's the info
it was a interesting if slightly weird listen.
Now would be the right time for a repeat (maybe on 4 Extra) as the BBC is having it's computer season.
Where's in the design is the special provision for carrying fibre?
All this whingeing about far flung farms having nearly no internet, yet they all seem to have pylons going through their land.
Re: If you have an old DAB,
Prove that Doppler effect was ever relevant to consumer radio. Links please.
DAB cleverly gets around multipath signal cancellation. Your receiver gets the signal simultaneously from multiple directions and selects the best bit stream and pieces it together with the best bit streams it can find at other frequencies possibly from a different transmitter. So much tech promise, so little culturally delivered however.
RDS FM meanwhile, so long as you invest in a decent car radio, is proving highly effective. As soon as you enter a marginal signal area your receive silently and instantly seeks/switches to the signal from any better available transmitter. The *real* breakthrough - in the 1980s! - was RDS and it's this success that DAB is having trouble dislodging.
Re: " it is harder to spot in a car most of the time."
Due to married domesticity the car is the only place I listen to decent stereo sound on loudspeakers (when walking it's via high quality earbud type earphones).
On my 6 speaker non-DAB car radio I really do appreciate the stereo image listening to downloads. Listening in mono would be an aberration, therefore investing in car DAB would be a waste of money - all rock stations on DAB are mono. Never do serious listening to Radio 4 extra on DAB - ironically R4 extra has an excellent back catalogue of stereo drama recordings best appreciated over internet radio.
And just this morning, something else that's fishy
Farming Today this morning - this scheme http://ec.europa.eu/fisheries/cfp/control/technologies/ers/index_en.htm - laptop data entry on fishing vessels then uploading it. What could possibly go wrong?
And this recent fail:
Avoidance of apps and mobile devices in favour of laptops. Weird when you think what a productive and creative app ecosystem is out there.
We need is a compact optical/WiFi device to clip onto our old electricity & gas meters that sends images to a cloud for digitization. Random checks by wetware meter readers. Done cheaply in months.
Re: OMG .... It's ridesharing?
No, no, ride sharing comes next. Unless the "pros" nip this whole Uber thing in the bud.
So you need to install efficient malware on both machines in order to make one really inefficient hack work. Hmm.
Fill a huge form in with map-linked data and validate the input
there must be a tablet app for that
Youtube with Roku allows super convenient casting from iPad to TV but I want foreign TV channels like DW that are free to air (their non rights-restricted content). It can all be streamed fuss free in an iPad but Apple just won't do it with Apple TV.
The minute that Apple TV can show ANY and ALL streamed video cast from a iPhone/iPad is the moment that I'd buy one.
Re: Small satellite, or a really big LED bulb?
I think that pic is the Lego version