85 posts • joined Thursday 13th September 2012 10:23 GMT
Poor man's Radio 4 solution
Put an O2 pay as you go SIM into a smartphone. Subscribe to one of the stream compression sites or apps and access a 24 kbps Radio 4 mono stream (surprisingly acceptable for speech).
For £2 you will get 25 MB or about 2 hours 20 mins streaming, the SIM covers a vast area of the EU inc Switzerland. If the R4 content is particularly gripping, you can top up again the same day.
Nice... no mention of how the very first Bitcoins were minted though?
There was a recent Planet Money podcast that gave an entertaining layman's explanation of Bitcoin. It went into a bit more depth on how such a digital currency could be bootstrapped from nothing. Basically, at the start, anyone could generate their own Bitcoins once connected to the Bitcoin server, using their own computers. Like the Big Bang of the universe, at the beginning it was fast, then as more coins got generated it got progressively harder until it was easier to purchase them rather than generate new ones. Hence the 'Gold Standard' type concept - you just cannot 'print' new ones, even the founder of Bitcoin cannot.
Apparently there are some as yet unminted Bitcoins to be 'discovered' out there but the computational power and time needed to do it is getting phenomenally rare.
anyone remember Concordski ?
This is the most likely retaliation - carefully crafted spoof servers with plausible yet dangerous designs in them that will publicly embarrass those who think they can use stolen designs
Will Apple though?
make FT and especially iMessage available on non Apple platforms?
recent example: Blackberry Messenger to be opened up.
see and be seen - not optional
Neal Stephenson got it in 1995 about not being able to skip the ads:
But George Orwell was unimaginative, thinking we could only be spied 24/7 on from wall mounted cameras.
When it'll be done with HUMAN mounted cameras!
Is Apple sticking, with it's iMessage, to the same dumb decision (now reversed) that BB made in the first place of locking its messaging platform to its hardware?
For example, I want to be able to use iMessage on my Windows work computer to communicate with the missus as it's much more convenient that hauling a beeping phone out of my pocket, unlocking it and dabbing the screen.
In typical Apple fashion, "no can do".
Re: Brand devaluation
Apple should try to be like VW - classless, not necessarily always cheap and an icon of quality.
Porsche for example, will always remain a cottage industry in size when it comes to brand.
Lets see, a Windows 8 License at around £100 while hardware costs continue to drop like a stone.
Is there an inverse Moore's law at work when it comes to Redmond software?
Who knows, due to cheap tablet prices Android may become so popular that it gets officially ported to the Laptop!
Benefits of science-literacy
Would not a teenage kid doing a science GCSE not have instantly found the sight of these gadgets with their telescopic aerials sticking out utterly implausible? Sales of these were driven by pure corruption we know, but was there no free media in Iraq that would want to expose this?
This tells us more about the state of Iraq than it does about justice for fraudsters.
Virus in the corner of my eye
"It reminds me of the guy in The Diamond Age who got infected by a virus that made him see Indian TV ads in the corner of his eyes 24/7, and he eventually went insane and killed himself"
Talking about Neal Stephenson's book the Diamond Age written 18 years ago.
We are one step closer
Just as predicted...
by El Reg commentards in 2011 on the Stuxnet story. So finally some official research.
Now, if ATMs have been easily hacked via their ports by mid level crackers, what chance do these even more publicly accessible systems have? What about remote sensors connected into a serial bus or by Ethernet? Being remote they can be got to quietly.
Then there's wireless... http://www.welivesecurity.com/2011/08/09/hack-wireless-industrial-sensors-in-a-few-easy-steps/
The days when Internet Cafes did not server coffee
It was 1995 when I first tried a web search, not having access to any Uni facilities it was by visiting an 'Internet Cafe' in Liverpool on the main high street drag. It was full of terminals and no coffee to be seen.
After this it was a matter of months before I bought a Win 3.1 PC secondhand and was connected via modem.
Then I drummed up a simple site (with photos via a handheld 'roll over' scanner) to send guests to my Aunt's B&B. in those early days web competition was so thin that it did rather well, majority of customer seemed to be from the US which was several years (maybe 5?) ahead of the UK in home connectivity and general web access.
Anyone else remember upgrading their modem every 4 months?
The £30/month phone bills that could be run up to the ISP were oddly similar to what I pay now for broadband.
so you answered the questions as an average BOFH honestly would, to do the fail case test?
Re: Apple will fix this for you...
I did say "way Apple is going"
And indeed, Apple's market is IS diminishing... maybe a a result of just these 'closed shop' policies.
Apple will fix this for you...
Competition authorities can only jurisdict on companies with a really serious share of the market.
Way Apple is going, this is not going to be the case anyway.
Apple execs are scratching around for ideas to improve investor confidence/get its share price back.
Hows about OPENING UP a bit then?
Believe it when I see it. Why does a Jailbreak industry exist if there's such a simple way to install non-Apple-approved apps.
Re: Domain names
Kim dot com?
Uh... Taken already.
No apps can be installed on an unjailbroken IOS device. Something fishy about this article.
Gas and Electric in UK
Has already fixed this by bringing out new twists every year in the regulations. To stay abreast, tradesmen have to take highly expensive certifications.
The trade fights back: A typical gang of tradesmen will now complete the work then ship in one mate with the cert to sign off the installation.
On the Finnish trains, you instantly connect without even a password.
Almost everywhere else in Finland WiFi is free with no silly splash screens or registration.
Is the UK the country with the most 'precious' attitude to free WiFi?
In Finland WiFi is plain & simple FREE on moving trains.
Some restrictions on things like streaming video do exist.
How it should be.
Re: Just out of interest.
Yeah like complaining that kids keep walking over your little picket fence to steal low hanging apples
Suspect news, frankly
Every time I have been in China, there was simply no practical English language short wave signal anywhere be it city or province. So I no longer carry a SW radio on travels as there is no UK originated content audible on it.
I doubt anyone owns a SW receiver in China these days either.
All in all I find it unbelievable that China jams these non-existent (English language??) broadcasts to a non-existent audience.
And to seal the demise of AM long distance broadcasting, the BBC itself closed down its flagship MW transmitter to Europe that used to allow all Eurocrats to listen in their standard car radios all day any day.
If the UK wants to get a good PR message out to Chinese citizens, how about ceasing with the humiliating hoops they have to jump through to get a simple visitors' visa to the UK?
That for many years after the CD appeared, it could nowhere near beat the more detailed sound quality of a mid-level hifi record deck. Even today you should spend £200+ on dedicated a CD player or get a decent outboard DAC to hear comparable sound quality to what was available already on vinyl in the 1960s.
Double the power needed at the phone end?
So masts might increase in power by 3 DB.
At a given borderline reception point, does not mean that the handset will need to transmit 100% more power to be heard by the mast? So heating the phone up and halving battery life?
Or is TX/RX 4g power asynchronous, so if a phone us uploading far less data t than it's receiving,. at least it's power consumption will be correspondingly lower than the mast's?
Does Airplay clog up the home WiFI by streaming once to your iPad, then back into your WiFi router and on the Apple TV, is what I am trying to discover.
The smart thing to so would be for the iPad to hand over the stream routing to the Apple TV so it gets the video once only from the router, and the router gets it direct from your ISP, until you wish to switch back to the iPad.
If Airplay is doing the smart thing then Apple TV moves up a notch on my shopping list.
Take 2... now I get it
On first glance I thought that 100 kids were building good iClones on their own
Airplay does it how?
So in 2012 Airplay was sending the video through your WiFi twice
"The protocol currently flows through a Wi-Fi network to deliver information"
...has it improved since?
And tradesman (Re: VAT = Turnover tax!!)
And tradesman who charge over £77k per annum for their labour.
This leads some teams of such tradesmen on one project to bill the customer several times separately under each tradesman's name. It leads others to turn work down once they near that limit.
It also leads a l LOT of small bushinesses, e.g. hotels and guest houses,. to close for a while once they get near the magic £77k turnover figure, because they don't even want the hassle of registering for VAT, never mind putting up their prices (and then become uncompetitive compared with Travelodge et al) to cover it.
The UK tax system must be the outcome of some sort of economic death wish.
They'll be back for brands later
So the unintended consequence is a softly-softly marketing approach, Google takes no responsibility for the quality but does get indirect exposure.
Once having been educated to like Android and Smartphones, the Chinese consumer will certainly be back for genuine certified branded phones later.
Try before you buy
Have a holiday in China then set yourself some IT tasks that will involve using resources off the Internet while there. After you have struggled with the Great Firewall for a bit you will not be sure of what the 'real' Internet 'out there' has to offer any more. With VPNs in China coming under ever more tight central control, you cannot rely on that either.
THEN decide if you want to take your skills to the People's Republic.
Visas for research data have not been invented yet.
Actually he was nearly caught accepting cash to aid Chinese intelligence into his employer's network.
Good cover story though.
Moore's law of gravity
No tech company is completely defying this law like Apple thinks it can.
Punters have noticed how much better value for money they are getting in tech stuff these days.
The penny is dropping and consumer behaviour is rational. Some certain iCompanies aren't.
Skpe is p2p?
It seems hard to get details nowadays on this. If a p2p app, capable of becoming a 'node' for other Skype users to find each other and set up connections through, it might explain why Skype hogs resources and why I keep it out of, or disabled on my older machines unless I am actively using it to make a call.
My employer bans p2p programs from running on it's network so it would adiós MSN then.
They have 3 x the spending power...
Individuals in emerging markets may not be paying for a redundant phone wire like I do, along with a hefty monthly broadband bill for a fixed connection.
So all their discretionary income can do toward a handset and data plan.
No so stupid.
Wallowing in it here
Innovations all over the place, and older relatives benefiting from science-fiction medical treatments.
Stats can't measure quality of life.
And everyone seems to be more concerned about whether they are moving up or down the pecking order, so they cannot see the real improvements in life in front of their noses. Neither can the economists it seems.
Re: LED lighting instead of fluorescent 'haz mat'
Yes I like our drinks cabinet to stay illuminated without warming up my stocks of best tipple.
Re: LED lighting instead of fluorescent 'haz mat'
Halogen lamps can be hazardous to look at if not protected by a UV blocking glass sheet.
The pressure vessel will explode
Many repressive systems continue for a long time ONLY because a pressure relief valve does exist for those that really value it.
If China really closed down all VPNs this is going to head into a really interesting phase.
Re: Times are a changin'!
Any attempt by the U.S. govt to interfere with commodity prices also also doomed to backfire.
For a curious unintended-consequences take on this, have a look at:
Re: And now you can add the title Being Banned in PRC China for being mildly critical!
When I was on China on holiday I was Googling around to solve some home connectivity issues at a relatives' place.
A lot of tech articles were unaccountably blocked. And I could not used Google cache to access slow loading pages as that is blocked too.
I though to myself: Wow this must make tech work in China inefficient.
So the U.S. has a near monopoly as the place for China to park it's cash?
Been going on a long while, to the detriment of the ruled in China.
Does UHDTV need to be broadcast across hill & plain, blocking off the airwaves to true mobile applications?
How mobile will a 60" screen be?
Methinks that fibre will be the only way of delivering UHDTV bandwidth to those who actually want it and not to everyone else.
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