300 posts • joined 13 Sep 2012
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?
They have to dump power in Europe
Just hearing on the radio that during sunny days Germany has so much spare power due to solar panels that it disrupts their grid. So they're trying to solve this by selling it to Poland and France. Whose power market is being disrupted in turn. Major issue, apparently.
Smart metering with smart switches that can tempt high spot usage could help a lot.
Its about saving money not energy
EU laws should eventually make all appliances low standby and energy efficient. Thats not why we need smart meters.
It IS about forcing the suppliers to be more competitive. Look how competitive the mobile networks are, and there are only 4 suppliers. Why? Because any customer can pop out one standard SIM card from his standard SIM socket and pop in another.
However, any solution that relies on bolt-on equipment to acquire a reading will be seen by the power suppliers as giving 'estimated readings only' due to fraud risk.
There HAS to be a STANDARD supplier-agnostic solution that is as secure as the SIM card and fully accepted by all energy suppliers as no worse a fraud risk than the mechanical or electronic meters. That is all we need.
Then the marketplace - with all kinds of plans e.g. prepay, bulk buy, direct debit, pay by voucher, pay by Paypal on your smartphone - can begin!
If there was one simple comms interface that this magical meter reader should have it is a future-proof wireless or mains-borne protocol to communicate with your greediest appliances (via retro-fittable smart plugs) to obtain cheaper off-peak usage or some clever spot pricing options.
We'll probably have to wait for Korea or Germany to do all this first, then the UK can copy the standards and import all the hardware from them.
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.
Where's my Windows update to fix this?
By now I'd expect, at a minimum, to be able to make a simple security policy change on my Windows 7 PC, to ensure that either
a) If one keyboard is already plugged in or is part of the laptop, a prompt will always appear to ask me to confirm the device if it is not a mass storage one.
b) If one keyboard is already plugged in or is part of the laptop, no new USB device is allowed to connect as a keyboard
Anything less than this is an NSA-ready backdoor
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
Checking in and out with Oyster
With Oyster you need to check out correctly after every journey.
I use the tube infrequently enough but will need it for occasional cross-London trips.
Previously at unfamiliar small tube stations it is genuinely difficult to find an Oyster machine to check out at - seems that sometimes there is only one machine for the whole station.
Not to mention the ease with which you can forget to check out.
How about a better system like in most capitals of the world - prepaid zonal tickets!
Re: My iPhone 4 isn't worn out yet!
Ditto in this household. But all Apple spending is now on hold as the missus wants a circa 5" phablet with 3/4g that runs IOS. When she gets that I move from my iPhone 4 to her 4s. We still wait.
Re: Drop in Ipad sales / saturated market?
Spot on, my over 80 father in law will not be parted from his iPad 2.
And when I replaced my iPad 2 with an iPad mini, the iPad 2 fetched a very decent used value on Ebay thus reducing the market for new sales. Whoa, this almost looks like a respectable maker of tablets!
"At this point no further hacking is required and cybercrooks can load up Critroni just as easily as PC owners can install iTunes"
phew! we're safe then
so they left
Munich taxicab experiment
The way the stats come out, this sounds a bit like the The Munich taxicab experiment (around the 1980s) where it was discovered that once cars had ABS fitted, the accident rate tended back to where it was to begin with, without the ABS
The analogy being, you tighten up on the regulations/technology and the accident stats end up where they started.
However I still don't want to return to a pre-ABS world.
hacking the horn
For the Chinese market, the horn will in any case be programmed to sound automatically whenever the vehicle comes within 1.5m of another.
After receiving 0 days notice from Ovivo when I was cut off, on a very busy day where key incoming messages went missing due to my Ovivo number being deactivated, I would never again use a freemium service for my main number.
But... very much looking for a decent occasional user tablet 3g solution since Ovivo went titsup and Vodafone reneged on their legacy non-expiring credit SIM deal where I had kept my SIM & account alive.
Not just WiFi - live footie too
Check out the last episode of Click on the BBC iPlayer, shows a planeful of passengers watching the World Cup live on the plane, alongside the WiFi and other goodies like an app to select your flight meal.
And NOT exclusive to the A330
The French have enough living space
to own physical BOOKS?
I've given up wanting to own physical anythings considering the cost of upsizing my home in the UK
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