310 posts • joined 23 Jan 2013
Can I be first?
It's GCHQ tapping into Google's worldwide data!
And the mysterious beam- obviously the feed up to the Goggleplex's Elysium mothership! Or the souls of a billion artists, slurped by Google with no recompense.
Re: Why does it take 8 hours for my posts to be approved?
No, you were posting on one of Andrew's articles, so you went into a queue. Nothing personal; all of Andrew's stories require pre-mod to keep away the anti-Andrew brigade.
I just happened across this and almost sprayed my coffee over the keyboard! IME comments on Andrew's articles don't have to be "anti-Andrew" to never see the light of day, they just have to disagree (however politely) with what he's written. If you can craft a combined anti-copyright and pro-Google comment then your contribution is destined for the deeper regions of Hades. :-)
Re: "new memory related functions which are not fully compatible with Avast."
Doubtless showing my ignorance here, but do software vendors get previews of Windows patches so they can do their own compatibility testing?
Given how difficult it is to find a mobile service with the coverage I want, a fibre broadband service with the speed/reliability/data limits I need, or a TV service with the channels I want, then the chances of finding a decent "quad play" bundle from what will be a handful of providers seem slim to none.
Re: Which OS / Platform ?
Specialist modules were found monitoring Microsoft Internet Information Services network traffic, parsing mail from Exchange databases
Of course, if you're really interested you could always read the Symantec PDF linked to in the article...
Apart from the fact that it's a reentry technology demonstrator, unmanned, doesn't have wings, is a fraction of the size, and only cost €150m, then yes, it's virtually identical.
Re: What GPS really needs
There are plenty of satnavs out there designed specifically for trucks, that choose routes suitable for the vehicle size and weight you enter. They're not even that expensive, so there's really bugger all excuse for trucks squeezing down narrow windy country roads or taking out low bridges nowadays.
What's the point of splicing random review comments about one product into an article about a completely unrelated one? Is there some minimum number of words threshold you have to pad an article out to or something?
Quite. This is just BT trying to stop "their" public hotspots being used to search for naughty things by using Google's SafeSearch facility, which as Google openly say doesn't work over https. You may not think that Google should give network admins the ability to force search result filtering on users (originally intended for schools and the like), but all the "selling your location data" stuff in that article is nonsense.
Re: The 1* review wasn't out of place
Why they'd want to charge for one bad review I don't
I'd guess they can identify very few of the reviewers from the reviews - there was presumably something identifiable about this one (room number, date, some occurrence) that switched on a very dim light-bulb in their head and made them think they could stick their charge on this one. Bad idea.
The absence of a microSD card slot will be a deal breaker for some
Not half as much as the inability to change the battery when its capacity dwindles away over a couple of years. Not all of us want to ditch an otherwise perfectly usable mobile every year or so, much as the manufacturers must love the idea.
Re: Further shopping tips
Amex does indeed have ok customer service (though from my own experience, I wouldn't say excellent). However it's important to remember the distinction between charge and credit cards. A credit card offers you statutory protection in the UK under Section 75. A charge card does not, so while Amex does have a chargeback scheme, I would always suggest using a credit card because of the joint liability.
Although bear in mind that Amex do offer credit cards, as well as charge cards,
Re: Question: - Very Slow
It doesn't orbit in the way you seem to think - the gravity's too weak. It flies a series of dog-legs around the comet, with a powered course change between each one.
Re: Stop with the mobile requirement already
There are also 2FA apps (like Authy) that have a browser-based interface as well - so removing the need for a mobile.
That's because the "victim surcharge" has nothing directly to do with victims of crime. It's mainly a slush fund for organisations such as those sympathetic hand-holding ones that stand in for actual investigations when you're burgled, and for what you might think are basic functions of the prosecution such as looking after prosecution witnesses.
Bizarrely, it falls disproportionally on those who are given small fines, rather than a community order/prison sentence/etc - ie on those committing minor crimes such as speeding and who are able to pay, rather than those committing serious crimes with identifiable victims.
Some might see it as just another tax...
Need to cross fingers AND toes now
Shame to hear that the thruster designed to press Philae down and prevent rebound is u/s, so we now have to hope that the harpoons do hit something soft enough to dig into and hold on. Stress levels in the operations centre are going to be through the roof by 16:00! Good luck to them all!
Re: Update FAIL (?)
Sounds like an upgrade.
There's also the consideration that nowhere is it written in stone that those three factors ("rings") have to remain the same over time from a regulatory viewpoint. Once coverage for 95%+ of the population is basically a wash for any given technology generation, does it make sense for the consumer's choice to effectively be limited by the historical accident of which network happens to have the best coverage for an individual house/street/village? Perhaps it does indeed make more sense to in effect "retire" the coverage ring by mandating national roaming, but in doing so reinforce the price ring and prevent backsliding on coverage by setting roaming pricing suitably high.
Not QUITE as difficult as implied
It cites the 2010 Ofcom paper, which says that seamless national roaming – where your call is handed over from (say) Vodafone to EE as you move along – is complex and expensive to implement
The Ofcom report also says that if you're OK with non-seamless roaming (eg handing off from one network to another during a call), ie much like international roaming, then it would cost peanuts - £15m per MNO.
The problem isn't that you can't receive texts after moving to a non-Apple phone - it's that messages to you from other Apple users continue to be sent by iMessage (hence you can't receive them), not by SMS. So yes, Apple send the code to you by SMS
"demonstrates how niche marketing to a specific sector can monetise a domain in a highly cost-efficient manner"
Demonstrates how targetting an isolated group for your protection racket enables you to gouge them until the pips squeak, for zero effort.
Re: 88,000 more victims...
Unfortunately the alternative mainstream providers are equally shambolic and incompetent. After BT, Pipex/Tiscali/Talk Talk, Sky in swift succession even BT were looking good again!
The execs, consultants and assorted worthies demanding the things probably didn't even realise there were such creatures as Android devices.
Re: Show us the consequences ...
@Credas - sometimes a biased politician makes a statement that is no less true than if a saint had spoken the very same words. Perhaps you should wind your neck in occasionally, and remember this? It is hard, granted.
Ooh, sensitive! :-)
Possibly she is right. But if so her pronouncement isn't the result of her incisive investigation or pursuit of the truth, rather more the opportunity for grandstanding and media coverage exhibited relentlessly virtually every single day on any subject in sight. My point being that "Margaret Hodge says..." contributes nothing to the article.
"According to Public Accounts Committee chair Margaret Hodge"
That article lost all credibility as far as I'm concerned right there.
Re: eco-friendly lead-free solder, heh?
Not sure why a big company like Apple still uses a solder that means people will have to buy replacement computers every 2 years.
Because they want to be able to sell their products in the EU?
Does the article mention profits? No. Does it mention Apple's average gross margin. Yes.
Try harder, fanbois.
Re: Still needs 'help' from the user..
"Be careful what website(s) you visit" isn't terribly helpful advice, since it could be any website that accepts user-generated input and a target site that doesn't check the referrer header carefully - something which the user can hardly be expected to know. Forums that allow images like are classic examples.
A start - just
Taking action against locally-based scammers based in the US (or the UK for that matter) is all very well, but most of them aren't daft enough to base themselves in the same jurisdiction as that in which they're practising their loathsome arts. 1/10 for effort.
Re: This is getting a bit samey now
OK, so you three don't like the new Doctor Who. Boo hoo. You don't need to keep telling us about it every week.
It's not just those three. There are plenty of us who think this series is by and large tedious, over-sentimental, and selling short the classic series we knew and loved. Despite the best efforts of Mr Capaldi. Why the hell shouldn't we say so?
Re: I cried when they knocked this place down.
I transferred from Kingston to Farnborough in 1992 just before Richmond Road was closed. It was heartbreaking watching the previously busy factory go silent and get gutted as everything was auctioned off. No way was I going back, knowing what would happen to the place afterwards.
Re: A very poor legacy
There's very little of Hawker Siddeley in the modern BAE Systems. The BAC crowd won out in the power games after BAe was formed, and when did BAC ever take a commercial risk?
Richmond Road site
There's a bit of confusion here about the Richmond Road site; the YMCA and the playing field in front of it formed the Hawker Athletic & Social Club, not the site of the factory. The factory was on the other side of the wall on the northern boundary of the social club, entirely within what is now the housing estate.
Strange that there was no mention of the Hunter. It was the money made from that hugely successful fighter that paid for the rather elegant façade on Richmond Road. A couple of hundred Hawks also rolled out (or rather were driven out on the back of a flat-bed truck) of that factory!
Re: Blame the investors
Auditors don't "tell" the companies they're auditing what to do - their role is to ensure that the results have been compiled in a reasonable way so as to give an accurate view of the company's finances. They don't give two hoots whether you're making a loss or not! If you're allowing your auditors to determine your business strategy then you're an idiot.
Re: There's one in KitKat too
It's tap and hold the Android logo, at least on the Nexus 10 with 4.4.4.
I'd like to think ARM are large enough to hold out against a hostile bid, but I'm not a gambling person...
ARM are tiny, but the potential buyers are few. The most obvious (Intel) would never get away with it on competition grounds. Any of ARM's big customers (Appsung, say) could, but the rest of ARM's customer's (aka Appsung's competitors) would swiftly desert it - leaving Appsung with little of value for its money. There's a reason a minnow like ARM has stayed independent in a sea of sharks for so long.
Re: Or it would have if I'd let it...
This isn't about Adobe Reader, it's about Adobe Digital Editions - an eBook reader that's difficult to avoid if you want to read some Adobe DRM-protected eBooks.
Pot - kettle
It's always amusing to watch politicians when it comes to implementing policies in their own bureaucracy that they lambast others for not doing. Putting every service online is apparently cheap, quick and easy when it's somebody else that's squealing about complexity or cost; when it's the European Commission there's no timetable, and doubtless never will be.
Unenforceable term is unenforceable.
Do you suppose it might just possibly have been put there simply to demonstrate that nobody reads the damned Ts&Cs? Rather than considerations of how legally enforceable the term might not be?
Genuine operators don't help
Most seem to go out of their way to block or otherwise mess with VPN traffic, probably because it interferes with their ability to push ad-laden landing pages and (worse) embed ads in web pages people are browsing. I hardly ever bother now, and just use a mobile data connection whenever possible.
Re: But... but... but...
More than they love the idea of paying for "services" like Facebook, unfortunately.
Why the fuck should they have to spend anything on training, just because MS has decided it's time to crank the OS tax handle again? MS is forcing change just because they have to introduce change to justify making the latest WinNT interation a paid-for upgrade, not because their customers actually need any change at all.
Re: "Rarity" is not the point
Since you don't seem to know the difference between force, pressure and bending moment, and (unless you're dismissing the videos showing a 6+ being bent by hand) seem to think that 100lbs "pressure" can be applied with the human thumb, I think I'll just assume you're astroturfing as usual and ignore your "facts".
Once a prick, always a prick, it seems.
I hate to stick up for mobile operators, but...
Unless an operator has its own network in every EU country then it will incur roaming costs in transferring international calls from one EU network to another. Even if it does have a network in each country, roaming still involves far more complex signalling and routing (and hence cost) than does a call within a home network. Certainly roaming costs have in the past been obscenely high, but to pretend that they are zero is nonsensical. The end result will just be that intra-EU roaming calls are subsidised by those subscribers who only make national calls.
The whole point of a Chairman is (meant to be) that they're not an executive - they're supposed to be independent of the management and represent the shareholders. Corporate governance? Nah, never heard of it,
Havd you read the Guardian "article"? He really was asking for it.
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