50 posts • joined 29 Jan 2013
Re: I'll use virtual currency roughy ...
'If you hold their hand every time they cross the road, they will get run over the first time you don't.'
Completely agree! My son is three and we live near a very busy road, through constant 'parenting' from before he was one. Only ever crossing the road how I would expect him to cross, not just glancing over my shoulder and wandering across the road EVERY TIME we cross. He will now walk upto the kerb side (a foot back) and wait for me, telling me when it is safe to cross. He is not ready to do this on his own but he may by the time he is five. This then will so engrained that he will not break the rules even when he is 12 and all his mates are dashing across the road.
Each part of the world that he gets introduced to needs a different approach for instance he is allowed to run amock around our lounge, where nothing is baby proofed, he gets one warning 'if you continue doing that you will hurt yourself' then when he falls over he will learn not to run so fast, that falling over hurts, and hopefully that daddy doesn’t just say these thing for the fun of it. It is not an instant lesson but one learnt over time.
Each one of these things I do, I do because his life and well being is ultimately my (and my wifes) responsibility. This will extend to the internet once he has tired of the cbeebies web site. I do not need nor want the gov. to intervene. If we had followed their advice on baby proofing the room, he would not know that it hurts when you fall, and those corners are kinda ouchie. This was evident at a birthday party, a year ago, where he fell down three steps, whilst falling he put out he hands to break his fall. Other parents at the party could not believe that he had done that as their children had not shown this skill (for want of a better word).
I want my son's to grow up a little bit street wise, so when they do venture out into the big wide world they are as prepared for it as possible, if this means introducing them to the dangers they face in a controlled way, then that is what will happen and is my prerogative.
Re: My how far NASA has fallen :(
Not sure that's how I would look at it. If a process/function/service can operate without the state sponsoring it, then it removes the dependancy of the aforementioned process/function/service on peoples hard earned tax dollars. Which can only be a good thing?
Whether this sould be applied to auntie or not is another topic for another day.
From the time of the dinosaurs and still running through some jigery pokery and my 6 year old synology NAS.
As said before my IT kit is in desperate need of upgrade but as it just keeps working I can't justify it.
Re: Great bits of kit +1
Yeah my DS-106j is stuck on DSM 2.1 :( but it was made 5-6 years ago. My IT kit is getting very long in the tooth!
Was going to write the only thing holding me back to upgrading to a DS214+ was the lack of linux client for the cloud station but just been back to their site and they now have one -
Linux Cloud Station client is now available and has been verified on Ubuntu and Fedora.
Yeah! Now where's my christmas letter to santa I need to add something.
Re: What is it?
yep screen size followed by 'phone' if you can make calls from it and 'tablet' if you can't
Re: file type reassignment?
Press shift at the same time as right click and it will appear. plus some other options.
(from memory not used a win box in anger for nearly 5yrs)
Re: How to fix a MacBook
the lappy belonged to the school and not me so not really able to do much/anything about back ups. It would be their responsibility not mine to implement an off site back up policy and procedure. Also as with most data losses hindsight is a wonderful thing...
I'll let you tell an overworked school teacher to throw away the first copy of anything she does :)
Yeah the risk of getting access to and replicating data I should not have access would have been a necessary evil in this case. Out of six or seven drives that failed in the past I was not able to get any dat from one of them YMMV. However none of them suffered a ball being bounced on them, so more than likely would not have been able to recover the data. It would have been nice just to put my mind at rest.
see post from @hoe for confirmation that this has happened elsewhere.
Re: How to fix a MacBook
above post aimed at @Hoe and @PJI
Re: How to fix a MacBook
Was not able to justify the money on the fact that I could possibly restore the data. Also not my machine but belongs to the school so really was dependant on what their IT dept. would allow.
Only ever seen 1 HD that I could not get any data at all from. Though it has been some time since I done any work like that.
As for the poster stating that I should educate my wife in simple back up proceedures, as mentioned in the OP her machine was backed at work, it happened in school hols. All our own machines are backed up to a NAS drive. Not really the done thing to store info on school pupils on your own private equipment.
As it was a school machine there is only so much sticking my nose in I could've done.
Re: How to fix a MacBook
Yeah this didn't work for my wife MacBook.
Son dropped ball onto laptop. Unable to boot due to bad sectors on HD.
Took Laptop to Apple (one hour drive there and back) no on-site warranty available. They school where she works spends enough cash with them to warrant a on-site service contract.
Apple (we don't)care replaced old HD and said they were unable to read data from old drive.
There was lots of work my wife had not backed up as it was summer hols and she was away from school so I asked for the old drive to see if I could access any of the data using a few tools I have.
'yes certainly sir' came the response that'll be £349.00.
Don't know if it's because they don't want me to show up their genii or because they just don't care.
If I had done the same thing at a independent PC repair centre I am sure they would have just given me the drive.
Re: Hang on...
As expensive as a scalextric digital?
Probably around the same money
My major bug bear with them is they (witnessed in both sainsburys and tescos) are too slow and will forget to add any multi buy discounts. you need to go back to select payment twice before it has added the discounts.
btw I recall a time and motion study stating that it is far quicker to go through a manned till but we all knew that anyway.
I only use them when no on is at the till or the queues look too long or full of people who need to chat to the cashier.
Does this mean they will be unlocking the bootloader on RT so we can put android or another linux distro on it?
Obviously the CEO of HTC does not allow such petty things to enter into negotiations, but it would be funny if they said yes only if we can sell win rt tabs with dual boot android or ubuntu and an unlocked bootloader.
Re: Don't take the piss out of MS Beer...
You say MS Beer but did you see the mac in the video and I bet that board is not running a version of embedded MS software!
Credit where credits due
That is a nice bit of kit, if you had watched the vid you would see that all the hops etc are added automatically.
A lot of the brewing process was left out of the video and description but they do look like they know what they are doing, also there is a massive micro/home brewing foloowing in the US.
My problem is the price for nearly $1500 you could make your own with a greater capacity and control. The problem being if I were to try out home brewing to see if it was for me, that is too much and I could get away with a bucket and a large pot for £50.00 then if I thought it was for me the next step would be to upgrade my kit. Now do I spend $1500 on an automagical one with a low yeild or do I go the whole hog and get a propper full grain set up now I know what I am doing? http://www.ebay.com/bhp/all-grain-brewing (an american site to give a better price comparision)
Don't get me wrong if someone gave me one for keeps the shed would be used for storing stuff as it should be and I would be watching the TV as my beer brewed.
Re: I don't get it.
Think of it coming out of their advertising budget.
Next time someone not clued up on the various different offerings in carphone warehouse (other mob pushers are available) and see a blackberry phone and think 'ah yes I use that for my messaging' that must be the phone I need. sold.
Well I think that's the plan anyway.
That was my first thought when I saw the pic of all those bits.
Re: Battery life
Also if you are running your tank down to near empty each time over five years expect some crud to get into your engine.
You're probably best to only useing the top 70% of your tank after five years just to be on the safe side :)
Re: Right-angle poo
it's a 'soil pipe' I assume waste stack is an americanism.
Re: Nothing to see here...
This - I too have had finger print enabled security kit for some time - it's all been shit. If this works, it would be pretty neat.
it would need to work alongside the existing lock - press and hold to scan finger, tap to bring up lock screen. otherwise same old problems, gloves, loss of fingerprint through wear and tear, what if I'm driving and want the wife to make/answer a call.
You know when we have more money than sense, just before the recession hit we were buying more BMW M3's than Ford Mondeo's!
As no one else has said it yet...
That is some pretty kick ass tinkering!
Have a pint!
Re: Here an idea for you:
yeah, looks like that, as with all my ideas a quick google and it shows that someone has beaten me to the punch, some times only by weeks, sometimes years, more often than not decades!
Back to the menial low paid job for me then...
Re: Here an idea for you:
yep I was thinking along these lines the other day. But a little more drastic. take a £200 synology NAS, (any nas that has a LAMP install) pop this next to your router, config the IP for it.
load on my 'never been created but the packages are out there so shouldn't be too hard for someone who knows what they're doing' messaging centre software and you instantly have the following services;
Cloud Storage (synology has this already init but may need tweaking)
Email (pop 3 and web based)
online back up (point this one at one set up at a family members and mirror between the two or more if you want)
Social network (add friends IP's to see their stuff on your wall 'rss' could do this)
radio play (see synology web site)
music streaming in the home but also off line
All info in your own home backed up at a friends in your control.
It only popped in my head last night and could do with a lot of polishing.
would you pay the £200.00 to be part of the next big thing?
Would you pay £200.00 to know who has your data and what was being done with it?
as a open source project it would just be as easy to install on any old PC you can chuck LAMP on just with the NAS boxes it would all be auto-magical.
Re: Solid Batteries
2. I've always preferred my idea (only done a small search to see if anyone else is developing it) instead of having two reservoirs you only need one with some massive air filled tanks. drag them underwater to store energy and slowly release them to expel the energy. it could even be placed doughnut like round offshore windmills. As far as my back of fag packet calculations go displacement is better than depth when storing energy in this way is concerned.
it's HTML5test.com and not HMTLtest.com as in the article.
I got 448 in chrome if anyone cares.
Lower cable from copter with digi keypad on it, type in your ticket number and price of beer is charged to your account and a cold beer is abseiled down the line to you. pass cable to the next person so they too can acquire a beer. make thumbs up gesture to send cable back up. Wear a hat with the outline of a beer glass on the top to alert copter to your immediate need.
Getting beer to the people is my day job!
I called the local plod after someone saw fit to steal a £120.00 bottle of plonk. Whilst on the phone they play a message asking you to fill in an on-line form if the issue is not urgent. So off I went and filled in the form, they emailed me back asking to call the 0845 number...
What if you have lost your thumb in an accident? or any part of your body for that matter?
What if two people in the room had eye patches? how much would you have to pay then.
What would happen if you pointed the TV at a Mirror and played a vid of gestures?
What's wrong with a remote control?
Re: Worlds Oldest Experiment?
Glad to know I'm not going insane, yet...
Worlds Oldest Experiment?
OK probably going to get flamed here, but I don't think this is the worlds oldest experiment. I remember watching something on the History channel years ago where a scientist set up two large glass tubes filled with a liquid mixture in a church lobby and left them to see how long it would take for them to separate. I have had a quick google but can't find anything on it. Also the church thing may be a red herring but it was an old building and in the UK.
As far as I can remember it's still going.
Anyone know anything about this?
Let the debunking begin!
Re: Mrs F....
Yeah I do that every time I use a mac!
Very capable of working it all out, but still like to complain the @ is in the wrong place, That ctrl + C doesn't work, that finder is probably the worst FM I have ever seen, that there is no HDMI port to connect to the TV, plus any other little niggle I can find. When really there are ways round it, and it's the same learning curve for my wife when she sits down in front of my laptop.
Probably something of an anti-apple mindset I have developed...
This type of thing can't always anonymised. They may be able to remove the user ID but if the query is write email to jane bloggs, meet me in the highland hotel for some naughty stuff. Signed your very naughty boy.
this along with a date stamp would make it easier to work out who the composer was.
Also as it uses the spoken word matching key phases and such like would also enable you to match more than one message together.
All lots of work but all possible with enough power and that buzz word Big Data.
Re: Backdoor job
@uselesspigs if you don't get your shit together and arrest this thief i'm gunna blow your station up!
That might get them round it works for airports!
Re: Who voted these buffoons in?
Their manifesto states 'TCP should be used before dressing the wound.'
I too considered a joke icon but then I think I may be pushing my luck a bit with this one!
Re: Looking into the past
I said it would work not that it was a good idea...
The mirror would only ever be able to show you events from the time (or close to the time) it was placed. Furthermore you would only be able to watch events at a specific time lapse. So if you needed to check whether the ball had crossed the line or not you would need to wait until that event was beamed back from the mirror.
All of this can be done with a video camera, and those guys at hawkeye don't have to worry about their jobs just yet!
In fact there are so many weaknesses with this idea that it would take to long to list them all! But this does not mean it wouldn't work just that are better ways to get the desired outcome!.
Beer because it's Friday and time for frivolous ideas.
Re: Looking into the past
You just need a mirror in space pointing at the area you want to watch in the past.
Times and distance are all relative!
Imagine watching the GP live four hours after it happened.
You could just time shift on your PVR but where's the fun in that.
I'm glad it took more than 3 mins to work who JB is less so that I instantly knew who 1D are!
First time in a long time.
Was needing to purchase some goods from a manufacturer in the north of England yesterday and for the first time in at least 3 years I was unable to proceed as the site required IE 6 now this left me with three options,
1) Install it in wine and piss around trying to get the bugger to work. I don't care what anyone else says I've never found wine reliable.
2) call their sales department and make the order (it was 7pm)
3) Purchase similar item from different supplier
Yeah I choose number 3!
The thing that bugs me about this conversation is that we are still having it in 2013! It strikes me that a lot of IT departments have known about this issue since the release of IE7 7 years ago! What the fuck do they expect build something once on some proprietary code base and think it will continue to run forever! Yes you could just run it on internal systems but the flags have been there for everyone to see for years!
The other part of this question that puzzles me is how complicated are these internal systems that could not be re-written easily using more modern code and open standards?
So a list of supported BYOD devices? thought that would be a given in any BYOD roll out.
I would like to know how much one of these would cost before dismissing it out of hand. Per device per cm2 just some sort of pricing would help evaluate it.
A few case use idea's
Roll up ebook reader (obviously)
Depending on flexibly update-able promotional flags
Price dependant, update-able restaurant menus, think nice expensive leather bound menus with five sheets inside that can be updated, workings kept in the cover, the plastic display replaces those plastic wallets used to swap out printed A4 sheets of paper.
Roll Up Plan viewer either A1 or A2 would be good. with some kind of calibration so we can scale from plans (if drawn to be able to do so)
Same for music
Something like this for exhibitions http://www.hampshireflag.co.uk/Roller-Banners.htm roll up banners
All niche markets but all took 5 mins to think of. Most have probably been thought of already. You really don't need to keep chasing the big idea.
Re: Would the ban be on products or the company?
Think that would depend on what would be considered their core business. Otherwise you would see Benson & Hedges moving into the aftershave market and advertising that instead.
As Sainsburys sell their own wine would this mean a ban on all their adverts? To argue that the producer/name on the label of nearly 30% of what occupies their wine shelves is not a major producer may be hard for them to do. It could be interesting to see the how that one played out.
as it stands the minimum price will be set at retail. So at 50p/unit a bottle of 12% wine would be £4.50, of that £4.50 £1.90 is Duty £0.75 is VAT leaving £1.85 for production/marketing/profit etc. taking my earlier example of a £3.33 bottle costing £0.88 it would give an additional £1.00 to the supply chain whether they spend that on a better base product or on advertising will be pure speculation.
Another point of interest as the price is at retail if you have a Makro or Booker or another cash and carry account you can carry on buying your alcohol from them (wholesale prices) which is another reason to use the base duty of alcohol as a mechanism than this poorly thought out strategy.
In essence I support this but it needs to be done properly or not at all.
I think the ban on advertising and large alcohol promotions would be the most effective as AC above points out that a ban on advertising would hopefully get people drinking better quality drinks. When you drink something you enjoy you tend to savour the taste, buy an 8% beer blonde in Bruges for 10 euros and you don't tend to down it in 20 minutes.
But if as they are planning just implement a minimum price on alcohol all it will do is give the producers more money to spend on advertising, thus meaning we are drinking the same shit but paying more for it.
As an independent off licence I would welcome some balance in the duty paid on different types of alcohol( I mean wine, beer, ect. not ethanol, methanol mr pendant) If for instance all paid the same duty say 25pence per unit and 20 pence per unit if you produce less than 10 000 units a year (similar to the reduction seen in the brewing industry) it would give a level playing field and also encourage a more diverse market.
With regard to a level playing field customs/HMRC needs to check the source of all this cheap alcohol, can we really trust the supermarkets to self regulate. I still have not been able to explain how some of the big boys can knock out a bottle of wine for £3.33 when VAT and duty on this would be £2.45 Leaving £0.88 for profit, production, marketing, bottling. Bottled water costs more!
So in summary ban advertising of alcohol, introduce minimum prices through Alcohol duty not as an after thought, make sure that alcohol is being sold with duty paid on it.
When it is not in use saving the planet could they point them at a receptor on Earth to harness the energy?
Re: har har!
That'll be new keyboard. Thanks.
With bluetooth taking care of the K & M we just need a UWB enabled smart phone to do the V.
This would be a good starting point for a monitor. http://www.pcpro.co.uk/reviews/monitors/366613/samsung-syncmaster-c27a750
Pair up your devices at home and at work. get in drop your smartphone on a charging mat and everything is up and working. you cold even put these wireless KVM solutions in your hot desking area or in a cafe, on a train excreta.
I like this. The only reservation I have about it being a ubuntu phone (typing this on ubuntu) is after watching the video from the link above where he mentions the use of the phone as a shopping experience and their recent invention of sending amazon search results to the desktop (I'm on the LTS so do not have this feature) is that it may try to do too much in the background to attempt to sell you stuff. I know the need to make money but as I have spent some time getting used to unity (yes I like it, like me it's simple) and such like I would pay a few quid for each upgrade. Not as much as they want for the per seat full support package mind.
Word of the day. Thanks.
for those without access to an internet of things 'Chaebol (from chae: wealth or property + pol: faction or clan) refers to a South Korean form of business conglomerate.'
Out of warranty?
Why are they unable to get apple to fix this, if their phone is out of warranty. Coming from the end of the scale where I download the odd package and obscure program with the program writer explicitly telling me that he has made this code available for those who wish to use it but offers no warranty or guarantees when running the program I know if it does not work then tuff titties. I would assume that if Apple allow a customer of theirs to download and install an update to their device they would be responsible for fixing it or at least offering a solution, other wise I would say that they have supplied something that is not fit for purpose via their store, free or not.
As far as I'm concerned it is their software, their device they are responsible for it.
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