68 posts • joined Thursday 5th July 2007 11:06 GMT
I wonder how long it'll be before search terms like "Bloody Sunday" , "Zinoviev Letter", "David Kelly" or "Dodgy Dossier" make it on to the list?
Will this fix the installer?
I've used Fedora for a while now, but I found the installer on 18 to be virtually useless for dual booting as it tries to handle everything automatically (including partition resizing) in place of the option to use existing free space only which was present in previous versions.
Installing on a new desktop, I ended up using a spare disk just for Fedora!
You're taking the piss?
Nice disks but...
The WD Black range is known for being noisy and power hungry, so not all that great if you're going to be spending time on the move, but if you tend to use mains power at remote locations then brilliant (seems to be a popular popular choice for portable CAD workstations though)
Was I the only one thinking...
...of a recent episode of BOFH?
Sales tax varies between states. We don't have that problem
The CPU in that generation of iPhone is underclocked so it's slower than a Hero but if reset back to its original speed it would be more along the lines of a Legend. Combine that with a larger amount of flash (that can actually be used for installing apps, one thing that annoys me about androids) and there could be the makings of a nice littel android phone.
My only concern is the lack of a "back" hard key, would this cause problems for day to day use I wonder?
Either way, I'm sticking with HTC, I love their Sense UI :-)
Yet another reason
I never buy anything from cold callers (or over the phone in general for that matter).
Users can pay for online services via their ISP. If we have a seperate online services charge (that way internet only users do not pay for TV broadcasting costs and those without broadband do not pay for the costs of online services) that is collected vis ISPs then we would have a fairer system that (at least for iPlayer) would be imposibble to evade as it forms part of your subscription fee.
Of course Crapita would not like that one bit, les work for their jackbooted TVLA
Paris Hilton Frozen
Not dead, not alive. The new Cthulhu!
I'll go get my coat now
So they want to move 3G in to the frequency range used by 2G? I'm not a telecoms expert, but that sounds like shutting down 2G
Does this mean that everyone is going to have to have an expensive gadget that does everything you could possibly want, and nothing that you need?
If so, great news for those of us who don't use mobile internet, don't make video calls, don't want to download games etc
You'll have to upgrade sooner or later.
When Microsoft discontinues support for XP I have a nagging suspicion that they'll discontinue product activation. You'll be able to continue using XP but come reinstall time, guess what you'll have to install?
How to prevent stupid ideas
Next time there is a meeting for the purpose of discussing pointless ideas (like the one this fire station idea was dreamed up at) and make a few changes to the room.
1) Place a handles on both sides of the door
2) Make sure the door opens inwards to the meeting
3) (Optional) Place a "pull" sign on the "push" side
Most rational people will (eventually) figure it out. These cretins will give up
"They don't meet the needs of diverse communities" - where do they get this stuff? It's a building designed to serve as a base of operations for personnel and the appliances.
Maybe it's the same person who suggested renaming "Manchester Road" (Bradford) to "Personchester Road"
Not working properly
Tried using it last night to watch "watchdog" - Sometimes cut out part way through and the timeshifting control didn't work (annoying when you are halfway through and need to reload)
I expect this is probably a temporary problem. Other than that it's a good service (much better than that kontiki based crud)
This version of the iPlayer has a tendency to hang. When it does, firefox reports that it's transferring data from "uk.sitestat.com"
Is the BBC using one of these scummy tracking firms?
Auntie, say it aint so!
Best approach, set up a honeypot. A relatively insecure system (not so much that it is obvious) and load it up with bogus intelligence. Something that makes one of Chinas own agents look like a traitor, or make it look like one of their allies is about to double cross them.
Sowing the seeds of distrust between your enemies could work nicely
"Please tell me you don't really think that idiots running Linux are in less danger of being compromised than idiots running Windows."
I'd have thought that people who are smart enough to install an OS (be it Windows or Linux) would be smart enough to not do stupid things.
Then again the smartest people tend to have the least common sense.
"Surely the big question is - can the dog cook?"
Nah, probably make a dogs dinner of the whole thing. He'll complain and he'll find himself in the dog house
Right, I'll go get my coat
"By andy rock
Posted Friday 9th November 2007 14:18 GMT
again, seriously: 'skynet'?!
i'm not superstitious but if you were building a cruiseliner, would you call it 'titanic'? well?"
Only difference, the Titanic was real. Skynet is not. I can appreciate the humor of it, a few people at MOD must be getting a good laugh out of the whole thing.
To all the Beagle bashers who think that the landers budget caused its failure (obviously they've all been to Mars and inspected the debris) you forget other lost landers.
NASA scientists have been known to refer to the Mars Curse because of the planets ability to devour landers. In fact, Mars has the highest failure rate for robotic missions. (18 out of 37 attempts)
I expect that NASA is planning on using another Beagle lander as a test due to the missions high chances of failure (In the same way that a Pioneer probe was used to test the effects of Jupiters magnetic field and high radiation levels on the probes electronics)
It's like a high tech version of a Canary
"It cost me 35 quid and is on pay as you go. I can ring people up on it and people can ring me. I can text and recieve texts and when I get bored there's a game called Nature Park that's a bit like Tetris. Actually it's a bit more like Columns that Tetris.
My only problem with it is that the little rubber bit on the back has peeled off, so it slides off the dashboard in the car when I set off and forget it's there. It's so irritating when that happens.
Am I losing perspective?"
No, if anything you probably have more perspective than most gadget fans.
(What can I say, I have an obsolescent Sendo that does the bare necessities and nothing more - Strange that one so young as I forsakes advanced technology)
"I'm pretty sure you're screwed, whatever airliner you're in, if it crashes. As can be seen by this weeks earlier events, an aluminium jet shatters and burns at landing speed - I'd be surprised if a plastic plane would be any more dangerous."
Not quite screwed Nick,
If I remember correctly, there were a few survivors of the Thai plane crash a few days ago.
just probably screwed
They love their P2P
The Kazaa CTO? Wow, the BBC must really love their P2P technology.
They use P2P to cut distribution costs, in other words passing bandwidth costs on to the consumer. At least they won't be able to use spiraling bandwidth costs as an excuse to raise the license fee, again
Are they serious?
2.5G, wow! What a giant leap, backwards!
All this shows is that the iPhone is not ready for the UK market. With all the investment in 3G (and not to mention ludicrous amounts of money they paid for licenses) there's now a device that would have the ability to take advantage of it. Would be able to, that is, if Apple actually took the time to enable 3G rather than using the inferior technology that US cellcos are restricted to.
Still, I'd laugh if Apple tried to market the iPhone (in its current state) to S.Korea!
Kudos to Nintendo
They've taken a cheaper console with terrible graphics (compared to XBox360 and PS3) and with the addition of an innovative controller, turned it in to a big seller.
Maybe Sony could learn a thing or two from Nintendo. Especially since Wii development can be carried out on a gamecube development kit (with the addition of a WiiMote)
Compare that with the Cell processor - even John Carmack thinks it's difficult to develop for! (And ID have no plans to develop for PS3)
Doesn't inspire everyone
I'm not particularly excited at the idea of the UK carrying out its own manned missions. (at best, it'll be another bus to the ISS. At worst, it'll be a glory mission of no scientific value, like Chinas launches) Nor am I excited at NASAs proposed manned mission to Mars.
New Horizons - the first probe to survey Pluto and it's satellites (along with the Kuiper belt) I am excited about.
Manned missions get the public interested in space but it always wanes in the end. Those who are truly interested in space follow the unmanned (and much more interesting) robotic missions. Especially ones that go to the places humans can't reach.
But then again I would have been the kind of person who would have been more excited about Voyager then Apollo. (Both before my time, but even to this day I'm amazed by the insight the probes provided in to the outer solar system)
Way to go!
It's good to see the market share of IE dipping. Now please bear in mind that I'm not saying this as a Microsoft hater. Anyone who'd ever tried to get web sites to render properly on FF and IE will probably share my sentiment.
W3C compliant XHTML/CSS tends to render fine on Firefox. IE on the other hand tends to do some strange things.
Of course, to be fair, IE isn't as bad as it used to be. Thankfully I didn't have to develop in the days of IE4 and the much loved IE workarounds that (fairly) complex pages needed.
If only Microsoft would create a browser that actually follows the (W3C) rules!
On a more positive note...
This could discourage iPhone users from using MP3s as ringtones, saving the public from being exposed to mind/tasteless tripe every time the users phone goes off.
Then again, I doubt many chavs will have an iPhone, so the worst culprits wont be affected.
A life free of TV
"A one-time supporter of the BBC and the licence fee, I am now happy at the prospect of the BBC being 'privatised' because they simply will not behave properly."
The sooner the better. I expect that the BBC will continue to lobby for broadband internet connections to be subject to the TV license because of the BBC online presence (and the iPlayer) at the next charter renewal.
As a Linux user I could face the prospect of having to pay the BBC "protection money" for a service I cannot use. (I live in a property with TV users, so I'm stuck with the license, but the day will come when I won't have to pay the infernal TV tax for that incessant blabberbox. Just a shame that TV licensing tend to act like the Mafia, and terrorise those of us who choose not to watch TV)
@Typical Kneejerk reactions
Posted Thursday 6th September 2007 14:45 GMT
"Wot he said.
The rest of you sound like are a bunch of namby pamby liberal doormats. Remember, England is a Christian country and long may she stay so. Cry ‘God for Harry, England, and Saint George!’, and be proud when you do so."
What a load of bigoted, right wing clap trap. England is not an exclusively Christian country. There are many Christians in this country, but there are also those of other religious beliefs and those of no religious beliefs.
I will not cry ‘God for Harry, England, and Saint George!’ because I do not believe in a God and that is my right in England, a free country! I am under no obligation to venerate anyones God or Gods.
Content providers and distributors start fighting over money. Who loses?
Answer: The customer
I'm not much of an apple fan, but at least iTunes runs on Mac & Windows, more than can be said for unbox. The only solution to this problem (which affects Mac users who are unable to use the BBC iPlayer) is to stop relying on Microsoft or Apples DRM, but to develop a 3rd party, platform neutral, system
Unfortunately these types of attacks will never go away. Users will always click on links without checking the address (like the phishing links, but that's actually 2 kinds of stupidity rolled in to 1)
Wetware - the weak link
iPlayer - Not A Big Deal
I installed the iPlayer on my laptop a while ago (a 2-3 year old laptop) and I'm not too impressed. It's very sluggish (4oD runs fine on the same machine) and to be honest, it only got used a few times before being uninstalled.
Furthermore, the P2P service could go over peoples monthly usage limits without them realising. This is a piece of software that operates in a very underhand way. Shame on you Beeb!