171 posts • joined 9 Jul 2007
Re: Something missing in this article
Read the original article, it clearly says this gentleman was sitting writing in his book and a fellow passenger called a flight attendant over to see what he was writing.
I'd like to hear from an independent witness to be sure, but it is totally plausible in a world where you can't get on a plane while wearing t-shirt with a drawing of a gun on the front of it.
RAYNET still exists? Who knew?
My recollection of RAYNET was that they had a disproportionate sense of their own importance.
I'm more than surprised they are still in operation, I would have thought that the advent of alternative means of communication rendered the whole concept as inefficient and outdated.
Re: old EE Q Next up: flying in circles
Why did the Warsaw flight crash?
All the poles were in the left half-plane
Shouldn't that be in the right half? Left half poles = stable system.
Re: Macs only need a HIPS..
Rapport is a horrible resource hog, I have seen many instances of high CPU usage on OS X.
"Depends - if you receive email and need to communicate with Windows users you're still better off doing at least a scan."
That's what Douglas Adams would call an SEP - Somebody Else's Problem.
If the Windows machine you are sending email to doesn't have adequate protection, it will get infected sooner or later anyway.
I concur with the advice given previously - there's no need for any of these products.
Re: "Security questions" aren't for security, they're to reduce support costs
That doesn't work if there's a timer set to prevent re-use within a certain time frame. For example, in my previous job I couldn't re-use the same password within 12 months.
I believe the same may be true for AppleIDs.
A genuine question from my days supporting iPhones
"How do I stop my iPhone pictures from appearing on my son's iPod Touch?"
Same iCloud account on both devices, PhotoStream switched on... I can only imagine the conversation.
Worst experience of overzealous IT?
That's easy. I was sending instructions on how to install some software to a customer whose email service blocked SETUP.EXE. Not an attachment called SETUP.EXE, the text SETUP.EXE.
I always thought that Apple's Chromebook equivalent is called iPad.
I'm with the Phone Co-op too, they are not the cheapest, but have nice options like paying £30 extra up front for a 12 month contract instead of 18 month one. Support is pretty good (UK based) as well.
Their biggest advantage seems to be that we are treated like business customers when there is a fault. Shortly after our FTTC link was installed, we had an issue. The Openreach engineer was on site within 4 hours (to fix the line that his colleague had broken doing the FTTC install).
Re: EasyPay Necklace?
" If you are going to sneer at least look at the fucking picture."
I did, I used to have one of those with my name on it and it is what I said - just a name badge/business card holder. The one in the picture is advertising EasyPay for customers - using your iPhone and iTunes account to make purchases in the store.
This is an (old model) EasyPay for comparison: http://gadgetynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Apple-EasyPay.jpg
The white thing that goes around your neck is a Lanyard. It tells the customer the name of the wearer and contains space for business cards. Supposedly designed by Sir Jony, like all other plastic Apple products, it has a weak spot and cracks easily.
An EasyPay is a payment device comprising an iPod Touch and a Chip/Pin Reader (depending on country). EasyPays cost several hundred pounds each and are not allowed out of the store.
Re: Learn the First Rule of Computer Science
Anyone who doesn't back up shouldn't be surprised if they lose information.
I spent years having to be sympathetic to people with no proper backup, even rescuing their data on many occasions.
Now I just shrug and tell them it was their own fault for not having a backup.
"I don't do Windows"
I told my mother that as an Apple employee I was contractually unable to provide Windows support. It took 6 years for her to finally buy a Mac and I made sure she got both AppleCare and One to One. Now I just tell her to ring AppleCare.
The irony is that I recently changed jobs and have to do Windows support again.
M$ just make it up as they go along
I used to work for a national charity that provides help for people needing advice. Microsoft landed us with a £12k bill for a "connectivity licence" for which the organisation received no benefit or features at all. The reason was because the users of a particular web site were neither internal users or the general public and that wasn't covered in the usual IIS licence.
What about Electronics - The Maplin Magazine?
I am surprised no one else has mentioned the magazine, a mixture of tech news, product reviews and projects to build yourself from parts purchased in-store. It was sold off and met a sad demise in early 2002.
The Maplin catalogue also used to have a handy reference for all the TV and radio antenna in the UK with frequency and band group information to help you choose the right aerial.
Gravity and a cotton swab with a wooden shaft usually did the trick for me. Shaking the iMac with drive slot facing down sometimes works too. Usual disclaimers apply.
Re: How many people ACTUALLY upgrade ram???
Probably close to zero. None of the current 21.5" models can be user upgraded because there's no access door.
I used to repair these things, to change/upgrade the RAM, you have to remove the screen/glass, and main logic board etc. to get at the DIMMS. No especially difficult, but it is more of a challenge to stick the screen back on afterwards. The process requires special tools and a lot of swearing,
I'm sure iFixit.com have a how-to guide. you will invalidate your warranty if you try,
The 27" iMac, Mac mini. Mac Pro and 13' Macbook Pro without Retina Display can all have their RAM upgraded by the end user.
This base model will probably be aimed at education and those users that just want to do Internet shopping, email and Skype/FaceTime their grandchildren but don't want to get an iPad.
Restoring from Time Machine is quite likely to reintroduce the malware, so I don't recommend it.
Best option is erase then a manual restore of user's files and applications.
The OP doesn't mention which version of OS X is in use, I suggest backing up, erase and re-install latest OS then manual restore of documents and photos (Don't use Time Machine as it will probably put the malware back).
I agree, MacKeeper is evil. When you try and uninstall, it keeps trying to get you to change your mind. Nasty, insidious pile of crap.
Sounds plausible, had me going until the bit about the $100 bet.
Re: "new CEO doesn't like chairs"
This comment reminds me of the Bursar of the unnamed management college where I worked some 20 years back. He was obsessive about the look of the buildings, mainly the Grade II listed main house, to the point that he didn't want any Emergency Exit signs or fire extinguishers visible because they weren't "contemporary". It was only when it was pointed out these things are a legal requirement that he relented.
One thing he did get his way on was with the refurbishing of the main conference room/lecture theatre. Unable to find a suitable clock to decorate the wall, he decided one was not needed. The first event to take place in the re-opened room was an exam. Which needed a clock on the wall.
Re: Colossus is in H Block
Colossus Rebuild Limited is listed at Companies House, a quick search will turn up all you need to know.
Colossus is in H Block
Just a couple of points, the Colossus rebuild is housed in H Block, which is not one of the original wartime huts. It is, however, the first purpose-built computer building in the world.
H Block was built to house Colossus machines and 6 were operational there. The rebuilt Colossus occupies the site of Colossus number 9. This makes a nonsense of the idea of moving it elsewhere, besides, where would the Science Museum put it?
Also, Colossus doesn't belong to Bletchley Park Trust or TNMoC, it belongs to Colossus Rebuild Limited, which is mentioned in the letter.
Finally, the fence has been erected with gates which remain open at present. What happens when they are closed remains to be seen.
To be fair to the BPT personnel, it may be because your friend visited on a day that TNMOC is closed.
TNMOC is normally open on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons, plus a guided tour on Tuesdays. In addition, the museum aims to open on public holidays and all week outside school term time.
You can run them on their sides, but Apple specifically states not to let the exhaust air from one machine blow into another:
Where's the mention of Flappy Bert?
Easily the best parody app, and an official Sesame Street product too:
I assume you are referring to this page:
Which quite clearly states that under UK law, the seller assumes responsibility for defects present at the time of purchase for a period up to 6 years. However, "The burden to prove that the defect (including latent defects) existed on delivery generally shifts to the consumer after the expiry of a period of 6 months from date of delivery." So good luck with that.
Also, a smashed screen or other damage is obviously not a defect present at the point of purchase, so is not covered by warranty or statutory rights.
Walking round to the National Museum of Computing may become more difficult as there are some gates being installed that will block the most direct route from to Block H. See the picture at the top of this page:
Block H also happens to be the first purpose-built computer building in the world.
Block F, where the Mk 1 Colossus was first switched on, was demolished and is currently an open grassed area.
ICANN slap down
It looks like ICANN has already moved to tell the domain registrars they should reinstate the domains immediately, allow the owner to transfer them to a different registrar or face disciplinary action.
Interestingly, the letter from the City of London Police is marked with a copyright notice and "Not Protectively Marked" all over it. They go on to explain that this means it should be distributed widely within the organisation, but not released further.
It all seems too convenient to me
Perhaps my cynicism is unfounded, but this has all the hallmarks of a stunt designed to whip up a media frenzy.
The most convenient part is that the IWF can't actually show us the proof - is there anyone out there who works for one of the companies affected?
BBC Mixing desks
The BBC mixing desk faders were backwards so you had to pull them on. Apparently it was so that if the presenter fell asleep across the desk it wouldn't fade stuff up, but switch off what was live (i.e. the presenter).
Re: North South Divide
Actually, anything past Watford is "the north".
Thank you, Mr Oakley, I live less than a mile from Bletchley Park and can wholly recommend it.
How do you input the data then?
You have to start on a device somewhere.
iCloud works perfectly for me across multiple devices.
Re: The ST was 32 bits
The STM did exist, I still have mine in the garage. I bought it second hand for £350 including a single sided floppy drive and high-resolution monitor. It had half a MB of RAM which I later upgraded to 2.5MB using some chips salvaged from old PC expansion cards.
Unable to find a replacement Moderatrix?
Obviously Sarah was a harder act to follow than you thought. This is the only rational solution.
It's the phonetic sound of the word that determines the use of "an" instead of "a".
So "an homage" is correct.
It was Cornwall
Search for Camelford pollution.
Just look for "Pale Blue Dot"
Voyager 1 took a "Family Portrait" back in 1990.
Is it even possible to go "round the meter" within 14 days in a normal sized house?
Would it not be better to prevent you from entering a lower figure and then directing you to call?
Gordon Brown had the Beatles on his iPod
but he had to remove them when someone pointed out that there was no legal way that the music could have got there (this being before the Beatles appeared on iTunes.
Copying CDs is still illegal in the UK
Although no one will come after you for ripping your own CDs onto your iPod, it is still illegal to do so in the UK without a mechanical copyright licence.
Thanks for helping to get things into perspective, Lewis. I'm not a particular fan of Nuclear Power but I am fed up with the "we're all going to die" paranoia being touted by most media outlets.
Even worse, they are mixing up information within the articles:
<Paragraph on power station situation>
<Paragraph on power station situation>
<Paragraph on wider impact of power station situation>
<reminder of the number of people killed or missing from the earthquake/tsunami>
<Paragraph on power station situation>
This makes it look like the power stations have cause thousands of casualties.
The Russians will provide the only access to the ISS using Soyuz craft, even older tech than the Shuttles
Could this be used as another Register unit of measurement?
Speed of a dildo in flight perhaps?
Nobel useless since Obama?
Don't you mean since Henry Kissinger? The reason Tom Lehrer retired from satire.
The way to successful change management
I found the best way to work within a managed IT environment was to submit all change requests retrospectively.
That way I got to do what I wanted to do without the inevitable delays caused by the change management "system".
The inventor of Comic Sans said:
If you love Comic Sans, you don't know much about typography.
If you hate Comic Sans, you really don't know anything about typography and should go and study something else.
In my lifetime..
I will have seen Concorde come and go and now the Space Shuttle.
- Review Apple iPhone 6: Looking good, slim. How about... oh, your battery died
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- Moon landing was real and WE CAN PROVE IT, says Nvidia
- Apple's iPhone 6 first-day sales are MEANINGLESS, mutters analyst