436 posts • joined 13 Aug 2007
Very positive slant
Which is all well and good, 'cos the tech is impressive.
But when it comes to helping dyslexics and so on: salesman says yes; answer: maybe yes, maybe no. A dyslexic has a tougher time writing, not an impossible one. And tougher needs more practise, which this would try to remove. Add to that the loss of ability to scan and pick up on the auto errors (trusting the tech to get it right more often than a dyslexic would) and it may not always be the thing to do.
Not that it isn't a help; it just might need a little more thought in some circumstances.
More CEO illusionary "added value"
So all bonuses paid when acquiring Veritas were hokum?
Either that or the bonuses about to be paid for spinning them back out again are.
No? Really? Both were OK? Hmm...
The Sony payout
"...Sony backed down and ended up paying out millions of dollars in compensation to music buyers..."
Not really: they paid a pittance to some US music buyers and a tasty load to some US Lawyers.
Re: One World Government Agency, Yah Right.
One world governing body to rule them all;
one world governing body to find them;
one world governing body to bring them all
and in the darkness bind them.
Copyright and reformatting: not an easy thing to "rule" on.
It's an interesting aspect of copyright as there are obvious cases when reformatting is clearly fair use and others where it is clearly taking the p***. Something a bit middling then for mulling over?
e.g. Buy a 'cheap' A4 sized print of a local artist's work; then scan and up-sample to A1 rather than paying for the large print in the first place. Is this fair? Some will think so; others not. Some will think it is a matter for the artist to define fair/not in such a case; others will not. Probably exactly the same people (respectively).
Re unbending legs
It's a feature: you aren't meant to take them off. Ever.
Programmers who won't talk about work?
Pen input is niche, but isn't everyone niche these days?
I'm *still* using my TC-4200. Excellent pen action and holding solution!
As for the safety of using Win-XP, I just disabled updates and reGhost the machine every now-and-then. It isn't used for web browsing anyway.
Re: Anyone remember Dragon Warriors?
They revamped Dragon Warriors a few years back: adding exactly nowt as far as I could tell. A fun wee game with a good atmosphere.
It's still not Amber though... or even AD&D for that matter.
Not just what and why - but what, why and when
An app needs SMS access to allow it to send/receive authorisation codes for example: this may be a good thing to do. But the permission will let it access/send SMS any messages anytime. Dragons beware: even if the original app designer doesn't intend to abuse the privilege(s), a hacker piggybacking on it might. Or the big megacorp that buys out the designer with greedy eyes on the contact lists of its userbase.
El Reg story conjunction
"If you have a security hole, if no one else can help ... maybe you need the Google ZERO team"
Unless you are the Google App team it would appear...
Congrats for proper PhD research
Excellent work folks!
Decor (Tardis and shirt)
They change the Tardis interior to allow the Who-ism "Oh, you've changed the décor... I don't like it" whenever an older Doctor pops by.
PS: The new look is Bowie derived (The Man Who Fell To Earth et al.)
Re: Nokia 3310
You mean you don't wrap your phone in tinfoil when it is "off"? How quaint! ;)
No remembering anything now mind you!
This app will self destruct in 5 seconds...
Surely the existence of the app is telling itself and therefor it should "auto-wipe" itself by some means?
Noise cancelling - from a different device at an unknown and highly variable distance to the anti-phase speaker and a variable wireless delay. Hmmm...
What are the odds the FCA will have any jurisdiction?
A.k.a. IPO to intensionally disregard an act of parliament?
They have a statutory duty to enforce the data protection act but seemingly they won't: are we to assume nobody will prosecute the ICO for what is an intentional breach of an act of parliament (i.e. breaking the law)? Or are we getting to the point that acts (laws) are really just for the newspaper headlines? Is that a valid defence for any breach of an act of parliament then: "well, I didn't think parliament really meant it"?!
It's only a matter of time.
The difficulty in moving email address is the only reason Yahoo! still exists.
How long can it carry on?
Dear Register: I don't run any ad blockers 'cos I realise what your revenue stream is.
That's my side of the deal: your side: NO embedded streaming adverts.
If it happens again, the blocker will be activated.
The Colony in Space
Or The Doomsday Weapon if you'd rather.
A decent enough Master-plan with quite a sad ending as I recall.
Small and juicy
An excerpt from a book of poetry or photographs can easily stand as a complete work in its own right. Its a shoddy affair.
Wiki-PR a "misnomer"
A PR firm that thinks it got their own name wrong?
So either they are very bad at PR or they are lying.
Or both of course.
A sick market needs some medicine
I've always thought that we should slow down the buy/sell system to allow some rationality back in. However, how to do so in our madcap multi-company, multi-financial market world?
My initial stab would be that if you buy a share in stock "X", you can't sell any shares in "X" for a period of time: enough time that you should have truly analysed the stock in question before making such choices.
I'm assuming a simple rule will be gamed almost immediately - and that's one of the main problems: the stock market has become a gamed system through hand through - so much so that large companies make deliberate buy/sell patterns in the hope of triggering automatic algorithms in the competitors to do silly things. What value does that have to the companies who's shares are the exploit tool of such behaviour?
"...it's just not possible to do everything at once..."
You could have planned for it some time in the last decade, but didn't.
You reap what you sow (which includes a failure to sow).
More like "we know about this security hole but don't really care"
Micro USB 3
That's three folks saying they hate it: no reasons as yet.
Care to share?
Can somebody remind me: why do Yahoo! exist again?
Happened on multiple occasions to multiple people? Unsolicited and without justification (not late yet). That's harassment.
Enemies aplenty rather, especially as it seems to consider its own population in that light.
The researcher has a clear POV: are the findings to be ignored then?
Are the points raised are utterly without merit because one doesn't like the POV of those giving them? The ideal would have been to commission a second report at the same time from one of the plethora of right-wing-think-tanks ('charities' apparently!) and then compare and contrast the two.
In "The Age of Austerity", do we really need any toothless (or muzzled) regulators?
What exactly does it do?
As the description in El Reg reads, this is not really a biometric ID, as you will never be able to reproduce that value yourself ever again - it's just a sexed-up really-hot-cup-of-tea to generate a suitably random number that is used from then-on (i.e. "once it has been established").
If only they asked first
For validating (and improving) decent page layout, following user mouse positions (or even just button presses) to determine what paths users actually use and trying to minimise the required mouse-movement for most users is an old technique. But please ask first!
The market gives a clear comment on his abilities
A big ego-knock, but I guess $1 billion makes it a tad less difficult to swallow...
But what to do? Politics is broken and the state is corrupt.
The security state is ever growing. You can't stop it, as there is no vote you can cast in our 'democracy' that actually represents your point of view, certainly no vote that will be count. Now what?
If you are three scope-branches deep or more in a single method, seriously consider refactoring the method to have a few clear-cut early returns at the top, or to call other methods / worker classes instead.
Re: Alphanumeric passwords on a phone?!
And on any website with a password you tend to browse on a phone.
In my case, for such sites I use "random" letters rather than numbers but it is still weak as hell.
Such are the limitations of using a touch screen to enter a password.
Enjoyed this article very much!
If the patents are of fabrication methods, and the methods were applied outwith the patented zone, would there be any infraction?
The anti-web 2.0 pattern
We all know the web 2.0: if you are not paying, then they are selling you.
Alas that's not enough for some: even when you do pay, you are still their property to sell.
It's not just pixel size and refresh rate
Don't forget colour resolution while we're at it.
The usual non-USA cost bias.
On amazon; $50 in the USA; £42 in the UK. After taking postal rates into account, I'll still be ordering from the USA.
Nobody's going to spin that there's an overt difference in marketing budgets or support costs in a book,. Or if they do, can somebody please shoot them?
A win from the outliers!
If we remove those who won't accept being Who and the comedians who won't be asked - what do the results look like?
On the first reason, you're spot on: charge what the market will bear. The second is to wall-up "the" market so it has no alternative via anti-free-market laws: i.e. ban grey imports.
So free-market pricing set the price, but requires non-free-market laws to maintain it.
Probably true on the legal writs but...
Wasn't the point of PRISM that they didn't have to ask?
And if they don't have to ask, they most certainly won't.
"As for looking a berk when using it in public, well, as a matter of principle I try not to use my phone when other people are nearby because I prefer not to inflict my conversations on complete strangers so it really wasn’t an issue."
You sir are a Gentleman!
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