245 posts • joined Thursday 30th August 2007 23:19 GMT
Re: Consumer protection
Similarly, my Echostar T101FTA Freeview box was bricked by an OTA update.
Unlike Garmin's response, and despite the thing being way out of warranty, Echostar reflashed it (and upgraded it to the T101FTA+ firmware) for just the cost of me posting it to them - they paid the return postage.
> YES is the simple answer. If only because giving an IP/cell number makes you look untrustworthy.
Where you are, do VoIP numbers look different to landline numbers? In the UK, most VoIP numbers are allocated in the landline number range. Of course it'll look odd if you live in London and present an Aberdeen number (or vice versa), but if your VoIP number is in your local area, then only the anally curious (or typical El Reg reader) will look up the phone company that allocated the number.
And, conversely, Stateside, mobile numbers are allocated from the area code blocks, so again, if your number has the right area code, it shouldn't look untoward.
> "What you can't afford a phone?"
Sure I can, but I *choose* not to be ripped off by the likes of BT.
> The four mobe providers have also agreed not to hike prices in the middle of a contract
Vodafone's current radio advert for their £26/month "Red" service states they can put the price up mid-contract...
Until they look at your IMEI, see that you're using an iToy and bill accordingly.
> It seems the wonders of iCloud have yet to filter through to the fanbois of central China.
It seems more likely the wonders of iCloud have been filtered (by the Great Firewall) from the fanbois of central China.
Re: "Simpsons done it"
Sounds like something out of "Antitrust", actually.
Not necessarily, it could have been the 72nd event recorded in April 2013.
Re: Well hello ducky...
Hello, 1D band members and song writers.
Since your music is somewhat creatively barren, perhaps you should take lessons in harmony. Here, let me guide you, the Eye of Harmony is this way ----->
There are some really useful satnav apps (e.g. Waze) that can dynamically route you around traffic problems - but for this to work they need a data (and therefore mobile) connection.
No more dangerous than using a regular satnav, indeed probably less so as you're less stressed from suddenly finding yourself in 6 miles of stationary traffic because some @rse has decided to drive their lorry into a motorbike and cause the M20 to be closed for a couple of hours.
Re: not a galaxy killer at all
Even Huawei managed to get a MicroSD slot in their budget phones.
Mine's the one with the G300 and Y300 in the pockets.
It's also exactly 192K.
Re: Hentai ?
How long before someone (4chan? looking at you) comes up with hentai images making malware-tans having their way with IE-tan....
Of course, Rule 34 being Rule 34, if someone has thought about the possibility, it means someone else already has and if the images don't already exist, they're well on their way to existing.
Re: As a note
I like anime, but this? Creating an anime character just to be a marketing spokes-tan is getting just a bit beyond silly.
No, that'll cause Sourceforge's adsense account to be banned, not the advertiser's account.
They're killing off support for the old browser. This isn't the same as deliberately making it not work. It may well still work, but if you encounter problems, they don't care.
Re: Kick it out and start again
Even AACplus stereo at 64kbps can sound quite reasonable (though certainly not "excellent") - DI.FM and SKY.FM internet radio streams a case in point.
The big negative for internet 3G/4G streaming of radio is the cost of the mobile data, the monthly fee and/or the per-MB cost. At home on a near-unlimited broadband connection this isn't so much of a concern.
(and yes, I did listen to LBC 97.3 by wifi + VPN while visiting the in-laws in Guangdong.)
Re: Is DAB better? Dont think so
Earlier this month I rented a car with a built-in DAB receiver. Yes, I'm a boring fart who likes listening to Radio 4 and LBC97.3, but decided to give DAB a try. In the space of 10 minutes I was annoyed enough with the DAB drop-outs that I left the thing on FM, where the signal degrades much more gracefully.
Re: "iPhones, iPads, Android gear and Windows Phone"
I think the trick here is to not update your copy of Skype, if your current installation works it should continue to work until such time Microsoft change the protocol rendering all existing installations incompatible.
Re: They weren't kidding...
I'll have to stick with my current version, running in a Linux VM, to connect to SIPtoSIS - incoming Skype calls are routed to my SIP-based home phone system. Text-based IMs get ignored, as I don't keep the virtual desktop open.
Re: Testing in a representative environment
> Hands up anyone who's managed to get anywhere near the offical mpg figures for a car?
I've exceeded them on occasion. 80mpg in my 2009 Grand Modus.
On one journey in my previous car (2004 Scenic) I once got 90mpg between Basingstoke and Canterbury, something I have never managed to repeat since.
Re: How do they enforce this against companies with no presence in California?
They just go one step beyond a stateful firewall - a statewide firewall. One for each state.
Re: Waterproofing is pretty cool though
4chan would just claim prior art.
My Windows machine which has Java on it is a VM, which is only fired up when required (and seems to require an update every time I start it). Otherwise, I use a different machine which does not have Java installed.
No amount of firewalling would have stopped this attack, short of turning the branch into a Faraday cage - the KVM was uplinking using a 3G mobile broadband dongle.
Somewhere I have Mini Office for the Spectrum, and Mini Office II for the BBC Master.
As for Sky Drive, they could have gone with MicroDrive.
...oh. Yeah, another Sky trademark (via Sinclair and Amstrad). Still, slow and unreliable, so at least it fits the description there.
> Also, older USB controllers has this stupid requirement that requires the device to establish communication before it would provide more juice to the port.
I got around this, when using a dumb USB car charger, by plugging a pound-shop USB hub into the charger, then connecting the device into that.
Re: Should have called it iPhone5TDS
In what way could apps in 2008 be considered revolutionary? J2ME had apps running on mobiles (alright, they couldn't multitask, but the point of apps were allowing third-party programs to run on your phone, using the keyboard, screen and cellular connection) several years previously - even my not-the-top-of-the-range Motorola V500 in 2004 was capable of this.
The Nokia 6310i (which I had in 2003) was capable but severely restricted in that apps could only weigh in at <32K however this still indicated the capability of third-party apps running on a phone - TEN YEARS ago, and five years before Apple "invented" it.
Re: @ Oli 1 -
Thank you for that - I need to replace the batteries in my UPS units!
Re: Now watch all Western European Mobe companies go bust overnight
The counter-effect to this would be people who don't want to pay high charges to Estonia mobile numbers to call their friends who live in the next street.
There are already some tariffs (mainly PAYG) here in Blighty where outgoing calls in the EU are cheaper than calls made at home, and, excluding the availability of bundles, it's almost guaranteed that texts sent abroad will be cheaper than those at home. These people would actually find their prices RISE after roaming fees are removed!
Re: You can get the AC adaptor with either UK or European power pins
>The Monster UK connector is over done with brass bars for connectors.
Monster always over-do it. Just get a regular generic UK plug and it'll work just fine (though it might melt if you pull 13A constantly).
Re: The least of its problems
A big fat NO to onboard flash. The beauty of the thing is that it's practically impossible to brick it from software. If you corrupt the card, take it out and reflash it on another machine, and voila, unbricked.
Can't do that with onboard flash, unless you can make it check if the external SD is bootable and boot from that, before attempting to boot from the onboard flash (still leaving onboard visible as a block device to the external-booted OS)
Re: So like Spanish....
Chinese can also be written left to right, so that question mark is at the end.
Re: So misinformed it has to be trolling from Which
0845 is a revenue share range (how else could Freeserve operate?).
0870 USED to be a revenue share range, the revenue share was removed in 2010 (August, IIRC).
Most low-level revenue share these days operate on 0844 (0.5 - 5p/min) and 0871 (6-10p/min) and although most outfits using these numbers use the highest price in each band, international call-through services can get enough revenue share out of a number charged at 1p/min to be able to forward calls to the far side of the world, sometimes including mobiles, without having to separately bill the person making the call. This is actually about the only use for revenue share that I'm entirely comfortable with - you're buying the international call at a potentially much lower rate than a direct-dialled call to the same destination would cost, so saving the consumer money.
Re: In contrast...
I had to call my credit card company the week before last, as some scrote had cloned the damn thing. Thankfully, they weren't blocking UK-originated calls from their international (geographic) number, so while it ate 35 mins from my bundle, it wasn't as expensive as it could have been had I called the 0845 number!
When I was with Orange (left last year after 13 years), calls to 150 from the mobile were completely free. From non-Orange phones, you had to call 07973 100 150, standard mobile rate from a non-Orange phone.
Re: Use the 'international' number
This is why I have one of my VoIP trunks presenting my +883-5100 iNum number. Also, a good way to keep it off marketing lists, while enlightened carriers can call it for free or local rates, others see it as a satellite range (e.g. BT) and charge scary amounts to call it.
Re: Remote control
The tape control was only on 7-pin DIN.
7-pin DIN to 5-pin + 2.5mm remote cables were common, tape decks that had 7-pin DIN sockets were rare.
OK, I'm missing something here.
Motorola won a case against Microsoft in Germany - and somehow Microsoft got this court to make Motorola pay for the costs incurred as a result?! How the FRACK does that work?!
> Intermedia will now complete the Reason For Outrage report
It certainly was an outrage for their customers.
Re: Remote control
The Spectrum (and other ZX machines - even the +2) did not have computer tape control. The BBC Micro, Master and Acorn Electron certainly did.
Re: What about any semblance of security...
That's why you fire up a VPN session to do anything sensitive, and have your email client insisting on using SSL/TLS for any and all communication.
Re: Chill's not dead
Another vote for listening to DI.FM - now all I need is a good stable 3G signal in the car...
Re: US only?
I should be careful then about my 1999-vintage Orange SIM which has EQ Virgin on it. The account is still live, as they charge me nothing to have it.
This might explain why I've already firewalled off most of their address space for repeatedly prodding my VoIP server...
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