260 posts • joined 30 Aug 2007
Re: I never thought the day would come ....
In 2002 I had to replace my washing machine. They were doing an offer of free delivery and fitting for machines £300 and over (otherwise £25) and the one I was looking at was £295. The salesman thought I was mad when I asked him to increase the price by a fiver - then he realised what I was up to! They did it though... effectively paid £5 for the delivery and fitting instead of £25.
Re: Should be employed..
Same here - my wife and I have already planned a week in Paris, and I'm already looking at the possibility of taking a trip east to Nancy.
Re: Getting old? Being out of touch?
vKontakte is the Russian answer to Facebook (and if rumours are believed, a large source of less-than-legit MP3s).
WeChat is a text, image, voice and video messaging system from Tencent (the same people who brought you QQ).
Facetime is Apple's high-bandwidth and platform-locked answer to to Skype.
Re: China spreds trash all the way to Moon.
And the first pictures sent back by the Jade Rabbit:
The budget Huawei phones are surprisingly good bits of kit for the money - particularly the G300 and Y300 models.
Re: Somehow I don't think so.....
Not just an idea, it was a kingdom in its own right!
While we're at it, we can no longer teach our youngsters how navigation was carried out pre-GPS using a sextant.
Use of the RCA 1802 microprocessor can't be taught because it contains the opcode SEX (Set EXecution register).
Panasonic's parent company cannot be mentioned - Matsushita - along with many names in Japan.
Musicians will be unable to play sextets.
... and never forget Belgium.
My home VM server has a Seagate ST1500DM003 1.5TB disc as its OS and VM-shared data drive, a Samsung HD154UI 1.5TB disc for my NFS/SMB file server and a 6TB RAID5 array across 3x WD30ERFX 3TB discs (that Backblaze highlighted as the type they wished they had a lot more of).
Needless to say, it's the OS and VM-shared disc I'm most worried about...
I use UltraVNC on Windows boxes, configured not to listen, and when someone I support needs assistance, they just have to add the new client, put my address in, and it connects to my listening viewer. Job done.
Re: My favortie brush offs.
I've never had one of these calls, but my mum has had a few, and she always winds them up - with RISC OS. (Her main computer is an Acorn Risc PC700)
Re: From experience
Those north of the border (at least in Kaiping) seemed to treat road signs, road markings and traffic lights as pure decorations and nothing else. Somehow I lived to tell this.
The book about how
...the VW Transporter became for a while the most popular van to convert into living accommodation...
Re: last itme I used directory enquiries
118000 is operated by Orange and is expensive....
Re: Bollox, I hate Belkin
> NAS, to boot
That's one hell of a beast that needs a NAS to boot the thing.
Re: Forget fines
Go one step further. As well as taking their licence away on the first offence, all loans they have issued are to be immediately cancelled, with no requirement of the borrowers to pay off the loan, indeed making it a further offence if they try to chase the borrowers.
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: Escaped Plates
A while back I saw TB02 FAB on a truck painted with International Rescue graphics!
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: "the fast lane"
Depends where you are - the lanes on the G15 in Guangdong, China, have different speed limits, and one is even labelled as "FAST LANE".
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: middle kingdom nonsense
"Middle Kingdom" is the literal translation of the Chinese name for China (Traditional characters: 中國, Simplified characters: 中国).
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).
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