@ AC 1523h GMT - Re: Tim Cook needs to go. He is destroying Apple.
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No, they're not. and that has a reason:
The iPhone 5C can only go on the market in relevant numbers when enough people have bought an iPhone 5S and traded in their iPhone 5 for $149,- . These then have to be stripped of their posh housing and re-fabricated with the Fisher-Price*-design housing, re-flashed and reshipped to the shops for $450,-.
So the 5C relies on the sales of the 5S and leftover stocks of the 5.
I made that up, of course, but wouldn't put it past them.
*Fisher-Price, with their experience in infant and baby toys, have been advertising this-that-and-the-other -free plastics for years. They also have all the toddler-soothing colours figured out. I'm sure there's some synergistic cooperation going.
What a wonderful idea! Apart, of course, from the fact that Claire Perry will be automatically blocked for having the initials CP and a lot of mentions of porn on her site.
As soon as there's somewhere that one can report websites to, I'll be on it and report just about everything.
I also would like naked images excluded from the school curriculum, especially from biology and PSHE, seeing that parents aren't even asked about this filth.
Children under 25 should by law be required to wear a sheet-metal burqa anyway . . .
Where the <Austrian town of choice> is this going?
If you sign up for another account, you can drop twice as many downvotes, did you know? Also, it's much easier to go to the "posts by [handle]" page, and just work your way down there, otherwise you might miss an opportunity . . .
Efficiency, dear fellow, efficiency!
(posted your face without asking for permission first, is that OK?)
Ah. You didn't get it. Borg.King was taking the mickey out of Jasper Hamill's typo in the article. Of course the 2013 spring/ summer catwalk took place in 2012.
The line should read "Burberry staff have been given the latest iThings to photograph the label's spring-summer 2014 catwalk on Monday."
Do send a correction, woudcha?
When the last WSC took place, Jeroen Haringman provided a really comprehensive, near-real-time coverage on his solar power enthusiast website www.solarwebsite.nl.
Now there's also www.solarracing.org specifically dedicated to solar racing. I expect him to excel again.
Of course there's the official http://www.worldsolarchallenge.org, which had an online tracker running during WSC11. Unfortunately this tracker, as many Register readers and commentards may remember, didn't quite work so well due to network problems.
Since Lester Haines is too busy fondling Lohan this year, we will probably not get as much on-site news, but I'll hope for a good coverage anyway.
Oh, and Lester: Hands off her brastrap, please. She might go off unnecessarily . . .
Well, if we get CP* to have a word in it, book burning will only be the start.
I think she read "1984" and "Fahrenheit 451", but thought they were official guidelines. I suspect that as soon as she had her dinner with Jimmy Wales (he volunteered to enlighten her a bit about web filtering) she will put a proposal for a moderated, mirrored and change-locked UK-net whitelist to the House of Whoever. Since she can then actually guarantee that there's no smut whatsoever (not even anything that mumsnet could object to, they most likely being on the control board) on there, she'll probably even get it through.
Well, see it this way: Freedom of information was nice while it lasted. Time to move on, and maybe move out.
* Not Child Porn, Claire Perry, MP.
Hey, not just that! He also spelled it Windoze (geddit, hey, geddit?) and called it a turd!
I bet Microsoft is now totally intimidated by this reasonable and rightful criticism and will immediately stop trading altogether.
We should all thank Longrod_von_Hugendong, the fighter for a better world by arbitray application of playground coprology.
or you can goto ebay and get 10 for a £1, free delivery.
Here I have to chip in and defend the high street.
True: Almost everything that you can buy in any high street store is cheaper on ebay, especially when technology related.
The advantages of the ebay-traders are, of course, the traditional advantages of mail-order and catalogue businesses: No premium rents to pay, less lighting, heating, cleaning, much less staff (and that at a lower rate), and last but not at all least: No "customer" caused shrinkage. All this a brick shop has to put up with, but there's more. Lots of the electronics on ebay are from china, which means that even the lower costs for warehousing can be cut by 50% again.
A big advantage of a shop is the quality. Surely this is stupid, because isn't the stock the same? Mainly yes, it's the same stuff from the same factory. But the quality control of the reseller will spot batch faults and report them to the maker to achieve a consistent level of quality. A substantial amount of cheap traders buy up reject or B-rated stock to sell on ebay. While this doesn't necessarily mean that you get rubbish, your chance is much higher and to return it and have it exchanged is often over-proportionally time-consuming and cumbersome, whereas you can just go back and have it swapped there and then if you buy from a high-street store. A good share of them will even help you to solve the problems that you had with the item, which, in some cases, isn't actually the item's fault, but a misunderstanding what it would do ("WiFi range extenders" don't actually extend the range of your WiFi, for example) and suggest a remedy. This is naturally because they want to sell something to you, but it helps you anyway.
So, for example: You want to buy a mobile/ cell phone case. The thing costs £12.99 on the high street and £1.49 on ebay. It cost the manufacturer about 30p to make it, and 30% of his production are rejects, because the stiching isn't quite even, the colour is patchy or the cutout for the camera is not quite in the right place. These can either be binned or sold to a trader who isn't that picky.
Now, if you find that your new 'phone case is less than perfect while you try it on in CPW or phones4U, you hand it back to the sales person and get it swapped for another one until you're happy or you have your money back. If you buy that from 'heavenlyblissebayshop', it's not worth complaining; a return would take 12 weeks for a round trip and cost you as much postage as ordering new and the replacement one is not necessarily better.
Don't get me wrong, I order stuff from Shenzhen myself. But I'll be aware that it's a gamble on the quality, whether it turns up at all and how long it might take. If I want it now and perfect, the premium that I have to pay at a real counter is worth it.
To me. Your
mileage opinion might vary.
You are missing something. While tuning is possible over a certain range of frequencies, you can't use the same hardware for all of them. Tuning only gets you so far, and becomes less and less efficient when you go away from your centre wavelength.
Hence the reason you had AM and LW and SW on your old radio; They're the same type of modulation, but the frequencies and bandwidths differ so much that a single circuit would become uselessly ineffective if detuned far enough to receive them all.
You forgot this.
But anyway, who gives? iPhones are used by people who want to demonstrate how very much bleeding edge of fashion and technology and maybe cuisine they are, having a mobile/ cell phone that does not contain arsenic, mercury, brominated flame retardant or polyvinyl chloride. Also probably contains no peanuts, mustard or gluten.
It is my opinion that the internal technical workings of an iPhone are, for over 95% of the customers, totally meaningless. iPhones are bought because they can do "all these good things", the customer argues, and then finds that he or she is mostly wondering what to actually do. So they do what it can, to an extend of maybe 10%. I've met people who took pictures with the camera that they were sorry to have lost when they bought a new phone.
Really, technical merit doesn't matter a lot. Style is maybe more important. And that, I think, looking at the 5C, they would be losing against
Nokia's Microsoft's Lumia range. They're cheaper and the colours look a lot better to me (that pink isn't pink, it's "sick salmon")
telling another snake oil trader not to sell snake oil that claims to be as effective as his snake oil.
While he might have a point, if Samsung's vacuum cleaners are copies of Dyson's then they're another brand I wouldn't consider.
Numatic Henry, the Nokia 3310 of the vacuum cleaner world, for the win!
Paris, because, well, you know . . . ;-)
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seen Die Hard will even know what sound it makes, (the big blond bad guy has one if I remember right)
Unlikely. "Die Hard" went into the cinemas in 1988, 2 years before FN's "Project '90(< - -hint)" was released. You most likely confuse that with a Steyr AUG, which doesn't even remotely look similar. This could explain your opinion.
I don't think you have ever come closer than 50 metres to a real firearm, let alone touched one. And I don't think that you have much of an idea of how one works other than that you press the "A" button and "Z" simultaneously to reload (or whatever combination it is on your favourite console).
This might be due to being British or being 15 years old.
Don't get me wrong; I'm not berating the Brits for having no firearms. I live here myself and cope nicely now without a revolver, an automatic pistol and a pump-gun.
But a professional security guard should be able to see at a glance whether it's a weapon or not. And he should have more training than having seen "Die Hard" or played "Call of Duty" or even heard the sound that a weapon makes, no matter what colour the weapon is (as a reference to your earlier post).
These guys were supposed to be professionals, and while they were beating up an old man holding a comically oversized, skimpy-framed model penisvolver without a cylinder(!), their client was unguarded.
No. they didn't do their job right.
If you bother to take a look at the actual piece, then you'll find that it looks as much like a working revolver as Bob Hoskins' cartoon shooter does in "Who framed Roger Rabbit". Even at a glance.
Which isn't the bad thing; they are just a bit overprotective like this and produce false positives.
But what happens if someone walks in with an FN P90? Looks nothing like an everyday rifle and would probably, by these guys, be recognised as a battery operated precision vacuum cleaner. Or this, which could just as well be made of Semtex, C4 or the like. Would the guards be suspicious? Most likely not.
The real danger is that security guards don't get trained enough and are, more often than not, recruited from a, let's say it nicely, rather plain but overenthusiastic group of people.
Well, if your understanding is correct and it's a belief thing (and that sounds quite reasonable to me), then it follows that if he would have programmed an iPhone app that would have taught how to beat a polygraph, it would have worked even better. And he would probably have got away with it, There's a lot of apps that are just digitised snake oil and no one cares.
Let's meet at the patent office, we're going to be rich!
Why doesn't the GCHQ offer a free cloud storage plan?
They're holding all data anyway and, on top of that, could use this to stop all this redundant double and triple storing of your cat pix. With only references to data held in the Cheltenham Doughnut internet traffic would be a lot less, and thereby the need to upgrade the broadband out in the sticks could be put off for another few decades.
Hey, it's Friday!
Cote ordered Apple to employ an "Antitrust Compliance Officer [ . . .] who will report to Apple's board on anything fishy they might uncover.
Not to the DoJ, but to Apple's board? And they will then stop that? Yeah, right.
And just to add a bit of icing to the compliance cake, Cote ordered Apple to annually inform its employees that if they come across any violation of either her Final Judgment or antitrust laws, they may bring such violations to the attention of the Antitrust Compliance Officer "without reprisal."
"It's not a punishment for telling on us, mate, really it isn't. But the restrooms do need cleaning now . . ."
I bet the Apple top management feels really whipped about all this.
c.) : Why leave it at "random" faults? Hack the tracking so that the "red squad" now sees the "blue squad" as "enemy" and "enemy" as "blue squad".
Lean back and wait for autosolve of problem.
And for your point b.): I totally agree. It's the same as with password cracking, lock opening or getting the combination of a safe. A certain amount of sadism, a cheese grater and a pair of long nose pliers will get you access to any kind of needed information or control if applied to the right person.
As for "The Warrior's Apprentice", I take it you refer to the book by Lois McMaster Bujold? Haven't read it myself, but maybe I should . . .
I like that idea of the armour reacting to external sensors.
It would make it so much more entertaining to stop an attacking force.
I envision some bad boy stealthily taping old iPods with Techno tracks on repeat to these active listening lamp posts. It would probably look like a stalled video game: Soldier enters zone where sensor misinterprets Techno as heavy gunfire, suit freezes up, soldier stands still and gets knocked out by 12-year-old guerilla wielding a stick with a nail in it.
Akilele Mbwati and her all girls team from the Democratic Republic of the Congo producing a wonderful web application which will make a real difference to the people in the neighbourhood: Google H2O QC™, an application that alerts all downstream residents of the Luvua river of drifting crocodile dung through postings on Google+ with GPS-tagged videos submitted by other users. This enables all participants to avoid contaminated water by only fetching some when there's no Turd-Alert™.
The minor inconvenience of having to hike 420 miles to Kabinda to up- or download the current water status will surely soon be a thing of the past when everyone will have an affordable smartphone [~$22?] and a Google-Loon™ hovering over the village.
Which makes it almost impossible not to grab my
Microsoft Nokia Lumia 'fone and take pix of them swooning and trolling.
And then find, after turning around, that there's a grinning Blackberry user snapping away at me . . .
Hitching a ride. You didn't get it: The Great White Handkerchief is mentioned on page 1, book 1 of the Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy*, together with Quxy's mention of the digital watch in the first post. Hence the thumb. It was a confirmatory follow-up.
Best to answer with a snide remark now, lest you should look slow . . .
*in five parts.
Here's the obvious follow up:
Will I be sued by Amazon for putting my Discworld collection into the same order on my bookshelf that they have it in the store: The Colour of Magic, The Light Fantastic, Equal Rites, Mort and so on?
What about your movies: Prometheus, Alien, Aliens . . .
Is it now protectable to have an order that makes sense? If it doesn't need to make sense, where does that put the quality of MoS's compilations?
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