If you're going to feel cocky, just don't do it in public, you'll get arrested.
2718 posts • joined 17 Apr 2007
Unless you're using your mobile to provide a hotspot for your home internet connection, I really can't see the need for any more speed on a mobile device.
I can certainly see the case for them patching up the holes in the network that already exists... I see Edge on my phone daily, and in some instances where there is nothing at all.
As for upgrading of phones, I recently upgraded after 3 years. What "must-have" feature did my phone lack?
The ability to go for two hours away from a charger! The battery was screwed. Whilst I'm quite capable of replacing a battery, I couldn't find a source I trusted to supply a *real* genuine battery, and not just a low capacity fire risk.
It doesn't sound that bad...
I didn't see the race, I gave up following F1 when BBC ducked out of their contract and half the races went to SKY, but from how you describe it, it doesn't sound that bad. Especially given Brundle's previous gaffs.
He's in a foreign country, covering an international event, surely asking if someone speaks English is far more polite than just going up to someone and then blabbering something to them and assuming they'll speak English? There are plenty of very successful Asian business people who don't speak English who are more than well-heeled enough to have been on that grid.
Re: Wait wait...
If the bug is in Cortana they might as well just ship it... Nobody is going to notice.
Indeed... They react somewhat differently when it's their whistle being blown.
Although my dark side would weld them a 6 foot high pyramid frame and install that over their office chair on the pretense of blocking negative woowoos.
And then sit back and watch them defend the rusty monstrosity to their manager.
1 - They don't have much of a track record getting things further than Japan, and even then that's just a rocket, not an warhead with a functional trigger mechanism.
2 - Why would they want to waste a nuke on us? We haven't been giving it all the mouth unlike some...
3 - We've had the capability to turn them into a molten puddle for decades.
Re: sub for a riot
T9 was even worse for Vodka drinkers ... Smirnoff usually came out as poisonff
It came out as "poisoned", which amused my Polish friends no end!
(They class their Wodka as the original, and the Russian stuff just paint-stripper for alcoholics).
There is no V in Wodka ;-)
Re: "...a [Lidar] blind spot low to the ground all around the car."
Indeed... People are taller than cars.
Even push bikes come up a good few feet, and from the footage, on that nice clear, uncluttered, and almost straight road, the entire bicycle and person were completely visible to the video camera.
To have a blind spot extend that far, the LIDAR would have to be at the rear of the roof, and as low down onto it as possible, which would be the stupidest location ever devised for a vehicle that will spend 99.99% of its time going forwards.
Luckily I heard that the messenger app was a huge battery killer before I ever installed it.
I saw its permission list once, and thought "hahahahahahaha... No way!".
On those occasions I "needed" it, I'd open m.facebook.com in my mobile browser.
Then facebook actively started blocking the android chrome browser from doing messenger things, continually trying to force their messenger app, this made me even more suspicious. After all, I could do messenger things on my desktop browser, why would I need a bloaty app to do the same on mobile?
So I tried a different mobile browser, and guess what, that works fine. Zuck and friends had obviously not put that into the blocked user_agent list.
It's a pity so much of the population have yet to develop the right kind of paranoia regarding apps - they seem great at developing the wrong kind of paranoia with regard to other, completely innocent things!
Somehow I suspect this will have more of a hit on the usage of the Mail app than on the use of Edge!
Re: Oh, come on
What happened to common sense in courts...?
What we see here is letter of the law interpretation, instead of spirit of the law.
They prosecuted for what the law said, not what the law was trying to prevent.
I salute his efforts to reduce the landfill, I guess the restore disk will be Ubuntu next time.
I thought the idea of replacing the lead with something less metalic was just to stop Mr Pikey from nicking it!
Wasn't this proposed before... Long ago... And then shot down by the Church when they realised that the internet is full of pr0n?
Re: Pink Unicorn?
There's some good footage showing how handover happens. Seems to me the instructor can be in control in a matter of seconds when/if needed.
Yes, but how many seconds do you have when your tail is near a tree and you're only a few feet from the ground practicing a hover?
Re: What are the odds
MMS? Are we still in the 90s?
Coincidentally, one of my friends sent me an MMS of a classic car he'd spotted which he knew I'd appreciate just last weekend...
Yes, I did reply "Nice... But if you sent the pics via whatsapp/telegram/email etc, I might be able to see more than the 2 dozen pixel in an MMS Grandad!".
I can't remember the last time I received an MMS before that though... It was probably the same friend though.
The problem for the fibre companies is that FTTC is more than fast enough for most people, so there isn't the market there was a decade ago. Even back then fibre companies were collapsing, being bought out and slashing plans to run fibres to existing towns/estates, so you can imagine how keen they are now to try to sell into areas where BT already has FTTC up and running.
I've got FTTC and I'm quite happy with 76Mbs down and 18Mbs up (why do household fibre connections always seem so strangled on the upload?).
They use the barometer. Combine air pressure with known atmospheric pressure in the region you are in and you get a pretty good estimate of altitude. Worked for the aviation industry for many years before GPS.
I did mean to mention that, how common is a barometer in smartphones these days? I realise I'm not cutting edge, still happily using a 3 year old phone, but I certainly don't have one.
I thought elevation was only provided by the GPS... Is that available without location permissions?
Even if it is, being a non-primary function of GPS, elevation is not really very accurate, which might be OK if you're tracking someone in the foothills of the Andes which dwarf the margin of error, but those is flatter areas are likely much harder to track...
If paranoid move to the Netherlands.
Electronic tag and a curfew?
I don't think forcing an internet fraudster to spend moire time *inside* his house is such a good idea.
Maybe a reverse one, that forces him to leave the house and stay away from computers would be a better idea!
Yoghurt that right.
Re: It takes very little to be better than tha Harrier...
but it could never be a great fighter or attack plane in a difficult environment
The Argentinian airforce would beg to differ.
Nearly every big government contract I've ever worked on had endless problems with the client not knowing what they want, coming up with a spec (over the top), then changing it, then changing it some more and repeat repeat repeat.
And that in a nutshell is it. The people asking for the system and specifying the system have never done an honest days work in that department operating the existing system (be it an IT based one or paper).
They don't know the day-to-day issues, and couldn't even provide a basic flow-chart of the tasks that need to be performed.
The only way to properly understand the system you are trying to design is to sit with the users of the existing system and watch (and question) them.
But no... Multiple layers of management/bureaucracy mean the person writing the spec has no idea how things are done. When a delivery is finally made, the users all go "WTF?!" and the feedback then filters back up the management ladder in some kind of golf-club hosted Chinese whispers, and then the change request (as heard by the last link in the chain) is passed onto the supplier. It will of course have next to nothing in common with the original feedback from the end users to their line manager.
Immediately proves he has none.
50m was about it for Joe public original GPS with the locked down military encrypted packet and only a lock on a 3 or 4 satellites. These days you get a lock on close to a dozen with a clear sky like that, and you're down to a couple of meters.
A drop down menu?!!
What idiot designed that interface? I must mis-select from those at least a dozen times a day!
For something as important as that you need a big red shiny button, a long distance from any other buttons, and as other have suggested, a confirmation box which looks absolutely nothing like any of the others, with hot keys disabled and the OK button not focused so an errant "enter" won't click it.
Re: How it will unfortunately actually work....
You missed out a step...
French govt will make it policy that all government departments must use a French supplier of services, keeping the company afloat for some time before the inevitable happens.
Copy and paste...
Be careful El Reg... Copy and pasting to reveal the content of a badly redacted document is probably enough to have you grabbed by the fuzz, you circumvented a protection mechanism after all!
Re: I don't suppose this is Himmler's project to awake some giant from Norse mythology
is Cheyenne Mountain a project to wake a mythical giant?
Nah, just a the Stargate which leads to aliens who inspired Egyptian mythology.
Re: Face Palm
It not just you in America, we have the same in the UK.
HM Govt continually want backdoors in encryption.
Neither realise that:
a) You can't just do that and keep its integrity.
b) HTTPS to Amazon and your bank's website is also encryption, so cybercrime will explode if that's broken.
c) The general public don't trust the Govt's ability to keep anything secret.
d) The general public don't trust the Govt not to abuse such access.
I read your warning too late...
They need a 3rd option.
"I'd rather tie my d*ck to the next space-X launch rocket with piano wire!"
That is quite impressive, although I'm curious to know the physics involved, especially for those birds that hit high up the windscreen.
It does however highlight an issue... Namely that drones aren't exactly the biggest problem the helicopter pilot had, birds were... That helicopter screen wouldn't have passed the bird strike test used on airlines let alone having a 3kg DLSR fired at it, so a little unfair to be levelling all the responsibility on the DSLR thrower/carrier.
Re: Just checked
Quiet please, I'm trying to see how the "What the butler saw" story ends.
"operating as designed"
So your design was bad then...
The US patent system strikes again... Patents are granted by default. Inspection/testing and possible deletion of the patent only occurs if they are contested in court.
So it all comes down to who has the most expensive lawyers.
Re: Lest we forget.
Short answer... no as the steel is contaminated. Apparently (I'm not sure why) even "new" steel is contaminated.
It's due to the production methods. Basically blowing huge amounts of air through the molten steel. "Modern" air contains radioactive contaminants thanks to all the nuclear testing in the 1940s and 1950s.
Any steel which was made before that is low-background. Anything after, sorry, no good.
My thoughts exactly!
Re: RS232 Frog
I've seen aquarium thermometers stuck on the inside of glass rack doors before - actually not a bad idea. Certainly more reliable than some newfangled digital thingies.
Putting the Dumb into dumb pipe.
The Beeb are obviously having a slow news day too and have dragged the non-story out all day.
Including interviewing a retired submarine captain... And even having found a man who should have a mortal terror of a leaky boat, even he was pretty "meh".
Back of the envelope calculations tell me that at only 200 litres an hour, with no pumps running, and all water-tight doors (of which there are many) left wide open, she'd still be floating into the new year!
(Assuming she she didn't just fill up on one side and tip over of course).
O2 and Voda...
So the two old names (well O2 was Cellnet) show all the signs of being able to handle change and maneuver to cope pretty much on-par with an oil tanker.
All the flexibility of a gymnast with rigor mortis.... etc etc...
There are certainly villages in my "East of England" parts which are lucky to get 2G from O2 and Voda.
BTW, Ofcom have an app which should track all this bad coverage, and allow them to provide a very accurate picture.
Re: Just popping down the battery station for some half dead flowers
That's true for basic functional technology like torches or radios, ane even milk floats if it comes to thta, but cars have never been that sort of consumer good
Depends how far you dismantle them... eCar battery packs are nothing but a collection of standard 18650 cells, the same as you have in torches, e-cigs and laptop batteries, just a lot more of them!
Unfortunately they're boxed up with control/protection circuitry and cooling systems so swapping out the individual cells would be far slower than just recharging the whole lot overnight!
We will not spy on American citizens...
(We'll get some other government to do that from their taps, and then they'll just send it over).
That's a pretty lame way of winning at pool...
Wish I'd thought it it!
On second thoughts, I doubt I'd be able (or want) to be able to convince many of my normal pool friends (male) to "just put this up somewhere"!!!
Re: "your imagination's the limit"
Well he imagined he could sing once...
And low and behold, the autotuner almost managed it!
They didn't offer me a speedboost (already going as fast as the FTTC can manage), they just offered me some more of their cloud storage (of which I have used 0 bytes)... Yeah... Right... That's about as tempting to me as being trapped with a @btinternet.com email address.
@A/C re: Nokia 8
I actually handled a Nokia 8 the other day... Almost dropped it, and that was whilst being careful looking at a friend's new phone... Damn those things are slippery.
I foresee a good market in replacements screens for those things.
As for Nokia's original reputation (pre-Elop), the hardware was generally ok, but this was just at the beginning of the OTA patching era, and Nokia were playing catch-up, so a lot of phones got shipped with "beta" software, with the intention to fix them with updates over the air. Unfortunately once the carriers got involved, did their spin on the firmware, sold the phones, that was that... They never bothered spinning their bits onto updates Nokia issued and the phones were locked to that specific carriers firmware fork. The result that many owners were left with the "beta".
For example, the N95 actually got very good with later versions of firmware. Not that anyone in the UK would have ever noticed, unless they'd jump through all the hoops to change the model number of theirs to generic EU model, and then manually done their own update.
Then there was the after sales support, and the Nokia support forum... I got moderated for disrespecting the company once... I pointed out that if they continued with that level of support, customers were going to go elsewhere, and the support droid who moderated me would be out of a job. I tried to not to smile 9 months later when Elop arrived...
Re: Ein Trump, Ein reich...
I wonder if he's thought of writing a book?
Re: Security is dead, long live security
Blimee... You're not sceptical enough to be in here!
"I guess most devices will be patched to fix this within a year"
Noooo... Most manufacturers will use this as an excuse to push a new model out within the month!
Unfortunately the integrated messaging of the Blackberry Hub seems to be a huge must-have for many trying to move on from their aging Blackberrys, something that even BB have failed to replicate properly on their Android offerings.
For those people, anything new is going to be a very painful experience.
Re: Metric please
Don't be silly.
A Metre is perfectly well defined in day-to-day terms. It's the distance travelled by light in a vacuum in 1/299792458 seconds.