IIRC Clive was famous for delaying his products.
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If folks want personal robots, how do expect them to see?
They'll need devices like this and these nuggets won't spontaneously be invented when robots go on general sale.
Interesting. I thought the Germans had hidden the bones.
Didn't realise the Russians had came across the bodies.
Re: Um… Why?
Because when people get a set of falseys they usually don't wait until every tooth has fallen out?
Re: Still I don't understand why Russian doesn't allow full tests.
Because who wants 1cm holes in your valuable fragments?
OK, why did this so called professional IT company not have the UPS in a standard regular test mode so at least the customer knew that the battery was needing replaced.
They should have had a email from the UPS that it was dead.
They also need to read up about lead acid batteries safety. No need to call the emergency services.
Re: We shut down central Edinburgh with a fridge
Smelled a little like Ammonia. Doesn't mean it was.
If it's in an office then there should be a health & safety certificate listing what chemicals are in the Fridge.
It's got two choices open to it to keep it's shareholders happy.
Increase prices again, or launch a new product that it can sell.
First option seems to be popular with them.
Apple's magical quality engineering strikes again: You may want to hold off that macOS High Sierra update...
Re: countless issues
Which is why you have in-house Beta Testers and out-house Beta Testers.
The only trouble with out-house testers is unless you're very careful, you end up with a load of folk more concerned with One-Upmanship Status with their friends and they can't be bothered to do any real testing.
Surely Apple hasn't fallen for this old trick?
Streaming is a young person's game.
The over 50s have no interest.
Still, all my life I've yet to hear a HiFi system that sounds like real-life.
Can we get that sorted?
If you use mirrors, the beam simply bounces off and goes into someone else?
One thing I noticed over the decades is that if I seed a RND function with a fixed time value the resultant 'random' number is different on different computers.
So a pile of obsolete computers each feeding into each other.
Sounds very HHGTTG.
Good enough? :)
Re: how about ...
Brownian motion machine?
Pardon my ignorance. But take a picture of the sky.
Cloud formation looks pretty random to me, so the bits making up the image should be random (assuming a working CCD)?
“we thought that when developers told us they weren’t going to sell data” they meant it."
So very naivé or very stupid or lying.
Stamp it out.
Just what has this News got to do with Technology or Science?
Isn't it about time The Register stopped telling us about politics or other non technological subjects? :)
Had a customer complaining about radio frequencies with her PC.
She gets headaches seemingly.
I suggest she upgrade from 2.4GHz to a 5GHz Wi-Fi dongle.
She went away happy.
Didn't like to tell her there was about 20 Wifi networks around her as PC World was next door....
Nice to know that we can still Cock things up big style.
Re: "Not changing the default credentials" . .
You're not talking about the Human Race sadly. People take the easy path.
If that leads to mud and shite, then they really don't care or know about it to avoid.
Time to put some obstacles in their path and explain why they're there.
Far too much open source software makes the absurd assumption the user knows what they're doing.
Remember when Routers first became available? They were shipped with no security set as it was assumed professionals were going to use them.
The Public got a shock and manufacturers had to ship them with the security turned on.
Why do they even come with default login details?
Re: What other Which
TIP: If you have a direct debit with a company, make sure they know it's been cancelled. A phone call to their Support department will be recorded.
Contact your Bank as well.
Re: Which Which?
Which is far too out of touch with modern lecherous manufacturing practices.
They don't inform or advise about these.
They're heading for the Old Folks Home as their customers die off and they don't modernise.
Re: Which Which?
Personally they're far too non-technical and generic these days.
They should be flagging the sellers and manufacturers who are dishonestly portraying their products as shiny and new when they're old and crap.
When the fake capacitor scandal hit Britain, they said nothing. When modern TVs started faking 10bit panels, they just ignored it.
There is just too much fake stuff on the market for them to keep quiet on it.
Had a few electronic thermometers, nothing special. But I did wonder how accurate they were.
So I took a medical thermometer which I assumed would have to be accurate and put it in water at 35°C as read by the device.
Each of cheap thermometers were dipped in and their display read. So, after trying 4 of them, readings went from +6° to -2° out.
Manufacturer datasheet promised +-2°C...
Moral is, never trust one sensor, use a minimum of 3.
What do Military vehicles do?
Here we go again...
Gee do these companies never learn?
Don't do it.
Andrew Orlowski is obviously limited in his technology experience.
Doesn't matter what program people use. If it's successful people will abuse it, profit from it and annoy people.
Then we'll get the evangelicals charging in to 'save us' and it'll all start again.
Try Oban. Pretty much zero GSM.
At the time, NASA told The Register: "The mobile launcher is built in accordance with standard steel construction code, including predicted, allowable deflection accounted for in the design."
Scots Engineer - It's supposed tae dae that.
Re: You cant have it both ways
Maplin's attitude was, if you want it individually, it's there in front of you right now.
Take it or leave it.
Yes, I 100% agree. You see Maplin doesn't really train their staff. They have a few silly sheets of what an item is.
But they certainly never mention anything about bend radius.
Had a customer who laid out 50M of 75 Ohm video cable to his CB aerial in his garden.
He'd came in wanting a little more. Of course I asked what it was for and was a little shocked that he thought the video cable being cheaper that the 50 Ohm would do him.
He admitted he thought the range of his rig wasn't very good.
Turns out he didn't know what a
SWR meter was either.
I found most CB enthusiasts, mainly Taxi operators, didn't know about them or think they were necessary.
Myself being a qualified Electronics Craftsman, I'd often give technical advice in my shop. I'd sometimes be asked to give advice.
But the kids that Maplin would hire were mostly males. Mainly due to them applying for the job. The few Women I came across were intelligent and very capable of learning new stuff. But the guys, sadly not so much.
Despite me being a trained IT Professional as well, the Manager would direct a customer to a 19 year old to explain Computers which annoyed the hell out of me.
Re: You cant have it both ways
No, Maplin virtually disappeared in the Nineties because you can't have a shop selling 50p items which have to be collected and bagged by a nontechnical assistant. Maplin'said attitude to the component section was it was a necessary evil.
You simply don't make a long lasting profit from this stuff.
If it hadn't branched out into toys. It would have evaporated decades ago.
Maplin never, ever made up cables for customers.
We weren't insured for it and certainly never trained to do it.
Sure a few shops thought they would offer this service unofficially. But I wouldn't trust a cable made on the spot by staff who don't understand the technical idiosyncrasies of terminating cables depending on type.
Maplin relied almost exclusively on Rolson for it's tools.
Basically cheap and sometimes nasty.
They're idea of going to higher quality tools was bringing in German tools that no one had heard of. Most were only available from their Web site.
What baffled me was that the way Maplin packaged and presented them. No reason given why a customer would buy this model over another.
I suggested, from talking to Tradesmen who'd come in for a decent tool, that you put the hardness rating of the screwdriver metal on display therefore allowing the customer to make an informed decision.
This went unheeded apparently.
If you want to build up a reputation for selling something, you don't just offer it
Re: You cant have it both ways
Maplin made a point of setting up near Halfords. Similar customer profile.
Customers would everyday moan about PC World prices and lack of Sales staff with a working Brain.
It became a sort of joke with us.
But Maplin moved very slowly, almost glacier like. Their Web site was bloody awful and despite staff complaining about it for over 6 years, it never got any better despite various looks changed.
There are obviously no technical people at the top.
Re: You cant have it both ways
They do have the odd practice of having their 'basic' brand HDMI 1M cable at £5.99 in corners of the gondoliers well away from the HDMI cable section.
They'd do this with lots of cables. Bizarre immoral practice in my opinion.
Their most profitable item is a litre of ISO alcohol for £12. They pay a quid for it.
If you have any questions, just ask. I was a frontline sales assistant for 10 years.
Made in China no doubt.
They really don't have the grassroots demand for quality that other countries do.
You do have to be very demanding in examining their quality, order after order.
I found when doing repeat orders, they often just ship you an equivalent without consulting which wasn't your idea of being suitable.
Perhaps it's because they live very far away and know it's to their advantage and not yours.
Big companies like Apple have to have their own staff in these factories 24/7.
1 bit per sec? This is a joke right?
I say find out the people writing this stuff and ask their opinion why they're writing shite?
OK, why a curved screen?
"It's not a Bug, it's the Universe."
That's my new phrase...
So the Sales of Good act in England and Scotland state that if you can prove there is a manufacturer flaw in a purchased item, you have 4 or 5 years to claim a fix.
Should be easy enough to prove in this case....
Astro-boffinry world rocked to its very core: Shock as Andromeda found to be not much bigger than Milky Way
Dwarf Galaxy anyone? ;)
The Society companies have simply exposed cultural flaws present in our various countries.
So concentrate on fixing those flaws?
No, we'll do what we've done for hundreds of years and exploit another cultural failure - do the easy option and ignore the actual issue.
Kind of reminds me of when Clive Sinclair launched his products.
Massively delayed and people had to pay months before the product even existed.
Nothing new, etc.... :)
Sounds like the supplier pissed off the local manager.
No use crying over spilled milk?
NASA, no concept of archiving. Should we be worried?
It's mainly the actual shock wave. Lots of glass damage from windows, etc.
Every couple of years, the Government reassess the situation and so far the experts say leave it alone again.
Re: Water movement?
Or a big fish...?