Read the headline and I imagined a vacated office festooned with Post-its with nice, non-confrontational, self-esteem-boosting messages written on them.
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Nonsense. I can tell they're based locally because they're always called Steve and comment on how nice/nasty the weather is in <insert customer's town here> today.
Re: Conflicting information
@Charles 9 - I guess it depends on the situation - people are much more mentally resilient to "There's smoke coming from one of the toasters in the staff restaurant, please leave the building in an orderly manner - actually not really, it was just a test", than: "There's an incoming ICBM. These are the last few minutes of your life. You will never see your wife or your young children again, your last thoughts will be imagining your terrified children at school crying for you and you can do nothing, nothing to ease their fear. Ha! Psych! Not really!"
I recently saw a bit of video from the '70s or '80s showing an RAF early warning centre going through a training simulation of an attack being launched against the UK and it sent shivers down my spine.
Re: Conflicting information
Yeah, I think the trouble is "this is not a drill" has just become a cliche due to Hollywood (I bet there was even an "I say again..." in there, and as such it's automatically included without people even thinking what it actually means.
...or, some people do actually have requirements that a £200 Tesco's Celeron laptop can't quite meet.
Macs are consumer devices. The vast majority of users/owners aren't going to even know what root access is, and nor should they need to.
"IT people" who look down on users who don't have a professional level of IT knowledge and roll their eyes at them whenever this type of things happen just reinforce the Moss stereotype. A total failure to understand and therefore accommodate the user's average expected level (or lack) of knowledge is also a reason so many issues occur in the first place.
Re: Blast from the past
Yeah, I've got a Lumia 950 that work give me, and and iPhone X as my personal phone. The face unlock technology and capability on those 2 devices is worlds apart. The Lumia's is so slow and unreliable that I never use it and more, so it certainly wasn't magical and changed nothing for me. Apple's FaceID, on the other hand, has been virtually flawless in my experience and once you adjust to using it is probably the most unobtrusive way I've ever encountered of unlocking a phone or identifying myself.
I've see this type of thing happen a lot when people add their personal email accounts to their work Outlook profiles. They then send a work email straight after looking at their personal inbox and don't realise it'll be sent from that account. Not saying that's what's happened here, but it wouldn't surprise me.
Re: I was hoping for more snarky comedy
Don't forget there's a considerable amount of sleep monitoring apps out there that do instruct you to sleep with your phone on your bed or even under your pillow
Re: If they are losing money...
We need a new version of Godwin's law - one that relates to Big Brother rather than Hitler.
Re: Portal to another Dimension
The close-up looks like a Winamp visualization plugin from the '90s
Re: This has been a policy since at least 2008
Sure, voluntarily - no one's going to force you to do it, you can just decline and jump back on the next flight home.
Besides Sir, if you've got nothing to hide then why on earth wouldn't you want to support us in our fight against terrorism? Heck, no, there must be some goddam reason you're acting so un-American and unpatriotic (apart from not being American). Sir, are you obstructing me in my duties? etc etc etc
"six of the seven boats are in maintenance – except for the seventh"
Just sayin', like.
Re: Let's think big
Good point - I'm pretty sure being the last of the Timelords and President of the Earth doesn't exempt anyone from DDA. The present incarnation probably has a legal obligation to modify the TARDIS appropriately to avoid discriminating against future companions, or even future regenerations. At least he'll probably get a blue badge out of it.
Re: Those hydrogel 'robots'
Yes, I was just about to ask what made these "robots" - If I move a ping pong ball by inflating a balloon placed next to it, is that balloon a robot? Is the grabber-rake I use to pick up leaves in my garden a robot?
Reg headline fail.
Operation is no more a board game than snooker is. There's no board for a start, that's a big clue in itself.
So, it's fine for Theresa May to s**t all over us, but not for anyone to watch?
There seems to be an assumption that this means that The Grand Tour will be made available to stream in all these countries before Christmas and therefore Amazon video must be extending its footprint, but is it not possible that Amazon are just selling the show to traditional broadcasters in other countries?
Hey, maybe it'll even sell it back to the BBC (like it did with Ripper Street) to replace Top Gear, coals to Newcastle and all that
Re: hollowed-out trade mark
They still make those nice screwdrivers that you can open paint tins with though
Went to watch Thomas Dolby play London's Scala a few years back. The show didn't get off to the best of starts when a few minutes in the sequencer software (Cubase IIRC) that the whole gig was running on came up with "Your trial period has expired...." in front of the packed venue
Coming up with 21st brand names is so easy:
Take a verb loosely related to your product
Add "a" to the end of it (or even "ia" if you really want to go for it)
Job done. Make sure you charge a fixed fee, not an hourly rate.
Re: I had a first gen go wacko
I also had 2 first gen Nests, which were fine until they got to almost 2 years old, and one started false alarming in the middle of the night, which then set the other off in sympathy like howling dogs. Unfortunately they were the mains operated ones with a non-accessible back-up battery so after two nights of false alarms I ended up putting them in the garage wrapped in several blankets so as to hopefully not wake up the whole neighbourhood when they went off again.
I was all set to kill them in a bucket of water the next day if the batteries hadn't run down, but by chance I noticed that because I'd bought them from John Lewis, they were still covered by a two year guarantee. Their CS said I'd need to take them into my local JL, so I ended up having to drive 25 miles with two smoke detectors on the passenger seat next to me, having to hit the silence button when they went off every few minutes. Eventually got to JL half-deaf and exchanged for two v2 versions (which have worked faultlessly since).
Next morning I got a call from the JL store. Did I know any way of stopping these alarms going off every few minutes? They were driving everyone in the store mad and somebody was having to stay near them to mute them all the time so as not to cause staff/customers to think it was a genuine alarm. The back-up battery life in those things must have been incredible.
Re: What is 'Smart'?
Well, I'll grant you that it's not quite 'smart' in that it doesn't involve any conditional decision making, but there is IoT integration beyond just the smoke detectors - if one of my Nest smoke detectors triggers, it will automatically turn off my central heating boiler (controlled by Tado) and turn on all my Philips Hue lights in red, which apparently provides better lighting in a smoke-filled environment.
Re: Is it legal to pay this?
No different from kidnap for ransom pay-outs, and there's no law against them across most of the world
Re: red and blue lights
I perked my own interest and found this: http://www.911signalusa.com/how-emergency-vehicle-lights-are-used-a-112.html
which says "Additionally, some states, including Texas and New Mexico, also allow blue emergency lights to be used on tow trucks and construction or utility vehicles."
Re: Fax noise!
Why design new universal protocols when you're already using the well-established fax protocol? Since the mass adoption of the MP3 player, most cars are fitted with now-redundant CD slots. Simply fit a fax behind that and low and behold, the driver gets a slip of paper spooling out of the CD player slot with PULL OVER printed on it in a blurry '80s stylee.
Re: red and blue lights
Or in Albuquerque NM - I remember pulling over once when I saw a blue flashing light in my rear-view mirror and getting much cursed and beeped at by the drivers behind me, but I smugly remained pulled over as they passed thinking "idiots, they should check their rear view mirrors". Then the bin lorry with the blue flashing light also trundled past me. It would seem that in some parts of the US the only colour of flashing light restricted to the emergency (or should that be 'murguncy'?) services is red, with service vehicles able to use any other colour they want.
As an aside, it's always struck me as odd in Spain that fire engines and police cars have blue lights, whilst ambulances have amber lights, the same colour as bin lorries.
Also the Police
Police officers aren't required to divulge their names when they would otherwise be required to if whatever they're dealing with is related to terrorism (which, as we all know, includes just about everything these days). Because obviously PC Smith identifying himself when carrying out a stop-and-search is going to put him right at the top of ISIS hit-list, who would otherwise never be able to track him down without his name.
I also question why uniformed armed officers and the like frequently feel the need to disguise themselves by wearing balaclavas (no, not flash hoods) - I suspect in most cases it's more to do with achieving the Hollywood look than any qualified threat of reprisal compared to that for any other uniformed police officer, or is the photo of the local beat officer on my village noticeboard soon going to be anonymised and have black tape put over his eyes?
Re: Islamic State Hitlist
I think you might be thinking of the various "Secret Bunker" signs dotted around the country where cold war nuclear control bunkers have been re-opened as tourist attractions
Re: Drone on
Can't we resurrect XH558 to do our reconnaissance flights, just for shits'n'giggles like?
Ahh Mystic Meg, always proving there WAS a happy medium after all.
Much more entertaining was my Commodore 1520 Printer Plotter - watching the thing hand-write every character with a miniature biro, in the choice of black, blue, red & green. I've still got it somewhere but I guess then pens will be long dried out by now.
Re: What a useful feature.
Outlook has a little-known "ignore" function that pretty much does this
MIssing the Point?
Even if this hadn't backfired, where's the April Fool prank? Surely the whole point of April Fools is FOOLING people into believing something that isn't true... how does this even meet that criteria since they actually did it?
Re: Because data protection
If I get one of these calls and I'm confident that it's legitimate but they're asking me to authenticate, then rather than end up having to call back a call centre in India, I give them a false answer (such as wrong letters from my password). If they're genuine, they'll tell me it's wrong and give me another chance, if they accept the false info then the phone goes down.
Yes, I do realise it's not fool proof, but I takes me chances.
Wow, I'd totally forgotten these - though there must be 3 or 4 of them still on my old bedroom bookshelf back at my Dad's house. I think my most used (by a long shot) was the Adventure Game one. I got it just before our annual 2-week holiday to Wales, and spent most of that fortnight laying out the map and items on paper, desperate to get back home and be able to start coding it on my C64.
I still remember that the very first thing you had to do to get anywhere in my game (The Adventurer) was "CALL GUARD" - luckily my game got its guards from the same place all Hollywood movies get theirs from so the guard was stupid and easy to overcome.
How far "down the line" will this go? Does this mean that that it'll be illegal for a hotel or hotspot provider to offer me free Internet "for browsing only" at an artificially restricted speed, but offer me the option of a faster service that will also allow VPN, VOIP and downloading for a fee?
Let me change your post:
It is astounding how numb BUSINESS is about this continual tide of massive breaches of private info right around the world. W[here]TF is this going to go.
If I was CEO of any large company, the minute I saw something like this in the news I'd have my CISO in front of me and I'd be demanding assurances that all our data was encrypted etc
Someone please remind me why we count Paul McGann, but not Peter Cushing?
Re: too little too late
Bing Maps gives you online access to OS maps for free - though I'll admit I can't find it on the new version so either they've done a Google and made it impossible to find, or maybe they've just done away with it. However, click the option to revert to the previous version and it's there - just click the "Road" dropdown and you can choose from Road, London Street Map or OS Map.
So despite being called PET, this is actually a C64 and Amiga emulator? Shame - I was really hoping to get some quality Android Nim and AFO time in.
Now correct me if I'm wrong here (and I'm sure someone will), but as I remember it *all* PETs were white-screen with the built-in tape deck - the later models with green screen and a proper keyboard (which meant the tape deck was separate) were actually called CBM 3032 (the last two digits being the memory size) - I think the PET name was only officially used for the PET 2001?
It's impressive how they've perfectly segued the shape of the iPhone into the shape of a gun
Seriously, what did I post in that to warrant a thumbs-down? If I got something wrong then ok, but it would be useful to actually reply and correct me.
Not quite - there's two aspects to Apple Pay (which is why many people get confused over whether retailers support it or not).
First, there's the simple replacement for non-authenticated payments of <£20 which is pretty much the same as contactless cards or what other RFID phones can already do, with the difference that Apple Pay doesn't provide the card reader with your card number, instead it provides a single-use number. Not sure if other phone's systems do that. There's no special terminal or support needed for this - if a retailer can take contactless payments, then your can use Apple Pay, the reader just sees it as a contactless card.
The other aspect of Apple Pay is that for larger transactions (over the £20 limit), users can authenticate on their phones (with fingerprint or passcode) rather than using a PIN, and again the retailer and the payment processor will never actually see your credit card number, just the one-time number transmitted by your iPhone. This is going to need specific support, hence the list of retailers who "support Apple Pay".
I'm sure someone can give a more technical explanation than that, but the bottom line is you never provide your actual card details. So effectively Apple Pay is an anonymising service for card payments with the associated security/privacy benefits that brings about.
Re: HSBC are systematically incompetent.
Loving the way HSBC (incl First Direct) are now denying they ever said they'd be supporting Apple Pay from today, despite the overwhelming mass of evidence to the contrary - and even the fact that it was their memo which first leaked today as being the launch date!
I mean, what's the world coming to when we can't even trust the banks to be honest with us?
"It takes the form of a rubberised, soft-touch black device shaped like a letter T – or a hammerhead shark, if, like the inventors you're feeling whimsical"
Pedantic I know, but I didn't see the inventors compare it to a (hammerhead) shark at all - I think that was *your* whimsical inference. They just call it a hammerhead, i.e. a shape which is just like - well, you know, the T-shaped head of a hammer. It could just as well be compared to any of the other hundreds of objects similarly-named for their hammerhead shape, all of which have temporaily escaped my mind at this current time.
Is that a Facebook stooge taking a defiant piss against the wall of the office of the Data Protection Commissioner in the background of the photo?
Suck it up, Jony Ive
And the award for the most skeumorphic app in the world, ever, goes to...
...as I'd imagine that a disproportionately high number of the people or incidents where this "right to be forgotten" was invoked probably relate to the BBC in the 70's/80's anyway, allegedly.
I just hope St Peter doesn't ask to check my iPod when I get to the Pearly Gates