Re: .UK or .GB??
And further, and the root of much confusion:
GB = Great Britain
UK = United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
GB = country code for "United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland"
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My wife was struggling to understand the differences between mobile data, wifi and bluetooth on her phone, and why she might want to turn them on or off depending where she is and what she's trying to do.
A process of explanation immensely complicated by the fact that she's with British Telecom, so the toggle for mobile data is labelled 'BT' and the toggle for bluetooth is also labelled 'BT'.
So far I've seen one photo of the drone - just a white dot in the sky, could be anything. You would have thought photos and mobile footage would be all over the interwebs by now.
So the thought occurs - all of this is in response to "reports of drones". Where did those reports come from? Far easier to muck around with a radio using airport frequencies than actually fly a drone, perhaps?
...may I wave a flag for Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator?
It's been around since the days of XP, but I've only just stumbled across it. Define your own keyboard layout on Windows - so I've now got lots of AltGr-combinations for things like ° µ Ω ✓ ⌘ ½ → and dead-key combinations for óôòöõ.
Wonderfully geeky fun.
Well, here's the idiot who vandalised the OpenStreetMap data:
...and is currently banned until 2038.
The edits were made 20 days ago, and were reverted within a few hours. But presumably Mapbox grabbed the changes in the brief window they were live (or accepted the edits but not the reverts).
I actually wonder if Mapbox's filtering of changes actually worked against them on this one, as the OpenStreetMap community undid the vandalism pretty quickly.
...we need AI to implement a thermostat nowadays?
(shuffles off, muttering about the youth of today, and how discrete electronics should be enough for anyone, all started going downhill with those fancy-pants op-amps, don't get me started about when microcontrollers came along, and now everything needs plugging into the internet to work, not that anything turns on instantly any more, oh, no, in my day... cont. p.94)
Has huge parallels with GDPR.
We've all known it's been coming for two years, but when did you get your please-please-can-we-keep-spamming-you emails? In a steady trickle over those last two years, or all in a mad rush in the last week or so?
All working now? Crisis in the future? Nah, it's all working now, we'll deal with it later.
So death by lack of white paint. That's nasty - especially as there are comments saying that section of protective barrier was missing because of repeated accidents at that junction.
Needs something like this (UK): https://firstname.lastname@example.org,-2.5646672,3a,75y,264.91h,88.69t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sTKudFnVgYMSZ8EUuhfQuMQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
Is the sudden barrier in a bit of plain tarmac a common US thing?
First thought was: cool, that's a nice bit of fun.
Second thoughts are a bit darker. If I were a website offering a solitaire game, I'd be pissed off. Google already has form in intercepting traffic before it gets to websites - quite often, you type a query and Google pops up a box ahead of the search results with the information you're after. Great for the user, but the user then doesn't visit the website.
Instead of directing traffic at relevant websites, Google is increasingly using information scraped from those websites to ensure the user doesn't go beyond Google; it's turning from being a positive source of traffic to a parasite using a website's own content to actually prevent traffic.
So Solitaire, fun, but slightly worrying...
...why on earth we're still collecting this as a separate fee. Maybe when only a small proportion of people had TVs it made sense, but with near-universal take up, it's daft.
Just the cost of collecting the TV licence fee is around £100million.
Roll the damn thing into general taxation and be done with it.
Following on from www.theregister.co.uk/2015/06/30/windows_10_wi_fi_sense/,
After holding out for as long as I possibly could, I've just been updated from Office 2003 to 365. I've lived a ribbon-free life up until now.
My reaction upon opening Office 365 was, my god, who's sneezed icons all over the top of my screen?
Shortcut habits are also hard to change - nice to see that 365 still acts on the old shortcuts, but the message "Office access key: Alt, T, Continue typing the menu key sequence from an earlier version of Office..." seems to laugh at me - "I know what the old menu sequences are, but I'm not going to give you any clues"
I made the change to Win 10 on Tuesday, and have been seeing precisely this.
I'm on a sub-2Mbps link, and I use the bandwidth controls on my router to fairly share out the bandwidth available (i.e. make sure I can work and use the VoIP phone even if the kids are watching YouTube videos). It's always worked reasonably well.
Since switching to Windows 10 I've found that although the throttling of 'normal' traffic (web browsing, downloads, YouTube, etc) still works fine, when Windows Update is downloading something it eats every available bit of bandwidth - to the extent that not only do I get time outs trying to load web pages on my own machine, other PCs in the house also struggle to connect at all.
Which is crazy, as you'd expect Windows Update traffic to be the lowest priority on the network; it's non-interactive, happening in the background, and should be happy to trickle feed at a slow rate or when there's bandwidth available. I've even tried using the local group policy editor to throttle down the maximum rate at which BITS can download, but it still seems to just blast away...
> They appear to put the onus on broadband providers to ensure that folk have access to 10Mps - providing they can't get it through other means such as 4G or satellite.
So, seeing as everyone can get satellite ('can get' and 'want' being different things), this applies to no-one, I'm guessing. Convenient.
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