1042 posts • joined Friday 21st May 2010 23:54 GMT
Re: HP 4L
I'm still using my HP 4M. Postscript and network port (bnc and RJ45) so likely to still be of use until the end of time :-)
Re: On behalf of San Francisco natives everywhere...
"... please don't call it Frisco."
Re: David Glasgow Fart app graph please
" It seems that fart apps have become the new "hello world".
That sound like the wrong kind of follow
Re: Fixed it for you
That's a shitload of metric fucktons of admin costs. I think there could quite easily be good cause to suspect that this is evasion, not avoidance. Allegedly.
I can sell them admin pencils for only £100,000,000 per year. Think how much profit they could make!!!
Re: Reinvented cuckoo clock
"I wonder why they went for the descending weight method, versus a coiled spring"
I suspect because you can just lift the weight up and re-attach it in a fe seconds rather than spending 10minutes winding a spring backup. Also, both the weight/bag and the rope are easily replaced. A heavy duty coiled steel spring not so much.
Re: Any details on how the orientaion is handled?
"If I had to guess, I'd venture that any 'cleverness' will be built into the controllers built into the devices,"
That's what I think too. A bit like switches and routers auto-configuring for straight through for cat5 cross-over cables like wot they've done for years.
"As above, they don't seem to understand that there isn't any shortage of these various metals or ores so no, we don't have any supply constraints."
I suspect that if pressed they will deny any scaremongering and claim that their wooly description was never meat to mean that we might run out of the elements stated but that current production capacity is not enough to meet projected demand.
In other words, they have delusions of a political career or have just bought shares in rare earth processing :-)
Re: Law seems clear
"It says: "forbidden to have a screen mounted where the driver can see it. Turned on, or off. I don't see how this defense can fly."
That's what lawyers and judges are for. The opposing lawyers make their interpretations based on the legal meanings of words taken individually and in groups then the judge gets to decide whose argument had the most merit.
As Nigel already suggested, is Glass "mounted" when being worn or is it being carried?
Likewise, is a projection onto the lens legally a "screen" in that definition? Especially if the projector is not switched on.
<ISIHAC>Stannic - A dark mill in Yorkshire</ISIHAC>
Re: @Stanene Inside
"its just the Stanene Outside, that's the mutts mound."
If we make a Klein bottle out of this stuff and apply a voltage would it turn the universe inside out?
Re: No chemists here
"Stannene, with a double-n to preserve the short "a" sound."
We could have a whole new Alooooominum war over the pronunciation :-)
"It relates to taking an action in response to incomming communication plus face authentication."
So what? That's an obvious and logical next step. It's a not a new invention or process. I suspect the patent on the two input AND gate has already expired.
"Vodafone's current radio advert for their £26/month "Red" service states they can put the price up mid-contract..."
It'd be interesting to challenge that as being legally "unfair" as the only variables which can be changed are at the whim of and to the benefit of the provider. There are no balancing terms the customer can choose to vary to their own benefit.
Re: Funny thing...
"The problem is keeping up with the constantly changing tax laws and the movements of items from one category to another."
In addition,say I'm visiting Ohio (no online sales tax), buy something online from an Amazon affiliate who is in California (online sales tax) to be shipped to my home address in NY (now has online sales tax). What taxes are paid,by who and to whom? Better, yet, make that same purchase while outside the US borders.
Re: Only to be expected....
An additional reason for PC sales downturn, at least here in the UK. Massive cutbacks and redundancies in local councils.
In many cases I suspect, and a few cases I personally know of, there are more seats than bums. There are brand new/nearly new PCs stacked up, unused, bought during the last year or threes Govt. Frameworks when staffing levels were significantly higher than today.
Re: idiots... what better time to develop a self hosted open source solution...
"Move to LibreOffice, skip MS"
The difficulty there is alluded to in the article where it's mentioned they are using Word templates. Based on my very limited experience with a single Govt. dept, these are not just simple templates but programmed (VBScript??) templates which lead the user through filling out forms or reports in a specific way, often for legal reasons.
Every affected customer...
..should write to their bank complaining about non-payment of funds and charge £25 for the letter.
Failure of the bank to pay said "fine" ought to result in an investigation into unfair contract terms. After all, a "fair" contract is supposed to fairly allocate risks and responsibilities, not place all the risks onto one side.
Re: Its only money
what part of COMPENSATION WILL BE PAID did you not understand."
They have not offered compensation. They have said they will refund people who are "out of pocket" due to the problems. I doubt they will be paying compensation for the embarrassment of having a transaction refused, especially if you just filled up £60-70 worth of petrol and are standing at the till.
"That would be the one used by Virgin Media."
So go to the config page and switch it off. I did so when it was introduced. IIRC it based on the account settings but that was a few years ago now. You might have it hunt it down in the bowels of the VM website.
I get proper 404 errors.
Re: Could you please explain why the UK still sends aid to India...
Because the Brits want to pretend that they have some leverage over India."
Aid, in the case of countries like India is not about aid per se, it's more of a "diplomatic bribe" to get preferential trade agreements and so on. UK aid to India ends in 2015. The US have begun a shift from "aid" to "strategic partnership" and are reducing their "aid"
Re: Excellent Article
"You get to choose which companies you are interested in. Companies can group together under a single common app, but you get to choose if you are interested or not."
Yes, in an ideal world there will be a single standard and you'll have one app which will pick up the local business or access a directory where the user can tick or untick whether they want more info from that shop when the walk past.
The reality is that every business group will have a separate app. Those which group together will be an all or nothing choice. Interesting in the Toy'R'Us beacon? Get spammed everytime you walk past McDonalds, Starbuck and Mothercare as well.
All you have to do is put yourself into the mind of a marketdroid and you too can see the world as a dysfunctional free for all where the customer is just a "revenue generation agent" and not someone who you genuinely want to inspire loyalty in. . (I need some mind bleach now. I feel so dirty!)
"Or is that too simplistic?"
Slightly less simplistic :
Space is expanding in three dimensions so everything is moving away from everything else. The visual effect for an observer is that the observer is always at the centre no matter where they are.
"It's not like you can get a set-top box for your car."
You can. But depending on where you are (ie most places) the DAB signal breaks up before the show ends and you have to switch to something else or go back to FM.
Re: Well now
"It seems to me the only reason for the push to DAB is that its digital and therefor the arts degree morons in charge think that anything digital is automatically better"
That's probably the reason given to the politicians so they can sound "informed" when talking to the public but in the background it's all about compressing the FM stations in a few few digital MUXes and selling off the bandwidth for more mobiles phones and/or wifi.
Also, as already demonstrated by digital TV and existing DAB, the quality delivered to the end user is often lower thanks to decreasing bit rates to squeeze more channels into the same space. When sat. and cable were switching to digital they "sold" it to us on the promise of "crystal clear pictures and HiFi sound". Yeah, it was. For a while. Now we see TV channels with so little bandwidth that at time you can't tell the difference between grass and coloured tarmac.
Re: Excellent Article
"the voucher is created by the owning store's app"
That description makes it all sound a bit pointless to me. How many people are going to install potentially 100's of beacon apps just so they might get a special offer next time they wander around the local shopping centre.
Oh noes! All that extra stuff in the sun! It's burning brightly - GLoBaL WaRMiNG!
Hang on. It's ice. It's melting into water and water puts out fire!!!! - Oh noes, GLoBaL CooLiNG!!
What do I do? Help me Obi Wan!
it could be an example of an intermediate -mass black hole... could be the jumping-off point for the formation of supermassive black holes.
... theory that intermediate ones coalesce into supermassive ones can't be tested until they find an intermediate one to study."
This a very confusing scale of things and sizes. We jump straight from intermediate to supermassive?
No "small?" No "Big?" Can we at least have "massive" blackholes in between the "intermediate" and the "supermassive". After all, "super" implies bigger, better, above or higher in a sequence so tacked onto massive implies that massive must come before super while massive itself creates a mind image of something humungously bigger than some puny "intermediate" thing so we ought to have "big" in between them too.
We need a proper embiggening scale for blackholes.
"I'm curious. How many readers here find the term "boffin" demeaning?"
IIRC correctly, consensus was reached some while ago that the term "scientist" had been demeaned by various "soft", "social" and other non-sciences types calling themselves "scientists" and so the term "boffin" has been reclaimed to stand in for real scientists who do sums and build stuff.
Re: Stupid Idea - always was.
"Why didn't they merge a QL with a Swan Teasmade? Now that would have been much better!"
A TEASMAID???!!!!?!?!?? %Deiety no! A computer merged with a pizza oven, on the other hand....That's proper geek!
Anyone else see the $25k for a home computer in the text and think, "yep, sounds like standard Australian retail practice?"
No. But I did see mention of a being able to by a HOME for $25k and a home COMPUTER $2.5K
Re: Warranty vs Firmware?
"What actual risk does flashing a custom firmware pose to the phone itself?"
That's just what I was wondering. As far as I'm aware, software is always buggy and for some reason that is accepted by customers, suppliers manufactures and, tellingly,the regulators, and you will have great difficulty returning a device because the firmware/supplied software has bugs so the reality is that for all practical purposes only the hardware is covered by the warranty.
As an aside, it's worth noting that that some hardware is buggy and it's the firmware drivers which work around the faults so flashing the firmware has the potential to cause some hardware to no longer work or to not respond as expected. Manufactures really don't want to recall hardware if they can write/update a driver to work around the fault or transfer some functions back to software while the new hardware release is going into production. I'm pretty sure some gfx cards have shipped with drivers doing some of the functions intended to be done in hardware actually being done by the software drivers
Re: cant help myself
"Looks like "general knowledge" is becoming the latest oxymoron"
To be fair, for most people under the age of 40 or so, their only experience of whale hunting is seeing Greenpeace protests on the TV. It's rare for a documentary to cover whale hunting or processing partly because it's much less of a spectator sport these days but mainly because it's not especially politically correct to show the slaughter and butchering of what may be an intelligent creature (for some value of intelligent depending on personal choice)
I do have some colour slides of whales flensing in the Faroes that my dad took while up there many years ago. I'd forgotten about them but happened to come across them just the other week while working through the process of scanning his thousands of slide.
As an aside, my spilling chucker doesn't have "flensing" in its repertoire.
Re: Good luck to you Penny Arcade
"no less than 4 salaries minus overhead of 3 extra people, so it should be something like 200-300 thousand dollars"
Yeah, if you can do all 4 of those jobs, full time, at least 40 hours per week for each job.
On the other hand, it's four part time jobs which, while having variable hours per job, will probably add up to at most, two full time jobs.
There seems to be a lot of prima donnas posting in this thread.
Re: insurers do this
"that adds up to 50 hours. That's more than a pay cheque's worth of time spent on maintenance!"
On the other hand, some would not value their hobby or spare time in terms or work/employment remuneration and see that time as a relaxing or zen-like change from the daily grind and may even value that "unpaid", "unproductive" time far more highly than spending an extra hour at work.
Different strokes etc.
Re: Benefits of IoT
"There have been times when I have realised I have 'forgotten to set the VCR' or forgot to change channel being recorded and it would be nice to be able to rectify that from afar. IoT could fix that if I considered it something I wanted fixed."
That is also a solved problem if you have Sky or a Virgin Media Tivo (Other Tivo boxes may also do it) It's a not a stretch to imagine Freeview DVRs can, or already have a similar function.
Re: asshats of America...
"have managed to destroy common carrier status for telcos..."
Not yet. That's why the ISPs have challenged block requests and will only block exactly what is described in the court order. As yet, no court order has been "open" enough to specify something which requires the ISP to look at traffic or logs or to make decisions on what might or might not be "infringing" data traffic.
"proclaiming the death of an entire form factor, especially one as entrenched as the PC"
Agreed. The vast majority of PCs in businesses are on desks where people sit and use them. Most of them can't sit there playing with tablets or smartphones or use any form of BYOD device simply because they need a proper keyboard and a proper screen all of the time. Management poncing about with a tablet and swiping pictures across the screen don't earn money for the company.
They could switch to thin clients if there's a business case for it but call centre staff and admin staff (which is probably most business users) are not going to be switching to touch screen tablets any time soon.
Re: @Don Jefe
"Or making fighting vehicles al la "Scrap Heap Challenge""
Now that's a proper jaaarrrb!
Re: As if security theatre were *about* security.
"Spectacular gets attention and money tossed at it."
IIRC, the general opinion is the the US "won" the cold war because those dirty pinko commis couldn't keep up in the spending race.
Re: what changed?
"well trained cowboy ...shoving a pork sausage down your throat"
Is this the comedy cowboy from the Village People?
Sorry, I think I just regressed to being 12 again <manic giggles>
Re: Every country...
"What if your bank demanded being repaid immediately?"
Default on a payment and that's the agreement ripped up. Didn't that almost happen recently?
If those Chinese loans to the US are anything like US house mortgages then a single failed repayment can result in foreclosure.
Re: It's only irresponsible if we remove any tariffs....we should put MORE in place.
"I'll raise you unfair and unjust taxation without representation and the ensuing American Revolution."
Oddly enough, your own government is currently doing exactly that to it's own citizens in exactly the way you describe.
Re: And I suppose...
Thank you for the clarification Sir Humphry, although I must say I never quite saw you as the sort of person using a nickname of "smurfette" on that internet thingy.
Re: Is this a story?
"Try walking continuously for 8 hours."
Many, many (many, many, many) years ago I worked as a swimming pool lifeguard. Just standing around doing nothing for 8 hours a day, day after day, is surprisingly tiring too.
Re: Tomato Tomato
...so good they named it twice?
Re: notable mathematicians of Rome/Byzantium
"According to Clarke, the Ramans never even landed on Earth, let alone build anything there."
True, but they did come in ayeayeaye's
Mines the one with the extra pocket ------------>
"the family won't let me watch because X-Factor is on."
Someone who reads and comments on a tech site doesn't have some form of new fangled recording technology?
You could always download it from alt.binaries.drwho I have no doubt it will available shortly after the broadcast finishes.
"some 13 billion years ago from now."
"Even more interesting, these galaxies appear poised to merge into a single massive galaxy, which could eventually evolve into something akin to the Milky Way."
So, more like "probably has evolved into..." since it already happened 13 beeellion years ago.
It's still gobsmackingly amazing what we can see what with watching a star turning into a black hole and now seeing a galaxy forming right before our (telescopically assisted) eyes.
- Windows 7 outstrips Windows 8.x with small November growth
- IT MELTDOWN ruins Cyber Monday for RBS, Natwest customers
- iPhone slips in Europe as Windows Phone claims OVER 10% market share
- Beijing leans on Microsoft to maintain Windows XP support
- Update The only way is Office: UK Parliament to migrate to Microsoft cloud