919 posts • joined 15 Jul 2008
It's almost as if the writer didn't know the origin of the word he was implying.
When is it not t-shirt weather in a Northern town?
How can you live without the sun?
My wife, being Spanish, thinks much the same, and we are many hundreds of miles further south than Scotland.
Re: Eight times brighter than the Moon?
Here's a picture of the Earth and Moon taken together
Is that actually taken together? Who or what took the picture?
Re: Youtube App, @ David Nash
Maybe my phone is a couple of years older or maybe it depends on your phone brand. Mine has an "uninstall" option.
That's a third-party App so I wouldn't count that as the "features you got when you bought the phone".
Re: 30 years SF driver here..
You might have one or two valid points (not sure actually) but you ruin it with they way you put it.
* Civil rights? Get real. All tax-collecting authorities spend money in ways that many of their constituents disagree with. You're trivialising the real civil rights struggles of the past and not-so-past.
* "Critical Mass assholes" Oh you're so eloquent.
* Blaming cyclists for the traffic around them
* it's an unattractive city to cycle in so your suggestion is to make it less attractive to cycle in.
* Bit of an unjustifiable anti-white rant too
Re: Sailfish ahoy
Your argument doesn't quite hold water - you are running perfectly fine with hardly any Android apps and no Google, except for the apps you do want, which you run on another phone.
non web-based email
Just get a domain and a simple mail service from one of many providers (I use 1&1), you will be given IMAP, POP3, SMTP access. Plus webmail should you need it.
Not free. But cheap enough that I don't care.
Apple do not have Significant Market Power on mobile phones
They do not have the majority of the market, so why is it that every podcast I listen to says "give us a review on iTunes"?
Re: Mickey The Cat
Why would the name have been questioned, if she had the card?
It's not like it was in the name of Mickey the mouse.
DOB of 1st January 1970
Do the millennials who coded it not think there is anyone that old? What do people older than that do?
Or are they just stored with a negative date?
Re: Still irrelevant
"the likes of ships and aircraft can carry alternatives"
Galileo is the alternative. That's the point.
New Zealand border cops warn travelers that without handing over electronic passwords 'You shall not pass!'
If your phone is blank of all apps and data...
that would be reasonably suspicious in and of itself, no?
So the reason nobody walks is because nobody walks.
Re: Don't blame Google.
You're probably right but, and this is part of the problem with Google and the rest, TL;DR.
Not defending them but wondering, this happens so often that I wonder if they are evil or just blind to what users really want.
Do they think, "heh heh, we will keep them logged in so we continue to track the unsuspecting users" or do they think, "poor users would be logged out of Google, nobody wants that, we had better keep those cookies"?
Could it be that they think they are being helpful rather than creepy?
Yes that's obviously what @OssianScotland was referring to. No need to spell it out.
Still using Skype? Good news! After HOURS of meetings, Microsoft reckons it knows when you're Not Active
Do not disturb
What's so rude about that.
Maybe it should say "Please do not disturb".
Say goodbye to online gaming and VOIP if your connection uses CG-NAT
You've said it three times now, so I guess it must be true.
I have not heard of CG-NAT before but I suppose if people will be prevented from using those types of online services they will have to be told in advance or there will be chaos, especially if they phone the helpline and the helpdesk people don't know the difference and just tell them to turn it off and on again!
Re: 3 did it in desperation
except the "big guys" didn't follow except when the EU made them.
Have they followed Three's feel at home in all the other non-EU countries? In the USA for example, which I imagine would be an extremely popular move.
the Car Club story
voting leave will be worth any economic cost.
Think about what you are saying. Are you really that stupid?
The ISS is a cooperative workplace, not whole countries running a political and economic system in which every decision affects the lives and economy of their people.
Of course the EU countries are going to try to get whatever they can out of the negotiations, in the same way that the British should be (but failing). That's not unreasonable, it's entirely reasonable and natural and their duty anyway. They are not a "help the Brits" charity.
Re: Remind me...
I was going to point out "fewer" rather than "less" but realised that most of the Brexit crowd don't understand the difference (JRM and BoJo probably excepted).
Re: Remind me...
"very specific things that will definitely be worse, or no longer available"
And yet those who mention such things are accused of "project fear".
As if ignoring a problem makes it go away.
Re: £350 million a week
The NHS never were going to see any of that. It was wilfully miscalculated and a con from the start.
Re: The punishment beating will continue
"no detailed idea what that involved at all:"
And that's still the case for some - last night's BBC Question time had the now-traditional long debate about Brexit and one idiot in the audience still commented "why can't we just leave now?"
These types give it no thought at all. None.
Ugh you made click a Facebook link! My own fault for not checking first.
"The other people..."
...not to mention the military who want their high-resolution GPS, and the rest of us whose taxes will pay for implementing our own solution.
Asking for trouble
Who thought calling it "SecureAnywhere" was a good idea?
"How can an MVNO manage to carry out the billing admin cheaper than the network owner?"
My assumption was that they simply charge less margin than the owner, who is seen as worth paying a premium for by some customers.
Re: false advertisement
Re: Apple vs oranges
If Apple had folded he wouldn't have complained, as the reason would have been obvious.
In this case the implication was that the movie was there in the cloud for him.
Re: It's a good idea to take things home with you when you buy them.
"This gentleman is being naive if he thinks that the Apple store works differently from any brick and mortar store."
I would not be surprised if people don't treat movies they have bought on the Apple store, as being in "their cloud", just like many other stored things, which don't disappear on a whim.
Re: not yours
"the DRM in BluRay can be revoked (eg key rejected) "
My BluRay player is not connected to the Internet so no, it can't.
That might be nice, but why "should"?
If you're buying from "Europe somewhere" then VAT still applies.
I agree though that if it's outside Europe you won't pay VAT but in theory it will be paid on import, normally the courier holds goods in their warehouse until you pay the VAT and duty and a large fee.
Re: Punished if you buy phone from elsewhere
"Why would I want to pay THEM for when there's no mobile signal if I were lucky enough to get wifi instead?"
I was in the same position as you, wifi calling is new to me. But I believe the point is that it goes over Wifi to 3, who route the call via usual methods. That's why you pay them.
As you say, you are free to use Skype or WhatsApp if your contacts have those too, and these days probably most people do. Wifi calling has come a bit too late IMHO.
Re: I never quite understood why one would get a bundle
"I saved £100 on my Samsung S9 by buying a contract from mobiles.co.uk"
Yes, third-party contracts used to have some great bargains. Worth getting the bundle when it's a good deal.
Neutron star crash in a galaxy far, far... far away spews 'faster than light' radio signal jets at Earth
Re: Hope it's true
"because energy applied to them just makes them heavier"
Yes, and time slows down. I am fond of the analogy/model where things are always travelling through spacetime, at the speed of light. ie. 1sec/sec for an object at rest in space, is lightspeed in the time dimension.
The faster you go through the non-time dimensions, the slower you go through time because some of your lightspeed velocity is taken away from the time dimension and used to move you through space.
When you are going through space at lightspeed, time stops because you've used all your lightspeed for space travel rather than time travel. As I believe is said to be the case for photons.
Easy to imagine as a 2-dimensional plane with time on one axis and space on the other.
Re: Relativity - Great! But what about String Theory, Dark Matter and Dark Energy?
Plus you have mixed up Dark Matter and Dark Energy.
Dark Matter explains the behaviour (gravitational) and morphology of the universe and things in it, ie. Galaxies and Galaxy Clusters.
It is hypothesised because it's the simplest explanation that is consistent with other observations. It's not really a circular argument because the stuff that's hypothesised is "matter that we can't see but which interacts only or mainly via Gravity". Nothing wrong with that. We don't know much else about it but lots of work is ongoing to narrow down the options.
More complex hypotheses may be possible too but usually it works to go with the simplest one that is consistent.
Dark Energy on the other hand is much more like the sky pixies you mention. It's a placeholder for an explanation for why the expansion of the universe appears to be increasing.
If and when someone comes up with a better explanation that is consistent with other observations and theory, then great, it will be replaced or explained in more detail. That doesn't mean we shouldn't have such a word.
Newtonian Gravity was much the same. What is Gravity? A force that makes things attract each other. Why do things attract each other? Because of Gravity.
Theory in this context does not mean hypothesis.
outvoted on the UI
I wasn't invited to the ballot.
Re: The other way around
Maybe he used too-realistic examples. Kind of like why you don't joke around airport security.
Re: Definition of Trolling
Upvoted because I agree to a point but unfortunately the media and some politicians got hold of the word and liked it so much they redefined it, and that battle is probably lost.
Re: Forget the geeky stuff, sort out the user experience.
I've never understood these complaints about the UI. Maybe because I wasn't a Photoshop user first?
How is it complicated? Seriously, is there any site where someone has reviewed the UI and listed out specific items? I am interested to know what I am missing out on.
Re: Well Done...
What's wrong with "they're" ?