438 posts • joined 26 Jul 2008
Re: Not so smart!
"Advertising Standards Authority"
I've wondered about whether there'd be a case to answer on that score too...
"not having estimated bills anymore"
I get an email once a month from my (non-big-6) supplier, asking for a reading ... takes 2 minutes to reply with the numbers (might as well use advert breaks usefully after all...), so why install a gadget to do it for me?
Re: Ignorance can be very powerful
"We give £350M a week to the EU"
Technically even that statement is false - given that it's the pre-rebate figure - so we actually hand over rather less than that (and then most of it comes back our way - in effect - through EU spending)
I gather someone is trying to sue Boris over that whole bus thing... popcorn at the ready...
Oh, I wish it could be Black Friday every day-aayyy, when the wallets start jingling but it's still a week till we're paiii-iid
Today IS payday...
...as the 25th is at the weekend, so they bring it forward for some reason...
...not that I've read any of the 3 million (it seems) special offer emails I've had this week.
(That said, I do have a couple of things I need to buy soonish, so I'll be playing the "what odds on those things not being in a sale" game later...)
If you have inner peace, it's probably 'cos your broadband works: Zen Internet least whinged-about Brit ISP – survey
Re: Another happy Zen customer here
"As opposed to the ISP provided router."
This ... my Zen-supplied router (half) died on me - the Wifi failed specifically, but it still worked wired.
Asked them about a replacement - they tried to sell me another, but were happy to let me get my own so off I went and got one, no problem at all
What they really need...
...is a new "get the bastards to pay what they're supposed to" department...
...as opposed to the "special treatment for the rich and famous" section they're running at the moment (which could be classified as being an accessory to tax fraud, but that's a whole different can of worms).
(see https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1015402/HMRC-tax-financial-crimes-prosecution and others)
You have been able to backup most things via adb since android 4.0.
"Most" being the operative word - given that there is a flag that apps can set which will block the ADB backup process from happening (for that app)
That said - there are apps out there that will (without root being needed) perform ADB backups on a per-app basis (rather than a monolithic single file) - Helium by Clockworkmod being the first one that comes to mind (it was the one that informed me about the no-backup flag too, as it happens)
"Amazon, go HOME but pay your TAXES First. We can exist without you. You are NOT wanted."
That's the real reason for claiming there'll be civil unrest... they're trying to avoid the UK being able to (finally) put a stop to their Triple-Irish-Dutch-IsleOfMan-Sandwich (or whatever their tax scam is called these days)
£5bn... and the rest!
Stick a 1 on the front to get it developed (Galileo being 3x its original budget or thereabouts)
Then turn the 1 into a 2 (or 3... 4... more...) to develop some kind of platform to launch it from, given that NASA, ESA, and the Russians will have us by the proverbial short & curlies...
"I really wish mobile networks would finish the job properly..."
Oh no... can't be having that... how else will HMGov get its fix of easy cash every couple of years (when there aren't any public services to sell off on the cheap)?
I'll wager though that after the £23 billion they got for 3G, the mobile operators have gotten wise to this...
Most of my student friends (back in the day) invested their grant money in British Gas et al...
...sold the shares as soon as they were allowed... and (mostly) bought some half-decent audio gear with the proceeds.
Admittedly, that was a lot more likely to be a guaranteed win than the likes of Bitcoin today.
"We also encourage people to talk about things that have worked for them, in lightning talks or blog posts. When we share information we can show how easy it is to do something and show what people can gain from it."
Until you're flooded with notifications saying that XYZ has responded to ABC's post - and promptly tune them all out... even the useful ones
Re: Ten minutes??
Last time I was over there I couldn't help but marvel at the epics that were the drug adverts...
10 seconds of "do you have these symptoms? Our new drug might be able to help"
30 seconds of "oh... by the way... it might cause this, that, the other ... or even kill you"
10 seconds of "ask your doctor about it" (presuming that the previous 30 seconds hasn't put you off)
10 seconds of "oh... if you can't afford it we might be able to help with that too..."
That was pretty much the template for every single one...
Yes, bandwidth etc do cost money...
...but are you putting in the effort to host the adverts yourself...?
... or are you just plugging a script into a page somewhere, and letting A.N.Other host the adverts for you (and whatever other junk that happens to come with them)?
If the former - then fine, I'll unblock your site... if the latter, then forget it!
Meaning: "greater bungs from our mates who'll sell on the pleb's data to anyone"
Case in point - the DVLA - they'll sell your reg number to pretty much anyone as it is (especially those lovely sharks claiming to be car park enforcement agencies) ... I dread to think what they'd do with more freedom.
Re: "the first new computer form-factor since the iPad"
re: "Microsoft's Tablet PC in 2002"
I think I can go back further even than that - my first "proper" job was at a research lab at the QE/University of Birmingham, where (by the time I left in 1996) we were looking into using kit like this to hook into the Renal Unit pathology system we had developed - the medics would then have access to blood test results and proposed tests to be performed (automatically generated, via a rulebase).
As you'd imagine back then - battery life and connectivity were as issue as I recall, but as a proof-of-concept it worked rather well...
Re: Silly Idea...
It's only not cost effective if each local install is costed individually.
Economies of scale apply - cover the whole country, and the high cost of some (rural) areas is more than compensated for by those for city centres and the like.
Putting my idealistic hat on - this should have been done from day one, but (at the risk of doing my broken record impression yet again) governments don't think beyond what will get them reelected.