* Posts by lemmac

35 publicly visible posts • joined 4 Oct 2011

Keep your iPhone calls private, whispers Signal


Re: Is there anything like this for android?

except for this paragraph:

"At registration, Signal checks the user's address book to identify other Signal users, and its integrated with Redphone, allowing encrypted calls between iPhone and Android users."

Intel's Centrino notebook platform is 10 years old


Although my original battery was nowhere near dead ( it had hardly been used, laptop big to carry around, saved that job for the 1000h eepc) i couldn't help buy another when i saw them selling (in copius quantities) on ebay for around £12. They are hardly difficult to get hold of and definitely not expensive. Still using the same Toshiba satellite m70 from 2006, upgraded cpu from 1.73 to 2.1 ghz for £8 just recently, another £8 for broadcom wifi N card. It is happily running both linux mint and win7 far better than it ever did xp.

US insurer punts 'bestiality' to wide-eyed kiddies, gasp 'mums'



...is in the mind of the beholder

Apple 'slashes iPhone 5 screen orders', tight-fisted fanbois blamed


Re: on the other hand....

Mount a curb in an offroad capable vehicle? You are kidding right? I pass many on the single lane country roads around here and it's me in my little hatch that has to drive up and into the hedgerow while the 4x4 is half a yard away from the verge on their side. Maybe it's because most are women drivers, maybe they just find it harder to judge distance from such a vantage point, who knows? One thing is for sure the last thing drivers of your typical Chelsea tractor will contemplate is to mount a curb!

John McAfee the Belize spymaster uncovers 'ricin, terrorist plots'


sticking a tampon up his nose to pretend to be a Guatemalan trinket salesman

Is it a cultural thing?

Review: Apple iMac 21.5in late 2012


Re: When are they going to stop?

You are 'building' your own pc but won't put a dvd drive in it in case it breaks? You are confused...

Why do Smart TV UIs suck?



Tv's, dvd players, set top boxes - of which i've had many, all had ability to update FOTA. How many updates did i get? None, ever.

The worst was my first DVD player, bought on the strength of playing MP3 discs. It's interface was unbelievably bad. The left hand side of the screen was reserved for folder structure, the right hand side for tracks. Both sides could only show a maximum of 8 characters in a name ( i measured the available space left over and it would allow for 40 characters each side!) which meant every folder by the same artist was named the same if the artist name was more than 7 letters, the same for the tracks when tagged artist/album/track. Only when i played a track would the full title appear except that any spaces, dashes or hyphens would appear as zeros! Totally unfit for purpose. Needless to say i dumped the dvd player and connected my pc to the tv instead.

My current tv has a guide, selectable by pressing the guide button. It splits the screen into three vertical columns and two horizontal. The bottom left hand side is reserved for channel numbers/names and is basically empty space, the other two bottom panes show Now and Next. They can show 30 characters along with '...' if there are more than 30. The top of the screen has PIP on the left third and programme details on the other two thirds. The details of the current selected programme has acres of space but again will only show about 6 words followed by '...'. I can press the info button on the remote to get more info in a pop up window, it can show about 10 words including the first 6 that were already available on the guide. I can't press the info button again to close the window, instead i can press the return button on the remote (will remove the pop up but keep the guide open), the exit button on the remote (will close the guide as well) or navigate to the onscreen 'return' button and press the ok button on the remote (will remove the pop up and return to guide).

If i forgo the guide and press the info button while watching a programme it displays the same 6 word description as the guide but this time it occupies the full width of the screen via a drop down menu, again with acres of empty space. I can now close this by pressing the info button again, or usefully press the red button on the remote for information? Doing so will now display the full text of the programme description in a pop up window. This pop up can be closed by pressing the ok or exit button on the remote but not the red button a second time. The pop up window is only half the width of the screen but with larger text than either the guide or the info button drop down uses but can manage to display all the programme information in far less space!

I fail to comprehend how something could be made so unintuitive without special effort and struggle to accept that someone was paid (probably good money) to make it so. Oh and i've had the tv for 3 years without a fw update...

Lawyer sues Microsoft rather than slot an SD card into his Surface


why did the 'optional' text...

...ghostwritten in the title bar get set as an RE when replying?

Medical scan record that the NHS says will cost £2k to retrieve: Detail


"The manufacturer quoted a price of £2,000 to the trust as the cost of sourcing this MOD unit."

They obviously never tried ebay ... http://preview.tinyurl.com/bbmjcs6

Surface tablets snapped up on pre-order, but no camping in the street



the 64gb model price includes the keyboard, whereas its an optional extra with the 32gb

Anonymous cell: Shove off, credit-hoggers, WE took down HSBC


Re: banks

Money which they wouldn't have been able to borrow if the lenders had been doing their jobs properly

Latest iPhone hacked to blab all your secrets



so email couldn't be accessed through the exploit but then there's an express warning not to use email...



"Email and SMS were not not available because they were sealed off from the hijacked Safari process and separately encrypted."


"The CEO of a company should never be doing e-mail or anything of value on an iPhone"


" There are a lot of people taking photos on their phones that they shouldn't be taking."

= WTF???

BBC dishes out fanboi-only telly downloads ahead of ITV plans


This is new?

only my old Samsung Wave has been downloading iplayer shows for the last 2 years

Amazon to bash down Google, Apple with SIX new tablets - report



"there are thousands of possible combinations of screen resolution, processor speed, memory, GPS, Bluetooth, etc."

Hmmm, sounds just like a pc... i'm sure they were quite successful. That was back in the days when software was called software though so i guess its only 'apps' that face the problem you mention?

Ten... Star Wars videogame classics


jedi knight 2

oh yeah!

Software functionality not subject to copyright: EU court


Re:Re:Re: Am I missing something?

"PS The function of a cyclone isn't to 'suck', it is to separate dust particles from the air."

Ah, i see, so it's a bag!


Re: Am I missing something?

"I'm struggling to see why hardware ideas (Dyson cyclone for example) are offered patent protection, where as software ideas aren't?"

I guess it's because the cyclone functionality is essentially to 'suck' - how one gets something to to suck is patentable, but the act of 'sucking' surely isn't.

US trade commission: Xbox 360 violates Motorola patents


It's a PC!

What, why, how? The xbox is nothing but a crippled PC.

India splurges £100m on new mega internet snooping HQ


you really would have thought...

... the bad guys would be encrypting already

Microsoft demos 3D desktop with transparent OLED


see through fridge door?

one thing that concerns me about transparent fridge doors - would the light turn off when the door was closed and if so would it not defeat the object ?

Wii workouts unlikely to improve fitness


bowling, golf, boxing, dancing or any of the other so called 'fit' titles that cause me to put a shoulder out can be done with a mere flick of a wrist if you are under 13 years old, with much better results to boot.

Google adds Do Not Track button to Chrome


Blocking ads eliminates the primary revenue source for most web publishers.


Not at all, i haven't clicked on an add since the early days of 'punch the monkey' and don't intend to do so - so where is this money i would be otherwise generating coming from?

Microsoft explains bland new Windows logo


back to where it all began

straightened out and added perspective to the original logo - great stuff

Apple antagonist Proview unveils its own iPad


looks like iMac?

My C64 looked a lot like an iMac too, when attached to the right portable tv, indeed a good 15 years prior to iMac. I always thought the Apple 'revolution' at the time was more a devolution...

Boy burned in Nintendo sensor substitution


surely the warning should be don't let 8 year olds play with candles, the fact that they were being used as a replacement to a sensor is irrelevant. They could have been sitting on a table, windowsill or by his bed for all the difference it would make.

Swiss insist file-sharers don't hurt copyright holders


If you could magic food out of thin air...

"Is it ok for me to steal food if I still buy as much as I did before I stole?"

You really didn't think that through did you?

Pro-game MP rewrites Modern Warfare censure motion


Who else is gonna deliver it?

His tooth fairy credits expired some years back.


do the [insert enemy of the day here] parents love their children too?

"notes in particular the harrowing scenes in which a London Underground train is bombed by terrorists, bearing a remarkable resemblance to the tragic events of 7 July 2005"

forgetting of course the rest of the game's remarkable resemblance to the myriad of Western led illegal wars and intervention in Middle Eastern, South American and African countries for political and economic gain waged against a fictitious 'enemy of the day' thinly veiled behind the guise of democracy and human rights and the need protect our so called 'freedoms' to such an overwhelming extent that even our own civil liberties are seen as obstacles to that same end...

...erm... yeah, right

San Diego Baywatch rules out exploding dead whale


Why only wasteful options?

When there are whole industries built on the goodies that a whale can provide... that whale is probably worth over $10,000 to the right person, endangered or not it's dead already... pack it in ice and ship it to Iceland.

Smart meters blamed for Wi-Fi, garage opener interference


Seriously, but why...

Are these meters using wifi when they are attached to a perfectly good wired lan by their very nature?

Mexican drug runners torture and decapitate blogger


More fail...

The first poster was obviously harking to the fact that 'The War On Drugs' IS THE PROBLEM...

New plastic telescope ammo machine gun is light as a rifle



There are other advantages: the new LMG's novel rotating chamber (shown in action in the vid below) doesn't heat up as an M249's does

'iPhone 4 to be free' when new iPhones ship


^^^ Best bet, get the phone for free on contract, unlock it, remove sim, sell phone at going rate on ebay and use all those lovely and literally free minutes on the sim, paid for by the cash from phone sale, in your existing phone...