Monday, 24 January 2011
Surely the trains have to have insurance to run. According to the Metro in their article some trains are running at 240 - 350 (Approx) over their capacity which is approx 150% capacity. Compare this to if I hire a taxi, the taxi is only insured to handle x amount of people. I'm not sure of the law in regards to this but if the police stopped a taxi that was insured to have 4 passengers and there were 7 passengers the driver would probably get nicked. Are the rail bosses putting our lives at risk for profit. I've traveled on an over crowed train and the only place I could stand/sit was in the connection area between two carriages you know the crumple zone.
The government needs to implement a law if they haven't already that states that a vehicle may not carry passengers that exceed
A) The maximum capacity.
B) The maximum insured capacity.
Wednesday, 19 January 2011
"It stands strong and true, resilient and universal as the markup you write. It shines as bright and as bold as the forward-thinking, dedicated web developers you are. It's the standard's standard, a pennant for progress. And it certainly doesn't use tables for layout."
While I don't disagree with this i wonder just how many sites will actually put a "Built with HTML 5" logo on the page. Honestly I haven't see "Built with HTML 4" in a very long time so I suspect that we will only see it on developer websites that are to do with either learning the HTML layout or to define if a plugin will produce HTML5 content. Or will it creep into site design as a buzz word that will be used to sell systems to clients. A tick box on the tender document as it were. From a design point of view I like the logo and the page shows it rendered differently for different sites in the "Build it and they will come" section.
Check out the logo page here.
Let me know what you think of the new logo in the comments below.
Monday, 17 January 2011
What they should do in my opinion is redesign the app to have all the stories as separate articles with or with out photos. Have each article preceded by a picture of one of the adverts under the heading "This article sponsored by" and a couple of buttons "Skip" and "More Info" below. That way they can sell mobile advertisements. They should have the whole paper download to your mobile device over night. Lastly the app should have articles in categories as I'm interested In tech and science articles and not gossip.
Tell me your thoughts in the comments
Take Apple for example they dropped support for the first generation of the iPhone's lately and i heard that the iPhone 3G wont be getting update iOS4.3 as a consumer I'm happy for this because I got updates for a while on my device. I don't know if the above is generally true for every android device, but it highlights that device manufactures are going well its not financially viable for us to upgrade existing devices as that will break a sales channel "We want people to upgrade their hardware" as that makes us money. So why should they push through an OS upgrade. What needs to happen is that people get the option to upgrade with backups taken before and the ability to restore to previous OS if the upgrade doesn't work. The update should also be flagged by your manufacture as tested with your device if they have tested it and it works so people can either. Choose to wait for the manufacture to tell them its OK to install or follow a blogger/website that tests the device with the latest version and lets you know its working before you download and run it on your machine.
I'm not writing this as a I'm an Apple fan boy we win sort of thing, but rather I'm a consumer this is how it should work.
Traditionally with a PC you get a OS and you can upgrade OK normally you have to buy a new OS (Mac & Win) with tablets you lose this capability you will have to either hack you tablet of choice or hope your manufacturer pushes an OS update out.
Sunday, 16 January 2011
I was talking with my brother in law as we were listening to some tunes on one of the music tv channels on sky. We were chatting about knowing the name of a song with out looking at the screen and I was talkign about Shazam so I downloaded the free version as its not a product O would use on a regular basis. I tried to run it to show it working something that I had never seen my self but was told by lots of people that it was a great app. After clicking the "Touch to Shazam" button and waiting for the circle to complete it just closed.
Now I don't know if its the fact that I don't reboot my device on a regular basis or if its part of the functionality of the apps running in the background but I was wondering if any others had the same issues please leave a comment if you've had this issue.
Thursday, 13 January 2011
I mean I'm not crazy enough for that.
original : http://osnews.com/story/24247/Sony_Sues_Playstation_3_Hackers
I read this on the bus this morning and it made me laugh.
"Well, it would appear that Sony isn't particularly pleased with the fact that their console has been hacked into oblivion. It has officially filed suit against the fail0verflow hacker group and Geohot, after filing a temporary restraining order yesterday to try and remove the jailbreak information from the web (how cute)."
Wednesday, 12 January 2011
So I've bought and played Call of Duty 3, Modern Warfare, World at War & now Black Ops. If I was producing a micropayment system I would make it bill the user for every hour of play lets say 50p and here is the crux up to a total bill of £30. Lets say you download and install for free the new "Black Ops" game then you start playing once you have played 60 hours you will have paid for the game with out any problem, now if you didn't like the game or any reason and only played 3-4 hours then your only billed £2. Of course if new patch comes out that fixes a load of problems then you are more than likely to come back and play the game again or at least try it out and get billed another couple of quid.
Basically you will play the games that interest you and that you play if the game developers make a game that entertains you, then you will play it and feel comfortable in paying full market price for the game. An example of why this would benefit the consumer is the "Quake Wars Enemy Territory" game definitely not worth the money in my opinion but as a PC Gamer I can't return the game to the store for a refund as you'll be told "its already been installed".
For instance I played "Modern Warfare" for at least 2 hours every day for 2 years that's 700 hours. If companies were willing to do this then they could add in game purchasing for expansion packs.
This would also work for other software not just games.
Monday, 10 January 2011
Next I'd like to talk about your basic computer's set up. So let's say you have got a computer and your running my ideal OS on it how would the file structure look to a new user? Would it be complex looking like Linux. Which to be honest still confuses the hell out of me. Or would it be like windows that seems to change every version but does put most of the files into one of three folders windows or variant, program files and lastly documents and settings. Or what about the Amiga another operating system that has loads of folders that cover the root folder of the machine.
Well I would start by having a single folder containing the OS that would be hidden and would be called OS.
A folder called apps with .app files contained in a category based folder tree structure.
A folder called user data that holds a folder for each user to save private information too.
An important note about this is that while the is folder is hidden it is not in accessible. Also the app folder structure is re-definable by the user but when a .app folder is down loaded you would be asked where to save it the default would be apps/category/subcategory/...
Next time I'll talk about the desk top interface.
Sunday, 9 January 2011
Engineers in Stockholm have discovered a new way to trap and use human body heat.
At Stockholm's busy Central Station, engineers use heating exchangers to convert body heat into hot water and then pump that water to an office building next door, providing it with environmentally friendly and cost effective heating.
The process can reduce energy costs by up to 25%.
Xanthe Hinchey reports.
Friday, 7 January 2011
This release resolves a critical issue, reported as PHP bug #53632 and CVE-2010-4645, where conversions from string to double might cause the PHP interpreter to hang on systems using x87 FPU registers.
The problem is known to only affect x86 32-bit PHP processes, regardless of whether the system hosting PHP is 32-bit or 64-bit. You can test whether your system is affected by running this script from the command line.
All users of PHP are strongly advised to update to these versions immediately.
The couple of things that really needs updating in my opinion is the period between a game ending and a new one starting. You get a couple of seconds to post a quick message but not long enough for a conversation as your score card kills your message on you then your redirected to the loading map screen for the next game. You would think that by now developers would be putting you into a "lobby" where you could chat while the game loads the next map. Also changing the message location to be lower would be much better nothing worst than trying to look over text in the game.
I'm running it on a Quad Core 2Ghz Machine with 4Gb Ram & 2x 512Mb Radeon 2600HD graphics cards and only getting 30fps though sometimes it does jump to 50fps but not in game play.
Wednesday, 5 January 2011
Its been reported that PHP has a major flaw in versions 5.2 & 5.3 that cause a really large floating number to cause the computer to use 100% CPU. Which means that you could take down a PHP web site with out having to use a DoS attack. This of course is reported as a problem for 32bit machines and not 64bit, The value as reported in The Register is 2.2250738585072011e-308
Sunday, 2 January 2011
According to Brian Turner over at tech watch Liverpool council is go trial broadband over electricity cables and at 200mb's that's fast.
From what I can make out it's not exactly like the local Ethernet over your houses electricity network. They talk about having to install hardware in the 1000 new builds that are going to be part of the trial and there might be some issue with interference with radio signals. The broadband would be at a different frequency than the electricity.
Originally read from Tech Watch
So if I want to put firefox onto a new machine I run off to the firefox website and download the version I want some times having to choose the architecture \ OS that I'm running.
What I would envision is a single download say firefox.app it's effectively a JAR file but the OS is told that on a double click to go into the firefox.app folder and execute the
If you copy the .app file to a new architecture and a version for that architecture doesn't yet exist yet it alerts you to check for a newer version.
Having information makes us feel safe and comfortable so why aren't some companies giving us the real information rather than marketing bullshit?
It's funny but my addiction to information seems to have snuck up on me. It just while lying in bed after reading all the news posts and having no network connection now that I realise I'm an addict.
Spend today thinking about what company RSS feeds to add to my google reader account. It's mad but some days it seems that news appears in blocks from lots of different sources.
Saturday, 1 January 2011
So Nintendo have announced that children under 6 shouldn't use there 3D DS as it can hurt their eyes. This makes me wonder how will the bigger tv manufacturers will respond and they need to so that sales are not effected. If one device is not safe for children what about the rest?