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Comment: Re:Purpose is not stated (Score 1) 362

by tompeach (#30510640) Attached to: Facebook Campaign Decides UK Christmas Music Charts

FWIW, my reason for taking part was that I thought it would be funny and cool if it worked, and the outlay was 29 pence

In which case it wasn't counted, the minimum price is 40p for a digital download to be included (not that I expect you to loose any sleep over 20p)

Source: http://www.theofficialcharts.com/docs/Official%20UK%20Singles%20Chart%20Rules%20August%202009.pdf

Comment: Re:Charity (Score 5, Informative) 362

by tompeach (#30510422) Attached to: Facebook Campaign Decides UK Christmas Music Charts

(They stuck a Shelter link on the Facebook page - not quite the same thing!)

The band are additionally giving the proceeds from the record sales to Shelter, from the Beeb article:

Guitarist Tom Morello said it had "tapped into the silent majority of the people in the UK who are tired of being spoon-fed one schmaltzy ballad after another". He added that proceeds from the single would go to homeless charity Shelter tying in with the Morters' Facebook campaign which includes an online link to give to the charity, raising over £70,000 so far.

Comment: Re:Looks pretty shit (Score 1) 664

by tompeach (#30170648) Attached to: Google Releases Source To Chromium OS

But this will be useful in some cases (3rd world education, your grandparents, etc) where all your need are webapps, like Gmail, Google Docs, etc. Not everyone needs a full blown OS and the hardware costs associated with it.

3rd world education would benefit from a netbook that requires a reliable internet connection?

Comment: Re:Dell Zino (Score 1) 610

by tompeach (#30060492) Attached to: OS X Update Officially Kills Intel Atom Support

I'm not familiar with the Zino, so I read the specs then clicked the gallery link to get a look at the machine. Then I read the captions. Seems they need to get some things in order on their site. According to the gallery captions, there's an HDMI port, optional Blu-ray drive, integrated HD3200 graphics, and an AMD Athlon dual-core processor. Of course, none of those are available on the Zino. But if all of those actually were options, it would be a nice little machine worth considering...

I agree the website isn't clear, it's the Zino HD that has those options and it is too expensive IMO. http://www1.euro.dell.com/uk/en/home/Desktops/inspiron-zino-hd/pd.aspx?refid=inspiron-zino-hd&s=dhs&cs=ukdhs1

Comment: Re:Small company (Score 1) 301

by tompeach (#30033460) Attached to: Reporting To Executives

How many execs do you have in a 20 person company? I worked in a 15 person company that had a CEO, 4 VP's and 2 high-level managers, too many chiefs, not enough braves. I used to get advice from the CEO about how we should go and rewrite our software in PERL, or PHP, depending on the article he was reading. They went out of business, obivously.

Why on earth is this modded offtopic? The comment is totally relevant, reporting to management within a company of 20 is effectively the same as sending a report to you immediate team within a big corp, my biggest surprise is that the OP doesn't have a good enough relationship with this small team to ask them directly. Anyway....If you offer a list of every possible metric you could report on as suggested earlier you will typically get asked for everything whether it is of use to the recipient or not. Speak to your management, ask them what they have to provide to their stakeholders and come to an agreement about how best to present it to them. Don't simply assume they want more reporting and send it to them, there is no point in doing the work if nobody reads it.

Comment: Re:Here's why (Score 1) 814

by tompeach (#29668663) Attached to: Most Mac Owners Also Own a Windows PC, But Not Vice Versa
The Mac in your comparison has the most expensive processor and actually looks like something you'd want to put on your desk, that's why it cost more. You don't mention details about the monitors other than size. Apple have great screens, I'd be surprised if the Dell/HP are comparable.

If anything your comparison supports the idea that Macs are fairly priced.

N.B. Not a Mac user.

Comment: Re:Transactions need 3 elements to be safe... (Score 1) 193

by tompeach (#29578269) Attached to: Banking Via Twitter?
Pah, repost, with formatting this time.

I trust my mobile phone as much as I trust a SecurID token, I would certainly realise if it went missing a lot sooner.

I think there was an article on here a while back about people being able to hijack phone numbers, so it's not perfect, but it does allow a convenient and cheap way to handle 2 factor authentication and transaction signing.

I use this on one of my accounts:
1. I enter my online banking ID and password and click next.
2. A 6 digit code is sent to me via SMS with the phone I registered for the service, the SMS includes the time of my last login.
3. I enter the code and click next.

I'm then able to browse my bank statements, if I want to make a payment an SMS is sent to me with:
1. The amount
2. The IBAN
3. A new code.

I have to enter the code to complete the payment, obviously the code that is sent to me changes every time and is valid only for a short period.

To compromise my account an attacker would have to get my login ID, password and corresponding phone number, they'd also have to have a way of intercepting my SMS without me knowing. I think the level of security offered is enough to convince an attacker to try a different bank.

Comment: Re:Transactions need 3 elements to be safe... (Score 1) 193

by tompeach (#29578245) Attached to: Banking Via Twitter?
I trust my mobile phone as much as I trust a SecurID token, I would certainly realise if it went missing a lot sooner. I think there was an article on here a while back about people being able to hijack phone numbers, so it's not perfect, but it does allow a convenient and cheap way to handle 2 factor authentication and transaction signing. I use this on one of my accounts: 1. I enter my online banking ID and password and click next. 2. A 6 digit code is sent to me via SMS with the phone I registered for the service, the SMS includes the time of my last login. 3. I enter the code and click next. I'm then able to browse my bank statements, if I want to make a payment an SMS is sent to me with: 1. The amount 2. The IBAN 3. A new code. I have to enter the code to complete the payment, obviously the code that is sent to me changes every time and is valid only for a short period. To compromise my account an attacker would have to get my login ID, password and corresponding phone number, they'd also have to have a way of intercepting my SMS without me knowing. I think the level of security offered is enough to convince an attacker to try a different bank.

Comment: Re:Porn and hamburgers (Score 1) 512

by tompeach (#29506265) Attached to: French Deputies Moving Against Photoshopped Ads

Are you saying the actual food looks exceptionally good, or that the pictures look equally pitiful? Maybe it's different there...

I'm saying the food looks ok and based only on the pictures I can establish if I have been given BigMac, a cheese burger or a Filet-O-Fish.

Well, see if you can at least see the differences here. ;) (You're not completely blind, I hope? Although even with a screen reader you'd get the description beneath each photo.)

No I just have bad eyesight ;-) You could argue that at least the advertising pictures show what the burger contains, it would be impossible to tell from the actual burger. The KFC and Taco Bell realities look like road kill though.

Comment: Re:Porn and hamburgers (Score 1) 512

by tompeach (#29505621) Attached to: French Deputies Moving Against Photoshopped Ads
I live in Switzerland, the photo pretty much matches what you get here. On point 3 you have me though.

Anyway, pedantry aside my point is that the picture is meant to represent a McDonalds burger, of which there are many and a variance is expected. When a photo Halle Berry is airbrushed the real Halle Berry is misrepresented and young girls might aspire to a figure or look that is, in fact, unobtainable.

A decent comparison using the McDonalds burger analogy would be if we took a picture that was simply meant to represent a human, you would understand there are many humans and that not all humans look exactly like the picture and the picture is unlikely to be idolised and figure aspired to in the same way that of a celebrity might be.

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