432 posts • joined 1 Mar 2007
Re: Got 4G ?
"The phone is usually showing 'H' (HSPA, eg 3G) or 'E' (Edge, also 3G) ...sometimes falling back to venerable old GSM modes. Have been keeping an eye out for the long awaited 'L' (LTE, 4G) mode but never seen it ... the phone only ever said '4g' once."
EDGE is not 3G.
EDGE/EGPRS is implemented as a bolt-on enhancement for 2.5G GSM/GPRS networks, making it easier for existing GSM carriers to upgrade to it. EDGE is a superset to GPRS and can function on any network with GPRS deployed on it, provided the carrier implements the necessary upgrade. EDGE requires no hardware or software changes to be made in GSM core networks. EDGE-compatible transceiver units must be installed and the base station subsystem needs to be upgraded to support EDGE. If the operator already has this in place, which is often the case today, the network can be upgraded to EDGE by activating an optional software feature. Today EDGE is supported by all major chip vendors for both GSM and WCDMA/HSPA.
End of support, not end of life!
Why the panic people, just because XP falls off of support in April does not mean it can't be used... for anyone with decent firewall/AV and who doesn't surf on the darker side of the net it's going to be perfectly fine. Seems M$ can't win whatever it does...
Remind me, how long is the support cycle for $linux_of_choice? Are there ANY 13 year old linux distributions receiving security updates and patches from their creators now? And no, I don't believe it's possible to do an in-place upgrade from one to a current distribution any more easily than the loops that have to be jumped through getting XP upgraded to 8.1.
The reason why there may be little to no orthodox Jewish farmers outside of Israel is probably more to do with the time back in the day when Jews were prohibited from owning land.
If I were a rich man...
But they never release enough hardware-specific source to compile new kernels, so support for older chips disappears as soon as the next shiny comes along and there's nothing anyone (hobbyists, phone manufacturers) can do about it. That's why MT6589 still stuck on Android 4.2.1 - no-one can build KitKat for it so far.
Re: By Gove! I think he's got it!
Of course they hate him. I have never known an education secretary that was loved by the teaching "profession".
Yup, same here in the mid '80s. I think the rot set in during the 90s.
By Gove! I think he's got it!
Gets my vote. Good luck teaching teachers though, they don't like change!
Re: @ Arnold...
Yup, you're right. Choice is between the devil and the deep blue sea.
They are slimy
Just like the offer to upgrade my STB to a V+ HD for £20... plus £49.99 installation, which is only mentioned at checkout time. Of course there is the small print somewhere in one of the web pages but you've got to go looking for it.
And there's other things like the ability to upgrade a package online, but not downgrade, mission info about TV M, only M+ etc. etc.
If the broadband wasn't so good and the "loyalty discount" sufficient, I'd be off.
All that's needed to make it perfect
...apart from a better screen, processor etc, is for the tubular part top open, revealing space for a set of AA batteries a la Psion S5.
Re: Thermal stores would help too
" Most of the energy use in most houses is actually gas- as your laptop, TV, washing machine get ever more efficient the good old gas boiler remains the same."
Um, these items only get "more efficient" as they are replaced. Same with boilers - our old one (1980s) was <70% efficient, new one is >90%.
Crappy PR picture
In the real world, the picture is going to suck in a room like that - too many white walls, and have you seen the cost of top-notch projector screens?
Oh and Royal connections
Monarch Airlines ultimate parent company:
AMERALD INVESTMENTS NV
Doesn't sound very British to me.
To coin a phrase: Other monarchies are available.
C2 rated, don'tyaknow...
Also Clover Trail +, beats the Geekphone spec handsomely.
Same problem with a table
Got a new dining table recently, in a gloss white style. Was convinced that the cat had anointed it to indicate how pissed off he is with all the changes going on but even after washing it with soapy water the smell is still there. Must be something in the paint.
Had 3 Vertex SSDs in my workstation - 2 are showing errors and my Windows installation is so borked with corrupt clusters that it now refuses to boot. Have 2 Revodrives in our main server - the 240Gb one has completely died (not showing up in BIOS). We'll see how long the 960Gb one lasts.
Terrible, never again.
Re: Anyone see a Trojan Horse here ?
Ah yes, the Arab Spring. How is that going now?
Re: It will
A fool and his money...
*You* might only be getting 100Mb/s, but there are these computer things called servers that shift data across a redundant array of inexpensive drives all at the same time. Serial read/write speeds easily in excess of 1Gb/s from DAS is possible without exotic hardware.
Only ever use vouchers
When my own darling daughter took her first hit of fruit-based lunacy I ensured that no payment method bar vouchers was used on her account, so the worst that could happen is that she squandered her "own" money. So far, so good...
Got an LSI MegaRAID controller?
Then CacheCade is your friend... just upgraded the 600Gb drives on our main sql server installation with some 3Tb enterprise drives for space reasons, and was really worried about the performance hit, but adding a 400Gb (Intel) SSD as cache has done a more than admirable job of keeping performance up. And the installation was a POP. Would't trust a OCZ Vertex to that job, mind...
Re: I feel for Pichai...
'cos iPhones "just work"?
Re: Star N9589
Perhaps you misunderstood... that wasn't a brag (precisely why I *don't* buy labels), but to point out that you can get a lot of tech for little money if you're not wedded to the name brands. The phrase "landfill Android" does a disservice to the capabilities of relatively cheap phones.
That is all.
My current phone has:
1.2GHz quad core processor
Will take a 64Gb micro SDXC card (32Gb atm)
5.7" 1280x720 screen
2 SIM slots, 1x HSPA, 1xGSM.
Android 4.2.1, regularly updated.
GPS, BT, Wifi N etc.
It lasts a couple of days with regular use and comes with a spare battery.
All for £160, delivered and SIM free.
Does everything I need of it. Why would I want to pay more?
Re: Did someone's synthesiser say boycott?
Re: data rate explanation?
Now I'm no expert in the field but as far as I can tell this isn't being sold for AV use, so whether it is 'crap' or not is immaterial.
It IS being developed for encoding/decoding of optical communications, where that is probably more than enough accuracy to support various multi-level encoding schemes.
Offline maps for starters. Very useful when route planning whilst out of coverage or to avoid roaming costs abroad. It's the one reason I used Symbian for as long as I did.
Re: No brakes?
Won't do much as it will only put mild pressure on the rear brakes. Net effect will be just like having to tow a dead weight, so might reduce acceleration. I do know of someone who managed to do a whole motorway journey in her Range Rover with the handbrake on - I think a new set of pads/disks was all that was required.
Make sharing data a part of the licence agreement
If they want to use microwave links, make them cough up statistics as part of the deal.
SetDNS from the PLay Store should do the trick, already has entries for OpenDNS, Google DNS etc as well as allowing ad hoc configuration and handling web proxies.
Re: @AC, 15:27
Move to the 5GHz band then, at least for your laptop/PC usage. Plenty of non-overlapping channels and hardly anyone uses 802.11a/n kit in residential settings. Of course, most smartphones and tablets only do 2.4GHz, but a separate network on channel 13 should do for them.
Re: Two thirds of the country ?
Re: "More western technologies to corrupt their ways of living"
You think "they" didn't have such things before white man came along? Really?
Re: The Bridge on the River Kwai
Looks like it was filmed on 35mm film so easily enough resolution in the native stock for a 4k TV.
Chimpanzees are not monkey's.
Not monkey's what? Uncles?
Re: Wonderful. Nothing to worry about then.
Yeah, more forced abortions! That's the way! If the plebs won't stop breeding, chop their knackers off. After all, it's for the greater good...
Re: I don't care who sets up the first base
Nothing to do with the processor of that name...
If only they'd done it by 1999
Speaking of such... guess where I'm off to this Saturday:
Mine's the anorak with a copy of the The Complete Spectrum ROM Disassembly by Dr Ian Logan in the pocket.
Did anyone mention the Antarctic?
Howz the ice doing there?
Re: Oh Danny Boy(le)
It is not 'so bloody great', it is the *concept* that is 'so bloody great'.
If I may, erm, agree with that statement. The concept is fine but it is the current structure that is wrong. Like with software design, sometimes you have to start with a new codebase cos you can't keep cobbling new features onto an old design, so with the NHS. Keep the ideas but redesign the mechanism of delivery. Bring in private operators (objects) under a standard API (service agreement), then let them get on with managing their own processes. If they do not perform adequately, remove management and reboot. Take metrics from patients (outcome and satisfaction) and build that into the contract.
Re: Yes Mr Cameron, except...
Call me naive, but I should imagine someone would come up with some sort of standardised data access method. Profound, I know, but it might just be possible.
As for dismantling the NHS, doesn't sound like a bad idea. As long as treatment is free at the point of use and of good quality, who cares! Do you refuse to use your GP because he/she is a privately run business? Do you even know that GPs are not part of the NHS?
Re: Yeah, those evil researchers
Oh well, looks like you win that argument with your persuasive rhetoric!
Oh Danny Boy(le)
Looks like he isn't the only one brainwashed into thinking of the NHS as some sort of sacrosanct organisation. I'd rather have a health service that really is the best in the world, not just in the fertile imagination of some socialist who has never actually had to deal with it.
If it is so bloody great, why are our cancer survival rates so abysmal compared to other countries?
Yeah, those evil researchers
All big drug companies are pure money-grabbing evil, giving us nothing back. Burn the lot! I want drugs that have never been tested on any sentient beings or other life forms. What's that you say? Cancer? Give me organic carrots!
With a 2Mb back-haul.
Re: May I ask what the point of these things are?
Well, in my case I am a PAYG pikey, running up a bill of less than £2/month. It's true, I have no friends.
On the other hand, I have a contract mobile broadband SIM from Three, paying £8/month for 5Gb and a Mifi that I use for my laptop, my daughter's iPod (when she doesn't mind being seen out with me), my tablet and even my phone.
Like someone else said, if the battery on the device dies, you've still got the phone to use.
Also, got to remember that most phone contracts charge a lot more for "tethered" data.
Re: Good for them
You might not need stuff, but there are quite a few people living on this planet who don't enjoy your decadent western lifestyle and really could do with things. You know, those people you see on your digital 3D LCD TV who don't have twitter accounts, are still awaiting their first general purpose computing device and could do with a bit of help in the medicine/food production/general survival department.
We could :
a) Tell them to stop having so many children.
b) Decline to offer assistance and help in improving their circumstances, thereby limiting population growth naturally.
c) Keep bunging aid, so that they are forever dependant on the largesse of richer countries and tied to doing our bidding
d) Give them the opportunity to grow and prosper through free trade, and take a chance that they wish to acquire the trappings of a successful modern economy.
Seems like China has tried a and is now applying d, so "stuff" has to be made from "something" which has to be obtained from "somewhere", and if it's not from corrupt African dictators then the sea bed seems like a valid option.
Obvious joke alert!
- Vid Hubble 'scope snaps 200,000-ton chunky crumble conundrum
- Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?
- Windows 8.1 Update 1 spewed online a MONTH early – by Microsoft
- Google offers up its own Googlers in cloud channel chumship trawl
- Something for the Weekend, Sir? Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?