64 posts • joined 12 Mar 2007
Aaah. I wouldn't let the phone companies pass on extra costs for roaming.
Basically, it's imposing a universal service coverage on all phone companies, but allowing them to delegate the service on to their competitors.
I'm confused. Presumably when I can't get a Three signal and it automatically roams to O2 this will cause O2 to charge Three for the privilege.
This, therefore, will tell Three exactly how much it would save by putting in another transmitter, and give it a good financial reason to do so. (Or to decide that it's not worth it for the £10 it pays per month to O2 for carrying its calls in that area).
That strikes me as giving a _positive_ impetus for investment.
Am I missing something?
If there was only an O2 transmitter in one area, and when Three customers used it Three had to pay O2 for the privilege, this would quickly provide an incentive for Three to build their own (or to just pay up, if that was cheaper).
This doesn't seem very complicated to me.
So, will 5G phones be able to use WiFi as a backbone for phone/SMS?
Because I'm occasionally in a situation where I have a good internet connection, but no mobile signal, and there's no reason why my messages shouldn't get through...
And what does one do when one lives with someone else, and you both want to watch TV together? Do they sit on your lap, or just live with sitting outside of the sweet spot and having a horribly distorted image?
http://www.axway.co.uk/products-solutions/mft/gateways/securetransport is the kind of thing you want to look into.
It does it for me. Not with every site (it's scrapers are good, but not perfect), but it works a lot of the time.
An OS feature?
How, then, would I sync from my phone to my desktop, which run two completely different operating systems?
Are they going to all work together to provide me with space out of the goodness of their hearts?
So, if people repeatedly say "no" to enforcement without trial then that's bad and wrong?
The article says that we need strong enforcement. I'd like to see suggestions of exactly how we manage that without locking down the internet in such a way that it's basically broken. I don't believe it's possible, to be honest.
The pure SSD options are all still massively more expensive than hybrids. The price game is a perfectly good one to play until memristors come along and make SSDs dirt cheap.
The Business model
I wonder why it failed, when Spotify has made a success of a very similar model.
I can't see the advantage over an Android laptop
Which can do everything the Chrome laptop can, and also run Android apps.
Also, why are the Chromebooks only up to 12". My current laptop is 15", and that's perfect for me. I'm not moving to something smaller.
The Edinburgh one is fantastic
I don't bother to check timetables any more - just pick a stop off of the ones bookmarked on my Android app and see what my options are. So handy.
I would happily pay £5/year to never see another advert on Facebook.
Why the Europ is different
@Andy Pellew - the Euro is different because in the UK the SE can funnel money to the NE (and does so, a lot). This cannot happen across different countries because of European law. See Option 2 in the article.
A tenner? Rip off!
Amazon Basics does a 3m HDMI cable for a fiver. Works perfectly.
How long do page changes take?
Sorry to be a killjoy - but how much energy does it take to ignite with a laser (versus the energy for the electrical spark), and how much does the laser mounting cost (sparkplugs being dirt cheap).
This does sound pretty awesome, but I'd like to know whether it's something that is actually worth doing this year, or whether it's on the distant horizon.
ATA over Ethernet?
Any sign of ATAoE catching on?
Or is it still extremely niche?
Depends on the definition of "Lifetime"
Tivo sold "lifetime" subscriptions. While there are boxes still working, are they still liable to provide the subscription? I suspect that the only people who know are the lawyers already rubbing their hands together....
My problem is a lack of home technology
Even if my ISP started running IPv6 I wouldn't be able to pass the packets across my router. So unless all of those router manufacturers start offering firmware, or we all buy new routers we're all stuffed anyway.
Not on Orange
T-Mobile may well have pushed it out to their customers, I've got Desire on Orange, and am still waiting...
An extra thumbs up for installing XBMC on the old Apple TV. It makes an excellent media centre, for a very reasonable price and form factor.
I've been having general problems with Orange for a while, but the last two days have been awful. For some reason 2G and EDGE (or whatever it is I'm using when the 3G+ symbol appears) are working fine, but plain 3G is not.
Is there an Orange Forum somewhere for discussing this kind of thing?
That's not an Apple TV replacement
I have an Apple TV, and for £200 as a hackable device to get XMBC onto my TV it was great. But this is three tmes the price of that, so it's not competing in the same space.
If I wanted an Apple TV replacement nowadays I'd probably go for an NVidia ION box (like the Acer revo).
How can it require a network upgrade when other houses in the village already have broadand?
Anyone care to enlighten me?
I'm just not willing to pay £2000 for a TV even if it's bigger than God and makes me breakfast in bed. Asking what factors would make me spend that much is going to get you not much more than a blank stare.
No Scottish exchanges?
Not a single one in Scotland - you'd think that bits of Glasgow or Edinburgh would be sufficiently profitable to make it worthwhile...
Not sure I agree
"But lighter weight tools offer a more rapid edit/test cycle with less waiting time."
If I'm using Visual Studio then a rebuild is a keypress away. I currently have the Resharper addon installed, which means that running all the unit tests just means pressing ctrl-shift-N. I can't see how a lighter weight tool would make that any faster...
Colour me sceptical
The first one requires you to add water to X, then wait for the water to turn to hydrogen, then plug the hydrogen into something that turns it into electricity. This seems ridiculously convoluted.
The second one is based on picking up electricity passively from the air. It's going to be _incredibly_ slow to charge, and you'd probably be better off just having a backup power supply.
The third allows you to swing your battery around your finger. Have we not seen hand-cranked power supplies before? I really can't see this being popular. Again, if you need emergency power then carry a backup battery...
I'll be buying it in the UK
So that when it goes wrong (and everything goes wrong) I can get it fixed quickly, not wait for it to be shipped to the US and back...
Definitely agree about the Apple TV
I hacked mine and stuck XBMC on it. Plays absolutely any file I throw at it, and connects to both SMB (windows file shares) and UPNP on my network. It was definitely worthwhile.
I've been intending to dump Virgin, but I loved my Tivo to bits, and if it's coming back then I _need_ one...
Oh for goodness sake
Next up: James Bond acting outside of international law. Arnold Schwarzenegger didn't follow proscribed "First Contact" protocols.
It's a _game_. Just because I enjoy shooting my friends repeatedly in the face in a game that does not mean I'm about to wander the streets of Kosovo with an assault rifle picking off innocent locals.
What's the HD stand for?
I've heard the HD in Wii used to refer to both the resolution and to it having a Hard Drive. I guess we'll have to wait and see.
In any case, having an HDMI output would be nice - it's the last thing in my living room that has an analogue connection.
For £170 you can pay the Mac Premium and get your machine from them.
I'd do this
£120 a year for access to whatever music I fancy is a good-enough deal for me. I already use Spotify for most of my music listening at home - being able to transfer the songs to my mobile would be well worth paying for.
I use a S60 phone though, so I'll have to wait for that version of the app to arrive...
Surely a large part of the HTML5 spec is the canvas attribute, which will allow for arbitrary 2D interfaces - i.e. what Flash/Silverlight do.
Sur, the video bit is important - but being able to produce shiny applications on a web page in a standard way is a big part of what Flash is used for...
They do use more
Because a lot of websites have a version for smartphones. My N85 has a bookmark for the mobile version of facebook, BBC News, etc because they read better on its screen. I suspect these are much less intensive than the fully fledged versions.
It's quite commonly known that people are at the highest risk of suicide when they have their first-upswing. They pull out of the slump where they can't do anything, and have the energy to do something. Sadly, this leads a chunk of them to make "never feel depressed again" that something...
A couple of my friends travel a lot, and we've now got it set up so that we can automatically tell which cities we're all in.
I've also given access to my girlfriend - but I'm sure a bunch of you wouldn't be comfortable with that :->
Still not a Flash competitor
Using Firefox here - and apps don't launch inside the web page. That PacMan example required me to click on a link, wait for a java web start file to download, wait for that to launch and download more code, and then I ended up with a separate window to play PacMan in.
I can read something in about 1/10 the time it takes to listen to it...
Looking for something with a longer battery life...
Any chance of a review of the N85?
And foreign phones?
What's going to happen with SIM cards bought in other countries? Are they going to stop tourists from using their phones in the UK? And international businessmen?
I have to pay for Windows?
Surely they could have knocked £50 off and released it with Linux on it?
Easier said than done
It's easy to say "get rid of it", harder to get rid of millions of lines of code dating back up to 30 years, which _work_. Who pays to rewrite those systems? And why would they, when they work?
Now this looks worthwhile!
Does everything the Eee701 did, but with a larger screen and better battery life. Oh, and cheaper.
If they can keep it cheap (and let's face it, it's an Eee without a display, it bleeding well should be cheap) then I'll certainly be buying one. If it has HDMI then I'll be a very happy boy (as it'll be going under the TV).
Keep them cheap!
I want an Eee with the larger screen, but I don't need more memory or more hard drive space than the original 701 came with. Asus need to remember that they're popular because they're cheap - and keep them that way!
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