* Posts by Richard

10 posts • joined 25 Nov 2007

Deception of 'up to' broadband speeds exposed

Richard
Coat

Too simplistic by half

I have virgin media 20MB, it used to be shite, then it improved, I regularly get 7MB downloads now. No where near the 20MB, when I complained Virgin insisted on running speed tests with the PC in safe mode, because according to them the PC overheads effect the download speed. They were right it did speed up by around 10 - 20%. You also have to take into account the server speeds you are connecting to. In the main I seem to have a DNS Lookup Problem but who knows if this is Virgin or further down the pipe.

All in all a crappy industry which makes claims they cannot match and in some instances are out of their control. Any other industry and they would be straight into court.

Man stealing my wallet because that is what the ISP industry is doing.

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Virgin Media to dump neutrality and target BitTorrent users

Richard
Joke

Whats Next?

The trouble with their approach is that once they have forced all the people who use Bit Torrent off, whats next? They will complain all those people who use their broadband for work (download a lot of large files) or connect to movie sites etc etc. are ruining it for the rest! Its the modern day inquisition, They already charge different amounts for high volume users so why should they throttle their use?

Easy solution is to use encrypted links which will make DPI much more difficult. The prols have got to start getting a voice, OFCOM only seem to be interested in the ISPs welfare.

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Brand new Star Trek prequel pics and trailer

Richard
Alien

Ok I suppose

Star Trek is probably well past its sell by date, not least the technology seems to be going in reverse!

But it will probably be a good action packed story so looking forward to it. But I can wait

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Dell to launch 'Eee PC beater' today

Richard

Is that a very long pencil?

Cos it looks a very suspicious use of perspective in the photos

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The New Order: When reading is a crime

Richard
Pirate

This is not a political left or right thing

Ok everyone who has replied to this story is now being investigated by MI5, I take issue with the idea this is wholly a new labour idea, the conservatives are probably more hyper about foreigners.

Of course you aren't going to hear dissention from cabinet level politicians, this is a conspiracy of the civil servants who run the puppets we call politicians and the security services.

Unless we all start saying no to this we will end up with a totalitarian state.

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BBC vs ISPs: Bandwidth row escalates as Tiscali wades in

Richard

Paying twice or three times?

First of all its the ISPs that tell everyone their service is unlimited, then complain when people actually use the service.

Some users would rarely use there connection (like me as I am away monday to friday), others used it a lot and the majority sit in the middle. It seems to me that over the past couple of years the ISPs have pursued removing the small number of high end users to increase their profitability without offering a discount to the small number of users who hardly use their service.

Second don't the BBC pay to link their servers to the internet and are therefore paying for at least some of the distribution costs e.g. the pipe from their servers to the internet hubs.

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Microsoft discloses 14,000 pages of coding secrets

Richard

Its not trade secrets they are protecting

Its the embarrassment caused by the world having confirmed how badly designed MS products really are.

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Space shuttle descends: Satellite turkey-shoot to commence

Richard
Pirate

Lets hope world war 3 starts in the summer

Seems a bit daft they can only reliably shoot down a target when the weather is nice! Is a satellite an easier or harder target than a missile?

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Virgin downs 1and1 and Germany

Richard

Virgin on the ridiculous

My service has inexplicable drops, I went for the premium service of 20MB and rarely get above 7mb. Calls to them are slow to be answered usually punted around a number of people and then they force you to shut down your pc start it in safe mode and if the speed is remotely close, no problem. That clearly is not how a pc is used in every day use. But I have given up arguing the point, especially now its 25p per minute. I would suggest anyone considering Virgin to forget it.

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New taskforce to discuss why more people aren't turning to digital

Richard

DAB?

DAB will experience slow take up because if like me you have at the last count 4 or 5 radios, (kitchen, living room, two bedrooms, car) which are perfectly fine for listening to BBC4, BBC1, Radio 5 live, local radio then why would I go and spend a fortune on replacing these with something of questionable quality? By the way I cannot replace the car radio its built into the dashboard.

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