690 posts • joined 17 Jan 2008
One advantage of upgrading to a modern PC is power - or lack of it.
I'm in the middle of replacing all my five-year-old machines at home (already running Linux) with low-power jobbies and SANs - I'll get the capital cost back in less than three years in lower electricity costs. And they'll be faster and quieter than the ones I already have.
A title is required....
No amount of putting a JOKE ALERT icon makes that funny. It's also not true.
"...and all for a reasonable charge."
Yes, very witty, well done.
Actually, it's pretty - but forty quid to charge your various gadgets seems a lot to me, given they all come with a charger in general.
Sarah, I'd like to apologise for the majority of my sex....
Judging by most of the posts here, I'm embarrassed to be associated with them
Talk about a load of nonsensical generalizations.....
Look, just read "The Myth of Mars and Venus", by Deborah Cameron.
On second thoughts, don't bother. It was written by a woman, and I imagine you believe that all women have a political agenda to show that they are better than they really are.
How thoroughly depressing seeing that post so upvoted.
Exclusively men, I imagine.
Women with the same skills and experience nevertheless end up getting rather less pay for the same job - especially in places where the salaries are not transparent. Because their bosses are the sorts of dinosaurs (like the poster above) who reckon they aren't worth paying so much because they are going to go off and have children.
And while those attitudes continue to exist, women will be paid less.
Why, oh why...
...do you find it necessary to use statements like "Are you a bit thick?" simply because you disagree with the previous poster?
Do you use phrases like this when you are chatting to people down the pub? If so, how often have you been punched in the nose for it?
Why do people have to be so bloody rude on the Internet?
I know - it's off topic, and it won't change a thing. It's just that every so often, this sort of thing gets my goat.
That IS depressing....
In the private sector, at least he'd have been more likely to be moved out, not sideways.
£1300 for a 32" telly?
Seems a lot for pretty flashing lights to me....
There is also the argument that if you pay that much for a telly, it should not need to have the picture tweaked to get it "just right". I don't go to the cinema and demand to be able to adjust the colour balance - I expect it to be right. Same should apply to a decent telly.
I can't help feeling that people who mess around with the picture to get it "just right" are more interested in looking at the picture, rather than the movie. Bit like hi-fi buffs who listen to the sound, rather than the music.
call me old-fashioned....
...but I'll never have that problem with my car.
Yes, he should be punished. He knew what he was doing is against the law.
But he made no money out of it. It's quite likely that the film company lost no money out of it. A few sad people watched a fuzzy copy of the movie, and would almost certainly have not bothered to see it at all if it had not been free on the internet.
But six months in prison? Seems over the top to me.
(Unless, of course, it's not his first offence...)
I was beginning to wonder where the "everything that happens in this country is Brown and Blair's fault" brigade had got to. I was quite missing them.
Score +1 for the "Plunkett" - that's a new one, but -2 for no reference to NuLabour or Liebour.
And my suspicion is that his comment would be....
"Damn - why didn't I think of that?"
The primary purpose of any Apple kit is to perform adequately and look good for a premium price. They are the Bang and Olufsen of the IT industry.
Prices have never been lower???
The lowest price on here is £249; some reach £350.
I paid £175 for my AA1 two years ago, and you could also get the eee for around £200.
By now, I was expecting prices to have dropped to the £100-£150 mark. Instead, bucking the trend everywhere else, the prices have gone UP.
Actually, no he's not...
I entirely agree with him.
Of course it objectifies women. By definition, the women employed by this team are being selected PURELY on the basis of their looks - they have to stand around and look good in bikinis. That's objectification, pure and simple.
And yes - I frankly find it embarrassing to see women like this at trade shows - or anywhere else except at the beach or hotel swimming pool, in all honesty.
I thought this sort of thing went out in the seventies.
It doesn't matter WHAT the subject is, someone on this forum has to find a way of slagging off Labour (even though they aren't even in power anymore) - and, furthermore, has to put in a "witty" misspelling of it.
Which you seem to have misspelled - isn't the so-called joke "Liebour"?
That's at least three times that joke has been made...
One other point....
One of the major points about the PRS505 is the case - it folds over like a book cover, and it means you can hold it one-handed just like a book. The page turn is under your thumb, and it just works.
Without a case like this, I'm not sure the Kindle is so comfortable to read.
And I don't like the keyboard.
But a hundred and nine quid....give it a year, and it'll be less than a hundred, and I don't know that I'll be able to resist it at that price.
An 8 hour battery life - woo hoo!
Compared to a two-week battery life on a Kindle or Sony Reader.
Also pleased about pricing....
...but it's still ug-leee!
Especially compared to the PRS-505 which, in terms of looks, still leads the way.
My only REAL concern is that the books you buy from Amazon will only be readable on the Kindle - is that true? If so, it's not exactly what I'd call satisfactory.
That is all.
Who buys this?
The sort of person who wants one of these will already have a hi-fi system and/or a computer with his music stored on it. So why would you spend another £1200 on another one?
Silly money for what it is.
If your ten quid speakers are better than your mate's £1000+ hifi
...something is SERIOUSLY wrong with your mate's hi-fi. (Or your ears?)
Ten quid speakers can sound OK, but a five-hundred-pound hifi will sound MUCH better.
As for me, I'll stick to my squeezeboxen. Never been able to see the point of an iPod dock.
False dichotomy alert!
"DisplaySearch's figures put the combined total number of netbooks and tablets at just under 10m units worldwide these days - where it's been for the past four quarters. If Apple does shift 6m iPads then that's bad news for netbook manufacturers - it's six million machines they won't themselves sell."
That's the same sort of argument that assumes that every illegal mp3 download is a lost CD sale. I'm surprised at you.
iPad users and netbook users are not the same people - an iPad purchase is not by definition a lost netbook sale. Apart from anything else, iPad users are generally a lot richer....
Cue loads of people saying "Told you so..."
That is all.
Murder is a bit of a special case....
But in general, if you have a clean record, you are more likely to get a lesser sentence. That's exactly how the law works.
Bet it's how it worked when your parents punished you too.
A real man?
Real men don't go "Eeeuw..."
Just one question....
"I reformatted the Prestige to the FAT 32 file system."
@Brian 6 - @Pyers
Why is it that on the internet, people seem to think that bloody rudeness is some sort of substitute for reasonable argument?
If Pyers had stated in a pub that he knew quite a lot about antenna theory, and you, Brian 6, had said to him, "Actually, you know nothing about antenna theory", he'd have, quite justifiably, told you where to get off.
Not quite that....
....but, as the ranter above said, the default position is that it will work. And it WILL work for 99.several nines% of updaters.
But those that fail are the interesting ones - especially if yours has also failed. They can be grouped together and solutions found.
I agree - "Well, mine worked OK" is about as futile a post as you can make on here when discussing updates. Won't stop them happening, though.
Internet radio is the way forward.
Internet radio doesn't need a PC. It just needs (gosh!) an internet connection.
Baseball? - rounders played by men?
And has the cheek to call its main tournament a "World Series" when no-one except the USA plays it?
At least cricket really IS a world sport.
And if you think cricket is boring, you've obviously never watched it on a village green on a sunny afternoon from the garden of the village pub. Bliss!
I know it's a US story, but El Reg is still a UK site.
I bought my Aspire One for £175. It's got pretty poor battery life, it's a bit sluggish. But it does the basics. If I want more than the basics, I'll go to my desktop or a decent laptop.
£330? What am I getting for the extra £155 over my Aspire One? (Apart from Windows, which I don't want or need...)
But - the "contraversial" second verse? Not like you, Ms Stob!
Labour claim to be proud of what they did for education, but judging by the evidence....
Displaying your prejudices again...
"The (Labour) party always treated its core vote with contempt, housing them in rabbit hutches, expecting them to be grateful for it, and resenting them when they asked to paint the front door of the flat a different colour. A strain of puritanism in Labour's roots also resented the proles ever having any fun."
OK - I was born in 1955. In the fifties, the new towns were build, with LOADS of new council houses. They were hardly rabbit hutches. I know, I was brought up in Hemel Hempstead, living in a two-bedroom then a three-bedroom council house. A helluvan improvement for my parents over living in a single room in their parents' house.
In the sixties, there were new state schools being built, with exceptional facilities. Again, I went to one, and I visited several others. It's only over the last five to ten years that I've seen state schools again having similarly good facilities. (Oh look - it was another Labour government.)
And as for the "streak of puritanism" - that's just opinionated crap, based on nothing.
If this is what you reckon "treating their core vote with contempt" is, I'd like to see a bit more of it, personally.
Not comparing apples with apples...
The difference is that police drivers are (a) massively more competent than the average driver and (b) trained to use Airwave and drive at the same time.
XP install vs Linux?
"I have done many fresh installs of WinXP, and also Linux.....I prefer XP"
Well, I prefer Linux.
One major reason why is that a clean install of XP takes about ninety minutes on my old Dell boxes (including having to install a whole set of special drivers). A clean install of Ubuntu takes about fifteen, and just works.
Have you actuallly LOOKED at Ubuntu since about 8.04?
You have to look very hard to find /usr and /bin.
If you were to replace WinXP on your mum's laptop, help her configure the mail client and any "social" logins she needs, and show her where the Firefox icon was, she'd be fine. She might even prefer it.
Ms Stob's ability to write a spoof is unparallelled - they are laugh-out-loud funny even when (as in my case) you know precious little about the subject being spoofed.
Please accept a virtual beer.
If you want to look into priorities in the US, then you might start looking at the multi-trillion defence budget.
Yes, it's appalling that so many people live below the poverty line. But the sort of budget we're talking about for space exploration is a drop in the ocean compared to what is required to sort out those sorts of problems.
So the Sun are going to charge us....
...for the news they get from trawling the free news sites and blogs on the internet? Right.....
Great joke, there, about the Daily Mail being a decent newspaper.
Oh, sorry - you were being serious?
My mother reads the Daily Mail. I pick it up once every two or three weeks at her house to look at it, to try to find the "accurate, balanced, informative reporting, no sign of hatred anywhere" to which you refer.
What I always, ALWAYS, find is inaccurate, biassed, deliberately misleading articles and hate-spewing commentary.
It is revolting.
20% PLUS those extra amounts?
"Madoff not only met their demands" ie gave them 20% rises (let's be British here!), "he also gave them" the extra amounts (at some other time, presumably during that year).
I grant it could be better written.
Oh, come on...
Excel can be used for all sorts of things - including fiddling the books.
The software these people are accused of writing could hardly be used for anything else BUT fiddling the books.
There is something of a difference here.
Why are ALL the climate-change articles on El Reg "sceptical"?
It would be nice if you would publish a few articles pointing out the inaccuracies (and worse) published by the sceptic community.
Bear in mind, if the climate change people are wrong, but we go along with their suggestions, we'll still end up with a better planet. If the climate change sceptics are wrong, and we go along with them, the prospects are pretty grim.
That is 3 exorcisms a day, 7 days a week, for about 64 years.
Am I allowed to call a priest a liar?
Extra monthly charge?
What you're paying for is the V+ box, which gives you a three-channel PVR. I had that way before HD arrived. When Virgin introduced HD, they didn't charge any more for it if you had a V+ box.
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