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36 posts • joined 25 Jan 2008

Half of Virgin Media broadband ads are wrong, says ASA

Matthew Pringle

Virgin = fail

Im pretty .sure Virgin has the fastest internet in the UK.

Shame that they wont let their customers use it.

Go online for more than 1 hour and the speed is capped at around 1/10th of its normal speed. Im sure they actively disrupt iPlayer, I complained about that and was told hard luck use the one on the box instead.

So yes worst company I have had to deal with since Car Phone Warehouse oh so many years ago.

And don't believe their prices, they put them up roughly every 3 months by about £1.

Useless swines

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Bangalore orders Street View spy cars to stop it

Matthew Pringle

Corruption

From my time in India I can only think they forgot to bribe the local police.

These guys are so blatant they just stand by the side of the road, pull cars over ( sometimes with a road block ) and go down the line taking money off everyone.

Happened to me numerous times, being white we were sometimes waved through though which made me think they didnt want to get a reputation. Keep the corruption local and all that.

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Sandi Toksvig puts the 'n' into cuts - on the Beeb

Matthew Pringle

Cnuts

Surely one cannot be offended by the truth.

Take this for instance, Cameron took help from the charity KIDS, for his child Ivan.

Cameron is a millionaire who didn't need the help, he could have gone to the market and purchased quality help at an affordable price. He took help from families who cannot afford private care.

When he got into power they cut £1/4 million a year from the charity.

Now if that doesn't make you a Cnut then I don't know what does.

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Bury council considers mass outsourcing

Matthew Pringle

Monsters

I for one am taking a closer look at the policies of the Monster Raving Loony Party as they seem to be the most sane at the moment.

People need to learn to stop voting Conservative. Their ideals only represent a small fraction of the nations aspirations.

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BBC accused of coming out for porn opt-in?

Matthew Pringle

O2 Has Already Started This

Couldnt access a number of non porn sites on my iPhone now that O2 has decided to police the internet.

Which leads to the questions, what is an Adult site. From the perspective of O2 anything not designed for kids>

That should at least block HMCR as that isnt for kids and no one really wants to see that filth.

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Denon Ceol with Apple AirPlay

Matthew Pringle

I upgraded last night

Firstly the system has been out since before christmas and Denon have been dragging their feet on the airplay upgrade. It was announced for the beginning of Jan ( not 1st feb ).

It will find any music server over the network and browse / stream from that. Thats what I had been doing before airplay with Nullrivers media server software.

Airplay is great, the system is as well. Very powerful, anything higher that 20% on the iTunes volume causes the speakers to be very loud ( its a loud system ). That can be a pain, remembering to turn the volume down. ( iTunes volume controls the Ceol onboard volume)

I bought this system for its airplay capability and it works really well and doesnt occasionally skip unlike using Nullrivers media server (which crashed a few times with some mp3s).

But it rocks.

BTW their iPhone app will crash constantly if trying to browse media servers but it works ok for everything else ( could be Nullriver again )

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$1,000 reward offered for stolen cancer research laptop

Matthew Pringle

If only...

she had a time machine

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Police probe British Anonymous activists

Matthew Pringle

The Met

The Met

If you beat someone to death while wearing a police uniform - not enough evidence

If you hack into the phones of many celebs - not enough evidence (turns out they didnt even review most of it)

If you are poor - they have teams gathering evidence

F*ck the Met

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Virgin Media begins 100Mb upgrades

Matthew Pringle

Virgin Suck

I would never again use Virgin. I moved from Be (which is the best internet company I have ever used) to a virgin 10mbs line.

It never gets over 256kb a second before 11pm. Its almost like Virgin is limiting it, which I am accusing them of. Every day 256kbs no matter what and thats on a good day.

iPlayer jumps and when I watched the live streaming event from Apple the other day I got a faster connection over 3G on my iPhone than trough Virgin cable.

In my opinion Virgin are full of it, they dont answer complaints and they up their prices after you sign up to one of their 'Packages'. It was only by £1 a month but usually when I sign up to a contract at a quoted price, thats the price I get.

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Adobe man to Apple: 'Go screw yourself'

Matthew Pringle

Bugger

For me this is bad. I was developing an Application in Corona and its almost done. Their SDK is in no means a hog, it has a very small footprint and is very well developed.

I have a fully opengl game running at a constant 30fps, with lots going on, sound, accelerometer, compass, portrait / landscape support. It was going very well and with corona's memory management I had one stable game that didnt crash or leave the iPhone with a bunch of missing memory after it had quit.

This was the prefect solution for someone who can program but who has more of an artistic background.

Typing "local imageRadarBlue = display.newImage( "imageRadarBlue.png" , 10 , 10 )" to load an image in opengl and position it is so much easier in Corona than Xcode. No vertices setup, power of 2 image worries, assigning memory etc... If corona takes care of all that in an efficient way why worry?

I dont need to get into the guts of the iPhone, I just want to load a few images, some text and sounds and have them respond to user interaction. It shouldnt have to be rocket science.

Corona as "Xcode for the rest of us" it had nothing to do with flash, action script, it was a way of simplifying a language / sdk so humans could understand it.

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Japan hurls first space freighter at ISS

Matthew Pringle

poo

Sometimes I feel like our space programs are going back in time. What about a modern, reusable, efficient spacecraft, all this is just too expensive and short term while not advancing the space program.

These days its not about finding the most elegant and uptodate solution to a problem, its all about cost and half measures. Unless NASA (or whoever) can develop a heavy lifter thats reusable, safe and cost effective (what the shuttle should have been if it had proper funding) our space based efforts are never going to get past sticking a few objects/people into orbit for limited periods of time.

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US spaceflight review suffers attack of the Twitters

Matthew Pringle

Trouble Makers

What the world really needs is to get away from rocket engines (controlled explosions) and work towards multipurpose engines attached to a lifting body. All the technology is there and has been for a while, just no budget to explore a final design.

Watching the latest ESA launch on The Sky At Night last night, the main concern with rockets is ultimately "will this one explode". Thats not the right approach, especially with human cargo.

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ICO raids and shuts builder blacklist firm

Matthew Pringle

Trouble Makers

While I dont totally agree with what went on if I was an employer I would not want to hire a trouble maker or union activist. There is a fine line between being actively involved in a union and using your employment to push political ideals.

If I was to employ somebody I would want them to actually work and be a part of the company rather than trying to turn the employees against the management and disrupt work. Too many good companies have been brought down over the years due to trouble makers.

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GTA IV extra game download details emerge

Matthew Pringle

Erm....

To quote:

"I would be pretty embarrassed if I were a 360 owner that got fooled by Microsoft into buying the 360 version, based on the broken DLC promises. Still I suppose it worked for Microsoft so they must be laughing at gamers expense, they managed to get 45% of the sales, compared to the PS3 version (good considering GTA is traditionally a Playstation franchise)."

Well it doesnt make mention of what content for one. It wont be the content Microsoft has bought / paid for. Or it wont be downloadable at the same time at least. The PS3 may get its own content separate from the 360 or the dlc could just be a few news cars. Dont count your eggs... and dont count on $ony

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Plasma rocket space drive in key test milestone

Matthew Pringle

shadowmatt

In reply to "Why do 'artists' insist on putting wings and vertical stabilisers on spaceships - there is no air in space dumbwits."

If there is no air in space then why do we have air in space museums?

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EU battery rule may zap iPhone, blow away MacBook Air

Matthew Pringle

Erm...

Ive taken the bottom off from my MacBook Air before, its 4 screws I think. not a problem

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McKinnon supporters plan Home Office demo

Matthew Pringle

Hmmmm.........

I think he openly admits he broke the law, the argument is in the dodgy way America has tried to extradite him, the possible length of the jail term, the outrageous claims of damages to damaged systems, and the fact America has no standing in the world anymore when it comes to the humane treatment of prisoners.

Im surprised they didnt just grab him off the street like they have done to so many others.

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eBay changes anger smaller sellers

Matthew Pringle

Damn Ebay

Yeah Ebay/Paypal just screwed me with the withholding money scam. I had to really pester the buyer to leave feedback and im my experience not many buyers actually do leave feedback.

Try phoning paypal, their telephone system only now works with voice recognition, which doesnt actually work leaving you spending at least 5 times as long on their expensive phone line as the old touch tome system did.

This company is becoming a f**king joke

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US judge says University can ignore Christian course credits

Matthew Pringle

Why pick on the Christians?

Why pick on the Christians? Ha I will tell you why, when was the last time Hindu, Norse, Greek or Chinese beliefs were taught as scientific and historical fact in US schools?

I dont think any university in the US would award credits for a class that taught the stories of the Monkey King or of Oden as historical fact. Folklore, maybe, but not irrefutable historical fact.

Evangelical Christians need to understand a few things

1. They pretty much made up a lot of the stuff they believe and it has no bearing on older Christian teachings

2. Much of what they do and say is not Christian (forgiveness is a word they dont use, the teachings of Jesus are ignored)

3. The world of God doesn't revolve around the US

4. The faith healing is Blasphemy, especially when asking for large sums of money

5. Most of the worlds history happened before the US was even founded

6. There are many more religions in the world

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iPhone 3G isn't necessarily

Matthew Pringle
Jobs Horns

Boo...

My 3G suffers, is sluggish etc... My old iPhone however when updated to 2.0 was also sluggish so part of the problem is in the 2.0+ OS and should be able to be fixed.

The 3G part, god knows but im sure it will come out soon, Apple has no control over the carriers so they will get to the bottom of it if Apple wont.

All in all the 3g is a bit of a let down compared to the original in terms of build quality, OS, reception and overall experience.

And it looks like Apple have now burned down the building housing all the evidence... Coincidence?

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Grand Theft Auto reportedly inspires teen rampage

Matthew Pringle

For Fu*k Sake

Hopefully someone will do a 'Manhunt' on their asses while in prision.

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Apple will please missile makers by backing PA Semi's chip

Matthew Pringle
Jobs Horns

Universal Connector

Would the iBomb fit into todays military aircraft? Or would Apple design their own connector which only comes with the iPlane?

I bet the explosions would look prettier though!

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Matthew Pringle
Jobs Horns

I Want One

Like all Apple products, I now want an iBomb.

Sure I will pull it out in the pub, showing all my friends. I will wear it with pride in the street and if I ever make a music video it will be visible in the background.

Obviously about 6 months after I get an iBomb, Apple will release a newer one, with greater killing capacity and a smaller casing. If the iBomb takes off, Apple will probably release a smaller, more portable version the iBomb nano or maybe the iGrenade.

After the iBomb goes main stream people will notice that it doesnt kiil the advertised number of people, it probably gets 80% if you are lucky, dropping to 40% if you own it for a couple of years.

I can guarantee one thing though, however good the iBomb is, the headphones will be sh*t and break after a few months.

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British Gas sues Accenture

Matthew Pringle

Accenture - IT Muppets

I have known a good few people who work for Accenture. This is what I am always being told.

1. They spend tons on moving people around the world when its not nessessary. Live in Manchester - project in London. Live in London - project in Manchester.

2. A lot of the coding is out sourced to India, and when it comes back it doesnt work correctly, not to spec. Most of the time its a misunderstanding in language etc...

3. The consultants that they pay $$$ dont usually understand the problem, the software or the hardware. a few weeks training in America is the best they get, which even if you have a business degree, doesnt help that much.

4. The constantly fire (pay to leave) the consultants with experience as they become too expensive, instead they are replaced with a new round of graduates with the 3+ weeks training.

All in all you can see why projects dont go well, cost millions and go massively over budget. Nobody actually knows whats going on...

*No to insult Accenture employees, im just repeating their frustrations.

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Sky plays the victim over Ofcom pay TV rights probe

Matthew Pringle

Stop being so sad

Its the same people complaining that caused the problem in the first place.

So Sky put up their prices and you still pay, now for less games. Its these people who HAVE to watch every game that caused this to happen. Only Sky could have the cameras, staff and channels to cover all the matches. The BEEB couldnt afford to do the same, it sent OnDigital bust for covering the 1st division. The fans created the monopoly by demanding all the coverage.

Heres a thought, watch less football. Surely you can support only one team, so the rest of the matches you can get on Match of The Day. The team you do support, its probably the same price to go see them live, even cheeper if you go to the pub.

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Sony to bring GTA IV PS3 bundle to Blighty

Matthew Pringle

Cheapest Way

The cheapest way is to buy an XBOX 360 and GTA, most people dont care about wanting to run linux, blue ray, they may just want to play the damn game...

Maybe the PS3 is better but until they actually have a bunch of games that are actually better then the host of titles on the 360 its not worth arguing about what could be in the future if a bunch of developers actually manage to produce anything original, next gen and PS3 only.

@Home - Delayed

GT5 - Delayed

Metal Gear - PS3 cant handle what we wanted to do...

Thing is while people may say that the PS3 is truly next gen, I have been playing next gen titles on the 360 for 2 years+ now. Its never overheated, failed, ring o lights etc... The games GRAW, Dead Rising, Forenza, Gears, Bioshock, Mass Effect to name but a few have all been amazing, the online is solid and worth the £20 a year for play, demos and vids. If Microsoft could handle other parts of the business like the 360 they would be on a winner.

The PS3 was late, expensive, hardly any original games, 360 ports, usual EA stuff but it does have blueray! An obsolete format, we have this thing called the internet now, movies dont need to come on disks, same way as music doesnt need to come on tapes.

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Music biz proposes 'iPod tax' in return for format-shift freedom

Matthew Pringle

I give up...

Right im never buying a CD again or using iTunes. They clearly see their customers as criminals and for some reason they seem to think they have a right to tax us for music again and again.

Im off to the pirate bay...

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Apple sued over 'inflated' iMac claims

Matthew Pringle

Price Drop

Forgot to mention that the new metal iMacs saw a price drop as well as components upgrade. To use a cheeper, but glossy screen, so as to give most home users a screen that works well in a home environment but at an overall cheeper price isnt exactly bad business practice or customer service.

The screens work fine for browsing, watching films, working if Office etc..., playing games, using iTunes / iMovie etc... even iPhoto which allows for minimal photo editing. Everything a common user would do at home, and for a good price.

I personally wouldnt ever get a glossy work station monitor but the one on my MBAir looks great.

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AI prof: The robot terrorists are coming! Aiee!

Matthew Pringle

£250 is a bit low but I could do it for £1000

While this isnt an exact robot, its what America, the UK and Israel use.

For £1000 I could easily build a UAV that could inflict damage inside an enemy base, it doesnt need $millions.

Take a large radio controlled aircraft / helicopter frame and fit it with a camera. These are now common place and will broadcast to a laptop within a good few hundred meters. Upgrade the engine to one thats more powerfully than actually required so as to give the airframe more lifting power and you can now carry a good quantity of explosive.

Then all I need to do is pilot the aircraft / helicopter over a bases walls and into the nearest fuel / ammo dump or crew quarters.

Whats all it would take to give an enemy a well engineered, cheep and deadly weapon. If 10 were to strike a base at once the damage and loss of live would be massive.

While it one could easily be shot down, a surprise attack with a few would cause problems, especially given the speed and small size of these models.

The UAVs the allies(?) have are over engineered for these sort of suicide model attacks and can carry larger ordinance, comms and stay airborne for hours hunting targets who are well hidden. On the reverse side, out bases are in the open, their positions well known and the attacks would take minutes.

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Dial-a-phone 4u?

Matthew Pringle

Scammers

They lie, steal and cheat their way to a sale. Adding insurance and other bolt ons without your knowledge. Its the standard practice of both companies, so they belong together.

I hope they burn in hell!

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Bluetooth body confirms Wi-Fi 'hijack' plan

Matthew Pringle

Try a decent solution

Never had any problem on Apple machines since the 12" Powerbook 867.

Had bluetooth mice, keyboards, headsets, headphones, printers all work like a charm.

Using iSync I have synced many mobile phones over bluetooth, used bluetooth to control itunes as a remote control.

Most phones have bluetooth for the headsets, which you have to wear if driving and using a mobile.

IMHO its a great, if underused technology that only a few companies like Sony Ericsson, Nokia and Apple have fully utilized.

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Ordinary-fuel scramjet prototype suffers test failure

Matthew Pringle

Not a failure

The reason they test small models rather than building the real thing is for these exact situations.

Its not a failure, its part of the design process and without the valuable information which would have been gathered from this test, a fully functioning engine could never be built. For every explosion, crash and failure we get 1 step closer to a working engine.

It took Edison 100's of attempts before he got a working lightbulb.

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Scottish Government to block wind farm plan

Matthew Pringle

The dumb really do rule the world

If all the predictions turn out to be true, global warming increases, the sea levels rise etc... Then your STUPID wetlands will be really wet, probably underwater, maybe under ice.

We can put them on hills because they will spoil the view, the view of what an impending ice sheet or a desert like environment (depending on which way it could go)

We cant put them out to see because it will spoil the view for the locals living by the sea (they are even taking them down in America because of this). But if the sea levels rise their houses will be the first to go.

I have this theory, I would rather be alive (human kind, future generations etc...) and have to see some ugly windmills for a few years until they figure alternative energies, than dead, fighting for drinking water, being a refugee or fighting a war due to the disasters global warming may cause.

Also a warning to all those reading this. You will probably fall into the 20 - 50 age range now. So if in 20 years things go tits you will be in the 40 - 70 age range. A little older, a little slower (I will be 50), a little less chance of surviving.

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