0/10, sack the designer.
Its a bit shit.
105 posts • joined 15 Feb 2008
Its a bit shit.
ORIC-1 FTW. I had one of them and then the Atmos but after finding half the stuff for the Oric-1 didn't work on the Atmos I gutted the Atmos and stuck the Oric-1 board in it as the keyboard dug grooves in your fingers whereas the Atmos keyboard was a standard type and far better. IMO it was better than the other three however its problem was it was French so didn't do so well in Blighty.
How much it costs is irrelevant. We have laws on the quality of goods and they must perform as described. If it is described as suitable for the UK/EU market then it must support 50Hz.
They'll never be satisfied. They already got the copyright term limits raised so that they can continue to profit off their music half a century after its release or 70 years after its creation.
Then there's the "we sold our music to a record company for £250,000 but we don't make any money from sales" whingers. They weren't complaining when they got a £250,000 cheque were they?
It seems that for the performing arts, the more successful you get the more entitled you believe you are.
One thing overlooked by those who say Amazon are doing nothing wrong and Ballmer is just being bitter is that unlike Amazon, Microsoft now have many $billions to weather a storm. Amazon has virtually no reserves in comparison to operating costs. If it sees a prolonged drop in revenue and the banks refuse to finance them the only people it can go to for money are the shareholders. And what do you think will happen to the share value if it does?
Re-investing profit into the business to grow it is a good idea but at some point you have to build up some reserves to cover at least the annual running costs of the company. Amazon have not done this. They have maybe $8Bn which is barely 1/4 of what they need to run for a year and lots of governments around the world are eyeing that for tax as in many of the markets it trades in it pays next to nothing if anything at all - France already sent them a bill for $252m.
It wouldn't take a lot to bring Amazon down and it could be quite rapid.
They're spending a load of money on the roads. Here's a typical map of UK motorway and trunk road overnight road work closures. Its so bad I have to check every day before I go to work to see if I can actually do my job that night.
I don't drive mine like a nun. In fact I spend most of the time going to work overtaking people and I'm just about at the point of needing to replace the tyres after just 25,000 miles.
I do hypermiling, I stick to the speed limit wherever possible. A lot of the time on the motorway whilst hypermiling it means I'm in L3 passing everyone else.
Hypermiling =/= driving slowly.
Funny, my turbodiesel Mondeo gives me a consistent 36MPG in France, but usually over 40 in the UK. I generally put it down to the lower M-way speedlimits
Is it broken? My turbo diesel Mondeo returns around 55MPG both in the UK and France. City/rural roads it returns around 54-55MPG and on motorway runs as high as 65MPG, that's driving to the speed limits, not dawdling around.
The only time I get down to 36MPG is when I'm towing my 26ft long twin axle caravan.
If you're only getting mid 30's to 40MPG you need to look at the way you're driving it. Its not a petrol so you want to be changing gear much earlier and using the low down torque of the motor. Cruise in a gear that keeps you around 2000RPM and back off earlier approaching junctions and traffic lights.
Most things in this article have already made their way into production cars. Most cars now have smooth under trays covering the underside of the engine bay, electric power steering has been the norm for a few years. Ford used the flap design for the front grille in the Focus. My Ford Mondeo with all its electrical gadgets and a big heavy diesel engine weighs only a couple of hundred kilos more than my Ford Capri does despite being almost twice the size. LED lighting is now the norm in this year's production models and CANBUS has enabled load point switching.
This to me is an article which is about fitting modern current technologies in use in production cars, applying it to a classic car and seeing the improvement. You won't see such an improvement in a current generation car because they're already using most of the suggestions in this article.
One suggestion which hasn't been made is the use of a variable supercharger and turbo charger combination. Its what allows Ford's 1 litre econetic petrol engine to propel a car as large as a Mondeo, return over 50MPG whilst still having decent acceleration.
But maybe it's been a bit too long since Apple did anything really exciting and innovative.
Definitely. Put a 2009 unibody MBP next to a 2014 non-retina one and other than slightly different shaped ports on the side they're identical and its only because you're told in "About this Mac" that you'd notice any difference.
Quite a common size file my wife ends up dealing with when doing large signs and saving the resulting image in an uncompressed format so there's no artifacting. 10MB JPGs look a bit crap when blown up to several feet in size..
About time Windows caught up.
Windows had multiple desktops in Windows 98. It was enabled by installing Powertoys which Microsoft made a separate downloadable. So few people bothered with it that they discontinued it.
It was one of the XP PowerTools.
Earlier than that Windows 98 had it with Powertoys from Microsoft.
First time I saw the concept of multiple workspace was early nineties
Windows had multiple desktops in the 90's....
Author is obviously completely unaware that Windows 98 had multiple desktops with the Powertoys addon
British Gas tried to get me to have one with the bribe of free weekend electricity which turned out to be free on a Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 5pm when nobody uses it in my house. They said it would cut my bills. I said that I'd had one of their realtime monitors before, the type with the clip on sensor that goes on the main wire going into the meter. "Did it save you any money?" the lady asked all excited. "No it just sat there being intrusive and eating electric. Yes I did know what I was using, no it didn't make me alter my usage."
They then did a cost check based on my annual consumption and when they came back saying this amazing deal would cost me 12% more than I currently pay even with free weekend electricity I politely declined.
"There is certainly no automatic European 2 year warranty for all goods."
Yeah actually there is and in the UK you can choose whether to pursue a fault through the Sale of Goods Act or EU Directive 1999/44/EC (which is the automatic 2 year warranty) whichever you think will get you the best result.
OS X may not be particularly affected by this specific bug but Chrome seriously puts a dent in battery life on a Mac to the point I use Safari on battery.
Which is best for normal broadcast HD?
BT Humax Youview OR Humax Freeview HD?
The BT Humax box is a rebadges Humax box with customised firmware but otherwise the same. I doubt you'd notice any difference. However if you decide to go for bolt on channels you can't get them on the Humax box, only the BT branded one. I've got the old BT Humax box and I've been reasonably happy with it, the only downside being responsiveness when it was recording from the internet and also freeview simultaneously.
Of course a laptop designed to run browser apps is never going to have enough RAM or disk space to run a full blown OS
Its got 2GB of RAM and 16GB of HDD. The 2GB of RAM is pretty much what everything in my house is using apart from one Macbook Pro and they're all on Windows 7 apart from one laptop on Linux Mint 15 and the Macbook Pro. 16GB of HDD is a little tight but plenty to run XP or Linux on with 10GB or so of storage. Hell the PC at my radio club is an old Athlon 2600 thing running XP, has 768MB of RAM and only has a 10GB HDD in but manages to do what we need it to.
Windows comes with its own back up software that can take both incremental and full backups, producing restorable image files.
Technology has largely made them obsolete
Really it hasn't. I've been a truck driver for 20 years. You and I could both do a 200 mile run to somewhere, me in my truck and you following your Satnav and I'd arrive before you despite you having a 15MPH speed advantage because quite simply despite all the IQ routing and all that rubbish, it doesn't beat years of experience of the characteristics of the road network.
I've been using Satnav for over a decade, first using Tomtom on a Nokia N70, and it is far from anywhere near capable of finding the truly quickest route given the time of day and day of week.
"I wonder what % of their takings the average cabbie actually declares for tax purpose? hhmmm..."
All of them other than tips as they're recorded by the meter.
"Surely GPS means we dont need drivers with the "knowledge" anymore."
Actually you do. One thing that I learned over 10 years of using Satnav, half of that as a lorry driver doing 100,000 miles a year, was that it was only really any good for someone driving as a living for the "last mile" or so and that even with things like Tomtom Traffic IQ it couldn't route for certain times of the day as good as someone with knowledge of road conditions could. There were plenty of times it'd route me a way I would never ever consider given the time of day I would be at a certain point.
Satnav will 100% get you from point A to point B, that there is no doubt. Whether or not the route is the best that it could be is a different question entirely and usually the answer to that is no.
The BT Vision+ box, not the Youview ones.
No wonder they're shafting sellers even more than they usually do. The new TSR rules coming into force in August punish sellers who reclaim fees when idiot buyers buy things without reading the descriptions or idiot buyers buy the wrong thing then file a "not as described" claim.
"Many IT staff also reported working above and beyond the 48-hour week set out in the EU working time directive, which the UK is not subject to."
Err yes we are. All EU countries are.
This is an issue which has been on the go since the iPhone 4. Seriously its long past due that they got it sorted. When I took my son's iPhone 4S to the local Genius Bar, two other people waiting for their appointments were in for exactly the same issue.
So they have to take a photo of a perfect finger print from either the digit in question or from the screen of the phone.
Look at the screen of your phone. Tell me how many complete fingerprints you can see on it. The answer will be somewhere between zero and none because you typically use the tip of your fingers and then it gets smudged as you swipe your fingers across the screen.
Personally I'm not worried by this.
"What's the migration cost of moving from XP to Windows 8?"
A lot less than Windows to Linux as you're not going to have to change all your applications.
Only applies to new customers, not existing ones on existing or renewing existing contracts.
Blame Sky. All exchanges are open to any provider.
They could but they're not allowed to by OFCOM.
Putting a few network cards in a rack in a BT Exchange is hardly investing in infrastructure anywhere near the level BT have.
Except BTs network was originally provided by the tax payer.
That has long since been retired and replaced. The original network provided by the tax payer was old electromechanical exchanges, long since replaced, mechanical phone boxes long since replaced and copper cabling virtually all replaced barring the odd "pole to property."
Broadband didn't exist when BT was privatised and all of Openreach's network which OFCOM applied the limits to were entirely funded by the privatised BT so your argument about the original provision is irrelevant.
Actually at VHF and above they're all line of sight and the operator who gets the highest spot on the tower gets the best coverage.
"Sky signal around my parts is utter pants, as is anything via aerial."
Sky uses satellites so as long as you're within its footprint and with nothing in the line of sight you should have no problem receiving it. The only people who would get a poor signal are those living outside of the UK on the fringe areas of coverage.
The piraters are the biggest users of bandwidth and bandwidth is Plusnets biggest expense so it makes sense to them as a network to reduce piracy over their network as much as possible.
You can't price a service at the price they do if you have everyone on it downloading 500GB a month and still want to provide a usable service during peak hours.
We grew up in the cold war and with the IRA. Tell us something we don't know.....
"Getting a signal anywhere but outside in a built up area is ridiculous."
As someone who has travelled all over the UK as a truck driver, lives in a county one and a half times as large as the inner M25 with 1/20th the population of London and been on Three for several years I can categorically say your claim is rubbish.
Weaverthorpe and Wold Newton are served by the tower a friend of mine has a load of repeater gear on at Octon. Hope they've improved the interconnect to the site because on Orange on 3G it took 10 minutes to load google.com
I see they craftily cut the image to hide the Custom button as well as the reasonably sized Off option at the bottom of the page assuming they bothered to go that far.
"Do you really want to knacker an expensive games console playing legacy formats when there is a CD/DVD/BD player six inches away from the PS4 in your AV stack?"
My PS3 is my CD/DVD player as it is for many people. Many of us used the fact the current gen games consoles could play CDs and DVDs as a way to get rid of another box under the telly.
I can guarantee that it isn't, especially on the shortest day of the year.
"You’ll also frequently find yourself outbraking opponents and taking three or four drivers at the first few corners of races. An unrealistic element that’s more Outrun than Formula One, and simply doesn’t gel with the sport as we know it."
That is exactly what the top 10 drivers do on a regular basis. I can only assume that the author didn't watch the Japanese Grand Prix this weekend.
"0) You could learn about Malaria and how to avoid catching it from the internet.
1) You could use the internet to ask for medical assistance.
2) You could use the internet to help you find the nearest clinic.
3) You could use the internet to discover how to treat malaria and acquire appropriate treatments.
I've not seen this much ignorance and and detachment from reality posted in four lines for quite a long time. You really do believe the internet is the answer to everything don't you?
"The mask defines how square a signal must be, as radio transmissions trend towards the bell-shaped, thus spreading into neighbouring bands at their base."
Wrtten by someone with absolutely ZERO knowledge of radio communications.
"If they produce kit that is compatible with Windows shares then more managers will endorse a switch from Windows boxes to Apple kit."
Given the price premium, I doubt it.