668 posts • joined Tuesday 19th February 2008 14:28 GMT
Shit port placements
So the charger is still on the side (This time the left side) instead of on the bottom where it should fucking be!). Where is the headphone port? On the side too? Stupid fucking design if it is. My Xperia S pisses me off because of this. I can't comfortably put it in my pocket with headphone on even if I use a L shaped headphone adapter.
The aliens did it!
Obviously they don't like prying eyes on their homeworld(s).
Re: Government is the problem, so get rid of it to see MUCH greater price drops than a mere 30%.
You should really watch this movie.
BTW the real problem here lies in the fact that every successive government has sold on public services (services that we as tax payers paid for the infrastructure in the first place) to public companies to make a quick buck in the short term. Thatcher started it. Private sector and banks capitalized on it.
I am sure there are more.
It's a shame that there is no way to know what would have happened if the energy sector had remained nationalized.
You get the laws changed.
Re: How do they actually catch anyone not paying the license?
"Once I opened the door wearing nothing be a condom and said it better be good you just pulled me out of my girlfriend. Inspector looked embarrassed and left."
This made my day.
In answer to your questions.
They do not have authority to enter your premises without a warrant. To obtain one they have to have 'reasonable' suspicion you have a TV (They hear Eastenders through the letterbox or see lights in the window flashing like a TV does or actually see a TV in use). They can then enter the premises with a police officer present in order to check if you are receiving 'live' broadcasts.
Otherwise you can tell them to F**k off!
There are no TV licence (sic) vans. The vans are empty and are driven to public places in order to act as a deterrent. They are there mainly to put the willies up those who evade paying. The equipment to detect TV signals is expensive and not very reliable as evidence considering the multitude of ways you can receive signals these days.
Instead it operates purely on an address lottery. CrAPITA are just legalized bullies who work on behalf of the BBC to check if you have a licence. They work on commission from what I hear so they have an incentive to make shit up if they so choose but they better be able to back it up if they do.
Re: My lovely Sony PRS-300 is just fine thanks
You can buy touchscreen gloves you know. £1.49 for my pair but I am sure you can buy nicer gloves that do similar.
Why, oh why, oh why, do they have such a problem making chocolate milkshakes? A good 90% of the time you get something that is not chocolate tasting at all and a very distinct creamy white colour. If you are lucky you can argue it with the person at the counter and they 'might' either put extra syrup in for you to mix in yourself or add more into the mix and pour a fresh one. However many a time I have just been told 'we don't do that'. I sat down with one manager once to discuss the issue and he told me it's difficult getting the mix right as if they add to much syrup it makes it bitter tasting so they err on the side of caution and make it weaker.
Strawberry, Banana and vanilla experience no such issues.
I love the occasional McD's choccy milkshake but now I hardly bother unless I can get them to add more syrup.
It's like tech porn. I wonder what pricing they are giving for bulk purchasing on those 3.2TB cards. Also I wonder about the cost vs what will obviously be out of date within a year or two is. I'm guessing a big drop there. Obviously this is aimed more at the big boys with deep pockets who need high capacity flash servers.
Anyhow. Put me down for 10 (in 10 years time that is).
Again with the 'sex is bad' slant and over reaching 'we must protect the children from smut at all costs' bollocks. Seriously. Humanity is really dumb sometimes (I'd argue most of the time). Children snigger and laugh at sex not because sex is funny (well I do find it amusing but only because others find it offensive). But because we as a species have put it into the category of something that is to be hidden away and ridiculed. That it is something we only talk about behind closed doors. This obviously filters down to our ever so curious children.
I thought we got rid of this silly stigma with the AIDS stuff and sexual education years. Now it seems we are back to prudish moral crusades led by those who have nothing better to do.
Do gooders and prigs the lot of them!
Oh and they should take notes from countries like the Netherlands.
Re: Missing DNA
Ah! So that's why the condition I have is X linked ichthiosis. The more you know.
Re: I was going to make a serious comment ..
What a numbskull.
CPU holding me back
My CPU is bottle necking me. I have an E7600, 8GB DDR2 and a GTX560Ti for graphics. Skyrim on full settings causes a large frame drop but looking at the usage it's the CPU hitting the rails. I have it OC'd but it's not enough. Also I like to run movies and anime through MadVR and have high resolution subtitles (1080 real time karaoke with special effects fonts hammers the CPU).
So I am now looking to upgrade. The graphics should be fine for most tasks but to upgrade the CPU requires a change out of most of the components. Not decided on SSD though as the speed gains although great are exchanged for reliability issues and cost per gig.
I agree most games run just fine on this setup though. As another poster pointed out consoles are holding back PC game development pushing the boundaries as many are just ports from consoles.
Living in the dead zone
I'm with Three and their signal goes dead at my parents on the ground floor. Even outside in the garden. I have to go upstairs to get a single bar.
No need for the average consumer
The only real reason I can see for 4K (other than trying to sell you a new TV) is for sets larger than 80" which few can fit in their homes comfortably. At normal viewing distances 50-65" is enough and 1080p is enough. The 3D is only a side benefit.
I would far rather have limitless contrast, blacks that are black, 100% viewing angles, no reflections and 48/60fps movie playback capability. 24p is OK but they really should be pushing for fluidity over resolution these days and ditching 50Hz broadcasts altogether!
TV's with definition so high...
...that it's like looking through a window. So how about Windows TV? No wait...
Real TV. Lifelike TV. Super Duper Ultra Amazingly Stupendous Definition TV.
Perhaps 'It's got a lot more pixels than your bog standard telly missus' (IGALMPTYBSTM) TM.
Or how about just calling it overpriced shite we want to sell to you as the next big thing that you really don't actually need if it's less that 40 inches.
Call me again when OLED is under 1K for a 50" as I want that more than 4K LCD or plasma.
...backing up to VHS tapes over a special PCI card that cost about 30 quid if I recall correctly.
I am still of the belief that a 2 disk mirrored solution for consumers should be standard these days. Maybe once most folks are on uncapped fiber we can then think about hosting offsite backups with our family and friends (You backup mine and I'll backup yours kinda thing) if you don't trust cloud storage solutions.
SOOOOOOO many cables!
I have draws and bags full of cables. So many USB cables, VGA etc. I have a complete Intel E7300 PC upstairs unused. Also various bits of hardware. Seagate 5GB spinning mini HDD. AGP 6600GT viddy, PCI viddy that only works on XP, Lots of IDE HDD's that are now too small to use. I even have a giant MFM drive sitting in a cupboard. Keyboards and mice galore. Soundcards. NIC's. Modems and routers. RAID controllers. PCI cards I forget what they actually do. Switching boxes. PII and mobo (with SD RAM). Mini CD player. The list goes on. I really should clear this crap out....
How far is this from the landing site? I wonder if it's been created by heat from the lander.
Region specific nonsense
Do me a favour. Look up some of these artists in the UK on these services for me.
I've & Kotoko
Granted these are mainly associated with anime soundtracks but most of them should come up on a search. If they don't appear (or have very little content) on the UK music services then I don't give a shit about ANY of these services. The problem is usually how region specific these services are and the stupid licensing issues. It's complete bollocks!
Forget TalkTalk. What about Three?
I'm currently with Three and I would say their Indian call center annoys me no end. Also their coverage sucks and when it is working it is slow as molasses in the evenings outside of majors cities, towns and the local shopping malls.
Iwade near Sittingbourne is in a total deadspot where even standing out in the garden I get no signal. The only way to get a signal is to go upstairs in my parents bedroom where I get a single bar or go for a walk up the road.
My brother in Swanscombe gets a few bars but terrible speeds most of the day.
If it wasn't for their generous data etc I would not bother with them.
Re: Dinosaurs....you had your day...
I'm perfectly happy with 1080p on my 50". Sure. If I was going for an 80"+ display I might consider it. But otherwise for the average Joe in the street it's overkill. Plus 4K is easier and cheaper to manufacture I am guessing. If it comes in at the same price as 1080p sets now then sure why not but I won't be 'upgrading' to it. I'll wait until OLED sets are affordable instead. I want the PQ and 50" is big enough for me right now. I am sure they will have 4K OLED in a few years anyhow to compete unless the manu's dump OLED altogether for lack of demand (hope not as it's taken this long to get to a situation where they promise to start selling them).
My parents live in a cul de sac called Iwade near Sittingbourne. Whenever I visit I get no signal if I am downstairs. Even out in the garden. I have to go to the next floor up to get 1 or 2 bars. I complained to Three but it was pretty pointless. They don't plan on fixing coverage for 2G let alone 3G in that area at all. Much like broadband it seems they are only interested in largely populated areas.
Every time this debate rears its ugly head in the media I get really annoyed. Why? Not because I don't believe it. But because it is used as a bludgeon by certain parties (Greenies and other political interests) to put the willies up the general populace. Yet another means to subjugate the people. I bet the stasi are rubbing their hands together with glee including the energy companies readying themselves to raise the costs again (and probably getting nice government kickbacks in the process). Self justified by them having to 'invest' more into 'greener' energy extraction techniques.
Meanwhile in China and other rising economies anything 'we' supposedly do to prevent climate change will be made to seem totally useless whilst wrecking our own economies in the process. I can see why the USA is pretty much not interested in participating in our delusional climate treaties.
BTW I love the term 'fracking' being somewhat of a BSG fan. :)
Oh well. When they finally decide to turn off FM (which they probably will so they can sell even more spectrum to mobile operators to fill the government coffers) I will just listen to prerecorded music.
This ain't Dredd
It's a pale imitation of. I preferred the Stallone version even though Stallone took his helmet off and had the wrong voice. At least it was futuristic and loyal to the look and feel of the comic strips (the only notable exception being the lack of eagle shoulder pads).
I thought the 3D detracted from the movie too.
I'm OK with this
I'm with Three. I don't want NFC thanks.
I always thought a homeopath (someone who practices homeopathy) was a cross between homicide and psychopath. Wait. Was I not right?
Sheet is aboot to hit the fan!
It was Terence & Philip I tell ya's!
This could end up a VERY sticky situation indeed!
Time waits for no man
By the time any deficiencies in the patent system are addressed we'll have new novel innovations to contend with and more loopholes to be exploited. The problem is that the system does not move fast enough to keep up with technology.
Patent system not broken
I would not say the patent system is broken per se. I would say the way the system works to benefit large corporate interests is. When you are super rich you can afford to hire a team to sit there all day scouring for things that are not patented. Create your own patent on ideas that have not yet come to fruition. Or. Although has prior art nobody actually patented yet and pay what is a relatively small fee (to the corporation but not the average guy) and sit on it if not yet invented in the hope you can extract royalties later. Or. Use it right now (as in the Apple vs Samsung cases) to sue those who did not patent it first.
It's actually relatively expensive and time consuming for the small guy to patent stuff. Even looking up whether something has already been patented is a bit of a chore and cost. But for large corporations it's their bread and butter. Apple have found a unique corner of the market in this respect.
Apple is abusing the system (like many other large corporations do). There should be a law in place to prevent this type of behaviour.
Speak in monotone
Heeeeellooooo. Yesssss. Thisssss isssss dawwwwg.
It should be so easy to get him out
Just make a latex mask of one of the diplomats with similar height and build to Assange. He walks out without anyone realizing it. Boards plane to Ecuador. Embassy later announces Assange is no loner in the building.
What? Don't you watch Mission Impossible?
It's never about who is right
It's about who has the better lawyers.
Printing your own is only way
Being a photographer who likes to post process a lot I sometimes have weird crops etc. I like to control how these are printed and how accurate they are in colour saturation and hue etc. Most print services don't offer much more than size and borderless or matt or glossy.
UK will have the fastest broadband in the world by 2015
But only if you live in a 1 meter square box in the middle of London.
By the time we have 100Mbit in 25% of UK homes (cough!) the rest of the world will already have 10Gbit links to MOST homes.
Radio is everywhere.
Usually radio stations are playing in the background in various establishments, playing in cars, on the TV and all sorts of places and can be consumed without having to resort to looking at a computer/tablet display. I know songs that I didn't go out of my way to find but hear them another time and immediately recognize them even if I don't know the name of the artist or song name. I wonder to myself where the hell I heard it because I don't listen to much radio at home or in the car. So I must have heard them elsewhere.
Lovely update failures
The initial update resulted in 8 failed updates. From Googling this is a common problem on the 64bit platform.
After disabling everything in startup and doing one update at a time it began to work. However one update resulted in Win7 no longer booting and I had to run Win7 repair CD to get it booting again!
I then finished off applying the rest of the updates manually and reenabled the startup items I had disabled.
This wasted at least a couple of hours of my day. Thanks MS!
I would say forget everything about the lads decision etc. Face the fact. Organ harvesting for cash is immoral if not illegal (Not sure about China and it's laws on this). His decision to sell one of his organs may have been stupid but he should not have had that opportunity presented to him in the first place. They should also be chasing the surgeons who took it out and give them sentences for attempted murder (which may turn into actual murder if he dies).
But this is China we are talking about here.
This saddens and disgusts me. Such a messed up world we live in.
(Be)at me to it.
Told you so
I basically said this when he was arrested. They (The US cartels and their lapdogs the feds and gubberment) don't give a toss about this guy. They only wanted him out of the picture and his business dead. The easiest method of doing this is to do exactly what they are doing. Delay, delay, delay. All the while he is fighting the system his business is out of action and puts the willies up all the other companies doing the same thing.
The problem here is that he has no means to fast track through the courts. Just like many others who are 'in the spotlight' their cases drag on for months if not years. It's all a ruse. The US knows 'exactly' what it is doing. Sure they may lose their case. But by that time Megaupload will be dead and buried and they will have already won.
All I want to know is...
...when are we gonna get a proper summer and winter without freak weather? I'm fed up of 'Oh we have a hosepipe ban because of the drought' then 'Oops! Now we have our wettest month on record' etc.
My fuel costs have rocketed during the winter months too! Something is surely screwing up for all this freakish weather to be happening.
Loved the two seasons and the movies. Very cerebral at times. Clever, witty and action packed when it's needed. I particularly loe the soundtracks. In my eyes Yoko Kanno and do not wrong. Sure she plagiarizes occassionally but it's hard to be totally original ALL of the time. Her work with various little known artists are amazing. I also love her forays into jazz. I think she also sings but under a pseudonym
So much talent in one little lady. It's simply mindblowing.
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