82 posts • joined 7 Mar 2008
I think this belongs in the Hardware section.
Sailboat? I occasionally wonder if Register is a UK or US centric site - does the use of this word confirm the latter?
I looked at a number of these dedicated devices but in the end decided that they were not flexible enough for me personally. In the end I put together my own NAS based on Intel ATOM running Ubuntu server. Ubuntu can be run very well also from simple usb memory sticks (with a few tweaks to cut down on writes) which results in excellent idle power consumption as the main disks are spun down for much of the day.
For many people though, these dedicated storage boxes are the best option.
Anyone wanting retro/emulation gaming on the move should just pick up an old PSP on ebay.
TV is terrible?
Switch on. It remembers the last station I used.
Press "2" it switches to BBC2. Press Vol Up and it gets louder. Press channel up and it moves to the next channel.
Please Apple. Don't fix our TVs.
Flipping that around - would there be people who'd love to run IOS on their HTC One or GS5?
Apple have never done this but I wonder if any extra people would buy Apple tin if only they could ditch the Apple software? I would happily own an iPAD. IOS though - good grief no.
I get the feeling these days that "nimble upstarts" exist only to temporarily shock the big boys before then selling up to those same big boys and retiring as billionaires.
"Virgin Media is the only major provider able to supply broadband without a phone line because of our unique cable network and so we remain unbeatable value for money."
....and yet they won't let you have TV without a phone line....because errr, errr. Who the hell knows?
Can we have a backwards compatible Pi v2 please - with upgraded everything?
I have the full set of original Danger Mouse. My kids think it is superb.
How about some techie foul-ups?
Me - Sat in my Bristol office remote controlling a server in Reading. Suddenly I rise to my feet and put my coat on. "Where are you going" ask the team. "To Reading". "Why" they ask. "You'll see."
I walk out of the office to the sounds of everyone's mobiles going mad with text alerts. Classic shutdown, when I meant log-off moment - and no iLO.
"All this blathering gets old, guys. It gets really, really old."
Steady on. You don't want to upset the creationists.....
I suspect we'd get more traffic as a result of driverless cars - the soul destroying nature of driving itself being the biggest deterrent to err, driving.
Re: I can solve most of this in eight words:
"Design patents should probably also be included there, and patents on technological hardware advances should be valid for about a decade.."
I assume you mean round corners and the like?
Mo-in-law has parkinsons which rules out all the touchscreen mobiles. She'd be happy for some smartphone features but they seem to be long gone from phones with a nice clear keypad. She went for a Doro clamshell in the end. Basic but very good it is too. Battery lasts for a century.
I find it hard to criticise Sony because everything I have ever personally bought from them has been superb - Walkmans, "ghetto" blasters, Playstation, Playstation 2, PSP, TVs, amplifier, DVD players, car stereos and on....
I can't right now think of a single Sony product that I've bought which has packed up too soon either.
Hey ho, we all have our own manufacture mares to tell - just happens that none of mine are Sony.
I'm not concerned about having a TV connected to the Net - I'm not "logged in" to anything on it like Facebook or Netflix so no risk there and web browsing on a smart TV is a shambolic experience - again no risk there because I don't bother.
I would be concerned if my TV had a mic or camera though. Handily it does not. Probably because I'm too tight to spend the money on such a TV.
""The legitimate market for digital content was being “prevented from reaching its full potential” by mass piracy. "
Shall we rephrase that to something reflecting reality.
"Failure of the digital content market to meet the needs of consumers is driving many consumers to piracy."
I think Office 97 came on about 40 floppies for those not blessed with a CDROM. Fun fun fun.
Curved - looks utterly stupid unless you are sat right in centre front of it. Great for the minority with home cinema rooms I suppose but for most of us with a TV in the corner of a room and a wide range of viewing angles they make absolutely no sense whatsoever.
As for 4k. I'll buy one shortly after I get the robo eye upgrade which allows me to distinguish such small pixels from the other side of my living room.
So this OpenSSL thing could bring down COD online?
I was fairly shocked to read about this. I run OpenVPN on my home server....surely OpenVPN hasn't let me down I thought?,.........it had. Bugger.
Still at least it was an easy fix. Updated OpenVPN Access Server to latest and now I appear to be clear. Changed my openvpn and server passwords to be safe also.
And these powers do what exactly? Increasing the traffic for sites advertising proxies seems to be the only impact.
Surely TV sales just tick along nicely and every generation of tech go mad for a few years - colour, flatter squarer tube, widescreen, LCD, etc.
So we have been through the last "let's all upgrade phase" and are now all just sitting back and watching TV. This can have come as no surprise to the industry.
I have bought 3 TVs in 20 years and still have all 3 - a 22" CRT, a 32"LCD and a 40"LED. Unless one breaks I can't see me buying another one for many many years.
The CRT is kept for lightgun games for those interested!
Re: Better than Android then?
Those who do not like carrier flavours added to their phones should buy from resellers rather than the carriers. Usually cheaper anyway in my experience.
On twitter they used the analogy of dragging a suitcase along rather than pushing it. Could it be down to unequal weight disribution? - If it is heavier at the front there is perhaps a chance it rolls smoother in reverse?
Isn't duck racing just littering - ie chucking plastic into a river?
Anyone would think these companies start up with the ver INTENTION of one day being bought out by a big player.
Oh yes, they do don't they.
As with the Sony PSP the Wii only really comes to life when you mod it. A hacked Wii with homebrew channel etc and a load of emulators installed is really a nice bit of kit to have under the TV.
I have to say my kids do love the Wii. The console is poweful enough for most kids games - Lego et al. So it will be more than enough for my living room until the PS4 price drops significantly.
As for the WiiU. No thanks - that PDA screen controller thing is a monstrosity. Is there a modding scene yet for the WiiU?
I get so annoyed when the cost of the BBC is brought into question. It is simply the finest broadcaster on the planet. No question.
Bloody hell, www.bbc.co.uk/everysubjectimagineableincludinghowtopassyourgcse is in itself probably worth the licence fee alone.
Please, leave the BBC alone.
I simply use OpenVPN and connect to my network directly.
There are far bigger nuts to crack when it comes to gaming visual realism than simple pixel count. The new consoles from MS and Sony have finally made the move to a 1080p native resolution at a decent framereate and this is a huge jump from the low res, upscaled games of the PS3 and 360 generation.
1080p will be the mass standard for a couple of decades more at least. 4K TVs will remain a niche - something the console makers can ingore.
Nook - great bit of kit. People do not know what they are missing. I picked the Glow up from Argos for under 50 notes, rooted it, installed a launcher, and now have a e-reader/tablet hybrid which means I'm able to install the apps from Kindle Kobo etc. Allows me to buy a book from whichever store is the cheapest at the time and play some graphically simple games from time to time like chess.
Surely a reflective surface emits new photons rather than bouncing back the originals.
Thankfully no need to worry about crappy conversions - I love firing this up on MAME from time to time. The soundtrack alone is worth it and the emulation is spot on.
How many have noticed the "optimal coding" employed back in the day. To save memory the sprites of the car as it goes left and right are simply mirror images of each other - you can see the Ferrari badge flip back and forth as you turn.
Their motive is money. They know snooping is bad for business. As far as they are concerned snooping on their customers should be limited only to themselves in support of extracting more money from them via accurate consumer profiling.
Legacy systems? Show me the money. Stay current always. Nothing however beats being one of the few guys who knows something about that mission-critical piece of crap no-one dares even to reboot.
Seriously? We are going to lose backwards compatibility for the sake of turning a cable the right way round? Kids today..........
PS4 and XBone will probably not bring much new in terms of feature but the platforms needed a graphics bump anyway. Despite being marketed as HD consoles the PS3 and 360 were nothing of the sort - virtually all games were upscaled to proper 720p or 1080p resolutions from far lower resolutions and this made them look poor in comparison to PC versions. The new ones will, one would hope, be running games natively at 1920x1080 and should be able to maintain a decent FPS friendly framerate.
I watched Stephen King's "Maximum Overdrive" last night in honour of the late Ison. RIP.
Xbone and PS4 will be around for a decade. I'll wait for a couple of minor revisions before I leap into the next gen.
20% of drives dead at 4 years? Sorry Mr Drive Makers, but that is simply not good enough.
Re: So will this 7% rise be in addition to the 11.5% rise BB only subs got gouged with?
The superhub is not much of a hub but it as good at being a cable modem as any modem out there. 100% solid all the time. Handily VM have included a setting in the admin screens to switch off hub features and enable "modem only mode". There is no reason to stick with 20Mbps just because you don't want a superhub because there is no good reason not to want a superhub - ok maybe one - it has slightly annoying flashing lights.
Virgin's policy is in black and white and has been since they started traffic management. I don't get the drama. I mean what sort of idiot bases their purchasing decisions on advertising campaigns featuring Usain Bolt and Doctor Who - surely we should always look at the detail before chucking away our money?
Anyway, I signed up for Virgin broadband 512Kbps about 12 or 13 years ago. I now find myself on 60Mbps having not actually ever asked for an upgrade - which is odd, but there you go. During that time my broadband connection has only once been unavailable to me (for about 3 hours). Yes that might be just down to blind luck - but I can't criticise Blueyonder/Telewest/Virgin's provision of my broadband in all those years.
As for the top 3% of users who get hit regularly by the throttle and find that the Game of Thrones Series 2 1080P torrent takes an hour longer to download - so what - have a cup of tea and stop moaning - or go find another ISP.
DAB is laughably bad. Aside form the large number of channels (which often cannot be received) I can't think of a single redeeming feature.
The only good thing about DAB is that as a result of the hype I bought a Pure receiver. Thankfully is also does FM and Internet radio - saving me from the horrifying stuttery mess of DAB.
21 URLs blocked. Another 1021 new ones to choose from.
At the very least the block list lets us know which torrent sites are probablty quite good - and therefore we know which ones are worth finding proxies for.
Dear "The Man". Thanks for the heads up.
Re: iPads are expensive?
iPads - very very nice pieces of hardware. I'd love to have one - if only I could get rid of the car crash which is iOS.
It's not great. Still the best on the market though.
Organisations with money can simply arrange for a custom support agreement with Microsoft - and their lovely ancient XP workstations will remain patched for a good while yet.
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