62 posts • joined 7 Mar 2008
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.
Surely I won't need to be a great 3D modeller. There will eventually be loads available on torrent sites I expect.....
The hose on my Samsung hoover split the other day. Thankfully I was able to repair it with some Sellotape and careful use of a Stanley knife.
Hardly surpsing. DAB is a terrible standard and a backwards step in terms of audio quality in comparison to FM.
I fell into being a buy-to-let landlord a few years ago because I needed to move house (baby on the way) but could not sell the one I lived in - no-one would buy it.
So it seems I'm now to be the wall against which all others are shot, come the revolution. Now, does this mean I end up being shot or not? Answers on a post card.
Since being a landlord however I'm astonished at the demand for houses - you stick it on Gumtree for 5 mins and 10 people want to come round and look straight away. Not quite right that.
This is one reason to keep the odd old handset here and there. My 5yr old get to use my old Desire HD - running a custom ROM, minus a SIM and requiring my password for any purchases. Problem solved. If I'm honest I really don't want his grubby fingers all over my latest shiney gadget so my old one is just fine.
I'll listen out for any offensive whistling but I have to say that since getting my superhub as part of my 20 to 60Mbps upgrade (replacing my old motorola modem) about a month ago, my connection has been rock solid. It is running in modem mode.
Time to bring these big companies into line - regardless of tax loopholes. Pay up or get out of our economy - we won't miss you as someone will simply step up to replace you.
Re: External SD would be fine... if you could install Apps to it
I think we can expect an app2sd type app to find its way onto Windows tablets before long.
I think that is sort of the point - a look on Life from the perspective of a physicist.
Apple hae surely already conceded the high-end of the mobile market to Android? As for iPad - again soon to be surpassed by uber-specced Windows 8 tabs? Yes, No?
Cheap SSD drives are so small that I really don't need to worry much about backup - all my data is shoved onto my RAID 1 NAS. Complete loss of my SSD would really only be an inconvenience (perhaps lose the odd game save or internet favourite).
I have a feeling that this will destroy our own superior (yes still flawed) patent system. US system is a disgrace.
The low power x86 chipsets make Windows RT a complete irrelevance imo.....unless they end up being far more expensive. I'm not interested in having i5 or i7 power in a Windows tablet, but I DO want x86.
There is no doubt that the iPhone 5 is one of the best mid-range handsets on the market.
Agreed.......and of course Curiosity, which is the subject of this article, rather than its tiny older brother. ;-)
Why overclock the Pi? Simple. At 700Mhz OpenELEC has stutter and lag which is noticeable and annoying. At 900 to 100MHz it does not.
Come on - it's hardly rocket science.
Re: glad I still have the old cable modem
I modem mode it is widely regarded as being as good as their standard modem offerings. It just happens to be a terrible router.
Virgin should ditch the superhub. It is very damaging to their reputation. I'll be getting one forced on me soon but make no mistake - it will be in modem-only mode from the off.
It is clear Apple has run out of ideas for the iPhone. It is also clear that it doesn't matter - Apple knows the iFans will buy them in their millions regardless.
Samsung had better watch those rounded corners!
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