46 posts • joined Friday 7th March 2008 15:37 GMT
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.
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.
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.
Re: Sunk cost
BA did take the chance to retire an expensive, aging fleet. Fine. They did however refuse to sell them to those who wanted to keep them air worthy - Branson for example. That we do not have a single flying example out of the remaining airframes is a disgrace.
I am far from Windows 8 doom-merchant but I do feel that Windows RT is a bit of a waste of time. With the low power Intel chipsets (clover trail), why would anyone want to limit the versatility of their tablet by going down the ARM route?
Re: Ugh - God particle
Well the theory goes that mass is a function of how a particle interacts with the Higgs "field". An electron zips through no worries and therefore obtains little mass but for heavy particles like the top quark the Higgs field will be like wading in mud - it has a far greater interaction with the field and so has more mass. I can only assume the the Higgs particle interacts with the Higgs field to en even larger extent.
Its just a comedy. People need to get over themselves. Men are represented as incompetent buffoons
in just about every comedy ever made. So what?
My wife is a teacher - she is getting an iPad very soon to use as a teaching tool. The idea is that she wil be able to put the ipad display up on the big screen for the whole class to see as needed - one small problem - her department cannot afford to replace the blown bulb in her classroom projector. The mind boggles.
Reminds me of a scam a few years back with cheap LCDs being sold on the street - they turned out to be oven doors.
Let's hope their UK repair centre has improved
The Desire HD was so badly chucked together I'd have hoped HTC learned some lessons - it would appear not. Their UK repair centre is also a complete shambles in my experience. Following the disaster I had with the Desire HD - it took 3 returns for me to get a properly assembIed phone, which then packed up 6 months later needing a repair which took 2 months - I will never buy HTC again.
Not the first time
They have run these adverts before - I remember last year there was one about keeping tabs on your colleagues at work - colleagues under suspicion are those who minimising their screen when you walk past, look at google maps and check flight times. Beyond belief, it really is!
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