150 posts • joined 10 Mar 2008
"Maybe they just have rubbish 3G there."
As a resident of Yorkshire:
I live in the countryside - no 3G, only get a signal from EE (my work phone is O2 - shame ;) )
I work in a city - rubbish 3G.
Re: Platooooooon - HALT!
<sarc>Pah, the car can't even drive through thick fog in treacherous conditions?!</sarc>
I'd expect the Google car can still "see" better than I can in thick fog...
In fact, don't BMW (or some German manufacturer) already offer a HUD that helps see through fog, and points out the last speed sign it read, state of traffic lights etc?
You pay the tip BEFORE you've had the service? Madness!
Also in Leeds and was thinking the same thing... Usually prefer it when they have the meter running as they won't pluck a number out of the air when the journeys done.
This isn't a like for like comparison?
"HD" streaming via netflix et al is no where near as pleasant to watch (& listen to) as a plain old DVD (and BluRay knocks it out of the water). OK they may set the resolution to 1080i and call it "HD", but with an awful, AWFUL bitrate it still looks better on DVD at 576p with a higher bitrate.
This article compares apples and oranges... You could just as easily argue that DVDs are better for the environment than going to the cinema once you factor in the staff travelling to work, cost of keeping the popcorn warm, the cinema usually being mostly empty, having to get to the cinema etc etc, but they are different beasts.
I'll happily stream a film that is mostly storyline, or catch up with iPlayer, but for a action / blockbuster, I want detail and sound quality that I can't get at the moment when streaming - until the streaming services let me download the full 4.7GB DVD, you can't compare them.
So they want me to remember a different password, made up of random letters, numbers, symbols, and I'm not meant to use the same password on other sites...
I was going to put "f*ck you ebay" as my password, but that was rejected... That's more secure than "reset1"!!!
Angers me when companies like this make lives harder for a false sense of them doing their job... More so because we know it's a load of smoke and mirrors, but my grandmother doesn't...
To be frank - if there was an option that just said "delete account" on the password change screen, I'd have been tempted.
Re: Or the alternative opinion
"when her current PC dies"
That's the problem really... I'd have a chrome book if my 5 year old laptop (which is equal, if not higher spec) dies for surfing around on the sofa (assuming for what ever reason I didn't want a tablet), but I have no reason to get a chrome book at the moment.
There's no real lust / want aspect to a chrome book, as they just do the job, but if someone asked me recommend a laptop for them "just for emails and surfing the web a bit", I would be happy to point them in Googles direction.
Re: Skills shortage
"Things which rarely occur together and therefore rarely in the same person"
Spot on... It's getting quite easy to spot the roles that have pretty obviously merged 2 peoples roles. Just makes you think they'll want you to work twice as hard as the 2 people that quit.
Re: Hard to get the staff?
"The thing with that advert is, they will find someone."
I thought the same thing - 'someone' will turn up and lie their way through the interview process - struggle along for a few months before getting caught out / moving on, then the company will need to do a bit of a knee-jerk hiring session getting someone (or two) that is - OK but paying well over the odds to fix the mistakes...
"still battling to hire and keep skilled hands"
Then they need to take a look in the mirror and ask why we don't want to work for them, rather than blaming the market...
Re: Protocol breakdown by traffic
Kind of see where you're coming from... But that's only traffic.
Almost like saying motorways are cars because they use it the most % wise.
Thing is... You've listed 4 programs there that are worth a watch.
I can't name that many on BBC 1 or BBC 2...
Re: In the UK?!
"The NSA and GCHQ are listening to the inside of your colon as we speak."
I think we're all listening to his colon (or at least what comes out of it) at the moment...
Re: Ive condisered this before:
Is the much higher risk of infection (that could leave you blind) from wearing contacts worth it?
Re: I married an eye surgeon
"It is now realised that this affects peripheral vision"
No where NEAR to the level that a pair of glasses does! Frame + only having a small clear area directly in front of the head is surely much worse?!
Re: @AC "contacts are rubbish at night with a high index"
I had RGPs for a good few years, then soft lenses for a while - eventually my eyes were rejecting both (started getting severe irritation) and we'd tried every brand going ("we" being a small independent optician and myself).
Glasses weren't great - as you get hardly any peripheral vision, contacts (before they were rejected by my eyes) just spun around and with astigmatism that's no use!
I asked my optician about laser surgery and she suggested a specific surgeon rather than a brand name. I did my research on him, went for an appointment and a 2 treatments later can see darn well! He set expectations, and didn't promise perfect vision.
Re: very, very unique...?
Zombies? There only a bit dead...
So I apologise for being in the statistics for people who have a DAB set. However it's in my desk drawer, and hasn't been used for years...
Bit rates are awful, so music sounds horrid. Signal strength is a real issue, so using it in the car isn't really an option as it drops out too much to a squelchy mess of noise.
DAB just seems like a pointless stopgap to me. May as well ditch radio all together an rely on streaming via 3/4G if they are determined to switch off FM.
What are we doing leaving comments here?! We should be upvoting any comment with the term "cockwomble" in it over at the telegraph!
It's a "Market 1" exchange. I think that counts as Bumpkinland to Ofcom.
Ah but I'd already taken into account the BS factor. The expected speed is 12-16mpbs according to BT.
I'm about to move to Bumpkinland, and the speed isn't such an issue for me really, I expect to get about 4mbps. The problem I have is the cost. Extra £7 a month because the exchange isn't unbundled.
I'd prefer Ofcom to be pointing their wagging fingers in the direction of BT Wholesales costs first, before suggesting 30mbps should be available in 2017.
"I can honestly say I've never once had difficulties with these self-checkouts, "
Agreed, and as you say, hold up are always by folks not using the tool properly (e.g., moving stuff out of the bagging area, on a recent visit onto the basket shelf of the kiosk next to them...).
Perhaps if they renamed "bagging area" to something that says what it actually does (verification) people wouldn't get so wound up about it?
Re: Nice to see them catch up with the girls
"Ricky Gervais is a comedian though"
And I'm a programmer, I can also drive a car, walk, talk, watch TV and cook!
Stop pigeon holing people!
Re: White List
Not to mention Disney's habit of sneaking innuendos into their films... Come to think of it - they should be first on the black list!
Re: Something not quite right..
"I just can't see someone moving into a high end living space and sleeping on an air mattress."
I did - 10 week wait for the real bed to be delivered, and given completion dates tend to slide a bit risky placing the order beforehand (seems pointless paying to remove the old knackered bed).
Perhaps he had similar circumstances...
Now Apple and Samsung's manufacturing teams can network!
Re: Tried House of cards, for free
RonWheeler, I agree.
Decent broadband speed, but quality isn't there. Audio is really muddy too, and what they class as "HD" means the resolution HD, but then so massively compressed that it looks awful.
Also tried EE's film service which lets you download rather than stream, but 450MB for a 2 hour film is never going to give you DVD quality.
I don't download torrents, and an willing to pay, but until the quality is there I'll stick to buying/renting physical discs.
Re: She isn't going to change her mind now.
"even if she wanted to without admitting she was wrong"
This is exactly the problem with the current bunch of politicians... They brainwash themselves in to defending an opinion (sometimes, as in the case, wrongly) and can't be shown a differing viewpoint. When they delve into I.T. issues (which most readers on here are highly knowledgeable of) it just highlights how little these people know, while still maintaining the IMPRESSION of having a strong/informed viewpoint.
If we can see how little they know about things in our field, yet make decisions based on their small amount of knowledge, it make you wonder what else they are making judgements on based on very little information.
Makes me sick...
Re: Now that Jimmy has spoken...
"I would like Tim Berners-Lee to say something about this too"
He had. (he's not a fan)
Re: Things have improved since their early days
They the floods happened... That was fun...
Re: Once upon a time
I echo what Mr C Hill said.
Used to be reasonable price and reasonable service, then got cheap and crap.
Stopped using them 4 years ago after the many arguments telling them what was wrong with their servers and pointing them to various test websites to prove to them that no one outside of their building could access the servers... Got quite frustrating!
Re: How ay
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Developed in house
"It has been developed in-house using an open-source platform, modifying existing off-the-shelf technology"
It's an HTML page then..?
Is this going to be Dragons Den hosted by Ant and Dec?
Seconded - 5 years for me and life changing.
"Normal" sighted people don't realise how much of an improvement 20% of your peripheral vision is!
Are we going to get this story every month?
Any chance of a photo of THE OTHER side?
It'd be good to have photos of both sides open and shut, rather than all of the 1 door side shut, and all of the 2 door side open...
You're making the bold assumption that the web designer has built the UI in such a way that the site still works in a logical way without their CSS!
Looooads of uses!
Might not be as vibrant as an LCD / oLED, but comics / magazines are generally colour.
Or going away from e-books, mobile phone screens - you'd miss out on video, but much longer battery life and the ability to read text messages on the beach.
Best Alt Tag, EVER!
"Dog using a sat nav"... Made me chuckle anyway!
I'm melting! melting! Oh, what a world! What a world...
Might make accidental Coffee spillage more interesting!
Not sure where he gets his tea lights, but even the Waitrose ones are 50 for a quid.
I'm a bit further north
and its a struggle to get DAB :(
Add £25 to the priceFrom the Halfords website - "Free fitting applied to Pure Highway 300Di products purchased up to and including 24.12.2011" I tried Pure Portable DAB plugged into Aux, it was awful - sound dropped out so much. Even tried a 5mtr extension cable looped around the car (not kidding). This might be a better option!
Did I miss something?
You can buy a PS3 and an XBox 360 and still have a heck of a lot of change. This won't sway anyone over to PC gaming - half the fun is picking your components and building it yourself anyway!
Garmins do - which is good for a laugh when you're stuck in traffic and it asks you "Are you walking?"
Worst thing a sat nav should cause a driver is the need to perform a 3 point turn!