204 posts • joined 17 Apr 2008
Reception on trains is still awful, on any network. Considering that, versus driving, train passengers are in a much better position to be using mobile data, I'm surprised networks don't pull their fingers out to improve that situation.
Re: Point of Issue
Far worse than "expiration", I have it equal with "compliancy".
Re: Storage cost
So the average person (with savings) can't afford $50,000 of storage? Unless £1=$2.5
Re: Storage cost
Given the current economic climate, I'd say that the average person doesn't have savings.
Are you implying...
...that perhaps the article author is a Drobo fan? I hear they work in ReadyNAS too.
Nobody ever needed anything more than Office 4.3.
Word 6, Excel 5, sorted. It had a spell check and a Thesaurus, no stupid paper clip.
Were they activating their new link to GCHQ this time?
All your data are belong to us.
Re: Off topic
I've always quite appreciated Richard Branson, but a lot of people moaned that he was a bit of an attention seeking a-hole who was constantly in the media due to press releases about non-events, publicity stunts etc.
Now I understand what they mean. Will Musk ever shut up?
Re: SMS Problems?
I live for downvotes.
If your friends are having problems receiving your text messages, it's because you're the last one with an iPhone.
Bin it off, switch to Android...get WhatsApp...sorted.
Everytime you say MEELLION...
...a puppy dies.
Enough with the "MEEELLION" stuff. Tedious!
Re: RE: "I know this might be a little inappropriate....."
I'm wondering how many people in this thread would get a senior job at Mozilla?
Re: "showing a Firefox install running on the console."
Clearly AC/DC then?
"It said that file-sharing had dropped by 11 per cent in the countries where such measures were imposed on ISPs"
Of course this has nothing at all to do with it being even more convenient to use services like Spotify and Netflix?
Pirating is not down at all due to enforcement measures, it's down purely as it became more convenient for people to listen legally.
Enough with the MEEELLLLLIONS already.
Anybody else bored with the whole MEEELLION thing in the headlines?
Re: De-Dupe on a gloibal scale
Google Play Music got it wrong for many of my tracks, how do I tell them?
Particularly annoying that they have replaced tracks on Mix CDs with entirely different versions that don't run into the next song at all.
Fixed in the next version
Is it just me, or is the iPhone always fixed in the next version?
No doubt they'll be addressing concerns about battery life too? And reception difficulties that cause phone calls to be cut off?
Of course, as soon as it does start generating revenue, those Apple people will be all over them claiming they own the iPlayer trademark as it begins with a little "i" and plays videos.
Re: Last 5 mins of Small Soldiers
Maybe it has a Halo style app that will call black helicopters?
Re: Bad headline
agreed...subbing as its worst.
Not to be mistaken for...
...WhatsRemote. Which does allow WhatsApp on the desktop and works pretty damn well.
Based on conversations I have, this one may backfire.
Throwing the kindle library into Prime...good move, worked well. You can share prime with other members too, so husband, wife, children etc. get the benefit.
Throwing LoveFilm streaming in, great idea too. For £30 extra? No hope at all.
Count me into the ever growing list of people who won't be renewing prime, the price hike is obscene and I have no real need to use the streaming service.
Re: Floppy Eject
"If you allow the user to eject without the data being committed then they lose their work."
But that is no reason to lose the button. Apple put a motorised eject system into the drive, far cooler than a mechanical button. There was no reason at all not to include an electronic eject button in that process that first flushed the drive buffer and then ejected the disk. It's really not rocket science and far more useful than a hidden OS command.
Re: Floppy Eject
"It would have been right there in the Special menu!"
The Special menu, for special people? Sounds about right.
Of course I spent a light of time trying to right click on the floppy icon, which just opened it because there was actually only one mouse button - another eternal source of frustration for users of proper PCs.
I've just always found Macs completely non-intuitive. People says they are so much easier to use than Windows but I couldn't agree less. For example, the window management buttons. On Windows the buttons represent the action. A big square to make it bigger. A little line to minimise. An X to close. All logical. On Macs I get some odd coloured traffic lights. How is a new user supposed to have any idea what red, green or yellow will do? No labels, no help if you hover over. Nothing. Just seemingly random coloured buttons. MS Windows and X-Windows got it right, why do Apple have to be different?
Re: Floppy Eject
I knew how to operate a floppy drive, had done for years. They came with eject buttons, always did on PCs. Apple chose not to include one. I still have no idea why.
I remember once getting the disk out using a paper clip in the hole. The OS instantly displayed some kind of horrible error and wouldn't operate again until it was powered off and back on.
How could this possibly be a good thing?
I used an early Apple Mac to help create the school newspaper and it was quite an eye opener - I'd already been using PCs at home for a while.
I remember saving my file to a floppy disk and then trying to eject it to go home. There was no eject button. I hunted around the operating system and could find no obvious way of getting it out. I was there ages, refusing to accept my failure and ask a teacher. In the end I had to ask for help and I was told I needed "command+E" or something. Not only did Apple not have something as simple as an eject button, it also had an extra key on the keyboard that nothing else had.
From that moment onwards I hated Macs and still do. I'll never have one in my house.
Of course, the beauty of all this is that when they break and my friends ask for help I can comfortably say "sorry, I've never used a Mac and can't help you". I recommend them to all my friends and family now :)
Paris - because even she has buttons in the right places.
The Wii U is a great piece of kit, highly underrated. We use ours pretty much every day, which is more than I can say for most of the electronic kit in the house.
Tegile Mutant Hybrid Flash-Dells
I'll get my coat.
I get your point regarding adverts on commercial channels but don't most people just skip through adverts on their PVR these days? What proportion of people still watch TV live?
Re: Cooking etc.
"Is it cheaper to keep building new production teams to come up with new ideas than it is to continue to make episodes of older ideas which can then be sold internationally?"
If the shows can be sold internationally, then the rights to them would have considerable value if sold.
Building new productions teams to come up with new ideas isn't cheap, that's why we pay the license fee, right?
Re: Cooking etc.
No, not Sky...I said another terrestrial broadcaster. It would be important to keep the shows free to air.
I thought of a simple fix for the BBC license fee argument a little while ago.
Clearly it's difficult to please everybody, there will always be some who argue that they don't want "their" licence fee money going towards a show they don't like. e.g. I think we spend far too much money on Masterchef.
If a show is popular, as indeed the cooking and baking shows appear to be, they should have a limited run on the BBC. Perhaps 2 or, at most, 3 series. After that, the BBC should be contractually obliged to sell it off to the highest bidder.
This indirectly happened with Jonathan Ross when he left the Beeb for unrelated reasons. His chat show is now on ITV, with the same bad jokes. License payers are no longer paying Ross's inflated wages.
Shows like Masterchef, Apprentice, Top Gear, Bake off and Eastenders would all be gone to another terrestrial broadcaster. It happens with sport, why not drama and reality?
The funds received from selling off the successful shows could go towards paying for new television to replace it.
Most of these shows are now "made by xyz for BBC" so there is no reason quality should drop as a result of it changing channel. We'd just start saving money.
Re: total meh
At least the Wii U is managing games at 1080p/60 - the only console in the UK that does.
I had a similar idea for the soon to be empty Tie Rack stores in railway stations. So small, they aren't much use for anything else.
Nobody will notice problems with phones on a platform that nobody uses.
Re: Not for me but...
The pop-ups I get are often crappy survey things, although admittedly I haven't seen one for a while.
Not for me but...
I do hope that the costs of this venture don't mean (even) more banner ads and pop-ups on the main site.
I know advertising is essential to pay bills, wages etc. but keeping costs down can help too.
Not just me then?
I've been wishing I was on the Bitcoin track for some time but clearly I missed the bus. I'm wondering who is actually making the money here? Maybe if you had a solar panel on the roof this could work out quite well?
Beer - it's always a good return on investment.
Re: Again with the PS4 ad?
I prefer the ambiguity..."was he joking?"
In real terms it was a self-deprecating joke. I love my Wii U.
Re: Again with the PS4 ad?
You see to have overlooked the Wii U.
DAB is pointless
Given the availability of internet radio, I find DAB a little pointless. As you can pick up global radio stations from anywhere with an internet connection, whats the point in a poor broadcast service? Many new cars now have internet access options, which could be used for in car audio.
Given the spam that LinkedIn send, it's a good job they have limited access to corporate address books.
So twitter starts as an SMS based service, limited on characters due to the protocol it runs across. Anybody could use SMS, but they used twitter to be social.
Now you can use it for IM? But everybody had that to start with.
Re: You will be bored but...
3.5GB per download?
So that's going to take, um, ZERO GB out of my download limit.
Can't believe people have deployed this crap, we stuck with Windows 7.
Houston we have a problem...
Apollo 13 wouldn't have been anything like as good a story if they had one of these on board.
Re: Not needed@ Ben Rose
Thanks, interesting information, but it ignores the costs of running the electric water pump. Surely significant? A cupful of lost gas versus loads of, more expensive per kWh, electricity. Your boiler efficiency theory is sound but ignores this part - the condenser fan also needs to run.
Interesting that this article touches on hot water. I never really turn mine off, any heat lost from my hot water tank will only go towards warming the house anyway.
Re: Not needed
Similar calculations to yours, just not negating the same stuff.
Rate of heat loss is proportional to temperature, so if the radiators are hotter they will heat the room quicker. Once up to temperature, the boiler and water pump can both shut down. Running the pump for longer uses more electricity. Running the boiler for longer uses more gas. With cooler water temp the boiler may cut out sooner but will come back on quicker as the boiler return temperature will be much lower. The hotter radiators will stay warmer longer too, keeping the house warmer for longer and removing the need to turn the boiler back on.
My boiler instructions say to run at MAX temperature when it's cold outside. This is apparently more efficient. In that case, why is it not more efficient at all times?
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