Not much use...
Not much use for the new Samsung Galaxy S6 though, is it?
220 posts • joined 17 Apr 2008
Not much use for the new Samsung Galaxy S6 though, is it?
To be honest, why are all these people demanding WiFi?
All I need is a service that runs to the timetable and doesn't have constant signal failures.
If the services ran on time, we'd spend less time on our phones and more time where we want to be.
South West Trains, I'm looking at you.
"I do get tired of correcting people who don't do the tiniest bit of research into their ill thought out rebuttals."
Feeling that pretty well right now.
Which part of property, staff and other costs being significantly higher in the UK didn't you understand?
Let's put it another way, would you swap a £50k salary for $50k one? No, I thought not.
UK Shoppers being robbed? Not really, I do get tired of these arguments.
US pricing doesn't even include sales tax.
Feel free to buy one, add shipping cost, add import duty to that total price and then add 20% VAT to that total - plus a likely handling charge from the carrier.
It's not vendors that rip the UK off, it's purely our economy. The high rate of VAT alone is crippling retail prices, this is predicted to go up further after the next election to the 23-25% seen around mainland Europe.
UK retailers have to pay UK building costs, cover it with UK insurance, fill it with UK staff, pay UK National Insurance and wages for those staff who want to live in UK housing. They then have to advertise their business at UK rates and ship their product using UK carrier charges.
In many ways, UK pricing isn't actually that bad when all is considered.
If Sonos is in the mood for admitting its mistakes, do you think perhaps they will now add DTS to the PLAYBAR? All my blu-rays are still silent.
Isn't Cloudflare just a front for GCHQ?
"Route all your sites through us, we'll store copies of all your content and serve it up if you go down"
I had similar buffering issues for a long time on YouTube. After moaning for years, I replaced a network switched - replacing a Netgear one I'd had for years. The buffering issue vanished overnight.
The Netgear switch was perfect for LAN file transfers, file downloads etc. but just hopeless at streaming media. Never had an issue since it was replaced, even streaming to multiple TVs concurrently is successful.
El Reg plugging Azure? Surely not...
Should this kind of content be labelled "this is an advertisement"?
All I can see is Azure advertising and daily articles about Azure. Clearly there is a marketing push going on, maybe the odd bit of corporate lunch here and there?
This kind of stuff is what makes me read other sites a lot these days. I know you scribes need to make a living but if this content is sponsored, shouldn't we get a bit more transparency?
This is NOTHING to do with being American or where you live, just nonsense. It works no better in the USA than it does here.
The problem is with the source, not the device. If somebody in the USA chooses to watch a 25fps encoded episode of Doctor Who, they will surely get the same issue.
In reality, a massive majority of content is fully compatible. US TV dominates broadcasting.
I own 3 Chromecasts and can confidently say this is a complete none issue for me, never noticed it once and I'm hypersensitive to this stuff.
Analysing closer, it must be because I simply never really watch any 25fps content on it. Pretty much all the video I watch is US or blu-ray sourced. You won't notice judder on YouTube, for example.
Thanks, if it's not up to Samsung app standards I'll pass for now.
I see Plex is the screenshot, was it tested?
We can't even do driverless high speed trains yet, and they run on rails.
You mean like CAT5E?
I think you'll find VM's issues existed long before Branson came along. They've been known a NTHell by many for a reason.
For me the main issue is their P2P blocking, it appears to screw up many modern games such a FIFA and Payday 2. Reports on the forums fall on deaf ears.
It's no longer a network I would recommend for gaming.
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.
Far worse than "expiration", I have it equal with "compliancy".
So the average person (with savings) can't afford $50,000 of storage? Unless £1=$2.5
Given the current economic climate, I'd say that the average person doesn't have savings.
...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.
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?
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.
...a puppy dies.
Enough with the "MEEELLION" stuff. Tedious!
I'm wondering how many people in this thread would get a senior job at Mozilla?
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?
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.
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.
Maybe it has a Halo style app that will call black helicopters?
agreed...subbing as its worst.
...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.
"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.
"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?
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.
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?
"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?
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.