175 posts • joined Thursday 17th April 2008 12:37 GMT
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.
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?
Re: Not needed
"when it's warmer outside it also lowers the radiator water temp as that's more efficient than running hot, shutting off and then cycling again"
Really? Is it? Can you prove that with some basic Physics?
All my maths suggests the precise opposite. I've made a lot of eco efforts in my house and the hot water temp is the only one I've never had a conclusive answer on.
What a waste of time and money
I'm not entirely surprised people tinker with the app all the time, they've wasted their hard earned on it. On top of that, it's a thermostat...people drive me mad with those. In the words of Victoria Wood:
"I thought I was going menopausal and then I realised the cat had been playing with the thermostat".
It's not rocket science. Decide what temperature you would like your home to be, set it and leave it be. Some homes have hot and cold spots, but thermostatic radiator valves should cater for this.
The new generation have homeowners grew up in a home with parents who never had central heating when they grew up. CH was a mod-con and preferable to lighting a fire when they got up each day. This trend stays with us in the form of "it's so cold, i turned my heating back on this weekend" each Autumn. My heating never goes off...that's what the thermostat does. When it's warm, like it Summer, the heating doesn't come on. When it's cold, as if by magic, it fires up the boiler.
Modern boilers are hot and modern radiators efficient. You can heat up a cold house in around 20 minutes in the depths on winter. Remote control really isn't needed.
Will I be able to run EA Origin under SteamOS?
Cool, integrating YouTube comments with Google+
That's the same as turning them off, right?
Yes, of course...
We had to put down 6 mice last week due to incurable infections.
She's a bigger act than you think...
Lily Collins has actually been in quite a few movies, I've seen her in a couple of things recently, I doubt she needs any more promotion.
Mirror Mirror was perhaps the most memorable where she played Snow White alongside Julia Roberts' wicked Queen. She even sang one of the main songs in it. I checked carefully and it was disappointed to find it wasn't produced by the Genesis guy either.
No PC Version...
The humble PC beginnings yet there is no PC version of GTA V. Fail.
As other, somewhat more sensational, news stories have demonstrated; there is clearly a culture of keeping quiet within the BBC. Seems to be an organisation full of people who are scared to lose their jobs.
Gold iPhone ringtone...
...would have to be a certain song from Roy Chubby Brown.
MS Quality Assurance at its best
Does nobody test this stuff?
I mean, they even forgot to put the Start button in Windows 8!
Could go either way
I'm not sure this is going to change a whole lot. My limited viewpoint sees a lot of downloaders watching their content offline on phones or tablets these days, which Netflix doesn't do much to help.
Sure if you watch your downloads on TV, your broadband is fast enough, your ISP limits allow it and you have a TV that is able to play Netflix then this might be a winner. For everybody else, the download will be a higher bitrate and have 5.1 surround.
Re: Not concerned..
Mutli-user has been available since Windows 95 but not until ME did they actually have separate NT style profiles. e.g. c:\documents and settings\username\etc
This type of profile allowed different settings to be stored easily for each user and, in the case of Chrome, would mean two entirely separate password repositories in different folders.
Mutiple user profiles have been in "domestic" flavours on Windows since Windows ME. During first time set-up of a new PC they have positively encouraged people to have multi-user logins, with their own wallpaper etc. It works well and your desktop etc. are stored in an area that is off-limits to other users.
I share my PC with a wife and 2 children. Can they see my saved Chrome passwords? No.
Clearly Scaramanga will make one of these in the Daniel Craig remake Bond movie "The Man with the Plastic Gun".
Re: So many choices
I think Cumberbatch should be the new Master!
Ronnie Corbett, Richard Madeley (random, but think about it), either of the guys from Pointless.
In fact, I'm happy with anybody except Miranda or James Corden.
Doesn't Harry Potter need a good job? Swap his wand for a sonic screwdriver.
Re: It'd be nice
Now you mention it, the Tardis does crash a lot lately.
Re: Watch the trend...
Benjamin Button already had that plot line.
Not Going Out
I reckon Lee Mack would be good here, or even his sit-com side kick Tim Vine. In fact, Tim Vine could be awesome.
Throw in Lee's flatmate from Not Going Out as a wild card, no idea what her real name is.
Re: It'd be nice
The third comment and already somebody is suggesting Alternative Voting? ;-)
Re: @ Ben Rose
How about Lotus Notes? There is no username/password, it uses two factor authentication including a physical ID file with secure keys. LinkedIn is more than welcome to try and read our corporate Notes directories.
Re: @ Ben Rose
I responding to "Outlook hasn't had any issues with viruses" - as far as I'm concerned, there are hundreds of nasties out there that will happily spawn themselves to anybody in your Outlook address book. Outlook seems happy to do this, it's also how stuff like LinkedIn can also query your address book without much effort. Try doing that with a secure email program.
As far as I'm concerned, 90% of reasons for having AV installed in the workplace are either IE or Outlook. The other 10% is Windows.
This has been the case since the Melissa virus in the 90s and why I've never recommended anybody use Outlook. Of course most IT Consultants would rather just have an easy sale and dump M$ stuff to everybody they can.
For decades I have been plagued by idiots in front of me at the cash machine who seem to insert the wrong card. Or insert a card, check a balance, then insert another card for their cash.
These people with two cards are a total pain in the ass.
If the new tills are affecting these people by reading the wrong card, I see this as revenge for having such a stupid method of handling their personal finance. One bank account, one card, no queue at the cashpoint.
A nice bit of marketing
I, and I'm sure many others, had never heard of this game or its developer before this "story" broke. I bet many of the 214 people who bought it also hadn't heard of it before the pirate release either.
I'm not going to get into what is good or bad for any media industry but I know for sure that I have bought many games, movies and TV box sets purely on the recommendation of a load of friends who downloaded it for free. Without that, I'd often never of heard of the TV show.
Beer, because pirates drink that too.
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