Now, what could have given Three the size of network to compete with EE, and O2 the investment to move it out from the worst performing network?
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About the naming...
So the name Autopilot should be dropped because it gives a false sense of security, and beta features should be removed...
... says someone that hasn't got a clue what they are talking about. It's a self-driving feature, how can you call it anything that describes what it is without giving a false sense of security? If anything, Autopilot is probably the *least* reassuring name they can give it - after all, we all say we are doing things "on autopilot", when acting without conscious thought. And we know how well that often turns out.
As for beta - that doesn't mean it is an untested feature that is not of sufficient quality to be rolled out. It is an indicator to people to not entirely rely on the feature.
In other words, giving it a "beta" label is telling people exactly what some want from changing the name - and for which changing the name couldn't do.
Who will lose out? A bit of both - it's likely that under the new EU rules on roaming charges, mobile operators will be bring in small rises to the basic amount that everyone pays. That might be bad for people who never travel, and need the cheapest prices possible.
That's a relatively small amount of the market though. Personally, I switched to Three precisely to get a better roaming deal, and data allowances. Now that we've largely transitioned to smart phones, being connected - being able to use maps, check in for flights, etc. when we are travelling is so much more important and useful than it used to be. And there isn't really any good reason for the costs to be so high as to prevent that.
Re: That is all well and good but...
They already have a HTML 5 desktop beta of iPlayer, and they serve media to mobile devices without Flash.
Surely it can't take them much more than flipping a switch - the question is how many visitors are using old browsers that have to use Flash in order to work.
I want compensation...
For the costs I've incurred as a result of over-zealous anti-fraud detection systems incorrectly rejecting purchases that I have authorised.
Rather than struggling with Bamboo (although I'll admit setting up CI effectively isn't always a piece of cake), maybe Atlasssian have just realised that it isn't a competitive enough product against TeamCity, Travis, Jenkins, etc.
In addition, BitBucket really doesn't have the mindshare (and quite likely not market share either) of GitHub.
So instead of trying to compete head on, bring Bamboo and BitBucket together and try to define a new class of source hosting and integrated CI.
It might be a bold move that gives them a more powerful, more popular, and higher revenue product. Or people might just continue to ignore it. Time will tell.
Re: The A380 is not ugly!
I agree that the A380 isn't "ugly". In reality, everything follows the lines of most planes today. It just looks unfeasibly large.
Other than the sheer size, the one thing that really stands out is the positioning and size of the cockpit windows - which looks so out of proportion in comparison to other planes.
It's a little odd, but mostly I'm just impressed by it's sheer size. I'm far more excited about seeing one, than any other plane. And if anything, it's made the 747 look ugly - because really, that always was a rather ugly plane, but you forgave it for it's sheer size compared to everything else.
Although the best way to see an A380 is when it is just starting it's final approach over London - is it a normal plane that is scarily close, or a very big plane that is still far away?
By including Java in Android, they've driven up the number of JVM installations and Java IDEs for developers / helped consolidate the use of Java / JVM as a server technology.
Microsoft weren't going to go anywhere near the JVM for a mobile OS after having been slapped down by Sun, and Apple were going their own route anyway with Objective-C and Swift. Oracle never had - and likely never would have - a play in the mobile OS space.
So, I can only figure that Oracle have been hurt by keeping Java relevant, when they would rather leave it to fester.
She said: "For many years, British mobile customers who felt they were getting a raw deal from the bigger players have been able to “cross the street” to Three. Its prices have been much lower. And on a number of occasions, it has kept them that way even when its rivals tried to raise prices.
"So taking Three out of the picture would have seriously hurt consumers' freedom to choose."
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Three were trying to acquire O2, not the other way round - it might change the market dynamics, but it is NOT taking Three "out of the picture".
In fact, many Three customers wanted the deal to go through. If Three's prices have always been much lower, and UK customers can "always cross the street", then why are they not already the largest network in the UK? Maybe it's because - and I say this as a generally happy Three customer - they don't have the best coverage or indoor reception. It's an option that simply doesn't exist for many UK customers, and many of the existing customers might actually be prepared to pay a slightly higher price for a more comprehensive service.
But, funnily enough, all these regulators only listen to the industry, and not survey the customers that will be affected.
Re: What about T-Mobile and Orange?
It can be hard to judge, as each provider has their own deals that can work out best if you fall into the right profile.
But I would say that in general Three is the most price competitive, and as they are the ones looking to purchase O2, we aren't "losing" them. Whether they remained as competitive might be another matter though.
Re: Jim'll fix it and you
"Everyone who watches broadcast TV has to pay it regardless of whether they watch much, or even any, of the BBC's output."
"It probably seemed sensible in 1955 when they operated one of just two British TV channels, but now they are responsible for less than 2% of the total number of channels."
Just like I don't have kids, but I still have to subsidise child benefit, education, etc.
The BBC may be a tiny percentage of the total number of channels, but the total number of channels cost about £100 per month. The BBC makes up a larger percentage of the free channels, and plays an even bigger role in radio broadcasting.
It also plays a very prominent role in educational programming. So if you think it is right to pay taxes for schools, etc. for the good of the future of the country, then there are very good reasons why you should be contributing to the BBC, whether you watch any of the programmes or not.
And people say Americans don't do irony.
The most practical solution...
Is to concentrate on making the CPU fan less (as well as case / PSU).
Historically, CPU fans have been quite loud - particularly stock ones. Nowadays, it's practical to get a large, passive radiator that can deal with decent CPUs for not that much money.
A decent graphics card - even with 2 / 3 monstrous fans - will actually run silently when it isn't under stress. A fan-laden GTX 970 outside of playing games, can be silent.
Do I care that it makes a noise when I'm playing a game? Not really. It's not that loud, I'm doing something where it doesn't matter that much. And it means not spending the large amount of money for a serious cooling solution.
Effectively silent computing for "normal" operations can be quite cost effective, whilst still having the grunt to really push some pixels (albeit at a cost of some noise only while under load).
It's not meant to be a review
"Pundit?" It's not a reviewer. Not a magazine, newspaper, nor blogger.
It's an analyst from an investment research firm. And yes, they are going to look at what a company is likely to announce as a future product. Because they aren't reviewing the product.
They are assessing the investment value of the company.
Have you stopped to consider for a minute that Google+ has an age requirement of 13 years or older, and maybe the Android gaming platform should be open to younger users?
re: Runaway winner - it sounds like they are intending to "hold back" the votes to be added at the end, so you don't know how it might swing it.
An alternative might just be to hide the scores on the leaderboard until the end - have the positions updated according to the points as they are awarded, but don't show the totals to the public or commentators until the end.
If someone wants to go through adding them all up themselves, they'll see a runaway winner, but for everyone else, you would just know who is leading, but not by how much until it was over. Then you would have the perception that it might change.
Eurovision gets around 7 - 10million viewers in the UK (usually about half the TV audience for a Saturday), and 200 million viewers globally.
Guess what, supreme being - every single penny spent on TV productions doesn't have to be done so to please you.
Do you regularly send emails that would give the TSA a reason to consider you a risk to board a plane?
I have a really hard time with arguments about how bad it is for the FBI / TSA / etc. to have access to your personal details, because of what they might do - no law abiding citizen should have anything to fear from that.
However, that doesn't mean that the FBI / TSA / etc. should have access to this information, because
a) Any backdoor that allows the authorities in is immediately a vulnerability that could be exploited by *anyone*
b) Can you be certain that the authorities systems won't be breached?
It is *impossible* to protect the human rights of law abiding citizens (you know, the things like keeping them safe from being murdered), if you don't obtain information that "the bad guys" thought they were keeping private (whether that's because of their own deficiencies, or a deliberate breach).
But proportionality and accountability are important. What the FBI wants is not a consequence-free solution, it creates it's own problems and we have to be honest about that.
Re: Ha bloody ha ....
"Their Feel at home service is throttled to death for Youtube, Spotify, Google Play, Maps etc. as the traffic is fed back to the UK and monitored and feels nothing like at home at all"
Performance is an issue - sometimes it is fine, others it is impossible despite having good 3G receiption. It certainly isn't "throttled to death", but patchy, yes.
That said, the same can be said about the UK network - try hanging around Royal Festival Hall in the middle of the day and getting data.
However, for something that is essentially free (try beating £17 for unlimited data in the UK, never mind any roaming benefits), it's pretty good. I mean, what is the alternative? If I was on any other network, I would have data roaming turned off completely, and severely restricting use of phone.
RPI price increases is a bit shoddy - I'm not familiar with the full details, but if you entered a contract with a promise of no RPI increases, then they should be honouring that until the end of the contract minimum period at least.
Unfortunately, plans do change. People have been able to keep The One plan for a long time after it was withdrawn. Maybe they could do more to help transition people thouigh - for example, allow you to choose a lower price plan, but give you an extra perk. E.g. choose to have limited minutes / texts and unlimited data, but allowing tethering as an additional free perk.
Three will always do things we don't like from time to time. But go ahead and name another mobile network that hasn't.
"To put this in context, the company paid paid £20.4m in taxes in 2013 on sales of £3.8bn"
And what context is this?
Remember, corporation tax is paid on *PROFIT*, not *SALES*.
Why is it every time tax is discussed, two numbers that are completely irrelevant to each other are entered as some kind of evidence?
Boozing definitely isn't safe if your pints are the colour shown in that photo
Microsoft does not have a patent on the concept of a slider, they have a patent for a particular *appearance* of a slider.
The "stupidity" is in the crass reporting of the patent exhibited in a number of places.
If you haven't learnt already
NEVER USE AN ISP EMAIL ADDRESS
Certainly, not for anything that isn't related specifically to that ISP.
Where does it say it had no relevance to the company?
"unrelated to the operations or financials" means that whatever happened has not - so far - had a detrimental effect to the bottom line of the company.
But "personal conduct" could mean anything - from sexual harrassment or bullying in the workplace (which clearly has relevance and would result in disciplinary action), to drugs or criminal activity outside of the workplace, which whilst not immediately impacting the company has the potential to do so.
What they are really trying to say is that whatever cause existed to sack the CEO, they want to reassure investors that the company itself is not on the brink of collapse.
£5 says this is a sexist arsehole who thinks women shouldn't be running companies.
It's not websites that are the memory problem, but Firefox itself.
It's a good job that no telco has been hacked....
Typical fucking shambles, and these companies ought to be hit heavily for not sufficiently protecting their customer data, regardless of whether they have actually lost any or not.
If you are concerned about prices, then you have a single PUBLICLY OWNED company providing the entire network infrastructure, and every mobile operator becomes an MVNO on that infrastructure.
That way you provide maximum capactiy amd coverage for the minimum cost, and competition between customer facing companies keeps end user prices down.
Flogging off slices of spectrum to the highest bidder, having them build their own networks and then passing that cost on to end users is expensive.
And what's missing from the post and comments...
is that Skype wasn't actually down for 15 hours. I had a spinning status icon - which usually signifies that you aren't logged in - and everybody was showing as being offline. But at the same time I could send messages, and they would be delivered - providing the other person had Skype open.
Admittedly, in many cases if nobody can see that you are online, and you can't see other people are online, it might as well be completely down. But the reality was at least the messaging (I didn't try calls) was working, despite the problems with statuses.
... that Three isn't considered to be the brand in trouble. After all, it still has something of a troubled reputation, but more importantly it was called Three at a time when it's USP was that they were rolling out a 3G only network. Now they are moving into 4G, Three as a brand makes less sense.
Who needs 2G fallback anyway? It's only value is in keeping the implementation costs down - there is no technical reason why you can't have 3G / 4G coverage in every area that you can get 2G, and from a user perspective no reason why you would want it over having 3G / 4G.
Three's main issue is that they mostly operate in high-frequency spectrum, so the indoor coverage is not as good. But it's possible to implement 3G over lower frequencies, if you have the spectrum.
Not losing data written to disk is relatively simple, providing you don't screw the hardware - you make sure all data is findable / retrievable before the data itself is committed.
Software crashes are a bit harder - you need to ensure that you don't overwrite when writing new data, and that you can roll back to previous versions, or roll forward to recover from the incomplete write in a crash.
Power outages would be much better handled with more resilient components - e.g. all DIMMs come with at least as much solid state as RAM, and backup power to ensure the data is flushed to solid state during a failure; a disk has battery power to flush it's cache; a CPU has it's state written out. Then, when power is restored, each component just needs to restore itself to the known state, and you are good to go.
Re: Virtually no one?
It's 11 million people out of 300 million iPhone users who theoretically ought to be trying it out immediately.
They could have just pushed out a free trial to everyone, with a warning at the end that they need to subscribe, and claimed the numbers game.
Or maybe it's very close to the number of people who are Apple users that already pay for streaming services, and they are all going to switch.
But everyone I know that has taken the Music trial does not subscribe to another streaming service, and intend to cancel before the end of the trial.
So it's somewhere between the two positions, and I personally suspect it's closer to the first, than the latter.
Apple Music isn't available on a lot of devices that have support for other services, and they don't offer lossless, even as a paid option (which Tidal, Deezer and Qobuz do).
Unless you are utterly devoted to all things Apple, there is absolutely no reason to sign up for it at this time.
And when you've find your browser has changed...
...you run Firefox from the start menu, and it sets itself as the default again.
Anyone capable of installing their own browser on Windows is capable of resetting the default after it has changed. For users, it's a minor irritation.
Put the handbags away.
I'll happily take delivery of Leeloo
Quoting the article:
"Microsoft hopes you'll use Send in situations when you'd probably send a text message. The Send spiel suggests you'll use it when “You don’t have time to search your inbox, start a new thread, or even type out a subject line. You just want to ask that person, 'Will you be at the presentation?'”"
OK, so maybe sometimes you don't have a mobile number. Maybe you only have an email address. And maybe in those scenarios this makes a certain amount of sense.
But if you have a mobile number, if you were going to send a text message, then this app isn't removing a problem. In those circumstances, this app is ADDING TO THE PROBLEM.
I'm rather getting tired of all the attempts to make email better. Making email better is easy - fix the bastard apps so that they work properly, everybody actually agree to standards and use them, kill stupid shit like the "Google Mail Outlook plugin" (seriously - Microsoft and Google, just make your apps / services speak the same language and stop infesting us with malware), and ensure the technology can cope with a very large volume of email because guess what - we NEED to retain emails, and we end up with very large piles of them.
All of the other crap that people are inventing is just irritating shite that makes email harder to deal with.
Re: Oh look...
It's about time we stopped only considering whether somebody is a monopoly and actually have rules and practices that apply fairly to everybody - whether they are a minority player, or a monopoly.
Take the 30% Apple cut on App Store sales. OK, reasonable for one-off sales / in-app purchases, where Apple will (probably) host the content, review it, etc. - and it is broadly in line with what other retail outlets would retain for selling somebody else's product.
But subscriptions? Generally, Apple aren't hosting the content, or acting as anything more than a payment processor. So is it fair that they retain so much of the revenue? It should simply be legislation that if you are effectively only acting as a payment processor, then your retained revenue should be broadly similar to other payment processors - e.g. the 1% - 2% charge of cards. If you provide other services, charge them separately - even clearly, and transparently add a service charge fee to the consumer if need be (so, a subscriber would see £9.99 Spotfiy in-app subscription, and then a separate line item of Apple Service Fee £3). That is a ruling which is fair regardless of whether you are running a store that has 20% market share, or 95% share.
Same with preinstalling applications - the Apple Music streaming app should not be preinstalled. Ever. (Same goes for Google, etc. offering apps with streaming subscriotions). There is no justification for it, as if you can use a streaming app, you can go into the app store and download it. Pre-installing your own products whilst "burying" your competitors in anti-competitive. Doing so whilst also taking a 30% cut of your competitor's revenue should be taken very, very seriously, regardless of market share.
I also have sympathy with artists in all fields - I know a fairly significant number personally - and yes, creative people have to be fairly rewarded for their efforts. But the majority of complaints about the payments of streaming services miss out one very big factor - that there is usually a man in the middle of the service and the artist who is sucking up unfaiirly an awful lot of the otherwis fairly reasonable payments.
And I sympathise with your view on free content, but lets not forget that Spotify, etc. were always paying *something* for their free service provision. It was Apple that wanted to not pay anything for the three months of giving stuff away.
an artist writes a thinly veiled Spotify hate piece full of half-truths and lies.
So, you like the idea of Apple Music because it pays a little bit more. For now. But that doesn't make it fair competition.
When a massive manufacturer of smartphones and portable media devices not only launches a streaming service, but pre-installs it by default on to all their devices (including all of the existing ones that can / care to upgrade their OS), AND charges less for subscriptions because it unnecessairly and unfairly takes 30% of external subscriptions sold through it's platform (meaning a competitor has to charge more, or swallow the cost and have less money to pay artists), then that is a blatantly anti-competitive practice.
To put it in context, Microsoft got rapped for shipping IE by default, and that's just free software competing with other free software, and you wouldn't be able to download an alternative browser if Microsoft hadn't provided one in the first instance.
Spotify encouraging people to unsubscribe *from in-appand re-subsribe via Spotify website* is not simply encouraging people to unsubscribe. It is being done now purely as a matter of survival, because if you don't tell people they can get the same subscription at lower personal cost (and making no difference to Spotify's revenue / artist pay out), then they are going to unsubscribe anyway - and switch to the "cheaper" service (which is only cheaper for in-app subscriptions because it isn't subject to the 30% Apple tax).
Whether you like Spotify or not, whether you like how much they give to artists or not, you aren't going to get higher artist payments by attacking their ability to generate/maintain revenue. It can only lead to lower streaming payments and/or the collapse of the service.
And an Apple Music monopoly on streaming services is not going to be any better for artists in the long run.
At least he doesn't pass the buck
Credit to him for stating that his receipts are low more because of bad deals rather than payment rates per se.
But as for the comments on audio quality, please take your sanctimonious head out of your arse.
Tidal, Qobuz and Deezer Elite all provide streaming at CD quality. So you simply can't say that the options don't exist.
And whilst it does matter to me when I'm at home listening to my hifi, there are times when quality matters less. I can't appreciate the quality listening on headphones at work, or on the train. High quality MP3s are good enough in those circumstances.
It's other people that make the choice about what is good enough for them, it's not your job to dictate to them. But, if you don't want to receive any money as an artist, go ahead and remove the options for people to hear your music and earn you money, knock yourself out.
Re: I hope it fixes the little UI niggles
I've only ever seen the size of the text change on top change when running an older app that isn't built for the newer resolutions, and it is having to scale the display.
Don't get me wrong, iOS 8 is definitely flawed - quite a few app crashes and (third party) keyboards not displaying, and I'm not convinced that is all because of bugs in the applications / add-ons themselves - but the text at the top hasn't been a problem.
Shock as Windows 10 upgrade deletes things that would be removed in a Windows 8 upgrade anyway.
Windows 8 definitely had some serious mis-steps (e.g. hiding the power button), which were all largely ironed out in 8.1. And having used 8.1 for a while, it's definitely better than 7 - it can just take a bit of getting used to.
The previews of Windows 10 look like a decent improvement, although ironically, the start menu is going to take some getting used to. After you've got over the initial shock, and learnt how to customize it, the start screen actually works reasonably well. From what I've seen of the new start menu, it's a fairly uncomfortable mix of menu and start screen, although it might get better with use.
Nothing particularly wrong with Media Centre, but you are more likely to attach an Xbox One to your TV than a PC.
And if you do want to use a PC - a little bit of configuration, stick it into tablet mode... you just don't need media centre on a Windows 10 PC
That could just be the name and password of a local account for that particular PC, and the account only exists to restrict access away from administrator functions on that machine for general users.
In other words, it could be utterly useless, unless you have physical access to that PC, and if someone has physical access to that machine who shouldn't, you've probably got bigger problems.
Or, the labels could just tell people which password is in use - the password not being "Password1", but the first password in rotation.
It's easy to jump to conclusions without considering all the possibilities.
It's the generator control unit, not a control unit powered by the generator.
Which suggests it may be receiving power (from a battery?) without the generators switched on. So the possibility of encountering it may be higher than you are assuming.
But practically, there will be safety checks and maintenance, which likely have resulted in GCUs being reset inside 248 days, so no real problem. Especially as now people know to consciously do it.
You never know though, we may have come alarmingly close to a catastrophe.
It's all very well for people the Linux community to have principles, but they have to stop trying to force them on to other people.
If Linux is going to give me freedom, then it should give me the freedom to make the choice to use certain hardware, even if the drivers are closed source. It's completely reasonable to let people have that choice, and if that isn't what you want, choose not to use that hardware.
I know they aren't preventing people from using hardware that has proprietary drivers - but distributions don't necessarily make it easy. There is no justification for this.
Of course, I would rather see open source drivers, but I can appreciate why they don't always exist.
There are more reasons to prefer VirtualBox than just price
1) The networking stack is sane, and a good citizen when you have to use VPNs (unlike, say, Hyper-V).
2) Good support of Guest OS additions (had less problems installing in Linux than, say, VMWare)
3) It's portable, so you can run the host on a variety of OSes (and OS versions), and move the guests around easier. (look at Virtual PC vs Hyper-V, various versions of VMWare, etc.)
Really, government IT disasters fall into two categories:
1) Projects that are too ambitious
2) Projects that are not ambitious enough / outdated / not implemented
It's not sufficient to simply sit around not doing any IT projects, just because a few don't work out. Over the long run, not implementing anything will be far, far more costly - both in waste, and in having to do much larger projects to catch up, rather than smaller projects to renew.
It's ok for government projects to fail - what needs to happen is to restructure them to recognise that they might fail, and to ensure they don't fail quite so expensively. The problem isn't the project, but the archaic way in which it is constructed and awarded, which does not work for the benefit of the client (government / the public), but to ensure that contractors can extract as much money from the public purse as possible.
As for the IoD - they are an organisation that largely exists to ensure that the "haves", have more... I do strongly believe that a strong economy is important - we can't share wealth when we nobody has wealth - but more often than not anything that annoys the IoD is something we should be doing.
Re: @ Moeluk
"Why should everybody be forced to pay for the BBC's brand of dross, just because *you* like it?"
Why should everybody that wants any kind of TV at all be forced to pay 6 times the current amount of the licence fee, just because you don't like the BBC?
Because if the licence fee goes - without a secured, commercial and political interest free revenue stream to replace it - then that is exactly what we will end up with. You'll either pay £60 / £70 a month to Sky / Virgin / BT, or have nothing.
I've only had a brief play with Windows 10, but I was very impressed. Yes, they need to sort the browser out. And there probably are lots of other bugs that could be addressed. But my initial impression wasn't so much about what they need to do to the OS, but that hardware manufacturers need to get their drivers ready.