2361 posts • joined 17 Apr 2007
One other thing...
Their "email us" link goes to an html page, which is also on the faulty server, so that doesn't work either.
How could they fail to mention it's also responsible for global warming, al qaeda and paedophiles?
Oh, and it's also an evil shade of purple.
I don't need to do the speed test to check my speed. Any download I do gets 2Mbs and no more, and that is because that's as fast as my modem will sync to the exchange.
I'm on the outskirts of the M25 in Essex. I spent several years at 1Mbs because I couldn't get upgraded. Changed ISP and got to the current dizzying heights. My signal to noise is not going to let me get any more.
I have run my own high quality twisted pair from the BT box on the front wall. It goes into an active filter that splits the ADSL from the rest of the phone sockets under the stairs with my router and a CAT5 feeding onto my LAN.
Different routers have made very little difference, although I must say my current £25 ZyXel P-660R is probably the most stable.
I can do no more to take advantage of my "up to 8meg" package. Just sit and use a maximum of 25% of it. Although I'm sure if I do that I'd get capped!
Just out of curiosity...
I installed Opera 9.6 (I'm usually a Firefox user). I did try Opera several years ago, but uninstalled it in disgust when I found that pressing enter at the end of the URL didn't make it load that page - I had to get the mouse and click a button to start it.
I see this at least works in 9.6... However, upon starting I presented with a startup page from http://portal1.opera.com/startup/
Which doesn't appear correctly! I can see there are 3 boxes on the left labelled 1, 2 and 3, but they are actually only 50% the height they need to be to show the 1,2 and 3, so the numbers have their bottoms chopped off... If there is anything else in those boxes I don't know! I think there is supposed to be as the page is otherwise meaningless. (No I can't be bothered to check the HTML source!).
I have tried the page in Chrome, FF3 and IE, and it's broken in all of them. Curiously only Opera and Chrome try to show numbers, FF3 and IE show white arrows in blue circles instead.
So it's not actually a c*ck up in Opera's rendering, but it is a c*ck up in their ability to write HTML! Doesn't fill me with confidence!
Having said all that, their mobile browser is actually very good. I've been using it on my N95 for years.
Oh FFS (2)
Will they stop moaning... They're just sore cos the Opera logo is just an O, which is basically shite!
Just admit it, you're jealous cos M$ managed to make an e into a planet and you never thought about that despite already having a letter the right shape!
Nice try, but freetards don't/can't use punctuation. Probably because they don't actually stop to take in oxygen (their brain requires so little). So it should be more of a Vicky Pollard style uber-sentence.
"omfg you want me to pay for somefink you are scum and it's shit you offshore everyfink to china you money grabbing low life like i mean 1p for a dvd thats like rip off yo scum omg i want everything free including my house like my mum and my dads"
A resource hogging wobbly pile of sh*t... Yup, sounds suspicious to me too.
With the way the sheep follow the whip, we might as well just have 3 MPs and reduce the expenses and paperwork.
Or snake their way out by saying it's not a constitution, it's now a treaty, we only promised a vote on a constitution.
I can't believe we don't have a way to pass a vote of no confidence on an entire government, at any time. That would keep them on their toes.
As for needing software to predict Mr Broon, our unelected president, will be going to talk to the boys and asking them for a new cushy job after the next election... isn't that like using a Cray to answer 2+2?
O2 may have been removed from the BT tree, but it looks like they still follow the business model...
Then continue to milk and over-subscribe the infrastructure, whilst performing pitiful maintenance, upgrades and disaster prevention/analysis.
@pctechxp - Yes I work in IT. The systems I am involved with are required real time, kind of like ummm I dunno, say a telephone network. Which is why we have multiple sites, multiple internet providers, multiple power sources and redundancy at every level. You could nuke all but one of my sites and full service would still remain.
So far JCB digger man has never managed to take down more than one at a time.
So yes, I have had systems down, but it has *never* impacted my users/customers.
I hope you would be this forgiving when stranded at Heathrow for several days because someone decided air-traffic control needed no redundancy.
Megaphone - Cos it's a more reliable form of communication than O2!
"We have been working around the clock to get this announcement ready"
How about working round the clock to actually do something useful, like, I dunno, maybe some network admin, IDS, you know, that boring stuff!
It's not so much the fact that their server were owned that I find shocking, it's that they were owned for 3 months!
Hopefully in 1000 years, Lawyers will have been made illegal...
Then again, given the way patents are issued these days, I imagine the entire planet populated by lawyers, nobody produces anything new, and they spend their days issuing counter suits to each other...
In this light, maybe DVD will still be a known media format!
A question I've often wondered...
If you're in the market for a load of credit card details how do you go about it?
Surely you won't want to give your card details to a shadowy figure who makes a living from selling card details!
And as the shadowy figure selling card details, would you trust a prospective customer who is after card details, to be purchasing with a genuine one?
So how is the financial transaction carried out? The shadowy figures obviously needs this to be unregulated and untraceable or they'd get caught/shutdown.
The problem is...
The fuel consumption figures might be impressive for a vehicle of its size, but if you really wanted to be green you'd get yourself something far simpler, smaller and lighter.
The Acorn kit isn't that odd really. Most mobiles have ARM chips inside, and ARM is an offshoot of Acorn. The Archimedes being the first consumer machine based on the technology.
If those really were the Phoebe machines, you just saw both of them! Rumour has it they only made two prototypes!
I don't know what you do to your telephones but I've never broken a Nokia.
6310, 7650, 6600, N70, N95 and a few older ones whos model number I have long since forgotten. All working perfectly last time I used them, and would probably still work if I could find the box they're in... Might need a new battery, but hey, user serviceable! ;-)
The N95 has been dropped, had cola spilt on it when it was only 3 days old (thanks to my younger brother) closely followed by me running it under the tap (the logic being that water has got to be safer than cola!), and it's still working perfectly.
Sure the early firmware was a bit iffy, bad battery life etc, but within a month the new firmware arrived and it's been great ever since. Each new firmware release has added little things. 2 years of daily use and abuse, no complaints.
I web browse with mine with Opera Mini, I use VOIP and IM with fring. I take pictures and send emails.
It did start to clog up a bit when I had over 2000 messages in the SMS inbox, but come on, what do you expect. Backup the messages to the PC (just in case), wipe the inbox and then try to be a bit more tidy in future!
As soon as Orange decide to release the N97 I'll be popping into one of their shops for a play, then if I like it, on the phone to upgrade line to barter a good price.
Oh I'm glad I'm not alone with the rOWter cringe.
For the 'merkins, we pronounce the network device "Roo-ter", and the woodwork tool "rOWter".
Also Jaguar is pronounced Jag-You-Are, not JagWaaaah.
Oh, and 'merkin is slang for American... Cos a brit saying "A Merkin" sounds like an American saying "American"... It also happens to be a pubic wig, which just seals the deal in my book!
To go out and get pissed on a Friday night is a normal evening involving no anger. It is also quite common to nip outside work and suck on a fag for five minutes.
Saying "You're mad/crazy" to someone in the UK never seems to cause the same look of horror you get if you say it to a foreigner. I can only assume the rest of the planet are having doubts about their sanity or anger management.
UK ----- US
Tramp = Bum
Bum = Ass / fanny
Arse = Ass
Ass = Mule
For some reason there seem to be a huge number of words only one step away from your backside.
Talking of which... In the UK, a Lady will not ask if her fanny looks big in something, and nobody has a fanny bag!
Use of such words will cause instant smirks from all Brits in a 100ft radius.
Oh, and just because we're lumped in with Europe, don't sit there going um and erm when it comes to measurements and such like, we can use both metric and imperial (we've been using them longer than you have!), and hop back and forth between them depending on which is the nicest number. Much to the annoyance of the French.
Annoying the French is our reason d'etre after all :-)
And remember, just when you think you understand everything an Englishman says, he can just switch to English English (See Austin Powers sketch with Michael Caine http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgPH0tYXJrA).
Except for the previous version...
13 people in 240 feet is hardly cramming them in! That's over 17 feet each!
Transport for London would get thousands into that kinda space (I mean the 17 feet, I can't calculate how many they'd get into 240 feet!)
They really should install data centres next to municipal swimming pools and saunas.
It's never a good idea to blindly use an online translator, have you not seen the Asian bar?
Why on earth would an operator need to intercept SMS messages at the phone, they operate the messaging centre, so surely if they wanted a copy of messages they can pick them all up here, and nobody would be any the wiser!?
Same goes for emails, they operate the data carrier the phones receiving and sending emails via, just listen for those conversations on port 110 and port 25.
I'm still waiting for some of my add-ons to be updated for 3.5, so I'm still on 3.0.11... Maybe I'm safe... Maybe I'm not... Anyone know?
Politicians spy on the public they are supposed to serve.
Politicians break laws...
Sorry, but I can't see what's news worthy here, it all looks pretty normal to me!
Scary to think that the PC you are accessing their site on has far more processing power than the computer that actually got them to the moon in the first place.
Any IT pro who wants to be an early adopter and recommend an unknown system in a professional environment really deserves all the headaches they get!
The only reason you started to see Vista in the business workplace was because new machines came with it... Although most got back-graded to XP.
Remember the moto, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. So why would businesses, or anyone that depends on their PCs "need" to move to Windows 7? What is the "must-have" feature?
The only things that do push businesses along the upgrade path are the aforementioned machines that arrive with new OS, and M$ dropping security updates for the earlier OSs.
We'll wait for the first service pack and all the hardware drivers to catch up thank you very much.
I would have thought...
...by now, anyone that wanted an iPhone would have bought an iPhone, even if it was on O2!
The fanboys will always be upgrading and wanting the latest incarnation of their religious icon, so they will stick with the 3GS and O2's exclusivity.
Which will just leave the old models being pushed by T-Mob and Orange, to people who really probably aren't that interested.
Standby for the T-Mob and Orange marketing to go on a iPhone frenzy to a customer base that just really aren't that interested.
Which is a pity, as there are plenty of other good phones out there which they could be concentrating their efforts on actually releasing... Like the N97 for starters... Orange are you listening!
Exactly. I'm a UK native, and I don't know anyone who's excited by the Olympics. The only people enthusing about it are the ones close enough to either bask in it's glory, or more likely, bask in it's bank account.
The only long term benefit I'm hoping to see is the mobile sweat box (sorry, tube), might get some air conditioning. I'm lucky that I don't work in London, but even on a weekend trip a couple of weeks ago I bailed from the tube and walked two stops just because I couldn't face changing line and melting any longer.
Honestly, who came up with this whole idea of needing an Olympic village etc etc? We have a stadium, the new Wembley, we have pools (although there is actually a criminal lack of Olympic length ones, but I'm sure we can find one), why does everything have to be next to each other? The fact the sailing is going to be on the South coast proves that they can manage the logistics. Guess we should be grateful they didn't try to dig a new Solent below Stratford!
Personally I think I will be taking advantage of some empty plane seats (I love a haggle) leaving the UK when it opens, and some empty plane seats to come back when it finishes.
I'm sure there are hundreds or start-up companies with some really good (non-intrusive) ideas who would love to have even a small slice of the cash which Phorm has had thrown at it.
Then again, given recent events it's obvious that the last people who know what to do with cash are the banks!
@Anonymous Coward 18:34
That Mr A/C is a very good point... Unfortunately a tad late...
That guessing a default voicemail password of 8888, 0000 or 1111 is now classed as hacking.
Pity they didn't pick the number of the american ambassador or they'd be sitting on the plane next to UFO Gary.
As much as I like Firefox, I find the idea that call centre staff would even have enough power to install a new application of any sort onto a PC rather worrying!
Surely call centre droids should have an account that is locked down so tight they should count themselves lucky if they can toggle the caps-lock light!
"People buying 3G dongles should note that they have little chance of using them outside the M25."
My other half bought a 3 USB dongle... The map showed her area was high strength, and it should work inside the house without any problem.
She could barely use it by putting the laptop on the window ledge! It ended up taped onto the window on a USB extension lead! Hardly the image they portray in the blurb!
I gave her a few choice quotes from the sale of goods act "unfit for purpose" being the main one, and she went back to the shop.
Oh, and what deserted part of the country does she live in... Lambeth!
If the likes of TinyURL did something a little active, using a redirection service might actually save our more gullible surfers...
TinyURL scans destination of link, if it's a virus/trojan, it redirects the "victim" to a page telling them to beware of links, and suggesting some antivirus products.
In fact they might not even need to check the target, I'm sure a mass emailing work spewing links will generate a visit spike so large even a blind mind could notice it!
It's certainly far faster to take down a shrunken URL than it is to just and get an ISP to block/turn off a compromised site hosting the malware.
Makes a change....
That someone in politics actually retreats from business.
Usually they do the opposite, they are employed for their expertise in the running of Govt, winning contracts and the like... A more obvious conflict of interest I have yet to see.
"Feminists always want porn banned (for men at any rate,) because they want women to have some hold over men."
I think you'll find that a nice pair of boobies can have a hold over men at a range of up to 50 feet!
Mine's the one with the medical research DVDs in 57 pockets...
Posting from a work email account?
Bite your lip, and then post your comment from home.
A book about a chainsaw waving maniac removing the breasts of your virgins is okay, just as long as he doesn't have wood.
Brilliant. Proof if it were ever needed, that the lunatic are running the asylum.
Can we have a "Will the last person to leave turn off the lights" icon?
The blonde girl was having trouble keeping a straight face... I wonder if there is a blooper reel?
I've answered my own comment...
I was on a flight last year coming back to the UK from mainland Europe. On that flight were a couple of children who had obviously been to some party or event. They had helium balloons, unfortunately not the rubber kind of balloon, the shiny metallic look plastic film type... The type that doesn't stretch very well.
About an hour after take off there was a *bang*... Needless to say you have never heard such a synchronised intake of breath in your life!
We spent the rest of the flight looking at the other, rather strained looking balloon with distrust.
Thanks for today's booboo...
I look forward to tomorrows.
@A/C 2nd July 00:10GMT
Ahhh, I must admit I also didn't have the foggiest idea what the new "feature" was in the original article was supposed to do too..
In the UK, the spelling of phone numbers is pretty much non-existent, so to a non US resident it's not really obvious what the feature actually does. It just sounded like they had missed out on the ability to copy/paste a phone number when they recently implemented copy/paste.
@J 3 and A/C
How do you get car registrations of Catholics?
Sit outside a Catholic church with a pen and paper on a Sunday.
No mention of the "likely to spontaneously combust, and as you can't remove the battery, you're gonna have to chuck the whole thing into a bucket of sand and watch it melt." category?
Re the iPhone apps... 50,000 apps... Woo... How many of them are actually useful?!
Plus, would a Pre owner, unlike a Jesus phone owner, be allowed to have an app showing naked boobies on the phone he owns and has paid for?
Oh I remember this... I think I still have the beta stand alone app installed somewhere...
I used to try it every now and then... The streaming sucked. I don't know what bandwidth it required (the image quality didn't look like it would need much), but it was completely incapable of working out how much it should buffer in advance to provide smooth playback.
Result, 10 seconds of video, 20 seconds of waiting... 10 seconds of video...
I would say "repeat until end of video", but nobody puts up with that for a whole video.
Come to think of it, I don't think I even watched a whole video when it did actually stream (wind blowing in right direction etc), cos there wasn't anything worth watching!
Without content it's going to be pointless... And given that BBC, ITV, Channel4 etc all have their own view on demand system (which do stream quite nicely), I don't think they'll be able to get it.
Sorry, are those new Tab powers new?
I've been using the TabMix plus add on since Firefox2, and I'm pretty sure I have always been able to do drag tabs between windows, resurrect closed tabs and restore previous sessions.
Are you *the* person on the intarwibble who's using Firefox without any bolt on toys?
Honestly, if they're trying to get a reaction out of a large body of people they should just make a Michael Jackson joke in public. Not pretend to be some kind of techie expert.
Only a couple of months ago a UK MP had to resign when a photographer managed to photograph and read a top secret document he decided to carry under his arm in the open as he walked the 5 paces from his car into #10 Downing street.
Given the quality of photographic equipment available even to amateurs, you just don't know who is looking over your shoulder, they could be doing it from 50 feet away easily.
The reason shoulder surfing is not a problem is precisely *because* passwords are replaced with stars.
Given that the human body only contains one liver, I doubt the donor will be doing anything bar decomposing!
Now kidney's they're different, humans come with a spare, and if you donate one, the other will actually enlarge to help deal with the load.
Sorry to shoot your joke down - it did amuse me... Honest!
Ah, but you can get behind the wheel of a 5+ litre V8 plastic car at 15!
The mind really does boggle... I think I'd prefer the 15 years olds to be doing the drinking, and not allowed behind the wheel of the vet until 21... Preferably older!
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