1220 posts • joined 23 Apr 2007
Our (rural) broadband is just about fast enough to stream Youtube in low res, and radio programmes on iPlayer. I'm guessing that BBC execs don't get out and about much.
And HTF does taking BBC3 off an existing UHF network save money? I thought the major expense was making the programmes!
"Don't they have Office 365 available in Aus?"
Presumably they do, hence the switch.
Plusnet aren't perfect, but their customer support is generally good, and calls get answered by people whose first language is English (well, Yorkshire)...
The wires are still BT, of course, but that's the same for almost everyone on copper.
Re: From the people who brought you..
"the people who picked the 2012 Olympics logo"
I wondered what had happened to them.One of the better features of the Winter Olympics was the legible logo, I thought.
"the result of a competition"
Did they print the list with an ascending sort rather than a descending one? Or just hold it upside down..?
Re: It´s me ,Rubén Prieto
"hard, dirty but beautiful"
A fine phrase.. :-)
"Nothing's changed since the 90s and Allen-Bradley PLCs and the Rockwell control software."
CNC machinery started it all in 1952, but I wouldn't expect Gartner to know that. Or much else, really.
I want the one that James T Kirk tried to talk into on his visit to the then present. Or was it Spock..?
"donated by Steve Jobs himself"
Follow the gourd...all ye who call yourself Gourdenes!
I think I'd rather have a conventional drive full of Helium than a 'shingled' drive with overlapping tracks...
"No one at Nesta has a science or engineering background"
Which says it all really. Does anyone know how much PWC got for their involvement?
Thank you Andrew for the insight, depressing as it is. Plus ca change...
" just patching it up and moving on."
Just like Windows, then.
They've had those in Ireland for years.
But the one you're most likely to hit is the one bringing your Christmas present.. :-(
Re: Quote "XP is like 13 years old. Get with the 21st Century."
" better locks, immobiliser and alarm"
Which it only needs because it is new! My 16-year old vehicle has a built-in anti-theft feature - it's not worth stealing. It also gets me about at minimal cost and when it becomes uneconomic to fix, I shall lavish another £500 on a replacement. In the meantime, I can enjoy a better class of refreshment when 'm not driving...
I hear the Cambridge University Netball Team are looking for a venue. It looks quite inviting to me...
"They're fucking brilliant."
What - for being morally bankrupt? Better they were the other sort.
"they can only do 100 charge cycles before starting to lose performance"
That doesn't sound like an improvement to me.
" The move to a modern OS like Windows 8.1 will not only alleviate the risks for users and businesses but will also open up opportunities posed by modern technology, like the cloud"
You mean you can't access 'the cloud' on XP? Someone had better tell my computer, as it seems to be under the impression that Dropbox, Google Docs, Livedrive etc. are all working...
"the major radio industry players desperately want a unified standard"
Really? I thought they just wanted to sell more sets (and possibly batteries). People don't buy new radios very often, as they last so well, so the desperation probably has very little to with 'unified standards'. As for batteries, our only recent radio purchase (a £10 Lloytron) bought three years ago and in daily use, is still on its original two D-cells.
I might add that 50% usage is a very low bar. What about the 49% who either can't get or don't want DAB? How much of the licence fee can we withhold..?
I'd no idea Viglen was still going! I'm no fan of Lord S, but his WP machines (and the wonderful Locoscript) were bullet-proof. I also recently helped an old lady adapt to her new Windows laptop, after the final failure of her 25-year old twin-floppy Amstrad PC1512, which I got the distinct impression that she preferred. Mostly on the grounds of speed.
"virtually no bending"
No unpleasant bending, surely?
(you have to be a certain age..)
Nowhere near passing the Turing Test.
"even though Jeff wouldn't be interviewed for the book"
Is that a clue?
Even if HP doesn't do it, I think cost will be the problem. How much are McD currently paying for their toys, 2p?
Still using FF with Win2k on two old laptops. Mercifully free from nagware, too.
"Redmond would do well to leave the team alone"
But (in the tones of Alan Bennett) they won't, will they?
A 21" tablet? Blimey.
I am finding it hard to distinguish between the picture of Elop and a cat rewarded with a large saucer of cream.
"heat from the pump ignited the spray's gas"
It would have had to get pretty hot! Rather more likely to be a spark from the commutator...
He had to go - there was nothing left to sit on.
"hapless CEO Steve Ballmer"
Isn't he always?
Composites do seem to burn more easily than aluminium, but I suppose it's an improvement on the dope-covered fabric used on the Hindenberg...
"For years I used your browser because it WAS integrated.."
Same here. I'm using it to browse this, with around 20 other tabs open and over 50,000 emails in six mailboxes immediately accessible under one of them.
I shall miss it.
"We believed the hype"
From MS, who gave us "the wow is now"?
I've no sympathy at all.
"commissioned PwC to investigate the DMI failure"
Haven't they spent enough already? They won't learn anything they didn't know already!
"It's obvious that we have to make a change."
Who's this 'we'? Not the Goracle, whose own lifestyle must be responsible for a significant amount of CO2, even when he's resting (which hardly ever seems to happen).
So, a foodie competition is to be judged by a chemist and a bunch of poets? Sounds about right...
FWIW, smallbrainfield's recipe sounds pretty good, but our national culinary skills must be a bit lacking if competitions have to be run to discover how to make cheese on toast!
Since when was "architected" a word?
If metadata (e.g. exif) can be automatically stripped, how can you prove that it was ever there in the first place? There must be some mileage in a subtle watermarking program (or digital signature) that is harder to remove...
Re: What about flats
..or the 2-stroke motorcycle, the goddess from Warhammer, or the symbolic name for Jerusalem?
I keep telling my teenager that spelling is still important!
"the monitoring of power consumption ANYWHERE in the house where there's an ordinary mains socket"
Monitoring is not the same as controlling. For that you need a switch.
Also, power line communication is dirty and interferes with other sorts of communication. Scale it up to every household and it may even interfere with itself!
"Smart metering will disrupt weather forecasts.."
How will we know?
"an idea overwhelmingly supported by all the companies planning to sell smart meters and RFID kit"
So who else was canvassed? Oh, I see...
I'm a PAYG man myself, but I assume a lot of the profit with contract phones is in the unused minutes, messages and bandwidth. I don't suppose that's itemised...
As I recall, shortly before privatisation, BT offered to join up the whole county with fibre. In return, they wanted to distribute TV channels over it (the Web not yet having been invented) but Mrs T didn't like the idea of a nationalised industry doing something innovative and useful and so squashed the idea. We'd have had FO connections for decades otherwise, which rather negates the article...
91% to 38% brand recognition in a year. Is that a record..?
So how many hovercraft do they own - two?
"Starbucks, which sweats to ensure its coffee-like beverages taste exactly the same"
I suspect that most of the sweating is to do with making a similar beverage from the cheapest ingredients. Computers can't taste things yet, AFAIK.
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