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It always amazes me that more people don't use these. I used WiFi for several years - suffering drop-outs, slow transfers, constant interference and forever having to reboot the router. Eventually, I got a pair of these to sort out problems with the wife's laptop (which seemed to suffer the most drop-outs). I plugged them both in, switched them on and - well, that was it. I've not had to touch them since. I now run a four-port version in my study - with my PC, NAS and printer plugged in - and one behind the telly for a media streamer. Speeds are excellent and I never get drop-outs or other connection issues. Plus, the baby-monitor now works properly. Mine cost about £40 a pair - maybe four times what I'd pay for a WiFi card but worth absolutely every single penny.
The WiFi is still there but it's only used by the Wii for BBC iPlayer. And guess what? It frequently drops out.
And on the other hand
Many, many thousands of UK companies trade is various parts of the world but pay all of their taxes into the UK treasury. You win some, you lose some. Unless you want to stop benefiting from the corporation taxes of the overseas operations of Tesco, M&S, BAE etc then I'd suggest keeping your feckin mouths closed and hoping this dick-head of an MP, who clearly knows nothing about Tax, gets a serious slapping from his party whip very soon.
Simple answer to "why can't we keep/develop the shuttle fleet".
Cost. It's too expensive to run so it needs to be replaced. It's FAR too expensive to maintain whilst developing a new launch system. For every year you add to the shuttle fleet, you're adding almost as much to the development time of the new system - adding to the time you need to maintain the shuttle fleet etc. Basically, your target keeps slipping out of reach and you are paying for two systems for far too long.
What system is that? I'm running an ASROCK NETTOP 330 ION and have no problems with 1080p video. That's with Windows 7 Ultimate.
Quite right too
If any of the rest of us started copying books and then making them publicly available the authors and publishers would be after us. Don't see why Google thinks its so different. Certainly if it was my work I'd be pretty pissed off that someone was using it to make themselves money without so much as asking.
"Sony hardly has a clean record either but they seem to have snapped out of the delusion that they can dictate formats or standards"
Really? Blu Ray ring any bells?
I'm not sure any phone should have a name SO close to Millstone.
One question. If Kinloss is effectively closed, where will the UK's only northerly Air/Sea rescue capability move to? My understanding is that the whole of the UK is currently covered by Kinloss, Anglesey and another in East Anglia (can't remember the name). I understand these are being put out to PPP to allow them to retire the Sea King. Where will the Kinloss station move to? It currently covers a huge area (including the North Sea gas fields). This service is already hugely stretched and is one of the few services offered by the armed forces to get regular "live" activity.
That sounds like a review of Android. I certainly hope the reg doesn't review Android each and every time they review an Android phone. As a "Technical Audience" isn't it safe to assume the readership either already knows the OS pretty well or can find out from other sources? This is a review of the Acer Liquid - not Android. The only OS related things we need to know are what version of Android is on it, how quickly does it run it and are there any customisations? The review covers that.
On the other hand, an in-depth review of Android or a "hackers guide" - a bit like the ones done for Linpus last year - would be very handy.
Re: Simon Aldrich
Is the back of the phone also getting quite warm? If so, you just have a faulty battery. It happens fairly frequently and with all phones. Take it back and get a new one.
Twelve Windows Browsers? Really? Anyone care to enlighten? Obviously we have IE, FF, Opera and Chrome. There is another Mozilla one whose name escapes me. That still leaves seven.
Where are the "PARIS does it in zero gravity" T-Shirts?
Oh yes they do
Plenty of operators offer really cheap, month-by-month deals for those bringing their own phone with them. O2 do simplicity for £10 a month with free minutes and texts. My local (cable and wireless) do something very similar but you choose free texts or free data. I'm fairly sure T-Mobile do something along those lines and I'd be surprised if others don't too.
Besides, PAYG is usually cheaper. I would never consider buying a phone on contract. Unless you spend a fortune on calls they are a complete rip-off. I get 1GB of data, free texts plus free calls to my wife and two friends for £5/month on PAYG.
Does a specialist do the cabling, as opposed to some spotty-faced trainee? Do they use cables specially designed for the job? If so, what do they normally use?
So what what are you complaining about?
They've successfully removed the "Boom". Promise kept :)
Fix the economy but destroy the country. Were you actually around 13 years ago? Do you remember the 18 month NHS waiting lists? The non-existent trains? Class sizes averaging near 40? Bugger all nurses? Bugger all police? Under-paid teachers? Rampant crime? Schools crumbling? Shitty Victorian hospitals?
People really do have short memories.
15 years ago I was worrying about if I'd die before I ever got to see a GP. Today, people's biggest worry seems to be whether or not their data appears on some f-ing database. You really are taking the piss, you lot! It's a bit of extra tax for a few years. Contrary to what back-hander Dave and his public school-boy mates like to tell us, the sky really ISN'T falling down.
So films like Slumdog millionaire, depicting the genital torture of a young boy, the bludgeoning to death of a mother in front of her very young children and the deliberate blinding of kids as young as seven or eight is fine - give it a fifteen certificate.
But when it comes to the sight of a breast or someone peeing - then we really need to act to protect people.
Absolute fucking muppets the lot of them. It reminds me of the brilliant line at the end of South Park : The Movie where, just in case anyone had missed the entire point of the film, a character utters "It's okay to show despicable acts of deplorable violence - just so long as nobody utters any naughty words".
"denied a request for reimbursement of lawyers' fees"
So al any other company has to do is calculate the probable award (based on this case) and then tell OPTI they will drag the case out until their lawyer costs exceed the probably award forcing OPTI to settle out of court for significantly less.
Now THAT's justice.
Oh come on
I'm the first to give Apple a good kicking whenever the opportunity arises (quite frequently, as it happens). But 280? Is that it? That's not a widespread problem. That's a handful of over-zealous couriers.
The name seems very apt. I find myself going into anaphylactic shock at the mere sight of the thing.
Thank god I didn't bother with the RC then. Sounds about as stable as the betas were. TB2 was an excellent piece of software. I only hope Mozilla are able to pull this together before the final release because, so far, TB3 has been dreadful.
Did you try using a search engine OTHER than google?
Nice one BT
So BT, given the WHOLE of the UK to choose from to put it's new Jumbo Cabinets, went for a conservation area with complex planning laws and stuck-up residents who have no problem parking a car the size of the Titanic outside their houses but baulk at the idea of a 1.6m tall telecoms cabinet.
Great work BT!
I can't remember who it was who said it but someone, when asked what the fundamental difference was between his beliefs as a scientist and someone of faith, answered "I am always delighted when I am proven wrong".
I think this very sad case shows these "Scientists" seem to have forgotten that, in Science, being able to be wrong is a wonderful thing. As soon as you refuse to entertain the possibility that you may be wrong then you have created a religion.
I remember, during the push to widescreen, some DVDs were released with the 16:0 version on one side and the 4:3 ratio film on the other side. Seems to make sense to me.
This is new
Really? My ISP (WiManx) has offered these figures for years. I can currently view the Monthly upload and download figures for the last twelve months and then break them down into daily figures if I wish. November 09 was 19.6GB down and 2.6GB up.
Whilst the study seems reasonable (indeed, self evident really) the conclusion seems entirely arse-about-faced. Surely what the study tells us is that by acting like modern "sophisticated" humans we are, in fact, just suppressing our natural instincts and causing ourselves immense harm. We really aren't as sophisticated as we like to think we are, the old physiological systems have not evolved out of us and we need to be more in tune with our deep seated inclinations.
So, the next time a family member makes a snide, narky remark, smack them over the head with a club and save yourself from arthritis in later life. I feel more relaxed already.
the big problem
The big problem with getting Windows 7 into the enterprise is going to be internet explorer 6. It's still the biggest single browser out there, purely because enterprises don't want to switch away from it for fear all their internal apps and Intranets are suddenly going to fall over. In an economic downturn, what CIO is going to present to the board a proposal to invest in testing every app and every page on their corporate Intranet, update any that fail and test again just so that they can update their OS?
I love Windows 7. It's made my home network a cinch to run. But there is no way I'm pushing it forward at work. Once it reaches a critical mass in the home and people (important people) are asking for it because they like the way it runs on their home machines - then we can start to talk about it.
On the what now?
On the PS-what now? Oh, that thing. Yeah, I think I know someone who has one of those. Makes an okay BluRay player, right?
I think you might find the launch of the iPlayer Wii channel in November would have had rather more impact than some 3rd-rate Blu-Ray player owned by 3 greasy teenage boys.
Lucky he's still alive
Many farmers/farm workers are killed every year when they accidentally fall into a slurry tank and are quickly overcome by the fumes (lots of methane). Jumping into a tank voluntarily should really be considered a suicide attempt allowing the authorities to lock him up for his own safety.
For a very good reason. "Everything's fine, folks" doesn't make the news.
It looks excellent but it seems horribly expensive when packages like Glyph Combine (http://www.icons3d.com/combine.html) will allow you to do the exact same thing for free (no, nothing to do with them - just use the software - for free).
How in hell
....do you fit a 13lb turkey in your freezer? I know US freezers are big but was this some kind of industrial walk-in freezer? 13lb is the size of a (not that) small child.
Does the mount force you to have the iPhone in widescreen? I've never understood why SatNavs have widescreen displays. Call me strange but, when driving, I'm usually more interested in the layout of the road AHEAD of me, rather than what's to either side. I can look out of the windows to see that.
I think he's getting "Extra-terrestrial Aliens" and "The Pope" mixed up.
The last beta was buggy as hell - constantly crashed. However, the searching IS fantastic and tabbed email is just one of those "doh! How come nobody thought of that before" moment. I just hope the RC is as stable as they are making out. Oh, and PLEASE get lightening working for this ASAP.
PC's are fast enough
I've been involved in IT in one way or another for 30+ years and have always just needed that bit more power, that little bit more memory, storage etc. For the first time, this year, I'm downgrading. Even the lowliest processors are capable of running Windows 7 and a handful of apps. 2GB of RAM is okay, 4GB is more than enough. Hard drives are so big you can't reliably back them up. Unless you are heavily into gaming, very large RAW photo manipulation or 3D animation rendering, the latest PCs are all MASSIVE overkill. Even video editing is fine on a low-end system.
The truth is, most home users and most businesses use email, internet, office, mp3 and a photo viewer. That's it. Any Atom-based PC with 2GB of RAM can handle all of that with room to spare. People don't need to upgrade any more and, with finances the way they are, they won't spend if they don't need to.
I think the whole model for eBooks is wrong. The industry is treating eBooks like MP3s but they are used completely differently. If I buy a music album, I will listen to it several times. It will then go on the PC/MP3 player and it will get played occasionally for many years. It doesn't even matter if it's not that great. It just sits there - it's only a few minutes worth and I can always hit skip if I'm not in the mood.
When I buy a book I will read it. If it is quiet good it goes on the bookshelf. If it's very good it will get lent out in a "you have got to read this" fashion. Otherwise, it goes on eBay or to a charity shop. Reading a book is a serious time investment so it is quite rare to read a book multiple times. That is why libraries are so popular.
Yet the industry is treating them like MP3s. We are meant to buy them (full price!), read them and then keep them forever. This works for reference material but just doesn't make sense for most fiction.
I would be far more inclined to get an eBook reader if I could "rent" an eBook for a couple of weeks - much like the DVD-by-post services. After I've read the book, I can either leave it for the DRM to make it "disappear" or, if I REALLY liked it, I could choose to buy. There could even be a social networking element to it. I could recommend a rental to a list of friends etc (or warn them off the dross).
But I am not going to regularly pay full-price for an ebook that will then never get used again. There is no return on my investment - either monetary or time.
So, they made all the right noises about changing their ways, producing more efficient, high mileage cars whilst they were in the shit. Now the government has bailed them out they can drop all of that crap and get back to forging ugly, 19th century monstrosities and flogging them to backwards yanks who believe it's patriotic to buy American.
That's strange, I have two Atom-based PC's with Win7 running at home and they fly like the proverbial off a shovel. In fact, having bought the first and being so impressed with it's Win7 performance I sold my Core2Duo desktop system and bought the other to replace it with. They are both dual-core NVidia ION machines with 2GB RAM but Atom's none the less.
"It also takes your photo on entry. Quite why I'm not sure"
My understanding is that this is purely a "Gate-side" security measure. Everyone entering "Gate-side" has their picture taken and it is associated with their passport/boarding-card/whatever. Then, as they leave "Gate-side" their image is taken again and the two compared (usually manually). It makes sure the person who enters is the same as the person leaving.
Someone tried to explain this to me once. It was to do with preventing the following scenario.
Person A is a British citizen but is prevented from travelling to, say, Germany (maybe a football hooligan).
Person B is also a British citizen and can travel where they please.
Person A books a flight from Manchester to London.
Person B books a flight from Manchester to Berlin.
Both check-in and pass through security. They then meet up gate-side, swap boarding cards and person A can now travel to Berlin.
Except, with the new system, when person A gets to their gate, the staff scan the boarding card, pull up the picture taken when they came through security and the two pictures don't match.
It's a nice phone
Far too big for my needs and I prefer a physical keyboard but it does look gorgeous. One correction though, it DOES integrate your Facebook contacts into your address book, bringing photos, email, birthdays and most recent update status in. It's not as automated as some might prefer but then, this is still an Exchange linked device. Do you really want "Fred the Bastard", your mate from the pub, turning up on the Corporate Exchange server - photos and all?
Does SE still do Symbian? I thought they stopped with the W950 a few years ago. Aren't they mainly Windows Phone and Android now?
I wonder whether the lot over at BT in Liverpool have voted for strike action to maintain their benefits. Hardly seems worth it with £6.5 Million in your back pocket.
So, now all we need to do is have everyone injected with this from birth and then, whenever anyone creates a problem (like refusing to go for a shower) we can just zap them. I love it!
"It's as if MS are back where Apple were in the late 90's...They know the OS needs an overhaul, but are bodging the overhaul as well instead of re-architecturing the OS from the ground up."
What a pointless argument. Apple were a nobody with a nothing footprint - particularly in the business world. The effect of "re-architecturing" <shudder> was minimal because hardly anyone was (is) using it. The loss of backwards compatibility only affected a tiny number of people and they were mainly home users.
For MS to re-build Windows from the ground up and lose backwards compatibility would destroy the company. The reason people upgrade their Windows OS is because they perceive (right or wrongly) that they are gaining extra benefits/features whilst maintaining the set of applications that they already have. In other words, their past investment is not wiped out.
I know this is a hard concept to grasp for your average mac user but BUSINESSES invest millions in software for windows. They are not going to write that off overnight because MS want to re-build windows from the ground up for architectural reasons. The MS CEO who makes that call will get laughed at, then sacked.
Re AC @ 15:20
"You're forgetting that the law is whatever the Government of the day says it is. They could quite easily make a law which says that anyone found voting against them will be sent to the labour campst."
No they couldn't. You're just making shit up.
There is an upper chamber to review all legislation coming from the commons (although Labour reduced their power). If, after its been rejected several times by the Lords, the commons force it through, it still has to be singed off by the Monarch before it becomes enshrined in law. No Monarch would ever sign such a law and would immediately disband any government that attempted to pass such a law. That's precisely why such a system is FAR preferable to a Republic where, potentially, the same party could gain complete control of all levels of legislature and force through whatever it wanted.
By having an independent body (the monarchy) a lid can be kept on the government and ensure they act for the people and not themselves.
Okay, I didn't say it worked perfectly, but that's the theory.
"Only very few Nokias are used as smartphones in the same way that the iPhone.... devices are."
I think you're getting "smartphone" and "penis-extension" mixed up there Richy!
Whilst the failure rate figures are revealing, two other factors strike me as at least as important;
1) What failed? Data loss is by far the most important. If it's just a speaker driver blown, who cares?
2) How well/quickly was it fixed and at what cost?
I've never been a huge fan of Dell hardware but I've found their support to be excellent. The wife's laptop suffered a mobo failure after nine-months. The following day, someone turned up with a replacement mobo, swapped it out and had her back up and running (with data) very quickly. Asus have always been excellent too.
My experiences of HP are rather less flattering. Even recalling them is akin to a 'nam flashback (you don't know. You weren't there, man!). No experience with the others but I hope the Sony technical staff are more knowledgeable than their sales staff!
No wonder the markets collapsed
End User Computing rules were (supposedly) put in place years ago to prevent end users creating "applications" in Excel on which business decisions are made and Auditors are supposed to highlight any such apps as findings. It doesn't mean Excel can't be used necessarily, but the processes for creating them must be the same as for any other application. Business case, specification, development, testing, documentation etc. And the spreadsheet must then be locked down so that end users can't buggerise it.
So MS has basically developed a product that allows financial companies to more effectively break standard accounting practices. Bravo!
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