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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).
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?
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.
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!
That must be an American term. Over here, they're called "Arse Antlers".
And BBC breakfast's female presenter this morning (Kate?) advised viewers that "If you have any comments on today's stories, please feel free to sext us your views" mush to the amusement of Bill who choked his way through his next line.
So, no surprises that those of us who were forced to switch first, when the new equipment wasn't yet available and when the procedures were still complete bollocks (we were sent a pamphlet detailing the "Four ways to go digital". Except three didn't apply in our region), won't benefit by being the first to get HD. No, treat the country bumpkins like shit, experiment on them, get things right and then give all the good stuff to the townies.
Cell phone data
Just because the cell triangulation wasn't used in this particular case doesn't mean it isn't useful. I've been involved in three rescues this year in which cell-phone triangulation was either the main factor involved in finding a person or greatly reduced the search area/time. I, too, live on an Island and, whilst it's common not to have the required three cells for an accurate location (due to, pretty much always, being near the coast) two towers will give you a pretty good idea where someone is - combined with local knowledge.
Of course, none of that requires the recording of data. In both the case presented here and the ones I have been involved in, the data was taken from the moment a request was made (along with a fecking huge charge from the telecom provider - batards!) . Historical data was not required. Actually, in one case it would have been very useful but we got lucky and managed without.
Have they checked
Did they make sure that everyone was using the same units of measurement when they made the calculations? You know what that space lot are like. One lot using yards, the other using metres.
That team photo is great. Everyone has identical smiles, except for the guy on the left who clearly didn't hear the photographer say "cheese" because he's too busy listening in to a conversation just off camera to our right.
Isn't that basically the plot of Jumanji?
It's a game!
FFS - get some perspective, kids! It's a game! It'll still be a game tomorrow or next week. If your copy didn't turn up, take it as a sign. Open the curtains. Open the window. Breath in the air. Heaven forbid, maybe even step outside - but not for too long. I know it's winter but that sun is still way too string for your kind.
Yes, the browser went free but the new, free version, kills iPlayer. Something I only discovered after following the Wii's message advising me to upgrade to the latest version. Gits!
Still, this is good news.
Re: Si 1
Amusing. You slag off Microsoft because they may, at some point, ruin Google's plans by....doing exactly what Google has just done. Although, of course, that's fine because everyone knows MS are evil and Google are as pure as the driven snow.
Re: Transition period
That's a valid point for professionals. But there are thousands of amateur's out there. Think of an amateur dramatics company, for instance. I performed with one who had about 30 wireless packs - probably a couple of hundred each. They are a charity. They had to raise the money to pay for them and they sure as hell aren't "depreciating them on their books" over 3-5 years. If they have to replace them, they need to go cap in hand to a potential sponsor.
And there aren't too many individuals or companies willing to fork out money to sponsor the arts in the middle of a recession.
Same goes for bands who might have clubbed together to buy the kit. My last band didn't go wireless, but we all clubbed in and bought £1500 of PA equipment seven years ago. It's still going strong and I wouldn't anticipate having to replace it for another ten years, at least. Had we gone wireless, under these rules, we'd have to replace it very soon and we'd all have to fork out again. We'd get feck all for our current kit, even though it's perfectly decent.
Anyone want to volunteer to try and fit a 10kg ray gun on the head of a great white shark?
Then again, I suspect Evil Billionaires don't really "ask" for volunteers, do they? Asking isn't really part of the Evil gene.
The ASROCK 330 is under £250 including HDMI and is only about £75 more with a BR. Granted, you're stuck with a dual core atom but I've been running one for a while now and it flies with Windows 7. It's also smaller and looks nicer. The only thing the Dell seems to have going for it is the memory card reader (REALLY wish that was built into the Asrock but have a memory stick adaptor that does the job) and the Colourful cases (no thanks).
Way, way overpriced.
In the real world
Not even virus/malware writers, the lowest forms of life on this planet, bother writing for Linux/OSX because the market share is so utterly insignificant that it isn't profitable. There are so few linux/OSX users out there that it is not even worth the time to STEAL their money!
Why, in the name of jobs, would anyone fork out a bucket-load of cash in order to port an application over to a platform used by a handful of freetards who consider paying for stuff to be against their civil rights? You'd have to be monumentally insane!
Re: Anonymous sources
"So every story that comes from an anonymous source is nonsense now"
That's not what I said and you clearly know NOTHING about watergate. Several people were arrested after breaking in to Watergate. How is that a rumour or gossip?
How about I make up a rumour saying you fiddled your Taxes. If, after an investigation, there is nothing to back that up other than my rumour, are you happy to be convicted? Don't talk such bollocks!
Just because you (and I) don't believe it was true doesn't make the decision wrong if there was no evidence to back up our beliefs. If the Guardian's "source" wasn't prepared to put up there is fuck all the IPCC can do. And a bunch of imature conspiracy theorists whining ain't going to change the facts.
Whilst I suspect wire-tapping WAS widespread (several "celebrities" have admitted to conversations with journalists in which they were asked about things they had only ever mentioned in phone conversations) the Guardian appears to be overlooking one crucial point;
The IPCC did not need to "provide evidence to contradict the FACTS in our report". There WERE no facts in the Guardian report. There were unsubstantiated, anonymous claims. We, in the real world, call them "rumours" or "gossip". Call me a sentimental old fool but, in the old days, you weren't allowed to convict someone based on gossip (unless they were a witch, obviously). It was not up to the IPCC to provide evidence to contradict the gossip, it was up to the Guardian to supply some evidence full stop. That's how it works.
Might not be used
I probably have half a dozen PAYG SIM cards with various different retailers. I don't like contracts and usually find it is a lot cheaper to buy a new phone, discounted on PAYG, and then stick my own SIM card in it. As a result, I have quite a lot of SIM cards that have never been used or I've just used them until the few quid credit that came on them has been used up.
Most of the network will give you £50-ish off the SIM free price of a phone by getting it PAYG.
"Seems to me that starting off another one of those in Switzerland could be considered A Bad Thing."
I'm not trying to be funny. Just wondering. Can't think of any reasons myself.
Survival of the fittest. If the Rhino was so great it would have evolved to have a nose-mounted AK-47 rather than a useless Horn that people desperately want as trophies. If Perot just wants the hide, can I have the carcass? Hmmmm, rhino burgers!
Actually, this (kind of) reflects an interesting phenomenon I've noticed over the years. I grew up on a small Island (the IOM), then spent four years in the UK and now live back on the Island. I travel WAY more when I'm on the Island than when I lived in the UK. The same goes for a lot of people here. I also have family on Lewis who are constantly travelling. My immediate group of friends covers all walks of life. Housewives/Husbands, a road worker, school maintenance, teachers, police, accountants, bankers, butcher. The list goes on. And I regularly speak to friends (i.e. real, physical people I grew up with and have known for 20+ years) from all over the UK and much further afield.
Conversely, friends and family from the UK, Europe, US and Australia seem to go on holiday once or twice a year and that's about it. Rarely do they travel within their own country (unless they have a favourite "spot" - in which case, they visit it over and over). They commute to work but, once there, rarely travel more than a mile from the office other than to go home again. They wear a path to the shops and back and have a small number of favourite bars\restaurants. They'll boast "We have X cinemas here" but always go to the same one. Their network of friends are either from work or their partner's work (so they all do what they do for a living) and it all seems a bit dull.
It does seem, to my limited experience, that the larger the place you live, and the more facilities and entertainment and opportunities it offers, the less you travel outside your "comfort zone".
I also suspect the experience of people on here will differ considerably - but we're (generally) well paid, well educated types so mass-generalisations often don't apply.
End of the world
Am I the only one not in the least bit bothered if the Universe turns into soup? I'll be dead. You'll be dead. Neither of us will be in a position to give a shit.
The end of the universe, by it's very nature, will be the least eventful event in the Universe' history as there will be no-one (alive) to see it.
It's utterly unimportant so please, carry on cleaning your compost bins with half lemons or whatever it is you lot do to relax.
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