673 posts • joined 26 Sep 2008
There certainly seems to be a buzz and air of optimism around the Passport and it's apps.
Man's on something!
For about 3/4 the price you can get a laptop that will outperform this MacBook pro in every area, it isn't a sealed unit and can be upgraded. Source: I just bought one!
Re: Where's my vulture?
Yours seems to have returned Blitterbug, I've only just noticed my bronze vulture has gone AWOL.
A few months ago it became clear that my 5 year old lenovo Y550 was ready for retasking and that a replacement was in order. I could not get a lenovo even close to the spec and price I got from HP (quad core, SSD boot, secondary HDD). I was very disappointed as I like lenovo but $200 difference for the same spec means I went with the HP.
This is what happens when you have nice little local monopolies all acting in collusion with each other in terms of not competing or crossing territorial boundaries. Would be interesting to see a similar map with cost per Mbps, only on a worldwide scale.
Screw the other 62 million.
Re: ITV Doesn't Own STV!
A bawbee shurely!
With you on that one, I have 1 real choice locally, USCellular, if I want pain and strife I could go with tracfone.
Most of the channels on my Time Warner Cable service were not up to the 1080 TV I used to view them. When they were HD the transmission format was so effed up that you end up fiddling with the screen format to get rid of various black bars, which of course are different on every bloody channel. Just switched to Directv and this problem is no more. However, I see no use for 4K TVs until the broadcasters can get their act together and kick the cable companies in the nuts about how they relay their material, and even then I don't think it will be a market booster, just a niche for videophiles.
I've seen something similar with Time Warner Cable and believe it or not Youtube.
Kim dot com?
The perceived loss is from the fees the channels might have got from the cable companies Aereo's customers might have been subscribed to. Personally I think FTA broadcasters charging fees to cable companies or anyone else for that matter is a bit like having your cake and eating it, considering the ad revenue they already get from their broadcasts. This whole scenario is indicative of the mess that is broadcasting/cable/Satellite/ISP, (in fact anything to do with consumer tech, the judiciary are about 20 years behind in their understanding of it), in the US, a cold hard look at charges and practices is required, perhaps an independent body like the FCC but with clear teeth and legal jurisdiction without those lawyer beloved grey areas that seem so widespread in the US.
Yep Mbps, got carried away with the shift key.
Plus you don't get to pay their $6 a month rental for a 10 year old modem!
As a broadband customer of Time Warner I can say that they're biggest issue in my experience is that the modems they give out are DOCSIS 2.0, get a few Netflix addicts on your branch and your 20MB/s dives to below 1MB/s which mine did every day between 5 and 9 pm. I sent their modem back and bought a DOCSIS 3.0 one and never had another issue.
Wont be a hit until
version 3.11, Surface Pro for Fondlegroups.
Quad core i7, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, 25GB SSD, dual band 802.11ac/g/n, 4x USB 3.0, 15.6" screen, HDMI output, no contest.
"questioning our estimate of her net wealth – we'd heard £7m, Cole says it's a "fraction" of that"
Presumably that's not a vulgar fraction... probably a posh one.
Re: Overly Harsh
The alleged killing of Edward II with a red hot poker could be reimagined only with a light sabre.
Not a NAS but...
I have 3 dumb LCD TVs in the house hooked up to 2 media players, 2 chromecasts and an HTPC. The media players are AIOS boxes and are hardwired into the network.
The HTPC is homebrewed and sits in the basement about 12 feet below the living room TV to which it is connected by HDMI. The media software on the HTPC is MediaPortal, it's free, highly configurable and can do a lot more than most other offerings can. The PC is now relatively old, 7 years, and is a quad core (Q6600) based machine and it now has an SSD boot, I used to use a dual tuner in it but the upgrade to digital TV by my cable provider (spit) means I don't use it as a DVR anymore. I do however have an external USB 3.0 Disk enclosure with 4x4TB drives in it and this is where all my TVs get their content from. 8TB in storage and 8TB of mirrored backup. The content drives are shared over the network and are mapped in the AIOS's, Playon and the HTPC. In the background I run playon server through which I can stream Amazon VOD (I live in the US), Hulu, Netflix etc to my dumb TVs via the AIOS boxes.
Pretty much the HTPC is on 24/7 and this is why I went with an external disk enclosure rather than a NAS. The external disk enclosure (iView HFR2-SU3) replaced a couple of 4 drive backplanes I had in the HTPC case, these were very compact and ran very hot. The disk enclosure is much roomier and the drives run a lot cooler. The iView has some bad reviews around the web but that is for the RAID setup, I use mine simply as a disk enclosure and have not encountered any issues.
The AIOS boxes are now almost obsolete but they are a good indicator of the sort of thing available out there, quite simply I haven't had a legit video file that these things couldn't play, the quality of their output in 1080 actually puts my HTPC to shame.
One thing I have seen with NAS is that the disk read/write speeds on the affordable end of the scale suck! My USB 3.0 connected box will write at about 100 MB/s, makes backing up and copying new BRD images across less painful. My disk setup cost about $650, $150 for each of the drives bought on sale and $50 for the enclosure bought on sale also.
One wonders at what point does the storage density start to approach that of a black hole, but given the MTBF of some drives (actual, rather than calculated or indeed claimed) the idea of all your data disappearing forever into an effed up HDD is already extant.
Re: Genius Bar
Read that as 'roids
Doesn't surprise me, neither the borkage nor WDs ineptitude in fixing it. Their attitude to their customers hasn't changed either.
I did post on this forum, but it seems to have been disappeared, foil hat anyone?
Anyway my comment was that the swipe to unlock feature patented by Apple had tons of prior art and the patent should never have got beyond the trash can. USPTO will at some point live up to their name, or at least we live in hope.
Re: Back to school
Had to be anaglypta!
Living in the colonies I've had access to the Chromecast for a few months now. I recently bought a second one if that tells you anything about what I think of it. The advent of local content casting with the Plex app has really increased this doodads appeal. A poster up the page a bit quite rightly says that tabcasting is not the main use of this, although it is useful, using your phone or tablet to control content on your TV is. At this, the Chromecast excels. 30 pounds is a bit steep, my second one cost me $30, the first one was $35 with 3 months of Netflix free.
Probably tired of paying legal fees, wish this fatigue would spread throughout the industry.
Nice to have the timings, do you think you could put a timer on the reg player?
Okay not on the bezel
But my 6 year old lenovo Ideapad Y550 has a bunch of soft controls above the keyboard that are part of the casing and are touch sensitive. Not a leap of imagination to shift them up about 1/2 an inch onto the bezel of the screen, shurely not patentable, hopefully the filing is filed where it is most appropriate.
Not a mention of him on the BBC site
for shame BBC.
I've noticed too that TWC seem to throttle the connection at peak viewing times, they will probably claim it's traffic, but it seems to consistent in terms of timeframe.
I'm sure this has been said but...
The so called tax pays for some of the finest programming in the world, consider how much most of us pay for cable or satellite telly on a monthly basis and equate that with the quality of the programmes delivered. I am an ex-pat and would happily fork out $100 a month for BBC access. If you think the mindless pap you get there is bad you really need to spend some time on this side of the pond and watch some really really shit TV. Mindless pap is a compliment to most of it and it makes Channel 5's offerings look like Bafta award winning material.
Customers to get shafted
I would suggest buying shares in lube, but I'm sure Comcastwarnercablecorp will go in dry.
Not exactly the same piece of kit but I have a 16TB box which I put together for about $650, taking that down to 8TB it would have cost about $350. Also it's not WD which means not having to deal with their not Smartware.
"The second objection is more practical: levies just don’t raise very much money. Apple sold 51 million iPhones in the last three months of 2013. Even with a levy of £23.60 per iPhone, that would have only realised £200m for labels, publishers and artists. It would make more sense to grow the market for Deezer, Spotify and the other dozens of me-too streaming services."
Am I being dense, not unusual, but at 23.60 per phone that means in excess of 1.2 billion raised on 51 million iPhones. Personally I'd be annoyed by the levy as I use my phone to text and make phone calls, I like my music to have some fidelity.
Re: Floppy Eject
Pulling a USB flash drive out of a Mac without ejecting properly can trash the drive let alone your data. You also have to allow the mac time as the drive will continue flashing after the drive icon has disappeared from the screen, it lies I tells ya!
Re: Floppy Eject
Logic of that has never scanned for me. I want to eject the disk so let's throw it in the trash.
For a fair amount of America there is no choice in the ISP that you use. You can have multiple dial ups (they still exist here), maybe a crappy DSL connection, or a cable connection. Outside of major population centers in the US it is the norm to be subject to a monopoly or, at best, a duopoly as far as broadband is concerned, while that is the case the providers can pretty much charge and do what they want. Same market forces apply to mobile phones here, the consumer get's screwed.
Seems to have been widespread major DDoS attacks going on
3 of the largest private trackers have been under attack for the last 4 days, two have been knocked off the net. Conspiracy theories abound, zeiko has been blamed, Hollywood, MPAA, RIAA, and Old Uncle Tom Cobbley.
The biggest hit
About four years ago I bought my kids' families each a media tank that gave dumb TVs a little bit of smarts, access to online material, local media on their built in drive and network shares, and through a media server access to Hulu, Netflix etc. They have pretty much been in constant use ever since then, last year I upped their storage to 1TB and the kids and grand kids love them.
Just got more sneaky.
Like Captain Vimes, without a few drinks under his belt he is knurd, he needs those drinks just to achieve the normal level of sobriety.
I always found
in a reply works well.
Nope they have to
Complete Skynet before they can move onto the robots.
Yahoo still does mail!
really they do?
Similar type of person totally different experience. I've had a tablet for about 4 years now, it is used for reading, playing games, casual pre snoozing browsing, and that really is it. For anything requiring extensive use of a keyboard, I dig out my laptop at home or get my backside in front of a desktop. Tablets are just no use to me for productive work, wonderful for wasting time and for leisure though.
Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.
*I'm sure he nicked that from elsewhere.
I think this is definitely to do with what Americans find difficult to say compared to Brits. I too ran this through a few times and had no difficulty with it. Leith Police and Sheikh's sheep I find a lot more difficult.
I'd like to think
That what we're seeing is a move to "I'm not paying that sort of money for a F#@*ing phone".
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- GCHQ protesters stick it to British spooks ... by drinking urine
- Twitter declines to deny JLaw tweet scrubdown after alleged iCloud NAKED PHOTOS hack