406 posts • joined 19 Nov 2008
Re: "..monitoring all of the web sites registered in the city,"
Really? A Government that doesn't understand how technology works? How preposterous!
Mine was up and down all weekend, in the year since I moved into this house and got VM installed I've had the connection speed drop to 1/2 what it was to begin with, they forced out a firmware update to the router that completely broke the wifi, cut me off for a week due to a 'fibre issue' and then over this weekend I couldn't get to half of the sites I tried. In every instance they've provided absolutely no support beyond telling me to continually reboot my PC and modem until it comes back. I doubt there's a single support worker left with them that knows how anything works, they just read scripts at me and refuse to actually fix the problems.
My only other option is a 1Mb ADSL service with BT, so for now at least there's no reasonable alternative.
"People were charged for months — sometimes years"
Knowing RealPlayer, it probably took that long for the charges to buffer.
Re: Can't fault their stance
The same can be said for Microsoft, or Linux, or any popular brand. Say anything bad about them and expect the foaming-at-the-mouth weirdos to yell at you.
Re: If its wrong most of the time...
Marketing overrides maths.
I read the same thing, I've also heard that several competitors are offering the games at a big discount for anyone who pre-ordered at Game and didn't get their copy.
" I don't know what crappy spec machine you must be trying to run it on?!?"
Dual core CPU @ 2.6GHz, 4 GB RAM, recent nvidia card (1024MB, can't remember the model), Creative 5.1 sound card. All latest drivers.
Video stutters, random coloured pixels flicker across the screen, menus and buttons flicker then disappear leaving artifacts behind.
None of these problems manifest in Windows on the same PC. Just Ubuntu.
Mine can't handle a refresh rate of more than about 10 FPS, so DVDs stutter and flicker.
And that's with a fairly decent spec and recent nvidia graphics card installed, Ubuntu just can't handle anything more complex than running OpenOffice yet.
Make it opt in only, it's the responsibility of the parents to apply to their ISP and have it switched on for their connection. The parents need to start taking some responsibility for raising their own children instead of dumping them in front of the TV/PC/iPad and expecting the government to supervise them.
Re: 7 hours
Perhaps the camera wasn't within his reach while he was airborne. Might have needed to land and get into the camera to get the card out.
Re: Public sector
The accountant who questioned it.
I thought it was fake too, mine had a spelling error in it.
So that was actually a genuine email? Damn, that makes 5 times in the last 18 months that a website has lost my details. I only found out about the last time after someone tried to charge a hotel room in Paris to my credit card.
Re: Can I...
@Voland's right hand
Except that the fact that he waited 15 years to enforce the patent shows that this is purely a money grab. If he had a genuine claim then he should have made that claim back when someone else produced a touchscreen device. Apple is just the big money target.
"claiming that the intrusion had been justified as it was "in the public interest" and that the hacking had led to criminal charges being brought."
Since when has this been the job of news reporters? Breaking into someone's personal communications in search of a story is never justified. In fact, isn't it illegal to prosecute someone based on evidence obtained illegally?
If someone is tortured into giving up evidence then that evidence is inadmissible in court so surely information stolen would be as well.
Either way, this is yet another example of the rotten Murdoch empire ignoring the law in their search for more money. It's about time he was held accountable for the actions of his minions.
"Do any Reggies here have the 3G tool? And if so, have you performed some destructive testing on it, possibly whilst bored or drunk? Any observations? : D"
I have one on my desk, I wasn't aware of its construction method but have always been intrigued by it. Although it's just a little bit of metal I couldn't find any injection seam or evidence of cutting so I was baffled as to how it was made without lots of effort being put into finishing.
As for it's properties, it's pretty rigid and resistant to flexing or mild bending. I haven't gone the whole destructive testing route yet because it seems wrong somehow to damage a nice shiny things, I'll wait until I've had more to drink.
"I was going to say It's like watching a runner fall at the first hurdle, but it's probably more like watching a runner false start, run over to the official and shoot themselves in the foot with the starting pistol."
...and then attempt to sue the official for not stopping him from doing that.
I'm still waiting for them to stop Virgin from touting their 'fibre-optic broadband'. This is quite clearly just a length of coax running into my house, not fibre.
Can someone explain this to me?
They advertised their product as being 4G capable. It isn't.
What exactly is this discussion about? Surely they should simply be banned from making that claim again and made to compensate anyone who bought the product without knowing that the 4G claim was incorrect.
Why are they having to 'come to an agreement' with anyone? Do Apple decide what the law is or how it's enforced now?
Huh, does 'as Seen On TV' actually mean something? Everything is on TV these days. Most channels devote 10% - 20% of their time to showing various products that you can buy. How does this sticker somehow make any difference? Are people specifically buying things because the same product has been shown on television at some point? If so I think time should be devoted to analysing and restricting those morons instead of the advertising.
Re: Lets be realistic shall we.
"The Police have enough to do catching criminals than worry about which porn sites you visit."
Except that they don't, they're so obsessed with arrest figures that the majority of police work these days seems to be focussed on parking fines and minor speed offences. The police stopped caring about actual crime when they realised that it looks far more impressive to 'catch' people illegally downloading music form the internet.
Like how councils were granted powers to spy on people with the promise that only benefit cheats and tax dodgers will be targeted. Fast forward 12 months and they're using it for anyone they suspect of doing anything wrong from littering to not clearing up after their dogs. Emphasis on 'they suspect'.
Re: Down with this sort of thing
"So send it to your work address and have them take receipt of it and set your downloads to run at night instead of daytime. It really is not that difficult to overcome your two main objections."
My employer won't allow us to have things shipped here, why should they pay for the reception staff to sign for and store my property for me until I collect it?
And downloading overnight would require me to leave my console or pc on overnight which is a waste of power. I put everything to sleep at night, the noise of my PC fans alone would keep me up all night.
"My house has this amazing device installed called a letter box. Google it, I think it's going to be the next big thing."
Yes, and I love receiving those "While you were out" cards when I get home every day. Almost as much as I love having to go collect my ever-so-slightly-thicker-than-the-average-letterbox parcel from the post office depot that closes every day at 7:30 am.
Not everyone can wait in all day for the postman to deliver Amazon packages. I'm at work between 8 and 6 Mon-Fri so my only option is to book the day off or have it left with a neighbour. Now they're lovely people next door but I feel a bit bad relying on them this much. Plus, downloading a game can take several hours at peak times, compared to going into a shop and buying a physical copy that I can play right away.
That looks like either a Nintendo or xBox avatar, and the interface is almost identical to the once used in The Sime 2 & 3 to create your Sims.
Only an idiot would think that this was in any way enforceable.
Siri can do any of the following things for me:
Open the weather app and show the location I ask for (about 50% of the time)
Tell me the time in other time zones (about 40% of the time)
Tell me what the time is 'here' (about 10% of the time, it uses the GPS to figure out where 'here' is and keeps getting it off by about 20 miles then telling me it doesn't know the time in *address across town*
Do a google search (roughly 70% accuracy)
Play songs or albums from my library (pretty good 90% accuracy but then there is a set word list there)
When I see the advert that shows people checking their email and messages or asking where their brother is (presumably he had to check into the place first?) it makes me angry that they can blatantly lie about it's capabilities like that and get away with it.
So 'official' hours and overtime are being reduced. Along with the wages earned by the workers.
I wonder how many staff will continue to work un-official overtime under-the-table in order to maintain their meagre wages?
Agreed, it they're actually doing that then there's no excuse other than wanting to wring as much money out of their customers as possible without spending any on developing more games.
Re: false security theatre
Don't forget the guy who had a picture of a cartoon gun on his t-shirt. That was just as dangerous as a real one.
Re: Too many stores
Telford is the same, 2 Game stores within 2 minutes walk with a HMV about halfway between them, and a GameStation 2 doors down from one of the Games. Apparently both of our Games are closing leaving only the GameStation.
Do they carry out the drills in the proper way? With red lights flashing everywhere, a siren going off and a computerised voice instructing everyone to abandon ship?
No action required
El Papa just needs to pray for a bit and God(tm) will sort the problem out straight away. That's how it works right?
"Google has been fined for breaking the law for example."
I'm sure that fine really hit their multi-billion dollar bank account hard. They won't try that again in a hurry.
Why stop there? All scoring should be removed from every game or sport everywhere. Can't have people attempting to judge their progress against their previous attempts can we? Let alone comparing themselves to anyone else.
While I have to grudgingly side with Apple in this dispute I still can't help but laugh at
"...we would never knowingly abuse someone else’s trademarks."
"If the police find evidence of such a conspiracy, then this just got a WHOLE load more serious than illegal intercepts - maximum sentence of life imprisonment..."
...or, a brown envelope changing hands in the local park followed by a dropping of charges, a pat on the head, and a complimentary lollipop for the inconvenience.
2 Game stores, although 1 is staffed by late middle-age men in shirts and ties who have likely never played a game in their lives while the other is staffed by actual people.
It seems that non-gamers go to the 'posh' one to talk to the smartly dressed men who advise them on which one their grandchildren would like for Christmas. The actual gamers (like myself) go to the other store to talk to staff who actually know what they're talking about and will go out of their way to help you. I got a very good deal out of them when I tried to buy a handheld console on sale only to find out that that particular sale ended the day before. They spent a good 15 minutes working out a way to sell me the same items for the sale price even though the till kept telling them no.
There's also a GameStation only 1 door down from one of those which seems to only stock second hand DVDs now. Very disappointing.
Re: "The second victim died a day later due to excessive blood loss."
Yes, about an armful.
The easiest way is to simply class any accident caused by mindlessly following a satnav as dangerous driving.
Once they can't just use "Oh the woman in the dashboard told me to drive into the river" as an excuse for their idiocy either the number of accidents will fall or the stupidest 1% of drivers will have their licenses revoked.
Re: Things have taken an even more dangerous turn in recent years.
It's the same as copywrite, something intended to protect the creator and ensure that they benefited from their work, now twisted into yet another money-making scam for the big businesses.
Re: What's surprising me...
Actually, in the UK you can't say anything you like. If you say something negative about someone or something, even if it's true, it can be classed as slander.
Re: double post
So every news story should only ever be reported once? What about those of us who don't scan all available news sites for new stories?
It's been a long time since the police were held accountable for any of their actions. One could piss through your letterbox and still somehow claim that it was 'pertinent to their enquiries'.
So now I'll have to put up with the noise, movement and inevitable shrieking and screaming of a funfair ride while I'm trying to watch a film?
Yet another reason to not bother with the cinema anymore.
Translation: The Steam servers will be unavailable for the next 48 hours as thousands of people try to download MW3.
Oh, is that what that was?
I could access some sites but not others, all seemed fine from my phone on 3G but ironically I couldn't get to the Virgin service status page to check if there was a problem. All slowly came back over the course of the evening though.
Hmm, balancing a tablet on my lap while holding the controller? I'd rather just use my home console in that scenario.
Wrong person, the woman with the herd face was from the Moos of the World.
"The bureaucracy is expanding to meet the needs of the expanding bureaucracy."
The government needs to keep paying the salaries of politicians and bureaucrats. As those salaries increase and more and more consultants/middle managers/advisers/spin doctors get hired then more money needs to be brought in to keep them all well fed and happy.
Since the largest repository of money resides in the pockets of the proles the government continues to wring as much of it out of them as possible while maintaining a pet police force and a firm grip over liberties to reduce the chances of an uprising that overthrows the bunch of overpaid time wasters.