806 posts • joined 1 May 2007
It seemed like a good idea - anyone no matter whether they already had a Facebook account or not could send a message direct to a Facebooker's inbox. Execution was, however, POOR:
1. Messages went into the "Other" inbox. Most people aren't even aware they have a "Other" inbox, and those that do don't bother going into it.
2. THAT TIME when Facebook decided that everyone's @facebook.com address had to be the default primary one. Such a cock up - it meant that no matter how many e-mail addresses someone chose to expose on their profile, they were all hidden and the @facebook.com address displayed. It didn't stop there - mobiles that synced Facebook with the contacts only synced the default primary address, which meant that existing e-mail addresses were removed.
As a result, no one cared about it.
I think it's fine. Clearly there's a significant amount of people who want to describe themselves a bit more than the standard blunt "male" or "female" choices so let them, it's their profile page.
It's also a bit like the "race" question you sometimes see on things such as job applications. I'm fine with the choices myself, but as the list is usually very short sometimes you do wonder how people can choose when they may not identify with the blunt choices they are presented on the form?
Man and machine, POWEREXTREME!
"ITV Player's often being the worst (a web portal with a terrible interface, at least on the PS3)"
There's no "at least on the PS3" about it - it's terrible whatever platform you use and in whatever incarnation.
Re: No one told them?
How does it know? Specific coding to specific APIs, obv.
Re: 8.1 and 8 should be grouped together
8.1 is not a service pack for 8, it's a totally separate OS, evident by the fact that you install it like a new OS, you get upgrade screens like a new OS, etc.
If it was a "service pack" for 8, then Windows 98SE would also be classed as one - it isn't so it's not.
Isn't this exactly how DVB-T/T2 here (i.e. Freeview and OnDigital/ITV Digital before it) works?
Re: Court Orders.
Really simple. They're doing it off their own backs.
Re: Hold on
They're not checked like Apple's store though.
Re: @Goldmember -- The Internet. Yes, it was too good to last.
RobHib - "Did not know that." As someone else has already posted, it's NOT being phased out. There's a subsequent BBC article that states that the powers-at-be changed their mind.
Re: This doesn't alter the fact...
"She uses Internet Explorer, uses Outlook, and all she does is watch sh*ting "Revenge" on 4OD. And for this reason, she will always remain the girlfriend and never earn the right of becoming my wife."
Surprised she's even your girlfriend, with a disgusting idiotic attitude like that..
Re: "Supervised Users"
No, they only introduced the "users" function in a build last year.
Re: Any way
Just use the Maximise button when in "Desktop" mode, as you have been able to do since the year dot.
Re: British & Irish isles, but Guinness/Stout/Porter is English!
Stout might have been invented in London but Guinness specifically was started in Dublin, Ireland.
What you are saying is as silly as claiming "Club Premium Lager", a Ghanaian drink, is European.
Re: Now do a RT version
Can't - browsers are the one thing that is not allowed as an "RT" version.
"Technically, Irish is British, Ireland being one of the 6,000+ islands that make up the British Isles."
Nope. The island of Ireland is part of the British Isles (a group of islands, although the Irish would beg to differ on even that point). This is not where the description of nationality of objects comes from.
"British" is an adjective that describes objects, etc. that have come from a specific area whose component parts were once the Kingdom of England (England and Wales) and the Kingdom of Scotland (Scotland) and was subsequently combined to form the Kingdom of Great Britain.
"The Irish" is an adjective that describes objects, etc. that have come from a specific area, that is Ireland, which once was the Kingdom of Ireland and was subsequently joined with the Kingdom of Great Britain to become the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (and the last part subsequently "Northern Ireland).
Being "British" confers the object geographical status related to "Great Britain". This does not and never has been conferred to anything with a geographical status relating to anything located in the island of Ireland.
Re: HMRC XP machines
A PC can still catch viruses when not connected.
"This is just FUD-ing. All those machines are almost certainly behind a firewall that implements layer 7 filtering, which means that the chances of an actual threat reaching the XP machine itself is negligible."
Actually, THIS is FUD-ing, as a dodgy USB stick/external HDD/whatever can still render the machine unusable (and it has happened).
Anti-virus software isn't going to help if it's a vulnerability that the software doesn't know how to catch yet (which has happened too!).
"Ultimately it's not that big a deal if the PC's are never allowed on the internet (and restricted environments generally are not), and the multiple layers of firewalls are all configured properly."
Except a dodgy USB stick can render all of this moot.
Directory enquiries? I haven't used it since I was a kid... and I'm 36.
I'd like to know at what point would you be considered "roaming" though?
Re: It works...sometimes
Sounds like what Google do with their Maps. Considering the penetration there, I think TomTom are going to lose out with this feature.
Re: Re:Oh no! They're planning SCART 2.0 !
Depends. What I really hate about SCART is how big it is and how it's placed in the most stupidest places imaginable, which usually means you take an hour to push a cheapo cable into the slot because the cable coming out of it is forced up against another bit of cable (like the aerial cable) or a bit of the plastic backing jutting out like some evil penis.
Re: Topping up the device's battery at the same time
You've reminded me of my N95, which did exactly that!
Man how I LOVED Gran Turismo! The first one was what got me to purchase a PlayStation. The second one was on two discs IIRC and one of them you could actually scratch and sniff to get a smell of exhaust fumes!
I have GT, GT2, GT3 A-spec, GT Concept, GT4 Prologue, GT4, Gran Turismo 4 BMW 1 Series Virtual Drive and GT5 Prologue.
So GT5 came out and to be honest I was thoroughly bored with GT up till then - the AI is stupidly annoyingly unreactive and it doesn't feel like you're actually racing anyone. Hell, the AI in Daytona USA was far more lifelike! So I didn't bother getting it. Got Need For Speed Hot Pursuit instead, so so so much more fun.
GT6 isn't going to change my mind.
Re: I've said it before...
Well, technically they have been. Openreach owns the network, BT Retail provide the service, BT Wholesale sells wholesale access to the lines. They are independant businesses i.e. Openreach fixes the network on behalf of many other providers, BT Wholesale sells the wholesale access to other business and BT Retail provide the service to anyone.
When it comes to charging, they all charge each other in exactly the same way they charge other business for their service.
Although yes, they all belong to the BT Group.
Re: > Why using a web client
Yes I am aware of the Android app - but seeing as you've been able to use Outlook.com with POP and Exchange Active Sync (and IMAP recently) for years already, there's no need to use it, much less bleat about how terrible it is, none of which has anything to do with the article anyway.
You don't need to use the Outlook.com app for Outlook.com - just use a third-party app with the IMAP settings.
Actually what is rubbish is you thinking it's got anything to do with using it at a different IP address - it hasn't, because if it had then no one with ISPs that reuse IP addresses would be able to use it at all!
Obviously the system will look at where you usually use it and maintains a log - if your account is suddenly being used from an IP address in Mexico in between London addresses on the same day for example then clearly the system will realise that something untoward is definitely happening, so will lock it. Merely logging in from an IP address at home then an IP address 10 miles away at work for example isn't going to routinely lock the account. Logging in from an IP address at home and then logging in from work which uses a proxy that is located in the States will probably cause the systems to look at this suspiciously and lock it!
If you really think that Outlook.com (or Hotmail or any other webmail clients) don't allow you to use it from any other IP address apart from the one you used when you logged into then you clearly need reeducating about how the internet works, in particular with the knowledge of ISPs in general (not always) changing your IP address regularly!
The fact that it happened to you is clearly related to something else that happened on your account that caused them to lock it - overzealous maybe but not anything to do with using it at a different IP address. For example, it could very easily be because your attempt at logging in somewhere else "a mile away" (as you said) was using a proxy that is located in the States - obviously that would trip the lock if you keep on logging in your usual place in the UK around the same time!
Re: Why not a full migration?
Are you smoking something? Yes I have used Outlook AND Gmail (AND Outlook.com, Hotmail, Yahoo! and the rest). Your rant was mostly filled with nonsense about the client app, none of which applies to the article.
Maybe importing calendar is coming. But right now you have something you didn't have last week - importing all your e-mails from GMail - and you can link your calendar stuff in Outlook in the meantime.
Re: @Test Man
"You mean it does the same as setting up Thunderbird to control all my email accounts?"
No. It means it imports your e-mail, then changes a few settings so that within the Outlook.com interface you can continue to send e-mails using your already-existing GMail address in the Outlook.com interface.
Re: Having seen the bloated turd that is outlook.com on my wife's phone...
"Or was "bloated turd" a reference to your wife's phone ?"
Must be. Because all of those services have been accessible one way or another from any third-party client since the beginning.
This is, of course, complete rubbish.
I've used Gmail, Outlook.com/Hotmail and Yahoo! from multiple computers in multiple places. If you couldn't use it from more than one IP address then all of those services would cease to be very useful.
Re: Change of address
You do know that the service doesn't actually change your address? it not only imports it but lets you KEEP your address by setting it up within Outlook.com so you can send e-mails using your Gmail address.
Re: Why not a full migration?
What the HELL are you talking about? This refers to the WEBMAIL service, not the client program.
Re: "hoodwinked by malware-carrying emails purporting to be from their banks"
Reply-to address don't mean jack. Malware authors aren't going to fake this, they'll just put in the real one, because it's the LINKS that they want you to click on - you know the links that don't actually go anywhere near your bank's domains. The only way of getting round that is to read the tooltip of the URL, but with banks using a wide variety of domains, along with the fact that non-techie people like your mum not knowing what the hell this is, it means that even that method can't be totally relied on.
Best thing is to simply use your sense - if it's asking you to do something, ask yourself WHY, do you really need to and whether it's best to actually call/contact the bank via another method for verification.
Re: Suggested reply.
It does if you speak the Queen's English and not some shitty Northern bollocks
Re: 32 bit OS in a 64-bit world.
"Win XP is a 32-bit OS, limited to 4GB of RAM addressing and it can only cope with single disk volumes of up to 2TB. Win7 and Win8 don't suffer from those limits -- I'm surprised your CAE programs work well under XP with a limit of only 4GB of RAM, most toolmakers have released 64-bit versions to take advantage of better and more powerful hardware over the past few years."
You do know there is a 64-bit version of XP?
Re: This is nonsense of the highest order. (Mad Mike)
This is all nonsense.
Microsoft make most of their Windows sales from OEMs, so we can discount making upgrades free as it'll only increase sales by a tiny amount in comparison (most people don't buy Windows from retail, you see).
So we're left at OEMs. Somebody reckons that OEM copies sell at $40 each. So let's say Microsoft drop the price on it. Apart from the fact that $40 isn't much at all (a PC costs $400 for example, $360 isn't going to jump-start the sales) is the OEM really going to drop the price by $40? Nope. So yes, that's right, OEM copies are already really cheap so giving it away isn't going to make a whole jot! And the fact is that virtually every PC is already being sold with Windows 8, so how in the hell would they sell more?!
YES! Why is my local one using an 0845 number? Can't they use a normal local number? They're a public service!
What border staff?
Been over to Ireland twice, with two different cars. Only had my car and passport checked the very first time - that is to say upon leaving the UK.
"Im going (really against my wishes) to the states next year, before i go i am going to restore my laptop to a known clean state, then run truecrypt through it. Then make some folder with corrupt images but a good name, like, ohh, "barely legal numbers 30-40"!. Should cause a laugh and will hopefully cause them to have me refused entry and flown back to blighty"
You're a total tinfoil-hat-wearing nutter. Been to the States twice with work and my work laptop. On none of those occasions was my laptop ever looked at, EVER. Hell, I don't think they even knew I had a laptop on me.
So calm down.
Regarding Windows test - Windows 7 Home Basic was only available to certain developing countries, so would have never been available for you.
"lowest-specced" is probably a bit ambiguous to state - all versions of Windows 7 have the exact same hardware requirements, so Windows 7 Home Premium would run with the same requirements as Windows 7 Starter, the only real difference is the number of features each edition has.
You CAN upgrade from Windows XP to 8.1 - simply purchase Windows 8.1 and install (only clean install). Obviously a Windows 8 key isn't going to work on Windows 8.1 (just like a Windows 7 key isn't going to work on Windows 8), so I don't know why you tried to use one.
There's nothing wrong with Windows 8 or 8.1 on a netbook except you can't go to the store when using the native screen (if you had an additional screen connected that had a higher resolution it'd be fine) and you can simply use the desktop exclusively and install the same applications that you would on Windows 7.
"And that will come with all the correct drivers will it? Err , no.
And the laptop manufacturer will provide drivers on their websites for its new laptops for Win 7 will they? Err, no."
And how is that Microsoft's fault? Are you a total utterly gibbering idiot? Yes.
You could solve this problem now, but instead you continue to whine like a fool. Idiot.
Actually I think the opposite. I think a company that does name their competitors in an attempt to belittle them is a company that is acknowledging that their competitor is far in front saleswise, while a company who doesn't name their competitor is one that knows it doesn't need to because it's so far into the lead it's not worth it.
It would have been better for Microsoft to shut up and concentrate on promoting their own products instead of just confirming to everyone that the likes of Apple and Google are far far more popular.
And this is coming from a man who likes Microsoft's products.
Re: Don't understand this!
Yep, full screen would work as the Xbox would switch to 50Hz. But as you say it won't fix the problem of gaming and TV on screen at the same time.
It shouldn't normally be a problem though, as there's plenty of devices that "upconverts" footaget from 50Hz to 60Hz and you can't tell the difference, so it must be the Xbox's attempt at interpolating a 50Hz to make up a 60Hz isn't good enough and needs to be improved.
Re: Don't understand this!
Xbox (and PS4 and PS3?) all output at 60Hz, yes?
TV broadcasts are still 50Hz in Europe, yes?
So clearly there'll be a problem with pass-through because of interpolation from 50Hz to 60Hz.
That said, how does it work with BBC iPlayer, Channel 4 and ITV Player on consoles and how come they seem to be relatively smooth? Isn't their content at 50Hz? Or did they sneakily reencode their catchup offerings to fit 60Hz consoles?
Knew it wouldn't be hard - when doing the last procedure of encoding the final video for streaming they simply turned off the use of the DOG.
Looks like they added the DOG for the encoding of the video file for iPlayer, not during the production of the 3D video. I think the DOG is always added at the end of the process (when producing the video file for use on iPlayer) as BBC ONE and TWO broadcast don't have DOGs so clearly it's not added in during production.
Unfortunately, they have failed to realise that adding it in at the end of the process isn't going to work for 3D videos. They should either modify their end-of-process iPlayer output for 3D videos or add it in during production (the latter probably is not going to work seeing as they will use this for generating various file formats for various outputs).
So it's simply a procedural error.
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