764 posts • joined Tuesday 1st May 2007 16:37 GMT
"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.
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.
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?
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.
Re: UK Question
You're not buying it in a shop, so why wouldn't distance-selling regulations apply irrespective of where you're picking it up from?
"Guess what - I'd like to buy a decent laptop with Windows 7 installed.
Guess what? I can't."
Cry me a river. Just go and buy a copy of Windows 7 from Amazon and stop your whining.
"They toss it in the trash after 3 years"
just like every single version of Windows since 95, the period between XP and Vista the sole out-of-place exception.
Re: On Digital
They didn't buy up all the football rights - they paid over-the-odds for Football League football, then found that they couldn't actually pay the Football League for a particular instalment.
Sky didn't have the Football League rights prior, so ITV Digital were overreaching themselves to buy it up before some mythical time that Sky might do.
Re: So the T&Cs of Apples web site
Khaptain - what you don't seem to realise is that "scraping" sites affect said sites' stats, take up valuable data-download bandwidth, cause load-balancing issues and in general is a bit scummy. Apple are well within their rights to ask them to stop - information being on public websites doesn't change that.
Who cares? No one's forcing you to use the feature. It works... and works well.
I use this feature a lot at work. We've just moved to Google Apps and it's incredibly useful to be able to work on a document without having to retrieve it from someone else and without having to hope that that person doesn't have it open.
Of course you can work with your document the regular way - locally. This is just another feature that you can use or not use.
Just tried it with Word (desktop app) on a Office 365 University sub and Word Web App having the same document open at the same time - works exactly the same as it does with Google Apps.
Pfffff... not bothered. Work PC had IE11 installed today. Home netbook has IE10.
Re: BB's saviour?
"On the topic of money, I think it's astonishing how much money Google aren't making out of Android. They do all the work, but it seems that Samsung are the guys making all the money. Google clearly do make some money, but they're effectively missing out one many gigadollars that are being banked by Samsung."
You forget that they don't need direct money from Android - they make money from all the location and advertising data they get from all copies of Android out there. That's the point and a good strategy - make the OS free to get manufacturers to use it and use the data you obtain to sell packaged data to others.
So no, they are not missing out on money.
Do BT actually know the frequency that mobiles and radios use? Nowhere near wifi frequencies.
Mug - I have images open in the Windows image previewer... the same as in Windows 7.
Re: It could have been so good... :(
"Or what to think about easier content management? We have SkyDrive (or whatever new name they need to come up with). Why can't I simply drop a few items there and opt to have my phone synchronize with that?"
What the hell are you on about? Right now I drop anything in SkyDrive on XP, Vista, 7 or 8 (former two via webpages) - I get instant access on my mobile. RIGHT NOW.
Not going to happen because the ring tone is from the network you're roaming on.
Re: One useful application.
Which will never happen because companies want to collect money from you by answering the call and THEN subjecting you to hold music.
Even if that wasn't the original intention, fact is they get money from it so why would they implement this and stop the cash cow?
No, this system is squarely aimed at the consumer, not businesses.
Re: who would want this?
Nah, it's simply another thing that can be customised. I've been using Ringtagz (way back before its current version, when it was a T-Mobile service). It's.... OK, but as another poster said, it's only really aimed at the person dialling your number, not you, so there's limited benefit I suppose.
T-Mobile spun out the system years ago - it's called Ringtagz (www.ringtagz.co.uk) and works on all the major mobile networks.
OnMobile are therefore simply treading down an already-long-worn path.
No doubt someone's already addressed this but... his rant on the .doc format is 6 years too late (Office 2007) - no one with any sense now would use .doc when there is .docx (amongst others).
You haven't paid for the service. You paid for the handset. The service is free.
Re: all cars sold in Europe will have to have network connectivity
EU law, it looks like.
I think it's because the powers-at-be want to embed network connectivity on major routes, so that they can track traffic in a meaningful way - one application might see them being able to rephase traffic lights in "real time", or being able to put up accurate information on information boards. Some of these applications are already being down now but this would make it far far more accurate and easier.
For example knowing that "Big Car 2000" is doing 30MPH here, 20MPH there and 50MPH round the corner while "BigBus" is doing 20MPH here, stopping there, then 10MPH round the corner would be potentially more useful than embedding strips in the road and guessing the type of vehicle from the speed and weight.
Naturally, these are limited examples, but having network connectivity on the move will enable a lot more inventive uses, maybe even some sort of emergency-based one ("Big Car 2000" crashes to a dead stop, with multiple impacts, send appropriate emergency vehicles, all within milliseconds of the event happening).
Brand was never the issue, considering Apple have not let you go back for quite a few versions now. The actual reason is because they don't want to keep on signing older versions as it facilitated jailbreaks.
Yep, this is a non-story.
All firmware upgrades have had the Apple digital signature taken off after the new one has been released. Obviously you could go back to IOS6.1.4 when the betas were out because IOS6.1.4 was still the official version, therefore still signed.
Re: Upgrade a 7 pro to 8 pro installation
SkyDrive has always required a Microsoft account to use it. Fortunately with Windows 8(.1), if you simply use a Microsoft account as the login account then that is it - all Microsoft apps automatically use this.
Re: Windows 8.1 needs Price promotion like Windows 8
No need really - most people buy new versions of Windows only when it comes with a new device. So no real need to convince people to upgrade current non-Windows 8 PCs - they'll come eventually anyway.
That Instagram thing is wrong. I "reinstalled" Instagram using that prompt and it subsequently told me that it wasn't going to log me in because the service doesn't support such an old version of the app.
It's only really useful if people weren't updating their apps regularly and didn't manage to get the last version that worked on iOS 4.2. And only then if the service hasn't subsequently cut off users of older versions.
Look, comparing this mobile to any other mobile in any time period is complete nonsense. Fact is the mobile is barely useable NOW. It doesn't matter if it's a "v1" or that it's supposedly "a developer mobile", it's a mobile that shouldn't be touched by anyone at all because it's simply unusable.
Now if a newer version turns out to be an iPod killer, then great - but fact is that THIS mobile right here right now is simply not worth the bother.
"It still just doesn't quite come up to be worth the price.
Jeezy-Creezy, I can't yet get a 1080p download from any of the online video services. Who gives a shit about 4K at insane prices with no content?
I just want to buy, download, and have it stored in my local-network collection. Once I can do that I'll consider starting to look at 4K - and if I want to get a movie in 4K that is TRUE 4K and I already own a license, I want to pay a small upgrade fee, not rebuy the movie all over again."
Then don't. The rest of us who want to or can do will do.
I've always thought it silly when self-indulgent people who can't progress with technology complain about the others who do.
Re: Oh, great!
Haha tin foil hats ahoy!
Now while I would agree that yes it did look suspicious when Elop first moved to Nokia, let's get one fact straight - Nokia was already in the shitter BEFORE Elop came aboard. Remember the disaster that was the N97 and all subsequent touch-screen Symbian mobiles? That was all Nokia's fault. I had the Nokia N97 - Symbian on it was AWFUL.
Nokia only have themselves to blame by producing such rubbish that they made themselves incredibly vulnerable to a takeover, one that is finally completed now.
I still have a load of cassettes at home today... some where I recorded the music off the radio :p and some where I recorded my own and my sister's voice. Should I buy a tape player to find out what's on these?
"Stupid things like installing shortcuts to your desktop, powering down the machine are more difficult than they should be."
If you're powering down the PC using anything other than the power button, then you're already using the most inefficient methods going.
"Rumours about a backdoor in Windows are almost as old as Microsoft itself. In 2009, El Reg reported on the NSA's admission that it had worked with developers on Windows 7's operating system security, forcing Redmond to deny there was a backdoor left open to spooks."
There was something in Windows 95 though?
Re: 32K- the BBC Micro's most annoying limitation
" always thought that the 64KB claim of the Commodore 64 was a swizz, because the first thing it did when turned on was copy the OS and Basic out of the ROM and into RAM, effectively leaving you with only 39KB (if I remember properly) for any programs, "
Seem to vaguely recall similar on a Vic-20.
And then the BBC Master 128 had 64K RAM, 64K sideways RAM? And while you could store programs in sideways RAM, you couldn't run it from there?
"Law makers said they previously only collected metadata, email date and times, subjects and addresses."
Makes no difference, everyone knows that e-mail is de facto unsecure. Encryption doesn't change that. If she had any brains, she'd know that - the fact is e-mails, encrypted or not, pass through several servers so you clearly cannot consider it secure any more than you can consider the post office system secure.
So Vodafone pulled £57 million from the Irish tax man to give to the UK tax man?
I'm sure this went down like a lead balloon in Ireland, considering the state of Irish finances.
Re: Firefox 32.0?
Joking aside, (and slightly off-topic) the version number incrementation is insignificant to the majority of people involved with Firefox, except developers who track features and changes.
So I do wish that people will stop banging on about how quickly the version numbers are going up (not you specifically DanceMan). Does it really matter?
That said, I also wish that Mozilla would drop the focus on version numbers in the same way that Google have (in other words don't use it in marketing or promotion). Although a cursory glance on their website seems to suggest that they're finally heeding this advice.
Well, it is a developer preview, not the final product.
Re: sinisterly deliberate or incompetently deliberate
Out of interest, what is the bypass? The A1(M)? Or is it that road that cuts through some rocky hill (the one that leads to a load of roundabouts and the tunnel before you get to the A1(M))?
Ah, so this killed several channels on my Digital Stream last night then?
Re: "...consumers were uninformed..."
No, it wasn't confirmed by Microsoft. It was completely rubbished by Microsoft (http://winsupersite.com/xbox/xbox-one-preview-what-really-happened-family-sharing). The "generally thought" bit was a load of crappy tech sites regurgitating the rubbish that was pasted on Pastebin - hardly a bastion of truth.