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Friend of mine went with them. Sure, on paper it looked good: piss cheap and a no-throttling guarantee. There was one part of the advert that put me off, though: the word "Sky".
Sure enough, his router now drops off the net completely several times a day, and he's had several long outages.
Over here, on Titan ADSL, I've had one outage in 4 years (excepting their scheduled 3am upgrades that I happen to be awake for).
Re: F**k Opera
But but... without Opera, where would the Firefox developers get their inspiration from?
Yeah, I mean Opera's so awesome, it doesn't need a plugin architectu-.... Oh.
Re: maybe firefox should follow suit?
Maybe Firefox should never follow suit. Webkit is fast, but it's also buggy. Comparing the number of site rendering errors I've had to fix in Gecko vs Webkit isn't even a contest, because the number for Gecko is 0.
Plus I think Mozilla has been brainwashed by HTML5 gurus
Or they are the HTML5 gurus...
Mozilla are about standards and ideals, and generally hold to them with surprising (read: refreshing) tenacity. They're unlikely to want to build in anything that's even slightly proprietary, and from what I've seen of B2G in the past, it's a very open, standards-based system - exactly what I'd expect from Mozzy.
Besides, it's intended to run on even the lowest-powered smartphones. Adding abstraction layers and VMs doesn't exactly help with that.
All the more reason to push back. It is a bit like accusations of witchcraft a few centuries ago. In a free society, people have to be able to discuss what is or is not discriminatory.
....Like you're doing right now?
Oh, no! The oppression! How can I, a working white male, ever survive in such a restrictive society!
Fucking hell, did I just wander onto the Daily Fail? First set of replies and people are spouting off about tree-hugging liberals and crying racism.
OK, OK, I did wonder about this, looking at the first half of the article. I mean, "asian" is the wrong term, but there are far-eastern facial features. If all it's doing is that, then...
"and superimpose “rice paddy” hats, moustaches and other elements."
OK, yeah. There is a difference between playing Photoshop with your face and releasing an app that changes you into ching-chong-Chinaman. What, did it have a "slitty eyes" slider?
As for the rest of you, I really wish Nelson and friends over at SYB were still going. They'd have a field day on this article.
RCS is universal, and that's all it needs to be. A universal standard implemented everywhere is never going to be bleeding-edge, but RCS still undercuts the core of what the closed networks do rather nicely. The person you're talking to might not have Facebook, Skype, etc, but you can bet your ass you can send them an SMS - that's the position RCS is aiming for. It doesn't need to do everything the others do, if users prefer convenience over a feature list (and we're repeatedly told that they do).
Re: You forget the 2009 Hudson River crash
Granted, it was not open ocean. But. it validates the safety card design, and that's the important thing.
I thought someone might bring this up. The article specifically said "ocean", so this doesn't really count.
Also, it's not really a validation of the safety card if an ocean crash doesn't happen like this. Oceans have swells, waves, etc that make them almost impossible to pull off a high-speed landing on. Rivers don't really have this issue.
Re: Result skewage
Don't forget, those using OperaMini or Opera in super-zippy-whoohoo mode will appear to be from...where is it, Finland?
Better make sure to account for both of them, then. Not both browsers, I mean; both people. :-p
*Ducks to avoid Opera fanboy rage*
Re: greetings from Austria
Here in central Europe we find it hilarious that 4" of snow can bring a country to a standstill. Friday is the right day to have it though.
The media are, as usual, playing it up like right shites. The BBC keep going on about a "rare RED weather warning." Yeah, that would be in Wales. On the Black Mountains. Ooooh, I'm so afraid!
The papers like to throw around "travel chaos!" and "country at a standstill" like they do everything else. And like every other regurgitated headline, their relationship with reality is strained at best.
This morning I got up, got into the car (which I didn't have to defrost, for the first time this week), and drove normally on perfectly serviceable roads/motorways into a major city. No issues at all. In fact, it was much nicer than normal, because so many people had actually listened to the media bleating and chickened out, the motorway was practically deserted.
Re: Just a consumer.
I am not a big fan of Mills & Boon -style paperback fiction but I'm sure it's a "great reading experience" for you. However try using your Kindle for PDF reference material intended for A4 size, you will soon wish you had a 10 inch tablet instead.
I do exactly that on my Sony PRS-T1. Pinch-to-zoom is obviously a bit laggier than a capacitive screen but works perfectly well.
I'm one of those people that believes in having the best gadget for a particular job. I own a smartphone, but keep an iAudio J3 for my music, because it's just far better at it, and has an insane battery life. Same goes for my e-reader, my PSP, etc; I have them alongside my smartphone because they're better at their given tasks.
Sure, I could read my eBooks on a larger, heavier, more cumbersome device with a lower battery life and a screen that can't be read in the sun. Alternatively, I could continue reading them on a device that fits in my jacket pocket, has a battery that lasts a month, and weighs practically nothing.
Seriously, when Sony touted this reader as the "lightest on the market", I honestly didn't give a shit. I've never gone in for "oooh, ours is so thin" with smartphones - hell, I used to own a HTC Athena - but I was surprised at just what a difference it makes with an e-reader. Makes a lot of sense when you think about it. I'm going to be holding the device I read on in any number of positions (such as above my head in bed) for long periods of time. Even the difference between the Sony and a Kindle is noticeable to my keyboard-buggered wrists. I'd hate to try using a large tablet for the same.
Re: Follow the chain of logic.
There's a problem in there somewhere
Yes, there is. It's the part where you imply that it's stupid to blame a form of entertainment, such as video games, but then attempt to blame an inanimate object instead.
I don't blame the video game.
I don't blame the gun.
I blame the shithead pullling the trigger, and so should you.
Re: Plan B? Plan C?
There still remains the issue that in the US you can get types of weapons, along with rather.. generous.. amounts of ammunition that fall well outside any need for personal protection and/or hunting purposes.
Because, for the millionth time, the guns exist as a means of potential rebellion, or to fight off invaders. The people who founded the US government didn't trust governments, including the one they were founding!
You can argue all you want over the current feasibility/likelihood of such things, but it will not in any way change the principle of the document.
“Congress should fund research into the effects that violent video games have on young minds. We don't benefit from ignorance. We don't benefit from not knowing the science of this epidemic of violence.”
Nice to see that the president isn't deciding anything in advance.
The police arrested someone for calling a horse gay?
So the police are saying that it's insulting to be seen as gay? Interesting...
Re: It leaves the definition of "grossly offensive" up to police officers (and judges)
How much time and stress will it take to get from PC Pleb
You're fired! Get out! How could you say something so horrendous. If this doesn't make the front pages tomorrow, there's something seriously wrong with this country!
People realised that the Kinect is a piece of shit? The Move can be hit and miss, but when the game isn't a badly-coded Wii port, it works pretty well. The Kinect is just awful. Have a look at the reviews for the abysmal Steel Battalion: Heavy Armour. I saw it top several "worst of" lists for 2012, just because of how utterly broken it is.
Re: Not in the UK I don't think.
Not so sure why Brits go for Xbox, though.
Couldn't find UK-specific data, but according to the European data, it's actually us buying the PS3s most recently.
Didn't know about PS compatibility still being present, I did download Destruction Derby for old school crashing :)
That's always bugged me. Sony let everyone say that they'd completely dropped backwards compatibility, and most people don't know anything about the PS1 feature in the slim PS3s. Surely that's a feature you'd sell? (Unless you were hoping to re-sell all the PS1 games on SEN...)
Hell, I think I was tipped off to it by a guy on IRC! Even my friend, who runs a local games store and tests PS3s pretty much every day, didn't know about it.
I'm kind of surprised that no software emulation was provided to replace it.
But that's the rub; European PS3s supported the PS2 via software emulation anyway. The American PS3s were the ones with the hardware support, which is why they didn't glitch out on games like Burnout 2.
Re: Not in the UK I don't think.
1) I've only ever met 3 real people who have owned a PS3. Every other gamer I know is PC, Xbox or PC AND Xbox.
Try harder. I can point to four people in my office who own a PS3, along with several of my friends. 360? Actually, can't remember the last time I saw one in the wild.
In my book, that's pretty meaningful.
Anecdotal evidence is more meaningful to you than actual sales figures? Would you like to buy some of my snake oil? I have plenty of anecdotal evidence that it works great!
- Why oh why did they get rid of the PS2 compatibility? I have a shelf full of PS2/PS games. Though the PS store with some PS/PS2 games to buy does answer this. Seems ridiculous that I would have to re-purchase San Andreas to get round to finishing it, unless I bring the PS2 out of hibernation again.
With you on that. After my 4-year-old fat PS3 went YLOD I bought the slim as a replacement (apparently they don't do that, or at least not nearly as much). It still plays PS1 games just dandy, but I had to pull out my original fat PS2 (which still works perfectly!) to play those. Apparently it has to do with PS2 compatibility costing extra to licence (from itself?) because the PS2 is/was still being sold. It's daft, whatever the reason.
At the moment it is greedy, charging full RRP for a digital version when the digital version has none of the associated costs on a physical product.
Sony/EA/Ubisoft are going one better than that at the minute. Far Cry 3 and Fifa 13 both launched at an eye-watering £60 on SEN. Far as I'm aware, they're still that price, despite releasing at £40 or less in stores. Game even used Far Cry 3 as a loss-leader up to Christmas, selling it brand new for £20 when it was still £60 online.
What depressed me was that the £60 games were still at the top of the SEN sales charts. Consumers can't be *that* stupid, can they?
No-one really cares, not even Nintendo, now the replacement gimmick has arrived.
Re: Amazon is not evil
If you seriously believe that amazon provides a service that the rest of the internet doesn't then either you work for the company of you've got its Kool Aid on an intrevenous drip.
And the chances of your tiny company managing to get above Amazon in the product rankings on Google to get the attention in the first place? Amazon lets them be a searchable part of what is undoubtedly one of the largest product catalogues online. Set up your own tiny website with OSCommerce (because all small businesses know how to do that and can afford it) and see if you can get those customers as easily.
Re: Wonder how much tax HMV paid
If I had an accountant, I'm pretty sure he could figure out a dozen ways of reducing my tax bill. The difference is that firstly it's not worth the cost of the venture, as I'm an individual not a company.
And secondly because morally I don't agree with doing so. So please don't be keen to judge everyone by your own standards.
I do. :-)
The government, via one method or another, takes at least half of your money as tax. They then put it through a process of monumental wastage, at the end of which you will see a pithy amount in return. The minute you give a quid to the government (and this goes for any government, not just ours) then you can kiss a decent amount of that money goodbye.
In a system where we are constantly reamed for more and more tax to pay for a ludicrously large public sector and hilariously mismanaged government spending, I think it's completely moral to try and keep as much of your money your own as possible. Last time I checked, we live in a capitalist society. If you set the rules, and I take advantage of those rules (without breaking them) to make life better for myself, I'd call that a success, not an immorality. Don't like it? Re-write the rules and cut wastage.
People want to give all their responsibi-I mean, money to the government, and have them handle everything. Doesn't work, unfortunately.
HMV was too expensive to survive. Everyone knows this. Online ordering might be cheaper, sure, but when the series I want is £8 online and £30 in your store, I'm not going to buy from you. No-one in their right mind is.
Re: Wonder how much tax HMV paid
Wonder how much tax HMV paid in comparison to Amazon.
Even if they hadn't been losing money, as others have pointed out, the answer would be "as little as humanly possible", like any company worth its salt.
Seriously, I'm going to start forwarding posters like you to the "Tax Bores" section of the Speak You're Branes archive. Company in "legally reducing tax bill" shocker, film at 11.
graphically demonstrates that Windows NT code still lurks under the surface of Windows Phone 8.
This is a surprise? I thought that was the point of modern WP?
The difference is the Apple keyboard is fine to start with - I have never met anyone who had considered replacing it - even if you could.
Oooh, oooh, me, over here! Had to use an iPhone for a while and I bloody hated the keyboard. Far too basic, far too slow. The basic Android keyboard allows for long presses to bring up numbers, special characters, etc. More advanced ones allow tap-and-hold for smiley faces, and then have a separate page full of additional stuff. Yet more advanced ones, especially the downright brilliant Swype, allow for continuous input that's way faster than anything else I've used on a touchscreen.
By comparison, the iOS keyboard is a piece of shit. Inputting passwords on it was a bloody chore.
Re: Analysts don't know jack
There's no analyst angle on this. They've halved their orders. That's not some bullshit prediction or something I came up with over my cereal.
Probably voluntary, one site only, stops working the moment you step off-premises. It's not like the Feds are doing it.
what they spend time doing (queuing mostly, from our limited understanding of the venue).
Honestly, the US theme parks are much, much better with queueing than the UK ones. Multiple platforms/carriages, lines that might be long but keep moving, and lots of stuff in the queueing area to keep kids occupied (the Muppets theatre being a great example).
In the UK, we have Thorpe Park, where the staff couldn't give two shits, load carriages like they're stoned off their asses, and the queues are just winding paths with picket fences. Two hours in the August sun to get on one sodding ride...
It's only weakness, unfortunately. :-( I've ordered a desk charger for the battery. Hopefully that will get me up and running again.
Re: Ummmm...... I think Tizen = Meego
Actually, Tizen = MeeGo + Bada.
Sailfish is closer to MeeGo, in that it's MeeGo with bits nailed on.
Kick ass! Ubuntu, Tizen and Firefox all confirmed for 2013. Now, someone confirm a Sailfish/MeeGo phone and I might actually have a choice of new smartphones!
Good timing, too. The charging port on my N900 is finally giving up the ghost.
Re: @Greg J Preece
I'd rather spend my years from 45 to 70 taking ever increasing handfuls of powerful medications with nasty debilitating side effects and sleeping with a tubes up my nose and into my bladder. Slowly, slowly, ever-so-slowly slipping from a painful life to ignominious death - than consider my own and my dependants/loved ones futures a little tiny bit.
No, you condescending git, I don't. I mean that it's impossible to pick up anything these days without hearing about how it will kill me, so rather than spend the rest of my life worrying about dying from a thousand cuts, I'm going to continue the laser tag, skiing and otherwise pratting about that keeps me in reasonable condition, and eat and drink as I normally do. No smoking, no heroin, just the odd cider, and lots of chinese food.
And the most likely outcome from that? I'll live for pretty much the same length of time, but be far happier at the end of it.
Kids are not free at school, in case you noticed :)
They're not free to think? More's the pity. It's nice to know we'll continue treating all teenagers as if they're complete morons.
Perhaps education is the key to solving problems, and would allow for freedom and personal choice, rather than simply banning anything that might ever cause the slightest harm to anyone. In fact, I seem to remember a form of institution dedicated to such education. What were they called again?
If you're honestly implying that our children - some of the oldest "children" in the world - are completely incapable of figuring this kind of thing out until the same age at which they magically become capable of understanding sex and alcohol, then I think that's very patronising.
In any case, drugs are not allowed in society - in general, when substances are addictive and have adverse side effects, it's best not to feed them to kids.
I think there might be a little bit of a difference between sugar and heroin, ta. But then, I'm one of those children-hating bastards who thinks drugs should be legalised.
You know what would depress me? Living a health-freak's life. Every time I pick up a drink or snack these days there's someone around to tell me all the ways it's going to kill me.
I'd rather drop dead at 70 having eaten and drank every bloody thing I like than make it to 75 without Dr Pepper. I've no intention of becoming a man-mountain, but I'm not about to start snacking on the muesli either.
Re: Sweet Poison
That would be the same Janet Starr Hull, "Nutrition Counsellor" (not a legally protected term, ever) who takes part in documentary videos about the expanding Earth hypothesis (I refuse to call it a theory)?
That one? That's your credible source on aspartame? The bullshitter who sells diets based on vague fears over "toxicity" that claim to reduce your cancer risk? (She would never say "prevent", just heavily imply it.)
These should be banned from schools, even diet versions.
The true mark of a free country, that. If something is even potentially mildly kinda harmful, BAN IT! BAN IT NOW BEFORE YOUR CHILDREN DIIIIEEEEE!
Ok, a little facetious, but I am really rather tired of the banning brigade. Has no child ever survived the terrors of a childhood filled with fizzy drinks? Oh, wait...
Re: All seems very sensible
Ever wondered why UK privacy reform is so mealy-mouthed and bitty? They're having to work around the fringes of the problem because the EU doesn't allow national parliaments to act on this issue any more,
Given their complete failure to act in cases of ISP wiretapping, etc, and their continued attempts to track as much citizen data as possible, do you honestly think the UK gov would give two hoots for your data privacy on its own?
Re: Expensive, but at least it'll heat your house too.
"To avoid overheating maximum screen brightness has been reduced"
So it's not an N-Gage, as suggested above; it's a fucking Lynx!
Re: Android and Linux
I am not even sure if there's any top-notch game engine anymore that runs on OpenGL
The Unreal engine still runs a silly amount of games, and part of the reason is that it runs on a silly number of devices, Linux included. OpenGL != Linux. The same cross-platform angle that lets them work on Linux also lets them work on Mac, iOS, Android, PS3, etc.
A reason would be nice.
I actually really like the design. By emulating a standard controller they've basically got spot-on ergonomic design, which the PSP had a problem with, and Nintendo never bothered with (seriously, the ergonomics on the DS range are hideous). And the battery life does sound superior to its peers.
The library of games is the real problem; the vast majority of the games on the Play store are pretty shit. Some indie ports have made it to Android, such as the Introversion stuff, but that's still not enough, especially when the Vita lets you play Uncharted.
Re: Mee didn't go
Good points considering the base could be basically the same. Still I see it always being a bit slower and bloatier than Android considering it will largely be Android with a bunch of extra crap bolted on.
You've got that entirely the wrong way round. Android is Linux with a Java virtual machine nailed on. MeeGo is just Linux, and with Tizen you'll have the option of firing up the JVM for running Android stuff when necessary. That's going to use fewer resources, not more.
Re: Mee didn't go
Yet Another Mobe OS (YAMOS). Lovely thing about standards, there are so many to choose from.
I think you're confusing "standards" and "products".
Re: Babylon 5 influence
B5 was far more heavily influenced by LOTR than DS9 by B5
I'm sure that's been commented on elsewhere, but I honestly don't see it. OK, other races teaming up against the Big Bad, but beyond that, the themes are quite different. Even the Big Bad in B5 is actually just a different philosophy.
You could always tell the entire plot of a JMS B5 ep before the titles rolled, 'Passing through Gethsemane' being a particularly egregious example.
Was "Falling Toward Apotheosis" one of his, by any chance? ;-)
Re: Babylon 5 dissappointment
That episode when Delenn was going through some transcendental transformation..the transformation? She grew hair.
What exactly were you expecting a Human/Minbari hybrid to look like? A lizard?
Last episode of B5 I ever watched.
Sooooo....you watched the very first part of season 2? Off the top of my head, you missed:
* The Clark conspiracy
* The return of the Shadows and their influence on the Centauri
* The invasion and later liberation of Narn
* The imposition of martial law
* G'Kar mind-raping Mollari
* B5 breaking away from Earth
* The return of Lyta Alexander
* The entire frigging shadow war!
* The First Ones
* The theft of Babylon 4 and the reveal of Valen
* Sheridan divebombing a ship full of nukes onto a planet!
* The assassination of Emperor Cartagia
* Garibaldi being manipulated by the Psi-corps
* The Mars rebellion
* Psi-corps trying to take over the government
* William Edgars attempting to kill every telepath on Earth
* The breaking of the grey council and the Minbari civil war
* The Earth Alliance civil war
* "Scorched Earth" (fans will get that)
* G'Kar becoming a holy man
* The beginning of the telepath war
* The fall of Centauri Prime
* Llondo ascending the throne
* Babylon 5 getting blown up
And how could I forget:
* Lennir beats the shit out of an entire bar full of people because Llondo was cheating at cards.
Yeah..... I'll grant that Season 1 was the weakest, but running out of ideas? The whole thing was written in advance; that's how Paramount were able to rip it off, after all. Episodes, characters, etc are referenced across seasons, and character arcs span years at a time. I would recommend giving it another shot - you quit right before everything kicks off!
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