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@DijitulSupport I assume your comment refers to the fact that the runways were closed. That's nothing to do with health and safety culture gone mad, but very sensible rules and regs. When the fire crews are otherwise occupied takeoffs and landings are suspended. Imagine what would happen if a plane full of passengers crash landed and there were no emergency crews available. And don't tell me it doesn't happen. What happened in San Francisco the other day?
That's not Clarkson's phrase. As I dyed in the wool Python fan I'm sure he'd be able to tell you where the phrase comes from.
Re: 3D doesn't need the BBC
"Very early on, Sky pushed 3D sporting broadcasts very hard, going to the lengths of having interactive maps displaying where the nearest pub showing the game in 3D was. Now they don't seem to be making any noise about it, if they even are broadcasting any sport in 3D."
They did that in order to advertise 3D. The idea obviously being thus:
1. People won't buy a 3D TV unless somebody broadcasts in 3D.
2. Therefore we need to broadcast in 3D in order that people will buy 3D TVs.
3. We need an audience to justify 3D broadcasting.
4. Get TV manufacturers to sponsor 3D TVs in pubs.
5. Once people have seen 3D down the pub (hopefully when drunk) they will love it and rush out and buy a 3D TV.
6. Then we have an audience to justify further 3D broadcasting.
Except of course 3D viewing in a busy pub doesn't really work for a number of reasons. So it was a dumb idea.
Re: Huh? The BBC broadcasts in 3d?
Well since the BBC's 3D output was only an experiment that started two years ago I wouldn't expect them to make a big deal about it. IIRC the plan was to show six events a year in 3D, Wimbledon being one of them. It wasn't a major venture in broadcasting, just an experiment.
Likewise the BBC doing away with 3D broadcasting is not the big deal that some parts of the BBC have made it out to be. They carried out an experiment, they've ended the experiment. Clearly they weren't satisfied with the results.
My only criticism of the BBC in this respect is that rather than throwing a load of licence fee revenue at a 3D programming experiment they could simply have looked at what other broadcasters were up to and made their decision based upon those observations.
Given that the 50th anniversary Dr Who will be one of the last 3D broadcasts from the BBC and the popularity of that series I suspect viewing figures will be quite high. As a result no doubt fans of the medium will use these figures to "prove" that 3D broadcasting is popular and the BBC shouldn't cease the experiment. However fans of Who will no doubt remember the 30th anniversary special which was broadcast, along with a few other shows at the time, in a form of 3D that relied on the Pulfrich effect. That sank without trace.
Re: The Queens Speech
1) No they are saying that less than 5% of the people who bothered to watch it actually watched the 3D version, not that 5% of people watched it.
2) You are right that figures for chrismas are probably skewed, but not in the way you imaging. Bear in mind that such major purchases as 3D TVs (just like colour, widescreen and HD before it - and if advertisers are to be believed, a sofas) are made on the run up to christmas. The sort of person who purchases in this way will get friends and family round at christmas to show of their knew P&J, even if it involves passing the glasses round. So 3D viewing at christmas is probably higher than at any other time of the year. Of course the novelty will have worn off by some time in january. So figures for february through november are probably (a) lower and (b) more representative.
The issue for most families is that not all the family like 3D, so family viewing is done in 2D. This is not something that TV companies took into account when planning.
It's not even about how many households have 3D TV's, but how many actually watch 3D programming on those TVs.
I know quite a few people who own 3D tellies, but never watch 3D programmes. Why own a 3D telly and not watch 3D? Well most of the people I'm talking about are the sort of gadget freaks who have to have the latest, greatest, biggest (or smallest) or most expensive version of everything, regardless of the use to which it is going to be put.
I doubt the BBC or anybody else has ever done any serious research into the market. As another poster mentioned most of the thought process behind this is based on TV companies just assuming that the audience want 3D.
Re: About Time!
I asked a chap from a film distributor about shrinking audiences for 3D against growing audiences for 2D. He managed to blame austerity measures and cinema's pricing structures for this. Basically he said that people have less to spend and 2D ticket prices were lower than 3D ticket prices, so people were viewing 2D.
Hilarious isn't it how nearly every business tries to excuse their failures by blaming the economy in general or austerity measures specifically. Stereoscopic 3D had always been a novelty that reared its head every few years. Trying to push it into the mainstream was pure folly.
When it comes to TV I'm glad the beeb have dropped it since it seemed ridiculous for the licence fee to fund something that could only be afforded by the well off. It's good for the licence fee to fund minority interest programming which simply would not get made by commercial TV. It's ridiculous, however, for the BBC to fund something that is already getting plenty of investment in the commercial arena.
Shame they didn't have the common sense to do the same with DAB. The BBC are expected by Ofcom and the government to push the uptake of digital radio when one of the stated aims of digitial radio was to make available more bandwidth for commercial radio. Wouldn't it have made more sense to give the money for that straight to the commercial sector? That way DAB could have lived or died based on the merits of the programming that the (then labour) government wanted on it.
Re: For that you need to look at some older papers
"Brakes tend to be hydraulically assisted and the most the CAN bus could do is spoof ABS sensors, which wouldn't help lock the brakes, but quite the opposite."
AFAIR in the UK at least brakes must be a purely mechanical system that would work without any electronic assistance. So an electronically activated system would not pass C&U. The only sort of car I can see that you could lock the brakes on would be one of those systems where traction control is applied through the brakes, such as some 4WD Porsches. Stupid system anyway, just destroys pads and discs much more quickly than would otherwise be the case.
@trashbat I might not notice, but I'd be deeply impressed if somebody could connect one to my car. You're welcome to pop round and see if you can connect such a thing to my old Volvo.
Isn't this a bit of a delayed and incomplete report?
Seems everybody else was reporting last week that the league had written to the major ISPs saying they intended to seek this court order and asking the ISPs to respond if they have any intent to oppose the court order. This is pretty normal practice and sensible for a couple of reasons #1 When asking for the court order it's useful to be able to say that nobody actually opposes it and #2 it's just common courtesy. Springing a court order on somebody without warning doesn't exactly foster good relations.
In light of the letter however some of the quotes you give seem a little odd.
Yet another one of those "vulnerabilities" that requires a direct physical connection then.
So if you connect some electronic kit to a car you can affect the way it works? He guess what, with much cheaper tools (like a spanner or even a hammer) I can REALLY affect the way your car works.
Re: Destroying evidence is a crime
But since the charges against DotCotton and Megaupload are being brought in the US how could it be a crime to delete data in Europe? Do engage brain before spouting.
So as I understand it he's storing data on somebody else's hardware and isn't paying a penny for the privilege, and cuts up all tearful when the server's owners decide to use them for something else?
And how does this compare with Megaupload themselves deleting their own users data without warning? Surely Megaupload's supporters are aware this has been known to happen. And the usual response to these occurrences? You should have kept a backup of your data. Didn't it occur to Mr Dotcotton that he should have kept a backup and not expected the hosting companies to do it for him?
Don't forget, of course, that some countries object to your registering a domain their unless you operate there. Or, let's be fair, unless you pay taxes there.
Why is this any different to the likes of TomTom allowing users to upload corrections?
Having said that TomTom's mapping is still pretty dodgy outside urban areas.
"if TEXXXAN did not exist their [sic] would most certainly be something else in its place."
By that rationale can we expect to see a similar defence in criminal cases?
"If I hadn't mugged him somebody else would most certainly have mugged him."
Re: Doesn't Do It Justice
"Try to imagine it turning from night, to full day light in about 3 seconds."
Hardly. This object had an apparent magnitude of -11, that's not as bright as a full moon. Or to put it another way, something like a couple of million times less bright than the sun.
Not daylight then.
Re: They've always been OK for me
Where does line length come into this story? The point is that people are experiencing huge drops in speed at peak times due to unacceptable contention. If you get good speeds at some times and it grinds to a halt at others then it's nothing to do with line length and everything to do with penny pinching on the part of the provider.
Re: Just whine
We have exactly the same problem. Some user complains their connection from home is really slow, or VPN won't connect and it's somehow our fault even when no other user is having the same problem. The fact that their contract for home working clearly states that they can only work from home if they have the necessary connectivity does not seem to have any effect when they complain to their manager who complains in turn to the IT manager. Then some poor sod from the helpdesk has to make a two hour round trip to discover that they have an incredibly slow connection or worse still a router that does not allow VPN pass through connections. Every time that happens we have their manager on the phone saying that we should provide them with an ADSL router that works, even though these idiots get an allowance to fund their broadband. We've also found ISPs who don't allow VPN connections, but somehow that's our fault too even though it's made perfectly clear in the contract for home working that they must provide their own connectivity which allows VPN connections at a stipulated minimum downstream and upstream speed.
Re: It appears that there are a lot of people who don't know what regulation is for.
Regarding the PCC, there are very simple reasons why it's a shambles; firstly it has no teeth; and secondly it is the perfect example of why self regulation doesn't work. Imagine what would happen if the ASA was run entirely by advertising agencies...
Why? This is nothing to do with TV licencing. All they are saying is that clips do not constitute a television service.
If you watch live TV over the internet you still need a licence. ATM if you watch catch up services on the internet you don't need a licence (the key phrase being "as it is broadcast") however the word is that the next time the licence terms are updated it will include catch up services. Another loophole closed.
My parents have Sky Broadband (I advised them not to do it, but there you go) the best download speed they get doesn't even get to 2Mbps. Before you make the mistake of assuming they live in the sticks I can assure you that they live in a city centre complete with 1 postcode. Neighbours who aren't on Sky are reporting close to 8Mbps.
Our local news managed to run this as a local story, since the MoD is apparently buying it's Glocks through a local business. Now of course that may be good for our local economy, but is it good for the MoD and hence the tax payer? Surely it makes more sense to buy direct from the manufacturer. Sure buying from a British supplier means some of the spending goes into the British economy, but it also means that the MoD are paying more (roughly to the tune of the amount going into the economy) than they would if they bought direct.
The diminutive Mr Hudson is right about the Met Office's annual temperature predictions. However, one thing that is of more concern to me is the way they flip flop over drought/rain predictions. If we have a wet year like 2012 then they tell us we are going to get more of the same. If we have a dry year then they tell us we are going to have to expect more of the same. The Met office, of all people, should not be confusing weather with climate.
I suspect that this latter problem is down to their wanting to pander to the media, just as their insistence on scare mongering on global warming is down to pandering to government. Maybe they need to decide who they want to pander to.
Re: London buses
Nah, it's too big for buses. Too big for Nelson's Columns and Waless too.
No matter what you say "My Broadband is slow" is NOT a news story.
When I was supporting a whole load of ADSL customers I experienced similar speed problems many times. And that's what they were, problems to be dealt with. They were not news stories.
The register might not be about to publish an "Einstein Wrong" headline, but I'll bet there are plenty of publications out there who will...
No matter what "you could argue" the fact is that the statement made in the article was untrue.
I particularly like your "from 2006", lets see now. Windows XP launched in 2001. Vista launched in early 2007. So for one year of a five year shelf life some PC manufacturers only shipped Media Centre Edition. Not really a convincing argument.
If we ignore Embedded IIRC there were only three editions of XP. Home, Professional and Media Centre. The latter was never available retail, BTW. Fair enough, excluding Embedded, Home Edition was the lowest spec version, but to describe Home and Professional together as "only the lowest spec versions" is hardly true is it?
I'm sure there's a job at Microsoft for somebody who can break the OS and blame third party software.
"It adds a whole new level with open world exploration in the exciting and stunning world I know and love."
Hardly new to lego games. I haven't played them all, but I know Batman 2 had the same sort of "hub" where you could explore the whole world of the game. With all the lego games I've played so far I've found that new features in each release make it into each subsequent release.
FWIW although I enjoyed the game I found many of the levels a little tedious. Some of them were very linear in that there was a single path you could follow with puzzles to solve to move on. In these levels you can't explore and find the puzzles you just have to go straight from puzzle to puzzle. In that respect it's less fun than some of the previous games in the franchise that I've played. I suspect, however, that this is because there is more content to this game and so no room on the disc. I would happily lose the "fully" explorable hub world for more entertaining levels. My son OTOH is happy with it just the way it is and he spends hours exploring. He's the target market so I'm sure Tt have got it right.
"the company says should make it immediately familiar to anyone who has used Ubuntu before."
No it won't be. Why? Because a lot of people who have used Ubuntu before dumped Ubuntu when they started dicking about with the user interface. I did, and I know a lot of others who did.
Ubuntu was going to be a major player in the desktop market. Never happened.
Then it was going to be a major player in the netbook market. Never happened.
Then it was going to be a major player in the tablet market. Never happened.
Now they're saying the same about phones are they? Yawn.
A tampon up his nose?
I always said he was a...
Never mind, I'm getting it.
It just works...
...very, very badly.
Re: A great communicator.
You're absolutely right. These days the BBC (and others) like to employ academics as presenters. Many of these, but by no means all, are duller than a very dull thing and couldn't make their subject sound interesting if their lives depended on it.
It seems production companies believe that expertise is more important than the ability to communicate on the subject under discussion. Worse still these people then become more general presenters and are employed to talk about subjects of which they know nothing.
My favouritest story about Patrick was the one about the stamps. Apparently he would stick the stamp on a letter anywhere other than the approved top right corner of the envelope. In the days of hand sorting this harmless eccentricity was no problem, but when automatic sorting machines came along they couldn't cope and his letters had to be hand sorted. So one day the Royal Mail sent him a letter (presumably working out who he was from the return address) asking him in future to place the stamp in the correct place.
Patrick replied to this letter with the address written to one side of the letter, allowing him to place the stamp in the centre of the envelope. The reply read simply, "Hey diddle diddle, the stamp's in the middle."
And that's one more eccentric gone.
Re: @ Grease Monkey
I posted *before* the article was updated you numpty. The original article did not include the update, but stated that McAfee had a heart attack.
The first question I would ask of Mr McAfee is this.
If you believe Belize to be such a terrible place with such an unfair justice system and a terrible record on human rights, why did you choose to live there?
Re: This guy sounds like a nut job
It's certainly the best impersonation of a box of frogs I've seen for a while.
Depends on which reports you read, according to some McAfee himself is denying he had a heart attack (or indeed two).
"Britain’s eight million Nintendo Wii owners now have a reason to blow the dust off their console and power it up once more. "
Sales of Wii games are still pretty high, so that indicates people are still using their Wiis. Why the assumption that nobody uses them anymore?
Oh come on. We all know that FB's terms only apply when FB say they apply. Furthermore those terms mean what FB say they mean today and can mean something else tomorrow. And of course if they ever get caught out they'll just modify the terms.
So we'd better stop using PDF files for that reason then?
This is the same Birmingham council that has just announced that it's budget cuts will be significantly bigger than previously announced. I'm sure local residents are really glad that the council have chosen to spend millions on broadband when vital public services are being cut.
Why the hell are they allowing sensitive data to be bunged on memory sticks in the first place?
Re: So, If I get 75% of the advertised speed, I pay 75% of the price.
It works up to a point.
I pay for Up To 8Mb and get 7616kbps sync speed, but that's not the problem. Alright with my old ISP I got a rock solid 8128kbps, but that's not a big deal. The big deal is contention. I'm lucky if I get a quarter of that speed when downloading in the evening, whereas with my old ISP I could get pretty much the whole of my 8Mb/s in downloads 24/7. Even at this time of day the throughput is only around 50% of my sync rate.
So I like the idea of only paying for what I get, but it would be difficult to prove what you were actually getting. Some ISPs scrimp on the bandwidth available from them to the internet (or if they are on BT Wholesale on their BT central link) in order to cut their costs to the consumer. If you based charges purely on sync speed those suppliers' prices would still look good. There needs to be some way of measuring the bandwidth available for a customer to actually use. But I can't see that happening.
Needless to say I'm changing back to my old ISP next month.
I think you'll find that the Aussies have a case simply because they are the authority who will be making the decision.
However the fact remains that if you advertise a phone as 4G in a particular country then it is reasonable for the customer to expect that phone to work with the 4G network in that country. Remember a putative reasonable person is a common test in law.
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