202 posts • joined 25 Jun 2009
Re: Now we are all perverts
It's a particularly bad choice of visualization as 25% of the population are rendered as just 6.25% of the area. Infographic fail.
Re: Malware through ads...
In any other scenario the idea that you would deliver entirely unvetted code from an untrusted third party to your customers would almost certainly be regarded as criminally negligent. How come advertising brokers get away with it? I refrain from running ad blockers as I like to support ad-supported sites such as El Reg, but unless the ad networks get their house in order I may be forced to reconsider.
I think that if HS2 was sold as a capacity/reliability upgrade rather than a speed upgrade objections would have been far less. Speed is (hopefully) a side effect of building a modern rail line, being able to double traffic and perform maintenance without entirely closing the route seem like much more worthwhile gains.
BBC Worldwide partially funds and then sells BBC programming worldwide (and any associated merchandising). So if BBC Scotland (or whatever it might be called) continues to produce saleable programming then it seems reasonable that they would be able to profit from worldwide sales via BBC Worldwide (although I guess BBCW would be under no obligation to do so).
Not that I disagree with your other points.
Re: 3 years?
VUPEN's business is selling exploits to governments and law enforcement, so it seems unlikely that it has been kept entirely private.
Re: Couldn't agree more
I would contend that they are no more or less raving than any other game-console fan base.
While I also jumped ship from Be after the Sky takeover, I can't help but agree with the ASA on this one - the BT headline was clearly designed to scare existing customers into thinking their internet would be cut off and they deserved to be chastised.
I guess this means goodbye to my Windows Home Server (v1) too. Shame - it's been fairly flawless over the years.
Re: Which is why...
How does that help? Is it somehow immune to errors?
My experience with editing RTF the hard way is that it is even less amenable to fixing than XML (not least because the tooling is far less developed).
Its got a hard disk and a couple of tuners in there too, so not entirely comparable to a Chromecast, but £100 would probably be nearer to the mark.
YouView is a nice platform. It's a shame that it is not more widespread, seems a bit barmy to reimplement it under the auspices of FreeView connect, but I'm sure there's a good reason...
Re: "Desktop client"
Web 2.51 - it's a patch release.
We can only hope. Fortunately Huawei are demonstrating an early prototype of this Internet-with-pictures here: http://consumer.huawei.com/minisite/worldwide/Ascend-P7/
Re: The colour represents self expression, new thinking, and new horizons.
Microsoft have bright primary coloured branding (indeed, many complain vociferously about their Fisher-Price colour schemes). While "muted brights" are certainly a fashionable branding trend, I disagree that MS are in any way relevant to this criticism.
Re: Would their govt's migration to Linux
One would hope that rolling out an operating system for day-to-day use would be relatively research and development light. I'm assuming talking to a network printer is a solved problem these days, even in the linux world.
An ironic choice of insult given that XP suffered significant derision for its "Teletubby" default UI theme.
Re: I will have to delete all my tiles then.
8.1 has already changed that behaviour - newly installed apps no longer get added to the start screen automatically (they obviously realised it was irritating if you'd customised the start screen to your tastes)
The shop bought and BT provided boxes are made by Humax - the quality is pretty good as far as I can tell. No worse than any other Freeview PVR certainly. I've no experience of the Huawei boxes TalkTalk provide though.
Re: Are they running on XP Embedded ?
I would guess not. Using a desktop OS for an ATM does seem a somewhat perverse choice however.
It's well known that Nokia was practically printing money when Elop joined...
Re: There's a serious error in this article everyone has missed
How does one become a paid shill? It Given the number of them allegedly frequenting just about every tech forum or website it must be quite the career.
Hoover is a practically a genericised trademark, and synonymous with "vacuum cleaner", in the UK at least.
Is this not conflating "Android" and "Google Play Services"? As far as I am aware you are free to use the open source Android OS however you wish, but access to the closed-source Google Play Services and all associated Google goodies (play store, google apps) are tightly controlled by this licensing agreement.
It's arguable that much of the appeal and value of Android comes from the Google services, therefore the overriding argument presented here is valid, but I note that Shmidt's comments to congress only reference the Android OS part of the equation.
Re: Right here's the plan
Radio 1 effectively has two distinct personas - the painfully commercial daytime schedule, and the outstanding specialist programming broadcast between 7pm to the early hours. Radio 1 is easy to dismiss for its daytime output (although despite the moronic presenters, they at least manage to cycle through rather more new music than any commercial competitor) but Radio 1 in the evening is to new music what Radio 4 is to spoken word broadcasting and is truly world class.
Re: Humax freeview box
The startup time from cold is embarrassingly slow, but you can just set the "eco mode" or whatever so it goes into a standby state rather than turning off and it comes back on again in a few seconds. Although its probably drawing a little more power it's not getting warm or anything so I doubt it's significant.
Edit: The main benefit over smart TV apps is that it maintains the ability to record stuff off the air and keep it in perpetuity. Programs seem to stay on iPlayer for about a week (or a week after the end of the series) so there's quite a few things I would have missed otherwise. Some programs never make it to iPlayer (rights issue presumably).
Also, ours is full of "Peppa Pig" and "Sarah & Duck" which is easier than trying to explain to a two-year old why her preferred program might not be available on-demand this week.
Re: A shame, I like YouView
I concur - I am also an unsubsidised YouView owner - I bought it soon after release having moved into the only house on the street Virgin Media did not serve (thereby rendering my Tivo box useless). I've been really impressed - the UI is logical, the unified search is brilliant, and it picks up all the new Freeview HD channels without issue. You are right about the occasionally less-than-instant response, but it's no worse in that regard than Tivo was when Iast used it.
It is a shame more services haven't been forthcoming - NetFlix would be a nice addition, but I have a PS3 plugged in alongside so it's not a massive issue for me.
Re: I ditched IE in 2000.
My daily driver is Chrome, but IE10 and 11 are noticeably more responsive than Chrome on heavy websites (typically those modern affairs which require scrolling and panning of full page images/videos).
Re: Rare pragmatic response
That way you end up supporting their OS install - if you get them a new PC it becomes the PC manufacturer's support problem.
I'm rather more concerned about King's pursuit of the developers of "The Banner Saga" for daring to use the word "saga" in a viking-themed game:
Same here - except we live in one of the two houses on the street for which connecting a cable is apparently impossible (it seems neither of the adjacent street cabinets' tendrils reaches quite far enough). Still get junk-mailed on a regular basis though.
£2499 - 20% VAT = £2082.50 ~ $3410
So you are right, the UK price enhancement factor for this device is about 14%
Re: What is the job of the publisher?
I suspect they thought they could make a few quid without anyone getting too upset, but from the tone of the apology it would sound like their licensors were not overimpressed with that strategy.
I think you still need to explicitly create a G+ account - having regular a google account does not create one automatically. I don't know if this is true for google accounts that were created since the advent of G+ however.
While I generally agree with your point (I was quite glad when British Gas stopped using the largely nonsensical house.co.uk), B&Q do have the problem that B&Q.com is not a valid domain name, BandQ.com is unwieldy, BQ.co.uk makes little sense (and was also invalid until very recently) .
It seems unlikely that both of these projects are running on charitable donations:
Re: Dunno about kettles
I would have thought that routers and ADSL/Cable Modems would be the obvious choice, they have an internet connection almost by definition.
The whole process took about an hour on my desktop PC (4-year old core i7 upgraded a couple of years ago with a crucial SSD). It all just worked - no complaints.
Never really seen the appeal of beta access - I prefer my games to have been finished and working (well, mostly) before playing
Re: 30% more speed...
Yes to SPDY (v3) no to HTTP 2.0 - does any browser support this nascent standard yet?
Re: This is the second time I've read about these ad/e-mails
I've not seen it because they ditch advertising if you pay for some storage, which being on the legacy storage plan @ $5 / year for 20GB seems eminently reasonable.
Re: By coincidence
That sounds like a sound strategy that couldn't possible backfire.
Re: 'Mulitple' news sources? Unfair comparison
This is why blocking the merger always seemed a bit barmy. Given that almost everyone thinks that Murdoch runs BSkyB, what's the problem with him actually doing so? It would seem far more transparent than the current illusion of separation.
Desktop Gadgets are on borrowed time anyway: http://arstechnica.com/security/2012/07/microsoft-fix-kills-windows-gadgets/
Re: RE: Given that mobiles are leapfrogging fixed lines across the developing world
Probably because there are far fewer buildings blocking your signal in the middle of ******** nowhere. Or indeed far fewer other people with phones using all the cell capacity.
I've got a similar Zyxel PLA4231 adaptor (only 2 ethernet ports, no 5Ghz support, no power passthrough - but half the price). Works OK but gets a bit warn. Suffers from the same design flaw as this though - why put the ethernet ports at the top? If the design was flipped through 180 degrees it would be less top-heavy and the wires wouldn't be sprouting out all over the place.
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