Got one in the house too...
98 posts • joined 6 Jul 2009
Re: Caveat Emptor?
Hopefully we'll get enough people stung by dodgy imports that they stop trying to buy the absolute cheapest and switch back to buying from proper companies.
I can understand only wanting to sell 41% of games, if every game was televised there would be less incentive to go to the ground to watch. If anyone watched the recent Man City game in Russia where the supporters were banned from the stadium you'll know that the atmosphere is a huge part of any game.
I am noticing a round and round pattern forming with BT, Sky and Virgin, all whinging to Ofcom cos "it's not fair that they can rip consumers off but I can't".
Re: Pick your ISP and get what you pay for
Are you my doppelganger??
Re: Java autoupdate
Mines been borked in so far as every time I click the icon in the tray it says "failed to download install files" and I have to go to the damn website and do it manually.
Has anyone ever tried to access ASDM after a java update (for the noddy monitoring stuff, not programming it!!)? Being told that java run time is not installed, but go direct to the path of the .jnlp file and it runs fine?
Re: A little common sense is called for...
"So why, for the love of Mike, would you leave it until the last possible day?"
I thought this was SOP for any software release testing.... It is round here anyway.
Re: Pretty much every game, OS, or application torrent has some form of malware.
Gotta agree, Steam has definitely moved me away from pirating. It's not so hard to just keep an eye out for when titles have a 70% discount and buy them then, that's near as dammit stealing anyway. Or at least the equivalent of buying 2nd hand, with the added bonus that the studio gets a bit of cash for the sale unlike 2nd hand games.
I have also bought a number of games on Steam that I have pirated in the past. I've no intention of playing them again, but a fiver or so for something that has kept me entertained in the past is well worth spending on.
Had this at Stansted recently...
5 of us coming back, 1 didn't have a chip in his passport so I went went and stood with him in the longer queue for pictures only, and we beat the other 3 lads out who went for the "fast" track.
Re: Setup costs
"And I imagine there are companies that will rent that kit as well."
I'd hazard a guess that that is part of the problem. Once upon a time to be an ISP you had build and own a physical infrastructure and employ well trained and highly paid staff to run it.
Now anyone can become a virtual ISP with minimal effort (compared to building a network across the country) and since you don't have highly trained staff to pay and you're happy with a smaller cut you undercut everyone who has to run their own networks, thus starting the race to the bottom.
"in fact they should often pay less, to reflect costs providers save because the contract ends early,”"
Expect that with the margins on Broadband being so slim it often means a customer has to be retained for 2 years before a provider breaks even on the setup cost, let alone making any money, so the providers are out of pocket if you leave early.
This may be different when a MAC code is used, I'm not sure what BT charge for processing them.
Who do I write to to complain about the ASA? Clearly they are not performing their advertised function of regulating advertising because so many complaints are being upheld after the campaign has finished running.
Re: yep, vm status pages are useless, as is the telephone status
"iv) planned, in what way?"
Planned as in "bollocks, I rebooted the wrong server". "Ah well, may as well do that maintenance since it's off anyway". "Oh shit, that didn't go to plan, what do we do now??"
I would suspect.
Exactly those gaps. Why waste time researching them yourself when you know someone else will do all the leg work and you can jump in at the last second?
"£250 per computer (which is ever so slightly higher than the $200 "
$200 = £120, so it'd be considerably more expensive. I'd guess they just swapped $ for £ and then whacked an extra 50 on for Office/Exchange.
Re: Not just on the Galaxy,
I've had it to, seems to have disappeared after stopping it, clearing the cache and then "uninstalling updates" from the settings > app menu.
Still, given me the kick up the arse I need to look at rooting the damn thing.
Oh FFS stop it.
If an unauthorised DD comes out of your account just ring your bank and tell them, the money is instantly recalled and the DD cancelled with no damage done, used it many times when "administrative errors" result in my monthly bills getting FUBARed by various companies.
Down vote withdrawn :) Sucks to be you though, they must have been really grasping at straws if they had to find evidence from another avenue!
On the whole though I do believe that the vast majority of plod are interested in doing a good job and don't want to cause unnecessary problems for people being investigated. Only takes a few jobsworths though to make it seem like the exact opposite.
On the opposite end of the scale I had absolutely no issue whatsoever with them finding other stuff. I've a lot of music that's been ripped from various sources as well as more than a few films and when they got a tip off for kiddy porn and didn't find any they didn't press on anything else, they just nuked the hard drives and handed them back completely blank (yes, returned them, contrary to other comments on here).
Hell they weren't even bothered about the weed they found in the house when raiding, said they couldn't leave it with us and put it down as being found outside (was only about 30 quids worth, but still).
Therefore I do find it hard to believe however that they'd prosecute for trespass based on a grainy video they found, you must have had a real grumpy bastard looking at your case who was just out to get something. Unlucky!
From personal experience (check my post history), if they are looking for kiddie porn and find non but find a few pirated films you'll get your disks back, but they'll be utterly wiped to the nth degree. So no, they are not interested in doing you over for a few films/MP3s if they can't find what they really want.
I see your comments and raise you a bendy phone.
There's still plenty of headway to be made in the computing industry as a whole.
To use the car analogy I'd have to say fuel injectors were a major technological advancement, we refer to any post-2000 engine as "modern" and that's well over 100 years since the first engines.
Even if we accounted for the idea that the computers themselves are allowing us to invent the next jump that much quicker we've still a long way to go before we're close to the level engines are today compared to their inception.
Re: Well done
<article>Education Secretary Michael Gove, who appears to have decided it’s more important to teach little'uns how to program than to use the technology they will sit in front of when eventually they enter the workplace.</article>
"So you're saying you, me, most El Reg readers, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Charles Babbage, Alan Turing all suffered because we weren't taught Word and Excel in school?"
I deliberately chose not to not take "IT" at GCSE level because I know it was actually "office drone 101", so yes, that section is completely off the mark.
Very odd article...
Someone wake up on the wrong side of the bed this morning?
As a general rule of thumb it's inadvisable to run anything at 100% all the time because you'll fuck it quicker than not. Would you red line your car constantly? Would you run an AC unit at 100% because it just about cools the room or do you install a second unit to alleviate stress on the first? Hell, do you ever sprint everywhere you go? Sure you'll get there quicker, but at the cost of being a sweaty mess?
As for capacity what happens when some muppet uploads an extra 100GB of data to that storage space and there's no room? It either fails or you get charged an extortionate "burst" rate until you bring the amount down or up your package?
Re: Do they mix?
They do mix, but recently I'm sure I've found a few that start of mixing for the first 5-10 tracks but then after that they just seem to give up and the rest are just on one after another.
Re: The utilities will own our souls!!!!!!!!!!!
"It's not about turning off power to houses but to specific appliances. If a fridge gets turned off for the ten minutes"
And who exactly is going to be buying me a new fridge that supports this? My current one works fine and I've no plans to spend a fortune upgrading it to appease this lot of muppets.
My main reason for not having Spotify at the moment is a) 3g is simply to unreliable to jump and switch tracks as I see fit, I need to cache a playlist with wifi before setting off anywhere, so if I've selected a load of random crap the playlist is useless, plus b) 4g (which should be fast enough to allow me to just select anything at any time) doesn't offer near enough data allowance for me to freely jump anywhere on spotify without bankrupting myself, so I'll still be caching stuff before setting off anywhere.
Giving me enough data and spotify in one go, that is awfully tempting.... let's see what the first adopters make of the networks reliability first though...
Don't the NHS have...
A nice shiny new system which allows them to order IT equipment with ease, cost us a few billion, can't everyone else borrow this?
Well I wish...
I had £650m to sink into a country that is making me no profit....
Re: Good looking on Radio
The trouble I tend to find with "beautiful" people is they are quite dull. You don't need to be exciting when everyone thinks you're amazing and fantastic to look.
It's about 4-5 months in you realise they don't actually do anything but look pretty.
Therefore they can't be any good for radio. Moyles wasn't pretty, but he was entertaining.
How long are these apps actually kept open for?
I know the only time I open a metro app is when something has reset the file type associations and it's defaulted back to the music player or picture viewer for mp3s and jpgs.
It's open for about as long as it takes me to hit alt+f4 before changing the association back.
I think you'll find he probably didn't read the article.
Neither did I, I stopped at MacRumours on the second paragraph and went looking for the flame war
I hope you're being ironic with your own spelling :)
Can we donate by any other means?
I'm not having those cocks cream some off the top.
You're both quite right in what you are saying and I certainly wasn't implying otherwise, tax is paid on where the sale is made.
Google is, it would seem, is trying to say that they have absolutely no sales at all in the UK. Only sales people work on commission, so if bonuses are changing that a very good sign of commission being paid, meaning that Google is lying to us here.
I don't know where it gets us exactly, but it shows them being dishonest in these statements at least. It's up to our politicians to decide what to do with this information.
Surely this is as simple as checking what bonuses are paid to these "non-sales" people? If their bonuses are changing month to month then there's a fair chance this is actually commission being paid to the staff, which means they are sales droids, regardless of where the deal is technically rubber stamped?
Re: Who else has left already?
"Then got offered half price for the next 12 months and decided my moral values would be sidelined"
Yeah, just wait til the service becomes abysmal in the next 3-4 month, you'll be wishing you hadn't agreed to that, it's a 12 month tie in at the lower cost (I've just had the same offer and told them where to stick it).
Mac code is en route, bye bye bethere, hello Andrews and Arnold!
Re: Surely in this world of equality,...
Have an upvote for the mental image that gave me, haha!!
Re: Sky's planned acquisition may upset some of the subscribers who are with O2 and BE.
Check out Andrews & Arnold, seen them mentioned in the comments on the Be post and it all sounds above board from reading their site, will be asking for my MAC in the next couple of months.
I think they've missed the point that BeThere has technical users, not consumers, we happily pay a bit more because we know we get more bang for our buck and we need that extra bit of bang.
Here's to hoping Sky have bought an empty network
A Beer for BeThere, they served us well
Re: Tea making
Simple solution to that - I point blank refuse when anyone is offering to make a cuppa so I then don't owe anyone either.
I never let anyone near my cup, partly because most people can't stand the stains left from the previous week, but mainly because they just never get it right!
Is anyone really suprised....
MS staff are keen to show that sticking with them would save the country money
Council staff are keen to show that the changes they implemented have saved money
If either set argued the other way they'd be sacked, and no one wants that.
The number can always be fudged depending on your view point.
Re: @Pete 2
Ok, so Starbucks decide that if they have to pay this tax then they are simply going to pass the cost straight on to the customer, and whack whatever % on top of their current prices.
Costa, who already pay all their tax and still turn a profit don't increase their prices and so are now undercutting Starbucks by whatever %
Given Costa are already making a profit they are happy with why would then increase their prices to match Starbucks?
Yes, in the pursuit of pure profits this may seem an easy thing to do, but they'd have to be retarded to bump the prices in line with Starbucks in this situation as it's just another way of showing themselves to be better than Starbucks, thus driving more people into their stores, leading to more profit anyway.
> charges must be a genuine pre-estimate of loss, or actual damages caused by trespass
This is an interesting one. If there were still spaces in the car park available to other customers, you could argue that your presence there cost them nothing, since they lost no business.
Could I then take that one step further and argue that in the same way people are more inclined to go into a busy restaurant as they tend to be good restaurants, a fuller car park gives an illusion of a better car park and therefore others are more inclined to park there?
I know I've decided not to park on a few of the "car parks" in Manchester when I've seen they're empty apart from the dodgy geezer in his track suit at the entrance...
Re: Confuse the system
A friend of mine tried to confuse the system in a Milton Keynes car park by reversing into the car park and then driving forwards out of it, hoping it would look like he'd exited twice
They weren't impressed and sent him a fine!
Live boot disk? If I dropped one of those into all the machines at my place everyone would go nuts and I'd get an easy day "restoring" all the machines.
Not a bad idea...
Re: Thats fair then......
Given the amount of back handers that are probably flying about I've a feeling the judge does now see $675k as mere pocket change....
I was, but now I've smashed some hookers skulls in I actually feel much better and less inclined to kill half of the office!
Seriously, just fuck off with blaming the games, every 6 months some one else has a pop, can we just stop printing articles about it and ignore them and maybe (just maybe) they'll go away?
Wasted drinking time..
Back by 10 and still up until past 12?
All that really matters...
Is this last line;
"They said the ad was no longer running and would not be aired again"
What's the fecking point if the adverts have already run and even finished? Useless bastards yet again.
Re: Glad I'm not on contract
I've always found it comes out about an even break between a contract and a buying a phone out right, I've got a HTC sensation (the week it came out) on £25 a month from Orange so that's £600 over 24 months. When it launched the sensation was £500 (and even now it's around £250). I'll sell it when I upgrade, get say £50 for it, that's £50 left, 50/24 = £2.08 a month for 200 minutes, unlimited texts and 750MB data, the other £22.92 is just an interest free loan on the phone, I'll take that.
On 18 months I'd be quids in, but they were having none of that.
And of course you could always argue I'm a sucker for getting it on the week of release, but I'm happy this will last me 2 years, I don't need to upgrade to the latest greatest all the time, just once so it lasts.
Plus it never hurts your credit rating paying a contract every month, I know my Orange payments show on there in green.