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Yet they transferred the data by air freighting SANs backwards and forwards?
When I set up my home file server it took me about a day to transfer 6 TB of data to it, and that was over a shitty £15 SoHo 1Gbit/s switch.
Moonlight is vapourware peddled by that MS stooge de Icaza. It will never, ever get to the point where it is a suitable replacement for Silverlight in the scenarios where Silverlight is actually used, since the DRM components will never be ported.
The real answer is to use open standards to deliver open content. The user is already bloody paying for it, allow them to access the data with a subscription, screw the DRM.
The purpose of the DRM is to stop you copying the movie stream and redistributing it. However:
Films on Lovefilm aren't available before they are released on DVD/Bluray
Films streamed from Lovefilm are not high bitrate
Content that is available for sale on BD is available 'in all the usual places'
So why would I use my shitty, low bitrate stream as a source to release from, when there is already lovely BD rips of the same content everywhere you look? By putting frankly stupid illogical barriers in front of end users, you are practically encouraging them to go elsewhere for their needs. It's the modern day equivalent of sticking unskippable trailers and calling your customers thieves before watching a DVD.
But Nick, that's your choice isn't it? You could quite easily live elsewhere in Devon, and live within walking distance of amenities. For you, the negatives of living in an isolated area are outweighed by the positives.
I also smirked at some comments about people moaning about paying £100/month in fuel to get to work. I pay £128/month to get jammed into a sweaty metal box with a hundred other people in order to get to work, you lucky bastards :)
I, for one, welcome our new nematode overlords
It won't work out of country without a proxy, which is kind of stupid as your Sky subscription clearly denotes your 'region', so it is just nonsense applying geographical IP restrictions on top of that.
I guess that changed then. Original Sky HD boxes used dual LNB feeds for each channel, as this used DVB-S and MPEG2 encoding at the time, which required both feeds at once for some channels (I have photos).
They also seem to have re-done the boxes in the 6 months since I last looked - no SD boxes, everyone gets a Sky+ HD box, and you no longer have to pay for Sky+, only for HD - presumably you would get FTA HD without paying extra.
You still require at least two LNB for the PVR boxes to work correctly - I'm guessing you've never tried, because they only sort of work with one LNB, once it tries to download Sky Anytime programming overnight, the box will likely freeze. I've also seen it refuse to start a scheduled recording when you're not watching anything.
Clearly your definition of 'works' is different to mine.
£20/month is the cheapest stock Sky sub
There is no additional charge for watching sky go.
My flat only has the 1 satellite feed, and the landlord is not keen on upgrading the entire block, so I can't get/use Sky+ (2 feeds required) or SkyHD (4 feeds), so there was no way I would take a 'proper' sky equipment+12 month sub, so I used to subscribe to Sky Player.
Sky Player was also free to use (in addition to your sub), you could use it on up to 5 computers and 1 Xbox and you could watch sport or movie channels on it. You could also access the sports channels on your iDevice, for an additional £6/month. The quality on maximum was almost HD, and looked really nice blew up to 42".
Then came Sky Go, which 'unifies' all this. You no longer have to pay £6/month per device, but instead you are now limited to 2 devices in total. Yep, 2 devices, across laptop, home pc, phone, tablet and console. Pick 2. Want more? Tough shit, pick 2.
This riled me a bit, but I still didn't cancel. I still want to watch cricket (I know, I know..). Tuned in bright and early for an India vs England ODI, and fuck me, 'This content is not available to be streamed' - Sky hadn't even bought the streaming rights to the damn content, despite advertising it to me in never ending "Check out what's on Sky Go!" spam emails.
At that point, I cancelled. Fuck them.
The problem is that your typical Apple store will have masses of people in it, and every blue-shirt will already be talking to a customer. If someone is already talking to the person you want to talk to, it's considered rude to interrupt them.
This system allows them to provide a way for someone who can't find a drone to talk to a simple way of requesting assistance, which makes them feel empowered, and less likely to wander out the store taking their £1500 with them. Probably won't help them get a blue shirt to talk to any quicker though.
Friend of mine has a San Fran, because he is skint. He was constantly complaining of crashing, apps not launching, yada yada. He upgraded to the latest Orange supplied version of Android, still crashed doing simple things like Angry Birds.
He was finally convinced to put a 'stock' version of the latest OS on there, which wiped his contacts (he knew, so they were backed up), and now can finally play Angry Birds.
Clearly this 'just works' works differently depending on the handset and the network that have played with it..
BTW, if my 11 yr old son couldn't use any sort of smartphone intuitively, I'd worry and think about extra tutoring. If I was a breeder.
Seems like most commentards are skint.
All this constant moaning about money. Money I can get back, days spent fiddling with my phone installing the most super duperest ROM I cannot.
Some people just want their device to work, not fuck up, do what it's supposed to and not make me think, rather than a super fun little pocket linux computer on which to waste my time.
How much is a fortune?
For £750 you can get a 30" 2560 x 1600 panel.
For £460 you can get a 27" 2560 x 1440 panel.
All prices plus VAT, usual etailers. Decent CRTs used to cost way more than that, I remember paying £300 for an übercheap 19" 1600x1200 CRT probably 12 years ago.
Guess neither of them ever watched rugby.
Or plan to sell in New Zealand.
I agree with FanMan
I don't really care that I'm in a walled garden, it's really easy to use and does everything I want. If you can afford it, and want it, why not?
If you don't want to spend that money on one of them, you may be very happy with one of the other options, that will probably work just as well. No need to denigrate my choices though.
PS while Sacks does believe in the sky faeries, he is also quite a smart and insightful man as well. It's worth reading precisely what he said, rather than the el Reg tech retelling designed to spark some rage.
Hah, he has commented on his 'podcast'
Technically I was incorrect by claiming Amazon was blocking Google Apps. However, by not giving users access to the framework or the apps, they were making it difficult for users to get common apps like Gmail, Voice and Plus.
'Technically' incorrect? Perhaps you mis-spoke?
Is that Google’s fault or Amazon’s fault?
I’m blaming Amazon since they built the Kindle Fire, created the App Store and clearly want to control their own ecosystem. I suspect (but don’t know for certain) the issue is about control of the App Market whether it’s Google or Amazon. The reason doesn’t really matter, it’s about the common user experience and I don’t believe Amazon’s limited access to commonly used apps is going to satisfy your average Kindle Fire user.
Nope, it's Google's choice and your fault. Blame Amazon all you like, they cannot do something that they cannot do. You on the other hand had a choice of what you bought, _you_ chose that device.
If it didn't do what it was supposed to do, you would have been able to return it.
The point is that you bought something that you thought you wanted, and you bought it over the thing you really wanted (a high end Android tablet) because you're cheap and were attracted by the price tag. Boo hoo, poor you.
If this is NSFW for your office
'Arse' is enough to make something NSFW? I was expecting at least coprophilia.
In China, either the character for or the pronunciation of (I forget which) the number '4' is closely similar to that for 'death'. This means that in very tall buildings, there is no 4,14,24,34, and one up from floor 39 is floor 50.
Doesn't look good for repeat Chinese business though
Don't think they'll let the Russkies have another one of their probes to put into Mars orbit after this debacle.
YOU don't need it. Yet another person standing up and claiming to speak for everyone, hooray.
I've got a computer with 2 x 23" 1920x1080 screens in portrait and 1 x 21" 1680x1050 screen in landscape, and would love to replace the smaller with a proper 27" 2560x1440 job.
The downvotes are probably because matter and anti matter are well known to annihilate each other. Look at the particle interaction charts..
If they repel each other, how would annihilation work?
Is this what it takes to get your account deleted on Facebook?
"it's vital that local authorities like us use our own assets to not only improve services but stimulate economic growth for the benefit of the whole city"
And the best way to achieve that is to pay IBM £5m…
Stonehenge isn't a clock
It's a calendar.
Left field opinion
Get Andy Serkis in, do it all with motion capture and overlay constantly fluxing CGI versions of Hartnell, Troughton, Pertwee, Tom Baker, Davison, Colin Baker, McCoy, Eccleston, Tennant and Smith.
Fuck McGann tho, he can go spin.
If we find out we can't possibly exist will the universe disappear into a tiny ball of light?
Enquiring existential minds demand to know!
Barracudas normally work best underwater in my experience.
On the ipad I use WeatherPro HD, which has live rainfall radar charts, week-long predictions, temperature, rainfall, pressure, humidity histograms and whatever else you can possibly imagine.
The data comes from MeteoGroup (Press Association division).
Re: Re: Wrong, wrong, wrong
Andrew, I don't want to be overly critical, since I largely agree with what you are saying here.
A regular commentard accusing another poster of being an industry shill would get an instruction to go sit on the naughty step.
Naïve and clueless
Why don't you get back to protesting that 'Capitalism is Crisis', without ever explaining how we go from here to your utopia. Without patents, we wouldn't even be having this discussion, as computers probably wouldn't exist (not in this form).
Face it, human technological evolution relies on one of two things:
1) The desire to kill other people
2) The desire to profit from other people
von Neumann was thinking of both when he patented how to make a nuclear bomb.
Check out the criticism of the documentary called 'Gasland'. Misleading stuff. The director of Gasland is the worst kind of documentary film maker, pre-judging his content before starting filming, and instead of moving on to the next project, spends his time promoting and profiting from his fear story.
This rebuttal is from the 'industry' so obviously you should take it with a pinch of salt, however if you take the biased view of one side, it's worth seeing it from the (also biased) other side as well.
Government are/Government is
It depends whether you see 'government' as a singular or plural. For instance, until the end of the US Civil war, it was common to hear "The United States are ..", where as after, when the federal system was born, it was much more common to hear "The United States is .."
FRAND patents have a requirement to license to anyone. Non FRAND patents can be licensed as the patent holder sees fit.
Apple are saying that Samsung are suing them over FRAND patents which Samsung either refuse to discuss licensing, or patents that Apple feel are already licensed, as they are related to hardware produced by a licensee who has already paid a per chip license.
Apple's patent claims against Samsung are supposedly non FRAND patents that Apple would not be forced to license.
FRAND pools come about when implementing a particular standard requires patents from multiple patent holders. To prevent a Mexican standoff between manufacturers who would not be able to produce anything without the other's patents, the patents are pooled, and a set price for licensing the patents is decided upon.
I would have thought that if the patents Apple allegedly infringe are part of a FRAND pool, then this would have stopped Samsung's action a long time ago. Since it hasn't, it probably isn't the whole story, and we'll have to wait to see what the courts say.
Re: Just how many…
I've got 5 so far. One by my bed, one by my hifi, one by my computer, one in the hallway and one that I keep for travelling.
Could use one for the kitchen, but I think I'd prefer some sort of wall mount.
You've clearly never worked for a council, an LEA or the DfT. Getting money out of a council is like blood from a stone. I've heard a few stories of councillor's evaluating ipads, none of state teachers being provided with ipads, none of traffic observers being given ipads.
Asus Transformer is King Gadget
But they gave the iPad 2 the tablet gong - they think it is a better tablet than the Transformer, but that the Transformer is the better gadget.
Make of that what you will. Personally, I think they are just trying to appease everyone :)
As I understand it, it is your choice whether to upload photos to the BBC. Doing so implicitly accepts their terms, which specifically allow them to do this.
A company doing something that you have expressly assigned rights for them to do is unlikely to be considered illegal.
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