1883 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009
It switches to BBC 2 in standard definition, whereas I usually want the high definition version. Also there are so many channels these days that I can never remember the numbers of all of them, especially as they are different depending on whether I watch them on Freeview or Freesat.
They won't buy a new screen every 2 years but they might buy a new tuner.
What cut does your cable / satellite provider take when passing the money to the TV channels? Apple will likely replace that, and you can pick the channels you want.
Re: Pebble's nearly there
I want a car that can take me to the door, then find a parking space by itself, and come back to pick me up when I summon it.
Re: Contactless Payments - Not Thought Through
I pay for my lunch at Tesco and Waitrose in London using pay by bonk, using a bank card which is much quicker than getting the phone out and loading the appropriate app.
Re: Elton John?
Elton John may not be your favourite artiste, but tickets for his shows are in high demand.
Re: Hope you enjoy it as much as I do
O2 has TuGo. It has some good points, like being able to call at UK rates from anywhere in the world using Wifi, being able to use my iPad to make and receive calls, and text from my desktop computer.
However, I have two wifi access points at home so if I move from one side of the house to the other, the call gets dropped. Skype has the same problem. Also it can't hand-over between wifi and mobile networks as they use different apps.
Re: Sounds like a match made in heaven
Software sales lead to support contracts which make them more valuable than hardware sales. If they sell hardware to run their software on, they probably sell the hardware pretty much at cost price and make their money from installing the software on it.
Re: Says it is for right handers only
Playing the piano, or typing on a keyboard, requires dexterity in both hands. Playing a violin requires dexterity in your left hand. Driving a car in a country where you drive on the right requires a minimal amount of dexterity in your left hand.
Re: Says it is for right handers only
Yes I do realise that most right-handers wear their watches on their left wrists. I don't. I use my left hand a lot more than most right-handers, typically for things that require strength rather than dexterity.
Re: Says it is for right handers only
I'm right handed. I don't normally wear a watch, but when I do, it goes on my right arm, so this is the wrong way round for me.
And where does it come from if you don't give a damn about your electricity usage?
Re: Just shows...
So does this mean that proportionately, Blackberries are most likely to be stolen?
Re: the real problem
I live in the UK, in an area that doesn't have Virgin Media, so I only have the choice of a BT Openreach connection between my home and the exchange, but nevertheless, I do have a choice of 6 different connections from the exchange to the internet, from ISPs with different traffic management policies, prices and so on, plus other ISPs that resell services on some of those connections, again with their own pricing and traffic management policies.
That means that if one of those ISPs was to try making Netflix slow in order to try to shake them down for more cash, the ISP would lose their customers to competitors that offer a better Netflix performance.
They probably will. Most of them can't cope with a date of birth that is earlier than 1/1/1900.
RBS/Natwest, Nationwide and Barclays have card readers. HSBC has a code generator. Lloyds and a few other banks send SMS codes to your phone to verify you.
Megabus is owned by Stagecoach, so that is a bad example, and Virgin is 49% owned by Stagecoach.
However, I will give you three better examples. You could use the trains operated by Chiltern Railways or London Midland; or you could use a National Express bus.
Uber is properly registered as a minicab service in London.
Re: Welcome to 2012...
I've been using my Visa Debit card to bonk around London. To be honest, if I had the option to put the PIN number in my phone, fire up the appropriate app, put in another pin or password and then bonk; I'd probably still use the card. I've set up my phone to load the appropriate internet banking app when I bonk my card against it, and to display my Oyster balance when I bonk that card against it. That is slightly useful, though not a deal-breaker in terms of selecting my next phone.
Re: Get your shit together Microsoft...
Glaxo SmithKline thought they could bribe their way out of trouble in China, and it didn't work. China, while by no means perfect, is not like India or the USA in this respect.
I don't see it working
Firstly, it prevents you from putting it in a case. Secondly, with physical buttons, you can use them without looking at them once you are familiar with your handset. Thirdly, how do you hold such a phone without it doing a load of things you don't want it to do?
Re: One egregious example
I can only use my mobile banking apps to pay people that I have already added to the list on the website, so that somewhat reduces the risk.
Re: Too big not to fail?
I don't think it would, simply because cashing-out on large sums of money that you obtained from hacking into a bank computer, without getting caught, is not that easy.
Re: 23 Years
Does the smartphone have to be purchased in the last quarter to count? Most people have smartphones these days. If it isn't an iPhone, it is probably an Android.
Most people have a TV, that almost certainly runs Linux, I don't know of any that don't. The only popular set-top box that doesn't run Linux is the Apple TV. Most routers run Linux.
Re: Still borked
Virgin Media has always been an American company, as was NTL before that.
Re: Oh no
It is independently owned, not part of a larger group, and yes it is profitable.
I can answer question 3. They connect to the internet to contact the bank in order to complete the transaction, and to record details of the sale in the head office inventory and accounting systems.
Or "hey, you bought an inkjet cartridge, here is a printer to put it in"
Re: Like for like
It is Samsung's fault for making it very difficult to get rid of and for having it set up by default to allow alerts at 3am.
Re: re. the community work
He will probably spend about 8 months inside, then about 8 months with an electronic tag where his movements are restricted and he has to do the community work.
Re: Seems to parallel the Orthodox Jewish Sabbath rules
They can't turn them on or off, but it is OK to use one that was turned on before the sabbath and left running.
Re: Vitally important question
Brent Cross shopping centre has free parking.
Re: Why the different standards?
A crossroads near me is 2 phase and would work much better as 4 phase. You have someone who wants to turn right, but can't because there is traffic on the other side of the road. That means the cars behind it who want to turn left or go straight on can't move either, because they are stuck behind the car that can't turn right. There isn't enough space for filter lanes.
Re: Hello pot, this is kettle...
It means you can go to a single place to get all your updates, just like you have been able to for many years on linux and *BSD systems, rather than having half a dozen different update notifications pop up every time you reboot the computer, or have an update notification pop up when you load the software and would prefer to actually use it rather than update it.
Re: customer service
I believe O2 scores best on customer service. At home, 3g is almost the same speed as ADSL, about 7.5Mb/s, but in city centres, it is not nearly so good.
This won't help Firefox, because most people use Internet Explorer to download it.
In my council area, when you phone them to change your Council Tax details, they ask if you would like them to forward the details to the electoral registration department at the same time. I'm not sure what happens if you don't give them permission though.
I get the same junk from Virgin Media, and I can't even get there services here even if I was interested.
Re: there is a legitimate use for these...
That works if you are short of money this month, but have enough coming in at the end of the month to cover your normal expenses for next month, plus your car repair, plus interest on the loan.
People in that situation can normally get an overdraft facility, or pay for the repair by credit card and pay the credit card bill in full when it comes in, and not pay any interest at all.
I can't really think of an example where someone could sensibly use a payday loan, and not have a cheaper source of finance available.
Re: It's really time to stop bitching about IPv6 being different
I don't want end-to-end connectivity. NAT means I don't need to worry about the security of my network printer for example. Anyone on the LAN can print to it without needing a password or anything like that. That's OK, because I control who is allowed on my LAN. I don't want the whole world to be able to print to it, because it is a feature that spammers would love.
The Galaxy Note 2 is 15cm x 8cm, so only just meets the requirements. I believe the Note 3 is bigger, so won't be allowed.
Re: Oh joy
Merchants don't deal directly with Visa or Mastercard. At the moment your typical shop deals with someone like RBS Streamline or Barclays Merchant Services, so PayPal and Amazon are competing with them.
Re: Bit odd
A lot of the call centres use landlines supplied by what was Cable and Wireless, now owned by Vodafone. I think that is what they are referring to.
Actually that's not true. There are places in central London where the connection speed is surprisingly low.
Re: Same old
My diesel Aygo can get me from London to Glasgow and most of the way back on a single tank if I drive carefully, but usually I fill up in Glasgow before I leave.
Re: Std Dirty tricks by tory boys of the westminster clan
I live in England and therefore don't have a vote. However I'm interested in the debate because I moved here from Scotland about 15 years ago, I have family still living there, and I have bank accounts and a pension fund in Scotland and would like to know what currency they would be denominated in post-independence. I did manage to watch the debate courtesy of Freesat, and now know that nobody knows the answer to my question.
Re: Put it on Youtube
Some people in Quebec want to leave Canada.
Wired kettle, yes. Is there any other sort? It sits on a cradle and is really easy to remove it to fill up and pour out the boiling water, and anyway it is 3kW, and I'm not going to wait for ever for a 2kW model to boil when such a device does come out.
The remotes run on rechargeable AA and AAA batteries.
Re: Temporarily allow all this page
Looks fine on my copy of Firefox 31.
Internet explorer pretending to be Firefox
Gosh, things really have changed.
The big advantage is that if you go abroad, you can buy a local SIM and avoid roaming charges.
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