1700 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009
Re: The question is...
If USB 3 is anything like USB 2, you won't get anywhere near the nominal speed.
I have some FireWire hard drives. They run about 5 times faster on FireWire than on a nominally faster USB 2 connection.
Re: Hey, we have another source of money
The difference is that Microsoft is pricing Windows Phone and Windows RT with the intention of it being profitable.
The couldn't go with Microdrive, because a hard drive manufacturer owns that trademark. It was originally IBM. They sold there entire hard drive division including the Microdrive trademark to Hitachi. Hitachi then sold most of it to Western Digital and some of it to Toshiba. I don't know who got the Microdrive trademark, but I'm guessing it is Western Digital because Toshiba got the 3.5" bit of it.
But that is an objection to the use of the word "Sky", not the use of the word "drive", which is generic.
Sky has Sky TV, Sky Sports, Sky Broadband and so on. There cloud storage service would almost certainly be called Sky Drive.
Try Kingsoft Office. It is pretty good.
No reason for Office?
"Google's just taken away any reason for Steve Ballmer to consider productivity apps on non-Microsof mobile devices before his departure."
I don't agree. People will pay money for MS Office on Android and iDevices even if the competition is free, for the same reasons that they pay for MS Office on Windows and OSX even though Libre Office is free.
Good for you. I take it you have a large bag to fit in your alarm clock, watch, street map, train time table, news paper, text messaging device, diary, address book, camera, notebook, walkman and all the other things I've forgotten.
Re: The proof is in the....
How many people get Chrome updates without them even realising it is being updated? It's on version 29 now.
Re: Well, I suppose I should be the first fanboi to say...
I kind of almost worry that I will cut my hands on the sharp corners. What's the point of having a patent on rounded corners if you don't use it?
Very few, but lots of people are running Windows 8 PCs that have been upgraded to Windows 7. A couple of them might be laptops with touch screens.
Re: The way I see it...
The Kingdom of Scotland merged with the Kingdom of England to form the Kingdom of Great Britain.
A bit later, the Kingdom of Great Britain merged with the Kingdom of Ireland to form the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
The "U" refers to the union between the Kingdom of Great Britain and what is left of the Kingdom of Ireland - Northern Ireland. If Scotland were to leave the Union, which it won't, then we would have the United Kingdom of England and Northern Ireland. Probably they would add Wales to the name to keep them happy. Great Britain would go, but the United Kingdom would not.
Re: Hydopowered data centres
And also, saying as it is bl**dy freezing up there most of the time, you don't need to spend so much money on cooling.
Re: Velv If I were the councils of Carslile or Newcastle
It is PIIGS, not PIIGs. Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece, Spain; and it will become the PIIGSS when Scotland joins them.
Re: Well, if the Scots Gov can get this IT right
In the interests of fair and balanced discussion, you should also google the #omnishambles that was the Cambridge Misguided Busway.
Re: What they should do
It is 1.8 km from Parliament Square. I'm not sure how far away you have to be from there to be allowed to stage a protest, but there is an exclusion zone.
Re: Trin Tragula......
Other shops sell iDevices on launch day, and they don't have queues of fanbois waiting in line. They could go to one of them if they really can't wait. Carphone Warehouse for example is just round the corner in Oxford Street.
There are companies with names such as "rent a crowd" that supply people to queue for events such as this. There is however no evidence that Apple has engaged the services of one of these companies.
Re: >Lynch reckons there’s much that his Autonomy expats can offer young British startups
Fraud or no fraud, HP did overpay for Autonomy. The number that Autonomy published did not justify the valuation HP paid for it. Many people said so at the time, including some of the journalists in this esteemed organ.
Re: I just up voted you
Windows is available in Urdu and Punjabi, but not Paschto.
Re: At last!
Use the stock Android email client. Configure it as an Exchange account using the server m.hotmail.com
Username is your email address, password is the same as your password for logging into the website, domain you leave blank.
ActiveSync is better than IMAP for email on a phone, mainly because it uses less battery and bandwidth.
It is only of use to thieves if they can sell surfaces on eBay with a discount of less than $200 off the price when new.
Re: only going to cause more embarrassment ?
That would obviously be a slightly better offer, but I still won't trade in my iPad 2 for a Surface. If they took it off me for £559 cash + a Surface, then I would consider it, because the £559 would enable me to buy the equivalent iPad 4.
One use I've found for NFC
I've set up my phone so that if I tap my Oyster card on it, it loads up an app that tells me how much money is left in it. Probably it would be quicker to just tap the icon on screen though.
What I would really like to do is to be able to load my Oyster card onto the phone, and tap my phone on the gate to get in and out of the station. Apparently that will be possible at some point in the future.
Re: short range is good, but...
Asking a patient's name is fine if the patient is in a fit state to answer. For that reason, patients have always worn name tags in hospital, though in the past they would be hand written tags.
Re: Anyone buys iPods anymore ?
Yes, the iPod touch is a very cheap way to get an iOS device if you don't require GPS, and don't mind having wifi as your only connectivity option.
Re: 3G is fine if its not bogged down by all those subscribers
HSPA+ is 3G, so pretty much every phone out there, except ancient and basic 2G models, and anything designed for companies like Verizon or Sprint that use obscure alternative 3G standards, will work.
It does do that within for example the 800MHz band to find the various signals for the 4 mobile operators in the UK, however you need different chippery to receive the signals owned by the 3 operators that have signals in the 2.6Ghz band.
SDR means you it can find both 2G and 3G signals in the 900MHz band and both 2G and 4G signals in the 1.8GHz band with two sets of chippery rather than 4, but for different frequency bands a long distance apart, you still need separate chippery to receive the signals.
Re: Affordability my arse
You have a faster CPU and a slightly better camera, which you get any time you get a new phone. Nothing particularly amazing there. I've never heard anyone complain that their existing iPhone 5 is too slow. The iPhone 5 camera is pretty decent, but it isn't the best, so Apple are playing catch-up here.
So you have a fingerprint sensor to replace the lock screen pin and iCloud password. Maybe it is better than some of the fingerprint sensors I've seen in the past that didn't really work. We will see, but it isn't really a compelling reason to buy a new phone.
Re: So if I live in Barnsley
No, but there will be a passport check when you cross the M25 on the way home to make sure you are not one of the people with a London only visa.
More specifically, the lack of a domain name with a single TLD ending which is .uk, and a descriptive name to the left of the .uk
childporn.com for example is a valid domain name with an A record, but the website doesn't appear to be working at the moment. If there is a valid website there, I'm guessing it is more likely to be owned by some organisation who helps victims of paedos or campaigns against them rather than someone who offers the stuff for sale.
That's like saying you speak a European language, but not English. I know someone who speaks Hakka, a Chinese language. She cannot understand people speaking other Chinese languages such as Mandarin or Cantonese, because they are completely different languages.
Re: So misinformed it has to be trolling from Which
Why do you think phone operators bundle minutes on calls to 01, 02 and 03 numbers but not 0845 and 0870 numbers? It is because the termination payments are higher on the latter.
0845 numbers are not local rate numbers and 0870 numbers are not national rate numbers. It is illegal to describe them as such, as well as being just pain wrong.
Re: So misinformed it has to be trolling from Which
Sorry, but you are completely wrong. That was the case about 20 years ago when those numbers were first introduced, but not now.
Geographical numbers cost you the same no matter where you call from within the UK. Most people have bundled minutes as part of their contract, so the marginal cost of calling a geographical number is zero. There is no such thing as local rates or national rates now.
0845 and 0870 numbers cost more to call than geographic numbers, and are called special rate numbers. They are very rarely included in bundled minutes, so it costs quite a bit to call them. Companies receive typically about 7p per minute when someone calls an 0870 number. The amount they receive for calling an 0845 number is quite a bit less, and is usually in the form of a reduction in phone charges rather than actual cash.
Re: Rare though it be...
0345 numbers offer exactly the same features in terms of routing and so on, and are included in your bundled minutes. Anyone who has an 0845 number is entitled to the corresponding 0345 number so that only the second digit in their number changes. There is no reason, apart from the termination payments they receive when people call them, why they shouldn't change to an 0345 number.
0845 has not been described as "local rate" for at least 10 years now. It is called "special rate". There is no such thing as local rate now as calls to a UK number cost the same no matter where in the UK you are calling from.
It's about 30p per minute from a mobile. How many minutes do you need to spend listening to a message telling you that your call is important to them at 30p per minute before you have your 1 minute conversation with them?
Re: Free = very locked down?
The Amazon App Store has a resonable selection of apps, and for developers, it is just a case of resubmitting their existing Android app to a different store.
They got permission from both Hersheys, who own the trademark in the USA, and Nestle, who own the trademark in the rest of the world.
Re: Windows Mobile was worse!
Can't Google release an installer for Android that will install it on any compatible hardware much like Windows (or Linux / Free BSD etc) does on PCs, then they can release updates with out the manufacturer having to do anything?
Re: The code-ring on the golf course
Lets translate what they are doing into plain English.
Suppose you are sending emails at https://www.gmail.com
The NSA knows there is traffic between your computer and GMail. Because it is encrypted, they don't know what the contents of that traffic are.
Assuming that SSL is unbreakable for all practical purposes, there are two ways they can find out what you were doing on GMail.
1. They can ask you
2. They can ask Google
Sometimes they will get the rubber hose out and ask you what you were doing, but they would rather not do that because if they do, then you know that they asked you.
However, they can ask Google, and Google will tell them, and Google won't tell you that they told them, and it is almost as easy to get the information off them as it is to get it from an unencrypted browsing session at http://www.gmail.com/
Re: The name's already taken.
Jaguar Land Rover has being performing much better since Tata took it over from Ford.
Re: If this does happen I think that both the..........
If I go to the Carphone Warehouse website and look for phones with a cost of £0, I find there are 69 of them. However the cost per month of the cheapest phone contract to go with it varies from £7 per month for the Nokia Asha 300 to £42 per month for the Sony Xperia Z1, so it isn't really free, it is just a way of paying for the phone in instalments.
Most of the people I know have a SIM only contract and buy their phones separately. It works out cheaper that way, though you do need more cash up-front.
Re: Impossible to forge? @Phil O'Sophical
You can check back to a central database with a bog standard serial number, and people do have things like that, for stuff like memory chips, hard drives, mobile phones, software and so on. There nothing to stop people copying that serial number, except that they need to make sure that people don't end up with two articles with the same serial number on them, and it is no different if you have a more fancy label with a complicated method of reading the serial number.
I find they get Chrome because they get the browserchoice.eu thing, and they select "Google" as their internet.
Re: 4K is not needed
My 27" TV that I use as a monitor could benefit from some extra pixels in the same way that retina displays from Apple another manufacturers benefit from it.
Re: I cant wait to see the price of a Monster HDMI 2.0 cable
I got a £15 HDMI cable from Apple for my laptop bag for that reason, and also because the connectors are much smaller than other cables, and the cable a bit thinner, so it takes a little less room in my bag.
However, for desktop PC to monitor, you very rarely move the cables, so it doesn't really matter.
Re: Cat 2 Cables
£40? Pah. You need a Monster ISR(R) 2000HD Hyper Speed HDMI cable. An absolute bargain at only £159.99. A £40 cable will give you washed out colours and poor contrast.
At least that's what the PFY in Currys | PC World told me.
I got the £4.49 Currys essentials cable
Seems to work absolutely fine. Yes I probably could have got something cheaper on-line, but I CBA to wait in for it to be delivered for a very small potential saving.
That is what Universal Credit aims to do. You can still claim some benefits while working, but it gets tapered off as you earn more. You file your accounts online with HMRC every month, and they use that to calculate your benefits.
Unfortunately, they can't also use that to calculate your tax bill, because profits for benefits purposes are calculated using different rules to profits calculated for tax purposes.
There were more jobs created between 1997 and 2007 than there were unemployed people in 1997 who could have taken those jobs. Back then, if you didn't have a job, there was something wrong with you. There were, nevertheless, people who didn't have a job back then, because there was something wrong with them.
New jobs are being created very slowly, but there is no point in doing that if you have to bring people in from other countries to do the jobs, because the natives are either too lazy, or won't take them because they end up with less money or much the same money as they do for staying in bed.
Re: Blame the dead guy.....nice
They are not blaming the dead guy. They are blaming the fact that he is no longer around to finish what he started.
Re: Interesting in Japan they committed fraud to cover *lossess*
Does Polly Peck or BCCI count as British companies?
Enron, MCI, Stamford International Bank, Bernie Madoff and many others obviously aren't Brittish, but actually most fraud is committed to cover losses.
- Vid Hubble 'scope snaps 200,000-ton chunky crumble conundrum
- Updated + vids WHOA: Get a load of Asteroid DX110 JUST MISSING planet EARTH
- 10 years of Facebook Inside Facebook's engineering labs: Hardware heaven, HP hell – PICTURES
- Very fabric of space-time RIPPED apart in latest Hubble pic
- Massive new AIRSHIP to enter commercial service at British dirigible base