711 posts • joined 16 May 2007
I think many people are more than happy to pay £140 odd each year to watch TV without adverts interrupting what they are watching, where you get 3 minutes from the end, then 4 minutes of adverts before they give you the final 1 minute of the show and then credits.
Could the BBC *really* show Watchdog slamming down on Company X when Company X is a major advertising provider? (yeah, you wanna show that, you lose millions in advertising, understood?). Lack of adverts allows for better impartiality for us, the consumer..
Not that I watch much TV, maybe an hour a day, but even then I think it's worth it to not have Top Gear cut down by 12 minutes just to show adverts.
With the hideous complication of getting FTTP into flats (wayleaves from the people responsible for signing the things to allow BT to install their bits of kit on each floor) I can't expect the takeup on that to be very high. Yes I'm bitter after waiting 5 months for a wayleave to be signed and still no sign of it.
When one of the top search terms in Google is "Google" you know that people won't directly type in "Facebook".
The SEA are responsible for the murder and torture of 11,000 computer systems, according to the UN.
... Too soon?
Re: can anyone....
Wouldn't it be easier to have it in Romanji so you can pronounce it?
So, they set up a virtual currency which they knew would get shut down, make a stack of coins, get mass publicity (raising the value?) then sell up at a high before shutting down, how much $$$ did they make before the shutdown? General interest, above is just a theory and in no way alludes that this actually occurred.
Re: Leeloo Dallas Multipass
KeePass is what I'm using, due to that...
•Use strong, memorable passwords
is a moot point, I have no idea what my facebook password is, and even if I did I couldn't actually type it out! It's something along the lines of:
Totally memorable, naturally only works on websites that accept any character and not the usual "numbers and letters only please", or worse, websites which don't let you paste your password into the "confirm your password" box so you have to have a weaker password.
Hopefully, now that the limiting factor isn't EA's piss poor servers, we can actually have maps larger than my ex girlfriends tits, you ever tried to build a city on a really small mountain with tiny peaks? Me either, but err, I may have lost track of where I was going, larger city sizes I think was my point till I got distracted by mountains.
Re: Poor old Gary!
No, we won't buy your product because your product is crap, rubbish, stupid to install, ransomware (allegedly) and shouldn't be installed. We're not installing it because you're an American company, we pick and choose which software suits our needs on simple metrics, you can steal these!
1) is the software open about it's prices and not claiming to be free when it isn't
2) does the software have an easy way to uninstall without having to either ask other people or ask google
3) is the software in question "best in class", if it is, we'll happily pay an annual fee, if it isn't, it better be either bloody good and bloody cheap or it isn't going near my bloody phone
4) does the software offer a better performance or experience index than readily available free software, in other words, the Windows vs Linux debate, both are equally as good, your software (judging by the comments) is a bit like trying to get Windows RT to take over Linux/Apache for web servers (ain't going to happen)
5) does the company claim "we spend MILLIONS!" on developing an app which cost 20p and a pint of really cheap American beer
6) does the product in question appear to have fake 5 reviews of their product
The list goes on and on, so no, we won't purchase your product because it's American, we'll avoid it because it's a pile of rubbish, and this is a tech site, with people who know about tech (or at least have an interest in tech) so will call a crap product a crap product and go install the (free) alternative (which is actually free, not claimed as free but then has a charge to actually do anything)
Re: Open Source FTW
Permissions suck. It seems the dev's just tick every possible box they can do when they don't require the usage of stuff. Each app *should* be forced into writing exactly why they require the permissions set to "on". We should also have the ability to deny each app (on install or update) a permission we do not agree with.
Facebook requires SMS for "sending premium rate SMS messages to sex lines" allow / deny
Spamalot Freemium Game requires Access To Accounts for "sending SPAM to your friends begging for a life" allow / SHOOT PEOPLE WHO DO THIS
Google Maps requires GPS Access for "finding your location and providing location based services" allow / deny
Give consumers the choice to pick and choose, if an app requires a certain setting to be "on" then highlight it with the reason why it has to be on so the consumer can choose to accept or deny the app, rather than the "give everything as many permissions as it wants" approach that is currently in play.
Re: Anyone see a price anywhere?
I use Advanced Permissions Manager. It's free, you delete the permissions you don't want the app to have, it then recreates the app without the permissions, did I mention it's free? The only downside is the requirement to have "install from non google sources" enabled, but for some that wouldn't be an issue anyhow.
For security I use Kaspersky, a brand I trust implicitly on my desktop, so do on my phone too. Did I mention it's also free? I like free, it's my favourite price point.
When you're a convicted monopolist you got to take the blows, not whine about it.
Re: Excuse me?
I think part of the issue is that:
a) they can't move, prices have risen too much knocking them out of the marketplace
b) they are being forced to move as prices have risen and they can no longer afford the rent
There is no easy solution, the area initially wanted to get the tech companies in their area, now they are there, they have to deal with the issues surrounding that, maybe some other area will offer a huge tax discount and free transportation? Who knows.
Steam was also hit with a huge DDOS last month, though really it was caused by their winter sale (which cost me lots of dosh, but the new tomb raider for £8, bargain).
He was aiming for the North Of Darwin Award?
No Junk Mail
So any address with "No Junk Mail" on their box won't get these as the postie is only able to deliver post that has a named recipient? Who thought this was a good idea?
It seems to me that the price of Btc fluctuates too wildly. If Zynga set their prices at 0.01Btc when the value is $1,000 but then it fluctuates again to $750, the price is out of whack, or, if they set the prices when Btc were $500each but then another wild swing puts it up to $1,000 then people are losing out, money wise.
With non-virtual currency, £1 is £1 and $1 is $1, you may go to sleep with £1 = $1.50 but you wouldn't then wake up to find £1 = $15.00, it really needs to be much more stable, else people would buy the coins when they are cheap, then sell when they are high, not use them when they are cheap, a waiting game?
Well, I too think it was about time, though in reality it should never have been a crime in the first place.
I thought Apples 3G phones were not compatible with that network?
Previously, China Mobile subscribers have not been able to use Apple's iPhone, because the firm's 3G technology was not compatible with Apple handsets.
From BBC news, so is there going to be a specific 3G model created for China?
Re: Wont be found here...
Sweet, how did you manage to edit the hosts file in your Windows phone? :)
Re: It's an error. Fix it.
The problem then becomes, how do you spend BitCoins you own? No one in China (from an official standpoint) will offer an exchange from Btc > Yuan, no vendors will offer "Coffee 0.000001 Btc!". You could invest the coins in an external exchange, but then what, what do you do when you want the cash?
Here, you could go Exchange > Convert > Send to bank.
China? Exchange > Convert > Have the money sent to you by post?
Currencies value (to a consumer) is in what that currency can purchase, if you're in China and you can't purchase anything with Btc, nor convert it to cash in your own country, where is the value in anything other than an investment, where, if the price starts to go on a slide you can't really back out, or, if it goes on a huge upswing you can't really convert it to your local currency.
Re: "the problem-filled world of ARM" (in the article)
I'd love that to be true but I've never seen any overall market share statistics coming anywhere near that. Have you?
Dunno, how many servers run Apache compared to IIS? How many webservers are there? Seems like a lot. Sure, in the server room of a large company it'll probably be Windows but for the web, the servers tend to be Linux based.
If memory serves, didn't Apple, you know, charge for service packs? So Apple follow the MS method of making SP's free (for once, probably a once only ever offer) and someone demands MS do the same? Eh?
Re: TP Link TL-WDR3600
My recommendation is the Asus RT-N66U, Gb ports, DB Wi-Fi, 2 USB ports (again, slow on transfer), doesn't have ac, just n but we'll not hold that against it. Built in torrent/nzb client to download to HD when you go to bed and it looks awesome.
Now to get BT to hurry up with my Fibre (only been waiting 5 months since they said it was available....) so I can switch from my crappy TG582n as a modem to something a bit faster.
Re: Consumer protection
I agree with you on principle, but not in this case. In this case you can't lock it just by pushing buttons. You have to enter the hidden menu (which could be done on accident) then enable Dev tools "Ohh, what does this do?" seems reasonable. Then you get stuck "what goes in here?" so search the internet to try to find out, the internet says "Enables Xbox compatibility" on 1 site and "HOAX!" on every other, you ignore the hoax and follow the instructions.
Should MS now be liable because the end user followed a procedure on the internet? It's like an MMO being liable for a player getting PK'd and losing all their gear because someone said "OMG, you can kill that player quickly by pressing Alt+F4 5 times quickly...."
Re: Dear 8 Heavyweights
8HW - We demand you do this!
Spooks - Umm, okay, but only if "transparent and subject to independent oversight" also applies to your taxes, we reserve the right to alter the law to shut down all loop holes you currently use.
8HW - We retract our demands, sorry about that
Spooks - No problem, now, can you post us the private keys you hold?
Re: Fallacious argument
(Does touch work with a tongue?)
Yes, now excuse me I need to vomit.
Re: Pay the ransom?
Indeed, it's "safer" for the crooks to delete the keys needed to unlock infected computers, if the keys got out into the wild people could unlock it themselves, possibly, so much easier to lock the PC throw away the key and demand cash for something they can't deliver, and really, if they don't deliver I can't see Trading Standards knocking on their door in whichever country they may be based in.
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Computer - Earl Grey - Hot
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Unable to comply Captain Picard, Star Fleet has not licenced the patent from Apple.
Re: Fearmongering from the Masters
As I understand it, each node in the network is used to check that the transactions and coins and whatever are legitimate, so for fake coins it would need to fool every node down the line into believing that the transaction is legitimate and the coins are not fake. It's why you can't spend 2 of the same coins, other users check how valid the transaction is and says "umm, no, you spent that" or something.
Obviously the capitalistic pig in me is wondering how much cash I'd need to spend on a dedicated mining machine to mine bitcoins to make a huge profit and take over the universe, but it's all bloody complicated!
Apple is awarded a patent for dialling a number using a virtual number pad displayed on a touch screen device or, by using a virtual keyboard filtering out contacts whose name does not begin with the letters being pressed.
I can see it happening.
Re: Good Luck with that
I think the guys are suggesting you use other websites that are not Amazon, honourable though the intention may be, money is tight, Amazon is cheap, so why pay £25 for something on one site when it's £20 on Amazon, we're not all MP's with a huge allowance and backhanders.
The issue, as far as I can tell with debris is a cascading effect. A small object smashes into another object which itself gets smashed into smaller objects, these objects continue to orbit the Earth, eventually you're going to have a major impact, let's say an object manages to blow up the ISS, the debris from that then starts to orbit the planet.
Soon you have a planet that is surrounded by small bits of debris which prevents people leaving the planet, or objects leaving the planet, as anything that tries to leave gets hit by orbiting debris and becomes part of the problem at hand. Can't find the article that explains it as I don't know the name, but it does have a fancy name so really, we should get onto removing the debris as quick as possible before something happens and we lose all ability to send anything into the sky.
It's the thing that most Xbox/PS and the 12 Wii U owners only ever get to see when they don't have ad-block on and get shown "lewd" pictures of ladies in their underwear? Ohh a panty waist (queue sounds of fapping and much joy, never buy a used game controller).
Disclaimer - above is a joke, yeah, 12 people owning a Wii U? Pfft.
Re: No Such Thing as Profanity!
Are you challenging the moderators on this forum by any chance? I'm sure they can censor you, especially if you say really naughty stuff that is against the rules. Basically, this is their house (and MS's servers is MS's house) and if they don't want you to come into their house and shit on their carpet then you're pretty much not allowed to go shit on their carpet, if you want to shit on a carpet feel free to use your own, and of course have no objections when people come and shit on your carpet.
P.S. it's Fuck, you actually self censored, a slippery slope indeed!
Re: It won't last
They tried didn't they? UK Gov. wanted to have the fluids treated as "medical" so it could only be sold from a chemists, seriously ramping up the costs. Luckily the EU stepped in and stated it's not medical so the Gov can't get put huge amounts of tax.
Who loses? Cig makers, if people are going for e-cigs they aint buying cigs.
NRT suppliers. If e-cigs are more effective (and apparently they are) then the NRT suppliers are losing money as people are not buying their product.
Anti-Smoking-Gestapo. You know the ones, the sort of people who would demand the death penalty for you if you smoke within 5 miles of a school which is closed for summer, who demanded pubs ban smoking so they could go drink without smokers ruining it (then finding their pub shut because the smokers left and the pub couldn't support itself).
I got an e-cig, so far it's not been effective, I'll have to get a higher level of nicoteen I guess, and maybe some flavours, ohh, vagina flavour, golden vagina, sounds nice!
It makes people sick because you're sticking two screens directly in front of your eyes, so if there is even the slightest misalignment between the two screens your brain gets confused and you want to throw up, which is basically travel sickness, your inner ear and eyes disagreeing over what it being shown, end result, vomit.
So you have a first generation Lumia from 18 months ago? Things have move on since then. Get over it, and get a new one. The Lumia 1020 is awesome...
I bought a top of the line Lumia which was only a couple of months old at the time (in other words, just released by Nokia). You don't really buy a mobile phone then 1-2 months later find out it's EOL.
I actually quite liked Windows Phone, in fact I could probably sell on my Note 2 (at a profit..) and get a Windows Phone, but that would mean pretty much buying Nokia, and, yeah....
Go ahead, get a pair of £200 headsets, the nice expensive ones (that sound fantastic) and stick em in an older Lumia, they won't sound any good. Not so good when you consider they are headphones made my Nokia for Nokia phones.......
I almost enjoyed my Lumia, and would have been happy to stick with a Windows phone if Nokia hadn't made the phone so poorly.
Super expensive headphones? Sounds like crap on my Lumia, cheap ones you get for free sound the best
Plugging in the power cord? Damages the phone over time leading to eventual break down (mine broke down 2 weeks ago)
Update to Windows Phone 8? Not a chance, top of the line Nokia phone (at the time) totally passed by
So yeah, phone broke and I bought a Galaxy Note 2, getting app's is all well and good, but when Nokia has pissed off their user base, who is going to continue with WP?
I bet £10 one of the England players will try to shag the stadium now, but only if it's already married to another England player
Re: Welcome to a world created by....
In the interests of accuracy I checked, it's actually 3 clicks, 4 shakes and a kaboom. Totally agree with you though, parental responsibility these days seems to be "get others to take responsibility, and if something happens to my kids, it's THEIR fault!".
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I had something smart, funny and pertinent to write about this, but after careful consideration I've decided.... that's just fucked up. After more thought, how much does it cost?
From what I've read, once you've installed 8.1 you can't then move your user directory over, it's stuck on the SSD drive. As much as I love the speed on my SSD I only have 66Gb Free, my old user directory (just did a reinstall after my hardware went kaplop) is 104Gb, though I guess I could reinstall and then just move my Downloads and por... err... Top Gear videos directory to my other drive. Just seems a lot of faffle just for what is, basically, an SP :-/
Has anyone figured out how to get 8.1 to install without an 0xc1900102 error when you have your User directory on another hard drive? My SSD is too small to accommodate my User directory, and I'm loathe to delete all my por... err.. photos of cats, and probably reinstall Windows just to get an SP working.
They didn't, the ITC slapped Apple down but Obama overruled it (over SEP's iirc) so, to remain consistent, Obama will now have to reject this ITC ruling as it relates to SEP's?
Re: pay your taxes here then?
From what I gather the work he does now is all for charity, all the funds go to charity so there would be no tax to actually pay on it.
Re: Uploading 10TB
Except 1Mb isn't the standard ADSL2+ upload speed, that is Annexe M, the standard speed is 443kbps so it may take a while longer.
Re: Yeah, just because you disagree with someone..
They have not been silenced, they have their voices still. They are not welcome online, that's all.
Internet access is a basic human right (apparently) which means everyone (even people you dislike and disagree with) has a right to be online.
It's funny though, on one hand you get Anon who will attack the websites of anyone who tries to stifle the discourse of information across the internet, and then attack websites of anyone who tries to post information on the internet.
That's the thing with freedom, you can't pick and choose who should get the freedom based upon what you like or dislike. I may dislike the idea of Sharia law, I most certainly don't want to be under Sharia law but I have no desire to see websites which strongly (but legally) promote Sharia law. I may not agree with the EDL (I am after all a Celt, not one of those foreign invading Anglo-Saxon bastards) but that doesn't mean I want their rights to free and legal protest to be curtailed by people because they disagree with them.
No one has the right to prevent people from using the internet in a legal and lawful way, not me, not government and especially not a bunch of anonymous script kiddies, after all, that's the kind of thing that a country like Iran or North Korea would do.
Re: I really like it, but
But when you start stuffing the chicken in the kitchen, which movie do you think the media player will start to play? Not very good when you've invited the vicar over for Sunday lunch.
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