405 posts • joined 18 May 2007
I have a 5 year old games PC that cost me £1800 (i9550, 8Gb, 4870x2) in Jan 2009. I have upgraded the GFX card once (5870) and now rarely switch it on. Am I going to spend that kind of money on a new PC again?? Not likely. The games selection is poor and repetitive and when I use the PC I am being anti-social as the Mrs is bored downstairs having run out of TV Box sets worth watching. So, I stay on the sofa and play much worse GFX quality games on my tablet. These games are cheaper if not "free" and the quality of gameplay is not that much worse than that £45 3D Shooter I once spent 45hrs playing. Yes, I don't get 2500x1600 pixels of loveliness and the controller is a bit clunky but is it worth the £1000s spent just to play a few games? In the 5 years I have owned that PC, I have played GTA4 + addons, Fallout 3/NV + addons, Borderlands, Rage, Portal 1&2, and Batman Arkham City. GTA and Fallout were worth it and Portal was fun but the rest were dull, repetitive and never got finished. I think I will stick with my Note 10.1 and find some more puzzle games along with the occasional management/sim game and maybe a 1st person shooter if anyone ever produces one worth playing.
My guess is better than your guess,.. Nyahhnyahhh!
Says it all really. :-)
to all my fellow road users would be "WAKE UP YOU DOZY B******S AND PUT THE BLOODY PHONE DOWN!!".
Re: Anyone know what this is?
Looks like an antenna array to me. Probably switchable/directional.
US vs THEM: The Human Condition
We all subscribe to the US vs THEM system. It doesn't really matter who THEM are as they can range from your neighbours or the driver in front of you, to the Premier of PsychoDictatorLand. Because we want to be protected from THEM we hand ridiculous powers to certain people, powers to control us, to snoop and poke and ferret in our name. But we don't want to know what our proxies are doing in our name because then we are tarred with the same brush. So, when someone exposes some of it, it's "La La La,.. I can't hear you" or Outraged from Sometown ranting about how the someone has endangered lives when he's actually scared that the PDL Premier is gonna use him as a condom. The upshot is that we elected the Pollys, they appointed the Civil (sic) Servants so it is OUR action, our responsibility and we are ALL GUILTY! Which means I am a spy! Cool! :-)
No thank you. Petrol is about as explosive a fuel I would wish to have in my car. Sodium is scary stuff. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODf_sPexS2Q If yer gonna use an explosive element in yer batteries why not Potassium? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jy1DC6Euqj4
Hydrogen by comparison is not at all scary, even at 1000's of PSI and -260°C. Methane/Propane are better but are still carbon polluters and thus are not "Green", merely greener. Personally, i think the solution to the problem is 2 fold. 1- More people work from home = less journeys. 2- Less people = less CO2. Of course overcoming the inbuilt obsession with producing MORE PEOPLE is going to be difficult. Agent Smith was right,... we are a Virus.
It really should be "det hundes ballar"
Some people are "deeper" addicts than others. To just state that you found it easy (or easier) to go cold turkey is one persons view. Others find it extremely difficult. I have smoked for 36 years and have gone cold turkey 3 times in the past,...and every time I lapsed. For me cold turkey doesn't work. Have now been vaping for 2 weeks and while the taste and experience is not the same it's close enough. In a few weeks I will be moving to low nicotine liquid and will use that for a few weeks. After that I will switch to zero nicotine liquid and see how I get on. Hopefully I will soon be an ex-smoker but for most of us we are only ONE cigarette away from being an addict again so I will keep a zero nicotine vaper close at hand. I do have friends who have the occasional (1 per month) cigarette but I have never been able to do that. As for the contribution, my understanding is that smokers are still net contributors to the UK governments finances, but the margin is decreasing. Personally I am looking forward to having an extra £240 per month in my pocket. With the vapers am currently saving half that compared to tobacco cigarettes.
Water is BAD for you!
It is, it can cause hyper-hydration, you can drown in it and it is the worlds best solvent. (Water sniffing anyone?) Unless the Yanquis do it differently the water from the reservoir goes through a treatment plant before it gets sent for Human consumption. These treatment plants use osmotic filtration, high power UV irradiation (yes, your water has been IRRADIATED!!!!) and add chemicals like Chlorine (mustard gas) to it. Piss is the least of your worries.
No, not the latest UKIP anti-European sh!te <LOL> this is one of the region names at the company I work for. It means Europe, AFrica, Latin America, Middle East. My Dad used to be responsible for a region known as ROW. Yup, it was a Yank company and ROW meant Rest Of World (ie. not USA or Canada). It sometimes amazes me that they realise that there is a world outside North America. Certainly many software developers seem ignorant of the fact that only the USA uses that stupid bass-ackwards date system.
You've obviously not been to Pitsea. The "units" there are enormovast. Just the idea of them suffering knee tremblers is scary!!! As stated,... BEEG BADDA F***ING BOOM!
Re: Garage PC
Looks like I'm going to be installing Mint on the Garage PC then. :-) Thanks all.
My garage PC runs XP and will be staying XP. I use it for playing internet radio, viewing service manuals, finding parts on fleabay, and other mundane tasks. I am actually looking forward to not getting update warnings and the resulting 30 minute download/install/reboot sagas. As for security, it has a half decent AV package and all my data is backed up elsewhere, so if it does get Pwned, I'll just wipe it and reinstall XP. Its an Athlon X64 3400+ with 3Gb RAM so although it would run Linux I just can't be bothered to faff about (it has some wierd RAID mirror for the primary disks) to get it working. When it gets infected I may look at Linux or I may just bin it and buy a cheap Win7 box.
It's not TRUE?
You mean that it might all be a pack of lies invented by various people and compiled together hundreds or thousands of years ago by self serving control freaks? Next you'll be telling me that everything I read in newspapers and on the internet isn't necessarily true either. In my opinion the sooner the gullible and uneducated get some education, the better. The world could use something new to fight over. Going to war over religion, resources or damaged pride are all soooooooo last year. So, any bets on when the First Internet War will start and between which factions? <LOL>
What, you didn't fit rockets to it so it could become the first UK space-station?
It's a self correcting problem. iZombies and ZombieDroids get mowed down and the gene pool benefits,....so those who have the prior art please submit all of it to the USPTO asap! That way I will get to continue watching people walk into lampposts, bus shelters and funniest of all into bollards which for many seem to be right at bollards height! <rotflmno>
Sorry VodaFail but your network was once the best but in the last 5 years has gotten worse and worse. Your prices are too high, your deals are rubbish and your customer service is appalling. As an ex-VodaFail customer for 16 years, I switched to Tesco (O2) this year and as a consequence have the same calls/data for half the price with a new MotoG 16gb. What's more their support is excellent and I get a decent signal at home and at work.
On a separate issue,one thing that all the 2G companies seem to have failed at is mobile data on major trunk roads. I use the M25 every day and 3G coverage is very spotty indeed both on Voda & O2.
Why use Poles, when all kinds of other nationalities can be used to measure plots of land! :-)
I'd love to completely forget about the stupid "Imperial" system. Metric is simple, straight forward and most importantly, consistent. Keeping the Imperial system is like not picking a scab off your face because it's traditional and makes you seem different. Me, I welcome our Metric Overlords.
Sick of it all
First there were "Loyalty cards", now you phone will be beeping bargains at you. Personally I don't have any loyalty cards and it is costs me a penny in every pound it's worth it to receive just a little bit less marketing/sales garbage in the mail, or email, or text messages. As for EE installing garbage on yer phone, it's no different to most of the garbage the manufacturers add to Android. Me? MotoG. Nice simple plain old KitKat. :-)
Perhaps the headline should have been,...
"Cat Crap Fever!"
Did you know that Cul-de-Sac actually means Ar$e-of-Bag. Sounds like an ideal place to store cat crap. Personally I am a considerate cat owner as my two have a covered area in the back garden that is regularly refilled with fresh compost. If any of the neighbours cats go anywhere near it, the fur flies.
The Battle of W8
I can see it now, Fanboiz on one side, WinDroids on the other, beer mats flying and much whimpering and whining. Have fun y'all. I'll read about it in the news.
I got bored of the format wars years ago. Now I don't give a **** what format something arrives in. I just convert it into the format I want and go from there. If you want to use ODF then go buy some software that uses ODF. If you want to use MS Word then guess what? No ODF. If I was in charge at MS I'd tell you all to go take a hike. Why on earth would I want to support a minority document format that could cost me future earnings? Greedy monopolists MS may be, but stupid they are not. And yes, "it's not fair" but that is just the way of the world.
No new idea, just a slightly different way of using an existing idea. DENIED. Now go come up with an idea worth Patenting, oh and shoot your Patent Lawyers.
Design should not be patentable. IDEAS are what patents are for. Design is what COPYRIGHT is for. The whole point of a Patent is to prevent others from stealing your idea without compensating you thus enabling you to develop the idea into a commercial product. Copyright is designed to earn income from the use of your creation (be it a product, design, music or whatever). Apple and others are just using the existing system to milk extra income from badly written Patent Law. If I were in the US Patent Office I would be declining any patent that even smelled of Design.
Glassholes are just one type of BORG. Others walk around as if hypnotised by the magic box in their hand, some have a flashing blue earpiece, others have the Watch proudly strapped to their wrist. You can tell by their reaction to the "pay attention to me" sound that they are thralls to the device and have already surrendered their souls. Have you been assimilated?
Apple knows best,...
you may be paying for your device but you know nothing and we know better so we do not let you do what you want to do.
I have a MotoG (personal) and an iPhone5 (work) and of the 2 the Moto gets all my usage. The iPhone is confusing in it's layouts, the so called "intuitive" interface isn't even remotely intuitive to me, it won't let me run a Wifi Analyser, it is locked into iTunes, so given the choice I would quite happily give it back today in exchange for even a 2 year old Android phone.
Do I care about "style" or "design" or "fashion" or "fitting in"? No!
Are Android phones better than an iPhone,... for me Yes! YMMV.
Upgrade! Upgrade NOW! Give us all your MONEY!
The cell companies want all your money. Therefore they lock the phone down as much as they can and rarely provide OS upgrades. Apple is only an exception because they retain control of the handset rather than allowing the cell company to customise it. I had an HTC Desire for nearly 3 years, the last year of which I switched to a rolling 1 month contract from Tesco.. During that time the OS was never upgraded. The battery started to finally fail last month and whilst I could have bought a new battery I had a hankering for a slightly more modern phone. I was paying £10 a month to Tesco for 250mins, 5000txts and 500Mb Data. I am now paying £12.50 per month for exactly the same plan but I have a new Moto-G running KitKat on a 24 month contract. No it's not the latest phone but nor am I paying £35 a month for the latest thingy extension. I don't expect it to be upgraded to any later version of Android in the next 2 years due to the Motorola buy out by Lenovo.
I would also like to sing Tesco's praises. Their support team are superb (I have yet to speak to a script monkey) . They know what they are doing and they follow through on their promises. Compared to the shower I used to have to deal with at Voda they are a breath of fresh air. Well done Tesco!
How long before Microsoft start screaming about Sammy copying their "Tile" interface? Place yer bets Ladies and Gentlemen please. I reckon it'll take 8 weeks so my date is April Fools Day.
Those of us with a few grey hairs will remember the ubiquitous 5-pin DIN connector with much affection. And who could possibly forget the IDE, IEC, D Sub 15, the 6.35mm and 3.5mm Jack plug, and of course the simple, pure and lovable Phono plug. Yes,... I do need a life ;-)
LALALALA! We're not listening because we are right and you are wrong!
Sounds like a typical British bureaucrat. Me right, you wrong,... me alpha, you butt kisser. How do these people get these jobs when they quite obviously don't have a clue? Oh yeah, it's given them as a reward for being a good boy and kissing the right butts for many years. Ability???? Why would that have any bearing on the matter? I'll have you know I've had dinner with Lord MuckettyMuck and ,my daughters horse is stabled at the same stable as the Queens 3rd butlers sons cleaner.
So if Apple = Borg then Microsoft = the Federation?
Nah! They are all Ferengi families and in common with most Ferengi, the Rules of Acquisition can be bent/adapted/ignored enough to suit any situation. Profit is everything,.... ethics??? Where is the profit in that?
Top Gear, QI, Mock the Week, Horizon,......
None of these would get made if the BBC were "subscription" based. Top Gear would never have gotten approval as too controversial for subscribers, QI would be seen as too "high-brow", Mock the Week would be the most likely to be made but even there just 30 complaints about Frankies comments in the 1st few shows and it would get canned. Horizon would never have a hope as the "subscribers" would rather have all the money spent on Downton Abbey, Strictly and EastEnders.
Look around the world. Is there a company or organisation ANYWHERE in the world that creates/commissions the variety, quality and quantity of programming that the BBC produces? I've never seen anything that even comes close in my 50 years of travelling the world.
Mess with the BBC and you will throw it down the toilet. Yeah, it's not perfect but it is so much better than everything else out there, why risk breaking it?
I have my own domains and regularly change the "active" email address for each to avoid spam, so in theory I have an infinite number of email addresses. In practice I have 6 web-mail, 3 work(due to mergers), and 4 home addresses that I check at varying intervals. However, soon you will start suffering from withdrawal as not satisfied with the more convenient store&forward method of email, we are all slowly being coaxed to use the far more in-your-face chat and IM methods like Twatter.
Heed my words,.... email is DOOMED! ;-)
DOOMED! We're all DOOOOOOOMED!
How close to midnight did the clock get during the Cuban Missile Crisis?
The grass is no greener anywhere else
I have mostly Samsung Android devices and when they release a big update about 1 in 3 gets it's knickers in a twist and the result is several hours with the screen showing "Updating" or "Installing" with nothing happening. I finally figured on my Note 10.1 that it had failed at the final reboot and did a hardboot on it which worked. A friend had a similar problem with a Tab2 10.1 and a reboot got around that too. Looks like the mobile world has the same problems as the mainstream software world. They let marketing people decide when to release software but under-fund development and QA, presumably so they can pay the sales/marketing types their nice fat bonuses. My one experience with an Apple update went without a hitch but it's a company phone and our IT doods blocked the update until they were certain it wouldn't tank the phones.
It's all down to personalities. Some IT Policy setters hate the idea of any users doing anything other than working on their corporate issued equipment. We call them Control Freaks. Others are more tolerant and accept that very few people can actually be productive all day every day. Silly cat videos can actually boost productivity.
I have worked for companies that use the super-lockdown policy and I stayed a few months and got the hell out. Probably explains why their workforce is incompetent and inefficient. All the good people left.
I've worked both sides of the IT equation and in my experience if you allow people some leeway then they are normally a lot happier and less trouble to the SysAds. Yes, there is always the office idiots, but you can put them in a "special" OU group and lock them down. If they complain just point to their record of ****ing up their PC. The whole idea of locking everyone down because some people are idiots is just,..... idiotic.
You think an iPhone is cool? <ROTFLMBO> Maybe a few years ago, but now everyone has one. Is a Ford Focus cool? Damn fine car but not cool? iPhone is now just an overpriced quality smartphone with a user friendly interface.
So who is asking for these filters? It's lazy parents, you know, the ones who are too busy organising everyone else's life to be able to take the time to manage or supervise their own children's on-line time. So whilst they are blocking porn and trying to protect their poor babies from the world as it is, the little darlings are getting their girl/boyfriends to sext them and are learning how to circumvent web filters. Having worked in the web filtering business I have seen the lengths that some kids will go to, to circumvent any web filter. So, these lazy parents inconvenience the rest of us because they are too lazy to manage their own children. They will undoubtedly claim to be busy with other things and not to have enough time. Well, perhaps they should have thought of that before becoming parents. Take responsibility for your offspring and stop messing things up for the rest of us. Either that or tie a knot in it!
"You are taking a s**t in the Apple store bathroom. Would you like to buy some designer, overpriced toilet paper to wipe your butt with? Press 1 for yes, 2 for no, 3 for hell no, 4 for toilet paper with the MS logo, 5 for toilet paper with the Android logo, 6 for toilet paper with the Samsung logo, or 7 to have an Apple Store facilitator assist you with your issue."
The market will soon start to see that not bringing their infrastructure into the 21st century may kill their business. RIM, Nokia, Sony are all learning it right now. The banks are the most fuddy-duddy conservative of all businesses so they will be the last to get their poo in a pile, but how many of them will have to go under before they realise that doing nothing is no longer an option?
Not with a bang,....
That should do the job nicely. Not only that but you'd get a free quadcopter and whatever it was delivering too. Some of the net-guns could be pretty effective too.
So, we import extra energy just so that we can breed more. Jeez, Agent Smith was right.... we are a virus! Welcome to earth in 2100. Nobody cares about CO2 any more because the sheer heat produced by 12 Billion people consuming 10Kw each has melted all the ice and nobody can live within 20 degrees of the equator. CO2,.... that was such a 21st century problem.
Back when mail was sent on paper the Spam was limited to a few items once or twice a day. Now that mail is electronic and effectively free there is nothing to stop the Spammer from constantly blitzing all of us with it. Blocking certain IP ranges will cut some of your spam, but much of it comes from distributed botnets so good luck blocking that. Personally, I gave up on running a home mail server years ago as it is far too complicated, expensive and time consuming these days. Either that or else get a more capable server.
A******* On Line. Says it all really. I'm amazed that they are still in business given how poor their services were when I last used them in the late 90's. As for them killing WinAmp, that would be a great shame as along with many others have been using it to Whip the Llamas Ass for 15+ years now. I use the ShoutCast links most of the time but also have several playlists. I guess I'll just have to stay with the version I have now until I can no longer get it to run on Windows 2025. I am still using a copy of PaintShopProXE I bought back in 1997 and it still does what I need.
Every 3D TV I've tried has given me a headache and some made me nauseous too. Waste of time and money IMHO, as is all this higher and higher resolution kick that the manufacturers seem to be on. For most living rooms 1080p is more than adequate up to 50 inch screens. Yes, maybe 4k is better on larger screens but here in the United Kingdom of Tiny Houses you would need to sit in your garden to be able to see all of the screen. Me I'm quite happy with my 32" LED backlit LCD.
Not Another High Altitude Rocket? This project is starting to sound like a scaled down version of NASA now. By the time you launch it will weigh 450 tons and be capable of interstellar flight. Talk about mission creep! <LOL>
There is an off button on your phone. I use mine regularly. Sounds like many others need to learn to use theirs. As for flying, kids are more irritating than phone users. I once asked a woman if she would like to discipline her child (who had been kicking my seat-back for 20 minutes, despite being asked several times to desist) or if she would prefer *me* to discipline him for her. Needless to say the spineless slave to her offspring complained to the Steward and after a brief explanation, I got upgraded to 1st Class. :-) If someone is being really irritating on the phone, just put your headphones on and "LaLa" along with whatever you are listening to. if they get louder, LaLa louder. They soon either move or shut up.
Decent performance, well built, good price, now we just need all the "must have one" types to report on reliability and bugs after the first couple of months and I may even buy one. :-)
Waste of money
Until the culture changes from sales driven nothing will change. Techies and Engineers (I am both) will be underpaid w.r.t. the value they add to the company. At the moment the PERCEIVED value is all in Sales as they supposedly bring money in. The fact that without the Techies & Engineers they wouldn't have anything to sell is irrelevant. So, all the brainier kids are going into Sales & Banking rather than IT & Engineering. Way more money in it. Blagging and bullsh!tting are the skills you need in today's employment marketplace.
Can I have some of the drugs he is on please?
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