Thank you Lionel Baden & Ol'Peculier for the suggestion, testing it out to see if it works for me... Calls aren't the biggest problem, it's the damn sms spam I hate the most.
105 posts • joined 30 Jan 2010
Thank you Lionel Baden & Ol'Peculier for the suggestion, testing it out to see if it works for me... Calls aren't the biggest problem, it's the damn sms spam I hate the most.
I just picked up a 2nd Gen Moto G a couple of months ago, and this comes along with slightly better specs for just £3 more than I paid.
The call blocking and individual app feature blocking appeals to me a great deal... things that google have promised time and time again and then reneged on.
More than happy with my phone... just typical of the way my luck goes... Pick up the best phone on the market for less than £200 and a better one comes along that's even cheaper than the RRP of mine (I got it on sale).
Seeing as phones tend to last 3-4yrs before I upgrade... I'll probably be looking at one in 2018... so a 3rd or 4th gen if they're still around.
In the meantime... call blockers for lollipop that actually work... Mr Number no longer does on 5.0.2 and was effectively worthless... suggestions on a postcard please.
It needs to be eradicated as much as possible... I am a Moto G 2nd Gen owner and aside from a couple of motorola specific apps (which I believe can be uninstalled) it's very close to pure android... and for a quarter of the price of a Nexus.... I paid £126 for mine from Amazon. I prefer to be on a sim only deal as it's far better value for money and I'm never tied into a contract.
The worst offenders are Samsung and HTC who build at least a dozen or more apps into the build which cannot be uninstalled. HTC for example have Farcebook and Twiter apps, then on top of that their Sense apps for both... Effectively forcing you to have 4 apps for 2 things.
I am fully in agreement with any mobile operator that attempts to eradicate bloatware... even if it's because they're tried it, found it didn't work and are still getting grief from their customers about it because manufacturers are still ramming it down your throats.
It's one of the areas that google went wrong with Android, allowing it to be butchered by anyone... I understand the reasoning behind it... it gave them dominant market share. Time to reel things in a little I think.
The recent stagefright bug and the newer security issues being found only serve to highlight to users/customers that they need better updates more frequently for at least 3yrs after a device is released.
A phone is a tool... people who buy phones because it's new and shiny... are tools. :)
Sigh.... no one ever swipes right.
I've just picked up a 2nd gen model for the princely sum of £126 brand new from Amazon (not via warehouse deals).
Typically I only change my phone every 3-4yrs... when they either break or become so obsolete that they become pointless using anymore. My old HTC Desire HD... had served me well for 4yrs and was still in good shape, works perfectly. But simply couldn't keep up with progress. I lost count of the number of times I couldn't install an app because it was still Android 2.3.5.
Now I couldn't give a shit about owning the latest phone... it's a tool that I need and use for day to day things... but it's not a 'must have latest/greatest' type of product... so I tend to regard those who must have the latest and greatest as 'tools' too. :)
I did want a Nexus device... but the price point was ridiculous for a phone. and I did my research and settled on the 2nd Gen Moto G because it was simply the best phone on the market in that price range... and at £126 there simply isn't anything out there to beat it.
I'm not fussed that some reviewer thinks the camera isn't up to scratch... it's frickin phone, you take opportunist snaps with it and nothing else. If you're trying to take serious amateur photographs with a phone... well, get your head examined. Buy a camera designed for the task instead of complaining that your phone camera isn't good enough.
Any hoo.... The phone is great, voice recognition is excellent, calls are clear and crisp (and I don't live in the best reception area), the screen is bright and clear... It does everything I need it too excellently and at a price point far below that of your average sheeple.
Is it the best phone around... No, is it the best phone you can buy for less than £150... Absofrickinloutely
Had some notification that kept popping up to tell me about some game... No way to turn of these notifications.
I had to dig into the menu and delete all notifications that were stored, only for it to keep popping up every hour... even though there were no notifications listed.
I don't use the 'smart' side of my TV anyway, but it is connected to my home network and media server via wireless so I can stream music, movies and tv shows that I have stored on it.
Bad move Samsung... I have been a fan of your TV for many years, and have owned many Samsung DVD and now BD players. I currently own 3 Samsung TV's and 2 of them are now 7 & 8 yrs old with the other being less than 1yr old. I liked the anynet feature that allowed me to control multiple devices with a single remote
But given recent activities by your company regarding things like this... When I replace those 2 TV's.... I shall be looking elsewhere I think.
I have very strong memories of seeing them at an airshow my folks used to take us to every year... I know it started with an H... possibly Hendon in the mid to late 70's and maybe even early 80's.
The noise these planes made was the flew past was incredible, and I fell in love with the sleek looks.
Back then, aircraft were able to do supersonic flybys and I remember several sonic booms from aircraft as they passed, but I cannot recall which ones as I was only a kid. I just remember all the different planes, the Red Arrows display, parachutists landing on a little target and motorcycle display teams... and the smell of jet fuel mixed with freshly made doughnuts.
In fact my strongest memory of those airshows is not the aircraft, but the ferris wheel we went on... My older brother, younger sister and I went on it together... and it was going far to fast and all of us were in tears... according to my folks, huge sparks and that were coming from some of the machinery and electrics... and my mum was screaming at them to stop it. I used to love ferris wheels until that day and didn't go on another one for around 20yrs after.
and I'm one of them... Got a better deal from 3 for 60% less than T-Mobile... sorry EE were offering. All this after 16yrs of custom, never taking a free upgrade phone (I prefer to buy my own and steer clear of long contracts)... I also had a joint account as I supply a phone for my pensioner mother who's not great with technology and she'd been a customer for 10yrs.
26yrs custom combined and their 'customer' service couldn't give a crap about retaining it.
3 on the other hand are excellent... never had a single issue that's required me to phone them and never tried to tack on extra charges nor put the monthly price up.
Yup... Sky Go does indeed still use silverlight, and still has repeated problems using it... and they wanted to charge me an extra £5 a month to be able to use it on more than 2 devices. I told the customer service rep quite bluntly... why would I pay for something that doesn't work properly... or does paying the money suddenly fix it?
She couldn't answer that.
This is one of the reasons I dropped Sky TV just over a year ago... I still have broadband and phone, but the TV service was a joke considering the cost.
Instead I use the spare device for Sky Go from my folks (I only use it for the F1, as I haven't watched broadcast TV for years and Freeview HD is sufficient).... tempted to add multi room to them and get it all back for a quarter of the cost... after all, I would never plug in a sky box to the phone or broadband.
I live in a small town of around 25,000... and it's great for many things... Peace and quiet, decently low crime rate in my part of town... But it's hard to get a decent 3G signal, and 4G is just a pipe dream.
But at least I have a fibre connection... close enough to a few more major towns that investment in the whole area happened.
Expand 4G so everyone can make use of it... there are still way to many phones out there that don't even have it. Coverage is so bad that manufacturers put out 2 versions of the same phone with and without so that those who can't make use of it are paying a subsidy for those who can.
Once coverage improves all manufacturers will switch to all 4G compatible phones.
Having just upgraded to an R9 280X it's great to know that my decent card isn't good enough... because I have no plans to upgrade it further anytime soon... I've just built this system to replace my old one, but opted for a mATX board from a friend (cost me £20) instead of the Xfire one I really wanted (£130). But I may upgrade the board at the end of the year, and may get another 280X and go Xfire again... Last time I did that the system lasted me 5yrs and could play anything at high res 1920x1080 without issues.
But then again... I could give a rats ass about Oculus as anything more than a minor fad for elitists to crow about. The fact that it's owned by Farcebook is just another nail in it's coffin.
AOL is a lot more than just the old ISP, it includes many media outlets... Such as the Huffington Post....so consider this.
Verizon is a staunch anti net neutrality supporter... It's been very vocal in lobbying against it.
Media outlets such as the Huffington Post have been very supportive of net neutrality, campaigning strongly for it.
Now I'm not straight out saying that the reason they bought AOL is to dampen down reporting on net neutrality and things in the same vein as SOPA... But let's see what happens when the subject rears it's head again, and how vocal these Verizon owned media outlets cover it.
I am torn about which browser to use... I like chrome (I never login with an account though) but it has some serious issues when dealing with popunder tabs and redirects... that adblockers and so forth can't stop... But it runs 90% of the websites I use daily with out issue.
But I switched back to Firefox simply because those sites that chrome is unable to handle properly, Firefox does... But the dreaded flash in firefox is just abysmal. I cannot go for more than a few stories on the BBC website without it crashing..., but before it crashes... it freezes, then gives me a dialogue box asking if I want to continue or stop the plugin... I stop the plugin... it freezes again for another 15 seconds... and I go through this process about 5 or 6 times before I get the stop script dialogue... and even then it sometimes carries on forcing me to quit the browser.
So now I have to use 2 browsers... chrome for some sites that still insist on heavy flash use... BBC, get with modern times please. and then firefox for the rest... especially private browsing. the adblock plugins work better in firefox than anything else I've tried.
I am uptodate with browsers and flash plugin... it's just so bad that I wish it a swift a fiery death, never to grace my screen again.
>I don't usually vote on comments I've commented on but you're so special, have a downvote on me.
Get out of bed the wrong side, not had that cup of coffee yet that makes you appear... ya know... Human?
OP, have an upvote to cancel out the commentards.
I've used ebuyer before... quite a few times. But out of the 6 times I've purchased from them and with each order normally being in excess of the £100 mark... 50% of those orders have encountered issues... and 100% of the customer service staff have been ignorant, unhelpful and/or downright rude.
1: The graphics card that turned up was not the one ordered and delivery (which was 2 days late) was refused. Had to fight for a refund which took a further three weeks.
2: Hard drive that failed after 10 days and which they denied they were responsible for, even had a member of their staff suggest I was trying to fob off an old on them until I offered to send him a pic of the serial numbers that proved it was manufactured just a couple of months earlier (according to the manufacturers website). Tried to tell me I had to go to them for a replacement... until I started quoting the exact parts of the sale and supply of goods act to them and making sure that they knew I was aware of the law and in fact obviously knew more than them.
3: Monitor that they claimed had been sent and was delayed due to problems with their courier... had not in fact been sent at all and their staff couldn't even get their stories straight giving me three different versions of events in an order that would have been impossible to happen in real life.
They deactivate peoples accounts out of spite if they complain, they try and report people on forums if they say things against them... So I fully expect their down votes on this comment.
The true measure of any company is what they do when things go wrong... and ebuyer have failed entirely in that regard. As such I have never spent another penny with them... even if they were cheaper. I would rather spend more with a company I know for a fact gives much better customer service... Like aria, scan... hell even amazon have a top notch customer service dept in my book. ebuyer are a joke outfit and I will gladly point people to their competitors and inform them not to trust ebuyer at all.
YO!... I heard you like lightsabres, so we added lightsabres to your lightsabre, so you can lightsabre whilst lightsabering.
I suspect that the author just really likes being able to use the word POODLE in an IT article... Either it's a slow news day, or they're very easily amus.... SQUIRREL!!!
After spending a few hours playing FC4... all I can say is that it's just FC3.5... The locations have changed as have the NPC's. But essentially it's exactly the same. Gain skill points to unlock new attributes, craft goodies from plants and animal skins, unlock broadcast towers and complete missions.
It looks ok... except for the fact that the game has been released with some major bugs, the visuals were awful until you messed around with settings. Shadows were pitch black and you were unable to see anything and there's a bug which makes the map black completely. As you tinker with the settings trying to get something that works... the game looks awful if you can't use the highest settings, especially the lighting ones... without that it looks like shite.
Plus the game can be completed in under 30 mins... just wait for Pagan Min to come back about 8-10 mins after he leaves and he takes you to where you were heading and you can complete the game that way... without ever doing a mission.
But the worst thing about this game is that you cannot skip through cut scenes at all... and the first cut scene is around 10 mins long... after that they can be a little shorter but die or fail a mission and you have to suffer it again and again and again...
Unfortunately on the PC...it runs like a bag of sand unless you have the very latest hadware. I'm running a Phenom II X4 955BE @ 3.75ghz and 2x 5770 in Xfire and even at 1280x720 with settings on high (2 levels down from max) it's struggling to get an average 35fps... Which makes it unplayable really... Yes I know my hardware is a little old, but until this game I have been able to play everything I've thrown at it @1920x1080 and settings pretty much at max levels.
It reminds me of when GTAIV was released for PC and it ran like utter crap... I had the latest hardware back then as I'd built a new PC just 2 months before it came out. Couldn't get a playable frame rate at 1280x10124 then (old 4:3 LCD monitor) and Rockstar made the pathetic statement that the game had been designed to run on hardware that wasn't out yet... when in reality it was just a badly optomised port of the Xbox version and ran like complete crap... I left the game until I built this one 2yrs later and you know what I found... even on hardware that wasn't around at the time... it still ran like crap.
But this time it's Ubisoft... and I know how they screw games up... so my money is waiting to see if they fix the problems that are wrong in the... erm... evaluation version I've tried.
All of the other FC games I own on steam, and FC3 is a basty on that because Ubisoft won't remove the uplay crap, nor will they patch the game to stop it trying to connect to their nonexistent servers every time you open the in game menu... which takes about a min to fail so you can carry on... Never had that problem in the evaluation versions out there.
and this ladies and gents... is exactly why piracy exists, because they have a better gaming experience than those that actually purchase them.
At the moment... I'll do what I did with FC3... wait for the summer sale on steam and pick it up for £5. :)
He should never have apologised in the first place because he's got nothing to be sorry about... His crime was not having much in the way of 'acceptable' fashion sense... and by acceptable, I mean those pathetic types who actually judge a person based on their attire.
The only thing this has proved is that the online faux outrage community... otherwise known as 'Bullies' have proven yet again that if you shout loud enough and pretend to be outraged enough.. You can attempt to humiliate and upset a person so much that they think about changing who they are... when the person they already are is perfectly fine already.
It's yet another example of misandry being mistaken for feminism... but in the most basic terms... It's simple prejudice and bigotry towards someone just because they don't like something he was wearing... people like that are pathetic little individuals with so little meaning in their lives that bulling a person in this manner is their only means of satisfaction.
The internet has many great things about it... but the ability to act and berate people in this manner is one of them that I wish didn't exist... Stupid, moronic, pathetic little scrotes the lot of them.
I bought one of the original Tesco Hudl tablets last year, and it's done exactly what I need it to at a fraction of the cost. I don't really play games on my phone or tablet... that's why I have a PC (also used for work).
It still does what I need it too... So the only reasons I can see for anyone to replace their tablet are thus.
1: They're the lame types that 'have to have' the latest stuff regardless of whether what they have is still of use.
2: They want Android Lollipop
I like my gadgets, and I like to get new ones when I can... However I don't believe in wasting money on replacing stuff that works perfectly well. If anyone I know makes any attempt to point out that what I have is 'old'... I simply mock them for their gullible devotion to consumerism and suggest that if they don't already own one... to buy something from Apple like the good little sheeple they are. :)
My phone was released in Nov 2010 and still works well, does everything I need it to and when it breaks, I'll replace it. My computer was built in 2010, and because I looked ahead and invested in Xfire graphics, still plays anything I throw at it in full HD.
The only thing I was considering replacing was my TV, it's only 32" and was bought so long ago that it's 720p and 1080i... and I do so much now that requires proper 1080p. But as I was given another 32" that is 1080p... theres no need to replace it at all and the old one was put to use in the bedroom.
The one thing that does bug me about the Hudl though, and it goes for every phone manufacturer out there... and this could be the best and most honest reason to change a device... Manufacture bloatware and refusal to upgrade the OS on devices.
I've suffered from this and it pisses me of a great deal... So much that when I do need to replace my phone, the only alternative I would consider is a Nexus device... the same goes for my tablet.
But NOT because they are the new 'shiny' gadget out there, but because of the lack of bloatware and the speed at which updates become available... I don't imagine I'll be doing any of that soon, I have better things to spend my money on than the latest toy that isn't needed.
True... just keeping on top of maintenance, with oil changes every year regardless of mileage (I average less than 5k a year), keeping the fluids and pressures at optimum, or as is the case with tyres, a fraction above optimum... So as mine is supposed to be 32 psi, I keep them at 34 psi.
Manufacturer specs my Mondeo diesel at 58mpg, yet on long motorway trips using the cruise control... I've averaged 64 mpg at times.
Interesting article, but ultimately pointless in some regards... I do agree that keeping an older car on the road is more cost effective than trading it in for a newer and more economical one. though, I've done that myself to a certain degree.
I used to own a nice V6 coupe, 200bhp (import version) and according to manufacturers specs, capable of 32mpg extra urban. Now bear in mind that when I got my hands on it, it was already 14yrs old and had been neglected a fair bit.
I replaced the knackered clutch with an uprated one, and fitted a lightened flywheel shaving 9lbs of it's 23lb weight. I fitted larger and yet lighter wheels, I improved suspension and braking, added extra torsion stiffness front and rear and fitted a fully stainless system with custom manifolds. I also improved airflow into the engine and fitted a larger catalytic convertor (jap ones were a third smaller than EU ones). I then set about making sure the engine was in tip top condition. Luckily these engines are pretty bullet proof and after some new gaskets,a proper flush, new O2 sensors, plugs and leads... I took it to the Nurburgring. On the 450 mile trip from the UK to Germany and with a car full of camping gear and 2 people, we averaged just over 35 mpg. We travelled at an average of 60mph, with occasional blasts up to 80 mph for overtaking, or just a little fun. If we'd stuck with a steady 60 the entire way, that could easily have been 36-38 mpg. In an unloaded car with only the driver, on a 250 mile motorway journey, she averaged 37 mpg. When put on a rolling road she topped out at 223 bhp.
I imagine that had I removed the aircon pump, and gone to electric steering and a more efficient alternator... I took could have seen 40+ mpg.
But the problem is... it's no fun owning a sports car and then driving it like a doddery old fool out for a Sunday drive at the slowest speed you can get away with. These cars were meant to be driven, and 90% of my driving was short journeys of around 25 miles at a time... and I averaged around 24-25 mpg... Because blasting around country roads on the way to see people is a lot more fun than driving in a car convoy of friends on the way to a racing track and trying to save as much money on the trip out, because you knew you'd be wasting all that fuel on the track.
As for the track time itself... in 7 laps of the Nordschleife I averaged about 17mpg and completed the circuit with a best time of 9 mins 48s... It wasn't the car, but the driver that ran out of nerves and was a little more conservative than I could have been... But that said, Lap one took 11 mins 23s and I improved on each one after that shaving 1 min 35s of my time. With more practice time, more money and better tires... Who knows how much more I could have shaved off.
'Another' film about him... I didn't bother seeing the last one and I won't bother with this one... I'm that uninterested that I won't even bother to pirate it. :)
I'd rather watch 'John Carter 2' or 'Noah 2: The Clean Up' or 'The Lone Ranger: Not Really Lone After All' or 'Milk 2: Really Trying to Milk It Now' or 'Transformers 5: Look I'm An iPhone Now'
I also have a Hudl, cost me about £50 after I doubled up some vouchers, battery life is reasonable and I've had no complaints with it at all over the last 12 months. It can be a little slow at times and the wifi can be a little flaky when the signal is weak... But aside from that it's been excellent value for money.
I'm very tempted to get the Hudl2, I noticed the original hudl had dropped to just £79 and was considering getting one for my mum this xmas. She would find it handy for reading and shopping and she doesn't need the best on the market... Then I figured I might just get the new one for myself and give her my old one instead.
If the new one is as good as the reviews suggest I'll get one, but I'm annoyed by the fact that tesco have doubled the price of a proper leather case for this one over the old one. Pushing the price of the tablet and case to £155. My vouchers are a little light this year, and if I double them I've only got about £70 towards it.
I like Capaldi, I think he's bringing a much needed darker edge to the role after 2 much lighter ones.
But the bad writing and plots has not helped, and it's a testament to how good he's been that he's been able to shine through so much dirge.
I for one can live without Clara, I've never warmed to the character at all... it's like they are simply trying to paper over the flaws in her character in this season. Trying desperately to give her more depth and make her more interesting... It's not working.
As for the schoolchild... please... no more.
But there's one thing that annoys me more than anything this season... and that's the damn theme tune. It's simply dreadful, a symphony of noise that forces it's way into my ears screaming 'oooh, listen to me, aren't I completely different from the previous theme tunes, doesn't that make me special and great'... NO IT DOESN'T... The theme tune is like some one took some bad 80's synth pop and threw in a bit of orchestra to be clever... and even added a little bit of vibrato on some of the high notes... because that must make it cool right.
Then there's the visual opening sequence... which is really, really tacky... oooh look spiral clocks... because he's a time lord... geddit... nudge nudge, wink wink, say no more, say no more.
As for the trailer for the next episode... Titanic in space... sorry, Orient Express in space with space mummies... give me a friggin break. But no Clara... that might just make it work.
I too use the following plugins/extentions/addons.
2 ad blockers
2 script blockers
1 anti-tracker tool
This is alongside the antivirus, firewall and peerblocking programs I use.
I also use incognito/privacy modes quite often, and through my old hotmail (now outlook) account I create email aliases specifically for each website (should I need to sign up for something).
I always opt out of marketing and contact, and don't allow/tolerate my info being sold... So any email addy that suddenly starts getting spammed... The source is easily identified, and the company blacklisted and loses any future business.
I may not be able to do anything about the big picture... But I can protect myself as best I can and refuse to do business with any company that sells my data onwards without my explicit consent.
As for facebook... I have that blocked at the router level and it won't even load the little fb icons and can no longer be used to track me... those that do are immediately blocked.
"Day 4: 'News'-papers STILL rammed with Clooney nuptials"
Oooh the irony... Could easily have been
"3yrs later - Register still spouting on about Steve Jobs"
"But are the newer options really worth committing into a contract that means I wouldn't be able to upgrade again for a long time?"
I agree with your comments entirely, I'm still using a HTC Desire HD (released end of 2010) that I picked up in 2011 from a friend who had it as an upgrade. It was far, far cheaper than buying a new phone or signing up for a contract.
I stick to very cheap contracts without much commitment. I currently pay £9.90 for my contract which gives me all the minutes, text & data that I need... I'm on wifi 90% of the time, so it's only when out and about that I need it... Yet to hit the 1gb limit each month.
The phone can be slow compared to others, and I know it's never going to be upgraded past Android 2.3.5... But it does what I need it to and although I am considering a replacement shortly. It's likely to be a Nexus device free from carrier bloatware. But it's got a great little camera and can still do 720p video, so it's still good for snaps when out and about.
I have always refused to pay through the nose for a subsidised phone and be tied to a long term contract and I cannot understand those who so willing throw away silly amounts of money on the latest piece of fashion tech (no matter who makes it).... and before anyone suggests I can't afford it... I can, I just have far better things to do with it.
But then again... I've always conformed to non-conformity ever since I was a teenager.
"What vast digital media repository could possibly need 64 TERABYTES?"
I'm currently running my mediaserver with 12TB of storage, and with only 2TB of space left over the 4 drives. So I'll certainly be looking to replace the 3TB drives with at least 4TB ones soon... I'm slowly replacing all of my DVD rips with Bluray ones... and it's hard having to compress files due to storage concerns. At the moment the best films are done at between 10-20GB and the ones that I don't really care about as much are done at 4-8GB.
Then on top of that there are the TV shows that I've not even started on yet and want on the server.
Having just built a new mediaserver 6 months ago, which should see me through the next 5yrs (last one did me 4yrs and would still be going strong if I hadn't placed it precariously on the edge of the sofa when moving stuff around and cleaning... so that it fell to the floor upside down wrenching the heatsink free which duly smashed into the ram damaging both a stick of ram and the dimm slot... necessitating the upgrade)... I'm hoping that by the time I do want to rebuild again... I can simply buy a few 6-8TB drives at reasonable prices. My storage needs are increasing by around 4-5TB a year at the moment, so in 5yrs I'll be needing close to 30TB I reckon.... and a raid5 array would be ideal to cover loss of data.
and no... I am nether a student, nor is it all porn... I have a seperate 500gb drive just for the porn. :P
HTC were complete basties for hard coding facebook and twitter into their phones... Then on top of that you had their sense overlay versions... which meant you had two facebook apps that couldn't be uninstalled.
Thankfully I left facebook several years ago after using google+ in the beta more than 3yrs ago now... It's everything that facebook isn't... a decent social media platform that allows you to make new connections based on shared interests without having to see all the crap... no ads, no intrusion, seamless integration of vids, gifs and images. It's great for content creators and the best part of it is the video hangouts where up to 10 people can sit around and chat in real time with HD quality video.
and before anyone says it's a ghost town... learn to use it properly and you'll understand why it's so good.
No... I do not work for google, I just appreciate a social platform that does what it's supposed to without being a blight on the user.
The whole Opal fruit/starburst issue needs to be settled once and for all... Because they are NOT basically the same.
They removed the lemon and the lime and instead combined them into a single lemon & lime, so they could add the disgusting blackcurrent.
As a result, I will no longer buy them... they were the only packet of flavoured sweets I would buy and be able to eat every single flavour. The perfect treat during a movie, now they are polluted with the hideous blackcurrent flavour which means left over sweets... or worse still... a blackcurrent sweet being consumed in the dark by mistake.
Flavours may be different in other countries I guess... But they're British dammit and they ruined them by tampering with the flavours, I can live with the name change but not the flavour one.
Oh and Moya used to Opal Fruit out of danger before the damn marketing people got their hands on the damn scripts. :)
Oh... you though I was going to talk about an iphone.... This is far more important than some fruity symbol phone.
I too have fond memories of this game, and others like it on the C64. Both of the Summer games, Winter games, Track & Field and Hyper Sports and of course the one everyone seems to forget about Daley Thompsons Decathlon... which was one of the best sports sims around in my opinion... Sure it was a total joystick killer, I must have gone through 4 or 5 on that game alone... But it was the first game I ever saw that had a loading graphic that drew a picture on the screen as it loaded from tape... Stunning for the early 80's.
But then I have very fond memories of the C64 and the hundreds of games I accumulated between 84 and 91 when i finally sold it on and replaced with an Amiga and an Atari ST.
Cheap games like Kickstart I & II which cost £2.99 and provided hours and hours of entertainment, creating your own scramble courses and so forth.
It's one of the reasons I have a MAME setup. :)
JustWondering "How about everyone in the queue pay attention to the light, and also the car in front of them?"
Well that's obvious... I said focus on the car in front, not 'devote 100% of your time to the car in front'
In the same way that you focus on the road ahead whilst driving, yet are able to flick your eyes to mirrors and your speedo... At least that's what I do, along with every other person who can drive properly. It's about being aware of what's going on around you... and if your focus is not on the car/road in front of you... that's when accidents happen.
Or were you just being pedantic?
Anyone who starts to move when the light turns green without checking to see if the car in front has begun to move is an idiot who shouldn't be driving in the first place. It's simply basic common sense, and it's morons like this who cause shunts at lights and then try to blame the person in front for not being quick enough to move when the lights changed colour.
Drivers should be focused on the vehicle in front at lights, it's down to the person at the front of the queue to be aware of when the lights change... everyone else in the queue can see the car in front move and follow accordingly.
It's basic common sense that people seem to have either forgotten or simply ignored because they feel more entitled to be on the road that others... A tone that this entire article is dripping with.
I still have in my drawer next to me, a Sony Ericsson P990i that I used up to 2011 (because I don't give a crap about changing my phone every 12-18 months and on average make them last 3-4yrs).
I never upgraded because it wasn't needed... The iphone always seemed like a fashion statement rather than a desirable piece of tech and the early android phones were much the same with both sides having underdeveloped operating systems that in some cases couldn't even do things my aging P990i could.
When I did upgrade in 2011 I went for the HTC Desire HD, which even then was considered 'old' technology... But when you realise what it cost me and was unlocked and contract free... and came from a friend who got it as a free upgrade for peanuts.
I'm still using it, and although I do wish I could upgrade the OS to 4 and above (but HTC have a habit of screwing over owners with a lack of upgrades).. But when I upgrade to a new phone... it won't be an Apple and it won't be a Samsung... because I for one am sick and tired of the fanboy behaviour on both sides and want no part of it.
I think I'll get a pure Nexus direct instead... for a lot less than either of the others charge.
Almost every night between 2-3am (if I am up, which is quite often) I lose internet access for a few minutes. It normally comes back up right away, occasionally a reboot of the router is required.
Sky are of no help at all, they replaced the router about 6 months ago but the same thing happens.
It's no big deal, unless you happen to be in the middle of a live stream of the Nye vs Ham debate like I was a few hrs ago or if you're in a video hangout with friends in the US as I often am.... But the frequency of it does get annoying.
I only turn on my GPS when I'm actually using the GPS functions like navigation.
I also check permissions and if an app wants too many of them, I won't install it.
Instead of looking at this from the youtube side of things, take a moment to look at it from the G+ users perspective.
Most of us don't want comments from our shares of YT videos posted to that site, conversations on shares often digress and having them posted on YT isn't wanted. So a lot of G+ users are pissed off about that, because not only are your public shares now posted on YT... it's retroactive, so all of your past shares are on there now.
But the worst part is that those trolls, spammers and so forth that remain posting now show up as comments in your G+ posts... A lot of use don't like that either and wish there was an option to turn it off.
I actually went back through my past shares and deleted all YT videos I had shared, which is a lot.
There is a simple way around it though, don't share public, just share to your extended circles.
But there is a good side to this change that I completely understand, forcing users to use real names (like they can't just make up a fake name ffs) is an attempt to limit the trolls and spammers... If it helps get rid of the 12yr old bigots and other idiots then I count that as a good thing.
As for the lady in the vid, she isn't looking at the wider picture... G+ is a perfect platform for people like her, it's full or artists and musicians and is the perfect place for her to expand her limited view of social media. I have personally seen talented people go from doing crappy jobs to becoming artists full time because of the people and support they found on G+.
I know... a post telling you about the virtues of G+ will go over like a lead balloon on a forum that allows anonymous comments, so I fully expect the downvote fairies to do their worst. But FB and G+ are different types of social platforms. FB is for connecting with people you already know and slowly expanding that, but you have to friend people in return. G+ is for connecting to new people who have similar interests and you can circle who you like without the need for them to circle you back... There's no 'Like this page before you can view it' mentality... sure the data mining still goes on, but without intrusive ads, which is a much better way of doing it that FB in my book.
There's a reason I left FB and moved to G+... and it's not because it's a ghost town, I have friends who have hundreds of thousands of followers and the latest statistics show in excess of 300 million unique users using it daily.
Like others I'm a current HTC owner... Desire HD that I've had for almost 2yrs now.
I'm happy with the phone, it does everything I need it to and reasonably reliable and battery life can last me around 20-30hrs.
Last year they announced that the Desire HD would be getting ICS... then they backtracked and wouldn't update it, in spite of the fact the lesser spec Desire S was going to.
That annoyed me because they then push out another version of their sense overlay... but not ICS.
Because of that, when I change my phone I shall be looking elsewhere I think.
Been happily using sky for an ISP for 7 years or so, it's truly unlimited, speeds are good and uptime is excellent.... if you can find me the same level of service (18mb) with a true unlimited bandwidth for £7.50 a month... Please do.
But the snafu with the email was a nightmare to sort out. I got deluged with around 20,000 emails... duplicates and deleted... and it seems the junk filters aren't working very well either.
Just spent 2hrs going through and getting on top of it... not best pleased... but what can you do.
Let's get one thing straight... G+ is not barren, it's not a wasteland... it's the fastest growing social platform at the moment and has achieved far more than facebook had in the same amount of time. It's grown to about 50% of the size of FB and has a higher number of active daily users (people spend more time on G+ than they do on fb).
On G+ you are not bombarded with ads, the look is cleaner and easier to manage... and it doesn't require you to friend everyone. I've got several thousand people following me, and less than 500 that I follow... In that regard it's like twitter.
But what's different about G+ is that it's more about creating new connections instead of trying to reconnect with old ones that you probably lost touch with for a reason. It's about content creation and sharing.
It's obvious to anyone who has taken the time to actually use G+ and discover it's merits... but instead you still get sloppy attempts at journalism that can only regurgitate tired and inaccurate bullsh*t that was only true when it launched.
I've made so many new friends n G+, some of them i've met in real life and others I plan on travelling half around the world to meet at some point.
The killer app for G+ is the hangouts... up to 10 people at a time video chatting and having fun. In almost 2yrs using the site (I joined in beta in July 2011) I have met some amazing people, I'm now friends with people who are celebrities in their fields... beit tv, music and the arts. I've become friends with scientists, chemists, biologists. The people I've become closest too have been the ones I've met through hangouts.
So please stop suggesting G+ is barren, a wasteland, a ghost town... You will get out of it what you put in... and the problem is that most people are too lazy to put in the effort and discover how much better than fb it really is.
If you needed any indication of how worried fb is about G+... you only need to look at the changes they made in the last 12 months to copy features from G+, they're even starting to copy layout ideas too.
I've been burned before by some of this DRM crap masquerading as 'good for the consumer' when legit customers are penalised whilst people who download it for free can play hassle free.
Anyone remember the starforce cluster f*ck of the early 2000's... the one that killed dvd burners. Because of that I vowed never to legitimately purchase another codemasters or ubisoft game again unless it was free from such drm/protections.
The ubisoft went along the always online drm route a few years ago, and had to backtrack due to that being a clusterf*ck too.
Now ea want to try the cluster f*ck approach... and when it affects sales and a drm free version becomes available online... they'll use that as an excuse for the poor sales.
I like Valves approach to it though... they have a 'city sim sale' going on as I type this and the excellent Cities XL is part of it... Been playing it for a few weeks now and it's great.
F*ck ea and their crappy business practices... it's why I've not legitimately bought an ea game in years... Yet I will gladly buy games from companies that don't treat their customers like crap.
But what if it's the Fonz jumping the sharks with frickin lasers on their heads?
Worst ISP... not by a long shot. Been a Sky broadband subscriber for at least 6yrs now and very happy with the service.
As line speeds have increased, so have mine... always been on the top package which is truly unlimited. I currently get around 18mb of the 20mb and my download speeds hit close to that... In fact I throttle downloads to 1000kB/s to avoid swamping my connection. So Right now I am downloading at 1000kB/s, watching youtube vids in HD and surfing the net quite happily.
I know I can get faster speeds elsewhere... but can anyone say for certain that I can get close to 20mb for £7.50 a month elsewhere?
I've been holding of buying new drives since the floods a few years ago... Prices should have dropped back to pre-flood levels last year, but thanks to a lack of competition, they've remaind higher than they were when sellers started price gouging customers. As soon as the forecasts for higher prices were announced, online sellers immediately hiked their prices on existing stock.
I have an 8TB media server, I want to rebuild it and place all but 1 drive with all 3TB (currently a mix of 2 and 1.5) and make use of a much more effective raid setup... which I can't do at the moment. 3TB drives are still in excess of £100 and 4TB well over £200
Even 1TB drives are more expensive than the two 1.5TB drives I purchased 3yrs ago.
On the plus side, SSD's are dropping to a more affordable level... But I need storage capacity more than I need speed.
I don't want to have the need to buy one of these, especially an overpriced one like this. I've seen larger capacity ones on amazon for less.
What I do want is a phone that doesn't need to be charged up every 18hrs if I decide to use it in the manner it's supposed to be. Instead I have to flaff around with apps to turn off everything that drains power, and then flaff around turning it on to do specific items whilst out and about.
What I want is a decent sized battery in the damn phone to begin with... screw making the phone thinner whilst making the screen bigger... just make the battery twice the size so I can use the damn thing for 2 days without the need to buy expensive extra chargers or batteries so I can use the phone in the way it was designed to be used.
I would love to own a phone that just works as advertised... I actually miss my old Sony Ericsson P990i, because until that died a death last year (after 4yrs service) it allowed me to browse the net, make calls and txts and the battery would last for days... oh I wish I had something that reliable again... My current Desire HD can chew through a battery in 12hrs or so if I leave wireless, gps and bluetooth on... even if it's just sat there not making any calls.
My other half has the HTC Sensation, a battery that's about 40-50 larger capacity then the HD... and yet mine still lasts longer... something tells me it's going in the wrong direction...
Remember when phones got smaller and smaller and battery life got longer and longer... we're going in the exact opposite direction now.
"Will Indy be shooting first?"
He already does... they'll probably give the guy with the sword a walkie talkie or something else instead.
Excellent recommendation, now installed on my phone, can't uninstall the 2 FB apps that came with it though, one is FB and the other is FB for HTC sense, but at least I can force stop them.
Maybe it's time to look into rooting the phone.