Re: No more interference
Our competitions and mergers authority didn't want it to happen anyway.
24 posts • joined 12 Mar 2010
Our competitions and mergers authority didn't want it to happen anyway.
I'd far rather have seen the BT/EE deal blocked than O2/Three, or have BT forced to dump OpenReach before approving the go-ahead. Surely BT/EE is a much bigger threat. Mind you, if 3 had got their arse in gear and bought up O2 before the BT/EE deal had gone down, it might have been BT crying about it.
(I was also kinda hoping for a 2G backup that actually had data included, unlike the current Orange-based 2G backup. So much for dumping the old Tesco Mobile backup SIM... *mutters*)
Related, sent from my boss recently
http://idlewords.com/talks/website_obesity.htm - The Website Obesity Crisis.
We're intentionally trying to minimise the amount of data and complexity of it now, to [a] make sure it loads fast on mobile as well as desktops, and [b] stop websites eating phone batteries for fun.
It's shocking how much these frameworks that make life easier for the creative types eat CPU, therefore battery power, on mobile devices. Or sending huge pictures and letting the device resize them, nicely serving 500K instead of the 25K image that would do if it was resized server side, handily eating 0.5-1% of many people's data plans (it's surprising how many people have to get by with 500MB or 1GB now) in one fell swoop.
Also related: Advertising scripts that eat CPU/battery/data just by existing, hence so many people blocking the things on mobile.
(I'm also slightly bitter about 3 kicking me off the £15 One Plan - but like one of the posters above, I'm now on AYCE data, 12GB tether, 200 mins and AYCE texts for £20. Can't complain too much, was bound to happen in the end, I just hate bills going up. At least we know exactly what we're paying for, and it's quite reasonable for what it is with the AYCE mobile data. I rarely used over 12GB of tethering in a month, but it was just nice to know it was there if I needed it.)
I'd agree that Google opened a lot of their stuff up from the early days, but unfortunately the likes of Android are getting more and more closed into a binary blob of "Google Play Services", and the Google apps that go with them only officially run on "authorized" platforms. They're pulling the noose a bit tighter nowadays, for commercial/control reasons no doubt - there's a lot of crappy Android platforms (from a user's point of view) out there as a result of the openness of the core OS.
zfsonlinux.org has a kernel module, but as mentioned in other comments, non-GPL compatible. Fast though, seemed to work well when I was testing as an alternative to FreeNAS with ZFS. I've zero issue throwing a non-GPL module in, but purist may be unhappy with the idea.
Apparently this is happening to "some people (not everyone)" and tech support is on it...
I clicked on the link to Respond Online, and ended up pulling up someone else's details - a Rui Lopes Campos from Portugal. Nice work, EU website...
Been looking at Zen myself since my service went to hell when I got dumped into Sky, although I was going to wait until I moved house, the pain is just getting a little too much. Are they worth the money? I was looking at quite a few providers, but my issue is that sometimes I go through serious bandwidth - a couple of months ago I hit 400GB in a month with various software images, and most of the "pro" ISPs have caps on ADSL2.
(Can't currently get FTTC as I'm on an EO line, although they're working on it. Half the reason I picked my flat was because I was within 100m of the exchange - now it's come back to bite me in the backside! Losing my 2.5mbit upload because Sky don't support it stung quite badly.)
They're mostly full LLU, taking over the line and piping over their own backhaul, so while their kit sits in BT exchanges, about the only interaction with the BT "network" is being powered by it, and connecting to the BT last-mile copper.* Related: it's a pig to escape Sky's broadband+phone provision, as I discovered to my horror after I was automatically transferred from Be and didn't shift quick enough.
* There is sometimes exceptions of course, where Sky haven't deployed LLU, but they seem to have their kit in most exchanges.
I picked up a pair of the N40L Microservers, nothing too powerful, but they set me back about 130 quid a pop at the time after cashback redemptions. Threw 4x3TB WD Red NAS drives at it (£140 each or so at the time, as they'd just come out, but a whole lot cheaper than the enterprise class drives I'd been looking at for the 24/7 usage) and 8GB of ECC RAM (not hugely expensive), throw a copy of FreeNAS on a 4GB USB stick which can be stuck in the internal USB port, and run the lot on raidz1, including torrent clients and the like (see http://www.freenas.org/ for full details of what it can do). Bit of tweaking and I can easily max the gigabit link out. Took the 2GB of RAM and the 250GB drive that it shipped with and put it in the other server giving it 4GB and 2x250GB, slapped a cheap fanless Radeon 5450 in it, and used it as a HTPC and Plex server/client on a basic Win7 setup, pretty much just works. Coupled it with a 3 quid Cyberlink infrared USB remote and a couple of USB extension cables so the remote sensor is somewhere reachable. Not all the buttons work, but the volume, play, pause, arrows and OK do, which suits me to a tee.
One thing to note - while you can run Plex (one of the best media server/clients I've had the pleasure of using, the client forked from XBMC a while ago) on the FreeNAS box, if it's a basic CPU unit like the microservers, it's going to struggle doing the transcoding to UPnP hosts such as consoles or TVs. My setup manages with one box doing the file serving and one box doing the transcoding, but it's borderline at times with 1080p content, but if you run the Plex server on the NAS and a Plex client on a box of some sort, no transcoding is necessary, so you can get away with fairly low CPU requirements on the server and client end. But if you want to transcode you'll want something with a reasonable processor in it. Same goes of course for most of the lower powered NAS boxes, many can run the Plex server, as long as you run a Plex client on the other side that doesn't require the NAS to do anything fancy to the video on the fly. Sending to Plex on an Android device etc usually means it needs to transcode, so it won't work too well on the lower powered CPUs, although you might get away with it for SD video.
Of course, if you can stick a client on the other end, the likes of XBMC are also an option, without messing about with the likes of Plex. I just really like the interface on the big TV, the media management, and smart transcoding to my tablet.
They're doing the one plan for £15 a month on SIM only. Can't beat it for the cash really.
Back here too.
I was waiting for that. That comic always makes me a little bit sad. Poor Spirit...
That brilliant moment where you realise afterwards, and the lack of an edit button. ;-)
So you can burn through the paltry allowances (or very expensive ones) even faster!
Seriously, aside from mobile broadband usage with a dongle and PC, what's the point? The 3 SIM in my Nexus 4 has happily churned out 22mbit down and 4mbit up recently, and gets a solid 10mbit most of the time even indoors, and has a nice unlimited data package. How fast do you want your mobiles? And does this suitably eat battery life to compensate for the speed too?
Lifehacker has a post on it. http://lifehacker.com/5889158/turn-a-99-nook-into-a-fully-fledged-android-tablet-in-four-easy-steps
I suspect it'll need a bit more updating (see XDA forum, http://forum.xda-developers.com/forumdisplay.php?f=1199 ) from the guide, but the basic premise stands no doubt.
This doesn't look like news. We use something similar on our network routing our data through a SaaS cloud which does our URL filtering and virus scanning, and I've installed suitable certificates on the network to make sure all HTTPS as well as HTTP traffic gets scanned, because a virus can just as easily come in through HTTPS. Am I missing something? Unless they're just talking about the fact they're hardware devices with shared certs... suppose a company could issue one cert across multiple devices for their kit, but it still seems to be being blown out of all proportion...
... why don't they lay down fibre replacements, take out the copper, and flog it to offset the costs?
So, these duplicate file hashes... will the MPAA/RIAA be able to get hold of said hashes / create them, then request Bitcasa to hand over everyone who has an MP3/video matching that hash? Possible instant mass lawsuit ensues?
Other than that, it sounds a great plan, but I suspect a lot of freetards would get potentially nailed.
According the US video, unless they've advanced it somewhat, that you can only view on the ipad/android tablets. It's a shame if it's true, would be pretty impressive to have that sort of cross platform compatibility.
"which prompted News International to reach the bold and ruthless decision not to sack Rebekah Brooks but instead to close the 168-year-old paper."
... Yeah, and replace it with the "Sun on Sunday".
Thought that was pretty much what it was already...
I did have the original Sonic on the Master System too... and Sonic Chaos, later on. Didn't realise the level select worked for that too... would have saved a good few hours replaying the game to get back to where I was after the parental units turned it off on me!
Ahh, back when games were harsh, and they took months to complete, because there were no saves, and there was no nice easy continues... when you were dead, you were dead, and completing a game was a real achievement...
... wasn't it up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, ABC+start?
Well, that's how I always did it anyway...
Points for anyone who can remember the sound test codes on Sonic 2... I seem to remember the beginning was 19, 65...
A lot of people are still on standard ADSL MAX, which is only ever going to show a maximum speed of 8mbit down/842(ish) up, whereas your line may support quite a bit more than that.
It's not guaranteed though, of course.
If you want a realistic(ish) idea, the calculator at http://www.kitz.co.uk/adsl/max_speed_calc.php can help, following the instructions on how to get your line stats.