54 posts • joined Wednesday 12th May 2010 19:49 GMT
Re: Streaming does suit my needs....
Check what package you have with BT, I was on the 40GB/month with weekend and evening calls, but after a quick phone call, upgraded to Unlimited/month and it was £2 less, the deals are on their site, but they just dont tell you!
Re: YouView sucks
In what way exactly does it "suck"? I've had my Humax box for several months now and love it, everything set to record on a weekly basis, the NowTV on demand player was very easy to use and quick for the month I used it during the free trial. The only thing missing is a Netflix app, rumored to be on the way I think, and access to my network NAS would be nice but as that only holds music its not the end of the world.
There seems to be regular software updates as functionality gets added, its now possible for Android/iOS owners to use their device to setup remote recordings.
Re: Speaking of drive-by download prevention...
I've this on my two home PC's and have done so since XP but every I mention this to anyone at work, some of whom see them selves as being some king of IT related wunder being, mainly because they run a jailbroken iPhone or run copied game son their Xbox they look at me like I'm mad. So glad to see it get a mention here, but MS really need to make it more obvious during initial system setup, I'm very pro windows, but having your default login as an administrator account and not even hinting to the user the other account options is insane.
Re: Good to see Saul survived the end of Breaking Bad (I guess?)
Damn! sorry, Go "Fifty-minus-one-ers" am I allowed to wear my surprisingly small gold jacket?
Good to see Saul survived the end of Breaking Bad (I guess?)
and also, Go Niners! Yes I'm a Brit, from the UK, but I was a huge 49ers fan in the 80's and am very excited about watching the big game on Sunday night.
and me! Had my Hotmail account since '97 and I've been a subscriber since , well, not sure, sometime after that, plus 2 years of Xbox Live Gold now (4 years in total all on the same machine not sure how people break them so easily) only another 8 to go and I can get an Xbox 720/Infinite/enter latest code name here.
This could work
I'm currently working through Breaking Bad on my Xbox via Netflix and have to say the service is fantastic although as Mickey Mouse points out the material available is a bit lacking at the moment. If the rumours are true about another (higher) tier of Xbox membership then including Netflix would work quite nicely in my opinion.
Thats it? I've seen those! I was expecting some great hulking wardrobe type of thing. I admit the cabinet photo with the two random people is perhaps a little obtrusive if you live in that property, but they are not as bad as I believed them to be.
If those suburbs don't want them, move on, use them somewhere else and they can wait till the end of the upgrade list.
Not living in one of leafy suburbs mentioned, I've not had the pleasure of seeing one of these ginourmous cabinets, clicking back through the links to previous Register articles does not bring up a photo, can someone point me in the direction of one installed and looking horrible? I just want to see what the fuss is about.
Re: Why the hell should webmail look nice on iPad?
oh, and I don't use Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or any other social media stuff, so please, can I just switch it all off and not be reminded about it ever, please? And yes Amazon you listen to that as well, I'm not bothered about telling everyone I just bought 50 shades of grey...oh...oops.
Re: Why the hell should webmail look nice on iPad?
I was thinking something similar, I would want it to look super nice on my Surface tablet. But more importantly, I have been @hotmail for 15 years now and am more than happy with it, I will admit I pay £15 a year or something so its ad free and syncs with the Windows Live mail program.
I have visited outlook.com it looked okay, filled the wole screen, no ads down the right, again probably because I am paying for it, but now whenever I go to my hotmail account it now shows as the outlook.com page, although the address is still live.com.
Haven't they tried relaunching before with hotmail.co.uk? live.com and live.co.uk? Okay so they have a lot of different mail servers, but please leave my hotmail account alone, I had it before you came along and bought it all up!
Okay, I've moaned, I just don't like change.
Slightly off topic, but...
Is it just me or does the latest versions theme/personna/style thing look "flat" like the Office demo that was shown the other day, all the 3D style raised buttons and shadow seem to of been taken away. Is this so it will run better on lower spec'd machines?
Re: Slightly off topic but....
Well arn't producers supposed to listen to us, the consumer? There are so many ideas/suggestions on El Reg comment sections about what makes the perfect tablet/laptop/phone they should make us all a focus group! Infact, surely there is the basis of an article or two there, if we can vote on the worst film never made, how about we take a vote on the best mobile device never built.
Slightly off topic but....
I was having a conversation with someone at work the other day about the new Apple water damage technology and we concluded that really, all moden mobile tech, games console, phone, mp3 player, camera should all have a minimum of shower proof tech built in, surely it should be possible by now to make everything shower proof, especially if this British summer weather continues, these are products we need!
Re: How does it compare with TiVo
The Youview box does the same, the historic EPG is downloaded from the net and anything you want to watch on catchup is there or if you have already recorded it, it shows with a small R icon and clicking that plays it from the HDD.
As far as I knew it would of been Amazon stock, it showed the usual Amazon purchase options, when ever I have checked the TVonics site to compare against Amazon, TVonics have always been out of stock, but Amazon have it. Just checked now and Amazon do have the DTR HD500 model in stock, but all other SKUs have gone.
Sorry, that's what I get for reading the specs on a crappy website, it has Bluetooth, but I guess they'd like us to use the cloud for our storage.
As good as this sounds and as cheap as it appears to be, and I'm trying not to upset the Google applecart, but is it right there is no SD slot or Bluetooth?
When I read the article this morning I checked Amazon and they were listed at £179.99 for the 500GB model, just gone back to make a purchase this afternoon and they have gone, not sure if the Amazon stock has been taken off the shelf or they have all sold out. Maybe they will appear again once the administrators have been through the business.
Re: what is youview?
YouView is as far as I understand it is a Freeview + HD Box, with built in IPTV for all the major channels in the UK along with options for pay per view/ subscription options. I am assuming it has a HDD in, but maybe everything is run over IPTV, the EPG I think allows me to go back an hour/day etc and just click play for whatever I want to watch. Might be interesting with my 40GB monthly limit from BT...
Okay, so DPD have just delivered the box, within the stated hour delivery slot as well which is always nice! Had a quick look inside and the contents are;
2 x Homeplugs, was not expecting these and probably dont need them, my BT Homehub sits next to the TV and its all on the same wall as the BT socket, but nice to have all the same.
1 x Youview box - Manufactured by Humax (Good to know, I like Humax kit)
1 x HDMi cable
1 x manual
1 x getting started guide
1 x Remote
Can't do much else with it right now, but once I get home could be a fun evening and just in time for Saturdays Tour De France start!
Sorry to hear about this, after donating my aging Humax to my parents I was looking at either the Freeview HD model from these guys or the newer Humax machine. I seem to remember they were built by Sony somewhere in the UK or were they ex Sony staff, anyway, only ever read good things about the TVonics kit, hope everyone managaes to get themselves into employement soon.
Re: I like it!
Nice list, I do have some DS titles already one of my favourites being Call of Duty 4! The multiplayer off a single cartridge reminded me of GoldenEye quite a bit, I do like the idea of a good golf game as well and if there is an alternative to anything that EA make then I'll give it a go, I guess now all I am waiting for is a good price, fingers crossed the maximum price is the £180 currently on play.com/Amazon
I like it!
I always said I would never buy one unless they did an XL version, thinking it would never happen, oh well, have to see what the price is perhaps. Talking of price would a better retail price conversion be from Yen to Pound as I am guessing they are priced in Japan and this is converted to Dollars, not sure if thats makes a difference though.
Having not yet sucked into buying a mobile phone, the options for me are either Sony or Nintendo for portable gaming, so the Android/iOS argument goes out the window and as toadwarrior said Super Mario Land 3DS or Mario Kart 7 with proper controls is so much better than using a touchscreen, although I admit, after these two titles whats next?
I do seem to remember reading recently that Hiroshi Iuchi, developer of Ikaruga was developing a 3D shooter, so hopefully that will make an appearance.
DLC Pricing point
Interesting idea or experiment. I've never bought DLC that was purely cosmetic (for example weapon skin packs in Gears of War 3) or for something that was eventually unlockable (car packs in NFS:Hot Pursuit) but obviously people do, not sure anyone will spend 50K on a piece of DLC though, I guess he's maybe going to find out the optimum pricing point for DLC add ons and work round that.
If someone does buy the 50K piece will it be bought "by my son, by accident, he's only 2 months old, I must of left my login details on the system"
I don't really want to jump into one of those who did what first arguments, but I seem to remember it was possible to plug a Gameboy Advance into a Gamecube for a Zelda title or two and before that the VMU on the Dreamcast provided an extra screen, although tiny, for a couple of titles.
Looks interesting, I'm after something to replace my 30GB Creative Zen and the 64GB sounds like it might do the job, I know I could cut the size of my music library down, but I like to have it all on there and just keep adding to it as I buy new CD's. The two Amazon reviews are a bit mixed though, one loves the headphones but says it is quieter than his previous Sony player.
Not having a Facebook page, I quite like getting an email from a brand that directs me to their Facebook page, means I can unsubscribe from their mailing list! If they can't run their own website then its bye bye from me as a customer.
As I have mentioned before in the Nokia comments this might be my first phone as I'm hoping the Mango/Windows 8/Xbox 360 dashboard will all match up nicely, (Yes I know three different desktops should'nt work, but hey, it might!) Anyway, how am I supposed to be able to buy this and have bragging rights over the iPhone crowd if its only got 16GB onboard and no room to expand, I have around 40GB of music and I'd like to have all that one here and do with out my Creative Zen (alternativly does any know of replacement hard drives for the 30GB Zen? something like a 100GB would do) plus no HDMi out and a lower res screen, the only plus I can see is a good battery life.
I do the same, punch a hole through it with a nail, chip off/bend all the pins and snap any visible circuit boards. To answer who wants them, I'm sure I read somewhere the other day that ID thieves are paying a huge price for stolen mobile phones, something like £40 or £50 for models that are 5 years old just because the data on them can be so valuable, I'd guess buying up hard drives could bring in a similar price.
RE: I just want to say
Thank you kindly, it has been a struggle and initially people took the piss, now though people tell me how they wish they could get away from theirs, but now they have one everyone expects them to answer it 24/7. I also dont have a Facebook account, but I don't think that is as rare as not owning a mobile phone.
I'm yet to become one of the masses and own a mobile phone, but I am kind of intrigued by this. With the Xbox 360 update out next month and Windows 8 next year everything seems to be coming into sync for Microsoft and I like the idea of the same/similar desktop for all three devices. I guess perhaps I have become some kind of Microsoft fan boy without realising it.
It's happened to me
I don't have an FB account, but I have friends who do and have received friend requests from them, in the request the email will also list the previous people who have requested me as a friend, so in a way FB does know my name, my friends, my email and I guess if I have been tagged in a photo what I look like. This eventually stopped, I think I emailed them, but can't remember, as the last friend request I received only listed that one friend and not a list of previous requests.
Except amazing visuals, great weapons and what sounds like an interesting online mode, I'm picking my copy up on Friday and think it might just tear me away from Gears 3, plus its from id! It does sound a bit short though, although the rumoured sewer entrances are apparantly tricky to find and should stretch the game out a bit longer.
Strange, I have 4oD, ITV player and of course the iPlayer, but just checked this morning and doesn't seem to be any method for Demand5. Some consistency across the bluray player ranges would be nice. I can use the browser to get to the Demand5 page but of course it want Flash.
Sony if you read this, could we get Demand5 on the PS3 and 4oD on your dedicated bluray players please?
1 down several more to go....
As great as this announcement is, dont forget Monday morning there will be approx 2.5 million ex NOW readers looking for their new paper, where do they go? Daily Mail? The Sun? The Mirror? My bleeding heart, left wing sentiment says go pick up a Guardian or Independent, imagine the shock they'd have reading about events outside of the UK and stories that didn't involve footballs, their wives, girlfriends, Mistress' etc.
So lets celebrate now, but it will be interesting to see who picks up the slack in the circulation numbers.
Non disclosure agreement
Anyone else notice this was all under an NDA except for the Wall Street Journal, surely proof, if it was actually needed that this is all about milking the players for as much cash as possible and so keep the investors happy and not as much about the players as it should be. Activision have obviously views the millions who play online and have been looking to.....monetise (should that be a z or s in there?) these millions.
I've not played COD since MW2 and I'm not in a rush to go after this one, especially if the campaign comes in under 6 hours again.
looks like the Gilette model to me
If Apple take 30% of everything sold on the new wunderslab, then perhaps they can afford to sell it at a loss and come in cheaper than the competition they can make up the extra on applications/programs/subscriptions sold over its life time, I only know one person who has the original and no idea what he has on it, but anyone got any figures on how much the average owner spends in iTunes in the lifetime of the product, does it make up the difference between cost and retail price, plus more for profit? Problem is, the cheaper it stays the more people buy it, the more sales through iTunes there are and the more money there is to Apple as it becomes more and more desirable as each generation is born due to the 1,000,000,000,000,000+ fart applications you can buy.
It seems people will have to wait till 5pm on Friday
Apparently Apple stores wont be getting their stock till late so PC World and the rest have to keep hold of it.
Is that so the queues will be longer in the afternoon so Apple can have more people outside their stores so it looks good on the news? Will the light be better Friday evening so photos in the press look better?
Or is it just if Apple stores dont have stock till late Friday, the whole world and his iPad 2 wanting dog will have already bought their fondle slab MK II from PC World and the idea of having stock left over is just not fair/right or something?
Just a bit of an early morning rant, but....HDMI is no longer going to be 1.4, .2, .3, .4 etc? is this because Sony (I know others were involved somehwere, but to me its still a Sony format) rushed out the initial release to beat HD-DVD and current users are basically beta testers for the finished product which will get released when exactly?
I've not bought a blu-ray player yet, but if I'd purchased 12 months ago and now find out it is not 1.4 compatible, I'd be more than a bit pissed off. Yes I know most have a network port for updates, but do they all and how easy is it for the average home user to update?
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25%? Ha! I just voted and I am at 0.11% of the votes, although our exchange has less than 1000 premises apparently so we don't even count! We have 884. Can I apply to the council to build another 116 houses so we can all vote do you think?
A few years ago I spent a year working in Sydney and much to my parents annonyance I came back to the UK, they could'nt understand why I would leave and why I'd not bought a flat out there so they had somewhere to stay!
While I admit having the surf and the mountains so close was nice and Sydney harbour is beautiful you soon realise that Australia has just the same problems as the rest of us, racist attacks on the beach was a big thing when I was there, dodgy police, boy racers and one strange restriction no 18 certifcate games for my 360 and yet its fine to have a brothel on every other street? weird.
After reading the most recent events though relating to internet usage like this and the black list of websites I am now more than happy that I left and came back to the UK, but when ever I mention this to my parents they see it as such a small factor in life out there. I sometimes wonder if a majority of people will live with restrictions like this, after all, if they cant see what they are missing how do they know somethings wrong?
Will people end up using Twitter as a method to communicate with Australians to inform them what is happening in the real world?