159 posts • joined Thursday 30th September 2010 15:26 GMT
One of those 40k was me
I phoned to close my account the week after I first heard and I've now been happily on Plus Net for a couple of weeks now :)
There was a couple of factors, first I didn't want anything to do with Sky but also I've been waiting for BE to do Fibre for over a year and nothing, no news. Even registered my interest a year ago and didn't get a single update. Now on PlusNet I'm getting a tested 60Mpbs down and 12Mpbs upload and I'm paying I think an extra fiver a month.
That said I've never had a problem with BE over 7 years and their customer service was excellent even when quitting. Didn't have to send my modem back but then it was 7 years old lol
It was the fibre that was my issue and sky the final nail in the coffin.
"Or the US could adopt VAT......."
A flat 20% "Value Added Tax" for luxury goods that ends up being applied to pretty much everything including fuel ? In addition to income tax ?
Can't see that going down well !
I console myself that we're not the most taxed country and some are worse. Not many though.
Re: Raspberry Pi
Well in this case consider that it would be great for someone who already has a NAS and wants to setup an interface with the outside world without touching the NAS setup with new unproven Beta software. I'd consider it since my QNAP NAS is getting on a bit and I'd rather not tinker with it too much.
The Pi could just handle the client only and sit on the normal network between the NAS and the internet. I have a gigbit switch so the addition of the 100Mbit Pi wouldn't slow things down and nothing faster is needed interfacing to the Pi since my internet currently caps at way below this.
As another scenario have the Pi act as a client with those files you want to share on the Pi and the rest on the PC and every now and then do a sync.... the Pi effectively becomes your backup client then and a mini NAS.
I think you're thinking of NAS for movies, especially at 1080p requiring massive storage and high bandwidth but don't forget there are many other uses.
"That must have been one hell of a quick reputation to gain, and i've missed it completely. Show me what i'm missing and where it's mentioned - that's all."
Seconded ! I was under the impression iOS still rules the GUI with the BB OS trying to innovate with much swiping of fingers and the Windows Phone not much discussed. Android of course as the established middle ground many people measure against due to sheer numbers.
I'm going to put this down as a reputation within the press not the public since I think I'd struggle to find anyone I know with a Windows Nokia.
As for myself I may move from my n900 to a BB Q10 but I'm not sure I like the keypad. Regarding a Nokia Win Phone well I'll think about it in 2 to 3 years time when it's stabilised... my golden rule for anything with "Windows" in the name.
Re: I must be old fashioned
Well there are settings for what shows in your feed so you can keep the annoying poster(s) as friends but stop their posts showing in your feed. Filtered to status updates, photos, comments etc... unfortunately shared/reposted crap isn't a specific category but it someone is resharing too much you won't see their status updates or whatever anyway so may as well filter them out completely !
Here you go, I even googled it for you... http://en-gb.facebook.com/help/335291769884272/
It's dead handy :)
Re: bitcoin hosting: good idea? alternatives?
Well this might be your main obstacle "under a domain I choose".
Owning a domain requires registration and that registration requires full details such as Name, Address and Contact Number. You could place an extra obstacle by creating a shall company with a PO Box number but that would be a minor speed bump to pass while they look up the Company Owner (you).
Well Google want you to use Chrome, trust your documents, email and life to Google+ and use them for search too.
That is pretty much most of your online life... ALL your online life if the site you visit also use Google Ads since they can track/trace you there too.
So yes I'm in IT but sorry, I'm not going anywhere near personally. Not because I have any privacy issues (though privacy is nice) but because I don't want to give all that information away for free. What I'll do if/when they require a G+ account to search I'm not sure yet.
For the IT hardcore rather than trendy there's Diaspora which has excellent privacy but it's such an obscure/bizarre setup and frankly such a daft name that I've little chance of recruiting my friends/contacts to it.... shame really for the sake of a name !
Re: Use of Foul Language.
Yes this is a "professional web review" but no this isn't the Daily Fail so if you're lost then this is a tech site with a less serious and even humorous angle. I'm confident that most readers will not have found the wording offensive.
Incidentally I think you mean "manner" since an offensive manor would be one like this :
(offensive to many poor people at the time it was built anyway)
In Civ 5 there's a Strategic View which gives you the map in old-school hex format.
I tend to use the 3D view most of the time but switch to Strategic when there's serious battles going on and I want to see exactly what's going on. It also makes the game playable on lower spec machines too like my W500 tablet PC :)
Backwards Compatability ?
I'm suprised nobody has raised this yet but what does everything think the odds are that the PS4 will play PS3 games ?
If it does I'm a dead cert on a release model since my 60gig 1st gen PS3 is running fine but I'm getting nervous about how much longer it will last.
It is doesn't then I may buy a PS3 cheapo slim and stick with the perfectly acceptable PS3 for a while longer. Possibly putting the money into a 3D TV instead :)
Re: And another word for...
Sorry but opening your statement with this :
"After downing a civilian airliner in the region years ago..."
Kinda means I have no faith in this :
"highly train professionals"
While I'm at it your point 2 has no relavance though you admit to it.
As for point 3 this isn't Starcraft ! Please see WW1 for an example of that number does not equal victory. I see your point with the missles but these really aren't needed, most US ships are armed with perfectly capable Gatling guns with ample range and smart enough targetting to sore a hit... more so if there are plenty of targets.
Re: VPNs to be banned in the UK.
If you and me setup a VPN with encrypted with a key we share then the ISP and the CSP don't have access to the unecypyted data. Only you and me.
There are apps free apps to setup private VPN's between friends already, often with gaming in mind.
I'm going to be generous then assume then that you mean a VPN provided by a CSP/ISP
Re: Things I need a CD drive for...
I think much of my thinking is based around having many USB Drives fail on me so I just don't trust them. Also they are not a complete solution at the moment so one day I will completely retire my optical drive but not yet.
Things I need a CD drive for...
Windows reinstalls : Yes you can boot from USB but my windows dics are CD/DVDs (no I don't want to use Linux)
Backups : USB is great as a quick dirty method of shifting files but I've had enough fail to show it's not reliable. At this point someone will suggest backing up to the cloud but burning my photos to CD is FAR easier.
Games : Sure there's Steam etc now but many games most come on disc (with nasty copy protection)
Actually that's it but those are REALLY important.
I have a Acer W500 windows tablet pc with no drive and it's a pain, the games I've bodged by making ISO images but that only works with the older games. Backups I can do with my main PC so that's fine but if I want to reinstall it one day I really hope it detects and boots from a USB Drive nicely.
Maybe I'm slow to change since I still have a floppy drive fitted and I really haven't needed that in years, not since the windows install stopped needing to read the controller drivers on install.... it's nice to have it there though
Re: Might as well just bite the bullet.
Not so cozy..... once in Sweden the US will restart proceedings to extradite him to the States where he faces BIG deterrant style jail time.
It's why many people are cynical about the rape charges which should really be taken seriously.
As it stands it is highly convient for the US that the charges in Sweden put him in a country which will be happy to extradite him to the US.... it seems the UK turned them down (genuine suprise there !)
Mainstream desktop CPUs ?
Not to be picky but the title promised MAINSTREAM CPUs and then actually talked about APUs where the CPU and GPU and intergrated into one chip which is FAR from mainstream.
I did find it interesting since I do own an Acer W500 which has one of the AMD Fusion APUs. Also in answer to someone elses query at to what is the point.... tablets and laptops are exactly the point !
The confusion with desktop and cpu is definately showing here though !
I suggest "Intel and AMD portable APUs compared" instead :)
Wasn't MKV that game where someone thought it was a bright idea to have a helmet mounted gun ?
Re: Only us geeks care about OS versions
"The graph suggests Apple users DO upgrade their phones."
More likely their phones are mostly upgraded for them when they sync to itunes to update their music and photos. itunes will prompt, they'll blindly click through the options and hey preto they are upgraded !
Also Android users generally do not expect an upgrade... the general man in the street hear that iphones get upgraded but are perfectly accepting that every other phone out there stays with the software it was purchased with.
That's being the state of play since the early days and hasn't changed much. Especially since new software is something many manufacturers use to to flog us new phones.
The Kebab in the Telegraph acticle looks a bit posh for a post pub job.
More likely to be a donner I think lol
Bye bye split screen...
Well the controller with screen looks like a win for living room multiplayer.... racing and fps games without split screen cheating :) The main screen could show "highlights" from fixed cams like that pass to take 1st place or kill shots making it something for a party audience to watch.
Re: Unfriend them - agreed
"Also, you can share stuff with people even if they only have an email address."
That bit doesn't sound better.... sounds like someone "sharing" something with me from Google Plus via email spam. A win and a fail
I was hoping for some "new" in my news but it seems not. Just an article using a speech closing funny as the basis for recycling the news from the last week :(
I'm not sure IRDA failed as a whole since it's still used in so many TVs but I guess you meant in terms of data transfer.
Taking the TV example a step further my PS3 remote is bluetooth and there is a definate lag on first use. I'm not sure if that lag outweights the benefit of not needing line of sight since I'm always sat in front of the TV when using the remote (Play TV).
I still wanting to point it at the TV anyway... havn't trained myself out of that yet !
Re: Oh for the old days...
"£50 for 2 years' gameplay is still very very cheap by any other standards of media."
I dispute this on the basis that if I buy a blu ray for 20 quid I can watch it until the disc falls apart and I think a 30 year life span is reasonable for those discs.
Of course if you're talking about games, say a mmorg then yes 50 quid for 2 years is good.... but this isn't.
For a more realistic comparision try Balders Gate, single player & co-op but still playable over 10 years later since it's not dependant on any back end servers.
Damn my spelling & grammer need work
"With a valid Apple ID and a password, investigators can not only retrieve backups to seized devices, but access that information in real-time while the phone is still in the hands of a suspect."
If the phone is in the hands of a suspect it's not exactly sized is it ?
That said you could size their laptop "forget" about the iphone (knowing they use iCloud) and then you can extract and crack the password from the laptop itunes, access the iCloud backup and then tap into their calls & texts without ever touching the iphone.... genious !
I would hope that needs a warrant though.
Finally in any other circles this would be treated as an outragous hack and backdoor into your backed up data. But since it's only available to "security & law enforcement services" it's ok then ?
Re: Got to love the titles here
If you consider the implications this is news because once they have access to your iCloud backup they can access a complete backup on the phone in your pocket.
Now since the phone backs up whever it finds a wifi network it can use if you're wandering close to somewhere with public wifi (most city centers) then they have close to real time access to call logs and text messages. All completely unknown to the "perp" / target.
Remember that this information will be logged and saved in advance.
So acess to call records & call content via a court order means that they will gain access to your records for as far back as the phone company have them (5 years ?). Also they could tap your phone to record your phone calls.
Now under this proposal they will log all the sites you visit, the content of all the emails you send and much more. They then have to get a court order to access that data but it would be already there on their equipment.
However it's not like there are 3rd parties involved (eg BT) so it would be trivial to lower the requirements. Putting this into the phone context everyone knows it's comparable to them recording all your phone calls (& text msgs) and then promising that they'll ask before listening to them.
I think the article said encrypted passwords..... reverseable ? maybe
Re: Turning off servers at 6:30?
Yeah, that one comment of this alone served to show to me he has no idea what he is talking about. Plus how many startups have employees finish by 6:30 ? Thought that the early days meant long hours and late nights... leading to a bonus paid in shares of course
I don't believe a word of it
The timing is too much of a coincidence plus they got caught and done for minor drug smuggling and black market boots ???
Any seriously effort by "Chinese CIA" would have enough financial backing that the agents involved wouldn't have to resort to boot smuggling. The caught on tape bit lends some credibility though not alot.
To take this a step into speculation land hasn't China wanted to "reclaim" Taiwan for a while ? Wouldn't two Taiwanese nationals be quite happy to get involved in a story painting China in a bad light in exchange for a deal on the drug and smuggling charges ??
I do suspect that China is after high tech by less than legal means (as every developing nation has at some point) just not through this pair
Maybe the script kiddies just got older and stayed lazy ?
Not quite what I expected
While this is sort of interesting on a Stuff Mag level I was hoping it was about the science of the materials used for tech internals... rare earth metals etc
Unless vanity goods... only a very very small number of people would buy and use this stuff because the rest of us wouldn't dare take a $4,000 gaget out of the safe deposit box even if we could afford it. I guess you could call a 5 mill ipad art but it's no longer fit for purpose lol
Re: Not the first time.
Sorry but those analogies don't quite work because once the flat is searched the students get to return home. Well, the ones not being charged with anything that is.
Based on past cases in the news it seems extremely unlikely that the server will be returned.
All emails, websites and mailing lists will be gone unless there are backups.
So back to your analogie the students don't go back to their flat, they have to get a new flat. They might be able to replace some posessions via insurance but not everything, recent purchases not listed in insurance documents would be tough to claim for (no flat, no reciepts) and those assignments that were started recently so not on any backup would have to be redone. And there isn't 4 people affected, I think a number of around 300 was mentioned.
"We can rule out large planets," Perets said. "But there's a non-zero chance that a small world might lurk on the fringes of our solar system."
There's a non-zero chance I might wake up with wings tomorrow.... what's wrong with saying there's a very small chance our solar system could have a rouge planet ? Also working out the rough odds can't be that hard and if they work out in the same range as me flying to work in the morning then just say it's very very unlikely !
Picky/petty yes but annoying :p
Re: They're called "Glades"
Not sure about Stross but "Glades" are mentioned in some Ken MacLeod novels.... The Star Fraction for example. However those are not transparent but fake it with an outer coating of nano scale cameras feeding the inner display... with processing in between of course.
Re: UK Dumping Ground
You are absolutely correct but the decison makers rarely think beyond say 4 years so I'm talking about short term political and financial benefit. If these people invested the money into development we could (in theory if not already) be using other countries "waste" to power our reactors.
Well I have friends in the 17 to 25 segment that definately prefer black berry's to any other phone. with the reasons along these lines...
Cheap, a tenner topup gets you credit and "unlimited" internet with some providers over which facebook and BBM works just fine.
Plus the phone aren't that expensive to buy and are fairly reliable.
The BBM thing has an element of exclusivity to it, not unlike burberry
For some reason people who hold back phone numbers are happy to increase social circles by posting their PIN and getting adds from strangers. There's even groups on fb for people to post to.
Security since some of the more technically minded have picked up the publicity that blackberry's are tougher/harder to hack (true or not)
Blackberry use over the riots was just because they happened to have blackberrys already. It's not like they bought them in advance and carephone wharehouse had a rush on.
Re: This is happening with the apps too
In this case they didn't have to... they used the app and in the ads facebook lists that you used it
UK Dumping Ground
Ok so I read this bit....
"A lower liability level of €70 million, up from the current £10 million, will apply to incidents occurring at certain 'low risk' sites, with a level of €80 million for incidents occurring during low risk transport of nuclear substances. These are the minimum limits that can be set under the revised Conventions, the Government said."
...as we have increased the generation liability to over double the 500 million minium but kept the transport and storage libability to the bare minium required.
So it's more exepensive to generate here than it would be elsewhere in europe but cheap to move and store waste here. I'm not keen on this and would rather see new generation technologies advanced and encouraged. Long term benefit rather than short term benfit in charging for storing other people's waste !
This is happening with the apps too
Interestingly since FB see's I'm single I'm getting LOADS of ads for dating sites and apps (suprise suprise), one of which is Zoosk.
This new advertising feature lists my friends who recently used said dating app and I'm really not sure if the one who is married knows that fb is broadcasting that he's been checking out other ladies.
If you give your details and data away for free it WILL be used. I'm still using facebook but I've not "liked" as much as I used to and I'm not using many apps either. On a seperate issue I've stopped "liking" some pages (Creme Eggs for one) because of they daily posting of crap garbage updates. No, blocking them wasn't enough.
Don't forget that your average user won't see the tech new and certianly won't read terms and conditions. It's only when they see something that affects them that they then complain regardless of what they "agreed" to.
Thus why the issue over profile pics used in dating adverts which still happens though there may be a check now to ensure that there is little chance of you knowing that person.
Also why this now is an issue because she's feeling hard done by even though she technically agreed to it. Happy to see it's being challenged though ! The day when people take terms & conditions as law is a sad one indeed.
Re: Mostly reasonable
However alot of new legislation is deterrant to be "tested in court" with is plain lazy in my mind. Write it right or leave it out !
Anyway I think it'll probably stay in and they'll see if it can "stick" with the first court case to try to use it. After all it's far easier to prove posession rather than intent and if I own "hacking tools" I must be a baddie. No regard for white hacks, professional penetration testers or maybe someone who wants to hack for fun with no plans to take it outside of their home network (white hacks have to start somewhere yes ?).
In MEP speak everyone who owns a crowbar must be a thief to lets do them for intent to break and enter.... idiots.... mini rant over :)