Still waiting to see real-world applications of graphene, though...
103 posts • joined 5 Jun 2007
A waste of time and money...
That is all.
Just stop pissing about with bodge jobs and start planning for bloody FTTP deployment already!
If you have half decent broadband you can always deploy a Femtocell at home (3 Home Signal). You can't buy them in store but if your signal is nonexistent at home, Customer Retentions will get one sent out to you free of charge.
They work well, actually, the little blighters :)
Pretty sure Vodafone have a similar product (SureSignal, if memory serves right), but you'll have to pay around 50 quid to get it.
Not a problem with higher prices...
... provided they translate to better quality of service.
Back home in Portugal, I can get 4G pretty much almost everywhere and the service on any of the operators is generally quite good.
Yes, it's more expensive (and none of the three operators offer unlimited data packages, for example), but I, for one, would be willing to pay a bit more to get a decent service.
Re: Yeah but...
Super Bock....... <droooooool>
"asking whether collectively we are doing enough to build the infrastructure of the future"
Obviously the answer is "no"...
Re: As someone who works on GPU's for SS phones...
OK, let's try this again, as it seems you've not read the article or the comments.
As one of the previous posters succintly ecplained "What Ars did was to create two versions of the benchmarking tool Geekbench — one that the system could identify as Geekbench and one that it couldn't. The code remained identical". These two versions of the benchmarking tool with IDENTICAL CODE delivered two different results depending on whether the system could identify it or not.
Is "the problem here" slightly more visible now?
"data from the vehicles and sensors was anonymized and collected in a central location"
That, right there, has pretty much ruined it for me....
Pretty sure the NSA or GCHQ are salivating at the prospect, though...
Re: I would imagine
I fear that may not be quite right.
It is well known that staffing levels decrease at night and weekends. It would appear from this study that what many in the NHS have felt, actually is true: reduced staffing levels lead to increased morbidity and mortality,
I believe the medical royal colleges have tried to impress this upon the "powers that be" for years: we need more staffing round the clock, 24/7. Hospitals should never run on "skeleton staff", regardless of the time of days or day of the year.
But, of course, this comes at a price. And when hospitals are struggling to keep the staff they already have or are considering redundancies, increasing staffing levels is clearly not happening any time soon.
I think it's important, however, to get a grip on reality: Healthcare in the NHS is of very high quality even if individual patients experiences may not always be so. It's good that these "deficiencies" are brought to light, though. The NHS strives to always improve. My opinion anyway.
Re: No surprise
"The pay is great and the hours are even better."
Glad you've not chosen to be a doctor. You clearly haven't the first clue what it's like.
I bet it's the bloody traffic management again...
I remember when WoW was unplayable for a number of days. Virgin kept saying it was peering this and Telia that and eventually accepted that their idiot "traffic shaping" software had cocked everything up.
I left them for their sheer incompetence managing that one incident and have never looked back.
I will try my best never to be one of their customers ever again.
The whole story sounds very odd. Not saying it's impossible, as I don't really know whether the Renaults have "brake by wire", but I find it strange that all the brakes (including the parking brake) were inoperative...
Tends to be some cumbersome thing that we need to sign up for and give all sorts of personal data in return. No to mention the need to login every time you want to use it. No, thanks. My DC-HSPA enabled mobile phone can do anything public WiFi can do. Usually better and with less hassle.
Free parking, as mentioned earlier, would be far more enticing.
No, Standby Instruments can be electronic provided they're supplied by a different bus bar and have their own power backup systems.
Allt the technical reasons notwithstanding, it was cringeowrthy seeing the presneter try to muster some sort of enthusiasm...
I wish those guys would just report on things, rather than try to gather excitement from a croud which REALLY can't be arsed...
Re: Servers need switches
" especially when you can't plug a 1Gb device into a 10Gb port."
That's odd, I could have sworn 10GBASE-T was supposed to be compatible with 1000 and 100?
You had a flaky signal so you've moved TO O2?
And how's that working out for you? Any outages this week? ;)
Re: stuff 4g
I find, however, that the places where you're unlikely to get decent wired broadband are also the ones where mobile signal and 3G coverage are the worst as well...
Deep Staffordshire and Shropshire countryside are examples that spring to mind...
Re: Fly, All is Discovered
So 40% of people have a big secret?
That's not stretching the realms of imagination, to be fair..
That story did make me laugh, though. Hadn't heard it before :)
You're right, from my personal experience you should never gloat about being on Orange... ;)
Giving Google all of my documents?
Unless there is some form of encryption that means they can't see everything I upload into their sysdtems there is NO WAY i'm ever using this service. Dropbox is bad enough in that respect.
I love The Register
I swear to God, reading the discussions in these forums is as good (if not better) than the original article some times.
It's heartwarming to see interesting discussions from people with different but objectively founded points of view.
El Reg forum posters, I salute you!
Well, if the "New iPad" is anything to go by, then I can't see the appeal of LTE. In fact, it would completely put me off upgrading. What use it is for a phone to have LTE on a different set of frequencies which are unlikely to ever be used in the UK anyway?
It annoys me how seemingly short-sighted the deployment of FTTC is... Does this mean we'll be going through this whole bollocks again in 10 or 15 years time, when 80Mb is no longer enough?
Have to be pulled inwards before they open outwards. There is SOME logic to the design, you see.... ;-)
What was the guy's name again?
"John Pistole"? Seriously? :D
God damn it!
Why do the good ones always have to leave???
Best of lucks in your endeavours, Sarah. Missing you already...
I might consider them...
... if they were'nt piggybacking on T-Mobile.
I've given up too...
I echo your remarks. They used to be ace a few years ago. Cheap, great choice and speedy delivery.
It's all been going downhill with orders being delayed and sent via HDNL who have been the most incompetent couriers I have ever experienced.
I have given up ordering from Dabs and stick to eBuyer these days :)
"dishing out supersticious drivel about sky-fairies"
Regardless of your beliefs (or lack thereof), that was a pretty rude, insensitive and offensive remark.
... but rumor has it that it may be implemented in the next revision of Snow Leopard (10.6.5) or Lion (at the latest).
Flash is the way forward...
I fitted a 256GB Crucial C300 SSD to my computer. I use it as my boot drive and have a couple of games in it. My "user files" like music, photos and videos are kept in a standard 1TB Drive.
From a purely user-centric perspective, I willl never, if I can help it, go back to rotational media as my primary storage. Steve Jobs is right on this one.
Of course, if you want decent performance (both for reads and writes)from your SSD, you certainly have to pay the premium at the moment. But I think it's definitely the future.
"I still can't see any difference between a decent SD picture and an HD one."
May I suggest, then, that you go get your eyes checked PDQ?
@Anonymous Coward 17:02
And just what evidence are you basing your opinion on?
Seems like you've swallowed the government propaganda rather well.
Now run along and go get yourself an ID card, double-quick! It'll protect you from all forms of terrorism, don'tchyaknow?
Fibre, glorious fibre...
Well, just been back home to Portugal to find out that Zon (one of the local ISPs) has already rolled out FTTH to approximately 1.800.000 homes and are planning another million premises to be "fibred" by next year.
They are currently offering up to 1Gbps (Yes, that's one Gigabit) bandwidth with unlimited traffic and no traffic shaping! No, I don't quite know exactly what their business model is, either...
God, and here I was so happy with 50 MBit
Mind you, 1 Gbps is more than even I (a well known bandwidth tart) would know what to do with. There is only so much pr0n out there, after all....
@ Martin 19
Rural amenities? You mean, like water? And fresh fruit and vegetables? And milk?
Yes, you get a lot of that ported into the city from the countryside.
"Testimony given under oath by senior individuals"... the same senior individuals seeing 1 Billion flying out the window?
Call me a cynic, but I suspect that testimony is not worth the paper it's written in...
... that is all.
Honestly, why bother?
MacOS looks cool, but it's not THAT good an OS anyway. Why allt he heartache, really?
DOI: sent from my Mac.
Sounds like an aeroplane that doesn't actually do very well at flying, if 1000ft is the best it can manage... :)
Still, 2 or 3 hours endurance is pretty impressive.
Hysteria is alive and well....
It's sad to see that even the supposedly level-headed law enforcement community being gripped by the usual public hysteria...
I was going to say "surprising" instead of "sad" but then I hardly think this surprises anyone.
Something is definietly seriously wrong when even the police fail to comply with a court order.
Good news for VPN service providers...
The anonymous VPN tunnel providers must be rubbing their hands with glee.
Sign me up!
80 mph, 200 miles of electric goodness?
If the full charge takes less than 8 hours, and for 7 grand, just tell me where I sign up to get one! :)
"Just mashing the button"?
Oh, please tell me that's not the future of MMO quests.
I actuallt think WoW has fantastic lore which is helped by many extremely good quest lines. Reducing the text substantially would just turn quests into "Go and kill that mob" exercise. Pointless.
At the moment it feels like there is a good balance, IMHO.
Oh, and Green Hills of Stranglethorn is probably up there with locust plagues in the list of evil things to be subjected to. Battle for Undercity was awesome. Sent shivers down my spine. :)
Ah, yes.... A nice, healthy dose of censorship.
Don't you just love it?
ANd here I was...
... thinking Australia was one of the last bastions of common sense in a world of moronity. This article has just proved me wrong.
I think that judge and whoever decided to bring the whole criminal proceedings in the first place are clearly in desperate need of a life.
... or maybe a shag. :P
If I were an MP I would be encrypting my HDD as soon as possible.
Well, actually, I've already done that. It seems any old excuse is enough for the plod to come in and seize your data these days, and I intend to make their work as difficult as possible.
Tombstone to mark the passing of our civil liberties.
Whatever happened to...
Realising next door's teenage lad has connected to your network, going next door, politely knocking on the door, inform lad or his parent of what happened and ask him to stop?
And then maybe, just maybe, turning on the encryption on your Router?
Have people utterly lost the ability to behave as civilised adults and communicating as such?
Design still an issue
I wish they would make hybrid cars look just like.... well, NORMAL cars.
I think they try to hard to make it look all amazing and modern. I very much agree with Daniel's "CAR OF TOMORROW" comment.