34 posts • joined 10 Nov 2010
Virgin Media have lost the plot
Warning, random rant about Virgin Media follows.
I don't understand Virgin Media's business plan. Surely you make the most of the advantages you have over other competitors. Virgin Media have the only cable network in the country with massive potential bandwidth. Why then have they been dragged into offering faster speeds through the last decade just so they can compete with other ISPs speed offerings?
Even now for the fastest speed you are best going with BT. Technically Virgin Media can go faster, but with the amount they throttle it's useless.
Their advantage is their own cable network, they should be boasting faster speeds than any other ISP... I just don't get it...
Re: Interesting concept. For many reasons.
I think it is important to realise this isn't a rebellion against Microsoft, it's just pure survival. With PC & Windows sales declining if they stick to their current model then Valve and Steam will eventually see a correlating reduction in their sales too.
Fears of Microsoft locking them out may also play a part, but it's the declining PC sales which is their main worry.
The spy chiefs should send in their own DNA/fingerprints and ask for the £1000.
I'm no crypto expert, but surely paid forum software can do better than md5? I know it's double hashed and salted, but still it would take very little effort from vbulletin to use a better algorithm.
Also a lot of the time improvements made will only effect the one web site with their custom db, but here one bit of effort on vbulletin side would improve many forums security all over the web.
"That Strawberry Pie thing was in the news for letting school children program computers, say something about that Prime Minister."
My Google Drive went down from 1pm to 3pm GMT. I couldn't access my google apps spreadsheets which I really needed. Email was fine for me though.
I can't see what else I could have done as backup. I have google drive on my PC synced, but the spreadsheets on my disk are just shortcuts to the google drive web page.
Are the Apple doors supplied to their retail chains by Apple Ireland operating in Cayman Islands? If so that would explain the high costs.
I know exactly what you mean. Check your bandwidth on speedtest and it shows me getting full speed. Try to actually download anything real or stream video and you get 1Mb max...
The speedtest sites need to start using other protocols than simple http port 80 as clearly that's not being throttled. it wouldn't surprise me if they just hardcoded these speedtest sites in so that they are never throttled.
BT were the worst, I tried to get round their throttling only to find on forums that they throttled anything that wasn't port 80, even 443 SSL!
It's a minefield trying to find a decent provider who doesn't throttle. I'm coming to the conclusion that paying extra for a VPN with real unlimited bandwidth may be the only way to go to get past the deep packet inspection throttling on certain protocols. That still leaves the data caps though, but at least they are some what known entities.
I read this on Googles blog yesterday but it didn't occur to me the better solution maybe to just show your mobile screen, so thanks for the insight. I think you are correct.
The problem I have is that this will require another sim, another mobile contract to get data. Is it not time that the network operators changed their model and give you multiple sims you can use? I'm paying them a monthly contract to provide me with data, why do I need a separate contract for every device I own, phone, tablet and now car?
I refuse to go this route and just enable tethering on my mobile to use my tablet, but I wish they wouldn't make life that hard.
This has been covered before, if Google stopped paying them then Bing would happily pay them for their search traffic.
Mozilla make Google money via them using google search page as default. This isn't some sort of charity handout from Google, it's business.
So what happened to the people, the judge says they did do it, but I see no mention of what punishment they got? Does it mean now the judge has said it did happen that they can be sued? Is this just civil not criminal?
The free wifi is great, it has really improved my phone skills.
When you stop at a station you need to quickly scan for the free wifi, get it to connect, then open up a browser, try to go to google, view the virgin media advert, then quickly get your email to refresh, all before you go into the tunnel again.
I've actually managed to download a few emails this way, what a pleasure.
If Half-Life had of failed, we probably wouldn't have Valve and Steam. Imagine a world without that, not pretty.
I'm really enjoying CS:GO, its got me back into it since not playing CS for years.
The original CS was great, then they made CS:S which was more of a test to make sure they could port a mod to their new Source engine, full with annoying movable barrels etc "because the new engine can do it".
CS:GO is the port to the source engine it should have been in the first place, it's great, smooth. Improvements are made where necessary. I think this is the version that will get people off playing the old version of CS.
According to this wiki article there was 6 releases last year and 4 so far this year:
It is perfectly reasonable for a standard software company to need this long to resolve the issues, creating bug reports and assigning developers to fix them in the next release cycle.
But when your software runs in the worlds browsers and is constantly exposed you are no longer a standard software company, you need to take that into account and have a process in place to fix issues ASAP. If you can't then maybe you aren't responsible enough to be in everyone's browsers.
Seems it's not the first time he's been done for hacking.
There needs to be a fine for incorrect copyright allegations, otherwise this will carry on happening.
Rumour was we'd have it here in the UK before the Olympics. Looks like that really was only a rumour. :(
I disagree with your article, this wasn't a case of it became less popular because of other sites like Facebook, reddit etc. This was self inflicted, digg changed their site design and algorithm and it was an absolute disaster. Rather than admit this they decided to die a slow death. Because of that people moved to other sites like reddit.
What have we learnt?
The problem is we (and probably Google) assumed when Android was released that being open source everyone would get updates ASAP due to the openess. Nobody really got into the details of exactly how, but hey it's open source! Well it has taken a few years, but we have now seen that's this is not the case.
I'm fine with that now I know. If you want software updates go for the latest Nexus. If you don't care about the updates then you get more choice over handset.
I have noticed more and more people coming round to this way of thinking. I fully expect in a years time for it to be an Internet sin to complain about not receiving an Android update. The immediate response will be, well you should have bought a Nexus then.
Re: Well, as a fatty...
Can't tell without pics.
All I can say is I used to think the same as you. After dieting for a while and losing 6 stone I realised, hmm actually maybe this BMI thing is pretty accurate after all.
Spirit of the law not being followed
Since the reason for quashing this conviction was that it was against European Competition Laws, shouldn't the laws now be changed so that broadcasters cannot use logos etc. to get around these competition laws.
It seems to me the spirit of the law is not being followed, therefore the laws needs to be tweaked to provide greater competition.
This is a tricky one, the recovery CDs are only of use if you already purchased the software. I know Dell used to sell them for £5.
But I guess only MS has the right to reproduce their software even if the customer has a license for it.
Reread the article replacing "switch off" websites with shut down businesses...
You better be damn sure you are in the right before doing that.
Personally I refuse to pay over half a grand for a mobile phone. I am sure I'm not the only one.
I have noticed in all these posts regaring the locked BIOS that nobody has mentioned another huge benefit to MS, and probably the reason they started looking at protecting the BIOS.
The standard way to pirate Windows 7 is to update your BIOS with a SLIC which makes it look like your computer was an OEM PC with Windows 7 preinstalled. There is very little MS can do to stop this. You can sell on PCs like this with Windows 7 installed without paying MS a thing and it passes all the genuine checks etc.
The solution for MS to this is to sign the BIOS to stop people doing this.
Please don't give these idiots press...
Isn't this kind of stating the obvious? Who wouldn't expect a smaller device to require less power?
Good it was terrible
I wrote an app in AppInventor and it was painful to the extreme. 20 lines of code in java for snake turned into a week of work and something looking like a crazy A1 poster size spaghetti map. It also was incredibly slow despite doing things not that complicated.
I suppose it sets you on the path of coding android and lets you actually produce something straight away which you can run on your phone, making you eager for more. But it is useless for developing any app you would be proud to go public with.
TL;DR AppInventor is a bit of fun, nobody should be using it for making real apps.
BT came out on top?
How did BT come out on top? They throttle anything that isn't port 80, even SSL!
Google to the Rescue?
Isn't this something a company like Google could easily fix. They have huge resources and could easily provide the hosting for these research papers, they have already shown the will to do this with library books.
I also feel the same way about government information, such as court case transcriptions. The law says they should be publicaly available to all, yet the only way to get access to them is to pay some law publisher a subscription to access them. That's not publicly available?
I just read the patent. It makes me extremely sad to know that you can patent something so obvious. I mean how else would you do it.
What's the point...
I have no problems with the IC not fining Google, what's the point if they are limited to £500,000. To a company the size of Google that's meaningless.
There is the argument the fine could be a headline grabber, but I'd rather the IC actually did something useful about our privacy. Especially when it comes to the one company who probably holds more data about us that anyone else on the planet. Making sure they follow the rules is vital.
I'd far rather have Google change their ways voluntary via an undertaking than fining them a meaningless amount and then the matter is closed.