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Re: So to the downvoters of testing...
I didn't say it _was_ a Windows update but I was making a point that I presume all the people who are too time/budget/whatever excuse constrained to test updates that have, in the past, been known to cause issues occasionally also don't bother to test their Windows updates. Or their application updates.
Yes, for remote working/home working staff it makes sense if you're not using something like an always on VPN/DirectAccess solution to allow their systems to autoupdate and then there are times where you have to weigh up the impact of a zero day exploit / piece of malware etc and the damage it would cause over the potential instability a remediating patch or update would potentially cause if it's installed, but most of the time there is zero excuse for what is effectively laziness.
And yes I agree that the vendor should have caught it but they didn't and the IT staff should have therefore had policies in place that caught it before it became such a huge issue.
Christ - would you just roll out a brand new application suite without any testing?
So to the downvoters of testing...
Presumably you all just allow Windows Update to run on all of your clients and servers without first testing they don't balls up your systems in some obscure way too?
AV cock ups, whilst fewer than they used to be, are anything but unheard of.
Budget? Simple - let your IT team have the releases first. These individuals should have the necessary skills to remediate any damage.
I find it laughable when people say "we don't have the time, budget or resources" - this doesn't have to be any more onerous than you make it.
But downvote away.
....to testing updates before they get applied?
It's no major issue if an update borks my own laptop - I can rebuild it and restore as necessary but I'd expect controls to be in place before any system-wide updates went out for an enterprise.
I have a late 2011 MBP
As I've mentioned a couple of times on the Reg forums, I have a late 2011 15" MBP upgraded to 16GB RAM, a 512GB SSD and the 750GB spinner upgraded to 1TB and moved into the superdrive slot.
It's been the best Windows laptop I've personally ever owned and since I picked it up stateside, it was about on a par for the equivalent spec non Apple hardware in terms of UK pricing.
But no way I would consider a unit - however good the screen - where my upgrade options were a flat zero! Can't even replace a battery? No etnerhet port? No thanks, Apple.
American 'English' Dictionary...
The very first word in it appears to be Litigation
Cannot say I'm surprised
Azzurri were why, a year ago, O2 offered to allow me to take my small business account elsewhere.
I have rafts of contradictory emails from Azzurri - from the same person even, which proved they were out-and-out lying to me.
In the end, a senior manager within O2 offered me three new handsets of my choice (iPhone 5's in the end) plus cut the account cost by 50%, and gave me a boost-box if I'd sign to another 24 month contract on the pomise that they (O2) would take the support of my contract on in its entirety and should they try to shift it back to Azzurri the contract would become null and void again.
The information I was provided was that O2 themselves had underestimated the uptake of iPhones, hence the need to ship some of their support to Azzurri.
Unfortunately there was no warning or choice at the time - the first I knew was when I received an email from firstname.lastname@example.org or some such vaguely connected email address explaining that he was now my account manager. I very nearly wrote it off as a phishing email.
On the whole, I've always been reasonably happy with O2 and when things have occassionally gone wrong, when it was O2 I dealt (or now deal) with, it was generally settled quickly and well.
My account manager at Azzurri was asking a simple question of his manager(s) for almost 6 months.
Hopefully, O2 will have learned a lesson and will endeavour to keep their support (at least business) in-house.
Too little, too late.
I used to have BB handsets. First through work and then my own.
I bought the wife an original iPhone and she hated it - the things it couldn't do outweighed, for her (then), the things it could and the BB platform blew it out of the water. But when things like being able to trivially connect to an Exchange solution and apps were introduced for free, the rot started to set in for BB.
Their ((BB) handsets started to drop tremondously in quality whilst their prices remained high. Their lack of simple support for push mail or sync calendars unless you had an Enterprise class backend infrastructure, were the beginning of nails in the BB coffin.
Yes they were inherently more secure than other handsets available at the time but things like apps and usability of droid and iphone were even more of those nails in the coffin.
I don't know if they particularly are any more (as in I genuinely don't know). but I can remotely wipe my devices using various tools from free to paid for, for example, and my solutions are built to be secure from the outset but they may still have layers not available elsewhere.
Anyway, I guess my salient points are that they rested on their laurels for far too long, churning out the same old stuff on hardware that was looking ever more dated whilst the world, it's dog and other manufacturers got on with trying to produce stuff that people might actually both want and use.
Of course there's a contrary argument there now that would go along the lines of said manufacturers have stopped that and are now getting on with trying to sue the f*ck out each other while world + dog looks on bemused and wonders when we'll see some more innovation again.
Re: Swing and a miss ... of the point
To a large extent I agree. Plus to compare it to a Apple iPhone - even the original one in the UK in '07 would cost over £800 with the contract tie-in - when it's a budget platform really isn't comparing apples with apples (see what I did there!).
Give it a bit of time and let's see. It'd be nice to see the OS upgraded regardless of the manufacturer for once, but hey ho.
This isn't the format you're looking for
Ok let's face it - by modern standards, the original Star Wars trilogy might seem a bit pants - like someone said, wooden acting (I believe for at least the first film the actors weren't really bought into the idea), some dodgy stop-motion and rather camp baddies.
But that's not fair is it? Because it was a thing of its time - it used loads of then unheard of techniques and technologies.
Most films of the era have what you would describe as somewhat wooden acting compared to today.
But we were kids seeing it fhrough kids' eyes for the first time and there#s never been anything like it for us before that, so we do tend to look on the films with fondness - hell I even have an original Millenium Falcon, AT-AT and X-Wing somwhere at my folks place (played with and with bits missing the way they should be :-) )
It wasn't the use of CGI and digital media that let down the latest three films (or even the remastered originals) it was shitty plot, trying to retro-fit new ideas into old films (R2D2 flying for example...erm if that's the case why use a crane to get him into an X-Wing?) etc etc.
What the new films need are a damn good script with care and attention - perhaps it may be made easier by the fact they're not being forced to follow an idea such that they have to write the scripts to fit but only time will tell.
eBay UK having problems
Tried to sign in all morning without success til about 5 mins ago but now it's telling me none of my info, including my stuff for sale is avaialble.. I'd say it was unavailable for roughly two hours - that's a big outage for the 'bay
I'm on O2 for my business tariff
Share a number of lines - when I first signed up about four years ago they were great.
Then, because of iPhone demand, they shipped their support to Azzuri. Didn't ask, just did it.
Support went downhill. So, it seemed, did their coverage.
I'm still with O2 because to keep my business, they gave me new handsets for all of my numbers, reduced the price of the tariff and put my support back under their aegis and out of Azzuri.
They also provided me with a boostbox so I could get a decent signal in the office.
And a couple of months ago it seemed they were showing some common sense by decoupling their service costs from their handset costs - want to upgrade, sure...just pay. It may end up costly but at least it's transparent.
But now this...1Gb of data at 4G speeds??? How many seconds would that take to burn?
And how about those of us who don't want these silly bundles of music and sport? How about those of us who would like to be able to tether our laptops for work without paying stupid amounts of money (to the extent it is cheaper for me to now use a Three One Plan SIM only in a cheap handset and tether using their all you can eat data plan)...and that's on a rolling 30 day contract.
So O2, when this contract comes up for renewal, who do you think, right now, will be getting my business? Hint...not the stupid provider(s) who think 1Gb of data on a 4G connection will suffice!
Quite right Dave and why should they? They're a business, not an individual and businesses exist to make money for shareholders and (erm..ok...) pay taxes. Ok they should pay taxes.
But they aren't being altruistic now - this is business and brand protection. Anyone digging a little will be able to find that the problems are cheap knockoffs but many people are too lazy to dig or look beyond a headline.
And presumably they're trying to protect against expensive repair costs under warranty - assuming they can't prove if a non-genuine charger was used?
Re: Enough already
More like 'My My little pony(tm)" is better than your 'Action Man(tm)' because it's different and I love it and yours blows. Nah nah nah.
At the end of the day, this is The Reg forums. It isn't the place for reasoned debate whereby both sides of the story let alone the facts ever get in the way of a good foaming rant!
Had powerline for ages but
As soon as I moved to fibre, it totall screwed the white BT fibre modem to the point I was getting <10% or max sync speeds.
Tried different brands too as I had both Delovo and D-Link.
It was only laziness that'd stopped me running an ethernet cable for some years anyway so not too difficult to do but I wouldn't mind knowing if anyone else has seen similar issues or if I just happened to get a dodgy modem?
Except Hyper-V is free.
You only need to license Windows guests. And in their haste, many people often overlook the enhanced licensing you get when running Windows guests on a supported hypervisor platform.
And your data is somewhat out of date - look at Hyper-V 3.0 functionality.
VMware load balancing and DRS also simply hands off guests to another host if the current host is too resource constrained.
Let's not forget too, that the 3-server versions of VMware are constrained by features and - again a point oft overlooked - if the time comes when you need to upgrade, you also have to buy the management server as a separate and quite expensive component...VMware is not cheap in the enterprise.
There are other alternative hypvervisor platforms out there - Citrix or non-Citrix Xen, KVM etc.
You could always select the appropriate software for yourself by assessing which matches skill sets, features, price points etc.
Or take the usual foaming at the mouth option of most of the people posting here and choose only your favourite technology because vendor x is bad.
Agreed - these articles are not only fascinating and well written but shed light on many buildings / sites I've been past or close to and never really given more than a passing thought or glance.
Didn't have time to read all of the comments...
...so sorry if I'm repeating anyone.
I have a late 2011 MacBook Pro. As I've written elsewhere it's a great piece of kit that has proven to be a high performing, stable, reliable Windows platform.
It can be immensely annoying - having had one Apple upgrade destroy the Boot Camp partition enough that it wouldn't boot but not enough to destroy and reinstall easily.
For me, it replaced a very very unreliable Asus rig of similar spec and actually because I was lucky enough to pick it up from the US, of similar pricing. That reliabillity was very important to me.
In between I temporarily used both a throwaway Dell and a Mac Air.
The Air was simply too much of a compromise for me - core 2 in a world of I3's, 5's and 7's. Poor display and even poorer display performance even on a day-to-day use. Amazing for dragging between offices though and a decent keyboard.
Terrible connectivity options but I knew that before I bought it. Non existent upgrade options which I didn't fully appreciate (my mistake) prior to buying it.
Which is why I wouldn't get another one. Nor a retina MBP - sorry but if I'm spending that kind of money I want it upgradeable at my leisure and with a choice of components.
Yes, they have their place but step away from the pro- and anti- rhetoric and do your own homework.
Broad brushes but mostly accurate
I've worked for vairous companies both large and small over the years. I've done the hands-on support through to the hands-off consutlancy and everything in between.
Luckily I have mostly worked for and with decent people and managers. Not always - I happened to spend some time at one company where the directors believed that the function of IT was to say that they can do anything but then deliver nothing. They completely missed that bit where there was no budget (ripped off software, anyone?) and that the very directors demanding changes to live systems would then shift the goalposts at random, often contradicting themselves and would blame IT when things inevitably went awry because they were experimenting on a live environment. The MD would do this and then tell his IT staff that they were lying about the shifting sands etc.
One notable thing there has always stuck in my mind - the ops director refusing to have the aircon fixed in the IT office where there were servers sitting due to no room in the server cupboard, but screaming at his team because they didn't stock batteries for the wireless mouse that he'd gone out and bought unbeknown to his IT team.
Now on the other side of that fence were the IT staff themselves, some of whom were indeed lazy and had got into the habit of just saying yes because it was easier, and then were happy to just put up with being shouted at because they'd missed a deadline or three.
Ok in that particular environment it was a case of two extremes but there was definitely an attitude that the IT department should be able to come up with new ideas to drive sales, new initiatives that would add value to the business and even should be able to design all of the artwork for a replacement web site. Yes, that they should be more business savvy. The point being of course, if they were more business savvy they'd probably not be working in IT to begin with.
And what happened the one time they came up with an initiative that generated more sales of add-on products? They had their bonuses capped because the directors didn't believe tha IT staff should be able to earn so much. Needless to say there was never any desire to repeat the initiative shown that time.
But I've worked with bosses who inately understand that generally, technical staff are best not being micromanaged and that can take a mature "as long as the work gets done on time and well" approach.
And the one thing I always look for when I want to recruit / promote to a consultant type role? Not the technical nounce - a techy is a techy is a techy at that level. No I'd like the people that can talk to others, that can give potential customers that warm and fuzzy feeling that their systems are in safe hands.
I want people that understand that the person is the key not the shiny box with it's new software.
I think too many tech guys just get blinded by the shiny for the sake of it, but hey - that's their job too, isn't it?
Agreed - the whole need to upgrade on a regular cycle has to some extent gone. I am seeing colleagues who bought powerful laptops 18 - 24 months ago (myself included, actually) that are still powerful enough to handle everything thrown at them - and in some cases that includes gaming.
Undoubtedly tablets and phones with ever bigger screens have eaten into the market for the casual internet browser etc although there'll always be a need for 'proper' computers with keyboards and mice for even day-to-day work. But combined with the power you're getting and the OS's that won't die and consoles for casual gaming, there is an ever decreasing need to upgrade so often.
Proof yet again
That no matter the underlying technology, users will always be the weak link.
Although...have people learned nothing since the days of "I Love You" or is it a generational thing?
Suspect it won't be 'that much' of a lemon from MS's perspective
Simply because lets face it - corps buying licenses have to buy the latest offering. Whether they then downgrade that licensing doesn't matter - it's a <new version> license sale.
To compound that the people still buying laptops and desktops for the home - whilst it may be a declining market, it's not yet a dead one - on the whole will stick with whatever OS is on there already.
And let's not forget that your average home user, whilst they may be influenced somewhat by techie friends and family members are _not_ in and of themselves very technical. The fact that your average PC World generally don't sell a computer with anything other than Windows on it means that most will not even know there are alternatives.
Indeed I can't think of anyone outside of my immediate circle of colleagues - and very few within - that even build their own systems anymore thanks to the likes of Dell commoditising the PC over the years.
Well I'd guess that given they've gone to XenDesktop 7, straight from 5.6, that we'll shortly see a XA 7 to align product numbers.
Generally agree on StoreFront but Citrix's idea seems to be to use the Merchandising Server to keep clients up to date in a controlled fashion. In terms of keeping the legacy clients up to date, it wasn't all sunshine and happiness - unsigned packages, part-failed installs, upgrades that changed or broke install paths etc could be a huge problem.
I never got on with the Java client but then I have memories of the piece of junk it was back in MetaFrame days.
I would tend to agree with him actually
Although I have both in my laptop - a 512GB SSD and a 1TB spinner, until the price/capacity of SSD starts to come closer to HDD, I can't see mass take up of anything other than where you can use two drives - one for the OS and speed, and one for the apps / data.
That 940(?)GB at around £400 the Reg had the other day is at least heading the right way, but it still has a long way to come down.
"This is an easier way of helping us manage customers' licensing".
"This is an easier way of helping us to lock customers into perpetual licensing".
There you go. Fixed if for you.
Can you no longer cap your call balance?
I ask this seriously as I guess, like many people, my phone has so many minutes of bundled time to landline and other mobile numbers that it is to all intents and purposes unlimited.
However calls abroad and to premium numbers cost a fortune, but since I never let my kids play with my idevice (but the wife occasionally does hers) it makes me wonder if operators still offer the ability to cap outgoing call costs at £xx ?
Seems to me that that would be an ideal safety measure - cap your outgoing calls and turn off in-app purchases?
Though I do like the idea of turning the device into aeroplane mode prior to handing it over anyway.
Christ on a bike...
Seriously? Forced to resign because of a simple opinion. Not an official MS position at that, either, but his own.
And even if it was official - chased down because of it?
I don't want to live on this planet any more.
Re: Androids are Instantly Obsolete
I've had this same conversation to a large extent and though I wouldn't necessarily say they're obsolete immediately, they are so much sooner than other equivalents (well perhaps not MS...WinPho 7 - 8 for example).
When it comes to my phone of choice, like yourself, I don't want to have to root it, hack it, crack it or in some other way manipulate it just to make it usable, but then I have a very low demand in what I want from it so probably don't fall into the 'average' tech user of phones.
I have a colleague that's forever telling me how good 'droid is..especially the OS he's shoehorned on that's written (his words) by some teenager in his bedroom...and how his phone can do all sorts of gizmos and tricks that my iPhone can't but he never quite gets the point - for _me_ the phone works well. It does what _I_ want, well enough for _me_.
It's a phone. It's not representative of a mindset or lifestyle (and if it is you have a real issue). I couldn't care squat if someone has something fast, bigger, brighter or shinier. But like I said, I'm not in the target market :-)
That it's a bit harsh to blame the administrators for the failure of the board that preceded them.
Could they (the administrators) have done things any differently? I don't know, it not being my specialist area. I'd like to think they should at least have honored their employment contracts and paid those poor souls they laid off without pay for January, but other than that from what I know from the outside and a few comments from friends who still worked there, the brown stuff had already hit the rotary device to such an extent that it was far too late to save the company.
I will say one thing.
At least it looks like a bloody car and not some 60's sci-fi idea of what cars in the 21st century will look like.
Practical for me? No, not personally, due to my nomadic choice of career. For the wife though? Well at last check she drove less than 1600 miles a year so very probably.
I do like the battery lease idea too - batteries degrade and until now I wasn't aware of any other company offering that. Mind you, what would the range in a cold and wintery UK drop to?
Yup...'working on support for business contracts'
From http://www.o2.co.uk/tugo/want-it :
Only available for Pay Monthly at the moment. Calls and texts come out of your bundle. We're working on TU Go for Pay and Go and Business customers.
Re: Not working for me
Exactly the same issue - a three handset business contract and told it isn't the correct type of contract....seriously, O2?
I was sent a Win 7 phone to try by O2 when they first came out.
It was ok. Not great, but not bad either. Nothing to prize me away from my existing choice.
One thing though I've never understood with MS on this one - Win 7 phone adopters who took a chance and bought in early got royally screwed by no upgrade path (I assume this is still the same). Nice on MS. Kick the very people who were trying to support you.
Re: The Reality...
Now you need to be careful RainForestGuppy - there's no place for a reasoned, common sense, point on El Reg.
It should be a foaming-at-the-mouth rant against whichever OS/phone/slablet device and/or manufacturer you don't personally support!
Re: From now on, I'll be referring to this debacle as...
I disagree. It is, however, a very good example of when due diligence goes wrong*.
*Or doesn't get done at all because the perceived cost savings cloud judgments.
Re: IMHO, MS Office 13 has a largely anti-productivity UI
I do understand that power users (particularly) hated the ribbon when it was introduced but for the casual user such as me that wanted to produce documenft for customers and internal use it actually made my life inordinately easier overnight.
There were things I knew that I _could_ do in Office but didn't know _how_ to and finding them (and even using them) was often laborious and frustrating.
With the ribbon and its layout I could suddenly find things much more easily.
That of course, is my own subjective opinion and yours maybe be different but equally valid.
I will agree that 2013 seems a bit of a step backwards in the way they've done some things and it's certainly a very bland UI compared to previous versions. Not sure there's a compelling upgrade for anyone on 2007 or 2010 or even those happier using the earlier versions if they work for you.
...I was in our local HMV at the weekend with my eldest son and it was a mess. DVD's and CD's etc just piled in in no apparent order. No room to browse without blocking the aisles and prices that weren't even a little over the odds.
Jessops - I enjoy photography as a bit of a hobby and last year I was after a lens for my Canon. Jessops wanted (online at this) £1,300 for a lens that Amazon wanted £600 for. Other online retailers were in the £700 bracket on average.
Whilst I like to try and support our incumbent businesses they have, for too long, been their own worse enemy.
Many times in our local Comet store (well I say many - the handful I visited) it could be almost impossible to grab the attention of a sales person.
And of course, fundamentally, many of these companies just failed to respond to the online threat quickly enough.
At the very least, they should have tried to emulate the PC World model of order online and collect from your local store.
22.5mph and Cadence sensors
22.5mph isn't all that quick for cycling. I can hit double that on my road bike on some of the descents and easily hit 20+ on the flat.
Terry - go for one of the newer Garmin bike navs. They integrate with their cadence, heart rate etc sensors via ANT+
Re: Said it before and I'll say it again
Wow...that's a lot of downvoting for a simple fact: it's been proven, time and time again, that if you go head-to-head with Apple and the iPad on price you will fail. Cut the price and look what happens. And it really doesn't matter if you come up with a killer alternative.
I agree with dotslash (and here come the downvotes again I guess) - most people buy a tablet and give up on it within a fairly short term.
My kids love mind though - they read, play games, browse the web, watch Doctor Who etc but personally after I was bought a Kindle, it stopped being used by me for anything much.
Said it before and I'll say it again
People don't want a tablet, they want an iPad. Unless it's a cheap tablet.
Shame about Sharp
I used to work for their third party repair company back in the 90's.
They were the first to market with passive colour LCD portable and then active matrix (TFT) displays in their portable computers. These things were enormous and had a handle, required mains to run and a very strong arm to carry.
I witnessed first hand Sharp's then view on customer care - they (the customer) always came first. Warranties were honoured a full three months after they'd officially ended and if you complained you would always be treated respecfully and would usually have your complaint positively acted on.
I would be genuinely sorry to see them go.
Still having problems.
Haven't had a data connection since yesterday and now at work, where I normally see a full signal, I am stuck with my handset saying "searching".
O2 were good (business contract, three handsets - never 'big' money to O2, but still £130 a month) when I joined them three years ago but their customer service attitude these days is "stuff you. give us more money". I've even considered buying out what is remaining of the contract, it's that bad.
Doesn't look too bad but if it's going to be priced akin to the iPad then MS have already lost.
Because, as we all know, people don't want a tablet they want an iPad. Unless it's bargain prices, then they want a tablet.
MS really need to follow the XBox model on this and use it as a loss-leader and making up on apps and licensing.
Re: Improved service would be better than occasional discounts
I've been with O2 for my company mobile phones since 2009. In the beginning, I seemed to get decent 3g coverage at my home and office.
I made sure I checked their coverage map before signing up and it gave a green for 3g coverage indoors and out at both locations.
I now struggle to even get a decent 2g signal at home and the map has changed to show no 3g available in this area.
I have a personalised 'account manager' from a third party (Azuzzi) who has single handedly managed to screw up just about every simple request I've made. This moron can't even call my - the primary number on the account - when I tell him what it is in email. He goes through the motions of calling the handsets in apparently ascending number order until he gets me.
Oh and that's usually about 72hours after I've tried to make contact via phone and/or email with a stock apology that he's been out of the office.
My superb, next-day, turnaround for faulty handsets for example is not done any more. But of course, I was never told this. My once good annual upgrade of all handsets now comes with the caveats that - (a) it's only for one handset on the primary number and (b) it's an automatic 12 month extension of the contract if you take it. Neither of which were explained outright - I had to go digging.
Anyone remember the problems with them releasing our private data last year? It was a "small problem" and one that was "technically difficult to achieve" and "only affected some test systems" - basically everything except even a simple apology.
I don't want gimmicks O2 - certainly not on an expensive business contract - I want a reliable signal and good service. I want to be able to pick up a phone and believe that my business is important to you - ok, in the grand scheme of things, £170pm on mobile contracts to a company your size isn't a lot but to a company my size it is and compared, I suspect, to the vast majority of non-commercial accounts it's a rather large sum
In fact, the longer I think about how O2 have managed to go from what was really a rather good company that looked after my needs and treated me with what was genuinely great customer service to the steaming pile of nondescript grimness they now are, the more I think it'd be a good idea to buy the contract out.
Nor have I even been a "high maintenance" customer - had a couple of handset failures in the early days, that was all, and I don't blame O2 for that.
Sorry - didn't mean that to be such a moan.
Agree with so much said here
I've had this same discussion re "speed kills" many time.
Inappropriate speed kills. Poor driving kills. Tailgating and not paying proper attention kills.
We have a crazy system in the UK and there are some fairly simple solutions that would generate revenue and I believe to some extent lower costs to individuals.
First off - scrap the road excise duty. It isn't even as if it goes towards maintaining our piss poor road infrastructure any more.
Replace it by increasing the cost of petrol and diesel a few pence a litre (bear with me).
As part of this cost increase, implement third party insurance for everyone.
This has three immediate benefits:
No one can ever drive uninsured, be they foreigners or just some jumped up idiot;
You actually have a pay-as-you-use mechanism that means people like me, that have driven over a thousand miles a week for work in the past pay the appropriate amount of money for this whereas my wife, who struggles to put in 1500 miles a year doesn't pay the same as me;
You can scrap a lot of the DVLA.
Stop this crazy law whereby my son, when he hits the age of 17 can pass a test and so long as he can afford the costs associated with it can then take a Ferrari out on the motorway the day he passes.
Let's make people have lessons and possibly another test even before they are allowed on motorways. Ditto before they're allowed to drive powerful motor vehicles - hell, you have this mechanism with motorbikes.
Make people take tests more than once (another revenue generator and allows people to keep up to date on the most recent highway code - my 70+yo neighbour passed his test almost 60 years ago. The roads haven't changed much since then...?)
Let's have sensible speed limits - like others have said, let's make them genuinely variable and let's have traffic police officers back on our roads that can use their own judgement and common sense.
And if you lift the speed limits and people are caught tailgating, for example, or blasting through the lower ones in fog/rain then hit them hard.
Oh and as for the comments about lower insurance costs - I traded my ageing Porsche Boxster in lately for a Focus CC - the insurance? It went down 24 quid a year...it really is a protection racket.
Have the R.A.T. 7
Actually bought an "on offer" 5, but it turned out to be ex-demo with a load of bits missing.
So I got the 9 which is basically the wireless version of the 7. Battery life sucked - and despite getting a spare that sat in the wireless transponder base, changing them needed fingers with a grip like pliers.
Also it tended to suffer a lot of interference, so back it went and I settled on the 7.
Because, despite the issues, it's a an amazingly adaptable mouse - you can change most angles, add and remove parts, slide the palm rest out and change the weight. I've finally found a mouse that I can make fit my hand properly.
Yes it looks pretty cool, too, and is a conversation piece ("what is that?" being most common), but above and beyond all that, it suits me, my hand and how I use it.
Another vote here for the HP Microserver.
Have mine running Ubuntu Server 11.04 and it handles my Squeezeserver (far more responsive than it ever ran under Windows), streams video to my Samsung TV via TVMobili and acts as a time capsule for my MB Pro.
You can actually add a 5th disk by removing the DVD drive and using a 3.5" to 5.25" fitting kit and running the SATA cable.
It's practically silent and only cost me £99 after a fantastic cashback deal last year.
Very expensive option
I like the idea, but compared to say Sky multiroom (and I never thought I'd be saying Sky are cheaper than something/someone) in the UK, it seems a very expensive option! Especially if I can't get my full fat BluRay, for example.
I do accept this kind of thing isn't globally available though, but even then - a second TV with a free to air receiver and a BR player would still be less expensive than this.
Guys take a look at Citrix XenClient.
If you're lucky enough to have a machine that is compatible (and despite the fairly limited HCL it will run on most stuff now) then this is a godsend.
A free, bare metal (i.e. type 1) CLIENT hypervisor. Switch between running machines at the press of a couple of buttons. Have your works machine P2V image, your personal Windows machine, Linux and OS X all running (ok the latter has to be foisted on and is far from reliable but it works for limited testing and demos).
The only reason I no longer use it is because it isn't yet compatible with Apple hardware but I did have it for over a year on my Dell.
Yup...said this many times in the past...stop passing off parental responsibility to ISP's/website owners/government agencies etc and take responsibility.
Don't understand tech? Put the damn computer in a room where you can look up and see what your kids are doing.
And like has already been said - pre-screen it. It's happened before and will happen again.
But I guess that means spending time with, and interacting with, your sprogs rather than letting someone/something else do it for you.
As for the perpetrators...why aim your smut at pre-school kids you sick whack jobs? Let's hand the "The internets are dark and evil and must be censored" brigade a huge stick to beat the ISP's & governments with.
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