64 posts • joined Friday 8th April 2011 10:35 GMT
Re: Tax Laws
Isas and pension tax breaks are deliberate and the government encourages you to do it. E.g it does not expect you to pay tax on the interest of your first 6 odd grand of savings that year.
An individual can't be attacked for doing this, in the same way people shouldn't be attacked for claiming child benefit to which they are entitled. You could argue that we shouldn't have ISAS or similar things at all but not that people shouldn't use them when the government puts them there.
The government doesn't intend for Google to pipe money all around the world just to avoid paying UK tax. The loopholes which Google are using are not intentional tax breaks.
I have a corsair accelerator with 40gb
it works well though run with some background software which is not ideal.
thankfully I was a student once
Still rockin' on the 2007 ultimate version I picked up as a student for £40. I suspect it will last quite a while.
Re: Mourning HMV
My treat for taking the bus in to work (here and there) was to go in to hmv at 9am when o one else was in there and sock up from the 2 for £10 section. Served me well.
I went in to the trocadero one recently, managed to find the obscure ps3 accessory I needed and went out. Simply because there where too many people in there to browse properly.
Fopp in covent Garden was ok though
Mine is a my blu-ray player that happens to play pro-evo
pfft I <3 my n97
well there goes my support
For my Corsair accelerator, which works rather well I must say.
Simpler than Intel's SRT
when I build a new machine
I won't bother to "upgrade"
I tried that with the preview, it didn't really work too well, ended up formatting to go back. The "apps" page was such a mess
Some things wound me up too much but I liked others so not rushing but won't avoid.
Hard to say they've really done anything wrong at all.
Costco is a business oriented bulk buy store anyway...
They work well at the frequency they're supposed to
99.9% of people do not overclock their cpus
Re: And still down-playing themselves?
The lens is house in a gyroscope type device.
It's also used so that longer exposure times can be used in the dark without blurring.
Obviously a camera on a phone won't replace a dslr, the point being that you don't take your dslr everywhere you go, at least most people don't. If you have a respectable snapper to hand you can capture anything that you happen to stumble across.
It'll still be a decent camera compared to the competition
The use of the "pureview" brand following the 41mp 808 is misleading to some extent, essentially it's their version of the cybershot brand.
There is virtually no way they could have realistically transplanted that technology in to a svelte design like the 920.
It would have required an additional processor just for the camera.
If you read the white paper it does make some sense as to how they've tried to compensate, part 1 is using a lens with a massive aperture and 2 is to add OIS so that longer exposure times can be used. The focus is different, where the 808 was all abut detail and the ability to zoom the 920 is about low light performance and video stability. Lots of people take pictures in the evening at parties or outside blah blah blah so it's a sensible move.
I'm sure the oversized sensor(s) will return, it might take a while for that to happen, I'm fairly sure the 920 won't be as impressive a the 808 but despite all the marketing failings I suspect it'll be amongst the best if not the best mainstream smartphone camera out there.
Note that with this phone if you are prepared to knock down the output resolution you should still get some of that oversampling/lossless zoom goodness. A good quality 2mp image is completely fine for a standard print/web use.
I've found my corsair accelerator a worthwhile addition, more suited as an add in than for a new build but for those who can't be bothered using different drives and partitions it's a nice compromise.
Re: In slight tiny almost defence of his Homeopathy support...
Pretty sure acupuncture is load of codswallop too though.
just looks like hotmail but with more blue but tbh I find hotmail.com absolutely fine and considerably better than gmail.
What I might approve of is if they gave the option of the clean exchange webmail type view
Re: Not here..
Surely they could still have a second monitor?
although, yes it would seem a bit pointless over a regular desktop
There's nothing fundamentally wrong with x86, all depends on the implementation and right now it's only getting better. The latest atom chips match ARM foor power/performance.
Have an ARM cpu running full blown windows and it will also use a shed load of power
I tried it out for a few days as an os update. It wasn't awful but it was frustrating. It would be better when all the inbuilt metro apps work properly.
The apps and people page look awful, and not customisable in any way.
FB adverts are s**te anyway
They suggested that I "like" the Conservative party.
Mostly I don't even notice them and use the desktop site less and less.
Using the dark scheme, is great for my eyes having less light blaring at them. Genuinely happy with 2011. Sure the buttons are a bit dry but it's good for a long day of use.
This isn't supposed to be in competition with DSLR cameras and what not, it's supposed to be a replacement for point and shoot, providing good image quality in your pocket without the need for a separate device as most people don't walk around with dedicated cameras in their pockets or bags. As mentioned earlier default setting is 5mp shots which is in line with other phones, it uses the high res sensor to remove noise, not create massive photos. In fact the original idea behind it was that you could zoom in 3x and get a true 5mp camera shot. Obviously the more you zoom the less noise reduction you get.
Also nokia camera already lets you control ISO, shutter speed etc
could be a problem ^...
Think they should just re-release fifa 98 really. Football games have been on a downhill slope since then. Back in the day you were allowed to dive and deliberately foul the goalkeeper. All this with real players!
I <3 cds
thing is it's worth buying a cd even if you don't plan on using it. It's usually cheaper, it's uncompressed and if your hard drive blows you just rip it again.
The only annoying thing about cds is that they scratch, easily. Yesterday I accidentally dropped a cd :( i've proably messed up a track... fortunately I have it ripped to a lossless format so no data lost!
All hinges on how good WOA is, the power users will lean towards the x86 tablets, whilst the ARM ones will be more plug and play, I have a feeling it'll be pretty good but it'll next dev support to do well.
Re: Nothing New
Well it's similar in principle but it's more of a retrofit (corsair are also doing an almost identical product with the same software too).
Is more designed to add in rather than in a fresh build and is probably a bit easier to set up.
There is a very big advantage to caching over a boot ssd in that an algorithm is probably better than people at working out what should be on the ssd and what shouldn't. You won't need to move programs and files over, managing multiple disks is a nuisance. Most likely with there'l be a performance hit and probably a sort of lag, play a game for the first time in a year and the first couple times it won't speed up but then it will. Whether or not it's noticeable in real world terms or not is another matter. Also half the windows files that would be installed on to a boot drive don't need to be there.
Lastly as it's a cache if it dies like ssds do then your mechanical drive still has everything (well almost depending on it's writing policy).
SRT is probably more appealing and the SLC drive which is purpose made is extra reliable to handle being thrashed around, although it is only 20gb which is not really big enough.
STOP WORRYING ABOUT THE INSTRUCTION SET
just worry about the phone!
I think WOA will probably be something well implemented but the marketing of this all is going to confuse the hell out of many.
rockin' out on a k800i i got on ebay for £20, it seems to work quite well! I had a c903, it went bust whcih was probably a sign of things to come, it seemed noticeably less well implemented despite having a great spec.
Sony could potentially succeed with media oriented android devices if it wanted a niche, walkman android kinda thing.
Ultimately when I am using my phone I couldn't care less about instruction sets, at the end of the day it's all about how well it's executed, if Intel can make good mobile x86 chips then it's good competition, if not then they will fail. I think intel (and AMD) will do better in the tablet market though where x86/full windows could actually be beneficial.
Later revisions will incorporate more stuff, intel will buy some more companies and it will ultimately end up as a full SOC.
Well it's much cleaner now and a bit more purpose built, although personally even though I've been on there to listen to music/check out a band etc every so often I haven't logged in for about 5 years.
Facebook didn't pull of it's musician's pages very well at all so it's still a decent place for unsigned/small bands.
Usually nothing to stop someone copying a CD anyway. Although you are often selling the booklet etc with it.
Will leave it for the courts to decide the legality of it all though.
not all so sure about this, whilst I'm confident that Microsoft will produce a very nice and polished product I can see things getting messy when you can buy x86 and ARM tablets. The x86 versions will be useful as they will just be mini computers, and will be a real hit for transformer type/dockable devices.
With this more closed platform the ARM versions will be able to guarantee a very high level of stability , on the other hand little existing software will work. Having said that it shoudln't be too difficult to port a lot of stuff. Windows will largely be in competition with itself and will need to clarify who the target market really is, and selling it as Windows for ARM doesn't sound like a good idea.
Also Medfield has proved to some extent that the whole ARM vs x86 thing isn't necessarily true, and the x86 tablets may be able to have just as good battery life. The one thing that I think is likely is that the ARM tablets will probably be cheaper than x86 and this may be the key here. Intel and AMD will need to throw their weight behind a few tablet makers to ensure that regular windows 8 is a justifiable tablet OS. One problem that may arise for MS here is that on the x86 tablet side of things there will be a mix of products, some very good, some probably terrible.
I reckon we are going to have something called "Windows 8 Tablet" which is windows 8 for arm, will be sold as a stripped down tablet oly version, whilst "premium"(pos?) x86 tablets with intel/amb cpus will just be windows on a tablet/ laptop hybrid kinda device. At a guess you might have thinner/lighter ARM tablets but not necessarily. I think they will be cheaper though.
FWIW Windows tablet (if it is called that) will effectively sit somewhere between "windows 8" and "windows phone 8".
Fortunate to have an inbuilt dual freesat/view tuners on a panasonic plasma, I find the freesat signal more stable. More channels too but mostly junk, although cbs acion has TNG at 8pm every night :p...
More tvs should have it built in really.
Would you really want to carry around £500+ gear on a bus?
I do actually understand this product though, it does have the potential to be the basis of a mini audiophile setup.
Some minor issues...
It 1) Could do with more capactiy, although a standard lossless album will take 500mb or so, so around 100 albums ain't too bad.
2) Double up as a usb dac, for things like spotify etc without needing a converter.
3) Better format support.
4) a squeezebox touch costs less than half that
So there's going to be 3 different Windows 8s...
Kinda sounds like wp8 will similar to winodws 8 for ARM, which i think will be tablet targeted. Wonder how on earth they're going to be marketing all this.
Also sounds like wp7.5 devices will probably not get upgraded to wp8.
I now even avoid using gmail as it looks so bad and now just read it via a folder in my hotmail.
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