* Posts by Wardy01

120 posts • joined 8 Nov 2011


97% of UK gets 'basic' 2Mbps broadband. 'Typical households' need 10Mbps – Ofcom


BT is a joke for sure ... but this is where ofcom should step in ... the fact that they don't says a lot about their ability as a regulator.

I'm one of the lucky few, I could have faster than I do but chose to only pay for 120Mbps as this seemed to give me more than enough bandwidth for day to life and I have a server that reports 3TB of downloading from the last month, despite this I still game, stream, make calls, use the internet without a hitch.

(Sorry guys)

That said, where I used to live I paid for an "up to" 8Mbps line from BT which never hit even 1Mbps even when I hacked the hell out of my router to optimize it.

I have 2 thoughts here about broadband speeds:

1. Those living in very rural areas should accept this as being part of rural life (sorry guys but thats life, you get other perks).

2. Those living in cities should expect this level of connection as part of the "moving forward" initiative that BT and Gov are working on.

Another thought ...

Why do new estates only go up with basic copper lines laid?

Would it not make more sense to declare (perhaps with law) that all new builds force a fibre enabled exchange to serve that new estate and the exchange be hooked up to the network when building is complete.

I don't think this would cause any issues and it would save digging up roads later (say in 5 years time) to basically do what should have been done already!

Ofcom is my biggest gripe here ... thinkbroadband.com show a map of the speedtest results around the whole of the UK and you can clearly see on that map where the Virgin Media network ends and the BT one is all that is on offer.

Why are other network providers so restricted in the UK compared to BT this is so anticompetitive its not even funny any more?

My thoughts:

Let the likes of virgin apply for and gain planning permission to expand their networks wherever they want then have BT actually have to compete to earn their income so they can be shown what real networks do instead of being given free reign to rip off UK consumers!


Re: Typical households need 10Mbps

Websites are getting bigger, image qualities are rising, more "client side" functionality is added through javascript based "web applications" and on top of all that you're competing with 50 other people jst on that local pipe to your green box at the end of the road.

Having been there I feel for people in this situation, this to me simply re-affirms my position: ofcom is not fit for purpose.

2mb is enough, if those sold it actually get it but as with pretty much all BT lines we are sold "up to" a speed not "this is what you will get" type contracts.

These stats IMO mean absolutely nothing as all they prove is that BT can sell broken promises and still be seen to deliver whilst taking less money and making more profit.

At least the shareholders are happy right?


Re: Typical households need 10Mbps

Sewage is a utility you pay for is it not?

Part of your water rates.

I guess those on benefits get this free though.


Re: Typical households need 10Mbps

If the gov is saving money and they tax us less as result I say sure, do it!

Force the ISP's to get off their arses and deliver the advertised / sold speed not this "up to" crap.

But that'll never happen!


I feel your pain guys

Having lived at my previous address I was lucky when I the wind blew just right so I could get 0.5 "millibits".

Living at my current address I get a connection in the top 1% of the UK from Virgin at 150Mbps and it flies.

What further cracks me up is that the cabinet sites are so tough on regulation Virgin couldn't even if they wanted to put their cables on the several new estates that jut went up which I am reliably informed get a "up to" 16Mpbs connection on BT kit.

This seems insulting to new house buyers when the estate you buy in to is brand spanking new on the edge of a migh speed network and that network legally cannot get you connected.

I agree with the thought that ISP's should only be able to charge for the ACTUAL speed they provide you not the "up to" speed they claim is possible.

In the interest of net neutrality, no connection should ever be throttled too ... this is blatant disregard for simple service levels.

It's a bit like saying "you can have all the water you want out of your taps but if you fill the bath more than once a week we as the water company have the right to slow your taps to a mere dripping".

No way would this be acceptable!

My recommendations:

Lift the lid, allow any network provider to install cabinets where they need to in order to deliver their networks and force through regulation caps on cost to the consumer a actual speed based pricing system.


'Tough' UK public sector blamed in BT sales hiccup


Virgins view ...

When I recently had an issue with my virgin "not so" super hub virgin sent out an engineer to swap over the boxes ...

That's a crazy waste of money.

However ... I got the opportunity to speak to him about the state of todays broadband networks and one of the things I asked him was "Why aren't virgin available in more places?", the engineer told me ...

By default when new estates are built BT copper are typically put in, any Virgin lines require long paper trails of approval before they can even consider being laid.

The process of installing new Virgin Exchanges is effectively on hold until BT get their grubby mitts on the decision, and even then BT get some say in weather Virgin can build an exchange in an area.

This is such a ridiculous state of affairs that I could only gasp that it would even be true.

The strange thing is ... I've heard this several times since!

Why is it that BT get to control the state of the UK networks?

If there was a fairer way that the likes of Virgin could come in and put up exchanges as BT do "pretty much anywhere" I htink most of the country would be looking at 100mb/s+ already.

In the town where I live thinkbroadband.com show maps of the speed test results, you can clearly see the edge of the virgin network lies where the new houses start.

Serious gov/ofcom/anyone ... sort this crap out and give the consumer a fair deal!


Microsoft announces Windows 10 and Azure for humanity's implacable IoT foes


I'm generally the guy sticking up for Microsoft here but ...

It feels like their focus is "get everything in the cloud" ... that has to be the result of some global scale agenda and really not everything needs to be / should be in the cloud.

That said:

If they can be innovative and make my life easier ... I'm all for it.

Nothing worth having is free these days.


Microsoft comes right out and says backup software is dead


Apple do exactly this then repeat!

What we know as the iCloud is basically amazon and azure storing a replicated copy of all of itunes.

Expensive but it works.

Needless to say there are some interesting questions raised around who actually holds / controls the data.

Most public sector services work the same way today ... Maybe not using azure but the principle is the same ... Take a site and copy it to the cloud and realtime sync any changes and you always have a working copy no matter what happens.


PEAK LANDFILL: Why tablet gloom is good news for Windows users


What is it that you guys realistically expect?

I see a lot of people saying "give me a device that is a tablet and a pc" but then you follow up with "charge me fora cheap tablet" ... you can't have it all, how else will the hardware that drives your requirement be paid for?

To my mind, looking at prices today, the latest iPhone that no one seems to think there's anything wrong with fits this problem exactly ... it's in the Surface Pro range for pricing but is little more than a fat phone with tablet functionality on it.

My thought being, if you want serious computing buy a serious device and pay a serious price, if you want to "sofa surf" why are you moaning that £1,000 serious tablet isn't giving you what you want?

With the Surface Pro 3 I can do everything a normal office based pc would typically be asked to do excluding hardcore workstation type tasks and all in a package no bigger than a standard tablet device. That power combined with that portability comes at a price!


Re: tablets? OS ?

Phil_Evans ... wtf you on about ... you basically just contradicted yourself ...

"I love the idea of a device that fits more than 1 of the 3 basic types we have today ..." which you then basically followed up with "... the only device on the market that fulfills that requirement is shite."

Either you want it or you don't?


Re: However, Win8 is pretty good on a touch laptop

My other half loves her Surface Pro.

She's not exactly a high power user or anything mostly facebook and such but there are a few apps that she needs that require a desktop OS.

Windows 8 is perfect for that, I guess it's like any platform though, you either embrace it as a whole or don't really get on board properly and will never see the benefits.


Patch Windows boxes NOW – unless you want to be owned by a web page or network packet


Daft question but ...

Isn't it time Microsoft binned IE?

It's been falling apart since v1 and they don't seem to have done anything to make it trustworthy.


Re: remove and purge

Name 1 other OS that doesn't include a browser out of the box?

That's just plain stupid these days, at the very least you need a browser to find a better browser unless you have an app store function built in to the OS.


Re: Here we go again ...

It doesn't matter how good your developers are they aren't ever going to be as good as the whole world are they?

and WTF? ... "But don't worry, our products are flawless because ... paid devs + closed source."

Yeh Microsoft are terrible for not finding every single bug in every line of code on day 1 before it goes out the door ... show me a company that ever did that and I'll admit I'm an idiot.

So you're basically saying Microsoft are crap because their code is closed source ... riiiight ... Idiot!


Here we go again ...


There's a major bug in x

Community: omg good job we found that!


There's a major bug in x.

Community: Reason why Microsoft is so bad.

Ok then ... Idiot!


One year on, Windows 8.1 hits milestone, nudges past XP


I asked for real evidence and all i got was you lot

All I saw as "valid arguments" was ...

It's hard to use or confusing

- What are you like 5?

- Any IT professional should know how to take this sort of thing in their stride, get a clue moron.

- It took me about 10 minutes to get to grips with it, yes it's different but that doesn't mean it's bad.

- I accept that the 1 start menu "feature" aka TIFKAM isn't ideal for a desktop, but I use hotkeys when in it, rarely do I need a keyboard or mouse to get around in there.

- What was that about not being able to manage your photo library ... uh was that a TIFKAM app you complained about ... I think it was, again nothing to do with windows it's the app you hate not the OS, so don't use it or browse through images with explorer like I do then you don't need an app at all.

We don't like paying licence fees.

- tough crap deal with it, welcome to the real world.

- free stuff just isn't as good, the money makes stuff better, even ubuntu / macOS are not free these days, there's always cost it's just a question of where.

- Some manufacturers do only sell PC's with windows on yes, but that's some not the whole industry, if you can't figure out how to do a google search please stop using a PC forever.

Windows 8 UI is crap and useless because 1 menu works differently.

- as above it's called progress and you don't have to use the start menu at all in which case its still windows 7 just better.

- yeh the "whole UI is wrong" ... right ok ... its the windows 7 UI with 1 menu changed ... eh, wtf?

It interrupts me all the time (switching to TIFKAM).

- You are a minority, no one uses the start menu as much as you do, learn to use your OS properly.

- This is backed by a ton of research done by M$, which they blogged about, less than 1% of all windows usage is typically spent in the start menu, many users don't use it at all.

The beta version is buggy.

- Yeh all beta versions of all products ever made are, deal with it!

- Why am I even arguing this point?

There was once a really bad issue with IE that caused it to crash.

- And? IE is an OPTION you don't have to use it and it's still not windows 8 it's a completely different product, it nothing to do with the OS.

- You're basically complaining about a free bit of software M$ threw in you idiot.

It's not compatible with my device

- wow, 1 device don't work because that device vendor didn't update a driver ... that's not M$ fault.

- Vendors get lead times well in advance and are told the underlying specs months before any release, if they choose not to bother updating their drivers what do you really expect M$ to do about it?

So ... WTF?

I stand by my previous point ... There's nothing "majorly wrong" with windows 8 and all you haters are just hating because you like to rant and M$ is an easy target.

All morons may now proceed to down vote this post.


And yet other propducts are still worse and people still buy them

I see it all the time, I'm doing something on my windows PC and someone says "I tried to do that on my Mac and iTunes / Some OS feature got in my way, it's ok though coz apple is kewl".

Or the other classic:

"I downloaded these 15 different parts of the thing that does this on linux but they don't like each other due to versioning hell, this build of component x won't agree that verson of component y on this particular linux distro" ... and where's the support? Ah yes, some public forum where they basically tell you you're an idiot for not understanding why these 15 different things weren't built to work on common distros but only "obscure linux v0.0.1" instead of "BullBuntu v20".

And yet M$ put 1 menu in a place that no one uses and uproar ensues ...

Oh, the irony!


LOL ... Yet more biased anti M$ bull.

If you're going to bash M$ for something at least have a real argument backed by some actual facts that exist in the real world instead of "M$ is sh** and everything they do is sh** because I'm sheep and think it sounds cool to bash M$" ... whatever!

Windows 7 and Windows 8 are basically the same under the bonnet ... In fact windows 8 was an improvement and is superior to 7 in most areas, the only thing people seem to see though is the vomit inducing tile start menu that M$ said on day 1 ... "we did our research and found no-one uses the start menu so what's the big deal?"

... And yet I see comments like "W8 is crap" all the time ... what exactly is crap about it?

The tile based start menu, sure, because it's blatantly obvious people don't like that but 1 menu does not make an entire OS.

So, someone tell me exactly what is so crap about Windows 8 without being a total retard about it?

Show me some actual fact that says Windows 7 is a superior product, or that a Linux distro is better supported / Easier to use for the average consumer and at the same / lower cost?

Microsoft took 7, made it faster, more efficient and work on more platforms, then started working on creating a single "windows" that runs on even mobiles making development, support, and flexibility unlike any other platform on the market.

... seems to me like a bunch of people that don't use windows still don't use windows but still moan about stuff Microsoft did and was fined for in the 80's just because they can.

Also, those of you complaining you got a windows install "forced upon you" ... you really aren't that smart are you? Go buy a PC without an OS, virtually any main dealer will provide that, or better still do what I did and build a PC from scratch buying each part individually ... second thoughts don't do that, you may end up burning the house down or something.


The last PC replacement cycle is about to start turning



This sys admin friend chose a large phone so he could better see the desktop he was remoting in to in order to achieve just about any task that required his urgent attention.

Phones right now are little more than a convenient lightweight portal to a proper machine weather it be in the cloud or a desktop at home.

We are way off dumping the desktop!

If this guy can do so much without his desktop I dare him to drop get rid of his macbook for just 1 week to see how productive he is.

Unless he's part of the 1% of the population that do little more than prepare and send emails I doubt he'd be able to properly do his job!


Microsoft challenges US gov over attempts to search overseas data


Maybe im just stating the obvious but ...

Can't the US gov just get a copy from the NSA backup of all M$ data?


Brawling neighbours challenge 'quiet' cul-de-sac myth



The reg writers have nothing better to do than this ...

I'm seriously considering leaving this "crap" behind for good unless the reg does something about the poor quality of its s***t writers.


MtGox boss vows to keep going despite $429 MILLION Bitcoin 'theft'


And people still don't think bitcoins are a scam?

Really ... still?


This stuff cracks me up ... a currency but mostly used illegally then "illegally" goes missing from a place well known to store illegal funds and people are annoyed by this because they can no longer get access to their scam wallet?

WTF !!!


Virgin Media spanked by ad watchdog over 'in your neighbourhood' fibs




I get mailings from them offering me broadband despite already being signed up so this is hardly new.

Virgin seem to have OCD which requires them to spam mail every address they can get hold of, its about time someone slapped them.


Julie Larson-Green: Yes, MICROSOFT is going to KILL WINDOWS


Re: still behind.

I'd love to know why you think microsoft are so far behind???

In my opinion, if you strip away all the apps and just look at the OS windows is leagues ahead of its rivals in so many ways ...

1. The desktop version of their kernel is now running on desktops and their flagship console

2. The mobile OS "out of the box" integrates and pulls together a single view of all your contact data with no apps needed.

3. Microsoft software is useful, yeh awesome you have an iPhone or Android device but angry birds is totally pointless.

Point 2 there is a key one ... people bang on about how Apple's ITunes store has a million apps on it but only about 5 of them are any good and those 5 you absolutely must have to make IOS worth using.

I think its about time people started to understand what Microsoft are doing there before you bash a very powerful platform.

The only thing that comes even remotely close is linux ...

Android on the mobile, various distributions on various devices including desktop.

If someone out there can pull together and make this stuff all talk "smoothly" then I would be impressed.

Get a reality check!!


Re: Moronic Idiocy

Only 1 product is actually called "Windows" ... the kernel!

That's like saying "stop calling ubuntu linux" it's not linux its ubuntu ...


The irony being that they are all running on "windows" behind the scenes ... they just don't look like what you consider to be a "windows UI".

XBox one is basically a windows 8 PC


Re: Why Windows is doomed.

My windows 7 box boots in about 12 seconds.

My windows 8 box in about 3 with UEFI or whatever it is called.

I don't think "boot time" is really going to kill windows.

That "lazy code" has mostly been ripped out with most developers now writing .Net applications the API's are fairly clean and fast ... the problem is crap application developers refusing to grow up and move with the times ... Micorsoft is now suffering because it finally told people with windows 8 "No more, we've moved on and so should you!".

Good on em I say ...

Merging windows phone and RT is the most logical thing Microsoft did in a long time and look at that no mention of Ballmer anywhere ... what a suprise !!!


Decades ago, computing was saved by CMOS. Today, no hero is in sight


Re: Massively parallel computing?

Ever heard of a gpu?

That's basically how tech like CUDA works on nVidia / similar devices ... i did also see (on here) that nVidia are working their way in to the HPC arena through a partnership with Dell.

Software efficiency is definately the more urgent way to go though, as a software developer myself I find that whilst my code could be really efficient it spends most it's time wating for the platform it sits on to do stuff using a fraction of the cpu and ram in the gaps between all that bloat.

It's time for a standard platform / framework that simply works instead of abstracting away the problems it causes.

My thinking being that 5th gen languages will open the door for programmers to simply "talk to the cmputer" but the real work needs to happen in lower level optimization beneath the surface.


PlayStation 4 BLUE LIGHT OF DEATH blamed on power cords, TV sets, butterflies in China


Where did I hear this before ...

Oh yeh that company that people love to hate ... Microsoft!!!

And yet many will make some random excuse for Sony because they are not Microsoft ... brilliant !!!

It sounds to me like the ps4 is suffering from xbox 360 syndrome ... so lets keep an eye on xbox one issues because the ps5 will likely have them in a few years time.

You gotta love how a reputation once acquired is seldom changed ...


If this doesn't terrify you... Google's computers OUTWIT their humans


Double take ... WTF !!!

Did they just say that?

considering all the hype about how google only employ the best this seems a bit ... well ... odd ... how could this be?

Oh wait now i get it ... google staffers aint all they claim to be !!!

And that's news?


ETERNAL PATENT WAR: Apple and Samsung locked in battle again


Just fine them both and throw it out

Couple of Billion dollars should do it.

Wasting court time.


HUMANITY STUNNED - Apple Retina iPad Mini arrives. A solemn moment


Apple does it again ...

Somehow adding the word "retina" to a product makes it worth another £600 in every fanbois eyes.

Yes it may havea few more pixels but lets consider the reality ... its still an inferior product as about 99.9% of all software that is considered "good" on it requires about half that (angry birds anyone?) ...

Seriously .. why bother ... give me a Surface Pro 2 with a retina display an i'll consider being impressed, USB for a start and I wont have to pay an extra £400 to gain another 128GB of space.

Isn't it about time people started looking at iProducts as what they really are ... toys ... and toys don't deserve such hype ...

Dear Apple,

Please make a serious tablet ... lets call it the MacTab Pro.

It'll come in 5" and 10" variations and have an i7 processor with 8GB of ram.

It'll support USB and DLNA so I can plug in a USB hard drive stream to a movie any smart TV in my house.

It'll charge using USB so I don't have to pay a premium for some connector that will be useless when the next version comes out.

It'll run a touch enabled version of Mac OS so I can run all that cool high quality software that fanbois really hype about instead of "kiddy mode" iOS.

It'll be smart and talk to me thorugh Siri, be able to talk to my home through the same conversation and even allow me to talk to others through integration for simple productivity options like skype.

It'll as always look good, but actually be useful for a change.

It may actually be worth your rediculous prices for a change.

It'll be the first product I actually bought since the iPhone 3G.


Someone with common sense.


Virgin Media suffers growing pains as Cable Cowboy daddy settles in


Re: Cost saving idea

What he said


I am a recovering Superwoman wannabee




Replace the word "woman" with "man" and re-read that article.

Everything still applies (apart from the high heels of course) ... women like you crack me up.

This is a competitive industry for men too, there's always someone after that job and from a business managers point of view they promote the person they feel will commit the most to the business.

A single person with no outside commitments is probably working more hours than you because they don't have to raise kids is just 1 factor.

Poor you ...

This article is total BS!

If you want more from life go get it stop whining about it.

FYI: My boss is a woman and chooses to be at work rather than at home raising kids, i'd love her job but I really can't be bothered with the hours she does so fair play to her.

On top of that, the MD in our company is female, she has kids and never moans about life.


JPL wants to fire a laser at MARS!


lolz on the WOFUD

It is a typical american approach to life ...

Lets test this harmless thing (or so we will have people believe).

I still think it's funny that Americans can somehow take ownership of parts of the moon ... wtf?

Someone needs to step in and tell the american gov to go F*** themselves (NSA anyone?).


Snowden leak: Microsoft added Outlook.com backdoor for Feds


Nominating Eadon

As long as there's nothing from Microsoft i'm pretty sure Eadon would give it a resounding "there's nothing wrong here".


Mint 15 freshens Ubuntu's bad bits

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Re: Trust Me.. Linux := Wank

I'm glad i'm not the only one out there with this type of problem.

Everyone seems to praise linux as being "the backbone of the world" but in reality ... you need to be a friggin linux dev in order to install the dam thing without problems.

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Re: What I found with Mint 15

And this is my issue with any Linux distro.

I find myself taking hours to do things that take me 10 minutes in windows because of "niggles" stuff like setting up product X isn't always just a matter of pulling from some repo, there's the whole dependency train that results in hell.

Others find that installing Linux is second nature, my experience has always been one of chaos since most distros dont "just work" on my PC despite the fact that im running pretty common hardware "average" I would say.

I tend to keep my hardware fairly recent, Linux IMO seems to prefer running on older slower kit, not much good for a gamer / developer like me as anything within 5 years of the cutting edge provides this continuous headache for seemingly no reason.

It would be something daft like, the GFX card would work in 2D mode but not in 3D.

Or the sound drivers would cause a random crash.

I want to see more windows like driver handling in Linux as "it just works".


Re: missing the point

If you cant figure out how to shutdown windows you aint cut out for linux.

Any IT pro claiming that shutting down windows is hard / difficult to find should quit working in IT and just use a computer setup by someone else.

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This hardcore windows user slightly impressed

As a long term windows user and C# developer I spend most of both personal and professional life in a windows environment.

The comment above by anon was started by a quote I posted in another thread.

That thread talked about yet another mess that the gnome team had gotten themselves in by forking and changing stuff from 2.0 to 3.0

This I have to say is making me question the my previous claim on the poor validity of Linux as a desktop OS.

I have found Ubuntu to be a bit of a pain in the past even from the install point of view as something in my hardware seems to cause the installer to fail without some command line switches from the get go.

This is my main objection to ubuntu but it comes with a few more concerns.

I refer to Ubuntu because arguably it's seen as one of the leading distros that is really pushing people to try Linux these days but similar things can be said of just about any distro.

If Mint really does fix these type of things and then excel and improve in so many ways I may have to revisit linux in the near future and when i do, mint will be my starting point.


What's the most secure desktop operating system?




1. You never interact with it.

2. Everything runs in an instance which is fired up and then shut down.

3. It can be setup so entire domains running on it have no access to the files that are the ESXi OS.

4. Never seen or heard of a virus targetted at it.

5. Exploits are pointless since you only ever talk to a host OS running on it.

It's a bit bull in china shop ... and built for servers (big ones at that) ... but it makes an awesome desktop OS to host your "environment".

Also means you get the best of all worlds since you can run any OS on top of it!!!

The way I see it there's only 1 "unauthorised" way in ... take the hard drive out and plug it in to another pc then access the files.


WTF ...

Why do people have to take this stuff to the extreme.

It's a given that any computer with any means to take input from its surroundings is inherently insecure at some level but do you guys really have to be such douchebags about it?

I believe the question should have been worded differently, perhaps something like ...

Given that total security is impossible for a connected computer, what does the community feel is inherently at least of a risk from every day threats from a clean install and easiest to keep at a peak?

On the basis that linux kernel source code is given away freely to any that would care to download it I would be inclined to suggest that linux is one of the least secure systems out there.

My thinking would be on that basis that some corporate OS would be more secure.

That said, the fact that the source code is freely downloadable makes it easier / faster to point out and resolve security concerns.

So linux is both the least secure and the most secure "kernel" out there today.

As for implementations that sit on that kernel ... it is like most things, open to interpretation.

I would argue that to some extent the security of a computer is down the competency of the person securing it, it's a simple matter of "the more you know, the more you can handle".

With that in mind ... there is no 1 "most secure OS".

For example:

I could put the windows dev team up against say canonicals dev team and set them a challenge to keep a computer running for the longest possible time without infection / compromise that can be proved then set the world on both.

It's reasonable to assume that both could win in such a scenario and both could lose.


Fines 4 U: Mobe insurer cops £3m penalty for grumble dumping


Not the olny issue with mobile phones

When buying a phone on contract the phone and the contract should be separate costs so you know what you're paying for the device and your line rental.

Why can I not get a brand new phone without a contract (as in released today, top of the range)?

Personally I think the whole mobile industry is bloody scam and needs major shake ups!


Panasas: We'll move the earth for you SIXTEEN times faster than FTP


Something wrong with those figures

Roughly 17 minutes to transfer 10GB allowing for latency on a 1gb/s connection.

Assuming you are actually "utilising 100% of the bandwidth" (as they claim) ...

1gb/s = raw throughput of roughly (give or take) 1GB every 10 seconds (8 bits per byte) + any overheads.

Tested locally on my 1gb/s LAN connection when using roughly 80% (give or take with variation) of my bandwidth I can push from a SSD on my local machine to a 5 disk NAS 1GB in under 20 seconds (i do this all the time).

given that the internet inherently comes with "excessive latency" (lets just call it that for argumentative purposes) ... i'll assume an additional 50% on my time with a clean direct line.

so thats 30 seconds per GB x 10 GB = 300 seconds (about 5 minutes).

So actually at their fastest speed on 1gb/s they are only actually using 1 3rd of the available bandiwidth.

Their slowest being a lot worse.

That said ....

I have 130mb/s internet connection and using bittorent i can stream 10GB down in 40 mins easy (again something i do all the time)!

So are they even using 1/10th of the bandwidth?


Google erases G8 venue from Earth: Microsoft doesn't


Yup ... where is Eadon

I too am waiting for some Microsoft dig from Eadon.

Is he on holiday or something?


NSA Prism: Why I'm boycotting US cloud tech - and you should too


You cannot avoid being tracked

Even you never went online you would still be tracked.

If you have a birth record, a social security / national insurance number, a bank account, a home address, a car.

The list is endless, and this information all ends up in databases that are being more connected to more arms of government every day.

Just face the fact that you're being watched and deal with it.

What worries me about all this is corruption.

If any part of any government suddenly takes a disliking to you, your done for!

People go missing every day, their friends and family go asking the government for help finding the missing thus they only get the result the government chooses to spoon feed us.

People talk about things like tianamon square only happening in china, are you really sure about that?

Do you really think that only happens over there?

And who is to blame?

We are, we give these people the power to handle situations we aren't interested in being part of.

The general population doesn't want to handle killers, terrorists bomb threats and god knows what else they simply want to get on with living their lives to the ideals set out in documents like the US Constitution.

The side effect is an implicit trust, they do what they do and you go about your life hassle free, not knowing what could be happening just next door.

Is it worth it?

That's a perspective point of view and will always be based on the life you have.

The only way you could live without most "privacy invasion" is to pack up and find a nice spot in the middle of a forest somewhere ... you'd still be watched from satellites mind oh and there would always be some government near by that claims they own your land that you setup your "hut" on so don't count on it for long.

I've even seen websites that offer you a chance to buy a portion of the moon.

Your best bet is to invent warp drive and get the hell out of earth and on to a planet with no governments.

Oh wait you won't be able to since you'd have to do that in private or likely some government would get all "ansy" about what your up to and claim your planning a missile attack or something ... so basically you're screwed!

Anyway since this is being copied on to a government system right now ...

Hi [insert branch of any gov here]

Could someone who looks after your searching system do a quick search for me and tell me where i put that quote for a new pc my mate sent me last week ... I can't find it and I know you guys have a bunch of backups of it?

Oh and since money is technically unlimited (according to america anyway) can't you just quickly drop a few million in to bank account, I need to buy a few things?


Leaks point to new mystery Macs 'with Jony Ive's fingerprints on'



Um I think you screwed up there Eadon (yet again).

Copying apple in any way results in a huge legal battle that spans years and bores the crap out of the courts (look at samsung) so for that reason alone Microsoft likely wouldn't do that.

Microsoft don't "copy Apple" they simply get the same suppliers for apple parts and put their own spin on stuff, but lets face it who are the real genius solution builders in all this ... Intel, ARM, nVidia.

I wonder if Intel have board meetings that go something like this "So what can we invent today that will cause major uproar in the industry? what if we let users do more with less power? Oooo that's a good idea, then we can see who writes the least efficient software, lets go ... ". 6 months later ... oh look we just released 4th gen Core processors, go fight over it.

And lets not forget that Steve Jobs the god that everyone loves is simply "making desirable" ideas that Bill Gates was throwing around in the 90's "tablet computing", "touch" and so on.

Yeh Apple are so "cool" it took them 20 years to do what Bill said would happen.

Microsoft only started to suck majorly when Bill took a step back and put that douchebag Ballmer in charge who thinks the world owes him something for every dumbass idea he has.


How Microsoft shattered Gnome's unity with Windows 95

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Re: These sorts of articles are annoying.

My main use of my home computer is gaming and game development, an area that today I still feel linux isn't quite as strong as windows in (although admittedly is very close since steams push).

Whilst I agree with virtually every statement you make, I don't think linux is quite the "1 shoe fits all" type solution that windows has been all these years.

It's well known that Linux until android has basically been the domain of tech savvy user and for good reason, it's a different mind set and works in a tech savvy way.

An interesting question might be, how long before Linux gets a good clean standard for touch at a low level?

Considering Linux in general still has ongoing debate over desktops and desktop functionality I can see it being some time, this I believe to be Linux biggest failing.


When I refer to "Linux" in this comment I mean "Linux Distributions" in the general sense, because after all "Linux" is not an operating system, it is merely a kernel on which OS code sits.


Success is a matter of opinion

Depending on who you talk to each person will say "this company / group is the best / winning".

It's all subjective and irrelevant.

Given that ...

Microsoft accept that they have their way of doing things and will do things their way no matter what, this results in progress being made and gives them this "on, off, on, off" habit in windows version like, dislike pattern out there.

Linux, like every other open source project out there is all about decision by committee and every stupid moron out there that has an opinion seems to get a say no matter what resulting in an endless loop of testing 1 fail after another.

It's about time open source projects started working a bit like companies and have some level of structured plan that leads down a defined path so instead of being stuck in the dark ages things can move on.

That's Linux's biggest problem.

Just build it and tell people to suck it up like Microsoft does!

Notice how the biggest complainers about "start buttons" or "tiles" are Linux lovers?

Yeh they can stay over there and mess with software that will always fail to be in the limelight.

As for "Linux is popular" (comment by someone else):

Android was built by Google not the Linux community, Google is a company, driven and with a precise path.

This is why GNOME will never be any good, it lacks direction from the leadership down.

Ubuntu however ... stands a good chance of really making it as a consumer OS IMO, it just needs a little cleaning up, well built with a direction and another plan based project, and why: canonical get it!

It's about time the Linux community started to grow up and stop thinking they own everything and have the right to demand crap backward changes every 5 minutes, when that happens we will seriously start to see Articles like this about Linux!

I feel for Linus Tolvolds having to put up with the crap he must get daily.


Microsoft touts business features of Windows 8.1


Windows 8 is not a Mobile OS

People seriously make that comparison? WTF !?!?!?

Android should be compared to IOS and windows phone not windows 8.

When someone else creates a better product Microsoft will learn, until then, "get what you're given and like it" I believe is the situation!

This is where all the linux fanbois down vote me and flame about how awesome it is but linux is only a kernel ... show me a version of linux that isn't riddled with issues and i'll conceed defeat ... that's actually a trick question since the linux community is incapable of agreeing on anything thus all versions of linux built on the kernel have to deal with excessive indecision below them and thus are limited in their ability to anything of serious value.

I believe the closest to this are canonical and red hat, neither of these companies have produced an entire enterprise grade desktop to datacenter environment that has stood up when compared to Microsoft offerings and yet that list of garbage complaints about Microsoft continues ...

Begin down voting - Linux fails!