150 posts • joined 17 Nov 2011
Been with PlusNet for around 18 months and so far they've been fine. I had a few issues with a dodgy profile after they switched me to unlimited but the support was excellent and got things sorted in a couple of days.
The router they supplied is a bit basic (though still WAY better than the one TalkTalk provided) but what can expect for under £7/month for an unlimited, 12.5mbps service? I keep meaning to buy a better router but I somehow never seem to get around to it.
.. my rear-wheel drive Beemer's a total nightmare in the snow!
.. re Woz: right idea, wrong company - and timing. Should have been three years ago and Nokia
Re: More like the coercion unit
Err .. no.
Their biggest success - which effectively paid the cost of the unit for it's first 3 years - was looking at how to encourage people to pay their tax bill on-time. The research - which was all about what is the best 'design' so the article kinda seems to have missed the point here - looked at various methods and came up with some slightly personalised messages that pointed out the fact that 90-odd % of people in whatever location the recipient lived, pay their taxes on time.
Nothing really creepy or weird about it: it simply trying to find the least intrustive but effective way to resolve problems.
Having said that, I'm not sure how many other successes they've had, but presumably as an independent body, they could now be paid on results .. they won't be, coz that would set a very bad example for government initiatives, but in theory, they could.
.. or use a different mail app. I have my gmail go to the regular mail app on my Nexus 4. Works fine.
Really people: take the tin hats off. Man made Climate Change is real. I know it's kinda scary and it will involve some costs (though also plenty of benefits), but pathetically attempting to deny reality isn't going to help. Try just dealing with it it - it's not that hard.
Sub Fail ..
.. or Google translate?
Somebody's clearly having a bad morning
£122 + VAT?
Under £150? I'd buy one!
Don't really want or need a tablet - if I did, I could use the missus' iPad - but also can't resist a deal ;)
But when they demand almost double what they do in the states - suddenly start to hate 'em
Reality Denier Gas Collectors
I'm sure we can MacGyver something out of the climate change / reality deniers' tin hats that would not only capture all that hot but also cut the volume of their delusional nonsense
The Science IS Settled ..
.. questions remain about what the specific affects will be, but Climate Change is real.
Only fully paid up members of the Tin Hat Brigade continue to deny it and they should be dismissed with the utter contempt they deserve. Really, grow up: reality isn't going to change because you don't like it.
ROTM - suicide bomber! Be scared. Be very scared.
Re: It's all in foreign.
Actually, it's also how my Spanish mother-in-law attempts to make me understand her
Personally, I prefer the adding-'o'-to-the-end-of-the-word approach ..
Virgin raising prices by only 7%?!
We were with them for 2.5 years on a TV/BB/phone deal and in that time they doubled the amount we were paying - and reduced the number of channels in the package. Talk about short termism: I'll never use them again.
"If you are an existing Android user you'd be happy if Santa dropped one down your chimney"
I'd be livid: that screen's not replaceable!
None of the lucky owners have mentioned reception: the service around my way is dire and my Nexus 4 really struggles - as in: rarely gets a signal. The missus' iP5s is way better (it pains me to admit): just wondering if trading up to an N5 would help ..?
.. and all they need to do to sell boat loads is produce an Android version ..
It's completely incomprehensible - and utterly deplorable, if you're unfortunate enough to be a shareholder - that the Canucks didn't do that 4 years ago. And at this point, really: what have they got to lose?
“how often do you spot a given device on the London Underground”
Not too useful for spotting the 5s of course, given it is virtually indistinguishable from the 5 - to the extent that my missus picked up her old 5 yesterday and didn't realise her mistake until hours later when she tried to make a call and realised the phone had no SIM ..
I worked with a guy once who never commented code because "it was hard to write, it should be hard to understand".
His boss went completely the other way: she was converting code from one tool to another and in the middle of the most important section she had a comment "Didn't understand this bit so left it out" - so comments instead of code. What could possibly go wrong ..?
Download - yes, please!
Y'know, for those of us who actually work for a living ..
Re: UK vs Euro pricing
I don't see how tax and consumer law justifies Google charging very nearly double in the UK (£9.99) compared to the US ($8 / £5.16) - that's daylight robbery. They clearly think Brits are too thick and / or too insular to know what the prices are elsewhere and to be able to apply the appropriate exchange rate.
Not that I would ever spend money on a music service given the vast variety of free, themed radio stations on t'interweb already.
Not really. Noticed that it's different to what it used be, but couldn't actually remember how it was before. Also hadn't thought about it not matching other UK mapping conventions, but I guess that's hardly surprising, given it's American :D
Still struggling to see where the traffic's bad - I find the red road thing is a bit hit and miss .. but that could just be me.
Re: One up the spout!
"igniting a bullet's" is a shortening of "igniting a bullet is".
Err .. so "Adam's mistake" actually mean that Adam is a mistake ..?
....its availability depends on whether the OEM has shipped the new code through carriers to end users
Err .. I have a Nexus - so my updates come direct from Google - and according to the information on the phone, it hasn't been updated since January. What happened to this update in March?
Asterix v TinTin? No Contest!
.. Asterix knocks him clean out of .. Gaul (with the help of the magic potion, of course)
Don't know how good the English translations are, but even with my very flaky French, the originals are absolutely hilarious. And they haven't dated one iota - I've been a fan since I lived in Bxl (home of TinTin) as a kid. TinTin, on the other hand is so dated it's hard to take sometimes - that sort of casual racism just doesnt' wash these days.
Sounds like you have plenty of 'storage' (space for photos, mp3s and the like) available but not enough 'memory' (space apps install into).
It is possible to allocate more of your internal storage for apps however you will need to root your device. For more information, check out a forum like http://androidforums.com - they'll have a section for your device with lots of information on rooting and re-allocating space.
I guess they fixed this in 4.2.2 as I don't have the issue, however you could try disabling any apps that you don't want running but can't remove (Settings .. Apps)
You might also try other standard battery conservation stuff:
- turning off location services
- turning off sync and any radios you're not using (see Power Widget)
and since this doesn't cover everything:
- turn off / increase times between syncs for things like e-mail, facebook, news and weather widgets etc
- setting screen brightness to auto - or just lowering it
- reduce the screen timeout time
Re: so what?
Quite. Phones have reached the stage PCs did around 10 years ago: they're fast enough for anything a regular user wants with the possible exception of high end gaming.
I have an N4 and the missus has an iP5. I find her screen way too small, she hates Android. Never noticed any difference in speed in every day usage. These numbers are going to change anybody's mind about what to buy as their next phone.
Don't know but it sounds like fun: how do enrol? :D
Not quite sure I would call destroying the entire industrial base in order to beat the unions 'right' exactly ..
In the 70s we at least had the real economy plus the 'invisible' economy (basically the city gamblers). The Thatcher legacy is that we now have an 'economy' that's equal parts city gamblers and property-related Ponsey scheme.
At one interview, I was grilled by 10 interviewers each firing really, really tough technical questions at me. I was doing OK-ish, then we got to one that left me totally flumoxed. I said I had no idea and asked what the answer was. They said they didn't know: all the questions were about problems they'd failed to solve. Guess the one that beat me was crucial coz I didn't get the job.
Re a question about my attitude to diversity in an interview for a govt job: I answered with a list of previous girl friends. Got that job.
Heard about the following:
Q: what would you pitch to your previous employer to increase our sales to them by 15%
A: (long meandering reply)
Q: if you were the buyer at your previous employer, would you be convinced by that?
At least they were honest.
My favourite: we paid a consultancy a fortune to convert an app that we calculated was saving the company a minimum of £100 million a year (in the 80s when £100 mill was big money).
When we came to test the code, we saw some very strange results. I investigated and found that in the crucial part of the code, a couple of hundred lines of the original had been converted to a single comment that read: "I couldn't understand this so I left it out".
And that part of the conversion had been done by .. the principal consultant.
Another consultant, when asked why his code wasn't commented and looked like he'd had a fit at the keyboard, said in perfect seriousness "It was hard to write, it should be hard to understand".
He might have been the guy who gave an urgent fix I'd written a critical failure (= absolute no go) for .. a typo in a comment.
Another time, at a trading company, an operator chatting to a mate in the server room, leant on the emergency power cut off and killed all the servers in the building. There was a pause of maybe 15 seconds before every phone in IT lit up with irate traders screaming about their screens going blank.
I think the question should be "who coined the term application?" because I'm sure whoever they were talking to coined "app" around 30 seconds later.
I've lost count of the number of stories I've read over the years about awesome advances in battery technology that will increase battery capacity two fold, ten fold or in this case so many fold that a battery a few square millimetres in size could start a car.
What I want to know is: what happened to 'em?
Coz they all say they'll be on the market in 5 years, I've been reading about them for 10 years but my phone battery still only lasts a day
BBC is a bargain!
The problem is that, outside of the BBC, the TV market is gradually becoming a Sky monopoly. Virgin, TalkTalk and the rest are essentially Sky re-sellers.
Sky currently costs most people around 3 or 4 times what the price of the TV license - for a stream of adverts occasionally interrupted with brief program breaks. If you remove the - very reasonable - license fee, the BBC will go the way of other independent TV stations and Sky will be left with an effective monopoly. How much are they going to charge then?
Sure, Sky has a lot of political support, particularly on the right: they have a bit of a history of influencing politicians .. and not for anyone's good but their own.
Lots of people with stuck keyboards this morning - v strange ..
Good luck at the WSJ - you know all that stuff your Vulture boss called bollix about? You can start believing it all again :)
TF the BOFH is Back!
.. is just me thinks el Reg has been getting a bit serious of late? Like nearly everything actually has actually had an easily discernable technical angle?
Just not on ..
Re: BOFH template restored - now with navigation for all content
You mean .. it's not his diary ..?!
The Guy was a Douche ..
Sounds like he thought he was in a Carry On movie ..
.. for the UK site. The google.com still gets some dodgy links, but mostly in Chinese or Russian.
Re: Writer was intent on high risk of failure
Motoring journos do seem to be ridiculously anti anything but petrol. There was a recent 'story' about how petrol cars were actually cheaper to run than diesels over the a typical 3 year ownership period with average mileage, if you took into account the higher purchase price.
What the headline calculations excluded (to be fair, it was mentioned toward the end of the story) was the higher price you also get when you come to sell the diesel car. Which actually made the diesel cheaper. And the story false.
.. are they going to replicate that essential jerky movement of the characters in the orginal?
Without that: what's the point?
Advertisers, Start Queuing Here!
.. can't see any other reason for that survey except something to wave under the nose of potential advertisers .. well, assuming other people answered very differently to me
Also ordered around 17:07 ..
.. delivery quoted as 3-5 days. But then I ordered the less popular 16GB (apparently there are plenty of people who are even tighter than me - who knew?)
E-mailed the Reg to thank them for not letting the great unwashed know about the new stock until after I'd got my order through - though it seems Google have a lot more phones this time: the 16GB model is still showing as available .. in 6 weeks :)
It's all OK ..
.. everything was found in his flat.
And we all know that data on a USB stick can't be copied ..
Oh .. hang on ..
F*** Fabless Chips ..
.. where are the Nexus 4s?!!
IBM - formerly the World's Biggest Plumber
.. as I recall, in the 80s, IBM was most famous as the World's Biggest Plumber on account of all of it's big iron being water cooled.
As well as heating universities, their other big boast was that there kit was 'proven', i.e. YEARS behind everyone else's. Not that there were many everyones out there: IBM essentiall was the computing market. The next biggest company - DEC - were absolutely tiny by comparison. And also tried to do a Windows-y O/S around the same time as OS2 - DECWindows - which also sank without a trace. Along with the company.
Finally! A Mercedes that looks right without a Taxi sign ..
Shirley that's Contempt of Court
This time the judge HAS to bang some senior Appleite up :)
Re: Gerard Hoffnung's advice
Was that the guy who had a chapter on the "Sex and the British" which was, in its entirety "The continentals have sex lives. The British have hot water bottles".
And the sequel, a few years later, said "The continentals still have sex lives. The British now have electric blankets".
Re: "Mild horror combined with sarcasm and sexual arousal"
Hardly tough to imagine: try any teenage girl watching Twilight ..
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