385 posts • joined 3 Mar 2012
Might go back to BT
Been a Vrigin cutomer for 3 years now. Back in the day they were wayy better than ADSL. Now with FTTC and streaming services, their shoddy old sucky Tivo boxes and now midrange broadband aren't all that special. Might even go to BT as I only pay the Tivo tax for BT Sport to watch UFC.
Price rises not at a good time.
'Absolutely nothing like'
must mean something different to me. Just another boring rectangular slab with a bit of bling round the edge. Deja vu..
Re: Carbs are the killers
Interesting. However a single pair of borthers tested and NO vegetables allowed in the low carb test make me less than convincted of the validity of the results.
Also the point you make about the diabetes is questioned by another doctor here: http://www.dietdoctor.com/sugar-vs-fat-on-bbc-which-is-worse
Re: Carbs are the killers
Fruit carbs can be very bad indeed - high glycemic index.
Rice is very starchy - you simply don't need carbs. Better to fuel your body off fat and use veg for other vital minerals, fibre etc
I hate the term 'balanced' diet. Balanced compared to what? The modern term 'balanced' really is just out acceptance of the rice/pasta/potatoes/insert-starchy-junk plus meat and two veg standard. did it for forty eyars and was permanently fat weak and unhealthy - trying to lose weight meant being ill and scrawny but still with a flabby beergut.
Dumped the carbs 6 months back and heavily cut back on beans and food with addititves too, fry with lard instead of rapeseed oil. Meat/veg/nuts/egg and a little fruit diet. Feel great, lost a load of weight - healthy.
Instead of traditional great British brekkie, I recommend stirfry bacon and cabbage with black pepper and ketchup.
...only if you don't have to pay for VMWare licenses. Which these guys don't. For everyone else, fewer faster boxes is the way to go.
#Dell / Equallogic
Customer here. Want.
Only an IT department
would buy this overpriced guff. Anybody sane would but 3 regular laptops and bin the broken ones as and when they got wrecked. But IT Dept logic says you punish the company upfront with high priced unsexy bricks that you don't want them having due to remote worker support hell.
Spotify from line out PC to back of 20 year old amp and 35 year old speakers. Sorted. All this other stuff - poorer quality sound for big money? No thanks.
Do the Treasury actually have any power to sign off the business case? Or is this just a storm in a teacup being fanned by those against the scheme? In most businesses the finance team like to think they have final say on what gets spent, but as long as you don't go over budget in your own department they can simply don't. Is GB PLC any different?
Suspect the usual case of fluffing by those who don't want the cost of benefits to be transparent.
Re: The kids will never believe it
I'm paid to turn up pretty much.
Not just parents
Glad to see it is not just for parents. Round here i psend half my life covering for 'working from home parents' while I get shafted with manning the phones and dealing with all the random stuff that happens in the office. Curious why my time is less important because I'm not helping to further overpopulate the planet.
Misogynist bilge from the Reg
Really? So female students who live in university accommodation and who have sex are bitches?
Well done taking us to the 1950s Reg.
I'm just back from hols in Spain and the number of times I got directed to turn down a one-way street using OSM data with Nav4Free was a bit scary. Good at the price though.
The competition to win the worst product of the noughties. Expect no less from people who design a phone interface that needs 4 presses to get out of the current (directory) menu just to answer an incoming call.
I used Chromium rather than Chrome
but then the lack of media support drive me back to Chrome despite the worrysome Google/big-media hookup. Same logic applies to Mozilla right here. They have to do it whether they like it or not.
They cured that yet?
a bypass-all rule at the top for the networking guys. Cos this stuff gets real irritating/limiting real quick.
When I see a networking setup where the Cisco guy eats their own dogfood, I'll be sold. Not happened yet.
Still beats the alternaives
Yeah, Win 8 sucks. Alternatives? Overpriced walled garden Orchard or endlessly installing iterations of C++ / C# / PERL libraries in polar fish-eating land.
Re: Shame, Mozilla!
So members of anti-firearm lobby should have their professional lives ruined too for proposing a change to a constitutionally protected rights?
RIPA 2000 Part I
'The interception agencies do not engage in indiscriminate random mass intrusion by misusing their powers under RIPA 2000 Part I.'
What do they do it under then?
Re: so NOT putting lots of chemicals in your body is NOT ok then?
Agree they may taste better and be fresher. But not all chemicals are bad for you.
So. A shop whose very foundation business is getting muggs into 2 year contracts for non-essential toys they are too dumb to buy outright. This is good for the economy? Pull the other one DC.
Plenty of free advice sites
WebMD etc - never saw the need for NHS website.
Much better is stuff like being able to book appointments, get repeat prescriptions etc online, which our local GP's place have started doing in the past few months. Actually some real tangible usefulness.
A few simple tests of usefulness
Nobody seems to ask basic questions like 'is the software / content' useful against the backdrop of the curriculum? Can it offset costs in other materials such as regular books? Can work produced on the tablet easily be transferred to the teacher? Is the device management / lockdown good? Eyestrain issues? Device reliability / cost? Can it even print?
i.e. still blinded by the hypegasm of -give them tech and grades will magically get better-
They'd be better just to copy the UK and make the exams easier every year.
Curious to know what the year has to do with it other than a cheap dig?
It is 2014 and there are plenty of Android exploits out there too, but it isn't deemed worthy of hack journalist cheap shots like this.
Whatever the problem is
Sticking an £350 (minimum) Cisco security product in front of a 150p appliance is not the answer you were looking for.
Re: how much!!!
The question is more likely to be what old -must have- software have they been lumbered with that simply won't run on something more modern. Or the supplier is holding them hostage to something that involves silly-moolah to upgrade - before the Cisco/Oracle/consultant types all take their pound of flesh.
Often crapware is foisted on the IT department.
I made myself do a blind test of a bunch of songs
Ripped some stuff from CD to a bunch of formats, including FLAC.intermediary file.
Played them back randomly and marked them.
The best to my ears? Windows Media Audio (Variable Bit Rate). Better, to my ears than FLAC or WMA Lossless.
Re: An event horizon for economists?
Nah. Just too many 'safe-pair-of-hands' middle managers. Who will only buy ripoff Cisco and HP kit because they like crawling handcuffed into sacks to take a kicking. Buying commodity stuff without outrageously overpriced warranties or useless support contracts is a no-no. Safe is expensive.
All this talk of dirigibles largely appeals to the sci-fi fan's love of steampunk stuff. Not so sure these things are so appealing when we take our polished brass rose-tinted monocles off.
Re: Dear Householder ...
More frustrating still is that when you already have the package, they give it away for half price to new subscribers. Existing subscribers, stuff you.
Re: Virgin Media watched subscriptions to its broadband service plummet?
Thanks. The single most useful post I've ever read in The Reg :)
Suspect it own't get honoured, but worth a punt. Wonder if the local curry houses can get prosecuted?
Next time Renault break a law, I'm expecting stickers across the steering wheel notifying us.
While I don't agree with google's actions, forcing them to display the ruling on the homepage is feels lscarily like an abuse of power. Bureaucrat willy-waving.
Presumably the French require petty thieves to walk down the street with placards round their neck detailing their crimes? if not, what is the logical difference here?
Enjoyed very much
Surprised the PFY killed off the opportunity for amusement at the expense of others so quickly though.
The people making the decisions on this sort of kit have qualifications starting with CC. No blue cable means no buy-in.
...to Dell with it all.
Does it automatically add...
...the endless list of hidden costs. If it doesn't - a waste of time.
Dell's end of year coming up
Should make for some good discounts.
More tools for blocking junk
As an end user I find an ever increasing need to remove stuff web developers are putting in. Endless tweaking of Adblock, Ghostery et al. to remove ads, social media slide in bars, EU cookie directive acknowledgements, newsletter sign-up popups, endless share/like widgets.
Very few decent games for linux on Steam
So i don't see why I should even remotely consider this platform.
For that you can buy an low end PC (mini-itx Atom thing or whatever) and stick a wifi card in it. Much more flexible,. much less cash.
An excel spreadsheet full of macros comes in by email to the senior auditor.
Someone got bought
security groups and policies
If you just want to try out various operating systems, set up test environments and the like, VMWare Player or VirtualBox running on windows are fine. Both have been rock stable too so the only real pain is the overhead of the background OS. They also give you familiar easy ways to access the filesystems behind the scenes, make backups and so on. i.e. for most home use, fine.
Want to step it up a bit - basix ESXi or HyperV are both free (I think...) but both more difficult to use and (esp. ESXi) create some hardware restrictions, quirks like access to VMFS etc. Only really for businesses or people who want to geek-out a bit.
Professionals are the problem
The problem with company supplied systems is that some kind of auditor or 'security professional' will get involved. Meaning you're going to need some kind of onerous PITA multi-factor authentication, a nasty frontend that is heavily locked down, and timeouts and security dialogues and frequent complex password changes.
That is why users like Dropbox.
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