10 posts • joined 3 May 2012
Re: 'Numbers' DO lie! A dreadfully flawed article.
Interesting way of looking at it and perfectly true. I have built my PC's since 1991 and every few years when the technology leaped, I would invest in 'the whole new machine'. However, my machine as it stands now with it 3 screens, Hex Core Processor, 4Tb of storage, 16Gb RAM, and of course Windows 7, is now a couple of yrs old and still beats in terms of performance the average off the shelf box in what I need it to do (Graphics, 3D Modelling, CAD).
Now if I wanted to go down the Apple route, I wouldnt be able to do what I need it to do, and I would have to consider parting with a large sum of money for the next 'upgrade'. Apart from the fact I couldnt purchase the software I needed or even find a close equivalent. With the PC, and everyone forgets this, I can just upgrade the machine without having to spend large amounts of cash which will improve storage or performance depending on what I want to do with it. Ok, the average home user who bought their PC from PC world etc. doesnt realise this and thinks they need to buy a new machine.
Most of my clients have happily for them been shown that they can keep their PC's going for much longer than they realised, many are over 5yrs old, but with the right upgrades they still run very well. Yes they have bought their iPhones and a few bought iPads, but in all cases, they have kept their PC's as they realise they cant do everything they want to do without their PC. Yes they could do it on a Mac, but at the cost of buying such hardware, they always go for a PC or laptop everytime.
Re: Apple treated differently than Microsoft.
"Apple is a marketing company, not a hardware company. Apple manufacturers no hardware. They even outsource and offshore the process of assembling their "products" which are manufactured by Samsung, Asus, and others."
..............And then sue them for it when they have similar looking devices which is inevitable when you make it for them in the first place!
Re: Make the most of the tablet experience
Quick Patent That Idea! You dont have to actually make it to patent it!
No idea on the quality of their product in this case but I have been bitten by their USB flash drive quality. Every OCZ USB flash drive Ive had has failed. I ever RMA'd one only to be messed around constantly as they insisted the item was returned to The Netherlands by courier, and then the return item got caught in customs for import duty and VAT. I stuck to my guns and insisted they paid these fee's as it wasn't my fault their product was faulty. All in All it took over 3 wks to get just one of the drives replaced, and potentially the courier fee's and import and VAT duty on the replacement would have cost more than the drive.
So if they still work the same way, would I want to go through all that?
Not sure about DPI
Not sure where they are up to with Deep Packet Inspection. I remember BT getting into trouble with that one because it 'breached privacy'.
Surely the fact a proxy can bypass it would suggest DPI cant be at play here because the packets are still passing through Virgin's system, and if they were blocked because of their content (DPI) then the proxy wouldnt solve it.
Like Saudi-Arabia and other countries do.
Of course this is the last thing any of us would want.
BTW, there are people in those countries that circumvent the government proxies. It just creates a society of those who know how to get what they want, and those that do as they are told.
Mmm interesting argument, except that BT has delayed their response because at the end of the day the ISP's dont want to have to Police this. On the other hand, Virgin Media provide pay on demand content so it interests them financially as they hope some people will pay for it from them instead of downloading it.
I prefer physical media myself, I hate to pay a small discount to 'watch it now' but never be able to watch it again. At least if its a physical item, I can watch it when I want to.
Re: DNS or IP block?
It must be DNS block because the Pirate Bay are known for multiple servers and therefore multiple IP. Also, other domains they use are still active.
When they were closed down in Sweden, it didnt matter because they have servers in many other countries too. Thats how they stay online, because they would have to be sued in each country one after the other after the other etc. This is whay they are trying this tactic instead. A bit like the Chinese and Saudi censorship I guess.
Re: disappointing pay alternatives
Ah - You see, Virgin Media are one of those 'Disappointing Pay Alternatives' - Have you seen the rubbish they offer on their 'Pay-On-Demand' System.
Thinking with their wallets as usual!
If anybody followed the court case when they 'successfully' sued the founders of Pirate Bay, Pirate Bay insisted that all they were doing was exactly the same as Google, providing links to download files that have been uploaded by users. They store nothing but the links, no copyrighted material etc.
This move then makes a mockery of every search engine out there.
You will see its the first result and they provide direct links for them too. If you search for illegal content, Google themselves provide the links that Pirate Bay do!
Are these people that stupid that blocking the URL will block people accessing the site. You only need Google and will end up there anyway. They havent blocked all of Pirate Bay's URL's, and they own quite a few. Change your DNS provider (google that) and youre in anyway!
I'm not condoning what they do, I'm pointing out that if you block or censor something, doesnt it make it wrong that one outfit is penalised for what others are doing too?
Its a pity those who are ruling these things dont actually understand it, but I guess thats always the case. Lets see whats next.