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BE do 24Mb/s but you have to be basically sitting in the exchange to get it.
Storing data in the cloud is great, you can access it from all over the world and if your house burns down or you lose your disks then you can get everything back, but I would never trust that as my only copy of something so important.
I have my emails stored only in the cloud because that's convenient, it would be annoying if I lost them but not the end of the world. My photos are in the cloud on two providers and on my local drive because they're important.
if you sell apples it's fine
You can have a store and call it "the apple store" if you are selling fruit. Apple might try and stop you but I doubt they'd even take it to court since it's not possible to confuse a fruit shop with a computer shop.
Only 4 USB ports?
What a joke, on a PC that has no other way of adding hardware. These tiny PCs are great as Media centres since they are quiet, low power and capable of h.264 at 1080p but only 4 USB ports is going to hold you back. Once you've added 1 or 2 TV tuners, an IR receiver, a DVD or bluray drive, dongle for wireless mouse and keyboard, you've run out of ports and need to start adding a USB hub.
There's also no optical output for 5.1, I know all modern gear is using HDMI to receive the audio but there are still plenty of people with old amps that don't really need replacing but need optical or coax for sound.
The over exposure is not an issue with the new sensor, Nikon makes a distinction between how a consumer SLR exposes and how a pro model will treat the same scene.
Nikon expects a pro to want to save highlights and then bring out the subject in post if needed. They expect a consumer to want the subject to be well exposed at the expensive of sky or other background. They do this by giving a greater weighting to the area under the active focus point. Unfortunately this can lead to unpredictable results. The D80 is the worst for this, the D90 improved the situation, hopefully the D7000 is another step in the right direction.
this was granted?
whilst I salute Apple for apparently trying to stick to standards, recognising most headphones have 3.5mm plugs and fining a way of incorporating them into a device, this should never have been granted a patent. It comes under the category of obvious. I reckon more than 50% of people would come up with at least one of these three methods given the same problem.
Also, what is Apples obsession with making things thin, less than 3.5mm is very thin. Why not just concentrate on making stuff lighter and more durable. The iphone is already plenty thin enough, make it much thinner and it will become really annoying to use as a phone.
The 46Mbps figure for VM customers relates to 92% of their customers. I'm guessing the other 8% get significantly less.
I'd love to see a somehow accurate figure advertised but I'm not sure how you go about that. You could advertise throughput as a % of sync speed but that figure is easy to manipulate by simply lowering sync speeds. Also for a poorly performing ISP with heavy over subscription people with lower sync speed will raise the average % throughput.
I think the thing to do is to publish independent tables and allow people to drill into the data. The truth is it's a very complicated subject. VM on average provide the best speeds, but they also have one of the harshest FUPs.
I think the answer is to force get out clauses into broadband contacts, when you sign up the ISP must tell you what they think your average speed will be based on your line length. If you've already got a service via BT wholesale then that information should be available to the ISP to predict your speed. If the customer is happy with the prediction they sign the contract. If after 2 weeks the customer isn't getting within some % of the indicated speed then the customer has the right to cancel the contract and try someone else.
I was stuck with VM for a year on a 20Mbps service which mostly ran at around 5Mbps
SPDIF is an audio connection, you'll see it on audio equipment. Inputs are generally found on surround amps, you'll see the outputs on most TVs, games consoles, digital STBs etc.
They'll start to die out slowly in consumer gear because HDMI carries the audio channel on modern kit.
enforce the policy with software
It's not hard to do, when we implemented our data protection policy we had a look at software that prevented the use of unencrypted USB drives and found it was a function of our existing AV package. If you plug in an unencrypted USB drive then it is mounted read only by Windows.
I haven't seen a mention of apps for online bookies. These sell a service via an app, is Apple also going to ask for 30% from everyone who puts a tenner on Man U to win 3-1?
I have no problem at all with Apple taking 30% for these transactions, if that's what they want to charge then no problem. However I don't understand how they can make rules that state that a developer isn't allowed to sell the same content outside of the store for less money. It's an abuse of their position in the market. I know Apple only have a small percentage of the smartphone market but they have 100% of the iOS app store market.
Of course there is an answer for most of these cases, stop writing these stupid apps. So many of them are just small device friendly interfaces into online content. If that's what you're writing then you don't need an app, just write a small device version of your website. That way you can write one version and target all small devices.
continuously variable transmission, it's a type of automatic transmission where there are no individual gears, instead the ratio is varied continuously between the top and bottom points.
.NET != corporate
I think I might have more .NET apps on my home PC than my work one, it is, at the very least a close thing.
Java on the other hand is a very corporate affair, lots of those at work and very few at home.
it's not very well written but I think what he means is
"Most organisations are virtualising the desktop to regain some of the efficiencies of the mainframe era while retaining the productivity of the desktop environment"
By this the author means most organisations who are virtualising their desktops are doing so to regain ...
All the the sentence is slightly ambiguous I think it's fair to assume the author doesn't think that most organisations are virtualising desktops.
Anti-virus just doesn't work
I'm not saying you shouldn't have it since it will stop some stuff but I see loads of computers with infections that have always had up to date AV.
This is why you should never pay for AV for a home computer. In the enterprise it's a different issue because you're paying for the centralised management.
Far more important than AV is making sure you are applying all the relevant updates for your OS and software, especially adobe flash and acrobat and your browser.
If you don't use office much then don't have it installed, it's just another attack vector, use one of the free online alternatives, Microsoft and Google's offerings are both good enough for most people.
wow not much hope on this forum
personally I'm looking forward to a Nokia with the camera from the N8 but a decent OS. Also this sounds like Windows Phone will get turn by turn satnav which is the main thing holding me back from buying one.
people who should be sacked
The idiot with the laptop? Not really their fault, they are unlikely to know better the laptop required a password to access they almost certainly thought that was enough.
The idiot who gave them the laptop? Maybe, but probably not they are almost certainly working to a policy.
The answer is to sack the person in charge of data protection, the person responsible for writing the data protection policy or the person that should have employed someone to be responsible for a data protection policy.
I agree there's no point in giving the council a fine, reserve that punishment for businesses, if you fine a business then the CEO doesn't get a new Jag this year. If you fine a council the only people who will lose out are the residents either financially or as a result of a loss of service.
There are two main differences that I know of between digital lenses and the older film counterparts.
Firstly digital lenses will have better coatings on the lenses to counteract ghosts and other reflections from the sensor.
Secondly, particularly with wider angle lenses the angle at which light strikes the imaging surface can be quite steep. For film this is no problem but for a digital sensor it can be an issue. Leica get around this buy setting the microlenses on the sensor at an angle to accept this light.
filtering doesn't work
Even if you decide that this is fine and you have no problem opting in or out there's only one kind of Internet filtering that works and that's to have a white list of all the OK sites and only allow access to those. Problem with that is that you can't possibly know all of the OK sites so most of the Internet is suddenly unavailable.
Internet filtering has to be dealt with locally because it's only at a local level that you can decide what is suitable and what isn't.
How much do they think this service is going to cost to run? I'm guessing they're expecting the ISPs to pay for it. That just means that Internet users will have to pay for it. Well I don't want to.
Who's held accountable the first time a child manages to visit a site that isn't on the blacklist?
If this was possible to do ISPs would already run a service where you could opt in to a filtered Internet connection, but it's not so they don't. What they do is offer advice on how to do this yourself at home.
You're next then
of course it was avoidable, the answer being to use your own computer for looking at porn and your works computer for work.
The software used in this case includes key logging, and also is installed on the laptop so encryption is useless since the software has access to the unencrypted info.
In any case it's trivial for an employer to be a man in the middle as they can very easily set up their own CA which signs certs for websites on the fly. The root cert can be pushed out over AD.
at least it's not animated
It's a pretty basic favicon, I thought modern icons were 128 or 256 pixels across so they look nice pined to the taskbar in windows 7.
Make it decent quality
Must have 5.1 sound
choice of streaming rates with at least a 3Mbps rate
720p and 1080p options I know streaming 1080p is pretty hard with current Internet but just queue playback. I order a film and in an hour it's ready to play.
Do all or most of this and I'm first on the list.
I fully expect he does have a copy of all the photos somewhere else, if he doesn't then he's a complete idiot for putting his trust in a service that costs $12 a year.
However there will be links to those deleted images in forums and blogs all over the net which are now 404s that can't be rectified. Uploading 4000 images into the correct sets with the descriptions and names and tags is going to take some time.
Then you're on to the flickr side, what kind of an organisation deletes an entire account without having a method of restoring it on the basis of a complaint from one user?
archiving data to an electronic medium
Just doesn't work for any serious length of time. Harddrives will break and you won't have the right interface to connect to them. Tape drives will break down or the interfaces won't be available or the software you used doesn't exist any more.
The only way to archive data is optically. Those accounting files you might need in 40 years? You need to photograph them and store them on film. That way they can be read by anyone with a lamp and a magnifying glass.
How can you have a review of a wireless keyboard and not mention battery life? Early wireless keyboard mouse combinations needed new batteries all the time, some of the newer models can do years on a single set, where do these fit?
What's the range like? What's the range like with people in the path between the keyboard and the receiver?
Bluetooth isn't a good thing on a wireless keyboard, it's just makes the battery last less time, it means you have to have a power switch, it makes attaching the keyboard to the computer an annoyance.
Only a few of the reviews mention the size of the receiver, I have an Acer keyboard and mouse that came with my revo. The receiver for that works for the keyboard and mouse and just protrudes from the port, you could leave this in a laptop all the time without fear of knocking it. In contrast I have a logitech air mouse which has a dongle that, whilst small, protrudes from the port.
Telling us which keyboards look nice doesn't make a review I can get most of that from the pictures.
This isn't going to happen as part of a hardware refresh. Sure going forward more people will end up with TVs capable of displaying 3D content but as long as that content costs extra (sky subscription) and you need to buy and wear stupid glasses, 3D is not going to take off on any big level.
People put up with 3D in the cinema, mostly because you have no choice, but very few people will choose to wear the glasses in their homes.
Sounds like it all worked out OK
The kid cheated, he almost certainly didn't mean to cheat and probably didn't even realise he was. Why would someone offer to unlock these levels for him if it wasn't allowed?
Microsoft have given him a free month, sounds like it's all good. Although I'm guessing the mother is going to have a hard time explaining all this to the kid.
I went to maplin , needed an RJ11 cable for an ADSL modem in a hurry. Asked an assistant where the cables were, he asked me what it was for and took me to the right section of the shop. He then told me that the cables on the left costing £5.99 were for ADSL, the cables on the right costing £3.99 were only for modems.
I picked up a £3.99 cable and went to the checkout where I was served by the same guy, he told me that the cable wouldn't work with ADSL and I needed the other one. I explained that using 1.5m of a cheap cable on the end of a phone line that was most likely 1500m long was going to make a lot of difference and it would work fine. I thought for a moment he was going to refuse to sell me the cable.
lending books and book cost
In the US you can already lend your kindle books to your friends for 2 weeks at a time, during that time you have no access to the book but your friend does. I'm guessing this feature will come to the UK store at some point.
The problem with selling ebooks on is that the copy you get second hand is identical to the copy you get from the shop so there is no incentive to buy new. If you go on Amazon and a paper book is £3.99 new or £2 second hand then you can make a choice, an old book with a broken spine, notes scribbled in the margins and relying on someone putting the thing in the post or a crisp new copy backed by a reliable delivery service. With ebooks you'd always buy the cheapest.
On book cost, this has been mentioned a few times before but in the UK we have to pay 20% VAT on ebooks so 16.7% of the books cost is VAT. Printing paperbacks isn't too expensive, I'd guess a very similar percentage around 15-20% of the purchase price maybe less. You don't pay VAT on paper books so the costs end up being very similar.
doesn't matter if it's in warrenty or not
In the UK if the computer breaks as a result of a manufacturing defect inside the first 6 years then it must be repaired or replaced by the retailer. If you bought direct from Dell then they're the retailer, if you got yours in Currys or Comet then they're responsible.
What an idiot
Nice publicity stunt but seriously, pagers, laserdiscs and 90s mobile phones.
The reason we don't use pagers anymore is because of mobile phones, the reason we don't have laserdiscs is because DVDs are better, the reason we don't have 90s mobile phones is because we have newer mobile phones.
Kindles and other ebook readers will join this pile of gadgets once something better comes along.
Volume license for windows is an upgrade license, to use them you're supposed to have an existing OEM license for the computer. This isn't enforced but you certainly can't ask for your money back on the OEM license. If you could then it would be common practice.
Why do so many people think this is a poor prize
$10,000 worth of music would go a long way. Especially now that itunes music has no DRM so you're not tied to using an apple device for the lifetime of the voucher.
not my point
I know that I can have the add-on bar and if I want a status bar I can have one of those with an add-on. My point is that I don't understand why the status bar was lost when it's needed by some add-ons so instead of a status bar (which was removed to save chrome) I get a pointless bar that's mostly empty chrome.
tabs in title bar
On Windows Vista and up the tabs have been moved to the title bar when the window is maximised. On one level this is great since there is less chrome so more room for your webpage. However it means that in Windows 7 it's much harder to pull the window off it's maximised state. This would be fine however the devs have decided that the option for this feature should only be buried in about:config rather than getting it's own option in the menu.
The option to be able to preview individual tabs using aero peak is now disabled by default, so users switching from IE to firefox are going to lose a feature unless they start digging around the options.
There's still a huge problem surrounding d2d accelerated fonts on some systems, doesn't affect my work PC or my laptop but fonts look awful on my home desktop.
In the last beta the status bar was removed, which I don't mind, except some addons (like firebug) need that bar so now we have an addon bar which for most people is just a waste of space with a couple of icons on.
I really like firefox and I like the fact that they're trying to improve the interface by removing chrome but this stuff should have been sorted out much earlier in the beta program not cobbled together at the last minute.
doesn't seem that great for £1350
I don't think that USB port could be in a worse position. If you've got some chunky RCAs in the game input then you're not going to be plugging any slightly overweight USB sticks into that port.
If the mp3 playback sounds worse than an iphone then that's a monumental failure sound played through the iphone will be using it's own DAC.
She did all he work on a 13" laptop? I like a small laptop as much as the next person for carrying around but I do my serious work on a serious screen.
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