737 posts • joined Wednesday 25th July 2007 17:00 GMT
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.
Maybe this is their thinking
My thoughts exactly
This is a pointless comparison.
Also what's this comment about the pioneer drive producing a sharper image? It's not qualified in any way. A different drive isn't going to have this affect as the mpeg decoding and image rendering is taken care of by the playback software and/or the graphics card.
What you seem to be comparing is one DVD package vs another.
Finally, up-scaling. If you watch a DVD on your computer or on an HD TV, it has been up-scaled. Sometimes this up-scaling is done by your DVD player, sometimes it is done by the TV and sometimes it is done by software either in this case the DVD player software, or in other cases by windows. In all cases it is up-scaled since it started off at 720x576 and ended up at some higher resolution.
Do you really run a business?
surely you don't pay VAT on goods, it's the person buying your products/services that pays the VAT so the cost of your goods (i.e. stock) shouldn't have increased.
VAT on electricity and gas is 5% not the standard rate.
I'm tempted by infinity when it's finally available in my area, just for the upload speed, I checked the BT website and they're offering a package with a 40 GB cap. Who is going to want a 40Mb download speed when they can exhaust their monthly allowance in just over two hours?
BT also offer an "unlimited" package, but if their limited package is only 40GB then I can't see their unlimited being too much better.
Clearly miss advised
This woman has obviously been given bad advise and as a result feels stupid and hard done by. Instead of just moving on with her life she's trying to make something out of it.
She bought a computer with Vista Basic on. If she wanted XP she should have bought a computer with an XP downgrade disc. You can still buy these PCs now. Whilst it would be nice of Microsoft to allow you to install any version of the OS you liked below the one you own, there's no reason why they should be forced to do this.
It makes sense for them to provide the downgrade option for the Pro versions because that's what most businesses wanted.
not all micro USB
Your millions of devices that use the same connector use a _mini_ USB-B connector. This is the one shaped a bit like a trapezium with bent sides.
Your Olympus camera most likely uses a non standard connector or a mini-A connector.
Your Nokia and all the new phones you've seen use the new micro-B connector which is the one the manufactures have standardized on.
They already do
Seagate make the momentus XT, it's only a 4GB cache but it's SLC so it's a decent bit of kit. I almost bought one for my laptop, but in the end decided I didn't need to store loads of data on a portable computer so opted for an SSD instead. I'm still tempted to get one for my media centre PC though.
the hinge is on the case
The kindle has no hinge (have you seen one?)
The problem here is presumably that exposed metal on the case is shorting out the contacts used to power the light on the more expensive case.
but £30 for case is a joke, my case was £6 and is made of neoprene.
One of the nice things about the kindle is the size and weight, adding a giant leather case seems like a backwards step.
Other operating system
"..when they understood that the feature had been available for several years on other operating systems..."
Other operating systems like Windows XP Media Centre edition and Windows Vista.
Seriously though, if the complainants want to show me another operating system where it's possible to have a full functioning PVR with support for terrestrial, cable and satellite without installing any additional software and that can be set up by a rugby players boyfriend (rather than someone who knows how to configure a mysql server), then they might have a point.
Scan to email
Fill in paper form, put in scanner, enter email address, press go.
Confirmation is in the email logs.
Better quality, easier to store, easier to find later, cheaper, faster.
People who want to use fax machines need help. (unless it's a thermal fax, nothing like a funny coloured rolled up piece of paper with indecipherable text)
You need two licenses
Because both properties have a TV you need two licenses. If you had one TV that you moved between the two addresses then you could possibly get away with switching it twice a week.
You used to be covered for a portable TV away from home but it had to run on batteries not sure if that is still the case.
300 - 260 = 40ms
That would be 40 thousandths or 4 hundredths.
Of course your point is even more valid. The difference is minimal and it's only impressive compared to old versions of IE.
I have one of the old Revo 3600 with an Atom processor. That was a great buy £250 for a tiny computer. Works perfectly as a PVR running Media Centre.
£600 is too much for a computer like this, for that kind of money I want a decent processor.
weight, battery life
Does the XXg mean you're running a guess the weight competition?
Also very important, what's the battery life? One of the best things about E-Ink readers is that with any wireless radios turned off they run for a month of normal use.
Seriously though, this thing looks junk to me. The only thing it has going for it is a colour screen but from your review the screen is useless for video and photographs. The device is underpowered so page turns take an age. All the advantages of a colour LCD over e-ink are lost and you're just left with the disadvantages.
£65 is pretty cheap though.
Flawed on so many levels
Touch screen remotes seem like a good idea but in reality knowing the exact location of the buttons on the remote by feel is much more useful. I can navigate my basic logitech harmony purely by touch. I owned one of the one4all chameleon remotes and it was a pig to use.
You come home from work fancy watching a bit of TV but you can't because your partner is out and the remote is their phone/ipod (that's a good system isn't it)
Haven't charged your phone for a bit, no TV for you
when the iPhone is no longer the coolest phone around and you want an Android that £100 is down the pan.
The bottom end logitech harmony remotes are amazing, I think mine was £35. It controls everything I own that has an IR sensor even my dSLR.
There are 2000000000 numbers available for landline use in this country. Problem is we have an archaic reliance on area dialing codes. With a digital phone system it shouldn't matter what your code is. Why can't we just make all numbers non-geographic, if we do that we can even add the 03 series of numbers giving us an extra billion to go round.
I don't hear anyone worrying about running out of 07 numbers for mobiles, reason being they aren't restricted by where you live.
You forgot that one.
I have an R500, it runs Windows 7 no problem. The only thing it could use is the ability to offload h.264 decoding to the GPU and maybe support for more than 2GB of RAM.
Toshiba have slightly lost the plot here, the inclusion of a 32bit operating system in a machine with 4GB of RAM demonstrates this perfectly.
There are loads of 13.3" laptops on sale and most of them don't cost £1600, I'm pretty sure the R500 was the only proper laptop you could buy that weighed less than 1Kg and still included an optical drive.
Looking good, a few odd gui changes
It feels quick which is nice.
Status bar is gone, so where has my IE tab indicator been moved to?
Stop/reload button has become a stop/reload/go button and been moved to the end of the address bar.
Other than that it's looking good so far. I may even be persuaded to upgrade my work client which I have so far resisted.
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