707 posts • joined Wednesday 25th July 2007 17:00 GMT
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.
"It will connect to Virgin's fibre-optic network,"
So it'll have a fibre interface on the back? No, didn't think so. So it connects to the DOCSIS network using a copper coax much like every set top cable box.
pimp my ride
This kind of system has been available for years, generally using SMS rather than a web connection, you text the car alarm and it will start the engine.
However it serves no real purpose
You'd definitely have to mental to buy one.
This is especially true given that all non Apple phones now have the same micro USB port so they all share chargers. This means you can have one on your desk at work, one by the bed, one by the TV and they will fit all your phones. Very few people need to charge more than one phone at the same time, they generally run low on charge at different times.
Obviously the point of this is so that you don't lose your files during a reinstall.
Thing is a modern OS should never need reinstalling. It's not something I've had to do since we were using windows '98.
It all it ends up doing is meaning you run out of space either in /home or in / when the other partition still has loads free.
Most OEMs do this with Windows computers now. There it's even more pointless because without a redirected user folder people still store all their files in the docs folder or on the desktop. I see a lot of computers friends bring to me when they've "run out of disk space" what they've got is a choc full C drive and 200GB free on D.
Exactly my point
I just bought a 37" LED set with freeview HD and it cost less than the 26" set I bought 5 years ago.
It may take a couple of years but freeview HD will become the main way to watch HD TV, in the same way that freeview quickly became the main way to watch digital TV.
It'll depend on people upgrading their TVs
I just bought a new TV, had the last one around 5 years and fancied something bigger.
The new TV has freeview HD. Most of the TVs I looked at had DVB-T2 tuners. The TVs on sale without DVB-T2 are old models. By the time we get to 2012 all TVs are going to be capable of receiving the new signal.
I'm just waiting for a USB tuner for my media centre PC. There's one on its way to market but there's a bit of a debate as to whether or not it will give freeview HD on media centre.
"device security, encryption and authentication. Password policy enforcement, remote wipe and device inventory functions"
Don't you get all these included with Windows mobile+exchange and, I presume, blackberry with BES?
The battery will lose less capacity if it's never charged beyond 80%. To go the whole 9 yards you should also recharge before you get to 18%.
Problem with this is that although the lifetime of your battery is now longer you're only getting 62% of the capacity on each charge. This kind of tech works well on devices like ipods that produce 40 hours use between charges but on laptops where you're only getting 4-5 hours you want the whole 100% capacity available to you.
Is that the end of scanning your wallet?
I don't live in London buy when I'm unfortunate to have to visit I just touch my oyster card containing wallet on the reader as I pass through the turnstile.
With this change I'm guessing I'll have to take the card out of my wallet to prevent the tube charging my debit card instead.
I don't get it, what would I want to tether to an ipad?
A laptop? If I'm carrying a laptop why would I be carrying an ipad, if I want to tether a laptop I can use one of those phone things.
I could tether my phone, no hang on that's not right.
Anyone know how this is useful? Is there really a situation when you are carrying an ipad, no phone and another device that needs to get on the Internet and there's no wifi in the place but there is 3G?
That's what they want you to think
It's like server 2008R2 and server 2008 are different versions of the OS. 2008 being based on Vista SP1 and 2008R2 based on Windows 7.
By simply calling it R2 people are much more ready to use the newer OS.
Suitable BT tethering host
If it just supports the standard profile then pretty much any bluetooth phone ever made will work. It's only since the iphone came along that the idea of not being able to tether a phone became an issue.
As to battery life I've not noticed any difference since I started running bluetooth all the time for use with my car hands free.
Don't think so
He has cow's tails but he's not even using them for the transitions. The only time he's hooked on is when he stops to take a rest.
Strange that it's done this way really, I don't think it would be too difficult to build some sort of arrest system that you could hook into at the bottom of each section. I'm guessing they don't need to be climbed too often so the accident rate is very low.
"Like 90% of internet users know what the hell your talking about."
Your is a possessive pronoun, you need to use you're as in the abbreviated form of you are. If you are going to attack people for their comments and pick them up on spelling you could at least use the correct word.
the 66th fastest out of 100?
Surely the typical speed would be the modal average, the speed achieved by the most users.
Problem with Virgin is that if you're local node is running within its limits then your speed will be very close to the advertised rate. If you're unlucky and your local node is over subscribed then you'll get nowhere near.
Does this mean
...an end to the "your friends have found friends using friend finder" adverts on facebook? Now I can believe that some of my friends may be stupid enough to use the tool but clearly not all of them have, it's obviously just a lie.
alternative to speed bumps??
I don't get it. Are they saying they're going to deploy average speed cameras in 20mph zones. Do they understand averages?
20mph zones are generally roads with lots of parked cars, junctions, pedestrians etc. The very nature of these roads requires you to slow down at times. I doubt anyone averages 20mph on these roads even if they have no regard for their own safety or that of others and their property.
Average speed cameras work really well on roads where it's possible to maintain that speed.
Some sort of library system has to be the way to go. With paper books when I finish them I can swap them with my friends. This isn't possible with ebooks so I'm losing out by moving to an electronic format. For that I want something in return so a tiered library system would be great.
For £x you can rent 20 books per year, for £y you can rent 100 for £z you can have unlimited.
The publishers can be paid per book read.
I try not to watch anything on 4oD if I can help it because the picture quality is so bad. iPlayer stuff is very watchable especially the 720p streams and the new 3Mb/s sky player is better quality than itv on freeview. Channel 4 need to catch up on this.
They need to step the quality up. If I want to watch films with far too much compression I can do it for free on ITV.
I think the problem with this is that there is two issues here.
Issue 1 is that DSL and, to a much lesser extent, cable suffers speed loss dependent on the length and quality of the line. This isn't something the ISPs can do anything about but it is something they can allow for. With cable it isn't really a problem and for DSL the ISPs do allow for it. When you sign up for a connection the ISP tells you what speed you can expect. I don't see a problem with this.
Issue 2 is that the ISPs are overselling their connections. If my modem syncs at 20Mbps (which it does) then I expect to get 20Mbps, allowing for overheads, in my case I do get that speed, but I see a lot of people who clearly suffer from contention. When I used to have a Virgin Media connection my 20Mbps line rarely ran at more than 6Mbps. This is just unacceptable, I'm not expecting ISPs not to use contention but it's about setting your network up in a way that the contention isn't noticed. If an ISP can't supply data at my sync speed then they shouldn't be advertising their service at that speed.
re: Thing is
"WP7 has a lot of things that will be implemented in future builds, and WM6.5 is nowhere near end of life yet (oh, and WM6.6 and Embedded Handheld should fit in to the WM6.5 shaped hole)."
Problem with WM6.6 is that I can't see HTC or Samsung or any of the other Windows mobile OEMs making devices with this OS.
Most of our users only use their mobiles for email and calendar so for them I don't see an issue supporting WP7, but for the rest who are using applications on their phones noone is sure what the future entails.
Re: Statistics on 3D viewers...
At my local multiplex the latest blockbusters are shown in 3D with screenings starting every hour, if you want to go and watch the 2D version then there is one show per day.
I'd never go and watch a 3D film if it wasn't the only way to watch a film when I want to.
"A technology called SmartWrite manages the stream of data being recorded, apparently preventing underruns even when you are using your computer for other tasks. Just the same, I recommend not running tasks that hog your resources, such as saving, printing or otherwise processing huge files"
This technology has existed since 12x CD-RW drives first came on the market, it's been standard on every drive produced since then. Without it even 16x CD writing would be massively unreliable.
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