823 posts • joined 25 Jul 2007
a story about DRM
so last week I was in a cottage with a few mates, we had a laptop with a bluray drive and a projector and a new bluray disc.
The bluray disc wouldn't play in the laptop because the bluray software refused to play it. However the bluray box included a second disc entitled digital download. Problem 1, disc requires an Internet connection authorise the computer so you can watch the file which is on the disc that you have that came in the box with the film that you paid for. So we set up some tethering on a phone and allowed the laptop to connect to the Internet, authorisation failed.
We played with this for a few minutes, in the end the way we got to watch the movie was by downloading makeMKV and ripping a copy of the disc, circumventing the copy protection, onto the harddrive of the laptop.
This is what's wrong with DRM, it's easier to bypass than it is to follow.
Is this data allowed to be used in this way? By that I mean displayed in an ad supported or paid for app.
Fair enough the data should be there for anyone to do what they like with but should that include using it to make money?
"By the time it hits shelves, ..."
"...Google's next Android platform 'Jelly Bean' should also be available"
is there somewhere I can place a bet on whether on not my Motorola xoom will have been updated to ICS before JB is released?
Google need to get a grip on this, there's no point releasing new software versions with new features if most devices are unable to use them. Phones are still being released with 2.3 on them.
My Xoom is a perfect example of how stupid the situation is, if I was in the US I could have ICS but because I'm in the UK so I want a UK English dictionary on my device I'm still waiting.
People will get tired of this, they'll see the Apple users who receive updates as they come out. Apple are still updating their 3 year old 3GS
Re: It's been done.
this different in a lot of ways. my electric toothbrush charger uses around 1W of power whether or not it's charging (it's actually slightly more when not charging). The battery on the toothbrush takes over 12 hours to fully charge. Part of the charger fits around the toothbrush.
The wireless power we're talking about here could (in the future) be built in to your coffee/bedside table, your desk, your car dashboard. Placing your phone on or near any of these surfaces would activate the charging circuit charging up your phone without you needing to worry about where you put the cable.
Of course, until it is built in to existing surfaces it's actually worse than just plugging in a cable since the charging unit takes up more space. If that wasn't the case then desktop chargers would be popular.
so much missing info
5GHz channel support
graph of all the collected data
how well does the router support moving clients between 2.4 and 5GHz as required by signal strength?
for routers with USB ports what filesystems do they support? What kind of speed do you get accessing the disk?
alternate firmware support, the buffalo comes with dd-wrt but do any of these other boxes support it?
These things aside though, this is quite a good round up, I think the screenshots of the UIs tell you a lot about the products. Interesting that the reviewer didn't like the TP-link interface when it's not far removed from most of the others.
Of course the real issue here is that 5GHz just isn't worth it for most people. My 2.4GHz N router happily gets to the 10-15Mbps my broadband provides, despite me being able to see 15 other routers in my local area. It runs dd-wrt and cost £30. When I need something more reliable or faster than 2.4GHz wifi I use a cable.
lax security policies
Whilst linkedin were at least hashing passwords there are countless sites out there not performing this simple task.
Those sites are easy to spot, they're the ones that have limitations on their passwords. I just signed up to a t-mobile.co.uk account to manage my dongle the password must be less than 15 characters and contain no special characters. The only reason for this is that the field they are storing the string in doesn't allow more than 15 characters or special characters.
if communication is over cellular then there will be a use for that tin foil hat.
Alternatively I like to keep my meter and consumer unit securely locked in a nice metal cabinet, you know, for security.
Re: Why has video not taken up it's mantle?
"If there was some way to start a video chat simply by dialling the telephone number and choosing voice or video - I think a whole bunch more people would go for it."
isn't that how video calling works? A lot of 3G phones have forward facing cameras for this feature, the reason why it's not on all 3G phones is that no one uses it. The reason no one uses it is because it is not because it's difficult it's because it isn't very useful and it costs more than a voice call, most people simply don't want to make video calls.
is this the most stupid laptop screen ever?
The aspect ratio is there for watching movies, not any movies but specifically ones that are 2.35:1.
Lets start with the aspect ratio, where is this content for 2.35:1 screens? Almost all content for small screen viewing is produced in 16:9. Films that are shot in 2.35:1 are delivered to your screen in inside a 16:9 letterbox. I'm guessing that if you take this laptop and go to watch a film on netflix or lovefilm you will get a letterbox at the top and bottom and pillarboxes down the side. A lot of content isn't even 16:9 it's 4:3 with a letter box so that will look even worse.
Then you have the bizzare resolution 1792x768, if you're watching 720p video then you have 1280x544 which will need to be upscaled to fit the screen, if you've found some 1080p content then that will be 1920x817 so it will need to be downscaled to fit the screen.
Nobody is going to buy this laptop, if they sell 100 I'll be amazed.
As for the other two offerings, so what.
Re: People won't be won over - worst received release since Windows Me.
I think you could be right on the Me comparison, however this is very different to the Me issue.
Me was rubbish behind the scenes, it was unstable, driver support was poor, it was slow. However the interface was quite nice, it was the Windows 2000 interface which most people would only have seen at the time if their place of work was using it. It was familiar enough looking very similar to 98 that people were used to but with a bit of polish.
Contrast this with Windows 8 where behind the scenes the OS is great, it's stable, fast, I've no doubt driver support will be as good as Windows 7. The problem with Windows 8 is the interface.
Re: multiple monitors?
doesn't mean they can't be made better, there are two main improvements.
1. The taskbar is now available on all screens in the monitor with options for whether the program buttons appear on all taskbars or just the one on the application screen.
2. Desktop wallpaper, you can now have wallpaper that spans your desktops or different wallpaper on each screen. There's even an option to automatically show landscape pictures on the landscape screens and portrait ones on the portrait screens.
Re: *rolls eyes* 3rd place
I think you're underestimating how well the tablet side of this will do. Android might be king in the smartphone world but they're a distant second on tablets. I can see Windows easily beating Android for market share here but I doubt it will make a dent in the iPad.
Re: hoo ray
"I really love having to slide away a screen with a big date/clock thingy on it after logging in too - really easy to do with a mouse."
I'm not trying to condone Microsoft's insistence on forcing the Metro UI on everyone but this screen is easily dealt with. It slides neatly out of the way when you press a key on the keyboard, so that's only one extra pointless keystroke you didn't need to use before.
Everyone goes on about how great the screens are on Samsung phones. I've not seen one review that mentions the fact that whites appear a bluey green colour. Doesn't this matter to anyone?
Panasonic would be the obvious choice
Since Panasonic and Olympus already share some tech and their cameras use the same lens mount.
What level does the counterfeiting run to?
Presumably these are a different kind of drive that has been relabelled most likely drives that have failed some kind of test; that would be easy enough to do. The thing that is going to be harder to do is change the firmware on the drive so that it reports the correct model number. If that has been done then it's an impressive forgery, however if the counterfeiters are clever enough to perform this feat then you'd think they'd also be clever enough to spell the name correctly on the label.
Of course you have to ask what the warranty situation is on these drives, I would guess that WD would expect their drives to be imported through official channels and probably don't expect them to be hoping across the Atlantic.
clearly the reason to buy Opera would be for all that page impression data. Opera turbo is a giant proxy server. Imagine the ads you could target with that amount of data.
Re: Well ... wifi scanner
Similar, but a lot more detailed, a wifi scanner shows you all the nearby wifi networks. It shows you ones that are broadcasting their SSID and ones that aren't. It tells you their relative strengths and the channels they are transmitting on. If multiple instances of the same network are available with the same SSID but different MAC addresses then they are shown separately. They can be useful for planning wifi network deployments, positioning antennas etc.
It's a very useful tool but if it's something that you can't live without then an Android phone is probably a better way of getting there than a jailbreak.
What's the point in getting post office broadband if it's the same (same gear, same connection, same customer support, same tech) as Talk Talk, you might as well just buy Talk Talk.
this looks pointless,
My oven takes around 5 minutes to heat up, I can't see any reason for wanting to do that remotely.
We just want the spam to stop
I don't think they do want the spam to stop, they'd much rather that the spam continued flowing in a way that was easy enough for them to identify with 100% accuracy so they can keep selling their product.
I didn't realise people still used pipex, I used freedom2surf years ago and the service was great. It continued OK when they were taken over by Pipex. Then the whole lot went to Tiscalli, it was fine for a while then one day, my Internet speed nose dived. I checked my router and sure enough I had been moved onto Tiscalli's LLU service without any consultation. I started my migration the same day.
My meter already tells me how much energy I'm using, the clue is in the word meter.
Re: Yes Metro Off Switch by.......
There hasn't been a release candidate, we've had an early developer build which had the reg hack you mentioned and then a beta (consumer preview) release which doesn't. Of course there is still a chance MS will put the switch back for the upcoming release candidate.
Re: Where's the fuse?
rather than turning it off you could just not run people over, that would work.
Re: All three KBs work here, what's the big deal?
Haven't noticed anything unusual on my WSUS machine
Re: Forced format shifting apathy....
format obsolescence is not generally caused by manufacturers.
Tapes became popular alongside vinyl because they were portable. The quality wasn't as good and all that rewinding was a pain so they never took over from vinyl.
CDs are considered better than vinyl by most people because they are easier to use and allow you to jump forwards and backwards across the disc accurately and instantly. They didn't completely replace tape because they weren't as good on the move.
mp3s have replaced tapes because they're better in every way. For some people they've replaced CDs, for others CDs are still useful as a way to buy uncompressed DRM free music.
DVDs combined with PVRs have replaced VCRs because again in almost all use cases the new product is better.
examples of products that are their purely to line pockets are minidisc, DCC and bluray, these are products that have benefits over their predecessors but not enough to warrant going out and repurchasing music or video collections to take advantage of.
t-mobile pay upfront
t-mobile do a pay upfront option where you get 90 days + a dongle for £30, if you're using it all the time then that's very cheap.
Re: All you can eat on 3?
This is a phone plan, you can't use 3 phone sims in dongles you just get a message to say it doesn't work like that and you need to put it in a phone. However there is no problem with tethering so for mobile broadband that seems like a decent option.
Re: Typical Reg
If you go to the Sony website you can order one. No idea how many ports it's got although I know it definitely has at least hdmi and 1 each usb 2 and 3. There is an add on dock with an optical drive and some sort of AMD graphics. I'm guessing this connects over thunderbolt so there must be one of those onboard too.
Standard display is 1600x900 the 1080p screen is an extra £40.
Standard disk is a 128GB SSD (listed as 3rd generation I'm guessing one of the newer sandforce based drives) 256GB is £410 512GB is £1100!!!!!
Standard RAM is 4GB you can opt for 8GB for an extra £110 but only if you also get a 256GB SSD
The 3G option is 14Mbps for £110
backlit keyboard is an extra £25
Re: Screen resolution
If you go and look at the Sony store, you can configure one of these latops. The standard screen is 1600x900, the 1080p is an optional extra.
However the cost of the 1080p screen is only £40 and this is on a price list where doubling the size of your SSD from 128 to 256 (would be about £100-150 in the shops) will cost you £410. So this just shows how stupid the whole 1366x768 screen issue is.
I am very tempted to order one of these, it's exactly what I want, shame about the cost.
same stupid issue, after all these years the ctrl + fn keys are still the wrong way round. Lenovo have fixed this on their other laptops but the thinkpads are remaining the same.
If it wasn't for this stupid mistake the X1 looks great, would have prefered 1680x1050, those extra 150 pixels make a lot of difference.
Re: The drive needs to be re-formatted?
The review doesn't make this at all clear but this is a format that Sony TVs use for recording. Other TVs will use different formats, possibly standard, possibly not.
The problem here is that 4G isn't a properly understood standard. When 2G phones came out, no one called them 2G, they just said they supported GPRS.
When 3G phones came out, they were clearly different from everything else, they were big and had lousy battery life. The LTE phones that have come out so far are nothing like this, they look and perform similarly to 3G phones.
For Apple this is just about advertising, it's not possible to look at the 4G label and decide what that means. I don't understand why Apple don't simply advertise the product as "80Mbps mobile data" or what ever speed the ipad can reach when it's sat next to an unused mobile cell.
The whole labelling things as 2G, 3G 20G etc. is stupid. It started off seeming like a good idea, but it very quickly gets out of hand. Much the same as the naming for USB, does anybody buy USB devices looking for ones that are super speed, hi-speed or full speed?
already in colour
kindle books are already in colour, if you read them on a tablet or PC you get colour images
Re: Film grain vs compression
Maybe it's different for video but that kind of colour banding is referred to as posterization on digital images.
The thing Intel got wrong
They should have specified a minimum screen resolution for each screen size. I just don't get how you can copy the air in the basic style but not take a look at the specs to see what kind of screens these devices should have.
On modern builds the insulation comes attached to the breeze blocks and has the foil layer included.
All new windows are K glass or an equivalent I doubt very much it is causing your mobile reception problem.
but that's fine, I think most people would be happy with a 1080p 15" screen.
Thing is I don't think TVs are to blame, I can't remember the last time I saw a TV smaller than 19", all laptop screens are smaller than this so they are produced for laptops. The real problem is that there is simply no choice.
5 years ago if you bought a laptop from Dell, you could choose to have a high resolution screen for extra cost, this was available on most of their laptops I had a look last week and couldn't find a single laptop where the screen was available in different resolutions.
Hopefully Apple will put out new macbooks with high res screens and the other manufacturers will copy their lead.
is £5 million enough to build a fibre broadband network for a city?
If so then surely it's economically viable for commercial business to build their own with no need for government funds. If not then this is a superficial waste of time.
why not admit to it?
Surely people would respect the company far more if they said, "we listened to our customers and we've changed our mind"
Saying it was an error is just treating your customers like idiots, the message is carefully worded to give the required information whilst at the same time advertising the EA brand and products, that doesn't happen by mistake.
hang on there
Do my eyes deceive me? 1080 vertical pixels on a 15" screen?
What's the issue
If you feel you've been cheated then take your device back to the store and they will give you a refund.
Years ago I bought an Ericsson T39, it was one of the first phones to support GPRS and was advertised as such. At the time there wasn't a single network in the UK supporting GPRS.
the terms 1G, 2G, 3G, 4G are meaningless to most people aside from, is it faster than the old one?
Sure technically it's not 4G but if they want to call it that, why stop them?
Re: Left out again.
I played a football game on the Electron based around the 1990 world cup. There was no real gameplay you just picked a team and the game played out without interaction. The first level was qualifying, if you got past that you had then had to save your game to tape so the electron could load level 2 which was the actual competition. Then you would load your saved game from your tape. I never saw level 2.
Re: Existing subscribers all get 25GB
Just logged in now, I've had a skydrive account for ages and I've been bumped down to 7GB, maybe you only get to keep the 25GB if you're already using more than 7?
Re: And still no built in GPS
There are several reasons for this
1. Most people don't give a shit about having GPS on their camera
2. In a smartphone the GPS is provided by the SOC in a camera it has to be separate so the cost is higher
3. If it's built in Nikon can't sell people their overpriced accessory.
by the way I have both a decent GPS from China (which broke after a couple of months due to a poor socket design) and Nikon's mediocre GP-1 (which is still rock solid and reliable after 3 years heavy use)
Re: So it's jsut more Mp then..
The sensor is the same one in recent Sony cameras. Low light performance at print sizes will be better than the D3100.
The most improvement for this model though is the new LCD screen which is finally the same as the D300 released in 2007.
I've been after a small Nikon for a while, coupled with the 35/1.8 it makes for a very high quality device in a small package.
Plusnet also use thomson routers and the weird caps point towards plusnet
Re: Interesting ...
Disappointing only 512Kb RAM though.
Same as my Amstrad 8512? Probably should be MB
Re: Better reception?
All the BBC channels are on the same multiplex, if you can get one of them you can get them all.
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