93 posts • joined Tuesday 4th September 2007 12:43 GMT
Been there, done that
Done exactly the same on a HP Business Model Laptop. Brilliant machine, but with Vista it crawled at an embarrassingly slow pace. Stuck XP on (I didn't buy it, I had a spare license from an old desktop machine) and it runs like a dream.
Most OEM manufactures seem to have realised how unhappy people are with Vista as well, because all the utilities and drivers had already been made available for XP when I "downgraded" my laptop.
Probably arrived late to the scene, but...
My first MP3 player was a Creative Jukebox. The 20GB model I believe. Looked just like a CD player. Still works as well! I think before that I was using an MP3 CD player, which at the time amazed all my friends.
I may still have that as well, haha.
I don't mind NiN. Admittedly I haven't really paid for their music before, (Either borrowed a friends CD or downloaded it off BitTorrent, which apparently they don't mind anyway so I don't feel as guilty now :P) but I'm definitely willing to pay £2.50 for a full, high quality album, even if it isn't that good.
This is how all music should be.
Sadly Michael, you are the minority. Most people I know have had very negative experiences with Vista, and It's something I recommend my less tech savvy friends avoid at all costs.
I actually legally own Vista Ultimate (What Was I thinking?) and it is currently gathering dust in a box somewhere after giving me an agonising 6 months of problems and hassle.
Maybe this SP will fix some of the issues that made me revert to XP (Mainly drivers/Video Codec problems) but like someone else said, until the majority of people can sing the same praise as you do, that disc will be staying away from my computer.
Couldn't agree more. That comment enraged me as well and perfectly sums up the "Nanny state" point of view we all dread and despise.
For better or worse, adults (even vulnerable ones) should be free to make their own decisions.
They're making a moot point anyway. It's not like obtaining the game is difficult. All this is doing is increasing the game's fame and will probably result in higher revenues for rockstar.
Oh My God
A Game that lets you chose between "Good" and "Evil"?
Ban this blasphemy at once!
Always good to hear that these underhanded thugs are getting a taste of their own medicine. There's a difference between protecting music copyright and persecuting citizens. Maybe a few more of these will remind them.
Thank god I didn't decide to ride this technology wave. Hopefully the war will end soon, the winning format will settle down and prices will become reasonable. Then I might buy the relevant player. Until then, I'll just stick with DVDs and laugh at this continued onslaught.
One of the best things they've done for the 360 yet. Previously I had to leave my PC on to transcode DivX files using Media center, now I can play them directly from my NAS HDD and leave my big, noisy, power hungry PC off.
Thought this all along, but who pays 700 quid for a Phone? You can get a decent PC for that much. You could get 2 Xbox360 elites and have money left over. Hell, you could even get 2 PS3s if you really wanted to.
Or you could buy a contract less Phone with inferior features. Admittedly the eye candy goes some way towards compensating for that, but nowhere near justifying such a ridiculous price.
I really do envy anyone who has that kind of money to waste.
Unfortunately (or fortunately? I don't know) I haven't had the pleasure of seeing these Videos, but If the YouTube admins were as efficient in removing such videos as they are in removing "Copyright violations" aka 2 minute amusing clips/opening sequences/AMVs of your favorite shows, then I doubt this would be a problem.
Hope someone does. I just ignored Prince before all this, now I think he's a complete tosser. I'd be surprised if he has any fans left.
Makes me Laugh
Gotta say, I find the whole concept of "Cyber-Jihad" hilarious. Maybe in poor taste, but still. They seem to be years behind with regard to technology and It's no real surprise that nothing happened if that's the best these cyber-warriors can do.
Might as well just get them all to do a ping -t to Google, they'd probably do more damage.
Virgin Media do Internet?
Because I was stupid enough to sign up for them, thinking "they can't be that bad" - They were. Like Gavin I was getting 40% packet loss during peak times, sometimes even off-peak. Pages would frequently fail to load on the first, second, or third attempt (Mashing F5 until it finally loaded got old fast) - Download speeds were appauling, we're talking a MAX of 30kb/s, with more typical speeds between 10kb/s and 15kb/s. Of course, streaming just didn't work, online gaming was pointless, for about a month I might as well have had no internet.
I told Virgin about it (25p/min "Tech Support", that's just pathetic and inexcusable), they told me to run BT speed tests. I couldn't even get on the site to run them for about 2 hours. Eventually I ran a few, which apparently never even got recorded. They said they wouldn't even acknowledge a fault unless they could SEE the speed test results.
Ultimately I gave up. I've been given the run around with too many companies to go down the route of arguing with them, so I just cancelled and demanded my MAC code. Which took 6 days to get to me. Despite the fact some ISPs can generate it over the Phone. They say I'll probably be charged £50 for leaving so early, but I don't care. AFAIK it's paying a ransom fee to break away from them.
I have now moved over to BeThere and suddenly I have the internet again! If this experience has taught me one thing it's that Virgin Media are one of the worst ISPs out there and to NEVER disregard hundreds of poor reviews for an ISP, assuming it will be ok in your area.
Ah well, you live and learn.
Getting there though.
I guess they should at least be commended for taking the first step with regard to Fair usage. And in this case I mean Fair Usage on their behalf.
I've always had a real problem with any network offering "unlimited" internet, which in actual fact has a limit hidden in an ambiguous "Fair use" policy. Imo, it's sly and underhanded.
Good on O2.
Leave Firefly alone :'(
It was one of my favorite shows ever. This new one sounds interesting, but the fact he's going with Fox again scares me. They just love canning shows, even if they have potential. Nazis.
But are they stupid?
Just look at all the press and hype they've generated over this.
Obviously a lot of people aren't impressed, but I'm betting a lot more people are aware of the game now than there would have been without this hullabaloo.
The funny thing is, Rockstar will probably profit more from it in the long run.
Crazy people. Made me smile anyway.
I gave in and sold my soul for an iPod classic 160GB player. While I've only had it a few days It's serving me well and I definately am glad I paid the money for it. It doubles up as a nice tiny portable hard drive.
This just sums up everything that is wrong with Social Networking crap.
@ Anonymous Coward:
Or maybe, just maybe, they have real friends in the real world, and not 300 "e-friends" who they don't really know at all.
My life is over.
Like many here I'm absolutely shocked and appalled to find this kind of lying going on on my internet.
I think I may have to leave forever, who's with me?
That's unfortunate, but how long had that model been out before you bought it?
It's a different situation with the iPhone because it has "just" been launched.
It does seem a little suspect to slash the price so quickly after purchase.
It's nice that people are getting something back, I guess.
Like other people have said, it's not about who has the "idea" first, it's about who takes that idea and makes it work.
The concept of social networking is hardly new, I'm sure plenty of people thought it would be a great idea x years ago.
Just another case of attention seekers looking for their 5 minutes of "fame".
Too expensive, crap capacity. Another example of a stupidly expensive object which is inferior to most of the competition, but sells because it has a shiney touchscreen.
Fanboys will love it.
Serves them right.
Who pays such a stupid amount for such a crap phone anyway?
Anyone who paid that much and is crying now deserves it. Stop following hyped-up trends and buy something that's actually worth the money you spend.
Re: Come again?
That's exactly what I thought. It makes no sense!
Can't say I'm suprised to hear such horror stories. While I myself haven't yet had the joys of being threatened with debt collectors, I HAVE been subjected to Oranges insulting and rude "customer support/service". I won't go into details, only that they've pretty much refused to do anything to rectify several problems I've had with my phone over the past few months.
In short, they are an awful company, whom I will be leaving as soon as is humanly possible.