I didn't realise until all this kicked off that Game and GameStation were owned by the same company. I've always found GameStation better. Were they a takeover or something?
170 posts • joined 1 Oct 2007
My prediction is that this is going to end very very badly. My impression backed up to a large extent from my Mexican friends is that the cartels really don't care what anyone thinks, the identities of the leaders are pretty well known anyway and the low level, taxi drivers, security guards etc..really don't have any choice about aiding and abetting, not if they want their families to stay alive.
So I think the chances of Zeta taking the threat seriously are nil and it may just annoy them to the detriment of the Anon captive and any others who happen to be nearby.
Yes a stand.... but one that I think (although I hope not) will have very unpleasant consequences.
Let's just get clear that what is happening in Mexico isn't terrorism, it's criminal activity, there's no political agenda (well actually with the level of corruption that may be arguable).
I have friends who live in Mexico and in the time since I visited them in Monterey last year things have got so much worse they wouldn't advise a return visit now. the panic that the tweets generated is perfectly justified because that sort of thing DOES happen.
In a previous job I had a significant amount of contact with the ONS, both as a user of census data and working on committees with ONS staff and they were SO paranoid about data security and leakage. Not just physical and procedural security but using differencing methods on different geographies to deduce data for small numbers of people.
The staff in the ONS are a pretty damn bright bunch and don't just live in an ivory tower, I for one am perfectly happy to fill in my census form and I trust the ONS to process it responsibly.
Anyway if there's no census data what will all the family tree researches use in 100 years time?
Some letters, no digits
First of all, for the record I own both a PS3 and a 360 (PS3 was bought first), and my first choice when buying games is the PS3, the 360 is for exclusives. (I have more "friends" on PSN. However the review is pretty fair, overall XBL is a slicker experience although it is sometimes easy to get lost in the menus or remember where a particular square is. The game related "shows" are a nice bit of content and add to the community feel.
One huge plus that XBL had was last years experiment with massive live games... i.e the 1 vs 100 experiment. That had flaws but was great fun and I was disappointed not to see it return with a sew "season"; I guess it didn't attract enough advertisers.
I'd agree with one of the commenters above that the PSN store is not good at describing it's wares, a name and an icon doesn't tell you much and sadly Home is a disappointment; I thought it was turning a corner when they ran Xi ARG in Home last year but the disconnect between the areas and the loading times moving between them are still an issue.
Speaking of loading times why does a system or game update on XBL take about a minute to download and 30 seconds to install whereas on PSN something similar can take 10 minutes, which is a right pain when you want to get started on the game.
So in summary XBL is better but I use my PS3 more due to the games I play.
Earlier this year I abandoned my ageing Buffalo Terastation as I was reaching it's 0.75TB (RAID5) capacity. After much musing on the replacement I went with an HP MediaSmart server with WHS.
One of the reasons was that I couldn't afford to populate all the drive bays in one go and WHS allowed me to simply add drives as I went along. It now has 1TB and 2 x 2TB drives. Going for a "real NAS" and fitting 4 x 2TB discs in one to set up RAID5 go was too pricey and rebuilding the file system when adding a new disc seemed to be regarded as an "at your own risk" activity when researching, although I'm sure I'm about to be told I'm wrong by someone more knowledgeable.
The only real complaint I have with my WHS box is that HP is waaaaay way behind in keeping it's included TwonkyMedia server up to date (yes I know there are ways to run a later version, but for the moment the extra effort isn't worth it).
However with this decision by MS I feel the platform I bought into has been abandoned, I can't recommend it to anyone else anymore and I will now start thinking ahead to my next NAS box.
Another one for consideration
I am a TB user started with v2 and moved to 3 comparatively recently, and 3 is a bit slower but not enough to cause me any problems. But then I'm not an IMAP user. I have big disks and don't really want old emails eating up my ISP space.
The client I used to use (and paid for) was Becky (rimarts.co.uk) which always seemed to get a bit overshadowed by the Bat! It may be worth a look for some of you.
I eventually abandoned it because it's "purist" approach became a bit annoying and support for HTML emails was a bit "oh well if you really must" and support for PGP is a bit of a hack and for SMIME a bit flaky. I haven't used it for a couple of years so I don't know what's changed.
I'm STILL waiting for a non iPod high storage capacity (60gb+) Audio player. I
have no need for on the move video and the video player requirement for a large screen makes the device less portable as a music player; I just want album art - no more.
So I'm sticking with my old iRiver at the moment.
Very useful, I use it to automatically turn my phone to silent at work - or cinemas; to turn off the screen lock when I'm at home; to disable GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth when the battery is getting low and to disable the screen time out when I'm listening to music in the car.
With all the available plug ins you can do a huge variety of things based on location or phone state including sending SMSs and posting to web forms.
RAID & WHS
The "no raid" comments on Windows Home Server reviews get a little tedious there is no RAID because it's designed that way - Home Server has it's own duplication system, described in plenty of places on line. Admittedly I had to do some research on it before I understood; but a little reading and now I do.
I DO currently have a RAIDed NAS (an old Buffalo TeraStation) but I'm planning on going WHS for it's replacement for simplicity and ease of expansion and to have a little more oompf to run a media server.
Rather confusingly Acer's own web site says
Up to 2TB* SATA hard drive
Up to four 3.5" hot-swappable** SATA hard drives supported, 4.0TB* maximum
* When referring to storage capacity, TB stands for a thousand gigabytes. Some utilities may indicate varying storage capacities. Total user-accessible capacity may vary depending on operating environments.
If individual discs can be 2Tb whey is the maximum storage limited?
Facts 'n' Figures
During my past working life I have had cause to have contact with staff from the ONS and certainly the ones I've worked with are bright and well aware of the implications and limitations of data and were (at least with cenus dats) cautious to the point of paranoia about allowing any individual data being deducable, even from combinations of other data.
So Ash I have a lot of faith in the actual numbers of official statistics, I don't have trust in the way the media or politicians interpret that data.
And as for "change in the way figures are recorded" being a way to hide increases.... the change is actually really easy to find....
"Instead of police deciding whether an incident should be recorded as violence, the new system required them to do so whenever an alleged victim asked them to. As a result, the level of recorded violent crimes soared by an estimated 35 per cent in the first year."
So that does tell us the public regard more crimes as violent than the police do - but tells us notrhing about the actual change in occurences.
Cut and Paste Journalism?
Has anyone else noticed the similarity between the "bust Card" here
And the Mail's very "own" one?
They do mention the "'I'm a photographer not a terrorist" group but they don't credit the information.