If Sky is £30 a month now, and the BBC would be £11, then Sky then would be £41 a month, assuming you didn't opt out of BBC channels.
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What would be nice would be to get to the situation they are in in Germany _most of the EU (I think) where the CAM Common Interface is well defined, and decoder cards can be easily used in any solution.
They could even legislate to force the dirty digger to provide an interoperable CAM/CI card for his services.
XL always makes people feel more significant
Except when it's on your t-shirt.
Re: VPL or VLP
I like Ethernet VPLs.
the average length of a British man's most valuable possession is 14cm to 16cm (5.5 to 6.3 inches) during moments of excitement, with a girth of between 12 and 13cm (4.7 and 5.1 inches).
What are you talking about, my TV remote control is much smaller than that.
Re: Martin Gregorie Anon Cluetard Boston Marathon Bombing
That explains the collection of Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone data, doesn't it? By collecting her data they aimed at disrupting and tracking groups such as Al Qaeda?
No, that is just just straightforward old fashioned espionage - countries want to know as much as they can about other countries and usually have agencies to do espionage.
Not exactly a new thing, and even if they stopped mass surveillance the same agencies would still be interested in that data.
I'm not saying it is right, just that it has always happened. If you think the BND don't monitor people like Bronislaw Komorowski you are naive.
This is something truly good, a gift from God
No, it isn't. It was invented by human beings.
Are you talking about God or the internet?
This has nothing to do with "making your broadband faster". This is about increasing the speed of pre-existing links by upgrading the bits at the end, so they get network upgrades without having to actually upgrade (much of) the physical network.
The point is to ease congestion on POPs/exchanges that have reached capacity and yet have no commercial incentive to upgrade. Its not to make your ADSL go fast in a little village somewhere.
Plus, if you ever did want your little village to have fast internet, then the backbone within the UK would have to be much much faster. Hence working on things like this, rather than trying to lay 50x as much fibre on trunk links.
As an example fIlm #1 and #3 of the Matrix trilogy are available, but not #2 weirdly.
See? Netflix even get that right - the casual viewer will just watch the "Matrix", and since they cant watch "Reloaded" they will never have to watch "Revolutions". Kids who just have Netflix must think the Wachowskis are geniuses.
I agree, that's why I use chromium.
Re: Just a simple question.
I've tried to answer this a couple of times, it's best to go to an expert:
My little home ZFS server (16TB and counting) uses these drives:
1 Hitachi HDS5C3020ALA632 ML6OA580
10 SAMSUNG HD154UI 1AG01118
1 SAMSUNG HD204UI 1AQ10001
1 ST31500341AS CC1H (Seagate)
Currently, the only drive with any issue at all is the seagate...
The 2GB Samsung was to replace an identical failed Seagate ST31500341AS...
Shame you can't get Samsung anymore - no great speed, but very quiet and very reliable in my experience.
Re: If Baidu and Renren are any indicator...
No, he is commenting on the fact that in the 18th and 19th Century, America ignored all international conventions on copyright and patents in order to advance their economy.
100 years later, you all bridle with fury at China doing it to you.
Re: Under the GPL
If you start with the original work, and replace every single line of it, it is still a derivative work of the original.
If you start with one guy in a room somewhere reading the original work and telling you in his own words what the module should do, whilst you sit in another room without the original work reimplementing it, it is not a derivative work.
Re: broad implications
The constitution applies to citizens; foreigners have less rights.
Re: Many a debt?
No it isn't. Some parts of FreeBSD's userland are imported, the kernel and most of its interfaces come from MACH.
There is plenty in FreeBSD that comes from Darwin too - libdispatch comes directly, llvm and clang (FreeBSD 10's default compiler, no more GCC) are heavily worked on by Apple, all of the auditing from TrustedBSD...
In true community style the software has emerged before the software's plan called for its announcement to be made public.
In true journo style, you make this sound bad. What way round would you prefer it, make the announcement and then put the files in to place?
TBH, I thought his political career would have been done once he got caught bunging free shares as bribes to his missus - apparently in India such wrong-doing means you have to sit on the naughty step for a year or two before sitting down to play at the top table again.
OpenBSD is important […]. It’s also included in a number of popular third-party packages that include SQL Lite, BIND, Sendmail and the Lynx web browser.
WTF? "SQL Lite" "includes" OpenBSD?
a) "sqlite". You've misspelt it and added a space.
b) Seriously, wtf.
Re: Attention all English-speaking humans
"Trending" is a horrific verb in my opinion. It is much better to be explicit - "The trend in unemployment is to grow" - especially with the recent trend to omit the direction of the trend, with an implicit understanding that it is growing.
Analyst Jason Ader of William Blair pointed out that "management appeared to leave the door open for a higher take-out offer, noting it will 'carefully review any credible offer'."
What board would not carefully review any credible offer? The purpose of the board is to maximise shareholder value; if they ignored a credible offer they would not be doing their job.
@Nick Ryan: That shows that if the business was to keep a static market share in a statically sized market then the value is good. The company are saying two things: 1. we can increase our share of the market, 2. the size of the market will grow. Depending on which side you believe determines whether you think the offer is reasonable or not.
Re: Wanna really contaminate the med ad dbs...
Google show you ads based upon who wants to pay the most out of all the people interested in advertising to people like you, so searching for "knitting" a lot is unlikely to result in lots and lots of knit based ads.
There will be some "knitting" ads, but the ad spend of Big Knitting is not particularly large, you'll mainly be shown other ads.
Now, instead search for something that is extremely high value (so only requiring a small number of leads converted to make money) - "laser eye surgery" for instance. Search a few times for that on google, and the ads will follow you for months and months - the advertiser is so desperate for leads and conversions that they outbid most other ads in google, and so you see mainly eye surgery ads.
Other common "high value search terms" that can skew your ads: flights, computers, phones.
Guinness is Irish not British
Technically, Irish is British, Ireland being one of the 6,000+ islands that make up the British Isles.
Although I'm sure anyone who considers themselves Irish would vehemently disagree.
Re: Chrome is now unstable and unusable
Furthermore, now I'm seeing Chrome crash while editing Google Drive. Does anybody at Google actually test Chrome on Windows anymore?
Probably not that much. They have a "developer" track of chrome that lots of IT types voluntarily use in order to be alpha testers, and Google have always treated regular users as beta users - and by and large, the users are happy to go along with this.
In general, you get the polish you pay for. Google software is free*, so don't expect much polish.
* allegedly free - their may be stains on the soul that do not appear until later
Re: How much?
So each contractor costs the project ~£20,000 per month, or ~£120,000 per year.
Always double check the maths if you get a contractor to do it.
Capita may preside over a succession of shit-storm projects, but the truth is that Capita frequently deliver in the private sector projects they undertake.
So, why does it go wrong with public projects? No ownership is my bet. Every elected person involved in the project will think that they are the boss, and continually add minor tweaks and changes to the specs. Civil servants ignore the politicos mainly, and will supply their own requirements.
Add enough of these people to any project, and you'll very quickly have scope creep and fail to make any deadline.
It's all cool to rag on Capita and their ilk (lol, "Crapita"), but the contractor actually working on this project is likely underpaid*, couldn't give a fuck whether the requirements are sane or germane, and so just does as he is told. After all, if it goes wrong, they can show the broken requirements, say "not us guv", and do another £50m in fixup work.
Successful projects usually have strong product ownership - someone who knows exactly where to take this thing, and has final say over everything. Unsuccessful projects rarely have strong ownership.
* Yes - even though the company makes a mint out of government work, the contractors they are supplying are probably not - well, not compared to typical consultants.
Re: circumventing the heavily regulated systems
They are only circumventing the heavily regulated system of taxis, they are not escaping the heavily regulated system of private hire vehicles. These are not unlicensed cabbies, they are fully licensed to pick up passengers at point a and transport them to point b for a charge.
The taxi drivers are upset because modern technology has meant that a person walking down a street can reliably and simply arrange for a private hire vehicle to come collect him, where he is. If the average joe can do that, then he no longer requires the expensive taxi service.
PS: Licensed cabbies are no guarantee of a safe ride - see Worboys.
So, for instance, Google Image Search?
I like the thumbs down without the explanation - I'm not saying "Search engines are evil and wrong", I'm saying "Doesn't this ruling mean that what all search engines do is infringing, and if not, why not".
Operators of websites […] that allow users to search for content on other sites and then display the information on their own site may be in breach of intellectual property laws
Explain to me how this is not precisely how all web search works. You type in something to search for, google searches other people's websites for matching content, and then displays the results on their own website, alongside some ads.
XP was hated when it came out too but it went on to be a great success. I think most of the public are starting to come around to Windows 8 too.
No it wasn't. XP was massively desired, it added some glitz and features that windows 2000 didn't have, it didn't crash like 98/ME and had a newer version of DirectX. It was so popular that they literally had to invent Bittorrent in order for enough people to download it from the scene (this is not true).
User satisfaction (yes, I hate that too) with IT has risen more than 8% in a year since the rollout.
You gave everyone new machines with bags of RAM and user satisfaction rose? Must be down to Windows 8!
13% is not a huge market share, but it continues to grow, even in these times where many companies don't need to run the latest and greatest, and that is no disgrace.
It continues to grow due to obsolescence of existing PCs and not being able to purchase a windows PC that does not come with windows 8.
I want to say I'll never buy Windows 9, but I probably will, once MS have obsoleted Windows 7 with embrace and extend.
If just for the round of CVs coming in with "Level 60 MCSE/MCP (Ravenscrest)"
Quite. We used to have one number, easy to remember, which was free.
Directory Services was never free, and whilst we had one number (two actually, 153 for international inquiries), each operator had their own system with different levels of quality and cost.
Yes please, can we go back to one information source, who would charge you whatever they fancied, allow you one inquiry per phone call, and often not have the right information anyway.
The 118 prices (all of them) seem overpriced to me, but then everything phone related has gone up massively since then, eg 5 minute local payphone call was 10p, now minimum charge is 50p. Directory service used to be about 50p, its now around £2.
The biggest rip is if the 118 service asks if you want to be connected to the number, you could be looking at almost £2/minute.
Re: 4K is possible.
A lot of your points are completely batshit-insane and/or wrong.
You can reasonably steam 4k over broadband. I can stream it over my current broadband..
Multi layer bluray is stop gap measure that doesn't make any sense? Must be why it has been here since bluray launched, bluray being a dual layer disc in the original spec.
Lets go back to the 80s, and pretend we all want to pop along to Gumby Videos to pick one of your videos to watch. The problem with video stores was clearly that no-one liked the small, plastic, inexpensive to produce disc you could rent, what the people REALLY REALLY WANT is a ROM cartridge to rent.
We can build the cartridge out of a tech that doesn't exist yet (hint: when companies "come out of stealth" and still do nothing, it's because they have nothing). Plus, the cost for this new tech will be comparable with that of a pressed BD per unit, and have 40 times the capacity.
Sounds AWESOME and REALLY QUITE LIKELY
Re: hold 25% of a film.
Generally, you have a choice of options with scene releases, from raw unedited BD rips, 1080p "HQ" releases, 1080p regular releases, 720p releases, MacGuffin HD releases and 480p releases.
Re: hold 25% of a film.
Pirates generally go for at least 4GB for a 1080p movie, more on a long or particually demanding one, as any smaller makes the artifacts far too visible.
Well, I suppose you said "generally" - different groups do different releases. MacGuffin rips are generally 3 CD or less in size (<2GB) and 1080p. When you get down to that level of compression, the things that you generally trim are the soundtrack - no 1.5Mb/s DTS track when a 160k AAC will suffice.
Re: Devaluation of the K
Wrong! The K is short for Kilo - which is 1000 (of anything)!
Wrong! The "bit" or "byte" after "kilo-" is relevant to the meaning of "kilo-" in this circumstance, specifically that the prefixes are binary prefixes, and are powers of 2.
This is how it has always been. In 1998, le Bureau international des poids et mesures decided that they "owned" giga-, mega- and so on forth, and decided to tell us that we didn't know what we were doing, and here are some new names, and aren't you stupid for not using it.
Re: Riding the internet, bareback
Sasser's vector seems to be through vulnerable MS network services. If you don't expose those services externally, or to other windows machines, I don't see how you could catch that.
Riding the internet, bareback
Apart from where I have had to use a work provided Windows machine, I haven't used AV since I stopped using my Atari ST.
I have a home windows machine which has internet access, I don't run programs I find on the internet, I disable all browser plugins, and I'm particular about what software gets installed - nothing from Adobe. If you send me an excel or a word document, I'll either ask you to re-send in text, csv or pdf, or just ignore it.
I do all my banking etc on a non windows machine, the windows one is for games really.
This seems to keep me plenty safe - I suppose the only vector still open is drive by malware targeting chrome - but I was wondering are there many other thrill seekers out there?
Re: Commence conspiracy theories.
The Secret Service is also in charge of currency crimes, most notably, counterfeiting.
Surely the Secret Service should let the crooks be in charge of the crimes, then they come in and find the crooks?
Re: Haven't you seen Fringe ?
The sniffer dogs are to make you feel uncomfortable if you are doing something wrong, the guy holding the leash is then supposed to spot people looking uncomfortable and ask leading questions.
The problem is that you can't play the video well without NVidia. There needs to be a way to get decent video hardware on this thing, even a 9400m would be a big improvement.
100% agree - nvidia make the best HTPC video cards, £20, passively cooled and can decode 4k H264 without even thinking about it. You then don't need a 2.5GHz quad core CPU, literally any CPI will do.
Perhaps on windows there are other options, for *nix the only choice is nvidia.
Why not go the whole hog Nigel, and whack a mini-SAS connector on the back so you can hook it up to any SAS expander of your choice.
Re: Fair's fair
These bus stops are normally reserved for public transportation, as in buses that anybody can ride on. If the tech companies want to use these bus stops, it is normal that they pay for their use. I understand that generally, an event happening on a public square requires renting that square from the town, e.g for putting a circus tent. This is no different.
It's completely different. They could stop their private buses anywhere that it is legal to stop a private vehicle, and do pick ups there, it is just more logical and less inconvenience for everyone else to use a regular 'stop'.
We're not talking about them renting or using bus stations, these 'stops' are poles by the side of the road.
Ours is "on by default" for new connections, which will gradually ensure that the majority will not disable it.
Re: Ineffectually slipping through the odd boob
Generally we elect 1 or 2% of MPs who ARE NOT complete tits
I think this is 1% is of each MP - probably their pinky toe.
fighting against engineers using the terms "master" and "slave" in their documentaion
But we don't call the HA service checking them "overseer", we call it "heartbeat". Because we love shitty Sunday night ITV dramas.
… both surveys were looking for different things
This is fascinating, does it mean that two of the arms have only "cooler, lower mass stars like our Sun", and the other two have only "massive" stars?