Re: A slightly different problem
There's a setting for the wifi thing: go to Settings - Wi-Fi - Advanced and tick 'Avoid poor connections'. I haven't tried it so can't vouch for its effectiveness.
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Point taken; '...asked...' instead of '...made...' would have been a better wording. At today's exchange rate it's about £16/year difference between £ and € prices, so they are effectively getting 6 weeks for free.
Google's pricing is:
I'd be very surprised if differences in costs led to such convenient pricing.
I started to use mapmaker when it was released over here last month but then thought, "what the hell am I doing giving my time, knowledge and effort to a commercial company for free?" Sure, our changes are shared to all users, and you could argue that is our 'payment', but Google are still profiting massively from it.
It's not totally their fault. From another site:
"In an Oct. 14, 2005, e-mail that was turned over by the defendants, TTS founder Mike Musacchio asks Exel employee Joseph Roy Brown "... how are we going to get into email after you leave?" Mr. Brown, who left Exel to join TTS only days later as its Vice President - Information Technology, sent the reply "I have the back door password that only I know and no one else can change."
It doesn't sound like it was as simple as their accounts not being deactivated when they left.
I bought one before Christmas at this price. The hardware and OS are superb; if you're a power user who needs hundreds of apps it's probably not for you, but as a tablet for casual browsing, a few games and watching the odd program on iPlayer they're great. Come next month they'll even have a native email client!
I picked up a Playbook before Christmas when they were £170. The hardware and OS are superb, what's lacking is decent apps. Netflix, Skype and Kindle are all missing, and you'd be hard pressed to find someone who doesn't use at least one of them on other devices. RIM should be paying these companies to the write apps for the Playbook. Also, the BB app store policy of $1=£1 needs looking at as apps are expensive compared to Android an iOS because of it.
I'm also on Be LLU and still get the full 2.2MB/s download on a 24Mb/s connection and haven't noticed any problems. Measuring an average speed for all customers and then reporting that speeds are dropping is pretty useless, the comparison needs to be done like for like. It's like measuring the average speed on all roads then saying motorways are getting slower.
For €5 a month you can tunnel your traffic via a VPN to Switzerland, with download limits in the 10s of GB and speeds of at least 8Mbps. So for less than the price of an album from iTunes you can download without the BPI knowing who your ISP is and without your ISP knowing what you're downloading.
Google's SMTP servers seem to be very strict on what they allow; for example, if you set the from address to something different to the registered address it shows in the recipients client as from 'firstname.lastname@example.org on behalf of email@example.com' (or the other way round, I can't remember). You might want to check, if that's what you're doing.
So if I want to get someone sent away for a couple of years, all I have to do now is plant a disk containing strong encrypted data? Maybe send it to them through the post then anonymously tip off the police that that person is involved with drug crime or a terrorist plot. They wouldn't be able to provide the police with the key and couldn't prove that the disk doesn't belong to them. Sounds like a great law. Until it happens to you...