Re: Sometimes I miss...
I will NEVER miss cleaning those things out. Ball mice were terrible. Even with rose tinted glasses on they were terrible.
380 posts • joined 2 Jul 2009
Had this exact argument with them when I had to leave - moved to a new house that had no 3 signal whatsoever, so had to move networks. I had been outside my original contract for over 12 months, but overpaying by about £30 a month since then! You can argue that was somewhat my fault, but I dont keep track of dates too well, and didnt even think about it until I left.
TLDR, they tried to hit me with a termination fee, only about £40, but I told them they could poke it. Ended up paying a reduced rate of £20, but still was galling, as I'd overpaid by about £200 compared to being on a SIM only deal for the last 12 months, so they still made too much money from me.
Not sure I'd go back, but then not sure where else I'd go. Vodafone (my current network) are a much bigger bag of shite, who overcharged me £120 in my first few months! So meh.
This may not be popular here, but haven't we got cyber security backwards?
Why are we fining the organisation holding data for the fact someone stole that data? The following analogy may be over-simlipfied, however, if you report your car stolen, the police tend to try and find out who stole it, and go after them for punishment. They dont turn around and fine the victim of the theft, saying that they should have better protected the vehicle.
I know this gets a bit murky with it being other people's personal data, however hear me out... if the data was stolen from adequately protected systems, why is it the data holder (victim in this case) fault that data was stolen? They didnt steal it. They certainly didnt want it stolen.
They obviously have some level of basic security deterrents in place, all companies do. But in IT security, they are exactly that - deterrents. They will not stop anyone who REALLY wants to get in from getting in. That's a data security pipe dream.
Why are we not puttiing effort into identifying and punishing the perpetrators of the hack instead of the victims?
Not to be sticking up for BA specifically here, but this has been on my mind since they came up with this whole fine companies for data breaches thing. I assumed it was meant to catch stupid fuck ups, like leaving sensitive USB sticks lying around, or laptops unlocked etc. Just seems a little backwards and gives hackers more freedoms than anything.
The yearly cycle died for me when they started asking for £500 for a phone. Switched to 24 month contracts (cheaper monthly cost). Now I've got a 3 year old HTC and SIM only deal at the cheapest I've ever paid (£20/mo).
Even with an old handset (HTC One M9), I still dont have a SINGLE compelling reason to upgrade. And for £1000 for top of the line devices? Out-bloody-rageous. Not a chance in a million years. And thats not even built for longevity, what with the battery being inaccessible. That limits it's lifetime to a max of 3-4 years (same as my HTC, but I'll see how far the battery goes).
I can get cheaper laptops than that, which are arguably much more productive devices for any meaningful work or play.
Only chance I would upgrade now is if Sammy decide to release the W2018 in the UK (flip-phone, only available in Korea). Dont even like the slab form-factor any more, and especially hate the side-mounted power/volume buttons. Ridiculous design.
Problems? I didnt say problems. It's just terrible performance.
Think about it - we have a 10Gb backbone in our DC's. Everyone was using that to access our exchange cluster, which was awesome and fast. Cue the move to 365, where that MASSIVE database of emails and calendars gets shipped out to some unknown server in some country no where near where our people are located.
Top that off with every single user using a single internet gateway with a 350Mb internet circuit on it (which at the time was more than enough for general internet traffic) and you get shit performance. Specifically Outlook and Skype - and in Outlook the problem is made worse for PA's - where they have multiple very busy calendars open. Never a problem on-prem - on 365 however, its the #1 complaint! Multiple calendars take far too long to open.
And thats not even the fault of the 350Mb bandwidth available! Checking our throughput graphs, we're not even pushing it! It just sucks.
I hate it. I'm still running a custom Jelly Bean ROM (ViperOne) on my 3.5 year old HTC One M9. Even this old version bundled in a load of this predictive shit I'll literally never use.
I've had to install Greenify (rooted) to manage apps running in the background (i.e. disabling everything that sucks battery when the screen is off!) as well as disabling auto-updates on everything possible (big battery drain). I get about a day and a half out of it with moderate use, which isnt bad for a 3.5yr old handset with a sealed in battery!
It won't show an empty drive any more (new unannounced features, I love em).
Stick a disk in and it'll show up (or assign a drive letter in diskmgmt.msc as you've already poked around in there!).
It's nearly as annoying as the "lets start all your applications you had open when you shut down" shutdown button behaviour they put in, with all the fanfare of a master ninja. Why would I want my computer to do that when I shut it down? I'd use hibernate or sleep for that ffs.
Issue for me is form factor. All phones are basically the same in every way, aside from some software quirks. Hardware has homologised into a uniform slab of glass with identical human interface design issues. They all look the same and feel the same.
Buttons on the side? Shit. Touchscreen keyboards? Shit. Screen bezels that go to edge and cause all sorts of issues with fat hands holding the thing? Shit. Screens so big and unprotected, easy to break despite good quality build? Shit.
Give me more flip phones, more bananas phones. Experiment with new form factors FFS.
Dajames, absolutely right, choice is at the core of my argument.
What choice do users have when all the major hardware producers are making the same fucking device? They all opted to design the same thing, no industry standard headphone Jack. No expandable storage. Generic rectangular design and capacitive touch. Power and volume buttons all irritatingly placed where normal human hands would grip the phone, resulting in infuriating unintentional button presses. They are all the fucking same. Where is the choice?
Of course they can get lost. The phone itself can get lost. Tip is, don't lose it.
Not sure where you are getting this info from about the bus speed. They are on the same bus, the difference comes in quality of SD card used. There's no reason not to have the slot at all.
It's not just about bumping up the storage. It's the removable nature of it, and ability to do things you can't do with on board only storage. Just cos Joe Blogs doesn't need am extra 128gb of storage doesn't mean the handset should be sold without the capability of expanding it.
disclaimer: I've owned neither devices. I was very close to getting a Pixel 1 though.
I was checking the tech specs of this the other day.
Why have they basically produced an iPhone with a Google badge on it? Where are all the things that made Android a good alternative to the walled-garden overpriced company?
I cant work out why they:
- Dropped SD card support
- Dropped headphone support unless you own a pair of crappy bluetooth 'phones (removed 3.5in jack)
- Made the screen bezel look like its from the 90's
It makes no sense. How many people were more worried about a phone being waterproof than they were about being able to use it to listen to music? Fucking no one.
What is it about phone design that forces you to remove the expandable SD card slot? Fucking nothing. Other than an Apple-style price gouge for more capacious models.
These were all decisions I absolutely ridiculed Apple for (and still do). I am horrified to see Google doing the exact same fucking thing. I held 'droid as a cut above the hellhole fashion bazar that is Apple product ownership. I thought Nexus was the way forward with the platform, then they go and drop this steaming pile of equine manure.
Then they made the second iteration WORSE than the first. Not only that, the pandered to the fucking Apple crowd - the exact people they were competing AGAINST.
FML, I hate smartphones these days. I'll probably get a Note 8 though, as I miss the S-Pen from my Note 2.
...there has to be some level of price fixing, to set a bar for friendly competition - it may seem bad, but I cant think of a single industry that wouldnt do this, where there products are based on very costly R&D.
Not to say that some big companies don't go to far, as seems to be the case here - but to say that this isnt the norm might seem a little naive to me.
There are other factors at play also, such as the market value for lithium, cost of getting it out of the ground, availability etc. You dont want to set prices too low that every man and his dog buys it, then suddenly realise global lithium stockpiles are dry. Maybe I missed the point here, IDK.
I better give it another try. The ONLY reason I switched is because FF was the slowest browser in all respects out of all of them, and with the largest memory footprint. Even Edge has the edge over FF in speed (or had).
For me it always is and will be a technical issue. Whichever is the fastest on modern hardware is the one I'll use.
One thing I HATE about my One M9 is the power and volume buttons all on one side.
I dont know about the rest of you mere mortals, but when I pick up my phone, I usually grip the phone by the sides. This results in accidental and infuriating button presses where I just want to hold the damn thing. Some people have even managed to turn it off while on a call when I've passed the phone to them! Or reduce the volume to mute. It's just a bad design from an ergonomic perspective.
I would like to see some better ideas in that area. I dont know why they moved the power button to the side, as it was in a good place on top - not easily pressed/mashed by accident and an easy enough place for a finger to go to when unlocking the thing.
Volume rockers have always frustrated me being on the side - only LG had any good ideas there with the rocker at the back of the phone! Wish more manufacturers could do that. Shame the phone wasnt that great.
On the one hand, we have a dude that works for a fake news company espousing hypocritical views about the situation, but on the other hand, he actually has a fucking point. IMO, Google et al (inc Bing, Twatbook etc), should ALL be taking more responsibility for the information they make available. I know they are only indexing sites, and that worked long ago in the early days of the WWW. Now, they are profiting from the proliferation of fake information and news (as well as the legit stuff) - so they need to be held to some kind of account for it.
If only the guy saying it wasnt this guy. It might hold more credence.
To be fair, the reasons they gave are acceptable from a technical standpoint - it really would make song recognition less good at its job when people want to identify a song - I know what the scramble is like when the song's about to finish :)
However, they should be clear about the behaviour as some people won't want that - the power draw on mobile devices is the first issue that comes to mind, followed closely by privacy concerns by would-be attackers using it as a potential attack vector.
Veggie vs. Vegan is not moot, as there are large numbers of missing food groups from the latter, which provide many nutrients.
The change in scientific stance on nutrition is just evidence of the field of science always accepting new ideas and evidence - it self-adjusts. You dismissing that means you dismiss the principles that govern science. It's particularly tricky around food and nutrition as there are so many dicks out there doing all they can to spread misinformation, and you have to take in intolerances and allergies, which are becoming more noticable due to the better diagnosis rates and methods (thanks science).
At no point did the article say that the proposals would jail anyone feeding their kids on a veggie/vegan diet (actually it didnt say anything about that in detail, but I would assume only enacted when a child is hospitalised and the cause found to be related to poor diet).
I didnt read anywhere that they would be doing state menu inspections either. Not entirely sure where you picked that up from, unless it was tin-foil hat mode drawing tin-foil hat conclusions.
Well its not wrong to state that children raised on a VEGAN diet will suffer injury, as there are documented cases about it, which is why this was mooted in the first place! And if it's that hard to get a vegan diet right, that DOES contain everything they need to grow properly, then whats the fuking point?
Note: some major differences between vegan and veggie. The latter being slightly more nutrient rich.
If they fed their children far better than average, we wouldnt have this problem, nor would we have this discussion. Add to this the fact that people's ideologies are stretching into the "batshit insane" category now, and thanks to the internet, we have the dawn of the age of naturopath fuckwits, this is NOT a far stretch, or a bad move on the governments part. It makes absolute sense - if these twatbadgers cant seperate the facts from the bullshit (thanks to the internet/misinformation age), and they refuse to understand in the scientific facts (which is NOT a belief system), then they are unfit to parent and do not deserve that responsibility. Same as some people can be told they are not allowed to own pets.
Disclaimer - I am not saying children are remotely like pets - it was for analogous purposes only.
Veganism (aka crazy food haters), should be a choice, like religion, for when the child is an adult. A childs formative years are the most important and if they don't get the right nutrients growing up, it can lead to all sorts of problems.
This is not enforcing my view upon others, it is a simple fact of the universe. Undeniable, and unconcerned with anyone's thoughts, feelings or opinion on what's best for "their kids" (seriously cant understand why they say that - like a kid is somoene's fucking propery or something?).
Because my internet-based commenter-friend, some people do not have the mental capacity to raise said child without said child suffering severe injury, or dying - either due to a crazy ideology that is actually proven bollocks, or just plain dumbness. The article did point this out, when referencing previous cases in Italy, and the reasons for those cases.
That becomes the responsibility of the people/state - otherwise we'd be in the dark ages, blindly looking the other way when this shit happens, because of people that say things like, and I quote, "How about if people just got on with their own life and let other people get on with theirs - including bringing up their own children the way they see best".
Not every fucking industry is going to have a 50/50 split of men and women. It's a well known fact men and women like different things - whether a result of culture or upbringing is irrelevant.
It would be lovely to get more girls in the IT dept, but lets not get ahead of ourselves and make a big thing about it. It has nought to do with sexism in the industry or anything like that. Women in general tend to be less interested in tech. It's THAT simple.
I got given a free fitbit through work (they gave one to all employees - the shittest model, naturally).
What a heinous fucking waste of time that was. Used it for about a week before I decided it was pointless tat. I'm not surprised to learn it was inaccurate - I mean the pedometer alone could be easily fooled by a quick fap in the work toilets during lunch breaks.
So, they allow Orange and T-Mobile to merge to make EE, and allow BT to buy EE. In order to compete, Three and O2 begin process for merging, get vetoed by EU/Ofcom. Is it a coincidence that the person heading up Ofcom used to work for BT?
I think not.
Regardless of whom you contract with (personally, I'm with Three and love their network), this can only be a good thing (the merger) and will allow them to compete with BT/EE/Orange/T-Mobile.
This STINKS of bias/corruption.
Short sighted views-R-us.
What the hell do you think the purpose of this test is? To go straight to commercial service? Hah. Private money is funding a physical proof of concept. No one's tax money is going near it at this stage. The idea of the concept testing phase is to do exactly what you're saying - iron out the issues, and work out emergency procedures such as the one you mention.
Please dont tell me you work on any project management business. That would just be a disaster.
They are all valid points, but dont you think a little negative in light of potential benefits? Not an attitude I quite agree with, basically saying don't build it, you'll fuck everything up that we already have and some already rich people will be less rich.
This is Elon Musk we're talking about here, he built Tesla and SpaceX out of nothing. They may not be entirely profitable at the moment, but that is primarily because they are a paradigm shift in each respective industry. How does one expect humanity to progress? Very stagnant attitude.
Had a look on the oil companies job sites? They could use someone like you to stop the hydrogen revolution.
Is not necessarily the ads themselves, its:
- Embedded scripts running from 3rd-party untrusted sources
- Unsrupulous non-mainsteam advertisers pushing penis pills and the ilk
- The sheer volume and "in your face-ness" of most of the adverts
- Increasing complexity of ads, adding to page load, CPU load (and battery drain), and bandwidth use
- Swamped webpages where you cant see any fucking content
- Clicking through pages of ads just to read a fucking paragraph
Bollocks to them all, dont care if they lose revenue. I'm blocking all of that shit. Find another source of income. I pay for stuff I want, and dont care to read your articles if you stuff them full of ads.
I'd probably change my tune slightly if the ads were less of everything I just listed. A simple JPEG and a link, with some locally hosted code to work out page views/clicks. And ONE per page maximum.
These guys need to pull their socks up. Can't just blame Microsoft squarely for any of it. Yeah their recent OS's suck - 10 is ok when you turn all the spying shit off. 8/8.1 was another Vista.
However, the manufacturers packaging this stuff are 80% responsible for their own downfall. They have relied FAR too long on repackaging the same old shit over and over again, and ensuring Apple take the crown for form, design and aesthetics each time, which is bizarre when you understand the stuff underneath the hood is the same.
Case in point: ALL laptop screens up until very recently were 1366x768. It looks shit, make the CPU/RAM etc as beefy as you want. If you package it in a plastic cover and stick one of those shitty LCD panels in it, no one is going to fucking buy it.
Try to provide something unique to your brand, hell even a simple skin on the OS would do something to differentiate. The way I see it, there are so many hardware people touting the same thing in a slightly different shaped box.
Give the punters some better screen options, some choice in CPU (i.e. AMD as well as Intel), give us some dedicated graphics options for gaming performance, slick looking cases with a bit of design forethought. ANYTHING to make you stand out.
Although that said I will always custom build my rigs. Have done for over 15 years.
If you don't want a particularly powerful PC. And making a GPU fanless will void any warranty, and is a right pain in the arse to do, since removing the stock sinks and fans can damage the whole thing. All in all, not worth it IMO.
You'd need a huge, full tower case to fit most of these fanless coolers anyway. That Nofan one looks insane - wouldnt want to run a hot GPU with that in the rig thats for sure!
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