1022 posts • joined 11 May 2007
Although I'm sure the developers do get a tad fed up with their work constantly being ripped off so the only way to go I suppose is to make things more difficult.
Unfortunately the only way to do this is to make the game dependent on something hackers don't have access to and that means making it server dependent.
However, DRM is always going to be a double-edged sword so those who want to play the game offline qill not be able to do so.
Only thing I can suggest (that is legal) is purchase the games via Steam?
I speak as a prepaid user (I use O2, not T-mobile for the record) as I do not want a contract for several hundred minutes I won't use.
While I see your point Dawid Lorenz aboiut PAYG not being tied, it offers at least one advantage for the operator.
Now that the old style scratchcards have pretty much disappeared fraud has been reduced and the operator is guaranteed the money up front.
In a post paid situation they are extending credit over the course of a month and are not always certain that they will get their money.
I use prepay and the first thing I did was get registered.
a) So I could get it barred if I lost it or some oik pinched it and I could keep my number.
b) It can quickly be eliminated from enquiries if it was quoted by someone to the police as a false contact number.
I agree that it should be left with the networks but I'm not sure of the problem, I mean you have to register if you want to take out a contract.
No I'm not a Microsoft or Linux fanoy (I'll use whatever gets the job done) but lets look at this objectively.
The Open Source movement largely consists of hobbyists and there are literally thousands of them around the globe who are good enough to put their time into writing applications for the benefit of humanity and then supporting them (I use firefox as my primary browser)
Because of this applications and their associated formats can change quickly to address a potential need or implement a new feature, they can then put out the new build or add on over the Internet overnight.
Comapre this with a lumbering corporate like Microsoft which has a large corporate market share.
If it controls the file format its product uses it can control the release cycle which is much slower than open source and can be far eaeier to suport as remember that MS often has support agreements with its corporate customers, coporates who may not employ open source advocates who could overhaul the code would not be satisfied with a best endeavours approach which is common within open source.
To implement ODF Microsoft has had to take a snapshot of the standard in time and implement that but of course its not going to be able to assure customers that all office features are supported in ODF as it hasn't fully examined the code so is not familiar with it.
HTML hasn't changed all that much so I think the comparison with a browser is unfair in this instance.
People just dont want pocket computers so thats why your vision has not become a reality,
Think about this too, your laptop or desktop which packs a seriously powerful CPU has to be cooled and that means either a liquid cooling system (personally I'm not convinced about these in PCs) or fans.
Although improving, notebook batteries don't even come close to those in mobiles, why? because of the cooling requirements.
Would you be happy with a small fan blowing up out of your shirt pocket or out of your trousers and standby time measured in hours rather than days?
People that navigate the web by following Google links really need educating about how to use it [the web] properly, no wonder they are so easily defrauded.
I avoid Gobble at all costs and even when I have to use it I copy and paste the address and if I'm going to buy something I'll look up the domain in whois as well.
Do you really have to wait for a Home Office PR wonk to explain it?
This refers to a phone that has been stolen being given the identity of a legitimate phone to bypass the network IMEI barring by reprogramming the handset's IMEI number as every handset in the world is supposed to have a unique IMEI or Internetional Mobile Equipment Identifier.
The IMEI identifies the phone while the SIM or USIM (in UMTS) identifies the subscriber intormation hence it is called the Subscriber Identity Module or Universal Subsciber Identity Module (meaning it has the encryption keys for both 2G and 3G networks).
Roger Cook (I think) did an investigation about phone theft and featured some information from Cellnet as it then was that when they did a network audit they found 10 mobiles with the same IMEI operating on the network so if they had barred them they would likely bar a legitimate subscriber too.
So from this I would infer that this figure refers to either how many collaborators of thieving scum they have arrested for reporgraaming or how many apparently dupiicate phones networks have seen log on to their networks.
I have nothing to declare other than a sound knowledge of the technology.
Don't count on hearing back from hearing back from the wonk that soon as people in the Home Office probably don't know what they are talking about either.
so a departing customer didn't have to call the network they were leaving to get a PAC code
Never had the displeasure myself but know a lot of others that have had to have 2 hour plus conversations with Three's 'customer service' to obtain their PAC code so would this mean that customers of Three could do the same Mr. Russell? Thought not.
For lightweight, value for money, decent looking and performing phones Nokia is numero uno.
For an expensive, gimmick laden paperweight with cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity there's the iPhone.
What will Apple do in a couple of years when its run out of gimmicks.
It really annoys me how such improvemernts are just a software upgrade for the operators but we have to go out and buy new kit (no prob if you are on a contract but if you are more descerning and buy SIM free then it maybe 200+ quid
It should be just a case of a firmware upgrade for us just like the operators.
Being Joe Customer I was slightly concerned when I heard this service was going to be launched.
Persoanlly I won'y deal with businesses where only a mobile number is provided because for all I know they could just be a here today, gone tomorrow scally operating out of the back of a van (bad experience with a cowboy bulder some years ago), I'd imagine a lot of people thought like me hence someone came up with this service.
At least if you see an address and landline in addition to a mobile it meant that they were at least linked to a place for the period of time (and yes I meant before VoIP but then again this is so crap noone really uses it as a serious form of business communicaton do they?) but this would mean that it is no longer the case.
I'm sure there are plenty of honourable businesses using this service but fi you want a landline number get a landline as most intelligent customers can tell when they are talking to someone on a mobile and some might be likely to cut the call and not do business because they may get the impression that the business is less than honest.
May it die a swift and permanent death
I mean if you must call your offspring after a fictional character there are much better choices
Or to cover an IT angle so you can call them after a product
Catalyst (as in Cisco)
or the very topical Nexus (both a phone and range of network switches)
Or the more normal sounding but still based on a fictional character
I'm by no means an Apple fan but I do respect the technical achievements of Woz, he has contributed far more to the world of tech than Steve Jobs could ever hope to.
The other thing I respect is that he does not take himself too seriously (why else would you appear on the yank version of Strictly Come Dancing when you actually have a brain which obviously he has).
The guy is enjoying the wealkth he acquired fair and square, let him be.
Can II propose a ban on Paris Hilton coverage as she has contributed nothing of value to the world EVER.
Because it has an IT angle as it refers to an electronic device.
I'm all for tasers to be used against burglars etc. but this really isn't an appropriate use now is it and the marketing is somewhat inappropriate.
If you are buying a self defense device why would the colour matter? have to agree with the author these should not be sold as a fashion accessory.
Should be available in Gunmetal Grey only.
Though dreaming of living in a fantasy world is generally an indication that someone is in need of a padded room, strong medication and a jumper with long sleeves that does up at the back if it teaches some people humility and care for their fellow human beings then that surely can only be a good thing, no?
Sad state of affairs though that its taken a CGI film for them to realise that crapping on your fellow human and/or stabbing them in the back to get a pay rise/promotion or whatever is pretty shit
As for the people suffering the 'Pandora blues' I have this advice stop blubbering, get off your rear and go and help a good cause, that'll help you and the rest of us.
No I haven't yet seen the film.
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