Not had a problem with phones specifically, but a chap living in Ohio is convinced my email address is his and keeps giving it out to people. I've had loan agreements, hotel & travel bookings and even a scanned copy of his driving license sent to me in the past.
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Re: Have we forgotten the Asus Transformer?
I'm pretty sure Asus has forgotten the Asus Transformer!
I have a Transformer Trio, now running Windows 10 on the base, stuck at Android 4.2.2. Asus have a habit of abandoning products that are not particularly old. It's a shame because I love the hardware!
Re: Has The Register turned into the Daily Sport?
If you subscribe to Google Play Music (£7.99/mo) then you don't get ads on the music videos anyway.
As has been pointed out by NerdCubed, the subscription model means creators are much less likely to link to other similar Youtube videos as this will be reducing their own payments.
How does the resolution of these goggles stack up?
The Oculus Rift DK2 uses a 1080p screen that is expanded to fill the users full FOV with lenses, this means that a 1080p screen isn't a high enough resolution and there is a 'screen door' effect, individual pixels can clearly be seen.
I'm assuming that the resolution of the Hololens will appear better as the display is not being magnified to fill the full FOV but I struggle to see how they will be able to 'project' a 1080p film onto a wall and still have enough pixels left to cater for head movement without running a 4K+ screen.
I hope such a screen is available (at a sensible price) and also ends up in the Rift! :-)
You don't think the pilots, or approach radar, might notice the aircraft's not where they were expecting it to be and mention it to someone?
You would have thought so but mistakes do happen;
5 1/4 ins floppies
My very first copy of Civilisation arrived on 2x 1.2MB 5-1/4 inch floppy disks, imagine my upset when I -realised my drives could only read the low density 360k disks.
Fortunately, a friends Dad took the disks to work and transferred the contents to about 7 low density disks I could then use to install Civ onto my 20MB hard disk :-) (PS - Ignore the requirement for a 286 processor, it ran fine on my Amstrad 086, if with a bit of disk churning for the animations!)
I also have a couple of old 8" floppies around somewhere, no drive for them though.
Having just bought one of these on Saturday...
I read the review with trepidation, it's always depressing to see someone slagging off a device you've just bought!
I have to say I agree with most of what was said in the review, the lack of a backlight on the i5 is disappointing. It's relatively easy to disassemble the dock, the RAM is soldered on and limited to 4GB but the hard drive is easily accessible and I swapped to a 250GB SSD, keeping the existing 500GB in an external USB3 caddy.
There is a small light on the dock so you always know what mode Windows is in, don't really want to leave it running unless I need it, with the SSD, Windows wakes up almost instantly, cold boot is complete in 4-5 seconds.
Re: "Radiation on a trip to Mars is insurmountable at any kind of reasonable budget"
Unfortunately, it's the "modern rockets" that are part of the problem, would only need two launches in the late 60's;
Could be done (cheaper) in five Falcon Heavy launches though, only ~$135m a launch :-)
I was thinking this as well but (I'm guessing) if he doesn't know where the water is coming from it may be a bad idea in case it's contaminated. The ISS itself uses ammonia among other nasties for cooling, I can't find anything that specifies the same for the suits but it may have been a consideration.
Alternate Email Addresses
Slightly off topic but may help someone out;
Gmail allows additions to your email addy on the fly by using the '+' sign, email@example.com will be delivered to firstname.lastname@example.org normally but makes it much easier to filter and see who sold your email address!
Another reason the cabin crew ask for phones to be switched off is to prevent them becoming projectiles in the event of a crash.
I would bet most of the people who admit to 'slightly' flouting the rules, leave the phones on but at least put them in a pocket or something. If the rules were 'you can leave it on but put it away', people would 'slightly' flout the rules again and be openly using the phones during takeoff / landing which could then lead to them being projectiles.
Still nothing official from Three, that is the most annoying part! I buggered about with the settings on my phone thinking it may have been just me. This now means I don't know if I have no data because I've stuffed up the settings or of the Three data network is still down. Without something from Three themselves I'm just sat here rebooting from time to time.
On a side note, if anyone in Leicester has had data return, please let me know! Thanks!
Re: @Norman Hartnell
Then I suggest you start writing in American English, why support more than one way of spelling, very inefficient, having to maintain more than one language on a spell checker. I also suggest you don't take a holiday or attempt to broaden your horizons in any way just in case you become offended.
Re: If Talk Talk say they are so good...
Another happy TalkTalk customer here, live about 600m from the exchange and used to get solid 18-20Mb/s, now a solid 65Mb/s on fibre.
Thanks to Google Drive being a pile of crap, I consumed ~500GB last month and they didn't bat an eyelid.
Top tip: If you need customer service, use the TT forums. I used them to change my profile before I had fibre and throughput went from 14-18Mb/s in a number of steps with full monitoring to ensure the line remained stable. Admittedly, actually calling them is an excercise in futility.
Google's cloud needs some work.
I like most of Google's offerings but Google Drive Sync is absolutely not ready for market and should still be in beta. It works OK for the free offering where only a small amount of files are synced but for everything else it's useless.
I bought 400GB space and uploaded around 200B of user files, pictures etc. I then bought a new PC, even though I already had a copy of the files offline, Google Sync client cannot use a folder that already has files in it and insists on downloading everything again. Just to compound the issue, it can't be left to go and get everything overnight or it will use too much RAM and crash (I have 16GB RAM on this machine). I had to select 3-4 folders for download and let it complete them before selecting more.
I eventually had the 200GB downloaded and synced up again. Shortly after this, I bought a larger SSD to use as my Windows drive. I cloned the original drive (after closing the sync client) but on the new drive the database is corrupt. Google's answer: disconnect the account and download everything again.
Re: So Google want to patent "HUDs"
I would say the level of detail given in this application is similar to the detail given in Star Trek anyway;
---"a laser or LED source and scanning system could be used to draw a raster display directly onto the retina of one or more of the user's eyes."
Is this possible with todays technology or are Google patenting something that may be possible in the future?
---"Other possibilities exist as well."
Does this not count as 'overly broad'?'
Re: complete nonsense
I'm part of the overwhelmingly British readership just back from Florida and I can attest to the stupidity of some of the drivers! Bundling down I95 into a thunderstorm, the wipers on max can't clear the windscreen and instead of slowing down and moving farther apart, everyone seems to catch up with the car in front and sit on it's tail so they can at least SEE what they are about to smash into!
I75 instead of I95 but you get the idea: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9mMH0ES4sI
Re: Longer USB cables = FAIL
I have my media PC in the attic with USB / HDMI / optical cables running down the chimney to the TV in the living room. I have two 5m USB cables connected by a USB repeater connected to the hub mounted on the back of the TV. This works fine for the webcam / IR receiver / keyboard & mouse if required but will not work with the USB DVD drive.
Full screen - dual monitors
I love Flashblock, I love seeing little grey boxes where the annoying adverts would have been. Can easily add iPlayer / Sky player to a whitelist. I noticed the upgrade when full screen video kept moving to the main monitor. For years I've had a hack which allows flash video to stay full screen on one of the secondary monitors while I work on the others.
Currently disabled the latest version under 'plugins' until this monitor issue can be hacked again.
Re: We interrupt this conversation...
I think you mean Google Voice which is only available in the US due to the 'pay to receive' architecture.
Google Talk does have voice & video chat and is available outside the US and works very well. It will allow me to call landlines(with credit) or other GTalk users. Works very well with Android ICS as well :-)
My wife bought one of these (for less than £204 I should add) and I admit I thought it was just another health food fad. After trying it, I am a convert though, the food that comes out on the whole tastes like it's been deep fried provided it's not overloaded. Fantastic for those late night nuggets :-)
It is missing something with plain chips though, they come out crisp but a bit bland, they're not picking up any taste as they usually would from the oil.
So I have no idea what's different between this and a fan oven but there is something!
The difference between these and the Jabra Halo (1)?
I have a Jabra Halo (1st version) and I love it. Having said that, it's definitely worth mentioning that these headphones don't have a dedicated Play/Pause button and previous/next buttons are actually double tapping the touch sensitive corners.
Android ICS has some issues my headphones, after using the single physical button for any reason, the phone must be restarted to reconnect the stereo audio. I haven't tried any other headphones so it may be an ICS issue, compounded by missing the play/pause button.
Any information on the difference between v1 & v2?
The BBC is still good value and this won't make any difference to the vast majority that already pay their TV license.
No other company will send 4 camera teams to the Arctic for 4 months to get the shots needed for something like 'Frozen Planet'. The Beeb may (and hopefully) will make a profit by selling the programme to other networks abroad but I can't see any other production company risking that sort of cash. Most things made by for profit companies seem to appeal to the lowest common denominator and are designed for a quick turnaround and to make some quick cash.
+1 for the online forums.
I'm the first to moan about poor service but also believe good service should be made public.
Since getting TalkTalk ~3 years ago I've had no problems at all. I live about 500 metres from the exchange and get a rock solid 21Mbit all day/all night. The only filtering TalkTalk admit to is P2P traffic during busy times. This means at 5-8pm, my FTP downloads run at 2.3MBytes/sec and my torrents are running at 1.3Mbytes/sec.
I went through the forums to have my profile changed based on my SNR ratios which gained me an extra 3-4Mbit/sec speed.
My only complaint is that it is very difficult to move once a line has been unbundled. I could be tempted by Sky as I now have a new Anytime+ box that will only download new stuff from a Sky broadband line. To go to Sky, I have to go back through BT.
This is in a heavily oversubscribed Virgin area where I would get ~20Mbit at night and less than 500k during the day! Virgin monkeys blaming everything under the sun apart from oversubscription.
Anyone else make the mistake of renaming your soldiers, becoming quite attached to them and getting very upset if they died. I seem to remember if you killed the PC quickly enough after your best guy was shot, it wouldn't save and you could restart the mission!
I'm off to book a couple of days leave and fire up Steam! :-)
RE: @blehhh or whatever @AC
Absolutely agree with AC above, some things are more expensive in the country and some are more expensive in the cities, it should even out. Otherwise, why should I pay for your traffic lights, I can travel the 15 miles to work without seeing or needing any! :-)
Minor quibble, there are no pumps required to get the water from Mid-Wales to Brum because of some very clever engineering: http://www.elanvalley.org.uk/dams-reservoirs/history-of-the-dams/
Is anyone else finding DNF horribly CPU limited? Yes I'm running on a slightly elderly C2D 2.66GHz CPU but I'm getting lousy frame rates both in 5000x1200 Eyefinity or 1024x768 low quality. :-(
PC is well within both minimum and recommended specs so I've asked for a refund and removal of the game from my account, I'm not too hopeful :-(