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Comment Not required - yes (Score 4, Interesting) 135 135

I use a bank that likes to push this software. Everytime I log into the online banking you get an annoying "pop over" suggesting you install it, which I have to close each time. I've never installed it, and reading this very glad I didn't, I'm always suspicious of websites trying to push software as must have, even if it's banks doing it. My concern is banks moving towards making software like this mandatory, before they will allow you to log onto online banking. Go elswhere, well yes, for now, but if every bank insists on software like this? I've already heard banks can refuse to refund any fradulant transaction if they think you've not taken adequate protection. Would not installing the banks "recommended" software meen you haven't taken adequate protection? Yes I could go back to banking by phone (which is far less secure, of course) or in branches, but with more branches closing all the time, the latter probably won't be an option for much longer either.

Comment Re:Except this little thing your skipped (Score 0) 403 403

Yes but the problem is not so much keeping the software running it's if the software is still useful. A lot of users of the full Photoshop will want to open RAW files from their camera, because of the superior quality. I doubt CS6 will support the RAW format of the latest cameras in say 2 years time. So you buy a new camera you need the latest version of Photoshop to open the RAW files.

Comment Re:As a comedienne once said (paraphrasing) (Score 1) 385 385

The odd thing with Adobe is that in my opinion it produces some really excellent software and some really dreadful software and not much in between. Adobe Photoshop is the best image editor I've come accross and Photoshop Elements is certainly worth the money (for a home user I feel Photoshop is a bit too expensive, good though it is). But at the other end of the spectrum there is Adobe Reader. It seems to get slower each release so that opening a typical PDF still takes as long as it did 10 years ago even though modern PCs are much faster than those of 10 years ago. It probably has more features but the features I use are limited to just move around the page, zoom in, rotate all of which you have been able to do for years. I don't know how Adobe manage to make it get slower and have to update it so often. Likewise I won't be sorry to see Flash go, another program that seems to constantly want to update (and nag about it).

Comment How long to recharge? (Score 1) 650 650

The added range would make an electric car a lot more useful, but there are still some problems to solve. With a petrol car if I get low on fuel I can fill up and be on my way again in 5 minutes. If my charge in an electric car runs out how long will it take to charge? Probably a lot more than 5 minutes. Also where can you charge it? Not everyone has off street parking or off-street parking with an electric supply (e.g. a garage in a block). You can hardly run a long extension lead down the road to where you car is parked to charge it. I think this will only work if the battery can be *easily* removed (so it can be charged in your house ready to put back in the car in the morning). It would also be good if petrol stations could swap a discharged battery for a charged one (for a fee, obviously) much like filling up with petrol today. Until these issues are resolved I don't see electirc cars being as popular as petrol/diesel.

Comment Re:The thing that no one ever thinks of.. (Score 1) 454 454

And to add to that, attempts to track where you are going using road pricing (a black box in your car reporting on every journey) and smart cards for public transport tickets (already in place in London using Oyster, already a condition of many rail franchises that these are introduced).

Comment Re:Everything works for me (Score 1) 554 554

And this is a good example of why I stopped gaming on PCs. I just don't think it's worth it. Too often games don't work and need patching or new drivers and a change somewhere in the system can really mess things up. Games on consoles are just a cheap, the hardware has a longer shelf life (you have to upgrade gaming PCs every couple of years) and you know if you buy a game it will work because all the consoles have the same hardware. Even if the hardware breaks most consoles are so common you can find another on e-bay even 10 years later.

Comment RHEL3 (Score 2, Interesting) 129 129

I've not been at all impressed with RHEL. At work we use RHEL3. After an upgrade from RH7.3 we found that the C++ IOStream library was unable to open files >2GB in size. This is an issue with the C++ compiler version supplied with RHEL3. Red Hats' "solution" was that it would be fixed in RHEL4. Sorry, but in a product where support is the primary reason for paying, this is a very poor response.

Frankly, Scarlett, I don't have a fix. -- Rhett Buggler