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Kinda sums it up
174 posts • joined 18 Oct 2007
Kinda sums it up
That Moto X Play could be the sweet spot for me. My Nexus 4 is starting to die (more like Lollipop is killing it off) so it's time for something new. I already have the Moto E 1st Gen as a cheapo backup phone and I am a fan of Motorola's no-frills approach to both the design of the phone and leaving Android relatively untouched
It's also a term that Google (at least) use in some of their API calls to indicate a number / string that should just be used once.
It does seem quite odd having nonces in your code, but there you go!
Am I allowed to post a link from the INQ?
Who could have possibly envisaged a cashless only system going tits up!
...and it's great to hear some "real world" Spanish with swearing and threats to kill :D It's stuff like this that comes in handy!
Flash. Arrrrrrgggghhhhh! Pain in the arse of the universe
What about the chicken centipede?
The Developer preview talk about the Nexus 5,6 and 9. Does that mean that the Nexus 4 won't be supported?
I have loved my Nexus 4, but the update to Lollipop is doing its best to kill it. I frequently get the BSOD (Black screen of death) where the notification LED still works, but nothing else. Also, since updating to Lollipop 5.1 I lose my data connection when moving out of range of the Wifi. I hope that this isn't one of the "deep sleeps" that Google are promoting with Android M, as it makes your phone about as useful as a paperweight.
At this point, I'm not sure whether to hold onto wait until Android M comes out, or revert back to KitKat...
I have an iPad Mini 2 and a Tesco Hudl2. Naturally the iPad is a nicer tablet, but I have almost frisbeed it out of the window on numerous occasions due to the very limited syncing that Apple allows you to do.
With the Hudl, I can take the memory card out of my camera, remove it from the adapter and place it directly into the memory card slot, tinker with the pictures and then save them elsewhere. ES File Manager does work very well for that, but I agree with another poster that trying to select a subset of pictures from a large directory is frustrating.
It took me a while to find it, but here it is!
Basically, a dad gets narked at his daughter's rant on FaceBook, so he takes the laptop that he prepped for her out the back and puts about 6 bullets into it. Youtube video included!
Although Reg readers are more likely to be "power users", it would be interesting to see what the stats are for people buying Samsung phones and to see what percentage take advantage of the memory card slot and removable battery.
My GF had an S3 and then upgraded to the S5. She has never removed the battery, and never installed an SD card. If the vast majority of punters are the same, then maybe this is why Samsung have decided to dispense with these options.
I wonder also how many support calls Samsung have received due to someone putting a slow/poor quality/corrupted SD card in their phone and then having a go at Samsung because of it.
I have a Nexus 4, so am used to the no removable battery and no SD card. However, my Hudl 2 does have an SD card, but obviously no removable battery.
There was a website called FaceParty (remember them?) who did a similar thing years ago, by deleting the accounts of everyone aged over 35.
I can't imagine any self-respecting over-30 to want to pay hundreds of pounds a year for a hot-or-not swipe app...
From 1 to 3?
I don't know where you are in Canada. I have been a few times both for business and pleasure and I understand it to be a little bit bigger than the size of the UK.. but if you're not in Montreal, can you move there?
There are a ridiculous amount of tech companies there which cover a wide range of areas in IT
I've put lollipop on my Nexus 7 (2012) and Nexus 4.
The Nexus 7 struggles, but I thought it would. It was struggling with Kit Kat so that's not a surprise. I am bitterly disappointed with some of the design decisions though.
If you just open up your phone / tablet and gaze at it, then Lollipop does look beautiful - but I feel that some of these form factors make actually attempting to use the thing more difficult.
For instance - notifications on the lock screen. They look great and line up perfectly. But if you're using Google Music you can't skip backwards to the start of the track / a previous track anymore. Plus an mentioned in the podcast, you shouldn't need to have an engineering degree to setup your notifications grrrr
Last weekend I flashed my Nexus 2012 with Lollipop, so all the apps were removed and reinstalled afterwards.
I have noticed a few odd things. Like the poster above, I once did manage to "skip" the password lock screen which is worrying, but I haven't managed to reproduce it
I haven't had any crashes yet. iPlayer works properly now with no stuttering after ~25 mins. However, the tablet in general has slowed to a crawl. I can open the magnetic cover and wait around 10 seconds before I can enter my lock code. What is it doing! It's almost as if the NAND controller has a 5 second sleep built into it
Thanks for that link. It looks like the Moto E is getting Lollipop too. That is fantastic news for £89
Apparently Android Lollipop fixes the HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) bug that was affecting iPlayer downloads, so I'm gagging to get it ASAP
Where I live, a big chunk of the old-man's boozers have been shut and converted into either flats, Co-Ops or Spars.
In my current 16GB Nexus 7 I have:
3.4GB of Apps and app data
4 GB of music
2GB of iPlayer videos
1GB of gallery pictures/videos
With the OS overhead, that is pretty full, and I wouldn't call myself a power user.
I have an original Nexus 7 that is just over two years old now, and has served me extremely well on my daily ~1hr commute. When I heard rumours of the new Nexus 8/9 I was already prepping my credit card. But hmmmm I'm just not sure.
So this is £319 for 16GB and £399 for 32GB. The iPad Mini 2 is £239 for 16GB and £279 for 32GB and the iPad Mini 3 is £319 for 16GB and £399 for 64GB.
Once you lose ~3GB for the OS, the 16GB version might struggle for space, so if I wanted the 32GB version, I might as well buy a 64GB iPad Mini 3 for the same price?
Or going slightly leftfield, I could by a Hudl 2 for £129 and shove in a 32GB card for a tenner to have a slightly inferior tablet for £139...
If the prices don't drop (and I can't see that happening for a while) then I'm not entirely sure that I can justify it :-/
Who knew that wearing Cornish pasties could get you banned!
My original Nexus 7 is beginning to get a little bit long in the tooth. I was waiting patiently for the Nexus 8/9 but rumours of the price makes me thing that I may opt for the Hudl. With a couple of Tesco vouchers knocking around, I can get it for under £100, which would possibly be under a third of a price for the new Nexus.
However, I do like the no nonsense quick updates that a Nexus device can give you, so I may wait until the Nexus appears and make a decision then...
"...They have attitude & aspire to be the next Footballer's Wife. Unrealistic expectations."
But also kinda true, seeing some of the tramp-stamped, perma-tanned "beauties" around these parts.
Phones4U used to be awful and their marketing seemed to be aimed at the more erm... chav infested end of the market, but they did get better and I bought my Moto E backup phone from them online without any trouble.
Although you can argue that these phone shops such as Phones4U and CPW are just middle men, they did provide one important thing - Unlocked phones on the High Street.
Not everyone has the money for an iPhone from an Apple shop or a Nexus from Google, so giving people the ability to select their own phone and own network is an important thing, and it is a shame that one more shop has gone that provided that. I hope that they do find a buyer and get bought out from administration.
Saying that, the size of some of their shops are ridiculously huge! I have no idea why a shop selling mobile phones has to be the size of a car showroom...
Yep, I think that sums it up pretty damn well.
I knew EXACTLY what I was going to see when I watched two girls, one cup....
A great write-up and I love the car, but the advert for it that I saw on the telly was so mind-numbingly pretentiously wanky that I almost threw my remote at the screen!
"I am the impossible. I am the blank page" *vomit*
Out of the goodness of my heart, I donated my last VGA to VGA cable to a friend. When I needed one at very short notice, I made the 5 minute drive to Maplin to buy one. I wasn't assuming I could get Amazon or eBay prices, or anything, but I didn't think a VGA cable could be that expensive right?
Wrong! The cheapest one was a tenner! Ranging upto something stupid like 27 quid, It was cheaper to order one off Amazon with next day deliver. Ridiculous.
A very similar thing happened to me with Vodafone. To be fair, their security system worked reasonably well. Two days after the HTC One M8 was released, I got a text message telling me that one was ordered and on its way soon. Great! Except that I hadn't ordered one.
So I log into my account to find out that someone has logged in, ordered a phone in my name, but changed my address to one in Purfleet in Essex. I fortunately got the order cancelled and got my account reset.
However, I then had the hassle of creating a new account, mating it to my phone and then found out that Vodafone had helpfully reset my content control settings, so I was blocked from putting on a cheeky bet on the Grand National. Grrr.
This happened just before the Heartbleed saga kicked off, but I think that it's more likely that a rogue employee fancied himself a shiny new phone and picked some details at random to "borrow"
...from Phones4U. I never thought I would utter those words!
I've been looking for a backup Android phone that I can use for my running and cycling without worrying too much about it getting drenched in sweat or accidentally covered in gloopy gels.
My only concern is the interaction between the SD card and the main memory. It has been poor in previous Android configurations and Operation Systems, so it will be interesting to see if a Moto E + SD Card + KitKat integration is any better
I don't watch much of the BBC news on the telly, but I've been really disappointed and frustrated by the BBC website recently.
A poster above mentioned that it was reading more like a sensationalist magazine and I think that really is the case. It's starting to look more like a cross between Buzzfeed and the Daily Mail. As I look at the top ten stories now - here are some of them
* The man with 42 hours to get home
* The return of the dimpled pint glass
* We are all monkeys
* Has wealth made Qatar happy?
Just lots and lots of puff pieces really. Plus the BBC's inability to mention a news story without padding half of it with what someone or other said on Twitter is just frustrating.
it has just arrived, so I'll attempt to put mine through its paces this weekend :)
You are never 6ft away from a set of pliers...
Unless you really need a set of pliers.
That is all.
The CPC464 was the first computer that I ever owned. It's still in my parent's attic somewhere. The only thing I didn't like about it (not the fault of the computer obviously) was the fragile joysticks. I went through more joysticks that underwear in my time. Those micro-switches didn't switch for very long
...but when I saw that request that Facebook wanted to be able to read my SMS/MMS messages, I rapidly pulled the plug. I'm tempted to uninstall it completely and just use the browser on FireFox on my phone from now on.
I'm not installing this app though. It sounds like ransom ware to me
Awww I have fond memories of OutRun.
I think I almost bankrupted my parents by shovelling coins into the arcade machine. It makes me chuckle now about the lack of health and safety. Neither you and you girlfriend wore seatbelts so if you smacked into a tree or a pillar you would end up flying out of the car and onto the road - with magically no injuries.
It was a big task for the 8-bit home computers to recreate and they did struggle. I had a CPC464 and you had to make do with the external audio track and loading each new level on tape which did frustrate somewhat.
I loved the intricacies of the sprites of the car. Even to this day I can remember the juggernauts and the yellow VW Beetles :)
I've seen a few videos on vine where people are driving down the road - clearly moving - and taking videos of themselves. To do it in the first place is dumb - To do it and have your face clearly visible doing something dumb and upload it to the interwebs? Words fail me...
...must resist. It sounds like a fantastic phone, but then again my Nexus 4 hasn't put a foot wrong yet, so I will be strong and keep it for the forseeable future - especially as I'm sure that it will get Kit Kat shortly
I guess they are mainly aiming at the Kindle Fire. But at that sort of price, it might be a handy tablet if you want to get something cheap and cheerful for the kids
Roses are Red
Violets are Blue
This game came out just as I was finishing my first year at Uni. In those days only the well off kiddies had PCs in their room, so there was literally only 1 on our floor in my halls of residence. Let's put it this way - he was a very popular guy!
The comical over the topness and cartoon brutality was brilliant. I think I enjoyed the sub games more often. I think my favourite one was the "Speed" clone where you had to keep a school bus above a certain speed before it blew you and everyone around it to smithereens.
I also liked the fact that you could pop out the CD when playing, and replace it with your own and you could listen to your own music when playing GTA - Nothing like escaping police to sound hard house or Drum'n'Bass!
...unless you're on one of Elop's burning platforms in the North Sea. In that case you have 30 seconds and things move very, very quickly
Back in the day before pr0n was speedy and ubiquitous on the interwebs, the topless darts were a very enjoyable 5 minutes of an evening.
I'll get my coat... should be a yellow mac really.
Mop is good... but I quite like the sound of the Fap
So you could have nano, micro and milliFaps for knocking out a quick one
KiloFaps and MegaFaps for an extremely long sessions!
Your fingers provide instant lubrication? A lot of women will be very interested to hear that...