54 posts • joined Wednesday 31st October 2007 09:17 GMT
If you believe the BBC...
"But with no speakers on the rover, the track was not played on the red planet itself."
As usual, it was El Reg who was wrong...
I just watched the BBC news and one of the first things the reporter said was "Although the rover doesn't have any speakers on board..."
and continues to say how this is the first audio broadcast from another planet...
basically its the first interplanetary spotify
From what i can gather, it doenst have speakers - the message was simply relayed VIA the rover.. it was never played out loud to an empty martian desert.
the first line is wrong!!! the screen isnt OVER twice the size of its predecessor
ignoring that fact that to most people a screen twice the SIZE of a 3.5" one would be a 7" one....
i can only assume you are talking about area - and ironically the advert this article appears on top of says that the XL has 90% more area... meaning its LESS than twice the area
I am now on my FOURTH HTC One X... having had to return three faulty units - all with screen problems (the second one also had loose internals that rattled around and other problems too).
This one seems ok but i will be ebaying this and getting a Galaxy S3 as soon as its out.
so exactly the same?
"He reckoned that SSD areal density curve was increasing at 33 per cent a year through to 2020 while the hard disk drive areal density increase rate was 33 per cent."
"The chief technology officer at BT Counterpane said that part of the threat to privacy comes from governments hiring private firms to get around privacy regulations"
So not say, from BT letting Phorm intercept all of its users communcation?
MMS & facetime
the issue has been fixed now,
if you havent jailbroken yet, when you do, mms and facetime will be fine.
if you have already jailbroken and have lost mms & facetime, just run cydia, it will auto update, then reboot your phone and it will be fixed.
"not available in the uk"
Last time i was in the apple store (three days after the phone's uk launch) they had wall to wall bumpers!
AND the bumper I ordered through apples free bumper program has also been delivered (as have several of my friends!)
the 3GS only suffers from marginal slowdowns, most people probably wouldnt notice, the 3G is basically crippled (the "S" obviously has a much more powerful processor and can cope with the demanding OS4 more easily)
actually - i think this is more to do with the fact that the micro sim can have additional functionality built into it - more levels of authentication.
This trick works because the microsim card slot in the ipad is backwards compatible with the electronics of a regular sim, but in future its perfectly possible that you could just take a microsim and put it in a plastic container to use it in your regular mini-sim phone.
im guessing the first reading should be to with in a kilometer?
"Using the 3.5m telescope at Apache Point in New Mexico, Murphy and his colleagues were able at last to get a laser reflection back from the missing moon-prowler, getting its range to within a centimetre. A second reading less than 30 minutes later gave another line of position and pinned the machine down to within 10 metres. In time, Murphy believes he can refine this down to within a centimetre."
"What this last test shows is that there's really not much in it. O2 was quick to point out that London was one the place where it delivered the fastest web page transfer speed, 1.7 seconds, and that was 30 per cent faster than its slowest rival.
That not only means that the slow one transferred the page in 1.3 seconds"
surely a SLOWER page will take longer to load - so it would be MORE than the 1.7 seconds of the fastest. according to your article loading something in 1.3 seconds is slower than loading it in 1.7 seconds?
" has now been uncovered, thanks to the release of a downloadable SDK for application developers"
that and the fact for the last week you've been able to buy a phone running that OS - you dont need an SDK to find it!!!
Google "nexus" and see how many hits you get :P
who care what OS you have?!! just use the HD2 to download the file - you dont even need a damn computer!
More to the point - its very nice they have fixed a minor bug with the camera - what about the MAJOR bug with the SMS feature (i.e. that it doesnt work!)
an AWFUL phone
I have had mine a week today...
There is no argument, the hardware is amazing
Sadly the software is a disaster.
The alarm function regularly stop making sounds (a problem if you are relying on it to wake you up!) - it pops up but stays silent
The audio manager crashes every 60 seconds (seriously...)
the "volume" rocker on the side control the volume in every app EXCEPT the audio player, where it mysteriously shuffles between tracks (you already have a skip control on the headphone lead!).. meaning that when listening to music there is no way to change the volume - the only way to do it is to LEAVE the app - go to a differnet tab on "sense" THEN change the volume.. THEN go back into the app!
What moron though that up?
And - by far the most serious problem:
It cant even get messaging right. three times so far (in a WEEK) its simply stopped dealing with text messages.. you can write them.. you can hit send.. it even tells you that they have successfully sent, but in fact, its just storing them (somewhere!).. it's only when you next reboot your phone that it sends them all at once after it has finished starting. Its also failed to receive a few texts. If it cant even be relied on for sending a freaking SMS then how can they call it a phone?! - and this bug isnt even new - it was in the Touch/HD too and they STILL havent properly fixed it
How on earth this PoS got past any kind of quality control with so many bugs i have no idea
im HOPING that they will release a firmware update which fixes this issues, but as it is, its damn near unusable and i can only say avoid it at all costs.
interesting everyone automatically assumes its about race - and yet they left the asian guy in?
maybe its because the black guy had grey hair and was the oldest in the pic, maybe they wanted it to reflect a younger more "dynamic" image ?
while i'm aware that burning hydrogen and oxygen - as current liquid fuelled rockets do - produces water vapour as an exhaust...
I was under the impression that hydrogen and oxygen aren't the ONLY ingredients in a liquid fuelled rocket. There are usually various additives and stabilisers etc etc - some of which are extremely toxic, so maybe an ALICE engine could be more environmentally friendly than a "convention" rocket?
the difference is that you could be waiting longer for that 100MB to come round under the heads while the drive spins slowly.. rather than having it start to read much faster of a drive with a faster spin speed
especially since that 100mb is unlikely to be in one nice big continuous file
go look up rotational latency
a or an
he is right that its entirely down to the sound rather than the specific letter,
the easiest example is:
even though M is not a vowel, in this context it is pronounced:
so its "an em-pee" :P
For about the millionth time
these drives do NOT vary the spin speed dynamically.
WD even had to issue a clarification because so many people were incorrectly making this assumption.
people have hooked up microphones to CRO's to measure their hum to prove the drive speed never changed.
the make a hard drive motor which can change its speed in the way suggested would be VERY difficult.
Unless by vary you mean : 5,400rpm and 0 rpm (the only variation it can do)
a better clarification:
some of WD's other marketing material makes it clearer (last two words below), but i would have hoped for the tiniest bit of fact checking from a hardware review! peddling this kind of BS only serves to perpetuate the myth that WD have done something remarkable
IntelliPower™ — A fine-tuned balance of spin speed, transfer rate, and caching algorithms designed to deliver both significant power savings and solid performance. For each GreenPower™ drive model, WD may use a different, INVARIABLE RPM.
its NOT the same as a notebook drive
"The VelociRaptor takes advantage of the latest advances in areal density by shrinking the platters even further, to 2.5in such that the new drive has the same 99 x 69 x 15mm dimensions as a notebook hard drive. There’s no expectation that anyone will use VelociRaptor inside a laptop as the smaller form-factor is aimed at Enterprise customers who want to stuff their blades with storage."
The other reason no one will stuff them into notebooks is that notebooks use 9.5 mm and 12.5mm high drives, I have never seen a notebook which could take a 15mm drive (let alone deal with the eat or power issues of this one). So it is NOT the "same dimensions as a notebook hard drive".
@ AC who cant do maths
58million iphones weighing (NOT waying...) 7.7million KG would come in at 133g per phone,
for your 7.5kg you distributed the phones amongst the weight, not the weight amongst the phones, by your maths its 7.5 phones to the kg, rather than 7.5 kg to the phone
if you are going to correct people you should make damn sure you are correct yourself (especially if you then call yourself a pedant)
maybe its because we all (most of the posters in london/nottingham/milton keynes) live in the UK , which is currently on BST... and the comments timestamps are all in GMT, so are an entire hour different? so picking 5 mins here or there is stupid?
I have just picked up my shiny new 16GB iphone from the O2 store on the strand london, where they are just filing out all the paperwork and sending people off with UNACTIVATED phones.
apparenlty it coudl be a couple of DAYS before they get thru all the paperwork and data inputting and actually get around to activating our contracts.. this has been going on since 8:02 this morning and its 10:30 now.
how exactly is this "swimmingly" ? i have a brand new phone which i have paid for, that i cant use because their systems have crashed YET AGAIN
joel beat me to it, but the BBC isnt adding all this traffic to the network, the users downloading it are, and they are already paying for the privaledg!. if the isp's arent charging enough, that is their trouble
i happen to read el reg a lot, but you dont see my isp demanding that el reg pay them for my downloading
and in reply graham, its NOT a compulsory licence, you CHOOSE to have a TV, you need a licence. feel free to chuck away your tv and tear up your licence,
you are paying for a service (quality public service broadcasting (their remit - the argument over whether this is what they provide is an entirely differnet matter)) it is not compulsory, if you dont wish to watch tv, you dont need to pay for the license either.
apparenlty it was the GPU which shrank in the 40GB PS3 not the Cell !
have you ever actually USED ebay??
what a complete load of crap.
people saying obvoiusly the seller is ok - they dont send out goods until you have the money.
evidently they have never had a paypal dispute. i have had paypal REMOVE money from my paypal account, because they decided the buyers was in the right (apparenlty they claimed their account was hijacked) - AFTER i had already transferred the money out of paypal - thereby sending my paypal account WAY WAY into the red!!! (of course paypal woudl have just resorted to legal action/debt collectors to get my account back to zero)
as for whether you are a business or not - i thiknt hey rules governing whether the distance selling legislation applies to you or not are something along the lines of "if you are selling multiple copies of the same item - and for a profit - then you are a business and Distance selling regulations apply"
so *I* was out of pocket - even tho as several morons on here state "you already have the money"
the ONLY negative feedback i have receieved was from a buyer - who it turned out i was unable to contact because his REGISTERED ebay e-mail address (AND paypal address) - he no longer owned!!!! when i phones him (mobile only!) to ask him to verify his actual address in some way - he refused adn started demmanding a refund - at which point i explained he had legally bought the goods, and as soon as he supplied me with evidence of his address i was very happy to despatch them
there were initially some problems with people skimmed card details from AMEX cards in america then using them for internet purchases, they stopped this practise by simply giving cards two numbers, one printedr on the card, and a seperate number for the RFID. that way if someone skimmed your RFID number - it would not be accepted online as AMEX could tell there was no way for you to access that number from your card, so it must have been skimmed
a simple solution
I am with eclipse and while it is one of the more costly options (£29.99/month), i get unlimited 18 hours a day, and a 50GB limit between 6pm-midnight, and it throttles (only between 6pm-midnight) after that, which isnt too bad since 50GB/month for just the evening period is probably enough for most people.
But i am surpirsed that there arent more premium services, they must recognise that there is a demand for this, people who would be willing to pay more to be able to do more, yet a lot of ISP's seem to have their top of the range product as "unlimited 8MB***, tiny text: 20GB/month cap" and then nothing above that,
perhaps its just that if they did offer a premium product it would be like admitting that their "unlimited" offers are nothing of the sort?
i think the whole point is that they CANT give a discount of the cost of the shipping - since that would be over 5%....
the french courts are saying that the free shippping is the equivalent of an illegal discount - so to simply offer them the illegal discount instead really woudlnt be helping???