I think if the user is foolish enough to let the battery level drop below the profit margin, around 43%, the device simply refuses to power on.
442 posts • joined 23 Mar 2007
Re: Infrastructure Upgrade??
I don't know where you are in the South West, but just to warn you, EE coverage in Dorset is poor to non-existent. When they merged with T-Mobile they shut down a lot of masts. I went from an already poor 2 bar 2G signal to absolutely nothing (and I leave near a big town, not right out in the sticks). Their network coverage map is completely inaccurate.
I switched from EE to Vodafone and generally it's much better. EE didn't give a toss when I left after 9 years citing poor coverage. They refused to even offer a femto cell. My work phone is EE and it still gets nothing at home 2 years on.
These companies only care about cost saving and whilst that continues I can't see the rural situation improving much.
Go for it Beeb!
It's mindboggling why they haven't done this already. The BBC's back catalog alone would make much more compelling viewing than 99% of the shite on NOW TV, Netflix etc. It's the only service I'd even consider paying a monthly fee for.
The "Digital DVD" bit worries me. This doesn't strike me as silly old Auntie Beeb employing an anachronistic term. I think they may simply try exactly that - charging DVD prices for individual items rather than a Netflix type library subscription. In which case it will die on its arse.
Re: Yes but
Single leading shoe?
Re: Apple Visa Card?
But then Apple wouldn't own it. Not the Apple way now is it!
You used your UK debit card with no purchase protection or limit other than your actual bank balance in rural South America? I assume you have some other fraud protection scheme in place...
Has Slough declared independence then? Will food start costing more there as well?
This is all just scaremongering.
Re: Shut up already
Yes, fed up with iWatch news going on and on endlessly. Let's talk about the Scottish referendum instead ;)
Re: Square watches
"LarsG, which similar gadget are your expectations based on? IIRC the original ipod was 10 hours.IIRC the original ipod was 10 hours."
The original ipod was not a watch you relied on to tell you the time. The last thing I want is a watch that is dead when I look at it at 12pm to see if I've got time to make the last tube train.
A watch is not a watch if you have to charge it overnight.
Re: Not enough time
My Samsung does as well, but it only does obvious things like dim the screen, shut down wifi and mobile data to stop apps chattering back to base etc.
What it will not do and I suspect your HTC will be the same unfortunately, is kill off any rogue/crapware processes that are hammering the battery. Also, since 4.3+ Google have made it almost impossible to kill off certain system apps like Google+. They want to know where you are and what you are doing 24x7. So if one of those goes nuts (and Google+ does frequently) it will just hammer the battery. Even Greenify can't stop it.
Don't even get me started on the bloody media scanner that blindly scans your entire 64GB SD card for hours with no way of excluding folders. This particular piece of junk has battered my battery on numerous occasions :(
Re: Not enough time
I agree. It's bad enough my phone is no longer a phone.
Last weekend I went out for the day with my kids, phone fully charged. 5 hours later I go to check the traffic for the journey home and the battery is at 3% and the phone shuts down. Some shitty piece of NoQAware (tm) has gone rogue and hammered a 3200mAh battery down to unusable. Nothing in the Android OS prevented it from doing this or killed all non essential processes when the battery got down to, say 15%.
Result is if I'd had an accident or broken down on the way home I would have been been screwed.
Bring back Symbian+QT, we really miss you.
So, as your nice example illustrates, you'll now also have a watch you can't rely on to tell you the bloody time.
Re: Twice the network
Yes, that's exactly what happened to me. After the merge they shut down the Orange tower 2km from my house so now my phone struggles to connect to one 6km away. I get no reception indoors at all and EE couldn't care less.
Daft passwords policies no longer relevant
"passwords must contain 2 of [lower-case, upper-case, punctuation-symbols]"
This might have been relevant last century when it was humans were trying to guess passwords, but do they honestly think it makes a blind bit of difference to a botnet what format the bloody password is?
Plus you are more lightly to store these passwords somewhere insecure because you can't remember all the bloody things.
Better approach, but unfortunately stupid above type policies don't allow it:
First Utility haven't been able to provide me with a bill since October. Similar back end migration issue. They also stopped taking the direct debits, which I didn't notice for the first couple of months. So now I'm facing a big catch up bill.
Emails are not answered for weeks (if at all) and their call centre queue is usually at least 70 callers deep. When you do finally get through to a poor harassed operator you just get given the same empty excuses and promises they simply don't fulfil. They have been "working hard to resolve this" for nearly 6 months now.
Ofgem seem powerless to do anything about it. Plus they give the energy companies 8 weeks per communication to respond before they will get involved at all.
Re: Crime before...
"Two hundred years ago two significant politicians might fight a duel in London which was illegal but socially acceptable, but you can't imagine it today"
Oh I can :D I wonder how we can make it socially acceptable again.
Is this what your ears have been waiting for?
No. I've been waiting for a cure for tinnitus.
I'm sure this will eventually just be an apt-get away :)
Re: I have to agree
@Lionel. Thanks for the tip. I thought only Vodafone offered them.
Re: I have to agree
This has been made worse by the Orange/T-Mobile merge into EE. They have been shutting down what they term "duplicate coverage" towers to save money.
At home I used to connect to a mast 1.6 miles away. Now its one 5.5 miles away and the tower I used to connect to has disappeared off the map. Result is I now get no signal. My phone is an expensive paperweight at home now. I've tried getting out of my contract based on them not actually providing me with a service, but no dice of course. Mobile companies are the worst and they just don't seem to care that they have a piss poor public image.
The patch was released 2 days ago. With MW's close ties with Wikipedia, you can be sure that was the first place the patch was applied :)
So $43bn in just 3 months selling gadgetry is obviously not enough these days. The world has indeed gone mad.
Is it just me...
Or does Apple's famous 1984 promo video seem hugely ironic now.
In the UK
They would have called in the Peelers.
Matte screens seem to be returning. That's another bit of "must have feature 'cos Apple have it" pure marketing madness coming to an end.
So he's prepared to lose £6.1million then. He should re-brand it Implodesys whilst he's at it.
For once, I really really hope...
Apple have patented this idea so no one else can copy it.
Re: Regret buying one
"Nor power stability. Lose power at just the right (wrong) moment, and no amount of RAID is going to save you."
LOL, so very true. The very next thing I bought after my DS212+ was an APC 650CS UPS. It has saved me at least 3 times now. It also communicates with the 412 via USB, so the NAS shuts down automatically if the power is off long enough for the UPS battery to get low.
If you are going to do home NAS, you might as well do it properly. The APC cost just £70. Worth every penny.
It's not called cloud cuckoo land for nothing.
Looks like a Z88. Just needs a 640x64 LCD screen.
Re: The triumph of commerce over democracy
"I thought governments were supposed to listen to us?"
Like DAB, they can't hear you due to numerous walls in the way.
It will make a great (if rather expensive) desktop catapult.
So each kid has to be the owner of an iPhone or Touch? So minimum entry requirement here is around £170 per participant. That's one expensive and fragile controller!
Can't see that many 10 year olds getting one of these from Santa then. Older "kids" will be the ones hogging these ;)
Re: Region locking
I stopped reading at "Rest assured that your concerns are recognised by Samsung and we will do our best to answer your questions." This false and patronising "we really love you customers, honestly" crap you get on every single email/press release/Facebook post these days really gets my goat.
I hope comment has made you chew your own arm off and has placed your blood at boiling point . Please comment again if you require any more spin and bullshit to other questions you may have.
I've always used to think...
That there can be no way Bill Gates ever used Word or he would have got it sorted out.
Re: Been there, done that.
The Nokia banana phone did not have a flexible display forming the entire front surface of the device. The case was curved, but it had a flat LCD display.
Re: Ah come on!
They should seek sponsorship from T-Cut.
Stuck down a hole, in the fog, at night, WITH AN OWL!
I'm told it's going to be around 1.7 Kohouteks.
Ah, the old "my friends and friends of friends" vagueness.
People only bother to complain, rarely to praise. So of course forums and the media are full or the negative experiences.
So to balance your argument, I can say that both my daughter and father-in-law received excellent treatment recently.
Re: Hard Drive Price Drop?
The cheapest I can find WD internal drives is still more than they are charging for the equivalent size MyBooks. How does that work?
Anyone else think the IBM Selectric typewriter's companion tape recorder looks like a jug eared robot with missing teeth?
Upvomited surely :)
Re: A tad over-engineered?
"Why not just use motion sensors for proximity and a side arm for bum washing controls?"
Erm, it does. The photo gives it away. Note the panel above the loo roll. What use would a toilet be that only worked if you have your phone on you? The phone app is just auxiliary marketing bum wipe.
Is for saps.
Apple Geniuses and Advisors should capture MacBook Air
Are they going to use a net?
Re: @system11 - cogs and springs?
"Or are you still wearing a watch that you wind up once a day?"
No, I wear a mechanical watch that winds itself up :)
It's killer app is it ticks at a rate of 8 beats per second and has sapphire exhibition window on the back so you can see it working. Okay, it loses a few seconds a week, but so what.
If I had money to burn I'd have one of their fab Harrison C900s. As accurate as you need. If you want "digital" you can have a C9 Jumping Hour MKII ;)
They don't last long.
"Magnum" may get them the job, but they usually wind up dead in some freak gasoline-fight accident.
This explains why I got an email a couple of weeks back saying customers who do not login to their BT Yahoo mail at least once before 15th of June would lose their email account. I guess they're trying to cut down the migration numbers.