719 posts • joined 17 Jan 2008
All sequels are shit?
Counterexample 1 - Toy Story 2
Counterexample 2 - Toy Story 3
Counterexample 3 - A Shot in the Dark (the followup to the original Pink Panther)
Counterexample 4 - The Return of the Pink Panther
But yes, I accept that nearly all sequels are shit.
Re: Surprise!!!! - Windows is the LEAST reliable...
"I wonder what^H^H^H^H whether Eadon thinks?"
Re: Seriously? People think this is all going to be OK?
By all means, document your own life. Go ahead and "lifelog".
Me, I'd rather just live mine.
...without let or hindrance...
Re: Knowing little about these things
I've heard that if you use Calibre and some DRM-removing software, you can very easily convert Kindle books to work on other e-readers.
Not that I'd know anything about such a thing, of course...
"You didn't. It has. Its in trouble."
IT'S in trouble. Sigh.
In any case, it was designed to last for three months. It's still running nine years later. So, yes they did, and it was. If it's now in trouble, it's probably because it's physically worn out.
When did you last design and build ANYTHING that lasted thirty six times longer than it was intended to?
Re: There are indeed ARM versions.
I have an ARM one as well - the fairly recent Samsung jobby.
Annoyingly, it means that one of the most useful items (RealVNC client for Chromebook) doesn't yet work - it only works for Intel Chromebooks.
If you're reading this, RealVNC - I'm waiting patiently....
Why not useful?
The normal ones for students? Cheap perhaps, but useful, really?
Why ever not?
The vast majority of students will need them for basic word processing, plus internet surfing and mail. For that, they are perfect.
Geek students will buy one to hack on to see what they can do with them, as they are nice and cheap.
And they are useful for the utterly-IT-incompetents too. But actually, these days, there aren't that many - students grew up with technology, and are used to things that just work, and expect them to continue doing so. Hence, a chromebook - you open it and start using it.
Re: I must live a sheltered life
I occasionally watch a movie on a tablet during my commute, and I find it a bit embarrassing when a sex scene appears on the screen - knowing someone might be looking over my shoulder tends to remove all the erotic interest, and I'm quite pleased when the scene switches to something else.
I can't imagine wanting to watch porn in public.
This, and their ilk....
...are great, but currently far too expensive. When Seagate had their previous version on special offer (500G - available from Amazon US for $99) that was a good price - and I grabbed one.
But given that a 1T disk is only about £75, a hundred quid more for the wireless access and battery is too much.
Re: Good to see a UK IT success story
1500 jobs at Sophos.
40,000 jobs lost in Sheffield in the steel industry in the 1980s.
Tens of thousands of jobs lost in the coal industry, with unemployment in some places reaching 50%.
Yes, wonderful opportunity.
Re: Only quoting the bits where Steig agrees with you?
Proponents do it as much as denialists; it's pretty standard rhetoric.
It's done most often, though, by people who are more interested in winning their arguments than the truth - you know, people like creationists. And I for one would be pretty damn embarrassed if I were caught using the same tactics as them.
It's pretty shabby, no matter who does it.
Re: How to sort patents and trolls out easily
A possible alternative:-
Do you have a patent that isn't used in a product? You have one year to either produce a working product using it, or to sell it to someone who WILL use it in a product. Otherwise, it becomes public ownership.
Gets rid of patent trolls, and encourages use of new ideas. Is there a downside?
Re: Is it snowing in hell?
"... but in the present case ... the parties' obstreperous and cantankerous conduct ... makes it plain that the parties have no interest in efficiently and expeditiously resolving this dispute."
Wonderful. That's about as rude and insulting as you can get in a written document. What he's really saying is "You two have demonstrated that you have no fucking intention of sorting this out like sensible human beings".
Hopefully, the senior management of Motorola and Apple will feel so embarrassed by this that they'll actually go and knock a few heads together to do something about it. But it that happens, I really WILL start to believe we're living in a parallel universe.
Re: Just goes to show, if you have enough money..
A fine rant, and worthy of several upvotes.
Here is one from me.
Apple already have that SEWN up.
You sew with needle and thread.
You sow seeds.
Nonetheless, I've upvoted you for the sentiment.
That's like alcohol-free beer.
You're being downvoted by me for assuming I have the intelligence of a peanut and need these things spelt out.
Re: I'm happy too!
Only every 10-12 minutes?
I was in the US a few years ago, and happened to catch "Tommy" on the TV. I don't remember exactly how often the ads were - though they were frequent, and seemed to get more frequent as the film went on. What I DO remember is the final "See Me, Feel Me" song which goes on for about five minutes was actually interrupted TWICE by adverts.
10-12 minutes? You wer looky!
Yes- the twelve quid a month I pay for the TV licensing is worth every penny. If for no other reason than to prevent the ads getting more and more frequent on Sky and the others.
I'm definitely getting old....
"That's fun for Reg readers at a conference, or crowds at concerts or sporting events, because it makes it easy to see who else tweeted about the event and what they said."
Why the fuck do I want to tell everyone I'm at a concert? Why the fuck do I want to see who else was tweeting that they were at the concert, and what they saying? You may be sure that all they are saying is "OMG at #xxxxx concert brill!"
There was a time when people went to concerts or sporting events to, y'know, actually watch what's on stage or on the pitch.
Not even a PC is needed....
The first one I saw was a "mate in one" - that could have been done on most chess programs running on a palm pilot or similar ten years ago.
It's just for fun - if they were to use something like this on TicketMaster, it would be hacked in no time.
Not if you're an AC Milan fan...
Re: There is only one thing a text editor needs
Evidently we DID have to go down this hoary old discussion yet again.
But at least I now know a good joke I'd not heard before.
Re: There is only one thing a text editor needs
OK - I'll mention emacs.
Can we leave it there please? Do we REALLY have to go down this hoary old discussion yet again?
First rule of corrections - you will make an error in your correction.
....a WHOLE day's worth of pedantry....
...so long as it is a DISCRETE hardware failure...
I won't do my usual sigh - this one is a bit more subtle than your/you're.
Discrete - separate
Discreet - circumspect.
To remember, the e's are discrete.
Re: The most interesting question is...
The sooner we can get decent comet samples back down to Earth for detailed forensics the better!
Given the most reliable way of getting a decent comet sample to Earth involves a collision between the two, forgive me if I don't share your enthusiasm...
A few very early ones omitted - but a nice list.
Before Space invaders, there was Asteroids. And Breakout.
And what about Pong? Arguably, the very first video game.
Re: Great job
Join the very long queue....
...says someone who has never used a Chromebook.
Re: No HDMI?
Blimey - I hadn't thought of that. That IS odd. My £229 Samsung chromebook has an HDMI output. Are you sure? It says it has a "mini display port" - isn't that a mini HDMI?
They are making some strange decisions. No USB 3. No HDMI. No Ethernet..!
But it's still beautiful. (Blimey, I sound like an Apple fanboi drooling over the latest MacBook...)
Penguin, because it's still Linux under the skin...
Perhaps only a marketing ploy?
Yes, it's ridiculously expensive, and I won't be buying one.
BUT...it's getting ChromeOS well and truly into the public eye. Combined with the fact that the cheap Chromebooks are back in stock everywhere, after a couple of months of none to be found, it may just be a matter of getting people to think about what they use their computers for.
I'm using a Sammy Chromebook to type this, and I'm going to get my 80 year old mother one for her first computer - it is so damn simple to use for emails, browsing and a few simple documents. That's basically it for what most people use computers for.
Well, that'll be spent in six months, then....
I am hardly one of Apple's greatest fans, but it's difficult to defend Samsung when they do things like this....
Re: There has been a work around for years
I use an even more old-fashioned method - the twiddly volume control to my speakers on my desk...
Re: Woah, woah woah.
I had a cassette player in my car - it was nicked, but all the cassettes were left behind.
Then I replaced it with a minidisc player.
When that was nicked, I also lost all the discs.
Not sure what that indicates, really...
And why were they called "Albums"?
Interestingly, it actually goes back to the 78 records. If you wanted to play a whole symphony on 78's, you needed several records. They were sold in boxes which were called albums.
So actually, albums pre-dated the 33 1/3 Long Playing Record Album.
If a piece of music was on 3 records, you would find that sides 1 and 6 were on one record, 2 and 5 on another and 3 and 4 on another. You piled them up on the autochanger, and played sides 1, 2 and 3, then turned the whole pile over and played 4, 5 and 6.
Actually, that was even the case with some double-LPs. "Tommy" had sides 1 and 4 on one LP, and 2 and 3 on the other - again, so that they could be played on an autochanger.
For those who are interested...
I have now installed 4.2.2 on my Nexus 7. Today I switched on the tablet, and it was completely drained of batter for no good reason.
So no, they haven't fixed that one.
I wish I could find an easy way of undoing the 4.2 "upgrade"...
Does that mean that my Nexus 7 will no longer randomly drain its battery for no apparent reason? This was an interesting new feature introduced at 4.2, at least on my machine, and I'll be delighted if it's been fixed.
Re: "each cop gains 30 minutes of time a day"
"Just use the maps ap...oh wait."
I don't know. Every time Apple are mentioned, someone has to make an unnecessary and gratuitous side-swipe at the maps fiasco.
I thoroughly approve. Have an upvote.
The old Satellite is also pretty good...
And I got mine from Amazon US a couple of months ago for US$99. Even after the shipping and VAT to the UK, it was still a bargain!
Why not a Chromebook?
People here have suggested Chromebooks with Chrubuntu on it. But why even do that?
For what you're talking about, I can't see any reason why a Chromebook wouldn't do exactly what you want.
Battery life - check
Office apps - check
Internet and email - check
and around £200 in the UK - and even cheaper in the US.
Which is not to say I don't 100% agree that the demise of the netbook is something to mourn.
No, it won't...
...it'll just move to someone more accommodating (as in more likely to feed it).
Cats don't have owners - they just have free accommodation and food. If either becomes sub-standard, they just find someone else.
"Buying a single purpose device is such a waste..."
I dunno - a spork works, but I'd still rather have a separate knife, fork and spoon.
And as someone once pointed out - if you're reading on an ebook reader, you're not tempted to answer the email or twitter or facebook post that just came in...you stick to the book.
Re: I would imagine...
I should have the right to scan any system that stores my info. In fact since running a scan is so common place, we should all have the right to scan any system we intend to do business with before we commit ourselves to a transaction and putting our financial well being and security are risk.
By that analogy, I should try to steal something from a shop before I decide whether I should buy something from them. If I fail, or I'm caught, then fine - I should shop there in future. Presumably after I've served my sentence for theft.
@Obviously - I DID read before posting....
I admit you said "MOST MEN".
But you also said - and I quote:-
WOMEN, go shopping for the sake of so called "retail therapy", not MEN.
Which is, without doubt, a ridiculous generalization.
Oh - and by the way - if a man goes shopping with his wife/girlfriend, it doesn't mean that he's "under the thumb". You may not have noticed, but we're no longer living in the nineteen-fifties.
Men also make ridiculous generalizations.
I grant that more women shop for the sake of it. And I wouldn't personally dream of browsing round a clothes shop to see if something appeals to me. But plenty of men do.
And one thing I DO like doing, which my wife would never consider doing, is browsing round a techy-type shop (like Maplin or PC World), or a charity shop, or a bookshop, or - yes! - a CD/DVD shop, to see what might appeal to me. So yes, I also mourn the demise of HMV.
The shops have to become more tech-savvy, nonetheless. For example, if I go into Waterstones and see a book I like, I'd still prefer to read it on my e-reader - particularly a hardback. But if Waterstones were to include a voucher in the book which allowed me to download a copy of the e-book for free - or even for, say, 99p) - I might well buy the book in any case.
".....BritGov is lining up something even worse, and it would be a little difficult for millions of us to leave and go elsewhere...."
No - but we could remove them at the next election. If only there was a convincing alternative....
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