953 posts • joined 2 Feb 2008
Especially since Harrison Ford was in the new Indiana Jones film and that was utter shit - and Enders Game... And Ridley Scott was happy enough to direct Damon Lindelof's rewrite of Prometheus, and that was ... just bad writing - (the 3D visuals and lush cinematics at the Imax were great tho).
Re: Hollywood has a thing about German villains
They seem to have a history of training rum coves who then end up fighting against them. Who would have thought it.
We have always been at war with Eurasia!
Re: Polls about off-line mode... Obvious FLAW is OBVIOUS
The folks who CARE about off-line mode are...
THE LEAST LIKELY TO VOTE IN AN ON-LINE POLL.
I think Douglas adams said it best:
'Many men, of course, became extremely rich. But this was perfectly natural and nothing to be ashamed of, because no one was really poor - at least no one worth speaking of...'
Re: 5,000+ people show themselves to be slightly illiterate...
Original Quote: Frontier have only modeled the entire Galaxy - probably a bit of a stretch to fit that in 4GB of RAM at 32bits, really!
Why? They did it originally on an 800k floppy disk. Its all procedurally generated except for core systems..
Not to be pedantic (well, ok, yes I am), but it actually took 3 3.5in 720KB floppy disks to create the galaxy in Elite: Frontier (and you could actually zoom out to galaxy view which was beautiful) - this played in the 640KBs of main system memory. The original Elite just had a massive universe (or 4 of them I think).
Took both apps off and the battery life went back to normal
Precisely the same story, me on Android, girlfriend on iPhone. Makes you wonder how many Facebook / messenger apps have been uninstalled because of the forced usage / battery drain, when mobile website works just as well and no intrusive beeps whenever someone posts a photo of a humorous cat / dinner / important social ms.
Well, I love the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 1, and it was battery life that decided it for me, the lack of power / res, not such a huge problem as the only tablet type games I play are Bejewelled and Mahjong - books on my kindle, music on my phone. GBs of graphic novels (on the SD), bedroom TV and surfing are the reason d'etre for me having a tablet and it functions perfectly, but this looks a good upgrade (more battery and better resolution).
Pro consumer tip: Buy em from John Lewis, same price as everywhere else and two year warranty as standard.
Re: nice evolution
The "barrel" grip/battery is surprisingly easy to adapt to
Same here, except I love the barrel grip, reminds me of the ill fated Notion Ink Adam*, and since I bought this primarily for graphic novel reading, so mostly portrait up, it functions perfectly as the grip. I'm starting to be quite impressed with what Lenovo are putting out, but whoever is in charge of their naming department should be taken out back and shot!
* Son of Adam is out, but it's just the same boring tablet shape as everything else - what I like about the barrel is it allows for more stuff, better speakers, more battery etc...
Re: Oh come on...
It's an advert for his company.
Glad someone mentioned that, and that grand is nothing to how much global advertising that got him. Plus Gorilla Glass is know to have low 'impact survivability' - it's why test's always show pressure being slowly applied rather than a bullet being shot at it.
I'm Tony Paulazzo and I approve this message.
The thing that really pisses me off? not the iphone darling - I could give a fuck! It's that the Guardian will have actually paid him for that love cum drizzle splurging out of his mouth.
APPLE SHOULD HAVE PAID HIM FOR THE GORRAM ADVERTISING!!!!
Re: 1st World Problems
The album was given away to iTunes users by Apple
The album was force fed to iTunes users by Apple (FTFY) - it wasn't opt in (and barely opt out) - requiring a button on Apples web site to remove the tax dodging crooner off your device.
1st world corporate issues indeed...
Re: >reasonable (by Apple standards)
I don't know why people accept phones that require this level of maintenance to get acceptable battery life.
Just get an iPhone.
Nexus 5 (32GB) £290 with the freedom to run the phone how you want
iPhone 5s (32GB) £499.00 with the freedom to run it how Apple wants
You're right, no contest!
Re: >reasonable (by Apple standards)
Nexus 5 ... its battery-guzzling ways
Lower brightness on screen, advanced wifi - switch off when phone sleeping (altho I have unlimited 3g internet allowance), push apps only every four hours or so (facebook, email, twitter etc), check battery to see worst offending apps - delete 'em if poss, do you need gps on all the time, bluetooth, NFC? disable when/if not required (Android will still poll rough location from transmitters).
I actually downloaded battery doctor just to see what was the worst battery draining problems (then uninstalled it), deleted the twitter app (I barely use it - get my twitter feed thru Flipboard, but it was running all the time).
The Facebook Messenger app is also a battery killer and invasive with what it can do to your phone, kill it with fire. I deleted it and the Facebook app, turns out in all the notifications it gave me, not one was a life or death situation that required my immediate attention, I just use mobile facebook on my browser.
I now get (assuming not many phone calls), a little over two days battery use with my Nexus 5, and that's still with Malwarebytes, Silence Premium (only allows family calls thru at night) plus a few other necessary apps running all the time.
Poor show Apple
I actually thought they were going to say, 'What you've all been waiting for, the iPhone Watch - it's a watch, it's your phone, never misplace it again. The future of wearable tech has arrived!'
With an invisible ear bead / mic and dumb iPad screen, both wirelessly connected at all times (proprietary wireless that barely uses battery), you'd have the best of both worlds, surfing on the sofa / train or chatting to someone whilst reading an epaper.
But no, they just copied Samsung - surprised they didn't unveil fucking VR glasses.
Re: I call shenanigans
Page two, "Logitech...lasts forever". Hardly...
I had an excellent Logitech mouse and after about two years the right button died. I phoned Logitech UK up - luckily I still had the receipt from PC World proving it was less than three years old. So I emailed a copy of to them, and they sent me a brand new mouse.
Logitech (even here in the UK) hold to a three year warranty, and have great customer service.
Not an advert, but your selections are ridiculously overpriced. Review this one...
£30 with clicky clacky keys that can be replaced with white ones to highlight those you want, 5 mouse buttons, DPI of 600/1200/1800/2500, smooth and responsive... Happily been gaming with it for over a year (I'm not the seller - but I think I might have got it from this guy tho).
Although, having said that, I did like the Mad Catz stuff but the price made me want to cry.
Re: Money saving options
line rental charge would still be there as its paying for the maintenance of the physical line and kit between your house and the exchange.
Are you telling me I'm paying £180 a year and they still haven't upgraded that last mile of cable to fiber? Who do I ask for a refund?
Plus they also got that nice government pay out.
I also solely use the phone line for broadband.
Off topic but interesting: BT full-year profits climbed 2% to £6.18bn (2013)
Re: I do not install anything asking for this permission
if I say No it won't install
There are hundreds of barcode scanners on the Android market, most of them want ridiculous permissions, for eg, Barcode Scanner (first on the list): Device & App history, Contacts / Calender, as well as access to files / camera and wifi connection, but I found one - QR Droid Private that only asks for files / camera. That is the one I use.
If there is an app you desperately want, email the developer and ask why they require so many permissions, I did that and he cut back on permissions required.
As for sheep doing what sheep do, well, stupid is as stupid does I guess, all we can do is warn our family, friends, customers to be more aware.
Altho' I do agree the permissions should be decided by the owner on a yes / no tick (except for maybe 'net access as free apps need to advertise),
Re: He can STAY there for all I care
Snowden is a traitor
If you cannot see that the current puppets 'running' your country are not utterly corrupt and bereft of any moral rectitude, then I submit sir, that it is you who are a traitor, to your founding fathers and their beliefs.
http://www.roc-usa.net/PDF%20FILES/28%20Principals.pdf (PDF Warning & most of it is fairly religious in tone).
Some of my favourites...
The majority of the people may alter or abolish a government which has become tyrannical.
A system of checks and balances should be adopted to prevent the abuse of power by the different branches of government.
Only limited and carefully defined powers should be delegated to government, all others being retained by the people.
A free society cannot survive as a republic without a broad program of general education.
A free people will not survive unless they stay strong.
“Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations -- entangling alliances with none.” Jefferson
The burden of debt is as destructive to human freedom as subjugation by conquest.
Re: Poor attempt
Was the information about new laws being passed for better government monitoring of its citizens internet activities, the state controlling media outlets, and making it illegal to have mass demonstrations (protests) against the ruling elite incorrect?
You do realise the exact same laws are being passed in the UK, US & Australia, and where they are not enshrined in law the NSA / GCHQ / Whatever acronym Australia has, does it anyway.
The state have always controlled the media and when was the last time a demonstration changed anything? that's right, the poll tax riot in 1989, and that was only getting rid of Thatcher, they just renamed the poll tax to council tax and lowered it a tiny bit.
We still have a chance to stop ours
sounds of maniacal laughter coming from NSA headquarters...
NSA agent 1: You gotta love those proles
NSA agent 2: They say the funniest things. Do you think he's a terrorist?
NSA agent 1: Well, I didn't, but we better put a close watch on him, he might be an anarchist.
NSA agent 2: What's the difference?
NSA agent 1: At least he's not a paedo...
NSA agent 2: Nor is Angela Merkel, but you should see the child porn we 'found' on her computer!
More maniacal laughter...
Is anyone even excited by a new phone release anymore? Short of a holographic display that protrudes up from the phone screen in Real3D(TM), or a contact lens that doubles as a wireless screen, what can they show? except a slightly larger, maybe stronger screen, a bit longer battery life - jeez, even onboard voice processing would be a start, mind you, Android already does that.
Re: This is silly.
Many current malware scanners already scan the registry for entries that identify spyware and andware, so this is nothing new.
I thing El Reg needs to update this story, it kind'a feels like a scare mongering story, since the above is (and has been) true for some time. Unless the code is so obfuscated that nothing can touch it once installed - code within code within code, this is actually a non story... or the end of Windows as we know it! El Reg?
Cote found Apple liable for conspiring with the five major publishers to fix the price of ebooks
So why aren't they being punished? If Apple have $160 billion (or whatever) then $500 million is barely a piss in the ocean...
It’s true that when you look at the balance sheets then Apple, say, has $160 billion in cash available
So they should be fined, say 10% of their wealth. That would send a real message to all corporations: Don't fuck with the law!
Satya Nadella announced the cuts with a widely criticised and badly written 3,300 word epic...
I’ve determined we’ll never make money in tablets or smartphones.
IMHO, that's because they tried to ape the Apple business ethos, sell high (probably because of their losses in the xbox dept making them skittish). What they should have copied is Googles, get a partner to make it at a low cost - (or buy Nokia) and get them to make reasonably priced tablets / phones, with the Windows eco system on it.
Also, if the damn things need a keyboard to operate better with, include that in the price, don't try and nickel & dime your customers another £120 when they're already paying over £500 for the base, trying to sell half a laptop was never going to work.
Customer obsessed my arsehole, I mean, I know it's too early to tell, but I'm not getting the impression he's listening to what his customers want, just closing the most obvious departments that come to his attention, this generally means the best arse lickers will remain safe, and those best at what they do (work wise as opposed to sucking up), will be jobless.
You asked me once, what was in Room 101. I told you that you knew the answer already. Everyone knows it. The thing that is in Room 101 is the worst thing in the world.
Wow, the fucking NSA aren't even being surreptitious anymore. Wish our (UK) government had the balls that German woman did in kicking out the American spy masters from Germany.
Can't wait for a zombie massacre to make all those reams and reams of data utterly useless.
If prostitution were legal and there were no drugs prohibition this story would probably never have ended in tragedy, so chalk another one up to 'The Justice System'.
"It's something we can all be comfortable about."
And yet, I'm not. Neither am I a terrorist or serious criminal. Wankers! (keep that for your records).
Re: One of the dumbest shows ever on TV.
The show (second season on) that finally showed a ballsy black character as one of the main characters? Granted, her acting wasn't the best, but she was my first positive black role model on English telly - and it still had spaceships and dodgy fx... and Servalan!!!!
World Science Fiction Convention
They could take down Iain M Bank from the featured list of guests - unless they're planning to speak via Ouija board.
You will be missed
It was the first decent (and nicely priced) iOS Office product that could open / save docx and xlsx whilst retaining the formatting and opened fast - used on the iPad.
I hope the developers got a nice pay off from Google, they definitely deserved it.
legal requirement for a 5 year warranty
Oh man, that would piss off the Corporate Whore Masters screwing us over simply for the profit margin.
Seriously, corporations are now utterly out of control, they need to be **** slapped untill they remember, 'The Customer Is Always Right!' and given prison for tax avoidance (the CEO), and forced to give a quarter of their profits untill there are no more starving kids anywhere on the planet!
They are ruining this civilisation - and it started off so well...
The UK opted out of the enforced 2 year manufacturer warranty as we have the Sale of Goods act
John Lewis (UK) offer a two year warranty, on all things PC at least, without charging extra for the device. They also have the best customer service support (they'll actually phone you back when they say they will), I've come across.
Re: Where is the competition
I'm forcing myself to learn Gimp, and after getting thru the inertia of not wanting to learn something new, it actually doesn't take long to find your way around, they've implemented layers in a weird way, but that's balanced by the pure speed increase in, well, everything - this program should be in every school by law.
The only problem is that there's still no good replacement for Dreamweaver - still using version 8 on my Ubuntu box (the Macromedia version before Adobe bought it out) - just to stay on this side of legal, but Adobe did make some good improvements along the way, much as I hate to say it.
and pointless, unless you're an Amazon - olic, in which case you'd already have the Kindle Fire. I don't think it'll do a Facebook phone dive - there's a lot of committed Amazonians out there, probably enough to stop it sinking like a lead balloon.
Also, aren't AT&T like the devil or something? why only do business with the worst phone company in America?
Researchers believe that the malware performs a number of basic spyware functions such as listening in on phone and SMS conversations, reading email messages, and collecting mobile browsing information and account data.
Don't Panic! It's just the Chinese government selling that information on to GCHQ / NSC or whatever.
The solution for westerners is to not buy a cheap no-name brand you've never heard of, but pay more for a Samsung, LG, or whatever.
Perhaps not everyone is as rich as you, but still wants 'nice things'. Also, does this mean you're advocating the closure of all Pound shops, market stalls and other poor people shops?
Also, you can go to malwarebytes site and it directs you to (I'm assuming) the real play store or Amazon to download the mobile app.
Re: "The Peter Jackson films continue to do justice to this awesome source material"
LOTR was filmed with love, respect & hard work, physical and practical effects, travelling all over NZ and tight editing, etc whereas The Hobbit is CGI craptastic with awful editing - you can see the seams where it was stretched to fit three films (the river run and mine running).
Also, Elder Scrolls Online is awful, two of the classes are completely broken (the nightblade being one of them which the reviewer discovered, passive skills that don't work etc), and after you finish the 50 levels, you repeat the game in the other two factions to get to veteran rank 10 (now 12), with bots rampant in the lower levels - theme park? it's barely a theme ride it's so on rails...
Re: possible (ish) now
Someone shoot the cameraman, but otherwise - Wow!
Is everyone forgetting
Windows 8 introduced SmartScreen filtering at the desktop level, performing reputation checks by default on any file or application downloaded from the Internet. Microsoft faced concerns surrounding the privacy, legality and effectiveness of the new system; suggesting that the automatic analysis of files (which involves sending a cryptographic hash of the file and the user's IP address to a server) could be used to build a database of users' downloads online, and that the use of the outdated SSL 2.0 protocol for communication could allow an attacker to eavesdrop on the data. In response, Microsoft later issued a statement noting that IP addresses were only being collected as part of the normal operation of the service and would be periodically deleted, that SmartScreen on Windows 8 would only use SSL 3.0 for security reasons, and that information gathered via SmartScreen would not be used for advertising purposes or sold to third parties
Nothing about not handing it freely over to the NSA, and that MS Office 2013 defaults to saving all your files onto its Amercan based (One Drive) cloud server unless you explicitly tell it not to and that Bing does just as much data harvesting as Google's search engine.
Re: Don't Panic!
@ Grease Monkey
Not sure why you got downvoted, I agree, I still think FF is better - Ghostery, Noscript and Adblock, at least we have the choice - and whilst it did go thru a memory leak / really bloated stage, it's def on the up now (IMHO).
I mean, I even install Chrome onto many customers PCs because it's nice and friendly and faster than IE and (poor dears), they don't have to remember to update Flash every other day without installing the auto opted in McCaffee AV scanner.
Don't Panic! There's still Firefox! Google has so far not put a gun to anybodies head and forced them to use Chrome as their browser. You can even use FF on Android phones and disable Chrome, try doing that with Safari on iPad / iPhone - hint: you can't.
Re: What a fracking waste of taxes.
City of London police
They're actually not held to the same laws or something...
...exists outside many of the laws and democratic controls which govern the rest of the United Kingdom. The City of London is the only part of Britain over which parliament has no authority.
The end result would be a more important technological leap than the invention of the computer itself
WAW! What A Wanker!
See, saying 'better than sliced bread' is ok, because we'd still have unsliced bread, but saying a piece of tech is a more important tech leap than the piece of tech it relies on for its very existence is a logical loop hole / singularity - or, what a wanker.
Go and spend your two billion dollars muppet - in fact, I now hope Zenimax wins!
Damon Lindelof will take over writing
Don't forget he was the one who created such believable characters and their motivations in Prometheus (ie the geologist who got lost after mapping out the tunnels and the biologist afraid of dead alien bodies but not obviously dangerous vagina headed snakes).
A smartphone is only as 'smart' as the user attached to it.
Re: Worth adding...
I research the Occult and technoshamanism. I enjoy raving and UV body painting, DJing electronic music, juggling, massage, martial arts. I love programming as a creative activity but hate having to use crap tools and software. Take C for example. The entire industry uses a one pass compiler! Is it any wonder so much software sucks?
Tells me everything I need to know. As for Braben selling F:FE as a new game I got the impression it was the software house (Gametek?) as much as anything that caused him to do this - and it was such a clusterfuck of bugs (release day update (because the game wouldn't actually start) sent out to customers through the post), I doubt anyone made any money off it in the end.
£20 gets you the digital download on release.
So you include a boring picture of a product that looks precisely the same as an ipad mini, but not of the (Chinese) boss dressed like Steve Jobs - missed opportunity El Reg.
Wonder what the battery life is like - any chance of a review?
Sony said it will put a hold on development of OLED (organic-light emitting diode) tellies and focus on 4K high-def goggleboxes to get its business back on track.
Yes, because that's what consumers are crying out for - oh, wait...
Re: Pride goeth before a fall
Must have been somewhat sweet to see Blu-ray triumph
But from I recall reading at the time, didn't Sony pretty much pay off Hollywood to ensure Bluerays success? can't imagine that was cheap. I still haven't got Blueray, but I thought the PS4 was a collosal success, not enough?
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