A lot of things you can add to your phone are already around and connecting via bluetooth. Keyboards, camera operators, joysticks. I'm not sure if there are any non-niche functions that aren't already implemented in third-party devices that will still work with whatever your next phone is.
380 posts • joined 6 Feb 2008
Re: Too easy
The film should really have been a series of one-second-long stills and video clips, mostly of things that are innocent but also vaguely rude things like funny shaped vegetables/rocks/trees. Repeat the same ones a lot. The viewer would have to be paying close attention for the whole time because it changes so much. Add a soundtrack of a repeated song that changes volume every now and then, with some hard-to-decipher whispering in the background. Constantly intense is far worse than boring.
If something is against the law when it comes to politics, they just get a super-pac to do it instead.
If you wanted a hot June this year then you could do worse than Seattle. Broke all the heat records by a long way. Also, the "rainy" city has had almost no precipitation at all for the last few months.
Still, not quite as fun as pointing at a very specific place on the globe and saying that for a specific short duration it didn't go into the record books as being hot, as if it is somehow meaningful in the bigger picture.
Can anyone explain this bit:
"According to the UK Met Office’s John Kennedy, the buoy observational data has an uncertainty range of 0.12C. Karl and co simply slapped 0.12C onto every bouy reading.
“Adjusting good data upward to match bad data seems questionable, and the fact that the buoy network becomes increasingly dense in the last two decades means that this adjustment must put a warming trend in the data”"
How does a denser network of buoys with the same fudge factor added make a warmer trend? Wouldn't the trend be the same, albeit ending at the same point but with the fudge factor added?
Glad to see that they will no longer violate Newton's third law of motion.
It really doesn't help that facebook will often just not show things in my feed until a day late, like it was specifically hiding it from me.
Loving the http://benjaminraynal.com art.
Have you ever had one of those days when you can't tell if an article is a spoof or if you are just too dumb to understand it?
I guess my dad is going to be a bit quieter on Facebook then.
I've got a regular Pebble watch. Not as expensive as the Pebble Steel (or any of these other smart watches), and it does everything I need it to - which is really just a basic interface for my phone so I don't have to get it out very often. Control my music player, read texts and emails, start recording GPS tracks, etc. I don't need another phone on my wrist. If I need to do any heavy lifting then I just get my phone out.
Re: Play store
For most apps, you can use another Android device to access the Play store and install the app you want. Then use something to back-up the app (I use ES File Explorer) so it stores the apk file. Transfer, then just use a file explorer on the Amazon device to install the apk. It doesn't work for everything, and you don't get updates, but it is a lot safer than using other app stores and a lot easier than rooting.
"with the raging heat unsurpassed except in the years 1911, 1947, 1955 and eleven other years over the past century"
I'm going to go ahead and assume that the eleven other years would show that your implication was wrong, or why would you stop there? Not sure how you are calculating the heat of the summer (mean temps of June-August would be my guess) or why you specifically cherry pick that rather than the annual rates, but here is what I got from the top 15 mean annual temperatures (not including this year since it hasn't ended yet):
1945 (15 hottest)
Re: The Master
Sounds more like an excellent opportunity to see how the Master got into that state in the first place. Having Capaldi do it would actually be a bit more interesting than the usual cause-then-effect that they seem to do even with so much easy time travel.
I have two routes I can take on my commute. One takes about 5 minutes less, unless there has been an accident, in which case it can take 20 minutes longer. Having this decide which is longer as I leave the door sounds a lot better than my current method of squinting at red and black lines on the traffic map and then guessing which is worse.
Built-in upgrade name. Like credit cards used to have. Next will be gold, then platinum, then diamond, then blue(?!), then something really weird.
Chaka Demusen Pliers
The confusion arises due to Chaka Demus being a settlement in southern Arapahoe territory which made pliers with a squeaky grip, hence the term Chaka Demusen Pliers to describe this type. They are on record as making a horrendous noise.
Queue lots of people trying to make their porn "educational".
So with all those letters, including vowels, they come up with an acronym that sounds like gay paper folding.
So giving birth to a timelord doesn't count as meeting one? Or does River not count because her timelordiness was cause by the TARDIS?
Re: "...help customers to consider environmental concerns..."
"The EU has effectively banned me from using solar heated water to wash my clothes and is instead forcing me to heat water using electricity."
Then plumb in your hot water and tell the machine to do a cold wash.
I'm waiting until they have the Ascension Sunday button.
All the way home.
Can't wait for the iPhone Shuffle. No screen, just a button that randomly dials someone in your address book.
They've already hired some who do grammar different. Make it harder on the rest who knowledge right grammar.
Humans have only 1-4% of Neanderthal DNA? Don't we have 97% of a chimpanzee DNA? And 20% of a potato or something? These must be using different ways to calculate the percentage but it's not clear what.
If it helps, I am able to stop my restless legs by getting my feet very cold. Stick them on ice (or in my case the garage floor) for 5-10 minutes and it completely goes away.
Re: I was thinking this was bogus
Aircraft GPS typically output in ARINC 429 words. A429 is unidirectional. Very little room for anything weird at all, at worst you'd invalidate the signal and the aircraft would ignore it, and that's assuming that your device is hooked up to the same transmitter as an aircraft system.
I help run a specialist forum. CAPTCHAs weren't stopping the spammer, neither were the questions such as "Which of these is not a colour? Blue, red, or car". As soon as we switched the questions to being basic things about the specialist subject, we got rid of 99% of potential spammers. You have to put a contact address in there too, because there is always the odd person who wants to join but knows little about the subject yet.
Sounds like a slightly more advanced version of the Android app called Tasker.
Re: Why not?
Wurstiality nearly the same thing, except the pig has been processed.
Now we can't name an actual habitable planet as Vulcan! You've ruined it for the generation of interstellar tourists.
Re: Never mind Lego
Yep, just about every police Lego set has a stripey robber in it.
Here's a good one:
But even better is this one that shows kids the usage of a crowbar to get into an ATM:
Now if only they could stop the speed of my PC from turning to sludge when I watch a flash video on it. Started doing it a few weeks ago.
Re: Tie the Personality to the Voice
"Siri, phone Gordon"
Mapquest did something similar to me back in the 90s. I put in a shop address, which turned out to be wrong (shop website was wrong). Since the address couldn't be found (I'm guessing, it didn't tell me so at the time), it gave me directions to the centre of zipcode, which happened to be a warehouse that got a few similar people like me in the past.
"Hi , I'm looking for this shop..."
"Used Mapquest? It's wrong. There's no shops anywhere near here."
I found the shop in a more traditional way - found a payphone, phoned them up, and got directions.
The cable companies make it sound as if they want to keep the specialist channels part of a bundle so that you have access to them them. What they really want is for you to pay for the complete bundle that includes a particular channel, even if you don't watch the rest. The psychological aspect is that you are getting more for your money, even if you aren't going to use any of the extras. And because these silly mind tricks work on so many people, the rest of us are stuck with it.
My DVR keeps track of the channels I watch the most. Taking out local news channels, I watch six channels about 95% of the viewing time. The other 5% are from movies on random channels that I don't see otherwise. I expect that most people are roughly similar although with different channels. If I paid $10 per channel then I'd still save money, although even in that case I think I'd probably only go for 3-4 channels and use the saved money for Netflix for the programmes on the channels I drop.
We just need a few brave channels to start livestreaming, but I'm sure that the cable companies forbid them from doing so in their contract.
Gotta love those "trojans" I can avoid by
not clicking on a link in a dodgy message
not downloading an unknown app
not ignoring the strange permissions it requests
It'll be beyond the return date by the time I get it.
I'm not too bothered, I'm sure it will be fine for 95% of what I want , but I was hoping an article on a decent tech site would tell me the best way to achieve things I hadn't even thought about.
Okay, so this is a review of all the things you can't do with a Kindle, now can we have one that tells you all the things you can do?
I've been lumbered with one for xmas (got an early heads-up) which I can't return (wanted the Nexus 7), so I was hoping this article would tell me the easiest options for sideloading and the risks of rooting since the rest of the web is pretty light on details (Looks like I am best off downloading an app onto my phone, then extracting the apk using airdroid, copying onto the Kindle and installing it using the file explorer - but that's just my best guess).
Even better, I could be the awesome uncle who turns up on xmas and makes my neice's sucky tablet into something much more capable, but it looks like I'll have to wait until I get my own hands on it
Want an endless supply of free porn? Make an app that encourages people to send naked photos of themselves to each other, and save all the sent photos.
That would be the store where they charged your data plan just for viewing the apps, even when on wifi. Was it ever going to succeed with such a stupid plan?
I remember thinking I'd completed the game, only to end up in the xen world.
Once I accidentally sent a security guard into a room full of soldiers. Somehow he killed every single one!
Re: still seems funny to me
Presumably they already had smaller versions that they calibrated over the years and then built a big one that aligned with them. Not beyond reason that they also added up the days it took to do a full cycle and used that for every day planning. Some people seem to think that the huge Stonehenge was their only way of knowing the calendar, which would be absurdly awkward.
It's just that conservative women tend to fit into the stereotype that women must be caked in make-up and have big hair, whereas liberal women don't. You should also notice that half of the attacks on Democrat women by conservative talkshow hosts concentrate on their physical appearance rather than policies.
A bacon sarnie can _only_ contain bread, bacon, and condiments.
Anything other than bread is an immediate disqualification and it becomes a roll, bap, etc. Toast gets in under a technicality, but is not in the spirit of things.
Adding X as a secondary ingredient would make it a "bacon and X sarnie". Not the same.
Condiments can be any sauces, and include butter or margarine, but they must not overwhelm the bacon in any way.
Under these perfectly normal restrictions, my favourite is white bread with butter and ketchup.
I was thinking this vote would be more about white vs granary vs brown, or brown vs ketchup, not just showing a large selection of breakfast rolls - many of which look tasty in their own right but really aren't bacon sarnies.
All I can think after seeing that review is "You have a stuffed vulture wearing a bobble hat and scarf!"
In the case of my dad, old men who use computers are also more likely to forward you chain emails and post racist things on facebook.
Re: Toasted marshmellow
"(though for Spectrum gamers (and possibly others - I haven't checked), there was a glitch/easter egg which could save you some cash during the initial game: entering "0" as the car-type gave you a solid black rectangle which was cheaper than the rest of the options!)"
The problem with that was that you couldn't suck up any ghosts!
Re: Bent but not broken
""But the armchair "patent system is broken beyond repair" position doesn't stand up. ""
Beyond repair? I don't think that a single comment on here has said that, and those out on the internet who have done so are minor in all ways. Broken, yes. Beyond repair, certainly not.
""You have to quantify the damage ("cost to society") and then demonstrate that this is greater than the innovation the IP system produces, and the value it unlocks. Will our kids be better off? How?
I am keen to hear alternatives that fulfill those criteria - but I'm sorry, but all I hear is whining.""
So in order to complain about something at all, you must produce a detailed description of the faults, how to change them and detailed analysis on how those changes will affect society hereafter? Such a shame you don't follow your own advice. You still seem hung up on current system vs no system at all.
So many people have effectively said "The US system is broken, the European system is better", which does pretty much everything you ask in a single comparison from its own evidence.