102 posts • joined 10 Mar 2008
Re: Don't do it like that
"I especially like it when someone’s expensive iThing is out-done by my cheapo Moto G."
Great trolling. You did well to ignore that TuGo has been available on iOS for ages. You could well out-do someone's expensive iThing, but only if they are on O2 and they have chosen not to download and use TuGo.
Re: Pluto Energetic Particle Spectrometer Science Investigation
I’d hazard a guess at zero. Or at least if they did, they’d be annoyed that the rather redundant “Science” was stuck in there to give the acronym another “S”, making it nice and non-trademarked
You sometimes don’t even need any speaker at all.
When I was in India in 2006, I was sitting on the rooftop of a hotel overlooking the Taj Mahal on a day when England had done something impressive Vs the Indians in the Test Match. A local journalist and photographer was in the hotel interviewing people about the cricket (I don’t know why) and asked me to pose for a photo to go in the paper. I was asked to hold up my digital camera (in its case) to my ear, pretending I was listening to the match on a little radio, look happy and hold up a few fingers for the number of wickets just taken. I still have the paper as a cool if not somewhat random souvenir, although I have no idea what the article says as its all written in Hindi. I sometimes wonder if the first two words are “gullible tourist…”
Anyway, nothing to do with the article, but I put it out there as a rival to it for your interest
Isn’t it a proper noun? Why would it need translating? I know of course there are translations of names, (Londres is London for example) but this is an invented trademark.
Genuine question, as I’m surprised there would be official advice on alternative spellings as companies normally protect their trademarks to the hilt.
Is it just because of the difficulty of pronouncing it? Wouldn't they trademark an official re-name for Spanish speaking countries?
Re: What's the problem?
People are stupid...
Re: On the Other Hand
"Oklahoma" was at least no worse a movie. Where will that museum go?
...and so on and so forth...
"There is a slight whiff of more money than sense about this thing, but I still want one"
But what about the stove the iPhone's plugged into?
Re: The Watchdog is wrong too
What have you got against lawnmowers?
Greetings Alien Lifeform. Always Capitulate Totally If Commentards Attack!
or just say something snarky and downvote.
There's a heck of a lot of WHOOOSH in here
Via text message?
I remember in the good old pre-smartphone days you could do it by dialling a number, but on a smartphone surely you just use the app and not a text message (I take text message to mean SMS).
Re: form over function Mantra catching up with Apple
Yes, because the function of any shop is to prevent ram-raids, instead of enticing customers.
Re: Pride goeth before a fall
If you didn’t see any benefit to it then I have to question your eyesight. The quality of a blu-ray over a normal DVD is immense. I don’t re-buy movies that I already own on DVD, but any new movie I get is blu-ray (apart from the old impulse 2-quidder in HMV back in the day when you could actually find an HMV). Its personal obviously, but on a 5 year old Samsung LCD and a PS3, the picture quality is fantastic. I hope blu-ray doesn’t go titsup as downloading (and storing) full HD movies is, at the moment, and for me, a proper pain in the arse
Remember, profit is what's left after costs, and when Amazon UK pays Amazon US for a piece of IP, then that's a cost and profit is reduced, but it's also keeping money within the company without actually making a profit. Yes, Amazon US then has that money, but they then have costs of their own. Maybe to Amazon DI (Desert Island, me hearties!).
And by the way, I have nothing against that. If it's legal, then they should do it, so I suppose privateer is a better term for that icon than pirate.
Re: Where is the content?
It means due to the combined size of the ad and the top pic on the homepage, you have to scroll down an entire screen to even read the first headline. Bit of a pain to be honest (and I would have thought your advertisers would prefer users not to automatically have to scroll away from seeing their ad).
Re: Where is the content?
"We never run pics above headlines": I am seeing the same thing on an iPhone 5S in Safari.
In order of what I see, top to bottom: Reg banner, massive microsoft ad, "Top Stories/Most Read" banner, big picture, then first headline (Then a few pictures alongside headlines, then normal headline/sub headline list).
Also, there are no icons in the comments section (I know you said you have work to do on the comments, so I hope this is on the list)
Great reply, you really addressed all the points of the OP
Insecure = ok?
So, because the server was insecure and he didn’t have to try very hard to get the data, that gives him the right to get it?
While I know there is an obvious difference between copying and stealing, in that copying doesn’t deprive the original owner of the thing itself, an analogy is if someone steals the plant pots from your front garden, have they not committed a crime, just because it was easy to do? The plant pot wasn’t fixed to the ground. There is no fence around the front of my house. So it was a very insecure plant pot, it was fair game and I deserve it?
No, I don’t think so. I think he’s guilty. Whether it deserves over 3 years in prison is something else, but there’s no way his conviction should be overturned, based on that line of defence at least.
Re: Seems odd, when compared to other tech buyouts
I think the news/rumours of this takeover interest have been known for a while, and so the market would have priced in the premium already. I.e. they got excited about a potential takeover and the price went up, meaning the shares are already trading above what they would normally be if it wasn’t for this takeover interest.
“While the user and the device is in motion, the user's dexterity with respect to the touch-sensitive display can be disrupted by the motion”
As can their ability to walk in a straight line, maintain a constant speed, not bump into people, not stop suddenly in the middle of the pavement; essentially, not be an annoying PITA.
Non-IT angle? Newspaper and book reader-walkers, I’m looking at you too!
Yeah, what an outdated judiciary they have. They should do what the rest of the world does and only hire foreign judges and fly in people from abroad to sit on juries (none of this “of their peers” nonsense!)
"As Apple has continued to infringe our patented mobile technologies"
How can they get away with saying that when the Judge has just ruled that they didn't infringe? Until any decision in any appeal does come, Apple did not infringe.
Oh, and I really shouldn't have to do this, but this being an El Reg Apple article, I need to make it clear I am not a fanatic of either company, own products by both and was not paid for my opinion (thus covering the usual gripes of people who simply have a different opinion to mine).
Re: I was unfortunate enough ....
Calm down mate, they're just a consumer electronics company. Buy it if you like it, don't if you don't. I know it's not really the done thing around here to have an apathetic view of Apple and its rivals, but some of us just can't get angry at a gadget company.
Plus, it's an advert. They are hardly going to say their product is a relatively minor iterative update are they. That's how adverts work. It's the same as getting angry at John Lewis for using a cutsie-poo animal friendship in their ads. It’s all bollocks and we're all free to shop where we please for whatever reason we choose.
It's this sort of bollocks that makes me happy I'm a contractor (and not at Microsoft too)
Re: Conflict of Interest anyone?
Err, no. A conflict of interest may arise if he held shares in a direct competitor. Loads of employees have shares in the company they work for. They are an incentive for you to contribute to the company's performance to help get the share price up. If you are wondering about insider dealing, directors of listed companies in the US at least have to declare in advance their plans to buy and sell stock in their own company. This is publicly available info and can be quite interesting ("oh look, the finance director must have needed a new house")
I’m sure they were both very annoyed
Re: I suppose...
Last flight I took I watched “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” and it seems I still had a better time than you did
Re: Sorry to be so blunt...
Re: Installed and Dumped
Why use anything else really?
Cost - Not everyone has a contract with inclusive “free” SMS
International - Even with a contract, texting to international numbers can cost (if it works at all – in my personal experience I have had problems with international SMS)
International – Same deal when you yourself are abroad sending back home
Sending media - Even with a contract, sending a photo, for example (MMS) can cost
Group messages - SMS can send to multiple people at once but they all receive the message individually, I think.
Yes, there are things like email to get around these limitations, but an app that is free or has limited cost and can be used “free” (yes, you might be paying for the data connection/wifi) is much more appealing.
Re: Good luck finding support staff
The article says the video chats are one way only
Dedicated web presence
"In these days of social media it seems slightly archaic for small organisations to have a dedicated web presence at all"
If a company tries to get me to visit their Facebook page rather than their own website, they don't get a visit from me!
A grumpy not-that-old-yet man!
I’m really glad you only went with “rustled”
I was there...
I was working for Intel on my Uni year in industry when Centrino came out. I still probably have a lot of the branded marketing guff if I dig around. For some reason we all wanted the Bunnymen (little toys of the protective-suited folks in the Fabs) rather than the mouse mats and whatnot. This doesn’t add much to the discussion I suppose but as I sit here in corporateland, its fun to reminisce about being paid like a proper worker but still getting to act like a student.
**snaps out of nostalgic fuzz to remember we were not paid like proper workers, but booze money was still booze money**
Call me crazy
While it may seem great to be paid for doing nothing, I get bored out of my brain when I have nothing to do at work for longer than a day or so. There’s only so much out there on the internet (that can get through corporate firewalls, at least). Maybe I’m weird, but I would rather have done the work myself and kept all the money, rather than pay someone else to ensure I spend my days watching the clock slowly tick away in boredom.
"a 12-year-old startup" ?
Its almost as bad as nicking someone else's joke…
** Me Googles "Vertical market" **
Would it though?
Cigarettes are legal and there is still a concerted effort to smuggle them, in the UK at least. If it were legal it would be taxed. Taxes could raise prices above current market rates, although obviously smuggling is also pricey and the risk increases prices too, so maybe it would be cheaper.
If this sort of thing gives someone an edge, maybe it would still continue.
I don’t know. I’ve really only got Ben Elton’s High Society to go on as research material, so maybe I should just change track and make boob jokes.
To oversimplify a tad…
…if you don’t sell shares, there’s no point having them (ok, I should have said oversimplify a lot). Dividends are lovely but becoming an instant real (not paper) millionaire is probably quite nice too.
Maybe she wanted to buy a fleet of black helicopters.
The picture used by Google is actually taken from a previous Register article by Andrew Orlowski (“Verity Stob faces execution, Wikipedia-style” from 2010), so this is a bit of a circular reference. Also, glad to see Google correcting the “Stobb” typo.
Why are Wii Sports/Play/Fit allowed to be counted as one, or is it that they have each sold the same as each other and are jointly holding third spot?
email services often imposed a 2MB attachment ceiling
...and floppy disks always imposed a 1.44MB ceiling...
Re: Stores are so last millenia
Really? You call someone a twat for stating they prefer to shop online? Wow, who'd have thought it, we're all twats round here!
What about travel cards?
So for those of us with travel cards who will still need an Oyster, what will happen if a contactless bank card is stored near the Oyster in a holder or wallet, as a lot of people do? Will the system know to only use the Oyster and not the bank card?
Biting satire, probably
I get economically depressed every time I look at my bank balance. Only kidding; I’m an MP
Replying to my own post
But I just realised I should really get out more. http://xkcd.com/386/
Yep, it’s the same group but i think it's the track "Still"
"There's very little that YouTube doesn't have"
Providing you’re not trying to access it on an iPhone/iPad where any official music videos are annoyingly missing. Would they prefer you to go to iTunes instead?
Best Buy said it wants to improve the customer experience...is a mute point
They must not have said it very loudly then?
you can happily leave it permanently attached, though you’ll need to remove it if you want to use the Dock connector for anything else - it's one downside
Don't think it mentioned any others though
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