681 posts • joined 3 Jun 2008
Re: It works. Update. @Drewc
I figured it out eventually. Probably something to do with the small screen but initially I tried clicking on the wrong area and wondered why no letters appeared when I typed.
See if anyone else has the same issue.
Re: It works. Update.
Tried to sign in and couldn't. Can read stories and commentards, but not reply to the more ridiculous of the latter.
On Blackberry (rather old) OS6 -- seems usable.
Previously dumped the Reg from my mobile because the cookies reminder screen kept following me down the page, obscuring text, and I couldn't see to click to get rid of it.
Re: GOOD! @Vladimir Plouzhnikov
Another one who tries to correct others without checking the facts.
The sauce is called Tartare -- see the bloody OED !
To be fair, smaller edition of the dictionary suggests that either Tartar or Tartare are correct.
Re: GOOD! @Voland
The sauce is Tartare.
And according to the Oxford English Dictionary Tatar and Tartar are interchangeable.
I am a professional writer and you are not.
I'm not sure you know your history prior to 1954. Crimea was Tartar territory until Stalin deported most of them in cattle wagons on a 23 three day rail journey without food. More died on arrival. The now partly vacant land was then ready for Russian colonists. It is they, who now slightly outnumber the remaining Tartars and Ukranians in Crimea, who are amenable to a military re-conquest by the Putin regime.
Another Kodak moment.
Like other travellers I have realised that some experiences are better not filtered via the viewfinder of a camera.
An internet stock worth less than nothing ?
Pile in chaps, must be the next hot thing.
'Unflod Baby Panda' ??
The clue is in the title.
I keep getting emails from people called Gordon. with various combinations of surnames like Gordon Bennett with titles like "re: dis.appear".
Do you think I open them ?
Royalties ad infinitum.
I'm sure novelists, painters, architects, other creators (and their descendants) wish they could pull the same trick.
All those in Ukraine cheering for Russia...
...may well be the same ones rioting in 10 years time when Putin and his chums still own them and they fully realise the price that has to be paid. As for Putin, good luck with riots in your
re-conquested territories. Talk about collapsing under the weight of its own contradictions.
Been there done that
Yup, Chinese-made non-Apple iPod charger -- top came off in my hand exposing bared mains wires inside.
Do they test nothing ?
T Mob, don't go there
Seem to be getting the bum's rush from T Mob UK after circa £14 deducted from my PAYG balance for voice call I didn't knowingly make. Trying to sort it out with T Mob's Twitter help bods but they're not really helping.
I'm not sure T Mob or EE are any worse than average telcos -- most don't seem to give a damn about customers or customer service.
Win8 or 8.1, it's a dead duck.
Witness the call I had on Tuesday. Administrator at the charity I volunteer for to say that he's replacing XP on all computers because he's heard XP is now a security risk (?). He's bought copies of Win 7. Not Win8, note. Because he's heard that it's like Vista (that all those years ago he had to wipe and replace with XP at extra cost) .
I suspect that until Microsoft back-pedal and bring out Win 9 without touchscreeniness this sort of reaction will continue.
Re: So which major sites are / were affected?
This morning (as per last night), using Chrome, Twitter is still throwing up a warning that I might be signing in to a fake site due to SSL issues. Using Opera, no warning.
Just watched Ayoade directed rom-com Submarine.
Funny and touching.
And such a change from Hollywood's car-crash-explosions-people-shouting formula
Experian -- a disgrace in a democracy.
Why we tolerate commercial companies exploiting us in this way continues to amaze me. They have no implicit right to hold data on us nor to blight our life chances by issuing (possibly inaccurate) credit ratings. Need also to crack down on tenant vetting/blacklisting outfits who, similarly, collect data on many people that can be used to stop them renting a home.
More crimes against English.
"I am going to share that we are going all-in with this desktop experience, to make sure your applications can be accessed and loved by people that love the Windows desktop."
Re: mac book air screen glue
It may make it easier to recycle something ultimately if it's glued, but making it cheaply repairable delays the day when it's scrapped and reduces the demand for (no doubt eco-costly to make) replacements.
Re: Apple DON'T repair your iThing
There's a problem with Apple making their stuff easy to assemble (thus usually hard to disassemble).
When you break most IT things the biggest blow is losing access to your data, if only temporarily.
Apple's policy of replace rather than repair usually means you lose your data permanently.
Putin' the Crime into Crimea
Sticks nix hick pix
Someone on the Reg is looking for a job opening in Hollywood on Variety Magazine.
Re: Lightbulbs, nylon tights, razor blades etc -- why monitors fail.
The (urban) legend goes that two employees of a Japanese capacitor manufacturer stole the formula for the electrolyte their employer used. Trouble is they wrote it down wrong so the formula they sold to rivals resulted in a generation of monitors and tellies which failed prematurely due to bulging caps.
I think more likely the rash of failures of models, all made in China, and 17 inchers upwards, was due to assemblers cheating their customers by substituting cheaper components which did not perform as specified. Notable that while, in my experience, the issue plagued brands as varied as Viewsonic and LG, defective Dell monitors I've come across have failed for other reasons.
More cruelty to the English language.
"looking forward to accelerating innovation and market adoption"
Trans: we hope to makes these things work better and sell more of them.
Why (sensible) people would buy a new computer.
1. The old computer breaks beyond economic repair.
2. A new application won't run on the old OS and the computer is too old/slow for newer OS.
I don't see people rushing to buy a new computer because there's money off Win8.
Microsoft don't get it.
If I were them (and not so in bed with the hardware business) I'd be developing a slimmer Windows that'll run much better on existing machines than any recent version. At a retail price that's little more than currently charged to hardware vendors. So people actually choose to upgrade to a new Windows and maybe also buy new applications from Microsoft.
If the proposition was "install this and your old computer will run faster than when it was new", who could resist ? People pay good money for memory upgrades on exactly that proposition.
Instead we see ever-heavier-handed attempts to hang on to an existing business model -- unfortunately now with an OS people won't buy unless it's forced onto them via new hardware.
Portable, like walking around the house with a smallish flatscreen tv under your arm.
And what's with the 20th Anniversary of Pentium ?
The whole project says desperation.
obviously took one look at iTunes
and threw the iPod away
stating the bleedin obvious
It's been obvious to me for an age that Apple has won the laptop game, never mind tablets.
Glance in any branch of Starbucks (or similar) and check the little illuminated Apple logos. It may be that Apple owners are more likely poseur gits who hang around overpriced caffs, but factoring that in doesn't really explain the scarcity of other brands.
But, given the preponderance of iPhones, once people realise that it's one of the easiest smartphones, it seems kinda logical to scale up to iPad or Macbook.
Perhaps Microsoft's problem is trying a trickle-down from the other direction -- from a 19 inch screen Windows computer to a 4 inch Winphone.
Re: Nokia Screens... @Longrod_von_Whatever
Those are the fake ones they put on display !!
Re: But users of Windows 8 on non-touch devices were in general a little less satisfied".
In big scary corporations no one dares speak openly in a way that might imply lack of loyalty. In part, this is why corporate pronouncements from concerns like Microsoft are so verbose and actually say little. And why things go wrong and everyone is scared to admit it and nothing changes.
What's the point of all that fidelity if you're going to use headphones?
What's the point of all that fidelity if you're going to listen to Neil Young ?
Good old croaker Neil and his no-fi recordings.
Best work was with Buffalo Springfield ending in 1969, though I also like the CSNY period ending in 1971.
This €2 a month business has GOT to stop...
When does it start ?
Fed up with paying T-Mob 12p for texts when they cost the telcos too little to calculate.
Re: I have just one word for you all @strum
Too right. Much wasted youth spent pawing ex-RAF gyroscopes, mini spirit levels (still in use on turntable) etc etc. Tottenham Court Road must have been pretty low-rent in the 1960s as it had a number of electronics surplus stores like Proops in addition to independent hifi shops.
Ditto Edgware Road near Church Street Market and Lisle Street (now in Chinatown) in Soho.
Overpriced and no longer over here.
The best thing that can be said about Maplins is that it's not Radio Shack (aka Tandy) which died in the UK about 10 years ago.
However, anyone living in North West London would, in my opinion, be better off heading to Cricklewood Electronics, perhaps the last real hobbyist electronics shop in this part of London. For example, components such as capacitors are sold there loose in wider variety and at better prices than you'd expect to pay for pre-packs.
Re: The shape of things to come?
As usual, decent English is the first casualty with these people.
If they can't express ideas with the sort of clarity that makes sense to most intelligent people, can they be expected to think clearly ?
Re: "Merely...make money"
Don't mind ads per se (except ones which flash annoyingly).
Do mind the pause while the bloody ad server delivers the ad.
Websites who don't want people to use ad blockers should insist that advertisers have hardware and connections which are up to speed.
In car -- gives a whole new meaning to Blue Screen of Death.
All religious nutjobs, simple answer.
Jehova's Witness on doorstep: "Can I introduce you to Jesus"
Me in pyjamas, with hangover: "Sorry, don't share your superstition"
preaching to the converted
People I know have already switched from Blackberry to iPhone.
Nothing unique to Blackberry appeals to me about my Blackberry phone. Having today for the first time used it to send email to multiple users with multiple attachments I can report that this task was easier with my 4 year old Nokia E71.
I don't quite get BB fanbois.
@ Frank H. Stein
I've seen a Samsung Dyson-Alike -- dumped on the pavement, presumably broken.
What did vacuum cleaners look like before Dyson ?
Answer is they looked nothing like a Dyson. The man could not sell the big brands on his concept so made it himself.
Since then, an awful lot of cleaners look like a Dyson.
The ball mechanism originated with Dyson's wheelbarrow, I believe.
Re: No leaflet here
What part of that do the telcos not understand ?
Well, perhaps the word market as they obviously operate a cartel.
Witness Vodaphone-sponsored UK Gov opposition to previous cuts in roaming costs -- many UK civil servants jumped ship from regulating telcos to working for them.
Re: iPhone 4, 3 years later: FUBAR
On/Off button breaking happened to a friend too.
Who'd want it ?
Though I like the styling and finish of Sony laptops, Sony's PC arm hasn't the best rep for support. And in an imploding PC market who's going to want to put in the effort to reorganise and relaunch ?
I suspect that, in line with other big Japanese brands which once sold laptops globally, Sony will withdraw from the mass market, perhaps going niche as Panasonic has with its tough range.
Confirms my understanding from earlier articles that the new man is expected to execute the game plan left by Ballmer.
If so, can we really expect any changes to the rot that set in with Ballmer. And if Nadella comes from the server end of the company is he likely to understand what consumers want, that Microsoft has so consistently failed to deliver in the last decade ?
I suspect that if Microsoft's place in the consumer market is to survive the onslaught of iPad, it will need to produce the next big thing. Before Apple. And do it properly, so Apple can't just re-do it better, later.
From observations here -- and among the my non-techy friends -- Microsoft has made enemies of many of its customers. Turning that around by ceasing to be the schoolyard bully would be a good start. But perhaps all we are going to see is a more efficient version of policies like renting MS Office and forcing Windows 8 down our throats.
There was a time.....
.....when I might have sneered at such a development but, to my continuing astonishment, time has caught up with (even) me.
I wish similarly thoughtful manufacturers to the Japanese would consider the tiny legends, often moulded into black plastic on so many devices. I can no longer read them without my glasses or, in extremis, having to move the device into daylight.
Slightly larger type, lighter coloured plastic -- not too much to ask surely ?
As for phone keyboards, don't get me started !
It's Nadella, dammit!
Not Nutella, then.
Re: " one of the only"
Very unique, literally !!
US Army in Germany already used these.
Okay they had human drivers but locals swore that they had to give US Army trucks a wide berth on the autobahn because the drivers were, likely as not, stoned.
Perhaps not as scary as my dad's story that, immediately post-war, British or American cars were occasionally barged off the road by nazi-sympathising truckers.
May explain why the British military were so keen to get Volkswagen production back up and running to use Beetles as staff cars.
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