And compatibility. Maybe things have improved since I last played with it, but I found many games and most video-based apps would not run correctly, or at all, on Android x86.
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And compatibility. Maybe things have improved since I last played with it, but I found many games and most video-based apps would not run correctly, or at all, on Android x86.
I think this assessment of likely uptake is wildly optimistic
Completely agree. Gear VR is going to be niche; sure, it's a pretty good option if you already have a Samsung phone, but am I going to buy a high-end Samsung just so I can use it? Are iPhone users going to switch en masse to use it? I don't think so. I'd rather have a separate headset that didn't depend on my phone anyway. Is the Rift going to be mass market? It's expensive (predicted $400+ for the consumer model), and you need one per user, I just can't see it as a product that everybody is going to rush out and buy, it's more in the realm of the niche expensive gaming accessories. So it's a chicken and egg situation; there just aren't going to be enough headsets out there for content creators to want to rush out and spend lots of money developing for, and without compelling content, people aren't going to rush out and buy headsets.
Maybe when the PS5 or the next Xbox come out, if they get bundled with a decent VR headset and some compelling content at launch, at a somewhat affordable price, then you might have a situation where there are enough headsets out there to get something going. Maybe if some sort of standards are agreed so people can develop once for multiple VR platforms, that would help.
Yeah, and I don't know why the tarts tried to deny it; they should have just made a clean breast of things.
I commend you on your weight loss. However most people don't go to the cinema every day, it's an occasional treat, just like parties and whatnot. Most people accept that ones normal dietary goals may be temporarily suspended for special occasions.
And besides, can't speak for the GP poster, but for myself, when I have occasion to eat extraneous cake, donuts or whatever during the day, I actually do try to compensate for it, by cutting down or eliminating the carbohydrate portion of a main meal, not by skipping the meal altogether; that works well. Not an unheard of thing to do.
I'm probably going to send the guy a fiver, because that's an amusing way to troll the BBFC and make his point at the same time. I'm not sure that I actually agree with the point though; maybe some will argue against the need for an organisation like the BBFC at all, but if you accept the fact of its existence, then it seems reasonable to expect that film makers should contribute towards the cost of getting their films certified, because it does cost money to do. Maybe there should be some sort of tiny-budget exemption, e.g. if your film has a budget of less than £x and is going to be shown in less than y cinemas, then you get to self-certify or something?
The system seems to encourage inane chatter to me. X upvotes or net X in the past 12 months would be a more beneficial metric.
I agree about the inane chatter, any forum that has awards for making a certain number of posts ends up with lots of "me too" posts from people just trying to get their post count up. But no system is perfect; your suggestion of rewarding upvotes instead would just encourage groupthink and karma-whoring, not the kind of critically minded discussion I'd like to see in the El Reg forums.
Fortunately I don't think enough Reg readers are bothered enough about the badges to actually chase them for the sake of it, so it probably doesn't matter much.
So I googled to see what the deal is with graphene patents, not being familiar with the subject, found Graphene: the worldwide patent landscape in 2015 . Wow, that's a lot of patents. Presumably the vast majority of those are related to specific applications though. What are the basic patents getting in the way of someone e.g. using some graphene film in an electrode, as with this lithium-air battery?
And just like that, I dismissed the rest of your comment...
I imagine I'm feeling about as crushed as old Phil is right now.
You're a true SJW, aren't you? I think the likes of Phil Collins are rich enough and successful enough to be able to handle a few people who don't like their music taking a pop at them. If he doesn't have a thick skin by now, he can probably afford to buy one.
It's not about whether they are "bad" in any objective sense; art is subjective, and it's valid to express one's particular dislike for an artist on occasion (professional critics make a living in part from doing so). Personally I can only express profound indifference to Phil Collins, but there are artists for whom I'd find such a campaign pretty funny.
The term "reboot" seems to have changed meaning (or I always misunderstood it), if TNG, DS9, et al are reboots of TOS. I thought a "reboot" is where you pretend the original never happened, so you can re-tell and update the story; for example the 2004 Battle Star Galactica series, or the 2012 Total Recall movie. In my mind, TNG, DS9 etc are sequel series, not reboots; they happen in the same space and timeline as TOS, and even have some characters from TOS appear in them (Spock, R.I.P.).
I believe TNG, DS9, and Voyager had some overlap as well, DS9 started before TNG ended, and Voyager starter before DS9 ended, so it's not as if you could say they were reboots in the sense of restarting something which had stopped.
So, is any spin-off or sequel now a "reboot"?
You always want to go out on a high, and Enterprise ... was not that. So I think it's worth having another crack at it. I liked the two latest movies, I felt they were closer in spirit to TOS, so I have some hope.
You forgot to add "Can I get an Amen?"
I could be wrong, but I doubt that they are proposing to unconditionally accept fault for all accidents invloving one of their cars, that would be nuts; I would imagine that they are absolving the "driver" (not sure what to call the person in the wheel seat of an autonomous vehicle) of liability. Look at the paragraph
"Volvo wants to remove the uncertainty of who would be responsible in the event of a crash," Gardner said. "At the moment it could be the manufacturer of the technology, the driver, a maker of a component in a car."
I read that as talking aboput the case of a crash *caused by the Volvo*, and then the question is is it the driver, manufacturer or component maker who takes responsibility? If the crash was found to be caused by the other vehicle, it wouldn't be an issue, the other guy is responsible.
I'm not generally one of the PC brigade, but in this case I think they should pull it. The "context" is not attached to the figurine; at the end of the day, that is a black slave toy with a slave collar around its neck. If it was on its own in a box labelled "Black Slave Figurine with Slave Collar", I would have a problem with that, every bit as much as I would have a problem with a "Jew Concentration Camp Victim" figurine, for example.
Now you might argue that kids would "learn about history" from that too; maybe you'd be up for the whole "Nazi Gas Chamber Play Set". But placing these things in the right historical context is not something that cannot be done by just throwing a toy out there for kids to play with; they cannot get the background, or understand why the world got to the place where jews were being exterminated in death camps or black people were being bought and sold as slaves by playing with figurines. Personally I don't think kids should be exposed to certain bad ideas until their education gets to a certain stage.
They're talking about an $18billion fine for VW in the USA. That's the same fine BP got for the Deepwater Horizon disaster. You know, the one where many people actually died, and where devastating environmental damage was done to the Gulf of Mexico, and countless people's businesses and livelihoods directly adversely affected.
Yes, VW screwed up, but emitting a bit of extra NOx, and cheating just a bit more than all the other manufacturers do as a matter of course on environmental tests - to me, it's not on the same level of screw-up as Deepwater Horizon. To me, something is out of whack here, if those numbers are right.
At least Lewis doesn't reject all comments critical of his stance, he gets a little credit for that.
... but are they likely to sell twice as many books? Selling the same number of books at half the price is a kind of business suicide.
Well, thats kind of the whole point the article was making, isn't it? I know it's not fashionable to actually read the article before commenting, but the point is the big publishers raised their prices and they are making less money. Not less money per book, less money overall. So it's pretty clear where they are on that curve.
Gigantic gallic gash gains grim graffiti - my entry in the El Reg alternative headlines competition.
So there was that giant inflatable butt plug deployed in France a while back, and now this supersized snatch thing; are we seeing some sort of pattern here?
Roi Carthy, Shine’s chief marketing officer told El Reg: “Any rational person can agree that we should not be subsidising Google, Facebook and so on.” He calls the presence of ads on mobes “pollution” and that his company believes that “The right to block ads is a consumer right”.
I don't get it. Sure, we all dislike ads, but we all also dislike paying up-front for stuff if we don't have to. Advertising is a well-established way of funding TV, radio, newspapers and magazines, as well as apps and web sites. What's suddenly so special about ads on mobiles as opposed to other forms? Why should we not be "subsidising" Google and Facebook for using their services?
I can't help thinking that since that since they're pitching their services at the networks, this will ultimately be about who controls the revenue from ads, rather than actually being about reducing the number of ads seen by the consumer. Too cynical?
I was wondering about the resolution too, 1920 x 1080 apparently.
Also you only get them if you install optional/recommended updates. Personally I only allow Windows Update to install important updates automatically; I'll only install optional/recommended updates if I have a specific reason to do so. And this set of updates are the exact reason I do it that way.
I'm firmly in the camp that says "no removeable battery, no sale", but that's not because I want to swap a flat battery for a charged one, simply that I've seen enough li-ion batteries lose capacity or fail outright over a year or so. I'd rather be able to spend £15 on a new battery than be without the phone for weeks wrangling with a supplier over whether the warranty covers the problem.
A "non-removable battery" doesn't necessarily mean that it's particularly difficult to replace the battery, it just means that it's not a two-minute job, or something you'd want to do on a plane, i.e. it's a bit more than just popping off a cover and taking the battery out. Of course, exactly how replaceable probably varies a lot from model to model, but for example with the Nexus 5, it takes about 5 minutes; few clips, few screws, and it's out.
Why do people try to make an argument for something by stating that someone else does it too to a lesser or greater extent?
I made no such argument. The person I replied to was suggesting that the bad Spotify terms would make Apple Music a good option. I pointed out that Apple Music also wants to collect and use all sorts of personal data, and so might not actually be a much better option. I didn't say it was OK in either case, quite the opposite, if you read what I wrote.
All the streaming services do similar stuff, there's not really that much difference. See this comparison for example. Excerpt;
"Apple, meanwhile, wants to:
...collect, use, and share precise location data, including the real-time geographic location of your Apple computer or device. Where available, location-based services may use GPS, Bluetooth, and your IP Address, along with crowd-sourced Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower locations, and other technologies to determine your devices’ approximate location."
I may be old-fashioned, but I'll just stick to buying my music, thanks.
I'm surprised if this is true. In testing, I actually manually installed the updates associated with the windows 10 update on a domain-joined Windows 7 Professional test machine, and manually ran the compatibility appraiser thing, and could not get the "Get Windows 10" icon to appear, so I thought it was all good. I'll be mightily unhappy if Windows 10 upgrades happen anyway, but no sign of it so far. I only deal with a handful of machines though.
Talk about throwing the baby out with the bathwater. If it reduces your ability to get drunk as well, then as a hangover solution, it leaves something to be desired.
I guess you could say that it doesn't pear thinking about.
I've got the Z3 Tablet Compact, it's a great tablet; bought it on the basis of a good review here on El Reg as it goes. But as for the Z4, yeah, if I was going to spend that much money on a tablet with a removable keyboard so I could run Office apps, I'd by a Surface 3. Except I'd never trade my Yoga 11s for a Surface, I don't buy into the whole removable keyboard lark. I much prefer having a dedicated small tablet plus a dedicated ultrabook (that can masquerade as a big tablet on occasion), rather than one device that does neither job anywhere near as well.
I have to admit, that re/code one gave me the best laugh I've had in ages. It's like gallows humour though, isn't it? Bad s**t happens in the world, if you can't laugh at it, it's going to drag you down.
And the wet blanket award for today goes to you, Mr Roq D. Kasba.
Seeing a smiling happy face, especially if it is an attractive female, makes (most) people feel happy; this is scientifically proven, and deeply ingrained in our psyche. There's nothing sexist about that, it probably comes from the childhood mummy-recognition part of our brains. It takes a particular type of person to see a picture of a group of happy people enjoying a sunny day at the beach, and find a reason to be all negative about it. It's Friday, the weekend is imminent, so lighten up.
I couldn't help wondering if this technique could be contrived so as to convince the bacon to cook itself. Fantasy, I know, but a man can dream.
Hardly "creative accounting". The claim was 8% of electricity, not 8% of total energy use; perfectly accurate, and not at misleading. Unless you really try, of course.
I wish I hadn't given my A1200 away now (along with my Spectrums and BBC Micros). By the time I got rid of it, it had a 2.5" HDD, 50MHz 68030 with 64MB, and a 10baseT PCMCIA ethernet. I remember waiting three days for it to ray trace a scene with a gold ashtray and tumbler in Imagine, with the trapdoor open and the bottom propped up to try and keep that '030 cool so it wouldn't crash. Those were the days. I still can't hear the name "Amiga" without getting a strong urge to play Speedball 2 or Alien Breed.
There's the optional ISP porn filtering (what most of us would think was being referred to as the "smut filter", and which fits the two-year time frame). There's also the non-optional IWF-maintained blacklist, originated years earlier, that blocks kiddie porn, also used by most ISPs. Perhaps someone is confusing the two. However even the latter, as far as I know, only blocks content, so I'm not sure how it would lead to any convictions.
...with that naming convention. After the Falcon X and the Falcon XX, can we assume that there will eventually be an even more ridiculously phallic Falcon XXX?
And I know what you're thinking, yes, wouldn't that be a great candidate for a mission to Uranus?
Ditto. One person taking cash in exchange for a ride-share is fine, great idea. But commercial-scale exploitation of the same certainly looks like just a good way to cut costs by avoiding regulations and denying "employees" the rights they would otherwise have. Show me how this benefits the economy as a whole, rather than just the company running the show, and I'd be all for it, but I don't see it at the moment.
Can anyone explain why printing truckloads of money was the correct thing to do for UK and USA while restricting the money supply and austerity was the necessary for every other advanced country in europe?
Quantitative Easing and austerity are not mutually exclusive; quite the opposite is true, in fact. The purpose of QE is to ensure that there is money available in the banking system to keep businesses functioning and growing. The purpose of austerity is to reduce the government's spending to the point where it can begin to reduce its deficit, and thus the percentage of GDP that is spent on servicing debt rather than providing services to the taxpayer. Both can be a good thing, separately or together, depending on what economic circumstances you're looking at. We're doing both in the UK for example.
But of course, engaging in QE is a bit of a different proposition for a central bank when you have one currency used in many different countries with economies in very different conditions, so it's not really surprising that it hasn't been a preferred tool of the ECB. Things are much simpler for the Bank of England or their American counterparts, with only one country to deal with.
"Most important of all, does it fry without exuding white slime, unlike 90% of supermarket bacon?"
Good question. That white crap is caused by the added water in the bacon to bulk it up cooking out, and it seems like all of the substantial number of different kinds of bacon in Tesco has added water, whether cheap or expensive. Seems like you have to go to a butcher to get bacon that hasn't had water added.
It sounds from the article like the bacon flavour is natural, but I wonder about the smell; the best thing about bacon is the aroma, that's what gets the taste buds tingling in anticipation. So if this stuff tastes like bacon, but doesn't smell like it, it will be a hard sell for me.
I put myself in the "not any time soon" category as far as buying a smartwatch is concerned. However, I do keep my shopping list on Google Keep, and it is a minor PITA having to walk around Tesco with phone in hand, and keep having to wake it up and unlock it to check the list. So the idea of using Keep on a smartwatch in always-on mode instead, small thing though it is, is a feature that I would probably use and appreciate regularly. Same thing goes for navigation; I always feel a little bit vulnerable walking around busy streets phone in hand, when using maps, the phone could easily be knocked out of your hand; it might be a better option using something securely strapped to your wrist.
It's not a "killer app, not enough to make me go and pay full price for a latest-generation expensive Android watch anyway, but I'm definitely edging towards getting one if I saw a really good deal on a not-quite-cutting-edge model.
"Latinas encountered persistent assumptions that they were janitorial staff, even if they had on white lab coats"
No woman wearing six-inch heels and sporting a nice bit of cleavage ever got mistaken for janitorial staff.
Research shows that the effect you noticed with your wife is short-lived; for the first two or three months, while there is some novelty value, people have increased awareness of their energy usage, and make an extra effort to save energy, but beyond that, they tend to revert to their previous behaviour.
I'd be happy to vote to bail out the Greeks...on condition that they cede the right to choose their own government until their economy is back on track. They have shown conclusively that their are unable to elect a competent administration, so what can you do?
Hmm, somebody doesn't like concise, factual answers, from your two downvotes. Strange. Well, have an upvote from me, I like simple answers to simple questions.
The Windows 10 giveaway should have been unmitigated good publicity for Microsoft. And yet, somehow, they manage to make a massive PR cock-up out of it. Impressive!
I think this will blow over, and there should still be plenty of positive vibes from giving away 10 to all licensed 7 an 8.1 users. Assuming the final version of 10 isn't crap of course.
Never stop learning things on this site. For anyone else unfamiliar with the unit;
In genetics, a centimorgan (abbreviated cM) or map unit (m.u.) is a unit for measuring genetic linkage. It is defined as the distance between chromosome positions (also termed, loci or markers) for which the expected average number of intervening chromosomal crossovers in a single generation is 0.01. It is often used to infer distance along a chromosome. It is not a true physical distance however.
Is data write throttling, or the avoidance of sparsely allocated data, something that end-users have any control over, or is this stuff under the control of SSD firmware/drivers/OS?
I don't see the point for Nokia in letting some manufacturer use the brand without any significant say in the design; their design prowess is what gives the brand any value. In any case a translation of the linked German article indicates they would be designing the phones;
"After running out of the clause will point, however, challenge his former partner in the business: 'Microsoft produces mobile phones, we would merely design them and make available the trade name by license. But of course we would be able to attack, otherwise we could let it be the same [...]'".
Of course, treat automated translations with caution, but the word "design" seems unambiguous. My reading of that paragraph is that Suri is saying that while Nokia will not be competing with Microsoft as a manufacturer, as they will only be designing the phones and providing the brand name, they are going to compete, otherwise there would be no point.
"And the point of this article was? It highlighted a problem, explained why it happens, pointed out the alternatives have flaws, and then stopped."
Sounds like it was complete. What, you want a cliffhanger or something?