2300 posts • joined 17 Apr 2007
Well if I were a iPhone fan, I'd want a bigger screen.
I'm a man, with man-size hands. A single finger obscure half a dozen letters on the teeny tiny virtual keyboard. Given that my fingers aren't sharpened to a point, it can get tricky to type at a useful speed on any of the iphone models.
"the historic meeting of Chelsea Clinton and Lilly Cole 98 views as we write"
Ooooh, only two more and she can collect another £200k for demonstrating impact at uberscale...
Re: Not much new
And expensive grin!
The problem with these kinds of device is when you try to stretch the image back to get regular frames, that shot where the pedestrian stepped out in front of you for example, you discover that one edge will have been sampled by only a few photosites on the sensor. The pixels per inch will be far greater on the other edge, so the resolution varies across the image!
So there's little point bigging up the quality of the mirror when the sensor is being misused to such a huge extent!
Suspected as much...
Earlier this year they initiated a "you need to access your profile via the website every 30 days to keep it alive" policy.
Which was slightly annoying, but they did at least send you a reminder email when you got close to 30 days.
It came as no great shock when the "we're killing the free accounts completely" email arrived over the weekend. I guess the 30 day death hadn't pruned as many as they had hoped.
Glad my Vigor has a huge list of dynamic DNS services it will work with :-)
Good luck DynDNS, you've been very stable and reliable. I only needed to contact you once, and on that single occasion your humans were fast and efficient, but I just don't need all the paid account bells and whistles.
You owe me a new keyboard!
HMRC have 85,000 PC's running XP?
How many people have they got sitting in front of computers in there? XP is a desktop OS after all, not a server. That a not insignificant %age of the entire UK work force!
Talk about bloated government body.
Re: We have all experienced Schrödinger's USB stick
Sometimes I suspect that I'm the only person in the world who has noticed that the metal rectangle of the standard USB A plug has a join... And the join is on the bottom!
Re: 10 Downing Street
Somewhere in Shoreditch there is a "trendy" running about screaming "Who leaked it!?!?!".
They might make some awesome nano-tech, but their soldering is shocking!
Well the law makers were so keen on hyping TERROR and having us all live in fear...
Well look what you've created!
Sorry, still trying not to laugh. (failing)
Re: It's crap
Not to mention the * and # used frequently in his outbursts...
Actually, maybe not the latter, he couldn't find it on the keyboard!
Re: Apple sucked their business out from under them?
A slight correction...
Before Apple jumped in, and made tethering a "paid for" update for the iphone, the rest of world+dog had been tethering and using their 1GB/month data as they wished.
Since then all the mobile carriers seem to have got fussy over exactly how you're using that 1GB/month, and charging you if you want to tether it off to something else...
What difference does it make exactly? It's a 1GB/month contract! Why should you care if I use 1GB on my phone, or do exactly the same on my laptop via a tether... It's still coming out of the same 1GB/month pot!
So thank you Apple.
I remember Mac fondly from his Beeb presentations. He always seemed enthusiastic and explained things perfectly to my precocious pre-teen ears. things. Although I sometimes wondered if he'd like to strangle the technologically challenged Serle, I know I did.
OMG, don't let the arty-farty Apple boys have any say in the design... It'll be a triumph of form over function...
Don't believe me?
Well do you think they'll let anything they produce go out of the door with windows?
Mine's the black one with the beanie hat sticking out of the pocket.
Whilst I'm not convinced by his calculations, his findings do actually tie in with mine.
As with most long in the tooth IT guys, there are things which we suffered back in the dark ages which have stuck with us for life. For me it was Seagate drive death... We're talking 400meg drives here! (Yes, that long ago). Unfortunately I was a field engineer at the time, and covered so many miles just to replaced dead Seagate drives that I still wouldn't use them for anything more than a doorstop! (Actually I lie... I took them apart and used the platters to hang from the plum tree to stop the pigeons eating all the buds).
When my data storage needs at home expanded to the point I really needed to think about redundancy, I opted for "special" raid edition drives, only to have two of them die within 12 hours of each other when I was away from home. They were 6 months old. Don't worry, I also had backups.
I replaced those drives with the next model up (went to 500gig from 400gig, but the same brand, and still specific raid drives), upgraded the power supply in the server that contained them, put it on a better, mains cleaning, inline UPS, and increased the air-flow.
This time the first drive failed after 4 months!
I then decided to start again. Dumped all the drives, working or not, and bought a load of cheap Fujitsu 1TB drives, plus a couple of spares... Never needed the spares. They were still running perfectly reliably when I replaced them with 2TB Fujitsu consumer drives... And that's where things are today. The 1TB drives have ended up being used in all sorts of machines, and I've never had a single one give the slightest hint of failure. The 2TB are still whizzing along in the RAID, the uptime of which is now over a year.
All the spares have been pinched for other things (really shouldn't do that!), such is the confidence they have given me.
Meanwhile, in the work environment, I've seen more specific raid drives die in under a year than I can remember... Some things don't change.
There was indeed.
At the end of the credits, there was a bit of text correcting all the inaccuracies, such as it wasn't the USA who forced a U boat to the surface, boarded it (even though it was about to sink) and retrieved the wheel settings book from the wireless room, it was the royal navy.
Re: What the...
As I've said elsewhere, there are things that should be left in the past and not resurrected.
The dead-flesh keyboard is just below smallpox on my list!
Re: Nothing new here
I saw the BBC report on the TV last week, so I'm glad to see you cover the issue here.
I found the whole tone of what the Bletchley Park trust said and did disgusting and completely out of touch.
As other have said, the men in suits have moved in.
The whole charm of this place was it's Heath Robinson nature. Sure leaky roofs need fixing, but the whole place was a lash up in the 1940s, and should remain that way.
To replace it with a glossy plastic "visitor experience" is turning it into a theme park.
For me the rot set in even before Elop.
Nokia were never really bleeding edge, but they made good reliable phones for most of the 10+ years I owned them, right up until the last couple of years when the lack of updates to known bugs (or allowing the carriers to customise, and in effect blocking bug fixes) crippled Symbian phones. The N95 for example, was actually a good phone if you jumped through all the hoops to reflash the model number to generic Euro so you could get the updates direct from Nokia. Unfortunately Joe Public didn't know (or what to know) this, so he was stuck with the carrier branded firmware the phone arrived with. Unfortunately the OTA update ability of the N95 seemed to coincide with Nokia developing a "It's okay, we know it's got bug, we can ship it, we'll fix it OTA later"... Which of course they couldn't if you had a carrier branded phone. For some reason, even non UK carrier branded handsets had a weird UK firmware, which caused any firmware updates to be delayed just getting over the border.
Things were not learnt (by them or me!), so when the N97 arrived with a touch screen lashed onto Symbian, and an incredibly generous 32gig of storage plus microSD, it had horrendous bugs. Unfortunately even flashing to generic Euro didn't help this time as Nokia had got your money, and didn't seem to give a hoot about the bugs any more. One of the more major ones for me was the terrible GPS. Various hardware modifications to the antenna failed to improve things, leaving the conclusion that there were serious hardware/software problems deeper inside.. Support dried up before the mobile contract finished, and I even managed to get censored on the Nokia support forums for "disrespecting Nokia" for pointing out that if they didn't support customers they would soon have nobody to support, and therefore no job!
Oh how I laughed 6 months down the line when Elop arrived and proceeded to dismantle the company from the inside.
The N97 was the last phone I bought in a contract bundle, and also the first I abandoned before the contract was over. It was replaced by a phone purchased outright..
It was Android, and so was my next one, and so is my tablet, and my old tablet which has been handed down to my mother. Both my brothers now have Nexus 5's... My mother is still using an old Nokia N70 I gave her many years ago, but she wants a better camera for the grand kids... Not 100% sure which one I'll buy her, but it'll be running the same OS as the tablet she has got used to.
"Treat them mean and keep them keen" is not a good motto for business.
Easy to bail...
It's been pretty easy to bail out of contracts recently, especially ones with T-Mob/Orange. They've been tidying up their cells, and reducing overlap.
This has resulted in some areas losing coverage completely. Which is exactly what happened to my brother. Suddenly no signal at home.
After he heard of a neighbour getting released he thought he'd have a go. It took a couple of phone calls (first 2 agents wouldn't release him mid-contract), the third agent was a bit more sensible as they were failing to provide the service he'd signed up for, and had been using happily for several months, and let him go... 12 months into a 24 month contract. He kept the phone. No fee (their breach after all).
Re: Somehow I don't think so.....
Or Cocking, West Sussex GU29
Lady Hole Lane, Ashbourne, Derbyshire
Re: Well that's my holiday ruined!
You joke, but this happened a few years back. I think it was AOL who introduced a similarly badly thought through, and implemented, nanny-net that wiped Scunny from the map.
Nice to know that all the lessons have been learnt so well eh?
Re: Heroes 4
(Just about resists saying "and so's my wife")
Re: Anyone see a price anywhere?
"EDIT: Back to App Ops for me. It may well keep me from upgrading to KitKat on my Moto G."
If you don't mind rooting, you can run app ops on standard KitKat.
What would be really annoying for anyone who bought into the new BB cool-aid would be if this keyboard introduced the rather useful shortcuts which BB forgot to keep in their latest implementation.
Re: Far too expensive
For a little silent media consumption box to chuck behind the TV and turn your "thick" TV into a "smart" one, it's way too expensive.
There are plenty of little linux based boxes which can provide a webkit browser and stream your music and movie collection from a network share for far far less.
Sure they don't have the CPU grunt of this Intel box, but then again it's not needed for this kind of use.
I doubt it's required to run a thin client either.
So it can run windows... I guess that's a more unique selling point, but is that really a requirement for the end use I can see this being put to? It just leaves me wondering exactly what the intended end use of this thing really is?
Re: On the positive side...
If BBM on android is an example of their current work, they're truly doomed.
First it hung when I first tried to sign in, because I'd set up my account on the PC only 30 seconds before, and that was too fast for it. No message though, just a white screen.
Then once I did get in ten minutes later, I added two real BB users to my BBM contacts and sent a few messages back and forth... and then discovered a problem... There is no log out. No exit... You can never escape... well you can, you have to terminate the app with extreme prejudice.
Logged in later to check I hadn't missed an obvious "allow logout" option, and was surprised to see I had a contact request to join a chat... from myself!
How odd I thought... And hit accept (out of curiosity more than anything else)... This appears to be the hidden logout function, as the app exploded.
And this was the app they released after the aborted release cock-up and month long wait... I don't even want to think how flaky the first attempt must have been.
RIP BB, if we're honest you've been rotting for quite a while now, and the smell is starting to annoy.
I should just send in 5 random shot glasses with fingerprints on them and claim £5k.
It's not like they'll be able to verify the prints is it!
Re: Some creepy apps out there
And with that, the Facebook app is removed.
Not only is there more functionality from m.facebook.com, but a web page cannot trawl my phone with excessive permission.
Probably your standard complaint pattern...
Mary Whitehouse style person witnesses ad and is offended and writes to world plus dog to complain.
World plus dog read complaint and write to complain, having never actually seen it.
Did you predict I was going to be offended by the permissions grab of the Android app update and hold out until forced to update?
Only to then block half the permissions with App Ops?
And then discover that the one new feature I really wanted (edit) doesn't actually work properly?
And then to go back to using m.facebook.com (which is *STILL* more functional than the app).
Oh, and I prefer G+ these days anyway.
Be nice if it supported being sold in 10 new countries.
Last time I looked the UK price via Amazon was almost £50, which is NOT $35!
Come on Google, sort it out.
Re: A time machine helps, too.
I dunno, some of us old timers still have a few tricks up out sleeves.
I remember a few years back we had a new graduate start at the office. He was a good programmer, but was always using the latest and greatest technology. For example he'd define classes when a record set would have been fine.
One day I heard him cursing, and asked what was wrong. He'd been generating some automatically for something or other, and had typo'ed the file extension, and was manually plodding his way through them on windows, renaming them.
I popped open a command prompt, type a quick rename command and then closed the command prompt.
He looked at me like I'd just performed some kind of witchcraft!
I honestly don't know what they teach them these days, but it doesn't seem to include basic command line stuff.
Needless to say, I was seen as some kind of geek god after that! lol!
Which was nice.
Very little I would guess except for the energy storage and recharge method.
Once the energy is "stored" either in a coiled spring or a weight high off the ground, its release will be governed by a few gears and a governor wheel (basically a gear with big fins on it). Couple this regulated rotational speed to a dynamo and you have power until the stored energy runs out.
To my mind it's not exactly innovative, in fact it's verging on the Apple level of obvious, but hey, if nobody else has built one, good luck to them.
I'm sure they'd be able to get dozens of patents from the US patent office.
Within only a few seconds of mention the Guardian, the typo hits...
Re: Here is my proper review
it read like an analysis of Gingerbread!
Re: great idea
I hate to tell you this hammarbtyp, but there will be a M$ tax in there.
It's got a SD card slot, which means a FAT file system, which means M$ licencing...
Re: Obviously nothing to do with
Or that it's in the Wirral?!
@A/C 12:12 - you're so bwave!
Okay troll, I'll bite.
The original N7 out specced the original iPad (which appeared after it).
Shall we compare the 2013 models?
iPad 7.9-inch retina display 2048x1536 324ppi.
Nexus 7 7-inch IPS LCD display 1920x1200 323ppi
Did you have a point to make? Because I can't see it here. The long side is almost identical, and the short side is only smaller on the Nexus because it's 16:9 instead of 4:3... A size which means it slips into the back pocket of my jeans, or the inside pocket of my jacket.
Want GPS so you can tether your tablet and use if as a large satnav or use other location based services?
Nexus 7, no problem, GPS is a standard feature across the range.
iPad, no. You need the 3G enabled model (£££$$$)
I would guess you've never even touched a 2013 Nexus 7, it's beautifully made, and doesn't want to slide out of your hand like the iPad (for those times when it's not comfortably tucked into your jacket pocket).
As to why people continue to buy iPads? Easy... It's either:
1) Investment in iOS apps
2) Lack of knowledge of the alternatives
I'll stick with my 2013 N7 (costing £10 less than the 16gig fruity alternative) thank you very much.
@Toastan Buttar was Re: Z80 vs 6502?
Blimee, you really have developed no ability to banter in all these years? You really must have been a hoot at the local computer club in the 80s.
And you call me a prick.
Z80 vs 6502?
Well the 6502 wins of course... My Beeb still works... How's your dead-flesh keyboard toy? :-p
Curiously enough I recently corrected an implementation of Bresenham’s algorithm, it was on an ATmega chip, which has comparable storage and grunt to the 80's home computers, although the monochrome 128x80 pixel LCD panel is slightly below the resolution of the Spectrum.
It looks like the days of vaguely trusting companies is now at an end...
My home network shall be changing from a black list configuration to white list.
Although a proxy which modifies any messages from the TV to those domains to include nothing but profanities is very tempting...
Oh, and LG, I was just about to purchase one of your smart TVs... guess what, I won't be now, the Rasp Pi will be taking care of all the smart stuff from now on.
Re: Brightness schmightness
I saw that, and the following sentence which stated you could turn it up higher..
I then translated the original El Reg paragraph into "The default brightness is lower than Samsung".
And then replied to my own translation with "and so what?"
Eight megapixels isn't as good as some of the competition...
Oh please, the megapixel number is pure willy waving, but with even less to back it up.
Over a certain threshold (about 5Mpixel in my books), there simply is nothing to be gained by going higher on a phone camera. Lets face it, you're not producing an A0 billboard picture. I'd be amazed if the pictures you take ever get any further than facebook/G+.
In fact less pixels can be good for low light images. If the sensor is a constant size, the photosites will be bigger. Meaning they will catch more of those elusive low light photons, making them easier to detect without having to resort to amplification and its associated noise.
To put things into perspective, a 1080 HD TV image is only 2Mpixel - Oh dear, have I just done an "apple retina" job on you? Can you now not see your monitor? Does the entire desktop look like Mine Craft all of a sudden?
So please, don't judge cameras on megapixel alone, there are so many more things it depends on. If not then I challenge you to produce a better photo with an xyz Zillion pixel phone camera of your choice, and I'll use a far lower pixel count device I have in the draw.
It's made by Nikon.
I took a Nikon DSLR, threw away the lens, drilled a hole in the body cap, covered that with foil, and stuck a pin through it.
Who needs AF, although the metering is somewhat upset by the experience...
Has anyone seen where my nifty 50 went?
I saw the interview at the weekend, and from what I remember, he didn't blame either side, he was very diplomatic and non pot like.
El Reg is just trolling you.
I like Woz
I saw the interview over the weekend. He speaks sense.
He's an engineer and an end user, he just wants things to "just work" (is that the sound of 101 trademark lawyers sharpening their pencils?). He doesn't want all the office politics getting in the way of making cool things.
Which is the way it should be.
The patent system (especially the US implementation of it) is fatally flawed. The Chinese, with their complete disregard for trademarks and copyright, are starting to look like they've got the right idea, they can copy all the features they want, and their courts just throw any claims against Chinese companies. Rather like the US system, but without even the slightest pretence at looking impartial!
Sure the US will ban anything they make from being offloaded at port, and the EU will do what it's told by the US, but the Chinese won't care. They'll have the best phones, and the biggest market. China.
Re: Shock Horror...
Without knowing the actual numbers involved, this could all fall down within statistical error.
In fact given that both the figures quoted are <1%, I think you'd be very brave to try to deduce trends and patterns of these tiny figures.
Mr Anonymous has perhaps extracted the only meaningful information this provides.
I've got an old HTC Desire Z/G2, which they abandoned on Gingerbread with all their Sense cruft...
I've actually got it running a vanilla Jellybean 4.2 rom at the moment, and it's smoother than it ever was with the HTC roms!
4.4 will be out on the Nexus 4, 7 and 10 within the next few weeks.
You can't blame Google for the shortcomings of the other phone manufacturers if they don't get their act together. The source is freely available.
As for some of the older Nexus models, it appears a lot of the problem comes from the chipset manufacturers, some of which have actually stopped making mobile chipsets altogether (Ti), and had supplied the previous firmware in binary blobs, which aren't compatible with the newer kernel.
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