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@JetSetJim, was Re: Before anyone says "here comes big brother"...
"i.e. if you stick to the speedo-reported 70mph, you are guaranteed not to be speeding (in a 70mph zone, anyway)."
You'll also be guaranteed to have 1/2 a mile of traffic behind you within minutes, and a [insert favourite rep car of the year here] reporting 68mph 12 inches from your boot.
Nah, way too many vowels.
Re: Darwin rules
I can't wait to see how they twist this to be God's will and part of intelligent design.
Without signing it could be rather difficult to block.
If P-Pay connect to a tracker and get the IPs of people seeding and peers downloading, they could spoof packet to either end which appear to come from the other.
I'm not familiar enough with the BT protocol to be able to work out how they kill the torrent, but I guess there could be a sign off "I've got it all now" message from a peer to a seed which they could spoof.
Or maybe just continually spoofing packets to ask for the same block over and over would be enough. It would certainly slow things down.
Re: Golden BB..?
Maybe the regulator was hit by an escaped super-fast neutrino from Cern?
Is that better?
Re: If Android was Linux
So you're saying Android is a copy of iOS and that is why Oracle are dragging Google to court... So in your world Oracle wrote iOS?
The reason Oracle are upset is that Android phones run a Javaesque virtual machine called Davlik. This allows apps to be written once and run on lots of different hardware.
iOS and Android do have quite a few similarities, but that is because they have the same great grandfather, Unix. Android is a branch of Linux which was inspired by Unix.
iOS comes from OSX which comes from NextStep BSD which is Unix.
Yes, google does collect information, but at least there are tick boxes and warning that wifi info will be sent back. iOS did exactly the same, but didn't provide any such warning. Both do it for the same reason, to improve A-GPS.
Oh you know what, I can't be bothered to feed the flame baiting any more.
Come back when you've worked out how to be a real troll.
I saw the HTC One X and a couple of wannabees and a shed load of vapour.
Re: Size isn't everything
Well buy a smaller phone from a different manufacturer.
That's the beauty of the Android ecosystem. You can do that, and still take all your apps and contacts with you.
Personally was getting increasingly frustrated by manufacturers making things smaller and smaller. With my sausage fingers, and sausage finger sized pockets, I'd much rather have a big phone (with a case filled with a huge battery).
Re: Ecosystem and accessories
There is further to go...
Even longer battery life.
We're still playing catchup on those old abandoned Finnish Symbian phones from several years ago which could do 2 days without trying and 3 or 4 with a little thought.
"The big question is, does it too require an internet connnection to work. Again, that's one for the full review to answer - Samsung wasn't saying."
That means it does. They'd be shouting it from roof tops if it didn't.
Re: Depending on battery life...
Battery life is a major consideration for me too.
For Samsung I'd also have to add "has a message/missed call notification LED?"... I'm almost too scared to check this one out... They couldn't have missed out that basic feature for the 3rd generation running could they?
NFC is a complete "meh". I've had an NFC credit card for ages. It looks like it will be expiring before it ever gets waved.
Very similar reaction to the contact-less charging feature too. Will be nice once everything has got it, but right now I have a cable which will fit it almost anywhere I sit.
Wait for it...
"Williams killed by evil hackers"
Next weeks headline:
"HM Government reintroduce hanging for hackers"
@Frank Bough - Re: made me laugh
It depends what version you were on.
My other half was running Leopard. We wanted an install CD to install a completely fresh OSX Lion onto a new drive (Leopard was grinding and acting very slugging - especially for a twin xeon machine with 14gig of ram!). We visited the crApple store and were told we could get a USB stick for £55... We had to pay for the update to Snow Leopard and then the next step to Lion or something like that.
It sounded like a load of bollox to be honest and I wished we'd said we were on Snow Leopard but didn't have an internet connection instead. As did the explanation from one of the geniuses about which graphics card was supported was down to the motherboard she had, not the drivers built into the OS when I was asking if an ATI HD 5750 was supported.
Re: made me laugh
Or even updates to protect against Fakeflash for anyone who dares to not be running OSX Lion.
Thank you, most of those predate me, so I feel very young and bouncy today.
Well done you bunch of old f*rts!
Re: Star Designer
If you put a Beeb OS ROM into one of the sideways ROM slots (you'll need another OS ROM to get the machine to boot of course) and have a look at the area which is mapped out to the I/O ports when it is in it's usual memory location, you'll see a huge block of ASCII crediting all those involved.
Re: yep, indeed
This would be my main concern with HTC. Their after sales support is terrible.
When I got my Desire Z I discovered a software bug. I did a bit of digging and found it was a known issue with the version of Froyo they had.
I reported it to hopefully get them to release an update... Instead I was told by the guy on support that the problem must be a faulty microSD card. He asked if I had another to try. I didn't. He said they would send one out to me.
Weeks turned into months. Every time I messaged them they said they were out of stock of microSDs... An item so common I could buy one from half a dozen shops in the nearest highstreet.
Their big problem is that every support reply they make has "We trust this has resolved your problem. Please open a new bug if it does not". So all their bugs are resolved in 48 hours (the time it takes to get a reply).
This makes their stats look great, but the end user experience terrible.
If I tried this stunt at work I would get shot! If a resolution doesn't fix a bug, the bug is reopened, you don't get a brand new one. So the boss can see bugs which have been unresolved for a long period of time and shout at us!
I never did get the microSD card. I resolved the problem myself with Cyanogenmod.
So to anyone who has an HTC One with a fault, I say don't bother with their support. If you can, use the EU distance selling regulations and just send it straight back.
Re: Missiles (was Here we go again..)
Yes, but they will both have to be made of rubber for safety reasons.
Re: appropriate Workers equipment on *hard* Labor Day
"Arbeit Macht Frei" - errr... bit distasteful.
I think you have to be a barista is appreciate it. So I'll join you in the chorus of "meh".
I wonder how many of the skinny jean brigade as going to get a shock at the end of the month because they didn't realise MMS weren't included on their free text allowance?
Seriously El Reg, is that the best app you could find for Android?
Its spider isn't much better...
A drupal run blog I am involved with was suffering from 5+ hours of load per day from Google spiders. After much poking about it was discovered the spider was wandering on and going round and round in circles munching bandwidth and CPU and never leaving! Luckily the connection isn't metered or there really would have been problems.
As it is it has just been bogging the site down.
Brutal application of robots.txt excludes has brought it down to a far more manageable 15 minutes a day.
Re: Looking him up on web...
Or just change his name by deed poll. Change it to something common like "John Smith", or "Steve Evans" is great for stopping nosy google searches.
"Land of the free"....
It hasn't been that for many many years.
Re: But the screen
More VERTICAL pixels!
This message sponsored by the campaign for 4:3 laptops.
You said it.
Ditch the glossy screen finish too. Looks great in iShops, but in real life, when the sun comes out, you end up looking at a reflection of your shirt. St Jobs didn't wear that black turtle-neck by accident you know!
Re: First laser?
Not only that... A prism splits light into its component parts, and although it would look very pretty, a lighthouse beaming a rainbow across the sea wouldn't be very helpful.
It's simply a different kind of lens, called a Fresnel lens. In essence it is a standard lens cut into concentric circles with the "dead" block of square glass with parallel sides removed from the middle. This leaves just the inner and outer curves, which are the parts which provide the light bending effect for a lens.
Will someone please show me the man who invented the phone video record mode and decided people didn't need any basic instructions such as "Try to hold it steady" and "Waving the camera about like a drunken fool will make your viewers want to vomit".
Even the incredibly obvious "Try to keep the camera pointed at the subject" would have been a start.
Re: Non-Available system Fee
And don't forget to bill them £12 every time you inform them.
Re: BBC Basic
You remember correctly. BBC Basic was probably the best of the bunch, and an astonishing piece of work to fit into 16K.
REPEAT UNTIL, PROCEDURE, FUNCTION, long variable names, all there.
You could write "real" programs that didn't contain a single goto.
IIRC, assembly language was just a case of dimming some space and the opening a square bracket in the basic code...
10 DIM code (200)
30 LDA #9:CLC:ADC #1
Or something like that... Blimee that caused some creaking in my brain... Time to break out the old girl and see if the 5.25" floppy image of Exmon still works!
Re: Yay for the orange manual!
The Beeb manual was also spiral bound, and over an inch thick.
I had an advanced user guide too, I think it's still about in a box somewhere. That had loads of low down info and a complete circuit diagram - much fun with that!
These days you're lucky if you actually get a copy of the OS on removable media, let alone any kind of manual or welcome tape.
The Amiga and Atari ST were a late arrival towards the end of the era of completely incompatible machines.
Also, as you mention, the Amiga wasn't used for much more than a games console (yes, I know the Speccy wasn't much better), but my fond memories of the time involve lids off and hacking about with the inside. My Beeb started life as a model A, got a DIY upgrade, sideways RAM, dual controller floppy interface and all the toys added by me with a soldering iron.
To me a computer isn't "real" until you take it to bits and modify it. :-)
Re: Call that a Pet?
Ah, you mean the mini keyboard ones with the built in tape drive - fond memories.
Wish I had one of those... Unfortunately I just have one like the article photo - and no storage! D'oh!
Then again, can you still even buy C60s?
Re: How could you leave out the QL?
Appalling storage solution too!
Re: Exidy Sorcerer
I remember the first (and only) time I saw one of these. It must have been round 1981/2. It belonged to an American boy who'd just come across to the UK when his parents relocated.
I remember him being very proud of his DIY ram upgrade, which comprised of a load of piggy-backed chips on the existing RAM, and a load of thin wires running off across the board.
These day it's an obvious upgrade with the chip selects being the thin wire runs, but at the time I thought it was akin to witchcraft.
Yes, how can a computer which could display pixel level colours and do true multichannel sound rival the character based attribute clashing and farting noises of the speccy.
I assume they mean the cadaver of an 83 year old, or an 83-year-old's cadaver
If not, then eeeeeee!
Somethings never change...
Times change, technology moves on, but students will always leave everything to the last minute.
Re: 43 managers, one worker?
"That'll be the unpaid intern then?"
Yup, probably right, even though HMgovt have said that even interns are subject to minimum wage regulations.
Re: A reward could be set up
and being from Orlowski you must suffer the kicking in silence, no comments allowed!
@I'm Brian and so's my wife
I think he sold that domain.
Just as its value reached an all-time low.
Translating the Grauniad?
Blimee, that's one impressive translation engine if it can handle the Grauniad!
Re: Nice - but still fugly compared to similar iPad apps
Everything is so nice and shiny within the distortion field isn't it.
I value useful features such as translation over a pretty icon any day.
I know, he actually built something and patented it... Imagine that, actually doing something with the patent you own instead of using it as a blocker.
Why did nobody else find this when trying to invalidate Apple patents? Well just look at the huge volume of patents involved. The US patent office seem to do very little indeed, just cash the cheque and say "Yup". IIRC the process in the UK involves an initial search, during which point invalid applications should be rejected.
Those were the days...
- Comparing the new machine to the BBC Micro Model A - released the previous December - Sinclair said: "It's obvious at a glance that the design of the Spectrum is more elegant. What may not be so obvious is that it also provides more power."
IIRC, several of Sir Clive's adverts had him dragged across the advertising standards authority coals by Acorn?
But then the question becomes where did RNA come from?
"But then the question becomes where did RNA come from?"
It dripped from his noodly appendage.
I thought everyone knew that.
Robotic muscle powered legs wrapped round your back?
Sounds like a quick route to a wheelchair!
At last, conclusive proof that not turning off your electronic device could cause the aircraft to crash... If you happen to be the captain... and a moron...
Sounds like a light leak between the LCD backlight and the metering system inside the case. Nasty.
Not something you'd expect from a £3K camera... Then again, I'm a Nikon boy.
Re: If it's *possible* to be serious about this...
Plenty of fun places in the UK.
Lady Hole (quite a few of those IIRC)
Cocking in Hampshire
Twatt in the Orkneys
If you're hungry there's always North Curry in Somerset, which is just round the corner from Fivehead wood - Oooh err!
Although one of my favourites is Booby Twin Road, which is in Andover, not far from Norway... So yes, it's in the states.
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