2361 posts • joined 17 Apr 2007
Delays in updates aren't the fault of phone carriers. The phone manufacturers are the biggest bottleneck/slackers. Many of the "older" (aka released last year) HTC handsets have only just received the gingerbread update which Google released at the end of 2010.
I will be amazed if most of these handsets receive another upgrade before being dumped from support, even though owners could still be paying for them on a 24 month contract.
I'm all in favour of continual development, but if manufacturers continue to absolve themselves of any responsibility towards existing owners, I for one will continue hopping to different manufacturers - I'm already keeping tabs on how a few others treat existing customers for when I buy my next phone, and of course their attitude to rooting.
Sounds good to me.
If there is one thing which might get the US patent office to buck up their ideas it will be their favourite litigant Apple being hoisted by their own petard.
The only people profiting from this are the lawyers. Certainly not the end user. I'm sure there are plenty of small inventors too who just don't bother due to the legal mountain they could face.
Aye... This modern technology wouldn't be able to handle them!
In a electrical storm it is possible, especially with overhead phone lines, but Thor withholds his number.
I can think of several uses...
How about in the 24 hours petrol station to tell the numpty, who is in a semi coma watching a film, that the guy by pump number 2, who is jumping up and down and waving his arms, would like the magically locomotion potion to pour from said pump into the containing vessel cunningly built into his 4 wheeled tin box?
That would be useful until they legalise connecting an HT circuit to numpty's family jewels.
"Fellow member Kayla, who poses as a young female online, was said to be a bloke in his early 20s"
"Fun Zone and Apple Story have agreed to hand over to Apple all material listed in their inventory with the word Apple: that includes headphones, cases, labels, signs, prints, packages, wrappers, pouches, receptacles and advertising matter."
And the shop assistants packed lunch?
Hell, I'd chuck a granny smith into the box just for the giggle.
I would have thought...
I would have thought that standard trademark law would have been enough to have the lawyers writing letters to ICM if a trademark is abused.
Not that I feel any sympathy for lawyers missing out on a 5 course meal or two of course.
Tell that to the US patent office!
Need a few things fixed first of all.
1) Network coverage into the deepest bowels of the store.
2) Unlimited data contracts (no female could ever manage a single shopping trip on only 500MB!)
3) Improved battery technology so you can use your smart phone to do smart things in the low signal areas without it gasping for a top up after an hour.
Oh, and some protection from Paypal and their rather wild-west banking techniques, although judging from events of the last couple of years, even official banks don't behave any better!
Apart from that, flawless. Patent it.
That's a bit harsh calling K2 a killer mountain. It's just a mountain. It's hardly the fault of the mountain that crazy people like to dangle off its frozen sides with varying degrees of success!
Mountains don't kill people, people kill people (usually themselves, but sometimes include the next person attached to the same rope).
"It's not anything to do with the current Galaxy Tab 10.1 and impending 8.9 and 7.7, which seem to be rather more eagerly anticipated."
And judging from Apple's reaction in Europe, I'd say you were right. Nothing says "we're frightened we won't be able to complete" like a herd of lawyers.
- Definitely need a better collective noun for lawyers, "eloquence" makes them sound too civilised... Grasp sounds better.
@James Hughes 1
Actually, that doesn't sound all bad... At least the managers have a vague idea what they are talking about!
I'm sure plenty of us have worked in far more Dilbertesque environments!
@My Alter Ego
The second colleague actually suffered a double fiddled with whammy.
First HTC put sense on it (which is actually pretty good as far as manufacturer mods go), and then Vodafone install their crap on top of that.
Carriers have a long history of not being able to leave things alone. I don't know of anyone who went with a particular carrier because of something they added. You look at price, how many years you'll be locked in, at the included minutes and data. That's pretty much it. They just won't accept they should be a dumb pipe.
In exchange you get a hideous colour scheme (I'm particularly pointing at Orange here!), and you're lucky if you ever get a firmware update again in the next 2 years (again thinking of Orange and Nokia Symbian handsets).
So yes, there is something worse than a phone manufacturer supporting a fork. The carrier badly adding bits to a fork!
"Yes, this requires the handset manufacturers to become highly proficient in software, something they historically have not been".
A rather important point. You only have to see what the once mighty Nokia did to Symbian, a full mobile multitasking operating system. They bought in an OS years ahead of everyone, and still managed to screw it up.
You only have to see the delays handset owners have to currently endure when waiting for Android updates to see how unprepared manufacturers are for providing reasonable software support. Getting an update within 6 months of Google releasing it is currently considered "pretty good". I doubt supporting an entire OS fork will make things any faster or reliable.
There are many rumours about a purchase, but since Elop was placed at the head of Nokia it's been pretty safe to class the once mighty Finnish company as having been absorbed into the collective.
I didn't get arrested, or even questioned.
In fact I actually questioned too cops to confirm the location of the fireworks!
After that I had no interaction, even when I proceeded to climb up over a sea wall, and set the camera up for shots on what can only be described as a health and safety minefield!
Let's see how free we are...
I'm off into central London with my trusty Nikon and tripod, let's see how much that will make me look like a terrorist today.
Oh, and I haven't had a shave either - living life on the edge!
I can't help but notice all the TV news coverage of the anniversary, and how often the politicians say how [insert nation here] refuses to bend, and how the terrorists cannot break [insert nation here].
Yeah right... I can't even take a 125g jar of marmite on as hand luggage!
(Yes, I know the limit is 100ml, a volume measurement, and 125g is a measurement of mass, but you try explaining that to security at 6am).
Typo not so likely? You obviously don't read the Gradian very much! Half a dozen letters messed up is a normal service for them!
Yup, you got it... Did you not hear about the Nokia Beachy Head?
Gonna show my age now, but was that Swap shop?
@And the rest...
Almost spot on... Technically speaking 020 is now London.
At the moment only 0203, 0207 and 0208 are used, the rest are held in reserve. 0200 and 0201 aren't available due to routing.
Planning ahead as usual....
Who remembers London being 01?
Yup, most of us I guess... Then they ran out of numbers and made it 071 and 081 for inner and outer London (only doubling the numbers available)... Guess what, soon ran out again, so they made it 0171 and 0181 to give them more room and tidy up the scheme...
Soon ran out, and now it's 0207 and 0208 (catchy for the capital city no?)
All this in the past 20 years! FFS, give someone who isn't terminally myopic the planning job in future!
It means they can use multiple dialling (STD) codes for the same city... We have plenty of those. What we are lacking is the 6 or 7 digit local codes.
Say your number is 234567, there can't be another 234567 on your exchange because people dialling it without an STD (no tittering at the back) would mess it up...
If you get people into the habit of always dialling the STD code (like on mobiles), there is no reason someone in the next street can't also be 234567, just as long as your town/city has multiple STD codes and you and the guy round the corner have different ones.
STD codes had an extra digit added a few years ago to tidy up the allocations and make room for new ones. If we went off and built a new city there wouldn't be a problem. The problem occurs when an existing city expands to the point it uses all the available local numbers, that's when it gets messy like it did in London. In that case it got really messy because they changed the numbering scheme several times in only a few years... 01 -> 071/081 -> 0171/0181 -> 020n. At the moment only 0207 and 0208 are used, the others are in reserve.
and I thought the Peter jokes yesterday were bad!
So glad all those terrible jokes seem to have petered out.
Yup, I just saw that in the change requests. They're pulling them in advance of upstream, and even knocked up a little app to allow you to pull your own certs in future.
Nice one guys.
And I bet users of HTC phones will have to wait at least another 6 months after Google release the change... That's assuming they have a phone from 2011... If they have anything "ancient" like a Desire HD, a Desire Z, or God forbid, a Desire, they're likely screwed.
/me wonders how long it'll be before Cyanogen patch this? Do they need to wait for Google?
Where do I call?
To register a complaint that these Christians are offending me by having no sense of humour?
It's blatantly Buddy Christ.
Oh if only they did some good reruns!
Unfortunately it seems we are doomed to premium rate phone in shows of all varieties scattered across all the channels. This even infects the original 5 terrestrial as soon as it approaches midnight, leaving nothing but BBC1 and 2 even vaguely worth watching.
"You can't really do it on the fly - selecting the right ISO from a long list will take you longer than the average Bios bootloader allows you"
Press the PAUSE button then.
This stops pretty much any BIOS in its tracks and lets you get on with things. Then press the infamous "ANY KEY" and the BIOS will continue.
I know the feeling...
I was quite happy with Microsoft's desktop search 4 on XP. I could get it scanning UNC paths and all was well.
Now having upgraded my hard drive to SSD and installed Win 7, I'm at a loss what to use for search. I've had to disable the built in Win 7 search for several reasons...
1) I can't find where it's buried the ability to add UNC paths
2) I can't find how to move the index to my D drive so it doesn't murder the SSD
3) Searching specific file extensions is a pain in the arse.
Basically they've tried to make it so user friendly, that doing slightly non-standard things is now very complicated... I'm sure the things I want to do can be done, and it would be great if someone could tell me how to relocate the index, but until then I guess I am just going to have to use my old XP machine running in VirtualBox (I won't go into the Virtual PC pain here) to find things!
Re: Nothing to do with grouse then?
Could be... Then again, what does Sea Eagle taste like?
How's that work...
"The six searched his home for the unnamed device and offered him $300 for it, but he told them he did not have it."
Apple cops: "We're looking for a thing, do you have it?"
Home Owner: "What thing?"
AC: "You know, a thingy..."
HO: "What you talking about? What do you think I have?"
AC: "Don't play dumb sonny, hand over the doodah"
HO: "I have no idea what you're talking about"
AC: "Okay, look, hand it over and we'll give you $300"
HO: "Hand over what?!"
Distance selling regs...
In Europe at least, if you bought something remotely (mail order/internet) and it's a generic (non customised) item, you have 7 days after receipt of the item to say "Nope, don't want it".
So assuming you haven't wasted 10 days arguing with the seller about getting a backdated discount, you could get your big wedge of cash back. Although you then wouldn't own an HP fondle slab.
Are you sure about that price?
It almost sounds reasonable!
How stupid are some people? This con has been pulled for so many years, with so many different items, that there is even an English idiom which came from the practice "Let the cat out of the bag".
(To save looking it up, the cat is supposed to be a pig in a sack).
Why on earth would a company, how ever self destructive, do another production run to sell a product at a loss?
I can understand the logic of dumping the original batch cheap, warehouse space costs money, and it's better for a company's image that a dumped product is "lost" quickly, than sit unwanted in a shop window going yellow with age, but doing another run? WTF?
1 week later?
Blimee, you're a bit slow off the mark... I'll be at it the moment the engineer shuts his van door!
I wish them good luck controlling it via 2G though. My mobile signal is weak enough when the phone is left on a window ledge, I don't fancy their chances in the cupboard under the stairs, not unless they have a 2 foot antenna!
It's odd they go to all that trouble and don't just give you a £5 discount if they can use your internet wifi.
I'm not a US citizen, so I don't know how vaguely phrased the wire tap laws are, but was this actually a wire tap?
As I understand it, the monitoring software allows remote access to the laptop, allowing files and screen grabs to be taken remotely. The phrase "wire tap" certainly brings to mind an interception of data which is already being transmitted.
Having said all that it's quite amusing. The teacher really should have noticed the low price and certainly the scratched off serial number. If she was a teacher at the school which owned the laptop, then she certainly should have been aware that the laptops were issued by the school and not owned by the students!
And whoever intercepted the "naughty" images really should have done a bit of editing. You only need the face of the "offender" to identify her, I doubt the police required her to drop her knickers and assume the position so they could make a positive ID!
Although I can't help thinking SJQ would be more suitable.
Can't believe they are actually doing another production run, which will do nothing but increase interest in an OS they have dumped, at a loss...
Something here does not add up.
"Nokia dishes out $10m in developer prizes"
Well there goes all hope of any profit this year then.
No shock they became popular for that money, it really is a no brainer. Who cares if it is dead end, likely to receive zero support etc. As long as the hardware works as supplied you've got a great slab for browsing, emailing etc. I would have bought one, but they were all sold out before I saw the story.
At £400, no tablet is going to tempt me, no matter how good it is, for a media consuming device that's just too much cash. I'll stick to using my phone and just hold the small screen closer to my eyes instead.
The likes of Kogan have shown you can put a tablet together for that kind of money, now if only that was combined with a bit more quality control... Maybe Google-rola might have a plan to knock IOS off the tablet top spot...?
A corporate "We don't know" reply is certainly preferable to the Chinese whispers I experienced with Orange UK earlier this year.
I took to ringing up 5 time in a row to ask the same question "When or are you going to get handset XYZ?", just so I could at least pick the majority answer as guidance.
It was still bollocks though!
They're holding back the big guns...
Namely Star trek and their tablets, see next generation and deep space nice, both from the 1990s.
Is this the Daily Mail? Don't believe the hype.
Tut tut El reg, after reading your story I thought there was a vunerbility in RDP... Lucky I went and checked with the source.
All this worm does is scan for RDP servers on the default port, and then try a small set of easy passwords on the admin account.
Indeed... Only thing I like about the ipad is the aspect ratio. Widescreen if for playing movies, not work!
Still, nice looking tablet, classic Thinkpad Business looks.
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