745 posts • joined 25 Jul 2008
Re: A hasp! A hasp! My kingdom for a hasp!
I don't think it's got any kind of audio support in it (hardware-wise, no speaker or 'phones port). At least my £29 simple touch hasn't, and I don't think the Glowlight has either. Presumably there'd be too much cost and/or redesign hassle to add them in to make the additional capability worthwhile.
But like the others above, have to say very chuffed with my Nook, alongside my netbook and Nexus 7. Easily rooted and added a couple of other reader apps, so it can now happily support almost all formats (especially when paired with Calibre on the PC). Does everything it needs to, and in the worst case scenario it's almost at a disposable price. The extra £20 makes the Glowlight a little less so, but it's still cracking value.
The USAF were jealous of the success of LOHAN and just had to one-up it?
Campaign for real English words...
Are things getting so bad that they have to make up stupid buzzwords now to try and shift them or to excuse how awfully they are doing? Or is it some kind of scoring system - crap products attracting them like flies?
So Microsoft's solution to the confusion people were having between the "Surface RT" and the "Surface Pro" is to call the updated RT one the "Surface 2"? Somehow that makes things clearer?
I love the way they already had the signs printed and waiting
Indeed, plus the way they say they're sold out "today" when their next shipment will be in October (according to the article anyway).
And the scientists claim they managed to photograph one of the extraterrestrial blighters from a balloon.
OK, so who's going to talk to our intrepid Playmonaut about his covert second job?
App of the Day
The exception could also be people who use the various "app of the day" promotion apps or features (like the one in the Amazon Appstore). Can sometimes throw up stuff which is unknown but potentially useful or diverting (along with a lot of dross, irrelevant stuff and replica games too).
I've discovered a few apps that way, plus had a few free upgrades of apps I already used to the "pro" version (or a version that's essentially pro, or at least more fully featured or ad-less) so I'd say in my case I'm more 1-2 apps downloaded per week than 3-4 per year.
Click and drag
It is missing, or rather it's replaced by the highlight with movable tabs (clicking on the word to copy for a second bringing up the endstop tabs which can then be dragged to cover the text block you want to highlight for copy or whatever). It's different, but it's no less usable, and can be a little more accurate sometimes depending on the size of block you want to deal with and how good your rodent skills are.
Indeed I was a little surprised at how much is supported. With a quick test on my Nexus 7 with a MS Intellimouse, it supported the thumb and pinky buttons too (thumb button for page back for example) and also the wheel-driven scrolling. Yes no right-click menu, but as the previous comment said that's down to design.
Plus pair the device with a keyboard (bluetooth or USB - full-sized or a keyboard cover as you see fit) and you're good to go for any kind of text input.
Also is the appearance of this article on the very day that Google throw Quickoffice into the ring a co-incidence or karmic timing (or editorial balance that other apps may exist, although if so Kingsoft Office may feel left out too) ?
The missing competition
One thing that struck me on my journey to work this morning (must look where I'm going more) is that whilst we've had commentard competitions for naming almost all of the components for LOHAN (and indeed PARIS before it), there's one element that surely deserves a name more than anything - our heroic playmonaut?
Come on, with all the sterling service that he (or indeed she, given many of Hollywood's plastic people are of the lady persuasion) has given in the air, on Spanish mountainsides and of course in the English Channel (RIP Playmonaut Snr) isn't it about time they were given a suitably heroic (or cheesy) name themselves?
Well that's my new word of the day sorted out - thanks :)
Not sure what that Pod thing reminds me of more, an aquarium or an oversized shower. Certainly not somewhere I'd want to have a meeting in either way. We have "normal" meeting rooms with that kind of large glass area in some of our offices, and they're awful to use (a pain to temperature regulate and very high distraction level of people walking past).
The Niche chairs however do look interesting in a more informal but private discussion style, albeit for smaller discussions rather than groups.
An extension of part 2 is when you end up travelling and either at a customer site with little, no or abjectly slow internet access, or at a hotel on the business trip with either that or an exhorbitantly expensive access.
It is indeed only as good as your access to it, and there are times when £100 worth of portable hard drive are worth any number of multi-petabyte cloud repositories.
(From a road warrior whose been there, done that and expanded his daily backed-up hard drive).
Conditions are looking ideal for a flight which doesn't involve either the English Channel or a Spanish mountainside, so wish us luck.
I'd be quite impressed if you managed to ditch in the channel again from all the way down there.
Anyway good fortune m'hearties and here's to raising a tot of grog later to a (hopefully) successful raid. By the way, will the intrepid Cap'n Playmonaut be kitted out in suitable eyepatch and tricorn for the voyage?
Brings to mind the story/quote from the late Alan Whicker about when he flew into the old airport. He confessed to the Captain that for the last few miles of approach and landing he always closed his eyes. To which the Captain replied "as a matter of fact old chap, so do I..."
Re: Was it's name Tiddles?
Was it's name Tiddles?
I was wondering more Kermit, given it seems to be frogs that get thrown out by rockets these days...
@Neil - still doesn't stop them looking nice though, even if somewhat artificial :)
But nice effort all round to the whole team (present and absent)
Those are beautiful images, both the near-to-ground ones and especially the altitude ones of the Earth curvature (even at "only" 23,000ft). Looking forward to tomorrow's fun, although if work's p(r)oxy servers act as they did last time it'll be commentard-feed only as the images went as AWOL as a swimming Playmonaut.
Spot the difference?
owns various important bits of UK real estate including the seabed round the British isles - and Regent Street
Given how wet it was last night, I'm surprised they could tell the difference...
Re: NASA spies
And I suppose when you think about it, given quite how much NSA data probably does come from satellite observations and suchlike, it could arguably be getting at the underlying source.
Or is that just the NRO (who maybe the next target, as they sound similar too) and Google Maps (no comparison between big G and the NSA needed)?
Check your firewall!
He'll be after your NAS drives next...
Re: Information Dominance Center
I guess it could have been worse - he could have asked to borrow Cheyenne Mountain or somewhere similar and installed a white fluffy cat, a pool with a few sharks (laser beams under R&D) and an overlarge plot device (spaceship, missile/rocket, weapon of mass destruction of your choice etc).
But then again I guess that's too 20th century perhaps for the modern cyber-era.
Seemingly doesn't apply to the VIPs who arrive at the accidents slightly later though...
There was also an old link to the story you reference (Tabasco getting confiscated at Glasgow Airport), but the link is dead.
Re: And dont try bringing grenadine onboard either!!
Not to mention Pomegranates, especially French ones...
Re: What is this "gray"?
50 shades of iPod?
That's a full house on my acronym bingo card...
I was more wondering if this was a more sedate remake/reboot/sequel to Con-Air?
Re: Is anyone keeping track of how many U-turns Microsoft has done?
If they do many more u-turns and about-faces people will begin to wonder if they're giving up on the IT business and are practicing to run for political office...
Re: My first hard drive..
Yup. I still find it quite amazing that today I have more storage capacity about my person (flash drives on keyring and flash/SD in my phone and tablet) than the entire Physics Dept that I studied for my degrees at ~25 years ago had at that time. And I can remember when the first GB hard drive arrived there.
Suddenly I feel so old...
So does a politician in the southern hemisphere doing a u-turn go in the opposite direction to one doing it in the northern hemisphere, like water down the plughole?
Scientific minds need to know, 'cos we fed up with the political aspect of the whole lot of them.
Re: How about
N - Nutella
P - Peanut Butter (or brittle)
Or are we straying a bit too far from the sweets/desserts arena there?
And Q is definitely going to be an interesting one, as will be Android Wonka when they get to W (who knows what it'll do)
Finger on the trigger
All of the Microsoft smart mobile device and services weaponry appears to be aimed at the Google target – apparently with Elop's finger on the trigger, with an outgoing CEO to guide him.
Poised and ready to shoot himself in the foot by pissing off the (few) other OEMs who haven't fled from WinPhone? You'd think given how things have actually one in the real world, they might have learnt something from the Surface and how OEMs love having their supplier also as their competitor...
From the slide:
Success in phones is important to success in tablets
Success in tablets will help PCs
So they bought half of Nokia in the hope that it'll suddenly make Surface less of a turkey, and that will then somehow make Windows 8 suddenly a consumer darling that everyone wants and we'll all wake up and go out and but laptops and desktops?
It sounds like they've bought an ant that's hoping to pick up an elephant, which in turn is trying to pick up a mountain. Phones are beginning to blur into tablets anyway, and the whole lot are killing off PCs for many applications, not helping them.
Scooby Doo, where are you, cos no-one's got a scooby in this crowd...
Re: What's the point of a microwave clock?
It's to run a little fast (as it's on the microwave) and so disagree with both the clock on the wall and the one on the oven. Hence no matter which way you look in the kitchen, you'll always know roughly what time it is, but will never be quite sure of the exact time.
Indeed, the laptop may stay up, but of course the wifi router it's connected to won't. Hence suddenly all the stuff that was reassuringly put in the cloud (who needs local storage these days?) and the whole world of TwitterBook suddenly vanishes and the laptop becomes a disconnected dumb terminal.
But then again I suppose those of an under 20 age would just spark-up the torch app on their smartphones/tablets/phablets rather than hunting for either candles or torches.
And of course such power cuts are also opportunities for a couple of hours of doing more interesting stuff than watching a movie together.
Anyone who's ever launched a stratomission - or indeed a humble RC aircraft - knows they are magnetically drawn to trees
Although in some more unfortunate cases seaweed seems to have a similar effect - RIP playmonaut.
Anyway nice one Dave et al, beer all round.
Analogue advocates say its "imperfect" methods offer a guaranteed way to ensure the Jar Jar Binks debacle doesn't recur.*
* Any appearance by actors in latex masks a la Dr Who renders this guarantee null and void...
He may have $15bn in the bank, but I wouldn't say he's worth that much given his track record...
"There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is far far too late.."
FTFY. The stock price bounce says it all.
Maybe some university somewhere will give him a chair or something? :)
Bionic Babbage Bear of Borg better beat Baumgartner's breathtaking balloon bound.
Re: Is Nexus 7 affected too?
No problems on my N7 either, although I don't use Skype (and only quite infrequently Netflix).
That said I did have another system update last night (having been on 4.3 for about 3 weeks now) which may or may not be related to some or all of the reported problems elsewhere?
Re: Internet of Things Bah humbug
What about the internet of nicknacks?
The schools porn filters would probably block that...
Microsoft is also adding its expensive stockpile of Surface RT tablets to the program, by letting anyone use Bing Rewards points (which as awarded for using Microsoft search and services while logged in) to buy a fondleslab for the school of their choice.
So hard-working and enterprising schools can inflict RT's on other schools in the area, so handicapping them and improving their own chances of beating them in the school comparisons?
Re: Stop it
Anyway, wasn't Branson's cross-dressing the result of losing a bet, rather than as a "photoshoot" (although I accept they're both basically PR stunts, not to mention Cupid Stunts).
Re: Probably didn't look too hard
Took me 2-3 visits to ASDA over a couple of weeks to catch one in stock (and it was the last one they had at the time).
Can understand the interest though, as they're nice bits of kit. Especially when rooted, work very well as a multi-reader with the addition of Kindle and a few other reader apps (although the hardware buttons don't work with them, but the touchscreen does).
Certainly more than happy with mine, and considering hunting out another couple for the kids.
Where'd it go?
Just place a phone on the pad and it will start charging...
And then pull away or turn a corner, and it will stop charging as it goes flying off the pad and onto the floor.
A little more tweaking (and as others have said, perhaps more visible position) may be useful here perhaps? But could also nicely play with NFC to activate things like bluetooth pairing and apps like satnav or music.
In this age of spaceflight becoming almost routine (or at least having people living up there for extended periods) it does rather bring starkly back quite what a dangerous and unforgiving place it actually is.
I wonder quite how many potential billionaire space tourists are now perhaps having second thoughts? Yes I know they won't generally be space-walking and such, but it does give pause for thought. And given what other articles have described about the mechanics of what happened (the way the water would basically stick to your head and flow around it to cover the entire surface) it is indeed a nightmare scenario when you could physically do nothing about it.
I would say you have to take your hat off to the courage of these pioneers, but as noted that's rather the last thing to be done in the circumstances...
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