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Re: Its a mess on Intel "et al's" own making...
It's less that there's been no major developments, but more that a few years ago PCs reached the power level that is sufficient for most users. A 3-5 year old PC will be plenty powerful enough for 80-90% of people, who just want web/email rather than something like cutting edge gaming, video editting or similar more demanding applications.
Hence some new "killer feature" was needed, where the tablets and phones (and mixtures thereof) stepped in with their mobility and portability (and "all in one" nature with something you're probably carrying anyway). So PCs have gone from "need to upgrade to do more things" to "need to upgrade as the old one's broken" which is always a much longer cycle.
The problem is of course that the business model and the driving requirements for a desktop (or even laptop) PC is different from a tablet one. So it's less Intel vs AMD than the "old school" (including both of them) vs the newer custom-designed stuff like ARM based kit. Intel are trying the new market with the old mindset, which doesn't fit and so isn't working (look at the business model behind the new Quark processor - technically good but absolutely sunkin its Edison format by the price and what's not on the die that you also need to bolt onto it). They're getting there, but it's a slow evolution without guarantees that they'll get there alive.
Re: Rolling of eyes
Given the periodic stories that turn up in the news media, it's also "do as we say, not do as we do".
Although to be fair the list should be extended to add encryption of sensitive data (or storing it in a suitable place which is safe and under your control) and not leaving devices in compromised positions (such as laptops and phones left in taxis or on Starbucks tables unattended to be nicked).
And it comes within two articles in the main page of an article about WinXP and HMRC/govt and hacking/security after the end of XP support...
Re: Wake Me Up
Or at least when they work out a problem that this kind of thing makes a cost-efficient solution for.
And preferably one that's every-day for Joe Public, and doesn't involve caveats like being in space.
Re: At different times...?
Umm, I'd have to ask how is this new (at least the AMD bit of it)? Or is it just the version of Bluestacks and/or the hardware are optimised for one another, or a special hardware button to run the thing?
Bluestacks has been around for a while now, I have had it running on my Win7 laptop at home for a fair while. Works quite well (allowing for the lack of touch and gyroscopes etc on the laptop, but that's not bluestacks fault), although does seem to be somewhat resource-hungry.
A quick search from it via your engine of choice will turn up download links (http://bluestacks.com/ if I remember correctly, can't check as at work) and I think there are versions for Windows and OSX.
Re: Thumbs up!
So it's basically a weeble drive, for those of an older generation (who may be trying to keep their ideas a little more pure, not that I disagree with any of the other thoughts about what else it looks like ;) ).
Still not sure on the cost-effectiveness of the Sandisk thing, when you can get a wifi-share/hotspot/battery/usb connection thing for £30 from Ravpower and a few others into which you can also plug a full-sized (or micro with adaptor) SD card for much greater flexibility and usage for lower price (and they work great - got one for Christmas along with SD card and a WD passport 2TB drive forming a fully portable NAS/SMB drive that fits in a case about the size of a deck of playing cards).
Also agreed though that the Imation thumb-drive looks nice.
You forgot the laser eye surgery required for the percentage of the population where that's the limiting factor on how things look anyway...
Re: 4K Streaming?
Amen to that, plus I've bought and re-bought enough of my movie/TV collection in the various formats over the years to want to do it again in 4K format. And of course a lot of the stuff will either never be available in that format anyway, or would be so messed about with that the higher definition would probably show up more imperfections etc and make the whole thing look worse.
That said I'm old enough that my eyes would probably struggle to notice the difference anyway, at least without Amazon-sponsored laser surgery... ;)
Apps for the apparently imminent tidal wave of smart watches?
So then we can have smartwatch apps that are to telling the time what smartphone apps are to making phone calls?
Nah, ever since the days when Brian Clough got his, it's been "old big 'ead"
Making a monkey out of it?
Microsoft was a serial offender with its son-of-Hotmail Outloook.com sinking
Or just going ape when things broke, in a very Pratchett stylie?
I was thinking Google Rocker or Apple Rocker, but very much along the same lines, so have an upvote instead :)
Re: Vladimir Plouzhnikov
@Dave 126 - what' d'ya mean used to?
I'm still lumbered with one (a crappy C2 which has come very close to being chucked at walls or through windows on several occasions), although it's micro-USB. Still can't charge through the bloody thing though (just like it's predecessor, and the one before that - in fact almost every damn Nokia dumbphone work has saddled me with over the years!).
Re: Not only but also
Sounds like my last few company Nokia dumbphones (as I'm too much of a minion to yet warrant a smartphone - I only work for a company that produces micro-chip making equipment, so nothing too high-tech or useful for us). All have had mini- or micro-USB ports, but can you charge them that way?
No way Jose - you have to use the other little hole in the bottom (or top in the most recent brick) solely for charging, and make sure that you don't stick it in the headphone socket by mistake. And of course they even changed the connector on that power connector to a shorter/thinner one a couple of phones back, so it's another stack of chargers that are useless unless you go buy yet another adaptor...
Re: That all depends
I just note that this is for charging, and not for data transfer.
So there's nothing to stop anyone requiring fancy and expensive cabling to get data on and off devices via a cable, with a cheap and cheerful cable working for just charging the device.
I've already got a cable on my desk that's 4-way (Nokia, micro-USB, mini-USB and some form of Apple) that works fine for charging (at least the first three do - I don't own any Apple gear to require the latter). Doesn't do any data connection though, but it sounds like this legislation might just produce a similar non-data power cable with one end that fits all.
I was also thinking it doesn't look like any speccie 48K I've ever owned, but given it's a prototype maybe we can forgive it for now. But did seem strange to be sold as a speccie keyboard when it's clearly not a 48K squishboard (which I guess people wouldn't want to use for more than a few nostalgic minutes), although it does bear a passing resemblance to a Speccie 128K or a +2/+3 (give or take the card reader slot at the top).
Somehow I think MS only shipping 2000 devices in this case does class as them getting their act together, or at least some small part of reality dawning on a few people in Redmond.
Just still not quite in a way to make people actually purchase the things though.
Force of attraction
Does it also take into account the well known attractive powers of tall trees, inaccessible ledges/mountainsides and of course deep water in the terrain?
And a lovely response by XKCD.com today
(contains swearing at the end, just FYI).
Yummy, flash cache
Facebook was keen to point out that its latest ads would not eat into a user's personal data plans because it would have been downloaded in advance when their device was connected to a wireless network.
So it's eating up the storage space on my device instead to locally cache them? Wonderful...
Plus of course it'll by nature have to download every damn advert that it might be possible to see, which presumably if they have their way won't be a small number.
In a sane world, BT should be losing thousands of customers every day, because of this.
Indeed, although given most of the major ISPs are also towing the same line, it's almost as difficult to find a suitable ISP as finding a politcal party worth voting for. Maybe this could be a nice niche for an enterprising new provider to make an ISP that's specifically not controlled or meddled with (I know, it's even more of a pipe-dream than a party worth voting for).
Personally I just wonder how long the off switch will remain available, and whether it'll be spring-loaded to go into the "on" setting at the drop of a hat (in the same way that Talktalk's homesafe filter seems to be).
But of course also in the same sane world we'd have some suitable filter to protect us from Whitehall meddling too.
Cowboys and idiots
Just because it kept getting robbed in cowboy films doesn’t make it untrustworthy.
No, it's when they started employing the cowboys as CEOs and in their boardrooms that the problems started...
Change of address
Surely the most awkward, annoying and time consuming of any such change is letting people know your new address (ok, letting the people who you actually want to know what your new address is, rather than everyone just by redirecting/forwarding so that you can temporarily lower your spam influx)?
Somehow I doubt MS's service will do that for you, nor go through all the sites that you have emails and notifications set up for and change all those. For me that's the heavy lifting that you'll still have to do yourself. Set-up and content migration is normally not too bad, at least if you also take it as a good time for a clear-out and spring clean (and of course also actually download emails to a mailer program occasionally too for the ones you do want to keep for whatever reason).
So sounds like a lot of hope and hot air to me I'm afraid...
Oh and while also letting you set up your Gmail account as a "send-only" account
What use is that, as opposed to just shutting the thing down if you are really looking to migrate? Or did the author actually mean a "receive-only" account (which can also easily be done by just not sending from it I guess).
Re: Out of interest...
Depends if you're the Candyman or Beetlejuice...
Re: The good way
That sounds more like a recipe for a decent doughnut (or donut if you prefer the American flavour)...
Re: Who would want to ask for a 'Small'?
Or more likely "Large", "Extra large", "Horse" and "Liar"...?
Re: "Come again!...."
Hmm, Apu and the Kwik-e-Mart in the Simpsons are never going to seem quite the same again with that ad stuck in the back of my memory...
Re: You have mail
You have to print it out before you can use it ;)
Feed the hounds
The next time my daughter moans about venturing outside to feed the mutts
Hang on - you mean you don't have a Pi/Arduino controlled automated creation for such tasks? What is the SPB coming to these days when you have to rely on pipe-wielding offspring for such duties?
My faith has been soundly shaken - I must partake of some suitable liquid repair-fluid forthwith! To the pub...
Wouldn't that mean if you get a different credit card (new or replacement one with a different number) and update your account with it, then suddenly all your DRM registrations become invalid and you can't access your previously purchased stuff?
I hope I'm mis-interpretting the quote, but given how crazy DRM can get sometimes I'm not 100% sure.
Re: Wrong way round
True, and it's a real shame as the hardware itself is very nice. That said when I got my nook the first thing I did on it was root it and stick the Kindle software (and a couple of others) onto it.
Makes it a very nice and multi-purpose reader, but isn't exactly what B&N would want me to do with the thing. So essentially the thing becomes a cheap Kindle, and if they're selling it as a loss-leader for the eBooks then the business model falls apart.
And from my understanding I'm far from the only one to do this, so even the Grannies may not be quite so misguided.
Re: I must be doing my bugs wrong
Well Billionaire Bill seems to have gone from Windows code (and bugs) to funding the search for cures for HIV/malaria/polio (amongst many other things) so there's certainly a precedent.
Re: old news?
You're welcome, happy to help. And thank you for the upvote :)
Re: old news?
If you mean the Guy Fawkes / V-for-Vendetta mask, it's the one (and only one) used if the post anonymously box above the text entry box is ticked when you make the post.
Tick the box and it auto-selects from a list of one.
Re: ah come on...
I sit corrected (a little research turns up the link below, plus a few others on the story). Some Chinese whispering involved into my ears or possibly my recall, but the retribution against the innocent still occurred, albeit thankfully to a less serious extent than my first recollection.
Re: ah come on...
Indeed, although I think it rather pre-dates all the modern social media. It's just faster and more wide-reaching in its ineptitude these days.
Brings to mind a story I heard a while back about a hospital doctor who had her house torched 'cos some such "person" could tell the difference between a paedophile and a paediatrician...
Yet Android is very much like Windows 3.x was 20 years ago: nobody bought a PC for Windows 3.x, they bought it for the apps:
Umm isn't that entirely the point of the OS, be it on a phone, slab or PC - to support and offer the apps and/or functionality, from the background without getting in the way and with the minimum of fuss? It was true back then and it's true now, although the recent trends in OS's wanting to be in the forefront, hogging the limelight and getting in the way of actually using the devices productively sadly seem to be going against that trend.
Re: I've never understood the need for on-screen logos
Presumably the watermark if buried in the stream would be lost if any kind of screengrab/capture was used to "record" the programme, thus coverting it to a brand new file and also in the process removing any kind of DRM or other such restrictions.
They would probably argue that where it is is the least distracting position I guess. One thing though that is more irritating is those channels (not usually BBC ones I have to say) who have animated DOGs, either continuously or normally static with occasional bouts of movement. Those are really distracting and can even end up requiring a strategically stuck post-it note so the programme around it is more watchable.
I would wonder how that trace overlays with the show budget over the years (in normalised terms of course)? Presumably the Earthbound episodes would be a bit cheaper to produce (with set re-use or just location work) compared with specific sets and costuming for more alien stuff.
And with all these swings to the left and jumps to the right, are you sure we're not just doing the Time Warp (again)? ;)
Re: But, but, but
And plug awkward plot (and budget) holes?
Re: Missing experiences...
Forget Nyssa, it was more Peri almost continually falling out of her costumes that was more memorable...
and yet Mel and Harry undergo more trials and tribulations in a similar number of episodes.
Yes, but Mel was played by Bonnie Langford, so it can be considered karmic retribution for past career sins and torments inflicted (scream and scream and scream until I'm sick etc)...
Re: Rear mounted controls
My first thought too, as well as it making cases bespoke and a bit tricky to achieve if they're to include any kind of belt clip or similar as well.
Or the definition of recursion:
Recursion (noun) : see recursion.
Daleks, last of the daleks and Davros
As we've got Davros separate from the Daleks, it's almost worth including the "last of the Daleks" also as a separate entity. Given that we seem to have seen the "last of the Daleks" at least 3-4 times in the reboot series, the concept (admittedly normally with a different individual pepperpot filling the role) has been seriously overworked to keep on shoe-horning the things in yet again.
Still, thank god for the small mercy that the crap new "modern" design of them seems to also have been quietly forgotten in lieu of the original classic one.
Re: "No, I'm not buying that, it hasn't got a picture of Colin Baker on the front"
In fact probably quite the opposite.
Now if they'd slapped one of Nicola Bryant (Peri, his most "interesting" companion) on it then things might have been somewhat different.
But I guess we should count blessings that it wasn't Bonnie Langford on there too.
Re: Other games parodied the Who
Or the similar character in Ultimate's Alien 8 - the top half an alien mouse thing and the bottom half a dalek bit (like Davros's).
The side-loaded flash support doesn't work under Chrome for Android, although it does (mostly) for Firefox (and i think others like Dolphin, but not 100% sure there as I use FF for the purpose on sites needing it).
At least it didn't used to, although if anyone knows different or how to get it to under Chrome I'd be more than happy to learn how and be corrected.
But the root cause was Adobe giving up on it rather than anyone else which triggered the withdrawal, as correctly noted above.
Re: Nothing to see here
I was just thinking that l'il Kim Jong Un's Lovefilm account probably has Ocean's 11 and GoldenEye on his recent playlist...
Diggin' the dirt
And what percentage of those visits have mysteriously also been in quarries?
Re: I think
Around here, that type of manager has an alternative definition.
Usually one of the higher-ups from the overseas or corporate head-offices who flies in, makes a lot of noise, shits on everything, pecks at a few things at random (often rather viciously) and then flies off again leaving chaos in their wake.
Sadly they're not so rare...
- YARR! Pirates walk the plank: DMCA magnets sink in Google results
- Pics Whisper tracks its users. So we tracked down its LA office. This is what happened next
- Review Xperia Z3: Crikey, Sony – ANOTHER flagship phondleslab?
- OnePlus One cut-price Android phone on sale to all... for 1 HOUR
- Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know