985 posts • joined Tuesday 23rd September 2008 12:02 GMT
"The music player benefits from having the transport controls on the top,"
I've been meaning to mention this for a while but, despite CONSTANTLY telling us the headphone socket etc should ALWAYS be at the top and that anyone who designs a phone otherwise should be cast into the fiery depths of Vesuvius you are just wrong. It is very simple. You should always put your phone in your pocket upside down.
Don't believe me? Stand up. Put your phone in your pocket upside down. Take it out and hold it up to your face as if looking to see who is calling. Voilla! The phone is the correct way up. If you now try it the other way around, you will either need to spin the phone (and risk dropping it) or contort your wrist in order to read the display.
It isn't magic. It isn't rocket science. So stop telling the world that phones with ports on the bottom are wrong. They aren't. YOU ARE! And now everyone is doing as you say YOU have broken the world. Shame on you Reg!
"Lord Reith even compared commercial TV to the introduction of smallpox, the bubonic plague and the Black Death."
He wasn't SO far off. He just didn't foresee the BBC looking at the aforementioned plague and deciding to copy it.
So, having failed miserably in your main function as a father to be (hunter/gatherer) you returned with only half the requested goods and chose to keep them - thereby denying both your pregnant-hormonal wife AND your mother-in-law.
You are either clinically insane or the bravest man on the planet!
Either way, I am scared of you.
Re: Re: what I can't understand
It's also about memory. Each separate process has significant overheads which eat up RAM. For example, Chrome is correctly seen as a very fast browser - but only if you have sufficient RAM. Running each tab and each plugin within its own process eats RAM like it is going out of fashion. Try running Chrome on a PC with 1GB of RAM and it won't seem so quick. That isn't too much of a problem today when even a budget PC ships with 3GB of RAM. 6-10 years ago, when most of today's browsers were in their infancy, that sort of memory would have cost thousands.
That is always one of the advantages of being a start-up. You don't have the legacy design problems so can do things right using the resources available today. You see this with Chrome and the iPhone. Of course, it also helps if you are a multi-billion dollar mega-corp.!
This is a new OS so some more details would be useful. How do you sync it to get your data on there? Is there a desktop sync app? Is it Windows only? How do you backup/restore the phone? How are OS updates covered? Can you apply minor patches OTA or do you have to download everything to a PC and run it from there?
Surely these are the sort of basic things anyone would need to know before considering a phone with a brand new OS?
I love the assumption from this guy (and many others of that age) that, because something happened when they were a child, it must have been a good thing. Presumably, this assumption is based on the sure-fire knowledge that the world was a better place back then. Black people knew their place, homosexuals lived in fear, a man was well within his rights to beat his wife for no apparent reason, girls were pretty much third-class citizens, millions worked in appalling conditions and died early from work related injuries and illnesses, tens of millions of people died in two world wars, the poor were left to die in the streets etc. Ahh, the good old days!
I love the acceptance from certain users users (at least two mentions of this above) that "Of course the app has to be updated to make use of multi-tasking". Steve Jobs has told them this is how it should be so they just accept that there could never have been any other way Strangely, actually having studied computers and having been involved in computing for about 30 years (including many Macs), the idea of an app needing to be aware of how to multi-task - as opposed to it being something the OS looks after - seems the most arse-about faced way of doing things I could possibly imagine.
Then again, I've yet to attend the Church of Jobs purification courses so maybe my mind is not calm enough to understand the real truth.
A wireless speaker system that is (according to your specs table) "MAINS ONLY". Has the world gone stark raving mad? Since when did it count as wireless if you've got to plug the damn thing in? That's a WIRE sticking out the back of that there wireless speaker system then, yeah?
Obviously you couldn't cover them all but a bit surprised gOS didn't even get a mention. The wife is severely non-techy and her ancient laptop was crawling with XP so I decided to switch it to Linux to eek some extra life out of it. Ubuntu proved beyond her abilities but gOS kept her going for a good 18 months or so. Think Ubuntu designed to look a bit like OSx and with all the google stuff built in (gears, desktop widgets etc.). Highly recommended for its ease of use.
Re: and yet again
@DaWolf - Quite right. What we really need are MORE sources of news backing up the climate change theorem. There just aren't enough around these days.
NAS boxes are becoming ever more popular amongst the home masses. The last time I tried out Linux (I've been trying it roughly once a year since the mid nineties) one of the real hassles was playing music from my NAS. DLNA support seemed thin on the ground and required a degree in repository navigation to get up and running.
A section on which (if any) music players will stream from home NAS boxes over the usual systems (DLNA uPnP) would be really handy.
Have to disagree
I have to disagree with the general thrust of this. Being able to move between machines and have everything the same is really handy. For example, being at work and then going home, firing up the browser and having everything as it was.
However, I think you will find people browse on mobile phones entirely differently. Partly because of the screen real estate and partly because of the nature of being mobile. I really don't see any benefit to being able to synch open tabs between your desktop and mobile. Bookmarks, kind of. Though, frankly, I have hundreds of bookmarks for the desktop. Maybe a dozen for my mobile. It tends to be news, sport, facebook, weather, bank and a couple of reference sites (imdb etc). I don't want to have to wade through the hundreds I have on my desktop where the extra screen space and fast searching make large numbers of bookmarks manageable.
They are different devices used in different scenarios for different purposes. Just because they are both called "browsers" doesn't mean they should be treated in the same way.
The real reason
Of course, this product doesn't actually exist. All that happens is, whenever someone places an order for one, the government send "the boys" around to their house and remove their bollocks. It's really just a method of selecting those who should never be allowed to breed.
It's a shame they are warning people. I'd like to see the thieving little bastards get what they deserve. I kind of hope a Darlek materialises in their bedroom and exterminates them and their PC - though that might be a bit fanciful. At the very least I'd want it to format their hard drives so they lose their precious pr0n collections.
Actually rings true
A colleague is a real caffeine junky - drinks red bull* and Irn Bru* like it's going out of fashion. One Saturday, after a heavy Friday night, he got through four cans of Red Bull in just a couple of hours and scared the shit out of himself. The shakes carried on most of the day.
So, he cut it out. Within three or four days he said he genuinely felt fantastic - even in the mornings. And he is most definitely NOT a morning person!
Of course, as I look across now, he's got a can of Red Bull on the go.
* Other caffeine based drinks are available.
Sounds good (although I have to question why "offers more tech than any household will ever need" is a good thing) but that standby power rating seems appalling. 10W? Anything more than 2W on standby should be history by now, surely, especially for a device designed to run 24/7 - but spending the vast majority of that in standby mode.
What a fucking horrendous idea! The last spate of calls I had from one of these things started when I was bathing the kids. I was expecting an important call (from the wife) so I took the kids out of the bath, grabbed the phone from the next room only to get a silent call. I then got them at fairly regular hourly intervals for that evening and several more at a similar time the next day. Of course, by then I recognised the number so could just silence the phone and wait for it to stop ringing.
Under these new rules, I'd get them at the same wholly inconvenient time each and every day.
Just get rid of them. Who wants monetary cost reduction when the real cost is being driven mad?
Any chance this one might actually be released? I tried to buy the last MyXerver product you guys reviewed. Amazon had it as "Coming soon" for a few months and then cancelled it. As best as I could make out, it wasn't actually released. A quick Google suggests this is not available yet either. I hope this isn't more vapourware!
Not just Apple or Android
Windows Mobile has, as is so often the case, had this for an age. I remember Lobster Tunes from years ago - no idea if it is still going. Didiom also recently launched a similar service. Of course, it being Windows Mobile software, it doesn't get reported because mobile apps didn't exist until the Lord gaveth unto us the iPhone.
A few minor issues there;
1. Mick appears to believe the Isle of Man is in the "Channel". Not sure which channel that is. Last I checked, the Isle of Man was in the Irish Sea. Maybe he should cut back on the weed.
2. The Isle of Man has its own government. Has had a damn sight longer than the UK. Not sure they'd be best pleased at being told what to do by that lot over the water.
That said, there was an email last year from the Minister from the Dept of Home affairs in which he congratulated the department for it's highly successful drug smuggling initiatives. At the time it was assumed he meant their "anti" drug smuggling initiatives but maybe Mick knowns better.
He is right about one thing though. O2 tend to test their new models over here (they own Manx Telecom). Siemens also test a lot of their kit here. One of the local schools had a WiFi network long before anyone else. WiMax has been available on the IOM for several years and, yes, I had the pleasure of playing with one of the first eight 3G handsets in the world (not mine - my boss was given one).
Re: Mating for life
> Christ, get some perspective. Mating for life is a relatively new notion
> for us as a species and some people just aren't cut out for it.
Forgive me if I miss-understood something but she was married, nes pas? SHE chose a mate for life. SHE fucked up. Now SHE is blaming someone else who made a simple administrative error for destroying HER marriage. If she isn't "cut out for it" then why is she so pissed off? It sounds suspiciously like someone caught with their had in the cookie jar trying to blame the biscuit manufacturers.
Call me a heartless bastard but my sympathies lie elsewhere.
I thought the problem was....
I thought the biggest obstacle to male contraception in general is that women (rightly or wrongly) believe all men to be weaselly little liars and would rather give up chocolate for lent than believe some bloke who tells them "no, its okay love. I've had my balls blasted by ultra-sound". This is why the male pill has never really taken off.
Might have this wrong
This doesn't appear to solve the "hot thighs" issue at all. This is all about getting the heat out of the silicone and into the case/laptop. You are then left with the problem of how to get the heat out of the case/laptop. In fact, if I did understand the article (and it's nearly 5pm so the odds are poor) this would make the hot thighs problems worse as the graphene layer would be better at taking heat from the silicon and so would put more heat into the case/laptop.
Why do these articles always arrive on a Friday afternoon, when my mind is in a Quantum State (from my boss's point of view, I may be working or not working. It's not until I'm "observed" that I collapse into a working state). I would have struggled with that on a Tuesday morning. On a Friday afternoon it's enough to turn a man to drink. Talking of which, is it Beer O'clock yet?
"Her victory means the arrival in parliament of a strong voice"
Have you ever heard the woman speak? A weedier, more pathetic voice it would be difficult to imagine. As for the Greens themselves, as a friend of mine put it (far better than I could) "If it weren't for their ridiculous Green policies, I could actually see myself voting for them".
My favourite pledge so far, from the MRLP, is to introduce a 99p coin. Surely a stroke of genius far too sensible for a party whose rules prevent anyone from being a member should they stand for election and gain enough votes to retain their deposit.
I suppose you can only review what you get sent but the Asrock ION 330 is nearly identical to the Viewsonic that wins this test but with the addition of either a DVD or Blu-Ray drive for around the same price (£250 or £320). Based on your conclusions, I can't help but think the Asrock would have walked this group test. I'm using mine as an every day PC (Office, Internet, Email, Music, Video etc) and it performs perfectly well. I can even do basic photo and video editing on it. The Dual-core Atom CPU really is a marvel.
Re: Money Spinner
What a bizarre post!
> FB is not social networking, it's a marketing hub with social networking tacked on the side.
> Never have been near it
You claim to be an expert on something you have never been near? I'm not a massive user of Facebook but, as someone who actually HAS an account and has used it a bit, I can tell you I've never seen an advert. It is certainly not a marketing hub. If it was, they wouldn't be losing £100m+ a year. It might become a marketing hub. It might be getting nearer as we speak. But last time I checked (probably Monday) there wasn't an add to be seen.
Weird, weird post!
Re: quick scan
That depends on the strength of the pint and the size of the wine glass. People commonly drink from 250ml wine glasses nowadays. For a 12% bottle of wine that equates to 3 units. An average pint is about 2.2 units.
Re: "checkbook journalism"
> Naming the poor guy - not a public figure, after all - is really shitty behaviour.
I agree it isn't nice but lets not kid ourselves that Gizmodo have somehow alerted Apple to Gray's absent mindedness. He would have had to confess right back when he lost it. First to get it disabled but also because he would need to sign the thing out and people would have come looking for it when it wasn't signed back in. The only thing Gizmodo have caused Gray is a great deal of embarrassment amongst any colleagues who weren't aware he'd lost it plus his mates down at the bar.
Re: El Reg office layout...
> Is that in between the Monkey-Buttler desk and the LHC Interdimensional Portal Desk?
It's between, underneath, inside, around and 30 Million light-years away from the LHC Inter-dimensional Portal Desk - all at the same time!
Thankfully I almost always use Last.fm in radio mode so it shouldn't bother me too much. However, it was a good way of finding new music. Now I'll probably have to pop over to a band's myspace page for a listen before I bother adding them to my library. Not a deal breaker but a step I'd rather not have to take.
Boom and Bust
That's unfair. Brown clearly stated he would put and end to Boom and Bust. If you lot happened to assume he meant he was going to remove the bust part, how is that his fault? He has absolutely stuck to his promise. No more boom.
We have admin machines with the "super user" accounts on them. If someone needs full network administrator access for a task, they fill out an Outlook form requesting that access, a quick description of what they will be doing and why and an estimate of how long they will need it. The form is automatically sent to two senior managers and the Information Security Manager - two of whom must approve it before the admin machine (virtual) is booted and they can log in.
If the time overruns and they still need the machine, another request is sent explaining why, otherwise, the machine is shut down.
It sounds overly complex and restrictive but it doesn't actually require THAT much effort and it certainly makes you think "can I do this another way"? Requests are actually few and far between
No need to be confused. MS bought Danger along with it's Sidekick brand of mobile comms devices. They might not have taken off in the UK but I understand they are pretty popular in the US amongst the 16-21 year demographic - which is a massively important demographic to ALL tech companies. These are the people who, in a few years time, will have the largest proportion of disposable income so building brand loyalty (if such a thing exists) could prove very rewarding.
It doesn't quite work like that Stuart. We already have this centralised system where I live and, if you go to another network to request a change, they contact your current network and you get an SMS with a code. So you have to have the SIM for the phone number being transferred in order to carry out the transfer. Rogue operators cannot just request your account be transferred to them without your knowing.
It works brilliantly. As soon as the system was brought in, I and most of my family immediately switched from the incumbent to one of the new providers and it happened in about an hour.
Is anyone else getting thoroughly pissed off having to wade through reams of made up crap just to find the news? One April Fools article well done is appreciated. Half a dozen pointless pieces of shite that wouldn't fool a three year old is just getting annoying. Where's the fucking IT news?
Don't touch it
If the standard of their Windows Mobile UI (Panels) is anything to go by I wouldn't touch this with a barge pole. The first thing you had to do with the X1i was remove the dire Panels interface and put something decent like Mobile Shell, Winterface or TouchFlow 3D on there. And the new version on the (will it ever be released?) X2 doesn't look any better. Prettier but just as slow and prone to hang.
Re: OS Digital Data
Whilst I don't like/agree with the price difference, there is a bit more to it than you are making out. With the digital "License" you buy the right to print your own maps. THAT is why (they say) it is so expensive. Get some waterproof "Toughprint" paper and it is usually a lot better than most purchased maps. You can print them with routes, waymarks etc already on them.
Besides, £60 might have been true a while ago. I recently purchased 1:25K maps for most of Snowdonia in digital format and it only cost about £20. Whilst I'd rather it was free - I don't actually think that is too bad now that I can print them off as often as I need, use them on my mobile GPS device, plot routes etc. And I'm fairly confident the Welsh mountains won't be changing too much over the next year or two :)
Re: Train Operators
"Since we've not seen this cockup happen before in the years to date, no doubt there will be two more just like it along in a minute"
Funny you should mention that because Georgian television did something very similar over the weekend (Saturday, I believe) when their main morning news program ran a "simulation" of how they would cover an invasion by Russia - but forgot to mention it was a simulation, sending the country into something of a fit when they announced Russian tanks were just outside Tbilisi.
Re: I've got a tip
> If you want to watch football in 3D, go to a football ground
Nice idea, but the last time I went to a Premiership match (Spurs v Man City, just less than a year ago) the three tickets cost £600 and were someone else's season tickets - so there was a chance we might not be allowed in. Not being a millionaire I am completely priced out of watching premier league football live - although I still make the odd trip to Prenton Park to watch Tranmere slide towards relegation.
I won't pay sky either - £45 a month is both unaffordable and morally objectionable - so the odd match down the pub is all I get to see outside of match of the day.
> ...you still have to wait a minute+ for a movie to run
It's not quite as bad as it sounds. Most BD films I've watched don't have all the crap at the start ("You're probably a thief", etc). So, whilst it might take a while for the disc to load you are normally watching a film more quickly than with the equivalent DVD. We watched "Be Kind Rewind" on Friday night and it was auto-playing in around a minute. No daft menus. No trailers. No copyright warnings. Just as it should be (actually, it caught me out as I was still setting up the HiFi and turning the volume down to zero on the telly when the film started).
Obviously it would be nice if it was instant - but then streaming from the Media Server isn't instant either. My NAS is usually in power-save so that has to wind itself up, I have to navigate through the films, select the one I want and then there is still a good pause. In any case, if you are really THAT bothered about a 1 minute delay to start watching a 2 hour film, you need to slow down a bit :) Traa-dy-Liooar, fella.
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