New definition of the term "Sales Crash"
How does a year-on-year growth of 7.2% qualify as a crash? I wish my Salary were crashing like that!
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How does a year-on-year growth of 7.2% qualify as a crash? I wish my Salary were crashing like that!
The PC market seems to have completely stagnated. Two years ago last August I bought a 17.6" full-HD laptop (matte finish). It had a Core i5, 8GB of fast RAM, 1TB spinning drive, 128GB SSD, NVidia 660M Graphics (2GB DDR5) and a DVD drive. In other words, it had almost exactly the same spec as the Inspiron 17 in this group (slightly better here, slightly worse there but much of a muchness). It also looks remarkably like the Chillblast (i.e. remarkable only for its dullness). And it cost £800. How can the same machine be £50 more expensive over 2 years later? Whatever happened to Moore's law?
I used to buy a machine, upgrade the RAM and storage after year 1, sell it and replace after year 2. I can't see me replacing the laptop for another 2 years at the very least as I'm probably not using a fraction of the power yet. The same goes for the Core i3 desktop I'm typing on at the moment - a 2.5 year old HP that cost about £350.
I'm not saying it is a bad thing. Just strange that we seem to have reached a plateau where all machines are just good enough to do what we want. Benchmarks seem to be the only way to tell one from t'other.
"the amount of space left in the rear when the front seats are pushe right back"
I'm 6'3" (or 1.9m in real money). I have an i10 and can comfortably sit behind the driver's seat when adjusted for me (1 click from all the way back). My Dad has a BMW 520 and I can't even sit behind the seat when its adjusted for him (5'8") let alone me. Small city cars are actually far better for leg room than a standard family saloon/hatchback because all the seats are very upright in a city car. You're average mondeo/A4/320 etc. has very low seats so the tall have to stick their legs out a long way to get comfy. It also makes them a pain to get into and even worse to get out of for anyone with mobility issues.
Someone opposite me has had one for a couple of months now. Even after two months, every time I see it sat in the drive, for a split second, I think it's been in an accident. Something about the grey used for the front-cross makes it look, to my eyes, like a replacement panel that the repairers haven't got around to spraying yet.
On the other hand, I quite like the instrument binnacle (rev-counter aside).
I don't really remember Chips, Cheese and Gravy being around until the late 80s whilst Wikipedia suggests Poutine has been around since the 50s in Quebec. I'd suggest they probably arose independently of each other. I haven't tried poutine but I'd imagine the use of curds rather than chip-shop grated cheddar would make quite a big difference to the taste - though they both look like pig swill.
According to the books, the national dish on the Isle of Man is spuds and herring. However, any local will tell you the REAL national dish is Chips, cheese and gravy, eaten after several pints and a few too many shots. It looks like it's already been eaten (at least once) before and then rejected and I'll admit I resisted trying it for many, many years. However, with a good slug of vinegar it really does taste amazing and is the perfect Friday night post-pub nosh.
You do get some strange looks if you ask for it at any chipper on the "mainland" though.
"I'm no rocket scientist but if they did manage to find the lander, how about re-positioning Rosetta's solar panel array to reflect sunlight down to the shadows in which lander resides?"
This was put to the panel during the google hangout on Friday lunchtime. All three of the panel laughed. One of them did then give a fuller answer which included the fact Rosetta is orbiting, not geo-stationary, you couldn't make it geo-stationary, it wouldn't reflect enough light and a few others besides.
It takes a bit more than twice as long but that's fine because, when charging requires absolutely no effort on your part you find you automatically change your behaviour. When you sit at your desk you just take the phone out and put it on the plate. It sits there trickle charging. Same when you get home. I have a plate on the coffee table in the living room. I sit down, the phone goes on the plate. It also means I'm not fidgeting about in my pockets every time the phone beeps. It is sat on the plate next to me, charging, and I just have to glance over at it to see if I can ignore it or it's actually something important.
It probably doesn't matter how much others enthuse about it. As the writer of this piece suggests, you just need to experience it yourself and, when you do, I suspect you will end up buying 2 or 3 plates and wondering why the rest of the world hasn't cottoned on yet.
Picked mine up for about a tenner of eBay (slightly more than £10 but it was 18 months ago so I forget exactly). Worked perfectly with my Nexus 4 and there was no need to position it exactly. As the author says, you begin to regard plugging a phone in as ridiculously antiquated and I can't believe, so long after it first appeared, that wireless charging isn't already THE standard.
I thought the point of the Nexus devices was A) to showcase the latest version of Android in vanilla format and B) to do so with good enough hardware and so keep the costs low?
By switching tack and using the very latest processor, screen tech, GPU etc they have pushed the price up to (as someone above mentions) laptop levels but, even more bizarrely, they are now competing with other Android manufacturers flagship phones.
Now, this might sound a bit "conspiracy theory" but is this deliberate? We all know that, Apple aside, nobody seems to be making money at the top end any more. Also, there is very little money to be made at the bottom end of the market where the Chinese landfill devices dominate. This leaves the bigger names battling it out in the mid-range - EXACTLY where the Nexus devices have sat. Reviewer after reviewer has said for years now that if you want a mid-range device you can't go wrong with a Nexus.
So, has Google moved the Nexus into the upper echelons at the request of the bigger manufacturers to clear space for them to fight it out in the middle.
"You (should) get what you pay for"
That's just nonsense. You haven't paid for a 2mb service. You have paid to share a 2mb service with (usually) 30 to 50 other people. If you want guaranteed access to a whole 2mb all of the time it is quite simple. You lease a 2mb line. The problem with that is that it is hugely expensive - largely because you have access to it 24 hours a day but you only really need it in the evenings and at weekends.
It's like turning up to your local swimming pool and arguing that it was advertised as 15m x 25m but there are other people swimming at the same time as you so you can't access it all. In which case, you have a simple choice. Get up at 5am so you can swim when nobody else wants to or go get your own pool!
"Until then, I don't see a reason why paying users should even have to put up with the notion of this happening to the internet at large."
I see your point but doesn't it come down to how MUCH you pay? You mention that it would be okay to prioritise traffic if the service were free. But if you choose the lowest priced ISP and they happen to make up the difference by selling priorities to (e.g.) Netflix then isn't that really just the same thing but on a sliding scale?
In a free market you can choose to pay more for a lower contention ratio, a fixed IP address etc. Surely the same should apply to traffic shaping? If you want un-shaped traffic, you pay full whack. If you want to save a few quid, you accept having your traffic shaped.
"it's presumably the 25% of Scotland's territory where practically no-one lives"
I don't get that? 4G is mobile, not fixed. Who gives a shit what the coverage is like where I live? I have broadband and WiFi where I live. All of the Mobile Operators are advertising to us that 4G allows us to "Get things done" on the move. So then, why advertise "90% population coverage"? The two aren't exactly polar opposites but they certainly aren't the same thing.
If 4G is meant to allow me to watch telly whilst I'm out and about then I want to know what the chances are of there being a sufficient signal whilst I am out and about. If I'm trying to watch the football by a river (as Mr Bacon tells me I should be able to in the ad) I really couldn't care less what the signal is like back at home - I want to know there is a signal by the river.
Broadband = population coverage
Mobile = geographic coverage
It sounds like, at the moment, you are better off getting an old Nintendo Wii off eBay. They can be had for about £50 (or £70-ish with tons of games). They make better games players, you can download Netflix, iPlayer, Amazon Prime Video and plenty of other Apps plus, with a very simple update, they can be made into a brilliant XBMC style media player accessing all the video, music and photos from a NAS.
I suppose the real downside would be that you're limited to 480p but, given that it can do pretty much anything we've been more than happy with ours as the main media player for a few years now.
"If you're comparing it with competing smartwatches such as the $299 Samsung Gear and $350 LG Watch R... those smartwatches are hardly lookers....perhaps the fanbois.....will be willing to pony up...for a smartwatch that actually looks fashionable"
Sorry, are you referring to the Apple Watch? The one they showed at the iPhone 6 Launch? Seriously? I'm not saying the other two are lookers (though I quite like the Moto 360) but the Apple Watch is a hideously ugly slab.
"one's self soiling would be purely reterospective"
There has to be an album title in there somewhere.....
I must be missing something. This drive is squarely aimed at people editing 4K video - which is massive. Yet this drive has only 1TB of space - if configured for striping??
That's strange. I'm in the same position (due for renewal next week but probably won't) but came to the opposite conclusion. We spend far more time watching series on Netflix but I prefer the films of Amazon Prime. Vikings and Transparent aside I've found Prime disappointing on the TV side. Extant was woeful - even allowing for the eye candy that is Halle Berry.
At £40 between 4 households I thought prime was a bargain. At £80 and only allowed to share the postage part I think it is very questionable. The other households would have to have a lovefilm instant subscription to get the video and the books only work with kindle devices. I can't access the free books through the kindle app on my phone, tablet or PC.
That picture off Dragon under the ISS with Sydney in the background is extraordinary.
"I enjoy it, personally. But not on an intellectual level — it's popular, family viewing"
I think that's the bit the "rest" of us don't get. There is a fairly large subculture out there that almost worship Doctor Who and spend huge amounts of time analysing plot lines and character development, decisions, ramifications etc.
And yet the whole point of Doctor Who is that it is a simple, family show whose entire premise was designed to allow the writers to do whatever they wish without having to worry about timelines, contradictions or any of the other stuff so beloved of Sci-Fi geeks.
It all seems very strange but then, it isn't hurting anyone so I should probably stop worrying about it and go back to sleep.
Are you sure the back is glass this time? All the reviews of the Z1 & Z1 Compact informed us they had glass rear panels but they were, in fact, plastic-designed-to-feel-like-glass. This had the unfortunate result in them being as slippery as glass but as scratch-proof as plastic. I.E. not very. My Z1 Compact, used for 8 months without a case, has not one single mark on the gorilla-glass screen whilst the rear plastic plate looks like someone has used the pointy bit from a pair of compasses to produce an etching of the surface of Europa.
Not that it matters in the least for day-to-day usage. My concern is sell-on value. I tend to look after my phones quite well and have always received a good return when I flog them on eBay come upgrade time.
+1 to both Badges
Yes. Calibre. Download it, install it and use it to "backup" all of the kindle titles you own to ePub. You can then plug in a Kobo (or any other eReader with a USB connection) and synch those titles to it.
"Not by people that like reading - those who casually glance at a book may be served by a tablet, but those who read more than a couple of pages at a time will always prefer an ereader - eink is much better on the eyes"
It must be an eyesight thing but I can read perfectly well for a couple of hours on a tablet. I've read many long novels on a tablet (Pipo U1 with a 720p IPS display) without any issues. I do like eReaders, my wife has a Kobo Mini and I think it is excellent. I just don't feel the need to own a smartphone, a tablet AND an eReader. As for distractions, I turn the WiFi off when reading.
Unfortunately, all of this technology does rely on films with soundtracks that take advantage of it - and that means big-budget blockbusters. And big-budget blockbuster have been unremittingly dire for quite some time now. The Planet of the Apes films would work well and are outstanding but until Hollywood gets over it's truly bizarre comic-book obsession and stops churning out such awful shite as Silver Surfer, Spiderman, Superman, Fantastic Four, endless identically dull X-Men films etc. then a several thousand pound investment in a new sound system is a waste. There are brilliant films being made but they don't benefit from decorating your walls with speakers in the way a Terminator 2 or the Lord of the Rings Trilogy does.
I got the original fairly recently for my Son, to replace a battery-worn Chinese-cheapy. Tesco have a clearance store on eBay where they get rid of factory refurbished and end of line stock. I got the Hudl for £59, refurbished and with a 12-month warranty - and no vouchers required.
Launching paper aeroplanes from the upper atmosphere is clearly VERY stressful. The bloke in that picture looks WAAAAAY over 18 years old. Do we have a shot of what he looked like before the project?
Yeah, I bought one of the 64GB ones dirt cheap when they first came out. The FAT tells the OS it is the correct size but if you try to write data to it it get's to about 2GB and then fails with an "Out of Memory" error. Needless to say I got my money back.
So the guy that is trying to sell us on the idea of 4k suggests that the best thing about it is not how noticeably better the image quality is (he admits most people won't actually notice the move up) but that, having got used to 4k, all the rest of the content out there (currently 99.999% - roughly) will be ruined for you because it is really hard to go back.
I think I'll wait, thanks.
It isn't a mainstream use, I'll grant you, but I had the 2nd Gen Sony Smartwatch (the new wear-based, despite being called No.3, is actually the 4th Gen) and found it useful whilst out training. I do ultra-distance races so, when training, I'm out for several hours at a time. My phone sits in a backpack well out of the way. My smartwatch allows me to see how far I've gone, what direction the next checkpoint is, keep an eye on whether or not anyone (important) is trying to get in contact with me, dismiss/delete the crap etc. With just a phone, all of this required me to keep the phone in some kind of belt pouch (and belt pouch sizes are not keeping up with smartphone sizes so that was becoming tricky in itself) and keep pulling it out, unlocking it and checking it. Okay, not a big deal but I'd occasionally drop it or trip over and sweaty hands/rain tend to make the screen unusable plus, until I got a Z1 Compact, none of my phones have been waterproof so I was always afraid of borking them. The watch certainly wasn't indispensable but it made a few tasks a lot easier and was well worth the £75 it cost.
However, after the first week or two's novelty wore off, it ONLY got used for training. It certainly wasn't a daily watch replacement. I can see the new ones being of use for people who have opted for a Phablet and carry it with them in a bag, though.
Keys and locks have never been 100% secure but that is partly because we don't want them to be. We want them to be good enough to deter/delay 99% of people but still able to be broken when we loose the key. After all, it is FAR more likely that you will loose the key to your own car than someone will come along with $1000 dollars worth of kit and spend 30 minutes hacking it. In which case, I WANT there to be a back door.
Quod in nobis est...
Because we can...
> it came with a lot of extras.... keyboard pen
What's a keyboard pen?
Plus plenty of phones today are coming with covers over the charge port for waterproofing. Fannying about with one of those rather than just putting the phone down just makes life easier - and isn't that what technology is (supposed to be) about?
"Win95 was a massive step up from W3.11 but loads of people found it hard to adapt"
That's true. I remember huge swathes of angry articles being written about the Win95 Start menu. The most poisonous vitriol was reserved for the fact that the "Power" button was under the start menu so that, in the words of many more than one magazine piece, you have to press start to stop.
This, of course, carried on all the way through to Windows 7 until it was changed in Windows 8 - when lots of column inches were taken up with how impossible it was to find the power icon to shut down your PC because it wasn't where it should be. I.E. it wasn't under "Start".
People DO hate change. It is a simple fact of human nature.
There is a heritage village near me. It has an old-style red phone box. There was a proposal to remove it but people were up in arms. "It's part of our heritage. It's been there for fifty years. How dare they?" etc. etc.
Even once it was pointed out that the phone box had only been there about 15 years having replaced a Green phone box (that HAD been there 50 years) and that people had hated the introduction of the red phone box at the time as it was "Destroying our heritage" - people still moaned and the phone box has had to remain.
People are stupid.
I think he is working on the basis that an asteroid strike is highly unlikely to wipe out earth AND Mars in one go - it's not billiards!
Of course, a galaxy-wide event would wipe us out in any case but, given that Extinction Level Events have occurred several times in the past it seems a fairly safe bet that we are looking at when, rather than if, we get another. Having a colony on Mars who could then maybe look at recolonising Earth after the ELE seems like a reasonable precaution to me.
That's what I thought. If I've understood it correctly, it works in the same was as this (by now very famous) video of the guy who hacked a Wii sensor bar to do something very similar - and boys is his effort effective.
But then, dictionary.com spell overemphasizes with a "z" so why would we pay any attention to them? Plus, point two uses a relative comparison with no base factor rendering it meaningless. Your overemphasis is the pedants appropriate oversight.
What an appalling article? I expect comments, after a piece, along the lines of "This device isn't useful to me therefore everyone who is interested must be a raving idiot" but I don't usually see the author firing the opening shots.
Quite apart from the examples given above, long distance running would be a perfect candidate for this technology, if not the product itself.
Working on the basis the sensors actually work, if they could be placed into a sports bottle they would be brilliant. I do ultra distance events, mountain marathons, that sort of thing. Whilst you are required to carry some emergency supplies you are fairly dependant on whatever the race organisers supply at the feed stations for most of your needs.
So I spend months training, watching what I eat and drink, analysing how much I sweat under certain conditions, formulating feed and hydrations plans but then have to take whatever is available (usually very little by the time I get there) and hope it is okay. I can control this a bit by carrying salt tablets to drop into water etc. but I'm constantly getting it wrong and ending up either dehydrated or (worse) washing all the salts out of my system by drinking too much water and then coming down with cramps.
A bottle that can analyse exactly what I've consumed and send an alert to my phone with a recommendation of what to collect at the next feed station would be an amazing thing indeed. And if the number of on-line stores, brands, products etc. cropping up all the time is anything to go by this is a large and rapidly growing market.
"only 7 readers so far who never get from behind their desk and only know how nature looks from those nice wallpapers on their desktops"
My, what a pompous arse you come across as. As it happens, I live in one of the most beautiful places in the world and am lucky enough to spend most of my time in the countryside miles from anyone. However, I also realise the beautiful environment around me has changed over time. What we see as "this green and pleasant land" was constructed by people AND nature. Nature is hugely adaptable. Even more so than humans. Things change. Not all change is bad. Not all change is ugly. Not everyone who doesn't share your opinions is an industrialist desk-bound psycho.
Get over yourself.
Brilliant. But what happens when you are walking ALONG the road? Plenty (most) of the roads around here have no pavements and I rely on being able to hear traffic coming to protect myself from it (there's bugger all point relying on them avoiding me!). The same thing, of course, applies to cyclists and other road users who aren't motorised.
Actually HAVING a Qi wireless charger that I use every day I do feel qualified to disagree with your ill-informed rant. My charging plate cost £8 off eBay, is a few mm thick, weighs next to nothing and seems to charge at a similar rate to a standard charger. I say seems to. Life's too short to actually sit there with a stop watch...
Having used one for about 8 months now it seems inconceivable that others fiddle about plugging in non-reversible Micro-USB cables rather than just put their phone down. I don't even have to line it up or make sure it is the correct way around (other than face-up). It just works and is something that, once you've used, you KNOW everything will have it at some point because it makes the current way of doing things seem daft.
I'm sure we can all have fun sitting there coming up with hundreds of use-cases where these things aren't suitable. But then, I could do the same thing with today's cars.
On the other hand, the use case for which these ARE suitable happens to represent and massive proportion of the journeys made in the western world today. The regular commute. Be that to your place of work or to the nearest transport hub, hundreds of millions of people every morning and evening make the same, simple, relatively short journey in a (relatively) large and fuel-hungry car by themselves.
Personally, if Google can ease that particular drudgery by making it possible for me to do something else whilst making the mind-numbingly dull trip and save me from having to deal with all the other bored drivers then that just seems like a brilliant thing.
2-seater pod thingy turns up at 07:45. I get in and put the telly on. I have a coffee. Watch a bit of news. Catch up on the latest Reg headlines. 30 mins later a "ping" lets me know I'm outside work so I'd better hop out. 2-seater pod thingy heads off to nearest charge point. It texts/emails me at about 16:30 to find out whether I'm leaving on time or I'll be staying late.....
It sounds like heaven and should be a piece of piss. It is basically a driver-less taxi that I lease (so much cheaper) and I don't have to engage in small-talk with.
So is this maybe the answer to that question many have been puzzling over for the last 18 months?
Why on earth would anyone want a smart-watch?
Get one of these, leave it in a bag and use the watch to see incoming texts, tweets, take calls etc. (traditional phone stuff). Only take it out of the bag when you want to watch videos, take pictures, play games and so on (the entertainment bit that the large screen is useful for).
Of course, this would mean smart-watches becoming a hell of a lot better than they are now in terms of interacting with them.
I HATE this bullshit about the Star Wars (pre)sequels being crap - it is utter, utter bullshit. The only people who say they are crap are 40 something fans of the original films (i.e. people like me). And the only reason we say they are crap is because we have this weird belief that, because the original 3 were made for us, everything to do with Star Wars must also have been made for us.
WRONG WRONG WRONG
We are sad old men (and, in a few cases, sad old women). We are irrelevant fusty old farts and nobody gives a flying fuck what we think. Just ask those same kids in the school yard how old they think you are? Here's a clue. They can't tell the difference between you and your parents. We are all just old and therefore our opinions are worthless.
And just as the original Star Wars films were made for us, a generation raised on Saturday afternoon Cowboy films and dodgy 70s Sci Fi, so the prequels were made for a generation raised on Power Rangers - which I think is complete and utter shite but kids brought up on it (including mine) worshipped it. And those kids LOVED the Star Wars prequels.
And that means they were great films. Because they were designed and marketed to a target audience and they hit the nail on the head - just like the first films.
Unfortunately, a bunch of hopeless loosers who can't/won't grown up keep harping on about it as if Lucas got it wrong. He didn't. He just doesn't care one iota about us - and nor should he.
I'm not convinced by the "Touch Screen Devices just don't work" argument. I got one of those Asus T100 convertible tablet/netbook thingies back in November. It has a touch-pad AND a touch-screen and I find myself using both about the same amount of time, even when in standard laptop mode.
Okay, that doesn't really make or break the argument either way as it is a small device designed to be used very close to you (it only has a 10" screen so you can't really use it too far away).
HOWEVER, having used it for a good six months now I find the lack of a touch-screen on my large (17.6") development laptop hugely frustrating. I frequently find myself stabbing at buttons on the screen or trying to drag windows around etc. The development laptop runs windows 8.1 - the same as the netbook.
HOWEVER, I DON'T find myself trying to fondle the monitor on my Windows 7 based desktop PC - even though it sits on the same desk as the laptop. I would say the monitor on the desktop and the screen on the laptop are about the same distance away from me and are used pretty similarly. The main difference is the interface.
And yes, I realise 93.7% of you will instantly dismiss my opinion because I'm using windows 8.1 but you know what? It's actually pretty good. If it could just learn NOT to pop-up the on-screen keyboard all the freakin' time even though I have a perfectly good physical keyboard docked (and it knows about the physical keyboard because it appears in the connected devices list) then the list of gripes I had from about 2 years ago would be all ticked off.
If it really is the same as the Z1 then the front is glass but the back is plastic You wouldn't know to look or feel them but the front glass doesn't scratch while the back picks up very fine scratches quite easily. I find it a much tougher phone than my Nexus 4 though.
Yeah, same here. I think Spiceworks is virtually the default for SMEs looking for a cheap, no-hassle ticketing system. It isn't great and I'm not sure the reports can do graphs (I've never looked. Management only want to know how many tickets are outstanding and how many we closed this week) but, once set up, it runs with very little admin.
> I keep thinking about upgrading my 610 (WP7.8) to a 620 but it seems I'd be
> better waiting a little longer.for one of these,
I thought that but it seems the 630 isn't the sucessor to the 620. The 620 was a nice compact 3.5" phone. These are 4.5" monsters. I do hope Nokia will release at least one compact phone in this next generation. There aren't many manufacturers left producing anything under 4".
> you can add exceptions to Stamina Mode, so you can still get emails
Excellent, thanks for that. Guess I should RTFM!
Oh, and for those that would prefer their device to behave more like standard Android (I'm coming from a KitKat enabled Nexus 4 and have come to really appreciate Google Now being a part of the Launcher) there is a 3rd party launcher on the Play store called KK Launcher which (near as damn it) replicates the latest Nexus Now Launcher but with a couple of extra customisations.