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Three simple rules
There are three simple rules that most technology literate smartphone users will stick to.
A smartphone MUST have;
1) A memory card slot - preferably MicroSD
2) A Proper SIM slot
3) A removable battery
So many of the flagship smartphones from ALL manufacturers seem to be breaking 1 or 2 of these rules just recently and without any consistency. Manufacturers seem to be sealing in the battery one week, then opening that back up but omitting the memory card slot the next. It doesn't seem to make any sense. They KNOW this pisses customers off and harms retention so why do it?
Re: Excess Baggage
That seems a bit harsh. I'm 1.92m tall. So, despite the fact I'm fairly trim (I run ultra-marathons) I probably weigh the same as a short lard-arse.
BMI is also a useless system as it assumes people are 2D and so punishes the tall. Is there a system for differentiating people who weigh a lot because they are tall and/or muscular and people who weigh a lot because their eat/move ratio is out of whack?
Re: Let's do solar PV properly
I see two main problems;
Firstly, sandy desert isn't great for solar panels. On the other hand, there are plenty of other types of desert that would better suit.
Secondly, the infrasctructure in deserts tends to be rather minimal making the building, maintenance etc prohibitively expensive. Nothing that can't be surmounted but problematic none the less.
"Again with no explanation of what a 'chopper' is until 3/4 way through the article? Jeez..."
That was the whole point, Iainn. Double Entendre fall a little flat if you explain them beforehand. It's called humour?
A bunch of so-called "Developers" (I still call myself a programmer) whining about their feelings and how society misunderstands them. For christs sake. It's like the bastard child of Twighlight and Loose Women.
Grow a pair!
Re: you're not singing anymore
Hadn't spotted that - certainly naughty of them to release it without mentioning the lack of Flash. Okay, they don't need to list every feature that isn't present but most people would take Flash on Android as a given - especially as it is often provided as an example of a differentiator.
A quick Google suggests it IS coming soon though;
Adobe issued the following statement on the matter: “Adobe will release one more version of the Flash Player for mobile browsing, which will provide support for Android 4.0 — expected to be released before the end of this year.”
Good grief Chris. I know it is early on a Monday but wake up man. He didn't mention WHAT article or WHICH author. This isn't a post. It is a BOT getting in a 1st "relevent" post to try and get around the spam detectors.
Skinning Animals Alive
Seriously? Skinning Animals Alive? I just don't believe that happens as common practice for several reasons.
1) It would be several times more difficult to skin them alive, whilst wriggling, screaming, biting etc. than whilst dead
2) It would be pointless. They aren't sheep. It won't grow back.
3) The fur would get covered in blood. Far better to drain the blood first (and keep it - very tasty).
4) PETA stated it
Doesn't mean there aren't sick bastards out there that do it sometimes for kicks but as a standard business practice it is an awful lot of extra hassle with no benefits.
Anyone know what generation ARM CPU has? I believe the last one had an ARM6 processor which put a limit on some of the apps you could run. Mine still flies along with the latest CyanogenMOD though.
As for the memory, mine has 512MB of RAM so I'm not sure that counts as an upgrade.
Google promised to release the source code.
Lots of people predicted it wouldn't happen and that they were just stalling
Google have now released the source code so that those of us with older devices can get the latest OS on them.
Do you mind explaining why any/all of that is soooo terrible that you felt it necessary to vent your spleen publicly?
Re: Brian Cox
It was on "The Infinite Monkey Cage" that he denied all responsibility for the penning of "Things Can Only Get better", fully acknowledged that it contravened the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics and insisted he had written the little known B-Side, "Entropy Will Always Increase" but claimed the Labour party just weren't interested in using it as an election slogan.
I got something similar to this several years ago in the hope it would sort out my RSI from years of mouse useage - particularly the scroll-wheel which is a real killer for me. Whilst I found the touch pad easy to use and the scrolling was fine the motions were too similar to operating a scroll-wheel so the RSI reared its ugly head again.
Now been using a Kensington Expert Mouse trackball that has staved off RSI for 3 or 4 years.
Re: Where on earth did you get that price form?
Erm, the paragraph above where he had just pointed out the memory stick will be £100.
£270 + £100 + 1 game = £400 near as makes no difference.
And, lets face it, that design REQUIRES a case - so add £20-30 on for that.
Re: Quad core
Actually, the article states "1.5GHz dual-core processor" so it isn't quad core. However, the general idea of the multiple cores is that you can have more processing power AVAILABLE but without cranking up the power. For example, the latest multi-core arm design has five cores. One, low power core is running most of the time for mundane tasks and uses little-to-no power. The other four cores only kick-in when more grunt is required and then shut back down again with ARM quoting power savings of 30% or more.
So multi-core IS about getting back to a practical battery life - even if it won't be marketed as such because, like it or not, amazing battery life doesn't sell to Joe Public.
I call snap. That is EXACTLY the same spec as the Sensation Beats XE apart from the Battery and OS version - and HTC has already confirmed the XE will receive ICS in the New Year. So this is the same phone but with a slightly smaller battery.
That strikes me as a rather difficult differentiation to sell to the market!
Looks like this was posted an hour or two too soon. Shame. I really don't care who is carrying out Interplanetary missions as long as someone is. Kudos to the Russians for keeping trying and lets hope they can salvage something out of (what looks like) a complete nightmare at the moment.
Re: It almost clipped the moon
Bloody good point. Everyone goes on about earth impacts but what about a serious moon impact? After all, this object is going to pass a lot closer to the moon than it will to us. And a serious smash on the moon will be far more serious for us, long term, than a 400 kilo-tonne bomb going off (the estimated impact of this thing if it ever hit).
Is anyone tracking potential strikes on the moon?
Was sounding good
Sounded good until "Weather data is ... near enough identical to the BBC’s weather information"
Given that the BBC's weather forecast is complete and utter shite I won't be bothering.
I must admit, despite their being seemingly hundreds of weather apps for Android it is one area I Find disappointing. I'm a hill walker so I'm interested in detailed, accurate weather information but find it very hard to find. Accuweather is brilliant on the web but their Android client is woeful. The best I've found so far is Wetter.com but some of the interface is in English and some in German.
One test I have is looking up the weather for home and work. There is a bloody great range of hills and mountains in between so the weather is usually different in one place to the other - even though there is just 11 miles between them. The BBC always has them as having the same weather.
Isn't this quite straightforward
The Berlin is the metric equivalant of the Imperial Manhatten. As long as NASA don't need to carry out space-craft related projects that require converting one to the other we should be fine to use either and/or both.
Re: Why would I not get a Sony PS3?
Because it is big, ugly, noisy and consumes more power than your average toaster. But I agree, I'd still rather that than most of these on the list. Although I actually got a Sony SB160 second hand for £60 a couple of years ago and it plays blu-rays - which is all I really wanted from a blu-ray player.
As I was reading this I was thinking how handy it would have been last week when I made a lemon meringue pie - as my phone kept getting smeared with "stuff" as I was flicking through the recipe.
Then I remembered the 20 minutes I had to spend cleaning whisked egg white from every exposed surface in the kitchen. That's fine with my £99 SanFran or £70 no-name tablet. But I don't think I would want to expose an iPad to that kind of treatment.
Re: JaitcH might like to know
"Maybe - certain documentary-makers go the extra mile when they hardly need to - but what about the other remarks?"
What other points? They said Yeo was a lieing, obsequious little shit (paraphrasing slightly) and I agreed. I was only pointing out that the main environmental pressure groups are just as bad.
Re: Lies and more Lies
"Register readers might be interested to know that an Oscar-nominated documentary called GASLANDS made much of a householder's flaming taps, where methane in the water could be ignited from the tap."
JaitcH might like to know that the makers of Gaslands have since had to apologise and have admitted that scene was entirely bogus after videos of that same tap being lit BEFORE the fracking occured came to light. That bloke has been showing off his flaming water for many years and it has NOTHING to do with fracking. But then, the obsequious environmental campainers are just as free and easy with the "truth" as Yeo and his backers. In their view they have the moral high-ground so any miss-truths they tell are all for the greater good.
Excellent article. These pieces are the main reason I read the Reg. Thanks very much.
Isn't this fairly straight-forward
Those who live close enough to the city centre to walk/cycle are also able to afford city centre rent/mortgage so are generally high-income individuals. Those living within 30/60 drive/bus are in the poorer parts of the city or just outside. Those greater than an hour away (as suggested in the report) are also high earners.
All this report has done is identify the spread for the cost of housing as you move away from the city centre. Not that disposable income HAS to correlate to health but it is certainly easier to be healthy if every last penny isn't being spent on accomodation, fuel and travel.
RE: What about the rest
I may be wrong (it happened once before) but I reckon they are talking more along the lines of that Sony phone with a split screen that folds in half down the middle. Imagine that but without the annoying strip down the middle where the hinge is. That way, the screen bends but the rest of the electronics can remain usefully solid.
Re: Journalistic Balance?
What makes you believe a journalists job is to present balance? Their job is to either;
A) Report the truth; or
B) Present their opinion
Nothing to do with balance. Indeed, "balance" has become the shield of lazy and/or insecure journalists. "I can't (be arsed to) check whether or not what I'm reporting is the truth so I'll just put the exact opposite at the end to cover my arse and call it "Balance". ".
And are you SERIOUSLY suggesting that once someone has died they are beyond criticism because they are unable to respond? What a claustrophobic, narrow little world that would be. It would pretty much put an end to the study of History, too.
From another point of view
Turning the story around ever so slightly to view it from the supposed point that neither NASA or the Feds have ANY evidence this old lady has done anything wrong and you have;
Feds/NASA kidknapp old lady, hold her hostage for two hours and only release her after stealing $1m from her purse.
I like it
I really don't like Porsche design and I'm not a fan of Blackberry's. But I really like the look of this. I haven't got $2000 to waste on a phone, mind, but if I happened to win the lottery some time soon I could see myself stumping up for one of these - even if the keyboard does look like a pig to use.
Sounds like Apple are just starting to experience the same problems that other OSs have had for a while. The more complex and capable they become the more problems they will have. I've had my Android phone about a year and 3, maybe 4 times over that year I've put it down nearly fully charged and a couple of hours later it has pinged to say the battery is low. When I've picked it up it has been warm to touch. A quick reboot sorts it out. Plenty of other Android users have reported similar problems and it used to happen all the time on Windows Mobile.
With maturity and complexity come problems. Apple tried to avoid this by keeping the iPhone simple but the market has pushed it towards greater complexity so random problems will occur. And, because of the vast numbers sold and the huge hype, every little problem will be magnified a thousand times.
He who lives by the hyperbole.....
Re: How can it possibly cost $1 million to chop off someone's balls?
I believe that is precisely what he is trying to avoid happening.
Re; That awful puppy
"I drove a Yaris 2 and it was a lovely little car, but on the motorway, the mileage dropped down to approximately 30ish mpg."
"Want decent real-life low consumption and decent performance? Buy a big-ish diesel."
Why would "real life economy" for a city car be based around motorway driving? It is a CITY CAR? It clearly says so in the review, on their website and in ALL the marketing gumpf. What your post just said is;
I took a city car, thrashed it up and down a motorway and came to the conclusion it isn't as well designed for driving on motorways as a car designed to be driven up and down motorways.
Re: Ross R
"Or are you saying that if you drop your car keys outside your house, your car is fair game?"
Absolutely not. But he didn't steal anything. In this case, as I made VERY clear in my example, a better analogy would be "If I drop my car keys outside my house, is it okay for someone to open my car and take a copy of the photo I left on the front seat and then replace the photo?". Nothing was stolen so the "taking my car" analogy is misleading and emotive. The "Victims" have lost nothing. No posessions were stolen. No posessions were damaged. No harm was caused other than to their ego and some embarassment.
I don't use iTunes. I've installed it twice and hated it so removed it soon after both times. However, my recollection is that anything you "buy" from iTunes (films, music, apps, games) is for YOUR use only. So you can't legally leave it to someone. Fair enough, you're also giving them access to photos you have stored in there but, upon your demise, the license for all that stuff you bought expires with you.
Just one of the joys of the Jobsian model of content rental.
What laws did this guy actually break? He used publicly available information to reset someone's password. How is that hacking?
As mentioned above, if people are so unbelieveably stupid that they;
A) use their mothers maiden name as the answer to "What is your mother's maiden name"
B) Take nude pictures of themselves
C) Keep said pictures on a web-mail account
Then they just deserve a little pain to remind them not to be so stupid. It isn't as if any actual harm has been done. Nobody got hurt. No property was stolen.
If I left my front door wide open and someone walked in and took photocopies of my documents the police would shrug and tell me I was lucky they didn't do worse and hand me a leaflet telling me how to secure my home properly.
I may be wrong but I'd suggest the reason there are no instructions is that there is almost nothing to do. Once the ROM Manager app is installed, tap the first item on the menu to "Flash ClockworkMod Recovery". After that is done, go to "Download ROM". You get a list of ROMs with CyanogenMod nightly first on the list. Tap it and it offers to download and install.
The only "gotcha" is that, if you are using the free version, after it has installed (and it takes about five minutes once the download is complete) you have to go back into the ROM manager, download ROM and choose Google Apps. Otherwise you have no Android Market. If you use the paid for version it asks you if you want to install the Google Apps when you download the ROM and looks after all that for you.
But, basically, once the first step above is sorted and, assuming you have paid the £1.50 for the app, updates take two taps and less than five minutes.
I absolutely agree with everything PaulR79 said above. I would also add that, for budget devices like my San Francisco, you get much more free storage (230-odd MB free comapred to about half that for the stock ROM) and battery life has also improved despite the massive increase in performance. An iPhone toting colleague (an old 3G with a dieing battery) admitted my £99 SanFran significantly outperforms his iPhone on many apps and tasks with CyanogenMod.
"If more people boycotted evil shits of companies the world would be a better place."
I'd be hugely interested to know what you believe constitutes an "evil shit" of a company and in what way MS qualifies? After all, MS, through Gates, has geneted 10s of Billions for charity whilst one of Steve Jobs' first acts as returning CEO at Apple was to cancel any and all philanthropic activity the company was involved in.
On a sliding scale of evil shittedness MS seems quite a way back in the queue.
Re: Single market?
"How come I can't buy as much wine & beer from France as I want then?"
Er, you can. People have been doing Booze cruises for years now. The illegal bit is if you then sell the beer and wine once you get back to the UK. For personal use there have been no limits since, I think, the very early 90s.
5.7MB seems stupidly large for a very simple app that does very little. I am frequently amazed at the size differences between functionally similar apps - and that has become one of the things I look out for when choosing an app. If one programmer takes just 600k to acheive what another required 6MB to do then I tend to go with the 600k on the grounds there is a good chance that programmer had more of an idea of what they were doing - or at least they didn't just download a bunch of bloated libraries and components and stitch them together.
As for the app it would need SugarSync support to be of any use to me.
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