1042 posts • joined 23 Sep 2008
Re: "Given that most phones are replaced in 12-18 month cycles"
"I, personally, expect my SII to ......just the same as it has for the last 12 months."
Actually, whilst I get your point, I fundamentally disagree. You are trying to suggest a mobile phone (or smartphone in this case) should be the same as any other piece of consumer electronics. But that is just untrue. My TV/DVD stay stuck on the wall. My radio-alarm stays on the bedside table. The PC sits on a desk.
My phone goes everywhere with me. It is exposed to drops, bangs, knocks, rain, sweat, beer, smears of greasy food etc etc. It has been used in 37C and down to -12C. I'm probably an extreme example as I use mine as a hill-search navigation device but then, these are marketed for navigation. Google includes on-foot navigation mode in the OS so why shouldn't I?
But given all of that I actually find it remarkable that in 13 years of smartphone ownership I have only had one device die from anything other than, what I would describe as, wear and tear inside a reasonable period.
Re: Powerline networking?
"Last time I looked into that it was pretty near worthless".."Has it gotten better in the last couple years?"
I've been using it for a few years. The original 40MB stuff was a bit in bandwidth. Since the 85MB kit it has been more than sufficient for any home-networking I've thrown at it giving me a more reliable connection than 11g wireless. I'd put it on a par with a decent 11n router with multiple antennae.
The only downside - and maybe I have just been unlucky - is reliability. The kit seems to cook itself after roughly 18 months continuous usage. Then again, I find ADSL routers and USB WiFi adaptors tend to do the same. Maybe it is my magnetic personality?
I discovered this a few weeks ago and it is fantastic. I'm mainly using it to listen to the "Other" BBC stations (5 Live Xtra, 4 LW, 6 Music etc) but intend having an explore once time allows.
Blinkered and old fashioned
Currently yuu have many many windows open and have had to learn to switch, arrange, refocus etc etc. Surely a better way of doing things would be to have two apps open on one monitor that manage all of this for you?
I hate the way IT folk spend so much time whining about change. We force it on our users all the time in order to keep US gainfully employed but woe betide anyone that does it to us.
WHy not try seeing this as an opportunity to IMPROVE the way you work? What you describe sounds like a nightmare. Come up with a better solution rather than moaning about how the half-arsed none-solution you've duck-taped together doesn't transfer well. Everything you have just described tells me YOUR solution is wrong. If it won't scale, won't translate and can't be taught to someone else then it ISN'T a good solution.
And no. I don't claim to be any different. Just hypocritical.
A guy at work got one. It is a thing of beauty and absolutely flies. Unfortunately, his crracked near the hinge within a few weeks - another known fault, he was informed. By this time they had announced the sucessor. The current version does everything he wants so he has returned it for a refund gambling the price will drop when the new one is released and he can save himself £100 or so with a few weeks patience.
"The attitude of Jersey and Guernsey is disgraceful. They are hotbeds of tax evasion/avoidance and of money laundering"
I'm sorry but you clearly have no idea what you are talking about. Jersey, Guernsey and the other Offshore Crown Dependencies have THE highest standards of tax avoidance legislation and anti-money laundering. According to every study ever performed on the subject about 3/4 of such takes place within the US. The UK is also pretty high up on the list (and the UK is an offshore tax haven by any definition).
And how do you propose London orders an entirely different country to adopt their laws? Are you seriously proposing that the UK declares war on Jersey?
Re: $40m in venture funding and had been valued at $500m
"$40 million is not that much money for a service already with 27 million users"
I'm afraid this is where your argument fails - though that was the point of their publicity and the mistake they were hoping everyone would make. They have had 27 million downloads. Not 27 million users. I must have downloaded a few thousand apps in the 10+ years I've had smartphones. I currently use less than 30.
Why would you name a car-based system after something associated with risk-taking and random chance?
Re: Tons, metric tons and tonnes
"Let's forgive the odd 35-and a-bit lbs (in obsolete units) and just call a ton a ton"
Alas your common-sense approach flies in the face of the commentard's favourite hobby of nit-picking as a cover for showing off how clever and knowledgeable they are.
"We will take action where....companies are profiteering from unlawful activity"
Why not just take action where companies are undertaking unlawful activity? Why does there have to be profit involved? Am I any less of a victim if the company selling my details on illegally isn't competent enough to make a profit?
Re: Cheaper to buy a spare battery
It IS cheaper to buy and carry a spare (whci I ALSO do) but these do have advantages. For example, I can head out into the hills for a full days training with one of these (actually, I use the cheaper, lighter, slimmer Maplin one as per an earlier commentard). I leave my San Francisco plugged into this which, effectively, just doubles the thickness of the device but also allows me to run full GPS tracking software for about 15-20 hours (depending on what else I'm doing). Swapping batteries isn't always convenient out in the hills and, in the case of training runs, causes a break in the GPS trace.
Also, whilst the spare battery will have to be thrown away when I get rid of the SanFran (or thrown in with the eBay auction!) the external battery has seen me through three different devices now and is still going strong.
"Dare I suggest that the desire to see words spelt and used correctly does not make one a Nazi?..."
Pure or not - that is one impressive flight
"the /entire/ team responsible don't have a single clue about interface design"
Whilst I'm not convinced personally, they have published the results of lots of user studies suggesting new users find it easier and existing users get back up to speed quickly. Not sure why existing users should have to get back up to speed though. Then again, it is INCREDIBLY rare that I use toolbar buttons. 99% of stuff is done from keyboard shortcuts and they have put a bit of work into making that easier. The changes around spacing and grouping look good. I love the idea of getting rid of lots of the default tools from the toolbar. The tool and function search look excellent.
The removal of colour immeadiately struck me as something they can bring back for VS2014 so they can say "we listened to lots of your feedback and decided...."
Re: Re: Re: £100
"Your £10 keyboard has a cable, doesn't integrate into a case, and doesn't allow the tablet to be angled appropriately."
That's bizarre. I'm sat here with the case and, it would appear to the untrained eye, that I CAN adjust the viewing angle and it IS fully integrated into the case. It's ALMOST as if I can see the case and you haven't got a clue what you're talking about.
Seriously? Why would you comment telling me what MY case can and can't do you freak?
How can they possibly justify this price? For £10 I got a USB keyboard case for my (£60) tablet. It's leatherette, provides excellent protection, I can type away happily on it, the function buttons are all programmable and it has cursor keys. In other words, it does exactly what this one does for one tenth of the price and, because it is USB, I don't have to keep it charged.
£100 is just criminal!
Re: Re: Reading Comprehension.
"Synthetic hydrocarbons...to produce these requires an energy input of at least the amount that can be gained from burning them...the input will be greater than the output... a potential answer to energy storage"
You ARE aware that the input is sunlight, aren't you? This isn't like generating electricity by burning fuels and then storing it with pumped water. This is GROWING stuff - photosynthesis - thereby capturing energy from the sun (and CO2) and then burning it later.
"Tight viewing angles are just what you want on a plane to keep your neighbour from reading your screen".
The review specified that it was the verticle viewing angle that was sensitive (hence the bit about lifting and lowering the lid). I don't know what kind of scary-ass airlines you fly with but the day my nearest neighbour is sat such that they are looking over or under me is the day I walk to New York.
Freeview has been unwatchable for several years - but that's just because of the complete crap they broadcast over it.
Rather than complicating things by trying to provide interesting and varied menus just employ the right astronauts. They already test for everything else so why not just make sure the Astronauts are fine with eating the same bland food ad infinitum. I have porridge for breakfast, a ham & lettuce sandwich with an apple and orange for lunch every day and have done for many, many years. I have no sense of smell so food all tastes much of a muchness. I eat for nutrition and by having the same thing every day I don't need to spend time thinking about what I'll eat.
If NASA just employed a bunch of freaks like me (or, better still, employed me) they could save a fortune on all this R&D.
If Google start playing funny buggers with Android then the 4.0 (ICS) source code is already available. Surely this would make a much better starting point for the Android Manufacturers to use as the basis for a new OS branch than OpenWOS?
Re: Re: Simple solution
Not sure where to put the child seat or isofix baby carrier either....?
Re: Not really
"In private industry, heads roll when there are data breach screw-ups"
Alas, that, too, is complete bollocks. People just hide behing employment law. If you try to sack someone for being utterly shit at their job and frequently disclosing confidential information they will just claim they were improperly trained and take you to tribunal. It is damn near impossible to sack someone for incompetance these days.
We have a HR manager that frequently miss-uses the Outlook Adress Auto-complete feature to send confidential information to all and sundry - but feck-all ever happens.
Re: I don't get it
My thoughts exactly. From a deep-space research point of view, go ahead. I'm sure they will learn all sorts of interesting things. But as a "Space station" or stopping off point for deep-space travel it seems a logistical burden. Once there, NASA would feel obliged to use it in order to justify the expense but getting parts, fuel etc out there is going to cost serious fuel without any obvious gains.
Re: Do they block the noise of co-workers?
"I'm still looking for a pair of headphones that can block the noise of my shouting, yawning, sneezing, coughing, farting, burping, coin-sorting office-mates"
Firstly, I don't sort coins at work. Secondly, no, you want fully closed headphones. These are only half-closed. A good compromise for those wanting to concentrate on their music but still hear the phone ring etc.
No mention of the sound quality? Fair enough for a monitor but I find the sound quite important on a telly. In fact, after playing back DVD/BD my telly gets used for digital radio more than anything else.
Sorry Piro but he is absolutely spot on. This is one of the ugliest cars I've seen since the Porsche Cayenne. That rear-end is enough to induce fits of vomiting.
Not sure about the gull-wing comments. Hasn't it been shown that gull-wings open is LESS side-space than a conventional door? Of course, if your garage roof is low you're buggered. But then, if you can afford to drop that sort of money on the Bride-of-frankenstein's hideous grandmother then you can probably afford a house with a decent sized garage.
I was expecting something seriously rugged from the looks of it. 12m diving is okay, if nothing to write home about and the 1.5m drop is underwhelming at best. But -10C is positively pathetic. We've beaten that in parts of the UK twice in the last week whilst your average continental skiing holiday is going to go way below that. Having spent a bit of time in Norway, Finland and Northern Canada -10 would be considered a bit average. I would say -25C would be a minimum spec for something marketing itself to adventure sports people.
"If you're doing 30mph and lose signal in one place and pick it up 10 minutes later 5 miles away, that's still an average speed of 30mph"
Only if you drove in a perfectly straight line. Where I live, we have corners.
Re: Sell Advertising
You know, that isn't such a terrible idea. People already wear adverts (any branded clothing is really just an advert). Today, people pay a premium in order to wear that advert. Why not have a system whereby I can receive a small fee for each "impression" with dynamic clothing?
I do 24-hour walking races and it is a pain having "light-up" as the sun sets. Having the power and lights woven into my racing tops would be handy. If you could combine this with the fabrics that they say generate a charge from motion and I could power my GPS for the full 24-hours too.
I wasn't aware of the 2GB limit. That seems ludicrous. I have a Kindle eBook (coaching manual) that runs into several 10s of MB with just static pictures.
Re I've always wondered if.......
"When we were more subject to the effects of the seasons you can imagine it making a difference to a child's development"
This is still the case and has been shown in many studies. Children born in July/August do MUCH worse than children born in Sept/Oct. They also have a higher incidence of suicide (about 10% higher which is ENORMOUS). But, of course, this has nothing to do with the position of the planets. It is down to the Western Education system being based around a school calendar year rather than the absolute age of the child. So a child born at the end of August is almost a year younger when they start school than a child born at the start of September. This makes a huge difference to how they start learning which has a correspondingly large knock-on effect later in life.
Due to their poorer results, poorer job, less money etc they are more likely to suffer anxiety/depression and go on to harm themselves.
But that STILL doesn't mean there is ANYTHING to astrology.
It just proves that society is slightly biased towards a particular date of birth.
Re: why slag off astrology
I don't see why astrology being just like several other ludicrous belief systems is a reason NOT to slag it off. You're going to have to explain your reasoning on that one.
Still, it IS nice to see a product launch/press release focus on something related to real-world image quality rather than megapixels, touchscreens, digital zooms etc.
"What I was trying, and probably failing, to say was that most commercial users will be making decisions on forecasts for periods considerably longer, or further ahead, than the next few minutes."
Ahh, fair enough. Well, as both a keen ultra-distance race-walker and former Mountain Rescue volunteer I can assure you that the hour-by-hour forecasts are hugely useful. Gave up on the met forecasts 4 or 5 years ago, mind. Nowadays I read the pressure charts & radar to get an idea of where things are and where they are going followed by Accuweather for a pretty good stab at what will happen. Their granularity is also much smaller than the Met (i.e. they claim to offer forecasts for smaller areas) and I usually find them to be spot on.
Not holding out much hope for accuracy this week, though. The pressure charts show the warm front edging back and forth over where I live - which basically means prepare for all types of weather every ten minutes or so.
"I've never really understood why it is considered necessary to know what the weather will be from minute to minute."
"I can understand that an accurate forecast is very important for certain occupations and industries"
So, having said you don't understand it, one line later you do. Excellent.
Still making money
if the iFixit breakdowns are anywhere close to accurate then Apple is still making a tidy profit - even from its own employees!
Makes my mind up for me
I subscibe to Blockbuster rental-by-post. They have just sent me the last two Harry Potter films on BluRay to watch this weekend. All the comments above lead me to believe, for films, I'm better off sticking with what I have for now. I'll look again next year.
Whilst I admit that, on a pure cost basis, the PS3 wins hands down, it isn't exactly living room friendly, is it? It makes one hell of a din and pumps out more heat than a tumble dryer. But it does make you wonder why this costs £350 when the PS3 is £200 cheaper with more expensive components.
Re: Real Life
"Why should we 'grow up' out of video games, Star Trek and posting turds through objectionable neighbour's letter boxes?!"
Erm, because it will send you bankrupt, your wife will leave you leave and you'll be left destitute and in tears. Man, you really weren't paying attention, were you!
Can't you just turn the bluetooth off on the phone? That way the device will never know the phone is in the car.
Re: Stupid Aspect Ratio
Do you mind clarifying what is "Daft" and "Stupid" about a TV built to be the same aspect ratio as the majority of films? I find it hugely frustrating that I have spent good money on a widescreen TV but still get huge black bars at the top and bottom of most films. I don't watch telly (naff all on worth watching the last few times I looked) so I would love a 21:9 screen. That means either a projector or one of these.
I just can't see what is daft about having a film screen designed correctly for films? Please enlighten me?
Re: Missing the Point
Not really. There are already devices perfectly suitable for that. I take a Samsung dumb-phone with a three-week battery life out into the Mountains with me. Would anyone actually trust a piece of electronic kit to be working, untested, after 15 years? Of course not. So the claim is bollocks and the technology pointless.
If I really wanted to run a phone off something like a AA battery I would by one of the £5 AA powered chargers and keep it, along with a couple of batteries, in a dry bag.
No mention of nettops? I've been using two NVIDIA ION based Atom Nettops for a couple of years now. With 2GB of RAM I get decent enough Win7 performance from a PC that consumes around 20W peak. It handles Hi-def video, I can do basic video editing (as long as I leave the final "build" to run overnight) and I love it.
I reckon 90% of users could get by on Atom-based hardware and would never notice the difference over a Core i3/5. Certainly most business PCs.
"all the ass jokes come off as ... amateurish"
You know some professional ass-joke writers?
I'm probably going to regret asking, but.....
How is it a new "particle" if it is made up of two particles?
Isn't that a bit like saying Sodium Chloride is an element?
That bottle opener case is so superb I momentarily considered getting an iPhone just so that I could get the case. The insanity passed...
Re: A J Macleod
I agree to an extent. I'm amazed there isn't a verticle slider on the market with a standard keypad on it. These were all the rage five years ago (Nokia 7650 etc) and would seem ideal as a decent compromise between touch-screen entertainment and keypadded "getting things done".
That said, I've owned full QWERTY keyboard phones for the best part of a decade and, despite being 1.92m with coal-shovel hands I have never had a problem with them. Sure, they take a few days to get used to but then T9 takes me a few days to get used to each time I have to go back to it and capacative screens caused months of frustration after many years of resistive/stylus use.
Lies, damned lies and more lies
Surely last weeks "sexual partners" survey proved once and for all that asking the public in order to ascertain the truth is entirely pointless. For those that missed it that survey published results last week in which the average man claimed to have had 15 sexual partners and the average woman claimed to have had just six. Which proved that either the vast majority of men are homosexual or everyone lies in surveys, particularly on moral issues.
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