1534 posts • joined Thursday 16th October 2008 09:53 GMT
How to get an Applephobe to change his mind...
...send in the lawyers. So in the spirit of my enemy's enemy is my friend: go Steve!
Any company still making their software components conform to 8.3 is not to be trsted.
I was quite alarmed to see the very first game I wanted to download from the Android marketplace wanted access to the dialler. I decided it could fuck off.
The warnings are there but I'm sure there are a lot of people that won't understand or won't care.
...are exactly as secure and a lot easier to read/write/understand - especially in a hurry.
Top nostalgia - thanks Reg
Ah happy days indeed. Hours of typing line after line of BASIC from C&VG (hoping not to forget to save before my Spectrum overheated) then still hours more debugging their shoddy code*. By the time I'd done this 3 or 4 times I could more or less write simple games for myself.
OK iPlayer, YouTube and whathaveyou are all good but IT (sorry, computing) was never as exciting as back in the 80s!
* I never did work out whether this was the Meccano way - put a few mistakes in so people learn; or just cos the fellas who wrote these games weren't very good.
I really loathe this definition of the West as civilised/other parts of the world as uncivilised.
For a start it's a distinction that's been used over millennia to justify all manner of atrocities, like the genocides of aboriginal Australians and native Americans. More recently it's that sort of thinking that's allowed the vileness we saw in Abu Grahib.
Secondly it's bollocks. Ask an assylum seeker, forced to survive on Red Cross food vouchers in "civilised" Britain.
Linux > Ubuntu
And better distros update with much less drama
I wouldn't bother
It's a phone. Just a phone.
You don't need a new phone, you want a new phone.
There is a difference.
This also applies to new Blackberries, HTCs and whatever else you care to mention.
E.g. Tesco regularly invite me into their stores (whenever I watch telly) and they don't lock up their sprouts. That doesn't mean if I help myself to a nice bag of free sprouts that I can get away with it. If spotted I'll be done for shoplifting (sproutlifting?).
Just in time
I got my HTC Desire and "unlimited" data plan last week. Just in time*
* Just in time for O2 - if they'd denied me I'd have gone to Orange**
** I'd have swallowed their foolish animal tariff names for "unlimited" data
I'll gladly concede that users are stupid not to secure their networks. That does not allow Google to prey on their stupidity (well not by half-inching their data at least).
I saw Pete Burns in a club a few years ago. The pictures are bad, the reality is truly terrifying. He's a fookin beast!
As if having wazongas bigger than her head (I'm guessing) isn't tasteless enough, she has to go around suing everybody as well.
Classy, classy, classy
I love the live webcam. Looks like today's average speed has just taken a tumble after chatting to a smart lass.
I can't believe I missed the boat on the smelly helmet gags. I'm so ashamed.
Nice idea, but for the smell
Couldn't they leak easily-washed-off pigment instead?
Reg readers know it comes from Colombia, most folks won't.
There was a fad for companies having .uk.co addresses a while ago. I doubt it was a good idea as people would assume a typo and go to their .co.uk equivalent - probably a competitor
Windows for Warships
Glad I live inland. Coastal types - I hope it's not your house that goes up when a worm gets into the missiles' firing systems.
iTunes - faugh
Meanwhile I have been playing with it the HTC Desire last week. After years of having to use iTunes* to keeping an iPod up-to-date, the simple "connect to PC, drag files back and forth, disconnect" routine is a joy. So simple!
* on Windows - apparently it's better on Mac but I don't care enough to pay out an entire holiday's worth of money to find out
One or both of Alice Roberts's "The Incredible Human Journey" and Spencer Wells' "The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey" support the spread from Asia.
They're excellent books and well worth a few evenings of anyone's time.
Thor Heyerdahl's idea that the Pacific islands were populated from South America has been pretty thoroughly discredited (though take nothing away from the magnifience of his journey).
That the islanders travelled (largely) from West to East is an even more impressive feat of navigation.
Carry on Steve
I found that interview most entertaining. It's just a question of not taking him too seriously.
They do leave
Since the privacy hoo-ha people have been leaving (see past Reg stories about "delete Facebook account" rising in the Goolge search rankings). I've got various social networking accounts that have lapsed but I deleted Facebook.
I'm tempted to re-register to see how much of my info Facebook "remembers" but fear that reattaching the "hosepipe of shite" (it's how I've come to imagine the FB news feed) might mean I don't delete it again.
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