57 posts • joined Friday 7th November 2008 15:49 GMT
Why no forward hopping?
Why is there is no way to skip forward to a specific place within a podcast?
Quite often the phone loses the stream and the app forces you to start from the beginning again, which is annoying if you've listened to half of an hour-long podcast.
My old Nokia had this feature years ago. It's not rocket science.
Only time I remember people bring arrested for having sex was in the middle east. But that was on a beach. Surely a toilet stall is private?
Ironically, this won't affect those of us who live in Sweden, because our data won't pass the Swedish border.
Heat going to waste?
As far as my research tells me, they are letting the waste megawatts of heat dissipate into the environment instead of using it as heating for local housing, for example.
Does anyone know if there is a technical and/or economic reason for this?
Seems to me that 120 meagwatts could heat quite a few flats.
I want a touch tablet with a proper keyboard. In fact I believe they are the future.
It baffles me that Android Intents (a.k.a the Share option in the menus) are rarely, if ever, mentioned in the press, as they are a godsend. One of the top ten features of iOS 5 touted by Apple was that some of the built-in apps now talk to the Twitter app. Compare that with Android, where all apps (built-in or not) have always been able to talk to any other app.
If Google do a good job of the web API it will be an indispensible addition to the web ecosystem.
I'm thinking Google would have more success with a Trojan Facebook app that adds missing features to Facebook, like more customizable profile content.
Alternatively, open up the whole social network thing with semantic network tools.
Humble featurephones have had dual cores for years - one core for the OS and one core taking over multimedia duties from the DSP that used to be common in phone architectures.
And smartphones have had three cores for good while - one for multimedia, one for the phone OS and one for the Application OS (Symbian, Android, whatever). Not sure what's new about LG's phone.
I think Google will be quite happy if nobody else uses Native Client, because that will give Google's own Native Client web pages an edge over the competition.
Google have said they will use Native Client a lot in Chrome OS. Mind you, it remains to be seen if Chrome OS will sink or swim.
Not even remotely like ActiveX.
Google's pNaCl code is designed to be delivered in LLVM format and run anywhere that has the pNaCl plugin regardless of CPU or OS. That's Intel or ARM , Windows or Mac, and potentially Android, Symbian, or anything else. The pNaCl plugin will include an LLVM compiler and a security checker.
Symbian is dead
The iPlayer only works on a very few Symbian models, and only works in the UK. Contrast that with the fact that the BBC recently cut off support for RealPlayer - which is standard on all Symbian phones and worked outside the UK (at least for radio). This suggests that Symbian is a dying OS, with dwindling support.
Considering the drain on batteries to stream over the net, and with 32GB memory cards soon available to store music on phones, I wonder if Google isn't just a bit too late with this idea.
Video would be good though, if Google could get that working. I could never get Orb to work for more than a minute or two.
Can someone explain to me why McKinnon should be subject to US law when he committed the infringement while in the UK?
It is quite astonishing how long it is taking to create a universal standard for on-demand TV.
I remember writing a report about on-demand TV in 1995, thinking it would arrive in a couple of years.
@Tom_ interesting point. In Facebook you have to ask users if you can add them. In gmail you just add anybody's email. I wonder if Google add a "friend" function?
I for one would welcome more nuanced categories like "friend", "aquaintance", "colleague", "professional contact", "family".
The words "horse", "dead" and "flogging" come to mind.
Update the software
Sony Ericsson phones have an over-the-air software update feature, or you can do it via a PC.
In general, everyone buying a phone of any make - especially a new model - should update the phone software ASAP if they want to avoid unnecessary grief.
One single user can't connect to his PS3 and you assume that there something wrong with the phone? Where's the massive flood of PS3 complaints?
More to the point, where's the journalism standard in this piece?
Go search the bulletin boards for faults on other phones and stop picking on Sony Ericsson!
Dead end OS
For me a killer Symbian app - one I paid €30 for - was SymSMB, to browse and copy files on a networked PC.
Then Nokia forced it off the market, claiming copyright infringement, without offering their own alternative.
Result, Nokia shot themselves, and Symbian, in the foot.
Nokia deserve to go down the toilet, as they surely will eventually.
For the record, I have a Nokia Symbian phone, and have installed the following apps:
Opera Mini - Great web browser
Google sync - Invaluable calendar and contacts sync.
Timer - The boffins at Nokia forgot to include a timer as standard. Doh!
SymSMB - For moving files over Wifi. Nokia have now shot down this app, claiming intellectual property issues. Way to shoot yourself in the foot, Nokia!
Make of that what you will. There is certainly none of the flair of iPhone apps, despite Symbian's many more years in the market. If Symbian has a future, it is in a tier in between featurephones and iPhone/Andoid phones.
"One major profit-driver for [record companies] is that this approach reduces the amounts they have to pay to song writers and artists, which are based on a % of gross income, to practically zero."
That's a very interesting revelation
That means that when internet music streaming takes a significant market share, then artists will have a huge amount to gain by getting out of their record company contracts and selling their music directly to Spotify.
Which could mean that record companies will find it increasing diffcult to sign up new artists, as the artists begin to go it alone.
They don't even have "We Are Klang" on the iPlayer.
Actually there is a village, where an aquaintance of mine lives here in the south of Sweden, where about 38% of the population are lesbian.
The village only has 8 houses though, and 3 lesbians.
@Duhh..., your argument about RM having to pay the costs to administrate the Post Code database doesn't hold water.
The whole database is there to make the postal service more efficient and thereby reduce operational costs for RM.
If the post code database doesn't pay for itself through operational efficiencies, then there is no point in it.
In Sweden too
Even here in Sweden, using Google's swedish page, there's the same notice translated into Swedish about the US DMCA complaint.
This look like the US has made Google impose a worldwide ban.
I can see that "Do no evil" changing to "Do less evil than others".
This won't be the last change, of course.
I wish they'd fix the non-security bugs in facebook.
Like when I choose "all friends" in the menu I don't get a list of all my friends.
And some other equally obvious bugs that I can't be arsed to remember.
Too good to be true?
It seems to me that Tim is talking about his Semantic Web blueprint, which aims to open raw data to internet access.
If Tim gets a chance to implement the Semantic Web on government data, it will likely kickstart a global data revolution second only to the original Word Wide Web.
That's a big if, of course.
Am I missing something here?
What does AJAX have to do with OpenOffice?
I checked out the Lomborg case on wikipedia. His book, The Skeptical Environmentalist, was found to be full of errors by the Danish Committee on Scientific Dishonesty. The ruling was later overturned by a higher body, on the basis that the book wasn't a scientific publication anyway.
Lomborg has quite a lot of influence, even though as a political scientist he doesn't know shit about climate change.
but, you see, now you can do it on an iPhone!
And, as the Reg well knows, when an iPhone can do something other phones have been doing for years, it is BIG NEWS!
I heard that MMS is coming to iPhone! I can hardly contain myself.