1865 posts • joined Tuesday 8th May 2007 12:11 GMT
"One dimension is its reliability"
So BBM doesn't use the same network that the rest of BB uses? Cos i remember at least three major outages of the BB service at work in the last year, at least two of which were also reported here on El Reg.
"getting naked, beating each with leafy branches"
that sounds like it could be incredibly painful!!
Re: Armchair politicians - a meta-comment
Not sure how a discussion in Parliament is going to have much effect on how much tax Apple pays in the US?
So this is a problem for developers too, yes?
With the fragmentation of the Android platform, you really need to test across multiple phones from multiple manufacturers. But from the sounds of it, if only Samsung are making money, does it not make more sense to save costs and just focus on compatibility with Samsung's Android items.
perhaps that Acorn aren't anywhere in today's computer wars?
Where's the extra cost?
I must have misread the article, I totally missed the bit that the headline CAPITALS advertised about this new repair service costing the customer "even more" ??
Re: Can't create documents on iPAD ..
well most of those apps are just text entry / notepad type apps. there aren't really any word processing types that would compete against the likes of MS Word or QuickOffice or Pages.
Re: Chris O'Dowd...is now a bona fide Hollywood star?
my gf thought he was brilliant in Bridesmaids...
Well that's easy to remember:
0118 999 881 999 119 7253
Ah, i remember, i used to watch Dangermouse on that channel was i was a lad...
Re: Can't someone make the reverse?
actually, scratch that, this is the solution i wanted (although, again, it's on the way, not here yet. we've only had smartphones for HOW many years?)
Re: We have arrived at the stage
acutally, i've just thought of a use case.
our dog goes mental when the doorbell rings, barking loudly, scratching like mad at the lounge door
so some system that would put a message on the phones of the people inside instead of the loud ringing bell would be perfect. we could get up and get the pizza without the mutt being any the wiser.
however, i doubt there's anyway the pizza delivery person would be bothered with all of this, so i'd have to say that this implementation of a solution to my problem is flawed
Can't someone make the reverse?
I was going to ask why there isn't the opposite, where my phone could unlock the front door for me to let myself in when my hands are full of shopping or junk food or big boxed tech or all three. but then I JFGI'd and discovered there already is - the Lockitron, which was a kickstarter and has yet to ship.
so nothing to see here, move along, thanking you kindly...
Re: skeuomorphic has 1 big advantage
"Digital systems are capable of much richer interaction"
They are - but all the great examples of anti-skeuomorphic apps recently have just had bland and unintuitive interfaces.
the systems are capable, but the designers of the systems apparently aren't
Re: skeuomorphic has 1 big advantage
the anti-skeumorphic brigade seem to have had very loud voices for the last year or so. it seems to have been a bandwagon that many have jumped on, probably just to get clickthroughs to their blog. i wonder how many of the same will be decrying the minimalist look not 5 minutes after it is shown?
Assuming steady price of Gorillas?
The assumption here seems to be that Gorilla glass will remain at $3 until and after the sapphire glass industry gets upto speed and reaches the $10 mark? but surely while that is happening, Gorilla glass will continue to get stronger, or it will get cheaper (or both).
Still, that said, being able say my phone has a screen made of aluminium would be cooler than having one made of gorillas...
The company did not respond to our requests at the time of writing.
Best to check if there are two copies of "Firefox" installed on the El Reg computers.
can't you set some traps? might be able to bag a rabbit or something, that'd make for a tasty addition to one or two meals? Or if you're lucky, a deer and that'd last you all week! although, i guess, in the spirit of things, you'd have to fashion the traps out of tree and vines as six euros probably wouldn't stretch to buy a bear trap...
wouldn't be practical though, would it?
if I understand it right, you would have to get near the collapsing neutron star first, in order to make use of the warped space/time and slingshot yourself to an equivalent point on the other side? so it's still going to take years and years to get from Earth to the nearest collapsing neutron star, isn't it?
Or is the solution to have a device onboard the ship that creates a collapsing neutron star of the right size as when you require it? I imagine the Health & Safety department of interstellar travel would have a field day with that though.
i guess, perhaps this does explain why we haven't been wiped out by an alien invasion force yet. maybe we're not alone in the universe, but there's just absolutely no way to get to the next door neighbours to say hi.
Re: January 2012?
I think he meant the "2012" which probably should have been 2013 for the results to have any relevance. I'm assuming it's a typo and not that it's taken them over a year to collate and draw anything useful from the data.
"will need to expand deeper"
I don't understand why Apply "will need to expand deeper" into new markets.
Marketshare doesn't immediately equal success or profitability. It just means the number of people using your product. It's just a statistic.
If the cost of being in those new markets outweighs the profit from each product sold, then having the largest marketshare is going to be detrimental.
But then again, I guess Strategy Analytics analyst Neil Mawston wouldn't be in a job if people realised this.
"It's called capitalism," he stated baldly. "We are proudly capitalistic. I'm not confused about this."
And that's fair enough. Part of capitalism is that there should be competition for the customers to choose from. Which why I switched to Bing months ago and I'm still using it.
Yes, it's not as good, but I'm proudly exercising my capitalistic right to give another firm my business. I hope Schmidt isn't confused about that either.
Re: Why do they even need it 6 months?
i'm guessing they use all the past data to improve the ability of the current system to understand the different words people say to it. the more data they have, the better the output from their heuristic algorithms. the more real world data you have to work with the better for this type of system.
i doubt anyone else offering a similar service will be deleting the audio data immediately either.
i'm tempted, curiosity/cat/homicide and all that. but would it be a mistake to know this stuff?
would i suddenly become paranoid to discover i have an increase chance of heart attack, and then the stress which that knowledge induces could be the cause for my eventual cardiac arrest?
...when someone goes nuts from space-sickness (i believe that's the medical term) and runs around the Mars house with an axe, painting the walls?
obviously, the ratings go through the roof, but presumably there's a delay in transmission, so by the time the editors see the first victim get an axe in the head, the psycho has already killed the rest and is standing in front of a camera, with his own eyes in the palms of his hands saying "liberate tutemae ex infernis" over and over....
shame there aren't any of those old games that i'd really want to play again.
yes, nostalgia and all that, how great it was to play WonderBoy when i was 8, of the pixelated joys of the first Mortal Kombat, etc etc
but really? these days? i'd rather play something with a new story that i haven't heard before. i don't have the time to revisit the old games and likely discover that they're not half as good as i remember them
cosy in my walled garden
but i do think that the smartphone market is reaching a plateau. there's not really much else that can be added to a phone and still be useful. even the latest 'features' are little more than gimmicks.
This what I want one for - as a display and control for my phone so i don't need to take it out of my pocket.
I currently have the phone in my pocket, and then an iPod nano on a wrist strap as if it's a watch. But i'm limited by the content on the iPod and i can't just download a new podcast or a music track or similar until i get home.
Also, bluetooth plug-in adapter for the iPod drains the battery too quickly, so i have to use wired earphones.
with an iWatch type remote interface to the phone, i can have bluetooth earphones connected to the phone in my pocket (and any pocket, not just one where the earphone cord will reach). and i can control the tracks i'm listening to via the watch. happy days.
how did people ever manage in the 80s with Walkmans hanging off their belts? good grief!!! :)
But, this water detector wasn't unique to iPhone's, was it? I thought at least some Android mobes had it as well?
i wonder where his insurance claim stands here.
if he's already received cash/replacement, then would it be fraud to have taken back the laptop when it was offered?
Or, as he has refused the laptop when it was offered to him, does that invalidate any possible insurance claim for the theft?
Re: no windows
No Windows - that's why they got a mac.
ha ha ha, thankyou thankyou, be sure to tip your waitress, i'll be here all week.
Re: They Bought A Stolen Laptop
yep, you can remote wipe a Mac just like you can remote wipe an iPhone with the Find My Mac/iPhone app as applicable.
Then again, if the hidden cam app is working, presumably he's already been able to remote connect / ssh into the machine and retrieve / delete whatever data he deems sensitive
Sounds like he did a Ben Affleck - built a time machine, then looked into the future, found that the future is a disaster as a result of the time machine itself, so then gave himself the tools to destroy the time machine, thereby saving humanity, but also giving himself a winning lottery ticket in the process.
that's the only logical explaination for why the news of the discovery so suddenly vanished, isn't it?
Re: Damn - beat me to it
Oh? I must confess, I meant the Animaniacs characters :)
"resurrecting a dinosaur is out of the question"
Of course, that's exactly what they would say, while they're quietly buying up an island in the pacific and installing their top secret "research facility / safari park" before anyone notices...
+1 for Pinky & The Brain reference! \o/ :)
"Everything faster than everything"
Wasn't that a song by MeatLoaf?
Re: Why no whitelist firewall
do you mean, interrogate the people who have physical and electronic access to the infrastructure? or to physically and electronically "interrogate" them :)
eitherway, I'm sure Dr Cal Lightman will be happy to assist
Re: One month later...
+1 for "Ulla suckers!" lol
these are not the games you're looking for
i was really looking forward to 1313 :(
thoroughly depressed by this news. have loved his sci-fi books ever since i first read one as a young teenager. truely one of the greatest sci-fi writers ever in my opinion. and while i find his fiction books a bit hit and miss, they are always worth reading regardless.
very sorry that there will be no more Culture novels. i shall be re-reading them all in tribute to the great man.
Re: Android Heaven
that's a lot of "probably" that you've used there
you probably won't get hit by a car if you run across the motorway, but i'm not entirely happy with the idea of doing it myself
Re: The point of this is?
it's filed under the Business / Media section of the website.
Not under the Computer section. Not under the Tech section. Not under the Software section, nor even under the Hardware section. I'm confused by your confusion that you thought it was part of one or all of those sections of the site.
and as others have said, it's friday ffs, lighten up and get down the pub!
Re: Coming to a wallet near you...
But how would that work? you'd have to get the money from the users somehow, you wouldn't just give them infinite credit.
And if they're going to give the PayPal credit card access to their bank account details, then they can already give PayPal as it is access to their bank account so completely avoid any credit card processing charges anyway.
Also, a company can't just issue credit cards, can it? Aside from American Express, aren't all other credit cards linked to either Visa or to Mastercard in one way or another?
Re: What is this OP's comment supposed to be?
Is it supposed to be funny? Is it being 'irreverent'? It's a load of old bollocks, for sure.
There, fixed it for you. You didn't really come to El Reg to read in depth technical discussions on the technology world, did you? Is this your first time here?
...no one ever makes these kinds of mistakes the other way round, do they?
You never hear about someone miscalculating and suddenly discovering they've made 21 million more than they thought.
is that just Murphy's Law in action? or skulduggery afoot because the bean counters were hoping the numbers would come right before they had to fess up to their error?