1880 posts • joined Tuesday 8th May 2007 12:11 GMT
to be honest, there's only one piece of homebrew that i'm interested in, so i'm not overly keen to jailbreak my iphone
but also, if the rumours of another firmware update in the next couple of weeks are true, then i think i'll wait until after they've cracked that. and i'd rather wait for QuickPwn too instead of all the restoring malarky of the PwnageTool
the thing about the sales declining over the past few weeks is that it is august and world+dog are going on holiday to sit on a beach in the sun by the sea
i'm sure everyone would rather risk a cheap paperback to the terrors of sand and salt water than an expensive brick of electronics
PLUS in bright sunny conditions, paperbacks are much easier to read through sunglasses than the Kindle screen
but the main problem is the cost i think - the Kindle is expensive and the cost of the books to load on it are not a great deal less than that of a paperback. for it to be a success then it'll be necessary to very heavily tax paperbacks to make e-books the obviously cheaper alternative
re: Stupid move
Oh i dunno - our friends across the pond are so unused to having to download movies in order to watch them without having to wait months for a cinema release that they may not realise they're online
conversely, does anyone in the uk remember how to covertly capture a movie on video inside a cinema since it's been so long since there's been the need to?
and anyway, this is Bond, and it's coming out at Thanksgiving - i don't think the p2p viewers are going to impact the box office takings too much. for a non-franchise film it might do, but not something like Bond.
(that said, i hope it does make a massive impact on the box office sales so that the studios might wake-up and realise that in this day and age it only makes sense to do a worldwide simultaneous release - THAT's something else that contributed to the Dark Knight's success)
how does a web crawler work?
i thought web crawlers worked by following links from one page to another and cataloging everything they see?
so for you to be able to use a web crawler to harvest all the usernames on the idisk, you'd need to have a page that lists every single idisk public folder? does such an index exist?
or do webcrawlers work differently and somehow can find the pages by themselves?
idea is not dead, just delayed
we live in a democracy apparently - so if we could just convince Mr Clarkson to run for parliment, then we'd all be able to vote him in and he'd become Prime Minister that way
if that doesn't work, there's always the good old-fashioned method of a civil revolution - we haven't had one of those in nearly 400 hundred year, must be time for another ruck, no?
as well as the consolidation of several functions into the single ps3 device being a reason for this device, also from what i hear the user interface is fantastic and beats any other pvr solution around
re: Don't Get It
so in this case - instead of spending 30quid for a pvr with just 250gb - spend 99 quid at dabs.co.uk and get an external 1TB usb drive and use that as external storage on the back of the ps3 to record the tv too
who's more the fool, the fanatic that buys the phone or the fanatic that comments on this forum
i'm sorry, but some of you anti-Jesusphone are more zealtous than us mac-fanatics are. all it requires is for one slightly vindictive piece of El Reg reporting and away you go, off on your high-horses. you're more mindless and like driven-sheep than the iPhone users you so despise, repeating what your El Reg overlords have told you.
i do feel a bit of pity for this guy though - you're all having a go at him, but he wasn't the only one
apparently the developer said that 5 other people in the States bought it, as did one in germany and one in france
the guys now up 5,600 dollars!
i think what annoys everyone most about this, even if they won't admit it, is that they didn't think of it first
...about the colourscheme - a couple of seconds clicking on the Brainstorm button on the Colorware site brings up a vast pelethora of even more hiddeous options
that said, for 75quid, it's almost tempting, as much for the scratch protection coating as anything else
c'mon! drink a can of Dr Pepper - what's the worse that can happen with an exploding nuclear reactor in space?
i am worried that El Reg are on a cheapo dial-up if it's really taking you guys that long to download the small iTunes update
it came down in only a few minutes on my connection at home
i find it very surreal that it's possible to condemn a rapist to death, and then get worried about if he's going to be in pain at the point when we dies
i'm sure his victims are equally concerned for his wellfare
if you're going to have a death sentence, then do it properly - no point trying to kill people humainly!
colleague of mine has an HTC phone running windows mobile (6 i think?)
and he discovered what our exchange server settings were and so plugged them in and was most pleased with himself that the push tech was working
until the end of the day when he'd drained his battery - he now just updates every hour
so, i'm a little confused about how these so-called industry expert analysists can be so surprised that having your phone constantly polling for new data is such a drain on battery life when it's the same situation on other phones
methinks that El Reg is typically forgetting to be non-biased in its reporting once again
Re: religion next?
oh i dunno - i'm so obsessed with GTA that i border on the fanatical line. i'm already getting excited about the Chinatown Wars and will be buying a DS for the sole purpose of playing that game.
if there was a Church of GTA, i'd be their most ferverent worshiper.
but even so, i'm not likely to go out and try and steal a cab - in the cab, there's FAR too many cops wandering the streets that you're bound the get at least 1 star
that's the difference between the game and reality - there's more cops and they're quicker to bust you in the game - if they want to stop these kids from acting out these kinds of crimes, put their money where their mouths are and get more coppers on the streets!!!
I'm loving the return to the flip cover - that's something that's been sorely missing in recent year. best phone i ever had was the old Z7 - not because of the features, although the menu system was cool, and not even because i replaced the silver case with an all-black matt one off ebay and the leds on teh screen with blue ones - but because it was great being able to flip it open with your little finger while you brought the phone up to your ear, and making a bedee beddee noise like from StarTrek :)
requests for removal
so we all got a bit organised, we could continually request that image after image is taken down and generate black spots within the google streetview, yes?
re: Two Van Gogh's...
and both of them look like they were painted by a 10 year old
i've never been able to see what make's Van Gogh's work so celebrated - if he hadn't be banging the ho and slicing his ear off, would anyone have ever noticed his work?
@Steve - re: doxpara
thanks for the doxpara.com link - just tried it - nice to know that my company's dns is secure
a little worrying to note that the O2 dns that my iPhone uses is not
i think it's alright
i like my PSP and the games on it i've throughly enjoyed playing
but that said, i haven't switched it on in months
it's still better'n a DS though - just because i prefer the type of games that you get on a psp than those that seem to come out on the ds (although the new GTA game means i'm going to have to buy myself a DS before xmas)
what the psp really needs is a 2nd analog stick, better integration with the ps3 and yeah, flash memory instead of UMD would be a plan i guess
but i don't think it's half as bad as people make out
re: Just a point...
quote: Not all of us want annoying scratchable smudge-covered slow-to-respond touch screens.
and neither do us iPhone owners - which is lucky then really that our iPhone screens don't scratch, respond quickly and smudges from your pizza covered fingers don't obscure the display and are easy and quick to rub off anyway on your trousers
RE: I wish Steve the best of health, etc,
the trouble is, the last time they tried, to two idiots that took over basically ran the company into the ground because they thought it would be a great idea to run Mac OS on generic looking boxes, and then on cheap clones (which is just one step from running it on generic pc hardware)
if Jobs hadn't come back, there would be no Apple any more
sure, that's not to say that no one could replace him as do as good a job (ha ha) but the guys that tried it before failed completely. seems a bit blaze for a company to pin it's future on the theory that "3rd times a charm"
but why would you bother?
look at the thing! it's an ugly, plain black box. ooooh, it's got silver trim! it's pug ugly and looks just like any other windoze pc.
i wouldn't put something like that in my loft! let alone somewhere that people can see it.
but you lot are missing the point - there's nothing more special about this than another pc out there - you still have to hack it to get OS X to work on it - the only difference is that in this case, the vendors are providing the hacking tools
and you'll still get a not quite perfect OS X experience - whenever anything goes wrong, you won't know if it's your sub-standard pc hardware that's at fault, the glue-and-string used to make OS X work on the non-apple hardware, or a genuine problem with the system
interesting, AC's post reminds me a lot of the kind of posts that were around last year, saying how great HD-DVD was going to be and how the stats that showed BD's growth were skewed and that the Register was being biased against HD-DVD in it's articles
re: Wish list - cut & paste
how would you implement the "cut and paste" on a system with no keys and only finger input?
first, you need to find a way of allowing the user to select a chunk of text. presumably, you'd put two fingers on the screen at the start of the first word, and drag the second finger to the end of the last word. that would highlight them.
(this opens up it's own bag of worms though - if you allow the users to highlight text, then they'll want to highlight text both within text input boxes but also from other areas on the screen - such as from text messages that have been recieved, emails that you're reading before you click teh reply button, text on websites, etc etc.) you need to find a way to make sure that a scroll action isn't mistaken for a highlight text action.
then what? do you assume the user wants that text cut? what if they just want to copy? do you pop up a menu offering a choice of cut/copy/delete?
and once the text is on a clipboard, how do you paste it? a double tap on the text cursor? holding your finger in the same place for 5 seconds?
Yes, Mac OS 1.0 could copy and paste - but it had a mouse, a drop down Edit menu and it had a keyboard with the Apple-key on it. these are all missing from the iPhone and so it's not as easy to implement
re: missing industry standard features
i'm sorry, but these so-called "industry standard features" that everyone keeps on banging on about - the front-facing camera, mms, memory-cards - are they actually useful
i don't know _anyone_ who does video phonecalls or video conferencing on their mobile. if you need that for business, you'll do it in a meeting room.
mms were a fad and their time has past. send an email with a full size picture for free instead of an expensive tiny fuzzy text messsage picture - if you lot want to keep living in the dark ages of sms technology that's your problem
and memory-cards - these, like dvd/cd drive and floppy disks before them, are things of the past. in the same way that the MacBook Air has dispensed with teh need for a cd/dvd drive, so too has the iphone dispensed with memory cards! stop living in the past!!
@ webster phreaky - re: @alistair millington
alright, own up, what have you done with the real Webster?
those sound like suspiciously pro-mac comments and to be honest, it unnerves me when comments like that have Webster's name attached to them. it's a sign of the End Times, i'm sure, the Lamb opens the 7th Seal, the Four ride forth and silence covers the land... and Webster begins to proclaim the excellent qualities of Apple :)
i've no objection to paying a bit to use the road if it means there's no idiots in front slowing everyone up
they should have the system for the normal lanes where speed limits are reduced to 50mph in high conjestion, but there should also be a fast, toll lane where the speed limit is 90mph
i'm highly offended too!!!!
but then, i'm a fully paid up follower of the Cult of Apple, so the offense i take is from completely the opposite direction to that of Mr Millar
after all, the iPhone Came, We Saw, and We Bought
and now it has arisen again as was propesised by His Holiness Jobs
i've even seen the holy trinity (the original, the 3g and the 16gb)
i've not seen any similarly compelling evidence to prove the existance of Jesus
that's horrifically ugly
and the screen is far too small to be useful for reading work documents or watching tv shows
this Nokia effort is a smart phone aimed at the old generation of smartphones before the iPhone and the SE X1 and even the HTC Touch Pro/Diamond
i wonder why you bother to include the GBP and EUR conversions of the dollar prices for this.
it's not available outside the US - it'll probably take AGES before it is, and we know full well that the prices on this side of the pond will be far greater than your calculate figures.
30 days of extra use and what seems to be a suggestion that they've every intention of speeding up the desktop app side of things too (even though I still fail to see why anyone _really_ needs it to be much faster than 15 minutes - exactly what's going to happen in the 14 minutes in between that's going to inconvienance you that much?)
you people banging on about how apple should release OS X to run on non-apple hardware are missing the point. it isn't anti-competative behaviour
apple users do not choose to run OS X, and therefore have to buy a mac. we choose to own macs because of the combined package of hardware+OS
i wouldn't run OS X on a generic pc if it was possible because then i'd have all the same trouble as other pc users and OS X wouldn't be as reliable because it'd be bulked out with code to cope with every type of pc combination instead of just the hardware set up i have.
lets face it - you lot are just gagging to be OS X users but your too proud to admit it. you're only apple-haters because your jealous :)
if you're going to try and be hip and with it and down with the kids in your titles, at least get the 1337 nomenclature correct, innit :)
no women no kids
i always wanted to be a hitman
ever since i saw Leon and then a little later Gross Pointe Blank
even Assassins makes it seem like a cool job - much better'n sitting on my 'arris all day in front of a computer typing inane comments on El'Reg articles
and now that Wanted is in the cinemas, well that's just it, guns, action, money, and you get to get off with Angelina Jolie! WHY didn't my guidance counsellor at school suggest being a hitman to me when i was young enough to begin training? why did he leave it to Holywood to show me my ideal profession?
you might have a valid point there
if Morphine is in the game, it does suggest that the other Fallout traditional drugs are not. also, from the censor's description, it seems that the side-effects of OD'ing are not present.
what else is missing from the game? what else has been made more realistic and moved away from the traditional feel of the original Fallout games?
WTF have Bethesda done?????
have they removed Nuke-cola too?
does this suggest they've taken one of the greatest games of all time and turned it into Eldar Scrolls with a big scorpions damnit!!!!!
but GTA4 doesn't promote drug use - there's no point where Niko shoots up
it's even anti-drink&drive because if you go out drinking, you exit the pub staggering all over the place, it's hard to drive and if the cops see you they immediately give chase, and because your inhebriated and can't drive straight, it's tough to loose them
so actually, there's no parallels between Fallout and GTA4
all that said, how stupid does the australian censor board think that average australians are? are they really likely to confuse living in a post-aplocalyptic wasteland where you have to fight off mutants and zombies with real life?
still no stock in the shops either
i just checked the two nearest O2 store to Bank underground station and both of them have no stock, and have no idea when they'll get stock back in.
they hope for the end of the week, because they're expecting to get new stock once a week, but they suggest to check back regularly as they can't guarentee they won't sell out of the new stock as soon as i appears
i know everyone on this site loves to slate the iPhone, but you've got to admit, it's selling a lot more units than any other phone at the moment, so there must be something right about it, regardless of whatever Webster thinks
i was a bit gutted that i wasn't able to queue up this morning for upgrade my old iPhone to a new one - but reading on the forums about all the trouble people are having and how quickly the stock is running out in the shops that are able to use the system, i'm kinda glad in the end.
think i'll wait till next week and try and upgrade then
odd that we've not heard from Webster yet - i guess he's stuck in a queue as well, waiting to get his one
i'm sure webster (being a sick and twisted individual) will get his rocks off on this image
myself, i feel somewhat physically sick looking at it - oh the humanity!!!
3G with 1.1.4??
how do you get a 3G iPhone with 1.1.4 f/w?
even if these have all fallen off the back of a truck that s'posed to be delivering them to O2's online store(!) then they'd all be loaded with v2.0 surely?
sounds to me like these are all old stock of 1st gen iPhones that they're trying to shift by labelling them as "iPhone 3G"
if they run out of stock, how come the "we've run out of stock" message didn't appear until the middle of the afternoon?
if they sold out within a couple of hours, why is that there were so many people who were trying to get one between 8am and 10am and yet were unsuccessful?
are they accusing Apple of (effectively prompting) a DOS attack? :)
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