230 posts • joined Friday 6th March 2009 22:59 GMT
Indeed. I wasn't able to visualise the devices from the text descriptions given, especially as the second device is described with reference to another el Reg review which is also pictureless. Still, Google finds plenty of reviews with pictures and comments from reviewers who seem to have actually handled the devices.
So, Reg, did your esteemed correspondent actually make it to the launch event or is this article just written from the Acer press releases, or even just other site's reviews?
""Lifetime ban" from Amazon "If" they find out then you "think" that they "could" ban you. - lots of ifs and maybes in there."
Amazon are very thorough; I hear they're looking in every Nook and cranny...
...bands (singing cat-themed songs)
I can't get no catisfaction
Sittin' on the tail of the cat
Feline Groovy (by Simon & Catfunkel)
Re: WTF? Been seeing a lot of recommendations for Mint Linux to newcomers, why?
> - there doesn't appear to be a download for Intel 64 bit PCs,
Use amd64 for Intel and AMD 64-bit PCs
(IA-64 is for Intel Itanium, not ordinary PCs)
Re: This is why I visit The Reg!
"Really? A story from August 2012?"
Well, indeed. It's a great video, but it was a great video when it turned up in my social media 5 months ago.
Where is el Reg getting its stories from? Are you trawling through ancient copies of broadsheets' technology pages in dentists' waiting rooms? Have you considered getting a twitter feed and doing a bit of web-surfing yourselves? I hear it's quite the coming thing.
Movie oldsters FAIL at internet
As the voting constituency is known in advance to be older this is a case of the user design failing, not the users failing.
"people who think there every move is of interest to the rest of us when in fact they spout inane, useless, meaningless, miserable, boring, brain destroying drivel"
Seems to be of enough interest to you to read the article and comment on it.
I don''t subscribe to feeds I'm not interested in. Seems simple enough.
Re: Its a fair bet its off to pick up whatever North Korea launched yesterday
"Beautiful display of the vast, vast capability gap that the US has over everyone else on earth in space."
That would be why the US has to send its astronauts to Russia.
Re: Let's see if I've got this right...
"Try getting, say, the IPv6 standard approved by a bunch who can argue the toss for a week over whether a footnote should be a footnote or a text inclusion."
There's no need to wait a few 4-year study periods. If you need a replacement for an under-planned IPv4 suite there's a set of ISO network standards on the shelf (perfect condition, never used) all ready to go.
Re: hang on a minute ..
"This is public data held by publicly-funded bodies?"
It doesn't publish itself for free. Some of the data may be commercially valuable. The interests of the taxpayer might be better served by selling the data, e.g. OS maps.
"Why isn't it all in public domain already, and why aren't the officials who have failed to make it available before now either personally funding this from their own pockets/pensios, or merely sacked with loss of all pension and access to state benefits?"
Why don't we let everyone in the country trawl through your working life until we find someone with a different opinion to you about how your work should have been done and use it to justify stripping you of all your income and assets, leaving you destitute under the nearest railway arch?
Re: Look! Over There! A pedophile!
"*North American spelling, as the "ae/ea" combinations make our heads hurt."
I do wonder about those peadophiles who are too much in love with their garden vegetables.
"In the US, for example, phone companies have a literally captive market and charges are among the highest in the world, with a 15 minute call costing as much as $17, according recent reports."
I'm sure that's fascinating but as the prisoner in question has been, according to the linked article, sent to Castle Huntly prison near Dundee wouldn't it be more relevant to mention the call rates in Scottish prisons?
Re: I'd be more worried..
" about the fact they're using Windows XP and Office 2003. End of life, anyone?"
XP goes EOL in April 2014.
Military/Civil Service users can expect to be rolled to Win 7 in about March 2014.
"Students need the lanyard ... for toilet breaks, and it allows the school to track their every movement throughout the day."
Yup, that does sound rather over-detailed.
Re: I recall and article...
In a neat piece of nominative determinism the lead researcher is a B K Boggs.
If their pee is strong enough to power a generator I suggest they probably ought to be drinking more water.
Re: @the spectacularly refined chap
"Other than the inbuilt desire of a Civil "Servant" to be in total control of the affairs of individuals, WHY does he "need" to link the two cases?"
Assuming you're a UK taxpayer are you going to be happy paying people multiple sets of benefits and/or state pensions because they have, either accidentally or deliberately, managed to get multiple entries in the benefits system?
Re: "must consider using"
"And after due consideration (10 seconds), it was decided that using open standards and open source software would be incompatible with maintaining good ongoing relationships with our existing systems suppliers ..."
After due consideration (10 seconds) it was decided that funding your project would be incompatible with Government policy.
lots of love,
Re: 14 days?
"I hate to break this, but it's worth far more to Apple for them to have no statement on their site for 14 days than it costs to pay a lawyer to sit in jail for that amount of time. They'd have been delighted at being offered such an option."
Ah, by Apple rep I meant whichever Apple staffer got sent along for the day. I'm sure m'learned friends know how to keep themselves out of the cells.
If Apple are planning to turn up to the next hearing with an excuse rather than a compliant web page and a fulsome apology it would be refreshing for the court to require it to be presented in person by the senior Apple UK exec. Who should pack a toothbrush.
Re: 14 days?
> If I were the judge I'd have been tempted to hold them and their lawyer in contempt right there.
Quite. They should have thrown the Apple rep into a cell for contempt and left him there until Apple changed their notice. I expect Apple would have found that they could edit a webpage in 14 minutes, rather than 14 days.
Re: "where I can go to get my hands on a Pi kit out the door today?"
> In the UK you'd go to a Maplin store with stock if you wanted one *today*, as part of a complete £70 starter kit
You can pop in and order a kit but my local Maplin store doesn't carry them as stock items; they'll only be shipped to the store when ordered.
Re: Security, security, security.
> In our company everything is driven by the most paranoid set of security rules going! [It] expressly prohibits the copying of company data to non-company-owned devices.
Ah, so you still have working USB ports (for company-owned devices).
Then there are organisations out there with stricter security rules than that.
Re: Minimum IT knowledge for El'Reg?
> Tape backup is too cumbersome and too expensive for home use, isn't it?
The important thing is that RAID isn't a substitute for backup. Problems with your RAID system or just the traditional software or finger troubles can still zap the data on a RAID system. So you still need to backup your RAID data somewhere else. For home use that may well be to an external hard disk or two rather than tape.
"if you pass the Star Trek-like Kobayashi Maru"
If you can pass it, it's not Star Trek-like, as per the first comment.
A dinosaur database, you say?
That'll be Oracle then.
(There are nice dinosaur displays in the Will Memorial building and in the adjacent Bristol Museum.)
Re: BT's "Where and When" website...
> Use http://fttc-check.alc.im/
"Not part of a phase"
BT's "Where and When" website...
... merely tells you whether the exchange is enabled.
Fat lot of good that is if BT CBA to upgrade your local cabinet.
> You've never bought a Windows PC? Guess what, it doesn't edit Word documents by default (unless it comes with a crappy trial version of Office that will stop working).
Even a "crappy trial version of Office" means that a Windows box can edit Word docs out of the box. So can Microsoft Works. Or Open/Libre Office will do so for free.
> Office compatibility isn't normally the reason why people want a tablet,
Really? Handy for email on my better half's ipad.
> Network shares? Don't need them...
Well, that's nice for you. For those of us who have files on other platforms it would be handy to be able to access them.
> Printing to a networked printer? HP printers require no software at all.
If you don't mind having to use the web browser or mail tool built into their print tool. WTF?
> or you can just enable printer sharing on a desktop Mac, again for free.
Great. Where can I get these free desktop Macs?
So I can save the cost of buying a print app for the ipad by buying a Mac. Bit of a false economy if you don't have a Mac to start with. (I don't.)
> Android free apps don't have adverts in them too?
Did I claim otherwise? Windows manages to have a Solitaire game bundled in. As I keep being told by fanbois that Apple is better, where is the bundled Solitaire on an ipad?
> There's an app for that, now toddle off like a good little fandroid.
There are lots of apps for ipads, often chargeable, for things you might have expected to be built in.
Want to edit the world's most widely used wordprocessor format? - Needs a chargeable app.
Want to connect to a networked file share (especially on a tablet with no USB or SD slots)? - Needs a chargeable app.
Want to print to an existing networked printer, without buying a new airprint printer? - Needs a chargeable app.
Want to relax with a little basic Solitaire? - Needs an app, chargeable if you don't want ads.
See the pattern?
"Does his (Harry) behavior make you proud to be British citizen?"
I wonder why he let someone else take pictures in his hotel suite.
Re: Free Fix!!!
"I'm sorry but Torx screws are not obscure"
There are security varients of Torx screws that are more obscure.
I mean, I'd have to schlep all the way out to the garage to get my security Torx drivers.
Re: I do love the newspapers in the UK
"Anybody who actually wants to see ginger nuts needs their head seeing to."
And if you've missed the pictures here they are.
(Come on, you knew that was going to happen. Don't tell me you actually looked.)
*teen royal* in fresh photo uproar
"Høiby, the son of Crown Princess Mette-Marit from an earlier relationship prior to her marriage to Norwegian Crown Prince Haakon,"
Hence making him non-royal as can be seen from his Norwegian Royal Family web page where he is plain "Marius Borg Høiby" rather than the other princes and princesses listed.
Anyway, this has been a brief moment of sanity and I now return you to the pages of Majesty magazine ("the Quality Royal Magazine"), sorry, el Reg.
First Tokyo, next London?
So will we get a story about how the Tottenham Court Road (or even Lisle Street) isn't the electronics paradise of old?
I suppose that comes of being able to remember when Maplin sold electronic components by mail-order, rather than having shops full of no-name plastic tat they have to discount heavily to make space for the next wave of tat no-one wants.
Re: Simpler Explanation
> It could just be that most technically minded geeks dislike Oracle and their anti-OSS practices and farcical IP claims.
Or they are just ticked off by the horrendous pile of kludge upon kludge that is Oracle SQL.
Re: International power strip
"I've taken to carrying an international power strip with me. "
As a variation on this I take a domestic power strip with me. All my devices from home fit the sockets and I just need one adapter from my domestic standard to wherever I'm visiting.
(This doesn't of course change the voltage or frequency so check your devices will work in the location you are visiting.)
Re: One item had even turned inside out.
"underwear should be worn for seven days continuously and then turned inside out for another seven continuous days
It's in the MAN pages somewhere.."
$ man whatsthatsmell
Re: Behind every successful man..
"So, who owns the credit for this now? The original author of the Japanese paper, this chap, or the Americans? :)"
The RIAA of course. Hand over your money and prepare for extradition, ya varmints.
Re: Good job
' "All the 24 OBS feed channels were on VirginMedia as well"
for those who wished to watch them through what looks like frosted bathroom window glass, and didn't mind their box freezing during an event.'
Fine here so these problems didn't affect all VM customers.
[Do we] want “backhoe terrorism” to become the norm
I think you'll find that “backhoe terrorism” has been the norm for a considerable time (and that's in a country with maps and cable detectors).
Tip for the unwary: If you're paying your comms provider for redundant connections make sure they are not running down the same ducts.
> This is world leading technology,
Well, it's not that difficult to miss the action when 25% of ITV4 output is adverts. It was good to see the cycling without adverts, in HD and without whatever punditry was coming from BBC1's fishtank. And when I missed the live coverage on the extra 24 channels it was all available online.
Re: Wimpy specs?
> given how you couldn't get The Tech Guys to make a housecall to Mars
Having sorted out a friend's computer after getting it back from "The Tech Guys" it surprises me not to find that NASA have put Curiosity at least 56 million km from the nearest "Tech Guy".
"audio performance that’s flatter than a whippet racer’s hat."
Thin panel TVs don't have enough internal capacity to act as a decent speaker cabinet so the bass disappears. This is more marked with LED backlighting than CCFL.
If you go for external speakers to get round this, check that your solution will lipsync correctly. (My all-Sony setup can't do this on freeview, though it's fine on DVD/blu-ray.)
Re: I smell some sport!
"The rest of the country get to gawp at the Londoners torch as makes its condescending token-gesture way through their town..."
Lest we forget, the streetlamps 100 miles from the Smoke are still littered with "London 2012" banners weeks after the self-toasting cheese graters have been and gone.
>You implictly gave your permission for me to send me my website WHEN YOU SENT A REQUEST ASKING FOR IT to my server.
Yes, we've asked for your webpage. We haven't asked for you to send us a whole bunch of ads from third party advertising servers that can track us across sites.
If your business model requires adverts then serve them off your own webserver. If you can't be bothered to do that then expect them to be adblocked.