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Interesting. Apple seem to be going the same way; iMessage is already shared across your iOS devices and Macs, along with your calendar and contacts etc. With Continuity in Yosemite+iOS8, they're extending that to SMS and MMS, along with phone calls etc. Seems like the same kind of deal here.
Re: So that's it?
RAMChYLD: I'd say something rude and probably question your parentage if I weren't such a gentleman. Before you spout off on the NHS, you should check yourself - it's the best in the world. http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/jun/17/nhs-health
Comfortable local market ≠ world beating products.
You only have to look to Blackberry to see what happens when you have a local market which will support you no matter what.
In that case, it was Canadians good-natured patriotism to the plucky RIM which enabled them to continue, supported, down a path which others had abandoned because of the prevailing moves in the market, and if Russian and Chinese businesses and people are required to support local vendors, the same thing will happen; lack of competition → stagnation.
"It's been leaked everywhere. Everything from the case to the ribbon cable that connects the buttons has been leaked and can be viewed online."
...while I'm personally not getting excited about the iPhone 6 launch, the case and ribbon cable are not what people care about / get excited about.
"I think the Apple excitement on a phone launched peaked at the 4S."
"Only phone launch I'm excited about is the Galaxy Note 4 since Samsung have done a good job at suppressing all leaks so far."
...yawn, just like iPhone 6 launch.
Re: Avoid these phones
Firefox runs fine on my Nexus 5.
Re: Couldn't agree more
I only have my own experience of the online services from Xbox and PS for this, but I'd say that Xbox users are more raving, but I think that's just an extension of the relative immaturity of the gamers I seem to encounter on the two platforms.
Re: Cheltenham again?
VM are quite clear with their users (of which I am one) that their email service is provided by Google, and it's very obvious that this is the case when you use webmail anyway, so you really have no need to be concerned about it.
Re: Maybe this could work with the right regulations
I was thinking this too.
But I don't think that you can realistically stop those charges getting passed on to the customer, and I don't think you actually need to either.
Say it turns out that O2 actually has the best coverage overall, and 3 the worst, with Voda and EE somewhere in the middle.
O2 will be getting more in revenue from this forced sharing, and will of course reap the profits and not bother to build new infrastructure because, hey, they're a mobile phone company and they're all a$$holes.
3 will end up paying a lot more, to O2 and Voda / EE than they get from the reverse, and will be taking a hit. They will either (a) pass on the costs to their customers or (b) build new infrastructure in the places where they see the problem. If (a) (which seems more likely - all mobile phone companies are a$$holes remember) then their customers will leave them for O2, or Voda / EE. They will eventually go bust, or find a level, or realise they need to build more infrastructure to get a slice of that sweet forced roaming agreement deal that O2 have been basking in.
Voda and EE may do nothing, being revenue neutral here, or they may see the opportunity. But when 3 starts investing and they start being the ones paying more out than they get, they may start seeing infrastructure as a benefit.
Re: Sorry, but you're talking nonsense.
Indeed, you only need for one person in a cell to be watching the stream for it to be efficient. For the proposed scenarios, this will free up a metric shit tonne (that's a real thing of course) of bandwidth because rather than having 10 or 50 or 1000 LTE streams in the cell doing broadly the same thing, you have just one, and all the rest of that bandwidth is spare AND you have less stress on the backhaul (as often the problem as cell capacity) so it's all awesomeness all the way.
Re: I thought EE had the .......
He wasn't trolling, Mark, he was making a funny.
Totally vouch for that one; great sound for the size, micro USB charging, lasts for 10+ hours, can pair them up if you have two for even more volume.
Re: Alleviate anxiety with a hybrid perhaps
The P stands for Plug-In.
And although I'm not buying one (no need) it doesn't get bad reviews. Though I am sure the OP will be immediately cancelling his order now that your (Anonymous) judgement has been given.
Re: And at the end of the day ...
I can't believe anyone uses TrueCrypt to protect actual state secrets or anyone is naive enough to assume that it's impossible for XYZ agency to crack it or get at it another way. If they want the data enough they can crack it, or more likely crack you to get your passphrase whether you use the obfuscated volume in a volume method or not.
What people use it for is to hide their porn, or protect their family pictures from becoming someone else's porn in the event the machine is stolen, or surely in the most extreme case to keep their work documents secured from possible theft by a competitor, and even then, they're more likely to use BitLocker.
Re: Torrent site ?
I understand what you're saying, but it's sophistry; yes, they are both search aggregators, but google.co.uk is a general search engine which indexes as much as it can from the web whereas torrentz.eu specifically and only provides search results from web sites which are hosting torrent and magnet links which are overwhelmingly copyright infringing.
Now, I'm not arguing the merits or morals of copyright or distribution rights, or the price content creators are putting on their works for digital distribution, or saying I'm comfortable with these seemingly back-hand tactics on the police's part etc, but equating torrentz.eu to google.co.uk isn't really helpful.
In UK law, intent is a large part of things; for example, you can carry a large knife (home, from Tesco, where you just bought it) but you also can't carry a large knife (hidden, under your coat, to mug someone with).
It's the intent that changes the legality of the action here, and I'm sure that even before a court of law (which is where I would prefer the police get their authority!) they could argue the difference between google.co.uk and torrentz.eu.
Is this worse than the iPhone 5S fingerprint scanner?
Not technically worse I mean, but it seems to me that it's a worse vulnerability. The iPhone sensor only allows you to unlock the phone, and to sign in to (and purchase from) the Apple stores. Sure, that's not ideal if someone's got your phone and can circumvent the fingerprint reader....
....but, your passcode is required when you switch the phone on (and it's likely they'll have switched it off to avoid being tracked after the theft) or after ~5 failed attempts (as the article mentions) and even if they get past it all, all they can do is buy you music and apps. Which Apple will refund you for when you report it stolen etc.
If the Samsung one doesn't need your passcode, AND you can have infinite attempts AND you can spend real money through PayPal (and other apps?) then that seems a lot worse to me.
Re: ummm wait what?
I suspect that this will be the first step in a program to eventually integrate WhatsApp and FB Messenger in some way; they may maintain a separate WhatsApp app, frozen at the current functionality, but the FB Messenger app will get all of the functionality of WhatsApp (meaning those that want can ditch the WhatsApp app and keep only FB Messenger to get FB and WhatsApp messages in one place) and then start adding in IP voice calls, add in WhatsAppIn and WhatsAppOut services for regular phone calls etc etc to get everyone to move to the one app, and monetize further.
Re: So what are the alternatives that people recommend?
I switched to No-IP where you can get a free service with up to 3 host names on the account:
Re: It's a shame
If I may quote George Takei:
Freedom of speech does not mean freedom from consequences. This man donated money to a campaign designed to keep LGBT people from full equality and to deny our families equal rights under the law. He was free to make that choice, but we are free to hold him accountable. If he'd donated money to White Supremacists to help outlaw interracial marriage, there'd be little outcry over his ouster.
Re: The witch hunt continues
I assume that was a genuine question, though I may be stepping on a land mine in this thread.... IYLISMWDYGLT = "if you like it so much why don't you go live there"
Re: Oh, a new outrage of the week. Finally, I was getting worried.
It's easy to think people are being "over the top" when it's not you or your group / family / community that is affected by whatever is in question.
I'm sure that Jim Crow law supporters thought that black people were being "strident" or "drama queens" or "uppity" when they asked to be able to drink from the same water fountains, or, horror of horrors, asked for the right to get married to whoever they wanted, no matter whether they were white or black or whatever.
I think that the comparisons are apt; many of the same rights that were denied to black people are now denied to gay people, and not just marriage - your very life is at stake in many countries just for being gay, let alone your liberty. It's an ongoing process which will (if history has taught us anything) end with everyone having access to all the same rights, with no bad effects in the long run.
Invoking the holocaust was super classy of you of course, especially considering how many homosexuals were "herded in to gas chambers" along with Jews. Take a trip to Belsen or Auschwitz-Birkenau some time.
Re: I just want to browse the internet
If the guy had donated money to a campaign to ban Jews from getting married, or to ban interracial marriages, would you still think that that he was fit to be CEO of a company you were working with (in any capacity, no matter how small) *if* you were Jewish, or black and wanted to marry a white girl, or knew anyone who was, or maybe even if you didn't?
Because all these devs are saying is "this guy's not only said he thinks we're icky, he's actually donated a substantial amount of money to keep us apart, so we're not going to work with his company any more".
They haven't even actually asked others to do the same.
How's about, if the real world bothers your sensibilities and you "just want to browse the internet" you don't click on articles which include the word "gay" in the title so you don't have to think about it any more?
No, I think what the devs are saying is that they believe that Eichs views matter, as the CEO of a company which they were supporting with development work.
They believe that because of his views they should not support the company any more.
They have stated that publicly and effectively asked others to do the same (just as Eich effectively asked others to endorse his bigotry with his donation).
That is their right, just as it is Eichs right to have those views.
Whether you agree with them or with Eich is really immaterial, it's just, effectively, a spat between them.
Re: Shakes Head
No, that's not how it works.
People aren't allowed to be prejudiced against one group of people but then expect to be able to claim prejudice when that group takes action against them.
Besides which, Eich did not confine himself to a point of view - he actively donated money to a cause, and an amount which he knew would make it public record, so he's totally fair game to have that called out for what it is.
Personally, I don't think this will help, but what these guys are doing is bringing this in to view. Hopefully, Eich will say his views have "evolved" and put a swift end to it.
Your comment would carry more weight if you weren't an anonymous coward.
Re: Good while it lasted
The PAC system works quite well, actually.
The way it works is you get a PAC from your current service provider (which only you can get, not some malicious actor who's trying to steal your number for whatever reason) and when you're ready (any time within 30 days) you give that to your new provider.
This has the action of (1) transferring your number to the new service provider and (2) automatically cancelling your old contract with your old provider.
The old provider has to give you a PAC code within hours of you asking (most give them immediately) and your new provider will carry out the port the next day usually if you want them to, or you can wait for your desired billing cycle or whatever.
Re: 8GB is pretty useless
Yes and no.
It would be fine for my mum - she only uses Facebook and reads the news and does iMessage and FaceTime etc (FaceTime being the main reason for an iPhone as she has family overseas who already had it).
8GB would also be plenty for any of the new generation who are used to streaming everything. I'm not, and I suspect many Reg readers are not, but there are many people out there who are.
Re: The biggest issue
Or go for Jottacloud, which are based in Norway and host your data there too. 5GB free, and an extra 5GB free if you use a referrer link:
They do 100GB a month for $6 if you're interested, or $6 a month for unlimited storage from one machine, and have all the usual clients (Windows, Mac, iOS, Android) but not Linux.
Re: The Tintinnabulations Of The Ad-Copy.
I'm certainly not endorsing the product, but just because you have Tinnitus doesn't mean that you can't hear well.
Tinnitus covers a broad range of problems that you can have - for some people, it can be devastating and awful and almost deafening. For others, it's limited to ringing or hissing in specific frequency ranges, which can be drowned out, or can be trained out.
So, just because someone has Tinnitus doesn't necessarily mean that they can't identify poorly encoded audio or that they wouldn't appreciate well encoded audio.
Though, this seems like hooey to me - from everything I've read and experienced, well recorded and well encoded music with current technologies are good enough for almost everyone, and for anyone who it's not good enough for (either for real reasons or confirmation-bias based ones) a better choice would have been some sort of high bit-depth, high sample rate open-source encoder, like FLAC already provides.
Re: Not Necessarily Bad
@ David Austin: "I think everyone's in agreement that Over The Air live broadcasting will have a reduced roll going forward"
That's what they thought about FM 20 years ago too.
There's a lot to be said about a broadcast platform which means that everyone no matter where they are in the country and no matter what their income level and broadband availability is, can get a basic set of services for nominal cost (the cost of the TV nowadays with FreeView and FreeSat being built in).
Personally, I'd prefer if the bandwidth was used for OTA data where everyone had a PVR type device and all the programming was delivered as data. You could still have schedules - the box would manage that, and you get the benefit of not having to broadcast anything 2, 3, 4, or 10 times for the repeats. Considering how cheap storage is now, you could surely store a weeks worth of FreeView on a PVR?
It seems odd to me...
...that shoddy / inaccurate / wrong reporting from one party is being blamed on another party simply because said party refused to confirm or deny.
Yes and No.
"Cheap hardware which has a poor user experience are exactly how you kill off your mobile platform."
But not when the phone costs £15.
In developing markets, it'll be a huge step up from a feature phone or no phone at all, and while people may have their frustrations with it, they will have little to compare it to at least initially, and it could take customers with them as it grows, and gets placed on higher spec hardware - much like iOS did - who knows?.
Assuming "it" (once it exists outside of a reference design) sells in developed markets at all (and it probably will one way or another) everyone will know that it is not an iPhone 5S or a Nexus 5 - they will understand that it's a "burner" phone as has been said - something you buy to put your SIM in for a few days while you're between "proper" phones, or as an emergency phone, or as a phone for your older kids, or as one to take on holiday with you and pop a local SIM in etc etc.
Tell you what...
...if Nintendo could release the "UNES" (Ultra Nintendo Entertainment System) in a year or two (so named because it's "the first console designed for the 4k future") and launches new versions of Zelda, Mario Kart, Super Mario, and Star Fox for launch, I will be desperate for them to take my money.
As of now though, the new generation of consoles are uninspiring; I'll never be buying a WiiU for all the obvious reasons, and I'm unlikely to buy an Xbox One considering all the furore and not being a FPS fan, and the PS4, well, I'll probably end up with one, but (obviously, since it's already happened) not at launch like the PS3 - I'll get one cheap when the "PS4 Slim" (or whatever) comes out.
But a UNES, I'd queue for.
Re: "Australia fared best in 28th"
He probably meant to add "of the limited number of countries where The Reg has a presence"
Be nice if we had 3G coverage in more places and didn't have to fall back to 2G (I'm thinking of you, M40) let alone 4G or thinking about 5G.
Re: You know how far the US has fallen...
@ Kevin 6
Hmm. The US is in a worse state than I thought.
I'm in the UK, and I pay £37.50 ($61.50) for an unlimited 120Mbps (downstream, obviously) connection. If I bust through their fair use transfer cap during peak times (1600-2300) that speed is reduced for 2 hours by 16% (to 100Mbps effectively) as the fair use measure. Hardly a hardship for me.
It's not possible to deliver services like this to rural areas (either in the UK or the US) but if you're in one of the big cities (I'm not - I'm in a town of 100,000 people), it seems like you should be able to get this kind of service for that kind of price.
Re: Get a candybar phone
@Number6: "I would say this is a desirable feature for any phone. A smartphone without the FB app pre-installed would be good. Are there any?"
Any iPhone or Nexus. None of them have the FB app preinstalled.
Reader Software? Really?
Is there anyone using Sony's bundled software anyway..?!
I've got a PRS-600, have had it since soon after launch, and uninstalled Reader in favour of Calibre as soon as I did 2 minutes of web searching (along the lines of "better ebook software Sony reader") after hating Reader almost immediately.
The device itself is excellent and still going strong. As is Calibre.
Re: NAT so were good
None of this is actually a problem if you know what you're doing. I'm sorry to sound harsh - I don't mean to be, but that's the truth - it's easy to configure if you understand your firewall.
And of course if you don't all the main vendors have firewall traversal solutions (eg: LifeSize Transit).
@ Grease Monkey:
"Why? Is it because the users know Apple will have a fix out in a few days? No it's because fanbois are more interested in the badge than using the product."
I doubt that you have any evidence for that but if you do, it'd be awesome to see it because it's an assertion that is frequently made, but for which I've never seen proof.
Couldn't it equally be that Apple users have had experience of glitches and bugs in the past and Apple have said the issue would be fixed, and then it was? So they believe that this time, when Apple say that they will fix the issue, they actually will?
You know, trust (through experience - the best kind).
Perhaps other manufacturers are just as trustworthy, but the frothing and bristling that Apple users would actually trust Apple would seem to indicate to me that other people have some unresolved anger issues to other vendors when they have had similar problems - how DARE anyone be happy with their purchases when I AM NOT?
But then, I have no proof of that.
Re: 2nd hand
Totally not the point.
The equivalent, as pointed out already, would be buying a car which is advertised as having 5-10 miles on the clock (delivery miles; it's reasonable to assume a clean-pull drive would only have been imaged), and finding out it's actually got 48,000 (12,000 miles a year for 4 years; this drive had been in use for over 4 years).
Whether or not the customer (or anyone) *should* be buying second hand drives, if a company advertises *any* product, then they have a duty to advertise it accurately.
If they don't, and refuse to correct, and refuse to refund/replace, they should get their arse kicked, or we're all going to end up being screwed by resellers.
Agreed, and that's why I use credit cards too, but this is targeting debit cards rather than credit cards. And I definitely don't get cashback on my debit card.
Direct linkage to your accounts?
Unlike your debit card?
I don't really see how it'll be less secure than your debit or credit card. In fact, I don't really see how it can't be more secure.
Get phone out. Unlock phone (PIN or face or pattern or TouchID etc). Open banking app. Log in to banking app (however needed for your bank). Pay.
At least two levels of security there. There's no way that they will release it in such a way as you can just start up the app with no authentication and pay money out of the account.
Compare to card. Get card out. Swipe and sign or insert and input PIN.
Just the one level.
Or worse if you have an RFID enabled card where many transactions do in fact need no security.
Just what this country needs; an explosion of teenage pregnancy, teenage STI spreading, and more gay teens killing themselves for lack of any positive information from sex-negative parents.
Because of course you know that any parent who chooses to block this category of sites isn't exactly the sort which will be having non-judgemental sex conversations with their kids.
So, do I buy?
Like JDX, I am a little confused.
The overall "rating" of 70% isn't good, but most everything being said seems to be "it's as good as GT5 or better" in every regard and yet GT5 scored 80% on its review (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/12/03/games_review_gran_turismo_5/).
Is the lower score because of the reviewers missed expectations, or is it genuinely WORSE than GT5?
Because I don't have GT5, so if I wanted to get one, should it be GT5 or GT6? The review wording seems to say GT6, the scores seem to say GT5.
Re: Smacks of desperation, on both sides!
Of course. Apple are desperate to get in The Register's good books. Because that would mean that The Register would carry stories about Apple. Unlike now, where it's never mentioned on the site.
They're all hideous.
They all look awful. They seem to be trying to make us not buy DAB.
Re: About time
You should expect more from your service provider then! Been free on giffgaff for a long time:
Let me know if you want a free SIM with £5 extra credit when you first top up ;-)
My vote goes to the (Netgear) ReadyNAS range. I've got an old NV+ still going strong as my main file store, and a little (again, old) Duo running as a Time Machine target and little else. They've both caused me no problems.
They're not the fastest at rebuilding the RAID when a drive dies (or you want to increase the size) and they're not the fastest read/write, but for me, a home NAS raison d'etre is "no problems" for your storage needs.
And the newer ReadyNAS units will be much faster - at the time I got these ones, they were some of the fastest.
"A lot of what she is doing would have been achieved as a natural result of competition between carriers"
You mean the competition we've had in the mobile networks for decades? The competition which has so far given us such good service and low prices, and means that the operators aren't making gigantic profits rather than investing in their networks and technologies and keeping prices low and services innovative?
Just don't sell the iPhone.
Let Apple sell it through their stores, and you sell the phones you can live with the agreements on, if you're not already making a killing anyway. Which they all are. Evidenced by the fact that companies like Verizon can afford to make $23bn bets.
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