225 posts • joined 11 May 2009
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.
Re: Support when things go wrong.
I think that at the very least having to actually go look for the software and research it puts what is in effect a tiny barrier in place for someone for whom the installation of the software isn't likely to be a disaster, but it's a progressively higher barrier the less and less you know (and so therefore the more likely you are to run in to troubles, and by troubles, that can be something as simple as a yes/no question you don't know the answer to for example, or losing your contacts list or any number of other things).
I'm not a fan of obfuscating the world of modding or by extension things like linux to "only the select few" but when I think of some of the people I know with Android handsets I shudder to think what mess they could get in to very quickly and very easily if they stray from the well trodden paths.
Which is FINE - not everyone needs to hack their phone. Just saying, it's not for everyone.
Re: And I suppose...
They can, but if Amazon do cave in, it'll cause a lot of public fall-out, and get people asking whether AWS is a suitable service for them to be using, if Amazon will cave in to China for that web site, why wouldn't they also for my small business / medium sized business / blog / service / anything that doesn't meet the Chinese governments standards?
No reason, no. At least I didn't see one. Any advantages would be vastly outweighed (for me anyway) by not being able to connect to my outlook.com and iCloud emails and have it all together in one interface.
But you could install it and have a play - it's free after all.
As did the PS1
PS1 had an internal PSU too. I've owned most all the recent consoles; PS1, PS2, PS3, Xbox, Xbox360, Wii. The only issues I've had were Xbox360 RRoD issues, on two consoles (I'm on my third). The PS1/2/3, Xbox, and Wii all work fine still.
So, my point is (aside from that individual stories don't really help) that it seems that Sony have the knack of building reliable internal PSUs, so it doesn't seem like it's likely to be an issue.
Equally, I'm sure that Microsoft know how to build a console that doesn't "RRoD" itself nowadays, so it's not likely the XboxOne will be any less reliable than the latest Xbox360 iteration is (of which I have no experience).
... Centred Systems Second Copy: http://www.centered.com/
You set it up with a load of tasks to be run according to whatever schedule you like (daily, hourly, weekly, when an item changes in the folder, manual) etc and in whatever way you want - to do a replicative copy, or to simply add/update files and not remove deleted files on the backup etc etc.
In your case you'd probably set it to daily do an Exact Copy from the folders you want to back up to your external hard drive etc.
Moderately reliable, had few issues with recent versions (been using it for over 10 years).
Also - can I be cheeky and suggest that you consider JottaCloud too? Sign up from an invite (like mine: http://www.jottacloud.com/signup?referer=6D5E666793C785B3C86EA8D57572B7EA ) and you get 10GB for free, and get an extra 5GB from anyone else you sign up too. With Jotta, it's just like Dropbox and Google Drive, but it's based in Norway, not the USA, and also has a built in backup function if you want to use that as well as the "regular" sync folder like Dropbox and Google Drive.
It's a MacBook Air, running OSX, but has a detachable screen which is a large iPad running iOS when in standalone mode for when you want to take it in to meetings just to run your Keynote from.
Re: "It's just a ploy to encourage shopping from home."
I think he meant that if you shopped from home you wouldn't need to be at the petrol pump.
Re: Quote.... It's just an iPad, FFS
@ cupid stunts:
"@ac 12:51 ' a much faster (64 bit) processor'
64 bit does not necessarily equal faster."
That's not what that sentence says.
Round brackets are used when there's non-essential information to include - so in this case, the poster is saying that the iPad Air has a "much faster processor, which is also 64-bit" rather than "the processor is much faster because it is 64-bit".
"That would be the motion processor that's turned out a bit dodgy?"
No, as I'm sure you know...! You're just trolling with this. It's not the copro (mopro?) in this case, it's a difference in calibration between one brand of sensor and another, and was resolved by 7.0.3 anyway.
I'm sure that won't stop the haters banging on about it for the next year though.
I've a couple of issues with this article.
Thanks, this was a generally comprehensive overview and interesting to see what look like some real improvements.
It's not so much a "Review" as stated - you surely can't accurately review something when you've not even had it long enough or used it long enough to have recharged it even once (quote: "Battery life is quoted at 10 hours and the recharge time taking 2 to 4 hours, though I have not had the unit long enough to test this") or it's not much of a review if the reviewer did have it long enough but didn't bother to investigate the claim. It's more of a "First look" surely?
Also, I'd really have appreciated a little more detail especially around the storage (quote) "Surface 2 starts at £359 for the base model ($449 in the US) with a 32GB flash drive, or £439 ($549) for 64GB" - what does that actually mean with these tablets? On an iPad (realistically, the main competition for these) that means (when you take in to account a "GB" < a real GB) that is what you actually get to use yourself, but what does it mean here - wasn't there a bit of a ruckus about this on other Windows devices where you actually got a lot less customer-usable storage?
Or maybe those of us who had the sense to hide in steel shelters will be battling the zombies that are all that remain of the human race ;-)
Re: Palm Pilot with BMW prices
@James Micallef - Nail, meet head.
Re: I have never taken my phone to another country
Lots of us do, so a combination of people like you who know better than to support this practice, and people like me who need this function out of a phone (as much as any of us *need* a mobile phone) I suspect that Samsung will be losing a lot of business.
I was about to replace my aging (work) iPhone 4 with a Galaxy S3, S3 Mini, or Nexus 4. Guess which one I'll be choosing now, despite none of them being directly affected by this.
Re: I for one welcome this new religion
I'd give more than one upvote if I could.
If this is a new religion, as El Reg seems to insist on pushing, then it's pretty much the least harmful of any religion ever. Even Buddhists sometimes set themselves on fire. Applosians (TM me) haven't been known to do that - they simply BELIEVE and let everyone else get on with their lives other than the occasional sly evangelising.
Re: What 4G data?
Very true, but here's a perfected revision:
I think in the UK this problem is remedied by the fact you can't get 4G data anyway - unless you're in the centre of a major city, on a certain carrier, and have vast quantities of disposable income to shell out on astronomical data charges. Watching re-runs of Top Gear in HD on my mobile phone sounds like no fun, at any cost.
Re: @ jai - contradicting opening paragraph
"iPhones are used by people who want to demonstrate how very much bleeding edge of fashion and technology and maybe cuisine they are, having a mobile/ cell phone that does not contain arsenic, mercury, brominated flame retardant or polyvinyl chloride. Also probably contains no peanuts, mustard or gluten."
...or maybe iPhone owners are or will be savvy enough to see through the marketing rubbish surrounding 4G and realise that it doesn't actually matter if they get it or not because any practical gains on a phone-cum-portable music player-cum-casulal gaming device are limited.
Re: I don't get it
"You can disable various features such as video in the privacy settings, and if you don't trust that for some reason, its not hard to point it at a wall or put a duster over it while wearing your tin foil hat..."
Actually, I don't think that this is a tin-foil hat type argument at this point in time.
Really, when you consider the size and scope of the newly revealed spying and intelligence gathering operations especially in the US, and add in that Microsoft is an American company (at best subject to the laws that enable that scheme and at worst an active participant in them) and about to place mandated (for the console to work) HD video cameras in many living rooms and bedrooms around the world, it's not a paranoid leap to get to a thought that those video cameras could be used by the US intelligence services in some way.
Especially when you consider that the recent revelations are probably just the tip of the iceberg and of projects started some time ago - other newer ones will already be running too.
Genuine question (though I am sure I will be downvoted because it may be interpreted as pro-Apple).
Do you really think that people still buy the iPhone because of the name, or manufacturer / "badge"?
When the original iPhone came out, I could agree. Maybe even the iPhone 3G as it was the first to really hit many countries. But now? 5 years and 5 models on? Does anyone buy it thinking it's the BMW of the phone world?
Or do they buy it because they have friends or family who have one and are happy, or it's easy to use, or it has a good app ecosystem (remembering most everyone doesn't care it's a walled garden if it has everything they want) etc.
Just so people don't accuse me of being a fanboi, you can say all of these things about the Galaxy S4 too.
I don't think it really has any USPs
Think the issue with BB phones in general is that they have lost their USPs.
BBM - matched by (eg) iMessage and all of those locked in systems are bettered by Viber, WhatsApp and so on. Heml.is Messenger may be a contender in the future too.
Enterprise Mail - you can do this on all platforms now.
Security - for most, you can get adequate security in the iPhone, leaving aside the argument that all phones and systems are inherently insecure when the government can access at will.
Physical keyboard - this is probably still the Q10's USP. But I think that few worry about it now. Many of us have large hands and fingers, and prefer a landscape keyboard or something like SwiftKey or Swype, and most everyone else is happy enough with the touchscreen keyboards when you factor in the advantage of extra screen real estate when it's not there.
Re: $35 + Cost of a tablet remote
@Andy Prough @A Known Coward - >"Isn't the big gotcha the requirement for a device, logically a small tablet, to act as a very expensive remote control?"
I think that's the whole point - we've all got so many smartphones and laptops and tablets laying around the house already... I think my family has about 12 such devices right now (hard to keep track). I've got 4 personally. Might as well give them some way to interact with the TV.
...but don't families that have 12 smartphones, tablets, and laptops already have a way of consuming that content on the TV (smart TV, Apple TV, WDLive, Roku, HDMI cable from the PC, or something)?
What's the point of the extra dongle? Small market I think. If they'd gone to $50 and included a remote and ability to stream even a limited subset of local files (but less limited than Apple TVs subset) then I think it'd have killed Apple TV pretty much in last place.
As it is, it just increases OS entrenchment - Android owners will buy this, iOS owners will buy Apple TV, and everyone will also *still* have to also buy a WD Live, Roku, Netgear EVA or something like that too.
Extra *teachers* rather than extra security/monitoring/police/whatever
_The school could spend the money getting class sizes down to a reasonable size where the teacher actually has a chance of spotting if someone is playing truant. It's old-fashioned, but it might just work_
That's ridiculously sensible.
Re: 150million over 134million is a huge increase... what stall ?
I'm not entirely sure Apple cares about their market share nearly as much as everyone else seems to.
I'm pretty much entirely sure that they don't care about their overall market share when you include feature phones and "actual" phones.
What Apple, I suspect, do care about is money. Are they making more money than they were before (selling more units and recouping dev costs etc), and do they think that that trend will continue.
I suspect that industry analysts, tech reporters, and commentards (not excluding or excusing myself here) care more than they do.
Agree with that.
Although the iPad is a consumption device first, you can use it for some productivity - it's great for email for example, and you can get by on Pages and Keynote in a real pinch for some reason.
But printing is a big miss. I know AirPrint is an option, but they should have figured something better out. No reason the iPad couldn't connect to a network printer which has OSX drivers; iOS is built on OSX after all.
File system access (network shares) would be good too. I know they don't want that, but between that and printing, I think they would be assured of at least medium term victory over MS at least. Android's the danger.
Re: Tim Cook seems not to understand the market
Well, the problem there isn't the £1 a month difference your provider offered between its SIM only and Phone Included deals, it's that you didn't look at other options. You can get a SIM only unlimited data / text deal with 500 minutes of calls for £12 now, with no contract at all.
So that would be a difference of £14 a month, which is of course £336 over the two years of your contract. More than pays for the phone, plus you have the option of selling the phone on ebay in a few months or after a year or so and recouping a lot of the cost and buying a new one rather than being tied to the whims of your provider, who may decide to yank your unlimited data deal or reduce your minutes etc etc whenever they like.
Well, it may hasten the decline of the iPhone in Russia.
It may hasten the switch over from carrier supplied phones with subsidy to people buying their phones outright and not paying for it through the nose forever more in the form of a hiked up monthly charge.
Re: "Tenner says she was using a cheap knock-off charger."
I've purchased "cheap Chinese knock-offs" as well as "genuine" chargers, not specifically for Apple kit, but for other kit in the past.
While they may (or may not - I have no first-hand knowledge) be made in the same factories etc, the "knock-offs" were of substantially inferior quality - I've had them fall apart (bad gluing), connectors break, and the plastic shatter.
I don't bother to buy them any more; if the internal quality is as poor as the external, then they're not safe. I'm sure that 99.9999% of them are, but for a couple of pounds difference every 10 years or however often I need to actually buy a charger nowadays, no point...
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