378 posts • joined 9 Jun 2009
About the Jolla......
I havge to say, on this occasion, the author is just about as far from the mark as it is possible to get. I have had my Jolla now since the turn of the year abnd, apart from a little learning curve at the beginning [isn't that always the case with something new ?] I have to say it is an excellent device and superb UI.
It is slick, easy to use, fast, smooth and the "eye candy" of being able to see three things through each other is fr more than eye candy; it is a genuinely useful tool to make the most of the screen resolution and size.
The N9, my previous device, was very good and I still have this, but my Jolla is, well, excellent.
If somebody invested their money into "left handed sky hooks" and then lost it all, where would the sympathy be ? Nowhere.
Likewise, for those who spend their money on fake money in the hope of making money...... tough.
As long as the BBC remains exclusive to Blighty, then I don't care what the Germans / Spanish / French do. If by some odd twist the UK is forced to give up the exclusivity of the Beeb, I hope the UK Gov' has the balls to reject the EU's advice.
I may have missed something, but, for this level of encryption to work, I am assuming the communication has to be between to "Black 'phones" ? And if that is the case, then the main target market /will/ be commercial / business et al.
Consumers simply won't buy it because they don't know anybody else with one.
Like me and BlackBerry Playbook: brilliant 7 inch tablet, but the video link is pointless because I don't know anybody else with a Playbook. Even my wife has a Googlly Androidy thing......
Fact, Opinion and the Victorian Curve.....
The truth is, Wiki-pedia, will like every company / organisation before it and every one that follows, have a bell curve of popularity,. A company / service does not exist, it rises to it's peak and then drops off. Nokia is the biggest recent example. Apple could be the next. Wikipedia.... now ?
ok Google is a massive behemoth that is [possibly?] too big, but is the suggestion that views [are these nuggets of inforation on Google or wikipedia always fact or more often just opinion ?] should be somehow managed to force people where to take their inaccuracies of choice ?
Isn't this how state religions are created.....?
Show me where, on a Nokia N9, the screws are.... ?
If you have one you would know.....
Re: Christmas Pressie
See the posts from Piloti, above./
For me, despite the inane ramblings from the Android fans, it is just about the best device out there.
OK, yes, the range of software for the N9 is less than most, but it is a /'phone/, not a computer.
Battery life is the only issue, but mine is almost two years old.......
Cheerio and enjoy your N9.
Oh my Anonymous Coward.....
Just how wrong you are. It is in constant use. Skype, Google Talk and WhatsApp are in constant use. Of course, I use Opera to read the news on the way to work and home again [the Bern Tram system is very relaxing] , occasionally as an MP3 player and let's not forget, it is also a 'phone.
No, the reason it feels "like new" is because of the excellent build quality, the excellent screen colour saturation and the intrinsic quality of the build materials. Basically, Nokia know how to make a decent 'phone.
It is true that the N9 does not have the range of software available as, say, Android. But, how many "fart apps' " does one need ?
My N9 is still running like a brand new device. The battery is fading, but it is 24 months old, but call quality is excellent, the depth and "blackness" of the screen is still just about as good as it gets, the size and weight is wonderful and frankly, I still think is it one of the most beautiful 'phones ever released.
It is a shame Elop killed it and went with MS instead.
When the Jolla goes "mass market" later this year, I'm on the list to get one. The spiritual successor to Nokia......
The king is dead, long live the king......
Assume "worlds hardest in English....."....
....becuase there are some devlish ticklers in other languages.
Try these out from our Saxon cohorts.
Im dichten Fichtendickicht picken die flinken Finken tüchtig.
Jauchzende Jubeljodeljauchzerjungen jubeln jauchzend Jubeljodler Jauchzende Jubeljodler jubeln jauchzende Jubeljodeljauchzerjungen.
Klitzekleine Kinder können keinen Kirschkern knacken. Keinen Kirschkern können klitzekleine Kinder knacken.
And my favourite :
Blaukraut bleibt Blaukraut und Brautkleid bleibt Brautkleid
Apple and Linux......
Apple are starting to see the value in Linux. OSX is basically locked down UNIX with a bastardised BSD [if my memory serves me....] desktop. With eyecandy to boot.
Now they are following the Libra Office model, with a modicum of GIMP and a few other "free" items. The Linux world has been free, and for that matter, free, for years.
And Linux is still seen as a hobbyist environment [don't shout, I use Ubuntu] and Apples are much the same.
I work for a global company. 80k people in 140 countries. Each and every one of us has a laptop. Running Windows. With MS Office.
When somebody bod from Apple says ""When you combine this announcement with the announcement that Craig made earlier that OS X upgrades are free," said Apple CEO Tim Cook, "we are turning the industry on its ear." ", then no. They're wrong.
Not until Apple breaks into the Corporate world. And that will not happen until they're kit is at least 50% cheaper, /and/ the office applications we all use are included.
I don't buy this, I have to say.
There is a certain machismo in the "always on" culture that people, men and women, really do love to complain about. "Look at me, I'm doing my emails at ten pm......."
If technology really were that invasive, if it really were that controlling, more people would be pressing that OFF button.
For me, when I leave work and my work mobile gets turned off, my private one is the where my wife knows she can get me.
Works for us both......
I bloody love this..!!!
"but the failure of custom RBTs outside South America is unfathomable"....
Because they annoying, it's as simple as that. And, when you think about it, the "customer" get no benefit, because it is the caller, not the receiver, who hears the RBT.
I worked in different parts of Africa for a number of years and they are quite popular there too. Except, of course people forget they have them and therefore forget that their callers are hearing some annoying, naff, tinkly, horrid pop song from three years ago......
Basically, I don't care what music you like, as the caller, I just want to hear Brrrrr Brrrrr.....
""which in turn will help them do a better job with targeted ads. ""
The only "good job" with targeted adverts is..... no adverts.
..... has a "U" in it. So does 'neighbour', 'flavour' and 'harbour'.
Oh and 'yoghurt' has an "H" in it.
Re: How sad
Why, what's going on at the end of November ? Apologies for not being bang up to date with every minor event on the retail calendar, but I have life.....
.... had a sense of perspective.
These two t1t5 seem to have lost this completely. This is 'phone we're talking about here, not the worlds first brain transplant, of a water powered car, or proof of sentient life on Mars, or a perpetual motion machine.
It's a 'phone. OK, less copper wire than Bell or Meucci had foreseen.....
But a 'phone none the less.
All too easy......
..... to say "foreign spooks".
"The circumstances look that it might be cyber-espionage but it might be something completely unrelated."
So, what they seem to be saying is "actually, we don't know, it could be anything.". But point the easy finger at the quite target who won't confirm or deny anything, blame GCHQ because we /know/ they won't comment.
And as we know, for conspiracy people, no comment is as good as saying "we did it......".
.... that Germans would be leading the moral high ground on Open Source and we lazy Brits still keep handing over money to MS for tied software.
Well done Germans....
Re: Why Pay Pal... ?
OK, replying to my own post, and the comments above, which I've read and re-read.
It seems then that the point of PayPal is for the retailer and not the consumer. Nigel commented that the need for PCI compliance disappears. Ok, fair enough, as this keeps down the retailers cost and complexity. However, there seems to be the missing item of /consumer/ safety in this, the "mandatory" credit card fraud protection.
If I have a dispute on my credit card, my bank will take this up with the retailer, the "amount" is removed from my balance until the "dispute" is resolved, either for me or for the retailer [maybe I "forgot" or was being a bit thick that day..... it happens !]. My understanding is that this is a "legal requirement" through the Consumer Credit Act, or similar. I could be wrong.....
However. with PP where is the "enforcement" of the consumer rights ? I see PP on my visa statement, I say "woha, steady on there.....". I call my bank, they contact PP and PP are obliged to do what ? As far as I can see, they /could/ turn around and say "we've done our bit, of moving money from A to B"; that is what PP are, money movers.
With respect to the honourable Reg posse below, I still don't see how PP helps me, the /buyer/ even though it may help the retailer.....
Why Pay Pal... ?
Never really seen the point of Pay Pal. It simply adds a level of complexity that is not needed. Make the payment directly via credit card and sorted. No need to make the payment through a third party : Visa > Pay Pal > Retailer when the model of Visa > Retailer does the job.
And, is Pay Pal regulated in the same way that credit cards are ? Where is the consumer security against fraud ? Probably non existent.
Re: Game over already
"There /are/ a few comparisons......"
Re: EBT FTW
SAinsburys... "almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea".
Re: Yes, Altitude
Soft and clean water.
I'm in Bern right now and the tap water is better than any bottled water. Some of the best teas I've had have been here,
Only available in Yorkshire, which, when sitting on the moors near Goatland, is the best place to take a cuppa.....
So, Apples version of radio no Radio Four then?
Not much of a radio service if you can't get actually radio stations,'eh.
I have an N9 and am very, very happy with it. The only thing I want it to do that I'm not able to is Viber or Whatsapp. And that is only because the 'phone came before the software. Not the phones fault really. Everything else works like a dream, including Skype and GTalk.
Jolla ? Will certainly consider when it comes to new device time.....
Re: Not sure I agree with this.....
Have a read of the link's you've sent, and the links within.
ATT are, it says, spending $14 billion on network infrastructure. THat includes small cells, whioch is the Alu' solution, which is a combination of a femto and pico.
The point is, the femto solution might be 1% of ATT's spend. 1%, that is a small market.
The IT Crowd.
FriendFace. This is what I always think of when readong about Facebook.
Still glad I don't have an account.
Re: Ironically .....
I have Adblock on by default. It is not selective against one or another website.
Personally, I dislike adverts mainly because they get in the way of me reading what I choose to read. Like ad's at football grounds that are live on the telly, flashing away to distract from the actual football / rugby / racing et al.
It is about choice and if sites like El Reg [which I do enjoy] choose one business model or another, I will respond this way or that. It is the push and pull of life......
Re: Ironically .....
Are there adverts ?
Adblock Plus really is very good......!!
Re: No choice popup on Apple, Google or Linux devices devices
I'm pretty sure my Linux Distro [Ubuntu] has more than one web browser installed. I'd need to check as I only really Firefox, but I'm sure Epiphany is in there too.
And so many more in the repository...... Does that count ?
.... where does the money actually go ?
Re: Import stickers
A Tennessee man with a sense of humour...!
Re: Real programmers...
Harbour has a "U" in it..........
So wrong twice.
Re: Tea.. !!
"" That's "Bettys", you hooligan. ""
Yes, you are quite right. My most humble apologies! And it is still the place to take a woman. Not on a first date, but certianly after the second!!
Betty's [only available in York, Harrogate, Northallerton or Ilkely] Earl Grey. Bags.
Black [no milk!]
1 minute in the mug and out.
No, the first thing to do is to close down your FB account if you have one........
So that's it.....
A search tool.
NOw, if it were a 'phone or an OS, that would be news, but more f%#^ing search, Nahhhhh
Oh, just remembered, I don't use Facebook so I don't even know why I'm reading this.......
Adverts on El Reg ?
I've got Ad Block Plus on Firefix, so I hardly ever see adverts.
Non Apple user.....
I may be a bit thick here, but as a non Apple user the simple question that I ask is, can't one just open a browser and go to Google Maps ?
What is all this bru-ha-ha about applications ?
Re: MS wants to use skype to lock people to windows
... and Google, with GTalk and Gmail chat will be the happiest tech company around.
As a Linux user, my Skype is pretty old and has no "features", or as I call them, annoyances. I also use Gmail/Gtalk with one or two Linux applications.
I may end up slowly migrating fro one to the other as the time passes.
Bloody glad I am linux desktop user......
That is really quite funny.......
Missing from the review.....
This is a review for a music player, yes?
There are few things missing that I would have hoped to read about. What is the audio quality like, with and without the supplied ear 'phones, through a decent speaker system, what are the codecs it supports, how to transfer content to/from the device, battery charge time and battery usage time.....
These are the things one needs to know, not lines of text about how thin it is........
Who gives a %&@~ .....
In princinple, what is the difference.....
.... between wi-fi and, say, FM / MW / LW radio ?
I was wondering about this before I put [virtual] pen to [online] paper, and can think of only range / power [wifi may be 'stronger'] and the two way nature of wifi, for the up link, down link side.
I found a UK version of the Americans page, and it's here : http://www.es-uk.info/index.asp I mention is because Dr Erica Mallery-Blythe is associated with both camps.
When one looks at the " Recognising ES and EHS" section, any sympathy I [I]may[i/] have had with these people just vanished: the list of symptoms could be caused by, a bottle of good wine, a bottle of bad wine, a looming deadline or, frankly, as Marvin would say, it's just life......
Na, tin foil fools.
A contented life.......
Oh I wish that my life was so content, balanced and in a state of equilibrium that I had time, energy and inclination to get so work worked up over so little.
Really, so what if there is a video? So what if it is critical ? This is the privilege of having an opinion: somebody somewhere will mock it. Remember all the kerfuffle about the "Life of Brian"? So much free advertising and publicity that Muggeridge must be turning in his grave now, assuming of course that he was right that there is an afterlife. Which there isn't. So he isn't.
Still, I am sure the train companies will love all that extra full fair revenue on a Sunday.....
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