Re: amazon 3% VAT
....or reduce VAT where it's being horrendously overcharged? 15% for 18 months and then 20% for the rest of time? Yeah, thanks for that.
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....or reduce VAT where it's being horrendously overcharged? 15% for 18 months and then 20% for the rest of time? Yeah, thanks for that.
I also have the PRS-T1. The store isn't that great yet - too few books and too expensive - but it's the Reader PC software that really gets on my nerves. It's terrible, with a pretty piss-poor user interface, missing options all over the place, and it doesn't handle sync properly. It assumes that its copy is always right, not the reader's, and you can imagine how that goes.
My biggest irritation is that I was stupid enough to create some collections on the reader from the PC software, as that kind of massive multiselect thing is always easier on a desktop. Collections you create on the desktop are locked on the reader - why?? I then got a new laptop, installed the reader software, and it refuses to synchronise these collections back! So now I have collections on the reader that neither the device nor the PC can edit. Someone needs a slap for that.
In fairness, the one thing it does do really well is updating the device's firmware - that was absolutely painless, just a notification and one button to click. I'm just glad that I applied the Android hack to my T1 immediately after getting it, so I have Kindle installed. Some of my stuff comes from there, and the rest are independently bought ePubs/PDFs from elsewhere on the net, copied via the filesystem directly to the device's /media directory. If Sony want me to use their store instead, they're going to have to try a lot harder.
The uploader wasn't just a box with "select file" - it allowed for multiple select, showed upload progress, preview and rotate, etc, etc. Was actually pretty neat.
More info: http://www.stevepoland.com/facebook-image-uploader-java-applet-replica-script/
Last time I uploaded photos to Facebook from my computer and not my phone, that was Java. It is around, and it can look pretty enough that people assume it' not Java. ;-)
Backed yourself into a corner by preventing Oracle from updating their own kit? Been made to look like ineffectual tits for 6 weeks? What's the answer?
Yes, that's right, when properly maintaining something you demanded complete control over is too much effort, and backing down would hurt your pride, just disable the user's functionality! If they complain, why not write an open letter attacking the platform as buggy/slow/a threat to users. I'm sure your legions of slavering fans will agree with your every word, no matter how demented.
Good god, is there any article the Opera Squad won't invade with their gushing?
My N900 auto-purges location information when it uploads photos to anywhere. No additional software required, it's built straight into the phone. Damn handy piece of kit.
I really don't want to answer this. I don't want to give them ideas.
I'm going to go with cynicism. ;-) Back when I started buying smartphones, they certainly weren't status/fashion symbols. Big, ugly silver bricks cluttered with keyboards and styluses, when everyone wanted smaller, thinner, more fashionable phones, ultimately culminating in the - *spit* - Razr.
They were not pretty to look at, twice the size of anything else, and had pretty piss-poor user interfaces, but they could do everything. The current set of "smartphones" (Android and iOS) took years to achieve pretty much the same level of functionality. Oooh, your smartphone can multitask now, can it? I must have fallen through a timewarp to ten years ago.
"This new, sleek look will be the most important reason that consumers decide to upgrade."
Says everything you need to know about the current smartphone market.... Does anyone remember when a smartphone used to be all about capability?
Do you care? It's a long time since the Aliens franchise made something new that wasn't shit/meh, TBH.
"In the most egregious cases the pirated version is more functional than the retail. I pirated Crysis 2 after I bought it; the cracked version fixes a game stopping save-game bug that Crytek won't fix as the game is 'out of support'."
Funny you should say that. I had to do the same with Far Cry on WinXP x64 a few years back. I'm also of the opinion that DRM and publisher hatred is what tried to kill PC gaming (sorry, but it's not dead). Piracy happened all through the 90s, but the PC was absolutely golden. Then DRM came along, nuked the second hand market completely (meaning fewer games on shelves and no more people willing to pay £40 a pop than previously), and the publishers wrote off all PC gamers as pirates.
But don't be a smug console gamer, because you lot are next. Already the 2nd-hand taxes are being collected, and with the next generation, the publishers will try to kill off the high street entirely, so they can lean you over the coals for £50 a game. And unlike Steam, PSN sales are few and far between, include very few titles, and don't have nearly the same level of discount. So, enjoy that when it hits.
And if I have to hear that "yearly upgrade" FUD one more time... My PC just entered its 7th year of life, and only now am I *thinking* of upgrading it. Next year.
"As an atheist, why would you care what the church thinks at all?"
Because they're counting me amongst their numbers, and those numbers give them influence on world events which is almost always negative. I don't want to be counted as a Catholic, because I don't want Africans dying in my name, or altar boys being buggered for it. I left Catholicism long before I left Christianity, because I simply couldn't continue associating myself with the horror and corruption of the Vatican.
Maybe it was a collage? A big, throbbing celibate collage?
Well, if there's one thing the Catholic church needs, it's money! Money cures bad thoughts, dontcha know? Either that, or it pays hush money to the latest victims.
Hey, if you want some anti-Catholic vitriol, then as an ex-Catholic that the church refuses to acknowledge as an atheist, I have plenty I can spout, if you'd like?
"You press the relevant button, the app goes full screen. "
Noooooo no no no no no no, that's not quite true, is it? You click the fullscreen button, it does a pointless animation (Lion is very fond of those) and you end up in a completely enclosed version of fullscreen where you have to do needless clicking just to get at the bloody menu, and the dock isn't available even on auto-hide.
And never mind that this super-amazing-wow fullscreen capability requires apps to be modified in order to support it - are you kidding me?? All that was required was a simple button that made the window expand to fill the available space - a maximise button. But Apple couldn't have that, as it wouldn't be different enough, so they took the most basic proposition and overblew it as much as they possibly could. It might seem minor, but it's the sheer pointlessness of requiring applications to update just to support a needlessly flashy window transition that brasses me off. That isn't "revolutionary" design, it's fucking around. And sliding between fullscreen apps? Wow, you've invented the virtual desktop switcher...
The real question is: why did it take 7 revisions of OSX to get such a function? I can't think of another windowing system I've ever used that is lacking something so idiotically basic. Perhaps their next amazing, revolutionary addition to the system will be lock-sodding-screen. Perhaps they can have the OS play a fecking waltz before a huge padlock animation plays, and unlocking will require a new and totally intuitive touchpad gesture, like wiping your nose on it.
Grrrrrrr Lion pissed me off. All flash, no substance, 100% Apple. Truth is, as a practical, useful windowing system OSX is a piece of shit, massively overrated and fawned over, and it was left far, far behind by other systems many years ago.
The reason Bethesda create such excellent modding tools is because they know that RPG nerds are the pickiest, whiniest, most easily offended bunch of nerds on the gaming nerd spectrum. They know they can't possibly please all of them, so they let you mod the shit out of it until it is pixel-perfect to your exacting specifications.
Signed, an RPG nerd.
If Mountain Lion is anything like the Lion that preceded it, it can sod off. What an absolutely worthless upgrade that was. A fullscreen focus-stealing application menu (to add to your applications menu next to your other nested applications menu - usability!), the stupidest implementation of fullscreen apps I've ever seen in my life, a raft of bugs, and not much else. Wasn't worth the upgrade from the far more dependable Snow Leopard.
I like that, I'm going to steal it.
But yeah, these people are right. It's just awful to use, especially when your other IDE is Netbeans with a modified City Lights setup and version control thrown in - colourtastic. I almost immediately went back to VS2010, new thingummies that don't work properly yet be damned!
What's the install base of Macs versus Safari's market share? Serious question, does anyone have stats on that? It would be interesting to see which OS users are more likely to keep the default browser.
I really quite like Opera as a browser. Not my preference, but it's not bad at all. The fanboys, on the other hand... Gee. Zus.
You say "unforgiving rendering" like it's a bad thing. Code your pages properly and there's no issue. ;-)
Interesting to see this reversal of fortunes for IE. People are playing it up all wrong though. Surely this is a sign to Microsoft that developing a fast, reliable browser that complies well with standards is a far better and more welcome strategy than their previous efforts? People are more savvy these days - Firefox and Chrome taught them that - and it's led Microsoft to create a much improved browser. Isn't this the end-result benefit of competition in the browser market that we all wanted? What the hell are you all complaining about?
I don't personally use IE9, but if I meet someone out there does, I don't actually mind. In the past, the developer in me would have gotten irritated and tried to persuade them away, but now IE has improved to the point that I don't have to worry about it so much.
Perhaps he should have said, as I do, "what's that in proper money?"
Seriously, sod Imperial. It's a stupid system of measurements, and almost totally irrelevant today.
Orange have a fairly decent (by roaming standards) package that our guys use when on the continental mainland. It sits dormant on your phone, activates the first time you use it each day, charges you £3 for that day, and you get 50MB to use until midnight, when it goes dormant again until it's needed. It's proved to be more than enough for our guys checking e-mail, viewing webpages, finding directions and so on.
Outside the EU, on the other hand, you're pretty much stiffed. Not only do you have to subscribe to a minimum 30-day roaming subscription (which they always "forget" to remove from your account) which costs a horrendous amount for little data, but the buggers pro-rata it!
Look after your stuff better...
And if you weren't paying attention, what they've got now is more than previously. What happens when they break the whole thing open? "Oh, it's just all my important data being slurped from inside my jacket by some guy on the other side of the train. What's the big moan?"
I don't get why people are surprised by this. It's a chip, in your card, that allows your payment details to be grepped wirelessly, and you thought that was a good idea??
"Please do explain why using Linux increases productivity for the average worker?"
I've got this one!
First up, it doesn't crash nearly as often. Boom, recovered hours of manpower right there.
Secondly, it has many many more features built in that don't require additional components or faffing around when you realise the attachment you were e-mailed needs an office service pack to be opened. Archiving is a great example. Windows will open practically nothing, and Mac about the same - Ark on the other hand will open pretty much anything you can throw at it, and it's integrated so the user doesn't even need to know what it is. PDF reading is another - Windows needs Adobe Reader, which I think we can all agree is magnificent bloatware. Every Linux distro I've used has an integrated reader, so again, no training or product knowledge required by the end user - just click the bloody thing.
Lastly (and these are just quickly off the top of my head) the file managers in anything that isn't Linux are atrocious. I thought Explorer was as basic as it could get, and then I used Finder. These things are terrible, and considering how core they are to the average office user's experience, it's pretty unforgivable. Something like, say, Dolphin, is brimming with useful and easily accessed functionality that helps me out on a daily basis.
Those are just the ones that sprung to mind. Others might be "having a network manager that isn't the most confusing labyrinth piece of shit ever designed by man", or "it's just way way way faster", but I'll leave those for other commenters.
Siri's a gimmick for the gullible, but I would like to point out that another tech giant's favourite thing in the universe is to keep production products in "beta" for years so they don't have to concern themselves with such petty concerns as whether or not they work correctly.
How many years was Google Maps in beta, anyway?
"I remember when Sony made cool hardware."
Your argument against AMD gfx chips being used is that they're...not.....cool.......... You're a CoD player, aren't you?
"Xbox games we can still play cheaper & better on PC."
Exactly why I don't have a 360. Between my PS3 and the PC, I can get pretty much any big-name game I want. Only some of the JRPGs and XBLA releases have tempted me over, but isn't XBLA supposed to be available on PC now?
"The only gaming platform that offers 1080p @60fps for all games is the PC."
Only 1080p? I've been running 4072x1024 for about 5 years now. ;-)
"know what would be funny, if the next X-Box release did the exact opposite"
Yeah, that'll happen. It was MS who started this whole unlock-code business, and it was a fair old while before it started to infect the PS3 library on any kind of scale. If this horrendous anti-consumer crap is what Sony are doing, how bad are MS going to be?
I agree with everything you said except for the AMD bit, which is actually where this console makes sense. Part of the PS3's problem is that it's insanely powerful, but the Cell is not something people are used to. The AMD chips, on the other hand, will use an instruction set people will almost certainly be familiar with.
Amen. Unless the retail games are cheaper as a result, or start offering more than 6 hours of half-arsed gameplay, you can count me out of that one. I love my 60GB PS3, and not least because I can shove PS2 and PS1 games into it.
It really is a massive shift in attitudes. Back when the PS1 emerged, Sony didn't care at all that it was being pirated left, right and centre (if they did, they did sod all about it). These days, all 2nd hand gamers are criminals.
Well, I don't give a toss about graphics, and games are turning Hollywood in their shittiness and lack of polish. This past year I've bought several games new that didn't work properly and have never been patched. So sod 'em, I'll buy up the previous 3 consoles' worth of good games, and go back to my PC, where the prices are cheaper, the graphics and controls are better, and the gameplay is far more involving.
I thought the T-600s had rubber skin, not plastic.
2 minutes was all I could stand of the cliche-ridden dialogue, and was more than enough to figure out the plot of the next 20 minutes, ta very much. I don't have to watch all of a shit movie to detect that it's shit. Go watch the first 2 minutes of Transmorphers, then try and convince me that the rest of it's going to be a masterpiece, sarky arse.
You obviously didn't see the director's cut where they threatened to annihilate the world, then. Much better ending, incidentally.
You can rail on Cameron (quite rightly) for Titanic and Avatar. I saw 2 minutes of the latter on a demo screen at HMV and it seemed pretty terrible, but most people lapped it up because it was pretty. That said, you shouldn't forget that he made Abyss, Aliens, and the two Terminator movies. That's not a CV I would scoff at.
And as we all know, the Amiga survived and was totally successful, whereas the PC has nose-dived into oblivion.
Not the best example you could have picked. ;-)
Oh hi, Lewis! Why don't you want to do my movie? It's real good, huh! Why don't you like it? Don't you know anything about life? You're tearing me apart, Lewis!
Come on guys, let's go home, huh.
Please don't refer to that mediocre series as a "saga"...
ME2 didn't have a GOTY that I know of, but it did have a rather spandangly collector's edition on PC - all in easy-to-destroy card wrapping, naturally.
Man, that irritates me. Why are the editions that a collector is supposed to want to keep for years and years the most fragile? And then some (&$£%£ at the store goes and puts one of their impossible-to-remove price stickers on the ^$%^ing card.
Managed to deftly avoid the spoilers above (knock that shit off!), but came on to point out the ironic part of this story: BioWare said yesterday that the feedback was so terrible they're thinking of releasing - you guessed it, EA fans - DLC to fix it!
Aaaaaaand this is why I don't buy EA games at release any more. I wait until they nickel and dime everyone to death for stuff that should be in the released game, and then buy the games once the complete game is out.
Incidentally, El Reg, <spoiler /> tags seem like a pretty good idea to me. Seen them put to excellent use on other forums. You either have to highlight the spoiler text or click a button to read it.
"Installing Chrome requires (I believe) admin rights."
Sure as hell doesn't. Last time I let Chrome onto the network, it would install itself into user profiles to bypass Windows Installer lockouts. It's not that its malware because installers come with it checked as default - it's malware because its installation method deliberately bypasses security restrictions through poor coding/software practices.
"The flat line for Firefox is presumably explained by the fact that it is nobody's default browser, except for Linux distros with bog-all market share."
Ummmm....its flatlined at 20-odd percent, isn't it? Kinda goes against the "only Linux hippies use it" argument.
And yeah, Chrome's installer is evil. I can't believe they haven't caught more flak for actively bypassing system restrictions in order to install it. I figured out how to block it on my Windows machines and did so immediately. My philosophy is, if you're willing to do that, then I can't trust you, so get the hell off my machines.
"Mozilla have done their level best to get rid of me, with intrusive updates and interface changes"
This again? Those "interface changes" are so unbelievably easy to get rid of that I can't even remember what they look like. They came in in v4, I turned them off in about 3 seconds, and my profile has continued without them to the present day. If that stopped you upgrading for another 7 versions, how do you cope when moving between Windows versions?
"Let's not forget that Chrome isn't perfect. While it has definitely improved the web immensely, it's now the buggiest modern browser I know save the last time I looked at Opera."
With you on this. They tried so hard to replace IE6, and they're replacing it with an all new set of bugs. I build for Gecko, then cross-browser test, and these days Chrome gives me as many issues as IE does (though in fairness I anticipate the IE ones).
But you point that out to people and they just reply "yeah, but it's fast." So friggin what? Chrome renders pages 0.0002 seconds faster? What is that worth if it doesn't render them properly?
Fluid width comments! You beautiful people, I've been wanting that for ages. The previous stuff looked kinda silly on a 1080p monitor.
"Does that make us failures as citizens?"
Yeah, that's what I said....
I did install a more sensible fan controller. It's called Linux. :-D
Good ol' rEFIt, letting me tri-boot the machine. Incidentally, Mac OS X is the system of the three I use least...