1987 posts • joined Wednesday 10th June 2009 08:25 GMT
A little terse
Stock replies to e-mails are one thing, but this is a bit terse. No hi, no bye, no "thanks for mailing." In a bad mood, Steve? Did Google ruin your week?
Besides, it's kind of ridiculous to take an x264 developer's opinion of a rival codec and treat it as a balanced enough opinion on which to position your company in the market. Developer of established codec thinks it is better than rival codec that just appeared yesterday. In other news, bears shit in woods.
We all know what Steve is *really* thinking, and it is down to two things: control of content, and money.
As a side note, I am sat across from Mr Bloe here in Leeds, and he is grinning like the Cheshire Cat at seeing his name splashed across the tech sheets. You've made his day, El Reg. ;-)
Can we get rid of software patents already?
"Developers should be provided with detailed explanations why Google believes that no one adopting WebM will have to fear allegations of patent infringement."
As an Englishman, I don't fear patent infringement one bit.
Swing and a miss
The "killer app" you're looking is, and always has been, DirectX. XP is now two major versions behind, and because of the Vista debacle, uptake of the newer versions has been painfully slow.
Besides, Win7 is actually pretty nice, as far as Windows goes. It runs surprisingly well, and you get a lot of little things, niceties here and there, that XP doesn't have out of the box.
T-Mobile vs Orange
Was very surprised by your conclusions with T-Mobile and Orange. T-Mobile's AUP is indeed nice, and for me (in Leeds) the quality of service is far superior. I can take the train home via two routes. On one route, both are fine. On the other, the Orange modem will scream, bitch, moan, and generally not connect for more than 10 seconds at a time, while 2 feet away from it the T-Mobile connection stays rock solid all the way.
"Wonder what would happen if the 'journalists'/bloggers on El Reg stated calling Windows users 'Sheep' or Linux users 'LinTards'."
You mean like the way they call them "Wintards" and "Freetards," you moron?
Proportional Representation Required
It's an absolute disgrace that a party can receive 22% of the vote and such a relatively small amount of actual representation in parliament, due in part to the corruption of the system over the past century or so by the two main parties. The system needs to be changed, but will those parties with a vested interest in keeping the status quo bother?
If a cable costs more than a fiver...
...then it's unlikely I'm buying that cable. It's proprietary stuff like this that continually pisses me off. I don't even pay more than a few quid for HDMI cables - $30 for a USB adaptor on an external drive?
Bike. Yours. Get on.
Am I the only one thinking...
...that he hadn't actually nicked it? Over here at least, you haven't nicked anything until you leave the store with it. Up until that point you're given the benefit of the doubt, in case you've put something in a pocket simply to make it easier to carry to the till.
God's sake, this bullshit AGAIN?
Someone build a firewall around America, so we can get on with technological progression while they wallow in the bathtub o' shit that is software patenting.
MeeGo is here! ...ish
There's already a MeeGo device - the marvellous, over-the-top, brilliant smartphone I can't stop shouting about?
"The 1990s just called and they want their user interface back, please."
They're obviously trying to make it look more h4rdc0r3. Everyone knows that proper hackers code in green on a black background. Retro looks make it more convincing as something that works rather than something that's pretty.
And, because I'm a sucker for that sorta thing, I kinda like it. It somehow makes it more...badass.
As did mine, and my previous phone
My N900 and my Athena before it all ran Flash. This is one point Apple keep repeating, making it absolutely clear that they're either trying to deliberately misinform people as to the state of play in the mobile market, or they're spectacularly uninformed themselves.
What? These people aren't sexy!
Can't we get anyone up there with any semblance of an arse? Or hips? Or dignified femininity of any kind? They're all far too annoying, and far too skinny, making the list long, dull and bland.
Have you heard Abbey Clancy's voice? She's so annoying she makes me want to punch a kitten. And just *look* at Adriana Lima's mugshot, for God's sake. 8th sexiest woman in the world??
And Kelly Brook? KELLY BROOK? They made her out of the plastic spoons you get in coffee cups at service stations! God almighty...
Can we do an El Reg top ten? I think it might turn out a little different.
Lucid Lynx is NOT ready
They're going to shoot themselves in the foot with this release. Plymouth is buggered on half the machines I've seen it on, which isn't a nice first impression. Graphics drivers (think ATI) don't support this version of X properly yet, etc, etc. I had to mess with Grub2, fglrx-installer, amdcccle and so on before I could even get KDM onscreen.
Once I actually got in, it was bloody lovely (though ATI have been lying through their teeth about Eyefinity support). Initial installation, however, was the worst I've seen on Ubuntu since 7.10.
Woah, hold the phone...
"the Jobsian cult has added an API that allows third parties to hardware-accelerate H.264 video on the Mac"
You mean they couldn't before?? That is so incredibly shit!
A few extras
Most of this list is on my own list, but here are a few extras to consider.
Eraser - an absolute must, allows for secure deletion of files individually, or via the recycle bin.
RegCompact.NET 2.0 -Speeds up registry-intensive control panel dialogs such as Add/Remove Programs
PowerMenu - Adds functions like "Always on top" and opacity to standard Windows. Even works in Win7.
*Bzzert* Basic fact checking FAIL
I like the way...
"2. Flash doesn't work on ANY mobile device."
Is immediately contradicted by...
"Even 10.1 is likely to work only on a tiny percentage of the highest end phones."
And then back to...
"It's not Apple's fault that Adobe has been unable to write a version of Flash that works on mobile devices."
Uh-huh....so you seriously believe there isn't a mobile version of Flash? So I wasn't using Flash 2 years ago on my previous phone, and I totally can't see those Flash games on my current phone.
And this never happened:
Judging by the defence of Apple, the doublespeak and the complete detatchment from reality, I'm gonna bet you've got an iPhone. Either way, you're talking out of your ass.
Why name the poor sod?
Publicly naming him seems like shit-stirring on 'Modo's part.
What I'd like to know is, with the culture at Apple of absolute secrecy, checking employee correspondence etc, how the chuff did he end up with one in his back pocket at a bar?? How did he even get it out of the lab?
"Isn't that what gadgets are all about really? I mean who genuinly needs a USB rocket launcher?"
Let me tell you, nothing disciplines a naughty kitten faster than a remotely-operated webcam-modified foam rocket launcher!
Lulz, a bullet
Humans depress me sometimes. I'll be over here, banging my head against the wall.
"Keep that in mind young people."
As a young person, can I vote for "not being a complete bunch of savage cunts and stooping below their level?" You know, we could always *not* kill the guy.
Or you could all readily jump to your feet and suggest more efficient ways to kill sentient human beings, I dunno.
God, I need a drink.
Why should you care?
Because Opera has been proven time and time again to be one of the best mobile browsers going on almost any platform. I can only see Fennec giving it anything like a run for its money, going by the excellent Mozilla implementation on my N900.
Deal breakers: price, USB, and Apple's attitude
You're very much correct that multitasking vastly improves the potential of the iPad. However, it still isn't up to even the technical capabilities of my phone, let alone a decent netbook.
That aside - the iPad isn't supposed to be a laptop - the big problem for me, in addition to those stated in the article, is Apple themselves. Their attitude regarding the app store, which in itself isn't nearly as open as other platforms' software sources, sucks. As a techie boy, I would not want to have my software choices dictated to me, even in part. If I want to use Opera, Fennec, etc then I bloody well will.
Again, these won't affect the majority of the population, who will regard the software on the iPad simply as a part of the product. But it would certainly affect me, as well as any existing tablet/netbook users with their own software preferences.
As for jailbreaking, sod that. I shouldn't have to re-flash an expensive, premium computing device just to be able to install my own choice of software. I wouldn't accept that on a laptop, or a phone, so why should I accept it on a tablet?
"but due to the strictures of election reporting they are not allowed to answer our questions for at least a month."
Not heard of this before. Could you elaborate?
"If you use multiple displays, the ability to float windows from one display to another is almost worth the upgrade in itself."
Eh? I've just got VS2008 and I can undock all the palettes and move them around just like I do in NetBeans. Or do you mean the main code/form editor panels?
Who cares whether it was last year or not?
They're his opinions, and he has a right to them. The country is crying out for straightforward, honest politicians who speak their minds and they're silencing this guy? God, what I wouldn't have given to hear a Labour representative react to Obama's Nobel prize with "you've got to be fucking kidding me."
Subscriptions below expected numbers?
I take it not many people subscribed to your crappy news sites then, eh Rupert? Bwhahahaha.
"battle against the forces of hell with Ubuntu for six weeks to bring it up to the functional level of Windows XP "
From my experience, the only task required to bing Ubuntu *beyond* the functional level of XP is to stick the live CD in the tray...
I *love* it!
As a dyed-in-the-wool nerdy boy, I will be ordering one at the first available opportunity. It can sit on my wrist next to my binary timepiece.
For. The. Last. Time.
El Reg lay into EVERYONE. Windows is continually slated as being insecure, and MS are continually berated for their crappy attitude to security updates. Apple are lambasted as the cultish fanboy club they are, with devices that are technically inferior but hyped to the point of Godhood, and the Linux sector (into which I fall) are derided for being unwashed OSS-fanatic nerdy boys. Which we are.
I have a feeling you are surfing the site on Safari.
I love how *any* post on an Apple related story that could be regarded as anti-Cupertino receives an inordinate number of downvotes. You lot are worse than the Scientologists.
(That last bit will probably get me modded.)
Well you're still talking, no?
Part of the network is bollocksed and you're still posting...
Or are you one of those Londoners who thinks the world ends at the M25, and the "national communication infrastructure" is 20 miles across?
No problems here in Leeds.