2317 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
The iPad is the least impressive supergadgety thing I've used in yonks. For all its size and the pretty screen, there is little escaping the fact that it is a very large, very expensive iPod. And I don't like iPods much to begin with.
And I have seen 5x more Kindles on the train to work than I have iPads. Actually, I see at least twice as many actual working honest-to-God-I'm-trying-to-get-something-done-here-turn-your-fucking-music-down-your-Apple-branded-headphones-are-incredibly-shit laptops on the train as I do iPads. My 17" brick included.
You're not a Trekkie are you?
"Eh? People do use Nokia - more so than any other phone company. And indeed, it would be refreshing to see Nokia for once, rather than advertising for Apple yet again. Or do you mean there's something different about phones to coke, and you'd object to seeing an Iphone or whatever there just as much?"
I was actually thinking more along the lines of plausibility. Are the filmmakers seriously trying to tell me that NOKIA are running the planetary communications network in the 23rd Century? That time when currency may/may not have been abolished, depending on your continuity. When we have one global government, no war, universal literacy, and capitalism is essentially dead?
The problem with product placement like that is that it just doesn't fit in with the environment. Seeing a Nokia in a Star Trek film is like seeing one of the soldiers in Braveheart brandishing an MP5. It's really jarring and stupid and pulls you out of the story.
But as I said, there are many and better reasons to hate Star Trek 11.
I don't mind products being in a film if they're just there. If someone is in a movie drinking a Coke, fine. People drink Coke, this is ordinary. But there is definitely a line to cross. Seeing a Nokia in a Star Trek film, for example, though there are many, many other reasons to loathe Star Trek 11.
As for Apple, I remember what they did to Blade Trinity. Now THAT was blatant!
"Ooh, I just love killing vampires while listening to my iPod!" BASTARDS.
Last time you checked
You were wrong!
Fresh install I did last week had 200MB of updates since the ISO was last refreshed. And this isn't a fresh install, it's an update.
Now if we're going to talk fresh installs, I installed an XP machine the other week and after SP3 it still had 90 updates to run. A Win7 machine typically has 50 updates after install, and that's long before installing any actual useful software, which a Linux install comes with out of the box.
So most people will download it next week
In case of system failures/other major screw ups.
You know, I'd almost forgotten that one
I think it was so ridiculous that my mind simply erased it. I guess we're screwed either way. The wonders of a modern, enlightened age.
How ridiculous is it
How ridiculous is it for a drawing of a nude person to be tasteful, but a photo of the same person to be obscene? This pathetic imposition of morality from certain US-based companies is starting to grate...
A resource hungry bloatware music app that you have to install in order to update your phone. Hmmm, where have I heard that before...
I could be a dick and point out that you can already enable this kind of behaviour in Firefox with one of a number of add-ons, but I would rather ask why the hell you would want this kind of behaviour in the first place. Hiding the URL bar for inexperienced users is just begging for a phishing attack.
Going to have another bash at getting it on my N900. Is it a Debian-based system again?
"Tablets will never be anything more than that."
Tablets have been more than that for years. It's just that tits like you think that Apple invented them, and that a glorified picture frame is worth £600.
You've missed a bit there
Tapping on the UI is not intended to bring up a menu. Just like on Maemo and Android, to select an item, you tap it, and to bring up a context menu for an item, you hold on it, which is exactly what he does in the vid.
Looks nice, but...
Can I still tap a few buttons and bring up Bash? Seriously, that's like the best thing about having a Maemo device - underneath it all, it's Debian. If I can have a panel on there that tails our site logs off to one side of what I'm doing, you've sold me. I'll buy two.
And no, Android users, don't tell me you can do the same. The SSH clients I've tried on my Desire are all crap. The best multitasking system I've used is Maemo, and this also looks better for the way I work.
You know Apple
"And you know Apple: they don't comment on unreleased produts, or on rumors and speculation."
They merely fuel the existing rumours and speculation, also known as free publicity from the pants-wetting fanbois.
Oh God, no
Die Hard 4 was an atrocity. Why can't people know when to stop?
Your post has to be a wind-up
"...all of which are rarely used because of compatibility issues"
I do believe that was sarcasm on AC's part. Unless you're Opera fans, in which case you may continue with the Great Crusade.
Wow, you're right
El Reg never write articles about Opera Betas!
You seem to think
That Five News can get worse!
You knew it was coming
And six people have probably posted it already:
God DAMN IT!
Maemo's a great system, but they dropped it like a hot brick.
MeeGo was looking like it could be really good, but we all know what's going to happen there now.
Guess I'm back to Android for my next phone. :-(
You looking for this?
<<< Yes, that is a black helicopter, honest, and not a well-endowed mosquito.
So this is...
...a bug that only affects unpatched software, if you've deliberately made the system weak enough for it to work, and it still couldn't do anything catastrophic to the system, or spread a worm.
Excuse me while I panic.
It's Java, dude
Going to get this downloaded on my N900 right away. There's very little that I miss from my other Android phone, but the few bits I do will be ported over lickety-split.
"I assume the other apps dipped into the H.264 stream that the BBC supply for iOS devices. Everyone else is now locked out of that since certain client certificates shipped only with those devices are required."
Actually no. The Beeb got rid of the app from the Market, but I guess the API was already too well established, and locking it to devices would get the Beeb in trouble very quickly. BeebPlayer still works! Assuming you used ASTRO or similar to back up the *.apk... ;-)
Damn it, I just bought this keyboard!
Granted, the family trying to push an accident caused (it seems) by inattention or inebriation onto the place where it happened is the kind of idiocy you would expect from grieving relatives, and the reason policy should never be formed on the opinion of the deceased's mother (or in this case, grandmother).
And, granted, falling off something, whilst very easy, is not the most macho way to die - that position is obviously reserved for suffering a heartattack machine-gunning zombies to death while a gaggle of sexually curious schoolgirls suck you dry.
All that said, are you aware that as a result of this incident someone is dead? Not a Neo Nazi, a Tory MP, or some other group everyone despises, like smug Opera users, just some dude like you and me.
Well not like me, obviously. I'm some kind of mutant, it seems.
Well look at that!
It's Monday morning and my train has been cancelled because some arse has stolen cable on the line. This is getting to be way too regular.
Embedding text in a webpage is hardly difficult.
Converting books to webpages is child's play.
Making it so that you cannot then copy. save, redistribute, or otherwise dick around with the webpage is very difficult indeed.
<<< Maybe I should have used this icon.
Other possible circumstances
For example, if your company logo is fruit-based, and you're well in with the journalistic media at large...
Low Earth Orbit?
Low Emissions Optimum?
Long-term Ecosystem Observatory?
Crysis 2 on the 360
That's going to be hilarious. The 360 wouldn't have coped with the first game without some toning down or bits being ripped out, so God only knows what the second one will be like. With any luck it won't end up like Deus Ex on the PS2...
Any bricking reported?
Friend of mine is the manager of a store that buys and sells games/consoles/whatever, PS3s included. He's been telling me that some of the older, fat PS3s have been bricking with this update applied. Any truth to that?
So while the rest of the world is condemning Mubarak + co's handling of the riots, US lawmakers are studying the conflict to see if they can learn any lessons in oppression. Sure, this may have been stewing for several years, but the timing is questionable at best.
Wonder if one of these "cyber emergencies" will suddenly manifest itself this year...
We all know who's really excited
Insurance groups! Another set of excuses to ramp your premiums to ridiculous levels.
The PHP support in NetBeans over the past few years has turned into something awesome, and it's become my main PHP editor, not least because I was already using it for Java. It also supports a slew of other front-end web languages, including JS/jQuery, in ways that have made my life much easier. Losing support for those things would be a real blow.
Eclipse, by comparison, is a confusing clusterfuck. I could never get into using it, though I know a lot of people do. NetBeans just makes more sense to me, and the rest of the tech team here agree
I imagine the RoR support will simply be resurrected as a module. Can they get hold of the core NetBeans code and turn it into one? If "removed" means "turned into a user-maintained module", then that's not so bad. Some of the contributed modules are excellent - just started using Foxbeans last week for some Mozilla development and it's great.
Not as good as the Google-developed Eclipse plugin, but there is a Netbeans plugin for Android, and it's improving all the time. I've coded up several bits on it and it's competent enough.
And for me!
My road is so bad that the potholes are now four inches deep in places, and the cobbles that the road replaced are making a comeback. I could put in literally 50+ reports just on that one road. It needs resurfacing.
Oh, but they did send a guy round last week. He filled in about 6 of them, fairly roughly, then left. And the only ones he filled were in the exact spot on the road where there's a gas leak, and they're about to rip the road up to fix it. D'oh! Could you not see the strange yellow markings on the road right next to your white ones?
>>He added: "I cannot imagine why anyone would want to watch something like that."
Right after having watched it...
That would be an interesting one. It's got a group rape scene, except that the rape scene in the movie is staged - it's part of a movie being made, within the movie. It'd be pretty ironic if that got banned.
....we had an extreme porn law first. Did no-one tell you? If you're into BDSM, that kind of thing, this isn't the best time to be living in England. Strange as it may sound to people not into it/not previously exposed to it, violent sex, including rape-play and knife-play, is what turns some people on.
This law is, I presume, to protect against pornography created where one or more participants are being forced into it, but how do you tell that from a picture? The extracts given in the article appear to make no leeway for genuinely produced erotica, even if it contains the common preamble of the actors giving consent/discussing the video's content. That is what concerns a lot of people, myself included.
That's some expensive data!
200MB for $15? I pay £5 for 3GB!
And $30 a month for data? Are you shitting me? That's more than my entire contract, with more calls and texts than I'll ever use. What a rip off! Is this the case with all smartphone contracts over the pond, or is it just the iPhone?
I do exactly that!
"I just don't care much about sequels if they're no good. I do not acknowledge them."
I know exactly what you mean. There are only two Terminator movies, after all.
That said - and I know I'm going to get shouted at for this - Matrix Revolutions is my favourite of the live action Matrix movies. Not for the stupid ending, oh no, but for three very simple reasons:
1) Matrix 3 has the least amount of Keanu Reeves in it
2) I thought the Battle for Zion was a very enjoyable action segment. Mechs, bazookas, mines, 250 000 squiddies. Oh yesh.
3) Matrix 3 has the least amount of Keanu Reeves in it
But then again, my absolute favourite part of the Matrix saga is the Animatrix. Some of those shorts, especially The Second Renaissance, were superior to all three live action movies.
Don't know about now
But I've certainly seen them before. One of my old copies of Die Hard 2 was in 21:9, which was a pain in the arse as at the time I only had a 4:3 TV!
Not the first time they've screwed up FF
The original Skype plugin - the phone number recognising thingy - caused massive slowdowns in FF a year or two back. That made me disable it at the time, though admittedly it works fine now.
OK, use KPackagekit
That's got a GUI, you can just click on it, if it wasn't already installed by default. Or did you miss that bit?
This is obviously so much harder than the Windows way - go to Oracle's site, find the right package for your operating system and architecture, download, install, put up with yet another update program.
Are you high?
Just picking a common distro - Ubuntu, for example - how the hell is it hard to run Java? The open JRE is installed by default, and getting the Oracle binaries running is as hard as enabling the partner repo and typing:
sudo apt-get install sun-java6-jre
Yet more anti-Tux FUD.
I liked my Gamer editions so much I took them to the office and bought a new set of Home editions for..well...home. Now I don't just ignore everyone around me*, I ignore them in 5.1. :-D
*Little dig at Mr Tut, there
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