3246 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
NewsBlur - updated opinion
I said that the NewsBlur Android app didn't work in my previous post. This seems to be because I tried to create an account using it - at which it failed. If you use a browser to go to their site, you can set up an account there and either pull in your feed list from Google Reader, or manually set them up - which I did because I only have 6 feeds. Then, the NewsBlur Android app does seem to work, after you sign in. There is also an independent reader called Blar which uses the NewsBlur backend.
Note: The free version of NewsBlur only lets you have 12 feeds, the premium version costs $24pa.
In terms of layout, the browser version is fairly clean and simple and has lots of customisation and adjustable pane views, but not as good as Google Reader in terms of clean simplicity. The Android readers are very clean and simple but don't have panes so you go from one full screen to the next and have to use Back to get to your previous list/view. It does use the Android default browser though, which is good news.
Anyway, give it a try and good luck with finding a suitable replacement before July.
@Natalie Gritpants Re: re. Feedly
I had a quick look at tt-rss and it seems to need some server-side work at my end, which I'm not willing or able to do. Maybe someone will set up a feed/store service, which I wouldn't mind paying a small subscription for and I don't care who knows that I read El Reg and other websites. I realise that other people's situations may differ.
Many organisations seem to be jumping into the hole that Google Reader will leave behind and many are preparing a 'replacement' for it. I tried NewsBlur which seemed to fit the bill but their Android app doesn't work - fail. I'll wait until early June and see what happens.
Check out this article on a Digg 'replacement' for Google Reader:
Read it and weep. It looks like we're going to be force fed social crap sandwiches.
@Craigness: This is about a replacement for Google Reader, especially its ability to synchronise across many devices. If you subscribe to an RSS feed, you get what the site owner gives you. This is the same for all RSS readers, unless you make your own very clever one.
Feedly is BLOODY ANNOYING, especially its built-in browser that doesn't work properly, especially on The Register's site. Why oh why can't they use the default Android browser? I need to find something else.
"We like Android and we plan to continue our good relations with Google," he said. "I don't think it's correct to say that there's friction."
Who says there's friction?
Re: 25 years?
Terrorists will stop at nothing to strike at the heart of our way of life. If they knew the type of vending machine, they'd be better able to carry out an effective attack against them.
Why do I think of Father Jack when I read that?
Re: What is so compelling?
"....the technophobes who post on 'El Reg'"
Surely, you mean 'technophiles'?
Does the OS version matter?
I've used every Android version from Froyo to Jelly Bean and apart from stylistic GUI changes (some annoying) and the ability to put apps in folders (ICS onwards), the OS doesn't matter to me. What matters are the apps and that they work - which they do. I use my Android phone/tablet to pickup email, read the RSS feeds, manage and display calendars, write and read personal notes ...... oh, I sometimes make phone calls too, but not often.
I'm all for obvious improvements and fixing of bugs, but as a user then I don't care.
Re: An alternative? (Feedly)
I now have Feedly running as a Firefox plugin under Windows and as Android apps on tablet and phone. A Chrome plugin and iOS app are also available. It uses my Google login to pull Google Reader feed subscriptions across and as stated above, they are developing their own backend to give a seamless handover when Google kill Reader. Not sure how I'll 'login' when that happens.
Feedly is a bit 'graphic artist' and is full of space between items. There is a 'list' view that seems to work in the FF plugin but I always get the 'magazine' view in the Android app and they seem very keen to put great big photos everywhere. The Google Reader had wonderfully sparse and simple layout and I miss it already, even though it's not dead yet.
If we're so smart .....
I was annoyed to learn that iGoogle will be withdrawn and now am more annoyed that Reader will go the same way. As for CalDAv, I don't think I use it but I can imagine why people are pissed off. Many commentards here are venting their spleen (and other bodily parts) so, if we're so smart, what can we do about it?
Would it be viable to develop a cloud based service that gives synchronised data/feeds/services using apps across many platforms to replace these lost services? How much would any of you be prepared to pay to subscribe to such a service?
Please, put a business plan together and Kickstart it or something. I'd be interested in subscribing to such a service but I suspect that we'll all develop new ways of working/consuming and get used to whatever new personal arrangements we make.
@RT tablet Re: hotmail/outlook.com works fine to me
Does your owner/user know that you're posting comments on web sites?
Re: I actually thought about moving
"The interface for outlook is so clean and nice. "
It's only a GUI. It's hotmail with a new dress, fresh from the hair salon. They still vary the location of the Delete 'button' depending on which folder you're in - ha!
When I signed up with PayPal, many years ago; they made a point that you needed two items of information to log in and make payment - i.e. an email address and a password, so it was very secure. I quickly realised that they gave your email address to every Tom, Dick and Harriet who you bought tat from on eBay. That probably explains why I started to get phishing emails at that address asking me for my PayPal account details.
At one time, I bought a small item from a German seller on eBay and selected to pay using PayPal. I was then redirected to the sellers payment facility, that asked me to login to PayPal using some german auction management site! I told it to f**k off (figuratively). I assume that PayPal would have accepted payment details via this site?
Why do PayPal do such stupid things?
Re: NASA has found.....
..... and they could have evolved into Aquaman!
"Not more than 10 times a second though, that being a rough limitation of the technology, ..."
I'm sure that the limitations of human vision would mean that you couldn't appreciate anything changing that fast (for ambient lighting and effects purposes).
Re: Steganography/digital watermarks ?
If there's a known system and method for putting some kind of 'watermark' into an image, then someone will quickly develop a utility to take it out, or 'smudge' it so that it can't be used as legal evidence.
If you had screenshots of the original website, or if it was available in the internet archive, or even if you had any kind of reliable witnesses; then surely you could have carried on using those images since the owner at the time had given permission?
The obvious next stages ...
... are to use the results of this study to make a FB assessor utility (maybe on a website) where you give it your FB user name and it will tell you the results of analysing your 'Likes'. Then, the FB spin-doctor utility can be introduced: this will modify your Likes to give you the analysis results that you want to present to the world.
Eventually, everybody on FB will disappear up their own backside as they spiral down the rabbit hole of analysis and modification.
re. "... a relationship thrown into turmoil by a French phone call. "
A friend of mine once had a relationship thrown into turmoil by a carelessly discarded french letter.
(Mine's the one will all kinds of stuff in the pockets)
@Nicho Re: While we're here
Smugsam? Snugsam? (I know, I'm not making a real effort.)
" ...expectation of privacy loss when you're out in public."
Yes, you should, when in a public place. The inside of a bar/cafe/restaurant is not a public place, it is private property. The owner of that property can set conditions on you being allowed into the property and being allowed to stay there.
re. the '974 patent
This describes an auto-brightness function based on ambient light levels being detected and used to control display brightness. I remember back in the late '70s there was a medical ultrasonic scanner display (monochrome CRT) that had this feature, and the auto-brightness control was included in all the backlit controls and indicators of the scanner system. It had additional sophistication in that there was a small test patch of light-grey level in the lower corner of the screen that was covered by a light sensor and used as part of the control - hence it could take into account any tube ageing and possible different characteristics of a replacement tube.
No matter how clever you think you are, somebody has probably done it before but not made a song and dance about it. I have no idea how that patent could have been awarded to Nokia.
As for the communication with the Google Play Store, that sounds like internet communications and 'clever' software. Enough said.
When I try to think about what she did ....
... my brain screams and runs away.
Here's a bit of soft stuff. (I know some serious hardcore sites)
Re: spellchecker! \o/ -> Caps checker :)
re. "the public mounting gluteus maximal protests "
I'm SURE that ought to be 'mounting public gluteus maximal protests' (I do get the bit about 'maximal')
Then again, I haven't seen the videos, just some initial still shots. I'll leave you to it.
Re: It's been a long time...
The headline writer may have got confused with 'a la mode', meaning trendy or in fashion. It is a fashion item :)
A better idea
Every politician should have to pay to make public statements, of any kind. In the comfort of their Parliament building (or whatever it's called locally) it would be free to brain fart all day, among their own kind.
"... a baseband frequency of around 75 terahertz, which seems to The Register reasonable enough to transmit 100 Tbps"
I'm not familiar with modern modulation methods, but isn't this very optimistic?
It's a good start
"... children in the OLPC project in this country have an advantage on average of 5 months in the development of their cognitive abilities with respect to children who have not been helped by the program.”
I think that any group of children who are involved in any kind of project, with adult supervision and external academic study, would show improved cognitive ability compared to children who were not. This would be due to taking part in a long term challenging/interesting activity and having the support of sympathetic and interested adults.
The question to be asked is, "does giving them a laptop have any advantages over any other kind of educational development aid?"
As for their reading activities, they need to learn to enjoy reading in the first place and that is a totally separate issue. After they 'get into' reading, then free e-books (various methods and arrangements possible) could easily be provided for their laptop.
Re: Sacrifice some weight
That sounds like a good working solution and you can do that to your personal Boeing 787, the one you don't fly in controlled airspace or use to carry passengers. Boeing have many constraints on what changes they are allowed to make and re-certification would take ages.
@Big_Ted Re: Me Too
I thought that VM had buffer storage inside their own network for iPlayer, etc. so they didn't have massive peering charges from the outside world?
Yes, because the digitised copy is just a copy, to allow many people to read them with ease. The original documents and library will be maintained. So, the (rare and largely fictitious) paperless office could be called a dematerialised office?
Don't Panic! There is a way out of this
I've heard that the bad effects of a bacon sarnie can be counteracted by accompanying it with a cup of tea. But, the tea has to be made in just the right particular way. I'm not sure what that way is. Any advice?
re. "... some sort of elite tasting team and bacon sarnies."
I'll work for free and I'll wash up afterwards. (I used to play Frontier Elite, I have good taste and I've eaten many bacon sarnies).
Something similar happened to me
Sometime last year, an organisation called HTC pushed out a software change to my Incredible-S phone, codenamed 'ICS Update', which noticeably slowed it down and changed the GUI in way that made it confusing to use as well as reducing the battery life.
They did this by using 'social engineering' in conjunction with an entity called Google that fed stories to the press saying that ICS was smoother and faster and had efficiencies that improved battery life, even on older phones. You have to be careful and you can't trust anyone.
Am I right in assuming that this assembly is supposed to operate in a bath of liquid Helium, or similar arrangement? The figure of 700pW of (local?) cooling power is amazing when you consider the amount of heat that must flow into the copper block, even if it were immersed in very cold liquid Helium. Have I got this right?
You really do have a full apple jacket. Be careful not to make any hollow points at the WSJ ;)
Good luck :)
Correction for modern times
"One of the main roles of government is to be paranoid _ABOUT_ its populace ..."
When the XBox comes in
"It's a great fit," Xbox Live product manager Pav Bhardwaj said. "The film is really well aligned with our audience."
How does he know this? Market research?
more Tesco digital stuff
Tescomobile (running over the O2 network) have some very good value SIM only deals, including some rolling monthly contracts which are useful if you don't like long term tie-ins. They seem to be embracing digital data in a big way.
Not long to go ...
I'm waiting for jake's thoughts on Chinese AV products and what their real purpose is.
Re: Following the tried and true patent troll recipe
If Microsoft were hit for $200 million and Apple had to pay $368 million, why are they saying that Cisco should pay them 'only' $258 million if Cisco is the whale?
Re: Bah, humbug
A small colour e-ink display should be easy enough to manufacture, maybe with a limited colour set. The relatively low number of pixels would give a reasonable frame refresh rate for information display. They might even be able to adequately display the moving second-hand of a clock so that you could have a continuous time indicator on your wrist. That would be quite an achievement.
Re: and so will likely suffer more than the rest
I've got it. You're Eadon's brother and you're a 3fan with an irrational dislike of EE. It's to be expected that this sort of thing runs in families.
Re: PR replaces journalism
I remember when Acme used to release jet-powered roller skates, exploding corn and similarly exciting products. They've just stopped innovating.
@AC 13:51 Re: Contacts
Well, excuse me for not going through all the possibilities. My phone contacts are not Google contacts or SIM contacts either and Android doesn't need access to them in order to sync. The two examples I gave are just the obvious ones for an Android phone especially for someone who seems to be new to Android. The OP made a statement about Android syncing, which I believe was incorrect. I explained something using two examples.
Stick to the point instead of taking cheap imaginary shots.
Re: Google Play is a failure
I agree with you that it seems unreasonable (and maybe suspicious) that an app which had nothing to do with phone calls is able to read your phone state and the numbers you have called. The explanation I read was that the permissions are too coarse: e.g. a developer who needs to know if the phone is ringing (for incoming) so they can pause music play has to have access to 'Phone stuff' which is so coarse as to include all phone stuff, not just the elements they really need.
As for the forced Facebook thing on your phone, that is a deal between the phone maker or mobile provider who put it on there before you bought it. I don't have that crap on my phone (Nexus 4). I have other crap :)
"Android can't even sync without you giving all your contact information to Google. Sod that!"
You need to spend time in the deeper settings menus, where you can select which google services are synced and which are not. Note: If you're worried about syncing your Google contacts, Google already have your Google contacts (think about it). If it's the phone SIM based contacts you're worried about, then your statement is simply not correct and you need to learn more details about syncing information on Android phones.
Re: A novel idea
If you're wearing Google Glass, nobody will hook up with you - unless, maybe, they're wearing Google Glass.
Built in redundancy
This seems like a good idea, once the CEO team have had a few rotations to give and get experience. If the current CEO dies or goes obviously insane, they just push the body to one side and plug in a proven and acceptable replacement. No panic, no wondering if the new one is up to it - smooth transition.
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