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Re: On the contrary. @Buzzword
And there is the difference between us. If I ever come up with something that has this potential for good, I will be honoured to make it open to anyone to use, regardless of the claims of scientists, suppliers, pensioners, photographers and graphic designers (or, closer to home, my family or cats).
Re: San Francisco is a city of rich white people...
"Detroit is now America again, you've no one but yourself and friends (or community), no work but what you can make, it's pure freedom. Detroit is true American Freedom."
Freedom to starve or die of curable diseases, freedom to be exactly as safe and secure as your neighbour allows you to be, freedom to screw people over if you want to. God bless American Freedom - but most of the rest of us don't want to live in a Heinlein novel, thanks.
I really don't know how anyone even cursorily interested in phones can say that. iPhones are much chunkier in appearance than most other manufacturers, within the natural constraints of the device itself. Let's face it, even cars are difficult to differentiate from each other these days if you can't see the lights or the badges.
Re: .cs není české
Thanks, AC - I was just going to post exactly the same thing.
It really is strange that, twenty years after the event, people haven't realised that Czechoslovakia no longer exists, and is two independent states. It drives my (Czech) wife mad when people say "I haven't been to Czechoslovakia yet, but I'm thinking of going in a couple of years". Fortunately she has taken my pleadings to heart, and no longer does that thing where she looks as if she is going to rip out the speaker's throat with her teeth - she now merely sets them straight with a tone of voice that could freeze a star ... :-(
All the "don't do it" comments just show that the terrorists have won.
I think you are missing the point of the article, and the comments. No-one is saying that there isn't some useful stuff that a tablet can do better than a desk/lap-top. There clearly is. The argument is with the assertion in the article that tablets are going to *replace* desk/lap-tops, and that the touch interface is superior to all other methods of input - and that is not based on evidence. Even your own argument says that the tablets are effectively turned into desktops with all the peripherals (except decent storage) in order to do real work.
Re: No, Liam, I won't be using a fondleslab as my primary computer.
Amen, Trevor! Hipster twits like the author are all so immersed in their little worlds that they cannot see that there are other ways of doing things, and that "new" isn't always "better". The tablet is a tool for a particular corner of the computing world - and may have some advantages over other methods - but it isn't likely to take over from the current way of doing things any time soon. At the very least, there will be a significant number of people who want native programs and significant on-device storage.
@TheOtherHobbes - I like the idea of tablets as thin clients. Good analogy!
Personally, I hate numeric pads. They skew everything to the left. One of the reasons I use X-series Lenovos is that everything is symmetrical around the centreline (and no touchpad - another major benefit!)
Re: Reinvented cuckoo clock
Well, the belt and hook look "proprietary". When either break - which the belt will, sooner or later - it isn't going to be easy to cobble something together from stuff easily found in the places that form the market for the gadget. The tolerances (hole centres, thickness of belt) and materials performance (deformation etc) appear to be important. It isn't obvious how the belt would be changed in the field, either. I hate to be cynical about this, but it looks as if the manufacturers have made sure there will be a steady revenue for spare-parts.
Thanks, Fogcat. That is useful.
Re: entrenched industry... @Don Jefe
"Certainly you aren't suggesting we kill off 2/3 of humanity; are you? I suppose we could just let them starve ..."
Well, since Destroy All Monsters specifically mentioned getting rid of social security, then he clearly does want at least a percentage of the population to starve (or freeze, or die of a curable disease).
There are some nasty people on here.
Re: "little indication that those efforts to educate users are gaining much traction"
Whilst I don't do it (I am fortunate in having a reasonably good memory and a technique for creating passwords), Bruce Scheier actually advocates strong passwords written down and kept in your wallet/purse. I'm not sure I agree, since money, cards and passwords all kept in one place just seems to multiply the pain if it is stolen, but using a simple substitution code (all numbers are +2, or whatever) could help.
Re: How much free speech can you afford? @404
That is one hell of a weak defence!
It's probably the best the Kochs can get, though ...
Re: Property rights in space
John Locke, like Burke above, was just a bloke trying to say how he thought the world should work. He doesn't have any more actual validity than I do.
Re: private property doesn't exist up there in space.
Burke, like all philosophers, was simply stating what he thought the world should be. There is no requirement that reality should match, and in this case it most certainly doesn't.
Equally, economists do the same thing, claiming that their ideas are natural laws - they aren't, though they have modelled reality a bit more accurately for the last couple of centuries.
Re: " As one of those capitalists, you're not going to skimp on $100k or $200k on wages"
"Although I bet you could probably offer room & board and STILL get enough applicants to take the job at the start..."
If they can get this off the ground in the next twenty years, I'd take that offer!
So, based on anyone's real knowledge of the systems in place, which bank(s) are least likely to have serious IT problems? Serious question, because I want to change and this is one of my important criteria.
Re: These are not the Androids you're looking for
But, worryingly, Darth Vader died at the end of "Return of the Jedi" (remember the Viking funeral and neon-glow reunion with Ben and Yoda?) The fact he can take a picture at all is ... well, unlikely.
Is Mulally the one who brought in the flustercluck top-down management system at Boeing where the people who actually know how to do things are ignored in favour of the MBAs?
Re: its all over facebook as well
I hope the couple of rather large spiders that take a turn around our living room every evening realise how lucky they are. I even politely greet them and ask how they are. The cats don't bother them, either.
On the other hand, perhaps we are going to become an asylum for all the neighbourhood's spiders now ...
I agree with the OP - that name ranks with "Wayne" as an indicator of parental sensibility.
It isn't amanfrommars, it's Rossi ...
... or the local psychiatric hospital has a patient that reads El Reg.
And here's the modern problem - someone puts a well argued case, but because it runs to more than four words, people don't read it.
I despair ...
Re: Not necessarily @ Don
Sorry, my friend, but this determinist shit you are spouting is really just a load of nonsense. You are falling for the ad industry's tricks whereby anything that makes a person buy a thing is advertising. Independent reviews, word-of-mouth, and personal experience are not "advertising" in any real sense of the word. Just giving facts isn't advertising, either (comparing spec sheet A with spec sheet B). Buying a product because it meets the articulated needs of the buyer isn't advertising, either.
Please, don't make out the marketing industry as having special insight into humanity - they don't, but you have unfortunately bought into their self-advertisement.
Re: conflicting form factors @ Robert
The article specifically states, "That said, the Imp’s connectors are electrically compatible with a real SD card, so it won’t do any harm." (First page, between pictures 2 and 3).
" ... but in other areas they are a little more sensible."
That reads much better.
"Because PAEs do not make or sell any products of their own, they cannot be countersued for infringement. As a result, PAEs can use the high cost of patent litigation to their advantage,"
This is one of the biggest arguments for changing the system. Both sides should be at risk.
Re: Except... @gerryg
Okay, we get it - you work for Oyster. Now shut up!
Re: How else is the NHS supposed to do this?
The problem is small numbers - it is ridiculously easy to identify a small group (or individual) in a small population with very little information. Data-sharing at population level means that the size of "small population" is increased by at least three orders of magnitude (instead of easily identifying 1 in 40, it becomes trivial to identify 1 in 40 000), and this means that *any* use, even audit, should go through research ethics approval to ensure that the interests of the participants are properly protected.
This is not trivial, and hiding behind AC to defend it makes your position very suspect.
Re: A Wasteful Stunt
The biggest human need on this world is to make other worlds available as backup. At the moment we have all our eggs in one basket. There is *nothing* more important than human space-missions.
Haven't seen that film for ages - must find it!
Re: Sad day, sad day
Clearly, I am "f*cking mental"! I made a conscious decision to go for a touch-screen phone after years of hating half the *phone's* real-estate being taken over by a keyboard that was often too small to use properly, and/or required multiple touches per key to type anything. Blackberry keyboards that I tried were the worst of the lot - for me. Touch-screens give a choice of configurable keyboards, can reduce the risk of RSI (e.g. swipe-type keyboards), and get rid of the keyboard when it isn't needed. For my use-case, this is perfect - of course, YMMV ... and I wouldn't question your intelligence for having a different opinion :-)
Re: Not allowed to be secure
Whilst no fan of this, it does have to be pointed out that it has been like this probably since government began. The leader (this can include multi-party governance as well) thinks he is the right one to be leading, no matter how objectively correct that opinion is, and there are always functionaries who will garner information on his (their) enemies for a number of reasons. Let's not forget that Walsingham his a hero to a great many people* because he intercepted communications between private people - Catholics - who had a different point of view about how England should be run, and so probably contributed to a great change in the path of European history. The fact the Soviets (for example) did exactly the same makes them bad people ...
To me, the question is not "Should it be done?" but "What are the limitations and protections that should be placed on it?" Given that we are in an extremely low-risk world at the moment (religious nutters don't constitute a serious threat, and the number of countries we should worry about is small and most nominally constitute our friends), the limitations on internal surveillance should be high, and the level of spying on other countries should be at the usual background level for that country.
This is one of my disagreements with the "plastic cases are cheap and nasty" comments. Plastics are often exactly the right thing for a device's casing, both to improve grip and protect if the thing is dropped. I've tried metal and glass phones, and they feel too slippery and insecure in my paw, and it strikes me that when they fall, the screen will be broken because the its nothing to absorb the shock.
Whilst I usually put my phones in some sort of case, I don't want to be effectively forced into it by the basic design of the phone.
Re: I'd have expected the author of this article to provide the details...
If you don't like it, then the is no compulsion for you visit the site. If you do visit, accept the house style. Perhaps you'd be happier at Ars Technica.
Re: It always starts like this
... or maybe he's modelling himself on D. D. Harriman??
Re: Password generation
Read more science fiction! If you can't find enough weird names that can then have (additional) punctuation added, then you aren't reading the right books! I find Iain M Banks books, between Culture citizens (especially drones), aliens and planets, serve me very well for now.
Re: Video tutorials
"My other pet hate is the shit-munching video tutorial. I fail to see how spending a quarter of an hour watching a blurry rectangle of illegibility while an American spits and wheezes into a microphone that’s so muffled it might as well have been be shoved up his arse is superior to reading a step-by-step workthrough that I could complete myself in less than five minutes."
This sums up my entire attitude to modern help files. Yes, in a minority of cases, seeing what is supposed to happen is useful, but in general that can be done with words and stills - video not required!
Re: "The news moved the entire family to tears"
In my not very deep experience, Coldplay songs fall into three categories: make you cry; make you bored; make you want to kill something, preferrably anyone that thought this bunch of miserablists should be hyped to popularity.
Re: @raving angry loony ".............in my opinion, more going for them than what I thought."
@Arctic fox: To my mind, the bad news is that anyone thought up such a shitty system in the first place, and that others thought enough of it to put it in place. Such a system only works for game-shows, not any enterprise that actually wants to achieve anything.
Re: 30M Down, 100M to Go @jnffarrell1
Could you try that again, AFTER your first coffee of the day, please?
Re: It's simply amazing... @AC moron
If your employers at the various IP protection agencies haven't made their case successfully to someone like me - law degree (including an IP module), MA (including a great deal of IP), and a PhD in the social effects of governmental involvement in social goods, then they really are failing. My considered, educated opinion is that the media industry is as relevant to the modern IT-enabled world as leech-breeders are to modern medicine.* Certainly in music, what I see is a bunch of middle-men trying to maintain their ability to make money from both people who can do something** and the people who want to buy it in a market where it can all be done in a direct way. The film industry may be a slightly different case, but the principle still applies.
It is clear I am not the only one who thinks the same, and yet you insist on ad hominem attacks on our education, intelligence, and honesty. You really are a twat, aren't you?
* I know there are some edge-cases where leeches have been re-evaluated for some conditions, but that only reinforces my argument.
** In general - I am yet to be convinced that anything in the charts is being done by people who have any clue what music actually is.
If you aren't open enough to post with a recognisable -nym, then you don't deserve to have any attention paid to you. The fact that you post the same tired old astroturf every time, and are recognisable by the terms you use doesn't alter the fact that you don't have sufficient confidence in your views to allow others to search your previous posts.
By the way, have you noticed that you are in a huge minority here - doesn't that tell you anything at all?
Re: bibles @ an it guy 11:28
It is a bad thing when there is semi-official approval of hassling people simply for having a copy of a book of fiction, regardless of what it is. Almost as bad as semi-official approval of hassling people for NOT having a copy an approved book of fiction.
A bit off-topic, but has Matt Bryant finally upset the mods sufficiently to be canned whilst I've been away? His silence on this thread is deafening!
"You get exactly what you pay for in this world."
@Regtard - the thing is, people want different things "in this world". I can almost guarantee that whatever you think is "the best" in any category of goods, I will disagree with you because I *do* consider the initial purchase price as relevant. As I've asked you before, do you drive only Bentley and Rolls-Royce?
A few years ago, whilst driving in a South Yorkshire town, I saw evidence that the DVLA aren't too assiduous about checking plates - how would DO51 FKR have got through otherwise?
Sanctimonious pair of pricks ...
Re: who the fugg cares about repairability? @Nicho
Learn to give a fugg. These things are real problems for the world, not like CO2.
Re: iFans are rediculously rich!
There are one too many "g"s in your name, Regtard ...
- It's true, the START MENU is coming BACK to Windows 8, hiss sources
- Pic NASA Mars tank Curiosity rolls on old WET PATCH, sighs, sniffs for life signs
- How UK air traffic control system was caught asleep on the job
- Google embiggens its fat vid pipe Chromecast with TEN new supported apps
- Microsoft: Don't listen to 4chan ... especially the bit about bricking Xbox Ones