2849 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
Ooh I remember the vaguely threatening letter asking for the OnDigital back when they went belly up! Then I recall they broadcast a message to the boxes congratulating themselves for having a change of heart and giving us a free gift. Presuably they realised the cost of getting them all back would be more than the assets they'd get would be.
Mine was cheerfully in service until it blew up in 2008. Though I was under the impression the original ones stopped working after the digital switchover?
Re: Beware the hype
"Biting the hand that feeds IT" as the saying goes...
There's a reason el Reg is on the Apple blacklist :-D Long may the attitude continue.
Re: Fag-packet calculation
Airfix will flog you one for a tenner, some assembly required. 1:32 scale though...
I suspect they get the 3D model from Aston Martin though.
Clusterfuck trumps them all I'm afraid.
Re: I think it's mostly comforting news.
"At a recent debate at a prime UK university, more than half the students voted in favour of the thesis "casual sex is morally wrong""
Except the research done in this case was "hook up" which apparently included "kissing", which makes it seem all the less remarkable. 3 snogs a months? I imagine most people are aiming for that on an average night out.
Maybe you could treat these sorts of stories the same way you're planning to report Giff Gaff outages?
More customers realised today how awful TT are, and crucially how easy it is to leave. In other news, Giff Gaff suffered a network outage, bear defacated in woods, film at 11.
"I'd have demanded more, though how do you quantify how much a clock is worth."
Depends if you're buying second hand...
Re: Be careful where you leave it
"Just look out for hungry birds."
Tch, Rovio doing another Angry Birds crossover release, this time with Hungry Hippos?
"'I could care less"
It's meant to be sarcastic. Shortened from "Oh like I could care less"
But yes, affected/effected bugged me and I came rushing (too late) to the forums to chip in too.
Well it's too low for ultrasound anyway, which by definition is above 20KHz
Re: Windows 7 v 8
"Windows 7 support ends in 2020, so they should be OK for a while yet."
Not support I'm concerned about, it's them walking into PC World picking up a machine for £300 and having no choice about OS in the future.
Windows 7 v 8
Reminds me, now that Windows 8 is on sale, what's the general plan for Windows 7 on consumer devices? Are they phasing out Windows 7? Cos if so, I need to tell my parents to replace their aging PC now before it's too late... I wouldn't be able to cope with the multitude of phone calls for a Windows 8 transition. Windows 7 would be a doddle tho.
Re: Good one! -Notes
"Er, because of all those home users buying Notes?"
Na, Outlook Express was usually forced on home users. Choice between Notes and OE, isn't much of a choice.
Re: So can anyone suggest a realistic alternative....
"C++ to parse "semi-structured" data? You must be a masochist. Try using something like Perl instead."
Depends what you need it to do. I'm hoping and assuming that if he is doing it in C++ he's relying heavily on Flex++ or similar.
"Gone are the days when the users neither knew nor cared if their email client was Notes or Exchange... now they do care and they do blame you for choosing Notes."
Oh come on, users have always hated sysadmins for inflicting Notes on them.
Well, when I think about the quantity of jpegs I have on my systems, and think about the length of time it took to backup to Carbonite on a DSL line, they'll probably have a looooooot of sifting through innocuous pictures of landscapes before finding anything remotely salacious. By which time, you'd think someone would notice their internet running slowly.
Finally, BT saves us with their crap infrastructure!
Although a good trojan would scan the files locally, looking for a higher proportion of pink hues and selectively uploading to reduce the bandwidth requirements and increase the chances of success..
The usual benchmark missing
How many stores "sold out"? That's usually how Apple define success. And usually what causes people to claim that it's artificially limited.
Didn't that become Microsoft Security Essentials?
Horizontal from vertical
One thing I've been consistently confused by - why the switch from measuring vertical to horizontal? Everyone's used to 720, 1080 as sizes. 4K makes it sound like it's 4x taller (and ultimately wider) thus 16x the resolution. Whereas in reality it's only a doubling.
Just marketing trickery?
Re: Will it ever be cheap?
Sadly I left my crystal ball in the office, but generally speaking, yes.
Ultra massive of this scale probably won't fall to the same levels (purely because volumes will be lower due to few people having room to fit the damn thing in!)
"Their competitors have a 6-9 month product release cycle, while apple has had a 1 year one. That doesn't cut it anymore."
Remind me when Apple last released an iPad? March was it?
Re: Nicely put
" the majority of us are private individuals who value that time to ourselves, just thinking, reading, texting, day dreaming etc"
and occasionally glaring at the other prat on the train who has seemingly decided to turn his headphones into high frequency loud speakers. Although the best way I've found to stop that is to either mouth along to the lyrics (if you know them) or failing that, dance.
"My car is bloody hard to repair but do I moan?"
Erm, it's generally not. As for the rest of your examples, nope, they're not too hard to open and repair either.
Re: I presume....
No, MS have clearly followed the Apple style-guide for the app so it fits in with the OS. Unlike Apple who imposed their own style-guide on the Windows version of iTunes - although that's just one of many reasons Windows iTunes is abominable.
Microsoft reveals Windows Phone 8 support for Mac
Both users reported to be delighted.
The most interesting thing from this article (the review was self-explanatory - new network, fast, only where available, v expensive) was that el Reg give out iPhones to their staff. Odd considering the mocking that Apple "fanbois" tend to be given here...
Re: Error in article??
@Alan - the point was that in the US the phones can apparently do 3G voice and 4G data concurrently (nothing about VoLTE). It is a bit odd that the phone can't use both 3G and 4G simultaneously but it's perhaps down to the antennae layout or the chippery inside.
"Fingers crossed, the rating for our app should improve from a frankly pathetic two stars."
I'm amazed it got such a high score! It was pretty appalling to begin with ;-) May well take a look, if only for the offline reading - as noted I'd be inclined to just use the browser app built into most smartphones otherwise
Re: Bah to El Fan Boyz
Did you just read the title and then rush in a blind fury to the comments section?
"Android owners, we have not forgotten you. The Reg's Android App upgrade should go live in a couple of weeks, subject to tests."
Re: Guess the fairness of it depends on the situation
A lot of people angry about various hyoptheticals that are happening only in people's minds.... Strange.
Bottom line, he either said "it's not ready" and blew a fairly hard deadline tied to the Google renewal, or shipped it with minimal attention to quality control. Either option is a fairly big "oops" moment for a SVP's team. Not to mention Tim Cook getting the team he *wanted* and not inherited was long overdue. As for tribunals, he's a SVP - short of plundering the company (and even then...) you leave with an almighty golden parachute regardless of reason for exiting.
As an outsider and slightly back on topic, I'm rather excited at the prospect of Sir Jony heading up hard and soft design, anyone else?
Re: Not sure the purpose is lockdown
"If the purpose wasn't lockdown they wouldn't use screws that require specialist tools to remove."
Those screws being Torx screws? Hardly specialist, you need one to change the bulbs in my car.
Re: What's the point of 4G...
"One thing I do wish however, is they'd depricate older technology as newer tech becomes the mainstream. For instance somebody mentioned the number of 2g phones. Why?"
Well they'd have to provide UK-wide 3G support first. I think you'd be surprised at how little coverage there is and how much of the population is dependent on 2G coverage:
http://maps.ofcom.org.uk/mobile/index.html (and change the radio button between 2G and 3G)
Any indication of how they're triggering the release though?
As said, best of luck to them.
Re: It's not just a big distance to cross... there's a lot of history
Pretty high - life started on Earth (and effectively the universe) pretty much as soon as was practically possible. Very broad stroke, but in terms of the universe forming and going through the various stages of element creation through the various stars up to Population I stars (like ours) and a surrounding solar system, the formation of the earth, life started pretty much (in astronomical terms) as soon as the conditions were right.
If we assume the rest of the Population I stars underwent a similar cycle (and no reason to doubt they didn't) makes it extremely likely that life would start on similar timescales across the universe.
In short, for a lot of history across the universe, life wasn't possible. And even without that, we know that life on Earth has existed for about 1/6 of the universe's life.
"Does anyone still think we're alone?"
You fool! God's clearly up there! :-)
Yeah, but it's largely pointless on the minituarised screens embedded in their watches
Re: Am I showing my age...
Not just you, hence my reply. Though would suggest OP makes sarcasm a bit more obvious if that was the case... unless they genuinely thought Apple were supplying a 500MB drive?
But little hint, if you set out to pedantic, make sure you're also correct - for example, what's a "500mb" drive? Would that be a milli-bit? Meaning the disk can only store 500 milli-bits, meaning 0.5 bits? How would that work then? Stretch it further to question if it's a milli-barn if you like..
"Where does Apple find 500mb hard drives? And, why bother."
Because it's a 2.5" disk, and that's quite a popular capacity for that form factor?
"Fortunately, the company said it will give affected customers free downloadable content, with instant access to all Rocksmith mini-games, by way of an apology."
Cue people unaffected scratching off their activation codes, claiming they didn't get one, getting a fresh activation code to give to their friend AND a bonus of DLC and the mini-games. Result!
"Astronomers have spotted a supersonic cosmic jet blasting two million light years from the centre of a distant galaxy's supermassive black hole."
"“Like The Pirate Bay, these websites are profiting illegally from distributing music that isn’t theirs, without permission and without paying a penny to the musicians, writers and producers who created it,"
Are they just allowed to outright lie these days? Not sure where they're profitting from it, but it's certainly not through distributing music.
"Of course, because the greenhouse gasses are still building up, it takes more and more ice each time, thus solving the problem once and for all."
"ONCE AND FOR ALL!!"
Re: Camera? What Camera?
Be even odder if it did have a 1080p camera, given it can't playback those files!
Re: Far cry
"But the iPhone4 average UK TCO was well over £1000 at launch.....(yes you paid less cos your amazing, but almost everyone didn't)"
Google "TCO smartphone". You'll find that most smartphones (including iPhones) have a similar TCO according to analysis. iPhones may seem to be premium but as already pointed out, hold their value at the end, which gets taken into the TCO calculation.
"Their annual upgrade & expansion costs are in the region of £550M. Spending £10M on one piece of kit that has caused two big outages (and maybe causing internal headaches) plus a massive dent in customer (and investor) confidence is a reasonable business decision."
Yes, now it's a reasonable decision - but the OP was suggesting replacing it after ONE incident.
Also, be under no illusions this is one piece of kit - it'll be one system.
Re: A planet by any other name ....
"why do you need to call it an 'exoplanet'?"
Maybe it used to be an Irish planet? Previously it was an O'Planet, now it's an ex-O'Planet...
Orion - the local galactic arm? The nebula? The constellation? The space craft? The nuclear propulsion project?
You'd think with all the words we have available to us, we wouldn't have to be overlapping so massively in space-faring term :-)
@Cam2A - yes but the post above (big ted's, which I suspect they were trying to reply to) did.
Re: Not a reason to refuse to buy an Apple product................
"But definitely a reason to not buy anything they produce until they get a positive report that all the problems are sorted and the workers are happy with conditions etc."
Or an Xbox... or a PS3... or a Wii... or a Kindle... Or... Or... the list goes on.
- Updated Hidden network packet sniffer in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert
- Students hack Tesla Model S, make all its doors pop open IN MOTION
- RISE of the Jesus Phone MOUNTAIN: Apple orders 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s
- BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
- PROOF the Apple iPhone 6 rumor mill hype-gasm has reached its logical conclusion