614 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009
Have you let the Tour de France go to your head?
@Wanting more: I was going to make a comment about efficiency too - it's clear that these techno-trousers are a stupid idea. I've read that the transfer efficiency of wireless chargers is 70-80%, yet yours only appears to be 50%. How did you measure it - ammeter on the input side and some reading from the phone on the output side? Or just the rating printed on the charger, which doesn't mean that it's actually delivering that amount of current? If it were only 50% efficient, given a 5V supply the thing would be dissipating 3.75W which would make it rather warm.
"simulated" sex acts?
Why a simulated sex act? I thought only actors did that.
Re: Ordure of Bull?
I would be interested to read about this, but a search of your name and loudspeaker didn't find anything.
There's such a stark parallel...
...between hi-fi nuts and anthropomorphic climate-change deniers.
Let the downvotes roll in. ;)
Re: paper cone piston
Yes, I agree with most of that, apart from bit rates - lossy compression is usually tuned down to the level where the effects are audible.
And as for Bose, well although most of it is doubtless brand engineering, I have to admit I was amazed at the amount of bass you get out of a Soundlink Mini. They really have done something clever there.
Now that's really cinderella. Yet people seem to think a loudspeaker will sound the same wherever it's put. The differences are enormous.
Re: Beats headphones?
You think that multiplex managers have control over the sound level?
@Alan Brown: Don't you mean the bit depth rather than the sampling rate? More bits per sample are generated by the multiplications and additions of mixing, which need to be dithered away rather than chopped off; more samples per second are not.
Re: Pono Player
@ I ain't Spartacus: "Sadly for Neil Young, I can probably get a Moto G or cheap Nokia Lumia for £100 - and put a 128GB SD card in that."
You'll have difficulty putting an SD card in a Moto G.
Wow - I was just about to post asking that the author could speak English.
"If that outcome eventuates" indeed! What sort of little bubble of jargon do they live in?
Maybe it's just an Atlantic language barrier, but "The iPhone 5 serial number you entered is eligible for this program," rather than an admission that it's faulty, makes it sound as if you've just won the lottery!
Re: The trip should take about two years
If it were European it would have had at least a 1 year warranty...
How long will it be?
About as long as it takes for it to stop raining permanently and for the earth to be covered in fine dust. In which case we'll have more important things to worry about than how much power our solar panels are producing.
Re: Are ALL THE MATHEMATICIANS DEAD?
As any fule kno, there is no such thing as a 60% efficient solar panel, so the figure cannot be referring to the proportion of solar energy being converted to electrical energy. Instead, perhaps it's referring to the proportion of power being generated compared with what was expected? In which case, it's now even better than what was expected.
Re: Strong winds
Then presumably the thing will sit there comatose until there are more moderate winds which blow the dust off the panels again. Let's hope the thing shuts itself down before the batteries are discharged beyond repair!
Thankfully there aren't any bird droppings on them - a bit of wind, or indeed a bit of rain, wouldn't shift those.
Is there another power/energy fail going on here, el Reg? What does "to more than 615 watt hours" mean? That's a measure of energy: how long does it take to generate 615 watt hours? One Martian day? Article could be clearer, like the panels.
Re: 500mA power draw
You can only infer that it draws more than 100mA some of the time.
500mA power draw
It won't draw 500mA - at least not continuously. Something that size dissipating 2.5W would be red hot. Presumably it (probably erroneously) identifies itself as a high power USB device - requiring 500mA as opposed to 100mA low power - which is why you get the warnings.
Re: Have they fixed the irritatingly shit window resizing borders?
That was fixed even in 12.04 a long time ago.
"Cops and the feds can already use a mobile as a tracking device, voice recorder and video camera without the owner being aware of what is going on, even if the handset is apparently switched off."
Re: the créme de la créme of gaming aristocracy
If the article's author wants to show off by using accents, he should not embarrass himself by using the wrong ones...
Re: You want to loose weight?
If you're prone to "loosing" weight you'd be advised to wrap yourself in a protective silicone sleeve like a Wii Remote.
It's possible to replace the Chrome button with something else (I use Firefox) in its prominent position at the bottom of the home screen. Methinks that they don't dare to prevent that because it might just bring back too many memories of what a certain other software company did with browser lock-in.
Re: @ h4rm0ny
I always thought the labels were not much to do with people but more to do with getting another piece of information out of you with which to target you with advertising.
In context: "Gates insisted that he could licence [sic] his MS-DOS" - i.e. it is a verb, and the verb is to license, whichever side of the pond you are standing.
"We should be able to upvote/downvote articles"
We could, for a while, rate them on a scale of crap to brilliant (or equivalent). Strangely, that facility has been withdrawn...
"an antenna thinner than a human hair."
So what? The average PCB track is about a third of the thickness of a human hair!
Besides which, it looks much wider than a human hair.
Human hairs are really quite thick.
arse over tit
"This reporter has travelled in Hong Kong cabs with as many as eight dashboard-mounted mobile phones and they’re no safer than those with none."
Erm yes, and...? Or has the "can't underestimate" sense reversal disease spread further?
Slightly less misleading paper spam nowadays
They used to disguise it completely so you were tempted to go to the trouble of opening it to see what it was. Nowadays I see they are admitting on the envelope what is inside. Whether they were forced to do that or decided their devious methods were counterproductive I don't know.
...posted by someone so "insecure" that they have to press the Anonymous Coward button?
Creepy privacy settings
When I opened a Twitter account (yes, I know!), my partner was instantly informed. How on earth? It was because the official Twitter app wants access to your contacts list, in which was my email address. Seesmic is an alternative which is less intrusive; I'm sure there are others too.
We are still just about the United Kingdom - there are Scots, Welsh and Northern Irish here too.
Re: Looks dodgy as fuck
Why have you suddently become AC? Have you changed your permission settings?
"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"
So he's worked for Asus too?
I installed Cyanogen 9 (ICS) along with a software unlock on a Motorola Defy, and the main thing which doesn't work is wifi tethering. The code hasn't been maintained for nearly 18 months. (People were putting Cyanogen 10 on it too, but I got the impression this was too troublesome.)
Re: Larger Body@AC22:04
Interesting theory but I fear the real reason is much more mundane: fashion. With little to distinguish between phones in the show-off department, manufacturers will tap in to a "mine's bigger than yours" mentality. And once the market's saturated with unfeasibly large phones, they'll start getting smaller again, tapping into a "mine's smaller than yours" mentality.
You might save yet more space
if you call it "space" rather than "real estate".
Re: Dock prices
Just a note that if you want to convert an existing audio system to Bluetooth you can do it for not much more than £3 with a USB-powered adaptor from China via eBay.
Re: still crap, try harder
Perhaps you missed the phenomenal number of concentric circles required to accommodate all the connections, which would make it far too big to use in slim devices. And if done like a headphone jack, the short circuits which happen each time it is inserted.
Re: Why is it..
Funnily enough, Micro USB is more robust than Mini USB, both in terms of lifetime (insertion cycles) and reliability (positive locking).
The BlackBerry Playbook reverse insertion problem is because it uses a Micro USB A-B socket, into which it is easy to plug a Micro USB B plug the wrong way round, especially when used to the impossibility of doing this with a Micro USB B socket. Bad bit of design, that.
Re: Micros SD is against google policy
And the "official" explanation is very unconvincing. I thought the same about FAT licensing, but if it doesn't support FAT it won't have to pay the fee.
Power requirements: 3.3 volts 0.6 ampere-hours?
Re: Google knows what it is doing
No, Chrome is not "basically Linux" - there's an awful lot more to an operating system than a kernel. But even if you want to dismiss the rest of the OS, the kernel itself is not free to Google because it has spent money contributing to it - akin to the Microsoft R&D of which you speak. It's not a charity, so how do you think it recoups its investment? Either by advertising or by selling cloud services.
Judging by the number of people on this thread who have talked about the "license fee" I think you're flogging a dead horse.
Good. I await the update, and the withdrawal of such a head-scratchingly bizarre attempt at Beeb-bashing. Surely there are far easier targets to pick on? Or was it just calculated that nothing attracts the eyeballs like combining both sides of this site's schizophrenic attitude towards the BBC - everything about it is awful, but, erm, Dr Who is great - into one article?
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