It's not a pretty picture, is it?
Someone's got to pay for the technology we want. We just don't want it to be us.
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Someone's got to pay for the technology we want. We just don't want it to be us.
My perfect tea is also Assam:
0) Get a large mug and I do mean a large mug. I like my tea delicious and in gargantuan quantities. Tea cups are for folks that want to sample different blends of tea, rather than brewing a drink. Besides, Assam is the way to go. Samples are unnecessary.
1) Boil a kettle and make sure the water is *actually* boiling, not lukewarm.
2) Add *two* bags of Twining's Assam tea to the mug. The double bag ensures a rich strong flavour permeates all through the water but more importantly does so *rapidly*, so that you don't lose heat while waiting for the flavour to build in strength.
3) Add the boiling water to the mug. Ensure space for a small amount of milk.
4) Add one or two teaspoons of sugar depending on the gargantuan-ness of the mug.
5) Stir the tea bags in a circular motion at first and once the water starts to darken, then squeeze the tea bags with the spoon, probably no longer than about 30/45 seconds worth of stirring.
6) Remove the bags and add the milk. Ideal colour should be a slightly-pale tan. If it's starting to look even remotely white, you've screwed up.
7) Sit at desk and enjoy. Feel free to make contented slurping sounds if it will irritate the asshole working next to you.
Pro tip: Never, ever add the milk before the boiling water. If you do this, it causes the tea leaves in the bag to clump together and you lose most of the flavour. Don't ask me why it does this, it just does.
You draw a 1 on one side of a sheet and a 0 on the other. Might take up a wee bit of room though and every time there's a gust of wind the system crashes.
Named after the sound an exploding server makes?
Good morning El Reg,
I could use a little guidance with regards to getting a new phone tomorrow. I've settled on Windows Phone 8 as my OS of choice (I politely ask that we refrain from discussing Android / iOS / Tizen / BB10) but I'm uncertain as to which type of Windows Phone I should go for.
My two front runners are the Lumia 820 and 920. I like the cheaper price, Micro SD and changeable covers on the 820 but the tank like quality of the 920, combined with the high quality camera is also a big draw. For those that have used either of them, I'd love to hear your experiences of them. The poor battery life on the 820 is a concern, the hefty price tag of the 920 is another.
The other alternative is the HTC Windows Phone but I confess I don't know much about them. Is the build quality likely to be the same as the Nokia phones? Is there a considerably better battery life with the HTCs?
I'm also free from the hellish clutches of Vodafone so now I need to decide who I'm going to leap into bed with for the next 24 months - Three or 4GEEOrangeWhatevertheHellTheyreCalled?
If anyone can offer me some advice with regards to these, I'd really appreciate it!
Neat! Learned a little bit about deep sea marine photosynthesis this morning. Not bad for a tech website.
Aren't there deep sea planktons and whatnot that photosynthesise through red light as it's the only stuff able to penetrate that far down?
Weren't there a couple of Android attempts at something like this? The Padfone and something that Motorola put out?
I was thinking of going with EE in order to get a Lumia 920 but if they're already going to be bought out by someone, this can't end well for punters. Or at least as far as my actual understanding of these things goes. I could be wrong.
But still not as good as Nort
Huh. That's weird. My keyboard won't let me finish typing that sentence for some reason.
It's nice hardware, if legit but I still don't know about Chrome OS though. How much room do you have to fiddle with a Chromebook, upgrade it, etc?
No-one knows who the world's greatest hackers are, because you've never heard of them. They leave no abusive messages on the system, they mess with as little as possible and above all they keep their mouths shut.
Hiring someone from Anonymous or Lulzsec will be as much use to you as a chocolate kettle and considerably more noisy.
"In your article you wrote about not having a home button, who cares, "
Someone that wants a home button might.
Had a brief play with one in my local O2 store. It didn't strike me as being very intuitive and the way things kept hiding off the edge of the screen was something of an annoyance.
But this was an extremely brief look and YMMV.
...why not visit our website or send us an email?
I only have a Bamboo Fun drawing tablet but it works very well for what I need. A Samsung tablet, with Wacom stylus tips and tricks....the only thing missing is a tablet adaptedversion of CS6 and my happy places would most definitely be tingled.
Why didn't they put Win Phone 8 on a Surface instead of Windows CE mark II?
What exactly stops someone taking a screenshot of the fine pop up window, either with a camera or print screen and then taking the PC to the cop shop? It'd be strong evidence in your favour that some bastard dumped it on your PC.
Those prices are very interesting. Hitting that sort of spot makes the Lumia 920 look extremely expensive (about £70 more) and the Lumia 820, while £100 cheaper, lacks 1GB RAM and has an inferior screen.
Could we be seeing a price drop on the 920 soon? You can see the effect of the Microsoft licencing fee for Win Phone 8 at work here.
All that said, I'm looking at either the Z10 or a Win Phone 8 of some sort for my next device. Which would you lot go for?
You make a good point about price but then you might also have to factor in a 24 month contract as well with some of the devices.
Don't get me wrong; having seen some of the gaming phones are capable of, there will be a few 3Dses and Vitas unbought as a result (Sony, why did you have to make such a f*** up of the Xperia Play? >.<) . I guess my point is that not everyone buys a smartphone purely for the gaming capabilities of it, whereas everyone buys a handheld gaming console for pretty much only that, so comparing sales figures is misleading.
"The 3DS fared better, with Q4 sales up 11 per cent year on year, from 11.43 million to 12.71 million. But that’s still far behind 217 million smartphones that shipped in the last three months of 2012, according to market watcher Strategy Analytics."
When you can make phone calls, plan appointments & meetings, send emails, send texts and take camera-quality photos with a 3DS, then it will be a fair comparison. But as it stands now, it's like comparing a car with an iPod. Both have the capability to play music but they're for two completely different purposes.
Compare like with like, please.
Hmmm, I can think of a few worse candidates for Star Wars. Michael Bay, M Night "Talentless Hack" Shyalaman, Uwe Boll, George Lucas....
Is that Mircosoft is being run by Cersei Lannister?
...I take comfort that I have such a noble and moral company as *Apple* to show me the path to righteousness.
What exactly does the term "pornification" actually mean? Is there some kind of scale for measuring pornification? Perhaps something in boners, milliboners and PSBs (porn star boners) might make acceptable units?
Or "Rick French Whine" as appropriate.
....but fortunately I'm an emotionless void with a lump hammer.
Classing these books as fiction is disgraceful - they should be moved to the biochemistry section.
Several months ago, there was a board meeting at The Register offices, with Mr Orlowski and the sub-editors in attendance. The meeting covered opening up the comments section into a full-blown forum. They discussed the pros and cons of such an action; increased page hits, potential liabilities and so on.
At the very end, one of the sub-editors said, "This "dogged" guy, what can we do to troll this bastard as hard as humanly possible?" and bingo, an Apple sub-forum was born.
Nope, far, far too obvious really.
A Tesco Express was razed to the ground in Westros by Dothraki screamers, after traces of pork and beef were found in horse burgers.
What about the Spork version?
I'll agree to this...
...if violent movies, violent books and highly aggresive songs are also included. If not, then f*** off.
To Mr Taxman: "These patents and trademarks? They not really worth the paper they're written on. Mere trifles, pay them no mind."
To somone looking to license them: "Prepare to remortgage your company HQ."
He is quite correct though - video games *can* kill people.
I remember from my time in college someone brought in a pirated copy of Doom on CD. My friend already had it and, in a fit of boredom, turned the CD into a ninja star and almost took our lecturer's eye out with it.
If you play any kind of P2P multiplayer game, this will not be welcome news. I had any number of NAT failures when trying to play Company of Heroes and god help you if you want to play something like Civilization.
6 months suspended is nothing for releasing more of Ms Spears garbage on the world.
I wouldn't be cheering just yet, if this article is correct. It's like chasing away a pirahna and ignoring a very hungry great white shark sneaking up behind you.
My god, it all makes sense now. Cthulhu is the CEO of Coca-cola.
Why doesn't El Reg have a coffee icon yet?
Not in the sense of the trial but in what he was trying to achieve. He sure as hell didn't leak all that information "for the lulz" as most hackers are wont to do. He leaked it to try and get the military to be more open with its mistakes.
Now however, no-one in possession of a full set of marbles will try to leak military detail in future. "See that guy we locked up without trial and subjected to inhumane conditions? That's exactly what you'll get if you try and do what he did."
All the stuff about the trial is merely paperwork. The mesage has been made loud and clear.
It might be in a few million years that certain species of shark develop this electro-sensory organ even further and become fully electrogenic, like eels and rays. That'd be awesome and a great saving on laser beams.
I miss my Communicator as well. It briefly resurfaced the other day but the battery had dodo'd, which was a shame because the rest of the unit was in pretty decent condition. It's so hard to find a phone with a decent keyboard on it and weight be damned.
Bonking in the living room, bonking in the kitchen but alas no bonking in the bedroom yet.
"Of course, while their opinions may carry some weight with judges and lawmakers, no one actually has to obey the statement as it's not legally binding."
Neither Apple or Samsung or anyone else will play nice unless they are legally forced to. "Why the hell should we when all these other bastards aren't?"
Looks like those angling for free cash were barking up the wrong tree.