Re: --> helping rich Brits
851 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009
Electric cars aren't going to take off until they're (almost) as easy to recharge as a petrol car is to refuel. Also, the price has to come down a lot. Also, since batteries have a limited life, I'd imagine electric cars aren't that attractive as second hand cars.
Large scale power generation is always more efficient than small local sources, e.g. using an internal combustion engine. They may not be totally 'green', but they are greener.
You disappointed me there. I was thinking: "who'd get a bag with a solar charger when you can have a portable fusion reactor instead?".
The Mrs bought a Kobo Vox from WHSmiths. It was utterly crap.
£150 for 3 year old tablet technology: 800Mhz single-core processor, dodgy WiFi connectivity and 1 hour battery life. Selling something like that at that price borders on exploitative. Average punter hasn't learned to be sceptical of anything sold in a bricks and mortar shop like us techies.
Thankfully they accepted the damn thing back, so I could get a Nexus 7 instead.
Is it me, or are Microsoft trying to kill off their second most successful, and arguably best, product?
So MS is effectively making all Office 2013 licenses OEM licenses. How does this sit with that EU law that says you are entitled (regardless of EULA) to sell your licenses on when you don't want them any more?
And let the raging hoards of fanbois know exactly who to direct their wrath at? Oh yes, you'd like that wouldn't you?
'people want to call the Notes "Phablets".'
These people need to be hunted down.
They so do look like iPhone clones!!! Don't you know Apple invented touch screens, user interfaces, rounded corners, the colour black etc? Typical fandroid!
...and I just paid £200 for a Nexus 7. £500-700 is utterly ridiculous for a phone.
I declare this to be the most ground breaking development in phone technology of 2011!
A possible answer to b) He's already got through the one for eating. This one's for show.
White bread from a bag: now that's wrong. Personally I believe more or less any traditional bread type is fine, so long as it's of good quality. I'm rather partial to bacon in an oven bottom muffin myself. Perhaps I've been oop-narth too long than is good for me.
I'm no puritan, as evidenced by my suggestion of ketchup and French mustard. It also appears to be back bacon, cooked until quite crispy but not cut-your-cheeks rock solid.
I would probably substitute the tea for black coffee. I'm more likely to drink the tea before going to bed to improve my chances of surviving the night.
Send in... the tro-o-o-o-olls.
Then the marketing bods need to get used to quoting approximate storage space. We're in the land of "up to" here, but at least people won't have reason to grumble.
My thoughts exactly. Urban areas are more or less saturated with fixed line networks, many of which have a wireless hub on the end. Why pay more for a mobile contract for each device? Also, those cities are the ones where HSPA+ signal is excellent. You're not going to be downloading full length movies, but HD clips from YouTube are a breeze.
Whereas, there's a sound business case for reliable 4G signal in rural areas and a line of 4G-WiFi routers*.
*No doubt they'd rather you got a contract for every PC connected to the internet, but it's not going to happen.
Wish you could do that with Android devices (for those that aren't going to root it).
...a radio that may or may not become a genuine standard. I'm still hoping DAB dies out ASAP.
That, surely, is a better investigation for a reviewer: out of all the sub £100 gadgets, which ones aren't going to fall apart in a week?
Honestly, El Reg, you keep doing this. No one has any bloody money, so we need to know how to squeeze every last penny.
Only in terms of cost.
That made me think of this quote from guess who:
"...when the Editors of the Guide were sued by the families of those who had died as a result of taking the entry on the planet Tralal literally (it said "Ravenous Bugblatter Beasts often make a very good meal for visiting tourists: instead of "Ravenous Bugblatter Beasts often make a very good meal of visiting tourists"), they claimed that the first version of the sentence was the more aesthetically pleasing, summoned a qualified poet to testify under oath that beauty was truth, truth beauty and hoped thereby to prove that the guilty party in this case was Life itself for failing to be either beautiful or true. The judges concurred, and in a moving speech held that Life itself was in contempt of court, and duly confiscated it from all those there present before going off to enjoy a pleasant evening's ultragolf.”
@AC 1: Fair point, although there were at least people around Bush to stop him doing ultra-stupid things like invade Iran or try to destroy Al jazeera. If one of the Kims ever thought they could get away with invading South Korea again, I have no doubt they would.
@AC 2: I'm not sure the word "innocent bystanders" can always be applied but yes, they do like their proxy-wars.
At least giants aren't likely to pick fights with each other. They have too much to lose.
Smaller, poorer, desperate nations (run by crazier people) may see war as a route to definite gain.
Never mind the battery, what's the heat output going to be like?
Besides greed, the screen is probably the biggest factor that keeps the price up.
Interesting idea Helena Handcart. However, in the real world...
It probably comes with Polaris Office. The GSII does. LibreOffice for Android should be along at some point too.
"In an infinite universe, the one thing sentient life cannot afford to have is a sense of proportion."
Are we talking graphics acceleration for games and stuff, or a JVM that can do GPU computing?
A JVM that natively supports OpenCL would be super.
Wow! That's only a little bit faster that going 50 miles by train.
What an age we live in!
Good point. A contract can say more or less anything. If it's found, legally, to be unfair it gets voided.
"it also says if they do they will always contact me in writing and give me the opportunity to leave or change tariff with no penalty to me."
Does it? You surprise me, since that's one of the things people are demanding.
Yes it is a legally binding contract, so people should be aware of what it says. However, giving the service provider all of the rights and none of the liabilities is hardly a fair deal. Just look at what happened when O2 went tits-up a month or so ago. They didn't have to give any kind of compensation despite people paying for a service they were no longer receiving. That fact that O2 _chose_ to do the sensible thing, from a PR point of view, and gave people nominal compensation is neither hear nor there. I'm not even sure if people on Tesco Mobile or its ilk got any kind of compensation at all.
I might actually buy one.
"99.9999999999999999% of the worlds population have enough of a life not to want to do it in the first place"
So only 0.000000007 people then?
I care, and I'm at least one person. :P
"O frabjous day callooh callay!"
Does Adobe actually want anyone to use Flash?
I don't think manufacturers will be bolting on their own interface, like they do with Android. Also, no mobile network crap. I expect the relationship between MS, OEMs and users will be much more like it is for regular PCs.
"I'm still unsure how you can be against eating meat but still support an industry that kills all the male chicks soon after birth. Eating eggs isn't 'bloodless'."
Quite so. Doesn't matter if they're 'free range' or 'organic' or have any other friendly marketing label; they all come from the same machine.
Yeah, I call BS.
...I'm taking it apart.
Sounds about right. Disposable things shouldn't cost £150.
...well unless they're made by NASA. But at least when they put a battery that can't be replaced in something, they make it a nuclear reactor.
The "phones, rather than tablets" comment was in response to the URL. All those keyboards are way too big to be a practical companion for a phone.
This is for phones really, rather than tablets. No idea if NFC is superior though. That innovation seems to have passed me by and I know my Galaxy S2 hasn't got it.
One could, but one would be kidding one's self.
Like most monsters, Apple are trying to rewrite their history.
The Witcher 2 continues the story, so it might be a bit jarring if you haven't played the first one. Then again, the first one was pretty jarring, since Geralt's lost his memory.
The controls are very different. Combat in the first one involves pausing, clicking on your target and timing your attacks. The second one takes the more conventional "press X to swing sword" approach.
That all being said, The Witcher 2 looks significantly better on PC. Assuming you have one that can handle it.
...wish I did.
Except The Witcher 2.