836 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009
Re: Premium rate numbers
saynoto0870 is good, but not you can't get alternative numbers for everyone and a fair few are out of date.
Re: It's the carriers, not Google or the handset manufacturers
Don't buy carrier-branded phones. Manufacturer-branded sure, but not carrier.
My Samsung GS2, for instance, was bought from dial-a-phone on a T-Mobile contract but doesn't have any T-Mobile bloat and can be updated via Kies.
...not that Kies isn't a piece of crap, but at least I don't have to wait for T-Mobile to 'approve' any updates.
I challenge anyone to notice a 0.4 mm difference in thickness.
Barely sufficient? Honestly, kids today!
Sounds like MS' mark-up on memory will be almost as insane as Apple's.
The drunk icon was appropriate.
Re: Here we go again
"So who are the children and who are the adults?"
All of us here and certainly not you, respectively.
Yeah, I've found a similar code in a DVD before.
AC just riled me, as is an AC's want.
Re: Free, like a box of damaged Christmas crackers
That's true. Though my point was that, since it's free, any shortcomings in its software could be dealt with by flashing it like the Android hacker mentioned in the article. Flashing normally voids the warranty though, so if you've spent £100 for something you're less likely to risk flashing than if you've got it for free.
Re: the problem
No, what they want is for you to buy it once for every device you own... or, even better, each time you want to watch it.
More seriously, they don't want you to have a choice of source since you'll always go for the cheapest, which will drive down profit.
Re: Free, like a box of damaged Christmas crackers
If it's free, just flash it. No warranty to void.
A treatment pioneered by Zorgo, I believe.
Re: Damn right
No. Telewest and NTL put the cables down. Virgin Media just bought it.
Now they're sitting on an ageing network that they have full control over and have no incentive to expand. Within the network they face next to no competition since BT won't put cable down in areas saturated by VM customers.
I suppose it could be worse, I could live in Hull.
So first I was a rich middle class country type, now I'm a townie and the people in the villages are peasants?
You're right about water, fuel and food prices, but watch your damn tone.
Besides, wouldn't boosting the economy in that area by making it a viable place to run a business generally help the situation with more vital utilities?
Re: Damn right
Middle class? I suppose, but it doesn't really feel like it.
Rural? No. I'm a Virgin Media customer living in the centre of Sheffield.
Just because I can get a service doesn't mean people living in the arse end of Cornwall shouldn't.
We don't need 100Mbit connections in every city. We need reliable 2-10Mbit connections in every village.
We also need to force all infrastructure owners to open up their network to competition. I'm looking at you, Virgin Media.
"In my experience people often replace a Microsoft mouse with another Microsoft mouse"
I'm the same. Except replace Microsoft with Logitech :)
"Win8 is supposed be all about touch"
Yup. That's why the Surface is being released with a keyboard and touchpad dock.
Re: Looks like a nice enough keyboard
"Americanisms"? Pah! I think not.
I can't think of any that have been denied classification. Was Manhunt denied?
Did you also account for CGF?
*Corporate Greed Factor
I don't know...
That sort of ad appeals to me. I love programming and solving algorithmic problems, but I have no wish to end up in a grey cubicle.
Surely a Google search would have done. Rule of thumb: if the meaning of a word can't be found on the first 2 pages of a Google search, then it doesn't exist (on the internet).
On topic: Brogrammmers sound like nobs.
Re: Windows 8 Is Crap
Sure as eggs is eggs. Sure as every odd numbered Star Trek movie is crap.
Or one page with anything made using Flash.
Re: was it actualling bufferring? or do they mean caching.
Not sure why you were down voted, even if your understanding is wrong.
...maybe someone took exception to you failing to close your brackets.
Will a single core cut it though?
A national denouncement database.
Yeah... careful with your terminology there pal.
I can see it working.
UP, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT, A, START
Pardon the block quote, but:
"Now, 500 to 1,000 apps may at first blush seem to be far more than any rational human being might keep on their iOS device. But as macjeff rightly points out, if Apple expects your iPhone, for example, to eventually replace "your phone, your pocket gaming system, your smart-home remotes, your TV remotes, your day-timer, etc.," it might want to reconsider the limitation."
Re: Untrue El Reg Opinion
Check the wording of your contract. El Reg is no doubt correct that O2 had no _legal_ obligation.
I'm not saying the wording is fair.
Re: 800,000 programmers?
That joke only has two arguments, not three.
Re: "They have promised to meet all costs faced by the police and armed forces."
...although that'll probably fold the company, which will only hurt the people at the bottom.
Those at the top are probably syphoning off everything they can right now, just in case.
"They have promised to meet all costs faced by the police and armed forces."
Well if they don't, I hope they'll be paid significantly less.
...or not at all.
Re: Switching it off and on again...
Any idea why T-Mobile has told me twice now to just pull the battery out of my Galaxy S2, rather than shutting it down properly and then taking out the battery?
Surely off is off.
"87.4 million boxes were flogged into the channel"
That's a lot of waterlogged PCs.
If you're in first class then fine (although it means I hate you). Otherwise, you have to pay through the nose for it and probably won't get any work done anyway if it's busy (or contains one ore more teenager, baby or squaddie).
Besides. If I'm expected to work on the train during my commute then the ticket should be paid for without it being a taxable benefit.
Re: Nice one judge
Damn right, it is total bullshit.
I'm in the toxicity prediction software business and I know for a fact that software is hardly used at all. Some of that is down to old-school (out of date) thinking on the part of synthetic and medicinal chemists, and even worse the actual decision makers. Most of it is down to the software just not being that good at modelling actual biological pathways.
Big pharma is failing because their business model sucks, but take away their patent protection and as soon a company develops a compound someone else will start producing it at a fraction of the cost. The companies that actually have R&D departments will die in no time. Remember that a patent submission contains the exact chemical structure of the drug. So once it's published anyone with a fairly rudimentary lab would be able to synthesis it.
Incidentally, there are such things as orphan drugs. They're cheaper to take to market because they're aimed at diseases that big pharma wouldn't normally touch (the sufferers are too poor), but they get more patent protection, not less. Otherwise not even small well-meaning companies could afford to tackle the disease.
I'd say 'map' is a more abstract term that can be applied to any representation of an area. A chart, on the other hand, is a particular kind of map. Nautical charts should be very accurate.
On topic, I'd like to see indoor maps of shopping centres.
Tablets vs. laptops
The former is normally considered obsolete within two years and is unlikely to see any OS updates when the next model comes along. The latter can have 5-10 years of useful life it's a good one.
Re: Cue casual walk
"Me? I'm just strolling from my van with a recent purchase in a bag, oh wow my trousers are smoking."
That's why I don't go shopping any more.
The CCTV recorder probably still uses cassettes and has no data ports.
Re: Why are we talking about games ???
Because most of us encounter games and similarly priced software on a day to day basis. £1000+ licenses are for businesses.
Does this mean a phone running Firefox OS will be largely useless anywhere where there's no 3G signal?
Re: Try that with mythology (aka Religion)
@mccp: Well put, says this man of science.
Re: Judge of Korean descent siding with Samsung
...because there can't possibly be another reason why the judge doesn't immediately give Apple what they want. It just has to be some foreign conspiracy.
Re: I'm so glad ms bought Skype
Your post is a bit garbled, so I'm afraid I didn't understand it fully.
You like the google alternative then? What's it like?
Re: Here is a simple way to hasten digital downloads
"Go to Steam and see how much a new title costs."
True, but go back six months after release or during a sale and see how much it costs then. Don't know if that will translate to the console market though. Those games never seem to go down in price.
"But Sony, it seems, feels that too many punters either want physical media - which they can, of course, sell when they've finished with the game - or lack sufficiently broad broadband to cope with multi-gigabyte downloads."
MS, on the other hand, will do what they're doing with Windows 8: Shove their fingers in their ears and sing "La la la la we know better la la la!".
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