110 posts • joined Thursday 11th June 2009 16:18 GMT
Re: @frank ly
The use of 'gender' to refer to social/cultural differences is an affectation used by academics who don't want people to giggle when they talk about their work.
Well, not all academics. My wife read linguistics, and one of her lecturers was fond of reminding his students that "words have gender, people have sex". And $OH_DEITY_FAR_TOO_MANY years later on, this point is still remembered.
The other option is to, erm, "unlock" your DRM-encumbered files from Amazon, and convert them using Calibre into ePUB.
Quite where you would find the "DRM removal tools" required to do this is left as an exercise for the search-engine-equipped reader.
Of course, this brings the added benefit that you won't be subject to any 1984-esque moments, too; but you wouldn't get all the automagic synchronisation of books and bookmarks over wifi.
Your presumption may well be false.
Cameras on phones, many compacts, and any other cameras loaded with eye-fi SD cards will upload to "the cloud"^W^W a server somewhere online without requiring PC-based intermediation.
the slightly longer answer is that because 4G is pinching old TV channels, proper antennas, splitters and (possibly most importantly) amplifiers should be covering the frequency range which the 4G signal is now sitting. That is, by design, they shouldn't be filtering it out. Add in a cheap receiving stage which can't deal with co-channel interference, and there's your potential for interference.
And you might say that everything should work properly, but here's the thing about technical standards - they're (usually) designed with a reasonable level of robustness. Add the 4G signal next door, and the level of robustness is degraded - to the point that, say, 1 in 1000 households might start seeing interference when before they didn't.
How does it charge?
I ask because Kobo's comparison (against the Kindle and the Nexus 7) says it has an AC charger (and that the Nexus doesn't).
Well, my Nexus 7 came with a 2A USB charger and an A-to-micro-B cable, and happily charges off any USB port that'll provide 500mA or more. SWMBO's cheapo tablet came with a proprietary charger, and won't charge via its USB socket.
So, does the Arc charge over USB?
Re: Where is the cellular version of the Nexus 10?
> The other problem with it is that it is WiFi only, and there is no 3G or 4G
My Nexus 7 happily tethers over Bluetooth, to my phone (which has 3G and a monthly contract SIM). I'm not sure what circumstances would render that combination not-good-enough.
re: split keyboards
I had one of those, and it was very good (the idea is that you don't need to bend at the wrists). Unfortunately it was killed by a glass of orange squash :-(
According to real touch-typists I know (I only play one in Youtube dramas) the split was in the wrong place - I think the B was on the wrong side.
Re: External storage capabilities.
The nice thing* about no micro-SD card is that it lets the device have a unified storage space. Which means there's none of this "running low on storage space" when you've still got 23 GB left on the SD card, if (like me) you installed the Humble Android Bundle (10 games, >1.5 GB of APKs).
This is why Nexus devices don't do SD.
* if you're an OS
nice article, shame that the freeview broadcast was compressed to pixellated hell.
"70MHz at 2.6GHz to compliment its already-expensive holdings"
Is that a sort of "hey, I like the direction of your Poynting vector" thing?
The Femtocell operator should pay for its broadband access.
Re: A bit ironic, really.
If you're fucking your Christmas tree lights, you're doing it wrong.
Genius, Ms Stob.
Don't forget false positives
I saw that warning pop up as I was installing games from the Humble Indie Android Bundle. Reasonably certain none of those are malware.
Re: Going for the FHM demographic?
Several reasons, actually, @Small Wee Jobbie:
It makes the article NSFW (in many Ws, probably).
It's insulting (it suggests that readers click links to see titillating pics, not to, you know, read the article).
It's irrelevant (unless you're seriously suggesting that she's either carrying out a stress test, or is correctly attired to carry out such tests).
It's irrelevant, 'cos this is the internet, and if you want pictures of scantily-clad women (or men, or goats), then they're over there. But please don't let el Reg get cluttered up with irrelevant irrelevancies.
And FFS, it's another brick in the wall of mindless Page 3/Daily Mail/Heat/Closer/etc objectification of women
for no apparently better reason than "because I like looking".
Re: License violation
"If he had Vista Business from work, it was licensed to his employer, not to him personally. Therefore, he's not allowed to buy just an upgrade."
Unless it was a licence-tied-to-the-machine-and-sticker-stuck-on-the-side-of-the-box scenario.
"In fact, he shouldn't be using even Vista at home."
Well, I think we can all agree on that, but isn't the "at home" redundant? [Troll icon for this...]
Like bassey, I got a cheap 7" tablet (800*480, resistive, gingerbread) last year. Angry Birds was fine, wi-fi was erratic, Firefox was too slow to be usable, but it played side-loaded videos fine.
We've just replaced it with an £80 Zoostorm tablet. Higher res, capacitive, ICS, Google apps/store. Wi-fi works (though not on enterprise/eduroam type networks) and it's just about perfect. The only bad points are the lack of charging over USB (dedicated 5V charger boo), the inset headphone socket, and it's a bit heavier than the old tablet. Also there's no GPS, but I'm not complaining at £80.
Betteridge's Law strikes again
...which states that any question in a headline can be answered "no".
I think I first read about this in A Brief History of Time: physics doesn't ban FTL particles, but c is a barrier which cannot be crossed (so how do FTL particles get created in the first place?).
As for the mobile number that was required, it's a shitty PAYG card that's in the car for emergencies and last used properly about 18 months ago!
It's very probably been cancelled then.
"notching [...] often poorly implemented"
Whatever the merits or not of the overall argument, the point about notch filters often being poorly implemented sticks out.
If there was a standard to meet, then "poorly implemented" filters would fail it, and that particular problem would be solved. That's a reason to have a standard, not to not have one.
Re: Longer USB cables = FAIL
You know, you're wrong.
There is no specific maximum length of cable for USB. There's a restriction on the response time for various instructions, which translates to an effective maximum length (speed of light and all that), but 5m cables are available and within spec. (As an aside, USB A-socket to A-plug are banned as per the spec, but, hey, that's a different discussion).
If you find you want to go longer than 5 metres, you can daisy-chain up to five hubs (as long as you're plugging into a true USB Host), since USB allows 7 tiers (including Host and end-point).
Yes, I have had to read the USB spec.
As others have mentioned, you're doing it wrong, Mr Dabbs.
On our recent holiday, we took:
1x netbook, with its wee brick
2x Kobos (microUSB-B)
2x phones (microUSB-B)
1x tablet (microUSB-B)
2x X-mi speakers (mini-USB-B)
1x speaker (4xAA or 5V DC-in)
3x MP3 players (2x USB-A and 1x mini-USB-B)
2x mains-USB chargers
1x 12V car-USB
and 2 cables each of A to mini-B and A to micro-B.
Proprietary plugs/sockets - just say no.
"[...]protect consumers. Aka, intervene in the market."
Yes, because leaving markets alone, with no (or poor) regulation, has the potential to lead to clusterf*cks like, oh, what happened five years ago today.
Re: 2 pence - and what of comedy?
The Thick of It and Twenty Twelve are both utter genius.
Episodes is very engaging, particularly the leads. (And Matt Le Blanc playing "Matt Le Blanc" is very funny.)
Him and Her was very amusing if you can re-engage your inner-sniggering-teenage-boy/regularly read b3ta.com
Of course, for everything I like on the TV, there's several things I can't stand, but that's what the off switch* is for.
* Feel free to replace with "the Internets" or "the DVD collection" if you prefer.
Re: rouge vendors like Amazon
Ooh, must tell SWMBO - she was saying she needed more blusher.
Perhaps you're the wrong person to write about the utility of tablets, then...
If *you* can't see the point of a tablet, then fine, no-one is forcing you to use one.
Friends and family of mine have iPads, and use them for consumption and creation.
We have a cheap Android tablet, which gets used extensively for games, and video, and occasional web browsing (when I can pry it from my son's hands).
Based on what I've read so far, I'm looking forward to getting one of these.
Obviously, all that is independent of the other half of the piece, ie software makers moving into hardware.
Natty is reasonably complimentary. For example:
"Those are natty clothes, you hoopy frood!"
Coat? ITYM dressing gown.
About a year ago (pre-Kobo), relatives tried to buy an ebook from WH Smith as a gift for my wife (she had a Sony e-reader).
At the end of the process (tick the "this is a gift" box, enter recipient's name/address), they had an ebook in *their* account.
Now Kobo handle all WHSmith's ebackend, and you can buy gift vouchers. Phew.
(The Sony, since it struggled hideously if you actually tried using more than a fraction of its storage space, has been replaced by a Kobo Touch).
Re: On journalists
First, the strawman - I too don't believe homeopathy works.
Now to the substance. Crichton wrote science fiction, often in a way suggesting it was reportage or documentary. Decent sci-fi generally allows a universe (or multiverse) wherein a maximum of one thing is changed from the current laws of physics (see the fiction of Ian Stewart, Charles Stross or Peter Watts, for examples) - FTL travel, a time machine, or the uploading of consciousness.
So, if you write about apes with language, you'd better not also invent a handy computer program which can magically decode that language (with 1980s technology)
Or if you write about time-travel back to the mediaeval period, you should get your history right (and again, not invent in-ear translation devices based 20th Century technology).
Anyway, it's still a sunny Sunday afternoon, so I'll end with a reference to Tom Clancy's comment that fiction is much harder to write than real life, because readers demand internal consistency from fiction.
Re: On journalists
It's rather ironic that Mr Crichton was quoting, or coining, or whatever, this effect, since many of his books suffered from this (eg Congo, and that time-travelling chivalry-and-swords one).
PAT testing, PIN numbers...
PAT is short for Portable Appliance Testing. I suppose you also type in a PIN number and enter entries on your Internet Blog.
And yes, at both mine and my wife's workplaces, PA tests were made on mains-powered equipment we took in.
Re: If they really want better search results...
"[...] every blasted time I install Firefox, instead of just selecting my preferred search engine from a drop down, I have to go off in search of the Bing Add-on for it.[...]"
Really? Bing is included by default in the list of search plug-ins, and has been since Firefox 4 was in beta (late 2010).
Unless you mean some 'orrible toolbar.
Re: Prison 101
I have a phobia of beer.
(with apologies to Mitchell and Webb's radio show)
Well, the picture selection algorithm is either:
a) extremely stupid
b) really quite smart, or
c) human assisted by someone with a yen for Carry-On films
Whichever, keep it up (oo-er).
The "Sketchbook" Demo
Searching the online font of all knowledge for "sketchbook ipad" seems to indicate this means the Autodesk Sketchbook Pro app.
Now, I'm not disputing the quality of Sketchbook - my father-in-law emailed a sketch of Durham Cathedral from his iPad (v1) which was rather amazing; but given that I can download a version for my San Francisco seems to contradict the line that iThingies, and not Android Whatsits, are for content creation.
So, not having both: is Sketchbook the same on iOS and Android?
 - It works, it occasionally chugs, and it's wholly inappropriate for a 3.5" screen, but it's still TEH AWESOME!!!!111!!eleventy!!! Plus of course, I can't draw, which is a minor inconvenience.
 - Music apps are sadly lacking, I agree.
I'll be celebrating Approximate Pi Day on the 22nd of July.
Re: but but but
the "web bollox", which I assume is a technical term, is actually served from the box itself, which you can connect to from any web-browsing PC, laptop, mobile phone, tablet attached to the same local network.
Or so I assume. It would be madness itself to do this in a cloudy fashion. "grr" indeed.
vim vs gvim
How would you prefer it to work? Do you want a special case for "g", or do you want a general "find all matching character sequences no matter where they appear"?
Note that the Win7 start button search strongly prefers matching character sequences at the start of words:
"writ" finds LibO Writer
Well, they look nice, and that nfc trick is pretty neat, but...
Sony are *that* company, which thought that rootkits were okay.
So, sorry; it's nice, but I haven't forgiven you yet. Try next Feb 29th?
3.4 == 3.4?
No, I certainly don't expect that OO 3.4 will be the same as LO 3.4, mainly because of the licensing situation.
Any features in OO 3.4 could be imported into LO 3.4; the reverse is not true (and was not true from back when the go-OO fork was born, and used by many Linux distros).
So, no, a version number in and of itself doesn't prove it - it's the version number coupled with even the mildest notion of what has been going on in both camps.
...new version of OpenOffice, 3.4, is planned for 2012...
Releasing their way to irrelevance: LibreOffice 3.4.0 was released last June, 3.5 is slated to be out next week, and 3.6 by August.
I'm sure I read that the ponderous release schedule was bugging many of the developers, back at the time of the schism. It certainly seems that the LibO devs have managed to up their game.