22 posts • joined 12 Jun 2009
Re: Bah Humbug
"Diesels are just as bad."
Since a diesel has no throttle your comparison isn't valid. The 2 litre lump in the Vauxhall Insignia (weighing, what, maybe twice as much?) can return upwards of 75 mpg when driven like a vicar and even bumbling around town has never gone below 50 mpg.
Admittedly it may be killing us all with its dioxides, but it has a DPF that seems to work. Still think the best solution for the dinky petrol engines is in the hybrid design where their sole job is to generate electricity under perfect load conditions.
Re: But what upgrades the software?
The A320 does indeed have mechanical backup but only for the rudder and horizontal stabilizer. It's designed to allow stable flight during a complete electrical loss or simultaneous failure of all five flight control computers.
In reality, this situation is so spectacularly unlikely it's a largely pointless enterprise and has been ditched on the newer Airbus models.
The A320 will fly perfectly happily and land safely with just one computer functional.
Doctor F****** Who?
Scroll down a bit, see if it looks familiar to you... You almost have to feel sorry for Microsoft here.
Yeah, it's expensive - but no more so than your typical Ultrabook. I think it's always going to fall down if you compare it directly to the iPad, but it's like comparing apples and... cats.
David Pogue sums it up quite nicely in his article...
It's running in a virtualised environment, according to Microsoft.
I quite like IE11 - it's remarkably nippy compared to Chome, which is now a dog on slower machines, and I've not hit anything that renders incorrectly. If only it had AdBlock.
It's not that quick...
I played with one in a shop last week. Flicking through homescreens is still laggy (albeit barely noticeable), just like in the early days of Android tablets.
Yeah, there are a lot of pixels to throw around but my [insert Apple or Microsoft product here] doesn't seem to struggle.
Re: is it just me...
Of course, since the Lumia series with its brightly coloured cases was released six months prior to the iPhone 5C, your argument stands on thin ground.
"Apathetic bloody planet..."
>> Typically, NIST explains, quantum entanglement experiments do whatever they can to avoid
>> noise, because noise can destroy entangled states (or, The Register supposes, can make
>> it impossible to measure the entangled state, but don't hold us to this).
Noise would effectively perform an independent, random, measurement on the system, making the carefully designed one you were about to do to pointless. The measurement both simultaneously performs the calculation and reveals the result, so in the "noisy" case, there is no entangled state to measure at all.
Pot. Kettle. Black.
Ahem. Quite a few of these around on The Reg this morning...
Error 324 (net::ERR_EMPTY_RESPONSE): The server closed the connection without sending any data.
“Which is why EE, when it launched its 4G proposition two weeks ago, also said it would offer fibre optic connections to 11 million UK properties by the end of 2013."
I suspect this is more a case of LLU BT Infinity and not actually dong the hard work of laying cable.
Nearly £600 and they don't even include a Thunderbolt cable?
I've returned printers costing a tenth of that because the manufacturers are too cheap to chuck a cable in the box.
Not all that bad...
I have three Jogglers (bought when they were £50) and they're used exclusively with the excellent SqueezePlay app running on them. This is getting even better with what the developer calls "Squeeze OS", which is a bare-bones Ubuntu installation that does nothing but fire up into SqueezePlay.
"...user reluctance (or ignorance) which is preventing more-widespread use."
REALLLY? More likely the fact that despite what Visa says, not all that many cards actually support the contactless feature (ref: Nationwide, Santander etc) and it's still not 100% reliable. Most retailers still tuck away the contactless component of the reader (lookin' at you, Caffe Nero) and the look of utter surprise on the face of the cashiers suggest that they very rarely see contactless payments.
So, basically, this is £410 for a DVR that doesn't play most video types; has broken DLNA support, shows adverts in the EPG, and only has 320GB of disk space?
And Panasonic are at a loss to explain why they're about to go under. *slow clap*
As long as we're doing the same in return...
No doubt the proverbial would hit the fan in America if the whole EU made a similar charge in return. After all, all's fair in love and war... :-)
The problem is Google
Android Market feels like a pet project by Google engineers. As a software developer, I don't see why I should have to suffer Market bugs such as my apps randomly not appearing in the Market. It's intensely frustrating for both developers and consumers, and right now the overwhelming feeling is that Google just doesn't care.
It's the other way round with Apple - the App Store is EVERYTHING to them and issues aren't fixed fast enough. Until Google gives me the impression that my time is more than second class (even though they're creaming the profits from the Market), my time is better spent developing apps for iOS.
I should think that since it's not approved for navigation, you couldn't sue the manufacturer even if you trundled into the Heathrow Class A zone, for example. Like most things, it's designed to supplement the traditional map, compass, and stopwatch approach.
IMHO the biggest issue in the UK is actually the lack of TCAS, and even transponders, on light aircraft. ATC do a sterling job offering radar information (sorry, "traffic") service, but it's a constant stream of alerts and it only takes one to get through the net. Some people shouldn't be flying in cloud but do, and there's nothing worse than knowing there's something in your proximity and not knowing where it is.
In the US my GNS430 picked up radar data from the ground and overlaid it on the map, which was damned handy.
Bet she didn't see that one coming.
But what about...
The rest of the world who doesn't want to read a book on an iPhone or laptop (ie, everyone).
There are perfectly good formats out there which can be read on the vast majority of both computers AND eBook readers such as the Sony Reader. Even better, Adobe Digital Editions can be, uh, "unlocked" quickly allowing you to make a safe and permanent copy of your book.
But what about...
If Windows is provided sans-browser, how is one supposed to get onto the internet to download Firefox / IE / Chrome etc in the first place?
I said years ago, with Vista, that all MS needed to do is offer a choice between browsers at installation. If I pick, say, Firefox, the installer will dash off to get the latest version and seamlessly install it behind the scenes.
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