649 posts • joined Friday 12th June 2009 13:54 GMT
Better than one carrier
I don't mind John Lewis having the exclusive deal, I like them, they're a workers co-operative with strict rules on pay scaling and profit sharing, and they're pretty much ubiquitous - and if you're not near a shop, they're online.
It could be far worse if Vodaphone/O2/EE/whatever had the deal, because I presume you can bung in a SIM of your choice?
I may be tempted. I just sold my soul to the machine, and got a Nexus 7, which I love, big time, but I may bite the bullet and get one of these too - I like Nokia products, my Lumia 700 is getting a bit long in the tooth but has worked well, and a second tablet doesn't take up much room
Killjoy was here...
Enke's tail was ripped off, but re-appeared later...
I'm looking forward to sitting freezing my nads off in the cold, but long Scottish night, seeing something glorious..
...only slightly worse...
Share and Enjoy
Share and Enjoy
Journey through life
With a plastic boy
Or Girl by your side
Let your pal be your guide
And when it breaks down
Or starts to annoy
Or grinds when it moves
And gives you no joy
Cos it's eaten your hat
Or had sex with your cat
Bled oil on your floor
Or ripped off your door
You get to the point
You can't stand any more
Bring it to us, we won't give a fig
We'll tell you, 'Go stick your head in a pig'.
Looks like a Surface Pro
I wonder if they knew someone who had a lot of spare ones going cheap
More seriously, I'm glad to see this - Nokia's mapping/gps contributions have always been extremely good, and I look forward to seeing the results of this - serious competition for streetview (Although Microsoft's Street isn't bad, even if they haven't obscured the numberplate on my car very well)
The chihuahua will rise up and seek revenge for the indignities heaped on the noble wolf...and on themselves by her over there ------------->
Has your chap who does the Headlines started their poets day celebrations early - because that is one fine title!
If not, they should have one on me for that!
None are a match for the power of Ecky Thump.
Re: And for a lighter look at hypergolic compounds..
I just liked name FOOF - so onomatopoeic :)
And for a lighter look at hypergolic compounds..
Well said - reminded me of Mitch Benn and the good Dr Lehrer - both of whom use somewhat fractured phrasing to make the lyrics fit the tune (this is aimed at folk down the way who criticise her scansion).
Emma, you made me chuckle (and I've copied the vid, just wish I had the talent to play it)
Aye, they do.
As did my 1978 Casio calculator.
Re: Talks eh ...?
These days he could be Jabba the Hut's stunt double, alas.
Dr Who fans
I don't think that they're really gamers - my brother who has lived and breathed Dr Who since William Hartnell has never played a game in his life, his older daughter, addicted to the new Who, doesn't touch games either.
And besides, you'd have to have a genius of a designer to make something worthy of the Time Lord - as your reviewer has said, no game has ever been worth the name Dr Who, in the last 30 years or so.
Maybe one will come along, but I won't hold my breath.
Bill beat them to it...
When you visit the Gates' residence, you're given a badge. Music, lighting, temperature and all manner of things follow you round according to your preference.
Not my driving license...
Being good-twoshoes and having not had the money to move house for many years, my driving license is just a large (and now somewhat foxed, badgered, and possibly beared) piece of paper, no photo, nada... I do have a rather impressive array of vehicles I'm allowed to drive compared to more recent passers as well. This was a bit of a problem when my car was in for an insurance repair, as the garage refused to accept it for a courtesy car. I told them to get my car ready for when I needed it. I also doubt if the major airlines would accept it, or my staff card - I'm not sure a University counts as a "nationally recognised company".
Susan Calman relates a touching tale when she tried to check into a hotel in London - they insisted that she show a passport as she was a "foreigner".
I can't wait for a Glaswegian hotelier to return the compliment.
That's a good list
I can't fault you - I wouldn't choose the same one myself, but there are some real goodies there.
As you say, there are howlers - but in a 50 year history, Dr Who has less than most things that have hit their half century.
Keep the articles coming - I'm a market you can't glut, as the other good Doctor said...
What about the 3 or so hours Peter Cushing was the Doctor :)
Good ol' Tom
Was the second incarnation of the Dr that I really remember - I remember the final episode with Troughton, cast into the time vortex in Monochrome, and then I saw Pertwee fall out of the Tardis in colour, for the first time, and I watched avidly till the almost end of the Tom Baker era - by which time my Saturday evenings were taken up with my first girlfriend...
There's a grand interview with Tom on the BBC today:-
Amazing that the series has lasted so long - I think it's the constant evolution that has made it a success, even if I'm not too fond of the recent series, many, many millions of viewers can't be wrong :)
I didn't see a problem with the graphic, once I'd looked at it for a few seconds.
"The tech seems to be maturing," he added. "I remember old laptops, which used to break every year, so you needed to buy a new one."
I don't remember that time at all - I've still got a late 90s vintage Macbook G3 and a couple of iBooks, a few ancient Latitudes - all of which got very heavy usage as we couldn't afford to buy many back then...
In fact it's only of late that the annual upgrades have started, because someone seems to have started making machines that cannot be user serviced, or upgraded at all, so they go obselete very quickly, quickly enough in fact that it looks like a marketting strategy, but no-one would do that, would they?
I've found them in the Pyrenees and across Mallorca - yummy!
Shaggy Ink caps - fried in butter with garlic...
Young puffballs..slice, to ensure it's not a young something else...delicious with eggs
Also tonnes of wild rosemary, thyme, occasionally marjoram..
Dang - I'm in scotland, and our 'shrooms have been a hurried lover - came and went...
Re: The promise of automation
Not if the companies are going to make the
obscene enhanced profits they currently do - why should they employ someone on another salary, when we're prepared to give overtime for free?
I like that.
Let's hope that Nokia manage to keep this one going.
My 68th birthday - I'll probably be so drunk I don't notice the apocalypse :)
Fortunately, I never drove a Citroen.
Back when I was learning to drive every car was different - the wipers and the indicators seeming to swap randomly; sometimes the horn was at the center of the wheel, sometimes on the end of the indicator stick.
I lost count of the number of times I wiped my windows instead of indicating, or hooted instead of squirting my windscreen when learning, much to the irritation of my instructor.
But it taught me to check things before I started.
It's the Pierson's Puppeteers heading out of the galaxy before it goes fooom....
Merge the black and red schemes, and then put vulture roundels on the wings.
Re: Ultimate cop out here...
None to both
Re: Ultimate cop out here...
You misunderstand me...
I'm well aware of all that, although I think water is more of a problem in the short to medium term than carbon, I've been campaigning on environmental issues for 30+ years, its now that I just don't care.
Ultimate cop out here...
If I was in my teens and 20s, I'd be opposed - I'd have 6 or 7 more decades on the planet, time enough for it go go to hell in a handbag.
Now I'm in my fifties, I don't reckon we'll come to too much grief in the 2 or 3 decades I have left (at best, given my lifestyle), so let's go for it.
I'll need that gas to warm me in my dotage. Those younger than me - learn to swim, and enjoy the environmental vibro-massages from time to time.
the TL;DR version:-
what the fucking fuck?
Re: if there were ever a cabling construct that was the work of the Evil One, it was SCSI.
"SCSI is *not* magic. There are *fundamental* *technical* *reasons* why you have to sacrifice a young goat to your SCSI chain every now and then."
John F. Woods (email@example.com)
No more wow factor
They look like nicely designed, well built machines, which in this day and age is about all you're going to get.
A phone's a phone for a' that, we may get a step change with things like Google Glass, the various smart watches, but it will take a while for something to do this.
For now, just let's enjoy that things are getting better.
We have a wee inspiron duo, and a Acer aspire w5.
I put classic start on them, and twenty minutes later took it off.
If you think for a few minutes, the new interface, well, the V8 interface, I've not yet seen V8.1, is actually quite intuitive.
Either that, or I'm warped.
I'd have thought that the speed would drop fairly rapidly as the friction with the air built up - true, momentum will probably keep it above terminal velocity, but I doubt it would retain enough to hit the water at Mach 8.
Would be interesting to watch though...from a safe distance...
Defining a celebrity
Dunno about the definition, but I had to search who Melanie Sykes was.
Then again, I'm a boring old fart who thinks that the cast of Blake's 7 are celebs, so I probably wouldn't notice if the celebs that Zuck thinks are celebs disappeared up their own arseholes.
Which hopefully they will do sooner, rather than later.
It's a bit of a shame.
I got my wee Inspiron Duo, and put my work copy of Windows8 on it - and I found Windows 8, metro/modern interface and all, very usable.
However, with a machine that doesn't have a touch interface, it was an uphill struggle.
One thing I did sense though - if felt a lot smoother and slicker than Win7 on the same hardware.
Re: ahh, meteor shower
Sunday night, certainly up here, north of Hadrian's Wall is looking very good!
I may see if I can place my camera
Look at the top of the Reg page - see that masthead, the bright red masthead.
Mr Orlowski is extremely good at writing articles to gain a reaction - it's his job, as it is the job of every editor of every journal - and looking at the the responses here, he's done his job well.
It does come across as an Apple biased article, but he has also done Android, WinPhone, and various other articles, the primary purpose of which is to get us commentards frothing at the mouth and raging in the comments.
Back on topic - the DoJ has a fairly long track record of shafting folk on anti-trust issues, have a look here:-
Personally, I don't think that this is too extreme.
Re: Coming soon...
How come I don't see any until I disable Ad-block then?
"You appear to be running Ad-block+ or similar software. Content will not display until this is disabled"
As Sir Terry said...
Never trust a species that smiles all the time...they're planning something.
And besides, we only hear the stories of the folk escorted to shores. The other 90% were lured out into the deep sea.
And now we find that they have great memories...all the better for holding a grudge, or remembering where the other bodies are.
5 years ago, after a particularly unpleasant encounter with user support, I cancelled my television subscription.
All I had/have was a 10Mb (now 20Mb) cable connection - and I don't feel I have missed a thing.
iPlayer, Netflicks, Lovefilm, 4OD, ITV.com, catchupTV, all filled the void, and I now find I have a lot more time to do other things - time that previously was taken up with channel surfing.
I've been a customer of Telewest/Blueyonder/Virgin Media/Liberty Whatever and their customer service, which used to be exemplary has deteriorated - I used to be able to specify a 2-hour window in the evening service for support visits, now I have a 6 hour window, I used to get knowlegable and helpful folk in telephone support, now I just get thickly accented voices reading a list of questions, and so on.
And still, in spite of my speed doubling a couple of weeks ago, BBC iPlayer still craps out with "insufficient bandwidth" over half the time...
If you give a lackluster service, you'll get lackluster returns.
Re: Proper mobile benchmarking
Or even the list in ZD publications in the era of Whetstone and Dhrystone that included such gems as:
slyandthefamilystone - a measure of how funky your PC is
rollingstone - a measure of how well your aging PC can perform compared to modern units
Swings and Roundabouts
I oscillate in my view on WinPhone - half the time I hate it, I then try the opposition and realise they're all dogs, just with different fleas (Gordon Gecko, iirc).
In fairness, my Lumia 800 has lasted me trouble free for 18months, it has good call quality, which is what I look for in a phone, the bundled apps are good, and the store now has a reasonable amount of good apps. Will I replace it with another - probably, but not just yet - I'll try and move to a sim-only contract until the 1020 is available...which I'll buy rather than contract.
Bring back telewest...
Back in the day you could re-order the channel list in the (analog) EPG.
I was most miffed when they took that away.
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