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Cameras for hacks: Idiot-proof suggestions invited

Stacy

The Sony may a little more expensive, but it is the only in pocket camera I have considered buying (actually bought one for a trip to the Christmas markets in Koln) due to the sensor size. It is no DSLR, but it's close enough that my 5D is only brought out for serious shots now and isn't lugged around everywhere I expect to be taking pictures.

Low light is stunning, but more than that there is zero lag on the shutter, the manual zoom is a pleasure to use when the auto just doesn't cut it, the battery lasts an age and it is tiny!

I've never taken mine to an extreme environment so can't comment on it's durability in poor conditions, but the cost of the camera was completely worth the pictures that it took and convenience.

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Bill Gates: Sell off Bing? Nah. Xbox? Maybe...

Stacy
Unhappy

Not close yet

Yes, two search engines are better than one. And I'm not against bing just for being Microsoft. But I have used it recently and I don't know what simple things you are looking for but trying to find answers about Visual studio or Office is a joke still on Bing. It brings up the strangest references as opposed to Google that brings up useful information.

I want it to match Google for exactly the reason you state, it's just not close yet.

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Sony Xperia Z2: 4K vid, great audio, waterproof ... Oh, and you can make a phone call

Stacy

From what I have seen in real world tests and from what I have read this should be less of an issue. The glass is laminated, or coated in plastic, or something, to make it more resistant to shattering.

That said I have not tried to drop my Z1 Compact to see if it works (and neither do I want to try!)

The one issue that I do have is that the back does scratch easily. Nothing that bothers me per when using the phone, but when looking at the back I can see scratches after only 4 weeks.

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New Reg mobile site - feedback here!

Stacy

Re: Will it auto direct mobile users to the mobile site?

Is it going to take notice of the 'Request Desktop Site' option in mobile browsers?

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Stacy

Exactly what I was thinking of!

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini tech specs REVEALED

Stacy

So, not following Sony then...

I just don't get how you can justify giving the device the flagship name, and then supply second rate internals.

Some of us don't have big hands, or simply don't want a big phone - but still want the internals of a decent phone.

Sony got this right with the Z1 Compact, I was hoping the other manufacturers would take note...

Oh well, after getting the Z1 Compact this week it's a problem I hopefully won't have to deal with for another 4 years :)

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'No, I CAN'T write code myself,' admits woman in charge of teaching our kids to code

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Re: Few CIOs or VP ITs can code

I had a problem one with a project manager once. He complained when I gave a two week estimate for some functionality and flipped at me, saying he could code it in 15 minutes.

I stood up and pushed the mouse and keyboard to him and asked for a master class so I could learn from a genius how to code so fast.

He walked off grumbling, swearing, and complaining. But never questioned my estimates again :)

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ChewBacca point-of-sale keylogger SLURPS your CREDIT CARD data

Stacy

Re: Sir

I'm not blaming the shops here - this is something that is not their area of expertise.

The vendors for the POS (how appropriate that the acronym works both ways...) software should ensure that their systems have at least basic security. Actually, they should ensure they are bloody secure!

Using the excuse that it is a bog standard PC is no excuse.

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Re: Sir

Why can it connect to any IP it wants to, where is the firewall that says it can only connect to one single IP address?

Surely this is the first thing that should be done with these machines. It has no reason to need any IP other than the one of the bank it talks to.

Kind of how any coupling should be set up!

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It's big, it's expensive and it's an audiophile's dream: The Sonos Sub

Stacy

Re: de-oxygenated copper

And any decent shop should tell you that too!

When I got my CM9 speakers and Cyrus amplifiers I asked what type of cable I should use. They showed me some chunky, but not expensive, cable (around 2.50 a meter IIRC). As that was the type of thing I was already using I didn't replace it.

I asked what the hideously expensive cable was for and they said they had to stock it for some people to take them seriously even if they never recommended it. Some people just didn't believe that you could spend less than 1000 on speaker cable and so didn't.

I loved that shop, they saved me huge amounts of money by focussing on sound and not price when I bought stuff (I saw some lovely speakers - looked lovely, and had a price tag to match, but they said they were a waste of money and that the CM9s at half the cost sounded so much better. And they did!). It's a shame the owner decided to retire when the shops rent came up for renewal...

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'I had a rare Twitter handle... I was extorted into giving it up'

Stacy

Re: "I’ve been offered as much as $50,000 for it."

Maybe because he didn't want to sell it?

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Apple: That 'white screen of death' nightmare? We'll fix it... AT SOME POINT

Stacy

Re: Don't forget that 2.4GHz is a shared band @stacy

I had no idea I was only talking to you. I was merely saying that it's a problem that I have had with fanbois. Whether you consider yourself to be a blind fanbois as I said in my post is for you to decide.

Yes, the router was at fault. iPhones, Android phones and tablets and Windows computers all connected without a problem.

But the router is broken as the MacBook Pro doesn't connect.

Oh, and after a week or so of using it on the wired connection and it getting an update it worked. The Apple had the update, not the router.

The router was obviously broken.

Oh, and if I had a router where the everything except for one computer (or wireless dongle or card) worked, not matter the brand of the non-functioning appliance,then I would assume that it was a problem with that one computer. Not the router.

If everything has a problem with a router then I will accept that the router has a problem.

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Stacy

Re: Don't forget that 2.4GHz is a shared band

The thing I hate most about Apple is the fact that the fanbois refuse to accept when there is a problem with the kit. My father in laws MBP refused point blank to connect to his router. I asked for help on forums and to the Apple users I know at work only to be told by everyone that there is no way there could be a problem with the Apple, it must be the router that was broken.

When I pointed out that no other piece of equipment had a problem connecting to the same router the answer stayed the same. Apples work unfailingly and the router has a problem.

All computers have problems, MS, Linux, Android, MS or whatever else. Refusing to accept that your preferred one could have a problem is just wrong...

(And just to be clear - this is written on my MBP; so not a blind hater :) )

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Mosquitoes, Comets and Vampires: The de Havilland Museum

Stacy

Re: Chipmunk

Ahh... A Chipmunk T.10 was the first plane I ever flew (OK I've only ever flown 4...). Great introduction to flying :)

Memories... (and wishing that I could afford to actually get my license!)

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Zuck you! Facebook introduces 'Dislike' button... in Messenger

Stacy

Re: because there's no other way to express an emotion

I do wonder why anyone would ever like those posts when anyone of the three options mentioned would be so much better...

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Beauty firm Avon sticks spike heel into $125m SAP-based sales project

Stacy

Only worked in one company that used SAP

And it was unreal how much cash can be wasted, and how failure can be spun into 'opportunity'

In the nearly three years I worked there they were working on an online catalogue for displaying the products they sold.

During that time, and still when I left, there were still 10 internal people working on it, 10 SAP consultants and a multitude of consultants that came in for a few weeks then vanished again.

When, after about 2.5 years, they announced that they could put images of some of the products on a web page there were great celebrations about how amazing the new system was.

I couldn't help feeling that a small team developers working in which ever language they picked (.Net for me, but I'm sure that a J2EE solution would have been as quick) could have had the same functionality working in a couple of months (being really conservative here ;p)

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Fisher-Price in hot seat: iPad bouncy chair lets APPLE BABYSIT tots – parents

Stacy

Re: Not sure I get the ire

I did see that.

And I said that I don't like the ones with the flashing lights either.

But also said why I think and tablet for a baby isn't just bad, but dangerous for development of the baby, and it's relationship with the parent.

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Stacy

Re: Not sure I get the ire

Mobiles hanging over the bouncer or car seat are different on many levels.

Interaction with others: You can play with the mobile with the baby, swinging the toys backwards and forwards etc, the iPad is a single person activity, cutting the baby off from the world

Interaction with the world: Mobiles have different materials on the toys to introduce different textures to the baby, the iPad is a flat glass screen

Eyesight: This would force the baby to focus at one single distance for a long period of time. As the mobile swings the baby follows the toys and learns how to focus it's eyes, plus the iPad blocks off a whole lot more of the baby's field vision than a mobile does - it has no choice but to focus on the tablet.

Hand eye coordination: If you take the above two points then you could also argue that this would limit hand eye coordination. The iPad is always the same distance away and all you can do is poke it, where as a swinging toy takes more control to reach.

Personally I don't like mobiles with flashing lights either, but even one of those would be better than this...

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Thought your Android phone was locked? THINK AGAIN

Stacy
Unhappy

And the worst thing is...

Lots and lots of people would still install it without question...

And then the ones that know me will call to ask me to look at their phone...

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Drone expert: Amazon's hypetastic delivery scheme a pie in the sky

Stacy

Re: First things first

Or delivery companies that drop packages into compost bins to keep them safe when no one is home...

(Lovely way to delivery my mums 60th birthday present, Everyone is just happy that the bin wasn't being emptied on that day)

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Sonos and I: How home media playback just gets SO FRUSTRATING

Stacy

Is it that hard?

I want back ground music. Turn in TV, connect to my server, listen to music. And yes, for background music the sound from a my Philips TV is fine - it even has a built in bass speaker in the stand to fill the sound out. Great? No. But fine for background.

Easy, better quality music. Same as above, but turn on the amplifier as well.

Great quality: either turn on laptop and listen to FLAC files via the amplifier or just play the CD on the BluRay. Either via the digital or stereo connection to the amplifier, not via the TV.

Where is the problem - all my kit talks to each other, either digitally or using analogue signals (without everything being routed via the TV). Even my old cheap and nasty DVD player that we got for the bedroom had audio out on it so that you could listen to audio directly from it...

I'm not getting this article. The author has equipment he isn't happy with because they don't communicate. And now it's obvious, because he bought a new way of playing music. That doesn't connect with the rest either...

That XKCD link is so appropriate! :)

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Apple ships cures for Mail, iBooks, MacBook Pro maladies

Stacy

Re: Mavericks

Thanks for the advice, but finally got around to checking it and it is definitely sleeping - that is logged each time I shut the lid, and clamshell never appears.

I guess Mavericks is just much worse with consuming resources whilst sleeping :(

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Stacy

Re: Mavericks

Thanks Mike, I'll take a look!

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Stacy

Re: Mavericks

Seeing as I am not that familiar with OSX - I'm going to ask how? (Which log, and where do I find it).

What I do know is that the according to manual it's sleeping (the light cycles glowing and out as it's supposed to and when you wake it up you have to log in).

Before the upgrade it would last about a week or so whist sleeping.

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Stacy

Re: Mavericks

2011 MacBook Pro and I noticed this (though not so pronounced). 100% when closing the lid, and only 70% the next morning. Leave it sleeping for more than a couple of days and it's dead.

Much worse than it was.

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Coroner suggests cars should block mobile phones

Stacy

Re: @Chris Surely there is another side to this...

Something isn't right here:

Third paragraph:

Suddenly the car in front came to a stop

Fourth Paragraph:

Expert evidence and sensors in the car indicate that it was travelling at between 50 and 60km/h when it was hit by the truck

Logically one of those is wrong. Either it stopped, and was hit whilst stationary, or it was slowing down and was hit.

Stopping distance for a car travelling at 100kmph is (according to http://www.passmytheory.co.uk/learningcentre/stoppingdistance.aspx) 73 meters. For a car remember, so it should be much further for a 38 ton truck.

The truck driver was 40m behind the car. And so leaving nearly half the distance needed to stop by a car travelling at that speed.

No matter what else was happening this says to me the truck was too close, and not paying attention.

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@Chris Re: Surely there is another side to this...

Absolutely, but the inference that I got was that she was not standing on the brakes but not concentrating on her speed.

Maybe I RTFA wrong :) but that is what I was basing my comments on...

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Stacy

Surely there is another side to this...

On top of whatever else is bad about phones...

The lorry driver drove into her car because she didn't have brake lights showing? Holy Crap!

Did he not notice that she was getting closer to the front of his truck? Did he take notice of what was going on around him?

If you are driving correctly then you should very rarely need your brakes to control your speed (that is what your throttle is for, your brakes are for stopping), you should look at what is happening and react accordingly. It makes your car last longer, it uses less fuel and it helps stop bunch traffic jams caused by everyone jumping on the brake rather than gently slowing down when the traffic does.

Yes, using the phone is bad - but hitting someone just because they slowed without using their brakes is worse!

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Backup software for HDD and Cloud

Stacy

Re: +1 for Crashplan

I've been using Crashplan for a while now - I have 700+Gb backed up (pictures, music, documents and disk images of the machines in the house) to both a drive in home for fast on site back up and their cloud should anything bad happen to the house.

I did a test restore from it during the trial period and whilst it is not quick it did work as it should. Hopefully I will never have to use it in reality, but if I do I think that speed of restore will not be my biggest concern :)

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Alleged Peeping Tom claims First Amendment right to upskirt

Stacy

Re: @Stacy

@Old Handle

Try reading the comments again, there are plenty saying that is someone is wearing a skirt then she is asking for it, or saying that it is no different to to taking a photo of a face when someone doesn't want it.

Or it is OK if the situation makes it easy (the comment about being above or below).

I'm going to get down voted for this again, but seriously, the comments here do scare me - I may be that person in the skirt or dress, and these people may be on a train when I am commuting. So much acceptance of something like this is just wrong in this day and age.

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Stacy

Re: Expectation of privacy? @Stacy

@Mr Xavia

I would agree that your situation is a tough one. But that is not what is being discussed here.

What is being discussed here is a person taking up-skirt photos. Not public wet t-shirt (which is still pervy unless you ask for permission), but up-skirt. Deliberately going out of your way to violate someone's person with a camera.

Again, how hard is that to grasp?

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Stacy

Re: Expectation of privacy?

OK, seriously scared now by the type of people on this forum...

Being down-voted for saying that you shouldn't take an up-skirt shot just because you are in the lower deck of a train and so are looking upwards, and someone may be in a skirt on the platform.

Which means that someone thinks that is what you should do in that situation. I hope that someone gets help.

As to the different types of pictures.

I don't like having my picture taken full stop, I never have done and probably never will. There is nothing I can do about it except never leave the house.

The same does not apply to taking a photo up my skirt. Ever.

With the exception of stalking someone, taking someone's picture where you have to bend to certain angles around someone else is not creepy. Bending around anything to get a picture of someone underwear is! How hard is that to grasp!

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Stacy

Re: Plead guilty, case closed.

Justice changing civilisation, or blood sucking morally bankrupt lawyers?

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Re: Expectation of privacy?

I don't agree. Just because you are under a platform does not give you the right to take a photograph up someone's skirt. It is not an unintended consequence, it is a deliberate act. The same for trying to get a shot of someone's cleavage from above.

I don't think this has to be that nuanced. Trying to get take photos up peoples skirts = wrong - how is that hard to understand?

As for what a person intended to be visible, I would say that is very easy:

And I sitting with my skirt hitched up and sitting with my legs apart inviting people to take photos? If not then I would say that a person is not expecting someone to take a photo of their knickers.

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Re: Expectation of privacy?

How the hell is an up-skirt shot a thing that is visible?

Taking a picture of people on the tube. fine

Should something in a normal picture be visible due to the way that someone is sitting, still pervy, but I can see your point.

Trying to go for up-skirt shots does not fall under the above though.

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Stacy

Re: Fucking perv...

How is that an extreme reaction? F***ing perv seems appropriate in this instance.

If someone was doing that to me I would also be mightily pissed off. The analogy to other sex games is incorrect. If this was two consenting adults, then so be it. Trying to get random up-skirt shots on trains is not two consenting adults.

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OH what a LOVELY, well-rendered WAR: Yes, it’s 'Call of Duty: Ghosts'

Stacy
Joke

Do you want an A-Team kill ratio?

At least in the original series almost no one died - they all got up afterwards, even if a Jeep landed on them! :)

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Tim Cook stands firmly behind pro-LGBT, anti-discrimination law

Stacy

Re: is it 'cause I is black

Firstly, wow could you try and be more offensive with your language?

Secondly, of course a transsexual / gay / lesbian / bi-sexual person can be as bad at their job. It's not supposed to be a get out of jail card for being useless. It's about ensuring that they can only be fired for being useless - i.e. the employer has to prove they are useless just as they do for their white middle class straight american employees.

It shouldn't been seen as a 'special right' to be afforded the same protections as the rest of the population!

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Do dishwashers really blunt knives

Stacy

Re: Cheap knives

I would say try some decent knives...

I have friends who do what you say, and when I cook at their house my knives go with me. Rather than use an OK blade I would much rather have one that glides through almost anything I am trying to cut through without effort. It reduces the effort involved in cooking and improves the look of the end result.

Sure they are not cheap, but at the end of the day a decent set of knives are not expensive either. Just don't buy from a trendy kitchen shop, but from a chefs shop.

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Re: Sharp stuff from an engineers perspective on keeping it sharp

OK - you beat me. I'm happy that I have the knives that put my mum through chef school about 30 years ago. When she gave up cooking she passed them to me. I've had them since 2000.

And after that time they are still the sharpest I have ever used, with them being honed on the steel twice a year at most when my mum visits - she can do that far better than I can, and I really believe in knowing what you are good at, and what you should get someone else to do :)

As to topic, I have been told I can put them in a dishwasher by various people, but couldn't bring myself to do it! It's not like they take long to wash by hand (you just have to be careful)

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Coding: 'suitable for exceptionally dull weirdos'

Stacy

Re: Coding's an essential life skill

I think you mis understood me... I was referring to the fact that someone said you need to understand JavaScript to use a web page, and someone else said you don't even need JavaScript to build a full featured site.

I disagree with both statements.

I'm still of the opinion that before they start kids on any programming language they need to start with getting them to think (see my earlier comment).

As to what language to use in Schools? As many as possible! If you are going to be teaching programming then you also also teach them that the language is simply syntax (sure you need to know the underlying framework, but at this level I don't think that is the goal). Teach them to think about the language as a choice of tool for solving the problem they have been given.

When I was first taught programming I went through Pascal, Ansi C, Assembly, some strange uni only language that was a mixture of Pascal and C and Java. Since leaving Uni I've been through Magic, Java, VB, and now code in C#. Who knows what I will be using in the future. I use MS technologies now, but that doesn't mean to say I wouldn't use anything else in the future - and the same goes for the other developers (some are using various other languages in private projects at the moment). To be honest, any type of evangelism for any coding language scares me - Microsoft or not... It means you automatically close out what could be the best solution to your problem.

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Re: Coding's an essential life skill

I don't need to know about JavaScript to use a web page full stop.

As for it not being needed... In this day and age I rather think you do.

.Net has a wonderful toolbox for developers to use to get sites working. And these have a level of JavaScript for things like client side validation, buttons, input masks etc. Try to make something user friendly without using some kind of client side script to make the static html page dynamic.

But still, you can use the site without knowing how it works.

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Re: I've said it before

I'll go with the giving insights into logical thought as early as it's practical, but I think that starting with programming is the wrong way to go.

Starting with programming isn't going to teach this, rather the opposite, it teaches to try, try and try again until the damn thing compiles and runs.

We all know the people who think with the keyboard until they get the result that they want. Unfortunately most of the time take this approach leads to programs which are slow, clunky and impossible to maintain.

Teach them to think first, and then introduce a programming language. That way they can work out the solution and code accordingly.

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Call me maybe: Orange loses a segment as competition bites

Stacy

Re: I'm not an Elmer - help me!

Wow, that Orange subscription is better than any I can get in Holland!

As for the 4G question, I'm afraid I can't answer yet - the contract starts at the end of this month :)

But you are right, mostly I use WiFi - but if it's available I will certainly try!

I got the subscription as it should work out much cheaper than my current subscription... My current subscription is not cheap for international calls, and as an expat it's useful to be able to call the UK from time to time without remortgaging the house ;P

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Re: I'm not an Elmer - help me!

Looking at a couple of providers I found searching for US Data Cellular Plan they are *OUCH* expensive.

$20/month for 300mb data + $30+ for the mobile contract.

If it comes to that my phone will be WiFi only for data and emergency only for calls. Like it was in '94 when I got my first phone (OK, that wasn't WiFi for data ;p)

I pay 26 euros a month for 1.5GB @ 4G speed with 200 minutes of calls. I am not going to pay double that for 1/5 the data!

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Microsoft: Everyone stop running so the fat kid Win RT can catch up

Stacy

Re: New phone!

I will admit that it wasn't a 'You know what, I'm going to replace my Xperia with the Nokia 820'. It was more 'Oh crap! The screen is in a million pieces! Well, if I'm going to get a new phone anyway let's give Windows phone a try, seeing as I have already done iOS once and Android a couple of times...'

As for what I am missing... What I said and easily switchable (and timed) profiles. That an being able to change the volume of the ringtone (I want it LOUD so I can hear it) without changing the headphone volume (I don't want to be deaf!) and vice versa are really about it.

And dialing :) (OK, now I start to think there are things ;p ) The way that the Sony phonebook works is the best I have ever used. Start typing a number and it will give you all of the matches in your phone book - by name (or sub string of name) or by number, or you can just type the number to the end and dial it. You don't have to search for a person, or dial number manually, or search for a number separately.

Oh and the screen... That 720p screen was beautiful! Before I smashed it to pieces of course :)

Email and surfing are fine, as it the calendar. I'm not a big app addict and so it's really not bad.

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Re: New phone!

Sound profiles and, as others have said, easy access to things like WiFi, Plane mode (seriously, in a settings sub menu!) bluetooth etc.

You can put your settings on the homepage (or use an app to do the same thing), but what I miss from the Xperia S that it replaces are simple homepage buttons to do all of this stuff, not an app to open a screen to do it.

Hohum!

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Let police track you through your mobe - it's for your OWN GOOD

Stacy

Re: Sensible approach or is it?

OK, sorry. My bad.

I assumed that everyone had a right to the emergency services, and not just those with smart phones and data contracts.

My parents don't have a smart phone, nor would they have the faintest clue on how to use it if they did.

What happens to those people with no data contract, and so no access to those maps? (Like, I don't know, people visiting the country...)

What happens to those people who are seriously injured who can can just about make a call, but couldn't get to the maps app, wait to find their location and then try to remember what the map said and repeat it to the emergency services. Especially when in the middle of nowhere and your maps shows you a rather large expanse of green countryside.

You are right, the GCHQ are doing bad things (as I think I alluded to in my post). And you know what? They didn't have to steal emergency service data in order to do it!

Yes, take of the tin foil hats. The government (or at least the civil servants) are doing quite nasty things with our data. You don't need conspiracy theories to make that point.

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