360 posts • joined 23 Jun 2009
I wasn't impressed
My office has them, had a play over the recent long weekend, and despite my being a complete google fanboy, they were much less impressive than I had hoped.
They did very little that my pebble doesn't do, except the pictures. Sadly as alluded to in the article, these aren't great. The navigation was a nice touch, but the voice recognition was terrible compared to my Nexus 4. Conversely I found battery life to be quite decent when integrated with my general working day, but I was never able to dismiss the overlay of the prism from my vision, it was very annoying.
General view for me was, it's fantastic for taking bad pictures quickly.
Re: I don't think the coriolis effect is that hard science
Just found out the earlier book in this series is under 2 quid for the kindle.
So that's the weekend sorted then :)
I don't think the coriolis effect is that hard science
It's not like you need to understand the maths behins QCD to follow that reference. If you've done any reading involving snipers, bathtub draining myths or weather patterns, you'll be well acquainted with it.
Still, this has piqued my interest and I might just indulge in a new book for the bank holiday weekend now.
Re: Quick Reader Poll:
My pebble lasts a week or so quite easily, and I use it to control my music on my commute and netflix on the Chromecast at home. It also controls my heating (via nest, so I suspect a lot of commenters will loathe me on sight for such blasphemy as enjoying a connected house)
So weekly's good for me, only takes a couple of hours to charge too.
Though sometimes I do miss the reassuringly solid feel of my old Citizen ecodrive.
Re: Oh ye glods, not more
Yeah it's like those people who read fantasy novels instead of playing D&D or Pathfinder.
I mean why watch someone else tell a story when you can do it yourself?
Or possibly you can enjoy watching something as well as doing it.
Re: Bad typo in first sentence
Actually they're database theives.
It's a whole new paradigm in tech theft, they actually delete the data they copy from the compromised system.
Re: Scarcely relevant musing
So you pronouce pâté as pate?
How do you deal with fiancée? The accents aren't just decoration.
Indeed, I can't wait for this, if one charger does multiple devices, it's going to make my bedside table a lot neater.
edit: just discovered that you can already buy multiple device chargers for qi, well it's still nice, but I can neaten it up by tomorrow if Amazon Prime actually works today.
Re: Any suggestions
5th ed looks good to me, my players say no though, we did the play test and they weren't impressed.
Pathfinder, on the radar, but I was never a fan of 3rd ed (didn't play 3.5). Shadowrun, I used to play and enjoy, wouldn't mind seeing what my players think of that.
Paranoia is my business trip game (we send nerds to all corners of the world!) :)
Maybe later in the year I'll run a pile of one shots, see what people think. All these suggestions are appreciated, thanks.
Re: Paper shortages
I'm just wondering what it's better than, as in which edition of the D&D rules? And in what way?
I've been running a 4th ed session for some co-workers recently, but there's likely to be a few leaving and some fresh blood joining so I am seeing if I can get more opinions on the options before I splash another couple of hundred on a pile of books.
The criteria are:
Dragons are a must.
The rules have to be reasonably simple in the basics.
The dice have to be within the normal set (4,6,8,10,12,20)
Suitable for groups between 4 and 8 people.
Re: per ardua ad carlton
In that vein:
Playmonaut est in astra, playmonaut asphyxiat.
In fact that last I looked, mac is the default platform at Google.
When you're out and about trying to tempt students to become interns, you often see Google stands about and they always have a macbook on.
Re: Now THAT is what surveillance is for
I thought the point was that it wasn't warranted?
As in they quite literally were without a warrant. If they had a warrant, I don't think many here would complain, you have to be able to do that kind of thing, but judicial oversight is a safeguard.
What you need to be asking is how many innocent people had their rights violated because this kind of warrantless tapping was/is going on?
Reasonable suspicion, go to a judge, get your warrant, get the baddie (or not if it turns out they're innocent). That's how it's supposed to work. A judge will say "yes, this looks like reasonable grounds" or "No, you're just fishing, stop it."
Re: There's precious few mobile games that I've actually spent money on.
I did drop about £20 on Final Fantasy: Dimensions, but that's because it was a Final Fantasy game you can't get on non-mobile platforms.
No in game purchases though, I paid my money, I got a game (and patches/bug fixes, which is nice).
Only time I've ever spent money on a game on a phone.
RoS was what saved Diablo 3 for me
Before RoS I had played a little D3, finished inferno and pretty much gave up, then I got RoS and frankly it's now the sequel to Diablo 2 that we always wanted, PvP needs work, but when ladders and seasons come in with 2.1, I can definitely see a lot of my free time vanishing into the ether.
Re: @ Kristian Walsh (was: Harden your browser)
it was built to transmit jake's wisdom to the great unwashed.
May his tecknowledge shine on us all.
Of course I don't need his knowledge, it's like I told Archimedes when he was having a bath (different times, told him a few things about displaced fluids too, very excitable those ancient Greeks), "Archy", I said, "It's like jake always says, everything that isn't a ranch owned by jake is suspect. You have to install a hardware firewall on your datastore."
Daft bugger set fire to Alexandria.
Still you can't help everyone.
Re: Too sensitive
Sadly you did not spell it correctly.
Professional only takes one f.
I could not stop myself replying with this answer for a quite large bag of wasabi peas. A beer would have stopped me though.
Re: Find a restraunt supply store open to the general public.
An insular island.
Jake, the master of tautology.
Re: Why is this a problem?
Not necessarily , it could be orbiting at an angle, so the time it spends in shadow could be much lower, or possibly never in shadow at all.
If it's in an elliptical orbit it can skim close to the moon on the day side and then swing far above the moon's shadow on the night side too.
So there's a couple of ways it can not experience this in normal operation.
Re: At last!
Ideally it should launch from a swimming pool, for security reasons.
Exactly my thought. The facebook messenger is a horrible thing on the website and much worse in the mobile app. I can't wait to be able to ignore it even more plausibly.
Re: Which will be the next flash in the pan billion dollar IPO?
I pray they never work out how to get money from 2048.
If they do, I'm lost.
Sure it's easier than digging a tunnel
but is it art?
As you wish.
You're thinking of the Latin "ante" as in antechamber, the a in am and "upping the ante".
Anti means opposed to, which is Greek.
Edit: gah too slow
Re: Wow, RealPlayer.
Realplayer, oh dear me.
I remember rmvb being the only format that vlc wouldn't play out of the box. I don't know if it's still true because like the dodo, the format is dead.
Re: Get off my lawn!
Before I was sentient I think.
So sometime pre-1985.
I'm calling it an established term.
Re: The long drawn out tea-time of the soul
I don't follow why using all the "energy" for want of a better term would lead to the universe disappearing. I assume you're thinking of a halt to expansion and then a big crunch?
Current evidence suggests that we're accellerating, not slowing down, so no crunch in our future.
Penrose has a nice idea about heat death and minimal entropy being indistinguishable from maximal entropy that I find quite satisfying, I can tell you that we can probably work out when the heat death of the universe will occur.
I have no clue why you think energy and space/time are interchangable. I am sure I don't remember anything about that. Energy/matter can affect space/time, but the one isn't the other.
In other words, do you have a real hypothesis here or are you just trying to put a different spin on something you don't understand well enough?
Re: Oh please...
It's definitely not slow charging, my nexus 4 charges as fast at least on the Zens pad by my bed as it ever did on a cable/wallwart.
A Qi charger shouldn't have any issues keeping a phone topped off with the screen on, though I have seen some handsets drop charge while plugged in if they're thrashing the radios and CPU and screen, so it could still discharge slowly even while being charged on QI I suspect (but what I saw was on some benchmarking so probably not real world scenario).
More of this kind of thing!
Better than the year of code, the year of 'splode!
I actually want in on that.
My contribution, Spong can pitch shift your voice message past 21KHz so oldies can't hear it and overlay it on the song bit.
If it's rootable
And it has USB OTG (unlikely, but I can hope), it's suddenly my new raspberry pi replacement, with an integrated screen, built in Wifi and it's own little UPS in the form of that battery.
Ok I'm assuming a fair bit with the OTG, but it's not beyond the realms of possibility. It'd make a lovely little hack project for me at that price point.
As another Linux user, I can tell you they're video streaming services. It's not like you can't run Netflix in Linux.
You can even get Lovefilm in there too, it's a little wine container that lets silverlight run. Works pretty well.
I'm assuming you were being a facetious troll, but it might help others who would like to use these services. (I use Netflix far too much).
Re: Yeah right Anonymous Coward
If Apple or Google had started shipping phones which plugged into a dock and became desktops, he would have had a point.
Saying that devices of the future will have better processors and RAM isn't exactly clear evidence that people are copying him. It's like the above example of storage space, exactly like that.
My best spam
Was a rather enchanting little piece to my work email address imploring me to buy an oscilloscope.
I'm guessing that because I downloaded some BSPs they think I actually do hardware. Mind you I've never been so tempted by spam. I mean I don't _need_ an oscilloscope, but it's something you can imagine always being handy.
*goes to dig out the mail and see if there were any good oscilloscopes in there*
The icons are still here.
And salut to a fellow astroboffin!
Re: Good grief
I think the equivalent of 3D-TV in the phone world was actually 3D phones.
Re: I'm obviously missing something...
For the sake of sanity, I'll assume you're serious.
A ram raid is when someone uses a vehicle to break into premises to steal something.
In this case the author has cleverly used the non-existence of said ram raids for the article in question (type-writers) to mock the squirrelling away of many of these articles instead of, for example, putting them in the bin or some other central location. (like a skip, tip, charity shop or E-bay)
I assume the word notorious was used to highlight the utter non-existence of type-writer theft or associated coverage.
I think that's pretty much killed that joke. Sorry Mr Dabbs.
Re: I still love XP..
It's possible to use Netflix in Linux, I find that it's slightly laggier and sometimes there's a touch of artefacting, but it's definitely watchable.
I use my library regularly to borrow books, but I've never been there in person. I am not certain why these papers should be limited to a physical presense when a book isn't.
That said, if I wanted to really read a physics paper, I'd probably want to be in a library where it's nice and quiet. I'd like the choice though.
Re: Potty time dilema
My winner at home is New Scientist.
Articles of every length from all lentil diet to intensive session and you might learn something (vanishingly unlikely given it's pop science all the way, but entertainingly so).
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery
But seriously, Buzzfelch?
Re: "Handy" - WTF
In Malaysia and Singapore, mobile phones (cell phones to our cousins across the pond) are called handphones.
I presume it's a similar thing in Germany, only abbreviated.
It's doubly bad because it's a suffix.
Re: Volcanic plug
5km/s on Mars iirc.
I suppose it's even a little easier if you did it from the top of Olympus. I don't think Olympus is that dense, I could well be wrong though. One course on "the Solar system" 13 years ago at uni isn't a lot to go on.
Re: Oh boy.
You don't need a degree in "Quantum physics" to understand it.
I don't think any one really understands it.
I can do the maths, but that's not the same as understanding it.
QM is just _weird_
Edit: My reply used to make sense, until the mods collapsed the waveform of some previous posts and it turned out that they were dead after all.
Are home to the best named terrorist organisation in the world.
The Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
The headlines from SE Asia often carry news of MILF attacks (and more recently talks, good news all round) and sometimes a MILF army gets a mention.
Sabah's incursion was by the troops of the Sultan of Sulu too. Scotty was too busy talking to Alex Salmond to join in.
Re: New Linux based mobile OS.
They kinda did with Meego/Maemo.
Then they gave it up for Windows phone.
Re: How many Directors
Are these bear hands the ones at the end of the bear arms that Americans have a right to?
Re: I want one
I tried to get a surface with the academic offer, it was like getting blood from a stone, eventually I gave up.
Shame really, because the RT was something I wanted, it actually feels like a nice piece of kit in the hand. I just didn't want it enough to pay the full price for it, but I might pick one up on ebay at some point.
As a tablet UI though, I prefer Android partly because I'm used to it, partly because I can hack the crap out of it :P
That's just El reg's little way.
if you can't work apple in to a headline, they don't like reporting on it.
- Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM
- China building SUPERSONIC SUBMARINE that travels in a BUBBLE
- Review Raspberry Pi B+: PHWOAR, get a load of those pins
- Experimental hypersonic SUPERMISSILE destroyed 4 SECONDS after US launched it
- That 8TB Seagate MONSTER? It's HERE... (You'll have to squint, 'cos there are no specs)