169 posts • joined Thursday 25th June 2009 10:52 GMT
Re: What is the job of the publisher?
I suspect they thought they could make a few quid without anyone getting too upset, but from the tone of the apology it would sound like their licensors were not overimpressed with that strategy.
I think you still need to explicitly create a G+ account - having regular a google account does not create one automatically. I don't know if this is true for google accounts that were created since the advent of G+ however.
WD Black^2 ?
I wonder if you could use the recently announced WD Black^2. Officially macs are unsupported but if it just presents itself as two SATA drives then I don't see why.
While I generally agree with your point (I was quite glad when British Gas stopped using the largely nonsensical house.co.uk), B&Q do have the problem that B&Q.com is not a valid domain name, BandQ.com is unwieldy, BQ.co.uk makes little sense (and was also invalid until very recently) .
I wonder why this and other sites don't make use of OpenID. Use Google as your OpenID provider if you want, or one of many other providers. I'm no expert but it seems to work well for Stack Oveflow.
It seems unlikely that both of these projects are running on charitable donations:
Re: Dunno about kettles
I would have thought that routers and ADSL/Cable Modems would be the obvious choice, they have an internet connection almost by definition.
Re: you say third party cookies are blocked
Irritating Cookie consent banners are the result of the EU e-Privacy directive. Make of that what you will.
The whole process took about an hour on my desktop PC (4-year old core i7 upgraded a couple of years ago with a crucial SSD). It all just worked - no complaints.
Never really seen the appeal of beta access - I prefer my games to have been finished and working (well, mostly) before playing
Re: This is the second time I've read about these ad/e-mails
I've not seen it because they ditch advertising if you pay for some storage, which being on the legacy storage plan @ $5 / year for 20GB seems eminently reasonable.
Re: By coincidence
That sounds like a sound strategy that couldn't possible backfire.
Re: 'Mulitple' news sources? Unfair comparison
This is why blocking the merger always seemed a bit barmy. Given that almost everyone thinks that Murdoch runs BSkyB, what's the problem with him actually doing so? It would seem far more transparent than the current illusion of separation.
Desktop Gadgets are on borrowed time anyway: http://arstechnica.com/security/2012/07/microsoft-fix-kills-windows-gadgets/
Re: RE: Given that mobiles are leapfrogging fixed lines across the developing world
Probably because there are far fewer buildings blocking your signal in the middle of ******** nowhere. Or indeed far fewer other people with phones using all the cell capacity.
I've got a similar Zyxel PLA4231 adaptor (only 2 ethernet ports, no 5Ghz support, no power passthrough - but half the price). Works OK but gets a bit warn. Suffers from the same design flaw as this though - why put the ethernet ports at the top? If the design was flipped through 180 degrees it would be less top-heavy and the wires wouldn't be sprouting out all over the place.
Surely the solution is for all parents to start wearing their trousers low - being heinously unfashionable to dress like your Dad sartorial elegance would soon be restored.
Re: Proof yet again
ILOVEYOU was 13 years ago - I suspect the vast majority of WhatsApp users were no more than 5 years old in 2000. It's still a stupid thing to do of course, but those that weren't bitten the first time round have a slightly better excuse.
The main benefit to using a Credit Card online is that it affords a certain amount of fraud protection (and significant additional protections for purchases of over £100 under the consumer credit act).
Presumably this service will be analogous to using a Debit Card (which isn't necessarily a problem, but I'm not sure I'd use one online).
Re: No bigLITTLE
I saw an analysis somewhere (might have been Anandtech or Semiaccurate - can't remember now) indicating that Intel were of the opinion that their new power management tech was now sufficiently good that this type of approach was unnecessary.; "Hurry Up and go to sleep" - ramping up to maximum power doing the work in the minimum amount of time and then ramping down again to practically zero power drain is more efficient than powering up a lower powered core for longer.
Remains to be seen whether this is true in practice though, but it sounds plausible.
Re: Micro USB charging
I wonder how long before it becomes possible to power a smart watch using either solar or Seiko Kinetic type technology - on of the best things about my watch is that it never needs charging (unlike my phone).
Maybe, although some of the appeal in watches is the extreme variety - if everyone has the same watch then it may lose quite a lot of that appeal.
x86 instruction translation is not a significant factor and hasn't been for years. Intel started from a position of performance at all costs whereas ARM started at the opposite end of the power/performance spectrum. We are finally reaching the point of crossover where A15 cores can be as power hungry (and performant) as x86, and x86 can play in the low power realm.
Serious competition should be good for everyone.
Re: Will they ditch the awful flat interface AND CAPITALISED MENUS?
Windows 8 boots up and is usable an order of magnitude faster than XP. Although replacing your boot drive with an SSD also gives you 80% of this benefit.
Xbox Infinity + 1
This does seem to be the obvious solution. In much the same way Android permits you to select different providers for many components, search engines (or your browser?) could too. Google has been trying to promote the browser as the operating system for years now - this is a natural conclusion.
Re: Just because you CAN do it, doesn't mean its a good idea
In which case this should be a good development - the file is stored on Dropbox's servers and will only be downloaded on demand - rather than being foisted upon you in a massive email attachment.
The main problem with old laptops is the batteries become worn out and are expensive (or impossible) to replace, rather than the performance (especially if you can fit an SSD and RAM upgrade).
Of course T-Mobile wouldn't be capping transfer speeds to make their EE 4G offering more attractive
Re: INteresting that something so *apparently* simple is still capable of improvement.
I still find talking to inanimate objects somewhat uncomfortable. On the very rare occasions that I've needed to make a call when driving I've prodded the appropriate button on the steering wheel and announced "Call <whoever>" and it does work (and keeps my hands on the car controls). Still don't like it though.
I would have thought a language-agnostic browser VM (something like LLVM, CLR etc) would be better than another language. Write in whichever language you fancy and compile to the VM's instruction set and off you go.
I'd much rather my TV focussed on offering a superlative display rather than attempting to integrate all manner of supposedly valuable services (read: filler). I expect my TV to last 5 - 10 years, which is probably at least five times longer than these services will be supported - the smart services are much better provided by a cheaper box or tablet which can be replaced more frequently.
With the possible exception of Sony's XMB why do all AV User Interfaces look like they were designed in 1995 with a copy of Macromedia Director?
Re: This was the problem with my last Windows Mobile phone
Not wishing to turn this into an off-topic flame war but this type of behaviour from my current Android handset is severely tempting me to try Windows Phone 8 when my contract is up for renewal. Nothing more frustrating than inconsistent responsiveness.
Re: None on the BBC?
The BBC is heavily populated by Apple fanbois (and girls) so I'm not entirely surprised. I have noticed that the iPad has become the accessory du jour for history documentary presenters to present historical documents, but it's fairly practical I guess. Until recently using the only non-apple alternatives would probably have involved something unnecessarily clunky (windows) or laggy (android) which would have detracted from the point somewhat.
Re: Data Caps
That's quite impressive - you'd need to be downloading at 1 Mb/s without interruption for the whole month!
What I really want is MirrorLink (or similar) to become a standard. Keep the intelligence in the phone and use the car as a dumb terminal. Built in data connection, personal apps, music etc and available in any car suporting the standard.
Re: Metro on 2012 suicidal
I thought Microsoft's preferred position for Server 2012 was no UI at all on the server, with management via Server Manager.
I think that the Kindle's success can also be attributed to the wide platform support for the Kindle software. If Amazon decided to stop developing for iOS, Windows, Android etc in favour of their own hardware I suspect people would be less keen.
It was National Express that ballsed up the East Coast Mainline, not First Group, was it not?
The default server 2012 install has no UI components at all AFAIK (all administration tasks are performed remotely). However if you are setting up a terminal server or need to run a UI dependent service then UI services can be installed. Don't know if IE is mandatory in this circumstance however.
It may be fast by residential standards but I'll bet the latency sucks.
I thought this had been largely debunked as being "old news":
- Xmas Round-up Ten top tech toys to interface with a techie’s Christmas stocking
- It's true, the START MENU is coming BACK to Windows 8, hiss sources
- Google embiggens its fat vid pipe Chromecast with TEN new supported apps
- Pic NASA Mars tank Curiosity rolls on old WET PATCH, sighs, sniffs for life signs
- Microsoft: Don't listen to 4chan ... especially the bit about bricking Xbox Ones