186 posts • joined 25 Jun 2009
An ironic choice of insult given that XP suffered significant derision for its "Teletubby" default UI theme.
Re: I will have to delete all my tiles then.
8.1 has already changed that behaviour - newly installed apps no longer get added to the start screen automatically (they obviously realised it was irritating if you'd customised the start screen to your tastes)
The shop bought and BT provided boxes are made by Humax - the quality is pretty good as far as I can tell. No worse than any other Freeview PVR certainly. I've no experience of the Huawei boxes TalkTalk provide though.
Re: Are they running on XP Embedded ?
I would guess not. Using a desktop OS for an ATM does seem a somewhat perverse choice however.
It's well known that Nokia was practically printing money when Elop joined...
Re: There's a serious error in this article everyone has missed
How does one become a paid shill? It Given the number of them allegedly frequenting just about every tech forum or website it must be quite the career.
Hoover is a practically a genericised trademark, and synonymous with "vacuum cleaner", in the UK at least.
Is this not conflating "Android" and "Google Play Services"? As far as I am aware you are free to use the open source Android OS however you wish, but access to the closed-source Google Play Services and all associated Google goodies (play store, google apps) are tightly controlled by this licensing agreement.
It's arguable that much of the appeal and value of Android comes from the Google services, therefore the overriding argument presented here is valid, but I note that Shmidt's comments to congress only reference the Android OS part of the equation.
Re: Right here's the plan
Radio 1 effectively has two distinct personas - the painfully commercial daytime schedule, and the outstanding specialist programming broadcast between 7pm to the early hours. Radio 1 is easy to dismiss for its daytime output (although despite the moronic presenters, they at least manage to cycle through rather more new music than any commercial competitor) but Radio 1 in the evening is to new music what Radio 4 is to spoken word broadcasting and is truly world class.
Re: Humax freeview box
The startup time from cold is embarrassingly slow, but you can just set the "eco mode" or whatever so it goes into a standby state rather than turning off and it comes back on again in a few seconds. Although its probably drawing a little more power it's not getting warm or anything so I doubt it's significant.
Edit: The main benefit over smart TV apps is that it maintains the ability to record stuff off the air and keep it in perpetuity. Programs seem to stay on iPlayer for about a week (or a week after the end of the series) so there's quite a few things I would have missed otherwise. Some programs never make it to iPlayer (rights issue presumably).
Also, ours is full of "Peppa Pig" and "Sarah & Duck" which is easier than trying to explain to a two-year old why her preferred program might not be available on-demand this week.
Re: A shame, I like YouView
I concur - I am also an unsubsidised YouView owner - I bought it soon after release having moved into the only house on the street Virgin Media did not serve (thereby rendering my Tivo box useless). I've been really impressed - the UI is logical, the unified search is brilliant, and it picks up all the new Freeview HD channels without issue. You are right about the occasionally less-than-instant response, but it's no worse in that regard than Tivo was when Iast used it.
It is a shame more services haven't been forthcoming - NetFlix would be a nice addition, but I have a PS3 plugged in alongside so it's not a massive issue for me.
Re: I ditched IE in 2000.
My daily driver is Chrome, but IE10 and 11 are noticeably more responsive than Chrome on heavy websites (typically those modern affairs which require scrolling and panning of full page images/videos).
Re: Rare pragmatic response
That way you end up supporting their OS install - if you get them a new PC it becomes the PC manufacturer's support problem.
I'm rather more concerned about King's pursuit of the developers of "The Banner Saga" for daring to use the word "saga" in a viking-themed game:
Same here - except we live in one of the two houses on the street for which connecting a cable is apparently impossible (it seems neither of the adjacent street cabinets' tendrils reaches quite far enough). Still get junk-mailed on a regular basis though.
£2499 - 20% VAT = £2082.50 ~ $3410
So you are right, the UK price enhancement factor for this device is about 14%
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.
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) .
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.
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: 30% more speed...
Yes to SPDY (v3) no to HTTP 2.0 - does any browser support this nascent standard yet?
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.
There will no longer be anything worth watching however as it will all be commercial dross.
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
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