162 posts • joined 26 Jun 2009
Re: Anyone know what it is using for water resistance?
IP67 can survive being dropped in a sink or a swimming pool. Not designed for prolonged submersion.
I have an Xperia Z1 Compact (IP55/58) and before that had a Xperia V (IP57 - ie same waterproof capabilities as the S5, but less dust resistant), and it's very useful to be able to wash your phone in the sink if it gets a bit dirty, and to not have to worry about getting caught in an unexpected rainstorm (which is what killed my Nokia N8).
Here maps for Android?
I wonder if there's any chance they'll produce a Here maps for (generic) Android. The ability to get mapping and routing without a data connection is something Google maps is sadly missing, and most (all?) of the decent full-blown satnav replacements are too expensive for my infrequent usage requirements.
Why would they need to join the Bluetooth SIG? Surely that's just for people wishing to implement bluetooth chipsets? My guess is that this is just going to use an off-the-shelf bluetooth chip. Do you need to be in the SIG to use Bluetooth branding or something?
Re: Important change
"You seem to want to actively lock out one (Microsoft). "
No - MS office also supports ODF, so they aren't in any way locked out. I think ODF has wider support across other applications than OOXML, so ODF does seem a more sensible choice.
2 Factor Authentication?
Can someone explain to me how 2 factor authentication is of _any_ use if the second factor of authentication is sent to the device you're logging in from?
2 factor authentication relies on not only knowing a secret, but also having access to a distinct physical device which only you should have access to. If you're logging in from that device in the first place then it becomes useless as a distinct physical device - only the secret provides any security in this case. The fact that the facebook app then automatically reads the second factor kind of highlights how pointless this is. Better to disable 2FA on that device and therefore not require the READ_SMS permission.
Unless I've missed something about how the 2FA works in this case (I've never used it for facebook).
However the company I work for has recently implemented a corporate ad-blocker due to security concerns, so I no longer see ads on any site from work (I get a red and white "Ad Blocked" image instead, which is actually more annoying than the ads)
Re: multicast is already here, but 4k is not the answer you were looking for
I was told by somebody who knows these things that HDMI2.0 doubles the data rate over HDMI 1.4, and also introduces a YUV420 option, which halves the bitrate (at the expense of some colour depth I guess). So potentially 4k at 120Hz would be do-able with HDMI 2.0. Might be good for sporting events, where colour depth probably isn't that important.
Re: smiles for the 'goto'
Take a look at the linux kernel code - the enforced coding style for the kernel virtually mandates the use of gotos (80 char max line width, 8 char tab indentation). It forces a style without excessive nesting, and gotos are commonly used as a way of jumping to some end-of-function cleanup (in a similar way to how exceptions might be used).
Takes some getting used to at first, but you learn to love it in the end... (though 40 char+ function names don't help - wait_for_completion_interruptible_timeout I'm looking at you...)
I wonder how much of this works out as a profit for Apple? I imagine that there's a fairly large cost associated with running an app store (storage, bandwidth etc) - and the majority of apps are free and therefore don't contribute to that cost.
Even if the App store was run at a loss I guess it would still be worthwhile for Apple to have it, as it drives hardware sales. I doubt it's run at a loss though.
I use Yahoo mail and I'm in the UK, but I don't think I was affected (I don't often log into yahoo mail on the web - I use pop3 download to my gmail account). I run noscript, but I did have all of yahoo.com and yimg.com allowed in noscript - I've just updated that to be only mail.yahoo.com, ucs.query.yahoo.com and https://s.yimg.com, and mail still seems to be functional.
Is that the Fight Club title credits music?
How does the choice work?
So how are these filters switched on/off? Is there just a switch on the account pages on the website? Or do you have to phone them up and ask them to turn it on/off. If it's the latter I can't see myself agreeing to have it enabled when Virgin Media bring theirs in. If it's easily switchable on the website then it might have some uses - even better if you could have your own whitelist of sites which they block by default but which you'd like to allow.
Re: Is HDD market a cartel ?
> Seagate on the other hand, understates the capabilities of their hdd so people that want NAS or enterprise specs, don't go and buy cheaper desktop hdds.
I was about to reply to this saying that I picked up 2x 3TB Seagate NAS drives yesterday from ebuyer for the same price as their standard 3TB Barracuda drives (£89.99 each). Which I did. However I note that today the NAS drives are £112.72 from ebuyer, so it appears that I got lucky and your point about excess pricing of NAS drives remains valid...
Re: 3 are great...
Every network has shit coverage somewhere. The trick is finding one that has good coverage in the places you usually need it.
I'm on 3 because their prices are great, and their data speeds (with DC-HSDPA) and coverage are great in the places I normally go. There's no indoor coverage at my parents' house - but then EE doesn't manage that either.
Are they suggesting their survey shows that 4G encourages people to download more, surf more etc? I'm not sure how they can draw that conclusion definitively - surely people more inclined to do those things are the ones who would have jumped on the 4G bandwagon. People who use their phone less would be happy with 3G.
The conclusion I would draw is - people who use their phone more get 4G contracts and continue to use their phone more than people who have 3G.
Re: Taking a byte at history
"I'd say this isn't right - though it may be I'm slightly older than Chris"
It's your age I'd guess. I'm 35. All BBCs were replaced by Archimedes before I got to secondary school (we still had a BBC B at my primary school as the only computer). We had a couple of Windows PCs looking lonely and unloved in the corner by the time I left secondary school. I don't think Windows PCs were widely used in education until after Win95 came out (what with it being a much more familiar interface to those used to RiscOS than the god-awful Win3.1, and with the general dominance of "IBM compatible" PCs by then).
Re: Apart from being what most people would call an "Act of war"...
"There is a difference here. At least in terms of the F35 software example. The authors of Stuxnet went to considerable trouble to not cause accidents, which they could have and might well have been dangerous. Whereas if you play with flight control software, real aeroplanes are going to fall out of the sky, and land on peoples' heads. Not to mention what it does to the pilots. That is a different quality of interference."
This argument doesn't hold water. Playing with a nuclear reactors safety systems is potentially a lot more dangerous to a lot more people than playing with an aircraft flight system. Yes they were careful - but equally you could be careful in the aircraft system scenario. Make the fuel gauge under-read amount of fuel left, for example, thus reducing their effective flight range. Make warning lights go on more than they should - give the aircraft an undeserved reputation for unreliability, causing an expensive and unnecessary re-procurement. That sort of thing.
Re: So in the UK
But it's also capable of running downloadable software. Such as Google maps. Which is, one would hazard a guess approximately as good as the original software before the iOS update. Many things featured on Apple adverts for their iDevices don't come as part of the original package, they have to be downloaded extra (sometimes at cost).
I don't see that this lawsuit can have any merit, but then I'm not a lawyer. I hope it gets rejected in fairly short order to save everyone time (and expense). Yes, people are angry about Maps. Yes, it has had (still does have?) some laughable errors. Yes, alternatives are available - many are free, some are not.
Re: Stop. Watch.
I disagree that the wrist is a poor place to put information you want to be easily accessible, but not permanently visible. I can't honestly think of a better place in fact.
However, I agree with the above posters that the target market is probably not that huge. People who are willing to pay that kind of price (or more) for a watch probably already have one which they're not going to replace with a device which looks awful, and which has additional problems (how many wristwatches need charging weekly?). If you don't wear a watch then you're not likely to be that keen to start.
I do think that Garmin might be worried about the rise of smartwatches though. Their forerunner sports watches are quite common (and almost universally cursed in my experience) amongst gadget-prone runners/cyclists. One of the biggest issues with their watches seems to be GPS lock time - something which smartphones neatly avoid by having AGPS and wifi positioning to help gain initial lock. A smartwatch worn only during exercise for linking to one of the myriad sports tracking apps does seem to be one of the most compelling usecases - I'd consider one myself, but not until they've come down significantly in price.
Re: Still not interested
"I use my tablet all the time, but can't say I've ever had occasion to hold it with one hand for prolonged periods, what exactly would you be doing that you require the second ?"
Well the obvious clean answer would be to use the other hand to prod the screen for web browsing/gaming etc. Crazy, I know...
HERE for Android?
I wonder if this could mean that they'll consider a HERE maps Android app, if that bit is still owned by Nokia. That's something I'd consider buying if they could sell it for a reasonable price. Nokia maps is something I miss from my Symbian-powered N8 - downloadable maps, and better driving navigation than google maps (I don't need nav software very often, but whenever I do I seem to get misdirected by google maps at least once per journey - never had a problem with Nokia maps).
I like the concept of apps acting as remote control for everything, except in general they suck.
First problem - an app for each box, each with it's own UI, is almost as annoying as a remote control for each box. Finding the correct app to do the right thing often takes longer than reaching for the table and picking up the correct remote control (particularly for commonly used devices).
Second problem - the apps take too long to connect. And sometimes they don't connect, for no apparent reason. The sky+ app and my onkyo receiver app have both these issues occasionally. When they are connected and working, great (though switching to the right bit of the interface is often a pain) - I generally use the Onkyo app for browsing spotify rather than having to turn the TV on to do it, but for all other features I use the Onkyo physical remote (it helps that this also acts as a universal remote for the TV and sky box).
In general remote apps are a useful addition to the physical remote, but one which gets used far less (at least in my house).
I went with the cheap remote speakers option (£80 UHF speakers) rather than Sonos - and they work remarkably well, and have a better usable range than Wi-fi or bluetooth. I use them for zone 2 on my amp rather than as rear speakers - I doubt they sound anywhere near as good as my wired remote speakers (or the Play:1).
Re: Just another power hungry HP
iPads can lose power when plugged into a laptop port too (my iPad2 does). Being plugged in via USB generally means the device can't sleep fully as it's expecting USB comms, so it's in a relatively high power state. If the laptop is only providing 500mA consumption may exceed supply.
You could try using a USB charge-only cable (ie one with no data wires) and see if the charging works better from a laptop, as the device may be able to enter a lower power state.
Re: The gift that keeps on giving
Google don't support external memory cards on the Nexus 4/5, and only support MTP via USB rather than file access. I assume that this allows them to use ext3 internally and not pay a FAT license fee.
Re: "You WILL use CHROME!!"
Don't be ridiculous. It doesn't force people to use Chrome. How about Firefox, Safari or Opera? Seems a sensible commercial decision to reduce their support burden and encourage people away from outdated software.
I wish I could upvote and downvote your post.
I agree with the version numbering comments, but not the comment "The worst possible outcome would be to adopt a FIrefox-style new major version every 4 months."
Why? Linus has made it quite clear his numbering scheme is based on assigning a new version number when he feels like it. How would every 4 months/ 2 years/6 days/decade really be significantly different to that? I think you're assigning more importance to version numbers than they deserve (in both the Linux and Firefox cases).
Re: What's the obsession with Xbox One?
Cinnamon has had automatic tiling/snapping for ages too. The specific "new" features here (I have no idea of their uniqueness, but they are new to Cinnamon) are;
- The ability to resize snapped windows - ie if a window is dragged to the edge it will automatically take up half the screen, but you can then resize it while retaining it's "snappedness". Win 7 behaves like this, Cinnamon didn't.
- You can have a window snapped to one edge, and then other windows can't be dragged on top of it and won't maximise on top of it. I haven't seen this feature in Windows (no doubt there's add-ons which enable it).
Re: file type reassignment?
First, let me say I'm a Mint user (though I haven't tried Cinnamon 2.0 yet - I'll probably wait the next LTS release before I upgrade as I'm happy with Cinnamon 1.8 on Mint 14). But I can't let that criticism of Windows pass - changing file associations on Windows isn't hard. Right click->Open With... find the desired application and tick the "Always use selected program" option.
"Linked-in is sh*t anyway. Not using it is more valuable than been know to have a profile."
But.. but.. but.. if you don't use linked in how can all those recruiters with those ever-so-interesting job opportunities mine your information, I mean individually read your profile and match a potential candidate with their ideal job?
Re: No torture (of English) required
"The growth now is in the cloud and on mobile and small form factor devices."
Then Android would be a better choice than Mir.
RDP is pretty good - but I'd say remote X forwarding is a much better solution (and renders fine - at least on a Linux client, I don't often use it on Windows). I use both at work every day. I don't need another PC's desktop when I just want to run one app. I'm aware of Remote app - but that's only available from Windows server, cutting out many useful use-cases.
Highly unlikely to be due to power saving
The power consumption difference for the phone overall will be so minimal with this part it seems highly unlikely to be that reason. More likely cost, or the required voltage - if they don't need 2.5V anywhere else there may be another component saved, or it might make routing the PCB easier etc.
Sky movies (on it's own) seems to be £8.99 a month through (Sky-owned/run) nowtv. I thought it was more like £15 a month last time I checked - so either they're hiding the true price or they've reduced the price somewhat (or I made the £15 a month up).
So, significantly less than £50 a month, and with a lot more choice of new movies than freeview. You pays your money (or not), you takes your choice...
I think you've misunderstood what it's for. It seems to be a replacement for "think of a question you'd like to be asked when you want your password reset" - Mother's maiden name or similar. You supply your set of tags for the image when you generate your password, and they show you the same image again when you want to retrieve/reset your password. You have to come up with (some of?) the same tags.
So although it's something used at account generation, it's not used by the server to verify that whoever is registering is a person - I guess you'd still need a CAPTCHA for that.
Re: A house for ants?!
Appears to be x5 for 900MHz and x4 for 1800MHz. Which obviously averages to x3 overall...?
Re: 2G shutdown
It's true that a lot of things might need to fall back to 2G, but it's a rather inefficient use of spectrum to have so much of it allocated "just in case". Increasing the cost to the operators will give them an incentive to share it or just use less of it, and maybe to install additional 3G/4G coverage to replace it.
Re: RE: Battery Life
The benchmarking done internally by our company is mostly concerned with performance / watt. Taking accurate current measurements while running these benchmark tests is the best way to weed out any cheating of this kind, since the increase in performance will be more than outweighed by the increase in power consumption.
Re: push button beer, not
Having helped a friend with his home brewery, producing the beer wort is the tedious part of the process - there's an awful lot of waiting around while water heats up, drains through the malt, heats up again for boiling with the hops. It's a tedious process and is only really worthwhile bothering if you're making a fairly large amount. A machine which took the tedium out of that process would allow smaller batches to be made. Beer doesn't really keep more than a few days once tapped, so making smaller quantities would be great for home use and experimentation with flavours (mixtures of malts, types of hops etc). I wonder how flexible it would be on when to add hops etc though (eg can you add most during the boil and a few at the end for extra bitterness).
Just because it comes from a machine doesn't have to mean there's no art involved in the process. Sounds interesting to me.
Re: why am I bothering ?
Wouldn't it be cheaper to buy a network-connected TV tuner and ditch the windows partition?
Re: Mint 16 should be interesting...
Mint won't be using Mir yet according to this, though they don't rule it out in future;
Re: Regardless of the merits of the Apple patent
The key is that you have to patent it _before_ you demonstrate it - the patent application has to be the first publication of the idea, otherwise it's considered to be "out there" without being patented, and thus freely copyable. Therefore you've created your own prior art and can't patent the idea later. Quite sensible really, otherwise you could let people come up with products using an idea - a patent search would show up no matches, then patent it and demand royalties.
Still on iOS5 on my iPad2. Working much the same as it ever did. The iPad is used much more by my 3 year-old than by me (I much prefer Android to iOS), so maybe I should update to iOS7 since it looks like that's the demographic they had in mind with the redesign.
Re: Next gen WiFi???
Not sure hiding behind the name cornz1 is any different?
Re: Shitting hell - someone actually managed to patent
I take it you've read the patents? I'm not what on course the black art of RF transceiver design would appear in the first year, but I know it wasn't on mine. These aren't just "device with rounded corners" style patents - they actually have some technical substance.
Re: In addition to Steam it's also Linux
> "The requirement to log into a Microsoft online account to even fracking install it. " - Errr, show me one OS that you need to do that?
Wasn't it mentioned in the Windows 8.1 preview on the Register that this was going to be the case? Even if it's not the case I'd agree that they're going to try and make it more and more unavoidable.
> "Norton, McAfee, Kaspersky and all of the other $100B/yr parasitic " - I take it you haven't looked at Android store lately
Android isn't Linux - it uses a (modified) Linux kernel, but the App layers are completely different. So I'm not sure of the relevance of that.
> "fully supports more devices than any other device ever," - Really? Supports more than windows?
I suspect that's it does - if you take into account the fact that it's been ported to many chip architectures, many SoCs etc. I'd agree that it's less likely to work with an arbitrary peripheral you buy at PC World which comes with a windows only driver disk. However, in my experience more stuff works "out of the box" without the need to install drivers (which is good, since the drivers may not exist). A bit of research before buying is always advised.
> Ah rants, we love them, even when wildly inaccurate.
I'd have said although the OP was a bit ranty, it wasn't that far from the truth.
Re: they must be doing something wrong....
I assume that the reason why the Nexus4 doesn't mount as a drive and only supports MTP transfer is that it can then use ext3 internally and not require paying FAT32 patent fees to Microsoft. That would also give them a reason for not supporting microSD cards, since those would need to use FAT32 otherwise they would be unreadable on most PCs. Anyone know if this is true?
Re: If is crashes like IE10 then I'll pass
I have well over 100 tabs open in FF currently, and the machine is running fine. 32bit win7.
You used your mate's iOS laptop. You mean an iPad? Or, perhaps you mean OSX laptop, and you don't really know what you're talking about.
OSX plus iOS apps
I reckon a touchscreen macbook air running OSX, but also able to run iOS apps would be a neat trick. Especially if you could run both at the same time, and have data sharing. Don't think I could see the point in an ARM-based OSX laptop otherwise as no software would run on it. An iOS based laptop might be popular - though it wouldn't be much you couldn't do with a keyboard add-on to an iPad - not very innovative.
Sony Xperia Z?
I think they mean the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, which is the 6"+ device, rather than the 5" Xperia Z. Their survey seems to be adding to the confusion...
I don't like the term phablet, but then I don't understand the success of the market segment either, so who am I to judge.