369 posts • joined Tuesday 30th June 2009 08:02 GMT
Thomas Whipp, have you got a source for that claim?
"GNOME works seamlessly on OpenSuSE 13.1 (click to enlarge images)"
That's an odd caption to have with a KDE screenshot!
Re: Name Change?
They should just call it Windows Mobile again. Windows Mobile 9 could be the next version, and it isn't confusing at all with the version number at the end.
Re: Wintel irrelevance == x86 irrelevance
Intel have been fabbing ARM designs for some time via what was Infineon's Mobile SoC business.
exactly, removing the status/add-on bar forces everything to be forced into the top-right corner -- this is one of the primary reasons I DON'T use Chrome. Such stripping down INCREASES clutter, it does not remove it.
All Sony phone comes with a shatter-proof screen protector out of the box. The screen that you are complaining about being scratched isn't actually the screen at all, but instead this replaceable layer of film.
If it's a choice between a shattered and permanently damaged screen or a slightly scratched but cheaply repairable screen, I know which one I would choose!
Re: "Like all Xperias the battery is fixed in place."
I disagree that there is any positive aspect to a sealed battery though as stated with the "but on the other hand the handset doesn’t disassemble itself when you drop it" comment in the article. There was a Z1 drop test video published by someone showing internal damage to the phone -- at least when you drop a phone and the battery flies out, internal damage is not being done due to the energy being dissipated by the flying battery.
Exactly. This is why I don't agree with the "I don’t know about you, but if I’d bought a phone with a 20.7MP camera I’d like to set that as the permanent default." comment in the article. Surely when you take a picture at 8MP it is still using all 21MP for noise reduction.
Media loons love the 140 (or whatever the useless figure is) character limit as it lets them report quick sound bites in the headlines without having to do any research or thoughtful analysis.
You mean no SD card support.
I doubt it's not only financial reasons why Facebook locates there. No doubt there are also plenty of opportunities to slip a brown paper envelope keep the politicians' snouts in the trough.
Re: N97 - the beginning of the end
Their mistake was clinging for the resistive variety of touchscreen for far too long.
Re: Definitely puts an end to the fantasy that America is a free market
Indeed, can't understand why so many of our politicians endlessly such up to this untrustworthy lot.
Anyone following the recent BP fiasco will not be surprised.
Re: M Gale
Mir is irrelevant - - every other mainstream Linux DE is going Wayland.
A crappy 16:9 ratio will not be used by Apple. As much as I dislike Apple this is one area where they always get things right.
No matter how many pixels you cram into a 16:9 display it will always be cramped vertically at this size (you are going to have to increase your OS's DPI setting anyway). Why can we not have 16:10 back Sharp?
Sorry Vince, but while I was initially enthused by the notion of a fingerprint sensor on the Atrix a couple of years ago, upon viewing review videos of it, it did not seem to be very instantaneous and required an awkward and unreliable swipe (as have fingerprint sensors I have seen on other devices).
From watching hands-on videos to date, the new Apple sensor is the first one I have seen on a phone which seems both instantaneous and reliable.
Exactly. Fanboi logic is extremely warped. Ironically, I disagree entirely that Apple aren't innovating. Incorporation of a fingerprint sensor that actually works is about the ONLY bit of hardware that I have ever seen them having innovated on that hasn't been in another phone already.
(Not that I'm ever going to buy one or anything)
Re: Look at NSA-approved crypto
One problem I can see is that, given much encryption is now hardware-accelerated, is the result of an AES encryption operation by your Intel chip the same as what would happen if you were to carry out the operation using only software adhering to the published standard?
... And most of that time probably is due to testing and certification.
Here is how Sony Mobile details what they have to do:
"As has always been the case, slow adoption of the latest Android version is largely the fault of carriers and device makers."
A lot of nonsense. This underestimates the amount of work the device manufacturer has to do to make the AOSP code work on their hardware. They essentially have to fork the code and modify for themselves, and in turn also have to wait for the SoC manufacturer to do the same.
The fault more lies with the poor modularity of the driver model for ARM devices in the Linux kernel and Google's non-out-in-the-open development model.
Re: But with the advent of touch ... we will see a rebound in traditional notebooks
Indeed, and trashy 16:9 aspect ratios. Desperate for a new laptop and will throw oodles of money at any company that is not from Cupertino who will throw in a decent matte 16:10 screen with wide colour gamut.
Unfortunately none exist, so sticking with an old machine from 2006 (but with a better screen than most of the trash I see in the shops today).
Re: Real racing 3
Tilt to steer works really well, and no you don't lose sight of the action in these games because when you tilt one way the game tilts the horizon the other, ensuring that to you the horizon always appears as horizontal.
Re: Your demands are getting ridiculous!
These changes are the least of a Firefox user's worries...
In an upcoming release (as can be seen in the current "UX" build) they are even planning to remove the ability for a status bar /"add-ons" bar and then forcing all your add-ons to be squashed into the top-right corner in an ugly Chrome-like mess.
These customisable toolbars (apart from Google spying) was the very reason I used Firefox and not Chrome. It's almost as if they want to destroy all of Firefox's USPs, with the "user experience" team a trojan horse sent buy Google to sabotage all the excellent work done by those working on the rendering engine recently.
COMPLAIN PEOPLE, BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!!!
Is there any difference between this and someone copying a cookie from your web browser's cache?
Re: Thats a lot of people...
These sales are more to do with the strength of the Nokia brand in Europe and little to do with MS.
If Nokia wants to reach its former strength then it needs to go back and do what it was doing before Elop screwed everything up. I.e. an open-source linux-based OS with Android and Qt app compatibility.
Re: Too bad
no, I don't believe that would make a difference. They needed to port the full classic Windows to ARM and offer an x86 translation layer.
You clearly don't understand our Eirish neighbours very well. The "gombeen" politicians in Dublin are have their hands in the pockets of these big American corps.
Permissions Denied is still better for root users as the "App ops" settings at present require the app to try and access the setting before you can disable it (not much good for an app trying to steal your contact sayt etc. !)
I correct myself: Permissions Denied is still better as the "App ops" settings require the app to try and access the setting before you can disable it (not much good for an app trying to steal your contact sayt etc. !)
More proprietary protocols instead of open standards!
This is the biggest news for the 4.3 release and a pity it has been glossed over in most of the coverage.
If I had have known that this was coming I wouldn't have needed to purchase Permissions Denied last week!
Re: Google Switch
Turning off syncing to the Google account won't stop Google calling home through Google Play Services amongst others.
This hypocritical privacy against everyone but Google really is something that end users should not be dismissing lightly.
Re: What about...
It's not really true that KDE is "heaviest" any more, and rather more of an urban myth these days. The latest 4.10 absolutely flies (and 4.11 is looking even better). Also seen benchmarks and resource utilisation benchmarks shoeing KDE out-performing much of the competition.
Is there any evidence that there are NSA backdoors in the open source Android kernel?
I'd say that any backdoor would be embedded somewhere within Google Play services when Google sends data back to big brother. This is why I believe more people need to speak out against Google Play and apps DRM-attached to Google Play stop Google's attempts to insidiously increase the proprietary nature of Android.
Re: So in other words
Consumers choose Android because it currently is the only mobile platform in contention at present that does not have hardware vendor lock-in. However, it is far from perfect in that regard, and in fact, I find it frustrating that Google services are forced upon me (Google only location services, some Google only cloud storage and backup, Google search on home screen now not removable by default, Google Play app DRM, Google able to call home,etc. etc.)
I welcome such intervention from the EU as it may help flag a lot of the Google BS about Android being "open" while simultaneously introducing increasingly insidious proprietary elements. Then there is the fact that Google does not permit partners to let consumers have a choice on whether to include Google apps and Google-approvred versions of Android or not, as it's either all in or all out (as Acer learnt to its dismay).
Good, I hope telegraph.co.uk are listening to the mobile site thing.
Also, I find it annoying sites that support both flash and HTML5 for embedded video, but insist on pushing their flash version on devices which support both (Google Youtube, I'm talking to you -- clean up your code for embedding videos!)
I also think the start screen needs to get rid of that big "Desktop" for desktop machines and have a way of exiting more like the KDE widget dashboard (with the latter you can exit with an explicit "close" button at the top or by clicking in any translucent area between the widgets).
And why did they remove gadgets/widgets from the desktop? At least put the live tiles there if you are using the "All apps" start screen.
And why is that unintuitive swipe-to-unlock log-in screen even there for non-touch users.
Really, all this needs to happen by default on an install when you don't have a touch screen.
... actually f*** that, it's all such a mess that I'm better off transitioning to the more logical world of KDE.
Need to do more to remove "Metro" from desktop
Many of us desktop users don't want to see the useless and intrusive "charms" (hate that name a little more every time I say it) bar ever when using the right corners. This needs either a complete overhaul or removal.
Seeing only "Metro" apps when moving our mouse to the top-left is also useless. How about doing something more useful, such as how KDE has an "Exposé" like overview of desktop windows too.
Re: Cable TV overlays?
Indeed, I don't see that as particularly beneficial. WHAT WOULD absolutely destroy the XBOX One would be if Sony were to include full "Nasne" functionalty in the PS4 as standard. DVB-T and DVB-S tuners, full DVR functionality, and the ability to stream live or recorded content to any other DLNA device in your household!
If Sony had any sense they could do this and own near enough the complete STB market in one swoop.
Re: It's a Sony
The Sweden-based Sony Mobile software team has had little to do with the decisions you speak of. They in fact are probably the most open to the community of any mainstream phone manufacturer, winning last year's XDA OEM of the year for their work with the open source development community.
This occurred when the media coverage of the mobile technology industry became Americanised, even by British journalists. Americans have little choice but to pay $1000s for phone contracts, and with all the hype around their rip-off iPhone and similarly priced competitors I feel the non-American tech media has often lost all form of reason and sanity in acting as if American price expectations are somehow reasonable.
It's about time the British tech media started speaking more prominently of devices in this price range as being the only ones worth even considering sanely, rather than harping on and on as if devices unnecessarily costing double are somehow the only ones worth talking about.
Re: XBOX always on INFINITY FAIL
All you people moaning about "Eadon" are more annoying than anything he could say. Stop your obsession with the guy.
Re: KDE is configurable for a reason
Agree with most of what you said except for the "Choice and simplicity are not compatible goals". You can have a simple UI on the surface, but layer choice beneath a series of options menus for configuration and advanced settings. I think KDE comes pretty close to nailing both, being simple to use whilst also offering choice in the depth of the control centre for those who want it.