831 posts • joined Friday 11th May 2007 12:08 GMT
Just got given a sony ericsson xperia play by work..
..as a mini touchscreen computer it's good, plays videos nicely, does iPlayer and even manages 4od with careful zooming to make the full screen button clickable.
But as a phone it's not particularly good, it's massive and the interface is pretty clunky. It's not helped by the 4 buttons at the bottom being so close to the touch screen that button presses also often result in screen clicks. Using it as a music player is also pretty awkward. So it's a nice toy but below average phone.
Still, gift horse and all that...
screens swiping exactly when your finger does, and the accelerometer spinning the display as quickly as you turn the phone. The three home screens of the N8 stacked with shortcut icons respond instantly
The boy has a San Francisco, and it's a good cheap(ish) way of getting an Android phone. However, you couldn't honestly describe it as always responding instantly. So while this Nokia phone, on paper, has low specs, what's important is how well those specs deal with the OS. Judging by this review, it manages that fine, with a responsive ui and battery life of "over a day". In my opinion those statistics are much more important than processor speed or amount of RAM.
That's why the iPhone is the best phone ever.
it has the most apps. There was me stupidly assuming a phone was for phoning, when of course that's got nothing to do with it! And this Nokia phone's expensive, no one buys expensive phones! And people do hate symbian (I regularly hear people saying just that when I'm sat on the bus) so no way will it sell.
Well done anonymous, you've really hit the nail on the head with that post! No really, well done!
Actually, big fat speaker cables rule
I bought some cable for a pa and ended up using it on my hifi (it's 80 core copper wire, I think.) It made a massive difference to the sound quality, particularly the bottom end. And I listen to vinyl.
I think you're underestimating just how bad crap speaker cable can be, and what a hideous effect it has on sound quality.
I buy all my asian pop on cd. The korean stuff in particular is always beautifully packaged. The Narsha mini album, for example, is the size of a seven inch single and folds out to a cross shape. It contains the cd, a booklet of pictures of Narsha in various ridiculous outfits and a lyrics sheet (gold on black!).
I'm quite happy to pay a bit more for a physical copy if it comes as a nice thing!
Got the last The National album on 12inch purple vinyl. Lovely!
I wouldn't wonder, I'm fairly sure it's because he is a famous footballer with tons of cash...
is it too much to accept that as DRM schemes go, this isn't really that bad or unfair?
Think about how this works. It serves content to everyone and relies on the client, not even a dedicated client but whichever browser you choose to run, to restrict access to it after it's been send to the client device. That design is fatally flawed. It's ridiculous that they went to market with this system, apparently even clearing your cookies breaks it.
While it isn't unfair, this system is clearly not fit for purpose. A proper paywall wouldn't be fooled by simple browser shenanigans like this.
Can someone explain this simply to me?
No court on the planet can deprive you of them.
Your planet sounds nice, but it's obviously not earth. There are plenty of courts here that will deprive you of your basic human rights.
>>I'd challenge you to come up with any realistic search term that doesn't produce more or less the same results as Google<<
didn't go looking on purpose, but just found this. Searched for "What is TPop?" in google and bing. Google, first entry, explains what TPop is (Taiwanese pop music). Bing doesn't have the foggiest, thinks I'm asking "What is Top?".
@ Richard 12
That's fine for all the sites that force you to go via the landing page. However, websites often allow any page to be a landing page (to allow bookmarking, for example, or to send a link to a friend). For those sites your solution won't work. Think it through...
try using bing..
... I did. I hate to say it but Google search is loads better. I try and avoid Google 'cos they're so evil, obv., but if I've got something I need to find for work then Google gets results where bing turns up nothing or relevance. (Last time I tried switching to bing it was returning empty pages for any search with asp in it! Irony!). Till Bing search gets better Google aren't really in danger, no matter how awful the interface is....
..are wrong. I didn't dislike the oxfam article, it's this one I was commenting on.
@ every comment on here so far! Comprehension fail.
couldn't manage to get to the end of the article? Just love being rude and confrontational? Or genuinely unable to respect other people's opinions, however misguided you may believe them to be?
at anonymous pussy, 20:34
Ever work with other engineers who aren't as perfect as you?
But regarding your points, a) if it works and is done to schedule then it's right. I could refactor my code endlessly making it prettier and prettier if I didn't have work to do.
b) And adding a comment saying "end xxx" to a "}" doesn't mean that's what that curly is doing, unlike a verbose language where typing "end if" where you mean "end function" will give you an error. That's clearly better.
c) well written verbose code needs few comments, the language is readable.
Your point seems to be "I know c++ really well and can read it quickly". Well great for you. No really, well done. I can already read English so find it quicker to read languages based on that. I'm not saying you're wrong to like C++, I'm sure well written C++ can be lovely to read, but you can't really argue that "}" carries as much meaning as the many end statements it replaces in other languages.
Doesn't really address the issue..
.. "next counter" or "end if" are still much clearer than "green }".
apologies for lack of formatting in comments, when I see this:
I don't know what it means.
I can read and understand. This is why I think verbose languages are better than c style syntax.
but in the paragraph above..
Ten of the apps reported last week by North Carolina State University professor Xuxian Jiang contained highly stealthy code that collected users' browsing history, bookmarks, and device information and sent them to servers under the control of the attackers
Either you need to read more carefully or you think "Privacy is for people with something to hide"...
I said, and I quote less selectively
"They'll think you're a lot cooler (which means they be more open with you)"
You need to read, think, then comment, rather than just read then knee jerk abuse at people.
"deluded gaming community many of them probably pre-pubescent if only in mind and not actual physical development." Get off your high horse, you're coming across as a right dick head. I'm 45 this year with well adjusted children of 17 and 19 years old, not a pre-pubescent physically or mentally.
A quick google for "Videogames and mental development" indicates that your "complete twaddle" comment is at least partial twaddle itself.
..but mine has been used pretty consistently since launch. Got 50+ games to prove it, too (not counting downloadables). But yeah, if you don't like Nintendo product you don't like Nintendo product. It's good to have an alternative to ps3/360 though, rather than 3 platforms all producing very similar product.
Still, decent challenging content? Super mario galaxies, metroid prime, zak and wiki, sin and punishment, little kings story, lost winds, no more heroes, Tatsunoko vs Capcom, Monster Hunter Tri, Wario ware, Muramasa, house of the dead overkill, silent hill shattered memories. Just off the top of my head.
Not to your taste maybe, but decent and challenging....
"only so many ways to skin a cat"
there's also only so many ways to lay out icons on a phone screen. Didn't stop apple suing over a grid array of icons on a phone. There's only so many names for a store that sells apps, Doesn't stop apple trying to trademark "appstore". What's sauce for the goose...
....is goose sauce, obv...
Your post confuses me. If you want to consume ft content on your ipad what difference does it make if it's in an app or a browser? What would make the app worth paying for that isn't available on the web?
It's not shortsighted to see past the current popularity of iDevices and instead adopt a platform agnostic approach. An iPad app runs only on iPads, a tablet optimised web site would be good on all tablets that have a browser.
So who's being short sighted here? I would argue it's you....
quote selectively why don't you
I don't take on minors in shootems (I think you mean FPSs, shootemups are something else), the boy is 17 and just massacres me, has done since he was about 14.
What's your point? You saying my boy is a closet psycho? you've obviously never met him, one of the sweetest people I know.
Besides which, I even qualified the "they'll think you're a lot cooler" to show that the reason I like them thinking I'm vaguely cool is because it means we can talk about stuff like sex and drugs without them getting too embarrassed.
Still, as the other replies to you indicate, most people realise gaming with your kids is just another way that you can spend quality time with them. Maybe you should just get on with parenting your own children and stop telling other people they're wrong...
..so you can play all your old games when you upgrade.
what is that supposed to mean? Playing videogames with your kids is a lot more stimulating and educational than sitting watching "britains got talent" with them.
The idea that "real" parents don't game with their kids is bollocks. Real parents engage with their children, if the kids love gaming then join in with them. They'll think you're a lot cooler (which means they be more open with you) and you can make sure they understand the difference between a headshot in a game and in real life.
cracking and Homebrew-enabling your Wii is the only way to make it useful.
shit, what have I been doing with mine since launch? Stupid me, I've been playing games I bought on it, obviously I should've been moaning that it's not a dvd player....
The Register parroting a press release rather than taking it to pieces?
and one that seems just ripe for a piss take if the majority of comments are anything to go by. 20% of fuck all is still fuck all.
Compare your reaction to this patently unscientific report to the way you looked at Oxfam's grow campaign recently. I for one would take your opinions a bit more seriously if you applied the same scrutiny to all press releases irrespective of origin.
Or you could just concentrate on the IT stuff, it's what I come here for (when not trolling, obv...)
this whole conversation thread
demonstrates the reason people pick apple products. The idea that users would be happy to do anything to the phone other than give it to someone else to fix. The fact that so many posters here think this is a user issue.
It's purely about happy customers vs unhappy customers.
Vertu Ascent TI Ferrari Collection which cost more than my car,
wow, I'm impressed. My car cost £700, fancy paying more than that for a phone! Very clever!
an emotional rant at a bunch of people you find ideologically disagreeable.
Kettle? Meet Mr. Pot....
reflecting on your words?
did you really reflect on them? that doesn't sound like a particularly thoughtful response. The original post could certainly be argued with, but "ha ha, i will eat you" is not really pushing the discussion forward.
TBH you sound like you're protesting a bit too much. Reflect a bit more, do you really think the unnecessary taking of animal life makes you better than someone who survives without it?
look where your post is though..
...directly below one explaining how use of google services can unwittingly result in you creating a profile whether you intend to or not.
Yeah, it's in the Ts&Cs somewhere for the service you used, so strictly speaking you gave permission for this, but to clearly state "this is not a security issue" seems a little premature.
so this is Google's fault?
no wonder you post anonymously.
but look at the size of those buttons!
Sometimes lots of extra features are not only unecessary, but actually hinder the use of a device. My mum is 70+ and has a total nightmare with her cheapy nokia mobile. The buttons are too wee and the phone does too many things. A mobile phone that works like her house phone does would be just the ticket for her. If this manages to be simple enough for old technophobes to understand then that, and it's big, easy push buttons, make this a worthwhile addition to the range of phones available.
This phone might not fit your requirements, but different people have different needs...
When will these companies realise that they are now just another utility?
About the same time you realise that someone who thinks "I'd go get a small-ish, quite PC (something like a Fit-PC2, but maybe with more oomph) drop XBMC/Myth on it and stream from a common source " isn't the target demographic for this device?
This is for ordinary people, they don't want to do what you describe, they want someone to come round, install the magic box for them, then leave so they can watch tv...
Giles is right!
while from a developer perspective writing web apps for ie 6 meant non-standard markup, from a consumer perspective that doesn't mean anything.
If using ie was as horrible an experience as these comments state the internet wouldn't have got this popular.....
However, the real point of this is that the "universal app translator" you want is already here, it's using these technologies over the web. Apps like this can run on all the major (and not so major) platforms. Device speeds these days mean you can achieve an attractive and functional ui with this tech. Difficult to get people to pay for access though, unfortunately....
yeah, that's one definition, a brief scout round the interwebs reveals quite a few others, but I take you point.
"Basic was the javascipt of the late '70s, 80s & early '90s"
"I had VM hardware machines "just about anywhere" on bare hardware a couple decades ago, WITHOUT the need of an additional OS, browser, scripting language, and hardware emulator to run the OS and software"
These days most pcs have an os, browser and scripting language. So running this would be much less effort than setting up the bare hardware and virtual machines you mention. So maybe keeping it simple from a client perspective is also valuable?
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