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>> I've taken more pictures today than I have the past 5 days thanks to this.
And also thanks to his nervous tic.
Re: unmitigated baloney
>>Looking at Britain, which has one of the toughest sets of laws controlling guns in civilian hands in the western hemisphere. Astonishingly the use of guns in crimes including homicide has increased steadily since the passage of those laws.
Oh yes? Have a look here: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/police-winning-battle-against-inner-city-gun-crime-8463957.html
From which I quote:
"Firearms offences have fallen by more than 40 percent in less than a decade, with the rise of “gun culture” in Britain’s inner cities apparently reversed because of improved police intelligence.
Figures out next month are expected to confirm the long-term decline in gun crime which resulted in 39 people shot dead in 2011/12 compared with a high of 96 ten years earlier."
Re: Evolution in action
>>We've noticed that upcoming communications powerhouse Huawei makes Google almost invisible on its flagship smartphones.
He has't tried to install any software from the Play store, then? I see...
0.3% increase? And inflation is what, just now (worldwide)? So music sales are still on the way down...
> Where are the Pink Floydds? The Queens? The Guns n Roses?
There's still a lot of big (as in, can play to full stadia) bands going, but whether they are to your taste or not is a different matter. The Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy, Muse, Coldplay (not my cup of tea mind), The Killers, Florence and the Machine, Radiohead (still touring!) and Jack White to name but a few.
Re: One question I have always asked myself
The main effect would be one of cooling. All those winds blowing around eventually end up as thermal energy - unless they are converted into some other energy first. A lot of the wind energy currently gets converted into wave energy, but even that eventually gets turned into thermal energy.
Re: WTF?! "This App is not compatible with Nexus 7
WTF indeed! And you can't post a review stating "Won't work on Nexus 7" unless you've actually installed it... While I can see the reasoning behind that limitation on reviewing uninstallable software, it's a bit annoying.
While I fully understand many of the comments here, I still do feel a bit for the artists who create the stuff that everyone thinks they should get for free (or at least, be able to buy once and then sell for the same amount).
I suppose the market is just changing - artists should make their money from touring, right? Although, I'm not totally clear how authors will make much money doing that, but the likes of the Arctic Monkeys should be ok!
(Yes, yes, I know that the big companies get by far the biggest slice of the pie, but I assume the writers get something - but that will be much reduced if people don't pay for as much stuff. Artists/Writers = Good, Big Companies = Bad, but stealing from the Big Companies = stealing from the artists and writers too. :( )
It could have been worse...
He could have used Kitchen Gun!
It's interesting how quickly this went from the proposal about creating *some* pay channels (created by the producers, not by Google) to OMG GOOGLE ARE GOING TO CHARGE FOR YOUTUBE *RAAAAAAGEFAAAACE*...
We are given a choice at work
Fortunately, we're given a choice between matt and gloss here at work (we're all developers with 2 or 3 screens).
NOT A SINGLE PERSON (out of 20 or s) has opted for gloss... I think that tells us something. :)
Re: A question or two
>Why no giant botnets or other malware on iOS with its larger market share?
There *IS* malware on iOS. The thing is that you need to jailbreak your device to load apps from anything other than the Apple app store. With Android, you just need to go to settings and enable sideloading to load apps from the SD card.
However, you still do need to explictly go and enable that setting, and when you do it pops up a big warning message saying something like: "ATTENTION: Your phone and personal data are more vulnerable to be attacked by applications from unknown sources blah blah blah".
Re: No-one wants smart watches?
>>Errr, because the kickstarter types don't know anything? I'd like to see them prise ten million smackers out of a >>red blooded private equity investor for this tat.
But a load of people have ALREADY PAID FOR THEM BECAUSE THEY WANTED THEM! It doesn't matter if "kickstarter types don't know anything". They still wanted the watch, didn't they? Which clearly means that it is not true that no-one wants them. Surely this is trivially obvious?
Re: Post vanished into the ether.
>>The metre is defined in terms of physical constants.
>>The litre is defined in terms of metres.
>>One litre of pure water weighs 1kg.
>>Where's the problem?
One problem is that a litre of pure water AT STANDARD TEMPERATURE AND PRESSURE weighs 1KG,
Pressure is measured in Pascals, which is defined in terms of Newtons - which is itself defined in terms of Kilograms. And there's the big problem - you are trying to define a kilogram in terms of something that is (indirectly) defined in terms of kilograms. Clearly, that's totally bogus.
Re: just call me picky
>>I'd rather the comfort of a GSV, myself.
Just try to avoid the Sleeper Service. That's my advice.
That reminds me - I forgot to re-enable Java in my browser since the last time this happened. Happily, that means I don't need to do anything now. Seems I don't really need Java enabled in my browser these days.
No-one wants smart watches?
The article wrote: "But that begs a question about just why anyone is targeting a market with products it seems no-one wants?"
No-one wants? If that's the case, why did the Pebble Bluetooth Smart Watch kickstarter gain more than 70,000 pledges and more than $10,000,000 in funding?
Personally, I'm not interested in them - but to say that no-one wants them is clearly untrue.
Re: D'oh, for cripes' sake...
>>Will they blow me off and just keep piling up auto-ripped tracks in their cloud until it hits the limit and they start charging me?
You post on a technology site, yet you think that they'd keep a separate copy of identical music for each user? D'oh!
Re: In the Google Play store ....
The Nexus 4 clock looks good to me. Doesn't need special permissions, and it's free.
But if you want to pay for one (shudder), there's ones like "SImple Analog Clock" which look ok.
Is it not an "obvious" thing anyway?
Well, it seems a little obvious to me. In the physical world, you can make something bigger by stretching it, or smaller by compressing it - like the design on a balloon. The pinch gesture is an obvious analogue for a touch screen. I realise that double-tapping can also work, but it doesn't make the pinch gesture any less obvious.
* Disclaimer: I clearly know feck-all about patenting things. ;)
Well-known Wikipedia-hater in Wikipedia hating shock!
Herpdiderp, I guess.
I programmed in C++ from 1987 until 2005, when we switched to C#. I still do have to maintain our old legacy C++ code from time to time.
My personal opinion is that switching from C++ to C# was the best thing we could have done! Most of what we were doing was UI code, and C++ is frankly totally crap for that. It's pretty good for device drivers and graphics libraries and other low level stuff. But for anything else, it's truly awful. And I say that from a position of having a GREAT DEAL of C++ experience.
Yes, I read - and understood - the seminal C++ books "C++ Templates" (Vandevoorde/Josuttis) and "Modern C++ Design" (Alexandrescu). Oh. My. God. To think I used to think it was all so cool - now I just think the language crawled up it's own arse and died... ;)
>>But do these apps come up with times that are less fictional than the 'countdown' displays on London bus stops?
The Edinburgh ones are amazingly accurate. Sometimes the buses get delayed in traffic, of course, but normally the times are accurate to within a couple of minutes.
Bus stops in Edinburgh have QR codes (there's an android and ipad app to give you the arrival times for the next few buses at a bus stop). The QR code takes you to the bus times app.
Anyway, I think it's a good example of a QR code which is NOT used for advertising.
Nah, I don't get any eye strain at all. I spend all day reading computer screens - I'm a software developer!
I tell you what I do find makes the most difference - using a 10 inch tablet rather than 7 inch ones (including the Kindle). Reading on my wife's Nexus 10 is amazingly better than reading on a Kindle.
Re: Tablets are NOT e-readers!
I can read on my Nexus 7 for more than 12 hours (reading, not playing games of course).
That's more than 6 times as long as time you mentioned...
I personally don't suffer from eyestrain when reading backlit text (I'd have a nasty time doing my job otherwise), but I do find it easier to read ebooks. I'd have thought the solution to that problem would be to, you know, not sit reading in a dark room?
However, does anyone read actual real books in darkened rooms? With some kind of magic see-in-the-dark eyes?
The Times Newspaper seems to like the Nexus 7...
Seems the Times Newspaper likes the Nexus 7, since they'll give you one for £50 if you take out an 18 month sub for the newspaper. (Seems like a good deal if you were actually going to read the Times...)
>Something sporting a Tegra 3 and running JB4.2 ain't "low end".
But when it only costs £159, it HAS got the low-end sown up, when the other "low end" tablets are a similar price but with much lower specs.
>>Microsoft, true to its name, is a software company which does not do well when it attempts to do hardware.
In fairness, XBox and the Kinect did ok. In fact, isn't the Kinect the fastest selling consumer electronics device ever?
I got one of these as an early christmas present for my wife. I was going to also use it to learn a bit of android development, but I can't prise it out of her hands, so I had to get a Nexus 7 for my dev work. :)
The display is amazing, and watching high-res films like Timescapes is awesome. The non-metal case is nicer to hold than an iPad (I don't have an iPad but some of my friends do, so I can compare!). I guess that's really a matter of taste though.
Overall this is an amazing tablet; very glad I managed to snag one.
Nexus 10 32GB is out of stock too, after one hour. 16 GB is still available at the time of writing.
I managed to snaffle a 32GB one - after accidentally ordering 2 due to horrible Play store timeouts and so on. I cancelled the extra one - perhaps I should have kept it for ebay and $$$ profit... ;)
I'd have thought that the frequency with which new updates for a browser are released has a very major impact upon the proportion of users that are up-to-date. Firefox has had a lot of updates (I think) so perhaps that's a factor that needs to be taken into account?
@Neil Barnes: What century do you live in where you need to pay for a radio license?
This review predates the Nexus 7 price changes...
The review wrote:
"An 8GB A110 will set you back £180 which is a tenner more than the equivalent Nexus 7 after you add post and packaging – the 8GB model only being available from Google’s Play Store. If you want to buy a Nexus 7 over the counter, you have to go for the £200 16GB model, which may give the Acer an edge in the impulse purchase stakes."
However, the 8GB Nexus 7 has been replaced with the 16GB model at the same price. So you can buy the 16GB Nexus 7 for £159 or the 32GB one for £199.
So now the £180 Asus has 8GB less storage than the £159 Nexus 7... Which probably means almost no-one will buy one.
Just wait until they try to grab iPlayer over here. :)
Looks like the courts agreed with us about Apple's mealy-mouthed "apology"
Seems Apple are going to have to apologise properly. And this time, put it on their UK homepage - no tiny links allowed:
Well, well, well.
I'm soooo glad it wasn't Uranus.
We have Impala and Elephant mentioned in the same article. Surely we can get a Tame Impala joke in there somewhere?
That is all.
Funny thing this free speech lark.
If I come up to you in the street and follow you around repeatedly calling you a worthless cunt, a sack of shit, and so on, I could be arrested for behaviour likely to cause a breach of the peace...
Posting really nasty stuff on a tribute page set up by other people (rather than on your own page) is somewhat akin to following someone around calling them a worthless cunt.
Natwest suspending "Get Cash" app - any info on The Reg about this?
Interesting - but I don't remember seeing anything about this on The Register... Did I miss it, or does anyone have any further details?