93 posts • joined Wednesday 5th August 2009 17:58 GMT
Surface Pro 1 owner here, Civ works fine and has a touchscreen mode too. Not tried FM but I'd expect it to take a bit of time between turns.
Separating the phone and line rental costs is a side effect of the main purpose of these style contracts.
At present a "subsidised" contract is line rental only and the phone is a "free gift" that forms no part of the contract.
By doing the parts separately you don't actually own the phone until it's fully paid for, it's separate from the service, and therefore stops people from getting a contract which they only pay 6 months of and then selling the phone.
Re: Anyone flashed one of these with Android?
The bright yellow one, is just a yellow QI cover. WP8 devices seem to have brought back changable covers in a big way.
No-one has got Android running on a WP8 device yet, or even sideloading of apps.
Re: An inspiration
GAC, I spent hours, weeks and months playing with that making various elaborate quests.
With frequent confusing of E and W on my part leading to added complexity and accidental dead-ends.
I would kill for a PC version.
Re: 20 years?
But Apple made the smartphone.... and Nokia started it...honest..... HTC weren't even a blip on the radar.....even though they produced phones with lots more features years before the competition (when they worked right. SPV c500 replaced 4 times to get a useable one).
I still have my HTC Universal somewhere..... such a great phone, the only phone where I wish they would just update the internals (and software) and re-release it.
Looking at this list http://www.windowsfordevices.com/c/a/Windows-For-Devices-Articles/Guide-to-HTCs-Windows-Mobile-smartphones/
there are a few phones there I would love to see updated.....oh and maybe the tytn II for another :D
Re: What's the point of 4G...
Well that map explains a lot about my signal around the country, thank you for the link.
The fake H is very infuriating though. Here's a great data signal until you try and use it, then welcome to 2G.
Re: Anybody posting a message supporting the porkers...
And they'd lose money on me too....
All you can eat.... the clue is in the offer.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Directgov is in need of tidy up and a prune. But it works well enough.
This smells of desperation to spend money on something/anything for the sake of it.
Had a nose around on Monday when the "sale" started. Prices are still expensive. Another 20% and they would be in line with Dixons/PCWorld.
Maybe if they had stacked em high and solld em cheap (like they said they would) they wouldn't be running back to where there are no national competitors for them.
spot on review
PC interface is clunky and randomly decides wether you need to use mouse or keys......plugging in a 360 pad solved it for me :)
Still lots of fun to play, and apart from that one bug early on no major problems.
Dragons are fun to kill, and make for the most memorable moments in the game. Nighttime tracking through a forest suddenly the music changes and up ahead an orange glow appears in the distance through the trees..... a dragon is attacking a giant and they are locked in battle......Low level means I run leaving them to fight it out, I haven't saved for a while so don't want to reload into that battle :)
"If we're more rationally earlier in life trained to EXPECT death, how EVER it comes, part of the excessive preoccupation with transformation of some sort is nixed."
Sorry to break it to you but that's utter bollocks.
I lost a child a few years ago (at a few months old), and my older children KNOW what death is because of that. Everything was explained to them at an appropriate level for their ages, and any questions over the years have been answered truthfully. At the time they weren't too bother, now they do worry more over death and dying than other children of comparable age (6-9). They worry more when people are ill that they will die.
I would never have withheld the information from them, but it does change their outlook on life......
And fictional/wrong debts too.
My parents had a HCEO push a letter through the door saying I'll be back later to take the car. Cue frantic phonecalls/traces to find that a) they didn't owe any debt and b) the company had just gone through the electoral role and checked the addresses to find the same name with the most expensive car.
My debts however were real and are now statute barred (6 years+), though I learnt lots of the nasty underhanded tricks they pull and now have a handy list for others to follow :-
Always ask for proof of the debt.... many have none, so it could be fictitious (had 2 of those in a year)
If they try and get you to sign ANYTHING refuse, whatever they say the reason it's most likely a lie to get you to sign a walk-in possession
never let them in, speak on the front.... sure it's embarassing but one foot in the door means they OWN everything in sight (except beds/cooker/essentials).
Most importantly never, ever agree a payment until you have concrete proof of the debt (from them). a single "token" payment restarts the 6 year statute limit.
Oh and keep as much as possible in writing.... voice isn't worth the paper it's written on :)
Orange and Voda are just as bad as each other
Guess the networks need to start putting some of those profits back into the infrastructure......oh what then they wouldn't be able to take those huge bonuses for shafting their customers and patching the network to just.....just get by on a bare minimum.
3Dtvs generally include SmartTV features. But not the other way around.
So really they are looking at 4.7m smarttvs being sold that don't incorporate 3D
Connecting the TV upto the network is a simple but fantastic move. Iplayer, 4OD, and also your large collection of ripped movies and music at the touch of a button (well okay 2-3 presses).
You sir are a genius..... sounds like a perfect Youtube vid..... Sweeping shots of the queues, and right at the front on the other side someone sat having a coffee and snack and asking them awkward questions.
Hack the TV
Yup, been there done that. Last TV had a USB port I wanted to use so after a minor hack on the original firmware it was enabled for general use.... as a bonus it turned out Video/music/picture support was unlocked when I did it too.
People are sheep. They like the illusion of choice, but not really having any... that way any problems are someone elses fault.
Present company accepted of course as us el reg readers are more likely to want real choice and not just the pretend choice.
Impressive backstory?? Really?? you mean the page of blurb on the character select screen surely.
Playing PS3 version and I've not had any of these bugs appear to ruin my fun yet.
Biggest annoyance is the Zombies level with you... did techland not see the grief Bethesda got over oblivions autoleveling baddies? Oh and the screen tear for a minute after fast travel.
Owner of 1 fondleslab (Advent Vega).
Paid approx 200 for it. And after the customary hack to honeycomb it's fast, functional, and replacing the laptop as my go to device.
If most of your devices including TV are dlna compatible it comes in really good as a universal remote style gadget. Vnc into PC, start to download a prog, boot bubbleupnp and stream it directly when it's ready.
My daughter loves streaming her music straight to the TV, especially when I'm watching something else :-)
What do you mean it's optional... why back in my day......
"We have always been clear that we will not offshore any DWP jobs,"
But anything not DWP will disappear abroad before the next public outcry
Looks pretty inaccurate in places
Rumble (not force feedback) originated in the N64 controller as an addon pack, all the controllers that followed included it as a built in feature. Yet this poster has no links from it to the Xbox or Wii controllers.
Also pretty sure sticking something over the controller (wii wheel, wii zapper, psmove gun, etc) doesn't count as a new controller.
£200 tablets are available,
Strangely enough from DSG too.
I picked up the Advent Vega (tegra chipset, 10" screen),
Spent a couple of hours installing the vegacomb firmware (honeycomb 3.2 for Vega). Before doing anything else. Follow the guide to the letter and even a 6 year old can do it (she did about 50% of the work)
Yes that's not for the average consumer, but on a tech site I don't see why there are so many complaints when they are available at the price you want. And a couple of hours tinkering gives you all the latest android release.
Or is it not the price but just a need to moan about tablets in general?
this is a title, this is my thumb, this ones for headers, this ones for.......
Sounds like a pretty decent marketing slogan for the print media campaign :)
this is a title, happy now?
I'd love to see Samsung use that in the proper court appearance, if you removed the samsung logo you'd think it was an iPad.
Yes I know it's not a tablet, but the look and feel of it is remarkably close to what the iPad ended up being.
Decent DLNA software - Samsung Allshare
I also do all of my home media tasks using DLNA over the network. 2 Jogglers, android phone, ps3, tv, and laptop all work without problems
Currently I'm using Samsung Allshare (Free and pretty low resource usage). I can't comment on music files as I mainly play mp3's. But for video it seems to play anything that remotely ressembles a video file, I was surprised to see full HD MKV support over wifi with no stuttering/cutout.
Point it in the direction of your library and let it index the files. Updated the files, just open up allshare again and it will ask if you want it to rebuild the library for you :D
The only sticking point is enabling devices for playback the first time.
I think they might have figured out what people want
There are 2 types of triple play too....
The first has a BD, DVD and Digital like you describe.
The second has a 3D BD, standard BD and digital.
I'm working under the assumption that they have figured out that if you have a BD player you generally want a copy to throw around the internal network for all your devices too :D
@ So how many Wii owners felt like they "won"
Any Wii can be hacked with an SD card and a version specific file/game. You can then enable the ability to play games (that you copy from your legally owned disks) from a USB drive. You can also enable region bypass so all those jap/us only games that can be imported can be played on your standard UK wii :D
That sounds like a win to me.
I have all 3 systems and the Wii felt like the biggest win and biggest disappointment at the same time.... pretty much like the Wii U
but they have stated that they won't introduce a new console for approx 10 years from PS3 release date.
I'm pretty sure MS killed the Xbox dead as soon as the 360 came out. I vaguely remember a stink about game developers not being allowed to release NEW xbox1 games after the 360 release date.
I've played both, I own both(consoles and games you mention).... so why is it Mario Kart that gets the most play time? It's more fun (I couldn't put a finger on what it just is)
Why would a Wii consumer (generally not the "hardcore" players) know about modnation racers on the PS3 and PSP?
Oh they wouldn't as they have no need to unless they own both systems
10 year cycle this time
Sony and MS have said that they are aiming for a 10 year console cycle this time around... probably due to how much they've lost on the hardware so far.
Nintendo are being nintendo and doing their own thing, when they want and how they want
There are some intermittent errors with trying to load
a) the PSN store
b) pages within the store
I guess 70million people want their free games
Shame there is no welcome back program items in the store yet.
Not freelance, but regular paid employment?
That's the problem that another poster highlighted, companies expect you to be able to recompile the linux kernel and maintain a network of 2k users just to do basic web design.
Cheap for Karoake tracks
Karoake tracks are generally £3 per track. Not your usual 59/99p
Single PARENTS benefits are changing
Single parents are placed on Income support which used to mean not having to get a job until the youngest was 16 years old. This has now changed to 11 years and will change again this year to 7 years.
But I've already seen a large increase in the number of pregnancies in families where the youngest is over 7 years old.
The thinking must go.....
If you lower the resolution games run faster on the same graphics chip.
As the game HUD's will be almost the same size typical consumer won't notice the difference in resolution, but will notice an increase in framerate.
I can just see the Doctor trying all his usual tricks over about 30 mins, trying a McGuffin in the last 15 that doesn't work and ending on a cliffhanger :D
and never ever finding a way to defeat them in future episodes.
GPL Violation too
N64oid and the rest of those *oid emulators were in breach of GPL, as they were sold, didn't send source code on request, and best of all the "developer" removed all references to the actual developers.
N64oid is mupen with an underdevelopment ARM dynarec (Ari64 and others) and graphics plugin tweaks for ARM. As for the others, I'm not sure which emulators they have been repackeged from. But the developer info has been completely wiped other than Yongzh's name.... GPL breaches everywhere.
I was under the impression that PSX4Droid was pulled due to copyright though.... and is a different developer (Zod4ttd) that also doesn't release code as required by GPL.
So you got the story half right.
everything in moderation
Time limited benefits is not the answer.... if you haven't noticed alot of areas aren't hiring, unless you count 10 hours a week as gainfully employed?
Toughen up on what counts as looking for work to maintain JSA (one application a fortnight is not searching for work). Redeploy some of these Council staff that are on the way out as "follow up advisors" to sort those that genuinely tried to get the job vs those that sit there and say "I won't work if you do hire me" (I know lots that do this). And you are keeping the system for those that are playing by the rules properly.
nice write up
Just a couple of things.
"As a side note, Google’s web cache shows that Sony’s servers were up to date, so this whole theory may be bunk."
Not true, the Google cache only shows one server (Auth). Which was updated soon after the IRC chat happened. What wasn't updated were the other ones (Shop,account,content,patches, etc) and these have never been cached by Google. An Nmap revealed they were running apache 2.2.11 on all the core servers except the Auth obviously.
Sony would appear to have been watching the right channels for information about weaknesses, but they didn't do more than a token gesture towards keeping patched and up-to-date servers.
With regards to Rebug and SP-INT (Developer network) Sony have said that they weren't that concerned as it was an intentional bug on the developer network and until Rebug appeared there were no problems with the system of trust alone.
If this hack hadn't happened I'm quite sure Sony would have kept on coasting with the servers never getting more than a token patch on Auth and SP-INT cleansed every few months.
DSGi are idiots but Give the staff a break
I do wonder how many of you have actually set foot in a PCWorld/Curries recently. Staff aren't as knowledgable as the average El Reg reader, and they don't get paid enough to be.... your whinging on the web and they are working at minimum wage to try and get a foot in the door.
Give em a break. If you are polite to staff then they are back. Treat them like people and they won't treat you like a clueless idiot.
Chatted to a member of staff about a Laptop I'd put on the collect at store. Ran some benchmarks/etc to make sure it was okay, then bought it. No push for peripherals, and I can't remember the last time someone I know had a salesperson try to push a warranty.
Returns are another matter though, and dealt with by management from what I can gather (where they try and screw you over every way they can). If the floor staff dealt with returns (which they used to) then there would be fewer problems.
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