563 posts • joined 21 Aug 2009
"It isn’t hard to imagine a network failing Google’s beauty contest – on some arbitrary Google-devised rule."
Google, famous for throwing their weight around and trying to prevent others from doing things. Apple, the innocent and friendly to all consumers and competitors company. Oh wait..
Might it change? Of course. Looking back on past histories of the two companies though I can only see one of them trying to dictate where you can and can't use your new phone and it isn't Google.
Re: Dear HTC
I have a feeling this is an attempt to get the best price for new launches without the foresight to see that it will just limit sales. A timed exclusive is understandable and makes some sense but full exclusives annoy me a lot. I'd love to get the One M8 in red but it's only available on O2 in the UK.
Anyone in the UK will know why this is a bad thing and is made worse by the fact that it's also only available via O2. You can't go through Carphone Warehouse or anyone else to try and escape the stupid upfront costs and a better tariff for the same money. Unfortunately as much as I like it this is why I will never own a new One M8.
"None of these people are supplying roms so the only arguament I can see is the idea that emulators may encourage copyright infringement, but if you go far enough down that train of thought you'd end up banning web pages for the same reason."
You mean like Virgin Media, BT, Sky et al being required to block access to The Pirate Bay because it can be used to pirate illegal content? Unfortunately we're beyond that point already. I'm surprised you forgot about that happening really since it wasn't a small thing even if all it did was prevent very casual users from accessing the site.
A quick look on the Play Store and Final Fantasy VI shows that it has over 100,000 downloads at £10.99 making £1,099,000 at the bare minimum 100,000 downloads. Take out Google's 30% and that's still a big chunk of change for what must be very little work. The game is already there they just have to get it working on the hardware which is pretty standard Qualcomm CPUs. That's just one title for Square Enix as well so you can easily imagine the money waiting to flow with Nintendo's titles.
Less handsets per year
Apple produced, until recently, one size iPhone. It allowed all third-party accessory sellers to maximise their profits without having to design more sizes. That has slightly changed now with the new iPhone and even the change to 4" prior to the new phones. Still, that's only two phones that they have to build accessories for right now.
Look at other manufacturers such as HTC who, despite saying they'd reduce their product numbers, still pump out way too many phones in a year. If they stuck with the original One lineup (X, S, V) but with better specifications they would have a device for each price point. Instead they have the One M8, the One mini 2 (really great name..) and a bunch of Desire (9 at last count) phones at various specs for sale. Throwing a bunch of crap and hoping something sticks is not a way to succeed when you don't have a large budget. Samsung can afford to do it, HTC and many others cannot.
Genuinely upset to see this
I saw the headline on the awful BBC site and my reaction was one of sorrow. He may not have been in a lot of memorable movies but I always remember seeing him in the Bond movies when I was quite young. He looked scary but had that very human side to him that meant he goofed up perhaps more than a standard henchman should. Who would dare fire him though? From all that I've read about him over the years (I wondered what he was doing some time back) he always seemed a very genuine and kind soul. RIP Richard Kiel.
EE on a roll
After their magical one fibre breaking data for the entire T-Mobile customer base this doesn't surprise me at all. Only they could run a network for the whole country with data relying on a single point of failure. EE I could sometimes get E as in Edge network in a pretty populated area and around the city centre here and a best speed test result of about 3Mbps down and 0.7Mbps up. I switched over to 3 this week and now see a normal speed of 10 - 15Mbps down and 5Mbps up.
Virgin, why are you letting them take so long? I assume that Virgin got money back or some sort of corporate apology. Why have you not passed it on to customers?
Nothing too newsworthy
It doesn't really matter what they reveal does it? Even if other phones have had the features or specifications for months, even years, it'll be hailed as popular because Apple are now doing it. The same frenzy that always happens will happen again and the renewed bitching between various camps will continue anew.
What do I expect? A new iPhone, new iPad and some form of wearable tech. I say new but they're essentially just updates of last years models with the phone possibly having a larger screen now that Jobs is gone.
Re: Wide selfie
How will the world cope without another drunken photo mess on Facebore?
As others have asked here I should be astonished that a massive outage can be caused by a single broken fibre cable. It should be punishable that they have a single source of failure that can affect all of their T-Mobile customers nationwide. As others have also said it can only be due to cost cutting that this has happened. That or gross negligence!
The thing that has annoyed me more than anything though is that I had to hunt down a WiFi signal while out then search for reports of problems just to discover that there was a problem. The main suspect until that point was my phone because I had full signal and 3G / H+ signal showing the whole time. For a massive communication company with so many customers they don't appear to know how to communicate with customers unless it's to demand money or to try and sell them new services.
Last things to mention. Until this post on El Reg I have seen no reports of this anywhere else except the Daily Fail of all places. The forum posts from EE were mentioning hourly updates which, naturally, didn't happen and of course there was no sign of a real apology or explanation for how they could screw up so badly. I don't know who will bother beyond me but I'm on a 30 day SIM only deal so this is the final nail in the coffin so to speak. I have no loyalty to a company that I've been with for the best part of 5 years who couldn't even match a SIM only price with 3 or offer the same allowances.
Re: Next HD2?
I'm sure a lot of the mod community has thought along similar lines since this was announced. From what I've read the hardware is identical with only the OS being different so I would imagine that a port or dual-boot option will happen in time. This just makes my ability to hold out on buying the new One M8 harder though..
Working for me
Unfortunately eBay working still doesn't make this seller respond to my concerns that they've grabbed the money and still not supplied what I paid for almost a week later despite listing it as "Express Delivery". I'm sure they will try to use this as an excuse if they do eventually respond though...
Re: Q from the US
"to the extent that my BT client, when getting ISOs etc, often reports as 10MB/sec transfer rate - that is, I'm not having any problems saturating the true bandwidth of the line. You just don't get that on consumer xDSL or cable"
Virgin Media 100Mbps connection and I'd count this as a slower period. It's very region dependent though with some older cable areas not as good as others. I've never had a problem with speed though and regularly get what is advertised although the upload has yet to be upgraded to 10Mb so it's hovering around 6Mb still.
Will the notification light be similar to early Android where it could flash in a vast array of colours for different notifications or will it be the single, dual or tri-colour that most manufacturers seem to use now? This is the one thing that has really bothered me about nearly all Android manufacturers. The ability to customise and pick a notification colour allowed me glance at my phone and immediately know what was waiting. Are multi-colour LEDs that expensive? I'm counting 10+ as multi-colour here.
The only way to stop all accidents with vehicles is to ban driving completely. Yes it will take a lot longer for everything and prices will likely fly through the roof but won't somebody think of the children? Except pedos who do that too much already.
I've thought about this a lot because it always bothers me why some apps request permissions they do and unless you can figure it out your choices are accept and use it or refuse to install. Android started making developers include changelogs with each update and while that's been abused by some with poor logs such as "bug fixes and performance improvements" there are those that use it properly.
What I'd propose is similar to requiring changelogs. For every permission required the app has to state clearly why they need them. For camera apps to use camera is obvious but a torch app needing network access isn't so obvious until you see that it's ad supported. Then there are the really broad permissions like Facebore ask for that I'd never be ok with allowing.
A place where they have female newscasters riding a guy done seriously but this is not allowed?
"Communications data is now used in more than 90 per cent of serious and organised crime investigations and is vital in bringing serious criminals to justice and protecting the most vulnerable among us."
I dare say that 100% of serious and organised crime uses the power of speech. BAN ALL SPEECH AND TEACHING OF IT! Actually perhaps it's better to allow it and just keep a record of all that speak either verbally or through sign language and any other means that exists or have not been thought of yet.
Service status updates
Why do companies in the communication business have such an inability to update a basic service status page? I can appreciate they won't change it if one or two people ring up with issues but when they know there is an issue it should be changed almost instantly.
As mentioned in the article it's infuriating to spend ages on hold to be told there are no problems in the area or worse, to find out there is a problem in the area. If one simple page could be updated it would save a lot of people wasting time on hold.
In the past = ok
"Facebook's spokesman then pointed us towards Kramer's "apologetic response" and was keen to note that the study had been "conducted more than 2.5 years ago"."
Oh it was in the past? Well forget about it then, no harm done! *facepalm*
"The new Galaxies are not far, far away – they will be on sale next month in the US starting at $399 and $499 respectively. The vendor has not yet released UK dates or pricing. ®"
Exclusive information! They'll be released later than next month and cost £399 and £499 respectively. Isn't that common knowledge?
Moto Maker still US only(?)
I'm pretty sure that Moto Maker is still US only. I haven't seen any option to buy it with custom covers in the UK despite it supposedly coming to Europe.
Cockney Rhyming Slang available?
I wonder if there would be one where you talk to it normally and it comes out like a market stall owner speaking in CRS. I also wonder what it'll make of a Birrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrmingham or Liverpool accent. Almost every voice software I've used for the past 10 years has required me to train myself how to speak so the computer understands rather than the other way around and I don't have that strong an accent.
In general I tend to boil EULAs down to a simple sentence.
"Do you want to use <product>? Click Agree if you do, or Cancel."
There are a lot more specifics to it I know but ultimately that's what it comes down to in the end. Obviously if it's something important I'd try to skim it for glaring "You owe us your first born" points but that's my general way of dealing with EULAs.
I'd love a retrial where they get awarded even less in damages or the patents are thrown out due to prior art. That would really give Apple reason to stop and think before whining so much.
Re: Website policy stupidity
@Nick Ryan The thing with set questions like those is that you are in charge of what you put for an answer. Memorable place? Potato. Memorable date? Pluto. I've similarly ignored answering truthfully to standard questions for a while to throw off anyone that might be capable of guessing the answer to security questions.
Turned off by default to start
How long before a future update turns this on by default until someone notices and we have another big, "Sorry it was a bug / mistake / believe us please and we won't do it again" story? I'm betting on about two months.
Movies last too long
The clear thing to notice here is that trailers and snippets sell a lot of his work. The answer to this is obvious to me. Limit him to movies of 5 - 10 minutes and it should be alright.
Fantastic value for money
The lack of front facing camera wouldn't bother me in the least. I distinctly remember being very happy that the T-Mobile G1 had no front facing camera and I don't use them anyway so it is no deal breaker to me. I'm sure I'll be in the minority but there are a lot of people that hate them being there and wouldn't mind a phone without them.
Twitter, having cut almost all third-party apps off with a stupid limit, are finally implementing some of the features that make them popular. Up next will be the ability to switch to a dark theme! I can't wait for them to catch up to three years ago.
Something does not quite add up
The project is said to have wasted £125m and they're saying this guy alone is responsible for £94m of that (coming back to that) so who is being blamed for the other £31m or does that not matter? I mean, £31m is clearly nothing when they're paying someone so much and letting him supposedly blow £94m but who was responsible for losing the rest and how have they been punished?
Back to the other point. If this one person alone is somehow responsible for £94m of wasted money then who put him in that position and why was he not made to give regular reports? Of course I don't believe one person is responsible for this just as much as I don't believe he's worth his annual salary but if we have to play that game then make it as awkward as possible for the BBC to hide their lies. What a laughing stock the BBC has become. Impartial news is not something I look to the BBC for and haven't for quite a while now.
Samsung flooding the channel
They release new versions of their tablets each year and almost nothing changes. How do they hope to sell anything when the 2012 Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 has practically identical specs to the 2013 Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 ? Hell, the 2012 tablet can be updated to a newer version officially than the 2013 model making it seem like they're moving backwards.
A comparison of the two to back up what I said above. The main differences I noted are slightly faster CPU, infrared port and the ability to use a larger SD card. The price they charge for them as well is ludicrious when the Nexus 7s (original and 2013 model) are better.
Never click links for banks etc in emails
I have received some emails from my bank that are legitimate and then I've also received a lot of phishing emails claiming to be my bank. I treat them both the same and check all URLs by hovering over with the mouse. If, after that, I'm still uncertain I'll manually enter the website address in my browser. If there isn't anything relating to the email when I login then I'd assume it's a phishing email and forward it to the bank's phishing email address.
Android app permissions
I like knowing what an app is requesting access to but what would be a lot more useful is if, along with update notes, each app had to list why they require all the permissions they ask for as well. It would go a long way to assuage the fears of those that aren't sure why a free calculator app needs internet access (ads most likely).
Re: Navigation buttons locked to address bar
Martin... I think I love you.
Navigation buttons locked to address bar
I hate this. I've always used a specific layout where the navigation (back, forward, stop, refresh) are on the left side in that order then another icon or two for some addons before the address bar. This new version has the back button glued to the address bar and the stop / refresh button is now embedded in the address bar at the far right. It's small things like this that annoy me because someone has decided how everyone else must use it from now on.
Since this is El Reg I'm going to ask if anyone can tell me a way, short of rolling back a version, to bring back the old layout? IE gives you the option of moving the Stop / Refresh button to the beginning of the address bar yet a browser built on customisation is lacking this option. It isn't ideal but it's a hell of a lot better than no option at all.
Re: Regret? Pah!
You can install a non-final version that will likely leave you missing handset features that aren't part of MS code. I happen to have a handset with such features so I can't use it.
Why would he regret it? He got a massive fee for doing what he did and then got to go back to Microsoft after a few years.
I've said it a few times and I'll say it again. WP8 has potential but with Microsoft's glacial development pace it doesn't stand a chance. It can have Instagram, Skype, Twitter, BBM and any other apps but as long as it has stupid niggling issues it will never go anywhere. Niggling issues like a below par keyboard, one volume level for all sounds and a pretty limited notification system.
Yes I know these three in particular will be addressed by WP8.1 but how long after WP8's release will that arrive? They already had a trial run with WP7 and didn't learn. If you ignore WP7 it's still over 18 months before the first real chance of improvements and the chance of some WP8 launch phones being updated is slim to none. That leaves you potentially with people burned by WP7 and then WP8 with no upgrade paths. Do you think they'll return for a third shafting when a WP9 is likely to be incompatible with older devices?
Microsoft going to sue themselves?
I assume Microsoft are going to sue themselves for violating patents used by Linux until a settlement can be arranged. If not then surely they can be taken to rights for anti-competitive behaviour by suing only competing Linux-based phone manufacturers.
It's like they've created some sort of incredible interactive area on the screen, a sort of widget. I really don't know how they come up with these amazing ideas for expanding on basic icons. Truly we're living in a golden age!
They removed the gadgets / widgets from Windows 7 just to reintroduce them in a much more cumbersome way? Going backwards while moving forwards. That's the Microsoft way!
"what about £17 for a new release? Knock off a fiver and you might be getting close."
Charge about a fiver and you're closer to what most would reasonably consider paying.
Re: I love this standard response...
I came to post the same essentially. How can there be no reported issues if this guy is reporting an issue? Those forum posts seem to show the same culprit as in this case, the sevenmail address is there too. Perhaps if the gentleman in question is alerted to this information he will have more to bang EE over the head with.
As for EE, I'm currently a T-Mobile customer but my contract is up. Will I renew? My answer rhymes with "snow". Their network is awful. I don't live in a massive city (Sunderland) but I still struggle to get a reliable connection at times. I had to look carefully when I noticed that my phone was using "E" for data, as in Edge, in the city centre.
Re: I want my LEGO phone
If you watch the video when the guy's talking about 3D printing the back parts you can see a white LEGO design on one of the pieces along with a skull design.
Re: Bland rehash
If it was my tablet or even a family friend's tablet I'd have it updated in no time but this is someone who is new to tablets and Android that I'm helping where I do voluntary work so that isn't an option. As for your insinuation that it would take a great deal of effort to update with unofficial updates I'd have to disagree strongly. Custom ROMs may not be for all but they are far easier to install than you make out.
Why do they bother with these tiny annual releases? I know why (money) but they offer so little over the previous years model and the year prior to that ad infinitum. I know someone with a Galaxy Tab 7 - 3 and it's stuck on Android 4.1 but only came out last year. The specs for it are underwhelming at best and it just feels like Samsung are the landfill Android manufacturer that I keep hearing about.
Wasn't there supposed to be an update to the pretty decent Nexus 10? The new Nexus 7 was great but not for me and I'd rather not spend money on the Nexus 10 given its age now.
"Cortana .. powered by Bing"
I had such high hopes for it but they were dashed by the latter half of that statement.
In relation to the update though I am hopeful that the keyboard is vastly improved. It's the one major hurdle that I just could not ignore on WinPho8.
Re: Can I take issue with the notion that Three are "well run"?
This is the primary reason that I have not jumped ship to 3 sooner. Anyone I know and everything I read says if you get signal then it's great and prices are reasonable but if you ever need to contact customer support you're ducked (sic).
iOS..... Stocks? Newsstand? Can you remove those? Until recently you couldn't even hide the latter in a folder. Can you remove their awful Maps? It's easy to point out flaws in something you dislike but you should take a closer look at your preference as well. Each platform has limits and restrictions. The price you pay for getting a subsidised* handset is potentially being stuck with their crap. If you're savvy enough to install a custom ROM they may appeal to you.
*I use the term 'subsidised' loosely because unless you're paying £35+ a month they want pretty much full price for the phone. For sake of argument I'm only talking about when you go through the networks direct and not when you use a network reseller.
"In the interests of research I discovered that ImageFap wouldn’t show anything, YouPorn was quite happy to relay video from a Google Cast tab and xHamster slideshows would also play out nicely. You’ll have to do battle with pop-ups though."
Battling with pop-ups while browsing porn? Not a problem >_>
By not having them in an area you can easily get to while in the air. I'm not talking about smashing the equipment or anything like that I'm asking about why the ability to turn the thing off exists while it's in the air.
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