139 posts • joined Saturday 26th September 2009 00:15 GMT
Re: Anyone not liking the Samsung spin on Android
Yes, I was VERY excited to hear about this new release - so much so I'm now seriously thinking of upgrading from my S3 earlier than planned. A de facto Nexus S4 is the best of both worlds, imo.
Re: I don't understant people who want removable batteries
It seems we have different definitions of "hassle". I always have a battery pre-charged, and swapping batteries takes me, with one hand's usability significantly impaired by CP-induced hemiparesis, less than ten seconds. That's less hassle for me than having to find a socket, especially since I don't drive and thus don't own a car (buying one just use as a charger would be too much hassle, I think).
For different folks, I guess. I read so much about the Galaxy's "cheap plasticky construction" but I'm very happy with my S3's construction precisely for the reasons that seem to be dismissed as of less worth than "luxury engineering" - its replaceable battery and expandable storage. Give me a plastic shell that comes apart to allow swapping out a battery and a microSD slot over a shiny metal unibody ANY DAY. I hope that Samsung keeps bucking the trend for a while longer, so that when I replace my S3, I can do so with a phone that still offers both a replaceable battery and expandable storage.
I'm never going to qualify for a badge, as I don't comment enough to come close. I try to live by David Byrne's sage mantra, and so if I have nothing to say, my lips are sealed. Nevertheless, my cerebral palsy does cause me to make more typos than I'd like, and there are occasions when I wish I could edit them. I think it would be nice if a brief edit window was opened to commentards with a sufficiently high upvote percentage, say 95%. Anyone with such a ratio is highly unlikely to resort to trolling via edits, but would likely enjoy the granting of the privilege as recognition for the overall positive reaction to their contributions.
Oh and, yes, this is obviously a self-serving plea, but not quite THAT self-serving - my upvote ratio is not yet at 95%, so I'm not saying "give it to me, now!", just that such a target might be something for less loquacious commentards to enjoy aiming.
Brought of the gravity well?
Isn't LEO still very much IN the gravity well?
Re: Fundamental dichotomy
"welcome to the long history of literature that preceded the Internet" and just what exactly do these elitist "book-lovers" have against the long history of literature that preceded the invention of books by millennia? Why not a collection of codices, scrolls and cuneiform (or stone) tablets? The idea that one's choice of reading MEDIUM says anything significant about the quality of one's reading MATERIAL is the sort of concept for which the word risible seems to have been specifically tailor-made.
Re: What sort of cretin buys a Amazon Swindle anyway?
It's the same here in NZ, at least with my local library. When they first announcedd they were getting into ebook lending I was very disappointed that the Kindle was not supported. Then I saw the selection of books available and realised I was missing out on precisely nothing.
Re: What sort of cretin buys a Amazon Swindle anyway?
I'm not a hardcore techie, but I do know who Neil Gaiman is (The Doctor's Wife was a great episode) and I did consider my options before buying my first Kindle a couple of years ago. I have yet to see any signs of being trapped in "proprietary DRM-saturated Hell". Amazon's range of available books continues to grow, Calibre continues to make adding books from non-Amazon sources a total doddle and I continue to enjoy reading on my Kindle while experts keep telling me I've been enslaved by a malevolent megacorp.
Re: What sort of cretin buys a Amazon Swindle anyway?
I'm sure you would love the Paperwhite. I traded up to one a few months ago and love it. I really liked my Kindle keyboard, but the Paperwhite is even better, and reinforced my preference for e-ink over reading on backlit devices like my S3 or Nexus 7.
Re: They haven't caught up to real books
Someone asking a genuine question about ebooks out of a desire to be informed, rather than just slagging them off reflexively and demeaning their users' intelligence and taste in literature? That makes you seem positively out of place in this comments thread!
To answer your question strictly from my own experience with reading 35 or so of Pratchett's books on my Kindle and Nexus 7 - every ereader app I've used had no trouble mixing font sizes, so that Death always spoke in small caps. I've also read books with Hindi (devnagari) included and had no display issues. The ability to change font size, page size and line spacing is one of many features that make ereaders much, much better than one would believe if one only listened to the braying of the naysayers dominating this discussion.
Re: ebooks -- no thanks
"ebook" does not automatically equal "DRM". It's still true that the overwhelming majority of ebooks are DRM-laden, but the range and number of DRM-free ebooks is growing. The developers of Calibre actively promote the sale of DRM-free ebooks through their facebook page, one of the many reasons I enjoy using their product.
Re: They haven't caught up to real books
What reader are you using - my Kindle's Pratchett novels are littered with highlighted passages, as are the epub editions I use on my Nexus 7 with Aldiko or Moon Reader.
Thank you very much for that clear, concise explanation.
Can someone reduce my ignorance?
If I were a character from the HHGTTG series, I'd be know-nothing-bozo the non-wonder dog, so I hope someone will have pity and throw me a scrap of a clue on this one:
I thought sound waves travel faster in a denser medium than in a less dense one, but the illustration shows that wave accelerating from 350 m/s to 1150 m/s when it reaches the much thinner part of the atmosphere. Clearly I was asleep during the relevant lesson, so what am I missing here?
Re: Ave Kindle, te morituri salutant
I use Calibre A LOT, but at times its epub to mobi or azw can be patchy, so some epubs I read as such using Aldkio on my Nexus 7.
Ave Kindle, te morituri salutant
As a creaking, senescent 45-year old, I was horrified to learn that my preference for reading on my Kindle is just one more proof that Blinky's rider will soon be speaking to me in ALLCAPS. Either that, or a marketing division need another excuse to justify their existence. I read a lot on my Nexus 7,but only when my Kindle is charging or, more frequently, if the book is an epub that requires using Aldiko rather than Kindle. As others have pointed out, it is far more likely that the sales stagnation of e-readers is a reflection of the "if it ain't broke don't waste money upgrading it" axiom than of time scything the market.
Never had the glasses
But adored Joe 90 as a kid - it was my favourite of his shows, with Space:1999 probably runner-up. Naturally, for a high school friend with an IQ of 175+ AND the glasses there was only one nickname possible.
To paraphrase Arthur Dent
"This is obviously some strange usage of the word 'Antipodean' that I was previously unaware of"
The OED offers "Of or pertaining to the opposite side of the world; esp. Australasian"
Collins suggest "from Australia or New Zealand"
M-W says "often used of Australia and New Zealand as contrasted to the western hemisphere"
But according to the authoritative final word on matters lexical, El Reg, it seems that "antipodean" is an exact synonym for "Australian". Period.
There have been some pretty significant stories of an El Reg nature (both with and without an IT angle) that happened on the non-penal side of the Tasman. A pity that no one would learn that from reading Vulture South's wrap of "antipodean" news.
Re: Do tell.
"Is this anything like the Star Wars scandals where everyone except the actors and screenwriters and whoever make money?"
Pretty much. All the crew are no treated as contractors, exempting the studios from having to worry about trivia like worker safety or liability in the event of accidents. Jackson screamed and whined and howled and threatened, and got what he wanted, and a fortnight before the Hobbit premiere complained that NZ needs to be much MORE accommodating to Big Media if it wants more productions here.
I got to participate in the TPI survey this year, and was delighted when NZ once again came 1st equal in the results. The proof given of the independence of our judiciary is probably the most encouraging thing to come out of the Dotcom saga, and this latest decision reinforces that. There is no way that the same NZ Govt which has allowed Jackson and his Hollywood mogul mates to destroy basic worker protections in the local film industry would be happy to see NZ judges so consistently standing up for the rule of law and doing their job. Especially since the PM is the Minister in charge of the intelligence services, the outcome of any case is likely to be a further embarrassment to him and his insistence that he's never even heard of Dotcom before he was arrested.
I look forward to watching developments in this case, as it is increasingly shaping as a fight between the judiciary and the executive, with Dotcom as the proxy, and so far, the judiciary is way ahead on points.
Fewer distractions = more reading
I find that when I want to get on and read, my Kindle wins hands down, not just for the quality of the visual experience, but because it's only a book. When I read on my Nexus 7, I'm always getting distracted by notifications from Twitter, Facebook and GMail. The Kindle's singular focus is great for my lazy mind, obviating any need for self-discipline, and allowing me no choice but to keep reading.
This year I bought my wife a Kindle for an anniversary present, then a Nexus 7 when they came out. The tablet practically rusts from lack from use, while the Kindle gets hours of use every day. My own experience is not quite that extreme, but I definitely do much more reading on my Kindle than on my Nexus 7. Sufficiently so that I gave my Kindle keyboard away and got a Paperwhite last month. I agree that if money is really tight, buying the mutlifunction device makes sense, but e-ink is still vastly superior for reading. E-readers may end up being niche products, but since the niche in question is "avid readers", I don't think their financial viability is threatened.
Re: "Poor suffering New Zealand has one trans-Pacific connection..."
Yes, I figured it was implicit, but thought I would make it explicit just in case. :)
Re: "Poor suffering New Zealand has one trans-Pacific connection..."
" if Kim Dotcom is to be believed"
As "if"s go, that's kind of supermassive black hole type size. The only thing less reliable than his self-serving media hogging pronouncements is our poor PM's increasingly erratic memory, it seems. The two of them deserve each other, but not as much as NZ deserves and desperately needs at least one more trans-Pac cable. .
Congrats to the badge-rs
Also the Reg for an impressive bit of social engineering. I try to post only when I think I have something to say, and so it's taken me not one but three years to get to one hundred posts, but I was sorely tempted to abandon my principles and try to score a bronze. I would stand and applaud El Reg for the genius of the idea, but I'm too busy fretting over the revelation of just how pathetically low my self-esteem is and how greedy I am for any sort of validation.
I gave in and bought a Paperwhite last week, and am very happy with it so far. I thought the touch screen would be a nuisance but it has proved much less so than I expected. The lighting is nice and does make the "paper" look pretty even when not necessary.
Re: TANSTAAFL, AKA Quids pro quo
I agree - this was clearly an example of the US getting some ROI, and Dotcom is a self-appointed Robin Hood. His antics are amusing, especially when they show up the venal nature of our local politicos, but he's no injured saint, that's for sure. The only slightly troubling thing about the US leaning on Gabon like this is that it was not down out of perceived concern for US national interests, but at the behest of big media.
TANSTAAFL, AKA Quids pro quo
"Hi Gabon, it's your old mate Uncle Sam here. You know how you're always saying how grateful you are for our aid dollars and how you wish there was something you could in return? Well guess what, it's your lucky day!"
Will I be first?
To throw in the appropriate HHGTTG reference - "In Relativity, Matter tells Space how to curve, and Space tells
Matter how to move. The Heart of Gold told space to get knotted," since I don't have a whelk's chance in a supernova of understanding the science behind knotted light.
Re: "Australian" volcano
This Kiwi says Russell Crowe is DEFINITELY Aussie - along with Joh-Bjelke Petersen (showing my age there) and Derryn Hinch. John Clark on the other hand, is a true Trans-Tasman icon, happy to let you share him since your guy Dawe makes a good team with him. Also, if you want volcanoes (or mountains bigger than fleabites), come over this side of the ditch, we've got plenty.
" At a base price of $329, the 16GB iPad mini is a hefty step up from the – arguably less elegant – 7-inch, 16GB Kindle Fire HD"
An interesting choice of product to compare it with - surely Google's tablet is at least as serious a competitor for the iPad Mini as Amazon's?
Why drag hobbits into this? I live in the land that's apparently decided the only way to avoid bankruptcy is to let Peter Jackson milk Tolkien for all he's worth, and we've been all metric here for decades.Any furry-footed halflings here would be measured in in centimetres and their epic trek through carefully selected tourism sites would be counted off in kilometres while raking in the dollars - both regular, decimal systems.
Even while I grapple with the "what's the point?" questions about the device as a whole, my real concern is the small size. My S3's screen is almost as big as the screen on this device, why go through all the hassle of an extra device and the battery drain on my cellphone from another connection, just for a tiny increase in screen size? Yes, it's e-ink and that's MUCH better for reading on, but I have a 6-inch e-ink device available to me, so I don't see what niche this new device is trying to fill.
Re: Not too many as politically brave and honest as NZ's John Key
"the NZ government has scruples"
If you mean the board game, then you may be right. Other than that, this is the same government that was the ONLY nay vote, against 576 ayes, against implementing measures to protect a critically endangered species of dolphin native to NZ waters, bowing to the wishes of the commercial fishing lobby here. The Dotcom fiasco is another illustration of the truth of Douglas Adams' words, as applicable to NZ politicos as to Vogons:
"When he heard the words "integrity" or "moral rectitude", he reached for his dictionary, and when he heard the chink of ready money in large quantities he reached for the rule book and threw it away."
Key is not apologising for the act, but for the fact that his stooges got caught.
" it is easier to apologise than to ask for permission" - I've been reading El Reg since about 05/06 I think (even though my current registration is 09), and I am now in a state of shock. if "amanfromMars 1" is the one and only original amanfromMars then I'm about to melt down from cognitive dissonance, having read something coherent, comprehensible and correct from him. Say it ain't so!
Unfortunately, the sincerity of Key's apology takes quite a hit when you realise that as PM, he is the Minister in Charge of the GCSB and that there is not a whelk's chance in a supernova that the whole sorry mess, both illegal spying and spectacular police bungling, is anything other than the direct result of pressure from his office in response to pressure from Big Media's friends on Pennsylvania Avenue.
I was annoyed at myself for letting the typos slip past me in that comment, then I noted that there's also a typo in one of the tags for this article. Nice to have company! :)
I strongly second this idea. My brain often races ahead of my CP-affected hands and submits my comment with all sorts of annoying typos. A ten minute window to clean up evidence of my lousy hand-eye co-ordination would be very helpful.
Fourteen apps at $0.25NZD today, including Office Suite Pro, so not only did I grab it for my Nexus 7, but even bought it for my wife. If I tell her tghat I bought here an Office Suite for her Nexus 7, my generosity should earn brownie points. No need for her to know how close to free it was. :)
Dotcom is an oafish crook, of that I'm sure. I'm not defending the stupid DMCA style laws he's being accused of breaking, but I am convinced that he's as ethical as the investigation him was competent.Between a self-appointed Robin Hood camera hog and NZ spies and police looking like Clouseau on a bad day there has at least been one upside. While the government, having attached itself to the anal sphincter of Unca Sam, may be able to bully and coerce the police into doing as Hollywood/DC tells them, the judiciary has seized the opportunity to show that it truly is independent. In fact, the various judges involved almost seem to be enjoying the chance to do their job according to the letter of the law, as if embarrassing the political stooges behind this fiasco was just a delightful perk of doing their duty. Not many non-kiwis will get the reference, but at least our judges would definitely seem NOT to be on Planet Key.
Re: You missed the point.
If this K1W1 could vote, he'd vote twice for this suggestion. I came to the comments specifically to suggest Rego, delighted to see that it's already been mentioned. Not sure about the implication in the article, and in the comments, that Kiwis are also antipodeans, but never mind. At least we won't be to blame for whichever boring, insipid, unimaginative handle the Australian branch ends up getting yclept, if that list of options is final. We'll just carry on having our news told by Aussies on the rare occasions they remember we're here. Same old same old, in other words.
Did I use iOS6 Maps to get me here?
And end up at Wired.com instead? The "everything Apple does is so much better than everybody else" tone of this alleged review was pure Cupertino spin of the sort I've come to expect from Wired, not El Reg. Has the author forgotten that the company whose boots he licks with this article is the same company that bars El Reg from its worship services?
"Not everyone wants such a palm-spraining phone" - a perfect example of how hard the author works to hew to the Cupertino Scriptures which state that every point of superiority of non-Apple devices is actually proof of the iPhones divinity, if viewed correctly. I have cerebral palsy but even my hemiparetically weakened right hand has no trouble at all holding my S3 - nothing "palm-spraining" about it.
I'm not the sort of psycho fandroid who thinks the iPhone is an evil piece of merde, but given the staggering reach of Apple propaganda in media, I came to El Reg confident that there would be some attempt at objectivity, some consideration of both the iPhone 5's strengths AND weaknesses. Instead, I got the standard iGospel - there are no weaknesses, only strengths not perceived correctly by the infidels.
The best just got better
I recently took advantage of a special offer to upgrade my Version 10 Preferred to the new V12 Premium, and I am very, very happy I did. DNS just keeps getting better and better. As the effects of my cerebral palsy continue to degrade my motor skills, the continued improvements in Dragon make it ever more valuable. The accuracy out of the box on the new version is amazing, although it still struggles with "two/to/too". To have it recognise both my Kiwi accent and learn all the Hindi and Panjabi words I use is very impressive. For anyone with issues that make typing difficult, I definitely think DNS Premium is worth the money. There is no reasonable comparison possible with the built-in speech recognition in Vista mentioned above, that's for sure, and Dragon's excellence means I have no inclination to see if Win 7's SR is any better than its predecessor's.
Choice is good
When I was looking at buying my first Nexus 7, I was disappointed that it didn't have 3G. Once I did buy it, and found how well it worked tethered to my phone, I realised that for me, 3G is unnecessary. I won't embarrass myself by revealing how much data plans cost up here in Aotearoa, but since I work from home and thus am mostly on WiFi, tethering my Nexus 7 lets me use more of the 1GB that I already pay through my olfactory orifice for. My wife finds the same - since she can't use it at work, she mostly uses her Nexus 7 at home too, and can tether when needed
That said, I am pleased that Google is expanding the range to cater for those who DO need 3G. I don't feel cheated or that I missed out by getting WiFi only, because it suits my needs, just like my WiFi only Kindle does. For those with different circumstances, 3G will no doubt add considerably to the appeal of the Nexus 7. Well done Google!
In my considered and restrained opinion, any who do not share the aforementioned majority view of the realities of the Megaupload case are only slightly less credible than Moon-landing-denying Flat Earthers. I'm sure that there have been some very unprintable words uttered in Cabinet over the recent discovery that our judiciary at least really IS independent.
He's becoming a Ned Kelly/Robin Hood style folk hero in NZ it seems - our media hang around him like excited children, and he manipulates coverage so well. O f course it helps that the vast majority of the country see the case as an egregious example of local pols eagerly begging for the privilege of allowing NZ to be anally probed by aliens from the planet usgov