126 posts • joined Thursday 8th October 2009 13:53 GMT
Re: Digital GIANTS in BLOODY battle to put your EYEBALLS in a JAR
Agree completely. I'm far less likely to click on stories with randomly capitalised titles, as I tend to assume that they won't be worth reading anyway.
Re: The wonders of having a metal phone body
Apparently the switching power supplies actually deliver half of the mains voltage though the metal case. So if you're in a 230v country, the phone will be live with 115v. The current is so low that this is considered safe. However, a cheaply made and uncertified power supply might well be capable of delivering a much higher current through the case.
Re: Still won't upgrade; even for free
I think that fink-nottle meant that he could upgrade from the G4 to a new Mac, then run Tiger on that within VirtualBox. Since Tiger has Rosetta PPC emulation, his old game might still run.
Re: Why are we using memory compression?
To avoid swapping out memory to disk, and therefore increasing battery life on laptops.
Is the iWatch a bluff?
Of course, it's possible that Apple isn't planning on making a smart watch at all. They could just be spreading rumours so that competitors rush to spend their R&D budgets on wrist-wear, whilst Apple do something entirely different. I doubt that anything would please Apple more than to have competitors with warehouses full of unsold watches, whilst they smugly clean up with the iPoo smart-loo (or somthing).
I normally skip over Reg articles with shouty CAPSLOCK titles, but I'm (almost) quite glad that I looked at this one.
Does anyone know if beaver butt milk is used in food sold in the UK. Wikipedia says it's used in the US (unsurprisingly) and Scandinavia.
Are Reg hacks really unable to tell the difference between a USB stick and a small vibrator? Your office must be a fun place to work.
I'm laughing at the cost / mpg ratio
My newest vehicle is giving me an average of 47mpg in London rush-hour(s) traffic. It does 0-60mpg in around three and a half seconds and it's British. It also, IMO, looks better than any Volvo, and only cost me 5 grand brand new (in May this year).
The main downside is that it can only carry one passenger and has no boot space at all.
He mentioned in his blog that it takes about 70 minutes for the British Library to fetch a physical book. That's why he thought that accessing an online copy would be easier.
Kids these days are born into a world of technology. Gadgets like smartphones aren't something new to them, they're just how the word is. Mine's been using my iPhone for educational apps and games since he was a baby. At around 18 months he could swipe to unlock the phone, swipe to the second page of apps, open the folder of toddler apps and launch the app he wanted. That caused some strange looks on the train, I can tell you!
Re: Its not just in Royston
Those ones on the North Circular are the Low Emissions Zone cameras - at least that's what they tell us.
Re: The last Airbender
Dances with Smurfs?
So you've mentioned "2-in-1" no fewer than 10 times in the article, without actually telling us what that means. Googling for the term doesn't help, as the first relevant result is this article itself.
Can anybody enlighten me?
Fry is unquestionably a clever bloke, but I strongly suspect that some of the nonsense that he occasionally spouts on TV is actually written by numpty researchers and script writers. His job is to read them from an autocue and pretend that they're his own.
I agree with the Waily Fail about overexposure. Entertaining though Stephen is, he's appearing far too often and needs to step back a bit.
Re: Slowly closing the gap with Microsoft Office?
People have been asking for CMYK support in GIMP since the 1990's. The reason why the developers haven't added this much-requested feature is that it's very, very, very, very hard to do, with the current GIMP architecture.
So suggeting that he add it himself, isn't really very helpful.
My Mac was Java-free for years. I only installed it because Libre Office moans constantly (with annoying pop-ups) if it's not installed. I'd be very happy if Libre Office could remove it's dependency on Java.
I refuse to allow Firefox to have a java plug-in though, despite Outlook webmail also moaning about it not being installed.
My Sky broadband (FTTC) typically gets around 30Mbps off-peak. At peak times, it can be a bit slower at around 16-24Mbps, but still nothing to complain about.
There are a huge number of factors that can affect the speed of normal ADSL lines, but the quality and distance of the copper wires make a huge difference. Even the type of phone wiring in your home can affect your speeds more than you'd imagine. So whilst ISPs are sometimes to blame, it's often factors outside their control that can cause slow broadband speeds.
Re: I'm not in agreement with the "mark of the beast" argument....
So what's she going to do when (or if) she gets a job and her employer gives her a rfid-enabled ID card on a lanyard? Many companies use them these days (including mine), so why's a school any different.
Re: Price check, aisle 5
Clicking on the Amazon button under the review takes you to Amazon's web site where you can order one for £118.03 plus £11 delivery, totalling £129.03. There, that wasn't hard, was it.
Re: Barbed Wire fences
You can run tcp/ip over pretty much any tranport medium:
Re: Overcompensating, incompetent or fanboi
Judge Lucy Koh is obviously biased. Everybody knows that. The Apple fanbois know that she's biased towards Samsung. Just go read any Mac forum to see how much they hate her. Then the Samsung fanbois claim that's she's biased towards Apple. She just can't win.
Now where's that popcorn icon we asked the Reg for?
You need satnav to find your way to work? I hope that you never breed.
I like iMacs and have owned 2 so far. My current one is a 2008 dual core, maxed out at 4GB of memory. I want to update to a newer model, but if the memory's not upgradable, then I'm not buying. I'll probably get the Mac Mini instead and put up with the Intel integrated GPU (which shouldn't be an issue as I don't game on Macs).
I just wish that one of the second-tier PC manufacturers would catch on and produce a PC that's 100% hardware compatible with a Mac (which, after all, is just a normal PC), and is very easily hackable to run OS X. I'm sure that such a machine would appeal to the hobbyist market who like OS X and don't mind running a Hackintosh. How about it, Acer, Asus etc?
A map-reading wife!?
@ukgnome - where do you find such a thing? In my experience, women who can read maps and navigate are even rarer than women who can understand thermostats.
A friend of mine once remarked that relationship counselling could, and should, be replaced by map-reading lessons for women.
So the frogs aren't producing enough tadpoles?
I wonder if central heating is partly to blame. Production drops in the heat. I'm currently sweltering in a hot office, which is OK by me, as I don't want more kids.
Prior feline usage of the name
My cat is called Siri, but he's over 7 years old, so he's been using the name for far longer than Apple. Maybe he can sue them...? Can cats sue?
It's causing massive confusion at home, with the phone answering when I call the cat, and the cat answering when I use the phone: "Siri find me a decent Thai restaurant in North London", "Mwaiou"
So is Microsoft getting senile if it thinks that people will buy it's tablets?
Or will only senile people by a Windows fondleslab?
So is it one or the other or both? Enquiring minds would like to know.
Bill Gates predicted in 2001, that fondleslabs would caputure a huge amount of the PC market. Of course, Microsoft (in an alternative Ballmer-less universe) managed to capitalise on that prediction and become market leaders, leaving Apple and Android far behind.
"since Harley hasn't managed to slap the name on a bike yet"
Actually, they did slap that name on a bike - the Buell Lightning. Buell was a (now defunct) subsidiary of Harley Davidson which made sportier street bikes, hence their ownership of the trademark.
I'm sure that there've been plenty of other products called Lightning. English Electric Lightning anyone?
Re: Wrong Luton
I just searched for Luton in Apple's Map app, and it went straight to the one with the airport.
Having said that, Apple's app might be pretty, but it's pretty damn annoying if you're trying to use it for navigation. I want The Google Maps app back.
Most people don't fit to your simplistic stereotypes.
One of the biggest AC/DC fans I've known is a very clean-cut ex-public schoolboy.
Re: Free speech?
What right to free speech? This is the UK. We don't have such a constitutional right. We do have the European Convention's article 10 guaranteeing freedom of expression in our Human Rights Act. However, there are a large number of exceptions to this.
As a Linux developer and OS X user, I'd say that, far from being toys, they're actually the best desktop *nix machines you can get. OS X still beats Mint and Fedora for usability.
There's an incredible amount of research and development that goes into making phones as energy efficient as possible. They could easily use bigger batteries, but those would obviously make the phones larger and heavier, and most people don't want to be carrying around a brick.
Conveniently forgetting all of the other rich people who have gone to prison. Jeffrey Archer, to name but one, but there are plenty of others.
Why wasn't Orabile in the poll? It seems perfect to me.
Re: @Arctic fox: The USA patent system is a disgrace
I'm in a dilemma now. I don't know whether to vote you up for a reasoned argument, or vote you down for suggesting that Apple's lawyers are actually people.
So they've ditched making software and have gone back to just being a 'lifestyle and culture brand'. So what exactly does than entail and how is it supposed to make more money than software?
Re: Is this what I have been *using* for 8 months???
I've been using BusGuru for ages, which seems to have access to this data. It's certainly accurate about telling me how long I'll have to wait for a particular bus.
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