"Just what do you think you're doing, Dave?"
HAL - the early years...
37 posts • joined 15 Oct 2009
"Just what do you think you're doing, Dave?"
HAL - the early years...
it is not intended for use in the diagnosis of disease or other conditions, or in the cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease in man
The exact opposite I would have thought?
What do you mean I'm holding it wrong?
Feel rightfully proud of what they have achieved, not least in comparison to the original mission parameters (and how far away they are now!)
Surely public alpha, as the public beta happens when they dump it onto the strangely unsuspecting device owners who then complain that it affects [battery life/wifi/ability to make phone calls/local availability of lattes]?
Beat me to it. I can't believe someone actually entertained this as an idea.
...build a Wipeout track.
That is all.
"If you don't want your messages going via iMessage, Settings -> Messages -> iMessage -> Off. Was that so hard?"
If they don't know the phone is doing this (and from the class action suit it would appear many people don't) and is doing this by default then for most non-technical users (and let's be honest that covers 90+% of people with any type of phone) they may wonder why the messages are different colours, but most won't realise this 'feature' exists until they try to change phones.
Honestly - I don't own an iPhone, but my wife does, and the only reason I know that this happens is through news on El Reg. I suspect the majority of (non-techie) users assume that if they respond to a text message in what appears to be a text messaging app it will reply with a text message.
Would be interesting to run a survey to see how many (average/non-reg-reading) iDevice users are aware of this functionality, and more importantly are aware of the pit-falls.
I went for a Gigabyte NUC-type box as a low power XMBC/windows machine (not a patch in Spec comparison with the Mac Mini but entirely fanless and buildable with spares, and the box was only £80 on offer) but before that I was looking at the higher end Pro i7 version as a alternative to getting the Mac.
...Quad core, two hard drives available as an self upgrade option, cheap(ish) off the shelf 16GB RAM without the Apple tax. All told about £700, currently in use a video conversion and VM (Windows Servers) host.
The drop in multithread performance is stunning (obviously, having half the number of threads)
If you add in the soldered RAM, single HDD, dual core i7 as the top spec (and lets not even talk about the price difference that getting a quad core and self upgrading vs dual and buying the RAM from Apple), then it really is a no brainer - if you want a decent Mac Mini, buy a 2012 model.
And if you want to be able to upgrade the HDD to SSD and still use TRIM don't use Yosemite.
I got the Z3 compact - there's a magnetic charging dock for about £20 which I use, or there's a magnetic cable for about £15 I saw somewhere.
It's the first dock I've bought for any phone, which is slightly ironic as it gets charged less often than the last phone, but I figured it might be useful with the charging cover.
"Internet Explorer, Java, Adobe Flash, and Silverlight"
As an IT worker I suspect I am not alone in the following response:
IE - Don't use except on internal/intranet - I use Firefox with Adblock/NoScript externally
Java - Not installed/Enabled in FF
Flash - Not installed in FF
Silverlight - Not installed in FF (And run on request in IE. Seriously, does anyone use silverlight if they can possibly help it?)
Does it affect Firefox?
Ah - takes me back to travelling the Cook Islands and seeing a local company's web address...must remember set up Web2.0/cloud company there.
aware what you are up to
User is watching Pron on iPad - iPhone automatically sets itself to Do Not Disturb - Macbook pro holds all notifications until user has passed the vinegar strokes; also initiates Skype call to iCloud so Apple has an idea of you particular fetish and likely require length of video so it can target future searches towards 'Goat' and 'less than a minute' to help you later on.
...will it run Linux?
Or what's the i7 price like for a dual boot .net/LAMP dev box?
(if, of course, you could get a later version of Windows onto a 16gb ssd with any space to spare...)
Firefox & adblock across all devices, don't see adverts except when using other people's computers or forced to use IE at work, and generally it's a bit off a surprise to see what the internet "really" looks like.
As for autoplay ads or indeed autoplay anything...seriously annoying, and surely stopped being used when web design became a profession?
Apparently Facebook didn't get that memo so am now no longer updating their app just in case.
Honestly, and I know Eadon is going to spit so many feathers at this point to make very nice mattress, but I quite like Windows 8 as it is.
I put in on a netbook to give it a go, keeping the old XP/Linux drive in case it was awful, but I've kept it, added Lubuntu for Linux/main OS, and am enjoying the shortcut keys, and the look and feel.
I also know a non-techie neighbour who bought a W8 laptop after a W7 one and when I asked how it was going, thinking it would be maybe complicated, the answer was 'all good, found the desktop, no problem'
So from a non-scientific poll of two, one IT, one not, I think the "it's an awful OS" crowd are somewhat over doing it.
While Iagree the RT version of Windows 8 doesn't seen set up for business and to expensive for home use compared to android or even ios devices, I'm not even sure win 8 as a full x86/64 system works for business as you can't add anything app-wise to the touchy-feely side of it without a Microsoft account, which I'm sure we'll go down well in business.
As a personal OS it's not too bad, but the fact you need to integrate everything to as hotmail or live account is quite annoying, but gets really irritating when installed as a test machine on a domain.
Yep - all the exchanges except ours in the local area are being done. Probably because we live in a predominantly rented / 'lower socio-economic' area and it's uneconomic. Bastards.
See here for details:
Which Microsoft website only works with IE?
I can name a Microsoft website doesn't even work with IE - I remember giving up on IE7 in the early days when it used to blink out of existence with no warning, no error message, just vanished, when opening pages on the MSDN site. I've a suspicion it still does.
@jd I use my Sony netbook to hardware test Windows 8 when I found the hot corners a passion on avm without full screen running. Running Lubuntu as the alternate os, but has also run xp, x/ubuntu and open suse. great little machine for not overly complicated tasks and downloading from iplayer, basic camera work with Shotwell, gimp, ufraw. If I need instant web access i've got a tablet, but for some tasks a keyboard is just better
While GIMP isn't quite Photoshop, it plenty good enough for the majority of photo work.
UFRaw to import / handle CR2 files into GIMP.
I think maybe the inability to play hd was based on the idea that even at 720p (being nominally hd at 720 by 1280 pixels) the iPad mini would have to down scale to fit it on the screen (due to the 1024 screen width) therefore not supplying 1:1 mapping possible on the kindle.
I agree, not full HD, but if it can't even play 720 at full resolution and therefore requiring the processor to work resizing the video, they've got at least half a point.
1366x768? Really? I've got a 3-and-a-half-year-old Sony Netbook with a 10 screen with that resolution and a 7 inch Nexus with 1280x800, both of which came in at sub-£200 (the netbook was second hand)
Umm - I haven't noticed adverts on anything except free games or apps. And I can generally pay for those to get rid of the adverts if I so wish. And I suspect, thought the article doesn't say so, that ad supported games will still serve adverts, it's just the home screen/lock screen adverts that will be disabled.
Incidentally are you talking about rooting the device to install adblock, therefore getting free games and also not giving the developers any money? Tight much?
I refer you to the fine gentleman quoted below:
Posted Thursday 28th June 2012 15:36 GMT
....I can recognise sarcasm, even on the internet.
Everything image wise gets compressed by default, especially if syncing from an Android phone, which is really irritating, and there doesn't seem to be a fix.
You can't disable it by default in the browser either, which I want to if I'm using it as a back up - I don't want to back up my photos only to get the 'safe' version back at half the resolution.
Drag and drop doesn't play in Linux in the browser, you can't upload directories without an app.
Have to say I had to remove MSE from a low spec laptop and go to avast - MSE was taking up 100 meg memory, and on an XP machine with only 360, that was killing it.
And while I'd have used Lubuntu for my own machine (and have had it running nicely enough on an even lower spec laptop with 160 meg & 600MHz Processor) the machine wasn't for me, so had to be XP.
Swype - fricking awesome....
Hmmm. Am I wrong to think he's stepping somewhat outside his bounds of expertise on this, or has he been mislabelled?
...they might have fixed the antenna by then.
They weren't reviewing it, they were testing it to prove/disprove the antenna rumours under controlled conditions - scientific experimentation requires proof, not opinion.
Scientific experimentation takes place in labs to cut out outside interference that may distort the result and cause people to go 'Oh it's not a real issue, I can't replicate it'
The point of testing is to make it replicable.
From the ONS - population of Greater Manchester = 2482328 in 2002 census.
Let's just say that 2 million of voting age, of these 1736 have got an ID card.
0.0868% of the population have chosen to get one. Less than 1 in a thousand.
Mmm. Proving to be really popular aren't they. </sarcasm>
It worked fine for me. Logged in fine just before I saw your piece. Checked again just now and it's still okay?
FF portable, 3.5, user agent switcher off.