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Re: Welcome to the Lewis and Andrew Show
oh go on, hold your breath.
If this manages to combine all the suck of ActionScript with all the suck of Java, it'll be horrible.
That's not to say that there aren't good bits of both. Just not very many.
To be honest, I don't know. My dad was a dairy farmer. He died a few years ago. Since then, I haven't kept up with developments so it's possible that either a) I'm behind the times or b) Prince Charles is exempt.
(WP7 PR agents?)
If you suspect that people here are paid PR agents, you should report their posts. Don't call it out in the forums because that's against the House Rules and makes you look like Barry Shitpeas, the well-known Sony publicist.
I suspect it can't do SIP in the background at all.
You're both right and wrong, interestingly enough. It can do foreground SIP. It can't leave a SIP process running to poll for calls. However, some solutions are more clever than others. Tango, for example, send a push notification of an incoming VOIP call which initiates the VOIP client. A cunning workaround.
Skype (who aren't SIP but used as an example) aren't bright enough for this, despite being an MS property these days.
To be frank, nothing in the current market does SIP well (Android and iOS bothy stink at it) but there's Nokia's PureUltraPhotoResolution thing which is Symbian and should cope.
Best policy right now is to hold off on upgrading for six months. That'll give you iOS6, Android5 JellyBean (apparently) and WP8, as well as whatever RIM can salvage.
Piss off, Geoffrey.
Re: Android Porting
I don't go around telling everyone that Android phones are shit, laggy, ugly and smell like donkey-fart on every Android phone article. Check for yourself if you don't believe me. So it's not a classic fanboy thing. The One X is pretty nice, although it shares the WP flaw of not having a MicroSD slot.
Re: Android Porting
I don't give a shit about the last word. I want to know WHY you always do this.
I know you think Windows Phone is ugly, you said so before. de gustibus non est disputandum so that's valid but then again, it also means you can't go around saying "everyone! don't buy this, it's ugly!". So instead we get this "underpowered" nonsense. Which is madness, because if Android could run on less than half the resources that WP needs, the Android fans would never shut up about it. But because it's Microsoft, it's a fault.
What I really don't get is why so many people here actively want this to fail. Would a successful (say, 30% of market) WP prevent you from buying an Android phone? Or an iPhone? No. Would it drive down the prices and drive up the quality of Android phones and iPhones? Probably, since that is a feature of competition.
But no, they want it to fail. Which implies that they want to pay more for less. And they tell pretty outrageous lies about it in the process, which is worse.
I wish I understood it. Is it some sort of religious thing?
Re: Android Porting
I am not going to buy an old 100Mhz computer, not even if it has a turbo button.
Does your laptop have a low-power chip in it? Do you own any ARM-powered devices? I ask since low-power also means "reduced performance" and ARM is by definition considerably less powerful than x86/x64. Your statement is the equivalent of "I would never buy a DVD player to watch my DVDs on when a £3000 gaming rig can do that job and is more powerful".
In other words, it's drivel. You're just criticizing for the sake of it.
Re: Android Porting
@Miek: Suppose for a second that I gave you a truly open-source version of linux that ran flawlessly on a 100MHz (yes M, no Gs) single core chip and offered extreme battery life savings because of this.
By your logic, it would be crap.
I think you have a problem here.
Unless Reuters isn't a good enough source to be taken seriously. And yeah, three years late, etc etc etc. I think it'll get there, assuming Microsoft don't make WP8 an ugly static grid of icons like Bob Vistakin's beloved WIndows 3.1. Or iOS and Android, for that matter.
Re: Fixes the most glaring issue
I assume Windows Phone 7.5 hasn't changed in any way which really impacts on the device's ability to compete with other modern handsets.
It got an official El Reg app this morning. That helps. Also, it may encourage Barry Shitpeas to go troll somewhere else given that you could interpret this as the Reg officially acknowledging that WP7 is growing and not going away any time soon.
If you can ensure that everyone gets (almost) the same latency, it ceases to be an issue. Think about the usual MMO problems. Rubberbanding - not a problem. Characters in view - not a problem. Roundtrip calculations - not a problem. Client-side speed/damage/positioning hacks - impossible.
There's an awful lot of potential here.
Re: Android Porting
It's interesting that the same people who rave about being able to run linux on a 10 year old desktop rig and get oputstanding performance are the same people who spit on any phone that doesn't have multiple core choppery.
No MicroSD support is mad, I'll grant you but not supporting multicore is like saying the Ferrari Enzo doesn't support HGV engines. It doesn't need multicore.
In order for more processing power to be necessary, you need a slow OS. You can call WP7 many things but "slow" isn't one of them.
You finally get a laptop article with that resolution you bitch about on every other laptop article and... you bitch about it?
Colour me confused.
You're not. You're making sure that your milk is bottled/packaged in the UK. It is illegal to advertize milk by producing nation, provided that nation is an EU member.
So unless you buy it from a farmer - and I think that's now also illegal - your milk is exactly the same as everyone else's.
Exactly 100% more, excepting antibiotics which cannot be administered to cattle currently being milked in the UK.
However, if we consider US standards to be 100% and UK standard to be 0%, you'll find that Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands sit at around 35-40%.
Meaning you drink that stuff anyway.
Sorry about that.
Re: Something missing from this analysis, surely?
At least a part of the problem is caused by EuroMilk™.
Britain has a quota on how much milk it is permitted to produce. That quota is set artificially low in order to ensure that France, the Netherlands and other exporters of milk have a guaranteed market to export to. The UK is about 48% self-sufficient in milk, down from 100% in 1971.
Cows are not machines. It doesn't work like "insert nKg of fodder and o litres of water to produce %FIXED_VOLUME of milk". Some days, you get more milk, some days you get less. In the spring, you usually get more. In the winter, a little less.
If you routinely produce less mil;k than you have quota for, DEFRA will take your quota away. If you ever produce more milk than you have quota for, DEFRA will fine you for each extra litre. It is imperative that the British public continue to buy foreign milk, so you can see why they do this (?).
Thus, you keep enough cattle to maintain your quota in the winter. So that you don't lose it. In the spring, you throw milk away in order to avoid paying DEFRA's fines.
If you want to stop wasting milk, withdraw from the Common Agricultural Policy.
Re: So I guess these are all 1366x768?
More about what you consider to be important. I value battery life over screen resolution.
It's kind of irritating that whenever the Reg reviews a laptop, a group of about ten commentards all come along and criticize the screen rez, regardless of what it happens to be. Another five then accuse it of copying the Macbook Air (totally regardless of what it actually looks like) and three more will make bad jokes about Apple suing over rectangles.
Re: 5 months and obsolete
While that's true, there's also no evidence that it won't and conflicting accounts from the usual pundits (Thurrot, MSNerd etc) on whether it will or not.
Logically speaking, there is no reason why a system which can take advantage of dual-core chips can't address single-core chips (which is an argument I've see on this very site, retarded though it is) and also the publicity shot-in-the-foot MS and Nokia would get for selling the Lumia 900 with no upgrades at all indicates that it's likely that at least some phones will be upgraded.
Probably not my old HD7 (which I accidentally set fire to last week and it still works fine, although the case melted a bit) but that's okay. You can't expect consumer electronics to be immortal.
Re: Not much of a loss for Mozilla
apple doesn't have a monoply to abuse
They do. That monopoly is on mp3 players and they abuse it by leveraging iTunes, a content store. That monopoly is what's given them a boost on the desktop and the reason why iOS cultists keep buying iOS. iTunes demands it.
Re: That's because Apple aren't restricting their users to IE.
Yeah I'd totally give up a browser that tries to be standards compliant and webgl for the plethora of exploits and viruses IE has.
What's the weather like in 1998?
Re: I wonder
I was, for the end of her evil reign. Then there was wee Johnny Major, who amazingly turned out to be far less awful than Blair was. Since I'd helped to vote him out and Blair in, some admission of guilt is required.
Anyway, Thatcher. The unions as a whole were a problem although monolithic and retarded management of the old nationalized industries were a much bigger issue. Had she addressed those rather than just flogging them off the country might even still have a manufacturing industry and, y'know, be in the position Germany is in rather than the deep shit we currently inhabit.
See you there, then?
Nah, the mandarins responsible for it would defend it savagely because their jobs would be secure and they couldn't be blackmailed with tax threats and legislation changes.
Renationalize BT and bring back the GPO.
Hard to say at the moment whether it's different or not.
If you can create a fully-featured Metro browser using MS's WinRT tools (and I don't know whether or not you can yet), it's different because nobody says you HAVE to browse from the Classic Desktop (which is limited to Office 15 anyway, noting else runs on the desktop that might trigger a link).
If browsers you create using WinRT lack functionality or are limited in some way, or (for example) use IE for rendering, it's the same.
I personally hope that WinRT supports the creation of a full-featured Metro Firefox (and Chrome, etc) in which case, the old-style Classic Desktop on a Win8 ARM tablet is irrelevant - the metro version would be enough.
Re: If you could force an honest answer from a tech company what would it be?
I'd ask Microsoft this -
"The Zune. A few questions.
1. Why brown? What the fuck were you thinking?
2. Sound quality alone should have sold this device but throw in the Zune Pass and the HD hardware and it should have been a world-beater. So you chose to only sell it in America, to Americans, who are stupid and think Steve Jobs invented the mp3 player. What the fuck were you thinking?
3. Did you ass-rape Bob Vistakin? I can think of no more plausible explanation for his levels of butthurt, so come on. Own up.
time to stop reading the comments on the Reg. What a bunch of vindictive little bitches you are.
Re: OH YEAH!
Can we remove the shit from Gavin Clark? Because what MS are saying is "people rip DVDs and then play the rips".
I can't speak for anyone else but that describes my PC-based DVD experience perfectly.
Re: Hit the fan
Thanks for speaking for the entire Internet. Without your comment, the Internet would have nobody to tell Microsoft what every single last user in the entire world thinks. Lucky you were here to go around and ask them all!
All those web search tables showing Bing at approx. 20% of global searches are just done for fun because it's such a laughing stock, aren't they? And nobody at all will buy Windows 8 so they might as well not bother!
And Gavin Clarke always knows better than multi-billion dollar companies which is why he's, er... a journalistic nobody? Wait, that can't be right.....