3461 posts • joined 16 Nov 2009
Re: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
Socrates' solution was to properly train their souls, if that helps.
I do it all the time.
Then again, I use a Nokia.
I also go out in the wind and rain without a hat or umbrella but then I don't have an exclusive haircut or makeup to look after because I'm not a massive nonce.
Jesus fucking christ
Those prices are batshit insane.
Re: OS updates
HTC are (as of yesterday) now supporting WP 8.1 on 8X and 8S so that's every single WP8 phone upgradable.
Re: OS updates
As I understand it, there are many phones still less than 2 years old without the option of updating to WP 8.1 or Android 4.4 Kitkat, despite it being several months since the release of both OSes.
As I understand it, the only Windows 8 phone that cannot be updated to Windows 8.1 is the HTC 8X and this because HTC have not supported it with suitable drivers.
Re: Only one one the list
Astons are cool regardless of who drives them but it's not about the price - a Mark 2 Fiesta 16 valve special is also cool.
I guess we'll find out?
Re: I think Keynes said words to the effect that
Keynes was a very, very smart individual whom politicians have absolutely ignored.
The central tenet of JMK is to raise taxes during boom years and stash the surplus, then spend the surplus during the recession boosting economic activity and making the cycle shorter.
Politicians, however, (as seen by the current Conservative+LibDem bunch of incompetents) like to lower taxes during booms (this is called an electoral bribe) and raise them during recession, thus making everything thousands of times worse.
As for stockpiling a surplus - debt is so much easier.
Tax credits. It's not getting off benefits, it's merely changing the name of the benefit.
Trevor - It's not a complaint, it's a suggestion.
Have you considered renaming this "Trevor Pott Comment of the Week"?
They don't contain enough unicorn tears.
Re: In before
Good point - I doubt if Sony can afford him any more.
Barry Shitpeas comes along to tell us this all a dirty lie spread by Apple and/or Microsoft.
Re: The end of the world must be nigh…
If it helps, I have no horror of agreeing with Charlie Clark but I am horribly embarrassed to be caught sharing an opinion with Matt Bryant.
Re: Pax681 BTW
> there is no such thing as the Bank of Scotland.
Actually, there is. It used to be a commercial bank, then Halifax borged it, then Lloys borged Halifax. But HBoS (Halifax Bank of Scotland)was actually a thing.
However, it's just a nameplate these days.
Re: If they say yes...
> The goalposts were changed in the 79 referendum. The change meant that there needed to be a 40% turnout, which btw is a damned site higher than most general elections!
No it isn't. Stop making things up.
In the same way that profitable urban cell towers subsidize less profitable rural cell towers.
Scotland is a whole lot of rural and it is subsidized by England wherever a national (id est, UK-wide) infrastructure exists.
Re: As a Scotsman
> can I say that a YES vote wouldn't actually mean the person hates the English
Maybe not, but what does it mean? It seems to me that the issue is dissatisfaction with the major political parties, which is fine, that's universal. It ain't just Scotland, everyone hates every one of those shitbags.
The problem with that is that your displacement activity is a one-issue party with no concern outside Scotland. The Scots as a whole (no individuals need be named or shamed) have wasted their dislike of the centre-right corporate-owned political consensus by pissing away their votes on a nationalist party instead of producing something better for everyone. That lack of interest in and support for the rest of the UK has hampered everyone's desire for real representation.
If I were a Scot, I'd be ashamed my country ever let this get so bad.
Re: You know all this talk of things being more expensive
Not as such but per capita GDP in the UK will rise by around £150 annually if the Scots go.
Life expectancy will also rise.
The whole thing has been an absolute disaster in terms of actual intelligence.
On the one hand, you have "Better Together", a bunch of failed idiot politicians who did nothing but make rich people richer at the expense of everybody, not just Scotland saying "Don't leave, we want to fuck you over some more!"
And then you have the Yes campaign sticking to the message that everyone should vote for independence because independence is a lovely lovely thing that makes things lovely. Obviously, you don't need to worry about practicalities like jobs or money or your phone working or anything at all because all of that will be independent and therefore as lovely as a very, very lovely thing. Also oil, which is currently horrible but will be lovely when independent and even George Monbiot thinks so.
I've seen more in-depth debates on CBeebies and we should round up everyone involved and drown them. In oil.
I was going to upvote "Ipso Fatso" but the "your right" makes me wonder if perhaps it wasn't deliberate.
> once you've got wood you can mine stone
Short version - it teaches kids how to construct code through plugins and environments.
If MS shift it to .NET and make a free plugin for VS Express, they have just captured pretty much the entire next generation of application developers.
Re: The first time I've seen Godwin's law work in reverse..
For various reasons, I strongly recommend that El Reg try to avoid calling Tim Cook "fruity".
You could get away with it when it was Steve "I'm drowning in fanny, me" Jobs but Tim Cook might take it as referring to his personal life and nobody needs to go throwing homophobia around.
“The biggest problem is that Windows is not easy to develop independently on this platform. A lot of things are defined by Windows; they [Microsoft] leave [a] very small space for vendors to develop,” he told El Reg.
You are only allowed Microsoft's fuckups. No adding your own fuckups.
Whether this is good or bad depends on how much you like Touchwiz.
Re: The decline of apps
> National Rail Enquiries - a rail timetable FFS, wants to watch me go to the toilet for some reason.
I suspect that's because they want to find where railway quality went in the UK. It'd be my first guess too.
Re: Surely there are two sides to the size thing?
> It would be interesting to see some comparative pictures of the top phones available when the first iPhone was released. Strange how we've all got used to carrying these huge slabs around.
I remember I had an HTC Touch at the time (smaller than iPhone) and most of my feature-phone using colleagues thought that was a bit big.
I saw one of the them the other toting a Galaxy Note.
"provided the company plays well with others"
Because they have such a great history of that.
Re: Chromosome problem?
women love Apple. I predict that the largest demographic to buy iWatches will be women in their 30s.
Re: OnePlus One
I think all of the Lumia's have an FM radio but you may have OS preferences which count them out.
Sounds like this.
Okay, the price of the handset is tucked away in tiny letters on the "Sign away your life!" page and interestingly, the total price you pay each month doesn't seem to vary (seems to be roughly £33 for everything with a decent data allowance) but you can still see exactly how much the handset costs and it's a lot.
Not quite Expensys prices but pretty close.
If they decide to "integrate" it into the Microsoft infrastructure or only develop the Microsoft platforms, then it will be a bad thing.
By shoving it onto Azure, MS can reduce the infrastructure costs to a rounding error and that means more of that $2.9bn sales revenue becomes profit.
Re: Alan Coren
I'm sure I've heard it (unattributed) from Stephen Fry.
Chuck Norris is a mad retirement-age fundie Christian who turns the other bum-cheek. My mrs could beat him in a fight.
On the whole I preferred the Robert Harris version.
“As things stand, MPs don’t appear adequately informed to vote
on future policy changes impacting entrepreneurs.
Fixed that one for you.
Re: Windows Phone is a
> Call me when Microsoft can make Windows Phone stream to a bluetooth speaker with having the audio chop out or the pairing lost, or when the phone doesn't reboot every other day, or the proximity sensor play up so you can't use the in-call numeric keypad or the touchscreen lose accuracy at the edges, or the platform has some apps, or the camera lives up to the hype it got prelaunch.., etc etc etc.
How am I supposed to call you 18 months ago?
Re: Market Share
> In the UK, market share from memory is much higher than 2.5%.
Latest figures showed 9.9% from Kantar, if I recall correctly. But I have to admit that I don't quite understand those figures. If that 9.9% of all _new_ handsets sold during the last quarter, fair enough. But 9.9% of _all_ mobile phones would be a phenomenal amount in real terms and I would find that figure suspicious.
That's one of Intel's new InternetOfStuff™ Atoms, not a full-blown Atom.
Re: with Bing
> I doubt many here have tried W8.1 on a 1Gb PC considering a)most people don't use W8.1 b)very few PCs have 1Gb RAM.
I tried it on actual hardware. An ExoPC - old-style Atom, 1GB RAM, 64GB m-SATA SSD, touchscreen, basically a netbook with no keyboard.
It runs fine. No you don't really want to try Crysis - not least because there's no keyboard and no GPU - and you probably wouldn't want to try to multitask more than 4 (desktop) applications at a time (Win8 apps are a different matter, you can go as nuts as you like with those).
This is actually the main reason why I know that most of the WindowsH8 brigade are bullshitters.
> So how many of these have secure boot locked down so they're useless?
Since none of them run Windows RT, the exact number with "secure boot locked down" is "none". It will be enabled but all have the official badges on and thus must have the facility to disable Secure Boot in BIOS.
Don't you think all this secure boot FUD has gone far enough now? Seriously?
> is compatible with smartphones running at least Android 4.3
Yeah, that's the killer. Cross-platform or no sale.
Re: You don't see people whining...
> You are joking, right?
There are two answers to that -
1. Yes, he's joking. It really doesn't try to force you to do anything and the "skip this crap" link is not hidden - it's on the same page as the "enter an MS account" dialog box.
2. He is actually Gavin Clarke and just clicked "next" rather than bother to read the text, thus believing that Win8 won't run without an MS account. It will. It does.
And all of these look pretty but I prefer my debian set up my way, thanks anyway.
I keep trying to parse it as a lambda expression
Re: Some truth to some of what they say
Disingenuous. They hash AND salt with online services, simply not with local OS level passwords (largely for historic/compatibility reasons).
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