8 posts • joined 19 Nov 2009
As the human population grows, it's not so far-fetched to think that our descendants will need to turn to artificial environments once nature can't provide enough to support us all.
If the Sheik's dome in Dubai interests you, I'd recommend reading Steel Beach by John Varley. It's a fun piece of fiction, and everyone in the novel is living in domes on the moon. Any Earth-based natural environment is non-existent, although various biomes have been replicated in city-sized domed "Disneylands".
Re: Not relevant
Not really, both are hosted outside Britain and the British just choose to use them. What will the OFT do, ban the services being used inside the UK?
An American company buys an Israeli company - the position of Britain's OFT is irrelevant.
I reluctantly ditched my Bold 9900 a year ago for an iPhone in order to be able to use apps like Hailo (a must in London). I can't tell you how much I am looking forward to the release of the BB10 handset with the hardware keyboard.
I will however wait a year before switching back, during which time I really hope companies like Hailo and Pocket Informant end up supporting the platform with their apps. Being able to quickly type out an email without having to correct every second miskeyed word might just save my sanity. Add to that custom ring profiles, the flashing LED and being able to run background applications without chewing up the battery!
MF60 for us
We used an unlocked Three E586 for years whilst travelling, but in Australia Telstra's "Next-G" network uses an unsupported frequency so we picked up a rebranded MF60. In comparison:
- MF60 is more reliable (the E586 drops out and needs a reboot every few hours)
- MF60 feels more solid, is thinner and has better battery life
- the web interface of the E586 is better than the MF60, but we really only use it to change APNs when swapping SIMs
- the Telstra interface of the MF60 doesn't support sending and receiving SMSs but the unbranded ZTE interface does
- both types can be unlocked for a few £s online
Picking up a cheap data SIM (e.g. €10 for 1GB-1mth in Austria) and connecting all the iPads, Blackberries, laptops to it when travelling saves a bundle on hotel internet and roaming fees.
If our Telstra MF60 gives up its life, we will definitely look at getting an unbranded one to replace it, hopefully an LTE MF90 will be out by then!
We have a SureSignal from Vodafone and what they don't tell you before purchasing is that it only supports one data connection at a time. Two or more Blackberries connected via BIS to the network? Only one will have a data connection. Same for iPhones and Android... rendering the unit next to useless beyond voice calls for today's smartphones.
Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose
History repeating itself in the fashion of Motorola in Europe. One must wonder whether teaming up with Sony was a good move for Ericsson. Like Motorola, they haven't released a handset of note for years - no amount of teen-focussed advertising can change that.
Ericsson: divorce from Sony, go back to your Swedish roots and start creating the minimalist handsets for which you were famed. I still hold my old T28 as the pinnacle of mobile design!
Eats, shoots and leaves
"Megabite broadband"? Ladies and gentlemen, the state of Britain today - where even the boss of the Chamber of Commerce can't spell.
- Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees
- 14 antivirus apps found to have security problems
- Feature Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?
- Apple winks at parents: C'mon, get your kid a tweaked Macbook Pro
- FTC to mobile carriers: If you could stop text scammers being jerks that'd be just great