607 posts • joined Thursday 26th November 2009 18:01 GMT
Re: "Comfortable with that?" Er, well now that you mention it, no.
"Oh, that's fixable. Apple can just do like Google likes to do, and link the bluetooth service to some other service."
Well, I have Android 4.1.2 on my phone, and Bluetooth is definitely switched off. If it's linked to another service, then that must be a service I don't use.
"Like, say, that you can not have wifi enabled without also having bluetooth enabled. Or do like Microsoft likes to do, and simply remove the setting to turn off bluetooth. The possibilities to make sure that you see those offers are endless."
No, those are possibilities to discourage me from buying a new phone. :p
(Or, if I buy one and then discover I can't disable Bluetooth, to return it for a full refund because it is unsatisfactory.)
Re: "Comfortable with that?" Er, well now that you mention it, no.
"... and if the shop itself were to start spamming me I would be out of there so fast ..."
I, for one, sincerely hope Apple have patented this idea so tightly that it isn't possible for any other company to work their way around the patents to implement something similar.
However, if they haven't done, and other companies do manage to come up with something that works for other types of phone, then I can rest easy: I've always kept Bluetooth switched off unless I'm actually using it for something - which I haven't done in many years.
Re: Genius Bar
" but I do believe in pointing out good stuff when it is encountered and dearly wish more businesses would try to copy the good stuff."
Copy something Apple does? Apple? AKA Lawsuits R Us?
Re: A Canteen?
"I should hope it contains more than one."
There will be coffee bars, so Apple can employ baristas. And so the circle becomes complete.
'"8" is Windows 6.2.'
"I guess Microsoft kind of lost the plot"
And then some!
"A few of the websites saying to upgrade the browser are classing IE11 as IE7 or at least that's what the websites are saying I should upgrade from."
Just a bit of wild speculation, but I wonder... would you be using Windows 8 by any chance? IIRC, Windows 7 is actually version 6.1.something - so is Windows 8 version 7.something? (I assume, without checking, that it does have a new major version number). If so, could it be that IE11 is dishing out the Windows version number instead of its own?
I lost one of my mobiles a few years ago. I suspect it may be in the Brecon Beacons somewhere (I used the GPS on it to track my walks). Any chance you could check up on its last known location?
Thanks in advance.
That video should have been done with Peter Jones narrating.
And some slight changes to the script, such as "To fully understand an exo-planet, astronomers must study its atmosphere, and the contents of its inhabitants sock drawers."
"And that said, history is written by the winners - we only percieve the Empire as the evil ones because the Rebels won at the end. this whole "Dark Lord of the Sith" stuff could be entirely propagander by Ackbar's PR department (much like Microsofts anti-Google marketing tactic at the moment)"
Well I was going to point out that a series of documentaries was made about the whole affair, which included actual footage of many key events, such as the Death Star destroying Alderaan.
Then I remembered that some of that footage was 'corrected' in later editions of the documentaries, so maybe you're right.
Re: A little late
"I doubt that the financial institutions will "facilitate" transfer of the chip coding to a multi vendor card arrangement."
What I suspected was that users of the card will submit their existing card details to Amazon. Before using the card, they'd log into their account, and specify which real card to use to make the next payment, and then toddle off to use their card. As far as any given vendor is concerned, will simply be a card issued by Amazon - which is who they'll receive payment from (?) - and behind the scenes, Amazon would debit the pre-selected card in order to fund that payment.
However, the article (and patent application based on a skim reading) does actually describe a programmable card. Perhaps a similar concept, but with the card storing the choice of account: Vendor is still simply seeing a card from Amazon, and receiving payment from them, but the details of where the payment comes from to get to Amazon is stored on the card itself, rather than on their server.
I'm not sure how Amazon will get any benefit (read: money) out of this. The (real) card issuers aren't going to want to give Amazon a cut. The end users won't want to pay extra on top of whatever they're buying (well, I wouldn't, anyway). And the vendors won't want to give up any of their sales value on top of what they already have to pay to accept cards, just because Joe Bloggs wants to pay by Amazon.
Re: All a bit daft...
"Poster above points out that the drone still isn't going to know when you're in."
As I pointed out in a comment on the earlier article, IF this delivery scheme were to actually happen, the chances are the drone delivery option would be exactly that: an option, on items suitable for delivery that way.
When a customer is ordering something, if delivery by drone is possible for that item, they will be able to opt for it - and would only do so if they aren't going out in the next however-many minutes; the estimated delivery time for delivery by drone, plus a little extra just to be sure. The drone would know the customer is in precisely because the customer opted for delivery by drone - which they wouldn't have done if they weren't going to be in.
Re: Instead of putting the onus onto us
"Why don'y THEY do THEIR job and get this sorted out so that Amazon (and all the others) CAN'T avoid paying the tax they should be due."
But Dave Cameron and Claire Perry have been doing their job to get this sorted out. Once the filter is up and running, all it'll need is a bit of feature creep, and instead of "MPs back call to boycott low-taxed tat from Amazon" the headline could be "MPs back call to enforced boycott on low-taxed tat from Amazon".
But they're only thinking of the children!
Re: OK I get the laser bit ...
I saw no mention of sharks in the article.
And that's just wrong.
I want to know how they propose to have lasers on the moon without sharks.
Re: all they need to do
"is package this up, and licence it to Dominos.. pizza in thirty minutes... winner."
Handy if you live in a high-rise, as well. Saves the guy having to mess around getting it to your floor - just delivery to the balcony. \o/
Re: Greate as a concept
"For a 30 minute delivery you're expecting this is great but would you really want it dropping your packages on your lawn while you're not there?"
I suspect it'll be a case of being able to opt for this delivery method on orders for which it is possible, rather than a more generic delivery method - so that scenario won't happen: You'd only opt for it if you are going to be there.
" I suppose one could chase a drone down with an R/C aircraft and force them down as well."
For added lulz, your R/C aircraft would need to be able to play a recorded (or relayed) message at the Drone. "You are flying over a restricted airspace..."
Okay, so the message won't actually be heard by anyone, but who cares? It'll be fun.
Icon: It flies.
Re: EULAs suck
You know that. I know that. Typical readers of El Reg know that.
But many people don't. Many people don't even know what one is, even AFTER it's been installed on their computer as part of the process of installing something else because they didn't see/understand the pre-ticked box, and the toolbar has, as a result, appeared at their browser.
All they know is "all the extra buttons just appeared" at some point - often more than one lot at different times - making the browser window smaller, and now they've noticed the computer's a bit slow accessing the web.
Re: I've still got my Dragon32
The oldest computer I definitely still have is my Acorn A3000.
I may still have my first laptop, the make of which I can't remember - it ran DOS, booted from floppy, and had a very small (3 or 4 x 80?) display.
But all the 8-bit classics - a Beeb, an Electron, a Memotech, a ZX81, etc. - all long since binned. (Before people started paying silly money for them on eBay.)
Dear Apple: You're sucking it up wrong.
The second two options are incorrect. They will be one single option: "Add me to the dodgy list" - though it might not use those words.
Re: sounds like our legendary white tailed spider
The ones that didn't appear in the documentary "Black Sheep" ?
That documentary was made after they had come to understand the technique and make practical use of it. I believe they actually discovered the effect while making another documentary some twenty years earlier.
You aren't missing anything. They're all puzzled as to why the comet (or what's left of it) hasn't appeared around the other side of the sun. Nobody seems to have questioned whether or not the reason for that is the alien space ship that was disguised as a comet has put on the brakes now that it's out of sight.
Re: To put it into perspective ...
Conclusion: Researchers have a hell of a lot of cats.
Re: I must be doing my bugs wrong
"Every time there's a bug in my code, it creates problems. When Google or Apple users discover 'bugs', they generally end up being features that are actually useful to those companies. Imagine that."
I was going to reply saying it's the same for me, and in doing so, I invented the word Gopplesoft to refer collectively to Google, Apple and Microsoft. So instead I'll just put that word out there. Gopplesoft.
Re: !Subtle under tones
"Their marketing champaign is sleazy at the least, but they're still right, chromebooks are pretty useless, especially so if you lose your internet connection."
It's also a bit hypocritical given what they were originally going to do with the Xbone.
Re: UK "Vanity" Plates
At least part of the purpose is, as you mention, to identify the age of the vehicle - or at least to prevent the vehicle looking newer than it is; you can't apply a registration mark to a car if the car predates the year of the mark*. This was also true with the LNNN LLL plates, where the first letter identified the year.
* Although there are ways around it, such as (IIRC) importing a vehicle with the number you want and then transferring that number.
"I know it's 'just like a bee sting'..
but I was putting my shirt on in the hotel about 2 months back, and just caught sight of one in the collar just in time."
Many years ago, I was bitten by a little critter that I was removing from the bath. (I don't kill them; I take them outside and let them go - possibly a result of having had a pet tarantula for many years, I dunno). When I nudged it onto my hand and lifted it, the spider dug its fangs in. It hurt, but more because I didn't expect it than anything else.
"I did photograph it before dispatching it to an aquatic afterlife, and it was definately a falsey."
Unfortunately I didn't get a photo - I still put the spider out, but as I did so a family member turned up and promptly squashed it before I could dive back in and grab my camera. I've since tried identifying it, and the best match I've ever come up with was a false widow - but I wouldn't compare the bite with that of a bee sting, so I'm not sure.
I wonder if Paris is a biter? I bet she is.
Re: Why do we want the internet of things?
Internet of Mings - the part of the internet providing porn for ugly people.
Internet of Flings - the generic name for dating websites.
Re: Why do we want the internet of things?
Drop the 'g' to make it the 'thinternet' (which I think rolls better off the tongue) and that probably works quite well; thin being shortened in this case from thing, as well as giving an indication about the amount of bandwidth these things are likely to use (individually).
Re: Why do we want the internet of things?
And I also don't want to call the internet of things the internet of things.
Stupid, lazy name. Unless computers etc are NOT things, then it has already been an internet of things since day one.
Can I think of something better? Probably not.
Re: Doesn't look good
"I really don't know what console to go for in this generation."
I know what console I'm going for in this generation: None of them.
I'll stick with my PS3. I have plenty of games for it that I haven't yet even started on (sadly, I don't get much time to play, so the occasional day of gaming is a nice treat), and the supply of new games won't dry up immediately - and over time, as more people upgrade, there will likely be more second hand games available as well.
A pint for Sony for not making it backwards compatible. Nice move, guys.
"Surely the most powerful weapons of airport terror these days are an unattended bag or a tweet."
What about a tweet about an unattended bag?
Personally, I shudder to think what the consequences of that could be.
" what is impossible?
impossible.com - is a new website"
...that uses a bloody awful typeface on its "What is impossible?" page.
"It was nice for McGann to list the companions he's had while working for Big Finish."
It was nice to see McGann in the role again. I saw enough to convince me that he would have made a fine doctor if he'd been given the chance. The movie let him down as much as it did viewers.
Re: It is not an unknown incarnation
"Beyond the fact that he's The War Doctor, he's still an unknown"
My reading of the article suggests that by "an unknown incarnation" the writer meant they didn't know what number he fits in the basic sequence that starts 1: Hartnell, 2: Troughton, 3: Pertwee, etc. And that is precisely what was revealed in the link I gave.
The article even hints at the possibility that Hurt is somewhere in the known sequence by questioning whether Capaldi is twelfth or thirteenth, so the only reasonable explanation is to avoid spoilers for something that is yet to be shown - but it has been shown already in the form of a mini episode published online. Which I linked to.
"John Hurt’s unknown incarnation"
It is not an unknown incarnation, and hasn't been since the reveal last week.
"Samsung better try to shift a lot more of those half-wit smartwatches if it's going to pay its extortion demands"
(I didn't change the comment about the silly watches because I agree with that.)
Re: They turned me down for the job
I don't understand, either. That's the most realistic looking R2-D2 model I've ever seen. Fantastic. You deserve a pint.
Re: To boldly go......
" I have always wished I could be one of them and if I was offered the chance to launch tomorrow, I would be there ready and waiting."
Join the queue! (And have an upvote for the sentiment!)
Re: Yes, a "solution looking for a problem"
The death ray machine I'm building in the hollowed out volcano under my shed.
Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of marketing, hit back with the claim that Samsung's similar products made the world “notice our patent and litigation nastiness in a way that people never used to".
There. Fixed it.
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