90 posts • joined 3 Dec 2009
Well, that's just taking the ....
Stallman's GNU at 30: The hippie OS that foresaw the rise of Apple - and is now trying to take it on
>>> But Firefox’s Linux kernel, called Gonk, is licensed under an Apache and the Mozilla Public Licence (MPL) <<<
Surely the kernel itself still has to be under GPL.
Are you talking about some specific modules or user space extensions?
Congrats, you've made the big time
And you're still my fave Unkind, Misogynistic Lesbian Online Publication.
I realise Google are crap at anything to do with customer service...
... but I didn't know they were just as poor at informing their employees about why things go tits up.
I assume a reason will be given afterwards. Would not giving one even be legal, workplace regulations wise?
What's the problem?
>>>bit him on the left forearm, and grabbed his testicles and began to twist them<<<
Sounds like perfectly fine Sexy Times to me.
Re: Mobile RSS?
Gave your newest Android app version a spin. Much better than the old one.
Dark theme: Big plus.
Wouldn't auto-launching the app, rather than the browser, be as simple as registering an intent for "http://go.theregister.com"?
If so, I'm kind of wondering why that's not already in the app.
Re: Mobile RSS?
Oh, no. Please. Not the app! It really is the slow and unappealing sibling to your sleek and sexy mobile site.
And it doesn't even include the comments section, which is my main reason for wanting an RSS feed to point me to m.thereg, as I can, and do, use ReadItLa^WPocket or GoodNews's mobiliser for reading the articles.
It's just that, since switching to mainly reading on the go, I no longer read the comments anywhere near as often as I used to, because the desktop comments section doesn't format well on my phone.
Could you make it so that http://m.theregister.co.uk/headlines.atom would return a feed where the links pointed to m.thereg... rather than www.thereg...?
I hope they make it
I'm not likely to leave the Android camp any time soon, but I'd like for them to become a credible third player. Or fourth, if Nokia survive.
Let's get some proper competition going again. And less of the ridiculous trench warfare between the two current combatants.
Fingers crossed icon?
Re: What about the other way round?
Firefox on Android can.
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>>> there has never been a better time to physically abuse a computer, since they are smaller and lighter then ever before.<<<
Where's the fun in that? That's just picking on those smaller than yourself.
Now, hitting a desktop or tower cabinet of old, could hurt you too. Much more sporting. The same for CRTs, like others have mentioned.
It was also a lot less expensive to thump a solid box like that. These wimpy notebooks we have now would break before any useful amount of aggressive energy had been spent.
Wilhelm Tell revisited?
Them Swiss do have it in for that particular fruit.
That PC110 looks adorable. :-)
I wish manufacturers these days would make laptops with keyboards like the old ThinkPads.
It'd be worth a €100 premium.
Even Lenovo's (the best of the bunch by a mile) aren't quite as good.
And HP's current EliteBooks' are the worst yet.
Re: Warp Ten is not 10x SOL
An African or European weasel?
>>>it would require a minimum amount of energy equivalent to completely annihilating the mass of the planet Jupiter<<<
Halliburton are said to be looking into it.
>>>if it were mishandled - would explode with a force of some 17,000 megatons, equivalent to several global nuclear wars all in one<<<
With Enron as equal partner.
>>>a very pleasant to the touch dimpled behind<<<
And a ring interface too?
(Yes, I have been hitting the spiked cough syrup. Got a runny nose.)
I'll have you know...
... some of us are old enough to know the "credit-card-sized monster" as the traditional SIM.
Problematic on so many levels
Freedom of speech.
Freedom of information.
Freedom of self determination.
Freedom of self termination.
Re: @ Trevor_Pott
>>> 1) My wife, close friends and selected coworkers. <<<
I take it She Who Must Be Obeyed doesn't read the Register. Not giving her the top spot on her own.
I feel dirty^Wunclean^in a non-optimal sanitary state after reading that.
Not that Apple are unique in employing projectile vomiting^W^Whigh velocity emission inducing sales techniques.
How ever much I wish they were.
With the low prices for the vast majority of mobile apps...
...why on Dawkins' green earth do people bother with these (possibly malware-infested) sites?
With DVDs I can understand feeling pissed off at those annoying, over the top, unskippable pieces of shite^Wpropaganda the b'stards force upon paying customers. But Android apps?
I realise it's inevitable...
...that these are the very years that quite a few of the pioneers of the tech industry are going to expire, but I can't say I'm happy about it.
"Personally, I don’t endorse the notion of mortality." -- Kinsey Millhone
Who's their CEO of the week?
So much for captains of industry confidently outmaneuvering the competition.
HP are more like whitewater rafting: "Left. LEFT! NO, NO! THE OTHER LEFT!"
...they killed off Maemo^HMeego.
I was very happy with my N800 (got the navigation suite too) and would have loved a phone like it with capacitive touch.
>>>The only fly in the ointment is that it uses a PenTile matrix but that shouldn't bother most people. It certainly didn’t bother me.<<<
A lot of people feel the same way and aren't bothered.
But some, like me, find the PenTile layout VERY noticeable. I've got a One S and can safely say that I'm never again getting a phone with a PenTile screen.
Movies and pictures look great but text looks pretty crap compared to the Sensation's LCD job.
Also, browsing most websites with their white background on the One S's AMOLED drains the battery like crazy.
I read most articles in Pocket with its dark theme, so not a huge issue for me, but IMHO still something to keep in mind when getting a new phone.
Except for when I'm stuck with the notebook's crappy, built-in keyboard with its inaccessible insert and delete keys. Then Alt-W and Ctrl-Y are preferred.
In the Navy, yes, you can bring your own device.
In the Navy, yes, you can snoop our files with ease.
Gidgets or gadgets?
Were the 'researchers' sure the subjects understood the question?
Being early adopters, they might have thought the question referred to Unboxing Porn.
Was that possibly also the title of one of the pirated cultural epics?
The rain coat, please.
What kind of LOSER reads books whilst on holiday?
OK, OK. I did that too last year.
Something to do while the toddler had his nap.
But I personally prefer to bring a few cheap paperbacks to a mediterranean beach resort rather than an easily nicked $100 e-reader.
Closer to home, though, I prefer e-readers in one form or another.
But I've never invested in a dedicated reader.
While I'd no doubt find a small e-ink reader the superior experience, it'd be yet another device to bring with me, as well as an additional $100 for a single-purpose device.
Back in the day, I found the Palm III xe perfectly adequate, and now I use my 10" tablet which, IMHO, is not at all too heavy for this. YMMV.
>>> An Android user cannot be described… whereas an Apple user can be described, in many ways. <<<
That quote works in so many ways. Whether you're of the droidian persuasion or an iFondler.
Slightly rushed article?
Apart from the factual errors, it seemed a little thin compared to your BBC Micro 30th anniversary article. IMHO, of course.
Still, I can help feeing a burst of rose-tinted nostalgia whenever the C-64 comes up. Love(d) mine to bits.
The things you could do to kit in those days. Soldering a pause button into the system to stop the CPU by pulling the Address Enable Control low, only to find you needed to add a flip-flop to sync it with the Ø2 clock, or the CPU would crash more often than not. (Hey, I was just a teenager learning the ropes of the electronics trade. Greener than corroded copper wires, I was.)
Eclipse is fine...
...as long as I don't have to use the damn thing.
I've given it a test run from time to time over the years, but could never accept the crippled text editor and the ###CENSORED### configuration system, where I have to go through every colour and indenting setting for every language/file-type I want to edit, rather than having a set of common settings.
And then only to discover that all that work was stored in the workspace!!! Not as a system- and/or user-wide configuration!!!!!!
And then, of course, there are some colours that you just can't change...
I hate it with a passion.
And now that the Eclipse based Rational Software Architect has been foisted on some of us at work, I'm seriously considering changing jobs just to escape this smelly heap of manure.
>>>Brian Kernighan was brilliant.<<<
What do you mean "was"? Is he dead too (like, say, Dennis Ritchie)? ;-)
And this is news to whom?
"There's nothing evil about Bill Gates and there's nothing nice about Steve Jobs" -- Chuck Peddle
Or something to that effect. It's years since I read "The Spectacular Rise and Fall of Commodore".
Highly recommended BTW, if you like your computing history. And for anyone who doesn't know who Chuck Peddle is.
A good chief exec is hard to find...
Certainly one in the music biz who doesn't come off as a Little Thief.
I guess It's All Over Now.
Sorry. Had to get it Out of My System.
Bon voyage, Mr. Sharkey.
"We are in the process of blowing the whistle on ourselves"
PlayMobil or it didn't happen!
Nothing against that other famous tech fellow who departed not long ago. But for this geek, Ritchie's departure is much sadder news.
...err, I mean that's outrageous. Yes, that's it. Outrageous.
Now, what was that she said about 11 percent harder?
Or indeed Arrrrr.
My timber just shivered from nostalgic bliss.
I want. Big time.
*sigh* But I don't have the time to sit at my PC long enough to play these.
May have to check out the ScummVM for my Android tablet.
Hot Coffee mod?
>>> i want to used the device in portrait and both honeycomb and manufacturers dont like that <<<
In what way?
I use mine in portrait mode 90+% of the time. That's for reading e-books, mail and browsing.
Of the top of my head, I only remember using it in landscape for Android Market and for playing Angry Birds and Sprinkle.
You're not wrong
But not entirely right either.
Some people do buy 'droid slabs at iPad prices. I did.
No, I'm not an Apple hater. I just compared what the two platforms offered, considered what my needs were, and went for an Asus Transformer.
Most choose an iPad, but with Apple's serious sales figures, even reaching a fraction of those numbers at this point may still look like a potentially very lucrative market to get an early foothold in.
Just because HP seem hell-bent on making every wrong decision possible in the mobile market, don't think *all* the Android makers are just as clueless.
Newton, meet Apple
What's so bad about being in the UK for a week?
I've done it a few times in recent years, and always enjoyed myself.
I actually felt oddly at home, despite being Danish with no English ancestry that I know of. (IIRC, there was one Scot in the family tree a century or two ago. But then the English and the Scots were always such good friends...)
Joe Public does not want...
...to download and install his OS himself. Windows or Linux.
If you don't run with what your PC came with, you aren't really a typical end-user.
Are there any PC makers left that ship machines with Linux pre-installed? If so, I expect them to make sure any needed tweaks to get the HW up and running have already been performed.
Apt they may be...
...but they make the poster look childish and rude, and undermines what ever point was supposed to be made. IMHO at least.
As a bit of a Linux zealot, I always cringed when someone on "my side" used names like Micro$haft Exploder. That kind of immature behaviour wasn't, and isn't, helpful.
My point was that I don't consider fondleslab pejorative. But I admit to thinking of my own Asus fon^Wtablet as a toy to a large extent (but a bloody useful toy), so I suppose I fit your stereotype nonetheless.
I agree with most of what you wrote. But surely "fondleslab" has become acceptable usage by now.
Besides, I think "fondle" is quite fitting to be honest. For the first week or two of ownership at least. My precioussss. :-)
Or am I the only one, who was like that with my Android 'slab?
And also for reading e-books on.
Not that there's anything wrong in some preferring 4:3, but for me, the Transformers' 16:9 is a plus not a minus.
And I don't even use it for movies. At all.
9x% of the time, I keep it in portrait mode.
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- Apple to grieving sons: NO, you cannot have access to your dead mum's iPad