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Their biggest crowd-driven maps app
On the one hand it is nice to be able to correct an error so that next time you use the map it can offer a better route. The very nice thing is you can fix every little detail, even if it is a recommended road for pass-through or bikes (tip: check the road you live on, fixing this if you live in a residential area makes maps avoid the place when looking for a shorter route)
On the other hand, it pulls you away from also doing this on OpenStreetMap, not everybody can be bothered to fix on two sites AND if more people use android the Google Maps one will be fixed faster.
Re: The way to do it safely
No, but interesting link.
I just posted my opinion based on experience digging a well myself, still scratching my head about those downvotes :/
Re: As if
Indeed... the rule is to change them about every 2-3 hours unless they got full faster or with a more smelly substance.
Making parents change them faster (after every bit of pee) is a waste (pun intended)
That said, we went for the traditional washable ones, and for them this would be great, as you don't want the little one running around in them when they are wet (and yes, they get more attention than just checking their diaper)
The way to do it safely
Dig a hole for one ring and put the ring in, and another one on top. Then start extracting earth from inside the rings and watch the whole thing sink slowly while digging. Put another ring on top when you can.
Digging the complete hole first is just madness because of the very real risk that the whole thing will collapse with you inside. Dead.
Re: Quick Eadon!
Please stop spreading this FUD!
For one, they don't even know how the malware is installed, and given the relative small number of sites, it it believed each one was hacked manually.
One reason is that you can't simply go changing the apache binary the way they did, unless the one doing it had root rights.
Asha is not that bad
And certainly not for that price.
I have a relative who has a 302, and I've used it a few times. Every time I was impressed by the speed of the UI: instant response. Furthermore, it did the stuff required by its owner, including Google talk chatting, basic email and even SIP VOIP. My first point of comment on it was the screen resolution, or size to be exact.
Not sure a real smartphone offers 5x to many users, as that's the price difference.
Re: I don't get the this Landfill Android meme
I see people 'upgrade' their smartphone every two years or even less, where upgrade actually means buying a new one and throwing out the old one. From what I read this is even worse in countries where 2-year contracts that sponsor the phone is common.
I bet many entry-level last longer than two years, given that this is the minimum warranty they need to give on them in Europe.
So which phones are contributing to landfill? Yup, those bleeding-edge 'never-fast-enough' ones.
Re: This will struggle to compete with low-end Android devices
I have my smartphone forced to 2G most of the time, as this is MORE than enough for chat / mail / light browsing. Even fast enough to fetch tiles from Google Maps on the fly. Only switch on 3G for longer browsing sessions / downloading / streaming.
You should try it too, and see the effect it has on battery time ;)
Re: our data (@jeremy 3)
Class action eh? Please provide a bill to sum up your damages... Good luck.
What happened is they logged too much data, found out about it themselves, reported this to the authorities themselves and offered to wipe all data immediately unless investigators wanted to have a look at it.
Nothing happened to 'your data' - the mere seconds of data would have been unusable even if they would have done this on purpose - so I can't imagine anyone have suffered from what happened.
Yes they should get fined for carelessness, which is exactly what's happening.
Re: Moral of the story...
Here in Belgium you get fined for leaving your car unlocked; if your home gets broken into because there was an upstairs window open AND there was a ladder left within reach, you get a 'told you so'...
Leaving your network unprotected really is a stupid thing to do.
In what way is this new?
I've been running DropBox (and other cloud file systems) on my QNAP NAS for more than a year.
Some folders are attached to certain services, so if I drop files there, they sync to the cloud. And those folders can be anywhere, even somewhere inside the folder tree of my backup. So I backup to my NAS and part of this syncs to the cloud.
Or my NAS holds a backup of the dropbox.
That said, my backups are 100% under my own control, including encrypted offsite disks - dropbox is just for sharing with the friends who insist on using it :)
Re: All those pretty words and not a single mention of WebM
VP8 may be a bit inferior quality-wise, it is still considered good enough... What kills it is lack of hardware encoding/decoding support, patent litigation threats and H.264 being cheap enough so people don't risk going to the alternative...
Re: Streetmap.eu Ltd. v Google Inc
Not sure why Ralph B gets downvoted... If you call yourself Streetmap.eu (which looks like an internet address) at least make sure THAT works. Fair point.
Re: Not sure when Google last prevented me from viewing Streetmap, though
"Not if you have the slightest understanding of the subject. MS did not stop you installing an alternative browser to IE."
So, the first time you surf the internet you always arrive at the Google page? Maybe you have no understanding of how the web works?
IE was bundled with the OS, so every new PC owner had IE to start with. Plus, IE was so tightly integrated in the rest of Windows you ended up using IE no matter what browser you installed.
Just check on the device
The history is probably logged/stored in plaintext somewhere
"Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose," as the Parisians would say.
Nice of El Reg to speak French (or properly copy it from somewhere), but I fail to see how this sentence relates to the article
Re: BTRFS? You must be joking...
Indeed, BTRFS lacks maturity and stability, one reason it still isn't on any of my systems.
Re: who are these people
Indeed, and I bet you don't click on links in spam too. Good boy.
But since spam is already a big business earning lots of money, I can assume lots of people click on ads too
My ISP (telenet.be) already sells me fibernet. Only a minor detail that they deliver it over the cable and that it barely gets plain ethernet speed (<100mbs). No idea what they would call normal fiber feeds, and most certainly not what they would call this. Probably faster than the speed of light.
indeed... without the clouds/fog it might have been easier/possible to navigate to his feet
Re: We Found Life!
Nah, there are no horses on Mars
Re: Is distance charging really such a good idea?
My HP Touchstone wireless charger uses 0.0W when the tablet is not on the dock. Same for the USB charger when no device is plugged.
Either HP is very smart at this, or tech has moved on and detects when a device is present. My bet is at the latter.
Re: Who Is Doing The Street Cleaning
There are no people around to litter....
They are getting rid of about 1400 workers here in Belgium. Maybe they should stick to their core business and try to do that well?
Time to install an EMPsystem
That will stop them :)
Re: I have XP here so no use (@mmeier)
Not sure about the downvotes you got, your (1) is quite valid. Linux support is even becoming worse for some hardware. For example, Canon stopped producing linux drivers, good thing project Gutenberg has them covered - but this will mean support for brand new models will be non-existing.
Recently I was in the market for a small/portable full-duplex scanner. Number of models still sold that are supported: NONE. Went with a model that some bloke claimed he got working (guess what: not working here - scanning in a windows VM until I get it working)
Re: I have XP here so no use
Top feature I missed was the favorites/bookmarks menu in explorer. For a load of projects I have a ton of locations on servers that I need to go to from time to time, these bookmarks were a real timesaver. Yes, you can make a folder somewhere and put shortcuts in it, but it's not the same.
Another one was the dotted lines in tree views and the reduced indenting. I have to deal with some complex folder structures, with identically named folders in them (at different levels of course), and those lines and indentation help to know where I was without having to look at the path all the time.
If you want to use the feature 'commandline here', you have to do shift + right-click on the folder (where a simple right-click worked in XP)
And so on.... maybe all small annoyances but hey...
For the record, only linux machines at home so I'm already half a windows hater anyway ;)
Re: I have XP here so no use
I had to at work... boy, does it suck!
First thing I installed was ClassicShell to restore a load of functionality they stripped in Win 7. Progress, eh?
no screams, just explosions...
"The screaming is quite silly given the way sound fails to propagate through the vacuum of space (much to the annoyance of many a Hollywood director)"
It didn't annoy them enough, they were/are happy to have loud explosions...
At 1:33, I think a blade got hurt :)
Kudos for staying in the air
What's the difference with running a dropbox client on your NAS? I can copy files to it and even let it backup to it if I want.
Regardless of the outcome for adblock, I'm pretty sure this trick was used by some dodgy app to redirect me to unwanted sites from time to time. So a hole plugged is always a good thing.
That said, maybe they should provide an alternate (safe) way, but it probably goes against the very basics of how Google and many app creators work. The ads pay the developers of the apps AND of android.
"all the while the long-slated successor Meego failed to arrive"
Either this sentence misses 'to' somewhere in the middle (preferably right before 'Meego'), or the author never heard of the N9. It got very good reviews and was promptly killed by restricting the countries where it was available.
Re: Glad it never made it
You mean like the way most linux distros do it? Works fine...
Try moving the settings of a ton of apps to a new PC... I know you can export from the registry and then import, but if you've done it a few times, you should know what a PITA it is.
And versioning or backup of settings works fine if stored in a file...
Glad it never made it
See what mess they made when they went from easily edited and maintained ini files to the the monolithic registry.
Re: starts to look more and more like my n900
that should have read: "contacts and NOT commands"
starts to look more and more like my n900
Granted, on the n900 when you start typing it only lists contacts and commands. But that taskswitcher looks familiar. And hardware keyboards are nice :)
Battery near ear
I don't understand the fear of El Reg for a battery near your ear.
I'd rather have several batteries near my ear than a 1+ GHz processor + bluetooth + wifi near my head. Or are you also paranoid enough not to wear a Petzl headlamp?
Re: GOOGLE are trying to patent Prior Art
You fail at reading the article AND one of the comments.
This is NOT about patents.
how about simply buying a NAS?
There are 10GBE boxes for quite acceptable prices these days... QNAP released some new ones just recently.
Re: here comes the onslaught
nope, he only mentioned it once ;)
Re: Upgrade to a more useful, sexier, *real* operating system. Linux
You don't want a pc, you want a game console ;)
I upgraded the Win7 on my netbook to LMDE and it suddenly amazed me what speed you can get out of an atom cpu :)
Re: Obama's Justice Department is Cruel and Vindictive.
I didn't know that when Obama came to office, he fired all prosecutors or in fact the whole justice department. I'm pretty sure that it's business as usual, whether it was Bush or Obama... No need for you to involve politics.
Swartz should have involved politics, and demanded the freedom of information that way...
Re: Mens watches are jewelery
sorry, my current casio is also monochrome...
but is also charges from solar, syncs time with DCF-77,... If these smart watches start managing these simple things a normal watch does, I'll look again.
Mine is the one with the nokia n900 (maemo) smartphone in the left pocket (holding out 2 days in use or 3+ days on very light use, 7+ days in standby (no internet))
Re: Lucky it was only war games
ordering a new keyboard - spill resistant this time