57 posts • joined Wednesday 6th January 2010 22:24 GMT
Just switched my Note 2 for a Note 3
Superb bit of kit. My old Note 2 served me well (and would've continued to do so if I'd kept it), but the Note 3 makes the 2 look slow. Having a problem getting a 64GB card that works well with it, I'm hoping it's a card issue and not a hardware issue. And in the ideal world, I would have a Galaxy Note 3 Google Edition, with apps for note-taking, but this is as good as it gets in the mean time.
At this point
I'd love to see Virgin offered money to add to its network. Expand for the first time in years, and really give BT a reason to pick up its game.
What motivation does BT have for improving services?
For what it's worth, 8 meg, about 100 yards from the exchange. Small village in Shropshire, so I expect to see speed improvements by 2020 if I'm lucky.
<3 my Note II
Note II for £40 on a 2 year contract from T-Mobile (including Employee Friends & Family Discount), and the 3GB £46 package with 40% off when I moved over to EE.
Without a discount, I wouldn't have touched the contract with a barge pole - and agree that the 3GB package is basically the 'minimum' package.
Re: Google Drive & Dropbox
Insync - https://www.insynchq.com is a Google Drive client. It beats Google Drive hands down. It has clients for Windows, Android, Linux, Mac and iOS - I use their Android, Windows and Linux clients.
Expect far better from The Reg than a bunch of affiliate links to massive brand games that no one's likely to have missed. Seriously, I'm trying to avoid Hitman, which has only been out a week or so and is still doing TV ads.
Very poor show.
Re: He is right.
Yes, Jakob Nielsen can be a little too academic at times, but in general UI/UX terms he usually hits the nail on the head.
And with the summery I've read so far (going to have a peak into the full report) he has got it spot on. Windows 8 is two UI's thrown together and served up as one. I know, we've all said the same, but it's worth reading a review that articulates the issues better than the many "WINDOWS 8 IS DA SUX!1!!"
I like Windows 8 for its 'Windows UX'. Smooth, fast, not too heavy on resources - like Windows 7 but more 'less is more'. Like Nielsen, I also like Ribbon. But I hate them literally wedging an entirely separate entity into Windows and saying "There we go, it's unified now".
No, it's not. It's a Siamese twin.
XNA seems popular? Scrap it!
XAML is struggling to catch on? Embrace it!
.NET has a huge installed base? Go with C++ and HTML 5!
I can't wait for the internal wars at Microsoft to complete, so we know who the victor was.
The Windows security model and Android security model are very similar
I love Android - and I love Windows as it is. But I understand why many don't. In the same way that a mechanic enjoys tinkering with cars, I enjoy tinkering with PC's and phones.
Android and Windows assume a certain level of 'interest' in what's being done. Many people using PC's and phones don't care how something's being done - they just want to run that casino app, or visit a porn site, or whatever else. If you stick boxes up saying "Are you sure you want to do this?" they'll quickly learn to always hit "Yes" to the box that pops up. If you have a screen during install that says "This app has access to your phone; it can make phone calls. This app has access to your camera, it can take photos whenever it likes" - people train themselves into "always hit Install on the next page". It's as it is with EULA screens.
There is a fundamental problem here. We require that drivers have a license to drive; for their own safety, and for the safety of everyone else. We require they have a certain level of understanding as to how a car works. We require them to understand safety signs that give them warnings - and to understand the implications.
But give them a phone or PC that has access to their bank details, contact details of all their friends and colleagues, potentially access to business networks and business resources - and it falls back to "I want porn now - Yes, Yes, Install, Yes".
I don't know what the solution is, despite my driving license example. The options thus far appear to be "Better education" - but years of Windows and malware suggest that won't work, or walled gardens that restrict everybody's ability to tinker.
Can we have Jim back please? Vista is forgiven.
Re: Oh look
Do you mean Andrew or Julia?
As a .Net programmer
"Er... it looks like we haven't put a lot of thought into this, and that we're making a huge balls up, but that's far from the truth. There's... a plan... to this... of sorts."
Metro's TMed, so all change, after a year or so of chanting Metro.
.Net support thrown in after JS/HTML5 and C++ makes .Net devs have kittens.
XNA kinda supported, ish. Just like Silverlight. Well... less ish... that one's dying.
Clearly the in-fighting at MS between high-level officials, and fear that they were falling behind in key markets (smart phone and tablet) has lead to, what can only politely be referred to, as a gigantic cluster fuck.
Various people have gone to Ballmer saying "I have the silver bullet, this will sort things out", and he's loaded all of them into a gun, and is now wildly firing into the air.
And they're all flying off in random, totally pointless directions. Much like where they seem to be sending us developers.
Re: Pricing is superb
I was being sarcastic. ;o)
It sucks. The whole idea sucks.
Step 1: cheap subscription, more expensive stand-alone.
Step 2: more expensive stand-alone goes bye-bye and replaced by 'always up-to-date' Office with sub fee. No more 'old version of Office does the job for 10 years'.
Step 3: crank up subscription - what's better than "all your files are .docx, and your subscription ran out? Tragic!"
Pricing is superb
Almost like they'd prefer us on a subscription model... weird...
Maybe I'm being OCD, but that really annoys me. Ok, so - blue Windows, orangey-red Office, green XBox - so what the hell's yellow?
Re: Hypocrites and liars
Totally agree with you. We need the EU to get involved - as it stands, we're about 1-2 years behind other First World countries in rolling out 4G. At least if we get the EU involved we can push it to half a decade behind.
Apparently my Steam account is worth around $2,000 (RRP, much less due to sales purchases).
I tend not to buy Ubisoft games any more, as I don't like what they stand for. Same with Activision. I try and avoid EA, but it's not a hard and fast rule.
Clearly to get past the headache "has a powerful effect in all mammals on all nervous tissues including those of the brain" - you apply it directly to the brain - either as a Vicks Sinus Spray, or into the ear. Both should apparently ease the headache.
Whereas in Shropshire, we have no need for such fancy tech
As we have a perfectly simple service. Today's bus will either turn up, or it won't.
...the newly launched Pingit app
Not on a rooted Android phone you can't. Because a rooted phone prevents Pingit working. Annoying as hell.
As many others have said
My last 5 phones have been HTC, including legends such as a Athena (with 1.8 inch hard disk) and the Universal. Loved them - loved them to bits. Unique and quirky. My current phone, the Desire HD, I can not fault.
Having said that, I'm coming up to my next phone, and I'm honestly thinking of jumping ship - the couple of last roll-outs from HTC have been a number of basically identical phones. Nothing differentiates them, just a bunch of 3inch - 4.7inch phones, with slightly tweaked processors.
The innovation I used to love is now coming from Samsung - and the phone I 'really' like the look of is the Galaxy Note - as my previous phones suggest, I love huge honking great phones, but hell, it's something different - different is good. A load of semi-identical SKU's is not good - for consumers, and surely not for HTC?
DHD ICS is as smooth as silk
I have been running a custom ROM with 4.0.2 for a few weeks, followed by 4.0.3 and as of the weekend, 4.0.4 on my Desire HD. It is as smooth as silk - Chrome Beta works perfectly, most of my old games are still fine - and this is from a custom ROM without access to all the relevant drivers (Camera's still a bit flakey). Massive praise to the Ice Cold Sandwich crew - and my anecdotal experience would suggest if your ICS is performing poorly, point to the phone manufacturer and not Google.
Linking to illegal content is illegal, so they seem to be arguing.
How about if I say "GET ALL YOUR MOVIES AND MUSIC FROM http://thepiratebay.org/"
Then I'd be linking to a site, that houses downloads, that link to illegal content. Is that enough abstraction to make it ok? Being as it's the Internet, and how links work, if you go far enough down that road, I can probably say Disney links to animal porn Not directly, but Disney links to x which links to y which links to z.... which links to animalfarm.xxx
This looks like perfection
As many others have said, I too am a big bloke, and I want a big phone. A phone / tablet half-breed. I was excited about the Streak 5 for a long time, until it appeared and seemed like Dell really had no idea who to market it to.
But now, this. I hope it sells like hot cakes, as I'm currently half way through my contract, and don't want this to die an unloved experiment. Kudos to Samsung.
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"The scans were then melded into a single video"
In the interest of science, I would need to see video footage of both the scans AND the experiment actually being conducted.
So that *legitimate reason goes here*.
Again, to echo what everyone else has said: this article doesn't help in the slightest.
Are there any examples of how this is an ASP.Net exploit? As it stands, it appears a number of web techs, including ASP.Net, have been struck by this issue - and as others have commented, it is likely to be some kind of SQL injection, which a well-coded .Net app should be protected against. So unless there is an issue with .Net's SQL Parameters, or some other part of the .Net db technologies, I fail to see how this is a "MASS ASP.NET ATTACK".
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Jesus christ. Is this how far it's gone? That even the possible-maybe faceplate of the new iPhone and iPad makes news?
Enough. Please God, enough! I want to just sleep through the next few months of fevered speculation as to whether the devices do grant God-like powers and can heal cancer.
It's. A. Fucking. Phone. (Or tablet).
Yeah, I'm a geek, I get psyched over geekie stuff. But what's the geek edge here? Fap fap bloody fap.
It does - yes, indeed it does.
Just playing through as female Shepard on the XBox, and Kelly is a cutie.
And PS3 people - this game is crack on digital media - the hours and hours that can be spent on this work of art... stupendous game.
I have it set to auto-sync during the work day, and can easily spend a couple of hours, morning and evening, browsing the web, watching movies, reading and listening to mp3s.
Off the top of my head, after unplugging at 100% at 6am, I'll plug back in at 8am with maybe 50% charge.
Likewise, I'll unplug at 4:20pm and make it home at 6:20pm with maybe 30-40% - but I haven't tried it since 2.2.1, so we'll see.
Seeing as I use the Arriva Android app for my bus ticket, I do have to be careful not to kill the battery - I can think of little worse than "Shit, sorry, my phone ran out, but my ticket's on it".
"... the police can get a court order but what a waste of public money in order to do that."
Superb stuff. We're trying to cut back expenses, so we're looking at things like due process.
Jeez, if this was a Jesus phone would it have taken 2 months to review?
Had mine since launch day, and I can echo all the above - as a commuter, I hit it hard, and it's a twice-a-day charger. 2.2.1 seems to have brought in occasional hard-crashes, as I've heard it reboot when it's been left. Also lost all my texts at one point (2 years worth I'd carefully imported from Win Mobile and connected to my contacts - I wasn't a happy bunny.)
This sounds like an awful review, but it's me being picky. This is easily the greatest piece of technology I have ever held. It's a wonder. A web browser, email client, twitter, facebook, e-reader, video player, mp3 player and more all in one. Immense little beast. I just wish developing for Android felt less like punishment.
The screen is beautiful, the construction feels solid, it's responsive, wireless and WiFi tethering work perfectly, signal's fine, all the basics covered. The only real complaint would be battery life - but I use it like a laptop, so I expect it to take a beating.
Easily a 95% for me.
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Are you sure it's for Google TV? I thought the big DRM issue was Android, where it was deemed to be in need of a platform-specific DRM system for apps like Netflix?
Something about media files working too well on Android, and it being in need of a way to cripple such benefits.
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No, it wouldn't of made it enough 'less-threatening'. It would have appeared that not only was he going to bomb the airport, but that he would gain some kind of sick pleasure from doing so. Smiling would have appeared even more menacing, and possibly been constituted as a legitimate terrorist threat.
Just in case someone as dense as Judge Davies reads this; yes, I am being sarcastic.
Wow. I've followed Natal closely, and was massively buzzed about it. However, as launch day came, I began hearing rumours it was a massive PR stunt, with massive lag, poor recognition, faked videos, etc.
The fact el reg have put themselves behind it is heartening. I might not get it wave 1, but I'll certainly consider wave 2, especially if that Star Wars game is as fun as the youtube clips make out.
Too little, too late.
I made the decision to say stuff Windows Phone 7 two days ago, when I recieved my HTC Desire HD. I'd been holding out as late as I could, as it was a toss up between the HD7 and the Desire HD - and in the end, O2 helped tip my hand by making the HD7 exclusive. The Xbox intergration tempted me, but there's so many unknowns, and so many little holes that it's a platform I could not jump at, especially for a period of 18 months / 2 years and not being told MS's upgrade plans beyond January.
After playing with the Droid for 2 days, I've got to say I'm in love - it's got all the openess of old Windows Mobile, so I can install whatever I want on it, but with a UI and under-the-hood that's, simply, stunning. As my last few phones were Mobile 6.x, I know it doesn't take a lot to impress me, but there's just so much to the HTC Desire HD, and Froyo.
So far, glad I made my decision - and talking of which, where's the Desire HD review, chaps?
Final note - 'no external storage' is NOT a Microsoft mandated thing, each manufacuter can include SD cards if they wish. They simply can not be swapped during use! Second time I've linked to this article from a reg comment, gah. http://www.microsoft.com/windowsphone/en-us/howto/wp7/basics/sd-cards-and-my-phone.aspx
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Yep, it allows for SD Cards - but they can not be switched during use. See http://www.microsoft.com/windowsphone/en-gb/howto/wp7/basics/sd-cards-and-my-phone.aspx
From that page, one quote that really makes no sense to me is "Windows Phone uses a special high–performance SD card that works differently from SD cards in other devices."
From what it says in the rest of the article, it sounds more likely (pure speculation) that they mean it formats the SD card into a special file system that is encrypted and set up to distribute the data with the internal storage. Switch a card on that and watch data go bye bye.
Any chance of me getting one of these went out the window when T-Mobile opted not to stock the HD7. The Omnia looks interesting, but I'll be moving from Windows Mobile (for the last 4 years) to Droid and the HTC Desire HD.
If Microsoft do still have a mobile platform at my next upgrade, I'll look in again, but in many ways, it's too much of a risk to buy into. Making a phone choice for the next 18 months / 2 years involves a degree of peeking into the future, and with such a new OS... I suppose I'm saying I'll look again after SP1.
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