Re: Now THIS is something to cheer for
Agreed, the password manager thing is a bit of meh sort of thing.
Much more interesting and useful is the permission control stuff.
495 posts • joined 3 Feb 2010
Agreed, the password manager thing is a bit of meh sort of thing.
Much more interesting and useful is the permission control stuff.
Have to admit I gave up trying to play the Hobbit. I had the MSX version, which took about 15 minutes to load and each picture about 5 minutes to draw (probably a bit quicker, but age blurs the reality). I just didn't have the patience for that, so just loaded River Raid in 30 seconds and was away.
I did play text adventures, and can still remember encountering a bear blocking a cave entrance on a TI99/4a game (I knew how to pick a winner when it came to home computers). To get past you had to scream, which scared it and it fell off a cliff. You later walked past a "slightly woozy bear". No idea why that sticks in my mind. No idea what the game was either.
Hear it? You can feel it! I remember watching one fly low over the car park at RAF Finningley and hearing a chorus of alarms go off as the ground shook.
Definitely something you have to experience in person.
Just another bit of crap to uninstall, to add to all the other crap dumped on your computer by the manufacturer.
Obviously somebody get the wrong end of the stick in the Argentinian military. The memo about gaining revenge for the Falklands war didn't actually say to invade Britain using crack parrot-troopers.
"although the sat-nav doesn't take postcodes"
what year was this review written?
"strawberries aren't berries"
To be honest, I'd say that the scientist who came up with the definition of berries that excludes strawberries, raspberries etc., got the definition wrong.
I'll take that back. They're already on there. As are the watches themselves.
Not to worry, there'll be replacement copies on eBay for a fiver in a couple of weeks.
Wouldn't it have just been quicker and easier for the US Government to go to an Irish court and ask for a subpoena from them for the email?
I mean, it's not as if they'd use a judgement against Microsoft to try and force every US-based tech company to hand over all their overseas documents, would they?
Spot on. I have no desire to break the law, and am more than happy to pay, once, for a film. Unfortunately, I would also like to watch that film how I want, when I want, where I want. The US film industry seems hellbent on making sure that I cannot.
Take Ultraviolet, for example. A good idea badly implemented. Buy a film, and get to watch a digital copy when I want. Except, it doesn't work. I can watch all my Ultraviolet films on the Flixster Android app, but, I can't cast it to Chromecast here in the UK. Apparently you can if you're in the US. Why? I can cast from the Blinkbox app, but, they don't have all the studios signed up, so some of my films aren't available on Ultraviolet on Blinkbox. What's even more annoying is that Blinkbox will happily sell me the non-Ultraviolet digital version of the missing films.
So, my only options, if I want to watch a digital copy on Chromecast of those films, is to either rip a DVD or download from some dodgy site.
I don't want to break the law, but, the film studios seem to want me to.
Maybe some of you should just shut up and think about what this is trying to achieve.
If the partners of this project had all clubbed together and produced this device and offered to give it to every 11 year old, it would get nowhere. Add the BBC name to the project and ask them to knock out a few TV programmes to support it and suddenly here's a project with national exposure, a name most people trust and who have helped inspire a whole generation to learn to use a computer. How many posters on here remember watching Ian MaNought-Davies and being inspired by his enthusiasm for computers?
It's highly likely that these companies involved have seen a steady decline in the ability of graduates to knock out a simple "Hello World" program, let alone be let loose on enterprise-critical coding. Maybe they realise that, if they are to remain in business in the future, they need an increase in the quantity and quality of programmers. As with most things in life, the younger you start, the easier it seems to be to learn.
Some have asked why the Government aren't running this sort of thing. If they were, it would result in a device costing £200 to make, cost £2bn to develop and wouldn't be delivered until 2025.
As far as I see it, this is a bunch of technology companies clubbing together to hopefully avert a programming crisis in 10 years time, and using the BBC to get the message out.
Running Chrome v40 and the checker website says all OK.
Micro SD card holder, a few quid from Amazon or eBay.Size of a credit card, holds 8 SD cards. Sorted.
No, I don't have one, I keep my spares in the various Micro to full size adapters, all in a cash bag. Even cheaper.
These things are a bargain once you claim your 1.5% cashback from Quidco....
you mean, something like a debit/credit card?
No, the case is equivalent to you ordering a car with space for 7 people, but, when it's delivered, there are only 5 seats. The engine is taking up the space where the other 2 people could have fitted.
"I can fill the SD card to the brim with MP3 files no problem. How do I get my friend's pre-Kit Kat Google music app to play them? Oh, you can't? I guess you might not be as helpful as you thought."
Took the micro SD from a broken MP3 player, inserted into my old Orange San Francisco, 4 years-old and running Android 2.2, turned it on, opened Play Music, and the songs and audio books appeared instantly. Music on the root of card, books each in their own folders. Absolutely no problem at all.
Not sure how it could be any easier.
Must've changed things since my car was built in 2012 then. Push button handbrake, releases automatically when you set off, provided you don't try and floor it.
The very fact that Apple will have a potential order book of 10s of millions is why they can, and do, restrict initial supplies.
No newspaper, news channel or website ever ran with a headline of "New iPad on sale, and there's millions in stock". Headlines of "New iPad SOLD OUT in minutes" is much more likely. We've all seen soundbites from grinning phone shop managers all gushing about how they sold out in minutes. They obviously can't say that they only had 5 to sell, but, they never get asked anyway.
Apple are sitting on $billions of cash reserves, they don't care if they prize $700 from little Johnny Fanboi on the first day or the 30th day that the iPad is on sale. They know that there's millions of gullible, sorry, loyal customers out there and by artificially restricting initial supplies, they will just increase pent-up demand and make the devices seem even more exclusive and desired.
You think it's all about manufacturing delays and stock costs. It's not. It's marketing, something Apple excel at.
Strangely, their emails to me, saying my domain was due for renewal, got through fine.
My email hosted elsewhere, obviously.
Absolutely. You never find massive gaping security vulnerabilities in software produced by big multi-national commercial companies, do you?
All problems would be solved by building an alternative wall, a little further south. I believe the foundations have been laid for some years now, but are currently being used as something called the M25.
U2 and the iPhone. Both overrated, underwhelming and beloved of the media darlings, while most of the world's goes meh.
4 reported errors, 4 fixes.
Claim 1. A method for invoking a digital assistant service, comprising: at a user device comprising one or more processors and memory: detecting an input gesture from a user according to a predetermined motion pattern on a touch-sensitive surface of the user device; and in response to detecting the input gesture, activating a digital assistant on the user device.
Boiled down to... making a computer program react to user input.
How about having two versions of the software? One for older iOS devices, with limited functionality, and one for later versions, with all the bells and whistles. The old version can just sit on the App Store without updates and taking no support from Sonos.
Is that so difficult?
Craigie... the type of idiot who drives down the hard shoulder until he sees a police car up ahead, then he slams on the brakes, puts the indicator on to force his way into lane 1, abuses the other drivers for not getting out of the way and proceeds to block the way for the ambulance and fire engine trying to get to the critically injured people up ahead.
What a dick.
The Facebook app is free, so Google's cut of nothing doesn't pay many bills and the FB is one of the worst culprits for excessive, intrusive and unnecessary permissions.
Of course, Apple aren't exactly averse to copious amounts of product placement themselves. The glowing half eaten fruity logos adorning every laptop, phone and PC in Grimm is amazing. It seems the police have spent so much in buying Macbooks they can't afford anything else, as they even take crime scene photos with their iPhones.
Hmmm, wonder what the odds are that, when an iPhone appears on screen, there are links aplenty to Apple, but no data found when Androids and Windows phones appear. OK, so the latter will be be pretty rare.
Soooo... if the missus got "accidentally" eaten, would the insurance pay out?
"considering the 90+ percent piracy rate on Android"
perhaps you should read the article to which you link, there's a sentence in there you should understand.. "the statistics are from one game developer's experience, and shouldn't be extrapolated across the entire Android app industry"
In my sample of 1 Android phone, there is 0% piracy. I'm not stupid enough to use a sample of one and claim it as representative of the entire Android world, you would do well to apply similar logic.
"Android users miss out on the iTunes ecosystem"
and the drawback to that is?
I'd say having to throw away your PC and buy a Mac, just to use an iPod was way more inconvenient to anybody than anything Creative designed.
Hmm.. Apple made a massive design mistake and quickly back-tracked to allow Windows users to use an iPod?
Apple got it wrong.
I know, amazing concept eh?
"Compared to the abysmal way the Creative players et al handled getting music onto their devices at the time"
I have, sitting in the cupboard behind me, an old Creative mp3 player. Still works, if I could be bothered to charge it up. Now, to get the mp3 files on it was incredibly tricky.
What I had to do was connect it to the PC, using some obscure thing known as a USB cable. I believe they are really expensive and difficult to obtain. Then, I had insert the CD into this thing called a CD Drive. Don't think they ever caught on. The really difficult bit was then clicking on one button in the Creative suite that ripped the CD to mp3 and instantly transferred them to the mp3 player.
Yep, bloody hard work it was.
Of course, I could also rip CDs using any number of applications, and simply drag n drop them onto the player. That concept is obviously far too complicated for a simple minded Apple owner to comprehend.
Standard Android multi-user profile functionality with a custom skin.
I already have kids profiles on my Nexus 7, I get all the apps I want, the kids what I let them have.
" b) syncs to the PC/Mac without any cloud nonsense in the middle"
You call it nonsense, I call it a very useful feature. 2 phones, 2 tablets, 2 laptops, all with fully synched calendars without having to be anywhere near each other.
If I had to be in the same room to synch them all, I'd be looking for another solution.
Simple... trace all the people who support this pointless endeavour, take them out back, single bullet. It's the kind thing to do.
Apple, Miley Cyrus, Twitter, emoji and MTV
Think that list encapsulates the entire vacuous, air-headed, brainless bunch of worthless individuals on the planet.
include every technology possible in the patent, then produce something using probably bluetooth and buttons, then wait for someone to make one with wifi and a touchscreen and screw them in the courts.
And yet, despite the O2 coverage checker telling me I should get good indoor reception, in reality it's piss poor, with a little yellow No Coverage icon being a familiar visitor to my phone. Pop in a Three sim and everything works perfectly.
Great, so we can see what apps are pulling location info.
If only Google had developed a hidden option to revoke app permissions, so we could block unwanted intrusions...
you must have very nosey Post Office staff. When I post something the only thing they ask is "Is it worth more than £20?", presumably to try and sell insurance on it. A simple No and they're quite happy.
It's time for the rest of the techverse to play catch up and adopt
And spend the next few years fighting Apple patent lawyers because they tried to use magnets in power supplies or connectors with rounded corners.
You don't actually think Apple would licence magsafe and lightning to their competitors for a reasonable fee?
he sent out thousands of message with direct links to websites operated by his own company.
Are you sure he's not a complete idiot?
I can see your concern. After all, it would be so easy to download an app that said it was a "vaccine killer" and that wanted access to your SMS messages.
All they have to do is trundle over to where the lunar rover was left, take a pic of an empty space and let the conspiracy theorists explode. They can ask their friendly North Korean Photoshop experts to knock something up.
I remember seeing OBO 110X on TV when I was younger, possibly on That's Life or something.
Seems that one is still in circulation.
Saw one of the Viewsonics in a museum in the summer, not as an exhibit, but, as a video player. It was mounted next to a display and had a host of videos loaded, explaining different things about what was on display. Worked very well. No instructions needed, just a screen full of thumbnail videos, so you easily see what it was about and a prod with a finger was all that was needed to get them playing.