92 posts • joined 26 Feb 2010
Re: Political more than commercial
No, not really, loosing support from manufacturer can never be a good thing. Especially if its more important to Microsoft for them to be seen as visible and viable provider phone OS than it is cash in on a few patents. I believe the HTC may have done something very similar.
Re: Political more than commercial
I wonder if this means that their licencing agreement agreement to pay Microsoft royalties for the patents it holds for Android is up for renewal?
OK Mr mister Microsoft we'll make another phone with your OS on it if we dont have to pay you quite as much for the ones we make that dont.
Re: share pricing
Surely that would only be true if Musk no longer held any shares, and if he no longer held any shares its doubtful that Musk would be in charge.
I understand that he gets nothing from the shares he already sold, but the ones he kept have gone up in value nicely and more than offset what he originally sold.
I still dont get the asteroid thingy and why its got so much traction
I dont deny the big epic asteroid impact and there's more than enough geological evidence for it having happened. Its linking it to the extinctions I struggle with
Asteroid causing mass near instant exitinctions I can get, asteroid causing a mass extinction over the next umpteen million years is something of a stretch.
Are there any theories about some kind of species specific disease yet like the fungal thing thats wiping out lots of amphibians around the globe at the moment?
Re: Same old
That's how I used to think and then I realised that I hadnt used my commuter car to drive more than 30 miles even once in a single day in the last 18 months.
I get the leaf later this month.
We already do our longer journies as a family all together in our primary car and to be honest we might even stop using that and get a free loan of a quashqai for upto 14 days a year to help keep the miles off it.
Er messing with hybrids for how long?
"Porsche has been messing about with hybrids for a few years now. You could even go back as far as 1943 with the Ferdinand Elefant tank destroyer that had a hybrid electric drive."....
Or you could go right back to the 1901 Lohner-Porsche
Re: ice-blasted tundra
So just change the name in that territory
GM / Holden / Vauxhall / Opel seem to shift a few cars without too much of an issue...
"Plainly there have been times even just within recorded human history when large chunks of the current jungle simply weren't there, and the land was used for farms instead - without any associated eco-disaster."
.....unless they unwittingly caused the desertifaction and decline of civilisation on the other side of the world in parts of North Africa.
I'm not saying that they did, just saying.....
Re: Don't underestimate the noise
Disagree totally about the noise.
The sound of last years V8's were not a patch on the mega high revving V10's and to be honest both were too loud and detracted from my F1 experiences. I really like the whine of the turbos and engine recovery systems and prefer the overall lower volume of the current engines.
I do not need ear damage to enjoy my music or my motor racing, just enough sound to give me a clue about what (and how) each of the cars are doing
The best sounding race cars I have heard to date were at Le Mans in 2012 and they were the quietest diesels which make an amazing pod-racer esk wub wub wub wub sound as they passed. Much quieter and much cooler sounding than the petrol cars on the track. I expect that I would also learn to love the sound of the electrics too.
Anonymous Coward, what relevance has the context of being poor got to do with anything when discussing luxury cars.
I'm pretty sure that a poor person would struggle affording the fuel in an old V12 Jag, so that argument about the battery is pretty lame.
I dont think that it is that unusual for high mileage drivers (mini cab drivers in particular) to not think twice about putting a new or reconditioned engine in high mileage ICE car, so why should swapping out the battery in an 8-10 year old electric one be so outragous?
what about the poor fools that paid
Will there be many people out there that havent had an unlock code to retrieve their data because the naughty peoples customer services were taken down?
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...
Re: Zero compression
I couldnt stand to listen to all of that you tube link. The compression was awfull.
Re: A step backwards
Ah Yes, that feeling you get when someone tells you, "that's a fantastic photo, you must have a really good camera".
Its a bit like going round to someone's house and saying 'that was a lovely meal, you must have some excellent pans'.
Re: Read the Patent rather than the sensational reporting
But basically it still boils down to them patenting pretty much all of the sensible and concievable ways of making smaller consumer orientated consumer devices in a manner vaugue enough to ensure that most other manufactures will fall foul of this (if not one many many others) that they hold.
Re: Not that easy
...or you could just load the files on a networkable Amiga, and copy them to a modern PC.
...or you could load them to a compact flash card using the PCMIA port on an Amiga 1200 and copy them to a PC that way.
then just view them in a free bit of software like Irfan view. Easy!
Re: Sorry Neil McAllister.
I noticed the other day that the free image viewer Irfan view is actually capable of displaying Amiga IFF/LBM files
Re: Hmm on the Alfa analogy
I've always thought of HTC as more SAAB than Alfa
They havent open sourced it, it has been made available to look at and study, it hasnt been made open to any changes :-p
Re: Are they going to bother to advertise it like Samsung will the GS5?
Where does that myth come from?
I must have seen the jumping out of an plane skydiving and making a documentary on the phone advert for the One X about a million times after it was released a couple of years ago
I'd like to think that the data usage of sending a picture every 10 seconds would show up somewhere. I'd certainly notice that on my phone.
Re: Viruses and malware
Anyone remember the updated mini clubman.....
At least British Leyland had the sense to continue updating the mechanicals of their original design along side that 'update'. Infact the original outlasted is successor by 20 years.
Does this make Microsoft bigger lumbering giant than BL?
Fact of the matter is that the UI used by XP and many of the non Unity/Gnome3 Linux desktop environments are pretty much close to the optimal for getting work done with a mouse and key board, if it aint broke dont fix it.
Give us something newer that appears a bit older please.
Ermm target market
"It's meant for users in hot equatorial areas where water is scarce and so, sadly, is proper sanitation in many cases."
Sorry to be an arse but most of the wettests places on the planet are on the equator, even in Africa, where for some reason most people assume that its really arid?
could you use this tech to give electric cars their own equivalent to a 'fast and the furious' style petrol nitro boost?
Re: I don't get it
I'm about to do a clean reinstall on my main hobby system after trying out almost all of the various desktops from what was initally a lubuntu but now has open box, unity, gnome, mate, xfce on top.
I'm no expert at apt getting stuff, but I have access tp google and use it where I can although I always seem to invevitibly break something. They work for a while, but I ended up installing loads of duplicate applications as part of the process (the prefferred programs for each varient) and my updates then go a a bit a iffy along with system stability.
Prolly going to stick to Xubuntu as I dont have a problem with the classic XP style desktop interface.
I REALLY like the way the older style desktops keep all the internet, multimedia, graphics etc groups seperate. Privacy issues aside I'd stick with Vanilla ubuntu if I didnt get frustrated finding what I want to launch. Even after messing with Linux for 2 or 3 years I cant remember the names all of all the programs and find 'quick launch' very irrirating.
I might give van
Could it just be that everyone is just dusting off their old laptops, reformatting and reinstalling them to factory fresh states and flogging (or trying to flog) them off quick on e-bay before the average punter on the street finally understands what is happening?
Re: Question to someone sciencey.
For something that carries cargo measured in tonnes, I'm sure that there must be the potential to have something fairly hefty and/or a complex system for compressing and reusing the gas.
Surley it wouldnt need to compress it back into a liquid form or anything extreeme?
Perhaps come up with something that could dynamically alter the shape of the structure slightly from an efficient cylender shape to something more eleptical, just enough to keep the area of the envelope the same but reduce its overall volume to take the edge off of the bouyancy for loading and altitude control. You might be able to increase efficiency by doing that along side some of the other techniques that have been described.
Re: "the only vessel in the world allowing […] long-term missions of the open sea and the abyss"
I think that's what the pressured living quarters below decks are all about. Presumably divers can spend more time diving and less time pressuring and despressurising?
Will someone with some understanding of aerodynamics kindly explain to me what effect the big wind turbine will have on free floating vessel in deep water?
Will it help to propel it along in the direction of the wind or resist against it?
is it not a bit simpler..
Green house effect = an increased amount of energy in the system.
More heat energy to dissapate and transfer around the globe would logically result in increased winds and storms
Surely that then limits the debate to arguments about how much more energy is in the system and where on the planet it's effects are most likely to be felt, not is it happening or not?
Re: iCar GS
Will I also suddenly find that after 2 service updates, that although my pride and joy now has new seat covers that it can now only out accelerate snails and asthmatic tortoises?
Dont write them off yet.
If Sony and Microsoft want their existing consoles to be in the market place for 10 years, but havent produced something that can generate high quality 4K moving (not static) images. Ninty could still end up smelling of roses by treating the U as a stop gap and releasing something rather more potent in 2 or 3 years.
Wealth in comparison to the GDP of Wales please..
This looks like a good idea and I'm sure that there must be one, but could someone please tell me what's the advantage of this over existing wind up devices is?
Re: 50% of what?
dont worry it will take ages to get to 50% of all listeners.
10 + 10% is still only 11 people with a DAB set
Re: How about some cheapies?
..and that allow you install a distro of your choice with the minimum of fuss
Re: Typhoo! WTF?
like the adverts from the 80s said, you only get an oo with Typhoo
Re: Of COURSE it has USB connector!!!!
if isnt apple and it didnt have USB you would have a VERY hard time charging it up!!!!!
Re: Why all the pixels
Whats wrong with it is the aspect ratio which helps define its dimensions and those dimensions don't fit inside a coat pocket. If you shrank one so that it could fit, it would just end up the size of an odd shaped phablet.
Widescreen tab like the Nexus fit nicely in your pocket and have the added bonus of being easier to hold with one hand.
Why so many comments about batteries and water. Its a submarine and most submarines run on batteries.
Its no crazier than having a car that has petrol in it, petrol that can burn in air.
Re: It's great having ideals......... But we can't afford eat, heat or have a bath.
I'm pretty sure that the original fuel escalator and quite a few other environmental taxes and initiatives were actually brought in by Maggie and Major.
FWIW I still think they are good idea. We've known the framework for quite some time, surely someone worthy of their bonus can start to make plans based upon rather than around it.
and while you are all waiting
Go and download oolite from http://www.oolite.org/
I totally misread that opening line
Surely these statistics would only vailid if the 5S was available rather than sold out everywhere.
The difference might be down to a more limited supply of the 5S to Blighty and plenty of 5C availability and that a few dissapointed punters have temporarily settled for a 5C with an eye to selling it on at a later date rather than actual customer preference?
Ummmmm dont most new consoles only launch with a teeny weeny handful of decent titles?
10% of Steams current collection equates to a pretty hefty number of decent launch titles in my eyes.
More and more games are being added to the Linux section of Steam all of the time. I believe that Steam are helping by providing conversion tools to developers to help speed up the process too.
Is he going to go the whole hog and release the new films on laser disc too.
Actually it might be time for me to dig out my nice han shot first box set...
Re: Future Digital
....apart from the actual resolution that you can achieve is limited by grain in the film. If you were talking about a larger frame size you might have a point, but he's talking about using 35mm stock film
Have you noticed how the whole film vs digital debate died out in the photography press several years ago.
I'd rather be given one of Bill's mosquito nets than access to free wi fi for the afternoon.
And what's the point of knowing where the nearest clinic is if I cant afford to see the physician or buy any medicine.
As a bloke the best reason for me and my pebble so far....
Not missing text messages and calls from the wife, or on night out from one of the lads who is trying to find out where we are.
If my phone is in a jacket or sometimes even my jeans I cant always notice it, especially if I'm moving around a lot or somewhere noisey even when its on vibrate.
I can also discretely see the first bit of any message on my phone and tell if its worth rooting around to get out my phone which is especially useful when you are somewhere really busy and getting jostled around (think football, very busy trains, concerts or bars etc)
I expect it would be even more useful for the types of ladies who would have a phone in a handbag or a clutch bag.
As far charging issues, once a week is no hardship given I have to charge my connected smart phone at least every two days
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