1049 posts • joined Tuesday 23rd March 2010 13:35 GMT
Re: Rip off
Stop paying for a BW license! If you don't watch or record live TV and use only catch-up services instead then you don't need a license. If you make a false declaration about having a BW TV then you could be in for more hassle than if you told them the truth.
I've had no TV license for more than 5 years. I have to visit their website every 2 years or so to confirm that my circumstances have not changed, and I've never had a visit. It's not worth paying £100 over 2 years to avoid 3 minutes' work.
Linux is the answer!
Is Microsoft still powerful enough to hassle OEMs who want to release Linux machines? Lenovo could copy or partner with Canonical to produce a Linovo range, where they are able to sell software, media and cloud services tightly integrated into the OS. That's how you compete with Apple. They'd be set for the Ubuntu phone too (and I expect that will run on tablets, which would allow them to do a Transformer-style device).
Any "added extras" along the lines of cloud storage and media players on a Windows machine get dismissed as bloatware. If they pre-load Windows it should be vanilla, even though they miss out on any after-sale revenue.
Re: Who's the Innovation Leader Now?
There is no "touchscreen laptop" fad. there is a "tablets which dock into a keyboard" fa...revolution.
Re: Meh, They may be better off without it.
Yes, dvorak are rare. Downvote if you don't know the alphabet.
Underpants, you missed something so fundamental that your comment is without context. I suspect you underestimated.
Re: So what the author wants is ... ?
It works on android. The problem is that too many opiners use apple. It's good that they're beginning to realize Idevices are shite, but it will take a while longer for them to get over their biases and accept the competition got right many of the things they now find are wrong in the apple ghetto.
Apple's hardware is perfect; you're holding it wrong. And nobody with any sense wants NFC or a big-enough screen.
Re: I lost interest here:
ITunes was not the first media player and the app store was not the first app store. Apple emulated the innovators. The reason people use either is that they want apple's hardware and apple forces them to use their software and cloud service.
Re: Meh, They may be better off without it.
There is no "standard qwerty keyboard". There is also azerty, dvorak and probably others. Even on qwerty keyboards the numeric and other non-alpha characters can be in different places, though I doubt that would affect an on-screen keyboard.
Back in the day, when Microsoft had the clout to act like the bully, they served different html to IE and Opera browsers from their MSN site. The code served to IE worked on Opera, but what was served to Opera was a less polished interface. It made IE look "better".
And this: http://www.alistapart.com/articles/msn/
Does anyone else find that the Google search pages have a different, more functional design on the stock Android browser to what you get on Firefox for Android?
Re: Fed up with them all
There's no need to order Samsung to get a life. If they hadn't been attacked by a patent troll with invalid patents, they'd be having the life you want them to get.
Re: Can we buy?
Maybe they just don't want "their" word to be misappropriated by apple websites belonging to apple growers.
You don't need to appreciate that Android is the best mobile OS in order to accept that giving generic TLDs to individual companies is a silly idea. Company names as TLDs is a silly idea too. Now stop being an iGnorant iTard.
Re: Go Judge Lucy
Samsung were found guilty of patent infringement by a jury which did not understand what constitutes prior art and could not understand when they were shown Samsung's multi-touch implementation that it was not as described in Apple's patent. The patent was not infringed and should not exist. Justice has certainly not been done.
Re: Let me get this right
If Apple invented their own stuff instead of copying Nokia's ideas then they wouldn't get sued. There has to be some way of protecting innovative companies from cheap imitations made in China, you know!
Re: no such thing as "free" storage
It just means they couldn't be bothered to write a linux version. Even when they get round to it (it's been promised for a while) they won't support Amiga, so you can still claim it's all non-standard etc if that's how you like to get off.
Meanwhile, as some who doesn't use Dropbox and has no idea what it does, I'll join in the game with those above:
I don't like dropbox because it doesn't allow file sharing, doesn't let you email links, doesn't use tags, doesn't have a client, doesn't have a website and you have to sign up to a FedEx account to get your files distributed (they don't support DHL). Oh, and it doesn't actually download files to your computer, it just creates a note to say that a file exists somewhere else, so they can lock you in to their services. But Drive does all those things, including DHL.
Re: Let's see now...
JDX, you may scoff but at least Howard's laptop didn't get stolen!
Re: Apples and Oranges
If you have Surface Pro then you don't need an Ipad and a Macbook. You can consume on your couch and then carry it to your desk to do some work. Connect it to a big monitor, keyboard and mouse if you want to (and you don't need to carry those to the couch).
But, like Padphone, it might not appeal to people who are only in the market for one of the devices it can replace.
Re: There Are Other Sources of Android Apps
Getjar and f-droid.org.
"I think that, at least for now, I managed to click the right places to keep it."
You want the button labelled "I don't want to use my full name". It appears on a large dialog which asks you (not Google) to decide if you want to be anonymous or use your real name. There are only 2 buttons to press, so they could hardly be accused of making it difficult for you.
Re: Cost constrained
@AC Most people have no analytical ability, which leads them to conduct customer satisfaction surveys badly or to repeat the results as if they were true.
The fool is the one who sends party invites only on facebook, not the one who acknowledges the issues this raises.
Steve, you need to update your app! It does rotate, works well on tablets and even lets you play video now.
Re: Facebook should be platform independent
You seem to think that only a "fandroid" would downvote a comment along the lines of "serving other systems as well as Apple's is the opposite of platform independence". Did you read the article? It might have been helpful it the Reg had shown some of the posters put up in FB HQ. Instead of a picture of a Nazi telling the serfs to throw their iphones away or be terminated, they used a picture of an Android and information on how to upgrade from an iphone to Android. It's optional.
Coward @ 14:52
The customer satisfaction reports rate the satisfaction of owners of Galaxy Ace alongside owners of Galaxy SIII and The Iphone 4S. In other words, they are useless. It doesn't say anything about Samsung or Android that Galaxy Ace is less satisfying than Galaxy SIII, and it doesn't mean anything for Ios or Apple that Android phones are "less satisfying" than An Iphone.
I'm not cost constrained and I wouldn't choose an Iphone. I don't work for facebook though.
Re: skype uninstalled
Skype also runs on Linux. Google talk is available on Windows, Linux, Mac and ios (all through the browser!) and there are a couple of Windows Phone apps which support it, as well as Android. That's zero le...fewer.
Stop deleting your stuff!
You're probably one of those people who would benefit from not deleting everything from their hard drive once they've uploaded it to the cloud. It's not really that hard not to do it. I don't do it all the time and didn't even need a lesson in not doing it. So now I have all* my stuff available from everywhere, and also have copies on a more reliable storage at home. Simples!
* Not "ALL" all, just the stuff I don't mind the Feds rifling through.
Re: Not mentioned...
You're allowed to keep your files on Box but use Google Music for streaming, downloading and native android apps with automatic playlist creation, syncing and all the other benefits. It's not a choice of one or the other.
VERY simple solution for you: don't delete your files after uploading them to Google Music. I've done the same.
Re: @Craigness Good idea, poorly executed
Why not set the conversion program to store the mp3s in a separate folder and not delete the original tracks? This will keep Itunes intact and you can upload from the folder with the Music Manager program. Surely even on a Mac this can't be too hard. I doubt tagging can get very broken, and Google will add tags and artwork via music matching.
Re: Also interesting
Try Staring At The Sea. Not literally.
...because it's Google
Re: Good idea, poorly executed
"...failed to upload as they were ripped in a codec that Google Play Music doesn't support."
Oh man, that's like totally Lame. If only there were some way to convert them to some format Google understands.
"...there have been open source ALAC decoders around for years now"
But as an alternative you could pay Spotify a monthly fee! I know Apple hardware is for people with more money that IT skills, but I didn't realise the same applied to their file formats!
Choice was mentioned a lot but the author seems not to know that you can choose which OS to run on your PC even if it comes with Windows preinstalled. You can get a refund of the cost of the windows license and install Linux or another version of Windows if you want. You can't choose OS X though.
Re: Power Hungry
You must not have heard DAB. I was in a test group back in 2000 or so and it's been excellent since then. The rest of the country should have caught up by now.
Does this open the actual SMS app or does it create a new window which looks like an SMS app?
Re: Is this
It certainly is. By the way, your credit card company asked me to tell you to call them, There's been some misuse of your card and it's being blocked. Their number is 089812345678.
Keep pushing that FUD, toadwarrior. Maybe one day you'll actually swing someone from getting a decent phone and join you in the clutches of apple.
Re: Earth to Apple
A_been, FRAND doesn't mean that Apple can set its own price for Moto's property, it means Moto can't discriminate in Apple's favour. Same terms for all, even for the school bully.
Re: Why the Denial?
They don't dispute that climate always changes. The problem is that one of the drivers of change is CO2 and other greenhouse gases, which we're adding to the atmosphere in sufficient quantities that it makes a difference. It's less arrogant to ask that we don't screw up this planet than to assume we can just move to a different one.
Re: ostritch mode enabled
there's a coward with his head in the sand pretending that android allowing users to grant camera apps permission to use the camera is a security issue
Re: Permissions Yes, What They Access No
@the_regulator why don' t you get yourself an android device and see for yourself what a load of nonsense you're putting out. People sideload becuse they don't know what version of android they have? Really? If you allow an app to access your contacts, which is a perfectly valid thing to ask users to grant to an app, then the app can access your contacts. The fact that android allows users to allow apps to access their contact data is NOT an android security issue.
100 years ago?
They still do it. Less so now, because it's easier to send a drone to kill a whole village than to abduct someone and take them to Cuba.
Anyone want to know about my 9 years in IT not supporting the extension of the US empire?
It's not FUD at all. Those plugins rely on FUD to get people to install them, but they do nothing that you can't do without them.
It's Open Source, so someone must have checked it, right?
Re: The right way to do it
You're making the assumption that the value is in the data. It's not, it's in the analysis. Web advert publishers have no interest in selling the data; they analyze it and serve the most appropriate advert.
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