52 posts • joined Wednesday 21st April 2010 15:55 GMT
Stop it (again)
Android tablets are good.
Ipads are good.
It all depends on what you use them for.
We need the competition between products to drive development.
Without Android, Ipads would become a walled garden because there would be no other way.
Without Ipads, Android would become a walled garden because there would be no other way.
Buy the tablet you like and stop bitching.
If you don't like it then sell it and buy the other one.
If you have to do that more than once you are stupid.
Re: I like it !
So why not wait for an eBay listing, ask him for cash on collection and take a couple of heavies with you to meet him?
We can all point the finger at the police for lounging about, but it seems like there are some things he can do to track this guy himself.
Sounds like he's just playing a game with the thief, but fair play to him ... I would love to do something like that.
Only PG will do it for me.
Put the bag in the cup and pour boiling water directly on the bag so it inflates and floats as the cup fills. Doing it this way I only need to brew in the cup for about 20 seconds before it's perfect ... and I like my tea very strong.
Re: Nexus 7
I have whatever software comes with the Resurrection Remix ROM on my S2, but it seems to do the same swipey thing and it's very good for a small screen.
I tried some swipey keyboard on my Nexus 7 and it was far too energetic because of the screen size.
For two handed typing on larger screens, I can't recommend Hacker Keyboard enough, especially when using the tablet for RDP as the keyboard layout is the same as a standard keyboard and very quick to type on.
If they inflate their prices to cover the cost of their tax then you shop elsewhere.
The way it is now, their prices are not 24% lower than everywhere else so only amazon are winning and only the country as a whole is losing.
And these are the same companies that want you to spend more money to end the 'recession' that apparently is being created by these companies? They are as bad as the banks, if not worse.
I am remembering the names of all the companies who are exposed as tax dodgers and will stop shopping with them immediately until they change their ways. Unfortunate that it is now Amazon, I used to buy plenty from them.
But, the government / law are as much to blame, if they are the ones who set the rules then they cant exactly stand up and shout 'it's not fair' if all they have to do is change the rules?
Can't go on forever
The patent might have been granted and they might start taking other companies to court but it can't go on forever.
Hopefully all the bad stuff they are doing will start to reverse and any money they made through the courts will find it's way back to their rightful owners.
it won't be long until perople start ditching apple in favour of better companies, If apple haven't realised that they are losing control and need to stop this childish stuff then they deserve everything that's coming.
I don't understand why ...
... people feel the need to exactly rip off the ipad. Fine, build a tablet and get taken to court by apple because they think it looks too similar to an ipad when really it's just the resultant shape of the function it provides - *our* tablet looks like *your* tablet and *every other* tablet, because it is a tablet and a tablet needs to be that shape ... roughly.
But, if you want an ipad get an ipad. If you dont care about the ipad get an Android. Why buy somethinig that looks like an ipad?
I don't get it, personally, if I was buying a tablet to display to the world on my way to work, which I don't, then I would want something that doesn't make me look like a sheep.
Re: One word: What The F***!
Exactly that: W T F ?
Don't get me wrong, Linux, Windows 7, Windows 8 & Windows XP (in that order) are all great OSes, but ...
I dont, have never and never will buy a 'Windows 8 PC'
I will however buy a 'PC version of Windows 8' and a 'PC that runs Windows 8'
There is a big difference there and MS should understand their position in the stack.
How about "Windows apps that dont have a window?"
Or just Apps then...
OK, maybe not Apps, they might get sued by Apple
Might aswell just call them blanks then, or nothing, or just " "
Re: Anyone else
That my be so, but it's not just data - I can always jack next door's connection.
Unless you have designs for fibre optic power lines for the national grid and the railways then something like this could prove to be a really useful deterrent.
It's not a pleasant experience when trains are cancelled because someone stole the cables. Having said that, it must take some balls to go near a live cable, not to mention actually stealing it. If I ever met a cable thief, I wouldn't know whether to hit him or shake his hand.
There is nothing beyond the edge of the solar system, it's just a big black board with pictures of stars on it.
The craft were captured by an alien race many years ago and they are really not that far away.
They decode incoming signals, wait a few hours and then send us back the data that we want to see.
I had the same phone for 3 years on a £20 per month contract ... I now have an S3 on a £20 per month contract. Same minutes, same texts, same deal. If I didnt get the new phone then the contract price would have been the same. What they choose to spend that £20 on is no concern of mine, therefore the phone was actually 'free'.
If the pricing difference between an iphone and comparable other device is as high as other places then maybe people can't afford them. Maybe they are waiting for the next model. Probably more likely they just know that there are better alternatives.
We'll probably see the same sort of thing happening in other parts of the world as people start to wise up.
If I pay £400 for a phone and then realise that a significant proportion of the profit is spent on repeatedly letting me know I don't have the latest model then I would eventually get tired of it, no matter how fashionable they try to make me believe it is.
The feeling of having a less than adequate phone 6 months into a 2 year contract is easily absorbed when I know I got my S3 for free :)
Good luck to the iphone 5 queuers - I hope it rains.
I'm truly amazed that we can do things like this.
Good fortune to the mission and all who made it possible.
As each day passes I become more convinced that I will never give a penny of my cash to Apple so they can fuel their increasingly outrageous actions.
All of this is has just one cause: they, like many other tech companies, got caught up in their desire to stifle progression so they can cream as much as possible out of mid-range products.
They realised too late that most other companies will simply produce and sell the best products that they can using currently available hardware and software, and they don't like it when they finally realise that they can't control the market that way and start losing market share. It's nobody else's fault but their own.
They are not the first and they won't be the last. Give it a few years and they'll be right back where they were in the mid-90's.
This is fishy
I have been using it for so many years, along with a lot of other people I know.
I turn my computer on and do all my offline stuff, then when I want to become 'connected' I open a browser. Right there, in one tidy layout, is all the latest stuff that I need to know about on the web. Simple and effective.
Apart from having my computer on and then reaching for my mobile to check the widgets, I don't know of any suitable alternative for the desktop and I'm not going to use two devices, it kind of goes against the grain of what every other company is trying to achieve.
Wait a minute, I smell fish. I think iGoogle is a lot more popular than they are letting on. Probably all the functionality provided by iGoogle will be moved to Google+ apps and then that will force you to set Google+ as your home page, thereby giving them a hit every time you open a browser.
I have never used facebook and probably never will. I did not like the idea of being automatically registered for Gogole+.
If they try to integrate it any further into my browsing routine then obviously I will stop using all of their services.
And quite rightly so
If file sharing sites can be responsible for the connections they make and subsequently prosecuted / fined / shut down for allowing data to be looked up on their servers but retrieved from locations outside of their control then Ebay is certainly no exception to this rule.
You can't have one rule for Napster and another rule for Ebay.
They won't do it...
Please float your company.
Then you will have to publicly disclose your value, people will wake up and realise that there is not as much up for grabs as they thought, they will turn their back on you one by one and you will fade away as quickly as you came, another sad casualty of interwebs fashion oblivious to the lessons of the 90's.
Or you can stay a private company, keep your value a secret, keep people hyped up because they think there will be free money up for grabs when you float, hype up your user data, people think they are missing out on something so they create an account, other companies integrate little facebook buttons into their sites and electronic devices beause they too want a piece of the potential IPO pie, so facebook grow a bit more and hype the figures a bit more, get more users in etc etc.
Staying private will mean quicker self-perpetuation, a higher peak and a longer life for facebook, so please go public.
It would be funny watching all those pissed off investors on the 2nd day of trading too.
It will be Monday in a few hours and then we can all jump onto the next big thing...
I will be getting the 3G model, I will pay that price for it and I won't think twice about it, as long as it's reliable and the build quality is equal or better than the current PSP.
In an age where fanbois will pay double that price for something half the size I think this is very good value for money and will be far more useful to me than anything beginning with i.
I generally hate all Sony stuff, except my PSP & PS3. I've had the same PSP since they were first released and it hasn't missed a beat. It's still on the original battery too and it still lasts for 3-4 hours between charges even though I have been using it every day for the last 2 years. It's been a solid piece of kit, I hope the Vita is as good.
The current PSP platform is ageing a bit though and has been due for a refresh for some time now.
Why did it take them 6 days to release this information? Why have the hackers now had 6 days to make use of all the details they stole before Sony even admitted anything?
The obvious answer is that Sony's reputation and need to play this down is more important to them than straight honesty or the personal identities of 77 million people.
That makes Sony as bad as, if not worse than, the hackers themselves.
And the way they have been storing the data unencrypted is plain stupid. They should be investigated and heavily fined.
I hardly use my PS3 and I only bought it because I have a PSP and it was heavily advertised as being compatible and linkable with the PSP. I only bought a PSP because it was the only handheld at the time. I thought that linking them together 4 years after the PS3 was released would provide more functionality than it currently does.
The way they treat their user base is disgusting, removing features and taking legal action against individuals to 'protect their profits and intellectual property' when they could instead try providing a better customer experience and delivering ALL the features that were initially advertised with a product. That would have more of a knock-on-effect on their profits than suing / bullying people into submission.
Please Microsoft, can you make an Xbox handheld? Then I will buy an Xbox as well and get rid of my PS3. But I will never ever buy a Sony product again.
I was told nothing
My contract has just come to and end and I called them only yesterday morning to move to a cheaper package, because I like to take a couple of months to check out new phones before I go back on contract.
The guy on the phone said that my new plan was 300 mins, 300 texts & 1GB data. No mention at all that the fair use limit would be lowered. I know it's not his personal fault but I feel like they have been dishonest in not telling me. I may have signed up to a new contract yesterday but luckily I didn't.
Luckily, it's the end of my contract and I will probably change to a different provider.
Not a good move TM.
Both sides are right
I guess that the law is the law and it applies to Google, the Police, myself and everybody else in the country. So I completely agree that Google have every right to not hand over the data to the Police without a court order. As they have indicated, there is a procedure that must be followed.
But...if the owner of the photographed house were to request this information from Google themselves, it may put a different perspective on it. Surely if someone takes a photo that contains an image of you or your property then you must have a right to view that photo in it's unmodified form, just as you surely must have a right to ask them to delete it.
I don't know if that is the law, it just seems logical to me.
It has affected most if not all of the other vendors in the past and if I still used Windows then I would definitely still be using AVG. As far as I'm concerned it's the best AV product for personal desktops and has been for years.
...but from what I have seen lately it is beginning to get a little bloated and seems no more to be just a plain old AV program.
Still the best though.
Loading preview, please wait...
If I search for 'google preview' and click the preview button, might I cause some kind of infinite loop and accidentally create a black hole?
...cos last time I checked (August) Skype had this amazing feature on every Windows 7 machine we have, where it would receive a call, not allow you to answer it, then just ring and ring and ring until you reboot.
So we had no option but to only allow out Linunx users to use Skype. I don't think they have fixed it yet and Windows 7 is already getting old.
Get out of my face man
So I use Skype...I used to use facebook but I left because quite frankly I think it's the biggest population powered bandwagon since who cares when, and I have no real use for it.
If they integrate facebook into Skype and don't give me an option to disable it then I will stop using Skype and find something else.
I'm fed up of having this crap pushed down my throat.
There are obvious ways of doing things - Isn't that what plugins are for? Skype supports plugins. Why can't they make a facebook plugin for those (billion) people that want it and leave the rest of us alone?
The same goes with my Android phone. Why do I *have* to have facebook / twitter etc preinstalled without the ability to remove it? Isn't that what the Android Market is for?
It could be worse.
At least Steve Jobs is only running a company and not a country.
He's like the 21st century Hitler.
"Judge Peter Benson at Bradford Crown court said he would have jailed minibus firm owner Paul Barrett, 39, if his record were not clean and the sums of money involved had been larger, PA reports."
...just like how an attempted murderer would have got a longer sentence if it was actually murder instead?
I think that's how the law works, Mr Benson. Top marks for you.
Maybe he thought of the 'right' way to hold the phone while he was enjoying a bit of time to himself.
He has realised what type of person owns an iphone and now wants them to hold the phone like they are having a wa...
The i4 will be un-cool hours later when more people get one, do they not understand this?
Fashon accessories become unfashonable as soon as the public jumps on the bandwagon. This time it seems to have happened even before the launch, so that makes every i4 owner a twat.
Isn't camping outside a shop overnight a waste of time? For a phone. After all, it is just a phone right?
Suckers, every single one of them.
"Trust is very important to us. And we're going to do everything we can to preserve it."
Trust doesnt mean people dont do wrong, it means people dont expect them to do wrong and that makes it easier for them to do wrong.
Of course they'll do everything they can to preserve it.
Considering 'delete facebook account' is a popular search term and the fact that they just 'deactivate' your account instead of deleting it completely, I wonder if the deleted accounts are also included in their count and whether one of the reasons they dont delete your account is so that they can appear to still be popular after people leave?
Here we go again...
Reading the first post, wondering how long it will be before this turns into a Linux v. Windows slag-o-rama and bang, there it was. 2nd post.
We all know that using Windows is like trying to turn left in an elevator and using Linux is like trying to drive a car without a dashboard...
...but does it have do be said over and over. Write something original for a change.
I too understand how it could have been errantly collected, but that doesn't make it right.
I don't think the point it whether they collected too much data / delete it / keep it / ask a third party to intervene etc etc. Whatever man. That bit is irrelevant.
The important thing is that they deliberately set out to collect *any* data in the first place.
AFAIAC even if they just collected the headers and didnt 'accidentally' collect extra bits, it's wrong.
What would happen to me if I drove round the block sniffing packets, collecting a bit of this and a bit of that? I'd get nicked, that's what would happen.
They shouldn't be able to get away with digital kerb crawling, just because they are a company.
What's it all about?
It it just me who is missing the point of social networking?
I only joined facebook because my sister put up a photo of me when I was a baby. I created an account, looked at the photo, sent her a message telling her to take the photo down and promptly forgot about the site.
Within days I started getting messages from ex-girlfriends, old friends and various other people that I had deliberately not given new phone numbers to over time.
The last people to become friends with me were the closest people to me, the ones I spend the most amount of time with.
I didn't ever feel the need to search for people because it didnt feel right. If I want to speak to a friend I'll phone them or text them. If I don't phone them or text them then chances are I dont want to post a message on their wall for the whole world to see. And I probably cant be arsed with reading their messages either. If I have something to say I will come and say it to you in person. No need to hide
It's about social status. That's why posts are called status updates. It's just another method of self-justification. People feel more important when they can convince themselves that they have a lot of friends.
As a test, disable your facebook account for a couple of days and see how many of your friends ring ou up to ask where you went.
Foul play. Shame on you chocofac.
If there is a possibility this data was collected deliberately then there should be an investigation.
An INDEPENDENT investigation.
Not a promise of "We will review it internally and ask a third party to verify it for us." Who will they invite to do this for them? Agnilux? Bumptop?
It seems a bit strange to get caught doing something after 4 years and then claim, "Oh yeah, we didnt spot that," when you clearly own a multitude of systems who's sole purpose is to collect data and analyse usage patterns.
If you take a photo and put it on your computer it might take up 1% more space than you expected. That's probably fine.
But when you are an international corp who's business model is "collect data, store data, sift data, generate ads, give away data, sell ads" then you need a lot of storage space and for this you employ teams of people who estimate data usage patterns and build massive amounts of storage medium accordingly.
When they estimate that Google Voyeur-View will need 1000 TB of space and they build the storage arrays, then a Google Data-Usage-Pattern-Analyser-Specialist employee thinks, "Every time one of our Stalker-Cars comes back to offload it's daily collection we get all this data off it but we seem to get 101% of the data we were expecting and when it all get processed and released to Voyeur-View, not all of the data was collected is actually used."
"And that means that when we spend £10,000,000 on hardware, £100,000 of this is for storage which is unaccounted for."
Of course they knew what was happening. Especially for Google, they wouldn't just buy hardware because it looked like they needed more hardware - they would first analyse the data that appears to be requiring more hardware and see if it could be streamlined.
I really dont think the problem is the guy who wrote the code in the first place, after all he was just doing his job. I think it lies more with the people who are exployed to monitor data usage patters in the chocofac.
Why did it take them 4 years to notice and even then only when they got caught? Because they already knew.
I think I should be allowed to walk round all their data-centres with a powerful magnet.
Its a conspiracy I tell you!
They were paid to do it. By the government, or RIAA or whatever the RIAA is called here in England.
"Nice photography idea Google. Here's a tenner - while you are at it, have a sniff at the wifi's and give us a list of who's using BitTorrent.
We should be happy...
...after all it's just yet another reason not to use yet another MS product for the simple reason that cheaper, better functioning alternatives are available.
I am not personally unhappy with this article, why would I be? Linux + Open Office = no problems for me. Simples.
The point I am making is that in MS has, is and will be in a whole ecosystem of it's own. They are in a globally dominant position where they have the power to select who can and cant use their software by restricting licences and adjusting their prices. We live in 2010, the whole of this planet should have access to computers and internet but thanks to the likes of Microsoft (and other companies, of course) if you look at the planet's population, computers are still very much 'for the rich.'
That's what I don't like about MS. They are in a postsion of extreme responsibility and they greatly abuse it.
Time will tell. I guess if you are willing to pay full MS licence for access to what is basically a website, with the condition that you must also get a piece of software that you have no use for, then I hope you will be in a very small minority, I hope that MS realise that they either have to introduce a system for licencing web-only users or lose out big time to the other organisations offering a better, cheaper product.
It should be simple economics but unfortunately MS are in the position where they can set prices on the basis that people have no alternatives and frankly that should not be the case.
...other office products are available
It's not about someone's potential ability to buy one licence and allow world+dog to use it for free.
It's more about the fact that Linux users cannot natively run Windows code and now Microsoft have finally learnt how to make their Office product available in a web browser, which will work in Linux, they are still making the Linux users pay for a licence to use the full version of the software which will not run on their OS anyway.
Does it need to be spelt out to them? Surely they have the decency to sell Linux users (reduced price?) licences so that they can use office in their web browser? A licence that only allows the Office web version and the users would only be able to use the web-browsery-version, even on a Windows OS, unless they upgraded?
The ideal world solution:
Allow MS to go ahead and do whatever they want to do.
Use Google Docs.
Use Open Office.
It won't be long before they inject cloud-goodness into Open Office. Maybe Google should speak with the OO guys and they could work on integrating the two. That would be a killer move and surely would bring MS alittle more of the doom that they deserve.
Back to 9.10 for me
I was waiting patiently for this release, but I was a little disappointed to be honest. I can see the potential good, but it needs to be more consistent with hardware support.
I remember my wireless didn't ever work in Ubuntu prior to 9.10, so I never used it because, well what good is a computer these days with no network connectivity?
My built in wifi still doesnt work in 9.10 but it does see my Belkin USB adapter so for the last 6 months I have been using Ubuntu more than Windows 7 because its just nicer to use.
Yesterday, I installed 10.04 and it would not see my Logitech bluetooth adapter or any of my wifi adapters, so I had no keyboard, mouse or network.
For now I am going back to 9.10.
...Was having hardware issues (wi fi dropping out, and the fan was on its way out cos it was being constantly used) now on 9.10 and its all hunky dory...
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