1274 posts • joined 27 Apr 2010
I dropped my Nexus 7, once, without a case on it, and the back cover popped off.
I was worried, at the time, but feel pretty smug about it, now!
Re: Planned obsolescence
At least you can take a car to an independant garage and have it serviced for a reasonable fee, rather than being restricted to taking it back to the dealer, once the warranty expires. I doubt they'll be very many unauthorised service agents capable of repairing your Surface outside of the warranty period.
Re: Watch the lawsuites fly...
I've never really understood the animosity toward drive letters. I've had Linux in regular use for a couple of years, now, but the Windows method still seems preferable. Can anyone enlighten me on the benefits? Documentation that I've read described the Linux method as "more robust" but I've yet to notice any benefit (after getting my file storage drive to mount automatically in Mint, I had to correct the links to it under XBMC, which was a less than slick experience).
Re: Microsoft silently tried to shove OneDrive on my PC
Surely only a matter of time before OneDrive becomes the new IE, and the EU slap them down for anti-competitive behaviour?
Re: Explain please!
I'm confused, too. If it's an allocated, on the road space, that only you can park in, then offering your permit to others for the times when you're out isn't a bad idea. If it's just uncontrolled space on the highway that you happen to be parked in, then you've absolutely no business selling it on.
Re: Strange description of Chromecast
Quite agree, joe. I still think the Chromecast is most likely to have more of the big services on it, though (experience of the 4oD client on Raspbmc - constantly being re-written as its feed gets cut off - bears this out). An "open" option for the more technically minded/curious is always welcome, however.
Re: Strange description of Chromecast
Browsing Netflix's catalogue on a tablet, before flinging it to the TV must be better than navigating the catalogue on the TV, using the telly remote.
I imagine that the Chromecast has a good chance of having more services ported to it, too, unlike your "smart" TV, which is probably not going to get anything useful that it doesn't already have (no 4oD, itvPlayer, or demand5 on my Panasonic, for example, all of which exist as Android apps, and so will more than likely get the necessary development to run on the Chromecast).
Which "British accent"?
I do hope that it spoke with RP.
Re: proceeded to review their samples based on their normal laptop usage
If a laptop were being advertised as a "desktop replacement", I think reviewers would be perfectly justified in comparing it to an equivalent desktop - if it had a smaller screen and a lack of ports, these would be legitimate criticisms.
If MS are touting this Surface as a "laptop replacement", surely it's reasonable to see how it performs it that role?
Re: This whole thing is idiotic
If you got busted as a teenager for nicking booze, is it too much to ask that a) you've grown up since then and don't do that anymore, and b) we all be grown up enough to recognise that teenagers get up to all sorts of stupid shit and that we shouldn't let it define them?
If something really happended, and there was a record of that event, why would it need to be deleted? If it's slander/libel, then there are already laws to handle that.
I think I approve of the way Google is handling this one.
Looks like an accident waiting to happen.
They should plug it up with something.
Re: Oh well...
Go back to sleep, Grandad.
Re: Currently BB10 can run Android binaries impressively...
They really should make more of this fact. Not having the Audible app available put my other half off of getting a Blackberry, a few months back, which was a shame, as it seemed like an otherwise ideal (and well priced) handset.
A phone for when you're out and about, and a handy pocket computer for when you're at home (or in any other suitable wifi spot). Not everyone wants to suck down data when they're out and about, and not everyone wants to fire up a laptop just to check facebook at home.
Re: Unmitigated Bullshit
At least with Duke Nukem, Doom, et al., you played the shareware episode, decided whether or not you liked it, then paid for the rest of the game.
If it'd been a case of getting the first episode for free, having the option to free up space on the screen (remove ads), then needing to pay seperately for each new gun you picked up, having to pay to unlock the subsequent levels, and having to pony up some cash every time you died (or wait 24hrs for your health to regen), I doubt it'd have been half so popular.
There's precious few mobile games that I've actually spent money on.
Think I've chucked about £1.40 at the makers of Cut The Rope, £0.70 for Sprinkle Jr., but that's about it. In-app purchases just strike me as a rip off - if the game is good, I would buy it, but the App-Stores seem to function on quantity over quality, so I just assume that everything will be shit* and play the free versions, chucking them once I reach the point where I need to pay to progress.
*Experience shows this to generally be the case, most mobile games are either outright dire, or get very dull, very quickly. Plenty of money being made, though, so someone must be hurling their cash at this crap.
Solar powered lantern?
Who needs a lantern when it's sunny?
Re: @ Trevor_Pott (was: @jake)
This thread is excellent - first time I've ever seen anyone step in to defend the tast of Budweiser!
What's next - a detailed critique of the unique nuances and subtle aromas of Mad Dog 20/20?
Re: This has GOT to be ...
Does this mean that jake hasn't already built one of his own? First time for everything, I suppose.
I don't think it takes a genius to work out why I don't have a smartphone on my bike's handlebars.
I assume the Samsung devs live somewhere with perpetually clement weather, smoother-than-silk roads, and no traffic?
Re: Oooh, Crumbs!
I'm slightly too young to remember Chorlton & The Wheelies, but my dad got it on DVD for my kids. Not sure I could get all that nostalgic over what appears to be a recording of someone's nightmares.
There's plenty of content on CBBC that manages to bridge the parent/child gap.
"Horrible Histories", Help, I've Got No Head!", "Strange Hill High" and "Shaun The Sheep" all come to mind (less so on CBeebies*). Reimagining (blech!) a series from the parents' era won't do this, it'll have the opposite effect.
Bet it'll be CGI, too.
*the updated, post-privatisation "Postman Pat" is a prime example of how jarringly wrong a reimagining can be. I would like to see the return of "Bertha", though, preferably crossed with Stephen King's "The Mangler".
Very well put - that Grantham Grocer article is excellent. Depressing, but excellent.
Jaundice is a terrible condition,
and we should not make fun of those suffering from it.
Has anyone lost a tenner?
Really? What colour was it?
If I find £10 in the street, and keep it,
that's free money to me. Granted, someone else is down by £10, but it's not me.
£54 for a 120GB Evo, on Amazon, at the moment.
Eagerly awaiting the delivery of mine. Samsung, Crucial, Kingston, and Sandisk are much of a muchness, pricewise, right now.
Now that we all have large, HD TVs,
and the consoles can now push out hi-res images, why isn't split-screen multiplayer The Next Big Thing?
4-player Goldeneye was great, and that was blocky, fuzzy visuals, on a none-to-big CRT. Mario Kart Wii is great in multiplayer (and the visuals are downright unpleasant on an HD-ready TV). Compromise the casual-gamer, family-friendly image, and Nintendo could have a nice USP over Sony/Microsoft.
Re: Amphibious cars aready done
He should have a word with Renault, have them revive the Racoon.
Unless he's going to skip on from flying cars and get busy building a wearable robot.
Re: But the earth is only 6 thousand years old
A wizard did it.
Re: "Add an extra mesh option with the same animation rigs, and job done"
You left out the months of research and physics modelling that is necessary to ensure that their oversized breasts bounce in the appropriate fashion.
Re: And who will not be happy
If people checked their facts before yelling "fascism", Godwin would be wrong, and we'd never know that an arguement had run its course.
FIFA is corrupt,
and Brazil has squandered $millions on the world cup. No arguement there.
What will knocking out the Coca-Cola website acheive?
Re: "the village's coat of arms bears the Star of David"
Looks like a Stylophone, to me.
Thanks for the $20k,
enjoy your copy of Book 1.
Re: Unfamiliar UI
So, awful, then.
Re: "It is easier and cheaper to connect different OSs and devices"
Cheaper, yet, but rarely is it easier. Apple, Samsung, et.al. don't seem keen on open protocols, as they'd much rather you bought all your kit from one manufacturer.
Re: Mouse and Keyboard
Mouse certaily offers faster, more accurate aiming, but scrunching one's left hand into a claw for the keyboard element is murder, if held for any significant amount of time.
Aim assist and a decent gamepad, please (along with resigning oneself to getting repeatedly owned in multiplayer).
But, geeks are cool now, right?
I assume that's what they're going for, anyway - besides, no one else is going to care that it can boot an operating system that they've not heard of.
Re: "if you have Android 4.0"
You can't quote sources on the internet, Alan - you're supposed to make wild, unsubstantiated claims!
I'm happy to stand corrected.
Re: "if you have Android 4.0"
But isn't Gingerbread still the most prevalent flavout of Android?
I don't care much for the tone of Tim Cook's presentation, but he is right about many Android phones being trapped on a dated OS. I upgraded mine from Gingerbread to ICS, but I doubt I'd have bothered if I weren't the tinkering type.
Re: Fines are no use
Fines aren't a terrible idea - they could pay them to the students whose data they mislaid.
That £12.90 deal from Three sounds ideal.
Shame I wouldn't touch them with a bargepole.
Not that any of the others are much better, but at least Orange didn't insult me when I called up to cancel/renew.
I can see the attraction.
Maybe it can carve out a niche as the smart equivalent to Doro phones? Got my Dad the budget WinPhone at x-mas (520? something like that), which he likes, but does find a tad fiddly to use.
Re: Front facing camera
For a phone priced such that it's likely that parents would buy one for their child, I'd say that Motorola are performing a valuable public service, if the absence of the front camera helps to stem the tide of duck-face selfies.
Did I read the review wrong, or is not the battery life improved over the previous iteration, whilst the tablet has become thinner?
Very much this. We had an Eye Toy on the PS2, which worked out little more than a brief novelty, as standing up and flailing your arms to play video games is not really very much fun (and it didn't work too well). The Wii controller works (reasonably) well, but experience has shown that sitting down and not having to point the controller at the screen is the preferred mode of play - anything that involves multiple players standing up to play together will inevitable get switched off after a couple of rounds (during which at least one person will have taken an elbow to the face).
I'm sure Kinect is technically very accomplished, but I don't think it's what people want in their living rooms (or bedrooms).
If it's good enough for Steven Seagal...
Thanks for that - I needed a good laugh.
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