1274 posts • joined 27 Apr 2010
an endless "fetch quest", with a little Farmville mixed in.
Re: most annoying thing
It wasn't Jar Jar, and it wasn't Anakin - it was the dull story, piss-poor scripting, shoddy direction, and rotten pacing that annoyed me. Or am I just annoyed at myself, for throwing good money after bad by also going to the cinema for Episodes II and III?
Compared to that lot, whatever they churn out for VII will be heavenly.
I'm glad to see that Samsung have applied Knox to their Galaxy S range.
I'd hate to think of Civil Servants being issued with anything other than flagship devices by their employer.
Trebles all round?
Re: "Cloud computing is shite."
I find your counter arguement to be compelling, Neil.
Pretty much, yes.
I used Opera, but have Firefox installed as my son likes the logo. Opera will probably be gone, soon, as, far too frequently, I find that some pages won't load properly. Having to switch browsers to get a page to load is maddening, and Firefox tends to be on the list of browsers that authors test their pages against.
Re: Bad move
I remember when Firefox was nipping at IE's heels, working to depose it as the dominant browser. I've just looked at Wikimedia's usage stats, which shows Firefox as third, behind IE and Chrome - I don't think they have the same clout that they once did.
Re: I am shocked and appalled....
Nonsense, the article style is just in keeping with the sub-head.
Re: dead animals: yes
Relaxed sphincter or not, once that animal's dead and decomposing, the poo is going to find its way out, sooner or later.
No need for anyone to make "the next Rampage".
It takes a lot of play for Rampage to get old, and it's dead simple to pick up and play.
Re: Not just outdated...
They have a retro-styled "brick" phone for sale, now, which seems like an expensive, impractical novelty: http://www.carphonewarehouse.com/phone/other/the-brick
Re: "aren't we all?"
Certainly not! My son has been busy trying to sort out the continuity between the (Hollywood) films, and explain why the new Godzilla is so different to the last one (he cried at the end of that).
@codejunky You seemed to have missed the middleground between "earn all the money and horde it for myself" and "do f*ck all and expect the state to care for me". I think most of us prefer to live there, but "fatcat bankers" and "benefit scroungers" make better news copy, so we get forgotten about.
Re: "Dont take it from me, take it from him. He has more than me!!!".
Hey, there's an election, next week, and I haven't received my bribe. Could you let them know that I've been missed out?
Re: Classic nonsense
Might encourage others to join in. Get enough of them, and it might make a difference. Has to be better than doing nothing, and they are at least putting their money where their mouths are.
Re: "Dont take it from me, take it from him. He has more than me!!!".
I've always preferred "Take it from me, but please also ensure that a fair proportion is taken from him also. He may have more or less than me, so some sort of banded arrangment will probably be appropriate." I think this way, as I'm in favour of a sufficiently large state apparatus that is able to provide essential services (health, education, refuse collection, roads, and so on), ensuring that they are available to all, not just those with the means to pay for them at the point of need.
@Christian Berger I think Mozilla know that the users' action, on finding out that their video won't play, is not to contact the content provider, but to switch to a compliant browser.
Re: Agent Provocateur
Might be a child.
I'm glad I put off upgrading.
I was hoping that the Moto G would shake up the market a bit, and the release of the E and the 4G G (hello, SD slot!) should force other manufacturers to raise their collective game.
It still beggars belief that Samsung have the Galaxy Ace out as their budget option, as it is a truly terrible device that deserves to get obliterated by the budget Motorolas.
Re: if you can't walk that, get a taxi!
If you can walk on to a earlier/later stop, you might as well. The bus will also be providing a service* to those who can't do that.
*well, it should be; no doubt it's been deemed to be unprofitable, and been cancelled.
Nice to hear that something good has come out of those stupid cat pictures!
Re: Bravo chaps
I'm not entirely sure what Dogecoin is but, based on the subheads to these articles, I'm assuming that it's something for morons. The financial equivalent of Cheezburger, or somesuch.
Re: what are they going to do with them?
Keep both brands and MAKE ALL THE MONEY, I expect.
Re: Limited bit rate?
People get excited about access to lots of music in a convenient, portable format. Quality hi-fi gear is a niche interest, and thus there's not a lot of incentive to cater to that market, other than to mug them for more of their disposable income with nonsense products.
Beats is successfull because their products are fashionable, not better than their competitors - a good fit for Apple, I should think.
I can't remember when I last listened to a CD - everything is streamed from Deezer, via my phone, hooked up to the car stereo. The quality may be terrible but 1) I can't tell (I don't own any premium hi-fi kit, and never have), and 2) I don't care.
Re: Seems fairly pointless...
The small form factor is attractive to me, at least. I built my first PC, this year (about the size of a VHS player, replacing the mahoosive tower that I used to have), and a major motivation was to get the size down (and bring the spec up so I could play some more modern games).
What this Brix teaches me, is that I was probably wise not to go for the smallest possible case!
Re: I have a little list...
From the small amount of research I did when renewing my contract with Orange, Tesco Mobile apparently throttle off the connection if you're streaming large quantities of data (no idea if that's true or not).
How the world has changed!
I can remember visiting my mate and watching him play the latest releases on his BBC Micro - not sure I'd have stood for it if he'd charged for the privilege!
Third stage: ???
Fourth Stage: PROFIT!!!
Re: Am I the last person on Earth...
Sounds fair. Afterall, plenty of "free" phone apps have a "donate 69p to disable ads" option (I've even used it for games that I've actually enjoyed).
Re: Japan has it right
Yeah, just last week I was walking home from work when some chav in a hoodie sidled up to me and offered me a download.
Re: I dont agree with piracy
Very much this. I've been digitising my DVD collection, of late*, and I'm rapidly coming to the conclusion that it'd be considerably easier to just comb the web for the appropriate torrents. The existence of UltraViolet suggests that the industry are capable of acting on this, but that's along way off of being a comprehensive solution.
*whack it on the NAS, watch it anywhere in the house - really wish I'd started sooner.
"I say, would you stop doing that, please?"
Followed by a "Paddington Bear stare".
A rather British solution.
Damn, that was an annoying trick!
Almost as bad was the trick of hiding tracks before the first, so you had to skip the CD down to -1, or whatever, which wasn't always possible, depending on hardware.
If it's something worth hearing, include it on the album proper - if not, just leave it off, and save it for a b-side.
I was in Carphone Warehouse, during lunch,
where the staff were refereshingly non-pushy ("you could buy this, but you probably wouldn't like it") - how are they going to explain this to the Currys sales-droids?
Silver-certified handsets for the wealthy (fighting it out with Apple),
Cyanogenmod-certified handsets for the techie. Nokia can probably pick-up the remainder (poor people and non-conformists need phones too!).
Sounds OK to me, particularly the part that promises death to the Android overlays.
Not hard to imagine it all going catastrophically wrong, though.
"...not achieved this monopoly through offering a better search engine"
Except that's exactly how Google made its way to a monopoly position. I wouldn't argue against the case that Google is cementing its position by having its own services baked in to Android (in much the same way as Microsoft tied Windows to Internet Explorer), but Google became number one in search by being better at it than everyone else.
Kids might well love this.
But how am I supposed to attach a 3d sketch to the fridge?
Re: I have a silver one
If it weren't for its dependance on an approved internet connection, I'd have liked to have kept my old silver Vision box. Much better than everything I've used since. Massive, though!
I might have to give this another go (tried to get it going on my old Mint box, but the tuner card wouldn't play nice with Linux), as I've been using RaspMC to watch ripped DVDs and it really is a very nice piece of software. Every Freeview box/PVR that I've used has sufficient faults to put me off ever purchasing another one (I really want to like the TVonics box that I bought a couple of years ago, but it's depressingly prone to freezing up).
Re: Think 3rd world...
Not in the UK, they don't! No guns (for the most part), bow and arrow is illegal for hunting purposes, and we're not allowed to run things over on purpose. That only leaves trapping, and most of us wouldn't know where to start.
Anyone fancy wrestling a deer to death?
Re: I often
Take some of the stuff out of your freezer, and eat it for lunch? Unless you're stockpiling for the inevitable collapse of society...
Re: Does it matter?
Finding out what is inside the device, and what they cost, is just curiosity - there's no harm in looking. I think it was made pretty clear in the article that the determination of the BOM was not a passing of judgement on the retail price.
It's bad enough that my Council Tax gets spent on local schools,
now the ad revenue that I generate for Google is being spent on them, too!
Re: storm in a tea-cup (@ M Gale)
I'd contend that a great many people neither know, nor care, which version of Android their device is running. After 2-3 years, their contract renews, and they get a new handset from their network operator.
Conversely, the subset of the population that posts on these forums, is probably very interested. Pop the Silver brand on a low end Galaxy, and ask me to pony up a few extra quid in return for a less shit phone - I'd be interested!
Was encouraging "answers on a postcard" part of a sinister plot to put money in the pocket of the Royal Mail?
I make a point of not watching TV news, as I almost always end up angry about something when I do, so prefer to get mine from the radio (probably due to the style of reporting, I dunno). This preference for radio is probably why, if I do choose to watch TV news, I'd much rather have a sensible presenter/reporter, talking about the subject, rather than a whizzy infographic. If BBC News goes infographic-heavy, it's basically losing its USP, at least in my eyes.
Re: OH NOES THINK OF THE CHILDREN
I think my opinion of car mechanics has been soured, ever since I bought a Service Plan from Ford. Everytime I took the car in for its service, they would offer to top up the washer fluid (for some extravagant fee). Anyone who has bothered to look under the bonnet, would know that there is no need for this, so I can only assume that Ford, like Dell in this case, were seeking to profit off of the ignorance of their customers by carrying out unnecessary work. I'm not a massive fan of that sort of practice, and so am generally in favour of the light of publicity being shone on such things, so that the general public may become more aware.
Re: OH NOES THINK OF THE CHILDREN
Yes, and when the mechanically ignorant take their car to the mechanic, and he makes up a load of unnecessary work to bill them for, they should be happy to pay because it's good for the economy.
Re: the lightbulb moment...
Couldn't help but assume that we're all going to get so fat that reaching up to flick the lightswitch will be beyond us, and that the (IPv6 compatible) lightbulb will automatically order a replacement for itself when it's about to die - and then you'll find out exactly how many technicians it takes to change a lightbulb.
Wall-E was a documentary, right?
Re: a catchup for Dave?
Sure there is - Dave the next day/week/month/year, until the end of time.
Someone must be clicking on all those ads.
Not likely to be anyone from here, though.
Judging by the ads I get served up, facebook appears to have moved on from "you're looking to get laid" to "you're fat". Can't say I'm particularly delighted by their profiling of me.
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