138 posts • joined 29 May 2007
Re: Gotta love this
I agree to a point, trademarks did have a use. But does anybody seriously believe that in the current times that Coke/Nike/Apple/etc really need that little mark to 'protect' themselves? From who exactly?
From what I can see they do need legal protection from any potential damage caused by a 'competitors' product that might be misattributed to themselves. But that doesn't need the whole mess and farce of trademarks.
I think a similar argument could be said for patents and copyrights, some of the basic ideas are needed, but not as they currently are written and enforced.
Yea, the shameful thing about Silverlight is Microsoft's almost, maybe, but probable abandonment of it.
In terms of a application building technology that can target desktop, web, mobile with relative ease its great.
Then they should go after the site, not Google...why should Google protect your site? Even if your the government, you have no more right to be at the top of any search result list than anyone else.
Good, whatever you feel about the PirateBay and its ilk, blocking the site was never a workable solution to the problem, and the ISP's should never have had to implement it, so this is the right decision.
BRIEN, should now hire someone that knows how the internet actually works...
Sounds like there also going from well tested hardware (which is easier to test has it has a single task to do) to shed loads of software (on top of varying numbers of hardware bits (which are only really tested in isolation)).
This seems very risky, as apart from a few computer science projects very few bits of software are anywhere near bug/defect free. Modern development techniques do try to make this easier, but still, the complexity of the software components is going to far outweigh any complexity the original hardware had.
Re: Is it just me?
Agreed, as long as I can turn that crap off (or move them to the bottom) then I don't mind. I don't want the first result at the bottom of the page! Can't EU allow Google to put them down the side where I can ignore them like most side banner junk.
"How about you start calling it what it is. It removes cash from the pocket of the creator - it is theft. End of."
Cept that is precisely what it doesn't do. It removes the 'potential' cash that might have at some point ended in pocket of the creator*. So its not theft. * as not all legit sales end up with money for the creator, and nor should they.
You're making the same mistake the studios do, assuming that every pirate copy is a lost sale. Which is utterly illogical, as its assuming most people want to break the law, which has been shown many times is false. Its also assuming that their desire to want the content means they 'will' acquire it, which is also false.
People have multiple sources, they might buy the bluray, or dvd, or maybe rent, maybe stream. They'll pay as much as they can afford, but if the producers have blocked one or more of these for their own narrow minded reasons then people might see piracy as an alternative. And that pirate market was created by the content producers themselves...
Is it 4.2.2 or 4.3?
The Nexus 7 (2013) runs 4.3, not 4.2.2 thats old.
So is the Moto X 4.2.2 or 4.3?
They'd probably say we don't, but we can't stop politicians from believing it.
Still not entirely sure why Google is responsible for increasing traffic to your site? Nor why it needs to make things easy for advertisers.
The first is down to the content on your site, so if its pointless drivel then no I'm not going there, wherever it appears on Google.
And of course the advertisers have a hard time, no consumer actually wants to see adverts. Some accept that they are a required part of having free stuff on the net, but that still doesn't mean they want Google to make it easy for them.
Also there's been no proof that Google is blocking or hindering the development of Bing or any other search engine...so its probably that the other services aren't as good...
I would say a lot of people are overlooking the medium of the communication. Written mailing list is different to one-one emails and utterly different ballpark to verbal face to face.
Personally Linus's first email came across as frustration and also fairly obvious that he wouldn't have used the same language if he were speaking to someone face-to-face, it wasn't even directed at a *person*. Also it was fairly obvious that this wasn't the only time or patch that had these issues.
Also his follow up mailings were clear, calm and precise, he gets angry (though he still explained what made him so in the first email) when there's something to be angry about, that's not abusive or unprofessional.
Pity as Acer make some decent laptops and thunderbolt as a single docking station connection is something USB3 can't do anywhere near as well.
As for storage not sure, how does it compare to eSata?
Misleading Stats Again
I sometimes do and sometimes don't ignore the warnings, I ignore them when going to my NAS drive site, because I know why Chrome isn't happy. And I ignore it other times as well, but I don't always ignore it.
It all depends on what I clicked on, if I'm fairly sure its just a miscategorisation then I'll proceed.
And there's no stats that is going to tell Google that.
For me to never ignore it, then they need to be damn (as in 100%) sure its a harmful site which isn't doable, or have a 'I trust this site checkbox'.
Then the stats might be actually be saying what you say their saying now!
Re: Untrustworthy Microsoft
Yep a PS4 doesn't have any self-updating mechanism that would enable Sony to add the self-same DRM...oh wait...
MS took the blow now, but the publishers will start demanding this again once the consoles are in peoples homes, and as they now know it can be done, they'll have Sony over a barrel if Sony refuses cause they honestly 'care about gamers'.
Hell the entire entertainment industry would love to take a cut (that they think they're due) on 2nd hand sales.
Re: Agh, my poor brain
Not surprised thats controversial, it makes not a lot of sense. Arrow of Time is a consequence of entropy that always increasing in the closed system of the universe, not the make up of matter inside it. We don't see glass fragments reform, not because they can't, but because it would take a shed load of energy and time.
As for antimatter, not sure why having opposite charge & spin would effect time in any sense. We already have particles that differ in charge & spin they don't behave differently timewise to the others.
What? We do have a formal body, getting on a bit now bless her. Her Majesty The Queen. We *should* be speaking the Queen's English you know? :)
However HRH pronounces the word is the correct way.
Re: XBox One vs PS4
cept, that technically the PS3 was better than the 360...and yet almost every head-to-head showed the 360 having better visuals (obviously the gameplay was nigh on identical, apart from the 360's superior multiplayer)
It all depends on the developer support Sony and MS give, and MS have been historically better at this. Obviously having a department for development tools, and already strong relations with the graphics hardware guys via DirectX helps.
It also sounds like the Xbox One is closer to production (and more importantly dev kits) than the PS4.
Given the apparent rage about these Beats, I took a look at a pair in Curry's...is it me or is there no technical information about them at all on the box? I don't know the SNR, sensitivity, no of drivers or impedance, that just smacks of "shit product in fancy marketing".
Re: Gee Thanks Google
They're running it, on their servers against their processes...you wont see it, ever...unless you're part of a company with the same amount of worldwide data and data centres to manage...then you'd love it.
Actually they probably do know how to commit properly, and didn't skip some versions just because some archaic association of magical properties with random numbers.
Re: No microSD AGAIN
Just to point out that on any modern phone your photos are already on about 3 different cloud services about 2 secs after you've taken them...photo recovery is not the reason for removable storage:)
It would have been great to take my existing sd of music and just shove it in the new phone...but then again all of the music's on Google anyways, so might as well just let it organise where its stored.
Re: Enquiring minds would like to know...
urm cost probly! PCI-E are still in the realms of fantasy/extreme enterprise usage, for a typical consumer they aren't even close to being a viable option. Even if the cost came down the installation/usage isn't as straightforward either.
Plus they are no use at all for laptops.
tbh they are temporary stopgap until the next SATA protocol appears and fixes the 6Gb bandwidth limit. (SATA Express is the current forerunner)
Re: "We're nice people as well as business people."
But that's nothing (even when combined with MS and Apple) to other industries like the drug corps, car manufactures or the entertainment industry. So I'd hardly call that a sign of evilness.
It's a sign that the tech corps are realising that its the only way to protect their businesses and their markets.
Re: Perhaps 'slightly' OT but Chrome Browser
Methinks your rant is massively misdirected.
I can't blame Google or Adobe when some software tries to make money with back door installs of unrelated software.
No such thing as the spirit of the law, it never has and never will stand up in any court as a defence or prosecution argument.
So the Dutch are doing the right thing (well according to the media, and maybe, just maybe their citizens), by changing the actual legal wording of the laws to prevent the practise from happening.
Ireland could do the same, cept they're in a slightly better position as the companies using the tax loopholes do tend to employee in Ireland, and Ireland desperately needs a job market (other than building lots of empty properties...)
If this was announced alongside their IPv6 plan, then that would have been a good thing. "look, we're investing in a proper solution, but in the meantime can you help us out buy..."
As it is it looks like they don't want, or can't make the switch to IPv6, and are happy to provide a sub-par service.
Re: Did someone
Do you know what travelling at .99999995%c looks like?
No, then it was important, it answered a question that had an unknown answer.
The fact they used a science fiction film just makes it more accessible...no point doing the science if you can't relate what you find to the normal person.
This is good!
Wasn't it here that I read that this is the whole point of the EU tax scheme, they don't want corps paying corporation tax? Its an expensive tax that doesn't really work.
Re: Windows® 8™ TIFKAM™
what? having installed Win8 on my very physical machine, there's no resistance or any indication at all that the corners do anything.
there was a immensely piss-poor animation during first start-up that kind of suggest they might do something, but there's naff all otherwise. They're also slow if you actually use the corners. To get the bars (charm or app switch) its best to go into the corner then down/up. esp as the charms are all in the middle, which is annoying, having to travel 2-3" to go from the corner to the first 'charm'.
Still not found if you can close an app with the mouse only.
Oh and the start screen not respecting snapped apps, or having a clock is damn annoying too.
Re: That's learning of today (the future)?
Unless you were at his lectures before and after this video was taken, how can you say that? You've no idea what calculations or prep work where done.
It's a YouTube video, it's the exciting bit, the rest doesn't tend to make good viewing.
Re: One way to beat the outage
Or simpler, an unlocked phone...pretty much all can be unlocked for <£10, and payg sim on another network costs nothing.
And how are they working out which device is what? Esp as most Android browsers offer an easy to change the user agent, and due to lazy web monkeys, you used to have to change to imitate the iPhone, as that was the only device they tested for.
So Android user could be inflating the iOS (and desktop numbers).
Cept Microsoft really aren't going for the iPad either, they're going for the business market. Hence the touch, keyboard and pen...its productivity and creation.
The coding, is similar to the current .NET methodology, which business are already used to.
Think about how many of those little hand-held signature devices you see, or the ones the gas/electric meter guys use, what are they all running...Windows CE... That's the where Microsoft see the biggest market, running 'boring' but essential business apps.
Consumers are an secondary bonus, and so they can afford to just target the high-end iPad crowd...they don't need to worry about the mid/low end...that'll come by default.
I don't quite see what EU hope to gain from this. If you accept that Google's dominance in search allows it to enter other markets that are unrelated to search and that's not 'good'. Then aren't you pretty much saying once a company enters a market its stuck within the confines of that market? Isn't that pretty damn stupid?
Yes Google probably did use the profits from search to give Maps away for free, but when it entered it wasn't the only product and it wasn't the only free product, it just was, in most peoples opinion, better. Google didn't abuse the search to get it there though, a link to maps was added, but the integration of maps and search didn't happen for quite a while afterwards, Maps was already dominant by then.
I doubt anyone could argue Google has ever plastered a new product all over their search site, and even if they did, are the EU really trying to say that a company can't advertise its own products on its home page?
When most Orange/T-Mob shops have about 2 staff per shop...
Re: No problems here
You don't change the DNS in the modem though? You change it in the router...or the OS.
Re: UHDTV and UHDTV vs HD and HD Ready
And you it seems like.
HD Ready was initially for the plasmas screens that due to their design didn't have either 720p or 1080p resolutions, 1024x768 I think was common. So on the crappy little sticker they had 'less' pixels than the cheapo LCD next to them.
But they did accept a 1080p, hence the 'ready'. And internally for plasmas the relationship between pixels on the screen and the content wasn't as simple as it is for LCD.
This was badly expanded to include the crap 720p screens, so they could con the punters, as they could all accept HD, that is 1080p.
So HD Ready has meant that the TV accepts a 1080p HD signal, nothing to do with its actual resolution.
Why not make our 4G compatible?
As we have no 4G network (and no HSDPA+ isn't 4G, it wasn't when it was launched years ago, and it wasn't when AT&T marketing muppets tried to con their customers), why isn't Ofcom considering making ours compatible with the US one? Surely its of benefit to the consumers to have access to a wider range of products?
HSDPA+ isn't 4G, never has been, its 3.9G if anything. Unfortunatly the American marketting confused the crap out of everybody by branding HSDPA as 4G, esp if it did the 14Mbps/22Mbps.
Even the current LTE (as used by Verizon in the US), isn't proper 4G, when they start mentioning LTE Advanced do they actually start to fully comply with the 4G standards.
Probably because I grew up with computers being used more an more, and that the internet has meant I seen a lot more photographs and videos than my grandparents ever have, a photoshopped (or in any way digitally created) image stands out far more than I think the advertisers realise.
I always thought that a space only fighter (i.e. just does dog fights in space) would be more spherical than any other shape. After all, just as 'up' is pretty irrelevant in space, so is 'forward'.
You'd want an even 360deg propulsion, and weapon arcs, after all, why would you want to waste time doing a Immelmann to face the bad guy?
Not sure how you'd control it though...wouldn't be a joystick for sure...
First Alpha of Cyanogen was released last week, and it runs extremely well. The only issue I've noticed is battery life is much lower, but understandable for a first unoptimised release.
It would be even better if MS could leverage it's size and size of xbox live to make some of these multi-national.
Would love to use the US ESPN, but no for some reason we don't have a world wide network...oh wait...
The NHS is the *only* organisation that needs to know your biological sex and gender.
No one else does, they need a general and optional text field for your 'title'.
Oh dear, MS think they are actually going to compete with Apple with WinMo...no way. Let Apple keep the more-money-than-sense crowd and compete for the Android and Blackberry users.
From what I've seen Windows Mobile does have that extra bit of polish over Android, and Nokia can make very decent, if not spectacular, hardware. So they should go for the high-mid range phones, and an 8 sounds very good for that.
I'm hoping Ice Cream Sandwich brings some polish to android, it needs it.
This is damn right, esp if they are missing a few key features: Like an IPS or equiv screen. Tablets need much better viewing angles. 10+hour battery, and esp a long life if in standby, if its sitting on the sofa all night I don't want it loosing more than a few % battery.
If you have both of those, (and the storage size etc) is the same, then you still can't charge iPad prices unless you've got iPad build quailty as well! Sorry plastic isn't it.
The Asus Transformer, is still the only Android tablet worth buying, mainly due to the IPS screen. They have accepted its plastic, not quite as well built, and aren't charging premium price.
Sony Tablet S, same as any other honeycomb pad spec wise, still plastic build, ok nice design and the remote's a nice feature...but that doesn't make it worth iPad pricing.
Shure's had replaceable cables for ages.
In the previous gen it was the lower half of the set, and now its the entire cable.
But agreed comparing the 400 or 300 series would have better. The 535's are really IEMs.
And for those saying whats the point, that's fine, as long as you also just use the speakers in your HD TV...
odd, I'd have thought El Reg would have made more of the odd bets Google were making, the last being $3.14159!
More here http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/02/dealtalk-nortel-google-idUSN1E7601QM20110702?feedType=RSS&feedName=marketsNews&rpc=43, now to be fair, the fact that Google did that is just awesome.
Considering the Asus Transformer has a better screen (IPS like the iPad) and its cheaper, why would you get this or the Xoom? Yes it might be plastic but its solid plastic, and if you were that obsessed with looks you'll have the iPad already.
I think Google are best at 'using' the right tech for the job, they don't have some nihilistic obsession with something. Flash fits the needs of the product now, HTML5/WebM doesn't...yet.
When, not if, it does Google will switch over.
Microsoft have thier 'not developed here', and god knows how Apple decides what to obsess on...
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