289 posts • joined Thursday 5th October 2006 02:33 GMT
The app also doesn't support AirPlay, which is another step backwards.
Does anyone anywhere ever post a news article about phishing or viruses without a quote from Graham Cluley?
Re: Watch out again.
"they perpetuate the myth of (i)OS(x) being impenetrable and free from attacks" - do they? How?
Re: What's new?
The stations all have local copies of the main database, they only sync up with the central database each night (between 1 and 3 in the morning I believe).
Until recently, this data used to be manually uploaded into the system we see, that's not automated. The delay before you see the data should now be shorter too, I believe.
See the comments on http://www.oyster-rail.org.uk/2012/03/journey-history-2nd-update/ by "oysteronline".
I like it
I've been trying it out on my commute for the last few days and I like it. It does lack some of the serendipitous nature of a real paper, but it comes closer to that than most news apps. I quite like having to flip through to find what I'm interested in, as often I'll end up reading things I wouldn't normally read.
It's missing parts of the paper like g2 though, which I normally enjoy reading (on the rare occasion I get a paper!)
And the same British Gas that managed to take over £400 in advanced direct debit in 3 months and saying I had to wait 8 months before they'd adjust how much money they were taking each month. That could easily have meant that they had over £1000 of my money. Hardly worth it for saving the 5% or whatever it was for using Direct Debit.
I like the glass back on the iPhone 4 - it surprised me as I wasn't too keen on the idea before, but now I've had one for a while, I like it.
I've been annoyed waiting for the camera to be ready - especially on my old 3G, but still occasionally on the 4. Putting it on the lock screen will make a big difference though.
They claim it works in British English too.
The Metro covered this today and included a list of three phones as comparison in camera quality. Bizarrely they listed the megapixels _and_ the horizontal/vertical resolutions which were completely incorrect. The iPhone was listed as having a 5 megapixel camera but the resolution they listed was < 1 megapixel. Similar with the other phone models. Another example of journalists just trying to fill up space with pointless (and in this case, incorrect) information.
You lose out...
You lose out if companies can't protect their R&D and design investment because they get ripped off by copycats as soon as they release an innovative product.
They'll just stop investing in R&D as it won't be bringing their shareholders value.
I disagree with many patents, but the concept of them is to protect inventors and hence they should benefit you as a consumer.
It's not trolling - Apple actually invented something. Patent trolls just buy up patents.
I like it
I use Google Docs quite a bit, but I really like the sound of Apple's approach. I don't know which I'll end up using - perhaps Google Docs still (for the ability to access in a web browser from anywhere, and the sharing).
I'll certainly be using iCloud for all the other stuff though (contacts, photos, calendars etc).
Apple's approach is, I think, more tangible to the average user than the more caveat-laden approach Google has. I'd never want to get a Chromebook, as I don't want to rely on a net connection. It might make sense if you're always in a big city, but if you ever travel abroad, data roaming charges (and availability) varies so much that it'd be impractical to use.
Plus, I can't entirely see what you gain from the Chromebook, except a whole load of compromises. I can see it suits Google down to the ground, but I'm not sure I'd ever convince my mum to use it (or understand it).
Oh, and apparently if you aren't near an Apple Store, Apple will send you a new iPhone before you have to send yours back to them.
Also, you can apparently get Apple Care from the US for about half the price from people on ebay, which works worldwide.
Apple will normally just replace your iPhone on the spot if you can get to an Apple Store. They've done that for me for free a couple of times - once in warranty and once for free out of it. They've also replaced it when I smashed the glass, which I think cost about £130.
Their extended warranty isn't that expensive - £61 for an extra year. I haven't got it - risking it!
You can walk into an Apple Store (with an appointment) and be out of there with a replaced iPhone in 5 minutes. I don't think any other manufacturer does this, do they?
I was sceptical before I tried an iPad borrowed from work, but since using one for a few weeks at home, I'm quite impressed. It makes casual web browsing a more pleasing experience than sitting at a laptop. It's hard to tie down, but it's enjoyable to use.
I've used it on the train too - and battery life is very good - it used under 10% on an hour's journey using WiFi and a few games.
I honestly think it could be the future of computing, for a lot of users (probably not the people on here!) and certainly have a use for everyone else.
I think suggesting that a smartphone can do the same thing is missing the point - the extra screen space makes _all_ the difference - it changes how much apps can show and it changes the way you interact with it.
I've been looking at changing jobs recently and there seems to be a lot out there - for programmers anyway, so I'm not sure what they're talking about?
I'm in the games industry though so maybe it's different, but very few games companies in the UK aren't hiring, and a few are hiring for 40+ coders...
Even outside the games industry I've seen quite a lot of jobs advertised.
Tv episodes of a show like Mad Men cost in the region of 2-3 million dollars, so 100 million could get you a couple of 22 episode length seasons. A mad men season costs about 30 million to make (2.3 million per episode).
I had a couple of iPhone 3Gs and they all scratched fairly quickly - minor scratches though. I've had my iPhone 4 for the last 9 months and it's not scratched on either side. So from that I guess it's stronger!
Home sharing is my favourite feature, and it works well. AirPlay has promise, though I'm waiting for it to be supported by macs (Lion?)
Google reader seems quite a bit faster with the safari improvements.
The problem is...
Of course, the problem is that even if you encrypt your access to Facebook (for example), whoever you communicate with on Facebook won't necessarily do so, so you don't really gain much from that...
Of course, any serious criminals or terrorists will all just use encryption. So what's the point?
Xbox was X86
The Xbox was X86 based, so they lost compatibility when they brought out the 360. They really should be able to emulate the Xbox 360 given it's getting on for 10 years old.
The 33MB Update
That's the way Steam works - for Windows too, and always has. The installer is just a bootstrapper that downloads the rest of the app (and updates it as necessary).
This makes it very resilient to you deleting random files, as it makes sure they're all correct before it runs.
The Steam (for Mac) you download is 4.4MB - once you've run it it's 147MB.
There's a 3.6 compatible version on the authors site. I've been using it for the last few weeks and it seems to work.
As far as I can tell, get_iplayer.pl (which uses flvstreamer) still works fine, and is a really useful script!
Them buying a media company would jeopardise their relationship with all the other media companies. They need to remain somewhat impartial, if they want to sell content from a wide range of providers.
It wasn't in a 'News' section, just it's own result about 3 down, at least when I looked last night.