4812 posts • joined 28 May 2010
Did Greenpeace just read John Wyndham's book? Are they also warning of giant sea tanks?
Re: I can, therefore I should
You have a very naive view of humanity. You don't think a guy who gets a drone for 'honourable' (nerdy) purposes who realises a hot woman sunbathes naked in her private garden or showers with the curtain open in her un-overlooked bathroom, would abuse that? It's very easy to say people won't BUY drones to perve, and I agree (mostly). But that doesn't mean they won't use them for that...
Re: He's just upset that ...
His cars can't go into your back garden.
Re: He is still correct @Eadon
There is a difference taking static photographs on a car traversing public roads anyone could see, and flying a drone over my garden to look through my windows.
Does anyone know the legal ownership of the air above your land? If a person can hover 2" above my lawn are they 'in' my property? 2 feet? 20 feet?
Re: Is this the same Eric Schmidt
That's what I was going to post... however I agree with his comments in this case even though I think drones are incredibly awesome and I really want one. They are such an open opportunity for perving and so on - I shouldn't have to close my curtains if my window is not overlooked.
I fear they may be banned before they properly take off (!) as a toy.
It's a bit odd with cars, but in the drug war this happens all the time with super-spec speed boats; an "arms race" between smugglers and coastguards.
As he said, women can drive and wear western clothes, in Dubai. But not in Saudi.
Re: Just what I want
And yet we all have smartphones which need a daily charge rather than weekly as used to be the case (well my Lumia lasts nearly a week but I don't use it heavily).
Re: Its true.
If you make decisions on "because they're Apple/MS/Google" rather than on the product being offered then you deserve what you get.
I did find it interesting that nobody in that article mentioned Android, suggesting nobody in the real world gives a toss about the OS... Android phones are often customised so maybe punters don't even realise it's the same OS?!
Re: If they had a time machine...
It's nice you can tell what their time-machine would show them without having a time-machine yourself, or an advanced academic background in history.
Good: allowing you to pass on (!) your data to a family member
Bad: that people need to rely on Google to tell your family you are dead
Worse: that just by stopping using Google... you switch to MS or go to prison... family will be told you're dead
“Every device now is 'always on'. That’s the world we live in.”
He does have a point though. Although our current "always on" for phones and home WiFi is "always on bit a bit spotty".
I can watch Netflix 24/7 for instance.
But this is clearly not something we're ready for yet, and we're a fairly well equipped nation... in many countries consistant broadband is a bit of a luxury.
Re: Oh they would so love to do it ...
Rumours were the PS4 would do this too. It doesn't.
Btw, your Apple Market share comment is totally irrelevant.
One buys a computer every 5 years versus a 2 years upgrade cycle on phones.
Um, that makes it TOTALLY irrelevant? You buy a phone 3X as often as a PC, but the fact it took Apple DECADES to even get to 10% of the laptop market isn't relevant?
Re: Perfect phone
Thanks a lot James, I appreciate that.
Re: Ah noooooooooo
How is android with 20 different OS versions and thousands of different hardware combinations less fragmented?
Re: Cheapest place is Tesco
It seems shortsighted to say a market cannot turn around. How many years did Apple languish at 1% of the laptop market? How dominant were Sony for cool personal audio?
As for FF OS... please, you're joking right?
I saw quite a lot of modern Nokias in Finland too, and advertised in pride-of-place in shop windows. Not that this makes Nokia less of an also-ran, but there are probably more places where it's doing better than the UK. It's not to be underestimated how much things differ between countries so basing it on the UK/US is not accurate.
Re: Perfect phone
Could you comment on how slick it is at switching between apps, loading web-pages, etc? I have the 610 and like it but it doesn't support Skype (too little memory) and can be slow - if the 520 is better than the 610 I'm very interested.
Oh and also... does it work with iPlayer? Windows Phone 7 apparently does not but perhaps IE10 fixes that?
Removable battery, SD support, fancy touch-screen, AND NFC?
Sounds like a bargain - maybe I'll upgrade my 610 sooner than I expected if El Reg would like to do a review of how the 520/620 stack up against the 'proper' Nokias? e.g. does it hang a lot or is it perfectly usable for web browsing?
Re: The benefits to streaming
Netflix HD (or superHD as they seem to call it now) is really quite good. I'm sure it's not up to blu-ray quality but on my 42" TV I never notice any artifacts or anything. So being able to get 2X as much data seems likely to make a big difference for streaming, at least.
Who outside of a movie theater even WANTS 2k or 4k video?
If people think they need 1080p on a 4" smartphone, probably quite a lot of people. The newer iMacs are already at 2K or above and iPad Retina, Chrome Pixel and so on are just about there.
Re: Ah, another patent encumbered format @ Spaniel
I take your point Peter but if I make something I want to sell, the fact you use it in software you choose to give away isn't really my problem - give your software away for free but I don't want you giving away mine.
Re: Ah, another patent encumbered format
I've looked at the H.264 license when we developed software using it and it hardly seemed crippling. I also see no particular reason why something that represents man-decades of work shouldn't require payment as long as that payment is reasonable.
The roots of the OSS movement, Stallman at least, were NOT about software being free but about it being open source so you could buy/license software and get the source-code in case you needed to alter it. That model of OSS is better in my view than the "software shouldn't cost anything" view most take now... I have no problem paying for software.
Getting out before...
... the embarrassment of FFOS (or possible FFS) tarnishes his name?
Re: Sticky Wicket
now try searching "maps"
Not sure when Google last prevented me from viewing Streetmap, though
"Not sure when Google last prevented me from viewing Streetmap, though, which kinda undercuts their argument for abuse of market position."
Not if you have the slightest understanding of the subject. MS did not stop you installing an alternative browser to IE.
A spokesman said: "We haven't seen this complaint."
Maybe you should search for it on the internet
HIRE SOME BLOODY DEVELOPERS WITH THE SOLE JOB OF WRITING DECENT APPS. Stop waiting on everyone else, it will cost 1% of your marketing budget and do far more good.
This is exactly the kind of thing which will not deter experienced pirates - who are not scared of naked IP addresses - but could put off/confuse a vast number of casual "I just want to click download" pirates who use piracy because it's so easy.
Or a .ml?
I love how every story about TV attracts a handful of "I never had a TV"/"I got rid of my TV in 1934 and never looked back" replies. It's almost like having no TV leaves a massive amount of empty time in your life which you try to fill posting about how great your life is with no TV on the internet at every opportunity.
Re: Why don't you...
Shame they din't raise you to be less of a prig.
Re: RE: There goes the use of in-flight devices....
And just as they were starting to see sense and I would've been able to use my Kindle during take-off..
Re: Pirate Bay is one hydra of many
What about the vast number of people who don't really know much about proxies and all that, and simply want a site they can download stuff from? I could see them being affected by such activities - and they probably make up the majority just as most PC users struggle past finding the link to "the internet".
"Hardcore pirates" are like Linux users... the vocal minority only. No measures are likely to quell their piracy but if it is restricted to them, that pushes the whole thing into a much more marginal position.
"may cost gigantic corporations a tiny fraction of their revenue."
And thousands of artists a huge fraction of theirs.
Is this how pirates assuage their guilt... delude themselves it's a victimless crime since only giant corporations are affected, who are 'evil', like tax fraud and fraudulent insurance claims?
Please don't get into a "$17 isn't FAAAAIIR" whinge. Learn that you're not entitled to own every CD you might want, or get a better job. CDs and DVDs and games are a luxury.
Re: If TPB dies
Weren't there some stats in the news recently suggesting sales HAD increased due to strict anti-piracy laws? I forget the details, maybe someone can recall...
I think lots of people would buy rather than pirate if piracy was totally impossible/impractical. Obviously nowhere near as much stuff as they pirate now.
Re: Sweden seems such a nice place
Facist? What are you, 12? I guess they're also like totally gay?
Like it or loath it, it seems the hardware available for Windows8 is maturing fairly quickly. It'll be interesting to see where things stand in 6-12 months.
<insert douglas adams reference here>
Is that for real? I'm taking a 15-hour trainride from Helsinki to Kolari next week...
Re: Things i dont want...
Where does it say MS are getting your surfing data?
Re: How to annoy MS
What a sad lonely life you lead. Sitting there downloading Linux you already have, to stick your finger up at someone who isn't listening.
Sure, if you want to wait several hours and are lugging a full-blown laptop around with you. Meanwhile I could have done some actual work on my generic tablet (well I assume 365 works on tablet browsers... anyone?)
Re: Dear MS
Freetards seem to have this overinflated fear that people are continuously straining to view their files. It's pretty similar to the way Americans used to be afraid of Communists hiding behind newspapers and equally silly.
It only makes sense a subscription based suite should upgrade much more frequently and with less hoo-hah about new versions, only new features.
Does anyone know if IE10 is being included in this model or will that remain monolithic?
Clearly they are keeping it secret if they are.
Re: Tried papers on tablets
How about on Kindle (or Kindle App)?
Re: Dirty Laundry and Empty Packaging?!
It can't be fun being the guy who has to unpack it all, scientific equipment padded out with soiled underpants...
Ah, the typical teenage misunderstanding of the internet.... "it's the INTERNET, I can do whatever I want otherwise they're NAZIS oppressing my FREEDOM!!!1"
A website belongs to someone buddy. FaceBook is someone's property. If I own a website I can delete content on it as I damn well please if I don't like it - just like The Register deletes comments which it doesn't like.
A website gives you far fewer rights than the real world... no recourse, it's typically a dictatorship and you can't do anything to appeal.
>>Time to see Facebook for what it is, advertising.
You think it's a revelation that people using FB Pages for their business/product is advertising? You know, a bit like their own websites?
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