"I claim 2 million years of prior art"
Surely you mean 4000 years?
1021 posts • joined 31 May 2007
"I claim 2 million years of prior art"
Surely you mean 4000 years?
We have a very decent IT department, there just isn't enough of them to get it all done... Including supporting the supported tools.
Hilariously we use IBM everything... Notes, connections, doors, jazz, sametime.... Fact is the reason we have additional unsanctioned tools is because the IBM ones are so bad, which makes them sponsoring this guff all the more appropriate.
Lets take something they've done that is nice for once (paid leave for both parents the first year of a childs life) and turn it into a cynical (possibly sexist) comment about sexism in the tech industry.
So it's come to this?? El Reg is re-reporting a Digital Spy article... which itself is based on some lazy re-reporting of a mirror interview... I assume you saved the extra Clarkson / Evans paragraphs for another couple of pieces? (yes, I lowered myself to googling "noel edmonds digital spy")
"To help alleviate the pain, Razer said it would be reaching out to Ouya owners and working to transition them from the Ouya console onto the Forge. Razer said it plans to help Ouya owners migrate their Android games and store accounts onto the Cortex service. Razer will also give migrating Ouya customers a discount on the Forge hardware and controller."
I actually find the Razer deal to be acceptable. Feels most odd.
"The fact that Samsung has little control over their own updates highlights a glaring weakness with Android - one never knows whether they will get the updates pushed by Samsung"
Except this isn't an android issue, same way it isn't a Swiftkey issue - it's a Samsung issue. Samsung made sloppy decisions when integrating third party software, Samsung are the ones who network and region lock device updates, and Samsung are the ones who decide to drop supporting year old phones.
Samsung have complete control over their updates... in reality they've spent a good amount of resources to add the capability to their update system to pick and choose which ones your phone will install - based on decisions like if it's signed by the operator that owns the phone, what region your phone is from, etc... rather than Samsung not having enough control, to get the utopia you're suggesting in android land we'd need less control - no 3rd party keyboards, updates to google keyboard pushed out by the only allowable app store on android (play store). Not just keyboard... we'd need it for everything - one unified platform that manufacturers are not allowed to skin / modify in any way other than that sanctioned by google. But then we have things like that, they're called iPhone, and to a lesser degree, WinPhones.
"Anyone who has kids that were breastfed and says they didn't try it at least once is lying."
I didn't, but we only breastfed them for about a month for each.
I was put off very early on from trying it too - in the first week of getting the firstborn home I made my wife pork and apple sausages, and the milk / babypoop stank of the stuff soon after.
My main concern is now they'll actively block kodi from being sideloaded, or run some script to uninstall it every now and then... if that happens we'd need to look at whether we keep amazon prime and the fire boxes.
Since getting rid of Virgin TV, and refusing to go the Sky route, we bought 2 Fire TV boxes, signed up for Prime and Netflix, and side loaded Kodi for some of the kids TV that we'd ripped from our own DVD collection (for if the Amazon / Netflix / Internet goes down while kids want to watch something).
It's worked really well so far.. kids love the choice and between the apps and subscriptions we've basically ditched live TV completely and for the most part no longer pirate the shows we used to download (for convenience). They should concentrate more of upping their content offering and improving the UI (better parental controls, single click profile switching etc) on Prime to compete with Netflix.
I did say Samsung were the buggier android phones... has more to do with Samsung / touchwiz than android though.
I don't think I've ever heard anybody who's used IE on winphone for more than a minute describe it as a "lovely" experience... if anything that's one of the major ball-aches of the using WP. Constantly caching then reloading webpages for no other reason than scrolling down a page... not to mention the pain of websites rarely rendering mobile versions of their sites for the thing.
Each OS has it's own advantages... problem is if you pick the wrong handset it can sour that experience considerably. My Nokia 1020 was great for about a month... cue buggy app updates from MS, then freezing apps, apps not opening, and a hardware issue related to the pureview unit (botched FW upgrade as part of an system update)... that mean't all photos were either under exposed, or overexposed (completely white, or completely dark)... which basically rendered the phone useless to me as that was the main selling point to draw me to WP.
Full disclosure though - I've had crap androids too... My Xperia S had update after update, which seemingly were only released to introduce more bugs to the phone. But that wasn't an android problem, that was a Sony problem... one I won't repeat.
"Thing is, compared to Winphone, Android is an awful OS. "
Thing is, I've had all 3, and not the low end underpowered ones, I've had flagship Nokia, flagship android, and iOS. Android seems quite buggy on Samsung phones my wife uses, I avoid them for that reason, nexus, moto and HTC seem to have stable lines of android phones. WP8.1 was buggy as hell and forced me to get another android after 6 months... That was on a Nokia 1020.
IOS I haven't used for nearly 5 years.. recently had to help a friend with his iPhone 6 because he couldn't use data outside of WiFi signal of his house.. Checked APN settings, all fine... Guess what, reboot needed... Worked fine for a day after that until another reboot was needed. Oddly iOS has barely changed in 5 years, guess that's half the appeal for iPhone users... Unified simple ui.
But... They're all buggy... Android in my experience is the least so when looking at high end phones.. I just don't get how people can brand android as a buggy mess compared to win phone though, that's madness.
"They've already established the business relationship, and Cyanogenmod already has excellent Android compatibility and a solid fan base."
Cyanogenmod has android compatibility and solid fan base yes, they're an open and likable team of people... sadly Cyanogen OS (the business version that now has VC money and got into need with Microsoft recently) is making very anti Google remarks, stabbing the first lot of people who took a chance on a cyanogen os phone (one plus), and burning a lot of bridges thanks to very childish management team.
So yes, I can imagine MS taking them (cyanogen is) over and building windows android devices, but the fan base for cyanogen mod probably won't be buying them.
"I would not mind one bit"
Bollocks. That is all.
"hey, I can HEAR the damn thing already, OK?"
I like my phone on silent in the office, so my pebble steel is awesome for letting me know when I have calls or texts.
My wife carries her phone in her bag, which muffles the ringer... I got her a watch because she never picked up when I rang her... Now she does.
I don't have to carry my phone around the house with me when home, but still get the messages and even do which replies from my watch. Helps filter whether I check my phone when reading kids or pick up when walking out and about.
It wasn't so long ago smart phones were considered pointless by those who didn't have one, now most people have one... I mean, who needs a phone to check email and the web, you have a PC for that. If you're out then you shouldn't need to reply instantly anyway, that's what phone calls are for stupid. I have a smaller mp3 player for music, etc etc. I have maps for navigation and they don't direct me to the middle of lakes, etc etc etc.
One size does not fit all... One mans(or woman's) pointless device in anothers useful gadget.
Yup... Currently got zero service from two amazon fire TV boxes... Luckily got kodi running on both so kids can at least stream something from the nas box.
"Asking for RSI, as far as I can see."
Actually I don't use my touchscreen on the laptop enough, sort of forget its there until I realise I'm struggling with the trackpad and a simple point and drag on the screen would do.
Touch definitely worked better on win 8, even in the non metro bit, but I still installed win 7 over the top because 8 had shotgunned its settings all over the place, scattered between both legacy and metro settings panels. Drove me nuts.
He's probably using a winphone... nobody seems to be writing software for it these days. :(
Where the hell are the code reviews at steam?! Should have been seen with at least one review, especially with the comment.
The android and win phone versions were annoying though. Last time I tried you couldn't select a folder to download, just single files. Pointless really.
"And should be on every capable Android device. Your PC you bought in 2011, does it only run Vista?"
Your comparison is flawed. It's ignoring the fact that manufacturers drop mobile phone support within a year (or two if you're lucky) of release. Even if they do support it, a lot aren't releasing it yet because they concentrate on their flagship phones first. Not all manufacturers get to sneak-peak Lollipop either - so it takes months for them to create a stable OTA update (I'm still on CM11 (kitkat) on my OnePlus One).
I bought a Macbook Pro in 2008 that I still use for non-windows specific dev work - it can run the latest OSX (not that I would) - my old iPhone 3G and HTC Hero haven't fared quite so well. I think the Hero got it's last update in 2010, and the 3g had features disabled and ground to a halt until about 2012 - which is impressive considering. Hardware and software requirements in mobile tech has moved on very quickly compared to mature PCs - without the added headache of the manufacturer locking the thing down at every opportunity to prevent you from flashing your own ROMS, or dropping support after a couple of years as they like people to buy the latest device on contract renewal.
"That should change, though, once more manufacturers start shipping Lollipop devices later this year."
Plus Cyanogen has only just started releasing nightlies of Lollipop this week - I bet there is an sudden surge in uptake of Lollipop from people who's carriers/manufacturers won't release an OTA lollipop for several months yet (if at all).
The issue here isn't people not willing to upgrade, it's people unable to upgrade because of the way the carriers and manufacturers operate. I had to manually flash my 2012 Nexus 7 because it wasn't coming over the air a good month after it was officially "released" on the device. That's a UK device too... if you're in asia you're basically s**t out of luck!
""'Women who work on Tor endure serious threats'"
Just get a coffee vending machine instead then..."
If only I could send electric shocks rather than a down vote...
"> That sounds free to me.... ?
It's free but it's not FOSS."
It is free, and open source. What does Foss stand for again?
"You can't submit code to Android. You can look at it but that's pretty much all you can do."
Yes you can submit code. You can also fork it and go it alone. Amazon and a ton of other vendors do this happily. Cyanogen mod also track aosp easy enough.
I used oxygen ROM on my desire at one point, pure aosp except for the driver binaries lifted from stock ROMs. Nobody building that worked for Google. They also hacked it about a bit with custom kernels etc.
Code is hard, if its beyond you to fork it and build for a device then that's okay, but don't claim it's the projects not being open enough.
There is also a distinction between android the aosp and android the brand. In that regard you have to be sanctioned by Google to get android branded device with play services. In assuming that is confusing some on here.
"And no, Android is not really Free and Open Source Software. Yes you can download the source code and compile it yourself"
That sounds free to me.... ?
"but it's to complex to do any meaningful changes"
Software is hard for most people?? Who knew!
"and even if you can make any changes, many devices will have locked boot loaders or require binary blobs to work."
Agree with that one... and that's where I get annoyed with android - the OS itself is free (if you don't want the Google services - which you don't need for an emulator specific device). It's the networks, phone manufacturers and the chip makers.
- Chip makers release proprietary drivers, locked down, no source code available. Once that driver isn't supported in a later version of android, your buggered. Only happens on big architectual changes though, like from Gingerbread to ICS.
- Phone manufacturers lock the phone down for most normal people, basically so they don't screw the thing up, but also occasionally to lock in their own services/apps which are really just bloaty crap.
- Then you get some which let you unlock it, under the proviso that doing so will void your warranty. Great, I bought a phone under the assumption I could do this, because the phone manufacturer said I could.
- I found out that while my phone manufacturer allowed bootloader unlocking, my network had decided to lock it down with no chance of unlocking it. The manufacturer wouldn't comply, because as far as they were concerned, it was the networks phone forever - they were not legally allowed to unlock it. The network refused to unlock it, when I eventually found somebody who understood what I was asking, they revealed don't provide that service. They made a business decision to lock the thing down with no hope of unlocking it... so no security updates after however long they chose to support the device (less than a year). Arses!!
The main problem with android is that while it's free (and open) - there are just a lot of companies and people involved in getting a device built - and most companies/people either don't understand FOSS or care that some people actually enjoy having open devices.
Not only them with the software updates - Sony have been introducing bugs and disabling key features with updates since they took over the Sony Ericsson bit. My Xperia S was a good example of this.... smartphone with an awesome camera, that post update, wouldn't focus. After a year it was obvious they weren't going to fix it, or the numerous other bugs they introduced, so I sold the thing.
I'm all for Apple getting some stick over this though, and the new iBend feature. Buggy updates were what prompted me to sell my iPhone 3G back in 2010 too.
As an Englishman married to a Scottish woman, I plead with the Scottish people to vote Yes... on the promise I can deport the in-laws when independence is hard won.
(icon selected by the humour impaired)
Fixed it for you. ;)
"So what would he make of Apple's linkup with U2, which is set to release its new album through iTunes?"
Yeah, you're damn right!!! Job's Apple would never have used U2 music releases as part of a product launch before.... oh wait
I don't like the apple watch design - I do like the moto 360 design, and it's cheaper - though not having an android phone anymore, it'd be pointless buying even if I could afford it.
I've no doubt they'll sell a fair few of these things, but remember they've had just as many flops as they've had successes.
"Available with many (but not all) Lumias - don't know if Android has it - not that I have seen though."
Moto X has active display, that is very similar to glance. There's an app in the play store that will replicate it by replacing the lock screen on any android - you need the right display type for it to not waste your battery though.
I use glance on my 1020 - it's a nice feature, I'd just like a few more configuration options.
"E-ink is always on but it still consumes power to change the display. The likes of the pebble watch try to minimize updates to reduce power consumption. e.g. one watch face only shows an approximate time. "
Pebble doesn't use e-ink - they call it e-paper.
"But no smart watch gets anywhere close to the power consumption of an LCD."
And what they call e-paper is just an LCD from Sharp...
Apparently it's a:
144×168 pixel Sharp Memory LCD "e-paper"
Found that out when I was going to order the Pebble Steel earlier in the year so decided to wait it out until the market matured a bit or they upped the resolution of the e-paper display.
"I'm not sure people would thump you in reality"
I have a feeling people will get punched, and for wearing glass - but not for privacy reasons.
There's going to be quite a lot of mugging victims when you're wearing something on your head as expensive as a high end smartphone for all to see - and it stands out.
I'd rather have the US voice, to be honest. Its more familiar, and I bet they'll rip out all in-jokes too when regionalising it.
Like the positioning, just wish it auto hid until you did a scroll down motion like chrome does on android... Being at the bottom I understand why they didn't though.
"Must suck to be an musician in these days...
Either get pushed around by a major label or pushed around by Google and all the other streaming and distribution companies..."
On the plus side, at least they aren't writing software for a living.
Did you not get the memo about putting the coversheet on the TPS reports? :'(
Not down south - they'd still pronounce it "glarse" when spelt glass.
Up here in the north nobody really cares, you can carry on with Glassholes. :)
Personally I'd rather have the upcoming round watch from Motorola than the glass anyway, but since I no longer own an android phone that won't be happening. :(
"until XBOne and it's mediaplayer focus dragged in the corporate Microsoft thinking and it all went downhill fast."
I'd say it went a bit downhill after the third (or was it forth) dashboard refresh on the 360 (the metro looking one... the current one). At that point, my xbox's games took a backseat to apps, social features and advertising.
I already pay for Xbox Gold, I paid for the xbox, and I paid for the game... I don't need to see an ad for some football streaming app on my main window. At that point, I realised the gamers in the Xbox division had lost the fight... it was now a media box. The Xbone was just the logical next step.. expensive hardware, focus on apps/media content/ads, ignore the gamers and game developers.
"I never got the appeal of machines commanded by voice. If you've got to speak to it why don't you just tell another person what you want done."
Me: "Wife - Xbox on!"
Wife: "Husband - bugger off!"
Me: "Wife - open Titanfall, and snap the football"
*wife throws xbox at husband*
Not sure you've got a solid plan there. These things are always solutions looking for a problem - until you get used to them, then it's just an expected feature.
"*> "we are actively deploying Windows 8 in a corporate environment."
I hope you don't mind me asking but who do you work for?"
"This decision will definitely be used by Microsoft once wine is better than their win32 implementation, or to stop any .net re-implementations. "
Doubtful on the .NET front since they helped encourage and supported the Mono project for a while. Despite all they've done, Microsoft still have a few engineers who know their elbow from their arse, obviously Oracle has been lacking that for a while.
I used to use Console 2 for any command prompt and power shell work. Can set it to open to powershell automatically, and theme it, set transparency, and tab multiple windows.
Recently started using conemu, as it can slide down into and up out of view using shortcuts, meaning I can keep scripts running but hidden. It's nice looking too.
Nothing really rivals the proper terminal experience I get from my home machines though.
"I don't use gmail. I never have
But Google still scans a lot of the mails I send or receive"
But that's a different issue to the one I was addressing... The act of scanning incoming mail from other providers isn't new. If you don't want Google to scan your emails don't email Google users. Or if you do, make sure you encrypt the message.
I understand the expectation of privacy in email to a point - I expect it too, but all free providers do this to a point... But email is fundamentally unsecure.
"But what about the rest of us? Surely we don't deserve to have our emails scanned so Google can show us advertising?"
I don't get it... You're using the service in return for giving them a screen to fling ads at you with. Its not like you're being forced to use gmail.
Don't like the price, go find a different provider, it's not rocket science.
Dunno why, but that actually made me chuckle evilly.
They were also running out of numbers on the Nexus line for phones...
I had an mp3 player that did one click rip and copy - it was definitely before the iPod, wasn't a creative device, and was one of the easiest things ever to use. It was also card based so you didn't even need a USB cable and install drivers... Just plug it into a reader.
I then got a a creative nomad Zen (awesome little device)... First time I enjoyed carrying all my music around with me.
My only bad experience with ripping and copying was with a net minidisk player by Sony... It was horrific software that was loaded with DRM and prevented you from listening to tracks you "checked into" a minidisk. Artificially limiting mp3s to mimic physical medium, to "protect" themselves from piracy. Even then though Sony released and then tried to ban a standalone application that ripped and copied whole CD directly to the netmd, including tags, side stepping the concept of a library on the PC.
"Migrate now or you will be out of business pretty soon. The. Net stuff is for idiots, even MS Cannot manage to depend on one runtime version, SQL Server 2008 needed two versions of the runtimes, FFS!
Some of us in the real world don't have a choice. A lot of the client side software I write is c++, and some .net. The reason? Customers use Windows. All of them. Nobody has ever requested a linux or mac flavour. Not a single one of our customers use anything other than XP and Win 7. The reason for that? Validation. They all work areas where the OS (as well as our software) requires validation, both internally and often through government bodies. Sad fact is, Windows is standard for most client software. There's simply no business motive to make it cross platform. There is absolutely no chance of the business going under - none at all - for not supporting mac or linux.
I will say this though - as a company we're putting more functionality into setups where processing is done on the embedded hardware we sell, and therefore we can use more lightweight clients. Some decent JS frameworks means we're moving some stuff to browser based clients - it's slow going though, as it relies on customers to move with the times and validate more up to date browsers, and there are some things you just can't do from a browser that need to be done on the client - like cuda processing with massive datasets).
Personally - I don't have a problem writing .NET applications. I like CS, and I much prefer .NET to the java framework (which incidentally has a ton of runtimes too, plus a million add ons like java3d).
The .NET runtimes aren't massive in size/number. I'd also point out they (MS) don't try and trick you into installing Ask toolbars every bloody update either (I'm looking at you Oracle! *waves fist*).
Never used SQL Server, but my guess is it'll be bundled with various tools that were developed independently - hence the different .net targets... it's not rocket science.
Before I get slammed as some sort of microsoft groupie or something, I will point out for the record that I'm posting this on a machine totally free from microsoft software, with Eclipse open tinkering with some Java code.
"And only the REALLY gullible think there are is no Android malware."
I know there is some android malware, but I also know I'm not stupid enough to install it, or think one of the "authentic" virus scanners is going to do anything more than giving me a false sense of security (which is what this is doing anyway).
The fact these people bought into a virus scanner that has bugger all access to anything important on your phone means they are the type of people who would install a virus willingly then blame the platform for the security "flaw". You're only as protected as the weakest point of entry... sadly for a lot mobile users (and PC) the user is the weakest point. That's true of any platform, not just android.
"Kind of interesting, but how many hours of viewing do you get before you go over your broadband usage cap"
You still have a cap??
Not weird at all... I used to just open and close my 3a just to get another sniff of it. Still vividly remember the smell now.
"What many people don't realize is that Android's privacy model treats the SD card storage as a publicly accessible directory," Iyengar wrote. "This allows data to be read by any app (with the right permissions). Thus, external storage is normally not a good place to store private information."
Uh huh - and it's thanks to companies like Facebook that just ask for permission to everything for what is basically a wrapped up web browser. Most of the less technical/security minded people using Android will now allow blanket access to the SD card, contacts, location, sms data and services, because if they don't, they get the annoyance of using the mobile website.
Having said that, it's nice they're releasing stuff like this... just wish they would tackle the culture (cause) - not the symptom. Android's flexibility towards developers is a good thing, mega corp app developers making average users snow-blind to permissions by just asking for everything is not.
"Google is a data collection company - not a development one"
If you're splitting hairs then technically they're a advertising company. Data collection/development are the processes by which they target/sell more ads.