88 posts • joined 27 Jul 2010
Somewhere without mobile connectivity
"The thought being, if you are somewhere without mobile connectivity – like the wilds of Cambridgeshire" If your with 3 Network that's pretty much most of the UK outside of the major cities.
I don't even get a signal in my office in London. Perhaps its called 3 as three times a year you will get a signal.
Why is it so hard to see?
Given that just about everything has mass, why is the Higgs so hard to detect?
Something with substance
Ne obliviscaris legis meae et medication
Minions! I need more robotic minions!
Considering that it can take many years to get to the Asteroid belt this is has to be a job for robots. Once there, they would need a working life measured in decades to be viable. It would also make commercial sense just to leave them there once they broke down.
Assuming the robots take 10 years to get there and after another 5 years have sufficient resource to ship it back to near earth orbit (the Moon makes more sense) it would take another 10 years to get here. So were looking at a minimum of 25 years after the robots were sent before anything of use is delivered back. Like others have said I can’t see what the commercial return would be. Scientifically it would be interesting but unless there is a huge, huge load of something valuable it’s going to be too expensive to do.
What’s the compelling reason to upgrade?
I look after about a dozen traditional PC's and laptops and they are all running the latest and greatest Windows v7. I have looked at v8 but can't identify the compelling reason to make me even want to upgrade. As most of the machines are fairly recent and stuffed with memory, I'm hoping we won't need a new system until Windows 9 has been released which if I'm lucky will be more accommodating to traditional PC's and laptops.
African or European swallows?
Re: Just imagine
But the phraase "but this fossil was very well-reserved." implies it was shy and possibly too well mannered to crap on you.
Re: Nah, must be wrong...
Six days? Must have had a slow 3D printer...
Anyone remember the Segway?
DoT's complete inaction to amend the out dated regulations to allow this vehicle (with a driver no less) to be used in public has killed it off for the UK.
I expect driverless cars will get the same amount of inaction. They may dust off the law requiring somebody to walk in front of it with a flag as that would require the least amount of effort while still giving the impression that the department actualy do's something.
Re: Quick to fix in Open Source, but it leaves questions.
I thought part of the problem with OpenSSL was that there were too few people involved. There was a very small team (3 people?) who wrote and maintained it. QA and testing needed to be done by a larger team which just didn't materialise.
Soem people are terrified of wasps and they do occasionaly get into the office. I'd love to see what the PC makes of it when they start flapping their arms about trying to swat the bugger.
Haven’t we forgotten something?
Google is all about serving adverts up to its users. Thats how it makes its money.
In a driverless car the passengers will have nothing else to do than consume even more adverts. I bet it goes slower to prolong the journey time so it can serve up even more adverts. They may even be tailored to your stated destination.
I am shocked and appalled....
...at the standard of grammer in this article!
"If the attacker was able to access either the physical server...." and where's the 'or' bit? 'either' usualy implies two or more things.
And then we have "(for anyone mad enough to business with it after this incident)"
To business with it? Really?
Shocked and appalled I am.
Title? What title?
Nice article. When Apple stuck a phone into an iPod it revolutionised the smart phone segment. I can't see where the next big breakthrough will come from as 2014 looks to be more of what we had in 2013.
Smart watches I think will be a fad. Google glasses may get some traction but I doubt they will go mainstream next year. Some people are paying thousands of pounds to get their eye's lasered so they don't have to wear glasses.
I'll have a beer, sit back and see what happens.
Don't want it
People don't want the kit at the price they are trying to flog it. By the time the price comes down there will be either new models or price reductions of the things people want and are buying.
What makes you think people will buy the stuff they don't want?
Re: Choice implies that the user is expert enough to make an informed decision.
This for me hits the nail on the head. I'd probalbly have used the anagoly of Joe (L)user buying a car. There are lots of different options including engine size, number of doors, petrol, deisel, colur internal trim, model type but which do they buy? The one on the forecourt that takes their fancy.
The people posting are the Linux elite who have learned how to unstall different modules and who are complaining on window re-size options being on the wrong side. Given the installed base of desktop linux compared to Windows and Mac OS it's completely meaningless anyway :-)
I'm off to learn some more completely unintuitive command line switches and options for Linuk utilities
This is an Apple problem!
Apple are responsable for the product that gets shipped out of the door regardless of what 3rd party components or services they use to build the final product. As others have said it is a failure of Apple's QA department or the fact that QA were over ruled and the product was shipped. Either way it is an Apple fault.
Thecus? Recommended? Misguided Fool!
I was interested in the artical up untill I got to the bit where Thecus was recommended. I own a Thecus N2200Plus box and it is utterly crap. Most of the features don't work, the support from Thecus is appaling. The support forums are littered with peoples distrss stories and I have personal experience of loosing data when the Raid array just stopped working for no apperent reason.
Re: Video of RFID fraudsters in action.
The video is hardly convincing as the 'expert' passes the reader directly over the card almost if not touching it. There's no material or handbag between the card and the reader. The video just shows a hoodie walking about getting next to people and then showing off a roll of nice new £20 notes. How he manages to convert the 16 digit card number's he has allegedly swiped into cash is left to the imagination.
You need a reliable ISP service
If you don't have a reliable ISP service then there will be times when your cloud will be out of reach. I'm with Virgin Media on a fairly new estate laid out with cable. The service has moments were it is excellent, very slow, very very slow and not working at all. The service is not consistent whereas a local disk drive tends to give to give you the data as and when you need it.
Re: What goes up generaly comes down...
Stoneshop - go to the top of the class!
I'm still laughing (and checking this for typo's).
What goes up generaly comes down...
Will the flying truss pose a danger to any unwary sole that happens to be passing by as it falls to earth?
I've got one...
...and I'm not keen on it but it is a business phone. From a corporate view point it is excellent and locked down to make sure it remains a business tool.
I like my iPhone as its a personal tool with quite a few 'fun' things loaded.
On the other hand my wife and daughter are Blackberry addicts as are their friends.
Whats the incentive to buy new kit?
As EvilGav 1 says there is no compelling reason to buy current hardware unless you need more memory. This is the only limiting factor in older PC's which can take SSD's and graphic card's. Older CPU's are more than adaquate for the majority of general tasks so why spend the money.
I don't think Windows 8 will be the incentive to buy a new PC either.
I can't believe Register published this drivel. As the article says, Apple and Twitter have had talks in the past. These are not on going and are not active. Nothing happened.
Load of crap really.
Needs a bigger screen
I have a Kindle and it is excellent for reading novels. It is the right size and the screen is the right technology. For reading comics or graphic novels you would need a bigger screen. I know as I have tried to read a graphic novel on the Kindle and it does not work.
It will be interesting to see what the target market will be for a colour book reader.
Web GUI is important
I should know, I have been struggling with the Thecus N2200Plus for about a year. From the look of it the N2200EVO uses the same GUI. On the N2200Plus half the icons don't work. Until the recent firmware update on some pages there were more data fields than screen space and no horizontal scrolling bar. The fixed this in the latest release by shrinking the fields so you can only some of the text.
The GUI also takes ages to load. There is a heart-stopping moment when you click on the RAID icon to view the raid array. You get a pop-up box saying 'Please Wait' and a about a minute later the display is refreshed with all the column heading but no RAID array information. After a while another pop-up box appears with 'Please Wait' and then the raid array information is finally revealed.
There's lots of other issues with the N2200Plus but I won't go into them here. Suffice it to say that it has just corrupted the file system for the third and last time. I'm hoping that Thecus tech support can recover the data again. Either way it is going to be replaced with the Synology DS212j.
After my experiences with the Thecus product I really don't rate them as a company. The documentation for the product contains errors, the product has lots of known bugs, firmware updates are infrequent and don't have release notes. The best one was releasing a beta firmware - v3.02.00.9 - to users who were experiencing a particular bug. The next official release after the beta was v3.02.00.8 with no way for beta users to downgrade.
However, I take my hat off to the european Thecus Tech support guys (2 of them I think). They have always been helpful and polite. Its just a shame it is such a crap product.
"...leaving them to gather dust in the attack."
Is this a slow motion attack on the human race?
I was right behind you up to the point you said "where"...
I'm not sure about iPad v Kindle
...unless of course you are talking about the Kindle Fire. The pre Fire Kindles have a much better screen for reading text than the iPad. I have been able to take the Kindle down to the beach and read, where as the glare from the glass screen on the iPad means you will be looking for some shade. The Kindle screens are very much easier on the eye for long stints of reading too. They don't do colour and are a limited function device which is why they are so cheap and the battery lasts so long.
Once you introduce colour and make it a general purpose machine the price goes up and the battery life goes down.
Based on a glowing review I purchased a Tecus N2200Plus and it has been an unmitigated disaster. They ported the GUI from the N2200 but the hardware architecture for the N2200Plus is completely different so lot's of things don't work. That includes user supplied modules too. Thecus can't even get iTunes working! Back in September they told the disgruntled customers that new firmware would be available "in weeks" to fix the issues. It's now January and still no sight of the promised firmware.
Based on this very poor experience I'm reluctant to part with more cash to buy a replacement which is unproven and has little community support. However, I am going to buy a replacement and one thing is for certain - it ain't going to be a Thecus!
I was thinking the very same thing. The PFY's of today have an attention span of bored goldfish. If they can't load a pirated game in less than 3 seconds then they are not going to be interested.
I can imagine the feedback "What do you mean, I have to program it?"
Now back in my day, I disassembled a ZX81 to solder on the connections for a joystick so I could actually fly the plane in the program I had just written. It also saved the system crashing when you pressed the keyboard to hard which caused the connection to the 16K ram pack to flex.
Ahhhh. Happy days.
Reminds me of someone...
Large ballons, small payload - reminds me of some one...
Astroid, dwarf planet or moon?
The terms are purely arbitrary. A moon is simply a smaller body in orbit around a larger body. A planet is a bit of rock or gas which happens to be of a certain size and roughly spherical. A dwarf planet is just less so. Planets may have or have not undergone heating at some stage resulting in various elements separating out.
If the earths moon append to have its own orbit around the sun say between Earth and Mars would it be classed as a planet or dwarf planet? Its only slightly smaller than Mercury.
Mines the one with Sky at Night - the Rebellion in the pocket.
Nail on head - hit!
I think you are right on the button with your assessment Ralph 5. Apple have had a very long time to establish and dominate a market. Due to this the ordinary (non-IT) folk iPad is just a generic term for a tablet device. It's a bit like the term 'Hoover' in the UK. I bet an an awful lot of people refer to their Dyson as a Hoover.
The various Android offerings don't have the killer feature to make people want one other than price. Even then, the user experience and the quality of software will disappoint a large number of people who would rather have had an iPod if they had had the option. Google & Co. would be better off trying to be innovative and establish a completely new market with a product superior or radically different to what is currently on offer.
The comment from Arrrggghh-otron that "...the freedom to be able to publish an app without jumping through the hoops apple mandates is a good thing." needs some explaining. In what way is it good? It has resulted a numerous apps which are absolute shit and until recently they may have had malicious code embedded. The freedom to publish without any quality control is exactly what has produced the current Android app environment.
Falling - with style?
As he can't take off but has to be dropped, isn't that just falling with style?
(as Woody said about Buzz Lightyear)
I quite like the font....
Optional title here please
I quite like the font....
Piece by piece
Good article Lewis. I've often wondered why the US continues with the idea of launching the entire Mars launcher/lander stack from Earth. Surely it would be feasible to assemble ready built components in Earth orbit and launch from there. The astronauts did a lot of work servicing the Hubble telescope and the USA, Europe, Russia and now the Chinese, have developed docking technology. In the case of the Europeans it was automated docking too.
Launching the ready built components into earth orbit and have the automatically dock would allow for a much bigger craft to be built and reduce the energy required for the eventual launch to Mars.
Mines the one with the Science Fiction magazine in the pocket...
Re: and yet...
I'm with you on this one. I can't see how its a great feat for freedom and openness when someone hacks a companies intellectual property and gives it away. The said company will have invested time, effort and money to deliver Siri to help distinguish the iPhone 4S from the other smart phones.
What has happened here is just theft, plain and simple. If they are so bleeding cleaver why can't they write their own version?
And before you start, I don't have an iPhone 4S.
This is a non-story
If you are using old kit (as I am) then you have to expect that there will come a day when your kit will not support one or more of the new features in the next software release or the software release at all. With my iPhone 3GS its Siri and with my MacBook Pro its Lion.
There must come a time when it is simply too expensive to support older hardware which is limited and may ot have the required hardware features to support the new release.
I'm happy to keep using both items until a new feature emerges that I just have to have. At that point I will upgrade and all will be well again.
I'm surprised at El Reg...
...for publishing this. The chap obviously has a bee in his bonnet about the UK's implementation of the UK directive. All countries enshrined the directive into national law and there are a few interpretations out there. Some are more stringent than other and some are just odd.
Looking through the reasons as explained in "Why 18 Articles are deficient" I can't see anything earth shattering. For example: Articles 2 and 7 – the absence of a definition of “consent” in the Data Protection Act, which the Commission considered was required by the Directive.
Yes, the Data Protection Act needs an overhaul to keep it current and relevant and probably more in line with the original intention of the EU directive. However, if you think that this will make the Government more accountable for DPA infringements then you are sadly mistaken. As for making companies more inclined to comply with the law then you are also mistaken. I can't see the Gov wanting to stump up the cash to give the ICO more resources.
Mind the exhaust!
Am I the only one that thinks the hot exhaust from rocket's and iron drives should not be pointed anywhere near what is in effect a very big a helium balloon>
If I remember rightly....
...there were quite a few personal music players available when the iPod came out. There were also lots of smart mobile phones when the iPhone came out. If/when the iTelly launches it will probably have one or more novel features that distinguish it from the competition. Should it be launched Apple obviously has seen a market opportunity to make some money.
I can't see standards approach taking hold in TV's. The manufacturers need to offer something to differentiate it from the rest other than price.
Pointless article really. Arguing against something that has not been announced.
Good Mum award?
I'm surprised on this. While I take my hat off to her for the work she has done on behalf of her son she does have a vested interest here. I'd prefer her to get a good Mum award and be used as a role model for the many mums we have here in the UK who only have a passing interest in their off-spring.
Surely the human rights award should go to those who campaign or work towards benefitting people who's rights have been infringed?
I have been following the McKinnon case and while there is little doubt he is guilty of the charges, I do think the US has overblown the seriousness of the charges. When you factor in the effect of the prolonged appeals process has had on McKinnon, I'm not sure that deporting him to the US is a balanced or fair result. Given his health issues it might have been better for him to have been tried in the UK and if found guilty, to have served his time here in the UK.
Did you not get an iPhone for your birthday then?
I was a Nokia fan
I struggled with the N95 and the N98 when I gave up and got an iPhone. The Nokia hardware was excellent but the software produced such a dreadful user experience that it was a no-brainer. I'm coming to the end of my contract in 6 months and will look closely at the Nokia W7 phones, comparing it with the iPhone 5. While I'm quite happy with the iPhone software the camera on the 3GS is poor and there is no flash. Battery life is not great either.
If the new Nokia phones with W7 cut the mustard then I'll probably switch back.
P.S. Is Angry Birds and Suduko available on W7? This could be a deciding factor :-)
to the author. This is the first objective piece I have read on the current state of the mobile phone/tablet development environment I have read in a long time.
One of the problems facing the industry must be the constant requirement to introduce something new. In the old days I used to be given a new Nokia every 12 months when I renewed my contract. The contracts have stretched first to 18 months and now I see 24 month contracts being offered. Will there come a point were a consumer will acquire a phone and keep it for 5 years? I would have thought that this would be of benefit to the telco's who would avoid the costs of subsidising new handsets.
Virgin bloody Media
Still can't access El Reg from any PC or Mac connected to Virgin Media's cable network. The question is do I wan't to waste several hours trying to convince them they have a problem that will not be solved by me rebooting the router and/or the PC?
Yes and no
I'm sure I read something that speculated that the characteristics of one of the stranger sub-atomic particles (neutrinos? tachyons?) could be explained if they were traveling backwards in time. This would explain why they interact so infrequently with ordinary matter.
Anyway, if a time traveller from the distant future were to travel back to the present it is very unlikely that we would be able to understand them. Unless of course they have the universal translator although I think even this would struggle to translate words or phrases which came into use in the future into equivalent present day terminology. For example what would be the the 16th century translation of the 20th century phrase 'integrated circuit'?
If you have listened to very old voice recordings you will have noticed that accents were very different and the grammar was slightly different to. The language keeps evolving which makes things difficult for time travellers to fit in. You would only need to get the time wrong by a couple of years to really stand out. Imagine some one turning up today with a Beatles hair cut and saying "Fab" and "Groovy" a lot....
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