1328 posts • joined 28 Jul 2010
Re: Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory...
"All M$ had to do was the option to change between metro and a start button and it would have been a great release"
I completely agree, but from what I've read there's a great resistance within Microsoft to making everything configurable because it is claimed that too many configuration options may just confuse users.
Still an optional "Advanced" setting would have been nice, better still only enabling metro if a touchscreen was detected.
A step in the right direction making their back catalogues more available, but I can't help but wince that all the individual content providers are rolling their own systems rather than collaborating.
Considering how much actual free time people have to watch, say, Star Trek, I would expect people to subscribe to just one or two services at a time, switching when the content has been exhausted. Which won't be particularly good for business if there are any setup/teardown costs. Why not also licence the catalog to existing OTT providers like NetFlix, Amazon etc?
Also the region restrictions are stupid; they really need to take another look at whether the (admittedly lucrative) foreign distribution contracts really make sense in a globally connected world.
Yeah, what's the deal with that? Especially on the forums!
Just wanted to post that I'm a happy customer and run all my domains through Cloudflare now. Quite apart from the SSL stuff, the fact that my server's IP address is obfuscated from every tom dick and harry script kiddie out there is a big bonus, and benefits all of my domains on the free plan as well as the ones on a paid plan.
Re: That's why we need to do that in a distributed sense
Is that one you have to pay for? :-P
Re: how fucking stupid is this
Actually there are quite a few horror stories about the warranty process.
OnePlus One refers to the total number of handsets they aimed to produce.
Re: "Piracy often arises when consumer demand goes unmet by legitimate supply"
You can always move country - you pirates are always making ridiculous excuses for your thefts!
I suspect Google might think about having a system like the Android model, where car manufacturers could sign up to use Google's software.
That said they've built their own buggy-cars so they might not be against building their own.
Unlike Google, Ford has the power to make driverless cars actually happen should the technology pan out
Why would Google be any less likely to be able to do this than Ford? They seem to be doing okay so far after all.
"saying that there will be no overall reduction in headcount (ie no job losses)"
Surely it's irrelevant to laid-off workers that their job will still exist but will just be abroad where they can't have it?
Create a 4G WiFi hotspot so I can work anywhere? Please!
Unfortunately tethering is not included in your data usage allowance, as per the terms of your contract. You will be charged £21/MByte for tethering data usage. Thank you for your custom.
It's a shame e-ink readers are not doing as well as the manufacturers had initially hoped, but really they've been a victim of their own success.
Everyone I know with an e-reader (no matter what brand) loves it, and only seem to replace them when they break as the new ones only really seem to provide incremental upgrades to an already excellent product. Everyone I know without an e-reader can't see the point of them for whatever reason and a new e-reader probably won't change their minds.
I just hope that there will continue to be enough of them being replaced that there'll always be someone willing to make a decent e-reader, because I for one won't be reading my novels on a tablet any time soon.
Re: So what's next?
Maybe we could have some kind of aerial robot wars before every match?
during a Euro 2016 qualifying match between Serbian and Albania
Who was the unlucky Serbian?
I made the mistake of reading one of the many junk mails they drop through my letterbox when they first announced this new package, and remember thinking "woah, that's quite a good deal".
Then I read the small print and realised they were comparing packages without line rental, making it pretty much what their old deal was just with a new name and associated 12 month contract lock-in. No thanks.
More like double-gently-prodded.
Re: Survey rated O2 highly?
Survey of O2 management? :-P
Re: Population density
Indeed. As someone that uses Kings Cross (probably the same cell towers as St Pancras) regularly at rush hour it is very flakey using data sometimes, which is a pain when you're wanting to look up train-related data (the apps often display departure platform way before the departure boards do). At off-peak times it's much better.
I wonder if the testing of stations was done at the same time of day at all stations? Else I would expect the results to be a little flawed.
As I appear to have the first comment post, and The Register haven't updated the article, here is a link to Cyanogen Inc's response.
Of particular note to me is that it doesn't actually effect CM11 (the latest version) as the code isn't in Android KitKat, and is upstream in Google's earlier code anyway. Storm in a teacup.
"The researcher responsibly disclosed the flaw to affected providers but had no luck with Cyanogenmod maintainers"
Let me guess, he approached some key developers directly and got no response? I suspect they get a lot of time-wasting contact from people who claim to have found vulnerabilities, and being a small firm probably don't really have the resources to deal with every out-of-channel bug report, so probably ignore them all unless they're from people they recognise.
Perhaps there should be a way of submitting bugs to their public bug tracker (which I think is Jira) in such a way that only the development team get to initially see the bug, to aid in responsible disclosure of security issues. Or is there such a way already?
As for the vulnerability itself, at least we'll get a flashable patch in a couple of days. That proves the benefits of CM over manufacturer firmware if anything does.
Re: Thank $deity for proprietary software
Presumably you missed the penultimate paragraph of the article
A dangerous worm has been discovered exploiting a zero-day flaw (CVE 2014-4114) in all versions of Microsoft Windows and Server 2008 and 2012.
Re: The new Reg Review style
Happy user of an N54L microserver here. Modded BIOS to allow me to use the CD bay for a disk, and I can have 5 drives in there now. Installed Ubuntu Server and set up my disks in a RAID1 array (maybe if I had more than 2 drives I might consider another), runs Plex, Apache and a couple of web apps like TT-RSS and works flawlessly. Sure there was some tweaking needed so maybe not for everyone but most techies reading the Reg won't have any problems following the tutorials.
Re: How easy would it be...
I think the tenner is the monthly subscription. Those sort of specs, I wouldn't be surprised if there's a considerable up-front cost (or long contract term).
Re: So wait...
"We didn't want to be constrained by TV thinking, we are mobile people."
And yet they do the latter so well!
I must admit I do keep reading "J-Law" as Jude Law.
For god's sake - these are people
Not all of them, surely?! Bieber too?!
"A total of seven chimps then went to the waterhole and copied the alpha male"
I wonder if they would have copied if it was one of the loser non-alpha males. "Look at that weirdo drinking water with moss"
Anyway real hipster chimps would switch to some other way of drinking when everyone else started doing it.
Re: London FFS
"Yeah, move to Cambridge to get away from those insane house prices, crippling transport issues and high cost of living issues."
I understand this must be sarcasm, considering Cambridge is Britain's sixth most expensive city, at least according to Halifax who did a survey a couple of years ago.
"until it was pointed out that there isn't enough farmland to grow enough to replace even a fraction of the fossil fuels that we use"
I'd heard they were looking at algae, which doesn't need farmland. Although I'm guessing it might have a negative effect on marine ecosystems.
Re: The trouble with "older" sci-fi...
"What, did, the, comma ever, do, to, you??"
Mr Shatner, is that you? :-P
Speaking of cinematic panache, I'm quite looking forward to the TV adaptation of James S.A. Corey's Expanse series. But yeah a Peter F Hamilton series would be cool - I just wonder whether as a British author he isn't known as well in the US?
Re: "Bag o' Sh.... shellfish"
I quite like the Oyster card.
I lost my national rail season ticket and oyster card once. Replacing the season ticket involved a trip to a ticket office, having to fill out a lengthy form (and another to claim for journeys I'd had to pay for separately) and a stern warning from a disapproving operative of First Capital Connect that this was the only time they'd let me lose a ticket this year.
Replacing my Oyster card involved getting a new one, logging onto their website and transferring the balance across. I lost no money. Much easier. I could lose it as much as I liked in the future.
I've used pay-by-bonk a couple of times on the bus when I've forgotten my Oyster card at home, and so I'm very much for it. I do think Oyster would be great as a national ticketing system for trains however.
That's nothing. Many celebrities have entire burner weddings!
Yup, but it also sells other fresh fruit and veg :-P
Brings a lot of the benefits of SSL within the reach of a lot more websites, including not-for-profit and low-traffic ones that it wouldn't have previously been cost-effective to buy an SSL certificate for.
I use CloudFlare for almost all my sites and have been quite happy.
Re: Smartphones run for days, no need for "ancient Nokia" for better standby time
Unfortunately smartphones' batteries don't last as long in standby, mainly because they're usually doing things (like checking emails, checking for social network updates, uploading your photos) when they're not actively being used.
Turn off background sync and it can last quite a few days.
Yes but they're too expensive. No, wait, I mean we have a "skills shortage".
Re: I have to say that this is...........
...or if it had been developed by Apple... ;-)
now we have to get the bloody box heated to a minimum of 56°C for at least half an hour and then branded with hot iron to prove it
You'd better remove PANTS before things get too hot.
Re: What I'd like to do...
"Why the hell can't I, as UK citizen, buy a SIM for use on a German network (which is where I'm going in a few weeks) with the same kind of package that a German citizen would buy, and use it?"
Huh? I don't know about you but I've bought local PAYG SIMs in several EU countries and not had any problems. Just go to a phone shop or supermarket.
http://prepaidwithdata.wikia.com/wiki/Germany has some info about German plans.
They CC'd their emails rather than BCC'd them.
They looked at the UK and found many towns had a similar distribution system in place for the weak tasteless lagers that can be found in many of our public houses.Unfortunately they had simply mistaken the purpose of our sewers.
Re: Moon is a harsh mistress
If you can get nuclear waste out of the Earth's gravity well wouldn't you just fire it at the sun?
Ding said it was absurd to have a put up with one-speed
slow cheap dumb networks when different consumers and applications had different requirements smart networks are so much more profitable.
And another thing...
Clearly The New iPhone can become a flip phone.
Re: Spot on, ElReg.
"On the other hand, we might suggest that a phone which can't be carried in one's pocket hardly qualifies as a mobile phone at all in this day and age."
Why? It can be carried place to place and can make telephone calls. "Mobile phone" would seem to cover that.
"If it fits in a pocket comfortably it's a phone"
My cordless landline doesn't, and that's a phone.
I can quite understand some people don't like large phones, but arguing they're not phones is a little silly IMHO.
Re: Grey water?
I'm guessing salty seawater is somewhat more corrosive.
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