Hmm, not convinced UHD is anything but a niche field at the moment and for the foreseeable future. The OTT broadcasters can reasonably-easily add support for it, so they have, but the broadcasters would have to spend much more rolling it out - is it any wonder they're approaching it with caution?
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"the device has been branded as a "Heart moving phone", just like the initial Cyberdyne Systems's Terminator models. (Is this right? - Ed)"
Yes, although it would move hearts in a rather more physical manner, along with other squishy body organs that got in the way.
Re: I've never seen this
Basically they let you call yourself anything until they notice or someone reports you, and then they ask you to provide identification to prove you are who you say you are. So it's quite possible to slip through the net.
Re: One network?
So a licensed black cab's customer is the punter, the Uber driver's customer is Uber not the punter as the punter has to go through Uber to arrange transportation? Sneaky.
"Not sure if new phones with newer versions have it turned on by default."
There were rumours that Lollipop would have it on by default, but presumably due to performance it wasn't. Some of the high-end smartphones have dedicated silicon that aids with the disk encryption/decryption process so the performance impact is lessened; I suspect until these devices are more common the encryption will remain optional.
A several-pass random wipe as part of the factory reset process would be welcome however.
Re: "he has banned smartphones"
I suspect smartphones are banned in a lot of embassies anyway. Cameras and sensitive documents are not a comfortable combination for governments, as Assange well knows.
"He added that kids regularly write to him at the embassy, offering “well-drawn, detailed escape plans of me on a flying fox over to Harrods.”"
They're not written by kids, they're written by the CIA in the hope that he'll try to use one.
Re: Self driving trucks and cars
You're right, it's a government conspiracy to take over DHL
Re: Are Win7 users not upgrading because of Win8/10's tiles?
"You're perfectly right that all MS needed to do was offer a choice, even if it defaults to tiles"
Completely agree but the reason MS claim to not add options for these sorts of things is it increases complexity for users; they're put off by large lists of things they don't understand (hence the ribbon, eugh, which is supposed to be task/context-sensitive and hide the stuff you don't need to use *now*) and if someone needs to provide support they can be sure all the buttons etc are in the same place on everyone's machine if there is only one style of Start menu.
As another commentard noted, Windows is not exclusively developed for IT professionals, unfortunately. It's lowest-common-denominator thinking.
"Also, *It's, *are, *billion, *are (I think)."
Maybe it's some kind of slang; "you Hitler" when you're being mean and "you Jesus" when you're being nice.
Re: Very good article, would read again
Is Dabbsy really the anti-Worstall? Their opinions of this subject don't seem to be opposed. Worstall seems to like Uber as an antidote to the inefficient rent-seeking that comes from having an arbitrary limited number of taxi licences available, like New York's taxi medallions. I'm not sure whether this is how the London black cab system works; can't anyone become a cab driver by passing the relevant knowledge exams or are there limited "places"?
Re: Well, whatever...
Amazon are encouraging Prime subscriptions by following the satellite TV bundling model - the fact that you get a lot of stuff with your subscription can make the unwary think they're getting a good deal despite the fact that they probably don't use half the provided services.
Well it works for Sky and Virgin Media and whatnot.
"Does anyone actually use Amazon for TV"
Of course now the TV service is bundled up with the "free next day delivery service" which is actually sometimes useful, I suspect the waters are muddied for prime subscribers. Will many ditch their prime subscriptions because the TV thing can't play on any of their devices, or will they just grumble and keep on paying to get the other Prime benefits, or better still for Amazon buy one of their horribly locked down FireTV dongles? Amazon have obviously done the sums and expect people to choose the latter two options.
Re: long live Roku
The Roku doesn't have an Amazon Prime app in the UK, so presumably the Roku won't be available from Amazon UK shortly.
Re: Only for recent phones...
Don't blame Cyanogen, blame Samsung. The former i9300 device maintainer wrote a series of Google+ posts explaining why; TLDR Samsung don't release the code and have rubbish dev relations with the open source community. It's why I'll never buy another Samsung phone.
They, like Google's Messenger SMS app, merely prevent video/MMS autoplay to prevent exploitation. It works but isn't ideal.
Re: @Jester - Only for recent phones...
The stable release of CyanogenMod 11 (KitKat) is fine on my S3. Make sure you wipe data/cache before applying as that can cause a load of weird issues.
CM12+ (Lollipop) is much more unstable from what I've seen.
"the ability to do something about it would be a nice bonus"
That's the successor mission; NEOBlam
"Trim and finish may vary but mechanically they are ALL THE SAME."
Not true. My Audi didn't come with indicators, for example.
Re: Hmm government funded research
"Colleges would get interesting projects to work on, learn how to apply their knowledge to commercial ends"
So private companies would receive the fruits of the labour of classes of students learning on the job? Well at least it would be cheap...
Yes, you can finally now format your SD card so it appears as internal storage.
I'd be interested in the Chromecast Audio if it did multiroom streaming. Not sure from the marketing info whether or not this is supported, but if it is this would be a good alternative to a pricey Sonos system.
Methinks the AC doth doff too much
Re: Tie t'data ter whippet and send it up street wi cobbles on
"this has annoyed me since I saw a Michael Macintyre northerner sketch"
His Southerner impression is pretty poor too.
Re: Never mind the fines, think of the SAVINGS
"Language does change over time"
In the future your going to see more homonym substitutions which could of bin avoided by better spelling education today.
Re: The power of open source
"a bug like this hanging around for 10 years definitely proves that open source is better than closed"
Prove that similar bugs are not in equivalent closed-source software and I'll believe your sarcasm is warranted.
"Can anyone tell me where the Music of White Origin awards is on next?"
Plain text: This is a really great law and I am a fine upstanding citizen.
Honest Mr Government, that's what the encrypted text says...
"They all seem determined to push this type of legislation through and will keep trying until they get it"
When all they have is a legislative hammer they see a lot of law nails lying around.
The problem of "bad guys have encryption" isn't solvable through legislation but the fact that something might not be solvable through legislation is quite an alien concept to a lot of legislators.
"You could follow the link to the map"
Wasn't the article about the map being offline?
What is Alcatel's stance on updates? At least the competing Wileyfox phone is based around CyanogenOS, which does get updates to the latest Android version (albeit quite a bit later than the Nexuses and Motos of this world).
The fact that according to the review this is on Android 5.0.2 and not 5.1 (with the new Android just around the corner) isn't a good sign.
To be honest I haven't recommended AVG to anyone for quite a few years now. It used to be lean and effective but started to suffer from all Antivirus companies' standard bloating problem where they try to make their software do lots of vaguely-security-related things and none of them particularly well.
Re: THIS IS PORN.
Political labels are all screwed up. The Liberals don't like liberty, the right-wingers are national-socialist and the conservatives want to change things. No wonder everyone gets confused.
I would have thought that UBI paying for housing would also have the problem that housing costs hugely varying amounts countrywide but hardly anyone wants to move to where it is cheaper*. Scrapping housing benefit and replacing it with UBI might result in forced migration and perhaps "poor people ghettos" in cheaper areas with no jobs and no hope for the inhabitants to ever get off "the basic".
* often for good reasons, like "there are no jobs there", granted.
"Interestingly, BT has made no such undertaking to keep the EE brand"
Because everyone hates it?
"saying instead that it will investigate what to do with it."
Burn it with fire?
Re: It's bloody chinese owned now anyway so who gives a hoot!
...although there is also some controversy around the employment status of Uber drivers too; Uber would describe them as self-employed, some beg to differ.
Re: This again?
"Sure, he believes what he's saying (the personal bias), but it's the way that he's saying it that I always take to be a bit of an in-joke"
Wait, does this apply to all El Reg's articles?! Is the Rise of the Machines not imminent after all?! I'm shocked!
"If I was a terrorist wanting to kill the most people, why bother with a plane when I can simply blow the queue up?"
Indeed. And if they somehow manage to make airports safe, what about train stations? Bus stations? Shopping centres? Sports games?
It's all theatre, and airports/planes are only different because flying is an unusual-enough activity for most of us that we accept the pointless "security check" procedure as just part of the process.
"Hollywood has won too if the cops and authorities think a bomb has to look like a movie bomb"
Lets just hope Hollywood never depicts a car bomb, we'd all get arrested driving to work.
Re: Well duh....
"Even if the 12 yo wants to grow up as a programmer, they can learn a lot without any computer at all. Rather get a big tub of Lego"
The computer is far cheaper nowadays.
You may as well cast the Matrix screensaver for all the insight this would give HR types into programmers' abilities.
Our robot overlords will not require desks.
Re: "wait for the Facebook app to catch up with status updates"
The Facebook app doesn't run in the background on Android, it runs in the background mugging other processes for their precious system resources until your phone grinds to a stuttering halt. It's so bad they had to build a web browser into the app for clicking on links just because opening almost any other browser will cause Android to kill Facebook due to lack of available memory.
Honestly I have no idea what kind of device they "test" the app on - I bet it has a lot of memory and no other apps installed.
Boffins like being baffled; it means previously-considered-accurate theories are proven to be wrong and we are getting closer to understanding our universe.
Samsung are crap at writing and releasing the drivers for their Exynos chipsets, which is why Cyanogenmod (and other custom ROMs) are buggy on certain of their handsets. And that's why my next phone will not be a Samsung - my Galaxy S3 i9300 will probably never get CM 12.1 (Android L) officially because all the device maintainers have given up in disgust.
I'd replace him with Microsoft Government Essentials.
Still looks like a spaceport to me. Who could say what an alien spaceport would look like? :-)
Re: I'm waiting for the Apple car(t)
It'll have a steering wheel with rounded corners which changes everything.
The range is kinda irrelevant for an autonomous taxi to some extent - freed of having to worry about drivers getting tired you could have more taxis providing 24 hour service in shifts, returning to charge points when range is getting too low to service the current booked job and return trip to the depot plus a margin. With Tesla's supercharger-style charging points dotted around the autonomous taxis might be happy just topping up to 80% or so during brief charging breaks.
If a punter wanted a longer journey the despatch software would send a car with sufficient range. Longer journeys might need to be in some kind of relay where you swap taxis.