1227 posts • joined 28 Jul 2010
Re: But if I were an elite cyberspy...
I'd also go onto popular tech sites to post words to that effect.
EE is a monopoly. When there are a couple of competing 4G suppliers not charging the early-adopter's tax, then I'll have a look at it.
Re: Into the Canal Instead
"so this may end up reducing CT charges (or at least it should)."
Sorry, I just had to log in to laugh at this.
I feel much better now. Carry on.
"It's time to play tunes and chew bubblegum.... and I'm all out of gum"
Apple fears Windows 8...
...about as much as I fear being struck by lightning.
Re: Trigger Happy!
The planes were considerably lower than 30000 feet on 9/11 when the calls were being made.
Re: 6 feet
They're all at least six feet high, have been shown to cause cancer in children who play nearby, provide internet access to paedophiles and thousands of illegal immigrants install them every year.
"Nokia has tried to add several differentiators to the new Lumias. Wireless charging is one, bonk-to-play-music is another."
Really? Wireless charging is neat, but it's not exactly exclusive to Nokia. Bonk to play again is neat, but will people really go out and buy new music equipment to take advantage of it? I doubt it. You're right in saying the People Hub was overhyped. A lot of Windows Phone is overhyped; it strikes me as a gimmicky platform desperately trying to be different to compete.
You mention that iPhone owners have invested in the ecosystem and thus won't necessarily be swayed, but similarly Android owners have invested in the Android ecosystem which is a fact you seem to discount. Fine it's easy enough to export your contacts and whatnot from Google, but your paid apps?
Nokia make nice hardware. Windows Mobile is nice enough, just not fully featured and a bit gimmicky. But it's the fact that the main competitors have pre-existing ecosystems that is going to be Nokia's problem selling these phones.
"A US judge has ruled that punters who drop their iPhones, smashing the smartphone's glass screen in the process, can't blame Apple for it."
What if they pushed you?
Re: Kindle reader and 802.11n
To be fair, the 802.11n is probably only because the wifi chip has been updated - I doubt Amazon went out of their way to source an n-capable chip rather than a g-capable chip.
Also it provides a bit of future-proofing (although getting cheaper every year it might not be too long til the e-ink kindles are only £30 or so, almost disposable) for if/when there are no more g-capable wifi networks around.
"it was arguments over who gets to design the user interface – which includes ways in which the viewer might access other content supplied by the media companies – that scotched this particular round of talks"
Lets see, should we pick a company known for building novel, easy-to-use and pretty user interfaces to design the UI, or should we go with the bloated media monopolists that wouldn't know a usable UI if it came up to them and sued them for patent infringement?
Basically negotiating with these idiots won't get you anywhere - Apple and Google have both failed. They need to use their vast finances to buy content and bypass the monopolists completely, if they want to succeed in this market.
I had heard that Raven-sourcing might yield better results.
"while improved heuristics, file reputation and crow-sourcing have led to a 11 per cent reduction in database size"
Personally I think the wisdom of the crows is overrated.
Used to like AVG, but it became more and more bloated over time and now it just reads like a list of crappy software tools I have no need for. It seems to be the eternal Windows AV vendor's dilemma - "how do we sell more software when our existing software is always being updated anyway? I know, lets add a feature" - the feature of course gets more only-marginally-useful over time.
Samsung = Copycat
They've blatantly copied Apple's competitive strategies.
What? iPhone did you say? No I meant the lawsuits.
Wait, are you saying that the US grants patents on silly things?
Never heard that before.
Chromebooks are ideal...
...for tech bloggers, basically. Everyone else alas can't *quite* do everything in a browser, even if the browser does have a day-long battery life (or whatever these machines have).
Unless you're a blogging startup I can't see many companies jumping on this offer.
"It is possible that any future "Holmes 3" programme will now become the responsibility of the new police ICT company, dubbed "Newco"."
Reminds me of when "David Copperfield" was writing an anonymous police blog about "Newtown"
Re: Now THAT would take me off Apple's client list
Or a phone stopping you from installing an app because it hasn't come from a certain store?
OK, sorry, I couldn't help but be snarky there ;-)
Re: A straw poll to those who DO watch porn
It will never go through in a way that wasn't possible to evade, there will always be VPNs and if they blocked the VPNs there will always be black market ISPs. And the filter won't ever be able to block everything, that's why directory sites lost out to search engines - the interweb is too large to manually index.
That's really half the point; the legislation would be ineffective and actually harmful to legitimate users (and not even just porn viewers).
It's obvious this drive comes from puritan nannying, as if it were genuinely aimed at protecting children you would make the system opt-in. With enough publicity making sure people were aware of the service, any parent concerned about little Johnny accessing porn would be able to set up a filter provided by their ISP. And if the system didn't work, or blocked too much legitimate content, then no harm done and you can opt out again. Presumably the main advantage of your ISP doing it rather than, say, OpenDNS would be that it is easier for the less technical worried parent to set up.
I know there's an argument that says that maybe parents might not be aware of the existence of the system as an option if it were opt-in, but I'm pretty sure that parents that allow their children free access to things that they haven't done basic research on are probably doing other things that are allowing more harm to come to their precious offspring than them accidentally seeing some naked ladies would.
"“‘How often do you use a personal computer?’ Possible answers were ‘never’, ‘every day’, ‘at least every week’, ‘less than every week’"
"I use it every day. It makes an excellent doorstop for letting the cat come in and out in the summertime. Wonderful device."
This "PhonePayPlus" scam must be stopped immediately. Paying extra by phone for an app via underhand means exploits the vulnerable who won't be familiar with the complexities of modern smartphones.
Wait... did you say PhonePayPlus is the name of the regulator?!
Re: Phoney phoneyism
"People who make up Dylan quotes should be shot"
- Bob Dylan
To be honest, from what little I know of the man, I reckon he'd be disappointed.
"But colossal growth is easy when you come from next to nothing - retaining it and building a big user base is something else altogether. "
I do hope you're referring to Windows Mobile's growth numbers rather than Android's. After all, Android has had a big user base for quite some time now (unsurprising considering it ticked the price *and* quality boxes).
As for the growth figures of Windows Mobile, see this obligatory XKCD.
Re: Strange, the article
Is that the deprecated platform (7) or the as-yet-unreleased platform (8)?
If I were the Hugo award organisers I'd stop paying them as they're not providing the streaming service they claim to be providing.
I'm sure there are other streaming video providers who would be happy for the good publicity if the Hugos switched to them.
I note on that IO9 article that uStream's CEO has said they're turning off the automatic ban functionality until they can "recalibrate" it - but of course recalibrated autoban bots can be as wrong as the originals. Why take the chance in trusting they'll get it right next time?
"The Department has issued a ruling that stops service providers from providing a mobile connection for more than three months to any foreign tourist visiting India."
Because criminals always use the same SIM card for their activities, and would be stumped if they had to swap it for a new one ever three months or so.
Wait, no, did I say criminals? I meant tourists.
Re: Is that the sound....
"Also, by the time that most of us die, our music collections will be out of copyright."
Oh the naivity ;-)
They'll just change the law so copyright is death-of-the-artist + 1000 years or something.
Any surprise when netbooks now cost the same as cheap laptops?
Netbooks haven't been small, cheap computers since the days of the original Eee PC. Without the cheap is it any wonder sales are down, especially in developing markets? After all "small" PCs like the ultrabooks aren't exactly top sellers either.
Asus "transformer" style cheap Android tablets will probably inherit their place but it's a shame the industry seems so blind to the real reason for their netbook woes.
Seeing as presumably the noisy crowd made a booking, couldn't they also leave negative reviews on Laterooms were it to become as popular as TripAdvisor?
There are tonnes of idiots in these crowdsourced reviews sites but I think there are probably more fair reviewers that hopefully drown them out.
When it comes to TripAdvisor I've found that generally the reviews are quite useful, if you take the time to read between the lines. Rather than go by the headline score, if you read some of the comments you might not be as concerned about some of the "issues" raised as the reviewer might have been.
Personally haven't seen any obvious astroturfing/shill posts, and generally my experience of hotels has pretty much matched up with the TripAdvisor comments - so I still think the site is quite useful. Certainly it's much better than picking a hotel was without it...
Sony's boasting about the 2011 Xperias getting ICS has always annoyed me; in the UK, no handset has gotten it officially yet to my knowledge. To make matters worse, even network-unlocked/unbranded handsets like my wife's Ray haven't gotten an official update either, supposedly because Sony want to make sure it "works on all networks" so was waiting for all the UK networks to sign off the update before rolling out the OTA.
Not sure what will happen now that O2 have declined it.
On one hand I'm annoyed at O2 for not giving their customers the option of upgrading, but on the other hand I had heard that the official ICS update was bloated and slow as described. Personally I was going to rely on the inbuilt ICS functionality of disabling most of Sony's bloatware to free up RAM, but it looks like CyanogenMod will now be the only way forward which is a shame
Re: All in a name.
Not sure that calling the site "LegitimateLinks" or similar would have made much difference in this case, else all Swedish criminal organisations would go through a hasty rebranding exercise.
"The Western media are strangely obsessed with "drone" strikes for some reason"
Because they at least see the threat that allowing our future robotic overlords so much human-killing practice poses to us.
I, for one, etc.
"Does anyone know a guy who knew a guy that Oracle cared about? Anyone?"
I always thought being 'cared about' by Oracle was a little like being 'cared about' by some of the bigger inmates in prison....
Re: Regarding disabling apps
You're looking in the right place Mr Coward, but for some odd reason Android wants you to click "Uninstall Updates" before it will let you disable. The "Disable" button will be where the "Uninstall Updates" button is in your screenshot.
Re: Lucky Bill Ray
ICS and above makes things a bit better by allowing you to "disable" apps (even the manufacturer pre-installed ones). However you really need to know which ones can be disabled so it's not for the newbies.
I wonder if there's a market for an app with associated bloatware DB which could hold your hand through the process, allowing you to select/unselect apps to disable and then pop up the Android disable dialog for each app like many of the "move apps to SD" apps do (which is incidently a feature that seemingly has been removed by Google for some reason in ICS, at least in my S3).
"There is an attempt to find a technical solution that the lawyers will be happy with- the lawyers are the hard bit. It's not nice."
Any particular reason the lawyers are unhappy with "the same way they do it for the iPhone" as a technical solution, then?
"iplayer for android is in a state of flux right now, due to all the drama over flash"
Which made me laugh and laugh considering right up until the end the BBC claimed the hacky Flash-infested pile that is (or was) iPlayer on Android was the proper way of implementing it, despite the fact that it wasn't supported by any ARMv6 devices and the iPhone somehow made do without Flash at all.
The BBC should get more stick for not replacing it with a proper solution sooner, rather than coming out with a half-baked hack and then not doing anything before Adobe removed Flash support from Android.
But if these came down to around the £100 mark and the XBMC Android port is finished they could be pretty nice.
Assuming compatible UK catch-up TV of course.
Looks like a whirlpool to me, and probably represents the one they have sucking up the 3G signal at Kings Cross.
'UK will have fastest broadband in Europe by 2015'
"It will be installed into the House of Commons bar"
"What, I never said it would be UK-wide!"
Wait a minute, that's *my* IP they're using! The bastards!
"However, the head honcho also alleges that as for its regular PC games, only about five to seven per cent of gamers pay anyway. The vast majority apparently run pirated content."
"Ubisoft gained notoriety for its always-connected DRM measures"
What's this? An admission from a games industry exec that stupid DRM doesn't help reduce piracy? Say it ain't so!
Ridiculous! <Insert alternative language> is far superior in almost every way. Only a rank amateur would suggest developing something like this in <insert your language of choice here>.
Re: Camera folk treat each sub-pixed as a dot
I used to think "rubbish" to that, as all my phone cameras despite relatively high megapixelage have always been a bit crap. But I've recently purchased a Galaxy S3 and the camera on that is actually very usable. Similarly my brother's iPhone 4S.
While P&S cameras currently have the edge I bet it won't be long before the only difference is the optical zoom lense, and sales will have declined a lot as a result.
Perhaps then O4 to raise their middle fingers at O2 too...
I think your " key must be pretty worn.
- Twitter: La la la, we have not heard of any NUDE JLaw, Upton SELFIES
- China: You, Microsoft. Office-Windows 'compatibility'. You have 20 days to explain
- Is that a 64-bit ARM Warrior in your pocket? No, it's MIPS64
- Apple to devs: NO slurping users' HEALTH for sale to Dark Powers
- Apple 'fesses up: Rejected from the App Store, dev? THIS is why