122 posts • joined Thursday 9th September 2010 16:14 GMT
Who cares ?
IMHO this is, for the majority of people, a non issue because they don't comprehend the issue, have better things to do or as a US collegue I was talking to last week believes, there are so many bad guys out there that there is the need for the government (the good guys) to do whatever it takes to keep him safe.
As for CEO Marissa Meyer's comments, they are just PR to the semi-litterate on the subject; the NSA doesn't need access to her datacentre when as AC indicates, they can just tap into the IXPs. We just need to accept that governments have unlimited resources and expertise so anything we do on the internet can be traced. The same goes for the commercial organizations we give our data via our usage and buying habits; that's before I get started on 'loyalty cards'.
If you really are that paranoid then you should stay as anonymous as possible starting with getting off the internet.
Shouldn't they be concentrating on spending the £1.2bn of public money on rural broadband like they were supposed to or doesn't that give them the required media exposure ?
Re: "therefore a bit rubbish when you remember how exciting the first one was all those years ago"
@Duncant You do know that 'The latest Ford Escort' is now a decade or so old don't you ? Other than pristine ones for vintage collectors and the Cossie variant, provided it's not been ragged, they are a bit rubbish compated to their modern equivalents, made by FMC or not.
Re: Great business idea!
Maybe not with the cream, but you can, at least in my part of England, get porridge that only needs water. So all you need to do is to dig out your retro teasmade and you're done.
The new Clangers will explore themes including "community and caring for the planet", with Firmin pere promising "a new Clangers for a New Age."
I do understand that that the original series had some similar themes but it sounds like they'll spoil it by going overboard ......
You state that "Central to the Robin Hood folks' logic is that there's such a thing as too much financial speculation."
It is mentioned but on looking at the Robin Hood Tax website it's clear to me that this is just a tax raising measure due to:-
"The financial sector is responsible for a big part of the mess we're in. So our merry band of hundreds of thousands of Robin Hood supporters believe that banks, hedge funds and the rest of the sector should pay their fair share to clear up the mess they helped create."
In other words, those groups are making too much profit and we want some of it. I'll skip ofer the fact that they seem to have forgotten that poor regulation was also a contributer.
This site mentions a load of 'worthy causes' but we all know what happens when governments get their hands on other peoples money...
I haven't read the report but is coverage addressed? All the operators are piling in 4G kit but only where there is a high density of users where they can make a tidy profit. I was ~4 miles from the centre of Romford, yes that Essex town, and had nothing from my provider. I appreciate that my iPhone has an emergency call button and probably could jump onto another providers network but could be an issue in rural areas wheer the providers can't be bothered to put up even a 2g cell cos it isn't profitable.
Re: The AA have an app for that
Tried that once to see how well it worked, it didn't as the operator didn't know where I was and had to provide details.
On looking at the article, it seems that he's equally upset with his publisher using Microsoft workflow. Given that, why not talk to them about accepting ascii or change publisher that uses OSX workflow or will accept his precious Scrivener or vim source format ? Or is this another click-bait post so the fruity fanbois can go 'told you M$ is ****".
Re: err ,,,,
IMHO RIPA (2000), Sec. 2 & Sec. 21 and Intelligence Services Act (1994) Sec. 5
I suspect that in addition to giving them media coverage in combatting the Internet, see also the anti-Guardian comments by MI6, other reason is that the site and its users was easy to trace and apprehend. Much safer than going out onto the streets and confronting dealers in person. IMHO, if these drugs are such a problem why not just get flatten the fields of the South American & Asian countries where is grown. That should gave been one of the objectives of that war but a s*** load of money and lives was expended and bugger all happened....
"The alternative? Type "Next Big Film Title* 1080p torrent" into a search engine**, wait 20 minutes, copy to WDTV box, away we go, and for free! "
4Gb in 20 minutes really ? What are you on ? My crappy copper would* take ages....
*haven't tried so is just a guess based on how long downloading large files from a single source as opposed to the overhead torrents have.
Given the 25Gb capacity how come no lossless (FLAC) ?
Re: No. Just no.
Maybe but those 'slight improvements' have been more than enough to make their products desirable and profitable with not just the sheeple fanbois being enticed to upgrade.
I think @Dan Paul amongst others has got it right. As a 4s owner I don't have a compelling reason to upgrate to anything at the moment for a variety of reasons:-
1. My current offering, although perfect is good enough
2. To upgrade, they'd need to have features that I'd value. Biometric scanner that's only restricted to unlocking and iTunes purchases isn't it. The camera might as I think that's the way to go rather than have pixel wars, but I'd like to see real world usage first. The techies may drool over 64 bit but for the majority of users it's irrelevant. having said that the PC Mag article points at a rationale (http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2424300,00.asp). I do run Win 7 64 bit but as I'm not using more that 4Gb RAM it's been irrelevant except for the 32 bit apps that don't work. As Dan Paul indicated, extra storage would, imho, be more appealing to those that have lauge music collections on variants of iPod Classics (mines an 80Gb 5th Gen video) which are not likely to be replaced.
3. Cost - I got my 64gb for £300 off eBay, there's not enough to compel me to drop £700 on the 5s or £400 - 500 on an Android version. My tariff from Virgin is really good and cheap even if the coverage in cernain areas isn't the best so upgrading to a contract is just a waste of money.
So for my use cases the upgrades I'd be looking for are better camera, especially at night, more that 64Gb storage and a better GPS chip. I'd probably get 2 of the 3 eventually but there's nothing there at the moment.
"SD cards. It's one of those eternally-bitched-about things.
What is it about them that makes them so critical? Do SD-card advocates change their phone so frequently that data portability becomes important to the point that cloud storage just isn't fast enough?"
IMHO it's not the portability is the fact that some people, me included, object to the price hike that manufacturer have just to include additional storage capacity as standard. Having a reasonable amount of storage initially, of at least 32Gb, allows with an SD card the capacity to add extra storage relatively cheaply.
For me, if I was going on a long trip and wanted to late a lot of hires pics/videos I'd want the capability to have multiple cards to I can switch them when one is full, just like a propera camera.
Re: Just shows the Apple magic died with Steve Jobs
"When the apple foums fill up with people screaming they can't do X, Y, Z because their fingers are scanning what do you think apples reply will be?"
Won't happen, at least for the forseeable future as according to All Things Digital, the biometric scanner will be for Apple's use only to unlock the phone and verify iTunes purchases.
Re: Everyone has missed the point
"And now their newly released iPhone has a new "feature"... a fingerprint sensor. So it's never sent to apple... really... how to hell do we know?!"
Keyword here is 'sent'. How do we know that they can't activate a pull mechamism ?
Re: No good
Yup, its for this reason that a lot of 3rd party cables won't work with my 4s/lifeproof case combination due to the size of the plastic round the male dock connector. I do use 3rd party cables as Apple's offering is too short/expensive (£15 for 1m).
Re: I have it on great authority...
Not sure I agree, given the cycle IMHO it appears that an upgrade based on the 'S' releases seems to be a better option taking the form factor change and adding additional technical upgrades (camera mainly).
I suspect the ultimate aim of this is to wean us off physical media and go to streaming/downloads with the associated subscription payment.
Technical Article in ElReg ?
Looks like a Mac equivalent to a Mark Russinovich’s technical blog posting. very interesting, even for a non Mac owner.
Must lie down now as am more used to clickbait posts ...
Re: Hershey and ilk
Given WallMart's ownership, I noticed recently that they (Hershey's) have inveigled their way in to these shores.
Re: I think it's going to be bigger than expected.
Nope they don't need to. the 'Meh' increments are more than enough to keep web & print interested to provide acres of free publicity. To be honest I don't know why Apple have a marketing budget at all when Vulture Central et al. do that for free.
You really want to follow the Oracle's approach and use a goat first. As least you've something to do with the rest.
I'm with other posters for significant battery life improvements or even the ability to replace myself like I used to to with my first phone (6230i); I don't see either coming anytime soon. There are other's I'd like e.g. the next generation of GPS chips e.g. http://www.pocketgpsworld.com/CSR-launches-SiRFstarV-5e-GNSS-engine-7579.php but it seems that all I'm going to get is the bog standard one that has GPS and Glonass (to reduce import traffis)
As for Android it does seem odd that the phone manufacturers cripple the o/s by adding their own bloatware on top.
it's probably a combination of:-
1. Lower manufacturing costs of faster CPUs, HDDs and RAM chips
2. Marketing teams exploiting the Kano model and providing the cpnsumer with loads of features we don't actually use. How much of all the features of Office 2010 suite do we actually use regularly ? I'd guess at < 50%
3. Programmers exploitting 1 & 2
Re: Edinburgh Trams
Don't forget the 15 year operating loss projections.
Re: Voicemail Button
I may be thick here but after I got my 4s off fleebay, I stuck a Virgin Mobile sim in and the voicmail button worked first time. Why would I need to change it ? Do the other providers supply crap sims ?
Here's an idea
Why not have the ability to bulk change the pallette and icons via a user option. Then you could have 'Classic iOS', like v6 and 'New iOS' with the flat icons and palette of v7 . Not sure what to call that functionality, how about Themes ?
16Gb and no SD card ?
They are obviously trying to copy the Apple model (we say you don't need lots of storage for apps and music). 16Gb is diddly squat even before you allocate 10% ? for system files.
Surely dancing men ?
Re: scandinavian defense contractor*
If it's the one I'm thinking of, the car division went bankrupt then got bought back by the Chinese.
IMHO, they used to be OK but failed to keep up with the competition.
Re: People forget: Icons should be iconic!
"what they represent should be so immediately obvious that they need no explanation"
Agreed. I like the (now derided) skeuomorphism in the iOS5/6 icons. Having said that I've never understood why the Safari icon depicted a compass overlaid on a map of the world when I'm not actually travelling anywhere.
At least they're using GPG I suppose
Who knows what Symantec have done to the original PGP.....
Not necessarily, could be LM or NG. There's loads of others to pick from
Re: It's just a plot...
I bet your former* moderatrix-in-chief got an invite.
World's best broadcaster
@gazthejourno On your criteria, surely that should be Al Jazeera, no ?
Re: It's not when they came out, it's when they stopped selling them.
Yup. I looked at iOS 7 and thought the icons just look ghastly; don't care what Sir Jony thinks. On the iOS 7 site they've also rescaled the iPhone 5. It would be interesting to see what they look like on a correctly sized device.
As for the other changes: Notification & Control centres - not needed them yet. Multitasking - ditto. Safari - dont use. Siri - never used. Airdrop wont work on my 1 year old (New) iPad (3). Camera App - use Pure instead. iOS in the car - OK I'll change if Tim pays. App Store - works fine, what's the use case for "Apps near me" other than being a nosey iFan ?
Apart from the very obvious hyped comments, a lot of what I briefly read was Mac lovers dev ending Cupertino doing a reverse ferret and going back to the 'great designers steal' of Jobs 1994 era (and make them better).
Paris - a better looking 'icon' than the new iOS offerings
Access to the Russian market. More specifically the avoidance of risk that the Russian government will slap a 25% import duty on devices that aren't GLONASS compatible.
Re: Our volume in Bulgarian Airbags?
@deadlockvictim 890483714.1468 (C-cup Posh Spice)
Re: Cooking with Google: one of the simplest appliances possible ...
@JaitcH "Cooking rice is not such an easy job" Really ? 8 mins in a pan of boiling water works for me every time
Re: I'll try again
And for any Perl Mongers, here's how to convert the dates:
I miss REXX as well
One of my first jobs on starting (paid) employment was to PM a rollout of OS/2 file servers and desktop clients. To make it easier I taught myself REXX and knocked up the scripts that setup the user accounts/shares etc. without having to use the proxy GUI.
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