168 posts • joined 26 Oct 2010
Oh wow. I can't wait for my ears to be assaulted by bad, commercially motivated muzak. Okay, perhaps I'm being unfair - I've never used Beats - but the name hardly inspires confidence does it? It sounds as if all the music on the there will be bassy rhythms with no melody or treble. Does Beats offer Jazz? Blues? Rock'n'Roll? Baroque? Classical? Punk? Romantic? Does it offer variety?
I haven't got a problem with feminists - why would I? All they seek is equal rights and standards of behaviour for men and women.
I have feminist friends, both male and female, who have shirts celebrating the naked fleshy beauty of the human body. I know of feminists who work in the porn industry. The trouble is that the shirt-objecting dick-spanks who have raised this complaint aren't really feminists - that's just an excuse. They're narrow minded prudes. They'd be pond life, if it weren't for the fact that pond life tends to be more open minded and less trivial.
How sad that this man, a genius, should have to apologise for his wardrobe.
Damn. That's me. Tea in a pot, made with a strainer. A 50 / 50 blend of Earl Grey and Lapsang Souchong.
My car is over fifty years old too. Living in the past, and making things hard for myself no doubt, but I love it. I work with the latest tech - I guess the retro stuff is just a way of balancing it all out.
I'm not going to disagree with you. However, I would say that for people who enjoy pantomime, they enjoy panto for its aesthetic. One person's art is another's unmade bed and all that. So if I want absolute purity I'll listen to a lossless high bit rate audio file or DVD-Audio. But if I just want pleasure served up with a goodly dose of nostalgia, if I want to kick back with a whisky, then I'll have my music served on the record player whilst I read the sleeve notes. I know that the music won't be as pure, just as I know that my whisky isn't as pure as ethanol - but that's okay, I derive more enjoyment that way (probably because of all the memories it stirs of my wasted, but thoroughly enjoyed, youth.)
It's the whole aesthetic rather than the sound quality - and part of that aesthetic extends to CDs as well as Vinyl. It should start with the purchase. Buying online, whether through iTunes, Amazon or <insert preferred online vendor here> is a horribly soulless experience. I used to love the experience of dashing to Andy Cash or Swordfish records to buy the latest Hawkwind album or, if Hawkwind didn't have a new album out, just going for a good old browse, chat and listen. Clicking the mouse just doesn't have the same appeal as flipping through racks of vinyl records. Actually, HMV, OurPrice and Virgin were pretty bloody soulless too.
And then, new album purchased, there was the journey home on the bus - quick as possible - to get my prize on the deck. And through the journey I'd be reading the sleeve notes. Every last one. Happy days.
Will we see small, one man band, independent record shops ever again? I doubt it. Which is a huge pity. Unfortunately, they just didn't seem to have the same stickiness in the national conciousness that a small bookshop has - and even they are in decline.
Aha - but have my chances of winning the lottery also surged?
Re: Don't forget The Eagle.
More recently, and sandwiched between the Angel and The Business Shop (IIRC), there was a sandwich shop called Brunch which did amazingly cheap bacon sandwiches (cheap white bread, butter, grease, bacon, red sauce that had never seen a tomato) that hit the hangover spot every time like a magic headache skewering bullet. Or, if you wanted to have a quality bacon sandwich, there was Mantega (on City Rd). Mantega was owned by a bald racing cyclist, excellent chap. Last time I went there there was a Subway in its place. Travesty. Very sad.
I used to work near there, and one of the things that I really liked about it where the unashamedly shabby, sticky old pubs that stunk like public lavatories. An odd thing to be attached to, I know, but in a bland, americanized, sterilized, world I liked the brazen fuck you attitude of these old boozers. The Angel. The Griffin. The Nelson. The Litten Tree. Horrible pubs, all of them, and yet I loved them dearly - and I generally spent my lunchtimes there. I went back recently - and only the Angel was left, and I doubt that it can be long for this world.
So sad. The passing of an age.
It'd be a odd kind of plaintiff who didn't try to present themselves as the entirely innocent party, but it seems to me that (despite protestations to the contrary), GTAT has smoked the cigarettes and is now acting all surprised that it's got lung cancer. The warning was on the packet, chaps, didn't you read it?
I've been in a few negotiations with big businesses trying to buy my product. I never see reading the contract or negotiating as a waste of time - so I'm amazed that GTATs management and council apparently decided that they could skip being diligent. In most instances I find that the bigger party digs their heels in and won't change any of the contract in my favour - so then I walk away. Others are happy to make changes to suit both parties.
The best presentation I ever attended had no PowerPoint at all. It was given by a chap who was so engaging, who was such a good orator, that (even though the topic was quite dry - a new cross platform API) I doubt anyone would have noticed PowerPoint had it been there.
The biggest two problems with presentations, in my view are:
1. The presenter has had a charisma bypass and either drones on in a monotone, or tries to cover it with shit comedy (I'm thinking of Monkey boy Ballmer and the crappy skits that recent Apple 'events' have subjected us to)
2. The PowerPoint slides are treated like a word document and filled up with closely typed text rather than a few salient and punchy bullet points.
And no. I don't have a solution to the problem.
Perhaps we all need to “let go of the notion that for Android* to win, iOS** has to lose”.
*insert name of OS that your tribe thinks is amazing here.
**insert name of OS that your tribe believes will be the downfall of civilization here.
Re: Define romantic location
Was that so that you could see the body more clearly as you rolled it up in an old carpet?
I was tricked by my RSS reader. Now I feel all dirty.
Re: How many
Where I work, 50% of Nexus screens have a crack, 100% of Galaxy screens have a crack, 100% of HTC screens are cracked and 10% of iPhone screens are damaged.
Please note that the iPhone metric is very flawed because most of my iPhone toting colleagues have upgraded to iPhone 6 and are still taking especial care of their devices. Before iPhone 6, I'd have put the figure at 90% broken. There are only 2 Galaxys and 2 HTCs - so it's very far from a representative sample.
My take? All smart-phones are vulnerable. Most will bend, all will crack, and if you want a bullet-proof phone get a dumb phone with a screen smaller than 2". That, or handle your phone with the very greatest care.
But does it bend?
Seriously, this looks like a very nice phone - and especially if 'Stock' Android can be installed on it, sans crapware. Better than a Nexus? That'd be a tall order - but I'd like to see one in the flesh.
I'd also be interested to see benchmarking against other OS phones - iPhone and Windows mainly, but against a Linux phone would be interesting too. I'd also like to see comparative photos taken with this phone against its competitors. And yes, lets see some metrics on durability since (apparently) phone origami is de rigueur these days.
The trouble is that this review tells us that the phone is Good - but there's no way of telling whether or not it's the Best.
Taking @Alan Brown's point - I agree, what's wrong with plastic? But if plastic is to be used, celebrate it as plastic - the tackiness only creeps in if the plastic is cheap or if it pretends to be something that it isn't - like metal, wood or leather.
Re: If this article was by Lewis Page…
Shit! You're right. My bad.
If this article was by Lewis Page…
…he’d have spent the whole article arguing that there are no goats.
Odd that in an announcement awash with 'meh', the super-sim didn't get mentioned. This is the one genuinely interesting release. It could be amazing but, as others have pointed out, it will need policing in order to ensure that smaller carriers get a fair bite of the cherry.
It seems very odd to me that I can go online and order a new computer, or download software, but to change service provider I need to toddle off to a shop to purchase a tiny sliver of plastic that then needs to be inserted into my device. Since the vital bit of the sim is just software, surely it makes more sense that I should be able to just click and change without leaving my chair?
I'm amazed that no one did this sooner.
Oh, I see what you mean. I think that that is probably a separate issue. I have friends who are both female and programmers - but they’re in the minority. My wife, an engineer, would probably say that it’s down to cultural conditioning - and that it will take a long time for the problem to be fixed. I can’t help wondering if it isn’t just that they’ve got more interesting things to be cracking on with…
@Yet Another Anonymous coward
No, no, you miss my point - and, in any case, it doesn't really apply in these slightly more enlightened times when an education is available to all without any particular battle. Anyone these days can get access to a degree in software engineering (whether they can get a job afterward is another kettle of fish entirely, sadly).
My point is that in the past, when an education of any kind was really only the preserve of men (as in some less enlightened countries today), women had to fight for their skills, they may even have had to teach themselves.
Today everyone (in the West, at least) can stand on the shoulders of giants. You. Me. Everyone. Where that kind of education for all is not available then the disenfranchised have to make their own giants from scratch. And, just sometimes, their giants end up being a little bit taller. A little bit better.
I have an idea that women have been visionary in many fields (including computing) partly because of sexism*. Because women were largely ignored and mostly not encouraged by the male dominated establishment, there were no giants on whose shoulders they could stand. On the other hand, there was little dogma and established opinion to hold them back - they thought freely and radically because they had no choice. It was learn it yourself, do it yourself, or don’t do it at all.
I am very thankful for the likes of Ada Lovelace, Beatrice Shilling, Florence Nightingale - women who did their own thing, regardless of whether or not they were ‘allowed’ to, and without whom the world would be an immeasurably poorer place.
*which isn’t to argue that sexism is a good thing, to be encouraged. Sexism is vile and should be consigned to the bin of history - and we’ll find the silver from the lining of this dark cloud elsewhere.
Tikka Masala? Bland, sloppy and disconcertingly sugary? Not spicy enough?
I'd rather have a vindaloo. Or a V70. And I'd imagine that the effects of shitting either would be similar - arse buggeringly painful.
It’s a poor analogy because I own the house and its contents, and its my contents that I’m trying to protect.
A better analogy would be if I owned a park, and I want people to come and visit (for free, because I’m a generous and caring kind of chap). In the park I have various amenities. I have swings, and slides, a duck pond, grass for picnicing on, loos and storage for any bags that visitors don’t want to lug around all day. Does it make more sense for me to
a) provide locks for the loos and the storage (areas where security is required)?
b) in addition put locks on the swings, the slide, the duck pond and so forth as well?
In the case of a) my visitors benefit, and the cost to me is kept reasonable. In the case of b) the cost is astronomical and it’s a perfect bloody nuisance.
Security where security is required (and make it bloody tough). No security everywhere else.
I’m not sure that I do agree with the idea of ‘always on’ security - that creates a two layer network, those who can afford to buy certificates, and those who can’t. Those who can’t may end up being marginalised and the only people who will benefit are Verisign, Thawte, GoDaddy and so forth.
Sure, security is required wherever personal details and banking information is involved - but everywhere else, not so much. If I just want to browse El Reg and have a chuckle at the articles, what benefit does a secure connection offer me?
Wow. There's just too much going on in this one article (unlike, just guessing, the event itself which will likely be "here ya go - new iPads. Oh. And new OSX")
Firstly, boo hoo - is that sour grapes Reg? "Pet hacks", "Invitation lost in post"? Does El Reg really imagine that it can troll with impunity? The thing is, I'd bet (a bet partly based on hope, I admit) that Apple can take a critical review, and honest reporting of issues like bendgate. What it probably feels that it can manage without are the snide headlines and sometimes (not always) biased and deliberately bating articles. If Reg articles were unfailingly accurate and unbiased I'd bet your invitation would be in your grubby ink stained paws right now.
Secondly, let's just get this out of the way right now. Yes, it will bend. The tablet I'm keying this on right now is thicker than any iPad - and guess what? This will bend too. The thing is, I'm not stupid enough to bend it. So, unless you're 'a bit special' and your medication has run out, let's just take it as read that you can break whatever newness is coming out, and then don't. Evidence will not be necessary.
Re: Microsoft simply cannot afford this to happen
Why is it that Microsoft gets stick for releasing a beta of Windows containing debug and diagnostic code that is necessarily privacy unfriendly (and which they have gone out of their way not to hide - they've clearly documented the fact)?
Would you rather the Microsoft didn't do a public beta, and risk having serious problems with the final version of Windows 10? Public betas don't get rid of all bugs but, done properly, they can help. And it seems to me that Microsoft really does want this to be the best Windows ever.
If you have a problem with beta software, if you don't want to pay the pre-release price, then don't install it - install Windows 7 instead*.
The really weird thing is that I'd be prepared to bet that at least 90% of commentards here have a Facebook account and use it everyday - without once considering the very real security and privacy implications. But (ug) Facebook okay. Me like Facebook. It free. It haz pikchurz ov Fluffeh Kittehz, Me like Google. It free. (grawh) Me hate Microsoft. Me hate Apple. Them makez me pay moneh. Them bad. My brane hurtz.
*or <insert release version of an OS of your choice>.
Re: Calm The F**k Down!
Yeah. What Amorous Cowherder said.
This is development software. Shit, if I was making a pre-release OS available widely I'd want to put stuff like this in too. Let's face it, most users aren't capable of logging a bug report much more accurate than 'Boo Hoo, it's not working'. They certainly aren't up to telling the poor developer what they were doing before it stopped working so that the problem can be replicated. Quite apart from Microsoft's stated reasons of improving autocorrect and so forth, this could be a real boon in reproducing errors.
As long as they remove it from the final shipping version then I'm okay with this. But, as stated, beta users might want to refrain from internet banking or browsing for pictures of naked ladies with this release.
Re: Tries to kill?
Yup. I know. I was being flippant. I thought the clue might be that I was a) poking fun at the misleading headline and b) suggesting that The Register would tone down its language at the request of Apple. As any fule no, <flippancy> The Register only tones down the rhetoric for Microsoft </flippancy>
Re: Will you make up your mind.
Only a fool would claim that <insert name of machine here> can’t get viruses. But you do need to understand the difference between a virus, a worm and a trojan. A virus is something that you get from unprotected sex, a worm is something that a nerd* might try to have sex with (if ever lucky enough to snare a partner), and a trojan is something that our trans-atlantic chums like to put on their worms in order to protect themselves from a virus.
*geeks, of course, are always tremendously well endowed and never go into battle with anything less than a boa-constrictor.
**and yes, I do know what the difference is - but I suddenly caught a nasty malaise, and I realised that I can’t be bothered.
Tries to kill?
Did the attempt fail? I think el Reg owes it to the loyal readers to tell us the truth, and not hide behind whatever gagging order might have been slapped on it by the Cupertinan overlords…
…but there's no need to encrypt your devices. If you've done nothing wrong you have nothing to fear…
Oh, and would you mind leaving your door unlocked? Only criminals need security.
This is the most interesting malware in ages - unless I’ve misunderstood how it works. If it works at the hardware / firmware level then no amount of patching is going to fix it. Would it be possible, I wonder, for an operating system to sandbox all USB activity, such that the device (when connected) has to be approved by the User?
“Are you sure that you want to use this USB Storage device”, “Are you sure that you want to use this Keyboard”. It would get bloody tiresome, very quickly, but it would help to ensure that a hacked USB device of one type couldn’t masquerade as an entirely different USB device.
This is an exploit that has the potential to affect any OS on any computer with USB (and yes, that includes iOS devices, which only appear not to have a USB socket) - I feel nervous about plugging even box-fresh USB kit into my computer already.
I like Peter Capaldi - and I like some of the concepts in ‘New’ Who. I liked the Blink concept. I liked the Listen concept. I thought the crack in the wall was an awesome concept. But what I really want from Doctor Who is less silliness and more full-on buttock-tightening terror. I want to be scared, and cowering, behind the sofa.
But, as my wife points out, what will scare the willies out of a mid-forties curmudgeon might be overkill for the core child audience.
Re: Look! Justin Bieber has a new zit!
No, I don't work for Apple. But I do make stuff. I'm not an accountant. I'm not a project manager. I create things with my own effort. Software. Paintings. Furniture. I just like making things. Which, in a consumerist, short attention span, society, might be considered a little weird. And, like many people who make things, it really gets my hackles up when some moron just breaks things to get hits on the internet. It's mindless, it's stupid. Damn. I'm ranting.
Where are my dried frog pills?
P.S. the bits about Justin Beiber and Christina Hendricks were flippancy.
There’s a special word in the English language for anyone who deliberately breaks an Android phone, bends back their Windows laptop til the hinge breaks, stamps on their Blackberry, pokes the lens of their Nikon with rods of metal, bends their iPhone, sets fire to their Sony TV and so forth. That word is ‘Twat’. It’s thin, shiny and hollow to make room for the electronics. Of course it will fucking bend. It’s not a test your strength machine.
Anyone who then whinges about its unscientifically tested supposed lack of durability, uploads the video to YouTube or otherwise makes a stupid damn fuss about a non-story isn’t just a twat, they’re a cunt as well.
Sorry to be blunt about this - but there are bigger stories in the world, be they bad (ebola, death of bees, global warming, ISIS, Justin Beiber) or good (that new Renault Twingo III, the new Star Wars film, Christina Hendricks, Windows 10 (maybe), Yosemite). Smashing up shit ‘cos you’re a small minded baby who’d rather destroy than create just isn’t worth the column inches. It’s ‘look at me’ trolling, pure and simple.
I was driving a bright red and yellow Sharna tricycle tractor with trailer. Very racy. And I only had eyes for Linda Carter or Catherine Bach.
I expect that she was driving either a Mini or a Beetle - and probably a hand-cranked vibrator. There was something very elderly spinster about her. That said, I was four - so anyone older than ten was elderly in my view.
I remember having a proper, full-on, hissy fit at infant school after I’d done a particularly excellent piece of work (in itself unusual, since usually I really couldn’t be bothered with that learnin’ malarkey). My teacher, Mrs. Robinson, was so pleased that she gave me a gold star - the source of my ill-mannered tantrum. Gold, I considered, was desperately tacky - and I demanded a Silver star instead (far classier). For some reason, she refused. Unsurprisingly, I wasn’t awarded another star ever again.
Which is a roundabout way of saying ‘gold iPad? - fuck that shit’. I’d very much like one in grey through. Who’s buying?
Given the length of the device and its thinness, only someone with a very poor grasp of basic physics would be surprised that it will bend. I suspect Apple knew it would bend if mistreated, but underestimated the number of absolute tools out there who would abuse it in this way (and then be surprised).
Jeez, with those dimensions, I could bend it* with my hands even if it was a solid block.
*not to the same extent though, obviously.
“TERROR<IST>ERFUNDEN”, nicht war?
Presumably he will be able to take legal action against these idiots - or are the dice so very heavily loaded against law abiding citizens?
The idiots who draft the laws that permit businesses to act ever more stupidly would do well to remember that government is by consent - even in the most draconian dictatorships. Once the people have had enough there is nothing that can be done to stop them getting their way and the revolution will come.
TERROR<IS>MADEUP would look good on a T Shirt though.
Re: I'm trying very hard to give a shit
Laxatives. That's what you need. Laxatives and a copy of Autotrader.
Re: Better Than Z2
How do they make you wait? Sure, waiting is an option if you have a lot of time on your hands and no bloody life - but normal people just order it online and have it delivered. Same as with any other brand.
There are lots of things that you can criticise Apple for without just making shit up. And if you just don’t like Apple, hey that’s cool. But you can just say ‘I don’t like Apple, but for no very well thought out reason’.
Yeah - me too. But it wasn’t like I burned them into a puddle of goo. I burned them so that they looked shot up and then had them trailing black trails of dyed cotton wool across the ceiling of my bedroom, hotly pursued by another Airfix model. I’d make bullet holes with a heated up pin too.
This, at least, is destruction with a point. Generally though, I feel rather annoyed by idiots who smash up gadgets / cars / whatever, regardless of manufacturer. Fuckit, I feel annoyed when I see twats kicking over snowmen or stamping on sandcastles. It's clever to create and mindless to destroy - and, as I say to my son, if you can't make it then don't break it. And, if you can make it, you probably won't want to break it.
It seems to me that users who are worried about the security implications of an ever more connected world have two choices.
1.) Roll your own cloud solution and hope that the open source code that you use hasn't been altered in any way by the NSA or <insert nefarious agency of your choice here>. Code reviewing all that isn't practical for most people, and hosting on your own server isn't guaranteed because you're relying on the trustworthiness of code that the server runs. I love Linux, and I love my Synology - but I don't have massive confidence that Synology's cloud software is secure, regardless of where the actual bits are stored.
2.) Trust in Apple - and hope that Microsoft follows suit. Google and Facebook, and so forth never will - their business models are predicated on the information that they can gather about you, so it wouldn't be in their best interests. Personally, I do trust in Apple. They've never given me any reason to doubt them, and I'm confident that they won't start now. And look at it his way, if Tim Cook was lying it would be the biggest scandal in the history of the industry, and Apple would be wiped out overnight. There's too much at stake for this not to be true.
I'm sure that Microsoft will up the ante on this - and, for the record, I'd trust them too.
Re: No POSIX
Why should Linux be Windows compliant? POSIX is an open set of industry standards, designed to improve interoperability. Windows is a closed Microsoft 'standard'. It would be easier for Microsoft to fully implement POSIX compliance than Linux implement Windows compliance. In any case, taken as a whole and including the tablet / phone ecosystem, servers and so forth, Windows is haemorrhaging market share - so, in many ways, it's more important for Windows to comply with the industry standard (POSIX) than for Linux to comply with the ersatz industry standard (Windows)
There are other shells available for Windows True. They aren't commonly used though - and it's even less common for Windows to have a halfway acceptable terminal app installed. Doubtless you're wondering why this matters - after all, you could just download and install your own alternative. In a secure server environment though, systems are locked down - and it isn't possible to just install the shell / terminal app / text editor of choice. *nix systems typically come with a vast selection of options preinstalled, thereby overcoming this problem. Furthermore, it doesn't matter what shell or terminal you install, Windows still can't be 100% configured / controlled from the command line and it's inherited CP/M's idiotic confusion over / and \. As to choice of shells, the same applies to *nix. On *nix masochists can even opt to have a Windows cmd shell, complete with confused slashes.
your friends would accuse Windows of "bloat" In my view, bloat isn't about providing a plethora of functions (which is a good thing, provided that said options can be hidden from the noobs). Bloat is about software which is far larger than it needs to be to fulfil its functions. For example, if a fizz buzz program takes more than a few hundred bytes to implement then it is (in my view) bloated - and there'll be many people here who would consider my code bloated, overblown and baroque. As stated previously, it isn't possible to 'just download' in a secure environment (although I have, of course, done so on my Windows box at home).
Until Windows is POSIX compliant, has a terminal and command line that doesn’t utterly suck (I had high hopes for Powershell, and I was disappointed), and plays nicely with other operating systems out of the box (UFS support, SSH, SCP and so forth) rather than expecting other OSes to play nicely with it (Samba, etc), I’d say that Windows has a very long trek ahead of it to catch up with Linux.
*Rolls eyes, chuckles* Lawyers, eh? Politicians! What a dick.
Wow, shilling much?
But who are you shilling for?
I don’t dispute that it would be very nice if Apple’s prices were lower*, especially since iCloud backup doesn’t even work with the lowest (free) subscription. It would be nice, for example, if the ‘free’ subscription capacity was tied to the capacity of your iOS device. Bought a 16GB iPhone? Get 16GB free, in perpetuity. Bought yourself a 32GB iPad to go with your 16GB phone? Add 32GB to your subscription. Very soon, a regular upgrader would have more storage than they could possibly use (bragging rights only) - and it wouldn’t be as prohibitively costly to Apple as it might first appear because very few people would use anything like their allotted allocation.
The Celebrigate fiasco is so irrelevant to the discussion that I don’t know why you even brought it up (except, perhaps, to give the lie to the rest of your piece). The breach was caused by piss-poor passwords, an error that could trip up any platform - yes, even Windows or Android. Apple’s ‘fault’ was insufficient alerting to web logons, and I imagine that it’s a ‘fault’ that other platforms are vulnerable to too. Apple has fixed that hole - and I imagine that the others have too, whilst thanking the FSM that it wasn’t one of their users that got tripped up first.
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