88 posts • joined 25 Jan 2011
Re: Floppy Eject
To me, dragging a disk into a trashcan means you want to *trash* the disk, not eject it.
Re: can anyone....
English *does* have a form of keigo. Compare "shut the door" and "would you be so kind as to shut the door?" I've noticed that a lot of Japanese people who learn English, especially American English, assume that there's no way to say things politely in English.
*We* know that the Japanese are quite diverse culturally and ethnically, but a lot of われわれ日本人types don't seem to realise... including my very intelligent Japanese co-worker who insists that all Japanese people, whether they be from Okinawa or Hokkaido, have a unique body temperature shared by no other 'race'.
Re: Hawaii sounds good
>Thomas Edison was an epic dick and the original patent troll
Plus he electrocuted an elephant
What an arsehole.
This sort of law is the pits.
Basically the government is saying "we're too incompetent to control our borders, so now YOU have to weed out the over-stayers, or land up with a fine."
I don't understand how that affects "now".
The observers are simply receiving visual information at different times.
Just because you can observe something happening, it doesn't mean it's happening *at that instant.*
It's just like watching a live stream of a football match that's lagging a few seconds.
I've found that a holder of a fluffy social science degree can easily walk into an almost-as-fluffy computing Masters degree course and end up being my boss, earning three times as much as me.
Re: Right click admin options
>If you find Windows 8 bewildering then you're a retard
"Retard" is an abusive Americanism that I absolutely detest.
What sort of person uses such a crass, loathsome term?
Re: N97 - the beginning of the end
... again... Series 60 was the culprit, not Symbian.
Symbian had an elegant touch screen UI and API right from 1998 (see Psion 5 / Revo) Nokia buried that with its S60 crap.
In around 2005/6 when I was at Nokia, I was asked to help a team "adding" touch support to S60. I simply pointed them to some Symbian touch-API header files that they'd smothered in bloat and rendered unusable.
In your example, "appeal" is a noun, not a verb.
Re: Honest politicians are rare
My respect for Alex Salmond rocketed when he described the pathetic tendency for Scots to support any team that's playing England as "pathetic."
Why the ludicrous American-style omission of a vital preposition?
Reading the title alone, it's impossible to say whether the gentleman in question is appealing *for* or appealing *against* the disclosure.
Since Qt will be available on Android and iPhone, and it's already a major part of BB10, it seems the only major platform that *won't* be able to support Qt apps will be Windows Phone ....And it was Nokia that nurtured the mobile development of Qt.
Re: If anyone, up to and including God...
>RM Nimbus 80186
Not only a Symbian fan, but a name-checker of the RM Nimbus 80186 (that totally underrated and indestructible little gem...)
This might be techie-love...
Re: A bit late to the party arent they?
"Mainland UK" = Great Britain
( Oh yes it does )
Re: Oh, great!
>Symbian on it was AWFUL.
Series 60, Nokia's terrible, badly written, dated UI, was truly awful.
The Symbian OS underneath was the only thing that kept the N97 going.
My daddy was a LEO boffin! <puffs with pride>
He wrote a payroll system for Ford Dagenham in 2k.
Whaaaattt? The Nimbus PC186 was way ahead of 'real' PCs of the time. The graphics were great, as was the sound.
I assume that you were working in education. The problem was that not many people actually wrote software that exploited its capabilities, because the aforementioned graphics and sound were proprietary. Well, except for (ahem) yours truly, who knocked out some stunning (oh yes) titles such as Crystal Rain Forest, Space Mission Mada and Toby at the Seaside :-) written 100% in 80186 assembly and making full use of RM's superb sub-bios API to drive the graphics and sound.
The next Nimbus (the 286) was just a PC.
Re: Watching people in the UK criticise totalitarian tendencies in the US
A lot of Americans seem to cite the security camera issue, but they seem to not understand the difference between public and private.
When I'm walking around in public, I don't care who looks at me or whether I end up on a security video. After all, I'm operating in public.
However, when I'm on the phone I consider that to be operating IN PRIVATE and I don't want anybody eavesdropping.
Re: Deep breath now...
I really like my Windows Phone, but TIFKAM is just complete shite on a desktop.
Full screen apps are non-sensical on a desktop (drag 'n' drop???)
And even such basic functionality as being able to choose the default app background colour is now gone (we have to live with retina-burn white)
Windows 8 has to be one of the biggest retrograde steps in recent computing history.
10) USB on-the-go : my favourite N8 feature, along with the FM transmitter that is...
Symbian had the Right Stuff.
If it's not in the regulations...
Japanese working culture dictates that If wiping nav data isn't in the "How To Decomission a Warship for Sale to a Potential Enemy" handbook, it won't be done.
Re: Better then an N8?
Beware... when you move away from N8 as you'll be paying for your modern swish UI by saying goodbye to some wonderful features.
I still use my N8 (alongside my Windows Phone for which I develop apps) because I love (in no particular order)
* the amazing camera
* the wonderful TRULY offline maps and navigation
* the FM transmitter (it's great when pumping MP3s through my car's sound system... and the music is automatically lowered in volume while the above-mention nav is speaking to me)
* being able to plug in a portable hard drive or memory stick via USB on the Go
* being able to browse the file system
* being able to Bluetooth almost any file (inc MP3s) from my phone my computer
* the versatility of the clunky UI
I do however like my Lumia, it's a nice piece of kit with a UI that makes iOS look like an old maid.
But when I eventually retire my N8 I'm going to be nostalgic for pre-walled garden mobile computing.
Re: I'd look at the Battery Power Conditioning Circuits
Why such blind faith in Japanese companies?
... forces you work in the language of the country from where you connect
Generally, Japan isn't very clued up on concepts like the fact that somebody might be living somewhere where they don't speak the lingo. When I was living there (2004-2011) it was actually impossible to buy a non-Japanese version of Windows in Japan (even via download) unless you resorted to slight dodgy, expensive and out-of-date imports with no warranty in Akihabara Electric Town. (The usual retort from J-fans is "so learn the lingo where you live" so before I get downvoted by a certain resident J-fan, yes I did learn, and can speak, read and write, Japanese.)
Skins / themes
Is there any way to set a desktop theme? Or even just change the default app background colour from retina-burn #FFFFFF to something more civilized?
I have an eye problem means I have use subtle colours on my desktop. The first thing I do when I work at new Windows machine is change the theme with a few mouse clicks.
This seems to be completely impossible with OSX (seriously dodgy 3rd party hackware nothwithstanding) and so Macs remain useless to me.
But I suppose fanbois would say that's my fault for having an eye problem.
The WP7 / WP8 rewrite of my reasonably successful S60 app is just about ready. And thanks to XNA it looks and performs better than its main competitor on the iPhone. So fewer competitors for me on WP makes me happy.
the same treatment from the government as a native Japanese would
Well, apart from the fact that if you step outside your house without your shiny id card, you're committing a criminal offence, whereas Japanese citizens aren't required to carry any id at all.
I fell foul of that law when I neglected to put my gaijin card into my running shorts when I went running one night. Inspite of my profuse apologies to the officer who 'randomly' stopped me, I spent a couple of hours in the koban explaining myself. In the end, he let me off...
Japan's high tech image is only skin deep
Everyday life in Japan is pretty low tech.
Everything seems to be done via snail mail. Online accounts (for utilities, govt services, train tickets etc) are generally not available. As a small example, when flying almost nobody checks-in online in Japan. (I once spent 30 mins walking a Japanese couple though a successful online check-in, and then when they eventually got to Narita they still queued up for 45 mins at a normal check-in desk.)
Internet banking is available, but is just a portal by which a real bank clerk is given instructions to perform the tasks requested online. ATMs typically shut down around 9 or 10pm (thank god for Citibank!) Most mobiles and public telephones are incapable of dialling overseas. And a modern Japanese kitchen is like something from 50s America. Even a hand operated rotary tin can opener had my mother-in-law fascinated.
The exception is of course toilets and baths, where most of the available technology in a typical household is to be found.
But the thing about Japan is even though stuff may be old or low tech, it's always perfectly maintained. Things are rarely 'out-of-order' in Japan.
Re: FFS! S40 is not Symbian!!! (Asha 302)
Yep- El Reg remains stubbornly ignorant about Nokia (still thinks S60 and Symbian are one and the same thing) and now this bombshell.
More trolling from Lewis
I'm trying to be as objective as possible on the whole global warming thing, listening to both sides, but Lewis, your language is infantile and disgraceful. Get a grip.
Reverse the sexes...
Yep... if we accept that non-consensual sex occurred, this is a basically a story about rape.
Japan is clearly still streets ahead....
Except that SMS still doesn't work well between carriers, tariffs are ridiculously hight, and Japanese 'featurephones' don't even have a + button, making international calls rather difficult.
Apparently go-arounds at Heathrow can be very dangerous, sending planes into the path of planes that have just taken off from the other runway.
This was used as a plot device in "The Day Britain Stopped"
Re: Next up...
Well said sir.
I was being rhetorical / ironic, Sherlock.
This style of purchase inducement in kids' apps provides a dangerously easy route for children to quite unwittingly cause their parents, and therefore maybe themselves, considerable distress. Even a nine year old will feel bad about having drained a parent's credit card inadvertently. And if that parent is an idiot, perhaps some admonishment might follow. It's as if Apple cared more about cash than the well-being of the children who use their devices to play kids' games.
>Much as I hate these 'Bait' apps, this is another depressing instance of adults abdicating their parental responsibilities to Apple (or whoever).<
>No one has ever given me an even vaguely satisfactory reason why you'd bother
Perhaps nobody can be bothered to justify their leisure activities to such a misery guts.
Raise? Not a rise?
Oh bollocks, everyone's "transitioned" to using another Americanism, but this time I hadn't even noticed.
Apples just work...
I'm not really surprised about this slabby wifi problem.The WiFi on my Mac Mini only works if I stand the machine up on its end. (And the sound only works if I slap the case in just the right place. ) And AirPort on my Macbook Pro is as reliable as a baby's bum. My fanbois friends say it's all *my* fault of course...
Re: hah hah hah
Well said. I too agree with Mr Hah Hah Hah but still think he's a prat.
As for Android's fragmentation; we code for iOS and Android here, and the main problem isn't that Android's UI or screen size is fragmented, but that some things just don't work properly on certain Android releases, or even different handsets using the same release. A bit like the fragmented mess that is HTML development (shudders...)
Nokia and Android?
I prefer to imagine what it would've been like if Nokia hadn't suffocated the excellent Symbian OS with their awful S60 UI, especially when perfectly capable alternative Symbian UIs (such as Hildon) were available. Don't forget that "Symbian" Anna and "Symbian" Belle are new versions of S60, not Symbian.
Nokia had no idea what Symbian was capable of. Even in their post iPhone panic, they were asking "how can we graft touch capabilities onto Symbian" without noticing that support for touch had been in the core since 1998 (and used on real products.)
The Symbian core is still a hugely capable, efficient and adaptable OS, as demonstrated by the ease with which Nokia can bang out phones such as this.
brrr it's a bit parky out?
... we Brits have traditionally come a-cropper in extreme environments by being a bit blasé about the weather.... for example Mallory strolling up Everest in tweeds.
Moving to Android from Symbian... a big mistake! Stick with Anna or Belle and continue enjoying the power and functionality, or, god help us, move to iPhone or WP7. Android is massively overrated
The colour attribute system wasn't much of a problem because the h/w sprites were totally unaffected by it. Hence you could construct a colourful and attractive backdrop and move hi-res sprites in different colours over it.
In 1984 I wrote a shoot'em up in assembly on the 64 and had it published by Bubble Bus Ltd. It was a joy to see it on the shelves in WH Smiths :-) It still lives on among the 64 retro gaming community.
First I had to write my own 6502 assembler in Basic, but that was half the fun. The C64's hardware was fantastic, and a joy to control from assembly. The first computer speech I ever heard was on a 64 (Impossible Mission.)
As for the Basic, that was just a tweaked version of the Basic that Microsoft wrote for the PET in 1977. (Yes, Microsoft wrote the 64's Basic...) I didn't care that it was bare bones, because I wanted to completely bypass it anyway and drive the machine from assembly. And with the 64's excellent ROM banking system I could reclaim the space taken by Basic and use it for more useful purposes :-)
The Japanese mobile e-mail system is great. I used it for 8 years. But when Japan adopted 3G it had the opportunity to hook up with networks all over the world- convenient for visitors to Japan and Japanese visitors to other countries. But international interoperability isn't really Japan's bag. An example is ATMs. Japanese Visa card holders can draw cash from any Visa machine in the world, but in Japan, only Japanese-issued Visa cards can be used to obtain cash (that has improved somewhat it recent years though when 7-Eleven started offering international withdrawals.) I was able to get cash on my UK Visa card in a tiny village in the northern Thai countryside, but not on a major shopping street in Tokyo.
Yet another example is Yahoo!!!! If you have a Yahoo account you can access any international Yahoo site, and its services, in the world.. except for www.yahoo.co.jp, which requires a unique membership. Japan's main social networking site, Mixi, requires all subscribers to have a Japanese mobile phone account. It adopted this policy when it realised that it was becoming popular with foreigners wishing to make Japanese friends.
A (Japanese) friend of mine, while explaining Japan's island mentality to me, once said it's helpful to picture the entire population of Japan standing on Japan's shores, linking arms and facing inland.
The only people I have seen locally with iPhones have been English teachers.
It sounds like the only people you *know* are English teachers. I had perhaps a dozen Japanese (non-English speaking) friends who snapped up the iPhone.
>Eh? You are one of those people that come to Japan and think you know better than everyone else right? The government is bad, the working conditions are bad blah blah right?
No, I see things realistically rather than through J-fanboy eyes. My working conditions were fantastic, and I had a great 8 years. Only English teachers complain about the working conditions it seems.
>Not the fact that SMS is totally unsuited to Japanese/the Japanese market.
You seem to be assuming that Japanese people only want to communicate with other Japanese people and only on Japanese networks. Hence Galapagos... thanks for proving my point.
>To call the UIs the carriers ship "decent" just shows how ignorant you are.
Gee, thanks pal. They were decent in 2004 which is the era I was talking about. Were you in Japan then?
But have they banded together to the extent that you can send an SMS (aka "SkyMail") from one network to another yet? The standard reply to that sort of question has always been something like "no, we don't need to, SMS is for foreigners, we Japanese use e-mail" so it's good to see the Japan operators gradually moving away from their Galapagos mentality.
Sadly, a lot of the credit for that has to go to Apple, who were bold and assertive enough to demand to sell their products without the Japanese operators dictating terms and functionality. Contrast with Nokia, who behaved a bit like a nervous, apologetic, uninvited guest when trying to break into that market. I remember trying to get a Nokia on contract at DoCoMo. The sales assistant said "don't use foreign phones, they're all inferior to Japanese phones" even though many of the new wave of Japanese smartphones at that time were running Symbian (underneath a decent UI, which is how Symbian was designed to be used.)