321 posts • joined 21 Feb 2011
Re: 50's Lathe
Hey, mistakes are easily made. I honestly thought the 3D printer was a coffee machine before I read the description.
Interesting article, though. FB has gone up a bit in my estimation, allowing a bit of hardware creativity within its ranks.
Re: Totally agree about WTFapp
"try charge any of those "billion" users 1 cent, it will quickly drop to n very very small percent of users."
Actually you do have to pay for it after a while. It isn't much (I think I paid £2 or £3 for 3 years or something) but it's not free forever
Re: Totally agree about WTFapp
There's a very obvious use for it, actually, and I'm surprised no one seems to have picked up on it. I use it often, as I have a good mate in Belgium, a good mate in Germany, and I live in the UK. We only get to see each other once or twice a year, and it used to be the case that sending a text to one of them cost me 20p, as texts to cross country networks are certainly not included in my contract allowance. Even mms messages sent to other UK mobiles used to cost me money (which is why I only ever sent 2 in my whole mobile-owning life. One of them to test it even worked).
Now, sending pictures, videos and messages through WTFapp is free, either through WiFi or mobile data.
And before you say "just use Skype blah blah blah", a text is much easier to get away with when sending a dirty joke you just heard throughout the working day.
Whether that use is worth £11.5bn is another matter.
Re: Can we stop calling him an activist investor?
Indeed. The term appears implies some sort of nobility to his actions.
"That twat Icahn" will do in its place.
Why would anyone want to?
"PLEASE DON'T make Nokiadroid apps look like WinPho"
I've developed a couple of WP8 apps (because I got paid to), and I made them look as much like their Android counterparts and NOT like WP8 apps as possible. Because, well, standard WP apps look shite.
Apparently Nokia shares this view.
Scathing words indeed there from someone supposedly on "friendly terms." To be honest, checking bushes and pulling the car over probably weren't outside the realms of unwarranted action for him at the time. Like or loathe what he believed in and the actions the organization took, they pissed off a LOT of the wrong (or right?) type of people.
The level of extreme paranoia and narcissism displayed is certainly not a surprise, though.
"Not just MJ's imperative as famously used in Beat It, Thriller, Billie Jean et cetera but indeed, a wandering Buddhist monk in Japanese"
You forgot about Bo' Selecta.
He's not dead anyway. It's all a GIANT CONSPIRACY
Re: Prime one-day delivery? Ha!
I've had it (in the UK) since before Crimbo, as I used the trial to order presents I forgot about, quick time. I forgot to cancel and auto paid the £50. I've used it around 5-6 times since then, sometimes ordering an hour or two before the deadline, and everything has arrived the next day, mostly before 1pm.
Although to be fair, it could have something to do with the couriers. The Prime stuff tends to arrive with "man and van" types as opposed to Royal Mail (they listed them as "Amazon local couriers" or something when I looked at the order history). Which is a good thing, in my experience.
It's slightly annoying that I already have the £7.99 Lovelfilm DVD/ instant subscription though. Could have combined and saved some cash...
"formed an ordered line"
I like this.
Re: I've never heard of such a brutal and savage injustice
I thought about making a Flappy Birds clone. Then I thought "nah, fuck it. Beer instead."
Guesstimate? Guesstimate?! Are you serious?!
It's a good job you made a valid point there, dear boy. Otherwise you'd be in danger of some downvoting action, using language like that.
Re: Does this make me a Troll?
"So does a Walled Garden approach look any better now?"
That was a silly comment. iPhones are just as capable of installing non-app store apps, as 'droid phones are, and "kosher" apps are still vulnerable to attack, as keeps being proven:
So to answer your question, no.
"it was non-existent in the business market"
VAIOs have never been much good. They're very pretty, which on its own makes them expensive. But performance is underwhelming, and they're unreliable.
It's a shame really, as other Sony divisions produce some top quality kit.
Re: Autonomy reported profits of £105.7m for fiscal year 2010, The real profit was just £19.6m
"So those dolts at HP thought that a yearly profit of £105.7m was worth purchasing Autonomy for $10.24bn?"
Not quite. For one, these figures are for 2 of the 8 Autonomy divisions. Secondly, according to Autonomy, these figures have been reached after HP's tax accountants have "worked their magic" on them, so to speak. So the actual revenue of Autonomy will have been much higher than this (although still not as high as they claimed, apparently).
How can you make such a comment without even watching it? I don't like Apple and don't own a single one of their products, but I enjoyed the video.
They got the date format wrong, though, unless there's a magical 24th month I'm not aware of.
Re: 8.1 and 8 should be grouped together
"ChromeOS has already got 20 odd percent of the market..."
Wrong. Chrome OS accounted for 20% of LAPTOP sales in the US ONLY, in 2013. The stats in the article are worldwide OS stats (just to be clear; there are other countries in the world), and also include tablets and enterprise. And they include other years.
The laptop market is a very rapidly declining one, and although the desktop market is too, desktops are still used widely in industry. The increased Chrome sales in the US were to home users looking for a cheap Facebook status updater, who were unwilling to shell out for a tablet. In the grand scheme of things, 20% of shipped laptops running Chrome OS, in a single year, doesn't make a dent, and certainly doesn't equate to "20% market share." Chrome OS made up 0.2% of US laptop sales the year before.
Ha ha, thanks for pointing that out. I amended it to be more accurate.
Yet more Bullshit From Brussels(TM).
Why should Google not have the right to promote its own products, on ITS OWN SITE? If it was employing underhanded tactics to force others out of the marketplace (as MS has done and been fined for MANY times previously) then fair enough, but Google should have control over the content that appears on its own domain. The fact that millions of people choose to physically navigate to the site every day, or switch their search widgets to Google, should not give MS, Brussels or anyone else the right to dictate whether a competitor's content is or isn't ranking highly enough.
I'm not even particularly a fan of the company. In fact, I dislike MS slightly less than Google. But I do use Google products, as they're the best at what they do.
It's shit like this that almost makes me want to vote UKIP.
Re: What a mess
I wouldn't say this is a mess. To the untrained eye it may appear so, but I should imagine, nay, put money on, this being Google's accountants/ strategists/ lawyers pan from the start. So we have;
- Buy a company with an operating loss for huge tax breaks (on top of the already huge ones in place)
- Sell off the profitable bits of it
- Strip out the loss making but still attractive parts and sell them (in this case to Lenovo)
- Keep enough of the carcass to offset against profits and create yet more tax breaks
- Acquire a shitload of patents to lock down the market in Android's favour, and potentially license to or sue infringing companies in the future
Many assumptions have been made of course, but to me this looks like a win win win win win for Google.
Re: As for another King product -
What the fuck are you smoking, dude?
Re: Android fail
"Who's going to buy it?"
Well, they were after $950k on Kickstarter, and ended up bagging over $8.5m, completely selling out of the $95 console option. So, it seems that question isn't much of a problem for them. Anything they sell now through Game, Amazon etc. is just a bonus.
And to be fair, touch games have been getting better recently.
I actually bought a dirt cheap RRoD 360 and fixed it, but made sure to purchase a wired controller to use with it ;-)
There's definitely potential here, but I'm not sure I'm willing to shell out for one just yet. If it had access to existing racing titles I already own (my favourite genre), I'd be much more convinced. I'll definitely keep an eye on it over the next few months.
A bugbear I can see, though, is having to use batteries in the controller. It's a pain in the arse, and something I've not had to do since the Dreamcast (for that little portable memory card/ screen thing that plugged into it). It wasn't mentioned in the review, but how long do the supplied Duracell AA's last before needing replacement? Can you put rechargeables in it without damaging it?
Re: Going to be a painful future
"fucking hell what american* actually believes that homeland security are roughing up people in cinemas -- in utah of all fucking places -- because they're wearing google glasses???"
Did you bother to read the article or just skip straight to the comments?
Re: Return on investment?
"Well, there was that time when she tweeted from her iPhone about how much she loved using Blackberries"
Yes, and then claimed she'd been hacked in an attempt to cover it up.
And (see the same article) she was snapped in a dressing room with not 1 but 2 Apple Shineys on the table in front of her while supposedly being RIMBerry's "Global Creative Director"
You could be forgiven for thinking her heart was never quite in it.
Re: So, Mozilla...
"Well, there is a simple answer to that. Mozilla presents itself as a "community" based browser. It would be happier if we all forgot that it is funded by the Gorilla that is Google."
Surely "guerilla" would be more appropriate...?
Re: "Big numbers scare me"
"There is no reason to drive around with the balls near the concrete, is there?"
That's true enough. It's the way they word it though. Here is the actual text on the current default Mozilla home page:
"Mozilla, the maker of Firefox, is a non-profit and we rely on donations.
If everyone reading this gave $3, we would only have to fundraise 1 day a year. Donate before the year ends."
It sounds rather like they're begging for cash to stay afloat, in much the same way Wikipedia does (and apparently doesn't really need to).
That's quite an interesting link though, Ohloh estimating the cost of Firefox development to be around $170m per year. If I wasn't sat in the office "working" during the Christmas/ New Year 'lull' I might be tempted to actually do a bit of research on this.
... is pulling in $300m a year from Google and doesn't produce much in the way of new stuff. Why, then, does it "have to fundraise" as well (see the Firefox default home page)?
Re: I feel it in the air
"I'm pretty sure you can reject returns in some cases."
Only for bespoke goods, such as engraved trophies or custom printed t-shirts. UK retailers fall under the Distance Selling Regulations, which permit anything standard and new purchased online to be returned, for ANY reason, within a specified amount of time.
So everything purchased from ebuyer can be returned to them, whether it's faulty or you simply don't want it any more. They have no legal right to reject any returns, which either makes their little leaderboard very much illegal (in that they are misleading customers as to the customer's legal rights), or it actually is what they say it is; a measure of how many issues are resolved by tech support, thus avoiding a return.
I've always had a good experience with ebuyer; quick delivery and properly packaged goods. But I've not had to return anything as yet, so no idea about their returns process.
Re: So, do I buy?
"I wouldn't in general expect a new game now to be better than a new game 3 years ago"
I would! On all iterations of the Playstation, the games for the same hardware improve over time, as the developers find clever ways of exploiting more and more power, and find better ways to integrate the game engine with the hardware etc. Once they've squeezed every last bit of juice out of the machine, it's time for the new one.
Re: Negative is positive?
"But GT5 was/is very well regarded isn't it"
GT5 was slammed pretty hard by some reviewers on release, due mainly to the poor UI, long loading times (if playing from disk instead of HDD, and before patches), and its inferior graphics compared to other next gen racers. In fact, El Reg's own Andrew Baily was very critical in his review, although (somewhat confusingly) still gave it a score of 80%:
I loved 5, and played it to death. I suppose it depends on how big a fan you are of the series though. If you don't already have 5, you're probably not that arsed so should get it cheap in a week or two when the online retailers drop the price considerably. Or wait until 7 comes out in a year or two and pick up 6 cheaply ;-)
Re: It is probably worth passing comment...
Indeed, the professionally produced music added an extra dynamic not really present in games until the PS1. There was one part (I can't remember the name of the level) where you walk through into a large room that has a large pool and those disintegrating platforms around it. When you walk into the room, a version of the distinctive title music kicks in with the strings and the harp, which was playing as I made Lara dive into the pool and swim about in this huge 3D environment. That blew me away back in '96.
Back then (as an 11 year old), I thought games couldn't get much better. Looking back at TR's dated graphics now shows that they've come a long way, but everything now is incremental. The difference between console generations now is nowhere near as big as the leap between Megadrive/ SNES to PS1 was then.
What I want to know...
...is what happens to these things next year when the inevitable new shiny comes out. And, diamond encrusted or not, according to fanboi law this model instantly becomes an ancient, outdated piece of shit. Is there any demand for the complete product to be resold, or is it simply ripped apart and the diamonds and gold scrapped/ sold off?
No, Apple don't control the price of generally available RAM and SSDs. But they do control what they put into their heavily locked down kit:
"I’m not sure I’m ready to commit myself to soldered RAM and the hope that upgrades will appear for its custom SSD form factor."
So the author hopes that the "passage of time" and the reduction of costs to Apple, will in turn be passed onto the consumer. Which is not bloody likely, given the company's history and contempt towards its customers.
All clear now or would you like some pictorial representations?
"I can hope the passing of time will lower the cost for a decent amount of RAM and a sizeable SSD"
Ha ha, that part made me laugh. You know this is Apple you're talking about, right?
Re: Theater, indeed
@Dance With Sheep
Indeed, what could easily have become a tragic event turned into a much more lighthearted and hilarious affair. I remember watching the news at the time, and whichever channel it was, was interviewing one of the passengers who stopped the attack. When asked what happened, the guy said something along the lines of:
"I saw a guy running towards me shouting 'allahu akbar', so I battered him"
Thank fuck for the lack of brain cells amongst extremists. And for angry Scots, of course.
"rights to the Internet"
The web, dear AC, the web. Not the Internet. You have to get that right on a site like this.
...would quite like Apple to take its ill-gotten gains and fuck off with all this now. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like that will happen.
And it even responded to El Reg! The PR guys must be in a REALLY good mood today.
Re: 2kg in 4 days?
Your weight can fluctuate +/- 1kg in a day anyway, so maybe he weighed himself at different times of the day; the night before the desk arrived, then in the morning 4 days later. Losing 1kg in 4 days is entirely possible, especially if you're clocking up 10k steps at a pace that gets you "mildly sweaty".
Re: Streisand effect in action
"perhaps if they hadn't made a big issue of it with the press"
People should read these articles properly before commenting. It was the press who alerted the family to the image. Excerpt from the article:
"Last week his family was alerted to the Maps search result by local TV station KTVU: its reporters found the overhead pictures showed Kevin's body, a police patrol car, and what appears to be officers examining the scene."
Re: Similar case
It's strange they haven't removed that one. They removed this one pretty quickly after it was reported:
I remember seeing one when they launched one of the South American countries, too (possibly Honduras).
Re: Retail price?
"What about about shipping the units, storing them, and the margins the retailers will be demanding.
And then not forgetting taxes (VAT etc), any import duties and so on."
All of which were covered in the article. And the title of the article. And history. It's all about the GAMES.
And, seemingly the accessories, e.g. the controller, which costs half of what it sells for. Judging by the fact the PS3 controller STILL cost £40 6 years after the release of the PS3, that alone is a tidy earner for Sony.
Re: 500 cycles?
I read it as the stretchy stuff "loses performance" after 500 cycles, meaning it will offer full protection (and "healing" capabilities) for that long, then gradually decrease its effectiveness until it has no "healing" effect at all. That's not to say the battery will be knackered after this, just that it will no longer receive protection from the coating. The silicon electrodes should then continue to function (and decay) at the rate an ordinary li-ion battery does now.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again. This is not Apple's fault. I'm no fan of theirs, and I certainly don't own any of their overpriced kit. I don't like their ethos as a company, how they treat their customers, how they do business, and I am underwhelmed by their products. BUT, in the interest of fairness, it's only right that I also comment when they do something right. I do applaud their ethical response to these claims, which happen quite often. They take action, and do more than most to impose restrictions on their suppliers. True, it's probably only because they are in the limelight more than anyone else, but any improvements to terrible conditions are welcome, no matter how they come about.
Apple certainly doesn't deserve to be lambasted for using a supplier which is governed by a third world government, and is also used by every other big tech hardware maker. Sensationalist much, Rik...?
Re: Only got themselves to blame..
No surprise at all. Although I do feel some sympathy for the workers who have been reprimanded and maybe even fired for this. As someone who has had the need in the past to work on people's workstations while they were logged in as themselves, it comes as no surprise whatsoever the ease of which people will hand over their passwords.
Ok, I've never worked for the NSA and I don't know what kind of general computer security training they gave their people before Snowden (I'd put money in it being a hell of a lot better now!). But I have worked at small private companies, large multinationals and even public sector. In each scenario, a great deal of trust is placed on sysadmins, as they have to deal with users of varying technical abilities, and have access to highly sensitive information. In every job I've had, the user mindset has been "oh, he works in IT, he's trained in data security. He has more access to my system than I do and can access all sorts of data, so there's no problem handing over my password." Even when I've not asked for it (I try not to, and if the need does arise, I tell them to reset as soon as I've finished).
It might not be right, but it's the way it is in many office environments.
Re: I was going to make a "Spare some piss guv?" joke
"or act en masse as a "mobile, distributed sensor network". "
or act en masse as a "mobile, distributed human flesh-eating network of sado-murder machines".
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