179 posts • joined Thursday 7th April 2011 20:32 GMT
Re: TNG coms
This is close...
And without the iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina versions having hit the streets .. i.e. people holding back purchases for the new models. Come back again in Feb'14. Pure Reg click bait.
When I left school in '82 they had one UK101 (complete with cardboard box case) and one RML 380Z between a fair few hundred kids. Sounds like progress to me 8-)
Someone saw it come down
That sounds like my life .. after 35 years (the last 22 actually getting paid for it) of coding / hacking / building / rebuilding / fixing / solving / documenting and generally automating the heck out of all things techie, it stills amazes me how many times people ring up to ask me to help out with something "because they are sure I might know" (and I usual do or 'know how to google it').
I suppose I get a perverse thrill from solving other people's problems .. especially when the ones I'm supposed to be working on are ... well .. boring. Still as long as there is a WBS code to book to then its paid work 8-]
I keep all the code I write, you never know when you may need to 'remember' how you did something .. plus all my code comes with a (my) life-time support guarantee.
Re: New SmartQ Watch
Battery life - that's the killer app requirement. How does this do? In real use?
More functions ~= Lower battery life.
Bayesian Inference Engine
Actually I'm interested in that having just built an arduino based heating controller and about to add 'occupancy' monitoring of my alarm system (for the PIRs and doors opening etc) .. is there a blog with it on at all?
Re: A quick correction
Actually you can buy a hudl OUTRIGHT using £60 of Tesco clubcard vouchers - no cash required ... http://www.tesco.com/direct/clubcard-boost/
I bought one for £69 cash + £25 in vouchers. Plus got 238 more clubcard points (double points voucher) and a whole 35p cashback via credit card 8-)
The only downside is the battery life which, although is ~9 hours, like most 7" Androids gets nowhere near the life an ipad mini gives (real world experience).
Re: Track pad alignment
Could not live without a trackpad now .. then again I use a Macbook Pro and that trackpad has a tendency to just work as expected. However on a 'work' Lenovo I would agree the trackpad should be taken out and shot .. the nipple rules on that one.
Re: Tray-loading optical drive?
Reboot and hold down mouse button to force an eject.
Looking around the local town it appears we are evolving in to the passengers of the BnL starliner Axiom.
Re: Overpopulation is a horrendous threat
bagsy a deckchair on shanklin beach.
What do you mean I have to stand up? And how long is that queue for the loo!
Yes you can get it right now in the UK (>1000 in stock) for a princely sum of £37.18 inc vat and delivery from...
I got mine last month and its rather lovely and you just plug it in and it boots straight up in to Linux with a graphical display .. it has that instant satisfaction that the Pi does not necessarily have (and I have 4 Pi's 8-)
Easy, go ask your GP. I did that the other day and the receptionist confirmed that the consent to share had been withheld.
Re: unmitigated baloney
"Looking at Britain ... Astonishingly the use of guns in crimes including homicide has increased steadily since the passage of those laws." - huh? Facts please?
How about instead something which came out today....
I still have at least one of those Tandy/Radio Shack books he wrote and its excellent .. I still use lab style graph paper notebooks ... It's so much easier to use illustrations in notes then and make them look good. I don't see the point of PowerPoint, I craft my emails like documents with bullet points, appropriate white space, technical terms where appropriate and plain English. I craft up network diagrams in word (which is all its good for) and not Visio as that suffers from 'detailed image'itish for specific models of kit when really just a box saying 'firewall' suffices ... Less is more.
I think technical books still have a tendency to suffer from Victorian font syndrome, I.e. why use one font when five different ones at different sizes will do! I love the early O'reilly books and the Stevens' unix / networking tomes, true classics as to how to present ideas.
I need to understand the network security of a new data centre deployment and so I'm creating a giant overview diagram to illustrate the spreadsheets of vlan and IP address allocations ... Funnily enough the architects want a copy.
Re: Be careful what you wish for, for it can kill you if you don't get it in ICT, ...
That's The Register being ironic towards a very ironical situation/event.
As opposed to The Register's "waiting for an invite" optimism when discussing Apple media events.
Nah ... m.theregister.co.uk looks fine to me in any browser (and less advertising and no app-level tracking) ... also 'reader' mode on mobile browsers (well Safari anyway) is even more readable and even less advertising.
Re: Luggage up!
And how would you transport a laptop around then? Bare or in a bag / case / neoprene slip?
Re: I hope
Remember that the first APC was sold at $49 Android PC in July 2012, although that version is still available its gained speed and memory etc and is now $79 or $99 with 'book' case ... so expect a $199 version next year 8-(
Meanwhile the Raspberry Pi 'Model B' rev 2 doubled the memory of rev 1 and is still £30 inc VAT+delivery.
Re: who has ever really cared about start up times?
Boot up times are important for Windows because of the monthly patching + reboot.
However I find the only time I need to boot up my laptops is after I perform a hardware upgrades otherwise they just stay in sleep mode but that could be because I use MacBooks.
Re: The answer's in there somewhere
You've missed the DNA reference .. the answer is of course, 42. It's the question that is wrong.
Re: What exactly is an 'open source data solution'?
Re: Consider me baffled
You don't have to use a PC to setup an ipad you just need a wireless connection to the internet and follow the on-screen instructions ...
Re: This can only be a good thing
They can't currently reduce the price (without cutting their very high margin) of the iPad Mini because their displays are currently too expensive due to the use of a new layering technique which currently has a low yield (hence a high price).
They will drop the price a bit on the iPad Mini when the iPad Mini 2 comes out.
I tried Andriod with a Nexus 7 .. had a go for 6 months but gave up have just sold the 7 .. I've tried the iPad Mini in a store and it feels great, fits my pockets fine (as did the 7) and I find the iOS applications have the edge on Android ones (even Google maps now operates better on iOS than Android 8-) .. so its getting my money (and I'm notoriously tight).
Re: "More western technologies to corrupt their ways of living"
Thanks Brian, I see what you did there. LOL (not Cameron style).
I have a RaspberryPi running XBMC (RaspBMC) and have installed CatchupTV, EyeTV and Plex add-ons ... just added a £3 IR remote control today. Tweaked the config.txt, bought the £2.40 MPEG2 hardware decoder licence and I'm even using a Class 10 SDHC card to get it to run a bit quicker.
I would however say that the Pi is noticeably slower compared with my AppleTV2 (which I have jailbroken and added CatchupTV, Plex and XBMC etc to give comparable flexibility). However the AppleTV2 was twice the price of the Pi setup .. so for the price a RaspBMC setup is rather good.
Not sure this is new news ..
Because the Disney press release of two weeks ago said ...
"The last Star Wars movie release was 2005's Revenge of the Sith – and we believe there's substantial pent up demand. In 2015, we're planning to release Star Wars Episode 7 – the first feature film under the "Disney-Lucasfilm" brand. That will be followed by Episodes 8 and 9 – and our long term plan is to release a new Star Wars feature film every two to three years."
So it only looks like their "long term plan" is getting shorter.
Re: How much better...
Ah, that's 'find my friends' and it's an opt-in feature.
Re: It depends upon what your 'use case' is.
Its true that the Nexus 7 has a somewhare disappointing battery life (especially compared to an iPad) and I find I have to keep turning things off (like wifi, bluetooth and GPS) to get through a full day which I find completely unnecessary with an iPad.
Re: Have to agree
My Dad now has a hankering for a tablet and has been looking at the cheap end ones (because he is a pensioner you know). As my Mum has a kindle for reading then, naturally, he is looking at the Fire HD but I've been trying to steer him away from the Amazon lock-in which appears worse than Apple.
If he had a smartphone then I would suggest the wifi Nexus 7 (he can then buy mine as I personally find Android to be a 'meh' compared to iOS) but he doesn't, so then a 3G version would be best.
If he had the budget I would direct him towards the iPad mini with 3G as it would do everything he needs and be so simple to use (and for me to remotely support!).
However, I'm still unconvinced he actually has a real use case for a tablet .. although he is after a replacement SatNav and a small tablet makes a great SatNav (co-pilot live, Skobbler, navfree, google maps, etc).
If only iOS was available for the Nexus 7 then it would be a no-brainer 8-)
Re: Yeah! And just think...
I'd vote for SOHO Coffee to take over ... top baristas! Mine's a double expresso with very dry foam please.
Buy British / I'm Backing Britain
Unfortunately I suspect both the WTO and the European Commission would put a stop to that blatent attempt at backdoor protectionism.
It's absolutely illegal to EVADE taxes .. these guys are legally AVOIDing taxes ... something of which we are all capable of doing.
For HMRC the issue appears to be that the companies have very 'clever' accountants and lawyers and so just find different ways to 'interpret' the laws and regulations ... when one loophole gets closed down, another two open!
Moral and fair? Well that depends upon your view of Capitalism and The Market 8-(
Have a look at where the registered headquarters for the EU arms of the following companies are located ...
Apple, Google, Amazon, eBay / PayPal
HINT: they are all in the EU.
Surely Ireland's financial woes was mainly due to its over-inflated property development bubble bursting, rather than having megacorps employing locals?
Also don't a number of British companies act in the same way and funnel profits to wholly-owned subsidiaries based out of a holding address in the channel islands? (that lovely near-shore tax haven)
Re: Reporter is behind the times
That's not a recent phenomenon though .. I'm ancient enough to remember the opening of Tesco Home'n'Ware stores back in the seventies when they started to branch out of being a pure 'pile it high, sell it cheap' supermarket; I loved Green Shield Stamps though (later to become Argos) especially when mum did a 'big shop' and the till would spew out tons of licky-sticky-stamps.
Ah nostalgia .. it ain't what it used to be.
Indeedy ... reading this all I could think of was ...
Don't buy a month contract .. buy a phone outright using a cashback credit card (www.aquacard.co.uk will give almost anyone a 3% cash back card), ideally through a quidco.com link and then get a cheap sim deal from Three etc.
"Apple's vaunted commitment to the customer lacks a clot of credibility"
Wot? Just because an Apple owned store will only sell Apple computers, media players or phones? What a pointless piece of writing .. pure click bait and yep you got me (oops, ad-block is on though 8-)
couldn't agree more
This Samsung is looking very 'yawn'some .. no USP and a relatively boring design ... pass.
The Google Nexus range is looking much better .. early access to latest Android versions, good build quality (not quite up at Apple's end) and a reasonably low price (definitely not at Apple's end!).
I'm debating whether the Nexus 4 is too big compared to the iPhone 5 (which is very nice to hold and use) .. so I'd want to play with one before deciding to buy or not .. but where would I go to see one?
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