64 posts • joined Saturday 30th April 2011 08:44 GMT
Re: Bye, Star Wars...
Don't worry, I'm sure they'll make the good news available as a £19.99 DLC package.
Re: Most likely...
You need to show "willing intent" to be visible on the photos. I was told that apparently, if you print out a photo of yourself and stick it to your face, Google won't blur it out for this reason. Or at least, they'll consider not blurring it out, presumably based on how stupid the photo looks.
2,611 British app downloaders
…amounts to what, 0.1% of all App Store market share? Possibly an order of magnitude or two less, I don't have the numbers to hand.
We're talking about a microscopic scale survey here.
Re: Google Music please.
Best put that computer mouse down then.
Re: Added annoyance
"With technology", to quote the article, so Lord only knows (literally).
Given that Twitter are based outside the UK, I think he'd have troubles even finding out those emails to begin with. The only people he's going to be able to sue are those who have their real name listed on their profile, and who live in the UK. Probably not a huge number, but I guess this is more about proving his political clout than collecting any actual damages.
Re: Still no buttons
So wait, your solution to my problem is to buy reading gloves? Thanks, but no thanks -- I have a nice pair of soft, warm gloves I'd rather not swap for a crappy capacitive pair every time I fancy a bit of reading.
Also it doesn't address the waterproof bag situation mentioned above.
Re: Still no buttons
Touch screen doesn't work with gloves on though. With my current, outdated Kindle I can read my book in a chilly train station without getting cold fingers, something that simply isn't possible with the touchscreen designs.
Re: Reviews vs other iPads and not Android tablets?
On the other hand, if you're an Apple user who has no interest in the rubbish that passes for an Android tablet these days, and simply want to know if it's worth moving from an iPad 2 to the iPad Mini or similar, this review does the job nicely. Not everyone has the same perspective as you, I'm afraid.
Re: "Apple has launched an overpriced and under-specced turkey"
I can hold my Kindle up with two fingers, and it weighs only 25g less. I think the all-around grip photo is a bit misleading, since you can probably just hold onto one edge, like with an e-reader.
It's nice to know I won't have to update Java at work again for another six months.
Re: Oh great...
Care to enlighten us as to how you'd design a state-of-the-art smartphone then, oh master engineer?
Uniques. And a billion will always be a million million, I say!
NoScript (the extension) is very uncommon, by the way. Have a look at the Firefox page for it and you'll see it has 2 million users. It is probably safe to assume the number of people who have disabled JS through other means also number around 2 million.
For comparison, Google gets around two (US) billion visitors per month. 4 mil is a drop in the water as far as total Internet users is concerned. This is very wooly stats of course, but it's fair to say that the influence of non-JS users is microscopic.
Developers still need graceful degredation for non-JS though. 1% may be very little, but in that category we have almost every single search engine bot. Catering to them is kind of essential, at least as far as finding information and links is concerned.
Most IT jobs -are- boring. There's nothing exciting or glamourous about changing printer cartridges and rebooting Windows laptops all day. There are some interesting roles, but the industry as a whole doesn't present the most appealing image.
Re: Street sited?
I imagine it'd just cost too much, both to install and to maintain. The point of them being above ground is so that BT engineers can easily reach them to patch cables and so forth.
I wonder how long it'll take for Apple's legal team to get their smelly claws on this. It looks practically identical to a MacBook Air (albeit with a can of black spray paint applied), even down to small details like the webcam/screen bezel and the dimple at the front of the case.
If Apple can successfully sue the crap out of Samsung for the Galaxy, they should be able to take Acer to the cleaners for this. That's assuming the legal system is 100% balanced and fair, of course. Paris knows it's true.
The low-hanging fruit
I called my MP3 player an iPod for years, despite the fact it had nothing to do with Apple or their products. But two syllables are easier to pronounce than five. Similarly, it's a lot easier to just say "Kindle", a well-known brand, than "e-Reader", which, to be perfectly frank, is a pretty stupid name to begin with.
Meanwhile, at the pepper spray factory...
I'll just let you fill in your own joke here.
Not to mention
Including a beta version of Firefox 3 with one of their releases (I forget which one). That's the default browser for the entire operating system, updated to a testing build. The mind boggles.
If your app can't be sandboxed...
Then don't sell it in the App Store. Simple enough, really. There's nothing to stop you distributing it through other means. Apache server isn't in the App Store for a reason.
You can do everything with USB? No!
The dock connector supports way more than just a USB connection, that's why it's so huge. To name just a few, it has:
- Line out
- Line in
- Composite video
- Component video
- Some kind of serial (other than USB, for low-level comms with accessories)
- USB itself
- 12V charging
Ever tried sending component video down USB? Yeah, good luck with that. And if you want to have music on your hi-fi (direct line out) whilst charging via USB, the dock connector will let you do that too. USB can't.
If all the iPods had was a USB connector, they'd lose a massive amount of functionality. That means reducing convenience and flexibility for the end user, the very thing you claim the dock connector prevents. Whoops.
"There is nothing inconvenient about swapping a battery."
Steps to swap a battery:
1. Power off phone
2. Take old battery out
3. Swap new battery in
4. Power on phone
Steps to plug in external battery:
1. Plug in external battery
Yeah, clearly I'm doing the wrong thing here. Shucks.
"..when you got home you had... oh that's right, two batteries to charge sequentially to get back to square one"
In parallel, actually. And having two phone batteries would land you in the exact same situation, so no gain there.
"Desperate to find fualt much?"
I find fault with crap information, yeah. Agree with a few of the other points in the article though!
No room in the secure archive? Hmm, okay, I'll just put these into waste disposal. They'll be perfectly safe there I'm sure!
Battery an issue? Er, no.
If I tried to count the number of times I've run out of iPhone battery on my fingers, well, I'd fail to do so, as the current count is zero. It's never happened. I put it on to charge every night, and it runs perfectly well all day.
If I anticipate needing longer than a day's worth of battery, I bring an external charger pack and plug it in at the opportune moment. This is far more convenient than trying to faff about swapping a battery.
Also, it's a bit rich to critique battery life, it being an area that Android devices suffer greatly in, so I've been told.
Chances are there'll be two more iPhone models before 4G is even available. Wouldn't be a huge amount of point in putting it in a handset now, it'd just make it more expensive to produce for no improvement in function.
"viri" is not a word. Although at least you didn't use "virii", which is less of a word and more of a five-character facepalm.
Apple approves malware disguised as Flash for sale in its App Store, citing it as a "reasonable alternative to the Adobe product".
Hope they can make it through the seven circles of patent hell to bring the tech to market.
Works in Lion
Lion allows you to run in so-called "clamshell" mode - i.e. with the lid shut. I believe there was a way to force SN to wake up in clamshell too, certainly I've seen these docks around prior to Lion's release.
No-one from York
Was kinda hoping in some weirdo fashion to see some of my old professors on the list - but no-one from York has signed the letter. You can replace it with Warwick, Oxford or ICL, to fit in the "major universities" category.
One of their employees is bound to leave one in a bar sooner or later!
Just call a spade a spade
I'd never even heard the term "Ultrabook" before reading this article (possibly I've been spending too much time living beneath a rock). Can't we just call them "Notebook Airs" and have done with it?
Not on my street!
Every day on the train, the carriage is full of Kindles. Far from being a dying technology, eInk is very much in demand thanks to Amazon. Their screens are far better than any OLED offering for reading books, and that's not likely to change any time soon.
If you've ever read books, there's no way you'd opt for a backlit screen on an e-Reader over an eInk one. It's just a silly choice. They are two completely different technologies designed to address vastly different problems.