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Re: Gates vs Politician - college is not necessarily good. Brunel.
"they knew more by 10 than modern teaching teaches kids by 18. Brunel had mastered Euclid's elements by 8 years."
You mean, those that could afford it? Brunel had by no means a standard education of his day
15 minutes? I fail to see how this is an issue... If you'd said a day, then I'd agree.
Personally, the ability to customise it massively outweighs the time to do so.
On the very rare occasions when I do a full wipe, it takes longer for my installed apps to redownload (automatically, though) than it does for me to customise the home screens.
Also, on the discussion of lag, I can't help but feel that this is Samsung's issue more than Android itself. I have the original Sensation running a kang of CM 10.1 (Albinoman887, for those that are interested) and don't have any issues with lag.
(Isn't it time for a Google/Android icon?)
Why, is that what your current GPS does?
This seems to me just a way to prevent scalping. True, it comes across as horridly totalitarian, but how else do you prevent people buying up the (limited) stock for their personal profit?
The purpose of the first release is to get the device in to the hands of devs so that they can create cool stuff for it, which would be hurt by allowing anyone to buy and resell them.
Arguably, "free market" blah blah blah, but they have a point.
Caveat: the above is void if this clause remains for the final product.
"I have always found that it is the same or cheaper to buy the phone outright and use a SIM only plan. In fact, buying the phone on some credit cards can sometimes work out cheaper!"
Agreed. I don't change my phone every year, but I always buy outright.
As I'm on a one-month rolling "contract", I can change whenever I like and am always on the lookout for a cheaper one.
Re: Not a particular google fan but
They want them to stop being so successful so that everyone can have a go at Internet supremacy.
This just sounds like MS (and others) moaning that they didn't take the 'net credibly until it was too late.
I'm sure Google could scale back some of their integration in to everyone's 'net use, but it's difficult to say that they don't deserve their current position, given the innovations and effort they've put in.
Re: Only quoting the bits where Steig agrees with you?
"It's a popular tactic amongst commentators of all stripes."
There, fixed that for you.
Proponents do it as much as denialists; it's pretty standard rhetoric.
Re: I can imagine receiving the alert
Or "I told you I was ill"
Apologies to Mr Milligan
Re: But it takes 2lbs of frozen peas
... Only if your peas can initiate/sustain nuclear fusion
Very cool tech (no pun)
I was thinking that with this line "embolden Google to repeat its desktop abuses"
Seriously? This came from Microsoft (by proxy)? They have the biggest ones I've ever seen
Re: I always use my phone for Google's GPS when I'm in California
"Never had an accident in 30+ years of driving, so your implication that I can't control a vehicle is a bit absurd by the simple evidence."
Not that I implied such a thing, I merely said that it was your responsibility to be in control.
And 30+ years or 100+ years, it only takes a few seconds for someone to pull out in front of you at high speed to cause an accident, and it won't matter whose fault it is if someone is seriously injured.
The default position I have when driving is to assume the other drivers are about to do something stupid (and I see enough doing things like high speed undertaking or sitting in blindspots). Driving is not a right.
Re: It shouldn't be patentable....
Even if you said "mobile electronic device", my very first ThinkPad back in the dark ages of the 90's had a single sliding catch on the lid in order to "unlock" it.
Re: I always use my phone for Google's GPS when I'm in California
"when I go to California, I'm in a rental car - I don't have a GPS holder on the dash."
I think it's pretty fair to say that this is your problem.
"If I need to look at the GPS on the phone, I've got to pick it up in my hand"
You really don't. You need to have sorted it out before you set off.
Not to make it sound black and white, but you are the one in control of the x tonne vehicle capable of doing serious amounts of damage, it is your job to stay in control of it. Everything else is secondary.
If you get the first part wrong, someone could die (possibly you); if you get the second part wrong, you might get to your destination late.
Re: Actual Satnav units
Cool movie; when's it out?
"amongst the cheapest ISPs as far as the general public are concerned"
Not in my area (London). A pitiful 10GB/m is £28.45 w/ line rental or £31.45 for unlimited*.
Their competitors are offering unlimited (w/ line rental) for £28 (O2; less if you have an O2 mobile), £23.98 (PlusNet), £21.45 (TalkTalk), and I pay £19 for EE (£24 if you aren't on Orange/T-Mobile).
* For the 18 months I was with BT, I ended up with a total of over £50 in hidden costs, that I had to argue with them about and eventually got removed.
Re: Gender over Quality?
While I applaud seeing more gender equality, especially in the sausage-fest that is IT, adding a quota of females is still sexual discrimination.
I'm a big fan of Double Fine. I've always considered it a great injustice that Psychonauts passed so many people by
Check out "Ben There, Dan That" and it's sequel "Time Gentlemen, Please!".
Not quite as long as DOTT, Sam and Max, Full Throttle, etc., but still a good laugh on a similar vein.
While I'm not going to tout doom, I do think it's a shame that this sounds like it won't be a compatible fork that Google can use to feed back fixes and improvements to WebKit.
I don't believe multiple engines is the answer to a better web, it's multiple groups maintaining and using engines, whether they be the same engine or different ones. It's the competitiveness of the engine use that promotes the improvements.
Who knows, though, maybe in a few years Safari et al. will have moved to Blink.
As long as it's open source, there's no harm done.
From someone who isn't a Firefox user, is this story true? Seems like a glaring omission to have been lacking this feature for so long...
Re: They'd be wise to let this go
But then people would start looking in to all of the other software patents (not just Apple's) and someone might realise that it's a completely stupid concept
Re: Do not want, and in fact this kind of thing is a fucking 'orrible idea.
They'll have blackboxes to record if/when the autopilot is engaged.
It doesn't help that the updater is such an annoying little **** and seems to always have a new to apply. If I accidentally accept it, I'm then bombarded with UAC prompts at random intervals.
At some point (for me, years ago) people choose to be blind to the constant nagging and just ignore it.
Re: The ability-
Once you plop...?
Re: Doesn't Nokia have a point?
A land-grab using a codec that they open sourced... http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/05/20/google_confident_on_vp8_and_patents/
Apart from their name recorded as the original owners, what do they gain from owning the codec? Their plan seems to be about having a free universal standard, which I'm all for.
Re: Don't blame Apple for the price drop
"There is no fundamental difference between the above and any of those on-line gambing sites"
On an almost related level are the "analysts" who publish annual recommendations on hedge funds. I don't have it in electronic copy, but there was a brilliant article in Private Eye covering the success rate of these hedge fund recommendations in London over the last 5 years and how only one analyst has been able to make suggestions that would have given an investor a positive return.
Re: Doesn't Nokia have a point?
Except that Google has VP8 under a royalty-free public license in order to promote a single, universally supported format.
"Now everyone will use the single standard of H264 and H265 and the market won't be split by Google's proprietary bs....."
Quite right! We should all conform to the MPEG LA's "proprietary bs" (payign for licenses for products that encode or decode) and ignore the open alternative that was being offered for free to promote innovation and universal sharing of videos!
VP8 might not be perfect, but at least anyone would be free to provide support for it without worrying about a legal tap on the shoulder.
Re: The point of this is?
Re: Sounds like they asked for it...
On camera, natch
I was under the impression that it wasn't actually in the Google Play store, users needed to download it specifically and install it, which would require them to have already turned off the secure sources option (a stupid thing to do, unless you're dev'ing or pirating).
I won't argue over the legality, that's for the courts to decide, but there is a major difference between a "harmless" piece of code sitting and ping a network before disappearing completely and physically depriving someone of a banknote (whatever the size).
@JDX: May be I'm a minority, but I fail to see how eugenics is unethical, assuming consenting participants. Murdering people who's genes you dislike is unethical, and only vaguely related to eugenics (as I assume that's what you were referring to). Or denying non-consenting people the right to breed. Both of those add a definite unethical action.
"Probably lots of malicious malware is written to be efficient too"
Which is exactly my point: malicious. His code likely went entirely unnoticed without leaving a trace of its presence, which is exactly what I meant by "intent".
Had it scrapped network traffic or garbled config files, yes, unethical; but it did (reportedly) none of those things.
It's akin to seeing the front door of a house open and sticking your head in and shouting "hello, did you know your door was open?". Is that unethical?
"Using insecure configurations and default passwords to gain access to remote devices and run code on them is unethical"
Garbage. How is it unethical? The ethics are in the intent and this guy had no malicious intent of any kind. He purposefully designed it to eat the fewest cycles possible.
Re: Death to the cloud
Talking generically: The cloud is a tool to be considered for each possible application. It doesn't have to be the only place you put your data, and it (third-party) certainly isn't right for critical/sensitive data, but it has many uses that make it convenient.
Re: Bonkers? Yes... Overpriced? Most definitely
It was an interesting read, but I agree with blcollier.
I know it wasn't the point of the article, but if you still wanted the same "premium" parts and were willing to sacrifice a few % in performance, you'd probably save a huge amount of cash.
Annoyingly, though, the only i7 Extreme currently seems to be the 3970X mentioned... the next enthusiast chip down is the 3930K unlocked, but at over £300 saving for just 0.3GHz drop, you'd need to be doing something very specific (such as competitive overclocking) to care about the difference for the cost (IMHO).
Re: A few comments
"The difference is the abstraction layer. A PC has to go through OS, Drivers, different communication protocols etc etc. The console is specially built with the same hardware every time. Effectively what takes 20 steps for a PC to do, may only take a console 5 because it has to work through fewer layers."
I'm sorry, but this shows a distinct misunderstanding of both PCs (which give low-level access to hardware) and modern consoles (that now have both an OS and HAL), especially since the hardware in consoles is getting closer to standard PC hardware (especially for XBoxes).
I'm not saying that they're equal, but it's probably closer to 3 and 2 layers for most things.
The delays to the current increase in nukes (regardless of their type) is almost nothing to do with safety, it's the companies willing to invest in building them negotiating (demanding) a higher market energy price.
Unfortunately, since there's only one company left at the table, the conversation is mostly one-sided as we know we need a future energy supply and have almost no either viable options.
"Fine"? Find only goes in one direction without wrapping, and neither will limit to word boundaries. This is stuff so basic that it's been in every other MS product for more years than I care to remember.
And that's just ignoring that for something that does nothing more than display text, Notepad collapses in to a black hole the moment you try to load a file of any significant size (i.e., a log file).
Portable Notepad++ for me.
Re: Google+ over Facebook any day of the week.
"since you only see your friends on either of these services"
Minor point, but G+ is more like a cross between Facebook and Twitter, so you actually can "meet" lots of other people (unless you disable it).
I find G+ is better for following content creators (bloggers, photographers, videos, etc.) than Twitter, as they can directly share their content rather than just link to it.
Or a functional find/replace?
Re: Classic Shell?
I was coming on to say exactly that. My girlfriend's brand new laptop had Win8 and I put Classic Start (part of Classic Shell) on it.
Completely skips Metro (or whatever it's called) and works exactly as she'd expect it to.
Re: He has a point about privacy
Being caught, I think.
The Wifi sniffing one is different in that they were recording information being leaked to their current location, while this would be a product in a consumer's hand.
Take a look at the number of people who monitor and investigate exactly what an Android phone is doing. While they certainly could take surreptitious photos, someone would notice and the shitstorm would be epic.
Not a reason to not be vigilant, but I think it's fairly in the tin-foil hat end of the spectrum.
Re: No imagination
They're geeks, so surely YABT (Yet Another Big Telescope)?
Any citation for that? I cursory glance over the construction proposal shows that ARUP (UK) and another UK company have already been involved in the design and prototyping of the dome.
I can see Germany, Belgium, Spain, UK companies mentioned.
Seems like a good thing to me.
Sorry, but I call bullsh*t. The errosion of liberties is a gradual thing because it is not a concerted effort to hoodwink a whole population. The fact that we actual have more personal liberty than 100 years ago always seems to be forgotten (not that I would ever defend any attempt to attack the liberties we have).
No one becomes a politician to further some grand conspiracy; be that the death of democracy you speak of, or the immigration and social cleansing the older generation warn me about.
Governments are inept and pass laws almost by random; legislation is almost always a reaction to some current situation or change in public opinion. They are pandering to what they believe the masses want, in order to secure their next vote. Occassionally they'll create a short political play in which they propose something horrible in order to pass something less horrible, but if their schemes are planned more than six months in advance, I would be utterly shocked.
In this particular case, a bunch of doctors/physicians are lobbying to reduce public health problems from alcohol. Even if they have a hidden agenda, historically it has always been shown that reducing the public's alcohol intake produces a less docile populace, so what could they hope to gain from it?
Personally, I can't see any reason to be upset by the advertising ban. Some of the adverts are amusing, most are boring, and people drink what they want to drink anyway. I've never heard anyone order a "SoCo", no matter how (cringingly) hard Southern Comfort tried to push that phrase.
But if they touch my ale, they'll be hell to pay.
Re: Internet should be free from meddling by the media cartels
No one will benefit if the only people able to release music are those with a massive pot of money to fund the time and effort. It'll just be corporately-sponsored music acts everywhere.
Personally, I don't copy music because I can afford to pay for it. Although, I do have a personal limit of £5 for a typical album and will happily wait until they hit that mark.
I also equate the effort the artist put in to producing the album as the same that I might in to creating a piece of commercial software; if I did, I'd want to get paid when someone wants to make a copy for their own use.
Opera Turbo, then?
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