853 posts • joined 12 Jun 2007
I especially liked the low-quality jpeg showing how good text looks on the screen.
Re: Wish I hadn't
"other users don't have access to apps already installed and need a google account to use the tablet properly"
While I haven't actually used it, this review specifically states that users don't need a Google account, assuming they don't want to do things like use the Play store: http://blogs.computerworld.com/android/21327/android-42-multiuser-support
Seems sensible to me, since you can set up an android device without one, if you so choose.
Also, "If one user goes into the Play Store and installs an app that another user has already downloaded onto the tablet, Android will "install" the app for the user -- basically making it available to her -- but won't actually redownload it".
I agree that it would make more sense to have a list of available apps that you can show/hide, but at least it isn't downloading dupes.
Though, how would you do this if you didn't associate a Google account?
I'm looking forward to putting this on my Transformer: the idea of an open "Games" account for guests is great.
Re: OK so you agree with the analyst then.........
"anything from the ONS"
Damn straight. I read their report the other day that 80% of statistics are just made up! What do we pay them for?!
He was a mole. He started in 2009 and spent the last three years building an OS that would destroy them, before running back to his "real" employer.
So, the question is who would benefit from MS' demise? ;)
"he is constantly having to tinker to get it to work"
Then I can only assume he has either a defective phone or is an utter moron.
Re: Theresa in the Dark? ....... Let there be Light
I struggled to read the first paragraph three time before worrying I'd lost the power of comprehension... and then I saw who posted it
Re: Utter ballcocks!
Contrast this with her comment about not reading the email content.
Today: "We have to decrypt the whole thing, but we only read the header"
Tomorrow: "Well, it was already decypted, and we were suspicious. Oh, and the legislation said it was fine."
"Sales only mean more people buying content, whereas the iPad Mini has justify its existence."
Which sounds like a logical argument until you realise that the only official way to use an iAnything is through purchasing from Apple's store, where they take a pretty cut from the revenue.
The profit margin on the device is massive, but they know that (within reason) the masses will still buy enough to make it a commercial success.
Re: This is going to be funny
Stop feeding the troll!
He clearly hasn't kept up with Linux since the late 90's.
Re: Piss off
My issues are that it pointlessly throws all standard usability out for no obvious gain.
Metro just seems to be an annoyance to me (I can see no use for it, personally), and there's no way to turn it off.
Luckily, I have Classic Start. But why should I need third-party software to make my purchase* work for me?
Re: Piss off
"If Windows 8 is a failure it won't be because of the OS, it will be arsehole commentards on various tech websites blowing minor learning points into deal breakers."
No... it'll definitely be because of the OS.
Re: How do I distinguish bugs from features?
Re: Windows® 8™ TIFKAM™
Magic corners are one of the strangest decision (well, after the whole of TIFKAM).
To paraphrase a well-known UI guidelines document, all user actions should be obvious and recognisable.
Sections 1, 2, and 3 apply here
I'll have you know that I have more than 1 friend!
I do! Really!
Re: But why would you want to?
"stop charging £300 for an OS"
The prices are right there in the article, and you still spread FUD.
It requires installing Origin... perhaps EA figured that was a high enough cost?
Re: Well now I've seen everything!
"we the public benefit from having DNT on"
I do kind of agree with the sentiments of "Apache man" (the world's worst superhero). Having it on by default dilutes the purpose of user's choice in the eyes of advertisers.
It would be like everyone in the UK automatically being enrolled on the original TPS list, which (until this year) had no penalty for companies breaching: everyone would just ignore it.
Unfortunately, his logic falls down in that if you followed his advice and asked every user on the first run, I'm willing to bet at least 95% of people would still enable it (depending on wording), so you'd get the exact same result.
TL;DR: DNT is a bit of a joke.
Or what it should always have been called "please be nice and honour my request that you do not track my activity" - PBNAHMRTYDNTMA for short
Published in the Daily Mail with the headline...
"Cancer Ray Invented"
(to be revised in 6 months as "Electricity Gun Cures Cancer")
"The USPTO lets past many patently false claims"
I see what you did there
Re: All this and the Open Source community...
"Did I say that Closed Source\Commercial software was never abandoned? Did I say that they were saints who didn't upgrade at will and never provided you with a situation where you had to upgrade or be left behind[?]"
Wait, so you're argument is that open source should be ignored for "business critical data" because it might be abandoned, but you weren't then implying that closed source (the only alternative to open source) is a better choice?... So what is your point? What would you use for business critical data?
Re: All this and the Open Source community...
"If you were using [FOSS] as an integral part of your business you have no assurance of ongoing development or even if these fights are going to cause issues going forward with the actual use of the product. If you have to switch to another fork or whole different DMS who's going to undertake the work to get your data across and ensure it's validated?"
Yes, because that's an issue only with free software. You certainly never hear of commercial software being abandoned when the next version appears with an incompatible file/repository type.
Re: "The app benefits from Microsoft's new minimalist approach to GUI design"
It's an interesting point: interfaces are expected to be intuitive, with interactive elements being visually distinct from non-interactive ones. The time-honoured tradition of 3D elements has always helped emphasise the "you can press this bit" paradigm and making everything flat and samey raises a whole slew of possible usability problems.
Re: A solution in search of a problem
Because having more than one person crowded round a 4" screen to watch a movie is no one's idea of fun
Without a wide angle shot, just looks like erosion to me...
Re: Flogging round the fleet
"bring down on our heads everything we hold precious about civilization"
Not the sneezing cats on YouTube?!
Re: I would care...
I'm not even sure his comment is the worse thing about this budget-deprived and poorly written... "comedy" (I assume that's what the canned laughter was meant to imply).
I was more offended by the enforcement of stereotypes and I cringed more when the token Asian couple "have the code to fix it"...
I can only hope that the average attention span of the target audience mean that they only noticed the pretty colours and points when they were expected to laugh. Is this clip typical of USA kids TV?
Re: We have had to destroy this rock..
I love the idea that all of the time, money, and effort for this mission was spent to burn a hole in a small rock ;)
Re: Bits are bits
"the fact tethering doesn't work at all on the iPhone ... is one factor in my planned jump to Orange"
How is changing carrier going to fix your iPhone; unless you're getting a new one, I suppose? I tether through GiffGaff without any problems.
Re: All I want is ...
I can't say I've ever seen that option. TelCo's seem to assume that if you want unlimited data you aren't using a phone so they should then charge more for the data.
It's some kind of weird paradox.
In the end I went with GiffGaff's £10 offering, since I was the same as you and only interested in the data.
Re: What about...
+1 for MX Player
I also use BubbleUPnP for network streaming, but Skifta does look like it's improved since I last tried it.
Because that's the wonderful thing about them, there are so many to choose from!
Re: The real Apple screw is being patented elsewhere
They've already done it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentalobe
Reusable tamper-resistant screws are a mythical creature.
Re: BBQ Sauce
I'm definitely HP over BBQ, but I'll let it pass as I agree on the rest.
All this talk of no butter is just madness; the butter goes on cold bread and is melted by the bacon.
Or, you know, don't say anything you wouldn't say to someone's face in public (i.e., with witnesses).
And it's also worth remembering that sarcasm/irony/etc. are difficult to express through text - especially when u dnt spl prply
"oh look,a manky dead worn out planet,just like we knew a century ago,brilant"
Even ignoring the rest of your ignorant tripe, have you really not understood that NASA have actually found liquid water on Mars?
Seriously, look in to the research and engineering they fund some time, and check out their motto.
They're aiming for understanding more of our solar system and what was/is in it with the goal of expanding our tiny biological accident of a species on to other planet(s) before it's too late.
Re: *If* I can download to multiple devices, what's the problem?
The new DRM is just to encrypt the local app download to the current device. You'll still be able to download to extra devices and future ones.
Re: Entitlement is part of device OWNERSHIP
"Being free of a walled garden is WHY I chose Android"
Ditto, and I don't see how it's relevant to this article. Android already has DRM for paid apps, albeit easy to circumvent.
DRM != walled garden; you can still choose the Amazon store instead of Google Play.
Re: I am thoroughly confused by it all
"I don't see anything wrong with looking at someone elses software and thinking "I can do a better job than that." and then going off and writing a similar piece of software."
Then you clearly aren't a lawyer, sir! Dontchaknow there's plenty of money to be made around patenting such things?!
Protect their... err... innovation... or something
Re: I must of missed
Try harder. I found 6 in the first paragraph alone.
Quite right. I've suddenly realised how foolish of me it is to expect that every person on this planet has basic rights that should be protected by those in power.
Certainly most are just pointless: education, health care, not being detained without reason, freedom of thought... why should we demand that everyone have access to these?! They are clearly "Western" ideologies with no place in countries such as Iran.
Power to the few!
Re: "Hmm... Another indication of which OS is preferred by The Best and the Brightest™"
The screenshots I've seen (possibly not from those laptops, however) are not OSX, so possibly they're just using the hardware.
Re: You got me
Ditto. I was actually thinking "at last, they understand!"... shame
The "Classic" Win8 desktop seems quite reasonable, but I just found the Metro (or whatever) stuff a huge waste of my time...
Re: Gmail will eventually lock-in its users to Google+
"spamming G+ users with weekly emails"
Hmm... I'm not getting those. Am I missing out?
Re: I wonder..
I doubt they will. Right now you can have a G+ account associated to any email address (in fact, if you've registered with any G service you probably have a G+ account waiting). But, and this is quite important to a lot of people, you do have the option to disable G+ from within your account settings.
Unless Google became the dominant social network and decided they could abuse such trust, I can't see them changing this.
Incidentally, you can also download all of your Google data (not just G+) from the same settings.
(need a tinfoil-hat icon)
Re: I wonder why...
Don't get too enthused: he's clearly incorporating an entirely new set of substories alongside the main Hobbit one, so how much of each he uses is unclear.
I think six hours would be enough to do The Hobbit a lot of justice, but nine hours means he's planning a lot of new material.
so who holds the patent?
Re: Fuck you google!
"Universal search? Someone paid to create that."
You've missed a massive point here: the patent (like other software patents) doesn't cover /how/ you do universal search just /if/ you do it. Compare this to, for instance, real patents that specifically cover the invention itself and not the purpose of it, allowing others to do their own R&D to come up with alternative approaches.
One of these promotes innovation, one stifles it.
1. Imagine something useful that could be done with a computer (or event a specific form-factor of a computer);
2. Patent the idea, nothing more, you don't need to prove it or think about it too much;
3. Profit when someone actually does it.
Re: Typical lazy Google...
"I think the 7" tab market is no-mans land gumpth and this will be temporary hot-air"
Will you say the same if the much-vaunted iPad Mini appears?
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