Re: Why Why I always asked myself for Surface
Load of sloblock.
Written from my Surface Pro 3, whilst it is perched on my lap.
214 posts • joined 21 Nov 2006
Load of sloblock.
Written from my Surface Pro 3, whilst it is perched on my lap.
I tend to agree that the average user really probably doesn't care about a removable battery or SD card.
I used to care and up until a year or so ago, it would have been a deal breaker for me too, but over the last generation of phones I've bothered less and less. I used to always carry spare batteries for my Galaxy Notes 1,2, and 3, but never bothered with my Note 4. Similarly, I used to carry multiple SD cards but now with 64GB+ cards, I don't bother at all and just carry a USBToGo stick (such as this: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Transcend-Stick-JetFlash-32GB-silver/dp/B00SGPG6I6/ref=dp_ob_title_ce )
I can fully understand and sympathise with those for whom these missing features are a deal breaker, but I think they're a relatively small minority now. The vast majority of Android users that I know have never had more than one battery, or changed the SD card (if they even had one in the first place).
That being said, since I've two phone contracts with one up this month, I've preordered a 128GB S6 Edge so that storage won't be a concern.
I agree that the app itself is pretty shite, but it does work and I've personally found it quite useful when I've got WiFi, but no mobile signal.
Yes, you have to provision it whilst you're on Three's network, but that is clearly a security issue, not a technical limitation.
I'd prefer something better, but it is vastly better than nothing at all.
Even completely non-technical friends of mine have cottoned on to using a VPN to geo-locate themselves elsewhere, usually using a tablet device with VPN software that requires zero technical ability to set up and install.
Surely this is truly embodied in the Apple Watch, of which there are 34 different combinations... ;)
Seems to me that Apple isn't following Jony Ive's advice either!
Really? Not a dig at iOS or the Apple AppStore, but these sorts of vulnerabilities aren't just Android specific.
I suspect in the case of this particular Android flaw, the issue is likely to be fairly limited since it states that it silently downloads apps from Google Play. Given these are scanned for malware (although I'm not suggesting it has 100% efficacy), it should really limit the exposure to malware.
No it isn't. They've already released fixed code - it's called KitKat.
The hardware OEMs could push out an update to KitKat, which has a lower memory footprint than Jellybean, so should work better on older devices.
They've decided not to do so, so what chance of them pushing out a Jellybean update?
On the subject of data protection and privacy, I wouldn't trust any US Government body or US corporation as far as I could throw it.
However, in the interests of fairness, I wouldn't trust any EU or UK bodies either... ;)
I have an Honor 6 too, and whilst it could be a really nice phone, the truly awful Emotion UI 2.3 has relegated it to my 3rd choice device. I know Emotion UI V3 is just around the corner, but I got the Honor 6 as soon as it was released, and I've barely used it due to the most hideous Android skinning I've ever had the misfortune of using.
Sense V6 is *so* much better than Emotion UI that it beggars belief. If I could swap my Honor 6 for a Desire Eye (and I have a One M8), I would do so in a heart beat.
If this had been a handheld console, with its own screen and battery pack, it might have been of some casual interest, even though you can get Spectrum emulators for a variety of phones and tablets. However, it isn't and therefore is a total waste of time and effort in my opinion.
Picture the scene: it's a little past midnight on a Friday night. You and your friends are just finishing up on a nights boozing with a curry and a few more pints. You come to pay the bill, and whip out your trusty iPhone so you can amaze your friends by paying by bonk.
You press the home button to wake the phone, but find that your battery's flat, which you'd have expected if you hadn't been so pissed...
Which particular set of productivity software is so absolutely vital these days? I know you're going to say Office, but in my opinion this is becoming less and less of "requirement" these days. Google Docs is now a very good substitute for probably 90% of home users and I'd hazard a guess a good percentage of business users too.
I bought one of the first Chromebooks (not the CR-48) when it first came out but sent it back within a day because the OS was not mature enough. I've since bought my 7 year old son one of the 11" Samsung Exynos Chromebooks - it is ideal for his purposes right now and is teaching him a lot about how to use a computer in today's modern, connected, world. As he matures, so will Chrome OS (which is already leaps and bound better than the first iterations), and I expect them to become much more popular in the coming few years.
I rather enjoyed playing Thief, so for pure gameplay it was good in my opinion and I kept wanting to go back for more.
The story was interesting, but it would appear that an awful lot of content was cut out making the actual storyline rather incoherent, and the ending was, quite frankly, a mess.
Overall, good fun though.
If you've enabled ADB......
However, I'm struggling to see the point of this exploit. Yes, it can cause your phone to endlessly reboot, but that isn't going to make money for the hacker is it? It's also relatively easy to fix by wiping the device from recovery - ok, so you'll lose your data, but we're all backing our data up these days aren't we? ;) (Helium backup FTW!)
"Taranis = Iran's IT"
Oh my word - fully signed up member of the Tin Foil Hat Brigade! Doesn't even work as an anagram, but hey ho, never mind as long as it stokes some paranoia!
My thoughts too initially, but on further reading it would appear that the researchers are not claiming this.
Zhang was at pains to point out:
"This is not a superconductor, with the following distinction -- it only conducts with 100 percent efficiency on the edges -- the interior of this two-dimensional material is an insulator," Zhang told us."
What a load of nonsense!
"I wouldn't take one if Mickey$oft paid *me*."
First of all, using terms like Mickey$oft is just puerile and stupid. It wasn't even remotely amusing 10 years ago, and is even less so now that Microsoft isn't anywhere near as dominant as it was. (In the interests of fairness, I'd say the same if someone used the term crApple!).
Secondly, that statement isn't true is it? If Microsoft came up to you and said "here, take this Surface and $100", if you had any sense you'd take it because even if you don't want the Surface you can sell it or give it away and still be $100 up.
I have a Surface 2, amongst many other gadgets (this was written on an rMBP), and it is a really nice bit of kit. It is let down by the dearth of apps on the Windows Store, but most of what I bought it for is browser based and works better (for my purposes) with IE for the Surface than it would Safari on an iPad. That isn't to denigrate the iPad - just that it doesn't suit my requirements.
I suppose the point is that why read the article and comment on it if you know the subject matter isn't going to interest you.
It's a bit like complaining that the TV channel Dave only shows repeats of Top Gear and QI, when the sole reason for watching Dave is to watch repeats of Top Gear and QI!
"Anonymous to protect myself from the hoard of mindless forum zombies who will now want to drink my free thinking blood"
Or perhaps it's just because you're a classic troll? ;)
So bored you felt the need to click on the article and comment on it?
Give it a break!
Here's trick I've learned. When I see a story on El Reg that doesn't interest me, I don't click on the link and read it.
Interesting that 4 out of your 10 picks are from the Tom Baker era when Philip Hinchcliffe was the producer, as are a good percentage of those that didn't quite make the cut.
Whilst this was definitely my own personal golden age for Who (I was born in 1970), these stories stand the test of time well despite the low budget. I do enjoy Nu-Who very much, but I would like to see more of this "style" of episode.
Next year, Big Finish will be releasing a "Philip Hinchcliffe Presents" range of 4th Doctor audio plays, which I very much hope will recapture the spirit of that fantastic era of Classic Who.
I find it quite hard to believe that your post here has prompted some down votes!
I should be an iOS person - I have 3 Macs in my house (typing this on an rMBP) and I bought my wife an iPhone and an iPad. However, for my phone and tablet requirements, I too find Android a better fit. That's not to denigrate iOS - it does what it does very well, but at this point in time it doesn't do what I *need* it to do as well as Android does.
Your point about data sharing (via intents) is a prime example of this. Another is screens size - I regularly use my Galaxy Note 3 (and the Note 2 and original Note before it) to access servers using remote desktop. The screen size and resolution of the Note range is vast superior than the iPhone's for this particular purpose, and the S-Pen makes an absolutely superb mouse replacement when a finger simple doesn't give the required precision.
The point is that it's all horse for courses. iPhone for works you? Great! WP8? Brilliant! Android? Good for you!
Personally, I welcome the choice.
So, here's an upvote for your trouble.
Please! Have you seen some of the apps on the Windows App store?
There are huge numbers of apps that simple aren't worth the few seconds to download - they certainly haven't "proved" their worth at all. Try searching for a video player that purports to play DivX - you'll find loads that they they do, but the handful of reviews usually say they don't. All these apps presumably pass the Windosr STore certification, but since they don't actually do what they are advertised to do, what's the point?
That's not to say that Play or the Apple App store aren't full of crap as well, but because they are both well frequented, you can sort the wheat from the chaff by looking at the reviews. This is almost impossible on the Windows App store, because unless we're talking "marquee" apps, most apps seem to have reviews in the single digits!
Yeh, because that really works well when you've not got a data connection......
MouseOver events for one!
Not every website is enhanced for touch, and sometimes the fact that the S-Pen can act much like a mouse is very useful indeed.
YMMV of course.
Come on, the only backplanation here is you changing the scope and having 4 4000mAh batteries to charge in one night, rather changing the rules a bit. It is also fairly unlikely that you'd have to charge all 4 devices from empty every night, though I do accept it's a possibility.
When I recently went on holiday with my family, we took 2 USB chargers. One was a 4 port USB charger, and the other a single port USB charger. Yet we managed to keep the following devices charged:
2 Android Phones
2 Android tablets
The largest battery by far was in the iPad, and that usually used the single port charger. The others all used the 4 port charger. Keeping everything charged wasn't an issue. Yes, I had two chargers, but that was 2 chargers spread across 6 devices, and was perfectly sufficient.
"If one brought only a single charger for several gadgets (chromebook, tablet, phone), then one might have to wake up at 2am and again at 5am to switch the "single charger" from one gadget to the next."
Haven't you ever seen a multi port USB charger? I've one that can charge 4 USB gadgets on the go, and it's still much smaller and lighter than the average laptop power brick.
I think the point here is that the hardware inside these Chromebooks is more akin to a mobile phone or tablet than a regular laptop.
The Samsung Exynos-based Chromebook had a battery capacity of around 4000mAh, which is less than the 4600mAh that my Galaxy Note 8 has, and that charges fine using a microUSB charger (about 3 hours). I'd imagine the HP Chromebook has a similar sized battery to the Samsung.
I have several 2A USB chargers, and I'd expect they'd all charge this Chromebook perfectly reasonably, and the benefit of not having to tote around a power brick is very compelling for me.
Yes, anything you can do yourself with a Chromebook, you can also do with a PC running the Chrome browser, and yes that PC is ultimately more flexible, but you don't get the zero maintenance aspect which is really the whole point of the Chromebook.
I got my eldest son a Chromebook, and thus far I've not had to do anything at all with it myself, whereas with a regular Windows laptop you can be certain he'd have managed to screw it up somehow.
iOS had to wait until V3.0 until it got MMS!
Yes, that was now 4 years ago, but the point is that when iOS launched, it was missing a great many features that were considered de rigueur at the time (e.g. it didn't support 3G) yet it still sold by the millions.
I can't remember the last time I sent an MMS, and in my life I've probably sent less than 20. Simple facts are that where I might want to use MMS today, there are other superior options - such as email, Facebook, WhatsApp etc. YMMV of course, but any one of the 3 phones I currently use (Nexus 4, HTC One, Note 3) could've dropped MMS support I wouldn't know because I don't use it.
"non-RT apps (i.e. all those Windows applications) will look crappy on 8" and be hard to use."
Yes, they will but:
a) They can be used in an emergency - in much the same way that I currently occasionally use my Galaxy Note 8 to RDP to a server when I'm not carrying a laptop. Not perfect, but workable.
b) It's likely that an 8" Surface would still have a micro HDMI connection, so could be connected up to a monitor where those desktop apps become much more usable.
I know a lot of people believe that RT should drop the desktop, but in this case, I'm of the opinion that more is more. I would make the desktop more open on RT so that ISVs can compile their existing desktop apps up for the ARM platform. I have a SurfaceRT, and I'd find it much more useful if I could get apps like Chrome up and running on it.
Perhaps more research is in order here....
I'll fuck it up for a 10th of that! Your move! ;)
In the specific case of Android, yes you can actually program on it directly. AIDE is an IDE running on Android that supports the full edit-compile-run cycle...... That being said, you don't *need* to be able to do this, in order to use your tablet/phone to do real work.
I regularly use Teamviewer, and/or RDP via a VPN to connect to remote machines for work purposes, so yes I'm using a tablet for real work. I also create content directly on the device itself using various tools, such as an Android office suite, Google Docs, and Evernote.
I freely admit that's is not my primary device for work purposes, but I can envisage a future, not too far off, where something like an Asus Transformer/Padfone becomes my primary work device.
Or even better perhaps, a recursive acronym:
Too late, but I'd go for : BIEBER
Have to agree - on what planet do the "vast majority" of smartphone possess NFC, because it isn't this one. Granted, I have 3 phones (Note 2, HTC One, and Nexus 4) that all do have NFC, but I'm the exception not the rule.
The post you replied too was referring specifically to the Surface Pro, which does run ordinary x86 apps!
How many times is El Reg going to post that the S4 is the only phone which has been patched against this, when it simply isn't true?
Using the Blue Box Security Scanner for my devices:
HTC One - Patched
Galaxy Note 2 - Patched
Galaxy Note 8 - Patched
Think of it this way: Linux is to Unix as Nyetimber sparkling wine is to Champagne. i.e. it may be functionally equivalent, or even better, but can't actually be called Unix, in the same way that Nyetimber sparkling wines can't actually be called Champagnes despite the fact that they are produced identically to Champagne.
If Linux were certified to the Single UNIX Specification, it could legally be called Unix, but to date no one has ever bothered to certify their distro, probably because it is largely immaterial in line real world.
Try installing the proof of concept APK on the ReKey website via ADB.
I tried on my devices which the Bluebox security scanners reports as patched and it failed - which is the correct behaviour for a patched device.
No - according to the patch website, the Bluebox scanner is failing to detect their patch in some cases, and stating that the phone is still vulnerable when it isn't. i.e. a false negative rather than a false positive.
According to the Bluebox's security scanner, my Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy Note 8, and HTC One are also already patched!
A bot that responds to a Doctor Who reference with another? That would be clever!
How about you just admin you've no idea what he was talking about eh Rory? ;)
So, get the Google Edition? ;) If it isn't available in your region, get a regular one and flash the GE software.
Personally though, as with Touchwiz, you tend to lose more than you gain when you go to "stock", but it is nice to have the choice.
In my opinion, the manufacturers have forgotten that in many markets, there's a two year upgrade cycle if you want to get a subsidised device. Personally, I'm ok with paying retail for a device, but I only do so once every two years, sandwiching a free upgrade in between.