750 posts • joined 28 Jul 2011
Not THAT would be an app I'd pay for...
Brilliant idea sir - someone needs to compile a set of consumer laws and rights into one smartphone app. You could add in a section on common corporate tactics that trample or try to get you to waive your rights and the appropriate response.
That's gotta hurt
"Windows 8: Less popular than our previous offering and only marginally beating our 12 year old OS." 7 might turn out to be the new XP, staying around for a decade.
Is this a new development?
I could swear the initial article said the new search 'not-ads' could be turned off. Surely this is just Canonical restating what has already been reported?
Re: What is the
On the subject of pedantry, what does [sic] stand for? I know it's used when you're repeating a quote verbatim and want to point out the mistake isn't yours, but is it just shorthand for spelling is correct or is it a posh Latin term that coincidentally has the same first letters?
I had a cow that stubbornly refused to learn to not eat villagers no matter how often I lamped it. The one thing I remember from B&W was that if you smacked your Avatar at the right speed and angle you could sweep the legs out from under them and make them faceplant into the ground. I got plenty of practise at this due to the aforementioned follower-scoffing.
It's all downhill from there. Cardigans and comfy slippers and early nights await...
Or maybe I'm just being bitter because I hit the 'renew' date this year.
Re: @amanfromMars 1
Yeah, where's the RANDOM CAPS and unexplained A.C.R.O.N.Y.M.S? SMARTR systems, drone wars, the illuminati etc etc.
Re: Ach, there goes thirty-five years of PAL TV engeering...
I'm sure the BBC will call you up at some point for commentary on a rose tinted documentary of TV: The early years.
Let's agree to downvote these articles and move on; we can stop giving them even the negative attention of complaining about them on the comments.
USB slot & non-proprietary connectors/chargers, HDMI port and vanilla Android with no 'helpful' tweaking from the manufacturer at £300? Wish this had been out a few months back, I would probably have snagged this over the Galaxy Tab.
Re: Move House
Give broadband to the rural communities and you'll have an effect on the city crowds as less people need to move for reasonable access to what is more or less an essential service.
Re: The elephant in the room
If anyone with moderately deadly means (Rifle, bomb, maybe even a nutter with a pistol attending a big event like the Olympics) at their disposal gave a toss about killing the Royal Family, they'd be dead by now. Batman got onto the Palace balcony years ago. I think they're safe from assassination through sheer irrelevance
Be interesting to see...
How Apple and Google go about invalidating broad patents - they'll have to be careful they don't dig up some prior art that also knackers some of their own patent portfolio. Although it would be amusing if Apple successfully invalidated one of these patents only to have Samsung turn around and use their own evidence (now with legal precedent!) against them.
My main gripe
about revisiting the Final Fantasies are the obvious gouging on the store. Want to download any normal PS1 title? £4 please. Are you after a smash hit like one of the FFs or Resident Evils? Sorry make that £8 ta muchly.
I'd rather dig the discs out of the loft.
Re: Live and let live
I don't worship my lucky underpants.
You speak of irrational belief - if you admit that religious beliefs are irrational (or at least can understand that agnostics and atheists find them irrational) surely you can understand the concern around people living their lives according to those beliefs? There is widely tolerated stuff that concerns me - circumcision of newborns and children being brought up in religious schools to name but a few.
As for it being "none of your business" I disagree. It's my business for as long as people knock on my door or try to stop me in the street to talk about Jesus. It's my business while I'm 'going to hell' because I don't shun gay people. Oh, and it's my business while people want me dead because I don't believe in their god.
Live and let live? You first.
"Vista WAS the most secure and reliable version of Windows upon it's release."
At least in part because it would talk to almost nothing as the drivers weren't available yet. You could certainly rely on it to ask you three times to delete a file...
My mistake, I thought the DM had a direct quote from someone. Mistook their sexing up the facts for spin from team Assange. I still stand by <cannot prove condom has Assange DNA> != "does not contain his DNA"
Keep in mind...
That the message is coming from Assange's defence team, who have a vested interest in the language of the message that gets lodged in the public subconscious. They are trying to stretch what the report said from 'does not conclusively contain his DNA'* (i.e. forensics cannot prove it's his muck) into 'does not contain his DNA'* which sounds like evidence in his favour. This will undoubtedly still weaken the prosecution's case, but even if it does get dropped the circus will go on as he seeks to avoid going to jail for bail violation.
*Paraphrasing, not actual quote
Re: The smoking gun..
Only if Assange is then still arrested and imprisoned for breaking bail.
...I'm loving and some stuff I'm hating here. It's high bleeding time we were able to easily roam to the strongest network available in our home country, not just when abroad. What I don't like is having it described as subscribing to a number. I want to OWN the number, and subscribe to the SERVICE. I also want to own the phone and the interface on it, so I'm not keen on operators getting their claws even further into handsets.
We need one of the operators to grow some balls and just provide a proper, plan where they don't interfere with your pipe and in return you pay a non-subsidised sustainable price for what you use, be it voice or data.
Meanwhile at Google...
...after they have finished laughing they tell a lackey to throw a million dollars at the Libre Office folks to make LO shit-hot on Android "just in case".
This is anecdotal based on what I've been hearing from friends so take this with a pinch of salt, but I have heard Apple are already making inroads into mobile devices and relevant infrastructure for business (the one place Microsoft should have expected to find traction when they manage to bring a tablet to market.) The engine-room IT guys recommended Android after a trial, but the TLA decision-makers wanted Apple and are obviously prepared to throw the money at integrating iPads into the corporate network.
Re: HTC phones silencing the ring
Irritatingly it also silences the ring by default if you leave it lying face down - it took missing an important call to find this out.
The Gamecube2 (Don't dignify its horrible true name!) Did indeed sell like sliced bread when it came out. How is it doing now? Does anyone have one that is not gathering dust in a spare room or cupboard now?
Actually I seem to recall...
The BEST best way to deal with trolls is to make them internet famous by getting someone like the guys at Penny Arcade to call them out for their behaviour, then sit back and watch as the trolls turn on one of their own with a vengeance.
That might actually be an interesting punishment if someone were to be convicted of online hate speech or whatever the crime actually is. "Right mate, you wanted to be a troll, well you live under this bridge now. We've taken the liberty of dumping all your possesions under there already. There's no power outlet for your PC but that's no problem 'cos it'll be nicked by tomorrow. I'd hurry up and grab your coats, gets quite chilly at night..."
6 - The Register won't stop talking about Apple
Getting bored of reading the same comments from pro and anti Apple camps over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and...
Noone in marketing is going to call the cloud what it is. Can you imagine?
Punter: "So what's this Cloud then?"
SalesDrone: "It's basically online storage tarted up a bit."
P: "Oh I see. No thanks, I'm pretty sure 'the Cloud' has come free from my broadband provider for the last 10 years and I haven't used it."
Maybe a Dukebox is a Rock 'em Sock 'em robots ripoff.
At present browsing and searching videos is easier on a dedicated app than the mobile browsers; this will probably change as site designs get better at presenting themselves to mobiles but I don't think they're there yet. The browser 'handing off' to an app to play video is (on the face of it) structurally similar to handing off to Flash, so I can picture developers sticking with this way of doing things for a while as it's what they know.
Came with a browser, youtube and Facebook apps. It also shows my pictures and movies with the software it came with just fine; I don't know about other folks but that's 70%+ of what I wanted the tablet for. It doesn't really leave the house (yet) so games don't get much of a look in as they're competing with the PS3 and PC. All this combined with the difficulty of discovering new stuff means I very rarely bother with the market unless I have a specific need like an eBook reader or Wifi file transfer (and even then the Tab probably had those, I just wanted a specific app I had used before) or a specific app recommended by a friend or trusted site.
Anyway, my point is my tablet already does all this cool stuff and I use it loads. To say few tablets are in use based on the figures of Androids on the store is daft.
Re: Green Cross Code
Why shouldn't kids be looking at porn? I seem to remember jazz mags doing the rounds in my days. Am I a damaged deviant now? (Don't answer that one.)
Seriously, has anyone ever challenged the Government to defend WHY images of boobies and willies are such a menace to society that I will have to be added to a list if I want to keep seeing them on the smut-pipe?
You consider 8MP measly? I'd be more than happy with that to capture life's little moments. I still have photos of my friends snapped on 1.3MP or even - horror of horrors - VGA cameras. If I'm going to a Wedding or something I'll take a dedicated camera.
Re: Downvotards amaze me
d) Automatically downvoting someone who complains about downvoting
Re: what i cannot understand...
Maybe they're hacked off that they're still locked into contracts and jealous they can't upgrade to the S3. I stuck by HTC on my last upgrade and while they've been pretty good to me, watching my mucker on his lighter, thinner, larger screened S3 does make me envious...
The British Government firmly believes in Homeopathy...
...They've massively diluted the amount of jobs, disposable income and well-run services in the UK in order to make them more effective.
This was supposed to be a joke but now I want a stiff drink.
I would trust it as a virtual wallet system, where the maximum that comes out of it is what I've put in. I would love to leave twenty quid 'in' it for train/bus fares, vending machines etc. All the little things where I would either need exact change or would like to pay in a hurry. I would NOT touch it with a barge pole if it had a direct link to my bank account.
Re: Ironic really
It's too late for me, it's all I can see when I close my eyes now. Thanks AC...
Re: accidentally find smut
I get your point, but If they're going to look for smut online then they need to accept that they may occasionally stumble across some awful awful stuff* - that's just a fact of the world today and I don't think something ChildLine has the power or the duty to stop beyond giving advice. What gets me is Rantzen using it to support the opt-in nanny state crackdown. After all fifty calls a year is less than one a week - but THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!
*And becoming interested in nudie pics and looking for smut is a healthy part of growing up in my opinion. Cracking down on relatively safe access from the privacy of the home could well do more harm than good.
I thought ChildLine was supposed to be there for abused children who are in fear for their safety or their lives. Is Esther seriously now saying that part of their time is being taken up by "a big rise in calls from disturbed youngsters who had encountered smut when surfing the web" ? I find it very hard to believe you can "accidentally" find smut on the internet. If you find it then you were already on the shady side of town. I wonder if these calls are simply convincing pranksters like the little gits who dial 999.
Re: I think...
"I'm just amazed at how quickly devs have come up with an answer to the problem we all see for windows 8 desktop users"
Working around Microsoft's decisions/unsupported software is becoming a growing industry. Look at the Office extensions that 'fix' the Ribbon and those chaps who offer a way to run IE6 dependent Legacy stuff in later IE versions.
Re: Vivacity is now £39.99
Bloody Oath that's decent. Anyone know if you can unlock it from T-Mobile with the Rooting kits you get online, or if you need to bung a note to one of those guys down the market?
Re: T-mobile Vivacity
I wouldn't call it crap, it's obviously one of the better phones in its price range from the review. Apple obviously haven't come knocking because they don't care about people who want to spend £100 or less on a phone. Thumbs up for the review btw, been looking at cheapo smartphones for the parents and I had my eye on the Galaxy Y until I saw the lacklustre praise here.
Re: It's a numbers game
One worries two much; Three shall come forth, after all, they want to own more than a fifth of the spectrum.
Re: Impartial Jury.
I think if you stuck 12 El reg readers on the jury you'd have a toss-up, a booze-up or a punch-up. Or possibly a combination of all three...
Hella long form...
I wouldn't like to fill that out even if it was only my opinion that decided the answer, I pity the poor sod who has to corral an entire jury into agreement.
Re: The cookie law
Fair arguments. My point is that for a number of legitimate websites (I presume neither of us has statistics to hand so we can hopefully agree to disagree on the 'vast majority' bits) the designers have passed the buck to punters rather than have a good long think about whether they could do their website without cookies as default.
I think the spirit of the law was good in the vein of protecting identities online, I just think it's main aim (which I presume to be an internet that does less tracking) has been neatly sidestepped without any real progress. A better solution in my book would have been to get the major browser makers to cooperate on having future browser releases disable cookies by default; that would have prompted better designs in my opinion.
The cookie law
Has been defeated de facto. Nice idea in theory but in practice the vast majority of websites have mandated that cookies must be allowed to view them and/or continued usage of the site denotes acceptance of cookies. They are too integral a part of the structure for many legitimate websites, and I don't think anyone would cry out if the law was repealed.
Re: Common sense be damned
If I were to ever be trapped in that loop I'd be thankful that my phone lets me yank the battery. Better to recover from a bad shutdown than let who knows what on board.
Re: Non-FB user question
I don't remember the specifics off by heart but I think the Data Protection Act would trump most of the terms in the contract. At the very least the 'irrevocable' bit would be out the window. If they are using your mush then that's personally identifying information, which (theoretically) has strict controls on usage.
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