570 posts • joined 12 Sep 2011
Re: Probably a stupid question
"I herewith declare the downvoters as retards and fools."
Although I fit both of those categories, I feel no need to downvote. Does this mean I'm cured?
Not too surprising.
While the likes of Apple and Samsung (plus MS with Surface) have all rested somewhat on there laurels cranking out perfectly competent products at a specific price bracket, there are a considerable number of second-tier brands and no-name manufacturers who have recognised that there is a gap in the market for devices that are 'good enough'.
I've recently bought an 8" android tablet (quad core, 16GB memory) for sub £100 - with a decent screen and pretty good build quality. For most, this sort of device fits the 'good enough' description and purchasing (or even losing/damaging) such a device is easier to swallow than spending 3-4 times as much simply because of brand name.
It starts with statistics...
..and carries on until the more obsessed looks start looking at ideas like "Positive Discrimination" and quotas that are inherently racist/sexist - i.e. You're screwed if you're a white male in this example.
Not one lefty-PC drone considers whether it is simply a case that, for whatever reason, less people in some of their discriminatory groups/labels are just not interested in a given career, or perhaps that the few candidates who are just aren't as good as their peers.
Jobs, pay etc should be on merit, not meeting made-up statistics.
Re: I object
"Don't dis' The Hooker, y'all. Bitch."
While he was great in Hooker, his wig should've received a credit for valiantly hanging onto the Shat's head in all those action scenes.
Well, given that MS are ejecting quite a few ex-Nokia folks, if real-Nokia do get back into the game, I wonder how many of these folks will end up back with the mother ship?
Re: Nokia excretes Windows Phone 8.1
Bob excretes needless comments.
It's not the mind reading you have to worry about...
... It's when they give themselves read-write access you have to worry!
Flash - saviour of the universe....
Or not, as the case may be.
But I digress. The revelation that there are insecure unpatched installations out there is a bit like making proclamations about the toilet habits of bears that frequent forested areas. Flash is very common on home devices, but probably less commonly used than it used to be. If its update function fails, most won't know/care. A bit like the free couple of months of Symantec abandoned on home PCs by users reluctant to pay for AV.
It's no worse than Java, where old versions are often retained simply because backward compatibility is often a problem.
Re: Out of curiosity ...
" Why the fascination with a totally useless backwater cul-de-sac nation?"
Probably because in its own way, North Korea is good for comedy value. This, of course, means its fair game for Vulture Central.
"They were giving away cocktails, margaritas and tequila sunrises at the end"
So well worth the trip then. Don't see a problem:
Step 1 - Ignore bureaucrat fluff-speak
Step 2 - Alcohol.
I have a couple of Apple chargers, but fear not, I have an iExtinguisher.
Re: Hilarious coming from a company that has NEVER done any R&D
Strikes me that an opinion of a company that doesn't do any competitive development would be a better choice than asking, for example, IBM.
Especially given how Dell have developed a pretty successful footprint in the commercial tech market giving folk what they want rather than pie-in-the-sky.
Is their opinion any less valid than yours? Like most, you have your own bias, and it is quite clear in your case that you see red when Dell or Microsoft are mentioned. Your choice, of course, but a tad prejudiced.
And so the circle of life continues
The laptop was viewed as old fashioned, with proponents pushing NetBooks as the wave of the future...
Then the NetBook got pushed aside as yesterdays gadget for Tablets....
Now tablets are getting replaced with a device with a keyboard. Oh, isn't that, sort of like.... a laptop?
Next, in the news...
And todays Daily Fail Apocalypse Panic is....
Whether you agree or not, you've got to admit that he has a great turn of phrase!
For me, this is the word of the day.
Think of the children!!!!!
My other half just told me about this. She said "Have you read about this virus on the Daily Mail site..."
At this point, I clenched my eyes shut and endured the pain of Daily Fail Panic Headline Syndrome.
Re: Identity Crisis
It needs to emit the smell of bacon butties and coffee and dispense beer on Fridays too.
Barely any city in the UK has a nice logical system (though Milton Keynes springs to mind) as most layouts go back centuries.
Most US highway junctions are nice sprawling affairs with pretty logical lane markings. The UK equivalent are often, shall we say, at best 'space constrained' and at worst confusing/dangerous. This is combined with lane widths that aren't generally as wide as the equivalent US roads, putting cars in closer proximity. The density of traffic in the UK is very high (it is a surprisingly small island, in case you hadn't noticed).
All this is not a good recipe for automatic, self drive robo-cars.
Oh, and trust me, UK drivers are in no way better than anywhere else (many should probably be using a white stick and a guide dog, while others will never go shopping for indicator bulbs).
Re: Things I would like to see
The first Google-buggies with post traumatic stress disorder, shuddering in a lay-by near you soon!
Not worth the shoulder injury...
I've yet to be convinced by mobile workstations this size. There are plenty of 15" devices with graphic boards that can output to large screens without weighing a tonne. 17" isn't that great an increase in real estate and in this case, any benefit is wiped out by the mediocre resolution.
Better off with a lighter 15" affair and a desktop 24" or so screen (or two) of a better resolution.
Fortunately, no. My daughter has on old Nokia on WinPho 7.x and we both hate Zune. With WinPho 8.x, you can do pretty much everything through a file browser if you want, though the newer Windows phone software is OK (The Windows 7/8 software will talk to iTunes if you want to enter that level of hell).
Re: Listen, sonny...
Actually (not wanting to sound pedantic, but it's Friday, I'm still at work and have had no beer), the Boeing 720 was a shortened 707 (by about 9ft), with shorter legs. The 720B was the turbofan variant of the 720.
The first 720 was heavily used in the 70's by Led Zeppelin as a private jet. Very rock'n'roll.
If they made this mandatory I'd purposely listen to Black Lace every time I post. Just for the hell of it...
Re: RAM... bo?
More RAM affects power consumption - if you don't need it, why have it? On a budget phone, we aren't exactly talking about running Oracle databases...
Re: Might consider this
While I sympathize, such words are heresy to the fandroid faithful.
I note the down arrow inquisition has begun...
Re: Salt Flats only craft - Wow (not)!
According to their website, pontoons are an option. It also states that it can run for 1.25 hours - but I doubt you'll get that with pontoons, so don't go too far out to sea!
Re: I can't help but wonder...
Would that be before or after *insert country* Marines land, in force, to 'liberate' the local population?
Re: Drilling post holes?
"Gerroff arrr land!" (waving laser around like a farmer's shotgun)
Re: 566 terawatts a day?
"Solar is a great idea, most roofs are empty with nothing on them, and could easily be built from solar materials, cover every roof in the UK and you would generate all the power we need..."
Lets take this an item at a time:
"Most roofs are empty" - For most roofs, this is a good thing. Most roof structures weren't designed to take the weight of the roof, plus solar panels - let alone the occasional high winds that hit.
"Could easily be built from solar materials" - Given the high price of housing already, unless you can make these "solar materials" as cheap as existing roof materials, not likely. On the flip side, better than putting a roof on a new property then lobbing panels on top. Subsidy is a bad idea in any context - using tax payers money to hide the sins of a questionable idea....
"Cover every roof in the UK and you would generate all the power we need" - except we wouldn't due to the number of south facing roof tops (as you rightly point out), and that UK weather isn't constantly good enough to generate that much juice all the time - particularly in the winter when it's needed most.
Re: If the problem is indeed power
Sadly, more likely to get help from Dr Evil's Sharks with Frickin' Laser Beams...
Re: Shooting blanks?
Might get messy if it shoots it's load.
"Who is mr Putin trying to fool?"
I read that line and Dad's Army sprung to mind.
"Who do you think you are kidding, Mr. Putin..."
"Well nuclear powered subs exist, as do nuclear powered air craft carriers......."
And the list of sunken nuclear powered aircraft carriers? Oh, that's right, there isn't one. Not to mention, there's only submarine to have a sinking related to the reactor - and that was scuttled against after the event, against the advice of the IAEA. All of these incidents (including the Kursk) relate to cold war era hardware too - somewhat less mature technology than today.
I'd have thought the second one gave you something of a shock too. Was it a Logitech or Microsoft one?
Re: dear vmware
Is this any help?
..now we've had Titanfall, when can we have a new, up to date MechWarrior again?
How MS will make money:
1 - Who owns Nokia?
2 - Appstore proceeds (if WinPhone gains traction).
Funnily enough, I wouldn't buy an Android phone if it were coated in gold etc. I don't like the idea of paying for the privilege of being an unwilling participant in Google's attempt at world domination.
I'd just seen that on Auntie's news page - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-26773702
Re: Nice suit
Given the bulky size of the thing, they'll need to drag the shuttles out of the museums
Re: Refused to get dressed or leave in a cab
Excuse my naïveté, but where would she keep her change?
Ah, yes, with her mobile phone - how silly of me.
Re: “female hygiene accessory”
"You're a 102 63 103, I'll 98 your 478, you 725 673."
Well, at my local Chinese, you'd have ordered Fried onion in hot chilli sauce, special fried rice, egg fried rice and mixed veg in black bean sauce. Unfortunately, they don't have the latter numbers...
Re: re. "... jubular cover"
Of course, Jubular makes an excellent word. Would this lead to Jubular Bells? A prog-rock Mike Oldfield album with a suitable endowed cover?
Mines the one with the Jubular Bells CD cover insert in the pocket. Grrrr....
Less rounded when they're cold though?
And wasn't there an El-Reg article recently about iPhone 6 being heat sensitive too?
Am I seeing a pattern?
The only things I can come up with aren't suitable for publication. For example smuggling phones into prison via bodily orifices might trigger an unanticipated response. Ew!
Re: Government departments surprised by arrival of April 2014.
Actually, they do own a calendar, otherwise the union members wouldn't know what day to go out on strike.
Unfortunately, what they often do have is an unholy combination of abundant red tape, the worst project managers money can buy and an institutionalised mind-set that is highly insular with little appreciation of the real world and the options that are out there.
"Their work has been published in Nano Letters"
Does this mean it's been printed in very small characters?
Or, in this context...
What is your reaction to our corrupt elected/unelected bottom-feeders browsing for porn in their place of work?
Re: Isn't it even worse for you ....
Only for everyone else on the day your bottled up rage explodes and you go all D Fens (Gratuitous Falling Down reference).
"most sensible people don't trade in their old TV just because there is a newer one with better features"
Really? You're on the wrong website for comments like that. There isn't anyone that sensible here. 3D TV anyone....?
Re: Run. Quickly. Away.
'Win7 support is ending'
Regular support for an OS that is already five years old moves to extended support next year, through to 2020. That's not too bad. I'm sure you'll manage.
Calm down, dear, support isn't even nearly over.
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