92 posts • joined Thursday 1st December 2011 10:30 GMT
>Power to weight restriction like they have on bikes would be good.
Well, some people are just going to want to go fast and overtake everything no matter what - overtaking is a damn sight easier and safer in something with decent power than your typical teen's 1.0 Vauxhall Corsa, weighed down with fake body kit and undercar lighting.
Fragmentation doesn't exist (or at least isn't an issue) on solid state, because it's just as quick to retrieve data sequentially from sectors 1, 2, 3, 4, etc as it is sectors 1, 100001, 2, 100002, 3, 100003, etc (for example), due to there being no physical mechanics to move.
Actual Satnav units
Where does US law stand on accessing actual Satnav units - either built in, or third-party (suckered to the windscreen)?
I bet (from what I do know about the US law system) that that's legal, but if it's a piece of similar electronics called a "mobile phone", it's illegal.
Personally, I love Google Now, one of my favourite "wow" features of Android, and is genuinely useful, if you do any kind of a commute, or when travelling.
Instead of fighting a service for which there is obviously big demand, why can't the channels either embrace it, or at least come up with their own means to watch live telly in this manner - whether it's on computers, mobiles, tablets, etc? Same old story, same as the music industry.
Re: Follow the money
Please don't give them ideas!
Exactly, at first I thought what a terrible idea, and this is going to punish everyone who can control themselves/drink modestly. But 50p per unit is going to do nothing to the majority of the country who enjoy a 2/3 unit pint which already costs at least £3.50+
Re: It is even slower than you say
You just showed you didn't understand it fully - the intention is this compression would be used only on the server side, and the decompression is no more taxing than existing algorithms (the same in fact), so unless you're running your servers on batteries, this would not affect battery life in any way.
All the way up there, you'll still get people complaining about how slow the broadband is, and how crap BT are that they haven't got anything quicker, and how Virgin would probably go a million times quicker
Busting your data allowance in minutes
While I agree with the general gist of this article, I can't stand the continued trolling of the old "but with 4G you'd use your data allowance within minutes!" line - what is it with this assumption that on 3G you use data when you have to, bit by bit, but as soon as you have a 4G connection, whoa, I'm gonna go off and download the whole internet to my handset in minutes...
Erm, no. Sure, if the extra speed (but let's face it, it's not revolutionary speeds compared to what the best 3G connections can manage) means you want to start running bittorrent over your mobile connection, or downloading Linux distributions to your handset, then you're gonna have the same problem you did on 3G, you'll just hit those problems just quicker.
The point of 4G (and I'm not a massive fan, having just signed up to another 18 month 3G plan, but I'd have it for free, thanks) is that you can do what you did before, but quicker. You use a gig or two a month currently? You'll use a gig or two on 4G, maybe a touch more because you can work quicker, but everything will happen quicker*.
* Supposedly it'll happen quicker, though I maintain for most things we do on mobiles/tablets, will we really notice that 0.2 second page load improvement?
Re: WTF?! "This App is not compatible with Nexus 7
Same here - I suspect (hope) it's some kind of oversight, and I'm sure it'll be asking to upgrade soon enough.
It doesn't need a data connection at all, other than to initially download the thing.
I'm a huge fan of SwiftKey - have updated it on my GS3, but it doesn't seem compatible with my Nexus 7 anymore, so won't update...?
If I can't have it, nobody can...
So if I'm reading it correctly, it looks like so many people are already using the term "Python" in various trademarks all around the world, chances are no one will end up with exclusive use for it, and the world will carry on as before?
As have been repeated above, maybe people just don't care about SUPER-fast mobile internet that much, and simple plain old "fast" mobile internet suffices? I consider myself quite a heavy mobile internet user, but only on my phone, so I can't think of anything I do on there which would really benefit from the faster speed (and higher cost). Maybe if I was tethering my laptop......
The other thing I don't get about EE/Orange/T-Mobile is, given they're the same company now, how I was able to get a new contract with T-Mobile with almost-unlimited everything and free Xperia Z, for £12 less per month than I could get a comparatively limited Orange contract, with a non-free Xperia Z.
Why aren't they offering comparative contracts and deals now?
Re: Target Acquired?
Bringing your business to it's needs doesn't sound too bad, in fact, it sounds quite a good thing. However, if it was brought to it's knees, that's a whole different story.................
I hope the trademark investigation process into this goes something like this:
1. Type the trademark being applied for (Python) into any good search engine.
2. See 187,000,000 results.
3. "Hmm, that's a popular word, looks like it's some programming language thing..."
4. Search on "Python programming language"
5. "Hmm, 15,000,000 results"
6. Reach for the "REJECTED" stamp.......
Russians - hard as nails, not fazed at all
Anyone else noticed that in all the videos we've seen of this, neither pedestrians or drivers seem at all fazed by the sight of a massive fireball screaming across the sky.
In the vid here in the story, couple of people shuffling across the road, briefly glance up at it, carry on shuffling. And while I don't speak Russian, the people in the car seem extremely calm, no raised voices screaming "какого хрена это?!?!?!?!?!"
Re: No Dave!
Dave? You mean Top Gear TV, right?
Don't get me wrong, I love Top Gear, and when I was on Freeview, Dave was one of my most watched channels, so I thought I would miss it when switching to Freesat a few years ago, but actually, there's only so many Top Gear repeats one can watch. I'd love it to be on Freesat, but it's not a factor anymore.
Re: U nit
D'OH! Egg on my face. Oh well, still not bad, given how close people normally are to their cabinets.
Graph below of up/down speeds against the distance from the cabinet with VDSL2 (ie. BT's Infinity product):
I wouldn't exactly describe 60Mbps/22Mbps at 2km from the cabinet a white elephant.
Re: You paid WHAT for a DVI-HDMI adapter???
"It still seems ludicrously expensive to me for what is, after all, two connectors and some wire."
Yeah, and I don't know why this iPad is so expensive - after all, all it is is a load of metal, plastic, bit of silicon, all mashed together into a rectangle with rounded corners.
Yeah, sometimes you can get it a bit wrong...I dunno, like something splashing down in the sea off the south coast when it was meant to comfortably land in the Hampshire/Sussex countryside :)
Re: I lost interest here:
You're all getting tied up in definitions - if you want to take the pedantism to the extreme, by the definition quoted, you could call anything on the internet "cloud computing", because it all uses hardware and software resources/services over the internet. In fact, The Register is a cloud provider*, because we're using their hardware and software, which provide a service to us over the internet.
* it isn't, it's a fecking website
iTunes and the App Store itself, by definition, are stores. Yes, you can stream films from one or the other, or iCloud, or whatever it's called these days, but that isn't the "cloud" in the way most people who actually know about IT think of it. I agree it's a wooly definition, and actually I don't like the whole term/concept - it's giving a fancy name to stuff we've really done for years, but in a less marketable way.
If you can't guarantee you'll be able to keep the same prices for the length of my contract, I can't guarantee my ability to keep paying it.
2 years may be "a very long time" in the communications market (though when it comes to suppliers, I'd bet they all negotiate longer term deals, so I'd dispute that somewhat), but it's not like a mobile provider's customers ALL join at once, and so that company is left unable to do ANYTHING for the rest of the period - their customers join (and leave) every day, so just make any increases apply to NEW customers.
Re: I lost interest here:
iTunes and the App Store are not cloud services - they are shops to buy music/films and software from.
Yes, because I just love adverts!
My mum says I'm a VIP, does that count?
@ Refugee from Windows
Indeed, but there is a difference between picture *quality* and simply whether you receive a picture at all. If the 1's and 0's can't be made into anything, the result is no picture, or at least severely broken up picture. That's not picture quality.
@ Dave Bell
"I also had to install an amplifier and use the higher-grade co-ax cable. The jump in picture quality from the aerial upgrade was obvious"
Ah yes, that old Monster Cables trick - with better cables and a stronger signal, the 1's and 0's are even higher quality 1's and 0's = better picture quality! Ummm......
I'm as much of a Google and Android fanbois as the next, but 8GB? Seriously? I was preparing to jump ship from the S3 to a pure Android phone, but looks like I've been pushed back.
Re: Your holding it wrong.
Sorry, I couldn't resist either
"Samsung has gone on the offensive again today adding the iPhone 5 onto a list of Apple devices that it wants to see banned. Sammy argue that the new Jesus mobe infringes two standards patents and six features patents. That case is scheduled to be heard in 2014."
Haha, that's another subtle way to help Apple out; delay any cases against it until the product in question is no longer relevant.
Facts are all wrong in this story - Samsung fixed this vulnerability ages ago, and in fact most people walking around now with one of these in their pockets are almost certainly already running insusceptible firmware.
So no, Samsung hasn't just "has whipped out a fix" in response to this. Most incorrect article I've seen on El Reg for years...
Why don't they just allow you to pre-order the iPhone 6 now?
Well quite, hear hear... batteries should be ever lasting, only ever needing a charge at the factory during manufacturing. In fact, I'm annoyed that I have to refuel my car every couple of weeks, now you've mentioned it!!
If you have a physical key that you push into a barrel and twist to start it (which I suspect you do), then no, you're not affected.
Re: A poor excuse
Quick off the top of my head thought; introduce an artificial 30, 60, or 90 minute delay in the process of programming a blank key - probably 2 extra lines of code. Yes, a bit of a hassle when you've lost your key, having a wait a short while to program a new one, but hardly the end of the world. What thief is going to want to sit and wait that long while the car does it's thing?
Re: Poor haters
But it isn't anything new - there *are* other phones out there, ignoring whatever OS is on them, because it seems mentioning "Android" suddenly polarises people (oops), which achieve virtually equal performance, equally good battery performance, in equally slim designs, but they've been on sale for months.
Like you, I'm not an iPhone lover, but neither am I knocking the new one - good design, bulletproof build quality, good innards, but let's stop calling the thing technologically special, let alone revolutionary.
Re: Why several models?
@Philippe and John 172
Aerials, antennas, sure, I did consider that, but the range of frequencies the models already support with the aerials they're fitted with (ie. GSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900, 2100), the LTE bands in question are within these ranges anyway.
For example, going into more detail, why can the A1428 antennas support LTE bands 4 and 17 on 1.7-2.1 GHz and 704-746 MHz respectively, but not the LTE bands 1, 3 and 5 on 1.9-2.1 GHz, 1.7-1.9 GHz, and 824-894 MHz respectively, which the A1429 can? They're all in the same ranges, what's the problem?
Why several models?
I understand there might be fundamental differences between a CDMA (ugh) and a GSM phone, but why have different models for different subtle frequencies - how difficult is it to have a single phone which supports the US GSM LTE frequencies and the rest of the world's?
The only difference I can see between the A1428 and the GSM A1429 is the A1428 supports LTE bands 4 and 17, and the GSM A1429 supports LTE bands 1, 3 and 5. What is the reason for not having a single which supports LTE bands 1, 3, 4, 5, and 17, or indeed all the bands?
Re: Tool up and go to work
Am I the only one who questions whether someone really develops for HTML5, when they go against all normal convention and puts the 5 in quotes? It's HTML5, not HTML'5'.
@ Lee Dowling
Unofficial tyre, I call bollocks... next you'll be claiming you saw them refill the washer fluid with tap water, and the OBD flashed up saying "NEIN, NON-MINERAL WASSER ALERT!!"
"if an attacker had access to a WiFi network the phone connected to, its assistance request could be captured, and redirected to the attacker’s server. The attacker would now know where the phone is"
Errrm, hate to point out the obvious, but if you're connected to a WiFi network, I have a pretty damn good idea where you are without fancy hacking involving capturing, processing, and returning packets. You're gonna be somewhere within ~30m of the basestation!
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