777 posts • joined 19 Jun 2007
Re: "Galaxy Essentials" ... you have to ask yourself why they were left off the phone to begin with
Galaxy Ace (hasn't it been called that for quite a while, now?)
Yes, since about launch if I remember rightly...
Re: Why does a camera need NFC?
NFC won't be used for the transfer itself, merely to initiate a one-off wifi/bluetooth/etc connection. NFC itself can only realistically transfer very small amounts of data, so for practical transfer purposes it is used to negotiate a connection by other means without confounding the user with SSIDs etc. A veil of security is provided by the physical proximity (millimetres) required for NFC devices to get cosy.
Re: "Make News Feed Better"
Good point well made, statistically speaking.
Re: What's the point of that?
Plenty enough of those, and they're inevitably the best people to throw adverts at in the first place... And besides, even if you turn the Facebook app's location-related menu options off, it still accesses GPS if enabled at the system level. Go figure.
"Make News Feed Better"
Then there is their new "make news feed better" initiative, which is solely about advertising. The user is presented with a series of posts, and asked to rate them on how much they look like adverts. It is clearly an attempt to explore making adverts look more like posts from your friends (so perhaps more likely to be read, though that depends on one's friends), and as such, any user's civic duty is to skew the feedback with as much randomness as feasibly possible.
Translate to emoji
I am advised that their "translate to emoji" top-of-the-menu option on mobile Chrome was an April Fool too. Probably. Or perhaps just another case of anything to do with emoji and/or bitcoins being inexplicably cool, rather than self-evidently retarded. Assuming the latter, given its continued post-noon presence.
As the article alludes, this is all part of Facebook divesting itself of as much responsibility for basically anything as it possibly can. Remember when you used to actually be able to report posts and people without jumping through half a dozen patronising hoops on a road to nowhere? Now you're bloody lucky if one of the boilerplate reasons is remotely relevant. I usually choose pornography if nothing else suitable is available (please don't take this out of context), since a square inch of BOOBS (even with baby attached) obviously riles them soooo much. Piss easy to include an "Other" and text box option - except it means someone actually has to the read it and do something about it.
If local time is 12:76, I'm not sure I quite trust the maths in this thing.
Anyway, if it says I have 30 years to live and I fall under a bus, can I get my money back?
I've heard of Disgo
Oh yes... Had one of their mp3 players for about a day, if I remember rightly. That should say it all.
The instant scanner's a load of pants. I have just tested it against one of my sites that I know for a fact has elements IE6 bodges rendering through not supporting at all, and there's not a glimmer of a warning. As others have suggested, everything seems to be about getting it looking right on mobile devices (which it already does, TYVM) and Windows 8.
Better than the Gadget Show anyway
(as if that's difficult, these days)
Their small tablet comparison ran to the iPad Mini and the Kindle Fire HD, and that's yer lot... I guess Apple and Amazon paid them not to include the Nexus 7, which would have wiped the floor with both of them. I can't even remember which one won, so irrelevant it became in an instant.
Easy phish for not terribly juicy info
But I guess it's not like the ITU is as security conscious as a royal hospital.
'Cos in making it optional and something people have to lift a finger, they probably only have to supply half the kit they would otherwise. Same as with my (Panasonic, as it happens) telephoto lens, with a £50 rebate when I went to the faff of scanning barcodes and till receipts.
Re: coming with five pairs of 3D specs
Probably passive 3D, though at that resolution that may not be too much of a drawback unless right on top of it.
Couldn't have happened to a nicer company.
Upgrading and compatibility
Looks promising that they have included a facility to transfer data across. Hopefully that applies to paid purchases as well as saved game data. Shame it looks like compatibility is a bit of a mode-based fudge though - this could have been a real winner if designed so that it was essentially an original Wii with some extra oomph, which could have meant that any title could seamlessly play on any generation device, but with extra features, detail etc enabled on the U. With consoles typically sold as loss leaders, that could have played very nicely into the hands of Nintendo, and ease across a customer base that might take a little bit of persuading to make the jump otherwise.
That occurred to me, but then I suspect they have everything by default anyway, so won't be affected.
Re: Mind the gap!
I doubt there will be that much 3G expansion now - and it's not for 100% money grabbing reasons. As I understand it, there were significant technical issues with expanding 3G coverage any further, which 4G by some magic was able to overcome, hence why that's seen as the way ahead and where the investment is being made. But I'm buggered if I'm paying for it! Wi-fi and 2G most of the time is enough for me, ta. :)
"using cellular merely to fill in gaps"
"using cellular merely to fill in gaps" - quite. But try telling that to the vocal minority on giffgaff who consider it their enshrined right to download gigabytes per day over 3G, and who stormed off in a huff when the tariffs were adjusted to make that at least remotely sustainable for the more reasonable masses...
For cheap but hopefully not so nasty, please can we have a review of the Novatech "nFinity" ultrabooks, as previewed way back in March? The me-too-resolution screen would seem to be the only downside to the specs, and quite possibly liveable with for the sub-£500 asking price. TYVM.
Why sell one iPad Mini when the fanbois will also buy its retina replacement in a year's time, and double the already exorbitant profit? In any rational world this would be an issue, but ... yeah, well there you go.
Re: Red Button
Hoping that one day MHEG might support all the cleverness that teletext did, and that BBCi in particular might include all the pages that Ceefax used to... Not holding my breath though.
Performance wise, seems to depend a lot on the equipment manufacturer. Our Humax is more or less instantaneous whereas our old Inverto could be ponderous. I believe with teletext there were only a couple of manufacturers of the chipsets used, whereas there is more diversity with MHEG.
Re: Just what we need
It's high time Google relaxed whatever criteria it enforces to include the official Google Play store. It helps none with perception of the platform to find that probably 50% (by model, not by volume) of the Android tablets in particular out there only officially support some crappy third-party (and sometimes even manufacturer specific) store with none of the apps people want (like iPlayer) - and certainly not the classic Google set like Maps, gMail etc that people might reasonably assume not only to be available but indeed already installed, but oh no. There's already enough fragmentation on the platform without more introduced by sheer politics rather than technological limitation.
Category icon bottom left in the screenshot?
Is that for tits or ass?
Re: New resolution
Or, strictly, just 25k more pixels. I doubt the actual resolution in terms of DPI (pixel fineness) is any different.
Yes, it is about 25k pixels (2%) higher resolution, but 1280 x 800 is by far the more useful in practice, and lends itself to significantly more portable devices.
.... quite a lot of curved corners even in the early models.
contractual responsibility to deliver messages which have been paid for
If SMSes are unlimited, what is the unit cost per message to be refunded in the event of filtering?
(Yes, I know there are other ways of looking at the maths)
They also certainly used to use third-party analytics, and claimed there was no issue with doing so. No idea if they still do since I blocked THAT little feature, obviously.
Apple ... said it removed all applications with pending lawsuits attached to them as a matter of course
Applied entirely fairly, and to hardware as well as software, Apple disappears into a singularity, right?
From several years' experience of various different PVRs, a USP to me would be reliability - that's to say, the certainty (barring mechanical failure) that a recording set will in fact record at the appointed time, and not instead be forgotten about because of some arbitrary system reset, re-scan or lock-up the unit decided to initiate just to be bloodyminded. Sadly that kind of knowledge only comes from extensive use, so never makes it into reviews, only retrospective support forums.
Traditionally, the definition of a fossil appears to require petrified form, which amber-entombed insects etc are not, however it seems this has relaxed - i.e. depends whose dictionary one takes as canon.
I didn't think creatures trapped in amber were fossils, since they are not replaced by stone, but rather are preserved basically in stasis.
On a smaller screen...
On a smaller screen like this, it's probably excusable. Not sure I would want it running much higher in practice. Obviously 1280 x 800 would be far preferable though, as with most widescreen portable devices.
Now, how about a review of the Novatech ultrabooks, or whatever they're presumably rebadging?
Of course Berwick wasn't first, either
Small areas of the UK went digital-only as much as a couple of years before Berwick, where active relays were in use for tricky terrain/geographic reasons and residents had to choose one or the other, unsurprisingly opting for digital. This was the case in part of my home town, and I very much doubt there weren't other similar areas around the land.
Re: Who knows?
However, equally, anyone who's been on Facebook long enough will know that glitches do affect small groups of users, and even more intentional functionality changes are rolled out piecemeal, so one person's "I'm all right Jack" experience does not prove anything for the whole. Yes, people used to be a lot more fast and loose with what they put on walls versus private messages, but this does not necessarily represent the entire story given the (admittedly anecdotal) evidence to the contrary.
I for one was very bored when I got "timelined" and went though everything at the time to weed out unwanted content and still found some suspicious things yesterday. I'm not saying that's proof, because their screwy data model made things come and go during the weeding-out process, and I may have missed things, but then that's at least confirmation the data model is buggered so it really is anyone's guess what else could go wrong.
Seeing reports of people specifically claiming individual messages are missing from private threads and appearing publicly in the timeline instead. Do remember that Facebook's social graph doesn't really discriminate between different kinds of objects, whether public posts, private messages, users, scams or whatever. They are all interconnected. For a private message to be revealed to the world would just take a careless intern programmer (or a glitch in the distributed data model) to accidentally change some arcane property they'd not read the documentation for. It would not, as Facebook techs suggest in their "refutal", require a deliberate data move between tables, because a message and a wall post are not fundamentally different types of data within the system. Bear in mind not dissimilar things have happened intentionally, such as group notes being converted to wall postings without any prior warning.
So really who knows... In the meantime, it's quite fun being voyeuristic.
Re: Not a patch on salthouse
Ah yes, I came here to reminisce about Dr Salthouse also, having enjoyed a lecture of his circa 1987 (?) when he visited our secondary school and did various hairy things with liquid oxygen, oxyacetylene, hydrogen, digestive biscuits etc. Standard test for hydrogen being a squeaky pop from the test tube? Not when the test tube is six foot tall. Yes, we did have to break all safety regulations with the smoke alarms in our lecture theatre...
Re: Could be good
That's a shame then. Must have struck unusually lucky with our (now discontinued and more or less existence-denied) DMX system.
Could be good
From experience with Pure, this could be good. No PVR has ever been perfect at launch, but Pure have a good track record of understanding issues and making new firmware available, with a proper appreciation of the British market. The fly in the ointment is that two years down the line when its successor is launched, it will be abandoned and they will expect you to buy the new one if you wish to maintain the level of service to date.
Any word on whether that's an optimistically-rendered matrix display on the front, or just a logo? I'd certainly be expecting some visual feedback at that price point.
Re: For those too lazy to read the review....
Looks like a twenty to me. I'd imagine it's some kind of subliminal social comment.
I supposed it's inevitable, having borrowed the design of the iPhone off a Sony prototype (sorry, inadmissible evidence, too damaging to the plaintiff) in the first place, that they now follow Sony's trend of using 16:9 screens and will probably claim it as innovative/patentable.
This has all been fantastic free advertising for Ed Sheeran, as if he isn't attracting enough interest already with the forthcoming Hobbit movie.
Is it safe to presume, given no mention in the review, that Archos are finally sourcing better touchscreen technology? All theirs I have ever seen in-store are blighted by a horribly visible digitiser grid looking like chicken wire laid over the panel.
It'll be the combination of O2 and Sony's crapware that tips the balance, then. Reports are that although ICS likes a gig, it will run perfectly happily in half that in its purest form.
They'll probably be told off for being too late, should have mentioned it before, etc etc, then still get awarded several more squillions by California's fundamentally biased legal system. I really don't see such a great difference between all this and Israel's convenient decision that Rachel Corrie wasn't murdered by them - except that no-one can bring Rachel back, whereas the sane world could make some redress if need be.
If only 15.4" laptops were still easily available. Almost all are now 15.6" which equates to the 16:9 1366 x 768 resolution we all know and almost all despise. Thankfully my wife bought her Tosh just before the insanity started, and it has a nice 16:10 1280 x 800 - long may it last. It even fits in standard 15" baggage, unlike most of the new ones.
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