206 posts • joined 27 Jan 2012
Xperias are great
After the missus S3 started having difficulty charging (apparently the USB port needs resoldering after the two years guarantee pass), and tired of the touchwiz interface, I gave my wife the S4 and got for myself a Xperia Z1 compact. I had already got a Xperia M for one of the teenage units, and she is very happy with it, so I decided to try the "underdog".
The result is that now, besides the Z1C, I also got a Z2 tablet. Fast, with a nice fluid interface that not only looks good but doesn't get in the way, these were two great buys. The Z1C has great battery life and an amazing camera, the Z2 tablet has a great screen and is extremely fast. The included office suite has taken all MS format documents I've thrown at it without any hiccups, great for when I take it with me on business trips.
I had quit Sony for Nokia with the issues I had with the K850, then gave up on Nokia after the N96, now I'm back with Sony after trying HTC and Samsung, and if they continue with this quality level, I will surely keep buying and recommending sony androids for a long time.
Really, why should banks replace their working systems, safe in the mainframe, by new fangled unsafe and easily accessed by the NSA cloud systems? If knew the bank I use started replacing their systems, and were even looking at cloud computing, I'd take my money out that instant!
Of course, I'd also ask for a few large loans, a bank that is dumb enough to transfer their business to the cloud is also probably dumb enough to loan me a few millions without the need of a co-lateral.
Most of the comments I've seen are from the user point of view, but if there is less interest, I'd say it is from the small contributors.
Once, you got a group together (or started alone), designed your new package manager, and launched your distribution. People would try it out, some would suggest changes, others would offer their time and start maintaining packages, and soon you'd have a small community behind it. The essential packages were modular, and even behemoths like OpenOffice could be made to compile and be packaged easily. A maintainer for a few packages could do that in his spare time, and do a good job. Now, you have monsters with huge interdependencies, cancers like systemd that try to be everything at once, and are extremely hard to replace with the modular packages, many of which have been abandoned. Being a small contributor isn't fun any more, it is almost impossible. You need a lot more of your time to patch and package, as you now have desktop packages depending on glorified init system replacements, have unstable monsters for sound middleware, and basically have a core set on which everything has hard dependencies, with limited space for small packages doing only a single function well. And now you need to work closely together with other contributors, with the added overhead, and suddenly you no longer have the time and patience to do it right - and it no longer is fun. Linux distro building is now either a "just add a coat of paint to distro x" or a full time job, so the big number of "spare time contributors" move elsewhere.
Also, Android firmware is now more visible and fun. Getting kitkat running on a Nexus One, with the sdcard used for the apps, sure beats by far trying to get a package to work when the modular packages it depends on have been swallowed by some monster that also is incompatible with it.
Strangely, I had to repeat it with a Belfast accent...
Echoes of calling a Microsoft help desk years ago and trying to understand the number of the issue that a young lady was screaming at me, or just because I don't see much use for it unless it is a complete turn back to the desktop, dropping the notro ugliness?
I have to agree with you on systemd bloat and tangled dependency. I had switched to arch a few years ago, and when the devs decided to force systemd down on everyone it was a huge pain. Since then, I've cringed every time I had to fight systemd to manage my systems.
I've since tried to use openrc instead, but systemd is like a parasitic vine, it is so entangled with other modules that it is extremely difficult to replace without breaking dependecies. And as the maintainers of other packages have actively removed sysinit scripts, it is now nearly impossible to replace.
I do like arch for the quick, rolling updates, but it seems like the only hope now is of either going to slackware for a binary distribution, or to gentoo.
Re: Sad, but hardly surprising
I think you might be wrong in respect to the lack of Microsoft fans. You'll find quite a few here in the reg, even windows phone fans. Just because you haven't found any in real life it doesn't mean that they don't exist. Just look at the comments and the votes on any windows phone article here.
I've met one, at least (I hope that the fact that he is a phb doesn't disqualify him automatically).
Re: Who, What, Why
Yelp is a ratings/review site that has been accused of extortionist practices by some small businesses - http://articles.latimes.com/2014/mar/31/business/la-fi-lazarus-20140401.
Having said that, I don't know how true the accusations are, and I've used it often when I am searching for a nice restaurant. They do have a decent directory with good customer reviews. I have yet to understand what is their beef with Google, though. To me the business models don't seem to overlap, only touch in places. In fact, I found Yelp ratings through a Google search.
"At least she's not surfing the 'net with a variety of cheese, most notable for a regional specialisation made with buffalo milk."
I'm afraid only Italians (or those who have lived in Italy) will get that, but it sure made me laugh, have my upvote!
Knowing that the X is an absolute dog, with terrible lag, how is the X2? One would expect that the extra memory and slightly faster CPU would help.
How does it compare, for example, to Sony's last year Xperia M dual, which has nearly similar (a bit superior, but not much) specs, and a cleaner, lighter android with the full app store?
Unfortunately, that is also my experience. While Google translate has issues with slang and abbreviations, Bing translate has issues with almost everything in most languages outside of German, Spanish and French. For those three it is almost at Google level. Don't take my word for it, just try on Facebook to use the translate link to try to understand Dutch, or Slovenian, or Croatian...
Re: Target advertising?
It isn't a revenue stream - but it is something that they have done (see how they caught their employee that leaked Windows 8), and will keep on doing, with a self-appointed "oversee" committee deciding when they can access any individual's email, chats, etc. I find that individual snooping more scary than an automated script travelling through my emails to serve target advertising.
Of course they won't, it isn't their business!
Now, snooping your emails and chats to find out if you're having non-autorized chats with one of their employees, on the other hand...
Will users swallow it?
IT departments might bite, if the PHB forces them to, but then probably the company supplied slab will only replace the company supplied laptop. Users see windows as that blue screen thing, cranky and cumbersome. They buy iPads and Android tablets, not TIFKAM lap warmers. Users will use wintel when forced to, but will still use Android/iOS when they have a choice, and have their apps and games on iOS and Android by now.
This might kill BYOD - but won't stop users from carrying their own tablets and smartphones, and using them over 3G/4G, if the company wifi is suddenly for wintel only again.
I do hope that using your mobe dash-mounted as a GPS unit is excepted from the offences...
But for texting idiots, the fines seem too low.
And the top query on bing will be...
"How to change search to google on Mac"
Re: With Bing Translator?
Beer? I'd say you'll need something a lot stronger. At least I did, after trying the "translation" in Facebook...
Samsung probably hopes
That the appeal will be handled by a less biased judge, or at least one that wasn't an employee of an apple "associate".
What a difference it makes
What a difference it makes, to have a judge other than judge Lucy on a ip case. Maybe this time we can hope for a real trial and that the patent troll will be duly spanked at the end of it?
Re: 7658MB RAM
Beat me to it... Anyway, seems like decent specs even if it is 768MB.
Re: Is this the same Android AV scanner...
I don't know if root cloak works with Sky GO, but you might want to investigate that. It sure does work with Belgacom's TV Partout.
I root all mine/family phones as soon as the battery is charged, to be able to install adaway, titanium backup, and cerberus/lookout. Also to be able to revert google's incredibly dumb decisions in Kitkat re external storage.
Re: Is this the same Android AV scanner...
Are you telling us you didn't root your phone and installed AdAway? Please return your silver badge, you don't deserve it...
How easily the DMCA gets abused
In my original country it is used by a private sports tv network, affiliated with one of the soccer clubs, to routinely get pulled any videos that show referee "errors", unsanctioned aggressions, etc. Even if they are a few seconds clips, as long as it shows the associated club in a bad light, the videos get immediate complains to google/youtube, who too quickly tears them down without any qualms or way to appeal.
And you think there is a need for google to do more to "protect" IP "creators"?
Re: SD card? Finally
Unfortunately, now google has managed to break most use cases for the SD card with the WRITE_MEDIA_STORAGE idiocy in kitkat. This article on android police - http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/02/17/external-blues-google-has-brought-big-changes-to-sd-cards-in-kitkat-and-even-samsung-may-be-implementing-them/ - explains well what happened, if you ignore the apologetic last paragraph.
Re: So is it ok to chew coca leaves now?
"cacao" is the closest to the original Olmec pronunciation. "cocoa" is supposedly an english misspelling that never got corrected. Latin languages still use "cacao".
Re: What chocolate?
:) But cadbury's stuff (as well as almost anything else by krap, pardon, kraft foods) usually has only 20%. Not that I happen to have a 360g fruit & nut bar here, of course.
Was the study made on dark chocolate (over 70% cocoa)? Or on the crap now called chocolate, with less than 30% of cocoa?
And don't get me started on what passes for chocolate in the states, I really wonder what they tested in the Louisiana State University...
Maybe they did the smart thing and studied the microbes action on pure cocoa, but then one has to wonder how this will apply to the real world stuff.
PS: After reading the original study, it is clear they chose the third option - "The team tested three cocoa powders using a model digestive tract" - even if the study speaks of dark chocolate.
Re: Well done El Reg
A bit difficult to be there on a week day, I'll probably drink a Belgian beer then.
" the Galaxy's amoled screen is virtually impossible to read in direct sunlight (in Australia anyway)."
I had the same experience in a country with decent sunlight (Italy), however in Brussels the screen is very easy too read in the rare instances we have sunlight. I imagine it is the same in the UK.
Sunlight (intensity) isn't a constant, strangely...
"Penn is known to be the mastermind behind Microsoft's “Scroogled” anti-Google campaign" - and is this idiot that now is promoted to chief strategy officer?
This is almost as great news as if they had made flop CEO - at least to anyone wishing to see microsoft fail!
Pot, meet kettle.
Australis and now this?
They really are being paid by google to drive users to abandon firefox for chrome, right?
Re: I followed that 'Australis' link.
Take a look at https://wiki.mozilla.org/Features/Desktop and weep. Even a copy of the chrome menu is about to be forced on the remainin firefox users. It seems to have failed version 25 (27 on linux still doesn't have the australis tabs and this) but seems to be nearly ready.
Australis as default?
I agree the sync is clunky, it could be made a lot simpler. But australis? What is the reason for this obsession with "simple" interfaces? Didn't anyone learn anything from the windows 8/unity/gnome 3 less than enthusiastic reception?
Slashdot is doing the same crap (and about to lose their main asset, the commentators). Have the Fischer Price interface designers taken over the world?
Why don't the mozilla devs fix the issues instead of playing with the interface and ruining the usage for non-retard users? Oh well, I guess I shouldn't expect much, since some of the issues are self inflicted, like breaking the ESC key handling (http://blog.ffextensionguru.com/2013/01/11/changes-to-esc-key-behavior/).
Oh well, I've dropped mozilla on Android (dolphin is decent and has some plugin support) so I'll probably drop firefox on the desktop as soon as they make australis the default. If I am forced to use a "simplified" interface, I might as well switch to chromium.
Just wish you had tried Linux on the dock part. Even only booting from an USB stick, to be able to give us an expectation on how well supported (or not) it could be if one opts to install Linux instead of the supplied W8.
That previous to last paragraph almost convinced me to downvote you.
Re: Sod off, microsoft
Bzzzzt - wrong. To use Bing and IE you just use the stuff that came with the OS. To use Google you need to do a conscious choice, if you're using the browser bundled with the most used PC OS. You need to go to the site or even change the default search engine in IE. If you want to use another browser you also need to do a conscious choice and search and download it. You can more easily make a case for Bing being anti-competitive than Google.
As for biased choice - I'd rather Google continues keeping link farms and Bing low in the search results. If Google sites are the most relevant, then why not show them first?
Sod off, microsoft
If we wanted your sorry excuse for a search site, we'd be using it. As is, even clueless joe sixpack actively changes his browser search engine from bing to google. No amount of bribery^wlobying will change that.
Re: in practice...
You forgot to post this one as anonymous, as you did the previous 5, including your typical lies about Munich municipality dumping MS crap... Why you still insist I don't know, we know your writing style by now...
Looks like the laptop I'll buy for my kids. No windows, so no need for anti-virus and other bloat, small, light and flexible, and powerful enough for their needs in primary and secondary school.
Finally I'll be able to replace their ageing Aspire One (running Kubuntu). The only drawback I can see is if it is locked to ChromeOS, lets hope it isn't.
Autobahn speed limits
I thought it was common knowledge that some parts of some German autobahns had no speed limits. It is a typical tourist attraction for young males from neighbouring countries. Just remember that where there is a speed limit you'd better drive at a speed under it, the fines are rather high!
Re: Clearly the cop was corrupt
It was a small attempt at irony, yes. Not all Prius owners are anal retentive fuel savers (at least I hope).
I bought mine more mostly for overall comfort, but above all the great transmission/gear box, which makes it the less stressing car I've done 10+ hour drives in. I just wish I could have afforded the radar controlled cruise control. The missus loving the car had nothing to do with my choice, I swear!
Of course, as the kids grow up I am thinking that investing on some kind of separation partition between front and back seats (fully audio isolated, of course) would have been a wiser choice.
Re: Clearly the cop was corrupt
On German motorways I've driven mine (a 2010 Prius fully loaded with wife and kids) at 100 mph (160 km/h as measured by the gps). I wanted to see if it could go faster, but the wife was already complaining, so I kept at that speed. I must say that in "power" mode it handles those speeds better than I expected. Of course, suddenly it is spending almost double the normal fuel consumption, but who cares...
Re: I got one for Christmas........
Seems like I need to sideload the nook app... You got these from the nook store?
Re: Grab one before they disappear
You'll get a much faster, more fluid interface, but you'll lose the nook app. You can ever overclock the HD to the HD+ clock speed, without apparently any ill effect. For games and browsing there is a small, but noticeable speed advantage. But I'd advise waiting for the CM11 official nightlies, even if verigreen's unofficial version seems to be extremely stable and fast.
Grab one before they disappear
I managed to get a HD+ despite B&N efforts not to sell it to anyone outside UK. It is a very nice tablet, decent CPU, great full HD screen, excellent value for money at £149 for the 32GB version. The only "defect" is B&N customisations, but you can always install cyanogenmod. And with CM11 it flies, it is even better.
Re: Credibility = none
And of course, as in "The Island" they used a "MSN Search", it now should be the main search engine in the world, right?
Please, look up "product placement" one of these days.
Well, now that Nokia is no more and Elop finished his job, Microsoft could put an OS people do want on the Lumia and get them to sell for a profit at last. Oh well, it is nice to dream...
Re: They only do it because they legally have to.
Nice rant. Now try to download your data from facebook, or your email from hotmail, and tell us how to do it.
What about EU hosted cloud?
I know that your MPs don't care, but I'd rather see a comparison of cloud providers that are able to respect EU privacy laws, leaving out any that have to bend over to the USA.
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