180 posts • joined 27 Jan 2012
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...
"schizoid interface featuring coloured tiles"
Now I am sure that Andrew doesn't screen all the reviews before they are published!
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.
Well, it all depends.
I have my old AAO, put a 1GB DIMM in it so that it now has 1.5GB and replaced the slow 8GB SSD by a slightly less slow 32GB CFCard with an IDE to ZIF adapter. Added a 6 cell battery. Installed kubuntu, enabled the plasma netbook interface, and my daughter is now using it for her school work without complaints apart from the crappy low res screen. Still have XP in a partition (7 won't install in a "removable" drive) and it is slow as molasses. Kubuntu is not fast, but usable.
Toshiba NB550 - replaced the 2GB DIMM with a 8GB one, "upgraded" windows 7 to 8 (now 8.1) to take advantage of the low launch price to get the pro edition, since 7 starter edition is unusable. Still a lot slower than Arch Linux on the second partition, but almost usable with classic shell. Tried the fisher price interface for some time, but it is even less usable than on windows phone, and still fugly.
I've also replaced the original LCD with a 1366x768 one, and it does make a difference. Unfortunately, windows 8 is still atrociously slow. Gets to the desktop quickly, but then... Having the same number of tabs open in firefox as I usually do in arch (20+ tabs) almost kills the machine in w8.
The Toshiba has been my work laptop for the last year and half, on the train or connected to a screen in the office, and is now being replaced by a Nook HD+ with a bluetooth keyboard. Half the weight, and MobiSystems OfficeSuite Pro is now good enough on Android to replace LibreOffice, with the free QuickOffice also a good alternative. And all these three are ribbon free and can write MS Office compatible formats, so it is a win-win situation.
I also had an asus 1101ha, which convinced me never to buy intel again after the way the handled the whole poulsbo debacle, but it now no longer charges (and I don't have surface mount soldering tools and skills to replace the power socket on the MB). Too bad, the screen is better than the AAO.
Re: Already available
No idea why anyone would down vote you, as it is a sensible solution. I have openelec on two mini PCs (atom ion chipset) , connected to amps and TV, just for that. Completely independent music and video on each room. An Android remote controls each using the wifi, switching between media centres without any issue. Surely it is flexible enough and cheap enough?
Or is that the problem, that it won't be in the same price range as the monster cables? :D
Re: Talking of CSI
I can only guess it will look as ridiculous and dated in a few years as the "MSN Search" "product placement" looks now in "The island".
It has wifi hotspot, so now I only need to find one with dual sim support. Like that I am set until Nellie manages to kill roaming charges...
Re: The ITC moves too slowly for it to matter either way
The typical excuse of the itards... So now, asking for the exact same thing that Samsung asked everybody else isn't Fair because apple didn't want to pay anything at all?
Here we go again
Using a notoriously pro-windows panel projections as if they were real sales figures. And now I'll probably get downvoted like crazy for pointing out that kantar is just a panel, doing projections from the choices of its members, not presenting real sales figures.
Seems like a great opportunity for another android manufacturer, Samsung has just dropped the ball on the high end market. HTC won't grab it, not while they won't sell their phones with uSD and removable battery outside of China. But Sony's offerings start being attractive again...
On the contrary, it is a bit low key now. Did you forget that any post critical of WP7 would get more than 30 downvotes when the first Lumias came out? And that a few commentards would immediately come out quoting MS canned responses, like "if you don't have one you're not allowed to criticise", or "it will be fixed next version"?
Or that any critic of the first surfaces would be downvoted like crazy too, and would get exactly the same canned answers?
Of course, if you go to any site that uses disqus or livefyre for the comments, you'll see the hundreds of non-anonymous, single time posters praising whatever microsoft is selling and attacking anyone who dares to criticise them. But those aren't astroturfers, no, they are genuine, outraged microsoft fans who go to the trouble of creating an account to post only once and then disappear.
As for iteration 2 of the surfaces, it still feels like watching a train wreck in slow motion... Still not offering anything to tablet users, maybe appealing to ultrabook users but too expensive still even for that.
Re: Fake reviews
I don't think Waggener-Edstrom was among the companies that were investigated, so its employees probably still aren't afraid enough to post AC.
It has probably more to do with posts made under some IDs here being already downvoted almost automatically - see vogon, richto, mmeier, lds... They have taken such a extremist and disconnected, fanatical pro-ms position so frequently that almost nobody takes them seriously any more. Almost like they were some sort of anti-Eadon particles^Hcommentards.
@AC12:16 Re: Nokia's real fall
Where did I write that it was anything else than the numbers? The analysis are in the rest of the blog.
Besides, what is the alternative to Elop being the worst CEO ever, that he is the best Microsoft mole ever? Because it is either one of the other, there is no other way to explain the "burning platforms" memo and all the following decisions.
@ Anonymous Coward 101 Re: Nokia's real fall
Sorry, but you're misquoting in an effort to distort history. Those statements refer explicitly the period AFTER the "burning platforms" memo.
Second, it is common knowledge, and has been stated by Timo several times, that he deletes insulting, out of topic, or just plain false comments. Like those PR statements in the MS/Corporate nokia blog, you cite. That is the real drivel.
Nokia's real fall
If you want hard numbers on the real fall of Nokia, and Elop's role in it, Timo Ahonen has published the hard numbers here - http://communities-dominate.blogs.com/brands/2013/09/the-do-it-yourself-elop-analysis.html. You'll see how Nokia fared (market position, sales, profits, etc.) with Elop, both before and after the 2/2011 memo. And then take your own conclusions.
Re: Will WindowsPhone become Nokia-only?
Oh, it seems that the truth offended some crybabies... Keep downvoting, it won't change the fact that Kantar is just a panel, has no real numbers just projections made from a very small sample, and that its numbers have as much credibility as the ratings the panels that compose it published before.
If you have any real information, then post it and correct the wikipedia article. Downvoting because you don't like the facts won't change them.
Re: Finger on the trigger
@LDS - google Xiaomi and MIUI. Seems like it pays, to fork android and develop it.
Re: Will WindowsPhone become Nokia-only?
@Mark. You know that Kantar is just wild speculation, like the old panels they bought, right? A sample size of 3000 worldwide, already known for their disconnection with the biggest public when they were called Nelson or IBOPE, doesn't have much credibility...
Typo - Re: No real numbers!
No real numbers!
I wonder why everyone is debating this as if Kantar had published real sales figures, when they are just the old, discredited panels (IBOPE, Nelson, etc.) under a single name! Check wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kantar_Worldpanel - apparently they are extrapolating these numbers from a base of 3000 users worldwide.
Strange how everyone new that Nelson (or IBOPE in Brasil) ratings were crap, but now some journalists are passing the same dross as if it were real sales numbers. Even when it contradicts almost everyone else.
Re: @dogged Too bad
"I don't think I see any point in continuing this discussion though. Your Android preference is clearly religious rather than rational and I very much doubt you're capable of reasoned discussion."
Lol... So you're the one that writes that even if it is open, nobody will examine the code, so it is more insecure than closed code that nobody can examine, and I am the one incapable of rational discussion? Can't you even see the fallacy in your argument?
Let me just write it in a more clear and concise way - code that anyone can examine is much more likely to be secure and without having a second purpose than closed code that nobody but its creators can examine. If only because it can be checked!
Of course, your argument that most people won't check is true - but most isn't all, and I'll bet that EFF and several others regularly check linux and AOSP code thoroughly. Do you think that if there was such a vulnerability in there the creators of the skroogled and of the "know the facts" campaigns wouldn't have trumpeted it to the world by now?
As for trusting a company I pay money to, I'd rather not pay anything to microsoft. and all that I have paid in the last few years is the windows tax on new laptops. I wonder why anyone would trust a company that is known to have embedded NSA back doors on its code, that regularly has inserted "phone home" "features" on its operating systems, and that has lied and cheated every way it can to destroy its competitors and explore its customers.
But keep holding on to your religious beliefs. Apparently you're the one who accepts microsofts arguments on faith only.
@dogged Re: Too bad
Really? You can affirm that an open source OS, that anyone can check, is full of NSA back doors? Wow, you either are an highly skilled NSA employee, plating those back doors, or an extremely skilled security researcher, as you've found what many have to find on AOSP... Pray tell, if you know there are those back doors in AOSP (and/or the Linux kernel), can you show us where is at least one, in the code? Because the code is there for all to see, unlike for your loved MS OSs...
@AC 12.32 Re: Too bad
"Windows CE is highly secure in comparison..." -I´d like to know what the hell you're smoking...
Re: Too bad
Cyanogenmod, no google apps, TomTom (off-line navigation, with the possibility of using live traffic feeds). With the OS being open source and extremely flexible it surely beats a closed, locked system where I can't even use my own hosts file or set up a decent firewall, and which is developed by a company with deep ties with the NSA. I can block whatever ports and addresses I want, or simply spoof addresses with a simple hosts file, fully controlling who it communicates with.
I'd rather have a standard where I could plug my 7" tablet of choice. I have ended up not updating my car's GPS maps, and use instead TomTom on my android, mounted on the dash. I'll probably have to do the same if my next car has some windows automotive in there, no way I am going to connect that to the net.
Of course, if you like windows CE/WP/RT, more power to you, but I rather not have that in my car.
There is a starbucks in Disneyland Paris. You could do as most of those there, buy a cup of that crap they sell, and let it cool forgotten on a table while you use their free wifi.
Re: Why not quit the freeloading?
That might work in Paris, but in most places in France they'll only sell that SIM to a resident. The same applies to all of Luxembourg (you need a services bill or other proof of residence) and to Italy (you need a codice fiscale card).
Apart from that, you're forced either to "freeload" or pay extorsion roaming rates.
Re: Offline maps on android
While google's offline maps still work (with the "ok maps" easter egg), I have bought tom tom europe some time ago. I've found it has the best and more accurate maps, beating waze/open street maps, google, garmin (I have a couple garmin units with "life updates"), and nokia. It also has one of the worst interfaces, making you click three times to start navigating, and not allowing you to choose a close destination on the visible map. Waze has started with a relatively poor data set and you're always at the mercy of the map editors (I've seen tunnels disappear, and I see private roads marked as public frequently), google doesn't have offline navigation, garmin and nokia don't have an android app. Garmin is still better than nokia for most usage, though, with equal quality maps and a much better interface.
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