158 posts • joined Friday 27th January 2012 14:12 GMT
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...
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.
uSD and removable battery
Strangely, HTC is only doing well in China, where it released a One variant including a uSD and dual SIM (alas, still no removable battery).
Seems like the cloud mongers, the design before functionality crowd who hailed the "industrial design" scratch prone metal and belittled anyone who complained about the lack of uSD, weren't that hot on their predictions again...
Hello HTC, how about giving us what we asked? I'd have bought in a flash a top of range android with uSD, removable battery, and dual SIM slots! As you wouldn't sell that, I got the next best, the Galaxy S4, and I am very happy with it, only wish it had the mentioned dual SIM slots.
Re: Taxi was made in France by Luc Besson
And there were no sequels of Taxi, not even in France.
Like there never was a matrix 2 and 3
For me, the Terminator series includes only T1 and T2. Likewise, Star Wars thankfully never saw any sequel after the first trilogy.
Re: It's not that bad
Interesting how my S3 (and now my S4, and previously my Nexus One) never exhibit the so-called flaws that these "switchers to WP" "users" go on about. My (now the wife's) S3 bezel is still perfect, it doesn't reboot or freeze, and the sound is clear and nice.
On the other hand, my Lumia 800 has long been relegated to "feature phone, calls only" status due to its complete inadequacy for anything else. Not that it crashes, but the screen got scratched very quickly (my N1, S3 and S4 still have a pristine screen) before I had even time to put a protector, and the OS is too limited to be called a smartphone OS. Incomplete bluetooth, no access to the filesystem, one volume control for everything, slow and limited browser, no way to organize apps, no notifications unless a tile is visible, etc.
I must say I do like the mandatory camera button, and wish all smartphones had it. But if it implies also having a mandatory useless bing button, then I can live without it.
Re: the answer is because it has the best camera in any Smartphone other than the newer 92x
The best if you leave out the HTC One, the Galaxy S4, etc. Check the comparison between the S4, the One, the iPhone 5 and the 920 - http://connect.dpreview.com/post/9219904986/shootout-samsunggalaxys4-vs-htcone-vs-iphone5-vs-lumia920.
The only thing the 920 is slightly better at is flash photography, for all the rest the S4 is the all around best smartphone camera. Sorry to burst your bubble...
Of course, they left out the 808 and the N8, it would be interesting to see how these fare. I really like the 808 approach, and would by a Jolla or Android phone with that kind of camera.
Put an iPhone beside a...
Put it beside a top of the range Android phone, and not only it still looks old, but it also looks more like a bad copy. But I guess fanbois will be claiming all the stuff copied from Android was indeed invented by apple... :)
PS: I don't get it with the flat icons, to me they look ugly and incomplete. But I guess fanbois will also laud them now as the greatest design invention by apple...
Re: What happened to HTC?
They seamed to have lost direction, launching several medium range devices and no good attention grabber flagship, then they decided to launch a great design One but leaving out functionality that many still want - uSD and removable battery - forgetting that apple already has the "shape over function" camp.
Re: Need advice
Transitions can mostly be disabled.
So, your choice depends on what are your main needs. If, like me, you appreciate having removable battery and uSD, then you can ignore the HTC One.
Your choice between S3, S4 and Note can now be narrowed to what screen size you want, if you want to pay the difference to have a faster cpu, longer lasting battery, etc.
Re: I thought this was a technical magazine.
A technical mag? When you get "reviews" of a line of phones with a technically inferior and still incomplete OS only raving on the beauty of the garish colours and the speed of the transitions, carefully forgetting to mention the limited functionality and huge lockdown? Or where another line of phones always got 10% more points on the reviews just because of the manufacturer's name?
The reg isn't a technical mag, and hasn't been for years...
"only Samsung-jigged apps work in windows " - this is false. On my S4, I have google maps, ezpdf, facebook, mxplayer, yatse, youtube, mobisystems office suite pro, etc. as windowed apps.
As for the aesthetics, I also don't like the One "industrial design", but I don't go around insisting my taste is the true taste. There was a time when only fanbois ranted on about aesthetics, after having lost the functionality battle. Now they have been joined by HTC One admirers...
Re: @ Andrew
With a recent arch linux, the 800 shows just an empty pseudo-filesystem. I admit I didn't try moving music there, as before (wp 7.5?) it had an intentionally broken MTP implementation, and by the time I upgraded it to 7.8 and found out it now shows up in Linux I had already given up on using it for more than a feature phone, so I had no incentive to test it more.
I concur, a great little netbook. And you can replace the screen with a 1366x768 one- look here in Tom's hardware - http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/88590-35-trying-upgrade-toshiba-nb550d-screen-wsvga-wxga .
I am the jbbandos there, and my next upgrade will probably be changing the 4GB I put in to 8GB RAM. I've also changed the wifi for an Intel 6300-N.
Why can't the manufacturers give us something like that? A AMD APU (Intel GMA500 fiasco meant I won't ever buy an Intel chipset netbook/laptop), 1366x768 at least, 4-8GB RAM, a decent HD or a SSD, 802.11n dual band, HDMI out, all in 10" form factor, makes a perfect Linux netbook, but there are painfully few out there. And if you want 3G connectivity, you're out of luck.
Bring out your dead!
Old Man:"I feel happppppyyyyy!"
Son:No, you don't. You'll keel over any minute.
Old Man:"I think I'll go for a walk!"
*Son clubs old man and puts him on the cart*
I don't know why, but this Monty Python sketch seems very appropriate right now...
Jellybean on something with the same spec as a Lumia 620
My personal experience is that either a Nexus One and a ZTE Blade are very fluid with JB. As good or better as WP7.8 on my Lumia 800. The only problem is the small internal storage, that has to be complemented by a ext4 partition on a uSD card.
Re: Pointless Bling
"Good job it's not shit then."
Well, it looks like it, and it stinks like it. I for sure won't taste it to see if it is shit or not - it was bad enough having been given a WP7 phone and finding out it really is shit - but if you tasted it, well, it was your choice...
Re: 50GB dropbox?
Buy a Galaxy S3...
Microsoft won't give upgrade prices to Win7 Starter owners. I also thought that WH8 with classic shell might be better than the crappy W7 starter that came with the netbook, so I tried to buy it, but the product key was rejected, with the clear indication that the upgrade offer wasn't available for W7 starter,
Oh well, I only boot into that crap when I need to access the office email from home, anyway. Maybe when they finally roll out exchange 2010 it won't be as crappy on a non-ie browser as exchange 2003 is.
Overcompensating, incompetent or fanboi
Doesn't matter. The judge Koh basically ignored the elephant in the room, the gross misconduct by the imbecile Hogan, including the fact he lied during voir dire, and just pretended not to be too partial by not blocking Samsung's devices.
As it had been seen almost from the beginning of the trial, the judge is either overcompensating for her origins, blatantly incompetent or a rabid fanboi, most of her decisions have been pro-apple.
Bad news for apple and microsoft
Seems like their lobbying dollars weren't enough.
Re: Windows 8 is still getting flak
Of course it is popular with Microsoft employees!
Or are you implying anyone else is using it by choice? And no, replacing TIFKAM with classic shell doesn't count as using windows 8.
Re: Developers Developer Developers????
Mono? Please, not that abandoned piece of glorified crap... Not even Icasa defends it any more.
As for the lumias selling out - you might be right. I've found a couple of news on that. Oh sorry, those links seem to be for that huge hit, the lumia 800, just some months before WP7 was abandoned by Microsoft. It is just that they seem so eerily similar to the news of the Lumia 920 selling out this time...
Oh well, we can all assume that this time the news of the Lumia's selling out are real, and that it will be a huge success, despite having the same fischer-price interface and the same garish colours as last year sold-out failures, the lumias.
Of course they will be a success! After all, last time we didn't have all those "users" on WP Central, WM Power User, and Microsoft Answers, as well as on Slashdot, Slashgear and the reg, all extolling the virtues of the WP phones, how you were not allowed to criticise until you had used one for a month, etc. Oh sorry, we had exactly the same reactions last time... But maybe this one is for real, right?
And maybe this time there will be some success stories for some developers, unlike last time. Maybe WP this time will prove more successful than Bada or Meego. And maybe,just maybe, pigs will grow wings and fly. After all, everything is possible, right?