You win bad title pun of the week - congratulations!
17 posts • joined 20 Mar 2012
You win bad title pun of the week - congratulations!
Lets see one of those land on my apartment balcony (having to fly under the balcony above, and then drop vertically in a small area that the giant drone may or may not fit in (bit hard to judge from that video), whilst avoiding the furniture and plants. Then I'll believe its a viable service...
Nice phones (especially the 6P) - although its just a bit too big for me.
The 5X would be a great phone were it not for some inexplicable shortcomings:
1) No QI charging
2) 16Gb/32 Gb (not expandable) storage options - come on its late 2015! good reception is not universal + data plans are not unlimited (mostly), so dont give me that everything in the cloud nonsense
3) 2Gb RAM. Most higher end phones come with at least 3GB now. I know it runs fine now with 2GB, but what about in 2 years time (afterall one of the main draws of a nexus is the long update window)
My 3 year old Nexus 4 has the same 16Gb ROM/2Gb RAM as the base 2015 5X (+ wireless charging) Doesn't seem a worthy upgrade to me!
Price: - 5X 32Gb (only one I'd consider) is £350 from some retailers.
In the same price range:
A new 32GB galaxy S6 can be had for around the same money. (And if you want to spend more you can get a bigger capacity one too)
A 32GB LG G4 can be had for around £300 new. That has expandable storage.
Both of those phones have better specs (and wireless charging - although with the G4 you need a replacement case) Decided the much better hardware in the G4 was a worthy tradeoff for having to wait slightly longer for software updates.
Hm, Not exactly thrilling.
Still don't have a sure-fire replacement for the trusty nexus4
6P = too big (as was last years nexus). Quite expensive
5X = hobbled. Why only 2GB ram & 16Gb late 2015? thats the same as my 3yr old Nexus4!! Also loses the handly wireless charging.
Sony: Small, but expensive & slow updates (& the z5 compact has only 2Gb ram)
Honor: Cheap, but unlikely to ever see an update (& has the rubbishy EmotionUI)
Samsung: Powerful, but expensive, crappy UI, slow updates, rubbish battery
LG: Too big, questionable battery
Motorola: Probably the best of a bad bunch (decent price, gets quick updates, good battery), but the cheaper X Play isn't very powerful, and the X Style is too big!
Is it too much to ask for a reasonably sized, reasonably priced, reasonably powerful handset that lasts a full day and gets timely updates?
As it's personal screens, and a fixed angle I would have thought this is the perfect case for an autosterioscopic screen (glasses free). But they'll probably cheap out and go for "passive" 3d screens (with cheap cinema type glasses)
Was I the only one who saw the proposed name of this contraption (ISSpresso) and mentally add a "P" to the start?
Get the YAL-1 Airborne Laser test bed back in the air.... and then adopt a return fire policy :)
No problem with ebuyer returns personally, had a motherboard that went bad after about 10 months, contacted them and explained what I'd tested, they took it back, saying they would test it themselves, and a few days later confirmed faulty and sent me a slightly higher model replacement, as they had no stock of the original. That was a few years ago mind!
Didn't even read the article - but had to post a kudos for the alliteration overload in the title.
Managed to snag a 16Gb one last night @5:10. 1 - 2 weeks away it says - just hoping before Christmas!
The un-expandable memory is a slight downer - but I figure I can scrape by with 16Gb, and everything else about it is awesome. The killer feature though is that its a pure google phone (sim free) so will get all the future updates from google. Any other android handset has a limited lifespan (without resorting to custom ROMs of course)
As I see it one of the common tax avoidance techniques works like:
Company A is based in the UK - and has a parent (company B) in Luxembourg or something.
Money that would normally remain in company' A's accounts as profits is transferred to company B as a "brand licensing fee" or something - so appears as a cost on company A's accounts.
Because its that money that's transferred from A to B that you are missing the tax on that's where you need to focus the reforms.
Introduce a new tax that applies whenever a company pays a parent company (or another company owned by the parent) that is outside the country of company A, and not covered by another form of tax (eg import duty on physical goods bought from a parent company would make it ineligible for this). Tax is 27% (ie same as corporation tax). Add some checks so that company B isn't doing something like charging £1M per cardboard box that company A buys. Problem solved.
I imagine with a curvy screen you could end up having it fold in half in a flip phone, but when unfolded it rests against a rigid back. Thereby you'd have a big screen phone that would actually fit in a pocket again.
I'd buy that!
Agreed - You can't lend,sell,or donate an ebook after it's first obtained. Therefore it is not as valuable as a physical book.
If the publishers wish consumers to value ebooks on the same level as physical books then there needs to be a right of transference.
Logically that only means anything if there is a 1-instance thing to transfer. So the license or whatever would need to be held centrally (not by the e-tailer - because they can go under) This central registry should be paid for by the publishers or e-tailers (obviously you'd need some EU law or something to force them to pay up & licence in this way) This should logically also extend to other forms of digital only media (films, music, software etc). I think there we are still a long way from this kind of thing, and there would be a lot of problems to overcome (not least of which the privacy concern). Still something to think about...
Well looks like the 2 remaining exchanges inside the M60 ring (Greater Manchester) are now on the map as "Future Exchanges" - including mine (yay!)
No guarantee they'll do my cab though.
Whilst it does appear everything is going digital you would have thought there could still be a way for physical booksellers to remain relevant.
For one thing you can't wrap up an e-book and leave it under a Christmas tree.
Physical bookstores could just have a bunch of e-book readers about the store that people could preview books on. - put a couple of ebook readers at the end of each row with ebooks of all the physical books in that row preloaded. (chained to the shelf to stop people walking off with it of course!)
If you want to buy an e-book they just sell you a scratchcard with the book cover picture & a code to download the e-book.
There seems to be some misunderstanding:
E-mail contents are not going to be logged.
However a record of each e-mail sent/received will be logged.
If we only consider e-mail comms for a moment...
I'm guessing they want to be able to go to an ISP and say give me all the records sent to/from an IP address (that represents an ISP subscriber) (or a physical installation address)
Presumably they are expecting said ISPs to install DPI hardware to do this given that e-mail could be sent or received through any server - often not the ISP's e-mail server.
How then does this cope with SSL encrypted comms - which are widespread even for home users using POP3 / SMTP, not to mention HTTPS webmail portals (eg g-mail)!
All they would be able to log in these cases is user X communicated with an e-mail server at IP address Y at time Z. (not the actual sender or recipient) That's only any use if the owner of the e-mail server also falls under the jurisdiction of this law. Presumably you'd only be guessing that its e-mail comms based upon the port used. If it used a non-standard port you wouldn't know that, and hence wouldn't log the communication as it would fall outside the scope of the law.
Anyway this is all speculation until details emerge, but it seems very difficult to achieve what they want - even ignoring the use of VPNs (which are widely used for legitimate purposes!)
The Men Who Stare at Goats
The Day After Tomorrow
Garfield the Movie
All extremely bad films - but if I had to nominate the film I think is the worst I've ever seen it would be this one:
Vantage Point - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0443274/
Was trying to be clever with the same 20 mins of action shown from multiple viewpoints - it succeeded in being the most annoying film I've ever seen - in fact I think this was the only one I have ever been close to walking out of (I have a REALLY high tolerance for bad films) - so many people were walking out - an audible groan every time it reset to another viewpoint.