344 posts • joined 19 Apr 2012
We do have a few underground nuclear bunkers littered about the place though, will any of those do?
Nah, it was Orlowski. WinPho fanboy that he is.
Re: 1$ <> 1£
They charge us more because we're used to paying more and they can get away with it, basically. They also know there is no point us buying stuff from the US as the import charges will be way higher than the $ to £ mark-up. The only way to get stuff cheap fro the US is if your company sends you over for some reason, and you have a free Saturday to go shopping.
Probably going to move to G+, even though I've told them to sod off each time they asked to upgrade. Sigh. Once again Google wins by being the least shit option.
Re: Does a little piece of a PR flack die every time they write this rubbish?
You can roll the turd in glitter. Works much better than polishing (or indeed varnishing).
I'd have recommended picasa, but...
Well, good luck to him. The enterprise market for phones and tablets is still open for the taking. I'd have thought that winpho would have taken it by now, but no. MS don't seem to care about that right now (maybe they will with Nadella, who knows). Actually, there is still a niche market for highly practical, function before form, privacy centric, consumer phones. Also good to concentrate on the $200 market rather than the $600 one. There's are reasons I don't own an iphone, and it's mostly the price.
Re: But ... but ... but ... jobs
Is it perhaps possible that some of those (especially NHS) jobs require some sort of previous training, as in a 3 year degree? If you did not happen to choose the right subject when you were 16, you don't really get to go back and have another crack at it, do you?
I think the main issue is that since there are so many unemployed degree level types around, lots of job that in no way require one in reality, do require one on paper. Even my job, an electronic engineer, would be better served with on the job training and day release for the theory. Better than a nice shiny piece of paper that in no way tells you if I can do the job. Plenty of technicians I work with would make excellent engineers, but they can't go up a peg until they spend 3 years unpaid, or 5 years part-time. Not many can afford to do that. People from a previous generation have no degree, and yet are 10 times better than me at engineering (my boss, for example). Vocational jobs should have vocational training, basically.
Maybe it's to break them fully before re-programming? You've got to break a few eggs to make an omelet, or something?
Re: Because we all need more of this:
Loose browser fat with this one weird old trick! Doctors are angry*.
* Presumably because they're stuck on IE6?
It's not like they even do a good job of serving relevant ads. I've said it before and I'll say it again, don't base the ad on what I've looked at in the past using my data, base the ad on what I'm looking at now using the websites data! If I'm looking at a particular camera or phone, serve me an ad for that camera or phone, see? Then I might click on it. Serve me some creepy ad based on what I looked last week and a) I'll want to block it for being creepy, and b) I looked at it last week, either I decided I didn't want it, or I bought it already from somewhere else.
I tend to just run flash-block rather than ad block (or if using chrome/opera set flash to 'ask me' in the settings). That gets rid of the most annoying and slow to load ads, while leaving static pictures and text in place.
Re: Future tech for tech's sake...
If it buzzes where the sun doesn't shine every time you get an email, I can see a large uptick in willing spam signups.
On the other hand, it will give the raving loonies a well deserved break. People will just assume they have the latest tech implant and move on.
So what exactly is a casio calculator watch, or even a modern smart watch? Pretty dorkable I'd say.
Actually I'm quickly coming to like term. It almost makes me want a Glass so I can refer to it as such.
Seems like I'm alone here
I actually quite like it. But then I generally enjoy a bit of modern art, and sculptures, so maybe it's just me...
Re: the service pack isnt dead
You can purchase the service pack for a modest fee, and a slight change in the UI that may or may not enjoy.
Re: More metal kit that blocks and thus drops more calls.
Same on the HTC one V. Looks fantastic, especially for a mid range droid. But if you pick it up and hold it normally (i.e. with your hand at the bottom) the call ends as you cover the one bit of plastic that lets the signal through. Shame really, I like metal cases, and bought it partly because of that. But my old Nokia 6300 didn't have this problem, as Nokia cleverly put the bit of plastic at the top, where you don't tend to hold it.
Re: QNX is Blackberry by name only
That's why they're probably better off developing some sort of dock or holder for your already existing phone. Then connect with usb/lighting/whatever and just develop an app that interfaces nicely with the stereo/odometer/etc. That way, the app will get the updates and your car doesn't need them.
Re: In charge of design of Windows 7 and 8?!
Maybe a chair inscribed with 'apps are important' on it flew in her general direction?
Re: Samsung Galaxy, Google Nexus, and Sony Xperia phones
They might be better to target phones that are 1 to 2 years out of date with their own OS already. Plenty of fairly decent phones (like my wifes Moto Atrix) got stuck on 2.3, my htc's stuck on 4.0. I'd sooner root for Sailfish than for Cryogen for some reason. Maybe the Scandinavian connection?
Re: xenophobia maybe?
Plenty of fake parts still around for old chips, and the problem for military and other industrial uses is that your products don't go out of date at the same speed as the ICs go out of production. We in the oil industry are still trying to manufacture 15 year old designs with 15 year old processors, try finding 'good' parts for those without getting dodgy stuff. Plus those parts have to survive elevated temperatures and the vibration of a drilling rig, so even the dodgy stuff that works on the bench isn't any good. Obviously the solution is to completely re-design your cash cow products from scratch every 5 years, but you try telling that to the budget-makers.
Re: Sounds good but
If your IC was downloadable then sure, but actual hardware has to be made somewhere, and all in the industry would prefer to know exactly where that somewhere was.
Re: Sideloading and Rooting
Unlikely that play can be load at all, since they haven't paid google. But so long as they make it compatible with, say, the Amazon one, they can't go too far wrong.
I'd have upvoted for the joke, the AC status went against my personal decision not to upvote ACs. If you'd posted normally with the troll or joke icon then you'd have had mostly upvotes. Probably.
Don't worry, when one goes all the rest will quickly follow, regardless of whether they're owned by the same company. It doesn't take much to spook the financial traders*.
*but they'll be back, and in greater numbers...
Re: Today's menu
That's just you. Weirdo.
Re: Two words
Who said anything about Sky? 'Free' wi-fi can usually be found in your hotel or a coffee shop. Your probably going to visit those places on holiday anyway, so why not make use of it?
This will be the first thing to change when someone leaves their facebook open for you mess with.
Re: Will DBs have to follow suit?
The problem with letting people put 'other' and then choose something is that you'll get a load of Jedi's, Cyborgs, and Romulans.
Internet banking in don't do it over a public wifi connection shocker!
Should have been the tag line.
NASA (and others) have successfully sent rovers, China is coping their work.
Well they would have been pretty bloody stupid not to have learned as much as possible from previous missions. Or would you prefer it if the occasional bridge was made of cheese because the builders didn't copy any previously used designs?
Re: I'm looking forward to the next El Reg Flappy Birds article
Time for another buzzfeltch?
Anyone who does already care about app permissions either doesn't install the app to begin with, or roots and blocks permissions already? Anyone who doesn't care already won't suddenly start caring because of some app they won't download.
Re: You don't say...
@Dropbear: YOUR option is totally WRONG and your mind easily be changed by online forums. SEE it's changing NOW!!1!
Re: It's ironic
It doesn't need a fixed UI across all devices, just one that is fixed for all channels on a particular device. It's ok to learn a new UI each time you buy a new box, but not very usable to have a new UI for each channel on the same box. That said, the Roku is cheap, and at least the remote doesn't have a million tiny buttons, unlike my TV/PVR.
Does anyone know if you can buy a subsidised one and then bugger off to another broadband company with the youview bits still working? Been meaning to get the in-laws to ditch talktalk for a while now, but if they can get a cheap PVR first it would be useful.
Affected yes, but only by stopping an internet connection for a bit. Personally I welcome all this cyber warfare in preference to actual warfare with guns and such.
Re: Terminal blocks?
I hate to break it to you, but that there is a 'terminal block with lever', wago are just one of the many brands to make them, and wago themselves make lots of other connectors themselves. Though there cage-clamp ones are great for vibration tables, still have to hold the wire and the connector and push down on the spring with a screwdriver while making sure the whole thing doesn't ping across the room. Unless you fix it securely first of course, but that would make you a looser. Check this out for lots of sexy connector goodness.
Re: Beyond hope...
There's a system to it, and it's the simplest system in the world. You give me enough money, and I'll give you whatever you want.
1st wave .BIKE, .CLOTHING, .GURU, .HOLDINGS, .PLUMBING, .SINGLES, and .VENTURES
2nd wave .CAMERA, .EQUIPMENT, .ESTATE, .GALLERY, .GRAPHICS, .LIGHTING and .PHOTOGRAPHY.
Seems like this might be an interesting summary of the most profitable online businesses? Behind the other one, of course, but I wouldn't know anything about that.
Really tiny wheels.
The actual algorithm that chooses which pixels are good to keep and which are to be thrown away is also part of the sauce. They baked into into a separate GPU just for the camera. If it's that good on a mobile with a crappy lens, I'd like to see what it could do in a compact camera. Nokia could do well for themselves by licensing all the sauce, but no doubt MS will have a clause in the contract to prevent them doing it any time soon.
Personally I'd prefer it if they released the 41MP camera tech on an otherwise dumb phone. I'd like that camera + week long battery. Tablet for other tasks. Tried to get the first pureview a year or so ago, but was a pricey to import.
Ditto a 3210
Re: Wishful thinking perhaps?
Sorry, so who are you talking to now? Are we non-existant or in front of you?
if Facebook reaches critical mass in the 30-40 somethings
If? They already have the critical mass don't they? I'm a 30-something, and so are all (most of) my friends. I've never seen an advert on there that I'd want to click though, so for all the privacy mongering they do, they haven't actually managed to use it properly yet. All I get is hot-young-singles-in-your-area ads, even though I told them I married already. Unless they took that as an indication that I'd like a hot young single in my area, who knows?
...downward trend in search frequency from last year...
Um, are people still using google search to get to facebook? Surely most frequent users would have either a) made a bookmark by now, b) use the mobile app, or c) have it set to their homepage?
Edit: Or at least start typing it in the browser and have it take you strait there automatically?
Am I the only one who keeps reading LogMeIn in a German accent, with the mein bit pronounced as in mein kampf? No? Damn.
Re: Neat but pointless?
This 'It’s not even competition for the PS3 and Xbox 360' is the reason it wont get anywhere. As you pointed out a new PS3/360 cost about the same as this box, and a used one will cost a lot less. TBH it's not even competition for the wii, and heaven knows how that gets berated around here.
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