500 posts • joined 19 Apr 2012
Is it just me...
...or does that comet look like a giant arse?
Re: The Bible
I wonder what the list would look like if it was based on books purchased rather than given away like a breakfast ceral toy.
The bible would be at the top still (in the UK at least), but none of the others would be even close. Note that the bible is not included in the bestseller lists as it would win every year.
Re: End of the line - Need new requirements
Excellent idea, when it hears you cursing under your breath, or indeed quite loudly rebuking said electronic equipment; then it could undo what it has just done, and try something else.
Case in point: Honeywell make lots of products for the high reliabilty sectors (think missiles, medical equipment, space, oil wells etc.). They recently revamped their website. It is now very pretty. Much prettier than before. Unfortunately they have made it nigh on impossible to find useful information on their products. Data-sheets and application notes have been shoved in a pretty-but-useless scrolling thing, so you have to wait for the right one to come round to be able to click on it. It used to be a boring but functional drop-down menu. grr.
Re: HUGE Mistake
Though not quite as bad as renaming Hotmail to Outlook. I mean, at least Outlook Express had a slight naming variant. Now you get people asking questions about Outlook-the-webmail on Outlook-the-office-mail-program forums, and you can't blame them, it has the same frigging name!
For that matter it is now completely confusing to search for problems with the latest (any?) version of Chrome, FF etc. How do you search for an issue that applies to versions 21 through to 38? Ridiculous.
Interesting, two of our dead pups have since turned into a cafe/b&b and a nursery. Maybe this needs a more top-down approach, since the local laws vary considerably.
Re: A missed opportunity
They already exist. Last time I had to return something to Amazon I took it to a local newsagent. They charged me a small fee to return it for me, and I got the reassurance that having given it to them, it was 'returned' to Amazon already (i.e. I was not responsible for any shipping loss/damage). Since then the local co-op has started doing it too.
Re: Firefox is deliberately slow
I just switched my in-laws over to IE because it works, and it works well these days. Had originally had them on FF, but has since slowed to a crawl and crashes too often (notably on the Money Saving Expert site, which they use all the time). Thought about Chrome, but the UI changes too often. IE is easy, and since 9 has actually been pretty good.
Re: Wishful thinking, as always
Would Chrome have its market share if they didn't push it every time you used their search engine, or downloaded anything with an 'automatically install this too' dialogue? Or would Safari have any significance without being bundled on macs and iOS? Monopoly positions are useful, see.
Re: Good and bad
More likely the fact that we're not dying soon enough. Remember, when the final salary pension scheme was invented, and the retirement age set at 65, the average life expectancy in men was about 68. In most counties in the world you have to work to eat, so the retirement age is never. Basically, expect to retire not long before you're dead.
Re: Oh goody.
You never know, they might do the opposite and rip all the dev stuff out of normal FF. That would be ideal IMO, as normal FF can become less bloated with stuff normal users don't need, and the dev FF can become loaded with tools that are actually wanted. It might happen, maybe.
The counter argument to this is that it is much more difficult and expensive to build a machine to churn out something new than it is to get a person to build something new. Since the design of our tat has to change constantly in order that we buy the new tat instead of keeping the old tat, it still cheaper to get humans to do it. Even if you say that 3D printing will spit it all out, someone is still going to need to assemble all the pieces together, and that someone will be in the poorest/cheapest place possible.
Won't anyone think of the scientists?!
But the failure isn't just bad news for the company itself. It's much, much worse for those researchers and scientists who had cargo aboard the rocket. Some of these experiments have taken years to devise, obtain funding for, get accepted for the mission, and then package for orbital transfer. All that effort is now destroyed.
Given the likelihood of rocket failure, you'd be pretty dumb not to build at least one backup of your equipment, surely?
Re: Free? Product? Who? Copyright? Saleable?
Pray tell, which paid-for browser are you using then?
Re: My dad and my brother...
Luckily, the world revolved around him
Does anyone really mind the sound of proper engine at full chat? It's the 50cc mosquitoes that need to be silenced (or, indeed, the silencer being put back where it came from).
Re: "wearable computing systems"
And battery, don't forget the battery. Or at least, don't forget to take the battery out before you wash it.
I think the issue of incumbents vs newcomers in the mobile market is largely the same as lots of other electronics industries. For about 100 years the electronics industry had been about hardware. Make your hardware better, and your product is better. All the incumbents were/are hardware companies. But the last 10 years has been all about software, and the hardware only has to be good enough to run it. So it's no wonder that hardware companies are struggling and software companies have prospered. Sure, the hardware has to work, but beyond that it's mostly irrelevant, and difficult to differentiate on. It's no good bleating that Nokia had better hardware than Apple, when Apple killed them with software.
Re: Confession - OED
The OED records common usage, not proper usage.
But common usage is proper usage, since language is constantly in flux. It did not get fixed in place at <insert arbitrary year of your choice>.
The Oxford dictionary site disagrees:
Re: Win95 on a 386DX?
That's what I was thinking, you wouldn't want to run that bugger on anything less than a P90, and even then...
Re: Separation of handset and OS
And that's the reason why open source/linux never gets anywhere despite being 'better' than the competition. There is no single corporation involved with the marketing (and lobbying) budget big enough to
force it down peoples throats advertise it.
Re: @ Destroy All Monsters (was Just a few suggestions (@ AC))
...Filtering at the ISP level...
What? So if a friend over the pond wants to let me view their photos on the cloud I can't because my ISP says so? Why don't we just make an EUnet and pull the walls up while we're at it.
Re: No Solution
Don't forget that the government itself is forced into short-term thinking because if they actually do something with long-term benefits, the other lot will likely reap the reward. I actually thought the idea of a coalition would solve that to some extent, but sadly not. Of course, what other option is there? A dictatorship? A 15 year gap between elections?
Re: never forget though
So then why did the iphone, with it's glued in battery and no SD card, outsell the competition that made bulkier devices with those things? Why did the iphone 4, with it's glass back and don't-hold-me-wrong case sell better than the iphone 3? If people wanted the old design, they would have bought the old design. If and when Apple have a vista/8 moment, they will know about it when their sales drop off a cliff.
The modern calc (or a note taking app) could actually be useful if they let it dock to the side, and use the width afforded by wide-screen monitors. Little details like that would make for nice features in a tablet too. It's annoying to have to constantly switch apps just to use something simple like a calculator. I'm aware that Samsung allow this on their tablets, but if baked into win10 it would almost be a USP.
Re: Do they really care?
Not useable for bog roll also means a) no-one nicks it for their home use, and b) people actually start bring their own bog roll with them. It's win-win since you no longer have to re-stock.
What about cheaper ones?
I always thought I would but one some day, they were way too expensive when I built my win7 machine 5 years ago. Probably not looking to spend as much as £100 though. I assume the ~£30 ones are still going to be miles faster than a HDD for booting etc. Files can be on the HDD, so only need space for the OS and well used programs. Any recommendations (for or against) any particular make?
Re: "Beverly Hills 90210" was the best show ever!
I prefer the Simsons gangster base, 123 Fake Street. Postcode (as I'm in the UK) is AB12 3CD (somewhere in Aberdeen), phone number is 01234567890. Easy to remember if I'm forced to enter it later too.
Re: Silly thought experiment
That smells like the artificially induced inner competition that killed Nokia. No one Nokia had all the best features when the iphone came and kicked them in nads.
Re: A little help required from somebody with a better memory ...
As another has already pointed out above, you could indeed have multiple (up to 4) workspaces with XP. You just downloaded the relevant XP power toy. I used it once, before deciding that my 384MB of RAM limited laptop (that was the maximum upgrade!) could barely handle one desktop. I miss the XP power toys, the calculator was the best, and was disappointed to find they had not been carried over to 7.
Re: UAV's - Yes, UAV Delivery Ships - No thanks
And, frankly, all of you are thinking too small anyway. Maybe I want myself to be delivered to a destination as the crow flies (for some this may cut a great deal of congestion/fuel usage). I mean, how else am I going to get the flying car I was promised in the future? I'm not going to pass a pilots licence any time soon.
Re: Was interested in the 360
Surely you just have to wait 6 months, and then it'll be in your price range. It's not Apple kit, so the price will drop post-Christmas.
I wholeheartedly agree! I was about to post a new and much larger version of the Moto G smartphone *sigh*, yet another gigantic phone that I don't want to put in my pocket.
If I want a bigger screen, I'll use a tablet. If I want a even bigger screen, I'll use a desktop computer. If I want something portable, I'd like it to be small (think 8310).
What I actually want is a small phone with a decent enough camera, a reasonably good audio output, an SD card or space for ~20GB of music, and a screen just big enough to read a few emails when necessary. Everything else turns out to be fluff. If there were an otherwise dumb phone with these feature I'd happily snap it up.
Re: octogenarian fondling
In the end we gave up and got them an ipad mini. At least support calls are few and far between, and they can't break it with some dodgy app. Not that they ever downloaded any apps. Turns out facetime and a browser is about all that was required. I put all the apps they were never going to use in a single folder, and left them with one page with around 6 apps on it. Job done. Expensive, obviously, but job done.
Except that's a PITA when I have to guess which password I've used for your account and have to try more than 3 times and get locked out myself. When that happens, if the site is not important, I just don't bother logging in at all. Which is detrimental to the site.
Re: SOME password strength validation still useful
Especially since most people comply by putting the capital at the front of a single word, then a dot, then a one or two digit number. Completely compliant (and scores maximum in the helpful security bar!) while still being completely crap.
Re: Chrome cam
Or even new Opera (i.e 15+), it too is based on Chrome. I can't comment on if your data is held locally or not, but Norway isn't too a bad a destination even if it isn't.
Re: Legal term?
That's very imprecise writing. Do you visit because "the place is full of wannabe journos", or because you want to see if any of them "will be talent spotted", or both?
Pot, kettle etc :)
Pot, kettle etc :)
Re: G00gle is
I actually see no issue with Google lobbying for what they want from any government, it's what every large organisation does. The issue is that the UK Government seems to lap it up without much question.
Re: That's nice.
But a hybrid could. And if you have a second household car that (typically for second household cars) rarely travels outside of the immediate surrounding area where you live, a full electric makes a lot of sense.
Ah, but you assume that because your use case doesn't work with a full electric, clearly it cannot possibly fit anyone else's. Dick.
The other issue is over zealous password for non-important sites. I tried to sign up for electronics stack exchange the other day day, and it insisted on 8 unique characters, a mixture of upper and lower case, and numerals. And that's for a bloody forum, not a financial transaction in sight.
So my normal longish pass phases were not accepted, but Password1 would be fine. Whoop.
No more turning over a USB thing, then turning it over again to plug it in: Reversible socket ready for lift off
Re: OK, so I was overly optimistic
You only start to want a new version of USB when you buy a product with the latest one on, and you know it's not as quick as it could be. Besides, a new phone with a type C will probably come with a type C (small) to type A (large) cable anyway, otherwise there will be all kinds of people complaining the cable doesn't fit.
Re: Standards proliferation
Yes, but the host/device idea got screwed up when USB sticks came along and it made sense to put an A plug on it, so it could plug directly into the host without a cable.
It makes even less sense now, since our phones can be both hosts (plugged into a USB drive), and devices (plugged into a PC). I hope someday soon my phone will be able to plug into a camera or printer and pretend to be a PC host as well, as that would be very useful.
I agree it made sense to begin with, I just hope they aren't planning on repeating it.
Re: 100 watts?
P = V * I
Re: Standards proliferation
Should have just stuck with the USB mini A, instead of the USB mini B. Yes it's technically the wrong one for a device, and it is marginally larger. But it was at least blatantly obvious which way it should go.
Are they making the same mistake of having A and B versions and different sizes again? Or is it going to be one connector of the same size for both ends, regardless of what you're connecting?
Re: How much?
Not to mention that fact that a dev kit will inherently sell in low numbers (think 100s to 1000s instead of 100,000s to 1,000,000s), which always pushes the price up.
Re: Net energy gaiin?
Slightly off-topic, but in response to the EV pollution issue, I'd also like to add that it would greatly reduce noise pollution too. Can you imagine a city centre with near silent cars and no local exhaust emissions? That would be a wonderful thing, and our future generations will probably look back and think 'how on earth did they ever live like that?', just like we do when we think of coal produced smog.
As for long distances, how about fitting motorways with overhead power lines (like trains), or converting some of our existing train network to take cars eurostar style? Then your battery would only have to last for the beginning and end of a long journey.
I actually want one
That's genuinely the first smart TV package that I actually want. None of this 3D 4K crap, I just want a UI that isn't retarded. Hopefully they will bring it down below 42", as that's still quite a bit too big for my small lounge, I'd like a 32" please.
But they'll be back, and in greater numbers.
El Reg. Who needs it!
The sheer amount of time people waste on it each day is staggering.
Don't have an account, don't want an account, don't need El Reg.
(people waste time on all kinds of things, it's your time, and you can waste it as you wish)
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