254 posts • joined Thursday 19th April 2012 12:04 GMT
" what's the driving force behind "just like USB, only square"?"
It was also intended that USB A was the host (i.e. PC) and USB B was the peripheral (i.e. printer, scanner, camera, whatever). But then USB flash drives came along and it made sense to put USB A on the peripheral so you didn't need a cable. There should never have been USB A to A cables, but not everyone followed the standard, so the standard was screwed. Plus things like digital cameras, for example, pretty much never had a B connection even though they should have, something to do with the fact it could also be the host (plugged directly into the printer)? The nice thing about USB standards is that there are so many to choose from!
Re: Wither telly?
Didn't AOL have a near monopoly once?
Re: Digital GIANTS in BLOODY battle to put your EYEBALLS in a JAR
They can't stop IT, you fool, they can only bite at it's hand!
Re: Good Luck with that
Quite, at least Amazon use the tax avoidance to make things cheaper, unlike starbucks that didn't pay tax but still charged the same. They are also the path of least resistance, since the many alternatives will involve me shopping at multiple places rather than a single source. Amazon are also fairly trustworthy and have always made it easy to return crap that didn't work/wasn't as advertised, who knows what the alternatives will do? As for screwing local shops, aren't quite a lot of the products on amazon actually third parties anyway, usually someones local shop.
Re: £122 + VAT?
Even if it was £200 in the old £=$ exchange rate it would be a good deal. Still have to remember that half of the 32GB disk space is OS, but even then most 10" droids of that price are 16GB or less to start with.
Re: How on earth is it like Yahoo in 2000?
I'm guessing it's because they are trying to be all things to all people? Yahoo (and AOL) attempted to keep you only on their site by providing all kinds of services like news, messaging, email, search, all inward pointing links. Facebook does email, messaging etc on top of the social network thing, now they've added news to that too.
'I accept that I'm on my own from this point forward'
Upvoted for that idea. Brilliant. That would save all kinds of trouble when installing stuff, instead of just blindly clicking 'OK', force the user to type something meaningful like 'yes I really do want you to install the yahoo! toolbar with that'. Or force users to actually open the terms for service by typing text from paragraph 12, line 3... The possibilities are endless!
Re: Microsoft and advertising
Some of the winpho ones, while not great, are on the line of acceptable. Certainly less vomit inducing than the current crop of ipad/iphone "designed in california" ads. But yes, MS are generally terrible, remember the win7 "designed by me" ads? Presumably win8 was designed by someone else.
As the article suggests, if you'd been playing PC games then maybe the cut-scenes weren't that new. But if like me you had a megadrive until the PS came down to about £200 a couple of years after launch, and Tomb Raider was released about the same time, then the upgrade from Sonic 2 pretty much blew your mind...
@Oh Homer. I upvoted you, but mainly because you linked to the previous firefox article that shows the latest look of firefox is to become... chrome. Seriously what is the point of them making an identical browser? Same with Opera. I stopped using chrome because:
a) Constantly changing the version number makes it impossible to search for issues/bug fixes (if I have an issue that applies to v15 through to v24, how on earth do I search for that?)
b) Constantly changing the UI annoys me
c) I like a separate search box
Since Firefox 4, a) and b) were already like chrome, and c) was all that was holding me to them. Opera were great until v15 also. Why are they all falling over themselves to look and behave like Chrome? If I wanted a browser that looked like Chrome, behaved like Chrome, and pushed me to Google search like Chrome, I would use bloody Chrome!
/rant, deep breath, I really should stop caring so much about these things, I'm sure there are more important things in life...
It seems to me that what we need is a 'standard' electric vehicle battery, standard in terms of shape, size, connections and nominal voltage. Make it modular enough that a high performance car or large vehicle just has more of them. That way, when you come to replace the battery, you can replace it with the latest and greatest battery technology without any further modifications.
Damn it El Reg
Due to the insistence of calling yourself El Reg*, I am constantly reading AI as Al. Who the hell is this Al and what does he want with googles computers anyway?
*Plus the fact ariel makes no distinction between I and l
Re: I wonder
Or to put it another way:
53 per cent have not worked while on vacation
80 per cent of parents have not worked while at a child's event or activity
73 per cent of people don't work while eating out
81 per cent of people have not worked while going to the bathroom
So that's most of us then...
Re: The PS3 was and still is a top-notch product
The PS1 ran at 33mhz? My God, that was one slow processor.
..pics of mother Terra from so far off are rare as tasking them generally risks..
Please please please can we leave crappy management/PR/HR speak out of a tech site? Please?
Chrome forced IE re-development?
What? IE development stopped at IE6. Chrome came out after IE7, so had nothing to do with IE re-starting development. Firefox? Yes. Opera? Yes. But Chrome? No.
Thank-you for all the replys
It's given me a lot to look into. Not sure if I'm going to use the cloud anymore, the 2 drives (with one kept in the office) solution seems pretty simple, and I'm all for keeping it simple. But I'll still have a good look at the others when I get time. Thanks.
Destroy all twitter and fakebook users.
Don't be ridiculous man! Don't you realise Facebook and Twitter are the lightning rods of the internet? Where have all the spammers gone? What about all the crap chain emails, or pictures of puppies with cute slogans? It used to come into your inbox. But all of that crap circulates on twatbook now, avoid these places and you avoid all that junk as well!! Don't say they've never done anything for us.
Re: [snipped by mod]
To be fair, I don't think the The Gadget Show was ever supposed to be a serious look at modern technology. It's on at a time when kids are still up, and its something you could watch with them. If they started doing pieces on the relative merits of tech privacy vs using your data to give you a service, they'd probably loose their audience (both figuratively and in reality).
The only part of this that bothers me is
Somewhat controversially however, the police have the right to take photographs, DNA samples and fingerprints. Without your consent. You can only get these erased from police databases six years after your arrest, whether or not you are convicted or even charged with anything.
That bit. Obviously the police will have to take fingerprints/DNA in order to convict you. Fair enough. But holding them when your acquitted or found innocent? Not fair enough. After all, if you commit another crime they already have you name and arrest details, so they can match that to the newly taken (for this case) fingerprints/DNA. This will link you to the previous case. They don't actually need to keep the data in between.
Re: Cray II or LEO
I'm pretty sure that's when your house is considered evidence and gets covered in tape...
It's not that insane. Something like topless selfie of a 14 yr old = 1 (technically illegal but not actually serious), rape video of 10 yr old = 5. Not sure how they differentiate 2,3,4 etc, but it does make sense to categorise them.
It's easy - Area 41. All that alien BS was just a cover-up. Hey, someone stole my tin hat!
Re: Barging around
If they want a barge in Europe they will have to build it here.
Nah, they'll just swallow it up in the Google supertanker that this is all a cover for, then they'll slowly take over the entire worlds commercial shipping fleet, before finally refusing to ship products from Apple!!!!111! Mawahahahahahahahahhha
make huge profit$...
... (whisper) for me, make huge profit$ for me...
Re: Oh how I loath ad-speak
That ad-man's been touching my children!
Friends and partners
Friends and partners do not spy on each other.
Yeah we do, that's what facebook is for!
Re: Just a little point.
I actually think DNT would be in a better position if IE10 (and the rest) had stayed opt in, not opt out. If you opt in then you definitely care about it and don't want to be tracked, with opt out facebook get to ignore it as not all users 'wanted' DNT. If there is only a small subset that want DNT and turn it on, then really, the advertiser shouldn't worry about lost revenue and support it. After all, if you've enabled DNT you probably wont click on the ads anyway, and anyone who will click on the ads wont have turned it off.
It's much the same with adblock or facebook privacy settings, those who care use the tools to lock it down, but we're such a small and insignificant portion of the user base that it's really just a blip on the data set.
EDIT: I suppose the reg might have a bit of an issue here, as a large portion of the user base will have blocked the ads, but for normal websites it wouldn't matter.
Personally I just block images, only allowing them as I want to see them, rather than any fancy adblockers.. So text ads will still get through.
Re: underpowered but consistant hardware
That's been going on for a while longer than the PSX. Mastersytem had 2 revisions, Megadrive/MegaCD/32x, Gameboy/Gameboy Pocket. Gameboy Advance/SP/micro. Even the ZX had several different versions with different memory/sound chips etc. BBC Micro A and B, the list goes on... I would be surprised to find hardware differences even when there are no case size differences.
Wow, that thing is quite beautiful (I mean it, not sarcasm). You could have a openish chassis with two or three of those popping out the top and it would look stunning.
Re: a simple thought experiment
Your 60°C sample is coming from the hot water tap? Your heating system puts a great deal crap from the pipes into the water (which is why you shouldn't drink it), what affect does that have? You'd have to filter and boil both samples from cold in order to be sure you had the same mineral content.
Re: Hang on @BigAndos
It's a fair point, but I still use a single password for unimportant crap like this, and better unique ones for email/paypal etc. If the reg ever gets hacked you may use my details to log into all manner of other online forums and post whatever you wish.
As an aside, it would be interesting for the reg to aggregate all the passwords used for this site to see how may are 1337 or similar.
Re: Race to the bottom
FFS marketing types, don't you realise this is exactly the sort of crap the general population doesn't want? The sort crap that means I'll pay extra attention to the advert in order to avoid buying those particular products!
Re: Shift your Servers
Just so long as it's not out of the USA and into the UK. Try Germany or somewhere nordic, somewhere that actually gives a <redacted>.
Re: Fusion Is Limited too
flux densities? I think you'll find that it's the flux capacitor that will provide the real break-through. Then we can all live in peace with a Mr. Fusion providing all our daily power needs.
Backup software for HDD and Cloud
I've been looking at using google drive to backup photos and such should the house burn down. I already use an external HDD for local backups, but do it manually. I'm looking for some recommendations for software that would handle backing up files to the external drive and a cloud service. But I'd like to stay away from using, say, googles own drive software, because I might decide to use dropbox, or MS, or whoever (or utilise all of the above for maximum storage). I want a single backup program to rule them all, and running in win7, please. Any ideas?
Re: Marketing Change?
That's the same reason an MRI is called a Magnetic Resonance Imaging, because 'magnetic' sounds considerably less scary than 'nuclear' (as in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Imaging, to give it it's full title).
Organic Energy sounds a little too far, people might look up what it means, I suggest something obviously scientific but not obviously scary. How about 'Particle Energy'?
N.B. I think the 'no nuclear' message largely carried over from the 'no nuclear weapons' message, which is a different subject altogether.
Re: Tablets in schools? Not for long.
My wife's school did that. Absolute PITA. Teachers work from home A LOT. You give them a thin client that refuses to do anything unless connected and working from home becomes nigh on impossible. The server is forever going down at the weekends (or school holidays), so no work can be done, no files can be accessed etc. Great idea in theory, and maybe something to give the kids, but staff should have proper laptops (with an appropriate user/admin setup to prevent cocking it up of course). Could automate a backup system, so files are synced to the server to prevent loss, but still work when there's no connection. Basically think through your damn users use of the system before you give it to them!
You, sir, sound like my wife. She's a science teacher and always bemoaning things like the interactive white boards, at the same time they give you cheap and breakable laptops with the cheapest and most useless laptop bags (straps frequently snap for extra excitement on the stairs!). Probably only one interactive board is needed per department, and even then only certain subjects. I'd say sci, eng, maths, IT, maybe a general use room or two, but that's it, 6 total for a reasonably sized school.
Re: Good News
I think the main point was that they charge an extortionate fee for something that doesn't work, and then charge you again for a new version that still doesn't work <insert MS/Apple/company of your displeasure joke here>.
you can work with multi-layered surface mount components but can't build a website that's easy to navigate.
Multi-layered surface mount components aren't easy to navigate, I think that's the problem, it screws with your brain.
Or win8 RT, hardly anyone uses it!
Tablets in schools? Not for long.
My wife's a teacher, and her school had mostly netbooks until the netbooks mostly went missing. I believe they were chained to a trolley, but some enterprising young thing just took the whole trolley for walk. Tablets are going to be even worse (sure, you can give a child an ipad, but how many do you get back at the end of term?). Last I heard they were back to desktops, as you can at least actually nail them to the desk.
Edit: Maybe one of those monitors with an ARM processor built in would be a better bet. Cheaper too.
Re: but HOW did he create the Universe eh?
All are Christian but each little group was started by obnoxious, shouty people who want to twist a very simple and good thing into something that better suits their own small minds.
Not to mention the modern ones that don't have a denomination written on the door for that very reason, but have accidentally created yet-another-denomination of churches without a denomination. Facepalm.
I was surprised to only get 3 down-votes for the last comment, I came back with trepidation to see how many I got. It's almost as if we're having a sensible region/science debate. But I've probably jinxed it now.
To that end, he said, Mozilla is working on Daala, a new open-source video codec that it hopes will not just be unencumbered by patents but will also "leapfrog H.265 and VP9" in terms of video quality.
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