378 posts • joined 19 Apr 2012
Re: Good thing we've..
Because I'm sure an electronics/robotics professor has so much to offer the world of biochemistry...
Re: Will it auto direct desktop users to the desktop site?
ok, that would be fine.
1) Is the mobile forum going to get the edit post feature of the desktop version (I'll edit this myself if does already...)?
2) Is the mobile version finally going to get post icons to choose from?
3) It appears that text re-flow stops at a certain maximum width in the current implementation (it didn't with the old version, and also not in the article). Is that a concious decision? Not a big deal, but I'm not sure why you'd need to.
Will it auto direct desktop users to the desktop site?
That would be a pita. I use the mobile site on the desktop because it cuts the crap and just puts the articles on the page with proper re-flow of text.
I own a 3DS, but the 3D effect stays off. It's all well and good so long as you look directly at the screen and don't move it. Only, it's a hand-held console, so small movements are inevitable. As such, the 3D effect pops in and out the whole time I use it, and that screws with my brain. Hopefully the eye-tracking tech works a bit better, but I'm yet to be convinced by any 3D tech I've seen (outside of an old plastic viewmaster, that is!).
Re: You need to understand,
A verified subset of the play store (as suggested above somewhere) would be a very good thing. Android could easily have a setting to allow non-verified apps from the Play store (the same as installing non-play store apps).
That said, if you want a cheap, largely locked down, non-apple smart phone, then I would suggest a look at a WP Nokia. It'll do maps, email, facebook, most of what people want, but won't let you download dodgy apps from anywhere you like.
What are you talking about? We have fantastic batteries right now. It's just that as soon as the capacity goes up, so does the processing power and what we expect to do with it. How long would a palm pilot last if you connected to a modern battery from a note 3? Most of the year I'd bet.
Re: Still doesn't look as usable
His only valid point (and presumably where the upvotes came from?), is that it is beyond him why MS couldn't have given Aero as an option. XP came with a 2000 option, as did vista and 7. I've not used 8 much, so I can't tell you if there is still a 'make it grey' option, but an Aero option would have been nice. For that matter, allowing 7 to access the win8 app store (in a dedicated access and run apps program) would have given them a welcome influx of customers, but nevermind.
Re: It's not that hard.
Fair enough, I'll concede to that. But it amazes me the number of people who complain about some new feature cluttering the interface, but never actually check the settings to see if they can turn it off. My wife and extended family included, even though some of them are computer literate in many other ways.
Re: Conversation/Threading view is sh*te
Click on a conversation to open it, see the 'reply' button, there is a drop-down arrow. Click on it. 5th one down is 'delete this message'.
What am I? Googles tech support?
Settings button (the one that looks like a cog) > Configure inbox > untick everything but 'primary'
Then settings button (again) > Settings > Labels > switch important (and anything else you didn't want) to 'hide'
It's not that hard.
Seeing screenshots of the old Gmail...
...reminds me how much I liked it. I've got used to the G+ style since, but I turned it off for as long as I could.
As an aside, if they want a new killer feature, I've got one I suggested to them years ago: Let me select multiple emails with different subjects and put them in one 'conversation'. It's a pita when someone changes the subject slightly and forces the whole thing into a different list.
@A J Stiles Indeed. I have a long-standing phobia about utility bills, so my electricity is paid for in advance through a key meter. The money is in my supplier's bank account, earning interest for them, before the juice comes down the wires to me. And yet they would give me a discount for paying in arrears by direct debit.
That is exactly backwards. In fact, now I come to think of it, it's borderline disability discrimination.
Not to be corporate shill, but try looking for a company called Ebico. They are an energy company with just one tariff. One. That means it doesn't matter how you pay, your always on the cheapest tariff, and you don't get bumped on a more expensive one because you didn't switch this year. They were 3rd cheapest on a comparison website when I switched about 4 years ago, and I'm still paying a competitive price.
There are some maddeningly small touch targets..
That's because you bought a ipad mini retina...
All the apps will have been designed for the 10" version, and since the resolution is the same, all buttons and controls will shrink with the screen. Even the non-retina mini has the same problem, difficult to read the text on the home screen for instance (even with text set to big, it doesn't adjust it). Saying this as my in-laws recently got one, and the experience is not great compared to a full size one. You'd have thought that 'easy to use' apple would have thought about that, but apparently not.
Or more precisely, you don't get what you can't pay for. Outside of inner cities, fibre is simply not an option available to you. Otherwise I would have switched many years ago.
Re: Water damage in 3,2,1
Oi, leave me alone! I only missed a lettr!
Re: unintended humour
Have you tried drinking out of non-handled mugs? By the time you can pick it up, your tea is cold.
Hi Dad, can I borrow the PC? I'll have push it up the hill to Jimmy's house...
What a wonderful mental image.
Re: unintended humour
Like the luggable TVs and monitors of old: See it is potable, it's got a handle and everything.
Re: Not so fast, Mister.
Second thoughts, they could already do this with the current designs:
One giant phone/tablet (could have up to 10" if not holding it to your head) + current smart watch.
Of course, you might look a little silly holding the watch to your head to make a call, but no sillier than shouting into an ear-piece or holding a phablet (ugh, horrible word) to your head.
Not so fast, Mister.
I can imagine a scenario when these could take off (assuming they are cheap enough/good enough):
Do not connect it to your phone. Do not have a 'phone'.
Do connect it to your 3G/4G tablet, which is in your bag.
Do not have an 'internet connection' on the watch, link that to the tablet. It's too small for browsing anyway.
Do have the phone gubbins in the watch.
Phones are either a) too small for the internet and everything you want to do with them, or b) too big to put in your pocket. So don't have one. If it's connected to the tablet, then let it update you with info and maybe also video call (Dick Tracy anyone?). If not, then it is a 'dumb phone' in a watch shape (+ a camera, that'll get the newspapers going). Happily you would only need one camera on it, so you would either point it at yourself or hold it up like a nutter to take something else.
Re: "it has 15 faces (12 bevels, obverse, reverse, outer edge)"
12 sides, 2 faces, and the Queens face = 15, duh.
The rest of us can skive off in here...
Re: £500 to update each parking machine?
Or remove them altogether. Your town centre shops will receive an up-tick in sales as a result of having more people willing to park. Said shops may then not go out of business, and empty shops may be re-filled. The council will receive money for having the shops, and not the parking.
Re: @ Irongut - £200m to fix potholes
If they built them properly in the first place, I doubt it would happen at all. We had an entire road re-done last year, and low and behold, despite having no snow and no flooding in the area, the bloody thing is full of holes again. The Swedes don't have this trouble, and that's even when Sweden is covered in several feet of snow for 6 months every year (lovely roads, took a driving holiday there a couple of years ago).
Re: Star Wars: Episode VII
The problem your having is that Star Wars is a fairy tale. Not unlike Snow White or Sleeping Beauty, except that in Star Wars the thing is set in space, see, and the Knights are on spaceships instead of horses. Once you've established that, you can enjoy it for what it is, and stop getting hung up on plot holes and crap.
The aurora borealis extended as far south as Cuba
If the aurora borealis was that big, then all comms and electronics failing the world over would be totally worth it.
Then you should lay off the bug eggs mate.
Re: "mobile device" has gained sufficient linguistic weight...
Perhaps you'd prefer the German: Handy.
Re: Is this a UK thing?
No, they do not email you your test results in the UK. Banks don't ask you to click a link and verify your account details either, but that doesn't stop people falling for it.
Re: Please bring the launch date for MarsOne forward.
Mars, wow, imagine the selfie you could take from there!
Re: As if this will make people happy!
The issue I've found is that when I've come to try and use it I wasn't the installer or first user, so I was not aware of these methods.
First time use: cousins kid comes around and wants to connect his new laptop to the wifi, ok, where are the wifi settings? Where is the desktop? WTF, how do I even exit the start screen? ESC? No. Windows key? No. Really, how do I get to the desktop? Took all of about 30 minutes to figure out what I was doing, not a good first start.
Second time use: Sister-in-law bought a very nice new laptop with a hi-res screen, only trouble is the text is too small. Eventually I found the settings, but the scalling is crap. Also struggled with the settings being all over the place, not all of them are in the control panel, not all of them are in the 'mordern' interface. PITA. So not a good second impression either.
Guess what? First/second impressions count. Maybe if I used it all the time I would figure out how to use it easily, but why precisely should I bother?
Re: I think someone...
Do you use gravitized sunglasses?
Only if I drop them from my desk. It's easy to watch gravity, and feel it. Just hold that big rock a few feet above your foot and then let go of it.
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...
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