469 posts • joined 19 Apr 2012
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)
Re: 4 of 14 fingered
Or better still, a list of the ones that didn't fail so hard.
Seems like samsungs lawyers had it right then, just drag out each court case until the devices have been replaced. Wait for the new court case, then rinse and repeat. So long as samsung make more money from selling devices than the lawyers cost, it's just a cost of business. Hopefully Apple will get bored of paying their lawyers sometime soon.
Re: Auto brightness
The only issue being that the auto-brightness has to be on all the time to work, and the camera's are generally battery killers. Whereas a dedicated light sensor hardly uses any power at all.
To be fair, Tors nether regions are often quite a bit more netherly than most.
I always wondered when FB would wake up and realise it could take on ebay and amazon. Frankly, both of those could do with a bit of competition anyway. Not that I'd want to use the FB version, but I'd certainly welcome a drop in ebay fees.
Re: I agree
Ah, so what you're basically saying is that you would prefer to be using iOS or WP?
<--- Ducks for cover.
Re: If it ain't broke....
There have been some recent changes to Flickr for the better, well, better than the god-awful monstrosity they made last year. Still probably slower than it was before, and portraits are still much smaller than landscapes in the main view. I even signed up for a G+ account to see if it was better, alas, it is not.
I just hope that when they finally cop it, someone with some sense buys up the still vaguely popular bits.
Re: Battery Times
It also may lead to more efficient motors which will help with the range of normal electrics just as much as higher density batteries.
Re: Slow learners?
All in all this is probably a Good Thing(TM). Hardware manufacturers are basically crap at software interfaces anyway. Every TV/PVR/DVD/VCR I've ever owned has had some bewildering and ridiculous UI or menu structure.
Also, none of them have ever had an update released, even for glaring bugs (like my Panasonic TV doesn't accept a PC input from it's VGA port in its native 720p resolution, it either a) takes a 4:3 signal and stretches it, or b) takes a 1080p input and forces you to scroll around it, a 720p signal just causes a blank screen).
How large are the replacements?
The thing I liked about quickoffice (aside from the fact it could open pdfs as well as office docs) is that it was a small program with just enough functions to make it useful. How large are the replacements? Apple and MS's three individual apps take ~700MB each, that's quite a large chunk of a 16GB ipad for all three.
Re: Why the colour screen?
The moto 360 looks a lot better than the LG one too, i.e. it looks like a normal watch.
Re: Integrated Strap?
I too have to punch extra holes into leather straps to make them small enough. I also had to search far and wide to find a nice unisex watch, as men's watches tend to be larger than my wrist is wide. Any screen on there is either going to be too small to be useful, or ridiculously huge on my wrist. I vote for a wide-screen version, though (as other previously posted) I'd like it to actually be the smart phone itself. Then I'd only need a smart watch and wi-fi tablet, for when I wanted a larger screen.
Inside there is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor running at 1.2GHz with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage.
That's more or less the spec of my (slightly old) phone anyway, though it is little slow now and then, it gets the job done well enough.
Re: It is no different that following people around with Video Cameras
Or standing at some considerable distance with a Very Long Lens.
Re: Re 1000ft high walls
The wall will not survive a tornado, but it's not supposed to is it? I thought the point was that having walls in the right places will prevent the tornado from starting in the first place? As for bricks, I doubt they'd use bricks for the wall, they'd use concrete, like a dam. Bricks only came into the discussion because someone above said about building houses with bricks instead of sticks. Do try to keep up old chum.
After a bit of experimentation, I can tell you that € is found with an AltGr + 4, or a Ctrl + Alt + 4. On a standard windows UK keyboard (presumably would work the same with linux, but I'm not going to take a guess at a mac).
Human Brain in ability to separate formal and informal communications shocker!
Re: Double the fine
Well, it would take double or nothing gambling to a new level, if nothing else.
Re: correction needed
I'd prefer it if all the tax was on petrol/diesel and nothing else (i.e. no 'road tax'). If you own a Hummer but only drive it 100 miles a year, you are doing less damage to the roads and environment than a diesel/electric doing 10,000 miles a year. So the amount of fuel you use is directly proportional to the amount of tax you should pay. Until we all drive electrics, then they'll have to tax something else (they'll still want the tax, after all).
err, ever heard of the green cross code? Look left, then right, then left again, before crossing the road.
Especially the one that uses a small petrol to charge the battery for an all electric drive (the vauxhall ampera/Chevy volt?). Seems like the best idea so far, as it has no need for a gearbox, and the petrol runs at a constant (efficient) speed. Electric motors make a lot more sense for cars than petrol engines.
1) Legislation is coming in to stipulate that electric cars must make a car-like noise, which is a huge shame as a lot of the appeal is their quietness. No. People should learn to look where they are going.
2) Why do they have to make them so ugly? Without an engine, small motors could be placed at each wheel, so then the entire front could be glass*. They could actually look cooler than 'normal' cars if they tried.
3) Standards. The batteries need to be standardised so you can buy them from 3rd parties in 10 years time. That way, you can take advantage of each improvement in battery technology as it comes along. Just need a standard shape, size, working voltage, and charging voltage. Current and capacity should improve as the tech gets better. Just make it modular enough that small cars have 1 or 2, large/sports cars have 3 or 4, and lorries can have 18 or whatever.
*May not be a good idea in the event of an impact (or a stone chip), but they could make them look a lot better than they do now. If they are heart decisions and not head ones, then looking cooler than normal cars is a must, surely.
Re: Acquired a negative connotation?
Ah, but those of us referred to as such wore it with pride anyway. It went something like:
Idiot: "You're such a boffin"
Boffin: "Yes, I am cleverer than you, thank-you."
Re: Before acquiescing to his demand...
But not a pristine white coat. Any old idiot can where a pristine white coat. It has to be stained with unidentifiable stains, and the odd patch of oil or grease won't go amiss either.
See, the EU does do good things occasionally. Seems sensible to me.
Re: Tetris 2
The Sam coupé?! My best friend of the time had one of those.. In fact, is that you? He name was (and I presume still is) Thomas, and his surname began with and H. Does splitting a certain road-sign in half with bicycle ring any bells?
To be fair, that happens with any video game if you play it long enough. I've had it with wipeout, tony hawks, even doom.
I've got the GB version on the 3DS now, and the music started playing in my head as soon as I saw the the word 'Tetris'.
But my favourite version has to be Tetris 2 on the ZX. It had a challenge mode with 99 levels. Some gave you a quota of 1's, 2's, etc, others gave you certain bricks to destroy, or just survive for 10 secs of stupid speed.
If you completed all 99 levels it would tell you to F*** OFF as you must have cheated. As it was, I was playing on an emulator, so I was able to save my progress and come back later. Which is cheating I suppose, so they were right.
Re: Why are Sky bothering?
Not not sure Sky are bothering, are they even involved?
As for the Roku, I got one and it does more or less all I want from it, especially since 4OD was added. I also have a pre-smart Freeview PVR for recording stuff, which is the preferred method.
But there is a major problem with the Roku: Every channel is allowed to use their own UI. And most of them are crap. It's ok for me because I'm used to these sort of things, but for my in-laws, not so much.
So all that really needs doing is adding ITV to the Roku, and also fixing at least the main TV channels so there is one consistent UI between them. It doesn't matter what UI it is, just so long as there is only one to learn.
No note-taking application? Surely that's what app downloads are for? Evernote? Google Keep? A myriad of others? If you just want text based note taking and nothing else (no cloudy backups) then try Jota, it's basically notepad for Android.
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