484 posts • joined 19 Apr 2012
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)
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).
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