102 posts • joined Tuesday 29th May 2012 09:28 GMT
Oh no... "of" replaces another word
Not content with having more or less killed "have", as in "must have", "if" is now in the firing line:
"One wonders of Australian buyers can..."
Re: Don't want a "radio station"
With you there Mark.
I think Apple, and some others, have missed the point. Radio is theatre of the mind, including the talking. So uninterrupted tunes, however tailored, just doesn't cut it for everyone.
Pukka radio definitely has a place. TuneIn is a saviour when abroad, or anywhere in fact, and need some "home" music or news. With DJs.
On the other hand, Spotify is now my rented music library. You move, your play lists stays with you. The full fat £10 version also ignores which country you move to, even permanently. A device locked service like i-whatever seems, well, old skool. Oh, to boot Spotify allows three devices to sync offline, which means most households are catered for.
Is there a real alternative to Spotify? Simple as chips? Perhaps there should be. iRadio ain't it.
Re: the correct way..
They do that because of chemistry. The nice tasting browning cheese is nice tasting because the moleclueless are changing into long chains of tasty things.
Not burnt, nice tasting!
Re: Kids are the future an' all that
Uhm, children may be evil, mine are too sometimes, but chill out on the stake burning. Also, not sure where you are, but 12-year olds, mostly, have already had a skinful of 'puters, mine included. XP in fact. So this (yes, sample of one) was a proper transition. MS office and all.
Secondly, I was trying, not so well it turns out, to point out MS' dilemma. This dilemma may explain their seemingly half-arsed attempt at "fixing" 8. To a big chunk of people it just doesn't need fixing.
Kids are the future an' all that
Sample of one 12-year old kid, he's well chuffed with 8 on an Acer S3 ultrabook. Got to grips with it in about, ooh, a nanosecond. Well, quickly anyway. He loves the Mr Bean app though he actually works on it too. His younger sister then went looking for it on her nexus 10, but, lo and behold, it wasn't as good. Their words, not mine. (Lucky kids, but I really owed them the toys)
I know this doesn't excuse MS ignoring the actual work market, but I can see the dilemma and the conflicting focus group/research feedback. On one side you have anyone young(ish) liking it. The other you have most reg commentards hating it. This isn't about a start button or not to MS, it's about betting for future customers.
Should they stay or should they go? It looks to me like MS have decided to move on.
You can be worried about climate change AND pro business
Denier commentards above use phrases like "taxing into oblivion" and "living in caves". Apologies if these are not verbatim.
They miss the point about capitalism.
Our chaotic, profit driven, pseudo-democratic society is brilliant (well, sort of) at succeeding under whatever rules are in place. So if you push the rules towards less carbon, you'll get, well, less carbon but probably more innovation and more or less the same profit. It's just the rules.
You could even argue the biggest innovations and societal shifts happen under pressure, so bring on the carbon taxes...
Incidentally, it looks like the oil pumpers have had a nice little cabal for four or five decades; the deniers are helping, inadvertently probably, extend their good run of luck.
Re: Internet connection required
So, all your mates are on, say, Xbox and play station is better how exactly?
I get the geeky tech specs, but often (sorry, no citation) it's about social. By social I mean shooting your friends to pieces.
In this perspective always on doesn't change much as without it there is no social shooting.
Much as i've never been in love with my 3GS, it runs the least bad it ever has on the latest iOS.
It's 16gb and very light on apps though.
Reception as poor as ever, but that's hardware related I think.
Not a chance this will work out for Tesco
You can see why they are doing it. It fits well with their 'a hand in every pocket' mantra. Also, the club card base is very attractive as others have pointed out. There are at least two major flaws though.
One, Brits don't like to buy/consume everything from one source like, say, 'merkins do. This is broadly why Yahoo! sort of worked in the US and failed in Europe. I know Yahoo! is a portal and not a grocer, but it is the everything in one place idea. It's a question of trust, and Brits would, rather sensibly, not put all their eggs in Tesco's, ahem, basket.
Two, club card has one specific purpose, to drive people in store to buy stuff they didn't need, but wanted. Like a better bottle of wine. Bad example, I know, as wine needs to be good. The whole of the supply chain is set up around the spikes the quarterly voucher mailings create. Forget the Dunhumby (owned by Tesco) guff about data mining in clever ways, it just drives sales. So good luck with fishing for music habits and getting space in the mailings for Wee7 or whatever.
I can see the "Digital" plastered all over the latest corporate power point, but it won't work. At least not as well as they think.
Re: Why does there have to be anything left
Well, except in weird on a stick quantum land, where stuff pop around to say hello out of nowhere. However, like a well behaved progressive 70s party, where you move from house to house, they also leave. Apparently.
I think you'll find...
...his problem is being judged by xenophobic readers. Or poor comedians.
Actually, it's not the French slur, they are French after all. It's comparing disability to a comedy nationality. AFAIK, he never blamed/mentioned his disability. Hence we don't know what it is.
Still a long way to go... yes, talking to you Samsung
Our 2012 smart Sammy is a great screen and thin, but "smart"? Not so much.
It's is by far the least able device in the house for holding a wifi connection. It sucks. And entering a secure password through the remote is a PITA. Oh, with no wifi you obviously can't then use the remote app either. Arrggg...
Secondly, the one service we'd like to use, Blinkbox, has a compatibility problem with the Sammy. Apparently to do with how it handles Java. So even with ethernet cables trailing from the router you're SOL.
As others have said, keep the image processing and screen tech, ditch everything else and save us a few hundred squids.
Re: Don't have a Tv Licence... Love Netflix
It'd be interesting to see what proportion of the UK have speed issues watching streamed content. I don't mean average BB speeds as they are useless, rather, the pause/yawn/spinny thing rate at peak watching hours. I suspect the % suffering would be "a lot".
Also, the streaming numbers will be boosted by the free bundles. We got £50 on Blinkbox free with the Sammy telly. Did we use it? Yes. Would we pay £3.50 per film for pause/yawn/spinny thing? No way. Incidentally, this is why iPlayer is such a success. It's free anyway. Well, not free, but you've paid for it already.
Re: Perhaps in front or behind
In two words - red shift.
We judge distances to objects that throw off light we can detect by how far their light has shifted towards longer wave lengths, i.e. red in the visible spectrum.
That's why aliens always look red. Or is that green... Sorry, bad colour vision.
Technology for the masses
Regardless of the tech/licensing/corporate aspects, there is likely a mahoosive impact to growth and political consumer behaviour from this.
Millions more people, in China at least, now have access to /some/ content of their choosing. Weibo springs to mind. I'm trying to think of a piece of tech this democratic in history. The printed text maybe, but even that was exclusive to start with. We don't see it because we're on our nth device.
Also, more people being connected for the first time will improve trade locally as well as expand it regionally. Think a craftsman traveling further to sell his goods, having found a higher price. Or the local genius kid producing an app by hacking his already hacked device.
"..one in two.."
What is wrong with "HALF"?? Or even 51% if you want to be specific?
Lazy and gratuitous use of language. Daily Mail-esque. Not becoming of el Reg.
Re: Seems to make sense to me
Actually, that sort of pricing behaviour is not looked on kindly by the regulator as it falls foul of the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations. Back in 2008, my then employer took those regs pretty seriously and put everyone on a 2-day course.
As I understand it, and IANAL, anything underhand that is likely drive consumer behaviour, is a no no. So false strike through prices, i.e. a pretend sale, doesn't wash. Equally, manipulating prices for pretend BOGOF offers is not on.
The addiction to "free" by marketers is because everyone, of course, wants free stuff even though we know full well it isn't really free at all. We get a little mental reward from fuling (sic) ourselves we got it "free". It's a similar mind trick to when the missus comes home and has "saved" £150 on this great coat... even though she actually spent £200.
So don't expect the misuse of free to go away any day soon.
Actually, you don't need to replace them. Once carbon becomes viable for lecky transmission, copper prices will plummet, and the incentive to purloin it will at least partially go away.
Seagate Goflex gen 1 "chunky"??
What are you? A waif-shaped catwalk model?
Seriously, not everything is better thinner and smaller as the vicar said to the maid. The first generation was a fine form factor, quite tactile in fact.
However, the firmware update process is a complete bar steward...
Re: erm... might be the only one, but.
Plus the sound mix is awesome - the shredder scene is my new favourite demo sequence for the surround set up. Just make sure the neighbours are out.
Also, wtf, people know Rihanna is in it, and they expect 2001 A Space Odyssey?? It's a cartoon movie with live acting FFS.
Clone? With chavs and everything?
Please tell it ain't so. It's depressing enough with one chav-infested planet.
At least it'll be easy to tell, just look for the beige chequered pattern in the shadow the planet casts.
Also, when we meet, we can recycle the same jokes like 'what do you call a chav in a box? innit'.
Re: If you're on a mountain...
You don't have to go far outside London for power cuts to be de rigeur.
Granted, we can pull 4kW no problem, but you soon get REALLY cold sans power in winter. Gas heating needs a pump. Unlike Spain.
We do have a Victorian type fire place, Edwardian actually, but it's useless at heating the house.
Nuclear because, well, it doesn't help.
Re: How the hell can this possibly be healthy?
Nope. The stomach is one nasty place, swimming in hydrochloric acid for a start, plenty resistant to bugs.
The risk is probably more the skin interface, where you hook up to pumpfecate.
Re: Location, location, location
That would be somewhere like northern Scandinavia then. Oodles of hydro and damned cold most of the time.
Presumably why Google are planning two data centres up there, one in Hamnina, Finland and one across the Baltic in Luleå, Sweden.
Re: What about those websites
In IE you get the full drag and drop folder functionality, not so in FF. Definitely different interfaces for me. In fact, it is one of the few reasons I fire up IE, the other being legacy DB access.
Re: AN vs A ... Correct use
Ahhhh, I can't resist. If you're correcting a correction, united front or not, grammar and spelling mistakes are the poisoned spawn of Wayne and Waynetta.
it's = it is
its = possessive form, belongs to something
Oh, LED pronounced as lead (the metal) makes no sense. So it's always "an" LED following the phonetic rule.
So that's what I have....
Thanks for letting me know that's that my LEDs are. Although flat in my case, 'corn cobs' is a perfect way of describing them.
I bought them on recommendation 2+ years ago in an actual shop(!). Expensive but, out of 9, none have failed or appreciably dimmed. They're heavy GU10 replacements, suggesting they have good heat sinks.
Sadly, they are one of those rare, good, Chinese imports with no particular brand name, so I can't tell you what they are.
Just put a HD in your own safe?
Being a lazy etc, I just back up my stuff to a portable hard drive and stick the hard drive in the safe - fire rated to fricking a lot. We can't really get flooded and the thing weighs way too much to move by tealeafs. Oh, and you'd have to contend with the floor bolts.
The added bonus of a safe is you can put, say, actual prints of old photos and other stuff in there. All safe and sound. No offsite, no NAS, no network required, just a hunk of steel.
Old skool (just don't lose the bloody keys!)
From the grammar in some posts here...
...I'm not surprised that comments in code sometimes make no sense.
/runs out the door coat flailing
The 17-year old denies everything, goes into hiding
In a post modern twist the teenager, in an interview with the Expressen newspaper yesterday, said it actually started with someone else posting a photograph of her with attached slurry(?) verbiage on the now famous Instagram account. She then emailed the the account holder and threatened to go to the police if they didn't remove the picture.
She says the account holder/s then starting spreading the rumour that she was responsible. Riots ensued.
Police have questioned her, and she is now in hiding at a "secret address". Her mum is "upset", not surprisingly, and that she "knows she didn't do this". Further, "the person responsible should sit at home and be ashamed".
Sooo.... If she is telling the truth, who is the actual little toerag? Why isn't the police chasing the actual account holder? The mum is very restrained, I'd want to disembowel the little fucker.
Interview is here in Swedish: www.expressen.se/nyheter/17-aringen-talar-ut-om-instagram-upploppet/
Re: Gym slips & hockey sticks
Ironically, the pupils at Plusgymnasiet are "helping build a safer environment for homeless people in Gothenburg". Presumably the slut list wasn't part of this initiative.
The name of said project is Lamp Post - though they may have to change that now that they have been kicked down.
FWIW Plusgymnasiet have 15 schools in all the major cities in Sweden, so there is plenty of scope to expand the slut list for nationwide mayhem and rioting.
They're a for profit commercial outfit, the kind the gubbermint wants to see more of here and often held up as an example of success. As an aside, the Swedes are far from happy that companies are profiting from education while Sweden's international table position is slipping in e.g. maths.
Intriguingly, their website says parents and "affected pupils" will be contacted shortly via "schoolsoft". So there's another IT angle if we need it. Schoolsoft's website www.schoolsoft.se disappointingly makes no mention of sluts or riots.
30 years old+ except less funny
When I was a lad, the story about [insert nation to disparage] went like this:
[intd] man walks into a&e with burns to both sides of his face
What happened to you?
I was ironing and the phone rang.
But why did you burn the other side of your face.
Well, I had to phone an ambulance.
Tax aside, this is a PR disaster
As any fule know, it is not the content of what you say that matters in public, it is how it is perceived. And public perception is kindof core to how brands are looked at. Google is a massive brand, usually topping the most valuable type lists.
He said "if you don't like it sit on this and swivel". That isn't, ever, going to increase the value of your brand. Cue unhappy share holders.
I don' think this is going to work itself out in the political field, but may have a real effect because of perception.
This is not a Ratner-scale fcuk up, but Schmidt is working his way up there. Dickhead.
Re: Or could it be....
That doesn't make sense as you really only notice the price of books after buying the device.
Also, in our abode we spend less on books overall since the Kindle, despite reading more. I put that down to two reasons: 1) easier to look for deals and 2) wider choice. Actually, that is probably one reason, 'wider choice of deals' compared to average book store.
Nah, I reckon saturation is the more likely reason. With a one-trick-pony device you'll only ever appeal to the avid(ish) readers anyway.
Re: When smoke gets in your eyes
With the old gang having eaten all the wraps, of course the new team looks great. Oh, rap....
Share price is not really sentiment
I'm not defending Apple, however...
I was sitting at a table with big cheese investor, think big Private Equity, at a dinner in San Francisco a while back and he talked about dark pools and their interaction with stock exchanges. Slightly over my head, but what stuck with me was the average holding period of a stock - which he said is driven by algorithms and measured in seconds...
Anyway, the point being these sudden changes in share price are more to do with cascading software responses than human opinion.
Still, I agree Apple has past their peak and valuation is likely to go from ridiculous to slightly less ridiculous.
Or MS could do like that Daily Mirror Reliant Robin competition and have have first prize one Lumia and second prize two...
Never having come across a single person with one, I have no idea if Lumias are as bad as Reliants, just that it would be funnier than droid bashing.
So this is where all the badge commentards lurk....
I guess LOTR + OS X + Easter Egg is to frequent el reg readers what a a ginormous honeypot is to a slightly porky bee. Not saying readers are porky, just might be.
I salute you el reg for knowing your audience. And I want my damn badge.... WAAAAAhhh
Just not representative of all. In our house I'd say Wii gets the least game use compared to 360, iPad or iPods. However, it does get used regularly for dance, tennis and balance games, i.e. the stuff our other platforms can't do.
I avoid the Wii board like the bloody plague as it just keeps reminding me how porky I am. Damn thing.
I can't see us getting a Wii U soon. There's enough clobber with Wii remotes/nunchuks/wheels/board etc
Re: kin ell
Think of it more as a choice instead of a projector/screen. 84'' isn't a particularly large PJ screen.
Still, it does mean you need a dedicated room, probably with reinforced walls. It would indeed look ridiculous in any, even very large, living room.
Image when the kids "lose" the wii remote in vigorous game of tennis though. Oh dear.
Languages, families, incumbents, HD... sorry Apple
I've said this before, but TV is way more complicated than a collection of songs aka iTunes.
1) It has to, at least in part, be in your local language - so local producers hold sway
2) Everyone in the family wants to use it and sometimes share viewing - queue prime time shows and public broadcasting (I'm generalising!)
3) Strong local players, Sky *cough*, have already produced all-in-one boxes - so no need for smart TVs with wonderful UI
4) Lack of bandwidth, for now, dictate that live HD has to be over satellite for most parts of Europe - sorry, no cloudy goodness...
Ironically, our Sky+ box connects through an Airport Express, but that's as close as Apple will get to TV.
"...could get worse at any moment...."
So this would put him on a par with the rest of the 7 billion people on the planet then who occasionally fall ill and "get worse".
I wish people wold stop giving a toss and commenting. Oh wait...
What about D-VHS?
In the dying days of VHS JVC produced a huge, horrendously expensive gold-coulored (IIRC) digital vhs player.
Same size tapes (massive) but full digital encode.
Completely failed to make any consumer impact. Not surprisingly.
Re: Blu Ray
Why are you looking at pores? I find things happen in many places in a movie scene. But in the actors' pores is not one them.
Actually, it depends on the size of the screen and at what distance you're watching. A well-encoded BD knocks the pants of DVD on the right kit when you're close enough to a full HD screen.
BDs drop down to £5-7 after a few months and I quite like having a little library.
Streaming is a joke on typical UK broadband speed, like mine.
Re: Palm Pilot never tried to be anything more than a digital diary and contacts list.
And there was this nifty news fetching/storing app - can't recall its name... Anyone?
Anyway, it meant you could easily read all the news pages you wanted on the tube. Proper text layout and size, no (few) ads and no net required.
Not so easy to do that 15 years later....
@b166er - it's not related to tech in any shape or form so the point stands that apple represents a disproportionate share of e-commerce.
In fact, I'd like more android traffic as it would push mobile higher up our agenda. But it's just not there....
Re: more speculation....
A quick look at my November web stats indeed shows utter dominance of Apple at 81% of mobile visits compared to Android at 17% with a rump of BB etc. This is a medium sized UK e-commerce website.
Almost 2/3 of that Apple traffic is iPad.
Where is all the Android slab traffic?