70 posts • joined Wednesday 1st August 2012 12:30 GMT
That's when it's charging.
I put my phone on the charger when I get home and it more or less stays there until morning so the overnight thing isn't much use. And as for using GPS to turn off WiFi, I generally have wifi turned off as it seems to use more power than wifi... Nice idea but I wouldn't expect it to save me much power.
Or to say...
Let me reword the headline.
"Special interest pressure group overwhelmingly supports own cause".
With the death of MSN that all my friends used this might work.
They forced us to use skype and we all hate it.
Better idea for currency
There are supposedly going to be 21 million bitcoins created and you can trade fractions of them.
Instead, why don't we just create 21 million unique large numbers and sell the rights to fractions of the value of owning the number. The numbers themselves will be protected under copyright law as it's already well established that possession of a certain sequence of numbers is a protected under copyright.
That way we don't need to do anything about security either, if someone "spends" my fractional share in the rights one of the numbers without my permission then the government can prosecute them for "piracy" and I can claim damages that are much higher than any intrinsic value of the number simply based on what I consider the value to be.
This doesn't even require any new law, the principles already all exist.
(Yeah ok, so it's stupid but where is the flaw?)
it's kind of a nice idea
I wish it was those days again when those machines were new. Everything seemed much more exciting and special. And it would be great to play with a machine from that era again.
But really what use is it? I feel the money would be much better spent trying to recreate the concepts on modern hardware instead. Which is what raspberry-pi, and some of the android consoles like Ouya are trying to recapture with some success.
The security issue is that someone can steal my card and use it without knowing my pin number or anything. It's not using it I object to, it's having a physical card that simple possession of lets people take money from my bank account that I object to.
Re: Internet connection required
Because it's entirelyt unnecessary for any reason that's of benefit to me, it's only a benefit to microsoft.
And it's part of the slow erosion of ownership . I will own my xbox but I won't be able to use it without it checking in to microsoft's servers for no reason other than to enforce the fact that they control what can be done with the machine, not the person who bought it.
It's not an terrible thing in ittsself, it's what it represents. Would you buy a washing machine where every time you wanted to use it you had to call the manufacturer and ask their permission to do so, and the could at some point just say no you need to buy a new machine? Of course you wouldn't, it would be terribly intrusive and of no benefit to you, so why accept this?
Step by step
They are not evil yet, but each week I see something new from google that makes me think that inch by inch they are slowly heading that way. Perhaps with good intentions sometime, perhaps with the intention of protecting their profit other times, but they appear to slowly but surely moving from a champion of openness into a more and more closed company.
I understand why they might do this, and it's not evil in itsself but gradually, step by step over the last few years I've gone from thinking that people calling google evil were paranoid idiots into thinking I'm not quite sure I trust them any more, and that perhaps I ought to move my email and contacts and spreadsheets and phone away from their control over time.
If it's filtered...
If it's filtered then it simply isn;t an internet connection.
It's a proxied web browsing connection. An internet connection relays packets. Nothing more, nothing less.
They can still sell it as a useful service but they shouldn't be allowed to call it an internet connection because it's not.
Looks really good
I want one now!
The article says 1GB but the data sheet linked to says 800MHZ, which is it?
Obviously a bad thing, but...
Obviously hijacking machines to do this is a bad thing, but it's not bad for bitcoin.
Mining is primarily the mechanism for securing the transactions, getting free bitcoins is just a deliberate side effect to get people to actually do it. So this makes the network stronger and less vulnerable to attacks. Assuming of course they are running a proper client but it would soon be noticed if they were not.
I have a few projects on there, but they are mostly things like a theme for the phpbb website I use and some direct3d11 code I wanted to share with someone. In both cases I gave separate permissions to the people who needed the code to use it, and I seriously doubt there will be any other interest so it really doesn't matter.
The source is visible on github not because I want to open source it but because I don't really care. If anyone asks me I'll happily give them permission to use it, if lots ask I'll create a proper license. But the default suits me just fine
I'd never buy apple because, well, they are apple.
I'm happy with my htc one but google are increasingly beginning to annoy me. Not sure that I want a windows phone plus would I like microsoft any better?
So that leaves... what?
Not sure what my point is, just to show I don't have much loyalty but I guess I'll end up with android again next time because what else is there?
Did any of the open source phones ever get anywhere?
I imagine that the .ml domain will become synonymous with spam, scams and general crap now.
It's already so cheap to get a domain that the only people who will care it's free are those people needing a throw away domain for something.
Good luck to them though, it's not a bad idea in itsself.
PCs can get back to being the proper professional tools the ought to have remained rather than being the shiny toy for playing videos that marketing people tried to turn them into. They'll sell less but they'll be better
If short sellers have bought shares in the company hoping the price will go down they are doing it wrong...
Tried for months to like windows 8
Then I installed mint linux and it looks and feel just like a computer should.
I only boot windows now for the occasional game.
It will take a complete redesign now for me to go back to windows. This isn't it.
Is there no way to reset the firmware?
Is there no way to reset the firmware if this happens?
I mean using even using a hardware JTAG interface to rewrite the firmware or something?
Or is it just scrap?
This doesn't make google evil
I used reader a lot and will miss it, but they provided it for free and stopping doing that doesn't make them evil. It does, however, make me realise that so many things I depend on. Google Gmail, Facebook, MSN messenger, Github to name a few could all just go away at any time, and in msn's case is doing so too.
I have a server on the internet, I guess it's time to start moving all the things I need to that as much as possible. In many cases.... email, git, rss, I only used the free services because I was lazy anyway :)
Facebook and messenger are the only ones that are hard to replace myself.
The official domain name system is broken.
It's just a service anyone can run.
It's time that someone set up a better one with the original rules.
That actually sounds reasonable
That actually sounds reasonable.
I don't want applications to be able to automatically redirect my web pages without me specifically allowing them to. Pity it makes adblock harder to install, but on the whole it's a good thing.
MSN was good, I used it a lot. Skpye is ugly and painful and horrible. i imagine microsoft have lost about 90% of their users by doing this. Of course they don't care as they weren't making money off this anyway, and it's worth that loss to promote skype a little bit where they can make money.
It's very sad though.
I knew a lot of people using msn. They are all using facebook chat now instead. Not skype.
I wouldn't pay for cat videos...
But I might pay for quality stuff....
I don't know what the film he called star trek was but it wasn't star trek.
I imagine that in the first two minutes he'll have darth vader go back in time 10,000 years and change history and then feel free to make some random film at best slightly connected to star wars and then try to claim he made a star wars film.
They all appear to be streaming services.
I'd quite happily pay to watch on my laptop or tablet on the train each day but as they are streaming services they are literally useless to as there is no reliable internet connection.
I'm not suprised
Most of these stores will go, the concept of bringing a small selection of items to a building and emplying lots of people to try to sell them is simply an outdated business model. There are a few advantages for people but in general it's an expensive and inefficient system and it won't last.
You get a better choice online, it's cheaper, there is no annoying staff or music playing, and you can generally get more information about what you want to buy.
I think the concept of a street where you go to buy things will eventually be seen as a 20th century idea that was necessary at the time but became outdated and obsolete. I see few physical shops lasting beyond 2020 or so
I use msn all the time and everyone I know uses it rather than anything else.
I will likely change to google talk and try to pursuade everyone to use that in future.
There is no other provider in my area, but they upgraded to FTTC pretty much when they said they would and it's working very nicely. I know people have valid complaints of course, but didn't want people reading this to think that the system never works!
Is this a good thing though?
It seems to me that this will simply discourage companies from allowing their patents to be used in standards at all and end up making everything even more proprietary and fragmented. Patents in standards are a really bad idea but I'm not sure the alternatives are any better,
Nothing wrong with variable price
I see nothing at all wrong with allowing price changes during the contract.
Oh course that means I have just as much right to announce the price is dropping as they do to increase it.
And this is the problem,
Tablet interfaces don't work on PCs, and PC interfaces don't work on tablets.
This is the fundemental problem with windows 8, it tries to have both and instead of being the best of both worlds it's ended up feeling second rate on both platforms.
Luckily this is so self evident that the current blip of the windows 8 interface won't last long, it will soon evolve into one interface to tablets and a second for PCs
You are all assuming that no contract means that the ship belongs to his family. It's just as likely that if there is no contract then it belongs by default to the person who designed and had it built...
This makes no sense at all.
Wait a minute, outlook is an email client.
Why would it need "support" for any kind of files? Surely it just sends them as binary blobs and doesn't need any specific support for them at all?
Is it a problem though?
I see lots of QR codes on advertising but I don't think I've once seen anyone scan one, and I don't suppose I ever would.
I use this with my own domain for gmail etc.
Although it's still free for existing "customers" I can see this as a warning it might not be.
Time to reconsider what I use.
And I do mean reconsider, not that I'll necessarily change as it might still be decent value even if it costs some money.
I noticed this
I noticed that twitter wasn't displaying them any more when quite few posts didn't show them. I didn't bother going to the site to look at the pictures. I can't imagine I'm the only one. I imagine their use will diminish very significantly once people realise fewer people look at their pictures, it's not like there aren't many alternatives.
Re: good enough
That's exactly it.
It's not that "the pc is dying" as the press seems to want to believe.
It's that instead of replacing it every 2 years every 3 or 4 years is enough now. So of course sales will be lower. Don't confuse that with the end of the PC though
It's on my debian linux too.
They are a lot better
10 years ago dixons / pcworld were a complete embarrassment. But the last few years they do seem to have got quite a bit better. I actually don't mind going to their shop any more. Unlike comet which was horrible.
Re: Back to windows 7
Yes, I can make it work. it's usable.
But it's a little less convenient for me and there isn;t really anything new I want to use on it.
But "almost as usable" isn't much of a reaosn to upgrade
Back to windows 7
I upgraded my pc from windows 8 to windows 7 this last weekend.
It's not that I hate windows 8.
It's that all my applications are "desktop" applications, and they are a little less easy to get at and use with the new user interface. And the new stuff doesn't seem to have any real attaction to me.
So overall windows 7 runs my stuff better than windows 8. So I upgraded back to it :)
Re: Browser agents
Yes absolutely. The default browser has a visit desktop site option which a lot of people turn on as websites look better generally... And it identifies itsself as a mac than, at least on mine.
Not everyone needs to be a coder but everyone should have an understanding of what they do. It's really important. And enough people need to program things, that everyone should have the chance to learn.
Nice that someone who actually managed to build a rocket company and sell services to nasa is saying this. Gives him more credibility than most :)
Ok so I liked the way 2010 looked better than 2012 in general but other than that it's a terrific tool for c++ development and well worth the money. (for the professional edition at least, I cant see what you get worth the money for the much more expensive ones...)
Nice to see them shipping timely updates, and the preview of the missing c++11 features they recently added. There are a lot of negative people comments on this, but I think they are doing very very much better than they have in the past with visual studio!
I don;t care so much how long they last
But I want to know properly how much lifetime is left...
If I have to replace my disk every 2-3 years then I'd do that for the performance, but proper stats are essential.
The solution is ...
The solution is the same one they forgot in all those holodeck gone wrong episodes in star trek...
Build in an off switch.
Its the same on the trains
On my commute on virgin trains, I'd really find wifi quite useful for the 100 minutes or so a day I spend on their trains. But it costs £40 per month and I'm not paying that for for something I'd use for maybe a few minutes to check emails, read a couple of web pages mostly.
If it was £10 a month I'd consider it, but at £40 I can't imagine anyone paying for it themselves uses it.
Re: Doesn't work anyway
@Joe Harrison you only have to do that once, and then it seems to "just work" after that. I did it once on my nexus 7, and it seems to pick up emails and so on when I go through a station with it without me doing anything now.