47 posts • joined Monday 22nd October 2012 19:43 GMT
Was thinking about a PS4 but went for a PC upgrade instead seeing as PS+ has flooded my PS3 and Vita with more "free" games than I have time for. Don't need a 4th device clogged up with games I don't have time to play. Will get the PS4 when the price drops a bit more, but anyone with PS+ and no PS4 should make sure they "buy" the free PS4 games on the Playstation website so if/when you do get one, you will have a nice back catalogue of PS4 games built up.
I was thinking about a device like this the other day and was pondering just how functional Android would be as a desktop OS. From a quick perusal of the app store, yes, you can get pretty much every generic home/small office requirement covered. Obviously hardcore CAD/Video Editors would require something a lot more powerful with more storage, but the idea still holds true, as hammarbtyp said above, could we eventually see the end of Windows on the desktop?
I think Google are missing a trick not releasing a £200 device like the Chromebook but running Android with a 500GB hard drive. I know of the transformer tablets and bluetooth keyboard/case options for regular tablets, but Google could easily release the Chromebook chassis with Android for less than Acer & Co equivalent tablets with optional keyboards and dominate the cheap laptop market.
For £100 I would buy a semi-smart watch with a camera*, so if the Samsung watch gets its price slashed to clear stock, sign me up as a £100 gadget is within my disposable toy budget.
*Camera not for perving but for new baby sudden photo ops where something is better than nothing, and I can't have my DSLR strung around my neck 24/7
I have a box of various e-cigs and keep going back to rolling my own as I have not yet found an e-cig that makes me feel like I'm sucking on the exhaust of a JCB. I have found some that "hit" the back of your throat nicely, I have found some that make me spin out from the nicotine, but I have not found one that gives that "hit" on my lungs. Closest I can get is overheating the liquid by drawing slowly.
If anyone can recommend one that gives a "hot" vape, let me know. Cheers.
Agreed, or you can pick up one of the many Chinese knock-off pinhole kit cameras that you assemble yourself for a fiver on eBay.
I think this is just meant for the uber hip hipsters that wouldn't be seen dead with a Lomo.
I remember once installing a new multi function printer, and during the "bag of spanners down the stairs" initial calibration, someone using their phone turned to me and asked if I could turn down the printer volume...
Still have a box of Acorn ADFS floppy disks waiting for a native x86 port of RiscOS...
Aaaah flashing aerial upgrades, those were the days... I wanted one for my Nokia 7110 but I think the aerial was fixed into place and couldn't be replaced without dismantling the entire phone. Speaking of which, my Nokia 7110 with original 1999 battery still last longer than my Galaxy S3... I think lunchtime will be spent researching what WAP pages are still kicking around so I can relive that monochrome revolution.
"Tachikoma used to work in IT, it was probably currys tech support :P"
Would have been quite nice actually, instead of government cuts, outsourcing and crappy canteen food for the last <double digit> years, I would have had a staff discount for printer paper!
I know the software is legitimate, we don't use it as our management think Windows RDC is still the only way to connect computers, hell we only updated to IE8 in the last 12 months...
My elderly, retired neighbour had this with her Windows laptop the other week, they convinced her to "confirm" her bank details then make her install:
And then ravaged her online accounts before clearing out her bank account. She was terrified when she realised what was going on, wouldn't answer the phone or go near her laptop until she found out I worked in IT and could secure her laptop. I had to help her over the next few days to sort out all her online banking, paypal, email, FaceBook, ISP, phone number, everything. She is on a pittiful state pension and they cleared her out of her (small but significant to her) savings.
I'm name dropping the software company as not only did they ignore the feedback I gave them about the "hack" but they make their software nearly impossible for regular users to remove as it doesn't appear in All Applications or Add/Remove Software.
Re: Fish as alternative to bacon...
"the additional benefit that it would allow us to glow in the dark!"
Can't wait for a thick rasher of glow in the dark bacon, will make post-pub ninja snack time easier if I don't have to turn the kitchen lights on.
Think of the children... no... not THAT way...
I love this vision of the future, I can't wait until I go to the pool/kids school play/etc and I'm told I must leave my phone, camera, glass™es and watch at home in case I'm a kiddy fiddler trying to take photos.
Re: VLP == Vain Losers Poserphone
Actually this phone is perfect for the father-in-law, with his massive shovel hands from decades of manual labour. Not everyone has slender fingers from a lifetime working in IT. If the keyboard/dialer can be scaled up to full width this phone would be ideal.
your wife has had sex at least twice. No evidence to show that you had anything to do with it :)
Sadly(?) they are mine, they have inherited my lugs that took me 20 years to grow into... *sigh* That reminds me, need to book them into Karate lessons before they hit comprehensive school...
just watched by blokes in their underpants who live in their Mum's house. Anime, eh? Is it so hard to get a girlfriend?
Boxers not briefs
House in the Cotswolds, mother lives 80-odd miles away
Long term relationship
Two kids (so had sex at least twice)
Anime isn't all tentacle rape and cat eared schoolgirls. It's easy to stereotype when hiding behind that little "anonymous" tick box, eh?
Re: something decent to watch on TV
Is there ? something decent to watch on Merkin TV ?
Breaking Bad starts this weekend, but I think that's about it until Game of Thrones returns next year.
Here's the actual phone, was reported back in July:
Was going to say the same thing about "how'd that law work out with regards to mobiles?"
I saw a guy the other week using his phone (was an old Nokia or a Blackberry, something with buttons) whilst driving... his motorbike... approaching a roundabout... thankfully he didn't end up a greasy stain on the road.
it's like they're trying to keep it a secret
One thing I have noticed since the DS was first announced, and subsequently with the Wii and WiiU is that Nintendo are great at coming up with something innovative (well, maybe not with the WiiU) and tech demos to show them off, but are too slow to release actual games to show them off. It's like they themselves don't quite know what to do with the new features they invented, and instead rely on 3rd party games until they figure out what use it really has.
Take Mario Galaxy on the Wii, what did the Wiimote bring to the game? you can point at stars to collect them or waggle the controller to do an attack (or whatever it was)
I'm not surprised they are being quiet about the WiiU, whoever thought up the idea of bolting a £40 Chinese Android Tablet onto a Wii is still trying to think of something to use it for other than Solitaire or using it as a map/inventory screen (which they did with the DS originally)
Re: They can still turn this around...
[i]Shenmue III would be great[/i]
The scars... they still have not healed... damn the world for not appreciating Yu Suzuki's masterpiece!
During my student years, I used to work in the local PoundLand for extra beer money, and they used to do very strict searches on all staff as they left the building. Cash office staff I could understand, but what would us shelf lackeys be able to steal other than a bottle of Jucee Squash or a Chinese knock-off Moshi Monsters Lip Gloss set?
Re: Hmmm.... a Nanny State.
The thing is, this idea will never work, a huge majority of the UK will have to call their ISP and opt out as soon as they realise they won't be able to view:
The National Lottery
The public will soon kick up a stink when they can't get through to their ISP as it's innundated with calls to unblock so people can check their lottery numbers or place a bet on the grand national.
Re: Are they also going to ban
the Daily Mail website for the sidebar of shame?
Yeah I found it funny that the Daily Mail has been "campaigning against porn" when its own site is full of celebrity T&A including "look who has grown up" 17 year old celebs in bikinis.
Re: App Developer Default Settings?
These aren't really uncommon permissions for an app.
Read contacts: Lets you text a mate a link for a song
Internet: Probably to download the songs to make the app smaller
Location: Usual marketting thing to find out how popular it is per city, helps advertising in the real world
Phone information: Probably embeds information into the songs to find out if you put it on PirateBay
Modify phone contents: Download the songs to the phone
Wake from sleep: Stops you using the app with the screen off so you are more likely to click an advert
Invasive depends on how it is used, like the article says, it doesn't mean a permission is used for bad things. I have installed plenty of free apps that have "services that charge you money" so you can send a premium text/call to unlock a feature in a game/app yet have never used it and have never had a premium text/call on my bill.
Obligatory PRISM reference.
Re: using it in the bath ... probably wouldn’t figure in my usage regime
"You can hold it like this (one handed) all day"
Re: Is the 8th gen needed?
Aaaah, I dream of a next gen Donkey Konga/Taiko no Tatsujin with wireless bongos... must check if the latter PSP game is on the Japanese PSN...
I think I know what to do with my weekend now; create a RiscOS theme for my phone, now to find some iconsprites!
I'm Alright Jack
" inconsequential as it will always be online through WiFi."
I take it you have not moved house recently and had that wonderful email/text from Open Reach(around) saying "your appointment has been rescheduled to 1 month after we agreed to install your broadband, don't like it? tough titty on you fish face!"
This is a big issue for people that work overseas, people in the armed services serving abroad, students studying away from home (despite the rosy vision the BT adverts make their service out to be) that move digs every now and then, and those of us that live in the middle of nowhere and have spotty "broadband"
I'm pretty sure I downloaded this theme for MIUI on my Galaxy S1 a few years ago...
It's always a pleasure reading Apple users comments when something is no longer an exclusive. The Instagram Twatter feed was particularly brilliant, with comments such as "Now we get to see photos of what poor people eat" and such like.
Re: Nexus 4
[i]Can anyone tell me what they think of Sony's Android skin/launcher/whatever? [/i]
It's all personal preference, but I love the apps and launcher, I use the Sony Gallery and Walkman app on my SGSIII over the Samsung offerings.
Must be inspired by Apples "natural gesture" scrolling, the absolute first thing I change after rebuilding a Mac.
Re: Ah the golden age of gaming returns
I remember taking the nipper to see a film, I think it was "Spy Kids 3D" or something like that, and they handed out scratch and sniff cards to be used during the film. While it added nothing to the movie, it was fun seeing everyone in the audience suddenly jump and frantically scratch & sniff their cards when the on-screen prompts appeared.
"J Box wants $38.50 (£24.80) per pack"
Or wait a week and they will be available on fleabay for £2 delivered from HK.
Re: Real choice should be possible
The BBC would never agree to that as people *would* go for it, and it would cost the Beeb a lot of money in lost revenue. By making it accessible to all, anyone who wants to watch live TV is forced to pay.
Wow the comments aimed at this womans appearance are staggering, why don't you all post pictures of yourselves and your sigificant others for the rest of us to judge?
I have been dicked around by OpenReach twice while moving house, first they never turned up to disconnect my old property, but Sky closed my account and the internet still worked for another fortnight, so yay free broadband for the price of one days leave. However at the new property they made an appointment for 3 weeks time, about a week after I was to move in. On the second week, they sent me a text to say my appointment had been rescheduled for another 3 weeks. Booked the day off for the engineers visit and the night before the appointment they sent me another text to say it was all connected and there was no need to take the day off.
Not turning up at the old place to disconnect everything was an annoyance, but re-scheduling the connection to the new property by 3 weeks after already waiting 2 weeks was... not fun...
Re: Place your bets
Sadly it wouldn't surprise me...
Re: Could be worse
"...necrophilia... should be legal as long as no one is coerced."
How on earth do you coerce a corpse?
*waits patiently for a "dead girls don't say 'no'" joke*
Re: Don't have a Tv Licence... Love Netflix
I have had an "exemption licence" for over 2 years now, like the OP I don't watch TV, so called them up, told them the only thing plugged into my TV is power and HDMI for the PS3. They sent a guy over, I let him in, showed him the TV/PS3 on one side of the room and the aerial/satellite leads nicely zip tied on the other side of the room. The guy went away happy and I have never seen/heard from them again.
It should still play PS1 games as that's done in software emulation, as for PS2 games, they will gladly resell you (some of) them from the PSN store...
Buy a Kobo Glo instead of the Paperwhite, same front lit e-ink screen (Infrared touch instead of capacitative though) and expandable memory. Been hoping for a Reg review of this for a while, but picked one up in 'Smiths and have not regretted it. YMMV depending on your e-book buying preferences/previously bought books.