34 posts • joined Monday 12th November 2012 23:16 GMT
This is nothing new, global company X finds ways to get money back to parent without being penalised.
IBM and the holocaust is a real eye opener to the extents companies will go to to make a profit and get the money back to the parent company.
This isn't "IP TV", it's "Netflix from Amazon".
You mean Lovefilm? You know, that small company Amazon own that Netflix competes with.
Lovefilm already allows login with your Amazon account, which I expect is the login all Kindle Fire tablet users use. I'm sure at some point my current LoveFilm login will disappear and be merged into my Amazon account.
Unless you must see everything as soon as it's released, NetFlix and LoveFilm makes more sense than Cable/Sky. Instead of buying box sets a few months after release just wait a couple more and watch via LoveFilm/NetFlix.
All they need for me is to add in decent quality surround sound support and it would mean no need to buy/rent discs. Then again I don't think mp3 is high quality so I'm probably not normal :D
But it's not a designed for Linux laptop. It's the XPS 13 for Windows with Ubuntu and an alpha set of tools for developers.
The software tools aren't even even specific to the laptop. The only part that makes this a linux specific machine is dell have tried to get the hardware drivers, which are also in a repository, and pre-install them.
Unfortunately that doesn't seem to have worked well. Looking through the forums, there have been ongoing hardware issues since the release. The biggest benefit for the Linux version is for companies with volume license wanting an i7 Windows machine cheaper.
Buy the Linux Edition, install the corporate VL edition of windows, save money and avoid the Windows crapware... The mandatory 2yr AV subscription in the Windows version is one of the main reasons for the price increase between the Windows and Linux i7
1.875 billion mobile phones Gartner predicts will be sold in 2013...
Can someone tell me how many people there are in the world? Everything I find suggests there's only about 7 Billion....
Unfortunately, like it or not, Zuch does appear to understand his market. The masses will give up anything if they think they get something they need for free.
One the fb phone hits the market i suspect google/apple/microsoft will look like amateurs when it comes to data collection
£200? Over Bluetooth? Ahahaha wtf???
Bluetooth doesn't have the bandwidth to deliver cd quality, even apt-x doesn't.
why does anyone recommend or waste this much money???
it doesn't matter what funky app they provide... Unless it's wired you don't have the bandwidth. Then again mobile phone audio appears to have completely redefined what is considered decent audio :(
So what will google turn into closed/paid access only next?
Maybe this is the year Google feel the pressure.
Samsung launch Tizen devices
Amazon launch a phone
Facebook take the lions share of low end phone?
looking around me travelling into work Facebook is the no 1 use of phones. Make a Facebook phone which is free on a low cost contract or payg and it become the fastest selling phone.
While i'm sure it won't be a popular opinion here, my cheap lumia 620 (1/2 the price) out performs my Galaxy Nexus for signal and data on the same network on the same journey to work. No drop-outs or disconnects with the lumia.
maybe i'm wierd because like to talk on my phone, as well as stream radio, so find having a mobile signal useful.
and a way to keep revenue from voice calls once they have thrown the home phone and broadband to Sky...
I've been with O2 since they offered BB at my exchange.
BT still say I can only have upto 512Mb if I'm lucky but O2 LLU gives me ~4.5Mb stable.
While I'm well out of my tie-in I'm still on the original O2 unlimited offering and as they were more competitive than BT moved my phone line there as well as soon as the home phone came out so that's well out of its tie-in period.
So now not only do I need a new BB provider I need to change my phone line as well.
I have no options regarding Internet, my line has only been upgraded to ADSL 2+ in the past few months. We'll have colonised mars before there are any fibre or cable options here. 4G isn't a problem, but fibre or cable... I need a 10 min drive before I can have it.
I'd already been looking at A&A to get IPv6 to play with and I could keep my O2 line, but the cost increase just for IPv6 wasn't worth it.
But now... who knows. BT line speed is ridiculously low but I guess at least I'll have an internet connection which has a chance of working unlike a sky connection.
Apart from what happens about the price from Sky, no doubt they would also try and put me into a fixed term X month contract and ignore my current out of tie-in status because they move me to a "different" service.
So translated to English the last line means
Please, please, please don't leave...
Become very good friends with ssh and byobu or screen very early, even if running a local vm. Once it's installed and the network is running, switch to ssh. In the past 3 years the only time I've used a console connection on a linux/unix server was on a lights-out console to see a kernel oops in proxmox had caused everything to stop.
Don't be afraid to be creative and break things. Once you've broken it spend time trying to fix it before getting someone else to sort it out. You remember it faster for the next time it breaks.
<search engine of choice> is your friend, nobody expects you to remember everything.
Less is better than More
Re: although i'm not a microsoft fan...
If the main use of the PC is for games and they run best on XP then why is it tragic?
By the same reasoning if it's known that any OS upgrade (desktop or mobile device) borks a game or application you use a lot, should you still upgrade and end up with poorly performing or broken apps or should you wait until the apps work properly on the new OS?
Do you think it tragic that the decision of which console/computer to buy is the one that has the games you want to play and runs the games best?
...but the Acer has Caps Lock and Search keys
So in the Samsung picture... the big key where caps lock would normally be is what? Yes... that big key with the magnifying glass on it.... like the little key on the Acer that is used to search....
Do many people still use caps lock? It's a serious question because I can't even remember the last time I needed caps lock...
The search, ctrl and Alt keys can be remapped in the settings... so you could revert the search key to caps lock, even make the ctrl/alt keys swap or be search, or disable all keys.
I got my Chromebook because it was a cheap, light, silent and decent arm chip based laptop with driver support for linux, so never intended to use it as a Chromebook. I actually use it more than a tablet or my laptop, as a chromebook when on the sofa.
Of course the Acer will be easier to install Linux on, it's an intel chip, but there is little available with a recent Arm chip as a finished product that is simple to install Linux on, even less in laptop form.
As for all the people who haven't tried one saying it's pointless, try using one first. I never expected to use it as a Chromebook, but once I started using it became my main sofa device.
I suspect that unknown UK broadcasting company that's been operating for 50+ years might have something to say about the naming of an iTV device/product targeted at the UK market.
The dumb screen exists...
What most comments here are asking for as a dumb screen still exist and aren't anything new on the market, but they're called Professional/Commercial displays and cost significantly more than the mass market goggle boxes.
I got my screen when Hitachi got out of the custom installer Ultrathin business so it was 1/4 of it's normal price. I was surprised when I found out it had speakers as they weren't listed in the specification. I've still never used the speakers after owning it for over 3 years.
All I require as a 'TV' is a screen with a single HDMI input, support for the appropriate resolutions and minimal video processing to give me control of the picture so I can adjust it appropriately for my south facing room. I know that doesn't sell to the consumer market and it would be a loss making item for the consumer market.
My only hope for when I need a new screen is that monitor manufacturers are doing TV sized screens without pricing them at professional display level.
Re: How much to play Monopoly?
Nothing to port if you want Civ on a Windows 8 system with a touchscreen, and the chances the touchscreen will be running anything else?
After installing Civ through Stream on my Win8 Laptop, I got a 3rd option to run a Windows 8 touch optimised version as well as the usual DX9 DX10/11 options. I never use the keyboard or mouse to play Civ anymore.
D- for research.
Re: space budget
What NASA achieves on it's budget should go down in history as a testament to the power of geekdom.
I can think of few other government departments who regularly punch above their budget allocation. Where taking what's available on a limited budget and putting it together in inventive ways to achieve a very technical/geek solution that works better than the budget should allow.
I suspect DARPA was like this in the early days, these days I've no idea.
The beauty of Geekdom is with enough freedom we can usual deliver higher than expectation on the limited budget. We won't guarantee it'll work, but our knowledge and testing says it will, and it'll be more reliable than the alternatives.
If you want nominations for a Government department that achieves well above it's budget allocation I put forward NASA.
Top secret, yet it's reported on El-Reg :D
Reminds me of the Stealth Fighter/Bomber denials when Blackbird was taken out of service.
We don't need spy planes anymore, honest, gov.
Oh, those funky shaped black things... nah, don't worry about them, they won't replace our spy plane we don't need spy planes, that's why we're retiring blackbird.
Sorry, but as I said in the previous tax minimisation article...
Nobody in Government can try and name call multinational companies for minimising tax through legal means after the "it was within the rules" excuses that Government ministers pulled when they knowing made immoral claims. This is more "seen to be doing something" and deflect from the root cause.
I'm not going to say that sorting out Global tax laws is a simple task, but trying to whip up public backlash because the laws themselves are broken is just "seen to be doing something" pantomime at it's worst. None of the companies have broken the law, just used them to their advantage in a way the Government didn't expect.
In the same way that Gordon Brown as PM couldn't blame the previous Chancellor for the financial screw up, the Government can't blame companies and individuals for operating inside the law to their own advantage. Doing so would highlight how broken the system and previous decision were,
Facebook T&C is a democracy operating in the users interest???
I'll admit I don't have a facebook account but, user friendly privacy controls, listening and acting on users concerns doesn't sound like the Facebook I know.
Surely now they are publicly listed and have shareholders the demands of the shareholders and making a profit is much higher priority that what the users think/want??
Obviously make the users think they have input and influence, but shareholders and demand for profit is now even more important than user requests isn't it?
Re: We're all so busy thinking back...
Heh, I doubt it'll be anything like the thoughts where i "helped" my dad build a ZX81 because the kit form was much cheaper than the ready built version...
or the joy of finally getting a program running on said ZX81....
or the portable compaq luggable that was larger and heavier than his suitcase with a 4" green screen
I'm fairly certain if he tries to get Internet near me it'll still result in "BT expect upto 512Mb broadband available" on your line though ;)
Re: Next job - dump x86
not until he can sort out the clusterf£^k of accelerated hardware driver support and stop all the "NDA" bullsh!t
Arm support for Linux is going well until you need to actually use hardware acceleration *sigh*
I have a Trimslice working as a door stop for exactly that reason. The Chromebook is better because you can fit the Google Kernel and hardware blobs to a Fedora/Ubuntu/Arch root filesystem.
While he's trying, unfortunately it needs the chip manufacturers to play ball. Only TI seemed to be open to supporting OpenSource properly with the beagle/panda board and supply up to date chips and drivers, but they're not going to last much longer.
My hopes are that ODriod will overcome the NDA/Licensing minefield and provide a fully working hardware/software solution.
I'm bored of reading so many Arm product specs where "full linux hardware acceleration" is a coming in the future marketing feature.
I suspect to get rid of it you will need to try and delete your account
Even if you find keywords that don't return results due to matching iwf blacklists... you can bet it's recorded and tagged against your account ;)
Re: That's because...
Um... no... Most people with phones just want apps.
Google have made Android so the choice is Play Store or anywhere with no ability to add other App providers require you to open the device to everyone.
Why can't I add Amazon as a trusted provider? They have promotions which mean I don't have to pay google $X for an app and can bypass the Google cut. It doesn't make them a less trustworthy source than Google. Play Store has been shown the malware or apps with inappropriate permissions pass Google checks for submission.
Only using Play Store doesn't mean you're safe.
"don't visit bad sites" seriously.... wtf?!?!
Who decides what's a bad site? I suspect my list of bad sites is different to yours...
Does that mean don't use the official App stores as well? They have been shown that malware apps are distributed through the official source of Apps. App stores like AV companies are always 2 steps behind. Until the new methods are found and known they can't detect it...
Does that include don't visit any site that has adverts from an ad provider? There have been multiple instances of malware injection on high profile "trusted sites" due to the ad provider being compromised.
You may as well say don't use the Internet...
Even user education won't fix the problem, because people don't talk "english" when explaining boring malware stuff they talk "techno babble"...
Non-IT people don't care, they like the sound of the app and want it. Warning boxes are like the nuisance license screens everyone gets when installing software... just click ok...
For Google they need a secure way to add other app stores without sticking the phone into accept all other sources mode, a bit like adding a new repository to Linux distros. I expect the reality is most people will just click accept to any box that says "are you sure", followed by "are you really, really sure" if means they get something they think they need or is for free.
Re: How come....
You point your remote at your TV?
How quaint.... I haven't needed line of sight with my TV or the rest of my AV stack for a few years now. Everything apart from my TV is in a cupboard in the room next door to where the TV is. My remote just has buttons pushed and everything works.
Maybe you need to look at HDMI CEC (pick your manufacturer of choices random non-standard branding), equipment that supports remotes with Wifi/radio/ir blaster Extenders or 3rd party remotes instead of the crap that comes with your tv.
When will a TV remote be wifi/radio enabled? Um... never... why would they bother with the expense when they user will be infront of the screen? HDMI CEC... has been around for a while...
No doubt you'd then complain about having to point the remote at your AV Receiver/DVD Player/Blah...
Buy decent equipment and it's a non-issue
Um... ok i'll bite... Apple marketing can make things seem cool...
Dyson can actually manufacture cool... Their blade-less fans are so cool even without a marketing company telling anyone they are... "Look a real working fan I can put my arm into.... how cool is that!!!!"
Also my Dyson DC02 is still going strong and has spare parts available... Why would you want to turn them into a 2 year disposable device company?
Re: Some more details...
Our developer laptops are actually aimed as desktop replacements with an external monitor.
Unfortunately the use of TV resolution screens in laptops defeats laptop screens being useful for serious work, even blahx900 is crap compared to what was available before HDTV compatible screens became the norm. Once connected to an external monitor our devs don't care anyway.
We found Lenovo was the best fit apart from the screen resolution.
TBH from our developer viewpont, the laptop resolution is kind of irrelevant because an external monitor becomes your primary screen and actually working on the laptop screen is a "when i must" situation.
Maybe once upon a time bounce-back was useful.
TBH these days I don't bother bouncing emails... unfortunately the amount of spam from bogus addresses means it's not worth the bandwidth anymore.
Thankfully i don't have anything to do with running mail systems and anti-spam anymore. :)
I'd read your T&C carefully but I expect they'll be covered for deleting the emails if it's via a known cluster of spam servers.
I'd would expect an ability to whitelist though.
Maybe I'm missing something but tax minimisation isn't illegal and many expax/offshore contractors know a good company who can do this for them, not just the SME or globals.
Tax Evasion is illegal and nobody would claim otherwise.
Contractors, SMEs and corporations are usually very careful about which side of the line they operate on and do everything legally but for their own best interests. The primary interest being keeping as much of the money they get as possible.
Obviously global corporations can afford whole departments to move things around, stay within the laws and minimise their taxes. Whether it's morally right or wrong seems a strange objection when they are not breaking any laws.
Legally many government ministers didn't break any laws, morally and ethically their decisions were questionable, but as they tried to defend 'it was within the rules'
If the UK government wants to stop the losses then sort the laws/legislation out. Trying to stir up ill feeling against corporations because they use the rules to their own advantages to minimise their tax, rather than fixing the rules to make it harder for them to do seems like nothing more than 'we need to appear to be doing something'
Regardless of whether people think it's morally right/wrong or distasteful... how can you attack someone for knowing and using the rules to their own advantage...
How many people, including the government, would honestly do any different?
It's a Chromebook... every ChromeOS device before it has a dev mode to allow booting from USB/SD storage and booting unsigned OS.
I expect it'll be like the Samsung Arm Chromebook and be keyboard combo with <ctrl>+u to boot rather than a physical switch given the comments by Google that they were moving away from physical switches for dev mode.
If it doesn't it'll be the first ChomeOS device not to support it.
Re: Fail and Fail
At £199 it's only £30 cheaper than the Samsung Arm equivalent...
Has 3.5 hour battery instead of 6 hour...
Boot time is irrelevant... what about resume time?
Like the chromebox I assume there is a fan inside somewhere... The silence of the Arm Chromebook and lack of hotspots under load is worth the £30
Unless you want to enable dev mode and make it a short battery life Linux laptop then I don't see the budget benefits for £30... The only thing i'm missing with Arm is the NaCL part of Google SSH...
I thought Dixons at the airport was having a laugh with the Samsung 3G/Wifi at over £400..... Seems Acer employ the Dixons jokers as well.
Without the register reports I'd never know I was supposed to be having problems with GG.
Top-ups/Goody Bags work - Check
Texting works - Check
Calls work - Check
Roaming works - Check
Then again I don't live in the devil ring of the M25 so maybe that is why I need to be told about the problems
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