15 posts • joined 27 Feb 2013
A woman in the early 1900s telling porky pies about her age?
This has been an ongoing issue for a number of people, since most new properties are built with foil covered insulation in the walls, a lot of new builds (especially flats) have very poor mobile signal. I used to use a blackberry purely because UMA meant I could make voice calls, SMS and data via wifi when I was at home. SignalBoost was an app which basically did the same job, although not nearly as smoothly.
Then Orange stopped offering the app on newer handsets, and BB seemed to drop UMA completely but that coincided with the BT SmartTalk app which lets me use my landline minutes through wifi on my mobile.
Strangely, none of these other services prohibited international calls, in fact I often make "free local calls" to the UK from other countries (although you do have to remember the free evening period is UK time not local, oops!) so I can't help thinking this restriction is a money-spinner.
It would be great if manufacturers/networks could get us back to a point where all services on a mobile worked via wifi again, including SMS. It used to work, why have we gone backwards?
But we've all sent him an invite saying:
"I read your article in The Register and feel we have a lot in common. Can we be friends? Please? "
Not amazing, but:
Did anyone else spot Ron Burgandy in the centre of India?
Hangouts seems to work perfectly, mixing SMS and data messages, adding free video chat and is cross-platform, meaning I can be chatting on the laptop, then just pick up my mobile when I go to make a cup of tea.
Switched when FB bought Whatsapp, never looked back.
This is exactly why I don't use the subscription services, the hardware they provide simply isn't up to scratch.
I paid about £300 for one of the earliest dual-tuner PVR boxes available on Freeview which finally gave up the ghost last year. I'd been shopping around for over a year at that point trying to find something with even half as good a UI and was unsuccessful, but the least impressive in my opinion were Sky/BT. The Sky hardware itself is perfectly good, but the UI is horrific, especially the EPG which gives very little choice in view. I'm now using a Humax box which, while lacking in the premium channels some of the subscription services provide, WORKS.
Sadly all of these services have the trump card of "If you want these channels you need to use our hardware" combined with a need to provide it at little or no cost. You will always end up with a lesser product than one which has only it's functions to sell itself.
As options like Chromecast etc get more providers building dedicated apps the idea of the set top box may (hopefully) become redundant allowing providers to concentrate on content.
Re: Nice article
I'm sorry, squid?
I've used these before and....
They worked absolutely fine. It was a cheap system in a hotel chain for the hourly paid staff, all hourly paid staff used it and for obvious reasons salaried staff did not, and I would guess that over the course of approx 3 years my print failed to scan first twice, three times at most. Each time it beeped and I scanned my finger again, which worked. Lost me around 2 seconds.
The simple fact is that when you actually look at what data is stored and how it can be abused, there is very little reason to object to it.
So, Limbaugh suggests that the Democrats should win?
"Nine out of 10 tech bloggers are biased against Apple, Limbaugh predicted"
"Limbaugh added that the bloggers are probably Democrats"
So by his own prediction, based on a sample group of his choosing, Limbaugh suggests that 90% of voters are Democrats, which in a democratic society means that they must be right.
It's terrible mathematics I know, but still a better use of statistics than anything I've ever heard him say.
Missing the point
I'm being lazy and not reading all the comments to see if anyone else got here first, if so my apologies:
Let's assume technology HAS reached this point, and we can successfully scan at the relevant level of detail, plus recreate the tissues in exactly the same structure, can we actually rebuild the brain right down to the electrical impulses that control memory and be confident that the thought processes within will not change? Might I be transported an atheist and arrive thinking "Actually maybe this whole Intelligent Design thing sounds pretty convincing..."?
Would we actually know a change like that had taken place?
A lot of people are talking about compression, would you want your data compressed in such a way?
Lastly, would anyone actually want to do this? Let's remember that you never actually "go" anywhere, this is the equivalent of a fax machine that shreds the original as part of the scanning process. A teleporter, by definition, kills you.
Now, if it worked 100% perfectly that's not much of an issue, and while it's not ideal an accident where the message is lost/corrupted means you cease to be that's part of the risk too.
But what happens if for some reason it fails to vapourise the original? Suddenly there are two of you, so do you put one to death? How do you pick one? Do you split their assets? What if you have a family, do you share the wife and kids?
In my hypothetical space travelling future, I'll stick with the nice safe method of propelling myself through the heavens with a nuclear weapon.
This is getting silly
Ok, I'm all for fair competition and giving the little guy a chance, but competition should be based on everyone having a fair chance, not penalising someone for being good at something.
When Google maps first appeared, I had been using Streetmap for ages, and was a big fan. Google maps worked better. If it hadn't, I'd still be using Streetmap.
Streetmap surely have no right to sue Google because their product wasn't as good? If I opened a restaurant and a year or so later someone else opened a better one down the road that pinched my customers, I wouldn't be able to sue them, I'd have to up my game, and quickly, before my customers left never to return.
Streetmap had a good product. Someone else released a better one. They didn't move quickly enough to salvage the situation, and they lost the business. End of story.
Same in UK
The lack of understanding is every bit as common in the UK, although obviously not so much on a tech site such as el reg.
I just bought a Nexus 4 (£279), cancelled my previous contract and got a T Mobile sim only contract for £16 p/m, unlimited calls, texts and data.
Almost everyone who asked what I was paying for the new phone were convinced that their 24 month contract with 100-200 minutes and 500mb data for £41 p/m was better because "the iphone 4 only cost £100".
I guess the biggest barrier to people is paying upfront rather than paying it gradually, at least the new model is transparent!
Possibly been covered already, but I'm lazy and skimmed the comments.
3 years ago I was given an iPod touch, and despite it confirming to me that I did not want an iPhone, I had to admit I loved it. I effectively retired my phone/laptop from online use when I was at home, and for emails/new/checking lottery results etc it was really handy.
During that time I have gradually seen the apps I used (some free, some paid) drop off, as developers stopped supporting older versions of iOS, and Apple refused to allow my device to upgrade, apparently because I don't have a camera and some apps use it (?).
Some of these are understandable, some not so much. The National Lottery app no longer works, why? All it does is download a few numbers and display them. Simple games like Mahjong download an update and then refuse to run, with no option to roll back.
I see no reason to upgrade my MP3 player because Apple think 3 years is a sufficient lifespan, my old iPod third gen is still running fine, and that's 10 years old.
That to me is enough to ensure I never buy another Apple product. Ever.
Where is the UMA?!?!
When they add UMA back in, I'll buy one within minutes.
In fact, that goes for any of the top smartphones.
Except iPhone. I'm not that desperate.
It may interest those touting Orange/EE's UMA options to know that Orange are withdrawing the service, they now only have one new handset which includes it and have no plans to add it to anything else.
I have been happily using UMA on a BB and Signal Boost on a Galaxy S2 for ages now, due to getting no signal from any networks in my home, my partner's home, or my office, and I am now effectively stuck with my old handsets.
The popular theory online is that operators worldwide have realised that they miss out on pricey roaming costs when customers use UMA abroad, but personally I just think they couldn't be bothered anymore.
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