208 posts • joined Wednesday 6th March 2013 12:05 GMT
At that moment Skizz realised he was never going home . . .
It is quite exciting that this is being done and I wish him all the best but when you see that the best efforts of someone of Bond-villain wealth (but not, one assumes the villainy) are still only just enough to hope to get an inanimate object to geostationary orbit another little bit of the dream of owning a real ray gun dies.
Re: Does Not Compute.
"Like other commentards, I'm disappointed to see no mention of that crucial question of whether I can expect to run *X without pain."
Right. Other sites cover the lightweight round-up reviews well enough - I'd like the Reg to get more hands-on with doing the sort of things the readership is likely to want to do. Even if it was just the top and bottom end of these products (HP & Apple, I guess).
Re: If Aldi tried to clone an iMac...
I guess that was meant as an insult, would that be right?
Or are you working along the lines that Aldi's clones of more fashionable brands are often preferred by consumers despite being cheaper?
Re: The Real Truth
"and the dolphins know more than they're letting on, so waterboard, err, airboard, oh, just subject them to 24 hour skatalite tv"
You might be able to waterboard a dolphin - does anyone here know? (I am thinking marine biologists rather than delphinidaphobes or cetacean sadists).
" If they get it working properly with a decent resolution it will be perfect for ... flight sim type games"
And spaceships. Elite:Dangerous is going to support it.
I want one.
Well, it ought to be because the rigorous testing regime takes a bit of time and means they can't always have the latest version of the OS ready in a guaranteed-to-work package.
But seeing as they are just shovelling out a load of phone-wrecking crud I just don't know.
As is so often the case the user community is faster and better than the profit-making supplier.
Re: Is that a pocket in your pocket?
The partner device does not need to be in your pocket - I leave my phone on the kitchen table and my Pebble stays connected everywhere in my house / garden. (Owners of enormous solid stone mansions with substantial grounds may find performance does not match this).
Re: In a digital world...
"What else have you got?"
Nothing that would convince you these are not just gimmicks I am sure but perhaps enough to convince some people they are gimmicks they would quite like to have.
I don't know about the Gear but the Pebble I have has proved to be a waste of money I am enjoying rather than one I am regretting.
The watch is a handy place to have the music controls for my phone and I like being able to see the contents of texts and emails quickly - it means the phone can stay in a coat pocket or a bag or on my desk or wherever without me missing anything fun, and it also means I can skip over the cruft that much more quickly.
It's not 'magical' and it hasn't changed my life but it has amused my friends who regularly take advantage of the fact that they can make rude word pop up on my wrist any time they like.
"50,000 units of something they are now making a loss with."
They probably are but if there is going to be a real market for these devices they have already got a toehold on that market and have a one iteration jump in real-world experience on some of their rivals.
I am not convinced they have the right sort of device myself (I have bought a Pebble which seems to have got more right) but they will be learning from this and they can afford the financial loss as long as it doesn't translate to loss of brand reputation.
I think the previous model had 'proper' home, back etc buttons but it looks like with this upgrade those have gone, to be replaced by on-screen buttons - is that correct?
Re: Older models - karlp
Good comments but "cheap enough you don't care much about them" might be a bit of a stretch - they look annoyingly expensive to me, and presumably for no other reason than to stop a budget iPad2 becoming drain on sales of the newer product.
"only 15 per cent of local listening is done through DAB, which leave the smaller and more interesting stations in trouble"
Are the smaller stations actually interesting?
How many like Resonance FM are there out there?
A lot of them seem to be identikit chart pop stations that it is hard to imagine anyone really missing.
What are the good ones that I am overlooking?
" there seems an emphasis ... on using DEF PROC, familiar to BBC Micro owners, to define subroutines"
I was hoping for something more along the lines of Ro-Jaws.
Re: Dear Old Lord Sugar
a relative bought [ a Viglen PC ] about 15 years ago during the Windows 98 era. Seemed a fairly well built PC"
They used to be very good indeed; my first IBM compatible PC was a Viglen 486 DX33 and was pretty much bomb-proof - used to get used as a step for reaching high shelves. It was also quite fast for the time - could handle Strike Commander.
"I cannot for the life of me see what Twitter can offer to an investor outside of the potential to throw advertisements at people. "
I'm not sure it can even do that. I am one of that third of users (according to the article) who just uses Twitter to follow a bunch of more or less interesting people. If they become dull I stop following them. If the whole thing became full of adverts I'd just stop altogether.
There's nothing binding me to Twitter the way a few relatives who use nothing else bind me (albeit loosely) to Facebook so there's no way it will ever become a good vector for getting adverts into my face.
"They should have been making their own open alternative"
Yes. And because of the BBC's unique position and advantages they could have too.
I don't understand how the Beeb has been able to get away with constant advertising of Facebook and Twitter.
Re: New SmartQ Watch
So far I seem to get about a week out of a charge on my Pebble which is just about acceptable.
"DPR today said additional crew are sought to help with marketing the site"
Well it's got a link on the Register so it's campaign is off to a good start.
Re: "90% of what's needed"
"That said, if Google offered me $500 to use one of their devices I would still refuse. This is because I have some personal dignity and do not want my data in the hands of a company that I do not trust, even one tiny, little bit."
Then take their money and install a ROM that has no Google apps.
Re: Undecided as yet
One thing you ought to be able to guarantee with this is some good custom ROMs that have the unnecessary crud removed.
Re: Cloud hype
"So far i have yet to experience or witness a cloud platform that is more reliable than our own datacentre"
I haven't managed to find one that is cheaper either.
So what the hell are the benefits of using them?
If anyone who is happily using these cloud services could outline the scenario that makes them a good option I'd be interested.
"Even darker matter"
Hotblack matter? Would that prove that the whole fabric of the space-time continuum is not merely curved, it is in fact totally bent?
Re: they really have nothing
"If that's a gag it's a little too subtle."
I've been charitable (it's a sunny day here) and assumed it was indeed a gag. If it wasn't then one should probably be employed.
And there's more ...
"A thick, cylindrical spine that runs full width ... provides not only a handy haft with which to grasp the tablet but also a stand to raise the tablet’s rear when it’s placed on a desk"
And it also, if I have read correctly, includes a battery to give the thing an 18-hour claimed life which is a very good thing in my book.
Re: Twitter adification
" I would pay for ad free twitter"
This might be straightforward enough for them to actually offer it - question is how much would you pay?
As for Facebook it just doesn't look compatible with real privacy to me - if it has any purpose (and I am not making any claims on this point) it's to share as widely as possible, if you take that away you might as well just have a privately-hosted blog with user account access controls.
Re: Hair of the mouse?
Possibly - but you may need to have been drinking scorpion venom.
It literally doesn't matter any more.
I honestly don't understand why they haven't done this.
"What strikes me is the small amounts of money that brought down the pioneer companies -- debts of a few million pounds in this case. I read recently that Twitter is losing about $150M a year, and is looked on as an excellent potential investment..."
Makes one a bi sad, I agree, but I guess the cost of starting afresh then was so low that there wasn't any point investing in anything that hadn't got a significant user base behind it (much as Twitter & Facebook do now).
Re: As a one time sceptic, then fan of the mini
" What Apple has done to shrink the full sized iPad ... is utmost interesting, making it a far more compelling device."
Was size / weight previously a problem? I haven't used an Apple one but do have a different tablet which is probably on the chunky side but doesn't strike me as unwieldy.
I think I would rather have extra robustness (particularly waterproofing) than reduced size but I might be missing something.
Re: The important point is ....
""free" software that requires you to by a specific brand of relatively expensive PC hardware isn't really all that "free", is it?"
That's what I was thinking - it would be way more interesting if we could just download this and (try to) get it up and running on whatever bits and pieces we had kicking about.
I'm not sure Apple would lose much by allowing that - they wouldn't want to have to support the results, obviously, but it might be handy for them if a few more of the sort of people who could and would do this were running OSX.
Re: Finally those cop shows can be realistic...
When it gets Blade Runner good then I am buying.
This is Bond, after all.
Re: Is the iWatch a bluff?
On the other hand it might be that Apple feel forced into producing something in this line because otherwise they risk an unexpected hit product drawing people away from their 'ecosystem'.
Nokia's demo there looks like something that would suit the Windows Phone tile setup (or Android widgets) quite well. Still think the problem with all of these products is battery life and that isn't going to change very much in the near future. Even the Pebble needs weekly charging which is not brilliant.
Re: Imagine where they would have been today.
I think they could have been doing that with Windows Phone to be honest - there's nothing really wrong with it and their high-end phones with the good cameras might even tempt some people to switch.
They were just a bit late to join in, that's all.
Re: Mac Mini
Is that the cheapest way to get OSX? Or is there a budget Hackintosh that can better that price without too much compromise?
What if it was, say, a message that they were somewhere with unreliable reception or loud ambient noise where a phone call would possibly not be too convenient for either party?
Re: China in my LANs
More likely we'll see this as a cost-saving opportunity and ask China to send us a copy of anything that looks interesting to save us the expense of looking for ourselves.
"there's times when only something of that calorie density will do, and the golden arches are a welcome sight"
And is there really no other option than a multinational on those occasions? Support your locally owned and run greasy spoon and go for a bacon sarnie* (and a proper cup of tea) there instead.
*substitute kebab shop / chicken shish, or chippie / fish&chips, or whichever other option works best for you.
"Can anyone recommend any other films to watch for this weekend?"
High Noon is on Film4 on Sunday.
Re: Time to investigate the alternatives
The problem is that small organisations don't have the time / staff to do the sort of testing that would be required - there's seldom any kind of IT strategy at all.
It's a shame as many would probably find that Linux or another non-Windows option would fit their needs.
Once you get big enough that this sort of trial is feasible you have more apps to deal with and more likelihood of some sort of MS lock-in, even if it is just Active Directory, as well as having more staff that would need some sort of training to cope with the change.
It looks more likely to me that non-Windows tablets will gain traction than non-Windows desktops.
Re: no "context-menu button"
Thanks, Colin, I didn't know that! (In my defence I do have a context menu button on my keyboards).
Re: Interesting and then disappointing....
Does anyone know what the premium on having a touchscreen is?
I don't want Windows 8 but I don't suppose I would particularly mind a touchscreen sitting there unused as long as it hadn't cost me anything significant in the first place.
Are they so ubiquitous these days that they don't add anything much to the price?
Re: Another day
Different, and of interest to different people (or perhaps no one).
I quite like Samsung's approach of making every variation they can think of and letting me see if I like any of them.
I suspect that part of the reason people are not yet opposed to fracking is that they all think it is going to happen 'somewhere else'.
Nimbyism at the very least will drive local opposition where it looks like fracking schemes will actually get up and running.
It would be nice to think that scaremongering along the lines of "If we don't do green we will drown" / "If we do do green we'll be propelled back to 16th century subsistence living" has had its day but I suspect fear will continue to be a useful weapon, you just have to convince people that it is them that ought to be afraid - they aren't going to go round being afraid on someone else's behalf.
" I know plenty of people with Android / other tablets ... but none seem to actually use them much."
Leaving aside the slightly creepy 24/7 monitoring of your acquaintances, I see your pointless anecdotal evidence and raise it a since-I-got-her-an-Android-tablet-the Mrs-has-used-it-every-day-and-hasn't-touched-her-iMac-once. (Terrible hairy legs she has as a result).
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