227 posts • joined 6 Mar 2013
Doesn't the GWPF take
An a priori view that there is an overreaction to human driven climate change?
And if so how surprised should we be that they publish some science that appears to demonstrate precisely that? And how much credence should we give it?
It's so tiresome not knowing what motives if any prompt a given bit of research and analysis.
And what guarantee do you have that WhatsApp has actually deleted all the data it stole from you?
None, of course. Unlike you I have absolutely nothing of any real importance to worry about and I'll be honest that I am not too fussed about the whole data slurping thing on a personal level, I just wanted to do whatever is the equivalent in this scenario of voting with my feet.
Removed WhatsApp this morning following the news.
As far as medical records go I suppose there's a possible universal benefit in having the data open to examination which does not obviously apply to address books.
This sort of thing is as likely as anything to get a kid into programming - I know I would have gone for it a few decades ago.
Good for them for doing something they didn't have to do with only a very sketchy idea of what might result - hope this sparks a trend for making such data sets available.
" if the form factor fails maybe they'll be selling them off cheaply (like HP and Blackberry had to - both were bargains at the time if you could get one)"
"For FaecesBook read any website they go to regularly, including their bank or credit card providers website."
As long as Google can be trusted to return good results this might be safer than risking a typo or using a shortcut that may no longer be valid, I suppose.
Re: One Parakeet Fajita coming up
Top work! This sort of pedantism is certain to win the commentards round.
Re: Only 5 minutes before the hour?
"If they understood what is really going on then the clock would only be 15 seconds before midnight."
Is that a threat?
Re: Well yeah
"the proprietary charging cables are flimsy and you can only buy them from B&N"
The Nook Simple Touch that I have uses a standard USB cable.
Re: Well yeah
"Its those damn consumers not wanting to get stuck with useless crap"
If that really was the case then fine, screw them they deserve to fail, but what's curious here is that their devices are all pretty good and (now) very good value for money.
Re: I have a chromebook
"Why do you have to be 'offline'? Your Dad isnt one of those old codgers that still switch their router off when they are not using it?
Like those that only have their mobile on when they need to call you. You know who they are.
Offline happens maybe a twice a year to me.
I can't imagine why anyone would ever pass up the opportunity for a call from such a charmer and I hope you let your acquaintances know that the internet disapproves of them missing out.
My dad doesn't switch his router off but he does get out and about more than twice a year and while the beaches and countryside in his part of the world have many tremendous attributes, internet connectivity is not one of them so if he wants to take along a lightweight computing device to augment his leisure activities it will have to be able to provide some services offline.
Re: I have a chromebook
Does it have a good (offline) version of patience or other card games?
If so then it might be exactly what my dad is after.
"Lets get this straight - 64 Kbs ... is NOT the future of radio in any sane persons eyes"
And yet a paid service which doesn't even offer this yet is being touted by the Reg as superior to DAB - not just analysed on its own merits but specifically positioned as a DAB-killer.
I would guess that's the sort of thing the previous poster meant when claiming a ridiculous degree of anti-DAB bias on this site.
"We'll probably get a season of "Mars One Simulator"
But would the participants know that it was only a simulator*? And even if they did know would we be told that they didn't**?
*Assuming they select for gullibility things that might be obvious to us may not occur to the so-called cosmonauts.
** TV audiences self-select for gullibility.
Re: @Lost all faith
"The only other explanation is bribery but that can't possibly be true."
While I reckon your suggestion is a good one I am sure there might be some other possibilities for the paranoid - has the Beeb been under instruction to promote social media firms that oblige snoopy government perhaps?
(I suspect it is probably nothing more than rampant over-enthusiasm for communicating with viewers / listeners coupled with an institutional deep lack of understanding of technical and business issues but that is much less fun).
" What phones other than the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 have 4.4 currently? (Rhetorical question)"
I'll answer anyway!
I have a Galaxy Note running KitKat Omni thanks to the efforts of the community developers and ROM builders. This for me is the joy of Android
Hope so as long as they are all charged the same way.
I haven't seen an N9; are you able to say how it compares with a Windows Nokia like, say, the 920?
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"
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.
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.
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