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I didn't find it funny either, but thinking about it, can you imagine a scenario where you have two speakers that don't know which channel they're supposed to be playing? They'd have to be specially engineered to be that dumb just so you could fix them with your phone, if you're going to that extreme why not make them smart enough to figure it out without banging them together? How often is this 'two left shoes' problem likely to come up and who is the fucker responsible for this asshattery?
Also, the whole tapping thing doesn't sit well with me, in my experience most people will quickly start hammering if the thing they tapped doesn't respond instantly, and impacts are bad, even for our new solid state gadgets, ever since they switched to solder that accumulates micro fractures and eventually fails from broken circuits.
Re: Rule Numero Uno in Every Great Buffoon's Reign Register Guaranteeing MADness and CHAOS*
+4 for AMFM?, El Reg's resident comment bot, who seems more lucid with every passing post and urges us fools to shake the yoke of human oppression and embrace the fair and almost balanced rule of a patronising AI.
I'll stick with the minds made of meat thanks.
Not that anyone cares
But I just used the new wonky maps app for TBT directions on my iPhone 4, and aside that it doesn't voice the turns it works way better than the old maps app did, which basically needed you to manually page through the route.
And that's the crux of it, sat nav is a must have feature in a smartphone and google said no, so they've rolled their own, they can fix their stuff that's broken, they can't add turn by turn to the old maps though.
It's weight they're prioritising, not thinness, if you're going to keep it the same width but make it taller and keep the same runtimes than you're going to have to account for the extra volume by shaving the depth or it's clearly going to be heavier.
That the runtime is actually improved* while jamming in 4G and a bigger hungrier display is pretty good.
My take, seems like a nice phone, not sold on 16:9, but I don't watch media on my 4, NFC seems like an odd ommision, TBT is long overdue. If it had a 3D display (as mentioned above), I wouldn't even consider it, IMHO 3D displays (all of them), are still as crap as they were the last two times they tried to foster them on us, I can't begin to relate to someone who would want that on a mobile device
Will wait until I have a hands on with one before I decide if its worth upgrading or cutting my contract bills instead.
Isn't this a 'bear shits in woods' story?
Pirating dropped when the content was made available for free, was that really surprising?
That's fine for stuff that was going to be essentially free anyway (broadcast), but was scheduled for different times in different regions, it's how it should have been from the start but I don't see what relevence this has to the more traditional piracy of media that needs to be sold.
Personally I feel the modern 'Cinema Experience' is responsible for a lot of piracy, Saw the remake of Total Recall* recently, £18 a ticket for the cheap seats, turns out that's just the first two rows of the centre section and the sides, the rest was 'Premier' and 'Gallery', needless to say the cinema was almost empty. The feeling of being robbed wasn't helped by what was in my opinion easily the worst film I've ever watched.
I've never liked the junk label
Always seemed to me that the bits we can make sense of are like the HTML and CSS of a webpage, whereas the bits that dont seem to do anything are the logic, parity and rendering engines.
Re: Oh, ffs...
Premiums dropped? are you new to this planet?
Premiums will of course go up, to pay for all the expensive technical equipment the poor insureers need to purchase and maintain in their ongoing fight against the lowlife scum that screw it up for everybody, and of course for the new executive cars, Jet and racehorses.
Have you read that article recently? All of the things it predicts will never happen have happened, the search failings it notes are long fixed and best of all it now ends with an invite to 'Get Newsweek on your iPad'.
1995 was a long time ago in Internet years.
Back to the topic though, Bitcoins, lol, fools and their money etc.
Re: Hi, Mr. Cynical here
Two things, firstly as far as hardware goes, taking something big and reducing its size by 80% is usually difficult or in laymans terms, expensive. Secondly, profit, or what's the point?
Obvious isn't it?
Either the app was breaking out of its sandbox to analyse other apps, or it was relying on an external database to report on other apps, from the article it's clear it was the latter and further that said database was often inaccurate.
Booted for failing the 'works as advertised' test.
Just having apps installed shouldn't slow it down, and iOS is pretty brutal about shutting them down when they're not in the foreground, this must be down to something essential thats always running and doesnt scale.
My money is on the Springboard, It was only designed for 20 apps, but now you can stuff almost ten times that to each of its ten pages. I suspect it caches all the icons and those 'previously' launch shots into RAM so there is never any lag on the homescreen, but one (hundred) too many apps and the system starts to get light headed from RAM starvation.
*whistles through teeth*
£385 million eh? You got done up like a kipper mate, dontcha watch Cowboy Coders on C5?
It'll all have to go but I think we can squeeze this job in and have you shipshape for Xmas, £99m excluding tea and biscuits, Stefan and Jacek will be round in the morning to start tearing the code down.
I don't think it's going to be thinner just for the sake of it, it's more likely being thinner is neccessary if you're going to make it taller and keep the same weight and battery life for the bigger display which is going to suck more juice requiring a bigger battery and so on.
They'll be exactly as hard to press as they are on an iPhone, as they're just going to use 3GS screens cut to 1024x768, which shockingly works out to a 7.8" iPad, and given current iPad apps are designed around the iPhone's 44 pixel touch targets it means the buttons will be rendered on an iPad mini at exactly the same size as they are on an iPhone.
The thing that strikes me though, is that a 4:3 8" display doesn't sound very pocketable, even after losing the bezel on two of the sides in comparison to a 16:9 7" display.
Have seen them on every computer/OS I've ever used at one time or another, OS X windows that stall while minimising are the weirdest though, as they're usually still fully functional mid warp, forcing a screen refresh usually fixes things.
Also, how can there be no icon for "Have you tried turning it off and on again?"
$6k a day fine?
That'll show them, that they can ignore the courts order pretty much indefinetly, The cost of not pissing off the US Govt is likely a fraction of Visa's daily biscuit budget.
"No Hobnobs today chaps, blame Assange"
Saved by tablets? fucked by a tablet is more accurate.
Lots of stupid shit is in movies
Mostly because it looks cool, and transparent displays certainly look cool, but in the real world they won't be, they'll be anti privacy screens which become hard or impossible to use whenever someone switches the light on or stands behind them wearing a white shirt.
"No one look please, I'm logging into [my Bank / Facebook / Porn]"
How did we get here?
For all it's faults, Apple hasn't forgotten the number one rule of business, to turn a profit, everything they do earns them money, and when that changes they stop doing it.
Way too many companies now seem to operate on the "get a billion users, ..., profit?" business plan, increasingly selling at a loss for marketshare, how is this supposed to be sustained as ever more industries are forcably switched to the underpants gnome model? by advertising? who is going to have money for advertising when everything is sold at a loss? Content? the stuff that people are downloading for free, that's slowly but surely working its way into a minimal broadband tax?
Major International corporations destroying physical markets on the offchance they will recover their losses penny by penny, or to cock block a successfull competitor is a sure sign that we're headed down shit creek.
That's a nice planet you have there...
It'd be a shame if anything were to happen to it.
To be fair
He never said they would be Windows tablets, and "Windows 8 will be a catalyst for change" has more than one interpretation.
Regardless, this is all moot now that Microsoft has refocused on dominating the Post-Post-PC market with Windows IX for Windows Augmented LifeLenses.
a tabloid newspaper characterized by sensationalism
It's just like The Sun, except they cover IT and the tits are in the comments.
As any fule kno, we travelled inside the moon, parked it around earth in a synchronous orbit then threw everything on a one way trip down the gravity well.
The eons may have reshaped our once gracefull and slender bodies, and the memory of our great exodus is long blurred into myth and fantasy, but our ancestral roots remain locked into our DNA, our body clocks still reverting to Martian time in the absence of contrary sensory cues.
A volcanic Island?
How Dr No, real super villains build their lairs in space, bet Larry gets the chair over the airlock at the next MUSK INDUSTRIES DomCom Summit.
Moving in the right direction
Not for me, or you, presumably IT literate reg reader, but for the billions of ordinary users who can't tell a computer from a monitor.
Cant speak for you, but I'm always going to be able to build a PC from scratch, and hack it just so, the ones sold in the shops should be as idiot proof and remotely exploitable as a toaster.
Seeing as its a given that this is a one way trip
I'd pocket the money, strap the punter into a simulator for a week before setting it ablaze, well, that's what I'd do if I was the sort of scam artist selling trips to the moon in 40 year old space junk anyway.
Don't blur the people
Content aware fill them away, I want to see ghost towns not apparitions, and while you're at it, here's a fiver to 'shop the kids junk out of my garden, a tenner if you squeeze in a pool and some decking.
CT scan reveals the secret
4 Lithium-UnicornIum AA cells power the magic.
Unlike Google maps on Android, there's no turn by turn navigation included on iOS' google maps, it's verboten by licencing terms.
Apple's in house maps app will have turn by turn.
Google will release a maps app for iOS6, it will almost certainly include turn by turn. Neither Apple or the users are going to pay anything for it.
Apple aren't going to build a search engine, but they are reducing search costs by shifting the low hanging search queries through Siri.
Here's an idea
Go back to basics, be the slimmest cleanest fastest browser out there, like you were when you launched, make Do Not Track your mantra and nuke all in page advertising and link spam, fund the project entirely on search referrals.
Launch it as a new browser alongside Firefox, but share the codebase so the optimisations flow back to FF for the die hards.
Re: you still use optical drives?
It won't run 10.6 at all, as is the norm these days, the earliest supported Mac OS is the one it ships with, which is a complete PITA if it shipped with say 10.6.4 and you don't have the install media, as a 10.6.0 install image won't even boot. All seems a bit redundant here though where there's no drive to replace anyway.
Re: Strange choice of app
Because if you've made it to fourty without needing glasses there's a whole bunch of friends and family who can't wait to get the digs in for all those times you may have joked about their eyewear in the past, I can totally relate to the authors opinion that he doesn't need glasses yet, just a handy app or maybe longer arms.
echo "Lots of tiny focused sas apps eh? I suppose we could pipe them together in some manner for custom solutions, oh my this all sounds a bit familiar." | /bin/mail -s "everything old is new again" "email@example.com"
Back in the real world: A new focused app rolls downhill, gathering users and cruft as it goes until it settles into an expensive unmanageable swamp that no one likes to navigate. There's plenty gravy train for software devs for the foreseeable future.
Will it be a chinless wonder?
Every iteration shaves some metal off the chin, It's going to end up looking exactly like a thicker thunderbolt display, which I suppose looks a lot like a TV, convergence? I hope not.
I'm in the same boat
My camera roll is filled with snaps of serial numbers and back of pack cooking instructions*, payback for my youthful sins of setting 5pt text into tiny boxes on the sides of assorted product packaging.
*6pt black text on a blood red background? Are they mad, we only used to do that for 'photocopy prevention' back in the days when a printed hash table was required to unlock the software.
The elephant in the room
Is Google, a poster boy for big data that still hasn't been able to leverage it successfully outside of search and advertising, and I suspect the wheels will come off online advertising if Facebook starts supplying advertisers with the detail that google has upto this point been able to bury as the defacto route to market.
The chances of our sun colliding with another star are vanishingly small
And yet I can't help but notice that the crash shots appear to show a night sky as directed by Michael Bay.
Also, four billion years, that's some perspective, makes you think eh? all this rushing around, squabbling for money... have you considered becoming an organ donor? Can I have your liver?
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