426 posts • joined 25 Jul 2007
Re: Almost every developed country seems to do much better
Developing countries too. I got better coverage on a holiday to Kenya in 2007 than I get at home in 2014 (T-mobile / EE).
I just got back from a touring holiday in Spain and France which had been planned around use of mobile technology (on T-mobile) for using booking.com, location services, etc etc. Three days in, PAYG roaming just stops working. You can imagine I was more than a little miffed. My formal complaint when I got back is still not answered, maybe because I used profane language ("bloody inconvenient", I think I said). So how about this for a theory:
- EU forces providers to bring down the cost of roaming
- Some customers (me) are on old tariffs that are extremely good value by present-day standards
- So you give those customers lousy service in the hope that they'll change to a more reliable tariff or leave completely.
- Customer decides to move to Vodafone but in the meantime will cause a stink on social media
- Such discontents on social media must be silenced.
It's Ali G, innit?
To my outside-the-M25 ears he sounds like Ali G. "It's 'cos I'm black, innit?"
... that's got more to do with demonstrating it to your mum:
"Cortana, open a web site I might like."
"OK, 'sex with vegetables' coming up."
... because Pocari Sweat is supposed to be an isotonic rehydration drink, so the logic of dehydrating it evades me.
Re: Nokia sat nav
I only just found out that the current Lumias don't do re-routing according to traffic conditions, so my N8 has been pulled out of the drawer; so much for convergence. Maybe Nokia should spend some of their billions on bringing Here Drive back up to the standard it was several years ago on Symbian. With Google now pushing towards offline maps, Nokia are in severe danger of being left behind in mapping, just as they were with smartphones. With mapping gone, there won't be much left and they'll have to go back to selling wellies.
And they say the Yanks don't do irony. Actually, this is no more stupid / ironic than making Blair a peace envoy to the middle east.
Re: Almost perfect
Thanks, but I have a houseful of DLNA-compatible gadgets. I despair of people developing yet more proprietary protocols when a suitable standard has been around for years.
But can we also have DLNA/UPNP for local streaming, please?
I don't think...
... the iPhone's success was because of its touchscreen; I think it was because it was made by Apple and was therefore cool and shiny. The fanbois and bloggers and tech-journos-who-should-have-known-better like the BBC's Rory Cellan-Jones then wouldn't stop blathering on about the sodding thing. The only reason that everybody has followed suit is that the Apple spin doctors have convinced everybody that that's what they want. Personally, I hate bloody capacitive touchscreens: most people's fingers are too fat to get any real control, and you end up with smudges all over your screen - it's complete madness.
The main deal with taxi, takeoff, and landing is people listening to music through headphones. If you've got Van Halen blasting your eardrums, you won't be able to hear important announcements, and then, trust me, I *will* trample you underfoot.
Re: Nokia couldn't make a smartphone because it was too focused on the phone side.
Nail - head.
Re: Maemo? MeeGo?
"Maemo was a developer OS, not a user OS"
But it was *very* close: *almost* usable by the average numpty. But then they chucked all that in the bin and started all over again with MeeGo; leading to the delay that Mr O seems to be saying was the final nail in the coffin.
I was a late and very reluctant adopter of the now-ubiquitous smudgy-finger-powered capacitive touchscreen and never understood why everybody had to jump on the iPhone bandwagon. I tried a capacitive stylus and found it useless.
Other significant selling points:
- Removable battery: you can either replace a clapped-out one or upgrade to an enormous Mugen replacement that will last you several days away from mains power.
- SD card so you're not going to run out of storage. You also used to be able to install apps to SD card on Symbian but I don't know if this is still the case.
"BBC’s iPlayer arrived on Symbian first"
Couldn't swear to it, but I have a distinct memory of them doing it for the iPhone first, despite it being just an over-hyped feature phone (at the time), and the ubiquity of Nokia and Symbian (at the time). Or maybe it was downloading that iPhone got first; something really annoyed me anyway.
...from what we've been reading on these pages over the years, it's just an extreme example. Most of the devices and security measures in place at airports are a complete sham, to keep the public scared and the terrorists thinking they might get caught. They're still taking drinking water off passengers, despite the fact that there was never a viable liquid bomb plot. At Schipol, they make you stand in a big perspex box that looks like it's out of Star Trek, which I can say with a fair degree of confidence, does FUCK ALL.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, a wholly remarkable book, was, of course, primarily a mobile device. Douglas Adams foretold the popularity of smartphones and connected tablets while we still thought digital watches were a pretty neat idea. Which is why I've always been puzzled about the H2G2 site being aimed primarily at desktops. There does, in fact, seem to be some content at h2g2.mobi, but this looks really cut-down: text-only, in fact. What is needed is something aimed primarily at 4" and 7" devices.
What a joke
2G around here would be something of a novelty. And I don't live out in the sticks, either.
... taking the piss out of humans. "This is what you sound like, ha-ha..."
Re: Prior art?
... and surely I remember it being on Nokias from around 2006?
Here we go again...
I think you may be confusing correlation with causation. Underweight people are probably underweight due to an underlying pathology; that is, they're already ill. Overweight people are likely to be overweight because they eat too much but are otherwise healthy... for the time being.
Chocs and clocks?
OK, I know you're just making a little joke, but this perception of the Swiss has annoyed me ever since I visited one of their machine-tool companies in the eighties. For years I had to listen to Thatcherites saying that we could base an economy on financial services, "like the Swiss", knowing it to be utter bullshit.
This is a local dispute
I have no interest in it. Wikipedia's decision to take the whole English-speaking world offline demonstrates once and for all that they are a dangerous cult and we shouldn't become too dependent on them.
I really hope that doesn't mean they'll be taken off Blinkbox. I, for one, am not going to have anything to do with any service that involves a monthly subscription.
Any plans for a similar feature on Maemo? I'm still intrigued by the decision to chuck it all in the bin and start again with Meego, just as it was coming together.
Nothing new under the sun
I'm glad you pointed-out that the People app isn't really a new idea, since my N900 has something very similar. But that's the whole point about the mysteries of marketing, isn't it? Bill Gates was trying to shove tablet PCs down our throats years before the iPad. There were UIQ touchscreen smartphones years before the iPhone. As far back as the seventies, I remember Yamaha bringing out a bike with a "revolutionary" square-four engine, but some grey-haired old duffer then remembers that a British company had tried something similar about a hundred years previously. It's all very, very strange.
'Enigma', the film...
... was a film of the novel, and was therefore a work of fiction. If you watched it thinking it's an inaccurate documentary, then you're a plonker.
"...ARM-based netbooks were taking the PC market by storm..."
Either I'm very tired and missing something or this bit doesn't make sense. Googling for "ARM-based netbooks" results in several articles from two years ago saying they'll be here any minute now, and, er, this one.
Are you getting mixed-up?
The N9 is the already-officially-launched Harmattan Meego device.
After two whole years of Java, when they still hadn't shown us how to write and deploy an actual program that would run on an actual computer or other device, I decided it was time to jack it in and buy a book about Android.
I think it's the sub-headings I'll miss more than anything. The English language at its finest.
"...I would really like to see an Android Nokia phone - that would tempt me...."
Easy-peasy, and most of it actually works. Not a huge fan of Android, though, I'm discovering.
In other words, a bit like the original iPhone launch
I remember that one fondly. Tuning into the live video feed surreptitiously on my work PC, then:
"It's got a touch screen.".... wild applause.
"It's got a calendar."..... wild applause.
"It's 3G.".... wild applause.
Can we please...
...have a sub-heading of the month vote.
Skype was never going to be very good on mobile devices, being dependent upon always-connected 'supernodes' whose owners don't mind their resources being gobbled up. It's not even very good with networked modern desktop devices. If you want to make free/cheap VoIP calls, use SIP, if you want to make video calls to the grandchildren in Australia, use Google Talk or similar. (And no, I have no idea if google talk video works on android; it doesn't work too well on my N900 but no worse than Skype.)
I tend to agree
The Maemo tablet series bubbled along quite happily in the background until they made the catastrophic decision to chuck it all in the bin and start again. This is the 'start again' and I must say it looks quite good. I agree the average spoilt-rich-numpty doesn't give a toss what OS his/her phone is running. The UI looks intuitive and simple. The third party apps look good (they've had plenty of time to get them right, let's be honest). If the price is right and it's bug-free on launch, I think it may well sell. Apart from anything else, it's an alternative if the first windows devices turn out to be crap. Certainly the flash support and tethering-out-of-the-box is one in the eye for the fanbois.
Who the hell drew a straight line through those data points!?
Whoever it was should be taken outside and kicked to death by respectable physicists.
It does seem foolish...
...to go to huge lengths and expense getting all electronic equipment on an aircraft certified as not emitting too much interference, and then allowing carry-ons made by just about any tin-pot manufacturer.
Four fatalities in Pembrokeshire. I bet they don't get as much publicity.
Just one little problem:
The titles that they actually release in this way will be crap.
Like I could with my N95 three years ago?
I think you've taken his comments out of context. Maybe it's the criminal waste of taxpayer's money that's decided his future voting habits....
"...celebrities said to have taken out injunctions..."
If that's what this debate has been reduced to then it's a real shame. To me it was always more about not being allowed to say that Banker A has been found to be incompetent, or that Russian B trying to buy an English football club is an ex-con.
Too much vitamin A causes osteoporosis, which is a problem in Denmark because of all the herring they eat. I think this is a case of the Danes being ahead of the rest of us, and we'll probably start to see warnings on anything with added vitamins and, indeed, the mega-vitamin quack pills available off the shelf.
How do you get fifty Belgians into a 2CV?
You put a chip on the back seat.
How do you get them all out again?
You shout, "Come and get the rest!"
Don't do it
I did. It's crap. It can make phone calls and the photo viewer is almost finished. That's it.
"...Maemo (as Meego was then known)..."
Not really. They're very different entities, as you then go on to say. Maemo was a terrific OS and UI, and just about ready for the mass market. Meego is an embryonic PoS that's not even worthy of being called an "alpha".
There are two things I'll never forgive Nokia for. One is chucking Maemo in the bin, and the other is their failure to develop a decent UI for Symbian until it was too late.
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