324 posts • joined Friday 3rd August 2007 08:42 GMT
Re: Not guilty plea for 80 in a 65
Mitigating circumstances, if you're playing Galaxians at the time.
Re: They should be forced to use
"The only one OS that can be out of box supported on enterprise level is Windows,"
Well it certainly supported a bunch of hackers of Google machines a few years back, that's for sure. That's why Google banned PCs from the workplace.
"There just is no justification on spending hundreds of dollars every couple of years replacing a perfectly functional and useful device."
Yes there is. The world and technology moves on. My phone has features and capabilities that weren't there a couple of years ago. I like to make use of such things, so that's my justification.
Relativity makes things tricky. Our definition of now is particular to us. It's not the same now as that of a distant galaxy. So however you phrase it, you're going to upset somebody.
As far as that distant galaxy is concerned, we in our current state (as we regard it) happened billions of years ago in their past.
Appear poised to merge is exactly right.
Re: Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Stupid. Wrong.
You said "Clearly there is no opt out".
Thanks for your expert advice. Which happens to be wrong. Which bit of wrong don't you understand? Which bit of stupid don't you understand when you make pronouncements on which you have no knowledge?
"People rely on these devices and for one to be so monumentally inaccurate is dangerous"
People should never rely on this kind of device, especially when it might cause danger. Neither Apple nor Google make any warranty that their maps can be relied on with certainty.
Re: fanbois can opt out by turning off their phone's location services.
Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Stupid. Wrong.
Settings | Privacy | Location Services
shows a list of apps that you wish to partake in location services. Don't want the Shopkick app to speak to you in this way? Turn off Location Services for the Shopkick app.
Ah, George Orwell's vision of the telescreen is but a heartbeat away.
"I know now why you cry. But it's something I can never do."
Some Apple stores are pretty large, actually, spread over several floors.
Android apps can potentially make use of iBeacons just as well as Apple devices, and the use to which they will be put will be a little more imaginative than that described in your happy log, which doesn't actually seem to pay much attention to reality, in terms of the typical buyer queues that you find in an Apple store.
There are any number of reasons why it could be extremely useful for your phone to know where it is inside a building. Example: you're wandering around a museum listening to information on your phone, and proximity to an exhibit room triggers a commentary on the Exhibits App. Example: you're in the maze of a subterranean Japanese station and you need to find the exit nearest your hotel. Example: you'd like to wander into a booked cinema screening without waving tickets around. Example: you'd like a realtime map update of your location in a big shopping centre, directions. Et cetera. Et cetera.
Re: I presume...
Actually, Apple are pretty good when it comes to privacy features that the user can enable/disable.
Settings | Privacy | Location Services
Location services, of which this is presumably an example, can be switched off either globally or at the level of individual apps.
Also, iBeacons rely on Bluetooth AFAIK, so if you forget your tinfoil hat, you can always turn that off.
Re: Very interesting read!!
Agreed. Good stuff.
Slightly different take on it...
A nice interaction of a real ball with a virtual equivalent.
Re: Why always so wrong
"a cloud of virtual particles around them that continually sweep in and out of existence"
Well, it's just a fun way of describing things so that humans get at least get some impression of the mad world of quantum mechanics, isn't it. Particles fizzing in and out of existence isn't that bad a way of thinking about things.
The trouble is, there aren't the words to describe what's really going on in QM and "Just do the maths" is a cop out IMHO. The general public should never lose sight of the fact that no physicist understands quantum mechanics. Absolutely nobody. IIRC, Feynman said that not only is QM stranger than we imagine, it's stranger than you can imagine.
Not enthused by this
If I see something that looks like a Pringle, I'd be tempted to eat it.
Click Spotlight (magnifying glass at the top right) and type Console. That will find the console app for you. In the search box, have a look for words like clamshell, sleep and so on. The dates/times and event descriptions might be a pointer. As I mentioned, if your laptop is in clamshell mode it will be consuming resources. You won't find clamshell in the log, otherwise.
"Leave it sleeping for more than a couple of days and it's dead."
Your particular laptop is likely in 'clamshell' mode, not sleeping. Check your console log for occurrences of 'clamshell'.
Re: Customer Satisfaction
"Ah yes, the 'pain' of ensuring your computer is protected from viruses. Far better to buy an Apple device at inflated cost, because they are impervious to any such things."
This probably isn't the best place to debate malware - no computer is safe from their users and any software installation may contain malware - but to the best of my knowledge, there are no OS X viruses.
Re: Customer Satisfaction
"what you're doing wrong is assuming that everyone else's usage pattern is just like yours"
Actually, I make no such assumption. I'm just outlining my personal experience, and why some of the gripes in this thread aren't relevant to me. I don't use Thunderbolt much but I'm sure there are plenty of Apple owners who work for video editing firms, and make good use of Thunderbolt to connect to large displays and ultra-high-speed networks, for example.
It strikes me that you are by nature a careless and clumsy person, losing and dropping stuff - no offence intended, it's just your own description of your events. I'm sure there are chunky ruggedised computers out there that would fit your particular requirements.
My story: I've bought so many gadgets over the years, you just wouldn't believe it. Some I've loved, and others were just silly toys.
In 1982 when I shelled out £400 (a lot of money for a student in those days) on a BBC Micro, it turned out to be the best investment I'd ever made in terms of fun had for each pound spent - in fact learning how to write 6502 assembler led to my first job in IT.
Countless gadgets later, and my 2012 Retina MacBook Pro gives me the same gadget-happiness. I'd deliberately put off getting one until antique technology like spinning lumps of rust and plastic and thumping great connectors like RJ45 went by the by, in favour of a light and portable device with an awesome display. After a few months I gave away my high spec self-assembled tower PC to a friend and was glad to see the back of it.
Now, a year and a half later, I do photo editing and hobbyist music production on my gadget with joyous lack of pain. Do I have enough RAM? Yes, I didn't penny pinch. Do I have enough flash storage? Heck, yes, I didn't penny pinch, and if I need multi-terabyte storage there are ways and ways. Can I read and burn CDs? Don't need to, but if I did, a cheap drive can be plugged in. Do I miss the RJ45 or floppy disk? Nah, I'd sooner have the little adapter for the very rare occasions where I need to plug in an Ethernet cable, rather than a big fat body on the laptop. Am I worried that I can't put more memory and storage inside? Nope, I'm nowhere near maxing out, and if it came to that the resale value of the laptop is nothing short of spectacular, which would go a long way to funding a new gadget. Do I miss the flaky audio glitches and never-ending pain of device drivers and antivirus on my PC? Well, you might be able to guess that one.
Will I get the new model? Very doubtful, as the one I have is doing fine, for my purposes.
So, before you downvote, what am I doing wrong?
Because most people wouldn't have a great deal of use for it, and the space is better taken up either side of the keyboard with the stereo speakers.
"2KG with only ONE HAND! You must be working out! Seriously though, that's some pricey kit. No ethernet port is a royal PITA I would think for the target audience"
It's easy enough to pick up, but you seriously wouldn't want to wave it about too much. Then again, why would you?
I have the 2012 version and I don't miss the Ethernet port one jot, actually, as I use wireless almost all the time. I do have their Thunderbolt <-> Ethernet adapter just in case, you know, for hotel rooms with wired-only connections, that kind of thing. YMMV.
Will it have Couch Potato mode?
I don't want my TV turning off 2 hours into Aliens Special Edition.
BTW, the iPhone already does that home proximity stuff. I rarely use Siri, but I've told her a few times to remind me to do something "when I get home" and, true enough, the phone pops up a message when I pull up at home in the car.
Re: Apple Upgrades
Ooh let me guess... Maybe because a new version of the OS supports new features of interest? Maybe because it's the first Apple upgrade in years that is designed to work with pretty old hardware? Maybe because it's free? Maybe because it was in beta for a long time and had generally very positive reports? Maybe because you're not using your computer for mission-critical work? Now I come to think of it, I'm struggling to find any reason at all.
RAM is eaten in a hurry
Yes. Mavericks makes much better use of RAM than its predecessor, and will aggressively cache memory to make better use of hardware, as well as compressing least-used memory. Unused RAM is a waste of resources, and you should view it as such if you have Mavericks installed.
Welcome to the virtual Panopticon
Re: Serve them right
After two years of use, my battery on my Apple iPhone 4S was working very nicely. But I dropped the phone and cracked the screen. I took it to an Apple Store and they gave me a new phone. That doesn't suck, and it didn't cost me $8. Well, maybe the price of an underground ticket.
My old phone didn't go to landfill – it will be salvaged in one of Apple's huge repair facilities.
Meantime, I'm quite happy to have a phone that doesn't have creaky bits that snap apart for the dubious purpose of fitting a new battery, fluff-gathering expansion ports, flashing LED adornments etc. etc. etc.
Re: I saw all the fanbois outside the oxford shop today
Luckily my shiny iDevice has a terrific resale value, so no remortage required for me.
Re: If it's like Apple Pages
Or just a watch. That doesn't try to load some fookin ActiveX control for a laugh.
You made me laugh. In a good way.
Re: I don't understand this bit.
Be careful out there.
Crafty websites can often identify users even if you have cookies turned off. IIRC, El Reg had an article about this a few years ago. Checking for browser capabilities, plug-ins, screen resolution, fonts, timezone etc. can often fingerprint a particular browser instance.
Yes, lots of annoyed Pro users at the moment.
Mind you, Apple left the old applications in place if you did an upgrade, so you can carry on using those if you prefer. Might let off a bit of steam.
Re: @Mike Bell Your post gives the impression that you wish to pick a quarrel regardless......
Dear Touchy Arctic Fox,
Point 1: We both stated that consumers generally don't know what 64-bit computing is. But my statement pointed out that despite this, consumers know about it and will see it as something worth having. Whereas you, in your infallible opinion, stated quite explicitly that All they are interested in is "does it just work?" (to coin a phrase) and is their new precious "shiney shiny". Those are diametrically opposite points of view.
Point 2: I wasn't talking about you. I was talking about armchair economists in general. Especially the kind who would take your advice about how consumers make their purchasing decisions.
I take exception to your assertion that I am a thoroughly dishonest person.
Take a stress pill or something.
Re: Re : 64–bit?
I disagree. 64-bit computing is a notion that has probably seeped into the public's awareness by now – even if they don't have a clue what it actually means. Not the Nine O'Clock News did something similar with woofers and tweeters donkeys' years ago.
The armchair economists here might pause to think that Apple are sitting on the biggest pile of cash in history, so as a business they're doing pretty well. They probably don't need you to tell them how they need to go about presenting and marketing their stuff.
Christmas present suggestion for the 'storage-hungry slab fondler'...
A little fishing rod so he can sit under a toadstool next to his garden pond.
Re: Only expensive built-in flash or rotational drive?
I already have about 1TB of external storage that's readily available to my iPad via WiFi.
Re: Hard Acts to Follow
"Today was a day of meh from Apple"
Rubbish. The announcement that Apple's desktop OS is from this point hence to be free was pretty big news.
As I understand it, 'their' is an acceptable alternative to the use of 'his' in this context. Its use is not, however, any more correct than 'his'. I'm not a fan, since it usually refers to multiple people rather than an individual.
I'm sorry that you feel ignored when writers use a word that, by definition, pertains to an unspecified sex. But to tell the truth, the writer isn't talking about you, or even your sex, so you are bringing something to the party that doesn't exist.
The next time you see a group of girls out on the lash calling themselves, collectively, 'Guys', perhaps you'd like to think about who owns the English language. It's no more men than women.
I'm putting my own fire-proofs on now: the origin of the word 'Woman' is Wife + Man.
Stop making me think about sex. It's irrelevant.
“The inability of the decider to predict her decision beforehand holds whether the decision-making process is deterministic or not”.
Call me old fashioned, but I find this kind of right-on politically correct language to be very annoying, not to say patronising. The possessive 'his' has for many years been defined as 'belonging to or associated with a person or animal of unspecified sex'.
I don't need my hand held to remind me that women comprise half the species, and clever talk like this won't force me to re-evaluate my perception of where they fit in the world. I really don't. So leave it out, will you.
Having said that, my wife can never make her mind up, so I won't deny the truth of the statement.
Re: Pushing design before technology is ready
I'm sure that the Apple engineers will be taking your sage advice on board.
Or maybe not, since they seem to be struggling by without your help.
Re: USB: This side up
Sure it could be done. Apple did exactly that with their Lightning connector.
To be fair, a bit of social engineering is involved here by making the file look like something that it isn't (a PDF). Not every user is a geek, but they might know enough to know that PDFs are normally harmless viewable documents. If they possess a little geekiness, they might know that you'd better be dead sure you're running a *very* up-to-date PDF viewer. A little more and they'd know that executables can be camouflaged like this.
I imagine that such a "dumb" user might be tempted to call you and me nerdy geeks who need a life.
"The EU regulation in question is the amended Radio Equipment Directive, which will require all radio devices to feature a microUSB socket."
According to the Amended Radio Equipment Directive linked to in the article:
"On the basis of the Micro-USB interface, the companies have agreed to develop a common specification in order to allow for full compatibility of chargers and mobile phones. These specifications have been translated in European standards.
N.B.: The agreement allows for the use of an adaptor."
How does that equate to all radio devices being required to feature a microUSB socket? If the agreement allows for the use of an adaptor, surely manufacturers can use any old socket that they like?
It would also require an OS update, since every app using inclinometer data would want to receive calibration-adjusted data.
But if you're spending a large amount of cash on a premium device, you'd naturally expect HQ components to be used, and any such calibration to be done at the factory.
Or am I being picky?
A neat trick
But what is depressing is that tricks like this continue to be a necessity.
If third parties like this (and thousands of others) can route calls over existing networks at a negotiated massive discount, there's no reason why the phone providers themselves couldn't do it.
Of course, the providers are more interested in ripping off users by charging exorbitant international charges when they can get away with it, i.e. relying on the fact that many customers are inconvenienced in having to use another SIM for international calls, going through an intermediary number etc.
Re: How exactly...
I would imagine that 'they' (Crittercism) are relying on apps that have their crash-monitoring and reporting software installed by participating developers. The devices phone home quite often and – voila! – crash stats are available.
NB, crash logs are a useful source of information to the creators of iOS jailbreaks as they can be used to identify weaknesses in the OS.
I'm surprised you found the time to write that – between installing Windows Update patches.
Seriously, I get very occasional updates for my Apple laptop. And more often than not it's for a Camera Raw update that allows the computer to recognise new camera models as they come to market.
You'll notice that the 4th line of HTML defining this page is
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8">
like most websites these days
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