232 posts • joined Friday 16th February 2007 14:10 GMT
IIRC there's fancy-pants stuff in an iPhone tariff to support push notifications
They might *currently* be used by the people who developed them, but that sort of thinking leads to massive problems down the line when those people leave or move elsewhere in the company. What's more it will lead to communication problems with people outside their group. And they *will* need to communicate outside their group.
See also the stupid Debian naming scheme and the stupid OS X naming scheme. In both cases unless you just memorise a list of idiotic names you have no idea whether wheezy was one or three versions before etch, or whether Leopard preceded or followed Lion. This makes life harder than necessary for those who have to only occasionally know what's going on. Such as users asking for support.
> do pros really want to buy into something that’s about as upgradeable as a mobile phone
I use a Macbook Pro made out of Chinese slaves' retinas, utterly un-upgradeable, every day for my job, so the answer is clearly "yes". I've been mainly working on laptops for nearly 15 years, and have only once felt the urge to replace any of the bits - that one time being to upgrade a hard disk immediately after buying a device where the manufacturer didn't sell it with anything reasonable. Apple *do* sell a version with something reasonable, so that's moot.
Re: Here's a quick summary
Most London homes are heated with gas, not electrickery. The smog was caused by smoke - ie small particles of soot, which are nothing like as big a problem when you burn natural gas.
Re: That's some battery
I'd love to be driving an electric car, but I remain sceptical that we will within the next decade or two. Not because batteries die, or because there aren't enough places to recharge - those can be overcome with a good warranty like this has, and with just building out some infrastructure. The real problem is that recharging takes too damned long. Even half an hour to recharge will lead to mammoth queues at recharging points on the motorway network.
Electric vehicles are great for short local journeys, but if you ever need to make a journey longer than the battery can support, then you either need some technology that doesn't exist yet for ultra-fast charging, or you need a car that can burn dinosaurs.
Re: It isn't a huge prblem...
Interest doesn't equate to actually wanting one, and even wanting one doesn't equate to buying one - especially if you have to buy it with your own money.
Re: Dashed hopes
There's little point in recycling phones, but not for the reason you give. There's no point recycling them because they're still useful even if they no longer suit your particular needs. My last Mac laptop, after serving me well for four years, and then having its screen break, now sits next to a mate's TV, where it functions as a DVD player and for playing videos off his NAS. My current iPhone 3gs will, when I eventually replace it, be handed on to someone else too.
Re: Battery Life
If you're killing your batteries within two years, you're doing something wrong. My iPhone 3gs's battery still works just fine and that's over four years old now.
Re: Do they know what ''science'' means ?
There are plenty of supposedly hard sciences that are like that. Astrophysics and cosmology. Any biology involving organisms that won't fit in a lab. Climatology. As pointed out in the article, if you're going to accept any of those as having some scientific basis then you need to accept economics too.
Re: What really pisses me off
What millions of quid? A coupla plod standing there 24 hours a day (so you need four shifts of two, making 8 salaries) is about a quarter of a million.
They're delusional if they think that people are moving out of Ruralistan because of lack of interweb. They're moving because there are few jobs in their backward shit-holes (not even agricultural ones), little money, and no opportunities for personal development.
Re: Spanner Spanner @Matt Bryant
"Dummicrat" ... "Obambi" ... "Dimwitt" ... this sort of childish name-calling is why no-one apart from your fellow-travellers can take you seriously.
Cash, however, is overwhelmingly used to pay for legal transactions. Bitcoin isn't, as can be seen by it suddenly losing so much of its value.
No, there isn't a large market. There are a great many tiny producers of good beer, but that isn't the same thing at all. Decent beer (which isn't just real ale, of course) accounts for less than 10% of the market.
Re: @ Pete 2 - Reversing Moore's Law
xfce had better work or I'll not be using any new versions of Ubuntu.
And even then, xfce is a bit shit. I'd rather just have a plain old boring window manager - olvwm by preference - and none of this desktop or panel nonsense, as just about everything I do is done in an xterm or a browser.
Bah and harrumph.
Re: stock issues
Meh, I don't think the 5s is much of a step up from the *3gs*. The only significant differences as far as I'm concerned are that it has room for an extra row of icons on the home screen, and a bit more storage. But not enough storage, so I'd still have to pick and choose which bits of my music collection to carry around with me, which is annoying. Those two minor differences aren't enough to make me shell out several hundred quid.
I'll upgrade either when my 3gs breaks, or when they release one with 128GB.
What's wrong with the 3gs? Provided you're intelligent enough to not kick your several hundred quid of equipment around like a football they last well, they feel solid, and they don't break. And that's without one of those idiotic third party cases. Mine is, apart from a few unimportant scratches and scuffs on the back, as good as new.
Instead of tinkering around the edges like this, how about they just collect some fucking taxes instead?
And things will get even more exciting if the Jocks vote to leave.
Re: Anything for publicity
This is just a marketing stunt, just like it is at the Pembury in London. At the Pembury they just assume the transactions will go through OK. If after a few minutes one of them gets declined - well, you're only down one pint, and the customer is almost certainly still on the premises, and will probably want to buy another pint soon.
64 bit my arse (was Re: Affordability my arse)
No, a 64 bit CPU in a phone is not amazing, it's pointless. Unless you've got huge amounts of memory to address, a 64 bit CPU is actively bad. It wastes board space, wastes power, and, unless they've done something funky with the memory architecture, wastes memory because of alignment issues.
Re: No wonder
English isn't terribly irregular, it's just that most of its speakers don't know what the rules are. For example, lots of people think that 'sing' is an irregular verb. It ain't, it's a class 3 strong verb.
If you are that desperate to save a handful of pennies on shaving, just grow a beard and then either trim it with scissors that you already own, or get your barber to do it when he does your hair.
Two big problems with this. First, it doesn't appear to take into account that the iPhone 3 has been around for longer - it's not even *possible* to have broken an iPhone 5 after even a year. Second, your reporting makes it seem like they're only counting broken phones, not all phones, which, in conjunction with the first flaw makes the headline a load of rubbish.
"It's just foundations" - quite remarkably sensible there, from the local council bod. If only his British counterparts would do likewise
Re: “conveniently undefined concept”
FWIW Madison is clearly thinking about the Roman republic as his model there, not the Greek city-states. Anyone interested in how the Roman republic worked, and how it was corrupted and collapsed, Tom Holland's book "Rubicon" is excellent.
Re: Equador, the pillar of freedom
The UK is a genuine democracy. As is the US. If you're thinking of an Athenian-style democracy where everyone (well, all the people who matter anyway, which is far less democratic than the UK or US) gets to vote on everything, then the closest that exists is Switzerland.
You are also incorrect in thinking that republics are automatically different from democracies. Some are democracies (Ireland, Germany, the US, Switzerland), some aren't (China, Belarus, Syria), and democratic republics can be anything from mostly benevolent (Finland) to kinda evil (Israel, Iran) or accidentally evil as a result of corruption (South Africa, Russia).
Re: mass driver
Just take a reeeeeealy long run up
Re: Up to a point
The sort of break I meant wasn't bumming around Asia, but getting a job, where you'll work with older people who you don't know. Doing gardening, or mending pot-holes, something like that.
Until a coupla years ago I had a customer who was still using an Amstrad CPC running CP/M to control some machines in his small factory. He still would be today if I hadn't terminated the maintenance contract.
The best advice you can give a teenager about what university and what course to apply for is "Don't. Not yet". They'd be better off taking two or three years out to figure out what it is that they really want to do, and ignoring any pressure from their family to "go to uni", as if merely attending was an aim in itself. I, unfortunately didn't take those years out, and instead ended up doing half of a course I hated (before dropping out), having chosen it on the foolish grounds that I didn't want to do anything else that my A-levels had prepared me for.
My own experience from when I've been recruiting geeks is to, in general, avoid people with CS degrees, unless they've also got plenty of real-world experience and so have had all the CS ideals and impracticalities beaten out of them by other employers and they've learned to compromise between purity and practicality. The best graduates to employ, I've found, have had degrees in the practical sciences (things like geology, not physics) or people with arts degrees - people with well-rounded educations and personalities, who will get on with their co-workers - who just have an interest in computar-maschinen.
And if you want to guarantee an interview with me, you'll be a theology graduate with stuff on github. Theology, despite being a load of bollocks, is a great discipline. If you can do well at it, it shows that you can think clearly and critically within arbitrary constraints imposed from outside which don't necessarily make sense. In other words, it means that you can turn a customer's half-arsed spec into something that works.
Sounds like a massive waste of police time to me, given that most accidents are very minor and don't require the emergency services at all.
It's being bought by civil servants, to use not as a warning but as an instruction manual.
Re: Commentards are wearing tin-foil hats this year.
Five years? Nah, two. It took Google a year and a half to release their iPhone clone. It'll not take much more than that for someone else to copy Glass once Google have demonstrated that there's a market.
Just like how most CCTV is never watched and is ephemeral, most of the output from personal facial recognition systems will likewise never be stored or uploaded, if only because mobile bandwidth is expensive and we have better things to do with it. And also because nigh-on all of it is supremely boring.
If you're worried about the state and corporations misusing data from these things, then they can and do do that anyway with existing technology: ANPR, travel ticket purchases, what books you buy, who your friends are on Facebook, your online calendar, .... The privacy horse has well and truly bolted. It was always going to bolt too, and banning one particular technology will not help in the slightest. If you want to do something useful, campaign for meaningful laws preventing abuse of data instead.
Re: Protect users
Giving users the information lets them make their own risk assessment, weigh the costs of taking action (which might stop short of uninstalling, it might just mean disabling a feature) against the benefits, and make their own informed decision about whether to continue to be exposed or not. Better?
It won't be a grand for long. One Apple^WGoogle have demonstrated that the market exists, Google^Wsomeone else will enter the market and compete on price.
The toys on a string are so that the crew have an easy way of telling which direction is down when under very low acceleration, in which direction down is moving, and (if the toys are bouncing around) how much the perceived gravitational field is changing.
Re: Great news for the Taxman ( not)
Last time I looked Starbucks was very much a shop-based business, as opposed to online. Merely having shops doesn't make you magically pay taxes.
Re: He lost the match
In most sports there is also a rule that the umpire or referee's decision is final even when wrong. While they do sometimes have technology to help them, it's carefully vetted and tested technology, not just some random camera phone. I don't know what the rules are in tennis for dealing with players who argue with the umpire, but in the sports that I care about the player might forfeit the game or even the match.
Eleventy gazillion megapixels, and still a teeny tiny hole in the front to let the light in. So no, I won't be trying this. They've actually managed to do something even stupider than putting Windows on a phone.
Upvoted solely for knowing a 101 driver. Yay 101! Most fun vehicle ever!
Proceed with this nonsense at flank speed^W^W a maximum of 60 mph and I hope you have a hugely endowed wallet to pay for the fuel!
Re: I'm not sure what the point it.
What's the point? What's the point of anything new and untried? Usually something useful comes of it. People ask what was the point of the Apollo programme, but it led to modern CNC machining, fire-retardant paint, cordless drills, and so on.
And, no doubt, people enjoy doing it, which is worth far more than any useful tech spin-offs.
Perhaps only 214 people paid for it because it's poorly executed and utterly unoriginal. It's a rip-off of Game Dev Story (which is rubbish), which is a clone (possibly unwitting, and via numerous intermediate clones) of Software House, which is a clone of Millionaire and Software Star.
Yes, we do try to accomodate other peoples' cultures. That's what makes us a more attractive target for immigration than most other places, and why we, with the help of immigrants, do so much better than most other places, attracting the best, brightest, most driven people from those other places.
Re: The welsh lobby
I'm sorry but it's absolute bollocks to say that there are any significant number of Welsh people who have difficulty with English. Welsh monolingualism has been rare since the 50s, so any that are left will be very old indeed. The best thing that those who love the Welsh language can do is to let it die with dignity instead of bleating and whinging.
Re: Why don't you...
I was born in the UK in 73 and had never heard of this programme. I suppose I just had good parents who made sure that I didn't need to take the advice of a piece of furniture if I wanted to know how to amuse myself.
Yes, this would produce more kinetic energy than the electricity put in, when in use. Whether there's a net energy gain I don't know - you have to consider the energy cost of manufacturing the fuel pellets, and of boosting them out of the atmosphere so that you can use them without all those pesky NIMBYs getting cross about the thermonuclear explosions.