153 posts • joined 20 Feb 2007
Re: upgrading old boxes
Quite so. A free (or very, very cheap) copy of Win7 premium for the ancient laptop next door please. And a cut down version of same for the ancient eeePC 900 upstairs.
Anyway. If all I want to run is Winamp, Chrome, Thunderbird, why do I need to upgrade from XP? It just works. There are no kids in the house any more so no-one who's going to click on some dodgy porn or film download site. So what's the problem?
Charging from this device is not supported
Will this deal with the problem where a perfectly good USB cable or USB port/charger doesn't work because "Charging from this device is not supported"? Even on Nokia phones with a nominal 5v charger this seems to be a problem because their phones expect a charger putting out 6.1v. Then there's the progressive corruption of the USB standard to support a whole range of high current support depending on either various voltages on the data pins or a data handshake. Can we please make this stuff "just work".
"it's hard to see much enthusiasm for the reinvention of the netbook"
Because Chromebooks are capturing that market since Microsoft failed to kill it by charging too much for a crippled version of XP and 7?
And just when netbooks are getting enough screen res and processor power to make a tablet with an attached keyboard and a real OS a useful thing again. All they really have to do (apart from cut the price of the OS) is to point out the failings in the Chrome-OS left there by the control freak Chrome-OS developers. Like, say, lack of Samba support. Or the inability to run things like iTunes (I know, I know!).
There's a thing in here that always does my head in. "quasars that are so far apart, they cannot possibly have any “causal contact” in the last 14 billion years" So there can be a pair of quasars that are both in our light cone but are not in each other's light cone within the current life of the universe. Uh-huh?
So will MS give me a free upgrade to Win7 Home Premium?
I'd happily pay a small increase in my Virgin Cable sub instead of the license fee to have access to BBC (including BBC America please).
And Virgin is about to apply a small increase to their sub.
So that's done then. Next?
Why is he standing in front of a bunch of giant novelty ties from Disneyland?
Not quite ready yet
What can't you do on a Chromebook (without using dev mode and Crouton or Chrubuntu and maybe not even then)
- Access a home NAS
- Rip a CD
- Run a full Open/Libreoffice
- Run a dedicated media player like iTunes, Winamp, WMP, Amarok etc
- Sync an iPod/iPhone
- Upload to Google Music Player
etc etc. This will get fixed but Chrome-OS still feels a bit unfinished to me.
All too often you can't upgrade the hardware either. Soldered RAM? No thanks.
Meanwhile the latest and current crop of Chromebooks would make excellent Netbooks. Can I have one with Win7 Home Premium on it please?
Sadly my iOldDevice won't run iOs6 or iOs7. And all Google's recent app upgrades require >= 6 So while my top of the range iOldDevice was very expensive and state of the art at the time, it's now a handy paperweight and Winamp remote. Except that the very hard to replace battery is now dead so it's not even portable any more. And it complains about non-Apple USB chargers as well. So I guess it's a good thing the (deceased) company paid for it and it didn't cost me anything.
Just checking my iPod Classic is still in my coat. I'd hate to lose that. Now Apple, about the 1TB Classic I was hoping for. Next year, m'kay?
- You should try Windows 7 home premium and report back. Your experience with WIn8 makes me never want to go anywhere near it. Which is a shame for a very long term Windows user.
- Probably current and working Chromium-OS available from http://chromium.arnoldthebat.co.uk/ Will run from USB key to try it out. If it can't find the USB key ESC during boot and then
or sdd3 or whatever device the USB key is on.
- Puppy Linux with Google Chrome will run from USB and worth a look. Fast, snappy, but not very pretty
Can it run Winamp?
There's a 3rd option. AOL sell it on. How much would they need to simply take over the source and support web sites?
There's a lot of proprietary libraries and agreements in winamp at the moment. Open Source may not be possible or it may be at least awkward.
While we're looking at music applications that were bought by a huge company that doesn't know what to do with it, last.fm Can we get CBS to sell it to somebody who understands? Like the original authors.
Some random comments
- Apparently we're not supposed to build a music collection any more. nothing else seems to work for those of us with really big collections. As much as anything it's the 5 pane window of the tree, artist, album, track, playlist that differentiates Winamp from pretty much every other player.
- And on that same subject, where's my 1Tb iPod Classic. Eh, Apple?
- Now where's Google in all this? If Winamp Android is better than Google play, perhaps Google could buy it. They need a desktop music player.
- It's not like it's costing AOL much. So why close it down? Is this some US MBAs idea of cost saving to get themselves a pay rise?
- MS buying Winamp is likely to be a disaster if Skype is anything to go by. It'll be fine for a year until some middle manager will want to rationalise the product set and combine WMP with Winamp creating a monster of the worst parts of both.
- Ideally, Winamp should be sold back to the original authors, or perhaps a consortium of the remaining programmers, for pennies.
- Same goes for last.fm. CBS don't know what to do with it, and so it's costing them money. So sell it to somebody who cares and can make a proper go of it.
- Why does an iTunes update take ages, require a huge download and often require a reboot. While a winamp update is 16mb and can be completed in under a minute?
- Makes me sad when things you come to rely on, disappear. Like Winamp, last.fm API and free streaming, Google reader, Latitude, iGoogle, Friendfeed, Turnpike, and so on.
Re: Perfectly said
So this an attempt to solve the travelling salesman problem using a Monte Carlo method?
Not just the connector shape
Add another vote for mini-USB. More robust, easier to use.
Can we also please have a common documented standard for high current charging (above 500mA).
And devices that will charge from a powered USB port on a switched off laptop or a USB hub connected to a powered off laptop.
And standardise on 5v seeing as I've got recent Nokia featurephones where the charger produces 6v and the phone expects 6v. It still charges from 5v, but it doesn't show when it's fully charged.
It's amazing how many combinations of USB charger or port, cable and older iDevice don't work. FFS, It's a USB port with 5v active. What do you mean "charging is unsupported from this device".
So yes, let's please have the standards committees solve the problems, manufacturers support the standards and if absolutely necessary make adherence to the standards a condition of sale in the EU.
Never mind a slab, I'd like to see this kind of thing in an update to the iPod Classic. It's late 2013, so where's my 1TB iPod? And if I can't buy one from Apple where can I buy an equivalent?
NOW that's what I call Trolling! - #83
I wonder what Greenwald's and the Grauniad's release schedule is? Is "Foot-in-mouth Friday" going to be a regular thing with yet another expose in the morning UK time, followed by an embarrassing press conference late afternoon, Washington time.
Because I think I'm going to have to subscribe to a popcorn delivery service to keep up.
I think you meant "Steampunk". And yes, I don't like the brass and big wooden handles. But then I'm not sure plugging the TARDIS into the the back of Dr Who's neck would be such a good thing either. If it's going to be perpetually 2014 in the next incarnation's TARDIS, then surely the UI should be an app on an android cleverphone?
There is no possibility of action; The crash is coming.
Because of human nature It's very, very unlikely we'll change. So we'd better work out how to deal with it. Or we can just leave it to our great-grandchildren to work our how to deal with it.
As for the puppets above, you need a new pair of socks. Those one's have got holes in them and I can see your fingers moving.
Re: Secret laws
So which country is it that you're claiming is "ours", Tonto?
It's a deeply strange place and highly recommended. I half expected to see Gordon Freeman or a face crab round each corner. Especially with the sound effects playing constantly in the background. "skrrrsh skrrsh MEDIC!"
Gizza job! I can do that!
2 issues and one annoyance.
1) Is Google obeying the letter of the law? If not then what are HMRC doing about it?
2) If Google is obeying the letter of the law, what's the Government doing about it?
These questions matter much more than some grandstanding about corporate and government ethics, not to mention "EVIL"; however entertaining that might be.
And what's Google's profit on that £4.3bn of UK sales revenue? Because in the UK we don't tax corporate revenue, we tax corporate profit after a whole range of allowable costs. Saying "£2.4m in tax on £4.3bn of sales is just a joke" is meaningless. Especially if, say, costs were £4.299bn.
So where's my 1Tb iPod Classic? Oh. Sorry. Wrong thread.
In other news
The X Market will be Y big in Z years.
Slightly off topic, but I can recommend http://www.trinitybuoywharf.com/whats-on/news/2010/11/regular-attractions-the-faraday-effect.php to fans of Faraday's sheds. Just by Lea mouth on the other side of the city.
The Big List
So where's the big list of Tech City (or Silli Roundabout, or even Hoxditch) startups? Because part of this game is promotion, isn't it? And are there any moderate success stories?
"buck to be made". "period." Ya'all are not from around these parts, are ya' boy.
Re: Netbook 2.0?
So what's the Acer like with Win7 Home Premium installed on it?
Re: Apocalypse in 9/8
Always found that one easy. One-Two-Three-FOUR, One-Two-THREE, One-TWO,
Try this as a marching tune.
I LEFT my wife and my four fat children, RIGHT in the middle of the kitchen floor, I LEFT my wife...
Recreate the netbook?
Are people still self-assembling laptops at the start of meetings? By the time you've got the iPad, psu, keyboard, mouse, stand, iphone, out of the backpack and plugged everything together so you can use cut down "App" versions of your desktop/laptop programs, wouldn't it have been easier to just open a small laptop?
Rather than netbooks, or ultrabooks, or pads with add ons (or high end desktop replacements), I'm sure there's still a market for a small, full function laptop focused on portability at a reasonable price. Can we just get back to that please, rather than continually trying to stretch the laptop away from it's sweet spot.
Re: Tipping point
For balance: What is the point at which you will admit your guesses are wrong? 10 years? 20 years? At least you should still be around to see the damage you have done with your nay-saying when the warming is worse than even the most pessimistic predictions.
That's a first
Did El Reg just called Einstein a dickhead? That has to be a first.
Comparing Paris with Marilyn Monroe is a bit much but I'm sure that just like Marilyn she would know what to do with Einstein's brain.
Re: ...over-rated tat-bazaar that is Forbidden Planet
Yes indeed, +1 for Dark They Were... Hell, +1 for the old Forbidden Planet when it was in New Oxford St.
And for bonus points, Compedium in Camden? Especially the 2nd shop that was exclusively weird magick books. Of which, how about Jimmy Page's book shop just off Ken Church St.
Never mind the comics, book shops aren't what they used to be either.
Re: The Cloud Industry
The government has basically said they can take any servers because someone has done something illegal using it and all the legit users have no rights to get their files back.
It's worse than that. The US gov has said that and that it applies to any server anywhere in the world accessed via a .com. .org, .net address or hosted by a government friendly to the US. A nice position to be in if you can get it. So no wonder they don't want the UN coming in and limiting that power (sorry, 'stealing the internet'). Most other governments would probably say the same thing but at least they would be limited to servers actually hosted or administered in their own countries.
Damn, where to start
1. All that macho bullshit about super dry martinis where the shaker is waved at the vermouth is just that, macho bullshit. If you want to drink frozen gin shooters, go ahead. Just don't call them Martinis.
2. Yes, Gordon's is cheap rubbish, but Bombay Sapphire is moderately expensive rubbish. It's more like a flavoured vodka than a properly flavoured gin. That doesn't matter in a Gin and Tonic which is actually more about the quality of the tonic than the gin.
3. Martinis should be completely clear. That's the biggest reason for stirring not shaking, and for using quality clear ice.
4. Dirty Martinis are an abomination. I'm all for the olive taste and tiny addition of salt but swamping all that effort to create elegant flavours in the gin and vermouth with sea water is just silly.
5. One Martini is just right, two's too many and three's not enough. The other bit of related life wisdom, "count your martinis and punt".
6. Match elegant gins (Miller's, Sacred, Adnams) with Noilly Prat. Match more aggressive gins (Beefeater 24, Tanquaray) with a more aggressive vermouth like Vya.
My favourite. 60ml Gin, 10ml Vermouth, stirred in ice for 40 secs, served in a Martini glass from the freezer. Two briefly washed olives from a fresh jar of olives in brine on a cocktail stick. Current favourite gin, Sacred with Adnams a close second. As far as I can tell, all the London and UK boutique straight gins are excellent. Explore!
What about the Vesper? Well Lillet Blanc is interesting. All that vodka will dilute the unpleasant taste of the Gordons. And the lemon probably goes well with the Lillet. So why not. But I'd be more interested in exploring the lillet-gin corner of (non-euclidian) mathematical martini space.
 1724 is the best tonic by some way with Fevertree an acceptable alternative. Avoid Schweppes and especially avoid tonic from a mixer dispensing gun.
Re: So now can we ban iPhones and anything else made in China from work???
Quite right. You certainly wouldn't want to work with people wearing Matalan suits, shirts, ties, shoes. M&S clothes made in Pakistan are just so much more elegant.
Re: Diligently obeying the law
I think you'll find that among civil servants, nobody ever got fired for "Diligently obeying the law".
I'd love to see a similar study done on the comments in articles of this type tracking levels of climate change denial versus the country of origin of the commenter.
I suspect that there's a strong correlation between the USA and strong climate change denial in comment trolls but that could just be my annoyance and selection bias as a cynical Brit. And the "moebius strip of endless douchebaggery" that such articles tend to generate.
In other news, reality apparently has a dystopian bias as well as a liberal one.
Is "probably not time to panic yet." A registered trade mark? For who, Rayban?
And the UK?
The UK has laws making it an offence to incite religious or racial hatred. Why doesn't Google censor the video there?
Oh, wait, it doesn't involve copyright. As you were.
"Broadly speaking, there’s two ways we go about this:" There is of course a third way. The ICO simply ignore it as it's a stupid law. But the whole idea of laws that are simply ignored and not enforced because they're stupid seems to be an impossible concept for UK civil servants and enforcement groups.
In shocking news, an analyst reported today that the X market would be Y big in Z years. The first paragraph of the press release was then posted on 10 different tech news websites in minutes with only slight spelling mistakes added. What do you think about this? Tell us in the comments.
Re: A prize for the best should be called:
"Bit of a mouthful I will admit, but then so is a good bacon sarnie!"
That's what she said.
Re: Good work as always Lewis!
The real puzzle is why El-Reg keeps publishing this stuff from Lewis and Orlowski. Maybe it's good for page impressions and click throughs or something.
The largest turd-glitter-rolling attempt in history, surely.
Successfully trolls. Is there perhaps some correlation between approaching end of month page impression figures on El Reg and contentious articles posted about AGW, Religion, the Stupidity of Septics or such like.
Curiously the G-Wizz is not actually a car but a Quad. This gets it round a whole bunch of type approval regs. It also means it's not eligible for the subsidy (IMHO) and doesn't get counted in the stats about electric and hybrid car sales.
It would be nice if the gummint provided a workable subsidy scheme for electric bicycles as well instead of the faintly ridiculous "ride to work" scheme. Perhaps they could just make Bicycles and E-Bicycles 0% VAT rated. As if.
Surely, they just need to
Reverse the polarity!
In the last 10 minutes of the film, leaving ample time for the epilogue.
Paris, obviously, since she knows a thing or two about films.
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