If it were half the price and had double the battery life, I'd buy it like a shot. I hate big phones.
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Re: "on the UK island of Jersey"
The Celts only arrived sometime in the Iron Age (probably around 500BC), displacing the Britons who were already here. So they are incomers as well. The previous (non Celtic, and probably non-Indo-European) language still survives in some place names, but not much else.
Doubtless there were other waves of migration before that.
Re: "a 32-bit DAC, part of a burgeoning partnership with Bang & Olufsen"
... and scientifically proven to be completely useless, in double-blind A/B comparisons (that was for 24-bit versus 16-bit).
Shhh. Don't you know double blind trials are anathema to HiFi folks?
Re: Linux on the desktop
I tried Linux on the desktop for a while.
Then I discovered all the things which almost worked, but not quite.
Like printing photos.
Syncing music to an iPod.
Editing Word documents.
and on and on and on.
Got a Mac and things 'just worked'. All the good thing about Linux (Unix under the hood with all the usual command line tools), without the shitty UI and half-broken tools that never quite do what you want.
Linux is great for servers. Use it all the time for that. With a command line interface.
Linux as a desktop is always almost there, but not quite ready yet.
Re: Does it still hate the user?
sisk: Maybe I'm an oddball but I've always found Gimp's UI to be much more intuitive that Photoshop's.
Maybe I'm an oddball but I've always found both Gimp and Photoshop (and Pixelmator on the Mac) to be hideously difficult and unintuitive to use. It always takes ten times as long as it should to do anything, and involves copious use of 'undo'.
Don't think for one minute that it was just hippies/Greenpeace/vegan sandal wearers who stopped us building more nuclear reactors.
Big Oil had much to gain by scuppering nuclear power.
Big Oil has lots of money and well paid lobbyists.
They even seem to have convinced an El Reg columnist that burning lots of fossil fuels is fine.
That's how good they are.
Follow the money, folks.
Re: C++ haters: What about performance?
"real time systems, network software and drivers"
All K&R and/or assembler, not C++.
I must have been imagining all the real time systems and network software I've written in C++ over the last 20 years (device drivers I'll agree with, never seen one of those in C++). Many of those would have been exceedingly painful to do in C and would have resulted in unmaintainable code.
C++ is a solid systems language which gives the same performance as C but is much easier to write and maintain.
Just because you can't conceive of it, don't assume nobody else can.
Re: It's all bollox anyway
I ditched my smartphone and went back to a Nokia candy bar after I realised I never used the phone for anything except calls and the occasional text. The Nokia is 1/3 the size and weight, and the battery lasts a week.
When you consider what high end watches cost from the like of Omega and Rolex, the Apple watch doesn't look so bad.
Re: Apple builds crap computers designed to fail after just a couple of years
My iMac is still going strong after 5 years.
I've seen Macs well over 10 years old still working fine.
Come to that, I've seen Windows machines over 10 years old still working.
Just because you once had a bad experience, don't assume it is typical.
Our corporate IS only just upgraded everyone from XP to Win 7 last year.
And that caused all sorts of problems with USB and serial port drivers (needed for debugging chip firmware); mostly sorted now. Win 7 does seem more stable than XP.
It may be a while before they move on to Win 11 or whatever the latest version is.
Why no lyrics?
Why has nobody added sleeve notes to iTunes?
You can get the album art, and display it on the screen.
Is it really beyond the wit of man to display some text? Maybe display the lyrics, too?
When I buy a record or CD it generally has useful stuff on there (like who is playing what instrument, when the song was recorded, that sort of thing). When I download, nada; no context. It is the musical equivalent of getting somewhere by SatNav; you get there but have no clue how.
The main use for my iPod is to sit in its Bose dock at home and act as my main music library - it contains all the CDs, LPs and tapes which used to clutter up the shelves.
A mobile phone is no use for this - you can't use it for other things while it is sitting in a dock on the shelf; or if I've gone out and taken the phone with me then nobody else can play music.
Seems to me a phone is only good as a music player if you just listen to music yourself over headphones, which I do basically never.
There is still a use for a dedicated music player. Anyway, the iPod (Classic) still works fine.
Re: Imagined use case?
Having occasionally had to use AZERTY (as opposed to QWERTY) keyboards while in France, and indeed QWERTZ keyboards in Germany, I can attest to the fact that it causes constant irritation.
Most of the keys are in the same place, but just enough are not to cause brain-ache.
" but how many 120kW outlets can you install without your own sub-station?"
Never mind the sub-station, that's easy and cheap (certainly in the same league of cost as installing a petrol station's tanks). The problem is that the distribution network wasn't designed for this sort of additional load, so you need to reinforce your connection to the transmission system, and that tends to be expensive.
Just install a petrol or diesel powered generator at the filling station. Plenty of fuel there to power it as needed. Problem solved!
Re: 98.2% of Android devices run old OS versions
Even Nexus devices don't always help. I have a Galaxy Nexus which has Bluetooth LE.
I've upgraded it to Android 4.3, which has Bluetooth LE support.
Can I use Bluetooth LE? No, I can't because the kernel on the phone doesn't have a BLE driver, and Samsung say they won't release an updated kernel.
Possibly a custom kernel would fix that, but my experience with custom kernels has been bad - phone dead or refusing to boot.
Mars doesn't have life now, but was more hospitable to life a few billion years ago, when it still had a thick atmosphere and liquid water on the surface.
It's likely to have been hospitable to life before Earth was, so entirely reasonable that life could have been carried here from Mars.