* Posts by Drat

53 posts • joined 22 Mar 2010


It all hinges on this: Huawei goes after Samsung with its own foldable hybrid Mate X


Re: How long before it breaks ?

Yes, havng a screen on both of the outside planes sounds a bit fragile, and putting a protective case on it would make it a pain to unfold.

Still exciting to see the development though, wonder what the ideal form factor is going to be?

From Red Planet to deep into the red: Suicidal extrovert magnet Mars One finally implodes


I was wrong

I always thought that as it was such a stupid idea, that they had a real and different plan: Get 20+ gullable people to sign up, build a fake rocket, put them to sleep for a few hours and then wake them up in a "Mars" habitat that is out in a desert somewhere, or in a studio (the story being they had been in months of suspended animation). Then you have a reality TV show of people who really think they are on mars and on their own for every, could have made interesting TV. Could have really messed with their minds (people dressed as martians in the distance, fake an airleak, pretend earth has been demolished) in case you needed to spice it up. Oh well, I was wrong then, but would have been a more sensible idea...

Having AI assistants ruling our future lives? That's so sad. Alexa play Despacito



What have density or colour to do with volume? Liter is a measure of volume. 500 ml of helium is the same volume as 500 ml of water, just the mass is different. So it doesn't matter if one beer has a higher density than the other. I suspect the staff of your craft beer bar consists of young hipsters who have no clue how to pour a beer properly from a tap.

The point was I believe, other properties may have an impact depending on the measurement method. I have a jug than can measure 500ml of water just fine, but I would really struggle to use it to measure 500ml of helium

Tech firms, come to Blighty! Everything is brill! Brexit schmexit, Galileo schmalileo


Re: Hmm

"you're (too) harsh. The problem is, we don't have anything unique or attractive to offer to the world that can't be had elsewhere"

We do seem very good at putting ourselves down

Googlers revolt over AI military tech contract, brainiacs boycott killer robots, and more



"Humans, too busy squabbling amongst themselves, did not realise that the real threat did not come from other humans, but came from non-humans, until it was too late"

Too many bricks in the wall? Lego slashes inventory


Worse to come

I have to wonder what Lego's strategy is to cope with the time in the not too distant future when everyone has access to a 3D printer and can print their own bricks from downloadable designs. They need a plan to convert into a company that supplies said digital plans...

'Quantum supremacy will soon be ours!', says Google as it reveals 72-qubit quantum chip


Are they sure?

Yes and no..

iPhone X 'slump' is real, whisper supply chain moles


Re: So Someone Learn me....

If the bill of goods is $370, who gets the other $629 ? Seems like a lot for distribution, marketing etc...

A large part of that is straight to profit (destined for a tax efficient territory)

Tech giants at war: Google pulls plug on YouTube in Amazon kit


Re: Stupidity on a grand scale

Having an Amazon Prime subscription I am much much more likely to buy stuff through Amazon. I am also more likely to keep my Prime subscription if I can cast Prime Video through my chromecast (80% of our TV watching is through the chromecast). We did get a fire stick but the interface is so clunky compared to using a phone we can't be bothered to use it.

I _probably_ won't drop Amazon Prime due to no chromecast support, but it does annoy the hell out of me

Ad 'urgently' seeks company to build national e-ID system


Re: Enrolling children

"Why would a child that is only a few weeks old need a passport?"

They generally don't like you taking babies/children out of a country if you can't prove you are the parent or guardian

Oxford profs tell Twitter, Facebook to take action against political bots


Re: Political Bots.

"Yep. Can't have Ordinary People diluting Murdoch's power now, can we?"

Totally agree that Murdoch et al have been playing us ordinary people, and it is good to see their power reduce. Sadly, this is about other powerful people/states/organisations at work, and as usual it is the ordinary people who get played once again.

Faking incontinence and other ways to scare off tech support scammers


Jedi mind trick

"Let me turn my computer on. Whilst it is booting up I have a very special message for you from your god, who is extremely unhappy you have fallen in to a life of crime. You should go an tell the local police what has been happening, it is the only way of saving your soul..."

Facebook fake news: Sort it out yourself, readers


The rules people actually use..

This is the logic most people currently use

1) Does the news content conflict with your views? Then assume it is fake and produced by the global elite/revolutionary guard/evil puppets from the planet Zog

2) Does the news content support your views? Then assume it is the holy truth written by honest defenders of mankind who would help old ladies cross the road if they weren't too busy distributing blankets for small furry animals who have fallen on hard times

Royal Navy's newest ship formally named in Glasgow yard


How about..

.. taking a leaf from Ian M Banks and calling our warships something a bit more meaningful. Seeing as it comes from Glasgow how about "HMS Shut your geggie"?

New Brit Hubble analysis finds 2,000 billion galaxies, 10x previous count


Fairy Cake

If you thought you were insignificant before, you are now 10x as insignificant. Better eat that piece of fairy cake before you get some perspective

Google Pixel: Devices are a dangerous distraction from the new AI interface


Re: VR

Yes the phone VR experience is not the full experience you get from high end PC with dedicated headsets, but don't forget the lesson of VHS v BETAMAX, price and accessibility can sometimes trump performance.

Mark Zuckerberg's Twitter and Pinterest password was 'dadada'


Re: Must be...

Funny, I just assumed he was trying to dodge a rocket...

Microsoft sells 1,500 patents to Chinese mega-phone biz Xiaomi


Continuing the present day microsoft strategy of forcing its software on people, rather than the strategy in the 90's and early 00's of writing good (not great) software that people really wanted.

Rdio's collapse another nail in the coffin of the 'digital economy'


Two things I took from this:

1) Not many people are using (and paying for) music streaming services

2) The music industry + artists aren't earning much money from music streaming services

Well isn't the second point mainly caused by the first? Why would anyone expect to earn much from something that isn't been used much?

Biggest problem with virtual reality: It can be a little too real for people


Re: Ever tried a rollercoaster?

Sounds like a success to me, real rollercoatsers also make people want to throw up!

Microsoft updates Band semi-smartwatch for fitness fanatics



I have to admit I like the look of this, just a shame the functionality is a bit lacking. Make something like this running android wear and I would be very interested. I like the idea of instant information on a wrist mounted device, a band like this seem to look less bulky than a watch styled device.

Wileyfox smartphones: SD card, no bloatware, Cyanogen, big battery – yes to all!


Re: Small, thick phone

The Moto E 2nd gen is close to that with a 4.5 screen and a 2390 mAh battery. Typically my battery drops to 50 to 40% by the end of the day (normal use for me is messaging, news, playing music to my BT headphones, selecting stuff for the chromecast, a bit of web browsing. NOT playing games however) Only downsides are just 1GB RAM (can be a bit sluggish switching apps), no Qi and a weak camera. Only cost £108 however, but would pay more to fix those three quibbles. Oh, I really want a USB-C port on my next phone too...

Vodafone UK rocks the bloat with demands for vanilla Android


And quicker updates

Typically there is much much more of interest in the latest vanilla Android updates then there is in the device specific modified Androids. Therefore it is a much better consumer proposition to be able to offer faster updates to the latest Android version than it is to offer some unique feature. This is one reason I have preferred a Nexus to a Samsung. I hope in the future my device choice is widened (fingers crossed)

Taylor Swift dumps Spotify: It’s not me, it’s you


Consumer or supplier

From a successful artists point of view this makes sense, I am sure she can get more money in the short term from album sales, and later on she can always add the albums back to Spotify for future income.

From a consumer’s point of view, Spotify is much better value, a fixed fee gives you access to a huge range of music, whereas buying albums costs more for less listening choice, and has the big chance of buying an album you listen to once or twice and then it sits idle.

So whose point of view is the most important, the multi-millionaire supplier or the average consumer, which in this case is probably a school kid saving up their pocket money.

Apple iPhone 6 Plus: GORGEOUS FAT pixel density - but it's WASTED


I thought...

"But there’s no integer ratio between a pixel designed by the software developer and a pixel on your iPhone 6 Plus screen. That’s something the fragmented Android world has long tolerated, but it’s new to perfectionist Apple."

I thought android forced app developers to cater for all size/shape screens by changing the layout not by scaling anything? This was always seen as a major hurdle for programmers (have to consider multiple views), but the argument for is that all apps are rendered cripsly on any display?

The Apple solution seems clunky in comparison, seems Android got that one right IMO.

Apple iPhone 6: Looking good, slim. AW... your battery died


Comparing apples and apples/pears

Why does the review compare the new iPhone to the previous iPhone when it is a feature that has been on android phones for ages or is in fact better on many android phones, and then compare the new iPhone to an Android phone when it is a new or better feature than found on the Android phone?

Either make this a phone review and compare to ALL existing phones out there, or make it explicitly an Apple upgrade review.

Apple's Watch is basically electric perfume


One thing that android wear has that Apple watch doesn't is Google Now notifications. A lot of my phone checking involves flicking through these notifications; travel time to work/home, share prices, latest cricket scores etc. Being able to glance at a watch to flick through these gives me a nice level of convinience. Add to this notifications of emails/messages, walking navgation and music control (which I am sure Apple Watch does too) and I think it just about tips the smart watch from gimic to useful for me.

Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch


Re: That side-on picture of the phone looks just like...

That's because you obviously consider a wrist watch to be an item of jewellery for showing off with.

Sounds like a definition of an Apple product to me.

The final score: Gramophones 1 – Glassholes 0


Photos photos

Why do most articles concentrate on the camera part of google glass? Surely the defining feature is the always available screen in front of your eyes? I would have thought the main use of google glass is seeing information all the time, message notifcations, directions, google now cards (stocks, football scores, travel times/alerts). Photo taking must be a small part of what you can do. In fact I wonder why there is not a version without the front facing camera, a lot of the privacy concerns would then go away.

I/O NOOOOO!!! We sat through Google's bum numbing 3-hour keynote so you didn't have to


Re: Automatically unlock a phone in a known environment

I use tasker to disable my lock pattern when I am at home, find it really useful even if a bit lazy! So I think this is a great idea. Think I will stick to keeping my phone locked at work however.

Reg tries out Google's Chromecast: Yep, we even tested smut sites


Re: ...a solution...

The problem is browsing content efficiently on a TV to playback on a TV. The solution is browsing for the content on your phone to playback on the TV.

Have had a Chromecast for a couple of months, I love it for playing Netflix, play music, Plex and you tube, and now iPlayer. And my wife finds it easy to use too which is a huge plus.

REVEALED: How YOU PAY extra for iPHONES - even if you DON'T HAVE ONE


Re: Message to mobile operators

The power of the Apple brand is too strong, any operator who refused to sign the contract and so could not stock the the latest iPhone would surely loose many iPhone loving customers.

Google decides Chromecast TV-stick apps are a whole NEW THING


7 Apps in USA

The USA has Hulu+, NBA Go and Pandora radio for Chromecast. I know that doesn't help us here in the UK but at least that is a sign that more apps are getting Chromcast support.

I personally think Google has got it just about right with Chromecast. "On TV" browsing for content is fine if done right and with small/medium libraries but when you try and do it with large selections (Netflix for example) they become clunky pretty fast. Streaming from a phone/tablet to a TV works OK but you might not get the best quality and the phone is tied up generating the video. So Chromecast uses the best browsing device (your phone) and the best playing device (your TV), for me it works great with the current Apps. What we do need is wider support else it will flop. Give me support in iPlayer, 4OD, Demand 5, Plex and then something that can stream local media (videos, photos etc) and I will be happy, give me TVCatchup, XBMC, Blinkbox etc and I will be very happy.

Chromecast: We get our SWEATY PAWS on Google's tiny telly pipe


Browsing for content

One of the big problems with current smart TVs, streaming boxes etc is that it is a generally a pain to browse for content, you have to page down though many screens etc. It is much easier finding content on a smartphone or tablet (eaily flicking pages with your finger) and then bam you play it on your TV. I think it is more about the great browsing ability of a phone/ tablet with a great watching experience of a TV. Plus you can browse for something else whilst still watching what you have currently playing (we all have moments when our atention span is limited! What was I saying again?)

Google, Amazon, Starbucks are 'immoral' and 'ridiculous' over UK tax


If this raises awareness then that is a good thing. When I go for a coffee I can chose to buy from a company that will syphon more of my money out of the country thus making the UK poorer (Starbucks), or I can buy from a company that will keep more of my money in the UK (Nero, Costa etc.). If enough people did this then that would hurt those companies making in what is my view an immoral choice, and it might force them to start behaving in a more moral manner.

Brand image is important. If their bean counters save a few pounds but damage the brand and thus their sales they will change their ways.

XBMC coders acquire TVonics brand


Good news!

I still have an old TVonics SD PVR, I love the simple interface. I also have an old xbox running XBMC which I also love. If these two products could be combined I would be very happy. Simplicity wins, as would not having to switch between multiple devices.

Amazon pitches cheap new Kindles for Blighty


Re: But why?

> I mean it's the same price as the Nexus7, but with worse specs, and only allows content from Amazon's store.



Yoou might be right, but then Amazon do have brand identity which counts for a lot, just look at Apple.

It's time to burn the schedules and seize control of OUR TVs


What's hot

Maybe we will gravitate towards a my favourites, recommended and what's hot style of viewing. Most people freeze with too much choice , you really just want to choose from things that you want while having a route into new things that you might like.It might be lazy but if my TV could guess what I might want to watch and lay it out on a plate for me then that is cool, I have to do enough thinking at work I like to relax when I get home.

On the other hand I get far more enjoyment from playing football with my daughter in the garden so maybe I should just unplug the dam thing!

Third of iPad owners want smaller slabs


Re: perhaps...

This just makes me think of Dom Joly on Trigger Happy TV using his massive mobile phone :)

Apple: You'd want hi-fi streamage from us, not poor-people Wi-Fi audio


Re: Won't they just...

Actually I quite like the concept of the Nexus Q, rather than having to stream content to your phone/tablet (assuming you store your content in a cloud) and then stream it onwards to a media player, you just pass the details to the Q and it streams it directly from the cloud using the login permission of your account on the phone (so the Q doesn't have to be logged in). I just don't think they got the implimentation right, or perhaps the timing: Currently how much content do people have in the cloud compared to how much is stored locally? Also this would need to work with multiple cloud sources and not just google play. I won't even mention the price! But I could see something like this being pretty cool in the future.

DOCTOR WHO world, or Magrathea, SPOTTED* orbiting twin suns

Thumb Up

Re: Old news...

Would make a great place for a restaurant though!

Spotify coining it at home in Sweden: But are artists getting any?


Lifetime earnings?

The purchase of the song on i-tunes will peek when it was new, but then decay, so the earnings for that song via i-tunes is all front loaded. Assuming the song is good it will find its way on to people's spotify playlists and earn money year on year, so in spotify the earnings are long term.

In my opinion this is good. In the old system a quality track earns as much as a me-too pop song even if people listen to the quality track for years and listen to the me-too song only a handfull of times. Under a spotify economy the quality song earns much more long term than the me-too pop song. This could be just what the music industry needs to encourage it to invest in more quality bands.

Administrator eyes DVR firesale after TVonics collapse


Sad to see them go. I am still using the old SD version of their kit, and is very easy to use with a nice uncluttered interface. I sometime wonder how companies with such nice products fail.

Google's 7in Jelly Bean Android tablet spied in benchmark


Re: 16:10

Why 16:10?

World+Dog to demand ever larger tablet-phones


Big and small?

I am in the camp of wanting a bigger display and also in the camp of wanting a small phone, bit of a dillema. I have a hope that in the future something like google glass will allow me to have both.

Apple loses ground to Android in tablet biz


Not 360%. The 2011 sales are 360% of the 2010 sales, which makes them "up" 260%. Using your maths if the sales in 2010 were 10 and the sales in 2011 were 5 you would say the sales were up 50%. Hmm you might do well in marketing :)

LG: 1mm bezel on your telly, anyone?


Hmm, think I am going to market some glasses that have vertical polarized glass in the top half and horizontal polarized glass in the bottom half, tilit your head forward and back to switch between your's and your opponent's point of view :)

In terms of a TV that can show the sport and soap operas at the same time you will also need a way of polarizing sound!

Google tablet to tackle Kindle Fire not iPad


Retina display

I think the advantage of a higher resolution display will be that it is easier on the eye when reading books/magazines etc. Currently reading on any tablet gives me more eye strain than reading a paper book. Whether it will be worth the extra money (IF they charge more for it)....

X-COM UFO: Enemy Unknown


Android Version: xenowar

There is a simple android version called xenowar, it is actually pretty good. It is open source so you can download it for free from the dev website, or better yet, buy it from the marketplace and give the lone developer a little boost.



Old news

I suspect they are trying to rush out the news that we are run by space lizards before Assange spills the beans. Puts a new perspective on the global warming thingie, I'm sure there must be an angle for cold bloodied creatures attempting to meddle with earth's temperature...


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