I remember easyMobile and Orange having a barney over the colour orange. Can't remember how that one was resolved.
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CHM files live to fight another day; it's HLP files (their predecessor I think) that are being deprecated.
I wish they would get rid of CHM files; I'm a tech writer and still have to produce the bloody things. Static HTML 5 runs rings around them nowadays.
I have a Chromebox and a Chromebook and they're my primary devices. They're certainly the fastest computers I own. My Windows desktop is relegated to a cubby hole; and I use it remotely using Chrome Remote Desktop.
Chrome OS is certainly good enough for most normal folk (i.e. non Reg readers), unless they have specific hardware requirements. They're also really easy to use.
My mother regularly asked for help with her Windows laptop; since she got a Chromebook, I haven't heard a peep from her.
I won't repeat what everyone has already said about placebos and untested medicine. The thing is, though, there isn't really any evidence that the active ingredients of conventional cough medicine—such as dextromorphan—are effective either. The whole cough-medicine industry is essentially built on products that don't work.
Say what you like about morphine, but it will stop you coughing. :-)
(To add to the debate, I was once prescribed dihydrocodeine for a back injury and can confirm the constipation was shocking. Marvellous stuff though.)
When McDonalds first opened, a Coke was 7oz / 200 ml; now you can buy many multiples of that in a single cup.
Thing is, do governments have the balls to stand up to the global food industry? I'm reminded of when the mayor of New York tried to limit portions of soda and ended up in court. (The food and drink industry won.)
… an alternative to a tablet, not a small laptop. I mean the iPad has a fair bezel around it as well.
The advantage it has over a tablet is that Chrome OS is more conducive to doing real work than Android is, plus it has a keyboard.
The HP Stream is nice enough, but it's slow; if you want a web-browsing machine, you're better off with a Chromebook.
Android, although perfectly usable, didn't have a particularly nice UI until version 4.
Things like HTC Sense were actually an improvement; I remember rooting my old HTC Desire and installing stock 2.3 on it, only to realize how fugly it was. I then stuck another Sense ROM on it.
However, Android 5 is rather nice in my opinion and manufacturer customizations now degrade the experience, allied to the security issues.
Yeah, I'm frustrated with WP. The very reasons clients want to use it (to move fast and use lots of plugins) are detrimental to good practices.
I understand where you're coming from but what are the realistic alternatives? I fell foul of the mass Drupal hack at the end of last year and never really recovered (I had something like five hours to update the software). The auto-update feature is certainly attractive, even if the security of some of the plugins isn't.
My company is running its website on a CMS that hasn't been updated for five years. Fortunately it's so obscure (Typo3) that seemingly no one can be arsed trying to attack it.
No, I completely disagree. Corman never claimed he was making great art; he just made films to make money. It's a testament to his skill that he ended up making some pretty good films very quickly and on very small budgets; particularly the Poe adaptations.
Films like Bucket of Blood are crying out to be remade. Even the obvious exploitation flicks like Slumber Party Massacre are well-made and tongue-in-cheek, even if they do deliver the requisite gore and tits'n'ass.
Francis Ford Coppola, Ron Howard, Martin Scorsese and James Cameron all learned their trade under Roger Corman.
give low-budget trash and exploitation films a bit of leeway here; it's the terrible stuff done by people who should know better that I'm less forgiving of. And stuff like Creeping Terror and Plan Nine from Outer Space are good fun to watch.
But yes, Battlefield Earth is jaw-droppingly bad. Special mentions also for Girl on a Motorcycle, The Room, Glen or Glenda (sorry Ed) and the Fat Slags movie.
Films I need to check out—to see if they're as bad as people make out—include Rancid Aluminium, Sex Lives of the Potato Men and Norbit.
For most people a 15.6" laptop is exactly what they need. They offer a comfortable typing experience, reasonable audio quality and a big screen. Although they are fairly heavy and have poor battery life, it's not a huge deal because they never leave the house.
Unless people need MS Office or iTunes, or are tied to particular bits of hardware that need legacy support, Chrome OS is great for the average punter. Super-quick boot-up, good performance, syncs across devices, secure, malware-free and generally idiot-proof. Because people don't take them outside, offline capabilities aren't that important.
I shouldn't comment before the announcement, but the iWatch sounds like it's going to be an improved version of the Samsung Gear Fit.
The smartwatch functions may well appear to the geeks and the health functions to the runners, but it just doesn't sound like a mass-market, must-have product. The iPhone appeals as much to overweight housewives as it does to sporty fanbois.
I'm very happy with mine--for me, it's worth it for YouTube, Plex and Pocketcasts alone. It'll be dead handy when it gets added to Google Drive and you can cast a slide presentation.
You're right though--it works much better when you use cast-enabled apps, compared to casting from Chrome tabs on a PC. Although the latter works acceptably for me.
You're forgetting one issue with body text on a web page — column width.
My typographically inclined colleagues recommend a maximum of 60 characters or 12 words per column. Anything wider actually slows down the reader. Obviously the web designer shouldn't be applying fixed font sizes and these values will differ between devices, but very wide columns of text isn't something I'm looking for.
then people would be returning them in droves. (Maybe they are, but you'd have to post some figures to back up your assertion.)
Read the Amazon reviews for the Samsung Chromebook--people know what it is and what it does, and they generally seem satisfied with it. They're very useful machines for a certain market segment, even if they're of no use to you.
Had a go on one of these over Christmas -- it's a nice form factor, it's fast and has good battery life. The only reason I didn't buy one is that I was underwhelmed by the display (I had the same issue with the Asus T100, which also has an unremarkable screen).
Think I'll wait for the new Samsung to be released (or the new Dell if it's any good).
But I can't find this story in any German news source (even Bild Zeitung, which would be incapable of not putting this on the front page).
I smell eine Ratte.
Btw, Deadly Weapons is really worth tracking down--quite unlike any film you've ever seen (apart from other films by Doris Wishman--a real one-off).
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