* Posts by Aramando

19 posts • joined 1 Mar 2011

Google's Nexus 5: Best smartphone bang for your buck. There, we said it


Brightness schmightness

"the screen... lacks the brightness of Samsung's best phones".

What? I turned my N5's screen up to maximum and it was insanely bright; why would you want anything even brighter?

Microsoft: Old Internet Explorer is terrible and 'we want to help'


Re: Just don't

@JDX - what's petulant about being unwilling to devote masses of development time to making your modern web app work in an ancient browser that not many people still use?

Argos flyer confirms incoming 32GB Nexus 7


With an SD card you're gimped by the FAT32 file system aren't you?

Interesting question. My (rooted) Nexus 7 reads perfectly well from my 64GB USB NTFS memory stick with Stickmount , so perhaps you could format an SD with something other that FAT32.


Re: £159 for 16GB and £129 for 8GB

I'm not sure I can see this happening. Google are reportedly not making any profit (and possibly even a small loss) on the 8GB model at £159 as it is, and given that flash memory wholesale prices have presumably not suddenly fallen, it seems unlikely Google could afford to shave an additional £30 off the price.

Retailer leaks iPad Mini price list starting at £200


Don't believe the (negative) hype!

I did have to send back my first Nexus 7 due to a loose screen (I bought it quite early on, by the way), but the replacement is bulletproof, feels really nice in the hand, and works like a charm. I *love* it, it's easily the best £160 I've spent.

If the iPad Mini is £160 (for 8GB) I'd be annoyed I didn't get one of those instead, but even if it's £200 (which will never happen!) I'll remain very happy with my purchase.

Lancashire man JAILED over April Jones Facebook posts


Re: Free speech


"Using the free speech argument to defend idiots such as the one that posted these messages belittles the right when people use it (or are refrained from doing so) to improve quality of life for themselves and others."

No it doesn't. They are two sides of the same coin, and you cannot and should not try to separate them. If you want people to have the right to free expression for the public good you have to accept that it will also be used in ways that are highly unpopular and even arguably contrary to the public good.

Scribe's mobe, MacBook pwned after hacker 'fast-talked Apple support'


Tricky one now for Apple - can they help him get anything back from his MacBook or not? And if they can what does that say for the security of their remote wipe procedure?

He said in his Tumblr post that he removed power from the Macbook before it had the chance to begin the data overwrite phase of the secure wipe process, and that that is why Apple think they might be able to restore the data for him.

Twitter airport bomb joke conviction binned in common-sense WIN


Re: If you don't up-vote this

Ha, take that!


And you're behaving like a person with absolutely no sense of humour whatsoever.

Microsoft ejects DVD playback from Windows 8


Re: How to stop piracy

"They" may be, but Microsoft aren't massively worried about [media] piracy, as they're not a media company.

iPhone 5? You might be waiting till 2012


I for one am pleased at this news

It means my phone will be the latest model for that little bit longer...

BBC iPlayer coming to Panasonic tellies

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Speaking as someone who has just bought a 2010 Viera, that's seriously poor.

Microsoft wraps Windows 8 in Ribbon UI?


Two points...

1) It's more a case of the straw that broke the camel's back. Lots of us are already frustrated with Windows and tempted by one of the alternatives, and only need a relatively minor push to finally make that break

2) You assume it's merely a case of learning a new UI element, and that after that has taken place there will be no problem. But I've now had 4 years of using the ribbon in Office 2K7 (admittedly at home only, we're still on 2K3 at work - I wonder why!), and it still actively hampers my productivity when using Office apps. The point is that if this is introduced there is a good chance that it will cause a permanent impairment to the efficient use of Windows to those who don't get on with it.

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It's been 4 years since Office 2K7 came out and I STILL find that I have to stop and consciously think how to get to features that I would have instinctively known which menu to look in before. How long am I supposed to keep trying to readjust for?!

James Cameron to amp up Avatar frame rate



I read that sentence 3 or 4 times and each time saw "cinema" where it in fact says "camera". Oops!


It says in the article

that digital cinemas can already cope with 60fps. No idea if this is true, but it sounds like there maybe hope for popcorn and drink prices remaining at their already-exorbitant level....

Apple T&C upsets philanthropic developers


Kind of understandable...

I can see Apple's point on this, I suppose.

But they should set up a system where a developer can specifiy a proportion of the cost of their apps, from 0 to 100%, and a charity for it to be paid to. Apple could then easily pay the specified portion of the app revenue directly to the nominated charity, take their 30% of any remainder, and give what's left to the developer as usual.

iPhone 'Death Grip' effect is real, plastic cases don't help


You'd think I would notice...

... if my iPhone 4 was 100 times less sensitive to GSM/3G/WiFi signals when I held it!

But I haven't. It's not even slightly less usable.


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