* Posts by Jonathon Green

204 posts • joined 21 Jun 2007

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No, the FCC can't shut down TV stations just because Donald Trump is mad at the news

Jonathon Green
Trollface

I like Americans. They’re funny...

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Indian call centre scammers are targeting BT customers

Jonathon Green
Mushroom

Time to up my contribution to Pakistan's nuclear weapons program then...

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Please, pleeeease let me ban Kaspersky Lab from US govt PCs – senator

Jonathon Green

I like Americans. They're funny...

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Google bins white supremacist site after it tries to host-hop away from GoDaddy

Jonathon Green
Megaphone

Re: If there's one thing I can't stand...

It's a massive leap from having the right to free speech to obliging somebody else to provide you with a megaphone, and it's access to megaphones which is the issue here...

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Jonathon Green

So, about this free speech thing?

Does a right to free speech imply any obligation on others to facilitate it?

I wonder how many of those suggesting that Google (or Go Daddy, or whoever) are under some kind of obligation to do business with people they'd prefer not to also feel that (for instance) a bakery operated by fundamentalist christians should be legally obliged to make and decorate cakes for same-sex marriage celebrations?

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AI-powered dynamic pricing turns its gaze to the fuel pumps

Jonathon Green
Trollface

Mine is. Well, unless I'm at home when it's sunny and the PV array on the roof isn't doing anything more useful... :-)

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Plutus Payroll pledges to pay IT contractors' wages within 72 hours

Jonathon Green
Alert

Could it be...

...that they're using contractors money to provide a stake/float for something more lucrative (and hence more risky) than a short-term deposit account? If so what could *possibly* go wrong...

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Agile consultant behind UK's disastrous Common Platform Programme steps down

Jonathon Green
Holmes

Re: Agile doesn't work

No project methodology works.

33 years of experience suggests to me that well motivated teams of talented developers working with good management will produce good quality results in a timely fashion while demotivated[1] teams of mediocre[1] developers working with mediocre management will produce poor quality results late.

In both cases it will be in spite of the methodology adopted rather than because of it...

[1] Trust me, in the absence of competent management if they aren't at the beginning of the project they will be by 6 months in...

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Republicans want IT bloke to take fall for Clinton email brouhaha

Jonathon Green
Trollface

I like Americans, they're funny...

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Back to the future: Honda's new electric car can go an incredible 80 miles!

Jonathon Green

Re: Even if 40 miles out and back trips cover 95% of your journeys

Ooooh! I know the answer to this one!

The occasional gig with my band in Stratford means one stop at Birchanger services on the way home for a cup of coffee I generally need by that point anyway, dropping Youngest Son off at college in Canterbury means one stop each way at Thurrock (which is a mild PITA on the outward leg but I'm generally about ready for on the way back), and driving up to my Mum's place in Yorkshire requires one extra stop on top of the break for lunch we'd have anyway. Whitby however requires borrowing my son's BMW Z4 because North Yorkshire doesn't do the 21st century and the Note loaner offered by the local Nissan dealer was strangely unappealing in comparison with a six cylinder, 225BHP convertible roadster...

So the answer, somewhat to my own surprise is that in 18 months and 22,000 miles there has only been one occasion when an 80-ish mile range has been anything more than a mild inconvenience. Not by any means saying it works for everybody (your geography, choice of destination, availability of rapid charge infrastructure, and patience may vary...) but it turns out to be considerably more useful here in my corner of rural-ish Essex than I would have ever expected. I don't think Honda are necessarily wrong on this one, I do however think they're going to have an uphill task persuading people...

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Will AI lead to the rise of the love machines?

Jonathon Green

It's just the spirit of the age...

I would have like you to have been deep frozen too

and waiting still as fresh in your flesh for my return to earth.

But your father refused to sign the forms to freeze you,

let's see you'd be about sixty now and long dead

by the the time I return to earth.

My time held dreams were full of you as you were when I left: Still under-age.

Your android replica is playing up again, it's no joke

When she comes she moans another's name.

That's the spirit of the age (spirit of the age)

It's just the spirit of the age (spirit of the age)

And that's the spirit of the age (spirit of the age)

That's the spirit of the age...

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Grumpy Trump trumped, now he's got the hump: Muslim ban beaten back by appeals court

Jonathon Green
Trollface

I like Americans...

...they're funny.

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HMS Queen Elizabeth is delayed, Ministry of Defence confesses

Jonathon Green
Coat

It's not late, it's chronologically challenged...

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UK ISPs may be handed cock-blocking powers

Jonathon Green
Facepalm

Just goes to show that some people never get over their own embarassment at being born in bed with a woman with her genitals exposed...

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Welcome to the Wipe House: President Trump shreds climate change, privacy, LGBT policies on WhiteHouse.gov

Jonathon Green
Trollface

I like Americans, they're funny...

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You have the right to be informed: Write to UK.gov, save El Reg

Jonathon Green
FAIL

Albert Einstein famously didn't define insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting something different to happen but if he had then in the case of UK press self regulation he would have had a point...

The respectable not-the-daily-mail sector of the industry has had all the time in the world to set up a Leveson compliant, genuinely independent alternative to Spanky Moseley's effort but appear to have chosen to spend the time and money sitting in the pub bitching about it and hoping it would all go away. Well, it didn't, this is where it's brought us to, and I think they've let the public down very badly.

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Soz fanbois, Apple DIDN'T invent the smartphone after all

Jonathon Green

Not going anywhere near this, too many uncomfortable memories...

However I will observe that the whole post Sendo thing was a perfect example of Motorola doing what Motorola has always done best, which is to have a good idea, put some very talented people to work on it with plenty of resources, and then kill the whole thing stone dead in a spectacular, pointless self destructive orgy of corrosive internal politics and misdirected internal competition.

My mistake was believing that things would be different this time round and that the (by Motorola standards uncharacteristically decent, well intentioned, and transparent) local management would be able to keep the Birmingham "skunk works" set-up flying under the radar...

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UK's GDS to hire 300 folk. Silver lining: They'll be evicted from Holborn

Jonathon Green

Re: what makes GDS think they can do it any better?

You are Steve Bong and I claim my five pounds...

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Admin fishes dirty office chat from mistyped-email bin and then ...?

Jonathon Green

The real lesson...

....which I'm pretty sure everybody here is already aware of is:

Never put anything in an unencrypted email which you wouldn't be happy to write on a postcard and send through the post in plain sight of the postmen, sorting office workers, that nice young lady who works in the post room at work, the trecent school leaver trainee who actually drops stuff at your desk, and all your colleagues who might casually glance at your in-tray as they walk past your desk.

Because that's pretty much what you're doing if you send an email without end-to-end encryption...

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'Bring back xHamster', North Carolina smut watchers grumble

Jonathon Green
Devil

I like Americans. They're funny...

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Here's a great idea: Let's make a gun that looks like a mobile phone

Jonathon Green
Happy

I like Americans...

....they're funny.

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Wi-Fi banana all grown up, now a suit-wearing enterprise wall slab

Jonathon Green

Close...

...but no banana.

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Trump's new thought bubble: Make Apple manufacture in the USA

Jonathon Green

I like Americans. They're funny...

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What do Angolan rebels, ISIS widows, Metallica and a photographer have in common?

Jonathon Green

Cover band royalties

Generally royalties for performing straight covers of a song are collected by the venue and paid through the relevant collection agency (PRS in the UK, ASCAP in the USA). If it's a big venue hosting big shows they'll have to submit a set list so that the right amount of money goes to the right media conglomerate, if it's your basic pub (or whatever) gig then it's a fixed fee and the money goes into a big pot to be divvied up according to some arcane formula which ensures that the lawyers and accountants get most of it, a few big players get most of what's left, and those who actually need the money and would benefit from it get bugger-all as is traditional in the music industry.

Where things get complicated is where you move from just playing the songs to a complete act with costumes, props, and look-a-like logos coming into play (like serious tribute acts) at which point, depending on what you're doing, how you do it, and how close to the object of devotion the overall effect is you might need to license the whole shooting match...

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Bah humbug. It's Andrew's Phones of the Year

Jonathon Green

No love for the Huawei P8?

Looks, feels, and runs like a flagship product for 2/3 the price (or less depending on operator generosity), great camera(s), and an absolute pleasure to use (especially since I swapped the stock Emotion launcher for Z-launcher) - best thing I've bought in ages!

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CES tech show adds new security checks after fears of violence

Jonathon Green

I like Americans. They're funny...

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GM's cheaper-than-Tesla 'leccy car tested at batt-powered data centre

Jonathon Green

Re: Use batteries in their data centre?

I'll take a wild guess that the batteries powering the data centers came from the Bolts range extender assisted cousin the Volt (Vauxhall Ampera over here) which has been around for quite a while and sold in quite significant numbers...

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Hi-res audio folk to introduce new rules and weed out impure noises

Jonathon Green

Not such an awkward question.

"...that raises the awkward question of why those who buy the CD should be short-changed with something needlessly inferior. ®"

How else are they going to persuade us to pay extra for the high resolution version....?

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'Hi, I'm from Microsoft and I am GOING TO KILL YOU'

Jonathon Green

I think that every time anyone gets one of these call they should send a small donation to the Pakistani embassy with a note saying that it's to put towards their nuclear weapons program...

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Elon Musk plans to plonk urban Hyperloop subsonic tube on California

Jonathon Green

Re: Let's see how testing goes before coming to any conclusions

"Let's think about loading. With hyperloop the passengers will have to strap in, so that takes, what, ten minutes at least?"

Been to a theme park recently?

y

I'll hazard a guess that restraint systems and loading procedures for something like hyperloop (short journey times and no requirement for people to unstrap themselves, move around "in flight" and restrap themselves) will look a lot more like what you get for a big, fast, modern rollercoaster (one which accelerates and decelerates rapidly, applies significant G in all directions possibly including a bit of negative, and turns its passengers upside down a few times along the way for good measure) than what you get in an airliner.

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iPhone 6: The final straw for Android makers eaten alive by the data parasite?

Jonathon Green
Thumb Up

I seem to have voted with my wallet on this one.

I *did* have a very nice, very shiny (well, it was at the time I bought it...) Samsung Galaxy S2, and when that got stolen the obvious thing to replace it was the current equivalent from the Samsung Galaxy range.

What actually happened was that I looked at the price, gulped, took a long hard look at what I actually do with my phone, and ended up buying a generic "landfill" Android handset (ONN Only K7) from Chinavasion which has a bare-bones, bloatware free, vanilla Android image, runs the apps I actually use pretty well the same way the S2 did, has a large enough and good enough display, is well enough put together and looks nice enough not to be embarrassing, and cost me 35 quid...

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Blockbuster book lays out the first 20 years of the Smartphone Wars

Jonathon Green

I'm almost afraid to read this...

...but not so much so that I didn't buy it on the spot.

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'Maximized minimalism' is Samsung's spiel for Galaxy S5 Mini

Jonathon Green

Am I the only one here to be boggling at the idea of a 4.5" screen being the "mini" option - I can remember people mocking my (late, lamented, stolen) Galaxy S2 for being ridiculously large... :-)

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Google Glass faces UK cinema ban: Heaven forbid someone films you crying in a rom-com

Jonathon Green

Re: banning these devices in cinema's is a bad idea

That shows a certain lack of ambition. Given a few years development I'd imagine you might be able to do something along the lines of...

"Google, download a computer generated digital model of what that actress/actor is likely to look like nude and overlay it over their character in real time..."

...with the result that you'd be able to have any/all of the characters in a film appear naked kn every scene rightbthe way through. Obviously, depending on the movie and cast this may or may not have sufficient entertainment value to leave on for an entire movie :-)

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JJ Abrams and Star Wars: I've got a bad feeling about this

Jonathon Green

"Star Wars' concept of space was a new telling of space. Space before Star Wars had mostly been a camp Saturday romp. Satin cat suits in Buck Rogers and phallic-shaped rocket ships belching smoke in Flash Gordon."

Right. So 2001: A Space Oddysey, Forbidden Planet, The Day The Earth Stood Still, Things To Come, The War of the Worlds, The Thing From Another World, This Island Earth, When Worlds Collide, and Invasion of the Body Snatchers (to pick just a handful of the Hollywood films made before Star Wars which addressed SF/space themes and received significant mainstream attention without the aid of satin catsuits or phallic rockets) never happened then...

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Apple, Beats and fools with money who trust celeb endorsements

Jonathon Green

Re: Record Label

"Rumors: They will make a new record label"

Well it didn't do Warner Brothers any harm. Something over 40 million copies sold I believe... :-)

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BT demands end to Ofcom wholesale broadband subsidies for BSkyB, TalkTalk

Jonathon Green

Re: As much as I hate to say this....

BT's infrastructure was provided by the taxpayer almost 30 years ago and it came with an expensive universal service obligation (rememberr the "Thunderbirds" advert?) and a license which prevented them offering entertainment services. After 30 years the bits of the network which are still in use are more of a hindrance than an asset (all that dodgy "last mile" copper and aluminium wiring we all love to complain about) and it's only recently that they've been able to offer services like BT Vision which allow them to add value to the basic services.

In the meantime BSB, TalkTalk et-al appear to have done precisely nothing in terms of infrastructure while (what's now become) Virgin Media picked up the assets of failing regional cable TV franchises at knock-down prices and have done nothing to extend their presence outside the areas originally served by those franchises. If they don't like the idea of doing business on BTs terms maybe they could at least make a start on putting their own infrastructure in place?

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Nokia tears devs' hearts out, shutters Symbian and Meego stores early

Jonathon Green

I spent a number of years working for Symbian, and for Symbian licensees. In that time I met some of the cleverest, most imaginative people I've ever known (and quite often wondered what the heck I was doing there alongside them) and felt I was contributing to something rather special, which I felt genuinely proud to have played a small part in.

And this is how it ends...

In spite of being out of the "family" for quite a few years I'm genuinely sad about this.

Best wishes to everyone who was part of the Symbian story. Heaven knows that (with the benefit of hindsight) mistakes were made along the way but on the whole you have my utmost respect...

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Be prepared... to give heathens a badge: UK Scouts open doors to unbelievers

Jonathon Green

Re: Nice to see them catch up with the girls

"The Guides have gone for a blanket ban on God...

[...]

"The scouts are allowing all religious beliefs, the Guides have come down on the side of one religion that cannot tolerate any other belief but their own (Atheism).

To leap from the Girl Guides having an initiation ceremony which don't directly reference religion to an institutionalized intolerance of religion on their part is a feat of logical gymnastics which both impresses and terrifies me.

If you have any evidence of the GG excluding anyone on the grounds of religious faith then there are any number of newspapers who'd be delighted to hear from you as I imagine would various statutory bodies - if you've got it then it's your public duty to produce it, if you haven't then it's my public duty to point at you and laugh...

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But it's only wafer thin: Skinniest keyboard EVER is designed by Camby biz

Jonathon Green

Re: If they make it cheap enough

"A tablet with a keyboard, isn't that a notebook?"

I think that kind of depends how good, and how large a keyboard....

There are keyboards you'd happily bang out a substantial piece of prose or a few thousand lines of code and there are keyboards which are better than an on-screen keyboard (like the iPad I'm using to post this comment), don't use up valuable screen area, but which you wouldn't want to do much more than the odd brief note with. A notebook needs to be pretty close to the former, a tablet can get away with the latter and (to my eyes and fingers at least) would still by-and-large be a tablet.

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Signing out of a broken Britain: The final Quatermass serial

Jonathon Green

Re: Powerful stuff

" who is writing SF with a British background now? Is there a hole in the market?"

Ken Macleod (The "Fall Revolution" and "Engines of Light" sequences, The Execution Channel, The Night Sessions, Intrusions, etc, etc) and Charles Stross (The Laundry books are very British - just possibly not quite the Britain we inhabit..., Halting State, and Rule 34).

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Curses! Reddit plan for fat old beardy to 'smell hot pop girl Taylor Swift's hair' FOILED

Jonathon Green
Go

Re: Hang on now...

"So....a 4chan Plan then, not a Reddit Plan? At a push, perhaps "4chan Plan, supported by Reddit users"

Or maybe a 4chan plan using a Reddit exploit as the attack vector :-)

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Securing the Internet of Things - or how light bulbs can spy on you

Jonathon Green

"Liz Fitzsimons of "legal innovators" Eversheds..."

Does anyone else here find that the phrase "legal innovators" fills them with a deep seated existential fear?

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Cable Cowboy lassoes Virgin Media with HUGE £15bn deal

Jonathon Green

Re: "I am not a very good number two."

"Must....Not....Make....Juvinile....Toilet.....Joke...."

Does that mean I shouldn't say that it's about time VM laid some more cable...

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Samsung demands Apple's iOS 6 source code in patent case

Jonathon Green
Thumb Down

"Give it 3-4 years and Samsung will be back making pretty average fridges and microwaves."

...along with the oil tankers, power stations, hospitals, heavy construction equipment, insurance, theme parks, department stores, and jet engines. Seriously, mobile hadsets are just one part of an electronics division which is one small part of a highly diversified industrial behemoth...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samsung

I suspect they'll be around considerably longer than Apple.

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NRA: Video games kill people, not guns. And here's our video game

Jonathon Green
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Re: What if?

Aria: "What if?

We manage to ban guns and remove them totally from society?

a would be killer will use an axe or a kitchen knife.

so we ban them.

then they use a screwdriver or a pen.

so we ban those too.

Banning things does not stop the root cause of these killings..."

We've had some experience with (more or less) this scenario here in the UK and while you're quite correct on the last point it would be quite hard for a crazed lunatic with an axe or kitchen knife to run the bodycount up anywhere near the Sandy Hook score of 26...

Lisa Potts (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisa_Potts) was a very brave and determined young woman, she sustained serious injury as she faced down a nutter with a machete intent on butchering the children in her care but I doubt she'd have fared as well against the same nutter with an assault rifle...

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Time has already run out for smart watches

Jonathon Green
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Re: Watches are already on the decline

Jai: "this is funny - the majority of the people i know stopped wearing watches over the past 10 years or so. these days, with a decent phone in your pocket, there's no need."

I see this line a lot but I can't help feeling that there's probably a reason why fob/pocket watches (lovely as they are, and I've got three...) were replaced by wristwatches for everyday purposes...

Incidentally today I'm sporting a discrete, tasteful self-winding Omega which was built in 1967 - it cost me ~£40 from eBay as a non-runner, ~£60 for a clean and service by a local watchmaker (good quality mechanical watches are surprisingly difficult to kill), it's not ostentatious enough to make me look like I'm trying to make some kind of point with it, I'll never find myself sitting next to someone with an identical model, it gets nods of appreciation from watch geeks, and given modest care and a simple basic (clean and lubrication) service every few years it'll be running just as well and looking just as good long, long after I'm dead. Not sure you'll be saying the same about modern mass market electronic watches (smart or otherwise) - if nothing else replacement battery availability is likely to leave a lot of them as display only items...

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2012: The year that netbooks DIED

Jonathon Green
Thumb Up

Re: Price

You get an upvote for that. For me the compelling thing about Netbooks is that they can be treated almost as disposable and hence go to places and situations you wouldn't dream of taking an expensive Ultrabook or Macbook Air (particularly if we're talking of your own kit bought out of your own budget) - as an exampe I was always perfectly sanguine about chucking an Asus Eee in the tankbag of a motorcycle (and leaving it there as I refuelled either the bike or myself) and perfectly at ease with paying for replacement if it got nicked or fell out under a bus (don't laugh, this actually happened to me!).

If something's small and light enough for me to take anywhere and use everywhere then that's what I want to do with it, this carries a risk potential that (for me at least) doesn't sit comfortably with the price tags on the current crop of Ultrabooks and tablets (I'm posting this from an iPad by the way), particularly inexpensive tablets, don't offer the functionality I get from a Netbook with it's (albeit cramped) physical keyboard and range of standard applications...

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Look out, Flash! Phase-change RAM IS HERE ... in Nokia mobiles

Jonathon Green
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Re: Speed comparison

"Not fair to take NAND block erase into account when looking at speed, block erases and wearleveling are normally done when the chip is idle (background garbage collection), "

You really don't want this in a mobile device if there's an alternative. I spent a considerable amount of time working on power management for smart phones in a previous incarnation and the first rule is that if something isn't doing something useful (and having a NAND driver chip faffing around doing housekeeping to compensate for the failings of the underlying technology when there's an alternative which doen't need it definitely comes into the "not useful" category for my money) it gets put into a low power standby mode (or ideally powered down completely) as soon as possible. I'm seeing a definite battery life win just from this here, and that makes this interesting in itself.

You'd be amazed at how much effort goes into minimising the amount of time hardware (up to and including the processor core(s)) spends powered up and idle. Or given the difference in battery life between the Symbian OS devices I worked on and their Android/IOS equivalents maybe you wouldn't... :-(

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The best tablets for Christmas

Jonathon Green

Re: more than apps - @Nick De Plume

@Steve Todd: "It looks like the Fandroids haven't found a decent re multiplexer yet given the number of down votes that got. Maybe they should explore the options, they may be surprised."

Well, with my Fandroid head on snd my Samsung Galaxy in my hand I don't need the remuxer because everything Just Works. With my Fanboi head on and my iPad 2 in my hands (which as it happens it is, because that's what I'm posting from!) I've got several remuxers and:

A) The files I've been working with (motorsport events which aren't broadcast in the UK) are considerably over 1GB and none of the remuxers are anything like as fast as you suggest when working with 8GB files, OK my PC is getting on a bit, but it works just fine for everything else and I'm damned if I'm going to replace a machine I'm otherwise quite happy with...

and

B) Every now and then something in the chain objects to the audio encoding in the mkv and the only way round it is splitting out the audio and re-encoding which is a PITA .

Bottom line is that not supporting common formats which everything else in the house (couple of Samsung phones and a couple of set-top streaming media players) will quite happily work with s a bit poor, and while it's not neccessarily a complete deal breaker it's a considerable black mark for some people, myself included...

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