Re: That lightsabre...
Disney wouldn't care
They're far too busy trying to figure out how to get some Frozen references in there!
83 posts • joined 28 Nov 2007
I remember someone saying that MS pitched early versions of Windows Server as being so much like normal desktop Windows, you didn't need a techie to run it, your secretary could do it in their spare time.
This was kind of true, if you were talking about a 5 to 10 user workgroup. NT4 had so few features and so bad scalability 5 to 10 users was all it was really good for.
I'd imagine the market is basically for someone who wants a phone to travel with, to take PAYG sims for whichever country they are going to, for a price thats no disaster if the phone is lost, but is of good enough quality to last a few years.
Yes there are other phones that fit that, but those tend to be by samsung/LG etc who tend to have some strange ideas when it comes to usability of their budget phone OS's. Something that definitely isnt a problem with nokia phones.
This could be the first apple product to spectacularly flop in many years (they didnt make a big deal out of the other apple tv devices so I'm ignoring those).
Based on the rumours we know of it so far -
tv's will only be 32 or 37" - seriously who wants tv's that size now other than for bedrooms?
siri interface - didnt they ought to concentrate on getting siri itself working better in other regions first? I hear it struggles even with some southern state american accents!
kinetic style interface - hello microsoft lawyers!
available content - can we really see apple providing an interface to other peoples (ie terrestrial/satelite) content? highly unlikely - more likely we're talking about bt vision style streaming where they control all the content. But how is that going to work with so many people with sub-par broadband still??
A google latitude/facebook places clone, and a internet archive (lets call it........ itunes!) to download your previously purchased itunes content from.
still no mention of real multitasking, or proper widgets to make use of the quad core chip the fanboys keep gushing over.
brilliant move there by google.
So iphone/ipads are brilliant devices because of their wonderful support of the future - HTML5. No one needs flash. Flash is dead.
Yet now no one is going to use HTML5 for video because of such a split in the use of the codecs.
Google has well and truely screwed apple over on this one!
More like £110 now and coming down all the time!
£110 pay as you go with something like an O2 sim that gives free texts and 500mb downloads if you top up £10 a month all with the same (if not better) functionality to an iphone (although maybe not so slick).
compared to the cost of an iphone.
Oh and the alarms on android phones are a bit more reliable as well :)
considering most homes have probably only just bought non-3d tv's in the last couple of years, I'd say 2% by xmas (or up to 6%) was quite an impressive success actually - especially considering the lack of content out there still.
The Reg going for the daily star/NOTW style headlines again then.
From what I've read in the media so far, there isnt a whole lot of earth shattering stuff in here (again).
The only thing that surprises me is how much Iran stuff there was - and if Iran has been such a bad guy in all this, then why havent the US government released this earlier considering how much they seem to be trying to convince the world action is needed against Iran?
So, I then went and googled wikileaks conspiracy...
which possibly explained why those missing weeks in Fallujah are still ... missing.
So when people struggled to compete with Windows, they bitched because of the apps that microsoft bundled with the OS.
When Apple struggles to compete with Google, people bitch because a couple of apps (market and gmail) ARENT part of the OS.....
Just proves you cant please everyone really.
two issues here..... firstly the ajax like most ajax type sites isnt instant, i'm not even sure i'd go as far as near instant. I wouldnt go as far as slow.... just a definite lag.
secondly, dunno about everyone else, but im finding im typing my search in much slower and watching the results appear instead of typing at full normal typing speed with a return key at the end.
Oh dear android (I'm a android user and love it btw)...
How has android got to this point where its supposed to be for average users, and where it has such regular OS revisions (which seem to generally require full wipes to be successful) and yet there is no way for said average person to back up their data?
HTCs sync software is about where Nokia was 10 years ago - very unreliable, and only really does contacts and calendar and not a lot else.
Ok so backup programs exist, yet most require root access (titanium) - not something an average user is going to dare attempting. Its also not something an average user should have to attempt to ensure their data is safe. Especially when the process is different for each phone/rom.
I really hope android 3.0 covers this huge hole in functionality. What we need is some background OS level process which backs up everything from the phone memory (without needing root access) and dumps it to a simple single file on the sdcard. Then it should be inteligent enough to restore what it can (including apps!) depending on OS compatibility if it finds that file on the first boot after an OS upgrade.
Doubt it will happen though.
So, those dodgy ESTA websites that charge people are gonna have a field day now!
Previously travel agents were able to advise people that if the website is trying to charge them for their ESTA application then they are on the wrong (and potentially very dodgy) website.
Now all the dodgy websites need to do is say that the fee has increased and the average traveller will have no clue - until they get to immigration at the destination airport and find out that they're not allowed in because their ESTA isnt valid because the site they went to and paid £40 to was fake! They'll probably then at that point try to book a return flight only to find out those damn fraudsters have also maxed out their credit card!
It seems to me that Canvas is going to be too little too late. I admit I havent read a whole lot into it yet, but it seems that all its offering is a unified interface to things that are already available - basically a shell with links.
Great, but without moving the game on and offering something new, it just seems like its out of date before it really gets off the drawing board.
Compared to Google TV, which is offering true smart tv functionality and integration to other google services. On top of that, Google already has sony on board with TVs from them on the way. Plus, Google TV will have world wide interest, Canvas seems very UK TV based currently.
I cant see how Canvas stands a hope of competing - and annyoingly I'm having to support this potential failure with the tv license!
I wonder how they gathered these stats - with the header meta tags I assume?
In which case the android stats at least are unreliable as android users (unlike iOS users) have a good choice of browsers, including Dolphin (which seems to be more popular than the build in browser) which has options for changing the user agent to allow fooling sites into showing desktop type pages instead of mobile sites.
so we know what spec the iphone will now be for the next 18 months, and its only going to be 3G, 5mp camera. The only real selling point is better motion sensor.
Compare to what HTC already has out there with the EVO (4G, 8mp camera) - seems the iphone is out of date before its on the shelf.
Then the real killer - HTC seem pushing out new better phones every 3 months. So potentially HTC/android will be 6 generations ahead by the time the iphone 5 is near.
seems like the end is near for the iphone era.
so you have a choice then.... either dont join, join and set your privacy tight so no one finds you, or use one of those sites that almost got popular but where you couldnt find anyone (face-pic etc) that werent so social and have kinda died off since facebook showed them being social is better.
what you basically mean is :
Privacy International reacted to the changes with "We're disappointed that facebooks default settings do not go against the whole point of facebook".
Seriously, a facebook that by default hides all information wouldnt be facebook. It wouldnt be a social networking tool at all. The whole point is that you can find people. Thats why people use it ffs!
That extra cash would go a fair way to plugging some of the hole in the deficit - potentially allowing for the budget cuts to be less severe this year wouldnt it?
Plus, if we have to wait another year thats going to put us a year behind a lot of the western world in the use of the technology as well.
I wasnt really that bothered until around Feb about 2.1 - and then it was rumoured to be out in march anyway so thought I'd wait rather than mess about rooting, backing up, upgrading, reinstalling apps etc only to have to do it all again a few weeks later with the official release. But now with it getting rumoured to be delayed until may I'm getting impatient and might give in and go with an unofficial rom.
Why do the government insist on huge replacement IT projects instead of just developing what they've already got?
How many more identities does the main governement website need, we've had open.gov.uk, then that got binned and completely replaced/rebranded as direct.gov.uk and now again for my.gov.uk.
Why not just add the bloomin features to the old site rather than waste however many million on a rewrite? So much for trying to save money and cut the deficite.
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