* Posts by dirk_diggler

26 posts • joined 30 Apr 2010

Swiss railways ticked off at iOS clock knock-off


Slightly Pointless Story About Apple

Surely no-one still uses this shit?

Ho ho ho! Apple's Samsung ban bid pushed back to Christmas


Re: How can anyone in Apple, Samsung or any other tech...

I know that, you know that, every other person apart from iFans, some gimp who has an overly broad invalid patent himself, doesn't understand how they work then .somehow. got himself appointed jury foreman, and Lucy Koh, trying desperately to make sure no-one thinks she's siding with the Korean company know that.

To any sane person this is all bullshit. The only way Samsung could have copied Apple's trade dress was by selling phones branded as Apple iPhones. And then software shouldn't be patentable anyway.

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean review


Re: UI guff

Developer options > Drawing > Window/Transition/Animator animation scale. Set to off.

Yes it does seem pretty bloody fast with it all off, but I prefer a bit of whizzary.

Linux talent shortage drives up salaries


Re: @dirk_diggler

No offence taken, but I disagree. You say you have done both jobs, but to me a sysadmin *is* both jobs. Unless your definition of a sysadmin is pretty narrow compared to my experience.



I know lots of Linux sysadmins (including myself) and we're paid even less than some developers. (£30-35k).

Please show me the rabid demand for Linux skills.

Google goggles with Terminator HUD 'coming soon'



Is the obvious hook here. twin cameras taking 3d photos and video, with the twin lenses playing it back. Full 3d overlay for augmented reality and this is the start of the endpoint where smartphones have been heading since conception.

The easy theft is a bit of a problem where they could be snatched off your head, but perhaps things like retina recognition etc. can make them almost useless to thieves.

Google says Android 'club' makes phone makers 'do what we want'



I own a Nexus S running CyanogenMod built from the latest released open-source Android Gingerbread 2.3.4. How is that not open?

The platform is open, the relationships with device manufacturers aren't. Although they're quite welcome to build Android on their devices with zero input from Google.

Intel boss searches planet for post-Nokia MeeGo spouse

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Nokia and Microsoft

Absolutely, 100%, completely the wrong decision.

They had Symbian with well-designed phones and were doing well. Popular smartphones beginning with the iPhone came out and they failed to react. They released a few rubbish attempts at smartphones still based on Symbian which failed due to having no ecosystem. At the same time they kept Maemo and Meego on the back burner, doing not very much at all, hoping either would stir themselves into life.

Then the iPhone and Android handsets started duking it out, with Android very quickly catching up. Nokia then finds itself in a position of rapidly declining market share with nothing in the pipeline for rescue.

If Nokia had put a good chunk of their R&D into Maemo and really pushed it, it would have been what Android is today. They're both Linux-based mobile OS's but Android has had a lot more R&D from Google refining how it works so now any handset maker can use it to push out a nice smartphone. Meego never really got started.

So what Nokia should have done was announce they were going to be heavy players in the Android ecosystem. They have a massive team of Linux developers who could have pulled Android in their own direction. Code submitted by Nokia would be taken into the Android source tree and could have effectively made it their own OS with their own closed implementations alongside the open-source stuff. Then they would be competing with Motorola, LG, Samsung, HTC etc with the same OS, customised and made to work better by their talented developers, but riding on the still big Nokia name. Nokia could never have completely shut Google out, but they could have used it as a lifeline until they were on the up again and then been in a better position to dictate to Google, in a position to fork Android if they so wished.

It would actually be really easy to make a massively selling smartphone that could have saved Nokia. Look what Samsung did by accident with the Galaxy S.

Instead they go and team up with Microsoft to get an OS no-one wants anyway (apart from a few Microsoft devotees) to save their business. Wow. No matter how cheap licences for WP7 are, they're still not free. Nokia have snatched defeat from the jaws of easy victory here. What utter fucktards.

It's like someone on Twitter said, when you're drowning in the toilet bowl, you'll jump on the first turd you see to avoid going down.

T-Mobile backtracks on retrospective mobe data caps


Well Done T-Mobile

You've succeeded in pissing off your customers AND having to go back on your plans. Truly a fuck up of the highest order.

Google Cr-48: Inside the Chrome OS 'unstable isotope'


I know this isn't going to unpopular..

And perhaps I trust Google too much but I've been trying for ages to get Chromium on my EEE PC as it's the perfect combination - a small, light, ACPI-compliant netbook with a very lightweight OS running the Chrome browser. The CR-48 is a better version of that.

I currently have this EEE PC running Ubuntu Netbook. All I ever run is Chrome on it to access GMail and random web sites so why wouldn't I want to remove any cruft slowing it down in the form of Ubuntu?

I've got a fairly powerful desktop to edit videos, compile stuff, keep my local version of photos etc. so why wouldn't I be desperate to get as much as I can backed up in the cloud? I know I'm giving Google access to knowing anything they want about me, but I'm not really that interesting, and Google haven't exactly been shown to be misusing this data have they? (have they?)

Google aims Nexus S smartphone at US, UK



I don't get it. It's apparently $529.99 in the US but £549.99 here.

I'm going to be buying one of these, but there's no way I'm paying £200 more than I should.

Reg - Android icon please?

Mozilla puts Firefox 4 Android beta on crash diet

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It's not the size really..

but the performance is terrible. It takes forever to load compared to the bundled browser and isn't at all smooth or responsive.

Pundits predict plunging iPad market share


Surely you've seen the trends?

I'll assume you have, and if I was representing Apple, Nokia or RIM I'd be worried.

Of course it's because Google gives Android away so manufacturers get a very good phone OS for free with as little dev time to add on as they like that means any company can get straight to market with their latest and greatest. I don't disagree with that at all, but it still doesn't change the fact that Android is the top smartphone OS by market share right now and it's climbing wildly.

What smartphone OS does Nokia have? Maemo? Not anywhere close and not likely to be ever. Meego has more potential.

Unless you mean their Symbian stuff which is looking pretty dated these days and I don't really consider to be a smartphone OS. Others may disagree but I only consider iOS, Android and webOS to be part of that group with webOS disappearing quickly.

I really hope they can get their act together with Meego because I don't want Google having nothing to worry about. Apple have lost as of now by doing their standard shoot-themselves-in-the-foot bundling and the only thing that could have saved them - opening iOS - needed to happen yesterday.

RIM actually have a lifeline - use Android. If they can ride on the back of BES for as long as possible and then improve the other areas of their phones to rival Android and iOS phones they should survive until Exchange hits the cloud and they can keep the proprietary lock-in stuff while no-one trusts Google for corporate mail.

Jobs Horns

My experience differs

I played with one and was completely underwhelmed. I was trying so hard to look at it with an open mind but the animations weren't as smooth as the iPhone (possibly due to the same hardware underneath having to drive a higher res?) and I'm already used to a Ubuntu Netbook that sleeps when I close the lid and wakes up in 2 seconds, ready to go on the net again right away and my Galaxy S with the Super-AMOLED screen that looks massively better to me than the retina display LCD.

Android 2.1/2.2 is already way more usable than iOS 4 so as long as Android tablets hardware look the part and perform well then I'd agree with Acer, no-one's going to buy the iPad for double the price for half the functionality.


It sure has

Android is top in the smartphone share.

Oh, you meant in the dead-end desktop? Bit insignificant now.

Galaxy S firmware update invalidates Voda warranties

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And their 'even if you don't have insurance' statement smacks of not really understanding the law too.

Vodafone upsets customers with upgrade downgrade



Root it and uninstall whatever you want.

Samsung Galaxy S

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Absolute Rubbish

I have one and the GPS locks fine. Admittedly it isn't quite as good as my old G1 but that was rather too good. I get around 2 days out of the battery with fiddling included. I didn't like Touchwiz so installed LauncherPro quite easily.

The Reg guide to Linux, part 3


It kind of is though

Like it or not, Ubuntu is ubiquitous with desktop Linux.

Google hits coder G-spot with Linux command line tool



This will really help me. I'm in the GUI on my Linux desktops all of the time, sometimes with a terminal open because it's the most efficient way of getting a lot of things done. Try doing `find /var/log -mtime +30 -delete` in a GUI

But anyway, thanks for taking the piss out of me.

- text-interface obsessive.

(Oh and it's Calendar not Calender)

Ubuntu v iTunes: the music playoff for Applephobes


Shame you chose Ubuntu

and not Kubuntu. The default Gnome apps are pretty good but nowhere near their KDE counterparts in many ways. Again it's a shame that Ubuntu defaults to Gnome, I know Kubuntu is the KDE flavour but that's not really the point - people will use whatever the default Ubuntu environment is and Kubuntu gets 2nd class treatment for everything. Although it's still the best KDE based distro.

Amarok is awesome, way ahead of Rhythmbox. Digikam is the best photo management software anywhere. Even supporting apps like Kget, Konsole, Dolphin etc. are way ahead of Transmission, Gnome-terminal and Nautilus.

But again, because you're comparing the default DE of the default Linux distro then you get the apps that ship with the Gnome implementation - Great start with Rhythmbox as it's actually very good but I'm going to cringe once you start comparing F-Spot and Pitivi with iPhoto and iMovie.

At least Ubuntu is the only social-by-default OS so if you compare that it's a nailed on win ;)

Stephen Fry's truly terrible mistake


And me

I've been perfectly happy with DAB. The sound quality is better than FM and I can receive broadcasts fine. I don't understand the DAB bashing on here, the specific implementation of the technology may have been wrong but going digital at some stage had to happen for radio.

Battleship of an Android phone sets Sprint sales record



"the interface is (only) a step or two behind the iPhone."

Surely that's a typo. The Android interface even without SenseUI has been better than iPhone since Donut. The iPhone interface isn't really all that good in my opinion, but the animations are at least smooth.

Google halts deletion of Street View Wi-Fi data


Google Apologist

I don't want to be seen as a Gapologist but it does seem they did wrong and are now taking entirely the correct steps to put it right. After the initial booboo I'm not sure what else they can do.

The nightmare users: Solving the problem


Still inside the box

You're thinking like every other Windows admin out there, you're stuck in the AD way of thinking. It doesn't have to be that way. Just look at what people actually want done in the end and work back from there. It's easy if want it to be.

Ubuntu's Lucid Lynx: A (free) Mactastic experience

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Good Review

But as someone who's been running this for months through the dev process, I'm quite surprised you didn't make more about the social networking integration, it truly sets it apart from other OS's. OS X and Windows 7 haven't cottoned on to how people really use their computers these days, Canonical have.


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