* Posts by Chandy

28 posts • joined 19 Aug 2011

Review: HTC One

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No replaceable battery

= no sale.

I liked my old HTC Hero at the time, and would be prepared to go back to HTC, but not being able to change battery is a definite no-sale. I play some games that HAMMER it (gone in an hour) and being able to pop the back off and swap is a 'must-have', until batteries get 10x as long-lasting.

SD card slot is a 'nice to have' as well, but I can live without it.

New nuke could POWER WORLD UNTIL 2083


Nice, but still just a fancy kettle

There has to be a better way to generate power from nuclear fission than by using the resulting energy to boil things. It's basically still a steam engine ffs.

Samsung under fire over copy-paste bricking


Bricking? Uhh, no.

I've never heard of a bricked phone from this. What happens is that about 50% of the time, the phone reboots a few seconds after copying the text. It usually works ok the first time you try it after that reboot.

I should also add that it is the only issue I have with my SGS3.

Higgs data shows alternate reality will SWALLOW UNIVERSE

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Excellent news

This is fundamentally fantastic news, as it can be used to explain an infinite lifecycle of universes, answering what will happen at 'the end', and giving a potential answer to 'what was before?'.

I'm interested to know if this can be made to fit within the current 'big bang' theory. I find it very hard to believe that we just so happen to be in universe v 1.0, so some re-imagining of the bang into 'pop into other existing universe and take over' may be needed. Presumably we should also start looking towards the edges of our own universe for a boundary with the old universe (n-1) that we haven't expanded into yet?

Altogether, an horizon-expanding bit of work. Well done chaps, and chapesses.

Snooping on movement can reveal smartphone PINs


Re: No swiping for unlocking please

Yep, very easy to disable the visual tracing. Maybe they should make that the default?

Unbelievably vast quasar cluster forces universe-sized rethink


Re: crowded

My mistake. Okay, so it's 93 billion light years wide, so about 5%. Still way too big.



Wait a minute. There's something out there that's nearly 30% the width of the universe? I had always pictured the universe to be so big that it meant that everything in it, no matter its size, would be relatively small in comparison.. Methinks that there will be an udpating at some point soon of the 13.7 billion light years current estimate to something substantially bigger. I'm going for at least 500 billion light years.

Security bods rip off Microsoft's 'sticking plaster' IE bug fix


Re: obsolete versions of IE

Hell, I'd call IE8 the 'latest stable' release.

BT broadband goes TITSUP - cripples Scots, Geordies, Northern Irish


Re: normal service

> Strangely, my neighbour uses the Post Office and his connection stayed up

TCP over Parcelforce. Most reliable protocol ever, bar the odd dropped packet.

Google's Drive + Gmail: A 10GB Dropbox killer


Still using dropbox because...

I got 50Gb free for 2 years with my Galaxy S3 (thanks Samsung!).

If I didn't have that, I'd be using google drive.

China to strut eight-core Godson-3B MIPS chip in early 2013


Over and over and over and over

It's all I could think about every time I read 'Hot Chips'.

Pong creator turns nose up at Nintendo Wii U


Re: If anything

I thought consoles were all about a fixed and well understood piece of hardware that games writers could use to the fullest extent vs. having to write a game that will run on a general bundle of (decent-ish) PC hardware?

Just because the PC is 'higher spec' doesn't mean that the game would look better on it than on a console.

At last: The brain-controlled helicopter



That exact helicopter-parts-in-a-ball thing is available in Costco for about £20.

Sadly, this is sans the brain-control gadgetry, but I'm sure you can wire your own in if you like.

BlackBerry 10: AWESOME. If the hardware matches it, RIM jobs are safe


Android can do all of this

Yeah, I'm pretty certain that an Android phone could do any of that. The only thing I haven't seen is the 'oooh, special LED flashes' bit, but Android also offers full control over those so if the software doesn't yet exist for that, I'm sure it will soon.

Unless Blackberry goes open source, it's still as dead as a dead thing.

Move on..nothing to see here...

EU proposed emergency alert system won't work on iPhone



Any 'oh no, it's a disaster' SMS would either be treated as spam and ignored, or not treated as urgent. A real emergency system should only ever light up in an actual emergency, so that the user knows it is real.

Everything Everywhere prices up UK 4G


Re: uhh, no

7 Mb/s (actually tested, not marketing lies).


uhh, no

I'll stick with my unlimited data at 7Mbs on three, thanks.

Femto fail: Vodafone's Sure Signal gets a bit shaky again



I'm currently on week two, and the fifth support person, of trying to get one out of three.

Windows 8 ads hit US screens: Death Metal, exploding laptops


good showcase

of why it doesn't work. Look at how close they are having to sit to the screen, and the awkward stretching over keyboards. I can feel my back seizing up already.

Tremble, operators: UK gets ACCURATE mobile coverage guide


other apps

There are other apps out there that already do this, and have more UK information.

Zynga cracks open can-o-gloom all over 2012 outlook


the mistake was

They took a decent game (draw something) and destroyed it utterly with a million ads and general 'Zygafication' that was not needed or wanted by the user base. Then they were surprised when everyone stopped playing it.

Whopping supersonic-car rocket rattles idyllic Cornwall



How about you stop pandering the merkins and put only the SI units into such articles from now on?

Windows 8: Life in a post .NET world – speak your brains TODAY



I wish I could attend this one, but I'm going to be on holiday.

No matter. WinRT will be largely ignored by business for 2 or 3 years anyway.

Airbus predicts catapult takeoffs and formation flying by 2050


Re: Plans? Ken Hagan

@TechnicalBen there are already self-repairing plastics, so I don't see why not.

See http://www.techspot.com/news/47983-new-self-repairing-plastic-bleeds-and-heals-like-human-skin.html

Keep up man.

DARPA builds faster-than-Usain-Bolt Cheetah robot



Cool. I want to see what it can do without the pole though. I suspect not much.

Cloud engineering could save humantiy, suggests boffin



has quite enough clouds already thankyouverymuch.

Scientists devise 260GB CD-size glass disc storage tech


260Gb on a CD?

Meh. That's barely enough for a development PC.

Wake me up when they invent something with 1Tb+/cm2.


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