Funnily enough the latest update seems to have fixed a problem that's beset my Sky box for the last couple of years (notably since it ran out of warranty) in that if I'm recording 2 programs and watch a third, any pausing, fast forwarding or even trying to back out to the menu causes the whole box to hang. It did recently lose all the future series records but a reboot solved that and I've had no problems with it since and now seem able to record 2 programs while watching a third with no problem again.
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"If you don't like it, don't read it."
Can we expect that to be replacing the "Biting the hand that feeds IT" splash any time soon? Also, how can we know we don't like/agree with an article until we've read it, or are you suggesting to your readership that if they find one article they disagree with they should just stop reading the Reg altogether? Dangerous statement to make that.
It's all a bit crackers...
This is your cracker, whatever comes out (whomever gets the big end) is yours, and this is your cracker, same rules apply. One cracker per person is all that's needed. How is this difficult? Do people REALLY get competitive over xmas crackers and want to keep everything they "win"? Just how sad an xmas are you going to have? I'm 44 now and I have never once been in an environment where the pulling of crackers was competitive, quite sure I wouldn't want to be around people for whom it was either - "No you can't have a Christmas hat because I won them both", how sad.
"argue that most consumers don't know how to change the default settings on their phones, or can't be bothered, which unfairly tips the balance in Google's favor"
So the argument is essentially that it's the public's fault for being lazy and stupid but Google must be sued? If you gave people the choice when Android first booted up I would think most people would choose to use Google anyway, the ones who don't want to use Google are usually tech-savvy enough to change their search settings anyway (hence they know they want to use a different search engine). This is a nonsense case.
"The quantum algorithm they describe would work by creating a quantum fingerprint of the lattice Soliloquy creates; “discreteise and bound” the control space needed; and run a quantum Fourier transform over that control space, iteratively to get lots of samples approximating the lattice."
You lost me at "The.."
Re: Amazon should lower the price
Agreed, this is the approach everyone (including El Reg for a while) thought that MS was going to take with the Surface. They didn't, they priced it to compete with the iPad and then had to take a write-down of $1 billion on it. I've got a Kindle Fire (mother bought one thinking it was a Kindle e-reader, so I got her a paperwhite and took the Fire on) and rooted it and it's an "ok" tablet, seriously lacking in features (no GPS, no bluetooth, no expansion, crap on-board storage but with an ok screen and reasonable speed as long as you don't have an app or 2 running in the background) but the Amazon app store is pretty awful, I crowbarred the Play store on there but it's very hit-and miss as to what apps think they're compatible, side-loading is also seems quite hit-and-miss. Unfortunately this review seems to confirm that that the Fire-phone is much like the Fire tablet - overpriced and not containing enough value even to those who've invested heavily in Amazon wares.
I took the plunge and purchased Office 365. Now I pay £7.99 a month for 1Tb (soon to be unlimited by all accounts) of cloud storage and at that price it feels like I'm getting Office 365 thrown in for free. Where is the incentive to use Dropbox, Google, Sync or any of the others who don't appear to be able to provide a cloud storage offering anywhere near that good and get the Offfice suite thrown in for good measure?
Re: Good and bad
Actually if you follow the Gates foundation research, one of the things to come out of their vaccination programs is the discovery that when infant mortality rates are slashed through better healthcare population rates actually FALL as people have less children (because they're not constantly losing the ones they've already had and trying to play the numbers game in the hoppe at least a couple of them survive) so this invention may actually help to reduce the population as well as saving lives. Of course, you would have to have bothered to find out the actual situation instead of just making fatuous statements that have no basis in fact to have known this.....
Symantec is the most dreadful software company in existence, they've dragged Peter Norton's name through the mud by attaching it to all their awful software and have ruined many a good machine with their "utilities" (read: scareware, bloatware and antivirus that's worse than a virus). The idea that they are making a profit at all is offensive to anyone who's ever had to battle to remove the rubbish from a computer.
MS used to be able to rely on inertia to keep the public buying its OS (everyone knows Windows and as the next iteration is broadly similar it's fairly easy to get to grips with so why bother trying to learn a new OS), but now they've had a chance to get used to using Android (or even iOS) there will be a growing number of consumers that are likely to say to hell with it and try out the free Linux alternative, or even finally make the switch to Mac given the huge difference with 8.x. I suspect Windows will be the OS of choice for most businesses for the forseeable future but MS are in danger of losing the consumer desktop market completely unless they get it right with 10.
Re: The problem I saw...
We had a similar experience, BT rang my girlfirend and offered her an "unlimited" account for £7.50 a month rising to £15 a month after 3 months, she passed the phone to me, I made the sales guy repeat to me that it was an unlimited account and so she agreed and signed up. Unfortunately, my girlfriend was one of those people who never looked at her bank statements so for nearly 10 months didn't realise BT were taking between £100-£150 a MONTH for our internet usage (she definitely looks at her statements regularly now!). Yes it's dumbassery for not checking your statement, but I made the guy confirm it was an unlimited account and then we were put on a 10Gb account and charged per Mb over the top, and once we realised what was happening BT switched her to a different account but refused any idea of refunding her any of the over £1k they had overcharged her through the year. Safe to say we will never go with BT again.
I made a complaint against Three that was reported in El Reg, I've had cause to make a couple of complaints about them actually as has my girlfriend however they have all been to do with the sales department rather than the operation of their network once on it. There seems to be a total disconnect between their pre-sales team and their post-sales support, the former has been dreadful and guilty of outright lying while I've never had a problem with their service or support once contracts have been agreed and are in use. I'm on my third or fourth contract renewal with them now and wouldn't change to another operator as Three have far and away been the best in terms of contracts and coverage in my area, but it can be a complete nightmare trying to go from one contract to another.
This is a conversation I had with a user 2 days ago:
Me: "Do you mind if I connect to your computer to help you resolve this?"
User: "No please do"
Me: I'm having trouble connecting to you, can I confirm your computer ID please? Ok thank you. Still can't connect and can't ping you either."
*several seconds pass while I think about it*
Me: "Your computer is switched on isn't it?"
User: "No, would you like me to switch it on?"
Me: "Launch the flying attack monkeys!"
Re: Stay tuned...
"I give up... this site used to be for technically minded people. Now it's no better than the DailyMail, with readers of the same mentality."
Given that the comments thus far down the list seem to broadly reflect the exact opposite of what your saying that would appear to be just nonsense. Not to mention there have ben plenty of peop;le who've been saying that stuff on here for years, to a mixed reaction. Since the Snowden revalations made it public and pretty irrefutable, the reaction in El Reg's comments have been broadly positive and accepting of the reality of the situation. Is it possible that you've had your "inside knowledge" thunder stolen and you're hurting about it?
Why don't MS just virtualise Android within Windows for a true WinDroid experience so you can call Android up without having to completely reboot the system, share files seemlessly between the two and then the whole idea of migrating from Android to Windows becomes a much more realistic one. Who the hell is going to want to completey reboot their phone every time they want to switch between systems? Rather than taking Android on, they can simply incorporate it into their ecosystem and then the user can have the best of both worlds and those who have invested heavily in Android and apps can move to the Windows system without fear of losing that investment.
It may come as some surprise but Dell are a business that is trying to make money and like any other business they charge to install software. It doesn't matter that the software itself is free, if you're not technically competent to install something as simple as FireFox and you don't have any friends to do it then I would suggest paying a reputable company to install it properly for you is the only sensible option.
I had never heard of it until the Facebook announcement so i took to Facebook to ask if any of my friends used it and a suprising amount did, most of them seemed to like it, but no one could tell me why they used it instead of Skype and they were all surprised to learn that the app slurped their phone book.
The majority of those licences are because manufacturers are forcing Win 8.x on punters buying new machines. I've had several people buy new laptops recently that don't have touchscreens and have asked me to remove it and put Win 7 on instead (which is a pain in the arse as several of them don't have Win 7 drivers for the wireless). Give people an option (as HP are now doing) and most would choose Win 7 on their laptop and certainly on their main pc, and yes I've been running Win 8.x for 18 months on my touchscreen notebook so I am fully conversant with the system and how abysmal it is. I'v tried to love Win 8.x, some of it even makes a lot of sense on a touchscreen device but it really is the bastard hybrid son of a real OS and a tablet OS and it fulfills neither function to proper satisfaction.