2987 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006
Re: I used to work on printers for a living..
Printers are made of compressed misery, and filled with liquid evil.
Re: Success requires hard work
good point, well made. I live on too many systems.
Success requires hard work
Frankly if they put a bit more effort in, they might have sold a few more. They [i]looked[/i] very pretty. But there never were any in PCwhirled, or JohnLewes, so they can't have been that bothered
Re: value for money
I had long correspondence with the bloke at CloudMagic Email, which I use on my Android phone and IOS tablet because it shares the accounts setup. The free version is still free, but they are selling a clever little add-on that flags incoming emails with stuff from the sender, like thier facebook or linkdin profiles.
The asking price for this little gadget is something ike 50 times as much as I value it at, so of course I have not bought it. The developer chap was quite open about needing the money to keep things working, and I pointed out that his little toy was going to cost me more than I pay mail.com for the underlying service.
I just removed evernote from my devices.
Only shame is that the Ubuntu "note" application on the M10 tablet did a good job of using Evernote for distributed notes. I guess they will now have to find something else.
I have Onenote on my Office365 account, so I don't need Evernote as well. I /might/ have paid for it, if the price was sensible, but they wanted more per month than it was worth to me per year.
I have 4 twitter accounts, one of which I only use for recieving winter driving condition reports, and it would not be hard to make more than on Fzcebook account
Re: Bounds checking for C and C++
Yes I was going to say "surely been done before"
We shall not see his like again.
What will El Reg be without him
Speaking as someone who was once on a small aircraft approahing Sumburgh airport in the Shetlands in pretty turbulent weather - when we dropped from 4000 to 2000 feet in a matter of seconds, and the seat in front of me came off the rails and went over my head, complete with occupant - I think the case is demonstratable.
Re: Maps, etc.
My iPad, Samsuing, and Ubuntu phones all use HERE maps. The 'buntu one came with it.
It's jolly good, and so is the phone. Got the same problem with an app desert that Window,s Blackberry, and Firefox had, but the ubuntu phone and tablet are first rate, and HERE maps is impressive.
Quite. I have taken the opportunity to go from 8Mp to 12Mp to 18Mp to 28Mp, but only because I needed to buy a new camera at each time.
That said, the Olympus's OM-D E-M5 II is interesting. It's "only" 16Mp, which is a perfectly reasonable sweet spot for taking jolly good pictures - but if you tripod mount it it subverts the image stabilisation motors to dither the sensor about and take a 50Mp image. That's clever, and I can see myself being attracted. But there is no /point/ in going backwards from AP/C to micro4/3rds, and from 28 to 16 just to get 50. So my wallet is safe.
Re: That's cool, but not new
I'd forgotten about https://www.rollapp.com/app/lowriter which has been round for a couple of years, and so I went to check up on it. It can use several cloud services, dropbox, box, googledrive, onedrive, and summat called yandex. So this new thing might be pointless. but still fun to fiddle with
Got it nearly working
OK, I have the cloudy thing installed, and it looks as good as any other. But when I tried to edit a document, it is less than perfect.
It all works, but the status line is drawn too close to the menus, so you can't see more than half a line of the document: http://i64.tinypic.com/6rn04h.jpg
I could say lots of grumpy things like "long overdue" or ask why a choice of cloud storage systems is not available, but hey. It's cool. Well done lads! (and ladesses)
"A little late but better than never."
Yes. where "A Little" == "Almost too"
Good thing too
Re-use is a good thing, recycling is better than scrapping, and making the most of existing designs is just good engineering.
it is clear that they have updated some components as well, so it is just sound business.
I haven't looked for any photos
I have: http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/3997650 and http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2594600 are quite recent, and it is not painted white.
Allegedly the poll is currently topped by "Boaty McBoatface"
"End of Empire"
What a surprise
After all, every other government policy is so well-founded, based upon valid research, and entirely without unexpected consequences.
oh, hang on....
I am surprised that HP still employ such large numbers that they can remove 1000 without it having any effect on the business
Re: Jim'll fix it and you
>Having a TV does NOT mean I have to pay the BBC a fucking penny!!!
You might be differently correct about that, you know, unless it is not connected to an antenna and not switched on.
good looking product
I fancy one of they
I am having exactly that sort of day
We have a carefully written and reviewed suite of user manuals, but our customers are too dim to read them, so they have written their own. It is apparantly now my job to proof read it and to "make it easier to understand".
My Grandaughter is deeply involved with literature about one Peppa Pig, and even she could understand it.
Not so important
Aye, no matter how we got here, it is now the precident that matters more than this case.
I see no reason to suppose that Apple /can/ do this. Who knows how they wrote their encryption?
Re: Is this not relabelling?
I think so. It is the old days of "the mainframe" brought up to date, with the browser as a thin client and all services delivered through apps.
I really liked my 10" netbooks, under Ubuntu, but the manufactuers never fitted a proper screen because of Microsoft meddling.
Now I want to replace them the same people who sold me one for 300 beer tokens want 900 for summat similar. Still without a decent screen.
They /should/ have done this a decade and a half ago, instead of relentlessly inventing and abandoning APIs and development tooks.
brand brand brand
because it is the name not the product that matters, after all!
One press release said it could land with just one rotor> I notice the word "safely" was missing.
It is minor details like that, and the diameter of the rotors, that has me crying "bullshit"
Re: Lies, Dammed lies and Statistics
Well, I would have done. I was planning to sit out 8 and build a machine for 9, when it came, but had to do summat sharpish and ended up paying for 8.1 as a distress purchase. I could not get an OEM copy of W7
If 10 had not been free I would have cheerfully paid for 10
fudging the figures
So they included all the people with Lumia phones in the total?
All six of them?
Re: NOT Volunteers wanted to help manage web site
Got told off by Geograph Towers for posting this. They are looking for paid part time sysadmin(s)
First plan: document the existing system
Volunteers wanted to help manage web site
The Geograph project at www.geograph.org.uk has been going for ten years, collecting photographs of the UK & Ireland laid out on the National Grid mapping system. There are currently 4.7 million photos. The project is regularly backed up by the British Library's Web Archive, so those pictures are saved for posterity. The original idea was to collect photographs representative of each 1Km square, an objective still incomplete. But it has also developed something of a social history flavour too, and is committed to recording change as much as a single snapshot.
Since we started compettion has arisne from Pinterest, Google+ and Instagram, among others, but Geograph is still unique in being moderated (very lightly - only to avoid obvious errors), geolocated, and searchable using a range of metadata (some provided by the photographer, some automatically). The site has a number of user forums, blogging tools, and other attractions.
It is an entirely volunteer run project, and the principle volunteer, one Barry Hunter, does a wonderful job. But he needs help. More volunteers and newer skills are needed to take the project forward. As well as running the existing web site, we are looking for people who can modernise it, and perhaps produce apps for posting direct from mobile devices.
See http://www.geograph.org.uk/blog/?tag=job%20posting for details
Everyone welcome as Photographers, contributors, and volunteers.
I nearly bought one till I saw the price
I thought they were a nasty money grabbing bunch of tossers.
Now I am certain.
Re: 365 was unlimited?
If you went over 1Tb it automagically changed to 2Tb.
Lies and Trust
What I find peculiar is the attempt to blame a handful of over-enthusiastic people whose only error was to believe that unlimited meant what it said.
I don't use any form of cloud storage for anything at all important. I was quite pleased with the idea of unlimited storage as part of office 365, as a sensible admission of the obvious, but have actually used (checks up) around 2Mb of it so far.
But without actually causing me any harm at all M$ have completely undermine my recently recovered trust in them, W10, and Office, as sensible ways to use a computer. It has taken me many years to be comfortable using them again, and after a few months they have kicked me firmly in the bollocks.
I have alternatives.
One word response
Re: catering to customer needs
So does a Trollop. And I don't think they should be criticised either.
HP, Dell, and street whores are all in the business of giving the customer what they want at the price they are prepared to pay, as quickly as possible. It is unsurprising. Just good business.
Lenovo have adopted a more thoughtful approach, which is their choice to make and I doubt it will be to their disadvantage either.
Both approaches make sense, so good luck to all of them.
Buying PCs again? Would that be because they don't come with Windows 8 any more?
Re: Gives them something to shoot for
Not just HP.
$MEGACORP buys Fujitsu laptops, partly because of the built in smart card reader. The latest generation has a plastic spring to press the contacts together, rather than the previous metal one. Mine broke in days, and the Fujitsu response was to withdraw the warranty on the whole machine because of mishandling. I have been using a USB reader ever since.
Oh for glods sake
Look HP (and Dell etc.) You, yes YOU could have jacked up prices if you had jacked up the product. But no, you still churn out low end scrap with screen resolutions below 1080 lines and expected me to drool over it. With low end CPUs to squeeze up the battery life when I needed processing grunt.
If YOU had made a decent product, I would have bought it from you 4 years ago, and probably replaced it this year. But you didn't. So bugger you.
DC have licenced at least one replica
These folks have a licence:
Nice to know that someone has done the sums to set the alarm clock.
I'd be curious to see his analysis of ERNIE.
Nowt wrong with Spike Jones, when in the right mood.
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