1411 posts • joined 6 Sep 2006
To make a call you start the Phone app (it's on the Dock) or hit Fn-Esc. You can then close the lid and carry on talking. It doesn't matter which way up you hold it, as there are two mics, and it works out which one is nearest your gob.
I would like to have tested this of course, but the SIM slot isn't working. If you have a wrist-jobbie that gives you alerts, it becomes feasible to replace a regular phone.
I wish I could understand a word of that.
But I have a feeling I need to improve my “pose estimation”.
You must be new here, Doug.
Re: Apologies to hijack this thread...
"Throw it into the bottom of your laptop bag, bung a load of stuff on top and see how good the tough outside case really is."
Exactly. Or a child's backpack.
Re: Wikipedia infaillible ? No!
"Britannica contains many inaccuracies, Wikepedia as well, however, studies have confirmed that in general, Wikipedia was better than Britannica."
I'm betting that on the evidence of your spelling and accuracy, you are a Wikipedian?
Your positing the hypothetical of ISPs choking startups against the reality of Google, Facebook choking startups. OK, then.
"If you're worried about Google's market share..."
Why the if? Is competition optional? The economic dominance by a few big players is not a trivial issue. There hasn't been a competitor emerge for over a decade. And where did your personal data go today? You do't know and neither do I.
Title II repeal keeps an easily distracted mob busy, while the Sans Culotte butcher "draws dotted lines on their hides".
No. A Government was lobbied by one massive corporation to shaft another massive corporation, and gave in. The ad market in India now belongs to Google: a monopoly, rather than the duopoly we have here:
It's called "crony capitalism".
Re: I wish the writer had dug into this just a little more..
They're for India and China. Yes, a London launch but no UK press.
Let me know when you have finished digging.
Re: Whitelist vs Blacklist
I don't think children are scared of philosophy, they ask some really good questions in my experience.
I think the philosophers, especially in the USA, are terrified of the children!
Kraftwerk only made two "prog" LPs (when they were a two piece, and a few tracks feature drums)
After that it was all pop. But then JMJ is pop too?
Re: You can accuse Oracle of many things but it isn't an ad-slinger...
"I'm not defending Google"
You very much are, indirectly, by questioning the credentials of someone trying to break up an important monopoly. (Hence: "the idiot points at the finger").
Re: Not GDPR relevent
Schrems original motivation was as I explained - permissionless tracking.
Re: You can accuse Oracle of many things but it isn't an ad-slinger...
No, Oracle isn't an ad-slinger. Oracle's bottom line would certainly benefit from a more diverse digital ad market, and this is why they're going after the Google-Facebook duopoly. Going after monopolies successfully usually does improve the market, with more new entrants.
Oracle's complaint expresses what pretty much everyone in the ad industry says, but won't point out in public, for fear of being (metaphorically) kneecapped.
You read right, Dave. Reviewers have had the device for days, which is plenty of time to find its flaws. We weren't permitted to disclose them until 2pm Monday GMT.
This is another unusual and suspect practice and it's not something we're comfortable with - as it involves deceiving the readers to some extent. What do you think?
It truncates Reg comments, just when you least
There is no fog in that picture.
Re: Wonder how many of these right to be forgotten people
"Right to be forgotten is a far too easy way for politicians and influential people to hide things about their activities that may look a bit iffy"
How, exactly? The politician would need to convince a court that there is no public interest justification for continuing publication of the material. There, a public interest defence can be advanced. Very few politicians or celebrities win these.
Re: Essential service
If it's "essential" do you mind that it's partial, and succumbs to corporate pressure? Or is "full of holes" good enough?
"a religious cult which regards information as Divine "
The cult is contemporary and Swedish, but information worship goes back to Gnosticism. After Comte ("Religion of Humanity), there were a number of religions of positivism. One disciple was Teixeira Mendes who put "Order and Progress" on the Brazilian flag.
Brewster and Memory Holes
"We don't see people trying to modify the records that we've stored," Kahle told The Register.
Archive.org seems very happy to modify the record itself. How do I know?
Back in 2003, when Carly Fiorina as CEO, HP requested the deletion of material it found embarrassing, and Archive.org happily complied. I recall this made things difficult for us journalists to corroborate previous statements, and so hold the executives to account.
So I find the Memory Hole competition richly ironic. Archive.org *is* the memory hole.
Real archives have exceptions for copying and preservation, and the kind of threats HP made could be ignored. Don't mistake Brewster's collection for a real archive.
The Top 10%'s share of income has not changed since 1990. Income inequality has narrowed slightly in the past few years.
The change is within the Top 10%: the "super-rich" are racing away from the rest of the "rich" (£50,000-£150,000pa). You particular notice this in the money laundering capital of the world, Dubai-on-Thames.
Re: "if this wasn't like a householder objecting to these newfangled aeroplanes flying over"
That's excellent. Everyone should use this if confronted with the analogy again.
@ScissorHands strikes again
Yes, but it was a UX on one single phone that you couldn't buy. Not sold in most countries. Not even marketed. No one gives a crap.
The timeline/hub was 18 months later came in BB10, a mass market platform. And that swipe to multitask stuff was in WebOS in 2009.
Re: Ban the eSIM!
It would be easier and more consistent to *mandate portability* than *ban* software/virtual SIMs. That would mean an operator or Apple can't sell a device that can't switch networks at some point.
The same sort of school that blows £50,000 of its PTA's money on iPads, I would guess.
You can revert. It saved my Air 1 from molasses.
Re: I do, but
"You want to take screenshots of a book? Highlight sections? Aren't you just supposed to read and enjoy?"
I hate to get technical but in the trade it's called "research".
I do, but
Having got one I never use it. Blinding bright light when you’re reading the dark. Doesn’t do screenshots and the highlighting is pants.
Something else to stick on eBay, along with the a bricked iPad.
"The article suggests economy of scale is the only reason Uber should take a chunk of the market "
The N word
You've defined liberalism. "Neoliberalism" can mean anything you want to mean. My friend the former Reg columnist who wrote a very big book on it has used it to include state expansion too.
"Neoliberalism" serves the same purpose as "New World Order" does for conspiracy theorists of the right. Fortunately, since only academics and other Dave Spart types ever use the N word, we can safely ignore it.
The original iPhone had a Maps app that was written by Apple but that used Google Maps data. No GPS, mind.
Me, I don't forget how awful WM, Symbian, the "web tablets" etc were at the time - I complained about them non stop. It's all here.
Only an outsider like Apple could have given the industry the kick up the bum it needed. (Sony couldn't). The idea of bundling a data plan together with the phone (gasp), so the punter didn't get bill shock, was also ground-breaking at the time.
But £1,149? For a thing that is stylistically and functionally equivalent to a £600 thing. Really? That isn't £1,000 leaving your wallet, it's £550 flying out of your wallet, then laughing at you as it sails off to that Heaven's Gate spaceship they're building out in Cupertino.
"Backpage aren't the bad guys"
I suggest you read the Doe vs Backpage case to see the lengths to which Backpage facilitated the underage prostitution. And also what constitutes red flag knowledge. It's remarkable how people can blind themselves to something they really don't want to see.
You're basically saying "the sky will fall" if anything at all happens to the CDA. However society needs a sensible legal framework for secondary liability, and this is no longer a credible position.
Re: Aren't there already enough laws?
"Bored with Orlowski's hatred of the internet and ISPs yet? You should be."
Are you on drugs?
Re: further proof
"further proof (as if any was needed) that Oracle is living in a parallel universe"
"Beginning at age 15, each of the appellants was trafficked through advertisements posted on Backpage. Jane Doe # 1 was advertised on Backpage during two periods in 2012 and 2013. She estimates that, as a result, she was raped over 1,000 times. Jane Doe # 2 was advertised on Backpage between 2010 and 2012. She estimates that, as a result, she was raped over 900 times. Jane Doe # 3 was advertised on Backpage from December of 2013 until some unspecified future date. As a result, she was raped on numerous occasions.3 All of the rapes occurred either in Massachusetts or Rhode Island. Sometimes the sex traffickers posted the advertisements directly and sometimes they forced the victims to post the advertisements.
"Typically, each posted advertisement included images of the particular appellant, usually taken by the traffickers (but advertisements for Doe # 3 included some pictures that she herself had taken). Many of the advertisements embodied challenged practices such as anonymous payment for postings, coded terminology meant to refer to underage girls, and altered telephone numbers."
[Backpage developed these codes and coached the advertisers how to evade safeguards]
US Criminal Code:
"(a) Whoever commits an offense against the United States or aids, abets, counsels, commands, induces or procures its commission, is punishable as a principal."
The Act to amend S.230 reflects widespread disgust that criminals can use the shield law. This fixes it. So it looks very much like you are in the parallel universe.
Re: Aren't there already enough laws?
"There are more than enough laws to nail someone."
Evidently the law is ineffective, as Backpage walked away from the John Doe case to even the Judge's disgust. Summary: our hands are tied, on the internet anything goes. Do RTFA next time.
Re: My G1
The problem with concepts like the Moto Mod is stability: the bulk of the mass is in the display, and yet when open, the device needs to be at a reasonable angle. The Mod approach reduces the amount of surface that can be used for a keyboard.
I have had a play with pre-production Gemini prototypes (story and pix imminent) and am only really starting to realise how clever the design is. The hinge increases the surface area, the keys are depressed when the case is closed, so the design remains slim and yet still has full travel keys. It helps that the mass is in the base, of course.
Re: Move along nothing to see here
To see what's new here you have to move past what's familiar.
Re: Google and Diversity in the same sentence?
I think "crony capitalism" is a better description than "libertarian".
"this is the junk that's also running your magic-sensor car "
Not really, but then this is the tech industry's dirty little secret. Machine learning has its uses, but helping a self-driving car avoid hitting an old lady is not one of them. We should have a sweepstake on when the MSM will figure this out.
<keels over in amazement>
Re: "Making the pirate experience less fun is part of the strategy."
"Piracy is a symptom of over-enthusiastic copyright enforcement."
Cart before horse there, I think.
Name an enforcement strategy you could live with.
Re: Uhh, Andrew?
Re: " Putting the AI in FAIL "
If you follow me on Twitter (it's free, just ask) you'll know that #F_AI_L is quite a popular thing.
Maybe even the next "Internet of Shit".
"I have been voted down before, because I pointed out that this hysteria over AI taking over is not just overblown but over-hyped."
Ignore the downvotes, lots of readers know this, particular those working in robotics and machine learning. The hype didn't actually start with the technology people, for once. Look at "thinkfluencers", "opinion formers", policy wonks, PRs, journalists instead.
And see the Comments here, they are very good:
Huawei Mate 9 (Huaweis have the best call quality, IME)
I totally sympathise but in this case it's the term that the industry uses and has for years.
Re: Also this is NOT AI
I expect you're one of these computing "experts" or "practitioners" who thinks words should mean what they mean.
Please turn yourself into the Marketing Department for reprogramming.
I use both and disagree. Apple's is the most unreliable, Huawei's is reliable and fast.
Re: "... some key MP3 patents have been allowed to expire ..."
MP3 isn't now "patent-free".
MP3 IP always had two parents: Thomson/Frauenhofer, and AT&T. Frauenhofer allowed its patents to lapse and mothballed the licensing program last month. Microsoft discovered the hard way a few years ago that Alcatel had a ton too. A few are still enforceable.
Re: another 85 seconds of my life googling
"virtually every other site doing a phone review lists a big old list of specifications at the end."
This isn't a review. That's coming.