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Comment: Re:and yet Norway (Score 1) 350

DAB's hit and miss in cars. My car has a built in DAB tuner and I can get the BBC stations well on it, and the local station is OK but only within a shorter range than its FM broadcast. The problem is that DAB doesn't degrade - when it can't get a good signal it just goes silent, whereas FM degrades relatively gracefully. I'd rather have a few minutes of static interference degrading the sound than it suddenly going quiet and coming back again. The latter is far more distracting when driving.

Comment: Re:Good Luck with That (Score 1) 187

by Geeky (#49409009) Attached to: UK's Tories Promise To Enact Age Limits For Viewing Online Porn

Yeah, the Sun actually had an editorial comment on this issue yesterday saying that this issue "made the election more important" or words to that effect. Like an impossible to implement nanny state usurping of what should be parental responsibility is somehow more important than the NHS etc.

Yes, it's the Sun. It's a comic. But people read it. It's pure electioneering.

Comment: Re:Way to piss off customers, Apple. (Score 1) 193

by Geeky (#49373725) Attached to: If You Want To Buy an Apple Watch In-Store, You'll Need a Reservation

I think you're missing the point - it's why do people put up with queueing when you just get an alternative product, or even just order online. Why waste your time queuing? If the store is too small or has too few staff to serve the customers, either come back another time or shop somewhere else. I don't want to waste my time queueing, so I'll either pick the right time or not bother.

Comment: Re:The App Store stuff is more interesting (Score 1) 269

by Geeky (#49340107) Attached to: Developers and the Fear of Apple

If that's all Vesper does, it's competition will be the 800lb gorilla of cloud note taking - Evernote, which works and syncs on all platforms and is arguably the incumbent in that space. Most people looking for a note app will find Evernote first, although OneNote is catching up now that it's cross platform (and pretty good on iOS). If your needs are more simple, the built in notes app will probably do.

Comment: Re:I dub all unswitchable hardware: disposable (Score 1) 362

by Geeky (#49307909) Attached to: OEMs Allowed To Lock Secure Boot In Windows 10 Computers

That's the mainframe model. You pay for the CPU you use - measured in MIPs if I recall correctly. The machine might be capable of x MIPs but you can't use them all because you haven't paid for them. It's like buying a quad core machine but only being able to use one core unless you pay to unlock the others.

Application CPU bound? Pay more to be able to access the CPU power in the hardware you already own. And then be prepared to pay all the software vendors more because you're now running it on a more powerful machine...

So it's nothing new, it's been the standard operating model in that world forever.

Comment: Re:Internet of things (Score 3, Interesting) 277

by Geeky (#49205149) Attached to: Daylight Saving Time Change On Sunday For N. America

My car has inbuilt sat nav and I still have to adjust the time manually twice a year. It knows exactly where I am, but can't relate that to a timezone, let alone sync time to the GPS signal. Or the digital radio. Or my phone when that's connected via bluetooth. It's weird that it seems to have multiple data sources that could potentially keep the time accurate but doesn't use any of them.

Comment: Re:No ActiveSync (Score 1) 175

by Geeky (#48938477) Attached to: Microsoft Launches Outlook For Android and iOS

The gmail app now supports Exchange accounts, and I'm assuming that's via ActiveSync?

In any case, this news is confusing because there's been an Outlook app for Android for a long time. It's awful, but it does exist for accounts - I assume the new one is different, but the name is confusing.

Comment: Re:That's WordPress in a nutshell (Score 1) 302

by Geeky (#48873685) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Has the Time Passed For Coding Website from Scratch?

Wordpress has a lot going for it, but you do need more than just css and html to get the most out of it. You're going to have a hard time getting themes right without some php knowledge. Newer third party themes do a good job of presenting lots of options for customisation, and that might be enough for many sites. If you're developing for a customer, though, eventually they'll want a tweak to a theme that can only be done by changing the PHP (ideally do this in a child theme).

Comment: Re: a better question (Score 1) 592

by Geeky (#48845553) Attached to: Why Run Linux On Macs?

It is possible to get unofficial hacked versions of OS X to run in a VM, but there's no legal way which is a real shame. For my needs, OS X is the best combination of unix and the ability to run commercial software.

That said, whenever I really think about it I realise Windows would be pretty much as good - especially with Cygwin or something on top. If my Mac died tomorrow I'm really not sure whether I'd get a replacement or go back to Windows.

Comment: Re: a better question (Score 2) 592

by Geeky (#48845179) Attached to: Why Run Linux On Macs?


Rather than running other systems on Mac hardware, I want to run OS X on other hardware. But I can't, not officially.

I'd rather have a mini tower with room for at least two, preferably three, drives (an SSD for the OS + apps and a big data drive or two), built in card reader and maybe built in optical drive. Oh, and a decent number of USB ports.

Instead, to run OS X I have to have a bunch of cables hanging out of the back to peripherals, some of which need their own power supply. It's almost enough to push me back to Windows (not Linux, I mostly use Photoshop and no, the Gimp is not a substitute).

Comment: Re:The whine of the flyback transformer (Score 1) 790

by Geeky (#48786179) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

I have a very weird combination. I went partially deaf in one hear, losing all the high frequency range, when I was 30. Can hear low notes, but not much in the higher range and have constant high pitched tinnitus in that ear... BUT, with my good ear, I can still hear the tones from the thing in my garden that's designed to scare off cats and that people aren't supposed to be able to hear at all.

Factorials were someone's attempt to make math LOOK exciting.