Awesome, courier surfing could very well be a thing in the near future!
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investment with no returns...
I have so far been reluctant to back anything, I do look on KS regularly. I've seen some great ideas and products but the whole setup of KS rings alarm bells for me, especially as they use the word investment.
If you were buying shares in a startup, then you are set to benefit if they are very successful and yes potentially lose if the firm is unsuccessful. That however is with eyes wide open. With KS, the best you can hope for is the product and worst is nothing at all, your return doesn't grow with the success of the firm.
If these companies were so good wouldn't they be able to sell shares or go to individuals to get investment on the idea? However they would have to provide pretty compelling business cases to do that. Imagine if these guys went on Dragon's Den or similar.
"It's a quadcopter that follows you and takes video."
"Oh can we see it flying."
"We only have a video/It doesn't fly."
I've had my hand burned by a iphone cable that melted, these things happen when battery charging is involved. Electronics have risk and most of us don't educate ourselves on what they are. After the event I educated myself and changed the way I used things and more importantly never charge anything when I am not present or on or near flammable things.
1.5million batteries? One documented issue? I'm no expert but that risk is very very low based on the info available...
Re: It's not just the TV...
Agree entirely, Virgin media my cable provider, can't even get iplayer in SD working properly, without stuttering, pauses and sound cutting in and out. Despite it working flawlessly on my PC via the internet. Let alone the "HD" channels that all look the same as SD ones to me. 4k infrastructure is a long long way off, so I'd rather pay the money when I actually can get content.
It's like buying a car that runs off moon dust, it may do great MPG but you sure aren't getting any fuel anytime soon.
There is also viewing distance and the limit of the human eye to perceive the extra detail. If I can't perceive the individual pixels on my 1080p tv sat on my sofa, surely any extra ones are a complete waste of time and money?
For me 4k serves its purpose up close only (and yup it looks amazing) and thats not how most of us watch tv. It is however how we game or use computers. Good for gamers, artists maybe but thats about it.
Just tech companies trying to sell us the next thing we don't need.
Thankfully I am still small fry. I arrived at a space station to unload 12t of coffee from my hauler only to find I didnt have any cargo. Confused me a bit I just assumed I had forgotten to buy any, although now I think perhaps it just vanished. Was getting kicked off a few times that day too whenever jumping.
It's a good game, but will be better when proper grouping comes in and the economy tools are a bit more useful. I am looking forward to gropuing most of all, its lacking in the social at the moment. May be realistic in that respect but still would like to pootle about with some friends.
Re: I've been thinking about playing....
Yes I bounced off a Type 9 NPC who decided to just stop dead in the middle of the letterbox with no warning. Luckily the shields took it. In fact are Type9 pilots the worst of them all? ;) they always seem to be doing it, or flying head on at you.
Re: Awesome Toy
Although the props will auto rotate, it won't slow the descent significantly. Will fly like a brick.
Re: Awesome Toy
Yes that is correct, if they descend too fast, they effectively fall through their own downdraft which makes them very unstable or worst case cause them to drop a distance or even out of the sky if its relatively low. Descent can be sped up by moving forward or backwards whilst descending. A trick I do with my phantom 2 if I want to get down quicker.
Mine was pretty poor for quite a few days, but oddly today it seems to have slowed its battery use considerably (still have 64% left today whereas yesterday at the same time it was about 15%.
Probably more to do with me using it less but does seem to have got better. I'm sure 8.01 will sort it out.
Re: 4S killer
My 64gb 4S runs like a dream, sadly the battery meter can be seen moving as soon as you start using any apps. When not in use battery drain seems the same as iOS7. So good as long as I use it quickly and not for any length of time :/
I bought an iPad 1, there is one simple reason I have never upgraded it. For 2 years it was fantastic but it has became more and more unusable as time has gone by as iOS evolved quicker and quicker, it got rapidly left behind. Even common apps and sites like facebook crash the device in moments and Im left with an email device I can stream movies on and view some websites. No doubt these are software issues that can be resolved but Apple have no desire to update older os theyd rather you bought a new one.
For me its just too much money for something to be obsolete in 3 years, apple no doubt intend that though, but queuing up for the latest device isn't for me and it seems not for many others now either. I will just buy a cheap one next time.
It is interesting as the two things on kickstarter I backed with my cash, got delayed and delayed and delayed so long that after several big deadline movements, I withdrew my support/got my money back.
I wonder if the figures for people backing out are included in the above, I suspect not. Kickstarter has a lot of chancers. I'd like to see how many kickstarters actually delivered what they promised.
Re: It’s different when it’s happening to you.
So effectively you're suggesting we need National Service brought back in but instead of training in the army, you literally serve your country by representing it? It would at least be closer to actual democracy than todays democracy is.
Re: I hate
And dont forget forced rating requests all the time... grrrr
It's still significantly less than my last Virgin price hike in February which was around 13%, this was a few months after my "free upgrade" to faster broadband.
Re: El Reg is getting worse....
True, also ironically it was the British Army who saved/ran the VW factory and mass produced the first beetles to try and stimulate the local ecomomy after WW2. The design was all but abandoned by Porsche. Interesting stuff.
Amazon seem to disagree
Amazon seem to think there will be a 3d edition released... http://www.amazon.co.uk/Doctor-Who-Anniversary-Special-Blu-ray/dp/B00F37VHPM/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1380727913&sr=8-5&keywords=Doctor+Who
Re: "layered on top of an existing governmental structure desperate to preserve it's own power "
Wow so even then they were copy and pasting from other sources for their homework...
John Hurt for me would be great, the plot seems to suggest he was the original "pre-Doctor" , would be great if he was also the last. He is supposed to be incredibly old, lets get someone who at least looks like they've seen the universe a bit. Then again the kids probably wouldn't like it so much then and its written for the kids these days...
It needs someone with presence and acting ability plus great voice. Must admit I never considered Patrict Stewart but he would be fantastic too, although I doubt he would sign up for it.
Must admit Cumberbatch has that "Tom Baker" mad haired look and would probably play him well but I he isn't my first choice by far.
It will contain similar restrictions http://techreport.com/news/24141/sony-patent-describes-rfid-infused-drm
In fact I am pretty sure I read about Sony patenting an ability to incorporate a chip into a disc for ID and DRM purposes. Why else would they want to ID a disc if not to prevent you sharing or selling it second hand?
Quick google brings up lots of threads, so everyone saying they will just buy a PS4 will face the exact same problem there too.
I like my iphone and am very accustomed to the interface. However I am still on an iphone 4 because the upgrades since I got my phone are next to non-existant.
I would personally consider the new Galaxy just because it seems to be genuinely innovative and offer some new features. My first iphone a 3g was quite exciting to me at the time, after countless rather clumsy smart phones this was a revelation. Sadly iphone stopped being an innovative leader (and by that I mean using existing tech in a new way) long ago and now just seem to play catchup with other developers.
Why would I pay 500quid (or whatever it is) to get an iphone 5 which does nothing much over my iphone 4, other than a few novelty features I would use once and then forget? It's all about value and until my iphone 4 conks out I won't worry about upgrading. Apple sells itself as a premium brand but they don't give premium value anymore.
I've never looked at my (rather old) kindle and thought, ooh if only the screen was higher res... unless youre reading books full of photos or comics I can't see any added value in this. E-ink already looks like print, if I wanted to read books with graphical content I'd get a tablet.
Is this like the camera manufacturers "megapixel" hikes just marketing? In that they don't mean so much in usefulness but to the average consumer more if always seen as better so they waste their money on the next upgrade anyway?
I am about to drop VM, this is just one of many constant issues. I've had years of intermittant problems caused by overselling of connections beyond capacity, rubbish support as detailed above, I rarely bother to call anymore because I know it won't speed up resolution or make a diference.
They upgraded me to 60meg for "free" then 3 months later increased my bill by over 12%... All sneaky tactics to hide hefty price increases but make out they've given you something for free. Time to vote with the old wallet, especially as in the evening my 60meg performs far worse than my 20meg ever did.
Re: Bought a gopro for this very reason
Tried last last year and the wind just wasn't strong enough it and kept slowly coming down. With good strong winds its certainly achieveable.
Derek Zoolander would no doubt love this phone.
Re: @Fink-Nottle (was: 3.2 Million reasons to love speed cameras)
We have a similar offence if you are driving too slowly for the traffic, i.e doing 40mph on a 70mph motorway is clearly dangerous. They tend to be more motorways and dual carriageways. However American roads from my experience (and I only have driving in Michigan to go by) are all mostly very long, straight and a lot wider with no kerb stones.
Come over and drive the winding UK country lanes that the post was referring to and you will quickly understand why doing the speed limit without knowing the road, would be dangerous. Doing 60mph is something you can do safely if you know the road well and even then its not always safe to do that as you can't see around bends due to hedges, trees and stone walls. I've had friends from the USA visit they found our country roads quite intimidating, in fact they ended up wrecking the wheels on their hire car on the kerbs even around town. I took them around the same roads with me driving and they found my speed and cornering scary even though I wasn't breaking the limit. Different world here road wise, we don't have the block system, roads wind all over the shop unfortunately. Not always comparable.
Pint icon because the world is full of interesting differences.
My atari was broken
I recall getting an Atari 600 or 800 XL for Christmas some time around the mid eighties, It had a RAM problem where half its 64k was missing, 2 swapped units later we gave up and I ended up with an Acorn electron instead. Have to wonder how much the quality problems held atari back in the home computer arena.
Say goodbye to buffering? Should surely be "Welcome back buffering!"
I have had numerous issues with VM over the last couple of years, when it works its brilliant but when its broken it usually takes them weeks to find or resolve the issue. I even started to think they have a "improve connection" button on the helpline. Whenever I called them with an outage or fault and they did their line tests it would all magically improve as soon as they did it and then fail shortly after.
I came really close to jumping many times in the past year. Then miraculously they fixed it and all was brilliant, my 20meg broadband was fantastic.
Recently I made the mistake of taking the free upgrade to 60meg. Ever since then youtube is impossible to use unless i drop it to the lowest quality setting. Lovefilm is unusable and Netflix is ok when I use a US DNS.
They are clearly selling something they can't deliver. Say goodbye to buffering? Should surely be "Welcome back buffering!"
Unfortunately Apple go after others in court over some features that are to be honest so simple as to beg the question; should they even qualify for a patent? Ironically they then fill their iphone 5 with a lot of features from elsewhere. The panorama feature has been on my Sony compact camera for years, they make out like they invented it but its already out there (and no doubt patented). You can't throw stones for patent breach then go ripping off other ideas. Pot meet Kettle. They might have paid for them sure, but I doubt it.
I like and own apple products, I have an Imac and a Macbook pro but my out of contract iphone 4 will probably be my last iphone, at least for a long while. Like the products, not a fan of the company and how it does business at the mo. So I need to vote with my wallet which I will do, any suggestions on my next phone? ;)
Only if they ignore the ACPO guidelines which state 10% + 2mph for speedo inaccuracy... which many do...
Ipad 1 was fine
What an empty upgrade.
I can't say in my 10 months with an Ipad 1, I've ever thought oh I wish it was a little faster, because the performance is great. I hardly ever use my laptop anymore, its just too slow comparitively. I never wished the graphics power was higher, as it does the job I need it to. I wished it had Flash plenty of times though. ;)
I do like apple but I dislike their constant replacement and upgrades of devices that havent even settled in, and in many cases dont even need upgrading. Have they even started to get the most from the current hardware before they are replacing it with another set? If Sony or Microsoft replaced their games consoles every year the market would be a mess.
I can't help feel that Apple are in some ways alienating their own customers by constantly making them feel pressured to get the next one for fear of it being obsolete. The OS then gets updated to make it slower and slower and you're expensive device gets pushed out. Apples market share will no doubt reduce because of Android but also because their constant goal post moving will just put off consumers from getting on board, and leave only the loyal fans buying.
These constant upgrades are good for Apple and not really the consumer.
My car crashes the 4.2.1 iphone
My car has ipod/iphone integration although its not a Toyota... Since the last update, the phone crashes half way through any song you play and reboots.
Its fine with ipods and usb sticks, so i can only deduce its iOS 4.2.1
Japan are working on battery changers
Exactly right, there is no need to charge them in car. Japan I am sure were working on e-cars and mechanisms to change batteries at service stations.
Much more sensible solution.
My experience of Cata
The goblins are great fun, although agree Worgen don't "feel" very alliance... they look great but their anims seem a little clumsy. I am hugely enjoying the goblins, although their technology sometimes seems a little too advanced and grates on my world view of wow. Still I can put that aside as they are quite funny.
I am enjoying the redesign of the old world, it actually made me start a new char and level again. Previously I couldn't be bothered with starting again from scratch and doing the same quests with a new char. Seemed pointless, now its fun again.
I have completed the underwater quest chains, and loved the storyline, although I must admit I was keen to get on dry land after a while. "Jewels" Verne is awesome, I hope to see his "ship" again. After a weekend of snowed in playing I am almost to 83, so the levelling is as someone said trivial.
As for still wearing tier 10, I have very few purples left and it makes me sad each time I replace something with a green or blue. Those who are still wearing all their old purples are likely just doing so out of reluctance to go from looking cool to looking pants (fashioncraft is the real game here right?).
That brings me onto another thing, why do they always make helms and such that look ridiculous/downright stupid? I only had tier 9 priest head but wow it looked good, now I look like a budget batman!
Throne of Tides we did last night for the first time, and we beat it. Although it was a challenge, it relies heavily on team work, and intitially whilst our gear is still "green" we all had to pop most of our abilities/spells to get through each boss.Good fun, and its reinvigorated my love of WoW, I was bored of the grind, and played once a week. I don't know how long it will last but for now, I am loving it. Now to finish DeepHolm.
Oh and guild rep and such seems a nice addition, shame my guild is so small.
Overall happy, but but not sure how long term the appeal will be to a small guild like ours.
uses for photographer
I opted for a wifi model and decided a mifi was a more cost effective solution. I rarely want to use it on the move, its a bit big to carry about without a specific use for it and I have my phone if I really need to browse or read email on the move.
Admittedly I purchased it for photography reasons, browsing is a bonus. Loading raw images and video live at a wedding and showing clients a slideshow. It has already paid for itself in increased sales and bookings.
Lovechild of the crazyfrog
Looks like the lovechild of the Crazy frog and the Aliens from the Simpsons... Good to see them continuing with the Simpsons theme...
I see the point I dont see the value
I would like one I must admit, mostly to display my photography work to potential clients, then as a nice web browsing and email device.
I see the point of the iPad (or as another Reg user amusingly called it the "iPod Chunky", I want one but I think its £150-£200 over what I perceive to be its value.
I did ponder that if Apple had made as much money from their app store as the figures show, they might subsidise the hardware a little more to get it into even more homes and increase that app revenue. Something thats not needed outside of the UK maybe?
So want one, but wont get one unless price really drops.
SORN should be automatic
Seems kind of silly to have to register SORN, wouldnt it be much much easier to just assume that any car not taxed on its renewal date is not taxed and thus is off road. Unnecessary beaurocracy like must of modern Britain.
Protecting his business model
Seems so blatant that this isnt about the quality of apps, its about competition for apps which would eat into Apples reveune.
Flash being uncontrolled translates to flash equivilent to an app being potentially free on the web, Apple would get no slice of the proverbial pie...
He is protecting his business model not users of apple products. Still I do like my iphone, but the lack of flash is a minor annoyance.
Recession isnt over sorry? Its gone up 0.1% over a period that includes...Christmas? A time of year when everyone generally spends more than the rest of the year... Think about it ;)
The sigma dp1 is effectively 4.6 megapixels in resolution but the shots are some of the sharpest I have seen. Certainly sharper than my 12.1mp Canon G9. Megapixels only help with the right glass in front of them and on the right sensor.
If you knew about cameras you would know that 4mp is plenty for a phone...
As a photographer, I get very bored of the general perception that a camera is good if it has high megapixels. As above posters have commented camera quality if not just about how many MPs you have, in fact its one of the last factors in the quality of your photo.
The quality of the lens is the primary consideration, then the sensor. You can have a 20mp sensor but if your lens is made of low quality glass your photos will suck. Yeah you can print them to a massive size but they will still suck big time.
A camera phone sensor will also be very tiny and cramming ten mp into that tiny phone sized sensor will just increase noise, sharpness and actually decrease the picture quality.
A 4 or 5 mp camera will happily print your image at about A4 size without any loss in quality. Why would you want a 10mp camera phone? You want to print at A3 or 20"x16" from a phone picture? I very much doubt it, the lens and sensor would never be upto the job. in the world of cameras some manufacturers have actually used less MP on new cameras after realising its not always better.
Very bored of all the people using the megapixels as an argument to put item down. It is frankly not really valid a valid argument. Its a marketing ploy by the camera manufacturers and you my friends have fallen for it.
Arent you missing the point?
LOL all the comments about just using the legit console are missing the point of why they mod their console in the first place. Its so they can play their pirated software online of course.
p.s. My xbox is entirely legit and has only been replaced once under warranty. It came back with the same fault but much louder oddly.
Upgrade for £70!?!? Where?
@Francis Fish Where are you getting the upgrade for £70, keen to know. It looks like £150 +everywhere I've looked.
Flash in broad daylight for a landscape show?
The auto mode uses flash for a landscape shot in broad daylight? No wonder you get a colour caste.
Don't bother creating idiot proof tech, nature always has better idiots
It does amuse me all the people desperately trying to find an income stream in Twitter, and I find it even more amusing when they fail completely.
I do like Twitter, its great, but advertising will just ruin it, and is already diminishing its appeal with all the morons trying to trick you into following them to advertise. Only money in twitter seems to be the auto following software that sells to all the moronic advertisers.
The day I have to pay to receive a tweet is the day I find another service. Pay per receive is so open to abuse.
So what next from this great company? Their motorcycle ashtray product? Or the new chocolate fireguard? Their patent pending cat whistle is pound to be just as popular as their pay per tweet.
Again with the blatant marketing scam?
If VM could get my 20meg broadband to perform closer to 20 than 10 I would be impressed. Fix what you already provide VM, before investing in some mythical holy grail of speed which will also not be achieved. The money would be better spent getting the current setup right!
Its not a slr replacement
I use my digital SLR for most photography work, but these kind of cameras appeal to the semi-pro and amateurs because of their "take anywhere" size, whilst still allowing full manual control and use of speedlites or even wireless flash for strobist style work on the move. They are also a good failsafe in the event of camera failure.
I go mountain biking and simply cant carry my SLR, and 70-200 IS lens around with me, its too heavy and cumbersome. Yet the g9 or g10 is perfect for just such work.
As for chromatic abberation, you can shoot raw with this camera and its easily fixed in software.
It's a compromise like all things, but its a good one, its not trying to be a SLR, its trying to be a compact with manual controls.