383 posts • joined Friday 9th November 2007 08:55 GMT
Giraffics Interchange Format???
Either way, that's pretty cool
The best one?
Can I vote all of them? I don't think it's a question you can actually answer, as the article shows, everyone has their particular favourite. But I think the strength of the show, and to the credit of the writers and actors, is that each has added a fresh facet to the character in a believable way,
Perhaps easier questions such as; which one have you seen enough of? and which would you have liked to have seen more? are the ones to ask, certainly for the purpose of trying to put them into some sort of popularity order.
Certainly the latest vignette has firmly put McGann into the 'would like to have seen more of' category. I remember after seeing the TV movie that I was a bit disappointed, probably due to _that_ kiss and they'd killed off my then 2nd fav, McCoy - not generally liked, but I enjoyed his dark, casual, genocide ;-)
That said, I think Tom Baker just _was_ The Doctor.
Could it be..
that the thing about Dark Matter - it's main distinguishing feature - is it's black. And the thing about space, your basic space colour, is black. So how are you supposed to see it?
I want to be able to 'object furiously' to pr0n on FaceBork
+1 for saving me from looking like a pedantic nerd :-)
Re: It just didnt quite fit in your pocket
"I still think anyone who can put 4 cores and a larger screen* into a Psion5 clamshell is onto a winner."
To be honest, even just getting having the Psion 5 with modern networking options (Wifi/BT/3G) would be a winner. Who needs to fap on about screen size and number of CPU cores?
Flatter, Squarer screen?
I must be old, as I remember TVs being pitched based on their flatness..
I, for one, welcome the return of our curvy overlords.
Which is louder
The sound of whalesong, or the sound of the fiddlers.
Either way, that purple TOTALLY says they've fixed all there problems, and are set on a course of world domination.
Almost 100x in each category as one of the first commercial ARM based computers
Acorn A305 - 8MHz ARM2, 512KB RAM, and 720KB discs (though 40MB Hard drive was an option) - And you can wear it on your wrist, instead of it taking serious desk space. How far we've come eh?
But, I can't see this flying without at least a week's usage between charges. That must surely be the usable minimum?!?
The End Game...
My guess looks something like this
MSFT: Now then Mr OEM, to use our Mobile patents will cost you $20 per device, for the first 10 million units, or you could take advantage of our summer sale, and take a WinPho license for a bargain price of $15 per device...
On the bright side
Nokia now have a stack of cash, and have finally disposed of what remains of the large and unwieldy NMP structure that was holding them back, and if I read the details right, will be able to start selling phones again in just a few short years, or perhaps they've already got another sector in mind.
And for whoever inherits Ballmer's broken chair, this must surely be MSFTs last chance to crack the moibile market, so they'd better have some kick ass strategy or a plan B.
I for one, look forward to Nokia do next.
Re: Woot! any day now boyzzzz
Perhaps you missed the Neo 1973 and FreeRunner projects then.
They even have an open source HW platform and GSM baseband. That's about as open as you'll see in the mobile space. Ever.
I wonder if they could get another large corporate to pipe up about possible brand confusion, and thus disprove the case that enough people confused it with BSkyB, because sufficiently large numbers of people were confusing it with the other company, hence cancelling out the whole sorry issue?
Twitter knows that you're sending a message to someone, it knows what you're saying to them, and at the very least it has the IP address used to a) create the account b) being used to send the message.
Just how hard is it for them to spot such nonsense and bring up a friendly warning reminding the troll that they're probably not as anonymous as they think they are.
I think Sony are on the ball with this one, as AAA titles get ever more expensive to produce and purchase, the only thing that help the consoles compete with the mobile gaming scene is a vibrant indie dev scene. The console offers a far better gaming experience than the iPhone and that market is waiting to be tapped.
And Microsoft must have to buy special shoes, the number of times they've shot themselves in the foot recently...
That said, I'm keeping an eye on the Ouya which hit the shelves this week; trying to straddle console and mobile gaming.
It'll be an interesting few years as this plays out for sure, but I'll be too busy playing Mario 3D World :-D
"That the Mobile OS app market will be all but taken over by generic HTML5 seems a no-brainer."
I see your point, but it's seemed that way for a long time now, and gained little real traction. And the timing of Firefox OS is interesting, there's no reason why these devices couldn't have been launched 5, or even 10 years ago. Doing it now seems more like last ditch attempt at mobile relevance than coupe-de-grace for native apps. It's entirely possible that HTML itself is being threatened by the dominance of mobile apps - what if your Mac could just run an iPad app for your site rather than browse a web site in Safari? As tablets begin to become the primary browsing device, would it then make any sense to bother with a website when you can get much better customer engagement and UX using a native app?
I think the Native vs HTML battle is far from being a no-brainer for either side.
Just too damned expensive
No one is going to drop $1000 on something just to see what the damn thing is for. It isn't an iPad. I was sold on the Pro right up to the point where they put the price tag on it.
If they do want it to be a thin client onto a back-office farm, then it needs to be priced as such, ie the revenue is from the maintenance of the back-office machines, not trying to force a 50% margin on the client device.
He's just not Steve is he?
"Nothing that will convince a kid that's never worn glasses or a band to wear one"
Oh, I bet you a pile of polo-necks that if it's white and shiny enough, has the apple logo on it, and is priced eye-wateringly high, then people will buy and wear it. These people think it's OK to take holiday snaps with a 10" tablet.
Their only chance of a future...
is to bundle the browser on top of an off-the-shelf RTOS and rebrand it Opera OS, pitching to OEMs as a cheap smartphone-a-like, in much the same way as Mozilla are doing. All phones come with a browser these days, and very few people ever change the one that ships. Do the math.
"...his stated aim has been to turn Sony into an Apple-like business..."
Is he Steve Jobs? No.
Is he anything like as charismatic and dictatorial as Steve? I doubt it
Has anyone outside of Sony know who he is? Unlikely.
I don't see that plan working out as he hopes some how.
Re: For example
"Samsung Apps is just too small"
But Samsung is quite big enough that it could easily go through the Play Store and offer the popular Apps developers a better deal on their own store.
And I think they'd be mad to release a Tizen device that didn't have Android app support.
Put those two together, and their reliance on Google for the Play Store isn't so certain.
"And sex, as you're at it."
Can't you wait till I'm done?
"He also said that new products would be coming along later this year and throughout next year"
He's hardly likely to say 'That's it, Apple's product portfolio is complete. Expect nothing more from us ever again. Thanks. Bye.' now is he?
Will they ever learn?
One of the key failures with Microsoft's Mobile strategy as seen in CE and WinMo was the dogged insistence on a single Look and Feel. What was good about the Win95 L&F on a PC made no sense whatsoever on a mobile device, touch screen or keypad driven. And now they are seeing the failure from the other side, what makes for a usable touch screen UI on a Tablet, is a major annoyance when it flies in the face of over 20 years of using a mouse + keyboard on the PC.
Whilst the ideal of offering developers a single API and environment to code against is laudable, how can their product managers have not realised the simple truth that the 3 primary form factors they are targeting are used in very different ways, and need different user interfaces. Is the yes-man culture at Redmond so strong that nobody questioned the strategy that is so obviously wrong?
Another overpriced Apple product?
I'll wait for the cheap chinese Cook-clones to start showing up on eBay for $10 a pop
is that you Jacqui?
Probably not enough money in it for them.
Self-serving little sh!t$
Happens quite a lot
I've often seen Win7 boxes enter 'failed to start' loops after an auto update. If this CD actually fixed the problem (registry inconsistencies usually) rather than just uninstall a specific patch, it might be quite useful.
Of course, having the registry as a single point of failure is laughable system design in the first place...
Retro look controller too
There were a few of these multi-key controllers around in the 80s IIRC, which had clip on masks for each game. Kudos for reusing the idea.
Why no SGI love?
While I was getting revved up to raise merry hell if you'd not included the ZX Spectrum, I too have to echo the above about a lack of SGI entry - or was it just that pretty much everything they built was sexy as hell?
SGI's look so good people even use them as housings for the mundane, look for the Onyx/Challenge Fridge, the rOctane, or my personal favourite, the Espressigo.
"GrIDsure simply didn’t have the right team ..."
How magnanimous of him. Of course it's was the "team's" failing.
"I don't really understand the point anyway. Mostly they all look the same, because they're all a vaguely rectangular shape with a big glass front"
Yes, that is my point. They're all pretty much the same. You basically choose the largest screen you can comfortably hold, then which colour matches your wardrobe. Dull.
"Do many people buy smartphones on looks?" Of course they do.
"and their phones all look the same."
Yes, but you'll notice that they don't have a dozen different models of it all looking the same. Their product strategy is clearly a singular one, and you basically just have to choose the specs/price you want.
Compare to Nokia of old, when they ruled the market, and filled every possible niche with a wide variety of form factors. Not just picking your screen size and price point. Dull.
Should've gone for 'Khan' as a name, then they could've had Shatner announce it's new name in true style.
Does Nokia really have no competent industrial designers now? All these WP phones just look the same, and it's quickly becoming Meh. I bet even Elop can't tell them apart.
"sound one and will be done very successfully by somebody else one day"
He's right. It's called Usenet.
"22.45 megabyte download awaits."
 for small values of easier.
So, presumably non-rectangular tables would be OK then?
I mean, FFS Apple, I hope Samsung open a shiny store and use tables that have rounded corners. In Cupertino.
Never-the-less, it's good to see El Reg going strong.
"Apple invents the Personal Computer. Again."
I see that their marketing department has never rested on it's laurels, and has continued to provide fresh, up to the minute copy...
"supplied with a book-like cardboard case"
It comes with a box?!? What's everyone going to do with their 3D printers now?
"I have no solution to this"
I do, don't let kids access the internet unsupervised, until you are confident that they are old/mature enough to understand that there's shit on the internet they'll wish they'd never seen, that it's not how normal people treat other people, and no matter what, they need to treat others with care and respect.
It's that simple.
And I guess, 'allowing' your teenage son to find your stash of Razzle would probably divert their interest from the internet anyway.
"the most authentic experience possible"
If it's that good, you won't be needing real guns anymore.
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