271 posts • joined 23 Apr 2007
Re: For £3.5m
They could spend the £6.5m surplus on a film about midget porn.
Re: Patent This!
That's a nice idea but the screen would need a ridiculously high refresh/update speed.
Agreed. Sort it out Reg, it isn't rocket science.
Re: Mirror, mirror...
The trying-on-outfits-virtually-via-pseudo-mirror idea featured in an episode of the short-lived Max Headroom US scifi "drama" from the late eighties. (If you missed it, the show was based on the original Twenty minutes into the future Channel 4 production and looks horribly dated nowdays.)
I suppose that counts as prior art should anyone try patenting the idea.
Re: Ultra Realistic 3D Games
Google Earth Deathmatch perhaps?
His facebook page is still up...
... and there are photos of him trying to look gangsta.
If all phones have a kill switch you won't have to buy another one, because the existing one won't be nicked. In addition your car window won't need replacing the one time you accidentally leave your phone on display in your car and you'll be saved a night in A&E when a bad person doesn't decide to take your phone off you by force.
I've had both those experiences - through matters other than phones - and don't recommend them.
Re: Already infected, why not make money?
How about legal ramifications? I can't help thinking anyone knowingly offering their machine up to a dubious-looking botnet for reward is an accessory to any crimes committed via said botnet.
Re: This might be the first time a machine has passed it
Estate agents fail the Turing Test every working day of their lives. They also invoke the "uncanny valley". I was talking to an EA the other month and become convinced she was animatronic.
Looking at those two pictures I have an uncomfortable feeling they were matched based on him leaning his head a bit to the side in each.
Re: They fail to "read-only" mode.
... except when they don't.
I had a Samsung 840 pro fail utterly and without warning on me three months after purchase. Nothing I tried it with even recognised there was a storage device there.
(I was pleasantly surprised when the backup successfully restored and the replacement has been good so far.)
Re: I think it's a lenticular display
There were a number of android slabs boasting lenticular displays for sale at Bangkok's Pantip Plaza when I visited a couple of years ago. Those displays weren't great, but there's been time to improve that part of the equation and I can see Amazon using that with online 3d film or game delivery to draw more people into their ecosystem.
Re: No need to be so special, Apple
Don't lump all those "far east" languages together...The Korean Hangul alphabet is small and reasonably phonetic.
Re: well very few products are competely new designs?
The story I heard about the Sega VR product was it got cancelled due to medical concerns that it would mess up kids' eyesight - if true then Sega did the right thing.
I read this on the internet somewhere, so it must be true...
Re: Churchillian feint
Agreed, the whole thing smells of either misdirection or intimidation.
.... and John Wayne (playing an elite extinguisher of oil well fires, can't be bothered to track down the title.)
Will Simon Pegg be in it?
Because everything is better with Simon Pegg.
Re: animal's natural diet
The animal doesn't really have a natural diet, because it isn't a natural animal. The domestic breeds used to produce beef or milk are a long way removed from the beasts our ancestors first decided to corral and use.
We got a patent troll letter once
The claim referred to some esoteric SCSI thing that had nothing whatsoever to do with our business or products, so we told them to **** off. That was the last we heard from them.
Re: Transparent display?
It's potentially useful when photographing fast-moving subjects such as martial arts bouts. My current digital compact takes the shot almost immediately when I press the button, however the display on the back of it lags by about half a second. It's therefore not possible to watch the bout through the display because by the time you see something happening the moment has passed. The current workaround is to not look at the display, keep things reasonably wide-angle and hope the camera is pointing in the right direction.
(In theory an SLR is better, however that can suffer from being TOO fast - I found I had to slow myself down to grab the perfect glove-in-face moment.)
I don't claim to be any sort of photography expert, but this transparency gimmick seems weirdly suited to this problem.
Could this be an ultra sophisticated next generation means of voiding the warranty?
Well I know what I'll be doing on Universe Sandbox later.
Re: talk louder for Siri to hear you
Siri would then mutter darkly about those funny-looking coloured phones that have just moved in.
Re: OMG lolkatz
I thought it was called the Enternet.
I think some of the customers in my local Asda are already using this.
Re: Funny thing is
I once got a "Welcome to the Isle of Man" roaming text whilst in Wales (Amlwch to be exact).
"Much of the widely-alleged benefit of offshoring sounds like a typical tunnel-vision fantasy of a stereotypical accountant."
Bingo. I while ago I worked at a UK software outfit that had been bought up by US dot-com lunatics. At one point there were several IT professionals from India visiting the officers on six-month stints and supposedly learning the ropes. The phrase "Don't worry, you're not training up your replacements" was uttered numerous times. A development office was opened in India, the folks there got access to our CM system and the fun really started.
I'm sure there are lots of educated, capable and very well motivated technical types in India, but the people we were asked to work with were about as good as a random UK-born chav would be if plonked into a development role and expected to produce with no pertinent training. Of course there were language problems to contend with as well. I had the impression the US overlords had travelled to India and hired the cheapest people they could find there.
This was all a bit ironic considering the cash the people stateside were burning on nice offices and perks, but given they didn't respect the engineering function I suppose it made sense.
"Tried that as a student project"
Well done on at least trying it.
Re: Somebody put it far better than I could...
Err, I don't think anyone is suggesting Stephen Fry is an idiot.
He's famous primarily for having a lovely voice and the veneer of cosy authority the BBC and advertisers go for. He's done very well on it and that level of success doesn't come without a good dollop of initiative and drive but why should anyone take any more notice of him than, say, Keith Chegwin?
Somebody put it far better than I could...
Stephen Fry: a stupid person's idea of a clever person.
... they could start making toothbrushes.
I want a USB backup device embedded in an life-size Elvis statue.
Reminds me of another company...
This "handling" of their suppliers.... Are Dell the Tesco of IT?
Re: Seems a bit pointless
I see some "jaggies" on my Nexus 7's much smaller 1920*1080 display, even though my eyesight is past its peak. The main offender is Google Earth and it could probably be addressed via antialiasing, however it could be addressed even better by upping the physical resolution. I bet the average user would benefit from increased text clarity, even though they might not conciously notice the difference. So yes, 4k on a relatively massive 12" tablet makes sense.
Thanks for that. I really enjoyed the Ghost In the Shell tv series a decade ago and I've just watched that offending advert. I don't think I've ever seen anything miss the point so badly before.
Oh, and cheers for the heads-ups about the new GITS...
I just downvoted you for complaining about downvotes.
Re: The Master
I thought portraying The Master as Tony Blair (the whole "Harold Saxon" thing) was quite inspired.
(Certainly better than the "General Belgrano" allusion in one of the Christmas specials.)
Re: “self-healing” bottom
The spice isn't the problem, the squid-and-spring-onion pancakes can be though.
If your employer considers you a resource...
... then they can't reasonably demand you don't.
X hours per week, Y days notice when resigning, and don't do anything to the IT that they can come after you for.
Re: Cockroaches have a long and proud history...
This isn't scientific experimentation though. At best it's a demonstration of a biological process but that seems pretty tenuous to me. It looks like an attempted commercialisation of some of the experiments towards insect-based surveillance that were reported a few years back, but really it's a new expensive way of being a dick with a smartphone.
Who is going to perform the operation?
A kid? Probably not given the need for some money, a smart phone, a steady hand and a concentration span.
A teacher? I doubt this would pass muster from an ethics perspective for school teaching in the UK.
An adult outside of the teaching system? Well anyone who might be interested in this is probably already slow-poisoning their family and neighbours.
Perhaps some researchers somewhere would benefit from this ready-made kit?
"I don't think the rest of us should have to Google words..."
Yeah, save us from ever having to learn anything..
"Also Jesus Christ was an Allien"
This is a common misunderstanding arising from a fifteenth century mistranslation. Jesus Christ was actually Alan.
For pity's sake, don't buy a phone on HP
Well done to Ofcom for this action, but IMPO entering into a two year phone contract is a pretty silly thing to do anyway - anyone who falls for the free-smartphone-on-the-fifty-quid-a-month-deal shouldn't be allowed out on their own.
I've use a thirty day rolling deal for a while now and every six months or so the service provider phones me up and tries to trick me into entering into a longer term contract. I don't mind these nuisance calls because they correlate with the deals on offer being rejigged, so I know it's time to check their website then call them back and ask to be moved to the new better deal.
Of course I'll look pretty silly when we enter a hyperinflation phase.
Do you see what Oracle is doing?
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
- Mahatma Gandhi
Re: Slipped place
I make a 450mm diameter circle to be ((0.45m/2)^2)*3.141 = about 0.16 square metres in area.
A nano-Rhode island is, going from wikipedia, 3.14 square metres.
A wafer is therefore 0.16/3.14 = about 0.05 nano-Rhode Islands, or 50 pico-Rhode-Islands.
Re: Digital signature conundrum
"Exactly. And you could add a few thousand bogus watermarks for kicks"
Now somebody's suggested that I expect the watermark itself will be cryptographically secured...
... oh, and the technology licence to secure it will put another $5 on the cost of everyone's player.
Will there still be anonymously purchasable and playable physical 4K media as at present, or will everything be delivered online to named subscribers / UV account holders?
Re: We do what we must, because we can.
For the good of all of us (except the ones who are dead).
Re: How much an Ultrabook costs?
" If you're so sure about it's failure, what do you have to worry about?"
We're not worried. We're laughing.
I would have a lot more respect for Tesco today if they had called this thing the Tesco Value Tablet.
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