645 posts • joined 26 Sep 2008
I bought the Chromecast, it arrived yesterday in the mail. For $35 it is very good at what it does, which TBH is not an awful lot, but it is good at it! It is a piece of hardware screaming for someone to write a couple of decent apps for, local media streaming would be a start.
Bit more serious
than "inevitable pinhole burns, All down the front of my favourite satin shirt".
"Jazz cigarette" indeed!
I read that Google are releasing the SDK for it so there will be apps appearing, if someone gives it local media support i.e. accessing local network content, then this will be a winner. It has already sold out in all the major suppliers in the US.
Just ordered one
Best Buy seem to be the last store in the US to have stock, either that or they are lying (not beyond the realms of possibility). I'll be interested to see the effect of this on the other TV boxes, roku, Apple TV, etc., not making any statements myself until I get a chance to plug it in and try it.
"If there are lots of other tablets selling, I don't know what they're being used for."
Obviously not browsing, duh!
You think it might be games and/or reading.
Re: Where is the fourth estate?
The media sold out to commercial concern over a decade ago. It took 3 weeks for the Occupy Wall Street demos to make it onto mainstream News Channels in the US.
Money must be tight in the euro trough, perhaps trying to drum up some fine revenue.
Hmmm, iPhone + Bank cards = weekend of penniless misery
Scotland Ya Bass!
Police.uk my erse!
It is very clearly a microsoft product, Microsoft blue, annoying tiling, It even tells you in the address bar.
Probably says more about the average user's powers of deduction than anything else.
My subscription for this year became active on the 30th of June. Bar Stewards.
or alternatively ABP, never see ads on FB again. Ironic, actually not more like totally predictable, that the advertisers can decide where their ads appear and the users can't decide where the advertisers ads appear
Just ordered the HD+, I don't think they'll drop the price any further. If I'm wrong I'll buy another one. They really are very good android tablets especially for $149.
" If they pull out (and they will, if they lose enough money), the league (and the clubs in it) probably won't survive."
I don't see a down side there, Sky losing money and football bankrupt, sounds good to me. Next target Horse Racing, not cos I'm a animal rights bod, it's just effing boring.
Pint to enjoy in a pub without the football backdrop.
Indeed, at 6'4" the only place I can stand vertically is in the centre of the carriage. I swear there's a couple of 90 degree turns as well, at least it feels that way.
Re: Too cheap
If you understood the size of the Glasgow circle line you would get it. There are 15 stations on about 6.5 miles of track on a single line, the London system has 11 lines, 250 miles of track and 270 stations.
The man is a
Twonk, a complete and utter twonk.
Not a gamer
Looking at this from the outside, it seems a truly gigantic waste of time and money to invest in all that R&D to end up with a finished product that, because of a couple of 'features', drives your potential and loyal customers into your competitors hands.
Re: I'd buy an all-in-one with Linux!
I'd say they are pretty much legacy now. My laptop's DVD writer was removed 2 years ago and replaced with a very capacious secondary HD. Haven't missed the DVD since. I have two machines with DVD writers and I think I've burned about half a dozen DVDs in the last year, all for other people.
As to the all in ones, for me they're a definite nono. I've had to deal with other people's all in ones when they've gone phut, and almost always it results in the purchase of a complete new system. For this sort of money I would be hoping to get a bit more in terms of oomph and long term peace of mind.
Re: Robert Carlyle
As the Begbie persona, glassing the Daleks and kicking the Cybermen in the stanes, well perhaps the ball bearings.
Has to be Billie Piper
Purely on the basis of Alex Kingston and Billie Piper getting jiggy with it will bust the ratings!
Re: Looks just like the stuff on my lawn
Indeed if enough people populated their lawns with moss we could put the whole lawncare industry out of business. Moss doesn't need mowing ( major plus in my eyes) and doesn't seem to mind anything barring a drought.
Future beer being enjoyed as I peruse my beautifully self maintained mosslawn.
Or an rf one. My HTPC was built aeons ago and has a metric shitload of storage, consequently to big and noisy to reside in the living room. It sits in the basement 10 feet below the TV and is HDMied to the TV with an rf remote (Firefly) for control. Works for me.
Your Gorilla is malnourished he used to be 800lb.
No tape involved!
MS needs to stress
That this machine is not an iPad competitor but a whole other kettle of fish. Given the reactions here and elsewhere to the price I would say they have failed in this respect.
Mandy Rice Davies
and her quote springs to mind.
Re: Except that it isn't though really is it?
Indeed there is and I have one, it's a phone cost me $50 up front, annual usage 1500 minutes, annual phone bill $99. All the other stuff I use my tablet for :)
LIke Billy Connolly my inner welder is screaming "£580 for a fucking phone!"
Ok this one will probably be downvoted to oblivion.
I use Windows 8 on three machines daily, 2 for work and one for home use. All three are multicore machines with SSD boot drves, all three were previously Windows 7 and all three perform better and more reliably under 8. I actually had to go and google a windows 8 BSOD to see what it looked like, never seen one. Boot times are ridiculously low, much faster than 7 and TIFKAM is history as I have boot to desktop and Startisback installed. I'm not a novice user and I delve into the nether regions of hardware/drivers/registry whenever required. The reorganisation of aspects of the W8 interface, whilst initially irritating soon disappears when you get used to it, as we all had to do in almost every version of windows since 1.0 (that one was installed, messed with and immediately consigned to the trash). TIFKAM should have been an option selectable if you had a touch screen, I wonder what the reception to 8 would have been if M$ had done this instead of forcing its use on everyone.
Beer for those who read it all.
Re: In news just in
"My home laptop is a small and light Acer Aspire. 2nd on the list and I got it for 20% of the cost of a Macbook Air 6 months ago. It's never crashed (but I've mostly use Ubuntu for the last month)."
Similar story here with a 5 year old lenovo Ideapad Y550 with W8, it is always either on or sleeping, the only reboot it gets is following updates or to boot into the other OS (Ubuntu). I honestly can't remember the last time it crashed.
There is also the generation of a paper trail for income that some of the less scrupulous i.e. money laundering taxi companies will avoid at any cost.
Just waiting for the garage sale. Then I might be tempted to buy a couple.
Rogue: Dungeons of Doom
Similar sort of game. I played this on a TRS80, a z80 multiuser CP/M machine and a variety of other behemoths of their day. Full story here http://www.gameadvice.com/cgibin/faq.cgi?game=r/RogueDungeonsOfDoom-MToy.txt
gone with the Scottish soup, 2lbs each of potatoes (£1.30), carrots (69p) and one swede (65p). One smoked ham hough (£1), 1 onion (19p), lentils (45p) or barley (60p). Boil the ham hough in the largest pot you have in lots of water until the meat is falling off the bone. Remove the bone and skin then add the grated carrots and turnip, the chopped onion and the lentils/barley bring back to the boil. Simmer until the lentils/barley are nearly done add diced potatoes and water if needed and simmer until potatoes are done season with salt (taste it first) and pepper, serve in the largest bowl you have with bread. Should be enough for at least four days. Make sure you boil it every day otherwise it will ferment and taste kinda funky and cause all sorts of gaseous emanations from you, lay in a supply of loo roll, very high in fibre! This is also a cure-all for New Year hangovers, tattie soup!
Re: Too expensive
Actually closer to 2.5 Kg, and about 1.5" thick, besides my use of my laptop is not on the move. It is invariably on the couch or at my desk, lugging the thing to work is not that big a deal as it fits snugly into my rather large briefcase anyway. Meeting my needs is what I do at the minimum expenditure, these "Ultrabooks" don't do that for me. And in answer to Eadon I wouldn't give Apple so much as a sou of my hard earned cash for their slant on overpriced kit with underwhelming performance.
I'm not spending that sort of dosh for something that is 'sexy', give me performance and value and I'll think about it. MY 5 year old lenovo Y550 (cost ₤450 with about ₤100 in upgrades spent on it since) is more than adequate for my mobile needs and will continue to be so until something not easily replaced on it dies. When it does die I will not be looking at ₤1000 replacements.
Definitely isn't smart. Biggest heap of crap any of the HD manufacturers have dumped on their customers, and HD manufacturers seem to excel at writing crap software.
Niven & Pournelle
Their Footfall novel along with The Mote in God's Eye, used Orion and a few other DOD projects from the 50s, 60s and 70s for the drives in various scenarios. Indeed the heffalumps invading Earth in Footfall used laser powered shuttles.
Heating the column and maintaining it at 1000C requires energy, where is this coming from and how does it compare with the potential energy to be recouped from the H2.
Same Sh#t different decade
I remember attending a Microsoft Junket back when IE4 was being launched in the late 90s, One of the biggest topics of conversation was the size of the download (IIRC about 28 MB) and the inability of IE browsers of that time to continue downloading after a break in the internet connection, a not uncommon problem with 56k modems. The MS spokesgolem didn't see this as a major problem as shurely it would only affect a small minority of users.
Only I put it down to the PC knowing I have a screwdriver, and that I'm not afraid to use it!
Not so much
that the tablets will crush the PC, more that the PC has plateaued in terms of performance v software, i.e. there is little or no need to upgrade a 3 year old PC because it is still more than up to its task. Consequently users will spend their beer tokens on something else. If the PC manufacturers want to boost their sales someone has to come up with a real memory/processor hog of a killer app. The PCs are still out there, their tasks that tablets can do will be taken over by tablet wielding users but the PC will still be sitting there on the desktop when you need some real crunching to be done.
SF readable again.
Seems to be about to plunge down the iPad slope, the bids offered from various suppliers were less than awe inspiring. The PC offerings were decidedly ordinary, HP netbook, fine for middle schoolers but a little diminutive when handled by a 200lb linebacker. The iPads will be replacing the awful MacBooks which although awful weree actually almost fit for purpose which the iPads are not. As someone said further up the discussion they would be better getting a decent ebook reader.
I like the guy
He can be very funny and entertaining. But he can also spout the most amazing amount of horseshit, which is delivered in such a confident and authoritative manner that the unknowing will accept it as fact. He knows he has this 'power' and perhaps he should be a bit more careful about he uses it.
- Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?
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