2159 posts • joined 8 May 2007
Yay, I remember learning Logo on my dad's hand-me-down Apple II
Like a lot of people have said, I think the grounding I had as a kid in learning these basic procedural languages has paid off when I've come to pick up a new language. I wonder what it's like for kids today - do they still start by teaching Basic? Or do they jump-start 7 year olds with a course in object orientated theory before setting them up to write a "hello world" class for a .net app?
people just don't arrest a six-year-old
sounds like an exorcism would be more appropriate
those prices have sold out
the $150 and $180 price points are no longer available. They only had 100 available at those price points.
Now the prices are $170 and $210 instead.
Of course, for a grand you can get a gold one....
don't like it
for some reason, it really bugs me the way the tall lowercase letters are taller than the uppercase ones. surely it just adds to the confusion when reading a work that starts with an uppercase i followed by a lowercase L
seems James O'Brien is more than willing to ride that same high horse and tell us what's good for us, instead of letting us make up our own minds, so why should Apple be any different?
I'm all for hang-drawn-and-quartering, like we used to do in the old days. But in this age of reality tv, it makes sense that we'd have a telephone vote to see which convict the hangman pulls the trapdoor on. And also, prior to the hood going on, they could hit the button that starts the Lotto ball machines going.
It'd be much like it was in the medieval days, but instead of everyone having to crowd into a market square to watch, these days the whole nation can tune in on Freeview, the advertising revenue would be huge, which could be cycled back into helping get us out of the recession.
"Aaaaand those are the numbers for this Saturday. The numbers were picked this evening by Lotto Machine Galahad, and convicted child murderer and rapist, Barry "The Butcher" Smythe, who topped the telephone vote. And here comes the hangman, he's putting the noose over Barry's head. Barry gives us all a big grin and a wave, and.... there he goes! See his legs kicking!!"
I'm a Mac user, but currently using a PC at work. But i also get no option to access the GoogleDrive, just to request notification for when my drive is ready.
I guess they need some considerable amount of time to set up the 5gb of storage space?
Not a problem, I've no intention of using it, but seems it's far short of being ready for everyone at the moment.
Re: I got some second hand food he can have
sticking it to big media is one thing - but the 2nd hand games industry hurts all games companies, large or small.
it's probably the reason why there are so few small independent games companies around anymore, they can't afford to develop new and cutting edge games themselves. nor can they afford to spend ages developing long and involving games that we'd consider worth the money and time investment to complete. so they have to become absorbed into the larger companies, and then the large publishers are unwilling to take a risk on a new title, and instead would rather rehash a previous title that had success and is seen as having a recognisable brand.
it's the same as happens in the movie industry. the "big media" as you call it control most of the distribution channels, and they're too cautious to take a chance, so they stick to sequels and prequels and reboots that they view as safer bets.
and who looses out? we, the consumers, get lumbered with rehashed versions of increasingly inferior quality to the original.
but that doesn't matter. as long as you're happy buying 2nd hand and not giving anything back to the developers who spent all their time creating your entertainment, then it's all alright isn't it?
space elevators damnit
Surely the best way to bring the goods back down to ground level is for these guys to finally get around to working out how to build a space elevator. It's the gift that keeps on giving. Cheap and easy way to move items out of the Earth's atmosphere and into orbit (space craft for mining or exploration or colonisation, huge sacks of garbage for shooting into the sun for disposal so we no longer need landfill sites) and at that same time, equally cheap and safe means of bringing in bits of asteroids in a controlled way that isn't going to create tidal waves or huge holes in the ground, or scary atmospheric effects like in ID4.
In fact, you build two together, surely, so the one bringing asteroids down to earth is pulled by gravity, and in turn provides power to the other one to lift items up into orbit.
am just a little too worried about Google having an off day and suddenly everyone's private files show up in public searches and so on. think i'll stick to keeping my files local, thanks all the same
as above, so below... who'da thought it?
the shape of things to come?
The trouble is, if Apple, with all their huge big pile'o'cash and lawyers, can't win a case in China, what hope that any other western company have? It may be the biggest marketplace and so seem highly inviting to try and conquer, but China will always side with their own, whether it's a trademark case like this, or obvious imitations of existing products, like the one BMW lost.
The numbers being the prediction
I also thought this sounded like the usual analyst bunkum, but here's the numbers that influence his report:
But while Kuo predicts sales of nearly 1.5 million units of the 13-inch MacBook Pro, he sees much lower sales of roughly 500,000 15-inch models and only 50,000 17-inch models. ref MacRumors article.
So while, yes, graphic designers and video professionals are probably the core demographic that buy the 17", it doesn't seem like there's very many of them. Apple have got to be making serious profit margin on the 17" to make 50k units earn them more profit than 1.5m 13" MBPs. So now I'm kinda inclined to think this might be true.
Perhaps they're going to ditch it and bring out a 17" MBA. Just think the size of the battery they can fit into a 17" Air enclosure. It'll run for days... and get hot enough to fry an egg on.
we definately have two of those here
Too Much Process and Poor Communication are what cripple our efforts here.
Especially the Too Much Procees one, the Blame Game is perhaps the single largest activity of any of the management team.
i like it
I very much like to idea of putting the status icons and time on the top of the case, in e-ink.
Not sure about the time being backwards though, that'd take some getting used to - but perhaps they did that to make sure it wasn't confused with prior-art ?
Re: Who needs a tablet and a laptop when you can have both?!
It's not actually a laptop though, is it?
Who wants a laptop form that can only run tablet apps? Sure, it's nice to have a huge keyboard if you need to type in lots of text. But I just spent all weekend playing Diablo3 beta on my MacbookAir while watching telly from the sofa. Will I be able to do that with this? No. It's a nice looking tablet with a funky keyboard - but it's not a laptop replacement.
I have the Jot Pro and it's a brilliant stylus. Perfect for any apps that you either want to jot notes in, or for those that provide handwriting recognition.
I'm no artist, so can't comment how this fairs in the paint apps compared to some of the ones with thicker tips. But for writing, it's perfect.
The issue isn't whether Lindholm suggested that they license Java, it is just that he was aware they were using Java in Android. If you actually read the article, it says exactly that: "evidence that Google was aware of Java code being integrated into Android"
The fact that a license would be needed to use the Java code is obvious to everyone, not just IP Lawyers.
Nokia blamed "lower seasonal demand for our feature phones
It's a bit rich to put blame on "lower seasonal demand" - what that means is that the competition's phone where better and more inline with what the customers wanted. And Nokia can only blame themselves for that, not the general phone-buying public.
doesn't ICS scale the size of the icons for the smaller screen resolutions? they look HUGE
lots of fun
played around with this yesterday, lots of fun.
this weekend shall sit down with this on the iPhone and some of the other music apps i have on the iPad and have a bit of a jam between the two.
would like an export function - ideally to be able to export across to Garageband so i can use the loops i create in this app in full songs
When i was 7 we spent a couple of weeks in our computer classes learning how to write Ceefax style pages on the bbc micros they had in the rudimentary computer dept (read: room).
ah, such halcyon days...
two lawyers entere, one lawyer leaves...
did Systrom give Zukerberg a happy finish?
<hbo>om nom nom nom nom nom</hbo>
@Geoff Campbell Re: So which is it?
Conversely, you could argue that the BBC and other large media outlets have significant previous form for under-stating the relevance of such findings and putting a pro-warming spin on them. But you seem happy to give them plenty of credence.
your friend could run all his files through something like Handbrake to turn them into mp4's and then use Identify to tag them, and then the videos work fine in iTunes and AppleTV and iPad, etc without the need to jailbrake. avforums contains many methods of automating this process using the Automator app that comes with OS X.
I've resorted to viewing all my many many dvds as hardcopy backups and am in the process of importing them into iTunes using the above two apps to that i can start watching any film at will from the AppleTv. When you have as many dvds as i have, it's no simple matter to find the film you want to watch. having it all streaming from iTunes makes life a heck of a lot easier.
so now we're asking for smart meters on our broadband pipes?
not so. none of mine are infected either, and i only use Safari for browsing. They have all been upgraded from Snow Leopard to Lion though, so not a conclusive correlation to your sample group.
I suspect the infections are just down to the usual way that trojans get onto any computer, users don't pay attention
If you're not using Java regularly within 35 days of the last time you used it, then you don't really need automatic applets switched on, do you? It's a security risk, and surely Apple forcing this is a good thing, protecting those average users who wouldn't think to switch it off.
And if you do need it, it's not exactly an onerous task to switch it on again when prompted.
Or... was your Fail icon more for your own post in a post friday lunchtime ironic twist?
That's a bit small by today's standards isn't it?
Nearly everyone I know has at least a 40" lcd telly these days.
that's awesome that you can daisy chain them. I wonder how many in the link you need before the sound out of the last one is noticably later than the sound from the first one.
a room full of these could be an awesome sound effect. or could be utterly awful.
if i win the lottery this weekend, i'm going to try it out :)
No one would have believed, in the last years of the 20th Century...
I've just started playing the War of the Worlds game on my iPhone again, so this piece of news is extremely good timing :)
Games I'm looking forward to are Max Payne 3 (obviously) and Diablo 3.
Tomb Raider also looks good, but I'll wait for hands on reviews first because i'm worried it'll turn out to be disappointing.
Does The Last Guardian have any chance of coming out this year (or ever)? Really want to play that.
Also, GTA5 (guess that'll be a 2013 release?) and StarCraft 2 Part 2 (if that ever gets released, I guess Blizzard will be waiting for the hype and cash from Diablo 3 to die down before putting out another game).
"Under the wholesale model, Amazon was selling ebooks at knockdown prices, sometimes not even at a profit, in order to entice customers to buy its Kindle ereaders."
Why didn't this warrant an anti-trust investigation as well? Surely this is blatant misuse of their, then, monopoly on the online book market?
I'm not saying it's the same as the alleged price-fixing, but surely it's much the same as forcing Internet Explorer to be present on all installations of Windows isn't it?
I think it would be 10% of Apple's turnover from the eBook market, not from their entire profit. I seem to remember that wasn't a very large part of their quarterly earnings report.
there was another of these sleep monitoring apps. it would monitor your sleeping and adjust your alarm time so that it wouldn't interrupt you in the middle of REM sleep and so ensure you woke up refreshed rather than groggy. But it only works on standard mattresses. These funky and comfy memory foam mattresses that are all the rage these days dampen and absorb your movement, so the phone can't monitor your sleep patterns. I imagine this app will also fall foul.
Re: Which is it?
the answer, of course, is that no one has a clue. but everyone knows that you'll get plenty of click-through rates if you write articles about it and analysts will continue to get paid if they make predictions that are sufficiently far into the future (i.e. more than 6 months) that no one will remember what they said they the time arrives.
Who loses? Us poor mugs that read this gumpf in the misguided hope that we might glean some useful information from it.
There's no fate but what we make for ourselves
I, for one, etc etc
1.5kg is not going to be a comfortable way to read magazines and e-books, good luck with that.
Why would you want an ultrabook to act like a tablet?
Or a tablet to be able to act like an ultrabook?
I don't see those two form factors appealing to the same demographic. Surely it's a one or the other type of deal?
Re: not an issue for me
4g3g here - also no problems that i've found when compared to my old iPad
problem with magazines on tablets
the problem, then, is that these digital magazines are trying to cash in on the lucrative tablet user market, without putting any effort into their apps.
I've downloaded a few issues of Edge and guess what, they look rubbish on the old iPad too. Pages are forced to the same size and shape as the printed magazine. You have to zoom in on the text anyway to be able to read it. And then have to scroll around. It doesn't remember which page i was reading before. They include the contents page, but i can't tap on the article descriptions to get to them.
In short, these magazines are not better than a pdf scan. And for that, why bother paying for them, why not just torrent them?
If the publishers are serious about this new medium for their product, they should put some effort into leveraging the strengths of the medium, instead of just giving us a carbon copy of the printed version.
When can I get one for my kitchen??
hardware social network?
I'm not sure how the idea of a hardware based social network would work?
I use facebook and occasionally twitter because I can get the client apps on my phone. If I change phone, I'll re-install the apps. But I'm not so bothered about being on a social network that I'll go out and buy a piece of hardware specifically. And even more so if that hardware doesn't provide any other functionality.
no issues noticed on mine
i've got a
4G 3G + Wifi model here in the uk and haven't noticed any problem with the wifi signal.
so i guess perhaps it's just a bad batch in the production line?
something like FRAND but for medical or assistive inventions?
There should be something like FRAND then, whereby an invention that is so obviously of benefit to unfortunate, disabled and kids, should be forced to be licensed at very reasonable rates. Something like this is for the greater good of the species*, surely, not just to line some one's wallet with cash. Instead of being able to shut down the company making the iPad software, they should at least be able to license it at a reasonable level.
Am sure they'll sell 50 of these apps for every one of the hardware that gets sold. So a 5% license fee would provide them the same income.
*Darwinian views of survival of the fittest and most eloquent aside....
does it really correlate with the predictions from February? or is it not more likely that he's gotten the June date from those analysts'
random guesses predictions
suddenly struck by a desire to nip out and buy a couple of Creme Eggs
I'm sorry to say, Lester, but you are obviously something of an amateur when it comes to cream egg eating.
Some of us have been eating the 2012 batch of cream eggs since they appeared in shops, at the start of the year. And during the last 30 days or so my consumption has only increased. If there's less than 6 eggs in the fridge, then I need to go and stock up - you can never tell when you might need to accompany a cuppa tea with a cream egg, and it's a terrible thing to be caught short unexpectedly.
Cream eggs are for life, not just for Easter.....
"Naturally some aspects will need to be refreshed"
I guess that is where the fear that this won't do well comes from.
Instead of re-envisaging the characters to fit today's political world, it'll just be the same but using modern terms and events.
But equally, is the current way of politics that interesting or funny?
The enjoyment of the original shows is the clever language and arguments, the intellectual mind-games that went on between Sir Humphrey and Jim Hacker. My worry is that, as politics these days seems less high-brow, so too will the new version of the show be dumbed down. And with that, it will loose its appeal.
got to follow the rules
Rule #1 - Cardio
Rule #2 - The Double Tap
Rul3 #3 - Beware of Bathrooms
Rule #4 - Wear Seat Belts
Evidently they didn't follow Rule 2 the first time around...
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