2035 posts • joined Tuesday 8th May 2007 12:11 GMT
re "The textbooks START at $14"
dunno what school you went to, but they didn't teach you so well in the reading classes did they?
from the article:
> with "most" of their offerings priced at $14.99 _or_less_
so yes, a few might be more than 15 bucks, but most of them will be cheaper.
so, another 3 years to debate this? seems more like a vote for 3 more years of milking it. lets face it, it's going to be 88 years at the earliest before they next get a chance to debate this issue, might as well try and get as much out of it as possible while they can
this! why _should_ we adapt to the imperfections of nature? we're top of the evolutionary tree, that gives us the obligation to give something back to nature, and fix it were we find faults.
i read a story a few years about (i think it was some steampunk thing) where some evil genius had worked out a way of adjusting the orbit of the planet by causes all the volcanoes on a single continent to erupt at the same time.
that was just science-fiction, but i'm sure the world's top boffins wouldn't have too much trouble applying the theory in practise.
i don't see why. i doubt he'd have more than an executive producer title on the tv show anyway
and even if not, he's announced retirement from blockbuster movies. technically, it's possible this is because he'll be spending all his time in the future filming the tv series, and re-editing and making it 3D after the first season airs....
"No one would have believed that in the first years of the 21st century that human affairs where being watched from the timeless worlds of space. No one could have dreamed we were being scrutinized as someone with a microscope studies creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. Few man even considered the possibility of life on other planets and yet, across the gulf of space, minds immeasurably superior to ours regarded this Earth with envious eyes, and slowly, and surely they drew there plans against us.
"At midnight on the 17th of July a huge mass of luminous gas erupted from Mars and sped towards Earth...."
Am so looking forward to seeing a tripod war machine, if only for a few split seconds before the heat ray vaporises me....
The article suggests that Apple are going to enable anyone to start published text books for the education market. I don't think that's been stated anywhere. It's pure speculation.
From what I've read, Apple are going to release the tools which will enable those currently writing education books, to produce media and interactive rich textbooks that can be read in iBooks (I guess). I don't think this is for the general public.
where do i sign up?
There's no need to convince the workforce that working from home is a good idea.
I'd happily switch jobs to one that would allow me to work from home.
If they are serious about this, they need to strongly target the employers to convince them to accept and encourage remote working. Currently, the view is that if you're working from home, then you're obviously skiving, "lying on the sofa and flicking yourself off to Trica" as the saying goes.
"Why wait until April to ship a tablet that uses it? Good question, and one that's tricky to answer."
Because RIM really don't have a clue about what they're doing?
They were fine when they were the only people punting around Blackberry's but now that the market has changed and they're having to compete against others, they're out of their depth.
I hope El Reg will also be going dark (at least to site requests coming from across the pond) on Wednesday? Wouldn't like to think an intelligent bunch of chaps and lasses as yourselves are pro-SOPA are you?
Mr Fry made an interesting tweet on this subject this morning:
"Kindle, Apple, PS3, Xbox, Nokia, Samsung, Wii, IBM, Intel, MS all made at Foxconn. Apple takes the flak but only Apple truly addressing it"
one time pass
I've given up trying to remember passwords. Where I can, I set a long password completely at random and make no attempt to remember it. Then, the next time I need to log in, I request a new password.
There are two flaws in this approach, but I feel the freedom from having to remember random alphanumeric words that need to be changed every 30 days is worth it.
Flaw 1: I have to wait around for the new password to be generated and emailed to me.
Flaw 2: I'd be completely unable to reveal my amazon.com password even if under torture and at risk of death.
yeah, but now _everyone_ is going to be using correcthorsebatterystaple as their password and so there's no security there either!
It was only last friday that i was wondering why it had been so long since we last had a nugget of Stob genius, and then here we are today with this gem. Fantastic stuff! the world needs more Stob!!!
surely the pixel count on a telly is largely irrelevant, because you're comparing a 10" screen against a telly, which is likely at least 24" in size.
so even having the same number of pixels, that's a much much higher density of pixel and so much improved image.
Just goes to show, there's very little that we can do to the earth that it hasn't already thought of and got a back up plan for. It's quite massive egotism to think that we could so easily disrupt an ecosystem that's been around for so much longer than we have.
can't it really stream all that display data wirelessly? or, more correctly, without annoying lag?
while i appreciate the cool concept, i'm dubious of how practical it'll be
"All this really should have been there earlier"
They really should have put this in place from the get go. Apple have their HIG document and will reject your Apple if you don't follow it closely enough. That may be a bit draconian, but it serves a purpose.
Putting out a website now with these ideas on is a bit late. It's going to be ignored by the majority of developers I expect. If it had been there at the start, developers would have gotten used to referring to it as part of their dev cycle.
good priceat that price, it's almost tempting... although, i do still have them all on VHS (at least, all that were available at the time) and then again i have them all also on DVD... still, in for a penny, in for ninety quid....
instant fail before it even arrives?so... i thought the reason everyone wanted a RIM tablet was because it'd use the same secure email as the blackberries and therefore your enterprises existing infrastructure around that. but instead, they've provided email that's no more secure than on any other tablet? can't see how that's going to win back any fans also "putting LinkedIn contacts on a par with business associates" worries me somewhat. I don't want people i worked with 10 years ago to be alongside my current colleagues and contacts. that's why current contacts are in my address book, and old friends/collegues and job agency recruiters are on Linkedin so they don't get in the way every day when i'm looking for someone's details.
thoroughly enjoyed it
Played the beta and loved the game. Really wanted to get the full version.
Sadly, lack of spare time means I had to cancel the pre-order. Just can't find the 3 or 4 hours a week at least I'd want to allocate to playing this.
If they get an OS X version made and released, then I might consider it, that'll at least save the pain in the neck of rebooting into bootcamp each time i want to play it.
I barely send any sms txts any more. it's quite a shock with the message is in green.
Then again, my phone plan includes unlimited txts, so it makes no difference to me.
did you even read the article?? this patent doesn't relate to iphone and ipad multitouch - it's only relating to the trackpads on the laptops and desktops.
if they'd tried to get those included they'd have lost the case.
quote: "You wouldn't see a resolution that high on an 11.6" Macbook Air"
actually, the rumours are that you will, soon. Apparently Lion is already capable of displaying "HiDPI" which, as i understood it, is twice the dpi in each direction. So it's likely macbooks and imacs in the near future will be sporting displays with greatly increased density of pixels.
But, it's not to provide more real-estate on the screen, just far far smoother graphics.
quote: "touch interfaces are suited to large controls anyway"
they're not going to make the controls smaller. the controls will be the same size. but the graphics and textures that display the controls will be twice the size, so appear much much nicer. at least, they will, until they're obscured by your fingers tapping on them
Doesn't it worry anyone else that Google, the world's search engine, estimates that 480 search results is the same at "at least 1000"?
That's quite a massive incorrect calculation, and yet the whole world still puts their faith in them.
No wonder the world is going up the creek, and Google are standing on the shore holding the paddle behind their back!
I get that Android is going to be the most used OS in the future, but what I don't get is why it's such a big deal?
Sure, 90% of the world is going to be using it, but it's going to be on products made by dozens of different brands, all trying to undercut each other, cutting costs by cutting quality and features. The profit margins for Android device manufacturers are only going to get worse. And all the while, Apple will be raking in money hand over fist and continuing to produce devices of a high quality and standard.
I'm not seeing where the upside is here for the likes of Samsung and HTC and so on. From this article, they are promised a world of pain in the future, while Apple has it easy and doesn't need to worry about catering to the developing markets who can't afford fully featured devices.
Surely missing out of the iPad2 and iPhone4S frenzy shouldn't have accounted for a 30% loss of their earnings. If so, then they should be thinking about broadening their product range to be less focused on one supplier.
No, no they won't
Digitimes are not entirely reliable in their rumour-mongering.
And this has been confirmed by someone which much better sources than Digitimes has access to:
"an iPad 3 is not planned for release at Macworld. In case you’re wondering, an iPad 3 won’t be released at CES either. You can also mark a TV off your list for either one of those shows too — it’s not going to happen, according to my sources."
Funny, if I falsified my expenses claims I don't think I'd even get the chance to offer my resignation, let alone get paid 30 mil to do so.
if El Reg wasn't the way it is, then what would be the point in reading it? you can go to any tech website and read their reviews and articles that pander to the big corporations. But here, you can be sure that if a product/company/individual deserves slating and mockery, El Reg will deliver it. And if not, then the commentards will most certain step up to the plate.
really enjoyed the show
First time listener, but really enjoyed the show. Hadn't listened before as I fear a podcast about the tech industry would be incredibly dry and boring, but you guys kept it entertaining the whole way. Shall be subscribing to the podcast when I get home tonight, certainly makes the train journey to work in the morning a bit more bearable. thanks!
where do i sign up
I'm well up for this. Galaxy Zoo was good fun for a few otherwise dull sunday afternoons. If they can put the data up on a website without the use of flash, then I'll happy contribute from the sofa while the missus is watching her tv programmes
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