113 posts • joined Friday 16th January 2009 09:25 GMT
The number of pixels would be nice but more useful, to me at least, is the 16x10 aspect ratio. The 5 year old Acer I type this on has it (1680x1050 15") and is 2 years past it's scheduled retirement date because I can't get a 16x10 screen again. Apple get it so why doesn't anyone else? 16x9 was invented for, made for and is great for watching DVDs, it sucks for real work. Only 1920x1080 or above has acceptable number of vertical pixels and they are all either too small to read if below 16" or too big to conveniently carry if above.
A 15" MBP with bootcamp would be a lovely replacement but £1799 is a smidge over double the price of this Acer. It wasn't quite as close to the bleeding edge in it's day as the MBP is now but it wasn't a long way short either. Oh and I've replaced the battery on this Acer when It got down to 45 mins run time from 5 hours when new. The duff one is still used when on mains to preserve the life of the replacement, it takes seconds to swap. Can I do that with a macbook?
Agreed. Hell of a lot of tin foil hatted nonsense being spouted forth about this despite absolutely no details being available yet. 100,000 voluntary cancer and rare illness patients represents a very focussed 0.16% of the UK population. GeneWatch would have us think it's everyone without any choice.
The lack of detail available at this early stage is in complete contrast to the IMP draft bill which is out, examined and positivly identified as bloody awful. Properly implemented this could be a good thing. Just so long as we can keep BAE, GCHQ & a certain Mr Farr away from it there is at least a chance.
I am mindful though that 'properly implemented' and 'government contract' are generally mutually exclusive. Ho hum.
Speaking of twitter
Why is https://platforms.twitter.com/.... tuning up in my browser history every time I navigate from the home page to a story? Damned annoying having to hit back twice to get back to the home page.
Won't be missed when they go pop.
Not surprising seeing as their product line now is much the same as the one that didn't sell leading to the huge inventory problem. A vast variety of machines on the '16:9 dvd player first & laptop computer second' theme. Nothing 16:10, nothing 4:3, nothing cruft free for business users, little by way of SSD. Dozens of models listed and they're all, within a very little, exactly the same.
I love my old TravelMate 6592G which gets looked after with exquisite care and is now fully 2 years past its scheduled retirement date. I regularly scour the Acer lists for a replacement but there is none. Seems they just don't want my business any more.
Re: Just to shut down the trekkers...
I'm sure you are correct but be that as it may I applaud the intellectual effort now being applied to the problem. For decades it seemed that nobody dared think beyond Einstein, you'd get laughed out of the scientific community if you questioned his limit. Now across the gulf of conference theatres, minds immeasurably superior to ours are daring to ask. I applaud the 100 year spaceship project, Planetary Resources and other similar efforts. I just wish I could be here to see the fruit of their labour.
You could have searched on any search engine for "1 wire seral" and found that it requires a ground connection as well as the signal connection and thus requires two wires to function. But you didn't.
The name is either marketing bullshit or correctly representative of the signal wiring depending how well disposed towards marketing wonks you feel.
Thanks for putting the utterly pathetic screen resolution in the 2nd para, you saved me wasting any further time.
If anyone knows of any non 16:9 laptop out there to replace my 4yr old Acer Travelmate with 1680x1050 15.4" I'd be grateful of the tipoff.
Re: Another tiresome fingers-in-the-ears tirade
They both read comments. Lewis had a good 'ol toys out of pram at me a couple of years back about one of my comments. Orlowski intercepts them so that he can filter out and act on typo, grammar and link corrections without the ignominy of them appearing here.
Re: *still* not there
I have exactly the same problem. Best I've come up with is a Marmitek AWM2P to send a signal when the amp powers up and any one of a number of simpler X10 blocks to switch the sub. Great. That'll be £100 for the blocks and another £60 for the computer interface to use just once to program them up. Then there's the time that I simply don't have to learn to use the system and wire in the blocks.
Given the number of very effective switchers out there how can £160 and a load of grief be the best available option to simply to slave the power of device B off device A?
Blowing of a fuse leading to no breaks is exactly what you want. A blown fuse leading to no brakes otoh....
Speaking of which do these things do energy recovery?
You make a good point that Business does not need bleeding edge performance. You also applaud this machine for having proper ports, another good choice for a business machine. Yet you fail to understand that mentality when it comes to the screen. Tight viewing angles are just what you want on a plane to keep your neighbour from reading your screen - Reg FAIL. Focussed light output also has a positive impact on power consumption of the screen and hence battery life - Reg FAIL. You should be roasting the Tosh for having a glossy screen which is best for videos and DVDs, matt is better for real work - Reg and Tosh FAIL. You also overlook the dismal vertical resolution and DVD-centric aspect ratio, another Reg and Tosh FAIL.
It's all about the V
900 is not enough vertical resolution. Run Excel with the damned ribbon at the top and the number of rows visible is distinctly limited. Why does it have to be 16x9 at all? This is supposed to be portable computer *first* and playing movies something else you might do with it. Stop giving us DVD players that as a 2nd function can run windows. And glossy screens on a laptop? Oh dear.
1680x1050 15.4" matt screen here and I'd even pay macbook money if I could get that afresh with low voltage i5 chippery and a 250ish Gb SDD.
But is it...
Better Than Life?
How on earth..
..can you rate either of those above Crusher Jr on the irritation scale?
I work in the same markets as you Harvey and have exactly the same issues with the current letterbox screen fad. I want a machine for work first and maybe it's suitable for watchin a DVD in the evening. All you can buy these days is machines built as portable DVD/Blueray players first with tweaks that nod in direction of work.
The only way to get sensible vertical resolution, by which I mean >1000, is to go for a full HD screen and they are rare in the 15.x inch sizes. Probably rare because they are unfriendly on the eyes. 17+ inch is too big for portable use.
We intend to replace our laptops on 2 years but the current crop of Acers with 1680x1050 non glossy screen are past 3 years now and getting treated extremely carefully indeed.
5si here with added duplex. Never had much joy with non genuine cartridges myself and genuine ones seem to have just gone out of production so I'll probably have to upgrade in a year or two when the current toner stock runs out. It'll certainly be another HP and quite likely an 8550 which will be popping out of the rental chain in their thousands around then.
Re: Internment camps next?
What utter tosh. Cameron is talking about it, Blair/Brown would have just got on and done it without so much as a hint of consultation. Not only that they'd have set up a national database of those who opt in as they are obviously one step away from kiddiefiddling. The database would naturally turn up in a taxi/train/ebay/etc soonest.
Get back to your (not)working mens club and stick to whining about the pits closing down.
A unicorn shies away from an approaching patent lawyer
Shame, a head down charge would have a much more beneficial outcome.
now supports good ol' British English
No, it now supports English. It used to support American English only but now it supports English as well. Ours is the original, all other forms are variations that must be qualified.
@John Smith 19
"But it's not clear to me (not read the paper) if that allows you to substitute your *own* design by replacing the configuration ROM's. if so that is the ability to add logic to act as a hardware trojan."
In a word, yes.
The long version best start with a bit of background. In a microcontroller system the cpu reads the program a bit at a time from ROM as it goes along. Similarly the program for an FPGA is held in a serial flash rom but instead of being read as the program runs the entire rom is read at system startup. So to counterfeit a system you just buy an identical FPGA and SRAM and read the stream at startup of your original to program into your SRAM on the counterfeit. This is prevented by encrypting the data in the SRAM.
The secret key the equipment manufacturer chose for the encryption is programmed into the FPGA at the equipment factory, this is tiny and the only part of the program put directly into the FPGA. If someone cloned the hardware the FPGA on the clone won't know how to decrypt the bitstream sniffed from the original. This attack recovers the secret key so straight off your counterfeiter is in business.
Knowing the secret key means you can also decrypt the bitstream meaning you can load it into clone hardware without encryption and without having to program in the recovered secret key. This means you can use JTAG etc to analyse it in real time.
There are also methods cited in the paper for recovering the netlist from the bitstream. You could then make changes to the netlist and so introduce your trojan. Believe me, working from a netlist is not easy as it is not nice graphical source material. It's like disassembling machine code back to assembler with no variable names, no procedure names etc just raw memory locations. There's still a lot more head scratching to do to get usable, readable & compilable source. Been there, reverse engineered that (on a much smaller scale) after some management prong threw out the Vax with the source code. They did keep the backup tapes though, can you guess how many data recovery firms in the UK have a Vax among their toolset?
Grrr - Acer product manager = twunt
We used to replace or Acer latops every 2 years regular as clockwork. The current crop is 3.5 years old because they don't make suitable replacements any more.
*Every* laptop Acer make has a movie screen aspect ratio. This means you have to put up with shit vertical resolution or a laptop that is only slightly smaller than France. Oh and wanting one that isn't shiny enough to use as a shaving mirror doesn't half slim the options.
Acer are not alone with this blinkered approach, the only 4:3 ratio laptop of decent spec I can find is an Apple and none of the proprietary software we use runs on that. I'm close to looking at getting iMacs, changing the drives (just in case) and attempting a self install of Win7. Driver fun me thinks.
"this puts SpaceX on its own at roughly the same level of space punch as the 19 allied nations of the ESA"
It is true that ESA have never to my knowledge carried a large cheese into space and returned it safetly to earth. It is also true that ESA have achieved quite a number of things that SpaceX have not yet attempted. To say they are on equal footing in the present tense is, how can I put this, utter bollocks.
But then everything that comes out of America is superriffically perfect to Lewis.
"Personally I have no problem with this data being collected as Orange are able to track me everywhere I go anyway."
This isn't about Orange tracking you. You have a contract with Orange and part of the price you pay for the service you recieve is that Orange can track you. Quid pro quo.
This is about other people being able to track you and find out historically where you have been. The article gives the example of someone getting hold of the database from a backup which seems irrelevant to me. Might matter more if I were the sort to play away, if Mrs iShit wants to know where I've been she's welcome to.
What I'd find more concerning is that this is available to any app on the phone. Pleanty of apps have been found doing questionable background activity, how long before a freebie ad sponsored game starts feeding this back to the mothership?
Surprised the file isn't called newlabour.mbdb.
Done to death laready
Agreed get rid of Gates but lets not bother with Ballmer, get shot of Jobs too. Both are very boring now. Get rid of the celebutard too, the Paris because..... 'joke' has been done to death many times over.
How about an Eye of Sauron picture with the popup text: Google - <strikethrough>Don't</strikethrough> be evil. That'd get a lot of use.
Quite like the idea of a 'we need an icon for....' but I've no idea what it could look like
The target machines in this case were not and that didn't save them. And why never, ever? I've seen siemens kit bodged into service by bored techs to run christmas lights, the world is not likely to end if that got pwned.
@Stuart Longland & AC above
Have a read of the Stuxnet Dossier by Symantec. It is a quite superb piece of analytical work.
Care to cite any credible sources? Just asking, genuine interest 'n all.
Sorry but no. davcefai had it correct with "you can type "ftp" into just about any shell on any machine" , the secure alternatives you list do not have this advantage. The others you mention may well be available across the board but available out there somewhere on the wobbly wild web is not the same as bring up a command prompt and use.
As for transfer across a public network why should I give a stuff if someone sniffs the username and password to my server if every item on it is adequately encrypted? Sure you're not going to rely on one level of protection like that for the companies crown jewels or military but for general stuff why the hell not? Often enough there's no need to encrypt anyway, what needs to be picked up has no value or would be meaningless. FTP has the lowest overhead bar none, for occasional file delivery to remote locations an anonymous FTP server still makes a marvellous drop box.
Re: I'm not afraid to admit it, perhaps it's not cool to do so.
But post as AC?
I think you've missed the trick. With your situation the keyboard is a fixed layout, with this it is not.
Say for example my pass-shape is Green and top-left to bottom-right then up the vertical. Forget the colour for a moment, I'll come back to that. On a standard keyboard numpad that would be 75369 every time, easily shoulder surfed.
But with the example screen shot there are 4 different codes traced out by my shape. 10250, 01512, 50401 and 23420. I know the green squares are the correct ones so I enter 01512. Next time I need to authenticate there will be a different grid presented so my pass digits will be different.
Say someone did watch me type in 01512, the shape I typed on my numpad is a completely different shape to my pass-shape, if they tried that shape they'd get rejected. So say they have a video of me typing and of the screen, what now? Well they know my colour is not yellow because there's no yellow 1. They don't know the shape though because there are dozens of shapes I could be following to make that number sequence. The positions on the shape don't have to be joined up and unique like my example.
If they shoulder surfed me 2 or 3 times with a video of each they could probably work it out. No idea if this is the exact method of using the grid winsoft are promoting but hopefully it illustrates how using a shape or path over a non fixed grid makes life a bit harder for the shoulder surfer.
is shit code no matter how many times a day *you* happen to run it. Churnalists and web devs seem to think it's ok to crank out any old crap just so long as they crank it out fast. I prefer quality myself.
Well put. The general public does not understand and has no desire ever to do so. We have the same problem over here though much less with all forms of firearm tightly regulated.
Tell a town dweller that a farmer is teaching his 14 year old son to shoot or worse bought the son a shotgun of his own and the moral outrage switch is instantly flipped in 9 out of 10 cases. They do not want to hear about the foxes that will kill all the chickens in the shed but only carry one away as that is all it needs to feed it's young. They don't want to know about the fluffy spring ducklings carried off to a grizzly end by rats and crows. Tell them that father and son enjoy shooting clays on a Sunday and the assumption is both are wierdos that need locking up.
The simple fact is that humans are lazy and attempting to see an issue from the other persons perspective is an effort few are prepared to make.
Sometimes the cogs turn slowly
I've finally woken up to the significance of 277VAC, this is in the land where 110 rules. Limply. Over here where we have full fat 240VAC it just read like a spec fudge, pushing a 240VAC +/- margin supply to the upper bound.
Coat please, seems I'm past it.
Maybe I'm more of a rampant green then I previously knew but having read this I'm left with he feeling that ROCs are by far a bigger problem than wind generation itself.
So the advocates overstated the case and we need to use 25% of capacity or even lower instead of 30%. New technology evangelists lied - what a shocker. Even less of a shock is that a fiscal smoke and mirrors exercise devised by New Labour is an utter unmitigated balls up. Oh and its a stealth tax too, my flabber hasn't been so ghasted since I found that the sun had risen this morning.
Redo the sums based on 25% or whatever is deemed realistic, replace ROCs with something fit for purpose and move on.
Huh? How come Lewis hasn't trotted out his usual line that everything American is a load of crap and they should be using the far superior British tech that holds the endurance record in this field?
Well done Pete 9
I'd have thought "most of you are miserly niggards who would rather buy a 60 GB per month plan on fixed networks than spend a couple of thousand running Torrents to a mobile" would have erased any doubt that remained that far down the piece. Still, you got there.
If you happen to have any clue going spare pass it on to Robert Heffernan, he appears to be without.
How very dare you try to bring an unbiased viewpoint to a PS3 vs 360 thread, fanbois and trolls only don-cha-know?
You seem to be a little behind the news. The mob obsessed with spunking billions on databases, networks, ID Cards and countless other technological white elephants mostly aimed at monitoring the electorate got shown the door last year. You are correct tho, the Can't Count Crew remain just as technology obsessed and are doing sod all to help fix the mess they created. It's just that they are the opposition now not the govenment.
poor working class Labour
No such thing in the house of commons. Almost all of our MPs come from very, very comfortable backgrounds regardless of the colour of their tie. There are roughly as many commoners in the house of commons these days as there are snowballs in hell.
Well there's a revelation
"However, other botnets have since stepped up to fill the spam void. Bagle has already taken over from Rustock as the single biggest source of junk mail."
If you remove the largest item from a set another member of the set becomes the new largest. Thanks Reg, I'd never have predicted that.
Or has Bagle increased by more than it's previous growth trend? It can't have much because you've already told us spam is still down by a third. If Bagle is on the up there's a point to this article which you have utterly failed to convey.
Re: Printing out documents?
Fair points all IMG, I have the memory of a gold fish too. I carry buckets of pdfs and project documents on my laptops and have no problems with the screen for a days work, reference or lookup. But if a chapter or a drawing needs digesting in depth I just don't get on with an LCD. The other functions you mention I do directly on a Desire or via it tethered. That's what works for me, vive la difference.
My gripe is with TPM's comment that an iPad screen is superior to a Kindle screen for the purpose of reading ebooks. I can't accept that. Reading a book is not the same as referencing a technical manual. I spend a lot of time away from home for work and while travelling and overseas I get through a good number of books. Regularly packing and carrying sufficient dead trees to get me through a 6 to 9 week rotation is a significant motivator to put a lot of thought into getting an ebook reader. When I do make the jump it will have a screen designed to be the best paper replacement possible and not one designed for entirely different purposes.
You forgot to list the fine piece of British engineering used in the early episodes. Ditched because Triumph would not provide support whereas Ford would.
It'll be modern muck for sure. This time round if they wany to use something British for the first 5 minutes it'll have to be a Morgan or a taxi.