2082 posts • joined 26 Jan 2009
Re: How is it different from a Smart Android Dongle?
> HDMI is less functional and less convenient.
That would be my main interest in this thing. Already got the HDMI thing going on now and it seems like far too much of a kludge.
Re: Stupid TV add-on
> Why do I need updates?
...because it doesn't do what a 15 year old DVD player can. My current generation of HTPCs have outlasted 3 generations of streamer appliances and still run circles around them.
External streamers and the one's embedded into TV's are all cheap crap that confirm the idea that people will eat dirt as long as it looks like they're getting a bargain.
> My Smart TV is severely hampered by one thing - the laborious need to scroll to a letter, then click, scroll to another then click to achieve search on iPlayer, YouTube or pretty much anything else.
> While TVs have got better, remotes have just added buttons - they need the same cut-through the crap vision that Apple achieved with the iPhone.
...and just how does the AppleTV do that exactly? What magical thing does it do that no one else does?
I'll tell you: NOTHING. It does nothing special in this regard. it's stuck in the same quagmire as every other remote based product out there. The only difference is that the remote looks prettier.
This isn't some $2000 overpriced PC. Plenty of people can afford to buy these things and play around for them just for the lulz. So spouting misinformed bullsh*t and mindless propaganda based on general lack of experience isn't going to cut it.
Behold the mindless consumer...
> I'm going to sound old-fashioned here, but maybe in some households not everyone can afford a fondleslab each
...in which case you probably already have something respectable already attached to the TV. It's probably more expensive and more capable than any device from Google or Apple.
Playing with your slab is simply unnecessary.
For $200 you can get an entire ION system ready made from the local electronics retailer.
If they're trying to charge $200 for just an Atom board with no spiffy GPU, then they are simply on crack.
Re: UEFI -- "Open Source"???
> Ssshhhhh you're not allowed to point out facts, it gets in the way of the 'tards hysterical rants...
UEFI brings NOTHING to the table here. What few real limitations are present in legacy PC firmware are negated by things like SSD and MicroSD and just partitioning your disk.
On the other hand, buggy UEFI implementations (like Samsung) have a tendency to brick themselves.
Re: I hates titles!
> Instead of gloating adolescent schadenfreude (gotta look cool, man!), here we have a logical, rational, sensible and very well expressed comment.
Payback's a bitch. We've had to put up with all of the Apple uber alles nonsense.
Some immature schadenfreude is simply our due.
Call it "revenge of the geeks".
Except you can never tell...
> WTF? Even as a MacBook Air user I presume the article was tongue in cheek.
Except you simply can't make that assumption. There are too many people that are perfectly serious when they start spouting ridiculous nonsense.
There are just too many kooks out of there.
> Apple's device is stand alone and much the better for it
Every time someone says that the AppleTV is artificially crippled and lame, some fanboy chimes in and says "just use AirPlay".
This Google product is just that concept take to it's logical extreme. Treat the AppleTV as nothing more than a wireless video transfer dongle and cut the price by 1/3rd.
Of course no Linux user owns a smartphone...
> So far, setup apps are only available for devices running Android 2.3, iOS 6.0, Windows 7, or Mac OS X 10.7 (or any higher versions of those platforms). Sorry, Linux die-hards!
In other words I can just plug it into my phone with an OTG cable. So where is the Linux user deprivation there again exactly?
Stupid title, helping propagate clueless nonsense.
IT people have never been engineers. Even software engineering professors go out of their way to burst everyone's bubble. Even if you do manage to be eligible for the EIT (or UK equivalent), you're still not an engineer.
Computer science is an embryonic discipline that's no where near spawning a branch of engineering.
People who use the term engineer to refer to computer janitors or even coders should be flogged, repeatedly.
Re: Microsoft FAIL
The kinds of companies that want to run Windows, run Unix because Windows fails to get the job done.
This kind of counteracts the notion that you would use your failed platform in order to run the one that it's replacing.
Not like the Big Bang.
Unix admins most certainly do make purchasing decisions. IT managers and executives don't just pop out of the ether. Linux is a well established server operating system for Fortune 100 companies as is the entire Unix family.
Outside of mom and pop shops, the reach of Microsoft is limited.
Re: How to survive in the countryside
> Also, the three point advice given don't necessarily protect me when someone too drunk to fasten their seatbelts speeds into my car.
Untrue. That 3 point advice will likely be the difference between you living and you dying.
We're not nearly as helpless as some people like to think.
Re: This whole crowdfunding thing?..
There seems to be plenty of opportunity for Canonical branded hardware in a variety of interesting form factors. They could put together a lot of ready made kit in configurations that are unusual. This doesn't have to be limited to phones where the market is already saturated.
It also doesn't require some sort of crowd-driven ransom-ware scheme.
Others have already done better. Canonical should raise the bar.
The worst kind of cable nonsense.
This is the worst kind of cable nonsense. These are channels that are typically unusable by viewers in the broadcast area due to crap signal quality. They are the people that should be getting free access to this stuff anyways. The idea that CBS can charge anything is obscene. The idea they think they can jack up their fees 6 times in an era of increased cord cutting just boggles the mind.
This kind of double dipping with commercially supported channels is bad enough when it's something like AMC.
It's only due to a corrupt law that this is even an issue at all. Re-transmission of commercial TV should be free to cable operators in general. Re-transmission of local broadcasts should be free to everyone.
Re: Of course ...
The whole point of outsourcing is that someone else can do it better and/or cheaper than you can.
If that isn't really the case, then there's no point in putting your trust in someone else. You could go back to being responsible for your own problems and ignore the cloud hype entirely.
Re: Obvious troll is obvious
You're on crack. Simply on crack. There was no point in time where Amiga kit was more expensive than PC kit.
When half a meg was "paltry", you would be hard pressed to find more on a clone. If you did manage to find a better equipped (upgraded) clone, then it likely wasn't cheap either.
It took PC gear a long time to catch up to Amiga and everyone else. It took PC operating systems even longer.
What memory you had on an Amiga you could use without any hacks or shenanigans.
Re: Time for the artists to retaliate?
Starting a new service won't help anyone. The labels are driving this. They are the ones with the exploitative contracts. They are the ones that set the rates that Spotify pays. They are the ones that set the rates that the talent gets paid.
Moving to another service would just recreate the problem.
This is all about how the labels screw the talent.
Spotify is just caught in the middle because the talent is stupid.
A UA for musicians would be a great idea but not because of Spotify.
Re: Bad marketing - it's not understood
> You do not require new drivers for Thunderbolt. Remember, Thunderbolt is just a transparent PCI-Express bus extension out of the computer case
YOU NEED DRIVERS.
It doesn't matter if they are NEW or not.
Support for some random gigabit chipset doesn't just magically pop out of the either. You need a driver that supports it. The interesting thing about USB is that it does define standard device classes and allows you to use a generic driver for that class of device.
This concept is something that is missing from PCIe.
You're just making the assumption that things will magically work themselves out.
> USB usually has problems, performance, reliability, compatibility...
No it doesn't. You're just making up self-serving nonsense.
It's amazing how bad USB suddenly becomes when there's a new flavor of the month for Fanboys to follow. Suddenly that great thing that Apple gave to everyone is not so cool anymore. Suddenly you have to tear it down make the new shiny shiny look better.
Re: Bad marketing - it's not understood
From the point of view of an end user, USB and Thunderbolt are exactly the same. Both allow you to connect storage devices. Both allow you to connect expansion "cards" like audio or networking. Both support docking stations.
They're both a bus and each one of them requires an extra set of drivers for devices plugged into that bus. You are going to need a NIC driver regardless of whether or not you're plugging it into a slot on your motherboard or a cable plugged into the back of your PC.
One seems to be mostly only available from Apple and the other is pretty much available with any new PC.
Even if you wanted to seek out a PC thunderbolt solution, you would be hard pressed to find one. You would have to buy or build an entirely new machine in order to get it. This is in stark contrast to USB3 where you can just get a cheap card for your current system.
"Available everywhere" versus "looks like an Apple exclusive".
We aren't even at the point where Thunderbolt can compete directly based on price or features.
Re: USB:Thunderbolt -> HHGTTG:Encyclopædia Galactica
> Never underestimate the power of being slightly cheaper
Except it's not slight. It's more like an order of magnitude.
Re: Makes no difference
> Are you sure about that?? Have you tried moving around a few hundred gigs of data over USB2 any time recently??
Yes. I do it all the time actually. Although I will be man enough to admit that I'm probably in the minority.
The thing here is that people usually aren't sitting and waiting for such a transfer to complete. This is something they will leave to finish or something that they will ingore while they are doing something else with their computer. Perhaps you have heard of this thing called MULTI-TASKING.
It's far more important that your task can finish without babysitting and not negatively impact the performance of everything else running on the machine. It's far more important that a 200G file transfer doesn't crater performance for the other apps you're using.
Mazerati speed fixations aren't really that relevant.
Re: "Everyone on a budget"
I don't care if it's "ugly" if it gets the job done. A pretty thing might not even be able to do the job badly.
Those geeky little details that are supposed to be obsolete now determine whether or not you can actually do something and how pleasant you will be while doing it.
Re: "Everyone on a budget"
500 quid on a phone? You must be insane? I've never spent nearly that much. Although I admit that all of my recent phone purchases (Apple or Android) have all been subsidized.
I would be hard pressed to spend 500 quid on a laptop.
Re: Nice guys come second
> Sounds like Linus has pretty much lost it.
No. You just sound like an uniformed idiot. This has been his management style from the beginning. He hasn't "lost" anything. He never had it to begin with and it didn't seem to do him or his project any harm at all.
You may want to be a a whiny little b*tch but it's hard to argue with success.
Re: Says who?
Like radio before them, streaming services like Spotify and Pandora aren't there to support musicians directly. They are in the same domain of "free content" that the industry has always had since the dawn of broadcasting. The true value of any broadcast or streaming medium is the fact that it is getting you exposure.
No one will buy your stuff if they don't know about it.
People need to know about your stuff. Clear channel dominated radio is a dying dinosaur that may or may not give you any airtime. If you ever hope to sell another album again, you need an alternate promotional medium.
Musicians only harm themselves with this nonsense.
Re: If Torvalds can't do it maybe Shuttleworth can...
> I'm sick and tired of the all programs I have that must be updated every fscking time my Linux OS of choice gets an update.
If that's a problem then it's entirely your fault. We're talking about Ubuntu here. It doesn't get any easier than upgrading a Debian based distribution. Everything and the kitchen sink can be updated with a single command.
If you don't want new versions of your apps then why are you bothering to upgrade to begin with? It's Unix. You don't need to mess with it all the time. It's not some malware magnet that will be a menace by next week if it's not constantly patched.
Stop thinking like a Windows user.
Re: Linux Graphics... is rubbish
> so why should they not move onto something that is not chained to the past?
...because something strange happened while X haters were locked in their little echo chamber.
The rest of the industry discovered the utility of some of the more "esoteric" features of X. The idea of tying things to the hardware is quite frankly a childish way of thinking that belongs back in the 80s with things like the Atari ST. Display technology tied to hardware is simply intolerably primitive.
Unix is a multi-user network operating system.
Mindless Lemming Nonsense...
> Well, that's fine if you want to be stuck with OpenOffice, Kivio/Dia, and all the other really bad applications on the Linux platform
You're just shoveling the same old mindless Lemming FUD that people like you have been pushing since before Linux ever existed. Nothing is acceptable unless it's the herd anointed choice. It doesn't matter how good the alternatives are or what their business models are.
Oracle courting the small fry? In what universe?
> This is the same strategy Oracle took, ignoring the SME and hobbyist, and focusing on the big bucks.
Are you kidding? Oracle has always been an overpriced solution for companies with money to burn.
They have never focused on the SME and they certainly have never focused on the hobbyist.
Re: Now is the time?
>>"...what exactly does Office 2013 offer me that LibreOffice doesn't?"
You're back to the same 80% problem. 80% of the users really don't have to care about Outlook.
It's mainly persistent FUD that keeps Microsoft products alive.
Helping to destroy this perception has been one of the nice side effect of the rise of tablets.
Re: Now is the time?
>> "I am going to start recommending LibreOffice "
> Good luck with that in the real world. It might suit some home users, but it is laughable inadequate in the enterprise.
I have been a successful stealth OpenOffice user in some of the largest corporations on this planet.
The necessity of any particular brand of spreadsheet or word processor has always been grossly overinflated.
Re: Just why bother to use MS Office?
> Because functionally it's far superior especially when any sort of automation or business intelligence is involved.
...which is pretty much NEVER for most people.
People have just bought into the idea that they need to use Word Perfect at home. It was a bogus idea in the 80s and it still is. Stupid Lemming fueled vendor-lock is the only real reason for this nonsense. This is true even in a business context.
Even most business users don't use the automation and BI features you're blithering about.
The only concern is "will my simple document look right".
Re: So who was it
You've moved the goalposts.
It used to be that Apple was taking over. Now it's more like "but they haven't died yet".
Re: A great article with just one point that I'd take issue with...
> Not so much in the US, but they already had big-ass back-projection CRT 60"+ sets when we brits were still squinting at 26" tubes
My first big screen TV was one of those. HDTV sets are a dramatic improvement over those beasts.
Re: Good article, but does the punter care?
> works just fine on me iPad
Apple products are pants when it comes to what subset of the h264 standard they support. If you are interested in any other video encoding or different container formats then you might as well forget about it.
Then there's all of the other stuff from the original media besides the video.
> We've already seen things where technically the better solution
You are confusing technical superiority with personal preference.
Re: Windows on servers, how noughties!
What? Some idiot Lemming is conflating bugs with malware causing trouble in the wild. Imagine that.
The problem with fixating on Fortune 100 security requirements as they relate to Windows desktops is the fact that they relate to Windows desktops. Those are machines that are a menace on any network. This leads to a painful user experience for the megacorp employee as all of the crap that Fortune 100 companies subject a Windows box to are a cure worse than the disease.
When you see Windows app installers punching holes into the Windows firewall, you really have to wonder.
> Window 8 desktop connecting over nfs4 or smb 3.0 gives better performance than Linux in every situation.
That's funny because I can saturate GigE with Linux. It's hard to get better performance than the theoretical upper bound.
> Actually, Apple is regarded as one of the best companies for taking care of problems.
...by a captive audience perhaps.
The thing about PC users is that they can always dump their current brand for another one. There's no need to see the world through rose colored glasses because you don't have any other choice.
Problems shouldn't happen to begin with. If your Mac is languishing in the shop for two weeks then Apple has already failed you.
Re: Major economic downturn, computer sales slide 12% shocker.
> I thought like that, until I noticed that the upgraded processor would need some new slot, which required a new motherboard, which often couldn't use the RAM from the old one...
Sounds like you made a poor choice to begin with. Tech moves fast but not that fast really. If you can't squeeze a few upgrades out of your hardware then you are making poor and easily avoidable choices.
Unless you paid an arm and a leg for the fastest CPU available at the time, there's probably an upgrade path for the CPU.
Re: My solution
15 inches isn't a work screen. It's a throwback to the 80s.
It's interesting how people managed to do work for so long perfectly effectively without overpriced luxury technology being considered the bare minimum requirement.
Re: My thoughts...
Shortcuts or symbolic links are great. They are a dreadfully simple way of exposing multiple organizational paths to the end user. You can present the "one big pile" approach of Apple tools while at the same time keeping a sane and powerful organizational scheme. Plus they don't require a database or some special proprietary single-app-only kind of scheme.
If Win8 got rid of shortcuts then that's really retarded.
Re: My thoughts...
> Not only does W8 work beautiful without touch
The missus ended up with a Win8 machine. After having used it for herself she views Win8 as an intolerable drain on her productivity. That includes usability failures as well as being bloated and sucking the life out of otherwise respectable hardware.
Microsoft seems to do poorly whenever there is any sort of measurable end user resistance to a new version of WinDOS.
They have that in spades with Win8. The odd fanboy/shill doesn't change that.
Re: It's not that hard to see the problem
Yes. Win8 is a definite negative. It also has the problem of being associated with devices where you can't install the OS of your choice. It doesn't matter if that "alternative" is Linux or Win7.
Microsoft's intentionally confusing marketing approach doesn't help.
Re: Yes the OS is irrelevant.
Win8 is definitely a turnoff. It's pushing something that you are not looking for if you are buying a PC in 2013. It's bound to be another "downgrade" situation like with Vista. People will want to make sure they can put something ELSE on the hardware.
Win8 tries to flush 30 years of accumulated end user experience.
Re: Thunderbolt be a solution...
> Incorrect. An array of 6Gbps SSD drives connected to a USB 3 bus will be severely bottlenecked by the USB 3 bus.
That was not the example.
You moved the goalposts. You also did so with a setup that pretty much NO ONE here is likely to see any time soon regardless of whether or not they get to buy it with someone else's money.
Stupid is as stupid does.
> Many of us consider it worth £280 to not have these ports on the laptop.
Considering how little space they take up, this is a bit retarded really.
"Look at me! I am TRENDY! I am follwing the hip new crowd of Lemmings..."
Re: Not gloopy
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