1951 posts • joined 26 Jan 2009
Re: Top nerdery sir!
Back when my bedroom was also my computer room, I hacked my Atari ST to have a separate keyboard with an extra long cable and used to compute from the comfort of the bed.
No projector though. Just a 19" TV.
These days any PC and standard wireless keyboard will do. No challenge in that at all.
Re: He really wouldn't need to transcode them
Remuxing doesn't do you any good if the format inside the container is not supported or it uses features that are beyond the ability of the appliance to deal with.
Needing to remux is no less stupid. Really is just shows MORE contempt for the end user because it demonstrates that the appliance already has the ability to deal with the content in question. It simply chooses not to.
The vendor has made a conscious choice to ignore the wider world and to make the device more inconvenient to use than it really needs to be.
Remuxing n+1 files is still n+1 worth of bother.
Re: Solution for self-inflicted problem.
If these devices were allowed to be treated as the PCs that certain people like to pretend they are when it suits them, then all of these "appliance" protocols would be moot. All you really need is a rudimentary file sharing protocol and the freedom to use it.
Of course you have the problem of limited format support. That's a key "feature" of most of these devices. AirPlay doesn't help that. It just adds another layer of indirection.
A total luddite spouse can control any HTPC running XBMC. The only advantage the ATV2 has is price.
The ATV2 still has decoder limitations if you are using XBMC or player limitations if you are using Plex. You don't need AirPlay for music or photos.
An ATV2 is still limited ARM hardware that isn't fully functional unless you burgle the device so you can install better software on it.
iTunes is not unique any more and is very replaceable.
Solution for self-inflicted problem.
Streaming from your phone is just a stupid parlour trick. It's something to impress the clueless. It's a very limited feature that mainly exists to cover up the limitations Apple artificially imposes on the ATV2. If the ATV2 were allowed to have it's own apps, the idea of using a $500 device to hack around the limitations of a $99 one would be moot.
First your streaming to one device and then to the other on wireless networks that aren't great to begin with. You're doing all of this despite the fact that the overpriced tablet isn't actually any more capable than the cheap little puck by the TV.
Just let the iPad without a monitor do it's own decoding and run it's own apps.
Not allowing the user community to improve the user experience is major fail.
The Usability Paradox
Transcoding everything by hand is really an absurd suggestion. At least something like Plex offers the illusion that the ATV can play everything and doesn't require you do go through a lot of upfront fuss and bother. Plex (and XBMC) also offer superior media management.
This is one part of the process that some people like to gloss over. This is where XBMC shines and most other solutions (iTunes, MCE) tend to fall down badly.
Re: Hmm, I wonder what the fundamental particle of rabid control-freakery is called?
> Do you actually know what the Stalinist USSR was like?
You never knew if you, your friends, or your family members might suddenly disappear in the night.
Plus lines to get toilet paper.
Re: Great idea
Any similar TV cabinet will achieve exactly the same thing.
If you're not worried about sound quality, you could just get yourself a smart tv and mount it on the wall. This is a solution for a problem that doesn't really exist.
Re: Too late.
So how much does that 1TB SSD of yours cost?
It must be putting power back on the grid to be able to make up for it's price.
> Is this not akin to taking your child to the supermarket.
No. It's akin to given them a Nintendo DS.
If it is any more dangerous than that then perhaps the "curator" isn't doing their job properly.
Apple has displaced Microsoft as innovator of harmless things being made dangerous in new and interesting ways.
Re: When will parents learn
Consider this a fundemental design problem with iTunes. You're forced to provide payment information even if you have no intention of buying anything. Free content is muddled with adware and these micropayments. Any system where such micropayments can't be disabled across the board is just asking for this kind of trouble.
It doesn't even have to be "misbehaving children". I personally don't want to end up "buying" something I didn't intend.
You force people to be "in for a penny, if in for a pound" and you will create this kind of problem.
It's entirely unnecessary.
Re: Missing the point entirely
Carriers are simply the seaborne extension of air superiority. This is something that is relevant to any conflict. A carrier means that your air power can have greater effective range and can be projected anywhere where British interests or citizens are at risk.
If nothing else, England has an interest in ensuring freedom of navigation on the high seas.
It's not just about misguided American adventures. It's also about hunting down pirates and dealing with natural disasters.
You need a Churchill or Nelson icon.
Cruel and Unusual.
He doesn't need to be paid to be a shill for his masters. Just watch and episode of the Tudors and see how enthusiastic the peasants are about the King.
Your rhetoric about piracy is ultimately irrelevant as current punishments are grossly inappropriate.
Punishment is fine. Just make sure that it fits the crime. Something like piracy should be along the lines of a speeding ticket or a jaywalking ticket. A single infraction or "set of facts" should get you no more than actual shoplifting would.
Re: big screen laptops and airplanes...
If you are in tight quarters on an airplane, nothing beats a tablet. Been using my Archos for years for this very use case. Sure you can get a bigger screen with a conventional laptop but then you have no place to put it really.
12" tablet with a proper USB port might be nice. Plug in the hard drive, pick a movie, copy it, continue on my merry way without the power drain of the hard drive.
Can't just wish away those faults...
...in particular, the ergonomics of laptops are crap. That's one of the reasons that tablets have been welcomed by casual users. You no longer have to hunch over a tiny screen, typing on a crap keyboard while giving yourself a permanent spinal injury.
Compared to a crap laptop keyboard, an onscreen GUI keyboard is not so bad.
If you aren't being productive, you want the controls to be somewhere else. If you are being productive, you still want the controls somewhere else an the monitor at a proper height. Achieving the latter will necessarily require ditching the keyboard.
Sure you can use some sort of "docking station" but that kind of defies the whole point.
Re: Not suprised....
Sure. Why not. You likely get that level of service from your Bentley dealer.
Re: Near SSD performance?
In general, speeds of this range are going to be "peak" or sequential. Even then, the alleged performance advantages of SSD may or may not help you. It's simply not something that you can assume as an article of faith.
ANY decent sized SSD is going to be costly. Doesn't matter if it is "decent" or not.
Peak burst rates for a spinny disk is going to be very much like SSD because you're going to be reading from memory just like an SSD does.
Re: Headed Commodore and Atari yet forgotten
Bringing computing to the masses is a non-trivial accomplishment. Offering things that no one can afford to buy is not really that meangingful. It took the PC industry 20 more years to reach the level of price acessability that Commodore created. Commodore didn't stand the test of time but it did help prime the market and create a generation of computing professionals.
The PC market is built on the bones of Commodore, Atari and the rest.
A highly specious argument.
The idea that personal papers should be muddled with creative works that have been published is an unfortunate consequence of European ideas about copyrights. This includes the daft notion that every scrap of paper is precious.
Private papers should remain as such and any attempt to drag copyright into this discussion is merely clouding the issue for the benefit of a miniscule set of corporate interests and their misguided lackeys.
Any modern discussion on privacy needs to start by rolling back copyright concepts to 1783.
Re: What about...
So the law is null and void then?
The 1st Amendment is about all manner of things. This includes things that are likely to offend or be considred obscene even if it isn't the intent of the speaker to be a troll.
Surely you understood the Mel Brooks reference in the summary. Or perhaps that was wishful thinking.
Re: In other news ...
No. Not mere sea salt. That pink snooty stuff from Hawaii.
The more expensive the better.
Re: In other news ...
I think the number for Apple products is WAY too high. Consider the distribution of percentages across various demographic groups. Some of course are going to have less penetration than others simply because Apple products are "luxury" goods and a lot of households simply don't have the money to waste on products of that kind regardless of what kind of logo is on it.
iPod/iPhone likely represents the bulk of the numbers and iPhones are already being undercut by Androids.
iPads aren't numerous enough yet and probably are secondary Apple devices. Apple's computing products simply don't have enough penetration to be relevant to this kind of study.
Even in the suburban conspicuous consumption demographic, there may not be large enough numbers to justify generalizing 50% to the population at large. The 50% number probably is for the suburban conspicuous consumption demographic most likely to even have Apple products.
Re: But, but, but ...
It's the Troma exception.
Re: is it bullshit Friday or something?
Can I run Android apps on it?
That's ultimately the only thing that matters.
If I can untar a copy of Oil Rush for Linux onto a Gentoo box and it runs, then Gentoo is Linux. The fact that there are a lot of other things that might be different in Gentoo doesn't really matter so much.
One typically defines a platform by compatability. This includes the Amiga, MacOS, Windows, Java, PhoneOS, and yes Android.
The fact that Amazon heavily brands it's stuff doesn't matter so much.
Re: Buyer Beware
Improved performance is the often stated point of SSD. That includes whatever use case you happen to be interested in. Given the price premium of even the consumer gear, anything less is an obvious rip off.
Even for my own "light consumer" use, I would be shocked and dismayed if I shelled out a ton of money for an allegedly faster SSD device and only got 75MB/s of sequential writes out of it.
Clearly, you can't just blindly trust the logo on the box and just assume that it will deliver on it's promises.
Some people just don't get socialism...
This isn't about paying for something produced by Hollywood at the local Tesco.
This about your government taxes paying for something and then someone else trying to make you pay for that same thing again.
Too rich for my blood.
I am by no means a "freetard". I have quite a pile of purchased spinny disks. However, I am not made of money. The prices for BBC stuff on DVD is kind of outrageous. It's pretty much the most expensive stuff out there except for StarTrek. Although classic DrWho even has StarTrek DVDs beat.
That means that BBC material is low on my shopping list. That means that the greedy sods aren't making any money off me. Someone else is.
If it's not priced low enough to be an "impulse buy" then procrastination is the likely result.
Re: Eating your cake and having it there.
If you're British, you were already forced to pay for this stuff. Charging you again is just double dipping. The old stuff should be liberated to the public domain anyways.
If you want to charge the rest of us that have never paid a TV license, then that's another matter.
Rise? Don't you mean Beneath?
> - Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Risible would be nearer the mark)
Clearly you've never seen "Beneath the Planet of the Apples".
No Ape movie can be worse than that one. It would defy the laws of physics.
delete from program where title='Freddy Got Fingered';
> Highlander II or Freddy Got Fingered
This movie is why I use a PVR that can be hacked so that an unconditional black list of shows that shall never be recorded can be created. Some movies need a 4th thumbs down and a little black circle beside their name.
Re: Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!
Doesn't this violate the No Troma exception.
Re: Battle Beyond the Stars
Battle Beyond the Stars? Worst? No. You have forgotten about Star Crash.
...and I am sure you will curse me for reminding you about it too.
Re: Worst film ever made?
It's a movie you have to watch for yourself to fully appreciate. It immediately jumps the shark with that opening monologue from the big giant head. It's so bad you can't turn away and you've got to watch the rest of it out of demented morbid curiosity if nothing else.
The miniseries completely missed the Zeitgeist of the book. The 80s movie managed to nail it quite effectively despite it's other flaws.
Pathetic fanboy excuxes.
If you are advocating buying the extended warranty then you've just admitted that the product is crap and the vendor doesn't stand behind their product.
The $1800 laptop from the "quality" brand should already have a 3 year warranty.
If their stuff is really all that it is cracked up to be then it won't be a burden.
...or get something slightly else.
The beauty of going to Dell is that I am offered a different set of tradeoffs.
I am not limited to the one or two options that Apple presents. Dell has more than that by itself. Never mind the rest of the market.
Dell and friends will allow me to get EXACTLY what I want without paying an arm and a leg for it. I won't need to spend $2400 just to get a drive bay or expansion port.
As far as "Apple quality" goes: In my own experience they are the worst "brand name" I have ever dealt with.
Re: Whatever the truth, Apple subcontractor's employee abuse under the spotlight
> The explosions don't just happen at factories making Apple devices, here's an explosion at a factory making Sony laptops less than 6 months ago.
This only comes up when it's time to defend Apple against charges of exploitation and tends to be ignored any other time, specially when drawing direct comparisons between Apple product and Sony product. Facts are only acknowledged when they are convenient.
Re: What a load of BS
Apple has a lot of obnoxious fans that like to tell anyone that "thinks different" that they are meaningless and obsolete.
That's bound to trigger a bit of animosity.
Re: Economically confused cynics?
I can wait.
These greedy wankers can pound sand for all I care.
My last batch of drives are doing great. The one before that is still holding up. Don't foresee great need for awhile. I can wait them out.
Elastic demand can be a b*tch.
Not an excuse to wait in line like a Fanboy...
Just wait. If UPS can't be trusted to handle your fondleslab just wait for them to be available in sufficient numbers. There's no need to stand in line like some Trekkie waiting for the next reboot.
It's not like you have to worry about spoilers.
...a little self-evident.
This is a little self evident. If mammals were in a position to take advantage of climate change and the fall of the dinosaurs, they needed to be around already and flourishing in the fringes in some niche that the dinosaurs were not well adapted for.
There's a wide range possible between zero mammals and dominating the planet.
On the one hand we have an entire family of interoperable operating systems that have been doing the heavy living for business and the Internet for decades. They have a time tested design and a stable common interface. They don't need to indulge in so much "game changing" because they got it right the first time (or at least close enough).
The "clone of minix" is just one example. Trying to belittle it won't erase the rest.
"server" and "game changer" kind of have no business together. If you don't understand this then you really have no clue about any of this.
Re: Windows 7 is probably the fastest EVER generalist UI
The only advantage Windows ever had was the perception that it is the monopoly. That means that software is created for it that's not created for anything else. In any other aspect, it has always been inferior to all of it's rivals. Doesn't matter if it's 1988 or 2012.
Use Windows if you need to. Just don't kid yourself that it's worth anything on it's own.
Shortcuts are an illusion.
If you design a system expecting it to be managed by trained monkeys, you will end up with a system that looks like it was managed by trained monkeys. There's really no getting around that. The superficial top layer of the interface is the least interesting aspect of the whole system. Being able to actually understand the system is what separates the competent NT admins from the ones that have to be rescued by Unix SAs.
Re: This could be the tipping point...
Whipping out your tokens of conspicuous consumption on mass transit is asking to be mugged. Not that standing with a tablet is much better than standing with a netbook anyways. Then there's the whole issue of SPACE during rush hour. Anything you have room to use will likely be an inferior experience.
Re: Does any intelligent person see jobs as a God/Guru?
Design matters. However, there is no such thing as "perfection". The notion that there is and that it should be centrally enforced is a very destructive one.
Fanboys are fascists that have tunnel vision when it comes to Apple, Jobs, and the rest of the market.
Clouds tend to evaporate...
You would think that the Cloud would be a great thing to use for a secondary off-site backup. However, I recently had a bad experience with this that highlights the basic problem of the Cloud in general. A remote backup provider just "went away" quietly without sufficient notice and no clear indication from the local client component that the remote service had gone away.
Fortunately, someone was being diligent and double checked things. Otherwise a really nasty situation may have ensued.
Any form of outsourcing is a loss of control. An external service could be interrupted suddenly for a wide variety of reasons. 3rd parties (see Apple iCloud) also like to get in the way.
Re: How about old school HDMI?
An industry standard but still somewhat odd connector is still industry standard.
Such a socket also does not use up the ONE AND ONLY expansion port on the device.
Then there's the fact that your one-and-only-expansion port is also your power connector.
Re: Well it could take us into the post PC era
The iPad is designed to be a glorified Tivo. No matter how many people like to pretend otherwise, such a machine is not a PC. It will not replace PCs due to lack of basic features and the fact that the tech is in control of the users.
"Perfection" means something different to everyone.
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