217 posts • joined Thursday 11th June 2009 10:07 GMT
Why are phones getting bigger again?
Seriously, if it keeps going we'll have 80's bricks and 'car' phones again.
I like it.
Installed yesterday, definitely made my MBP more sprightly. Most of the new features of the last few revisions of OSX don't really interest me but none of them get in the way of how I use my machines.
Apple sell the hardware, it's where they make their money, bundling their OS'es and software for free improves the value of that hardware further and increases the appeal. Yes their boxes are more expensive than your black plastic Dells and whatnot but the resell value is also much higher which more than offsets the increased cost of the initial purchase.
Microsoft's model is selling software, they don't make PC's, in recent years they seem to have lost their way with Windows becoming a bit of a mess, I think they'd be well to start anew with a completely new OS that has a Rosetta style emulator built in if you wish to run Windows software. Maybe if their cloud-based 'one interface for all' approach ultimately becomes popular they'll have a renascence but Google are certainly getting in the way of that ambition.
Re: Too big
I have two 21" screens on my Mac Pro, two is much better for a workflow POV, however with a big screens I get fatigued quickly even with just one. The 27" screens look lovely but I can't sit in front of one for long and have to turn the brightness right down to avoid my eyes giving up.
regardless,having two screens is useful regardless of their size, if I had one mahoosive 27" I'd still feel a bit boxed in.
If you've programmed it to recognise a nipple..
Then it'll unlock using a nipple.
To trick it would be to unlock using anyone else's nipple afterwards.
But the new biometric reader doesn't disable the PIN function, so if you're really worried you can still lock your phone the old way
I bought my son the pre-haswell version of this.....
Not a bad machine, looks quite good, nice screen and sound.
Has the usual PC laptop issues though, the battery is poor, the standard SATA drive is very slow, had to put in an SSD and the top bends when you're using it so the track pad gets spurious data and zaps your mouse pointer all over the screen at random forcing you to use an external one.
For its price it's not a bad machine but I think it illustrates the benefit of spending a bit more and getting something with a more solid chassis.
Re: Can you be more specific as to when the end will come...
It will be a gradual shift where it will eventually become too rubbish to survive/stay.
The planet will still be around for another 3 billion years afterwards, will be as dry as Venus though.
We'll be fine
People will start to live off the Earth in the next century or so, if there's WW3 then it'll take longer but by the time the game is up for Mother Earth humans will be all over the galaxy.
What will be interesting is that as each new world will have different environmental conditions the people living on them will evolve separately given enough time they'll all start to look quite different.
So far so good, seems faster, I had no issues with the old OS but the new one so far seems to be an improvement, it doesn't really 'do' anything different from before but it's an OS on a phone so didn't expect different. Looks nicer than before so no issues from me.
$35 to watch YouTube on my telly....
Why is this news?
There's been a million devices to enable this feature for years, most tellies will do this out of the box anyway.
The awesome quality of YT vids looks wonderful when stretched to 50" anyway.
Not the same as mobile filtering
If this was the same then it wouldn't be news as ISP's generally already offer a family filter option. This is a government mandated centralised filtering of the internet. A far more questionable prospect.
Looks like that in addition to the remake of Cosmos
We should have a remake of 'the ascent of man' too!
If Pluto swung close enough to hit Mars it would have melted away before it had chance to do any damage.
The motor industry employs more people either directly or indirectly (filling stations, Halfords, car cleaning, repairs etc). Cars are quite personal things, they provide the freedom to go anywhere at any time without having to pre-book or buy a ticket. If I want to go to London, right now, I could it's 200 miles away but my car is sat outside. When I'm in my car no-one really knows where I am. Cars are great, it's why we're so picky on which one(s) we have.
Now an automatic car, that you just sit in whilst it obediently takes you from A - B would be more of a personal taxi, the performance, handing etc would be redundant, buying a more powerful car would be completely pointless as the car would only ever drive safely and at the limit. The model for a luxury car would be very different, now they'd be a small mobile office, somewhere to write emails, watch a film, update your status, do some eShopping, be sold something, chat to other 'drivers', have a drink or a snooze. But as most car journeys are fairly mundane and you're just along for the ride then the car is then just a personal taxi, when was the last time you cared what sort of car the taxi driver turned up in?
therefore renting a driverless car as and when would start to make sense, you'd pay a subscription and have some kind of 'app' that you could push when you wanted picking up and the taxi would take you, your passengers and shopping to where you needed to go.
It would eliminate traffic jams, streets jammed up with parked cars also. There would be no need for all the street furniture such as traffic lights and matrix signs as the automated vehicles won't need them.
It all sounds bliss, however the automotive industry would be on its arse as people wouldn't be buying cars, nor would they be attached to them as before, they'd simply be an appliance. All the secondary employment it creates would also be in trouble, you'd not need to go to a service station, you'd not need to sit in that cafe eating a £10 bacon sandwich, you wouldn't ask the taxi to go through a car wash or spend the night in a travel lodge to break up the trip, you could sleep in the car.
The list of jobs and industry that would be at risk is difficult to calculate but it would be huge.
You'd also lose that freedom and individuality, the taxis would obviously know exactly where you are, where you went, would log and profile your trips to determine what it could sell you.
I still think it's unlikely to happen soon, if all cars are driven by Google and there's a glitch that causes an accident and someone dies then the driver at fault in the crash would be Google, everyone that bought or signed up to their scheme would now have a car that could kill them and would be reliant on a software update to make them safe. The lawsuits would be incredible and wipe Google off the planet.
Google get a good PUE because they 'cheat'
PUE is the power used for your IT versus the power used for everything else needed to support it (cooling, power redundancy, lighting etc)
However Google use in-rack UPS' and cooling and then claim the power used by those as part of their IT usage so the PUE figure is always going to be very little over 1 regardless of how efficient the facility actually is.
PUE is clearly a nonsense metric, one that should be sacked off.
Nice facility though, dry cooling is great, providing you have the space to implement it.
*Whomever recently showed....
It's important, sorry.
Not sure about the form factor, will make racking it interesting with the bottom-top cooling, those FirePro cards are likely to push the machine beyond my reach, they're $4000 a piece retail! Mega throughput.
Very sexy spec, looks wonderful too, not going to want to hide it on the floor.
I've been holding out for a new Pro for ages, will hopefully be able to finance one of these when they hit, my current machine just doesn't have the horsepower I need any more.
I had dozens of Fighting Fantasy books
Completely loved them, always thought they were well written and enjoyable, the sci-fi ones were less interesting, some reason the format worked best with goblins and sorcery!
Deathtrap Dungeon and Trial of Champions were particular favourites, would be interesting to see how they stack up now. Time to raid the loft!
Re: Mac Pro
Yes please, I've been hanging on to my old one for yonks now waiting for a new one, none of the other machines they sell are practical for me and wouldn't want to move away from OSX and the software I use.
Sort it out Apple, there has to be a pro market left that is of suitable size to be interesting.
With the talk that 10.9 is to be aimed at 'power users' maybe it'll launch with a new Pro.
Re: Fear not the paradox is, paradoxically, not going to happen.
That would mean that to create a time 'spur' you'd need to recreate the mass/energy of the universe less your mass/energy for it to exist with you added to it. Otherwise your 'spur' would just collapse/fail as it would be an incomplete universe.
Proper time travel relies on either all time existing at the same time or the ability to create new universes at will at different time points, the latter might be doable if you don't mind waiting 14 billion years for your new universe to arrive at the required point in history.
This could get all a bit 'Strange Days'
naive, not a scam
The lad obviously had no idea what was involved to create one of these machines, it was set to crash n burn from the off.
Why are softsynths news?
Making a record for charity is great, but decent emulations of classic synths have been around for several years now, as computers get faster these emulations are becoming much more accurate.
Installed this morning
Small download, quick to install, no issues.
Re: Missing - hybrid drive?
I have one of these, they're not slow, 7200RPM, large cache + 8GB of SSD.
I love mine, they're made a huge difference to my MBP and still gives me 750GB of storage to play with. As the caching is at the block level it's invisible to the OS and there's no messing about having to decide what is cached and what isn't.
You notice the difference when you install a service pack or new OS as the next couple of reboots are much slower as it updates the cache and the speed returns.
The only thing I don't like about it is that there is supposed to be quite a difference performance-wise depending upon what firmware is installed on the drive, however there are no tools I've seen for OSX that enables the user to upgrade.
Be a shame if they stop making them
Hoping to buy one this year, my existing 8-core Pro is getting plenty long in the tooth now, my quad-i7 MBP gets raped by my plug-ins on Logic so to buy something stupidly powerful that will last me years is quite attractive even if it does come at a premium.
they were terrible
The early search engines were awful, av.com's results bared almost no relevance to anything you typed yet is seemed to be more accurate than the others.
Google was quite a novelty when it appeared as it actually worked.
Dealing with my parents and similar, Google is the internet, as it's set as the home page of their browser, they didn't realise that they were a) using a browser at all or b) that Google was a web page. They'd open IE or whatever and Google would appear. My folks still can't differentiate the two.
Innovation is overrated
New technology, ideas and interfaces are all well and good if they're an improvement over what was there before. The iPhone for example was a game changer as nothing was really comparable to it before, now everything looks like an iPhone. Sure there are alternatives that have flashy graphics and a bagillion features but so what, I like the Mac/OSX interface on the desktop and the iOS interface on the iPhone, it's easy to use, sober and works. I never feel like these interfaces are getting in the way of what I'm trying to do. If Apple decide to be 'innovative' and replace the whole interface for something new then I've got to learn how to use it, try and get my apps and data to work with it and then suffer the transition period where bugs are fixed and software is adapted and updated to work, only to get me to the point I was before. The transition from OS9 to OSX was long, the transition from OSX-PPC to OSX-Intel was smoother but there were plenty of apps that got lost along the way. If Apple decide that OSX is old and need to 'innovate' again with OSXI then the whole upheaval starts again, but for what benefit?
Yes Microsoft have been 'bold' and 'innovative' to scrap the interface they've used since NT3, that everyone knows how to use, has software that works and isn't a bottleneck. So now I have to learn how to do what I could do before, learn how to get on with the new OS and have the upheaval of trying to get everything to work and as well as before. It's new, but why is it better?
If every time a new car came out it had a completely new interface it wouldn't be regarded as innovative or forward thinking, so why is it so for a computer device?
Software developers are under pressure to invent new n shiny, Apple have had a more than its fair share of innovative products that changed the way people use computers, hats off to them, but to be essentially forced to continually abandon what works, and works well, just to be new and different for me is just counter intuitive.
Felix is a basejumper...
Why would anyone value his opinion on science, engineering or space exploration?
The $13M spent enabling him to jump from a balloon was gobbled up by all the scientists and engineers that designed and built the equipment needed to let him do it.
I hope the publicity stunt was worth the expense for Red Bull but as the BBC documentary the other day illustrated, Felix is no astronaut nor is he made of the 'right stuff', hiding from the project for a year whilst costs spiralled is illustration of that alone.
Base and big balloon jumping is cool mind so I'm prepared to cut him some slack.
I've no interest in running Windows, however
There was an awful lot of software that was ported to OSX as a result of them sharing the same architecture as PC's. I use mine to write music via Logic, when Intel Macs came out there were a lot of audio plug-ins that became available in intel-only guise. If Apple want to essentially dump the Mac in favour of desktop iOS devices then it would really be a shame, as fancy and whizzy as those devices are they're still just toys for pissing about on, sure you can check your email or browse a website or play a computer game on but anything serious you need a proper computer. Microsoft are heading down the same silly path with W8.
I am getting tired with all this 'you need to move with the times' crap. The software I use is a tool, I need those tools, I know how to use them, they deliver what I need. Having to constantly fanny around learning new interfaces, switching software to find that it doesn't do what it could before, finding existing projects no longer load and software is no longer compatible is just beyond a joke.
There has to be at least a handful of computer users left that still actually do some work on their computers, the direction the market is going in is a cause of concern.
Re: I think I'll get one
I doubt Apple will turn their backs on the pro / designer market so will offer suitable tin.
It is a shame that there is a growing perception by Apple and Microsoft that no-one does anything on a computer any more other than look at pictures of cats, write a blog or tweet, but there is still a very large industry for creative types who make music or film and a lot of nice hardware and software that is associated with.
Whilst Microsoft never really seemed to care too much about this as it wasn't ever their core focus it was always the original association with the Mac. Apple cultivated this creative image so that using Apple gear somehow associated you with being a creative person.
This is obviously nonsense but there's nothing in the way Microsoft is going that makes it attractive as a platform to attempt to do a professional production on (the sound engineering forums I visit are currently up in arms about the poor performance W8 is bringing despite it's advertised optimisations), so for the time being OSX is still the preferred option despite their insistence of being less pro and more consumer I hope that they'll continue to remember the pro.
Finally, the Mac Pro, whilst a niece and expensive piece of equipment, is reasonably competitively priced as it's server grade hardware, the Intel Xeon CPU's alone run into 4 fingers but they do have crazy memory bandwidth. Price up a similarly spec'ed Xeon-based machine from HP, Dell or IBM and they're all priced on the wrong side of loony.
I have a Seagate Momentus XT on my MBP......
It's very impressive. The caching is done on a block rather than filesystem level so is transparent to the OS and runs independently of it, I would imagine that the solution here is the same, they've just upscaled it.
I think I'll get one
My 2008 8-core Mac Pro is getting a little long in the tooth now, the quad 3.4 i7 would knock spots off it.
I'd still need an optical drive for the foreseeable future as most of my software (music making with Logic) is still distributed this way and far too big for a download which is also unlikely to change any time soon (The software and libraries from the likes of NI or East/West often weigh in at a few 100GB's each). I usually make images of these discs when I buy them to save hassle during a re-install but my current library is over 2TB of software, the idea of having to download all of that even on a commercial connection would fill me with dread.
But as I produce music I still do a lot of CD mastering as it's the preferred format of many a punter.
I also need a lot of low latency storage and disc access so a single drive would be far too small and slow (unless SSD, then just too small) to be usable so I'd need a TB RAID storage box to plug in as well as I'd be concerned that a USB would be still too slow to be usable.
So with these additional items I'd need which would sully the lovely appearance of the new iMac I'm not sure whether a new(er) Mac Pro would be more sensible as it has the optical drive and loads of room for internally attached storage.
It should have been more popular
I usually hate Bond films but that one is very watchable, Duran Duran theme, Walken & Jones! What's not to like?
Been using Suse since version 6, I've tried others but it's always been the one I get on with the most as it gives me the best tools and the least hassle.
I know some people like to moan about it but I'm glad it's still alive and kicking.
You know how the knowledge that built the pyramids was lost, the same is with recording music.
If you have a device or thing that is outputting music that you wish to record then in the old days you'd record it to tape.
This meant that you had to record in real-time so if you wanted a copy of that 45 minute LP for the car, it would take you at least 45 minutes to do it.
Now everyone wants to 'rip' something and grab all that audio almost instantly.
Kids who are now unfamiliar with tapes and the practices that went with are now stumped when confronted with restrictions such as these.
Use any recording program on your computer, on Windows it's built in, set it to record the output of your sound card, play your video, audio stream, DVD, mp3, computer game etc. Any sound your computer makes regardless of how it did it will be recorded to a big .WAV file. Use something like Audacity to trim that file to what you want to keep and then convert that to mp3.
Sure it's slightly more convoluted than 'ripping' but it ensures you get your audio without having to navigate some protection system.
What is it with MS and weird colour schemes
Ever since XP we've had weird bright greens n blues making it look like a Fisher Price toy, this was extended to the hideous indecipherable interface on the Xbox 360 and now we have the harlequin colours of Windows 8 and now a matching wPad.
I think I preferred it when computers were only available in beige
the screen will be amazing for Logic, always have to have multiple large screens to fit everything on, with the extra real estate it'll make making / performing music away from the studio much nicer.
My 2008 Pro is getting a little long in the tooth
However the top end iMac's are so fast now it's difficult to justify the extra cost for a Pro. But the form factor is limiting as it means external drives and whatnot.
Maybe if they made a semi-pro there would be a market for it.
Re: My money is on
Rad shielding can be achieved using a magnetic field (it's how the earth does it).
So if his anti-grav rotation system is magnetically driven it may double up as a shield.
Doesn't explain how it'' be propelled though.
Cars that auto-regulate speed are a nightmare to drive
I've driven limited vehicles;
You're behind a car doing 55, your van is limited to 62, you pull out to overtake, you get alongside the car and he speeds up to 62, now, although you have plenty of power you can't get past so have to slow down and pull back in behind where he now slows down again to 55. So you're now being permanently cockblocked by an idiot who wants to own the road.
This happens every time I'm in a limited vehicle.
Welcome to the future.
Would miss ethernet.
Copying big files between computers, the initial setup etc is much faster and simpler.
For some reason I've never been able to get a fast file transfer between Mac's via wifi.
How would you notice if Freeview was worse?
Never been able to get a stable picture on it.
Avoiding the tinfoil hat for a moment...
Given the rising global population and the fact that it's set to continue, an over crowded world where it's difficult to feed and water everyone isn't going to be much fun. Sure technology will find a way to ensure everyone is fed but all that would happen is the population would grow again until there's a bottleneck again.
If it were any other species there would be a cull or at least controls in place to manage the population.
Whilst no-one would advocate a cull encouraging people to breed much less can only be a good idea as I can't see any benefit for trying to have as many people as possible on this planet.
320Kbps is good enough for me from a sound quality POV, however
CD's a still nicer, they're easy to sell on, to lend out, you can rip them to MP3, they have sleeve notes and artwork, not a little picture on a screen. I bought a limited edition live album the other week, signed by the band, can't sign a download, the whole thing is impersonal.
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