103 posts • joined Monday 15th June 2009 20:15 GMT
Re: FCC Speed Test app
There was an FCC Speed Test app many moons ago on iOS. I guess they're having a second go at it.
Re: samsung does the same in 13.3"
OS X does not lock retina displays to a 1x or 2x mode. In the System Preferences, you choose the "virtual resolution" you want and all the elements scale to that resolution. It's quite impressive hands-on.
The first 64-bit mobile phone is just "meh"? With the first fingerprint reader that doesn't make you want to throw the phone against the wall? With CPU and graphics performance that beat all Android phones AND tablets currently on the market? Are you mad?
There's more money in the high-end phones than in the low-end phones. Just like there is more money in high-end PCs than in low-end PCs. I don't understand why this is a difficult idea to understand. Although Google's Android operating system is on more phones than Apple, Apple continues to make significantly more money in the segment than ALL the Android phone manufacturers combined. Apple is looking out for shareholders, not the people screaming "I want this, I want that".
Sorry, not another "your anus" joke... but with Uranus' odd vertical rings, wouldn't that be a good choice for a potential rogue planet?
"Dump default image, slap on win7, instal codec pack."
Really? That doesn't sound intuitive to me. Yes, I am fully aware of how to do it, but why the hell should I HAVE to? While AC may have been trolling, some good points are there, and it has nothing to do with ASUS... it has to do with Microsoft. It is not the hardware that's holding PCs back, it's the software.
I don't think the point of the article is to say "don't do sports". It's more like "be reasonable about what you want to be". It's not reasonable to expect to be a pro basketball player. The mathematical odds against that are pretty great. The odds against being a scientist are extraordinarily low -- an interest in things of science and a reasonable aptitude for science are pretty much all that's required.
That being said, talking sense into kids sometimes, especially when shattering their dreams of becoming the next Shaq, is completely useless.
Even if it's €200, the copy protection is still good. Without the leak of the key, there's no way a €200 FPGA could discover it on its own... at least within a reasonable amount of time. Intel isn't worried and neither should we be. This "flaw" isn't a big deal at all, just the basis of a thesis of a very smart PhD.
I keep my Octopus card in my wallet. Nothing would annoy me more than being on the phone, boarding the MTR, and having to say "hold on" and moving my phone to the NFC reader. That, or having to bend down in an odd fashion to put my phone and my entire head near the NFC reader...
Nothing to worry about
Notice the issue is when the drive loses power. Keep this in your notebook with its battery charged, or in your desktop with a UPS and you're fine.
I have a Intel 320-series 160GB SSD in my MacBook Pro and I'm not concerned one bit. First, it's a laptop so it's unlikely to lose power while writing. Second, I set up wireless Time Machine backups to my NAS. Even if I lose the entire contents of the SSD, restoring it is painless.
I drove the Nissan Leaf at a free drive event. It's quiet -- almost too quiet (damn Tinnitus). We got to drive it on real roads at real city-driving speeds. The car is remarkable in that it is completely UN-remarkable. It feels like a real car (sans ICE noise). The switches feel good and are in the right places; the seats are comfortable and the interior feels "expensive" with good soft-touch surfaces, not hard plastic.
Round-trip for my daily commute is 18 miles. This, and the other electrics, are perfect for me. If they're not for you, that's fine, but don't go damning the electric cars or call me a tree-hugger. Maybe I'm in the minority, but I want my electric car because of a lack of maintenance and trouble.
Redmond, start your copiers!
Now Google knows how Apple feels...
"Some listeners are happy to push their iPhone speaker all the way to 11, while others won't consider using an audio cable without a "direction of flow" indicator."
Please tell me that's a joke... analogue audio cables carry AC voltages.
"Those who don't know history are bound to repeat it..."
I'll stick with my EFI-BIOS system, thank you.
Double-jointed Russian gymnast...
Then again, if PCs were using EFI BIOSes, this wouldn't be a problem. Macs, having EFI BIOS since the Intel switchover, have no problems using these 3TB drives internally.
How much CPU?
64-bit Ubuntu 10.04, 3.06GHz Core2Duo, 4GB RAM, ATI Radeon 2400HD (1280x1024@32-bit), Google Chrome... less than 4% CPU usage, even when herding the balls all across the screen.
What's wrong with your system?
Price, Price, Price
Why is everyone so fixated on price? Have you not noticed the absolute shite coming from China? Yes, it's cheaper than the iPad, but it has a terrible screen, old version of Android, a resistive touch surface, etc.
Samsung is a great company and won't likely make a crap-quality device. Just don't expect it to be significantly less (or less at all) than the iPad.
Unfortunately, many websites won't allow you to visit without Flash installed. I tried the whole "f--- Flash" and deleting the plugin, but found my browsing was severely hampered. Stick with FlashBlock.
The third envelope...
Ballmer needs to go. No, Ballmer HAS to go.
He completely lost focus of what the customer wants and is playing follow-the-leader with Apple -- after publicly poo-pooing everything Apple does.
Even the Android App Store is constantly changing its policies in light of two approved apps that STOLE YOUR BANKING INFORMATION.
Before you guys go bashing Apple, realize the approval process is thorough for a reason. The "no desktops or widgets" rule seems a little less enforceable but for aesthetic and functionality reasons, I'm certain there is a cause.
My iPhone is jailbroken; I run several non-Apple-approved hacks. My iPhone's performance has decreased significantly. I am now starting to understand why these hacks were unapproved...
If you're just buying (or not buying) a Mac based on benchmarks, this is NOT the computer for you. Simple as that.
Macs perform quite well, but that's not their primary selling point. That would be Mac OS X and the bundled software (which is quite powerful).
Honestly, can you tell the difference between a 1% performance improvement without a stopwatch or frame rate counter? What about 2%? 5%? Probably not. If you are, you are a savant and probably don't need a computer.
This free plug-in gives codec support to QuickTime for all major video formats, including OGG and MKV, as well as subtitle support. While it is a close second to VLC for its formats, the fact that it integrates into QuickTime and therefore exports videos is a huge boon.
Side note: The Squared 5 MPEG Streamclip download link is broken.
What makes me sad is that we get CS majors in our company that couldn't even code HTML without a WYSIWYG editor. What the hell are these colleges teaching? The Internet and Web 2.0 is the hot development area right now. Why aren't they teaching this?
Interesting idea but...
Given the fact that Adobe didn't write Flash in the first place (remember Macromedia?) and that they have a difficult time making substantial changes to even their flagship products, I doubt they will do anything so radical... and intelligent.
Because of businesses, electricity demand is highest during the day. By putting solar panels on your house and feeding the excess energy into the grid, you're making up for the energy you're using at night -- no expensive batteries or UPS needed.
The downside of these systems is that, if the power is not flowing to your house, ironically you cannot run your house from your solar cells unless you install a special switch. This is a safety measure so you're not energizing power lines when workers are working on them.
I have very good success running 3D-accelerated games on Parallels -- at a decent frame rate too. Granted, Parallels is more expensive and requires a copy of Windows (assuming you want to run Windows applications), but the 3D acceleration works brilliantly.
@vincent & @miek
Vincent: Open source ≠ free. Just because H.264 requires a licensing fee doesn't mean it's not open source.
Miek: If H.264 is giving you bad file sizes and bad quality, you're doing it wrong. Based on your post, you're obviously not a video compressionist. H.264 does a very good job at a wide variety of bit rates of compressing a wide range of video... if you know what you're doing.
I, for one, don't use (much) toilet paper at all, thanks to my Toto Washlet... and I don't subscribe to any paper magazines or newspapers either.
I've read on several other tech blogs that, to allow multitasking, Apple has to pull some interesting tricks. These tricks don't work with non-standard applications (e.g., ones created in Flash or other languages). Second hand information, I know, but the best I have.
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