Re: Actually, a success for consumers, I think
Caused Intel to get off their arses and seriously up their game in the mobile space.
430 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009
Caused Intel to get off their arses and seriously up their game in the mobile space.
The idea of buying a dumb panel, and plugging in the brain, appeals! I reckon the dumb panel will go obsolete less often than the brain.
Two years after Katrina, I found myself on an extended (ended up being a total of 6 months) business trip to Dallas. It was actually a very nice assignment - I really don't mind the summer extremes there, and you can get some pleasant weather in the winter. Anyway, guns are a serious business in Texas. The only rule at the office seemed to be that concealed firearms must be declared on arrival. But none of the pick up trucks in the car park had gun racks. All the guides clearly stated I should see pick up trucks with gun racks in Texas! I was actually a bit disappointed, and asked about this. I was told a lot of bad elements had come in amongst the Katrina refugees and, after a few nasty incidents, the locals voluntarily stopped putting their guns on show.
Per the Henry mentioned in the article, I was told various stories of law abiding citizens having firearms confiscated, around New Orleans. In an armed society, this meant the only people carrying were the bloody criminals.
My assignment in Dallas? Testing a massive,largely automated, DR solution for one of my customers back in the UK.
The economy seats, and overall service, are far nicer than BA or AA. After Air New Zealand kindly dropped its direct flights from LAX to the Pacific Islands, this was the only way I could carry on earning miles in my preferred programme (BMI - remember them?) and avoid Fiji's Air Pacific. On those occasions where I could afford the time, I had a recovery night in LA, on the way out, and a holiday in Santa Monica, on my way home.
Now, on the legacy carriers the A380 has been a huge disappointment to me. It's just an exercise in cynicism; they gave nothing back to the paying customer in terms of comfort. Fly economy on the Emirates A389, OTOH, and you get a larger, wider, more comfortable seat, with plenty of good entertainment options, reasonably priced WiFi, and not so reasonably priced mobile roaming.
Not that I'm in any desperate rush, but I'm feeling ever so left out.
Certainly if all you're doing is reading a bit of Stephen King, it hardly matters. Surely colour only matters to text books, where colour can help clarify illustrations and diagrams; for that application the technology used will have to be very good.
Rail is the one area where privatisation seems to have fallen on its bottom. The government pays more for rail than ever before, and the quality of service is at best patchy. I think this is partly due to the relative absence of competition on any given route. For example, to get from Manchester to London, only a Virgin* option comes up, regardless of which app or website I use**. The trains seem to be more crowded than ever***. I wouldn't even consider economy class, when I visit London.
* Though to be fair to Beardy's company, they're not that bad.
** We did have a longer, cheaper route, from Manchester Victoria; I don't know what happened to that (maybe competition, maybe regulation).
*** Notingham to Manchester, standing room only, is no laughing matter.
- Headquartered in Switzerland
- Thinks it's above the law
- Does what the hell it wants.
Nope, I'm not finding anything to draw parallels with.
I don't think cat pictures fit within any of the various theories and laws of economics. Except perhaps Grumpy Cat.
Who stands to lose? Of the two, who is in the stronger position? If you follow the money, where does it lead?
Do Microsoft really not get that the Start Screen (tablet) and the Start Menu (desktop) do not have to be mutually exclusive? It might work well enough, at least on my Surface 3, but I'm guessing those who've bought 8" tablets will find Windows 10 a pain in the arse.
The Smart TV, and Playstation 4, already have the Amazon Prime Streaming app. If you're getting enough free deliveries to justify Prime, then the streaming service is a nice bonus*. I do have Chromecast, but that's because I have quite a bit of purchased content from Goolge Play (that I paid very little for). Both the Chromecast and Firestick are a more convenient way to access Netflix and iPlayer (just control through the corresponding phone or tablet app), so no complaints there.
* Hey, I though Extant was alright!
Especially on the very low end devices. Unfortunately, the positives stop there.
"Even neo-cons in the US want to reduce the criminal population, although often for financial reasons or religious ones even."
American conservatism is a bit more complicated than that. For every hard assed, bible thumping, hand em high judge or prosecutor, you'll find another who is more reform minded. They might even go to the same church, and use the same chapter and verse to justify their opposing positions. The awful truth though, if you're one of the former, is that it's the more reform minded states that are bringing crime levels down.
Paint me surprised.
It's well built, starts quickly and is very responsive. However, compared to the iPad, it really is a bit too big and heavy, IMHO, for armchair browsing. The screen is very nice; the device seems to run Photoshop and Lightroom ok. It just about squeeses into the tablet compartment of my camera bag.
The keyboard feels pretty cheap and nasty, but I don't care as I only paid twenty quid for it (thank you PC World). That said, I'm finding it superb for touch typing, and the backlighting is useful.
The startup cost is reasonable enough, so I'm giving it a try. Don't they also offer a plan where you can, for example, rent it for thirty days when needed? I'm still gutted that Apple have murdered Aperture, but with the Adobe tools I'm finding:
- Often, 99% of the work can be done in Camera Raw (which even has brushes, which seem a bit more useful - need to paint the sky 0.3 of a stop darker, recovering detail?)
- Not to mention straightening, before I even hit Photoshop
- Support for new raw files is not dependent on an OS update
- Oh, and once in Photoshop, I found content aware fill worked a treat, once I'd worked out how to mask out adjacent bits of the image I didn't want affecting).
My setup and approach is by no means perfect (haven't even got around to trying Lightroom, and I'm dreading importing my Aperture libraries), but I've enjoyed learning new stuff.
"Erm, they're the Labour party? They're meant to have a tendency towards unions and socialism. If I want Tory policies I'll vote for the Tories."
The parties effectively straddle the centre, at the moment, so the best you can hope for is differences in nuance, with the odd big policy (Europe, for example). Of course, it would be a mistake to assume that nuance can't equate to a great deal of difference.
It appears elements of New Labour will be making a comeback, but we'll have to wait and see what emerges from this mess. I have a hard time believing Labour are any more or less business friendly than any other party. Most of it boils down to rhetoric since, as far as I can tell, unless you're one of a certain elite group of companies*, who are subject to Westminster's patronage, I doubt you've ever really felt the love.
As to everything else you wrote, I agree. Being gerrymandered to death is going to make the next election an uphill struggle for the opposition parties.
* Thinking Capita, Balfour Beaty, ATOS, G4S, BAe and so on.
You might think he'd give them a chance....
While trying to find myself back to the hotel, in Namibia a couple of years back, Google Maps tried to send me to a fairly risky township. Fortunately, though I was a a bit lost (that's a talent of mine), a lot didn't add up (for one thing, I was walking, and the directions weren't at all walking distance). Don't get me wrong; the township of Katatura is safe enough for a wander, during the day, but the thought of people being directed there, turn by turn, in the evening, certainly got me thinking*.
* Armed carjacking is a one of the national sports.
That goes from pretty wide, out to telephoto, but that's going to be considerably more expensive than the Surface. Starting from scratch, on the photo side of things, is anything but trivial.
1. Make sure you're on an airline that allows an additional, smaller piece of hand luggage.
2. DSLR? One camera/one lens, unless it's a proper photo trip! Take a look at something like the Panasonic LX100, one of the smaller compact system cameras, or even a Sony RX100. They're all good enough for product shots and do 1080p (or even 4k). Even a mobile phone might do, if you're pushed (look at the Sony and Nokia phones that have the 1" sensor, though you lose zoom).
3. Microsoft Surface might just be your friend.
4. Longer trip, but you still don't want to check a bag? Google the clown car packing method.
5. Don't forget your mobile boarding pass (or even print it at home, if you're old fashioned) and avoid getting your bags weighed (though the low cost carriers tend to have quite a generous limit anyway).
Apple's clean/dated interface isn't stopping me from doing anything. Nor does it make me any less productive. Overall, Google's more open ecosystem edges it for me, but there's little in it. The tablet decision, late last year, boiled down to hardware (iPad vs Nexus 9) and the iPad won. My next phone will probably be a Nexus 6 (or what comes after).
The widgets, that Andriod supports, were very nice at first, but I hardly use them these days.
I think it does. The small differences in output make a difference, to me, and I'd prefer to have a Sony sensor.
I used to read a newsletter from some contrarian cranks. I say cranks since they also have dangerous (to my mind) libertarian tendencies. They actually made the upcoming crash, and the reasoning for it, pretty intuitive. I made a tidy profit from buying into gold and resources (thanks Dad*), then selling **. The fact we had a credit bubble was simple enough to see***. Bubbles either burst or deflate. Both Brown and Osborne are examples of bubble inflators, IMHO (or at least they bury their heads in the sand, when bubbles happen).
* Dad the copper smith, who knew a thing or two about i) the ups and downs of a bag of scrap copper, and ii) the fact that China was happening, a good few years before China happened to me.
** I wish I'd held longer, but that's life.
*** To this day, the very idea of sub-prime lending baffles me. That no one took a bullet for it baffles me more.
I like it. I've been wanting Microsoft to take this step for some time. They've already blurred the distinction between computing device and pointing device, so allowing users to plug their phone into a dock, and use it as a desktop PC, is the next logical step (IMHO).
It's the Illinois way.
Have an IFE or public WiFi system actually connected to navigational systems? That would be the earthly equivalent of designing a gigantic space battle station, the size of a small moon, with an unprotected exhaust vent in a straight line to the core....
To the Nokia 720 I've shoved my corporate SIM into? Does it correct the glaring problems (e.g. I'm on Skype, go to the mail app, then back to Skype and get "Resuming" for a few seconds)?
For Samsung's non-Android phone efforts (Tizen? Anyone?), the Here tools are pretty complete. Just look at the monumental effort it was for Apple to launch its own mapping.
The 4G reception is pretty unforgivable.
""Government's money"? Wow! That is why the US is going the route of Greece and Venezuela. Even the sheep think that once they give the money to the government they should have no further say in how it is spent. "
You do get a say in how it is spent. It's called an election. We elect them, and have some reasonable expectation they'll do a good enough job.
"Look in history to see what blind faith in your god the government gets you."
I merely describe the world as it is. You appear to be confusing fact with opinion.
Indeed. It isn't even other people's money. It's the government's money. Once the tax has been deducted from my wage, the money is no longer mine. Same happens when I buy nice things (though obviously, buying nice things feels nicer than paying tax :-D).
HE CHANGES REALITY SO THE TWEET HAPPENED.
When the innards of this expensive mating call fail? At least you can still get Granddad's retirement Rolex repaired. This, on the other hand, is going to be about as repairable as a Sistim 51 (and worth about the same, plus the cost of the gold, once it develops mortal coil impairment)?
Disclaimer: No, I don't understand the luxury business.
I hear of compatibility issues, which Micrsoft should address, but they haven't really effectrd me so far*. I have no issues with the interface (quite like the combination of ribbon and menu).
Edit: I should add that I don't use Outlook for Mac. Corporate webmail has been (just about) enough for my needs.
* Well there is one annoyance. One of our corporate template spreadsheets links some buttons, on the spreadsheet, with VB macros. The button loses its link to the macro, when I load the spreadsheet into Excel 2011. It's easy enough to reassign.
"There are good reasons to doubt that the real operational spaceports of the future will involve runways or spaceplanes. No orbit-capable, commercially significant runway spacecraft seem likely to appear on anything like the government's timeline. El Reg explores the subject in more depth here."
I must admit, I'd assumed any space-port would be predicated on Skylon or similar.
I waited a long time for an OS upgrade to my Samsung S3, because Orange/EE wanted their say in when it rolled out!
Fast forward to now, and my Nexus 5 is good for at least one more major upgrade (which will come soon after the next major release). Google (and Apple too) support their products reasonably well (and without the consent of the networks).
The food industry is in point of fact trying to murder us for profit. If I make my own soup, chances are it will not have enough salt in it to give me a stroke. And my soup will be in a 'serving' suitable for me, not a Heinz serving*, determined by a nutritionist**. If more people made their own soup, due to health concerns, the food industry might do something about it, because that's how markets work. The market might work around any laws the government might enact, but people not buying stuff gives the market a problem.
* A serving is normally half a can. If I relied on Heinz servings, I'd currently be wasting away.
** Nutritionist: someone who might have some skills in cooking and recipe design, who also has an MBA.
I think it's more about Intel repeatedly raising its game, rather than Microsoft failing with non Intel processors. It is easy for those of us, who've been here too long, to think in terms of Wintel while forgetting about Intel.
Specifically in-work credits for an economy addicted to low pay. I believe it did work, but since it's subject to political interference, it's not sustainable (and was an early victim of the ConDemolition). I'm fine with that kind of Welfare, but I'd prefer to see it go hand in hand with our politicians creating conditions for an economy where less Welfare is needed.
Do you then get the desktop?
At home, I string them along with the story about me being left a paraplegic, having been run off the road by a police car. After I get to the punchline*, they usually hang up and don't call back.
* And then the corrupt bastards arrested me; two counts of driving s stolen vehicle and driving without a licence.
Its success elsewhere is not guaranteed. In the UK, Uber is pretty well regulated. In other markets (India? Australia?), I'm not so sure. We've already had an article, on El Reg, about Uber trying to avoid Australian regulators. Many UK cities now have their own electronic thumb, with apps like
* Not as slick as Uber, but does the same thing. My experience has of Kabx has been positive.
We're already building computers into graphic tablet. Microsoft in particular has (badly, so far) managed to blur the lines between input device and full blown computer.
And they're looking people to emigrate*. The only thing that put me off? I don't drive. NZ is going to end up being about a much fun as Texas, if you don't have a set of wheels (preferably a 4x4). Auckland is photogenic and usable, but a European city slicker is quickly going to run out of things to do (you have to like the outdoors). My favourite is Christchurch, on the South Island (good grief, I wept for that place - my visit was not long before the first major quake). Oh, and it's true; you can't beat a local flat white.
* First immigration officer I met seemed a pit peeved I didn't want to move there.
While on business in Texas, I had the worst flu I've ever had, and needed to get hold of a blue inhaler. Since our travel medical insurance is for nasty stuff, I was told to pay for it and expense it. I visited a place called an Emergency Room. As far as I can tell, by the way, Emergency Room is a brand name for what is the rough equivalent of a GP Practice/Polyclinic. Emergency Room has a Hummer converted to ambulance (coolest looking ambulance I've seen). Financially, it broke down as:
- $200, just to see a Doctor
- But this includes mandatory blood pressure and diabetes tests
- For paying cash (well, Amex), he wrote the prescription for free
- I then went to the pharmacy counter, at the local supermarket, handed over the prescription and paid the full cost of the drugs.
Back at the office, an American colleague told me about her experience of giving birth in Australia. They'd just paid for all the medical services associated with having a baby, and couldn't believe how cheap it was compared to back home.
In the US, I think the Medical Industrial Complex takes everyone for a ride.
And I'm now saying it as a fully de-anonymised card carrying member of the Labour Party (not sure why - I can't stand a single one of the parties, at the moment). We need NHS 2.0. We need to be looking at France, Germany and Singapore, and seeing what works for them, and determining what will work for Blighty. The problem? I reckon plenty of the politicians have been thinking what I've been thinking. And I'll bet the same for a good few clinicians. The problem is going to be the cost of burning NHS 1.0 (or migrating from NHS 1.0 to NHS 2.0). In IT terms alone, it will be the cluster ---- from hell, with all the usual snouts in the trough. In other words we have structural issues, within the fabric of government, that must be solved first.
"The truth being that we want, as a matter of public policy, to shake every last penny out of those companies we can in those auctions, and there being fewer bidders would of course frustrate that aim."
We all ended up paying for Brown's auction. We paid when minimum monthly fees rose sharply (oh, look at all the extra minutes text, you don't need, that we're giving you anyway) and then in eighteen month contracts, followed by twenty-four month contracts. 3G (and now 4G) mobile data still costs a fortune compared to fixed line.