121 posts • joined 18 Sep 2009
We should replace them all with digital analogues of themselves... I'm thinking animated GIFs where just the mouth moves emphatically.
Re: Apple Anouncement
Thanks for the heads-up. Wouldn't have spotted it otherwise.
Please refer to LarsG's sterling answer above.
Intel: Because investing in warmongers' counties is sure to turn a profit.
Hang on there sailor...
Isn't alt.humor.puns an OS X plist file?
Re: Time flies
too bad, 8.0 really is something to behold in all its AWEFUL majesty.
All they need to do is get rid of those rediculous lucky charms and slidy shit for regular PCs and replace the detault apps on the start screen with their proper desktop equivalents that stay windowed until you slide them to one side to create a new, adjustable panel where the app becomes its minimalist doppelganger... W8 was not bad, just schizo.
I personally enjoy the panelling, although it could obviously be improved, it is quite nice to be able to dock an app to the side of the screeen (email, say) while still having a clean desktop and windows that don't maximise over the top of it.
Oh... and add a little 7 depth back to the deathly drab interface and they're basically done.
Otherwise, I'm actually impressed with 8's ability to run on an old 2GB RAM Pentium of mine.
ooops. forgot to add:
well, I for one hope it properly complies with the European bendy banana regulation for highest qualty bananas.
From my bent iPad I sat on...
is that a 6+ in there or are you just pleased to see me?
Aaaand.... Apple's next ground breaking research papers are released, entitled: anodizing does not noticeably increase the tensile strength and bulk hardness properties of aluminium when used as a structural maternal. And: Long, thin things are more susceptable to getting bent than short, stubby things.
although, TBH, Phablets in a trouser pocket? Really...
Yes, while everybody knows that Apple invented 'Rounded Corners™' ;-] Flat, they did not. Flat seems to be an industry-wide movement towards an overall aesthetic, which when done properly reduces eye clutter, garish clashing themes and UI overload, but which -when done typically- just gives managers a penis-hardning opportunity to reduce the number of graphic designers in a company, hence its popularity.
Re: Stats are meaningless
The iPhone 4 has been left behind on this update (prolly for the best), so although the stats aren't meaningless, they are not exactly equal. The iPhone 4 is a very popular device. I still see tons of them around (and no, they do look different)... I'll wager that that is a major factor in the few percent drop from last year.
> Shame most of these chemicals are known carcinogens.
I say im glad they ARE carcinogenic. If they weren't, everything would be made from these cheap crap materials.
Re: Icons and Goop
Back in the day, I bought a hideously overpriced 14 inch LCD monitor with what I swear was a 6 inch bezel, touting "Super Twist Nematic RGB" in bold, rainbow psychedelic letters on a giant triangular sticker stuck in one corner. It was a stubborn little cunt and as I pulled it off, carefully at first so as not to leave that nasty snot like gunk behind, but with increasing pressure as my confidence built, I went and cracked the panel with half the sticker still remaining.
After much to-and-fro, the shop replaced my screen when the shoprat failed to remove the rest of the sticker.
But still, what numpty marketing dept. would stick a sticker directly on a display device? Beggars belief, it really does.
That middle map on Wasteland looks very much like Warzone 2100
I think y/y line growth is an even more pointless metric than sales...
... and I'm not even paid to come up with this.
Why? Because everyone in the line is buying as many as they are allowed and punting them off to ebay.
And as the method becomes more "guaranteed to make a fiver, mate" y/y, it just gets more popular... y/y.
It is merely a measure of the desperation to make a quick buck of the first few hundred in the line.
And there I was thinking it was all hipsters, your typical "creative types" and "organic-only" baristas.
Here in Japan, I nipped to the local Yodobashi in Akihabara on Friday morning. There were about 100 people in the queue. Nearly all Japanese, mostly females. I spoke to a few while we were waiting and they all said they just wanted to upgrade from 4S / 5 for themselves or their husband... I was the only one of about twenty people I talked to who actually had a 5S...
I had a chat with the shop bloke and he said that the prodigious mountain of phones "to the right"... were prebooked and they would be picked up this evening by customers returning from work. The somewhat smaller mountain "to the left" was to be sold on the day.
As it happened, they didn't run out of stock until Tuesday evening. Even the plus didn't run out until the tuesday morning, apparently.
It was a very muted reaction. The staff were more excited (no doubt scripted) than the people waiting.
That was then. Try again with a new account. They ask for id.
I thought about faking my passport. But then thought. WTF, when do you need a service that fights against you....
I tried various fake names, but none of them took. It seems there is some language filter or something. Try John smith. It didn't work for me. When I create an account with a "suspicious" name, they asked me to send a photocopy of my passport/id/dirvers licence, FFS.
Just don't use Facebook. Simple.
I quit when they stopped accepting Nanchatte as my real name. My friends know who I am and AFAIAC that's enough. I didn't want every tom dick or harry being able to run a search against my name.
I know that Facebook is a private industry that can boost its income by showing clients that it has a "truthful" database of user's every personal detail and I know I'm tempting Godwin to poke through here, but Jews were forced to wear a star and I don't see the difference in Facebook forcing people to wear their "real name" in what is supposed to be a social context. I mean, it's not like every single selfie on Facebook is veracious anyway and they can easily hide the registered login name..
Glad I didn't let the door hit me on the way out.
Re: Steve Jobs pet hate
I suppose you were marked down for your last paragraph. I don't think Apple are playing catch up. Yes they have produced bigger phones, but besides that "compromise" I don't see them struggling TBH. They will just soldier on as Apple even if it kills them.
Besides that, I totally agree. Tim would be too touchy feely for him, I think. I feel that, for example, Tim he has selected a committee of people to craft the latest Apple products... Make them as inoffensive and foible free as possible being the main tenet.
They really do lack that genius individualist "spark" of love-them-or-hate-them design that older products had.
The angled iPhone 4 is a classic example. Distinctive to the eye to be sure, but hideously uncomfortable in the hand ... immediately rendering the 3G series clunky-looking. The iPhone 6, which I believe is the first non Steve iPhone, is by comparison smooth and unobtrusive. It is also rather staid and could be said to be boring... It also goes back to glass which, being curved, is likely to be scratched, a bugbear Jobs was known to get sweary about.
Re: Extra, Extra, The Daily Sermon from Rev Jasper is here
Congratulations for an appropriate choice in Icon to represent your post.
Re: If Steve wanted it...
@Thorne: Spot on. If there's one thing distinctive about Apple products it's that, for better or for worse, you can spot one a mile away, and a few years later, everything (successful) looks the same.
This watch looks somewhat nondescript and dare I say it, generic. I think Steve would have fine tuned it until it didn't look quite so "watchlike" and far more "Apple".
Re: It's just a HiDPI version of 2560x1440
I had a 17 inch 1600 * 1200 of some description at uni in the mid 90's and a wicked DIGITAL brand laptop with the same resolution around the turn of the century. Since then, things went from bad to worse, with 1600 x 900 or even the nasty 1366 * 768 or some such bullshit widescreen lappies and the aforementioned Fv77 HDzorz which seemed to last an eternity on the desktop,
In 2004 IBM released the world's first IPS 3840x2400 16:10 QWUXGA production display and it remained unrivaled for nearly a decade... A decade might as well be a century by computing standards. After their reign and subsequent removal from the market place, I picked up three and use them to this day triple head with Mavericks. they run like a dream on my old cheesegrater.
I will never go back to anything less than 2000 on the vertical. I have already tried the dell, the philips and the asus 28" 2nd wave of budget UHD panels and decided to stick with the Asus, with its rock solid image and amazingly less than 20ms lag in "4k". Sure I won't be using it for photo editing, but it's dandy for CAD and these (once $100,000) IBM beasts are only just now starting to show their age next to my 2014 model Asus. And so they should.
Finally, finally the evolution switch as been thrown and manufactures are currently scrambling to bring a range of monitors to the market and If a company like sharp brings an 8k screen to market, then GOOD ON 'EM is what I say.
Re: It is called "market saturation"
Of course they can and are... It's called a 13 month lifespan, kinda like the Nexus 6 in Bladerunner: Built as well as they could be, just not to last ;-)
Re: In its way, a good sign
My trusty old G5 Mac Pro gargantuan cheesegrater runs CS4 like a champ. God knows when I bought it... That thing is ancient. I'll replace it when/if the coolant leaks.
Can you trust a group that say 'we will only release his name when we are certain we've go it right,' when they can't even get their own hashtag right.
Try a bit of software called "cinch". It can snaps a window to the left half, right half or full screen. I install it even before dropbox on every mac I have.
...teamed with "size up" which can hot key windows to screen slices/quadrants
...or with "divvy" which can define a custom grid and hot keys for custom window layouts
and you have a great dev machine for mouseless navigation.
whoosh... that was the sound of a mildly salty substance flying over your head.
Ahh zevo, you abandoned us. I was happily using Zfs on OS X 10.8 and had been for a couple of years when development suddenly ground to a halt. There was no communication for months until the tersely worded 'sayonara' at the end of 2012.
Once bitten and all that.
As a multimonitor whore, I can report success with my 2011 iMac and 2 external IBM T221 3840 x 2400 monitors running in portrait on either side.
I'm now able to get full resolutions in portrait (2400 x 3840) whereas I was limited to vertical resolutions of 1920 by a regression introduced with Mavericks. As a bonus, I now also get the full HiDPI mode and desktop scaling interface of Apple's own Retina displays.
Now if only they can get together with display link and fix the bloody incompatibilities there, I'd be well chuffed.
Nice paper but you missed a trick
The bond citation should have been numbered 007 for added authenticity.
Just don't tell anybody about what?
I hope they've learned from the stillborn disaster area that was Bitcasa, a remarkably similar offering from a couple of years back. Maybe that's where the CEO disappeared to suddenly last year. Anyway, I made the mistake of falling for the hype of unlimited online storage with sync and mirror. Absolutely shocking QC. Production version was still late-alpha. Download speeds were about 100kBps (yes, that slow) and files were corrupted and lost somewhere along the line so that you only got about half of what you put up there, back.
Oh yes, and Asia had no access to dedupe, so renaming a folder was shit slow, requiring all the files to be uploaded again.
Once burnt and all that.
Re: Olivia Newton John
 I beg to differ, all communication uses a physical medium of some sort. Be it atoms, EM waves or quantum entanglement. What other types of media are there? Metaphysical?
Re: this sounds like a deal
Glad I wasn't the only one who kept losing the "off-switch". How can a company with a reputed R&D budget of 10bn make such a basic concept so goddamned protracted?
Re: Some points about using balloons
>I love the concept of the Balloon Assisted Donkey (BAD) pulling a tonne along some mountian track.
Me, too! that would be bad ass!
Call this an article?
Was this written by a full-time member of staff?
Enough equipment to make a 100 million screens? What does that mean, exactly... And also, 'inspection tools' which 'can be used to make high quality glass?'
Re: MAC Pro - CPU is Upgradable
"Idiot tax operation"? How long did you spend coming up with that. It was like that "Foxconn rebrander" title bestowed last week... While I like a humorous dig as much as (or perhaps even a wee bit more than) the next man, these little epithets are getting rather tiresome and detract from the overall quality of the article.
After the ritual disembowelling of an Apple support tool
Killing shop staff is illegal where I live..
So far nothing to report
Works as smoothly as we'll and quickly as popular favorite snow leopard for anything I use it for. Ymmv.
There is wit and then there is David Brent level remarks. "Foxconn Rebrander" is one of the latter. You think you're being funny, but you're not.
Grow up Reg, everyone likes to poke fun at the big guys from time to time, but puerile remarks like this put you somewhat nearer the gutter than I'd like.
The majority of leaks from systems using encryption are down to a user failure at the implementation stage.
Have you ever heard the phrase "a little knowledge is dangerous?"
My mavericks has been rock solid apart from a regression in the USB Displayport compatibility limiting me to one USB monitor.... There are a few minor buglets, but it's a lot better than either lions were. And faster, too.
Fecking prejudice, eh? who needs it?
Tim Minchin has something to say about predudice...
Re: A question
Why, because there are no gays in the Far East?... O_o
Your point, sir?
Re: Well, this is all very clever and all that, but what about bringing back...
I have fond memories of my 4Gb Bigfoot... Just for a laugh, I wonder what capacity they could squeeze out of a 7 platter regular half height or perhaps 20 platter full height 5.25" Bigfoot...
Re: Is there anybody who approves of this?
How often? I've taken more than 10 iPhone 4S devices apart and replaced screens, batteries, buttons and scratched/dented bezels. Piece of cake if a little fiddly. But an iPad with a cracked screen was a biatch to repair and I vowed never again real quick. I told subsequent people to take theirs back to Apple.
Thus their (marketing) policy works..,
Re: David Braben's supposed to be quite litigious, isn't he?
erm... not that my 6 year old daughter gets any work done with hers of course..
Re: David Braben's supposed to be quite litigious, isn't he?
Excuse me, but I'm a weekend pro photographer who has five DSLRs in my possession. My 6 year old daughter has a DSLR. They are a legacy in the same way a truck is a legacy, in that they are not as common as cars but are still need by people who do "real" work.
Re: How friggin awesome is evolution!
Judging by your down votes, I'd say about a 0 in 4 chance and declining.
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