89 posts • joined 18 Sep 2009
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.
I've been out of Europe so long that until recently, I thought Schengen was a place near Guangzhou.
Awesome PC English: "persons of coloured neck"
Reminded me of my uncle's PC term for midgets. He used to say "No, you can't say Midget any more! You have to call them People of Restricted Growth... or 'Porgs' for short."
It looks like they need...
...some McKool Aid.
Jayzus, look at the cost of the thing!!!!
People say the Mac Pro is expensive, but it's looking better value than a $1700 Surface Pro 2. WTF?
I've been an Apple user for eight or nine years or so
... When the first G4 Mac lunchbox for $499 was announced.
But I have found myself more and more turned off by their PC hardware ever since.
It's getting harder and harder to service with each generation.
IDKAY, but I think I have upgraded the RAM and HDD ON EVERY SINGLE PC I have ever bought, be it laptop or desktop. Theoretically on windows PCs (and the 2005 OTA vintage white Intel iMacs and minis), the CPU was supposedly upgradable but usually it turned out that only a couple of hundred MHz more was available before a change of pin out meant a new motherboard was needed. So I was happy with just the disk and RAM or a new GFX card. in one case I swapped in a superior GFX card into a 27" iMac.
But this is changing. First it was soldered CPUs, then soldered or firmware "tweaked" graphics cards. Now it's got to the point of soldered RAM. Oh yes, and Apple, the 80s are calling, they want their NON STANDARD hard drives back.
We've now got to he point where to even open the machine you need a heat gun. WTF? This goes against everything I've learnt as a consumer: Buy what you need today, upgrade later... Apple want me to "Buy what you think you will need over the next three years or you'll be buggered later. Not only that, but the base model prices are actually increasing!
So, in the inimitable words of Rowan Atkinson as a drunken father-in-law at a wedding, I said "you can all Sod Off!" And just bought myself a bargain final gen 17" macbook (Matte screen! Yay) and bargain final generation i7 27" with optical, because the new stuff has nothing compelling and the old stuff can be opened with a single readily available tool.
To be honest, I'm worried where to go from here on in... I've climbed so far up Apple's butt in recent years that even my feet are all warm and moist...
I love how this *long* series of articles is called Peak Apple…
>>Either that or it is a fruitless attempt [sic.] at the "Out of Stock" Jedi Mind Trick that doesn't work anymore.
Erm, but your spelling of attempt is actually correct. O_o :-)
Help me please…
How can it address 1TB of physical memory yet only 4GB of virtual memory? I don't get it… The opposite makes more sense, no?
Only being able to make a profit from Apps to Apples? And there I was thinking Amazon made profit from Books, Computers, Daily goods, Electronics, Fashion...
Mine's the one with the 1 page dictionary in the pocket...
Re: Think of the fanbois - El reg.
They are already having sleepless nights, Salivating at the mouths, heavy breathing, like a tin of dog food being opened in front of a dozen hungry pitbull terriers...
Wow, you have some really funky dog food where you live.
I'll start with my disclaimer again. I am not an investor, but...
One presumes that they'd have to repatriate all the money in order to buy back shares. I have no idea what the going tax rate for such an undertaking is, but I suppose from his statement it would levy a greater than $20bn charge, requiring borrowing.
More likely is Icahn is hoping Apple would use their cash as collateral to borrow a truckload of money at a rate of interest which would incur a far lower charge than repatriation would, keeping their "war chest" more or less intact, just like they did recently.
Still, it seems likely - to my naive, non-investor eyes at least - what Icahn's after… He "invests" a couple of bill in Apple shares and manages to convince Tim to buy them back. Since buybacks often (temporarily) inflate the share value, Icahn profits.
This is repeated until it becomes clear that Tim is not stupid enough to buy back such a preposterous and pointless number of overvalued shares ($150bn what the serious fuck?) when in fact their track record shows that they actually tend to only buy when the shares are nicely undervalued by the market... At which point, investors turn bearish as/and price declines. Whereupon, -just by sheer coincidence it happens to turn out that- Icahn has in fact shorted Apple for a couple of billion and profited again.
I'm not an investor but...
Is what he is doing legal? I mean, wi his clout it seems he is manipulating the market with his tweets... For example.... He could buy a couple of (hundred) million in shares... Tweet about buy back which would raise the price, then sell off... Wash and repeat... And with his shady Dinner with Tim (TM) isn't this an argument for insider trading... Please will somebody knowledgeable about such things enlighten us to what effect Icahn and his cronies are having on the market by investing tonnes of wonga and tweeting incessantly about Apple's future plans.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't greenbytes the company that have dropped the community ZFS platform called ZEVO for the Mac? Which is a bugger, because we were using it...
Re: ...and here we se the "Head In The Sand" approach to system security...
Why do I have to give 10 compelling reasons to YOU? As with most free(mium) services, if you're sensible about using it and apply it correctly, it's a nice free tool that can generate income.
I have two Facebook accounts... one to keep in the loop with friends and family back in England and another for my business. Many of my customers in Japan use Facebook. In fact, I'd go as far to say that Facebook is rampant among certain (my target) demographic. My income has increased about 300 pounds a month since I started my Facebook page just three months ago and customers are increasing steadily, TYVM. That buys a lot of Friday night beer at the pub.... Yes, Facebook and beer are NOT mutually exclusive.
Wouldn't a planet that close to a star tend to be tidally locked? In which case one side would bake and one would freeze?
Re: Why helium ?
Drive heads actually use air "planing" and a miniature form of ground effect to help keep the head floating at the correct height above the platter. No air = no g.e. = no planing. The head would just crash onto the platter with current designs. Read about hard disks at high altitude.
I'd be more concerned about country to country gaps...
Gap? How about this little nugget… Between 1999-2002, I lived in a teeny tiny town called Kinosaki in Hyogo, Japan and had all you can eat access to ISDN at 128kbps. In 2002 I moved to Adachi in North Tokyo I was on a plan, IIRC called USEN-Broadgate 01 and they rolled a fibre to my home on condition of 6 month contract Actual speed was about 85-90Mbps for about 50 quid a month. After about two years or so, they offered me a monitor program of USEN-Broadgate 02.. for 9800 yen (About 150 a month at the time). It was GIGABIT fibre and achieved an actual speed, if I recall of 93MB (BYTES!) per second… I remember at the time I had to RAID my hard disk to download disk images from Microsoft Dev at full speed…. And with a Pentium 2.8 C single core, it was serious overkill...
Kinosaki was just moving to 1.5Mbps/8Mbps two tier provision.. That gave an approximate 60~125:1 ratio between countryside and city.
Sometimes, things really are just too far ahead of the curve… (after three months and many prodigious downloads, I opted for 01, despite the bragging rights 02 gave)…
Soon after, they discontinued 02 for home use.
Now, since I live in a shared building not a detached, a one gigabit fibre has to serve all 10 or so apartments, so at night when everyone is streaming 4KFAP.COM videos, things can get a little bit sluggish.
Re: The purpose of Surface
> Pro could have worked, but then you're just selling an expensive, underspecced and very limited laptop with poor battery life in multiple parts running a version of Windows only a small number of people really want even on a PC.
That, my man is the best two line summary of Surface Pro I have ever read... I'd buy you a beer if you lived in Tokyo!
Re: NOT CO2, THEN WHAT?
I don't think it's amanfrommars. Dispite him being a couple of martians short of an invasion, his posts tended to have a stream (a particle stream?) of conscience type thing going on... This is just STOOPIDSHOUTY. If it were a Microsoft related article or had the words ELECTROMAGNETIC FAIL! At the end then we'd pretty much know exactly who it was...
My English has gone to pot, but...
- "It's the star for which everything that happens here on Earth depends on"
I've been away from England the better part of 20 years, but something doesn't seem right with this sentence...
Does anyone think this is more grammatical?
- "It's the star on which everything that happens here on Earth depends"
Living in Japan does strange things to one's Engrish.
At least Lewis Page will be chuffed with US's response to the pointless lefty, treehugging, liberal expendature on the environment.
When you ban someone
Why do all their comments have to disappear. It makes those who replied look like randomly blathering idiots.
ESPECIALLY WHEN REPLYING TO EADON.
I have always considered 3rd generation to be the first "mature" generation of any new tech product category... Especially when taken over 6 years. So I would have expected Sony to come further than they have by now... At least offering a range of products...
However, their sales might suggest lacklustre demand in any case. "half a million" while sounding big by using the "m" word is actually sales spread over 6 years. It equates to only around 90,000 a year or putting it into perspective, less than 250 a day or just over 10 an hour... At that rate, their final parts assembly line could consist of half a dozen Chinese children in a workshop.
Still a price point of $99 without the benefit of carrier discounts, obviously, shows some decent optimisation on the cost front which might be their only remaining advantage once google et. al. enter the fray.
Top right is multitasking, iianm.
You've reached out to them? Perhaps if you tried contacting them, they might reply. Sorry. I just don't like the phrase reach out in a non supportive context.
Re: EVOLUTION of IT
Eadon, Eadon. You are a troll among trolls and for that. respect. Most would get bored and bugger off back to their one handed web surfing after a couple of days of receiving even a hundredth of the well deserved downvotes you've received. But you, sir, labour on, day after day, night after night, fighting the good fight and giving time endowed members of the El Reg readership such as myself reason after reason to come up with witty comments like this...
Keep it up. The Reg comments section would be so much shorter and more inappropriately relevant without you.
Oi! Regulator. You're either retarded or a troll. Can't decide which is more appropriate.
Look up "invasive alien species" and you won't find a single, ten-eyed laser wielding UFO piloting creature among them. Predatory and Voracious are not just terms used for Hungry Crocodiles.
Copacetic... Can someone enlighten me as to the etymology of this term? I presume it means something along the lines of hunky dory.
Re: Oh please its no wonder these things aren't selling!
Sorry, I don't believe you. Link to $100 Dollar (sic) netbook with "multiple" of 29Gb free space please. When you say multiple, I presume you dont mean 0.1 x that amount of free space, which is what my trusty old 9" Asus 901X came with here in Japan.
$8000 for a printer, sure, I can see that, but $1000 of plastic to make that little thing? It must weight, what? 200g at the most...
HP must be salivating at the opportunity to produce even more wildly overpriced "ink"
Shell... I think your
...name is misspelt.
Re: Keep calm and carry on hysterizing!
>>Anyway, wasn't there a movie with Clint Eastwood about plastic gun building to kill the prez?
Yup. In the line of fire with John Malcovich playing a post-breakdown SS turned assassin... Kinda reminded me of an Americanized version of Day of the Jackal.
- Updated Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
- Elon Musk's LEAKY THRUSTER gas stalls Space Station supply run
- Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE
- FOUR DAYS: That's how long it took to crack Galaxy S5 fingerscanner
- Did a date calculation bug just cost hard-up Co-op Bank £110m?