104 posts • joined Tuesday 21st July 2009 11:49 GMT
Once again Technology over Content...
"But don't underestimate the appeal of O-O transmission to two groups of people. One is BBC middle management, who will form "a metadata working group" at the drop of hat, and spend years having meetings which typically achieve nothing - but consume a lot of license fee money.
The other group is TV manufacturers, who are facing a grim future as undifferentiated, commoditised floggers of flat panels. O-O might allow them to sell more expensive sets.
And with 3D flopping, they need some magic marketing woo from somewhere
I suggest that, for once, the brains at the BBC would think about the content they broadcast rather than the technical methods that accomplish the that aspect of delivery.
Technically, HD video and sound is all well and good but it does NOTHING to the diet of food-orientated, the shambling housing-orientated and the hard-hammered auction-orientated rubbish, much of which is badly upscaled SD, repeated Ad Nauseam.
This time, please, consider new and exciting, challenging and educational content before, once more, going down some technological cul-de-sac.
Consolidated capability in silicon
It's great to see these all the mobile computing capabilities being consolidated in SoC-like solutions; heartening, too, that these devices will benefit mid-range platforms, other than Windows RT.
Re: 2-in-1 WTF?
Its defined (by Intel's EVP) in the middle of the article:
>> "Two years ago we talked about reinventing [the notebook] with the ultrabook and today we’re talking about 2-in-1. It’s PC performance and tablet-like mobility in one,” he said. <<
Why do you make out the Windows 8 user is to blame?
"In actuality, the lack of the Start BUTTON is the single biggest confusion to users. A giant screen full of applications and documents is pretty intuitive - click on the thing you want - but getting to that point is the sticking point because many people aren't aware of the windows key."
Blaming the user, because they are unaware of a 'feature', should underline the fact that this UI/UX are NOT intuitive: that's a 'Fail' perpetrated by the vendor, not the end user!
For me, it was the 'platform schism'
Whilst looking for an upgrade for my HTC Desire, I my options down to two smartphones, the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S3 - Both Android and quad-core and...
My decision to go with the Samsung came down to, what I saw at the time, a confusing 'future market' position from HTC - Here they were with a potential 'flagship' Android product, but their public statements, at the time, were all about their deal and commitment to WinPhone, not a future I wanted to contemplate having had a less than steller experience of an earlier incarnation of that platform...
Use the material to exploit the Casimir Effect...
If this material has superior dieletric performance, could this be a possible new source of energy?
Sheets of the material, placed in VERY close proximity used to 'convert' Casimir Effect to electrical energy, stored on supercapacitors made of the same material, maybe?
Love the line...
"Dr Hauser has a list of achievements and accolades so lengthy, they almost deserve to be classified as big data"
Re: “advance the bold vision”
... is exactly what I've done; my current six Windows 7 machines will be the last Microsoft OS-installed machines I will ever have: it is Linux, now and future, for my computing needs...
Re: I only know one person using windows 8
Maybe the "100 million" is based on a U.S. unit of measure concerning licences, n'est pas?
UK Government concern about an EU member state wide Data and Privacy Protection?
They are obviously convinced that UK's current Data Protection and Privacy arrangements are SO fantastic, it doesn't need such EU input.
Personally, I would welcome that fact that my data and privacy would be protected in the same way and with the same recourse to abuse, if required, across the EU. I would have thought, too, that for a country that needs to engage with the EU commercially, to survive economically, governemnt and business would welcome only having the one set of rules and regulations to observe across the EU trading estate...
Mine's the one with the completely open pockets...
Re: Yes, but...
"5G" could refer to how much such a phone might cost per month in £'s, even allowing for subsidies?
Re: reinventing the wheel ?
They got into trouble. They tried to send a request for help. In true, Tomorrow's World fashion, it failed to work when it was needed most but that didn't matter, though, because Tops of the Pops came on and they had Pan's People who'd did 'wiggly things' with their fingers and other body parts, too...
Great, but it is a two-handed device?
One salient point about QWERTY and similar keyboards is that they do not require the user to use both hands.
It's great to see that HID usability is still being investigated, though.
Mine's the one with the thumb prints all over it...
Re: Missing Windows 8 User
I can hear the lawyer, now, in his summing-up of his plaintive's case "...and so, m'Lord, I ask that you find in favour of my client, Apple Inc, as clearly humans do exhibit some facets of 'rounded corner' and also have 'retinal features'...."
Three letters and one word spoilers - D R M and Copyright
In a world of patents and litigous protection, could you really expect that holodeck capability to be commercially realised? The technical costs of development are likely to be dwarfed by the size of the insurance premium or 'set-aside' money you'd need to pay off of the licence holders....
"...[the] event won't happen for billions of years and will take place at the speed of light, giving those of us far away from the event some time in which to put our affairs in order."
Did any of you notice that weird LHC sig...
Re: Microsoft Damage Control©
MSO-911-112-999 "Microsoft advise that this media player patch is applied with immediate effect."
Mines the one with thet box of press bandaids in the pocket.
I thought Apple owned the Patent on Patenting....
No Windows 8 licences? We don't believe you...
Given its the "brain", High Ignition Launch and Time Out Neurocranium?
HILTON still works and it often follows PARIS....
BBC's 'Health and Safety' is just a smokescreen
In defence (able?) of the BBC, their real concerns are any/all of:
- The cost of billing those aliens for the licence fee (should Prof Cox send a reply, especially...)
- The world's entire population might litigate against thet BBC for any of "...being a party to the Cultural Shock incurred...", "...diminishing my personal place in the Universe...", "...for mandating yet another set-top box that UK citizens will require to recieve BBC re-broadcasts of said ET messages..."
- Concern about the copyright position the aliens may take, should the BBC record and/or re-broadcast such a signal
- The intergalactic etiquette of the BBC doing their annoying 'voice-over' / copy spoilers - Just when did the ET broadcaster finish broadcasting? Was that part 1 of a 13 part set? But only one of six in the galactic autumn season?
- Will they have to re-brand / "re-imagine" BBC Wordwide to, perhaps, BBC Universe? If so, what does that do to the copyrights owned by the old brand? What media formats will be acceptable to the ET marketplace?
Infrared Ray, Ultraviolet Ray? Copyrighted encoding formats - MPEG NTSC, MPEG PAL, MPEG ET, MPEG 4 ET - Just thinking about this could be a major H & S health hazard to the person(s) that have to propose and negotiate rights with the ETs...
- There could be cause for Major Concern about BBC output the ETs have received and that they have found objectional - "Welcome to this special edition of Univerersal PoV..."
Mine's the one with the weird radio "Universal Transceiver" gizmo in the secret pocket...
Re: twitter on the dash
.... equals #crash
Two variants and the new "app store" vector of Win 8 to support
What sets this release of Windows apart from the others is that there are two distinct variants: one for X86/X64 win-tel/amd hardware platforms and the other for ARM-based hardware. In addition, there the new "App Store".
Purely on the end-user platform side, the spin-hype out from Microsoft, with respect to pre-to-post RTM patches/hotfixes etc, seems not to acknowledge this significant change to its delivery model. It will be interesting to see Microsoft's response and priorities to these disparate platform markets/consumers, should something nasty emerge out of the wilds of the internet that affects both platforms - Are tablet users of more value and of a higher marketing profile than the "traditional" desktop market? Will tablets be "corrected" first, I wonder?
Also, the "App Store" is a new departure/venture for Microsoft and one which has panoramic scope over the tablet and desktop - Again it will be interesting to see Microsoft's response to issues arising "in store"...
Looking at the $28m-ish pension figure, in comparison with the other financial figures and drivers disclosed in this article, I don't get the use of the headline - The pension administration charges seem to be the least of its worries of what appears to be a well run but currently unfortunate and circumstantially disadvantaged business.
Just how far back from the target do your own forces need to be, in order for your own forces equipment NOT to suffer the same fate as the intended target...?
....Or have Boeing also come up with a convenient range of Microwave EMP hardened electronic equipments, (for 'own forces use only, of course) too?
I've seem to recall something like that too - I think that no longer available vehicle needed to be able to generate or have on reserve "AT LEAST, Marty..." 1.26 Gigawatts of power....
May the Schwartz be with you!
Re: Bit useless
When I search Yahoo! on my computer, it goes Bing!
I'll get me coat...
No will.i.am with this mission I hope...
Mine's the one with the earplugs in the pocket...
Would this infringe Copyright legislation?
If you check out the packaging of a CD, DVD or Blu-ray disc, and indeed often at the start or end of a video rendering from such media or even in the rolling credits of many a TV program, there are quite stark warnings containing "where, how/methods and who" restrictions, infringement categories and penalties that apply if the content is (re-)broadcast, reproduced or copied.
Wouldn't an "...over the air directly..." device enabling "Hi Fi Streamage" and the person(s) using the same fall under the remit of those typical infringement categories and be liable to be penalised?
I uninstalled this app from my S3
It was pre-installed.
When the last update got notified, I noticed that the app had changed such that it could access both cameras, in 'still' or video mode, microphone / record, full filesystem access, full phone (log) access, ability to make and answer calls ... I don't need to go on ...
I uninstalled it.
I continue to use an app to access Facebook (tm).
Its called, er... errmmm... Oh Yeh....
The web browser...
Maybe its just me, but is this article the weakest attempt, ever, to bask Apple in the glory and triumph that NASA enjoyed, with the help of a BAE Systems supplied computer, using an IBM-designed and manufactured CPU?
What a pointless "article".
In response to...
"...Microsoft executives are racking their brains for a new word to sum up the controversial user interface..." I'd like to suggest
PAIN 4 Windows 8
Mine's the one with the broken glass in teh pocket...
I wonder what 'Online' means in the context of the ruling
If I to make a phone call to some (willing) party to discuss a sexual fantasy, is that "online"?
I mean, if the call is carried on the digital telephone network (C/SS7), is that "online"? "After all, a telephone call is carried *on* a wire*line*, you know, your honour.", said the prosecuting lawyer.
Again, is it "online" if it happens that my telehony provider is using VoIP technology to 'transit' such a call between originator and recipient/caller and receiver? "After all, VoIP is an internet technology, your honour.", said the prosecuting lawyer.
The lack of definition is just one wedge that can be used to cleave a wider 'applicability' and 'interpretation' to further the "they are all guilty, all the time" campaign that corrodes, further, the vestiges of freedom in this country.
Innovation Required - Apply WIthin
IMHO, the problem in this industry is that there is a true lack of innovation; too many 'me too' games and way too much fragmentation across, not just too many platforms but too many versions of essentially the same platforms as well.
This industry needs proper innovation; its the same with the movie business [same business thinking, many of thet same players in the same industries with a 'tried and tested" formulaic approach] and by innovation, I don't include the often technical means of embezzling users through excessive DRM and/or media/format changes - its subject matter and content that qualifies as innovation in a game (or a movie): exciting, creative, appealing, mentally challenging content is the key factor - That's where the true money is, not the box it relayed through.
.... and then there is the "per network operator" marketing/branding plus sub-development-through-deployment for each network operator's (*cough*) value-add ins...
All that eats time and money, too...
I think she's read "The Culture: Look to Winward"
by Iain M Banks...
...not everything that glitters in front of an IT professional has to be gold: Amber nectar-related stories are staple fare.
In the real world...
... how likely is that a device like this could be re-programmed, soldered to a circuit board as they often are as well as being connected to other passive and active components on that board (which would interfere with access attempts, rendering field 're-programming' or access to the hidden/undocumented features features VERY unlikely)?
Re: Only disciplined?
A good point - It probably requires another one or two FOI to be served:
1. "Of the 992 disciplinary actions applied to staff at the DfWP for unlawful data and privacy breaches, how many of those were prosecuted, as per the law?"
2. "With respect to DfWP unlawful data and privacy law breaches, how many of its staff were reported to the police force and prosecuted by the Crown Procesuction Service?"
Somewhere around the figures resulting from such queries, it may be possible to establish if ANY prosecutions resulted. I would truly hope that either of these questions would yield a significantly higher number than zero... IMHO, if there have been zero prosecutions, the ICO and the Justice Ministry (for RightThink) need to be brought to account, on all our behalf by Parlimentary oversight committee, at the very least...
Windows 8 will be another "by-pass" release for Enterprises
With most businesses still looking at Windows 7 desktop and Server 2008 R2 deployments, it is (IMHO) very unlikely that Microsoft will "enjoy" much success with Windows 8 Enterprise (Pro is 'at risk' if it does not have sonme the features only availeble to Enterprise users).
There's not that much "talk" (and even less substance) about support for legacy applications that most enterprises drag around, for instance. I think, too, that it will dawn on Enterprise class customers that their primary concerns are likely not to be about Windows 8 - IPV6 is just one infrastructuyre "Enterprise growth" factor, for example...
Pre-installed software and trust?
HTC need to push LESS of their own sofware IMHO - I would love my HTC Desire even more, if only I could legitimately remove the pre-installed bloatware like Stocks, Footprints et al...
I mean, I wonder why it is that Stocks, described as a means for you to 'track' your company stocks and shares holdings, needs to have Location services access, Hardware control to record audio and take pictures, System settings access for UI, global, mount/unmount filesystem, process listing as well as SMS / MMS edit and read...
...will that list include:
- The Freeview Smut like the "Adult BabeStation" et al 'data' services? - Will we have to opt-in for that?
- A Freesat box - Will that be yet another opt-in required?
- A device I buy that's capable of allowing me to "filter" the content/channels I don't want (Freeview/Freesat and to some extent Sky boxes let you do this...)?
- Will the content/channels I choose NOT to filter on these types of devices be deemed that I opted-in?
... 1,000,000 iPads or ....
about 0.21 % the surface area of Wales - BBC News units of measure
1,000,000 iPads = 44.79084 Sq Km
Wales = 20779 Sq Km