* Posts by SpikeDouglas

6 posts • joined 7 Aug 2009

Adobe exec puffs cloud shop: Online features are so 'compelling'... What are they again?

SpikeDouglas

It's not web based

Adobe really dropped a bollock here.

CC isn't based in a cloud. All of it downloads to your computer and all your data stays there. CC just phones home once in a while to make sure you're still paying - and it will go (I think) 180 days without a network connection - so that isn't an issue for most people either.

Oh, and the camera shake reduction is really clever. Nothing like unsharp mask.

No, I don't work for or get paid by them.

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Xmas actually accelerates Dixons sales drop

SpikeDouglas
Coat

Dixons secret...

I'll probably get flamed for this but I'll say it anyway...

...I was part of a Dixons H.O. team back in the early 80s when they commissioned a survey to find out who sold the most gear. Of course, everyone know the answer, but it turned out that it was the exact opposite of what was expected. Our consistently top selling sales people were: not that knowledgeable about product, had families, or lived with their mums, didn't have much in the way of hobbies and didn't have that much interest in the stuff we sold. But they liked selling.

We (I) redesigned the application form to sift out these people and as a result Dixons sales boomed from 1981 - 1987 (When I left) and beyond.

There you go. I'll get me coat...

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US may disable all in-car mobile phones

SpikeDouglas

Jammin' ??

I assumed the easy way was to have a gps in the phone that switched it off over (say) 10 mph. That coupled with legislation would get most people off their phones while driving.

If it was mandatory for all new phones to be fitted thus you'd cover a good percentage in a year, big fine if caught driving with un-nobbled phone.

The other simple way would be to ban phones in the driving compartment of a car. Much like many states do with alcohol.

Too bad I couldn't sue the bastard who drove into me while chatting to his boss, wasn't illegal then.

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LG heralds 'first' single-lens 3D projector

SpikeDouglas
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Not sure why this is special

Don't think in 50 years of doing 3D i've seen many projectors that were twin lensed. Not in my local Odeon (Film or Digital) not when using red and green. Seldom in the 1950s (too expensive) .

Although on consumer projectors today twin systems would make for brighter images, but more complex set up.http://www.reghardware.co.uk/Design/graphics/icons/comment/thumb_down_32.png

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Toshiba unwraps Cell TV

SpikeDouglas

Actually,

Not only HD, but 3D as well from a normal flat picture. Jeez all the research and sweat that could have been saved had this come along earlier. Now if it could only take a low-res scan of my granny and turn it into a 2 hour movie that would be grand

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Apple blueprints warranty Big Brother

SpikeDouglas

Actually no big deal

The iPhone already has some of this stuff built in, there's a water detector at the far end of the jack socket, and many consumer devices have had mechanical 'spyware' built in for decades. I used to work in tech support for a major electrical in the 70s, there were obvious and hidden seals that would be broken by attempts to open cases, strange headed screws and spring loaded screws that you couldn't put back in again, and a small device that would tell you how many hours operation the device had been used for - useful for detecting if domestic equipment was used to death in a commercial enviroment - for example a CD player.

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