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@ Anonymous Coward, 22nd November 2013 09:46 GMT
I think an AppleTV sells for 3300 at MBK in Bangkok, so the price is not "cheap", but I admit that it might be fun to have, except that domestic internet in Thailand is very possibly worse than it is in Australia (a hard act, I know).
Support for USB keyboard/mouse and USB harddisk make this an alternative to a similar setup based on RasberyPi. I might pick one up and have a play with it. Run XBMC and I should be good to go.
The RasberyPi route might be cheaper/better though. I am still investigating.
Re: I'm fairly sure...
Wow, two down votes for providing a reference for something the Apple haters/Google lovers like to believe does not exist.
Way to go guys, you are in fact morons.
Re: I take it...
I have personally seen the memory leak on 2008 - after a long enough up-time, memory "disappears".
The problem is solved with a reboot.
I can speak for no other version.
Re: Have I read...
Yeah, I miss Mad Mike!
Re: I'm fairly sure...
"Given that Australian police have told people flat out that using Apple maps is about as sensible & safe as using a baby taipan as a yoyo.. I think there is legal precedent."
(whoops, Google guilty too, sorry to burst your bubble)
I wasn't aware Australian police warnings had binding legal power in the USA. I must have missed the memo.
Re: ...other people probably should get lives before it is too late...
No, I meant the people who I knew would down vote me massively for offering a factual, balanced view of the reality of map navigation systems in general. i.e. people too stupid to have an intelligent thought. I mean, it's not like I praised Apple (or Sony or Google or Garmin or your favourite villan), I just pointed out what is bleedingly obvious.
Google maps used to have a MacDonalds in the middle of Piazza San Marco FFS.
As for using a phone as a satnav, you have a lot of company. The car I am most likely to use has one built-in so the idea never occurs to me. That said, despite updating the satnav maps, it often leads me astray and often roads are missing ... just saying.
Japanese soldier: [trying to squeeze a large radio into the sub] We've got to figure out how to make these things smaller!
Aspen time sharing?
Re: "scrolling and bouncing" is patentable?
If no one "gives a monkey's", as you suggest, why did Samsung copy it, and why did Nokia (presumably) pay for the privilege of using it?
IIRC the iPhone is supposed to have a screen that is more or less RGB perfect and is supposedly the best on the market.
This review suggests that the iPad Mini is not nearly as good in this respect, at least in theory (YMMV depending on how good your vision is).
Have I understood this correctly, and if so, why is this the case?
Maps apps display raw data in a human consumable form. The quality of raw data from ALL navigation systems is imperfect, some of the systems are more imperfect than others.
It is without doubt that Apple's source data is not perfect. It is equally without doubt that so is Google's, and Nokia's etc. etc. This is all a question of which is least imperfect, and that apparently depends whether you love/hate Apple, love/hate Google, love/hate Garmin etc. etc.
Yawn ..., in the 6 years I have had a smartphone with maps functionality, I think I have used it 3 times*. Pretty clearly, I am not directionally challenged, and a lot of other people probably should get lives before it is too late.
* I use the satnav in a car often enough though.
"You might say that it's the combination of the rounded-rectangle coupled with the dimensions, being somewhat flat and wide, however phones before the iPhone had been moving in that direction, getting slimmer and increasing their screen size."
a) Apple lost the "rounded rectangle" design patent. Wrongly IMHO.
b) IIRC Shamsung even used the same radius curve for the corners, amongst the infinite number available, something that is so improbable that is beyond all reasonable doubt that it was copied.
Google = Evil
Yes, my iPad3 has gone to a good home (and at a good price), and I will pick up one next week.
Re: Another one bites the dust
"Apple's sales and share prices have fallen in light of his former lover's revelations about his lack of humanity, and this 'upgrade' is hardly going to help that downward slide. "
Can you cite some reference to reality that supports this contention?
Re: Niche Product
<1% is >0
That makes you an idiot!
Re: But how many of the Android tablets are landfill?
" less-than-premium I-Pad-Mini."
Speaking as someone who has, measurably, the absolute visual accuity afforded by nature, you (and everyone else who slams the specifications for the iPad mini) are full of shit.
The average human (not me) really cannot see the difference in any real sense.
Specs are for nerds and morons, not for humans.
Re: Peak Apple
I believe the sub-continent is still crashing into Asia, so I suspect that good 'ol Everest has in fact not yet peaked. I could be wrong of course because ...
Re: Peak Apple
"failure to 'excite' the media"
I have met and interacted wih a lot of "Media" people in my life (and sadly their Wall Street counterparts "analysts"). They were almost all, so astoundingly stupid, and incapable of a logical thought process, that it beggars belief.
There is no "intelligence test" for journalists. It is a refuge (for the most part) of the the incapable, who see it as a virtue to pour shit on anything and everyone that/who rise above the pathetic.
YMMV, but basically, I haven'y met a journalist who I would piss on if he/she burst ito flames.
Re: Nokia saves another MS OS?
"Not via the OS. Only via a third party emulator - Digital FX!32"
To be fair, it FX!32 wasn't an emulator, despite the fact that it did have an X86 emulation component. People can look it up if they want to know what it was, but the run time performance of fully profiled X86 applications on Alpha was pretty damned good, all things considered.
A really terrible article, clutching at the inevitible straws to fortell impending Apple doom. I wish the Reg would actually write something interesting about Apple instead of repeating the same mindless crap over and over again.
Really, someone I never heard of says something completely off the wall about someone almost no one has heard of before now, and suddenly she is Tim Cook's successor?
Can I have whatever you're smoking, clearly my shit's not string enough
I expect to see the "peak Apple", "end of Apple" etc. etc to appear here very shortly with same old tired arguments from people simply trying to wish reality to be something different.
In the mean time, only lack of personal financial reserves prevented me from buying more.
Apple does seem to have a lot of cash and liquid assts with which to play. As a shareholder, I would prefer that they managed a higher ROI on that component of their business though, but I understand their conservatism.
"In this case, Apple products are most certainly the premium product."
... and as most people who've owned one, also the high quality product.
You all need to get over the fact that Apple make very good consumer kit, and support it to a level to a level few other PC companies can even aspire. They sell a squillion units to happy customers, most of whom are just as savvy and smart in their buying choices as the commentards here.
Me2 mondo ... but the performance improvements and price might nudge me from the highly robut 10.6.8 to Mavericks
Re: It dissuaded me
I hated focus follows mouse back in the old days, and I hate it now. It is a broken idea.
Don, I assume in you 160+ years, you exclude the past decade or so where the pro-AGW crowd have pretty much educated Joe Public to believe that "peer reviewed" = "absolute scientific truth"?
From Hansen down the chain, the "peer reviewed" card has been very heavily played, and it is proven that a cadre of pro AGW "scientists" has managed to hijack the process to limit the publication of offending papers.
We need lots more research where the exercise is not to "prove" AGW, but to falsify it (though AGW is so nebulous that falsification in a strict sense is not logically possible, which I guess is the point ...). There is way too much confirmation bias in way to much reasearch that is funded to "look for a signal" in the noise that points to the magic CO2 tap that, when turned off, will mystically stave of the impending eco-doom.
Re: greenies are wrong about almost everything
"a young college student, a girl of Indian descent, invented a super capacitor, that will change the world in cheap high energy storage. "
The greenies will crucify her. Anything that creates or contributes to cheap abundant energy is BAD! They want to send us back to the stone ages, energy=bad for the true greenie.
If you don't believe this, listen to the crap that spews from the collective mouths of the green movement's spokesmen
Re: The Name
Hey, it's easy to remember if you're from the 'gong!
Google what Burt Rutan had to say. His 40 page presentation cuts through the bullshit like few others
Re: @ eSeM - Another bug fix .... @emmanuel goldstein
... and I think you should quote less
Same experience here ... The two chassis' worth of Dell blades have been quite good, and while under service there were some issues that were remedied without issue.
Dell make crap laptops for Joe public. They make blades for the enterprise. The only think that these two machine types share in common is the Dell logo
Re: Tablet Computer
"It's a deliberate design decision to build in obsolescence"
More likely it's a deliberate design decision to increase rigidity, reduce the component count, reduce the complexity of construction, eliminate exposed contacts etc. etc.
And in any case, pop on down to Apple and I am sure you can have the batteries replaced. I haven't needed to on my MBA.
Re: Adhesives & Glue = cheap junk
I have a MacBookAir 11" - the very first model that came out - the "game changer".
I actually have no idea how long I have had it, certainly more than 2 years I would think.
According to iStatPro it has been recharged 274 times, is currently 100% charged and the battery life shows as 88%.
I think most of the people on her dumping in this thread are detached from reality
Re: A thinner tabler is that it, how robust, it will need a bulky case???? @Ian Yates
Re: A thinner tabler is that it, how robust, it will need a bulky case????
Hmm, while I do not recall a 33 bit architecture, we certainly have had 36 & 48 bit architectures in the past as well as varying number of (n)bit memory addressing systems where n>32, so yes, there are other values of the increment.
The big changes in the A7 chip are not the 64 "bitness" of it, and your claim to know something about this subject suggests you might do well to actually brush up on the subject before ranting away and making yourself look silly.
On second thoughts, rant on ...
Re: And now the world waits...
"They just will add £500 onto the hardware cost to cover it like Apple do..."
Errr ... that would be the surface then? dork.
Re: It's not about Microsoft
"The other advantage is that older hardware will struggle with Mavericks, nudging you towards purchasing a new machine. These are all good business reasons for appearing to give away stuff for free"
Your statement is pure, unadulterated bullshit.
Given that the entire release is about OS performance, your statement sounds like yet another sour fart.
Re: iPad 2
Precisely. A defining factor of geeks is that they can never get past their built in "newer is better and required" for all things. The iPad mini purchased a year ago will still be capable of doing precisely the same job in another year, or two or three ...
It is not unless the thing breaks, wears out or the underlying requirements change that the device becomes useless.
The original iPad mini only has an embarrassing screen if you have never seen or used one and rely on pointless hardware specifications to reach conclusions (yet another defining geekdom characteristic).
Luckily, it is a rare day when I am mistaken for a geek.
I predict with absolute certainty, probability=1, that every owner of the new iPad mini and iPad Air will use the faster processor.
Perhaps if you learned to formulate your words like an adult, your communication efforts would be more successful.
Re: Just curious
Two cultures separated by a common language perhaps?
Re: Late to the party
Down vote me all you want, it won't change what it says on my CV, or the facts of the matter.
Re: Did you just???
"Apple are in fact one of the world's largest employers of chip designers."
Sadly, this factoid does not stop the fandroids spouting of about how Apple is not a tech company though, does it.
Re: Late to the party
"It's no wonder the market went blah at the news."
You don't really understand the market do you?
The market moved leading up to the release, where everyone placed their bets. This is how it works.
The market will now stabilise to the level the market assesses looking forward including the evaluation of the affects of the now released products (rather than speculation).
Re: iPad looks good to me.
"The reason Android has exploded as a platform is because ..."
... it is free for manufacturers and they can sell cheap crap using it, at price points for which there is always a ready market. Oh yes, and the fact that geeks like it.
There are exceptions, Samsung, Sony, Google Nexus.
I wonder what the sales of non-name Chinese underpowered, unusable crap tablets is compared to premium products?
Re: Lol @ the hate.
The maps app is fine, better in many ways than its predecessor (features Google refused to offer on the iDevices). However, Apple aligned itself with one of the world's major suppliers of data to feed their own app, and the completeness & quality was not to the same level that Google provided previously.
These are two statements of fact, and the end user experience was not up to Apple's standards and worse in many ways than the app that Google had previously provided.
The fact that everyone (including you I guess) blamed the poor user experience on the App, merely indicates the lack of nuance and understanding that the anti-Apple (and pro-Google) brigade demonstrate on every available occasion.
The whole exercise was Google throwing its weight around, successfully.
Don't let the facts get in the way of your bias though, carry on.
Re: Did you just??? @Ben 54
The 64bitness is far less important (as you point out) than the fact that it is a newer ARM revision, which amongst other things adds registers - the benefit of which you ought to fully understand.
Apple are not hiding anything nor claiming anything that the new architecture is not.
Get over yourself!
(That being said, xBox vs. iPad was a strange comparison)
Is this device produced by the handset division (soon to be a free give away with the purchase of Stephen Elop), or from the leftover Nokia?
Sometime soon we will need to differentiate ... or not.
No problem, as long as you not on the receiving end
Re: Um, nope
I have one in a drawer somewhere - "there's gold in dem der hils"