27 posts • joined Monday 1st February 2010 19:23 GMT
Re: I will NOT trust MS enough to EVER have their Kinect in my home,
Yeah, just imagine that that Kinect might be sneakily reporting on your cue and ball action whilst watching those movies for discerning gentlemen
Folk who use Chromebooks regularly, will want to dual boot it or at the very least have a chrooted second OS using crouton. This gives a fully functional touch enabled platform at fairly decent price, combined with a fast booting browse only OS
The "glamorous lifestyle." vulnerability
OK, you got me, best come clean..I have been leading a glamorous lifestyle, and even on occasion have used balsamic vinegar on my chips ordered online. I suppose having been so discredited I can't put on any of you guys to pass the salt eh?
Its like going into a hand stand...for a moment your hands and feet are on the same side...picture a horse shoe shaped magnetic core. Come to think of it, if you look closely at the sun it does have a distinct 'U' shape to it. Made you look made you stare, made you glimpse a solar flare...shortly before you went blind.
Re: 13 billion light years old or 13 billion light years away?
If it is 40 billion light years away, and got that far apart in 13 billion years then faster than light travel is possible or light travels faster than light...or...there are multiple big bangs happening all the time
Re: Acer ripping off UK
The pricing is really not related to the cost of manufacture, distance for transportation, or even VAT, but the price the potential customer is likely to be able to pay.
The price of the 4GB c720 on Amazon.jp is 39,800 yen or £246 or $397 closer to the UK price, though closer to the manufacturer
Problem with being third to market
Essentially WinRT tries to reap the benefits of an iPad like system with its walled garden and locked down hardware. But there is the problem - iPad being first to market (ok I am not inclding desktop tablets that Winodws had but never took off) with innovation has inertia. iPads premium price allows some competition from cheap android. With neither inertia nor competitive pricing a third entryinto an ecosystem just can not succeed.
Doh...it's how they make money...can we back to REAL news now?
Any innovation that Google make may benefit some users, and may therefore be used or experienced by users and bring an audience for ads. This is not news, this is the modus operandi for crying out loud...it is a business model that everybody is well aware of.
No mention of the most remarkable mini OS in the world. Kolibrios gives you a graphical envirnoment and boots from a Floppy disk. You can't get faster than pure assembly.
Re: CUT to the CHASE - leave "ubu" join MINT
Well the article does say that Cinnamon is becoming distro agnostic. So you can use Cinnamon and keep Ubuntu. Seeing Mint is son of Ubuntu anyway, choosing Mint does not imply leaving Ubuntu. From my point of view I dislike Ubuntu, but if Mint had the Unity desktop I would download and install it immediately.
Fragmentation is necessary for true evolution
I see Mir as an opportunity rather than an obstacle. There is always the XMir compatibility layer for those wanting to stick to X11. The combination just allows a non-blocking migration to Mir, much the same way as Wayland/Weston as far I as I understand. And it seem there is only a minimal performance hit when running X Applications on XMir on top of Mir. So once Mir drivers are produced for a particular application, one should expect a big performance improvement....and even if it produces fragmentation initially, I would expect a future merger of the technologies. This "temporary" fragmentation is, one could argue, essential for any major transition from a legacy system.
Set your alarm clocks for....
August 9 (2014)...talk about advanced warning...that due date is a gestation period away...
Convergence at last...Ubuntu Edge realised
"... and should have enough oomph to power not only smartphones and tablets, but also laptops that don't demand the top processing power... "
So is this next gen platform can run on a laptop, tablet or a phone? An Apple Edge in the making...maybe those guys at Ubuntu camp had something there after all....
Head...errr count error?
I see more than 2 X 26 pins.......more like 100 pins altogether unless they are not all connected...
The biggest driver in these devices is not the performance or resources or even price...it is the ability to generate a big enough community to create an inertia...The beagle board has a big enough geek community, but the pi beats on presence in wider culture rather than feature set.
"Standards essential" is less powerful than "trivial" then?
Clearly trivial patents can be used to block a product, where as patents that are critical to the whole operation of a device can be safely ignored. Common sense and Law never meet
Two balloons revisited...launch control and maximising lauch altitude
Problems 1) launch altitude control, 2) Maximise launch altitude 3) Deal with problem of premature balloon burst.
Possible solution have two identical balloons with launch triggered by the angle between tethering ropes which form a 'Y' shape with the launch platform. As the balloons expand the 'Y' opens wider and at a certain level triggers launch mechanically or electrically. The launch also is triggered by one of the balloons bursting by the same method (as the burst balloon falls, the 'y' open and also triggers launch. This also allows the possibility of maximising the launch altitude as the system will not become unstable with a single balloon burst. The balloon burst also means that the tension on one of the tethers falls to zero, this could also be used to verify launch triggering condition, avoiding complex circuitry.
Launch condition optimisations
The launcher/rocket will be swing underneath the balloon like a pendulum. Launch I guess should take into consideration attitude, altitude and the phase of the pendular swing. Launch triggered as the apparatus is moving backwards would not be as efficient as if it occurred in the forward swing. This probably most effectively be detected by another pendulum on the launcher, or much more simply by incorporating strain gauges in the the suspending cables.
Re: Launch rail and backplate issues
Issues with the back plate being asymmetrically attached to the launch rail...the effect of the thrust, (I agree with many of the posters here), will be to apply a rotational moment on the rail. The solution may be to have the back plate not being flat. A V shaped back plate, perhaps with a small central perforation will collect the exhaust from the rocket and be more effectively propelled directly backwards, acting more like the recoil of a gun.
Touch Screen or Touch Box?
"Apple warrants the Apple-branded hardware product and accessories contained in the original packaging ("Apple Product") against defects in materials and workmanship when used normally in accordance with Apple's published guidelines for a period of ONE (1) YEAR from the date of original retail purchase by the end-user purchaser."
I am confused...does this mean that taking the phone out of the original packaging invalidates the warranty?...Darn it...
The cloud is open source (pretty much)
I guess what you are trying to suggest is that cloud applications are beating open source native applications. And this based on search results. Sadly this seems pretty much an irrelevant metric. People tend to search for things they don't know how to find...people who use open source know where to find it; people hunting for commercial solutions will more likely use a vendor or VAR not a search engine...
Make Firefox as Safe as IE9...Just pretend
Raving Loony is absolutely right...Using a user agent switcher to change Firefox to IE9...result score now 4/4! What a load of baloney eh? The website does nothing to test the browser for security flaws, just gives a score according the version of the browser it thinks is visiting...if only I could as successfully pretend to be Bill Gates...
Missed out the most popular ones...
This misses out ALL the top selling tablets on amazon. Best bet for sub £200 tablets with resistive screen are the Flytouch 3s and 4s (rebranded variously as NATPC, TabTech, Tabtronics, A1CS x220 and others) and with capacitative screen probably the Hannspad for 10.1 inches, and Tabtronics fpr capacitative but 7 inches
no "P" in arabic
That's because there is no letter equivalent of "P" in arabic...all P's are replaced by "B"s. This sometimes helps because calling someone a "brat" not too bad, and saying he is a "Brick" again seems almost complimentary...