684 posts • joined Saturday 20th February 2010 23:01 GMT
I still think Douglas Adams was right...
...when he pointed out that we don't need a new standard to solve this problem - we just need to start using the one we've already got : The 'lighter' socket found in cars. 12V, enough amps to heat metal to the point it glows.
So, just as the socket on the mains side of the power brick is (mostly) standardised on a kettle-style plug the hardwired cable on the laptop side could be replaced by a car-style socket.
True this means carrying slightly more than standardising the socket on the laptop - you still need a cable between the brick and the laptop. However a cable is a lot lighter than the power brick, plus if you're travelling by car for some of your journey you can charge up the laptop on the way without carrying anything extra.
In other news...
...people found to keep house, car office and shed keys on the same keyring.
Re: Just in time to avoid that Samsung climbdown in the UK
Ignoring that any product trying to point out its own coolness looks desperate and becomes uncool the Samsung response in their adverts would also be simple "Samsung: For when you need more than just a fashion accessory".
Re: > 32GB ?
Changing music on an mp3 player would defeat most of the point for me. Mine mostly lives in the car with my entire collection on it, it only really comes out when I buy new music. This means I need capacity. I don't want to have to keep connecting to the computer to change things or choose in advance - doing that would actually be more hassle than putting a different set of CDs in the changer in the boot. Having everything is also good on holiday when I'm away from the computer but not from a power supply.
Re: I'm coming round to the idea that the Ribbon is better than toolbars
Which points to my problem with the ribbon. Yes the ribbon is a reasonable replacement for the toolbar (actually its much like the tabbed toolbar concept which has been occasionally seen long before office tried it).
However the toolbar wasn't the only pre-ribbon component of the UI - there was a menu too. Its the menu which the ribbon is a poor substitute for.
I don't so much want the ribbon gone, what I want is the menu back. In (non-ms) programs which allow it ribbon+menu is indeed a viable alternative to toolbar+menu. Its ribbon without a menu I don't like.
Re: My spin goes up to 11
I too am suspicious that they're just trying to kill off gadgets.
Its a shame really, I think they missed an oportunity. When I first heard Windows 8 was going to have closer ties to Windows Phone I hoped for something rather different than what we've got: I thought they might have implemented a way to run a phone application as a gadget on a desktop/laptop (possibly with recompilation).
I actually prefered them in vista to win 7
To me the vista sidebar made some sense, a place to dock small accessory programs with the maximise behaviour of other programs tweaked to ensure that both your main program and gadgets stay un-obscured and usable.
Getting rid of the sidebar in win 7 made gadget behaviour not really any different to things like the clock which was provided in windows 3.0.
(I realise its unusual to say nice things about vista, but don't worry I can't think of any others).
Re: Clarke's Stations: Not Manned
The manned communications satellites refers to his short stories, for example "Who's There?" from 1958.
Trains and Trams
Haven't trains and trams already solved the power delivery to a moving vehicle problem? True it'd be impractical to have overhead wires everywhere, but just doing motorways wouldn't be as big a job as doing every road, and should be in the right place for most journeys where range is an issue.
Its going to mean ugly cars unless it folds away though.
Re: Great! If only he still had something to say.
I really don't care if the only use he wants to put it to is ordering a burger and chips. If anyone deserves a device like this its someone who has contributed so much already in the face of such adversity.
As long as its connected to the same ancient speech synthesiser
It'd be wierd if they ever had to change his voice because the old one wasn't compatible for any reason.
Re: Isn't this just a spin on...
That'll be why the article says:
"The system, called Infinity-By-Nine, is essentially Ambilight on steroids"
Re: I Applaud Kepler (and Its Boffins), But...
Ah, but we're looking at whole planets. A fair few of Niven's worlds would get missed since he was fond of worlds with small habitable zones on otherwise inhospitable planets.
I never got round to buying this at the time (my computer was on the ancient side at the time), so I'd actually be tempted. Not sure about the changes though, I'm not sure DOOM is a formula that should be messed with.
I really was a peasant, I only had a 40Mhz 386DX (the AMD version). 'High detail' was unpleasant, but low detail was playable. I had to wait until I left university and got a job for the 4MB ram upgrade to make it run though. Before then it had to be played on the university's shiney new cluster of 486s, I think they'd had them about two weeks when DOOM was launched - perfect timing, before that nothing on campus would have been good enough to run it.
Right behind you.
(Though I still think the cancelled courier looked more interesting)
Re: So I need a desk to set it on?
No you don't *need* a desk. But you can use the stand prop it up on one easily if you *want* to.
I don't expect the keyboard to be great, but the moving key option has to be better than just a piece of glass (and won't obscure the display).
Because that doesn't separate permision to "rememeber I'm logged in so I don't have to type my password again tommorow" from "stalk me from site to site and deliver creepy adverts based on my browsing history".
Re: Even more confused
Its not confusing at all:
If its necessary to make what the user came to your site for (e.g. a shopping basket) then you don't need to ask.
If its for your benefit not the users (analysis, adverts, etc) then you need permission.
"Seeing as I've been building them for 15 years I have a pretty good idea, and know that most users do not want a barrage of messages asking them to accept a cookie which is simply trying to store something like a shopping basket ID."
And since a shopping site breaks without that cookie you don't need to present that barrage of messages.
Never mind, they'll still make it to mars one day...
...its just that at this rate they'll find a spacex dragon waiting for them.
In part I blame the AV companies
Microsoft have a reasonable free security package. It really should be installed as a default, then every system would have some protection unless it was explicitly uninstalled. Except then McAfeee and the rest would cry foul and complain about anticompetitive practices like the browser makers did.
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