142 posts • joined Tuesday 22nd June 2010 13:29 GMT
Guitar and vocals recorded on the ISS, other instruments (and presumably mixing + video edit) on Earth - no dates though, and I'd be quite surprised if the backing track had been premade before Hadfield knew what an audience he would have by the end of the trip.
Re: airplane mode
Nope. As well as the cell tower thing registration being an active function and the phone's radio power being a function of signal strength from the tower, iPhones are no different to any other - all four I've owned have all drained battery faster in low signal situations, such as my house's downstairs where I get 0/1/2 bars depending on exact location and phone orientation! As have all other phones I've had over the years, from fancy Nokia S80/S60 and RIMs to ye old Nokia/Moto/Sony-Ericsson dumbphones. It's how cell radio works, there's no way around it.
Locations with zero signal are somewhat different to low signal - I get that a lot too, as I do a lot of walking in the middle of nowhere with no reception. The iPhones all seem to handle that better than one-bar reception, and also better than my lass's Nexus 4 which drains as fast in no-bars as in a one-bar area. Given the spread of Android devices I'm not going to make any general statement about them from that one anecdote, though.
Re: Thanks Matthew Smith
Me too. Seen this? The lad's back in the game:
Re: You need some Win8 consulting then?
VM's are easier than hardware - much reduced variation in the drivers needed.
Get your twaddle here!
Absolute twaddle! Get it while it's hot! Pour some FUD on that for you madam? Laaaavely!
I've noticed this too
I blame it on Windows being worse at disk caching than any of the host operating systems, so Windows in a VM gains performance from the host leaving much more of the virtual disk in RAM.
Re: I'm confused though
It's to show that the wings really are as 'clean' as they appear to be, because retinal cells will only survive in a really clean environment. Which is why puncturing an eye even a tiny bit so often leads to blindness with minimal contamination.
Re: Evil Genius
I have known people for whom the ribbon actually works - I suspect it's that they're following one of the ~sixish workflows that the ribbon is designed to support.
For eeryone else, it's a bag of arse. My own WP work always means chopping and changing between different ribbons, so it's a complete nonsense. So I gave up on Word, except for when adding review comments to someone else's doc (which I think is one of those workflows).
Re: @AC 11:48GMT - Apple seem to manage ok
Apple's EFI is barebones - good at local and network (inc wifi) bootups and handling fully encrypted boot volumes, but very little more. Nothing like a full UEFI - although you can install a third party one if you wish.
Re: Another cog in the Great Green Swindle
$2.5m? That's absolutely peanuts compared to the amount of tax credits big companies are given by the NC authorities to move in and set up shop. And incidentally pay thousands of locals a living wage.
Re: Nice solar array
North Carolina is about 90% trees - it's an amazing place to fly low over, and I've taken a lot of wide-angle tourist photos from mountain viewpoints there, where all you can see is undulating forest to the horizon.
This is (to mix a metaphor) a drop in the ocean in terms of tree reduction.
Re: Marketing nonsense
Nonsense yourself - it's a function of how many photons you can get striking each pixel. Larger pixels == more photons == more data samples == less noise.
Sensor size *with res* is a surrogate measurement for pixel size. It's easier talking about a half inch 8Mpixel sensor than 1.3nm pixels.
Really. Google Maps is not perfect, no need to get all defensive about it.
Map data is "cloud based" (actually server based, don't mis-use jargon you don't understand), but updates to the schema and general bugfixes to the code may need updates to the client software.
The vans *have* location trackers
They don't use them for anything useful like seeing how accurate the system's automatic travel time calculation is, or even to make sure that engineers aren't having a sneaky snooze in a layby. They use them to make sure that the vans are parked where they should be out of hours.
The difference is that he *owns* the store, and every lemming in there is another kaching for him.
Sounds like the real grumble is "Android has caught up and in a number of ways passed iOS - why can't Apple be special and wonderful any more?".
Re: What's funny...
As to reselling of downloaded software - Germany is leading the charge on this, very kindly:
Following which, they're currently suing Valve (take on the big boys first!) for not allowing reselling:
Re: Download, upload, sideload...
The biggest useful thing about consoles is that they're *not* possible to upgrade. This gives the software developers a clear and solid target to aim for, even over a three-year development cycle, so they can squeeze every last drop of performance from it (which is what we're seeing now with the latest Xbox360 and PS3 titles). It also means all users have the same basic kit, removing possibilities of driver issues, out-of-resource issues, and cutting QA down massively. Also enables console-wide services like the Friends system, Xbox Live Chat and so on - although Steam has brought much of that across to the PC too, hurrah!
(On the downside, it also means that otherwise interesting addons (Move, Kinect, erm...) tend to die because without 100% deployment no devs want to really commit to them. Which is why the PSN chat facility is never used - no headset in the box)
Re: Madness with Windows supporters
You're frothing at the mouth W. Have a beer and settle down, as per my comment on the main page.
I will point out that Server 2012 is a remarkably different product to 2008 and earlier (unlike Win8 which isn't much different from Vista/7), and only one of your references even evaluates it. Yes, Windows is vanishingly rare in the HPC world, no news there. It has a bucketload of useful corporate/enterprise features though, which are a different thing entirely that you're cheerfully ignoring. Perhaps by Server2012r2 or so it'll be more generally useful; perhaps not. It'll have to earn its position, anyway.
I can't find that "Financial Services firms evaluations of 2012" you mention, btw - can you cite? Ta.
I had an amusing call-in to BT once for that:
"Hello, how can I help?"
"Hi, I'm calling about my very noisy line"
"Could you repeat that? There seems to be a lot of noise and it's hard to hear you"
"Yes, that's right"
"Could you rep.... Oh, I see. We'll schedule an engineer and call you back with a date"
It sounded like gravel in a washing machine, but the ADSL was still chugging along at about 1mbit/sec (down from its usual 4mbit/sec) which was pretty impressive.
Re: "took its inspiration from the Apple MacBook Air"
The *design*, not the being-thin-etc-etc, is kinda Airlike more than anything else.
It looks nothing like the various lightweight Sonys that I've met, but I try and ignore Sony so I may have missed something. It's not really their aesthetic at all.
Re: I had a 2 lb laptop in 1995
The Fujitsu LifeBook series - they were great. Still got a B142 kicking around somewhere, pretty RAM limited these days.
Got an Air in 2007, and that was a bucketload better...
Re: At least it's not win8...
Not really. Pretty much every laptop you can buy over £300 nowadays is overly capable for the needs of 95% of users, so when you've got a choice of hundreds of possible machines that would suit you why not get something pretty?
It sells MacBooks by the million, and it works for Tosh, Samsung and Sony too.
@Dave 126 - I do this with my iPad, using a tool called Air Display. App on the pad, bit of software on the workstation, makes the iPad available as an extra screen for Mac or Windows desktops over wifi. Works at pixel-doubled or retina density, your choice.
Re: You are missing something
Defensegrid and other games aren't "OS tied" - they're only written to run on that OS. It's an utterly different thing.
Steam Play games = buy a game once, play on all of Windows/Linux/Mac that they'll run on.
I don't know why people bother with tiny form factors when they've got a foot or two of space behind a 46" screen to use up. Use a mini tower and decent quiet cooling, job done.
Re: I miss the humour
Borderlands 2 (and the original) is the only comedy-scripted modern AAA title I can think of, but there's a lot of humour in small indie games too. Plus point'n'click is a live genre again these days, just ask Telltale.
But yeah, very little humour in the rest of the high selling games.
The grilfiend drops her iPhone regularly, and keeps it in her bag with keys, work badge and other scratchy things. No breakage, no scratches. Dinged corners, though. (Her battery lasts six days - it's my original '07 iPhone with the original battery)
I've thrown my iPhone 4 at concrete due to pocket mishaps at least four times, as well as various MTB off-road crashes and other softer impacts. Pitted steel corners, a rough patch on the plastic trim, and one small scratch on the back. (2.5 day battery, unless I use GPS which eats ~15% per hour)
On the other side, I've seen someone drop a 4s on carpet and shatter the front, it was only a month old too. Am I lucky, or are they unlucky? Shrug.
It runs existing Wii games perfectly, apparently.
There are moves afoot to let you move your existing Wii download/VC/Wii content over to it too.
But if you just want a Wii, get one - they're a third of the price of a Wii U (and will also play Gamecube games if you get the older, squarer model).
What exactly are people going to show on this?
It's not like you can buy 4k Blu-Rays or download 4k streaming movies (of any significant length)... upscaling lower-res content is rather pointless.
I guess if you've access to a digital cinema (a real one with hundreds of seats) you might possibly 'borrow' 4k film content and a player? If it's not DRM'ed up to the hilt, which I suspect it is. Pretty small market.
Re: I disagree
Granted (probably - we don't have actual figures, remember!). But the whole market and development methods are different between a handheld and a big 3D AAA title.
And it's the cost of the latter which is putting large numbers of development studios down the shitter. Who's winning? No one.
Re: I disagree
This would be the Angry Birds made by Rovio, who currently are reckoned to have a market cap somewhere around $6-$9 billion? They just released a new Angry Birds, and:
"Just two and a half hours after its November 8 release, "Angry Birds Star Wars" rose to the No. 1 paid iPhone app and the top grossing iPhone app in the U.S. Apple App Store, according to Ville Heijari, Rovio's SVP-brand marketing."
They don't release actual figures unfortunately, but that doesn't include Android sales which were higher (but worth less).
Big money in them thar handhelds.
Re: As far as I'm aware, "GPS" won't work underground.
C'mon, Rob - you could at least glance at the pictures if you're not going to read the article. They - and the video - confirm that it is indeed surface mining.
Re: Amiga connection
No, REXX was an open language and AREXX was written without IBM involvement or any need for licensing.
I've never heard of Workbench being licensed out (which doesn't mean it wasn't!).
Re: Portable Consoles, maybe..
The 3DS hasn't had poor sales. After a not very shaky start, from Q2 after launch it has consistently sold more units than the DS did in the same time-since-launch, which makes it better selling than the best selling handheld console ever...
Nintendo's Wii was the best selling of the PS3/X360/Wii triumvirate. And every one of them sold made Nintendo money, quite the opposite of MS and Sony. We'll see how the WiiU goes - but it's selling out rapidly so far, and more than the Wii did (because there are more units available!).
That's why Nintendo aren't getting out of the hardware business, and are in a silent battle against iOS/Android for portable gaming. They can't possibly win, but they are likely to hold their own and keep the niche IMHO.
Re: I disagree
Those who consider themselves serious gamers are now in the minority. The mobile and Wii and Facebook and BigFish and Flash gaming crowd - we'll call them "casual" for simplicity - are a much, much larger market than the codbloppers. Even larger than the Haloites.
It'll take the games makers a little while longer to work this out, but it's coming. MS have already seen it - their own stats show that people use their Xbox360's more for playing Netflix than games.
Re: Whatever any PS3 owner does this year...
There's some vague possibility it'll come out on disk at some point - the PSN store game identifies itself as "Okami HD - Download Version" once installed. The implication is there, but whether that'll come to pass is another matter.
Sorry to say that it's absolutely ace. I bought my first PS2 (rather late!) in to play the original, and this remaster is definitely better. It's better than the Wii version too - although I liked the brushwork most on the Wii, the other controls were pants.
Re: Open Arms
From watching other people (as well as myself) it depends largely on whether your tasks match up with MS's idea of what tasks should be.
Mine never did, so I was always bouncing between at least three ribbons, switching between them on almost every operation. I therefore hated them (thus icon).
Other people only ever used one ribbon at a time, and thought they were fine. Hey ho.
I see above that the Office ribbon is now molestable into doing the task set I might need - that seems like a sensible thing. Next time I'm forced to sit in front of Office I shall spend my first half hour doing that.
Re: 68000 m³
Correction to the correction - a not very radioactive cube of 41m in each side equals about 1 Sellafield.
Sony, Apple and Amazon
in a fight for "most evil corporation". WHO WILL WIN?