2686 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006
Is there a viable touch interface for Windows?
Serious question. Last time I tried an XP tablet all the handwriting recognition stuff was part of the apps (notably word) not the OS. seemed rather broken to me.
As bilgepipe says below, it has windows on it. I'd not expect day-long battery life on anything with windows (or (trying to be fair) Ubuntu or Suze).
I'm quite tempted, even with windows. I still think it is at least a hundred quid too much. But there is a month to go before deliveries, so anything could happen.
According to the people who loaned it to you it can't do 3G, which seems really odd.
Not sure why the keyboard has to be physically attached. Could it not be blootoof?
I'm taking this one more seriously.
Know what you get
I suspect that someone buying a phone from a supermarket is an experienced user and already knows what they want and need.
Leaving the witless to wander unaided into the den of fools run by most telcos, who would pay less if they could for an even spottier youth.
And so a feedback loop forms. The people who need technical support end up buying from the suppliers who are demonstrably the worst at providing it, and so the spiral of death develops.
And it becomes easier to buy from supermarkets.
I'd accuse tesco of cherrypicking the easy customers and leaving the expensive ones to the competition, just like with everything else. But in this case I have no sympathy for Ono or Vodalone or minus3 or the rest of them, so:
* Good on yer Tesco.
* Where is my Aldi phone?
Whilst I agree with every word you say
What open source alternatives?
I came here to suggest that this is looking spookier by the minute. Thats 3 for 4 on the newest phone OS. Anyone looked at webOS yet?
And there has been silence from the competition enforcers over NokiaSoft. Is it in big govt's interest to let the plan go through?
"once is misfortune, twice is coincidence, three times is enemy action"
>Face it, marketards, you are now hated roughly as much as lawyers & politicians.
And, like them, grossly overpaid compared to the contribution to society
So google will get paid on the day, while LargeCo will continue to pay all its SmallCo suppliers on 60, 90, 120 day T&C?
Other useful functionality
2. If it detects a sainsbury's kiss while parked, it photos the surroundings and shouts "ouch, Someone round here can't drive!"
I can't do that in my alfa. The turning circle is pretty poor. I can easily do 140%, but 120% would be a serious shuffle, and with the poor corner visibility and the cost of the paint I'd not bother.
What am I saying? Approach at 60, handbrake, full lock, dab-and release and go in sideways. That'd do it.
There will doubtless be a fusion or a cmax with the same spec package soon.
It is a handsome thing.
Anyone know if the design is copyright? I reckon it's buildable at home.
No customer here then
I buy my gadgets outright. I don't want some git in a cellphone customer making my choices for me. Exclusive == Unavailable in my book.
Pity, this is quite a neat thing. Although AlexH ought to patent his idea quickly.
I nearly understood nearly half of that article
I thought a foursquare was a phased array antenna.
router location? phone location?
I'm guessing that the more android phones pick up yer router the better the fix will be. I reckon in my case it is reporting the location of the one house where a visitor had an android phone.
I bet it has reported about 10 routers at that location, too. We are getting channel congestion round by 'ere.
I live at 63. It said my wifi was at 68, and drew the blue blob at 72.
Nothings perfect, it seems.
why not stick a LT1073CN on a bit of veroboard and make 20V from the 5V?
Apple's only declining segment was iPods
well, there can't be many more to sell - surely everyone who wants one has got one?
do we care?
All computers are fast enough, its only a browser, and given how many people they employ, it would be remarkable if M$ did not turn out some good code now and again.
My complaints against M$ have rarely had much to do with the code, particularly their compilers. It's the politics and marketing that gt up my nose.
I don;t see that a benchmark like this is anything but flamebait.
if it's got out-of-order look-ahead, and media extensions, is it still an Advanced Risc Machine, or just an AM?
I'm 60. At some point quite soon I will be taking a one way journey, might as well be that one.
If they built a colony ship, and wanted someone to keep the lights on for the first few years I'd sign up for that too.
get on with it!
>The only thing that's for sure here is that based on the story so far it would
>be unwise to totally discount what Musk and SpaceX say - no matter how
>far-fetched it may seem
Doesn't seem far fetched to me. For God's sake, from Gagarin to Apollo's landing was barely 9 years, with vacuum tube technologies and no microprocessors.
We have had 50 years of "research" in LEO about the effects on humans of being in space,, 50 years of building launchers. We don't need to wait any longer. Lets bloody get on with it before we run out of anything we can use for fuel!
Been wondering about that
DER rented out tellies (and in their early days washing machines and fridges) for nigh on 50 years, until they became too cheap to bother.
When home computing started they rented a few comodore pets & apple ][s , but discovered that the public could not tell the difference between "its broken" and "I am a shit-kicking yokel who doesn't know the first thing about computers" and very wisely dropped the scheme.
Good luck to Mr Google with that.
I wonder if he could give evidence?
I bet he wishes he'd patented everything in his book!
"Please explain" - big question mark
"I remember" - Grandfather clock? abacus? punch card?
"I agree wholeheartedly" - Big Tick? +1? Two heads?
"Der-brain" - big head, litle brain?
oh look. http://www.reghardware.com/2011/04/12/context_uk_pc_sales_q1_2011/
'UK PC sales during the first quarter of the year were down 7.7 per cent, well below the European average of 2.9 per cent."
Looks like IBM is doing even betterer than the article suggests. Or is this another manifestation of Obama's 'spend yer way to affluence' policy?
not trying hard enough
>when we have full coloUr, high resolution, roll up, flexible displays
Passe - we want direct neural connection, and we want it now!
The lens/camera combo sounds marginally less likely to kill you too.
electric/magnetic field non-contact sensors,
A load cell so you can weigh tiny tings to high resolution (what /could/ you use that for?)
ultrasonic distance measurer for estate agents
buglisting this idea
I've raised https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=36400 to suggest relocating controls in LibreOffice
vertical pixels in short supply
What is it about vertical pixels? A few years ago 1024 was the norm for vertical pixels, then people went all 900 high and now we are supposed to wet ourselves because this has 1080? Why are screens not 2048 high by now?
This shift to wide-screen TV proportions has made a lot of software with its men us, button bars, navigation bars, drawing bars, status lines all very crowded. Lets put the controls down the left hand side now that we have wide screens, and give us some workable space back on the document/maths/canvas/feature area.
At last, some value from taxes paid!
one born every minute
>equally amusing that companies such as Microsoft believe people want to
>use Cloud based "services" such as this in any sort of meaningful volumes
Can you say "Royal mail"?
30,000 POUNDS? Are they serious? Seems like a very expensive way to beat the congestion charge to me.
For that sort of money you can get 3-and-a-bit Citroen C1 1.4 HDi Rhythm, they are plain diesels that do 60mpg That will be 12 seats for the price of 4!
Include the lifetime carbon (build and recycle effects) and this is a very stupid idea indeed.
right decision, mind. creepy, creepy
never fast enough
It will never be fast enough to persuade me to trust it. Far too far left field.
Dear gods, no!
>Michael Bay directing Rendezvous with Rama?
I'll not sleep now. Ugh
+1 for Greg Bear
Terraforming mars as a multi-film franchise.
Just a reminder
Don't forget that "Cold Comfort Farm" is in some wise science fiction - with video phones and private jets taken as read for the metropolitan population, to further contrast with the rural isolation.
Bit of a laugh
If we can have Agatha Hetrodyne, could we have Crimson dark
two remembered, one nearly forgotten
The city & the stars. Childhoods end. Clarke.
'Wild geese' Forgotten author, perhaps the commenards can help. Space ship is an Irish convent, run by a scheming Mother Superior. Wild Geese was the name for the company of lay brothers and mercenaries that ran the ship & did any fighting.
I think the problem is me-too management styles, where executives see an established market and want a slice of /that/. Innovation would take time, cost money, need explaining. Just photocopy what is already selling and get on with it.
You can see the same thing with compact digicams, and white goods.
The imaging precision is pinpoint,
Umm. Care to explain? I am an old wavefront-reconstruction stereo buff, is that what you mean? But how can that possibly relate to n+1 channels? Does the supplied microphone and calibration thingy include phase delay correction? or what?
Does the internet radio include BBC radio channels? Streaming or iplayer?
It would be tragic if I could not use this for the HD stereo used during last years proms on Radio 3. Does that work?
Well, that's the other shoe.
Hands up who was not expecting this.
Stop pissing about with the tellies
I won't buy a new telly every 18months when most channels are still showing shows made when 625 was the only choice.
Stop pissing about with the screens, it's the dodgy content that puts me off, not the picture.
Boys will be boys. At least everyone is still beathing.
So what are you saying? Someone is having a Gigle?
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