2725 posts • joined Wednesday 21st July 2010 13:57 GMT
Re: on the other hand....
For some reason Obviously prefers to think many of his fellow humans are contemptible halfwits, yet he can't grok that there are a good number of people who don't really give a shit about phones, and for whom an extra couple of hundred quid (spread out over a couple of years) isn't going to leave them skint.
Its really not too hard a concept.
Generally, owning things like a Volvo, a Bang and Olufsen stereo, a fancy watch and a Mont Blanc fountain pen is a way of displaying to others that you have reached a level in your career, (certainly it fulfils the stereotype of doctors). It might not be tasteful, but it usually requires some competence to acquire expendable cash. They are not half wits, they are merely well-off. True, there might be better things to spend their money on, but its their money.
Given that a fair few doctors use iPhones (around 60% in the US), it would't be in Obviously's interests to tell each and every iPhone user he meets that they are a idiot to their face. He hasn't got the guts, anyway.
If that 'photosphere' used exposure bracketing to capture light sources as well as dark shadows, the resulting composite HDRI image could be used to illuminate (and provide reflections for) 3D rendered objects, and so place them realistically into the scene you took a photo of.
In the mean time, a large silvered bauble and a zoom lens will have to do.
Re: Many changes need to be brought on.
>"Still, suicide is an incredibly selfish act that leaves a lot of family and friends utterly bereft."
The thing about depression is that alters the way the world appears to you (such as not realising the esteem and affection people hold you in), preventing you from fully appreciating the consequences of your actions. That said, if believing what you have written will cause someone to hesitate before any drastic action, so be it.
Dunno who downvoted Parax, but in a story about the reaction to an event, reposting the reaction of a well known internet figure is relevant, regardless of whether you agree or not with Tim Berners Lee.
Shooting the messenger?
Re: Don't break the law and you wont be pressured surely?
No, not the research, but the publishers sell many journals to universities.
Costs aside, this has been an issue in scientific circles for while- there are so many journals that only the largest institutions can hope to subscribe to all the journals in one specific field, let alone most journals in most fields. In the last few years, neurologists are beginning to understand that the balance of gut bacteria can affect the behaviour of a patient, so would benefit from having access to journals outside their immediate ken.
Asimov wrote a short story in the 1950s about the trend of specialisation, called Sucker Bait:
"Like other short stories by Asimov such as The Dead Past and Profession, the theme of Sucker Bait is the peril of scientific over-specialization... ... Asimov would soon begin to practice what he preached, making himself into a professional generalist by writing popular science books on a number of different fields, as well as The Intelligent Man's Guide to Science, a general overview of science as a whole."
The protagonist of the story is a man with Asperger's-like characteristics, who acts unilaterally and against protocol to avoid a bad situation for all (another, unrelated, Asimov story had autistic people using robotic avatars to study Mars). His role in the story is similar to what IBM are striving for with Dr Watson.
Re: I'm no expert, but...
Phone specs aren't the be all and end all of the user experience... I wish that my Android phone had a range of headsets with 3-button (call end, vol up, vol dwon) remotes available, but they all seem to be for iDevices. Android devices even differ between themselves in how they implement the headset mic and buttons, which is pretty shocking.
Re: "sexual health and wellness"
>It's 2013 and you feel the need to medicalise your product to make it respectable.
The first vibrators in the Victorian era were medical devices, invented to save doctors from RSI. 'Hysteria' was believed to to be a female illness (it stems from the word for 'womb'), and many doctors set up specialist clinics to 'cure' their wealthy patients- and profited handsomely. Demand for their services was high, and RSI was a risk. Steam powered vibrators (mechanically liked to a steam engine in an adjoining room) were the first, but vibrators were among the first electrical devices sold. They were openly sold above the counter as health and beauty aids, and didn't acquire a bad image until the stag movies of the 1920s.
I read about this about ten years ago in New Scientist, but I believe a feature-length film on the subject was released in 2012.
>I suppose I could make a comment about US puritanism. . .
You could, but read up on the genuine history first. Like many things, it is stranger than fiction.
Re: That's why codecs are usually compared with lots of different footage
When watching BBC nature documentaries, it'a always the scenes of large dense flocks of birds that go blocky on iPlayer- lots movement in different directions. Still, that's some TV making that merits disc sales.
Re: "what's your excuse for Ubuntu's inability to detect a wifi card?"
>The *only* thing keeping Linux from being much more popular on the Desktop is that Microsoft tell OEM's that if >they put Linux on a PC then they will lose "discounts".
No one denies MS haven't played dirty, Eadon, but another reason not everyone uses Linux is software support; be them gamers (though 'watch this space!' as they say), power Office users (there are some idiosyncrasies* with Open and Libre office) designers, engineers or video editors.
*just off the top of my head: The behaviour regarding data being deleted from hidden cells (devs said it was a feature, not a bug... see the Reg Article about it). EBay doesn't accept CSV files made by OpenOffice for bulk uploads.
@Fuzz and JSS
I was just curious about a possible way to free up a USB port... my current machine has plenty, but the trend seems to reduce the number! I guess a good number of laptop owners make do with the touchpad, though I couldn't do without a free-scrolling wheel and a middle button I can use as a modifier to mouse movement.
I was thinking about the idea of Logitech paying OEMs to incorporate their dongles into laptops - giving the user an incentive to buy Logitech HID instead of MS or Razor- but I don't think the sums would support doing so.
Re: Win-8 is Hideous
>Pure FUD. Linux is a kernel. Android has a Linux kernel. Android is Linux branded "Android" and owns over 75% >of the mobile market.
>So I reckon that Linux has already got to the point that most people can choose to use it, don't you?
For gawds sake Eadon, you know bloody well I was talking about desktop/laptop OSs (this is the thread about a laptop, I hope you noticed), and don't dodge the point by playing with semantics; nobody can use a a pure kernel, so excuse me if I don't write "Linux-based operating system" or "Linux kernal plus drivers plus GUI" or whatever. I've treated you with respect and given you the benefit of the doubt, but you're just behaving like a prick now.
>Also, on the desktop I would consider it not controversial to wager that Linux Mint is a damned sight easier to >use than Win 8.
Actually, it is easier to just add some 3rd party software (as mentioned in the article) to Win8 to restore familiar functionality than it would be for a user to learn new conventions as they would with a Linux distro. (I've installed Mint on a Thinkpad- and it took a lot of faffing to get the audio working.)
Shit, you tell people that Linux is super easy, but then in the same breath berate them over the use of 'OS' instead of 'kernel'. How is that going to encourage the naively curious to try Linux? It ain't. You're coming across as an agent provocateur.
Re: Ultra HD ≠ "4K" (3840×2160)
> I noticed that the colour reproduction, especially of skincolour, was very poor.
Inherent to the tech, or just a poorly set-up individual set, or the camera?
Re: Battery life
No great issues here with the Xperia P, though that may be because I use the ICS battery saver feature that selectively disables data traffic- the side effect is that you won't receive emails, Whatsapp or Facebook messages etc until you take the phone out of standby. Whether this is a plus or a minus is up to you.
The additional white pixels on the Sony phones can be turned off very easily, and a shortcut created to do just that.
>No mention of NVIDIA Project Shield? The one device absolutely everyone else has been raving about?
No, but the article did mention the guts of Project Shield, i.e the new version of Tegra.
>No mention of Piston either.
No, but sites that have mentioned it have scant details on its innards. It does seem to have a lot of USB ports, though.
Re: The point is not always to kill
I think the only place I've seen a Desert Eagle is coming out of Robocop's leg- the film's prop department stuck some extra metal on the end and thought it would appeal to teenage lads and Zmodem. The film, like the rest of the 1980s Verhoven classics, is being remade this year- wonder what they'll give Cyborg Murphy this time?
And Arnie's laser sight in The Terminator required a cable from the sight to a battery on his belt; again just a prop.
Us more outdoors types associate the word 'hack' with 'bush' or 'undergrowth'. Still, not good.
Lies, damned lies, and... What?!
Owned by over 50% of Americans?
Okay, lets say 50% of Americans are female... of those some will not have reached puberty, some will might have decided they no longer have any interest in that sort of thing or have always been asexual, then there's the Amish, and probably a few Southern Baptists might object to them... Can gay men really be filling the gap in your figures? Explain yourselves!
Re: Nokia sell in a quarter now what they used to sell in 2 weeks
If something sells, it doesn't mean it offers a great user experience. For example, a few years back a good number of people I know bought touch-screen feature phones (often resistive touch tech) in the wake of the original iPhone because they didn't want to spend more, yet many of them wish they'd stuck with a candy-bar phone with buttons.
C'mon Eadon, you're beginning to give Penguins a bad name. I'm not sure who you are trying to convert- those of us here who aren't already with Linux aren't going to be bought round to your view if your comments remain blunt.
Anyways, I'm late for the pub. Have a good weekend.
There was an interesting many-paged article on Arstechnica about the Metro framework being an attempt to atone for past sins... MS hope that it will become the way to write software for Windows machines, GUI aside.
As for ARM vs x86, there was a good article on Tomshardware... basically, ARM is efficient at doing nothing, but consumption ramps up quickly when under load. Intel have a more efficient memory controller (and currently, fab process) and ARM isn't yet fully up and running with 64bit.
Interesting times, but leave your conspiracy-theories and name calling at home, would ya? You won't convince anyone to your views with an attitude like that.
Re: Interesting but...
>I see an issue with that, as the keys may just inhale dust, fluff and other matter when placed on anything other than a very clean, flat surace.
Maybe, but I can image that turning the keyboard upside down will help dislodge debris, compared to a conventional sky-facing keyboard. Add to that the vibration from the speakers (which play through the keyboard, according to the review), which may help expel dust.
(Shudders at memories of turning keyboards upside down when working in a hot-desking call centre)
(Mine's the laptop with the as-of-yet untested spill-proof laptop keyboard. Sod's Law dictates that if I didn't have a spill proof keyboard, I would have spilt coffee on it by now)
Is there a technical reason Logitech use a proprietary wireless mouse/keyboard interface instead of Bluetooth?
I ask, because it seems that with more devices that have a limited number of USB ports, Logitech should either adopt Bluetooth, or else get OEMs to incorporate their 'nano' dongle inside laptops.
Re: Win-8 is Hideous
>Secondly why use a virus-susceptible, resource-hungry OS that is four years behind the curve?
Because, as has been stated before, it runs the software that we need it to. No Windows user will claim that Windows is perfect- far from it - but Linux, despite its virtues, isn't without a few headaches of its own. True, some of those headaches are imposed upon it externally (e.g. driver support), but some are its own (e.g. naming conventions)
I genuinely hope that that Linux does get to the point that most people can choose to use it*, but in the mean time don't suggest that cures all ills. If you want Windows users to take your advice, don't tell them that Windows is not fit for purpose, because they know that to be demonstrably untrue, and thus it damages your credibility.
*(though ultimately, if every OS was solid, reliable and ran everything they wanted it to, then the user wouldn't care which OS they used, and therefore the only meaningful choice would be between GUIs)
Re: not done right
>Examples of 'style over content' consumption include the original iPod - a large, clunky, ugly looking device that Apple sold on image.
Large, clunky and ugly? You're thinking of the Creative Nomad that was modelled on portable CD player. The iPod was about the same size or smaller than the products it replaced- cassette Walkmans, portable CD players, and on a par with many MD payers (though of course you carried extra MDs with you). Its size was largely dictated by the little Toshiba HDD inside it, though IBM had been touting their matchbox-like Microdrive. Small, flash-based players like the Rio were around at the time, but in small capacities and hadn't yet become ubiquitous like the older removable-medium devices. Later competing products using the same HDD, such as the iRiver H320, Creative Zen or Sony were the same size as the iPod.
Apple sold it on the basis that it was 5 GB (though they expressed it in terms of albums), fitted in your pocket and was easy to use.
(I didn't have an iPod, I had the Zen which failed cos the headphone socket was soldered directly onto the main PCB, the little Archos Gmini XS that failed, and the iRiver H320 that failed after being dropped but was revived by transplanting a HDD out of a dead iPod, Rockboxed and later stolen)
I agree with you on Beats Audio (and Monster's AV cables) though.
Re: No-one wants smart watches?
>But saying that, it doesn't make the kickstarter pledgers any good at spotting a good idea.
And when they floated the WWF, many of the Wall Street types thought the wrestling was real... : D
Why bother emulating real hands? Plenty of existing watches place LCD elements over real, analogue hands. At CES this year was a company touting electronic windows blinds, so a switchable opaque layer can be used, too. The display does NOT need to be in colour.
Re: Watches are already on the decline
>I see this line a lot but I can't help feeling that there's probably a reason why fob/pocket watches (lovely as they >are, and I've got three...) were replaced by wristwatches for everyday purposes...
Well said. Yoinking a phone out of your pocket just to tell the time is awkward.
My watch is 1969 Omega Chronostop, their attempt at a budget range at the time. My dad bought it off a bloke in a pub, so it's a family heirloom.
>Now we have watches with bezels that look as though they should rotate, and don't.
I love watches with rotating bezels... it is the quickest, most natural way of setting a reminder of when you must return to your car to avoid a parking fine.
Re: not done right
An smartwatch that looks like a normal watch... I'm thinking of that Tissot watch that just analogue hands. However, if you pushed 3 o'clock, the hands rotated to indicate altitude, press 6 o'clock and it became a compass.
I think that the functionality I would want from a smart watch would stretch to no more that it acting as a remote control for a phone or media payer, and to alert me to incoming texts or calls. Neither should require too much power, or too ugly a design.
Whilst this analyst says smartwatches won't work, I think a watch-sized smart-dongle would.... I'm thinking of those women who have to reach into the bottom of massive handbags to get their phone; a dongle would clip to the strap. If more phones are docked to provide music or video, the dongle would provide the remote-control convenience we are used to.
Re: Mens watches are jewelery@<jbc>
>..vanity, bad taste, affectation, and excessive disposable income. Or so I've come to learn from the adverts in publications like the FT's revolting "How to spend it"
I read once that most of the CEOs of the top 100 companies wore Timex watches... a sign that they were about making money, not spending it.
Re: I remember HI-FI
Well, there is the current trend for compressing the dynamic range of music these days... a shame because most playback devices can do that should the user want it. Curiously, movies have gone the other way- turn it up enough to hear the dialogue and the next gunshot or car crash will deafen your neighbours.
Re: Not fragile
Tch, Neil Merryweather is my mid-1970s Canadian rocker of choice : D
Phones OSs will live or die according whether they get picked up by the masses, or find a good niche as Blackberry traditionally have done. I don't think most people are looking to 'express their individuality' with a phone OS, especially if the phone it runs on looks much the same as a phone with a different OS.
Most people will consider whether it works, works easily, works easily with external services (you'll note that was the main thrust of Ubuntu's bid to the phone market) or runs the apps they want it to. Depending on their tech literacy or interest, potential buyers will form their opinion by either sticking with what they know, reading reviews, seeing how their mates get on with their's, or by playing with one in the shop. Blackberry have cunningly addressed the issue of apps, and I image a Ubuntu phone will take the same approach.
Generally, reviews of Windows Phone 8 are favourable but flag the lack of apps.
But c'mon, I know you're above this 'mine's cooler than yours, I'm a rebel not a sheep' nonsense.
Re: Creating stuff
C'mon Sandman, you've never had a good idea when away from your desk? Sure, you can jot it down on the back of a beermat, but if your like me you'd probably lose it. I'd like to have sketches on my phone appear on my desktop. Having a desktop and a tablet aren't mutually exclusive! Besides, if your making content to sell to tablet users, you'd need a tablet for testing, Shirley?
Re: tablets, as they are now, are a dead end
>I kinda like vasto monitors and i7 tower cases full of hotswap drives. Powah!!!
Sounds nice. I'd rather have just a couple of SSDs in my tower though, and relegate the noisy HDDs to a NAS in the next room. Passive cooling for i7s up to 100W TDP is a reality.
>use a box with enough processing power and resources to render it this side of doomsday.
Many rendering packages allow a client to be installed on other machines on your network, to share the load. If you really your images quickly, but don't have the volume of work to justify buying your own render farm, you can rent from someone else... perhaps including the license to use the software on a pay-per-use basis. This model is more realistic for CPU-intensive stuff such as image rendering than it is for disk-intensive stuff such as video-editing though.
Re: tablets, as they are now, are a dead end
Semantics aside, I think you're right on most things there, but tablets already can be, and are, used in many of those ways.
I'm surprised not to have seen more 'out of the box' integration with traditional PCs, such as using a tablet as a second monitor (and dragging files onto its desktop to transfer them... though this might confuse the metaphor), but a fellow commentard says it can be done fairly easily.
When I used to wrote reports, I was a bugger for printing out drafts and sitting in a comfy chair with a red pen... a tablet with a suitable screen could replace that. For someone who just writes, a tablet has plenty of horsepower- they just need to work on the ergonomics- fixed with a keyboard and case/stand combo, arguably better than a traditional laptop because of the separation of screen and keyboard.
For content? My mate already has a home server that transcodes and streams Blu-ray rips on the fly to his (or anybody else's, with permissions obviously) phone, tablet or laptop.
For serious work? Yeah, you can already use tablets to remotely access your home machine (no doubt the process can be polished). For real heavy-lifting, why buy the fancy CPUs yourself for intermittent use, when you can rent it by the cycle? (suits some tasks better than others)
Watching movies in the bath? Happened years ago in a very user-friendly way: My mate's new PSP automatically introduced itself to his PS3, which in turn introduced the handheld device to his NAS.
Re: Everyone likes computers until they only come with Windows
>Look at Notebooks - wildly popular with Linux, even a dodgy distro of Linux!
I'm assuming you meant 'netbooks' (or, in Regspeak, SCCs) like the Asus EEE PC? I think the OEM's decision to ship them with a customised Linux distribution was largely based on
a, the OS having a smaller footprint than Windows XP, so better suited to a cheap 4GB SSD
b, the OS not upsetting said SSD with virtual RAM (this was before 'wear-levelling' etc),
c, putting the device out at far lower price than traditional laptops (7" screen, no spinning disk) meant that a Windows licence would be a disproportionate chunk of the selling price and
d, a gamble that the primary application that the user would make use of would be a familiar internet browser, such as Firefox
I seem to recall that the control panel on the EEE PC OS was simplified, and tried to insulate newcomers to fact that they were using Linux... though its been a while and I might be wrong.
As for phones... well, most phone users ("the man on the street") had been through a fair few proprietry phone OSs before Android came along (whatever came on a Nokia, Sony Ericsson or Samsung feature-phone, for example), though some may have been Symbian or Palm fans. Windows on a phone didn't work because it tried to trade on the user's familiarity with Desktop Windows, and poking at tiny menus with a plastic shard was never a great experience. And Wince- seriously?
Re: Oh, no we aren't
Here's the problem for laptop makers: It is hard to express the audio volume/quality of a device with numbers, as you would a screen, CPU or HDD. Either you build a reputation over a few years ("Blogs Brand Laptops always have better than average audio quality") or you buy in a badge, such as Apple used to do with Harmon Kardon on their iMac, or Asus did with B&O (who, though having an Applesque reputation for their Hi-Fi, are actually Class-D amplification pioneers). HP's use of the Beats brand is just the same. The other strategies would include the Bose model ("No-risk home trial!"), and persuading retailers to demonstrate your product in-store.
(Beats Audio is overpriced, and I heard on the radio the other day that Dr Dre has half of the world's multi-billion dollar headphone market -presumably by profit, not volume of sales.)
Re: Atom for £800? Seriously?!
I think Tomshardware recently tested some speedier Atoms, and expressed surprise that Intel would continue to use a the 'Atom' brand, since it had such poor connotations. I think this is a 32bit chip, though.
If you do find yourself interested in a device with an Atom CPU, it might be worth spending 5 minutes tracking down some benchmarks for the specific chip. Who knows.
Though this fellow didn't try Linux, he did try to USB-boot some recovery environments- unsuccessfully:
Even if you can get past that hurdle, Intel don't want you to run Linux on this CPU:
Re: Tempting for those of us who also want to get work done, but...
>... it's got a 16:9 screen. Again.
I'm normally first to knock the 16:9 ratio, but at least with a tablet you can rotate it through 90º so that reading websites etc is less of a hassle. (Though obviously you can't do that with this device when it is in 'laptop' mode.)
Re: Authorised devises LOL
That does seem to be the rationale behind Ultra-violet [loosen the restrictions on the user so that they hardly notice them] but how well it works it practice is yet to be seen. I do know people who have home-servers that can stream ripped Blu-rays to any sufficiently connected device anywhere, but the less-dedicated consumer could benefit from just buying a Blu-ray, and stream it to a TV from somebody else's server when they visit friends.
Being able to watch a legitimately-purchased DVD without sitting through anti-piracy advertisements would be a good start. In the mean time there is [software name deleted] and [software name deleted] and a nice note from Seagate thanking you for your continued custom.
Er... What's the Shark/Laser Beams angle on this Ripper of which you speak? Were his last words directed at you personally?
@All Names Taken
You're right, but I don't think anyone said 'intelligence'. The phrase the researches are reported to have used is:
"Embryonic sharks are able to recognise dangerous stimuli and react with an innate avoidance response,"
Presumably, 'dangerous stimuli' is anything big enough to eat them, whilst smaller movements in the environment can be ignored.
On a similar note, did anyone see that programme recently about baby sharks (of those species that give birth) eating their siblings whilst still inside their mother, and then munching on subsequent eggs? Before they are born, they have already killed.
Re: My honest non-trolling thoughts on this
>If Sony would re-open the ability to add a linux distro to the PS3, they'd double the number of PS3's sold.
They could, but why would they want to sell consoles to people who then won't buy the games? When first released, it was Sony's subsidy of the hardware that attracted power Linux users (such as the USAF) to the platform in the first place- that and its ability to be clustered. I don't know how the PS3's current bill of materials compares to its retail price, but presumably its still being pitched against the XBOX who are making similar calculations against future games sales.
Rumours are that the PS4 will be more conventional, and maybe use an AMD CPU and GPU.
I as tempted to do the same when it was clear that the HD DVD format was doomed... it seemed that the savings on cut-price HDDVD films (over BluRay) would easily cover the cost of a discounted HDDVD drive.