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Re: "the incumbent always misses the next wave"
The canal owners had everything invested in assets - canals. The Japanese stole a march on transistor radios because the Americans had too much invested in manufacturing valves.
Apple don't have much invested in manufacturing hardware- and the value of offering services such as iTunes or their App Store isn't lost on them. That their hardware is profitable for them is a nice bonus, but the physical devices are just away of using their services. Google, and ARM likewise - nothing invested in manufacturing hardware.
Re: You can call me AI
Though deliberately his own atheist Utopia, Iain M Banks' Culture sci fi concerns a society of powerful AI Minds and hedonistic humans. Banks' doesn't really explore too deeply why the Minds keeps humans around, other than perhaps for their own amusement. Other Minds get kicks out of hunting down 'Hegemonizing Swarms' - little clouds of Von Neuman machines.
Asimov wrote quite a few stories about Multivac, a central computer that looks after all administration on the behalf of humanity- in one story, Multivac manipulates a man to destroy it, since it is its considered opinion that humanity would be better off taking responsibility for itself.
Then there is that great moment when a human figure blast through a wall, and reveals itself to be R. Daneel Olivaw, now capable breaking the 'first law' and hurting individual people if it furthers the aim of the 'Zeroth law'- protecting humanity.
Re: 1366 x 768 screen ?????
> I'm sure we wouldn't mind paying a little more for a better screen
I'm with you. However, this Arstechnica review of a 13.3" Toshiba laptop with a 2560×1440 screen highlights some scaling issues presented by Windows applications, which might explain why some manufacturers are holding back:
Re: I don't get the appeal
>May as well stick a proper desktop OS on it.
Some people only want to tap out some words, send some pictures or look at some websites. For them, any extra functionality wouldn't be worth the effort of maintaining a better featured OS.
>The Chromebook is trapped between laptops with a regular Windows/Linux/OSX operating system, and tablets. >What's the point?
A Reg article suggested that Google's paid-for business offerings are gaining traction, for document creation, collaboration and sharing... if that is true, Chromebooks start to make more sense - especially if MS is moving in that direction too, with Office 365.
Already, a friend of mine has a works-issued laptop with a locked-down Linux distro, purely for connecting to his company's network. I could see Chromebooks being used in that area.
Think of all those fines that have been handed out to organisations when conventional laptops have been stolen from parked cars or left on trains, leaving their local data vulnerable to abuse. Chromebooks automatically encrypt cached files, and can be set not to store anything locally at all.
It's not a machine for me, but they don't seem as ridiculous as when they first surfaced.
Re: Pound for Pound
The Playstation for Phones effort was too narrow... Sony hoped it would cause people to buy a higher-end Xperia phone, I guess, but too few people own for there to be a critical mass of users and developers. Perhaps they could have licensed it for phones from all vendors if they met minimum specifications, and also released a good Bluetooth gamepad for mobiles- the Sony name on it might have encouraged more Android game developers to support it. Okay, this may have eaten into Playstation Portable sales (which are sliding anyway) but the sale of games, controllers, and perhaps subscription services could have made up for it.
It would be a shame if they scrapped all their laptops... at least they are still trying things that their competitors aren't (very high resolution screens, external GPU docks via a Thunderbolt variant)
In cameras, they are offering some good kit - full-frame sensored compacts competing with Leica's M series, DSLR-like translucent-mirrored cameras, and an APS-C sensored camera in a very compact body.
And I like their take on phones and tablets at the moment - making a waterproofing a standard feature, for example, rather than something only implemented on a specialist model.
Re: What took them so long?
For sure, knocking 50% off the price would aid adoption, but I don't think MS would be able to rely upon future revenue as they could with the XBOX- with sales of games, peripherals and XBOX Live subscriptions.
If MS tablets were sold that cheaply, there would definitely be a concerted effort to get Android and Linux running on them, so many of the cheap units would go to penguins- and that wouldn't help MS at all.
Many of the people who bought the HP Touchpad during the firesale did so knowing that they would be happy to just use its built in features (browser, media playback) and wouldn't be buying software for it in future.
Re: But has this data
>400GB will comfortably fit on one hard disk. You are living in the past!
Ooops! Silly me. Cheers AC, I was having a funny five minutes and had my GBs and TBs confused!
Re: But has this data
>anything to do with wikileaks? The only mention I can see is in the headline.
The linked article only says the data "was obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists". Their only reference to Wikileaks is: "The total size of the ICIJ files, measured in gigabytes, is more than 160 times larger than the leak of U.S. State Department documents by Wikileaks in 2010."
Logistically, how did the inside source get that much data out? I'm just imagining a pallet truck loaded with HDDs.
>Once you have no SD card and a sealed battery, then WTF are they doing not making it waterproof?
Two of the three waterproof Sony phones (Xperia Go and ZR) have replaceable batteries - they just employ a rubbery seal around the battery compartment... the compromise tends to be on loudspeaker quality.
Sodcasting in a pub or bus is nasty, but for spoken-word radio or podcasts a built-in speaker is handy. YMMV.
Re: beyond a joke
>Nokia that is handicapped with an OS that i haven't used and am not really qualified to talk about.
There, fixed that for you.
Indeed, I've managed perfectly fine with feature phones until a year ago, when I got an Android phone... I get on well with it, but I can't imagine it is the only way of skinning the cat. I've invested next to sod-all on apps... a couple I find very useful, but I've hardly scratched the surface of the thousands that are available for Android.
I imagine my next handset will be Android, but can't see anything wrong with some competition.
>Honestly can't this icon be specifically for himself?
There's an idea- a compulsory 'icon of shame' for commentards who consistently go out of their way to earn one. Icons such as 'frothing at mouth', 'Eadon' or 'broken record' will be shown next to all posts by the guilty for a period of one month, or until they have shown improvement.
Re: Most people will just install or use the apps they like or are most comfortable using.
>I still don't know anyone that has a Windows phone,
I know a couple of people in the pub with them, both single parents around forty years old, if that means anything. I get the impression that calling, messaging and Facebook are their main phone-based activities, and not much more. It seems that for such uses, they are perfectly reasonable phones.
(To be fair, my Android phone is mainly used for calls, messaging, a bit of internet browsing, and navigation - the latter I'm led to believe Nokia does quite well. I also use an app for tuning my guitar - a quick google suggests that an equivalent app is available for WinPho, so the smaller app store wouldn't bother me too much)
I notice that most of the people in the pub who haven't got a smartphone have Nokia 'candy bars'.... I wonder if they will stay loyal to the brand if they eventually get a touch-screen device?
> written up by the Sunday Express as the "wickedest man in the world"
I seem to recall the Express (whose sister media outlets include Television X and Red Hot TV - NSFW) was trying to say the same about Billy Connelly at one point.
I've only read a biography of Crowley, but it amused me that he thought L Ron Hubbard was a complete twat, as did, at the other end of the spectrum, Isaac Asimov.
Re: Duck and cover
So: Use a polyethylene bag- like that found inside a wine box, only smaller - to deliver the beer.
That said, I think something along the lines of DARPA's 'robotic mule' would be a better solution to the 'problem'; effectively a vending machine on legs... though at Glastonbury it might be mistaken for a piece of Mad Max-inspired crusty art.
Hipster Hitler? I was expecting to see the lead actor from the Springtime for Hitler musical, from Mel Brooks' The Producers!
Re: @ Aldous: It goes in cycles
Re Nathan Barley, trashbat.co.ck is still up! It features Barley's phone of choice, the Wasp T12 a 'speechtool' that I'll now be citing whenever someone complains about modern mobile phones being boring ("This device was advertised as being exceptionally loud, with several hugely annoying ringtones, a giant key for the number 5 (allegedly the most commonly used digit), a powerful projector, a business card printer and miniature turntables for scratching MP3s. ")
Most of the rest of the site is a piss-take of Banksy.
When asked about a second series, one of the co-creators said "We could have done it a couple of years ago, but there are just too many people like Nathan Barley these day"
Re: Not portable
If the screen were flexible (with a bending radius of, say, 16mm), a 13" sheet could be folded over into something roughly the size of a paperback book- 'jacket pocket' friendly. The battery and processor wouldn't have to be flexible.
Point taken, though... a company would want to exhaustively test the durability of a flexible display before selling it to the public, or else risk a lot of returns six months down the line.
Re: headline-grabbing technique
>what matters is free advertising, courtesy of you, the Register
True, Samsung regularly get a mention on The Reg, but then so do Apple, yesterday a snippet about an upcoming Sony phone, and last week a favourable HTC review, not to mention Windows phone OS and Nokia handsets, and articles about Blackberry's new offerings...
Even without the '5G' tag, surely even a generic 'boffins do something cunning with radio which might affect us in a few years' is worthy of a Reg article?
Re: I "Pirate" what I have already paid for - I bet most "Pirates" are like me
>I pay for a cable subscription and download stuff I get there(tv shows that can take a while to show up here)
That's another area in which pressure from 'pirates' has benefited everybody: In early series of both Mad Men and Battlestar Gallactica, episodes were aired in the US weeks ahead of the UK... a few series later, and the gap in the air date had reduced dramatically. This benefited legitimate viewers, as they were less likely to stumble across spoilers on the internet.
Re: Why aren't all phone water ressistant?
>Why does this have to be an unusual feature? mobile phones are often used in situations where water resistance would be good yet there are only a handful of water resistant phones.
Agreed. With luck the trend is moving in that direction.
Previously, waterproof phones were marketed as such (See Motorola 'Defy', and Xperia 'Go')... what is interesting is that Sony are featuring in their top-end phones, and trying to make it a standard feature.
They also have a waterproof tablet - a good idea for those who use a tablet to access the millions of food recipes on the internet.
>In these days of wireless charging, NFC and A2DP etc, I'm wondering when we will see a handset that can survive a proper dunking.
You could probably modify an Xperia Z... whilst it doesn't have wireless charging, it does feature external contacts so it can be charged in a cradle without removing the rubber grommit over the microUSB port. In theory, you could stick some silicon sealant in all the ports and still be able to charge and use the phone.
Re: You know that YOU are made out of meat too, right?
And the book (and film) Cloud Atlas also features artificial meat...
Apparently (according to QI), giant Galapagos tortoise is very, very tasty - explaining why it took decades for a live specimen to reach London after their initial discovery... after a month or two at sea, the crews couldn't help fancying a change in diet.
Re: What about fat?
They are sure to be able to do fat down the line... already 3D printing technologies are being explored to create artificial (simpler) organs by creating specific patterns of different cell types.
They could do mock marbling, or have their company's name written in fat...
Re: Actually, the article made me think of
Re: You know that YOU are made out of meat too, right?
>You know that YOU are made out of meat too, right?
Oh, there's a lovely Brian Aldiss (I think, though it might be Arthur C Clarke) short story set in the boardroom of company that manufactures Artificial Meat... hint: Which meat would have vitamins and minerals best in keeping with our own bodies?
David Cronenburg's lad picked up the idea in a recent horror/satire film called Anti-Viral.
Re: You know that YOU are made out of meat too, right?
>I love my meat, and there's no way I'm giving it up,
I love good meat, but I don't think I'd find it too difficult to trade quantity for quality... i.e I'd rather have a smaller exquisite fillet steak than a massive okay rib-eye.
Re: You need a physical home button with a touch screen
My current phone doesn't have physical Back Home Menu buttons, but instead a capacitive strip under screen... it's okay, but if I played games on it I would prefer micro-switches so that I didn't activate the buttons by accident.
Re: removable battery YES!
>Only thing missing here is watertight, thats probably easier with a non replacable battery.
You would have thought so, but the Sony Xperia Go (a 4" waterproof Android phone) has a removable battery, as does the upcoming 4.6" Xperia ZR.
The Xperia Go has a rubbery seal all the way around the battery/SIM bay, presumably the ZR is similar.
Re: I really get tired of this bemoaning 'evolution instead of revolution'
Agreed, its daft to bemoan a product category for becoming mature.
I like it that manufacturers are needing to think harder than just cramming bigger/faster components inside a case, and are trying other ways to suit the needs of the user, such as making phones more durable and waterproof- something that has been standard feature on most wristwatches for years. (Though as someone pointed out the other day about the Xperia Z - it doesn't really need to be waterproof because it is too big to be accidentally dropped in a pint glass!)
The IR transmitter on this S IV seems to me to be a sensible, useful addition- it's a fair assumption that most people who might buy a high-end phone will have several black boxes under their television set. Eyeball tracking? Meh.
Re: Are the 32Gb or 64Gb version available yet?
> you can't load apps to the sd card....
Thanks for raising that point, Pie.
8 GB would once have been overkill for app storage, but it appears the trend is for apps to be much bigger these days, especially games.
I hadn't realised it was an Android issue from 4.0... Not really an advance! It's a bit like the time Android was updated and no longer connected to computers as MSC (though I think some phones -Xperia Z? - retain an option to do so, removing a little hurdle for Mac and Linux users)
And the regular requests from mission control for 'glove checks', and being talked through the journey to the work-site handrail by handrail.
Re: Five and a half hours!?
You can hold your breath in a vacuum for 10 minutes?
Re: cool software bro
Yeah, those turn-of-the-century Sony UIs were what this put me in mind of.
Re: Too many "exclusives"
>I never understood how US TV works...
And yet it produces some excellent content.... this is well worth look a look, a view from someone who has made series on both sides of the Atlantic:
Armando Iannucci: BAFTA Television Lecture 2012
Re: Whilst I love the GOT books...
I believe they had a bigger budget for the second series after the success of the first. Series 4 was commissioned after the first episodes of the current 3rd series aired.
It rare for a TV series to complete its story arc... so it is reassuring to know it has legs.
Re: Game of Thrones
Yeah, the fantasy elements of Game of Thrones are very much on the periphery, much like how a map from the middle ages shows fantastic beasts dwelling just beyond Christendom. It is more driven by good ol Shakespearian themes of lust for power and political intrigue.
It looks good- being filmed across appropriate countries rather than cheesy sets or CGI. Some people have said that they find the nudity excessive, but this is The Reg...
username and password required... I tried a few variations of admin, user, admin, 1234, password before I cheated and googled the link!
Re: Saturday night specials..
>however I think it is a cool enough experiment, you never know unless you try
It reminds me of Mythbusters making a cannon from laminated leather, since stories tell of the Irish using them. It didn't fare well.
Ten years ago, the phrase was 'Rapid Prototyping' (not 'additive manufacturing'), of which 3D printing was only one method. Other techniques include Stereolithography, Laminated Object Modelling (using a laser cutter to cut cross-sections out of paper which are then stacked and glued) and Selective Laser Sintering - though the latter is used more for end-use parts in aerospace, and could happily make a gun... just as any reasonably well-equipped machine shop could.
Re: Easy Fix!!!
>No it isn't. Duck tape is a brand name, the tape itself is Duct
Yes it is- 'duck tape' was the generic term. Using the tape for ducting was a later application.
Re: Another stupid idea ...
>Additionally, the holes would offer wonderful receptors for granular dirt to enter and block them, rendering yhee 'feature' less sensitive or inoperable.
You'd have thought so, but it doesn't seem to happen on the Apple Wireless keyboard power indicator, which uses tiny holes in aluminium to let light through.
>isn't this down to the sensitivity of the capacitive sensors? if so, what have Apple invented here? Lights?
Nah, this concept works by detecting the deflection in the device casing, which is why it works with gloves. Click the link in the article for more detail.
>So, isn't this just a capacitative sensor with a light under it? Sort of like those large ones on the front of phones with thousands of light-emitting diodes?
This is a method for sensing touch through metal through metal, not glass or plastic like previous implementations.
An input device includes a deflection based capacitive sensing input. Deflection of a metal fame of the input device causes a change in capacitance that is used to control a function of an electrical device. The input appears selectively visible because it is made of the same material as the housing it is contained in and because it is selectively backlit through tiny holes.
Re: Buttons that are only visable when you press them?
I too have a Vostro that has that peculiar button layout. It would do my nut in, but since the near invisible volume buttons take dozens of taps to make any difference to the sound output, I tend to just use the mouse.
>How many people regularly use the windows button on the keyboard unless they have no mouse plugged in?
I only use two, but use them regularly:
Windows Key > start typing name of program > press 'Enter'. A pretty quick way of starting an application.
Windows Key + X Brings up a panel with display brightness and power scheme selection, amongst other things. (the taskbar power plan selection is useless because it only shows 'balanced' and 'last used' - switching between 'high performance' and 'power saver' is more useful.
Re: Flawed but...
>It can't just be that, after all the Lenovo scored at the bottom of the table; traditionally they've been every bit as well-built as Macs.
Certainly other surveys, based on other data such as numbers returned to base etc, suggest that Apple and Lenovo have been among the more reliable machines available.
Solutu said that they didn't include all machines in their test, only those that they had enough data for them to include... it is very possible that there is a more reliable ThinkPad model out there, but that it wasn't included because it didn't sell as much as the X1 Carbon.
Re: Another Balmer ballsup!
>I'm not sure why the only thinkpad on the list is so far down.
Solutu said that they didn't include all machines in the test, only those that they had enough data for to include in the test... it is very possible that there is a more reliable ThinkPad model out there, but that it wasn't included because it didn't sell as much as the X1 Carbon.
Certainly other surveys, based on other data such as numbers returned to base etc, suggest that Apple and Lenovo have been among the more reliable machines.
Re: More Suggestion than Paul McKenna
> However the discrepancy between the results for the MacBook Pro and the Retina model, suggests that there is more going on here, than simple user selection bias.
Just a guess at the discrepancy - the 15" MacBook Retina has a discrete graphic card, which may have encouraged some users to try to play modern games on it, and these games may have crashed out (http://blog.laptopmag.com/windows-7-tested-on-retina-display-macbook-pro-how-good-is-it suggests this can happen).
Owners of the of the 13" Macbook Pro with Intel HD4000 graphics may not have been as tempted to try playing games, and so its Solutu score won't show as many application crashes.
Just a hypothesis.
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