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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.
Re: Crash free zone
Win 7 is pretty good for not crashing, once I updated a card-reader driver my Dell shipped with. Sometimes, rarely, the system will be frozen when awaking from sleep... something to do with not turning the HDD back on, as far I can make out. Occasionally programs crash, but they are the sort that expect to crash, evident from the 'you have not saved your document for 20 minutes' dialogue they pop up.
>Hmm - did they divide the number of crashes by the number of hours the machine was being used?
No, they didn't. But then, they have laid out their methodology.
Re: just 0.88 crashes a week
You're right to spot that is a high number, however:
- those 'crashes' refer to application crashes, not BSODs. Solutu have used the terms '[application] crashes', 'non responsive events' and 'BSoDs'.
It could have been clearer.
Re: Apple users use OsX most of the time
>Are we sure they don't amortize the results per hour of use or anything like that?
You would have thought so, but the breakdown of the methodology at https://www.soluto.com/reports gives no suggestion that they did... it is all talking about 'crashes per week'.
Re: In news just in
>Let me tell you a little something about Windows, if it crashes - chances are it's your fault.
Well, Windows PCs shipped with less than perfect drivers aren't uncommon; Macs simply have fewer hardware combinations to test.
Oh, in what way is OSX locked down?
Re: More Suggestion than Paul McKenna
>There is always someone who wants to knock the facts when Apple turns up trumps.
You're right Lars, there usually are such people. However, the survey wasn't perfect, as the people who conducted it pointed out themselves. Something else that may have skewed the results, amongst other things, is that the test measured crashes over a calender period of time, rather than crashes per hour of use.,. this is important because at least some MacBook Pro owners will be using OSX some of the time.
That said, in the favour of the MacBook Pro is that the test took into account Windows start-up time, and this model of Macbook Pro (2012) didn't have an SSD fitted as standard.
Re: two points i disagree on...
>or at least deface it so people who can make money out of it
Can anyone fish out a link to that marvellous story some years back about the Tory MP's constituency website... it used a picture of a pound coin that not only had been nicked from somebody else's website, but was actually linked to it. When the owner of the image noticed, he took it into Photoshop and 'scratched' a penis onto it, and then updated his site. This of course resulted in the Tory MP's website featuring a rudely defaced coin!
Had it been Robert Downey Jr that fell from the sky, the ladies might not have complained!
Re: Wow! 75 times faster than... whaaat?
> you are not going to fool anyone.
Er, who do you think they are trying to fool? HD 4000 is already plenty good enough for anything other than more recent games and CAD work, handles transcoding quickly enough, and is happy to run a few monitors and decode some full HD video.
Gamers and CAD users know their own needs, and will usually buy a machine with discrete graphics hardware- after having researched benchmarks, game frame rates and any reports of driver issues.
Re: Won't SGI have something to say about this?
Well, I don't wish to be impertinent.... : D SGI are all about storage, data centres and HPC. I would imagine Silicon Graphics, Inc would never have had the revenues that the consumer-centric nVidia and ATi had.
Which Ive isn't. In Dieter Ram's term, he is a 'Form Engineer', a more holistic thing that takes into account everything including manufacturing, functionality, ergonomics and yes, aesthetics. UI design has been taught on Product Design BSc (and to a lesser extent Industrial Design BA) courses since the late 1990s.
The original iPod was shiny- but an important part of its function was that it slipped into a pocket easily, like cigarette cases have done for decades. So it happened to look like a cigarette case.
The 'i' in 'iMac' wasn't Jobs' idea, and he was initially opposed to it.
Re: Does it has to be because of internal warfare?
>If anyone needs another reminder, recall that Apple just issued billions of dollars worth of debt with 30 year terms. They are essentially claiming that they can stay relevant and profitable for several technology lifetimes.
According to the financial papers, that is because most of their cash is outside the US, and bonds are the most tax-efficient way of returning $100 billion to share-holders.
Re: skeuomorphic has 1 big advantage
> I already struggle to remember WTF each Google icon means,
Too true... There is a Picasa icon and a Chome icon pinned to my start bar, and sometimes I click the wrong one. They are both multi-coloured circles!
They have a passing resemblance to the 'Consignia' logo, that was around during the ill-fated Post Office rebranding exercise. Private Eye had a section in which they showed a dozen existing logos that looked more or less identical.
Re: Not Real
Yep, it was.... as was the Team-B report on which it was based. Or maybe Team-B got the idea from Tom Clancy.... it gets hard to tell.
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