3475 posts • joined Wednesday 21st July 2010 13:57 GMT
Re: Other app markets?
Exactly. It would seem the best solution would be a walled garden, but with a gate that the more tech-literate can use to exit, if they take appropriate precautions.
>They don't half stock a lot of crap on top of the stock Android.
Not on my Sony Xperia they didn't, but my last Orange feature-phone was full of it. YMMV.
Re: "the gesture" @ Ole Juul - Shame some of you can't read!
In China, an iPhone is a multiple of the average monthly wage, not a (chunky) fraction of it.
Perhaps a better analogy (though still a hugely inadequate way of trying to understand this story) would be: would you in the UK hire a graduate driving a brand new BMW hatchback? It would raise an eyebrow... make you ask "what's the story here?"
I don't know why the student didn't claim his phone was actually a Chinese knock-off of an iPhone- there are a few to choose from!
Re: Where's the Smoking Man!?
Ah, the old X-Files black oozy stuff, not the District 9 black oozy stuff or the Prometheus black oozy stuff.
Re: Well, sort of.
Media Centre is included in Win7 Home Premium - I checked the other day. I just wish my current laptop had an integrated IR receiver, because I still have the remote controller that came with an old WinXP MCE desktop.
>In particular the pairing of Win8 with Kinect could be a really cool way to control your media center.
For voice control, or gesture control? I'm assuming the latter, since I would imagine voice control can be implemented in software. I therefore assume that you haven't read The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy - the listener has to sit stock-still so as not to change the radio station. You have your homework!
That said, I've been tempted to use my old Gravis joystick as playback controller (skip forward/back, volume up/down, pause) using a Winamp plugin, but never got around to buying a USB> Game port adaptor.
>Why on earth is monkey so popular? Are they reshowing the old TV series or something?
Possibly Damon Albarn's stage adaptation is responsible:
Re: Doesn't work...
>on many foreign keyboards!
My` old webmail password was along the lines of: 'orwell 1984' > 'o1r9w8e4ll' (jumble letters and numbers)> 'O!r9W*e4LL (alternate Shift, two on, two off)'... so when on holiday and faced with a Spanish keyboard, I had search for an image of a UK keyboard to remember which symbols to use.
I guess I'm not ready for one of these: http://www.daskeyboard.com/model-s-ultimate/
Re: the charging unit will only work with identified devices
>one would purposefully design a system to be incompatible.
Er... the current situation is that each device requires its own charger. This system allows several devices to be charged (in sequence or in parallel as desired) so I'm not sure why you are criticising Apple for being 'incompatible'. Re-read the linked source, the Reg article appears to have got the wrong end of the stick.
Re: Like Wow ... NOT!
Some mice can last months on a single AA cell, but not all- including the Logitech mice that charge over USB, since they are mostly the power-hungry 'Darkfield' models. Multi-touch devices such as Apple pads are similarly thirsty, lasting about 20 days on two AA cells.
Besides, not all computers are used in sunny rooms- indeed, users of shiny-screened computers actively avoid daylight!
Re: Apple branded.
No, that is not what it means. The proposed system is for having a single charger for multiple devices, and managing the power each receives, according to battery level and device priority- amongst other things.
Qi has a small range, and requires the device to be placed on top of a mat in the correct way, whereas this proposed system has a range of around a meter, and allows devices to signal when they no longer require power, so that a another device can then be charged, according to a priority system.
If you had read the linked source, you wouldn't have needed to ask.
Re: It's not easy being green
" However, it has been discovered (see "Efficient wireless non-radiative mid-range energy transfer" by Karalis et al., Annals of Physics 323 (2008) pgs. 34 - 38) that useable power can be transferred wirelessly from a power source to a receiver located within a distance referred to as a near field. By near field it is meant that within a distance a few times larger than that of both objects involved in the transfer (about one meter or so for most applications) a relatively large amount of power (at least on the order of a few watts) can be transferred between a wireless source device and a receiver with an acceptable efficiency."
the andromeda strain.
Lovely piece of dialogue about a male character finding the installation's voice sexy.
"Oh, you can meet the lady who recorded the voice for us, if you want to. She lives about five miles away, but she's 72 now" (paraphrasing)
Re: Cake, and grief counselling, will be available at the conclusion of the test.
What was the name of the computer from System Shock?
(he asks, using more characters than it would him to Google it)
Re: Mistake Not...
When asked how he would like one of his books to be made into a film, Iain Banks replied "With a fucking big budget".
I had heard rumblings of a short story "A Gift from The Culture" being developed for film, but it seems to have died off- google search results seem to date around 2009. My fantasy director would be Neils Blomkamp or Duncan Jones.
Re: If we're talking badass....
None as 'badass' as the ship AI Falling Outside The Normal Moral Constraints, a Culture Mind that controls the Abominator-Class General Offensive Unit from Iain M Bank's Surface Detail.
Though they all have good names: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_spacecraft_in_the_Culture_series
> Echelon Conspiracy from 2009 -- Not bad, in the usual 'Why the hell are people trying to kill me?'-thriller way.
Fits into the the whole 'Emergent Intelligence' sub-genre, along with 'Dial F for Frankenstein', 'Neuromancer' and 'Ghost in the Shell', amongst others, including stories from the 1950s and Alfred Bester, Terminator etc.
>i dont buy a football game and complain its not got enough shooting ;)
But if you bought a shooting game and wanted to shoot footballers, then Sensible Software's Cannon Fodder is for you, as at one pint your plucky platoon stumbles across a pixel-perfect Sensible Soccer match.
>I was wondering if they'd ever 'fess up to that whole "Ringworld" thing.
They did, years ago in a statement about taking their inspiration from books rather than film. Those who want a FPS that really takes its inspiration from a movie can get Aliens: Colonial Marines in the new year - with input from Syd Mead.
it isn't just a shooter - they've posted ads for an 'economy designer', as well as MMO, suggesting that there may be an 'Elite' or 'Star Wars Galaxies' element to it.
Bungie have cited Niven and Banks as inspiration for Marathon and Halo, and this scenario is reminiscent of Against A Dark Background. Fingers crossed it'll be a good un.
Not as much fun as having your NAS mounted in a large, pre-strung catapult.
Re: Zip Drives?
Yep, essential as a student, ZIP drives... £70 for the drive. Solid State still too expensive, but its arrival was known to be inevitable. MiniDisc player in bag. A year into the design course and Apple release some £600 portable audio device, that wouldn't work with PCs.
I never had the click of death, but the Win2000 (pre SP1) campus machines had an entertaining feature- they would wipe your Zip disk and copy on to the entire contents of the disk the last user had used in the machine. Bizarre.
Re: The Cloud
That depends on what you mean by 'The Cloud'. For some definitions, just having emailed a copy of, for example, your CV to yourself- so that you can print a hard-copy at any internet cafe- qualifies. Likewise, renting some CPU time from Amazon to render some images can make more sense than buying the hardware yourself, if you only need to do it occasionally.
I can't knock you for having a right-minded objection to fluffy buzzwords, though! : D
Re: CDI != VCD
CDI - I remembered a demo unit in Makro, playing Dragon's Lair. This was around the time that 'FMV' and 'Pre Rendered Sequences' were buzzwords, and Boots could make you Kodak PhotoCDs.
Re: Rock-solid freeze frames... I remember renting 'Desperado' on VHS, and finding one sequence was very worn and 'snowy' with noise. It was the bit where the leading actress was displaying her nekkid Blugarian Airbags.
>Yep, but Sony kit cost a bomb and - all the pr0n was on VHS. That was the real reason why VHS 'won'.
Sony explicitly barred pr0n from being ontheir Beta platform. Having learnt from history, they deliberately inferred that the would raise no such objection to 'adult content' studios releasing their content on Blu-Ray, during that Blu-Ray / HDDVD skirmish.
Re: Secondlife Is still Alive.
as Playstation Home?
Similarish concept, though it looks like the latest Tony Hawks skateboard game, minus the wheels. This line from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PlayStation_Home could do with being rephrased:
"Home allows users to create a custom avatar, which can be groomed realistically."
Re: Precious metals...
Tom's Hardware did an experiment to recover gold from circa 1990 PCs, where the metals were used in larger quantities, using some nasty, expensive chemicals. After all their efforts, they recovered a pea-sized amount. IIRC their conclusion was that on a large scale, it might economical to recover gold from older PCs at 2012 gold prices.
I would imagine that the tiny component size of modern phones would make it uneconomical to recover metals from, but I'm not certain- any ideas?
Re: Yup and the Onion says
I not sure what you are trying to say.
But this creased me up:
" BEIJING (AP) — The online version of China's Communist Party newspaper has hailed a report by The Onion naming North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un as the "Sexiest Man Alive" — apparently unaware it is satire."
>Just waiting for the next flood of paranoid hippies decrying putting nuclear fuel in space.
Well, that put paid to Project Orion - the idea of launching a vehicle into space by releasing a chain of nuclear bombs behind it- the lid on the coffin was that each launch was estimated to lead to the premature deaths of around ten people due to fallout. Shame really, because one design constraint of Orion is that it had to be big. Really big.
Still hoping someone can crack the Space Elevator, but it seems pesky physical materials don't allow it.
Re: It's still limping on
>It only takes an excruciating amount of time if you're not very good at using them. A poor workman, etc.
Double bollocks. Even using some Logitech USB speakers on my Win7 laptop to make iPlayer less tinny is unreliable, often killing the laptop's integrated sound card, usually requiring some faffing about in 'playback devices'- enabling, disabling, setting as default, swearing at it before turning off and on again whilst crossing fingers? Once connected and on, it's fine, but but makes switching to headphones a PITA. I'm blaming Microsoft, not Logitech.
And do you really think its right to blame 'the workman' that FireWire audio on a PC isn't a standard, but a lucky dip as to whether you have a VIA or a Texas Instruments chipset?
I've just recommended a Nexus 7 4G to an old boy in the pub who had been asking about smartphones, yet he expressed doubt about his eyesight and digital ('of fingers') dexterity- so sticking with his clamshell phone and getting pocket/glovebox-friendly tablet seemed a better approach. It will be a device for his his car, and as a backup to his laptop/router* for the purposes of email, cricket scores etc.
I would have suggested he look at an iPad Mini 3G (as his grown-up children have iPads) but its price was double what Google were asking- very hard to justify.
*when it is 'playing silly buggers' he can still keep in touch with family by coming down the pub.
Re: It's still limping on
Worry not. Have a look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MIDI#Alternative_hardware_transports- I get the impression that past efforts to supplant MIDI have mostly failed, and the current work in progress, 'MIDI HD Protocol'. is fully backwards-compatible. There are too many musicians and enthusiasts with esoteric MIDI hardware out there for it to be rendered obsolete.
MIDI seems to bring out the bodger and tinkerer in us... I saw my mate the other day, soldering MIDI ports into a circa-1990 toy Yamaha keyboard... Instructables.com has a lot to answer for.
I blame MIDI for getting me into IT... my friend's dad had an Atari ST, Roland GM module and a Casio MIDI guitar, and and I took my piano lessons with their next-door neighbour on a Yamaha DX-7 keyboard.
I did have a play with MIDI again about a year ago, trying to get a cheap Wacom Bamboo tablet to act as Kaoscilator, by using some virtual patch cables and a softsynth... one way to waste an afternoon. Low and bloody behold Windows 7 doesn't like you changing the default MIDI playback device away from the integrated audio hardware, some poking of the registry is required. Add to that Windows Sound Mapper trying to prise control back from ASIO, and I now know why musicians use Macs. At least Android is moving in the right direction:
I've chatted with this man after a Bristol pub gig... though about electric vehicle drivetrains (he is from San Francisco) rather than his MIDI clarinet and MIDI iPhone (for it's accelerometers) combo. He's a smarter lad than comes across in this video! He seems to have evolved since then, since in this video he had made his own MIDI controllers- one for for each hand, plus mouth piece, and wrist-strapped iPhone.
Re: "unfriendly" European hi-fi gear?
That's all good if you have the connectors, otherwise cable clamps are more universally bodgable! I think the article author was referring to the hifi that used DIN for speakers.
That would appear to be the sensible, easy sell- "it's like your Android tablet, but with keyboard".
I dunno, is there anything that a Chromebook can do that Android can't?
Re: “looking at pixels in the air without a screen” - will be the “next big thing”
>Next big thing are time machines
Don't you mean 'The last big thing was time machines?'
Which is why place-names on British road signs are written in Title Case... it seems Birmingham is quicker to read than BIRMINGHAM.
I did read once that H-D's CAD system is geared toward's maintaining the 'classic look' of their engines, not just their mechanical function.
Just need hops, barley, freeze-dried yeast and molten permafrost. The vehicle thrusters can be cannibalised to boil the wort, the rest is just plumbing and temperature control.
Get it right, and the population might start to grow.
Re: "it took a significant expense to get things started"
Well, the diseases that us Old-Worlders (as in Europe, not Earth) had become resistant to did that much of that for us.
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