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Actually, it seems more akin to what Sony did with the PSP and PS3 did years ago... the PSP would act as a rear-view mirror in Gran Turismo. The PS3 would also stream video to the PSP.
And certain XBOX 360 games, such as Halo Reach, already have Android apps to give you, for example, live maps showing your team-mates' locations. Cheers Bungie!
As for using the hot and loud XBOX for listening to music... no thanks.
Well, for the general user, the case for being tied to an OS is weakening, with many PC activities being done through a browser. Networked storage and virtual machines can only contribute towards not really caring if ones next machine comes with a penguin, fruit or a primary-coloured shape pre loaded. For me, this day hasn't yet come and I'm not saying it will tomorrow, but one day..
Yeah I remember: legislation mandated the use of a lead-free solder in consumer electronics. Being new, people weren't experienced in designing around its limitations, and failures ensued. That was designed over 7 years ago.
But what heck has that got to do with this new Surface tablet thingy?
Re: I still don't understand what 4G is for!
And I think I've heard of 4G being more efficient with smaller chunks of data, 3G requires a chunk of data for small things like Instant Messaging or somesuch... crazy to think, back in the day when 3G was auctioned off, no one could think what the consumer might use it for other than to watch Match of the Day highlights.
These days, my mate's jail-broken iPhone and a genuinely unlimited Orange data plan meant he had acceptable home broadband for the two weeks it took Virgin Media to see to his new flat.
Re: That sucks...
No, but after the manufacturing moved to the far East, they employed more people than they did before, but in higher paid jobs R&D jobs.
Against a Dark Background
By Iain M. Banks features a star system with, you guessed it, a dark background.
Re: No one here remembers TEMPEST then?
Except for using a writing implement that leaves a fine dust of a conductive material inside an enclosed environment with a recirculated atmosphere that also contains mission-critical electrical equipment is really a good idea.
Crayons might be better.
>Advance planning, plant lots of small forests so there's always tree cover handy?
See 'Agent Orange', as used in Laos and Vietnam.
Re: Immune Virtual Operating Systems for Attacking Defence Platforms ....
>I'm convinced that amanfromMars 1is really a bunch of monkeys typing a combination of words together... I wonder if we are being "researched"...
Really? I always thought he was more William Gibson than gibbons.
Re: no just no
The article explicitly stated that the device's TomTom and media player don't require the subscription. Anyway, the alternative is that you would have to pay for the SIM card.
I wonder if there is a way logging it off before letting someone else drive it, so that Junior can't read your emails?
But yeah, sorry, agreed: 8GB is just too small to be comfortable IMHO.
My 16GB phone (more 12GB after OS and stuff) does the job, a bit of squeeze but not a huge inconvenience.
It might be ungainly, but 8GB should be enough media for a few days. Not as ideal as a integrated microSD slot, but better, as you point out, than streaming.
For music, I'd be tempted by by a Sansa Clip and a microSD card. Sorry if I sound like salesman for these little things, but they are cheap. The only advantage a phone offers over it is if you have very long music/spoken word files that you want to skip to halfway through.
Re: It is silly, yet not.
That's a very good point- there are plenty of laptops out there with what might be called 'overly masculine' styling... being it some Alienware machine, an Asus with Ferrari branding or a ruggedised laptop (though the latter is at least functional, and female geologists / soldiers etc will appreciate just as much as the boys).
It isn't hard to find a PC gaming case that no person with taste (including many many women) would consider for a moment. But then, it depends on whether the individual is installing it in their front room or in their den.
Re: Unused overpowered, much-used underpowered kit
Sorry, I now have the image of Matt Berry playing the Boss in the I.T Crowd, not being able to open his laptop.
"I would be beholden to you"
Re: "Feminine Pink "?
It's cultural thing. Around a hundred years ago, pink was considered very masculine in England, it being a vibrant, strong colour. Blue was considered more demure, and thus suitable for their ideal of womanhood.
Re: Lenovo, read! Re:1440x900
Its amazing how few laptops have a middle 'mouse' button under their touchpads. Pressing both buttons at the same time to simulate a third doesn't really work for me.
Why not add a couple more buttons whilst they are at it, one for zoom for example. And what it is it with sacrificing the left hand edge of the touchpad for a scroll area? Why not dedicate a scrollwheel or second smaller touchpad for scrolling? Okay, thats a half rhetorical question- the answer is cost, and that the people who would most appreciate it will be reaching for their own mouse anyways. Still, I liked the belt-and-braces approach of older Lenovos: nipple and touchpad (with buttons above and below it, including a scroll rocker), and some models even have a pen driven digitiser too!
Okay, roughly 1.3 billion people in China = 1,30,000,000
29 million tons = 26 million tonnes = 26,000,000 tons = 26,000,000,000 Kg
So that would be 200 Kg of oil per person per year, so 0.54 Kg per person per day, 540 grams.
Density of cooking oil is about 0.894g/ml.
So that's about 480 ml of cooking oil per person per day, less than a pint. Certainly more oil than I use in a day, but not an impossible amount. Obviously I've made no allowances for wastage.
Peter Sellers got his first BBC job by impersonating one senior producer on a telephone call to another:
"I've heard of the great young man called Peter... he could be jolly good in our new line of programmes..."
Re: Couldn't Happen To A Nicer Company
>Both of those things you mentioned are only of concern if you are a freetard that downloads everything.
No, the Sony rootkit was shown to leave a path for more malicious stuff.
Also, Sony did release a few albums on CDs which deliberately had data errors... Most home audio CD players wouldn't notice, but these CDs wouldn't play on CD ROM drives or the many in-car players that in fact used CD ROM drives. Paying customers not getting what they paid for.
Re: Prior art for social amplification goes to......
"Social Amplification" is borrowed in part from the biomedical field. DNA amplification is the process used to create many copies of a DNA strand.
Gus from Drop The Dead Donkey would be proud.
Re: Doesn't surprise me
Some cars have a boot that can be unlatched from the keyfob.... I would really like a car that has a shelf near the driver door that can be accessed from both inside and outside the vehicle, so that possessions or shopping can be organised. No idea of how it would work, but I for one would find such a thing convenient.
'Jackass' had a candid-camera routine in which they leave a dummy baby in a chair on a car roof and then drive around, causing members of the public to run after them. I don't mind those lads injuring themselves (or horseplay in general), but I can't approve of that kind of 'boy who cried wolf' stunt. Make fools of the vain and greedy, by all means, but don't mock people's good nature.
Or even that Jasper Carrot sitcom 'The Detectives' in which one of the characters loses a loud wristwatch inside a horse.
Re: Fun and historically interesting as it is
Well, there was a hint of friendly competition amongst us hoarders in that thread. This bloke who has restored 'Flossie' would be hard to beat!
Sometimes in shopping centres you will see people selling little glass-like cubes containing tiny bubbles forming an image. Those that offer to place your own image in the cubes have a laser scanner that resembles a passport photo booth. The cubes start at around £10, and you should be to persuade them to let you have a copy of the .XYZ file if you have a memory stick.
It doesn't do the back of the head- or under the chin!- but 'hair' would need massaging before 3D printing anyway.
In El Reg's last 3d printing article, they made a small 2D vulture... since there is a stuffed vulture in the office, why haven't you scanned that with the Kinnet?
Re: ZFS Competition ;Hierarchal Storage Management?
It would seem that you are right. Apple wrote a Volume Manager called Core Storage for Lion, but until now only used it for full volume encryption though it is capable of more:
"Apple goes a step further than most volume managers, however, with the introduction of a new concept, the “logical volume family” (LVF). The LVF specifies properties that will be inherited by logical volumes that it contains. Currently, the only property specified by an LVF is FileVault encryption, but one can imagine that performance characteristics or redundancy could also be specified in this manner.
"Now two versions later, Lion includes all of the basic technology needed to effectively manage storage volumes. It is likely that the GUI simply lags behind this core technology, and we will see additional functionality added in later operating system revisions."
Logical Volume Manager
"Either Apple has big plans for CoreStorage, or some Apple software engineer got way ahead of himself and designed a complete logical volume manager just to house FileVault data! "
-from an article written August 2011
Re: How long will it take Microsoft
If MS can give it a good keyboard, possibly even the option of a full size keyboard that folds out in a cunning manner, like some of those once available for Palm devices did... they might be on to something.
Re: Word to the wise
I've seen my US-based uncle with a Kindle Fire, the only example I've seen of it here in Blighty. He said it had been given to him (not a good sign), and that he didn't really get on with it either.
But I'm sure any product finds its way to at least a few people who don't get on with it.
video from 2007
Re: Fun and historically interesting as it is
>you can't keep everything for ever.
It isn't 'everything', it's roughly 0.5% of all its kind.
Re: CT Scans?
Nope. Its for opaque materials, as it works by exaggerating shadows.
>"TV is another example of this: people want to watch Homeland on whatever screen they have to hand, he said, not to have to buy it on one piece of hardware and find that the content is only accessible on that device."
...is used as an argument against Apple's iTunes / iDevice infrastructure working out in the long term, whilst the article highlights the gains Amazon has made in tying people to their content by means of a device.
So what is the article's argument again? That Amazon don't care about margins on their hardware, but that Apple do? Or that iTunes once had DRM but now doesn't? Or that many people have several audio and video devices, but only one e-reader?
Re: Best get those scientists out there to do their research
I think human's relationships with whales have been steadily improving over the decades, due in part to our better understanding of them... your no-doubt heart-felt criticism of our species comes across as denying these improvements.
It is only be increasing our understanding of whales that we can seek to minimise our impact on them. Only last week I heard a marine biologist on the radio observe how humpback whales seek a minimum distance from each other when resting... suggesting that human craft should avoid encroaching on the creature's 'personal space' as well. It is likely that many creatures are more threatened by our accidental impact on their environments than by our direct hunting of them.... Whilst Douglas Adams is being mentioned on this thread, may I suggest "Last Chance to See", in which he outlined in the eighties the plight of a river dolphin (now extinct, I believe) because it couldn't hear past the noise of outboard motors?
Re: RISC OS, which bore little resemblance
Well, I never had to get all techy on Acorns, as they were in my junior school's IT room... However I remember it being straight forward enough for all us 12 year-olds to do DTP and word processing on them, and on the customary last-lesson-of-term free play, we would marvel at the games.
At home, I was having to mess around with IRQ numbers, Autoexec.bat, config.sys, extended, expanded etc, to run games on a PC with beepy sound and so-so graphics. Using it for homework meant an ASCII-based GUI called MS Works, and it just seemed very unpolished.
With the senior school came Mac LCIIIs (IIRC) and despite most assignments being completed on them, we rarely saw signs of slow down. Hours of fun making Macromedia Director animations, too. Our own quota of network storage, and a laser printer. I think the transition was fairly smooth for most pupils, despite the disappearance of two mouse buttons.
By this point, at home, I must have had a 386 SX... Windows was optional... I still had to reboot after connecting a peripheral... but later Doom and Carmageddon would cheer me up!
Acorns and Apples then were much more like the Windows PCs I use now.
>when the hardware to remove the stylus became available (capacitive touch screens).
That, and the use of multi-touch gestures to allow fingers to express more, thus making up for the drop in accuracy that ditching the stylus entailed. Obviously, the UIs of the OS and software had to be designed to take advantage of it... No one says Apple invented multitouch, just that they bought the company that made a good go of it for RSI reasons. Microsoft must have been aware of them, since they too were in the Human Input Device game:
A FingerWorks device built into a Microsoft keyboard: http://www.dustyneuron.com/fingerworks/images/small_photos/retro_split_sm.jpg
@ Full Mental Jacket
Cheers, nice link!
... well, several years ago archaeologists pioneered the technique of scanning ancient tablets with a laser, and then rendering the resulting virtual model as if it were made of chrome. This minimised distracting surface coloration, and made every little detail stand out by moving the virtual light source.
Though not mentioned explicitly in this article, my assumption is that the camera remains still whilst a sequence of shots is taken, the tablet illuminated in turn by each of the LEDs. Again, this serves to highlight every scratch, much as we might examine a physical object for scratches by rotating it in our hands near a bright light.
Re: I really hope...
Me too. They do exist, but are pricey. Selective Laser Sintering.
But you probably wouldn't use a 3D printing technique to produce thousands of examples of the same part.
'Simulation' suggests the latter.
The first working model of the Difference Engine No. 2 had more than 8,000 parts. The Analytical Engine is a far more complicated beast, being able to work with "1,000 numbers of 40 decimal digits each". A 'proof of concept' cut-down design by Henry Babbage that could deal with 20 numbers of 25 digits required 10 columns of 15 wheels.
So as far as I can make out, this simulation of the Analytical Engine will have to deal with tens of thousands of moving parts. It doesn't sound too easy, but maybe its modular construction will allow for some shortcuts to be taken. Any ideas?
Re: popular with kids
>It would only take amazon or sqmsung to bring out an android media player with a 4" screen
They have: Morgan Computers had the Samsung Galaxy Media Player for around £150, and that was about 18 months ago. Looking online now, the Galaxy S line of PMPs range in size- 3.6" 4.2" and 5.8"- and in price from just over £100 to around £200. The screen isn't as sharp as this iPod touch, and it obviously won't play nice with any iOS apps or peripherals, but the price and screen size of Samsung's offerings make them very competitive.
Apple could be making a push at competing with the PSP and Nintendo DS with the Touch (it has the graphical power, screen, and iOS has the developers), but then why no Apple reference control pad system for manufacturers to clone?
Re: when you can get a 7in tablet for £160
Even the Nano reviewed last week appeared to be 'nice enough device, too high a price', for something that just played music. Presumably, this device is more geared towards video, but who wouldn't prefer a 7"+ device for that, even one with a less fancy screen? There just doesn't appear to be a niche for this iPod as a PMP.
The only other use for it is as a games machine, computing against Nintendo and Sony's PSP. This might justify it as a Christmas present for teenagers... but whilst it has the computing grunt and iOS has enough users to tempt devs to create some high-end games, Apple have not created a reference control pad system for iOS game developers to support.
Re: Same boat
I never knew 'ivory' was the proper term for beige...
if your cases are still 'ivory', I can only assume they've been kept out of direct sunlight. UV yellowing is IT kit's answer to carbon dating.
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