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>Then just move your head closer to the screen to make it bigger.
That might work for someone with 20/20 vision, or even short-sight. Unfortunately, that is not true of all people. It is a general trend that as your body ages, your eye muscles become weaker and your lens less elastic, limiting eyesight from both ends. I hope you live long enough to experience this yourself one day.
Agreed, a keyboard (be it Bluetooth or Motorola Atrix style formfactor) would probably be a better solution if the user wishes to bash out emails, but if they just want to check the cricket score a 7" screen alone will do the trick.
Does anyone else think...
... the picture of McKinnon The Reg uses looks like Dominic West playing McNulty in The Wire?
"What the fuck did I do?" (with the stress on a different word each time he says it)
I would imagine that regularly attending court would bring out in me the symptoms he claims to suffer from!
Having an adversarial attitude doesn't promote restful nights.
Oh well. Maybe the burglar will find some heavy characters who will buy him a pint or two to get the details of their competitors.
Or maybe he slung the wallet and contents in a hedge after removing the cash.
Who knows. I'm not overly desperate for another British 'gritty urban' crime thriller.
£120k buys a lot of secure memory sticks as offered by most major thumb stick brands... it buys even more bog-standard memory sticks and a free download of TrueCrypt.
Re: Big screen Mistake
Agreed, the phone component wouldn't even need to be a touch-screen affair. As long it gave 3G connectivity to the tablet, the phone could be as you say, small and discreet.
The main reason I can think of combining the phone and tablet is to save on otherwise duplicated components, such as the cellular radio, and secondary benefits include only needing one SIM, and bookmarks etc are the same across both devices. Tertiary benefit is that (I asssume) dock acts as portable battery pack for the phone. All good things.
Downsides are that you seem only to be getting one-and-a-half devices for not much less than the price of two devices, and that the tablet part is tied to a specific phone.
Now, if they could make the phone component simpler and possibly 'clam-shell' or 'candy-bar' in form, they would have a package that is easy to use- the phone would have nice big buttons and work well as a phone, the tablet a much, much easier way to browse the internet and tap out an email or SMS.
I regularly drink with people who are not technophobes, but their eyesight and digital (as in fingers) dexterity means that smartphones aren't an good solution for them*. Clam-shell + 7" would appear to be an ideal combo for this group, and they have a bit of spare income to spend.
*People could operate old Nokias 'blind', since the menu items had numbers, and fingers could feel the buttons.
....but I enjoyed Simon Pegg's turn in Mission Impossible 4. He couldn't (yet) be 'Q' in the way Lee Dowling has nailed perfectly above- but he did work well as the film's gadget expert, even if said gizmos didn't.
Mr Dowling left out one of Q's most important qualities: He was prescient, and wouldn't give Bond a magnetic watch when the mission would actually require some plastic explosive toothpaste. How did Q know?
Re: h2h sharing
Getting my first car ten years ago was also the first time I had a cassette player for many years, being a CD and MD convert... I would visit friends and they would place shoe-boxes full of cassettes into my hand... 90 minutes of a John Peel show a decade old, or some a playlist they had made by diving across the room to hit the Record button whenever a good tune came on the radio, so that the first 5 seconds of each track was missing...
During my student days, before mass broadband and Shazam and the iPod was FireWire only, I would make a point of tracking down on CD tracks I had only heard on old cassettes...
Made me remember how many tracks were repeated too often on Radio 1 in the nineties (haven't listened since) so it strikes me there was only a limited range of artists getting airplay back then.
Slightly off topic...
> Fighting Fantasy "choose your own adventure" books
Last night my friend showed me her proud new possession: "YOU can be the Stainless Steel Rat", a Fighting Fantasy style book that you play (read?) as Slippery Jim de Gris's protégée.
"Slobber in gratitude at Sadie the Sadistic and go immediately to 288"
Re: Bad Apple cultists
This is the thread on an article about laptops. WTF have iPhones got to do with it?
People generally use what works for them. And are generally happier in their lives than you, evidently.
Re: Epoch making?
In universally understood units, thats one dollop of resin to one smidge of hardener, as long as the ambient temperature is above ohh, nippy but below shitthatshot
Not as heavy a milking of taxes as the previously existing Prentke Romich hardware+software product, which ran into the thousands of dollars per system.
Though one should point out that enabling these children to speak and interact with their peers increases their chances of employment (and contributing taxes) later in life.
Nice one... I can imagine a Spectrum version of Halo 4 now... a bit like when the fully 3D game Tony Hawks Pro Skater was released as an isometric (IIRC) version for the 8-bit Gameboy Color.
Re: Suit cameras?
Sorry, I've found some:
I can't yet find any footage online from his suit cameras... can anyone post a link? Cheers!
Re: wow, just wow.
Your khazi is open to the sky? There's no need to boast!
Not sure about this one.
I may have bored you before about my [Brand] tumble-dryer failing because of a single thermosoftening plastic door latch component that warped in the heat, and the efficient website the original manufacturer had set up to take £16 +pp off me for its replacement.
I imagine that this it is this sort of set-up the organisation who applied for this patent had in mind. Perhaps they envisage (or, more likely, can't rule out) a future where companies like [Brand] will licence this DRM technique so as to 'sell' a one use 3d print to an end user or repair shop.
A simple part such as this door latch component could be easily modelled in 3 dimensions by anyone conversant with 2D vector applications (or for purely extruded parts such as this, a non-cad-skilled user could just place the part on a conventional scanner and tell dedicated software how thick it is). Result: STL file, no DRM.
More complex parts might justify a download of an STL, be its source the OE manufacturer (be it freely provided, leaked or 'pirated'), or someone else reverse-engineering the original part. These files will not be have DRM either.
In this respect, I would side with the pirates: Equipment manufacturers should charge more upfront instead of making their money on spare parts, so that the consumer can more fairly compare one tumble-dryer or dishwasher against another. In this case, 'piracy' would be encouraging fair practice, but wouldn't deprive OEMs of their core business. Of course, it is all hypothetical whether a such business model that uses DRM will even be attempted... even if it were a very unlikely scenario, it seems that the small cost of investment in a patent can sometimes pay off very big.
Re: the repurposing of an airliner...
And the same book also featured a Japanese organisation gaming the US stock market by investing in the wrong places, then destroying the evidence with a virus. Curiously enough, the events in the book are set in motion by a safety fault in a Japanese made car (though admittedly a fault more serious than the ones Toyota are currently dealing with) thus prompting a trade war.
Re: Please won't somebody think of the minions?
Though it was a pretty forgettable film, The Avengers (1998) featured two henchmen in a Mini, played by Eddie Izzard and Shaun Ryder. A nice touch, I thought!
I'm sure its a good enough phone, but why aid confusion by calling it the SIII mini, when it differs from its bigger brother by more than just size?
Re: LightCloud? What? Oh an interactive LED cube
I would have hoped that the video would give a concise overview of what's so special about it (its 'USP'), rather than being 5 minutes of people doing 'imaginary tits' gestures with their arms.
If they could just nail an end-use or two.... Mathmos, for example, made rechargeable 'pebbles' that could be easily explained as being 'candles but without the fire hazard'.
Murdoch and technology
Though he didn't do the coding and wiring himself, he was quick to spot the impact on his business... he broke the print unions by relocating to Wapping where he had installed a computerised newsroom that required no typesetters.
Re: LED displays
I'm rather liking the idea of setting up a model railway around the edge of a room (a la The Highbury Vaults in Bristol), but with the carriages carrying banks of (adjustable) LEDs acting as reading lights or as more ambient lighting.
Hmm, I have some reading to do!
Saw this the other day: http://www.rescuetec.com/ I haven't used it, but its basically a pouch with moisture absorbing crystals (more absorbent than silica gel, apparently) and an indicator strip to inform you when your phone is dry enough to power on.
My Sansa Clip mp3 player survived a complete cycle in the washing machine once, and was a perfectly happy after being left to dry for a few days. I had found the built-in battery completely discharged, and was mildly surprised that it took a new charge and worked.
It had parted company with its microSD card, but this turned up a couple of months later, when necessity dictated I unscrew the washing machine's waste filter... amongst the black gunk was the card, again cheerfully functional.
Re: Prior Art.
Alas.... without knowing your age, and thus in which year you created the 'Noise Emitting Diode', I believe that you may have been beaten to it. The soundtrack to the 1956 film Forbidden Planet was in part created by recording the sound of overloaded diodes onto magnetic tape.
At least I think that was the case, as it is possible that the term 'diodes dying' was being used merely as a description of the music's tone... Can anyone supply a good link?
Here's your IT angle:
After winning an appeal to verdict of the infamous Oz obscenity trial, Felix Dennis published some magazines including 'Jaws'- the still images of the film had not been copyrighted. He then created Mac User and in the States Mac Warehouse, a hardware and software mail order retailer.
Re: Hold the background steady, dammit!
Computationally intensive? Yep!
Better to just cheat or workaround that issue.
Easy enough to just take a still, and blur it, fade in an updated still image every ten seconds or so, when it knows its horizontal. No biggie.
Re: Drop the veil- again?
The Spanish Inquisition
The Norman Invasion of 1066
Orville the Duck
Back in the nineties, I saw a TV feature on a German bar (it might have been a strip club) whose telephone booth could the supply the user's choice of sound effects, to accompany such excuses as "Honey, I'm stuck in traffic" or "Darling! My train's been delayed... AGAIN!"
Re: no mention of Zune?
Re: Linux et al
Some barriers to Linux taking off for casual/business users:
1, industry-specific software not being released for it, CAD, Adobe, etc
2, Poor documentation- you visit the webpage for a piece of software, and are greeted with changelogs and wikis... fine if you want to help develop it, but its not user friendly
3, Software being giving jovial names that give no hint as to what it does: Spot the odd one out: MS Paint, PhotoShop, The Gimp. Again, not user-friendly.
Haven't watched the video
but the thumbnail shows a wash basin mounted at 90º to normal.
I agree. I remember being able to do basic office tasks (word processing, DTP) quite happily on a 25Mhz Mac at school, and similar on my PC at home, both with around 4Mb of RAM... because we only occasionally saw a beach ball like thing, we assumed that next year's model would be close to perfect for the job in hand. The only 'must have' feature I saw in years of new versions of Office was the automatic saving of your work to a temp file... otherwise, new versions of Office were a PITA, especially when I found my faculty had a new version but the university's reprographics department didn't. The new version was supposed to make organisations more efficient how?
My modern laptop's power is rarely used, except for when generating CAD renders (and even then, the CPU is at 100% but the GPU is doing nothing). For occasional tasks like this, renting compute power from Amazon as and when you need it seems a sensible idea to explore.
Re: "even long enough for someone to figure out how to shrink atoms down to a more convenient size"
Put them through the washing machine without reading the label? No harm in trying!
[you can my flippant comment as a sign that I can only vaguely grasp what the grown ups are talking about. In a recent Reg article, the Intel 'roadmap' slide did look a bit fuzzy after 14nm "Er, maybe we can do something with graphene or nano-tubes"]
Re: any price obove £156. and it will fail.
if your definition of 'moron' is 'someone who has different priorities to me', then what you say is correct.
Personally, I'm a Wintel user, and have no problem downloading and configuring the software (something to do with 'symbols') required to read my Dell's crash mini-dump file, just to discover that my machine's BSODs were down to the SD card reader driver it came supplied with. Some of my fellow PC users would find this, and many other maintenance tasks a bit tricky, so call on me or someone like me. They might have called Dell tech support, but the would only have been told to upgrade their BIOS firmware before finding their details had been sold to a telephone scam artist.
However, I have enough interest in my fellow humans to see that they not all like me. Vive la différence.
Didn't the Reg report on a study a while back that indicated that most iPads (and, given market share at the time, by implication most 10" tablets) aren't usually taken out from the house? It seems the whole reason for a smaller version is to make it more portable, so at first glance the decision to omit 3G/4G seems odd. Maybe the assumption is that most people who would buy a tablet now have a phone that can tether (though mine can be hit and miss, on both a laptop and Galaxy Tab 10.1)
Re: Just stupid. FYI:
Xperia P is 4". Fits in the pocket fine. A touch too small to want to watch a movie on it, but fine for getting your latest fix of The Thick Of It on iPlayer. Even very small text is readable (minimising zoom/pan web browsing) though long-sighted people might want to look elsewhere. Thumb easily reaches most of the screen. ICS update has improved the battery life considerably the RegHardware review. Micro HDMI cable included in the box (but has now disappeared, presumably shacked up in the snakes' nest of other cables). Very bright screen (though do put a one-touch toggle short-cut on your home-screen, because it canes the battery). Doesn't have a quad-core processor, but I haven't found it slow (I don't know what these quad-cores and tegras are used for...)
I'm a geek and I can't think of anything else I might want it to do. Anything more ambitious would be better done on a 7" tablet or small notebook. Would appreciate a Reg Review of (small) Bluetooth keyboards though, ta.
I would prefer it to have real 'clicky' buttons than capacitive ones (too easy to accidentally press, but really only an issue in games), and the anodised aluminium case can be a bit slippery in the hand (easily fixed with some self-adhesive nylon textile I had kicking around).
Included earphones sound decent enough and are comfy (if you don't mind 'in the ear' types) but are fragile- one cable pulled right out of the microphone.
No annoying cover to the microUSB port (a plus, in my book).
Whilst a bigger screen is all fine and dandy, I'm a clumsy bugger and a bigger screen is easier to break if dropped (it presents a larger target for some bit of grit to act as a stress-riser).
Re: It's a start
Yeah, I remember my mate getting that 3650... WTF indeed. back in the day when he was always the first to get new phones. He was also the first person in my home town to lose in a pub a camera-phone containing nudey pics of his girlfriend....
Re: too big
13" might be too big for us non he-men to hold in one hand, but the form-factor still has benefits even if the device is still sat on a desk, in the manner shown in the article's image. It allows the screen to be closer to the user, not only only benefiting the experience of watching movies, but making touch-screen interaction less tiring.
Even if you wish to use it as a conventional PC, having the built-in keyboard folded around back allows you more room to use a wireless keyboard and mouse, thus allowing you to improve the ergonomics at your desk (the screen and keyboard position can be adjusted independently, there's more room for your mouse)
The device can also be used casually on ones lap on the sofa (to quickly check TV listings, for example) without danger of the screen tipping back and the whole lot falling on the carpet.
Like I said, I like this form factor, if only because it gives the user some more options with very little compromise over an existing laptop design (they've put a bit more work into the hinges, and presumably installed the means to disable the keyboard in certain situations... that's it.) It offers a fair bit if benefit for very little cost.
I do like the idea of this form factor.
I'm assuming that the Tegra 3 model is Win8-RT and the i7 model is full fat Win8... though the article is a little ambiguous - does the i7 model really only come with 2GB RAM?
Re: Sillier question
You give the impression that you only read the first page of the review, which established the background and the rough gist (like the back of the box might). The second page of the review is more critical:
"[weapon management is] not particularly exciting for the rest of us."
" revisiting the same areas you've already blasted through."
"car getting terminally stuck mid-way through a long journey on more than one occasion."
"an irksome loot system"
On the internet, you know where to find a second - or umpteenth- opinion on this game before parting with your money.
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