Re: Not a single mention of Linux anywhere
ZFS can do this sort of thing (RAM > RAM disk > SSD > HDD), but I don't know its state of play with respect to Linux
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ZFS can do this sort of thing (RAM > RAM disk > SSD > HDD), but I don't know its state of play with respect to Linux
Maybe it was in protest at those shops that replaced Gary Larson cards with those by that cartoonist whose work looks like Larson's but just isn't funny.
That twerp in Currys who just was showing my old man an i3 desktop... he just kept spurting out what were to my father meaningless numbers, not noticing that his eyes had glazed over almost as soon as he started speaking.
Another was in Comet years back... as soon as we said we would buy the laptop, the 'assistant' started trying to sell us an extended warranty by demonstrating the flimsy build quality of the machine (actually, he was just poking the back of the lid to make the LCD screen ripple- pretty harmless). "Oh forget the whole thing" we said and walked out to buy a laptop elsewhere.
@ The OtherHobbes I've just posted similar ideas to you, but you've put it better.
Our society could do with indoor public spaces that aren't based on a £/hour rate disguised as a £2.50 cup of coffee. Something akin to a university campus for adults, freelancers, hobbyists... a library, mail-ordered parcels can be signed for and dispatched, crèches for freelancing parents, equipment rentals.
[Strange- Chrome's spelling correction has placed the 'e' in crèches in bold- what that all about?]
There was a business programme on the radio this week... a snippet that caught my ears was there are shops in America that are beginning to charge people to try on clothes and shoes- presumably because they are sick of people trying them for fit in the store and then ordering it on-line.
A more interesting question is "What shall we do with the empty shop premises in our town centres?" We don't need more Pound Lands and charity shops. The London Stock Exchange was founded on coffee shops that people could use as an office all day for the cost of a few cups... high rent means that hasn't been possible for a long time, but shared productive / shared spaces could be good thing.
People used to ask "What pub do you use?", but now they too are to expensive to frequent everyday for business purposes- we're encouraged to use FaceLinkd or whatnot. Successive governments bleating on about 'community' yet daily beer is now taxed out of most people's reach, and every day two pubs go out of business.
Be bloody careful with your description of the condition- those on-line vinyl buyers are an exacting lot!
The Falling Outside The Normal Moral Constraints, an Abominator-class General Offensive Unit from Surface Detail takes some beating..
I would imagine that it involves colostomy bags, tubes of purée and coffee-dispensing straws.
Maybe the reason we don't see people visit the toilet in Star Trek is that the transporter can be used to displace bodily waste directly from the bowel and bladder.
>Some people, intelligent ones too - have just way too much time on their hands.
It would be nice to think that millennia of technological progress had left us with more leisure time for activities of our own choosing; socialising, art, music and general farting around. Alas, it doesn't work out that way.
Yeah, the 'under the bonnet' features of Win 8 seem nice enough, but not too exciting or must-have. Native USB 3 support? I don't have the hardware yet. Storage Spaces? Could be handy, but would want to wait sometime and see how other people get on with it first, and explore alternatives.
If there are other 'under the bonnet' improvements, MS have done a poor job of publicising them.
As regards the UI of Win8, I haven't tried it. If I really don't like it, I'm sure it can be bodged into submission using 3rd party add-ons. It doesn't seem anything to get upset about.
>...used by Apple, Google, Nintendo et al. Deliberately under supply, then loads of clueless rags will run stories like "ZOMG! Surface Pro sold out!"
You have to think VERY carefully before spending a shed-load of money on extra production lines for what may prove be a short-lived spike in demand (or indeed a product flop)- you would be spending tens of millions of pounds just to get a few extra sales in the first month of release, sales you might get anyway.
The ideal situation from a manufacturing engineer's perspective would be one production line working at a steady rate all year round. In defence of Nintendo, they do have a seasonal spike prior to Christmas.
I'm not saying that these companies are upset by the free publicity, but it is grounded in manufacturing reality.
>You have to type the name of your app into a search box
That wouldn't work in Linux... I want a text editor, so I will type 'kate'*. Nothing simpler.
'Kate'... it's short for Bob. Gedit?
I can't agree with the conclusion of that linked article ["the iWatch is the next iPhone"] because of the battery issue- a watch is too small for a decent sized battery, and it isn't convenient to charge.
Apple thought it better to omit 3G from the first iPhone because they didn't want the battery life to be a complete joke.
>Of course with an iWatch, you'll have to charge it too
Since we're talking of hypotheticals at this stage, don't narrow your thinking so!
It depends on how much power it requires to do what it does. A few weeks back on the Reg, we had Zigbee light switches that took all the power they needed from the user throwing the switch, by means of piezo crystals. If that is too simplistic, then Apple have patents on certain aspects of wireless charging (namely a mechanism that prioritises which devices on your desk are charged first).
Swatch tried introducing 'internet time' many years ago, subdividing the rotation of the earth into 'beats'. It didn't take off. But then, Swatch had a fairly normal-looking (by Swatch standards) watch with pager back in '94.
And dolphins 'copied' sharks? Mimicry isn't the mechanism.
And if someone uses the machine to watch movies, they really don't give a flying fornication about what OS it uses- though reliable Flash hardware acceleration and clients for popular movie streaming services might help.`
Stop abusing the Boffin icon, Eadon - you've not convinced anybody you're qualified to use it.
>1080 is not enough when we have tablets at far better resolutions.
It would be nice to be able to use these high-res tablets as dumb monitors.
>Meanwhile how about an Android dongler for yer tv?
A mate got one the other day, sits inline the HDMI cable, haven't had in-depth feedback, but he seems happy enough with it. However, a £25 gadget will give 1080 media playback. If you need to browse the web in your living room, then maybe a tablet or second-hand Thinkpad are better options for your £75, so your OH can continue watching the TV.
Generally speaking, set-top boxes can do Youtube, Netflicks and iPlayer, and Android devices with HDMI-out and a Flash capable browser can do the more <cough> esoteric streaming sites.
I know you work with daftly high res images, so I'd assumed you'd want a higher res screen than this offers.
Down the line we can look forward to more things like this, for when you return to the desk: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/pci-express-graphics-thunderbolt,3263-8.html
Its not a good idea (and is unnecessary) for all of your USB ports to be USB 3.0 - it can cause you headaches if you want to install a different OS. Can't speak for Linux, but Win 7 doesn't like it. The installer will run from a USB 3.0-connected DVD drive, but once it wants to copy across files it starts asking for a driver disk.
>Shipping any pc in 2013 that does not have decent GPU is unforgivable.
It is decent enough for most users- check the reviews and benchmarks. It isn't top-notch, but it is decent enough for most games at medium settings, very good at media transcoding, and will happily output 1080 video across a couple of monitors, so really it is only the serious gamers, CAD and CUDA users who will want more. Generally speaking, they are aware of what their needs are and will buy accordingly.
This isn't a machine I would buy, but don't judge it for not being a gaming laptop or mobile workstation. Peoples usage varies.
>I wonder- has any laptop ever tried placed the numeric below the alpha keys and to to the right of the touchpad?
Someone downvoted a question... okaay. I did make a grammatical mistake, but a comment along the lines of "That's a stupid idea because: ..." would be more useful than a downvote.
I wonder- has any laptop ever tried placed the numeric below the alpha keys and to to the right of the touchpad? With the exception of some Lenovo laptops that put a Wacom digitiser there, that space is not usually used.
Only if you take care of personal hygiene and are lucky.
Salvidor Dali doing design?
It worked for Chupa Chups:
(One of the craziest films never filmed was to be an adaptation of Dune, with Salvador Dali as the Emporer, music by Pink Floyd, concept art by H.R Giger and spacecraft by Chris Foss, cast including Mick Jagger, Orson Welles and David Carradine)
I think goths would like a Giger-designed phone (would work in reinforced resin materials), I wouldn't mind a Chris Foss designed phone- though to be honest some HTCs begin to resemble his work once the anodising has chipped off them.
>More proof that Jobs was using a publicly owned company contrary to the shareholders interests.
I think that any proof would be better expressed in numbers. Profit? Apple doing okay. Share value? Very difficult to prove that it isn't as high as it could have been, or to prove causation after it has been filtered through the market- which is based on risks, projections, analysis and gut-feelings.
If you bought your shares in Apple when they were still on the ascendant, you should be happy. If you bought them afterwards, without looking at the company and Mr Jobs, tough titty. The whole basis of shares gaining value is that you are being rewarded for assuming some risk.
FFS Eadon, the documenting of Linux server solutions is catered for by the Linux community. If you found some good concise guides, and simply posted the links here with a brief explanation - no one would complain and you wouldn't look like such a spanner. You might even bring someone around to your point of view. .
I would note that the documentation for many Linux applications is unwelcoming for the casual user; we don't always want a sodding Wiki outlining the latest version changes, we want to know what it is and how to use it.
The opposing attitudes of "I'm better because I use Linux" and "Everyone should use Linux" don't sit well together. You'd do well to resolve this conflict in your head before commenting here, because you are detrimental to the OSS movement.
I was talking about barriers to mainstream desktop adoption and you reply with:
"Kids these days grow up with video games and are fairly computer literate, and they will appreciate the choice of UI's that Linux provide. "
I was not talking about the kids. India and Iran have a high proportion of people under 25 years of age, but we do not. I'm youngish and am happy to use what is presented to me - I've used Acorns, Spectrums, Macs, UNIX, DOS, Windows, UNIX, LINUX, Ataris, Amingas, OS/2 and numerous proprietary OSs. I am adaptable but I do not represent the mass market (Clue: I read the Register) - most users are not like me. Nor you.
>I don't see a downside of having competing windows managers any more than I see a downside to having a >choice of cars to buy or a choice of phones or cameras to buy.
No downside, but I know people who only buy Lumix cameras because they are used to how they work. Even if a competing Canon camera were better, they would still buy a Lumix. I wasn't saying there was a downside to choice, I was just asking you how the novice user knows which UI is best for them -uninformed choice is no choice at all. Generally speaking, people in doubt stick to what they know.
You deserve credit for putting some thought and justification into your argument (instead of simply telling jaded fellow commentards that an OS they might use regularly is just plain pants). Keep it up!
Here's the issue: How does someone with basic computer knowledge know which mouse-and-keyboard Linux UI might be best for them? Experienced users may have had experience of different flavours, and might keep abreast of developments, but what about the newcomer? Do they rely solely on the recommendation of a friend? How can you communicate the options simply to those you wish to attract to Linux? If they start using 'My First Linux GUI', how do you later manage the transition to something more advanced? Is being simple mutually exclusive to being powerful? Could any conventions the user learns on their Android phone translate usefully to a Linux Desktop GUI (unlikely)? Could it fall into the trap of trying to be familiar to former Windows users?
Please don't take these question as knocking you GUIs of choice, but that thinking about possible answers might further your aims. There are some features in Windows that appear to be answers to those sort of questions, yet annoy the hell out of people (Clippy, "Are you trying to...?" dialogues, split identity control panel, many more)
Street Fighter II, Street Fighter II: Champion Edition, Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting, Super Street Fighter II, Super Street Fighter II Turbo, Hyper Street Fighter II, Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix... I did start wondering why they just didn't make 'III' already, and even started doubting if there had ever been a 'Street Fighter I'.
So previous Windows version have been reactions to evolving security concerns, or to support or take advantage of newer and more powerful hardware. So far, the main argument for getting Win 8 over 7 seems to be: "Ignore Metro, and you have native USB 3 support and a Storage Spaces LVM that might be handy". Hmm useful maybe, but not exciting... if I had the hardware I might pay £10 for it, maybe.
-Multiple Desktops would be nice.
-A Taskbar that doesn't pop up just because some updater wants attention (obscuring the notification panel of whatever application I am using)
- An LVM that does what OSX's Fusion or ZFS does (use a combination of HDD and SSD intelligently for system and regularly used files, invisibly to the user). MS's Storage Spaces can't be used on boot drives.
- A re-design of the built-in back up utility. At the moment, it isn't made clear whether subsequent disk images overwrite older ones, or add to them. Running it without performing a virus check first can cause it fail part way through. OSX's Time Machine does it well.
-MS have had an alternative hardware-specific GUI in Windows for years- called Media Centre. It knew its place. The best place for Metro would be on a second screen. Maybe things like the LeapMotion controller will become popular enough down the line to merit native OS support.
-Computer to use phone or tablet as second display/HID
-A system-wide 'current project' selector, that changes default application's default open/save locations, and their 'recent documents lists. This could be achieved through the use of multiple desktops - so one desktop could be designated "Client: Mr Blog's Bakery" and another "My accounts". A spreadsheet would change its behaviour depending on which desktop it was opened in. There could also be a 'Play' desktop, with short-cuts for games and videos, and which has its own screen brightness setting and audio settings. "We are all several users"
I've just had a look- I like!
I guess the closest modern attempt would have been MS's Courier- allegedly killed by Bill Gates himself. A shame, because it looked useful, and wasn't straddling the tablet/ultrabook camps.
According to his interview on Radio 4 about a year back, Alice Cooper was raised a Christian, but he said he fell off it. He said that surviving rock n roll stardom was far harder than achieving it, and that booze came close to killing him, describing himself as having 'gone full circle' with respect to his faith. I dunno, the young Goth lady who normally keeps me abreast of such things has left my local pub for university.
>"Sex was invented by the ancient Greeks, but it took the Romans to introduce it to women".
>Anything the Romans did was a Greek copy. So whatever they did, the Greeks would have to have done it first.
It was a joke, and only mildly homophobic (though many of gay men I know won't complain since they get so much fun out of poking fun at the exploits of us heterosexuals). Of course Greek men and women got together to make more Greeks.
>Kryten: But it's hideous! That's the best design they could come up with!?
Q: What is the knob on the end for?
German scientist: It is to give more pleasure to the man!
French Scientist: It is to give more pleasure to the woman!
British Scientist: It is to stop your hand falling off the end!
Modern fluid modelling suggests the knob on the end has evolved to act as a plunger, removing what might have been left there by a previous gentleman- all the better to promote your genetic material. More civilised than easting his offspring after the fact, as lions have been known to.
Anyway, here's a Monty Python song, NSFW: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGRPFUYUUdQ
>Animals and humans should have them removed as well!
I've said it before- if some fundamentalist cult wants to travel the world putting trousers on animals to preserve their modesty, then I would like to watch them try. From a safe distance.
(I used to know a fly-poster who was employed by Levi's to attach jeans to public statues... of course the jeans undid down the legs to allow them to be attached to figures whose feet were attached to the base.)
Iain Banks did it too- one of his teenage characters wears a t-shirt with a print of David on it. Her father objects, so she sews a felt fig-leaf on to it.
Alice Cooper is now a Christian, like his father before him, but during their boozing heyday his band used to send flowers to Mary Whitehouse in gratitude- money couldn't buy the kind of publicity she provided them.
>oh my...I'm not even sure I want to know how you know this [The ancient Greeks had an aesthetic style that favoured small penises with a long prepuce.]
History of Art and the Classics used to be considered part of a rounded (some would say elitist) education:
"Sex was invented by the ancient Greeks, but it took the Romans to introduce it to women".
There might also be 'Destiny', the upcoming game from Bungie. Details are scant, but it might include some space combat and exploration, as well as "shooting aliens in the face". They have posted a job advert for a 'economy designer'. One gets the impression that they too have grown bored of pure FPS games.
One level of Halo: Reach (the last Halo title to be developed by Bungie) one level was space combat- though X-Wing it wasn't.
>Apple say alot of things about Android, and 99% of the time it's utter bullshit. They know that by claiming that >Android lacks low latency audio (without any evidence to back it up),
Apple don't say that- Android users do (and demonstrate it), as do Google Android engineers. Horse's mouth. A Google Android engineer: "Latency is a big problem. We’re working at, hopefully we hope to be able to do something about it with ICS." It was a Google who said that on a Galaxy Nexus they had 100ms on ICS and 10ms on JB.
I've posted links to back up observations, but you don't. Yet you complain about a lack of evidence. Oh well.
>they [Apple] have created a nice little excuse for developers to thus use when someone asks for an Android version.
Your theory gives Apple an excuse, but it is the developers who haven't developed the apps for Android- you haven't explained their motive for not doing so. In the link in an above post is an audio software developer stating their reasons for concentrating on iDevices first: basically, it comes down to latency, and also the smaller number of hardware variations amongst iDevices over Android devices. Sounds plausible, no?
>Android latency varies by device, Jellybean devices usually very good.
I said Jelly Bean was good in my original comment- and that 3rd party developers are actively looking at it now. But most Android devices aren't JB yet. Other enhancements for JB include USB audio device support and multichannel audio (including via HDMI). Google are also looking at imposing strict maximum latency requirements for third-party vendors at some time in the future.
I'm not for a moment saying that iPhones are the best phones for everyone, I'm just describing the evolving situation. I own an Android phone, and naturally want it to get better over time.
>Commercial audio creation apps on iOS? Seriously who would be using a phone to create music?
Lots of people... smart phones are less phones, and more general-purpose computers. The iPad is commonly used as a control surface for a Mac, for virtual mixing desks and the like, and will happily act as a synth for any MIDI keyboard attached to it- handy for recording melodies on the road. True, you wouldn't want to pass your audio stream through an iDevice- but then you wouldn't through any kit that wasn't designed for it- hence pricey external soundcards with branded ADCs. This should give you a flavour:
This guy routinely uses the G sensors in an arm-mounted iPhone in live performances- the rest of the kit he has built/modified himself and has open-sourced it on Thingiverse: http://onyx-ashanti.com/
Then you have all the acoustic musicians who use the iPad in place of sheet music http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2011/08/musicians-embrace-the-ipad-leave-sheet-music-at-home/243726/ , and use phones as guitar tuners and sound recorders (with plug-in microphones and ADCs).
I'm sure you don't need reminding that technology (and drugs) can change the sound of music, from Bach's clavier, through Wheatsone's concertina to Bo Diddely's solid-bodied electric guitar and the 808 and DX7 in the eighties.
Most Android devices can't handle audio fast enough - why do think that most of the commercial audio creation apps are on iOS? (See link above link)
The iPhone has always had a relatively audio low latency around the 8-12ms mark (and built-in wireless MIDI), but Android hasn't always been great for virtual musical instruments:
On the Samsung Galaxy Nexus handset – a device over which Google has more control – they've already improved latency from 100 ms in “Ice Cream Sandwich” (4.0) to “about 12 ms” in “Jelly Bean” (4.1), and want to go oven better. 12 ms is usable; sub-10 ms could really attract sound developers to the platform.
>is the message that says 'this is an important message about <blah> press 1 to call us back, or 9 to be removed from the database'
>How on earth can I stop these?
Partial solution on Android (I know this article is about landlines)- add the incoming number to your phonebook, eg "Zz Spam", then view contact, then edit, then check the box marked "send straight to voicemail"
Oh, this would be a nice feature on smartphones- having a voicemail feature built into machine - messages are recorded locally on the device (good for when you can't answer your phone in meetings, on silent, driving etc- obviously traditional voicemail is still required for the battery is flat or you have no signal).
>Calls from behind NHS switchboards are given as 'withheld', and due to data protection, these callers often won't leave any useful information on answerphones.
It is my understanding that public services have to ring you back on a non-withheld number. My friend has paid BT a quid a month for years to block all unknown numbers to his landline. I asked him about doctors etc, and he said they were required to call him from an identifiable number.
I answered an 'unknown number' the other Saturday evening on my mobile, turned out to be a mate requiring a lift home from a police station in the next city (after being released without charge)- his mobile had no credit since he had neglected to pick up his cash card when they arrested him from his house. He had tried his brother and his closer mates, but not one had picked up his call - no doubt expecting it to be a sales call.
In "Greetings! Carbon-based Bipeds!" (collected essays), Arthur C Clarke outlined his plan to hack his fax machine so as to cost the senders of spam faxes money: IIRC, it amounted to manipulating packets so the sending machine would keep trying to send spam in vain.
>Why on earth do they need a movie inside a text document ???
The whole idea is that a document doesn't need to know what kind of content is embedded in it- just to who to call to open it. This embedded document could be a spreadsheet, an image or a video- the host document doesn't know or care. This is an old concept.
That's the idea- obviously things don't always go smoothly when translated into practice.
Maybe your question should be- "how can any content inside a document be allowed to be damaging to the system"? but the line gets a bit fuzzy.... like the Sorcerer's Apprentice, powerful tools can be dangerous.
Mac = a brand of personal computer
MAC = Media Access Control [address]
Careful with that CapsLock, Eugene!
>When you buy stock in a company, you must agree with the way the company is managed
Unless you are buying stock to influence how the company is managed. Still, Apple, seemed to be okay before he invested in them.