* Posts by dermots

4 posts • joined 29 Nov 2010

Dim-but-rich buyers targeted with million pound laptop

dermots
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Not a decimal problem - a price tracking issue

As the original spotter of the problem I can say it is certainly a "price tracking" type of problem. In this case the idiots are tracking two of their own products - they probably meant to track the Amazon offered listing.

On Friday the Amazon one jumped from 899.99 to 999.99 and that's when the independent seller's listed items went bonkers. I notified Amazon and they were not in the slightest bit interested saying (correctly) that pricing was a matter for the sellers themselves. I think the more expensive one peaked at £1.2M before they spotted the problem, perhaps tipped off by an El Reg reader.

They have "fixed" it now so the prices are "only" 15% and 70% respectively more expensive than Amazon's own listed product (which is the highest spec model). I bought that one, from Amazon. It's very nice so far but I would not value it at a million.

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Partners, kids force iPad owners to take more tablets

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Apple have engineered in the need for multiple iPads

By not allowing multiple user profiles in even the simplest form, Apple have purposely (cynically) engineered-in the need for multiple iPads rather than sharing. Anyone who has basic access to the iPad has access to any email accounts etc set up on it. It's not even possible to give a guest casual access without your email etc being accessed. Given that it was sometimes advertised as the ideal casual "pick it up and use" device this is woeful and is the reason I cannot recommend the iPad to anyone who asks me.

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Monster iPad Case Test: Folios

dermots

Point taken, but...

Point taken about the manual brightness control, but the auto brightness definitely uses the ambient light sensor at the top centre of the screen surround, hence the hole in some covers at around this point.

More often, cover are far thinner around the edge and simply do not obscure the sensor at all.

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dermots

Not a hole for a non-existent camera

The hole in the top centre of some screen surrounds is for the ambient light sensor, not (necessarily) for a future camera. The cases that block this light sensor make the iPad very difficult to use as there is no manual brightness control. I bought one such case and had to manufacture a hole over the light sensor position.

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