486 posts • joined 17 Mar 2011
High Altitude Low Profile?
Saw the video on BBC news this morning and what a low key affair compares to the Felix Baumgartner affair two years ago.
No fancy capsule with a million different camera angles, no endorsements, no media frenzy, they just strapped Alan Eustace's ass to a balloon and sent him all the way up..
It's quite a humble way to set a new record and although doing things like this aren't exactly cheap affairs, Eustace's attempt was done on a shoestring budget compares to the Baumgartner / Red Bull affair.
Kudos to Alan Eustace and his team, quietly setting a new record with no prior notice, media hype or corporate sponsorship..
A missed opportunity....
We see this type of thing with startups all the time...
They have a concept or a product that will revolutionise a market segment, they talk the talk but sometimes cannot walk the walk..
Corning was a good and logic alternative, they've been around for a long time and a financially stable.
Due to GT's failings, we've not yet seen or enjoyed the benefits of "sapphire glass" on touchable devices, hopefully GT can pick themselves up and turn this around in the longer term.
I assume that GT hold all the IP cards on this product, if so, perhaps they will enjoy financial sustainability through licensing agreements
Specifications subject to change without notice?
At the manufacturers' discretion as always...
Summing things up...
To quote the article: "The plan will see AMD issuing layoff notices to about 710 employees worldwide, and is expected to cost the chipmaker $57m in severance payments"
That equates to about US$80K/per head.. sure it doesn't divide up as simple as that, but sometimes VSP (Voluntary Severance packages) can be an unwelcome blessing..
When I worked at Intel in 2001, one new college graduate signed his letter of appointment a week before VSP's were announced. He walked out with US$23K after two weeks of work! Not shabby...
It seems to be an American thing, pay up and scale down...
Nokia committed suicide, they have every chance to adapt to the new era of smart phones, but decided to stick with what "they know"
Nokia had every opportunity to jump on the Android bandwagon but obviously didn't take Android's offerings seriously. It's not just Apple that was part of Nokia's demise, but LG, Samsung, HTC, Huawei and Google (Nexus) to name a few.
The fundamental difference being those other manufacturers adapted to Android in order to give Apple a damned good run for their money, and they have...
Hindsight is wonderful, however it's a little too late for Nokia nowadays..
What about the battery?
Good stuff indeed, but Nvidia have been fairly coy on just how much power these screamin' GPU's will use.
Sure a gamer will usually use the power adapter when gaming , but in the 'unlikely case' of gaming sans power adapter, how would these compare to Nviadia's previous GPUs?
I assume the vendors will have the laptops use the Core i built in GPU for 'normal' Windows use
It seems as if the laptop tiptoes a little closer to the desktop in all round performance..
The GoPro offerings have come a long way over a short time
It's the adventurers' friend, no more risking your expensive DV cam or DSLR whilst filming something ambitious
I like to use my 3 as a "dashcam"[sic] for [motor biking] and mountain biking, always a good reference when I exceed my skills on the mountain bike trail and bail. I've discovered that my pre-crash vocal reactions are fairly entertaining and no longer forgotten!
Also, I believe that the GoPro is the type of birthday or Christmas present that could be the catalyst for kids to embark on a career in film making, with it's versatility, robustness, mounting options and reasonable cost, make it an amazing device if not, the little buggers could have just as much fun strapping to their bikes, radio controlled cars, skateboards and family pets.
I guess anything for a scoop huh?
And if you can score a politician in the "game" even better..
Common sense needs to prevail too, an up and coming politician dares to send an explicit selfie without thinking of the ramifications of this in short or longer term,.. after all this could come back to bite a person at any time.
One needs to assess the repercussions of posing for and sending such a picture, especially if you're in the cut throat industry of politics.
Did you see the rivets on her?
Well done to the Japanese, they're miles ahead of everyone
They will be the first nation to entice robots, droids and other electromechanical mayhem into the grandstands! This is so Futurama!
Loving the comments...
..and the comparisons, branded SD vs. generic, Nexus vs. iPhone, home made coffee vs. Starbucks..
Reading this armed with a big stash of popcorn, the microwave at home stuff, not the overpriced stuff from Vue cinemas
The iPhone 6's pre and post release hype has gained more press coverage than the Scottish referendum, all things ISIS, Kate and Will's second sprog and the Dalai Lama's third refusal to be allowed into South Africa. It's a fucking phone, not a pacemaker... and I so love the mix of hype and sarcasm that this is iMustHave is wrapped up in.. and with it being water resistant, Mister Fry can gag on it's beauty and functionality without his saliva ruining it..
Re: I'm having a Windows XP moment here..
I believe it went backwards from 10.6.8, boot times have increased slightly and the time that 10.7x onwards takes to shut down has increased significantly, even with newer [Core i5] processors.
Apple are trying to woo new buyers with a revamped UI experience, but little things like the "Notification Centre" bug the shit out of me.
Perhaps Apple are following Microsoft's [Windows 8/8/1] lead trying to turn the Desktop UI into a phone-type look and feel.
That doesn't quite hack it for everyone, especially me as I prefer my Mac not to echo the IOS look and feel.
I hoard quite a bit and also still hang on to a late 90's Macintosh SE/30 that is fully functional as well as a working Apple Newton and a working Diamond Multimedia RIO MP3 player
I often wonder if it's the sentimental value or just how much those things cost me way back when?
It's also nice to show them off to the youngsters of today and show them the comparison of how technology has moved along over the past three decades.
Yes, in essence I do hoard, it's hard to throw things away that function but have no use...
I have to ask...
..will it carry tools or equally important, a six pack of beer?
As for making unorthodox items fly, as my son and I share the rewarding, but expensive hobby of RC, we've seen radio controlled lawnmowers that fly, however they are based on the principle of basic aircraft design.
I also recall the flying dildo based on an RC chopper that invaded a Russian press conference a few years back (Video can be viewed on YouTube)
It seems that man is drawn to the challenge of making weird objects airborne
..of the time I was at police High Tech Crime Unit (HTCU) on business.
This unit had a special area for phone forensics and I saw the two investigators handling every phone they touched with rubber gloves.
When I enquired as to why they wear gloves, one detective replied "you'd be very surprised where some of these phones have been. This one was found "in a female inmate" pointing at a Nokia in an evidence bag. He also informed that they'd also investigated phones found "in male inmates"
It seems as if the "jacksey" is the standard cargo compartment for most things then, from an eighth of cannabis to a phone, but I await the day that ElReg reports that some inmate gets found with a fondleslab in the rear cargo hatch...
One happy familty....
Yes, agreed, it is funny.
No squabbling over who's busy with the device and I see that this happy family don't even save their photo edits or exit the program when handing this oversized fondleslab over to the next person who's waiting impatiently to use it
Watching it being carried, it looks a little cumbersome, so I too would anticipate these being dropped by clumsy family members or by the younger offspring.
Looking to my right, my wok colleague has an MSI 21" touch screen Windows 7 all-in-one type thing.
The only things missing on my colleague's touchy AIO are a battery and Windows 8.1, but in essence the reinvented Intel offering isn't that far off what's already been available for quite some time.
..but shouldn't governments with the help of local media notify and advise citizens about these types of scams?
Sure, one can question the "mental state" of the victim here, but scammers never take the financial, mental or physical state of people into consideration when targeting them with these "ransomware" scams.
Where I work...
..the telesales team has to make a minimum of 200 calls per day with a target of 5 appointments for the reps.
Perhaps HM Prison Grampian, Peterhead is a better option for these poor souls who dredge through online directory services all day in their quest to call and sell someone something they probably don't want anyway..
On a less serious note, the HM Prison telesales program could be a good foundation for ex inmates to find work in Mumbai once released..
Crouching kitty, hidden iguana....
Here is Africa the Huawei brand is well known and advertised quite heavily, with massive billboards showing off Huawei's [previous generation] handsets.
When I was still "stationed" in Blighty, circa 2011, I bought me a cheap and cheerful Huawei Android handset at the O2 store for UKL65 on a PAYG package. It worked quite well indeed with the exception of it's WiFi reception, which was dismal. Three bars when positioned next to the WAP.
I believe that Huawei is a force to be reckoned with in regards to consumer electronics, it's taken them some time to reveal their true potential, but the some of the kit I use, like the B683 3G router come WAP and the great little e586 portable WiFi hotspot. They both work very well indeed, especially at the price.
The one thing we always read about Huawei is how Western governments don't trust any networking kit manufactured by them. These could be valid concerns, but the slightest negative press can always taint a good product's reputation.
I await the new Huawei handsets to arrive in Africa. If they arrive before I leave and if the product offers the same or better features for a lower premium than Samsung, LG or Apple, it has a damned good chance of being added to my "shopping cart"
The clear winners here will be the consumers, Huawei may be the product that forces other handset manufacturers to lower their prices. After all, LG, Samsung, Apple and others are mostly made/assembled in China, so it's fitting that a Chinese product with a Chinese brand name could give them a run for their money,
Does the candle that burns twice as bright...
..burn half as long?
When selling Host Independent Disk Subsystems into a certain part of the UK public sector, we always filled the slots up with "Enterprise" class SATA disks.
That gave the end users and our good selves peace of mind, but those disks remained powered on and rotating at 7200RPM 24/7/365.
The failure rate was very low, I cannot remember the stats, but I do recall for every 24 bay system we flogged, the end user purchased two spare disks "just in case" and the reported failure rates were less than single digit.
Our biggest installation comprised of over half a Petabyte of storage comprising of 500Gb, 1Tb and 2Tb disks, depending on the age of the disk array and the biggest disk capacity available at the time.
We wouldn't have dreamt of putting "consumer disks" into that environment for a few reasons.
The biggest stigma was the fact they were "desktop drives" and not recommended for heavy duty use by the manufacturers (Seagate or Hitachi)
Secondly was the warranty, the Enterprise disks had a better warranty and a "disk retention policy" where the end user would only have to return the lid of the failed disk to get a warranty replacement unit, thus never risking sensitive data leaving the site, even if the odds of any data recovery were very low.
Thirdly, the Disk Subsystem manufacturers had a "compatibility list" of 'certified hard disks" and this always comprised of the Enterprise class disks, desktop platters never, ever featured and to get support (when needed) we, as integrators adhered to that list religiously
Lastly, the enterprise disks cost more, so from an integrator perspective, by following the vendors' recommended configuration, there was a little extra money to be made.
The notable differences between Desktop and Enterprise disks was the cache size with the Enterprise offering double the cache size of the desktop equivalents, other than that, they were all 7.2K RPM disks.
This article comes as no surprise to me but the statistics make for interesting reading. However, most integrators will continue stuffing Enterprise disks into those RAID arrays that allow us to use disks bought from distribution and we will adhere to the tested disk list because we just have to do things right.
So, now I can man up. or woman up, or trans up, or whatever up to being whoever or whatever I want to be?
Surely they could have gotten this down to seven choices
To be confirmed
I on the other hand....
..would welcome this technology with open arms...
As a kid in the 70's I watched "Silent Running" and seeing Bruce Dern playing poker with the little droids, named Huey, Louis and Dewey I wanted to own a droid!
Stars Wars was the game changer, droids with personality and functionality! My yearning for a droid continued.
Battlestar Galactica gave us the warning that droids can run amok posing a threat to humans when blatantly ignoring Asimov's "Three Laws of Robotics"
Runaway with Tom Selleck was a classic with criminals purposely programming robots to be bad-assed and commit murders.
I Robot with the Fresh Prince of Bel Air was a good insight to "when good robots go bad" but those robots were exceptionally functional until the "ghost in the machine" became aware of the "human threat" a-la Skynet from the Terminator franchise
Taking all this positivity and negativity into account I would still welcome a functional and obedient robot into my household. If it can help with chores like putting the garbage out, walking the dog and mowing the lawn, then it's a bonus.
If it can play Chess and / or cards, then even better.
The one thing I wouldn't want is a robot that mimics a human form (Ash in Alien and Bishop in Aliens), as a robot I'd expect it to have robotic features that make it distinctive
The only downside I see is the maintenance and charge times, oh and the possible smell of hydraulic oil, unless it's pneumatic.
Bottom line, I am in my 50's and I certainly don't want the "robot generation" to come too late.
Bring it on James Dyson!
Wait a minute...
..we came up with that "small but perfectly small bill" years ago
We'll see them in court for the infringement of something that looks like something we already came up with, even though it's not quite the same.,,,
That confirms it...
Larry Ellison is the king!
I believe the X Server range would be a major coup for Lenovo, but will they pay too much for it?
Let's look back at when Lenovo acquired IBM's desktop and laptop business, sales declined greatly due to the U.S. government's "mistrust" of all things Mainland China and looking to Dell and HP for desktop and laptops
The legendary ThinkPad was once a major seller within branches of the U.S. government and once the marque was sold, it was no longer considered an option
Should Lenovo get its paws on the X Server range, would they experience the same declining sales within their newly acquired server range?
It's a calculated risk, pay too much and not get the sales figures, or pay an acceptable price and hope you can morph the Lenovo branded X Server range into something sellable, although the product would sell volumes in China, how would it fair in the rest of the [Western] market?
Interesting times are upon us and should Lenovo end up owning the X Server range, the "big three" (IBM/HP/Dell) could end up becoming the "Surviving two", as in Dell & HP
Mediocre but refreshing
Lenovo tend to do things their own way, very rarely copying the norms. I've noticed this in a few of their "fondelslab" designs
The pop out stand is a nice little touch, even if the Yoga's specifications aren't exactly ground breaking.
Ideal for those who just want a tablet that is a tablet, but also enjoy the convenience of a device that can stand on its own opposed to needing a 3rd party cover come stand.
As an owner who has accumulated three Android slabs and one IOS device over the years, the Lenovo Yoga design sort of makes sense.
What caught my attention is the power button and headphone jacks being situated on the bottom, out of harm's way. I quite often accidentally power my Galaxy 10.1 off when scrambling for the volume buttons in a hurry. Also the headphone jack placement looks solid, thus minimising the risk of damage to the socket
A decent review for a mid range product that has some caveats that other manufacturers don't offer [yet]
Bootnote: When laid down with the stand up showing the power button on the side, it does remind me of the Mac Pro keyboard
...it's a technology to prevent people from taking "selfies" and sending dumb assed iMessenger / Text messages, Tweets or Facebook updates when they are under the influence of narcotics and/or alcohol
That technology in itself could well be a life saver..
Re: Under the GPL
Yes, it's Linux known as COS, but I have to ask whether it would it would qualify under the "general public license" within the eyes of the Chinese?
After all, they could justifiably believe they've put enough work into it to exempt it from the GPL
I had coffee at 08h00 and I have just reminded myself it's time to make some more coffee...
..is that hideous thing tattooed on her chest?
On face value, they look more than a bit dodgy and certainly deserve a mention on "World's Dumbest Criminals"
Imation’s 2-in-1 Micro USB flash drive is a good idea and long overdue
As a Galaxy SIII owner I like the fact that the Galaxy [and other Android] devices can support USB flash drives natively. It's convenient for moving data, but a cable is usually required.
So, the Imation product fills a niche gap and supports the best of both with micro and standard USB, a good idea.
The LaCie Culbuto? Yea, well weird and this statement: “Moulded from a cast, the LaCie Culbuto’s 'soft touch' rubber gives a pleasant feeling to the fingers...” leaves one wondering if this is a USB device, come photo holder, USB device come stress ball, or USB device come sex toy?
It must be a French thing....
So, it can be done....
...but you have to be a frickin genius to do this
I know it's a "concept video" but no-one signed for the package.
The homeowner doesn't own any crazy canines or felines that wouldn't think twice about taking that AmazDrone on
The package was delivered to "Perfectville" so no rednecks with shotguns who would see that AmazDrone as fair game for a spontaneous skeet session
Also in Perfectville there are no mischievous kids who would try and interfere with or capture the AmazDrone
In Perfectville the weather is great and predictable, so no chance of the AmazDrone being rained upon or blown off course either.
Vice in principle though, but I'd rather await the era of the Fedex android a-la the "I Robot movie": On-time, a lot more personal and polite.
If government resources like GCHQ have the resources needed to help crack passwords and secure the imprisonment a demented paedophile, then it's resources well used
Kudos to the collaboration between the police, CPS and GCHQ for helping get this guy behind bars and keeping children from [future] harm.
I once read an article that Tomb Raider was the game that weaned boys off Sonic as Lara had boobies and furry blue hedgehogs just weren't that cool any more
I do recall there was a "naked patch" for the game too that had Lara running around exposing her badly rendered boobs and her dark "triangle of hope"
We used the game with the 3DFX glide patch to show the difference that the [original] Voodoo card made to gaming.
Lara's come a long way from our beloved 15" CRTs to the big screen, but just how many Lara (Angelina) fans know her deep roots stem from gaming?
Thanks for the trip down memory lane ElReg,
..it's a great bit of "advertising" and there's more than an element of truth in the matter too...
How was it leaked from Microsoft? Must have been an IE Zero Day vulnerability
Optimism at its best..
Don Basile, CEO of Violin Memory, talked of jam tomorrow: “Our Enterprise Memory Software and Systems are enabling customers to achieve enormous gains in enterprise application performance, and significant cost savings resulting in new levels of productivity. During the quarter, we added 32 new customers and delivered record revenue and gross margins, even in a challenging Federal spending environment.”
It seems as if Mr Basile is playing his fiddle whilst Violin burns down....
Did I just see?
Seriously now, who would by a table, clock, photo frame or jewellery made of obliterated iPhones?
Obviously someone would, but I agree with Goat Jam, that is "seriously ugly tat"
Sadly someone, somewhere want's to capitalise on those with careless hands and zero taste...
Re: Where's the matt screen?
This question regularly seems to come up when ElReg reviews Macs of any shape or form. (Mac Mini excluded)
Matt screens suit some, but not most. I've seen some 3rd party screen covers that take the glare of the MacBook's monitor, they're not cheap, or in my case, that easy to install without the screen looking like bubble wrap.
TBH I don't believe Apple would offer a "Matt Retina Display" option, so this question will be raised by many and unanswered by Apple.
All in a good review and kudos for doing the Bootcamp thing too, as most (naïve/new) Mac users still scramble off to Parallels Desktop for Mac as a solution to get the "all in one OS X/Windows experience"
Sure Bootcamp allows you to run one or the other, but it works for me.
I too run a late 2010 MBP and like the "upgradability" that it offers, however I've still not broken the seal or replaced any internals, three years on.
When I worked within the UK I always liked the Overland Storage tape (Neo) and Disk (Reo) appliances
We were quite successful with these products within FE and HE as well as councils
Overland also tried to punt themselves as a storage vendor too, with their Colossus range which was nothing more than an Infortrend array with an HP server based NAS head on it and a nice Overland rebadge
Buying the native Infortrend product was a much cheaper option and combining it with a (then available) OnStor (say LSi) NAS gateway gave much better bang for buck than Colossus ever could.
It seems as if Overland learned from their experiences and managed to morph themselves within the ever changing storage and backup arena. Sadly almost everything Overland produced was available from other vendors like Quantum, Dell, HP and IBM to name a few.
Although Overland weren't overly profitable they did remain committed to the channel within the UK and advocated their products with an excellent sales and pre-sales team combined with decent (third party provided) technical support. The fact we could stretch warranties to five years was a good selling point too.
The Tandberg backup range, especially the RDX competed on the lower end of the backup, but one thing that was missing was a multi-bay RDX backup unit. The RDX was always a "single drive affair" but it was and still remains a damned good one at that.
Perhaps Overland's 'acquisition come merger' with Tandberg will open the sluice gates to products offering the best of both worlds?
I certainly hope so, this could be the golden egg that Overland needs to become profitable and hammer out a new generation of products that doesn't mirror what other vendors already have.
..my little Bronze vulture award gone?
Living in a country flooded with cheap Chinese appliances, I am so very tempted to disassemble the [wife's] Mao Tse Tung iron and see if I can find a "tiny computer" that's responsible for the spam we receive.
On a more serious note, wouldn't these "tiny computers" be better suited for "industrial espionage"?
After all, almost every SMB has a kettle that could be in range of a live wireless access point?
iWorks is something I've never used
As a Mac user I am a little hypocritical and rest my laurels on MS Office for Mac.
As for the Maverick upgrade, again I've played the waiting game and read articles like this with a smirk on my face knowing that I've not become a victim of the "first out of the starting blocks" upgraders
I recall the 10.7 Lion issues that were reported when it was first released.. although the iMac on my desk runs Mountain Lion.
Sometimes it pays to sit back and wait...
Lastly, I still run OS X 10.6.8 on my MacBook because it just fucking works..
Sounds like bloatware to me...
..are these guys on drugs or something?
Old fart's plaything or educational masterstroke?
In my case an "old fart" undergoing an educational process via the PI
Does age matter? Either way someone's getting an education....
So, how the....
hell did the Google Streetview car manage to get through those tunnels without knocking any boffins over?
After all they managed to kill a donkey in a desert in the middle of nowhere as well as collide with two buses in Indonesia...
I remember forgetting this stuff....
Although it's not quite a "burning bush" of an article, it brought back a lot of basics that had been archived in the basement area of my brain..
Sometimes articles like this can be refreshing to read..
While we're on the subject..
There has been a reported surge in iPhone chargers causing problems, with the Chinese government are considering charging Apple for selling faulty equipment. Apple are shocked by these claims...
Dum, dum, dum dum....
I recall Space Invaders hitting the UK in late 1978 and early 1979
I then moved to South Africa and I recall seeing a Space Invaders coinop being wheeled into the local cafe/supermarket.
The owner was surprised when I said I'd played it, as in 1979 coinops were a relatively new concept in South Africa.
Soon there was a queue to play it, as well as a crowd huddled around the perspex protected CRT to watch the action.
The "dum, dum, dum dum" noise always reminded me of the theme to Jaws!
This was certainly the game that made coinops popular in South Africa and by time we hit the mid 1980's, game arcades everywhere had Space Invaders, Asteroids and other legendary joystick coinops outselling the traditional pinball tables.
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