1561 posts • joined Tuesday 24th May 2011 18:59 GMT
Re: Hardcore gamers
You're onto something with the gamers...they are the target of these big machines.
Snag is, the gamers also know that upgrades are incremental, especially with Video cards which is where most of the immediate benefits and requirements lie. Buying a brand new machine from scratch is rare
What these guys should be doing it getting into the components business. Box shifting is dead.
Re: Peak Apple
Apple has peaked? Are we sure?
I thought this was just another in the series of El Reg titles for Apple...makes a change from Foxcon rebrander, for example.
While I agree with the El Reg sentiment, I can't claim it with anything more concrete than "gut feeling". I hope there's an El Reg article soon to justify the title.
Re: Ethernet vs wifi - HD streaming
Errr, no, I think you read that wrong.
I used Apple TV as an example of a device being able to stream HD over wifi, which was the authors original concern and thus his reliance on ethernet.
Why did I chose Apple TV? Because I own one, and know this scenario works, and because it has both wired and wireless media, is easy to analyse/prove streaming quality.
What you *should* have correct me on, was the signal degradation wireless vs wireless being a factor in the design; trying to stream HD wirelessly to 3 rooms away through solid concrete walls will fail, whereas ethernet signal degredation will be minimal.
The fact you picked up on the Apple TV rather than the actual point, say more about you than it does about me.
Re: How they do it
then hide the Swiss profits elsewhere.
Most likely in....errr...Switzerland. Banking secrecy laws an' all that, and even then, the TAX cooperation agreements need a legal case from the originating country, and only apply to individuals.
The added advantage of buying in CH is the 8% VAT rate, compared to the 20% in the UK. Even taking into consideration the "import duty" of the UK (if it even applies), I bet they're still quids in.
30,000 sold in the first hour?
By the looks of the posts above, it's due to people ordering far too many by mistake - either due to flaky web hosts or plain ol' PEBCAK...
Ethernet vs wifi - HD streaming
Just FYI - the apple TV can stream 1080p content across wifi just fine, so there is no absolute requirement for ethernet. Well, unless you're streaming native blu-ray bitrates that is.
Re: leaves and snow
As a former UK'er now in CH, I find all these excuses amusing. Wrong type of snow? Trees dropping leaves on the line? Pfft.
The reason the SBB is so consistent is that they actually clear and maintain the lines - daily and overnight if required. There is no magic or fancy tricks.
...is so delicious.
Besides...how do you shoot the sequels when:
- The emperor is dead
- Darth Vader is dead
- The death star is....errr...dead
- The master star destroyer and the chain of command is dead
- The ewoks are dead...no wait. Damn.
Lets all do the hotdog dance!
...with light sabres!
And if you know what the hotdog dance is...you are officially in hell, and you have my condolences.
Re: Well thats no surprise is it
There might be more to it than a collective incompetence of the marketing drones in this area. Though it's hard to believe I actually came out with a statement like that...No, I think the problem here is that they saw what Apple did, and decided they had 3 choices;
a) copy and undercut without compromising "perceived quality". Which has proven harder than expected. Maybe the plastic vs aluminium is something to do with it. Who knows.
b) copy Apple wholesale; form factor, pricing/margin model the whole shebang and hope people associate their product as being identical to an iPad. Which has failed for some, as their either end up in court (unfairly or otherwise), or can't match Apple "perceived" quality levels at this price.
c) Differentiate. Snag here is that that takes them down very niche roads, and so far these niches are much narrower than expected. Or by tweaking the form factor, and in the process alienate the "I want an ipad, but don't want an ipad" crowd. And then some have just arsed it up royally in a hurry to get to market (eg aforementioned Playbook).
MS could do well here, but they need to think about instilling "coolness" and some USP's into their products, as it's certain unique.
Cricket scores = time critical?
are they really that important...or did I just read that wrong?
I suspect being eaten by zombies would be preferrable to being spammed by cricket scores.
A technical question occurs...
..if Samsung manage to discredit the foreman, sure that's only 1 vote, and unlikely to swing the majority decision?
Assuming that a majority verdict is even a requirement, of course?
Samsung might have a case here...
...but damn, they're really stretching the case here, no matter how much you'd want to see Apples win turned over. Then again, with a billion dollar fine due to be paid soon I guess it doesn't harm them to try appealing it.
Re: @ AC
Plenty downvotes, but not clarifications or corrections? Or were these just Fandroid sour grape downvotes?
Since platform allegance seems to be important for credibility to some, this was written on a Galaxy Note.
I agree - any job is better than none. But they'll still be booted out, even if xmas provides a temporary stay of execution IMO. Comet need a miracle, and in this climate, they won't get one (through a massive and sustained sales spike).
Be interesting to see how many seniors fall on their swords for this...
Re: @ AC
You mean only allow downloads from the super secure and safe play store...? This play store: ?
(fixed now, IIRC)
And re: the sources...so you're telling me that *everyone* that reports this has a hidden agenda...? Including these guys...?
Re: NFC - No Flippin' Chance
+1. Too many potential security issues with NFC for it to be released in the wild properly, IMO.
Put it this way...an NFC skimmer will be *a lot* easier to build and disguise than a traditional ATM card skimmer.
@ Craigness FUD? Pfft!
FUD? You mean like this:
Please quote your sources which point to Android malware decreasing or not being a significant risk, and I'll give you 5 which show it increasing.
The only one guilty of FUD here is you, since malware denial can be considered a form of FUD.
Cue Fandroid denial responses in 3...2...1...
"sorry you must use Internet Explorer 6.1 to view this website". This also reduces traffic.
a) If your site only advocates using a Swiss Cheese browser, I'd steer clear of it too. To my mind, there is only one reason you could possibly want me to use IE6...
b) You do know IE 6 is dead, right?
c) You wrote a site for yourself? Why bother with a website at all then?
Yesterday: Fanboi-appeasing post re: ipad Mini
Today: Fandroid-appeasing post: re: Android
Tomorrow: Winboi-appeasing post re: win8 on mobile?
Friday: Clickbait article on how they're all brilliant and we should just have group hugs?
Graphics @ double speed
...meh. So compared to windows, my games will be how many fps faster/smoother?
Re: And the public *still* hasn't really seen Win 8
Apart from Joe Punter has never heard of gnome. Chances are, he's probably never even heard of UNIX/Linux either. He probably only even has a vague notion of what a "server" is, other than that's where his files and emails are.
He cruises into Comet (ha, ha!) or PC World and he sees Windows boxes or Apples. To him, that's the entire PC/IT market.
Ok, who seriously did not see this coming. I'm just surprised it took so long after the skype purchase.
Re: Love Elite
Will never forgive realistic physics in a space sim
So...it's still to be a sim, but without the realism part? Yes, that makes perfect sense...
Fair enough, the newtonian physics detracted from the dogfighting, but I think you're being a bit harsh. I was more annoyed that the autopilot would sometimes not work out the physics correctly either, and smash you into a planet.
Re: Will you be able to take on assassination contracts?
And that was the great thing about this - you could choose.
I'd like to see the a "consequences engine" in the new one...pick up too many mafia hit contracts, and *you* become the target in a contract. How cool would that be...being chased across the galaxy by the mafia and other player assassins, trying to stay "off the radar" as much as possible.
Re: @dz-015 - Multiplayer game based on Elite?
And the "Omigod omigod I'm gonna die!' aspect of the combat takes a lot of beating.
Or docking, come to think of it. Then there was the "c'mon...c'mon...c'mon" nailbiting as you raced for the safety of the "S" zone in an anarchy system, with all your shields and missiles gone. Only to crash into a *stupid* python emerging from the gate while you are on finals. Lets hope the new version has some sort of flight controller employed at the space stations...
I actually massively respected the achievement made with this, and if you were simply in the mood, it made a really interesting gaming/simulator concept - even if aiming for an human-controlled orbital insertion from vast distances impossible. Especially in system like Apha Centauri where the jump point was "months" out when using a big cruiser.
If anything, it underlined the fact that humans simply don't have the mental capacity or concept of scale for realtime space flight.
Re: You know what would make a cool setting for a game like this?
Mostly, I agree...apart from the battles are all done in slipspace, barely last more than a second or two, and done over vast (3 dimensional) distances and well beyond visible to the naked eye, and invariably end in a simple massive explosion.
A good dogfighting experience it would not be, I'm afraid.
Re: So, when will apple be applying to patent the laws of physics?
I'll take the down vote as "yes".
Ok, I had 3 generations of iPhone before I moved to a galaxy note, because I need a mapping program, and and the bigger screen was needed.
So I stroll into a store and play with the iphone5...and I realise apple have dropped the ball. The screen is not enough - micron levels of finish? Irrelevant. Apple have misread the market. Samsung have not.
However... The polish as general attention to detail in ios still makes android look like a work in progress. IMO. Will I go back to iOS? Hmmm.. Sorry apple... Nice operating environment, but the hardware specs are not what agnostic consumers want.
Re: So, when will apple be applying to patent the laws of physics?
Nice wee rant there... Feel better now?
Careful of the ad regulators.
So Amazon release a "selective" side by side comparison - woopee. Show me a manufacturer who doesn't do this - Apple included.
However, I do think Amazon need to watch what they say here, as two immediate issue jump out the Ad regulators will want to explorer. And guaranteed Apple, being the litigation happy company they are, will already be exploring a way to get this ad retracted.
1. Can't play HD. Actually the ipad mini can, but not at HD. Semantics, I know, but other advertisers have fallen foul of worse.
2. Comparing radio hardware, but not listing Apple's hardware. Again, they have to watch here, especially as The mini does Group N, plus LTE and bluetooth 4.0. They've maybe go a point with MIMO, but the regulator won't care.
Given the state of the channel (margins, stock etc), and the fact Apple runs its own stores and pretty much takes all the margin, why does anyone bother reselling apple kit?
Only a mass dumping of their lines by multi big names, robbing apple of reach and share, will encourage apple to be more channel friendly.
Do you mind if I send you our legacy apps for conversion? There's on 16, with only 3 of those deemed "mission critical".
Only 3,000 workstations too.
If you can do by tomorrow morning and for free that would be great.
Re: Close...but no cigar
Additionally...have you seen that display? Good gahd, I could barely understand what it meant after 3 attempts while sat at my desk. A quick glance while driving? I'd have no idea what the vehicle status was!
Close...but no cigar
It's just about there...bump the electric range to 60-70, and drop the price to something sensible and it's a deal.
Right now, it's 10 miles too short and 10 grand too expensive.
Still waiting for fuel cells though...
Actually Samsung cars are essentially Nissans - although these days it's Renault which owns the bulk of Samsung's Automotive Division.
Lets see...Automotive company who's products struggle to last 3 years without catastrophic failure partners with technology company who's products struggle to last 3 years without....
Woohoo! Synergy! Someone better tell the PHB...
Re: Dalton fan checking in
Beer, because it's as close as you have to a martini...
Careful what you wish for...in Skyfall, he supposedly replaces his Vodka martini with a Heine...no, I can't even say it. I'm too traumatised.
Re: I'd vote Goldeneye but....
But the Bond Car.... A BMW Z3, I half expected Bond to confront Alec Trevelyan and offer him a light perm and a bit off the back.
It could be worse - he could drive a rented Mundane-o, whereapon he'd jump out and try and sell you some plumbing supplies...damn you Cas Roy!