230 posts • joined 17 Jun 2011
I must have missed the memo, at what point did Android become a Desktop OS?
Don't get me wrong, I like Android, I have 2 tablets and a Nexus 5 phone, but last time I checked, they were still classed as a Mobile, not a Desktop OS.
This is one of the reasons I didn't like Win 8+.
Why would I want, or need, to log into a local PC on my Network, with an Internet email account that rarely gets used?
Let me log in with a proper local account with a name of my choosing, then let me add my Live account once logged in, but this should be optional.
Can't see me moving away from Win 7 anytime soon unless this policy changes.
Re: Optimal solution?
Quote: 'I seems to me it would be a lot more effective to use remote drivers, the way they pilot drones.'
I would suspect they can do this anyway, as it would be simple to implement once you have the rest of the autonomous processes in place. And would be useful as a backup for things where the truck isn't sure what to do, or some part of the autonomous system breaks down.
But I suspect there would be too many issues for this remote driver mode to be used under normal circumstances. Couple of thinks I can think of :
1. Latency. With drones not really an issue, as you're flying through empty space (hopefully), so no pedestrians suddenly jumping out in front of you. For anything requiring quick reflexes, by the time a remote driver had received the images/warning, and responded to it, it would already be too late.
2. Comms: With a drone, you're up in the air, so would have line of site for a lot of the time, and then satellites once beyond the horizon. A truck on the other hand would be in valleys, driving through tunnels, under bridges etc. At which point your going to loose comms, so for a remote driven vehicle, you'd still need to have a fully autonomous mode for those situations, and if you have full autonomy, not really much point have a remote driver.
Re: Molex Power Connector
All? In older PCs yes, but not current ones.
HDs and Optical drives switched to SATA data/power connectors years ago, decent case fans and coolers normally use motherboard headers (so the voltage can be controlled). High end GFX cards which used to use them for extra power, switched to the 4-PIN 12V CPU type connectors many years ago.
I can't think of anything else, other than legacy items, that might use these in a current PC? Only exception I can think of are the cheaper case fans, that normally run at a fixed speed, but those are rare now (in my experience).
But I also agree, most definitely a cheap, horrid connector.
Ah yes, I remember when the company I worked for (long since defunct) decided to experiment with switching from screw terminal junction boxes, to Krone ones.
Typically we'd be using these to hook up multiple 2, 4 or 6 pair cables, into a single 20 or 40 pair cable.
Some of these could take half a day or longer to complete one junction box.
With the Krone version, we could do the same number of cables in about 20-30 minutes.
Piracy needs a market solution, not a technical one
Piracy exists in any market place when the users perceived value is less than the current value as defined by the service provider. (I don't just mean monetary costs here, I'm also talking about quality of service, flexibility etc. etc.).
So as long as people think the official channels are not worth the money, then piracy will exist, irrespective of the technical constrains put in place, or the potential legal consequences.
So no amount of DRM, blocking, or changes in law will ever stop piracy, period.
To stop Piracy, or at least vastly reduce it, all they need to do is make sure the cost of a service matches, or is less than, the perceived value of that service. At that point, it's not worth going via piracy channels and people will naturally switch to legit services.
Personally I've always thought that there aught be rules around subscriptions and advertising.
If you have adverts on your channel, it MUST be free to air.
If you charge a subscription fee, you are not allowed to have adverts (or sponsorship) on that channel.
So you pick one, or the other, revenue stream. Not both.
I hope you're just trolling!
If not, then to use you analogy:
They are not buying houses, they are buying a blue print of a house, and then telling everyone else who builds houses that look a bit like the one in the blue print, that they have to pay them a fee for each one sold. This despite the fact that they have no plans themselves of building houses, or the fact that lots of other houses of the same design existed years before the blue print was drawn up.
Most of these patents, and all software patents, should simple be rescinded. And help bring this entire sorry, embarrassing, innovation crippling, chapter of ridiculous corrupted patent law to a close.
Re: These are not the pixels you are looking for.
Quote: "Or is it easier to market "MORE PIXELS!" than better quality...?"
It's worked as a marketing gimmick for years for compact and mobile phone cameras, so why expect TVs to be any different?
Re: These are not the pixels you are looking for.
Would be nice if they would define a reasonable minimum standard for HD, in order to be allowed to claim a channel is actually HD.
I find it annoying I can watch one Sky HD channel, and it looks fine. Then switch to another supposed HD channel, and it have noticeable compression artefacts, pixelation, colour banding etc..
Sorry but HD is more that just a higher resolution. If you're channel looks worse than your SD channel when there is a lot of movement, or other things happening on screen, IT IS NOT HD!
Re: 2K intermediate
Quote: Most cinema is processed at 2K.
Yes, for now, but they are switching over to 4K, so at some point 2K will be depreciated. (How long this will take, is another question).
Re: "They have had a gradual downturn in the number of players"
Same here, tried playing for the first week or so, (after leaving it a couple of days so I could actually log in).
Managed a few sessions, then constantly started hitting issues with having to restore cities to a previous save point, thus loosing sometimes hours of game play. In the end gave up.
Once the off-line turns up, might have to give it another go.
Re: i'd do the contrary
Just need someone to port Wine to Android then,. although would probably still need x86 rather than ARM to run at a reasonable pace.
@Charlie Clark Re: The mighty have fallen half way
Android has, as far as I know, always supported mouse and keyboards, USB or Bluetooth.
Got a Nexus 5 phone here (and have done the same on multiple devices since my old HTC Hero), plug my HID wireless receiver in for my Logitech keyboard and mouse, and magically a little black mouse pointer appears on screen and just works.
Re: for me it works but who knows about everyone else?
I've been planning on updating my media PC (an old ION box running Win 7 and XBMC) to something a little more meaty. I was going to ditch Win 7, and just put Ubuntu/Mint or some flavour on it, with Linux versions of XBMC, plus Linux Steam for casual games. (I have a full Win 7 game rig upstairs for AAA games etc.)
I might just wait a while now to see what these Steam boxes come out as.
I may still go down the Media PC route, but stick Steam OS on as a dual boot, if it performs better than Steam under generic Linux.
Re: Don't see this taking off in a big way
Just to second the constant upgrade myth.
As you say, a mid range gaming PC will happily play games for years without needing any upgrades. I typically keep a GFX card for about 2-3 years, then buy the same card again, but by then very cheap of course, and run in SLI, so doubling performance at little relative cost.
And even once you hit the point where new game engines come out, that an existing PC/SteamOS rig can no longer reach max on, then you just drop the GFX down a notch any carry on playing.
If you finally decide you want to get back to Max settings again, or maybe you've just bought a new 4K TV, you just swap the GFX card for a new one. Can't do that with a traditional console.
Also for the first poster, bear in mind that with newer console games, closer to the end of their life cycle (i.e PS3, 360 for the last couple of years), then that notching back of the settings is basically being done for you within the console version of the game engine. As the console is no longer able to play the updated engine at full pace. The engines and the PC(Win/Linux/OSX) move on, the console can't. Hence why so many multiplatform games look so much better on the PC.
This will happen again with the PS4 and XBone, the game engines will move on, and initially they will be able to tweak and improve the performance of the new consoles, getting more and more from what they have. Improving the visuals etc. But eventually, say 2-3 years from now, they will run out of head room to tweak and after that point, there will be no noticeable GFX improvement till a new generation of consoles is created, probably 8-10 years from now.
Meanwhile, PCs, (Win, Linux, SteamOS etc). will continue to be able to keep pace with the updated game engines.
But doing so is the users choice. Either stick with your existing hardware, like the console users, and continue playing the games at the quality that your system is capped at, or go out and upgrade to get the best out the the updated engine. Which with a PC or SteamOS box, is likely to mean just replacing a single component, namely the GFX card.
SteamOS gives you console convenience, but with the same upgrade choice you have with a PC. But this is still a choice. If you choose not to upgrade, games don't stop working, they just don't look as nice as they do on an upgraded box.
Just my 5 cents anyway :-)
Re: HL3 is all fine and dandy
Even Valve started referring to Episode 3 as HL3 some time back. Not that they've mentioned it much lately :-/
But would be nice to finish the story off, before I get to old to play games!
Wait, what am I saying, I'll never be too old to play games :-D
These are being aimed at people who either don't have a current PC suitable for playing games on, or people who want something to stick under the TV as a supplement to their existing PC install.
Existing PC owners are likely to just stick to running Steam on their OS of choice. (Win, Linux or OSX).
I'll probably try SteamOS out of curiosity, but can't see me bothering to install it on it's own machine any time soon, unless it starts to include XBMC type media functionality.
Original reason I got a 1080P TV was for my XBox 360.
After that, and watching a few HD steams via XBox & PC, I eventually got Sky HD, (but only after they hit 20 HD channels), now of course just about all major channels on Sky have a HD version.
I don't see any point in going to 4k thought, at least not until there is 4k content readily available.
Or Nexus 12?
Re: Sad, sad, sad...
Casio fx451 here also.
The Hex mode was very useful while doing assembly code courses and similar.
Ah, another fellow Casio fx-451 owner here. Bought it myself just as I started college.
Still have it here, 'he says reaching over to the shelf to the side'. Yup, still switches on and does still get used occasionally.
Re: USB isn't "universal" after all
Please clarify, what is incompatible?
USB 1.0 to 2.0 is pin for pin the same, only the protocol/speed changed, and this was specifically done to be backwards and forwards compatible. i.e. USB 1.0 devices work in USB 2.0 hosts, and USB 2.0 devices work in USB 1.0 hosts, just slower. Plus does anyone actually have anything that still uses USB 1.0 anyway? USB 2.0 has been around for 13 going on 14 years now.
The same goes for USB 3.0. In fact USB 3.0 is literally USB 2.0, with an extra data channel. So plug a USB 3.0 device into a USB 2.0 host, and it just acts as a USB 2.0 device. Like wise plug a USB 2.0 device into a 3.0 host, and again it just continues as a USB 2.0 device.
Even the cables work, i.e. a USB 2 Type A to micro type B (i.e. typical cable that comes with a current phone), can be plugged directly into a USB 3.0 host port on a PC/Laptop, and the other end into a USB 3.0 external device (External HD etc) and it just works, just only at USB 2 speeds.
So what incompatibility?
Quote: 'If they're going through the effort of changing USB all over again, why not adopt a better sized port? One universal port across mobiles, desktops, laptops, etc.'
That is what they are doing, at least that how it seems to read when I looked at the Intel PDF. One new Type C plug for everything.
Why would you add analogue to a digital connector and have a huge step backwards?
So you'd rather have a restricted number of audio channels prone to interference, that can't be updated without adding more wires, than a digital solution, that has no such limitations, and can quite happily cope with anything from simple stereo, to HQ 7.1 with DTS etc.
Even Apple dropped analogue from their Lightning connector. (External speakers, Lightning to old style adaptors etc. now use a DAC to convert the digital data to analogue).
So just do the same with USB, create a USB 'profile' that tells the PC/Phone you've plugged in some USB speakers, and the Speakers do the DAC.
@ Kubla: Where have you been? USB has always had a square connector!
The square one is a standard type B connector (i.e. the original Type B before we got mini and micro versions).
The Type B is what should be used in devices such as printers, external HDs, Phones, Tablets etc.
With the Type A being used in the Host, i.e. PC, Laptop etc. (The original Type A being the big rectangular one, i.e. pen drive connector).
Note: Some device manufacturers do do this wrong, especially with older external 2.5 HD drives, which often use a type A in the drive, when it should be a Type B at the drive end. (Presumably done as the type B was too wide to fit in the thinner cases).
Phones and tablets have space constraints, so use the mini/micro versions of the Type B, printers have no such space constraints, so continue to use the old square type B connectors instead. The same is true for many external HD caddies, especially with 3.5 inch drives.
There is even an extended version of the original square type B for USB 3, with an extra plug on the side for the extra data connection. (That way you can still plug an older USB 2 square lead into the USB 3 socket, and just access slower).
There are also micro versions of Type A, although I've rarely seen them used, as most Hosts are large enough to still fit the original Type A, such as in a Laptop, so don't really need the smaller forms. (The micro A has square edges, rather than angled edges we see in the type B connectors).
Re: Guns won't work, so let's look at alternatives...
Make sure it flies over water, and let the shark mounted lasers do their stuff......
My thought too, interesting idea, but at what price!! Seems to be 100%+ mark-up!
I would have thought that scanning in a broken component (assuming you still have all the bits), and stitching them back together in software, would be relatively easy task to do these days, with modern processing power etc..
You could have something as simple as scan in the items, then it would highlight the edges it thinks are the broken ones that need joining (colour coded for example) , and the user just confirm or adjust as needed. The software then autorotates till the edges match up, with some algorithms so smooth out edges if they were deformed when broken, and fill in any holes if small parts were missing (i.e. little shards broken away and lost).
If the software doesn't exist yet, I'm sure someone could write something, or collaborate on something opensource.
So the next couple of weeks are going to go one of two ways...
1. Disappointment that the new Nexus (watch and/or phone) isn't as good as I'd hoped. (or just not released!) or ...
2. An expensive month with new toys to play with for Christmas.
I know which option I'll be rooting for :-)
Agree on the hot spot, if you have a car like this, you're gonna already have a smart phone, so just use the phone.
Personally I'd like a slot large enough for a 7" tablet to sit, including USB connectivity for power etc. and the ability for it to close and secure it while your out of the car, without the need to unplug it each time and take with or hide in the boot/glove box etc.
Who displays it is irrelevant, all that is important is that it was displayed in public, before being protected,
Re: Steam DRM luv?
Nope, it's a distribution system. DRM is optional and up to the people releasing the game, not Valve.
Some games under Windows Steam, if you install a desktop icon, and launch the game via the icon without Steam running first, Steam doesn't even launch, so not used at all.
Granted not many games are DRM free, but it's not Valve/Steam deciding this. If a publisher wants DRM, then they'll use DRM, irrespective of it being via Steam or not.
At least Steams DRM is unobtrusive. Unlike other major DRMs, that for example force you to be online etc.
Re: From my position of ignorance - this seems a fine idea.
Very similar to myself. Was an avid PC player, then moved to console (360), got board of the console games (games being just clones of each other for the most part). So let Gold lapse and went back to the PC about 2 years back.
Now playing mostly strategy games, so not sure the Steam Box (i.e. TV and controller) will be all that good for me, other than the occasional casual game. I can see this replacing the 360 though. (and I'm waiting for GTA V on PC).
But I can see the Steam OS being used with the Linux ported games, as more get ported from Windows to Linux.
I feel a potential dual boot option becoming viable. My existing Win 7 for the none ported (and legacy games) and Linux/Steam OS for the new releases.
Anyone know if Steam OS will still function as a normal Linux install? i.e. can you still install 3rd party indy Linux games along side you're Steam games?
My old favourite was to take a screen shot of their desktop, with task bar and icons etc. Then hide all the icons and minimise the task bar (auto-hide), then set the previous screen shot as the wall paper and walk away.
Some people got it quite quickly, other people not so much, although the room full of sniggering people usually gave the game away eventually!
Isn't it about time a proper standard was defined for multi factor authentication? Including APIs etc.
Then once defined, and accepted, newer ISO standards and such for security, such as how banks, the government and other organisations do authentication and identification, could then be updated to insist they support this one standard.
That way you could get one token, but it then works universally for anyone complying with the standard.
Otherwise we are going to just end up with a pocket full of these, one for each service or set of services you use.
This would also help get round the growing issue of being able to prove who you are, such as when applying for loans or a new passport etc. ("Please bring in 3 recent utility bills with your name and address on it", "erm, I do everything on line, I don't get bills in the post!")
As someone who already uses 2 factor authentication with their bank, the token was added to the security, they don't remove the 'something you know' bit.
As pointed out, for 2 factor, you need two separate types of information. The types being (genrally):
* Something you know (passwords, secret question/answer, fixed pins etc.)
* Something you have (tokens. pin generator eyc.)
* Something you are (fingerprints, retinal scans etc.).
You need at least one item from two of the above three options for it to be multi factor.
So a username, password and a secret question is still single factor. As they are still all things you know.
Re: Antenna too weak
I thought battery devices still USED the mesh, they just didn't become part of it?
From what I've read, all devices/nodes can connect to any other device/node within range, battery or mains, but only mains powered ones can act as a repeater unit to extend the mesh itself.
That way you don't drain a battery device as quickly, as it only needs to deal with it's own traffic, not traffic for other devices. So as long as there is a mains powered device/node between the battery device and this kit, it should still work shouldn't it!?
So just mount the Pi close to one of the mains powered nodes.
Obviously if your devices only consist of battery powered ones, then you're in trouble, but then that's not how Z-Wave is suppose to work. it should be mostly mains powered devices, with only the occasional battery unit being used where power isn't possible, and those should always be in range of either the controller itself or a mains powered node.
Re: it will probably be an expensive @ Jess
I think your comparing with the wrong type of transport. I doubt that an airship would (or could as you state) compete with aircraft, for air freight as the service is different. Current air freight is usually about speed rather than cost.
I think they would be more likely to compete with ocean going freight, As they would be faster, and could pick up and deliver closer to the door. So no need to ship to/from a sea port first. Also as this is more of a bulk service, the 250 tonne would likely easily be filled.
This could become an intermediate freight option (for medium to long haul). At the moment you have high cost, but fast air freight, or low cost, but slow cargo ships. An airship would probably sit in-between the two.
Also if the source location (e.g factory) and target location (e.g. local distribution warehouse) had enough space for one of these to land. You could ship 250 tonnes direct, point-to-point. i.e. 250 tonnes of TVs direct from the manufactures in Asia, straight to the local distribution warehouse of a UK retailer.
Re: it will probably be an expensive boutique operation.
@ Kubla Cant
Most current (water) cruse ships tend to be about where you are going to, and keep you entertained on route.
i.e. a couple of nights in location A, then sail across an empty sea to get to location B for another night or two etc.
River cruses tend to be different, as you have more to look at, and smaller boats with less on them.
Airship cruses are more likely to be over land, so plenty to look at during the day, and the routes would most likely be plotted to make sure the most interesting stuff was flown past/over on route to the really interesting places. So less need for things like Water slides etc.
Although I did just think, how cool would it be to have a roof top pool, especially if it had the horizon type pool edge!
Re: Why compress helium...
Presumably compressing air is just off setting the lift from the helium.
So ballast is increased. But the lift being generated is the same, but does produce an overall loss in buoyancy.
Whereas compressing the helium does the above plus also removes the lift it was providing in the first place. So a double effect.
So ballast is increased again. But the lift being generated is also reduced, so a greater overall loss in buoyancy.
Re: Paint it green
Glad I wasn't the only one who thought the same on first look! :-D
Re: it will probably be an expensive boutique operation.
I could see smaller ones being used to replace viewing flights by helicopters, assuming the price can be competitive of course, or even longer trips.
Image doing a run through the Grand Canyon, or a photo safari in Africa (this one could last days if the ship was big enough for the supplies)..
* Noisy (have to speak via a headset)
* Cramped seats wearing a harness.
* Massive vibrations.
* No facilities (have to land somewhere).
* Quiet, can talk at a normal levels.
* Free to get up an move around, possibly with proper viewing galleries, or even external balconies.
* Stable platform
* Could have things like a restaurant, toilets on board etc.
* Could stay in the air for days as long as your not burning fuel quickly, i.e. a leisurely pace to view, rather than rushing from A to B.
Even if it was expensive, I can imagine there would be a lot of rich people in the world that would like to float effortlessly above the African savannah for a few days irrespective of price.
Not really the same thing. For the iPad that's just buying a piece of hardware to plug in to get it to work, which is a given, and the cost is simply Apples standard inflated pricing model.
I've already bought the hardware, It should plug into the N7 and just work, just like the iPad device. I shouldn't then need to buy extra software to get it to work, and don't need to do on other Android devices.
If the comparison was to work with the iPad, after you'd bought and installed the card reader, you'd then have to purchase an App download before it would start working.
Whilst Apple users may be more inclined to part with their money that the typical Android user (based on stats, not personal judgement) , I doubt they'd be happy to be asked to pay again for the software, when they'd just spent money on the hardware!
But you have to pay for "Nexus Media Importer" for a function that should just work without extra software.
Presumably Samsung added this 'extra software', themselves, as OTG works out of the box on my S3.
I had assumes, as it was mentioned with the S7, that it would also work out of the box.
Installation of additional software, to get a specific part of your existing hardware to work = fail
It's like providing a camera, but then not bothering to include a camera app.
Re: Still (?) doesn't support On-The-Go USB
I've got a v1, and OTG doesn't work for me.
The comments above all seem to indicate you either have to root the device, and/or install 3rd party (paid for) software to get OTG to work.
All of these mean this is a Google failure. OTG should be supported natively in the OS. I should be able to just plug in the OTG adaptor, and then a mouse, keyboard, USB pen drive etc. and they should just work.
My S3 works fine with the same OTG adaptor, tested with several mice, a couple of keyboards, and assorted USB pen drives, and SD card readers, all worked fine without the need to launch or set anything. Presumably Samsung added this themselves?
Plug the same devices into the v1 N7, and not one thing works. This is a fail to me.
Other than that, the v1 has been a very nice and good bit of kit.
Re: A large TV with that resolution might have a use other than High Res TV
I already hate the twitter stuff they stick on at the add breaks, and that lasts just a few seconds! I really don't care if <Someone I don't know> thought <insert actors name here's> was <some meaningless dribble>.
Even worse are the chat channels they seem to be setting up to discuss the program in real time with other viewers while the episode is airing. (Syfy channel I'm looking at you).
FFS, if the program is good, you should be glued to the TV, not chatting with complete strangers and missing half the show. If the show is so bad that chatting is preferable, then watch something else, or better yet get out of the house and have a pint or something with real friends!
I can just imaging people having to set up firewalls to block specific feed addresses in order to 'clean up' their TV streams!
I predict 4k TVs with constant ticker feeds from Facebook updates, Twitter etc. etc. Announcing what you're watching to the world, and targeted adverts running along the bottom trying to sell you the box set of the TVseries or movie your watching. I expect unauthorised downloading of 'clean' rips will become more and more common.
Re: 4k benifits?
As a business user of a 1366x768 laptop (Lenovo T420) I feel the pain! So glad I'm mostly at the office or at home where I have external monitors I can plug in (1600 x 1200 or larger).
Only thing I leave (dual screen extended mode) on the 1366x768 is usually my web browser.
They really should ban the use of lower than 1920 x 1080 on laptops.
Although I'd still rather have 1920 x 1200, 16:10 so much nicer for PC use than 16:9.
Issue I guess is so many people (i.e. non tech budget buyers, i.e. most people) don't even consider the resolution of the screen when looking at laptops. Just cost!
Re: What the hell? Samsung is talking such bollocks, world's largest my arse.
Quote: "world’s biggest Ultra HD TV"
Ultra HD is defined as being 3840 x 2160
The Samsung is 3840 x 2160 and therefore is a Utra HD TV.
The Panasonic is not 3840 x 2160, therefore is not a Ultra HD TV (it's got more pixels in width).
Therefore the quote above is accurate, as the Panasonic is not a Ultra HD TV there isn't being compared against in the comment above.
But it's still Samsung mincing words.
Yes it may be the largest 'Ultra HD' TV in the world, but it's not the largest 4K TV * in the world. A case of the letter of the law, rather than the spirit I think.
The Panasonic is actually better than Ultra HD TV resolution (slightly wider), so is not only a larger TV, but higher definition too!
* There are quite a few 4K resolutions, for example CinemaScope etc.
SATA 600 is the current de facto standard for SSDs, but there are faster interfaces around, such as PCIe.
USB 3.0 = 5 Gbps = 640 MBps
USB 3.1 = 10 Gbps = 1250 MBps
A current individual SATA SSD is limited to 600MBps due to the SATA 600 interface. So yes doesn't really need USB 3.1.
But an PCIe SSD is a lot faster, as an example, the OCZ RevoDrive 3, hits 1,000MB/s read, and 925MB/s write. So that type of speed fits nicely within USB 3.1.
So we just need someone to make a USB 3.1 to PCIe caddy :-)
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