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Yes, but are they going to patent the thing and actually gain some benefit from it?
Why Britain or the US? Given how tightly they co-operate, I'd expect it to be both.
Re: WTF am I reading?
Win / win, right?
If quantum computers work, that's great because they'll be incredibly useful.
If quantum computers don't work, that's great because it opens up new science.
Re: Is this really 2014?
Amazon isn't a university. It's a corporation. It wants to make sales, not make a point.
It's not that obscure. The intended market is software developers, after all.
Proper cloud computing. The way I always imagine it when I think of it. Write some code and don't worry about where or how it's run.
Re: Difficult to tell
Of course, I am quite literally no expert.
Difficult to tell
But... it doesn't half look like it's lying on its side to me.
Looks like a really good piece of kit. As soon as they release the iOS version, I'm in.
You guys need a "Like" button on the bottom of your articles.
When the hell are the Register going to join 2008 and introduce AJAX comments?
Re: Not what it seems
The real kudos goes to the people developing aDosBox in the first place, but they didn't install Windows 95 on it and attract your Mayfly-like attention :)
Not what it seems
He says in the captions of the video itself that he's using "... ADosBox which is available on the Play store". So what he's done is load an app onto the watch, then load a Win95 vhd (probably downloaded neat off the internet) onto that, probably using the app's own UI.
Interesting exercise, and points for originality, but hardly the display of virtuoso hacking you're making it out to be. Even for a sixteen year old.
I'm not dissin', just sayin'.
Only in America
The world's first autistic food.
Easiest way to compromise a network? Bribe a sysadmin.
Maths. Not math.
The tagline of the website is "For people with more money than time".
More money than something, that's for sure.
Another week, another way to save Moore's law.
Re: If I were to congratulate India for their technical achievement
The BBC comments section frightens me, and I'm not easily frightened.
Re: Do you get what you pay for?
Pretty easy to take good photos from that sort of distance, with that sort of velocity. It's a question of payload weight - bigger lenses are heavier and more precise tracking equipment is also heavier.
The bigger the payload, the higher the costs. The point above stands - India's achievement is outstanding, but other more expensive missions were not a waste of money, they were doing much more.
If they were overpriced, they wouldn't sell. That's the thing about pricing.
They're just overpriced *for you*.
Sounds brilliant. I'll definitely buy one wh en t .... buffering ...
Travelling and operator lockin is the dealbreaker for me too - I'm writing this right now in Moscow using a cheap Megafon data SIM bought just for this two week business trip.
Re: @h4m0ny, re Capitalism
I doubt that's true - cross subsidy is difficult to do in a competitive market. If one network was subsidising expensive phones with cheap ones, other networks would be able to easily lower prices and attract those users.
And the reasons that Apple can continue to command a premium are varied, but not really about the hardware costs.
It's a combination of non-geek design, iOS, and a smidge of the conspicuous consumption factor.
I have an iPhone which I paid full rate for with no contract. It worked out fractionally cheaper over two years, with the big advantage of no operator lock-in.
But it's amazing how many iPhone owners express shock when they found out how much I paid, even though they paid the same amount themselves. Because the price they paid was hidden and they allowed themselves to be fooled.
Price psychology is such an important part of this market.
If the Raspberry Pi is intended to help children experiment and learn to code, why all the focus on end-user desktop software?
These days going to university is synonymous with taking a three year course in Hair Care (with Powerpoint) at the University of North-West Runcorn. An apprenticeship is definitely better than that.
But is an apprenticeship better than a physics or maths degree at Bristol or Sheffield? No. Not in a month of Sundays.
The problem is that the concept of a degree has been watered down.
Films are telling a story. Past a certain point, the fidelity of reproduction is unimportant - it's the story that matters.
What happened to a good old cup of tea?
And when did shop assistants start being called "barristas"? What is this, America?
Re: New IOS = New IOS Support in Apps = Overhead
App upgrades only hit system performance at the exact time they're upgrading, which is - for most people - overnight when plugged in. Once the app is upgraded it doesn't consume processor cycles until it runs.
The bigger issue here isn't just that the apps have support for the new OS, but also that they have support for new hardware. The app developers are subject to the same drivers as Apple themselves - they are targetting new hardware that can do more without appearing slow, so they are driven to do that. As the population of users migrates to newer hardware, the commercial imperative to support older hardware decreases and the app developers spend less time worrying about performance on older devices and more time competing with other app developers for the best experience for the biggest user groups. Having the best experience often means utilising the hardware to its maximum capabilities.
Tim's absolutely right. It's not so much that anyone's "at fault" as it is about simple economics.
Re: Bricking Old Hardware
No, they won't be doing that for a number of reasons:
1. Their customer reputation is too important to them and they know it. They make plenty of money from organic sales.
2. The engineers and designers at Apple - and it is a very engineer-led company - wouldn't be happy.
3. The policy would leak to the press, or at least the risk of it leaking would be too high.
But you're right, you're definitely a cynic :)
Re: Somewhat missing the point
There's a specific thing with the original iPad at work here. They didn't give it enough RAM, even for the time.
It was released with iOS3 which killed processes as soon as you hit the home button and even then it struggled a bit. iOS4 - a genuinely important upgrade - was a very squiffy on the original iPad. I remember Safari crashing fairly regularly on mine.
An iPad 2 will quite happily run iOS7 without crashing.
It's not all about cost. I'm just about to replace an old inherited freezer with a new model purely on efficiency grounds, but not because of the cost. Because of the CO2 emissions.
Why is it so unpalatable to talk about CO2 savings these days? Why must everything be framed in terms of financial benefits alone?
MP editorials? Does this mean that the Register has now hit the proper mainstream? Congratulations.
It's about time technology publications were treated seriously outside technology circles.
Re: Talk Radio
iPlayer works well abroad. You just need to use a UK VPN, of which there are many - some free, some paid. Even the best ones cost only a couple of pounds a month and almost all work on Android, iOS and desktops.
Nope. Lithium is very common. Are you thinking of the rare earths?
The real question is, how cheap can they make it?
Re: Bandwidth caps?
Because people tend to download a lot more stuff than they actually watch from start to finish.
The quality of the content matters far more than the quality of the picture. I am still perfectly happy with my standard definition TV, but would like to see more money being invested in high quality programming, particularly the arts and sciences, rather than on glossy pictures full of cheap nonsense.
Anyone else remember when Orange first started up in the 90's? They were cutting edge, innovative, different. Wildfire? Inclusive minutes? Two phone lines on the same SIM?
And the same is true of T-Mobile (or One2One as they were known). Completely free calls inside London.
Now they're just sh1te. The MVNOs and Three are where the innovation is happening.
This stuff is such a crying shame. Why can't Microsoft see what they need to do? It's not hard.
Bring back the Start Menu. Sure, improve it by all means. But it's got to be functionally rich.
Focus on the desktop experience for laptops and desktop and the tablet experience for tablets. Don't try to mix them.
Give the desktop UI a damn good cleanup and overhaul. Declutter it and remove the pointless complexity and fiddliness.
Replace the umpteen control panel(s) with some sort of cohesive, straightforward settings system that doesn't require you to dig five layers down to do simple things.
Replace creaking subsystems such as printing, scanning, sound control, bluetooth management with new up-to-date versions.
Bundle a couple of decent apps for home users
Build a Windows Store for desktop apps.
I could go on. If they did some of these things, people would upgrade.
More than that, a perfect square wave would violate the laws of physics as it would require the atoms in the air (or whatever medium) to move faster than the speed of light.
But the idea isn't to reproduce a perfect square wave, simply to do a much better job of it.
Gosh, what a lot of armchair scientists in the comments section today.
Dawkins is one of the pre-eminent experts in the field. He may also be a writer, but he's a first rate evolutionary biologist with a large body of highly original and respected work behind him.
If you're going to post on things like that, perhaps preface with the disclaimer: "I have no knowledge of the following topic, but this is my opinion"
Abso-bloody-lutely. It's high time that some properly clever disruptive technology exposed the audio emperor's new clothes.
Re: There are cheaper, less environmentally harmful options.
The point I'm trying to make isn't that it's super-safe, just that it's clearly not unsafe, which the concern about the screen would imply.
Re: Wait, the screen is used for what?
I love all these people speculating on humungous, glaring problems that the car doesn't, in fact, have. It's been driven for half a billion miles by tens of thousands of owners over more than a year.
But, hey, maybe they forgot windscreen wiper stalks and some random Register commenter is the first to think of that?
Re: how are they likely to be in Winter?
It turns out that this question has been asked a lot before, surprisingly. And there are actual, factual answers available.
It also turns out that heating the cabin isn't a major drain compared to moving the car. And Norway is one of Tesla's biggest markets, and much of the northern US, not to mention Canada, has very harsh winters. Etc. Etc.
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