155 posts • joined Friday 7th October 2011 01:03 GMT
Wow, someone in charge with some common sense?
And integrity? Not to mention empathy? What is the world coming to...
But how will you solder to it?
Don't say it...
Personal Electronic Transactor
I still have my Commodore PET, circa 1980. It and the Dual 8050 floppy drive still work perfectly, though the keyboard misbehaves a little. I suppose some day when I die, it will end up at auction somewhere or <shudder> in the trash. But barring mishap, I'll probably continue holding on to it.
I'd just be happy if...
It doesn't thrust a software update down your throat to get it to just play a movie. I come home, I'm tired, I don't feel like gaming, I just want to watch Netflix or similar for an hour before going to bed. I find I must spend an extra 10 or more minutes to update to version x.x.01 to add the ability to put frilly doilies on all my (not) shared photos before it will let me use any application. And be signed into PSN even though Netflix, etc. requires separate credentials anyway.
It's maybe nitpicking, but this has always peeved me and has made me resolve to not buy another PS.
My favorite media player..
It will be missed.
Shame on LG. I really hope this article gets more play than just on the Register.
Obviously not for laptop drives...
I know there's other factors like vibration, impact, and heat, but I'd like to see who has those amazing drives at the other end of the bell curve, the ones that last 100 years. We seem to get a lot of the drives that make it about 1-2 years. Western Digital drives being the worst lately, followed closely by Seagate's "Momentus Thin" series...
I wish them well but...
They had the opportunity to make something really revolutionary and cool looking. Not that everyone would want a garish monument in their living room, but they could have exploited the "steampunk" theme here, or at least made it a little more arty looking. From the pictures it looks less appealing and interesting than my cable box. I'm no fanboi, but they could have taken some cues from what Apple has done with their designs, or even Sony, may they rot.
You'll be comforted to know though...
That it probably retains the annoying feature of forcing you to upgrade the OS if an update is available before you can do anything with it, even playing a Netflix video, and even if the update is for something as inconsequential as adding a different thumbnail view or another pointless photo sharing feature.
Sony shoots itself in the foot once again...
No more rimjobs.com?
I hope that RIM manages to pull this off and these catch on. I'm not really a fanboi of either i-stuff or Android, though I find myself liking Apple less and less having to support and set up Apple devices daily at work. Our company made a sudden transition from BB to get off of the expensive BES licensing and jump on the Apple bandwagon. While Apple's build quality is much better than RIM's used to be, "It just works" is many miles from the truth. We've had SO many problems with email and having to reinstall iOS, and the "two finger salute" on an iPhone has replaced the old BB battery pull. And Apple's on-screen keyboard is just awful, frankly. My Android with "Swype" puts it to shame, and I occasionally like to torture die hard Apple fans with how easy and fast it is to use.
The problem is, RIM had the market by the horns 4 or so years ago and let the world pass them by. Good luck prying an iPhone out of a fanboi's hands--you'd have more luck convincing a Southern Baptist preacher to convert to Catholicism. (or in the case of switching to Android, Zoroastrianism) And with plentiful Android devices around in varying degrees of quality and price, and now Windows phone, I just don't see RIM managing to recapture enough market to save themselves.
Must be all the bundled crapware that Dell thrusts down your throat when you buy a new laptop. Toolbars, ad-supported games, worthless music players, photo apps, annoying launchers that take up most of your desktop, McAfee AV... Finally it's all achieved critical mass and begun to actually stink in the real world.
Seriously though, I remember about 7 years ago we had a batch of (Hitachi?) laptop hard drives that had a plastic layer that would smell very much like bad B.O. after they'd heated and cooled a few times.
I hope this means their quality won't drop even further...
Seriously, when a hard drive fails at work, I usually know I'm going to see a WD label on it, especially their "blue" series when I get the drive out. Not sure what happened there, but it's gotten to the point that I won't even purchase a WD drive for a replacement or new build. Seagate's "Momentus" line hasn't exactly inspired of late either...
A cool idea that will probably be stillborn
Sounds kind of neat, but I'll be immensely surprised if they manage to get it to market, and if it actually catches on. If anyone can make it fly, it's Google/Motorola. Still, I won't hold my breath.
Order of business...
They'll probably spend half a day deciding whether to continue bundling the utterly worthless Ask Toolbar that you have to opt out of, or something even worse with the JRE Windows installer. Oh wait, that's Oracle... nm.
I can't even tell you how many messages I've gotten on my answering machine to the tune of: "This is your second and final warning to lower your credit card bill!" (I do not carry a balance on my cards for the record) These people make algae look highly evolved. I think everyone should have a reverse 800 service when it comes to ads like these--if you want to spam me, go for it, but it should cost you something per call, payable to me. Same goes for emails-- a few pennies per spam sent would be fair, while email for personal and legitimate business use could remain free.
Apple doesn't change plug designs at every iteration. But I would agree that for a company that markets themselves as being "green" and tries to attract the demographic that thinks Priuses are green, they are pretty pitiful. Case in point: The iPhone 4 and 4s were packed in an elegant cardboard box that looked nice and did everything it should. The 5 series of phones are in a plastic box with an idiotic plastic retainer, like some 1955 vision of what the future should look like. Yes, it's sort of pretty, and theoretically recyclable, but I'm pretty sure most of this unnecessary plastic will end up in a landfill somewhere. And as a side note, Steve Jobs (whatever you think of him) would not likely have let iOS7 out the door looking like it does.
I can almost understand the steps made to prevent people from replacing the SSD, upgrading memory, etc. I don't like it, but I can sort of understand it. But a non-replaceable battery? That's just idiotic. In real world use, a laptop LiOn battery lasts maybe 2 years for most, and that's being optimistic. Forcing people to spend a fortune to replace a $50 battery, whatever Apple's motivation, is just very poor engineering and thumbing their nose at their customers.
3rd world trying to get in the game...
This is what every country goes through as it develops manufacturing might and goes through its own "industrial revolution" it seems. Expansion and greed before common sense and controls. I'm sure we'll see it more as more nations bludgeon their way to relevance.
The phenomenon of the beater laptop
I'm sure that Facebook like most organizations still has a few PCs on XP. But the laptop shown in the photo is what.. a Dell D600 or D610 maybe by the looks of it? A 7-9 year old laptop with a single-core processor? I suspect that it's one of the many throwaway beater laptops that pretty much every IT department keeps around for compatibility with some favorite utility or to pull out of a drawer when some logging or other task that doesn't need to tie up a more powerful machine comes up. A machine that beat the odds by not being recycled some years ago because it was still in great shape and someone rescued it.
You can't surmise that Facebook has very many machines at all still on XP from the photo.
Fastest man-made object?
I believe the Voyager 1 and 2 probes still have that honor, currently moving at about 35,000 MPH, or over 56,000 KPH.
As long as you can disable it...
As long as you can disable it without having to agree to several pages of lawyerly crap on your screen, then maybe a good idea. If you cannot, then forget it.
I hope to never have to run someone over, drive my car through a barricade, etc., but if I do, I don't need the idiot brain in my car thinking it knows what's best. It's bad enough when Windows thinks it knows what I want to do. (and always gets it wrong)
If they settle on a spec and offer a Steam-designed custom case that's unique and appealing, it will be much more desirable than just another high-end PC clone, which is what it's looking like. Software-wise, if Steam is releasing their own OS, and can tweak it not just for performance, but for multimedia, touch screen use, and make everything work "out of the box", saving Linux novices a lot of Googling, that is another great opportunity to win the hearts of gamers. A simple and reliable recovery option would be a nice inclusion as well. Throwing in some productivity and maybe even a halfway decent CAD application (the specs are right for it) may even broaden its appeal outside of the gaming world.
For a little extra development time and a very small amount of extra money, Steam has a great opportunity here, as I see it.
Seems like a pointless waste
I'm not an Apple fan by any means, but this seems like a pointless stunt, and a waste of a good phone. Oh well, not my phone at least nor my problem.
Can't we just agree...
That it's really, really far away from our tenuous little bubble of air and that it's worked amazingly well? I hope I live a long, long life and that the Voyager probes outlive me.
Didn't you see the final episode?
In other news...
If someone walks into your unlocked house, they can steal everything that isn't nailed down, including all your personal documents.
Firefox lets you set a master password to access your stored passwords, as everyone here knows. Should there be some sort of warning to make you consider setting one when you ask your browser to save passwords? Probably. But really you're complaining about user stupidity---the lock has been provided by Mozilla, and you're blaming them because people are too dumb to use it.
Not only has the cheese slipped off his cracker...
But if he likes Apple, that's enough reason for me to never own an i-anything.
Can Apple sue him for an indirect form of slander? By this loon speaking in favor of Apple, it seems to me that they're incurring damages.
They must have used Bing search to find the infringements...
that is all..
When are they going to start using leaves for money and then burning the forests to keep the currency from being devalued...
Fine for Littering...
Yes, we've scattered our crap throughout practically every square mile of the Earth, by all means lets begin polluting the moon as well. And wow, you can personalize these with social media or crap from your favorite game as well... As though the physical garbage wasn't enough, you can also add pointless content. How profound. As if instead of the "golden record" on Voyagers I and II you had a scratched CD with Rick Astley tunes.
Re: About OpenOffice - Display of incompetence...
How do you replace Outlook? Lotus Notes perhaps... The problem is that we've LET Microsoft have and hold a monopoly on us, not that there aren't better or at least less draconian alternatives out there. Realistically, no company is going to axe their Exchange servers and go to Notes (or something else) overnight over this. Because they're stuck, for one, which is just what MS wants. Our company is doing the opposite idiocy---going to Exchange from Notes because of prompting from up above, and to use a few features that no one that actually does any real work really cares about. And this with a decade long Notes infrastructure in place, and still having to keep Notes because of the myriad Notes databases in use throughout the organization. Utter madness at best, and naturally without the proper manpower to do the switchover.
That is quite possibly the tackiest thing I have ever seen.
If the man owned a private island in Bermuda, he must have been doing pretty well. I'd love to do that and get away from all the world's fu*ktards.
Something I've never understood
Don't 2.5" laptop drives have to conform to an established standard anyway? We have some machines at my work with Seagate "Momentus Thin" drives. (which are pieces of garbage BTW, IMHO) Since the drive still has to fit in the same space as any drive, is never even seen by the end user in most cases, and has to be harder to manufacture (and make reliable), what's the point of making it thinner? In fact, when inserting one of these into a Dell laptop, you have to make sure the machine is lying flat and let gravity assist you with lining the connector up or it won't mate--the drive is that loose in the compartment. And these drives have been Junk.
So again, what is the point to slimming something down that has to fit in a well-defined space anyway?
Think I'll pass
I'm not much of a hardcore gamer, but the features of this console make it interesting... until you get to the part about the draconian DRM. Do we really need even more restrictions like these in our lives? And do we need another device around that becomes an expensive paperweight if not permitted to constantly phone home to Big Brother? (and report back only God and MS knows what) I think not.
How about this...
You entangle P1 and P2, but have some automated machinery measure the state of P1 and record the result without anyone seeing it, but then continue on to base whether you entangle P2 with P3 on the result obtained from P1. You still entangle P3 with P4. What results to you get when you measure P4 and compare it with the stored measurement of P1?
Printing in kale
Imaging digging through your preferences to choose printing in single flavor mode because you're low on everything else. Cleaning the print head should have fairly disgusting results too...
"Make this your ring-stench!"
When my boss calls me, it would clear the room...
We already have standard and metric tonnes, imperial, dry, and liquid pints and gallons, liters (or litres), miles and KPH to contend with. Will we have 20 metric-amp circuit breakers in our homes soon? I'm going to get a few pints of beer of some sort now... whichever measurement is more volume...
Can the reg come up with its own unit of measurement for electric current? Such as how many badgers you have to rub against a glass rod to produce enough current to light a 100W lamp?
Re: HOW DARE YOU!
Maybe the Vic's 'turbo loader' was crap, but the basic Commodore tape tech was pretty good. You had a dedicated tape deck hooked up to a dedicated port on the machine. No levels to fuss with and the computer could control the tape motor (somewhat) The programs were stored twice for redundancy, and you could verify and do limited searching (if you didn't mind waiting) Just sayin...
Might be worth it
One of our wanna-be executives has destroyed 2 company iPads so far and is working on a third. Unfortunately all the ruggedness doesn't help when someone simply loses the device though.
Instead of policing the already properly working Peer Review process, how about instead creating an overview committee to eliminate the waste of money and resources used to promote unpopular and useless political legislation? (such as this very bill, for example)
So use a few more LEDs running at lower current?
I know the reasoning is cost, but do you need to light your whole room with one LED? Kind of the same mentality that puts a ridiculous amount of medication in one pill instead of just taking two?
Maybe efforts to reduce the cost of current high-brightness LEDs instead of making existing ones brighter at higher current would be better? They're already bright enough to make your eyes water as it is...
They just don't want to be sued. (and I sincerely hope they are) Just another place people can gather to share collective ignorance.
I hope he doesn't have to RMA it...
Actually, then again, I hope he does. I hope he has "Find My Phone" turned on as well...
Maybe he chose the iPhone because he couldn't afford to encrust the larger Samsung Galaxy with gold and jewels?
Maybe good for 14 year olds...
But maybe that's the idea. Like cigarette companies' advertising campaigns that strive (or at least used to) to grab the next generation of smokers before they're even old enough. If this ends up coming with enough smart phones, which are being purchased for (if not by) younger and younger users every day, when little Keegan or Tyler grows up, they will come to expect it as their UI and settle for nothing less.
Personally I don't much care for social media sites and this would be worse than useless for me, but everyone laughed at Apple too when there were rumblings about the first iPad. I just sincerely hope this doesn't take off.
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