59 posts • joined 21 Nov 2011
Re: Clumsy giant buys butterfly farm
> Modding is what makes Minecraft special - certainly that's what keeps my kids playing - but MS don't do variety/community at all well.
Flight Simulator says differently.
Re: How about Rockall?
Fairly good chance of the replacement playmonaut repeating his predecessors fate though...
I honestly can't see one reason why I would ever want to do this.
Does anyone outside of the mobile phone company bubble actually seen any advantage of having a direct link to your bank account by waving your phone around?
Re: Concerning IPTV
> there is no reason that an IPTV solution requires client side storage of streams - timeshifted streams could be stored on a server and accessible on demand.
Which kind of throws out the idea of everyone sharing a single multicast stream doesn't it?
And as for a client side buffer enabling pause/rewind, how does that work if you rewind to the beginning of the programme you tuned into half way through?
While UDP multicast may be the most efficient use of bandwidth, using it will require bringing in many restrictions in what the public already expect from a streaming video service.
Re: Concerning IPTV
A single UDP stream would prevent many of the useful tricks iPlayer currently does, like changing resolution on the fly, buffering without losing any of the programme and live pause / rewind.
It would also require the live channels to have a completely different streaming infrastructure to the on demand channels.
Re: Screw +1 and +24
No, we'd just lose other services instead. Look at BBC Three being closed down to allow BBC One +1 to be launched without incurring additional transmission costs.
Re: It doesn't matter how good the display is if there's nothing to display
All UK broadcast HD is transmitted at 1080i50. 1080p25 content can be accommodated within the same broadcast stream.
99% of UK content is produced at 50 interlaced fields, or 25 frames per second (depending on artistic choice). Only things intended primarily for transmission abroad are produced at 60/30.
Most films (24fps) are sped up, reducing the running time and altering the audio pitch, rather than introducing quantization errors. American (60hz) programming can either be slowed down, have the frames interpolated, or a combination of both, which is one reason American stuff looks worse on broadcast TV to the Blu-Ray release when seen on the same television.
Sounds like someone's found a way around those pesky trademark laws when making cheap clones of Western products.
Re: Is it Enjoyable?
> That, to my my mind, is the definition of an audiophile and does not deserve the perjorative use that the author has given it.
It's not really the author who has coined the perjorative use, it's the "audiophile" industry that has caused it themselves.
So much of the market aimed at audiophiles is taken up by conmen, liars and frauds that the entire industry has gained a big black mark. And the big problem is the people who have been conned into paying £500 for a 1m twin phono cable are unwilling to admit they've been conned, and continue to perpetuate the myths.
You could just describe yourself as a hifi enthusiast - that hasn't attracted the same negativity.
Re: Excellent stuff!
> Of course, one thing has changed - the price trend is ever upwards. Why haven't the advances in electronics and computing power made top-quality sound available for peanuts?
They have. The world of professional audio is constantly becoming cheaper, lighter, smaller and higher quality thanks to these advances.
However, these improvements aren't being seen in the same scales in the audiophile world. As long as people are willing to believe that spending £2000 on a power cable is making a difference to the sound, nobody is going to be working towards making these 'audiophile-grade' products affordable.
Re: Good point about loudspeaker and amp designers working separately
> If you buy active speakers, then the problem goes away!
No it won't, unless you're using the bastardisation of "active" which used to be called "powered".
An active speaker is one which requires an external crossover to split the audio into bands, as often found in audiophile set ups. A passive speaker is one which has the crossover contained within, so just requires a single amplified audio signal.
A powered speaker is one which contains all the amplification and crossovers, and requires power and line level audio.
Re: Google, your megalomania is showing
Just compare the UX on Sky STBs to Freeview STBs to see the benefits of having a common UI for a product.
Just about anyone in the UK can operate any Sky box, but most people are stumped for a few minutes by every new Freeview box they encounter.
Re: Is this really so unique?
I've had the same phone calls, without a trip to A&E. Or even an accident.
Re: If this is not just an Orlowskasm
> PS: Why is Android landfill? Nokia/Microsoft sell phones at the bottom end of the market at a substantial loss. If anything deserves the name, it should be landfill Surface.
Android isn't landfill, but a large proportion of Android phones are that cheap it's easier and cheaper to go buy a new one and send your existing one to the dump if you hit any problems with it. It's nothing to do with the quality of the OS or (lack of) profit margins on the phone, it's simply saying that Android created and captured the market for "disposable" smart phones, which still makes up a significant amount of their user base.
You may not like surface, but if you'd spent £900 on one, I doubt you'd be chucking if for a brand new one at your cost if the battery went a bit iffy.
Re: history is always repeated.
Microsoft bought ICQ?
Was that before or after AOL bought it?
Is it bad I keep reading that company name as "norovirus"?
Re: Still doesn't look as usable
- weird left margin with mysterious / sinister black box at the top
That's part of the set
- close button, but no minimize or restore buttons on windows
Minimize & restore buttons are visible next to the close buttons
- tiny icons with no text in the taskbar (hope that the horrible mess overlaying it is something on the stage, and not on the screen)
The "horrible mess" is quite obviously a camera. There's no less text than present in W7.
- tiny start button, less easy to click
Same size as W7
- live tiles on the start menu, presumably difficlt to configure and taking time to go and check how many emails you have, what the weather forecast is, etc whenever you click the start button
It's clear you've already reached a conclusion about the update, without even seeing it in use or trying it for yourself with these sort of comments.
- internet explorer icon next to start button, presumably difficult to remove / replace
No different to W7. I've seen loads of installs with IE there, that can be moved / removed like any other pinned app.
- still letting applications install unwanted crap on right of taskbar (and no clock there)
There's a clock there, and all the icons are for windows features
- that's enough free UI design consultancy from me....
If it wasn't free, I'd be asking for my money back. It's clear you didn't even look at the UI before you volunteered your consultancy.
Re: WTF is a USB "encrypted slot"??
> Maybe it's an upside down one.
Wouldn't work - everyone knows that to plug in a USB plug you have to rotate it twice through 180 degrees to get it to go in. Mounting the socket upside down would just reduce the rotations by one.
What it needs is to be mounted at 90 degrees.
No other connector comes close in the "what does it carry?" stakes - 240V / 415V / amplified audio / motor control / 6 circuits / 9 circuits - all "standards".
Audiophile - hi-fi enthusiast with a credit card
Re: The explanation is simple
> Nobody trusts a company that simply is greedy and wants dominate all, cloud, servers, phones, games console etc
As opposed to one that is greedy and wants to dominate all, cloud, search, phones, social media, adverts etc
Yet it manages this on hardware less powerful than the equivalent Androids? And the animations (which aren't lengthy), run smoothly - unlike the equivalent Androids.
I'm yet to hear one single person with an actual clue about the subject criticise the UX performance of WP, in fact, completely the opposite, with many of them saying it's a notable plus of the OS that it can perform so well on such "poor" hardware compared to it's competition.
Vast majority of people buying mobile phones don't a) know what the difference between a closed and open OS is; and b) don't care.
Re: Dead Platform
> What a load of <bip> this software was. I never was even able to create any contact ... I mean, it is (and has to be) straight forward on any Android or IOS platform, but is apparently a dark mystery you have to solve on WP !
People Hub > Click "+" button > select "New Contact" > enter details. Done.
If that's a dark mystery then I'm surprised you can operate a keyboard in order to type this waffle.
And then there's:
And that's before you include the World Service television channels which will shortly be paid from the licence fee rather than a grant from the FCO.
I'm still not sure which one of those mostly shows repeats from BBC One though...
Waste of time
4K is a waste of time and money. 8K is already being trialled and by the time the 4K market has established itself, 8K will be becoming available. The broadcasters have been working on 8K for years, the only interest in 4K has been from the likes of Sony who're trying to sell TVs and offering to do work on the cheap in order to get some content.
8K, running at 50fps, with a full 12+ surround sound will be a significant upgrade on our current HD systems. 4K is just another marketing gimmick to sell more stuff.
Re: I've never understood the need for on-screen logos
> You can watermark without needing DOG's. Trust me, it's been going on for years. Little boxes sit in the broadcast stream and can add watermarking that is undetectable. I was involved in a trial for this 8 or 9 years ago with a major broadcaster and have no doubt it has become far more sophisticated since.
And yet they still persist in putting cue dots into the active picture area, because it's the only signal guaranteed to pass through all the processing...
Re: Cooking etc.
> We'd just start saving money.
Is it cheaper to keep building new production teams to come up with new ideas than it is to continue to make episodes of older ideas which can then be sold internationally?
They seemed all for AIP when it was about getting other users to cough up their old spectrum or pay full whack for it, users like the MOD, ATC and the RNLI...
> It seems that the content industry is so short of funds that they want everyone else to pay to keep them in
Fancy that. Doing work and expecting to get paid for it.
How very much dare they.
DRM enabled HTML5 or Flash?
How many people against the inclusion of DRM in HTML5 are happy to keep installing / patching Flash / Silverlight / AIR?
I don't know what world the EFF live in, but by blocking DRM from HTML5 they are not going to force even one company to give up their precious DRM. This isn't about the EFF fighting for freedom, this is about them restricting the availability of content in some sort of bizarre war against copyright.
No DRM in HTML5? - the current plug in's will keep being used - not a sudden change in the use of DRM.
Re: Ignore the obvious choice
That's used under Windows though.
Pause/Break on the other hand... "Hello, IT" "My computer has broken / paused. Fix it" "Just push the Pause / Break button" "Many thanks good sir"
The PMSE crowd already have a licensing regime in place and have done for decades. It's not like the US where they just use the spectrum without oversight, Ofcom has been making loadsamoney out of them for years by doing short term (12h+) licences for spectrum they have identified as being available.
If you're in the middle of a live broadcast, you don't want someone marking your current allocation on your presenter mic as now being unavailable causing it to retune, so the database will be of no interest to the incumbents.
Re: Typical non-programmer article - the API is not HTML5, ever
Exactly - I wonder if people would be reacting the same if Google had decreed that all YouTube apps had to be written in Brainf**k to be compliant with their ToS.
API providers should not be allowed to decide what language the client apps are written in.
A browser based HTML5 app does not give the same UX as a native app on any platform - especially WP as the browser does not have access to any of the standard UI features / animations.
Re: The new battlefield...
> How would that work in a road tunnel?
Simple answer: Have a time out for loss of signal before limiting the speed.
More complicated answer: You've got a GPS - the vehicle will know it's going into a road tunnel, so the limiter could be disabled for that stretch.
Anyway, it's an off the cuff idea, based on my experience that for every way round a stupid rule the workers find, the bosses will find a grossly over-exaggerated method to counter the work around in preference to solving the issue the workers are facing.
The new battlefield...
How long until some company starts fitting their vehicles which limits the speed to 25mph when there's no valid GPS signal being received?
The problem wasn't RT, it was the pricing.
Look at the number of people, even on here who said they'd grab one when it was rumoured to be £199. Then look how many were still interested when the actual prices were announced.
Re: I don't see this as an advantage.
This is where things like Microsoft's TypeScript start being handy.
> just think back to Virgin dropping Sky's channels for the same reasons, until they sorted it out.
Or the summer only BBC Red Button HD service not being available on Sky at the moment which is rumoured to be because of the ongoing argument about carriage fees from the BBC to Sky. That issue even managed to make it disappear from Freesat for about a week because of issues with running EPG data through Sky's systems.
Re: Windows 8.1
You've got the Windows XP Start Menu on your Windows 8 machine?
Sounds like a poor copy of Nokia's Mix Radio service...
Re: What use is a camera
I'm not sure they're hiding their phones from you because of embarrassment, more boredom of you ranting at them about how rubbish their phone is when you've not tried using it.
Re: More lipstick...
Have you loaded Linux onto your iPad?
"Apps" definitely existed on the desktop before smart phones were even thought possible. Plenty of references to them in RISC OS back in 1992.
Re: BBC article revelations... XBox is not about games!
Try stepping back from the mic, it's probably feedback.
Re: Have you noticed they're hiding the screen...
Please catch up at the back there Eadon. The actual press release, while headlining with a video, has this image just below, clearly showing the W8 UI.
If you're going to rant on about the platform, at least make your complaints vaguely accurate. Remember the old saying of it's better for people to think you an idiot than to open your mouth and prove it.
Re: “advance the bold vision”
> All the users who have an extra couple of inches of monitor they don't actually want to use?
Good point, except the ribbon takes up a few pixels less height than the previous menu bar + two toolbar set up.
As for the collapsed ribbon, that takes up even less.
Re: Kiddie interface
Last time I heard people complaining about a preschoolish UI, they were referring to that abomination XP. It's a good job that MS reverted that UI look as it totally wrecked that version of Windows and there's no way that anyone in business would ever contemplate putting such a childish design on their PCs.
Re: Microsoft - Enter These Holy Commands
If after all that effort, it's still going to suck, why not just write off the whole exercise and ignore the platform, leaving those who don't mind it to go about their business and saving your keyboard from your wrath into the bargain?
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