654 posts • joined 10 Feb 2012
Re: Vibrating pen? Interesting.
5mm? My sympathies.
Re: Anyone else thinking...
Would sort out the blackest of blacks race, for sure. No backlight leakage from a source that is actually OFF.
"1980s research attempting to predict the future of computing"
The Xerox paper talks about 3G and bluetooth. 80s it aint.
Your optimism is touching, but sadly misplaced.
By 2015 The Register's entire output will will consist of 3 comment wranglers, 3 cut-and-pasters, and a multitude of commentards a.k.a. saps.
Stop the ride, I'm going to be sick
There was a lot of high-forehead spin-science in that. Feeling a bit dizzy.
Hearty congratulations for not using the word 'quantum' in the whole article though. Makes the whole proposition more credible and less mystic-perpetual-motion-machine-energy-field-y.
Re: no rating?
Top of the Amazon link is a vendor selling the drive for £20 more than suggested on El Reg, and claiming is uses 25nm tech.
Hardly a fantastic first impression.
Re: Free to air TV will suffer the same fate as print media,
Heh. Fair point, though still the best of the prequels.
It was the first Bluray I saw that really made me go "wow". Whatever you think of the plot and dialogue (and OMFG it can be bad), the visuals are first-rate.
Re: Free to air TV will suffer the same fate as print media,
"Except that most people are happy with what we've got already"
I was happy with VHS until I watched The Fifth Element on DVD. Vowed never to go back.
I was happy with DVD until I watched Revenge of the Sith on Bluray. Vowed never to go back.
Ditto mono/stereo. Ditto stereo/surround.
3D, however, sucks.
Given the stories of young males in China dying after playing for 60 straight hours, or receiving counseling for computer addiction, or their fathers hiring virtual hit-men to grief their son's characters, I was rather surprised to hear there was a console ban in the first place...
Re: Helium supply
Helium is actually found in natural gas (>1% in many deposits). It gets there from subterranean radioisotopes decaying.
Qatar is now a major player in helium production as a result - but still lags waaay behind the US.
Re: More explanation please
Also interested to hear more. The article wasn't super-informative on that front.
I assume they need to change the shape of the disk heads to maintain the correct float distance in helium, too - presumably by making them bigger, or by giving them teeny-tiny wings (shaped for confidence and comfort, natch).
"Those Specs In Full"
Yet no mention of processing capability.
I'm pretty curious, for one.
Alien Space Rocks
I think we should petition NASA and ESA to change their standard vocabulary:
"asteroid" to "alien space rock"
"meteorite" to "flaming alien space rock"
"fireball" to "flaming alien space rock of DOOM"
Now if only RIM can plug the holes in their own sinking ship, we might have the makings of a decent competitive, innovative phone market.
Monopoly very bad; duopoly quite bad; quadropoly probably ok.
Re: I'm impressed
That would be "gateau", mon ami.
I can see nothing at all that will go wrong with this plan. Not a thing. It is a perfect solution which will be implemented without incident.
Vive la France!
Or chunkify(TM) the data such that, given enough input data, several chunks will match but will decrypt into different data depending on the key. Reassemble files on the fly from a chunk index or chindex(TM).
Re: Love to hate
Agreed. I might not have the same level's of security as a Swiss Bank, but then Mega is not intended for the storage of billions and billions and billions of Francs/Pounds/Euros/Dollars.
As long as the resources required to break in are several orders of magnitude more than the value of the encrypted data, it's good enough. And remember, even if there is some juicy stuff on Mega, it's still swamped by crap by a very large ratio (needle in a haystack, etc).
Re: Just add silicon nano-spheres too
I dunno, now they've got a proven concept the "big money" has the potential to bring a lot of resources to bear on making the spheres cheaply. When you think about it, it's nuts that you can buy a knock-off tablet when for under £100, considering the technology hidden within, not to mention assembly and distribution costs.
Silicon is also marvelously abundant - no danger of it becoming a costly material in its own right.
"In her speech, she will say that there's something wrong with "padded bras, thongs and high-heeled shoes" being marketed to younger children and although she has a point, it is uncomfortably close to the argument that the way women dress invites aggressive sexual attention."
No, I'm not having that. Dressing a per-pubescent girl with no sex drive whatsoever in clothes mimicking those of post-pubescent girls and women with a definite sex drive is a twisted concept from the get-go. Actively marketing these clothes to the former group is as ethical as marketing cigarettes to the same age group.
Conflating sexual attention (which few would argue is the purpose of padded bras and low-cut tops) with *aggressive* sexual attention is also a pretty cheap trick to pull.
Re: Play hard to get
"Laid head-to-toe" is also about 0.75m out of the optimum position, which of course involves a 50% overlap...
Re: Lo-tech alternative
I'm guessing you just used paint during Movember, thinking nobody would know the difference. (Hint: they did)
They might catch on, but they are useless. This is clearly shown by the perfectly clear picture of the boffin in his operational Buck Rogers glasses. Mmmm, Wilma....
Doomed from the start
I give it 3 months before the fridge is sending the cooker pictures of
kittens milk cartons saying "can i haz cream". The cooker wont notice, as it's spending all it's time looking at utensil porn.
And thus the internet's remaining bandwidth will shrivel and die.
"So, a laptop with a fingerprint scanner is less secure than one with just a password. The attacher can choose which method to attack, there is no protection from a poor password AND there is the opportunity to try a gummy finger cast or other false fingerprint method."
1. Less secure - I don't think so. The typed password should be a back-up, only used in the event of a hardware failure. As it's a backup then usability constraints can be dumped in favour of security: a 30-character random string which you keep on a bit of paper in a locked drawer (or under your mattress if you like). Hopefully you'll never have to use it for the life of the laptop. String length and complexity of backup should IMO be mandatory (again, usability is secondary), to stop the password morons doing their usual thing. Financial losses by password morons hit everyone - you don't think the banks just suck up the loss, do you?
2. Gummy finger casts don't work with the new vein scanners, thankfully, leaving bolt-cutters as the only realistic alternative for a crook. This is still better than a Minority Report or Demolition Man style eye removal.
Re: Oh good, can I have a couple of neighbours arrested.
Re: Video games, the media and Obama’s budget kill people
"desalinization to violence"
That's why gamers love Pringles.
Re: Anyone Seen Thank You For Smoking ?
+1 for reminding me of a great film
So, those new airships...
It's all starting to make sense now. Next up, EMP-resistant clockwork battle-droids.
The icon is wearing aviator goggles, natch.
Re: Does it affect the Foxit standalone reader?
Thought I'd switch from Foxit to Sumatra, but the fugly 1998-style website didn't fill me with confidence. All looked a bit two-bit for my taste, although Sumatra's focus on simplicity was good, avoiding all the security pitfalls of over-complication. Hmmm, on second thoughts, there may be a theme here that bears further inspection. To be continued...
In any case, props to Krzysztof Kowalczyk, Sumatra's author, for his vowel-aversion.
Some confusion here
I think a lot of the comments here are confusing "geek cool" with "fashion cool". Yeah, there's some overlap, as we saw with the iPhone in it's earlier incarnations, but on the whole they are very different things.
Now, personally, I would view a detailed 1:72 scale model of Serenity as pretty darn cool. However, 95% of the population would strongly disagree. It should come as no surprise that the 5% are disproportionately represented here.
Re: Let's face it...
Congrats, you win a shiny new tinfoil hat.
[by which I mean, i really, really, really hope you're wrong]
Why, they didn't upset the important people, of course.
Re: More like...
Er, did you not read the article's title. It's the bit in the big font.
Working fine for me too.
Apple are going to walk away with the laptop of the year, as the voting for the rest of the field will not so much be split as splintered.
Wireless charging the easy way
1. Fit a small, fold-out wind turbine to every phone.
2. Blow (or switch on the desk fan).
Oh, bugger, I can't patent that now, can I :(
Re: Correlation != causation
Indeed. I also note the research was suspiciously paid for by Kenco.
Ok, I made that last bit up.
All seems very sensible
Hurray for the EU!
Oh my, did I just write that?
Re: Adversity breeds ingenuity
"Cheaper to have the meter moved"
Only if you don't put the genny back on ebay at the end, surely.
Hydrogen would be fine
They fill the electrical generators at power stations up with hydrogen which acts as a coolant, and reduces drag. This has been done for decades. 'Course there they have a slight over-pressure, a shed-load of monitoring, and decent extraction systems to prevent a bang, but it goes to show that with a bit of thought and design effort, hydrogen could be a viable alternative.
Peaks and Troughs
Apple is riding high - and deservedly so after pretty much convincing the general public to buy touchscreen phones and tablets single-handedly. The problem is that, though Apple products are still fabulous quality devices, they are losing their cachet amongst the hip and trendy. No longer is a new product a "must have", as the iPhone 5 and iPad Mini demonstrated.
The sheer number of iPhones and iPads out there mean they no longer carry the mystique and coolness they once did. People no longer look on in envy, and may even be subject to an eye-rolling and sarcastic "my, how original you are". Whip out a Nexus 7 or a S3, on the other hand, and friends and bystanders are genuinely intrigued. [Yup, this is all anecdotal. Over the past couple of years I've had an Galaxy S2, a iPhone 4S, and Nexus 7. I've had unsolicited comments from strangers on both the non-Apple products, but not the iPhone.]
Back to the article: I don't think killing Apple is going to happen in the next decade, they have a colossal market of happy customers who will continue to buy Apple products. But I don't think they are ever going to scale the heights they've reached over the past 5 years again.
You're doing it wrong. They're meant to dispense money, not pleasure. Although to be fair, the former is often a nice way to get the latter...
Alert! Brain Virus!
"Hydrogen has twice the lifting capability"
Nope, by that logic a vacuum chamber would have an infinite lifting capacity.
The lifting capability if the difference between gas density and air density. The molecular weights are:
i) Air: 29 (approx)
ii) Hydrogen: 2
iii) Helium: 4
So the hydrogen has an advantage of 27/29 to 25/29 (or 8% more). Hydrogen is lovely because it's dirt cheap, not super-floaty.
Some sort of metallic mesh...
...shaped in the form of a brassiere would seem to be the order of the day. I think Madonna has one.
For mugs only
I also liked their return policy (and remember, you've just forked out $3.5k for 3 feet of cable):
Any custom Locus Design cable may be returned within 30 days for a refund, if for some odd reason it does not perform as expected in your system. A 20% restocking fee (of the the total price) will be charged and any shipping charges incurred will be the responsibility of the buyer.
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