When I hear 'Peak Wind', why do I suddenly get a vision of Blazing Saddles.
Childish? Probably. Funny? Hell, yes.
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*lights joss stick, starts whalesong*
Apple has been firmly positioned as an aspirational brand for well over a decade. It differentiates itself by only selling the finest, most polished, most slickly designed shiny-shiny in the business. Owning an iProduct shows you can afford an iProduct, and a lot of people like that.
Producing a cheapo iPhone might provide a profit bump in the short-term, but would harm the brand by eroding prestige and undermining the whole reason that Apple is, well, Apple. I think that would translate into a loss in the long-term, and transform Apple into just another manufacturer of consumer electronics.
As a parallel, look how Burberry screwed its brand by selling cut-price tat to chavs - rolling in cash for a few years, then they bombed out and nearly folded after the fickle chavs moved on to other things.
[Yeah, I get that some people - and perhaps the majority of reg readers - don't but into this schtick, but millions of
bozos others do. A visit to any Apple Store shows you that.]
Not a big deal at Uni: engineers always have nice big textbooks.
Guess an iPad does the job these days. iToke.
Hmph. If you're talking about tech from way back then (and you're in the UK), then it's analogue, not analog.
That's as close to a grumpy-old-sod icon as I can find.
And yet, at the same time, no style at all.
"Rouge Squadron II"
How does wearing blusher help defeat the empire?
s'funny, I thought 'to brick' was transitive verb meaning 'to be very afraid'.
Peter was bricking it when he found out his boss had access to his internet history.
@Chris007 - not sure what your beef is here.
So here's a fail back at ya!
Just associate the extension with Firefox, no?
Or am I missing something fundamental.
Yep, since the Foxit issue I've been opening PDF's in Acrobat. Nice to have a light viewer back in the browser, and (naive as this may seem) I trust Mozilla's approach to security much more than Adobe or the maker of a third party reader.
Also, no speed issues at this end (so far).
Watching the vid it seems as though it's halfway between a capacitor and a battery. Super-quick recharge (capacitor) and then longish discharge (battery).
Super capacitor is a lot more media-friendly than "cattery" or - heaven forbid - "battacitor".
Or Greg Egan's Schild's Ladder. Course in that case the new universe was expanding at 0.5c, so you could zip along in front of the boundary and poke it from a suitably equipped ship.
Ahem. Actually: Apple's appliance advertising area atrophied after astounding attack.
Able assistance for amateur author's apostrophe angst.
....just put a police 4x4 in front of him, and use it's not-inconsiderable braking power to slow down both cars. No way a Laguna could push a Land Cruiser (or similar) with brakes applied, unless their whole police force drives Renault 12s with comical sirens.
I don't care how smart or swanky they make electric hobs, they'll have to prize my gas range from my cold, dead hands.
(c) Charlton Heston. Who is dead. And cold.
I love my N7. But then again, I don't use it for work, but as a media device.
Kindle, Netflix, surfing, casual gaming: it does all of those things will aplomb and it's light enough to hold comfortably on the tube, or when lying on my side in bed. The battery life is more than adequate too.
So I agree, it's a toy of sorts. But I've always loved toys, and this is a good one...
Richard Burton's voice-over on that is fabutastic.
I was delighted to find it on Spotify a couple of months ago, and spent a very happy afternoon listening to it at work.
When ever I've left an Apple store I feel more depressed than when I went in. Either I can't afford what I want or I have a nagging feeling I've spent a lot more than I should have.
So, more like anti-Prozac really.
On the other hand "Bark of Saint Bernard" would have been perfectly acceptable, although somewhat surreal.
I can just imagine Tim Cook and the rest of the Apple board sat there with a white, minimal Ouija Board, their sweaty palms resting on a puck mouse.
And the rest, as they say, is history.
*Caution: When-I-Were-A-Lad Rant*
Glad to see Playmobile bucking the trend for increasingly banal toys. It's the trend that has seen cap-guns, spud-guns, toy swords, and bow-and-arrows-with-suckers-on-the-end all but eradicated from toy emporia, but has seen the rise of increasingly sexualized girl-toys, 'cos that's just peachy.
Bought my lad a Playmobile cop van and was horrified that I felt mildly uncomfortable with the miniature shotgun and pistols. Note: horrified by my reaction, not the toy. I felt like I'd been brainwashed. Fortunately, he loves it, and he brought a tear to my eye by pretending to shoot his sister's doll with all the appropriate sound effects. Must join him in a shoot-out later...
I am indeed confused. A Paris Hilton moment...
Would sort out the blackest of blacks race, for sure. No backlight leakage from a source that is actually OFF.
The Xerox paper talks about 3G and bluetooth. 80s it aint.
That's an amazing shot of the balloon burst.
5mm? My sympathies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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...
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.
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).
Yet no mention of processing capability.
I'm pretty curious, for one.
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.
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).
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).
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.
"Laid head-to-toe" is also about 0.75m out of the optimum position, which of course involves a 50% overlap...
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....
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.