326 posts • joined 29 May 2012
I though the Doctor's assistant's job was to be a plot device?
"Doctor! I'm just going over here... Oh, I've been captured."
<Doctor rescues assistant.>
"Thanks Doctor!. Now I'm going..oh, I've been captured..."
<Doctor rescues assistant>
"Thanks!. Now I'm just ... Well what do you know,.I've been captured..."
Re: Retina iMac
Portrait? Useful for 15" monitors maybe, for viewing portrait documents, but I can't see a use for it on a 27".
"This has been an option for years... unlikely a disgruntled employee could do it"
So it hasn't been an option?
Why is it that...
...some of the people here trying to define 'cool' probably think that telling a girl that they were up until 3am, recompiling a Linux kernel, is going to impress her. Which it won't Even when wearing your best tank-top.
Re: lets look at this in another way..
You really should stop feeling so smug and superior. Some people genuinely prefer the Apple ecosystem and buy an iPhone after an informed choice. Why else would peopl buy them if, as you say, it's just a status symbol yet everyone else despises them thus robbing them of any status?
Re: lets look at this in another way..
If switching to Android from iOS was so easy for you, then I'm assuming you have no investment in the iOS/Apple ecosystem (iPhone/iPad/MAx datasharing etc) nor any iOS apps, iTunes films etc.
Which begs the question - why have an iPhone? Someone at work asked me if he should get an iPhone or Android so I asked what apps he wanted. "Apps?" he replied. turns out he just wants email, web-browsing, phone calls, messaging etc so I told him it didn't really matter what he bought.
Is this just a random list of distracting things? Just, using an Apple Watch would be distracting but I didn't see the IAM issuing advice that the new Nerf guns would be distracting if small children were using them for a pitched battle in the back seat. Same for porcupines - a porcupine on the passenger seat is also distracting. Again, no warning. And that girl who I usually see walking up the hill near home - very distracting. Especially in summer.
Re: It's excellent
"Bought it on Kindle, read it already. It's excellent. Couldn't put it down."
Well, no you can't - it's digital. You could put the Kindle down though...
Remind me again what these better phones were?
Re: guessed password-recovery questions
Well, the easiest thing for any of these type of questions if to use your wife or girlfriend's place_of_birth/mothers_maiden_name/pet/car/colour etc.
but I guess that's not going to work either, is it?
Indeed - it's great that primary-school kids are Internet-savvy.
Re: I call bollocks.
I remember a discussion on a forum once on the CLI vs. GUI. One CLI fan commented that he could knock up a quick CLI command string to convert a folder of 100 JPEGS to BMP (or whatever) much, much faster than someone doing it in a GUI graphics program.
Mind you, he couldn't see the irony of using an image-processing problem to demonstrate the advantages of the CLI over a GUI.
No real skill here..
This is the old 'Programming the video recorder' argument.
A colleague of mine, Andy, who was a contractor with his ownsLtd company, was asked by his nephew if he could do hid 'IT industry experience' with Andy. As the nephew had a raft of ICT certificates, Andy asked him which programming languages he knew. "Programming languages?" came the reply.
He was competent with Word and Excel though.
Re: Here we go
But compared to the phone i had (running Win Mob, IIRC), I wasn't too sassauge-fingered to find anything wrong with the buttons, my headphones fitted, the camera was better, could have done with C&P, quick-dial: meh (Just dial a favourite or contact), far better browser and more useable with the massive increase in data over my 500Kb allowance, MMS - never sentine in my life and why would I when I could send an email? Notes - as good as Outlook and perfectly adequate, it did triangulate cell towers which my phone didn't (and see data allowance above).
Plus the OS was smooth and intuitive.
Re: Re returns
What on Earth are you wittering on about? Claiming money plus interest for the time you had a product before you decided to return it? What colour is the sky on your planet?
Re: One Windows doesn't work!
"Sooner or later, people will wake up, and Apple will be in trouble.". Too right. OK, so we were a bit off with the 'iPhone will flop" comment before it launched, but this will surely come true.
OK, we thought it'd happen in 2008, then 2009, then 2010, then 2011 and err ummm,, but no fear - one day people will realise The Truth and that us nerdy techies knew best all along and that they don't want some that they can just use without having to re-compile the kernal every few weeks.
I can't see it catching on...
Re: Did he code?
I wasn't aware that Google were the sort of company who paid people who didn't 'get things done' enough money buy a yacht...
Re: Did he code?
Why is the death of a 10-a-penny code-monkey a 'travesty' (you need to look that word up - you probably meant tragedy), but the death of someone who got things done, not?
Re: Desktop != Tablet != Smartphone
"They made MAJOR changes to a very functional OS ( XP , W7) rather than taking small steps = fail.
The expect that users will forget 10-15 years of habits and instantly move over to a new paradigm = fail.
All they had to do was move in small steps, test the water and either implement or remove.."
Who do you think they are? Apple?
Re: No tablets before 2008?
Yeah - I had one of those. I carried it around in my jacket pocket and pulled it out on the train and effortlessly held in one hand to read e-books and swipe through emails and web-pages.
Hang on - no I didn't.
Re: Why won't the mainframe die?
"I may have even written one or two myself." One or two what?. Mainframe viruses? No - you haven't.
Re: S/360 I knew you well
Re: vexabibulus is a word
(vexabibulus ... means the feeling that one experiences when one discovers that the toilet roll has been mounted incorrectly)
....or that the perforations don't line up... (Yes - I know how to fix that).
It should go in the dictionary with reciprivesexclusional (a number defined as having any value other than that of itself e.g. the number of guests at a restaurant - will be any number other than the number on the booking) an luposlipoculinophobia - the fear of being chased around a kitchen table by timber-wolves whilst wearing socks and a newly-waxed floor.
Why do they do this?
"It is a big opportunity and we are all over it. We will have something by the middle of next year."
Personally, I prefer Apple's approach - which, for the most part, would be HP saying "Here's our new 3D printer and it's available now." (Ok - maybe a couple of weeks). Not "Just wait until the middle of next year woo-hoo!"
Everyone moans about hugely early announcements that are inevitably late. Or so vague ("We'll have something") that you could announce anything 'on-time' and be months or years away from a product release.
Who remembers Google's "We'll have an iPad killer by Christmas"? Didn't happen - it was months late.
All of you - announce the damm thing when it's ready to ship! None o this "Just wait a few months and don't buy anything else - we'll be brilliant - honest!"
"Ah Logic Lite. The equivalent of Ejay Dance 6"
Not really - Garageband is Garageband; it's not the 'lite' version of anything in as much as there's no menu options that, when you try to use them, you get a pop-up saying Sorry - that feature is only available in Garageband Pro. would you like to upgrade for the special one-time fee of $29.99?"
And the same for all the other iLife apps - they are their own apps with support forums etc and you know that other Mac users have the same software, unlike all the other bloatware, feature-crippled, unheard of, unsupported, written-by-1st-year-Java-students cr@p that other machines get loaded with.
So when my Dell-owning friends ask for advice about their free photo editing software "Glorius Korean Software Kompiny (sic) Foto Editor Pro Lite V32.5!" and why it's asking for $30 to crop a photo "Please be upgrading to wonderful Korean Software Kompiny (sic) Foto Manipulator Expert V 24.8 for advance features" I have to say "Dunno mate. My last pc was an Acer it it came with "Most Brilliant Picture Changer V5" but needed upgrading to "Hoo-soon Picture Magic 9 " to save changes."
"It's definitely been tried. I attended a talk by a guy who did an experiment like that on himself (essentially inserting tiny wires directly into the nerve - an incredibly painful process apparently).
If I remember correctly he was receiving the stimuli from someone else, having it sent over wifi then into his own hand."
aaaannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnddddd... we're back at comment 1.
Re: look at the web logs
"...do exactly what I need them to do... lack of camera for Skype."
Good job Skype isn't one of the things you need them to do.
Re: Well yes... I guess
Perhaps a 'depth-first' approach wasn't the most suitable, in this case?
Re: Well yes... I guess
"The files are organised in folders by genre, sub-genre (...),"
I salute your dedication sir - this can be a difficult job. I know this, having just finished populating my "Pop Music/Acoustic/Solo/Female/World Music/Eastern Hemisphere/Tropical/Pacific/Easter Island" genre.
By 'fling', I thought you meant...
...actually launching and landing a 1TB HDD. "There's no way that can be cost-effective" I thought...
Re: A fundamental problem with this...
This : HS2 alleged benefits - beat me to it.
"So in true The Register style, they are jumping the gun looking for theoretical negatives against a tech Apple have implemented first, before checking the real world performance. They did the same with their ill informed article on Apple 5s 64 bit processing, which has now been confirmed as ignorant speculative negative hokum:
Don't come around here with your 'facts', young man. This is The Register, not some tawdry fact-reporting website.
Re: Tray-loading optical drive?
You're right - in years and years of owning slot-loading optical drives, I've never had one scratch the crap out of my discs.
No VGA port?
It should have one. Along with serial, parallel and PS2 ports. Oh, and the ability to swap the optical drive for a floppy, whilst we,re reminiscing.
Tray-loading optical drive?
Just looks nasty these days.
Re: You forget to add Tax to the US price
"Except sales tax here is usually around 8.5%, not 20%."
He's talking about how much the US price would cost in the UK, so adding 20% is right.
Re: Less is more?
"- One button. One LED. Just 2 UI elements.
- Use Morse code for all IO."
Just lately Apple have released a new iPhone every year (the 4, 4S, 5 and now the 5S), yet in the UK I think a lot of people are on 2-year contract, which means one tends to skip a generation. If you do, then the changes to one's new iPhone seem a bit more exciting if you go from a 4 to a 5, a 4S to a 5S etc.
So whilst the 5S is a nice phone, I don't see the need to upgrade my 5. Next year however, I might be more interested in upgrading to a 6, especially if my last few experiences of only having to fork out a small amount after selling or trading-in my old iPhone are repeated.
But it would be nice to see something with 'Wow!' factor again...
I always find it funny...
...the people moan that iOS didn't do anything original and yet repeatedly fail to point out a phone that could have multiple smoothly scrolling windows (that's 'smoothly' as in how an Amiga did it, not 'smoothly' as in how an Atari ST did it) etc etc and a finger-orientated UI.
What about ME?!
I tend to code using the 'Brush' font - neither tabs nor spaces work well...
I teleported home one night
with Ron and Sid and Meg.
Ron stole Maggie's heart away,
and I got Sydney's leg.
Are they really...
...proposing matter transmission instead of transdimensional displacement of a remotely induced singularity? I despair...
You don't need that many bits - for a lot of the people I know all you'd need to send is a couple of medium-resolution photos and enough 'for rudimentary brain functions - just enough to say "What?" and "Where's the tea?".
Re: Seems Irrelevant
"But very few people want 4k video. Many people still buy DVD because it's £5 cheaper than Bluray"
But very few people want HD video. Many people still buy VHS because it's £5 cheaper than DVD.
There's a pattern here...
Re: By far
Like the time when someone mis-placed the apostrophe in "Pedant's Corner", sparking a debate that implied it was a corner belonging to a pedant, rather than a corner for pedantry?
Re: By far
Surely you mean 'twas?
Re: Refusal to Print
"The sort of person who wants a 3D printer... Any of those missing would be a dealbreaker."
From this, we can draw 1 of 2 possible conclusions:
1. No 3D printers have ever been sold.
2. Your logic is wrong.
I'm going for.............................................1.
Therefore any 3D printers people claim to own are an illusion.
Re: Remember the article here about how you'd never 3D print a gun?
"Yes, I do remember that article - and until today, he hasn't been proven wrong."
It's been about 3 months, FFS! Give progress(?) a couple of years, at least.
"My 2 years old decent but by no means special smart tv does everything this dongle does and much more. People with super old tvs may want to invest these $35 bucks directly in a new tv."
Yes - it said that in the article.
Except over 2 years old does not qualify as 'super-old' and I'm not sure that spending $35 to watch YouTube/NetFlix would not be a sensible choice compared to spending $500-$600 on a new TV.
But, as you said yourself, you find modern technology confusing (The Apple TV is not hard to understand).
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