12 posts • joined Tuesday 3rd July 2012 22:35 GMT
Re: So last decade
Phones are a different use case from remote controls? Thanks for the insight.
You (deliberately?) miss the point: you can use a phone in the dark, but as soon as it's controlling an AV amp's volume only physical buttons will do?
I wasn't making a point to say that phone/tablet apps are innately superior to harmony et al, but I do think that WiFi control has a lot of advantages over one-way IR/RF.
Feel free to disagree. Downvote again and go buy some Logitech shares, we'll see if they're still in the remote control business in a few years.
So last decade
I used to use one of the Philips Pronto universal touchscreen remotes; it took a lot of effort to set up, but worked like a dream for a long time. It's now dead (I blame the kids) and I can't justify replacing it: modern AV amps take a lot of the hassle out of switching AV inputs, SKY+ remotes can be setup so that the volume buttons control the amp, etc.
Phone/tablet WiFi control isn't quite there yet, but soon the Harmony et al will seem like overpriced anachronisms. I'll struggle on with a two-remote setup until then.
Paris; because it's springtime.
Is that kilometres per hour (km/h), or thousand miles per hour (Kmph)? Please let it be 54 meeellion miles per hour.
Re: All I need to say is
Bit strong, don't you think? There may be an argument that the next gen consoles represent poor value for money, but I guess we'll need to wait to see how they're priced before passing that judgement.
Re: @Lusty uvvu.com?
I would say that blu-ray has been a lot more successful than mini-disk: all major movie releases come out on BD, mini-disk didn't get close to that level of adoption.
I've had varying results with streamed and downloaded content, video can be good, but in terms of audio I haven't heard anything which comes close to the lossless audio from a BD. Some downloadable stuff has got a DD 5.1 soundtrack, but that's the best you're going to get.
What? Blu-ray hasn't been successful? Quick, let's buy HD-DVD players!
Or stream badly compromised 'HD' off the internet. Now which shall I listen to? DTS-HD MA, or a fucking transistor radio?
Get a grip.
Re: Not getting either RT or Surface Pro
Run that past me again?
You go to the pub at lunchtime, therefore you're not a professional? Is that what you're saying?
Good luck with the tribunals when you start sacking people for having a midday pint (but something tells me you're not actually in a position to make that kind of call anyway).
Modern UI. Outstanding work Microsoft.
Modern compared to what? Does this imply that non-tile based UIs are, like, so last-year?
Regardless of the pros and cons of the OS itself (not used it, won't comment), doesn't this hasty rebranding seem undignified and a bit amateurish? It seems they really have lost their way.
It would be interesting to know how much of the decline in bird numbers is due to an increase in the numbers of domestic cats, rather than, say, destruction of hedgerows or reduction in insect populations due to pesticides, etc.
That would be a bit like doing research, wouldn't it?
On another topic, and in response to the foaming-at-the-mouth 'cat shit in my garden' bunch: I take the kids to the park, guess what I have to clean off shoes/pram wheels far too often: cat shit or dog shit? Go on guess. When was the last time you had to step round some cat shit on the pavement?
This is another example of a trade war hiding behind a series of increasingly spurious patent disputes:
The US Patent Office grant Apple a patent on something obvious/essential;
Apple defend its patent 'vigorously';
US judges find in favour of Apple and ban imports of infringing tech;
US consumers find they're free to buy from Apple or go without.
Way to enhance your country's balance of trade.
(Adjusts tinfoil hat)