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I think it's going to take a while before 3D printing at home becomes more than an expensive hobby.
I doubt it's going to revolutionise printing and kickstart home production the way the stamp/pic/avr/arm chips have opened up to the home market in the near future.The price of entry and running is to high at the moment.
What I do expect is it'll stay more like a bureau service for a while, much like the laser etching/cutting and pcb bureaus. The bureaus will have the higher end machines so you get a better quality finish and as long as the turn-around and price are sensible it seems a more likely route for the near future.
I can think of a few things that for myself could be useful printed, but i'm not spending £500-£1000 on a printer to do it. Even then I think the finish will leave a lot to be desired.
Whether they'll become useful mass market devices or just be the printing version of a knitting machine only time will tell.
For me that seems to be scarily far too regularly.
I seem to regularly be dead. Some days the touch pads on door locks don't respond to my prodding fingers, PIR lights don't come on and I can walk right up to automatic doors and they don't open, even if I jump around in front of the PIRs.
Any office, meeting room with them that doesn't have a light switch override is really annoying to try and work in.
Of course it'll end in an out of court settlement.... along with strict nda's.
Unless their lawyers expect to see enough to complete their retirement fund by dragging it through court.
My biggest issue and why I've not signed up for netflix is they won't even let me view the content on offer without signing up to the free trial.
What have they got to hide that they want the trial sign-up before you can see what's on offer? Maybe they'll have things I like, maybe they won't. Until I can freely browse the catalogue without adding myself to their spam machine, like I did before signing to LoveFilm many years ago it's a no-sale here.
With a shortage of highly skilled IT staff willing to work for peanuts, but no shortage of cheap labour
With so many cookie-cutter, chop-shop, battery farms in the world... the decision makers often don't see the difference between staff because sometimes nobody explains it to them, so the out-source battery farms look cheaper than keeping a team of highly skilled staff. It also allows for staff to become a project cost instead of part of the staff payroll overhead.
2/3 of the 200 respondents is as meaningless a sample size as the 83% of 79 people tricks the cosmetics advertisers use.
Out of all the IT Admins in the UK it's probably only the 200 who actually thought it was worth the effort of reading the email inviting them to the survey who responded. Why did they feel stressed the day they filled in the survey? They overshot a deadline? Were having a bad day in general? Get stressed by everything in life?
If there had been 20,000 respondents then maybe it could be taken seriously... but 200, sigh. GFI have obviously started using the same ad agencies as the cosmetic companies
I always found that filling the racetrack with bouncing turtles launched where they'd criss-cross the track worked well for that random 'wtf, where did that come from' win
They seemed to last for ages, but could also back fire as you get side-swiped by your own turtle... assuming you could work out which one of the many was yours.
LAN wise... having 10-12 of us in the same office at work... all in the tiny oval room Unreal Tournament map was the best multi-player fun. Or the small house room maps (living room, bedroom etc) for counter strike... basically put 10-12 people who all know, can see and hear each other in a FPS map designed for 2-4 players and let the fun begin. That never got old. Even the lad who played online tournaments in a clan would get shot to pieces.
Is going to become?
You mean like Skydrive/Onedrive already is and companies like WD already provide in their consumer products?
it's not a case of when it happens, it's already happening.
Re: A question
I just plug my 620 into the Win 8.1 PC and drag music onto it using file manager and it goes into the SD card. It just worked so I didn't investigate whether it back ground installed Zune.
It did ask if I wanted to convert some files when dragging them in, but even if I say yes it fails to convert them because they're Flac and Windows doesn't know what to do with them.
I found the 620 just works, as a phone, mail and Skype client, music player and navigation without any issues. The free global downloading of Nokia Drive/Here maps required wifi due to size. The Nokia Mix Radio streaming meant I didn't even put my own music on it for a long time.
I'm not a heavy app user, so don't particularly suffer an app gap. Occasionally I go, oh no Win Phone version yet, but it's not a big deal to me. I've still not got round to setting up the XBMC app yet, as the MCE/Harmony remote setup just works. I also don't usually connect my phone to Wifi as I get fast enough speeds and have unlimited data on my phone.
Re: My Spotify recommendations can be a bit, er, 'left field', too…
I think next comes those special baths with doors in them... then the funeral services
I'd consider work is stretching things a bit when the ATI drivers still only manage 2.0 audio over HDMI when using Linux.
Sure they'll accelerate video and video decoding, but HD sound > 2.0 Bitstreamed out the HDMI port?? When is that coming again??
If AMD ever decide to get their act together with that, maybe I'll stop using NVidia.
Re: Upload=write speed
A local storage cache like that would actually be quite handy - maybe an S3 wrapper. I remember looking for one a while ago and not finding it, though.
You mean something a bit like an AWS Storage Gateway?
"Gateway-Cached volumes allow you to utilize Amazon S3 for your primary data, while retaining some portion of it locally in a cache for frequently accessed data"
"Gateway-Stored volumes store your primary data locally, while asynchronously backing up that data to AWS."
I suspect this is more like the Gateway Cache volumes with a 2TB local limit, but in a box, where as Amazon provide you with a VM Image to host locally on your own hardware.
They'd better not remove the pre-pay/load currency cards.
until my bank decides to provide better exchange rates and drops the foreign currency transaction charge I'll want to continue using my $ currency card.
anti-spam will always be a game of catch-up just like anti-virus.
here's a crazy idea, if companies stopped selling my details when they're told not to and they secured details properly and stopped getting hacked the amount of spam would reduce.
Re: how many?
Maybe it's a list of immigrants who are rich enough for the government to like them.
More likely it's a list of immigrants who can still afford the costs involved to actually tell the government they are coming into the country given the price increases that have gone on visas over the past couple of years.
Re: trolling idiots
But if people actually disbelieve anything that sounds too good to be true and didn't buy said items, think of the sudden unemployment increase as many 'outlet villages', 'upto 90% off' brand label stores, broadband companies, mobile companies* and marketing companies found themselves out of business.
And what would all those poor people wanting to give me millions if I help transfer funds out of their country or collect the lottery winnings from a country I've never been to do?
*1Gb of data for £10 a month is not a shed load. Unlimited for £12 a month could be called a shed load... and I very big shed a that.
Re: Stilly Twits
Or that if buying secret Santa is such a pressing issue, there are these things called shops. You go in, select what you want and usually after giving someone some money can take it away.* Maybe some time away from the computer will do them good.
* i say usually because it is also possible to spend 30+ minutes telling staff you'd like to buy a specific item, being told 'sorry, not my department' and then leaving without managing to get any staff member take money off you. Go DSG.
PS4 backward compatible with previous gens? Hahahahaha
Not at the moment according to Sony, and disc based compatibility isn't currently on the cards... from their own PS4 FAQ:
PlayStation®4 does not have backwards compatibility to play disc-based PS1, PS2, or PS3 games, but we will deliver a new cloud-based gaming service that PlayStation fans can enjoy.
I wouldn't hold my breath for delivery of that.
As for why remove it? We already know the answer to that with the PS3 and 360. So they can charge you again to have a previous gen "retro" version when it is released via PSN/XBL.
Sony started to throw BC out with the PS3. Even my original PS3 only had partial compatibility with games. I had PS2 games that just wouldn't run. So it looks like the XB1 has taken the lead from Sony as far as BC is concerned.
Currently I have no desire to replace my 360 or PS3 or preference for either company. Now I have a gaming capable PC plugged into the TV for games and XBMC the consoles are getting no use.
Re: Rotten trick however...
If by computer you mean the hardware then I agree it's very difficult to break via random software actions, but it's not that hard to make the system unbootable and in need of a software rebuild.
On a computer with no install/restore disc or recovery partition then a broken computer is quite easy. It's also quite easy to get stuck in a reboot loop with the wrong driver force installed. So the idea that you can't break a computer by randomly pressing... well... we'll have to agree to disagree.
As for the XB1... it's quite a specific sequence of events that must be performed from the system menu, and I bet the hardware isn't broken, but the software is no longer bootable and you have no recovery media/restore partition... sounds a lot like a computer, although I put forward breaking the XB1 software by random button bashing without instructions is harder than breaking a computer OS.
I have also used Amazon Germany and occasionally France. Germany is often cheaper for electronic items and oddly lego. My nexus was £60 cheaper delivered to me than the next cheapest online/high-street store in the UK.
Amazon also have a big advantage in economy of scale. Delivery charges, item charges are lower as they can buy bigger. Given the number of items bought from .co.uk which get shipped from Germany and from .de and shipped from UK it suggests they use the currency market to buy and store in the cheapest purchase country.
As for the "woe for small business" argument I'm sorry, this isn't just a blame Amazon issue. Many small independents in multiple product areas are closing down because one of their competitors expands and starts selling via the internet nationally or globally with great success or the supermarkets start selling the same items. Once again stock purchasing power and delivery contracts become better for those shifting more stock.
I guess it's easier to jump on the "Amazon are evil" bandwagon" than accept you are in a market where the customer is no longer willing to pay full price and has alternatives that are more attractive.
If you're too small to compete anymore and the only area you can compete is price, then you need to get out of the market or change your service to something they can't provide that people will pay for.
I guess in the future when the MPs show-boat about not using a particular retailer they can just add it to the great firewall of UK PLC. I'm sure one of them will find a way to spin the blocking to be "protecting the children"
Oh here we go again.
I'm trying to reduce the number of boxes and remotes in my house not increase them.
Who's going to pay for the dab tuner I'll need to add to my cupboard when the FM Tuner on my receiver stops working?
With an equivalent AV Receiver replacement going up to the £600-£700 price range I won't be replacing it anytime soon.
While I sometimes stream internet radio via Sonos, the quality isn't as good as FM via the receiver. They also don't work when my internet goes off or bandwidth comes under pressure from video streaming, patching, software downloads and online games. FM just works and is built into my AV receiver.
I guess once all us grumpy old men who actually like listening to music on decent equipment die out and the mp3 generation take over DAB will be high quality, especially when hooked up to Beats headphones. :(
Re: Netflix vs Lovefilm
Amazon bought Lovefilm, not created it. I've no idea where Lovefilm were hosting, but each country they operated in was separate logins, and probably separate server hosting.
It's only recently Amazon have been merging the signon process to use Amazon accounts and I'm sure they can sort out moving it all into AWS, although migrating LoveFilm into the rest-of-world Amazon Prime Video is probably more likely long term.
I occasionally had problems with Lovefilm streaming, but it was either issues with my ISP or the client in the device I was using. iPlayer was the one that would always pause, drop and refuse to play HD for me. Since ditching my 4Mb ADSL and using Mobile Internet USB tethered to my router I've had faultless streaming of SD and HD content, unless my mobile loses it's connection.
In terms of client devices I use I found best to worst is
Humax FreeSat Box
Re: I just bought myself one of these :
Um... You appear to have omitted the price?
It doesn't look like it'll be a cheap thing, which has always been a problem with low power embedded x86ish compatible stuff.
And I thought Valve's plan for HL2:Ep3/HL3 was to take the crown from Duke Nukem....
People are seriously thinking it might be released before 2023?
On a more serious note, even if HL3 is a SteamOS/SteamBox exclusive for a period of time, most of my Steam games are on Windows only. I can't see the upside of a local 'OnLive' for LAN streaming from my own Windows PC which I'll need to keep switched on as well. My Windows PC will still be the weakest link and need upgrading as well as the SteamBox.
.13 cent != $ 0.13
The error in your calc is $ 0.0013 * 360 = $ 0.468 not $46.80
suddenly your $ 468,000 a day is $ 4,680 for the label... How much gets to the artists, composers etc?
European charges are a joke, even after being forced down.
GiffGaff sent out their "lower international costs" last week. the was much head scratching trying to work out how it's now cheaper to call most of the world from a mobile in the UK than it is to call the uk, Europe or roam in the EU.
Calls to china landline and mobile are 2p/min (down from £1/min) from a mobile phone... india, usa, russia and most of Europe are just as cheap.
When UK calling to rest of world is so cheap on a mobile, there is no sensible reason other than 'gouge their wallets' for roaming to cost so much
I use windows 8 and like it. Yeah I know let the down voting begin.
How many people here complaining about the lack of start button and the interface have actually used it on anything, and then used it for more than 2 minutes to satisfy their own prejudice that Win 8 is bad.
I had to boot my win 7 machine the other day and it took a few minutes to readjust and was a weird mix of familiarity and 'this looks old/wrong'. The whole program menu structure took much longer to navigate and the big round button in the corner looks out of place.
I find myself using Win 8 differently in difference situations:
At work I hardly ever use the touchscreen, but the pen is useful for drawing network diagrams, and mousing to the corners or alt+tab to switch apps takes little thinking.
At home I predominantly use the touchscreen on my Asus 200, but then it's mainly games I play on it, Civ 5 and Great Big War Game. Both touch enabled and both easier with touch than mouse or keyboard.
Or they test with a limited and manageable amount of hardware. If you are testing wifi how much of your budget do you want to blow on the multitude of wifi routers and APs available? If you are aiming at the consumer market do you spend much time worrying about Enterprise features working fully and delay release to market?
While chipsets may be the same, manufacturer software in APs isn't so you can't even say it works against a specific bunch of chipsets.
Our new office AP wouldn't work with the Nexus 4 until a software update was applied, other brands used to test worked fine even though they were older. This time it was fixable in the AP, sometimes the only fix is in the device hardware or software.
The 1st Gen Dell xps 13 Developer Laptop suffered wifi conectivity issues, don't know about the latest one. The Linux guys working for Dell then asked for details about make/model of AP, log dumps of the traffic where necessary, because in most cases they couldn't reproduce the problem with the equipment they had.
It's easy to say don't they test this product properly, but when your clients can buy any cheap POS, or be provided with any cheap POS by their internet provider and you needed levels of test coverage that are simple to reach in software testing, the laptop would never leave testing.
Re: Dropping XBox
So does that mean you'll get neither?
aren't Sony planning to make a PSN+ subscription a similar requirement for some network services like an XBL Gold subscription?
i could have misread but i thought after all these years of free network play being an advantage, Sony said they were ending it and requiring PSN+
Apart from the die hard fans, it'll come down to which has the games people want when they buy it and what their friends have bought.
I bought a PS3 near launch because it had the games I wanted, was a good blu-ray player and after being in the same room as a 360 the noise was a deal breaker.
Only recently have I got a 360, which now makes my PS3 sound noisy. iPlayer and Lovefilm stream better on the 360 than the PS3. I got the 360 because of games, Bethesda's continued balls up with DLC for PS3 and lack of release dates, Kinect for the lil one, and now the PS3 gathers dust even though I still have games to play.
The Xbox One/PS4... meh... maybe one day but the PS3/360 are still more than capable and I still have plenty of games to start playing, nevermind finish
Is the iOS figure that incredible? People seem to be arguing that Android phones are outselling iPhones.... but don't iPods also run iOS?
How many iPods have been sold that are now running iOS6?
Anyone who unquestioningly believes when company X produces statistics showing their own product/company/whatever is the most popular/cost effective/blah shouldn't be allowed to handle sharp things in-case they hurt themselves.
What would be more interesting is the actual figures instead of %s. I was once told in statistics you use % if the numbers are too close. The cosmetics companies understand this... what looks better... 50 people rated us better than the competition or 75% of those surveyed?
What would be more interesting to see would be having to do product reveals to an audience who prefer competitor products and not the faithful. Then you know if you've done something truly amazing.
This is nothing new, global company X finds ways to get money back to parent without being penalised.
IBM and the holocaust is a real eye opener to the extents companies will go to to make a profit and get the money back to the parent company.
This isn't "IP TV", it's "Netflix from Amazon".
You mean Lovefilm? You know, that small company Amazon own that Netflix competes with.
Lovefilm already allows login with your Amazon account, which I expect is the login all Kindle Fire tablet users use. I'm sure at some point my current LoveFilm login will disappear and be merged into my Amazon account.
Unless you must see everything as soon as it's released, NetFlix and LoveFilm makes more sense than Cable/Sky. Instead of buying box sets a few months after release just wait a couple more and watch via LoveFilm/NetFlix.
All they need for me is to add in decent quality surround sound support and it would mean no need to buy/rent discs. Then again I don't think mp3 is high quality so I'm probably not normal :D
But it's not a designed for Linux laptop. It's the XPS 13 for Windows with Ubuntu and an alpha set of tools for developers.
The software tools aren't even even specific to the laptop. The only part that makes this a linux specific machine is dell have tried to get the hardware drivers, which are also in a repository, and pre-install them.
Unfortunately that doesn't seem to have worked well. Looking through the forums, there have been ongoing hardware issues since the release. The biggest benefit for the Linux version is for companies with volume license wanting an i7 Windows machine cheaper.
Buy the Linux Edition, install the corporate VL edition of windows, save money and avoid the Windows crapware... The mandatory 2yr AV subscription in the Windows version is one of the main reasons for the price increase between the Windows and Linux i7
1.875 billion mobile phones Gartner predicts will be sold in 2013...
Can someone tell me how many people there are in the world? Everything I find suggests there's only about 7 Billion....
Unfortunately, like it or not, Zuch does appear to understand his market. The masses will give up anything if they think they get something they need for free.
One the fb phone hits the market i suspect google/apple/microsoft will look like amateurs when it comes to data collection
£200? Over Bluetooth? Ahahaha wtf???
Bluetooth doesn't have the bandwidth to deliver cd quality, even apt-x doesn't.
why does anyone recommend or waste this much money???
it doesn't matter what funky app they provide... Unless it's wired you don't have the bandwidth. Then again mobile phone audio appears to have completely redefined what is considered decent audio :(
So what will google turn into closed/paid access only next?
Maybe this is the year Google feel the pressure.
Samsung launch Tizen devices
Amazon launch a phone
Facebook take the lions share of low end phone?
looking around me travelling into work Facebook is the no 1 use of phones. Make a Facebook phone which is free on a low cost contract or payg and it become the fastest selling phone.
While i'm sure it won't be a popular opinion here, my cheap lumia 620 (1/2 the price) out performs my Galaxy Nexus for signal and data on the same network on the same journey to work. No drop-outs or disconnects with the lumia.
maybe i'm wierd because like to talk on my phone, as well as stream radio, so find having a mobile signal useful.
and a way to keep revenue from voice calls once they have thrown the home phone and broadband to Sky...
I've been with O2 since they offered BB at my exchange.
BT still say I can only have upto 512Mb if I'm lucky but O2 LLU gives me ~4.5Mb stable.
While I'm well out of my tie-in I'm still on the original O2 unlimited offering and as they were more competitive than BT moved my phone line there as well as soon as the home phone came out so that's well out of its tie-in period.
So now not only do I need a new BB provider I need to change my phone line as well.
I have no options regarding Internet, my line has only been upgraded to ADSL 2+ in the past few months. We'll have colonised mars before there are any fibre or cable options here. 4G isn't a problem, but fibre or cable... I need a 10 min drive before I can have it.
I'd already been looking at A&A to get IPv6 to play with and I could keep my O2 line, but the cost increase just for IPv6 wasn't worth it.
But now... who knows. BT line speed is ridiculously low but I guess at least I'll have an internet connection which has a chance of working unlike a sky connection.
Apart from what happens about the price from Sky, no doubt they would also try and put me into a fixed term X month contract and ignore my current out of tie-in status because they move me to a "different" service.
So translated to English the last line means
Please, please, please don't leave...
Become very good friends with ssh and byobu or screen very early, even if running a local vm. Once it's installed and the network is running, switch to ssh. In the past 3 years the only time I've used a console connection on a linux/unix server was on a lights-out console to see a kernel oops in proxmox had caused everything to stop.
Don't be afraid to be creative and break things. Once you've broken it spend time trying to fix it before getting someone else to sort it out. You remember it faster for the next time it breaks.
<search engine of choice> is your friend, nobody expects you to remember everything.
Less is better than More
Re: although i'm not a microsoft fan...
If the main use of the PC is for games and they run best on XP then why is it tragic?
By the same reasoning if it's known that any OS upgrade (desktop or mobile device) borks a game or application you use a lot, should you still upgrade and end up with poorly performing or broken apps or should you wait until the apps work properly on the new OS?
Do you think it tragic that the decision of which console/computer to buy is the one that has the games you want to play and runs the games best?
...but the Acer has Caps Lock and Search keys
So in the Samsung picture... the big key where caps lock would normally be is what? Yes... that big key with the magnifying glass on it.... like the little key on the Acer that is used to search....
Do many people still use caps lock? It's a serious question because I can't even remember the last time I needed caps lock...
The search, ctrl and Alt keys can be remapped in the settings... so you could revert the search key to caps lock, even make the ctrl/alt keys swap or be search, or disable all keys.
I got my Chromebook because it was a cheap, light, silent and decent arm chip based laptop with driver support for linux, so never intended to use it as a Chromebook. I actually use it more than a tablet or my laptop, as a chromebook when on the sofa.
Of course the Acer will be easier to install Linux on, it's an intel chip, but there is little available with a recent Arm chip as a finished product that is simple to install Linux on, even less in laptop form.
As for all the people who haven't tried one saying it's pointless, try using one first. I never expected to use it as a Chromebook, but once I started using it became my main sofa device.
I suspect that unknown UK broadcasting company that's been operating for 50+ years might have something to say about the naming of an iTV device/product targeted at the UK market.
The dumb screen exists...
What most comments here are asking for as a dumb screen still exist and aren't anything new on the market, but they're called Professional/Commercial displays and cost significantly more than the mass market goggle boxes.
I got my screen when Hitachi got out of the custom installer Ultrathin business so it was 1/4 of it's normal price. I was surprised when I found out it had speakers as they weren't listed in the specification. I've still never used the speakers after owning it for over 3 years.
All I require as a 'TV' is a screen with a single HDMI input, support for the appropriate resolutions and minimal video processing to give me control of the picture so I can adjust it appropriately for my south facing room. I know that doesn't sell to the consumer market and it would be a loss making item for the consumer market.
My only hope for when I need a new screen is that monitor manufacturers are doing TV sized screens without pricing them at professional display level.
Re: How much to play Monopoly?
Nothing to port if you want Civ on a Windows 8 system with a touchscreen, and the chances the touchscreen will be running anything else?
After installing Civ through Stream on my Win8 Laptop, I got a 3rd option to run a Windows 8 touch optimised version as well as the usual DX9 DX10/11 options. I never use the keyboard or mouse to play Civ anymore.
D- for research.
Re: space budget
What NASA achieves on it's budget should go down in history as a testament to the power of geekdom.
I can think of few other government departments who regularly punch above their budget allocation. Where taking what's available on a limited budget and putting it together in inventive ways to achieve a very technical/geek solution that works better than the budget should allow.
I suspect DARPA was like this in the early days, these days I've no idea.
The beauty of Geekdom is with enough freedom we can usual deliver higher than expectation on the limited budget. We won't guarantee it'll work, but our knowledge and testing says it will, and it'll be more reliable than the alternatives.
If you want nominations for a Government department that achieves well above it's budget allocation I put forward NASA.
Top secret, yet it's reported on El-Reg :D
Reminds me of the Stealth Fighter/Bomber denials when Blackbird was taken out of service.
We don't need spy planes anymore, honest, gov.
Oh, those funky shaped black things... nah, don't worry about them, they won't replace our spy plane we don't need spy planes, that's why we're retiring blackbird.
Sorry, but as I said in the previous tax minimisation article...
Nobody in Government can try and name call multinational companies for minimising tax through legal means after the "it was within the rules" excuses that Government ministers pulled when they knowing made immoral claims. This is more "seen to be doing something" and deflect from the root cause.
I'm not going to say that sorting out Global tax laws is a simple task, but trying to whip up public backlash because the laws themselves are broken is just "seen to be doing something" pantomime at it's worst. None of the companies have broken the law, just used them to their advantage in a way the Government didn't expect.
In the same way that Gordon Brown as PM couldn't blame the previous Chancellor for the financial screw up, the Government can't blame companies and individuals for operating inside the law to their own advantage. Doing so would highlight how broken the system and previous decision were,
Facebook T&C is a democracy operating in the users interest???
I'll admit I don't have a facebook account but, user friendly privacy controls, listening and acting on users concerns doesn't sound like the Facebook I know.
Surely now they are publicly listed and have shareholders the demands of the shareholders and making a profit is much higher priority that what the users think/want??
Obviously make the users think they have input and influence, but shareholders and demand for profit is now even more important than user requests isn't it?
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