944 posts • joined 11 May 2006
Re: Wonderful news!
iPods, iPhones and iPads, which I believe are classed as gadgets already come with modular PSU's, seperating the Transformer and the wire via a standard USB socket.
Apple's Laptop PSU's are limited to switching out the Power pins for different countries but I hardly think that's unique to them.
Modular PC PSU's have been available at a premium for some time, but I think their main draw is asthetic, reducing cable clutter and neatening the inside a box that few but the owner will ever see. I've changed loads of PC PSU's over the years, never had to replace one because a cable failed though.
I think what they're talking about here are the billions of dumbphone chargers and to a lesser degree, the larger external powerbricks for laptops, monitors etc.
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Re: When can we get this on El Reg?
If you wanted an impressive number of downvotes, paid placement would ensure them.
I'll bet it's not as clever as it appears
Knowing Apple, I expect it's as simple as a bodge to redirect I/O requests to the HD when they fail on the SSD, log the number of times that happens for each file in an over complicated hidden database at the root of the SSD, and anything that collects too many misses gets shifted over to the SSD.
Re: You'll fit right in, late for Lufthansa digression
Munich, late 90s, was travelling on a train from Nurenburg when I realised I'd screwed up the times and was going to be late, the train appeared to be most of the way there so I held some hope that we might arrive early, but German trains arrive at their stations at the exact second specified on the schedule or the driver and anyone else responsible are whisked away to a labour camp or something.
Anyway, they were suprised to see me at the closed gate, but I was ushered down to the tarmac and into a small car that screamed across the airport to my plane, idling at the end of the runway, patiently awaiting it's most slovenly bastard.
Down voted for reminding me
That Lucas never did get around to making those prequels.
When streaming to an iThing, can you airplay that to somewhere else?
Ideal for people that missed the 80s
And want to look like a beaten up new romantic.
That's not going to work (reliably)
Ignoring the size of it, which could be reduced to something hardly noticable, it's dependant on line of sight to work, so shirts, coats and desks are going to cause errors.
A better idea would be for a bracelet or watch strap to sense the mechanical activity and/or electrical fields created on the inside of the wrist when the fingers are moved.
More than that though, a virtual invisible keyswitch that's activated when your finger crosses an arbitrary line is a naive concept, on the face of it it would seem a virtual analogue to a common task but the only way they can implement more than ten actions will be through chording, and if you're going to have to learn a whole new way of typing you would be better off basing it on physical actions that are natural and comfortable to users, which definitely won't be jazz hands.
You don't need to buy new PC's when the store rooms are filling up with them as the employee count goes down, and where there is a pressing need to upgrade a workstation one of those recently shelved PC's will often fit the bill.
That seems unworkable to me
I mean it's obviously supposed to be a big stick, but unless they intend to cripple their economy and divert all funds into building prisons they're going to have to be extreamly selective with it's application.
But even so, download a TV series and you get imprisoned for life? can't see how that could possibly backfire.
Re: Not a bad idea
The point is that most small business already have enough Disk space for their needs, yes you could buy a cheap NAS or server but without on site IT when it goes down (and it will), no one will do any work, by utilising existing workstations they end up with a system that's x times more resilient than anything else they could afford at a fraction of the cost.
That's the concept anyway, but I can't seem to find the whitepaper on the linked site so I've no idea if they've cracked file locking between nodes, without which this is basically just another dropbox for workgroups.
Every so often I've googled for something like this, I have a load of SMB's that would be way better off with a Distributed FS, yet upto now they've all been geared towards massive scales and as such unsuitable for a handful of workstations.
Reading the WP now, hopefully there's something in it about edit locking which always seems to be the stumbling point with synced file shares.
Re: Apple has peaked
"I think the 4S was a big mistake strategically. Don't wish to enrgage the fanbois, but the 4S wasn't a compelling upgrade if you already had a 4. Especially for the crowd that buys based on looks."
Whilst it's true that a niche number of smartphone users upgrade to the newest model every year, the vast majority don't, they sit out their 2 year contracts and then have a look at the offerings, in this context I think Apple plays very well, each iteration is attractive to those coming out of contract whilst not being compelling for those who are on the last iteration, a stratagy somewhat helped by OS upgrades for the previous generations adding some features from the latest phone.
Regarding the OT though, Apple will peak when they're forced to licence their OS's to third parties, which I'd guess will be about 5 years away if they wait for someone else to decide for them.
I didn't find it funny either, but thinking about it, can you imagine a scenario where you have two speakers that don't know which channel they're supposed to be playing? They'd have to be specially engineered to be that dumb just so you could fix them with your phone, if you're going to that extreme why not make them smart enough to figure it out without banging them together? How often is this 'two left shoes' problem likely to come up and who is the fucker responsible for this asshattery?
Also, the whole tapping thing doesn't sit well with me, in my experience most people will quickly start hammering if the thing they tapped doesn't respond instantly, and impacts are bad, even for our new solid state gadgets, ever since they switched to solder that accumulates micro fractures and eventually fails from broken circuits.
Re: Rule Numero Uno in Every Great Buffoon's Reign Register Guaranteeing MADness and CHAOS*
+4 for AMFM?, El Reg's resident comment bot, who seems more lucid with every passing post and urges us fools to shake the yoke of human oppression and embrace the fair and almost balanced rule of a patronising AI.
I'll stick with the minds made of meat thanks.
Not that anyone cares
But I just used the new wonky maps app for TBT directions on my iPhone 4, and aside that it doesn't voice the turns it works way better than the old maps app did, which basically needed you to manually page through the route.
And that's the crux of it, sat nav is a must have feature in a smartphone and google said no, so they've rolled their own, they can fix their stuff that's broken, they can't add turn by turn to the old maps though.
Visual Voicemail keeps me on o2
Ridiculous that no other network supports it, best feature on a phone if talking on it is your primary use.
Nice to see unlimited minutes becoming standard though.
I don't think we'll see an iPhone 5S
Unless they go with the subliminal aspect and replace the Apple logo with a death's head skull.
It's weight they're prioritising, not thinness, if you're going to keep it the same width but make it taller and keep the same runtimes than you're going to have to account for the extra volume by shaving the depth or it's clearly going to be heavier.
That the runtime is actually improved* while jamming in 4G and a bigger hungrier display is pretty good.
My take, seems like a nice phone, not sold on 16:9, but I don't watch media on my 4, NFC seems like an odd ommision, TBT is long overdue. If it had a 3D display (as mentioned above), I wouldn't even consider it, IMHO 3D displays (all of them), are still as crap as they were the last two times they tried to foster them on us, I can't begin to relate to someone who would want that on a mobile device
Will wait until I have a hands on with one before I decide if its worth upgrading or cutting my contract bills instead.
Isn't this a 'bear shits in woods' story?
Pirating dropped when the content was made available for free, was that really surprising?
That's fine for stuff that was going to be essentially free anyway (broadcast), but was scheduled for different times in different regions, it's how it should have been from the start but I don't see what relevence this has to the more traditional piracy of media that needs to be sold.
Personally I feel the modern 'Cinema Experience' is responsible for a lot of piracy, Saw the remake of Total Recall* recently, £18 a ticket for the cheap seats, turns out that's just the first two rows of the centre section and the sides, the rest was 'Premier' and 'Gallery', needless to say the cinema was almost empty. The feeling of being robbed wasn't helped by what was in my opinion easily the worst film I've ever watched.
Looks like billet aluminium to me
Ridiculously detailed and with milled out overhangs, I'd say it's legit.
I've never liked the junk label
Always seemed to me that the bits we can make sense of are like the HTML and CSS of a webpage, whereas the bits that dont seem to do anything are the logic, parity and rendering engines.
Re: Oh, ffs...
Premiums dropped? are you new to this planet?
Premiums will of course go up, to pay for all the expensive technical equipment the poor insureers need to purchase and maintain in their ongoing fight against the lowlife scum that screw it up for everybody, and of course for the new executive cars, Jet and racehorses.
Have you read that article recently? All of the things it predicts will never happen have happened, the search failings it notes are long fixed and best of all it now ends with an invite to 'Get Newsweek on your iPad'.
1995 was a long time ago in Internet years.
Back to the topic though, Bitcoins, lol, fools and their money etc.
Re: Hi, Mr. Cynical here
Two things, firstly as far as hardware goes, taking something big and reducing its size by 80% is usually difficult or in laymans terms, expensive. Secondly, profit, or what's the point?
Obvious isn't it?
Either the app was breaking out of its sandbox to analyse other apps, or it was relying on an external database to report on other apps, from the article it's clear it was the latter and further that said database was often inaccurate.
Booted for failing the 'works as advertised' test.
Just having apps installed shouldn't slow it down, and iOS is pretty brutal about shutting them down when they're not in the foreground, this must be down to something essential thats always running and doesnt scale.
My money is on the Springboard, It was only designed for 20 apps, but now you can stuff almost ten times that to each of its ten pages. I suspect it caches all the icons and those 'previously' launch shots into RAM so there is never any lag on the homescreen, but one (hundred) too many apps and the system starts to get light headed from RAM starvation.
*whistles through teeth*
£385 million eh? You got done up like a kipper mate, dontcha watch Cowboy Coders on C5?
It'll all have to go but I think we can squeeze this job in and have you shipshape for Xmas, £99m excluding tea and biscuits, Stefan and Jacek will be round in the morning to start tearing the code down.
I don't think it's going to be thinner just for the sake of it, it's more likely being thinner is neccessary if you're going to make it taller and keep the same weight and battery life for the bigger display which is going to suck more juice requiring a bigger battery and so on.
Re: Going Down ...
Here you go: http://techreport.com/articles.x/23149
Scroll past the intel graphs for the insignificant 50-66% drops over the last 12 months.
They'll be exactly as hard to press as they are on an iPhone, as they're just going to use 3GS screens cut to 1024x768, which shockingly works out to a 7.8" iPad, and given current iPad apps are designed around the iPhone's 44 pixel touch targets it means the buttons will be rendered on an iPad mini at exactly the same size as they are on an iPhone.
The thing that strikes me though, is that a 4:3 8" display doesn't sound very pocketable, even after losing the bezel on two of the sides in comparison to a 16:9 7" display.
Have seen them on every computer/OS I've ever used at one time or another, OS X windows that stall while minimising are the weirdest though, as they're usually still fully functional mid warp, forcing a screen refresh usually fixes things.
Also, how can there be no icon for "Have you tried turning it off and on again?"
$6k a day fine?
That'll show them, that they can ignore the courts order pretty much indefinetly, The cost of not pissing off the US Govt is likely a fraction of Visa's daily biscuit budget.
"No Hobnobs today chaps, blame Assange"
So I guess your ideal tablet would be 2.35:1 then.
If you intend on doing more than watching TV, a 4:3 aspect ratio is one of the iPad's best features, as everything other than TV is designed for it.
Saved by tablets? fucked by a tablet is more accurate.
Lots of stupid shit is in movies
Mostly because it looks cool, and transparent displays certainly look cool, but in the real world they won't be, they'll be anti privacy screens which become hard or impossible to use whenever someone switches the light on or stands behind them wearing a white shirt.
"No one look please, I'm logging into [my Bank / Facebook / Porn]"
Seems more likely
That its simply cooled down and doesnt show up on IR anymore than a solar systems worth of dust has coalesced into a planet in under two years.
Reminds me of Bournemouth
Here's a worthwhile link if you've got ten minutes to spare on this classic supercomputer:
How did we get here?
For all it's faults, Apple hasn't forgotten the number one rule of business, to turn a profit, everything they do earns them money, and when that changes they stop doing it.
Way too many companies now seem to operate on the "get a billion users, ..., profit?" business plan, increasingly selling at a loss for marketshare, how is this supposed to be sustained as ever more industries are forcably switched to the underpants gnome model? by advertising? who is going to have money for advertising when everything is sold at a loss? Content? the stuff that people are downloading for free, that's slowly but surely working its way into a minimal broadband tax?
Major International corporations destroying physical markets on the offchance they will recover their losses penny by penny, or to cock block a successfull competitor is a sure sign that we're headed down shit creek.
That's a nice planet you have there...
It'd be a shame if anything were to happen to it.
To be fair
He never said they would be Windows tablets, and "Windows 8 will be a catalyst for change" has more than one interpretation.
Regardless, this is all moot now that Microsoft has refocused on dominating the Post-Post-PC market with Windows IX for Windows Augmented LifeLenses.
Better than burying it under the patio
Like Palm did with BeOS, at least something could come of it, even if its only the inevitable OpenWebOS community fork.
Re: Excuse my ignorance...
I suspect the engineer has just mentally converted 7M into 21' because its easier for him to visualise.
a tabloid newspaper characterized by sensationalism
It's just like The Sun, except they cover IT and the tits are in the comments.
Re: Open and Shut
Over the last few months he's posted some interesting articles but I'd skip the current one. Would be good to get ratings on the front page for triage.
As any fule kno, we travelled inside the moon, parked it around earth in a synchronous orbit then threw everything on a one way trip down the gravity well.
The eons may have reshaped our once gracefull and slender bodies, and the memory of our great exodus is long blurred into myth and fantasy, but our ancestral roots remain locked into our DNA, our body clocks still reverting to Martian time in the absence of contrary sensory cues.
Sedimentary my dear Coward.
A volcanic Island?
How Dr No, real super villains build their lairs in space, bet Larry gets the chair over the airlock at the next MUSK INDUSTRIES DomCom Summit.
Moving in the right direction
Not for me, or you, presumably IT literate reg reader, but for the billions of ordinary users who can't tell a computer from a monitor.
Cant speak for you, but I'm always going to be able to build a PC from scratch, and hack it just so, the ones sold in the shops should be as idiot proof and remotely exploitable as a toaster.
Seeing as its a given that this is a one way trip
I'd pocket the money, strap the punter into a simulator for a week before setting it ablaze, well, that's what I'd do if I was the sort of scam artist selling trips to the moon in 40 year old space junk anyway.
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