225 posts • joined 26 Aug 2007
"Does R&B still mean rhythm & blues?"
No, Rubbish and Bass
10 x 8
Back then, I shot food and still lives on a 10 x 8 Sinar. Because of the long bellows extension and small aperture (f64), there would be up to thirty flashes from different flash and tungsten heads placed around the subject - some with a stocking over the lens to give a halo. I would have to use 10 x 8 Polaroid film to balance the lights and then take bracket shots +- 1/3 stops. The film would be sent off to the lab but a couple of sheets held back to be pushed or pulled by the lab for the final tweak. Depending on the subject, we could do one or two shots in a day like this. I always considered this approach to be 'painting with light' rather than photography.
Start at the very beginning...
Punch cards, Sinclair Basic then Z80 assembler.
On the other hand...
...it's a very long time since Jasper wrote anything new, exciting or innovative!
Daleks, Cybermen, lesbian Lizards. If you want science, look elsewhere. Loved it!
...that it is only the Apple Watch that could cause problems. Why not a Casio Calculator Watch or a Rolex with a stopwatch function? A: Because putting 'Apple' in a headline makes people sit up and pay attention. What about using a sat-nav? My TomTom has a dreadful touchscreen and even worse GUI. It can talk to me but I can't talk to it, which I could if I had an Apple Watch.
I can't wait for 16K Laser 3D and rediscovering all those great Marx Brothers films!
The Register gets more like Top Gear all the time!
"fruity fuhrer Tim Cook"
How politically incorrect can you get, Jasper?
Is this (particular) rubbish reported in The Register?
I am amazed
That these companies should have such lax security on their servers. Username "admin", Password "password" comes to mind. They should be sued for negligence! Perhaps they should employ said hackers to make their servers hack-proof?
If it is 500 light years away, what they are seeing in 500 years old. Might not be there now so there's no point in setting off.
A brilliant idea!
I can then wave my new iPhone 6 in the pub with even more self-satisfied smugness. Why not make it another £1000, then it would be even more 'exclusive'. In a recent visit to the small market town of Enniskillen, Co Femanagh, I found a shop in the high street where the cheapest watch was £4500. Now THAT is style!
Look at this and tell me that Samsung don't copy Apple...
It is impossible for the human brain to comprehend infinity and a universe that goes on forever. Our experiences always are always bounded by something. Most humans even have trouble comprehending three dimensions as we are confined to the two (and a bit) dimensions of the surface of a planet. Throughout history, various theories have been proposed and then supplanted by newer ones as we have been able to better observe and understand our surroundings. No matter how much worms evolve in the future, they will never understand how a steam engine works. I think that we are all worms.
...and the technology angle is...?
Why a MacPro might be your next Windows PC...
It is NOT expensive...
My first Mac 128 (in 1984) cost about the same price as a Mac Pro does now. A LaserWriter cost £4500, a 10Meg SCSI hard drive cost £1750. My first Philips CD burner cost £2500, the software (Topic) cost £2500 for the Mac version and £2500 for the PC version. Blank CDs were £20 each and half the writes failed.
A NuVista video card cost £2500 and the same again for a u-Matic control card.
If you scale those 1980's prices to today, you are talking serious money. Expensive as they were, these items paid for themselves over and over again and fetched a good resale price too.
Re: "Patch Tuesdays" for cars?
No, the car comes to a screeching halt and all of a sudden, the dashboard turns red.
Whether you are a scientist or a theologist there is one thing for certain - we don't know what we don't know and most likely, never will. That has always been difficult to come to terms with.
Dear Fruity CEO, I would just like to drop you a fruity message to wish you and your fruity firm all the fruity best for the fruity New Year. Jasper
I wonder how long it will be before the first Lunar Chinese Restaurant opens? Fu Yung Moon
Re: "A highly visible laser truck is going to be the first thing any enemy will want to take out."
The could be disguised as ice cream vans. Nobody would twig.
... there might be some patents in there that could be used to clobber somebody.
Swiss Army Knife
In a Swiss Army Knife, the individual tools suck. There are much better tools for opening bottles, whittling wood, taking nails out of horses' hoves. Why is it surprising that maps apps are not as good as dedicated satnavs? Why are the built-in cameras not as good as real cameras at the same price as the phone? Having said that, I have iPhone/iPad apps that are considerably better than their real world counterparts. ClearTune guitar tuner, SkySafari (as an astronomical telescope guider) and I much prefer playing Scrabble on an iPad than with a real board.
Surely, minding this rig is worse than using a mobile phone when driving?
"The Fruity Firm"
Used three times in this short piece. Go to the back of the class for lack of imagination and overuse of clichés.
I remember a time...
... when car windscreens were flat. Don't see many of those these days. On an iPhone (with a larger screen than the current model) a curved edge will make it easier to operate with one hand as your thumb will not be restricted by a sharpish edge. Makes sense to me.
Sixty years ago...
...Dan Dare didn't have all these problems. The Anastasia could go anywhere with only the cockpit canopy of a Second World War fighter bomber. Going back even further, Buck Rogers fueled his 'rocket ship' with copper wire off a reel. Worked pretty well but the smoke always rose upwards and the sparks fell downwards. Wouldn't be allowed these days on Health and Safety grounds.
I just got a Logitech Bluetooth keyboard for my iPad from Amazon (£30). The iPad fits neatly inside it and it is a decent keyboard too. I really do like to have the arrow keys for editing.
Home automation is a very small market. For the most part, a cheap mechanical timer will do the trick of turning on the microwave or kettle before you get home. I very much doubt if this is what the 'alleged' iWatch is all about. If it doesn't measure my blood pressure, heart rate, temperature and blood sugar level, I can't see a need for it.
7 x "fanbois"
1 x "Jesus Phone"
but not a mention of "Fruity Firm"
You are slipping!
...they are cheaper than iPhones and more customisable. Can't have it both way :?(
iOS7 became available about 6:50 (not the 6:00 that was touted on some sites). I managed to grab the update for my iPad within half an hour but subsequently trying to update my iPhone, I hit the traffic jam.
I don't understand why updates like this can't be staggered across timezones or using some other method - but then that wouldn't get all the free publicity.
Haven't hit any 'gotchas' yet.
Life is too short
In terms of productivity, this is definitely one for the underachievers who will waste more time and earn less and less money from increasingly more effort - in a vicious circle.
It would be interesting if Apple was landed with four years in prison!
Re: Peak Smartphone
...The Register gets more like Top Gear every day!
Can you image what the instruction booklet would read like? China has yet to find a technical translator, from all account!
Re: I'm a MSFT Fan But.....
"As several other comments have said here, Microsoft should have made 2 different versions of the Win8 OS: business (Explorer UI) and consumer (touch UI). Microsoft may not like hearing that, but it's the truth."
It might be the sort of thing Microsoft would do but a better OS designer would simply ask if the user wanted touch capabilities and serve up the appropriate experience from the install disk.
Never mind the film stock...
Let's have a good script, a good story and decent acting. The filming technique is immaterial.
Fanbois x 4
At least the idiot didn't mention "Fruity firm" in this piece but why The Register needs to employ so many trolls when they already have so many Jeremy Clarksons, I can't image.
Re: Just what we need...
No, a 60" iPad makes more sense. No need to run Office or Photoshop but iPad apps, games, messaging, video conferencing (Skype) would be useful.
Third Para bug
The first line of every third paragraph in the articles has a spurious line break in the middle of the line. Is this 'house style' or office cleaner?
Used twice in this piece. Do you have key combos for clichés like this? It would save a lot of time.
The Six Million Dollar man had one and put it to good use. Imagine if surgeons had to wear (something similar) that recorded the operation being performed. I can think of many serious uses that a 'bionic eye' could perform – walking into a bar is not one of them.
"The fruity firm now finds itself directly in contention with the Chocolate Factory"
Fact: there is no continuation of consciousness when you are teleported. The original is destroyed (duplication is not permitted by law). The clone IS an exact copy of the original with all the memories, warts and all but once you step into a transported, you die.
How long would it take a 3D printer to recreate the clone?
Personally, I am more worried about the fact that there is a Chinese takaway in every town in the country!
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