@ bazza - Re: No surprise
It's all part of a well understood behaviour:
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I'm totally aware of the formerly Nokia-based Vertu. And I must admit that I stole the 'assistant-button' idea from said vendor . . .
Nevertheless, the Vertu is too expensive for the mass market. It's price is above the just-tolerable-if-I-drop-the-next-2-rent-payments line and will therefore be a real luxury item for really rich people and not for the wannabes that we all love to rip off.
Sorry Claire, I usually reserve this icon for you, but it's been quiet lately.
Android? IOS7? What's that good for? Is it a kind of part of this trinket? Does it need to be there? I shall ask my butler to instruct the head mechanic to send someone to enquire about this . . .
Do you know how many turns the mainspring of an Omega Constellation has? How many teeth are on the date wheel of a Rolex Oyster Perpetual?
Who cares? It's a thing that people take care of for me if I pay for a luxury item. I trust that it will be of suitable quality.
That's how it goes, Bob.
This is where everybody seems to think of it as a tech item. To most iPhone buyers it isn't.
It is as much about technology as a Rolex watch. The watch is a nice piece of engineering, but it doesn't keep the time better than a £ 7.99 plastic one from the ASDA budget basket. If you now case a Rolex in plastic, would anyone think that it'd sell? I don't think so. It's a 'Veblen Good'.
So, my strategy (if I was responsible for Apple's sales) would be to go the other way: make it more expensive!
The next iteration of iPhones would have an iPhone 6S and an iPhone 6E. The 6S could house a new processor, a new camera, more RAM, better display and sell for £700 unsubsidised. The 6E (xclusive) would be a repackaged 5S in a Titanium alloy shell, would come with an exclusively shaped, J.Ive- autographed charger and a lambskin sleeve designed by Vivienne Westwood. It would have an extra 'Assistant' button that, if you press it, connects you to an actual Apple Genius who solves your problem (charged for through your phone bill). It would cost £ 1200.
Wouldn't that be a little like trying to buy a train ticket to a place you don't know the name, location or properties of?
Still, I just pretended that I don't remember the name of the program 'gimp'. So I typed 'photo editor'. Gimp was the first result, other results offered were shotwell and darktable, LibreOffice Writer, gedit and the dconf editor.
If I don't know what to click on, I can't click it in a menu either, I'd think . . .
Try it. It's like typing 'this song that goes dadaaadadaadaa tshugga bam bam dadaa' into google and get the right youtube video.
Oh, focus-follows-mouse. You got me there. You'd have to install Unity Tweak Tool for that. For whatever reason some settings were regarded as 'too geek' maybe?
You're right, the option should be there by default.
But then, Windows XP only made me happy after installing the 'XP Power Toys'. Why they weren't standard, I never understood either.
Looking for the 'applications menu' is exactly what I meant with 'leaning on the angle grinder'. I don't actually need an 'applications menu'.
'Classic' menu driven
Start button (or similar) --> point --> click
All programs --> point --> click
Tools --> point --> click
File managers --> point --> click
Midnight Commander --> point --> click
Another example, using gimp:
Filters --> point --> click
Photo --> point --> click
Masks --> point --> click
Apply first visible channel as layer mask --> point --> click
ap f <ENTER>
Give it a chance, it's different, but not in a bad way, I think. YMMV, of course, but I'm willing to break a lance for the interface.
BTW: <SUPER> a <down><ENTER> gives you all installed applications.
I also just tried <SUPER>xt<ENTER>. Each repetition of that opens a new Xterminal. After the first time, you can skip the 't' as well. I'm OK with that. ;-)
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I have been puzzled by Ubuntu machines lately. I can (grudgingly) find my way around modern KDE or GNOME desktops, but Unity continues to baffle me.
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You're trying too hard. Relax. Using Unity is meant to let the OS do the stuff. It's like using an angle grinder: just leaning on it doesn't make it cut faster, it'll make it stall and jam.
Get used to a few key sequences and it 'Just works*'.
*Sorry, really sorry about that.
I think you have a very valid point there. To my shame* I must confess that I am a mega-fan of the MagSafe connector. Slap it on any old way and it works. Rip it off and no damage has been done. That would be it.
Unfortunately it's patented by a sometimes uncooperative company. This should be FRAND and they could skim 5 cents/pence off every charger. It would be a better world.
*Shame. Yup. I don't like Apple, for various reasons: the nannying, the 'you're to dumb for controls'- attitude, the snobness and many more.
But a few Apple things are just so close to perfect. Like the MagSafe.
And it's not below my station to admit it: I envy you Apple users when I look at your MacBook chargers.
With the drawback that the cat can swipe the cars off the track, your older brother, oops, stepping on one, the track foil not laying flat enough after the first rushed tidy-up, and so on.
While the idea sounds like a winner, I don't think that any of these will survive new year's eve. About 25% can easily be scheduled for being returned after the holidays, because grandma bought it for the kiddies, without knowing that their iPhone is not compatible (or an actual Apple iPhone at all).
There's also the thing with the charge: running out in the middle of a race (Waaahh, I was winning!! [9-year-old throws expensive iPhone at racemat, damaging both]) can be rather frustrating for a kiddie and puts them off quite quickly, see history of any chargeable toy.
I can see more trouble than it'd be worth. Sure, it's a very clever christmas gift marketing idea, but I doubt that it'll be around in 2015, after ending in the bargain basket next year.
A bit of a hit-and-run sell. (Nothing wrong with that from an economic point of view, but I wouldn't buy any shares. It ain't LEGO.)
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"Don't bite the hand that feeds you," resident Carol Baker told the council at a public meeting before the vote.
"If we don't honor Apple with this building, they'll leave. There's no reason for them to stay here and be loyal to a community that doesn't support them. But if they left, it would be a disaster for the city."
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What a <airquote including actual caramelldansen-style curtsy>reasonable</airquote including actual caramelldansen-style curtsy> attitude.
Next step: If we don't honor Apple with new roads, they'll leave. That'd be bad.
Next step: If we don't honor Apple with free services, they'll leave. That'd be bad.
Next step: If we don't honor Apple with newborn babies for their canteen, they'll leave. That'd be bad.
Coughcough. Religion kicking in.
Very true from my point of view. Also:
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pursuing an ITC case related to the use some of its standards-essential 3G patents in Nokia products
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If it's standards-essential, why is there a case at all? Either Nokia had to pay for the use, in a FRAND way, and they did: End of story. If they didn't, they should have. Send a bill. Solved.
Maybe it would be best to make a 40km high wall around the United States of America to stop all bad things from going into it. That would keep the Americans safe and the rest of the world could just get on with it's anarchistic methods of trading and manufacturing.
It seems that you took my 500 years as a typo. It wasn't.
I was referring to the period around 1500 -1700, where people who knew anything about any effects of whatever were hunted down by the church for doing witchcraft.
Holy water or licking a finger-bone from a saint (some of them must have had up to 26 hands . . .) was the only acceptable way of treating any illness.
This precedes drug stores, Aspirin and Valium by some years.
Spain has lost even more knowledge in those 'religious cleansing' times: Due to the Moorish influences Al-Andalus, and Cordoba especially, held large collections of medical knowledge which was, of course, evil in the catholic churches eye.
You might know this better than I do, I'm not in Spain . . .
So, no, I didn't mean recent history as in 20th century. I think we lost a lot more knowledge 500 (or, in Spain, more like 1000, when the Caliphate declined) years ago already.
I'm not saying that Islam is superior to Christianity, I don't think too much of any religion. But the attitude to learning in the late middle ages was definitely better in Muslim influenced areas.
No personal criticism intended, John, but if I look at the size of a micro (or even a full size) USB plug and socket, the idea of running 5A through that makes me feel queasy. I's like wiring an electric oven with 0.4mm2 bell wire.
And then I see the same people using 4mm2 OFC loudspeaker cables for their 2x 50W PMPO music box to have less loss . . .
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But I do wish the industry would come up with a USB+ standard which would support higher current draw for this kind of thing.
You didn't get my grudge against this: I'll make it clearer.
It's Universal Serial Bus, not Unlimited Sower Bupply.
Has anyone ever wanted to run a HiFi of a RCA socket? Does an antenna plug provide the power for your radio*? Do you expect your router to get it's power from the ADSL line? You wouldn't expect your smart TV to run off power-over-ethernet, would you?
It's a data connection, albeit with a bit, a little bit, of supply for a flash drive or so.
Not a power outlet.
* Yes, I know; crystal sets and the like. Different thing.
that USB is a power supply? Per specification it provides 500mA @5V.
And then people use a 7-port passive hub in the office, because they charge their mobile with that and plug in their USB-powered desk fan and their USB-powered speakers and their USB-powered moodlight and their USB-powered webcam and their USB-powered cupwarmer and their USB-powered WiFi stick. And then ring and ask you why their camera, mobile/cellphone, cigarette lighter (oh, yes) doesn't work.
I'm waiting for the day that someone asks for an USB-powered jump starter for a diesel Range Rover.
I'll tell them that they're all Bluetooth now.
What impresses me quite a bit is that the comparatively clunky looking affair of KoGakuin University is getting along pretty nicely with all the other supermodel-slim cars. It somehow suggests that the airfoil design isn't the only way of doing this and makes me think that Cambridge, had they not cracked their car, would have had a fair chance.
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it is interesting to see the 5C gaining proportionally on the 5S though
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Easy explanation: More people actually want the 5C, there just weren't enough of them about. Now that enough people have traded in their old iPhone5 for a new 5S, there's enough of them about that can be resold with a plastic back as a new iPhone 5C.
Not sure if icon appropriate.
Not an increase.
Tesco knows more about you (if you use their clubcard) than any governmental agency. Effective data mining assumed, they will know if you have a new girlfriend, that and when you got married, if she's pregnant and when the baby will be born. The latter two most likely before you yourself know about it. They will also know if you've got another lady going on the side . . .
Sales psychology: Increasing the price if the punter is interested is not a good way.
People, if they're not completely zomboid, will notice. A much better strategy would be "upselling". When the customer lingers in front of a "value" item, slip him a coupon that narrows the price gap between this and a premium item to an extend that the customer rather switches to the more expensive item.
It usually also works nicely the other way around, similar to the "bait-and-switch" method of questionable legality. Get the customer into the store with a lossy "big brand" offer, and then turn him towards an item that you actually want to sell, using a (in this hudl-beacon-case automated) tailored FAB (feature, advantage, benefit) comparison of the two where the original bait-offer comes out less shining.
What Tesco also might want to use is the "suggestions and what other people bought" that are so commonplace on web stores. This is something you can't do in a store without completely cluttering the display. Example: Joe has already some pasta and canned tomatoes in his trolley. If he goes past the dairy section the hudl will remind him of grated Parmesan cheese. If he doesn't go past there (the way is trackable), it'll throw that in before he reaches the tills. And olives.
If this is well implemented, it could provide the customer with a personal hard-selling salesman for the whole time he's in the store.
Just imagine how different it would be if you ask someone filling the juice shelf where the lemon juice is. Your normal response is either "Not here, aisle 16.", or if you're lucky "Oh, that's not here, I'll show you, if you like to come with me, sir?"
Now, if that would be a real salesman it would probably be more like "Lemon juice, just over here, please. Oh, I see you have flour and eggs already, it'll be pancakes today, will it? Right here now, there's your lemon juice, we have this really nice one, not made from concentrate, just as good as freshly pressed and not much more expensive, and still cheaper than buying lemons, isn't it? And you must just try this Canadian maple syrup, it's ab-so-lu-tely lovely on pancakes, only to be matched by Nutella. You have tried Nutella on pancakes. No? Oh, you must. What a taste explosion! Can I help you with some other ingredients? Some contrast for tomorrow, maybe?"
Something that, at the moment, is impossible unless the shelf-fillers are expected to actually sell something and not fill shelves. Which would require an incentive for them and, of course, extra staff to fill the shelves. Too expensive.
Hudl is cheaper.
For crying out loud . . .
No one has to put up with anything whatsoever at all.
Keep what you like, drop what you hate. Is that so hard? There is no need to put up with a disliked feature just because it's there in a distro!!!!!!! Remove it and get something else that you like instead. If the GUI doesn't suit you, get another GUI. Get a naked kernel and build your own. Do as you like!
There is no, N O , reason ever to have to put up with something that a Linux distro provides. This isn't a locked system, you are root.
Some of you guys sound like you go to McDonalds, order a burger and fries and then complain that you don't get bangers and mash.
Phew. Dried frog pills. Need to take dried frog pills . . .
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If all the power and ingenuity that the UI guys have expended on X, Wayland, Mir and all the other stuff had been focused on the average user, that box might just say
Tell me what you want to do?
And it would then go off and (accurately) start up all the stuff necessary to service the user's request.
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That's what the 'Super' key (Windows key on non-Apple keyboards) in Unity does*. Type 'calculator' and you get a calculator, type 'word' and you get a word processor. 'VLC' starts my video player. 'sintel' starts my video player playing the film Sintel. Windows 8 does a similar thing with the side bar that contains a search.
Is it that what you want? It's there, alongside all the eye-candy, so that it's not too dull.
I seem to be the only person that gave Unity enough chance to make an expression. When it first turned up I hated it as well. And the second time I tried it. And the third. And then I thought I'd give it a spin for more than 1 day: It's different, yes, but as I got familiar with it, I found that it's faster than menus.
Windows 95 was a big change and a lot of people didn't like it at first, now there's a change away from that paradigm and most people want to stay with it.
It's not UIs that users dislike; it's change, I think.
I bet Hrrrugh got dissed when he came up with this newfangled idea of tying a piece of rock to a stick . . .
* With a modifier key, if you want to specify a category.
The best coverage of the event is not the official website http://www.worldsolarchallenge.org/, but Jeroen Haringman's http://www.solarracing.org/, because he collates a tremendous amount of team data that isn't official.
And don't forget The Register here.
Two years ago El Reg had the SPB down under with the event, which was lucky because the WSC's webserver was crippled for most of the race. This year Lester Haines is fondling LOHAN's mighty orbs, so the SPB is a bit distracted and not on site.
In short, the best collection of info about solar racing: http://www.solarracing.org/ .
(Yes, I'm plugging the site; he deserves it.)
You're a bit aggressive in your posts, aren't you? Calm down . . .
And if you really think that all "boffins" are "idiots" (from a former post) for just uttering statements without backing data, then please clarify where your 500 gallons come from. Surely there's more Mars than 95 tons worth?
Looking forward to some explanation.
Ah, this is where you think wrongly, it wouldn't lead to moans at all!
Mars, you know, is the personification of the male war god, and thereby it's every conscientious womyn's duty to pelt it with female-power ice lumps.
If you market that right, it'll be easily funded by slapping an extra $/£/€ on ladies products.
Ok, There's plenty of water at the poles. But it's at the poles, and that is a problem. It's much, much harder to touch down at the pole than at the equator, just as it's much harder to start from high latitudes. There's a reason for lauch sites being not situated in Siberia, Iceland or Alaska.
Taking that in, you'd have to go to the pole. Doesn't seem like a big deal, Jeremy Clarkson has done it, and Mars is smaller than Earth.
But without infrastructure this trip is about as hard as the trip to Mars in the first place. You'd have to build successive camps and provision dumps along the route to have any real chance. And then you bring back how much? 100 gallons? Because you don't want to set up a camp there, where the temperatures are way below what they are in the equatorial regions. Your exhaled air would freeze, which means full feature space suit, your heating bill would rocket (uselessly, though [SCNR]) and your solar panel output would probably go down to 20% of a level attainable around 0°N. You could just as well be on the moon; the trip's shorter and the gravity lower, so it's easier to land, launch and lug things about.
The "heaty" bit. I'm not a NASA analyst, so this is guesswork, but: I'm sure the samples aren't heated to 800 and something degrees to find water. they are heated to 800 and something degrees to produce analysable vapours of all kinds of compounds. Water will eventually boil/ evaporate at something like 20° C or so on Mars, due to the thinner atmosphere (only 600Pa compared to the 10kPa here on Earth). This doesn't sound so bad any more, it'd probably even be possible with direct sunlight concentration methods (solar oven style). I could also imagine that the water content might be a bit higher further down, due to less natural occurring evaporation and less radiation heating.
But the better way, I think, and the time to do this is now, is to just drop icey asteroids onto the surface. At the moment all we can hurt there is a couple of robots. As soon as there's settlers sitting there, you have to aim much better, which raises the cost of the whole operation. If you can drop, let's say, a million tons worth of asteroid with a water content of 50% and loose 25% of that water on entry (evaporation in the uppermost layers of the atmosphere, where it would get swept away by solar wind. Evaporation in the lower atmosphere isn't really lost globally.) you'd still end up with almost 400.000 m3. Rinse well and repeat. The asteroids could be targeted with a minimal energy trajectory; it doesn't matter whether they arrive in 3 months or 10 years. Just shove them into a declining solar orbit that eventually ends up on the next available planet.
I think it's doable.
. . . The waterproofing is still damn cool, though.
Not half as cool as the way of unlocking any iPhone with the thermodescram method: It unlocks not only the fingerprint scanner, but also older iPhones that need a passcode, bypassing the security features by simulating the manufacturing conditions during the final checks.
It takes quite careful timing not to lock it into factory test mode, though, so you must be quick.
You put about a pound of sand onto a double sheet of aluminium foil and heat that up in a conventional oven (not a microwave!) to 235°C (450°F, Gas mark 5). You can fold the foil over to keep the sand in better, 15 minutes should do the trick if the oven was preheated.
When it's ready, prepare a good, watertight (iPhones are, of course, not really waterproof!) plastic bag by putting 4 cups of freshly crushed ice and 1 cup of salt into it and mix that thoroughly.
Now comes the tricky bit. put the locked iPhone onto a chopping board and then the aluminium foil pack on top of it. Careful, quite warm, use oven gloves. This simulates the soldering bath to the chip and switches off the security features for testing; leave it on there for about 2 minutes. The Apple CPUs expect a factory test now, if the temperature drops slowly. This is where your ice bag comes in. That cools it down before the lock can kick in again. So, aluminium-and-sand bag off, plastic bag on (a few dew drops aren't dangerous), a bit of pressure, and after a minute or so every iPhone lock will be disabled.
I think I've heard it works on Samsung Galaxys as well.
I'm afraid that might not be the case.
See what happened to audio: has MP3, the compromise, beaten all other, better formats? Yup. Most people don't even know there's anything else (I don't think you can't take a tech news site readership as the average.).
Of course your 70D takes the better images. but you also take about 30 minutes to line up your shot of this snail on this branch next to that hill in this light at this time of day; you're lugging around 4 different lenses, a flash gun and a Giotto tripod and 3 spare batteries. Then you spend 2 hours tweaking the last bits into shape in Lightroom and Photoshop.
You post the result on DeviantArt and get 12 positive comments.
All while Tracy Trash gets shot 120 times by her BFF falling 3/4-pissed of a dirty bog in Tower Hamlets. On a Nokia 520. Gets 2.7 million views in the first 24 hours on TwatBook and rises to be an internet celebrity and the next Jade Goody. Streets, bridges and hospital wards are named after her.
But you're still right somehow, They are a compromise.
Also: does anybody know if there is a documented definition of what exactly is expected to be filtered?
Just a quick answer, got to run; I don't think there is. But I'm afraid that it will be whatever Claire Perry, Mumsnet, the IWF and that lot decides to find objectionable.
And very probably, I think, fast off the 'net, and very hard to get on again.
this'll be the attitude of all companies that reacted to the Apple watch rumours . . .
If Apple would now announce an "and another thing" surprise watch next week, the plans would all go on again.
I think it was just a preemptive reaction of most tech-companies to jump onto the bandwagon, should it come past.
Hasn't showed up yet; maybe it never will.
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