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Sir Ian McKellen
Mine's the stonewall one...
3004 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006
'Ow much Ggrranville?
They said they are loosing money on TVs. They are obviously trying to claw it back here.
I bought a 55 euro touch screen pmp at Schiphol, made by Mitone. It was a distress purchase. The hardware was fine, 2 days battery life, only the software let it down. I gave it to my client's teenager when I came home.
Well, see several long paragraphs in MS word, for a start, what with all the space stolen by border decoration, status lines, ribbons, and icon trays.
Or work on a decent size spreadsheet without feeling I'm looking at it through a letter box.
In 2004 I had a dell portable a 14" screen and 20xx by 16xx pixels, and it was dead easy to display two Allen Braldey PLC loader-monitors side by side, and display lots of rungs as well as the debug status window below them.
in 2011 I have a jujitsu 1600x900 and I can only display one rung at a time, even though I have dragged windows icon bar and start menu to one side. I can't display the analogue function blocks at all in any worthwhile way.
Then there is displaying enough of an A3 size block diagram at once to be able to see how the bits go together.
Try designing a SCADA screen mimic with less pixels for the customer screen and the various design toolbars than the final customer screen will have by itself. The slow, tedious, repetitive scrolling will drive you to despair.
are we going for true 3D (holosite type projection) at last?
Putting a PV layer across the front so it can absorb energy when not being used to save power when it is?
or can we roll the screen up and hide it when we don't want it, pulling it down like a roller blind when Attenborough comes on?
Two tuners for freeview, two for freesat, recording/timeshifting to internal or USB devices. Format of recorded material to be playable on other vendor's gear (no lock-in)
ability to initiate recording by sms/irc/twitter/some sort of app on ios/android
blueray support as well as dvd? or is blueray dead?
up to 1080p, skip the 3d it's pants.
> "We can’t continue selling TV sets [the way we do]," said Sir Howard.
> "Every TV set we all make loses money.” The only way around that:
> to drive content sales that will cover the cost of the hardware.
That makes me shudder. First of all, I don't believe that every TV set they sell loses them money. I just don't. I suspect that what they mean is "why should Sky, the BBC, CBC make all that money out of people using our TV"
Why should I buy tv programmes from the set maker? That looks like restricting my choice and putting up my prices.
If I go and buy a set of plates from Denby, they don't try to sell me my food for the rest of my life. I get that from the Butchers, or the market, or the farm shop, or the chip shop. Denby are not trying to put all of them out of business.
if I buy a Ford, ford do not tell me what roads to drive on. if I buy a Radial arm saw Wadkin do not expect to sell me the wood and glue for the rest of the project.
Why should I hand the future of entertainment to Sony? Buggerm.
If they are loosing money on TVs, then let them go bust.
Well, there are too sides to this debacle
Governments, like the rest of us, should be living within thier means. They have lied to us about this since the end of the first world war, and are finally getting found out. How Britain can so suddenly go from the Largesse of the Brown years to the Misery of the Coalition should be evidence of how untrustworthy governments are.
But the Loan Sharks are accountable to no-one in this, and are being Greedy. To effectively double the cost of repaying Italy's debt is just banditry, and in the past we used to hunt down bandits and hang them. Now we watch as they give each other multi-million pound bonuses, and if it looks like their nasty racket is going to come off the rails our governments - the same governments they are blackmailling - prop them up with yet more of our cash.
To make both thing possible governments just print more money, making the value of my savings drop. This is why house prices have not plummetted since the crisis began (ok they have slipped a little but, but not off the cliff) - because there has been a secret revaluation of the money we measure them in, and it is now worth half what it was 5 years ago.
A pox on governments, and a pox on bankers.
It is time for the ptichforks and flaming brands, I tell you. Are there no lamp-posts? is there no rope?
Look, we don't know if there will be a Euro after christmas, or if some natural disaster will wipe out a vital manufacturing process. We don't know if our money will still work in a years time.
We don't know if Samsung will be /allowed/ to sell in certain markets, or perhaps if Apple will.
We don't know the price the new zoom will be offered at, or which eBooks will be offered in europe
So how can we know the individual market shares to this precision?
Oldish news, although the Dopamine mechanism may be newly quantified. Have a look at:
Proc. R. Soc. B November 7, 2006 273:2749-2755 ; Kevin D Lafferty; "Can the common brain parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, influence human culture?" -
"The latent prevalence of a long-lived and common brain parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, explains a statistically significant portion of the variance in aggregate neuroticism among populations, as well as in the ‘neurotic’ cultural dimensions of sex roles and uncertainty avoidance. "
http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2334/2/11 "The subjects with latent toxoplasmosis have significantly increased risk of traffic accidents than the noninfected subjects. "
Jaroslav Flegr, of Prague, have shown that widespread infection is associated with changing the sex ration from 104:100 boys:girls to 260:100.
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