-Good luck on your voyage Blackadder. The finest cartographers in the land have prepared this Atlas for you.
-Thank you Melchie... Wait, the pages are all blank!
-Yes. They're hoping you could fill it in for them as you go along.
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-Good luck on your voyage Blackadder. The finest cartographers in the land have prepared this Atlas for you.
-Thank you Melchie... Wait, the pages are all blank!
-Yes. They're hoping you could fill it in for them as you go along.
> Hmm..... Hang on,call xperias since the Z2 has had onboard hardware active noise cancelling..
And Sony did that by using a TRRRS headphone socket instead of a TRRS socket (basically enough analogue connections that you can have stereo mic in as well as the usual stereo audio out). My point is that the implementation of 3.5mm headsets is not standard, even if the physical dimensions are.
There is also a rather cute stereo condenser microphone I bought for my Z3 Compact that makes use of the TRRRS socket (thank to another Reg commentor who alerted me to its existence). Really though, more serious sound recording would be done with an external ADC connected to the phone by USB Audio.
3.5mm is a good thing, but so often poorly implemented - often the plugs on headphones extend too far from the phone, resulting in excessive mechanical stress on the cable or phone socket. I've had this problem with MiniDisc players, Creative MP3 jukeboxes, laptops, phones.... all with damaged 3.5mm sockets. And then there are the countless headphone cables I've damaged.
>Do Apple believe that a phone is the only thing that people plug a pair of headphones into?
I use headphones at home with PC/tablet, and earbuds when out and about. Generally, the earbuds are dedicated to my Android phone.
The only forcing going on is that people won't be able to use the supplied Apple Lightning earbuds with other kit... no great loss because they are leaky and don't fit everybody well. (As opposed to the Apple In Ear Monitors, sold separately, which are actually considered good value for money for Balanced Armature-based earphones. )
High end 3rd party headphones already come with several cables - one Stereo Only, the other with Mic for iOS devices, another for Android devices if you are lucky. Good headphones in future will have a cable for Lightning, a cable for USB C (again, digital audio stream), and a cable for analogue audio pass-through. Or maybe that new Qualcomm chip for lossless audio over Bluetooth.
>I've never heard of anyone actually buying the current Mac Pro at all,
I have, some professional video editors/compositors, but it was always a nice device. It's strengths aren't in particularly in raw CPU/GPU power, but in shunting data on and off the machine very quickly ( because the video data you care about is going to be redundantly stored off the machine anyhows). I suggest the people you know who are using Hackintoshes might not be focused on the tasks that the Mac Pro was designed for, at least not to the extent that they save money by doing those tasks quicker.
I agree though - the Mac and Macbook range really could do with a refresh.
As for earbuds - I lose thing and I break things. I usually break earbuds by catching the cable on something. I have no doubt that I would lose wireless earbuds, too. However, I am sure that a 3rd party will release a lanyard for them, much as people sell cords for spectacles. Or you could make your own from a piece of cord and a couple of those little tiny elastic bands that are sold to teenage girls for 'weaving' bracelets from. Total cost of solution less than £0.1
>On a serious note, do they do FLAC or some equivalent lossless codec yet?
Yes, they have done for years:
FLAC support is available on iOS through 3rd party Apps.
Apple Lossless is as the name suggests. It supports sample rates of up to 384kHz and a sample depth of 32bit. (384 kHz is so much higher than the sample of rate of CD audio that it can, like the even higher max sample rate of FLAC, be thought as far more than good enough).
What iOS devices don't do is output analogue audio from a 24bit >192kHz DAC - though they have supported external DACs at higher sample depth/rate for years. A digital out connector (such as Lightning or, on Android, USB Audio) allows you to use an external DAC of your choice - either a discrete unit or integrated into your headphones or amplifier.
Apple Lossless has been reverse engineered, so there is no issue in converting to FLAC and vice versa (and if you want, back and forth with a loss in quality - they are both lossless!)
LG were the first to include a 24bit 192kHz DAC in their phones, the LG G2, and they contributed some code to the AOSP. LG's weird semi modular G5 phone has a B&0-branded DAC and amplifier module - though this module actually works with any Android device with USB C
(The module is branded B&O, but inside are ES9028 SABRE Digital to Analog Converter (DAC) and SABRE 9602 Headphone Amplifier, both from ESS).
Quite a few external DAC / Amplifiers already exist for Lightning and USB C.
If you have high impedance headphones, then you'll find the amplifier in almost any phone, including an iPhone, unsuitable. Having an external powered amplifier - which might as well contain a DAC away from the electrical noise inside a phone anyway - fixes that. USB C or Lightning (or even USB 2.0 Audio or Apple Camera Connection Kit) allow this. It also allows headphone manufactures to adjust the digital signal to work better with the physical limitations of their drivers.... so let Sennheiser or whoever have full control of the audio pathway, rather than puick it up halfway through from Apple, Samsung, HP or whoever.
>I recently discovered the secret to Apple's minimalist designs.
No, no you haven't. There isn't space here to teach you enough about products design and CAD for you to realise how little you know.
Creating fancy 3D shapes in CAD is easy - but not very useful. It's akin to the horrors we saw when home users started using DTP software... fucking hideous clipart everywhere, and as many fonts as possible.
CAD is not about fancy shapes, it is about coordinating teams of engineers of various disciplines (mechanical, electronic, RF, manufacturing), creating designs, testing (both virtually and creating physical mockups), retaining the results of those tests (mechanical properties, manufacturing considerations such as mold flow, tolerances, yields) and much more. And for all that, Jony Ive is an old school product designer anyway, preferring to shape foam models by hand.
>Maybe its a thing against Sony? (Honest question, easy on the downvotes)
No, Steve Jobs had a lot of respect for Sony, and vice versa, even though they have been rivals in AV editing software and hardware, portable music etc* (And now possibly mobile gaming with Nintendo's Mario coming to iOS - though no sign of an Apple reference physical controller. Not sure how much money Sony make from portable consoles like the Vita or PSP).
- Sony's design teams used Macs before OSX
- The original PlayStation was a homage to Esslinger's Mac design language. The PlayStation designer was a Mac fan, and later went on to push Sony to create the VAIO range. Esslinger had previouskly done work for Wega (before they were bought by Sony).
- Jobs would often pop into Sony Japan as a friend if their CEO. He suggested Sony put a GPS receiver in their compact cameras, and they did.
- Jobs wanted to make exception for Sony VAIOs when he announced the end of MacOS licensing.
- Intel OSX was always demonstrated internally on VAIO laptops.
It won't bother Sony.... shit, I've come across a Sony mini audio system at a friends that had an iPod dock on top, but no means of connecting an Aux cable (no 3.5mm or Phono).
*And now possibly mobile gaming with Nintendo's Mario coming to iOS - though no sign of an Apple reference physical controller. Not sure how much money Sony make from portable consoles like the Vita or PSP
>Actually, active noise cancellation is built in to the new design, the wireless or powered connected earphones work together to counter environment nose.
Yep, it's like the Sony phones which have TRRRS ( Tip, 3 x Ring, Sleeve ) jacks - the extra Ring allows for *stereo* mic input at the same time as stereo output - this means that active noise cancellation can be done using the phone's existing DSP and battery. The upside is that the noise cancelling headphones don't their own battery or duplicate silicon, making them more convenient and cheaper.
Its also worth noting that whilst the common TRRS (2x Ring) adheres to a physical standard, there is no standard for the electrical implementations for the microphone and remote controls on headsets, even between different Android phones from the same vendor, let alone Apple kit. As a result, the myriad headsets 'designed for iPhone' from Sennheiser, Klipsh, B&W etc etc seldom work properly on Android kit. [ there is a useful Android app called Sound About that allows you to override overly fussy headset detection, and lets you use iPhone headsets without annoying warnings - though you still may not get full mic/remote functionality]
Generally, my headphones stay with my laptop, my earbuds stay with my phone. Earbuds get broken (always the cable) or lost, so I'm not 'invested' in the 3.5mm jack. If I were an iPhone user, the lack of a 3.5mm port really wouldn't put me off the new model. Heck, even on 3.5mm ports, I like to have a small Male > Female cable between the phone and earbuds, just to reduce the mechanical strain on the earbud cable. Ideally, I'd like a physical connector that can 'break away' - saving me money on damaged earbud cables and on damaged 3.5mm ports. (My Dell laptop has its 3.5mm port is damaged, meaning I'm using a USB speaker I had lying around).
> It will make no difference for most of your readers
Some past Apple decisions I have later seen in my kit from other brands:
No optical drive
No removable battery
So their coverage on the Reg is a useful prompt for a discussion about which future paths would be good to avoid, and which are worth exploring.
Personally, if there was an audio connector that was physically robust enough to not damage the host device whilst supporting a thicker cable gland so that the cable lasts a decent time, I'd abandon 3.5mm in a shot - because it would save me money. I already get short 3.5mm M low profile 'L' > 3.5mm cables to protect my phones from overly large/awkward headphone jacks.
Non of my stuff lasts long enough for me to consider I have an 'investment'.
The Apple PlainTalk microphone jack used on some older Macintosh systems is designed to accept an extended 3.5 mm three-conductor phone connector; in this case, the tip carries power for a preamplifier inside the microphone. If a PlainTalk-compatible microphone is not available, the jack can accept a line-level sound input, though it cannot accept a standard microphone without a preamp.
To compare to a long established product line, inexpensive digital Casio Watches. Their manuals used to suggest the following:
Water Resistant. 30M Splash Resistant. Fine in shower, but don't place directly in water jet. Okay for swimming, but don't use the buttons.
Water Proof: 50M. Fine in swimming pool and shower.
The only Casio I had in my youth that died from too much water was the calculator model, which my dad placed under a tap to wash some mud off.
>Can a knighthood be revoked?
What for - offering adult customers a choice, whilst informing them of potential issues? Or for offering a shiny black finish that doesn't use a costlier, harder ceramic material, a la RADO or Rolex?
Levi Jeans are available in white... and whilst they are no more susceptible to retaining dirt and grime than their blue counterparts such stains will be more visible. If this is a problem for you, we suggest not wearing them at a music festival. Such stains do not impede the primary function of the jeans, that is keeping your legs warm and your underwear hidden.
Ultimately, it doesn't affect you or me. So why not rail against something that does, such as colour-matched bumpers on cars which show small nicks and scratches more than good ol' black ABS bumpers? It's our insurance premiums that help pay for repairs to car components that shouldn't be so susceptible to cosmetic damage in the first place.
>I do hope Apple won't actually build a car
Existing car manufacturers from Ford to BMW offer different paint colours and finishes, from gloss to matt. Some of these finishes show up bird shit, mud, dead insects and small scratches from hedgerows more than others. I'm not sure why Apple offering the same in phones precludes them from the automotive game in your opinion.
Nor do I see a problem with Apple - or any other company - making clear to potential customers the limitations of their products. It's an anodised finish that will scratch, even though it looks (when new) like a ceramic that won't scratch in normal circumstances.
It depends upon whether your case is transparent. Otherwise, keep it in your jacket pocket away from your keys and loose change. This is true of most phones, regardless of colour or finish.
My cheap Huawei is made from ABS plastic, and bounces unhurt from concrete. It doesn't even eject its removable battery on impact, as Nokia 3210/3310 phones used to. Annoyingly, more expensive phones I've owned exhibited less will to live. If I had an iPhone, I'd have a large range of cases to choose from, including some fairly robust 'builder's spec' models.
Emergency vehicles are often slowed by a queue of traffic waiting at traffic lights, and not every driver is checking their mirrors as they should.
It wouldn't be hard for the traffic lights themselves to signal to drivers to pull over when an emergency vehicle is due to come up behind them. This signal could take the form of a flashing blue arrow, perhaps. There are several ways the traffic lights could be alerted to an approaching ambulance.
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Not after Destiny. Stephen Merchant in Portal 2 was much better.
(Or maybe Dinklage correctly saw that Destiny wasn't all it was cracked up to be?)
As Q: "Bond, have you tried turning her off and on again?"
Chiwetel Ejiofor looks pretty hard in Triple 9, albeit with a big dose of vulnerability.
Mark Strong playing a Bond-esque British agent as a straight role opposite Sacha Baron Cohen:
Ridley Scott on Mark Strong's performance in Body of Lies: "a marvel of exotic suavity and cool insinuation"
Roger Ebert on the same: " I particularly admired the work of Mark Strong as the suave Jordanian intelligence chief, who likes little cigars, shady nightclubs and pretty women, but is absolutely in command of his job."
Sean Bean was a 00 agent though, albeit one gone wrong. [Goldeneye]
The 'working class Bond' concept was played with in 'Kingsman'. Really though, the whole point of Bond was escapism - fantasies of fine food and travel for readers in ration-book Britain, and the idea that 007 could hob-nob with rich evil elites without arousing suspicion. But hey, if you want an accent other than Received Pronunciation, may I suggest Timothy Spall?
with Rich Fulcher as Felix Leiter.
Damn you, I've just spent ten minutes trying to find Richard Ayoade as Dean Learner as Thornton Reed - with shotgun - on YouTube!
I would also love to watch classic Bond scenarios featuring Matt Berry as 007...
'Man to Man with Dean Learner' shows that Ayoade already has his own tuxedo... and damn you Channel 4 for blocking YouTube videos. Also damn you for requesting Comedy Central geoblock the UK even though you stopped showing the Daily Show. And damn you for replacing the excellent comedy you did in the nineties with Big Brother.
No problem with being a female (indeed, if you search the Reg forums for her name, you'll see the OP but yours that mentioned her was from me), but an American?
But hey, voice coaches do wonders these days, and any lingering trace of her native accent could be ascribed to her character having spent time studying in the US, or on secondment with the CIA or whatever.
It's annoying that few TVs have a DP input, whilst few PCs - or modest graphics cards - have HDMI 2.0 outputs. Hopefully a Home Theatre PC graphics card (i.e small and silent for video and 4K desktop duties, but not gaming) will arrive in time.
Or maybe this will be the better solution:
I don't know, I haven't tested it. (The three buyers who left reviews on Scan.co.uk suggest it does what it says on the tin)
Every new TV should include a small IR blaster - the size of a coin - with just one button: On/Off. This blaster will have an adhesive back so that it can be affixed to one's PVR/Satellite/Cable Box remote controller.
TVs have a 'wake on HDMI signal'.
The TV remote does little more than turn it on and off - the rest is done through the Humax PVR remote. The PVR remote can double as the TV remote, but the step of pushing [TV] [On] [PVR] [On] confuses and infuriates my dad.
[Off Topic: My mum is merely confused when watching the TV and it suddenly says 'Spotify' - a result of my dad in the next room selecting the wrong device from his phone ( I named the Chromecast Audio dongle in the kitchen 'Kitchen'... I don't know what else I can do). ]
>If I want to search for/look at a YouTube video when seated at the TV, I'd rather do it on the TV than go fire up some other device. So I'm rather annoyed at this development.
It sucks that something that did work now works no more. However, a Chromecast dongle - using as it does a phone, tablet or computer for text input - makes searching for Youtube videos so much easier than using a standard IR remote that I don't begrudge the extra power consumption. It also more than makes up for the time it takes for the Chromecast to boot up.
That said, our new Samsung TV presents itself as a Chromecast device, making Google's dongle redundant for the time being. The PlayStation 3 offers similar functionality from the Youtube app on an Android or iOS device.
> [Microsoft] is solely responsible for the decline of PC sales,
MS has caused me as much exasperation and frustration as the next user, but I have to suggest that at least part of the decline in PC sales is that older PCs are still fit for purpose.
My five year old Core 2 Duo w/ 4GB RAM is still happy to do 3D CAD work, as well as office and video tasks... for sure, a newer and faster machine will complete ray trace renders quicker, but that itself isn't reason for me to go out and drop £1,000 on a new PC.
MS have clearly made some infuriating and bewildering decisions over the decades, so you don't need to exaggerate!
Hmm... it appears you can use Win7 in a VM without contravening the licence. What isn't allowed is using the same Win 7 licence for both the host OS and guest VM.
>But the license doesn't allow that...
Does it not? Genuine question.
>a phage isn't a bacterium, it's a virus.
Quite right. Maybe the writer got confused by phage being an abbreviation bacteriophage - a virus that 'eats' bacteria?
>The Grid still looks modern and can be used in future Sci-Fi movies.They just need to put in a UHD colour screen and a new motherboard with a modern CPU.
Or they could just leave the GRiD in its original state and insert a new display in post-production! :)
>Never understood why they removed the robot sentries (and Ripley's search for her daughter) from the original film.
Commonly cited reasons given for films in general are:
- Potential cinema audiences can be put off by films over a certain length
- Theatres want shorter films to allow more showings per day
- The pacing and rhythm of a film
These days, many DVD releases are longer than the Theatrical Cut without even advertising the fact - people are more comfortable on their own sofas with a Pause button for toilet breaks.
Pacing is more an art than a science - the 3 3/4 hour long Apocalypse Now Redux 'flows' better than the original, whilst Cameroon was right to remove a scene of a cocooned Burke from the third act of Aliens - just as Scott omitted a cocooned Dallas scene towards the end of Alien - because it just broke the momentum.
The GRiD was in Aliens, but only in the Special Edition edit of the film that was released some years after the theatrical release. Should you be be scratching your heads and thinking "What drone guns?" it is likely you've only seen the TV broadcast version! :)
The director James Cameroon featured another strange portable computer, the Atari Portfolio, in his film Terminator 2 - a device developed in Surry, UK, and licensed to Atari. John Connor uses it to hack an ATM, and later a vault in the Cyberdyne lab.
>Are we into mass production (tonne lots) [of Carbon Nano-Tubes] yet?
*It depends upon how sir would like his CNTs. How long d'ya want them? How consistent, how pure? What's your application? Do you want them for their electrical properties, or for their mechanical or electrical properties? What's sir's taste in substrate, if any? We regret to inform sir that we currently have no mile-long tubes available for extreme engineering projects...
>So why are they aiming at a couple of minor niche markets when they could seemingly take over the entire world's memory and storage markets?
Because some of the advantages of non-volatile RAM would be currently wasted in mass-market devices such as desktops and phones. One these devices are designed to take advantage of it, the market will grow and prices will drop - a virtuous circle. There's always been games of chicken and egg in IT! :)
>Speed increases will, doubtlessly, be noticeable but does this then move the bottleneck to the system bus and or HDD/SDD and how many years before the price makes this technology practical for us home users?
Good questions, for which clues to some answers can be found in the history of the tech we use today. Already you can buy mass storage that sits on your PCIe bus instead of your SATA.
Some advantages, such as an 'instantly wake from a non-power consuming sleep state' might require a tweak to the computers power management system and CPU. The lower power consumption is of greater benefit to embedded and mobile applications than to desktops, though.
In the mid term, a technology that is as fast as RAM and as non-volatile and capacious as a HDD will change how a desktop computer is designed fundamentally. That is, why have separate RAM and mass storage?
Whilst you might not consider yourself an expert, you know better than others where the bottlenecks already are in your system, in relation to the tasks you put it to.
Phoenix/MVS is remembered for the responses that it gave to its HELP command. One such was the response to the command HELP GOD, to which Phoenix/MVS would reply "Deities must be invoked directly and not via Phoenix MVS."
>confused about the above comment , i'd think they'd love people to use weaker password words
Strategically, the UK Gov might want more data, but doesn't want its citizen's (and corporate organisation's) data to be snaffled by some other nation states.
RightStallionCellClip it is then! :)
The DSP will be doing more work when its 'view' changes - i.e when the wearer moves or rotates their head. When the wearer moves or rotates their head, there will be more airflow.
I'm assuming that Hololens production won't ramp up until MK II or III or whatever - so there's some scope to fab at process sizes smaller than 28nm.
> Maybe they should have just gone for an ARM-based SOC instead of a custom thing with an Atom on the side, Windows 10 is supposed to be cross-platform after all.
Quite a few of the software partners are used to developing for x86:
Not sure why you suggest an ARM-based chip in place of this custom DSP - even phones use GPUs that aren't ARM-based.
The law was changed in the UK, ohh, about ten years or more ago. It was in the news and everything.
The recent Karl Urban one was very good, but we only saw a bit of MegaCity One - and other than him passing Anderson's probation, it was presented as being just another day for Dredd. A great shame that no sequels are planned, though Karl Urban is keen - even suggesting that he could do one in a decade or two, portraying different parts of Dredd's career.
The Stallone film, whilst blaspheming, is worth watching for the production design and more ambitious scope - we go to Cursed Earth, even if its poorly realised. Stallone has since apologised for not making the film as it should have been.
Still, we'll always have RoboCop (emotionless lawman in a satirised world), and Dirty Harry (Clint being an influence on Dredd)
You didn't spot the tongue in a cheek, kryptylomese? :)
>Of course all I know about this historic literary figure is what was in that episode of Blackadder III, so I'm no more refined than the next lout.
Just to add to your knowledge of the man, Johnson was fond of insulting the Scottish and Scotland. I've yet to learn why.
>Just out of curiosity why didn't you use Muslims have for Women Imams instead of "Samuel Johnson had for women preachers", given there are Women Preachers and there's zero Female Muslim Imams.
Your curiosity didn't extend to clicking the link? The alternate analogy you provide wouldn't express the nuance of the author's views.
Johnson: "Sir, a woman's preaching is like a dog's walking on his hind legs. It is not done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all."
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