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iPad Review

IndieKid Re:CmdrTaco drags big brass ones along the ground (750 comments)

Well, the MacBook Air did create the market for CULV (Consumer Ultra-Low Voltage) based laptops, which seem to be slowly killing off the netbook as they're more powerful but are still thin, light and have decent battery life.

I think the MacBook Air is pretty shit too, but I wouldn't mind one of those nice Toshiba CULV laptops to replace my ASUS Netbook next time around.

more than 4 years ago
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Tracking Browsers Without Cookies Or IP Addresses?

IndieKid Re:Highest entropy? (265 comments)

I got 16+

Is this a new form of ePeen waving? Anyway, I think I was only unique out of 83k hits because of the strange resolution of this laptop (1440x1050) and combination of addons/plugins I have installed

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Facing Class-Action Suit Over Xbox Live Points

IndieKid Re:Something doesn't sound right (107 comments)

2100 points for 28EUR minus 19% VAT (28/1.19) is 23.53EUR or ~33.11USD: 33.11 / 2100 = 1.58ct per point

Still quite a lot higher (~32%) than 1.2ct per point.

more than 4 years ago
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Sherlock Holmes and the Copyright Tangle

IndieKid Re:Time to revert back to the 1790-1922 laws (290 comments)

That only works if the IP you're planning on exporting isn't already public domain in the countries you plan on exporting to.

In this instance the IP is public domain in the UK (as I understand it) and you would think the UK would probably be one of the largest markets for Sherlock Holmes stories.

more than 4 years ago
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Framerates Matter

IndieKid Re:LCDs = need even higher FPS (521 comments)

...and some high-end TVs have a 'game mode' that amongst other things switches the interpolation off to avoid the delay you speak of. Specifically, I think some Samsung models have this feature.

There is a related point though which is the fact that a number of TVs/LCD Displays claim to be 100Hz or even 120Hz but can't actually accept a 100/120Hz input. Supposedly the coming generation of '3D ready' displays will rectify this since for a comfortable 3D viewing experience 60 FPS to each eye is required.

more than 4 years ago
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Geek Travel To London From the US — Tips?

IndieKid Re:From a Brit who travels to the US a lot (1095 comments)

Get an Underground Overground tube map. You can buy these from dispensers on the underground platforms. They show the actual physical route and actual physical distances the tube trains take; the traditional symbolic map doesn't demonstrate the real distances between stops. You can waste a lot of time trying to take a particular tube to a particular station, when you could have just taken a simpler journey and ended up only two blocks' walk away. Not as convenient as the popout map, but good for planning your day.

I would agree with this; better yet if you have an iPhone, get the London Tube app - it will tell you the nearest tube stop using GPS and plot the fastest route from one station to the other. Finally, changing at Bank for Monument and vice versa on the tube is to be avoided if at all possible, especially during rush hour!

more than 4 years ago
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Geek Travel To London From the US — Tips?

IndieKid Re:British Museum (1095 comments)

There are dispensers where you can buy Oyster cards in a lot of the tube stations (think they're £3 or so). Some flights also sell them on the way in these days with pre-loaded credit.

The card will work on the tube, buses and a lot of the national rail services within London - national rail services going out of London are a bit of minefield pricing wise so you're better off asking at the station for the cheapest fair at the time you are travelling.

The cheapest way to get around London is to buy a 7 day travelcard and have it loaded onto the Oyster card at the machine/kiosk, you probably only need zone 1 depending on where you're staying.

(P.S. I would agree with visiting the British Museum and the Science Museum; the National History Museum is an amazing building and the dinosaurs are cool but the rest of the exhibits are a bit boring, however it's next door to the Science Museum and they're all free so you might as well stick your head round the door.)

more than 4 years ago
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Project Natal Release Details Emerge

IndieKid Re:$83 (173 comments)

If it's £50 in the UK it will probably be closer to $50 in the US. We always get screwed on the exchange rate (and quoted prices in the UK include tax).

An xbox game at launch is typically £35-40 over here (the RRP of Modern Warfare 2 was even higher, but I don't think that's a phenomenon unique to the UK).

more than 4 years ago
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UK's Channel 4 To Broadcast In 3D

IndieKid Re:BBC (126 comments)

Yes! That's exactly what I was thinking of - I was only 11 at the time so my memory of it is a little hazy :-)

more than 4 years ago
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UK's Channel 4 To Broadcast In 3D

IndieKid Re:BBC (126 comments)

Agreed, although the BBC has dabbled with 3D in the past (I seem to remember a 3D episode of Eastenders for either the Children in Need or Comic Relief charity event) this is a completely separate broadcaster.

more than 4 years ago
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The First High-Definition TV, Circa 1958

IndieKid Re:And how far we have not come (222 comments)

AMD (formerly ATI) offer some kind of free tool to users of their graphics card that does the same thing.

I think it might be called Hydravision or something like that. I used it until I installed Windows 7 when I found that the new Aero snap and improved multi-monitor stuff was enough for my needs.

more than 4 years ago
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Electric Car Nano-Batteries Aim For 500 Mile Range

IndieKid Re:My 1984 Mercedes 190 goes 600 miles on a tank (650 comments)

Whereas I only get a theoretical 356 miles out of my 2009 Fiat 500 - it only has a 35 litre / 7.7 UK Gallon fuel tank though.

However the model with the 1.2 litre engine has a theoretical range of 427 miles and next year's models are rumoured to get the same if not greater horsepower from a 0.9 litre turbo charged engine which should increase the range even more

more than 4 years ago
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"Terminator Vision" Is Here For the iPhone

IndieKid Re:Would be cool for SatNav (245 comments)

I'm sure it's being worked on - I've seen a few home DIY type solutions on the net before

Embedding some kind of display technology in the windscreen is one option, but I imagine this would be very expensive and might not be very easy given the way windscreens are manufactured (laminated glass I think)

The cheap option would be to project up onto the windscreen, but shining light up out of the windscreen would probably be very distracting for other drivers at night!

more than 5 years ago
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"Terminator Vision" Is Here For the iPhone

IndieKid Re:Would be cool for SatNav (245 comments)

I agree that Apple's approvals process for apps sucks balls.

I was very close to getting a HTC Magic (might be called something different in the US, basically the 2nd Android device), until I actually tried one - too slow (compared to iPhone 3GS), dodgy touchscreen and rubbish as a media player. Maybe the newer Android devices are better, but they weren't around when I was ready for a new phone. I'm open to the idea of getting an Android device in the future if one of those devices meets my needs better than the iPhone 3GS can.

more than 5 years ago
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"Terminator Vision" Is Here For the iPhone

IndieKid Re:Launched or not? (245 comments)

I wonder if the delay is caused by the fact this will only work properly on a 3GS, since other iPhones don't include a compass. I'm not aware of any apps that require a specific model of iPhone (or even iPod Touch) at the moment despite the hardware differences.

more than 5 years ago
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"Terminator Vision" Is Here For the iPhone

IndieKid Would be cool for SatNav (245 comments)

I want to see a SatNav application for the iPhone that makes use of AR.

I imagine mounting my iPhone on my dashboard with the camera pointing forwards and having the driving directions, road names/numbers, driving statistics etc superimposed over the top of the live images.

This is probably unrealistic at the moment due to hardware limitations (sampling rate for the built in GPS, compass etc) but I'm sure we'll get there one day. It's probably more realistic that TomTom or similar will come out with a SatNav that includes a camera for this purpose.

more than 5 years ago

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Social connected-ness means heroes always win

IndieKid IndieKid writes  |  about 7 years ago New Scientist are reporting on some analysis performed by Physicist Pablo Gleiser of the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Gleiser "studied the social web within the fictional universe of Marvel comics, comprising 6486 characters in 12,942 issues. Taking two characters to be linked if they appeared in the same issue, he found a superficially realistic social network. A small fraction of characters - notably the superheroes themselves - had far more links than most others, acting as key social hubs. "The Marvel universe looks almost like a real social network," says Gleiser". New Scientist goes on (in a light-hearted manner) to postulate that the superheroes always win due to their better social connected-ness.

Personally, I can't help but think that it's inevitable for the heroes to be at the centre of any networks created based on stories about the heroes!

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