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Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

SimonTheSoundMan Re: I don't follow (369 comments)

I don't even have font smoothing switched on my retina MacBook Pro, just no need.

OS X has quite good font smoothing, if you want to see a bad one just try one of the many Linux desktop environments.

5 days ago
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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

SimonTheSoundMan Re: a quick search (331 comments)

More accurate, don't jam as much in cold weather. If a Lee fails to fire, you can pull the pin back again without moving the bolt. If a bear is coming at me and the rifle fails to fire, do I want to pull a pin back and then it'll fire, or have to go through the drill of making the firearm safe, emptying the round from the chamber, then loading the next round then pray it fires that time around.

about a week ago
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One In Three Jobs Will Be Taken By Software Or Robots By 2025, Says Gartner

SimonTheSoundMan Re:Yes yes yes (405 comments)

Well software and robots will do some of the tasks we do today, which means people of the future will be doing other tasks. Walk in to a factory these days in Western Europe, the factory has possibly 5 employees on the floor, go to China and there are thousands to make the same product. This is what is different with out economies, wages will in China will get to a point where robots are more cost effective, and efficiency is needed. People keep on going on about Foxconn buying in robots, this isn't anything new, just they are shifting just as Europe did decades ago to automated lines - a cover glass for a product is no longer manually stacked and trollied over to the next workstation by workers, it is now done by a robot with suction cups and the trolly drives itself to the next workstation. Skilled engineers will go off designing new robots, some will become managers as their jobs are more service sector jobs working in sales or maintenance for example. You'll find 4 of the 5 workers on the floor are simply cleaners or loading materials, the 5th person in an engineer that managers the floor, workers and maintenance.

If you're not the one designing these robots or software, and your not in these management roles, you're stuck in the last decade of engineering in manufacture. Same can be said for many other disciplines of engineering.

about three weeks ago
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Apple Sapphire Glass Supplier GT Advanced Files For Bankruptcy

SimonTheSoundMan Re:How can you (171 comments)

It's cashflow. I guess it halted after this: http://www.macrumors.com/2014/...

You have to be able to pay your staff, overheads and other costs etc. The new iPhone is at least a year away, I guess they couldn't secure a loan.

about three weeks ago
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Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

SimonTheSoundMan Re:Antecdotes != Evidence (577 comments)

I got very paranoid about my Mac slowing down. I tested all sorts before doing a full wipe.

Before wipe, booted in 38 seconds, tested some apps load time, I can't remember off my head but it let's say 10 seconds. Wipe, machine took 35 seconds to boot, apps took the same time to open.

Meanwhile, two Windows machines I have with Windows 7. These machines do not get used much. Before wipe took 3 minutes to login screen and a good 2 minutes after login to be usable (don't get this in OS X), wipe the machines took 50 seconds to boot and were usable after login. I've been to businesses where their quad core i7 machines get switch on in the morning as soon as staff arrive at their desk, they then go make a coffee, eat breakfast and come back and the machine would just about be booted. Meanwhile I'm there with an iMac from 5 years ago that has never been wiped and it boots in 30 seconds.

Now on a retina MBP. Takes 11 seconds from boot to login, most of that time is EFI doing POST etc.

about three weeks ago
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Curved TVs Nothing But a Gimmick

SimonTheSoundMan Re:No Way! (261 comments)

4k is refereed to cinematic camera resolutions, 4096 pixels wide, and shot at 24fps. It is a standard by Digital Cinema Initiatives. Tons of content shot at this resolution, the work I do we have been shooting digitally in 4k ad 6k since 2009. Also uses CIE XYZ colour space, UHDTV will be standard illuminant.

You all miss my point, the current TVs will not be compatible with UHDTV. Biggest difference apart from rec202 is having to support 100 and 120Hz, all progressive.

As for tests, BBC in the UK plan to launch UHDTV1 service over DVB-T2 in 2016, this has enough bandwidth to support this format. UHDTV2 has some more hurdles.

Only a handful of monitors support UHDTV, they are mostly professional grade 1 panels, and in 4:3 (so we can have other data above and below the image). Current '4k' TVs you could say are UHDTV 0, it is what we call them. We keep 4k different to UHDTV so we do not get confused.

about 5 months ago
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Curved TVs Nothing But a Gimmick

SimonTheSoundMan Re:No Way! (261 comments)

4k is sure a gimmick.

UHDTV is coming, and these current 4k TVs will not be compatible. For a start, the resolution will be UHDTV1 2160p (just under 4k) and UHDTV2 4320p (that's almost 8k!), rec.2020, 100fps and 120fps, plus much more. Plus DRM issues.

Testing in the UK for UHDTV1 is 2016, 2020 for UHDTV2 which the Olympic Games in Japan will be shot at.

about 5 months ago
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Curved TVs Nothing But a Gimmick

SimonTheSoundMan Re:No Way! (261 comments)

Well, primary reason is to increase viewing angles.

Meanwhile, I went to an EBU standards meeting on UHDTV. Curved screens came up, some want it to be the norm, asking if none straight lines should be used instead of straight ones on transmission so lines appear straight on curved screens.

about 5 months ago
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Official MPG Figures Unrealistic, Says UK Auto Magazine

SimonTheSoundMan Re:Real-world conditions (238 comments)

The flaw is it has stupidly hard roll bars and coil overs, something that modern sporty hatchbacks seem to have. You need this camber (and toe) to bring stability back.

about 4 months ago
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Google Chrome 34 Is Out: Responsive Images, Supervised Users

SimonTheSoundMan Re:Nah...TL:DR (115 comments)

Wouldn't this be better with JPEG2000 or other wavelet based image format?

You just fetch whatever level of detail you want, you just stop.

about 7 months ago
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Firefox 29 Beta Arrives With UI Overhaul And CSS3 Variables

SimonTheSoundMan Re:New UI? (256 comments)

Chrome looks like Firefox - Mozilla did the research for a new UI and UX, collected tons of data through Test Pilot project, released the data to the public, before Firefox 4 was released with the new UI, Google came out with Chrome that looked very similar to what Mozilla drew up in mock UI's. This just completes the overhaul of the UI. A little late as it was a low priority. Sad story, but true.

about 7 months ago
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Your Next Online Order Could Be Delivered To Your Car's Trunk

SimonTheSoundMan Re:And when it doesn't fit (162 comments)

I worry about the dead body being found in the boot.

about 8 months ago
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Under Armour/Lockheed Suit Blamed For US Skating Performance

SimonTheSoundMan Re:Its too bad.. (357 comments)

Like the IOC did with swimming banning such suits, you'd think they would have made this a rule across all sports.

about 8 months ago
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'The Color Run' Violates Agreement With College Photographer, Then Sues Him

SimonTheSoundMan Re:Trademark powers? (218 comments)

Same with London Olympics. A new law was made for this purpose, the 'London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Act 2006'.

about 8 months ago
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Update on the March of Progress: How Slashdot's New Look Is Shaping Up

SimonTheSoundMan Every single comment here is negative! (237 comments)

You must be new here!

Every time /. has been updated, people moan. "Slashdot now uses javascript, how could they do this to us!", "web page is so bloated, it used to be 30kB it s now 50kB, I'm on dialup and will be for the next 30 years".

*yawn*

about 9 months ago
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SpaceShipTwo Sets a New Altitude Record

SimonTheSoundMan Re:Is it really worth it? (117 comments)

I guess briefly as it starts to fall back to earth. It wont be orbiting or going faster than escape velocity.

about 9 months ago
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Chromebooks Have a Lucrative Year; Should WinTel Be Worried?

SimonTheSoundMan Re:How many don't use the chrome part? (321 comments)

This is what I hear from everyone I know who has one. I know of 7 people with Chromebooks, they either wiped Chrome off or left it getting dusty on a shelf, one or two given to someone else. I must state that none of these people bought their Chromebooks, they were given for free from Google.

So, does anyone actually know of anyone who has bought one? Why do they sell well on Amazon? A race to the bottom to release cheap hardware, Chrome OS machines being one of the only ones left as OEMs have learnt that racing to the bottom doesn't work.

about 10 months ago
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Some Londoners Cut Off As Failed Copper Thieves Take Fiber

SimonTheSoundMan Re:There's a solution you know (184 comments)

I think we do in the UK. You're certainly not allowed to touch any cables or equipment that is beyond the demarcation box or master socket. Anyone?

about 10 months ago

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Amazon Patent Standard Photography Lighting Technique

SimonTheSoundMan SimonTheSoundMan writes  |  about 6 months ago

SimonTheSoundMan (1012395) writes "Photography Bay writes that the USPTO have granted a patent to Amazon as what can be described as a standard way of lighting a photography studio.

Amazon state:

Prior art solutions for achieving such a result for capturing images and/or video of objects set against a true white background include solutions that often involve some type of image retouching, post processing, “green screen” techniques, or other special effects and image and video manipulation to achieve the result of an object set against a true white background.

Accordingly, as will be described herein, embodiments of the present disclosure provide a studio arrangement in which an object can be photographed and/or filmed, and the images and/or video captured by the camera achieve the effect noted above without any image manipulation due to the particular arrangements of the subject, camera, lighting and background.

Just be careful where you place your lights to obtain a perfect white background, you could face serious litigation."

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Blackberry PlayBook to ship with no e-mail app

SimonTheSoundMan SimonTheSoundMan writes  |  more than 3 years ago

SimonTheSoundMan writes "Walter Mossberg at AllThingsD has had his hands on Blackberry PlayBook. What strikes odd is the device has no e-mail, contacts or calendar apps.

This first edition of the PlayBook has no built-in cellular data connection and lacks such basic built-in apps as an email program, a contacts program, a calendar, a memo pad and even RIM's popular BlackBerry Messenger chat system. To get these features with your $500 PlayBook, you must use it with a nearby BlackBerry phone connected to it wirelessly over a short-range Bluetooth connection. Once this link is made, these critical applications pop up on the PlayBook’s screen, via a system called Bridge.

7 inch PlayBook ships on April 19th for $499."
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Apple awarded patent for solar powered devices

SimonTheSoundMan SimonTheSoundMan writes  |  more than 3 years ago

SimonTheSoundMan (1012395) writes "TUAW reports that Apple have been awarded a patent for solar cell power management — When the voltage from solar cells is not enough to power the device, a voltage regulator adjusts the voltage to that of the operational voltage. Well, you can increase the voltage, but not the power, I guess this magical patent wont power my i-device in the dark."
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Apple challenges $625.5 million patent judgement

SimonTheSoundMan SimonTheSoundMan writes  |  about 4 years ago

SimonTheSoundMan (1012395) writes "Bloomberg report that Apple is to challenge a patent jury verdict that was made last week that infringes Mirror Worlds LLC's patents that Apple uses in their Cover Flow, Spotlight, and Time Machine technologies. The jury were in favour of Mirror Worlds LLC, created in 1996 as a patent holing company by Yale professor David Gerlenterand, who filed the patents in 1999. $208.5 million for each infringement is to be awarded."
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Elgato offering vuvuzela filter to EyeTV users

SimonTheSoundMan SimonTheSoundMan writes  |  more than 4 years ago

SimonTheSoundMan (1012395) writes "Elgato have created a vuvzela filter so you can watch the football World Cup in peace. Elgato have produced a video to show the filer in action. It doesn't cut out the noise in full, but the annoying bee sound that drowns out the cheers and commentary can be heard at last!

Elgato writes:
"A special edition of EyeTV 3.4 software is available during the 2010 FIFA World Cup that offers a new feature called the "Vuvuzela Filter". This filter gives you the option to dampen the buzz of vuvuzela horns in the stadium during live TV broadcasts; it can be quickly switched on and off at any time during the game. To use the filter, control click to bring up the contextual menu in EyeTV."

Elgato are pushing this out as an update to current users. Update for EyeTV can be found here."

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Avatar banned in China

SimonTheSoundMan SimonTheSoundMan writes  |  more than 4 years ago

SimonTheSoundMan (1012395) writes "Avatar has been banned in China for being too successful, according to Sky News. Instead, state funded 'Confucius' will take its place.

Sky News quote:

James Cameron's sci-fi blockbuster Avatar is to banned from cinemas in China — despite breaking box office records in the country. 2D versions of Avatar have been banned from Chinese cinemas. Non-3D versions of Avatar are to be pulled next week, in order to protect the nation's home grown films. The country's censors ruled that the epic had become too dominant and also worried about its effect on audiences, according to reports. "First, it has taken in too much money and has seized market share from domestic films," Hong Kong's Daily Apple said...

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Apple pulls Elgato EyeTV app over backdoor 3G stre

SimonTheSoundMan SimonTheSoundMan writes  |  about 5 years ago

SimonTheSoundMan (1012395) writes "After a live TV streaming via 3G easter egg was discovered in Elagto’s EyeTV app for iPhone, Apple have requested that Elgato remove the app from the Apple App Store with a fix. Extract from Elgato’s statement:

"Some test code that enabled live TV streaming over the cellular network was accidentally left in the the EyeTV App. Apple requested that we remove the code since their agreement with AT&T does not allow redirecting TV signals over the cellular network."

"The code was removed and a 1.0.1 version of the EyeTV app was submitted. We expect EyeTV to return to the App Store when the 1.0.1 version is approved.”

AT&T’s grip on Apple is showing to be stronger than ever, holding back the platform, making the rest of the world suffer because their network is not up to speed with the likes of ones in Europe. Roll on the end of AT&T exclusivity in the USA."

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British News Papers T&C "Do not link to us

SimonTheSoundMan SimonTheSoundMan writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Simon Howes writes "onlinejournalismblog.com has found not one, but seven of the largest news papers in the UK do not allow direct linking to their own web sites. Ironic when the Times own web site includes a 'share' button to bump them up the StumbleUpon league

The 'no links' clauses, found in several papers' sites' terms and conditions, provoked amazement on twitter. But it seems newspapers aren't alone — there are more sites with similar conditions such as these large companies and these public sector organisations."

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Youngest galactic supernova (not aliens) found

SimonTheSoundMan SimonTheSoundMan writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Simon Howes writes "After searching for decades, astronomers have found a supernova in our galaxy! So it wasn't little green men we were waiting for. It's located very near the center of the galaxy, about 28,000 light years away, and it's only at most about 140 years old.

Quote from Bad Astronomy: "If you're wondering what all the buzz has been about the past few days over a NASA discovery, then wait no longer. No, it's not aliens or an incoming asteroid. Instead, it's still very cool: astronomers have found the youngest supernova in the Milky Way.""

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