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Lenovo To Offer $200 Budget Tablet

gilesjuk Compromised (178 comments)

Except it's a 7 inch tablet with a widescreen ratio screen. So when holding in portrait it looks silly, too narrow and too tall.

These compromises are why they get overlooked.

about 3 years ago

Did Apple Impersonate Police To Recover the Lost iPhone 5?

gilesjuk Re:None of it ever happened. Marketing Hype. (233 comments)

It's one way of announcing the product without announcing it. It lets people know it is nearly ready without having a formal announcement where all the specifications are laid down and dissected by the media.

about 3 years ago

How Do You Explain Software Development To 2nd Graders?

gilesjuk Logo (430 comments)

Logo was my first experience (alongside BASIC) of programming.

It's quite a simple thing to pick up and it shows them how to make shapes.

It was designed for education too:

about 3 years ago

Apple's Chinese Suppliers Accused of Causing Significant Environmental Damage

gilesjuk Re:Again Apples business (346 comments)

People name check Apple because they are doing well. It would be Microsoft if they captured the peoples imagination.

It's not like Apple don't audit these people. But they can't be there 24/7 and 365 days of the year.

about 3 years ago

Ex-Board Member Says HP Is Committing 'Corporate Suicide'

gilesjuk Re:If HP really wants to re-invent themselves (394 comments)

Great, so what HP needs to succeed is an inferior hardware product that costs twice or three times as much as the competition?

As much as people like to think that their own country can assemble and produce a better product, places like China and Taiwan are geared up to doing such work. The chips are made near by, the boards are made near by and there's plenty of people to do the work.

about 3 years ago

The Latest Web Browser Grand Prix

gilesjuk Re:I'll save some time for everyone (207 comments)

They ran their tests on a hackintosh from what I can see. They mention the OSX tests were not run on Apple hardware.

Now that probably doesn't make a huge difference, it just depends how good the hardware is and how they've make the hackintosh version of OSX.

about 3 years ago

Ex-Board Member Says HP Is Committing 'Corporate Suicide'

gilesjuk Track record? (394 comments)

Do they have any track record in enterprise software?

It seems like HP is just another tech firm looking for the next bandwagon. But ultimately they don't have the courage and conviction to stay on it until it gets where they want it to go.

This is hardly encouraging for customers who don't like their platform investment to be wiped out by scatter-brain CEOs.

about 3 years ago

SignalGuru Helps Drivers Avoid Red Lights

gilesjuk Re:Better Idea (436 comments)

We have both in the UK. The roundabouts work until the roads get to a certain level of traffic and then they put traffic lights on the roundabouts which are often full time lights. Nothing more irritating than stopping at traffic lights at 1am on empty roads.

about 3 years ago

SignalGuru Helps Drivers Avoid Red Lights

gilesjuk Wrong way around (436 comments)

Put more sensors and "intelligence" in the traffic lights and let people drive around as normal.

Traffic light systems are really stupid, last night I was driving home at 2am and came to some traffic lights, they changed to red and there was no other cars around.

about 3 years ago

Tribute To Steve Jobs: a 21km Apple Logo in Tokyo

gilesjuk Re:I hate running (108 comments)

I think you're getting running mixed up with Golf.

about 3 years ago

Acer CEO Declares a Tablets Bubble

gilesjuk Re:Fever? (692 comments)

Wrong. Tablets were around for 10 years but they were without a touch screen friendly OS.

The iPad has a UI designed for the touchscreen. It is why you never really feel the need for a mouse or keyboard.

The reason the mouse and keyboard feel most comfortable when using Windows is because that is what Windows was designed for. Also, you tend to have the screen further away when using a PC or laptop and therefore touching the screen isn't ergonomically friendly.

about 3 years ago

The Press Reacts To Steve Jobs' Departure — in 1985

gilesjuk Re:Brilliant idea! (207 comments)

Look at Microsoft under Ballmer, the creative spark has gone.

When Jobs left Apple in 1985 they bumbled along producing revisions of Macs and Mac OS that added very little. It took until 2001 and 4 years of Jobs to get a new OS with proper multitasking. OSX was based on all the work done at NeXT. Some of that work could have happened while he was at Apple and OSX (with a different name) could have been released in the 80s or 90s.

about 3 years ago

Linus' First Linux Post, 20 Years Ago Today

gilesjuk Mobile and server OS (181 comments)

I bet he didn't see that it would be a popular embedded and server OS either.

Many seem to think Linux will grow on the desktop but that's unlikely to happen. It's easier to move into new markets.

about 3 years ago

Atari Targets Retro Community With Cease & Desist

gilesjuk Rewarding laziness (219 comments)

Such long copyrights and brand names being traded around is pure laziness. The people buying brands and capitalising on IP created nearly 30 years ago.

Personally I see that there's a case for having all patents, copyright and other IP die with the company when they go bust. It offers an incentive to be creative and not take massive risks.

more than 2 years ago

Patent Applications Hint Apple Wants To Eliminate Printer Drivers

gilesjuk Drivers do more than one thing (323 comments)

Drivers are more than just translating printer data into print outs. They have control panels for features in the printer. Multiple trays and the like.

Getting rid of printer drivers would mean having to handle these device specific features and even if you added facilities to handle these unique features there may be a situation that can't be handled.

more than 3 years ago

What's the Carbon Footprint of Bicycling?

gilesjuk Re:Sounds pretty easy (542 comments)

I know someone who did 162 miles in one go, off road on a mountain bike. It was a 24-hour endurance event.

Pretty much everything on a bicycle is simpler, lighter and more efficient than a car. Although the lifespan of some of the parts can be lower, bearings, chain and so on.

But the biggest advantage is everything is user repairable given some knowledge. Unlike the increasingly complex car engines and ECUs.

more than 3 years ago

The Death of Booting Up

gilesjuk Re:Never been a problem... (557 comments)

Well, it was more that there was no resource tracking on the Amiga. So if an application crashed it would not then deallocate its memory. There was also no memory protection.

But this was down to the CPUs not having memory management units (MMU), even when you did have an MMU the OS wasn't written to use it. It would have required a rewrite of the kernel and applications.

Of course, an MMU was handy for debugging purposes.

more than 3 years ago

Bing More Effective Than Google?

gilesjuk Funded by who? (385 comments)

Who funded the research?

It does often tend to skew the results in the favour of the person who commissioned the report.

more than 3 years ago

Dutch Government To Tax Drivers Based On Car Use

gilesjuk Re:This was proposed in Oregon (500 comments)

We've looked at similar things in the UK.

Surely this system will track where you are and at what time you drive?

A fuel efficient car isn't efficient if it is sat idling in a traffic jam in the rush hour. Yet a car that is less fuel efficient will be emitting less pollution if it is driven at night on a clear road.

It's about trying to reduce traffic queues by making it more expensive to drive at peak times.

more than 3 years ago

New Serial ATA Standards Target SSDs, Tablets

gilesjuk Re:Come again? (113 comments)

It's for tablets. You simply don't have room inside for big bulky connectors that nobody is ever going to get access to.

more than 3 years ago


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