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Nokia Introduces Windows Tablet

jacks smirking reven Nice device, already irrelevant (112 comments)

I really like the look of this device and the recent Nokia phones I've held and used have a very nice build quality. If this wasn't Windows RT I would definitely consider purchasing it. With the new Bay Trail Atom chips there's very little reason in my eyes to offer RT if I can have x86 Windows and 8+ hours of battery life and there are devices coming to market soon that will offer just that and every generation of chip's will extend that further.

Besides power consumption, app store lockdown and not wanting to alienate first gen customers, what reasons are there not to just cut your losses with RT?

about 10 months ago

Early Surface Sales Pitiful

jacks smirking reven All the RT's fault (251 comments)

The Surface failure to me entirely comes from their dual marketing of the Pro and RT versions, which we all know was brutally confusing to the public due to the fact the interface was identical but one could run desktop apps and one could not. Most people could care less about ARM vs x86. They see Windows they want to be able to use Windows just like at home/work. Some say that's a reason people would avoid the Surface where to many I think it would have been a plus.

If MS had ditched RT and only released the Pro and sold it at a loss to meet that $500 price point, or a second less expensive version with an Atom/i3 type processor it would have made marketing simpler and more effective and more people i feel would have been on board. The face that RT came first means they blew through all their momentum on something nobody wanted. By the time the Pro came out (which besides the battery life is a great piece of hardware) it was too expensive and nobody cared.

MS tried to win on all fronts and ended up losing both.

about a year ago

Smartphones: Life's Remote Control

jacks smirking reven Where is the IR? (121 comments)

The part I have never never quite gotten is why its so rare to fine IR transmitters in modern devices. This would ensure near total compatibility with all home AV gear. I know space is at a premium in these things but surely such a handy and simple thing would be worth it for the value add. The add ons i have seen are expensive or clunky, and thebbedt ones seem to be IOS based.

about a year and a half ago

Is Intel Planning To Kill Enthusiast PCs?

jacks smirking reven How would OEM's work with this? (1009 comments)

I am inclined to call bull on this idea as a whole. Unless I am underestimating the market for discrete components (and not just those who build their own PC's, but all the enthusiast makers as well such as iBuyPower, Maingear etc) otherwise the OEM motherboard makers should flip out about this. On Newegg right now I can find 15 variations of just Ivy Bridge processors from Intel in various configurations and prices. If I am Asus/MSI then I have to build a motherboard for each of those rather than one board that can support all of them?

I can see this being an option offered for the Dell/HP/Lenovo's of the world who are already accustomed to building machines with soldered chips and have the infrastructure to support it. I cannot think Intel is so clouded as to wipe off a hardcore section of their customer base, even if its a smaller amount of total sales.

about 2 years ago

LightSquared Wants To Share Weather-Balloon Frequencies for LTE

jacks smirking reven Kinda hope they succeed. (141 comments)

As mis-planned as LightSquared's business plans seem, I do really hope they or someone with a similar idea succeeds soon. Competitors obtaining and lighting up spectrum for data seems like one of the few market based actions needed to really put a bit of pressure on Verizon/ATT and even local broadband providers. That combined with some hopeful new ideas for the FCC on how it doles out spectrum and we could see some increased capability in US broadband options.

about 2 years ago

The Uncertain Future of NYC's Last Arcade

jacks smirking reven Probably should move (188 comments)

Real estate in Manhattan is only getting more expensive, even in Chinatown and the youth culture (hipsters they may be) are in Brooklyn and they would love nothing better then to prop open their shiny MBP's next to a vintage Galaga machine, even if they were born 10 years after it was new...

Also I'm curious do they host any of the retro tournaments (ala King of Kong) at this location, a move to a larger facility might make that feasible and get some more attention to the place.

Overall the arcade of old is a hard business model to sustain in this day and age for obvious reasons, especially with some games costing $1 or more per credit. You need something unique to get people in and staying in.

more than 3 years ago

Apple To Unveil Light Peak, New MacBook Pros This Week?

jacks smirking reven Where does Light Peak fit? (311 comments)

From what I've read it's not fast enough to replace HDMI/Displayport and not as cheap to integrate as USB 3.0 (will Apple retain a royalty on the connector ala Firewire?) I do understand the need to have a universal, optical interconnect but I'm not so sure i want Apple being the one pushing it...

more than 3 years ago

Kepler Investigator Says 'Galaxy Is Rich In Earth-Like Planets'

jacks smirking reven Re:Avatar (206 comments)

One would imagine that if we had figured such things out as cryostasis, interstellar transport, highly advanced cloning and mental transmission (especially that one) that we'd probably have made some advancements in astronomical observation as well. I was more bothered that with all that we couldn't get some metal out the ground without essentially using 20th century strip mining.

more than 4 years ago

NASA Ends Plan To Put Man Back On Moon

jacks smirking reven Good (460 comments)

At this point in US space travel's history it seems like we're in a transition period. The old technology has finally caught up with itself and now without the Shuttle we must pay the penance for its mistakes and not having proper plans afterwards. Rushing into a new manned programmed for what seems like no good reason other then to just do it will be a waste of money and take awy from developing tech. Spend the next 10 years using robots for science (the area NASA/JPL does very well with) and develop new propulsion, energy, life support etc for a new manned directive in the future. In the meantime let commercial ventures work out some new low cost delivery systems. Any plan for a moon base would involve robot systems paving the away ahead before humans regardless so let's focus those funds long term rather then making a couple of special interests happy.

more than 4 years ago

AMD Multi-Display Tech Has Problems, Potential

jacks smirking reven No Displayport == No luck (sortoff) (138 comments)

I was excited for this (and still) for a digital signage setup, being that to drive 6 individual screens at native res from a PC source was a challenge without real expensive gear (like an NVidia QuadroPlex), so at $500 this would be a bargain for certain setups, but without DisplayPort the card can only drive 2 screens video DVI/HDMI, anything else you need active (not a dongle like for the MBP since the card only has 2 DACs) DisplayPort to DVI adapters, which run at $99 each and are in terribly short supply thanks to this card. So if you want to use 6 screens without DisplayPort tack on another $400.

more than 4 years ago

MIT Designs Aircraft That Uses 70% Less Fuel Than Conventional Planes

jacks smirking reven Great... now its up to the aerospace companies... (459 comments)

Who are fairly averse to risk and bold updates. Boeing was inching closer to something refreshing before 9/11 happened, and now even its "replacement" is riddled with delays.

With all these private rocket companies (SpaceX, Armadillo, Bigelow etc) why no venturing into the commerical airspace market? I would assume its too regulated and just impossible to compete with Boeing/Airbus/Tupolev and make a profit, even with a killer design.

more than 4 years ago

Scientists Question Safety of New Airport Scanners

jacks smirking reven Issue not with the passengers (357 comments)

As someone who has done a fair share of work in airports (digital signage) and has been badged in a couple of term, I can say this from observation and from talking to people in the airports and the TSA, the issue is not the passengers, it's the workers. The passengers are checked to ridiculous measures, but if you work at an airport your protocols are entirely different. All the tarmac entrances and any "employee only" entrance isn't guarded by the TSA, but rather independent security companies hired by the airports themselves, so every airports strictness at these points are anywhere from stricter or far more lax, especially if you're a regular employee that they recognize. I have had to throw gear into the back of an electricians truck many many a time and driven it onto the tarmac without them opening or even swabbing the boxes. At that point I am less then 30ft away from a 767.

All this extra effort at the checkpoints is to keep up what most people here already know what it is. The illusion of absolute safety in a system where it can never be guaranteed 100%.

more than 4 years ago

Google Stops Selling Its Own Phone

jacks smirking reven The carriers have won. (196 comments)

They've got the majority of America buying into the subsidy/contract system. The advantages of dropping $500 upfront on a phone aren't obvious to the layman phone buyer. Not when they get get an iPhone for $199 (despite the savings over time of going off contract).

People here know the advantages (and a few here probably bought the N1 from Google) but I think that mindset is going to be hard to change without a drastic drop in the initial cost of the hardware.

more than 4 years ago

Taiwanese Researchers Plug RFIDs As Disaster Recovery Aids

jacks smirking reven In theory a good idea, but not the time yet. (108 comments)

Having chips in people can serve a number of functions and conveniences in a somewhat modern age as we seem to be in. It would be handy and helpful in many ways besides the ones the researchers describe, but because of our governments and human nature itself, it's not worth the risk. With something like that it's not a matter of if it's abused, but simply how they'll abuse it.

more than 4 years ago

Rockstar Ships Max Payne 2 Cracked By Pirates

jacks smirking reven Re:When you break it down, this isn't news. (340 comments)

Sort of yeah, but I think it's more an acknowledgement that "Crackers are smart dudes, and they wrote a piece of code that accomplishes an objective as good as anything we might write ourselves". Now whether you agree with that objective is another story.

more than 4 years ago

Rockstar Ships Max Payne 2 Cracked By Pirates

jacks smirking reven When you break it down, this isn't news. (340 comments)

Take the word "pirate" out of it and it's really a story of "programmers take code from somewhere else and use it for their own", and we know that never happens.

more than 4 years ago

Apple Loses Another 4th-Gen iPhone

jacks smirking reven Is Apple a little worried? (466 comments)

I know it's a stretch, but does anyone else think these are, if not leaked by Apple directly, overlooked by the people who are there to keep things under wraps. It's far fetched but I think it could be related to that this new iPhone, while very nice, isn't all that "special" like iPhones were 3 or so years ago. Spec-wise it's pretty much on par with existing Android sets out in the field, without even thinking about the ones down the line.

Not that it isn't going to sell a billion of them simply because they're iPhones, but the wow factor seems to have faded.

more than 4 years ago

A Peace Plan To End the Flash-On-iPhone Fight

jacks smirking reven Again with this? Seriously? (495 comments)

The Apple/Adobe fight is about money and control. Apple wants to wall people into their garden and Flash is an impedance to that. Apples banking on their customer loyalty (accept that owning an iPhone/iPad == no Flash) and that HTML5 will replace Flash for video.

If this was only about technological/security hurdles it'd be done and done already. Apple and Adobe have the resources to get this working in short order. The issue is money. No amount of standards and compatibility will get past that.

more than 4 years ago

HP To Buy Palm For $1.2 Billion

jacks smirking reven Return of the iPaq? (271 comments)

Smart move if HP is thinking about getting back into the phone business. They probably threw the idea around and came to the conclusion that they'd be another also-ran if they just pushed Android/WP7 sets (Especially since thats the move Dell is making)

As a Pre owner I would be glad to see WebOS on some adequate hardware, and in a tablet form as well.

more than 4 years ago


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