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Ask Slashdot: Alternate Software For Use On Smartboards?

tapi0 Far too open question (51 comments)

What make/model is the smartboard? A 'smartboard' is a name that can be applied to many a device with varying different capabilities, plus varying interfaces. Asking for software that will run with yours is difficult to answer without knowing what you have.

6 hours ago

Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

tapi0 Blackberry Missed Out.... (405 comments)

All things considered, Blackberry missed out on the action - relaunching their tab with sponsorship of the NFL would have made a sensible tie-in. "The coach is referring to his playbook" (but possibly could have got "Things are getting tough out there, He's going to have to throw away the playbook" - win some, lose some in Marketing I suppose)
as an interesting aside, my mother refers to any tablet (ipad/android or other) as "that playbook"... shows it's all down to first contact.

about two weeks ago

Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

tapi0 Re:Or, Apple could be fearful of comoditization (405 comments)

The other side of the commoditization is not just the name falling into general use (and trademarks being lost).
if a coach on a football field is being mistaken for using an iPad when actually using a surface, then the viewers may get the impression that they're all interchangeable - i.e. a surface obviously isn't inferior, and there isn't some magical reason for needing to buy an iPad specifically.
Microsoft has built their company around capturing the middle market from the established players. You don't need an IBM PC, you don't need a mainframe, you don't need a Playstation/Nintendo.... and now you don't need an iPad (and could become "or iPhone/Android"?)
They don't need to 'crush the competition', just let them play in their own environments, whilst taking up the rest of the market.

about two weeks ago

Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

tapi0 Re:football can cause brain damage (405 comments)

I get a giggle out of Surface commercials when they tout "Photoshop" on a tablet. It is woefully underpowered for running Photoshop for anything more than basic tasks. Because I can tell you, nobody doing Photoshop work professionally, is going to go Surface, and casual users aren't gonna buy Photoshop to run on Surface

you say this in reply to a poster who's telling you that he uses photoshop on his surface?
From the phrasing ("in the field") I'd also say that use is professionally. Now, your full time photoshop pro may not use it exclusively, but you've kinda replied to your own counterargument.

As someone above also said, there's enough room for people who like/use android, iPad, or Surface so your preference is valid. Personally though, the cost comparison is only one aspect - you're happy to use one device for one thing and another for some other use case, but for may people the convenience of not having to assess if they'll need the laptop, the tablet or the phone (or lug around all of them) is a benefit that outweighs the slight cost difference.

about two weeks ago

Google Serves Old Search Page To Old Browsers

tapi0 Why does search need a modern browser? (152 comments)

Unsure why you need to be on 'the latest and greatest' to perform a useful search. Google touted their simplicity all along, blank white screen with a text input and submit button.
For a successful search you enter a text string and hit enter, the website does its stuff and returns a list of links. This shouldn't need anything that isn't supported even in the most basic browser. Even adding functionality such as previews doesn't need heavy duty scripts, or modern features.

about two weeks ago

RAYA: Real-time Audio Engine Simulation In Quake

tapi0 Re:What if you tilt your head in headphones? (89 comments)

Thank you for the reply (I was the AC - just posting from mobile, not logged in), that makes so much more sense and I can see the effect in the video is actually useful. Very similar to the technique adopted by Amazon with their phone.
I had only ever seen descriptions of tracking head rotation (or lazily scanned articles - more likely) and not considered tilt/vertical/horizontal.

about three weeks ago

Slashdot Asks: Cheap But Reasonable Telescopes for Kids?

tapi0 Re:Binoculars (187 comments)

Completely agree. If only you could be modded to 6

about a month ago

Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

tapi0 Selective shuttering? (521 comments)

I wonder if they could employ some sort of 3D tracking* and then selectively shutter the relevant mirror whilst the bird flies through, it should only be momentary and not impact performance to a great extent. I'm making an assumption here that there is a way to shutter or otherwise divert the mirror for normal servicing operations, or 'throttling back'

Of course, if the bird gets closer to the boiler, more mirrors will be in play and likely difficult to manage, but this could be combined with an appropriate scare that can be mounted, or flown around the central structure

* A quick search reveals similar systems for airports, may be adaptable?

about 1 month ago

Iceland's Seismic Activity: A Repeat Show for Atmospheric Ash?

tapi0 Re:Unfortunately (69 comments)

How can Bardarbunga be pronounced "Aya-fjatla-jÃfkÃf¼tl" ?
I believe I think you're thinking of the volcano that erupted in 2010. This is a different one.

about a month ago

Is Dolby Atmos a Flop For Home Theater Like 3DTV Was?

tapi0 mod up! Re:What Atmos could do (197 comments)

Already commented so not able to mod - someone else with mod points out there? You've hit the nail on the head - atmos (or equivalent systems) with positional info distinct from the speaker channels should definitely get the best out of whatever installation
of course, there'll be the guys on here that point out that nothing will ever sound as good as their perfectly set up reference system, but they'll also be the ones complaining about 'the masses' having really badly set up rooms.
maybe that's it? a little bit of a frightner that time and effort may soon be nearly caught up with digital trickery?

about a month ago

Is Dolby Atmos a Flop For Home Theater Like 3DTV Was?

tapi0 Re:im a music mixer in hollywood... (197 comments)

that's how many amplifiers have been working for a while now (Yamaha are especially good at this with their discrete and sound projector lines)
Any new atmos enabled amp will have exactly that - see home theatre geeks
but a separate mic as you suggest isn't going to do very well....what's it going to tell your source/amp and what is it that you expect your source or amp to do with the info (if there was even an interface, so it could receive the info)?

about a month ago

Judge: US Search Warrants Apply To Overseas Computers

tapi0 Why is this news again? (502 comments)

I may be having a bad case of deja vu, but wasn't this discussed in detail only recently?

about a month and a half ago

Amazon's eBook Math

tapi0 Re:Disengenous (306 comments)

depends where, I believe that here in the UK at least you are able to have the book read out and recorded, copied to a large print, converted to brail, even typed up into word for you to read on screen. Of course, you could just buy them in that format to start with, but there's nothing illegal about doing so (or paying someone to do it for you).

about 2 months ago

"Magic Helmet" For F-35 Ready For Delivery

tapi0 Re:If this helmet is that great (184 comments)

> gives a new meaning to "fly by wire"

well, no, that literally is the meaning of fly by wire

about 2 months ago

"Magic Helmet" For F-35 Ready For Delivery

tapi0 pffft (184 comments)

most expensive and complicated headwear ever constructed?
obviously never been to Ascot Ladies Day!

about 2 months ago

Want To Ensure Your Personal Android Data Is Truly Wiped? Turn On Encryption

tapi0 Dupe: Why is this even an article? (91 comments)

The use of full encryption and wiping the key was commented on many times in the article quoted in this piece. Even the original story was an advert for avast's app. Does this really now deserve a separate article?

about 2 months ago

Microsoft Backs Open Source For the Internet of Things

tapi0 Re:Trust (136 comments)

Perhaps you're right, maybe it's just moved on to an accepted alias
It does just seem to indicate an unwillingness to move on though, and potentially hurts any point trying to make as the first thought is that whoever's using it is clinging to (potentially) outdated grievances, and allegiances, rather than wanting open discourse.
But I think I was being a little OTT there, it was late and I responded quickly.

about 3 months ago

Philips Ethernet-Powered Lighting Transmits Data To Mobile Devices Via Light

tapi0 Re:"Ethernet-powered" lighting? (104 comments)

PoE lighting is 'a thing' and many companies provide such sytems for offices (see, for example, ) why do you think it so far fetched?

about 3 months ago


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