The Reg in acting like tossers shocker
711 posts • joined 9 Mar 2007
You mention the resurgence is down to Hi-Res Audio and then cite Sonos and Amazon AutoRip as examples.... now i'm not sure of the exact process that Sonos uses (but am certain it's really rather poor as it's based on the source) but do know that Amazon AutoRip uses a 320kbps MP3. Neither of those are Hi-Res.... they are however exactly the reason why i still buy CD's and rip them myself, so until true Hi Res audio becomes available for download, i'm all for vinyl.
Now if only the wife would let me buy one, or better still my father let me have his Transcriptors Master Reference....
The Reg has really gone downhill hasn't it... is it not possible to post an article that doesn't have to have a dig at Apple? We all know they think you're a bunch of complete and utter kumquats too and hence never invite you anywhere, but the plethora of drivel that comes through on my RSS feeds means I miss out on the once a week vaguely interesting article you guys actually write these days.
Have you thought about growing up?
Isn't it pretty much exactly the same price the 5S was?
The Reg 'we don't get invited to Apple events so we'll bash them at every opportunity' is really getting a bit fucking dull now. Have you considered growing up? As stated above, the products cost about the same as other 'comparable' items yet there aren't a plethora of articles baiting those.
If you don't want it, or can't afford it, it's quite simple - don't buy it. However, based on the sales of them thus far and the pre-orders this no doubt will have, i'd wager few people are that bothered and will buy it if they want it.
The main benefit for these cars comes to company car drivers who'll pay very little tax on the very low emissions. If you're company is paying for your fuel, you won't care what the emissions are but it's good for Porsche as they can sell more of them to company execs who previously would have avoided them like the plague!
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You're right of course, but trust me, having heard some similar things - that would sound quite a lot better.
Of course one thing not mentioned in the cinema paradiso is the actual room - that can play as much of an effect as the equipment - mediocre equipment, setup right in a well designed room can sound absolutely stunning, whereas really high end gear in a crap room sounds worse than an all-in-one system!!!
Because of the performance, the portability, the OS..... none of the which the Samsung does to a comparable level.
I'm writing this on a 6 year old Mac laptop, that's running the latest OS extremely well.... your average six year old windows laptop could probably just about still manage XP with SP3 installed.
Not really.... if you don't like the product, or it's not suitable, don't buy it.
An incredibly small percentage of people actually care about this sort of thing, your average joe has no concept that a hard drive can be upgraded to a larger one. So it really, honestly, makes no difference at all.
As a part time/occasional editor of video it's also rather commonplace to use external storage - you have the footage you're editing stored locally and you write the final thing to external storage. With the benefits of Thunderbolt too you can easily have large capacity and high speed storage externally.
If you want to edit video professionally you don't buy a cheap, portable machine anyway!
The Retina model is actually 'good value' try and build a basic spec 15" normal one to the same spec as the entry level Retina.... aside from the fact you can't change the graphics card, it's cheaper to buy the Retina model than it is to put 8Gb RAM and an SSD into the 'normal' one.
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Until you can get mainstream downloads in high quality, CD is still the best option...
Some places (such as the Naim and Linn independent labels) offer 24Bit 192KHz downloads but the artists are usually niche. Until Amazon or Apple offer high quality and I mean the current Apple Lossless or FLAC as a minimum, many folks will stick to buying and ripping their own CD's.
For a vast number of people the quality of downloads is fine.... for others, it isn't.
Why - I have a 32Gb model and am nowhere near filling it. What do you use it for??
Mine has 7 Newsstand subscriptions and i archive the older issues... no music as that is on my iPhone etc.
I transfer the pics from my Nikon camera with the SD -> Dock adaptor and am good to go.
Really don't see the extra storage need!!
But each to their own requirements...
Err, you don't get much PC for £200 these days.... given that an iPad starts at £399 and can do an awful lot!
Does depend on what you need a machine for, but for me the amazing battery life, ability to do huge amounts of stuff out and about - manage servers, check email, manage VMWare environments, access Sharepoint.... means the iPad is an integral part of my life.
I wasn't spending 24/7 on it... but there were a number of issues going back and forward between myself and Symantec, with them logging on remotely to do a lot of the work. It appeared to be as simple as setup, install some crappy update system, apply 300 updates, add a backup to disc destination and go from there - which took about 4 hours. If it had of worked, then great.... but it didn't. They decided we hadn't bought the right licenses and advised us new ones, they added them and it still didn't work, they then decided the licenses were still wrong... They were creating logon scripts, adjusting group policies etc to try and get it to work and in the end they couldn't. I'm fairly sure you can see why i hold them in such high regard and rate their support up there with the very best.
Conversely, on the same system Veeam took me 15 minutes to get up and running and hasn't missed a beat since. It was also half the price.
For our needs Veeam is great... for others they may need other functionality.
If they really have those patents then surely no-one can offer a B&R Solution that works well without paying them a royalty?
Maybe Symantec should consider the fact that their software is both bloated and hideously expensive and their support is beyond useless as more likely reasons for their profits falling?
Veeam is a beautifully simple yet incredibly powerful product and i love it! It was setup and fully functional in about 15 minutes.... Symantec took 7 weeks of toing and froing with their support before I gave up, got a refund and discovered Veeam!
It looks awful, menu layouts look similar to Windows Mobile in the early days!
And the big problem lies with different phones, some offer it as an upgrade, some don't, some have buttons some don't.... i'm sure i'll get nailed for this, but that's where iOS is so good. It's clean and polished, it works well - sure there may be some restrictions (i've never found any that stop me doing anything i want) but for 99% of the people it does everything they want.
it's like running Windows on a PC - is the latest version compatible with the hardware you've got - no idea! Guess you'll have to try....
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