* Posts by Jim84

260 posts • joined 20 Mar 2012


Keep monopoly or make network expensive, NBN Co warns


Country Bumpkins can do one

Hold on. I am one of those metro apartment dwellers, but if I am reading this correctly the NBN wants to stop TPG giving ne the option of fibre because it wants to charge me more to subsidize building fibre out to country towns? Seems like a bit of a statist solution if you ask me.

BlackBerry's Passport will be the WEIRDEST mobe of 2014


Qwerty Slider + Moon on a stick

I know they already tried this with the torch, but ended up with the worst of both worlds. The screen was smaller than an iPhone 3.5 inch job, and the keyboard was awful. Plus the whole thing was 1.5cm thick.

Still if they could produce a thinner torch, with a bigger screen, and a keyboard rivaling those on the classic designs, they would have a very nice phone. Whether that is physically and technically possible I don't know?

Also the keyboard is a bit worse than onscreen ones by not being contextual. Could they use a white and also a UV backlight to highlight different characters on the keys? Or make changeable e-ink keys? And for a reasonable price?

I do think the Torch failed not just because of its design compromises, but because BB7 was bloody awful as a smartphone OS for downloading and using aps and surfing the net. Messaging still worked outstandingly well, but Android and iOS were good enough by then.

BlackBerry bottoms out: Vows to wow with new Berries


Qwerty Slider

A qwerty slider would be nice. But the keyboard on the last one they made a few years back was horrible. Not sure if it is possible to produce a slider with a decent keyboard. That would be the best of both worlds... provided they somehow kept it to 9mm overall thickness somehow.

Internet of Things fridges? Pfft. So how does my milk carton know when it's empty?


The problem is remembering what is missing at the supermarket, and having to go to the supermarket

You are right that the fridge won't be able to identify a half full carton of milk.

What could be done though is to stick a touchscreen on the front of the fridge that has a grid of all the fridge items on it. When milk is running low you just tap the milk icon on the front and it is added to your shopping list. If you click order now all the items on the shopping list are ordered online and delivered via Amazon Drone or Google's self driving delivery vans within 30-60 minutes.

All that is required is a cheap bar code scanner (or camera).

Yes you could probably do this on a tablet, but then you'd have to grab that and set it up. Far easier if the fridge just has this functionality built in. You can use your smartphone or tablet to change channels on yor TV, but I don't think anyone has switched from the remote yet.

Supermodel Lily Cole: 'I got a little bit upset by that Register article'


The real problem

Is that this is only a newsworthy story because the recipient of the NESTA cash is fairly high profile. How many other absolutely worthless projects have had taxpayer money thrown away on them? The funding system is quite clearly broken and needs to be fixed... or binned. I'm sure there must be examples of successful government assisted startup schemes that can be aped? I've heard that Finland and Israel have successful scenes despite not containing silicon valley within there borders.

S is for SMACKDOWN: Samsung takes Galaxy Tab slab war fruit-side


Microsoft on the right track, but horrible execution as usual

i actually think that the end game for tablets will be a 12 or 13.3 inch model that has a 4k 'retina' OLED screen, is very light, and has an attachable keyboard that rather than relying on a kickstand on the back of the tablet (making the tablet square edged like Microsoft's Surface) has a bit of plastic or metal that pulls out backwards out of the keyboard to prevent the 'laptop' from falling over. This, along with some magnetic rotating hinges on top to hold the tablet would allow the tablet to be as thin as an iPad in the users hands.

Of course making a 4K 12 inch tablet that light and with enough processing power to run a 4K screen without draining the battery in no time is not quite possible at the moment. But Microsoft or Samsung could sort out what seems to be a very obvious design flaw in the attachable keyboard (at least to me).

Then again, Microsoft seem to be making a lot of crazy design choices such as getting rid of the start button in Windows 8, or forcing every Xbox One to be bundled with a Kinect. So perhaps I am judging with the benefit of hindsight?

Waiting gamer slams no-show show: E3 – was that it?


Re: Now that we all have large, HD TVs,

I totally agree with Mr Plant that 4 player co-op with randoms from online sounds pretty horrid.

But I remember the days where you could link two Xboxes and play Halo on two separate TVs. The downside was that someone had to lug the console and all its cables and controllers around to their mates house.

But... this sort of thing should be easier now that everyone has mutliple LCD tvs in their houses.

I think this could actually wind up being a good use for PS TV if Sony can get Playstation Now working lag free (a big if). You could lug the bedroom TV into the living room (not too hard if it is a thin light LED backlit model) and use PS TV with Playstation now as the second console.

Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi! 3D HOLO-PHONE hinted in Amazon vid


Re: I think it's a lenticular display

Yes I think it is a lenticular display too. Unless amazon have figured out some way to steer beams of light emanating from each pixel a lenticular display is the only way to prevent the image intended for the left eye from reaching the right eye.

Seereal technologies proposed putting cells filled half with oil and half with water in front of LCD pixels and moving the oil about using magnetism in the sides of the cells to control the light direction. But never developed a practical demo.

The problem with lenticular displays is that there are only so many viewing angles.

100% driverless Wonka-wagon toy cars? Oh Google, you're having a laugh


Someone once said:

Technologies arrive later than the public expects, but sooner than they are ready for them.

I think a lot of the knee jerk "this will never work" responses are just people not being ready for change.

Yes self drive cars will not be as good as some things as people driven cars. But that doesn't mean the infrastructure cannot change to accommodate driverless cars. The US authorities are already looking at vehicle to vehicle and vehicle to infrastructure communication. And they are looking at mandating automatic mobile phone to vehicle communication.

My dear old Gran can no longer drive a car. So I will be queuing up like an Apple fanboi to buy one for her when when they are publicly available.

Tech that we want (but they never seem to give us)


"A button on your TV remote that sends you an email or message identifying the music that's currently part of the program you're watching."

I just use Shazam on my mobile.


Voicemail sent to my mailbox as an MP3 attachment

Back in 2005 I was working for a Hedge fund and all voicemails turned up in your inbox as an MP3 attached to an email (we did have a ninja IT department).

"Oh this is really useful, hope it is on my mobile by Vodafone soon" I thought at the time. 9 years later and I still have to call up a number and navigate around a stupid menu using touchtones, even though my Note 3 is probably more powerful than the PC from '05.

PC makers! You, between Microsoft and the tablet market! Get DOWN!


Ultrabooks are the future of business computing

Pretty much the Macbook pro and the Macbook air, and competing devices from Dell and Lenovo etc.

They have a proper keyboard, and a screen on a hinge. Until Microsoft or someone else's hybrid matches these hybrids will be neither fish nor fowl.

I've always thought the kickstand was a stupid idea, why not have a bit of plastic (or metal) that extends out horizontally from the back of the detachable keyboard so that you can balance the whole thing on your lap? Then you could just use a regular hinge mechanism to adjust the angle of the screen.

Boffins debunk red wine miracle antioxidant myth


Rather than blowing hundreds or thousands on supplements

Just donate money each year to the SENS foundation. They are working on repairing the (seven) classes of damage caused by metabolism and not repaired by the body.

David Sinclair and others working on Resveratrol are seeking ways to slow the rate at which metabolism causes this damage. But as metabolism is fairly insanely complicated and no where near fully understood at present, all metabolic interventions have failed so far. In fact Glaxo bought David Sinclairs company for around $750 million dollars, but have got nothing out of it (unfortunately).

A lot of the metabolic interventions that work in mice and and nematode worms seem to be related to caloric restriction, which doesn't appear to work in longer lived animals like primates (why bother when a 6 month famine is not 50% of you wild lifetime?).

The SENS damage repair approaches have not yet had much experimental evidence in mice (apart from the removal of senescent cells in a mouse progeria model). But these studies are, or soon will be getting underway.

If you are interested in reading more on this topic I would recomend:



Malarial vaccine firm seeks crowdfunding for robo-saliva surgeon


Nice trial but needs way more data

Unfortunately there were only 21 people in that trial (6 ppl got 5 shots, 9 got 4 shots, and 6 were not vaccinated).

It is a promising start, but that is all it is, they really need a clinical trial with a much larger number of participants to get a real idea of the effectiveness.

Ninten-DON'T: Wii U bomb blows Mario Kart giant off track – but new console promised


Virtual Boy 2

Bring out a new console next year that is actually powerful enough to run VR games. I very much doubt that the PS4 is actually up to running two times 1080p at 60 to 120 frames per second.

Give the 3 milliion or so folks that have splashed out for the Wii U a big discount on the new console as a 'sorry'.

Google's self-driving car breakthrough: Stop sign no longer a problem


Re: But I wonder

"But I wonder

How well can it tell the difference between a plastic bag blowing between some parked cars into the path of your car, and a soccer ball? In the latter situation you need to slam on your brakes in case it is followed by a child, but you don't even slow down for the bag. Slamming on your brakes when you're driving isn't a big deal, because you know it is coming, but if you're sitting in your car enjoying a beverage while the car is driving you want to minimize unexpected emergency stops!"

In the future pedestrans' and cyclists' cellphones will broadcast their position to cars. The federal transport authority already has a proposal for this over the next few years. If I was a parent with kids playing in the street I'd make sure their cellphone/smartwatch/smartchip in their clothing was working. To protect them from regular drivers as well as robocars.

Also how often do you actually drive through blowing plastic bags and soccer balls? Not really frequently enough to make slowing down for both a problem. And I already slow down when driving on residential streets where kids could be present anyway.

No longer a 'hobby', Apple TV rakes in ONE BEEELLION DOLLARS


Holo TV

Apple should just buy Seereal technologies patents, bring out a pseudo holographic Television set. Bring out a few iPad games that can use it, as well as a similar screen on the iPhone, then make money of licencing the tech to all other TV makers.

I'm dreaming of course, but it would be nice if they did.

95 floors in 43 SECONDS: Hitachi's new ultra-high-speed lift


Sideways elevators

Are said by some people to be what is needed for taller buildings. As buildings get taller more and more of the interior needs to be turned into lift shafts in order to keep travel times down. If you could have more than one lift in a shaft then you'd have a much higher throughput.

This has a lot of similarities to PRT (personal rapid transit) systems.

Dragon capsule arrives at space station for Easter Sunday delivery


Re: Congratulations SpaceX

Well the US government is paying for it, so the government is doing something properly too.

Economists have been banging on for ages about the idea that just because there is a public good (space access) that should be paid for via taxation to avoid free rider problems, it doesn't mean that the good/service needs to be provided by a government owned entity, and that competition between private providers can drive efficiency.

This doesn't just apply to rockets, look at the Swedish school education system.

Look out, bankers! It's Lily Cole and her (Brit taxpayer-funded) WISH-PRINTING ATM



I think this is the twenty teens version of BBQ.com being valued at millions of dollars by investors at the turn of the century..

I can understand that government run funding schemes can occasionally fund rubbish ideas like this. But... surely there have to be some criteria that have to be passed before money is handed out?

Rounded corners? Pah! Amazon's '3D phone has eye-tracking tech'


Re: Still got no proper depth of field

Seereal technology have some tech for producing a pseudo holographic display. But you would need some way of turning an LCD or OLED display into a lightfield display. They proposed having tiny half oil filled cells in front of the pixels.

Whether anyone could make that work at a reasonable price in the near future is unknown.

Where the HELL is my ROBOT BUTLER?


I think you can view this future already

Upper middle class and Rich families in California all seem to have Mexican nannies/housekeepers.

Robots will perahps eventually do this job, and will be cheap enough that even the 'poor' have them. This will be a big change for society. Probably as big as everyone being able to afford cars in the 20th century.

Chuck in cheap Liquid Fluoride Molten Salt reactors for much cheaper energy (if the Chinese can get them working) and extended healthspans and lifespans (if Aubrey de Grey can get his SENS program working) and you have a very different future.

Facebook swallows Oculus VR goggle-geeks. Did that really happen?


Carmack now works for Zuckerberg

If you had said that two years ago you would have been laughed at.

Also, Facebook have overpaid for Oculus, it would not have taken them $2 billion to develop something superior to what Oculus have now. And Oculus don't have any patents or even a monopoly on the tech. Sony are doing it. Valve are doing it. Microsoft can't be far behind. This is shareholder value destruction.

Microsoft Australia slashes price of Surface Pro 128GB by $AUD400


The Surface 2 is still a stupid compromise

The Surface 2 has horrible thick edges, so that the keyboard cover can be attached to turn it into a laptop.

The surface should have been designed as a tablet first, with thin edges like the iPad and google/Samsung Nexus 10, instead we have something blocky and ugly. Microsoft should have done what google did and cloned the shape of the iPad (as much as their lawyers thought they could get away with) then tried to add extra features to win users away from Apple's camp. For google the value add was a 300 pixel per inch screen beating that on the iPad 4 and iPad mini.

Having a keyboard is a value add for the customer. But the extra thick square edges and weight more than detract for it.

Nokia gobble: Microsoft can't get free of red-tape bondage 'til April


Why not just Borg the android runtimes?

Blackberry OS 10 has done this (I assume successfully). It is the thing that is making me think of getting a blackberry with a proper keyboard and optical trackpad for my next phone.

Is there any reason windows phone can't do this to run Android apps?

I think one of the reasons that iPhones are easy to use than android phones is that Apple control both the hardware and OS. So I'm surprised Sony, Samsung, LG etc aren't moving in a similar direction. Or does having someone else's runtimes mess this up a bit?

Virtual reality? Two can play THAT GAME, says Sony: New headset revealed for the PS4


Today's gaming rigs aren't powerful enough

Sony is probably dreaming if they think they can get a 2 x 1080p at 60fps on the PS4. And Valve are talking about 120fps being necessary for a good experience. And Oculus are talking about going to 1440p or higher resolutions.

I think that the first Oculus Rifts will run well on 2015's or later beast gaming rigs.

BlackBerry brings back call, end keys, touchpad to Q20 keyboard cutie


Pardon my ignorance

But why can't Blackberry make it so that you don't have to sideload an app like snap first before installing Android apps??


They haven't dealt with the other problem that El Reg identified

Everyone is now used to context sensitive on screen keyboards, and a physical keyboard can't do this... unless they somehow used white LEDS for the regular symbols and UV LEDs and had 'blacklight' secondary symbols on the keys that are normally black and invisible (I don't know how this would work).

Also the screen is still tiny compared to Android/iPhone due to the physical keyboard taking up so much space. Whatever happened to the idea of a decent slider?

SpaceX set to try HOVER LANDING for re-usable rockets on March ISS mission


Skylon or Beamed Proplusion

I still suspect Skylon or that beamed propulsion research NASA are working on will be better in the long term as you would have only one stage, not a vehicle that breaks into 3 or more parts which all return separately.

But in the short to medium term this could be fantastic.

The only problem with this working is - will we get stuck with this 'old' Spacex technology for another 60 years rather than going on to make Skylon or laser beamed propulsion work?

Admittedly the NASA beamed technology spaceplane glides back to earth like the space shuttle, and both Skylon and the beamed propulsion vehicle are useless for landing on Mars, which is what Elon ultimately wants to do. They might be better technologies for earth however.

Wii got it WRONG: How do you solve a problem like Nintendo?


Losing the magic

Totally agree with the author that the Wii was an aberration. I think it succeeded because the TV ads promised one to one control of an onscreen avatar with the wii-mote. Once anyone used the thing for more than 5 minutes they realized this wasn't the case. But this bait and switch combined with a knock down price was decisive. Microsoft repeated the trick with Kinect, but most consumers are warier now.

The other reason was that Nintendo had built up a lot of goodwill with great games on the N64 and Gamecube (even if the gamecube came 3rd equal with the Xbox). But contrast Mario Cart 64 with Mario Cart Wii. Nintendo horribly compromised the controls just to shoehorn the wii-mote into it.

Also, you can't keep churning out the same games forever, no matter how fun they are. People got sick of guitar hero. They'll eventually get sick of COD multiplayer. The next big thing will be something slightly evolved and different. The more processing power you give developers, the more chance they have of improving things.

I think Nintendo's days as a hardware manufacturer are now numbered and it will go the way of Sega sooner or later.

First man/machine nerve grafts restore amputee's sense of touch


Chainsaw arm

The next experiment definitely needs to be attaching a mind controlled touch enabled chainsaw. Just like Ash in Evil Dead 3: Army of Darkness.

BlackBerry makes its devilish Android trickery official in OS update


Regular Home Sceen

Does BB10 have one of these now?

Smog-hit Beijing shows sunsets on a giant TV to remind people what the sun looks like


They are going to need to do something drastic soon perhaps. They should spend a bit more of that 250 billion on accelerating research of small modular nuclear reactors, or thorium molten salt reactors which can then be put into coal power stations to replace the burning of coal.

It's true, the START MENU is coming BACK to Windows 8, hiss sources


How about one version of windows

With an option to turn a windows 7 style start menu or modern interface on and off, and another clear option to turn automatic updates on and off.

And make it work across ARM and Intel chips.

I'm no expert, but I don't see why this is so hard to do? The only logical reason I can come up with is that Microsoft wants a large library of touch based apps for its windows 8 ecosytem, but is afraid that if they allow a windows 7 style interface on desktops and laptops no one will bother to create these. A better strategy might be to get loads more windows 8 phones and tablets out there in peoples hands by creating (or getting Samsung or some other OEM) to create a heavily subsidized 'hero' phone and tablet that they make little margin on, much like google did with the Nexus 10 tablet.

Valve pal iBuyPower touts cut-price Steam box as powerful as PS4 or Xbox


What PC games apart from FPS will actually work well on steambox?

I know that Valve are aware of the problem that a lot of PC games are click fests as they have designed a fancy new controller to enable this in front of the TV but... I just don't see their touch pad controller working anywhere near as well as a mouse.

Also, if I am going to be clicking on small objects on the screen, I prefer to be sat in an upright position with my face about 1.5 feet from the screen, not leaning back on the couch a few meters away.

I think I will always play PC style games at a desk, and console FPS, third person shooters, and driving games on the couch in front of the TV.

I'm happy to be proved wrong by Valve, but this device looks like falling between two stools.

Beyond: Two Souls - the game that thinks it's a Hollywood blockbuster


Systems aren't there yet

I think Cage wants to create an interactive drama. But computers and AI can't yet understand a conversation (either spoken or written) anywhere near well enough to enable this kind of game. So instead we wind up with this 'choose your own adventure' style game, but without as many choices.

In a book the author can just describe a new outcome. In a game someone has to create the art assets, record the dialogue, create sound effects etc. Which is why the player just ends up getting funneled down one path. Perhaps in the medium term with a more simulated environment Cage will be able to create better stories. At the moment the best simulated environments/story generators are GTA V and Xcom. And they can only simulate action, not dramatic dialogue.

Valve aiming to take the joy(sticks) out of gaming with Steam Controller


Wrong solution to the right problem

So Valve are trying to replace a mouse and keyboard with trackpads so that you can play RTSs and Diablo and other PC games in the living room?

And they've taken inspiration from Smartphones, just like the Wii U did.

But... a mouse and keyboard aren't just superior for 'clicking' games because they are more precise than trackpads. The position of the users body sitting at a desk with the screen 30cm away and his elbows and forearms rested on the table is a big part of the useability. This is the reason why people don't just use a wireless keyboard and mouse in their living room.

The problem is that we currrently have one computer (a laptop/desktop) on a desk in our study/bedroom/kitchen table for work and PC style clicking games, and another (a console) sat under our TV for games not involving precise clicking that benefit from the larger screen.

I thought Valve got this, and were going to come up with some solution to use the steam box to power both screens from the one processor. Maybe some special lag free wifi (if such a thing is possible?) or some extended HDMI cable that is easy (without a professional install) to plumb through from your bedroom/study wall to the living room wall behind your TV(again if this is actually possible?).

That way when you want to play Diablo/Rome Total War/World of Warcaft you just use the screen, mouse, and keyboard sat on the desk in your bedroom hooked up lag free to the steam box under your TV, and when you want to play a console style game on your bigger TV screen you do that on the couch in your living room with a Xbox One controller.

Full Steam Ahead: Valve unwraps plans for gaming hardware


This is really stupid

So Valve have decided to bring out a Linux microconsole. Except that there won't even be a standard hardware spec.

Shugyosha is completely correct in that one of the big selling points of consoles is that they just work with no messing about. Trying to judge weather your hardware can run a new game in a decent state because everyone has different hardware is just a headache.

What value does a linux console offer over the PS4 or Xbox One that the PC doesn't already offer?

I can sympathize with Valve's dilemma in that every operating system is now shipping with it's own app store that cuts Steam out of the picture.

But to beat the incumbents they are going to have to do something radical. Apple did it to the smartphone market with the fully touchscreen iPhone and Nintendo did it to Sony's Playstation with the Wii motion controller. A simple 'me too' console product will wither and die.

The only radical things I can think of (which are probably rubbish ideas when you dig into them) are to cool the console with mineral oil rather than air allowing massive overclocking of the current chips, or to somehow keep the simplicity of the console but make it upgradeable once or twice in it's lifecycle like Nintendo tried to do with the memory clip in module for the N64. Perhaps with a plug in memory module and second processor to be released in 2 years time.

Surface Mini on shelves NEXT YEAR – and it will run Windows RT


The maddness continues

I don't know why Microsoft won't follow the Reg's suggestion and just have two operating systems - Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8?

Both Google and Apple have a mobile operating system that works on both phones and tablets. I don't see why Microsoft can't manage this too?

Microsoft to unveil new Surface slabs at September 23 event


Why don't they follow the Reg's plan?

And have two operating systems - windows phone 8.1 for ARM devices and windows pro 8.1 for x86 devices?

Also that kickstand sucks and means that the tablet is a horrible blocky shape. Why can't they have a bit of plastic (or metal) that can be pulled out of the back of the keyboard so that it doesn't fall over when the screen is attached? That way they could have a slimmer curved tablet. It's like they are channeling Nokia when they insisted on designing horrible blocky Lumias.

Also I suspect the tablets will only be 1080p when their rivals have already moved beyond that.

Once again Surface will be a day late and a dollar short compared to other offerings.

Elon Musk unveils Hyperloop – the subsonic tube of tomorrow


Fatal flaw, hyperloop is DOA

This thing is a city to city system with no stops along the way in the San Joaquin Valley, meaning that they will see no economic benefit, meaning that this Hyperloop is Dead On Arrival. Musk is a perhaps a bit disingenuous when he states that Hyperloop will be a "statewide mass transit system".

One of the reasons that the proposed high speed train is so slow and costly is all the stops and stations in the valley. An ideal futuristic system would allow fast LA to San Diego transport, but would allow people to get on and off along the way, perferably with the 'train' not having to stop at each station. Something like that proposed docking trains by Priestmangoode:


Wii U sales plunge: Nintendo hopes Mario and Zelda will shift some kit


Underpowered, and with a gimick that's not fooling anyone

The Wii was underpowered, but cheap and with a gimick (control an onscreen avatar 1 to 1) that looked amazing on TV spots.

The Wii U is underpowered, and it's gimick doesn't look interesting on TV spots (what is interesting to joe public about 2 screens?). And it is not as cheap as a Wii was due to the cost of that second screen.

Releasing a console only as powerful as a PS3 or 360 was a huge mistake too.

Ninty can't go ahead and release a new more powerful console (or could they?). I think Ninty have painted themselves into a corner this generation, and need to just hang on until the next hardware refresh.

Microsoft is making the same error with Kinect 2, most of the public expect it not to work (and if it is not allowing 1 to 1 tracking with no perceptible lag, then it isn't working). Luckily Sony have learnt the lessons of 'gen 3' and look set to clean up in 'gen 4'.

Typical! Google's wonder-dongle is a solution looking for a problem


Why own two devices?

I think Chromecast has a more basic problem as well for a lot of people. As a console owning gamer I will always have a console in my living room. This throws up videos onto my TV nicely, in addition to playing games. So I have no interest in Chromecast, even if it is free.

It's like digital cameras and mobile phones. Every mobile now has a camera in it, so I won't bother to own and carry a separate digital camera.

Chromecast does do one new thing, it lets you stream video from your mobile to the TV more easily than current solutions, but I don't store that much video on my phone. It sits on my laptops hardrive.

The Reg is spot on in predicting that this will be another flop. I don't know why Google, Microsoft etc don't hire you guys as consultants to give the thumbs up or down on their proposed new devices/services?

Bill Gates' nuclear firm plans hot, salty push into power


Why isn't this being done in the UK?

It seems George Osbourne wants to spend money on expensive offshore windmills instead. Even with the R&D costs these molten salt or travelling wave reactors would probably work out to be way cheaper. And a working prototype was already built and tested in the middle of last century. Energy policy in the UK boggles the mind.

BlackBerry's retro-look QWERTY Q5 mobe: Resentment by design


Why can't Blackberry produce a landscape qwerty slider like the old sidekicks?

I know that the portrait sliding torch didn't sell very well, but firstly it was a portrait slider, and secondly its keyboard was rubbish compared to the bold.

The loss of the trackpad on such a phone where you are supposed to actually want to input text is a huge loss. As you rightly point out it makes editing text super frustrating.

The other thing that never seems to get mentioned, but was super important, was that with BIS sending an instant message on BBM was like sending an instant message on a computer. You knew that the other person you were chatting with was getting your message instantly. With text messages or OTT messaging apps there is a delay most of the time. This impedes communication. Proper instant messaging was one of the reasons that BBM was better than any other mobile social network. Now that is gone. Foolish.

I thought Blackberry's CEO understood this when he said Blackberry devices were about being more than consumption devices. But failure to address the above three points shows that he doesn't.

BBC abandons 3D TV, cites 'disappointing' results


Re: Pseudo Holographic TV - No glasses needed

On a 120hz screen 60 frames are used to project the image to the right eye and the other 60 frames are used to project the image to the left eye.

For two views you need a 240hz screen to give each of the 4 eyes a 60hz image. 4 people requires a 480hz screen etc.

You've got to have some device that converts a regular LCD screen into a 'lightfield' screen for any form of holographic TV. The Seereal demo unit that BBC Click and Edge Magazine looked at was just a high res Visio medical monitor with a lenticular screen slapped on it. WIth a lenticular screen there is only a narrow 'viewing cone' or cones. So you could not really move your head from right to left to look around any displayed objects from different perspectives.


Re: Pseudo Holographic TV - No glasses needed

Looks like Holografica are trying to display true holograms (that is pump out the correct image in all directions at once) on there website they are bringing out a 91 megapixel screen (even 8k UHD screens will only be 31 megapixels).

I don't know how they are dealing with the computational requirements for generating such an image in real time.

I can't see any prices quoted on their site for the systems.


Pseudo Holographic TV - No glasses needed

Seereal technologies has developed a pseudo holographic television system. It cuts down the incredibly high pixel density needed for a true holographic display via an eye tracking camera and only projecting an image onto your left and right eye. Although the resolution still needs to be about 10 times that of a standard 1080p display.

In order to control the direction of the light rays coming through the LCD cells, they've proposed putting a half oil filled half water filled cell in front of each pixel. Although no one has built a working prototype of this system. So that is the first stumbling block to this becoming a reality.

Microsoft is taking a different approach to controlling the direction of the light rays coming through the LCD cells by using an LED light source and bouncing those rays through a specially shaped wedge that would replace that standard backlight on an LCD screen. http://www.technologyreview.com/news/419342/3-d-without-the-glasses/page/2/?a=f

As someone noted in the comments above, you also need a large screen to avoid ruining any 3D effect, so until 80 inch screens become affordable, that is another stumbling block.

NBN study: the analyst view


Just fix the goddamn internet

I can tell your analysts one thing - the internet in Australia currently sucks.

Using mobile networks to provide high speed, reliable, internet to households is currently pie in the sky. It may be possible one day, but certainly not right now.

Hopefully fibre to the premises will provide low lag internet. Lag is the real enemy.



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