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(Gizmodo)   Want a signal that the the iPad Mini isn't worth it? Even Gizmodo can find faults and recommend Amazon over it in most criteria   (gizmodo.com) divider line 12
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7282 clicks; posted to Geek » on 23 Oct 2012 at 9:41 PM (2 years ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2012-10-24 05:20:09 PM  
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mccallcl: What else comes in a flat glass rectangle?


media.tumblr.com
2012-10-24 04:37:47 PM  
1 votes:

mccallcl: The point is to make the best experience in the world.



No, the point is to make $$$$. And there's not $$$$$ to be made in televisions, which is why Babyboomer Jesus didn't want to go there.
2012-10-24 08:39:22 AM  
1 votes:
Also, i'm glad that as tablets take over in education TI will be forced to stop selling their crap TI-83 for $100.
2012-10-24 06:09:20 AM  
1 votes:

theresnothinglft: huh i thought my iPod already was an iPad mini.


Actually, the iPod Touch 4G was a more capable tablet than the 1st generation iPad mainly because it
had a forward-facing camera.

I'm glad I'm not the only one who refers to his iPod Touch 4G as an 'iPad Mini'.

/Love my pocket sized supplemental computational appliance.
2012-10-24 02:38:54 AM  
1 votes:

Kate Gosselin's Pap Smear: /work pc is a dual Xeon 3ghz (8 cores total) - 8gb ram - nvidia quadro fx 3800
//home pc AMD Athlon II 3ghz - 16gb ram - nvidia GeForce 460 1gb
///$2000 laptops can't hang and a MS tablet won't either
//// I want to believe


You'd love our new laptops for dedicated CAD designing (just took delivery of two more today):
Dell Precision M6700
Core i7 3840qm (2.8 GHz), 16 gig DDR3 (1855MHz), 128 SATA 3 SSD, Quadro K5000M w/4 gig (1344 stream processors, 96 GB/second throughput)

At about 8 lbs though - so they're not exactly the best for taking out into the field. Their battery life is measured in minutes, not hours. And at about $5k a pop (plus about another $10k in software), I'd much rather supply a supplementary $500 Surface RT for folks on the road.
2012-10-24 02:38:52 AM  
1 votes:
Kate Gosselin's Pap Smear:

I think I was a little brief in my last post because I was on my phone.

Basically a Surface Pro is this ultrabook with 1080p.

My experience at work with getting to run what is basically an openGL based 3-d city modelling application to run is as follows. I was actually quite impressed with the intel integrated graphics, they could run small projects (e.g. not a ton of textures, not a ton of vertices) at a good frame rate, with little optimization on my part. It seems the biggest developments in the past 1-2 years is that the drivers for the integrated graphics have actually started to do what they say they do.

For example, 2-3 years ago, nearly all the intel integrated graphics claimed to support openGL up to at least 2.0. Now in practice, this wasn't actually true, and what I found is that the function calls with extensions caused it to crash (even though all of this should have been supported long ago). There's still some haziness with the VRAM vs RAM consumption as far as I can tell, but my prediction is that over the next 1-2 years the majority of top tier 3-d enterprise applications will run on integrated graphics just fine.

I digress, the point I was trying to make is about the price of the surface. I was initially very excited about it, because the idea of a tablet with greater productivity options (visual studio, other IDEs, etc) was interesting to me. Unfortunately, it looks like all that you're getting is a gimped computer with a touch screen, for what is going to be at minimum 800 dollars. For me the solution is to schlep my work laptop with me on trips for productivity, and keep a tablet for media consumption/e-mails. The surface doesn't have the juice necessary to fill my productivity needs like I hoped, and he price doesn't warrant a purchase, when my 1000 dollar work laptop has a 650m NVIDIA card with 8 gigs of RAM and an i7, which can actually run anything it needs to with no problems at all, not to mention the speed increase while compiling and running scripts is a huge difference from what the surface could give.
2012-10-23 10:52:12 PM  
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EvilEgg: Ghastly: Mini tablets seem useless to me anyway. Too big to be a phone, too small to be a useful tablet. I have a 10" tablet and would be thrilled if someone would give me a good 12 incher.

You heard me!

Don't believe what the Farkers tell you none of them have a twelve incher.


True. Mine is 16". I can swivel my hips and stun a baby seal with it.
2012-10-23 10:49:18 PM  
1 votes:
But everyone is losing their shiat over the new iMac, because it's so thin. You know, because all the countless hours you looked at your computer from the side have really taken their toll.
2012-10-23 09:45:59 PM  
1 votes:

gingerjet: Gizmodo is still around? Who knew ....


Pretty much everyone on Fark including you.
2012-10-23 09:42:21 PM  
1 votes:
Gizmodo is still around? Who knew ....
2012-10-23 08:55:06 PM  
1 votes:

Ghastly: Mini tablets seem useless to me anyway. Too big to be a phone, too small to be a useful tablet. I have a 10" tablet and would be thrilled if someone would give me a good 12 incher.

You heard me!


Don't believe what the Farkers tell you none of them have a twelve incher.
2012-10-23 08:49:52 PM  
1 votes:
Mini tablets seem useless to me anyway. Too big to be a phone, too small to be a useful tablet. I have a 10" tablet and would be thrilled if someone would give me a good 12 incher.

You heard me!
 
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