1640 posts • joined 19 Sep 2007
Too little demand
The best you are likely to get these days is a Bluetooth keyboard to go with a small tablet. The only reason you can buy a (not very good) tablet for $49 these days is because they make them in the millions, and there just isn't that number of people who want a small machine you can type on.
Don't forget to scale those original prices to modern equivalents BTW, £179 in 1984's money is worth about £490 now.
Re: "Not sure if trolling or pushing crayons up own nose."
You think modern Macs don't have USB3 ports? We get both options an can pick according to our budgets and needs.
Re: "that’s a serious amount of money"
You're ignoring two factors: firstly USB3 needs CPU resources to run. You can end up using a significant amount of processor power to run it. Secondly Thunderbolt lets you run multiple chained devices in parallel. When Thom's Hardware compared USB3 and Thunderbolt they found Thunderbolt to be significantly faster because of this (they were hitting speeds of up to 1GB/sec).
A much simpler method
Add the ability to nominate another backup email address in case of death. Send them a copy of the death certificate and that email address gets activated. They can then reset passwords on their own.
Re: Sloppy research??
It depends if she'd enabled "Find my iPad" or not. If not you can wipe it clean easily enough. If she had then it demands the iTunes account password, even if wiped clean, before it will re-activate. It's an anti-theft measure as people were complaining about it being too easy to steal and sell on.
The problem was not that the DoJ wanted them to develop something, but that the spec was expanded to include a requirement that was going to be expensive to develop and there was no extra money on offer to do so. If they had retained the IP rights then they could have made money selling that. As it was the DoJ wanted this extra work for nothing, plus the IP which they could hand to competitors for nothing also.
How do they expect to sue a Japanese company (one that is under bankruptcy protection even) in a UK court? I can't see how they expect the court to have any standing in the matter.
This would be a 3G phone then? I had the same problem with Three next to Liverpool Street. The 3G networks are completely saturated in parts of London. 4G is much better. Even now that they've had plenty of time to add users it's still giving better than 3Mbit/sec download speeds and I've seen it peak at 49Mbit/sec.
Re: Whattaya gonna say?
They should have voice running over the 4G network before then, which should support HD audio.
Re: Siri in a Ferrari ?
Interesting how many haters have no idea what it's like going from an 80bhp front wheel drive car to a 570bhp rear wheel drive. In 3 steps I went from 80 to 235 and that was a little tricky. There are police drivers who have crashed BMW turbo diesels because they just weren't ready for the surge of power as the turbo cut in. The combination of low weight, high acceleration and the tendency of rear wheel drive to oversteer are things that need to be learned.
Re: Siri in a Ferrari ?
Like you were ever in the market for a Ferrari (and switching to one direct from a Fiesta would leave you wrapped around a tree in next to no time)
Whenever politicians want to do something to infringe your liberties
They invoke pedophiles and terrorists as the reason, but then write overarching powers into the bill that lets it be used for almost anything else they can think of. Given that most of them are lawyers you'd have thought they would be better at thinking through the potential of each clause they create ... or being cynical they know damned well what they are creating.
Re: It's bad procedure to take off using your backup systems @vic
If you're going to take a jet airliner up to cruising altitude (30,000 ft +) you'd be happy to take off with a failed pitot system? All current jets have a GPS system that displays altitude and ground speed in a way easily accessible to the pilot when instrument flying? You can fly an aircraft visually to landing, even if you're in or above 8/8 cloud?
For someone who claims to have qualified you're failing to recognise that pilots are rarely killed by tigers, but more often nibbled to death by ducks (it's a combination of smaller, normally non fatal problems that get you).
It's bad procedure to take off using your backup systems
What happens if they fail in flight? Certain systems that aren't critical you can get away with, but the pitot and static air systems can and do cause crashes when they fail.
Re: Apple sucked their business out from under them?
You're contradicting yourself. Either Apple's slice of iPhone contracts is putting everyone's bill up (evidence please) or non-iPhone contracts are cheaper.
The examples of contracts I've seen either include the cost of the handset in the monthly price (so you can have a cheaper phone for less money, hardly surprising) or they cost the same and the only reason they have "iPhone" in the title is because they come with a nano SIM. From what I can see contracts for higher end Android phones cost about the same and you can get deals on low to mid range Android devices at lower rates.
Non of this has anything to do with the question of what evidence there is that Apple have killed off the cellco's business. Show me some evidence that this is the case.
Apple made tethering something that the cellco's could turn on or off. The rumour is this was for contractual reasons. Some operators chose to make it a chargeable option, others give you it for free. On the Android platform they don't have this level of control (and you can download apps that provide the feature anyway). The consumer gets the choice of picking a carrier that includes tethering if this is important to them, or picking a different brand of phone. How is this a problem for the consumer and not competitive?
Re: Apple sucked their business out from under them? @Gordon 10
BTW, you're an Apple fan and you don't know how to do things like copy/paste, insert a photo into an email etc that have been a standard part of the system for years now?
The point here is that the phone manufacturers get to compete with each other over what features they can cram into the phone. There's a much wider range of choices. If Apple doesn't give you what you want then look at Samsung, LG, Nokia or whoever the hell else. They aren't being restricted or homogenised by the carriers.
Re: Apple sucked their business out from under them? @Tromos
No, they want phones to perform the functions that they like. They will pay for that capability. They don't need to buy smart phones (dumb phones and feature phones are still available), but they value the extra capabilities.
You think that I was saying that this was just good for Apple?
Android, Windows Phone et al have all benefitted by Apple breaking the cell co's lock on what features a phone would have. Before the iPhone they were shipping heavily customised, ugly (both in the case and UI) phones with only the features they wanted you to have. These days you have a huge choice and can add features after the fact in the form of apps.
You also failed to counter the argument that the cell companies weren't losing money. Show me a poor cell company that has been hurt by this move.
Apple sucked their business out from under them?
Last time I looked the mobile phone companies were making handsome profits. What Apple did is stopped them from dictating to their users what their phones could do and what features they would have. This has turned out to be good for both the consumer and the cell companies. The consumer gets what they actually want and the cell companies have been selling vastly more phones (and charging extra for data plans).
Heavy signal processing?
The reason for the 30 second delay to acquire a position lock on GPS is because that's how long it takes the GPS network to broadcast a complete set of ephemeris data, which is needed for a cold-start position lock. Hot start or AGPS can drastically reduce first fix time. The amount of actual computation done is pretty trivial, you can do that on less than 100 micro amps @3.3V, the RF subsystem takes far more power than this.
Re: Prior art easier than you thought - @Ken Hagan
So you're saying that if anyone ever manages to invent a warp drive then it isn't patentable because it was in StarTrek and it's therefore obvious as to how it would work? Interesting brand of logic you have there (certainly not as we know it).
Re: Foxconn are in big trouble then...
No, I'm saying that the Apple patent application covers a magnetic catch that (1) self aligns and precisely connects, (2) automatically detects when it is connected and (3) without any additional connection communicates between the two active parts (either through electrical connections included in the catch or wirelessly). Item (2) can cause the devices to wake.
The Foxconn device fails to meet the above requirements in all three regards as far as I can see. There's no keyed alignment, there's no detection that the DVD drive has clipped to the system unit and it requires manual connection to start communicating.
Now if you can find an example of something that does all three of those things prior to January 2012 then you might have a case ...
Re: Prior Art.
Given that the Z1 was unveiled in September 2013 and this patent was filed in January 2012 then it doesn't count as prior art either.
Re: Foxconn are in big trouble then...
Your DVD drive has magnetic clips, but connects to the NT330i via a regular USB cable. It doesn't care if the DVD drive is clipped to it or not. To count as prior art clipping the DVD to the base unit (without ANY other connection) would have to cause both units to wake up and data to be transferred from the DVD to the system unit.
Re: Oh Dear My Fridge Door Must pay a license fee?
You have electronics in the door and body of your fridge that talk to each other when the door is closed?
Don't be silly, this isn't an attempt to patent anything held together by magnets.
Check the patent date, January 2012, months before the Surface was announced. Apple and Microsoft have a patent cross licensing deal in place so I doubt there will be any problems there.
The other Apple item, on which this seems to be based, is the MagSafe power connector which dates back to 2006. Prior art doesn't seem to be as easy to find as you think.
Can't say that I understand the TV companies argument
They are getting more viewers of their content, unmodified and with the original adverts. It is costing them nothing extra to provide the feed to Aereo. Using this logic are they going to try to charge the manufacturers of DVRs for providing the same service?
Re: Shame about the Edge
I just checked the numbers. It was actually on Indigogo not Kickstarter (so the OP above is either mistaken or lying), the biggest project on which received just shy of $2 million. Shuttleworth wanted to raise $32 million. There was no way that was realistically going to happen and it was a fixed funding project (so if they didn't reach the target they got nothing). It was impressive to get even 1/3rd of the target but there was seriously no way that he expected to get funded.
Re: Shame about the Edge
Not a realistic hope of it ever getting funding. It would, IIRC, have needed an order of magnitude more orders than Kickstarter had ever achieved for a funded project. They may a well have offered to build a Death Star.
Re: Infinite loop...
Erm, DEFCON 5 is the normal peacetime alert level. Things get progressively more twitchy as the numbers decrease.
Re: The loss of efficiency for hydrogen is huge
Most cars wont need to visit a petrol station, they can refuel from the domestic grid overnight. The alternative is shipping cryogenic hydrogen about and storing it on site. That is both wildly inefficient and dangerous.
Tesla already provide two solutions to model S owners, a fast charge that basically allows time for a meal break or a battery swap. It will be a while before batteries can be standardised across all manufacturers, but the principle is still way better than hydrogen.
The loss of efficiency for hydrogen is huge
The best numbers I've seen are that you get only 40% efficiency using electrolysis to make liquid hydrogen, and that's after you've lost efficiency generating your electricity to start with. That and you need a hugely expensive fuel cell to convert it back to electricity. Exchangeable battery packs will work out much cheaper and more efficient.
More than one possible reason for the talks
Apple have IIRC patents on lithium battery technology that they use to get cells shaped precisely to fit the available space. Tesla could be interested in that.
Dashboard integration of entertainment functions is another possibility.
Tesla are working on cheaper offering than the Model S, which uses a (presumably very expensive) 17 inch touch screen. They could be trying the idea of replacing that with an iPad in the upcoming model.
I can't honestly see Apple wanting to go into car building though, or thinking about buying Tesla, it doesn't match up with their approach to entering new markets and car making is too far from their existing markets.
Re: As a developer...
From one code base? That's clever. AFIK you can't get Windows phone code to run in Metro and vice-versa. The two are subtly and annoyingly different. Providing your code works on Windows 7 you've dealt with 95% of your market for most software.
Re: Windows 8 isn't that bad, it's different...
No, it's bloody awful. The big problem is that it's completely schizophrenic, if you start IE from Metro then non of your settings or cookies from the desktop version are present for example. There are two different control panels. The Metro interface isn't intuitive (swiping from the sides etc.). There are many professional GUI designers who have ripped it to bits.
@TRT - Oddly enough
My cousin is married to an Argentinian, and when he goes to visit the in-laws he claims he has no problems at all. The examples you do hear about are mostly political showboating designed to distract the local population.
Re: Pirates Ahoy
Well done for demonstrating that you don't understand anything about how GPS or radio transmission works. Here's a simple hypothetical question for you : you are driving along listening to your car radio when your listening is interrupted by a signal from a taxi right next to you. Are you pirating the taxi's transmission or is the taxi at fault?
Perfectly sharp band pass filters don't exist
You always get some leakage into nearby bands. This doesn't matter if your signal is of a similar strength to the transmitter on the nearby frequency, but if the other transmitter is a long way away and you are near your signal will overwhelm it. Putting extra filtering on the receiving end only helps so much, and at the same time reduces the sensitivity of the receiver.
Lightsquared knew the bandwidth was licences for satellite use when they bought it, but tried to bend FCC rules to use it from ground stations. Arguing that it was the fault of the GPS receivers was never going to fly as they would have worked perfectly well if Lightsquared were using the bandwidth as originally licensed.
The problem with their spectrum was twofold
Firstly it was licensed for use by satellites, where any signal would be of a similar order of magnitude to GPS signals. Lightsquared wanted to use earth based base stations, which could and would swamp nearby GPS receivers.
Secondly it was rather close to the GPS band anyway. They tried things like promising not to use part of the bandwidth nearest to GPS for a number of years while GPS receivers with better signal rejection were developed, but improving that would reduce sensitivity. Not good for navigation.
All in all the basic concept was flawed.
Re: I idly wonder ...
You REALY want people to be able to remotely hack your ECU, especially while you're in motion?
Re: To use or not to use computers, that is the question
No you can't. Take away the computer on a modern IC engine and you lose lots of efficiency, your CO2 output goes up and the mechanical alternatives are actually LESS reliable. Modern cars are wonderfully reliable compared to their mechanical ancestors of the 1970s and 80s.
Re: I'm struggling to see where
Unless you're continuously hammering the button then the battery should be good for the life of the button (lithium button cells can last 10 or more years on the shelf before being used). It's not hard to build a circuit that is entirely off until the button press, that powers up, sends a small packet of data like this device and powers down again. You can do that with cheap, off the shelf parts (far less than the €50 dev kit they are talking about - off the top of my head an nRF24 based solution could be built for less than £3).
I'm struggling to see where
A low power Bluetooth 4 or nRF24 solution couldn't do this kind of things for years at a time on the power of a single button cell. How is this going to be any better?
Re: How about @HollyHopDrive
There speaks either a web developer or someone very webcentric in their view of the world.
The problem that the NHS has is that they have a shedload of Windows binary apps, you know, code that works from the desktop like a browser does. The article even talks about one trust cutting the number of apps from 1300 to 100.
The mistake here is in trying to do two things at once, migrating to Win7 and upgrading their apps at the same time. They should have migrated as much of the old code as they could have got to work onto the new platform, and either binned or rewritten what was left. Once they are on a stable platform with everyone migrated then they can think about re engineering.
Microsoft didn't buy the Nokia patent pool, just their mobile phone division. This will have no effect on HTCs deal with Microsoft.
Re: And of course Foxconn ONLY make kit for Apple don't they?
And you know Foxconn will be building Apple kit at this new plant how? Apple are only about 30% of their business, and they tend to concentrate work for customers together. Oh, and vicarious liability doesn't cover work done for other clients.
And of course Foxconn ONLY make kit for Apple don't they?
And Apple ONLY contract Foxconn to make their designs. *sigh*
Can we PLEASE avoid putting Apple in the title unless they're actually involved in the deal? Or is that against the rules of hit whoring?
Re: Sapphire ??
Erm, the whole point of mass-producing synthetic sapphire is to bring the cost down. You can already buy watches with sapphire faces for less than £50, the idea here is to get the cost down to not much more than gorilla glass.
Oh, and you're conveniently ignoring performance and reliability in your £2.99 microSD card. You honestly think that it will last 3 or more years and perform as well as the internal components used by not just Apple?
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