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Forget the $2499 5K iMac – today we reveal Apple's most expensive computer to date

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Re: How much?

Most of the pins stayed the same (all the data lines, address lines, power, and I think interrupts are in the same place on the 6800 and 6502) - what changed were the area around the clock (the 6800 required a two phase non-overlapping clock, the 6502 was driven from a single clock signal and generated ) and bus controls (e.g. the 6800 has a tristate control, valid memory address signal and data bus enable that are lacking on the 6502). Unless you were using a DMA controller that needed to take over the bus, the changes probably made the 6502 a little easier to design for than the 6800.

The 6501 bus interface was closer to the 6800 version - and too close for Motorola's liking.

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Re: What this world needs...

It's not quite 4GHz, but The Western Design Center will do you one at 14MHz.

How I would have loved to have supercharged my 1MHz 1980 vintage Atom to 14MHz! - the most I managed was overclocking it to 2MHz.

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How much?

I thought the 6502's raison d'être was to be a low cost alternative to the Motorola and Intel processors of the time!

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Really... an iKeyfob? Apple continues war on fanbois' pockets

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Re: improvement?

The same functionality, except now your car plays U2 songs whenever you try to unlock it.

As you say, they've taken an existing idea and made it worse!

"I'm sure the keys are in one of my coat pockets" ------------------------>

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Re: K.I.T.T., not Kit, surely?

The first talking car I came across was an Austin Maestro I took some driving lessons in. It didn't seem nearly so impressive after Knight Rider!

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Figure 1B

Does it only work and the patent apply if the car is parked facing east?

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PARC Alto source code released by computer history museum

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Just need the schematics now

and a pile of 74181s so we can build something to run the code on.

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That's PROFESSOR Woz to you from now on, young whippersnapper

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Re: brickmakers and bricklayers, among other tradies

If you think that's a bit odd, you should check out Frank Gehry's Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.

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Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know

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Re: Some interesting possibilities here...

8) How will it know the most irritating number of seconds to wait before posting the 'We called but you were out' note while the recipient is on their way to the front door?

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Doctor Who and the Dalek: 10-year-old tests BBC programming game

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Re: John Connor

That would be a lot of responsibility to place on the kid!

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copy of Visual C++ as their ideal Christmas present

If I was a kid, I'd be a bit annoyed if my Christmas present was something I could have downloaded for free!

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Xperia Z3: Crikey, Sony – ANOTHER flagship phondleslab?

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It's all very well churning out new stuff...

but I do wish they'd support better their products that are already out there and have another year or two of life left in them. Whatever happened to Android KitKat for the Xperia SP - let alone Lollipop? Looks like I'm stuck with Jelly Bean 4.3 until the end of my contract, and less inclined to replace it with another Sony when the time comes.

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'Urika': Cray unveils new 1,500-core big data crunching monster

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Founder

In honour of their founder they should make a version in a completely transparent box...

So you can See More Cray.

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Artist's impression.

The water cooling system looks a little primitive!

I'll get my bath-robe ----->

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Starting out in OSX.

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Starting out in OSX.

Having spent my life coding for DOS, Windows and various 8 bit processors and microcontrollers, I somehow seem to have missed out on all things Apple.

Now I have a remit to port some of my C++ Windows software to OSX (fortunately it uses cross platform frameworks and libraries Qt, VTK and ITK so there's not much in my code that's actually Windows specific).

Can anyone suggest any useful references and resources to get me going - I'm assuming XCode is the Mac compiler of choice.

Thanks!

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Will.i.am gets CUFFED as he announces his new wristjob, the PULS

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Joke

will.i.am...

... the 'artist' now known as an Armenian URL.

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4kW of D.A.F.

I googled it instead of following the link and came to the conclusion it must come with a built in lorry starter motor!

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Our Vultures peck at new Doctor Who: Exterminate or, er ... carrion?

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Clara Oswald... old or unattractive... utterly absurd

Maybe not - for the recent spate of Doctors, until Capaldi came along, they've all been getting physically younger with each regeneration as they've been getting older.

Maybe it's stretching a point, but by that measure he may consider someone as young as Oswald to be 'old'... or maybe he's just clowning around!

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Re: It's not the character

"they all play the same character"

I'd disagree with you there - they all play an embodiment of the Doctor, but hasn't one of the properties of regeneration always been to change his character traits, so I'd say one person but different characters?

The sonic screwdriver always seems to get an upgrade with each Doctor too (probably each series now, so they can ensure a fresh supply of Christmas goodies each year) - it seems to be prescient too as it always seems to upgrade itself with exactly the new functionality needed for all the problems in the new series! It might be fun if one sonic screwdriver upgrade turned out to be buggy and turned it all slow and clunky and made it fail at the most inconvenient moment!

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A moment of brilliance? UPnP for Internet of Stuff lightbulbs

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If you've got an in-house cloud, you should probably turn the humidifier off.

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Anti-Facebook Ello: Here's why we're still in beta. SPAMGASM!

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Re: Pfft

Wouldn't a *REAL* anti-Facebook action be to go down to the pub and chat with your mates?

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George Clooney, WikiLeaks' lawyer wife hand out burner phones to wedding guests

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Re: Excuse me, but...

and there was me thinking it was a phone with a dodgy battery!

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Internet of Stuff: Chip rivals try to stop Cortex-M7 from flexing ARM’s muscle

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Re: " instantaneous response to changing conditions is required, such as lighting management"

Milliseconds?

Most of the lights in my house are compact fluorescents - they seem to have a delay of getting on for a second or so before they do much anyway!

I could rub two boy scouts together and get a fire going quicker than some CFs come on ------------------------------------------------------>

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Keyboards.

I haven't opened up a PC keyboard for a long time, but do they still have an 8048 or similar 1970s-ish MCU core controlling them?

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NASA rover Curiosity drills HOLE in MARS 'GOLF COURSE'

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Re: nice surface

"Perhaps the problem is that it really isn't rocket science and instead of rocket scientists they should maybe be talking to engineers from say michelin or pirelli."

Wouldn't like to think what the AA call-out fee would be if they got a blow-out!

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Sadly...

too late for Alan Shepard to continue his interplanetary golf tour.

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Bruges Booze tubes to pump LOVELY BEER underneath city

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De Halve Maan brewery

Great brewery - they do a lovely tour and excellent beer.

Brought home as much as I could carry on my last trip to Bruges

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HOT WET ALIEN world discovered in constellation Cygnus

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where do they process their data?

It would be appropriately ironic if they use cloud computing to discover there are no clouds.

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Sea-Me-We 5 construction starts

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Re: "Sea-Me-We"... seriously?

Will they be filling the sea with that 'special chemical' they put in swimming pools so they can find data leaks?

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Heatmiser digital thermostat users: For pity's sake, DON'T SWITCH ON the WI-FI

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Re: Where are the crims?

"I can't see the black hats hacking into wifi stats simply to play around the temperature. They shouldn't be able to, but its hardly going to be a major draw."

If my downstairs neighbours had an IoT thermostat I might...

mmmm... underfloor heating

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The British Museum plonks digital bricks on world of Minecraft

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@ MyffyW

"are you referring to the British Leyland motor vehicle"

The face of a GTA player if all they get to drive is a Metro ------------------------->

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Moon landing was real and WE CAN PROVE IT, says Nvidia

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Re: To all conspiracy muppets out there

"Showing proof to a conspiracy theorist just demonstrates to them that the conspiracy goes even deeper."

Of course nobody ever landed on the moon. Someone just sent some Nvidia chips back in time to 1967 and the whole Apollo programme was simulated in a graphics workstation.

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SCREW YOU, Russia! NASA lobs $6.8bn at Boeing AND SpaceX to run space station taxis

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Re: What a total rip-off!

"CST 100 does come down on land, using airbags to cushion the landing."

If they're anything like as bouncy as Pathfinder's landing airbags, will the CST 100 be a boing boing boeing?

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Re: LOHAN

Apparently El Reg did put in a bid, but NASA pointed out that none of their astronauts were only 3 inches tall.

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Apple gives fanbois The Sweetest Thing: A delete button for that U2 album

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Paris Hilton

I don't have any iThingies...

so, can someone with more knowledge of such things than me please explain why Apple needed to come up with a tool just to remove a particular set of tracks from one's account?

Isn't a delete function a fairly universal feature of operating systems these days?

Paris because... she probably knows about as much about iOS as me! ------>

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Re: Remove U2

U2 removal tool...

I believe an S-75 / V-750VN combination is the traditional tool of choice.

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Re: "...get..."?

The BBC version of the story, which has a snapshot of the removal tool states

"Users who remove the album and do not download it again before 13 October will be charged for the 11 tracks if they subsequently try to add them again."

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Golgafrincham

Bono: "look at it this way... The blood, sweat and tears of sone Irish guys are in your junk mail". Is that sanitary?

Sounds like Apple need to get the telephone sanitisers in.

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This flashlight app requires: Your contacts list, identity, access to your camera...

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Terminator

Time to get worried when this app requires:

  • your clothes
  • your boots
  • your motorcycle

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Why Apple had to craft a pocket-busting 5.5in Plus-sized iPhone 6 (thank LG, Samsung etc)

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Re: It's all about the screen size @SuccessCase @Russell Hancock

"How does the merchant know how to send you the goods you have ordered (in situations where you order physical goods) if they are not given your name and contact details?"

You mean the goods you just put on the counter in the shop? I thought pay-by-bonk was designed for small payments (up to about £10/€15/$25-ish) for services or products in-store as an alternative to shoving your card in the slot and entering a PIN. If it's for a larger amount or something to be delivered I'd expect more security than just waving the card over the reader.

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Quit drooling, fanbois - haven't you SEEN what the iPhone 6 costs?

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Re: OnePlus One - FM Radio...

There's one on my Xperia SP.

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Apple's big bang: iPhone 6, ANOTHER iPhone 6 Plus and WATCH OUT

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Re: Apple Marketing misses a beat.

Isn't it standard form at Apple to take parts of their website offline during their product announcements?

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5.5in iPhone 6, iWatch hypegasm: What will Apple reveal - BE the rumour

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Re: "What will Apple reveal tomorrow"

"some people read Kim Kardashian's press releases."

People actually ready those? I thought they just looked at the pictures!

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Re: "What will Apple reveal tomorrow"

"A wearable device to fit over the eye ... called iGlass"

and when it's discovered that it ruins your sight, they'll release a new version called iPatch.

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Don't buy that phone! It ATTRACTS CRIMINALS, UK.gov will tell people

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I wonder if the scale is inversely proportional to how much of a beating you get from the average mugger for wasting their time when they discover how pants your phone is.

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Re: Demographics

Probably the sort of lifestyle that involves waving it around with the screen on beacon-like in a poorly lit street.

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Virgin Media blocks 'wankers' from permissible passwords

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Re: Interesting list.

Depends on one's personal hygiene.

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MEN WANTED to satisfy town full of yearning BRAZILIAN HOTNESS

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123 years...

... and they're still waiting for someone to light the barbecue.

(runs away and hides from my Brazilian girlfriend who's good at lighting barbecues).

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Six of the best gaming keyboard and mouse combos

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Re: Marketing fail... err, translation fail

It comes from ουρά rather than ούρα - so it's the tail eating serpent of many ancient mythologies rather than the piss drinker you are suggesting.

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