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Re: "Comfortable with that?" Er, well now that you mention it, no.
One wonders how many iBeacons will be developing mysterious faults when the bonus chasing sales staff find they've been beaten to the sale by the store's computer and they don't qualify for the bonuses any longer.
Re: Genius Bar
"What on our dear Earth is this "Genius Bar"shit?"
And do they serve Double Bastard?
(see title and repeat until it hurts too much)
That's the funniest thing I've read since Dabbs's toilet blackout story (that was very funny too!)
By those rules...
Presumably Dennis Richie's estate will be sueing anybody who's implemented the C standard library.
Re: Oi, Larry
That's never stopped J K Rowling before...
"Rowling not laughing about Army's comic"...
Re: Couldn't have they just adopted lightning?
Nahhh, I'm old school! I don't hold with any of this newfangled time travel nonsense. Give me body parts, a big switch and an assistant called Igor and I'm happy.
Oh, and one of those sparky things that go bzzzzt
Re: Couldn't have they just adopted lightning?
The only place I see a lightning connector being useful is in my Dr Frankenstein re-animation laboratory.
Command and Control...
" I’ve put it to work measuring the level of moist air in one of my rooms, so I can tell the other half to switch the dehumidifier on - but its command and control app needs a much expanded range"
Are you talking about the Spotter or the other half here?
Maybe I misunderstood the bit about clouds, but if you have them in your room, then you really do have humidity problems!
Re: One suggestion
"That one laptop can emulate every machine your nostalgia can handle...
I just wish i could store my other junk on a laptop hard drive. Instead I have a shed full of car parts :)"
<slightly tongue in cheek>
By that logic, can't you just get one high performance car and tune the engine management computer and suspension system to emulate a range of classic cars?
</slightly tongue in cheek>
While emulation has its place, you can't replace the buzz of restoring and firing up the original hardware from the days when 8 bits, a couple of MHz clock frequency, and memory measured in kBytes were the norm.
Not only PAL encoding, but timing correction too, when it's done could be quite complicated.
The video system in the Dragon (and Tandy Color Computer) is based around the MC6847 video display generator. This chip was designed for an American market and gives NTSC compatible timing (525 lines, 60Hz) - it was designed to be clocked from a 3.57MHz (and a bit) NTSC colour-subcarrier oscillator. The Dragon, I believe adds extra logic to stop the clock at certain points to slow it down to 50Hz while adding in the extra lines to make it close enough to the PAL 625 line standard.
The basic Atom used the same chip, but kept it running with NTSC timing - this meant that the black and white output from an unmodified Atom came out with a 60Hz frame rate, and sometimes you had to adjust the vertical hold on the TV to get a picture (sometimes it worked better with old black and white TVs than colour ones). The second version of the colour adaptor did a similar style of timing trickery with the clock to get PAL timing out of it (The first version was a simpler affair that just created the PAL colours, but with NTSC frame timing).
The VTech Laser 200 used the same video chip, although I have no idea whether they fiddled with the timing.
Re: "I worked on that copy of ETI"
that issue was from 1978 - she must be heading towards 60 by now!
They should broadcast Disaster Area from the radio station.
Not only could they detect every piece of space junk going, they could blow it out of the sky at the same time.
The usual effect of a Disaster Area concert ---------------------------------->
Lipstick and pigs...
... come to mind.
"Still trying to get my head round the thought that Dixons is the last word in luxury electronics purchases."
Just wait til you see their gold plated Amstrad music centre with diamond knobs (it'll still sound pants though!)
Here's a beer to go with my upvote - really enjoyed that magazine in the late 70's and early 80's.
Electronics Today International.
That cover shot is of the 2nd ETI I ever bought (err... for the Electronics In Model Railways article, not for the cover picture, I'm sure!) - I was 13 at the time and bored with Everyday Electronics. I tried Practical Electronics too, but preferred ETI - it was more computery, which I was more interested in while PE seemed more audio-y back they.
Re: What about keeping XP?
"But from my experience the biggest risk Mr 12 actually faces is the closing of applications without saving his work ... but he'll soon learn ..."
Also, whatever OS he ends up with, if he's using it in an environment with all his schoolmates, instill in him the discipline to lock his computer whenever he's away from the screen - or who knows what pranks his mates will play while he's away.
What? Doesn't the old ZX81 milk carton trick work on the Surface?
This might also work (but not for long) -------------------------->
Re: Another NC10
If you're just keeping XP for the sake of your scanner, you may want to investigate VueScan (http://www.hamrick.com).
If that supports your scanner, it might find a new life with later versions of Windows and Linux.
"And can we now officially use the word tigrina when referring to Brazilian pussies?"
I'll try that one out on my Brazilian girlfriend tonight...
Expect future postings to be coming from A&E.
Re: Pictures please
I was going to make some comment about how it must be one of those breeds without fur, so I googled 'Hairless pussy' to find an example...
... now my boss is on his way here to have a severe word with me.
Re: What about keeping XP?
I'm not sure that 'Windows XP' (post April/2014), 'Secure' and 'Schoolboy' can be used together in the same sentence.
For schoolwork, it'll need web access and presumably, as it's a netbook, he'll be out and about with it, so however well you've configured your router, you'll be relying on the school's, coffeeshop's, mate's house's routers to be configured equally strongly.
Also, the work policy here is that post April 2014, XP systems will be barred from the network. If the school has a similar policy, he may find problems if he is intending to use it in the classroom.
Re: The "glamorous lifestyle." vulnerability
"balsamic vinegar on my chips"
That's just plain wrong. Balsamic is too strong and sweet for chips.
Malt vinegar is the way to go - but if you want to be all la-di-da, ordinary white wine vinegar will do at a push.
Just as well it's using visual rather than audio training data.
"He downloads songs from the web."
"Yeah, how many?"
"All of them."
"Well you're in a pack of trouble with the record companies there, son."
Re: I thought
Just don't let it prove that black equals white and get it killed on the next zebra crossing.
I would have thought there's plenty of pink 'training data' on the internet...
... Or so I've been told!
Re: what do you mean by "speed"?
The Everspin website http://www.everspin.com/technology.php says that reads and writes are the same at 35ns.
Compared to modern RAM, that doesn't seem particularly fast to me, but apparently IBM's experimental versions go down to 2ns.
Re: What about Reads?
The chips are faster, they're smaller, they use less power...
They just forgot to tell you about the 10kg of mu-metal shielding they need!
Re: Yes, the word Vagina makes me uncomfortable.
You say vag-ee-na, I say vaj-eye-na
vag-ee-na, vag-eye-na, vag-ee-na, vag-eye-na
Let's call the whole thing off!
Time to bring out the old Not The Nine O'Clock News Sketch...
Re: Looks fun...
I expect as such - the keyboard LEDs are much more able to be controlled, although somewhat dimmer.
Re: Looks fun...
Actually, I wonder whether the lights on a keyboard or the underside of an optical mouse could be controlled fast enough to do the data transfer.
@ Mike Taylor
are you sure you're not the missing link?
15% droop in porn viewing during the royal wedding.
Sorry, that's probably my fault...
I took the opportunity of everyone else being stuck infront of the TV to go around almost empty shops to buy new kitchen cabinets.
PornHub, I promise to make up for it later!
Glasses, because all that porn is making me short sighted --------------------------------->
... but sadly I don't have a single IOS or Android device.
Something for the manufacturers to consider: I can't imagine it would be too hard to hang an LED on a dirt-cheap USB micro-controller and get that to flash the appropriate code to set the thing up from a PC or Mac.
London Aquatics Centre...
Err... isn't that the one that looks like a giant panty-liner?
Re: El Reg Fires Up Encryption for its Millions of Readers and Commentards
I thought El Reg had been encrypting AManFromMars's comments for ages.
Re: Must be rather chilly there....
Think i'll get a Tardis tattooed onto my willy. Then if I get any complaints about the size, I'll just say it's bigger on the inside.
Re: "Prince Albert"
"Ooops mixed up me Princes....."
and I thought you were just upholding the view that Edward was a bit of a dick!
This is only the beginning...
I hear developers are planning to build condominia all around it.
Makes a change...
to make it out of the pencil lead instead of the rubber.
Re: Is this a series of articles
If there are many more articles, we'll be able to print all the charts from them and won't need to buy the book!
(err.. that's not a complaint about the number of articles - greatly enjoying them!)
I'd like to see...
K9 getting into a nit-picking contest with Orac
Re: The reason why this works for both 9 and 3 volts...
I've had transistors that switch off when too much current goes through them...
they're called broken transistors.
Not just spoilers, but sometimes completely spoil the episode.
The preview of "The Runaway Bride" was such an inappropriate thing to put at the end of "Doomsday" - completely spoilt the mood of the parting of The Doctor and Rose.
Re: How about Wales?
They did use the same quarries on a number of occasions (Binnegar Heath for one), but the story of them accidentally meeting up is quite possibly apocryphal...
Didn't four of the Dr Who stories during Christopher Eccleston's tenure ( The End Of The World, The Long Game, Bad Wolf, The Parting Of The Ways) take place in Earth orbit, so that severe Earthward swing in that series should be curtailed somewhat as they didn't actually take place 'on Earth' ?
- It's true, the START MENU is coming BACK to Windows 8, hiss sources
- How UK air traffic control system was caught asleep on the job
- Pic NASA Mars tank Curiosity rolls on old WET PATCH, sighs, sniffs for life signs
- Google embiggens its fat vid pipe Chromecast with TEN new supported apps
- Microsoft: Don't listen to 4chan ... especially the bit about bricking Xbox Ones