1318 posts • joined 19 Oct 2007
First Females in space took off in 1946
Some fruit flies went up in a V2. Mice have gone into space in Aerobee rockets, but I cannot find names or sexes for them until 1952: Mildred and Albert rode a rocket with two Phillipine monkeys named Patricia and Mike. Laika did not orbit until 1957, but rocket dogs Dezik and Tsygan made sub-orbital flights in 1951.
Small Cheap Computer^W Tablet
OEMs won't make small cheap computers because they would cut into sales of expensive computers. By all means tell them that expensive computers are not selling and watch them stuff their fingers in their ears and shout la-la-la. Why does this analyst think it will be any different with tablets? Surface 2 is on the way, and I will be shocked if it is only twice the price of an Android.
Could be worse
Imagine how bad it would have been if the European Commission had continued to focused their attention on manufacturing.
Last time, we had the DRAM tax - a tax on DRAM not manufactured in the EU. Everyone in Europe suffered from high DRAM prices. The foundaries still closed. The was a lucrative market in 'second hand simms' - anything that looked like a memory module was marked as defective and shipped to the far east so it could be 'replaced' under guaranty without incurring import tax.
Whatever the government does, sane people hope they do it to someone else.
Part of a swarm
If 1000 people use p2p to take a track, the RIAA can fine one for distributing 999 copies, then fine the next for distributing 999 copies and so on until they get paid for 999,000 copies when only 1000 were distributed. I could understand fining Jammie Thomas-Rasset for her part in the unauthorised distribution, but not for the actions of the entire swarm.
Easy way to improve
Fire 10% of the people who disapprove, promise to fire more next year if the rating do not improve and order some new chairs.
In 2004, Other had 0% of the market, but in 2005, other had 29%. Who is 'Other', and how did they achieve more than Apple (5% to 21%) without hitting the news?
I could not find a new product that would explain Apple's leap in market share. The events I did find were Ubuntu's first release (October 2004) and Apple showing a profit - see the second graph at:
Janet I. Tu asked a similar question, and got an answer:
[Update 12:58 p.m.: I asked Goldman Sachs about what happened in the 2004-2005 time frame -- as seen in the above chart -- that made Apple's vendor share jump, Microsoft's share plummet and the "other" category to go from zero to 29 percent. Goldman Sachs replied that it has to do with more mainstream adoption of non-PC consumer computing devices but declined to elaborate beyond that.]
What were these non-PC consumer computing devices? The obvious candidates are mobile phones, TV, GPS, routers and NAS (OLPC and the small cheap computer came later). I cannot find products that explain the harsh jump. What would make a difference is perception: the devices were there already, but in 2005 IDC and Goldman Sachs put them in the same category as PC's. That still does not explain why it did not hit the news back then. I have tried to find similar graphs that were made at the time, but found nothing obvious.
The only guess I can make fit is that IDC/Goldman Sachs put other devices in with PCs recently, but only had good figures for other devices from 2005 onwards. The big changes on this graph are not sudden massive consumer revolts. They are IDC/Goldman Sachs deciding to publish a different perspective. I think this says far more about IDC/Goldman Sachs than consumers.
Re: Ms hate
Software patents (not the only bad actor).
Secure boot (Luckily there are alternatives).
Dictating laptop specifications to OEMs (OEMs share some blame for temporarily blocking small cheap computers).
Damaging ISO badly enough to get OOXML approved as a 'standard'.
Anti-trust being 'over' is a strange idea. In the US, Microsoft got the judge changed, and liked the new sentence so much that they asked for (and got) more time to think up some extra punishments. In the EU, we got a browser choice screen and media player sold separately, but the price of IE still included in the price of the computer even if you never wanted it. The only things antitrust has achieved are some fines that provided extra tax revenue and active directory support in Samba (I use NFS).
Much of what irks me about Microsoft are actions in the past that still affect the present. What they are doing now is backfiring as much as it is peeving. I used to buy Windows laptops, wipe out Windows and install Linux. That means I am counted as part of the Microsoft market share. Thanks to secure boot, that is no longer true. OEMs are still clinging to the hope that I will buy a £599 laptop, but small cheap computers are out there from other sources, and the OEMs know they can either join the party or sulk alone.
Microsoft's death throws are going to be with us for a few more years, and they will involve patents and ever more desperate attempts to keep OOXML relevant. Microsoft are firmly on the path to being a legacy OS. Even the games makers are jumping ship. Watch the market share fall and the prices rise as the development costs are divided by a smaller customer base. Next up: Intel admit too late that they have to compete on price, but won't have the market share to sell a cheap profitable x86.
Do not need DPI to detect malicous content
I do read the terms and conditions
BSD is really short. GPL V2 is clear and simple. GPL V3 is longer and more complicated, but those three cover the vast majority of software I install. Years ago, clicking on a document activated a network install of Microsoft Office. I decided I was not authorised to agree to the terms on behalf of my employer, so I clicked the "Disagree" option. It installed and worked fine.
If you want some really good terms and conditions, try a porn site. If you accidently subscribe twice, you get charged double. To stop this can call the premium rate number and listen to the prerecorded message. I assume the message says something like "We got your money and we are keeping it". To unsubscribe, fill in the web form and wait for instructions to arrive by email. They should arrive within a decade.
The first place to look in a contract is how to end it. If that bit is missing or complicated, you know it is time to go elsewhere. The other fun clauses:
"If any conditions on this contract are not enforcible then the remainder of the contract will still remain in force." This means: "Many of these conditions are attempts to fool you into thinking you do not have statutory rights."
"This software [a C compiler] will work broadly in line with the printed instructions". The printed instructions were a small card explaining how to install the compiler. Started the installation in Friday morning, and it was still going on Monday morning. Nothing in the 'printed instructions' said installation would complete in under a year.
Free software: automatic no hassle money back guaranty. Proprietary software: If negligence or malice or our part causes your computer to explode and burn down you house or office, damages are limited to the cost of the software or a replacement CD.
Other good phone number ...
I use the web site's customer complaints phone number. If I cannot find such a number then it is time to look for a different vendor.
Tax efficiency is required to stay in business
If Microsoft were not efficient about avoiding taxes then they would be less price competitive with Apple. If governments magically become competent at wording tax law and get the big search engines to pay more tax, then the price of advertising rises, the advertisers make a little less profit, pay a little less tax and pass some of the pain on to their costumers. The business customers make a little less profit, pay a little less tax and pass some of the pain on. Finally real people pay a bit more for their goods.
If you think Google paying more tax will reduce your tax bill will make you better off then you are living in a fantasy world. A government with increased revenue just finds more daft ways to waste it. I am sure politicians are well aware of this. All this talk about multinationals paying very little tax is just tactic to distract us from the latest expensive failed government initiatives.
Not any non-Apple hardware
I have yet to see Windows for MIPS (I have three MIPS boxes). How about Windows for Raspberry Pi? (Windows RT requires a later generation of ARM CPU.) One of my other two ARM boxes could in theory run RT - but that would use all of the internal flash.
I have one Intel box left. When it dies, Microsoft have given me an excellent reason to replace it with an ARM - and I doubt the RT will be around that long.
Cell phone bars
I thought the number of bars a cell phone displays was one more than on the nearest competitor's phone in the hope that it will influence a purchase decision. People claiming to know what they are talking about have posted some alternative theories:
As far as I can make out, the bars could show useful information while a call is in progress, but unless their meaning gets standardised, don't bet on it.
Samsung did come up with its own damn design without copying Apple
I am not a well funded company PR department
Innovation continues despite patents, not because of them. Getting a patent takes years and defending one in the courts takes at least £250,000. Startups do not have the time or money. What they do have is first mover advantage: by the time someone else has copied their product, the startup has released version 2.
Patents are most valueable to established companies who do not innovate. They can use patents to keep startups out of the market.
Patents are supposed to increase the rate of technological progress by rewarding inventors with a monopoly in return for publishing details of how their inventions work. In the real world, people only read patents when they are threatened by lawyers. This is because:
*) Patents are written in patent language which is difficult for non-patent specialists to understand.
*) Reading a patent almost never helps you implement a product. This is most obvious with software patents because they do not include source code.
*) Thousands of new patents are awarded every month. It is impractical to search through all that junk for a useful patent.
*) Reading a patent leaves you open to triple damages for willful infringement.
As inventors no longer read patents, they entire reason for the patent system disappeared decades ago.
If you start at the sun, pick a random direction and fire something tiny, like the moon then the chance of hitting the Earth are about 1 in 2 billion. Coronal mass ejections are big - similar to the size of the sun when they start. They spread out. I could not find an decisive figure for how much they spread out. The closest I could find to a useful number was 0.25au long. If we pretend that CME's are 0.25au wide when they pass Earth orbit (1au) then the chances of a hit are about 1 in 250.
If someone knows a vaguely sensible number for the diameter of a CME when gets 1au from the sun, please speak up. I have almost no confidence in that 0.25au guess.
If the public were angry, they would not buy from internet multinationals
This 'public anger' sounds like astro-turf to me. If the government wanted fairer taxes, they would not be giving tax relief to patent trolls:
RIM are not the threat
When Elop joined Nokia, Nokia had the highest market share. They had more of the market than Apple and Samsung combined (no 2 and 3 at the time). Things are different now. For Sinofsky to do an Elop, he has to become CEO of Samsung.
"We're not accusing you of being illegal, we're accusing you of being immoral"
Who much have these MPs claimed for expenses?
Does it have a service manual?
The post is required, and must contain letters - but I would prefer parcels.
Nokia has been dealt with
Do Microsoft need someone to run HTC
into the ground?
The Pi's have it
Raspberry Pi gave a clear warning about the direction that the market wanted to go. Intel could make a Debian box twice the speed for twice the money and it would sell - but every sale would cost Intel the profit on something five times the price. PC World could distribute Debian boxes, but each one would cost them the profit on the sales of some antivirus software and Microsoft Office - not to mention crapware revenue.
The real shock to me was PC World distributing Chromebooks. I got the first one that my local PC World had seen (the only other source is Amazon). When the salesman read the sales script, the anger in his voice was clear: "We cannot sell you any software. It has to come from Google" (I got the impression he would have put less scorn into "Bailed out Bankers" than "Google"). I am sure the only reason PC World distribute Chromebooks is because Microsoft are doing their own App store.
In a couple of years, the masses will find computers between phones and cameras in the supermarket and you will find the traditional PC vendors rushing to follow Micro Anvika.
Half way there
The other half is putting the key pad on the card. With the current system, a display you have no reason to trust tells you who will be paid and how much. You give your account details to a reader that might log them and type your pin on a key pad that could have a key logger attached. Whoever came up with that clearly put some thought into removing as much security as possible.
I would love to see a card that shows who is getting paid and how much on a screen I can trust. Even better, add a keypad so I can be confident that no key logger will be sending my PIN to India. If they really want to go overboard, add an off switch so the card does not spew my ID to every RF-ID reader in a shopping centre.
Only if you can find there was a first hoax and prove this is another
I have no evidence that Samsung threatened Apple with a lack of LCDs. What I saw were rumours that Apple were planning to reduce orders of Samsung LCDs:
At this rate, the only people who will trade with Apple are the ones who are really desperate.
Has a big advantage over a Pi
My local bus station has a blue screen of death display terminal. You cannot get anything like that with a Pi. For a proper authentic BSoD you need Intel and Microsoft. Surely that is worth an extra $300.
Intel NUC: 65W, active cooling
Raspberry Pi: 3.5W passive cooling.
To be fair, I think that 65W includes power for 2 mini-PCIe cards and full power out of the USB connectors. It is not a in any way competitor with a Pi. If you really need PCIe and Windows 8 then a Pi wont fit, but Intel have a long way to go to get near Pi price, power and silence.
I did not know that the maintenance manual for my old laptop was available for free download all over the internet. Thankyou Toshiba for pointing it out.
A few more lumps of confusion in the article
The Linux kernel has forked: Android. Android had design features that worked well on a mobile phone, but were not appropriate to a cluster. Google considered merging back with Linus's Linux to be sufficiently valuable that they have been recoding bits of Android to scale better. Some of the new code has been merged. Linux and Android are getting closer.
Forks are good in free software. If you are Microsoft, you have a few programmers. To achieve anything, you must pick a direction and herd your programmers that way. If you picked the right direction, all well and good. Celebrate and have a beer. If you guess wrong, you end up with Windows ME,
Long Horn Vista or Winphone. Free software has many programmers. It is practical to let all of them code in different directions. The result is lots and lots of editors, toolkits, GUIs, and so on. Some of them are tripe. Some of them are not your cup of tea. Some are outstanding and there is almost always something that gets the job done.
Business friendly is a Microsoft term for code they can embrace extend and extinguish. They labelled the GPL as not business friendly because if they used it, they would not be able to keep their customers locked in. Any other business that actually reads the license finds that the GPL is really friendly.
The pipes are still there. Start an xterm/gterm/konsole/LXterminal, read man bash and info coreutils then pipe away to your heart's content.
You do not need a virtual machine to mix languages. GCC can mix C, C++, fortran pascal (and probably a few more) with a little effort. I write lots of things in python and replace bits with C if speed is a problem. The advantage of Java is you can write once and run on one of several well maintained virtual machines. The advantage of Mono is that if you make a profit Microsoft can change the license and sue you for patent infringement.
Several g is about 2g if HD40307g has the same density as Earth
Seven times the mass means seven times the gravity only if the plannet is the same radius as Earth. That would be impossible because even osmium - the densest element - is only about four times the density of the Earth. If we pretend the density is the same as Earth then the radius is ³√7 times that of Earth. Gravity decreases with the square of the radius. 7 / (³√7²) = ³√7 ≈ 2.
Chronic exposure (23 generations) to high gravity (2.5g) has been tested on chickens. See: "Great Mambo Chicken & the Transhuman Experience" by Ed Regis.
When is the pay-back?
Lend £500million of tax payers money to BT for fibre installation. BT rent access to the fibre to tax payers. BT use the rent to pay back the loan - oops, missed out that bit. BT keep the fibre and the rent and never pay back the loan. Lets hope Joaquin Almunia can explain Noddy's Guide to Business to Maria Miller.
Asking for the same same thing twice twice twice?
She claims $1.9m:
a) $105,000 in compensatory damages,
b) $500,000 punitive damages
c) $1m for "pain and suffering"
d) $315,000 in treble damages, awarded in instances of fraud
I can understand either (a) or (d), but not both added together otherwise it would be quadruple damages not treble. While we are at is (b) and (d) look like duplication too. If this is right, shouldn't there also be claims for $350,000 for suffering and $650,000 for pain?
Deliberate Streisand Effect?
I thought the mock horror was an attempt to slow the church's continuing slide into irrelevance.
Moor accurate tiepin ...
... does knot mean their will bee bettor spelling.
Imagine you graphics card is sending frame buffer 1 to the display. While it is doing that, it starts drawing the next frame on buffer 2. If your card can average 600 frames per second, it will complete that task well before frame 1 has been sent. It could sit idle and save some electricity, or it could start drawing a new frame in buffer 3. When the card has finished drawing in frame 3, it still has plenty of time, an no real use for the data in frame buffer 2. It can start drawing another frame there. Eventually, all the data from buffer 1 will reach the monitor. When that happens, the graphics card can start sending data from frame buffer 2 or 3 - which ever is complete. If buffer 2 was complete, the card finishes drawing in buffer 3, then starts drawing in 1, then 3, and so on until buffer 2 has been sent to the monitor.
Triple buffering has many wonderful advantages:
*) It provides extra profits for electricity companies.
*) It makes you fan spin so loud that the neighbours can hear it over the noise of exploding zombies.
*) You can boast about how many frames per second you £5000 graphics card does.
*) The gaming engine looks at your controls once per graphics card frame rather than once per monitor frame.
That last one can make a real difference to how laggy a game feels.
"declining [Windows] PC industry" and the unique selling feature of a Windows 8 phone will be "how the phone and [Windows] PC operating systems will work together."
Planned obsolescence is supposed to kick in after the warranty expires, not before the customer makes a purchase.
UEFI could have provided some security
If I could wipe all the keys and install one of my own, then I could be confident that only kernels I sign can be booted. As it currently stands, the manufacturers install Microsoft's key, and whatever other keys they choose or are legally required to boot CIA signed malware.
Estimating environmental impact never that easy
Electric cars have regenerative braking. At a wild guess, about 50% of the energy required to make the car accelerate gets back into the battery when it stops. That will approximately equal out a petrol car which is about half the mass but has 0% efficient regenerative braking.
The national grid is about 80% efficient. I do not have a figure for the amount of fuel required to distribute fuel.
Greenness of electricity depends on how it is generated. France is 80% nuclear. The UK still does not have a practical plan for low carbon electricity.
The materials and construction cost should be offset the the costs and benefits of recycling.
I think you are probably right about a Detroit gas-guzzler being more environmentally friendly in the UK. I think they would be about equal in France, but I do not have the required data to prove it one way or the other.
Judge Birss explained
Apple sued in the UK. That made the UK court into a (European) Community Court for this case. Apple later sued in Germany. That was very naughty. The whole idea of a community court is to avoid getting different verdicts from each member state.
The long URL leads to a huge article. Get your browser to find this text:
Lumia series has the highest return rates in Nokia smartphone history
If you had a big expensive high margin product, would you want your customers to know that you also make a smaller cheaper low margin product? I can understand Apple keeping quiet about the iPad mini and only mentioning it to customers who say a full sized tablet is too big.
Who's definition of open?
Microsoft have a really inclusive definition of open that includes all their lock-in software and file formats.
For that matter, what counts as 'considered'? How about "We considered using open source but were told that is was frightening, uncertain and doubtful".
Easy: religious faith
He has no evidence to support his theory, but has complete faith.
Intel are very good at performance. They are getting tolerable at power consumption. I cannot see them competing on price. I am sure Intel will produce some excellent high speed low power chips with their next generation super expensive manufacturing process. ARM partners will do the same with the current manufacturing process which will be cheap as chips by then.
2001 Linux has AMD64 support working on a simulator
2003 real AMD64 CPU's for sale
2005 Windows XP Professional x64 edition (AMD64) released
200? AMD64 Windows drivers and applications
Anyone going to hold the breath until Windows RT64?
Samsung have absolutely killer hardware
Google/Samsung have gone to a lot of trouble not to give their best laptop a name. "The new Chromebook" is going to be really confusing when the newer chromebook is released. I mean the series 3 Chromebook with the ARM CPU that is half the price of the Intel ones. It is model number XE303C12.
Here is how to install Ubuntu on an XE303C12:
The instructions put the Ubuntu on an SDHC card, but you could put it on the internal eMMC chip by typing different device names. Someone has reported success with openSUSE. I will be installing Debian this weekend. The bumps I expect to meet are:
Samsung's kernel will work fine. Debian's default kernel will probably be missing some device drivers. I expect compiling the latest stable kernel will fix most of that and the rest will get fixed within about two stable kernel releases.
The hardware should be able to run armhf, but I suspect armel will be easier to get working. armhf uses the floating point hardware, but armel does not.
The opengl library is not open source. The vendor supplied one will be either armhf or armel. The Mali 200 and 400 GPU's are being reverse engineered (see project Lima). The XE303C12 uses Mali 600.
When do we get the £680m back?
So tax payers buy some fibre for £680m. BT then rents the tax payers own fibre back to the tax payers. Then BT pays back the £680m when erm err ... never.
I could understand buying some fibre, then tendering out some maintenance contracts to the lowest competent bidders. I cannot understand giving the fibre to a monopoly.
I for one salute our Achaemenid Persian overlords. I'll get my coat.
Four worth less than 3 and 5
Numbers on a row of shops: 1, 2, 3, 5, ...
Whoever owned that row of shops clearly believed he would not get as much rent for a shop numbered 4.
What are smoking?
There is no way that Elop will release Symbian into the wild. It would continue to outsell Winphone.
If I wipe off chrome, install Debian and add some USB3 storage, this new chromebook is better that what I am using now.
other use for that money
They could have doubled the pay of Foxconn workers.
The sad thing is that Apple have quality products that fanboys love. They do not need to mess about in the courts. (I am a dyed in the wool penguinista. Even if Apple ban every competing gadget I will still not buy Apple.)
Lock-in + segmentation is old news
The suprise is that people are still falling for it.
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