"he could see the vehicles going fully automatic in a decade"
Gah! If I'm going to drop $200k on a flying car, I'm going to have the excitement of flying the damn thing myself!
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Gah! If I'm going to drop $200k on a flying car, I'm going to have the excitement of flying the damn thing myself!
Might that be the actual problem? They're putting an awful lot of dev time into Android, but to very little advantage to the end user, and with very little clear direction. A lot of the changes seem to be change for change's sake, worse still from the OEM's point of view. often there are changes to system APIs or behaviour that means adaptation becomes an incredible PITA - and I say that as someone who has spent plenty of time digging through the AOSP to track down reasons why something works on one version of Android, but fails completely on a subsequent version.
Smartphone features have largely stagnated, from an OS point of view. You can either add new bells and whistles, or you can try to improve performance. Take a look at the difference between Lollipop and Marshmallow and you can see where the Oompa Loompas have spent their dev-dollars.
If Google seriously want OEMs to keep up with their update cycle, they need to make adaptationsimpler between version transitions, and each new version needs to deliver actual value to the OEMs
If Google did ramp up their own OEM efforts, then they'll need to offer more than their current Nexus efforts do, as they've so far not been anywhere near as successful the Galaxy series.
The ARM is a work of art, the deeper you look at it, the more you appreciate the genius of it's design.
I want to pitch an all encompassing Paint Drying Cinematic Universe
Umm, I think Gerry Anderson may have prior art on this one...
I'd suggest 117 is Carriagereturnium and 118 is Linefeedium
I call bullshit, it's easily provable that when off a phone isn't transmitting.
It could well be recieving, ie it wasn't off but in a deep sleep, and there was a mechanism like wake-on-lan. Even then that would be problematic, as it would require all cell towers to broadcast the message, in the hope that the target device is within range (it's not broadcasting, so only the last connected tower is known).
The other 'smurfs' he describes are possible, of course, basic spy-ware. Though I find it unlikely that the capability is present in un hacked phones, this would require far too great a level of compliance (and secrecy) from all phone manufacturers.
Perhaps that's the point. I thnk every sufficiently large community needs it's own 'flame war' talking point, and this is just theirs, giving them something to argue about at conferences, write papers and books on, and keeping them on the talk-show circuit for life!
If these apps are leading to an increase in promiscuity, and an associated rise in STDs, then surely they are also in a great position (F'Nar!) to track hook-ups, so that past partners could be warned, and the infection could be tracked back to source? You'd have to work out how best to remove the stigma of course.
"Judgement Day has been postponed from 29 August 1997, to 21 April 2011, apparently"
I got the impression, from the 2nd and 3rd installments that Judgement Day was inevitible, and all Sarah/John Connor could do was to delay it.
They could portray the whole thing in 1st person perspective, as if the viewer were seeing the events from jobs' eyes. CGI in actual Jobs footage for any wide angle shots, and hey-presto!
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Just wait until she finds out "Why it was even born"
The original Twingo was a great little runaround, great fun to drive and very practical. The Twingo II was even more fun, as it had sportier engine options, and lost little of the practicality. With this, it would appear that Renault have given up on the whole idea of Twingo, and decided to make Fiat 500s, or as the article notes, Smart Forfours.
As someone who has owned both previous iterations of the Twingo, I think I'll be passing on this, even as a first car for the kids, I'd just buy an 2nd hand, original Twingo.
That fact alone means that there is a special circle of Hell, reserved just for him.
Every phone that does MMS does exactly that.
At the time, with texts costing ~10p a go, WAP over SMS offered very little in the way of advantage over WAP over dialup, except for small data transfers where connectivity might be intermittant, such fire-and-forget packets used in Push messaging
IIRC, No, they weren't. Indeed this was the whole premise of WAP proxies. They just stuck at it long enough for it to fly.
My memory of those days is hazy at best, but ISTR at least two, non-WAP, companies offering a similar solution, before Opera-mini was launched. Names escape me though.
a 'thorpe' is an old word meaning field, probably of norse origin, common in and around Yorkshire place names. AFAIK the reasoning behind the name octothorpe was that it 'looked' like a village surrounded by 8 fields.
Obviously the surname Thorpe has the same roots, equivalent to the surname Field(s).
"neutrons (which need the warm embrace of an atom to last longer than 15 minutes)"
More likely they still decay, but the free electron is quickly bound to a nearby proton, turning it into a neutron. From the outside it would appear that the neutron is stable.
Reminds me of an old CompSci proverb; To err is human, to completely fuck something up requires a computer.
That the product is an electron/positron pair suggests to me that rather than converting the photons into e-/e+ pairs, it could be that it's interacting with a virtual e-/e+ pair and giving them enough energy to overcome their attractive nature, so instead of instantly annihilating again, they fly off on separate paths, having absorbed the photon(s), a sort of analogue to Hawking Radiation. Be interesting to see the outcome of this experiment. And I wonder if there are similar interactions that thoeretically exists, or if it's only photons->e-/e+ - ie could sufficiently energetic photons produce muon/anti-muon pairs?
the iWeigh, the world's first game changing set of bathroom scales.
A whole new product sector for them.
At that point, if you can get the light coming out of them to be coherent you can start to produce holographic displays.
Quick, file both those ideas as additional patents!
First I've EVER heard of it.
PR money well spent then eh?
"...to brick the target ... the user's only option would be to completely wipe the device via a boot loader recovery."
So not bricked at all then. If it were bricked, even the bootloader would be broken.
If it is just causing a crash during bootup, then it may even be possible to uninstall the offending app via ADB in between reboots, if you timed it right.
Amusing bug though.
“Microsoft was willing to buy it, too,”
Why? What for? it's just a moderately popular messaging system, Microsoft have had about a dozen of those. Could they not find someone in their 100 000 strong workforce to work out why it was popular and MSN messenger wasn't? Really?!?
I'll give them a hint - iPhone.
“I don't know if it was for $19 billion, but the company's extremely valuable.”
No, no it's not. It was extremely expensive for Facebook, but Zuck's got way more money than sense, that doesn't make it valuable.
If Microsoft tried really hard, they could roll their own WhatsApp a thousand times over, and probably make it better, and afford to run it at a loss so that it was free for ever, and hook it into Live, but that would require the guy at the top having some sense of vision for a product, or someone in their organisation not being a cow-towing yes-man lacky sucking up to their immediate boss. Oh well.
True, quite a few people do use the web as their interface to email, but email messages are still routed over the internet using SMTP, which incidentally, is what your average spambot talks.
"If we don't pay high salary + bonus, we risk losing talent"
So, Barclays must them be tacictly admitting that they hope to be employing the shittest contractors they can find. I really hope that works out well for them.
This is something that has perpelexed me for years, is why this form factor has seemingly been abandoned. I know a fair few people who would jump at the chance to own a modern take on this, yet all we get are ever increasing sized touch screens.
You could (and I know people who have) write a book on a Series 5, but I doubt anyone will ever write a novel on a Galaxy Note.
The screen is the real problem, if you'd still be happy with the original screen (and it wasn't that bad) then it's not too hard a job to fit any of a number of off-the-shelf boards into the case (minus many of the cumbersome external connectors they have) A bit of soldering to wire the screen to some GPIO pins... then comes the fun bit, writing the software for it all!
If you want a colour screen, then all bets are off, as nothing has the same aspect ratio of the original, so you're talking compromise or new case, which of course won't have the killer hinge or proper keyboard.
Yeah, the Revo, not a bad little device. Of course ironic it was missed off the list, as it was the Revo successor ('Odin' ISTR) that finally burnt Psion out of the PDA market, and concentrating on warehousing applications, where of course, WinCE was a tick box that had to be checked.
The real end (apart from the doomed Motorola project circa 1999) I think was the simple fact that the Series 5mx was just _too_ good. They were built to last, did everything you'd need, and get a months use out of a couple of AAs. At the time Wifi was nowhere, certainly nowhere you'd be able to embed into something that ran on duracells, and putting a colour screen on it would've been Gameboy vs Lynx all over again.
Psion had released their own 'Use your Illusion' - it'd never be bettered, might as well pack up and go home.
"EPOC had become Symbian and had much of its functionality stripped out so it could fit into smartphones"
That's not an entirely fair comment, if you look at the initial Symbian smartphones, the Ericsson R380 and the Nokia 9210 pretty much all of the functionality that was on the 5mx was there. Of course, by the time it got to the Nokia 7650 and the SEMC P900 the functionality was there, it had just been wrapped in a much simpler UI. To say that Symbian was EPOC cut down to fit into a phone is just bad research.
Their pitch of having the 'Windows Experience' on your phone was also their curse - everyone still remembered what that was like, not to mention their reputation for predatory practices when it can to partnerships. OEMs and consumers alike wouldn't have given them any more leeway if they had released their own devices sooner, and let's not forget that at the time, with the generous subsidies they reportedly got, Compaq was a defacto PocketPC/WinCE/WinMo OEM for them.
Ironically, having garnered some plaudits for the Windows Phone UI, they then nearly slaughtered the old cash cow by sticking to the old 'single unified windows experience' mantra, and ramming it down PC user's throats.
Yes Ballmer, Microsoft may have been a two-trick pony, but you shot them both.
I'm no financial whizz (I'm not typing this from a luxury yacht moored in Monaco) but it's pretty obvious that Bitcoin and similar are more like intangible assets such as shares traded on a stock market than hard cash, but they have the aim of being as liquid as actual money. Money, I think, has to be backed by a bank with a tangible asset, which Bitcoin certainly isn't.
Of course I doubt that'll have any bearing on any prospective regulation, although the desire for regulation seems to stem from the fact that Bitcoin has served it's purpose too well (being an independent, open form of currency - or easily tradable asset if you will) and can be used for illicit trading, rather than because it caught on, bubbled, and burst, losing some people some money.
Presumably the calls the lags make will actually be monitored, or at least more so than those from the overseas sweatshops, then if we provoke the cold-calling-nuisances into fits of rage, will they get extra porridge?
There's only one way to find out...
I can't wait for the time when cars are judged by how many apps they have, rather than their functionality as an actual car.
Be great for the insurance companies, they can start refusing claims with 'You're just driving it wrong'
Given the large surface area, the fact that these will generally operate above the cloud ceiling, and solar panels can now be made with lightweight plastic substrates, has anyone looked at making these things solar, or at least hybrid?
I mean, sure it'll add to the cost, but in for a penny...
Easy. It's R18 for everything. Job done.
Wasn't one of the Seiko's he had one of the TV watches they did?
Very soon, we'll see this sort of attack being raised to racial hatred, when, in the not too distant future, over-liberal, hippy, Google funded states like California seek to classify pretentious, latte-drinking, tech-wearing, cyborg-wannabes as a racial minority.
What strikes me is that there was no lack of brilliant design and innovation at Sinclair in the 80s, but they seem to have stumbled because of the inability to bring just one of these designs to market - it may have been a very different story than the Amtrash slow decline we got.
Some of that seems to have been down to trying to over innovate, never sticking to a single plan, and some of it seems to have been Sinclair's dogged insistance on marketising failed technological experiments - the flat tube, the micro drive, wafer scale. While the FTV-1 is a thing of beauty, not just industrial design, but in terms of technical design, you only have to use it to see it as a technological dead end.
And just looking at that picture of the Microdrive takes me back. I would have (and still would) totally buy a games console that looked like that!
That said, the Z88 was a true marvel, I used mine to death. A real shame it never lead to commercial success.
It's almost as if they didn't want you to opt out.
Perhaps they should put the forms in a locked filing cabinet, in the disused basement, with the 'beware of the leopard' sign....?
An app that lets you share photos of beautiful things with your friends... iCandy
True, microdrive cartridges did tend to fall into two categories, those that would last about a week of usage, and those that would see out the heat death of the universe. The problem was that if you bought a box of ten of them, you'd likely only get one that was in the latter category, and it wouldn't be the one that you'd saved that important file on!
It does look like someone has photoshopped Sid's face onto a scuba diver!
I hear they were going to use a Donkey's rear for the tails side, but user testing showed no one could tell heads from tails.
Errr, why? He sounds like exactly the sort of person that'd be fun to piss off, for the lulz.
Not sure I'd be confident using a keyboard called typo...
What if when naming the device, he used it to send the message to the marketroids, but he wanted to go with the altogether cooler name 'typr' but got it wrong?