2097 posts • joined Friday 23rd November 2007 08:43 GMT
No, you couldn't pay me.
I'm not that happy about Win7. I have no interest in Win8
No pluses at all over XP. Lots of my programs don't work. Many of these are ancient specialist CAE stuff with no Win7 version.
I'm not fussed about upgrades, it's what to run on a new laptop that worries me. I'm getting a new dev laptop in 4 weeks and it has win 7. I'll have to continue using the old one with XP on the other branch of L shaped desk :-(
Modern UK plugs
Came in about 60 years ago!
Inspiron 7500 PIII 450 laptop controls/GUI on Win2K for a valve curve tracer/tester (it had NT4.0) all its working life. Ethernet and USB 2.0 both via PCMCIA cards.
A Dell slimline 286 desktop for DOS and programming channels on ancient Motorola VHF & UHF mobile radios via a home brew dongle on serial port.
I have one piece of test gear from 1945 (100kHz to 21MHz AM signal generator) I actually use. A mechanical AVO in a box somewhere. Rarely needed except for Transmitter valve PSU measurements, a £5 DMM (if you are not killed) goes woof with a blue flash at 600V on the 1000V range!
Screen less functional for documents and more tiring on eyes than a 2002 Dell Inspiron 8200, 1600 x 1200 ultrasharp anti glare screen.
When are we going to get laptops again with decent antiglare 1200 lines or better screens and 4:3 to save weight and width?
I don't buy a laptop to watch video. I've watched less than 10hrs full screen video on a laptop ever probably. The TV is better.
Re: 100 percent efficiency?
I was assuming they can't make large structures. Also being 1 atom thick it would need a very smooth special substrate. There is also probably a limit to the current due to electromagnetic, Electrostatic or other effects, so we probably won't see physical wires (which would be like "Litz" no doubt) but if possible at all, only on chips.
You'll need a microscope to see it?
Not Just Hams
But ANY applications below 106 / 212 and there can easily be harmonics.
It may also lock out proposals to use 42MHz to 86MHz properly.
For FM Radio Japan uses 76 to 90MHz and some countries around the 65MHz part of band.
The distance this can work at is limited (maybe 100m to 200m?), but not should be allowed for any above ground wiring. Actually fibre to the premises would make more sense.
Even current ADSL, ADSL2+ and VDSL is a problem on overhead wires.
But Ofcom and some others unlike ITU want to abolish ALL terrestrial broadcasting anyway. IP based services, cable and Satellite can't replace all Broadcast applications.
Aircraft uses 110 to 130 MHz approximately
Weather Satellites 137MHz
Marine 152 to 163 MHz approximately (Canals, rivers, lakes, not just Harbours, Estuaries, Shore).
There are other services too. Not just Radio Amateurs (50, 70, 145, 435 MHz small chunks) who are the least of the spectrum users between 1MHz and 430MHz..
Re: Chinese government really has only itself to blame?
Embedded Devices with Win7.
Irrelevant as usually the vendor upgrades/changes or not the Embedded OS. Often you wouldn't know an embedded device uses Win CE, Win3.11, NT 4.0 or XP embedded and normally it doesn't matter unless it's on the Internet, in which case why isn't it running Linux, VXWorks or QNX?
Actually I've been mystified why anyone chooses MS for embedded devices since about 1990.
P.S. I don't count a POS or ATM as "embedded" as they have a big screen and GUI. Some of those pretty much are PCs. Most embedded devices have no x86 CPU, and small mono LCD or no display at all (Alarms, Washing Machines, Routers/Modems, CNC machines etc).
Win 7 isn't XP SP4
Not a SP for XP. gratuitously different, awkward and too many programs won't run.
Nor was Win2K a SP7 for NT4.0 though less a problem of a move than XP to Win7.
Basically MS has NO decent upgrade path for XP. There is so much pain and incompatibility that Debian + Wine or Linux of choice + VM with XP for the applications with no Linux alternative is looking good.
The only time MS did this close to this before to Business users was anyone using MS OS/2. But since mostly people only used that with MS Lan manager for DOS & Win3.x clients, then migration to NT was possible, especially as it even ran OS/2 console apps (up to NT 4.0 anyway, I never tested Win2K server or Win2003 Server with OS/2 console apps).
Re: Chinese government really has only itself to blame?
Yes, well, MS should compensate but only where people didn't need new HW.
People are being forced to spend money on NOTHING. There is no real advantage to Vista, Win7 or Win8, only negatives. But if people need to buy new HW anyway apart from upgrading XP then it's less clear cut. MS can afford to to give them free XP as they already paid for Win7 and this costs MS nothing and buying new HW anyway you need OS.
Any XP limitations are either incorrect installation or artificial. We had 64 bit on NT4.0, there is a 64 bit XP (two actually if you count the dead Itanium version) and NT 4.0 Enterprise 32 bit could access beyond the 2G / 4G limits via PAE.
There is in reality no better security in Vista/Win7/Win8. Most issues are down to bad installs and users installing junk. AV nor any Win8 feature doesn't protect against that.
They need to differentiate OSes more too. Trying to have one name, one kernel and one GUI for all types of platforms and products is stupid. Of course developing win3.x, Win9x, WinME in parallel with NT3.5, NT3.51, NT4.0 and Win2K both families for PCs was stupid. Maybe they should have done non-PC console device with Win9x family on it. It was stupid on Office or Home computers other than for games.
Chinese government really has only itself to blame?
Explain to me why when there are no Jigs or moulds to wear out that MS won't sell the most popular desktop OS ever?
It only requires DVD pressing.
They are maintaining it via Embedded XP for some years.
They have an ego that gets in the way of making money. Sell people what they want and I bet you could make more profit selling a SP upgrade for XP and new copies of XP than on Surface or XBox.
Someone send Ofcom a Radio
Maybe a TV.
Then dig up their fibre.
You listening to this Ofcom, Comreg, FCC?
Issue Mobile licences for free and put VAT on the calls. Remove the Licence revenue stream from Regulators. Remove Regulator levy on Comms companies. Currently Ofcom and Comreg have incentive to destroy terrestrial broadcasting and it's actually their policy to kill ALL TV & Radio Terrestrial Broadcasting.
Repeat after me:
IP networks and Broadcasting are complementary. IP Networks can't replace Broadcast. Satellite and Cable TV can't replace Terrestrial. Digital TV works. But for various reasons Digital can't yet easily replace AM (wide coverage) and FM (local coverage). Maybe unlike TV, Digital Broadcast Radio can never be a fit replacement for AM & FM.
Mines got a Broadcasting Engineering handbook in the pocket.
Sounds like a commitment
Do do nothing!
Re: If a false widow is freaking em out just wait till they see a woodlouse spider
Hmm... not seen those. Plenty of woodlice. I'm told that they taste of shrimp, being distantly related.
" Their diet consists exclusively of woodlice which—despite their tough exoskeleton—are pierced easily by the spider's large chelicerae.
The courtship of these spiders is typically aggressive and mates risk injury from each other's large chelicerae. The female lays her eggs in a silken sac and is believed to look after her young after hatching like the "Mothercare" spider (Theridion sisyphium).
They have been known to bite humans if handled. Their bite can be painful but the venom causes no major medical problems. Localised itchiness at the bite site has been reported in some cases"
Re: I live near Hedge End...
The list of things guinea pigs can die of is quite long ...
Top is Respiratory infection (bacteria) from human. Otherwise there are no communicable diseases in common. Next is bad diet. Rabbit diet is bad, too much Lettuce is bad. Lack of water common cause of death, they mostly might not seem to drink much (it varies) but whatever little it is they really need.
I'm not keeping them again. Too stressful. But I wouldn't worry about spiders.
Re: Steatoda bipunctata
Steatoda bipunctata is a species of cob-web spider, of the genus Steatoda, in the family Theridiidae.
It is common in North America and Europe and may be found in proximity to human structures, such as basements or sheds. A nickname for this arachnid is the Rabbit Hutch Spider, since rabbit hutches often make a suitable habitat. The Steatoda bipunctata is similar in shape to the Black Widow spider of the genus Latrodectus and can thus be mistaken for it, although its bite is significantly less dangerous to humans. For this reason, species of the genus Steatoda are commonly called 'False Widows'.
Sudden temp changes kills.
But they live all the way from Amazonian Swamps to Andean snow line. They like snow. At least ours did.
But they WILL attack stuff. We had one that taunted a rook. It knew EXACTLY how far the rook could reach into the outdoor run. We had netting roof. Otherwise Cats & Magpies would try eating them.
Rats would tunnel in to steal g'pig food in broad daylight. Most of the cavies ignored them, but one male would chase them. Our largest pig was size of a dwarf rabbit, about twice size of rat, and similar but bigger teeth to a rat.
Something else might have killed them.
You can buy new batteries cheap!
A "Cloud" OS is isn't an option, that's just a Terminal that relies on the Internet, thus much slower and less reliable than a wired terminal to a server in your own building.
"Clouds" only make sense for people with loads of separate offices all on redundant fibre broadband and probably with their own cluster or (several co-located servers in different data centres)
You can configure Debian or Ubuntu to run sensibly on netbook with "Classic" desktop. Or Mint.
If XP or Linux is too slow it's not configured properly. Uninstall parts never needed and disable any thing that can't be uninstalled that isn't need. On XP "Disable" services, not "Manual".
Learn how to not install malware and up to date Browser with No Script or equivalent. Never add Toolbars, disable all PDF and external Media Playing and Skype plug-ins in Browser.
Then don't run AV. It needs too much RAM & CPU. False positives and false sense of security and not as much protection as "using" the computer properly.
The colour filters needed for colour eInk reduce the reflective brightness to about 1/5th. Colour filtering works with LCD (which is also inherently mono) because the backlight can be x10 to x50 brighter than light reflected off paper.
The Qualcom mirasol might be a lot brighter. But so far seems to be vapour. It works on a similar principle to butterfly wings. But it won't be as bright as mono eInk.
No, Apple wasn't saviour of ARM, ARM helped save Apple. Re-read the article!
Intel ironically got the DEC StrongARM IP & stuff as part payment of some settlement. They sold most of it to Marvell, but not all (they had an ARM based comms chip last time I looked in 2008). AFIAK Intel do still have an ARM licence of some kind.
It seems unlikely DEC was going to replace Alpha with ARM. After all there was even a 64 bit NT 4.0 for the 64 bit Alpha. They might have used it in a Terminal or handheld device or network gadget or SCSI controller I suppose.
DEC is a great loss. Compaq & HP pissed it away. They only wanted the service support aspect anyway, none of the R&D, SW or HW. HP in taking over Compaq and "rationalising" seemed to ditch some of the better products of both companies. Too many decisions by speculators, lawyers and accountants.
Re: so Arm says that Apple did innovate then?
Apple bought an "ARM design house". That team applied its previous skill and ARM IP to produce the A7. The first iPhone used a Samsung developed ARM.
So Apple "natively" are a Product Style and Marketing company. Very little software or hardware innovation. Even most of the style is copied from Braun & Dieter Rams.
But then again MS bought in SQL, Visio, DOS and many more. Original MS Basic ripped off mostly over a weekend from Dartmouth BASIC by Bill Gate's friend. They did really produce Word & Excel (the two most successful Office apps ever?) but ironically initially for the Mac (Lisa MkII copy of Xerox Star) as their own GUI copy of Xerox wasn't quite able then!
Google bought in Maps and Android, copied Java and used Linux. (They are really an Advertising Agency).
The patent system is broken and there is a small amount of incremental innovation by anyone. Often most by small acorns that are snaffled up by pigs.
JAVA internal design concepts based on p-Machine used to run p-code produced by UCSD pascal.
No one designs from scratch and in isolation very often.
Re: And of course....
Sweden allow extradition on Death Penalty charges to USA? Not possible.
Nothing for Bookworms
It's just a Tablet with poor PDF support.
Nothing to see here for Bookworms or readers of Datasheets and old PDF encapsulated scanned books.
Mines the one with huge pockets for the Kindle DX.
Re: Tellies can handle 60Hz input
Yes, but even PERFECT 50Hz to 60Hz frame conversion is RUBBISH
Especially for movement.
Almost all Broadcast is 25fps interlace 50Hz in Europe, There is NO WAY AT ALL to display that as 60fps 60Hz progressive without degradation (blur or shudder) of movement.
Any Picture in Picture the game needs to be running 50Hz 50fps progressive.
Also ANY display of broadcast on a Progressive only panel of interlace source even at same frame rate is degraded compared to CRT or native panel interlace (with strobed backlight).
The very concept of Xbox one is flawed in a world where we have 24fps, 25 fps 30 fps 48fps 50fps 60fps progressive and 25 fps 50Hz, 30fps 60Hz interlace. Not to mention all the different resolutions (more on broadcast than disk).
It's a pity with HD they didn't go for a single 48fps progressive 2136 x 1154 standard instead of the 1/2 dozen or so incompatible standards.
The original 30fps / 60Hz and 25fps /50Hz had to be:
1) Interlace halves the transmission bandwidth. An analogue compression system if you like. Progressive wouldn't have been possible for 40 years.
2) The frequency had to match lighting (or else you'd have strobe bars) and initially local mains (so hum bar on picture would be stationary, hence 24 fps 48 Hz interlace wasn't possible. Video cameras are more sensitive to this effect than film cameras. Later in 1950s the TV Power supplies and Cameras better and so TV frame was no longer locked to mains.
Modern TV was developed 1934 to 1936 initially. Hence the frame rate limitation would last nearly 20 years. Interlace Limitation until MPEG and digital was available to do compression.
It won't save RIM/Blackberry
But it may make QNX more valuable in the eventual firesale.
A great trick/hack though.
They need maybe 5 GUI and 4 OS.
BUT ONLY DESKTOP should be called "Microsoft Windows". Call the others something else. Height of stupidity has been calling ANY embedded version (We have had Win 3.x, Win NT, Win XP, Win CE embedded versions) "Windows".
One Windows & One GUI (even only two) is stupidity.
Maybe one Kernel is possible.
Ha Ha ----->
About x10 to x20 more. Capacity rises just a bit less than linearly, but speed can increase by square law every time cell diameter is halved.
So x16 more capacity and closer to max speed, have x20 more masts. Maybe need x2 channels in Urban/Suburban, but a single wholesale RAN and effectively make every retail an MVNO will double usable capacity on existing masts and allow more channels (needed for very small cells to avoid inter-cell interference).
Small Cells = More capacity and much higher speed.
Like Samsung was ding with ARM about 8 years ago?
The time has come, esp with more Browser Centric Intranet, Cloud and Public Internet to seriously look at Linux as a Migration option.
Microsoft has basically lost the plot since Server 2003.
Lock in to Exchange & Outlook non-email functions and then Sharepoint was among the worst Corporate decisions, allowing MS to hold Business customers hostage.
For me MS 1981 - 2014 RIP, avid supporter of NTFS, and NT since NT3.5 (Our first deployments just before NT3.51 Release). One of the most important IT vendors for Business has worked hard to become an irrelevant Consumer Appliance company.
Some more Boutique Companies may go entirely Mac + Linux Servers, but I fear the Mac will be ditched for a larger iPad with keyboard and the Mac "all in one" monitors will also migrate to ARM and iOS. Cost reduction, same end user price and more Apple Control / iTunes delivery etc.
There are old Windows applications I need, I will look harder for Linux alternatives and as final resort a Virtual Machine with XP (no Internet) or WINE.
Currently 2014- 2015 is looking unpleasant IT wise. Win7 and especially Win 8 simply isn't a viable alternative to XP. Still running Skype 3.8 on XP. Skype 6.10 on Win7 using about 90% CPU. This seems to be a Skype Issue since about 6.7
Some applications bought between 1999 and 2010 still in use won't even run at all on Win7, never mind Win8. Often newer versions more buggy, no worthwhile extra features and the upgrade cost of all these is much more than cost of a new Workstation.
Re: The end is nigh! Really?
Yes, really ...
We had 2.2GHz CPU 1600 x 1200 pixel LCD laptops in April 2002. That's nearly 12 years ago.
so if Moore Law was only 2 years (people often say 18 months and long ago used to say 1 year) for LAPTOPS:
2004 : 1 Core 4GHz, 1G RAM
2006: 2 cores 4GHz, 2G RAM
2008: 4 cores 4GHz, 4 G RAM
2010: 8 cores 4GHz 8 G RAM
2012: 16 core 4GHz 16G RAM
2014: 32 core 4GHz 32 G RAM
Nope, Moore's "Law" was only an observation. Like the grain of rice on square one of a chess board, it was never going to hold true for long. Growth has barely even been linear.
HDD native speed, HDD Capacity, Network copper and WiFi Speed, RAM speed hasn't exceeded linear, in most cases declining improvements.
Anyone else find those a bit Bamford and a little confusing. Reminds me how many Series I didn't see though.
How can they claim it was clever Criminals?
1) Not supposed to save this info
2) Any stuff financial if has to be stored should be properly encrypted and not in web root and not accessible via database hacks from Web.
Not quite Computer HD, Only TV HD
Full HD display
Enjoy a state of the art viewing experience with the Full HD 1080p display.
Why is the entire industry convinced Laptops are only for Video? I had 1200 lines in 2002.
17" 4:3 screen 1880 x 1410 or so would be an incremental step up from 2002.
Still, it's not as bad a laptop as Berger suggests. But at 13" diagonal 16:9 it's a notebook rather than laptop. On negative, it *IS* stupid shiny screen, no ethernet, possibly no card slot.
One for a large handbag/Manbag?
I'd not buy one for any OS.
DAB isn't new. It was Digital for Digital Sake. Like trying to sell ISDN to most domestic users. Was good for small businesses though till ADSL arrived and Fax became nearly obsolete.
The UNUSED useless for anything else spectrum exists to TRIPLE FM spectrum. A £5 (retail) adaptor (running for months on 2 x AA) would add the spectrum to existing FM sets. Some Asian models have covered this range since 1965 and cost less than £25 today!
64 to 84MHz (used in Eastern Europe)
175 to 195 MHz (basically unused except maybe the odd 2MHz of DAB since 1985 in UK and Ireland October 2012).
The ONLY coherent argument ever for DAB has been more stations. This appears though to benefit the BBC and some national networks the most.
Re: Things that need to happen
No, none of those because Digital Radio of ANY system inherently can't adequately replace portable analogue radio.
DAB particularly (or DAB+) is a bad choice.
I used to believe in Digital Radio. But it's a terrible user experience and as an Expert on designing RF, Digital, Software etc, I can't see how it can be fixed. Never mind the power consumption.
Re: Let's look at this...
At any useful distance you are talking uW or nW. Maybe enough to charge an eInk display that wakes up ONCE a day and change it's message, but unlikely even enough for that.
I don't care if they have 100% conversion or 12V. The power simply isn't there.
ANYONE USING SOME ELSES LOGGING SERVICE
Is really really stupid. Zero understanding of
A) Security. EVERY different site needs its own log-in. A universal Login is stupendously idiotic. Even more stupid than using the same password for everything.
B) Why should someone have an account with an unconnected service. ESPECIALLY "bloodsuckers" like Google, Facebook, Twitter (they are parasites on the Internet, though at least Google is almost a worth while one, like leeches for certain skin disorders maybe ulcers)
I stopped using a major UK media site because of this issue. The guy running it can't see what the problem is in
A) Only allowing Google+ login
B) Assuming everyone that wants to use his site is prepared to sign up to Google+
Re: Not visible here
But the INSTALLER offers to install Crudware nothing to do with Filezilla.
This has happened elsewhere (Cnet, Irfanview etc). It's disgraceful, taking advantage of users propensity to click "next" and never "decline" on dialogs. Especially ones designed to mislead!.
You can cleverly craft broken formats to break the program* reading the data (simplest is String Buffer Over runs/ Array bound violations).
It's not necessary that the format is MEANT to have executable code in it.
But it must be six years since I opened MS software to view a TIFF from Internet (it a was a multipage Tiff, which oddly most photo editing SW/viewers can only see 1st page). Is the default Windows Image Preview/Printer application of XP and later Windows vulnerable?
(* or a 3rd party library the programmer of the program used)
A pin hole camera is a light proof box with a pin hole (smaller is better, in thinner foil, but then exposure time is longer).
Perhaps printing your own Smurfs is more pointless. I'm baffled why anyone would waste the plastic printing their own or buy one. The whole point is to "blue peter" style recycle something.
The 3D printer has a lot of value in prototyping complex shapes. But Pin Hole camera is just a box.
28 per cent and 23 per cent,
Sounds like a bad thing to join...
(double meaning there)
I think time to leave.
Perhaps their metrics are not terribly representable of the Majority of iPad users?
Re: 9-inch screen
Just hold it properly.
It's equivalent to a 45" screen 2.4m away held 48cm away, so at 20cm / 8" (a feasible reading distance) it should be usable.
My Archos is 4.3" screen and 800 x 480. So 1920 x 1080 at 9" isn't much higher resolution. However is itactually going to be lower than TV HD resolution?
Never a truer word.
Full of Sic.
Win Win Win?
Win for Consumers, Win for Cisco (more video means they sell more kit to someone somewhere) and a Win for the MPEG-LA. Every individual build probably doesn't need tracked if Cisco does a suitable volume licence deal. Less paperwork per use for MPEG-LA?
DAB : needs x6 as many fill in transmitters as FM to avoid holes in coverage
DAB : Inherent delay in changing stations vs FM. Huge delay to acquire a new Multiplex that wasn't stored.
The problem isn't just DAB, "Digital" at all proves to be a poor replacement for AM & FM. Even FM can't do away with AM, AM is only way to have fully national coverage and trans-national broadcasting.
Satellite, 3G/4G, Internet, Cable, DTT can't replace AM & FM either, only complement it.
Most of the problems with DAB can't be solved by using a different Digital System such as DAB+ (likely to only be used to double number of channels, never for more quality), DRM or DRM+ or DMB or LTE-B or whatever.
Re: I'm Curious
There is no market for Band II (FM Spectrum) other than FM Radio.
No one else has any plan to close Band II. Some countries have only just adopted it instead of FM on 70MHz band.
Actually they SHOULD have added 65 to 85 and 175 to 195 MHz to FM to triple number of stations. A £5 converter that runs off 2 x AA cells for 1000 Hrs would ad the two bands to existing sets. On - off and Hi-Lo. When off you get band II. On you get BandIII or 70MHz band.
Some Asian sets today and since 1965 tune this whole range already!
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