We didn't really find them, they are not lost :)
4157 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007
We didn't really find them, they are not lost :)
Buying a small online one, that most people never heard of won't happen. They DID buy IMDB, Goodreads, The Book Depositary etc because that makes sense.
If their bricks and mortar Bookshops work and their own online Grocery works, then they might buy a bricks and mortar chain, or create one.
Impossible, because the human race is on average gullible. Loads of people in the family, friends, workmates etc using it.
Companies or media outlets you want to use are promoting it or using it.
Ignoring it is about as viable as using translation, video sharing, maps and search with Google. Is babelfish still running? Dailymotion instead of Youtube, Apple or MS instead of Google maps/Streetview/Earth, Er ... Bing/Yahboo instead of Google?
It's only slightly easier to ignore Twitter.
Idiots keep joining Linkedin and giving them all their email adresses. There ought to be a law against that and Whatsapp's slurping of addresses.
I predict 5G will mostly be about management, seamless bonding of data channels that use different bands and maybe even 3G and 4G at the same time. Possibly even on Edge. Better integration with WiFi too.
It won't be specifically about new spectrum (any generation can use any spectrum), or new air interfaces or any stuff like that.
Existing recent basestations will work, maybe with a minimum of new controllers.
Yes, they messed up their desktop product (search was only a part of it).
I can't see why any major phone maker would swap out the Google supported eco-system for Ubuntu. It's not as if the phone makers care about Google's dominance or creepy slurping of user's data!
No, they are doing this scheme to make money.
Facebook are a successful exploitive parasite encouraging people to be foolish and making money by exploiting them. The only difference with Twitter is it's not doing it well enough to make money. Google, even though Google Plus isn't doing well, is the most successful exploitive parasite due to their dominance on Search feeding dominance in Advertising.
None of these companies care about you, except as resource to be milked.
Free Basics has launched in over of the 30 of world’s poorest populations.
And it's not free nor the Internet. It's a malicious exploitation and curated walled garden of data.
I think the Indians are smart.
"Nobody could mistake the Basics walled garden experience for the full internet."
It's not even like AOL or WAP. It's tiny. It's promotion is grossly dishonest.
A fairer analogy would be The Raj's export of Indian Cotton to UK (or maybe just England) and Indians having to buy only British Cotton.
Facebook are only helping themselves.
Possibly worse than Facebook.
Free Basics is like a crappy Compuserve channel with the weather forecast thrown in.
No, it's not. Credit us with being at least as smart as the Indians.
Obviously the Indians are smart and know this is purely Advertising funded Facebook walled garden with Facebook deciding who else gets in. As such it would reduce the performance of paid access to rest of the Internet.
It's a far more insidious evil thing than breaching net neutrality.
Because Mobile Licences are much more revenue than TV allocations.
Actually it's driven by some national regulators, not the EU.
Ofcom and Comreg both have stated the aim of ENTIRELY abolishing Terrestrial TV. They are "captured" by Mobile interests.
Mobile is CELLULAR. Due to weak licence conditions to drive up licence auctions there are not enough base stations on existing bands.
This ONLY about raising revenue from Mobile Licences.
700MHz is too low a frequency for smaller cells. For more traffic and speed you need smaller cells, more base stations at the under used 1800 and 2100 bands. Even the 900MHz can have far more bases.
They are not even utilising the 800MHz they got from TV properly due to useless greedy regulators.
1) Such devices ran XP badly, they originally had Linux.
2) Win 10 costs money to replace XP and offers just spyware
3) Linux Mint with Mate works fine.
Why would you bother?
Though a star lasts rather longer than a Compost heap.
We hid it so the Aliens wouldn't know what we are like until after we sign the treaties.
Build Fission based power stations on same site. The Fusion waste neutrons then turn blanket made from Fission waste into safer radioactive waste, a process which can make additional electricity via steam heated in the "blanket".
Win - Win: Fusion efficiency increased and regular Nuclear power station waste made safer. This has been tested and boosts power generation even of current test fusion plant to net positive.
Anti-matter power generators are really inefficient but massively powerful batteries. You'll use more energy making the anti-matter, perhaps using fusion power. Probably in a automated facility in space well away from human habitation. Then a space-ship has to carry a tiny fraction of the mass for power, compared to a Fusion powered ship.
Storing anti-matter safely is an interesting problem.
Surely a misuse?
You talking Linux is your favourite OS? Because while OS X Server edition still exists (Only for Apple stuff), Apple stopped selling real Server Hardware and dropped "Computer" from their name. Also Apple's intention is that OS X should only run on Apple HW. Unlike BSD, Linux, Windows etc.
Apple is purely a Consumer Gadget company that still happens to make some laptops and workstations, a tiny part of their profits.
Maybe Apple stuff "just works" because it's a closed ecosystem? If I buy a TV, DVD player or MP3 player, compared to evil horrible Windows 10, they just work.
I last installed a Windows Server for WSUS to manage updates to XP workstations and Laptops. Since that requirement is now gone, we just use Linux for our servers, it just works.
No, it is NOT about safety or security. It's for exactly the same reason chips added to Inkjet cartridges and coffee pods.
It's about ensuring people buy a new iPhone or pay for overpriced Apple services and parts.
It's very depressing.
That's before anyone mentioned any motive of plastic vs negative Interest. I think the motivation though is partly all that cash (notes and coins) in our pockets is "doing nothing", but if it's in the system instead, then it can be lent out.
Unlike Mobile, payments at supermarkets etc, no-one dies if Netflix goes down. Unfortunately the way "bean counters" do stuff and how things work, Netflix is vulnerable to losing customers to boxed discs, Pay TV, YouTube etc, or people making their own amusements. Customers of banks, payment providers etc can't change so easily, thus bean counters don't care to spend extra to avoid a day or two downtime. They don't appreciate what will happen if no-one can make phone calls and no-one can pay for food to two days ...
1) Increasing software mono-culture. A patch on ANYTHING, even an AV update, might bork several different providers completely.
2) The local connection to the cloud.
What if we go cashless, all plastic cards and/or phones and banks, retailer's back offices and payment providers all outsource?
There would be food riots in maybe 24 hrs (c.f. Hurricane Katrina).
Most people will die.
What if infrastructure providers outsource to cloud? If the billing system is inaccessible, you'll not be able to use your mobile even if the Mobile Network is operational.
Electricity, gas, pumping water and sewerage.
This Cloud business has no silver lining.
It's only safe as backup systems to your own systems or for anything you can life without for a week, or collaboration on documents. If your business depends on it, some day you'll lose everything.
Maybe the girl might like to program a Minestorms bot?
This is all about Assange's Ego, not the USA.
The UN is regularly bonkers. Yes, it better having it than not. But anyone that thinks UN is unbiased, accurate, logical and rational is deluded. It's purely international politics.
Saudi Arabia on the UN Human Rights?
The Security Council a hangover from winners of WWII. Read about how the UN Security council approved the Korean War, The folks in Taiwan had the Chinese chair and the Russians were boycotting it. THEN McArthur refused to stop advancing and allow a DMZ at Chinese border, even though virtually ALL of Korean united. UN did nothing! Result, Chinese got more involved and Korean War ended up with original stupid border, which was actually a secret Russian / American agreement before the Japanese defeated in WWII.
MS Mistake 1
Putting Win95 style GUI on a PDA/Phone
MS Mistake 2
Inflicting Zune derived Phone GUI (pretty good for a phone vs Win CE!) on Desktop at 8.x
At the VERY LEAST THREE RADICALLY DIFFERENT GUIs:
1) Phone / small tablet
2) Large (10") Tablet, Laptop, Desk top. (if it can't 100% work without touch and 100% only with touch then two separate GUIs)
3) TV type interface, screen at least 1.2m / 4' away and only Sky style remote.
Servers and Embedded need a flexible array of interfaces with GUI option, low bandwidth text remote and ability to script/automate everything, depending on deployment. Embedded might be LCD text panel on a CNC tool, screen + keypad on ATM, cash register keyboard & multiple format screens, or whatever.
Touch screen cash registers and ATM are niche applications.
N0-ONE EVER is going to be able to make a GUI or an app framework suitable for desktop and phone. Phone suitable apps are like widgets on a laptop etc. A full feature productive application taking advantage of a desktop is IMPOSSIBLE to use on a sub 6" phone screen. MS and Ubuntu are moronic even to promote it. For YEARS we have been able to write a Java App for phone and desktop. You can make the SAME code work on both. But it's pointless. Proper desktop Java applications simply don't have enough screen on a phone and phone /PDA/Tablet centric applications on a desktop are either like tray widgets or poor cut down versions of real desktop applications.
Unity is madness. MS's thing formerly Metro Apps is POINTLESS on a desktop. They are both deluded.
I'm no Apple fan, but they did the right thing chopping up OS X to make iOS and sticking Fingerworks derived GUI on phone and mostly leaving desktop OS X GUI as it was (they have degraded OS X desktop usuability, but not for same reasons as bonkers Ubuntu Unity and MS Win 8.x).
Ubuntu was once the great hope for a desktop alternative to Mac OS X and Windows. But they lost the plot. TOTALLY!. Copied all the WORST GUI ideas of Vista and OS X. Why do you think so many people now recommending Mint + Mate Desktop (or even GTK or Cinammon)?
I've wondered are the same folks contributing to Firefox and Ubuntu / Gnome 3? They should read every Nielsen Group UX article of the last 15 years, use Apple OS 9, Risc OS, Win 98 and NT 4.0. Then repent!
Err ... hardly any now! Three only in actual development getting new releases:
MS has two today, one is going to be phased out. Edge is to replace IE
Opera is gone, they are now using WebKit engine, as does Chrome and Safari. Chrome is simply Google's spyware version of Webkit, I think made open source by Apple?
Firefox, Iceweasel, Seamonkey, AFAIK are all based on Mozilla's development of Netscape.
They are all inspired by Mosaic (I have a version, maybe 2 .x, here somewhere on floppy).
It's news to me if there is any other usefully functional graphical browser actually out of alpha, that does CSS, never mind HTML5?
Firefox (and Thunderbird to a lesser extent) need add-in/ons now to be actually usable, Classic Theme restorer allows most nonsense to be fixed. You STILL have to edit About:config to fix the stupid "Awesome bar" to be a sensible URL entry and the search box to be usable. An application should use the styles, themes etc of GUI the OS I've chosen and configured, not some half baked Kool-aid version.
Sorry, but what the HELL to Mozilla know about designing an OS? Or is it like Android, a variation of Linux (Android adds a Google Binary blob (if you want Playstore Access), Davik instead of Java VM and Android GUI to what is mostly Linux).
We have Linux (with a variation for TVs, OpenWRT or DDwrt for Routers etc), Android, iOS, the child of Fingerworks + OS X (derived from BSD). QNX (used in loads of non-phone embedded stuff before RIM bought it), VX Works
Moribund: Palm, Blackberry, Symbian
Various flavours of non-desktop Windows, based on DOS/Win3.1, Win CE and Win NT.
Even variations of CP/M, Forth, DR MultiDos etc.
What exact market need or problem other than Mozilla ego is a "Firefox" branded Embedded OS supposed to solve?
What about making Firefox, Thunderbird better and a Calendar/Scheduling etc stuff?
P.S. BUGS and FUNCTIONALITY. Stop messing up the GUI!
I presume the class is learning more than soldering. I teach that in one session.
The Irish malls are driving local businesses and anything without a high margin back to inner city. Greed. They are massively expensive. Also restrictive. Only one "pharmacy"/Chemist can actually do prescription and only one supermarket.
I don't know of any with an Apple Store, though Carphone Warehouse is nearly as pointless. Tesco sells iThings as well as Samsung etc. Both seems a mad place to buy tech though.
Shaver 2 pin plugs are not USA blades. They are for a power limited transformer isolated sockets. They are based either on Europlug or old UK 5A plug (not the same).
The Blade spacing and shape of Kindle charger with CE mark is USA only. Quite different and narrower spacing than any European plug. There ARE travel adaptor chargers with interchangeable pins. The offending charger isn't a travel type, it's USA flat blade only. It's true that all most shaver outlets have a 110V outlet that will take USA plug. Shaver outlets are NOT the same as as Euro or UK to 2 pin adaptor (of any kind), they are isolated and power limited with a transformer.
I even use "disposable" €5 DMM if I'm suspicious of a PSU. Or an old mechanical AVO if it might have more than 250V (I've seen the €5 DMM die with blue flash on the 750V range with 450V DC).
Certainly I'd make a custom jig with a host and slave socket and switchable load as well as switchable signal source and "eye" test data error meter. You can't test cable performance for data with out an expensive test meter as it will either work or not on "real" gear without knowing margin. The power aspect needs measure of voltage drop vs load (a DMM might not reveal the real story) while wiggle cable and plug.
Doesn't sound like proper lab testing.
But I have bought < €5 HDMI cables, USB, regular, micro and mini USB that are perfectly fine. Expensive ones that were rubbish (One expensive USB cable didn't use twisted pair for data, seemed to be made out of four core Alarm wire cable with no screen.)
Price of cables seems to have no connection to quality. See Monster and Maplin own brand cables pricing.
The Amazon that has a 110-240V charger (for Kindle) with a CE mark but USA pair of blade connectors?
How on earth does ANYTHING with a USA mains plug (only, not interchangeable like some clever travel PSUs) get a CE mark, even if it internally can work on UK electricity?
Oh, it fails massively on EMI (RF interference) when actually charging anything. Perhaps the FCC / CE tests for RFI/EMI were done with no load?
No, GPS (or ANY satellite system for any purpose) ought to be the backup for a terrestrial system. What about Solar Flares (well maybe the GPS is too low an orbit?), jamming or someone shooting them down?
There is a serious design flaw in how SFN terrestrial (DAB or DTT, though DTT SFNs tend to be smaller or non-existent) network and Mobile is designed or implemented that it needs satellite at all, except as a backup!
I've a nice bridge. It's connected to the Internet. Maybe SF would like to invest in it?
But do we care about DAB? A system that increases Listener power consumption by x5 to x20 compared to FM, less than FM quality and can even be worse distortion than a good AM signal. Needs 700 fill in transmitters in UK to give FM coverage too.
DAB also for local / community radio is more expensive and gives too much coverage. Local stations can't use a SFN mux either.
Some DTT SFN and Mobile bases may also stupidly use GPS to save a bit of money (£8000) at install time years ago (yes it's about £1100 now but was more then).
It can be jammed or spoofed, so perhaps now more use as a civilian tool?
This is good. Do we want Sat nav that depends on good will of Russian and American presidents/military? (Putin & Trump or Clinton? Or maybe even Palin in 5 years! Well, probably not Palin or Trump).
I think cruise missiles (Russian or USA) can use inertial navigation and maps, as can ICBMs. I think a cruise missile can carry a nuke?
It's true that as a team gets bigger the quality drops. Also adding people to speed delivery after project started, slows it.
It depends on project size as to when any coding should start. A larger project needs a small design team, which might spend weeks or months not writing code, but designing APIs / module communication etc before detail implementation with full team starts. Then you can't change anything unless it's wrong spec, in which case you have to scrape schedule and reset to design phase.
German style wooden railways
pull back toys.
Articulated play figures / dolls
Nothing that uses charger, batteries, solar panels or electronics, except Electronics breadboard kits.
No so called "educational learning electronics" / "toy laptops etc" / vtech.
Toys with electronics or batteries have mostly been unsafe or badly made. Many are a fire risk if you put NiMH batteries in!
Pretty nearly Line Of Sight. At least with a light based network connection, if the LED room lamp / "air point" is shining on your shiny thing you know it might work. Your hand or a cubical wall can shield 60GHz.
I'm certainly not wanting to pay extra. How much extra are we all going to pay in chip costs and Qualcomm royalties if idiots make this nearly pointless tech standard in phones, tablets and laptops?
Hmm, the Americans promise to give Europeans more rights than they give Americans in USA?
Either they are lying, or Americans will want this sort of privacy too.
IP4 vs IP6 makes no difference! Actually unless you are expert, the IPv6 is worse!