2870 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007
Re: Bitcoin Bomb?
"yet we have put as much, or more, trust in them than we have in buying REAL gold and silver coins which have inherent value"
Who are these "we" you refer to?
Also I don't think real Gold & Silver coins are used any more for trading. All trading currencies are "fait".
Re: I wonder what is that Apple is so afraid of
Component makers have never needed Apple particularly, All the big margin is Apple's. the majority of the component makers products go to other makers, in some cases phone products a minority of their business.
I thought a hovercraft needs a pilot licence.
Hint. They don't do corners as well as a Microlight.
Re: More importantly
Actually on GSM if the signal improves enough for SMS to send, a voice call will work. 3G is a bit more complicated.
4G doesn't even have real SMS.
It's not interactive.
It's not real time.
No assurance of delivery at all ever nor within any time period.
The only time SMS works and Voice doesn't is if you can't talk or phone broken. SMS can be added, but should only be used if voice is unavailable.
SMS isn't like online chat.
Re: Points of Failure
My Daughter and her husband on different segment of Grid, and different Fibre fed Cable.
Or I can bring my Generator, It likely would survive a disaster to my property.
Re: Points of Failure
I have a choice of 3 laptops, 3 PCs and a Server with backups.
I have the network on two switches (I can move stuff to one and ditch some stuff).
I have a spare modem. spare router.
Switches, UPS, Modem & Router on UPS
I have a generator and lots of fuel
I have backups of the backups.
If house burns/falls down I will go to my son's house.
I have no idea what the Cloud Provider has.
Re: Sorry, but you are incorrect Alistair.
No, EOL of MS XP is due to MS Ego. Nothing else. As has been the case for every MS OS ever. XP EOL isn't anything new. MS has always sold support, at about 4 levels. (Tech Net, MSDN, Select and Bespoke Megacorp/Government contracts). Actually MS just sold a year's Support of XP to a UK Gov. Dept. But on condition they migrate to Win 8.x not Linux.
Cloud is a Euphemism
It's the old Big Company Server Subscription model of 1960s.
There is no way at all it's ever "better" for the consumer. You are losing control to a 3rd party. What if they lose interest in the business? What if their disaster planning is rubbish? What if they have a single point of failure?
I'll use the "Cloud" (my rented hosting or 3rd party services) to "publish" my Web sites, share files, do email and browse other people's web sites.
Self hosting isn't practical for an individual or SoHo or SME.
Cloud services are an abomination and backward step in cost, privacy, reliability, access, control etc for applications.
The Policies and procedures of most Cloud providers are opaque or a lie.
Are these just examples of Co-op Student projects?
They had a nice widget thing on my Nokia Phone. Then Nokia inexplicably killed all the widgets insisting that their useless "app shop" would be a replacement. But the value of Symbian then was
a) Nice little Widgets (Comics, Teletext, Yahoo etc)
b) Able to install free or paid application downloads from anywhere like a real OS such as Linux or Windows.
The App store never had replacements for ANY of the Widgets.
What exactly is Yahoo's revenue model anyway?
I have much sympathy
For creative people that have no choice but to use Adobe Products.
Too much to hope for a U-turn and all local SW to work without Internet connection/log in?
I seriously doubt that the Cloud Subscription model will save customers money in the longer term. It's designed to make Adobe, Microsoft etc more money. So "savings" are impossible.
Re: They might want to rethink this effort
But I don't think any of us would buy it.
But the Chinese Rabbit may decide to annex it.
Re: 'Pocari Sweat' - whaa?
Sweat; Because it's a "sports drink"
Pocari: Made up. Just sounds nice to Japanese.
I like your explanation better though. You should be writing for "The Incredible Truth", "Call my Bluff" etc.
Re: What to call it?
Will it be in a range of yellow to green shades?
Re: vendors are working on this right now
Vendor propaganda to make mobile operators spend more (e.g. Three who don't understand).
Unless your infrastructure is rubbish, then the bottle neck is ONLY at the air interface. The backhaul has to be able to manage full peak base station traffic anyway. If your Base Station is only using copper or ancient Microwave too slow (modern microwave and fibre can feed easily 5 to 10 base stations) then this is like lipstick on a pig.
You need fibre or dedicated microwave link anyway for any decent basestation.
Caching needs large number of users to be effective.
A Mobile Basestation can only serve video to about 15 users if signal is good, less if signal is poor.
This is about as useful as a cache in a WiFi Air point (which isn't useful). Which actually on average can server more users faster than LTE!
Caching may be useful at the edge Router, Exchange or Cable head ends, waste of money at a Mobile or even fixed wireless (x 10 to x30 capacity) base station.
We'll be generous and assume it's done properly.
Re: Something's Wrong
But maybe the answer is that it all makes the Sahara look teaming with life and Mars was only ever a dead rock.
Hopefully it's more interesting than that, but I suspect anything really interesting of extra-terrestrial nature is on a planet in the Goldilocks zone of another Star.
Google who is almost like Eye Of Sauron and secretly does what's asked and runs their own illegal surveillance and is hard to avoid
Amazon who is only a retailer and can be avoided.
Philips have given up on Electronics.
They gone back to Light bulbs (all they did really before 1926) and Healthcare. All the other Philips stuff is someone paying for a badge.
The Components part spun off as NXP.
I guess Patent Trolling is a logical development now. Though of course there may be merit in it.
It was Curry's Cycles Originally.
People brought their Lead Acid Accumulators to get charged, so they thought "Why not sell entire Radio?" Unlike the Green'grocer's' s'ignage's' they dropped the apostrophe.
All they need now is to acquire Halfords :D
Carphone Warehouse has been a stupid name for maybe nearly 20 years. Why bother changing now!
Where to begin?
The amount of Sloppy Thinking and biased agenda is huge.
It will be done wrong.
Within certain constraints the idea isn't without merit. But you need a sensible strong regulator to co-ordinate, sort disputes and run a database.
Ad Hoc and Soft Touch Regulation would be a disaster.
(P.S. Why share a Sinclair Spectrum? One could be retailed at £20 with better keyboard, composite video, HDMI and optional LCD clamshell lid. Only 2 or 3 chips needed. Maybe someone has got a conversion kit already for Ardunio or Raspberry Pi?).
Wordstar and New Word
I liked it. But it didn't run well in NTVDM on NT4.0
So I updated a clone in Modula-2 (on DOS, written maybe 1991) to run native in Win32 in a console in 1996. I added ability to use a mouse and double click on a word, and have split screen or single screen and list of open files. If a file of same name existed it opened it, or if not offered to create it. Each file normally a chapter.
I used 3rd party spelling checker on Files.
But by 2002 was using Windows Word for all editing with all the stupid options turned off. I guess no-one showed him the Preferences / Options / Tools menus. I'd wonder what options his Web Browser on separate PC uses. To day I might use Libre Office to write a book.
Perhaps Word Processors should have "Profiles". (Novel, Text to upload to Blog, Flier etc).
I think it shows a great lack of curiosity as he can achieve exactly what he wants on Linux, OS X or any Windows version.
In other news just in
Turkeys have voted to have 4 Thanksgivings per year and a 2nd Christmas in June so folks in Southern Hemisphere can have it indoors while it rains/snows outside.
Re: Discovering texting at 92
Wait till you have arthritis and can't find your reading glasses and tell me anyone can use a Smart phone that only has a touch screen.
It's not just a GUI customisation issue, though an option for Big Text ad simple graphics would help.
Does it do 3G?
2G (GSM) can be turned off by any operator in Ireland with just 6 months notice now. Tesco was selling Doro phones that only do 2G.
3G isn't just for Smartphones (Carphone Warehouse: Only Smartphones have 3G). It is supposed to have a better codec than GSM. Also what use is a 2G only phone when operators switch 900 & 1800 to 3G?
Re: Where have you been Murphy?!
The US won WWII in Pacific.
But Russia "won" WWII in Europe.
WWI was different. Though the US entered very late, without them the Germans would have won as the Russians had given up and gone home to fight the "White Russians".
Sampling at 192kHz allows you to get closer to 22KHz or 24 kHz (CD or MP3) with a cheaper filter. Originally material started to drop in response between 12kHz and 16KHz. With 44.1kHz there must be nothing above the background level at 22.05KHz. A Brick Wall or Cliff filter in Analogue electronics isn't possible.
With 192kHz sampling you can have flat response (inc Phase) up to 24kHz and then use a DSP filter to limit content below 22kHz before downsampling for CD or Distribution. Anti-aliasing.
Distribution doesn't need more than 16 bits & 44KHz Sampling. But it's an advantage to capture and edit/process/mix to use 192kHz & 24bit ADC.
On playing also interpolation to 192KHz sampling simply allows a cheaper 22kHz low pass filter on the DAC or Class D Amplifier, you have to have a filter after a DAC before an Analogue Amp (Or after Class D amp driving earphone or Speaker).
Most Multitrack analogue tape is generally not as good as CD quality.
Lower dynamic range
Maybe 16KHz max.
For HiFi mono full width of 1/4" Tape and 15 ips was used. It's only up to about 15KHz though.
Shame to put Win8.x on it.
No good for living room with noisy fan though. Long HDMI & USB cables and put it under stairs or in Attic?
Re: 566 terawatts a day?
But water heating makes more sense in Europe than Subsidizing Solar voltaic.
Re: And this from the company.......
If brothers that's worse?
They may be experts at selling advertising, slurping users's information and Search. But they really ought to listen to an RF / Comms Engineer.
This project is doomed.
I came across some 1970s Punch cards used as book marks in an old cookery book at Christmas. My wife dropped three boxes of cards (large Fortran program) down the stairs once. She was delighted with the CRT screen editor on UCSD-Pascal vs removing an card or two and punching new ones to edit a program.
She still prints "hard copy" of everything, 35 years later.
Lost in Space
I know a Brand can be valuable.
But Beat Audio is nothing more than a Brand that could be as irrelevant as Myspace next year.
Has Apple flipped?
Obviously a conspiracy
USPO is a front for the USA lawyer Mafia.
No, it's not made OK if Amazon claim they are never going to sue someone. Who knows when someone like Murdoch or Ellison would own Amazon in the future?
Re: Interesting thoughts
But Apple *IS* a Chinese phone. With USA marketing and OS.
hardware engineers suck at software security
Any more so than the 90% of Software only people clueless at security?
How do we know the SW in the camera was done by HW folk anyway?
Fake Snake oil
The kind of nano silver in Anti smelly stuff isn't RF blocking or conductive. An RF shield has to have wires long enough and in all directions to "short out" any induced current. Foil or fine mesh is best. Any metallic threads in a yarn used to weave will not short reliably.
Also two large holes at base and big hole at top. Maybe lead lined pants would block an ionising radiation source at crotch level, but these will not block RF.
Also there is ZERO evidence that any normally encountered RF Field has any harmful effect. A strong field will give cataracts, like if you peer into running transmitter waveguide or stand in front of high power radar dish (pretty much like microwave oven 700W average power, 10kW repetitive peak).
Ours are lazy then. There is no MW radio here (during daylight and Robins don't fly after dark) and the Robins never go anywhere.
They have a pretty song:
"This is my territory, come any closer and I'll kill you"
This may be why you only see one Robin at a time or a pair.
I believe they are same family as Thrush and Blackbird, do they have compass beaks too?
Is there some other kind of Robin in mainland Europe?
It's a Western name. They ditched their Japanese name nearly 60 years ago.
Nintendo needs a better strategy or they are toast. Perhaps selling their games on iTunes for iThings and Playstore for Android and maybe on Amazon (40% of UK online purchases last year were on Amazon). Amazon has a TV box/console thing and will happily sell anyones' games for it. Probably.
Re: Four things ought to happen before this all gets settled:
I've been called a lot of things.
Also no "may have been called in too late to be responsible". He was called in because out of panic they repatriated it from Siemens. When he analysed it and reported his bosses. stuck their fingers in ears and went "la la la la".
The actual engineers in BBC also were not just ignored but told to stop being "negative".
The non-Engineering upper management are responsible. They refused to listen when told.
He is a scapegoat. HE told them it was a disaster that was going nowhere. He was brought in when all the bad decisions had already been made. They were not his.
DMI (A project for Production) was doomed from the start. Ironically BBC R&D had a better working Archive system ALREADY which could have been extended for Production.
Re: NAT has to go, yes
We used NAT + Firewall + Proxy server as single access point to Dial up 1994 to 2005. Couldn't get Broadband till then.
I understand your attempt at humour.
Unless there is a CRT based headset all headsets are Dot Matrix
Only if you want to scroll a lot. 960 x 540 is about a quarter of the resolution you need.
less than half the current price
But the current Google price may have no relationship to any Google retail product price which could undercut Epson by over $200.
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