* Posts by Mage

5303 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007

WTF ... makes mobile phone batteries explode?

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Re: ever reaches the density of chemical fuels

Technically Primary cells are chemically fuelled and unless Zinc Air, the "oxidizer" aspect is built in.

There was experimentation of Butane rather than Hydrogen fuel cell for laptops, but then Lithium replaced NiCd. By volume, the NiMH is now about x5 capacity of NiCd and after 100 cycles, perhaps similar volumetric capacity to LiIon, but much heavier. Interestingly if you "turbo charge" NiMH to get them charged in a hour rather than 10 hours and get it wrong, they go on fire too! I know because I've done it developing a turbo charger (the CPU was 486 SoC, replacing the charge control function with an extra 16 pin PIC solved the reliability issue, the 486 SoC was still used for main GUI and Wireless network monitoring features).

Any fuel cell, in theory, can be higher density than a battery always, because it uses air and could vent the water and CO2 produced. I'm not sure that LiPoly and NiMH are not both higher volumetric capacity than current fuel cells. The cost though of "recharging" a laptop fuel canister from butane, I'd think would be higher than mains electricity and Lithium batteries. Maybe a use case in isolated places with no mains?

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Charging

"Shearing advises users to stick to the chargers provided with their mobile phones to avoid generating current or voltage levels that are incompatible with the battery."

In theory most phones have a single cell, 3.7V to 4.2V and a USB charger is 5V -/+ whatever allowed spec. The phone electronics, a little SMPSU controlled by firmware, decides the charge rate. A 5V 200A PSU will STILL only charge at 500mA, 1A, 2A etc, whatever the phone was designed to do.

Only older non-USB connector chargers were other voltages and then you had to use the maker's charger.

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Zombie Moore's Law shows hardware is eating software

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Re: ASIC vs FPGA vs CPU Development

Continued ...

Verilog and VHDL are NOT programming languages, they are Hardware description languages that are then translated into an FPGA configuration file or an ASIC specification. The same source can produce either and optionally include a CPU design (even if the FPGA has no CPU core), which is then separately provided with microcode, firmware, programs etc. The ASIC version would have a real CPU core, if one was defined.

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Re: ASIC vs FPGA vs CPU

FPGA is used for low volume or where per unit cost or power consumption is irrelevant. ASICs are almost always modelled as an FPGA first.

Your Verilog / VHDL can be run as a simulation with monitoring on a PC/Workstation before downloading to the actual FPGA. You describe FPGA, you are not having a software defined Hardware, but re-configurable hardware modules and look up tables to implement a hardware design. So of course it's massively parallel, it's not a CPU unless that's in your HW description/Design.

I've only used the Xilinx FPGAs and tools though, not Altera.

CPUs and FPGA/ASICs are complementary. Some things only need hardware, no CPU. Some things are more easily realised as programs on a CPU, hence CPU plus FPGA. A Port or shared RAM can be used, or hardware CPU core on FPGA, or FPGA defined to create a simple CPU (6502, Z80, PIC), or an SoC with CPU cores, an FPGA area and conventional SoC i/o GPU. This allows field upgrades, wereas the ASIC or conventional SoC can only have the CPU / GPU firmware/programs changed.

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Virgin Media costs balloon by MEEELLIONS in wake of Brexit

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focused more on consumer in Ireland

Which is totally bizarre.

Chorus and NTL (NTL was what Branson bought in UK and turned into Virgin and the original company lives on as Arqiva, running transmitters and sat links) were terrible. UPC only spent millions rebranding to UPC using their Dutch logo* AFTER fixing the Irish cable companies they bought. UPC developed a good reputation (compared to Sky for TV or Eir/Eircom for Broadband). Then they throw that away by rebranding as a UK company with a poor reputation that they don't even own the brand for?

Will they rebrand back to their native UPC brand in Ireland after Brexit?

Since successfully rebranding as UPC, Sky had to resell Eir broadband (probably at a loss to sell a bundle with Sky Satellite, which makes a huge profit), UPC also bought TV3 and UTV Ireland in Ireland, Sky bought UTV's Sport/talk station in UK so now also owns all the previously owned by UTV local Radio stations.

TV and Radio stations take overs should not be allowed by pay TV platform operators, especially FTA ones.

Pay TV channels should not be exclusive to a Pay Platform.

Content should not be exclusive to any Pay TV channel.

The Consumer is getting abused!

Comreg, Ofcom, BCI, Etc are all asleep. UK has shown unwillingness to regulate Sky or their crazy EPG charges, which result in Freesat being overpriced for EPG too.

[*Though UPC is owned by US Liberty and thus is no more Dutch than I am]

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New Gnome emerges blinking into the sunlight

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SOME malware will ALWAYS find a way to escape the sandbox?

A web browser ought to be like a sandbox, yet it's now the most common infection vector.

A host can be compromised via a program on a VM, it's hard, but not impossible.

The whole mentality of this GUI project is more suited to a phone or tablet, not a laptop or workstation where the main use is content creation and manipulation rather than content consumption and navigation.

I'll stick with Mate, it's why I'm not migrating to Win 10, but to Linux.

Ubuntu and Gnome need to realise that they are NOT going to out do MS and displace 82% Android on mobile devices. Their user base is content creation on laptops, workstations etc, yet they want to destroy that for a market that they have less chance in than MS, who in 15 years has gone from 20%+ to < 2% on Mobile gadgets!

Idiotic! Can't they see MS has alienated people with Win8 and Win10? Even Apple is iOSing MacOS, Why are they copying all the worst ideas of Apple and MS and Google?

A better alternate to Android (privacy, being able to disable evil in Kindle eReader and other Apps) would be nice. But it won't be Ubuntu/Gnome! I have Lollipop on a 7" tablet and most apps can't access external SD card or print or do SMB access on LAN, though some can. OTH why should Kindle App have access to creating user accounts, passwords and almost every other feature and be putting adverts in Notifications? (That can be turned off, but I can't disable permissions of any app)

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Zuckerberg to spend $3bn+ to rid world of all disease by 2100 (Starting with Facebook, right?)

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treat cells as computers and reprogram them

"Do it like Computer Antivirus" MS said.

Except that doesn't work even for computers and often "kills" vital system files.

This is just PR and the bulk of the money going to San Francisco lab. There will be too much Silicon Valley input and too much emphasis on developing gadgets rather than real medical research.

Another Theranos in the making?

Who will have oversight of the research?

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Wi-Fi Alliance publishes LTE/WiFi coexistence test plan

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Crazy

WiFi is bad enough without and extra COMMERCIAL exploitation.

Search "Hidden Transmitter Syndrome" to see why the idea of spectrum sharing doesn't work. WiFi already has this problem and greedy companies want to make it worse.

Is ALL spectrum above 400MHz to end up being used (badly) for Mobile? They don't even re-use their own licensed spectrum properly because base station building is based on maximising ROI for minimal investment rather than sensibly mandated coverage and capacity by regulators. More spectrum is cheaper than more base stactions

Search how cellular channel reuse works.

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What says Internet of Things better than a Bluetooth-controlled smart candle?

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bluetooth controlled smart phone that you can control from your smart

watch

Apple did one, except unlike the £30 Chinese smart watches, the Apple one is only a bluetooth remote. You can get a far cheaper than Apple Chinese "smart watch" that controls your phone AND is a standalone phone too!

Search eBay

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Robot overlords? Pshaw! I ain't afraid of no AI – researchers

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Where is the AI?

Spelling and Grammar checkers are not much better than late 1980s. Why can't I get an AI to proof read a computer stored text?

Actually compilers are at a similar level to 1990s at initial parsing, and better than MS Office or LibreOffice for SIMPLE STUPID PUNCTUATION! Except we have all these stupid Web server files using maybe 6 languages and only a text editor that can spot mis-matched pairs of symbols and almost no source text checking before you try accessing it via a web client, because so much of it is scripting. HTML, ColdFusion, SQL, Javascript run on client, etc all in one file, maybe with php too.

After 40 years of programming, courses on AI and studying it, it seems unrelated to Intelligence and more clever ways of making and accessing databases, plus a load of marketing.

We don't even have a sensible definition of biological intelligence.

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Victoria Police warn of malware-laden USB sticks in letterboxes

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Re: "Not trust unmarked"

Fake marketing promo?

Ha ha ha ha!

Very possible for a GENUINE marketing promo to be distributing malware laden USB sticks. Possibly even unmarked!

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Will US border officials demand social network handles from visitors?

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SM ducks and decoys

Obviously even if you are innocent:

1) You need a decoy account as well as the important ons, and why are you on SM anyway?

OR

2) You need to create a decoy account and post made up drivel occasionally if you have no SM accounts. (I've been doing this for years).

This ought to be illegal under some sort of international convention, along with much else done without a Court order due to believable cause.

I'd not carry the passwords for anything important while travelling. I only memorise two.

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A-dough-be: Photoshop flinger pumps profits 50 per cent

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Incentive to fall off a cliff

It's more incentive for developers to create alternates.

It's more incentive for users to switch.

MS is making this same short term mistake. Lots of people in the long term can't afford this rental (extortion) model. The original licences were over priced too.

This will explode eventually.

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Hackers hijack Tesla Model S from afar, while the cars are moving

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Fixing it is almost irrelevant.

I don't trust ANY maker to do software without bugs.

Any system with any wireless connectivity may from time to time be vulnerable. The vast bulk of managements and many programmers are not good enough.

If it's happened once, it will happen again.

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Legend of Zelda cracked with 6502 assembly language glitch

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Re: Things have moved on.

Well, C was invented as a sort of portable macro assembler to make it easy to port UNIX. It's still too dependant on macros. In that sense, C isn't a modern high level language in the sense that C++ is, though it suffered from imposed C compatibility.

Still, 40 years later we are getting vulnerabilities due to array bound violations (often strings) and bugs due to unexpected side effects of macro expansion. So often C++ programs use C style strings which are insecure.

ARM was inspired by 6502.

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Latest F-35 bang seat* mods will stop them breaking pilots' necks, beams US

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Re: Handling the G's

Actually smaller people and women particularly handle excess G better and less likely to black-out.

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HP Inc's rinky-dink ink stink: Unofficial cartridges, official refills spurned by printer DRM

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Re: why can't the ink and the printhead be different assemblies?

Many Brother and Epson do use separate print heads and ink-only cartridges, sometimes fixed in the body. Long life piezo heads, the HP and others use shorter life thermal heads that make gas bubbles from alcohol to force out the droplets.

Most A4 inkjets were cost reduced to uselessness over 15 years ago.

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Re: if the same market exists for laser

Yes.

A set of Brother cartridges costs more than a new Colour Laser. The 3rd party cartridges seem to be just as good. It's not that old of a model, Duplex too, though only A4. A3 Plus would be nice. However even the Brother laser cartridges work out about 1/4 price per page of running inkjet. Unless you need "photo" quality, I think now that ink jet is too slow and expensive.

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Italian scientists use fluorescent box to arouse sexually indifferent men

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25 per cent of men over 40 report problems with their sexual desire.

Too much or too little compared with partner?

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IPv4 apocalypse means we just can't measure the internet any more

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I don't want to be measured!

1) Reputation-based security systems;

2) Address geolocation; and

3) Network troubleshooting.

Item1:

Reputation-based security systems; Basing that on URL, IP address (IP4 or IP6) is madness, doesn't really work. You need a handshake and private tokens + public key encryption.

Item2:

Address geolocation; Go piss off. That ought to be illegal. Besides it's notoriously unreliable.

Item 3:

Network troubleshooting: Whose Network? Makes no difference to your own and irrelevant to the public network or do you want to peer inside OTHER people's networks?

Sorry, none of these reasons are arguments against IP4 and NAT. There may be good reasons to go all IP6, but these three reasons don't apply.

I certainly don't want anyone to know how many things are on my LAN and what their addresses are. If all was IP6, for privacy and security, I'd still have a firewall / router and hide all my network.

There are only BAD reasons why a 3rd party would want me to have everything using public IP6.

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Skype shuts down London office, hangs up on hundreds of devs

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Re: Skype to be an app on my TV

I've always said a cheap laptop/tablet/phone plus a dumb TV and a long HDMI cable is better value than a "Smart TV". No TV maker will produce new codecs and apps. No matter who owned Skype or what apps are installed, apps on a TV other than simplest USB stick media browser are doomed. Even with the USB stick / HDD, eventually you'll have AV formats not supported by TV, but at least you'd be able to re-encode for it on a PC etc.

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Re:I had just had enough of Libreoffice not working well.

Just change the default settings. Works better on Windows and Linux for me than MS Office. I use now the "native" file formats and only "save as" in an MS Format to send to MS Office users or publishers.

I've had LESS bugs with format of manuscripts for publishers.

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Re: So, any suggestions for alternatives?

I tried Tencent's QQ, it wasn't bad on Windows and Android, but seems to be Chinese only on Linux. I figured how to turn off the adverts (unlike Skype, it's a simple user setting!). It also used much less resource and offers groups and Webcast mode.

I'd still be using it if I could figure how to set up English Linux version. I had to go back to Skype for Text & File transfer (with very occasional voice and extremely occasional video). QQ features and GUI on Windows is far better.

However I've abandoned Windows unless they bring out a Classic version with best aspects of NT3.5, NT4.0 and XP. Now Linux Mint + Mate Desktop + WINE + Redmond theme. More like NT Windows 1996-2003 than Windows 8 or Windows 10. Works well on Acer Netbook with 32G CF card instead of original flash as well as the 8G RAM tower workstation.

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MS: Something new?

Perhaps Word & Excel 1.0 for Mac (Windows got ver 2.0 I think). Visio, PowerPoint, MS SQL, DOS all bought in. MS Basic for CP/M etc based on porting Dartmouth BASIC, a cut down ForTran. NT3.1 was first version of Win10 and seems to have been on the back of MS 1989 OS/2 which started as a joint project with IBM, mostly IBM stuff? GUI on original NT, copied of Win 3.0 shell for DOS, inspired by Xerox, though they may have used bits of OS/2 Presentation Manager as Win2 and Win286 were horrible compared to DR Gem.

Perhaps embedded Win CE? Though it was a sort of cut down NT with a static limit to processes etc.

But you can make similar accusations against Apple, Google, Oracle etc?

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Audi works with Chinese technology companies to develop intelligent cars

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Technology Companies? Really!

Alibaba, Baidu and Tencent to work on data analysis, internet connected vehicles and intelligent public transport.

That's equivalent to Ebay, Twitter and Facebook running Public Transport.

Not one of those are Technology companies. They are companies using the Internet for delivery of Marketing, Social Media and Services.

What are VW/Audi smoking

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You call it 'hacking.' I call it 'investigation'

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Re: visit a nominated machine

Sounds like a good idea.

Except it's probably really easy to make a fake ATM, that has "run out of funds" and put a burner SIM and mobile into it connecting to a burner IP address to capture PINs and other infos.

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Swedish appeals court upholds arrest warrant for Julian Assange

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Re: Ah, yes, the famous "afraid of the US" bogeyman.

Much LESS likely from Sweden.

Why was he in the UK at all, if he was worried about USA?

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Remote hacker nabs Win10 logins in 'won't-fix' Safe Mode* attack

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Re: Security 101:need to have access to a PC

Game over if an evil entity has physical machine access. I stopped reading after that. I used to have linux OS CD with a program that could change the password on an NT account. It was amazing how often I had to legitimately use it for clients.

Once I was called to "fix" a dead class room. The RAM and HDD had been stolen from every PC!

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Microsoft: Our AI speech recognition mangles your words the least

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Re: 6.3% eh?

Also at the end of that you have a string of text. Then a completely different AI problem to parse that and decide what is wanted.

To have really good speech recognition you need context and meaning unless it's very simple list of commands for a car radio or dialling a phone.

Since most people have difficulty using search well with a keyboard, I don't think adding speech on top is going to result in successful queries or searches except for expert users.

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Spam texters fined £30K

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Only 50p per message cost!

Crazy low fine. 50p per violation!

Fine them £100 per violation! That would be still only £6M, though.

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'Inherent risk' to untried and untested 4G emergency services network – NAO

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It's not solved by priority

Mobile towers (2G, 3G, 4G) only work with backhaul links and a complex back end set of computer systems. The "billing" permits the call to be initiated and could even be outsourced to the so called "cloud". If someone forgets to pay a bill or there is an accounting mistake, no calls. Then a second "computer" system manages handing over between masts/sectors (though calls easily dropped then). Specialist voice switches are gateways to other voice systems, edge routers for data.

It's not designed to be reliable or resilient or suit anything other than commercial non-critical calls, other than as a marketing afterthought.

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Saving x Billion

You can always save money by sacrificing security, resilience, reliability etc.

Using commercial 4G on commercial sSpectrum will certainly save money, but it's not fit for purpose, either day to day or in a disaster scenario.

Handsets and terminals also need a peer to peer mode (walkie talkie mode). You need additional security. Thus the savings will not be as much as claimed. All handsets and vehicle terminals will be x3 to x10 price of regular 4G handsets.

You need low latency push to tall so that "Don't Shoot" doesn't become "Shoot."

It might greatly improve data, but it's a rubbish voice solution. Perhaps data could use 4G and voice the existing system? There wasn't even voice in the original 4G release. It's higher latency than GSM, uses more capacity than 3G and is less robust as it's basically VOIP, rather than a native on air codec.

The only reason at all actually for digital voice codecs on mobile radio is easily encrypt it.

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Pass the 'Milk' to make code run four times faster, say MIT boffins

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Language feature really?

Seems like a runtime system support feature. Good languages only have such things via library support?

I can't see how this can be described as an intrinsic feature of ANY programming language.

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Google GPS grab felt like a feature, was actually a bug

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We identified a bug affecting a small number of users

They would say that. They claimed their deliberate WiFi slurp while making Street view was a mistake too (that's replaced by Android, Chrome Browser, (and even Google Analytics Etc), ChromeOS.

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Viacom, Mattel and pals busted for stalking kids with creepy web ads

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Strange

Small change fine

Also why are they allowed to do it to ANYONE?

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Oracle happy to let Apache Foundation adopt NetBeans

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Re: "javascript is a very broken language"

That may or may not be true, however it and node.js are NOTHING to do with Java, a cross platform programming language used in many things nothing to do with Web.

Javascript and similar are scripts for web browsers. The node.js a 3rd party library, used by websites. Whether it's sensible at all for a website to load functions from a 3rd party website at all is a separate issue, but node.js can't at all replace Java, it's a library implemented mostly in Javascript (which is NOT Java)!

Node.js is mostly javascript

"Although Node.js is not a JavaScript framework, many of its basic modules are written in JavaScript, and developers can write new modules in JavaScript."

Node.js isn't a programming language at all, it's a 3rd party function library!

We can have a separate arguement about Javascript and Node.js, I'd expect it to be colourful.

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Re: "“I'm worried that anyone is still using java to be honest"

It's got lots of cross platform application, both with and without GUI, outside of Browsers or even "apps" for mobile (Though Android Apps are a sort of fork).

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NetBeans

It can't get worse?

It's not the same scenario as Open Office, and if it was, well, I've switched from:

Wordstar + Supercalc (CP/M)

New word + Cracker (CP/M and MS DOS)

MS Office (Win 3.1)

MS Office + Star Office

MS Office + Open Office

LibreOffice

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Google's become an obsessive stalker and you can't get a restraining order

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Re: You can't say no?

Even with No Script, due to stupidity of web design and services it's now very hard to avoid Google on a regular PC.

What alternatives are there to an Android phone that isn't (A) overpriced, (B) dead, (C) someone you never heard of, or (M,N) a dead zombie platform?

Many cheap "feature phones" are GSM only, which (in Ireland) operators can turn off with no 2 year retail warning implied by SOGA, but only needing to give a 6 month notice to Comreg (the Irish version of Ofcom or FCC).

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You can't say no?

Actually I have data disabled on my Android phone, I've only enabled wIfi to download an ePub reader app and a text editor (which complains on every load that that it can't access internet). I removed Amazon's Kindle eReader App because it would pop up warnings about being unable to connect, even when it wasn't listed as running and hadn't been used (I use Calibre and my real Kindle's serial number to convert DRM'ed Amazon to ePub).

I use the media player, camera, FM Radio, SMS, regular voice.

I transfer eBooks and photos and video via USB storage mode.

Something similar with my tablet.

Google, you stink. There should be a special hell for companies like you and Facebook, destroying people's privacy. So called "Social Media" (Google+, YouTube, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter) etc is worse because they are more exploitive and encourage people to share information that can't be automatically gathered and also OTHER people's information!

Now MS is stupidly destroying their lucrative automatic repeat sale software business by trying to be like Google.

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Yelp wins fight to remain morally bankrupt

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Re: Used to be known as

They don't need to make fake negative reviews. They will happen anyway to even the best run most excellent businesses.

They should be in trouble for offering to remove them in exchange for money.

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Nvidia: Eight bits ought to be enough for anybody ... doing AI

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Re: Possibly also not relevant -

A serial bit stream could be any desired number of bits. So called 1 bit DACs are really 16 bit at least and the 48kHz or 44.1KHz parallel sample rate is unchanged, but the clock frequency becomes much higher.

1 bit on/off with 1:32 variation of mark/space ratio isn't one bit. It's five bits quantisation.

Tape can have a poorer dynamic range than 8 bit quantisation on cheap machines using a magnet to erase rather than AC erasing. Speech recognition was working with cassette tape replay in 1990s.

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Re: 8 bit sound

Depends if it's carrier grade QOS managed VOIP or VOIP over random public Internet.

My own phone service (real geo numbers) is using VOIP on a fixed wireless link, but only as far as my ISP's voice switch. So Fax and analog modems usually work. Your mileage with a 3rd party VOIP supplier over the ordinary public internet will vary with your connection jitter and packet loss. Unlike gaming, or person to person chat, latency isn't an issue.

@JulieM Brilliant.

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Re: 8 bit sound

Actually AM radio is rather better than linear 8bit, and the "goodness" of it depends on the bandwdith and interference. It was MUCH better in the 1930s! Even ordinary AM can be better than ISDN phone quality (8bit u or A law).

Also u-Law or A-Law 8 bit audio is perfectly good for speech recognition, that's the method used to improve on linear 8 bit for the majority of the worlds digital fixed line phones. GSM codecs are lower quality. 3G can use similar or better than GSM, but it's rarely better than 8bit ISDN. Similarly, VOIP connections can rarely support Fax or Analogue Modems, though 8 bit ISDN can.

I suspect that if the sound level is ideal, even 8 bit linear audio will work for speech recognition.

Humans can recognise 5 bit encoded speech, done using 1:32 variable PWM on a PC on/off loudspeaker.

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End all the 'up to' broadband speed bull. Release proper data – LGA

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Yes!

"Up to speeds" should be the expected peak time speeds for 67% of users. "An Average" speed can be skewed by off peak time and a small percentage of users getting 10x speed or more.

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Amazon pops up more shops

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Deliver same day?

Free delivery is about a week

Premium delivery is about 3 to 4 days

Where do you live to get same day delivery from Amazon?

I think same day delivery for letters in Ireland and UK existed up till Edwardian era. The Victorians had it. Now with "airmail only" even a letter can be 3 days UK to Ireland.

Local shops and Online are complementary. Buying online for China is 1/3rd to 1/10th of cost of same thing in Maplin. Sometimes though getting it from Maplin inside an hour is handy, though increasingly unlikely to be in stock.

I prefer to buy fitted clothes, shoes, boots, very large items and food locally. Obviously Amazon plan to compete with Tesco and Pennys?

I was amazed to discover though that people order books from the local bookshop rather than Amazon, but then about about 1/3rd of people in some areas don't have internet and about 10% can't actually get broadband.

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Delete Google Maps? Go ahead, says Google, we'll still track you

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Re: Google Play Services (GPS), the Trojan app

1) One cloud is a single point of failure

2) I don't trust Google with my Apps data

3) Actually I mostly want apps that are just 100% local, never app replacements for web sites.

It's time Google, Facebook, Microsoft etc got a kicking from governments & regulators.

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Upstart AI dreams of 'disrupting' digital marketing – with sex

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Nielsen Group

I wonder is it any use at all.

Most of the usually excellent advice here gets ignored.

https://www.nngroup.com

Really the only reason it's hard is because websites are being designed purely for "pretty" or the pointy haired boss wanting one button. Most are worse than 10 years ago.

This is "jargon" speak marketing. It's built by programmers meeting the goals of a marketing department.

This is nonsense.

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HP Ink buys Samsung's printer business for a BILLION dollars

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Printing?

Really important in the 1990s to 2006... now I copy colour photos / images to USB stick to show on laptops / TVs and "print" B&W text and some other stuff to 9.7" Kindle or 6" kindle or 6.8" Kobo.

Or I make a web page. I replaced the (working) MFP inkjet with a basic colour duplex laser for same price as a set of ink cartridges when we really need paper or card copy.

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Microsoft thinks time crystals may be viable after all

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Perpetual Motion

If you can extract energy from the "perpetual motion machine", and it doesn't radiate or influence environment, well, then it is not breaking laws of thermodynamics? But what use is it?

Reminds me of Entangled "Instant" action at a distance. You can't break the barrier of light speed communications with it, but it is some use (in crypto systems)

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